According to the MBF CONSULTING, INC., MARCH 2011 (Revised) SANITARY SEWER MASTER PLAN-UPDATE Prepared for Hermosa Beach, "Discussions with staff revealed routine maintenance activities, such as hydro flushing of old concrete sewer pipes sometimes results in collapse of the sewer line. As a result, the City is reluctant to undertake such routine maintenance for fear of accelerating the deterioration of the pipe. (p. 23, paragraph 1). ” In order to abate the rat infestation in our sewers, and avoid rats coming up through our toilets from broken pipes, holes and cracks, the minimum expectation is to perform routine sewer maintenance. This is what the Utility User Tax enacted in July 1998, which was promoted to the voting public as a “sewer tax,” was meant for. It was not meant to be misappropriated into the general budget at the City Manager’s discretion. Not performing routine sewer maintenance is a health hazard.
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Hermosa Beach is a Poopy place to live. I say this because every time I go for a walk there is new dog poop. What I would like suggest as we create a multi-departmental team headed up by the City Manager to address this problem. One suggestion would be for animal control to hand out “Good Doggie Citizen Award” little metal badges that could attach to a collar, to those walking their dogs with the necessary implements to clean up after them. Community Services could then use their smart phone to take a picture of the dog and the owner and we could make little posters titled “Good Doggie Citizen” with their pictures and the caption I clean up after my dog because it’s the right thing to do. We could then hand them out to business establishments to post in their window. One other suggestion is for the Community Service Animal Control to hand out brochures at Pier and along the strand, advising people what to do in the event they see someone walk away from a pile of Poo. This is also a major problem in Paris, maybe we can learn from them and what they’ve implemented to try and stem the problem. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/26/170321680/not-just-a-fashion-hot-spot-paris-is-also-the-capital-of-dog-mess or http://www.thelocal.fr/20130819/paris-suburb-to-use-cctv-to-fight-dog-poo-plague or examples of what the mayor of Paris is trying: http://www.bonjourparis.com/story/oh-poo/
Require hotels wanting to build to contribute public spaces that benefit the city. New York City has done this with great success (Brooklyn Height's Promenade): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privately_owned_public_space
Think of all of the things we could do with the revenue from the E&B project: underground those ugly utility wires/poles/transformers, remodel our schools, repair our streets and sewers!