November 26, 2010

INNERSECTION movie premiere

Thanks to Greenhouse Boardshop, we are blessed with another radical surf movie extravaganza at the Arcata Theater Lounge, TONIGHT, Friday the 26, at 7 pm.


Come check out Innersection, a Taylor Steele movie. Surfer created. View selected. Ocean inspired.


This is a benefit for Surfrider Humboldt and the Arcata Skate Park Phase II!


And oh yes, there will be a raffle. Oh yes.

November 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

Rally Tuesday at Eureka Courthouse against Navy’s 5-year Warfare Testing

There will be a rally at the Eureka Courthouse on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Noon to oppose the U.S. Navy’s 5-year warfare testing and protest of the permit issued by NOAA which violates current environmental protections.

For more information, check out Agriculture Defense Coalition.

November 18, 2010

Arcata Makes A Motion to Ban Plastic Bags!

Great movement in Arcata!

Last night at the Arcata City Council meeting a motion was made to affirm support for the concept of a local plastic bag ban and the city staff was directed to work with Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) to develop an ordinance and EIR. If HWMA is not timely enough (meaning in the first few months of next year), Arcata wants to take the issue up again and move forward on their own.

Here is an article in today’s Times-Standard about last night’s meeting.

Some quotes and comments from last night:

Councilmember Shane Brinton: “I see this as an opportunity for Arcata to be a regional leader in a way that we are known to be and that we should continue to be.”
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November 17, 2010

“Plastic State Of Mind”

TONIGHT! Come to the Arcata City Council meeting to support a local single-use plastic bag ban! The Council will be discussion the current state of their consideration. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. and because there is not much on the agenda, we recommend coming at the beginning.


Along the same lines, check out this new video! This is a great contribution to the cause of reducing our disposable plastic footprint.


November 16, 2010

Los Angeles County Bans Plastic Bags

By Associated Press
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Added 1 hour ago

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has voted to ban stores from using single-use plastic bags.

County supervisors approved the measure Tuesday in hopes of preventing billions of bags from polluting neighborhoods and waterways.

The ordinance bans stores from giving customers single-use plastic bags and would require them to charge 10 cents for each paper bag beginning next year.

Supporters clapped and cheered the decision. Opponents, however, say they are concerned that jobs will be lost and residents in poorer neighborhoods will struggle with fees for paper and reusable bags.

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November 13, 2010

Three artists show works of surfers and waves

Three artists show works of surfers and waves

The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/12/2010 06:41:23 AM PST


EUREKA — “Upwelling,” an art show featuring current works by Shawn Griggs, Spencer Reynolds and Matt Beard, is on display through Jan. 12 at Eureka Art and Frame Co., 1636 F St.

A reception for the artists will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and features live music by Likwefi.
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November 11, 2010

Grocery bag bill drew heavy out-of-state lobbying

By Susan Ferriss
Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – 8:04 am

Out-of-state interests working to defeat a bill to ban plastic bags were among the top spenders on lobbying to influence California legislators’ votes this summer.

South Carolina-based plastic bag manufacturer, Hilex Poly Co., was the state’s second-biggest spender, paying about $1.08 million for lobbying activities between July 1 and Sept. 30.

Number four on the list was the Virginia-based American Chemistry Council, of which Hilex is a member.

Both Hilex and the council joined forces in a furious effort to defeat a bill that would have made California the first state to ban plastic grocery carry-out bags.

The chemistry council spent more than $942,000 on lobbying during this same period, according to the most recent reports filed with the California Secretary of State’s Office.

Together, the council and Hilex invested more than $2 million in lobbying just as legislators were ending their session this year on Aug. 31.
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November 10, 2010

Extended Comment Period for Navy Testing Off Our Coasts

You still have a chance to make public comment on the Navy warfare testing off our northcoast.

NOAA NWTRC EIS – Public Comment Deadline NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Send Written Public Comments to:
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Undersecretary
National Oceans & Atmospheric Administration – U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 5128, Washington, DC 20230

Contact your Elected Representatives at this Toll Free # (1866) 220-0044 in Washington, D.C.
Request U.S. Congressional Hearings in order to protect Public Health, Marine
Mammals, Fish, birds, biologically sensitive coastal and ocean areas, the fishing and tourism industries, and our marine reserves and National Marine Sanctuaries.
Ask for an SIXTY DAY EXTENSION of the NOAA Public Comment Deadline.

Local activists are also attending the Trinidad City Council meeting on Wednesday evening (Nov. 10) to ask for this issue to be put on Trinidad’s agenda. Local governments can push for the Humboldt Board of Supervisors to request a congressional hearing on the matter.

November 4, 2010

Ocean Night Film Screening with The End of the Line and One Track Mind

Ocean Night takes place the first Thursday of every month, sponsored by Ocean ConservancyHumboldt Surfrider and Humboldt Baykeeper.

Tonight: Thursday, November 4, doors 6:30 p.m., movies at 7 p.m.

All ages, $3 donation, free for OC, Surfrider and Baykeeper members & children 10 and under.

More about the movies here…
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November 3, 2010

T-S: Humboldt County supervisors asking Humboldt Waste Management Authority to look at plastic bag ban

Donna Tam/The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/03/2010 01:51:28 AM PDT

After a visit from the “plastic bag monster” on Tuesday morning, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to reaffirm its support for a single-use plastic bag ban.

The board voted 4-0, directing staff to include the issue on the county’s legislative platform and work with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority to develop a countywide program prohibiting the use of single-use plastic bags. Supervisor Jimmy Smith was absent.

Surfrider Humboldt gave a presentation to the board, highlighting the environmental hazards of plastic bags.

”Plastic bags have a way of sneaking out of our garbage bins and even our landfills,” Surfrider member Colleen Clifford said. “They end up on the roads and getting entangled in shrubs, and they eventually make their way into our watershed.”

The presentation included a visit from the “plastic bag monster,” a woman covered in 500 plastic bags to illustrate the average American’s annual collection of plastic shopping bags.

Fourth District Supervisor Bonnie Neely said she favored having the Humboldt Waste Management Authority look at the ordinance first, since its board includes representatives from all municipalities in the county.

HWMA Director Jim Test said with the upcoming holidays, the next available meeting for a Surfrider presentation would most likely be in January.

Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy said she hopes a ban of this nature could extend to all plastics eventually, not just grocery store shopping bags.

”If we’re going to take a look at plastics and packaging, let’s see what we can do to really have a comprehensive push and what the long term looks like,” she said.

In another matter, the board approved amendments to an ordinance related to solid waste contracts.


Donna Tam can be reached at 441-0532 or

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