Mountain Lion Found in Palisades Trailer Park

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), a 50-pound female cougar, also known as a mountain lion, was spotted up a tree at the Tahitian Terrace Trailer Park in Pacific Palisades on Monday. According to a Facebook post released by the department, “The Los Angeles Police Department secured the scene and the lion was safely tranquilized and removed by CDFW wildlife officers and biologists.” The young cougar, now known as P-75, was outfitted with a GPS tracking collar and identification tag in her ear. She’s the 75th and newest member in the National Park Service’s (NPS) study on mountain lions in the 150,000 acres of hiking trails, beaches, and canyons that make up the Santa Monica Mountains. After her tranquilizer wore off, P-75 was released into the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area.

Big Blue Bus Unveils Battery-Powered Bus

Big Blue Bus (BBB) announced the arrival of its first battery-electric bus (BEB). The announcement came two weeks after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted one of the nation’s most ambitious sustainability plans which aims to create a fossil-fuel-free Los Angeles County within the next three decades. “Today marks a major milestone in our zero-emissions journey and our first step in our transition to a clean energy fleet by 2030. This will also mark a significant step toward preserving our environment and protecting our communities,” said Ed King, Director of Transit Services.

California’s Largest Recycling Center Closes

On August 5, California’s largest recycling collection network, rePlanet, has closed all 284 of its locations, including centers throughout the Westside, and laid off 750 employees. The move follows the closure of 191 centers in 2016 that laid off 278 workers. In a press release, rePlanet announced, “With the continued reduction in State fees, the depressed pricing of recycled aluminum and PET plastic, and the rise in operating costs resulting from minimum wage increases and required health and

P-61 Mountain Lion Crosses Freeway

For the first time throughout the course of a 17-year study of mountain lions in or around the Santa Monica Mountains, a GPS tracked lion has crossed the 405 freeway. The rare event was documented by the National Park Service (NPS) in the Sepulveda Pass area on July 19 between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. P-61, a four-year old mountain lion first captured and outfitted with a GPS collar in October 2017, was headed east according to NPS footage. “Although P-61 successfully crossed the 405, his feat is a re

Santa Monica and ‘Big One’ Preparedness

This article was originally published on February 11, 2019 but is being shared again in light of the two earthquakes that rattled the Southlands over Fourth of July weekend. All it took was 10-20 seconds for the 1994 Northridge earthquake to rattle Southern California in a way no earthquake had done before. Dozens of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured as the state reeled from a catastrophic event that cost billions in damages. As devastating as the Northridge earthquake was, seismologists warn that the hypothetical “Big One”- an earthquake magnitude of 8.0 or more- would be even more disastrous.

Adapting to Santa Monica’s Single-Use Plastic Ban

When an updated Disposable Food Service Ware Ordinance went into effect in Santa Monica on January 1, 2019, the city became one of the first in the country to ban the use of single-use plastics. Under the ordinance, all straws, lids, utensils, plates, trays, containers, cups, bowls, containers, stirrers and lid plugs are banned in the City for prepared food products. Retail plastics products from grocery stores and other commercial outlets and not impacted under the scope of the rules. Additio

Santa Monica Mountain Hikes

2019 arrived with the sort of swiftness that makes you wonder if 2018 really happened. With a new year comes a fresh start and resolutions that will hopefully help us in our journey of becoming better versions of our 2018 selves. Resolutions are as different as the people who make them and range in everything from giving up smoking and drinking to reading more. However, year after year, without fail, the ost common New Year’s resolution is to live a more active lifestyle. For those of us fortunate enough to live in California, the pleasant climate nearly year-round offers the perfect backdrop to getting outdoors more often and fulfilling those resolutions.
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