Californians report your experience with signature gatherers

Plastic bags

In my last post about the plastics industry’s effort to overturn SB270, California’s state ban on single-use plastic bags, I forgot to mention one thing. If you happen to bump into a signature gatherer when you’re out and about, the organization Californians Against Waste would like to hear about it. They’re collecting information on people’s… [read more]

Say no to bag petitions

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On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 270 into law, officially making California the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. And now that ban is under attack! The plastics industry has teamed up to overturn the ban through Calfornia’s referendum process. Proponents of a referendum have 90 days from the day a… [read more]

Shop for the oceans this holiday season

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It’s that time of year when holiday shopping is all the rage. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the onslaught of holiday deals. But instead of spending all your money at the usual department stores or online corporations, spread a little ocean love by shopping at and donating to your favorite ocean organization. Many nonprofits have… [read more]

Go see the movie Pelican Dreams

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I had the chance to see the new movie Pelican Dreams and it was a delight! The movie opens with a huge traffic jam on the Golden Gate bridge caused by a lone California brown pelican standing in the middle of the road. The bird won’t budge until a rescuer steps forward and then the… [read more]

A new look for Ocean Wild Things

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Say good-by to the old Ocean Wild Things website format and hello to a new design! I’m very excited to announce that Ocean Wild Things has a new look that officially launched on November 12, 2014. I’ve been working on this off and on for the last month…well actually my tech guru Kim Woodbridge has… [read more]

Imagine a country where everyone voted

Election Day on Nov. 4 reminded me of my last interaction with an elected official’s office. It was the middle of August and SB 270, the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, was working its way through the California State Assembly. At that point, the bill had made it out of committee and was headed… [read more]

Take a moment to support clean techology

Clean technologies have great potential to help solve many of the challenges our oceans face. However, getting a clean technology business up and running is really tough. Not only do entrepreneurs have to have great ideas, but they also have to have grit, determination and lots of funding to develop prototypes, run pilot projects to… [read more]

Go see the giant rubber duck!

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A giant rubber duck has arrived in Los Angeles and has transformed Los Angeles Harbor into its own very public bathtub. The duck is 40 feet tall and completely awesome. I had the chance to see it on Wednesday, August 20 when it was towed in as part of the Tall Ships Festival and now… [read more]