Lo lluti Find po ca on o l v ar ut ict e mo Donations from June to or ce re NONPROFIT ORG. ies leb in mid-September 2011 ag rat sid U.S. POSTAGE ain ed e. st at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Dolphin Supporters $100+ In-Kind Gifts PAID Sanctuary Champion pla SO Sanctuary Benefactors Harriet Mitteldorf Dianne & L. Bermingham 99 bottles of Beer on the Wall 345 LAKE AVENUE, SUITE A st S. Leaders $10,000+ $1,000+ Pacific Metrics Santa Cruz, CA ic Crystal Birns A Taste of Monterey Martel Anderson & David Oebker Paul & Jalene Morris Bosso Williams Adventure Sports Unlimited SANTA CRUZ, CA 95062 California Coastal Conservancy Community Foundation of Santa Cruz Bartfield Motel Group Pebble Beach Company Jane Dunaway Bagelry Permit No. 301 Cornerstone Technologies Scott Pietka Daniel & Ann Emerson Bargetto Winery 831-462-5660 County Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Granite Construction Co Christina Floyd Cold Stone Creamery County of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Derby Girls SAVEOURSHORES.ORG Scott J. Malsom Friends of Mark Stone Community Printers Grover Hermann Foundation Fund of Whole Foods Market Monterey Regional Water Pollution Douglas George Crow’s Nest Restaurant the CFMC Control Agency Suzanne Haberman Mark DiOrio REI Marina Otter Partners $250+ Sanctuary Circle of Plantronics, Inc Ronn & Claire Rygg Percy Abram & Nina Maisterra Reinhard & Diane Hohensee Breta & Bruce Holgers Elkhorn Slough Safari Engfer Pizza Works Awareness Advocacy Action Champions $5,000+ Sally & Michael Shepard Michael Shikora Mark J. Armen Ann Bodine Matthew R. Kasa Epic Wines Fall 2011 Vol. 28 No. 3 City of Santa Cruz Barbara Kasa Good Times Sperry Top-Sider Frank Claiborne Margaret Leonard Hula School of Santa Cruz Dream Inn Annual Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 Stocker Family Fund Margaret Collins & Mark Pastick Jinnie Logan Ideal Bar & Grill Eckhardt Chandler Fund @ CFSCC Tecan Systems, Inc. Covewater Paddle Surf Cynthia & William Mathews L’Atelier Day Spa Robert & Grayce Kerr Foundation Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County Rich Everett Cindy McClelen Little Mermaid Glass Bottom Boat Co. Kent & Carmelita Lowry James & June Fox Mount Madrona, LLC New Leaf Community Markets Sanctuary Allies $500+ Mike & Sandra Beck Geo. H. Wilson, Inc Michael & Bettina L. Gilligan Buff McKinley Pat & Joyce Milligan Logos Books & Records Michael’s on Main Santa Cruz County Takes Action for the Ocean O Eileen M. Morrissey Monterey Bay Aquarium Sanctuary Guardians The Bremner Fund @ the CFSCC Ron Goodman Anne & Thomas Niesen Monterey Bay Whale Watch n Saturday, September 17th, in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, Louise Chiatovich $2,500+ Bonny Hawley Merrill & Alicia Newman Nickelodeon Ecology Action The Clement Monterey Chie Kawahara Gregory Pepping O My Sole 4,584 Save Our Shores volunteers participated in the single-largest Reed & Tricia Geisreiter Ginaia & Tom Kelly Granny Purps Inc. Dan & Rebecca Haifley Tina Mazzei Pro Am Beach Soccer O’Neill Surf Shop volunteer event on the planet — Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Macy’s Inc. Lauren Ross Outdoor World Roger Kasa Sonya Newlyn & Jeff Stock Judi & Dave Zaches Palo Alto Medical Foundation Julia Sauer Pacific Cookie Company At 81 different cleanup sites from Wadell Creek in the north to the Big Sur Roger Smith Pacific Edge Indoor Climbing Gym San Lorenzo Valley High School ASB SMT Parts, Inc Pacific Trading Co. coast in the south, and spanning over 157 miles of beach, river, creek, slough, Tribute Gifts Santa Cruz Montessori School Sara Townsend Patagonia Inc lake, and even underwater — our volunteers were a force to be reckoned Patricia Schwartz Save Our Shores by honoring a friend or family member! Matt Spiegl Mark L. Weber Penny Ice Creamery with. The combined efforts in both counties cleaned up over 17,500 pounds Recent gifts made in honor of: Bernice & John Woolf Petroglyph Spitzer Woodworking Pizza My Heart of pollution, including over 23,000 cigarette butts and 4,300 plastic bags! Lisa Jensen — from Karen Hovekamp David & Monica Terrazas Harbor Seal Friends $50+ Portola Hotel & Spa Save Our Shores participates in a program to replant an equivalent number of trees to replace the Gary Livaich — from your daughter, Emily Livaich Jim Thoits paper used in producing our newsletter. The trees are replanted in Central America and the Caribbean in Twin Lakes Baptist Church Annette Cain-Rhines & Greg Rhines Sanctuary Cruises In Santa Cruz County alone, nearly 3,000 volunteers banded together to Michelle McKinney — from your former student, Elise Michael & Dana Cannon Santa Cruz DJ a program managed by the non-profit organization, Trees for the Future. For more information go to: The Wheel Co. Roy & Ana Cook Santa Cruz Glass & Gifts Printed on recycled paper http://www.treesftf.org/htm. This service is provided locally by Community Printers in Santa Cruz. prevent over 12,400 pounds of pollution from entering the Monterey Bay Nicholas’ SW Bike Tour — from Gerry Barrett Haig & Sienna White Maree Creed Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing using agri-based inks. National Marine Sanctuary during the three-hour event. Connie & Tom Wilson Gail Cruse Shanda Schwind Volunteers were joined by United States Congressman Sam Farr at Carmel S Jennifer & Alan Deeter Seahorse Swim School Your New Membership Gift Doubled! Sharon Evans Seascape Resort & Conference Center anctuary Stewards are the Beach, California State Assemblymember Luis Alejo and Watsonville Mayor New Members of Save Our Shores who join before December 31 will Amy Howk Jay Korte Juliet Lamont & Phil Price Streetlight Records The Buttery The Spokesman Bicycles Taking the Lead in Ocean Conservation volunteer leaders of Save Our Shores. They manage Daniel Dodge at Pajaro River Park, and Santa Cruz City Council Members David Terazzas and Hilary Bryant at Cowell Beach — all showing their support on Monterey Bay have their membership gift DOUBLED by the Sutherland Fund! All you Brandon Moss Toadal Fitness Richard Oettinger Trader Joes beach cleanups, outreach efforts, for community action and the health of our ocean that day. have to do is become a Member of SOS today to see your efforts to Russ Oleyer Tricia Geistreiter and environmental education Save Our Shores double in value by the year’s end. Vivian Rogers & Daniel Brumbaugh Uncommon Brewers This year, nine classrooms managed their own cleanups, John Rible Santa Cruz Shark True Olive Connection programs throughout the year. celebrated his 18th year of being a Site Captain, a Proclamation declaring A special thank you to the Sutherland family for offering SOS this Edward Spinardi Whole Foods Market Each February, our new class of Keith Stevenson Woodstock Pizza September 17, 2011, as Save Our Shores Day in the City of Santa Cruz was wonderful opportunity and to all of our new Members who help us Stewards begins a dynamic spring Joan Zimmerman presented to SOS at Cowell Beach, and a heartfelt SCUBA cleanup took place take advantage of it. saveourshores.org/Donate training session that provides with the friends and family of Aqua Safaris in honor of the Houghton family. them with the knowledge and skills they need for an exciting A special thanks to the California Coastal Commission for managing the Why I Save Our Shores by Justin Trinh-Halperin season of leadership on behalf of our marine environment. statewide effort, where more than 63,000 volunteers removed nearly 600,000 pounds of pollution on this one day in ocean protection history. As an educator, I am frequently posed with the question, “What is the most critical environmental And congratulations to all of the volunteers, Members, local leaders, and concern facing our planet?” A pretty tough question to discuss with middle school students, so in We want you to join our supporters who worked together to make Annual Coastal Cleanup Day such turn, I ask my students, “What connects us all on this planet?” Their response is almost always the committed team of volunteer a huge success! same: water and air. leaders. Our oceans provide a tangible example of how our planet shares this valuable resource. Join the 2012 class of For more information on the See our photo album: And our children want to have a sense of belonging to this planet and feel they can have a Sanctuary Steward program, http://on.fb.me/ACCD-pics positive impact on the Earth. Save Our Shores’ educational program allows my students to take Sanctuary Stewards! please visit http://saveourshores. ownership in caring for our streams and oceans. Students see themselves as part of the solution org/stewards. to healing our fragile watersheds. If you are interested in applying From Camille Poritzky, one of Justin’s students at Tierra Pacific Charter School, “The beach is a or have questions, contact beautiful habitat, that is, if it’s clean. Careless people throw garbage and other things that don’t Andrew Hoeksema, Coordinator belong onto streets, which lead to storm drains, which then lead to the ocean. So why do we of Volunteer Programs, andrew@ Top: Jannis Fullan combs the river mouth by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bottom: SOS’ Laura Kasa, Carmel Save Our Shores by doing street and beach clean ups? We do those clean ups for the benefit of saveourshores.org. City Councilmember Jason Burnett, and Congressman everyone and everything that loves and enjoys the beach.” Sam Farr (holding Sebastian, Burnett’s son) take to Volunteers ages 16 and up are Carmel Beach on September 17. Right: Family and Justin Trinh-Halperin teaches 7th and 8th grade at Tierra Pacific Charter School encouraged to apply. friends of the David Terrazas and Hilary Bryant clans join Camille Poritzky is one of his students Top: Justin’s students get up close and personal with the us for Save Our Shores Day September 17! Far right: The marine environment while paddling Monterey Bay. JAMS group joined forces for Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Bottom: Justin teaches environmental education to his on Cowell Beach. students on the shorelines of our Marine Sanctuary. SAVE OUR SHORES 345 Lake Avenue, Suite A The Endless Summer at Save Our Shores At-a-glance highlights from one of our busiest summers on record How Santa Cruz County Our health, and the health of this beautiful planet, hinges on our ability to kick the plastic bag habit. It Takes a Village Growing young minds through the SOS Marine Education Program Banned the Bag T Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-462-5660 • 831-462-6070 (fax) • Pollution Prevention over the 4th of July weekend: 300 volunteers took he goal of Save Our Shores’ school program is to help children http://saveourshores.org pollution prevention into their own hands and spread the Clean Beaches in the Monterey Bay area make the connection between SOS Staff message to nearly 5,000 beach-goers! their everyday lives on land and the expansive, vast life of Laura Kasa, Executive Director • The Toast to the Coast Beach Party on A letter from Mark Stone, Chair of the Santa Cruz County our oceans. Through teaching students about this connection — Michelle Hohensee, Operations August 21: Beautiful weather, toes in the Board of Supervisors and California Coastal Commissioner from the food web to the impacts of plastic pollution — students A Manager sand, dolphins playing offshore, delicious are educated about the greater picture and the role we all play Emily Glanville, Program Manager food and drink, great company, outstanding couple of years ago, Laura Kasa and I were lamenting the in shaping the health of our planet. At EA Hall Middle School in Lauren Gilligan, Program Coordinator raffle prizes, and incredible entertainment fact that the California Legislature, yet again, was failing Watsonville, CA, where 85% of students come from low-income Colleen Bednarz, Communications & Outreach Coordinator from the Hula School of Santa Cruz, the Victor to move forward on a much-needed ban of plastic bags. families, the SOS Marine Education Program is expanding young Andrew Hoeksema, Volunteer Ohana Band, and Santa Cruz DJ — what more I asked Save Our Shores to help draft the basic requirements that minds and offering a unique, hands-on experience that is in high Coordinator can we say? The Toast went off with a bang! would go into a ban for the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz demand. For the past two years, we have had the opportunity to Vivian Rogers, Development Congratulations again to Dan Haifley, our 2011 County — not necessarily an easy task. bring this program to all of the 6th grade students at EA Hall Middle Director Consultant Marianne Wyllie, Graphic Design Ocean Hero, Charlie Hong Kong, our Business Local bans had brought lawsuits from plastic proponents so we School, but due to cuts from the Federal government, this funding Consultant of the Year, and Scott Malsom, our Volunteer needed a ban that would withstand judicial scrutiny and set the was recently suspended. This means that fewer low-income students Board of Directors of the Year. stage for all of the cities in our county to follow suit. Our ban went will learn about the importance of our watershed and Marine Sally Shepard, Chair • Citizen Action and grassroots organizing further than other bans by proposing that all retail stores prohibit Sanctuary in the coming years, and we don’t want this to happen. Ginaia Kelly, Vice Chair Percy Abram, Secretary lead to two major victories in the use of plastic bags, put a fee on paper bags, and encourage Carol Cloud, a teacher at EA Hall Middle School says, “SOS provides Paul Morris, Treasurer advocacy arena. Read all about Salinas reusable bags instead. data collection, data analysis, and numerous activities about the a very important component to the environmental science piece Wallace “J” Nichols, Ph.D. and Santa Cruz on the following pages. In 2010, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley introduced AB 1998. oceans and their importance to our world.” Mike Beck, Ph.D. in our classrooms. The activities are engaging and aligned to our • Annual Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 The bill had an incredible level of energy behind it and was grade level science standards. Students who have participated Michael Shikora destroying our oceans, threatening marine life, and contaminating Our new goal is to keep at least part of this program running removed over 17,000 pounds of supported by such unlikely candidates as then-Governor Arnold in the SOS program become more mindful of their actions and Martel Anderson our food web, this relic of the past is a wasteful contributor to without our regular source of funding, but we can’t do it Scott Malsom pollution from 81 cleanup sites in three Schwarzenegger and the California Grocers Association. Just as it understand how this awareness can lead to healthier oceans. For pollution. without YOU. Please help us educate the youth with our positive Ronn Rygg hours. Details and highlights are in our appeared that California was poised to become the past two years, Emily, SOS Program Manager, has provided Board Member Emeritus environmental program. DONATE to our Education Fund at Fred Keeley cover story. the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic Join the fight against The policy Santa Cruz County has enacted is a dynamic and insightful lessons that include scientific inquiry, saveourshores.org/donate. bags, AB 1998 suffered an astonishing defeat that smart, pragmatic approach to a real and seemingly Science Advisory Council shifted the campaign back to the local level. plastic pollution. insurmountable problem. It’s an approach Ken Baltz, M. Sc. Become a Member at shaped by diligent County staff, Save Our Shores, The Story of Salinas When grassroots organizing Chris Coburn, M.Sc. On the legal front, a lawsuit filed by the Save the Bruce Daniels, Ph.D. and a coalition of other environmental groups, Gary B. Griggs, Ph.D. Plastic Bag Coalition against Manhattan Beach saveourshores.org/ businesses, and individuals. Our health, and the took a city by storm asserted that Manhattan Beach failed to comply health of this beautiful planet, hinges on our By Wallace J Nichols, PhD George Leonard, Ph.D. Steve Lonhart, Ph.D. with the California Environmental Quality Act by not donate today! ability to kick the plastic bag habit. Baldo Marinovic, Ph.D. conducting a full Environmental Impact Report prior to adopting Four years ago, A month prior, the meeting to hear this ordi- voted 6 –1 to pass it and I’m still in shock. John Pearse, Ph.D. the ban. Thankfully, on July 14, 2011, a unanimous California Immense thanks to Laura Kasa and Save Our Shores for your I stood in line nance had been postponed. It was rumored It just goes to show you that sometimes a Lisa C. Sloan, Ph.D. tremendous input and unfailing advocacy. By taking action now, Supreme Court decision ruled in favor of Manhattan Beach’s bag at a Capitola that plastic industry lobbyists were trying to grassroots effort is the only way to organize Melissa Stevens, M.Sc. ban, and the path was made clear for us to proceed. we’re continuing our county’s leadership in sustainable living and City Council get closed door meetings with the mayor of a community into action,” said Kasa. Education Advisory Council making an investment in our future. Darrell Steely A 10-Year Then, on September 13, 2011, after receiving public testimony meeting with my friend Laura Salinas. And DART, one of the biggest manu- facturers of polystyrene take-out containers, The Salinas City Council meeting was an Success Story for MPAs Heidi Moore overwhelmingly in support of the ordinance, the Santa Cruz important tipping point in the fight to keep Greg McBride Kasa, the brand was trying to convince the council members County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a ban These beautiful, new educational panels were plastic pollution out of the ocean. In a city A Tom LaHue new Executive to tour their recycling facility. Dave Brodkey recent study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, examined the Cabo Pulmo on single-use plastic bags in all unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz recently installed on the Santa Cruz Wharf thanks where jobs and budgets are tightly guarded, Director of Save That delay turned out to be just what Kasa Andy Shapiro National Park, a Marine Protected Area in Mexico. They saw a 463% increase in total fish biomass, the County. industry lobbyists’ voices are loud, issues Bob Biegert to a generous Our Shores. We and Save Our Shores needed. Through largest measured increase in MPA history! This study provides evidence that Marine Protected Areas The detrimental impacts of single-use plastic bags are were waiting our more urgent than Styrofoam abound, and truly work toward the goal of revitalizing ecosystems and replenishing depleted populations of marine life. donation from Lisa turns to share our comments about why a serendipity, she met Matthew Spiegl at environmentalists are few and far between, indisputable. From the oil needed to manufacture and transport a film screening, who introduced her to Here in California, 49 new Marine Protected Areas in Southern California will be implemented on January 1, Orser, friend and a clear decision was made to vote for health, bags around the planet to the massive amount of plastic trash polystyrene (Styrofoam) ban made sense for folks at the Chamber of Commerce, the 2012. The area spans from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County down to the U.S./Mexico border, protects community and a cleaner planet. supporter of Save Our the city, for our oceans, and for kids, parents, Old Town Salinas Association and several upcoming events 354 square miles of state waters, and accounts for about 15% of the waters in that region. restaurateurs, marine biologists, and ocean In the future, when your grandkids ask you: Shores for many years. advocates alike. The Capitola City Council Councilmembers. A letter writing campaign, non-stop grassroots organizing, and a flood “What was Styrofoam?” Tell them about then voted to make its 18-year-old voluntary how plastic used to pollute the ocean and Welcoming Ronn Rygg to the SOS Board of Directors November 12 December 17 JaNuary 28 ban mandatory. of media attention followed. wind up in the stomachs of baby albatross 10am – NooN 10am – NooN 10am – NooN At the Salinas City Council meeting on and sea turtles. Then tell them how people Ronn first came to the Monterey Bay while touring California during his college years, later settling Four years later, Laura Kasa stood in front of Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup, Santa Cruz Monthly Beach Cleanup, Winter Soquel Creek Cleanup August 16, 2011, 22 people spoke in support got organized to clean up our planet, how in Monterey to teach at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ronn began a second career in non-profits the Salinas City Council as they considered Fort Ord Dunes State Park Twin Lakes State Beach February 11 of the ban. The mayor was surprised — he scientists and engineers figured out how to when he became the founding Executive Director of a homeless veterans program at the former their own ban on polystyrene take-out November 19 JaNuary 21 10am – NooN had rarely seen the council chambers so full make biodegradable containers. Tell them Fort Ord. Ronn is currently the Director of 2-1-1, a program of United Way Monterey County. containers. And while most would have 10am – NooN 10am – NooN Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup, with members of the public. about fearless and tireless advocates for our A relationship and access to the sea has always been important to Ronn, and Save Our Shores said that the inland, agricultural community Santa Cruz Monthly Beach Cleanup, Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup, Monterey State Beach (North of Best “For the first time in five years of attending environment. And show them by example allows him to become much more active in promoting its welfare for the benefit of all. Prior to Cowell and Main Beach Del Monte/ Monterey Municipal Beach Western) February 25 of Salinas would be one of the last places to adopt such a ban, Save Our Shores was these meetings, the American Chemistry how to support the advocates, activists and joining the Board he began his service with SOS as a Sanctuary Steward in 2011. His teenage son 10am – NooN December 10 JaNuary 21 February 18 San Lorenzo River Cleanup at Hwy 1, determined to make that happen. Council and the California Restaurant decision-makers who lead us in the right Travis, who also loves the oceans and its inhabitants, joins him in many SOS activities. 10am – NooN 10am – NooN 10am - NooN End of Felker Street off Ocean Street Association did not show up. The council direction. Ronn is truly one of a kind. He has already been a huge help to SOS, be it through advocating for a bag ban in Monterey, Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup, Santa Cruz Monthly Beach Cleanup, Santa Cruz Monthly Beach Cleanup, Extension sharing his photography skills, or helping out at our two largest beach cleanups of the year in Monterey County! Ronn is Moss Landing State Beach Seacliff State Beach Seabright State Beach pictured with Laura Kasa, Executive Director of Save Our Shores.
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