Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Important Meetings

The Surfrider Foundation is very busy these day...and we need your help at two meetings next week!

On Monday June 1st, the California State Lands Commission is considering significant items related off shore oil-drilling in Santa Barbara and our Raise Above Plastics campaign.
Come out and voice your support!

At the meeting, we need people to testify in support of the following agenda items:

Agenda Item 69. This is a resolution that would support legislation to reduce litter and marine debris by imposing a fee on single-use carryout bags. We all know about the damage plastics are causing in our oceans. Go here: to learn more information that will help you with your testimony.

Agenda Item 70. In January, the State Lands Commission denied an oil-drilling project in Santa Barbra and we need to make sure that decision is not overruled! Item 70 is a resolution opposing the Governor's Budget Revision to override the State Lands Commission denial of the PXP oil-drilling project. Help ensure the decision to protect Santa Barbra coastline is upheld. Go here: to gather more information for talking points during your testimony.


City Of Santa Monica

City Hall Council Chambers
 Room 213, Second Floor

1685 Main Street
 Santa Monica, Ca 90401

We also need voices at the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) meeting on Thursday, June 4--in LA. The Blue Ribbon Taskforce is a panel of experts helping implement the MLPA by establishing a network of protected areas that will help restore our impaired ocean.

We need people to testify in support of marine protected areas! The State is on a timeline to implement the MLPA and it's critical that they hear from the public about how important marine protected areas are to you and you local community.

Go here to learn more about why marine protected areas are so important and what you can say at the MLPA at the meeting on June 4th. To learn more about MLPA go to:

Public comment starts at approximately 9:40am
Where: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel
6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Over the summer we will also be hosting MLPA trainings where you can learn more about Surfrider's efforts and get trained on how you can be part of the MLPA process. There are upcoming MLPA meetings this summer and fall where we need your help! To learn more about MLPA and how you can get involved, contact Stefanie at:


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