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Adrian Martinez, NRDC alum, Santa Monica, California

Adrian Martinez

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Health and environmental justice advocates railroaded by LA City Council

Posted May 8, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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For a City Council that has gotten many things right, it was hit by a train of misinformation in its approval of BNSF’s Southern California International Gateway railyard project today.  After hours of testimony on this matter, the City Council...continued

LA city council overwhelmingly supports new direction on trash

Posted April 24, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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In one week, the LA City Council has tackled adopting a position to move away from coal and addressing its trash woes — talk about a productive Earth Week in LA.  On trash today, the Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved...continued

Ready, Set, Recycle! Move Forward LA on Solving our Trash Problems

Posted April 16, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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There’s a growing impatience amongst those committed to pushing LA to meet its ambitious Zero Waste goals.  For years, the Don’t Waste LA Coalition, which includes Sierra Club, Coalition for Clean Air, Sustain LA, and NRDC, has been pushing to...continued

Its Time to Clean Up and Green Up Los Angeles

Posted April 15, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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The Los Angeles City Council is currently exploring an innovative program to address the severe, disproportionate impact of pollution on three of the most overburdened communities in Los Angeles—Wilmington, Pacoima and Boyle Heights.  The Policy is called Clean Up Green...continued

Celebrating victories for health in the Los Angeles harbor area

Posted March 27, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Today, I attended a press conference at the Wilmington Health Center, which provides health services to the port-adjacent community of Wilmington, California.  The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation hosted its first annual health fair to celebrate the opening of a new...continued

Landfills were so 2012: LA Bureau of Sanitation proposes progressive vision for LA's waste

Posted February 15, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Today, the LA Bureau of Sanitation released its initial draft implementation plan for moving to an exclusive franchise for businesses and large apartment buildings in the City of Los Angeles.  As you recall, at the November vote, the LA City...continued

¡Sí Se Pudo! - I-710 Communities Gain Momentum for Real Transportation Solutions

Posted February 1, 2013 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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There’s nothing like a raucous public hearing to get the blood pumping on a Thursday night.  Last night, I attended the Project Committee meeting for the I-170 expansion project.  The Project Committee is an advisory body to Caltrans, Gateway Cities...continued

LA vote sends city on right path for managing waste

Posted November 14, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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On the eve of America Recycles Day (November 15), the City of Los Angeles made an historic waste vote.  Today, LA sent a loud and clear policy directive to establish an exclusive franchise system with strong standards for waste haulers servicing businesses and large...continued

Transforming LA's trash collection for next 50 years

Posted November 12, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve blogged about waste reform in the City of Los Angeles.  Following is a summary of where we are with the proposed waste reform so folks just tuning in and those who have followed the...continued

LA County's Measure J fast tracks important transportation projects

Posted November 5, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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There has been a lot of discussion about Measure J, which will appear on the ballot tomorrow for L.A. County residents.  NRDC urges residents in L.A. County to vote YES on Measure J.  Measure J would extend by an additional...continued

Participation in the public planning process does not make you a terrorist

Posted September 18, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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This year, I have heard an unprecedented amount of criticism directed at community groups participating in the planning process.  In one instance, at a meeting with business leaders and political leaders, I heard one of the proponents of the University...continued

Unanimous vote for waste reform in Los Angeles

Posted August 30, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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After a 4 ½ hour hearing, including strong testimony from members of Don’t Waste LA coalition, the LA City Energy & Environment Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction & Recycling unanimously approved pushing a policy framework for...continued

Finding fool's gold in LA's waste hauling industry

Posted August 29, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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When I was younger, my brother duped me into thinking I had huge wealth by giving me an iron pyrite rock, otherwise known as fool’s gold.  With the recent Chief Administrative Officer’s report on waste in Los Angeles, I’m having...continued

Building a mega freeway in LA: What's the cost?

Posted August 9, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice

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Yesterday, I attended a public hearing on the I-710 expansion in Long Beach.  Just to refresh everyone’s memory, this project plans to expand the approximately 18 miles of road from around East Los Angeles/Commerce down to Long Beach.  Currently, the...continued

Can punk rock solve LA's traffic woes?

Posted June 1, 2012 by Adrian Martinez in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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I found a story on KPCC about a video produced by a Boyle Heights punk rocker named Eddie Solis who plays in a group called It's Casual.  The song calledThe Red Line discusses highways in Los Angeles compared to transit. ...continued

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