October 7, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Illegal Dumping at Palisades-Malibu YMCA Will Cost Organization $1,500

Three bags of mulch dumped on environmentally sensitive land 

By Dolores Quintana

An incident of illegal dumping on the Palisades-Malibu YMCA land will cost the organization around $1,500 to remove three piles of mulch.  

On Wednesday, August 10, Palisades-Malibu YMCA Executive Director Jim Kirtley was notified by a volunteer that an unknown party had dumped three piles of mulch on YMCA land that is classified as environmentally sensitive. 

According to Kirtley, when he went to check how the unknown parties gained access to the land, he found that they had cut the pole that the chain was normally attached to that blocked off the area, rather than just cutting the chain itself. 

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA is located at 821 Vía De La Paz in Pacific Palisades but has land at Temescala Canyon Park. Nearly all of the land north of the Malibu city strip–in the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone–is considered Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (EHSA) by the California Coastal Commission and this includes the YMCA land that abuts the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s Temescal Canyon Park. The area is also at high-risk for fires. 

“It’s a fire hazard to all those homes above that area,” Kirtley said in a phone interview. “So now, whatever, person or company did this, [has] now put the disposal responsibilities onto the YMCA. Now we’re gonna have to use dollars that we could potentially have used in the community to clean up somebody’s mess. Those dollars are now going for that versus helping out a family that is in need,”

Not only did the parties responsible for the dumping leave their mulch on YMCA land, they also dumped more of the mulch on land that belongs to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, in Temescal Canyon Park, as well. 

According to Kirtley, it will cost around $1,500 to remove the mulch from the land. 

“It’s about $500 for load, I believe, to dispose of, so with three loads it is potentially $1,500, that they got away with not having to pay for themselves. I’m going to have to have a crew come in and do that. We’ll see if we can work together [with the Santa Monica Conservancy] to maybe do it on a cheaper bid because they had a load or two dumped on their property as well,” Kirtley said. 

In addition to the money that the YMCA will have to spend on cleanup, it’s possible that they may have to spend more to install security cameras as well.

“We may have to install an expensive camera system because of this which would be additional dollars that the YMCA is going to have to spend that normally would be giving to families or going towards programs to get things to families in need. I think it’s important that people know that there’s a ripple effect and how it affects the community, along with the fire hazard issue,” Kirtley said.

If anyone has any information about the illegal dumping or who may be responsible, you can email YMCA Executive Director Jim Kirtley at jimkirtley@ymcala.org.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Burger Joint Big Jo’s Closing After 65 Years

October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

Restaurant to close October 17 after property sold By Sam Catanzaro Burger joint Big Jo’s, a Santa Monica institution for...

Madame Wu, Famed Santa Monica Restaurateur, Dies at 106

October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

Restaurateur begind Madame Wu’s Garden passes away September 19 By Dolores Quintana Sylvia Wu, born Sylvia Cheng, was much better...

Stacked Lineup of Restaurants Planned for Delta’s New LAX Terminal

October 6, 2022

October 6, 2022

Alfred Coffee, Native, Chicken + Beer and more set to come to the all-new Terminal 3 By Dolores Quintana A...

Third Annual Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Application Period Now Open

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

Applications due January 6, 2022 Submitted by the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) Committee The Venice Japanese American Memorial...

Santa Monica Human Services Grants Program Request for Proposal for FY 2023-27 Now Open

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

Applications due January 18, 2022  On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the City of Santa Monica released a Request for Proposals...

Westside Ladies Clean Up History in Santa Monica

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

Members of the Santa Monica Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) spent some time this past month cleaning a...

Local Businesses Donate $400,000 to We Are Santa Monica Fund to Support Police Cadet Program

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

Program to be reinstituted thanks to donation Last week, the Santa Monica City Council approved budget appropriations for a $400,000...

Chevy Takes Over Electric Avenue For EV Test Drive Event

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

Local EV test drive event showcase the utility of EVs and EUVs in addition to new models by Chevy..Video sponsored...

Adult Female P-65 Is the First Mountain Lion in Study to Die of Complications From Mange

October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022

P-65 was found dead by biologists on March 4, 2022, near a stream in the central Santa Monica Mountains Adult...

Santa Monica Businesses Welcome German Health Trade and Science Delegation

October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022

German Minister-President, State Secretary and business leaders visit Santa Monica, forging path in artificial intelligence and medicine Quantgene, a Santa...

Santa Monica Police Department to Begin Enforcement for Vehicles Parked on Parkways

October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022

Officers will also enforce vehicles parked on driveway aprons The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will soon begin to cite...

New Affordable Housing Development Coming To 7th Street: Santa Monica Real Estate Report – October 3rd, 2022

October 3, 2022

October 3, 2022

Property, Developments, and Listings on the Westside.*  New Affordable Housing Development Coming To 7th Street* The Director Of Community Services,...

Developer Plans 136 Units of Housing Near Expo-Bundy Station

October 1, 2022

October 1, 2022

By Dolores Quintana  A new development could be on the way near the Metro Expo/Bundy station in the future if...