Monday, October 7, 2013


Stand Up For a Dog Beach
OCT. 8, 2013

Dear Dog Beach Advocates,

 We have been waiting for news from Senator Ted Lieu’s office.   Senator Lieu has met with the new Director of State Parks, General Jackson, regarding a dog beach in Santa Monica.  The director responded with a few questions regarding the beach. Senator Lieu consulted with us, waited for official response from the City of Santa Monica.

I am happy to report that the City of Santa Monica has written two great letters to General Jackson, expressing public political will for a dog beach, and how the City will take financial responsibility for it.  Senator Lieu has just included these, along with his own strong follow-up letter.  We are hopeful that this will lead to a breakthrough in getting started on the long-awaited pilot program.

In the meantime...

There is an action we can take to support this process.  Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird has created a new commission called Parks Forward. It is conducting public workshops throughout the state and taking feedback from the public. Soon it will convene in Los Angeles.

Here are three of the questions on the agenda, (along with possible dog beach advocate answers--you may come up with some of your own too...)

-- What can State Parks do to better support and manage effective operating partnerships?
( The City of Santa Monica has an operating agreement with the state and has requested to establish a pilot dog beach and been refused so far. The City is willing to pick up all financial and other responsibility.State parks need to listen more closely to the requests of its partners and honor them.)

 --How would you characterize those groups currently using the state parks in your region, and those groups of potential park visitors that are underserved and under - represented today by your state parks?
 (Volley ball players, picnickers, sun-bathers, skate boarders, bikers, swimmers and others use the public beach, but the 41% of the public who recreate with their dogs are shut out of the state beaches for 75 miles in LA County.)

--What types of parks or park services, facilities, programs, and activities are required to meet the needs of both existing and future visitors?
 (We want to establish an environmentally friendly and user friendly zone on the beach where we can recreate with our dogs.  We are willing to accept limited times, especially in the pilot program to show it can be responsibly run-- as are over 50 other dog beaches in CA.)

To see the complete agenda, please go to

Dog beach advocacy fits perfectly into these categories.
Let's make them hear our message!
We are looking for dog beach advocates to come to the meeting on Oct. 17.  I believe people can only speak for 2 or 3 minutes.  So it may take many voices to politely tell why we want the dog beach. Even if you don't want to say anything, a big showing will also speak to them....we will all wear red and I have some Unleash the Beach badges we can all wear.

If you know you are coming I will send some last minute instructions. But if you happen to get free at the last minute feel free to come anyway.

The Parks Forward meeting  Los Angeles takes place the afternoon of Thursday, October 17.
Radisson USC,
3540 S. Figeuroa
Los Angeles, Ca 90007
Schedule is from 3-7pm.

If you can’t make it at 3, but can get there before 5, I believe our topics will start after the break at 5.  There is $10 hotel parking or you can park at a meter on the street
It is walking distance from the USC metro stop.

Please RSVP at if you can come.

Hope to see you soon.

Woofs and howls
Georja Umano
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