Blog Archive: Coastlines & Beaches

Dangerous high surf to return Thursday

Los Angeles County lifeguards warned swimmers to be especially careful in the ocean because of western swells and high tides that delivered waves from 6 to 12 feet high Tuesday. Towering waves are expected to return Thursday, again creating strong rip currents and dangerous ocean patterns that could continue through next week, according to the National Weather Service.

‘King tides,’ when sun, moon align, could flood California coast

LOS ANGELES — Exceptionally high tides along the California coast could bring flooding to low-lying areas like marinas and beach parking lots. The National Weather Service says so-called “king tides,” starting Tuesday could affect areas from San Francisco Bay down to Southern California. The highest level of the week will be Wednesday.

“Manhattan Beach from Above” video earns global recognition

Manhattan Beach’s Scott McFarlane’s beautiful footage of Manhattan Beach from above garnered global attention this week as Gizmodo Español included his video on “10 FLIGHTS OVER THE PLANET VIA DRONE THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS,” following a featured stint on National Geographic Nederland.

Big Southern California waves, coastal flooding possible this week

A combination of astronomical high tides and swell from a storm in the Gulf of Alaska will bring the possibility of local coastal flooding to parts of Southern California this week, with areas at risk including Long Beach, Malibu and Venice Beach. The National Weather Service says high tides well over 6 feet are expected from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo counties at midmorning Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Coast Guard Air Station at LAX moving to Oxnard in 2016, which may bring some noise relief to South Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard, a fixture at Los Angeles International Airport since 1962, will move its Air Station Los Angeles to Ventura County by mid-2016. The move means a loss of about 100 local jobs as the 18 pilots and 85 ground crew members relocate to the Oxnard air base with the four distinctive, bright orange MH-65 Dolphin short-range rescue helicopters.

San Pedro residents push to open up Sunken City for public use

There’s an allure about Sunken City that’s hard to resist. Explorers from as far away as Europe are drawn to the post-apocalyptic landscaped ruins, the collapsed remains of what once was a San Pedro neighborhood offering an edge-of-the-world view of the vast Pacific Ocean. The 6-acre property at the eastern end of Point Fermin Park is dotted with “No Trespassing” signs — often scrawled over with graffiti — because it’s also dangerous. Many people have fallen to their deaths after getting too close to the cliff’s edge.

United States Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles

Home of Hollywood’s Real Heroes U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The unit started as an aviation detachment in 1962 with two HO-4s helicopters and has since grown to a station supporting four MH-65C “Dolphin” Helicopters.  Air Station Los Angeles maintains a Search and Rescue helicopter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is responsible for protecting the coastal area of Southern California from

Stranded sea lion pups overwhelming San Pedro Marine Mammal Care Center

By Kristin S. Agostoni, Staff Writer Dozens of bony sea lion pups are overwhelming San Pedro’s Marine Mammal Care Center — barking, yelping, and groaning like restless children. A cadre of dedicated volunteers is struggling to keep up with the surge, possibly brought on by more pups leaving their mothers earlier than usual, center officials believe. Without refined hunting skills, the pups are turning up on local beaches emaciated and confused. The center in January

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