February 28, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

A Carcinogenic Chemical Roundup in Los Angeles

3:19pm

City Councilmember Mike Bonin is asking for the Department of Recreation and Parks to look into alternatives to the use of Roundup – an herbicide that contains chemicals listed as probable carcinogens and linked to certain forms of cancer.

Bonin’s legislation comes after the Palisades News reported that neighbors in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood expressed concerns with the use of Roundup, which is manufactured by agrochemical company Monsanto, in canyons near their homes. Department of Recreation and Parks employees had been spraying the chemical in the bluffs below Via del las Olas and El Medio, as well as along both sides of lower Temescal Canyon Park in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood in order to eliminate weeds.

“Protecting the health and safety of people in the neighborhoods I represent is my top priority, and I share the concerns of neighbors who objected to the use of Roundup in areas around their neighborhood,” said Bonin. “This legislation asks for the Department of Recreation and Parks to report to the Council on the use of this dangerous chemical and to explore alternatives that better protect neighbors from harm.”

Roundup contains glyphosate, which is one of the most-used herbicides currently used in the United States. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), glyphosate is also likely a dangerous carcinogen that has been connected with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Studies have also liked the use of Roundup with bee colony collapses, monarch butterfly die-offs, Parkinson’s disease, cancer cases and increased autism rates.

After receiving calls from concerned residents, the Department of Recreation and Parks agreed to temporarily stop spraying the chemical in the Pacific Palisades.

“I greatly appreciate that the Department of Recreation and Parks was so responsive to neighborhood concerns,” said Bonin. “But we need to start looking at other alternatives to using this potentially dangerous chemical in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.”

Bonin’s motion was seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz and will be considered by the City Council’s Arts, Parks and River committee. The motion can be read and downloaded at http://www.11thdistrict.com/mike_acts_to_stop_use_of_roundup_in_neighborhoods.

Tags: in Opinion
Related Posts

New Program Can Help Protect Southern California Homes in the Event of an Earthquake

May 13, 2023

May 13, 2023

Residents Have Until May 31 To Apply For Seismic Retrofit Grants By Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer for the California...

Venice Shorts: Tree Trimming Underway Thanks to the Vsa!

April 28, 2023

April 28, 2023

VSA Has Taken up the Task of Trimming Italian Stone Pine Trees. By Nick Antonicello Following the recent toppling of...

Venice Stakeholders Association’s Comments on Traci Park’s Broken Bridge Housing Promise

April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023

By Marc Ryavec I have been struggling with how to address the phenomenon that someone I and many others in...

Column: Tired OF Declinists? Some Enduring New California Positives

April 18, 2023

April 18, 2023

By Thomas D. Elias California has taken a beating lately, with (mostly Republican) governors of other states blasting many aspects...

Venice Shorts: The South Venice Blvd Encampment, Is It a Candidate for a City Cleanup?

April 14, 2023

April 14, 2023

One of the last of the large encampments closest to the beach, Venetians are hopeful help is on the way!...

Venice Shorts: Averill Defeats Tyminski 63%-37% to Become President of Venice Neighborhood Council

April 3, 2023

April 3, 2023

In second bid for top spot, surfer/photographer Brian Averill coasts to an easy win against Venice attorney and outgoing Vice-President...

Column: Install at LAX Tiny Homes From The State Grant

March 31, 2023

March 31, 2023

By Clark Brown On March 16  Governor Newsom announced in Sacramento, his first stop on his State of the State of...

Venice Shorts: Night & Day – Flower & Lincoln Transformed, Back in Business

March 28, 2023

March 28, 2023

By Nick Antonicello In what was a Venice eyesore just a few months ago has been transformed into a place...

Opinion: Please Vote for Daffodil Tyminski

March 25, 2023

March 25, 2023

This is Tom Williams, your neighbor at 1011 Main Street.  With the upcoming VNC election this Sunday, I wanted to reach...

Venice Shorts: Popular Local Jim Robb Seeks Vp Slot, Endorses Brian Averill for President of the VNC!

March 23, 2023

March 23, 2023

By Nick Antonicello  VENICE – In a twist of events longtime Community Officer Jim Robb will now be seeking the...

Venice Shorts: Tabor Family Legacy Amara Hordt Seeks Seat on VNC This Sunday!

March 22, 2023

March 22, 2023

Local realtor looks to follow a family legacy of engaged community involvement here in Venice By Nick Antonicello VENICE –...

Venice Shorts: Erica Moore, A Cheerleader For Venice In Her Run For Community Officer!

March 22, 2023

March 22, 2023

By Nick Antonicello VENICE – Local caterer Erica Moore is making a second run for the Venice Neighborhood Council, but...

Venice Shorts: Running Unopposed, Nico Ruderman’s Deep Dive Into Politics and Government Continues!

March 22, 2023

March 22, 2023

By Nick Antonicello VENICE – It has been an interesting two years of political action, involvement and advocacy for Nico...

Venice Shorts: “V” for Venice Volunteer

March 20, 2023

March 20, 2023

Media professional, local business owner and Dad, Eric Alan Donaldson is defined by his volunteerism and love of Venice. By...

Deborah Keaton, a Consensus Building Candidate for VNC Community Officer!

March 20, 2023

March 20, 2023

Creative director, global brander and private business owner seeks a general consensus on what’s best for Venice moving forward.  By...