The city will spend $450,000 of the $1.1 million in funding it will receive from this year's state budget on beach cleaning equipment and on efforts to improve ocean water quality. The city has designated money for three projects: environmental education in cooperation with inland cities that contribute to pollution, constructing and operating a debris boon on the San Gabriel River and tackling physical waste by buying a rig that can remove larger pieces of waste from the beach.
Pollution of the beach is a significant problem, said City Councilman Shawn Boyd. "We know what needs to be done. It's just a matter of going out and doing it," he said.