I spent Saturday morning on the Green Building Walking Tour set up by the City of Santa Monica. Those folks are waaay ahead of the mossy green curve. We took in several LEED-rated projects, including the Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling Facility (yes yes...SMURRF), and I learned that the local storm drains have been known to take in lovely deer carcasses.
When the coordinator asked who lives in Santa Monica, this one joker said, "I live one block south, but I consider that Santa Monica." Wow...when did it become too embarrassing to admit you live in Venice?