The article you are now reading has been timed to go live one second after the press embargo on the annual Heal the Bay state beach report card is lifted. So, without further ado, we can inform you that the most fecal bacteria-infested, nastiest beach in all the Golden State is: Avalon Harbor Beach on Catalina Island in Los Angeles County (same as last year). Actually six of the 10 nastiest beaches were in Los Angeles County. San Francisco County eluded this dubious distinction -- though Sonoma County's Campbell Cove State Park Beach did come in at No. 9 (this beach, too, is a repeat offender).
Grades are: From April to October, dry weather overall, and wet weather overall.
Aquatic Park Beach, Hyde St. Pier (proj. of Larkin St.) A A A+
Aquatic Park Beach, 211 Station A B C
Crissy Field Beach East, 202.4 Station A B B
Crissy Field Beach West 202.5 station A+ A+ A
Baker Beach East, Ocean #15 East A A A+
Baker Beach, Lobos Creek F F A+
Baker Beach West, Ocean #16 A A A
China Beach, end of Sea Cliff Ave. A A A+
Ocean Beach, projection of Balboa Ave. A A B
Ocean Beach, projection of Lincoln Way A A C
Ocean Beach, projection of Sloat Blvd. A+ A C
Candlestick Point, Jackrabbit Beach A A D
Candlestick Point, Windsurfer Circle A B F
Candlestick Point, Sunnydale Cove A A F