Olguin campus pool to open to residents

San Pedro High School Olguin campus pool opened in fall 2012.

San Pedro High School Olguin campus pool. Photo by Pinner Construction.

LAUSD will be opening the pool at the San Pedro High School’s John and Muriel Olguin camps to the public this summer. Details are still being worked out with the Department of Recreation and Parks. The pool will most likely be available to the public from June through August.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino found the money for staffing and programming while LAUSD District 7 Board President, Dr. Richard Vladovic found the money for maintenance and operational costs during the summer months.

More details will be announced when available.

Gaffey Street Pool plans

An overview of what the proposed Gaffey Street Pool renovations will look like on completion.

In the meantime, work is ongoing at the Gaffey Street Pool which will also be available during the summer months starting in 2016.

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Safety Events for the Coast

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Senior Lead Officer Eve Wight is hosting a meeting at the LAPD Harbor Station this Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am. The meeting is for discussing a camera at the bathrooms and park in Wilder’s Annex at Paseo del Mar and Meyler.

CSPNC SAFETY SUMMIT

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is hosting a Public Safety Summit on the same day, Saturday 3/28, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Bogdanovich Recreation Center. Come out to meet your neighbors, LAPD Block Captains and City Officials. This is an opportunity to bring up any community concerns you may have.

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Local Easter Activities

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015:

Annual Point Fermin Lighthouse Egg Hunt!
Crafts start at 10:30, egg hunt at 11:00.
Ages 2 to 10.
Free; Donations welcome.

Bogdanovich Recreation Center Spring Egg Hunt, arts and crafts, games
1920 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 548-7590
10am-12pm
Ages 1-13
FREE

Peck Park Recreation Center Arts and crafts, egg dying, Spring Egg Hunt
560 N Western Ave, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 548-7580
11am-2pm
All Ages
FREE

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015:

Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse Arts and crafts, egg dying and Spring Egg Hunt
3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548-7554
2pm-5pm
Ages 5-12
FREE

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Pints for Pinnipeds fundraiser

The Corner Store is hosting a fun fundraiser called Pints for Pinnipeds for the Marine Mammal Care Center on Saturday, March 14, 2015. You can preregister for the fundraiser at the Corner Store (cash or check) or the Marine Mammal Care Center (accepts credit cards). Tastings are at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00pm and cost $25 each. Get your tickets while they are HOT! They will go fast!

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Palisades Neighborhood Watch Meeting 2/18

UPDATE: Meeting will start at 6pm.

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight will be holding a Palisades neighborhood watch meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 7:00pm 6:00 PM at White Point Elementary School at 1410 Silvius Avenue.

She will have the Quality-of-Life car officers there for a brief introduction and will talk about crime numbers and some of the progress that the Neighborhood Watches have made. Special guest Rebecca Nagy will be making a terrorism update presentation.

Officer Wight will aim to be there early if people have questions and want or need to talk.

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Neighborhood News

There’s a lot of news for our part of town this week. Grab your coffee and read on!

New CERT Class to be taught by LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight:

The Alma Park Neighborhood Watch has requested a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class be taught for their group. The class will be held every Saturday starting on Saturday February 7th from 10 am to 12 noon in the Community Room at Harbor Division Station. The Class will be co-taught by Sr. Lead Officer Wight and Officer Garcenila.

The Alma Park Block Captain has asked to extend the invitation to other neighborhood watches to see if anyone is interested. If you would like to join this class please send Officer Wight an email with your contact information to 37814@lapd.lacity.org.

Crime updates from Lower Palisades East Neighborhood Watch Lead Charles Rannells:

Turf destruction at Wilder's Annex.

  1. On January 25th at 10:15 p.m. a dark colored raised double cab pickup was seen repeatedly doing spin outs on the grass by the Wilder Annex bathrooms. It tore up an area of turf the size of a football field.
  2. On January 25th a bunch of dark colored Hondas raced up and down Paseo del Mar and through the stop sign at Barbara and Pasel del Mar;
  3. Three thefts from vehicles, two on upper Emily, one on W. 37th near Leland;  two were from unlocked vehicles;
  4. The destruction of a garage door padlock on upper Cabrillo;
  5. Repeated sightings of a hooded young man on a bike suspiciously eyeing properties on Roxbury;
  6. A grey fairly recent model Mustang speeding westward down the center lane of PDM at ca. 70 mph at 10:30 in the morning, then through the Barbara Street stop sign without slowing down, then up a side street; too fast to get a description or license plate number. Any leads on who this might be are most welcome and will be treated confidentially of course.
  7. Recently a vehicle was broken into on the 3600 block of Emily near W. 37th.

Officer Wight has been asked by the Auto Detectives to put out a quick alert about a new trend being seen mostly in the Point Fermin neighborhood. Work trucks and vans with external locking mechanisms (padlocks, etc.) are being targeted. Thieves are prying off the external locks and raiding the vans for heavy equipment (compressors, power tools, etc.). If you or someone you know brings their work home with them, encourage them to park in a gated driveway or garage. If you can manage it, try backing your van up against a wall or some other item to block access to the rear doors.

The burglary of garages and carports continues to be a problem as well. Detectives are working hard to identify any suspects that might be responsible. If you see someone cruising alleys late at night, on a bike or in a car, passing by multiple times, pausing in front of different homes or alley garages, try to get a good description and a license plate (if it’s a car) and don’t be afraid to call it in!

New stop signs at Paseo del Mar and Roxbury

Be careful when driving down Paseo del Mar. At the request of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and local residents, new stop signs have been installed on Paseo del Mar at Roxbury.

USMC Training Exercises at Warehouse One between April 11–13, 2015

Be forewarned…the United States Marine Corp (USMC) will be conducting dynamic training exercises at Warehouse 1 (Berth 69 at the southern end of Signal Street in the Port of Los Angeles) between April 11–13, 2015 in order to evaluate and certify forces preparing from deployment overseas.

Members of the Maritime Raid Force (MRF) will conduct a raid of the target site and they will approach from the sea during hours of darkness.  The exercise force will use blank-fire ammunition, flash-bangs and smoke generating devices for added realism.  Helicopter operations will be included in this event (including people rappelling from a rope).  There may also be sniper live-fire and small explosions.

Filming by Korean Friendship Bell

There is a scheduled film shoot by the Korean Friendship Bell on Monday, February 2. From the looks of the description, it looks like there will be some barbecuing for a Target commercial, but I could be wrong. :-)

Point Fermin Residents’ Meeting

The next Point Fermin Residents meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Redmen’s Hall, 543 Shepard Street.

Tentative Agenda:
9:00 a.m.  LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight. Officer Wight will have to leave no later than 9:30, so if you have issues you wish to discuss with her, you must be at the meeting early.

9:30 a.m.  Updates on Sunken City, the Lighthouse ownership, Hey Rookie Pool renovations, Angels Gate, and Port activity

Adjourn by 11 a.m.

If you have specific issues, please email them to June Burlingame Smith at burling102@aol.com ahead of time so she can try to make sure your concerns are addressed by the proper people.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your day!

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Crime alert

The following information was forwarded to us by Neighborhood Watch Captain Charles Rannells:

Our Senior Lead Officer Eve Wight needs our help:

On 01/02/2015 around 12:30  p.m. at 26th Place and Patton, an elderly woman out walking was shoved from behind by a guy who grabbed her purse, jumped into a waiting dark colored or black SUV, and fled. He was short, heavy set and was wearing a black and white jacket. The victim was unharmed but shaken.

At about the same time at 20th Street and Walker three male Hispanics trying to break into a home were scared off by neighbors and jumped into a dark colored or black SUV which fled the area.

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Sign up for Point Fermin CERT class starting 1/6!

[This article has been updated on January 6, 2015]

TheSanPedroCoast.com is organizing a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class being held in the Point Fermin at the Wigwam Lodge at 543 Shepard Street. The class will be one 2.5-hour class per week for seven consecutive weeks. There is no fee, just your time and commitment.

In the CERT training, residents learn to:

  • manage utilities and put out small fires,
  • treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
  • provide basic medical aid,
  • search for and rescue victims safely,
  • organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
  • and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

The class is being taught by LAFD Firefighter Alex Butler. The current (updated) schedule for the class is:

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Gaffey Street Design meeting January 8

Gaffey Street in downtown San Pedro isn’t in our neighborhood but most of us traverse it quite regularly. Planning for revising Gaffey street is in the conceptual phase. Come hear about the ideas and share your own at the next meeting.

From our friends at the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council:

On January 8th, at 6:00 pm, LANI (the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) in conjunction with the San Pedro Neighborhood Councils, will hold a public meeting to focus on the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan and the controversial lane reductions that are a part of this plan. LADOT’s new General Manager, Seleta Reynolds, will participate in this meeting. Please join us for an in-depth consideration of this proposal in order to be a part of an informed decision-making process. This meeting will be held in the Croatian Cultural Center at 510 W. Seventh Street, San Pedro.

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Flashlight Walk tonight!

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch, Peggy Thompson-LIndquist, owner of The Corner Store, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Eve White, and City Councilman Joe Buscaino are hosting Los Angeles’ largest Neighborhood Watch Flashlight Walk tonight from 6–9 pm.

Get out your flashlights and walk to the Corner Store at 1118 W. 37th St. The Corner Store will stay open late tonight until 9pm. In front of the store there will be milk and cookies, hot chocolate and coffee and a sing-along led by Rich D’Anna.

The purpose of this Flashlight Walk is to illustrate that Coastal San Pedro is safe for an evening walk for families and that neighbors are always out and watching their neighborhood.

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