CSPNC to vote on Paseo del Mar and Alma St changes

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be discussing coastal streets at their monthly stakeholder’s meeting, Monday March 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

How do you feel about added roundabouts on Paseo del Mar at Barbara and Roxbury Streets? Or the re-routing of SPHS Olguin Campus busses? To see other changes the CSPNC Transportation and Public Safety Committees are recommending to the CSPNC board, see below.

12. PASEO TRAFFIC CALMING MOTION | CSPNC Transportation Committee

Whereas it has been over two years since the landslide closed Paseo Del Mar

Whereas the City has indicated it would be a minimum of five years before the road could be rebuilt depending on the stability of the impacted land and City funding

Whereas the traffic issues triggered by the landslide and the opening of South Region High School 15 (SPHS John M and Muriel Olguin Campus) combined with the traffic issues in existence prior to the landslide have created an unsafe environment for the impacted stakeholders

Whereas there continues to be significant non-resident traffic driving to the dead end of Paseo Del Mar and then either making u-turn on Paseo Del Mar back to Gaffey Street or driving through adjacent streets to gain access to 25th

Therefore, be it resolved, the CSPNC requests the City of Los Angeles Council District 15, Bureau of Engineering, and Department of Transportation to 1) proceed urgently, but no later than September 30th 2014 with traffic plan to install roundabouts on Paseo Del Mar at Roxbury and Barbara – with raised medians and a “Road Closed” signs on the median and illuminated crosswalks, 2) proceed with the approved and promised cul de sac with raised median at Paseo Del Mar and Weymouth, 3) request Mapquest, Google and Yahoo Maps to change the status of Paseo Del Mar at Weymouth as “closed” in their map system, and 4) require the City funding for the rebuilding of Paseo Del Mar to be used for any cost of traffic mitigation to make the impacted neighborhoods safe.

13. SOUTH ALMA STREET MOTION – ENSURE PROPER SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL TO ENSURE ROADWAY INTEGRITY ONCE RE-PAVED | CSPNC Transportation Committee

Whereas, City of Los Angeles, Public Works, has notified residents that South Alma Street will be undergoing a substantial re-pavement project beginning in March 2014 from 25th Street to 37th Street

Whereas, Alma Street has seen substantial traffic increases by both vehicular and pedestrian users over the past few years due to the White Point Landslide and the opening of the San Pedro High Olguin Campus…

Whereas, the LA City has announced plans to create a “sharrow” lane on South Alma Street between 37th Street and 25th Street (Northbound)

Whereas, South Alma Street is not rated to withstand the stress of overweight vehicles (i.e., busses, commercial trucks, etc.) due to fill settling, the presence of water flow under the street and street engineering considerations all of which is evident by the rapid rise of manholes to several inches above street level and the rapid degradation of the street over a very short period of time (past couple years)…

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is insisting that the following safety and traffic control measures are taken to preserve the integrity and safety of the newly paved street:

• Overweight vehicles must be advised to use alternate routes appropriate for their weight (i.e., Gaffey Street, etc.) via signage located at 25th Street and 37th Street on Alma Street and enhanced traffic enforcement by LAPD.

• LAUSD must re-route school busses, and other overweight LAUSD vehicles, to utilize entrance and exit opportunities located on Gaffey Street (i.e., buses enter at Leavenworth Street and exit via Barlow Saxton Road at the Gaffey Street signal making a smooth one-way loop that minimizes traffic impacts on the community and other vehicles using the roadway around the school).

• LAUSD, in conjunction with neighboring residents, develop a traffic plan that encourages parents and students using vehicles to access the school in such a way to minimize impact on the local community and foster a stronger relationship with its neighbors.

• Additionally, the installation of speed humps must be strongly considered to help reduce the excessive speed of traffic using Alma Street and improve the safety for children, families, pedestrians and vehicles using the street.

14. SOUTH ALMA RE-PAVE SAFETY MOTION | Public Safety Committee

Whereas, City of Los Angeles, Public Works, has notified residents that South Alma Street will be undergoing a substantial re-pavement project beginning in March 2014 from 25th Street to 37th Street…

Whereas, Alma Street has seen substantial traffic increases by both vehicular and pedestrian users over the past few years due to the Paseo Del Mar Landslide and the opening of the San Pedro High Olguin Campus…

Whereas, the LA City has announced plans to create a ‘sharrow’ lane on South Alma Street between 37th Street and 25th Street (Northbound)…

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is insisting that the following safety measures are taken on the newly paved street:

  • Stop signs must be marked on the pavement with corresponding stopping lines appropriate for the direction of traffic. In regards to the stop sign at Alma Street and 37th Street (the site of numerous accidents) road markings are to include advanced ‘stop ahead’ markings and reflective materials. The inclusion of reflective bumps must be strongly considered.
  • Intersections along the East side of Alma Street (the side of the San Pedro High School Olguin Campus) must all be painted with double parallel line crosswalks to ensure the safety of pedestrians and students using the sidewalk.
  • The sidewalk on the East side North of 37th Street on Alma Street must be completed from the LAUSD property line to 37th Street to ensure a continuous safe path for pedestrians walking South towards the coast.
  • Speed limits (and related postings) must be made 25mph from 25th Street to 37th Street to ensure continuity between each block and a safe rate of speed in a residential community (currently, speed limits alternate between 25mph and 35mph causing confusion for drivers and increased, unnecessary, safety risk for many residents, particularly those with small children).

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Neighborhood Watch meeting standing room only

A good-sized crowd attended the Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch meeting organized by local resident Jennifer Grasso. LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Junior Nua (Wilmington area) filled in for SLO Eve Wight who is fighting the flu (get well soon!).

Concerns voiced by residents covered a broad spectrum: burglaries, gunfire, trash, homeless, park usage and unlocked gates, parties, speeding, vehicles using the trails in the nature preserve, security cameras, etc.

Several tips were shared such as placing a large dog food bowl and toy outside your house, outfitting your house with security cameras and motion-detector lights, cutting shrubbery away from windows, and adding ‘No Soliciting’ signs. Officer Nua requested that residents keep calling LAPD whenever there is a problem. Ongoing problems can be reported to Councilman Buscaino’s office.

There will be another Neighborhood Watch meeting to be scheduled soon to follow up on concerns voiced at today’s meeting. After that, meetings will be held quarterly.

On our website we added a new Neighborhood Watch page to our website as well as a comprehensive list of Crime & Safety Contacts including phone numbers, email addresses, and website links. Please let us know if we missed anything!

If you have any questions for Officer Nua, he can be reached at 31681@LAPD.LACITY.org or 310-869-2177. Many thanks to Jennifer Grasso for getting the ball rolling and organizing this meeting.  Contact us if you are interested in joining Neighborhood Watch. Be safe!

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Upcoming coastal events

Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 am
Marine Exchange board room
LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight will be giving Neighborhood Watch 101 to interested Palisades residents. She will also be listening to your concerns.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 9am–12pm
White Point Nature Preserve

South Shores Homeowners Assoc. Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm–9pm
South Shores Magnet School Auditorium

Ranger Hike
Saturday, January 25, 10am–12pm
White Point Nature Preserve
Every 4th Saturday at 10am (except holidays) join a park ranger for a guided family hike on the 102-acre Preserve in San Pedro through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub wildflower grassland habitat.

Native Plant Sale
Saturday, January 25, 12pm–2pm
White Point Nature Preserve
New for 2014! The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will be holding a native plants sale in our neighborhood on the last Saturday of each month in 2014. Come pick up your plants to start your own garden.

Whale Fiesta
Sunday, January 26, 10am–4pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Join the fun with a Great Duct Tape Whale Contest, face painting, music, marine mammal-related arts and crafts projects for all ages, a puppet show, a life-sized walk-through whale and a passport contest for fabulous prizes.

CSPNC Public Safety Meeting
Sunday, January 25, 1pm–5pm
Elks Lodge, San Pedro

Holiday fun at the Corner Store

Come join the holiday fun at the Corner Store Friday night. Santa and his helpful elves will be there hearing your wishes. Afterwards, neighbors will gather to stroll the neighborhood singing Christmas carols while sipping hot cocoa, lattes or your favorite beverage from the Corner Store.

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Year-end White Point Nature Preserve Update Event

When:  Saturday, December 14 at 9 am
Where:  White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

White Point Nature Preserve is a 100-acre parcel of rare coastal open space in our neighborhood, home to native plants and birds. If you haven't visited in a while, come learn about recent enhancements at the preserve, a new grant, and plans for 2014. Also, find out how you can provide your input and be involved in continuing the improvements at White Point.

For questions and to RSVP, contact Amy Friend at amyfriend@pvplc.org.

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PRA to voice opinion on Paseo del Mar this Thursday

The Palisades Residents’ Association announced on short notice that they will be holding a meeting this Thursday to take a position on the future of Paseo del Mar at the White Point Landslide. If you would like your voice to be heard, please attend the meeting.

What: Palisades Residents’ Association Board Meeting
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6 – 8:30 pm
Where: Marine Exchange Conference Room, 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Agenda
0. Introductions
1. PRA Board Seat availability and Membership (10 min)
2. Upcoming Neighborhood Watch / Public Safety initiatives (10 min)
3. White Point Landslide update and position (30 min)
4. Palisades Area Street Solutions (30 min)
5. PRA Annual Meeting Planning and 2014 Schedule (20 min)
6. Adjournment

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Councilman Buscaino takes a stand on landslide.

Today, Councilman Buscaino’s office issued a statement on their website regarding the newly discovered crack at the White Point landslide.

“Last week, work crews under the supervision of the Bureau of Engineering uncovered a crack eight feet below the surface while performing excavation work at the White Point Landslide in San Pedro. While we do not know how long the crack has been there, the preliminary investigation determined that there has been no additional earth movement since the landslide in November of 2011.

A more detailed geotechnical analysis is being conducted and should be complete in about a week. The current work to drain and stabilize the hillside is unaffected and remains on schedule.

The safety of the hillside continues to be my top priority. That’s why I support the recommendation from the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee to restore the roadway with a retaining wall that will maximize the safety and stability of the entire area,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino who represents the Los Angeles’ 15th Council District.

Update: there is a new petition out to reconstruct Paseo del Mar.
Update: The Daily Breeze has a new article about the landslide debate: New fissure in San Pedro landslide area sparks more debate about Paseo del Mar road repair

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New cracks in landslide area. Abandon Paseo del Mar petition circulating.

Area east of landslide with new crack. (click image to view larger)

Several new cracks have appeared in the White Point Landslide area. The latest crack was discovered today resulting in a work shut down. A bowl-shaped crack, about 3″ in width appeared on the east side of the slide, approximately halfway between the landslide edge and the nearest house.

A closer view of the crack that appeared on Monday, November 4. (click image to view larger)

Members of the Landslide Committee of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) met tonight and discussed the new crack. Their representative will be contacting the Bureau of Engineering immediately to inquire about the situation and the safety of residents in nearby homes.

At the upcoming November 13th CSPNC Agenda Meeting, the Landslide Committee will be requesting that a motion be added to the November 18 general meeting. The motion is to “recommend that the section of Paseo del Mar closed by the White Point Landslide be abandoned in a manner that comprehensively addresses the traffic and public safety issues heightened by the landslide and the opening of South Region High School 15.”

In support of not reopening Paseo del Mar is an online petition at Deny Funding for Road to Nowhere. The petition asks how, in this time of “fiscal austerity,” a “hugely expensive project that affects such a small group possibly be justified.” Signers have stated that the remaining road is safer for the many pedestrians and cyclists that frequent the area and that the money would be better spent on other city services.

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