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] 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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Emergency Response class to be held in the Palisades is organizing a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class to be held in the Palisades neighborhood. The class would be one 2 1/2 hour class per week for seven weeks. There is no fee, just your time and commitment.

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our neighborhood and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Living on a peninsula is a truly good reason to be prepared!

We need a minimum of 20 people to do the class and currently have six openings left. If you are interested, please email me and tell me if you have a preference for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings.

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Proposed utilities in Palisades and South Shores

Crown Castle NG West Inc has proposed four new above ground utilities in our coastal community. These utilities include electrical meter pedestals measuring 5’3″ x 1’8″ x 1’5″ and 50′ utility poles.

Two of the proposed locations are within two blocks from each other in Lower South Shores at 37th Street west of Anchovy and on Paseo del Mar west of Stargaze Ave.

Proposed Palisades location.

The third location is in Upper South Shores at McRae Drive west of Anchovy and the fourth is in the Palisades at Weymouth and Paseo del Mar.

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Volunteers needed!

Most of us have visited the White Point Nature Preserve a few times, if not many times, to enjoy the trails and incredible views. This Saturday, July 19, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is hosting a volunteer day to remove unused irrigation lines to clear trails and beautify the site. They could use more volunteers, especially from the neighborhood.

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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy provides training, tools, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. You may want to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and/or gloves. RSVP at (310) 541-7613 or

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Paseo del Mar road work. Homeless encampment clean-up.

Work is beginning on Paseo del Mar today from Shepard to Cabrillo. The entire project is expected to take four weeks.

Also, Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight brought out a caravan of L.A. County workers this morning to clean up the bluff where the homeless man was living.

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Palisades Neighborhood Watch Clean-up and Picnic

Two Palisades area neighborhood watch groups got together this past weekend to clean up the neighborhood, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Proof of the hard work many residents put into cleaning Wilder's Annex last weekend.

Approximately 80 Palisades residents met at Wilder’s Annex along Paseo del Mar on Sunday. The residents are members of two active neighborhood watch groups, Lower Palisades West and Lower Palisades East (read more about local neighborhood watch groups on our Neighborhood Watch page).

Residents enjoy the potluck picnic after the neighborhood clean-up.

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