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

TheSanPedroCoast.com 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.

Find out more about the class at http://www.cert-la.com/


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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.

Download the details here:

Paseo del Mar/Weymouth
Paseo del Mar/Stargaze

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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 amyfriend@pvplc.org.

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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.

Joining in the fun and hard work was the LAPD Harbor Division, police cadets, and Gang Alternative Program (GAP). Harbor Division supplied the tents, tables, chairs, trash bags, beverages, etc. using money granted through the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council.

Our fearless organizers!

Neighborhood Watch block captains Jennifer Grasso and Charles Rannells (the two on the right in the photo above) did all the organizing and coordinated with LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight (fourth from right above). Peggy Lindquist, proprietor of the Corner Store, supervised the food and drinks.

Peggy supervising the potluck buffet table.

If you would like to join a Neighborhood Watch group or become a block captain, please contact us with your name and address and we will connect you with the right group.

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight thanking the crowd for participating.

Enjoying the freshly cleaned park!

Speaking of community spirit, the Point Fermin Neighborhood Watch group had a packed meeting last night at the Wigwam Lodge. Frustrations are high regarding partying at Sunken City and Cabrillo Beach. Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight spoke to the crowd about getting residents participation involved in reporting crimes. She would like to hear from residents interested in becoming block captains.

Representatives from City Council District 15 and the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council were in attendance.

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iNaturalist workshop at White Point Nature Preserve

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Dr. Greg Pauly, Assistant Curator of Herpetology from the Natural History Museum will present information on a non-native Italian Wall Lizard population emerging in the San Pedro area.

He will also introduce the new frontier of citizen science called iNaturalist, and explain how the community can get involved in helping to document and study this reptile, along with creating excitement for observing other local wildlife. Workshop includes lecture inside Nature Center and lizard walk on the nature preserve.

The workshop is free but participants are asked to RSVP at 310-541-7613 or info@pvplc.org.

If you’re interested, you can check out iNaturalist on the web at http://www.inaturalist.org.
Also at WPNP that day is an Outdoor Volunteer Day at WPNP from 9am–12pm. Close-toed shoes are required and long pants and a hat are recommended.

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CSPNC shake up?

Have you seen the agenda items 11–15 for this month’s Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting? It looks like there may be a bit of a shake up regarding current CSPNC chairman & president Dave Behar.

You can attend the meeting this Monday, June 16 at 6:30 pm at the Cabrillo Marina Community Building, Via Cabrillo Marina – Berth 28.

UPDATE 06/16/14: The CSPNC board voted to table the motions on agenda items 14 and 15.
UPDATE 07/15/14: Draft minutes for the meeting can be downloaded by clicking here: cspnc-draft-minutes-0614.



01. CALL TO ORDER | and roll call.

02. MINUTES | Reading and approval of minutes.

03. PUBLIC COMMENT | Non-agenda items.

04. REPORTS | Government Agency Representatives » LAPD (10 min) | CD15 (7 min) | Port of LA (5 min) | US Congress (5 min) | Others

05. COMMITTEE QUESTION TIME | Written Officer and Committee Chair reports (5 min) » Budget & Finance | (S)Election | Communications | Education | Public Safety | Port & Environment | Rec & Parks | Cultural | Rules & Bylaws | Transportation | ad hoc Landslide

06. TRANSACTIONS APPROVAL | Board approval – purchasing card transactions and monthly bank statements.

07. CHAIRMAN / PRESIDENT’S REPORT | If needed (10 min)

08. RECOGNITION | CSPNC is honoring Mr. Saavedra for his teaching and contributions to the Docs Rock Program.

09. PRESENTATION | Port Tech (10 minute presentation plus 5 minutes Question and Answer period)

10. UPDATE | Bureau of Engineering, Rec & Parks – via President, and CSPNC stakeholder to provide information on Pt. Fermin Seepage (10 min for presentation and 5 min for Q/A to commence) 

11. DISCUSSION/INQUIRY | (Agenda Meeting – Request brought by Ed Pluemer) To discuss and inquire how and why the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council logo was used without authorization to promote events not endorsed by the CSPNC board.

12. DISCUSSION/INQUIRY | (Agenda Meeting – Request brought by Chris Nagle) To discuss and inquire about the circumstances of an appropriation totaling $2100 designated for PV On The Net, which was instead paid to another entity.

13. DISCUSSION/INQUIRY | (Agenda Meeting – Request brought by Peter Warren) To discuss and inquire why the vote and directive by the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council for the publication and management of the print version of Coastal Currents for the 2014 Selection period, given by governing board motion in January, 2014 (see below), were ignored by the President

January 21, 2014 Minutes of the Governing Board of the CSPNC. Item 13: Motion to appoint an editor of the print publications of CSPNC: The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council appoints Robert Gelfand to manage the publication of the print newsletter version of Coastal Currents. Motion on Consent Calendar seconded by James Dimon and passed with 13 yes votes, 0 no votes and 1 abstention. (Roll Call vote: Behar-abstain; Bettis-yes; Burich-yes; Dimon-yes; Dominguez-yes; Gelfand-yes; Malstrom-yes; Matich-yes; Nagle-yes; Ortiz-yes; Shirley-yes; Smith-yes; Vidovich-yes; Warren-yes.)

14. MOTION | Ethics (Agenda Meeting – Chuck Hawley) Whereas, at the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting held on May 19, 2014, allegations of possible ethics violations were brought to the attention of the CSPNC Governing Board and to the stakeholders during public comment, and Whereas, these allegations involved the possible conflict of interest involving a Governing Board member having a motion placed on the CSPNC agenda for funding of an organization to video record the CSPNC meetings, that the Board member had a direct or indirect professional relation with the organization requesting funding, and the Board member did not so advise the CSPNC Governing Board during discussions of the motion or excuse themselves from discussions of the motion, and Whereas, after the motion was passed, a check was issued to an organization, separate from the requesting organization, that the Board member is involved with directly or indirectly as an organization officer, and Whereas, also during the May 19, 2014 CSPNC meeting, the CSPNC Board became aware of an allegation that the CSPNC logo was being used without authorization from the CSPNC and that the CSPNC logo was applied to t-shirts being either issued to, or sold for, a volleyball team that a CSPNC Board member is directly or indirectly involved with as an officer, Therefore be it resolved: The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council requests that the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission investigate these alleged ethics violations and take appropriate actions or make recommendations at the conclusion of their investigation.

15. MOTION | Removal (Agenda Meeting – Peter WarrenCoastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council removes Dave Behar as President of CSPNC and from all appointed and elected positions that it is within the neighborhood council’s power to bestow, including, but not limited to committees, ex officio posts, delegate and/or representative to HANC (Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils) and NCPAC (Neighborhood Council Port Advisory Committee), and any and all liaison roles with official departments, commissions, and other bodies.

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