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.

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:

37th/Anchovy
Paseo del Mar/Weymouth
Paseo del Mar/Stargaze
McRae/Anchovy

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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.
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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.

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AGENDA

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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Important meetings this week

A Point Fermin Residents Association will be meeting this Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the Redman’s lodge at 543 Shepard Street.

The Lower Palisades West Neighborhood Watch (Paseo del Mar to 37th Street and Weymouth to Leland) will be holding their meeting this Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Marine Exchange building at 3601 S. Gaffey St.

The Bureau of Engineering will be holding a public hearing regarding the proposed widening of Hamilton Avenue between Patton and Barbara will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the San Pedro Public Library, 931 S. Gaffey St.  If you cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by June 4 at 4:00 pm to james.tebbetts@lacity.org. Download the Hamilton-Notice of Public Hearing Signed.

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CSPNC voting results are in

Results of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) selection are in!

Candidates with the highest number of votes that have been selected for the Board:
137 131 VOTES » Ana Ortiz [updated by CSPNC]
117 VOTES » Peter Warren
115 VOTES » Denise Marovich-Sampson
106 VOTES » June Burlingame Smith
104 VOTES » Gary Bettis
102 VOTES » John Vidovich
100 VOTES » Matt Matich
98 VOTES » Louis Dominguez
97 VOTES » Chris Nagle
95 VOTES » Dave Behar
93 VOTES » James Dimon
93 VOTES » Rachel Waugh
90 VOTES » Sonya Tsujimura
87 VOTES » Chuck Hawley
86 VOTES » Ted Shirley
83 VOTES » Cari Burich
67 VOTES » Slobodan Dimitrov

The 5 other candidates with the lowest number of votes are:
66 VOTES » Mike Cammareri
66 VOTES » Pat Means
61 VOTES » Dan Malstrom
60 VOTES » Bob Gelfand
33 VOTES » David Adam Holop

The winning candidates will need to demonstrate that each one is a stakeholder in the CSPNC district and is at least 18 years old by the selection date.

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Neighborhood Council candidate positions on Paseo del Mar

The elections for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) will be held this Saturday, May 10 from 11am to 3pm at Crafted at the Port of LA, 112 E 22nd St, Warehouse 10, San Pedro. Any stakeholder (lives, works, owns property in or is a frequent visitor to) coastal San Pedro can exercise their right to vote.

 

Have you read the candidate statements released by the CSPNC?

 

In addition to these statements, we have additional statements on a local hot topic. Local resident and stakeholder Rebecca Rannells contacted candidates to ask their position on spending $30+ million in tax dollars to reopen Paseo del Mar where the White Point Landslide occurred in November 2011.

 

Many candidates declined to respond (Dave Behar, Cari Lynn Burich, James Dimon, Chuck Hawley, Dan Malstrom, Chris Nagle, Ted Shirley, Sonya Tsujimura, John Vidovich, and Rachel Waugh) and a handful could not be reached (Mike Cammareri, Denise Marovich-Sampson, and Matt Matich). However, the following five statements are from the candidates that took time to respond to Ms. Rannells inquiry:

 

UPDATE: The CSPNC did not approve term length changes to the bylaws. All candidates elected will serve a one-year term. Voting must be done in person at Crafted on Saturday (no absentee or online voting available).

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS ON THE WHITE POINT LANDSLIDE

Peter M. Warren
My passion is preserving the lifestyle we enjoy in Coastal San Pedro. We are lucky to live in this beautiful, unique neighborhood.

I have been on the council for 10 years. As its Port & Environment chair, I helped keep cruise ships out of the Outer Harbor and participated in the creation of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation. The foundation has put more than $6 million (and still going) in air filter and air conditioning equipment in area elementary schools.

Consistent with my commitment to the neighborhood, I signed the petition opposing reconstructing Paseo del Mar as a through street. I have on several occasions asked the neighborhood council to request pre- and post-collapse data from the city on traffic, accidents, crime and emergency vehicle runs in the area south of 25th Street. The local council office and the majority on the neighborhood council have not supported these requests.

In the same spirit, we need fact-based public planning for improvements to Paseo del Mar and its feeder streets for work being discussed or done now. These decisions also must be done in consultation with residents. All construction decisions must be based on before-and-after data on traffic, crime statistics, accident and emergency response times, not on emotion or anecdotes. That is not case, now.

Officials tell us the new road would cost about $30 million in 2012-13 dollars. Is that the best use of public funds? Do we need a through street along Paseo, which – with less traffic — has become more pedestrian friendly, more park-like and safer for bicycling?

About 1000 cars a day used that stretch of road before the collapse. If the road is built, that translates to a $10 subsidy every year, for every car trip for the next 10 years.

I am not a one-issue candidate. I support an active Neighborhood Council Port Advisory Committee to watchdog the Port, providing local, citizen participation in Port decisions.

Most immediately, we need input on the Ports Of Call project BEFORE an agreement is signed with the developer. The new waterfront project must protect the successful businesses and workers at Port of Call.

To sustain growth and jobs in San Pedro, the Port must remain competitive while committing to clean goods movement and reduced pollution.

I support improved youth and adult recreation projects, including funding public access to the beautiful pool at the new high school and opening the Boy Scout Camp and pool at Cabrillo Beach to public use.

June Burlingame Smith
Until such time as the White Point landslide area is sufficiently stabilized and the houses next to it assured of safety, it is premature to even suggest putting the road back into the slide area. The City has completely refused to address the issue, publicly, as to exactly what caused the landslide, and until further information and scientific studies are completed so that we understand the true nature of this area, we should not be planning to put a road back through this area.

I also really question spending the amount of money that will be needed for a road unless it is absolutely necessary for public safety, and as of right now, that does not appear to be the case.

Ana R. Ortiz
After carefully reviewing the “Final Geotechnical Report of the White Point Landslide” provided by Shannon & Wilson, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, to the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, I believe that further geotechnical and environmental studies need to be conducted prior to appropriating City funds for restoration of Paseo del Mar.

My concerns are based on 2 facts: 1) the geological nature of the area and 2) the failure of the report to determine the exact source of excessive ground water pressure. Throughout the Palos Verdes Peninsula, including the White Point Landslide of 2011 area, geologic conditions exist that make the area conducive to slope instability. As indicated in the final report by Shannon & Wilson, aerial photographs of the area dating back to 1928 ,”indicate that local slope instability along the coastal bluffs may have been present in the area of the current day White Point Landslide.” The report states that, “bentonite clay beds were observed in the borings near the depth of the landslide failure surface” and that “nearby landslides are known to occur along the beds of bentonite clay.” The combination of weak bentonite clay and excessive ground water pressure, “acting on the failure surface had the strongest influence on the stability of the slope.” Possible sources contributing to elevation of groundwater suggested by the report were precipitation, irrigation, coastal bluff erosion and residential development. Other factors contributing to the activation of the 2011 Landslide as delineated in the report were road construction and underground utilities.

Although, de-watering measures have been put in place, I feel that determination of the primary source of ground water pressure needs to be clarified before spending taxpayer money on restoration. The five alternative long-term mitigation options provided by Shannon & Wilson were: 1) re-routing the road around a landslide buffer zone, 2) partially re-grading the landslide debris and adjacent area to restore the road to its previous alignment across the existing landslide, 3) supporting the road at its previous alignment with a soil buttress, 4) supporting the road with a retaining wall or 5) spanning the landslide with a bridge. My opinion would be to re-route the road around a landslide buffer zone since the report suggests that “road construction” may have contributed to activation of the landslide but only if the primary source of excessive groundwater pressure can be identified, controlled and/or stabilized and at a time that the City of Los Angeles has adequate funds available without increasing burden on taxpayers. I see no urgency in restoring of Paseo del Mar because it is not a major thoroughfare and there are alternative routes to reach the bluffs. Lastly, restoration of Paseo del Mar does not support the six goals of Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative: 1) increased economic activity (primarily residential) , 2) improved access and mobility (there are alternate routes), 3) enhanced neighborhood character (preservation of the natural integrity provides character), 4) greater community engagement (residential and preservation of nature has same results) , 5) improved environmental resilience (restoration could contribute to landslide in future if not properly planned) and 6) safer more secure communities (same as number 5).

Gary W. Bettis
While I cannot disagree that the spending of $30 million dollars to repair this roadway is a lot of money and there may be other alternatives, I cannot support this petition simply because it addresses ONLY the issue of spending tax dollars. There is no mention of alternative solutions, or even that alternatives should be sought out, that may be more cost effective than the full restoration of the road yet will mitigate traffic issues on the multitude of streets in the Palisades that have been SEVERLY impacted by the Paseo Del Mar closure.

I will go out on a limb and guess that the list of signers of the petition does not include many residents of Patton Avenue, Walker Avenue, Leland Street, Alma Street (also dealing with the School Bus issue) or Almeria as compared to those signers from other parts of the state and country that are not Stakeholders in our area. If what is visible on the web page is indicative of the signers of the petition many are not even from the Los Angeles metro area. The area between 25th Street and Paseo del Mar the residents of the above named streets make up a substantial portion of the 1,800 residences that this petition statement claims to represent, one of which is my family, and I would be interested to find out how many of those directly impacted signed the petition.

If the group has any interest in attacking this issue in a comprehensive way with the goal of finding a viable options/solutions that address the cost of the road repair vs. the cost of mitigation of traffic impacts of the streets mentioned above and beyond the use of “traffic studies” and un-enforced stop signs, I will jump in with both feet. As mentioned above, I do not support the petition in its current state as it does not represent the other impacts of the Paseo del Mar closure within the Palisades along with ways to correct and pay for the mitigation, the issue goes well beyond the spending of tax dollars.

I hope this statement will be looked at as objectively as it is intended.

Louis Dominguez
While I am not totally against reopening Paseo I feel that it would need to be done at a nominal cost. $30 million is too much when we need so many other infrastructure fixes in our area.

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