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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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.

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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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