June events along the San Pedro coast

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June means summer! That means outdoor plays, music, art classes, car shows and more fun!

8:00am Native Garden Workday/Beach Clean-up, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
8:45am Youth Employment Preparation Fair, P.O.L.A.H.S.

11:00am 20th Annual Seal Day, Marine Mammal Care Center

Election Day

Windows Into the Past, Pacific Battleship Outreach Center
5:30pm First Thursday Art Walk, downtown San Pedro
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

U.S.S. Iowa scheduled to enter San Pedro Harbor
World Ocean Day, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
8:00am Semi-Annual Rummage Sale, Muller House Museum
9:00am Outdoor Volunteer Day, White Point Nature Preserve
10:00am Ranger Walk, White Point Nature Preserve
12:00pm Book Reading with Cher Fischer, White Point Nature Preserve
3:00pm Good Food Workshop, Angels Gate Cultural Center
4:00pm Under Angels book signing at The Corner Store
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

9:30am Bailey Brothers live music, The Corner Store (updated)
1:00pm Salt Marsh Open House, Cabrillo Beach

9:00am The Many Approaches to Drawing Class (3-days a week until 8/23), Angels Gate Cultural Center

6:00pm Public Meeting for Draft EIR for Marine Research Center, POLA Administration Bldg.

5:30pm 25th Anniversary Seafood Feast & Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, San Pedro Fish Market

8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

2:00pm Basics of Digital Photography Workshop, Angels Gate Cultural Center
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

Father’s Day

6:30pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting, Cabrillo Marina
6:30pm White Point Landslide Community Meeting, White Point Elementary School (just added)

5:30pm Printmaking Workshop: Monoprint, Relief, & Etching (9-week class), Angels Gate Cultural Center

8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

6:00am Catalina Above and Below Boat Trip, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
9:00am Bureau of Sanitation Open House, Harbor District Yard
10:30am Storytime with the Rangers, White Point Nature Preserve
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

11:00am Crafted at the Port of L.A. Grand Opening, Warehouse 10
5:00pm 4th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! car show, Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

10:30am Printmaking Workshop: Monoprint, Relief, & Etching (9-week class), Angels Gate Cultural Center
1:00pm Making Clay Flutes, Angels Gate Cultural Center
1:00pm Beginning Screen Printing Workshop (2-day class), Angels Gate Cultural Center
2:00pm Solar Plate Workshop (2-day course), Angels Gate Cultural Center
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

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Do you live next door to a sex offender?

Have you checked out the Megans Law website? If you have children or take care of a child or grandchild, it would be a good idea. The website displays the last registered address reported by more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. It also displays a picture of the offender and what offenses occurred. There is an informative page on How to Protect Yourself and Your Family.

California state law prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park in California. Los Angeles County has a law that prohibits registered sex offenders from loitering within 300 feet of “child safety zones,” which include schools, libraries and parks.

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight has an update for us regarding a registered sex offender living in South Shores:

Hello Everyone,

I received an answer from our R.E.A.C.T. [Registration Enforcement and Compliance Team] team here at Harbor Station.  I am sad to inform you that there is a registered Sex Offender who is providing his home address in the Mobile Home Park on Catalina Vista off of 25th St.  He is required to check in with our Officers here at the station on a regular basis.  If he were to fall out of compliance with that requirement a warrant would be put out for his arrest and his probation would be violated.  If you are interested in learning more information regarding this individual and others in the area you can go to the state’s Megan’s Law website at www.meganslaw.ca.gov and conduct a search by zipcode.

These individuals are monitored closely by our R.E.A.C.T. team.  I want to let you all know that the officers we have working on that team are excellent.  They have working in that position for over three years and [are] very hard workers and committed to maintaining a close eye on these individuals.

If you have any questions or if I can clarify anything please feel free to contact me.

-Eve Wight

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Memorial Day Weekend Events along the coast, 5/25

Happy three-day weekend, everyone! Enjoy the video of the Bailey Brothers who will be playing at The Corner Store this weekend.

9:30am Live Bossa Nova – The Corner Store
10:00am Friendship Park 10th Anniversary & Annual Environmental Fair – Deane Dana Friendship Park & Nature Center
10:00am Story Time with the Rangers at White Point Nature Education Center – White Point Nature Preserve

9:30am Live music with the Bailey Brothers – The Corner Store
4:00pm Open Mic Night – The Corner Store

Memorial Day

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Neighborhood Watch recap

If you were not able to make it out to the South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting this week, Officer Eve Wight has written a recap (below) of what was discussed.

Officer Wight gave us two telephone numbers you can call for non-emergency situations: LAPD Harbor Area Front Desk 310-726-7700 (press “1” as soon as the recording starts) or 1-800-ASK-LAPD. In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Hello Everyone!

Well we had quite a successful first meeting tonight.  I am thrilled by the turnout and was really happy to see everyone there.  Everyone getting this email should feel really proud of yourself and your neighbors.  You are wonderful group of people, who clearly really care about your neighborhood, your properties and your neighbors.  As a neighborhood you are your own best first line of defense; and what a first line of defense you folks are!  I was impressed with your enthusiasm, focus, interest and support.  I’m so glad that I get the chance to work with you all, and here’s to more great meetings in the future!

First things first!  I want to say a huge thanks to Dr Suzuki from South Shores Elementary, for so generously again, allowing us the use of the auditorium.  It is such a pleasure and makes everything so much easier to have such a large central place to hold meetings.  So again, thanks to you sir!

Also a big thanks to Mingli and the other members of the community and Homeowners Association Board for taking the time to get the word out to all your neighbors about the meeting.  I wish that I had the time to knock on everyone’s door and invite the whole neighborhood, but unfortunately I just don’t and I have to rely on you folks to do that.  So thanks again to you all for taking the time.

So I will try and keep this update email as short and painless as possible…so here we go.

Firstly, I talked about the solicitors and as we’ve been discussing over email for the past few months you are not required to open your door to them or to interact with them in anyway.  If you do choose to speak with them, NEVER let them in your home.  They will often use a ruse such as needing to use the restroom or your phone in order to attempt to steal your money, credit cards or even prescription medications.  The point was made that if you address them through the door you will serve the purpose of letting them know you are at home.  And on the off chance that they are “casing” the neighborhood they will then know that you’re home and that you’re watching.  Also the Los Angeles Municipal Code states that anyone over the age of 16 engaged in door to door solicitation, SHALL, upon request by the person being solicited or by law enforcement produce a photo identification card and the original or a copy of the city issued permit.  The ID card must be issued by a governmental agency or an educational institution and include the person’s date of birth.  If they cannot, or will not provide either or one of these things upon your request then they are in violation of the LAMC section 41.31.1(c), 41.31.1(d).  In addition “aggressive solicitation” is prohibited and is a violation of section 41.59(b)(1).  I am going to pass these sections along to the patrol officers so they will be aware of the cite-able violations.  However, if someone comes to your door and you ask for their ID and they don’t provide it and you make them aware that you know exactly what section they are in violation of and that you are calling the police, I would be willing to bet that they will hightail it off your property, and hopefully out of the neighborhood!  (I apologize for the run-on sentence, it’s been a long day!)

I also talked about taking steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.  ALWAYS close your windows and lock your doors, on both your vehicles and your homes.  Don’t leave items of value in plain view.  If you have an expensive tv in full view from your front windows, close your curtains too.  If the thieves don’t know that there is something good to steal inside, they will be less inclined to break in to your home and go and look for some place that is a surer bet.  Don’t leave anything of value in your vehicle open to view.  This includes but is not limited to phones, iPods, GPS devices, cameras, purses, laptops; cars are even being broken into for gym bags.  Place small items under your seat or in the glove compartment and place larger ones in trunk, or take them in the house.  Thieves will often go after anything they can see.

As far as crime trends in San Pedro for the most part we continue to struggle with property crime, specifically Burglary and Thefts from Motor Vehicles and Residential Burglaries.  Overall our property crime numbers are going down and that is great.  We have been seeing an increase in the number of thefts occurring in the parking lot of our local parks including White Point, Friendship/Bogdanovich Park, Peck Park, the Softball fields on north Gaffey and the Field of Dreams.  There is possibly a correlation between this and the fact that the city has begun to rent the spaces out to organizations from outside the city.  We don’t have enough info yet to say there is definitely a connection, but it is certainly something we are paying attention to.  In response to this however we are going to deploy a “bait car” in and around those areas this Deployment Period.  Based on our potential success with that we may make a semi-regular technique.  In addition I am looking into getting signs posted in our local parks which will state that the “bait car” is in use by the department.  The auto detectives have had a lot of success with this in the past, and I am willing to try anything.  Unfortunately the city won’t pay for these signs, so I am looking into some possible options for funding.

We are also having a problem with people “canning” or digging through trashcans looking for recycling.  Officer Ashcraft who handles the North West San Pedro Area is having a similar problem.  We believe that it is most likely the same five or six people.  So we are reaching out to our community members to give us days, times and exact locations as well as a description of the individuals involved and any vehicles involved in the canning.  We are trying to get a better idea of when and where they hit, and once we have a pretty good schedule in place we will come in really early one morning and try and stop a bunch of them and issue citations or make arrests where appropriate.  So if you have a problem with canners on your street please email the information and we will do our best to track them down.

As far as the [skateboarding] “Bombers” we are just waiting on the final wording for Councilman Buscaino’s motion to be completed and approved by the City Attorney’s office.  Once that’s done and put into the LAMC we will have something substantial to cite them for.  In addition they are trying to get it added that we will be able to impound the skateboards of violators that we cite.  They subsequently won’t be able to get them back unless their parent or legal guardian responds to the station to help them pick it up.  We are hoping that this will raise awareness among the parents regarding the dangers and nuisance of this issue.

For the most part it seems like everyone might be leaning towards a full South Shores Neighborhood Watch Meeting once every three months, and in the interim, each block can arrange their own smaller satellite meetings.  I am happy to attend any smaller meeting, even if it’s just one person!  I just need a couple weeks notice so that I can try and plan my schedule around that.  So if you and your immediate neighbors are interested in starting your own satellite NW please let me know and we can start work on that.  So for now, I will coordinate with Mingli Wang for scheduling our next full S.S.N.W. Meeting in late July or most likely August.

Some issues and questions that came out of the meeting that I am looking into are:

There is a question as to whether or not some possible Sex Offenders have moved in to the trailer park on Catalina Vista.  I have already sent an email to our R.E.A.C.T. (Registrant Enforcement and Compliance Team) to see if they have any information on that.  I am also awaiting to see if any further information comes from the community members, ie: names or addresses of the possible individuals.

I sent an email to John Larson in Councilman Buscaino’s Office to see what information he has on the city’s plan for coping with traffic upon the arrival of the [U.S.S.] Iowa to San Pedro.  John says: “We have a motion in council instructing the Harbor Department to report with specific marketing and mitigation measures to accommodate an increase visitorship of USS IOWA. That would include traffic mitigation.”  John, obviously is very responsive, so as soon has he knows more he will let me know, and as soon as I know more, I will let you know.

I have an email into Sgt Plows to see what we need to do to purchase some permanent metal neighborhood watch signs for the South Shores neighborhood.

So hopefully I covered everything, thanks again to everyone who made it and to everyone who wanted to make it but wasn’t able to.  I also want to say thanks you all for making me feel so welcome here in the South Shores.  I am still trying to get the ins and outs of this job down.  I take pride in a job well done and it’s so uplifting to be so warmly received by such clearly wonderful people.  So thanks for accepting me as a part of your community, and for allowing me the opportunity to be your Senior Lead Officer.  I look forward to our future collaborations!  As always you can email me with any questions or concerns, or call me on my city cell (310) 869-2168 [non-emergency only].

I hope that everyone is happy and healthy and has an excellent end to their week and an even better weekend!

-Officer Eve Wight

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Traffic update for landslide area

Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office has released a video with an update of traffic plans for Paseo del Mar and the White Point landslide area.

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On the Road with P-Rod filming tomorrow

Dragonfruit Studios are scheduled to film “On the Road with Paul Rodriquez” at 3601 S Gaffey Street on Wednesday, May 23, from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. There will be no street closures, however there will be a helicopter flying above 500 ft.

AT&T and Wayfinder.TV ran a contest for a young adult to win a chance to work as part of a professional film crew to help create a video featuring professional skateboarder Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez. The grand prize winner, Andrew L. Olathe of Kansas, also won a stipend, wireless AT&T device, and round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations.

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Open Studios Schedule & Walking Tour

Angels Gate Cultural Center has released their schedule for tomorrow’s annual Open Studios. There are a lot of activities for kids and adults!

Open Studios Day
May 20, 2012
12 – 5pm

Noon – 1:30 3D Artwork Nicola Lamb G Classroom
12:30 – 1:30 Flamenco Demo Mercedes Ibarra Building H
1:00 – 2:00 Ceramics Demo Jan Govearts F Classroom
1:30 – 3:00 Poppy Seed Packets Jayn Ghormley G Classroom
2:00 Gallery Walkthrough Dir. of Visual Arts Building A
2:30 – 3:30 Bellydancing Demo Alexis Building H
3:00 – 4:00 Ceramics Demo Delora Bertsch F Classroom
3:00 – 4:30 Crazy Hat Making Betty Ziff G Classroom

Throughout the day we will have activities around Angels Gate Cultural Center

  • Artists Studios will be open for visiting all day.
  • Yoga Garden between Building A and B. Join a 15‐minute class that will start every half hour.
  • Printmaking Studio in the west end of Building E. Ongoing demonstrations all day.
  • Raku Firing between Buildings D and E at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15.
  • Drum Circle in front of Building D. Pick up a drum and join in some music making.

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LA Commons and Townee Tours are getting together to host the first Trek L.A. walking tour on Sunday, May 20 at 10:00 am. The tour will start at Angels Gate Cultural Center discussing the history of the area when it served as the Fort MacArthur upper reservation. The tour will visit the Korean Bell of Friendship and the Marine Mammal Rescue Center.  The cost is $10. Check here for more details.

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Weekend Events along the coast

It’s a busy weekend ahead! There are a lot of events within walking distance from our lovely coastal neighborhood. The weather forecast shows a high of 66 degrees F, mostly sunny with some fog in the early mornings and evenings. Bring a sweater!

7:30pm Sea Bass Lecture, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

7:00am Watch for traffic delays (or join the fun!) on the peninsula from the Palos Verdes Half Marathon
9:00am 25th Annual Woodies on the Waterfront Car Show, Ports of Call Village, Berth 73
9:00am Relay for Life, San Pedro High School
9:00am Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council election, Point Fermin Park
10:00am Free Public Boat Tours, Port of Los Angeles
10:00am Belmont Shore Railroad Club Open House, Angels Gate Park
1:00pm Salt Marsh Open House, Cabrillo Beach

10:00am Belmont Shore Railroad Club Open House, Angels Gate Park
10:00am Walking Tour of Angels Gate Park, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Bldg F **JUST ADDED**
12:00pm Angels Gate Cultural Center Open Studios, Angels Gate Park

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South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting Tuesday, May 22

This coming Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm, there will be a South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting at South Shores Magnet Elementary School auditorium. Topic will include local issues of “canners” or people collecting recycling, as well as door-to-door solicitors, crime trends in the greater San Pedro Area, as well as crime prevention tips and how to avoid being a victim.

LAPD Officer Eve Wight will have neighborhood watch signs available for purchase for home front windows ($6 each), and “The Club” for vehicle security ($20). The cost of these items only covers the cost of replacing them, Los Angeles Police Dept. does not make a profit off of the sales.

Please try to put the word out to your neighbors on your block, or anyone you see walking their dog or taking their trash out.  The more people in attendance the better!

If you are not able to attend but have some issues you would like brought up in the meeting feel free to e-mail Officer Eve Wight, or let a neighbor know who is attending and they will be sure to discuss it.

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Angels Gate Lighthouse Restoration Celebration

The Port of Los Angeles, The Cabrillo Beach Boosters, & Councilman Joe Buscaino cordially invite you to join them to commemorate the completion of Phase One of the Angels Gate Lighthouse Restoration Project. The gathering is to recognize those who have worked so hard to restore the lighthouse and to honor the involvement of Congresswoman Janice Hahn and the U.S. Coast Guard. They will also announce plans for Phase Two of the restoration.

US Water Taxi Service will be providing limited trips to view the exterior of the lighthouse restoration. Please wear flat or athletic shoes. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, May 17 2:30pm

Where: Berth 60 (adjacent to historic Warehouse 1, Signal Street past 22nd Street, San Pedro) Please RSVP to (310) 519-3138.

• The Daily Breeze is reporting that the free boat trips to see the renovated lighthouse are already filled. You can read yesterday’s article on the renovation here: Daily Breeze article.
• The L.A. Times has an article on the restoration here and some beautiful photos of the lighthouse taken by Bob Chamberlin here.
• The Port of Los Angeles Facebook page also has some terrific photos of the restoration.

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