CSPNC to vote on Paseo del Mar and Alma St changes

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be discussing coastal streets at their monthly stakeholder’s meeting, Monday March 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

How do you feel about added roundabouts on Paseo del Mar at Barbara and Roxbury Streets? Or the re-routing of SPHS Olguin Campus busses? To see other changes the CSPNC Transportation and Public Safety Committees are recommending to the CSPNC board, see below.

12. PASEO TRAFFIC CALMING MOTION | CSPNC Transportation Committee

Whereas it has been over two years since the landslide closed Paseo Del Mar

Whereas the City has indicated it would be a minimum of five years before the road could be rebuilt depending on the stability of the impacted land and City funding

Whereas the traffic issues triggered by the landslide and the opening of South Region High School 15 (SPHS John M and Muriel Olguin Campus) combined with the traffic issues in existence prior to the landslide have created an unsafe environment for the impacted stakeholders

Whereas there continues to be significant non-resident traffic driving to the dead end of Paseo Del Mar and then either making u-turn on Paseo Del Mar back to Gaffey Street or driving through adjacent streets to gain access to 25th

Therefore, be it resolved, the CSPNC requests the City of Los Angeles Council District 15, Bureau of Engineering, and Department of Transportation to 1) proceed urgently, but no later than September 30th 2014 with traffic plan to install roundabouts on Paseo Del Mar at Roxbury and Barbara – with raised medians and a “Road Closed” signs on the median and illuminated crosswalks, 2) proceed with the approved and promised cul de sac with raised median at Paseo Del Mar and Weymouth, 3) request Mapquest, Google and Yahoo Maps to change the status of Paseo Del Mar at Weymouth as “closed” in their map system, and 4) require the City funding for the rebuilding of Paseo Del Mar to be used for any cost of traffic mitigation to make the impacted neighborhoods safe.

13. SOUTH ALMA STREET MOTION – ENSURE PROPER SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL TO ENSURE ROADWAY INTEGRITY ONCE RE-PAVED | CSPNC Transportation Committee

Whereas, City of Los Angeles, Public Works, has notified residents that South Alma Street will be undergoing a substantial re-pavement project beginning in March 2014 from 25th Street to 37th Street

Whereas, Alma Street has seen substantial traffic increases by both vehicular and pedestrian users over the past few years due to the White Point Landslide and the opening of the San Pedro High Olguin Campus…

Whereas, the LA City has announced plans to create a “sharrow” lane on South Alma Street between 37th Street and 25th Street (Northbound)

Whereas, South Alma Street is not rated to withstand the stress of overweight vehicles (i.e., busses, commercial trucks, etc.) due to fill settling, the presence of water flow under the street and street engineering considerations all of which is evident by the rapid rise of manholes to several inches above street level and the rapid degradation of the street over a very short period of time (past couple years)…

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is insisting that the following safety and traffic control measures are taken to preserve the integrity and safety of the newly paved street:

• Overweight vehicles must be advised to use alternate routes appropriate for their weight (i.e., Gaffey Street, etc.) via signage located at 25th Street and 37th Street on Alma Street and enhanced traffic enforcement by LAPD.

• LAUSD must re-route school busses, and other overweight LAUSD vehicles, to utilize entrance and exit opportunities located on Gaffey Street (i.e., buses enter at Leavenworth Street and exit via Barlow Saxton Road at the Gaffey Street signal making a smooth one-way loop that minimizes traffic impacts on the community and other vehicles using the roadway around the school).

• LAUSD, in conjunction with neighboring residents, develop a traffic plan that encourages parents and students using vehicles to access the school in such a way to minimize impact on the local community and foster a stronger relationship with its neighbors.

• Additionally, the installation of speed humps must be strongly considered to help reduce the excessive speed of traffic using Alma Street and improve the safety for children, families, pedestrians and vehicles using the street.

14. SOUTH ALMA RE-PAVE SAFETY MOTION | Public Safety Committee

Whereas, City of Los Angeles, Public Works, has notified residents that South Alma Street will be undergoing a substantial re-pavement project beginning in March 2014 from 25th Street to 37th Street…

Whereas, Alma Street has seen substantial traffic increases by both vehicular and pedestrian users over the past few years due to the Paseo Del Mar Landslide and the opening of the San Pedro High Olguin Campus…

Whereas, the LA City has announced plans to create a ‘sharrow’ lane on South Alma Street between 37th Street and 25th Street (Northbound)…

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is insisting that the following safety measures are taken on the newly paved street:

  • Stop signs must be marked on the pavement with corresponding stopping lines appropriate for the direction of traffic. In regards to the stop sign at Alma Street and 37th Street (the site of numerous accidents) road markings are to include advanced ‘stop ahead’ markings and reflective materials. The inclusion of reflective bumps must be strongly considered.
  • Intersections along the East side of Alma Street (the side of the San Pedro High School Olguin Campus) must all be painted with double parallel line crosswalks to ensure the safety of pedestrians and students using the sidewalk.
  • The sidewalk on the East side North of 37th Street on Alma Street must be completed from the LAUSD property line to 37th Street to ensure a continuous safe path for pedestrians walking South towards the coast.
  • Speed limits (and related postings) must be made 25mph from 25th Street to 37th Street to ensure continuity between each block and a safe rate of speed in a residential community (currently, speed limits alternate between 25mph and 35mph causing confusion for drivers and increased, unnecessary, safety risk for many residents, particularly those with small children).

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2 thoughts on “CSPNC to vote on Paseo del Mar and Alma St changes

  1. Hindsight is 20/20. I write to reflect on my failings as Public Safety Committee Chair of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. What brings me to this point are the motions above pertaining to transportation and public safety issues facing Alma and Paseo del Mar residents. At this very moment, CSPNC Board members are likely taking a vote on these critical motions which will, more than likely, pass without much trouble, just as all the similar motions that I wrote as Public Safety Committee Chair and similar motions that came from the CSPNC Landslide Committee. They all passed and were all forwarded to CD15 and immediately disregarded.

    What would I do differently? I would extend an invitation every single day to breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner, and dessert to LAUSD Rep. Vladovic and his colleagues, to Crystal Killian and her DOT bosses, to Donna Littlejohn and her colleagues and bosses, to our LA Times correspondents, to the Port of LA, the Coastal Commission, to our Assemblymen, our Congressman, our Senator, to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Coast Guard, the Vice President of the United States and the President of the United States, the Catholic Church.

    I would ask them to walk the street with me, to see the old Fort MacArthur, the old Nike Missile base, the landslide, the new SPHS Alma Street entrance, Sunken City, the Portuguese Bend slide and the way rich folks get their byway taken care of by The Feds. I would show them once secret maps of the underground tunnels linking US military sites – complete with plumbing and electric networks – and provide a birds-eye view of Hamilton Street, which was one a straight shot from the Navy dock to the White Point Missile Site, now a pathetic substandard passageway around the tangle of once strategic military interests.

    I would ask for their collective help to “make our community right.” I would ask for their collective help to hear our pleas. I would ask LAUSD to help resolve the untenable situation they created. I would ask for our state and federal representatives to get us the help we need. I would ask for media attention to shine on why our pleas for help are not being heard.

  2. The folks on Alma still won’t accept the fact that there is now a PUBLIC school on LAUSD property and it is accessed by Alma Street, a PUBLIC street which belongs to all the residents of the city of Los Angeles. Wake up people, it is no more or less than ordinary school traffic–just like at White Point, Point Fermin, Leland Street, Dodson, Dana, and the Main Campus of San Pedro High School. Yes Alma certainly needs repaving, and it’s going to get it. But get real, the school is here to stay and school buses are your new reality. To say that slow-moving buses and busy traffic for 30 minutes before and after the school day is a safety issue is nonsense. And buses are too heavy for the street? What about Leland St? Walker? Patton? c’mon. They’ve been trotting out those tired argument for years. They don’t hold water.
    Signed, John Reid, proud parent and chemistry teacher at the Olguin campus, San Pedro resident in the Holy Trinity neighborhood, two miles from Olguin. (Oh, how I suffer from the traffic at Holy Trinity School and Bandini St. School…) feel free to respond to jkr0717@lausd.net

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