Emergency response exercises at ports Tuesday

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There will be a full-scale emergency response exercise in the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. conducted by the Coast Guard, FBI, Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Long Beach Police Department, and Long Beach Fire Department.

The exercise will be held in the vicinity of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and will include several assets from multiple response agencies. The exercise is designed to enhance federal, state and local response coordination if there was a threat to the port. Boaters and the public may notice increased law enforcement activity within the port, including helicopters in the sky, vehicles, vessels, sirens, blue lights, blank fire and flash bangs in the area.

These exercises are conducted annually and the exercise activities will be limited to specific areas and should not impact commercial vessel traffic.  However, the Catalina Express Parking lot will be off-limits during this exercise so there will be no access to Catalina Express, their restaurants, the Cruise Ship Promenade including the Bocce Ball Courts from 9am to 2pm on Tuesday, March 7th.

The Captain of the Port has issued a temporary safety zone in the vicinity of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, in the Los Angeles Main Channel from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., March 7, 2017. No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or her designated representative. For more information or to request authorization, please contact the Los Angeles-Long Beach command duty officer via VHF radio or at 310-521-3801.

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Get ready for El Niño

El Nino Town Hall Flyer

Are you prepared for el Niño? The City of L.A. is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss ways you can prepare for the drenching this season.

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6:30–8:30pm at the Peck Park Recreation Center, 560 N. Western Ave, San Pedro. If you cannot make the meeting, please visit www.ElNinoLA.com.

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Emergency Preparedness Event on Wednesday

Peck Park Emergency Preparedness event.

Free event this Wednesday night.

This Wednesday 5/20, there will be an emergency preparedness event at Peck Park Auditorium. The presentation starts at 6:00 pm and will teach simple skills needed in the event of an emergency and how to build an emergency kit before an emergency occurs.

The event is being put on by the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, LAPD, LAFD, and COPE Preparedness.

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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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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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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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Things to do this weekend

There are a lot of fun things to do this weekend. As well as the events below, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium also has a few things going on like their weekend Tidepool Walks. And don’t forget to think up some good April Fools jokes for Sunday!

Saturday, March 31
9:00–11:30am COPE Preparedness presents Map Your Neighborhood. Help your neighborhood survive a disaster. Organize your neighborhood into a 9-Step Emergency Preparedness Program. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA. For Information Call 310-982-1180 or email Lonna@COPE-Preparedness.org

9:00–1:00pm Team Leader Training Workshop at White Point Nature Preserve.

11:00 am Point Fermin Lighthouse Egg Hunt. Crafts and an old-fashioned egg hunt perfect for kids ages 4 to 12.  Lucky egg hunters may find a golden egg — good for a special gift.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30–5:00pm Good Food Workshop at Angels Gate. Learn the basics in making your own savory and sweet snacks, smoothies, salads, nut milks, granola and more. There will be tastings, interactive demos and discussions. $55 for more info and to RSVP,contact: Kajsa Sjodin: 562-704-9288.

Sunday, April 1
11:00–2:00pm Crafted at the Port of L.A. Open House, 110 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro CA. 90731

1:00pm Allen Sekula Film Series at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center

1:30–4:30pm Vintage Fabric Care 101 at the Muller House Museum

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Landslide meeting tonight & more upcoming events

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will be holding a geology talk on Saturday, March 24. See below for details.

Thursday, March 15
5:00pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s White Point landslide ad hoc committee public meeting at the American Cetacean Society building, Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar.

Friday, March 16
South Shores Magnet School Kindergarten Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year. Please call the office for any questions (310) 832-6596.

Saturday March 17
4:00–7:00pm Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Wigwam. Corned beef and cabbage dinner and raffle.

Sunday, March 18
1:00–4:00pm: Four art openings and artists talk at Angels Gate Cultural Center. My War, Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line, Immigrant/Emigrant, and Dear Harbor: Images from our Community.

Monday, March 19
6:00pm Councilman Buscaino’s Budget & Finance Committee special meeting at the LA Admin Bldg., 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for residents to express their budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

Saturday, March 24th
8:30-12:00pm Complete Whalewatch: The morning begins with a fun and informational slide show about the Pacific gray whale then head out to sea for a 2-hour voyage in search of whales, dolphins and other sea life.

10:00am—12:00pm White Point Geology Presentation and Walk (pdf) at White Point Nature Preserve. A presentation on the geology of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and landslides followed by a guided walk. Presented by the South Coast Geological Society. Please RSVP to info@pvplc.org. ***UPDATE: This presentation is already filled to capacity. We will let you know if the PVPLC schedules another one.***

10:30am Storytime with the Rangers at White Point Nature Preserve

1:00pm-5:00pm (also March 25) Beginning Screen Printing Weekend Workshop For more information and to register for workshop please contact Taya Kenny 310.519.0936 or taya@angelsgateart.org

Sunday, March 25
9:00am Book Signing by children’s book author EG Ryan at the Corner Store in San Pedro, 1118 W 37th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

1:00pm Film Series curated by Allan Sekula starting March 25. Additional films April 1 and April 22. 3 Films | 3 Days | 3 Guest Speakers at Angels Gate Cultural Center.

Thursday, March 29
12:00pm Deadline for applications to enter one of the small learning communities at the John M and Muriel Olguin campus at San Pedro High School.

6:00–8:00pm The Port of Los Angeles will hold their annual Los Angeles Waterfront Update Public meeting (pdf) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro CA 90731.

Saturday, March 31
9:00–11:30am COPE Preparedness presents Map Your Neighborhood. Help your neighborhood survive a disaster. Organize your neighborhood into a 9-Step Emergency Preparedness Program. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA. For Information Call 310-982-1180 or email Lonna@COPE-Preparedness.org

9:00–1:00pm Team Leader Training Workshop at White Point Nature Preserve.

11:00 am Point Fermin Lighthouse Egg Hunt. Crafts and an old-fashioned egg hunt perfect for kids ages 4 to 12.  Lucky egg hunters may find a golden egg — good for a special gift.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30–5:00pm Good Food Workshop at Angels Gate. Learn the basics in making your own savory and sweet snacks, smoothies, salads, nut milks, granola and more. There will be tastings, interactive demos and discussions. $55 for more info and to RSVP,contact: Kajsa Sjodin: 562-704-9288.

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LAAFB will be testing the Giant Voice weekly, folks.

The mass notification alert system, the ‘Giant Voice’ contractors will be testing the Giant Voice at Pacific Crest, Pacific Heights and Fort MacArthur on February 21, 2012 to February 23, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. These tests are to ensure the system is working properly.

Commencing March 1, 2012, the Giant Voice system will be tested every Thursday at 11:00 AM weekly at Fort MacArthur, Pacific Heights and Pacific Crest. The test will coincide with the Giant Voice test at Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo. The Command Post may adjust the date for conducting system wide testing.

So, how do you feel about this, neighbors? If you have questions and/or concerns, contact the Los Angeles AFB Command Post at (310) 653-3070.

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Air Force Base housing to test alarm system this week

The Pacific Crest and Pacific Heights housing of the Los Angeles Air Force Base at Fort MacArthur will be conducting tests of the newly installed “Giant Voice” notification system on Wednesday, February 8 and Thursday, February 9 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Giant Voice system is a public address system of exterior speakers that is used in case of a major incident. The Air Force will use the Giant Voice as a way to communicate what the emergency is, but will not rely solely on this system as their only form of communication.

Residents within a mile or two of the Tierra Vista housing areas off 25th Street may hear sirens and should not be alarmed.

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