Motorcycle event to help kids with brain tumors

Every day, 13 children in the United States get the news that they have one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.

You can help them by participating in the 24th annual Los Angeles Ride for Kids event this Sunday, May 3, 2015 as a motorcyclist, fundraiser or volunteer. Donations benefit the Pediatric Brian Tumor Foundation’s medical research and family support programs.

Riders on all makes and models are welcome to attend. The suggested minimum donation to ride is $40 per motorcycle. Onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed for the event – just show up by 6:30am to be assigned a volunteer position.

The escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine! The ride will loop back to the start point.

At the event, there will be a drawing for a new Honda motorcycle and other great prizes (must be present to win). All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. You’ll also get to meet your local Stars!

Schedule of events for the Los Angeles Ride for Kids, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Schedule of events for the Los Angeles Ride for Kids, Sunday, May 3, 2015.

Olguin Campus pool dates & hours

The following is a list of requested dates and hours for the public use of the San Pedro High School Olguin Campus pool. The hours are not yet set in stone and are subject to last minute changes.

Requested hours for public use of SPHS Olguin campus pool.

Requested hours for public use of SPHS Olguin campus pool June 13 – August 16, 2015.

Keep an eye open on for a listing of the final hours when they become available.

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Local Easter Activities


Annual Point Fermin Lighthouse Egg Hunt!
Crafts start at 10:30, egg hunt at 11:00.
Ages 2 to 10.
Free; Donations welcome.

Bogdanovich Recreation Center Spring Egg Hunt, arts and crafts, games
1920 Cumbre Drive, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 548-7590
Ages 1-13

Peck Park Recreation Center Arts and crafts, egg dying, Spring Egg Hunt
560 N Western Ave, San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 548-7580
All Ages

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015:

Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse Arts and crafts, egg dying and Spring Egg Hunt
3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 548-7554
Ages 5-12

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Upcoming coastal events

Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 am
Marine Exchange board room
LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight will be giving Neighborhood Watch 101 to interested Palisades residents. She will also be listening to your concerns.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 9am–12pm
White Point Nature Preserve

South Shores Homeowners Assoc. Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm–9pm
South Shores Magnet School Auditorium Continue reading

Holiday fun at the Corner Store

Come join the holiday fun at the Corner Store Friday night. Santa and his helpful elves will be there hearing your wishes. Afterwards, neighbors will gather to stroll the neighborhood singing Christmas carols while sipping hot cocoa, lattes or your favorite beverage from the Corner Store.

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Sidewalk Chalk Contest and Soda Tasting Fundraiser

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Today, the Corner Store is hosting another fundraising event (can you say “community spirit”!). This fundraiser is for the White Point Elementary School. Come on by!

San Pedro Hauntings

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I can tell Halloween is almost upon us by driving around the neighborhood and seeing all the scary decorations going up. So what’s going on in San Pedro for the spooky season? We compiled a list of Halloween events for you to fill up your social calendar.

Saturday, October 20
5:00pm – 8:00pm     Spooky Night at the Light,  Pt. Fermin Lighthouse

Friday, October 26
6:00pm Movie Under the Stars: Hocus Pocus, Bogdanovich Rec. Center **UPDATED**
7:00pm Swing Peedro Halloween, Peoples Palace

Saturday, October 27
10:00am  Storytime with the Rangers (Bugs & Spiders!), White Point Nature Education Center
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Halloween happenings Crafted Port of L.A.
12:00pm – 3:00pm  Happy Harbor Halloween,  Port of L.A.
12:00pm – 4:00 pm Halloween Event, Bogdanovich Rec. Center **UPDATED**
1:00pm – 4:00pm  Spooky Day at the Light,  Point Fermin Lighthouse
6:00pm – 9:00pm Sea Scare 2012, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Sunday, October 28
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Halloween happenings Crafted Port of L.A.
3:00pm – 7:30pm  Howl,  Angels Gate Cultural Center

Wednesday, October 31
4:00 – 7:00 pm  Halloween Pirate Carnival, Peck Park

Thursday, November 1
3:30pm – 10:00pm Dia de Los Muertos Festival, Downtown 6th Street

For details about each event and links, check out our event calendar. Have a howling good time!

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Alma Gate to open November 26

It was standing room only at the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting last night when San Pedro High School Principal Jeanette Stevens announced that the Alma Street gate at the Olguin Campus will officially be opened full-time. She stated that school administrators decided to open the entrance during full operating hours, 7am–5pm, on school days beginning this November 26.

Ms. Stevens said that parents and students were not included in the original decision to keep the gate closed and that using the entrance at Gaffey and 32nd Streets creates an extremely unsafe situation. Plans are to use Alma Street for the six one-way bus trips during lunch and nutrition as it is being used currently. The decision regarding which entrance buses will use at the beginning and end of the school day has not been made.

Resident Dan Malstrom pointed out that the use of Alma Street for buses was not included in the original Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and that traffic has doubled since the closure of Paseo del Mar due to the White Point landslide. He requested a new EIR examining the school’s additional use of Alma Street.

Council board member Marcie Miller asked why the Alma Street pedestrian gate has not been opened before for students walking to school. Ms. Stevens said it was not open because there would be no turn around point for vehicles dropping off students. With the gate opened, parents will drive into the school, drop off children, and exit.

Other concerns brought up by board members and attendees: raised manholes and sinking asphalt; damage to utility pipes under Alma Street due to weight of buses and increase traffic; people stepping in front of buses or taking pictures of students using Alma gate; buses crossing over the center line to enter and exit through Alma gate.

Jacob Haik of Council District 15 spoke of four traffic safety measures that are currently being considered by the city: 25 mph speed limit when children are present (already approved), sidewalk continuation on Alma St. from the edge of LAUSD property to 37th St., resurfacing, and speed humps. Speed humps might not be an option because of the incline on Alma Street.

One suggestion by a resident at Alma and 30th is to make Alma Street one way at certain times of the day and one way in the other direction at other times of the day.

CSPNC president June Burlingame Smith announced that the traffic guard will return to Gaffey Street to assist students crossing Gaffey.

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CSPNC to discuss Alma St, White Point Landslide and more

Tonight’s agenda for the monthly board meeting of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) contains several items of interest for residents.

Item #8: Discussion and possible action on White Point landslide.

Item #10: Discussion and possible action on San Pedro Community Plan issues concerning the three corners at 25th St. and Western Ave. and some locations within the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Area and the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood area.

Item #12: Motion urging improvements to sidewalks on Alma Street including the completion of the sidewalk on the east side of Alma Street — going southward from the end of Los Angeles Unified School District property to 37th Street — without exercising emminent domain.

The CSPNC meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th at 6:30 pm at the Cabrillo Marina Community Building at Cabrillo Plaza, Berth 28. The public is invited to attend.

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SPHS Olguin Campus on lock down

Currently, the San Pedro High School Campus is on lock down due to police activity on Alma Street. Students are being kept in their classrooms and no one is allowed on or off the campus until the all clear message has been received from LAPD.

LAPD Harbor Area Watch Commander Sergeant Gabaldon said that police were searching for a male with a possible weapon and he may be in custody at this time. Updates to follow.

UPDATE 3:58 PM: Angels Gate Cultural Center and the Marine Mammal Care Center are also on lock down.

UPDATE 4:09 PM: Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office has released this update: LAUSD called LAPD regarding a possible man with a gun in the area as reported by two students. LAPD responded, four suspects taken into custody, no weapons found as of yet. Officers are searching area right now.

UPDATE 4:59 PM: Per LAPD, suspect is in custody, no weapons found at this time. Lock down is over.

UPDATE 5:05 PM: Daily Breeze reporting two suspects arrested for pointing assault rifle at two people.

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