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

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 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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Palisades Neighborhood Watch Clean-up and Picnic

Two Palisades area neighborhood watch groups got together this past weekend to clean up the neighborhood, catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Proof of the hard work many residents put into cleaning Wilder's Annex last weekend.

Approximately 80 Palisades residents met at Wilder’s Annex along Paseo del Mar on Sunday. The residents are members of two active neighborhood watch groups, Lower Palisades West and Lower Palisades East (read more about local neighborhood watch groups on our Neighborhood Watch page).

Residents enjoy the potluck picnic after the neighborhood clean-up.

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Neighborhood Council candidate positions on Paseo del Mar

The elections for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) will be held this Saturday, May 10 from 11am to 3pm at Crafted at the Port of LA, 112 E 22nd St, Warehouse 10, San Pedro. Any stakeholder (lives, works, owns property in or is a frequent visitor to) coastal San Pedro can exercise their right to vote.


Have you read the candidate statements released by the CSPNC?


In addition to these statements, we have additional statements on a local hot topic. Local resident and stakeholder Rebecca Rannells contacted candidates to ask their position on spending $30+ million in tax dollars to reopen Paseo del Mar where the White Point Landslide occurred in November 2011.


Many candidates declined to respond (Dave Behar, Cari Lynn Burich, James Dimon, Chuck Hawley, Dan Malstrom, Chris Nagle, Ted Shirley, Sonya Tsujimura, John Vidovich, and Rachel Waugh) and a handful could not be reached (Mike Cammareri, Denise Marovich-Sampson, and Matt Matich). However, the following five statements are from the candidates that took time to respond to Ms. Rannells inquiry:

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PRA to voice opinion on Paseo del Mar this Thursday

The Palisades Residents’ Association announced on short notice that they will be holding a meeting this Thursday to take a position on the future of Paseo del Mar at the White Point Landslide. If you would like your voice to be heard, please attend the meeting.

What: Palisades Residents’ Association Board Meeting
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6 – 8:30 pm
Where: Marine Exchange Conference Room, 3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731

0. Introductions
1. PRA Board Seat availability and Membership (10 min)
2. Upcoming Neighborhood Watch / Public Safety initiatives (10 min)
3. White Point Landslide update and position (30 min)
4. Palisades Area Street Solutions (30 min)
5. PRA Annual Meeting Planning and 2014 Schedule (20 min)
6. Adjournment

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Councilman Buscaino takes a stand on landslide.

Today, Councilman Buscaino’s office issued a statement on their website regarding the newly discovered crack at the White Point landslide.

“Last week, work crews under the supervision of the Bureau of Engineering uncovered a crack eight feet below the surface while performing excavation work at the White Point Landslide in San Pedro. While we do not know how long the crack has been there, the preliminary investigation determined that there has been no additional earth movement since the landslide in November of 2011.

A more detailed geotechnical analysis is being conducted and should be complete in about a week. The current work to drain and stabilize the hillside is unaffected and remains on schedule.

The safety of the hillside continues to be my top priority. That’s why I support the recommendation from the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee to restore the roadway with a retaining wall that will maximize the safety and stability of the entire area,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino who represents the Los Angeles’ 15th Council District.

Update: there is a new petition out to reconstruct Paseo del Mar.
Update: The Daily Breeze has a new article about the landslide debate: New fissure in San Pedro landslide area sparks more debate about Paseo del Mar road repair

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New cracks in landslide area. Abandon Paseo del Mar petition circulating.

Area east of landslide with new crack. (click image to view larger)

Several new cracks have appeared in the White Point Landslide area. The latest crack was discovered today resulting in a work shut down. A bowl-shaped crack, about 3″ in width appeared on the east side of the slide, approximately halfway between the landslide edge and the nearest house.

A closer view of the crack that appeared on Monday, November 4. (click image to view larger)

Members of the Landslide Committee of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) met tonight and discussed the new crack. Their representative will be contacting the Bureau of Engineering immediately to inquire about the situation and the safety of residents in nearby homes.

At the upcoming November 13th CSPNC Agenda Meeting, the Landslide Committee will be requesting that a motion be added to the November 18 general meeting. The motion is to “recommend that the section of Paseo del Mar closed by the White Point Landslide be abandoned in a manner that comprehensively addresses the traffic and public safety issues heightened by the landslide and the opening of South Region High School 15.”

In support of not reopening Paseo del Mar is an online petition at Deny Funding for Road to Nowhere. The petition asks how, in this time of “fiscal austerity,” a “hugely expensive project that affects such a small group possibly be justified.” Signers have stated that the remaining road is safer for the many pedestrians and cyclists that frequent the area and that the money would be better spent on other city services.

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Buscaino’s Landslide Committee votes to rebuild

L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s White Point Landslide Committee met on short notice this week for a final meeting to discuss the future of Paseo del Mar. Committee members in attendance voted to rebuild the 600 foot section of Paseo del Mar affected by the landslide at a estimated price tag of $28.8 million dollars. Read about the meeting in the Daily Breeze.

For more information, the Bureau of Engineering posts online reports on the progress of mitigation measures at

White Point Landslide in the News

Donna Littlejohn of the Daily Breeze has come out with another article updating us on the stabilization process at the White Point Landslide.

The temporary fencing in White Point Nature Preserve has come down unveiling the newly installed drainage system. Underground slope anchors will be added this fall and winter with the process scheduled to be completed in January.

I must take issue with one statement in the Daily Breeze article:

“While some nearby residents have lobbied to keep the road closed, a preliminary vote at the last advisory committee meeting ran about 60 percent in favor of rebuilding the scenic east-west thoroughfare that dates back to the early 1920s, according to city maps.”

I serve on this committee and have attended all the meetings. What is not mentioned here is that the poll was taken after much protest from committee members, many saying there was not yet enough information to vote, and the question asked to the committee included the words “If money were NO object” (which brought about a lot of laughter in the room).

How do you feel about Paseo del Mar? Rebuild it or leave it?

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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