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This Saturday is a very important day for our coastal neighborhood. 35 people are running for seats on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. The CSPNC represents you and me and what goes on in our neighborhood.

We have attended many CSPNC board meetings and have been directly involved with committee meetings as well as various Neighborhood Watches. Based on our experience, we are recommending the following candidates for the 17 available slots. We have worked closely with or witnessed the respectful and fair working styles of Richard Havenick, Dean Pentcheff, Doug Epperhart, Adele Healy, and Shannon Ross. They are and would be excellent leaders. We are also recommending Robert Brandin, Erin Carter, Louis Dominguez, Robert Farrell, Mario Garcia, Bob Gelfand, Brian Kruglak, Raymond Medak, Aaron Nettles, Chimesa Medina, Jonathan David Myers, and Liliana Nikoloski-Marich.

We would like to see the new board work on changing the CSPNC elections so that each vote is private, voting made available online, and several dates available to vote. We also would like air quality, LAPD resources and staffing improvements, and street racing to be important issues discussed by the new board.

To be eligible to vote, you must be 18 years or older and live, work or own real property in the neighborhood and also those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder (child goes to a school, member of an organization that meets in the CSPNC area, etc.). Please bring proof of stakeholder status (drivers license, utility bill, etc). Visit for complete rules and candidate statements.

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Clearwater Program set to become a reality

Sanitation District No. 2 Board of Directors will consider certification of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Clearwater Program and adoption of the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Room, 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California.

This program’s purpose is to build a new outflow pipe to move treated wastewater from the Sanitation Districts’ plant in Carson to the ocean. The Sanitation Districts’ preferred site to construct this tunnel is Royal Palms Beach, just west of the White Point Landslide. Other alternative construction sites are Terminal Island and Angels Gate Park

Since the landslide occurred on November 20, 2011, there has been an updated traffic study and the proposed route for construction traffic would be 110 freeway to Gaffey Street to 9th Street to Western Avenue to Paseo del Mar. Construction would begin in 2016. The peak of construction is expected to occur in 2020.

You can view the EIR Appendices, published November 2012, on the Clearwater EIR page.

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council endorsed Alternative 4, the Royal Palms site, on March 19, 2012. The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council opposed Alternative 4 due to the proximity to the White Point Landslide and to the earthquake fault, which in 1933 caused the closure of the White Point/Royal Palms thermal pools.

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The NWSPNC has opposed alternative 4 and recommend alternative 1

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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Clearwater EIR released. Upcoming meeting March 8.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Clearwater Program has been released today. The extended public review period begins today and ends on April 10, 2012. In a nutshell, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County wants to build a new onshore tunnel and ocean outfall so that the current tunnels can be inspected and repaired if necessary. Construction would begin in 2016.

There are four alternatives being considered.

  1. Port of Los Angeles (access shaft at the Trans Pacific Container Service Corporation [TraPac] site and working and/or exit shaft at the former Los Angeles Export Terminal [LAXT] site): 8 yrs construction, $1,360 million
  2. Port of Los Angeles (access shaft at TraPac; construction shaft at LAXT): 6.5 yrs construction, $980 million
  3. Angels Gate at Gaffey St. and Paseo del Mar: 6.5 yrs construction, $910 million
  4. Royal Palms Beach: 6.5 yrs construction, $550 million

The two options that would affect coastal San Pedro residents the most are options #3 and #4. These are also the least expensive options.

Alternative #3 Angels Gate

Alternative #3 at Angels Gate would have a 20′ noise barrier. During construction of the shaft, approximately 10 to 40 trucks per day would be required for delivery of supplies and removal of excavated material. Shaft construction would take about 8 to 9 months.

Alternative #4 Royal Palms

Alternative #4, the Royal Palms option, is the recommended alternative. It would consist of an average of 10 trucks per day (about 40 trucks per day maximum) for 6–9 months during the shaft construction. There would be approximately 5 to 10 construction workers on site for a 10-hour shift per day, 5 days per week, for approximately 2 years to construct the exit shaft, manifold, valves, and piping interconnections. Demobilization of the site would take about 3 months.

Air quality would be significantly impacted during construction. Alternatives 1, 3, and 4 would exceed thresholds for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX), and Alternative 2 would exceed thresholds for VOC, carbon monoxide (CO), and NOX.

You can read the Draft EIR/EIS in its entirety on the Clearwater Program website.

The Sanitation Districts will be conducting two public hearings to receive comments on the draft EIR on:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson, California

The Sanitation Districts and the Corps will hold a joint public hearing to receive comments on both the draft EIR and draft EIS on:

Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California

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