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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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

Agenda
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 http://eng.lacity.org/whitepoint/whitepointlandslide.htm.

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?

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

Neighborhood Watch follow-up

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight has a follow-up to Monday’s Neighborhood Watch meeting in South Shores for all that could not attend:

1. We continue to address the issue of trash scavengers in the area, one guy was recently cited, both in South Shores and in North Western San Pedro where his vehicle was impounded.

2.  Crime in South Shores has been pretty low for the last couple of weeks, and a lot of that has to do with you folks.  Clearly you have been diligent about locking your doors and windows, and not leaving valuables in plain view in your vehicles and homes.  GOOD WORK! Lets keep it up.  Unfortunately, however, the rest of San Pedro isn’t doing so great.  So it is important to maintain your good security habits when you are out and about around town.

3. The Albertson’s on 25th and Western has been seeing an increase in what we in the Police business call a “Beer Run.”  Kids come in and grab a six pack then make a run for it.  These crimes are thefts, but they can wind up being reported as a”Robbery” when the suspect is confronted by and employee or citizen and uses force to escape capture.  There has already been one robbery of this type reported at the Albertson’s.  Be mindful that just because the Daily Breeze crime report says robbery, it doesn’t necessarily mean bad guys with guns and ski masks.  I have already spoken with the management at the store and we discussed come possible solutions to the problem.  The most obvious of course in increased security.  I urge you all as I did at the meeting to write a letter to Albertson’s Corporate Offices.  Let them know you don’t feel safe shopping there and that you are hoping that the Corporate office can give the store some support in getting extra security.

4.  Rec and Parks will be making some updates and improvements to Alma Park [21st St and Meyler] in the hopes that it will reduce the amount of criminal activity that has been developing there.  I will let you folks know how the improvements are going.

5.  We recently had an issue with supposed “Charity” curb repainters.  They come by and leave you a notice that says if you don’t want your curb repainted post this sign on your door.  If you don’t post the sign, they repaint your curb and expect you to pay.  You are under no obligation to pay for a service that you did not request.  Don’t let these guys intimidate you.  If they come down to the neighborhood and you feel as though they are getting aggressive, call 911.

6.  I attended a meeting today regarding the landslide.  There is going to be some work done over the next two months to clear up the area, secure the raw edge and create some drainage for water, hopefully before the rainy season really gets under way.

7.  We also talked about the cyber block captain program that we are trying to get started here at the station.  The CBC would be our main contact person for their block or area and they would maintain an email list of their neighbors.  We here at the Station could then forward out crime or suspect information to the CBC who would then be able to share that information with his or her email list.  We are asking for volunteers for this position.  It would require you to “pound the pavement” a little bit and get some additional names and emails, but once the lists get going we think that it will be an awesome resource.  Please email me if you are interested in volunteering as a CBC on your block or in your area.

8.  Rec and Parks has received the request to trim the greenery in and around Bogdanovich Park, so they have it on their list and hopefully will get to it sooner rather than later!

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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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