Gaffey Street Design meeting January 8

Gaffey Street in downtown San Pedro isn’t in our neighborhood but most of us traverse it quite regularly. Planning for revising Gaffey street is in the conceptual phase. Come hear about the ideas and share your own at the next meeting.

From our friends at the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council:

On January 8th, at 6:00 pm, LANI (the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative) in conjunction with the San Pedro Neighborhood Councils, will hold a public meeting to focus on the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan and the controversial lane reductions that are a part of this plan. LADOT’s new General Manager, Seleta Reynolds, will participate in this meeting. Please join us for an in-depth consideration of this proposal in order to be a part of an informed decision-making process. This meeting will be held in the Croatian Cultural Center at 510 W. Seventh Street, San Pedro.

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Paseo del Mar road work. Homeless encampment clean-up.

Work is beginning on Paseo del Mar today from Shepard to Cabrillo. The entire project is expected to take four weeks.

Also, Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight brought out a caravan of L.A. County workers this morning to clean up the bluff where the homeless man was living.

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Important meetings this week

A Point Fermin Residents Association will be meeting this Saturday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the Redman’s lodge at 543 Shepard Street.

The Lower Palisades West Neighborhood Watch (Paseo del Mar to 37th Street and Weymouth to Leland) will be holding their meeting this Saturday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Marine Exchange building at 3601 S. Gaffey St.

The Bureau of Engineering will be holding a public hearing regarding the proposed widening of Hamilton Avenue between Patton and Barbara will be held on Wednesday, June 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the San Pedro Public Library, 931 S. Gaffey St.  If you cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by June 4 at 4:00 pm to james.tebbetts@lacity.org. Download the Hamilton-Notice of Public Hearing Signed.

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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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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

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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.