Proposed utilities in Palisades and South Shores

Crown Castle NG West Inc has proposed four new above ground utilities in our coastal community. These utilities include electrical meter pedestals measuring 5’3″ x 1’8″ x 1’5″ and 50′ utility poles.

Two of the proposed locations are within two blocks from each other in Lower South Shores at 37th Street west of Anchovy and on Paseo del Mar west of Stargaze Ave.

Proposed Palisades location.

The third location is in Upper South Shores at McRae Drive west of Anchovy and the fourth is in the Palisades at Weymouth and Paseo del Mar.

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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

Coastal Commission approves six wind turbines

The California Coastal Commission has approved six wind turbines with special conditions at the John M. and Muriel Olquin campus of San Pedro High School. The Division of State Architecture (DSA) required additional spacing between the originally requested 36 turbines (two times the length of each turbine). Therefore, due to the spacing requirement, the number of turbines was reduced to six.

The six proposed wind turbines will produce approximately 4% of the school’s total energy demand. Photovoltaic panels will produce approximately 79% for a total of approximately 83% of the energy demand produced on-site.

The special conditions are 1) compliance with the conditions of the original permit; 2) submittal of a bird strike monitoring plan; 3) implementation of quarterly bird surveys for a period of two years; 4) future redesign or removal of obsolete turbines if it would ; 5) compliance with all conditions of the permit; and 6) submittal of final plans showing the location and design of the wind turbines.

Download the full report here: Th17a-7-2012.

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Wind Turbines for Olguin Campus on Coastal Commission agenda

Illustration of SPHS Olguin Campus at Angels Gate Park. Wind turbines are shown in the lower left corner. Click image to enlarge.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a permit request on the California Coastal Commission’s July meeting agenda. Permit No. 5-08-251-A3 requests permission to install and operate thirty-six (36) 12kW 50-ft. high wind turbines to provide alternate energy source for new high school at 3210 South Alma, San Pedro.

The item (#17a) is on the agenda for Thursday, July 12. The meeting begins at 9:00 am at the Chula Vista City Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

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Meeting discusses landslide causes and remedies

It was a packed house at the landslide meeting last night at White Point Elementary School to hear the results of the geotechnical report by Shannon & Wilson. City Engineer Gary Lee Moore presented the findings and long-term options.

Cause of Landslide

Storm drain separations fround prior to landslide. Click to view larger.

Nothing was found to definitively cause the landslide but several factors may have contributed to the landslide: irrigation, long-term coastal bluff erosion, precipitation, residential development, road construction, and underground utilities. The one factor that was found to not have any impact on the landslide was the Nike missile facility.

Interior of Nike missile silo at White Point. Click to view larger.

Land Movement & Water Levels
There has been no significant (> 1/10″) land movement at the monitoring sites. Ground water levels have increased by 15′ on the west side of the landslide. On the east side near residences, the ground water level has actually decreased by 1′.

Immediate Repairs
Immediate repairs will consist of grading the edge of the landslide to make it more stable. Dirt from the grading will be placed in the deepest crevices of the slide to even out the bottom. This will provide adequate surface drainage to convey water during the rainy season away from impacted areas.

Immediate repairs to surface area of landslide. Click to view larger.

A 170′ buffer zone around the slide will enable the construction of two U-turn areas. Earth anchors need to be placed into the slide area to prevent further movement. Additional monitoring wells and drains will be installed. These immediate repairs will cost approximately $5–8 million.

Proposed immediate repairs include U-turns. Cul-de-sac design could be complete in two to three months. Click to view larger.

Six Long-Term Options

  1. Do not reconnect Paseo del Mar (less than $1 million)
  2. Reroute the roadway through White Point Nature Preserve. Gates at each end of WPNP would close the road at night. ($4–8 million)
  3. Graded roadway. This slide got a good laugh at the meeting as the road looked like a skateboard half pipe. ($4–8 million)
  4. Return road to original level with retaining wall ($22–27 million)
  5. Return road to original level with no retaining wall ($42–50 million)
  6. Construct a bridge ($57–62 million)

A rerouting of Paseo del Mar would include gates for closure of the road every evening. Click to view larger.

Councilman Joe Buscaino fielded written questions from residents at the meeting. Here are a few of the questions and answers:

Q: Why was the report not released prior to the meeting so residents could ask more informed questions?
A: Changes were being made to the report over the weekend and the city attorney needed to be consulted first.

Q: Will the WPNP restrooms be connected to sewer lines prior to the Home Tour fundraiser in October?
A: This is being made a priority item. A link to the county lines would be cost prohibitive at $600,000 so other options are being considered.

Q: Will the Army Corps of Engineers be involved?
A: Congresswoman Janice Hahn has requested funding from the Army Corps on June 18th. The City Department of Engineers will be scheduling a meeting along with congressional offices.

Q: What affect will the slide have on the proposed Clearwater Project at Royal Palms and visa versa?
A: The City Department of Engineers is unfamiliar with that project.

Q: What will the decision process entail?
A: The process will be subject to some type of environmental review but maybe not an EIR. After the funding, construction usually takes three to four years.

Several requests were made by residents to work on traffic calming measures on Alma, Patton and Hamilton streets. Fire Station 101 Chief Terrazas said the narrowness of Hamilton is a problem. When another station covers for Station 101, they inform them of the alternate routes to Paseo del Mar. Residents also asked for increased police patrols on nights and weekends.

The full 800-page report can be accessed online at the City’s Dept. of Engineering website.

Media Links:
Councilman Buscaino’s video reports
KTLA5 Video
ABC7 Video
ABC7 Video – includes interview Andrea Vona of the PVPLC (update)
Daily Breeze article
KPCC article
Random Lengths News article (update)
L.A. Times article (update)
KQED article (update)

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June events along the San Pedro coast

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June means summer! That means outdoor plays, music, art classes, car shows and more fun!

SATURDAY, JUNE 2
8:00am Native Garden Workday/Beach Clean-up, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
8:45am Youth Employment Preparation Fair, P.O.L.A.H.S.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3
11:00am 20th Annual Seal Day, Marine Mammal Care Center

TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Election Day

THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Windows Into the Past, Pacific Battleship Outreach Center
5:30pm First Thursday Art Walk, downtown San Pedro
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 8
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

SATURDAY, JUNE 9
U.S.S. Iowa scheduled to enter San Pedro Harbor
World Ocean Day, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
8:00am Semi-Annual Rummage Sale, Muller House Museum
9:00am Outdoor Volunteer Day, White Point Nature Preserve
10:00am Ranger Walk, White Point Nature Preserve
12:00pm Book Reading with Cher Fischer, White Point Nature Preserve
3:00pm Good Food Workshop, Angels Gate Cultural Center
4:00pm Under Angels book signing at The Corner Store
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

SUNDAY, JUNE 10
9:30am Bailey Brothers live music, The Corner Store (updated)
1:00pm Salt Marsh Open House, Cabrillo Beach

MONDAY, JUNE 11
9:00am The Many Approaches to Drawing Class (3-days a week until 8/23), Angels Gate Cultural Center

TUESDAY, JUNE 12
6:00pm Public Meeting for Draft EIR for Marine Research Center, POLA Administration Bldg.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
5:30pm 25th Anniversary Seafood Feast & Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, San Pedro Fish Market

THURSDAY, JUNE 14
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

SATURDAY, JUNE 16
2:00pm Basics of Digital Photography Workshop, Angels Gate Cultural Center
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

SUNDAY, JUNE 17
Father’s Day

MONDAY, JUNE 18
6:30pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting, Cabrillo Marina
6:30pm White Point Landslide Community Meeting, White Point Elementary School (just added)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
5:30pm Printmaking Workshop: Monoprint, Relief, & Etching (9-week class), Angels Gate Cultural Center

THURSDAY, JUNE 21
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 22
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

SATURDAY, JUNE 23
6:00am Catalina Above and Below Boat Trip, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
9:00am Bureau of Sanitation Open House, Harbor District Yard
10:30am Storytime with the Rangers, White Point Nature Preserve
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

THURSDAY, JUNE 28
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 29
11:00am Crafted at the Port of L.A. Grand Opening, Warehouse 10
5:00pm 4th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! car show, Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain
8:00pm Two Gentlemen of Verona, Point Fermin Park

SATURDAY, JUNE 30
10:30am Printmaking Workshop: Monoprint, Relief, & Etching (9-week class), Angels Gate Cultural Center
1:00pm Making Clay Flutes, Angels Gate Cultural Center
1:00pm Beginning Screen Printing Workshop (2-day class), Angels Gate Cultural Center
2:00pm Solar Plate Workshop (2-day course), Angels Gate Cultural Center
8:00pm Romeo & Juliet, Point Fermin Park

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Reminder: Meeting tonight regarding Clearwater sewage pipe construction.

The outlined area of Royal Palms is a potential sewage outflow construction site for a two year span.

Tonight will be a public hearing to receive comments on both the draft EIR and draft EIS of the Clearwater Program. 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 recommended site to construct this tunnel is Royal Palms Beach. Other alternatives are Angels Gate Park (at Paseo del Mar and Gaffey Streets) and Terminal Island.

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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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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Bluff planting and storm drain completion

Today and Friday the Department of Public Works will be hydroseeding the slopes and bluff areas that were disturbed during installation of the new storm drains. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy provided the seed mix so that the vegetation will match what is in the White Point Nature Preserve.

Small asphalt berms, the size of speed bumps, have been added to the each side of Paseo del Mar at the landslide. They were installed to direct water on the street to the catch basins that are connected to the storm drains.

The County Flood Control District will complete all work to divert the storm drains by Friday December 16. They will periodically conduct inspection of the drains.

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Public Works update on Paseo del Mar landslide 12/14

Richard E. Lee of the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Public Affairs Office has a brief update for the residents regarding the operations at the Paseo del Mar landslide area.

1. The City’s geotechnical firm, Shannon & Wilson, continues exploratory drilling operations to determine the ongoing extent of the Paseo Del Mar landslide.

2. Duirng the heavy rainstorm on December 12, 2011 exploratory drilling operations took place.

3. The drilling process and data collection will continue for approximately three weeks.

4. Both the storm drain east of the intersection of Paseo Del Mar and Weymouth and the storm drain on the west side of the closure handled stormwater runoff during the rainstorm on December 12, 2011.

5. The City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department closed down the walk trail with barricades and posted signs earlier in the day on December 12, 2011.

6. Residents and visitors are urged to keep out of the closed-off area as it presents an immediate and life-threatening hazard.

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