Care about our Parks? Join the Park Advisory Board!

Joan Milke Flores Park

A call for volunteers to sit on and make up the Park Advisory Board has been made to all interested persons. The Board is a collection of all community members from the White Point Nature Preserve, Wilders Addition, Point Fermin Park, Sunken City, Angels Gate Park and Tenant Organizations and residents who have an interest in helping to shape the events and future of our shared community.

The next meeting is set for Wednesday, August 17th, 6:00 pm at the Angels Gate Park office (shares the courtyard with the Hosteling International office on 36th/Leavenworth).

 If you are interested in joining the Board please see the Volunteer forms as well and register on line (if you are not already a registered City of LA volunteer). Individual volunteers need to apply online at

The New Volunteer Application Handout can be found at You will need this form to make a fingerprint appointment.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Joe Stackhouse, Senior Recreation Director II of Angels Gate, Daniels Field, Field of Dreams, Point Fermin & Ken Malloy Harbor Regional at 310.548.7705

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Vote this Saturday!

CSPNC candidate recommendations

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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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Neighborhood Council Candidacy deadline tomorrow

The deadline for filing for candidacy for the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) board is tomorrow, April 12. Are you civic-minded? Would you like to be a community leader? If you have some free time to help be a liaison between the residents and the City of Los Angeles, please consider running for the CSPNC board. Signing up is easy at

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Giving back — Pedro style

The Corner Store, San Pedro, CA

File photo of The Corner Store before the outdoor seating and landscaping were added.

Peggy and Bruce Lindquist, owners of The Corner Store, give a lot to our community and are completely humble about it. From frequently holding fundraisers for the Point Fermin Lighthouse and Marine Mammal Care Center to rescuing wayward dogs to giving jobs to neighborhood kids to collecting supplies for pinnipeds to hosting the community share library,group meetings, and community celebrations such as Santa visits, community clean-ups, neighborhood watch meetings, etc.

They remind me of that bumper sticker “Think globally. Act locally.”

Here’s your chance to give back to Peggy and Bruce, our unsung heroes of the Palisades neighborhood.

Local resident and president of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC), James Dimon, is organizing a beautification project to help out Peggy and Bruce. James got Coppa Woodworking involved — they are fixing up the front doors and making two new screen doors for the entrance for no charge. Terry Katnich of South Shores Ace Hardware is donating materials and paint to spruce up the front of The Corner Store.

James is also looking to replace the sign on the front of the building with an identical sign in aluminum and polyurethane. He still needs to raise about $800 in donations to achieve that goal. He’s also looking for some volunteers who are good at patching stucco, have a paint sprayer, and have scaffolding for a mid-May beautification weekend. If you are interested in helping out, email James Dimon.

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Volunteers needed!

Most of us have visited the White Point Nature Preserve a few times, if not many times, to enjoy the trails and incredible views. This Saturday, July 19, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is hosting a volunteer day to remove unused irrigation lines to clear trails and beautify the site. They could use more volunteers, especially from the neighborhood.

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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy provides training, tools, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. You may want to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and/or gloves. RSVP at (310) 541-7613 or

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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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Things to do this weekend

There are a lot of fun things to do this weekend. As well as the events below, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium also has a few things going on like their weekend Tidepool Walks. And don’t forget to think up some good April Fools jokes for Sunday!

Saturday, March 31
9:00–11:30am COPE Preparedness presents Map Your Neighborhood. Help your neighborhood survive a disaster. Organize your neighborhood into a 9-Step Emergency Preparedness Program. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA. For Information Call 310-982-1180 or email

9:00–1:00pm Team Leader Training Workshop at White Point Nature Preserve.

11:00 am Point Fermin Lighthouse Egg Hunt. Crafts and an old-fashioned egg hunt perfect for kids ages 4 to 12.  Lucky egg hunters may find a golden egg — good for a special gift.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30–5:00pm Good Food Workshop at Angels Gate. Learn the basics in making your own savory and sweet snacks, smoothies, salads, nut milks, granola and more. There will be tastings, interactive demos and discussions. $55 for more info and to RSVP,contact: Kajsa Sjodin: 562-704-9288.

Sunday, April 1
11:00–2:00pm Crafted at the Port of L.A. Open House, 110 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro CA. 90731

1:00pm Allen Sekula Film Series at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center

1:30–4:30pm Vintage Fabric Care 101 at the Muller House Museum

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Opportunities at Angels Gate Cultural Center

Looking for something worth to do with your free time? Angels Gate Cultural Center has several opportunities open.

The Publicity Intern will develop a Publicity campaign for the 2012 Calendar year. It will be an opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the way members of a community receive, process, and act on information.

The Film Intern will assist the Visual Arts Director in programming, promoting, and organizing a series of films curated by renowned photographer and theorist Alan Sekula. The films will be presented in exclusive screenings in our Main Gallery.

Angels Gate Cultural Center is also looking for Volunteers in Visual Arts, Development, Education, Event Planning/Hospitality, Program Administration and Landscaping. Volunteers should be able to give their time during regular office hours, on the weekends as Gallery Docents, assist in some major events, gallery exhibit installions and deinstallations, or Artist-in-Classroom onsite field trips.

For more detailed information about the positions visit the Angels Gate Cultural Center opportunities page. Applications for internships must be received before February 15. If you have questions about volunteer opportunites, email Delora Bertsch, Volunteer Coordinator.

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Hug a Seal Day (well, sort of)










The Marine Mammal Care Center will be holding two volunteer orientations on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 pm in the MMCC classroom. You may attend either day. Orientations are approximately one to two hours long and you do not need to do anything prior to attending.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer and be able to volunteer at least one day a week for 12 months. The MMCC is in need of both educational volunteers and animal care volunteers.

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