Parks meeting tonight

2/28 agenda

Angels Gate Park Advisory Board 2/28 agenda

Tonight at 5pm there will be an Angels Gate Park Advisory Board (PAB) meeting at the Angels Gate Park office (in the courtyard with the Hosteling International office on 36th/Leavenworth off of Gaffey Street).

The PAB covers the areas of White Point Nature Preserve, Wilder’s Addition, Point Fermin Park, Sunken City, Lookout Park, and Angels Gate Park.

If you have any questions, 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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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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Seal Day today!

Seal Day Flyer

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There will be plenty of entertainment over at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) today from 11am to 4pm — live music, crafts & games, vendors, movie screenings and more.

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Olguin Pool to open this weekend

Olguin Pool Public Opening Invitation

This Saturday the public is invited to the public opening of the Olguin Pool.

This Saturday June 13 is the long awaited public opening of the Olguin Pool. The public is invited to attend the ceremonies starting at 12:30pm. Council District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino, LAUSD Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic and representatives from the Department of Recreation and Parks and Kaiser Permanente are scheduled to be in attendance.

Lap swimming and recreational swimming are available for individual entry fees ($1-3.50) or multiple-use passes ($10–87.50). Pool activities will also include novice swim and diving teams, junior lifeguard training, and private, semi-private and group swim lessons for children and adults. See the schedule below. Continue reading

Point Fermin Residents Association meeting 5/23

The next Point Fermin Residents’ Association meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. at Redmen’s Wigwam Lodge on Shepard Street.

Dr. Allen Franz will do a special presentation about drought resistant local plants to use for your gardens and lawn replacement.

Agenda items include updates on: the 5/13 Point Fermin Park shooting, Gaffey Street Pool construction; Sunken City; and Neighborhood Watch issues.

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Olguin campus pool to open to residents

San Pedro High School Olguin campus pool opened in fall 2012.

San Pedro High School Olguin campus pool. Photo by Pinner Construction.

LAUSD will be opening the pool at the San Pedro High School’s John and Muriel Olguin camps to the public this summer. Details are still being worked out with the Department of Recreation and Parks. The pool will most likely be available to the public from June through August.

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino found the money for staffing and programming while LAUSD District 7 Board President, Dr. Richard Vladovic found the money for maintenance and operational costs during the summer months.

More details will be announced when available.

Gaffey Street Pool plans

An overview of what the proposed Gaffey Street Pool renovations will look like on completion.

In the meantime, work is ongoing at the Gaffey Street Pool which will also be available during the summer months starting in 2016.

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Pints for Pinnipeds fundraiser

The Corner Store is hosting a fun fundraiser called Pints for Pinnipeds for the Marine Mammal Care Center on Saturday, March 14, 2015. You can preregister for the fundraiser at the Corner Store (cash or check) or the Marine Mammal Care Center (accepts credit cards). Tastings are at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00pm and cost $25 each. Get your tickets while they are HOT! They will go fast!

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Neighborhood News

There’s a lot of news for our part of town this week. Grab your coffee and read on!

New CERT Class to be taught by LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight:

The Alma Park Neighborhood Watch has requested a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class be taught for their group. The class will be held every Saturday starting on Saturday February 7th from 10 am to 12 noon in the Community Room at Harbor Division Station. The Class will be co-taught by Sr. Lead Officer Wight and Officer Garcenila.

The Alma Park Block Captain has asked to extend the invitation to other neighborhood watches to see if anyone is interested. If you would like to join this class please send Officer Wight an email with your contact information to

Crime updates from Lower Palisades East Neighborhood Watch Lead Charles Rannells:

Turf destruction at Wilder's Annex.

  1. On January 25th at 10:15 p.m. a dark colored raised double cab pickup was seen repeatedly doing spin outs on the grass by the Wilder Annex bathrooms. It tore up an area of turf the size of a football field.
  2. On January 25th a bunch of dark colored Hondas raced up and down Paseo del Mar and through the stop sign at Barbara and Pasel del Mar;
  3. Three thefts from vehicles, two on upper Emily, one on W. 37th near Leland;  two were from unlocked vehicles;
  4. The destruction of a garage door padlock on upper Cabrillo;
  5. Repeated sightings of a hooded young man on a bike suspiciously eyeing properties on Roxbury;
  6. A grey fairly recent model Mustang speeding westward down the center lane of PDM at ca. 70 mph at 10:30 in the morning, then through the Barbara Street stop sign without slowing down, then up a side street; too fast to get a description or license plate number. Any leads on who this might be are most welcome and will be treated confidentially of course.
  7. Recently a vehicle was broken into on the 3600 block of Emily near W. 37th.

Officer Wight has been asked by the Auto Detectives to put out a quick alert about a new trend being seen mostly in the Point Fermin neighborhood. Work trucks and vans with external locking mechanisms (padlocks, etc.) are being targeted. Thieves are prying off the external locks and raiding the vans for heavy equipment (compressors, power tools, etc.). If you or someone you know brings their work home with them, encourage them to park in a gated driveway or garage. If you can manage it, try backing your van up against a wall or some other item to block access to the rear doors.

The burglary of garages and carports continues to be a problem as well. Detectives are working hard to identify any suspects that might be responsible. If you see someone cruising alleys late at night, on a bike or in a car, passing by multiple times, pausing in front of different homes or alley garages, try to get a good description and a license plate (if it’s a car) and don’t be afraid to call it in!

New stop signs at Paseo del Mar and Roxbury

Be careful when driving down Paseo del Mar. At the request of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and local residents, new stop signs have been installed on Paseo del Mar at Roxbury.

USMC Training Exercises at Warehouse One between April 11–13, 2015

Be forewarned…the United States Marine Corp (USMC) will be conducting dynamic training exercises at Warehouse 1 (Berth 69 at the southern end of Signal Street in the Port of Los Angeles) between April 11–13, 2015 in order to evaluate and certify forces preparing from deployment overseas.

Members of the Maritime Raid Force (MRF) will conduct a raid of the target site and they will approach from the sea during hours of darkness.  The exercise force will use blank-fire ammunition, flash-bangs and smoke generating devices for added realism.  Helicopter operations will be included in this event (including people rappelling from a rope).  There may also be sniper live-fire and small explosions.

Filming by Korean Friendship Bell

There is a scheduled film shoot by the Korean Friendship Bell on Monday, February 2. From the looks of the description, it looks like there will be some barbecuing for a Target commercial, but I could be wrong. :-)

Point Fermin Residents’ Meeting

The next Point Fermin Residents meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Redmen’s Hall, 543 Shepard Street.

Tentative Agenda:
9:00 a.m.  LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight. Officer Wight will have to leave no later than 9:30, so if you have issues you wish to discuss with her, you must be at the meeting early.

9:30 a.m.  Updates on Sunken City, the Lighthouse ownership, Hey Rookie Pool renovations, Angels Gate, and Port activity

Adjourn by 11 a.m.

If you have specific issues, please email them to June Burlingame Smith at ahead of time so she can try to make sure your concerns are addressed by the proper people.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your day!

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San Pedro Hauntings

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I can tell Halloween is almost upon us by driving around the neighborhood and seeing all the scary decorations going up. So what’s going on in San Pedro for the spooky season? We compiled a list of Halloween events for you to fill up your social calendar.

Saturday, October 20
5:00pm – 8:00pm     Spooky Night at the Light,  Pt. Fermin Lighthouse

Friday, October 26
6:00pm Movie Under the Stars: Hocus Pocus, Bogdanovich Rec. Center **UPDATED**
7:00pm Swing Peedro Halloween, Peoples Palace

Saturday, October 27
10:00am  Storytime with the Rangers (Bugs & Spiders!), White Point Nature Education Center
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Halloween happenings Crafted Port of L.A.
12:00pm – 3:00pm  Happy Harbor Halloween,  Port of L.A.
12:00pm – 4:00 pm Halloween Event, Bogdanovich Rec. Center **UPDATED**
1:00pm – 4:00pm  Spooky Day at the Light,  Point Fermin Lighthouse
6:00pm – 9:00pm Sea Scare 2012, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Sunday, October 28
11:00 am – 6:00 pm Halloween happenings Crafted Port of L.A.
3:00pm – 7:30pm  Howl,  Angels Gate Cultural Center

Wednesday, October 31
4:00 – 7:00 pm  Halloween Pirate Carnival, Peck Park

Thursday, November 1
3:30pm – 10:00pm Dia de Los Muertos Festival, Downtown 6th Street

For details about each event and links, check out our event calendar. Have a howling good time!

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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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