Are CSPNC Communications Committee budget proposals too much?

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UPDATE #2: The meeting has been rescheduled. Please see below for the new date/time.

UPDATE: I found the most current CSPNC budget not available on the Neighborhood Council’s website but on a Neighborhood Watch Facebook page. It is vastly different than the latest budget available on so the numbers below have been updated to reflect this new information. Please note that Neighborhood Purpose Grants and Community Improvement Projects account for 41% of the new budget.

2015-2016 budget v3.0 2016-2017 budget
This Friday evening, the Communications Committee of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) is holding a meeting to propose $12,500 in outreach spending. This spending would be for video production, welcome signage, public safety parties, and resident data collection. Some of the outreach items not included in this proposal are the already budgeted items of $13,750 $4,300 for newsletters, meeting expenses, and website maintenance. That brings the outreach expenditure total to a minimum of $26,250 $16,800.

The entire CSPNC budget for the year is only $37,000. If these proposals by the Communications Committee are approved, where will be the money for Neighborhood Purpose Grants, Community Improvement Projects, or basic operational expenses? the outreach budget would be at least 45% of the total NC budget.

How would you like to see the CSPNC spend $37,000? How about using some of that money for Community Improvement Projects that would open the door to projects by homeowner groups, neighborhood watch groups, parent/teacher associations, service clubs, etc. who are ineligible to apply for Neighborhood Purpose Grants but have a significant stake in the neighborhood? How about tree planting parties or movie nights in the park or community awards ceremony for best drought-tolerant landscape, best community volunteer, business of the year, etc.?

View the meeting agenda here: 08/19 Communications Committee Agenda
08/23 Communications Committee agenda

If you would like to share your opinions or concerns about these proposals, the public is invited to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can contact the CSPNC at (310) 918-8650 or

Meeting Info
CSPNC Communications Committee Meeting
Marine Exchange Conference Room
3601 S. Gaffey St #803, San Pedro, CA 90731
Friday, August 19, 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Doors open at 5:00pm Call to order 6:00 pm
Meeting 5:30pm–6:15pm

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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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Paseo del Mar and Point Fermin Meeting Tonight

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The Coastal Risk and Beautification Committee of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) will be meeting tonight to discuss several coastal issues including Paseo del Mar landslide, Point Fermin Park, and Sunken City. See the agenda below.

1. Call to Order 6:00pm

2. Public Comment-Non Agenda Items

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Coyotes to be topic of discussion under the stars

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One of the hottest topics in the neighborhood lately (other than the weather) is the presence of coyotes in our coastal town.

At the July Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting, CSPNC President James Dimon announced briefly that coyotes will be trapped at White Point Nature Preserve. At this Monday’s meeting, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Southern Enforcement District Lieutenant Kent Smirl will speak about implementing a Wildlife Watch program.

This month’s CSPNC meeting will be held under the stars on Monday, August 17 at 6:30pm at the Point Fermin Park bandshell. There will be food and beverage for those who show up early.

Do you have questions or concerns about coyotes? If so, please attend the meeting. Other topics of discussion will be the future of the Red Car, a potluck beach party, and neighborhood watch porch candle program. Download the full agenda on the CSPNC website.

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Safety Events for the Coast


Senior Lead Officer Eve Wight is hosting a meeting at the LAPD Harbor Station this Saturday, March 28 at 10:00 am. The meeting is for discussing a camera at the bathrooms and park in Wilder’s Annex at Paseo del Mar and Meyler.


The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is hosting a Public Safety Summit on the same day, Saturday 3/28, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Bogdanovich Recreation Center. Come out to meet your neighbors, LAPD Block Captains and City Officials. This is an opportunity to bring up any community concerns you may have.

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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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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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CSPNC shake up?

Have you seen the agenda items 11–15 for this month’s Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) meeting? It looks like there may be a bit of a shake up regarding current CSPNC chairman & president Dave Behar.

You can attend the meeting this Monday, June 16 at 6:30 pm at the Cabrillo Marina Community Building, Via Cabrillo Marina – Berth 28.

UPDATE 06/16/14: The CSPNC board voted to table the motions on agenda items 14 and 15.
UPDATE 07/15/14: Draft minutes for the meeting can be downloaded by clicking here: cspnc-draft-minutes-0614.

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CSPNC voting results are in

Results of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) selection are in!

Candidates with the highest number of votes that have been selected for the Board:
137 131 VOTES » Ana Ortiz [updated by CSPNC]
117 VOTES » Peter Warren
115 VOTES » Denise Marovich-Sampson
106 VOTES » June Burlingame Smith
104 VOTES » Gary Bettis
102 VOTES » John Vidovich
100 VOTES » Matt Matich
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