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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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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Upcoming Neighborhood Watch meeting and CSPNC Elections

There will be a South Shores Neighborhood Watch meeting on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 PM in the South Shores Elementary School Auditorium.

Current acting LAPD Sr. Lead Office Matt Vuoso will be updating the community about current crimes as well as issues in the neighborhood.

Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office will have a representative present to answer questions.

Please message or email (39626@lapd.lacity.org) Officer Vuoso any questions you may have prior to the meeting.

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Election for 17 Board Member seats will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to 3 pm at the White Point Nature Preserve Nature Center. Be sure to take a few minutes of your day to vote for the people who you think will have you and your neighbors first in mind when it comes to San Pedro issues.

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CSPNC to discuss Alma St, White Point Landslide and more

Tonight’s agenda for the monthly board meeting of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) contains several items of interest for residents.

Item #8: Discussion and possible action on White Point landslide.

Item #10: Discussion and possible action on San Pedro Community Plan issues concerning the three corners at 25th St. and Western Ave. and some locations within the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Area and the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood area.

Item #12: Motion urging improvements to sidewalks on Alma Street including the completion of the sidewalk on the east side of Alma Street — going southward from the end of Los Angeles Unified School District property to 37th Street — without exercising emminent domain.

The CSPNC meeting will be held on Monday, September 24th at 6:30 pm at the Cabrillo Marina Community Building at Cabrillo Plaza, Berth 28. The public is invited to attend.

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Two White Point Landslide meetings to be held tonight

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Tonight, there are two meetings regarding the White Point Landslide.

The regularly scheduled Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting has several items on the agenda (pdf) concerning the landslide including a slot of time for City officials to report on the geotchnical report. The City did not take up the offer to report the findings at the CSPNC meeting and has yet to formally respond to requests submitted in April.

The CSPNC’s White Point Landslide ad hoc committee has been working on many issues including street signage, lighting, fencing, police patrols, maps, and funding. A copy of the committee’s latest report can be downloaded here: Landslide Committee Report 6_15_12

The CSPNC meeting is at 6:30 pm at Cabrillo Marina Community Building, Cabrillo Plaza, Berth 28, Via Cabrillo Marina Way, San Pedro.

City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office is holding a meeting tonight where City Engineer Gary Lee Moore will present his findings of the geotechnical report about the White Point Landslide at a community meeting. The report details what factors contributed to the landslide, the proposed repair options, and the estimated cost associated with each option.

The City’s meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the White Point Elementary School auditorium at 1410 Silvius Avenue, San Pedro, CA.

The written geotechnical report will not be available online until after the meetings, on Tuesday, on the City’s Dept. of Engineering website.

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White Point Landslide findings to be unveiled June 18th

Photo via LA15th.com

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino has announced that City Engineer Gary Lee Moore will present his findings of the geotechnical report about the White Point Landslide at a community meeting. The meeting will be held on Monday, June 18, 6:30 PM at White Point Elementary School auditorium at 1410 Silvius Avenue, San Pedro, CA.

The verbal report will detail the factors that contributed to the slide, as well as proposed repair options, and the estimated cost associated with each. The written report will be available online the following day, Tuesday, June 19th on the Dept. of Engineering website.

**UPDATE** The landslide meeting will be held the same date/time as the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting. This means that community leaders will be unable to attend the landslide meeting and residents will be able to attend only one meeting. Please contact Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office at councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org or (310) 732-4515 to ask him to hold the landslide meeting at the CSPNC meeting (already on the agenda) or reschedule the landslide meeting.

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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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Landslide briefing held today

The White Point Landslide on Monday, April 2, 2012. Photo by Tom Kantor (click image to enlarge)

Today there was a briefing on the White Point landslide attended by Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Councilman Joe Buscaino, Army Corps of Engineers Colonel R. Mark Toy and representatives from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office. Department of Public Works Harbor Area District Engineer Lawrence Cuaresma led the group into the fenced off area of the landslide for a close up view and briefing.

The Army Corps of Engineers will be waiting until the final draft of the geotechnical report is released to the public in the middle to end of May before deciding whether federal funds will be made available.

Currently, the 26 monitoring stations are checked monthly in addition to after a rain storm for any earth movement. Councilman Joe Buscaino has released a video report (below).

The CSPNC White Point Landslide Committee will be holding their next meeting this Wednesday, April 4 at 5:00pm at the Marine Exchange, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731. Residents are welcome.

We will be updating you when more information becomes available.

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Residents voice concerns at landslide meeting

Richard Havenick addresses the residents at last night's landslide meeting.

Last night’s CSPNC White Point landslide committee meeting at the Cetacean Center was a full house with 60+ people in attendance. Speakers included Vice-President and Commissioner at Los Angeles Board of Public Works Jerilyn López Mendoza, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Los Angeles City Deputy Engineer Vincent Jones and Richard Havenick, Chair of the landslide committee. Ricardo Hong, Harbor Representative for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Hector Bordas, Area Engineer for the Flood Control District, DPW were also present.

Residents voiced concerns about new cracks on the south trail at Paseo del Mar and Weymouth. The Bureau of Engineering sent a surveyor out to check the cracks just the day before the meeting. They will let the residents know what they determine. There are 25–26 monitoring stations surrounding the landslide area that are being checked monthly. No movement has been detected since November.

In case of an emergency, the Los Angeles Police Department is prepared to evacuate nearby residents via reverse 911, patrol car P.A. system, and door to door notification.

Requests were made to look into traffic issues, not just on Paseo del Mar but also Alma, Hamilton, Weymouth and 37th Streets.

One resident said that water is leaking from the LAAFB at Silvius and Hamilton into the nature preserve which may cause problems.

Several sections of old storm runoff pipe seem to be dangling precariously over the cliff bringing up safety concerns for anyone on the beach below.

Multiple calls to the city’s 311 service about graffiti inside the fenced-off area got nowhere so resident Russ Parkison took matters into his own hands and painted it out himself. Thanks, Russ!

Andrea Vona, Executive Director of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy addressed concerns about watering at the White Point Nature Preserve. She stated that watering occurs only two times a year. Andrea requested that the sewer line be reconnected to the nature center.

June Burlingame Smith of the CSPNC has been working on trying to locate the utility maps of the old Nike site. Marcie Miller, also a CSPNC member, had inquiries about funding earmarked for Paseo del Mar. Congresswoman Richardson promised to help with her connections to FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Media coverage of the meeting and/or landslide in general can be found here:

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Landslide meeting tonight & more upcoming events

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will be holding a geology talk on Saturday, March 24. See below for details.

Thursday, March 15
5:00pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s White Point landslide ad hoc committee public meeting at the American Cetacean Society building, Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar.

Friday, March 16
South Shores Magnet School Kindergarten Registration for the 2012-2013 School Year. Please call the office for any questions (310) 832-6596.

Saturday March 17
4:00–7:00pm Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Wigwam. Corned beef and cabbage dinner and raffle.

Sunday, March 18
1:00–4:00pm: Four art openings and artists talk at Angels Gate Cultural Center. My War, Sweet and Sour – It’s a Thin Line, Immigrant/Emigrant, and Dear Harbor: Images from our Community.

Monday, March 19
6:00pm Councilman Buscaino’s Budget & Finance Committee special meeting at the LA Admin Bldg., 425 S. Palos Verdes St, San Pedro. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity for residents to express their budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

Saturday, March 24th
8:30-12:00pm Complete Whalewatch: The morning begins with a fun and informational slide show about the Pacific gray whale then head out to sea for a 2-hour voyage in search of whales, dolphins and other sea life.

10:00am—12:00pm White Point Geology Presentation and Walk (pdf) at White Point Nature Preserve. A presentation on the geology of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and landslides followed by a guided walk. Presented by the South Coast Geological Society. Please RSVP to info@pvplc.org. ***UPDATE: This presentation is already filled to capacity. We will let you know if the PVPLC schedules another one.***

10:30am Storytime with the Rangers at White Point Nature Preserve

1:00pm-5:00pm (also March 25) Beginning Screen Printing Weekend Workshop For more information and to register for workshop please contact Taya Kenny 310.519.0936 or taya@angelsgateart.org

Sunday, March 25
9:00am Book Signing by children’s book author EG Ryan at the Corner Store in San Pedro, 1118 W 37th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

1:00pm Film Series curated by Allan Sekula starting March 25. Additional films April 1 and April 22. 3 Films | 3 Days | 3 Guest Speakers at Angels Gate Cultural Center.

Thursday, March 29
12:00pm Deadline for applications to enter one of the small learning communities at the John M and Muriel Olguin campus at San Pedro High School.

6:00–8:00pm The Port of Los Angeles will hold their annual Los Angeles Waterfront Update Public meeting (pdf) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro CA 90731.

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 Lonna@COPE-Preparedness.org

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.

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