White Point Landslide in the News

Donna Littlejohn of the Daily Breeze has come out with another article updating us on the stabilization process at the White Point Landslide.

The temporary fencing in White Point Nature Preserve has come down unveiling the newly installed drainage system. Underground slope anchors will be added this fall and winter with the process scheduled to be completed in January.

I must take issue with one statement in the Daily Breeze article:

“While some nearby residents have lobbied to keep the road closed, a preliminary vote at the last advisory committee meeting ran about 60 percent in favor of rebuilding the scenic east-west thoroughfare that dates back to the early 1920s, according to city maps.”

I serve on this committee and have attended all the meetings. What is not mentioned here is that the poll was taken after much protest from committee members, many saying there was not yet enough information to vote, and the question asked to the committee included the words “If money were NO object” (which brought about a lot of laughter in the room).

How do you feel about Paseo del Mar? Rebuild it or leave it?

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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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

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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July events along the San Pedro coast

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Summer concerts, outdoor movies, military history and fireworks, of course. It all says warm weather, July and San Pedro!

(apologies to those who received an earlier draft version of the July calendar)

SUNDAY, JULY 1
9:00am Independence Day Celebration, Korean Bell of Friendship
10:00am Crafted at the Port of L.A. Grand Opening, Warehouse 10
12:00pm Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert, Pt. Fermin Park
1:30pm First Sunday Series & Ice Cream Social: New Discoveries at Ft. MacArthur, Muller House Museum

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Independence Day
2:00pm Cabrillo Beach Food Truck Festival, Cabrillo Beach
6:00pm C-17 Globemaster Flyover, Cabrillo Beach
9:00pm Fireworks Spectacular, Cabrillo Beach

THURSDAY, JULY 5
5:30pm First Thursday Art Walk, downtown San Pedro

FRIDAY, JULY 6
6:00pm Swingin’ Salute Street Party, 6th Street

SATURDAY, JULY 7
8:00am Native Garden Workday/Beach Clean-up, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
9:00am USS Iowa Grand Opening
10:00am Old Fort MacArthur Days, Ft. Mac Military Museum
7:00pm Gospel Concert, Warner Grand Theatre

SUNDAY, JULY 8
12:00pm Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert, Pt. Fermin Park
10:00am Old Fort MacArthur Days, Ft. Mac Military Museum

TUESDAY, JULY 9
4:00pm Start Your Own Business Workshop, Brown Brothers Building

THURSDAY, JULY 12
6:00pm Peck Park Pool Sealife Mosaic Dedication, Peck Park
6:00pm Summer Concerts at the Gateway Fountain, Port of L.A.

FRIDAY, JULY 13
Sundown Free Summer Outdoor Movies, Bogdanovich Park

SATURDAY, JULY 14
10:00am Guided Ranger Walk – Military Appreciation, White Point Nature Preserve
10:00am Family Sandcastle Day, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
1:00pm Garden Party at the Point, Pt. Fermin Lighthouse
5:30pm Pee Wee’s Big Adventure outdoor movie, Bloch Field

SUNDAY, JULY 15
12:00pm Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert, Pt. Fermin Park

MONDAY, JULY 16
6:30pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting, Cabrillo Marina

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
9:00am Battle of the Beach Jr. Lifeguard Competition, Cabrillo Beach
9:00am How to Get a Business Loan for Your Business Workshop, Brown Brothers Bldg.

THURSDAY, JULY 19
6:00pm Summer Concerts at the Gateway Fountain, Port of L.A.

FRIDAY, JULY 20
5:00pm Mary Star of the Sea Parish Fiesta
7:00pm Wigwam Lodge Monthly Social, Point Fermin

SATURDAY, JULY 21
10:00am Primeval Soundscapes: Learn to play the didjeridu!, Angels Gate Cultural Center
12:00pm Mary Star of the Sea Parish Fiesta
2:00pm Solar Plate Workshop (2-day course), Angels Gate Cultural Center
3:00pm Wine Tasting & Silent Auction, Muller House Museum

SUNDAY, JULY 22
12:00pm Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert, Pt. Fermin Park
12:00pm Mary Star of the Sea Parish Fiesta
2:00pm Solar Plate Workshop (2-day course), Angels Gate Cultural Center

THURSDAY, JULY 26
6:00pm Summer Concerts at the Gateway Fountain, Port of L.A.

FRIDAY, JULY 27
Sundown Free Summer Outdoor Movies, Bogdanovich Park

SATURDAY, JULY 28
7:30am SS Lane Victory at Sea
10:00am Storytime with the Rangers – Military/Ft. MacArthur History, White Point Nature Preserve
1:00pm Beginning Screen Printing Workshop (2-day class), Angels Gate Cultural Center
2:00pm Salt Marsh Open House, Cabrillo Beach

SUNDAY, JULY 29
12:00pm Music by the Sea Outdoor Concert, Pt. Fermin Park
1:00pm Beginning Screen Printing Workshop (2-day class), Angels Gate Cultural Center

TUESDAY, JULY 31
3:00pm Marketing Your Business and Increasing Sales Workshop, Brown Brothers Bldg.

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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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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

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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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Memorial Day Weekend Events along the coast, 5/25

Happy three-day weekend, everyone! Enjoy the video of the Bailey Brothers who will be playing at The Corner Store this weekend.

SATURDAY, MAY 26
9:30am Live Bossa Nova – The Corner Store
10:00am Friendship Park 10th Anniversary & Annual Environmental Fair – Deane Dana Friendship Park & Nature Center
10:00am Story Time with the Rangers at White Point Nature Education Center – White Point Nature Preserve

SUNDAY, MAY 27
9:30am Live music with the Bailey Brothers – The Corner Store
4:00pm Open Mic Night – The Corner Store

MONDAY, MAY 28
Memorial Day

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