21 Gun Salute on Friday

21 gun salute

This Friday there will be a memorial service for a fallen veteran at Point Fermin Park. The memorial service will include a 21 Gun Salute between 9:00 am and 9:30 am.

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Point Fermin Residents’ Association Meeting


Join the Point Fermin Residents’ Association this Saturday for a neighborhood meeting.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Where: Redmen’s Lodge, 543 Shepard Street

Lauren Halligan, L.A. District Attorney’s representative
Phone Scams
Other concerns

LAPD Sr. Lead Officer, Eve Wight
Legends Car Show Comments
Filming call: Guy Langman at Film LA, 213-977-8644,

Ryan Ferguson, City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s representative
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Coyotes to be topic of discussion under the stars

coyote photo

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.

UPDATE 8/18:
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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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Pt. Fermin seepage and White Point landslide meeting

Point Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro, CA

Point Fermin Lighthouse, Photo by Doug Kerr

A representative from the L.A. Bureau of Engineering (BOE) will be discussing the test results gathered from two new deep wells drilled in front of the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse. The purpose of the wells is to monitor the ground water and land movement.  There will also be updates provided on the White Point Landslide project and a question and answer period following the presentation. Residents welcome.

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC)
Coastal Risk & Beautification Committee Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Marine Exchange Conference Room
3601 S. Gaffey St #803
San Pedro, CA  90731

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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 37814@lapd.lacity.org.

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 burling102@aol.com 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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Reminder: Meeting tonight regarding Clearwater sewage pipe construction.

The outlined area of Royal Palms is a potential sewage outflow construction site for a two year span.

Tonight will be a public hearing to receive comments on both the draft EIR and draft EIS of the Clearwater Program. 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 recommended site to construct this tunnel is Royal Palms Beach. Other alternatives are Angels Gate Park (at Paseo del Mar and Gaffey Streets) and Terminal Island.

Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 6:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
601 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California

For more information on the Clearwater Program, please read our earlier articles here.

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Olquin Campus, Landslide, pools, crime and other updates

The following information is from the Point Fermin Residents Association meeting held on Feburary 4th. These are not official minutes of the meeting so if anyone would like to add or change anything, please let us know below in the comments section or email us.

The Point Fermin Residents Association is looking for help with the officers positions of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. How about signing up for a year to help out?

Crime & Safety
• A rape was reported on January 19 at Paseo del Mar and Gaffey St.
• LAPD Harbor Division is looking for people under the age of 30 for community input.
• Skateboarders continue to use Overlook Park on Pacific Ave as a skate park.
• Police will ticket skateboarders under the age of 18 not wearing protective gear.
• Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) meetings for the public are held every third Thursday at 6:30 pm at the LAPD Harbor Station, 2175 John S. Gibson Blvd.
• There was discussion about fencing and keeping people out of Sunken City and the White Point Landslide area.
• Suspicious characters seen walking down Gaffey Street and shoes have been thrown over telephone wires (possibly representing drug sales). Report all suspicious activity to police immediately.
• Graffiti seen on Alma St. and the steps from 39th Street to the beach.
• 39th Street between Gaffey and Carolina Streets is in bad condition.
• The trees at Point Fermin Park are overdue for trimming. The last tree trimming was done in the 80s after a falling tree limb injured a person.

Angels Gate Cultural Center
• Executive Director Deborah Lewis has put AGCC on sound financial footing.
• Isabelle Lutterodt,Visual Arts Director, is responsible for turning focus of exhibitions towards the local community. Check out the current Dear Harbor exhibit.
• Two years ago, AGCC was working with 25 area schools. They have expanded to 75 schools this year.

Council District 15
• Jacob Haik, District Director, and John Larson, Field Deputy for San Pedro, attended the meeting to update the residents on the CD15 staff and listen to concerns to relay to City Councilman Joe Buscaino.
• The Councilman has requested a 50% cut in downtown parking meter fees. This is an action that can be acted on immediately while the request for the removal of the parking meters goes through necessary channels.

White Point Landslide
• No maps of water and sewer lines under the Nike missile site were given to the city when the city took over control of the property.
• In the past, there was reportedly flooding which was pumped out in the tunnels under the site. The fire department has gone into the tunnels earlier this season and found no flooding. They will be inspecting the tunnels again on Feburary 8 (tentative date).
• The area on the southern trail that appears constantly wet is not a factor of the slide that we know of.
• The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council (CSPNC) is looking into $2 million in funding that was earmarked for Paseo del Mar but was used instead further north, possibly Santa Monica.
• The CSPNC is forming a Paseo del Mar ad hoc committee to discuss issues with the landslide and continue dialogue with the city and county agencies. Residents who are interested in serving on the committee are encouraged to contact the CSPNC. Nominations will be taken at the next meeting on Monday, February 27.

Fort MacArthur Museum & Gaffey Street Pool
• Steve Nelson, Fort MacArthur Museum Director, gave us an update.
• No new significant action has occurred with the “Hey, Rookie!” Pool. City engineers had a walk-through of the site. The current plan is to maintain the pool as historically as possible. An ADA bathroom will be added.
• There is currently $1 million in Prop K money plus and addition $6.9 million to rehabilitate the pool.
• The Great Air Raid will be held on February 18. There will be lots of swing dancing and pyrotechnics for about ten minutes. A sherman tank will be fired off in memory of late sherman tank driver, Bill Morgan.

San Pedro High School, John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus
• The heated pool will be 25 ft x 25 yds x 4′ deep. There will also be a small warm-up pool with a shallower depth. The SPHS swim team has been using the Banning pool and are looking forward to a local pool to train at.
• The bird migration study has been completed and the approval for wind turbines given. Instead of the originally planned 37 turbines, there will now be four or five. 80% of the power used at the school will be generated on site, mostly using photovoltaics.
• Transportation money is currently an issue.
• The majority of teachers will be based at the Olguin campus with other teachers and students commuting back and forth between the Olquin campus and the “flagship” SPHS.
• The school will be a magnet school — Marine Science Magnet and Police Academy Magnet — with 40 slots open on a lottery system for local students. Sixty percent of the magnet students are currently local.
• Several redwood trees were relocated to widen Barlow Saxton Road at the school entrance at Gaffey St.
• The addition of a traffic light at Gaffey Street and 32nd St/Barlow Saxton Road has already begun and will be fully functional when school starts on Monday, August 13.
• There will be an open house for the public on Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 pm.

The Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center will be opening soon after a brief delay. We heard interesting stories about past beautification projects, the planting of a 100 tree pine forest along Barlow Saxton Road, the origin of Angels Gate Cultural Center as an artist occupy movement, the saving of the Point Fermin Community Center from demolition, and we finished the meeting with the siting of a pod of dolphin off the point!

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Point Fermin Residents Association Meeting this Saturday, Feb. 4

The Point Fermin Residents Association will be meeting Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 am at the Community Center at Point Fermin Park.

Community speakers:
• Two representatives from Council District 15
• San Pedro High School Principal Jeanette Stevens
• Fort MacArthur Military Museum
• Angels Gate Cultural Center

Some of the topics to be covered are Cabrillo Beach bathrooms, parking, graffiti, and increased gang activity. Elections are scheduled to take place at this meeting.

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