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.

UPDATE 8/18:
The presentation regarding coyotes by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) last night was quite informative. They are aiming to educate the public about Continue reading

Volunteers needed!

Most of us have visited the White Point Nature Preserve a few times, if not many times, to enjoy the trails and incredible views. This Saturday, July 19, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is hosting a volunteer day to remove unused irrigation lines to clear trails and beautify the site. They could use more volunteers, especially from the neighborhood.

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The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy provides training, tools, camaraderie, and beautiful scenery. You may want to wear closed-toed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, and/or gloves. RSVP at (310) 541-7613 or

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iNaturalist workshop at White Point Nature Preserve

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Dr. Greg Pauly, Assistant Curator of Herpetology from the Natural History Museum will present information on a non-native Italian Wall Lizard population emerging in the San Pedro area.

He will also introduce the new frontier of citizen science called iNaturalist, and explain how the community can get involved in helping to document and study this reptile, along with creating excitement for observing other local wildlife. Workshop includes lecture inside Nature Center and lizard walk on the nature preserve.

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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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Neighborhood Watch meeting standing room only

A good-sized crowd attended the Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch meeting organized by local resident Jennifer Grasso. LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Junior Nua (Wilmington area) filled in for SLO Eve Wight who is fighting the flu (get well soon!).

Concerns voiced by residents covered a broad spectrum: burglaries, gunfire, trash, homeless, park usage and unlocked gates, parties, speeding, vehicles using the trails in the nature preserve, security cameras, etc. Continue reading

Upcoming coastal events

Palisades Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Sunday, January 19, 10:00 am
Marine Exchange board room
LAPD Sr. Lead Officer Eve Wight will be giving Neighborhood Watch 101 to interested Palisades residents. She will also be listening to your concerns.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 20, 9am–12pm
White Point Nature Preserve

South Shores Homeowners Assoc. Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm–9pm
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Year-end White Point Nature Preserve Update Event

When:  Saturday, December 14 at 9 am
Where:  White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve, 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

White Point Nature Preserve is a 100-acre parcel of rare coastal open space in our neighborhood, home to native plants and birds. If you haven’t visited in a while, come learn about recent enhancements at the preserve, a new grant, and plans for 2014. Also, find out how you can provide your input and be involved in continuing the improvements at White Point.

For questions and to RSVP, contact Amy Friend at

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Buscaino’s Landslide Committee votes to rebuild

L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s White Point Landslide Committee met on short notice this week for a final meeting to discuss the future of Paseo del Mar. Committee members in attendance voted to rebuild the 600 foot section of Paseo del Mar affected by the landslide at a estimated price tag of $28.8 million dollars. Read about the meeting in the Daily Breeze.

For more information, the Bureau of Engineering posts online reports on the progress of mitigation measures at

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 ( 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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