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2014-15 CSPNC Selections – Get on Board!

Opportunity for Palisades Residents…

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Frown or Browne?

Palisades Residents – today’s the day! Join fellow residents and public officials sharing + providing Public Safety, Traffic and Neighborhood Watch solutions. See you at the Elks.

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Here’s today’s updated Panel schedule…

Residents invited to PRA Board Mtg this Thursday Eve

Palisades Residents are welcome to attend the PRA Board Meeting Thursday at the Marine Exchange Conference Room at 6:00 pm

Primary Topics:

0. Introductions
1. PRA Board Seat availability and Membership (10 min)
2. Upcoming Neighborhood Watch / Public Safety initiatives (10 min)
3. White Point Landslide update and position (30 min)
4. Palisades Area Street Solutions (30 min)
5. PRA Annual Meeting Planning and 2014 Schedule (20 min)
6. Adjournment

Please comment here or respond with any topics you would like added to the Agenda that are not listed above. The meeting will adjourn promptly at 8:30.

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Board (S)Elections Tomorrow

That’s right – don’t forget – CSPNC Board (S)Elections are 11:00 – 3:00 at the White Point Nature Preserve Education Center… Help keep the momentum of our CSPNC’s hard work for Palisades Residents! Public Safety, Landslide Traffic, SPHS Olguin Campus Developments, – it’s been quite a year…

Candidate Statements / Bios can be seen by clicking here…

Look for your copy of CSPNC’s Coastal Currents in your mailbox today.

http://www.cspnc.org/calendar/participate/board-selection-2013/2013-2014-candidates/

CSPNC Board Seats Open, (S)Elections at WPNP

Just in case you didn’t see the “Get on Board” mailer, need an extra push or see an announcement in some form of media, Governing Board Seats on the 2013-2014 Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council are up for (S)Election on May 18 at the White Point Nature Preserve Nature Center from 10:00 – 3:00. Free refreshments, Naturalists and of course, voting!

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But before that happens, you still have a few days to submit your name to be publicized via CSPNC’s Coastal Currents to the entire neighborhood – to be voted on.

You gotta admit (with PRA’s help and initiation of several key issues affecting us), CSPNC has done a stellar job serving this neck of the woods on behalf of the residents and is a good place to bring issues needing solving. Maybe it’s your time to lead.

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Go to cspnc.org and see what is involved!

At the very least, there will be announcements soon re: the PRA Board, Annual Meeting, and yes, dues! Membership is an integral part of the fuel that drives the communication in this neighborhood.

CSPNC | January Motions near the Ocean

Three motions were passed during the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council last week that is of interest to Palisades Residents.

They are:

PUBLIC SAFETY MOTION | Alma Street Signage

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council requests that the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation immediately post weight limit signs on Alma Street entering from 25th Street and also from 37th Street, and that those weight restrictions be enforced by LAPD Traffic Patrol officers.

PUBLIC SAFETY MOTION | Alma Street

Whereas the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services and Bureau of Engineering, and Department of Transportation have identified numerous structural deficiencies on Alma Street between 25th Street and 37th Street, and

Whereas Los Angeles Police Department records document accident rates on this section of Alma Street far exceed the combined total of all Proposed Bond Eligible Streets in the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council District, and

Because the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is aware of and concerned by the public safety issues identified by Los Angeles City and County agencies,

Therefore, the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council requests a meeting with CD15 and representatives from the above mentioned departments to re-designate Alma Street between 25th Street and 37th Street from a Proposed Bond Eligible Street to a Priority Street so that funds can be allocated to make required repairs immediately, or, to close Alma Street to local traffic only until all public safety hazards can be mitigated.

LANDSLIDE MOTION | White Point ad hoc Landslide Committee

Whereas the County of Los Angeles Coastal Development Permit No. 5-12-28 applicable to the newly rerouted storm drains at 1600 South Paseo Del Mar (east of White Point Landslide) includes the statement, “Once a final decision has been made regarding the repair of Paseo Del Mar, the Los Angeles County Flood Control District intends to develop and implement plans to relocate the storm drains to a location and alignment that is compatible with the repair to Paseo Del Mar, and will submit a separate application for a permit from the Coastal Commission for such work at that time.”

Therefore be it resolved, the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council requests the California Coastal Commission and County of Los Angeles ensure that the referenced storm drains be replaced as soon as possible with a solution that eliminates the negative effects resulting from the current storm drains, including erosion, threat to public safety (the current above-ground piping is used as a stairway), and aesthetics in the otherwise beautiful coastal bluff area.

Further be it resolved, the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council requests that the City Council District 15 support the above CSPNC request as stated to the California Coastal Commission and the County of Los Angeles.

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More is coming down the pipeline from the highly effective CSPNC White Point Landslide and Public Safety Committees which we’ll report it here.

PRA Members are busy serving on the CSPNC Board and Committees for all of our benefit. Stay tuned for a PRA Annual Meeting notice.

White Point Landslide Progress

Here’s a report from Bruce Biesman-Simons. PRA’s posting this is a little dated, however Bruce provides an accurate account related to the status of the White Point Landslide – one year later…

Work is in progress to make the area safer, at least temporarily.

The top edge of the scarp – the fracture line on the land side has been “laid back” at a 1:1 slope. Essentially the adobe layer down to the initial “bedrock” of Monterrey shale.

Most of the asphalt and concrete has been removed from the top of the “island” – except around the now famous palm tree.

Big concrete pipes have been removed from the beach.

The remainder of the debris is being removed from the “graben” – the low area between the scarp and the “island”.

The bottom of the graben is being graded so that there is positive drainage toward the ocean.

They plan to create an area near the west end of the graben to allow sediment to settle before it discharges onto the beach/ocean.

They plan to begin drilling and installing sub-terranean perforated drainage pipes at the southwest corner of the preserve starting in December. Intent is to prevent sub-terranean water buildup adjacent to Weymouth Ave. and nearby houses.

In early 2013, they plan to begin drilling and installing tie-back anchors to stabilize the coastal bluff face between the landslide and Weymouth Ave.

Palisades Point of View – November

As November comes to a close – Happy Thanksgiving! Warm, healthy, holiday wishes to you and your family…

Here’s a couple of updates for you:

SOCIALLY CONNECTED |
Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch – plugged into LAPD. If you have not already added yourself (Facebook account needed), now’s the time. Very informative and relatively up to the minute for residents of the Palisades, South Shores and General Vicinity.

WHITE POINT LANDSLIDE |

Watch the (City’s) latest update on the “stabilization” progress. Many residents are increasingly interested in the original cause, in addition to the preparation of one of the couple of road restoration options and interim activity leading up to it.

Well-spoken Stars of the Show: Palisades very own Mike Browne and Peggy Lindquist.

MIRACLE ON 37TH STREET |

That’s right – the Corner Store is delivering once again – a great neighborhood event on December 21, beginning at 5:30. Make sure to check out all the very cool, popular kids and local Holiday gift items available in store beforehand though, as they are likely to be sold out by the 21st!

2013 PRA BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE & ANNUAL MEETING |

Details next month… Pay your dues and get / stay engaged.

Palisades Point of View – October

Landslide Advisory Progress

Updates for Palisades residents will continue regarding the engineering developments within the slide area and more so, solutions to reopen Paseo Del Mar, will be posted here, following the first of a handful of new Advisory Board meetings held by Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Bureau of Engineering on Monday.

These meetings arrive on the heels of all the hard work by City and County agencies, the pro-active CSPNC adhoc Landslide Committee, your PRA Board and Traffic Committee – and you, the Palisades resident.

No matter which option is chosen for fixing and reopening Paseo Del Mar (no current timetable), it would appear that some of the traffic flow improvements and beautification enhancements proposed years ago by the PRA Board for Paseo and neighborhood may be in sight.

SPHS Olguin Campus Update

SPHS Olguin Campus Administrators have decided to open the Alma Street entrance during full operating hours, (7:00 am to 5:00 pm, on school days beginning November 26, in addition to the six one-way bus trips during lunch and nutrition used since the campus opened.

While traffic has nearly doubled since the closure of Paseo del Mar due to the White Point landslide, still in consideration is which entrance buses will be used at the start and end of the school day. Also, with the gate opened, parents are directed to drive onto the campus, drop off students, then exit – rather than an Alma Street “drop-off”.

While there are multiple challenges, additional considerations and potential actions by CD15 include a new EIR, Speed Humps on Alma and extending the sidewalk on Alma to 37th.

The Traffic Guard is reinstated on Gaffey Street and 32nd Street to assist students crossing Gaffey.

PRA welcomes Fall for White Point Home Tour & Reception in October


Fall for White Point Home Tour & Reception
Sunday, October 14, 2012 | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Reception 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Whether you prefer modern, traditional or slightly quirky, you’ll see something you love on this self-guided tour of seven distinctive San Pedro homes. Also part of the tour is the environmentally friendly Southern California Marine Exchange facility, a must-see for those interested in the comings and goings at the Port.

Hosted by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the White Point Committee, this annual event includes a reception with wine/hors d’oeuvres, silent art auction and live music at the White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Tickets: $50.00 per person in advance at White Point Home Tour Link or $55 on day of tour at White Point Nature Preserve. Call 310.541.7613 for more information.

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