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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.

Storm Drain and Beautification Update 12.15.11

The County Flood Control District will complete all work to divert the storm drains by tomorrow – Friday December 16.  As part of the county’s normal routines they will periodically conduct inspection of the drains.

The berms have been constructed and everything else is done.  The County is hydroseeding the slopes/bluff areas that were disturbed.  The seed mix was provided by the Conservancy so the vegetation will match what is in the Conservancy area once it matures.

Paseo del Mar Landslide Update – Vincent Jones

The question was asked if placing a mesh, quick growing seeds or other temporary measures would reduce the risk of further slides at Paseo Del Mar.

Placing mesh and seeds are erosion control measures that are commonly used to minimize the impact of areas of superficial or shallow instability, such as mudslides.  These measures will have no benefit on a deep landslide of this magnitude.  As you know, measures that have been taken to control impacts on the landslide include: 1) the County of Los Angeles has rerouted the storm drains away from the landslide area, and 2) utilities such as sewer and water lines have been decommissioned.  In addition, the comprehensive geotechnical investigation of the landslide area should reveal information that will help to evaluate future erosion.  Now that we have begun drilling for exploratory data collection, this will help.

The back slope along the Nature Preserve, created by movement of the landslide, is near vertical.  This slope will erode back to a more stable angle.  This is a natural process, of potential erosion back into the Nature Preserve, and should not impact the existing residences.

Engineering Services Program
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Paseo Del Mar Tree Trimming

In order to maintain system integrity and reliability, The Department of Water and Power will be conducting line clearance tree trimming from 1153 thru 1479 Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro.

The trees, which are planted on the south side of the street, will be pruned to clear the low and high voltage conductors only. This operation will last approximately two days and is scheduled to start on or about December 8th. Our contractor will be notifying adjacent property owners of this operation on Monday December 5th.

Earth Day Activities 4/23

Here are some local Earth Day activities you can join in (updated):

White Point Nature Preserve:
Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to celebrate Earth Day at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro on Saturday, April 23rd. Come enjoy family activities, help with native habitat restoration, take a guided family hike through the preserve blooming with wildflowers and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, and much more!

The White Point Nature Education Center will be open from 9am-4pm hosting nature crafts, a discovery table and creation of a giant Earth Day Birthday Card for kids. From 9am-12pm, join volunteers from Toyota Motor Corporation to help in the native plant demonstration garden and the adjacent coastal grasslands that are a unique feature of our ecosystem along the Peninsula. LA City Rangers will lead a family nature hike at 10:00 am to explore trails with native coastal habitat and wildlife. From 12:30pm-3:00pm will be a gathering for anyone interested in volunteering with the nature education center at White Point or the George F Canyon Preserve featuring a tour of the Center and plant skills presentation to care for native habitat on the Preserve.

To sign up for the volunteer outdoor workday, please call Jill Wittman at (310) 541-7613 or go to http://www.pvplc.org. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection. Cancelled in case of rain. For more information, please visit: http://www.pvplc.org.

Angels Gate Cultural Center (from the Daily Breeze):
A Green Symposium and Art Show runs from 2 to 7 p.m. April 23 at Angels Gate Cultural Center, Building H, 3610 S. Gaffey St. “One Year Later: A Call to Commit to Clean Energy” marks the first anniversary of the BP oil spill. The free event features an art display, music and speakers.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (from the Daily Breeze):
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive is sponsoring a beach cleanup and Coastal Bird Fest on April 23. Volunteers will clean the beach from 8 to 10 a.m., and free activities will be held until 3 p.m. at the aquarium. The festival includes demonstrations, live music, a guided salt marsh walk and more. Parking is $1 per hour.

White Point Volunteer Day, Jan 17

On Monday, January 17, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will be hosting a volunteer community habitat restoration event at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The White Point Nature Preserve features 102 acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat, 7 miles of hiking trails which are handicap accessible, and a new Nature Education Center overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island. This unique coastal Preserve is home to rare grassland and coastal sage scrub habitat which is critical to the survival of threatened local species such as the California gnatcatcher, the coastal cactus wren, and the Palos Verdes blue butterfly. Volunteers can commemorate the holiday by helping to restore this rare coastal habitat, working to remove invasive vegetation, plant native shrubs and grasses and maintain educational signs along hiking trails.

The volunteer day starts at 9:00 am at the White Point Nature Preserve, located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731. For more information visit: http://www.pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613 x201. Reservations are appreciated, please email: info@pvplc.org.

Got Plants?

Need plants for your garden? The South Coast Botanical Garden will be holding their annual plant sale on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything from gemlike succulents to spring flowers and five gallon trees will be available. In addition to the Native Plant Society, other participants will be Wild Birds Unlimited, Peter Sharp’s succulents, and Ricardo’s Nursery.

There will be a Member’s Preview night on Friday, October 3 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Entry is $15 per/person in advance if you RSVPd by September 19, otherwise it will be $20 at the door, the night of the event.

Entry to the plant sale is free on Saturday. The sale benefits the Nonprofit South Coast Botanic Garden Foundation. Cash or checks will be accepted. The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.

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