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All Neighbors Invited –
Where: Cetacean Room, Point Fermin Park
When: 5:00 pm
1) Call to order, 5PM
2) Volunteer for Recording of Minutes
4) Public comment on non-agenda items
5) New Concerns
6) Agency Update, 5:30PM
a. Current status (e.g., stabilization, utilities, lighting, equipment, traffic routing as applicable);
b. Plans for removal of debris from upper area and of displaced storm drains at ocean’s edge;
c. Potential impacts from/on Proposed Sanitation Districts Clearwater Project
d. Intermediate Plans;
e. Long Range Plans and/or Options; and,
f. Actions where we might be able to help responsible agencies.
7) Items/Planning for Next Agenda/Meeting
The PRA Board will reconvene on Wednesday 04.11.12 @ 7:00 – with the Landslide remaining front and center, along with its enhanced membership communication plan and other initiatives.
Here are the initial recommendations your PRA Traffic Committee communicated to the CSPNC Committee:
➢ Minimize non-resident traffic and parking issues.
➢ Ensure safe traffic flow through out the neighborhood.
➢ Direct non-resident traffic to the Nature Preserve and White Point.
PRA Board Recommendations:
➢ Round-about at Paseo Del Mar and Weymouth
o City reports indicate the area is stable.
o Place round-about in the wide area just within the current fencing.
o Do not allow parking – red curbs and/or no parking signs.
o Install energy efficient lighting to assist nighttime traffic.
o Remove temporary fencing and replace with fencing consistent with current fencing on Paseo Del Mar.
o Low cost solution.
➢ Nature Preserve / White Point Signage
o Place directional signs for the Nature Preserve and White Point at 25th Street / Gaffey and 25th Street and Western.
o Signs should decrease traffic in the residential area for visitors to the Nature Preserve and Landslide viewers.
➢ Round-about at Paseo Del Mar and Barbara
o Convert the intersection into a round-about allowing traffic to make a safe u-turn.
o The round-about should slow down traffic sufficiently to allow for the elimination of the stop signs on Paseo Del Mar at Barbara.
➢ Nature Preserve and Landslide look-out
o Place an elevated look-out on the White Point side of the landslide to allow the viewing the landslide area.
o The look-out will bring more people to the Nature Preserve where there is adequate parking.
o Should reduce currently impacted residential parking on the Weymouth side of the landslide.
➢ Widening of Hamilton Ave between Barbara and Patton
o Resolve easement issue and make Hamilton a safe width for the increased traffic due to the closure of Paseo Del Mar.
Palisades Residents who are interested in serving on the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s “Ad Hoc” White Point Landslide Committee should contact the CSPNC and attend the next meeting on Monday, February 27 at 6:30.
Palisades Residents Association leadership will support the efforts of the CSPNC, while continuing to inform the residents as information is available and plans evolve – particularly related to traffic.
Today, LAFD and other City personnel are inspecting the tunnels under the Nike Missle site again.
A few weeks ago, the LAFD ventured into the tunnels and found no flooding, whereas in the past flooding had been reported.
Here’s an update from LA City Engineer Gary Lee. Also, LAFD went underground last week… Read below.
Here’s the inside scoop / summary of accessing underneath the Nike Missle site:
1st step – General meeting at the site with City agencies, including the Fire Department to discuss and formulate a plan. This was done on January 5, 2012.
2nd step – On Wednesday, January 18th, the Fire Department opened the doors to do a thorough inspection, and material sampling. This day was for Fire Department access only. No other persons were allowed to enter the site due to the uncertainties that present themselves, e.g., unsafe conditions, unsafe ventilation, dust, the potential for unknown hazardous materials, the presence of rattle snakes, spiders, scorpions, field rats, etc.
3rd step – Analyze material samples and test for hazardous substances, e.g., asbestos. This step should take about one week, which means the earliest for potential non-Fire Department persons, including City personnel is approximately the week of January 30th.
- The geotechnical firm of Shannon & Wilson has concluded exploratory drilling operations at the Paseo Del Mar landslide site.
- Collected soil samples and data is in the process of being analyzed to further determine the ongoing extent of the landslide.
- Representatives of the Board of Public Works and Bureau Engineering conducted a routine site visit on Thursday January 5, 2012 to further assess area conditions.
- The Bureau of Engineering will continue to post a monthly report on the status of the slide at the following website: http://eng.lacity.org/whitepoint/whitepointlandslide.htm
- Public Affairs Office bullet points will continue bi-monthly as needed.
- City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department closed the walking trail thrOUGH the Nature Preserve during a rain event in December 2011. The trail was inspected and re-opened immediately after the rain event.
- Residents and visitors are urged to keep out of the closed-off area as it presents an immediate and life-threatening hazard.
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.
Lawrence Cuaresma reports about land surveys east of the slide. No more movement detected, as recently as the 7th. This is good news for residents.
Notes from surveyor, Mark Santistevan: There are three points that he monitors on the curb face fronting the house at 1481 W. Paseo Del Mar and three points in an area bounded by the intersection of Paseo Del Mar & Weymouth going west to where Paseo ends due to the landslide and going north to the chain link fence that parallels the Nature Preserve path. All of these monitoring points have not moved and the last measurements were taken on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.
- The consultants for the City of Los Angeles (Shannon & Wilson Inc.) are installing 9 survey sites (inclinometers) at White Point to monitor the landslide. This will require accessing the sites with a rig spanning 6 feet in width. The digging will disturb an area approximately 10 feet in diameter per bore, with additional minimal disturbance in an additional 10 feet beyond this. Once the surveying equipment is installed, each hole will be covered at ground level, and will need to be accessed on foot about once a month. Work is expected to take 3 weeks to complete. They will be working on weekdays and Saturdays.
- During rain events, Rec and Parks will be closing the southern trail which runs from the parking area to the Weymouth/Paseo del Mar entrance to the Preserve. To maintain clear access, WPNP requested that detour signage be in place to direct people to the next closest entry/exit to the Preserve.
- WPNP pursued the issue and received confirmation that the T-gate will be now closed nightly to the parking area of the Preserve. Due to budget cuts, it was only being closed on average of every other night by the Office of Public Safety. Thank you 15th District Council Office for your support in facilitating this!
Official City of LA provided Landslide Updates as of 12-1-2011
» The City hired an outside geotechnical firm to conduct an independent
study to determine the ongoing extent of this landslide.
» Exploratory drilling began on November 25, 2011.
» Currently, drilling operations are in progress.
» The drilling process and data collection will continue for approximately
» A preliminary report still is on schedule to be produced by January 6,
» Crews are on site and continue to monitor the slide daily.
» So far, still no evidence has been seen of the slide moving toward nearby
» The area remains an unsafe and dangerous area for the public to be near.
Recap of last week’s updates:
» Until that study is complete City officials cannot speculate on what
caused the initial landslide.
» The Bureau of Sanitation capped an 8-inch sewer line, and the
Department of Water and Power capped a small water line, and relocated
an overhead 34.5 kV power line.
» The City erected an 8-foot tall chain link fence around the slide
boundaries to keep people away from this unsafe area.
» Again, urging all residents and visitors to keep out of the closed-off area,
as it presents an immediate and life-threatening hazard.