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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…

Councilman on crack

city_engineer_aerialAs expected, Councilman Buscaino’s office issued a statement regarding the newly discovered crack at the White Point landslide.

“Last week, work crews under the supervision of the Bureau of Engineering uncovered a crack eight feet below the surface while performing excavation work at the White Point Landslide in San Pedro. While we do not know how long the crack has been there, the preliminary investigation determined that there has been no additional earth movement since the landslide in November of 2011.

A more detailed geotechnical analysis is being conducted and should be complete in about a week. The current work to drain and stabilize the hillside is unaffected and remains on schedule.

The safety of the hillside continues to be my top priority. That’s why I support the recommendation from the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee to restore the roadway with a retaining wall that will maximize the safety and stability of the entire area,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino who represents the Los Angeles’ 15th Council District.

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 | 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.

SPHS Olguin Campus Meeting regarding use of Alma Street

Residents are invited to a “Donuts & Coffee” meeting that Jeanette Stevens, Principal of San Pedro High School Flagship and John M and Muriel Olguin “JMMO” campuses, is hosting, regarding the buses using Alma, in the multipurpose room on the JMMO campus multi-purpose room August 30, Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

It will be a lively conversation given the different points of view that will be represented…not everyone will agree, but it will be an opportunity for parents of current students and neighbors to share their concerns, to understand the challenges, and begin to find solutions and come to a peaceful appreciation for the problems that need to be solved…considering that students needs need to be put first above all else.

Stevens is very forthcoming about what has happened regarding the use of Alma. Until the buses actually made the trips to and from the Flagship Campus to the Olguin Campus, some people had expected a different outcome. However, in order for students to be in class on time and not miss instructional minutes, buses “must” use Alma during the mid-morning hours only, not before or after school. Anyone who has tried to use the Gaffey entrance knows that it is not working to facilitate easy entry and exit to and from the campus. Unfortunately there was a gap, a huge gap, between planning the ingress and egress of the school and the commitment made to the neighbors.

Stevens inherited a lot of commitments that had been made prior to her becoming principal, one of which was to limit Alma to dire emergencies. This is what the voice of the neighborhood wanted and had been agreed to by “district officials”, now the reality creates a different scenario.

Please find a way to attend the meeting on Thursday… hopefully it will be more than an airing of frustrations, rather a step towards building understanding and finding solutions.

White Point Landslide Geotechnical Report on Monday

Yes, that’s right, it’s almost here.

Originally scheduled for mid April, City of Los Angeles Engineer Gary Lee Moore will present findings of the geotechnical report about the White Point Landslide at a public meeting this Monday, June 18, 6:30 PM at White Point Elementary School Auditorium at 1410 Silvius Avenue.

As we understand it, the report will detail factors that contributed to the slide, as well as proposed repair options, along with estimated costs associated with each. The written report will be available the following day, on the Dept. of Engineering website.

Interestingly, Community leaders and elected Board members from Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, CSPNC ad hoc Landslide Committee – who serve the City, nor your PRA Board, and/or PRA Traffic Committee, have not been provided or debriefed with this information or consulted with in preparation for this meeting. This means we’re all hearing it for the first time at the same time.

Your CSPNC and PRA Boards will hold their monthly meetings at the regularly scheduled times. CSPNC will hold their Board Session also at 6:30 Monday night 06.19 at the Cabrillo Marina Community Room.

CSPNC Selection Tomorrow

Tomorrow – Saturday, May 19, the CSPNC will hold a “Selection” at Pt. Fermin Park Cetacean Room, to choose the 17 Board Members to serve for the 2012-2013 term. Anyone who lives, works, owns property or has a stake in the neighborhoods of our community is eligible to run and vote. You must be at least 18 years old.

Candidate Forum at 10:00, Voting begins at 11:00 – 1:00.

In addition to upcoming Board opportunities and an annual meeting with your PRA, this is your opportunity to make a difference in our local Neighborhood Council, recognized as a leader in the City of Los Angeles and here’s your chance to run and be selected to guide the area’s direction and position – or simply vote who will!

See cspnc.org for more details.

White Point Landslide Latest Coverage

NBC Los Angeles
San Pedro Slide Zone Braces for Rain
Paseo Del Mar is off limits and it could get worse with an impending weekend storm

KTLA
Rain Threatens to Send San Pedro Cliff Sliding Again

CBS Los Angeles
San Pedro Residents Around Landslide Area Brace For Wet Weather

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting

Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s next meeting is this Monday, December 19, beginning at 6:30 at the Cabrillo Marina Community Center, Community Room. 224 Whalers Walk,  just south of the Doubletree Hotel. Developments related to the Paseo Landslide will be addressed.
Every third Monday of the month, you can plug into issues (and provide input, make announcements) that involves a larger footprint than the Palisades Neighborhood – generally, including PRA, Pt Fermin and South Shores. In addition to all the work your PRA engages in, CSPNC meetings include issues, topics and guests related to street and traffic improvements, City infrastructure, Port of Los Angeles, Paseo Landslide Improvements, events, San Pedro High School, John M & Muriel Olguin Campus and overall quality of life.
If you are unable to attend next Monday or on any Monday, we’ll keep you posted here and in our regular newsletters in 2012 – in addition to the agendas and minutes being available via the CSPNC.org website.
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