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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.

White Point Landslide Report now available

After months of galvanizing. collaborative community and neighborhood leadership by Terry Miller, Dave Behar, Mike Browne, Richard Havenick and the Coastal Neighborhood ad hoc Landslide Committee, the City’s Engineering Team and related agencies, including Council District 15, have released the report we have been waiting for.

Department of Engineering committed to completing the Palisades Residents Association initiated “turnarounds” at the ends of Paseo Del Mar, within the next few months for the needed temporary traffic flow and crime mitigation solution.

The White Point Landslide Report is now available at: http://eng.lacity.org/whitepoint/whitepointlandslide.htm

Preliminary (new) FAQ form the City:
1. Is the land currently stable?
Yes. No movement has been detected since the November landslide.

2. What are the causes?
Water and gravity. Precipitation, irrigation, and to a lesser extent, coastal bluff erosion may have contributed to the development of the White Point Landslide. Residential development in the area may have also contributed to the landslide because of its influence on groundwater infiltration.

3. What needs to be done immediately to protect the area around the slide?
Dewatering, ground anchors, and grading should be done before the next rain season. This will cost $6 to $7 million and will be undertaken immediately by the City.

4. What are the options for long term remedies?

1) re-routing the road around a landslide buffer zone ($4 to $8 million)
2) partially re-grading the landslide debris and adjacent area to restore the road to its previous alignment across the existing landslide ($4 to 8 million)
3) supporting the road at its previous alignment with a soil buttress ($42 to $50 million)
4) supporting the road with a retaining wall ($22 to $27 million)
5) or spanning the landslide with a bridge ($57 to $62 million)

These 5 options have obvious financial concerns and some legal implications that will need to be considered in the upcoming months. Most importantly, the public will be consulted to come up with the best solution for the immediate neighborhood and the community at large.

Military Hike this Saturday at White Point

There will be a docent-led military hike this Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am… RAIN or SHINE!

Bring your rain coats and join Fort MacArthur Docent Cisco Lacy on a hike around White Point Nature Preserve to learn about three distinct periods of military history at White Point to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

If it rains, Cisco will entertain visitors with his historical knowledge of prior military use of White Point inside the White Point Nature Education Center, 1600 Paseo Del Mar in San Pedro, 90731.

Plan on meeting in the White Point Nature Preserve parking lot. $5 per person. Visit http://www.pvplc.org or call 310-541-7613 or 310-561-0917 for more information.

Don’t miss this special hike, you are really in for a treat!

Hey Rookie Pool Gets $6.9 Million

The Daily Breeze has an item today on the Hey Rookie pool at Angels Gate:

…In a separate move, the harbor commission on Thursday allocated $6.9 million to help restore the Gaffey Street “Hey Rookie” swimming pool, located on a former military base that later became Angels Gate Park.

The pool was originally built in 1943 with funds raised from an Army road show called “Hey Rookie,” starring Sterling Holloway, a soldier who was stationed at the base. It was closed in 1997 when repairs were deemed too costly.

The restoration project will be funded by the China Shipping mitigation fund, which was established as part of a settlement reached in 2003 with a group of environmentalists and Harbor Area residents who were opposed to the terminal’s expansion.

Korean Friendship Bell Celebration

On Saturday, October 8 at 10:30 am there will be a 35th Anniversary celebration at the Korean Friendship Bell in Angels Gate Park. If you have not heard the ringing of the bell, this is a great time to hear it!

White Point Nature Walk

Enjoy the trails at our neighborhood preserve on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 9:00am to 11:00am. Walk from the White Point Nature Center to the historic military gun emplacements above to view spectacular ocean vistas.

This is a moderate walk. Please wear comfortable shoes with good traction. In case of serious rain, the walk will be cancelled not rescheduled.

For more information, contact the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at (310) 541-7613 ext. 201 or visit the website.

What are our historic resources in the Palisades?

Are you interested in preserving San Pedro’s history? SurveyLA is a program of the Office of Historic Resources, in the Los Angeles Department of City Planning and is the first-ever survey of the historic resources of the City of Los Angeles. The survey will be proceeding community by community over a period of three years, and one of the first neighborhoods surveyed is San Pedro.

Beginning this year, professional architectural historians and planners will be conducting the survey in San Pedro neighborhoods. They will be working to document buildings and other historic elements by examining and photographing them from the public right of way.

In order to be as comprehensive as possible, SurveyLA is reaching out to residents and neighborhood groups in San Pedro to help identify important historic elements in the areas. They are asking residents to share information about historic buildings or important social/cultural resources by going to the SurveyLA.org website and filling out a MyHistoricLA form. Information provided from the community is absolutely essential for the success of SurveyLA and this community input will be used to direct surveyors to important hidden treasures in the neighborhood.

Find out all the details about MyHistoricLA on the MyHistoricLA webpage. Individual historic places or neighborhoods can be submitted in just few minutes on the Historic Resources Identification Form.

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The Great Los Angeles Air Raid 2010

The 2010 celebration of the Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942 will happen this Saturday at Fort MacArthur Museum. There will be live music, dancing, vintage costumes and cars and food and drink.

WHAT: The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2010, Noon–8 pm
WHERE: Fort MacArthur Museum, 3601 S. Gaffey St.
TICKETS: $20 Pre-Sale (ends today at 5 pm) or $30 the night of the show

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Fort Macarthur news

San Pedro’s Historic Resources Survey

SurveyLA is the first-ever citywide survey of Los Angeles’ historic resources. Our area is scheduled to be among the first to be surveyed in the first year of the citywide survey, and the City Planning Department Office of Historic Resources needs participation to make sure that those places of importance to us, but unknown to most, are included in the survey. These surveys will help determine future development in our area.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kaiser Permanente, South Bay, 25825 S. Vermont Avenue, in the Conference and Education Center, Room A1/A2, Harbor City, CA 90710.

If you are interested in participating please Download the Flyer.

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U.S. Constitution Day Celebration

The Point Vicente Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosts a celebration of the U.S. Constitution Day by ringing the Korean Friendship Bell at Angels Gate Park. This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Information and RSVPs may be made to 310-548-5663

The invitation also states:

“The United States Constitution was signed 222 years ago. Public law 915, signed by President Eisenhower designates September 17th to 23rd Constitution Week. At 4:00 PM Eastern Time bells across America will ring to commemorate the signing of this important document which established our republic as a self governing nation dedicated to the rule by law. This week offers us an opportunity to recall the rights and privileges that such a document provides and protects.

In 1976 the people of Korea presented a 17 ton bell to the people of the United States for our bicentennial. The bell celebrates the U.S. bicentennial, honors veterans of the Korean War, and represents the friendship between two countries. A pagoda like structure overlooking the Pacific Ocean houses the historic bell. It was formerly rung only on July 4th, August 15 (Korean Independence Day) and December 31. For the eleventh year, it will also ring for Constitution Week! Our honored Bell Ringers will be members of the Merchant Marines.”

WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 12:30 to 3pm
WHERE: Korean Friendship Bell, Angels Gate Park

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