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2014-15 CSPNC Selections – Get on Board!

Opportunity for Palisades Residents…

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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.

SPHS “Town Hall” Meeting on September 12

SPHS “Town Hall” Meeting at SPHS Flagship Campus Auditorium will be held on September 12 at 6:00 pm.

Primary topic: Traffic issues related to the John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus. Public is invited. Be there.

Public Meeting on PV Outfall DDT/PCB Restoration

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Public meeting on PV outfall DDT/PCB restoration Plan Phase II

From the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council website – posted Nov 2, 2011 12:13 PM by Dean Pentcheff

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Montrose Settlements Restoration Program” (MSRP) announces a public meeting to present its “Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan”. The meeting will be:
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time: Open house at 6:00pm; meeting begins at 6:30pm
Place: Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (Click for map)

For more information download the following pdf: Montrose Program Public Meeting Advisory_10_24_11.

Background: MSRP was developed in 2001 to oversee restoration of resources harmed by DDT and PCBs in the Southern California Bight. The six federal and state agencies that administer this program work with local resource agencies, non-profit organizations, scientists, and other technical experts to implement restoration projects and monitor recovery of resources that were harmed. MSRP, celebrating ten years of restoration planning and implementation this year, has many successes to share with the public and looks forward to continuing this important work in the future. For more information see: www.montroserestoration.gov .

Currently: The MSRP Trustees are seeking public review and comment on the Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan. The plan includes proposed restoration projects for recovering natural resources harmed by DDTs and PCBs in the marine environment of southern California. At the upcoming public meeting, members of the public will learn about restoration projects that have been completed during Phase 1 restoration and what MSRP is proposing to do in the next phase. The official public comment period begins on October 17, 2011 and ends on December 19. The Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan is available on our website to download for comment at www.montroserestoration.gov . Comments can be sent to msrp@noaa.gov .

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.

September Palisades Events

Every Saturday at 10am: Ranger Walk at White Point Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 10 until 6pm: Ćevapčići Festival. Join us for a taste of Ćevapčići, visit with friends, listen to ethnic music and surf rock sounds, dance the kolo to tambouritza bands, drink coffee and check out fantastic art by local artists.

Ćevapčići is named after a ground meat, beef & lamb combination. It is grilled & served with Ivar sauce. It’s common to the Balkans, & shared by many of the ethnic groups in the region. This year, we will have food vendors, a craft fair, & non-stop music, from Tambouritza to Surf Rock, from noon to 6pm. The Whale & Ale will be among the food vendors, – serving grilled Ćevapčići & Tzatziki sauce: (yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon). There will be cultural activities for children, along with demonstrations on the Kolo, making Greek coffee, & how to grill ćevapčići.

Saturday and Sunday, September 10+11: 20th Anniversary Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC 20) at Point Fermin Park. This is an annual series of multidisciplinary arts events that includes art exhibits, literary readings, performances, and film screenings, that all culminate in a two-day festival weekend. http://filamarts.org/fpac20.htm

Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 2:00pm: Tongva Nature Walk at White Point Nature Education Center
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering a new interpretive hike led by Naturalists to explore the four demonstration gardens surrounding the White Point Nature Education Center to learn about the indigenous plant uses and culture of the Tongva people that once occupied the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The walks will be held every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm.  The cost is $5 per person and ages 7+ are welcome.  Space is limited so please RSVP.  Visit http://www.pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613 for more information.

Saturday, September 17: Join us for the 2011 Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.  There will be three clean up locations in San Pedro: Royal Palms Beach, Cabrillo Beach and the Pacific Corridor. Register to volunteer at http://sites.healthebay.org/volunteer/ccd/2011/participate.asp  Let’s be part of the solution.

Saturday, September 24, 2011: Light at the Lighthouse is a day-long family celebration at Point Fermin Park. This event is a free concert, with activities for kids of all ages. It is a celebration of the whole Body of Christ coming together in praise. http://www.lightatthelighthouse.org

Saturday, September 24, 2011: Outdoor Volunteer Day – National Public Lands Day at White Point Nature Preserve from 9am-12pm.

Saturday, September 24: 10am – New! Story Time with the Rangers – Rangers will read nature-themed children’s stories to young people of all ages every 4th Saturday of the month at the White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  Please RSVP to (310) 541-7613 or info@pvplc.org.

Sunday, September 25, 2011: Fall into White Point Home Tour (see our other post for details)

Upcoming Fun at White Point Nature Preserve

Starting this weekend, there will be new fun things to do at our very own White Point Nature Preserve:

Every Saturday at 10:00 am (except holidays) — Guided Nature Hikes. Join a park ranger for a guided family hike on the 102-acre Preserve in San Pedro through beautifully restored coastal sage scrub wildflower grassland habitat. The Preserve has handicap accessible trails and overlooks the ocean and Catalina Island.

Every 2nd Sunday at 2:00pm — Tongva Nature Walk. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is offering a new interpretive hike led by Naturalists to explore the four demonstration gardens surrounding the White Point Nature Education Center to learn about the indigenous plant uses and culture of the Tongva people that once occupied the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The walks will be held every second Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm. The cost is $5 per person and ages 7+ are welcome. Space is limited so please RSVP. Visit http://www.pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613 for more information.

Every 4th Saturday, 10:00 am – New! Story Time with the Rangers – Rangers will read nature-themed children’s stories to young people of all ages every 4th Saturday of the month at the White Point Nature Education Center & Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro. Please RSVP to (310) 541-7613 or info@pvplc.org.

There will be some special events next month benefiting the nature preserve. Save the dates!

Saturday, September 24th from 9-12:00 pm – 18th National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer event in the county.   Sponsors Toyota and REI will host volunteers of all ages at to plant native habitat at the White Point Nature Preserve located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.  Please RSVP to (310) 541-7613 or info@pvplc.org.

Sunday, September 25th - Fall for White Point Home Tour: Self-guided Tour 1-5 pm and Reception 4-7 pm – Six eclectic homes plus one local landmark equals a full day of fun! Following the self-guided tour, guests are invited to a cocktail reception with live music set amidst 102-acres of restored coastal sage scrub habitat overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. A silent auction will feature unique jewelry and artwork. One lucky bidder will win a 10 day stay at a contemporary 2 bedroom flat in London. Tickets are now on sale through http://www.pvplc.org or call (310) 541-7613.


Clearwater Meeting Rescheduled to June 14

In 2008, we told you about the potential of tunneling under San Pedro to replace two wastewater lines. Back then there were 14 possible locations on the table for the Clearwater Program. That field has been narrowed down to four — two of which will impact Palisades residents directly.

Royal Palms Beach and Angels Gate Park are being considered for construction shafts, where equipment, materials, and workers would enter the tunnel and excavated soil would be removed. Construction will take five to eight years to complete depending on which site is chosen. There would be 50 to 100 truck trips per day to remove soil from the site.

If you would like to learn more about the Clearwater Program, please attend a meeting hosted by the Palisades Residents Association on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm at the Corner Store. (Please note this meeting has been rescheduled from the previously announced June 7 date.)

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.

Earth Day Activities 2010

There are several local events that you can join in on to help participate in Earth Day festivities. Earth Day 2010 is officially on Thursday, April 22 but many activities occur on the following weekend.

WHAT: White Point Nature Preserve weeding and habitat restoration event
WHEN: Saturday, April 24th, 9am-12pm
WHERE: White Point Nature Preserve,
DETAILS: Closed toes shoes required. Bottled water is provided but in an effort to reduce plastic waste, we encourage you to bring your own water. Day cancelled in event of rain.
CONTACT: Visit www.pvplc.org for more information. Reservations appreciated. Please call Jill Wittman (310) 541-7613 x201

WHAT: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Beach Cleanup
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010, Cleanup from 8–10am
WHERE: Point Fermin State Marine Park and Cabrillo Beach
DETAILS: Start early with our coastal cleanup. Clear litter from Point Fermin State Marine Park and Cabrillo inner and outer beaches. Bring old tennis shoes to recycle. Learn how to compost. Parking is $1/hour.
CONTACT: For more information, call 310-548-7562 or go to www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

WHAT: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Earth Day Fair
WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 10am–4pm
WHERE: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr.
DETAILS: The fair will include games, interactive displays and booths with information on the environment and conservation. There also will be music, food and a gift shop. Get tips on making your home eco-friendly. Admission is free; parking is $1/hour.
CONTACT: For more information, call 310-548-7562 or go to www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

WHAT: Free Shade Trees
WHEN: Now!
DETAILS: Complete an online workshop (about 20 minutes), submit your completed tree order and site plan and LADWP will deliver the trees to your home; you then plant and care for them. Available to residential, apartment owners and non-residential electric customer of LADWP only.
CONTACT: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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