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CSPNC (S)Elections this Saturday

This Saturday, May 10, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council will hold (S)Elections for the 2014-2015 CSPNC Governing Board from 11:00 to 3:00 at CRAFTED – 112 East 22nd Street right next to the park. You don’t really need the address do you?

Palisades Residents may be reminded of the continuous, positive work CSPNC deals with related to our quality of life. Most recently was the announcement of the widening of Hamilton Avenue between Patton and Barbara among other traffic developments related to the Landslide and general resident and school traffic flow. Much more is ahead and being solved, including Neighborhood Watch enhancements with Senior Lead Officer Eve Wight and the LAPD.

Meanwhile, on the voting front, there are prizes for the 250th, 500th and 1,000th, voter – so let’s get out to CRAFTED and make our vote count… There is not a candidate forum, however you will likely find several of the candidates at CRAFTED depending when you show up to vote, if you have questions or issue positions you’d like to understand. And, of course while at CRAFTED you can do a little shopping, socialize with neighbors.

This is your chance to “Select / Elect” who you feel is most qualified to “Locally Listen and Lead” our Coastal neighborhood. It’s been a very productive, positive year, with many positive developments and accomplishments to carry forward -

In case you were wondering, yes, there is still time to run! (May 8 is the deadline to submit) See cspnc.org for details.

Here’s who is “Feelin’ Board”, in alphabetical order, so far – and of some them are familiar names who are fellow Palisades residents who have been successfully guiding the ship on behalf of us:

» Dave Behar
» Gary Bettis
» Cari Burich
» James Dimon
» Louis Dominguez
» Chuck Hawley
» Dan Malstom
» Mike Cammareri
» Matt Matich
» Pat Means
» Chris Nagel
» Ana Ortiz
» Denise Marovich-Sampson
» Ted Shirley
» June Burlingame Smith
» Sonya Tsujimura
» John Vidovich
» Peter Warren
» Rachel Waugh

CSPNC Coastal Currents (Print Edition) with candidate bios – is coming to Palisades Residents mailboxes this week –

See you soon at CRAFTED!

2014-15 CSPNC Selections – Get on Board!

Opportunity for Palisades Residents…


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.


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!

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Palisades Point of View – October

Landslide Advisory Progress

Updates for Palisades residents will continue regarding the engineering developments within the slide area and more so, solutions to reopen Paseo Del Mar, will be posted here, following the first of a handful of new Advisory Board meetings held by Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Bureau of Engineering on Monday.

These meetings arrive on the heels of all the hard work by City and County agencies, the pro-active CSPNC adhoc Landslide Committee, your PRA Board and Traffic Committee – and you, the Palisades resident.

No matter which option is chosen for fixing and reopening Paseo Del Mar (no current timetable), it would appear that some of the traffic flow improvements and beautification enhancements proposed years ago by the PRA Board for Paseo and neighborhood may be in sight.

SPHS Olguin Campus Update

SPHS Olguin Campus Administrators have decided to open the Alma Street entrance during full operating hours, (7:00 am to 5:00 pm, on school days beginning November 26, in addition to the six one-way bus trips during lunch and nutrition used since the campus opened.

While traffic has nearly doubled since the closure of Paseo del Mar due to the White Point landslide, still in consideration is which entrance buses will be used at the start and end of the school day. Also, with the gate opened, parents are directed to drive onto the campus, drop off students, then exit – rather than an Alma Street “drop-off”.

While there are multiple challenges, additional considerations and potential actions by CD15 include a new EIR, Speed Humps on Alma and extending the sidewalk on Alma to 37th.

The Traffic Guard is reinstated on Gaffey Street and 32nd Street to assist students crossing Gaffey.

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.

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.

San Pedro High School, John M and Muriel Olguin Campus Open House

Olguin campus logo and banner designed by Dave Behar

Residents are invited this Thursday, August 9 at 5:00 to LAUSD’s Open House and Ribbon Cutting of the new state of the art SPHS John M. and Muriel Olguin campus.

Join Superintendent John E. Deasy, Board Vice President Dr. Richard Vladovic, along with Principal Jeanette Stevens, students, parents and dozens of your friends and neighbors.

The school, opening on August 14 with approximately 500 students, features a Math / Marine Science and Police Magnet, along with new athletic facilities where multiple Pirate teams will practice and play.

The address remains 3210 South Alma (no access from Alma), but the entrance is at 32nd and Gaffey.

San Pedro High School – John M and Muriel Olguin Campus Update

Nine months and counting.

San Pedro High School new neighborhood campus, the John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus of San Pedro High School will open in August 2012, the Campus will open with 500 students, a combination of Marine Science and Mathematics Magnet students, Police Academy Magnet students, and 40 resident San Pedro High School students that are chosen by lottery.  The state of the art campus will offer students opportunities to pursue their interests in the Marine Sciences and Law Enforcement.

The Palisades Residents Association, in concert with the Pt Fermin Residents Association and Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council provided SPHS and LAUSD a laundry list of questions prior to the well-attended San Pedro Education Summit, created and hosted by Dave Behar, at SPHS. The resident questions are viewable here and the written answers to the master questions have been committed to being provided to the PRA by January 31, 2012 by SPHS and the Magnet team.

To apply, prospective students must fill out a “Choices” application, available on-line at echoices.lausd.net or by picking up a paper application in the Magnet Office at San Pedro High School.  In addition, 40 spots will be available for San Pedro residents who do not wish to be part of the Magnet; but, still would like to focus on the marine sciences or law enforcement at the Olguin Campus.

Among other pre-opening events and outreach, the community is invited to join the staff for an Open House, tentatively scheduled for August 9, 2012 at 6pm.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please call or email Sandy Alvarenga, Magnet Coordinator 310.241.5813, salvaren@lausd.net.


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