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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.

Questions Regarding SPHS John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus

We asked residents what questions or concerns they have regarding the John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus at Angels Gate. We had an overwhelming response. Below are the questions that the Palisades Residents Association board members compiled and organized.

Come to the meeting tonight to get answers and, maybe, ask a question that isn’t represented here. We will be updating this list with answers as we get them. Stay tuned!

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  1. What is the LAUSD’s mission for the San Pedro High School, John M. & Muriel Olguin Campus?
  2. What questions do you have of your neighbors?
  3. What are your expectations for the SPHS, J&MOC?
  4. Will students be on a variety of schedules with some starting late and some leaving at various p.m. times?
  5. My concern is there being students in our neighborhood all through the school day and not knowing if they belong in school or not. Will students be required to carry their school ID at ALL times?
  6. What after school, evening and weekend events are planned for the campus?
  7. There is a perpetual change of staff from LAUSD communicating with us. It is a virtual revolving door. How can we be assured that whatever we are told by you is reliably true in the long term?
  8. How do we know that you aren’t going to give this campus away to one of the charter organizations you support and thus make all of the promises you make to us now regarding the management of this campus empty?
  9. Who will be attending SRHS#15?
  10. Is a charter school a possibility still as a tenant?

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  1. Will parents be able to interview the teachers like they are doing at Hawthorne’s Da Vinci Design and Science Charter High Schools?
  2. How is home schooling viewed for high school students by LAUSD? Da Vinci has three days a week, at home scheduled.
  3. How is “Project Based Learning” viewed by LAUSD?
  4. How many students need to attend SPHS, J&MOC for it to be cost neutral, or what is the minimum number of students for the school to operate without a loss?
  5. Regardless of cost, what is the minimum number of students needed to keep the school open to support the SPHS, J&MOC’s mission?
  6. When will each student have IPAD, PC or Kindles like devices provided by LAUSD?
  7. How has teaching been changed /affected, when every question can be answered from the internet using a smart cellphone?
  8. How does LAUSD envision the future of home-based schooling?
  9. How many students are currently involved in home-based teaching in LAUSD?
  10. Will there be home-based teaching program at SPHS, J&MOC?
  11. After students pass their High School graduation test, what criteria/ program keeps them in high school instead of starting classes at a college.
  12. Will the campus be open at lunch time? Will students be allowed to visit the Corner Store on 37th during the school day or for lunch?
  13. What are the plans for patrolling/checking the park along Paseo Del Mar for truant students?
  14. Will there be night events & games at SRHS#15?
  15. What are normal school hours?
  16. Has LAUSD experienced a correlation between test scores and capital expenditures?
  17. What is the average cost per year to educate a high school student in LAUSD?
  18. What will the average cost be to educate a student at SPHS, J&MOC?

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  1. Now much will SPHS, J&MOC cost per sq. ft. of classroom space?
  2. How does LAUSD budget for new construction i.e., allotting percentages to constructing the campus and operating expenses for the campus?
  3. Where are we in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) process between LAUSD and City of Los Angeles Recreation & Parks Department?
  4. Have discussions about the MOU begun with the City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich?
  5. What is the projected cost per year to maintain the pool and who will pay it?
  6. What are the proposed landscaping plans for the site along the westerly perimeter?
    a. This would be the slope from Alma Street all the way up to the school buildings.
    b. Right now I have a view of these huge 40 foot blue walls (sides of the main bldgs.) and it would sure be nice if some large trees could be planted to soften it.
  7. What are the finalized parking spaces for the school attendance?

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  1. Can the official school address be designated as Gaffey Street rather than Alma Street? Please discuss:
    a. The Pt. Fermin Education Center and Angels Gate High School have Gaffey Street Addresses.
    b. Alma Street is a narrow and winding residential street and is not suitable to be designated as the access street to the high school.
    c. If Alma Street is named as the street address, the resulting accidents and problems will tarnish the image and reputation of the school, and will sour San Pedro’s feelings toward the campus.
    d. The eastside sidewalk on Alma St. isn’t complete between 30th and 37th street. People walk in the street.
    e. Traveling South on Alma St., after Hamilton Avenue, the road narrows so that basically only one car at a time can us the road.
    These are just a few of the reasons why we propose that all traffic to SPHS, J&MOC use Gaffey Street.
  2. Where will the entrance be for the school, on Gaffey or Alma St.?
  3. Will the following concerns regarding safe access for students traveling to school by sidewalks or park roads be addressed and what is timeline….
    a. When will there be sidewalks on Barlow Saxton?
    b. When will the Barlow Saxton road be suitable for cars?
    c. When will the street signage be restored inside Angels Gate Park?
    d. Will Osgood Farley and Barlow Saxton roads be restored?
    e. Will the lack of eastside access sidewalks be corrected?
    f. Will Leavenworth Drive be widened?
    g. Will you add sidewalk access to Leavenworth, from Gaffey St?
    h. The crosswalk on Gaffey St. at 37th street goes from a sidewalk and curb into a curb and then small mound of dirt at Angels Gate Park. Can you get it upgraded or removed?
  4. Can we get a longer left turn lane on Gaffey St. & Leavenworth Drive.?
  5. Can you get the MTA to bring back service to Angels Gate Park so students could ride the bus to school?
  6. Here are some items we would like to be sure are addressed before the school opens.
    a. How will students get to the school?
    b. Will students be parking on Alma?
    c. Where will students enter and leave the school?
    d. Will the gate on Alma be open for students to enter and leave school during the school day?
  7. Parking for the students……we don’t want the neighborhood jammed with cars. Please confirm that the only entrance for vehicles or pedestrians will be on Alma Street.
  8. How will traffic created by the new school be managed?
  9. How will we ensure that students use the main entrance on Gaffey St. versus the Teacher’s entrance on Alma?
  10. Traffic flow is a concern, and for us, living at the corner of Gaffey and 30th, the speed at which cars drive (either because they’re coming downhill northbound or are trying to build up speed to go uphill southbound) has been an issue even before the school’s construction.
  11. As a safety issue, we’d like to see, and we think residents and students will benefit from, speed controls of some sort around Gaffey and 30th. Stop signs; lights, road dividers with roundels?
  12. Though this is a steep hill area, 25th street is also steep, the lights on that street are an example of what Gaffey might need to become to help keep the flow of traffic slower, the quantity of traffic at an ideal/minimal level, and the beauty of the area balanced with function.
  13. How will the entrance to SRHS#15 be used off Alma Street?
  14. Is Gaffey still the primary location for entrance to school?
  15. Is a signal light being installed for the entrance of the school?
  16. What is the parking situation for student and school parking along Alma Street and use of 30th street?


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