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CSPNC Coastal Currents – New Edition

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Just in case you missed the latest issue in your mailbox, the latest issue of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s “Coastal Currents” was distributed to all Palisades residents and other locations in San Pedro. Coastal Currents provided us an update on the work of the Neighborhood Council. Definitely some familiar faces and names included.

On the back cover is a quick update of the CSPNC Coastal Risk & Beautification Committee – which more or less is an outlet regarding the Pt Fermin Seepage issue, Sunken City and the continuation of the White Point Landslide developments, including the future of Paseo Del Mar. Led by Adele Healy, those meetings are productive and offer solid input with a great group of stakeholders.

FYI – there are a few CSPNC Board seats open – and you’ll need to go to the July 20 mtg (see cspnc.org for more details) – if serving Coastal residents interests you. If not, the Palisades Residents Association is ramping to become more active and reactive again to serve our neighborhood – while collaborating with the necessary folks for a continuous improving quality of life. PRA Board positions will be available soon – watch-out for announcements on new meeting dates, and a revamped website as early as September.

Ruff Ruff found

This ruff ruff showed up at a Coastal SP house – perhaps frightened by the Great LA Air Raid noise last night. Collar but no tags. Anyone recognize? 310.748.2134

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The Peggy Safety Summit

Palisades Residents – See you on Saturday, January 25 at the Public Safety Summit.
Arrive early for check-in – 12:30, only 300 seats.

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CSPNC Public Safety Summit featuring Neighborhood Watch

Palisades Residents are invited to the CSPNC Public Safety Summit on Saturday, January 25 at the Elks Club from 1:00-5:00. The Summit and Parking are free.

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All Tracks include paneled discussion on topics of importance to Palisades Residents:

1:00 Prevention | Neighborhood Watch 2.0 + Technology
2:15 Education | School, Sports & Programs
3:00 Identification | Epicenters, Impact Zones & Statistics
4:00 Transportation | Streets & Traffic

Step up and Speak out. Bring your thoughts and questions. See you there.

Paseo Del Mar to be rebuilt

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“The decision was unanimous and unified.”

Following LA City Board of Engineering presentations and updating on the status / timetable of work done on the landslide – along with a good hour of smart comments and questions by the Advisory Board and stakeholders last night at the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee, it was unanimously voted to restore the roadway to the previous location, to include a retaining wall at an estimated cost of $28.8 million.

According to Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Chairman & President Dave Behar, Paseo Del Mar and its beautiful coastline are on their way towards complete restoration, via a vote by the White Point Community Advisory Committee.

“Although the planning, funding and road restoral process will take many years, the community spoke and voted on restoring Paseo Del Mar to its previous location. Traffic studies by the Bureau of Engineering are well underway in the adjacent Palisades neighborhoods, to ensure that the best possible strategy, execution and positive public safety outcome occurs for our fellow residents. This includes the entire Coastal San Pedro,” said Behar, who also serves as President of the Palisades Residents Association.

“There is a sense of confidence that our many smart, visionary residents in the area will make sure Paseo, adjacent streets and the Nature Preserve are an opportunity to create an enjoyable blend of passive yet active use, with a synergistic neighborhood culture that makes the best out of the path forward.”

With regular updates ahead, the Advisory Committee was able to hear key budget insights from David Hirano, from the Office of the LA City Chief Administrative Officer, along with Board of Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo, and Chris Johnson who led the Bureau of Engineering presentation. Councilman Buscaino vowed to “fight hard to find the money for what the people decide.”

“I am pleased with the definitive progress that BOE, leadership of Councilman Buscaino and his talented staff, the Advisory Committee, the CAO and Public Works offices and the focused CSPNC adhoc Landslide and Public Safety Committees have made, and will make, moving forward,” added Behar. “Mother Nature and the community will receive more than an asphault makeover.”

With de-watering continuing and slope stabilization underway, next steps are by Spring 2014 to build already budgeted cul de sacs with medians, initially designed by Behar, to enable traffic flow on the west and east side of the slide, as preparations are made for a complete restoral of Paseo Del Mar, which could take easily 3-5 years.

Residents may monitor regularly updated progress at boe.lacity.org and cspnc.org.

White Point Landslide Progress

Here’s a report from Bruce Biesman-Simons. PRA’s posting this is a little dated, however Bruce provides an accurate account related to the status of the White Point Landslide – one year later…

Work is in progress to make the area safer, at least temporarily.

The top edge of the scarp – the fracture line on the land side has been “laid back” at a 1:1 slope. Essentially the adobe layer down to the initial “bedrock” of Monterrey shale.

Most of the asphalt and concrete has been removed from the top of the “island” – except around the now famous palm tree.

Big concrete pipes have been removed from the beach.

The remainder of the debris is being removed from the “graben” – the low area between the scarp and the “island”.

The bottom of the graben is being graded so that there is positive drainage toward the ocean.

They plan to create an area near the west end of the graben to allow sediment to settle before it discharges onto the beach/ocean.

They plan to begin drilling and installing sub-terranean perforated drainage pipes at the southwest corner of the preserve starting in December. Intent is to prevent sub-terranean water buildup adjacent to Weymouth Ave. and nearby houses.

In early 2013, they plan to begin drilling and installing tie-back anchors to stabilize the coastal bluff face between the landslide and Weymouth Ave.

Palisades Point of View – November

As November comes to a close – Happy Thanksgiving! Warm, healthy, holiday wishes to you and your family…

Here’s a couple of updates for you:

SOCIALLY CONNECTED |
Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch – plugged into LAPD. If you have not already added yourself (Facebook account needed), now’s the time. Very informative and relatively up to the minute for residents of the Palisades, South Shores and General Vicinity.

WHITE POINT LANDSLIDE |

Watch the (City’s) latest update on the “stabilization” progress. Many residents are increasingly interested in the original cause, in addition to the preparation of one of the couple of road restoration options and interim activity leading up to it.

Well-spoken Stars of the Show: Palisades very own Mike Browne and Peggy Lindquist.

MIRACLE ON 37TH STREET |

That’s right – the Corner Store is delivering once again – a great neighborhood event on December 21, beginning at 5:30. Make sure to check out all the very cool, popular kids and local Holiday gift items available in store beforehand though, as they are likely to be sold out by the 21st!

2013 PRA BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE & ANNUAL MEETING |

Details next month… Pay your dues and get / stay engaged.

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