- Reporters Desk
Land Use Planning, Public Works Committee Meeting
The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Land Use Planning and Public Works Committee will meet, at 6 p.m. April 22, at the San Pedro United Methodist Church.
Venue: San Pedro United Methodist Church
Location: 580 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Overnight Road Closures Planned
The John S. Gibson Boulevard on-ramp to the Interstate 110 north will be closed, during the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 23 through May 14, as part of a major Port of Los Angeles roadway project to improve the Harbor Freeway and nearby surface streets in San Pedro and Wilmington.
The following alternate routes are suggested for traffic traveling from Wilmington to Los Angeles via the I-110 north:
Northbound John S. Gibson Blvd. alternate route (see route in purple):Ga
-Head north along John S. Gibson Blvd.
-Left on Figueroa Street
-Left on “C” Street on-ramp to I-110 north
Southbound John S. Gibson Blvd. alternate route (see route in blue):
-Head south along John S. Gibson Blvd. (becomes Pacific Avenue)
-Left on Front Street (becomes Harbor Boulevard)
-Right on Front Street on-ramp to westbound State Road 47-Stay right onto connector to I-110 North
Please follow posted traffic signs accordingly.
The SR-47/I-110 project will widen the westbound connector to the I-110 North by adding a second lane that starts after the Vincent Thomas Bridge and extends beyond the John S. Gibson Boulevard off-ramp. Construction is paid for through funding by Port of Los Angeles revenues, the Federal Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act, State of California Trade Corridor Improvement Fund and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Prop C Funds.
Details: (310) 732-3362; www.portoflosangeles.org
Coastal Development Permit Application for Gaffey Street Pool, Bathhouse
A public hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 23, at San Pedro Regional Library, to consider a coastal development permit application for the Gaffey Street Pool and Bathouse.
The proposed project consists of a complete restoration of the Gaffey Street Pool, to meet current health, safety, and building codes, and to provide for swimming activities for adjacent residents.
The project includes: reconditioning of the pool mechanical equipment area; addition of exhibit panels and a plaque providing the pool’s historical significance; upgrade and installation of walkways, driveways, new handicapped (1) and regular (6) parking spaces, seat walls, and landscaping and irrigation systems throughout the project area; resurfacing of the access road that services the pool; installation of a storm water filtration planter to treat storm-water from around the pool area; construction of a 4,471 square foot bathhouse; construction of stairs and a handicapped access ramp to provide accessibility from Gaffey Street; and decommissioning and mothballing of Building 825 (previously used as a mess hall and a latrine).
Interested parties may speak or submit comments at the hearings.
All written comments pertaining to compliance with the Coastal Act received at or before the hearing will be considered prior to a decision on the case. Written comments should be sent by email to: Catalina.Hernandez@lacity.org, or mail to:
City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, BOE EMG
Attention: Catalina Hernandez, Environmental Specialist II
1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Mail Stop 939, Los Angeles, CA 90015-2213
Venue: San Pedro Regional Library
Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Two workshops have been scheduled to inform the community about the Southeast Area Specific Plan, which is a three-year effort to comprehensively review and update the zoning code historically known as the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP).
The free workshops will feature similar content and are scheduled for:
- 6:30 p.m. April 23, 2014 at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel Seafarer Room, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.
- 10 a.m. April 26, at the Seaport Marina Hotel, 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.
Both workshops will provide the community with an opportunity to participate in an interactive visioning exercise, speak one-on-one with project team members and discuss ideas with fellow community members.
Additional community outreach efforts during this process will offer several opportunities for the public to provide input on the new plan that will affect 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach
Details: (562) 570-6922; www.lbds.info/seadip_update
Drop-Off Clothing, Housewares, E-Waste at Kaiser Permanente
South Bay community residents are invited to drop-off their donated items at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 23 in support of Earth Day.
Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County will be stationed at the medical center to supply workers, bins and a truck for collection. Goodwill workers also will be on hand to provide receipts for the tax deductible donations.
Local residents and Kaiser employees are encouraged to donate clothing, household items and e-waste products, such as TVs and computer equipment. The event gives the community a convenient opportunity to recycle their clothing and housewares as well as dispose of their e-waste. The donation drive not only helps protect the environment but also supports underserved individuals, as it is Goodwill’s mission to provide job training and placement services for people with barriers to employment.
Donate gently used clothing and accessories, household goods, small appliances, TVs and computer equipment. Goodwill is unable to accept microwaves, batteries, printers and scanners for e-waste recycling.
Venue: Kaiser South Bay Medical Center
Location: 25825 S. Vermont Ave., Harbor City
Skin Care Lecture and Demonstrations
Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center will host a Women’s Health Forum, from 3 to 6 p.m. April 24 at the Bazzeni Wellness Center in Long Beach.
Internist Irene Leech, will talk about skin cancer and ways to avoid overexposure from the sun. There will be skin beauty care demonstrations, DermaScan screenings, refreshments and prizes.
Details: (888) 478-6279
Venue: St. Mary Medical Center
Location: 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Mobile Help Desk
The Mobile Help Desk is part of the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s efforts to make City Hall more accessible to Angelenos.
Representatives from the Mayor’s Office will be available to receive suggestions and concerns, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 25, at the San Pedro Local Harvest Farmer’s Market on 6th Street between Pacific and Mesa.
Venue: San Pedro Local Harvest Farmer’s Market
Location: 6th Street between Pacific and Mesa
Anaheim Street to 710 Ramps, Harbor Avenue to Close
On- and off-ramps connecting the 710 Freeway to westbound Anaheim Street in West Long Beach will be closed from 6 p.m., April 25, to 6 a.m. April 28, for a repaving project. Traffic will be detoured to Pacific Coast Highway.
Harbor Avenue will also be closed to north-south traffic at the intersection with West Anaheim Street, during the same time period. The closure will temporarily block access from north of Anaheim.
Meanwhile, Anaheim will continue to have two lanes open in both directions in West Long Beach.
The work is part of an ongoing project to improve West Anaheim from the 710 Freeway to 9th Street at the western city limit.
An additional detour will be required the following weekend. The north half of the intersection of I Street and Anaheim will be closed from 6 p.m. May 2 through 6 a.m. May 5. That will close I Street access to Anaheim from the north side temporarily, and north-south traffic through Anaheim will be prohibited.
West Anaheim is undergoing a 14-month-long improvement that started in September 2013. The Long Beach Harbor Department is overseeing the work to improve the street, which is the northern boundary of the harbor district. In addition to roadway resurfacing, the project includes improvements for sidewalks, bus stops, median, and access for the disabled and landscaping.
Details: (562) 283-7715; www.polb.com/anaheimstreet
Constitutional Discussion on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments
San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice have decided to host a forum regarding the execution of a few U.S. citizens, while the NSA has been surveilling U.S. citizens via collection of their Internet and phone data, and their constitutionality, at 7:30 p.m. April 25, at the Harry Bridges Institute in San Pedro.
In the past few years, President Obama has ordered these actions. They seem to be in violation of the Fifth and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution.
The forum will feature Jessica Farris, policy and advocacy counsel at the ACLU of Southern California.
Details: (310) 978-5939, (310) 567-3332
Venue: Harry Bridges Institute
Location: 350 W 5th St., # 209, San Pedro
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host its elections from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 6 at Peck Park.
Stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet candidates at 7 p.m. April 30 and at 6 p.m. May 6 at Peck Park.
The NWSPNC deals with Los Angeles issues, deciding what matters most to its neighborhood. It hosts public meeting to gain information and hear diverse opinions on issues. The governing board takes a position and makes recommendation to the city.
Stakeholders eligible to vote are 16 years old or older and work, live, own property, attend school or belong to an organization.
Venue: Peck Park
Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro
CSU Dominguez Hills Presents Women in STEM Conference
CARSON – California State University, Dominguez Hills presents the Women in STEM Conference April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Loker Student Union Ballroom.
According to White House statistics, less than a quarter of those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are women. This conference seeks to address the current state of women—especially minority women—in the sciences and assess and make recommendations on how to attract and prepare more young women into these fields.
The conference is part of Inauguration Week activities at CSU Dominguez Hills leading up to the Investiture Ceremony of University President Willie J. Hagan on Friday, May 2. The inauguration theme is “California State University, Dominguez Hills: America Happens Here.”
Respected scientists and speakers on the subject of women in STEM will lead panel discussions throughout the day. Speakers include:
Rebecca Blanton, executive director, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
Joyce Chan, assistant professor of anthropology, CSU Dominguez Hills
Lee Ann Kline, president and founder of STEM Advantage
Rosaly Lopes, senior research scientist in planetary science, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Annita Sengupta, project manager, Cold Atom Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Katherine Stevenson, associate professor of math, CSU Northridge
Julie Webster, manager of Cassini Spacecraft, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The luncheon keynote address will be presented by Wanda Austin, president and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation.
Permits to park on campus cost $5 and are available for purchase using cash, credit or debit cards at kiosks located in each lot.
The event is free but registration to attend the conference is required.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.csudh.edu/womeninstem
Venue: CSU Dominguez Hills
Location: 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson.
Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness
The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will meet, at 6 p.m. April 30, at Rainbow Services.
Venue: Rainbow Services
Location: 562 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Wilmington Neighborhood Council Seeking Candidates
The Wilmington Neighborhood Council is hosting its board election, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, at the Wilmington Recreation Center.
Venue: Wilmington Recreation Center.
Location: 425 N. Neptune Ave., Wilmington
Peninsula-Harbor CROP Hunger Walk
Members of many South Bay congregations and community groups will participate in the 34thAnnual Peninsula-Harbor CROP Hunger Walk, at 10 a.m. May 3, starting at Point Fermin Park.
Men, women and children from South Bay neighborhoods will join to raise funds for hunger relief globally through Church World Service and through familiar food providers such as Harbor Interfaith Services, SHAWL House, Toberman Neighborhood Center, Shared Bread in Redondo Beach and San Pedro United Methodist Church Sunday Suppers.
This year the Walk will follow the San Pedro coastline from Point Fermin Park at the corner of Gaffey Street and Paseo Del Mar, an entirely flat course of either 5 or10 K. Runners are welcome, though the Walk is a family-friendly community event and not a contest. Strollers, wheelchairs and friendly dogs on leashes join the crowd.
There is no entrance fee and non-walkers are welcome to sponsor a walker with whatever amount is appealing or to lend a hand to the registrars on Walk day. The needs are enormous, especially in periods of damaging weather and political upheaval. The act of walking itself reminds participants that people in developing countries often have to walk miles every day to find food, water and fuel for cooking.
The CROP Hunger Walk is unique in that it is arranged each year by a small team of local volunteers without the support of a large organization. All of the money donated assists the providers of food and emergency supplies. The residents of Beacon House and SHAWL House in San Pedro provide valuable assistance at Point Fermin Park, and even the musicians who will welcome the walkers and the ham radio operators who help to keep track of the participants volunteer their time and talent.
The parishioners of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and their recruiter Cecelia Moore are the honorees of the 2014 Walk. Under the auspices of its Peace and Justice Ministry, the parish has faithfully and generously supported this effort for hunger relief over a period of several years.
Details: (310) 378-1953
Venue: Point Fermin Park
Location: 807 W. Paseo San Pedro
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Seeking Candidates
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council is its board election, from 2 to 8 p.m. May 6, at the 135th Street School.
Venue: 135th Street School
Location: 801 W, 135th St., Gardena
Job Fair 2014
Participate in the Job Fair 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 8, at Harbor Occupational Center in San Pedro.
Details: (310) 547-5551
Venue: Harbor Occupational Center
Location: 740 N. Pacific Ave., San Pedro
Bridge Project Open House
Join an open house event, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. May 8, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, to receive the latest information about the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and to learn more about upcoming road closures.
South I-710 to Westbound Ocean Boulevard to Close
The southbound Interstate 710 freeway connector to westbound Ocean Boulevard is scheduled to close at 10 a.m. May 10 so it can be demolished as part of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.
The date is subject to change. The connector to be demolished links the southbound I-710 to the existing westbound Desmond Bridge/Ocean Boulevard. A new connector will be built, along with the new bridge.
When the connector closes, southbound I-710 traffic heading to Terminal Island will be diverted onto southbound Pico Avenue, then to an on-ramp that rejoins westbound Ocean to cross the Desmond Bridge. Detour signs will be in place. A temporary traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Pico and Pier D Street to replace a four-way stop and improve traffic flow.
Demolishing the ramp will require a short-term closure of southbound Harbor Scenic Drive, which passes under the connector. Southbound Harbor Scenic is the primary route from the southbound I-710 to Port of Long Beach Piers F-J, as well as to the Queen Mary, cruise terminal and nearby hotels. Southbound Harbor Scenic is scheduled to close May 23, and reopen by noon May 26. To access these areas, the detour route for Port traffic and trucks is southbound I-710 onto southbound Pico to Harbor Plaza West. Motorists using the southbound I-710 freeway to reach the Queen Mary, cruise lines, nearby hotels and downtown Long Beach are encouraged to take the “Downtown Long Beach” exit and Shoreline Drive.
Demolition of the I-710/westbound Ocean connector ramp is required to lay the foundations of the new bridge replacing the existing Gerald Desmond Bridge, and to build a new southbound I-710 Freeway connector ramp to the new bridge. The new bridge will be constructed just north of the existing structure. Construction work will include eventual demolition of the eastbound Ocean-to-northbound I-710 connection. Details of that closure will be announced later this year.
Please see below for more information about this week’s closures.
GDB Replacement Project Work:
SB I-710 Freeway to WB Ocean Blvd. Connector Closure
Type of Work: Freeway connector closure
Area of Work: The southbound I-710 Freeway to westbound Ocean Boulevard connector will be demolished. The detour for traffic headed to Terminal Island is southbound Pico Avenue to westbound Ocean Boulevard. Detour map available here.
When: 10 a.m. May 10, 2014 for approx. 30 months
Pico Avenue Off-Ramp (Piers B, C, D, E) Closure
Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: The Pico Avenue exit (Piers B, C, D, E) from the southbound I-710 Freeway. Follow detour signs along Harbor Scenic Drive to Harbor Plaza. Detour information available here.
When: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. April 21; April 23; and April 24. The ramp will open by 7 a.m. the following morning. *Please note that closure dates and times are subject to change.
Pico Avenue On-Ramp to WB Ocean Blvd. Closure
Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: The Pico Avenue on-ramp to westbound Ocean Boulevard will close overnight. Detour signs will be posted.
When: 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 25; April 26; and April 27. The ramp will open by 5 a.m. the following morning.
Pico Avenue Lane Closure
Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Southbound lanes on Pico Avenue between Pier D Street and Ocean Boulevard will be closed. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.
When: Ongoing through early-May
Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Lane Closure (POLB)
Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is reduced to one lane between the southbound I-710 and Pico Avenue exit.
When: Ongoing until May 1, 2014
Anaheim Street Lane Closure (POLB)
Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: The project has shifted to the northern lanes of Anaheim Street. Traffic on Anaheim Street remains reduced to two lanes in each direction from the Los Angeles River to 9th Street. Limited access will be allowed via side streets. (Project information)
Use Harbor Avenue, Santa Fe Avenue or East I Avenue to cross Anaheim Street
CERT Training Begins
The Los Angeles County Fire Department hosting a Community Emergency Response Training program provides basic training in safety and life saving skills for the public.
The course curriculum covers the following modules:
The training course will be a series of three classes, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 10, May 17 and May 24 at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates.
1. Disaster Preparedness
2. Disaster Fire Suppression
3. Disaster Medical Ops 1
4. Disaster Medical Ops 2
5. Light Search & Rescue
6. Disaster Psychology
7. CERT Organization
9. Course Review &
Disaster Simulation Exercise
Details: (310) 377-8716; email@example.com
Venue: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Location: 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills
Draft Plan for a Healthy LA
The Draft Plan for a Healthy LA is now availablefor public review and public comment on the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles website . Comments can be made at in person at one of the seven Planning Forums or may be submitted in writing (including a name, telephone number, and contact information) by 5 p.m. May 13, to the following:
Elizabeth Carvajal, Citywide Section
Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: (213) 978-1477
Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund
On April 11, a devastating crash involving a tour bus and FedEx truck took the lives of 10 people, including five Los Angeles-area school students on their way to an orientation program for admitted students at Humboldt State University.
In an effort to support the students and families suffering from this crash, including Karen Duarte of Banning High School, Sharefest is joining with Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino to launch the “Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund.” Money raised through this fund will assist victims and their families through any financial hardships as they heal physically and emotionally from the tragic accident.
Support these families by donating to the fund at: www.Sharefestinc.org/buscrashfund
You can also mail a check, made payable to Sharefest. Please include “Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund” in the memo line.
Mail checks to:
Sharefest Community Development
3480 Torrance Blvd. #110
Torrance, CA 90503
Youth Service Award Available
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council is currently accepting applications for a $500 award to a young person who has done outstanding service in our community. Applications can be downloaded from www.nwsanpedro.org and are due June 10, 2014.