Discovering the secret assets By James Preston Allen, Publisher
I have lived in this seaport community for 40 years now and I’m still discovering secrets in this close-knit town. Secrets that even some of the long-time residents don’t know or understand.
Situated as we are on the edge of Los Angeles, home to the largest seaport in North America, you can see the giant cargo cranes perched like huge praying mantes lifting cans from the giant cargo ships that haul 42 percent of all the imports into this country.
Looking southward toward the silhouette of Catalina Island, the Pacific Ocean is not directly west of the mainland. And the town of San Pedro acts as the political anchor to the 15 District, with some hardly recognizing that this and Wilmington were annexed at a key point in the expansion of Los Angeles, just one year before Hollywood was annexed and six years before a vast expanse of the San Fernando Valley was added. Continue reading →
LONG BEACH – An elderly man was killed while crossing the street at an uncontrolled intersection, April 9, near Redondo Avenue and 11th Street in Long Beach, officials said.
A vehicle driving southbound at about 10 a.m. struck the Long Beach pedestrian, who has yet to be identified. The driver, an 89-year-old Huntington Beach resident, stopped and rendered aid while a witness called for help.
The pedestrian died at a local hospital at about 3 p.m. The driver was released with no charges pending.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call (562) 570-7355. Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES – On April 1, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the launch of the first Citywide 311 smartphone application, MyLA311.
The new city mobile application will allow Angelenos to submit 311 service requests, locate city resources and pay city bills through their smartphones. By taking advantage of a smartphone’s GPS and camera, the app promises to make reporting complaints and finding city services more accessible.
The citizen-centric design allows users to “Submit Service Requests” for the most popular city services, including pothole repair, graffiti removal, and bulky item pick up. Continue reading →
March 29 Operation Easter Basket
Please drop off some baskets and goodies by 4:30 p.m. March 29 at Bay Shore Church in Long Beach.
Volunteers needed. Just show up. Goal is 1,600 baskets.
Operation Easter Basket seeks to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations in Long Beach through gift-filled Easter Baskets containing items such as:
- small toys,
- school supplies,
- hygiene products, (toothbrushes, shampoo)
- essential clothing items, (socks, underwear)
- and some Easter candy. Continue reading →
SAN PEDRO – On March 7, The Los Angeles Harbor Commission certified the final Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Southern California International Gateway intermodal railyard.
The near-dock rail container transfer facility represents a private investment of more than $500 million by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which plans to develop and operate the nation’s greenest intermodal rail yard on a 185-acre site approximately four miles north of the San Pedro Bay port complex.
The project is expected to reduce truck traffic, freeway congestion and air pollution by eliminating about 1.3 million truck trips annually along a 24-mile stretch of the Long Beach (710) Freeway to BNSF’s Hobart Yard near downtown Los Angeles. Continue reading →
Feb. 12 Long Beach City Council Meeting
The Long Beach City Council is having its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at City Hall.
Some items of note on the agenda are a proposal to a plans for gas pipeline installation that would cost about $6 million, a proposal to allow the city manager to proceed with the entitlement phase of the long-term Belmont Pool Revitalization Project and the installation of a temporary outdoor pool, and a presentation of seismic deficiencies of the Civic Center to release a request for qualifications for the development of a new Civic Center. Continue reading →
Feb. 4 West County Connectors Project
The Orange County Transportation Authority is halfway through West County Connectors Project construction and has rolled out a new look.
At the midpoint of construction with two more years to go, the West County Connectors team is rolling out a new format for weekly e-mail updates.
A few of this week’s highlights: Continue reading →
DOJ Reaches Agreement with Lomita Protection Religious Freedoms
LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 1, the Department of Justice announced a settlement with the City of Lomita, resolving allegations that the city violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 when it denied the Islamic Center of the South Bay’s application to build a new mosque on its property.
The settlement, which still must be approved by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is in the form of an agreed order and resolves a lawsuit filed today by the United States against the city.
The case arose from the Lomita City Council’s 2010 denial of an application by the Islamic Center to take down the aging, separate structures on its property, which it has been using for worship and various other religious activities since 1985, and construct a single building that would serve its needs. Continue reading →
January 2 Volunteers needed for Peace & Unity Parade Celebration
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews is calling for volunteers for the 25thAnnual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade Celebration.
Volunteers are invited to attend a planning meeting, at 6 p.m. Jan. 2, at Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Long Beach.
Volunteers are needed for the Peace March, as park celebration assistants and parade monitors. Community service hours are offered to all volunteers and students are welcomed. You must 16 years old or older to volunteer. Details:(562) 570-6816
January 8 Northwestern Council Port Committee Meeting
The Northwestern City Council will host a meeting with the Port of Los Angeles, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Details: http://nwsanpedro.org Venue: San Pedro City Hall Location: 638 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
Central San Pedro Council Meeting
The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host a board and stakeholders meeting Jan.8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Board will go over local agenda topics and discuss them with those in attendance. Refreshments will be served at the meeting. Details: www.sanpedrocity.org/category/board-meeting Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro Continue reading →
Angelenos may not reap the benefits of a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, if transportation officials get their way with the Los Angeles City Council.
Senate Bill 1388, signed by Brown July 10, allows drivers to park at broken meters or spots with inoperable paying stations for the limited time allotted without the risk of being ticketed. That is, unless the local municipality opts out of the new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2013.