ANNOUNCEMENTS: Neighborhood council meetings, City council meetings, 5K walks


March 17
Coastal SPNC Board, Stakeholder Meeting
Community members are invited to attend the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s board and stakeholder meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. March 17, at Cabrillo Marina Community Building.
Venue: Cabrillo Marina Community Building
Location: 224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro
March 24
NWSPNC Board Election Candidate Filing Deadline
The deadline to file your application to be a candidate for the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Board Election is March 24.
The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be holding Board Seat elections May 6.
Some key topics they will be focusing on this year may include:


March 28
Two Weeks of Overnight Road Closures Planned on SR-47/I-110
The Port of Los Angeles has announced the connector from the westbound State Route 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge to Interstate 110 northbound will be closed through March 28, during the hours of 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., as part of a major roadway project to improve the Harbor Freeway and nearby surface streets in San Pedro and Wilmington.
The following alternate routes are suggested for traffic travelling westbound on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, heading toward the Harbor Freeway:
Preferred Alternate Route (in blue):
-Exit at Harbor Blvd.
-Left on Front Street.
-Right on Pacific Avenue (becomes John S Gibson Blvd.)
-Left onto I-110 North on-ramp from John S Gibson Blvd.
Additional Alternate Route (in purple):
-Exit at Gaffey Street
-Right on Gaffey Street
-Right on Channel Street
-Left on Pacific Avenue (becomes John S Gibson Blvd.)
-Left onto I-110 North on-ramp from John S Gibson Blvd.
During this time period, the Gaffey Street exit will be also closed intermittently. Please follow posted traffic signs accordingly. Similar closures are anticipated to occur over the next few months. For future updates, click here or call (310) 732-3362.
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. Click here for more information.

April 2
Ending Homelessness: Mission Not Impossible
Learn about the high costs of chronic homelessness to society, how homelessness is being addressed on local and national policy levels and solutions for the community, at 6 p.m. April 2, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
Michael S. Brophy, Marymount California University president, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:
Kerry Morrison, director of the Hollywood Property Owner’s Alliance. Morrison also is co-Founder of Hollywood 4WRD and a mayor’s appointee
Jeremy Sidell, chief development and communications officer for PATH, People Assisting the Homeless. He works with communities to develop to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority permanent supportive housing.
Tahia Hayset, executive director of San Pedro’s Harbor Interfaith Services, will discuss the evolution of their organization in response to current policy directions.
A Q-and-A and networking will follow the panel discussion. The event is free.
Venue: Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro  

March 18
Schipske Asks City to Pursue Investment of CalPERS Pension Funds
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has placed an item on the March 18 City Council agenda asking that the city manager report back to the City Council on how our local businesses and developers can connect with the California Public Employee Retirement System, CalPERS, investment staff and what assistance the city can give to encourage CalPERS investment in Long Beach.
Schipske says the pension system is making billions of investments in other cities and countries to create jobs and housing

CalPERS – administers the largest pension fund in the country. The CalPERS fund is managed by a 13-member board of administration, given authority over the retirement system by the state constitution.
It manages a portfolio exceed $200 billion in assets that provides retirement benefits for more than 1.1 million active and inactive public employees and around half a million retirees and beneficiaries.
CalPERS controls assets that are worth $236.6 billion as of Feb. 23, 2012. Its investment and other income in fiscal year 2010-2011 was $43.9 billion. Employer contributions that year topped $7.46 billion and members paid $3.6 billion into the fund.
Long Beach pays about $94 million annually to CalPERS. This includes both the total employer contribution and the contributions made by employees. The city has CalPERS assets of $3.05 billion. Long Beach is ranked first in terms of value of assets for all cities and third for all entities. (The County of Santa Clara is ranked first.)
Schipske notes that the city could assist local businesses and developers in submitting proposals to CalPERS to be considered for investment. CalPERS accepts proposals in eight areas: private equity, real estate, forestland, infrastructure, commodities, global fixed income, global equities or hedge funds.

At the March 18 meeting, the Long Beach City Council also is scheduled to consider a $6 million contract, over 3-year period to enter into contracts for on-call street design consulting services. Click here for details.
Venue:  City Hall
Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

April 2
Pulse of the Ports
The Port of Long Beach is hosting the Pulse of the Ports, a peak season forecast breakfast, from 7 to 10 a.m. April 2, at the Grand Ballroom in the Long Beach Convention Center.
Expert from throughout the supply chain will present the outlook from the view of an economist, importer, exporter, ocean carrier, trucking company executive and more.
Details: (562) 283-7755;
Venue: Long Beach Convention Center
Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

POLB Road Work

Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive to Pico Avenue ramp closure

Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: The on-ramp to Pico Avenue from southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is closed. Follow detour signs to Harbor Plaza.
When: Ongoing until May 1, 2014

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 SB I-710 and the Pico Avenue exit, which is closed.
When: Ongoing

Anaheim Street Lane Closure (POLB)

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: The project has shifted to the two northern lanes of Anaheim Street. Traffic on Anaheim Street remains reduced to two lanes in each direction from the L.A. River to 9th Street. Limited access will be allowed via side streets. (Project information)

When: Ongoing, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Use Harbor Avenue, Santa Fe Avenue or East I Avenue to cross Anaheim Street
March 22
5K For Student Success
Participate in the second annual walk or run 5K For Student Success, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 22, at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington.Cost is $35 per runner.Venue: Los Angeles Harbor College
Location:  1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington

March 22
Wilmington Health Fair
The 2nd Annual Wilmington Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22.
There’s no cost to participate. If you are interested in providing a free health service or just want to help out, register today.
Register for a free booth
Register to volunteer
This year’s fair will include free screenings, healthcare open enrollment sign-ups (before the March 31 deadline), live music, good food, and access to more than 50 organizations providing health and wellness services in the Harbor Area.
Location: 1355 Broad Ave., Wilmington

March 22
Womens History Month Feted in Torrance Charity Event
A charity fund raising luncheon for Mercy Mission Bear Hospital will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22, at the Torrance Womens Club.
Tickets are $65 or $25 for seniors 65 and older; vendor tables are $75.
Assembly member Isadore Hall III will kick off the event with a Womens History Month proclamation from President Barack Obama. A series of cultural arts and spoken word presentations will feature women throughout the centuries, including:

  • Stephanie D. Harris as Beyonce
  • Traci Griffin as Mahalia Jackson
  • Tonja Hadinick as Aretha Franklin
  • Gloria Godet Mitchel as Leontyne Price
  • Forte Carter and Group, Joyful Noise,
  • as Gospel Jubilee Swingers
  • Erica Cottrill as Marie Antionette
  • Cherie Christian Miller as Hillary Clinton
  • Starlett Quarles as Harriet Tubman
  • Yvonne Williams as Fannie Lou Hamer

Other special guests as women who made history include Marguerite “Marge” Buckley (first woman bank lawyer in America, first woman to run for California Attorney General and Los Angeles County District Attorney, first woman to wear a mini-skirt and a pants-suit into the U.S. Supreme Court, faced down the KKK and White Citizens Council in 1964 in Mississippi and won a 9-0 landmark voting rights case in the Supreme Court) and Los Angeles Community College Trustee Nancy Pearlman (fought for the right of women to register to vote as “Ms,” established the right of women to keep their own surname, taught women’s history, hosted a feminist program on KPFK during the 1970s).
Jan B. Tucker, Co-President of the San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization for Women, will give a speech about his late mentor, Margaret Wright (first woman and first African American to appear on the runoff ballot for President in California; Education Minister for the Black Panther Party; founding member of the Black Education Commission; founder of Women Against Racism and the United Parents Council in Watts; leader of the “Valley State 19” political prisoners in 1969).
Details: (424)
Venue: Torrance Womens Club.
Location: 1422 Engracia St., Torrance
Metro Wants Your Feedback
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro, is inviting the public to take part in hearing on the toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways.
Congress passed legislation under the Bush administration allowing for the monetizing of the roadways through tolling projects, and the 110 and 10 “express lanes” project was the first such rollout of toll lanes in Los Angeles County. The “pilot” project was to run a minimum of one year, after which time, Metro would assess how the pilot project has gone, and whether to seek state authority to keep the tolling project operating.
These public hearing, therefore, represent an important opportunity for the public to weigh in on the question of tolling itself, and on the impact and implementation of pilot project.
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We want your feedback on Metro ExpressLanes.
Metro invites you to make your voice heard on the future of the Metro ExpressLanes Program by attending one or more of the public hearings below. Content presented at each of the meetings will be identical. Free parking is available on site at each location.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 22
Council Chamber at City Hall
1700 W 162nd St
Gardena, CA 90247
Served by Gardena Bus Lines 1x, 2 and 3
6 to 8 p.m.  March 27
Civic Center Library
3301 Torrance Bl
Torrance, CA 90503
Served by Torrance Transit Lines 1, 2 and 6
6 to 8 p.m. April 3
Inglewood City Hall
Community Room
1 W Manchester Bl
Inglewood, CA 90301
Served by Metro Bus Lines 40, 111, 115, 212, 215 and 740
Please submit comments by April 7 to:
Metro, Congestion Reduction Demonstration
One Gateway Plaza – MS 99-25-1
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Please enter “It’s About Time” in the subject line.      

April 1
Summer Jobs for Youth
The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti has arranged for 10,000 paid summer jobs in the public and private sectors for youth of low to moderate economic standing.
The youth will have to prove their economic situation and also must have the right to work to apply. These are quality jobs that will expose youth to career opportunities and allow them to develop valuable skills.
The online application opens on April 1at Please take note of the date and prepare your teens as the application will be open for a limited time. The selection process is based on lottery by regional area.
In the mean time, there are free workshops with mock interviews and resume building guidance –



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