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August 11, 2020

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2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Preview: ‘Non-Native’ by Ingrid Dietrich -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recapping The Final Gaffey Street Community Workshop -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tiffany Torres Bears Down For Success At POLA High -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

Thursday, January 15, 2015

‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

Friday, January 9, 2015

San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Landslide Committee Votes to Restore Broken Highway

Almost two years after a 600-foot stretch of Paseo del Mar slid into the ocean, severing a main artery for coastal San Pedro and one of the town’s most scenic routes, an advisory committee voted Tuesday in favor of a $28.8 million plan to rebuild the road and install a retaining wall.

It was the third meeting of the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee, a body of community members appointed by Councilman Joe Buscaino not long after the slide.

But don’t expect to see construction start any time soon. As the City of Los Angeles continues a $9.14 million cleanup and stabilization effort at the site, the design phase alone of the new road could take two years. Then there’s getting funding — the repair project will compete with a number of others throughout the city.

City officials said if the economy continues to pick up, the odds are better.

“I will tell you that the larger the dollar amount, the harder it will be, and one of the consequences of that might be that there would be a delay in getting the money to the project,” said David Hirano, of the office of the City Administrative Officer. “If the economy doesn’t perform like we’re all hoping it performs, it could make it significantly more difficult. There are a lot of factors at play.”

Councilman Buscaino pledged to lobby the city and mayor’s office to see the plan through fruition.

“As your representative on the City Council, I will fight to do what you want to do with this road… I’m going to work with Mayor Garcetti, knock on his door, pick up the phone and demand what we want to get done here at the White Point Landslide. You have my commitment.”

Chris Johnson of the Bureau of Engineering (filling in for City Engineer Gary Lee Moore, who is busy learning the ropes at the Port of Los Angeles, where he will take over as interim director), presented the committee with several options that ranged from leaving the road as two dead ends, to building a road that follows the dip of the slide (not unlike the Portuguese Bend), to building a $51.3 million bridge.

Despite the sometimes spirited debate of meetings past, the committee voted quickly in a majority for the choice of reconnecting the road that civil engineer Gene Edwards said would be the most cost- and time-effective: filling in the slide area with earth and then building a new road with a retaining wall. The road will not cut through the White Point Nature Preserve.

A handful of residents spoke before the committee, complaining about increased traffic on side streets, and conversely, speaking to a quieter Paseo del Mar. Several residents noted that traffic issues started before the slide.

“Everything was not fine before the road disappeared,” said committee member Dean Pentcheff. “This is the opportunity we have to really rethink the ongoing larger traffic issues we have centered around this area.”

Peggy Lindquist, owner of The Corner Store, said business has gone down 30 percent since the slide.

“I do understand the concerns of the people along Paseo del Mar with the drag racing, etc., and I hope we can come to a happy medium,” she said. “It’s a real struggle. As a business owner, and the only active business down there, I’m just barely hanging on.”

Pat McOsker, past United Firefighters of Los Angeles City president, said the slide has affected emergency vehicle response times, but not in a life-or-death way.

“It has had an impact, but we haven’t had a real bad outcome yet. I won’t point to any incident and say, ‘That person didn’t make it because we didn’t get there on time,’ but it does take us a little bit longer to get there,” he said. “I’m one that would like for the community — not for me driving fire trucks because we’ll do whatever it takes to get there — but for the community, to see the road go through.”

Although the Oct. 22 meeting was planned to be the committee’s last, it may meet again in one year for a progress update.

The landslide site has undergone grading, cleanup, stabilization, and drain installations for the ground water that appears to have been the main culprit. Crews will soon begin installing a slope anchor system that should be complete by February, and should finish cul-de-sacs on each side of the site by May.

The landslide occurred on Nov. 20, 2011, after a rain storm. Cracks had been forming in the ground for months that were initially mistaken for a sinkhole.

Photo: A rendering of the $28.8 million plan supported by the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee to reconnect Paseo del Mar and build a retaining wall. (Photo credit: The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering)