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October 25, 2021


2015 San Pedro Prep Softball Preview -

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

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San Pedro Prep Baseball 2015 Preview -

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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

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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 -

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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

Cat Lovers Make Fundraiser out of Mysterious Cat Stencils

Photo: This particular cat stencil is located in the 7th Street parking lot between Mesa and Centre Streets. (photo by Joshua Stecker)

Photo: This particular cat stencil is located in the 7th Street parking lot between Mesa and Centre Streets. (photo by Joshua Stecker)

They’ve become part of San Pedro folklore almost as quickly as they began popping up around town. For the past several months, an unknown artist has been spray painting stencils of black and white cats all the way from Green Hills Cemetery, to Paseo del Mar, on walls, the sides of buildings, alley ways and even a baseball field dugout.

While the cats have miffed a few business owners who say they’re a nuisance, many residents are fond of the felines, and look for them like they’re trying to find Waldo. The kitties — ranging in portrayal from head shots, to sitting up right, to stretching, usually with a red collar — even made the evening news.

Now two local residents and cat lovers have decided to turn the mysterious cat trail into a fundraiser to help real-life cats at the Harbor Animal Shelter.

cat tour flyer

Click the pic for a larger view.

This Sunday at 2 p.m., Carol Demcak and Rebecca Serrato will lead a walking tour of some of the at least 30 known cat stencils, starting at the Albertson’s parking lot on Western Avenue past Westmont Drive. Ten-dollar donations will go toward purchasing supplies on the Harbor Animal Shelter’s cat room wish list. Those who can’t make the tour can still purchase a copy of a detailed guide book that will be given to walkers.

“I had been seeing the cats at various places around town and it occurred to me that if people thought they were interesting, maybe they would like to see more of them and be willing to pay and generate money to provide things for cats at the animal shelter,” Demcak says.

She and Serrato have been logging every new stencil that appears — or disappears — and have found a number of lesser known cats in more hidden places.

“We seem to be adding to our list every other day, but we also lost a few,” Demcak says. “We lost one a Friendship Park (a smaller one, not the large cat visible from Western Avenue). The person doing these is watching and observing and comes back when things are painted over.”

Demcak said her guess is as good as any when it comes to who’s behind the trail. She heard a rumor that it was a school art project, but doubts a school would sanction a project that would entail breaking the law.

“My personal opinion is this is just someone who really loves cats and wants to put them out there. I don’t think it’s a political statement or animal rights issue,” she said. “The thing I find most interesting is that the artist isn’t trying to shock or offend. Most of the cats are discreetly placed and it looks so natural. I think the artist is trying to be unobtrusive.”

She hopes fans of the stencils will turn their appreciation into support for the animal shelter.

“The thing were emphasizing in the booklet is these are objects that are here now, but they might disappear, so see them and appreciate them now.”