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November 30, 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

L.A. City Planning Commission Unanimously Approves Ponte Vista, City Council Next

After years of failed attempts, and a long, five hour meeting of presentations, public comments and lengthy discussion from planning commissioners, the Ponte Vista project was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles City Planning Commission Thursday.

The future of the highly-contested 61.2-acre property is now in the hands of the Los Angeles City Council.

The proposed project, as approved by the planning commission, calls for 676 to 700 for-sale homes, 1,887 parking spaces, 24 acres of open space, 2.4-acres of which will be a public park at 26900 S. Western Avenue, which used to be Navy housing.

Approval on Thursday was a big win for project supporters who have waited nearly nine years for this day, and a devastating day for those community members who have been against the project from the start.

It was the developer’s latest move, which came in July, that again decreased the proposed size and tipped the scales for good.

July’s proposal reflected a 15 percent decrease in size from the previous proposal, which called for 830 homes — it was also a 70 percent decrease from the original project proposal of 2,300 homes, set forth in 2005, by then developer, Bob Bisno.

“The last move was big,” Eric Shabsis, a spokesman for Ponte Vista, said. “We’ve now fallen below the numbers that the city recommended. We’ve kept our word; we’ve done one final revision that’s responded to all the concerns that have been raised and we think we’ve done it very well.”

Support for the project has grown tremendously since July, including endorsements by Councilman Joe Buscaino, the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and several neighborhood councils.

Alison Becker from Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office spoke to the commissioners on Thursday, and said the the councilman supports the revised project plans and “looks forward to continuing to work with developers and the community on the project.”

“The community’s input has shaped and improved the project,” Becker said. “The path has been very bumpy, and not everyone is satisfied, but this has never been a case of if a project was going to be built, it was a case of when, and this is a project the councilman supports.”

Though support for Ponte Vista did grow significantly, most community members held tough and opposed the project to the very end.

Nearly 100 community members attended the planning commission meeting on Thursday, and more than half spoke in opposition of the proposed project citing several concerns including traffic, density, a gated community and not enough usable open space.

Members of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, who have been opposed to the project from the beginning, were in attendance, and though they were disappointed with the outcome, they were happy they were able to assist in scaling back the numbers.

“We can hold our heads high and be proud that we stood up for what was right, and were able to shut this project down for nine years,” Daniel Dixon, a board member for the council said. “We saw the numbers drop from 2,300 homes to 700 and that is incredible.”

Several commissioners had their concerns, with the biggest coming from Commissioner Caroline Choe, who was “very concerned with approving a gated community.”

“It tugs at my heart strings,” she said. “Gated communities are about haves and have nots — and that is not something we want in the city of Los Angeles.”

But after several suggestions of requiring visible signage and advertising so the public is aware that there is open space and parking access to use it by Commissioner Marta Segura, Choe seemed to warm up to the idea — though she still didn’t like it.

Commissioner Richard Katz, on the other hand, felt differently.

“If I lived on Western Avenue, I would want a gate,” he said. “It’s not a neighborhood, it is a main thoroughfare — if we were talking about a neighborhood it would be different. A gate is needed, and for the cost of these units, I would assume it would be expected.”

The project is expected to be in front of the city council early next year, and developers said, that if approved, groundbreaking could occur in the first half of 2014.