Weekly News Roundup – Nov. 18, 2013
Ponte Vista One Step Closer to Green Light
After years of debate, the latest version of Ponte Vista, the proposed housing development for abandoned Navy housing on Western Avenue, finally received the go ahead from the Los Angeles City Planning Commission on Thursday.
The commission came to a unanimous decision after hours of presentation and debate.
The plan, which has been scaled down to fewer than 700 units, scrapped plans for apartments, and includes a 2.4-acre public park, now must go before the Los Angeles City Council. It has seen several developers and reincarnations over the years, drawing backlash from residents concerned about traffic congestion.
San Pedro Restaurants Come Together for Typhoon Victims
More than a dozen San Pedro restaurants and bars participated in a fundraising effort Sunday, Nov. 17, to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Twenty percent of gross receipts after 4 p.m. on Sunday went to UNICEF.
Participating businesses included Big Nick’s Pizza, Buono’s Pizzeria, the Chowder Barge, Godmother’s Saloon, Goodfellas, Happy Diner, J. Trani’s Ristorante, Mishi’s Strudel, Niko’s Pizzeria, the Omelette and Waffle Shop, People’s Yoga, Health and Dance, Philie B’s on Sixth Street, Raffaello Ristorante, San Pedro Brewing Company, The Whale & Ale and Trusela’s Restaurant.
Photographer Ingrid Dietrich and the San Pedro Convention and Visitors Bureau auctioned off two iconic photographs for the fundraiser, which was attended by Congresswoman Janice Hahn.
Man Caught on Camera Allegedly Having Sex with Homeowner’s Dog Arrested
A 22-year-old San Pedro resident who was caught on surveillance video allegedly having sex with a homeowner’s dog was arrested on a residential burglary charge on Thursday and faces multiple additional charges.
Christopher Caceres could face charges of sexual deviance, bestiality and rape of a dog, among others. The dog’s owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the Beacon he had heard the dog yelp on several prior occasions and became suspicious after finding a cigarette lighter in his yard.
The Beacon broke the story on Friday and verified video of the alleged incident, which made international headlines.
Vincent Thomas Bridge Turns 50
Fifty years ago last week, the Islander Ferry made its final trip across the Main Channel and the Vincent Thomas Bridge opened for business. Shortly after the stroke of midnight on Nov. 15, 1963, State Assemblyman Vincent Thomas, who fought for years to make the bridge a reality, paid the first toll.
Fiftieth anniversary celebrations were held at the Catalina Express Terminal on Thursday and at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum on Saturday, where photos and artifacts were on display.
In 1988, the bridge’s 25th anniversary kicked off a fundraising campaign to permanently light the bridge, which happened in 2005.
Over the years, the bridge has been a backdrop on film and television. It is the third largest span bridge in California, the first and only suspension bridge in the world to be supported entirely on pilings, and the first suspension bridge in the United States to be welded, not riveted.
11th and Gaffey Gets Traffic Light
Crews installed a traffic light at the intersection of Eleventh and Gaffey Streets last week. Business owners have long called for a light at the intersection, which has proven especially dangerous for pedestrians despite its crosswalk.
Joe Baiza Exhibit in San Pedro
An exhibit of art by famed punk rock and jazz guitarist Joe Baiza featured several live music performances on Sunday. The Mind of Joe Baiza: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs & Artifacts, will be on display at Cornelius Projects on Pacific Avenue through Dec. 21. Sunday’s event featured performances by Garretson and Gorodetsy with Weba Garretson and Ralph Gorodetsky, and the Hare’s Breath Ensemble with Baiza, Dan Clucas and Ralph Gorodetsky.