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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

2013 in Review: Bike Lane Drama, Mysterious Cats and a Whole Lot on the Waterfront

On the heels of a momentous year that saw the arrival of the USS Iowa and Crafted, 2013 proved to have a lot in store for San Pedro.

Who would’ve thought that Cirque du Soleil acrobats would fly high in the Port of Los Angeles, that a $500 million marine research center was coming to the waterfront, or that there would finally be an end in sight for the Ponte Vista drama? 2013 was a year defined by transformation, surprises and continued tradition (oh and a big birthday). Pour yourself a surly cocktail and take a look back with us…

Dr. Jane Goodall at the Grand Annex after her appearance at the Warner Grand (photo: Joshua Stecker)

Dr. Jane Goodall at the Grand Annex after her appearance at the Warner Grand (photo: Joshua Stecker)

  • The year started with a visit from famed zoologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who spoke at the Warner Grand Theatre for a fundraiser on Jan. 4. She was introduced by none other than Betty White.
  • A few weeks later, tragedy struck when a 69-year-old man died and 14 people were injured in an early morning fire set at the Palos Verdes Inn motel. A number of victims were injured jumping out of windows to escape the blaze, which was believed to have been set intentionally.
  • In February, San Pedro native Miguel took home a Grammy for Best R&B Song “Adorn.” Artist Eugene Daub’s life-size bronze sculpture of Rosa Parks was unveiled at the nation’s capitol.

    Ports O' Call redesign ideas by the L.A. Waterfront Alliance include a massive Ferris wheel, a drawbridge and much more. (photo: L.A. Waterfront Alliance)

    Ports O’ Call redesign ideas by the L.A. Waterfront Alliance include a massive Ferris wheel, a drawbridge and much more. (photo: L.A. Waterfront Alliance)

  • In one of the biggest stories of the year, the Port of Los Angeles finally chose a developer to give Ports O’ Call Village a much needed makeover. The L.A. Waterfront Alliance — a team made up of developers the Ratkovich Company and Jerico Development — would hold two public meetings and unveil plans for a redesign that moves parking into structures and makes room for restaurants, shops, a hotel, a central market square and a pier of attractions. Plans should be finalized by the end of 2014, and construction won’t begin until 2016 at the earliest.
  • Ground was officially broken on an $800,000 skatepark at Peck Park at the end of February. California Skateparks has been working on the 7,600-square-foot skatepark that should be completed before the Channel Street Skatepark is forced to close for a year in the fall when the Vincent Thomas Bridge-110 Freeway connector is widened.

    San Pedro Today's commemorative issue for the town's 125th anniversary

    San Pedro Today’s commemorative issue for the town’s 125th anniversary

  • San Pedro turned 125 years old on March 1, the day it officially became a city back in 1888 (21 years later in 1909, its citizens would vote to join the City of Los Angeles). The occasion was marked in August with the L.A.Waterfront Summer Festival, a two-day street party in downtown San Pedro.
  • Also in March, Councilman Joe Buscaino was re-elected to his first full four-year term.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency threatened to sue the Rancho LPG butane storage facility on Gaffey Street for failing to comply with federal safety measures. The facility has been subject to protest by neighboring residents for decades.
  • Italian-American parishioners at Mary Star of the Sea Parish marked their 40th celebration of St. Joseph’s Day.
  • Legendary track and field coach and San Pedro High School alum Bob Kersee brought several Olympic athletes back to his alma mater, where students and the public were invited to watch them train.
  • On March 30, a hilly stretch of Gaffey Street was blocked off for the first-ever San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate. Participants were given a space to safely bomb hills, an activity that was banned in the city last year after two teens died from injuries sustained while downhill skateboarding in San Pedro.
  • In April, the Port celebrated the completion of its 10-year, $370-million dredging project. The Port made headlines again a few weeks later when the Supreme Court heard a challenge to provisions of its Clean Trucks Program, ultimately ruling against the Port in June.
  • If there was one fiasco in San Pedro to remember the year by, it would be the bike lane drama of spring 2013. When the City painted extra wide (and extra confusing) bike lanes down Westmont and Capitol Drives as part of the City Bike Plan, bringing down two lanes of traffic to one, it sparked road rage and traffic congestion during school drop off and pick up times. Residents were so incensed, a protest was held and Councilman Buscaino called a special public meeting. Everyone eventually cooled their jets and the schools re-worked their drop-off zones to alleviate the congestion. In other asphalt and paint news of 2013, a ton of angled parking was added on Fifth, Twelfth and Cabrillo Streets.
  • The final nail was hammered into the coffin of the San Pedro Courthouse when it was announced that its last remaining operations would be transferred elsewhere.
  • In May, the 12-year-old Port Community Advisory Committee was dissolved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners.
  • Long-time San Pedro News-Pilot editor Bob Beck passed away at age 84 on May 4.
  • The Marine Mammal Care Center was overwhelmed with abandoned sea lion pups that were washing ashore in record numbers along the coast of Southern California.

    Kathy Carcamo, 2013 Honorary Mayor of San Pedro

    Kathy Carcamo, 2013 Honorary Mayor of San Pedro

  • Kathy Carcamo became Honorary Mayor of San Pedro after raising the most funds for her charities of choice: the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro High School and the San Pedro Elks Lodge.
  • San Pedrans helped elect former City Councilman Eric Garcetti to the Mayor’s Office on May 21. Unlike in the primary, San Pedrans overwhelmingly went for Garcetti on election day.
  • In June, singer Jason Mraz and Matthew Reeve, son of the late Superman actor Christopher Reeve, participated in the Port Town Throwdown and Heyday 5K.
  • In another major San Pedro news story of 2013, the Port unveiled plans for a $500-million state-of-the-art marine research center on the 100-year-old pier of warehouses known as City Dock No. 1. A 50-year lease for the 35-acre site was approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners in November. The project is expected to create more than 6,500 construction jobs and 1,350 long-term jobs, and should take at least 15 years to complete (although Phase 1 could be completed by 2018).
  • At the end of June, the new and improved Plaza Park on Beacon Street was opened to the public.
  • In July, San Pedro lost veteran San Pedro High School football coach Bill Seixas. The program would also lose longtime assistant coach Jerry Aguilar in December.
  • Concerns mounted over Leland Park, which fell into a state of neglect after losing its staff to budget cuts.
  • The Long Beach Roller Derby Gals started practicing and having bouts at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, which also announced plans for a brewery in Warehouse Nine next year.ponte vista logo
  • After years of debate and multiple reincarnations, the developer of the proposed Ponte Vista housing development announced it had scaled down plans even further to fewer than 700 units, including no apartments and a public park on Western Avenue. The plans went on to the the City Planning Commission, where they were approved in November. They next go to the L.A. City Council before ground can break next year.
  • We missed two San Pedro summer events this year: the Taste in San Pedro (which was also canceled last year), and Navy Days, which were canceled due to federal sequestration cuts.
  • In August, Marymount College officially changed its name to Marymount California University to reflect its transition into a four-year university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Volunteers spent several weekends fixing up the San Pedro Science Center, which the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it could no longer afford to operate. The cleanups drew attention to the plight of the center, which has applied for grants.
  • After 104 years in business, Williams Bookstore closed its doors on August 6. It was the oldest operating bookstore in the City of Los Angeles.
  • In an article that reads like it was written based off the Shanghai Red era and Wikipedia info, the LA Weekly named San Pedro the surliest neighborhood in Los Angeles, inciting all kinds of reactions and even a t-shirt design (how very Pedro).

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

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

  • A trail of mysterious cat stencils spray painted by an unknown artist started appearing on walls and the sides of buildings across town, catching the attention of residents and making the evening news. A pair of cat enthusiasts even decided to make a fundraiser out of them for the Harbor Animal Shelter. The artist has now moved into three-dimensional styrofoam.
  • In September, a network of trails in Peck Park was officially named after the late community activist and nature preservationist Ray Patricio.
  • At the Port’s annual waterfront progress update meeting, Port Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Knatz shared that the USS Iowa and Crafted drew half a million visitors to the waterfront in their first year of operation. While the Iowa exceeded tourist projections, Crafted has struggled to draw as many visitors as initially envisioned. At the meeting, a group of residents voiced concerns that the old ferry building that houses the Maritime Museum would be turned into a restaurant in the redevelopment of the waterfront (an idea once proposed by Alan Johnson of the L.A. Waterfront Alliance). The group collected thousands of petition signatures opposing the idea, which hasn’t been brought up again.
  • In October, Knatz suddenly announced she would be retiring by the year’s end. Mayor Garcetti had asked the city’s top managers to re-apply for their positions and was apparently not going to re-hire her. Knatz, who spearheaded environmental incentives in her seven years as head of the Port, received criticism for multi-million dollar overruns.

    Cirque du Soleil (photo: John Mattera)

    Cirque du Soleil (photo: John Mattera)

  • Perhaps one of the year’s top highlights was when Cirque du Soleil rolled into town and raised its big top in the outer harbor for a month of performances of its critically acclaimed show Totem. It was the first time the world famous company came to the Port of Los Angeles, and considered by many to be a testament to the waterfront’s momentum.
  • Later in October, a celebration was held marking the centennial of the Angel’s Gate Lighthouse. The exterior of the lighthouse was restored in 2012 and won an award.
  • Nearly two years after the White Point Landslide, a community advisory committee voted in favor of a $28.8 million plan to fill the site with earth, re-connect Paseo del Mar and add a retaining wall. Not long after the vote, however, a new crack was discovered at the landslide area, prompting a geotechincal investigation and reigniting debate over whether or not to rebuild. Cleanup and stabilization efforts at the site should be complete by the spring.
  • In November, the Vincent Thomas Bridge turned 50.
  • The almost all-new Board of Harbor Commissioners met for the first time later that month, after commissioners Vilma Martinez and Ed Renwick were confirmed to the board. Mayor Garcetti also appointed commissioners Patricia Castellanos and Anthony Pirozzi. Along with Dave Arian, they make up three San Pedrans on the board.
  • In one of the most shocking San Pedro headlines of 2013, a 22-year-old man pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and burglary charges after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly having sex with his neighbor’s dog. The news, first reported by the San Pedro Beacon, made international headlines.

    Relics of the 25-year time capsule (photo: Joshua Stecker)

    Relics of the 25-year time capsule (photo: Joshua Stecker)

  • After a four-year string of robberies including a San Pedro US Bank branch, a 40-year-old Lennox man known as the “Make It Quick” Bandit turned himself into authorities.
  • At the end of November, a 35-year-old Compton man died after rescuing a 14-year-old boy who was swept by a wave over the Cabrillo Beach Breakwater.
  • In December, a 25-year time capsule that was buried as part of San Pedro’s centennial celebration was re-opened in front of the Municipal Building. The vault contained a variety of items and memorabilia packed by San Pedro schoolchildren, some of whom came back for the re-opening.
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