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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

Vibrantly Restored Korean Bell Rededicated

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the rededication ceremony of the Korean Friendship Bell on Jan. 10. (Photo: Joshua Stecker)

A crowd of more than 300 people — including elected officials, dignitaries and members of the international media — gathered at Angel’s Gate Park on Friday morning for the unveiling and rededication of one of San Pedro’s most treasured architectural icons: the restored Korean Bell of Friendship.

The marine layer cleared and the sun’s rays shone onto intricately detailed patterns of fresh, vibrant paint that took 13 specially trained Korean craftsmen months to painstakingly complete.

“The bell is a symbol of friendship and gratitude to both Koreans and Americans alike,” Councilman Joe Buscaino said, recalling the bell’s history as he kicked off the ceremony.

The 17-ton bronze bell was a gift to the United States from Korea in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial and celebrate the friendship between the two nations. Then-Councilmen John Ferraro and John S. Gibson Jr. fought for their districts to house the birthday gift, and Gibson ultimately won. The bell made its home in San Pedro perched picturesquely on a bluff overlooking the ocean.

But years of ocean winds proved to cause wear and decay, and the monument needed numerous repairs. Several years ago, Torrance resident Ernest Lee started a campaign to restore the bell, which got a huge boost in the form of a $285,000 donation from the South Korean government.

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Mayor Garcetti would ring the bell 13 times as was done during the original dedication ceremony in 1976. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

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Detail on the restoration work that took 13 South Korean craftsmen months to complete. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who just returned from meeting with President Barack Obama and a group of other new mayors in Washington D.C., thanked South Korea for its donation, recognized the artisans and vowed to preserve the bell.

“The Korean people and the American people share so much common history. We share the history of war and we share the history of fighting for our independence … when we hear this bell ring, we connect this wide ocean together and the coasts of Korea and America aren’t thousands of miles away, they’re connected as one,” he said. “It is our responsibility to take care of this gift. I certainly pledge now that I am mayor that we will never let it fall into disarray again and it is something that we will maintain and sustain for years to come.”

Also in attendance were Korean Consul General Yeon-sung Shin, County Supervisor Don Knabe, Port of Los Angeles Interim Executive Director Gary Lee Moore and Recreation and Parks General Manager Michael Shull. Several of them were presented with miniature reproductions of the bell.

The ceremony concluded with Garcetti and a rotating cast of officials ringing the bell 13 times — once for each colony — as was done when the bell was dedicated in 1976.

Speaking through a translator, bell master Chai Dong-hey recalled the words of his mentor, who crafted the bell nearly 40 years ago.

“He cherished this bell like it was his own child and he always requested that his pupils keep good care of it and appreciate it,” he said. “As his pupil, it has been a great honor for me to renovate this structure, where my teacher’s strong spirit continues to linger.”

 

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