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June 18, 2018

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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

Leland Park Coming Back to Life

Trees were trimmed at Leland Park earlier this month as part of a much-needed cleanup effort by the Department of Recreation and Parks. (Photo: Leland Park Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page)

Months after a group of residents got together and called for the City to clean up Leland Park — which fell into a state of serious neglect in recent years — the small park above Gaffey Street is slowly coming back to life.

Budget cuts caused the park to lose its staff in 2008 and it became so poorly maintained that it was abandoned by last summer. The unlit park’s grass turned brown, its playground was overrun with graffiti and trash, and it became a hub for vagrants and shady activity.

That’s when residents decided to take action and reach out to Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office and the Department of Recreation and Parks, which was able to find discretionary funds to start cleaning up the park.

“They’ve removed a few of the older trees and benches which seemed to be a gang hangout, the graffiti’s been cleaned up, and the homeless and drug dealers have been moved out for the most part,” Leland Park Advisory Board member Frank Anderson told the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council on Jan. 14. “Police have various patrols and they’re going to turn on the electricity and the water to try to get the baseball field back up.”

Signs prohibiting overnight parking for trailers and motorhomes have been posted along the park’s edge, as a few fires were set by trailer owners last year.

“They started camp fires off Cabrillo and barbecues and it’s just so dry,” resident Debbie Rouser said at the park advisory board’s meeting last Tuesday night. “Before Thanksgiving and Christmas, there were two fires set within 15 minutes of each other.”

Talking cameras have been installed and fencing has all but eliminated graffiti. The park advisory board is also looking into starting up baseball at the park.

“We’ve made a lot of progress; there’s been a considerable amount of work that’s been done,” Rec and Parks General Manager Michael Shull said at the Jan. 21 meeting, where he presented plans for new landscaping, up-to-date irrigation, outdoor fitness equipment and 14-foot LED lamps.

“It’ll look beautiful, it’ll absolutely change the complexion of the park,” Shull said.

There are also plans for a security fence and wheelchair access. Dead landscaping will be replaced with sustainable mulch.

Shull told the group that work on the new plans could begin in the spring, and that hopefully a part-time staff member could be brought in.

“I’m hoping we’ll be in here pretty heavy in the spring. Once I start getting prices and bids, we’ll have a conversation about what we can afford and what we can’t.”

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