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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

Buscaino Proposes $10 million Sidewalk Repair Plan

One city sidewalk in major need of repair. (Photo by: Judy Graeme via LA Observed.)

A $10 million sidewalk repair plan is one step closer, as Councilman Joe Buscaino, during a special committee hearing last Thursday, advanced the proposed project.

Buscaino, chairman of the Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee, said in a statement that he is “thrilled that we are finally making some progress on addressing the downright embarrassing conditions of our sidewalks.”

The proposal, which was put forth in a joint report form the City Administrative Officer and the Public Works bureaus of Street Services, Engineering and Contact Administration — with each of the aforementioned groups dividing the $10 million evenly for the three priority repairs.

“A billion dollar problem like this doesn’t just appear overnight. It is the result of four decades of disingenuous policies whereby the city took legal responsibility for a massive expenditure, without ever figuring out how to pay for it.”

The proposal now moves to the Budget & Finance Committee for consideration today.

According to the Councilman’s office, the first third or $3.3 million, would be spent on “locations where past claims and lawsuits have been filed in high pedestrian use areas.”

The second third, another $3.3 million, would be spent along “iconic streets City­-wide integrating various City services to promote economic development in retail areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.”

And the remaining $3.3 million, would be “allocated equally among the 15 council districts for a 50/50 program.”

The Councilman’s office said that all construction would be performed by private contractors, but the projects would be overseen by the Bureau of Engineering, with the Bureau of Contract Administrative inspecting the work.

“A billion dollar problem like this doesn’t just appear overnight,” Buscaino said. “It is the result of four decades of disingenuous policies whereby the city took legal responsibility for a massive expenditure, without ever figuring out how to pay for it.”

In a recent report, the Bureau of Street Services estimated that nearly 4,600 miles or 40 percent of city sidewalks are in “disrepair and will require an estimated $1.5 billion to fix.”

Buscaino added a provision to the project requiring at least 5 percent of the work to go to “contractors that hire at risk youth and young adults.”

In addition, he requested the City Administrative Officer investigate the “feasibility of creating a tax incentive program for businesses that proactively undertake sidewalk repair.”