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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 Talks Broken Streets, Homelessness and Street Racing at Neighborhood Council Meeting

Councilman Joe Buscaino was a special speaker at Tuesday's Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting. (Photo: Megan Barnes)

Councilman Joe Buscaino spoke before an unusually packed crowd at the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting on Tuesday night, giving what was billed a “State of San Pedro Address” (although he didn’t call it that).

“For me, the true state of San Pedro is listening to your comments and concerns. To be able to hear the issues that are impacting your quality of life continues to be important for me and my team,” he said to the audience at Port of Los Angeles High School.

There were a number of reasons for the high turn out: street racers came to call for a legal raceway on Terminal Island, residents weighed in on the controversial proposed homeless and family service center in downtown San Pedro, high school students were there to earn credit for government class, and several Elberon Avenue residents came to complain about a neighbor with what sounds like a feral cat hoarding problem.

Buscaino gave a 30-minute talk, answering board members’ questions and going over a myriad of issues facing San Pedro.

It wouldn’t be Pedro without a discussion of street and pavement issues, so the councilman got right to his plan to fix the city’s nearly 9,000 lane miles of streets in D or F condition.

“We heard loud and clear that we shouldn’t put it on the backs of property owners, and we heard loud and clear from the neighborhood councils to include you in the dialogue,” he said, inviting the public to take a survey on his website asking if and how taxpayers would like to see broken streets, sidewalks and alleys fixed.

Buscaino talked about the need to find a tenant for the former Northrop Grumman building on Harbor Boulevard and the redevelopment of Ports O’ Call Village, mentioning that he recently met with someone interested in potentially bringing in a boutique hotel.

When it came to homelessness and the proposed center — which has been met with resistance — he didn’t seem completely sold on the idea as is, but said he will work with the organization opening the center, Clancy’s Annex.

“We’re looking at it,” Buscaino said. “The property owner came to us for a variance. Let’s continue the dialogue and if [the location at 448 West 9th Street] is not ideal, let’s find something … the last thing I want to do is turn a blind eye or a deaf ear.”

The family-run organization, which operates a thrift store and serves hot meals to the hungry, is relatively new. It received a $1 million donation from an individual last year to purchase and renovate the building in downtown San Pedro.

“After the purchase of the building, we were met with a ‘not in my backyard’ attitude,” Clancy’s Annex co-founder Rebecca Silva said during public comment, adding that the center will not specifically be serving the homeless. “Due to the project being a community center, we realize that people who do not live in homes will also attend, and they are a part of our community whether we are or are not ready to admit it.”

Buscaino later addressed the Brotherhood of Street Racers’ effort to bring back a legal raceway on Terminal Island. Several members spoke earlier in the meeting during public comment.

“Money generated from this raceway would go directly back into the community. We are an active 501 nonprofit, which will put the money back into youth vocational programs,” said Donald Galaz, who also sits on the neighborhood council. “A lot of the street racers that are here tonight are business owners, garage owners, employees in the port and police officers and sheriffs who are involved, so it’s not just a bunch of renegade guys with vests on.”

Buscaino said that while he agreed something needs to be done about illegal street racing, Terminal Island is a no-go.

“The Port of Los Angeles is in the business of moving containers and a one-mile stretch is not in their plan. Just imagine asking Los Angeles International Airport for a one-mile stretch on their north runway. That’s not part of their plan, it’s not part of their business model,” he said, adding that his office is working with the city attorney to look into the legalities of having a single- or multi-day amateur racing event like Long Beach’s grand prix.

Other topics of the night included medical marijuana dispensaries, the future of San Pedro’s closed courthouse, giving the Gaffey Street entrance a facelift and LAPD Harbor Division’s unused jail.