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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

San Pedro Urban Greening Project to be Showcased on First Thursday

A map depicts the geographic locations of the San Pedro Urban Greening Project with the black dashed box showing the area around downtown San Pedro. (photo: Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council)

Officials behind the proposed San Pedro Urban Greening Project are hoping its first major public event will appeal to the local community and generate support at an open house event held downtown on First Thursday, June 5.

Members of the San Pedro Urban Greening Advisory Committee are seeking feedback and interest from the public in the coming months as project designers compile a master plan with more specific details about the scope of the project, which includes small parks, trails and improved greenery and landscaping. There are also plans to include more street furniture, publicly accessible courtyards and wider sidewalks, according to the project’s website.

A complete master plan will also be necessary before a proposed budget can be drafted, said Larry E. Smith, Community Development Director of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.

The greening project would connect green pathways, trees, and plants along various routes in commercial and residential areas throughout the city. Development may also include storm water enhancements to redirect the flow of rainfall and extraneous water, said Smith. All potentially-linked green space will be identified in a GIS database and mapping application included in the final plan.

The project is supported by an advisory committee that includes representatives for Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA), Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, the Port of Los Angeles, Clean San Pedro Inc., the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, the San Pedro Neighborhood Councils, and the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District.

“We have a pretty good cross section of political and community-based stakeholders involved,” said Smith, who is also a member of the committee.

Input from stakeholders and local residents will be important factors in completing a final plan, said Smith.

When the project became a topic at the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting earlier this month and palm trees were suggested as part of the greening, Kris Bunting, a local resident and film location manager, cautioned that too many palm trees could alter the city’s versatile appearance. It could also potentially deter production companies from choosing San Pedro as a location when shooting scenes.

“I said ‘enough with the palm trees’,” said Bunting. “San Pedro can look the east coast, it can look like Maine, it can look like Chicago, or San Francisco… You have to make it look like it’s within the natural landscape as it is now, but if you palm tree the hell out of it everywhere, you lose out,” he added.

The upcoming open house will be the first of several community meetings and events held throughout the summer. The open house will include handout materials about the project and large graphic displays. Additional events will include design workshops open to the public and outdoor exhibitions such as a pathway walk and a tree planting demonstration to provide a realistic depiction of the project, said Smith. A final plan for the project is expected to be adopted on Jan. 14, 2015.

Funding for the workshops and the hiring of a design consultant was facilitated through a grant written in 2011, which the project received last year, said Smith.

Robin Lynch, owner of San Pedro-based Regenerative Design Studios, a landscape design firm, considers development of the project a boon for local businesses and the city.

“I think it’s fantastic for the community. I’ve been hoping that our community would progress toward this for a long time,” she said.

If approved, development would involve more signage for local businesses affected by the project, allowing downtown visitors to shop leisurely and discover additional stores in the area, she said.

“We have such character down here with storefronts and not a lot of businesses,” said Lynch. “Personally, I would rather shop here than go to the mall or anywhere else.”

The open house for the San Pedro Urban Greening Project will be held First Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at People’s Place, 365 W. 6th Street, San Pedro. The current project calendar includes the following dates:

June 5 ‐ 6 – 8 p.m. – First Thursday Open House @ People’s Place (365 W. 6th Street, San Pedro)
June 21 ‐ 9:30 a.m. – Noon ‐ Design Workshop #1 @ Croatian Cultural Center (510 W. 7th Street, San Pedro)
August 9 ‐ Time TBD ‐ Downtown Walking Tour
August 23 ‐ 9:30 a.m. – Noon ‐ Design Workshop #2 ‐ Location TBD
October 11 ‐ 9:30 a.m. – Noon ‐ Design Workshop #3 ‐ Location TBD
October 18 ‐ Time TBD ‐ Community Tree Planting ‐ Location TBD
January 14, 2015 ‐ Urban Greening Plan Adoption Party ‐ Location TBD