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The Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles

I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at all the contentious rhetoric I read (primarily on Facebook) about the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils in San Pedro.

There are currently 97 Neighborhood Councils within the city limits, each with a $42K annual budget and a corresponding Department of Neighborhood Empowerment within City Hall. "Department of Neighborhood Empowerment," now that’s funny... if it weren't so sad.  Let’s see, 97 X $42,000.  That’s over 4…


Added by Lee Dworshak on July 12, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Homeless - Hobos, Tramps And Bums

They have all been around for what seems like forever and are all technically homeless.  The homeless problem in America is not new.

In the age of political correctness, even the panhandler on the street corner may get offended if you call him a bum when he considers himself a hobo or a tramp.…


Added by Lee Dworshak on March 6, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

San Pedro Citizen Guard

Added by Lee Dworshak on January 3, 2016 at 12:38pm — No Comments

United We Stand - Divided We Fall

SP Homeless

The disjunctive Facebook rantings I’ve read this week between what are apparently rival support groups involved in improving the quality of life in San Pedro serve no useful purpose. Serving food to the homeless in a park is now a bad thing?

Were there permits issued for the function; probably not.  Did the organizers provide clean up of the park afterwards?  Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t.  I don’t know the real answers to any of these questions.

So what…


Added by Lee Dworshak on December 22, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Re-Engineering Policing

Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changin’ back in 1964 and the inevitable trend still continues today. Fast-forward to the troubling times of 2015 and community policing policies are being quickly revised to meet the new and more dangerous threat of domestic and international terrorism.

Entire police departments like the 34,000 uniformed men and women of the NYPD are being completely retrained on the…


Added by Lee Dworshak on December 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Great Social Divide

Facebook seemed like a good idea when it started back in 2004; but I’m not so sure anymore. I can’t imagine that Zukerberg ever dreamed his software application would create such a stir with its lengthy tentacles reaching the world’s corners and consumers far and wide.

Who could…


Added by Lee Dworshak on November 20, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Generation Lost

I don't know when we lost America, but we did. Maybe it was the 70's.

Back in the 60's there was still a real zeal and a passionate burning feeling about America by Americans for America.  We were still proud and were willing to stand up against unjust wars and corporate greed.  Many felt so strongly they burned their draft cards and defected to…


Added by Lee Dworshak on November 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Me Generation Meets Facebook

Me, me, me, it's all about me... Facebook - it may be social media, but it is most certainly devoid of any social graces.

What started out in 2004 as an experiment in social networking has by today created 1.2 billion over-sharers in what has now become the age of over-sharing.

Today, at least one out of every fourteen people in the world has a Facebook…


Added by Lee Dworshak on November 2, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

San Pedro – The New Wild West

San Pedro, California - It's most certain that recent decisions by our lawmakers have resulted in making law enforcement more difficult and uncertain in today’s world. Unless we can reverse the present trend toward lawlessness, disorder, and uncertain justice, we run…


Added by Lee Dworshak on September 18, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Gone to the Ducks!

Now I've had animals roam my backyard wall for many years but today's entry was a real surprise. We've seen possums, skunks, raccoons and more out there but yesterday a beautiful teal headed mallard flew in.

We watched him walk up and down the wall for quite a while from inside the house.  After…


Added by Lee Dworshak on March 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

House Hunters Renovation on HGTV

San Pedro's own Keller Williams LA Harbor Realtor, Catherine Bennison was recently featured on the popular HGTV series House Hunters Renovation, as she deftly leads a young couple through the purchase and remodel of their first home in the South Shores area of San Pedro, CA.


From HGTV.com


"In the episode entitled 'A Shabby Kitchen Gets a Part-Modern, Part-Beachy Overhaul,' we find…


Added by Lee Dworshak on December 6, 2013 at 10:33am — No Comments

Back to the Future - If only...

The 1950's.  Now that was an era.  I think today's America, the new America, was actually born in the '50s.  I was fortunate enough to be born in Burbank, CA on April 4, 1950 and I still remember much of the '50s.

We lived in North Hollywood, CA and grew up just like the kids in the movie "Sandlot" (1993). It was pick-up baseball games, football,…


Added by Lee Dworshak on December 3, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Christmas: Past, Present & Future

When President Obama was pressed by Barbara Walters in a November 22nd interview about the failed roll-out of Obamacare and his legacy, he responded by saying "the good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up."

His response begs the question, where do Americans go when they're down? What do we do? How do we…


Added by Lee Dworshak on December 2, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Affordable Boat Act

AtHomeSense.com Guest Contributor - The U.S. government has just passed a new law called: "The affordable boat act" declaring that every citizen MUST purchase a new boat, by April 2014. The online Affordable Boat Exchange (ABE) website has been set up for all to register for a boat at their convenience. We have hired the most incompetent federal lobbing companies to setup the Affordable…


Added by Lee Dworshak on November 18, 2013 at 10:43am — No Comments

Veterans Day 2013 on the USS Iowa - Almost...

Saturday November 9, 2013 - San Pedro, CA - Picked up my long time friend Marty in Lomita and headed back to San Pedro about 11:00 AM to check out the Veterans Appreciation Day festivities at the USS Iowa. Marty had never been on the big battleship that was opened to the public back in…


Added by Lee Dworshak on November 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Barbershop

After 45 years in business at the same location on 25th St. and Western Ave. in San Pedro, Henry at Harbor Village Barbers wondered where all his business had gone. Down to one chair with a second barber coming in a couple of days a week, the shop's business was in a downward spiral.

This is a traditional manly man's barbershop. There are no stylists to be found…


Added by Lee Dworshak on July 4, 2013 at 2:00am — No Comments

How the Mower Saved Detroit

Forget complex business plans, a political overhaul or massive infrastructure projects. Maybe what will help save the crumbling city of Detroit is a rotating set of mower blades.

Detroit has been on the decline, financially and population-wise, for many years for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the troubled auto industry. With numerous abandoned homes and vacant lots dotting the city, it might be difficult to really call Detroit a “city” anymore. Urban blight, maybe, but…


Added by Lee Dworshak on July 3, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Home Values Likely to Decline When QE3 Ends

Sales of previously occupied homes have hit their second-highest peak of the last three years, reports Reuters. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, certain that the economy is improving, has now proposed bringing the current round of quantitative easing, or QE3, to a close.

Every month since last September, the Fed has purchased $85 billion in mortgage-backed securities…


Added by Lee Dworshak on June 29, 2013 at 5:48pm — No Comments

The End of the Earth as We Knew It

With the sky literally falling in Russia last week the conspiracy theorists are at it again. The Russians think the meteor was some new weapons system being tested by the Americans and many nuts just think it's the beginning of the end of the earth.

While the Earth may not be dying anytime soon in the physical or…


Added by Lee Dworshak on February 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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