February 2012 Blog Posts (33)

LAPD Crime Map link for those who want to see what's happening in our area

On this link, you can put in a specific address, and modify the default time period. Icons that may appear, indicate a particular crime. Rolling over that icon or clicking with your mouse will provide basic information.

Unfortunately, on this site & in our paper, I have seen several thefts (from grocery stores) and car break-ins from vehicles just in a few blocks from Western to Mermaid, along 25th street in the last week.…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 28, 2012 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Pastor's Message: March 4,2012

March 4, 2012

Second Sunday of Lent: Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Rom 8:31b-34; Mk 9:2-10

It is always a great joy to witness the pride and hope on the faces of parents as they bring their children to the Church to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.  A number of times parents have even brought their parents to the parish on their way home from the hospital.  They are always filled with great hopes and dreams for their children, aspirations that they will be healthy, happy and…


Added by Mary Star of the Sea on February 28, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

San Pedro composer up for Academy Award this year!

The 2012 Oscar that our neighbor Mark McKenzie is nominated for: (and perhaps the Warner Grand could show this film sometime)


"McKenzie is one of a small number composers working in Hollywood who both composes and orchestrates each note of his movie scores. The talented composer/orchestrator has…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 26, 2012 at 7:17pm — No Comments

TODAY: Inauguration of San Pedro boy Joe Buscaino and 6th Street block PARTY - All of San Pedro is invited

The LA: 15th Council District office invites the public to the Inauguration of newly elected Councilman Joe Buscaino tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Warner Grand Theatre in Downtown San Pedro. Food extravaganza to follow during 6th…

Added by San Pedro News Pilot on February 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Warning about "scam" phone calls this week - U.S. wide - even in Redondo Beach and FLORIDA!

2/24/2012- this goes even further than I thought! I just found this article about the same scam in Florida.


And my neighbor received ANOTHER call,…

Added by Marlene Bauman on February 24, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Online method to report Graffiti, instead of 311

Thanks to Anna on FB for providing another method of reporting graffiti. You can opt to get an email or phone call back, or for a confirmation.

"They are out there in 2 business days!"


(What I like about this system, is that you can put into your OWN words…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 24, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments

Example of knock-at-door crimes - in Torrance, via Daily Breeze

This is what many of us are writing and warning people about. One group caught doesn't mean we're rid of this! 

".....gang members are suspected of breaking into at least 18 Torrance houses....."


Thanks to Larry Altman for the Tweet!

Added by Marlene Bauman on February 23, 2012 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Info from LAPD regarding door-to-door sales people in the lower San Pedro area

Sr Lead Officer Wight, for lower San Pedro, has been in contact with members of local Neighborhood Watch groups. (Contact Officer Wight for photos recently obtained of one of the individuals in question).

One person told Officer Wight that they had been scammed this way a couple of years ago:

"Please be advised that this young man is circulating South Shores trying to sell books for as he puts it "for the children's…

Added by Marlene Bauman on February 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Warning - Motorcyclist poses as LA County Sherrif deputy in Lawndale!

Not that most of us would know what a real Sheriff's uniform looks like, but beware:


"On Tuesday, a motorist was pulled over by what appeared to be an L.A. County sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle in Lawndale. He had flashing red-and-blue lights…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 22, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments

Gas prices up due to concerns in the Middle East and refinery closures

This isn't news to anyone, unless you've been under a rock. It's on every media channel, and in every paper.

Here's one of many sites where you can check for the most current prices at stations per zip code you select.


Concerns in the Middle East, California refinery closures, and oh by the way, summer is not too far off.

This will effect the…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 21, 2012 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Pastor's Message February 26,2012

February 26, 2012

First Sunday of Lent:  Gn 9:8-15; 1 Pt 3:18-22; Mk 1:12-15


The Sunday readings for lent begin with God's Covenant with Noah and his sons after the great flood where it rained for forty days and forty nights.  The following are some good points that we can learn from Noah: Don't miss the boat. Don't forget that we're all in the same boat. Plan ahead, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. Stay fit, when you're 600 years old, someone might ask you…


Added by Mary Star of the Sea on February 21, 2012 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Clearwater EIR released. Upcoming meeting March 8.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Clearwater Program has been released today. The extended public review period begins today and ends on April 10, 2012. In a nutshell, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County wants to build a new onshore tunnel and ocean outfall so that the current tunnels can be inspected and repaired if necessary. Construction would begin in 2016.

There are four alternatives being…


Added by The San Pedro Coast on February 17, 2012 at 9:58pm — No Comments

"Giant Voice" system to be tested weekly!

Commencing March 1, the Ft Mac Giant Voice system will be tested every Thursday @ 11 a.m. weekly, according to Peggy E. Hodge of the USAF.

The test will coincide with the Giant Voice test on LAAFB proper. The Command Post may adjust the date for conducting system-wide testing. 

"Lack of testing is one of the factors of the…


Added by San Pedro News Pilot on February 17, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Meet Glenn Gordinier, author of "Surfing Cold Water" February 18th at the LA Maritime Museum!

Visit the Maritime Museum tomorrow at 1pm and hear author Glenn Gordinier describe his decades of surfing experiences that led to his book, "Surfing Cold Water: A New Englander's Off-Season Obsession".  The book signing is free, and the book will be available for sale in the Museum shop for $16.95 (museum members receive a 10% discount).

Learn more about Glenn and watch his surfing action…


Added by Los Angeles Maritime Museum on February 17, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

South Shores Homeowner's meeting 1/24/2012 - Follow up 2/16/12

The annual HOA matters were taken care of between approximately 6:30pm and 7:00 pm.

Afterwards a Deputy Engineer for the city gave a brief summary of the status of the slide on Paseo Del Mar. They are still monitoring the slide and adjoining area. The rep was asked by a homeowner just what "options" there might be for repairing the damaged area, but no answer is available yet. Many homeowners felt that the city will just go with the cheapest option, which is nothing. The group…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 16, 2012 at 9:52am — 2 Comments

What is at stake in the mandate debate by Archbishop Jose Gomez

This article appeared on the Feb.10th Issue of the Tidings and can be found here : http://www.the-tidings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2039:what-is-at-stake-in-the-mandate-debate&catid=101:viewpoints&Itemid=389

The federal government’s new…


Added by Mary Star of the Sea on February 15, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

PLEASE folks, do NOT leave your cars unlocked and certainly NOT with valuables in sight!

My neighbor had a visitor over the weekend, who left his car unlocked. With his laptop and check book in sight. Needless to say it only took a couple of minutes for someone to come by and take them. 30 minutes later the thief was already attempting to cash one of his checks for a hefty amount!

*NOTE* - the "victim" says he is pretty sure this was a young female (as he saw a female near his car) and that the thief is a smoker,…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 13, 2012 at 7:03pm — 1 Comment


At the request of the LAPD, I have introduced a motion that instructs the City Attorney to work with the Department of Transportation, along with the Los Angeles Police Department as necessary, to draft an ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code so that the unsafe skateboarding activity referred to as "bombing" is prohibited on San Pedro streets.

I don't want to ban skateboarding in the San Pedro streets. We are raising…

Added by Joe Buscaino on February 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Frisbee fines story clarified - Frisbees NOT banned

The reported “Frisbee Ban” is actually a misunderstanding, somehow perpetuated by social media, news sources etc… It appears that the intended rule or change to rules, was to allow officials/lifeguards etc, to designate areas at any given time for Frisbee tossing and other sports, based upon conditions at the beach.

The Daily Breeze has the corrected information in their paper today and on their website.

Please read:



Added by Marlene Bauman on February 10, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments

My conversation with an LAPD officer on the "rules of the road" for driving around skateboarders

Being concerned about our kids skateboarding, and wondering what the rules & laws are for drivers, I asked an LAPD Sr. Lead Officer, for our area, to offer her insight. (Please be mindful that a driver should NEVER leave the scene of an accident, even if the driver is not at fault. I believe that is a serious violation of the law.) - MB

“As far as what protections the driver's have if they hit a skateboarder, it is of course always dependent on the nature of…


Added by Marlene Bauman on February 9, 2012 at 9:31pm — No Comments

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