Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council (HGNNC) has taken the position that “the Mitigated Negative Declaration is completely inadequate and incomplete and that the over-all proposed Project is incompatible and objectionable in many respects with the location and existing uses.” HGNNC takes this position after extensive review of the proposal and with advice from technical experts. HGNNC cites the major impacts of noise from the large trucks driving in and out of the warehouse facility at night, if 24-hour operation is granted, air pollution impacts to nearby residences, outdoor sports fields, other sensitive uses from more than 338 daily diesel truck trips along Redondo Beach Blvd. from the I-110 freeway, and traffic impacts to all of the intersections along Redondo Beach Blvd. Because the environmental review of the Mitigated Negative Declaration was so superficial and inadequate, the Council seeks a full Environmental Impact Report be completed which would consider alternative to the current project, such as a smaller warehouse project with re-oriented siting which would not so severely impact the outdoor sports fields of Rosecrans Recreation Center, a commercial use similar to the nearby Gateway Crossroads Center, 200 units of affordable housing with public park space, and using the full site as public park space. On January 17, the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board voted 11-0-0 to approve a position letter regarding the 466, 402 square foot, 54-foot tall warehouse which is proposed to be built at 747-761 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., the northeast corner of Redondo Beach Blvd. and Vermont Avenue on a currently vacant lot.
In recognition of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted a 2018 Unsung Heroes Breakfast Celebration and Assembly floor ceremony to honor those who continue to carry on Dr. King’s legacy and vision. This year, Assemblymember Mike A. Gispon honored Pamela Thornton of Harbor Gateway for her work on environmental, health, and economic disparities among people of color.
The AQMD issued a letter on December 19, 2017 expressing concerns that the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Prologis Warehouse with 24/7 operations on the corner of Vermont and West Redondo Beach Blvd underestimated the amount of truck traffic and potential cancerous effects.
The AQMD estimates 338 diesel truck trips in the 1,659 daily vehicle trips. The Daily Breeze reported that the AQMD proposed the following mitigation steps:
The Planning and Land Use committee will be meeting on Saturday, January 6 to discuss the AQMD findings.
Public comment can be submitted by January 19 to planner firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to email@example.com and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planning Commission will hold a hearing February 8, 8:30 am at City Hall.
Read the Daily Breeze Article: Health analysis for large Harbor Gateway warehouse project stirs concerns at air quality agency.
These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in property damage per year. (NFPA 2017)
According to a Local Los Angeles City Fire Department Official, the City of Los Angeles Fire Department receives numerous Christmas Tree Related Fire calls per year.
For this reason, the City of Los Angeles is working on an initiative with the Department of Sanitation where individuals can drop off their old Christmas Trees at eleven Fire Stations throughout the City. The Trees will then be collected by the Department of Sanitation. They will also offer free curbside pickup. While this is commendable, it does come at a cost to Taxpayers in money and service hours.
Following the 4th Annual Free Christmas Tree Giveaway, at which 400 Christmas Trees were given out to members of the community by Active Recycling Company; Sr. Recycling Consultant Errol Segal, says the job is not over!
Active Recycling, a Community Partner and Stakeholder in South Los Angeles for over 40 years, is announcing its Fire Safety 2018 Campaign.
Active Recycling wants members of any community in Los Angeles to bring in their (one only) Christmas Tree and dump it for Free. (no matter if they received it from Active Recycling Co, or not)
As an added bonus, for those wanting to begin 2018 with a Resolution to clean up their yards and garages, Active Recycling is offering them the ability to bring in up to 500 pounds of trash and dump it for Free! (Provided they have not taken advantage of any prior free trash offers)
The program being offered by Active Recycling Company does not come at any cost to Taxpayers.
Fire Safety begins with you and it begins at home. Act now and bring in your highly flammable old Christmas Tree.
Active Recycling wants to be your Community Partner and is dedicated to improving the Safety & Quality of Life in Los Angeles.
The Daily Breeze reported on December 17, that while traffic and air quality studies for the proposed warehouse at the corner of West Redondo Beach Blvd and South Vermont show there would be no significant environmental impact or health concerns, the community is pushing for a full environmental review.
A city hearing is set for Wednesday, December 20, where the mitigated negative declaration could be approved, allowing the project to move forward. Concerned stakeholders should attend the meeting at City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1020 on Wednesday, December 20, noon.
The article quotes our eight page letter submitted to city planners:
The project should be halved in size or other redevelopment considered, such as up to 200 units of affordable housing on the site along with some much-needed parkland.
The increased level of air pollution and noise pollution will further degrade the existing quality of life for nearby residents, particularly those who live in apartments on the south side of Redondo Beach Boulevard and who already suffer from a high-level of traffic noise…
“We also note that this project has an environmental justice impact for the community, because more than 85 percent of the impacted residents are Latino or African-American, according to recent census data,” the letter added. “Furthermore, air quality issues from the 110 Freeway already impact the local community. The income level of a majority of those living in the apartments along Redondo Beach Boulevard is below the median.”
The Section 8 waiting list for housing vouchers has been closed since 2004. The waiting list application will open on Monday October 16 at 6 a.m. and close on Sun. October 29 at 5 p.m. Applications must be received online and applicants must have an email address. Free email sign ups can be done in advance at local public libraries.
Before starting the application process, have the following information on hand:
September is Civic Engagement Month in honor of the work of the Neighborhood Councils and of all the City’s public engagement efforts! Civic Engagement is about getting involved in your community. You are never too young or too old to get involved. Find out how!
The month was kicked off in City Hall on September 1 with a proclamation presented by City Council President Herb Wesson to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners President Joy Atkinson and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Grayce Lui.
2016 EmpowerLA Award winners were honored in City Council Chambers: SORO Neighborhoods Council, Reseda Neighborhood Council, Mid City West Community Council, Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, Echo Park Neighborhood Council, United Neighborhoods Neighborhood Council and Northridge West Neighborhood Council. For more information on their accomplishments, click here.
Also part of the celebration is a Neighborhood Council display on the bridge between City Hall and City Hall East. One of our Clean Ups was featured in this panel displayed on the bridge:
The big event of Civic Engagement Month is the Congress of Neighborhoods, which was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at City Hall, with over 1,100 participants including neighborhood council board members and stakeholders. The annual day long event brings attendees together with elected city officials and representatives of city departments for a day of learning and networking.
Participants were welcomed in the morning session by Mayor Eric Garcetti, who reminded the crowd how important they are to the City of LA. “Congress of Neighborhoods brings together hundreds of leaders from all of L.A.’s Neighborhood Councils — where our residents become active partners in our democracy, help chart a course for our city, and make your voices heard and your values known” said Garcetti. “Neighborhood Council Leaders are Local Stars”.
The keynote address was given by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who began the Empowerment Congress back in 1992 to Educate, Engage, and Empower. He said the need is as strong today to build community together.
But it was a 17 year old who stole the show. The Mayor was anxious to hear from Lily Larsen, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council. She is literally a poster child for civic engagement. She spoke about how her mom took her to the Million Man March when she was five and she has been politically active ever since. She exhorted the crowd, “You are never too young to get involved in your community.” And we presume that you are never too old either!
So let’s get started! You have a lot of options on how to get civically engaged:
Community Emergency Response Training classes were held at 135th Street Elementary School from May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017. The training usually includes seven sessions, but we were able to combine sessions six and seven to speed things up.
We were excited to have 31 residents start the training with us. Ultimately 23 graduated on June 7th. Our classes were taught by firefighter, Officer Randall Opperman. He covered the information needed before, during, and after a disaster, including how to search a building in the dark. He also trained us in how to organize a medical triage.
Residents attending all classes received a green CERT backpack with hard hat, emergency kit, and vest. At the end of graduation, Officer Opperman stated we were his largest class, and fun to teach with great hands on participation.
I want to thank HGNNC for sponsoring this event, CERT LAFD, and a special thank you to board members that attended.
Deborah J. Lee
Community Organization Representative