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Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse.

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:

  • Using trucks no older than 2010 models.
  • A designated truck route to ensure they do not enter nearby residential areas
  • Limiting the number of trucks to that identified in the assessment.
  • The use of natural gas or electrical trucks and the installation of vehicle-charging stations.
  • Imposing a 1,000-foot “buffer zone” between the warehouse and “sensitive receptors,” such as nearby parks.

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 oliver.netburn@lacity.org and copied to councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at hgnnc@sbcglobal.net.

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.

Image from the Daily Breeze.

On average, 200 home structure fires begin with Christmas trees per year.

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.”

Read the full article

December 15, 2017 Letter to City Planning Requesting Full EIR for Prologis Project, 747 W Redondo Beach

 

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:

  1. Your email address
  2. The name of the head of household, his/her date of birth, current address and mailing, phone number, and social security number or alien registration number, if he/she has one.
  3. The name of the spouse/co-head of the household (if applicable), his/her date of birth, current address, phone number, and social security number or alien registration number, if he/she has one.
  4. The total number of people (including yourself) that will live in the household;
  5. Your household’s total annual income from all sources; and
  6. A paper and pen ready to write down the confirmation number of your submitted application for the lottery (you will also receive an email with this information).

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:

  • Come to a meeting
  • Join a committee
  • Join the Board
  • Help with a clean up or event
  • Apply for the Mayor’s Youth Council
  • Apply to be on the Grand Jury by November 3

Contact the Board now to share your interest.

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

Image from LA Times

Update August 16, 2017

According to an LA Times article, the City’s Planning and Land Use Committee unanimously declined this proposal as unsafe noting that other residences close to freeways have air filters, but backyards can’t have air filters.

Harbor Gateway North Board Member Rosalie Preston is quoted about the result and fact that Councilmember Buscaino was silent on the project.

Rosalie Preston, who sits on the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council, said she was “ecstatic” with the committee’s decision to reject the proposal. But she voiced unhappiness with Buscaino, who sits on the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, an agency that frequently objects to freeway-close developments, on the grounds that they would expose occupants to toxic exhaust gases and other harmful pollutants.

“I am disappointed,” Preston said. When the project was discussed in 2012, “his planning deputy was here and worked on behalf of the residents to make a good decision.”

July 2017

Developer Ali Awad proposed to build 24 houses in a vacant space at the northeast corner of the 110 & 91 freeway interchange five years ago. When his proposal was declined, he restructured his proposal to include 15 houses. Neighbors are concerned about the health hazards, noise and traffic for that project. Others say the health hazards and noise are the same as for everyone else in Harbor Gateway. They further point to the proximity of Da Vinci developments to freeways downtown.

The developer proposes to minimize windows facing the freeway and to include air conditioning systems with high performing air filters. Harbor Gateway Board Member Rosalie Preston expressed concerns that residents will be at risk for pollution when they are out in their yards.

The developer appealed the most recent decision by the planning commission.

Read LA Times article on proposed development

City Planning and Land Use Committee Agenda May 23, 2017

Determination letter 17236 S Hoover St – zone change 3-28-2017

Determination letter 17236 S Hoover St tract map 3-28-2017

Harbor Area Planning Commission Agenda Jan 17 2017

Harbor Area Planning Commission Agenda Dec 20, 2016 – 17236 S. Hoover Street

 

 

 

The huge open lot on the northeast corner of W. Redondo Beach Blvd and S. Vermont Ave has been the topic of conversation and controversy at the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee meetings on May 6 and May 24.

Prologis, the largest owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate in the US, according to their website, proposes to build a two story, 54’ tall industrial / office space with up to 466,402 square feet of floor space designed for light manufacturing. They own and operate more than 21.1 million square feet in 191 buildings in the Los Angeles area. A tenant has not been announced, but there are suspicions that the facility could be used as an Amazon distribution center. The building is designed to accommodate 72 trucks at one time.

On March 9, 2017 a Conditional Use Permit was requested to allow the facility to operate 24 hours a day. It is not yet known how many trips a day trucks would make to and from the facility during a 24 hour period.

During the HGNNC meetings, Prologis made a presentation about the project and responded to questions. Community members had a lot of concern about increased traffic, noise and air pollution. In particular, the facility would be just south of the Rosecrans Recreation Center and sports fields, which could be negatively impacted by truck exhaust. Representatives from the Gardena City Attorney’s Office and Hustler Casino were both in attendance and sharing their concerns.

W. Redondo Beach Blvd is already congested with traffic from the 110 freeway and drivers leaving the adjacent shopping center with Staples and Goodwill on Orchard St. are frequently involved in accidents at that intersection. Streets in this area could possibly benefit from better traffic light synchronization.

On the positive side, the rendering did make the facility look nice and there is an expectation that the project would have a positive impact on reducing the homeless encampments in the railroad right of way on the north edge of the property.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council has not taken a position on the proposal as we have not yet received the results of the traffic study or Environmental Impact Report, both of which are expected shortly. However, members of the Council are concerned that the project could be the wrong proposal for this property which has been vacant for many years. HGNNC has not yet heard Councilmember Buscaino take a position on the project either.

HGNNC submitted a letter with our concerns and is keeping a close watch on this property which has the potential to positively impact our community. We invite you to work with us to advocate for the best use of this space.

 

City Planning Case # for Conditional Use Permit: CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-SPR
City Planning Case # for Environmental Assessment: ENV-2017-1015-EAF
747 W REDONDO BEACH BLVD, 90247

 

The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council requests that all funding requests for the 2017-2018 fiscal year be submitted by June 30 midnight via email to both the chair@harborgatewaynorth.org and treasurer@harborgatewaynorth.org

Use the attached Funding Request form:

Funding Request Form
Funding guidelines and policy are below:

HGNNC Funding Policy
If you are a school or non-profit applying for funding, also complete the Neighborhood Purposes Grant form and attach a copy of your IRS determination letter if you are a non-profit. If you are a school, also attach a letter on school letterhead, signed by the Principal. Include a detailed budget:

Neighborhood Purposes Grant Application

 

Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. was joined by Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz and Nury Martinez in releasing the city’s draft regulations governing commercial cannabis activity. The City Council is conducting a 60 day public comment period of the proposed requirements starting June 8, 2017.

The Department of City Planning has prepared the proposed Commercial Cannabis Location Restriction Ordinance, which would establish location restrictions and a limited immunity from enforcement of specified City prohibitions relating to commercial cannabis activity. In addition, the Department has prepared an ordinance supplement with a land use review process option, which the City Council may incorporate at its discretion.

The proposed ordinance has been assigned a City Planning case number of CPC-2017-2260-CA. Please reference this number when corresponding with the Department regarding this case.

The Department will conduct a public hearing to gather input on the proposed ordinance. This hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010. All interested persons are invited to attend.

To find all relevant documents including the Hearing Notice; a Questions & Answers document providing additional information; the text of the proposed Ordinance; and the Ordinance Supplement, along with a series of maps illustrating the approximate locations where commercial cannabis activity would be eligible to assert limited immunity under the proposed regulations, please see: http://planning.lacity.org under “Ordinances” and “Proposed Ordinances”

For more information, please contact Niall Huffman, niall.huffman@lacity.org, (213) 978-3405. For media inquiries, please contact Cheryl Getuiza, cheryl.getuiza@lacity.org, (213) 978-1203.

To submit public comment, please send contact Councilmember Buscaino’s office at (310) 732-4515 or email the city at RICHARD.WILLIAMS@LACITY.ORG.

 

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