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The two affordable supported housing projects which Meta Housing has been building at 535 W. El Segundo Blvd., west of Figueroa Street, and at 550 W. 127th Street will both open in April.

127th Street Apartments

To qualify for one of the 85 units in the 127th Street Apartments, you must be currently homeless or a chronically ill homeless person and referred by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health or the Health Department.

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments

The general public can qualify for one of the 22 3-bedroom, 2 bath units in the El Segundo Boulevard Apartments if your income is below 50% of the area median income. No pets are allowed, except for service animals. Of the 22 units, 10 will be reserved for those with mobility impairments and 4 will be reserved for those with visual or hearing impairments. Applicants need to either apply online before March 12 or send a card or postcard by March 12. The 22 new renters will be chosen in a lottery of those who have applied either online or via postcard or letter.

For applications and further information, apply online at

or send a letter or postcard with your name, address, and telephone number to

El Segundo Boulevard Apartments
c/o The John Stewart Company
888 S. Figueroa Street, suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

There are a total of 74 units in this building, with the other 52 units being filled via referrals by agencies, such as the Department of Mental Health and LAHSA Coordinated Entry System.

The LAPD has released their draft policy regarding releasing critical incident video, which calls for releasing the video within 45 days of the incident or sooner along with relevant information to provide context. Critical incidents are described as:

-Officer-involved shootings, regardless of whether a person was hit by gunfire

-A use of force resulting in death or serious bodily injury requiring hospitalization;

-All deaths while an arrestee/detainee is in the custodial care of the Department unless there is no preliminary evidence of any of the following: misconduct, a use of force, or an act committed by an arrestee/detainee that appears intended to cause injury or death; or

-Any other police encounter where the Commission or the Chief of Police determines release of video is in the public interest.

There may be cases for delayed release. Read the whole policy on the LAPD site.

The public is invited to comment:

Email:, or in writing by mailing comments to the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, 100 West 1st Street, Suite 134, Los Angeles, California 90012. A summary of the comments received will be provided to the Board of Police Commissioners on March 13, at which time they may act to approve the policy. Explanation of Development of Video Policy Process.

Police Chief

The LAPD is also conducting a survey to collect the public’s opinion on the qualities needed in the next Chief of Police. The deadline is March 23, 2018. You may complete the survey, email your comments to or mail them to:
LAPD – Police Commission
100 West 1st Street, Room 134
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Harbor Gateway residents are mobilizing to fight a 54-foot-tall, 466,000-square foot warehouse that would be built across Redondo Beach Blvd.

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.

The letter has been submitted to Oliver Netburn, the City Planner assigned to the case CPC-2017-1014-CU-ZAA-ZAD-SPR; ENV-2017-1015-MND.  The project will be discussed by the full City Planning Commission at their Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:30 a.m.meeting at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting and make comment.  To view agenda, Click Here

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.

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Harbor Gateway North received a Clean Streets LA award at City Hall. This is our second win. Thanks go to Saira Cooper, HGNNC Vice Chair and organizer of our Clean Streets effort and all who participated.

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 and copied to and the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council at

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


Harbor Gateway North was pleased to welcome Santa’s sleigh on December 11, as part of the Winter Wonderland Celebration. The sleigh left the Southeast LAPD Division about 4pm and traveled south through our community distributing candy along the way.

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).

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