Friday, August 03, 2007

Odds and Ends 24

"The San Pedro community needs to understand that this process was dominated by CAC members living in Rancho Palos Verdes."

This is an very amusing line from a letter to the editor in the Friday August 3,2007 edition of The Daily Breeze. What makes it so darn funny is that the first person listed as writing the letter, Rachel Viramontes, and the last person listed as writing the letter, Linda D'Ambrosi live in, wait, wait, you guessed it, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Mr. Louis Dominguez was a co-chair of the Ponte Vista Advisory Board of the Ponte Vista Senior Advisory Board, but his name is not on the letter. He lives in San Pedro. I wonder where the other three persons who "signed" the letter actually live?

Oh by the way, authors of the letter, ATSACC, the traffic mitigation you wrote about, is going to be installed whether 429 homes or 1,950 homes are built.

We have read several letters to the editor this week and we have been provided with letters in support of and opposed to Bob's attempts to build 1,950 or 2,300 units at Ponte Vista.

We learned that not all members of the Mardesich family are opposed to the Ponte Vista development, but as that is a very large and prominent name in OUR community, it stands to reason that family members, whether they are closely related or not, can have different opinions. Thank goodness Mr. Andrew Mardesich is on the correct side of the issue.

We also we able to read for a separate source that the paid petition gatherers are still out there doing what Ms. Swanson instructed them not to do. Perhaps they need a time out. Let's give them all about five years of sitting in the corner. Those paid petition gatherers either don't care to listen, or can't understand instructions. Either way, I still have to thank Ms. Swanson for the attempt she made.

Writing of petition gathering, Taste in San Pedro is this weekend and I bet the folks at Ponte Vista will have a stall where they may give out goodies and try to get unsuspecting and ill informed "victims" to sign their petition.

Ponte Vista folks probably paid to have their booth there, and you are encouraged to go and learn their side of the issue. I hope someone will get one of those letter openers for me, I won't be able to attend. Please say "Hi" to Ms. Swanson for me. She actually seems fairly friendly and she has an extremely difficult job trying to "sell" Ponte Vista to OUR community. Please give her a break and be nice to her.

Of course you are most welcome to ask the folks at the booth questions like how come the report stating the types of units, numbers of bedrooms, and percentages of each type of unit hasn't been released to the public as promised by the folks at Bisno Development.

You might also wish to ask about how many school-age residents might live at a 1,950-unit development.

There was one member of the CAC who voted "Nay" to both motions the CAC eventually approved. That member represented business Harbor City and Harbor Gateway. So when someone complains about all the folks living in R.P.V. who served OUR community as members of the CAC (you do know the member of the CAC who abstained on one vote and voted "Nay" on the other vote lives you need a hint?) just tell them you know and you are pleased OUR community came together and voted for the best result it currently could for San Pedro and surrounding communities.

(answer to the question, Rancho Palos Verdes.)

I have missed several weeks of trivia so I have a bit of trivia that is extremely trivial.

One of the surgeries to correct a vascular necrosis is an osteotomy, pelvis, bilateral.

The discussions and debates concerning the Ponte Vista at San Pedro are very serious at times. The plans that could change the very nature of northwest San Pedro and eastern Rancho Palos Verdes need to be completely examined and considered by everyone that will be affected.

However, sometimes I find, that supporters of Ponte Vista are quite funny and I can't help laugh a bit when residents of Rancho Palos Verdes condemn residents of Rancho Palos Verdes for their stance on a development in San Pedro.

I wonder why the Chairperson of the Ponte Vista Advisory Board wasn't someone who actually lives in San Pedro. Mr. Bisno, there are lots, and lots, and lots of great citizens of San Pedro. I think choosing the leadership of your Advisory Boards that actually live in San Pedro would not have been as hypocritical as lambasting folks living in Rancho Palos Verdes by folks living in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Of course I must remind everyone that I live in Rancho Palos Verdes, too.


mellonhead said...

"Many of the merchants located on Western Ave. in Rancho Palos Verdes advertise as being in a place called RPV/San Pedro. Maybe we should call the area on the west side of Western RPV/San Pedro and on the east side LA/San Pedro. To shorten it up we can just say we're from "Pedro". Just go back to the time, not too long ago when WE ALL had a San Pedro mailing address and the San Pedro Post Office delivered all our mail." That's what I said in a previous post. We sill pay taxes to Los Angeles--LAUSD and LA Community College District (Tuna Tech).

Rachel is a present resident of RPV/San Pedro and Linda used to be. I know Linda is a RE agent, but what does Rachel get out of being a Ponte Vista supporter. What goes?

M Richards said...

Thanks again Mellonhead.

So many of us are residents of "San Pedro" in our hearts, we will probably never give that up.

I don't know why Ms. Viramontes was against it before she was for it, but it may have something to do with being able to sell a fully paid for house, which is now to big, and take her Prop. 13 gift with her one time.

Of course it may also have a little to do with the storm drain issues she and other neighbors of hers are dealing with.

It seems many folks wanting senior housing at Ponte Vista can wait it out for the time being. If folks really needed to move into senior housing that is fairly local, there are at least two developments all the way out in Torrance that are having some problems finding buyers.

Anonymous said...

Hey!...keep in mind the lion's share of Western Avenue between PV Dr. North and Summerland lies within the jurisdiction of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Although, the Ponte Vista project is within LA jurisdiction...the developer nonetheless needs RPV's cooperation in order to mitigate project traffic impacts on the multi-jurisdictional highway. (Western Ave.)

Some of these so called "mitigation" measures will diminish the value of nearby RPV private properties as the developer plans to benefit from from his private property. Ms. Viramonte apparently is not concerned about her potential property value loss as she continues to favor Bisno.

Anonymous said...

It is too bad that Rachel is so unconcerned about the neighbors she has had for years. Is this a sign of a true Bisno supporter, not caring about anyone but yourself?

Or is it that she just wants to get away from the storm drain troubles under her house?