Friday, October 12, 2007

Odds and Ends 34

Well, it looks like we are in a slow new news cycle right about now. I haven't heard about Bob coming to his senses and lowering the number of units to any sort of reasonable or even realistic number.

"The Monster" which is Seaport Homes, better make that "Seaport Apartments" is still receiving outer coatings around its exterior. It looks lighter in color, but I don't think anyone will claim it is good looking.

Whatever Bob gets to build at Ponte Vista, it won't mask the massive wall of the apartment building enough.

If you want to get a visual idea of what Bob thinks Ponte Vista should look similar to, but don't want to drive to Orange County, please check out the following Web site:

The CAC toured this apartment complex and I must admit, I was impressed with its look, and amenities that I saw available to the tenants.

We did not see many renters using many of the amenities during our tour of the site, and our group made up the largest number of people on the common lawn area near the largest pool.

The building illustration Bob uses for Ponte Vista are very similar to the actual buildings we saw at Newport Bluffs apartments. The site was large and there were cars parked along the streets of the complex, as well as in parking spaces.

Newport Bluffs Apartments has about 1,100 units. This is 800 fewer units than Bob currently is demanding for Ponte Vista.

Newport Bluffs is off of MacArthur Blvd and that roadway has at least three lanes in each direction and there are other entry routes tenants can use to access their apartments.

Newport Bluffs are pretty good for being apartments, and we do not wish to see Ponte Vista having leases, renters, or apartments in northwest San Pedro.

If there are individuals living in Rancho Palos Verdes who get to vote for members of the Board of Education of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, I think you ought to know one very important fact. If it were not for the students, living in the Eastview area of R.P.V. attending P.V.P.U.S.D. schools in the numbers they are attending in, L.A.U.S.D. would not have funnelled enough funds into your school district to open Palos Verdes High School, and keep it open.

It is well beyond high time that the Board of Education of P.V.P.U.S.D. get off of their butts and work with L.A.U.S.D. to permanently bring Eastview students, parents, and property tax dollars, used for education, into the P.V.P.U.S.D. coffers.

Eastview residents have enough trouble fighting weapons of mass development right across their City's border to fuss over providing the best education for their intermediate and high school students!

For the Eastview elementary school students, you and your parents are blessed with having one of the finest elementary schools in the L.A.U.S.D., with Crestwood Street Elementary School. But if that weren't good enough, there is also Park Western Place parents can try to get their kids into.

Parents of intermediate school-aged students moving into Ponte Vista will have Dodson to send their kids to, if they opt to say within L.A.U.S.D.

For their public high school choices, they will either have Narbonne or whatever SRHS 14 finally is named, if and when it is ever built. At least it won't be built at Ponte Vista.

Here is the last Odds and Ends reminder about the Candidates Forum for the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council Election to be held on Thursday October 18, 2007, beginning at 7:00 PM at Crestwood Street Elementary School.

All five candidates have stated they are willing to reveal their opinions concerning Ponte Vista and I have heard that one candidate may favors "compromise" number of units that may be of "mixed-use" types of units. We all should promise to let everyone have their say and hold our comments about some things until the end of the Forum.

"Eastview" residents and all other residents living on the east side of R.P.V. need to stand up and let all politicians learn that we can become and organized group of residents who will not tolerate being ignored or trampled on by political leaders, developers, or even a few folks who live in cities bordering Rancho Palos Verdes.


Anonymous said...

Why is there only one candidate, Paul Wright, talking about traffic on Western Avenue & increasing crime in Eastview, including tagging & break-ins?

The next candidate forum is on October 24th, and we need to let the other candidates know that East RPV will not be ignored!

M Richards said...


If you have been reading this blog you might have seen that the next Candidates Forum is THURSDAY OCTOBER 18, 2007 beginning at 7:00 PM at CRESTWOOD STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, on the EAST side of RPV!!!!

Please attend this one in the auditorium of the school at 1946 Crestwood Street, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

I am sorry for being a bit tart in my comment, but I have been working on getting this particular Forum organized for several weeks now and many folks have been getting the word out, about it.

I'm sorry you hadn't heard about it already.

Paul Wright and I serve as members of the Rancho Palos Verdes Traffic Safety Commission, and Paul is a retired Detective. I suspect those two reasons make him very eligible to discuss both crime and traffic, compared to the other candidates.

EVERYONE should be talking about traffic on Western Avenue. If Paul is the only one you have heard, then please come to the Forum at Crestwood because I am quite sure the candidates facing potential voters 200 yards from Western Avenue are going to talk about traffic. I hope they talk a lot about traffic.

At the Forum, all five candidates will have the opportunity to talk about three issues that are very major to us on the east side of "The Hill": Storm Drain issues and measures, Ponte Vista, and full participation and inclusion into the P.V.P.U.S.D. by our students, parents, and taxpayers.

At the Forum held last Monday, on the Long Point side of "The Hill" crime was discussed by the candidates. It seems folks over there are more concerned about crime than they are about the three issues that seem most important to voters on the east side.

Crime may certainly come up at the October 18 Forum and I would encourage audience members who are concerned about it, to ask questions to all five candidates on October 18.

All issues are open for discussion and questioning at the October 18 Forum. I have asked not only candidates to talk about issues, but I have also invited their "spin doctors" to help pass messages important to the candidates.

At the October 18 Forum, which is NEXT THURSDAY, candidates were also encouraged to bring information, political items, signs, banners, stickers, buttons, and whatever they wish to aid their particular runs for the three seats on the City Council that are up for grabs.

For more information about the Candidates Forum for the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, please look on the right side of the main page of this blog to find the post(s) dealing with the upcoming Forum.

I know that there will be a Forum for candidates on October 24, but it is at Hesse Park and I don't think 1/4 of the 4,000 potential voters on the east side of "The Hill" know where that is and that Forum will not deal, in particular, with issues important to folks who live on the east side or in "Eastview".