Monday, November 12, 2007

More Information About the Chevron Station

I'm trying to catch up on my homework.

By looking at the R.P.V. Planning Commission Agendas for 2007 and 2006, I found this piece of information that was on the agenda for the June 27, 2006 Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission.

Attachment A: P.C. RESOLUTION NO. 2006
Attachment B: Exhibit A - Mitigation Monitoring Program PDF
Attachment C: P.C. RESOLUTION NO. 2006
Attachment D:City of Rancho Palos Verdes -ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKLIST FORM

Request: A request to convert an existing 2,008 square foot automotive repair building with service bays, into a convenience store that includes a new entry to the building and a tiled pitched mansard roof. Further, the existing 1,820 square foot, 17’-10” high canopy over the gasoline pumps will be removed, and replaced with a 1,924 square foot canopy with a tiled pitched mansard roof measuring 23’-5” in height. The project also includes a new monument sign, and signage on the building and canopy fascia; and upgrades to the lighting, trash enclosure, and parking. Lastly, in conjunction with the convenience store, the project includes the off-site sale of beer and wine, and an automated teller machine (ATM) inside the building.

Action Deadline: November 8, 2006

Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission adopt P.C. Resolution No. 2006-__, certifying the Mitigated Negative Declaration; and adopt P.C. Resolution No. 2006-__, conditionally approving Case No. ZON2005-00405 for a Conditional Use Permit, Variance, Sign Permit and Site Plan Review.

This may solve the mystery of what is happening on the corner of Western Avenue and Crestwood Street. It doesn't look like we are going to lose a gasoline station, it looks like we are gaining a store!

I'd like to make a point here that I have been very poor on making; There is a lot of information available when one looks for it, or asks for it.

I have been very remiss in not repeatedly advocating Rancho Palos Verdes residents and others to visit:

The City's Web site has quite a bit of very good information that can be accessed on it. It may take a bit of time looking for information, I still haven't found anything about when Marshall's is going to open, but I did find that I was both correct and very incorrect about what is going on behind the green screens.

Whenever I write to any R.P.V. City Council Member, I usually get a fairly fast response. The information I learn might not be what I wanted to read, but the five members of the City Council have responded to me, many times.

Folks do have a somewhat correct impression that R.P.V. leaders and bureaucrats may seem to ignore those of us in the Eastview area. Some of that IS their fault. They represent us, too.

We, living here in the Eastview area need to consider that we still owe allegiance, history, love, family, friends, and just about everything else, in San Pedro. Our hearts may be in good old San Pedro, but to get things done in the City in which WE live in, WE need to have our heads more considering Rancho Palos Verdes.

We need to all come to that fact that we were annexed by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. It was actually a fairly slanted election to bring us into R.P.V. We could have become a part of Lomita.

Our "home" may be in San Pedro, but our "house" is in Rancho Palos Verdes, and that does make a difference.

When we need services taken care of, and thoughts about emergency aid, it is Rancho Palos Verdes and the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Sherriff's Department we use.

Please consider bookmarking the Web site for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The more of us who use their services and contact folks in our City, the more we will probably get back from the City.

Our stance on Ponte Vista has sent a very strong signal to everyone, including the good folks in government and bureaucracy in Rancho Palos Verdes. Even though there may be a "lull" in information about Ponte Vista, that is no reason to forget about our City and how the good folks in it can help fight Bob's weapon of mass development.


Anonymous said...

i am confused. is it becoming a am-pm type store, or, just a store? i don't like variances for the canopy to such a height.or more blighting signage. that little billboard in the strip mall looks terrible.don't forget mark, you are just a nobody who is hardly a voice of the community.spare me.when all else fails attack the messenger. how sad that all of their arguments for building this project have fallen by the wayside. keep it up.

M Richards said...

Thanks anonymous 12:47,

I think because the names of the owners of the current Chevron Station are on the Conditional Use Permit-Michaelis&Chevron, the filling station will remain with a new canopy.

Perhaps the remodeled facility will be more like the Chevron at Gaffey and Channel; Selling gas and goodies, but I don't think there is space for a wash structure.

I got a reply back about Marshall's. Please find the post about it.

Craig Michaelis is a proud Ke-Alian having graduated from S.P.H.S. in 1973 and I remember when his father owned the station many, many years ago.