Friday, August 22, 2008

Odds and Ends 79

I am still trying to figure out the new conundrum that is now facing the Outreach Team and supporters of Bob's plans for Ponte Vista.

Here are some stated issues.

Bob's Outreach Team claims that $70 Million Dollars per year in added revenue will come from residents of Ponte Vista within a five-mile radius of the site.

They claim that will be beneficial to the economy of Los Angeles even though there really is not the same about of revenue generating businesses within the five-mile radius and still within the city of Los Angeles.

Enter one Mr. Moxley, the Ironworkers' union representative who has signed an agreement with Bob, apparently.

Mr. Moxley shouted out to all at the last Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting that anyone doing business at the San Pedro Target store opening on October 12 should be ashamed.

He stated "Shame on you!" to anyone shopping at the new Target Store because it was not built using union labor.

Here is the problem. If folks go to the Target store in Carson that was built using "100% union labor, for the most part" according to Mr. Moxley, then sales tax revenues generated at that store would be within five-miles of Ponte Vista, but would NOT add any revenue into the city of Los Angeles.

So Mr. Moxley is encouraging folks to spend their money outside the city of Los Angeles, but demand that union workers are used to build Ponte Vista.

I would very much like to see union workers build Ponte Vista, but Mr. Moxley also spilled the beans that even my 'dream' number of 1,080-units, way too high a number for most folks, would NOT allow for unionized workers building Ponte Vista.

Mr. Moxley let a cat out of the bag, hammered the very folks the Outreach Team is trying to win over, and is demanding something that almost certainly will not be done at Ponte Vista.

I think the hard-line R1 supporters may have a new hero in Mr. Moxley.

If even staunch supporters like Mr. Moxley condemn San Pedrans, what might that say for others within the inner circle of Ponte Vista supporters.

I have been getting some feedback concerning the city of Rancho Palos Verdes and their government officials needing to agree with traffic mitigation proposals presented by Bob and his organization.

Since the opinion has come down from the L.A.D.O.T. that R.P.V. has rights to consider mitigation within its boundaries, concerning Ponte Vista, there may be new discussions that can be held by the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes and their city's representatives.

Oh my. I happened to be the one to suggest a public forum for the benefit of the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council to learn what folks, especially R.P.V. residents think about Bob's current plans and traffic issues.

I opined that the Rancho Palos Verdes Traffic Safety Commission hold a public hearing and provide the members of the City Council the opportunity to learn what the Commission learns from the hearing.

The City Council of R.P.V. have been very good when it comes to their opposition to Bob's current plans.

I do feel however, that since the Council may be in a much better position to deal with Bob, a hearing to learn what residents and others think, can only assist them in their efforts and provide evidence that many, many people living on the eastern side of R.P.V. and in other areas consider Ponte Vista to be a real threat to their current lifestyle and future.

What we could use from 'Eastview' residents is more pressure from more people to 'assist' the City Council to realize they have more muscle than they may think.

More residents are needed to encourage the R.P.V. City Council to learn even more from their constituents and others, regarding the impacts a large Ponte Vista development would have.

I hope more residents will bring to the City Council their thoughts and 'help' them to desire a public hearing on this matter.

A public hearing will also be able to attract more eastern Rancho Palos Verdes residents to become more interested in their government and the folks who are leading their city.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report for South Region High School No. 15 will be out on Friday August 22, 2008.

The proposed new 810-seat campus is NOT the one originally slated for inside Ponte Vista.

That project known as South Region High School No.14 has been put in 'mothballs' for the time being.

That project MAY reappear IF voters back the $7 Billion Dollar school bond measure on the November ballot.

Not to worry, there is no real chance that South Region High School No. 14 would ever be built inside Ponte Vista, if it does come back to life.

It's time once again to start monitoring traffic in the early morning and mid afternoon near the Ponte Vista site.

As Mary Star of the Sea High School returns to a new school year, traffic patterns will go back to the way they were, if not worse, than they were last May.

It is going to be interesting to watch what happens to traffic patterns once Mary Star is back in session and the new Target Store is open, on October 12.

When the rush to check out the new Target fades, we may see a more typical pattern develop.

Please remember, the slogan for Target is NOT: "Open, open, open." That is the slogan for Mervyn's.

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