Friday, December 25, 2009

Odds and Ends 148

This is the last Odds and Ends of 2009. The next post of this time will mark the beginning of 2010 and an almost 5-year mark since the press release dealing with the transfer of the 61.53 acres of land to Bisno Development Co., LLC.
And the story continues.
Winter has begun and it may now be sometime into Spring before we read or hear anything new about the proposed development of condominiums at Ponte Vista at San Pedro.
As another year slips quietly away, it is another year that I thank everyone involved in working for the best solution to the development of Ponte Vista.
I still hold to the belief that the development should be equal to the dwelling density of The Gardens and that would allow for up to 831 units at Ponte Vista.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Odds and Ends 147

"The Christmas Carol" opens on December 22 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
You may not think this has nothing to do with Ponte Vista at San Pedro, but it sort of does.
The Relevant Stage Theatre Company receives great support from Priority One Printing, which is Herb and Arlene Zimmer's shop.
I don't normally offer free advertising to businesses other than arts and entertainment types, but here is a plug for Priority One Printing, for all your printing needs.
Herb and Arlene were supporters of building 2,300-condos at Ponte Vista and they are wonderful people who support the arts all over the area.
As a community, I think we are really healing from what happened during "The Bob Years" and that is a good thing.
Whether you supported plans for 2,300-condos along Western or didn't, please visit and look into attending a community holiday event.
This is the last post prior to the beginning of winter, the Festival of Saint Steven, and Christmas Day.
Terri and I wish all of you a joyous time where only tears of happiness are shed.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Odds and Ends 146

This is the second to last Odds and Ends post of Fall. No news is still no news.
The folks who promised to vacate their temporary playing fields after their three-year lease is up are now asking for an extension on keeping their word.
I opined on a site that since it looks like nothing is going to happen at Ponte Vista at San Pedro for several years probably, perhaps that group could be afforded another set of temporary fields at Ponte Vista.
I could go some way to restoring what was lost by the Outreach Team during "The Bob Years" and it could be a way to demonstrate that the develpment team wants to demonstrate positive moves towards OUR community, even with that private baseball group.
Someone wrote on a facebook pag that there will be a DUI checkpoint along Western near the Redondela turnout.
The writer mentioned on facebook that it would be at "Western and Redondela". That is something a bit akin to the intersection of Western and Miraleste.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Odds and Ends 145

All quiet on the Ponte Vista front in terms of public relations, it seems.
The plans that we going to come out from the Outreach Team supposedly last July, didn't.
They didn't come out in early or middle fall either.
It is doubtful that we will see or hear from them this fall because there are very few days left in fall.
Perhaps in the spring there may be something. Holding one's breath for that is not recommended.
Are all of you needing to proceed north along Western Avenue past Capitol/Trudie having a wonderful time during the day? I think not.
I don't know how far north along Western the workers will travel. I think some happiness should abound since a former developer claimed that he would already be building the first phase of Ponte Vista by now.
The Western Avenue Task Force, in its 2005 report considered that when traffic counts were taken along Western Avenue between 25th Street and Palos Verdes Drive North, the results reported about 37,500 vehicle trips per day were occurring along that stretch.
The report also stated that for each of the ensuing 24 years with normal growth and no additional traffic considered for the site of Ponte Vista at San Pedro, the rate of increase was estimated to be 1.1% per year.
In less than two months 2010 will arrive.
As we end 2009, it is now estimated that 38,751 vehicle trips per day are traveled.
In 2011 the estimate will finally break the 40,000 vehicle trips per day along that stretch, all without any new residents or construction traffic associated with anything at the Ponte Vista site.
Workers are hanging the ceiling inside Amalfitano's Bakery as P'Skettie continues to remain closed.
It is strange to see the interior of the drive-thru pasta restaurant still intact.