Friday, January 01, 2010
Odds and Ends 149
Happy New Year with this, the 765Th post on this blog!
I hope everyone got through a very tough year as best they could and are entering the new year better prepared for whatever comes up.
To not remember history means there are chances to repeat it and with Ponte Vista at San Pedro, we all need to remember the history of what was and learn from more recent developments what could be.
I remember a developer stating as a matter of true fact that the first phase of the Ponte Vista at San Pedro project would be under construction in 2009. I remember how he and others on his team told us facts about what would be on the site, when things would happen and how everything would be taken care of. I remember hearing and reading that all traffic issues would be fully mitigated by the time the first buildings were under construction.
People tauted 'facts' as if they were true and that an out of town developer knew what was better for OUR community than OUR community members know.
OUR community came to learn that those 'facts' were not all that true and that we actually do know what is best for OUR community.
In remembering "The Bob Years" and keeping the documents produced during that era, we will now use what we have learned to help bring forth the best possible solution for all of us in OUR community.
So, how do you feel about Ms. Janice Hahn running for Lt. Governor?
First, I think that post could be deleted in favor of having the Speaker of the California Assembly act in place of a sitting Governor or take their place if something awful happens.
I feel the Lt. Governor position is not only useless but it costs taxpayer dollars our State doesn't have.
But if Janice wants to run for such a useless seat, then I hope she continues to listen to those in her 15Th District and be a full-time Council member, well as much as she has been lately, anyway.
I hope folks watch how she answers questions about development, especially high-density development. I hope her campaign staff knows that there will be many eyes and ears following her words and actions in the coming months.
I was a bit surprised that Ms. Hahn didn't wish to hold on and run for L.A.County Supervisor. Perhaps she eventually wants to be the Governor.
Throughout 2009, R Neighborhoods Are 1 has remained online and always ready to deal whatever came up. We were a bit like the National Guard. "They also serve, those who stand and wait." The group was OUR community's guard and it remains able to do what is necessary to protect OUR community from over development.
Great news! Pavich's Pizza is coming to Western Avenue!
This Croatian Pizza Restaurant is adding a site at Western Avenue and Summerland in the spot of the old Pizza Hut.
Along with Amalfitano's Bakery, opening in January, we add to businesses with strong bases in San Pedro and the surrounding communities.
I want to thank Ted, Tim, Elise, and the rest of the Outreach Team for the assistance they provided to OUR community throughout 2009.
They were all willing to answer questions during a very tough economic time for them and it seems they may still be working on something that will come forward, possibly in the Spring.
Of course I still maintain that Ponte Vista at San Pedro have no more than 831-total units, it will be very interesting to see what numbers come forward sometime in the new year.
It appears that their current number of 1,395-units is higher than what they will probably announce, but I think we can all appreciate that there is no chance for 2,300-units on the 61.53 acre site.