Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan Workshop

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LA City Council Approves Ponte Vista Development in San Pedro

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The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the Ponte Vista development in San Pedro.

This project has an almost decade-long history that spans two councilmanic administrations.  It began in the early years of the 2000’s as a 2,300 unit mixed-use urban village on a hill and over the years and through the recession has become the master-planned residential suburban neighborhood that is embodied in the plan that was approved today.  At 676 - 700 units, it is a fraction of the size that was originally proposed.  It will have publicly-accessible walking and jogging paths, recreation centers and a variety of for-sale housing type that speak to the current generation of homebuyers.

In addition to the critical mitigation measures for traffic and other impacts  that will be imposed as a result of the environmental review process, the project applicant has agreed to a number of additional community benefits;

  • a permanent access road from Western Avenue to the Mary Star High School property which abuts the property

  • a Project Labor Agreement with the Building Trades Council

  • a Local Hire program facilitated through the City’s Worksource Center and PV Jobs

  • Streetscape Improvements to Western Avenue

  • 2 ½ acre park along Western Avenue, designed, constructed and operated by the developer and the subsequent homeowner association, but fully accessible to the public.

“I believe that this long range development plan will transform an abandoned naval housing site and current eye sore, into a thriving residential neighborhood that will provide new housing stock that is appropriate for my proud, coastal community,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino who represents San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and Watts.

 

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Korean Friendship Bell Rededication Ceremony

On Friday, January 10, 2014 the Korean Friendship Bell was rededicated following the final phase of is restoration by experts from South Korea. Thank you to the Korean Friendship Bell Preservation Committee for working to raise funding and to the South Korean government for their $285,000 donation to the project. One of the largest bells in the world, the Korean Friendship Bell is a gift given to the American people 37 years ago, marking the bicentennial and is revered as a symbol of friendship and gratitude by Koreans and Americans.

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Runaway Production: A State of Emergency

By Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, 15th District
Originally Published in San Pedro Today magazine: October 2013
 
The production and distribution of films and television programs is one of California's most valuable cultural and economic resources, responsible for nearly 200,000 direct jobs and $17 billion in wages in the state. This doesn’t even include the value of seeing your backyard in a movie: priceless.
 
As a young boy I remember going to Ports O’ Call to meet ‘Tattoo,’ on set while filming Fantasy Island, and seeing Poncharello of CHiPs ride his motorcycle down 19th street.
 
More recently I visited actor Joe Montagna on the set of Criminal Minds as they filmed a flashback scene in front of the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, and just last week Clint Eastwood stopped by my office for a visit while filming scenes for the movie version of Jersey Boys in the San Pedro Municipal Building. FilmL.A., the non-profit organization that coordinates and process permits for on-location motion picture, television and commercial production in the Los Angeles region, reports the 15th Council District alone saw a total of over 600 permitted filming days last year.
 
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The City of Los Angeles, including San Pedro and the Port have often been the star setting of many productions, but in the last decade we have been losing that status and the jobs that come with it. Runaway film production continues to worsen, so much that our new Mayor, Eric Garcetti has called the situation a "state of emergency" in a recent Variety magazine cover story.
 
As an example, the movie Battle LA was not shot in LA, but rather Louisiana, a state where film industry employment is up 76% in the last decade.  The amount of on-location filming in Los Angeles has plummeted 60% since it peaked 15 years ago. Production of television dramas saw a significant 20% decline in 2012 compared to 2011. This is the largest decline on record and a hard blow to the local economy. Only eight percent of last fall's new network television dramas were made in LA,  compared to 79% seven years ago.
 
Making one $200 million movie in California has an economic impact greater than six seasons of Lakers home games, so we must do everything in our power to keep these productions here. 
 
While the City Council has already passed a set of initiatives to waive fees for TV drama pilots and Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to name a "film czar" in his office, we must do more.
 
"These days studio chiefs insist that filmmakers they work with take advantage of out-of-state incentives to lower production costs, which on a single major motion picture can amount to savings of tens of millions. Those savings are crucial in a franchise-obsessed era when big-budget movies commonly cost north of $200 million to produce," reports Variety.
 
According to Entertainment Partners, California lost $3 billion in film crew wages because of runaway production. As reference, a single $70 million movie sustains 928 jobs and generates $10.6 million in state and local tax revenue. 
 
We must rival the out-of-state incentives!
 
The California Film and Television Tax Credit Program has helped support local production since 2009 and has brought new projects to the Los Angeles region. 
 
But we must do more!
 
Evidence continues to mount that California can easily outmatch major competitors like Georgia, Louisiana or Canada for only a fraction of what they offer. Solutions to the problem of runaway production are available, if we want them.
 
I agree with Mayor Garcetti that the State Film Credit cap must be lifted. This will be the work of our State Legislature. I will urge my colleagues in Sacramento to also see this as a "state of emergency" and help us offer even more incentives for our entertainment industry to remain in Los Angeles.
 
On a municipal level, we must do what it takes to make it cheaper and easier to film in Los Angeles. I will continue to fight to keep Los Angeles the entertainment production capital of the world, and to preserve the jobs and economic benefits that come along with it. I urge you to support me in this effort.
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2010 Bicycle Plan Town Hall and FAQ

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Why is the City installing so many bike lanes?

The City of Los Angeles 2010 Bicycle Plan, (unanimously adopted by City Council in 2011) is a chapter of the General Plan’s Transportation Element, and calls for 1600 miles of bikeways to be installed throughout Los Angeles over 30 years. The goal of the plan is to provide a one mile grid of interconnected bikeways (bike lanes as well as other types of treatments) throughout the City to support bicycling as a viable mode of travel.

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Small Business Saturday is November 24! Cash Mobb at CRAFTED at the Port of LA from 2-4!

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Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. Councilman Buscaino will be promoting this day and is asking LA 15th Council District small business to add themselves to the list below to be included in his promotion of Small Business Saturday.

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Port of Los Angeles Receives Eight Proposals to Develop 30-Acre LA Waterfront Property

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The Port of Los Angeles received proposals and qualifications from eight commercial real estate developers interested in redeveloping the 30-acre, fully entitled San Pedro waterfront property known as Ports O’ Call Village, located along the Port’s Main Channel and adjacent to downtown San Pedro. The deadline for submitting proposals was Friday, Oct. 5th.

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Veterans Appreciation Festival: Free admission to the USS Iowa for Vets and Family Members

The City of Los Angeles invites you to attend its inaugural Veterans Appreciation Festival presented by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Joe Buscaino in association with the Port of Los Angeles , local and national veterans services and advocacy groups at the USS Iowa in San Pedro, CA on November, 10, 2012.

FREE ADMISSION TO THE USS IOWA FOR VETS AND FAMILY MEMBERS!

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Buscaino, Lowenthal Kickoff Western Avenue Repaving Project

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Councilman Joe Buscaino and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal are pleased to announce the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will repave Western Avenue (SR-213) between 19th Street and Avenida Aprenda with rubberized asphalt.

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Nighttime Paving of Gaffey Street Begins October 22

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The Bureau of Street Services will be repaving Gaffey Street, between 9th and Summerland, starting October 22. The work will be done during the nighttime hours of 9 PM – 6 AM, and the project is expected to take two weeks to complete.

This project requires coordination with CalTrans and the City of Long Beach, to divert traffic from the 110 and 47.  The exact dates are subject to change; we will post any updates here.

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