Share an Idea with LA15th Councilmember Joe Buscaino

An effective government is one that listens. This page allows you to share your ideas with Councilman Buscaino that will benefit your neighborhood and our city.

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Re rebuilt ports of call

It doesn't matter how many millions of dollars Pedro spends for the "new look'" until the city houses the homeless, rid the area of numerous so called "sober living homes", which house recently released criminals and are mostly unlicensed, unchecked private homes and apts masking as halfway houses for recently released prisoners; and get rid of "the Rancho Housing Projects" which have tons of violent gang members, drug addicts and crime, no one will go to the port area there to shop, eat or anything else. Why can't Pedro tear down the Projects? Put in its place a Large Plex Movie Theater, a 24 hour fitness gym, a modern bowling alley, a couple fast food joints, a bike rental shop and a couple more hotels.

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Amped Up Resource Center for Wilmington's Citizens

I have long had a vision of creating a space for the homeless in which they would be able to "get back on their feet" in a sense. I would love to see a building created for youth, older folks, and even those trying to get back in the game. I would love to see this resource center have ESL classes, computer classes and fax machines, and even classes that help those looking to get clean. I would also love to have a day where we just pamper the less fortunate by giving them: manicures, pedicures, and even haircuts. People all want to "get rid of the homeless" but we mustn't forget that they are people too. I volunteer at homeless shelters and underprivileged communities and I know that basic human kindness goes a long way. A center that caters to those in need and treats them like decent humans, is needed in our society. This idea isn't new. It's based off of "Housing First" which was developed in order to cope with the rising numbers of those who find themselves homeless in L.A. I just dream of a place in our community where people won't be made to feel less than simply because someone with three houses and a horse ranch, tells them they are.

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Don't Modify the San Pedro Red Cars

The San Pedro Red Cars are popular because they are "authentic". Modifying them is wrong, and is against historical preservation. I suggest you take a fact-finding trip to New Orleans LA. The St. Charles Streetcar are authentic, and have not been modified. They are boarded just at the Red Car trolley's were when they ran all over Los Angeles. If NOLA can run them exactly as they were 100 years ago, San Pedro can too. They are trolleys ... not light rail. Shame on you.

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Keeping LA15TH clean and respectable

I live in the area known as Harbor Gateway. It is the neighborhood extending between Western and Denker on two sides and Torrance Blvd. and Del Amo Blvd. on the other sides. It is mostly a rental area although there are some owners, like me, who live here. After moving into this area, I noticed how tenants/ owners leave their trashy bulky items on the side strip and never call the city to pick them up. Some items are left for weeks and months. The city does not have a program to have a weekly pickup of such items. The tenants also are mostly filthy and their yard looks like a dump itself. They could be a breeding ground for rodents. I have not noticed this in any other neighborhood, other than this particular section. My suggestion is to fine the landlords heavily if they do not supervise and have their tenants keep the property impeccable. The landlords can then fine the tenants if they did not clean up their yard. People cannot be allowed to live like pigs. It is hazardous/unhealthy to others in the neighborhood. Besides, a beautiful neighborhood earns respect and value to the property. Unfortunately most of the greedy landlords does not care. All they want is their rent so they can go and live in some fancy areas. There is also a convenient store in this neighborhood. I wonder who would have given a permit to have a convenient store in the middle of a residential area. People go back and forth and leave their leftover bags and plastic cups all along the way. In any case all landlords should be responsible for taking care of their property and the land where it sits to clean up and keep up the property. I would like Mr. Buscaino to tour this neighborhood so as to understand what I mean. I appreciate the time.

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Stop the predatory fee's from the LA County Dept. of Animal Care and Control

License fee for 1 year for a altered dog/cat is $40 which is already very expensive. They do not send out notices that the license is due. What they do is charge you $20 late fee per animal and then $40 field enforcement fee. I am a struggling individual with high rent, taxes, FINES and few job opportunities in LA county. Orange County fee's are $27 for license. I am just so tired of being taxed to death and hit with hidden fee's. Just mail me the darn notice so I can pay it and stop sending the goons to collect $160 from me the VERY NEXT DAY after a notice is dropped off.

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San Pedro - Garden Village Shopping Center

I own Postal Annex San Pedro in this shopping center. I'm hereby asking Joe and the greater public for help & to raise awareness to the city, landlord, Haggen and others about what has happened and moreso NOT happened here. In an already half vacant shopping center and without our biggest Anchor store since early December 2015, the landlord continues to charge extremely high rents to great small businesses here like mine. The crux of this is that we can only get so much business because of HOW the center appears to the public/potential customers as well as potential tenants. This center has a very long history of problems and the landlord refuses to spend any of its own money to make the center attractive both to new tenants and new customers. They simply hold out for months and often YEARS to land the next sucker in this center willing to pay them huge lease money. All of our store owners have requested rent reductions, some w success and others not so. I'd like Joe to step in and raise this to the city, landlord and contact Haggen on just what is the hold up with letting their own property go to someone else. (I've only heard lawyers involved). I've spoken at length with the landlord (Useless) & Haggen has not answered me.

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Another suicide at Pont Fermin

The Daily Breeze 1/2/2016 reported yet another suicide at the Pont Fermin cliffs. You were going to get a Suicide Hotline Didi Hirsch sign installed. Has that been done?

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Help clean up San Pedro

Lots of money spent on beautification of San Pedro and Wilmington, which SHOULD include street cleaning! Not so in Eastview Estates west of Western, and adjacent neighborhoods. Budget issues I've been told, but enough money for all your other pet projects! Some suggested more trees to beautify areas. Why I ask, when the city doesn't maintain the ones we have now. Since 1972, the parkway trees in Eastview Estates were trimmed just once, which was sub contracted to an outside group! If you want to do something beneficial, how about addressing these two neglected problems!

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Provide Housing First to Homeless, not preconditions

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/06/meet-the-outsider-who-accidentally-solved-chronic-homelessness/ This article shows how other cities have effectively reduced homelessness and saved money. They provide housing to the homeless up front with no preconditions, then help them get on their feet to become productive. LA does the opposite by only providing services as the homeless fulfill requirements. This is not new, and it is not radical. Please have your staff review and please place a motion to put such a program in place here in LA.

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Rancho San Pedro housing

Hello: I wanted to take time and effort to thank you for the wonderful and much needed public meeting of homeless population in San Pedro and how it inspired me to volunteer at Harbor Interfaith organization! Also, please advise if you are creating efforts to expand Rancho San Pedro? I've read negative ideas the LA City council has planned for the citizens of this government assisted housing property. Sincerely, Lauran D.

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San Pedro Bike Lanes / City Services

It did not occur to me until I read an article in the Los Angeles Times this morning - about a bike lane controversy on Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.......................one of the bike lane opponents mentioned that with the ELIMINATION of a car lane to make room for more bikes (and they would STILL have 2 car lanes left available - out of their current 3 lanes) - the lack of enough car lanes to accommodate heavy traffic will make it difficult for city emergency vehicles to get through the heavier traffic .................. that possible problem in Los Angeles made me realize that if San Pedro has our current 2-lanes north and 2-lanes south narrowed to only 1 lane going north and south........and traffic which will undoubtedly be nearly always backed up bumper-to-bumper, AND with slow, frequently stopping buses in that traffic............HOW are police units (on crime calls), and other city emergency vehicles - supposed to GET THROUGH that congested traffic - with only ONE lane each way available to vehicles ? !!......(and those lanes blocked by traffic that probably WON'T be able to move to the right, because of already parked cars all along the curbs ?) Have you thought about THAT "scenario", Joe ?........in your staunch quest to force San Pedrans to accept the loss of 2 NEEDED vehicle lanes on Pacific Ave. (AND on Gaffey St.).

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More trees to San Pedro

Your district has the lowest amount of trees in Los Angeles, no more than 5.32% canopy coverage, where the city average is 21%. The city (Million Trees LA) even gives away free shade trees, fruit trees and parkway trees to residents. We need the trees to capture all our carbon dioxide, to help retain soil and water and to make our city more beautiful. What are you doing to get more trees planted in San Pedro?

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World Cup Viewing Party @ Crafted

I read an article in the Daily Breeze back in May suggesting that the councilman may organize a viewing party for the USA World Cup games. May I suggest using the adjacent space already used for overflow from the craft fair? This seems like a perfect gathering place and it can be separated from the craft booths that are not operated on Monday. Further, food trucks can be notified of the viewing party and perhaps San Pedro Brewery could obtain a daily alcohol permit to provide tasty beverages. I hope this suggestion helps spark some action. There is a large soccer contingent in San Pedro and lots of voters are eager to keep their money in local businesses. Thank you.

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STREET SWEEP

Why don't we have street sweep/cleaning in san pedro, I have lived here for a little over 8 months now and I have never seen anyone come out from the city to clean the streets, I understand some things should be taken care by the home owner by I think the city should help. I have even tried requesting a service and was told there is no such thing!

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Please don't forget about Wilmington

Dear Councilmember Buscaino, Although I am delighted to hear about money put aside for Sampson Way in San Pedro yesterday, what business development or improvements have been done in for example Avalon Blvd in Wilmington. Avalon was ligned up with beautiful palm trees a several decades ago to lead visitors into the Harbor. All they lead to now is a forgotten neighborhood with closed businesses. Wilmington doesn't even have a Starbucks!! Waterfront Park is just a bandaid. We continue to hear all the hustling and bustling of trains and ships and refineries making millions of dollars while we breathe in all the air, yet we feel the forgotten Port city looking nothing like our sister city of San Pedro. You patrolled Wilmington, you know. Thank you.

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Flexible, Porous Pavement as a Solution to Damaged Sidewalks

United Storm Water Inc., located in Industry, CA is Certified to install recycled tire granules, rock aggregate and a Proprietary Urethane Binder to create Unbreakable, Flexible Porous Pavement called KBI Flexi-Pave. Tested and proven to be, ADA Compliant, Slip Resistant, LEED Certified, this material is mixed on site, poured in place, and ready in 24 hours creating a Monolithic Expansion Joint that Does not Crack or Break under pressure. Used all throughout the East Coast (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington D.C.) This material is stronger than asphalt and concrete, guaranteed to last a lifetime with little to no maintenance. Fix our Streets using a New, Better, Green Infrastructure Material that is currently in use today solving countless Liability and Maintenance Issues.

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Increase funding for graffiti removal. Increase penalties for taggers.

I just read that, "Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed budget for 2014-15 includes a 21 percent reduction in the budget for the Office of Community Beautification which operates the graffiti removal program." What happened to the broken windows philosophy? Joe, please try to talk some sense into the mayor. Are we supposed to just sit back and watch our neighborhoods go down the toilet?

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Ken Malloy Regional Park!

I would like to know what is happening to this park? There has been fences out up around the trees and lake, making it hard for the ducks and other animals to go in and out. I drove pass there the other day and there has been a tree cut down! and there are other trees that have a "x" mark on them. i would like to know what is happening, who is in charge on this so there can be other alternatives of helping the environment without the cutting of the trees.

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Clean Watts Improvements on the Ground

I would love to reinvigorate the Clean Watts campaign and support the ongoing efforts of awareness, outreach and volunteering through partnering with an active organization on the ground throughout the year.

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