Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ponder A Meeting Coming Early Next Year

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To begin, when the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council lowered the number of members of the Traffic Safety Commission, I was not reappointed to a position I began in April, 2007.

The new 5-member Commission will obtain feedback from the public concerning the Marymount College Expansion Project.

The hearing is scheduled for January 5, 2009 and it can be regarded with some importance to those living near Western Avenue and to those living near 24Th and Cabrillo Avenue in San Pedro.

The College wishes to have dormitories built on its campus, something that isn't seen anywhere west of the Mississippi. The College also wishes to sell the apartment building it uses for off-campus housing near the corner of 24Th Street and Cabrillo Avenue, in San Pedro.

You may wish to simply address the Commission in writing prior to the hearing so you won't need to make the trek to Hesse Park. The Email address where to send your written comments is located on the flyer.

It is worth a chuckle to note that if you wish to write to Mr. Ara Mihranian AICP, Principal Planner you should address your comments to (310) 544-5288 but I should warn you that your letter may get sent back to you.

(Dialing a telephone is equivalent to addressing, but that is a whole post in and of itself)

Marymount College has faculty, staff, and management that have been attempting redevelopment for over two decades. This latest project is the largest so far and it seeks to do something that would make it unique, west of the Mississippi River.

Placing 18-20 year old college students living in dormitories which are shrouded in fog quite a bit of the time may also make for some fairly dangerous driving conditions during the school year.

If dorms are placed on campus, Marymount also has indicated they will have the dorms used during the summer, too.

Personally I am not pleased that the DEIR for the project indicates that 40% of the traffic the college generates, goes through my neighborhood. Mira Vista also houses an L.A.U.S.D. elementary school. Let's imagine a Marymount student attempting to get to off-campus work, after classes and driving through Mira Vista quickly because they are late for work.

It might not be even a high probability, but it is something I don't feel is necessary.

Nowadays, bus transportation is provided between the two-off campus housing sites in San Pedro. That shouldn't change with the Palos Verdes North off-campus housing site along P.V. Drive North. Hopefully it won't, anyway.

So the New Year brings new meetings, new hearings, and new things to consider. Oh boy!

Perhaps I am just exhausted from 2008, Bob, the Port, SRHS 15, and other things.

Did I mention that Bob is bye-bye?

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