Monday, January 26, 2009

Update Concerning R.P.V. Planning Commission Meeting

The Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday January 27 will deal with parking and grading variance issues for the Marymount College Expansion Project.

The hearing dealing with traffic issues will be held on February 24, 2009 at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

I doubt that San Pedrans and others wishing to speak about the Pacific Heights off-campus housing facility the College owns at 24Th and Cabrillo, would be interested in attending this Tuesday's meeting.

I do think that the continuance of the traffic matters allows folks to write more comments for submission to the Planning Commission or think more about what they might say during the hearing.

"km" provided some good comments about issues relating to a feeling that cities on The Hill have dumped on San Pedro things they did not wish to have in their cities.

I have to agree with "km" on some of that and reveal something not too many folks have thought about.

I was not involved with issues regarding the studies and approvals that were given to the construction of the original Ocean Trails Golf Course.

That facility and what has come after it failed increased traffic in San Pedro and it is still a puzzle to me why folks in San Pedro were not more objective or able to be heard, during the processes.

There is a person I know who complained to me that the city of R.P.V. would not let San Pedrans have the same opportunities to discuss, object, and debate the issues that others had.

It seems to me though that San Pedro, being part of Los Angeles, has quite the bureaucracy and perhaps City Council clout to wield a might hammer towards R.P.V.

What happened?

What happened during the processes of study, discussion, and debate over the Terranea Resort on the site of the former Marineland? It seems to me that once bitten by Ocean Trails, folks in San Pedro would have had their eyes open for the Terranea Project.

Were both of the projects left off the radar of the 15Th District Council office?

Now here is something different to consider.

Some years ago, the Palos Verdes Unified School District finally allowed school-age residents of the Eastview area of Rancho Palos Verdes the option of attending their schools or remaining in the L.A.U.S.D. system which they has always been in.

Approximately 80% of the students who have the option of attending P.V.P.U.S.D. or L.A.U.S.D. schools go to schools run by P.V.P.U.S.D.

Now please imagine what the student populations would be at Crestwood, Taper, Dodson and.......SAN PEDRO HIGH SCHOOL if the students did not have the option and were assigned to the local school that historically were their home schools.

How long might San Pedro High School have been a year-round school? What might the status really have been on a second high school in San Pedro?

So while many may truly be correct in the concept that some cities on the peninsula dump unwanted things towards San Pedro, it is peninsula schools that have absorbed many students, (as they should have), and kept the L.A.U.S.D. schools' enrollment with what it is today.

Now if only Eastview property owners could have the representation of the P.V.P.U.S.D. and our portion of property tax dollars going from L.A.U.S.D. to P.V.P.U.S.D..

There are a great number of Eastview residents who do not have kids in either District by still have tax money going to L.A.U.S.D.

(Students attending P.V.P.U.S.D. schools who live in Eastview have funds transferred from L.A.U.S.D. to P.V.P.U.S.D. on a per student basis.)

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