JANUARY 29, 2018
Welcome to the first NWSPNC online news update! It is our desire to keep stakeholders engaged and informed. So, to that end, we will be sending out our newsletter to you twice a month. We would love to hear from you, too! Please feel free to drop us an email to let us know what’s on your mind. newsletter@nwsanpedro.org

From the Board of NWSPNC, we wish you all a healthy, prosperous and happy new year!

NWSPNC: 15 Years Serving the Community

Pathways to Employment - Guiding Our Youth Set for April 14

LADWP Showcases Owens Valley Aqueduct

Meet New Board Member: Angela Romero

Port Committee Update

The Board meets on the second Monday of every month at Peck Park Auditorium, 6:00 to 8:45 p.m.

Stakeholder participation in committee meetings is the best way to communicate your concerns and get involved. We hope you will consider joining one of our committees. Please visit our website www.nwsanpedro.org for meeting dates and agendas.
NWSPNC Releases Neighborhood Purpose Grants
The NWSPNC is interested in funding youth-based projects benefiting health, environment, humanity or the arts in San Pedro.There is approximately $2,000 available for the initiative ($1,000 maximum per grant). Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public school. Priority will be given to youth-initiated/youth-led projects and projects within Northwest San Pedro. Applications must be received no later than February 28, 2018. Decisions will be announced during March 2018. More information is available at www.nwsanpedro.org.
NWSPNC: 15 Years of Serving the Community
The Northwest San Pedro recently celebrated its 15th anniversary of certification by the City of Los Angeles. Some of the accomplishments in the past 15 years have included:
  • Getting rid of the tank farm where Harbor Highlands now exists;
  • Getting Ponte Vista (now Highpark) reduced from 2,300 units to under 700 units;
  • Beautification of North Gaffey—transforming what was a barren strip where mattresses and other items were frequently dumped into a greenbelt; the council is working on the continuation of the path;
  • Obtaining over $7 million in Proposition O funds to improve Peck Park Canyon;
  • Working with Target to improve plans before the store was built, getting them to pay for the traffic light at Gaffey and Capitol, and currently working to get them to better maintain their property;
  • Holding annual Pathways to Employment events for youth;
  • Working with other neighborhood councils and the chamber of commerce to move the Port forward on developing the waterfront infrastructure needed for the redevelopment of Ports O Call;
  • Getting the trains to stop blowing their horns in the middle of the night;
  • Awarding scholarships to youth based on their community involvement;
  • Sponsoring the annual Candy Cane Lane at Weymouth Corners, movies at Peck Park, Cabrillo Beach fireworks, and the annual San Pedro holiday parade;
  • Providing funds for youth-based projects that benefit health, environment, arts, or humanity in San Pedro, including the anti-bullying buddy bench at Park Western, Youth in Government, and water-filling stations to reduce the use of plastic water bottles at POLA High School;
  • Sponsoring POLAHS Green Festival;
  • Conducting an awareness campaign to decrease the volume of plastic water bottles contaminating our oceans and landfills;
  • Supporting the distribution of rain barrels;
  • First Annual Eco Fest with Deanne Dana Nature Center;
  • Annual Halloween Movie in the Park;
  • Replacing roses at Averill Park.
For a list of our committees along with a list of the time and place they meet, please go to our website: www.nwsanpedro.org We would love to have you join one of our committees and help us accomplish even more in the next 15 years.
Pathways to Employment VII
Guiding Our Youth
Mark your calendar - Saturday, April 14, 2018
The concept behind our now annual “Pathways to Employment” event began in 2012 when our Youth Board Representative brought forth an idea to assist area youth in improving their skills to help procure the ideal job. We discovered many youth were ill prepared in this endeavor so our Youth and Outreach Team created this program which has blossomed into a premier event of which we are very proud.
Our Committee has successfully assembled dedicated community leaders, educators, employers, non-profit organizations and stakeholders to develop a fabulous and wide-ranging slate of workshops and opportunities for our youth. 
Our Neighborhood Council has witnessed the building of business relationships and selfless support from so many individuals and companies who share our mission to assist our youth in any way possible. People of all ages, businesses of diverse categories and educators of various topics have been working together towards this common goal of providing education and resources to our youth. In a time of economic uncertainty, we have worked collectively to provide hope and skills to the citizens of our future.
We know we must continually present new and relevant ideas, rewarding career options and exciting opportunities to our youth. Through attending Pathways to Employment, perhaps our youth will discover careers that were not on their radar, or didn’t believe were achievable for them. We learned that it wasn’t just about finding a summer job; it was about learning how volunteerism, internships and learned skills can be a stepping stone to a bright and rewarding future. 
About 1,000 youth have attended this event over the past six years – wow! This year we already have several new career paths and internship/volunteer opportunities to add to our 2018 program so we look forward to another amazing event. 
LADWP Showcases Owens Valley Aqueduct
Water is carried from the Owens Valley more than 300 miles to Los Angeles via a system that includes pipes like the one at left. At right, an LADWP guide explains some of the what it takes to bring water to L.A. (Photos by Chris Valle)
By Chris Valle, Board Member, NWSPNC
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power regularly provides multiday information tours of its Owens Valley Aqueduct system for the staff of public service agencies in and around the City of L.A. I was recently fortunate enough to attend this in-depth, behind-the-scenes introduction to the water infrastructure. Beginning at the Sylmar treatment plant, and travelling more than 300 miles to the north and 113 years into history, we spent two days in the Owens Valley, travelling as far as Lee Vining, CA, the northernmost source of water in the L.A. aqueduct. In addition to the infrastructure of water delivery, we saw LADWP’s renewable energy facilities, including a hydroelectric complex along the Owens River, and a wind farm. We were given a thorough history of the geographic, engineering, political, interpersonal, and economic factors that had to be considered to make thriving, modern L.A. a possibility, as well as the modern development, expansion and future challenges to our city’s most basic and vital resources.
Meet New Board Member: Angela Romero
I am honored to be joining the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council. This council has been a great example of what engaged local leaders should be and I am eager to learn alongside them as we work together to improve life in San Pedro. I look forward to using my strengths as a historian and communicator to help grow the community’s engagement in local government.
Angela Romero, writer/historian
Port Committee Update
It has been a busy summer and fall for The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Port Committee. The committee reviewed and provided comments to the Draft Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) update for San Pedro Bay prepared by the Ports of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. The CAAP update builds on the original plan that was adopted in 2006 to provide emission reduction efforts at the two ports. Both the City of Los Angeles and City of Long Beach adopted a zero-emission goal with ultimate goals of zero emissions for cargo handling equipment by 2030, and zero emissions for on-road drayage trucks serving the ports by 2035. READ MORE
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