San Pedro December 2008/
Published by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce www.sanpedrochamber.com
and the Downtown Business Improvement District
Chamber Board in
Shopping Adventures…San Pedro Style!
See page 2.
Shop locally…benefit locally
Chairman’s by Sharon Creal
Message n financial times as tough as these, the tough
See page 3.
may not even want to go near the mall. It might
Port Executive be the perfect year to avoid the big-ticket items,
Director on the the time-and-gas-expense and the general mayhem.
Red Car Does this mean the Grinch wins? Not if you live in
See page 4. ’Pedro. I went on a brief tour of just a few of the
shops in town to see what they have that might
Shopping, spare me the drive to Del Amo.
Shopping, Launching the Business Improvement District Security
Shopping What I found was a truly surprising and delightful Patrol in December: Property owner and PBID President,
See pages 6-8. adventure – the discovery of an amazing number Eric Eisenberg; Darka Klaric owner of Drop-In Cards
of unlikely little prizes tucked away in San Pedro and Gift; Niko Tsouloufas owner of Niko’s Pizzeria; and
BUSINESS TIPS: stores, items that simply don’t exist anywhere else. security personnel, Dave McCall and Scott Smith. See
Marketing in a story on page 10.
weak economy Shopping San Pedro is a great way to go on your
See page 9. own holiday treasure hunt, and to treat yourself to
quick, first looks at unique handcrafted clothing,
ornaments, jewelry – and more – created by local San Pedro Waterfront
patrols to begin
See page 15.
artists. In the bargain, you get to feel great about
yourself for supporting the hard work of folks Plan moving forward
LIVE at the Grand right here in your hometown, where service and Chamber facilitates community based
Annex: eclectic, character are our specialties.
response to waterfront development plan
international continued on page 6
See page 11. After several weeks spent studying the Port’s San
Business supports Pedro Waterfront Project DEIS/DEIR, meeting with
education Port management and with significant community
See page 15.
Upcoming Special Events groups, the San Pedro Chamber’s Waterfront Sub-
committee drafted its response to the proposed
Williams Bookstore plan. With endorsement by the Economic Policy
celebrates 100 Committee, and passage by the Chamber’s Board
years Members and Public Invited to of Directors at their November 19th meeting, the
See page 16.
Chamber General Meeting following letter was sent to the Port Environmental
POLA High School Management Division and the U. S. Army Corps of
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
students intern at Engineers:
See page 18. Port of Los Angeles High School The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce has, for
over ten years, been the leading advocate for
Spirit of the redevelopment of the waterfront and expansion
holidays on Business Showcase and of the cruise industry. Ever since John Papadakis
See page 19. Green Technologies Expo proposed the “Grand Promenade” from the bridge
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 to the breakwater, it has been viewed as the
EVENTS FOR YOUR backbone of a revitalized downtown San Pedro,
5:30 - 9:00 PM
CALENDAR when linked to the waterfront with ribs consisting
See page 13. Ports O’ Call Restaurant
of pedestrian and public transportation bridges.
continued on page 14
2 Board of Directors
Your Board in ACTION
The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors took the following actions
during the months of October and November
nn The chamber welcomed new Corporate and Community Partner, The Boeing Company
nn The Board dissolved the current San Pedro Chamber Auxiliary and is forming a new organization entitled the
Chamber Ambassadors. Board member Carol Mizrahi will be the Board liaison to the new group. Previous Auxiliary
Members were thanked for their past service, and invited to participate in the new organization.
nn The Board supported the Economic Policy Committee in its plan for its Waterfront Subcommittee to meet and
prepare a response to the Port of LA’s recently released Waterfront DEIR/DEIS.
nn The Board and its Corporate and Community Partners participated in a leadership breakfast with guest speaker,
Councilwoman Wendy Greuel.
nn The Board continued to participate in and support its Partnership Programs with the ACE (Arts/Culture/
Entertainment) District, PBID (Property Owners Business Improvement District), and the Port Technologies
nn The chamber sponsored and /or supported the following Community events in October:
wn Continued sponsorship of Friday Farmers Market in Downtown San Pedro
wn Continued support of First Thursday events and ribbon cuttings for members
wn Welcomed Target Stores to San Pedro with an official ribbon cutting
wn The Sportswalk to the Waterfront
wn A Breakfast Links Forum with local bankers, financial managers, and real estate agents who addressed the
growing economic crisis.
nn The Board continued to participate in and support its Partnership Programs with the ACE (Arts/Culture/
Entertainment) District, PBID (Property Owners Business Improvement District), and the Port Technologies
nn The Board revised the Chamber bylaws to include an evening Board Meeting that could be attended by all members.
The evening meeting for this year will take place on Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at 6:00 pm at the Port of Los
Angeles High School. Other changes included officially dropping the word “Peninsula” from the chamber’s name; a
new conflict of interest section; presentations to committees must have prior approval of the committee chair or co-
chair; and the closing of Board meetings.
nn The Board reviewed the recommended Waterfront EIR response as drafted by Economic Policy’s Waterfront
Subcommittee who had been working in conjunction with other community organizations. The Board adopted
the draft as presented and authorized the subcommittee to continue to negotiate additions/changes with other
community organizations prior to submission on or before the closing of the public comment period on December
nn The Board’s Membership and Marketing Program announced the implementation of a new email/survey program to
better engage and inform the chamber members.
nn The Board along with PBID will continue to look for solutions to the announced parking meter increase by the City
of Los Angeles.
nn The chamber sponsored and/or supported the following Community events in November/December:
wn Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead in Downtown San Pedro
wn Continued sponsorship of Friday Farmers Market in Downtown San Pedro
wn The Grand Experience - San Diego Opera. This event brings students to the Warner Grand Theatre for an opera
wn The Port of Los Angeles High School fundraiser - A Night at the Opera
wn The Air Force Band of the Golden West at the Warner Grand Theatre as part of Air Force Week LA
wn An After-hours mixer for members at Malaga Bank’s 25th and Western Branch
wn Black Friday and Saturday Super Sale in Downtown San Pedro
wn City Hall Tree Decorating Ceremony with students from Barton Hill Elementary and the 15th St. Family Literacy
wn The 12th Annual Teen Conference for ninth grade students in San Pedro and Wilmington
wn A “Thank You” reception to honor Assembly Member Betty Karnette
wn Weymouth Corners Annual Candy Cane Lane
wn The Holiday Spirit of San Pedro Parade in Downtown San Pedro
wn Regional Chambers Holiday Mixer at Los Verdes Golf Club
2 Board of Directors Your Chamber 3
Message from the The San Pedro Business Journal
Chairman of the Board is a bi-monthly publication of the
John Ek SAN PEDRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
390 West 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
To the many members, Board of Directors, friends and Phone: (310) 832-7272 Fax (310) 832-0685
staff of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, I bid you email@example.com
Holiday Greetings and many successes in the New Year. www.sanpedrochamber.com
2009 seemed to have gotten to an early start. Some say OuR MISSION...to promote, support and
it started in the first week of November. The country advocate the interests of the business
community by actively working to develop
and world for that matter, seems more than ready as we a vital and sustainable local economy that
anticipate the inauguration of a new President, Barack Obama. His presidency - also enhances the social and environmental
his cabinet and his policies – seem primed to shake up the status quo across the resources of the community.
country. Locally, the impacts have already been felt, with many local elected and
other officials being tapped for cabinet or other important administrative posts. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As we all embark on a new year, many of us do our best to get our physical and John Ek, Ek & Ek Public Advocacy
financial “house” in order so that we are better prepared and able to handle Chair-Elect & Co-Chair, Economic Policy:
the many challenges we all will face in 2009. People near and far create their Jayme Wilson, Spirit Cruises & Boardwalk Café
own special New Year’s Resolutions - whether it’s a new gym membership to Treasurer & Co-Chair Finance:
Sal Sotomayor, Bay Cities National Bank
get in shape physically – or buying items that organize our lives and our hectic Chair, Business, Education & Arts:
schedules. Dr. Lanny Nelms, Harbor Community Adult
Being prepared is always a factor in success. Whether it’s a new business School
proposal or having the right information when entering a business transaction. Co-Chair, Economic Policy & Finance:
Anthony Pirozzi, Individual
Information, knowledge and solid business principles will deliver success in any Co-Chairs, Marketing & Membership:
situation. Irene Mendoza, Svorinich & Associates, Inc.
The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce can play an essential role as an advocate, Mona Sutton, Omelette & Waffle Shop
sphere of influence and vendor of important business intelligence when it comes Chair, Business Improvement District:
Eric Eisenberg, Renaissance Group
to local or regional policies. The Chamber has a history of being the “go to” player Chair, Arts, Culture & Entertainment District:
when it comes to entrepreneurial ventures big and small. James Preston Allen, Random Lengths News
For years, The Chamber has been A Sound Business Investment for thousands of Immediate Past Chair:
businesses, entrepreneurs and people simply wanting to be more involved in the Anthony Santich, Vopak Terminal
Jack Baric, Pirate Town Productions
economic climate and shape of San Pedro and the Region. And, we continue to be Tony Cordero, Conoco Phillips
involved in the communities our members call home. Mitch Harmatz, Plaza Automotive Center
From a policy perspective, elected leaders from the City and County of Los Angeles & Park Plaza Shell
are moving forward on ordinances and regulations that directly and indirectly Steve Kleinjan, Clean San Pedro, Inc.
William Lyte, Harbor Assn. of Industry & Commerce
affect the business climate locally and regionally. Policies related to smoking in Carol Mizrahi, Mizrahi Enterprises, Inc.
outdoor dining areas, a new affordable housing policy, policies and programs James O’Callaghan, LA Inc.
related to homelessness and poverty and of course this year is an election year in Robert C. Santich, Individual
the City. In March with runoffs scheduled for May, the City of Los Angeles will hold Andrew Silber, The Whale & Ale
elections for several offices including City Council, Controller, City Attorney and Tim Tess, Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP
Mayor. Dwainia Tullis, Lanta Salon
George A. Van Buren, Van Buren & Associates
In addition, long-standing issues such as Port development, power generation, Kevin Williams, Find Your Way Around L.A.
public safety, environment and Green issues, new construction and development
in Downtown San Pedro and business development will again be topics of CHAMBER STAFF
conversation at Chamber meetings. CEO: Camilla Townsend
Chief Financial Officer: Carolyn Brownell
From a community perspective, The Chamber will keep with our tradition of Associate, Sales & Membership Services:
informative and topical committee meetings with members and events somewhat Laura Duarte
outside the Chamber realm including our involvement with groups like the Receptionist/Office Assistants:
POLAHS, the Western Avenue Merchants, The Warner Grand Theatre, Women’s Wilma Going
Partnership Programs Consultant:
History Month and our Teacher Recognition event. Judith Blahnik
You’ve heard the mantra “think globally, act locally”. As we start with the Communications & Technology Consultant:
promise of a new presidency and new direction for America, it’s more than the Sandy Bradley
right time to join the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. At our first General Consultants:
Louis Dominguez, Linda Alexander,
Membership meeting in January 2009, we will look forward to hearing from you Sharon Creal
– our constituents – on how we can make your Chamber even stronger and more Intern, Economic Development
relevant. Paul Spiering
I look forward to the New Year, to meeting more new Chamber members and to Publisher, San Pedro Business Journal
Herb Zimmer, PriorityOne Printing
meeting and greeting more people who want to be involved and help grow the
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce.
4 Port of Los Angeles
Port Executive Director
Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.
The Red Car Feasibility Study
At our November 6th Harbor Commission meeting, I presented
the status of the Red Car Feasibility Study. The study scope is
in several phases, with Phase I looking at alternative routes and
Phase II providing EIR supporting information for the Red Car
extension to Cabrillo Beach. Other phases of the study will
focus on other routes, as well as provide design details for a
Red Car maintenance facility and a Red Car museum.
Many of you have asked why the Red Car Line loop through
downtown San Pedro was not included in the Port’s San Pedro
Waterfront Draft Environmental Impact
Report (DEIR). We did not include the
“What do Red Car Line into downtown because
you want the we were not far enough along in our
Red Car Feasibility Study to arrive at
Red Car to a proposed project in time to include
be when it it in the current Draft EIR. But more
grows up?” importantly, the study raised some
fundamental questions about the future
of the Red Car.
The most significant finding of the study is that the Red Car
in its current configuration and operating mode cannot work
in downtown. Why? Because the existing Red Car Line was
modeled on cars of the past. The Port made a commitment
to retaining aspects of the historic accuracy of the original
system. Today, we operate one original, restored Red Car and
two Red Cars that are reproduction cars built by hand by Port
employees. But our Red Cars in their current configuration
require high platforms to load passengers and ramps for
handicap access. These stations work where you have lots
of room, but would be disruptive to business and the flow of
traffic through downtown San Pedro.
The study found that the existing high platform system is not
compatible with a downtown-friendly system, where street-
level step-on/step-off capability is much more practical for
passengers. Beyond an effective route into downtown, we
need our Red Car system to be as flexible as possible, and we
need it to work with traffic instead of blocking traffic as it does
now. To work in downtown, the Red Cars have to be more
“nimble.” More nimble means hopping on and off at street
level without the need for an elevated station. More nimble
means a step that lowers automatically to ground level for
wheelchair access. That means converting the Red Cars into
the types of cars found on most other urban trolley systems.
Unfortunately, the existing system is not compatible with the
proposed future system and we cannot extend the existing
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Port of Los Angeles 5
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system into downtown. The study recommends taking out
the existing Red Car system and starting from scratch!
Clearly, the question, “What do we want the Red Car to be
when it grows up?” needs to be answered. When originally
constructed, the focus was on moving cruise passengers
to downtown. The Red Car Line was built before a more
comprehensive evaluation of the system opportunities was
examined. Although we have seen ridership increase due
to the fountain opening, our ridership is still limited. Our
study showed that by converting the system to an electric
trolley system, we create the potential of having the system
serve a dual role - a transit system as well as a way for visitors
to move along the waterfront. Imagine if you could get to
LAX or downtown LA by taking the Red Car north up Gaffey ElisE swanson
Street or north from a Wilmington line to connect to an MTA
light rail line - our study identified some potential routes to
make this happen.
Being part of a transit system opens up opportunities for Phone 310.241.0699
federal and state transit funding. So, the study may not have Fax 310.241.0099
given us the answer some hoped for - an easy way to connect
to downtown - but we may have gotten something better: a
broader vision of how a modified system could become part
of a larger harbor area transit system, one that brings value P.O. BOx 989 • San PedrO, Ca 90733
to all of San Pedro and Wilmington, not just visitors using the www.POnteviSta.COm
waterfront. Timing is perfect to seek transit money with the
reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Bill expected
to be a high priority for the Obama Administration. Is it
possible Wilmington and San Pedro can rally around a better
idea? What do you want the Red Car to be when it grows up?
In my Executive Director’s Report at each Board
meeting, I report about something significant facing
the Port. If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to
watch the webcast or replays on our website, www.
portoflosangeles.org. You can find my report on the
Red Car Feasibility Study on the video for the Harbor
Commission meeting of November 6, 2008. You can see
example of the types of urban trolley systems I mention
is this column.
285 W. 6th Street, Unit 104
San Pedro, CA 90731
A Natural Healing Arts Salon
6 Shopping in San Pedro 3
San Pedro Shopping Adventures Here, you wind your way through rows of long tables displaying
everything from dolls, angels and decorations to hand-stitched
continued from page 1 accent pillows, crystal display pieces and candleholders, serving
dishes and trays, colorful holly and ivy sprays, and more. My
These are some of the stops I made, where neighborhood shop standout favorite was an attractive collection of windup wooden
owners are ready and waiting to show off this year’s offerings. music boxes with moving, miniature scenes.
On the Waterfront The Assistance League is a philanthropic organization whose
proceeds are used to fund community programs such dentistry
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Gift Shop and school and medical supplies. So come in and score unique
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., 90731, (310) 548-7562 gifts and decorations at bargain prices, and know you’re helping
www.cabrilloaq.org many excellent, local causes.
Tue–Fri 10:30AM–4PM, Sat/Sun 11AM–5PM
At first, you’ll notice things here you might expect in any museum Point Fermin Area
gift shop – science books, tee shirts and the like. But keep The Corner Store
looking. You’ll 1118 W. 37th St., 90731; (310) 832-2424
find seaweed- Mon–Fri 6AM – 6PM, Sat/Sun 7AM–6PM
wrapped, fired- Proprietor Peggy Lindquist really works hard at showing her
porcelain pottery customers a good time. For one thing, there’s always something
delicately crafted special going on, in addition to the usual, which is… well, unusual.
by a local artist, It’s a Café, a grocery store, and a gallery? Right? The answer is YES!
next to a necklace to all. It’s also
molded of almost- a meeting
translucent place, a
marlin scales by neighborhood
another. The hangout, a
shop features an quiet spot to
extensive selection of science- and sea-themed toys for kids of all read the paper
ages. You can purchase glass and enamel candle holders, frames and even give
and decorations as well as sea photos and artwork. My standout the pooch a
favorites for their uniqueness?: “sock” coin purses and a larger, treat.
eco-friendly clutch made entirely of recycled juice boxes.
“Friends” members (see an Aquarium representative) receive loved the
a 20% discount at the shop. With a purchase of $25 or more, store for
shoppers who mention this article will receive a free, finely decades
stamped brass tree ornament that features the Aquarium logo, a for its candy selection that still includes the classics: dots, wax
$6.95 value. lips, Bazooka and more. The Corner Store feeds grown-ups well,
Weymouth Corners too. You can get regular and designer coffees, lunch (including
sandwiches, savory pies, salads and Vienna hog dogs, “the filet
Assistance League of San Pedro/South Bay Gift Shop mignon of franks”) and the most diverse selection of soda and
1441 W. 8th St., 90732; (310) 832-8355 beer to be found in the area, if not the known universe.
Mon–Fri 10AM – 5PM, Sat 11AM–3PM A fixture on the San Pedro “Palisades” for generations, The Corner
There’s something for everyone at the Assistance League. Store is gearing up for another December, the highlight coming
A community pillar for the past 72 years, the thrift store is a on Friday, the 19th, with “Miracle on 37th Street,” which
consignment and retail nonprofit staffed entirely by the world’s will include a visit by Santa from 6–7 PM, and then caroling — a
friendliest volunteers. Here, you can browse through an immense rehearsal at the store from 7–7:30 PM, then everyone heads out en
selection of highly creative clothing and merchandise, lots of masse to sing all along 37th Street.
it found by buyer Farazaneh Parsa. As I was touring the store, a In addition, each weekend in December will feature artist shows
customer at the card rack called out, “They have the best cards!” and sales of artwork, jewelry and crafts, such as hand-stitched
and I checked it out. They are pretty and funny, and the ones that aprons, scarves and handbags. Art on display is available for
particularly caught viewing and purchase, and features landscape paintings by local
my eye feature artists and smaller works by emerging artist. This is truly a place to
extraordinary find the unexpected and beautiful gift that will be appreciated for
photographs of years to come.
faces, animals and
settings. Especially dazzling holiday offer: pastry orders from La
Mousse bakery. Come in (at least a week in advance, please) to
The seasonal look through a catalog of the most delectable desserts imaginable
extravaganza is to add some real treats to your gatherings. You can also order fresh
the “Christmas cut flowers.
now through Mention this article to qualify for a special gift or discount.
Shopping in San Pedro 7
Western Ave. Drop-In Cards & Gifts
385 W. 6th St., 90731; (310) 548-1239
Cardsmart Mon–Thu 10AM–6:30PM, Sat 10AM–4:30PM, Sun 11AM–3:30PM
28126 S. Western Ave., 90732, (310) 832-3060 (longer hours on holidays)
Mon–Fri 9:30AM – 7:30PM, Sat 9AM–7:30PM, Sun 10AM– You’ll be so glad you dropped into this very entertaining “card”
5:30PM store. It’s a great place to pick up small, affordable and funny
A locally owned card-and-gift vendor, Cardsmart features a large gifts as well as beautiful, artist-designed clothing, jewelry and
selection of cards, bows and wrapping for all occasions, in addition candles. Owner Darka Klaric,
to some great gift ideas. Some who has been in business
of the standards you’ll find are on Sixth Street for 18 years,
pens, stuffed animals, puzzles carefully selects unique and
and other toys, and some festive creative items she knows her
decorations. customers will adore as much
Also featured prominently in the as she does.
store is the “WillowTree” figurine This year’s stars include
display, the adorable, hand- “fusion” serving plates and
carved-looking statuettes that ornaments by Silvestri, which
add sweet accents to any shelf or feature colorful inset designs
table, and are excellent choices as – a gorgeous departure from
small gifts. traditional holiday fare. You’ll
Cardsmart offers discounts on also find hand-painted clocks,
boxed cards and Christmas wrap. glassware, decorations, funny
Five percent discounts are offered aprons and ties, extremely
to students of Holy Trinity and funny cards – both boxed
Christ Lutheran schools. Call the and individual – delicious-
store, or visit, for details. smelling cream soaps from Maui and fruit-and-flower-scented
candles. While Drop-In’s line of “OLD GUYS RULE” attire is
Historic Downtown District its number-one bestseller, perhaps most stunning is the upscale
selection of Swarovski Crystal Clothing by designer Christina
Our Creations Alexander. These short, jean-jacket style outer garments offer a
416 W. 6th St., 90731; (310) 519-8231 great way to dress up a casual outfit with some serious dazzle.
Open 7 days, 11AM – 7PM during the holidays.
Carla Ortega’s early education in artisan handiwork is very Darka thanks her many San Pedran customers for their support
evident as you enter the store and see her original creations on over the years. Hurry in and mention this article for a special
display. When you look at the free, gorgeous ornament with a purchase of $25 or more, while
dolls and figurines with their supplies last.
animated facial expressions Sunken City Skates
and elaborate wardrobes, you 619 S. Mesa St., 90731; (310) 833-6678
might be startled (as I was) to Mon–Sat 10AM–8PM, Sun 11AM–4PM
realize that you are looking
at something completely
made by hand – face, hands,
feet, hair, entire figures – in
Carla’s workshop. The detail
is breathtaking. The store also
carries adorable figures that are
The shop features an array of
decorations and accessories, Lords of Dogtown fans will feel right at home in this shop, now
including custom-designs, for open three months in its downtown location. Come in, browse
holidays, weddings and special and check out the advanced demos on the in-store, full-size,
parties. If making your own custom centerpieces are your half-pipe ramp.
passion, you’ll find many elements here to choose from. Offering a complete selection of skateboards, eyewear, shoes,
In it’s 19th year, Our Creations offers crafts, handmade items, apparel and accessories for the fashionable skater, Sunken City
custom holiday decorations and ornaments including Santas, will give a 10% discount, with a $25 minimum purchase, to
angels, dolls and snowmen. Other pieces include vases, shoppers who come in and mention this article.
buttons, bows, miniature flower bunches and elastic ribbons.
Bring in this article to receive a 15% discount with a purchase continued on page 8
of $25 or more.
Spend locally … Benefit locally!
8 Shopping in San Pedro 3
continued from page 7 Off The Vine
600 S. Pacific Ave., Suite 103 (enter on 6th St.), 90731; (310)
Soluna 977-7990, offthevinewines.com
315 W. 6th St., 90731; (310) 833-3695 Tue–Wed 12PM–7PM; Thu 11AM–8PM; Fri/Sat 11AM–9PM;
Opens at 11AM every day; closes at 7PM Mon–Fri; 6PM on Sat; Sun 1–6PM
5PM on Sun. Michael Koth was a wine aficionado long before he and his
Hipsters from 16 to 60+ love Soluna, the clothing and wife, Alison, opened Off The Vine in November 2007. Now,
accessories shop on Sixth Street known as the place “Where he gets to immerse himself
Fashion and in his passion full time. He
Art Collide.” In
specializes in selections from
business about 18
months, Soluna small-production wineries
caters to a party of Central Coast California –
and professional including such labels as Clos
crowd with Pepe, Tobin James, Robert
trendy business Hall and Rancho Sisquoc – in
and casual attire. addition to products of Spain,
They also have France, Italy and beyond.
a great custom-
shoe painting Off The Vine features a
deal: just bring in Wine of the Month Club
your light, solid- that keeps you supplied
color “tennies” and they’ll custom-decorate them for you with the store’s picks of the
(call for details). Accessories offered include jewelry and more, month at discount prices,
supplied by emerging artists, many of whom are local. with no membership
Mention this article for a 10% discount with a minimum fee. In addition, you can
purchase of $25. educate your palate at
tastings every Friday and
The Grand Emporium Saturday, and keep an
323 W. 7th St., 90731;(310) 514-8429 eye out for Off the Vine’s
Mon-Sat 10AM – 5:30PM, Sun 11AM–4PM participation in many
Leave yourself time to browse, because Marylyn Ginsburg local events. Recently,
and her crew have packed many small, fabulous finds into the they offered a “Wine
cases, shelves and displays lining the walls and defining the
Lovers Package,” bundled
floor space at The Grand Emporium. Featured in “Romantic
Homes” magazine’s with tickets to the
November Relevant Stage, resident
2008 issue, this company of The Warner
aptly named Grand Theatre across the
establishment offers street.
a wide variety of Michael thanks San
gifts as well as décor
Pedrans for their great
items for home and
garden. support throughout the
year, and invites everyone
As you make your in for a 10% discount,
way through the
with a $25 purchase and
well thought out
and impeccably this article.
appointed holiday displays, you’ll see many bejeweled
items such as watches, frames and small crystal pieces.
Grand Emporium reps seek them out all year — in several Every Friday 9:00am -2:00pm • Mesa Street between 6th & 7th
national shows as well as locally; and some artists approach
San Pedro’s Historic Downtown
the store themselves.
A clear standout is an attractive watch made from twin
antique spoon handles by nearby artist Jennifer Northrup. • Farm Fresh Produce • Arts & Handmade Crafts
Other notables include “Maximal Art” by John Wind, and • Variety of Hot Food • Field Cut Flowers
gold-tone frames and clocks by Edgar Bareki. • Natural Honey & Nuts • Baked Goods
• Kettle Corn
In business 18 years and going strong, The Grand
Emporium is a great stop-off on the way to the party –
they’ll wrap your hostess gift for free. Bring in this article to
receive a 10% discount with a minimum $25 purchase.
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8. Service is Job #1
Return calls promptly. Refer callers to others when you’re not
available. Send out email tips or dedicate a part of your Web site
San Pedro’s British Restaurant and Pub specifically to client needs. Make sure it is easy for people to
contact you. Always follow up on calls or messages.
Andrew & Adela Silber; David Juarez
www.whaleandale.com 9. Word of Mouth
310.832.0363 Hold an open house. Join community organizations and network!
Contact speakers at conferences you attend.
Develop a new or improved logo. Get a memorable phone number,
such as “1-800-GOT-DEBT.” Include your Web address, email and
slogan consistently on all marketing materials.
11. Reach Out
Sponsor a booth at a tradeshow, hold an event at your office or give
a speech at a community gathering.
12. Put it in Writing
Write a column for the local newspaper, local business journal or
trade publication. Publish an article and circulate reprints.
by Dal Corsaro
SCORE (Service Corps of retired Executives)
To schedule an appointment,
please call the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce at: 310.832.7272
10 San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District 3
Business Improvement District
Business Improvement District security patrols begin December 2nd
BID President Eric Eisenberg announced: “The era of self- The BID Patrol will begin on Tuesday, December 2. A typical
empowerment for property owners has begun. As of December day shift of 2-officers will begin at 11:00 A.M. and extend until
2, 2008, PBID security personnel began patrolling the 7:30 P .M. On weekends officers will be scheduled until 11:30
downtown district.” .M.
P in order to serve the dinner crowds. All schedules will be
“For years there has been a general consensus that the success continuously monitored in order to assure the business owners
of downtown business was inextricably linked to the provision and the public that their highest need times are met. Security
of more security in the area. Now the new PBID will be schedules will also be customized to serve special events and
meeting that important need,” Eisenberg continued. activities. San Pedro will benefit from a full-time dedicated
Director of Security, Dave McCall.
Camilla Townsend, Executive Director of the San Pedro
Chamber of Commerce, and also a BID Board Member said: “I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the
“While I have personally always felt safe shopping downtown, San Pedro community, as we have done in the Hollywood and
the perception of safety was not as strong as it should have Sunset & Vine BID areas. We will strive to create an intricate
been. Clearly, customers, business owners, and tourists will be partnership between Andrew International’s Foot Beat Officers
able to draw comfort from the roving patrols of 2-officers each.” and the local businesses to provide a safer environment
A focus group survey of Chamber of Commerce designed to spur community growth,” McCall said.
Members and others conducted in August 2006 Andrews International, a local security services firm
reflected that nearly 26% of all respondents agreed founded by former LAPD officers, was selected by
with Townsend’s assessment. This was the highest the PBID Board of Directors to provide services
priority for action as measured by the survey. in San Pedro following a competitive selection
“LAPD and the Port Police have limited resources process. The firm provides similar services in
and have simply not been able to be every where at all times. Hollywood, CA that have been widely credited with
The new BID patrol will add resources to make certain our helping that community’s revitalization become
business district is safer,” said Jayme Wilson, of Ports O’ Call permanent.
Restaurant and Spirit Cruises.”
Board of Directors
PBID Board of Directors in action Business Improvement District
September, 2008 San Pedro
• Approved and executed By Laws
Eric Eisenberg, Property Owner
• Ratified interim board members
The Renaissance Group
• Proposed standard form agreement with the City of Los
Angeles for BID administration Jayme Wilson, Owner Operator
• Approved liability insurance contract from Insurance West Spirit Cruises & Ports’ O Call Restaurant
• Approved start up loan in the amount of $5000 for the purpose Alan Johnson, Property Owner
of binding insurance and for the payment of miscellaneous Jerico Development, Inc.
start up costs Camilla Townsend, President & CEO
• Invoiced city clerk for an advance of assessment funds San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
• Contracted with the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce for Ralph Hicks, Director of Economic Development
office space and support services Port of Los Angeles
• Contracted with Duckworth Consulting for BID Lauren Cohen, Vice President
implementation services Galaxy Commercial Holding
• Approved security services RFP
• Approved marketing funds expenditure for the “Day of the Anthony Bilas, Property Owner
Dead” – $800 Dar Horn, Property Owner
• Approved the addition of Dar Horn to the interim Board of
• Approved the contract with Andrews International Security for
BID Security/Ambassador Services Upcoming BID Meetings
• Approved BID financial policy and procedures statement
• Approved bookkeeping services and CPA services contracts January 7th
• Approved draft cash flow model for Historic Waterfront
District/PBID February 4th
• Approved agreement with Dekra-Lite for holiday decorations
installation 638 S Beacon Street, Room 462
• Formed an ad hoc committee to work with CRA to develop 9am - 10:30am
an artist rent subsidy/incentive program
San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District 11
Arts, Culture and Entertainment District
LIVE at the Grand Annex for the Folk Music
Center in Claremont.
“I don’t go looking
by Judith Blahnik for a particular sound
According to the Arts Cultural and Entertainment District or experience, says
concept, if the arts thrive, so then will the neighborhood. Archambault. I just
keep open and if
The recent launch of weekend live music performances at that a certain music or
Grand Vision Foundation’s
performance space downtown
San Pedro is the latest to test Programming at LIVE at the Grand Annex is
the ACE concept. eclectic and international
LIVE at the Grand Annex
presents an eclectic mix of
world and folk music in the
intimate listening setting at
434 W 6th St. on at least two
weekends each month. For
It might be too early to rave sound speaks to me, I gravitate
about economic impact towards it. Then I think, if I
downtown. Then again, in its move towards it, possibly others
first two months the music will too.”
series has drawn surprisingly The most recent standing-
good audiences, “better than room-only-night at LIVE at
expected” says Taran Schindler the Annex, the third in the
who does marketing and popular Japanese fusion series
outreach for LIVE. And it has of performances, presented the
sold out twice. The producers Taiko Center Ensemble and the
are already looking to grow stirring sounds of traditional
the series and see it through Taiko drums fused with tap
spring, ’09. dancing, Japanese folk dancing,
LIVE is collaboratively song, flute, the visual agility of
produced by Grand Vision the drummers, and a Shamisen
Foundation and Alyssa (Japanese lute) performance
Archambault of Paniolo that stunned the already
Productions who books the enveloped audience. It was a
performances. two encore night.
“It’s because Archambault, who has produced
of Paniolo’s alone most of her professional
reputation and life, says she’s thrilled with
knowledge the collaboration with the expert
that we’ve Grand Vision producing team,
been able to which not only champions the
hit the ground series concept but has deep
running,” says roots in the community and far-
Liz Schindler- reaching educational and marketing
Johnson of opportunities.
Grand Vision The co-producers regard their
Foundation. work as more than booking acts.
Archambault According to Grand Vision’s Taran
brings great Schindler and Archambault, LIVE at the Annex is an
readiness opportunity to grow a distinctive series over time and to
indeed. Since introduce more musicians and performers to a compact
childhood she venue only 30 minutes from downtown LA.
has been developing a wide-range appetite for the sounds of It will also bring artists and the public together in regularly
world culture and folk traditions, plus American jazz, blue grass, offered workshops, and provide special music programs for
vaudeville. . . . children. Once again, Grand Vision is living up to its name.
She’s built audiences too, having hosted two music programs
for KCRW and KPFK and produced a 4-year long live series See the LIVE at the Annex ad on page 18
12 Chamber and Community Meetings Calendar
Chamber and Community Meetings Calendar 13
Listed below are chamber meetings and events, and community meetings, for more information
on these events and additional community and business events, please visit the chamber’s
website at HYPERLINK “http://www.sanpedrochamber.com” www.sanpedrochamber.com or call
310-832-7272 to be added to the chamber’s weekly events newsletter distribution list. To receive
the weekly events newsletter you must have a valid email address or fax number.
Friday, Dec. 5 Monday, Jan. 19
5:00 pm Annual Candy Cane Lane Open House & Festival 6:30 pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting
Weymouth Corners Cabrillo Marina Community Center
Sunday, Dec. 7 Tuesday, Jan. 20
1:00 pm Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade 5:30 pm Port Community Advisory Council (PCAC)
Downtown San Pedro Port of Los Angeles High School
Monday, Dec. 8 Wednesday, Jan. 21
6:30 pm Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting 6:00 pm San Pedro Chamber Board of Directors and Annual
Peck Park Community Center Membership Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 9 Port of Los Angeles High School
8:00 am Economic Policy Thursday, Jan. 22
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce 8:30 am Adopt-A-Spot Meeting
6:30 pm Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
Port of Los Angeles High School 8:30 am Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners
Tuesday, Dec. 11 Banning’s Landing Community Center
8:30 am Ponte Vista Project Hearing - Los Angeles Planning Wednesday, Jan. 28
Commission 7:30 am San Pedro Chamber Breakfast Forum
Los Angeles City Hall Ports O’ Call Restaurant
Monday, Dec. 15
6:30 pm Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting
Cabrillo Marina Community Center
Tuesday, Dec. 16 For a continuously updated calendar of
5:30 pm Port Community Advisory Committee (PCAC) Chamber and community events, go to:
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Port of Angeles High School
5:30 pm Regional Chambers Holiday Mixer
Los Verdes Golf Club 7000 W. Los Verdes Drive, RPV
Thursday, Dec. 18
8:30 am Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners
Banning’s Landing Community Center
Business Counseling at the Chamber
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS DEC. 24 - JAN. 1 Mondays
9:30am -12:00 noon
Wednesday, Jan. 7 Call 310-832-7272 to schedule an appointment
9:00 am Property Owners Business Improvement District
Downtown Farmers Market
San Pedro City Hall – Room 462 Fridays
6:00 pm Pacific Corridor Community Advisory Committee (CAC) 9:00am-2:00pm • 6th Street, between Pacific & Mesa
Crowne Plaza LA Harbor Hotel
Thursday, Jan. 8
6:00 pm Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners
Port of Los Angeles Administration Building
Monday, Jan. 12
6:30 pm Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting
Peck Park Community Center
Tuesday, Jan. 13
8:00 am Economic Policy
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
6:30 pm Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council Meeting
Port of Los Angeles High School
Thursday, Jan. 15
8:30 am Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners
14 Continued from Page 1
Chamber Waterfront DEIR response a. Emphasis be placed on connecting Ports O’ Call
to the downtown through a seamless connection,
continued on page 8 including extension of the Red Car into
downtown (see below).
The Chamber’s mission is to make San Pedro an b. As recommended by the Urban Land Institute
economically, environmentally and socially sustainable and Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the historic
community. That means we look for any new developments landmark institutions that have been serving the
to: community for almost fifty years - the San Pedro
1. Enhance our current economic assets, while adding commercial fishing slips, Ports O’ Call Restaurant
new ones. and San Pedro Fish Market - should be retained.
2. Create or attract new jobs with good wages and c. 50,000 square feet of new development be added
career growth opportunities. to the current 150,000 square feet at Ports O’ Call.
3. Enhance our current environmental assets, mitigate 3. Red Car Line Extension
past environmental problems and add new assets. The line’s first expansion should be routed through
4. Create new educational and recreational resources. Downtown San Pedro. At a minimum it should be
routed west on 5th Street to Centre Street, south on
These principles have been applied to our evaluation of Centre Street to 7th Street and east on 7th Street to
the 2008 Waterfront Project Draft EIS/ EIR. After review by return to the main line. This was promised to the
the Chamber’s Waterfront Subcommittee, Economic Policy community and should be of the highest priority.
Committee; and with input from significant community
organizations; the Board of Directors recommends and 4. Road Improvements
strongly supports moving forward with Alternative The Chamber does not support realigning Harbor
Development Scenario 4, with minor modifications. Boulevard, as disconnecting the 5th Street and 6th
Street access to the Maritime Museum and Ports O’
As preface to the comments that follow, we would like to Call will create another barrier between Downtown
emphasize that, a.) none of the following comments should and the Waterfront. The Chamber does support the
be construed to indicate that we advocate or support re- Town Square and Fountain elements of the project.
circulating the Draft EIS/EIR, b.) as waterfront development The only roadway improvement that the Chamber
proceeds, all Downtown elements should be included in the supports is the extension of 7th Street due east to
first phase, and c.) we have made it a priority to incorporate Sampson Way at the foot of the proposed 7th Street
the comments of other significant community organizations. Pier.
Elements supported as stated in Alternative 4: Additions to Alternative 4
1. Waterfront promenade Three major elements advocated by the Chamber and entered
2. Inner Harbor Cruise Berths into the record at the EIR Scoping Hearing and not included
3. No Outer Harbor Cruise Passenger parking in the DEIR should be studied.
4. New Harbors 1. Marine Science Research Institute
a. Downtown Harbor with Los Angeles Maritime This should have been included in the DEIR,
Institute Facilities beginning with adaptive reuse of the warehouses at
b. 7th St. Pier Berth 58-60.
5. Conference Center 2. Clean-up of the Westways site
6. Three New Waterfront Parks This should be a high priority with the Port.
7. SS Lane Victory 3. Outer Harbor Cruise Berth
8. Red Car Maintenance Facility and Museum The Port should continue to plan for the availability
9. Ralph J. Scott Fire Boat Museum of an occasional-use berth at Kaiser Point while the
10. Catalina Express inner harbor terminal remains the focus of passenger
Elements supported with modifications:
The Chamber appreciates the Port of Los Angeles’ continued
1. Parking Structures: commitment to moving forward on the San Pedro Waterfront
a. The one new Inner Harbor Cruise Passenger Project and looks forward to working with the Port to
Parking Structure should include ground floor continue making progress on this exciting and vital project.
restaurants and retail to enhance the pedestrian
experience adjacent to the Gateway Fountain. “This document not only stays true to the Chamber’s original
b. Any additional parking structures should be position, but works within the Port’s own plans to achieve
located for shared use between the downtown both the goals of the community and the Port. We have built a
and waterfront districts. broad based coalition. Now we can truly move forward toward
2. Ports O’ Call Development using the waterfront to bring the Historic Downtown back
Redevelopment of Ports O’ Call is a major element of to economic sustainability, while building a future San Pedro
the San Pedro Waterfront Project and the Chamber that many generations to come will be proud of,” stated Eric
recommends: Eisenberg, Chair of Chamber’s Waterfront Sub-committee.
Business and Education 15
Opera, teens and thanks for a job well done
Supporting San Pedro’s schools and ensuring that Director, and Yesenia Aguilar, Coordinator of the College
business has a well educated future workforce, Bound Program, from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor
the Chamber’s Business and Education Committee Area. Senior Lead Office Joe Buscaino was the keynote speaker
has had an active Fall agenda. for the day-long event,
The ninth grade students represented San Pedro High School,
Grand Experience The Port of Los Angeles High School, Banning High School,
On November 7, 2008, the Committee sponsored the Grand Renaissance School for the Arts and Sciences, Rolling Hills
Experience featuring the San Diego Opera Educational Preparatory School, Boys & Girls Clubs of the L.A. Harbor, LA
Outreach Program. Over 1400 Bridges - Toberman Neighborhood Center Youth Program, San
students from San Pedro and Pedro Youth Coalition, San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA,YWCA of
Wilmington Schools attended the Harbor Area, and Harbor Occupational Center.
a performance of the opera, Reception for
“Rumplestiltskin” at the
Warner Grand Theatre. Buses
sponsored by Councilwoman Karnette
Janice Hahn and Conoco- The San Pedro Chamber of
Phillips Company helped Commerce through its Business/
transport the students to the Educations/Arts committee in
event. For many students, partnership with the Grand
not only was this their first Vision Foundation, honored
exposure to opera, but to Assemblymember Betty Karnette
the Historic Warner Grand with a reception on Thursday
Theatre as well. evening, December 4th, at the
Grand Annex in downtown San
12th Annual Pedro.
Members of the San Diego
Opera Ensemble, as part of their
Having served as a California State Senator as well as in the
educational outreach program, On December 2, 2008, the
and sponsored in part by the Assembly, Betty has always been a great supporter of San Pedro,
Committee sponsored the
Gluck Foundation, perform and of all of our education programs and events. As a former
12th Annual Teen Conference
Rumplestiltskin at the Warner school teacher, she has authored significant education reform.
Grand Theatre for San Pedro and – “Teens at Table Building
Wilmington students. Bridges to Success”- at the The Chamber CEO Camilla Townsend presented Betty with a
DoubleTree Marina Hotel in token of appreciation, and on behalf of the Chamber, expressed
San Pedro. The conference good wishes for her new endeavors which they hope will
focused on interactive continue her involvement in education and the San Pedro
workshops and general Community.
sessions designed to give
students the tools and skills
to help them stay in school Los Angeles
instead of becoming drop out
statistics, and to set goals to Bay Area
prepare them for college and
the workforce. P: 877~733~5611
The 189 invited ninth- C: 408~644~2350
grade students from public,
parochial, and private high
schools attended general
sessions facilitated by Max
Weischedel from San Pedro
High School, a “Building Bridges to Success” workshop Maryam Odabaee ASP, IAHS
facilitated by Dr. Windy Warren from Banning High School, Accredited Staging Professional
a “Living the Dream…Making Things Happen in Our Life” Interior Designer / Consultant
workshop facilitated by Annette Ciketic of fINdings, Inc. and Residential / Commercial
Harbor Adult School, and a “No Excuses-Aim High and Control eMail: info@REDHomeDesign.com
Your Future” workshop facilitated by Mike Lansing, Executive
16 Member News
Williams Bookstore celebrates 100 yEAR AnnIVERSARy
Proper Care and Tending of a Century Old Bookstore Anne and Jerry Gusha have skillfully survived by developing a
niche market for the bookstore, specializing in local authors,
A little eight year old girl wandered into San Pedro’s Williams’ harbor area history, comic books and foreign newspapers and
Book Store and fell in love. She fell in love with books and magazines. Can’t find what you want on the shelves? They will
stories; romance, adventure and fantasy. Mr. E.T. Williams, who order the book for you, no need to leave town! And at any First
founded the book store in 1909, enjoyed Thursday ArtWalk, the store is packed
encouraging children to read and set with audience members there to hear
books aside for her and others. authors read or musicians perform.
By the time she graduated San Pedro The Gushas are well informed book
High School in 1940, Anne Gusha was lovers and take great pride in the
“hooked” and began working at the community. Both have served on
store full time. In 1980, Anne and the Friends of the San Pedro Library;
her son Jerry purchased Williams’ Jerry just completed his term as its
Book Store which is now the oldest President. He has also served on
continuously operating new book the board of the former Business
store in Los Angeles and an Historic Improvement District.
Anne has been recognized for her
The store moved around volunteer work in the community,
downtown over the years, from going way back as an involved
Beacon Street, to 6th and Pacific, Mom with 3 children at Leland
until its final move to the current Street School. She has served on
location at 443 W 6th Street. It has weathered the major the board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown
economic storms of the last century and has even survived the Business Association, is currently the Chair of the Chamber’s
advent of the super-sized bookstores. Two such chain stores Beautification Committee and a member of Soroptimist
have come and gone from Western Avenue locations, even International of Los Angeles Harbor.
while Williams carries on.
In the hands of such caring, capable hands, Williams Bookstore
will thrive right through another century.
January 23, 24 and 25th will mark the store’s 100th Anniversary.
Save the date and visit Williams’ Book Store to celebrate and
Serving the San Pedro
350 W. 5th Street, San Pedro (5th & Mesa Streets)
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.priorityoneprinting.com
Events for Your Calendar 17
An invitation to design and decorate a bra for charity
A local women’s aid group will sponsor “What a Pair!”, a charity drastically, in order to assist a significant number of women in
fundraiser to benefit the fight against breast cancer in the our area.
harbor area, on Friday, February 27, 2009 from 6:00–9:00 PM “What a Pair!” organizers encourage individuals and businesses
at the Croatian Cultural Center (see ad on page 16). The to donate sponsorships as well as to participate in the
organizers will call on the creative sides of artists and other creations. The entrance fee for designers is $200, and sponsors
donors, asking them to design and decorate a bra, which will be will receive acknowledgement for their participation.
displayed and auctioned.
For more information contact: Marta Valladolid, Bringelson
Funded by Soroptimist International of Los Angeles Harbor, the .
Jewelers, 461 W 6th St, Suite 104, San Pedro, CA 90731,
event will raise cash to help meet the growing costs of women’s 310-832-5482, email@example.com. Soroptimist
health care. The harbor- International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
SAVE the Date!! area club was founded in
1941, when it began its part
of the larger, international organization’s mission to improve
the lives of women and girls in communities throughout the Reminder!
Chamber Members and the Public are
Ten years ago, the local club founded an endowment at the
former San Pedro Hospital (now Little Company of Mary, San
invited to meet and mingle with
Pedro) to provide mammograms for women in financial need. the Chamber Board of Directors
As the testing and treatment of breast cancer has evolved at the
over the years, and a number of organizations now provide
mammograms at low or no cost, the Soroptimists are working Chamber General Meeting
with the hospital and other groups to expand the role of their Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • 6:00 PM
endowment to include training of professionals and other Crowne Plaza Hotel
types of testing. Of course, medical care costs are ever on the 601 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro
rise. This makes it imperative to increase financial resources
Port of Los Angeles High School
students land fall intern positions
by Briana Miller
The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce continues its Internship
program with help from Port of Los Angeles High School, which
recently sent several interested
candidates to interview for intern
positions. Two were chosen:
David Villa, seventeen and in the
eleventh grade, and Briana Miller,
fifteen and in the tenth grade.
Both interns report to the
Chamber office three afternoons
a week. Their assignments vary
from day to day, but always
include assisting on staff projects,
answering calls, speaking with
Chamber members, learning what Briana Miller
the Chamber does to help the
community and researching information for customers who call
or walk in with questions or requests.
Villa enjoys manning the phone
because he says it helps him
learn how to speak professionally
and handle customer requests
with confidence. Miller takes
delight in meeting new people
and being able to pick their
brains about their job. Both
students are excited and eager to
learn everything they can while
“I would definitely recommend
David Villa others applying for an internship
because it helps you get ready
for the business world. You learn how to carry yourself
professionally and gain social skills” says Villa.
“Interning at the Chamber allows you to meet wonderful
people, learn problem solving, improve many skills that are
necessary for life,” says Miller; “and you have the chance that
many never have, and it’s right in the palms of your hands.
Overall, it’s an experience we’ll never forget!”
Western Avenue 19
A Great Place to Live, Dine & Shop
The spirit of the holidays is alive on Western Avenue
Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa Claus will be filling up super prices. For those with a little fancier idea, head over to
his zero-emission hybrid sled on the day before Christmas at Distinctive Edge and get those family photos framed in gold
our very own Park Plaza Shell Station at 990 N. Western. and glitter! Distinctive Edge is another big Taste sponsor.
While is sled is getting a tune-up and a Safety Inspection he will
be handing out candy canes and pumping gas from 8 am until Hopefully, all of you were at the Chamber’s October breakfast
Noon on December 24th. Come by, visit with our favorite native that featured financial institutions and real estate companies
son from the north pole and cheer Santa on before he leaves on in town. We discussed the current financial crisis and what
his perilous journey of delivering gifts and cheer to all. our businesses need to do to grow and prosper. Paul Bills of
Mattucci Real Estate, on Western was one of the speakers
In the same spirit, Keller Williams on Western and Park Plaza along with Bank of America, Washington Mutual and Wells
Shell are collecting canned food for Toberman Neighborhood Fargo. All located on Western. Rae Gates, from Gates Funding
Center. Toberman feeds over 4,000 families each year and needs also was on the panel.
your help. At Park Plaza Shell you can get a complimentary
Safety Inspection and Oil Change when you bring in a shopping
bag of canned foods. An appointment is required and this offer
is good for 5 quarts of standard oil and a standard oil filter.
Have a great holiday season,
and don’t forget, Western Avenue is
Pina Restaurant (25th and Western) and Taxco (Western &
Capitol) supported the San Pedro Lions Club Dinner for Canine
a great place to live, shop and dine!!
Companions. This dinner raises money to support trainers of
dogs who become companions for physically challenged men
and women. The dogs, for example, learn how to pick up
dropped purses, help open doors and most important become
spiritual companions to their masters.
Chamber Hosts Western Avenue Corridor
Western Avenue welcomes our newest two restaurants;
P’Sketti and Think, Prime. Our Italian food lovers now have
Breakfast sponsored by Ponte Vista
a plethora of choices from Domenic’s to Niccolo’s, while Upcoming Meetings
Think will be offering steak and a piano bar. Think, also has
locations on 25th and Western and in downtown San Pedro. Thursday,
January 8, 2009
Those of us getting ready for the holidays need to check out 7:30 – 9:00 am
the newly remodeled Marie Calendar’s. They are still doing Taxco Restaurant
great pies! Get your turkeys and hams from Henry’s, Ralphs 29050 S. Western Ave, #154
or Albertsons. Don’t forget Albertsons is a big sponsor of San
Pedro’s Taste weekend and Henry’s supported the Lion’s Canine Topics Include:
Dinner. Business Development & Marketing • Safety & Traffic
Business to Business • Tips for Survival in Difficult Economic Times
With all the pressure of getting holiday cards out, turn that job
over to Cardsmart on Western, they have great cards and
Automotive Service Hours: Park Plaza Shell
Mon-Fri: 8am - 5pm 990 N. Western Ave • San Pedro
Saturday: 8am - Noon
All major credit cards accepted (310) 831-2888
20 Community Affairs
Downtown San Pedro is the Place to Be!
If you are interested in local and citywide issues, want to improve your neighborhood,
interested in the Port’s waterfront development plans, or want to find out what is going
on in downtown San Pedro, then please join us every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the
Port of Los Angeles High school, 6:00 pm.
You will hear reports from:
• The Mayors Office
• Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s Office
• Los Angeles Police Department
• The Port of Los Angeles
• The Various Neighborhood Council Committees
What has the Neighborhood Council done recently?
• You are invited to participate. Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council has led a community
effort to preserve Knoll Hill, and is currently engaged in a long - range open space planning
process with the Port of Los Angeles. Please visit our web site to learn about the recent
developments and dates for future community input and planning meetings.
• Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council has cosponsored the MTA Workshop on the 110
Freeway Toll Lane Conversion along with Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office, Coastal and
Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Councils. .
Call for Applicants:
• Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be appointing two members of our community to
fill the upcoming council seat vacancies. Those who are serious about applying should attend
our next Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 9th. For applications please visit our web page
or contact Kristina Smith at (310) 918-8650.
• Central San Pedro’s Knoll Hill Steering Committee is looking to fill a vacancy. The position
entails attending the Steering Committee and Community input Meetings, working with the
Landscape Architects, and assisting in outreach to bring community members into the process.
To find out more about how you can get involved visit:
The CENTRAL SAN PEDRO NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm at the
Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. 5th Street. Come early and enjoy refreshments. We urge all community
members to attend. For more info visit www.sanpedrocity.org
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Peck Park Auditorium 3.5”w x 2”h $155
To advertise, please call 310-832-7272
Please come participate, be heard, and help
make a difference for our town
Call Dan Dixon (310) 259-2928
on the Water
Dinner Cruises • Harbor Cruises • Private Parties
Los Palos Convalescent Hosp
Ports o’Call Village • shoreline Village
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These new members have invested in the future of their community
WeLCOMe ! Evelyn Fierro & Associates
3416 S. Carolina Street
AUTO BODY SHOP NON-PROFIT ORGANIzATIONS San Pedro, CA 90731
Y&S Enterprises Inc. San Pedro Alano (310)619-4256
Youman Safan Bob Ahl RESTAURANTS
1441 N. Gaffey Street 2001 20th Street Aloha Ice Cream & Coffee
San Pedro, CA 90731 San Pedro, CA 90731 Mickky Deguchi
(310)548-1120 fax (310)519-0013 (310)833-3525 .
1615 W 25th Street
firstname.lastname@example.org San Pedro, CA 90732
Peninsula Toastmasters Club #174
HOME SECURITY Henrietta Hurtado (310)547-1702
Brinks Home Security 623 S. Bandini Street SERVICES/TRANSLATION/TEACHERS
Tim Trainor San Pedro, CA 90731 Think French
15245 Allen Parkway #200 (310)357-7036 Nelly C. Aguillier
Irvine, CA 92618 1135 S. Dolphin Street
Los Angeles Yacht Club
(310)292-2618 fax (949)727-9729 San Pedro, CA 90732
285 Whalers Walk
INDIVIDUALS San Pedro, CA 90731
Paul Spiering (310)831-1203 fax(310)833-0922
390 W 7th Street
. San Pedro Chamber
San Pedro, CA 90731 Annual Membership Dues
(310)832-7272 # of Employees Rate per Year
1-5 ....................................... $240
MeMber AnniversAries 6-10........................................ 290
11-20 ..................................... 350
DECEMBER - JANUARY .
21-50 ..................................... 450
51-100 ................................... 680
We thank our renewing members for their continuing support of the 101-150 .................................. 780
Chamber and its programs. 151-200 .................................. 890
201-300 ................................ 1000
NHC Insurance Services, Inc. 301-600 ................................ 1750
41-50 YEARS .
601+ .................................... 2500
Harbor Brake & Automotive Service Rainbow Services
Sam’s Club Individual ................................ 90
Non-profit ............................. 140
31-40 YEARS Ship’N Mail Express
Home-based ......................... 170
Harbor Community Adult School Tomich Bros. Fish Company, Inc. Associate ................................. 90
Harbor Occupational & SP Skills Center Wellington Signs & Graphics
WorldPort Business Center For information or to join:
Toberman Neighborhood Center www.sanpedrochamber.com
21-30 YEARS 1-10 YEARS
Adriatic Travel Inc. A Plus Fingerprinting & Notary Svc.
A-1 All American Roofing Co., Inc. Don Marshall Accounting/
American Youth Hostels Business Management
Anderson, Lee A-Delta Realty
Alexander Consulting Services Mattucci Real Estate
Catalina Express Padilla, Katherine & Associates
City of Rancho Palos Verdes Butterfield Communications, Inc.
Calvary Pentecostal Church of God Peninsula Heritage School
The Grand Emporium Piazza, Donnelly & Marlette, LLP
Mini-Pac, Inc. Card One International
Celebrations Mobile DJ Service Renaissance School for Arts and Sciences
Rich Development Company Rolling Hills Preparatory School
U.S. Air Force SMC/PA Clean San Pedro, Inc.
Community Christian Church San Pedro High School
Ultimate Systems Activity, Inc. Pirate Booster Club
Complete Women Care, Inc.
Cooks Kitchen & Remodeling, Inc. San Pedro Magazine,
11-20 YEARS A Press-Telegram Publ.
Busy Bee Market Costco Wholesale #476
Huitt-Zollars, Inc. Santich Investment Services
DoubleTree Hotel San Pedro Simon’s Waterfront Banquet Center
Harbor Interfaith Services International Lobster Festivals
L.A. Harbor International Film Festival South Bay Body Shop
James R. Zupke Insurance Service, Inc. Tierra Vista Communities
Los Angeles Harbor College, LAFD Historical Society
Los Angeles Maritime Institute Wescom Credit Union
Community Svcs. Western Fish Company, Inc.
Marine Exchange of Southern California
Thank you to our major supporters U.S. POSTAGE
Corporate & Community Partners 2007-2008 PAID
SAN PEDRO, CA
Port of Los Angeles Diamond Permit No. 78
Community Redevelopment Agency Platinum 390 West 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Lou’s Floor Covering Platinum Change Service Requested
Councilwoman Janice Hahn, 15th District Silver
Jerico Development, Inc. Silver
Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District Silver
Boardwalk Cafe, Silver
Ports O’Call Merchants Assn.,
Ports O’Call Restaurant and
Albertsons Market Bronze
BNSF Railway Company Bronze
The Boeing Company Bronze
ConocoPhillips Company Bronze
Contessa Premium Foods Bronze
LA Inc. Bronze
Malaga Bank Bronze
Park Plaza Automotive Bronze
Plains All American Pipeline, LP Bronze
Ponte Vista San Pedro Bronze
SA Recycling Bronze
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