September 28, 2014 SSHOA Reception

On Sunday, September 28,  2014, almost 150 guests gathered at June and John Tymczyszyn's home to enjoy the annual Members' Reception.  Click on the picture below of hostess June Tymczyszyn's Chalk Board art work to see a photo album.

This year's theme, Bon Jour, South Shores featured delectable French food.  Entertainment was provided by singer-actress, Pamela Clay, who sang some of Edith Piaf's favorite songs in French.  The photo album includes a video of Pamela Clay singing Edith Piaf's La Vie En Rose (last in the sequence of Pamela photos). 

Many lucky winners went home with valuable raffle prizes! 

You can still pay your $10 yearly dues
(see below: Annual Membership Campaign)

Officer Wight: Solicitation Ordinance

Getting solicitors?  They probably don't have a permit.  Check out L.A. City's ordinance here, courtesy of Officer Eve Wight.

City Services

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Board at Work


Noah Modisett and Anita Mannila

Annette Brodsky, John Lang,
Mingli Wang, Stan and Geraldine Katten and Anita

John, Anita, Annette, Jerry Gaines, Noah, Mingli

Dave McMullen, Annette, John

Geraldine, Stan, Richard Welsh

Joyce Hall, Mingli, Jerry, Anita, Vern Hall

New Skate Park Unveiled at Peck Park

Lightning Strike on Catalina Island, as seen from South Shores

Taken from the backyard of SSHOA Board Member and CyberWatch Captain Bob Genest -- 7/27/14, 3:17p.m. --
featured on the front page of The Daily Breeze, 7/29/14:

Great shot, Bob!

2014 Membership Drive

 Send $10 check to SSHOA, P.O. BOX 922, SAN PEDRO, CA 90733
(Please include name, address, phone, email address and whether a renewal or lifetime.)

Click here for more information. 

Former SSHOA Board Member Writes for the Daily Breeze

   

Christine Danella Lynch, a 10-year South Shores resident and former SSHOA Board Member, has turned her writing skills to a Daily Breeze column, My Turn

Enjoy her humorous/inspirational observations by clicking here...or here...or here.

Our gorgeous south shores coastline

GoPro(tm) video (when loaded) -- tour of South Shores coastline using a model Quadcopter (click here to see this high-tech gear).

To enlarge the video, hover the cursor near the bottom right corner and click the Full Screen icon (outlined box at far right).

Many thanks to cybercesar for the video (catch more of his on YouTube).

Spring Flowers

The Paseo Del Mar hardscape welcomes residents and visitors with a fresh crop of spring flowers. Thanks again to Tym and June Tymczyszyn for their contributions to the beauty of our neighborhood.

Eagle Scout Beautification

South Shore's residents traveling up along Cumbre Dr may have recently noticed a great improvement at the entrance driveway to the Elks club.  A new entrance sign has been constructed as part of an Eagle Scout project headed up by South Shores resident Michael Amalfitano (16 years old).  With the help of his fellow scout members and troop leader, Richard Keller, Michael and team did a fantastic job putting together a wonderful, professional looking new sign.

Michael was not the only Boy Scout within the troop to complete his Eagle Scout project within the Elks Club property.  See below.


What an inspiration it is to see this young generation working to help improve and beautify our neighborhood. Indeed it seems there is hope for our future!



   
Neighbor and newly minted (October 24, 2013) Eagle Scout, Michael Amalfitano, built the new Elks Club sign at Cumbre & Pelican as an Eagle Scout project. Pictured with Michael is their troop leader, Richard Keller, who was also key in completing the project. 

Troop member Alex Foster (age 17 of Rancho Palos Verdes) completed his Eagle Scout project by planting new pepper trees equipped with drip irrigation system along the Elks Club entrance driveway. 


  

South Shore's resident Liam Mercado (also age 16) headed up a project to install a new concrete walkway around the outside of the Elk's Club signature meeting room building which aided individuals walking up from the lower parking lot.  

October 2013 Update

(Daily Breeze, 10/10/13)  Nearly two years later, the area around San Pedro’s stunning ocean-front landslide is healing.

A $7.64 million repair effort has made big strides in stabilizing and cleaning up the collapsed shoreline, cleaning up and smoothing out what was once a tangled mess of pipes, wires and chunks of concrete and dirt.  But there’s more work to be done...More...


With $7.64 million in repair and stabilization work well under way, the next step in putting San Pedro's landslide site back together again will focus on rebuilding Paseo del Mar. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Breeze)

2013 Members Reception

On Sunday, Sept. 15, over 175 guests gathered at Mike and Keri Bottello's historic bluff-top home in South Shores to enjoy the annual Members' Reception.  This year's theme, Sunday In Santorini, featured authentic Greek food catered byThat Greek Place, and Greek dancing provided by the San Pedro Kolo Dancers of the Dalmatian American Club with a special performance by Kristy Hatton, a professional belly dancer.  Local businesses provided valuable raffle prizes to many lucky winners.

Click here for more pictures*... or a "Never on Sunday" SLIDESHOW!

* then click on a picture and click a left or right arrow for a slideshow.

   

New Recycling Center

The 25th and Western recycling center was recently upgraded. Below shows the facility being towed away BEFORE the upgrade:

Below is the facility AFTER the upgrade.  Notice the added bottle/can receptacles.  Also, the new facility prevents bags of containers being dumped on the parking lot since all containers must be fed into the receptacles.

Many thanks to SSHOA Board member Bob Genest for facilitating this upgrade!

New Neighborhood Watch Signs

The South Shores Homeowners’ Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 17 new Neighborhood Watch signs have been installed at key entry points into our community. At the Association’s Annual Meeting, held in January 2013, it was stated that one of our neighborhood betterment projects for the year was to replace and add to the old 12 by 18 inch signs that have “served” South Shores since ????

   
 Replacing old Sign #1 on Morse Drive Admiring new Sign #17 on 
Anchovy Ave. north of Paseo Del Mar
 

The project, authorized by the Association Board at their February meeting, included: procurement of the signs, obtaining necessary permits from the LAPD, LA Department of Street Lighting and the Harbor District office of the Department of Transportation, coordinating with the Councilman’s staff and the hiring a City approved contractor.

Board Member Joyce Hall served as agency liaison and project coordinator and contributed many volunteer hours toward its successful completion.  The project was completed on May 3, 2013 for an approximate cost of $1,160.00, using income derived from annual membership dues and a generous contribution of $100.00 from Dr. Bill Fleury.

Paseo Del Mar Repair Options

Four options discussed at the March meeting of the White Point Landslide Advisory Committee:

1. Restore the road in the same location without a retaining wall, which would require a complicated soil packing process, estimated to cost $43.8 million.

2. Build a bridge to span the slide area at a cost of $51.3 million.

3. Regrade the roadway, which would result in a dip and an uneven surface similar to Portuguese Bend to the west and would cost $6.7 million (although regular maintenance costs also would be required).
 

4. Restore the road in the same location but use a retraining wall below the street on the ocean side. Cost is about $28.8 million.

(Pictures and text courtesy of The Daily Breeze)

Annual Meeting Photos

(Click to enlarge)
       
 
     
(Pictures by Bob Genest and Dave McMullen)

Our Gorgeous South Shores!

Between Santa Catalina Island and South Shores plies a cruise ship:

Landslide Update

Here's the latest on the White Point landslide -- a video that includes remarks by SSHOA Board member Vern Hall.

Click on the picture above to go to the video.

Vern's photos (click a picture below to go to earlier landslide photos):

Good Neighbor Award to Rex Hemnes

           

Rex Hemnes  
Recipient of the SSHA's  Good Neighbor Recognition Award
 
The SSHOA is pleased to honor Rex Hemnes with the Good Neighbor Recognition Award  for his efforts to improve  the beauty of our area.   For several years, three times a week, Rex  has watered the pine trees along Paseo del Mar near Western Avenue.  He  loads water bottles into his car and then drives to the area to water the neglected trees. 


Below Left: Digging through branches to pour water.  Below Right: A "baby" well-formed tree Rex recently discovered(behind his left hand). Above Right: tail end of Transpac 2013 Yacht Race send-off.

Rex has become so attached to the trees that he decorates them with ornaments during the Christmas season.  The trees are thriving.  

             

Rex has also helped June and John Tymczyszyn,  take care of the plants around the South Shores hardscape at the corner of Paseo del Mar and Western Avenue.   Rex will be presented with a Good Neighbor Recognition Certificate at the annual Members' Reception in September.   

The GNRA program was started in 2009.  Past recipients of the award include retired LAPD Assistant Chief, George Beck, Dr. Richard Schaar, and artist Loa Sprung.

Know Your Watering Days

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Here's some breaking news (8/21/14) worth taking to heart: Break-in on 9th St.

Events Calendar

Click here for the latest Events Calendar along the San Pedro coast
(Courtesy thesanpedrocoast.com).

Business Directory

2014 Purpose Statement

South Shores Homeowners’ Association in San Pedro, CA, exists to enhance the daily lives of our community members by fostering a sense of “pride in belonging” to a community that cares about one another and seeks to nurture our spirit of neighborliness

One of our newest Board members says it this way:

One thing I care about is our neighbors, our neighborhood, our working together to Uplift & upgrade our community.  I have a mindset that is looking to see “what can the SSHOA do to make a positive and lasting  impact on others”  As you know I have only been a board member for a short time, but this is something I’ve had in the back of my mind.

Whether it’s helping those older than I with shopping, getting to and from doctors, assisting military families, welcoming new neighbors with a cake and application to join the SSHOA perhaps it’s all, some or none of these. [Board Member] Bob Genest has had a tremendous impact on our neighborhood safety.  He's probably too humble to acknowledge it, but we all know it. 

-- Rich Scandaliato

*** Click for the SSHOA Facebook site.  ***

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
   
     
     
     

Barking Dogs

FYI to South Shores residents from L. A. County Animal Care & Control:

Barking Dogs: Any pet owner or custodian who allows a dog to bark continuously or for an extended period of time in a manner that annoys the neighbors and disturbs the peace and tranquillity of the neighborhood may be guilty of allowing a public nuisance and punishable by a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1000 and/or six months in jail. (California Penal Code 373A and L.A. County Code Sec. 10.40.065) If you have a noise complaint, contact your local Department of Animal Care and Control agency or submit an Animal Complaint Form.

SSHOA Recommendation: Be a good neighbor -- work it out.
 

Anecdote: One Board member located the home of a barking dog and left a note calling the homeowner's attention to the barking dog with the Board member's phone number.  The homeowner promptly called to say the dog would not continue to bark as in the past.  The homeowner even visited the home of the Board member later on to express regret.  He left as a "good neighbor".

Endeavour Photos

Below is a photo of South Shores resident Michelle Sheridan “babysitting” the Endeavour at the LAX United Airlines hangar shortly after it arrived there. Michelle accepted this task as a representative of the California Science Center.

DO YOU HAVE a picture of Endeavour over South Shores?  Please send it to webmaster@southshoresha.org -- just click Attachment in your email and click on your picture.  THANKS!  Here's one sent by Mark and Monica Capalia:

The picture below was taken by Jeniffer McMullen at the Nature Center near Friendship Park -- can you see the F-18 fighter jet escorting Endeavor?  (Click here to see the jet.)


-- Photo courtesy of TheSanPedroCoast.com

miracle cat survives!

SSHOA Board Member Bob Genest and Michelle celebrated Christmas 2013 with an amazing saga of beloved Benny.  Click here to read the San Pedro Today story.

Finding South Shores

Between Rancho Palos Verdes
and Long Beach, locate the yellow square,
which is South Shores (below):

At bottom center above, 
this hardscape welcomes you:

NEWS

Out and About - Tuesday, July 15, 2014
     (Click these links:)
Weekends 11:00am-7pm "Crafted", Port of LA
Ongoing 9am-5pm U.S.S. Iowa Naval History Museum
Ongoing San Pedro reinventing itself as coastal destination (L.A. Times article)


More information:
310-729-9828 San Pedro Convention & Visitors Bureau
  310-832-7272 San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
 
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