A citizen committee's recommendation may kill plans to turn White Point in San Pedro into an oceanfront state park and nature preserve.
After eight months of bitter public debate, the White Point Citizens Advisory Committee voted 9 to 4 against giving the 102-acre, city-owned parcel to the state. Instead, the committee will recommend that the City of Los Angeles develop it as a city park.
The committee, a loosely knit band of sports advocates, acted on strong local sentiment against overnight camping that was essential for the state park.
The committee said that most of the park should be devoted to so-called passive uses, such as picnic areas and nature trails, and that a small portion be used for sports fields. The committee will meet again in two weeks to make a final recommendation, and to consider other proposals, including means of obtaining funding for development of the park.
The city has said it has no money for White Point.
Councilwoman Joan Milke Flores, who with Mayor Tom Bradley appointed the committee, has said she would abide by the community's wishes.