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July 22, 1990
The body of a man with multiple stab wounds was found early Saturday at the shoreline near Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Police said they are investigating the death as a homicide. A passer-by discovered the body shortly before 7 a.m., said Los Angeles Police Lt. Kathleen Murcott. Police did not find a weapon, she said. The man appeared to have been 30 to 35 years old.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
An ocean swell will continue to produce big waves and strong rip currents along the California coastline, forecasters warned Monday. Waves will reach four to seven feet with occasional sets to nine feet along west- and northwest-facing beaches between San Luis Obispo County to San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service. The largest waves probably will be near Ventura Harbor in Ventura County, as well as Manhattan Beach to Cabrillo Beach in L.A. County. Weather forecasters say the swell also will produce sneaker waves in some of the coastal areas.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1987
After a two-day closure, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro reopened Thursday after county health officials determined that the water was not contaminated by a 3,000-gallon sewage spill into Los Angeles Harbor. The spill occurred Tuesday when a pipe broke at the city-operated Terminal Island Treatment Plant. The sewage, which officials said had undergone some treatment and was about to go through a chlorination process when the pipe broke, was funneled into the harbor through storm drains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A man died Saturday morning after he and two others were swept into the ocean by a rogue wave in San Pedro, authorities said. Dispatchers received a call about 6:35 a.m. that three people had been knocked into the ocean while standing on the Cabrillo Beach breakwater, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. One of the three, a 49-year-old man, made his way out of the water with little assistance. Rescue boats were sent out to find two others, Humphrey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
Repairs to the Cabrillo Beach parking lot that was damaged by a winter storm in 1987 will begin in August. Half of the 320 spaces at the parking lot off Stephen White Drive in San Pedro were lost when pounding waves sent boulders flying from a sea wall onto the lot. Bids for the repair job are expected to go out Tuesday, said officials of the city Recreation and Parks Department, which operates the lot. Construction is to begin in August and...
NEWS
August 13, 1987
Beachgoers were advised to stay out of the water along a 400-yard stretch of Cabrillo Beach after a small sewage pumping station lost its electrical power and a undetermined amount of sewage seeped onto the sand, Los Angeles city and county officials reported. Advisories were posted late Tuesday and remained in effect Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1991 | STEVE HIRANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sitting together on a grassy slope above the unprotected waters of Cabrillo Beach, Hal Parker and Nora Tay are waiting for the wind to rise. The sun already is high on this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. There's promise in the air. "It'll definitely be a ride today," Parker says. His confidence is steadfast. This is, after all, Cabrillo Beach, long known as "Hurricane Gulch." One of the most consistent high-wind areas in Southern California, it's a magnet for serious windsurfers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1986 | SANDY BANKS and RALPH CIPRIANO, Times Staff Writers
More than 12,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Los Angeles Harbor through a faulty drain valve at the Mobil Oil dock early Saturday, coating the water with a slick, black film for two miles south to the ocean breakwater and threatening the Cabrillo Beach marina to the west. Ten thousand feet of floating booms were erected in the harbor Saturday to absorb the oil and contain the spill, and Coast Guard officials said cleanup efforts would probably continue through Monday.
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July 7, 1991 | STEVE HIRANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sitting together on a grassy slope above the unprotected waters of Cabrillo Beach, Hal Parker and Nora Tay are waiting for the wind to rise. The sun already is high on this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. There's promise in the air. "It'll definitely be a ride today," Parker says. His confidence is steadfast. This is, after all, Cabrillo Beach, long known as "Hurricane Gulch." One of the most consistent high-wind areas in Southern California, it's a magnet for serious windsurfers.
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February 5, 1987 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The Army Corps of Engineers, concerned that erosion at Cabrillo Beach could eventually threaten the federal breakwater outside Los Angeles Harbor, wants to study the problem and come up with a plan to widen the outer beach by 100 feet. The corps office in Los Angeles last week asked permission from its division headquarters in San Francisco to conduct the study, a move local officials hope will lead to the first sand replenishment project at the wave-battered outer beach in 25 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A 36-year-old man who died Saturday after being pulled from the water in San Pedro was trying to help others who were swept into the water, officials with the Port of Los Angeles Police Department said. Initial reports indicated as many as three people had been knocked off the Cabrillo Beach breakwater by a wave, but Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno said the man who died was one of several who attempted to help after a man and a boy were swept away from the breakwater. He "jumped into the water to render aid and has subsequently died as a result of his efforts," Capodanno said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Anthony Clark Carpio, Los Angeles Times
Bowing to public pressure, air-quality regulators are floating a compromise on a proposed ban on wood-burning fire rings on beaches in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The proposal made public last week would soften the proposed ban by creating buffer zones between fire rings and homes and allowing for greater local control. Officials of the South Coast Air Quality Management District said they are working with Newport Beach on a test run of "alternative fuel" fire rings, which would probably run on propane or natural gas. Newport Beach officials have pushed to remove their city's rings on grounds they pose a health risk to nearby residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Southern California beaches had overall good water quality during the last year, and a vast majority of beaches received good to excellent ratings, according to an annual report released Thursday by Heal the Bay. The organization's beach report card was first published in 1991 and assesses water quality at more than 600 beach monitoring locations on the West Coast.  Each location is assigned an A to F grade. The higher the grade, the lower the chance of becoming ill while swimming in the water.  Southern California beaches that received A ratings during summer and dry winter periods included Santa Monica Beach at Wilshire Boulevard and Will Rogers Beach at Temescal Canyon, the report by the Santa Monica-based environmental organization found.  Some beaches received A+ ratings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Before the first star appears, dozens of fires lick the sand at Dockweiler State Beach, mirroring the copper-colored sunset. This coastal strip in Playa del Rey is the last major L.A. outpost of a California rite of summer since Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon Watusied through the "Beach Blanket Bingo" era: the beach bonfire. Every weekend, hundreds of people stream down Imperial Highway as early as 6 a.m. to grab one of Dockweiler's 60 fire rings, roast marshmallows and listen to the surf as the light fades away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Call it the case of the stowaway seabird. A man driving through Los Angeles was alerted Friday to an enormous bird that had hitched a ride in the back of his pickup truck. With its white body, black wings and curved yellow beak, it might have been mistaken for a super-sized sea gull. But the bird, it turns out, was thousands of miles from home. It was a Laysan albatross, a seabird with an impressive 7-foot wingspan that normally nests on remote islands and atolls in the North Pacific Ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The number of times the nation's beaches were closed or posted with warnings because of polluted water jumped last year to its second-highest level in 21 years, in part because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and heavy rains that swept pollutants into the ocean at an accelerated rate, according to a report released Wednesday. The Natural Resources Defense Council found that contamination from oil, urban runoff, and human and animal waste continued to take a toll on beaches across the country in 2010, according to the report . In California, where heavier than normal rainfall greatly increased the amount of water and pollutants being flushed into the ocean, closures and advisories nearly doubled, and the number of beach water tests that exceeded state health standards rose to 11% from 9% the year before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the aftermath of a collision that killed a Long Beach windsurfer four months ago, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission took a crucial step Wednesday to ban all powerboats and personal watercraft from a portion of the harbor and Cabrillo Beach. Citing safety reasons, the board unanimously approved a measure to set speed limits and to create an exclusive zone for nonmotorized vessels for at least 90 days beginning Feb. 15.
NEWS
December 9, 1990 | DEAN MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The outer portion of Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, devastated by more than 25 years of ocean currents and winter storms, will be widened by about 250 feet thanks to construction at a sewage treatment plant nearly 20 miles away. More than 300,000 cubic yards of sand will be excavated next fall near the city of Los Angeles' Hyperion treatment plant in Playa del Rey and hauled by truck to San Pedro, under a plan approved by city recreation and parks officials on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2007 | Margaret Wappler
WATCHING the grunion is a California ritual -- but not without its tensions. From April to the end of July, San Pedro's Cabrillo Beach is overtaken by the spawning season of the silvery, smelt-like grunion fish. Around midnight on the new moon, they wriggle out of the tide, hissing as the females plunge into the sand and groups of males surround each one. On Monday night, the beach was closed, but that didn't stop the hunters.
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