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May 31, 1999 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lured by promises of a rosier future, the small, independent cities of San Pedro and Wilmington in 1909 joined themselves to their burgeoning neighbor to the north, port-hungry Los Angeles. Now they might get out again, led by activists in these contrasting harbor-side neighborhoods of picturesque hillsides, historic waterfronts, towering refineries and grimy industrial districts.
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November 10, 2008 | Corina Knoll, Knoll is a Times staff writer.
When the bulldozers come to Ft. MacArthur next spring, Joe Janesic will take it personally. For more than two decades, the 40-year-old has been a mainstay of the historic military site in San Pedro that was built in 1914 and served as an Army post until 1974. He organizes events, conducts tours, handles media and even restores vintage phones -- all as a volunteer. A founding member of the Ft. MacArthur Museum, he has dedicated his life to preserving every relic on the grounds.
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December 5, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO
The drunks on Beacon Street sit at their usual spot, watching the ships head to sea. At dawn, they come out of the weeds and alleys and cheap hotels. After City Hall Market opens at 6 a.m., they gather on the same concrete stairs above the San Pedro waterfront and crack the day's first beers. They call Brad Bergquist "Chief." The 44-year-old Chicago native wears an Army hat, a tight Cubs T-shirt and a denim jacket that holds a bottle of berry-flavored malt liquor.
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October 27, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Sahagun is a Times staff writer.
The shabby seaside Ports O' Call Village tourist spot would be demolished and replaced by upscale development as part of a long-awaited San Pedro revitalization project. That radical revision of the 42-year-old collection of stores and restaurants is outlined in a long-awaited report that is expected to be unveiled at a Port of Los Angeles hearing today.
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February 9, 1996 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 12-year-old girl died Thursday night after a stray bullet apparently intended for gang members hit her in the head as she sat in a car outside her San Pedro home, authorities said. A life support machine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center had fed oxygen into the lungs of Lydia Jaques, but doctors said it was not enough to save her. The girl was shot Wednesday night in Old Town, an aging, working-class section of the port community.
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January 31, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Giant fish paid for Miguel Vuoso's new set of golf clubs, for John Dimeglio's upcoming trip to Italy and for Vince Piscopo's new 1989 Lincoln. Giant fish may even account for increased collections lately at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro. A record catch this winter by San Pedro fishermen of 767 of the biggest Pacific blue fin tuna ever taken by commercial fishing boats has pumped $3.5 million into Los Angeles' waterfront economy.
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December 30, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the far southern reaches of Los Angeles, where cargo-laden 18-wheelers rumble by day and a thick blanket of fog rolls in most nights, 50 people have been killed this year. So far. With two days yet to go, the body count in the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division--which includes San Pedro, Wilmington and Harbor City--is up 72% from 29 in 1996. The increase in the Harbor Division is perplexing because it comes amid a citywide decrease in homicides of about 17%.
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April 19, 2001
A fossil deposit along the north side of 2nd Street between Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street in San Pedro provides strong evidence that a tsunami struck the area about 80,000 years ago. Paleontologist Edward Marks of Cypress and engineering geologists Stephen E. Jacobs of Carlsbad and Arthur R. Brown of Seal Beach said the deposit contained a 1- to 3-foot-thick "fossil hash", indicating that a large wave flooded the area following an offshore earthquake.
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October 27, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Sahagun is a Times staff writer.
The shabby seaside Ports O' Call Village tourist spot would be demolished and replaced by upscale development as part of a long-awaited San Pedro revitalization project. That radical revision of the 42-year-old collection of stores and restaurants is outlined in a long-awaited report that is expected to be unveiled at a Port of Los Angeles hearing today.
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March 23, 2000 | By PATRICK McGREEVY,
Plans for a study of San Fernando Valley and Harbor area secession from Los Angeles should be altered to clarify that supporters--not a government consultant--are responsible for proposing the structure of the new cities, officials said Wednesday. Two weeks after hiring a consultant to study cityhood for the two areas, the Local Agency Formation Commission delayed final approval Wednesday of work plans so they could be revised.
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December 17, 2007 | My-Thuan Tran
Eight people sustained minor injuries after falling from a patio balcony that collapsed Saturday night, authorities said Sunday. Four women and four men were standing on the balcony of a two-story home when the balcony cracked and gave way, sending those on it tumbling eight to 10 feet to the ground. The Los Angeles Fire Department and other rescue personnel transported the victims to hospitals in stable condition, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Ballton. -- My-Thuan Tran
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October 29, 2007 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
For the last four years, Edgar Ruano and his wife, Carolina Morales, have slept on the pullout sofa bed in the living room of their one-bedroom Bellflower apartment. They reserved their only bedroom for their two children. But today they will begin building a three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bath home in San Pedro through Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy Carter Work Project.
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November 26, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A Huntington Beach man died Saturday afternoon when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed into the ocean off San Pedro, authorities said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the man, presumed to be the pilot, as David Hermance, 59. The plane was performing loops just before its engine revved loudly and plunged toward the ocean nose-down, said eyewitness Ed Storti, 64.
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January 30, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Two Los Angeles police officers were in listed in serious but stable condition Sunday after an alleged drunk driver crashed into their parked police car early Sunday morning. Hector Bustillos, 38, was booked on suspicion of felony driving while under the influence of alcohol after his pickup truck rear-ended the police vehicle at 1:30 a.m., causing it to spin and hit the curb, said Officer Michael Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. Bustillos was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
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September 14, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Wilmington has long been the stepchild of the Port of Los Angeles, bearing the brunt of pollution and traffic as port officials have showered neighboring San Pedro with millions of dollars in beautification and development projects. But the first gathering of the newly appointed Board of Harbor Commissioners suggests that could be changing. The board will meet in Wilmington tonight for the first time in many years.
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August 25, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Pedro man died about 90 minutes after he and five associates were wounded in a drive-by shooting in front of a house in the 900 block of West 24th Street, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Wednesday. Officials said Mervin Leroy, 18, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The five others wounded were expected to recover. Police said the shots were fired from a black sport utility vehicle.
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July 3, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Petitioners have two weeks to come up with only 20 more valid signatures needed to force the Local Agency Formation Commission to study the economic feasibility of secession from Los Angeles by San Pedro and Wilmington. LAFCO officials said that a petition filed Friday by Harbor VOTE Inc. contained 13,450 valid voter signatures, according to a check by the Los Angeles County registrar's office. That is just 20 shy of the 13,470 required for the study.
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July 20, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Key elements of a plan for the harbor area to break away from Los Angeles--including a guarantee to maintain water and power rates--are not feasible or legal, according to a city report to be released today. In a formal response to a study evaluating the viability of cityhood for Wilmington and San Pedro, Los Angeles officials said the review by the Local Agency Formation Commission underestimated the harm it would do to what would remain of Los Angeles.
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August 24, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Six people were shot in the frontyard of a San Pedro home Tuesday night by a man who escaped in a black SUV, authorities said. Four of the victims were reported to be in critical condition, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The injuries to the other two were not life-threatening, officials said. The shooting occurred in the 900 block of West 24th Street, near Gaffey Street, just before 9 p.m. All six of the injured were reportedly between the ages of 18 and 20.
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August 18, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A parolee wanted on suspicion of rape and attempted murder surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon after barricading himself for more than two hours in an apartment. Officers said they evacuated several residents of the apartment complex in the 400 block of 19th Street before contacting Franklin Mata, 36, and convincing him to give himself up. Mata barricaded himself in the apartment when officers spotted him at the complex about 2:45 p.m. and moved in to arrest him, police said.
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