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August 15, 1986
I must admit, when I first heard about the Beach Scene I was more than a little skeptical. The part about it being a "Family Event" was especially hard to swallow. But I was wrong! In fact it turned into a "Neighborhood Family Event." We found the days' events just perfect for family and neighbor togetherness. These events included "Broken Bottle Pickup." "Beer Can Roundup," "Parking Grand Prix" and "Urination Washdown." The Beach Scene attendees entertained us no end with their own events.
March 26, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A San Pedro man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after prosecutors say he was caught on camera climbing a backyard fence and sexually assaulting a neighboring family's dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, pleaded guilty to one count each of cruelty to an animal and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. In a statement, prosecutors said that from August to November 2013, a family reported their dog would continuously yelp at night.
It's the southernmost point in the city of Los Angeles, home to Los Angeles Harbor--called the largest man-made port in the Western Hemisphere--and one of the last remaining lighthouses in Southern California. San Pedro is technically part of the city of Los Angeles, but its sandy beaches and stunning views make it feel worlds away. Friday See a show at the historic Warner Grand Theatre (478 W. 6th St., [310] 548-7672), one of the last remaining movie houses built by Warner Bros.
December 28, 2011
Gondola Getaway, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; (562) 433-9595, . Since 1982, this 10-vessel company has offered gondola tours of the waterways of Naples in southern Long Beach. Cruises (50 minutes) start 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Cost is usually $85 a couple, $25 a person for groups of seven to 19 people. Tantalum, 6272 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach; (562) 431-1414, . In a corner of the Marina Pacifica mall, with unexpected views of Alamitos Bay and big happy-hour crowds.
July 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
As a little girl, Anne Gusha walked into and was charmed by Williams' Book Store in San Pedro. She was 8 years old and the year was 1928. It would be more than five decades before the store became hers -- decades she spent working behind the counter. Now Anne and her son Jerry, who is the store's co-owner, are being forced to close the bookstore. Opened in 1909, Williams' Book Store is considered by some to be the oldest continuously operating bookstore in Los Angeles (Vroman's, which opened in 1894, is in Pasadena)
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.
December 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday for a San Pedro man accused of drugging and having sex with a neighbor's 80-pound dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, is charged with felony animal cruelty, burglary and misdemeanor sexual assault of an animal. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to prosecutors. Caceres was arrested after the owner of the 80-pound Akita saw Caceres on home surveillance video allegedly assaulting the family dog in the yard, the Daily Breeze   reported . The homeowner feared a prowler had been trying to break into his house in recent months after he found a cellphone in the yard and heard unexplained wails from his dog in the middle of the night, only to find nothing when he investigated.
June 7, 1990
Farewell, San Pedro. We came to you on the eve of the American bicentennial, weary from a long voyage and eager to find a home. You greeted us with beautiful views of green hillsides, your welcoming smile extending from the Ferry Building to the top of 9th, amid a pleasant geometry of neatly kept homes. Now we leave you, nearly 16 years later, with mixed emotions, our aims set on other horizons, challenges and goals. But we'll never forget you, San Pedro! We'll bring with us fond memories of early morning whistle blows, powerful tugs in your bustling harbor pushing behemoths laden with goods from the corners of the world.
May 19, 2006
TO UNDERSTAND WHY HOMELESSNESS is such an intractable problem for Los Angeles, one need look no further than San Pedro. That's where more than two dozen acres of former military housing originally intended for homeless families are instead being sold for millions of dollars. Like many of the best bits of beach-adjacent real estate left in Southern California, this property has a tangled legal history. For decades, it housed workers for the nearby Long Beach Naval Shipyard.
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