FEBRUARY 1, 2005 BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT FEBRUARY 1, 2005 BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: FEBRUARY 1, 2005

SUBJECT: BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT

Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Review the current status of border issues and provide direction to Staff, as appropriate.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This month’s report includes:

BACKGROUND

The following is the regular monthly report to the City Council on various "border issues" potentially affecting the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes. The complete text of the current status report is available for review on the City’s website at:

http://www.palosverdes.com/rpv/planning/border_issues/2005/20050201_BIStatusRpt.cfm

DISCUSSION

Current Border Issues

Ponte Vista Project at Former Navy Housing Site, Los Angeles (San Pedro)

Just over a month after it began, the 72-hour "Call for Final Bids" in the on-line auction for the Ponte Vista property was issued on January 3, 2005. The number of bidders then increased to at least four (4), and the pace of bidding suddenly picked up at this point. As of the date this report was completed (January 24, 2005), the high bid for the property was $61,000,000. The actual identities of the two most active bidders (whose on-line auction user names are "richmar" and "guildmortge") have not yet been revealed. Staff will continue to monitor the progress of the sale through the end of the auction and the 60-day escrow period, including the status of any alternate agreements that may be reached between the final high bidder and the homeless services providers (HSPs).

New Border Issues

There are no new border issues on which to report at this time.

Former Border Issues

Disposal of Former Navy Housing Sites, Los Angeles (San Pedro)

On January 5, 2005, the City of Los Angeles’ Deputy Advisory Agency and Hearing Officer conceptually approved the requested Parcel Map, Conditional Use and Zone Variance for the redevelopment of a portion of the former Palos Verdes Navy housing site by Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHPS). RHPS has been asked to provide additional soils and geology information before a final approval is granted.

Waterfront Gateway Development Project, Port of Los Angeles

As the City Council may recall, Staff commented on the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Waterfront Gateway project in December 2003. The project objectives are to enhance public access to the waterfront; provide a pedestrian friendly corridor between the existing uses surrounding the cruise ship terminal and John S. Gibson, Jr. Park at Harbor Boulevard and Fifth Street; and provide a system of plazas and gathering spaces along the waterfront. On January 13, 2005, the Los Angeles Times reported in the completion of the first phase of this project, Cruise Ship Promenade.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager

Attachments:

LA Times article regarding Cruise Ship Promenade (dated 1/13/05)