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Political Newcomer Charlotte Brimmer Aims For Carson’s City Council Seat p. 5 LBO’s Edgar Allen Poe Through the Eyes of u Philip Glass p. 11 The Guilty Pleasures of Porky’s BBQ p. 12 By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor T Ponte Vista Redux/ to p. 4 January 25 - February 7 - 27, 2013 On Jan. 14, iStar Financial, the latest developer of the controversial Ponte Vista project, announced its decision to limit the project to just 830 residential units. The 830-unit project was the chosen alternative in the latest draft environmental impact report, which was released Nov. 8. The report also included a 1,135-unit alternative—a far cry from the 1,495 to 2,300 proposed in 2005 by Bisno. “Eight-thirty would still be too dense,” said Diana Nave, president of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “We have not yet considered whether there would be any change we’d be willing to support.” iStar, however, is counting on the support of a council member who wants to see this site developed, and by-and-large is supportive of the project and the concepts behind it. “I am pleased that the applicant agreed with my request that they drop their plans for the higher (1,130) number of units,” District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino wrote in an e-mail. “The community has made great strides in reducing this project from 2,250 units to 830.” The Local Publication You Actually Read he last time Ponte Vista was in the public eye, Bisno Development Co. proposed to build 2,300 units on 61.5 acres of land on the former Navy housing site in northwestern San Pedro. Seven years later, Ponte Vista is back with a new developer, a new design and fewer residential units proposed. iStar Financial acquired the land as part of the resolution of the Bisno bankruptcy and foreclosure. But community opposition remains. In an uproar, the community organized against the Bisno project and the rezoning of the property from that of single-family homes to multi-unit homes, giving birth to the R-1 movement. The project galvanized neighborhood councils from San Pedro to Harbor Gateway. Ultimately, Bisno Development Co. was forced to abandon the project and Bob Bisno went bankrupt. 1

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