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PBIDs: The Harbinger of What’s to Come in Local Governance? p. 5 Carson Mobilizes for Philippine Relief p. 6 Lou Reed-- A Reflection on His Legacy p. 11 By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Curt’s Kitchen founder, Helen Grove. Photo: Terelle Jerricks. Planning Commission Approves Ponte Vista: By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor A t the same time the Garcetti administration seems alarmed about lax controls on project development at the Port of Los Angeles—as exemplified by cost overruns on the TraPac terminal—similar problems of lax oversight are seemingly being ignored in the planning process, culminating in the questionable Planning Department approval of the Ponte Vista project on Nov. 17. It was drastically scaled back from 2,300 units when first proposed by long-gone developer Bob Bisno in 2005 to 676 units today (with an absolute cap of 700). Though it remains unclear to critics if any development at all—even at the existing R-1 density of just 360 homes—could be built without negatively impacting the area as a whole. And, that’s with mitigation measures and without even considering the questionable dangers posed by the Rancho LPG facility and two other petroleum facilities surrounding the site. Safety Ignored/ to p. 6 November 29 - December 12, 2013 Ignores Safety Threat of Rancho LPG, Traffic, Drainage Issues H elen Grove’s favorite parable in the Bible is “the Sheep and the Goats,” which describes God sifting amongst mankind his flock on their way to heaven the way a shepherd would sift goats from his flock of sheep. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” For Helen, this passage (Matthew 25) has been a tangible idea. As of Nov. 1, she has been handing out food to the hungry for 23 years on Beacon Street next to Plaza Park. But now she’s doing it out of a storefront on North Pacific Avenue called Curt’s Kitchen. Helen credits 16 year-old Elizabeth “Lizzy” Rich for making it happen. Lizzy, a long time Girl Scout made helping Helen her project to earn the highest honor a girl scout can achieve, the Gold Award. Though the award was the result of the effort, the fact that she chose to help Helen had to do with the high regard with which their mutual church family, San Pedro’s Holy Trinity Church, had for Helen. Lizzy simply decided to become the conduit for the congregation’s feelings. Six months ago, a parishioner in Helen’s church, offered and donated a space to open a kitchen from which to continue serving hungry people in need. Previously, when she was on Beacon, she and the people she served had no place to go when it rained. The Palos Verdes High School student was able to raise $4,000, between August and October this past year to clean the storefront and The Local Publication You Actually Read How a Girl Scout and an Advocate for the Poor Teamed Up to Feed the Hungry Change Agent: Helen Grove/to p. 4 1

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