San Pedro businesses launch efforts t...

San Pedro businesses launch efforts to woo visitors

There are 34 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Oct 31, 2010, titled San Pedro businesses launch efforts to woo visitors. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

October is the start of cruise ship season at the Port of Los Angeles. Conducting an informal survey of cruise ship passengers last spring was an eye-opener for San Pedro business owner Katherine Gray.

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Gert

United States

#2 Oct 31, 2010
daily breeze censors the word s t e p in front of child.
Letting People Know

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#4 Oct 31, 2010
How about we tear down the projects, and finally get someone to come in and do something with Ports O' Call? Stupid Harbor Commission is sitting doing nothing but collecting a paycheck, and nobody wants to drive by and see the lovely RSP ghetto. Tear that area down, build a fancy upscale area that rivals other nice areas, and kick the low life druggies who live in the projects to the curb
Hmmm

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#5 Oct 31, 2010
Thankfully the local riffraff cannot sell the seized cocaine to the passengers as a result of the San Pedro and Wilmington drug raids and arrests. It was actually quiet and peaceful after the arrests until the pushers started posting bail.
happy

Pico Rivera, CA

#6 Oct 31, 2010
There Is Nothing To Do In SAN PEDRO, Unless You Go Sit In The Bars...

“BUZZZZZZ!”

Since: Apr 09

San Pedro, CA

#7 Nov 1, 2010
happy wrote:
There Is Nothing To Do In SAN PEDRO, Unless You Go Sit In The Bars...
Get a tattoo on 6th.
To Hmmm in Pedro

Northridge, CA

#9 Nov 1, 2010
Hmmm wrote:
Thankfully the local riffraff cannot sell the seized cocaine to the passengers as a result of the San Pedro and Wilmington drug raids and arrests. It was actually quiet and peaceful after the arrests until the pushers started posting bail.
Was the bail set too low?
Was Judge Shook involved?
news snoop

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Nov 1, 2010
They need to be aware of gangs.
DeWayne

United States

#11 Nov 1, 2010
happy wrote:
There Is Nothing To Do In SAN PEDRO, Unless You Go Sit In The Bars...
You could try:
1. fishing
2. SUP
3. kayaking
4. sailing
5. cycling
6. walking
7. museums
8. enjoying the view of the Pacific
and on another note
9. guess how many liquors stores there are here
10. where the most day workers stand
11. most panhandlers
12. what bars open at 6 AM
Whatever

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Nov 1, 2010
If they ever want the passengers to come back to LA they should bypass San Pedro altogether and head up to the hill. They used to take them to Del Amo but you can't do that anymore either.
Sector

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#13 Nov 1, 2010
Pedro is what it is, pretty much.

What could San Pedro possible do, that would be significant enough, to get cruise passengers to extend their stay an extra day or so in this town. I mean these people are going to a cruise terminal to get on a cruise, after that they want to get home.

It's like going to LAX to catch a flight to Hawaii and maybe going to the airport a day earlier, stay at the Hyatt on Century so you can check out the "local entertainment", or to check out that "great restaurant" in El Segundo, or shop at some trendy boutique in Westchester. I'm not trying to compare the cities with Pedro, but rather the mindset of the traveler and what their priorities are. Come on now.
LOL

Anaheim, CA

#14 Nov 1, 2010
Sector wrote:
Pedro is what it is, pretty much.
What could San Pedro possible do, that would be significant enough, to get cruise passengers to extend their stay an extra day or so in this town. I mean these people are going to a cruise terminal to get on a cruise, after that they want to get home.
It's like going to LAX to catch a flight to Hawaii and maybe going to the airport a day earlier, stay at the Hyatt on Century so you can check out the "local entertainment", or to check out that "great restaurant" in El Segundo, or shop at some trendy boutique in Westchester. I'm not trying to compare the cities with Pedro, but rather the mindset of the traveler and what their priorities are. Come on now.
Total agreement.

About the only thing I'd be interested in would be a bon voyage party the night before, with friends...but for out of towners, what's the point?
holmes

Anaheim, CA

#15 Nov 1, 2010
bring a gun
Yogi

Irvine, CA

#16 Nov 1, 2010
happy wrote:
There Is Nothing To Do In SAN PEDRO, Unless You Go Sit In The Bars...
There is plenty to do in San Pedro. I'd tell you about it but who wants you around?
Frank

Redondo Beach, CA

#17 Nov 1, 2010
Letting People Know wrote:
How about we tear down the projects, and finally get someone to come in and do something with Ports O' Call? Stupid Harbor Commission is sitting doing nothing but collecting a paycheck, and nobody wants to drive by and see the lovely RSP ghetto. Tear that area down, build a fancy upscale area that rivals other nice areas, and kick the low life druggies who live in the projects to the curb
That all sounds great, but janice won't do that it will take away her homeboy gang prevention money.
To Neil Proffitt

Northridge, CA

#18 Nov 1, 2010
LOL wrote:
<quoted text>
Total agreement.
About the only thing I'd be interested in would be a bon voyage party the night before, with friends...but for out of towners, what's the point?
You could visit Cindy's motorcycle museum.
Easy to find, on Pacific and 17th Street.

For some reasons,
Janice kept it a secret.

Local Resident 462

United States

#19 Nov 1, 2010
If they can make it past the projects without getting robbed or killed, they can see what little we have to offer in downtown San Pedro...
To Gert in LA and Slug

Northridge, CA

#20 Nov 1, 2010
Gert wrote:
daily breeze censors the word s t e p in front of child.
They censor many other words as well,
and why not, it's still a free country!

And our Gert in Graz?
Why is he "grounded"?

How is that Frank connected with the "Breeze"?
Because he's an Austro-Canadian?
Because he's Arnie's buddy?

Beause he also controls the affairs at Santa Anita?
The fine place where they had trained Sirhahn,
before Arnie arrived, via London and Miami.

That was back in 1968 already,
a few months after our CHP Officer was shot,
right here in safe and happy Palos Verdes.
Now we honor him, 43 years later.

In other words, we CAN remember,
if the right folks are involved.

Why Liz Clark pointed to Genocide,
in 1988, we decided to ignore.
Chief Nash was tired,
and Neu just doesn't know?

Because the "Breeze" keeps on censoring?
What about the "Kleine Zeitung" in Graz?

It's a small world now, as we all know,
and WHY -- do we know so little,
about Arnie's training ground?
To Billy and Diana

Northridge, CA

#21 Nov 1, 2010
"Come one. Come all," said Diana L. Chapman. "In particular – if you like &#269;evap&#269;i& #269;i (che vap chi chi)– a popular, skinless grilled sausage brought by immigrants landing in the port community of San Pedro more than six generations ago."

Originating in Turkey, the meat dish – initially a mix of beef and lamb – migrated across the Balkans and when immigrants arrived in the harbor community, they brought the succulent sausage with them. Later recipes sometimes added pork.
“It’s produced here and sold here in places you wouldn’t even imagine,” said Susan McKenna, who owns the small eatery, Nosh, in downtown San Pedro, and is one of the festival’s creators.“I discovered it at Sunshine Market ten years ago, and as someone who loves sausages of all shapes and sizes, I said:“What is this?” They were incredibly delicious.”

With the 2008 closure of San Pedro’s Sunshine Market – considered one of the best sources in the area to buy a scrumptious &#269;evap&#269;i& #269;i with its secret ingredients, two local business owners teamed up to spark a grassroots effort.

Asking one and all – those who make it at home and local businesses that stretch across Los Angeles to join in – the event is free and will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in Building H. Many other happenings will be included, such as artists selling their wares at a holiday boutique.

Susan teamed up with local photographer Slobodan Dimitrov, who wrote a piece after Sunshine closed, called: Where has all the &#269;evap&#269;i& #269;i gone? Their effort means to promote San Pedro and to reflect its “uniquely Balkan characteristics through its food,” Slobodan said.

“This event is very much to create the iconic San Pedro food festival,” Slobodan explained.“There are many residents who make them and businesses that sell them. San Pedro needs a signature event. It’s a foodie festival. We want San Pedro to be a destination.”

Many children here grew up on the sausages, the festival creators explained.

Sometimes what makes the sausage so special are ingredients such as garlic and thyme. No one makes them the same way, one reason that individual countries that consider &#269;evap&#269;i& #269;i a staple –“ think there’s are the best,” including Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. The word comes from Persian language, meaning kabob.

“It’s like crack,“ said Trish Dixon Carpico, a San Pedro resident who grew up on the meat even though she’s Filipino.“We have the old school recipe. I am an established cheer leader of the event,” who added that binding the meat with 7-Up is one secret.

According to Slobodan, the photographer, nearly any milk binder will do the trick.

While two galleries are opening at the same time that day and local artists will sell jewelry, ceramics and paintings, the cevapcici festival clicked right in with the Angels Gate Cultural Center. Irish and modern dancers will also perform at the festival.

Deborah Lewis, Angels Gate’s executive director, said when she heard about the festival idea, she knew immediately it was a match.

“The cultural center is really an outreach of the community and we want people to come up and enjoy it,” Deborah said.“We don’t have a concession stand and it’s part of the culture here. It will be really fun and a good day.”

Admitting to never having tried &#269;evap&#269;i& #269;i, the director explained she’s looking forward to it.
“My family is from Switzerland and Germany,” she confided with amusement.“I have sausages in my background.”

As they are grilled on giant barbecues at the cultural center that overlooks the Pacific ocean, the sausages should tinge the costal winds with a smoky, delicious smell. Lemonade from Nosh and wines from Off the Vine will also be available.
There will be a giant long table to sample the meat.
Ocean Ave

Glendale, CA

#22 Nov 1, 2010
those Kiosks amount to nothing, one look at them and what they offer will turn people right back to the ship

A stroll to 6th street is not bad, some oddball but interesting cafes, the hobby shop, thrift stores, local low life tat parlors if some enjoy slumming .. I still live in SP and find 6th street interesting to a point, but if they had kept all of the old buildings and bars it would be an exotic delight

A few Asian massage happy ending parlors in walking distance

The beauty of Pt Fermin and the Korean Bell for those who are evolved sufficiently to appreciate this peacefull beautifull corner of our world .. for Golf nuts and those impressed with the Trump World, take them up the hill to the golf course . they could buy a DT shot glass or towel .. shame that Ports of Call has not been redeveloped, but the Mexican fish market and stalls may be of interest for those who have never known the culture

Most travelers are too damn lame to enjoy the local color and the vibe .. never had a curiosity about life, just want cookie cutter .. I enjoy exploring colorfull poockets of LA, including SP, Echo Park, Venice, Los Feliz, old Hollywood, Bev Hills. whsale dowtown clothing jewelry districts just to name a few

Granted we would like to keep them in SP, but if they are intent in close by upsacle shopping the place to go would be the new striking Santa Monica Market place, a new beautifull open advant garde four story structure, Louis Vutton, Neimens, Nordstroms, Cartier, all trendy boutiques, open fourth floor penthouse roof dining with many higher end and intrnational restaurants
Uh Huh

El Segundo, CA

#23 Nov 1, 2010
"In years past, passengers reportedly have even been warned not to stray too far into the local town."

That was smart - limit their liability from sending innocent passengers into the drug-and-gang-infested slum that is San Pedro....

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