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  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?

This is a beautiful seaside town. I loved the parks by the sea, just gorgeous. The teachers at Leland Elementary School and San Pedro High School are some of the smartest my children ever had. You get out of the education what you put into it, so don't believe the negative comments about that. We lived on S. Gaffey St and no one even wanted to steal our 1999 Ford Windstar. We decided to move because we can't speak Spanish fluently and got tired of the long commutes to get work elsewhere. Also the air and ozone and radioactivity in the air are a problem due to local industries and hundreds of past atomic bomb tests in Southern California and I was very sick with lower back pain and severe stomach problems for 10 months until I stopped drinking the tap water which also has high levels of arsenic. Cancer rates are very high here, but if you are just staying a few months and don't have children, this place is awesome. We loved eating at Maria's.

— Anne StudstillJune 9, 2013 at 9:04 p.m. Permalink

I worked in San Pedro for nearly a decade. As an outsider, I had a unique perspective on this town.

Bottom line: I loved and hated the town.

First the Hate: I worked in a bad part of town at 21st & Mesa. I had my car broken into, confronted by cholos leaving one late afternoon (it got dark early).

Also too, as an outsider, I had had enough of "Pedro Pride" to last me a lifetime!! RUDE AS HELL LOCALS!!

"Hey did you work on the docks or boats", "what year did you go to Pedro High", were typical questions posed by proud, blue collar, knuckle draggers. At the Vons at 13th & Gaffey, I once even had an angry Croat man loudly tell me in heavily accented English that "I should not be here taking jobs away from locals!!" Pedroites seemed to go out of their way with their ridiculous pride to let you know you thankfully didn't belong there. After awhile, I just lied and said I went to Pedro High, Class of 87!

I also noticed a huge gulf between

groups: the loud, proud, blue collar Pedro pride Eastside types and the gentrified PV wannabees in the pretty hill neighborhoods along Western Avenue and in the Southwest along 25 Street both next to RPV.

Now the Love: Incredible, great restaurants! Some of the best ethnic restaurants in all of LA are here. An incredible variance of food from all around the world! Greatest BBQ chicken sandwiches at Busy Bees on Walker and best chicken and potato nuggets at Slavko's on Pacific. I loved the steak and pasta at Trani's at 9th & Grand. Birthdays with my co-workers were fun at Babouch's on Gaffey and I loved breaking plates at Papadakis (sorry to hear it closed). Pretty Scenic drives along Paseo del Mar. LOTS of Culture in the area-i.e many museums, great waterfront (Ports of Call) and the Cabrillo Aquarium! Great sense of history all around!

I loved and hated my time in Pedro. Wonderful attractions, Great Restaurants, very scenic pretty seaside town. The cliquish Locals (especially the multi-generational Blue Collar types)...well....... :((

Pedro just wasn't for me though.

— Ed October 21, 2012 at 10:41 p.m. Permalink

To bad San Pedro is a part of LA, could have been a perfect little town. Now LA uses it as a dumping ground.

— AmyOctober 10, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. Permalink

Sad to say, but it use to be a nice town, still some areas are but not many. If you have children you need to move, LAUSD is not concerned about the education of children. Today, ANOTHER day off!!!!

— SuzieSeptember 26, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. Permalink

Well I'm 16 years old I've moved around ALOT from Longbeach , Compton , Lynwood, Torrance , Bixby Knolls and now I am in the miraleste estates in San Pedro & I have to say its not so bad every city has there good and bad areas but like I said that's every where you go , Like I think San Pedro is not as bad as bad as people say ! -NinnahValerie

— NinnahValerie<3September 7, 2012 at 11:38 p.m. Permalink

San pedro is to Pv, what wilmington is to san pedro, u do the math!

— jayAugust 29, 2012 at 1:56 p.m. Permalink

San Pedro is the best town around so cal. I moved to Orange county 10 years ago and this place is a rats nest of crime and skin heads. My plan was to make millions and move back to Pedro, but the Republicans made the sky fall and I've been stuck in this crap hole ever since. Defend what you have in Pedro as you did in 1861 and be proud brothers and sisters. Beware of the poison in the OC and don't let the cancer spread.

— pVAugust 24, 2012 at 10:43 p.m. Permalink

I just recently moved to San Pedro (Cabrillo Beach/Point Fermin/Palos Verdes area West of 23rd North of Gaffey) from the San Fernando Valley and I'm very happy with my decision!

I live near the tip of the peninsula which is quiet with great ocean breezes. There are some nice ocean views and park areas right up the street like Angel's Gate, Point Fermin Park & Lighthouse, and Averill Park.

During the recent heat wave my friends were envious because my place was cool and comfortable, no air conditioning needed! I live on the 3rd floor of my building which gives me awesome views of the beach and PV Hills, the greatest ocean cross breezes, and some interesting peacock sounds at night which I like but I think for some people can be a little irritating.

I love this area, however just like any city there are problem areas beginning near the 110 fwy and stretching south down to Pacific and West to about 23rd street. I mostly stay above Gaffey and do all my hanging out, shopping and errands along Western and PCH (Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Torrance, parts of Lomita, Torrance, and Redondo Beach). I prefer the ocean parks and hiking areas along the coastal drive along 25th. Beautiful gorgeous scenic driving!

I plan to stay where I'm at for at least a year or so. My goal is to move over to the Palos Verdes area but I'm happy and comfortable till then in San Pedro and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering this area!

— RoseAugust 16, 2012 at 12:50 a.m. Permalink

"Anything passed 23rd street is basically in a nice area"

Got to agree with that one. Problem is, shortly after 25th street you start running into the Pacific Ocean. Maybe the city can start filling in the ocean and make nicer areas since they appear to have given up on below 23rd.

— HenryJuly 22, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. Permalink

I agree that SP is a nice place to live, "If you can afford to live in the nicer areas".

My father use to take us there all the time as kids. It was beautiful, safe, worth the drive to spend all day there. Now that i took my own family back last week, i didn't feel so safe anymore. The place looked like a dump. The locals were giving us the evil eye, so i packed up my family and split the scene. Never to return again. I will only visit the beaches up north where there is hardly any riff raff going on.

— ronniegJuly 14, 2012 at 6:33 p.m. Permalink

I love the the ocean.Hearing the fog horns from the port, watching a container ship sail by as I drive down from western ave. What I don't like, is the racist slurs and harassment. It has grow increasingly worse.

— Angel MarieJune 22, 2012 at 7:03 a.m. Permalink

I used to live in san pedro, i had to leave, only because i had my car stolen 3 times, my girlfriend nearly got raped,

my neighbors continually argued, and had nightly beer parties till all hours of the morning, the helicopters flying around incessantly, and tired of painting over the graffiti over and over again, other than that, its a beautiful place, really it is,

— KyleJune 7, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. Permalink

I was born and raised in good ol San Pedro, Class of 80' SPHS. great memories, esp. mary star dances! A town that once felt like mayberry! to some it still may! However, as i got older, and got married, and having kids, it was time to depart, with so many apartments, and lack of nice parks for children to feel safe in, it was a no brainer in leaving, not to mention the crime going thru the roof! If you plan to live there, beware!

— MAttApril 23, 2012 at 9:56 a.m. Permalink

I've lived here the majority of my life. I am only 19, but that's beside the point. San Pedro is in my opinion the best place to be. I can't understand why someone would think so poorly of this city. I've never once been a victim of a crime here. Gang members have never messed with me and im constantly walking alone at night. I feel safe where ever i am here. (i dont expect that from everyone but hey i did grow up here)

San Pedro probably has more nice areas then it does bad areas. Anything passed 23rd street is basically in a nice area..and there are plenty nice neighborhoods before then. The south west of SP is all nice, most of the west, alot of the south east, and faar north west (by the home depot) is very nice.

800 upland is ok neighborhood.

— San Pedro NativeApril 19, 2012 at 7:54 a.m. Permalink

800 Block of Upland. What can you tell me about that area? Am I safe?

— TimApril 12, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. Permalink

From March 24th to March 28th we had 10 Grand Theft Autos in my town? Where are the police? I live just west of Western Ave. and the crime is starting to climb up here too. I am afraid to walk outside at night and I go walking daily but I have to make sure I get back home before the street lights come on now. It wasn't always like that here in the seventies. Again, where are the police?

— BeverlyApril 3, 2012 at 12:44 p.m. Permalink

I have lived in this town for over twenty years...and have watched the neighborhoods getting worse and worse every year. Of course, there are the good neighborhoods, but, you have to live WAY above Gaffey, or the very end of Gaffey, or the very beginning of Gaffey over by Home Depot. Anything below Gaffey is a dump. Even Whiskey Flats is taking a dive and that is a great old neighborhood. I believe that everyone that says San Pedro is a great town does not venture off of Western Ave.!

— ElleMarch 18, 2012 at 4:40 p.m. Permalink

Daniel - I'm so very sorry to hear about your horrible experience. The fact is crime happens anywhere and everywhere. I'm really very sorry.

People - do your research before moving your family into any neighborhood. Don't rely on other's opinions. Load the familia up in the car and spend quality time in the neighborhoods you're interested in. Try before you buy.

Now..... My experiences in San Pedro are POSITIVE! This town has some of the most amazing neighborhoods and the BEST people and the richest history around.

Pedro is not like LA, I don't feel any tension or alarm. It reminds me of Santa Monica and Venice in the 1970's... I love San Pedro.

— David S.March 17, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. Permalink

My wife and I lived in SP for 2 years and recently we were fortunate enough to move away to another small town with less drama. My experience living in SP was negative, although I tried to change my perception of SP, the negative outweighed the positive. The crime in SP was off the scale for a city of only 11 square miles. I was a victim of an assault and we also had our car broken into. When I was assaulted I was hit over the head with a large beer bottle then kicked in the face. I was bleeding profusely and when the paramedics arrived they too were apathetic. One of the Paramedics ask me what happened then he hollered to the other paramedic that we can treat this one as an ass- sault. On the way to the hospital I was riding in the back of the paramedic ambulance and I was observing the attending paramedic wipe down the interior of the ambulance with a towel afterwards he offered me the same towel that he just cleaned the interior of the ambulance with so that I could wipe the blood from my face. I was shocked. I told him hell no, not after you cleaned everything with it, he became offended and responded by saying that he keeps a clean wagon and the towel was okay. What a joke, and this was suppose to be a professional???. My wife and I are at ease being away from SP however, there is crime here but not at the magnitude as SP. Recently I had to run an errand to SP and as I drove through SP I thanked GOD for the blessings he has bestowed upon my wife and I by showing us a pathway out of SP.

— DanielMarch 6, 2012 at 10:51 p.m. Permalink

Oh, Gabriela. I feel so sorry for you. You really shouldn’t have posted a negative comment about our virtuous town. Now the same 5 people who blindly and continuously defend our community on this board will come out and tell you how wrong you are, what a peaceful place this is, we don’t have a gang problem/theft problem/rape and violent crime problem/homicide problem. These are just “isolated anomalies” that never really happen. Or my personal favorite: “This is a city like any other city with the same types of problems.” Any day now, I expect to see Julie Andrews twirling about on a lush grass and flower covered hill while singing a beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein tune.

— Maria RainerMarch 2, 2012 at 3:41 p.m. Permalink

I have lived in San Pedro since 1979 and the crime is getting worse and worse. Click on the crime tab and you will see that Wilmington has less crime per capita than my beloved San Pedro. We need serious police patrols and not just nighty constant helicopter sortes. It's getting really bad with the vehicle break ins. Joe Buscaino, please help us!

— GabrielaFebruary 29, 2012 at 7 p.m. Permalink

I agree with the jaw-dropping reaction my friends have when I give them the full Pedro tour. The problem is most people only see the poorest part of town right off the freeway - the majority of San Pedro is hidden from anyone who is either just visiting, and then they spread the misconceptions to others. Disparaging the town is easy because we have no marketing money here to really show who we are.

And to the lucky ones in the nicer, view neighborhoods - please invest in the overall quality of life here by shopping local in some of our great downtown stores & restaurants, join the alley clean up teams & neighborhood councils, get involved the YWCA and other organizations providing programs for local kids. We are all part of the future here and what we do makes the difference. I've been here five years and I've seen major improvements in the downtown area due to diligence from the community. Keep it up!

— SPCVB VolunteerFebruary 18, 2012 at 4:39 p.m. Permalink

My wife and I are both professionals and moved to Pedro in 2010 from Redondo Beach. We, frankly, were really concerned about the move, but decided to take the plunge because we could afford to buy a (big) house with a backyard, panoramic ocean views, and two car garage for the same price as we had been considering paying for a no-view, no-garage condo in Redondo.

To put it bluntly, we couldn't be more pleased. We do live in one of the nicer areas in Pedro, but we are constantly pinching ourselves in disbelief - how did we pull this off? We noticed over the weekend that from our deck, we have a view of the hollywood sign (with binoculars), but that is really inconsequential compared to the city, harbor, ocean, and Catalina views that dominate our home. Most of our friends thought we were nuts when we moved, but their dropped-jaw faces when they see our neighborhood and views tells the story.

Our neighborhood is cute - almost quaint - with well maintained, large, 50s-era homes. Within a block of our house we have everything we need in terms of shopping and restaurants. We are within walking distance of some of the largest and most well maintained nature preserves in all of the LA area, and are just blocks from the ocean. Pedro boasts one of the best beaches for kiteboarding, windsurfing, and sailing, and I'm looking forward to picking up one of the three next summer.

To be honest, I'm a little embarrassed of the area east Gaffey, and it's true that there are some not so pretty and not so safe areas of Pedro. I hope that the city can clean these areas up, especially the areas right around the end of the 110 - this area is always the first place people come to in Pedro, and creates all the negative first impressions that people have I their minds about our city.

For my wife's and my part, we couldn't be happier. We had always hoped that we could sell this house one day and move back to Redondo. Not anymore - what we know about Pedro makes us know that we'll never leave!

— MikeJanuary 30, 2012 at 9:31 p.m. Permalink

There are so many good and caring people who call Pedro home; but in the recent years we have seen a change in the environment. We really need to secure and invite their ownership and participation in our community to make every effort to clean it up. It saddens many of us who have been here for "forever" to see some who disrespect our love of this area by simply throwing or disposing of their trash in whatever alley, street, or corner they find. Come on we are better than that. Wait till we get some new restaurants in the new Cabrillo Marina area, more jobs and opp0rtunity for everyone.

— 47 RoninJanuary 22, 2012 at 5:57 p.m. Permalink

Hi:

I sent a comment in a while back in response to James' comment that San Pedro is 'lost'. My comment wasn't published so I will assume it was a technical error since my comment was simply to make sure people who read this do not think San Pedro is only as James describes.

LAPD has been good to our Neighborhood Watch and we know the Lead Officers well. They are nice people and I believe that if you get to know your neighborhood cops they will get to know you and support improvements you work with them on. Together, that's the key here. Work together. Crime stats are actually average for Los Angeles. The other day I met someone who lives here and thought the population of San Pedro was less than 20,000. It's actually over 80,000, so you have to look at crime stats understanding this. Yes, we have the whole range of crimes here every year, from petty to serious, but so does every other part of L.A.

What we also have is a city that has some unique features that people do not know about generally (I'm assuming that's what Matteo meant). Very unusual for Southern California. It is a neighborhood city, multi-generational, multi-cultural, ethnic, fishing, sea views, beaches (one is A rated), and in many ways the American Dream of many immigrants who came here and have become successful and prosperous working in industries such as fishing, shipping, and related fields.

Last 'real' town on the ocean in Southern California that has not be co-opted (and cordoned off) by the wealthy. Like it or don't like it but be realistic about what it is. For most, a great place to live.

— ValJanuary 16, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. Permalink

Shhhh!!!

Don't tell people about Pedro, keep it the way it is!

— MatteoJanuary 12, 2012 at 11:38 a.m. Permalink

If you want to express your opinion this is the place to do it. But to label any positive comments as laughable just invalidates your view because it's obvious you won't admit all that San Pedro is - and it has many great neighborhoods. For my part, I've written balanced comments about SP and I live in the old section so I have no idea what you mean by the 'blast' zone (and I will always respond to total write-off negative comments about a neighborhood I live in and know well). Anyone reading this section, keep in mind this is a self-contained urban city of nearly 90,000 people, not a 'neighborhood' as the L.A. City Council brands it for political purposes. Because this is an actual city, with good and not-soo-good areas (sometimes block by block), to discount positive comments about San Pedro, which by any accounts is varied (both statistically and by just driving around) would prove my point much better than your dismissal.

Regarding your comment about the LAPD - do you belong to a Neighborhood Watch? If so, you would get to know your area LAPD Lead Officer, many of whom I've met and ours in particular is very responsive to our needs. Participation in Neighborhood Watch groups put you on the LAPD's radar as someone to watch out for and respond to. The officers are people with names. Humanize them and they will humanize you. LAPD involvement is only a small part of what we all need to do to build and maintain healthy urban neighborhoods, which in most cities like San Pedro are economically and culturally mixed. We, the residents are the largest part and it is our responsibility to get out and make a difference.

Complaining into the empty air just raises blood pressure and enforces one's view that nothing can be fixed.

For my part, I've seen things change significantly in parts of San Pedro the do-nothing complainers wrote off long ago.

— Below GaffeyJanuary 3, 2012 at 8:55 a.m. Permalink

Where are you LAPD Harbor Division? We are losing San Pedro on a daily basis due to failed enforcement by the LAPD Harbor Division.

The good comments on San Pedro are laughable and not accurate nor wrote by residents that live within the blast zone. Check the crime stats if you want true commentary on San Pedro, we are in trouble here.

We are losing San Pedro, We have lost San Pedro.

— JamesNovember 13, 2011 at 4:12 p.m. Permalink

This is the kind of weekend where I check in with the comments here because the reality of life in San Pedro is so different than the really nasty remarks I sometimes see here Just this Friday night (oooh, after dark people!) we were downtown and there were bands playing on the main streets, lots of people out walking, and we went to a sell-out show tribute to the Beatles at the Warner Grand Theatre, one of the last great movie palaces of the 30's that has been lovingly restored.

On Saturday we went down to the waterfront to tour a visiting Russian Tall Ship (masted), then down to the opening ceremonies at Cabrillo Beach for the Pacific Islanders who have paddled their large canoes across the Pacific Ocean to extend awareness of environmental issues and to reconnect to their ancient roots. These and other beachfront activities were free. No need to drive or take a long bus ride to have a picnic on the beach, or cool off on a hot day. Some of the cliff-side neighborhoods along the south coast that overlook the beaches are really beautiful, so telling someone not to move here…..laughable. (And that’s how residents here often respond to these kinds of insults, because we know the truth).

As a city (pop 85,000), San Pedro is far more than the sum of its parts, some of which are struggling and have crime, like any city with an urban core. So it is fair to talk about a certain area with problems, but to generalize about all of San Pedro? Undermines any credibility, sorry. The unique and special aspects of this seaside area far outweigh any of the disadvantages and this is why Pedrans are so loyal and live here generation after generation.

— Another Pedro FanAugust 29, 2011 at 9:28 a.m. Permalink

In the mid 60s I, just turned 16, drove my father from Bakersfield to San Pedro in a 12 cylinder, black 1949 Lincoln. ( L.A. traffic scared him, so he let me drive. ) Dad went to work as a welder at Todd Shipyards; I got lucky and got a job at the El Taco. My brother Dave, who was a year younger than I, worked there, too. Dad was an alcoholic, who blew his check at Smugglers' Cove and other local bars, so we had to work to eat. It was the best of times and the worst of times.... for us hillbillies from Kentucky. Dave and I rode a Honda 50 and had a great time; later we bought a '56 Chevy and cruised the Sunset Strip with our dates. We went to a teenage nightclub called Pandora's Box. I moved back to Kentucky in my 20s, but I have two grandsons there in Southern California. I hope they're having as much fun as we did when we were their ages. Boys, call me -- if you want some Christmas money!

— Tim CockrillAugust 29, 2011 at 8:10 a.m. Permalink

This is the kind of weekend where I check in with the comments here because the reality of life in San Pedro is so different than the insulting remarks I sometimes see. Just this Friday night (oooh, after dark people!) we were downtown and there were bands playing on the main streets, lots of people out walking, and we went to a sell-out show tribute to the Beatles at the Warner Grand Theatre, one of the last great movie palaces of the 30's that has been lovingly restored.

Want to know what life is like here? Today we have the choice of going down to the waterfront to tour a visiting Russian Tall Ship (masted), or down to the opening ceremonies at Cabrillo Beach for the Pacific Islanders who have paddled their large canoes across the Pacific Ocean to extend awareness of environmental issues and to reconnect to their ancient roots. These and other beachfront activities are free.

We are a real, live 85,000 pop city, and those of you who call this whole place by derogatory names are misrepresenting San Pedro as a whole by a long shot. The problem with this town is that it although we pay our taxes for (among other things) the services of the Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau, we never get anything from them so it's up to the residents to speak up and discount the rumors that seem to come from those who want to lash out for undisclosed reasons. And like a previous poster said, they've probably have never been outside the poorer parts of town nor do they participate in any of the many activities available around here open to all. You don't need to drive or take a long bus ride to have a picnic on the beach, or cool off on a hot day.

San Pedro is far more than the sum of its parts, some of which are struggling and have crime, like any other urban area. But the unique and special aspects of this seaside town far outweigh any of the disadvantages that come with big city living and this is why Pedrans are so loyal and live here generation after generation.

— I Live in and Enjoy San PedroAugust 27, 2011 at 11:05 a.m. Permalink

"Don't move there", come on, I have lived in Pedro for almost 15 years and I do not see myself going any where else. Yes, we may have some "bad" areas, but don't put the entire town down because of that. "Saving to move", save a little and you can be my neighbor on Paseo Del Mar. Look for it, I'm sure you do not know where that area of Pedro is......

— RafaelAugust 10, 2011 at 5:47 p.m. Permalink

San Pedro is on track to gentrify. Best kept secret in the City of L.A. Think Silverlake, but drivable and walkable, and 10 degrees cooler in summer.

I love the way people talk about gangs and crime. I don't lock my door when I'm out during the day...can't be bothered. Neighbors watch out for each other here.

Harbor views, breezy all through summer, great food from many cultures...cute, cute old houses everywhere, affordable...easy bus commute to downtown on the express bus...all good!

— CCJuly 27, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. Permalink

Not a very good place to raise a family. The schools are bad and there are no baseball diamonds for the kids. The streets are narrow and filled with parked cars. Don't go to Port's O' Call unless you speak fluent Spanish. Otherwise, it's better than Wilmington.

— JoseJuly 22, 2011 at 12:55 p.m. Permalink

My family and I relocated to San Pedro in 2004 from the midwest and stayed for 1 year. We loved it!! We lived in one of the apartment complexes off of Brett Place and enjoyed the close community feel. After you stay there a while, people are fairly friendly and make it a home-time feeling! Our kids went to Park Western and Dodson schools and both were excellent! We loved the Harbor views as well as the Verdes views on the other side of hill. If you desire an affordable place away from L.A. that has a neighborhood feel and close to the beaches, this is the place! We were also involved with community organizations and they were active in order to counteract much of bad things developing in the area. I do anticipate coming back to San Pedro someday because it makes you feel like you're living in a real little diverse town with all the amenities!

— EricJuly 3, 2011 at 1:11 p.m. Permalink

I feel compassion for "Don't" who is raging in anonymous anger, perhaps in isolation from a community that could reach out and make life better for him/her. Read thru the comments and you'll discover that San Pedro is not one thing, as any city is not one neighborhood, one culture, one ethnicity, one attitude, nor one common voice. Far from being a 'ghetto', San Pedro is made up of many neighborhoods, some generations old, stable, peaceful, thriving. And yes, some streets (not entire neighborhoods, nor by any stretch of the imagination, an entire city) are sketchy and are struggling from all the usual socio-economic stressors. But even in these weed patches you will find many urban gardens, those of us who watch out for each other, take care of our properties, renovate, pick up trash, join Neighborhood Watch, talk to our community police who really care about their town, to identify and work to get rid of the bad apples found in any urban area.

For those who are really interested in getting to know San Pedro, it takes some time and commitment to discover this is a city with a unique voice, vantage point, and culture. Not for everyone, but no place will suit everyone. John Bettis, songwriter to many musical luminaries, San Pedro native, and soon to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said today in the Daily Breeze, "San Pedro is one of the forgotten destinations in Los Angeles...There is a San Pedro character, a way people are ...a certain civilized roughness to the place and its always been that way." We are this and much more: Working class, port town, artists, military veterans, generations of immigrants who've found wealth and success building businesses and homes here, fishing families, independent souls, fighters and creative dreamers who have found a place in San Pedro.

To live here with a commitment to engage and shape the future of this town - this is what really makes a San Pedran who chooses to stay. I do hope that "Don't" does find a way to improve their situation. Often, it's a state of mind and taking action, one small step at a time.

— V. W.April 26, 2011 at 11:10 a.m. Permalink

I've live a lot of places here in LA, and I can tell you, San Pedro is one of the WORST. The streets are filled with gang bangers, and other miscreants. I lived in Sun Valley, and this is right up there. San Pedro is a ghetto, and that's being generous. I've had my car vandalized numerous times and my neighbors have had robberies, etc. I'm saving my money to move out, if I live that long! The gangs cruise the streets at night, and that's unsettling to say the least. This is a horrible neighborhood. If you value your property, DONT MOVE HERE.

— don't move here!March 28, 2011 at 1:33 p.m. Permalink

It's home!!!!

— S.D.January 20, 2011 at 6:49 p.m. Permalink

I prefer Wilmas over Pedro.

— MikeJanuary 13, 2011 at 4:07 p.m. Permalink

San Pedro is a Destination with great places to go and enjoy with the family. the three main cultures (Italian, Croatian's and a mix of Latino culter) in san pedro makes it a perfect balance to experience something different every day. San Pedro could be a better place and a better city like Palos Verdes if it could subside from L.A. we are not L.A. we are better than L.A. I LOVE SAN PEDRO.

— -G.AJanuary 9, 2011 at 7:18 a.m. Permalink

Great people make this a great town to live in. Also all the wonderful sites to see ,great places to eat, and the parks. Averil park is just awesome with the small creek flowing throughout. I remember fishing for crawdads back in the 60`s and 70`s when I lived there. The old fishermans fiesta, portsocall, cabrillo beach and the running of the grunion, the tidepools , the awesome breakfasts at Pacific diner,the lighthouse,Tranis majestic, the korean bell monument, peckpark ,paseo del mar, south shores , the boys and girls club,the old Perrys five and dime, petersons market, cross pharmacy, paulyanns bakery,7thst.elementry, holy trinity,the elks club, 22nd st landing, the harbor but most of all what makes Pedro a great place is the "FEELING"

— Rob ChisholmDecember 27, 2010 at 6:55 p.m. Permalink

Really curious about San Pedro?

I read something here about a person who said they were exploring Pedro block by block. I found her website: sanpedrobxb, if you want to check it out. This lady walked all the blocks of Pedro, sometimes by herself, and sometimes with 'guest walkers', including councilwoman Janice Hahn, and over about nine months documented a lens-eye view of architecture, waterfront life, maritime heritage, gardens, parks, favorite restaurants, and all the quirky sights that make this place what it is. She lived here her whole life and still had misconceptions about some areas of this town, so she took to the streets to share her findings.

It's pretty interesting, and something people should see if they want to decide for themselves just what kind of town what San Pedro is. The hundreds of images are true folk art, unpretentious and enthusiastically local, yet without interjecting personal prejudice into the mix.

I appreciate that she did this, and so do a lot of other people, apparently, because she has a well-deserved following on facebook.

— Fan of San Pedro Block by BlockDecember 21, 2010 at 10:37 a.m. Permalink

I'm reading all these posts and thinking fondly of my home town. I moved away, I'm happy I moved away and do not regret my decision. But, even before I visit the family, the first thing I do is take the Paseo drive. You may move away from Pedro but it never gets out from under you skin, I still own multiple Pedro Shirts in various colors with both old school and new print styling. It is a unique place in that respect, especially within the megalopolis that is L.A. Though it is no longer MY home, it will always be home.

— Harbor Highlands November 23, 2010 at 11 a.m. Permalink

It's looking very good that the retired and historic WWII Battleship, the USS Iowa, will be coming to San Pedro's waterfront. I am happy that the Harbor Commission decided to approve the location at the foot of downtown, where it will help revitalize this area, long neglected by the Port as an integral part of San Pedro's financial health. Let's hope the IOWA group gets Navy approval and raise the funding to make this happen!

— USS IOWA SupporterNovember 5, 2010 at 3:46 p.m. Permalink

I've been to the fountain a lot of times. At first I thought it was a waste of money but now we go down there a lot, walk, ride bikes, take the dog. The fountain is really beautiful, and the musical shows are spectacular. Although kids do get in it once in a while, there is a guard there, and what most people see driving by is the kids playing in the walkway between the two raised pools, splashing each other and getting wet. It looks like they are in the pool, but they are not. there is a splash pool down the way for kids to run into. They just need to fix the bathroom by the entrance to the cruise terminal.

— Fountain VisitorSeptember 27, 2010 at 10:24 a.m. Permalink

The fountain can easily be fixed. The children will have fond memories of the pond for the rest of their lives. The Pond is very beautiful. Very beautiful things bring up property values. Valen's points are on mark. Joe, relax. it's a pond. Money well spent. It gives people who don't live on The Hill something to marvel at. Get it? life isn't that bad, somebody does care about you and your environment. If you want to see water Joe, open your eyes it's everywhere. This pond broken or not is a refuge, hell maybe they should turn it into a swimming pool and issue the guard a lifeguard uniform. Imagine the joy. Toddlers only...gotta be under 40 inches tall. Throw a bunch of pool toys in there too. Screams of Joy will be heard as the kids swim "under the bridge". Leave the music on, I like it.

— RickSeptember 21, 2010 at 6:38 p.m. Permalink

downside! people swimming in the new fountain. This addition to San Pedro was only a public swimming pool. How many millions did this cost? Went there a few weeks ago - broken again! Guard said kids were swimming earlier and broke it.

— joeSeptember 20, 2010 at 1:49 p.m. Permalink

South Shores Magnet for Visual and Performing Arts, in San Pedro, was just named a "Blue Ribbon School" by the Federal Government, as one of "the 304 best schools in the nation." This is in reply to a denigrating comment earlier about the schools in San Pedro. Like all cities, there is choice here, and parents who work with their kids every day, year in and year out, will see the rewards. Thanks to the support of his parents, my husband was a 'Boys and Girls Club' kid, went to Pedro High, and optional summer school programs, and yes, Head Start, and was awarded full scholarships to four major universities, including Boston University, where he attended. He's now a senior executive for a South Bay company. Because of all the great qualities of this community, we moved back to San Pedro a few years ago and our daughter will take full advantage of all that this town has to offer, just as her father did.

— ValenSeptember 10, 2010 at 10:54 a.m. Permalink

Jessica has a point. I am always amazed at the low turnout for community involvement opportunities, compared to the number of people who complain, (some quite nastily), and not just the few on this board. Have you ever heard of the the theory of "Law of Attraction"? It is all about the world you see and create for yourself. If people reading these posts keep this in mind, I can bet they'd rather live in the San Pedro some see, rather than the one others see. Guess what - it's all the same town, the same street, the same block!! I can tell you that those who do participate, who do speak up when called to, join Neighborhood Watch, don't dump trash, take pride in the place they own/rent, talk to their neighbors, shop in local stores, and a host of other constructive things, they feel empowered and involved, and they do make a difference every day. These are the people I respect. And I try to thank them as often as possible, because they make Pedro work.

— Showing up in PedroAugust 19, 2010 at 11:11 a.m. Permalink

My Grandpa helped build the Vincent Thomas Bridge and I have wonderful memories of San Pedro, still have family there but got moved to Colorado when I was still a kid. Guess what, the city I live in has gangs and crackheads and shootings and bad neighborhoods and 'massage parlors' just like ANY city in this country! OMG people, grow up and realize that no matter where you go there you are and the world is how YOU see it. I feel sorry for all of the folks on here that had to "get out" instead of investing themselves in their community to make it a better place. Behind every great town is the people that care enough to stay and make it that way.

— JessicaAugust 13, 2010 at 2:51 p.m. Permalink

No matter what you read here, San Pedro can't be summed up by any one comment, especially the two liners. It's a true melting pot, and for some, they can't deal with it, so you'll hear nothing but complaints from them! Fact: There are poor people, middle class people, and wealthy people all living here, choosing to co-exist in a relatively small area, compared to other cities.

For those who are really interested in experiencing San Pedro, come on down and spend a few hours here. Take the drive from Harbor Blvd exit off the 110 Frwy, and zig-zag up and down from 1st Street up to Western and back down, explore all of downtown, northwest to the Gardens and other residential areas off Capitol Drive, through the many older urban residential areas (some nice, some struggling) , our beach areas, maritime harborfront, marina, lighthouse park, and along the ocean cliffs along the southern border through the Palisades and South Shores neighborhoods.

San Pedro is loved by some, and disliked by others, but loyalty to this city runs as deep as its history as one of the oldest towns in the southland.

Whatever your impressions, you won't know what category you fall into unless you actually spend time here and see ALL of our city, not just a few blocks off the freeway.

— San Pedro ObservedAugust 4, 2010 at 10:46 p.m. Permalink

I grew up in Pedro, went to Leland Street Elementary, Dana Jr High, and SPHS. Was and always be a working class town. I thought it was funny that Italian rated on the ethnicity list but not Croatian? Lots of -ich's in town! Anyway what always appealed to me was the sense of community - most of my friends' dads were longshoremen or fishermen...the old Fishermen's Fiesta used to be pretty cool to go to. Places change, that's a fact, but I have very good memories of growing up there in the 60's and 70's.

— LizJuly 31, 2010 at 5:36 p.m. Permalink

This comment list if full of idiots who don't get it. It's just a performance piece. Haha! The jokes on you for buying into it.

— SPPersonJuly 7, 2010 at 7:17 p.m. Permalink

San Pedro is a dump. I would not live there if you gave me a house.

— r u kidding?July 7, 2010 at 12:12 a.m. Permalink

I was born in Pedro and lived there until 1991 when I moved away. I have so many good memories of growing up there. Yes there are good and bad parts of the city, just like any other place. If I don't make it back there before I die, I've left instructions to bury me at Green Hills so I can still be in my beloved hometown.

— ConnieJuly 2, 2010 at 3:01 p.m. Permalink

San Pedro is my town! This little city has afforded me a great place to raise my family, have a good paying highly skilled job, yet still have that small town feel where people are polite and friendly. I live here, shop here, play here and thrive here. I can't tell you how many strangers I've talked to who never even knew we existed here and how wonderful our parks and beaches are when they visited. It's the people of this town that says the most about San Pedro. Friendly, outgoing, hard working and humorous, I love stopping to chat with friends I went to elementary school with, teachers I had at school or shop owners where I do my business. This town has instilled in me a sense of family, pride and hard work that I've had all of my nearly 50 years. San Pedro, you bet I love it!

— Born and raisedJune 21, 2010 at 4:19 p.m. Permalink

If you want to get the real feel of San Pedro – about 2 sentences sums it up. Scroll down and read the entry from RESPEC RSP. Too precious.

For those of you who don’t know, RSP is ONE of our local street gangs. San Pedro is paradise for some (who enjoy living amongst the gang bangers - because they add to the town’s “realness”); others of us are scrambling to get out.

— Fred NietzscheJune 21, 2010 at 1:49 p.m. Permalink

I like the 6th Street Farmer's Market too. There's a guy who plays old sailor songs on a banjo that my son likes to listen to. Everybody is friendly. It's not easy living here sometimes - but it feels real. the burbs are not for me.

— Waterfront babyJune 17, 2010 at 8:54 a.m. Permalink

Heads up, JD. People who came from all over the world live in the U.S. and are Americans once they become citizens and have lived here for many generations. Don't like Mexico, don't need to go there. But here in SAN Pedro, most of us are Americans, like you. And some of our families have been here a really long time, like when everyone here spoke Spanish. That's why our cities are called San Pedro, Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Santa Monica, etc.

— Americans are immigrantsJune 11, 2010 at 8:43 a.m. Permalink

Thanks, JD, for your honesty. San Pedro is not for everyone, but thankfully, diversity (economic and racial) appeals to enough people that they choose to live here. You are right that Ports O'Call has changed a lot since it's heyday, and will probably go through more changes in the coming years with new developments planned. Waterfront property will always be a premium,and we have this going for us, too. The areas you are referring to in your post are the older parts of town, and downtown core. As a whole, San Pedro stretches across some pretty striking peninsula landscape, many different neighborhoods, with the dominant ethnicity varying block by block. This is what makes San Pedro unique in the Southland.

Those of us who are, as you say, 'working hard to change the town' believe it has a great future, and the positive changes I've seen here in the last few years are what I draw on as visible signs we are on the right track. I appreciate the dedication of so many who have faced some pretty daunting challenges over the years, including a distant city government, wealthy Port interests, and environmental issues. But since I've been here air pollution is down significantly, money is coming to the waterfront after decades of discussion, and commercial real estate investors have descended here and are buying up and renovating property, which is a very good sign they believe in the future of this town, too. San Pedro may never again be the town you remember, but with the effort of active participants who care about the future of this area, it will thrive.

— Valen June 10, 2010 at 9:53 a.m. Permalink

Born and raised in San Pedro, from reading the profile, and what the down town looks like, time to get out, I don't think it's going to come back, even thought a lot of people work hard to change the town. Went to Ports O' Call about 5 years ago to the fish market, OMG - could have been in another country, haven't been back.

Too sad, hardly go past Trader Joe's any more - I stay on north side of town.

I'm not crazy about Mexico.

— JDJune 8, 2010 at 10:05 a.m. Permalink

Hey SP Forever, -scroll up to the pie chart on this website, it says that San Pedro is "highly diverse" compared to other neighborhoods. Someone who supports ethnic diversity is not a racist (kinda the opposite, if you read up on what racism is). Since everybody's post is up here for us to read (agree or disagree), diversity of opinion can't be controlled by any of us. All I get is that you are mad that someone is not okay with our city being compared to a place that he says is 'a shame' (and I ain't touching the whole 'Compton' thing but you'd be an idiot not to get his drift, so don't insult my intelligence). I'd like to hear what you think about San Pedro, why you believe in San Pedro Forever, and what that means to you.

— Diversity is not racismJune 4, 2010 at 3:28 p.m. Permalink

Thanks for the info. I don't get downtown very often but I heard about First Thursday and maybe I'll check it out sometime. They have a Farmers Market on Fridays and that's the only time I go. There's one stall that sells pesticide-free fruits and vegetables and their produce is always good (and cheaper than VONS). I think they grow their produce near Knotts Berry Farm. Also a guy who makes bonsai and the prices are good.

— Pedro SupporterJune 4, 2010 at 2:13 p.m. Permalink

On to a happier note: Last night was First Thursday in Downtown San Pedro. We have an exchange student staying with us from Thailand, and we visited many of the open galleries (they all serve nibbles and wine for those who want to skip dinner), and the San Pedro Art Association's first show at the Croatian Cultural Center (I heard almost a hundred people came by). If you want to see many of the artists at work, First Thursday is often the only time their studios are open to the public. It is always a treat to see so many people out on the streets enjoying themselves.

We dropped into Mishi's Strudel at 7th and Centre Streets, and within the space of an hour heard (from the owner's son and friends) a selection of opera, musical theatre, and then a smattering of Japanese, Russian, and Italian songs thanks to one of SP's resident artists (who writes books and plays pretty good piano). He just published a novel that has a section of what he calls 'bachelor recipes' including some old country favorites. But no measurements for the ingredients - he says that you just have to use common sense when making these meals.

— Valen June 4, 2010 at 9:22 a.m. Permalink

Dear San Pedro Forever (real name unknown): I quote from your previous post: "This attitude is typical in SP – “We like it here because it’s a diverse community, unless you happen to be black, Asian or white.”

I will leave it up to readers here to decide for themselves the intent and meaning of our opinions.

— Valen June 4, 2010 at 9:10 a.m. Permalink

“when it comes to making a racial comment…” Valen

I took several minutes to read this entire board. Mr. Gables did not mention race. There are only a few people who have mentioned the racial makeup of San Pedro – one of them being you, Valen (some of the others were from your cohorts). Apparently, like Mr. Gables, race is not a relevant issue on where I live. Obviously, to you Valen, it’s extremely important and would exclude anyone who didn’t look/think the way you believe they should. You are the epitome of a racist. You ARE a closed minded racist.

— San Pedro ForeverJune 1, 2010 at 9:50 a.m. Permalink

You might be interested to know that San Pedro has two of the cleanest beaches in Southern California, along with one of the dirtiest. Cabrillo Oceanside has an A+ rating, along with Wilder Annex, the rocky beach below Point Fermin which made it on the Heal The Bay Honor List for California. Unfortunately efforts to clean up the portside beach have not yet been successful. Cabrillo Beach Harborside is still gets failing grade because of ship traffic pollutants kept inside by Angel's Gate Breakwater. If you are going to the Cabrillo Beaches this summer, picnic on the harborside for great beach, views, tables & trees, kids playground, but don't swim there. Go down a few hundred yards to the oceanside beach. Best time is in the morning, before the wind picks up. It can get pretty windy out on all our beaches by mid afternoon.

— Heal the Bay MemberMay 29, 2010 at 11:17 a.m. Permalink

I respect one thing about Mr. Cables - he signed his name. And he made a comment on a public medium, so we both take the consequences of our opinions. I too signed my name and voiced my opinion about a generalization made about San Pedro that just isn't accurate when it comes to describing an entire 80,000 person city.

San Pedro is diverse - and that diversity is what often gets the lion's share of negative comments on this board. And when it comes to making a racial comment that clearly is meant (in his terms) to denigrate our community as much as possible, just as I would in a face-to-face conversation, I won't shy away from calling them on it. I stand up for my beliefs, and own them.

Anyone who lives in this town knows we deal with many misconceptions about this area, and the diversity that has been the backbone of life here for more than a century is often the biggest target. Millions come through here to enjoy tourist attractions, and yet our area businesses have never benefitted to any significant degree. And for decades we took the brunt of environmental pollution without the full economic benefits and political clout to shape our destiny with the Port. We don't even have a Visitor's and Convention Bureau, something that I hear is going to be remedied soon, because we deserve to have our story told in full.

This can be a great place to live, and yes, for some it may not be. That's the reality of city life. San Pedro has many different communities, neighborhoods, and economic levels. We need to hear about all of them.

— Valen May 29, 2010 at 8:29 a.m. Permalink

Wow, I love the fact that everyone has their own opinions about San Pedro, good & bad. But I've lived in San Pedro for 15 years and i love it. I've lived in the housing projects and it's great. everyone here is friendly and respectful. obviously if you think the opposite you've only driven by or believed all the stories people tell you. And by the way I graduated from Port of Los Angeles High School and it is a GREAT school.

— I Live In The ProjectsMay 27, 2010 at 7:50 p.m. Permalink

Here we go, again. Beware: Those on this board who don’t agree with your observation will simply cast you out and dismiss you. Seems to me that if we really wanted to promote our town as diverse, we would embrace those with different opinions/observations instead of telling people they don’t belong here, Valen. You continuously imply that the diversity is a great attribute of SP, yet you don’t want to hear diverse opinions. Wait… I finally get it. You only like diversity when it suits your needs, or when it’s comfortable for you. This attitude is typical in SP – “We like it here because it’s a diverse community, unless you happen to be black, Asian or white.”

— San Pedro ForeverMay 25, 2010 at 1:29 p.m. Permalink

I'm going to agree with Valen. In the course of my daily business I was talking to two people today who grew up in San Pedro and asked them if they thought things had improved here in the last decade. One woman, who lives in Old San Pedro, said that since she was a kid (15 years ago) downtown has become much safer and she works right in the heart of that area. The other man, also a Pedro native, manages 150 property units east of Gaffey and says that people may seem tough but in the 20 years he's been working with renters he's never had any violent tenants or felt threatened as he goes about his work. Perception is often a fool's defense, as my father used to say. It's typical but disappointing when people come here and make these kind of sweeping generalizations, and I have to also agree that it says more about the person making those comments than it does the reality of what it is like to live in San Pedro. This town has some pretty unique attributes that far outweigh any negatives, so my family and I are staying put.

— Patrick May 24, 2010 at 3:17 p.m. Permalink

I'm amazed when I check in every now and then the comments I see. With all due respect to Mr. Cables I have no idea where he was, but downtown has indeed changed. Many of the old buildings that sat decaying for decades have been completely renovated and are now high-end condos and loft apartments (I was just admiring the renovation details on the new Bank Lofts today as I drove by). 7th and Centre looks entirely different - new buildings, no graffiti, and new family-friendly restaurants that have garnered four star reviews in the L.A. Times. It still has a ways to go, but it is vastly improved since I arrived only three years ago.

It would appear Mr. Cables has never been to Compton because the ethnic make up of San Pedro is vastly different (refer to stats above). However, it simply reveals more about him than this town. San Pedro's multi-ethnic make-up has been a constant over the decades, most who are vocally loyal to this small outpost in the southern end of the Peninsula. It remains a multi-generational, multi-ethnic town with a mixture of people from many different origins, something that many Angelenos have trouble accepting, despite the realities of living in this part of the country.

Wherever Mr. Cables ended up, this is where he belongs. Clearly, not in San Pedro.

— Valen May 23, 2010 at 8:02 p.m. Permalink

It’s been 20 years since I’ve been in San Pedro (lived there for about 10 years in the 80’s). Drove through today, and, well… oh my – how it’s changed. You could have dropped me off in the middle of Compton and I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between the two towns. What a shame.

— Jeffery CablesMay 20, 2010 at 1:04 p.m. Permalink

I live here for the cheap rent, the ocean air, the low temps in summer, the low key people. Folks might look tough but no one ever honks their horn at you! Try going one day without getting honked at in Bev Hills.

— Caroline May 17, 2010 at 4:32 p.m. Permalink

You mention 7th Street looking better. We just got notice of filming on 7th street next week - a new WB television show. Most people outside our town don't realize how much filming goes on in San Pedro - hundreds of movies, plus many television shows regularly shoot here, including CSI Miami, NCIS, etc. There was an article in the paper recently that SP does get substantial revenue from purchases made in our town. We still should be getting more from L.A. City for all the revenue we produce here.

— V.W., San PedroMay 8, 2010 at 11:56 a.m. Permalink

Tonight is First Thursday Art Walk in downtown San Pedro. They have open galleries, music, sidewalk sales, food, opera singers and more. I try to come every month because I get to meet the merchants, and I like supporting our town businesses. The greek place is closed but I like the newer restaurants that have opened up, like the Chop House and Nosh. Downtown has been fixed up a lot, especially 7th Street.

— Susan B.May 6, 2010 at 8:55 a.m. Permalink

This weekend, April 29-May 2, the annual Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival will be at the Warner Grand Theatre on 6th Street. Many of the area schools will be participating in the "Read the Book, See The Movie" program, with "Captains Courageous" and all of the films in the regular program are inexpensive ($8-10.00 for most shows). Come and support this local event and the Warner Grand Theatre, still one of the most beautiful movie palaces in Los Angeles.

— LAHIFF FanApril 27, 2010 at 10:29 a.m. Permalink

Smiley is in Peace now. Don't remember how it "went down". Go to school and get educated. The carwash will get Smiley's family $50 bucks. A big waste of time. Smiley would want you to move on with your life and get out of banging. RSP will not be around when you're 30, unemployed and smokin crack and/or in Prison. Save yourself and your Family (remember them?) a lot of grief, distance yourself from RSP, look at yourself in the mirror and say, I'm a good man with good qualities. Clean up and move away to begin a new life. The life you deserve. Stop feeling sorry for yourself for not having a daddy or a mommy or a nice house or that mini bike, get my drift? You have your health and the ability to say NO. That is way more than many people have. You also have the ability to know Right from Wrong. Choose the Right things and Jesus will do the rest. Guaranteed. Choose the wrong things and Jesus will make sure you rot in a fiery hell forever. He's that good. God Bless everyone in RSP. Hey, I turn 50 today so I know something about how this thing called life goes down. It's easy if you let it be and a freaken nightmare if you don't listen to good advice.

— RichardApril 23, 2010 at 9:31 a.m. Permalink

RIP Smiley! Another one of our own from RSP is gone. Much love and you will not be forgotten. Your hommies from the ranch will never forget you – and we will remember how it went down. Benefit car wash on Gaffey and 3rd on Saturday. A carwash do this person help the community by keeping his Neighborhood safe from gangs cleaning up graffiti . or its not that way he was A rat gang member who is defacing the Neighborhood . then he is a rat that dont deserve my help with a carwash what did he do 4 the community nothing then he dont get nothing"



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Каждый может верить в символы или не верить в них, но, согласитесь, есть нечто в этом притягательное - выбрать подвеску или шарм со смыслом. Но, в любом случае, ни одной девушке не будет лишним даже просто красивое украшение, стильное, яркое, индивидуально созданное лично для нее.

Браслет в стиле Pandora - браслет из Ваших желаний.

Мы приводим список значений которыми обладают шармы - фигурки, а также подвески для браслета Pandora.

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   ♦      "Паруса": подвеска или шарм - паруса, яхта, корабль - это символ истинной любви.
   ♦      Автобус двухэтажный - является символом Лондона
   ♦      Подвеска Ангел - посланник или "неожиданные вести"
подвеска для Пандора: яхта, парусник, шарм - паруса Б
   ♦      Бабочка - считается символом начала нового этапа, а также перерождение, обновление.
   ♦      Подвеска балерина - исполнение желаний, все Ваши мечты сбудутся.
   ♦      Шарм божья коровка - приносит удачу в скором времени.
   ♦      Будда, Хоттей - символ богатства, благополучия, радости, веселья, счастья.
В
   ♦      Шарм виноград - изобилие, достаток.
   ♦      Воздушный шар - благоприятные перемены в жизни.
   ♦      Вишенки - пара, соединения душ и сердец.
   ♦      Подвеска волшебная палочка - помощь в осуществлении мечты.
Г
   ♦       Глаз - защита от дурного глаза, талисман.
   ♦      Глобус или земной шар - путешествия и приключения.
Д
   ♦      Шарм домик - символ домашнего очага, а также пригодится мечтающим о собственном доме.
   ♦      Дерево жизни - крепкая семья.
   ♦      Дельфин - знак дружбы.
   ♦      Денежный мешочек - шарм притягивающий богатство, удачу в денежных делах.
шарм - стоппер дельфин Е
   ♦       Единорог - обозначает свободу, открытие нового пути.
Ж
   ♦       Подвеска Жираф - символ спокойствия, заботы, верности, позволяет стать яркой личностью.
   ♦      Желудь - знак силы.
З
   ♦      Подвеска для Пандора "зеркало" - означает чистота души.
   ♦      Знак звезды, звездный путь, звезда - это известность и популярность.
И
   ♦       Шарм "инь-янь" - единство противоположностей.
К
   ♦      Ключ - открытие, пробуждение, начало.
   ♦      Ключ к сердцу - символ власти, возможность открыть любые двери.
   ♦      Клык животного - символ победы.
   ♦      Колибри - наслаждение жизнью.
   ♦      Лист клевера - большая удача.
   ♦      Подвеска корона - символ достижений, заслуг, власти.
   ♦      Кошка - символизирует удачу в любом начинании.
   ♦      "Денежный кот" - Манэки-нэко, "Кот удачи", "Кот счастья" - известный японский символ, талисман, который принесет удачу.
   ♦      Кувшин - символ радушия, гостеприимства
   ♦      Книга - символ знаний, просвещения, литературной деятельности.
   ♦      Краб - символ богатства, краб целенаправленно загребает деньги для своего владельца.
   ♦      Купидон - амур - любовь, влюбленность.
подвеска для браслета - книга Л
   ♦      Подвеска лошадь - означает благородство и приносит удачу. Также - это символ, означающий бег времени.
   ♦      Шарм для Pandora лягушка - знак процветания, богатства и символ скрытой красоты.
М
   ♦      Мак - приятные воспоминания
   ♦      Подвеска к браслету, "морской конек" - означает воображение, талант, творчество
Н
   ♦      Подвеска ножницы - это защита от сглаза, уничтожение плохих влияний.
морской конек, подвеска для пандора О
   ♦       Шарм с обезьяной - символизирует хитрость.
П
   ♦      Подкова - защита от неудач.
   ♦       Павлин - гордость, красота, бессмертие.
   ♦       Птицы, (любые) - фантастические идеи, воображение, сообразительность.
   ♦      Подвеска для Пандора пегас или "крылатый конь" - риторика, поэтический талант, красноречие.
   ♦      Пчела, "королева пчел" - символизирует трудолюбие.
   ♦      Шарм птичье перо - свобода.
Р
   ♦      Раковина с закрытыми створками - символ самопознания.
   ♦      Раковина в виде спирали - два вида бытия, материальное и духовное. А также - свобода и риск.
   ♦       Рыбы - символизируют творчество, энергию.
С
подвеска для Пандора - снежинка    ♦      Саламандра - знак возрождения.
   ♦      Подвеска снежинка - знак искренности.
   ♦      Слон - символизирует большую удачу.
   ♦      Шарм скрипичный ключик - внутренняя гармония.
   ♦      Сердце - этот шарм означает любовь и является отличным началом для Вашей личной коллекции.
   ♦      Шармик скорпион - жизнестойкость, бессмертие.
   ♦      Сова - образованность, мудрость, проницательность, знания.
   ♦      Стрекоза - знак возрождения старых чувств.
   ♦      Собака - дружба, преданность.
Т
   ♦      Туфелька Золушки - трудолюбие и неожиданное богатство.
   ♦      Туфелька с каблуком - шарм означает восхищение к обладательнице.
   ♦       Тигр - знак силы, бесстрашия.
У
   ♦      Уточка - удача или символ пары.
Ч
   ♦       Черепаха - знак долголетия и мудрости. Символ защиты от невзгод, черепаха поможет приспосабливаться к переменам.
   ♦      Часы - шарм символизирует движение вперед.
   ♦       Чемодан - символ для любителей путешествовать.
Ш
подвеска для пандора - штурвал    ♦       Штурвал - шарм означает самостоятельность, первенство во всем, новые возможности.
   ♦      Подвеска шляпа магистра - образование и успехи в обучении.
Я
   ♦      Шарм яблоко - означает познание.
   ♦      Подвеска якорь - спокойный период в жизни, терпение, "золотая середина".

Это далеко не полный список значений шармов. Мы будем регулярно его пополнять новыми символами и обозначениями подвесок для браслета Pandora.

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e a little irritating.

I love this area, however just like any city there are problem areas beginning near the 110 fwy and stretching south down to Pacific and West to about 23rd street. I mostly stay above Gaffey and do all my hanging out, shopping and errands along Western and PCH (Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Torrance, parts of Lomita, Torrance, and Redondo Beach). I prefer the ocean parks and hiking areas along the coastal drive along 25th. Beautiful gorgeous scenic driving!

I plan to stay where I'm at for at least a year or so. My goal is to move over to the Palos Verdes area but I'm happy and comfortable till then in San Pedro and would definitely recommend it to anyone considering this area!

— RoseAugust 16, 2012 at 12:50 a.m. Permalink

"Anything passed 23rd street is basically in a nice area"

Got to agree with that one. Problem is, shortly after 25th street you start running into the Pacific Ocean. Maybe the city can start filling in the ocean and make nicer areas since they appear to have given up on below 23rd.

— HenryJuly 22, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. Permalink

I agree that SP is a nice place to live, "If you can afford to live in the nicer areas".

My father use to take us there all the time as kids. It was beautiful, safe, worth the drive to spend all day there. Now that i took my own family back last week, i didn't feel so safe anymore. The place looked like a dump. The locals were giving us the evil eye, so i packed up my family and split the scene. Never to return again. I will only visit the beaches up north where there is hardly any riff raff going on.

— ronniegJuly 14, 2012 at 6:33 p.m. Permalink

I love the the ocean.Hearing the fog horns from the port, watching a container ship sail by as I drive down from western ave. What I don't like, is the racist slurs and harassment. It has grow increasingly worse.

— Angel MarieJune 22, 2012 at 7:03 a.m. Permalink

I used to live in san pedro, i had to leave, only because i had my car stolen 3 times, my girlfriend nearly got raped,

my neighbors continually argued, and had nightly beer parties till all hours of the morning, the helicopters flying around incessantly, and tired of painting over the graffiti over and over again, other than that, its a beautiful place, really it is,

— KyleJune 7, 2012 at 2:15 p.m. Permalink

I was born and raised in good ol San Pedro, Class of 80' SPHS. great memories, exlxlelt like mayberry! to some it still may! However, as i got older, and got married, and having kids, it was time to depart, with so many apartments, and lack of nice parks for children to feel safe in, it was a no brainer in leaving, not to mention the crime going thru the roof! If you plan to live there, beware!

— MAttApril 23, 2012 at 9:56 a.m. Permalink

I've lived here the majority of my life. I am only 19, but that's beside the point. San Pedro is in my opinion the best place to be. I can't understand why someone would think so poorly of this city. I've never once been a victim of a crime here. Gang members have never messed with me and im constantly walking alone at night. I feel safe where ever i am here. (i dont expect that from everyone but hey i did grow up here)

San Pedro probably has more nice areas then it does bad areas. Anything passed 23rd street is basically in a nice area..and there are plenty nice neighborhoods before then. The south west of SP is all nice, most of the west, alot of the south east, and faar north west (by the home depot) is very nice.

800 upland is ok neighborhood.

— San Pedro NativeApril 19, 2012 at 7:54 a.m. Permalink

800 Block of Upland. What can you tell me about that area? Am I safe?

— TimApril 12, 2012 at 5:52 p.m. Permalink

From March 24th to March 28th we had 10 Grand Theft Autos in my town? Where are the police? I live just west of Western Ave. and the crime is starting to climb up here too. I am afraid to walk outside at night and I go walking daily but I have to make sure I get back home before the street lights come on now. It wasn't always like that here in the seventies. Again, where are the police?

— BeverlyApril 3, 2012 at 12:44 p.m. Permalink

I have lived in this town for over twenty years...and have watched the neighborhoods getting worse and worse every year. Of course, there are the good neighborhoods, but, you have to live WAY above Gaffey, or the very end of Gaffey, or the very beginning of Gaffey over by Home Depot. Anything below Gaffey is a dump. Even Whiskey Flats is taking a dive and that is a great old neighborhood. I believe that everyone that says San Pedro is a great town does not venture off of Western Ave.!

— ElleMarch 18, 2012 at 4:40 p.m. Permalink

Daniel - I'm so very sorry to hear about your horrible experience. The fact is crime happens anywhere and everywhere. I'm really very sorry.

People - do your research before moving your family into any neighborhood. Don't rely on other's opinions. Load the familia up in the car and spend quality time in the neighborhoods you're interested in. Try before you buy.

Now..... My experiences in San Pedro are POSITIVE! This town has some of the most amazing neighborhoods and the BEST people and the richest history around.

Pedro is not like LA, I don't feel any tension or alarm. It reminds me of Santa Monica and Venice in the 1970's... I love San Pedro.

— David S.March 17, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. Permalink

My wife and I lived in SP for 2 years and recently we were fortunate enough to move away to another small town with less drama. My experience living in SP was negative, although I tried to change my perception of SP, the negative outweighed the positive. The crime in SP was off the scale for a city of only 11 square miles. I was a victim of an assault and we also had our car broken into. When I was assaulted I was hit over the head with a large beer bottle then kicked in the face. I was bleeding profusely and when the paramedics arrived they too were apathetic. One of the Paramedics ask me what happened then he hollered to the other paramedic that we can treat this one as an ass- sault. On the way to the hospital I was riding in the back of the paramedic ambulance and I was observing the attending paramedic wipe down the interior of the ambulance with a towel afterwards he offered me the same towel that he just cleaned the interior of the ambulance with so that I could wipe the blood from my face. I was shocked. I told him hell no, not after you cleaned everything with it, he became offended and responded by saying that he keeps a clean wagon and the towel was okay. What a joke, and this was suppose to be a professional???. My wife and I are at ease being away from SP however, there is crime here but not at the magnitude as SP. Recently I had to run an errand to SP and as I drove through SP I thanked GOD for the blessings he has bestowed upon my wife and I by showing us a pathway out of SP.

— DanielMarch 6, 2012 at 10:51 p.m. Permalink

Oh, Gabriela. I feel so sorry for you. You really shouldn’t have posted a negative comment about our virtuous town. Now the same 5 people who blindly and continuously defend our community on this board will come out and tell you how wrong you are, what a peaceful place this is, w