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The Hello San Pedro Podcast is a local podcast about San Pedro, California and the community that lives and thrives here, hosted by Amanda Silva. On this podcast we focus on the people, talking to a new local person of interest each week and listening their story, their relation to San Pedro and discussing a broad variety of topics all relevant to this Los Angeles port town.
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Happy Halloween! In today's episode I sit down with Lee Williams who serves as Chairman of the Board for the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. We talk about everything San Pedro, including the development of the waterfront, Little Italy, local Real Estate and last but most importantly improving the quality of life for San Pedrans.  He also spills some juicy tea, not once but twice! I love Lee and his fiance Sara and enjoy running into them all over town. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Lee! Be sure to say hello to him if you see him in the community! LINKS: San Pedro Chamber of Commerce https://www.sanpedrochamber.com/PBID - Waterfront Development https://www.sanpedrobid.com/about/Lee as a Realtorhttps://www.kw.com/kw/agent/leewilliamsSPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
Mental Health Awareness Day recently passed and I was not about to let it go unnoticed. It's important to shed light on mental health and reduce the stigma around seeing a therapist. To help me do this, in todays episode I've asked Dr. Cora Ramirez-Vasquez, a local family therapist, to join me in today's episode and share her wisdom. Hope you enjoy and please share with a friend! LINKS: Dr. Cora Ramirez-VasquezMA, LMFT, ATR, Psy.D520 W. 8th StreetSan Pedro, CA 90731(562) 225-8517Website:https://www.coraramirezvasquez.com/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cora.ramirezvasquezEmail: cora_ramirezvasquez@yahoo.comSPONSOR: https://cryptospaceus.com
Beware this episode will make you hungry! Today my guests are Kristin Colossus-Rodriguez and her husband Nick Rodriguez, co-owners of Colossus, a new bread and pastry shop right next door to the Chori-Man. Cohosting this episode with me is Marissa Haney, childhood BFF, former Pedro girl and pastry chef.  Marissa actually put me in touch with  Colossus via instagram a few months before they opened shop. The excitement has been building and the deliciousness was worth the wait. Listen to Kristin and Nick share their story of how they met, what led them to start their own business and why they chose San Pedro for their brick and mortar location. LINKS: Colossus on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/colossusbread/?hl=enColossus' websitehttps://www.colossusbread.com/thanksgivingCo-host Marissa on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/buxombaker/?hl=enSPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
Woo! It's been a full year of the Hello San Pedro podcast! It's an exciting time to be a San Pedran. This year has a lot in store for us and I can't wait to talk about it on the show. Today's guests are past and present Honorary Mayors of San Pedro, Domenic Costa and Pam Costa. LINKS: Coach Domenic Costa's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/coachdomcosta/?hl=enPam's Event Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/pamela_arlene_events/?hl=enPam's Event Websitehttps://www.pamelaarleneevents.com/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
Today on the show I am very excited to share with you my interview with Joshua Stecker, Founder and Editor In Chief of the San Pedro Today magazine as we celebrate it's 10 year anniversary.   Our cherished local magazine has informed us and captured the stories of our community. In this episode I sit down with the founder as he shares what led him down this path of journalism and what's so special about San Pedro.  I've been looking forward to this episode for a long time. I hope you all enjoy! LINKS: San Pedro Today https://sanpedrotoday.com/Pitch a Story, email:  contact@sanpedrotoday.comSan Pedro Today Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/sanpedrotoday/?hl=enSPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
Hello Season 2! In this new season you can expect more awesome interviews with amazing people who love San Pedro and lots more. Stay tuned for Patreon info where you can support the podcast and sponsorship info if you're interested in becoming a sponsor. Today's guest is Angela Romero, founder and President of the San Pedro Heritage Museum. I thought it was only fitting to have her start us out on Season 2 since she was my very first guest of the podcast. In this episode she talks about the museum's first commissioned work of art, a statue of famous writer and San Pedro local, Charles Bukowski. The project is still underway and won't be complete until Bukowski's 100'th birthday next year, and in the meantime, the San Pedro Heritage Museum will be working hard to raise the funds for it. LINKS: GoFundMe for Bukowski in Bronze https://www.gofundme.com/f/bukowskiSan Pedro Heritage Museum http://www.sanpedroheritage.org/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
End of Season 1! Don't worry, I'll get right into Season 2 next week :) A much anticipated episode,  in todays show I have none other than Aiden Garcia-Sheffield, a local community activist originally from Savannah Georgia. He is the Founder and President of Bridge Cities Alliance, the organization responsible for Pride on the Port. He is also the owner of Underground Los Angeles, local barbershop on 6th St in downtown San Pedro. He started out in his early career as a realtor then after the market crash transitioned and became a  flight attendant. As a young world traveler with an adventurous attitude toward life and the unexpected, he moved to LA and soon found himself in the South Bay where he discovered our beautiful San Pedro. He now lives here with his husband and is heavily involved in the community.In today's show he shares his coming out story, how he ended up in San Pedro and why he thought it was important to bring PRIDE to San Pedro. I wanted to thank him publicly for all the work he's done to create love and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community here. LINKS: Bridge Cities Alliancehttps://www.bridgecitiesla.com/bridge-cities-allianceAiden's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/uglosangeles/?hl=enUnderground LA https://bestofthesouthbay.com/underground-by-the-la-barber/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
This episode was prerecorded back in June but I wasn't able to get it out at that time for a lot of personal reasons you can hear about in the previous episode. However, its a great interview with lead singer of the local band The Habits. Wolf Bradley was one of my very first guests on the podcast and the band just released another EP self-titled "The Habits". They just released a music video for one of their latest singles "Thirsty", which you'll hear a bit from in this episode. We talk about everything from the filming of their music video, to Game of Thrones, to Karaoke,  thieir love letter to San Pedro and why they don't fit in the local music scene, and why that's okay. Wolf and I can talk forever but I hope you enjoy our conversation about music, inspiration and lots more. He mentions an upcoming show but keep in mind it has since already passed. You might've recently heard The Habits on KROQ this past week for their latest single "Casual".  If you didn't catch them and you want to show some love please go to KROQ.radio.com and vote for them off of the Locals Only playlist (link below).LINKS: VOTE FOR THE HABITS!!! KROQ Locals Only Playlist - Vote for "Casual" by The Habits https://kroq.radio.com/blogs/kroq-locals-only-kat-corbett/locals-only-playlist-08-18-2019?fbclid=IwAR0yxuBjb99X3PH55tgNyWfCBNE_N6-s20NWOAkXwoK6fbFZE_pCa2gWVZwThirsty Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIUgiDrBDtMLove Letter To San Pedrohttps://greenroomstories.com/love-letter-to-san-pedro/?fbclid=IwAR0lde5Md69C5fw0t9cikebjEMOK6jaBVPuFX5iqF7S269UCv2Vbnm0toq0SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
Hey friends, I have a lot to say in this solo episode. I hope you have all been well and I appreciate you for sticking around. In this episode I talk about why I took an unannounced two month break from the podcast and what's been going on in my life. In the second part of this episode I catch up on the recent events including the grand reopening of Sirens Java & Tea (my fave local coffee spot) at their new location as well as the grand opening of a brand-new-to-San-Pedro bakery, Colossus Bread + Pastry. I'm looking forward to being back and I'm ready to get some awesome interviews for you.  
In today's episode I sit down with Derek Kissinger to hear how the Harbor BusinessSource Center is creating jobs for our local economy. Ashely Rios, a previous podcast guest and local business owner, joins us also to share her personal experience working with the Business Source Center to open her business Fit Culture Pilates. Derek oversees the BusinessSource center in San Pedro and this center offers services available to all LA City residents and business owners at no cost. They do their best to tailor their services to the needs of the business owners but their main focus is growth through helping a business owner or entrepreneur access capital. Between the two BusinessSource centers currently in operation (Harbor-Watts and Hollywood) they are on track for roughly $11,000,000 -$12,000,000 in loans funded to their clients in the past year.  Derek Kissinger graduated with a BA in Psychology and Business from the University of Minnesota and went on to earn and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Derek worked as a Business Consultant for MCS for 3 years and enjoys helping small business owners realize their growth potential. In 2016 Derek became the Program Manager for the MCS BusinessSource Network and in 2018 he was promoted to Economic Development Program Director. Derek’s focus is to help businesses in need of tools and resources achieve profitability and growth. Through access to capital, managed growth opportunities and targeted new markets, these companies are carefully prepared to become profitable and undergo healthy, sustainable growth, with the ultimate goal of long-term job creation. LINKS: https://harborbusinesssource.com/Fit Culture Pilates https://www.fitculturepilates.com/Fit Culture Pilates Opening PartyJune 158 a.m. - 12 p.m. 1426 West 25th StreetSan Pedro, CA 90732SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
June is PRIDE month and in today's episode Chris Tucker shares why he and his husband chose to leave San Pedro, even after they married here and purchased a home in the community. I offer a public apology to them and all our LGBTQ friends here in town. While San Pedro is celebrating its first Pride On The Port event ever, our recent history shows that we have not always been kind to our LGBTQ  community members. Chris Tucker shares his personal encounters with harassment and homophobia in San Pedro. A Southern baker at heart, Chris Tucker draws much of his culinary influence from the European style of baking and often time refers to himself as a Southern baker with a French twist. “I believe that European bakers are champions of properly balanced sweets and I aspire daily to be more like the Ottolenghi and Claire Ptak of the pastry world” Carefully crafted with thought and passion, Chris’s menu of perfectly balanced buttercreams slathered atop delicate sponge, crisp biscuits with creamy curd and countless flaky pastries change with the seasons while a few staples are available year-round. When Chris isn’t testing, tasting and tweaking, he can be found inspiring other bakers with his curated online content through his digital platforms and on-camera appearances. In fact, he can be seen on the last season of ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show.” He and his husband married here in San Pedro in September 2017, and even purchased a home here in the community. But soon after they chose to leave the community and in this episode Chris tells us why. LINKS: https://www.instagram.com/betta_with_butta/?hl=enhttps://www.bettawithbutta.com/https://www.bridgecitiesla.com/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
In today's episode I sit down with Amber Sheikh-Ginsberg, a local activist for our homeless community, to talk about the current state of homelessness in San Pedro and what we can expect from upcoming changes. Before we really get into the interview I ask our community to stop doing this one thing: Stop referring to homeless people with derogatory labels. Let's call them people, allowing us to see them as people which will help us treat them like people. I also take a moment to recognize United Methodist Church for their amazing efforts within the homeless community, specifically their pastor Rev. Lisa Williams. Amber is a LA-based nonprofit consultant with Thurlow/Associates and San Pedro resident of about a decade. Her clients span the nonprofit field from healthcare to social justice organizations. Prior to becoming a consultant, she worked in homeless services, education, and with social justice organizations. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council's Homelessness Committee and coordinates the CD15 Working Group on Homelessness. She lives in SP with her husband, Joe, and two young children.I share a recent encounter I had with a woman that appeared to be lost in my parents neighborhood. She was without shoes, and without any belongings, she looked a bit disheveled and perhaps like she hadn't bathed recently. Amber shares why my reaction to this woman was actually rare and shares some insight on how we can treat others that we encounter who appear to be homeless. We go on to discuss the local shelter coming to the community and what we can expect from it. Amber shares that while it will not house every homeless individual at once, it has the potential to solve our local homelessness crisis overtime by propelling individuals upward. This bridge shelter will provide housing to fifty people experiencing homelessness and provide services to get them into more permanent housing. So the goal is to get people in, give them a fresh start and eventually helping them settle in permanent housing on their own. LINKS: Daily Breeze article about United Methodist event https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/05/29/san-pedro-church-offers-mobile-showers-and-assistance-for-homeless/?fbclid=IwAR1L33GlKef-gNBUODscZUNj64aXhXuDMts4hb13_CQDnD-w5-BJlMaDeUQhttp://www.211.org/https://www.lahsa.org/portal/apps/la-hop/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
In continuing with the theme of Mental Health Awareness month I sit down with two women who are helping people heal through therapy and sound. Today on the podcast I am joined by Artemis Tegan and Dona Colleen. Artemis Tegan is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Artemis earned her Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Artemis has been working in the counseling field for 24 years.  Artemis is a Trauma Specialist who is skilled in reducing symptoms associated with trauma, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems and addiction issues. Artemis works with children, adolescents and adults in individual, and family therapy using the latest research & practice  informed treatment interventions.  Artemis is trained in Somatic Psychotherapy, EMDR, Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Pet-Assisted Therapy, & Attachment Informed Therapy.   Dona Colleen has been a successful business owner in the city of San Pedro for over 15 years.  Dona’s highly inquisitive mind & natural gifts as an intuitive healer drew her to the healing arts many years ago.  Over the last 20 years Dona has immersed herself in the studying of Hypnosis and is a Certified Hypnosis Therapist. She is also a Reiki Master and more recently, took an extensive training in Sound Therapy, through the Vibrational Sound Association.Together their practices work hand in hand with each other and often treat the same patients. They share their expertise and experience in this episode along with tips to make sure we are taking care of our own mental health. Events: Teen Support Group - Every Friday starting May 24th/4-5pm ($25 without insurance)Group Sound Bath  - Once a month starting June 2nd/ 4pm -Please RSVP to dona@healingoctaves.comLINKS: Artemis Center https://artemiscenter.net/Healing Octaves https://www.healingoctaves.com/SPONSOR: https://www.cryptospaceus.com/
In today's episode I sit down with the President and CEO of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Elise Swanson, to talk about all things small business. We discuss the needs of the local small business community, the challenges they face and what she envisions for the future. Elise Swanson is the President and CEO of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce  and represents more than 400 businesses and organizations. She has served as the District Director for U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn while she was in Congress and has over 30 years of experience in economic development, small business development, fundraising, planning and outreach. Elise has also worked for the cities of Whittier and Santa Ana but now lives and works locally here in San Pedro. LINKSSan Pedro Chamber of Commerce https://www.sanpedrochamber.com/Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SanPedroChamber/SPONSORhttps://www.cryptospaceus.com
In honor of Mental Health Awareness month I really wanted to shed light on the issues which is why this week's episode I sit down with local Mental Health Advocate Rudy Caseres. Rudy Caseres is an award-winning mental health advocate, public speaker, and event producer. He has traveled the country delivering keynote presentations, worked with organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, This is My Brave, Mental Health America, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and has hosted various storytelling events at The Garden Church and the Warner Grand Theatre. He was named one of The Mighty’s Mental Health Heroes of 2017 and hosts a Facebook Live interview show for them every month. Rudy currently serves as a board member of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council and is their Homelessness Liaison. He is also currently a candidate for San Pedro Honorary Mayor and you can still contribute to his campaign. Together we discuss what so many have wrong about mental health. For example the fact that mental health is something that affects us all and that people aren't necessarily mentally ill and mentally well, there are many "in-betweens". It's a spectrum that everyone is on. Rudy would like to see less binary definitions in the mental health world, where we put people into two categories; well and not well. He shares some personal stories and experiences he's had struggling with suicidal thoughts as many have. One of things we talk most about is how we can reduce the stigma around mental health. He thinks that giving resources and funding to peer-to-peer groups and advocates are one of the most impacting things we can do as a community. Often large organizations approach mental health struggles from an outside perspective, whereas peer-to-peer methods really come from the stand point of  "we're in it together".LINKS: Rudy's websitehttps://www.rudycaseres.com/rudy4mayor.htmlhttps://www.rudycaseres.com/no-restraintsRudy on Facebook Facebook.com/RudyCaseresRudy's Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/rudycaseres/Rudy's Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RudyCaseresSPONSORSCryptospacehttps://www.cryptospaceus.com/https://www.instagram.com/cryptospace.us/
In this week's episode I sit down with Ashley Rios, young entrepreneur and owner of Fit Culture Pilates. Ashley Rios and I hit it off really well in this episode and we talked a lot. We talked about really important realities of being a millennial such as facing student loan debt, choosing money over passion and experiencing a quarter life crisis. Having an education in fashion and experience in the fashion industry as a fashion designer, Ashley found herself stressed and in pain. She discovered that she was having sever back issues and sought out pilates as a means to  heal and strengthen herself. Pilates soon became her ritual and now her passion. After years of enduring a toxic working environment in the fashion industry she also found herself a victim to sexual harassment which led her on a healing journey and resulted in seed money for her business. She spent a year traveling and found peace after attending many health and fitness retreats. A local girl, raised in San Pedro, she decided that her next adventure would be as an entrepreneur. She chose to pursue her passion for fitness, specifically pilates, here in San Pedro. Her pilates studio is set to open this month (May 2019) and is set to be the only pilates studio in town. She tells us about her journey to getting a business location and finalizing the details of her new venture. Be sure to check out the links in the show notes. LINKS: Fit Culture Pilateshttps://www.fitculturepilates.com/Fit Culture on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fitculturepilates/Register https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=435133&tg=&vt=&lvl=&stype=&view=&trn=0&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=5%2f2%2f2019&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&justloggedin=&nLgIn=&pMode=0&loc=1SPONSORSCryptospacehttps://www.cryptospaceus.com/https://www.instagram.com/cryptospace.us/Badfishhttps://badfishclothing.com/ https://www.instagram.com/badfishclothing/
In today's episode I sit with Green Girl Farms founder Lara Hughey and local fruit trader Army Linderborg to talk about their project idea to start a local community public orchard here in San Pedro. Read the full show notes at  https://www.hellosanpedro.com/episodes/e30-green-girl-farms-a-san-pedro-public-w--lara-hughey-army-linderborg Green Girl Farms CalendarWeekly Produce Stand @ our location 390 W. 14th St. from 9am to 11am, WednesdaysMonthly Produce Stand on the Second Saturday of the Month @ The Corner Store, located at 1118 W. 37th St. from 10am to 12pmVolunteer Time: Wednesdays from 8:15am to 11:30am, & The Second Saturday of the month from 7:30am to 9:30am, @ our location 390 W. 14th St.UPCOMING EVENT: Farm To Table Meets Artisan Chorizo Fundraising Dinner With The Chori-Man.  This event is part of Chori-Man Humberto Raygoza’s campaign for Honorary Mayor of San Pedro.  We are honored to be providing our fresh locally grown produce for this Dinner.  Proceeds to benefit Green Girl Farms and San Pedro Meals On Wheels.  Takes Place May 18 at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, Building H.  Starts at 5pm.  Tickets: $55A note from Lara: My name is Lara Hughey, I am the founder of Green Girl Farms.  I grow food and educate my community in how to grow food.  Green Girl Farms is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in San Pedro.Our Mission:We are leading the effort to build an environmentally sound and socially just food system in our community.We’re a volunteer-powered organization with an annual operating budget of less than $20,000.We create opportunities for the community to engage with growing food and the outdoors. We are building a local food system in our community.  San Pedro is comprised of many different ethnic groups that all have a tradition of growing food and community together.  And that has been lost over the years.  We are bringing that tradition back.  We grow food in a sustainable manner In empty lots and unused spaces.   We make the food available in the communities in which it’s grown through produce stands and donations.  We educate the public in ways to grow food in an environmentally friendly manner.  We do that through workshops, classes, and special events. In 2015 I founded Green Girl Farms in order to continue to create positive social change through edible gardening, on a larger scale..... Read Lara's full bio at https://www.hellosanpedro.com/episodes/e30-green-girl-farms-a-san-pedro-public-w--lara-hughey-army-linderborg LinksFarm To Table Event with The Chori-Manhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-to-table-meets-artisan-chorizo-fundraising-dinner-with-the-chori-man-tickets-59773184203?fbclid=IwAR2L_QcTPRSGylnp2p0_bSs7M0OALiPSvxJz79cASfHk-Y3phluhv11mFn8VOTE HERE FOR THE PUBLIC ORCHARD! https://challenge.la2050.org/2019/live/green-girl-farms/SPONSORSBadfish ClothingCryptospace 
In this week's episode I sit down with Paul Bobadilla and his wife Christina to talk about their new local business, a coffee pop-up. Before I get to the conversation part of this episode, I first announce the winner of our Instagram giveaway. Badfish hooked us up with a lot of merch and to celebrate our reaching over 500 followers on Instagram, we decided to do an Instagram giveaway. The winner announced was @danikristino!!! Congrats! [You will receive a message via Instagram and details of how to claim your merch will be detailed]. Almost exactly two years ago, on Easter weekend in 2017, Paul Bobadilla and his wife Christina started their coffee pop up out of their garage, originally with the goal to meet their neighbors and bring their immediately community closer together. They have continued to uphold that mission along with providing a premium cup of coffee to all their customers. Since then they have grown and now serve coffee at a variety of pop-up locations all over San Pedro. Paul on treating our homeless neighbors with respect :  "As we are living and doing life and doing business in the streets... how do we continually acknowledge these people that we see?  ...We have to remind one another that they have a lot of value." A lot of care and consideration is put into each cup of coffee that's made. The acronym "CBC" at the end of the Trinity name can roughly be summed up to these three words: "coffee", "brew" and "culture". These things are not overlooked by Paul in the process of making a good cup of coffee for his customers. He makes sure that the coffee he chooses is ethically sourced from farms that pay their harvesters fair wages. The brewing processes is just as important as the choice and source of coffee. Paul uses a pour-over device to make every cup and will eventually look into the cold-brewing process for iced coffee drinkers. Finally the aspect of culture and community are part of the Trinity CBC brand. Its not a fast cup on the go, it's intended to be enjoyed with conversation. We also discuss how small business can keep in mind the social good they want their businesses to be a part of from early stage. Even in the start-up phase, him and his wife consider how they want to make their San Pedro community a better place. LINKS: Trinity CBC https://www.trinitycbc.com/Trinity CBC on Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/trinitycbc/SPONSORSCryptospacehttps://www.cryptospaceus.com/https://www.instagram.com/cryptospace.us/Badfishhttps://badfishclothing.com/ https://www.instagram.com/badfishclothing/
In this week's episode I sit down and chat with Carolina Brown, owner of Rok 'n' Ell Baby Boutique. We discuss her small business journey and what it's like to have a small business at Weymouth Corners.In the beginning of this episode I make a couple announcements related to our sponsor Badfish. The first is really only a reminder to use the code "HelloSP" which will get you 10% off your next Badfish purchase. It's been brought to my attention that a few people have mentioned the podcast and mentioned that they heard that Badfish was the official carrier of all Three Eyed Fish merchandise, but haven't been using the podcasts promo code - gotta use the code to get the discount! .  The second is that I will be doing a Badfish giveaway on my instagram. So be sure to follow the podcast's instagram (@hellosppodcast) if you haven't already. I also talk about the cover of the April issue of the San Pedro Today magazine as it features our local icon the Three Eyed Fish, an image that Badfish owns the exclusive copyright to. This cover story features an interview with the original artist of the Three Eyed Fish and his motivation to paint it. Carolina was born and raised in San Pedro and has been a teacher within the community for many years. After her daughter gave birth to Roko and Elliot, she decided to start a baby boutique named Rok 'n' Ell. Carolina and her husband now own the charming boutique located at beautiful Weymouth Corners. She shares how overwhelming it was at first to own a business but her and her husband quickly got the hang of it and have been consistently growing in business ever since. Carolina also shares what it was like growing up in San Pedro. Carolina on growing up in San Pedro:  "'Oh it was wonderful. As a child I loved San Pedro. I remember traveling around town on the bus, my mother didn't drive, both my parents were from Italy, and Beacon Street at that time was pretty bad and I remember specifically telling my mother that when I grew up I was going to be the mayor of San Pedro and clean things up."  We do discuss some of her shop's biggest challenges and one of them is online shopping. She had initiated an effort to sell online and actually made it available for one year but after extremely low online sales she decided to pull back her online inventory. It's apparent that she has strong feelings about local consumer's pride in shopping at major online retailers and she compares it to leaving trash on the floor. What I took from this comparison was that she sees online shopping as a direct effort to not take care of our "home" or community. I share my concerns in this matter as well. We address these issues and talk about what it could mean for our small business community. Carolina describing the "essence" of San Pedro :  "'It's a working class community. It's not just a bedroom community. People don't all work in LA, they live and work here, you know, because of the port and the waterfront. And that started with the fishermen and the canneries... San Pedro is unique in that, in that we live and work here, so I'm very proud of that." Carolina shares her excitement for the changes coming to the waterfront and may even consider starting something in the downtown area. Links: http://roknellbaby.com/ roknellbaby@gmail.comhttps://www.instagram.com/roknellbaby/Sponsored by Badfish & Cryptospace 
In today's episode I bring back my favorite repeat guest, Angela "Romee" Romero, to celebrate her recent honor of being recognized by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and to talk about her recent endeavors, including the San Pedro Heritage Museum, its first major project "San Pedro Built" and her small business, Townee Tours. Romee, who has been a guest before, joins me yet again to update us on some very big news (if you aren't familiar with her yet, please refer to episode 1 and 15). She shares with us that the San Pedro Heritage Museum, a museum she's founding and laying the groundwork for, is in its beginning stages of becoming a non-profit. Even though it has not achieved this status just yet, she is not letting it stop her from continuing her important work of discovering San Pedro's history. That is why she is heading up the museum's first major project: "San Pedro Built". She begins to describe "San Pedro Built" and why she has chosen this as the museum's first project. Rome tells us the encounters she has while at the archives that she has with people in the community wanting to learn more about their family home, and seeking more information from the local archives. Unfortunately, not every residential home or commercial property has been documented over the years so this project is to do just that, document the changes of San Pedro's homes and buildings over the decades. This will take the entire community's help and will continue to be an ongoing project for years to come. She announces upcoming events at which she will be available to scan photos from the photo albums of local families in the area who want to contribute their memories to the San Pedro Heritage Museum. Romee on  finding SP's history :  "'The cool thing is that a lot of Pedro people are still around, they have pictures from their grandparents, and we can crowdsource that stuff." In the second half of the episode Romee switches gears and shares with us her upcoming events for her business Townee Tours, a tour business she started in 2011. She shares about why she started Townee Tours, and the encouragement she received from her mother who passed away a few months earlier. Romee tells us about her rough start to the business and how it took a really long time for it to catch on and be known in the community as the "tour lady". In 2017 she decided to start her tours back up with a different tour every month. Now she is offering 4-5 different tours on a weekly basis at the request of the SP Chamber of Commerce. Romee wants to make sure that as she pursues both these endeavors (the museum and her tour business) that she draws a clear distinction between the two. LINKS: San Pedro Built event:History Behind SP Street Names / Photo scanning eventSan Pedro Library / April 7th 2pm Romee's emailSPbuilt@sanpedroheritage.organgela@sanpedroheritage.orgSan Pedro Heritage Museum Websitehttps://mailchi.mp/e46a91684788/sanpedroheritagemuseumTownee Tourscontact@thatssopedro.comSPONOSRS:https://www.cryptospaceus.com/https://www.badfishclothing.com/
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California PC 187

Hey, talk to the guys from Beacon House like Brent; the women from House of Hope like Maricela and Myra; even SHAWL or Fred Brown's. Insofar as San Pedro History goes: let's hear about Beacon Street pre "the last night" in 1967; let's hear about how, historically, "San Pedro," which is, legit, Los Angeles, is infamous throughout the S Bay, Harbor Area and Gateway Cities for being Dangerous, especially "below Gaffey" and how you as " an inspiring woman" is showing through your podcast how that is changing. Right? Ya gotta address The Problem, though, in order to PROVE how great San Pedro is. What up with Beacon Street Park that millions were and are being spent on to improve it, yet it is now in ruins, looking like a mini skid row? yuck! MY POINT IS: you are awesome, great, love your voice. please use it with honesty. use it to help promote legit change. no more ass kissing nonsense.

Apr 7th
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California PC 187

hey, check this out, I WAS homeless in San Pedro and now I am not. I still live in San Pedro, however, worked my way into being able to rent a place. Prior to my homelessness, I was renting a room from a "very nice Christian" couple who allowed me to have my dog with me for $800 a month plus plus plus. Turns out, they NEVER paid the rent and boned out stating that they were "going to seminary school in Redding to become pastors." The Landlord who owns the building on 14th and Gaffey is a very nice person and it is not in my character to do as my "roommates" suggested, which was to ride out their squatting for 8 more months. I moved out into my car! Then, I got Saving San Pedro on my ass not even knowing my situation! They are invasive, abusive, regular Mrs. Kratchet's, rude, mean, bullying dicks! What are they doing up at 3am taking pics, waking up my dog and, therefore, waking up me! You are very kind and on point in your understanding of the homeless plight in this episode, however, you do not understand how deep it has become!! You may not want to know. Sick. San Pedro is sick in so many ways. I love your positivity, however, explore the dark side here and there. if you from peeedro, Ya'mean.

Apr 7th
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California PC 187

Mr. Jimenez docket gives a good first glance impression for sure. I am, on the one hand, totally impressed by him and his accomplishments thus far. However, there are some holes I poked in his story. He said that after high school he served 4 years in the marines, started AA degree at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, but, "because college was not for him" he finished getting his AA at San Diego State; double tapped out at LAPD Academy; got hired by Space X in Hawthorne and started his Black Knight Company--- all by 21 years of age. Huh? Oh, and now he is Sworn in with the Riverside Sherrifs. He lives in Lakewood, yet wants to be Honorary Mayor of San Pedro. Plus, his verbal grammar is totally off: "more better" is incorrect. In many ways, this guy is very on point and impressive, but he also has a lot of narcissistic characteristics and he comes off as full of it. Good luck to him.

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