Garden Hours, Access and RMI Security

Gardening Hours

Garden hours for gardeners are from sunrise to sunset 7 days-a-week. This means a gardener can take their vehicle and park as close to their plot as necessary.

Gardeners and Vehicle Access Issue

Something changed in garden hours and vehicle access.

Yesterday, Saturday September 12, 2020, I (other gardeners as well) was stopped and prevented from entering the garden with my car by the on-duty patrol man. The gate was closed and the sun had not yet set. This was around 6 pm when there is still light out to garden.

The Issue

RMI has arbitrarily changed the hours, and access for gardeners without permission from the LA Garden Counsel, Lott To Spott, Mayor Buscaino’s office, and the Garden leadership.

If any of the above groups were involved in the agreeing to cut off access and limit the garden hours, then that decisions needs to be communicated to all the gardeners affected by this decision. As of today, RMI has went ahead and made this decision by themselves.

RMI sole purpose is to provide security to the Recycle Center. The City Recycle Center shares an easement with The San Pedro Community Gardens and City Services. By cutting off access and reducing hours to the other groups who use this easement is an issue.

Cutting off access is very problematic for gardeners who have water, compost, soil, veggies, and equipment to take from their car to their gardens and vice versa.

Why This Is Now Our Issue

RMI security allowed a parked vehicle over-night when it should not have. This is an RMI issue and not a garden issue. The patrol person should have been more alert and told the car to move after sunset. Now they have over-reached and cut-off access to gardeners.

The Solution

There is a patrol monitoring the bottom Recycle Center easement and can easily close the gates after sunset 7 days-a-week. After sunset all cars must be moved.

Warning: The Gardens Are For Gardening Only

The following are strictly prohibited in the garden:

  • Fires
  • Alcohol
  • Multiple chairs
  • Group gatherings
  • Living sheds
  • BBQs

Gardeners along with garden leadership will be monitoring gardens. Failure to abide by these security and safety measures will result in garden forfeiture.

If you notice any suspicious activity or people please call Harbor Police at (310) 726-7700. You can also report any issues by taking a photo and the garden. You can submit the issue on this website using the Contact Us page.

Unofficial Posting About Fees and Water Usage

Posted 5/22/20

This unofficial posting was posted at the San Pedro Community Gardens.

The content may lead some to believe this is an official notice from Mayor Buscaino’s office and other groups involved in the garden renovation, but based on the following reasons it is not:

  • The tone was not professional and very confrontational
  • The content was questionable with no record keeping for paying of fees
  • Logos from Mayor Buscaino’s office, Lott to Plot, and the LA Garden Council not on the document
  • This notice was visible in a few limited places

This goes to the bigger questions of who and where should these official notices be posted to be credible.

Leadership needs to abide by a set of rules to have a dedicated and secure posting area. Postings also need to include the official logos for credibility, otherwise they are fake news.

This prevents unofficial postings and reduces confusion among gardeners during a time of transition to the new water system.

Lastly, those individuals who post these fake postings should be removed from the garden and lose gardening privileges for disseminating the wrong information on behalf of the organizations involved in the renovation.

Coronavirus And The Garden Reopening Date

The garden reopening date of March 1, 2020, as stated by the Joe Buscaino’s office, is delayed. We are near the the end of March, one month after the date the City announced the gardens would reopen. There still remains is no word on when the gardens will reopen.

The coronavirus has hampered everyone’s lives including the installation of the water piping and therefor the opening of the garden.

As of few weeks ago, I did see workers installing water piping. Now the gardens are complete closed off.

There have been no updates from the city or the groups involved in the renovation of the garden. Many are working from home so updates and communication is possible. They need to commit to updates as gardeners would like to get back to gardening in the fresh air.

These parties have a responsibility to gardens as well as being good custodians to update and communicate the status to us gardeners. Existing in silo in this age of technology is unacceptable.

Times are challenging, but good people rise to the challenge to help others.

If you have info send it to us, so it can be posted here.

Construction Work Phase Started

Even though the garden has been closed since about August 1, 2019, there were no signs of any work being done.

Beginning on about January 7, 2020 there were finally construction signs posted and people doing work to install new water piping for the garden.

This is the official website for the San Pedro Community Gardens (SPCG). Please check back for updates.