Longtime San Pedro community leader recalls all the places she lived around the United States before discovering San Pedro.

February 19, 2022
Stories of L.A. Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (SOLAHA)

Vol. II, No. 51 June (Burlingame) Smith, longtime San Pedro community leader and activist recalls all the places she lived around the United States of America before discovering San Pedro and making it her lifetime home.

June and her husband Cyrus bought the first house they looked at in San Pedro – hear her description and how they came to love and revere the seaside town. After moving to SP she  soon became a mother, yet maintained her professional career with Los Angeles Unified School District and eventually Professor Emeritus of English at Los Angeles Harbor College since 2011, and spent 20 years on campus working in various capacities: English instructor, Sexual Harassment Officer, Staff Development Officer and President of the Academic Senate and  full English Professor for 12 years.

Her dedication to community and compassionate credo includes participation as a  member or chair on many San Pedro organization boards including Toberman Settlement House, Harbor Interfaith Services, YWCA, San Pedro Coastal Neighborhood Council (past president), and the Los Angeles Port Community Advisory Committee  (PCAC). She is also a Polar Bear (and past Queen) taking the annual New Year’s Day plunge at Cabrillo Beach!

Co-producer Jack Baric and I are grateful for the on-going support of Los Angeles County (LAC) Supervisor Janice Hahn, District 4 authorizing grant funding. It’s more important than ever to continue our mission to preserve local history and encourage you to make your own effort for your families and

SOLAHA Volume III was filmed in July 2022 and will debut at the LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF)  in the “composite film” on DocSunday March 6 at 4pm  at the Warner Grand Theatre, historic downtown San Pedro.

We encourage all to continue to supporting local business and many thanks to our generous website sponsors: Renaissance Group (Erik Eisenberg), Clean San Pedro (Steve Kleinjan), George Van Buren & Associates (accounting services), Jim Hussey (State Farm Insurance), ILWU Foremen’s  Local #94, and Los Angeles City Council District 15.


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