LA Harbor Commissioner tells the story of interacting with his immigrant grandfather who came to San Pedro from the Italian island of Ischia to become a fisherman.

January 22, 2021
Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area: For Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Vol. II, No. 40 Anthony Pirozzi’s Loving Memories of his Grandfather the Fisherman from Iscia

What warm and loving memories Anthony shares from his childhood about his immigrant maternal grandfather from Ischia who came to San Pedro for a better life and was a part of the venerable fishing community.

Born and raised in San Pedro, Anthony Pirozzi (Jr.) is a proud San Pedro High School graduate, awarded his bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in engineering from Loyola Marymount University. He currently serves as the director of systems integration, test and launch organization at the Boeing Satellite Development Center, building and launching communication satellites. He retired in 2020. He currently serves as Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioner appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed in October 2013.

Anthony has been a dynamic presence supporting Eastview Little League, a co-founder of Scaliwag Productions (no longer active) that produced some great shows featuring young talent at the Warner Grand Theatre, active in chamber of commerce.

His late father Anthony “Tony” Pirozzi (Sr.) for over two decades had a very successful and valued television repair business (hence aka “TV Tony”). He was one of the participants in SOLAHA Vol. I and you’ll find his stories at SOLAHA website.

Our condolences go out to Joe Buscaino (Councilman District 15) whose beloved “Nonna” (maternal grandmother) passed away January 13 at 100 years old. Mother of seven, grandmother of 20, great grandmother of 38 and five great-great grandchildren. A stalwart immigrant from Sicily she represents an era we’ll rarely if ever know again. Listen to Joe’s many stories and memories in SOLAHA, Vol. I.


Other Memories From Anthony Pirozzi

Memories From His Father Tony Pirozzi