So, here is an example why people who are not familar with the local area can have some trouble, in this case a minor issue...
The way "San Pedro" is pronounced causes a bit of a controversy. The way in which it is commonly said is San PEE-dro. Many locals prefer to say it this way, though some like me would opt for the Spanish way to say it: San PEH-dro (with the rolling "r" sound). It just sounds more romantic and respectful the latter way but what do I know really :-)?
Some latinos in the greater L.A area do pronounce it as it should be originally, however those who are more Americanized just say it with the PEE, just like others white, black and otherwise would here.
So, to say San PEE-Dro or San PEH-dro...it is not a great debate but something interesting to note. All of This just shows how, moreover, that American-English is very much localized and therefore different from region to region in the US. Also, with the San Pedro example, it can be realized that American-English is very frustrating to learn with its many variations of sounds and its nuisance of borrowing from other languages to build on vocabulary.
Beacon Street runs parallel to San Pedro's waterfront. By 6th and Beacon, there is the Beacon House, a place that most people will and should not enter, with good reason. Yet, it is a place to get to know if you want to discover the heart of San Pedro. Beacon House is a halfway house, especially for men who are recovering from alcoholism and other addiction. This establishment serves as a healthy place for men to become sound in body, mind and spirit. San Pedro proves to have a big heart for those who can be hard to embrace at first approach.
Beacon House throws an intriguing annual block party to supoort its residents and this event is mainly why I mention Beacon House here. It's a, well, how do I say...a....an eccletic event. Think if the historic Haight-Ashbury intersection in San Francisco were to throw a party --only, a totally sober event- no alcohol allowed !!! Scenes from the block are still wild and crazy though with freestyle hip-hop dance-offs (more on the grinding side of it), a bangin' stage for rock bands and just with colorful commentary of the locals. Pics to come in a travelogue very soon!