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Port beautified by San Pedro fountain

July 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The fountains of San Pedro are set for an official debut on Friday.It's a large, Las Vegas-style water fountain, and most people seem to love it already.

Two black granite fountains hold a half million gallons of water, and the fountains shoot the water several stories into the air.

"It's a vibrant, elating show that brings pleasure and delight to people of all ages, to little toddlers and oldsters as well," said Claire Kahn, designer of the fountain.

Claire Kahn designed the fountains here. Her company also designed the water displays outside the Department of Water and Power building; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; and most famously, the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

The San Pedro fountains are the biggest water feature in the entire state.

"Very, very nice. People should come down and see it," said Torrance resident Isaac Mizrahi. "The only thing I've got to say is if it's a little windy, down go down on the eastern side, because the sprays will get you."

Supporters call it an enchanting addition to the Los Angeles area, while detractors question the $14 million cost.

"Kind of pushes the expenditure of $14 million for it in view of all the financial problems we're having in the state and the country," said Huntington Beach resident Berkley Yarborough.

There are also some who believe the fountains could be a distraction to nearby motorists, but it's an upgrade from the usual sights in San Pedro.

The all-too-common sounds of the port are now joined by a symphony of water and music, a high-class import to the port that didn't arrive in a cargo hold.

 

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