From the Herald-Examiner:
"Lt. Rudy DeLeon, who has worked the Harbor Division
for many years says Beacon Street used to be the 'meanest street in the world' but
there always existed a code of ethics.
'There were the fights, sure,' says DeLeon. 'But you didn't see people being murdered
and robbed except in rare, isolated instances and it's doubtful the seaman-type were
In the News-Pilot, Jim Grosse of San Pedro, who owned and operated the Port Hole
Café on Beacon Street from 1939 until two months earlier, described the Beacon Street
"The friends you made on Beacon Street stuck with you through thick and thin.
"Many of these friends I still have today.
"If you were looking for a fight, you could sure find one just like any other section
of a town, but I lived and worked there for 30 years and I never got into a fight once.
"That section was mild, just as mild as could be."(2)
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