Plan Will Keep Social Security Services in San Pedro

With the future of the San Pedro Social Security Administration (SSA) Office in jeopardy due to a scheduled closure, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has offered a solution to use County facilities to keep the office open for business. Facing budget constraints and the scheduled end of an existing lease, the San Pedro SSA office is set to close in October 2008.

Concerned about the negative impact such a closure would have on the community, Supervisor Knabe collaborated with other local elected officials to keep the much-needed services local. Supervisor Knabe offered the free use of office space in the County’s San Pedro Service Center in an effort to maintain the SSA presence in San Pedro.

Approximately 300 people visit the San Pedro Social Security Office on daily basis, many of whom are senior citizens or those with disabilities. The next closest SSA Office is the Long Beach District Office, which is eight miles away.

Removing Social Security services from San Pedro would be very problematic for many of our elderly and disabled residents in this community who need these services, said Supervisor Knabe. Using the San Pedro Service Center as a Social Security site is a practical way of keeping these vital services in this community.