SAN PEDRO (CBS) — The first-ever Navy Week in Los Angeles is taking a controversial turn after sailors were warned to be aware of dangers in San Pedro.
Several residents and businesses are upset after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service handed out maps to crew members that say San Pedro is a dangerous place to visit.
“It couldn’t be anything farther from the truth,” restaurant owner Mona Sutton said.
On the map, NCIS says the downtown shopping district has problems with drugs. It also urges sailors to head to Long Beach.
In 2009, cruise ship passengers were diverted to Long Beach for similar reasons.
The port of Los Angeles says there is no basis for the map that has been distributed. The San Pedro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is planning to hand out its own maps and guides to sailors whose ships have yet to dock.
Navy Week runs through Sunday and free tours of the four participating ships will be available until then. Parking is limited, however, to attendees are asked to come early.