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District Attorney Candidate Danette Meyers Runs on Smart Justice p. 6 Flamenco Comes to LA p. 11 t Babouff—Morocco in Belmont Shores p. 12 Little Fish Theatre Survives a Thousand Cuts p. 15 Groundbreaking Signals Departure: Long Beach District 2: Student Seeks to Unseat Councilwoman Lowenthal New Phase in Waterfront Development By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Mike Kamer is a 29-year-old public administration graduate student, whose ambition is to pursue a career in academic reform. He never saw becoming a career politician as being in his future. Kamer decided to toss his hat into the ring for Suja Lowenthal’s seat on the Long Beach City Council because of his dissatisfaction with the status quo. “My opponent—I should say, Ms. Lowenthal, in particular—has done an OK job, of running this city,” Kamer said. “She started off very strong in how she’s gone about things, but as time’s gone on in the last six years, she’s focused less on people as far as the residents go of District 2; specifically those on this side of Alamitos (east toward Redondo Avenue).” Kamer accuses Lowenthal of being inaccessible to her constituents. He said that Lowenthal’s lament when she had to shut down her 4th Street office is an example of her disengagement with residents. “That doesn’t mean she can’t come out to Portfolio (Coffeehouse) once a week...and post her schedule on her website and say, ‘Hey guys, if you are in District 2, I’ll be at Portfolio every second Saturday of the month,’” Kamer said. “I’d like to see more of that and I feel like that’s been missing. You can e-mail your council person, but what I’ve learned as a volunteer coordinator—I was doing that for two years—if you just post up an ad, you are not going to reach anywhere near the number of people as if you contact a classroom and get 5 minutes of their time.” He cited a Long Beach Post story, “Council Adopts Downtown Plan,” as providing another example of her tone-deafness to her constituents. The story painted Lowenthal as being dismissive Mike Kamer/ to p.16 Twelve gold shovels and an earthmover marks the spot of the water-cut, rendering shown at left, of the future Downtown Waterfront Promenade in San Pedro. Photo: Terelle Jerricks. March 23 - April 5, 2012 Waterfront Vision Continues/ to p. 3 By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor The Local Publication You Actually Read A dozen gold-plated shovels surrounded by earth-movers and dirt marked the spot where digging would soon begin at the March 15 Downtown Watercut groundbreaking ceremony, adjacent to the Maritime Museum on Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro. The ceremony heralded the realization of a revitalized waterfront after 40 years of dreaming and 14 years of plotting and planning. The water-cut is an area of land that will be carved out between Fire Station 112 and the Maritime Museum to create space for building the infrastructure of the new town square and promenade on the waterfront, a project that the community has long envisioned. The water-cut will have an overlook pier with 188 lineal feet of perimeter handrails and three long floating docks that can berth four to six tall ships, depending on the vessel’s length. The total cost of this phase of the Waterfront is $35.5 million and is expected be completed by 2014. “This vision is your vision,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, acknowledging the unprecedented level of community input in the waterfront development. “In three years time this revitalization project will allow Angelenos and visitors a new place to stroll along the Harbor, dock their vessels, dine at new sea front restaurants and enjoy the best that LA’s coastline has to offer.” He noted that within the following five years, $1.5 billion in capital improvement projects will be invested into the port, creating nearly 20,000 new jobs—30 percent of which will go to Angelenos as a result of the Project La-

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