RLn 02-21-13 Edition
Eric Garcetti, the Candidate that could be Mayor.
Local Doctor’s License Suspended for patient negligence, drug abuse and theft p. 2 “M” is for Mayor-—Carson Residents to Decide Whether to Return to Rotating Mayorship p. 7 Baramee’s Mr. Seeprab Takes Fans on a Culinary Journey p. 13 u Clearing the Air Air Quality District Adopts By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor “Backstop Rule” to Ensure Further Port Pollution Cuts On Feb. 1, the South Coast Air Quality Management District voted to adopt a “backstop rule” that would ensure that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach meet their stated air quality goals. Those goals are necessary, in turn, as part of the District’s Air Quality Management Plan, in order for the Air Quality Management District to meet its legal obligations under the Clean Air Act. Most immediately, the District is obligated to meet federal fine particulate standards by 2015. Bizarrely, both ports strenuously opposed the measure, even though it would have no impact whatsoever if the ports simply do what they proudly say they are going to. There are also clear limits on what more the ports can be asked to do. “The backstop rule would not require any strategy that lacks legal authority, is not cost-effective, or is not feasible to be implemented,” staff explained in material prepared for the meeting. “This port backstop measure is not in reaction to anything the ports have or have not done,” said AQMD spokesperson Sam Atwood. “For one thing, it was in our prior 2007 Air Quality Management Plan. So it’s being carried forward. This 2012 plan happens to have an attainment date that is literally around the corner, 2015, so I think that tends to focus people’s attention.” The rest of the 2012 Air Quality Management Plan was adopted at the District’s December meeting, with the backstop rule held back for further public hearing due to the ports’ objections. During the interim, “There was a lot of intense discussion with members of the ports,” Atwood said. The ports proposed an alternative approach, a “memo of agreement” which AQMD staff was willing to consider instead, according to Atwood. However, the AQMD insisted that the agreement had to be rewritten to ensure that specific air quality targets would be met, which Backstop Rule/ to p. 5 The Local Publication You Actually Read I By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Los Angeles mayoral candidate Councilman Eric Garcetti. File photo. t’s difficult to imagine what a mayoral candidate can say about how they would operate at a moment such as this one—a moment that was featured in the hunt for a former cop determined to force the LAPD to atone for its alleged sins of racisms and cronyism. Los Angeles Mayoral candidate, Councilman Eric Garcetti was in San Pedro for the Unite to Fight Blood Cancers concert at the Warner Grand when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appeared on television announcing a $1 million reward for information that led to the capture of ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dornan. “The Mayor is a communicator in chief for a city in crisis moments [like] during a manhunt like this,” Garcetti said. Given the region-wide impact of the hunt for Christopher Dorner, Garcetti noted the importance of cooperation between law enforcement and the public in regards to sharing information. Garcetti expressed his concern for public safety. “People, two or three days later and he’s still not caught, they’ll go back to life as usual, but that’s when he’ll strike,” Garcetti said. “So we have to be on the lookout and share the intelligence.” February 22 - March 7, 2013 Candidate Who Could Be Mayor/ to p. 6 1 HARBOR AREA Sanctioned and Evicted San Pedro Doctor Awaits Trial to Keep License James Preston Allen, Publisher and Joseph Baroud, Editorial Assistant The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s eviction notice hung on the door of 311 W. 7th St. and Dr. David Harlan Smith has not been heard from since he closed his doors in early December. Rumors of his whereabouts and wellbeing abound, spurred on in part by a search of his offices by state investigators this past May. But no one seemed sure just what had happened. Then a long-time personal friend of Dr. Smith’s showed up at Mishi’s Strudel shop next door and told the owner that locked inside of the evicted doctor’s office were hundreds of patient files—that there were stiff penalties for not securing them or making them available to the patients. The landlord and president of the Renaissance Group, Eric Eisenberg, said that Smith had left owing several months rent and none of the phone numbers he had for him worked. “The only thing I could do was evict him,” he said. But Eisenberg was surprised to understand the consequences of holding unsecured patient files but he felt remiss and unsure about his role in possessing them. That is, until after he contacted his lawyer who provided him with the legal solution for the custody of medical records. Smith’s license to practice medicine was suspended after the Medical Board of California with the Attorney General’s office filed accusations of patient negligence, drug abuse and theft. The suspension took effect on Dec. 10, 2012, but is temporarily withstanding, pending the results of a hearing. According to the complaint, in October of 2010, the medical board assigned an investigator Committed to independent journalism in the Greater LA/LB Harbor Area for more than 30 years Dr. David Harlan Smith. File photo Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area to look into Smith’s practice after complaints from his patients surfaced, of him being unavailable for prolonged periods of time. According to the investigator’s report, Smith had a tendency of alternating between facilities where he would practice medicine without informing his patients. Patients have reported not being able to come in contact with Smith, even in the case of a medical emergency. The report also states that one of Smiths’ patients, who asked to remain anonymous in order to protect her privacy, claimed that on occasion, the doctor couldn’t recall who she was and spoke of a surgery she did not receive. This continued on following page Rancho LPG Breaks Faith Again Reneges on Promise to Disclose Disaster Insurance Information 2 By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor Things are definitely heating up around efforts to close or relocate the controversial Rancho LPG facility on North Gaffey Street. As local activists ready for a leadership forum with elected officials and candidates on February 23, the Los Angeles City Council Public Safety Committee gets ready to hear a comprehensive report on Rancho and other liquid bulk facilities compiled from various city departments, and the one-year anniversary of Rancho’s promised-butnever-held safety drill approaches, yet another Rancho broken promise has come to light. Activists have long believed that Rancho irresponsibly lacks insurance covering potential damages to the surrounding community which would leave homeowners potentially vulnerable for 100 percent losses on their homes in case of a disaster. Last October, Rancho representative Ron Conrow assured the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council that Rancho would provide them with presumably reassuring information about its insurance coverage. But on February 4, the day before the council was scheduled to discuss the matter again, Conrow reneged. In an email to Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Duhovic, Conrow wrote, “As I recollect…there was no promise on my behalf to provide insurance documentation to the city. However, I did clearly state that any such request would have to be made to Plains legal by Rancho Palos Verdes legal as I am not authorized to provide Company proprietary information. Adding insult to injury, Conrow included a letter from Rancho’s attorney to their city attorney, stating that after internal review, Rancho LPG has concluded that the requested information is proprietary. Therefore Rancho will not make the insurance policies and their details available to the City.” Duhovic remembered things quite differently, and after confirming his recollection by reviewing tape of the meeting he responded: For the record, in direct response to my question about you providing us the details of the insured loss categories and the policy limits for your parent company’s policy that covers Rancho, your response was “If you want it, that can go through the City Attorney and we can Disaster Insurance/ to p. 4 February 22 - March 7, 2013 from previous page Sanctioned same person said they admitted themselves into the emergency room at Little Company of Mary Hospital, because they ran out of medication that Smith prescribed. After a couple of nights at the emergency room, the staff informed her that the medication and dosage prescribed by Smith could have killed her. After the patient returned to Smith and notified him of what the emergency room staff had told them, Smith reportedly said, “they didn’t know what they were talking about” and that that patient needed all of the medications he had prescribed to her. To make matters worse, the patient was having trouble with her insurance. Between January and March 2012, the same patient visited Smith about 20 times. Because her insurance wasn’t active at the time, he required her to pay for his services in cash. Smith sent a letter to the patient’s insurance company informing them she had paid for medical services with cash and documented the number of visits that she made. The purpose of sending the letter was for the insurance company to mail Smith a check covering the visits, so he could subsequently reimburse the patient. The insurance company sent Smith the check, but the patient never received the money. The Attorney General’s complaint reported that patients also claimed they witnessed Smith under the influence of a heavy dosage of medication or a drug. Patients claimed to have seen Smith on numerous occasions with his eyes red and droopy, hardly able to walk and that, on occasion, to have fallen asleep while speaking to them in the exam room. Patients have also complained of waiting in excess of two hours after their initial appointment time to see Smith. Also, patients have recalled arriving for a scheduled appointment, only to find out Smith wasn’t present. According to the Medical Board’s investigation, Smith was admitted to the emergency room at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Oct. 2010, and reportedly appeared confused and drowsy, claimed to be in a cycling accident. He responded to treatment using Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. His urine tested positive for opiates and benzodiazepines, subpoenaed records showed. In December of 2011, Smith was hospitalized again, after he was found unresponsive and drooling at his house. Subsequent urine tests showed Smith had ingested an excessive amount of Somas, Xanax and Norcos. He was also treated with Narcan during this admission, according to records referenced in the complaint. The L.A. Sheriffs closed eviction on Dr. Smith’s practice and the patient files have now been secured, but the doctor still seems to be Community Announcements: Harbor Area Neighborhood Council President’s Meeting The Neighborhood Council Presidents Meeting will take place, from 6 to 7 p.m Feb. 21 at the Harbor Gateway Holiday Inn in Torrance. Venue: Harbor Gateway Holiday Inn Location: 19800 S. Vermont Ave., Torrance Noted terrorism and risk expert Carl Southwell will report his findings on the Rancho Holdings company’s 25 million gallon liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in San Pedro on Saturday, Feb. 23. Public officials, candidates and community members are invited to attend this forum starting at 10 a.m., to learn about the dangers of LPG and discuss strategies to protect the community. Invitees include US senators and representatives, state legislators, and municipal candidates for mayor, city attorney and city council. Sponsored by: San Pedro Peninsula Homeowners United, San Pedro & Peninsula Homeowners Coalition, Citizens for Responsible & Equal Environmental Protection. Venue: Taper Ave. Elementary School. Location: 1840 N. Taper Ave. San Pedro, 90731 The San Pedro Democratic Club will host Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s Patty Castellanos and the port truck driver of Toll Group, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., Feb. 25, at Calle Ocho Mexican Restaurant in San Pedro. They will bring up-to-date information on their successful struggle to form a union, get a contract and what’s next. The group also will discuss its plan of action for 2013. Details: (310) 367-7186 Venue: Calle Ocho Mexican Restaurant Location: 800 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro City Clerk June Lagmay would like to remind voters of important dates pertaining to the VoteBy-Mail (VBM) process for the March 2013 Primary Nominating Election to take place March 5, 2013. A voter who is not currently a permanent VBM voter must submit an application in order to receive a VBM ballot. Applications can be found on the back cover of the Official Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet which is mailed to all registered voters. They are also available on the Election Division website. 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Call or visit our website for departure times and schedule. 100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2, Long Beach • (562) 983-6880 • www.2SeeWhales.com 3 from p. 2 get you that information, under attorney/client privilege.” I then asked if we could get a copy of the policy. Your response was “Not a problem.” You didn’t use the word promise, but I think one could reasonably infer from your answers that you had the authority as the corporate representative to provide the requested information and that we would in fact receive said information. Such behavior is typical of what residents have been fighting against since ‘73 said Jeanne Lacombe, president of the Rolling Hills Riviera Homeowners Association, at the meeting that followed on Feb. 5. At the same meeting, Duhovic questioned the underlying rationale. “I’m not convinced of that at this point, that it’s proprietary in nature,” he said. “There are very few such facilities around, he noted. It was difficult to see how the information could be regarded as akin to a trade secret.” Lacombe saw an unfathomable doublestandard: “I find that very strange, because as a homeowner you have to turn over your homeowner insurance information to the bank, Disaster Insurance in order to get the loan,” she said. “When a cop pulls you over, you have to release your insurance information with your driver’s license. “It’s not as if Rancho Palos Verdes were on a fishing expedition. They simply want to know what sort of unprotected liability residents may face. “That is the million dollar question, Duhovic said. “What kind of coverage is there outside of their facility?” A powerful hint about the answer comes from a seismic report to the EPA from May of 2012 by “Strong Motions,” which homeowner activist Janet Gunter brought to the attention of the Rancho Palos Verdes city staff. The relevant passage reads: Plains LPG has provided results of a “desktop” analysis of the earthquake loss. According to this analysis, the ‘’probable maximum loss” is $8.4 million and the “maximum forseeable loss” is $18.6 Rancho Palos Verdes Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Duhovic (right) with supporter. File photo. February 22 - March 7, 2013 Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area million. These estimates were based on 250year MRP ground shaking at the site. These estimates include ONLY the replacement value of the structures (tanks); they do NOT include losses from: 1) business interruption; 2) spilled contents; 3) environmental clean -up; 4) fires; 5) explosions; and 6) third party liability. Plains LPG maintains earthquake insurance up to $60 million. It has not been demonstrated that the facility is insured up to the maximum possible earthquake loss. “The abysmal lack of earthquake insurance coverage for the surrounding community gives us every reason to believe that Rancho has no coverage whatsoever for any real damage it could inflict on schools, residents or businesses in the adjacent area,” said homeowner activist Janet Gunter. “They’ve spent years pretending otherwise. It’s time for them to come clean and for our government to step in and protect us.” Seeking concrete commitments from elected officials to remove the threat that Rancho poses, homeowner activists are mounting a leadership forum this Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. at Taper Avenue Elementary School. Invitees range from Senators Feinstein and Boxer all the way down to LAUSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Vladovic, along with candidates for LA Mayor, City Attorney, Controller and City Council. A similar forum during the mayor’s race in 2001 secured commitments from all mayoral candidates to build the Bridge to Breakwater waterfront project. The Public Safety Committee of the Los Angeles City Council is expected to hear the long-awaited report on Rancho and other liquid bulk facilities at one of its meetings in March, according to Councilmember Buscaino’s press deputy, Dennis Gleason. The report was released on Tuesday, Feb, 19, and at a mere 5 pages, was an obvious disappointment. Retired oil industry consultant Connie Rutter also criticized the failure to note the inadequacy of the impound basin as the butane vaporizes. “But I thoroughly endorse the recommendations, specifically the emergency exercise mentioned on page 5,” she said. “This would at least give the residents some idea of the danger associated with Rancho LPG.” Washington, D.C.—On Feb. 14 Congresswoman Janice Hahn was elected Ranking Member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology. “Small businesses are the beating heart of the American economy, and they are a big source of opportunity, pride and jobs in the communities I represent,” Hahn said. “I’m looking forward to helping our small businesses navigate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and working to empower them with the tools and resources they need to thrive.” Congresswoman Hahn Elected to Small Business Subcommittee President Signs Protective Maritime Law Washington, D.C.—The jobs of American mariners will now have better protection during times of crisis after the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 was signed by President Barack Obama in December. The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 will fund the United States Coast Guard until 2014, bring better transparency to the Jones Act and make obtaining a Transportation Worker Identification Credential much less of a hassle. Under the new law, the Maritime Administration must now identify all actions taken to ensure that U.S.-built ships meet national defense requirements. They will then have to publish that information on the Department of Transportation’s website. If the Maritime Administration requests a waiver it will now have to go through Congress. Wages Won Back for Port Fumigators SAN PEDRO—A dozen commercial fumigators in the Port of Los Angeles won $73,000, Jan. 23, in back wages, vacation, and holiday pay from their employer AG-Fume. In late 2012, a member of ILWU Local 13 reported contract violations to the union which led the officers to begin their investigation. The union officers identified multiple contractual violations. Complaints were then filed against AG-Fume and discussions began. After discussions stalled in late December 2012, Local 13 began preparing Unfair Labor Practices charges against AG-Fume. A final demand was eventually shown to AG-Fume and on the sixth day it was agreed that they must pay owed back wages, vacation, and holiday pay. 4 Backstop Rule from p. 1 the ports declined to do. “Basically we were fine with having an agreement versus a control measure, but the issue was we felt the agreement proposed by the ports just was not substantive in terms of its commitment to come up with control measures, should the ports fall short,” Atwood said. “The agreement talked about there being a process of getting together between the ports and AQMD and other agencies to discuss what would be done, but there was no firm commitment that out of that process any emission reduction measures would be adopted.” It’s not clear why the ports weren’t willing to incorporate commitments to meeting specific targets. POLA declined to comment for this story. “We’re still working with Long Beach on next steps,” spokesperson Phillip Sanfield explained. But he did provide a prepared statement, which laid out three objections. “We don’t believe it is necessary or appropriate and we believe it will be counter-productive,” the ports wrote. Regarding necessity, the ports observed that California Air Resource Board reductions would bring about “a 79% reduction in Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM) emissions compared to 2005”, while “port voluntary programs...will result in an additional 3% DPM reductions,” and thus “competing regulation is not needed.” But that’s just the point, from AQMD’s perspective: the rule won’t be activated unless other measures fail to meet their marks. The staff’s prepared proposal to the board noted that, “If emissions do not exceed such targets, the Ports will have no obligations under this control measure.” Next the ports argued that “adopting a regulation against entities such as the Port Authorities... is without precedent and beyond the statutory authority of the AQMD.” AQMD staff responded to this challenge by noting, “The AQMD can regulate Port sources under its existing authority under state law. As stated in Control Measure IND-01 [the backstop rule], the District has the authority to adopt rules to control emissions from ‘indirect sources’ under existing law. The Clean Air Act defines an indirect source as a ‘facility, building, structure, installation, real property, road or highway which attracts, or may attract, mobile sources of pollution.’” Staff also implicitly disagreed with the characterization of “regulation against” the ports in at least two ways. First, they explicitly said that “Emission reduction methods in the plan would be proposed by the ports,” rather than originating with the AQMD. Second, they explained that existing voluntary programs cannot be legally relied upon, so the backstop rule is more a form of supporting the ports voluntary efforts rather than imposing outside regulations on them. Lastly, the ports complained that “We will need to continue to work closely with our industry partners to develop solutions that will be acceptable and effective” to achieve future reductions, and that “The specter of additional regulation that simply mandates targets on the Port Authorities can have a chilling effect on participation by the industry to develop solutions.” However, this defies common sense as well as experience. First, if the ports simply meet the goals they already have, there will be no specter. Second, the challenges of environmental health and safety can be motivating as easily as they can be chilling. For example, the biggest breakthrough in reducing sulfur pollution—the abandonment of bunker fuel for low-sulfur alternatives—was spearheaded by voluntary unilateral action taken by Maersk at a time when the ports’ positions were still stating that making the switch was impossible. While the ports tried to spin the backstop rule as somehow detrimental to further air quality improvements, the opposite result is much easier to envision. “Other air quality agencies will look at this backstop rule vote and consider regulating ports as an indirect pollution source,” said Natural Resources Defense Council staff attorney Morgan Wyenn. “Other cities, such as New York, Houston, Seattle and Newark, N.J., also have large ports that are major contributors to air pollution that could benefit from the rule adopted by the AQMD this month. These are just a few regions starting to grapple with the same toxic air pollution problem found in Los Angeles. I hope air quality agencies see this decision as a good approach for their regions.” Community Announcements: from p. 3 Harbor Area Last Day to Apply for a VBM ballot : Feb. 26. Mail applications to the Office of the City Clerk—Election Division, 555 Ramirez St., Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or fax to the Election Division’s VBM Section at (213) 978-0611 or (213) 978-0612. Last day to apply for and vote a VBM ballot in person at the Election Division office is Monday, March 4. ELECTION DAY TUESDAY MARCH 5. Returning Voted VBM Ballots: marked VBM ballots may be dropped off at any polling place by the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day, March 5, or received in the Election Division Office by the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. For further information call the Election Division’s VBM Section at (213) 978-8050, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Local Workforce Planning Forum The Pacific Gateway Investment Network invites all business, nonprofit and workforce partners, and the public to participate in forums to help shape the development of the 2013-2014 Local Plan, from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 27, at the Career Transition Center in Long Beach. The Local Plan outlines future investments in employment services and training to meet the needs of job seekers and employers in cities of Long Beach, Torrance, Lomita, and Signal Hill. Details: (562) 570-9675 Venue: Career Transition Center Location: 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach Training Workshop Addresses Health Equity A training workshop to address the influence and shape health, safety and equity in Wilmington and San Pedro will take place, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington. Venue: Harry Bridges Span School Location: 1235 Broad Ave., Wilmington LOS ANGELES—Audio recordings of the Official Sample Ballot and multilingual voter assistance are now available for the March 5, 2013 Primary Nominating Election. The Office of the City Clerk produces and provides audio recordings of the Official Sample Ballot for visually-impaired voters in cassette and CD format, in English and the eight federally-mandated languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. The audio recordings are available at the Office of the City Clerk—Election Division at 555 Ramirez St., Space 300, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Details: (213) 978-0444; http://clerk.lacity. org/Elections/. The audio recordings may be also checked out from the following institutions: Braille Institute (323) 660-3880; LA Central Library, Social Science Dept. (213) 228-7000. 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Details: (310) 726-7920; firstname.lastname@example.org 5 from p. 1 Candidate Who Could Be Mayor Garcetti and his closest rival in this mayoral contest, City Controller Wendy Greuel have been accused of pandering, particularly because both worked to curry favor with public employee unions, and because both resisted calls to raise taxes and cut jobs at City Hall. “It’s irresponsible to be talking about bankruptcy,” Garcetti said in response to the frequent use of the word bankruptcy in references to the city’s finances. “There was supposed to be a $1 billion deficit this year, but instead there is [only] a $200 million gap, Garcetti said in defense of his record. “[This happened because] we did 80 percent of the projected deficit work. It’s not that I can’t or haven’t made cuts, I actually have,” Garcetti said. “That’s salary savings, that’s pension savings, that’s healthcare savings, natural resource savings and $177 million more in revenue as the economy has gotten less bad.” Garcetti boasted that his [District 13] was number one in jobs growth and number one in new business receipts growth. “In the midst of a recession I’m actually adding jobs in a city that was down 10 percent the last two years,” he said. “We were up 5 percent. As a result of current conditions I was able to revitalize neighborhoods and bring businesses back that bring jobs back. I’ve also shown the ability to make the tough decisions and make the cuts that are necessary.” We asked if Garcetti had the moxie and the creativity to pursue progressive policies that result in increased revenue without the raising of taxes, and or the cutting of services. In question are policies such as creating a program that invests pension dollars into Los Angeles’ infrastructure—basically investing directly into the City of Los Angeles. Garcetti quickly answered. “Absolutely. I would like to see, as much as possible to make sure that they meet their fiduciary responsibility, we all have to pay more, while investing, especially in low-income areas of Los Angeles with development funds and startups of entrepreneurs that are here, rather than in other places,” he said. “Absolutely. In the past few years there have been some efforts to invest Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti at an April 12, 2012 meet-and-greet at Limani’s Restaurant. Photo: Terelle Jerricks in housing locally. But across the board this is the third best startup city in the world.” When asked how he would accomplish this, Garcetti referred to his pledge to have all the department heads to resign and interview again for their jobs, particularly in the Los Angeles’ housing department. He said he also would like to see clean energy jobs. In another area where both Greuel and Garcetti are accused of pandering, is their position on Measure A and B on the March 5 ballot [see ballot measures page 9] The measures would impose a half cent tax to maintain the city’s public safety personnel. Both Greuel and Garcetti’s are on the record as being opposed to the tax measures. “It’s not that I’m opposed to raising revenue,” Garcetti argued. “I just think it is a regressive tax. Some think it’ll bring back businesses to LA, but it will just do the opposite.” Garcetti’s solution is to grow the economy by bringing business back, and reducing the tax on gross receipts, which would bring in more money than increased taxes. He cited the recent relocation of TV Guide’s headquarters to Los Economic Development Angeles as a recent example. “Those gave us so much more revenue than the sales tax, the property tax, the hotel tax and what we could have gotten out of the business tax, which is small but is enough to scare people away,” Garcetti said. Garcetti also is betting big that the EB-5 visa program—the federal program that allows wealthy foreigners to invest in local projects or invest in economic development initiatives in exchange for a green card. “I think it’ll be incredibly important. Right now, we have the Marriott Hotel going up across the street from LA Live, a union hotel that is union built or at least it should become a union hotel once its built,” Garcetti explained. “It’s being built using EB-5. There was a time when there were no funds coming in to do these projects. Well, now these projects will be funded by that.” Garcetti said he would like to have a more aggressive presence abroad, particularly in China. “We wouldn’t just go there on junkets. We would have a permanent office there where the City of L.A. would have a trade investment tourism office,” he said. Garcetti said that the actual deals that would be struck would be totally private, absent of public-private partnerships. “The city is a convener and a connector,” he said. “I wouldn’t use EB-5 money for infrastructure.” Garcetti argues that if the city did not offer the kinds of tax breaks that it was giving to the Marriott Hotel, then it probably wouldn’t get built. He noted that the economic activity that is generated in that part of town as a result of making it walkable, safer and filled with more attractions, can only help the city’s bottom line. “We went from 30 to 15 in terms of convention events five of those hotels were within walking distance but for decades people did not feel safe walking from the Bonaventure or the Biltmore all the way down there,” Garcetti said. “The Staples Center had been there for many many years and the Convention Center was struggling. I guarantee you, there is much more revenue being generated out of the economic activity of the Convention Center. “It’s creating jobs. It’s creating tax revenue, property values are going up, sales tax and the activities that are going on there. The city benefits. Now, imagine if we didn’t do that, we would not have gotten any sales tax that didn’t exist in the first place. And so, we would have been in an even deeper deficit this past year than what we were.” Garcetti/ to p. 10 February 22 - March 7, 2013 Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area 6 ‘M’ is for Mayor This year’s mayoral and council race may well just be sideshows to the battle of Measure M, where Carson residents are asked whether they want to return to a rotating mayorship, á la pre-1992 or retain their right to directly elect the mayor. But perhaps the real question is whether residents are ready to turn away from patronage style politics to one that’s geared toward constituent issues and more closely aligned with participatory government. Despite a council that agrees on most issues, it is the appointment process and the actual running of meetings that’s seen the most explosive divisions on the council. Since his resounding victory over the 2008 recall effort, followed by an overwhelming 2009 reelection victory, Mayor Jim Dear has hit one snag after the next—snags that have contributed to deterioration of an already rocky relationship with council members Lula Davis-Holmes and Mike Gipson, and a falling-out with his former ally, Julie Ruiz-Raber. Indeed, Jim Dear’s mayorship, and Measure M’s success, may be linked. Dear claims that the effort is just another power-play by allies of his predecessor, Daryl Sweeney, who went to prison a decade ago for his corrupt practices. And while there’s undoubtedly an element of truth in that, it doesn’t explain the rift with Raber, or invalidate the existence of real problems—particularly a detrimental tendency toward cronyism. It undoubtedly was far worse, to the point of criminality under Sweeney, but the evidence strongly suggests a systemic tendency to build up mayoral power rather than reinforce collaboration between the mayor and other council members. It’s helpful, therefore, to recall why Carson came to elect its mayor directly, as it now does. By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Mayor Jim Dear is running for his third term in Carson. Photo: Terelle Jerricks. distinguishable from that of a regular council member in that the mayor is charged with the responsibility of facilitating meetings and make appointments to commissions and other boards that are ratified by the rest of the council. Previously, the city’s residents directly elected the council members and whichever council person that was able to secure the support of two others became mayor on an annually rotating basis. Occasionally in Carson’s history, mayor’s wound up serving two or more years at a time. Carson’s government operated in this fashion until the early 1990s when then-Councilwoman Sylvia Muise agendized an item that would have de-politicize the mayor’s selection process by basing the rotation on any combination of factors Albert Robles: Carson's Prodigal Son Sets His Sights to ensure that the mayorship was really a rotated mayorship. Several alternatives were proposed, and the issue was continued to the following council meeting, at which Apollo West Carson Players founder and president Marvin Clayton suggested that the city directly elect its mayor. In a recent interview with Random Lengths News, Vera Robles DeWitt, the 1990-91 Carson mayor, suggested that Councilwoman Sylvia Muise was frustrated with former mayor Mike Mitoma’s repeated election (although, he hadn’t yet been repeatedly elected at this time), and cited that as a reason why she pursued changing the mechanism by which the rotating mayorship worked. Indeed, Muise served on the council through much of the 1980s and 90s, but only a single term as mayor in 1986-87. In contrast, Mitoma, had already served one mayoral term by the time changes in the rotating mayorship were being considered. Mitoma went on to serve a series of one-year terms until the council completely converted to a directly elected mayoral system with four year terms in 1997. DeWitt said of those times that whoever has the money…you can have three elected officials from the same block. “Well how does that work out for the community? You walk the community and talk to your neighbors. Many can’t get along with their colleagues to get your issue passed,” she said. “To be honest, I don’t take it personal. I just thought I was being of service. I did want to put on there the districting and the mayor issue on that ballot,” DeWitt said. “The districting never happened but the directly elected mayorship did.” Dr. Rita Boggs, a repeated city council candidate and civic leader since the early 1990s, still remembers the days when Carson had relatively few commissions. She recalls that under the rotating mayorship, each council member was able to name a person to a commission, while the Measure “M” / to p. 17 More About City of Carson Candidates Online Robles is running as a candidate with a unique perspective: a Carsonite born and raised. He's also billed as the balm that could heal a fractured council. That he is one of the most academically credentialed and politically competent candidates in Carson's City Council race doesn't hurt either. when I ran against the Mayor Pro Tem (Julie Ruiz Raber), and I hadn't ran a race at all. No weapons formed against me shall prosper,” she said, her rendition of Isaiah 54:17 of the Bible. “We came out victorious. I don't consider myself an underdog,” she said. Councilwoman Julie Ruiz-Raber: When a Bridge Maker Has to Burn Bridges Joseph Gordon: “We’re the Laughingstock of the South Bay” The Road to a Directly Elected Mayorship A general law city mayor’s role is Lula Davis-Holmes: Just Don't Call Me an Underdog “I was an underdog five years ago That’s what candidate Gordon, who’s running for Carson City Council, asserts. “If I had a business and I wanted to come to this city … I would look at our city council and say this is a place I don’t want to do business.” She sees herself as a peace maker and one more inclined to build bridges than to burn them. She was elected to the City Council the same year Dear was first elected mayor and was a reliable vote ever since. That changed in 2011. Read the full interview with each of theses Carson candidates online at http://tinyurl.com/CarsonCoverage The Local Publication You Actually Read February 22 - March 7, 2013 7 The First Lady of the Civil Rights movement is as controversial in death as she was in life as her statue rises at the Capitol James Preston Allen, Publisher The famous civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, who made national headlines back in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, is now being celebrated inside the U.S. Capitol on February 27. She will be the first woman of color to be so honored inside of the Capital Statuary Hall, but until today all of the press releases were stamped “embargoed,” meaning in journalism lingo, not to be printed until officially released. Why all the secrecy? The 9-foot tall bronze statue of Parks, the first directly commissioned by Congress soon after her death in October 2005, has been sitting in storage since January of 2012, and is only now being installed at the last possible moment to celebrate Black History month. Even Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) was surprised to learn of the embargoed news of the Parks statue, as none other than one of her talented constituents Eugene Daub and his artist collaborator Rob Firmin won the commission and sculpted it. Both of them have been waiting for an entire year for the installation and the final payment for their work. The secrecy around this statue, its creation and what it means doesn’t start with its installation. Sources close to the artistic team say that the words that were proposed to be cast in bronze were argued over, changed and then deleted over the course of the project, leading one to think that Parks is as controversial in death as she was in life. Even as we go to press the Congresswoman’s office was restricted from issuing any announcement of the ceremony or reception and had to be lobbied by this newspaper to get the extended families of the artists invited. Which leads me to ask, “Is this some kind of national security secret or PR caveat to rein in the press?” Who knows what’s going on inside of House Speaker John Boehner’s mind or for that matter Barbara Wollanin’s, who is the curator of the Capitol. It does seem to be “much ado about nothing!” Not that this statue is anything but significant in its historic placement in the Capital, nor that Parks is, in death, still causing a bunch of white guys like Boehner problems, but what this appears to be from a distance is just more typical Washington, D.C. posturing. Even the one-year delay of the installation would seem to be wrapped EMBARGOED: Rosa Parks up in stupid partisan budget rancor. However, with this editorial the embargo is lifted and on February 27 Rosa Parks will shine once again and be honored for her courageous act of civil disobedience in the halls of Congress, where she will stand as a constant reminder to those who often exhibit so little courage. February 22 - March 7, 2013 Dear Chief Beck: I am writing you today to inform you that our newspaper has filed a formal complaint with the LAPD at Harbor Division based upon your officers stopping one of my newspaper delivery drivers, at gunpoint with rifles drawn, whose only violation seems to have been driving a silver Toyota Tundra pickup truck on the very same day your officers fired shots at two Los Angeles Times delivery workers in Torrance. It would now appear that the discipline and restraint of the LAPD has been compromised and that the exuberance for the “man hunt” of Christopher Dorner has overcome the otherwise common sense of the command structure. This extraordinary situation has eroded the community based policing command structure, tested the restraint and discipline training of your officers and commanders and has shown how one incident (or just one individual) can “cripple” an entire department’s decade of work and reform. Several months ago, the issue of “use of force” was a hot topic with LAPD and you promised to hold 17 town hall meetings throughout Los Angeles, it is unclear what came of this exercise. It just so happened that your Harbor Area town hall occurred on the very same night that we hold our neighborhood council meeting and many including myself were unable to attend. Now, because of the accusations emanating from the Dorner case that involve Harbor Division command and training we are quite concerned and believe that a review of the “excessive force” policies and procedures needs a public review and hence another town hall meeting—one that is better planned and publicized would seem to be in order. We believe that discipline, restraint and respect go hand-in-hand with the core community based policing model and to your commitment to Constitutional policing. It is particularly in times of stress and crisis that these core principles are tested. It is at times like this that an organization’s Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen email@example.com Assoc. Publisher/Production Coordinator Suzanne Matsumiya firstname.lastname@example.org Managing Editor Terelle Jerricks email@example.com Open Letter to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck mettle and strengths are challenged and we see whether the training and commitment to a higher standard conform to the reality on the streets. The citizens of Los Angeles have long been patient and supportive of the reforms implemented at LAPD, we now look to see the end results. It would be in the best interests of all for there to be an open discussion with this community at the earliest possible time on the cause of this current incident and the policies/practices regarding “excessive force,” officer involved shootings and the commitment of LAPD to Constitutional policing. We look forward to your response. California and onto a church, is something the Central American and South American community, needs to ask themselves; seriously ask themselves specific questions about. Street art is from the slums, the ghetto, and there is no pride, and no reasonable answer for degrading the House of God. And, each house, each street is part of God’s planet… not our planet.... and I ask… the taggers...”Is this the way you treat your God?” Sean Graham San Pedro RANDOMLetters Street Writings San Pedro is about diversity and the one word carries every bit of what one can imagine in a seaport city. From the waterways and into the rolling hills, there is a smell, an air and an impression. The impression is the basis of this letter; and there is a degrading of the city one has to see to fully understand. In walking along the streets of San Pedro, there is a strong evidence of a seaport and alongside the comings and goings of the huge vessels are the older sea captain homes mixed with the signs of buildings meant to show newer designs; both having company on the same blocks. In walking along the streets of San Pedro, there is also evidence of a new element; “street tag” or “street scat” or “graffiti” or whatever label one applies; there is a war going on. The city is, for all intents and purposes the place where a young generation is painting on anything and everything imaginable. Signs, poles, public utility boxes; spray paint, markers, even fingernail polish is being used to mark their territory. In my walks about San Pedro, I have noticed certain buildings, which are historically respected. And, today the ‘taggers’ stooped to a new low; the artist wrote his or her identity on a Church home reserved for the Nuns. That’s correct. The taggers outdid themselves in tagging a Nuns’ Home! How artwork which started in the slums of Central America made it into the hands of young people of Cartoonists Ann Cleaves, Andy Singer, Matt Wuerker Advertising Production Mathew Highland, Suzanne Matsumiya Advertising Representatives Mathew Highland firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Editorial Interns Joseph Barould, Cory Hooker Display advertising (310) 519-1442 Classifieds (310) 519-1016 www.randomlengthsnews.com Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area Repeal “No Child Left Behind” Repeal “No Child Left Behind,” which is failing our students and weakening our nation. 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While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right to express those opinions. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Reporting Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2013 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved. Los Angeles City Voter Guide Ballot Measures Proposition A: Neighborhood Public Safety, City Services Funding and Accountability Measure (General Tax Measure - Majority Approval Required) (RLn recommends Vote No) The measure proposes a half-cent sales tax to offset state cuts to 9-1-1 emergency response services; maintaining firefighter, paramedic, and police officer staffing levels; continuing community policing, senior services, after-school gang and drug prevention programs; repairing potholes and sidewalks; and other general municipal services. Supporters include Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary and Treasurer María Elena Durazo. Charter Amendment B: Fire and Police Pension Plan (Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required) The proposes a charter amendment to authorize the Los Angeles City Council to allow sworn police personnel who are transferred from the Department of General Services to the police department to purchase, at their own expense, retirement credit for prior sworn city service after they become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan. Supporters include Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino and Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel. economically sustainable, bring transparency to the city and use natural assets to make Los Angeles a more energy efficient city. Emanuel Alberto Pleitez Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is a technology company executive, chairman of the Salvadorean American Leadership and Education Fund, Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Founder of Inspira and Founder of Latinos on Fast Track Institute. If elected, he plans to make education reform, pension reform and community-specific development plans his top priorities. Kevin James Kevin James is a radio broadcaster and lawyer, a former federal prosecutor and former co-chairman of AIDS Project Los Angeles. If elected, he plans to bring jobs back to Los Angeles and make government more open and fiscally responsible. Jan Perry Jan Perry is a Los Angeles councilwoman serving her third term in office. Perry has worked in the public service sector since 1990. If elected, she plans to make job creation, economic development, a balanced city budget and education reform a priority. Joseph Gardner Joseph Gardner is a retired administrator, a city-county coordinator and an emergency disaster coordinator. If elected he plans to make eliminating the annual deficit spending, the decrease of unemployment and housing of the homeless at city and private vacant buildings a priority. Addie M. Miller Information on Addie Miller’s experience is limited or non-existent. If elected, she plans to implement cost-effective ideas, reinforce the roadway system, implement a computerized world class and encourage buying local. Wendy Greuel Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel is a former aide to Mayor Tom Bradley, a former Southern California Field Operations Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a former executive for DreamWorks Studios and a former Los Angeles councilwoman. If elected, her top priorities would be to create jobs, build strong schools, create an interconnected transportation system and be a watchdog for taxpayer funds. Eric Garcetti (RLN ENDORSES) Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti has been a council president from 2006 to 2012, he has been an assistant professor at Occidental College and a visiting professor at USC. If elected, his top priorities would be to make government more accountable, get the economy back on track and bring creative innovations to City Hall. Yehuda Draiman Yehuda Draiman is a neighborhood council secretary for the Northridge Neighborhood Council, a director of utilities and sustainability for Energy Savers 2 and a former real estate developer. If elected, his top priorities would be to make Los Angeles City Attorney Candidates Greg Smith Greg Smith is a public safety lawyer who represented a whistleblower exposing corruption in the City of Bell. If elected he plans to target discrimination and partner with law enforcement to keep families safe. Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich plans to reinforce the trend of reduced gun violence with preventive programs and bolster opportunities for youthful offenders to get their act straight, if elected. Noel Weiss Noel Weiss is a lawyer and community advocate who helped lead the effort to defeat Measure B in 2009 and is a member of the Watts Gang Task Force. If elected, he plans work to ensure the City Attorney’s Office represents the broader public interest and promote openness. Mike Feuer Mike Feuer is an assemblyman and lawyer, and has directed Bet Tzedek, a public interest law firm. If elected, his top priorities would be to secure neighborhoods, ensure safety around schools, and save taxpayer dollars by slashing lawsuit payouts and curtailing practices that result in liability. Mayoral Candidates Norton Sandler Norton Sandler is a factory production worker, a member of the Socialist Workers Party and a long-time union member. Sandler has organized solidarity battles such as the Wal-Mart Black Friday protests and longshore struggles. He’s also joined actions against police brutality and is a contributor to The Militant newspaper. If elected, Sandler would like to build movement for a public workers program, support the legalization of undocumented workers and organize working people to take political power. Vote March 5/ to p. 10 The Local Publication You Actually Read February 22 - March 7, 2013 9 from p. 9 Vote March 5 Controller Jeff Bornstein Jeff Bornstein has been a business owner for 30 years and a lifelong resident of Los Angeles. If elected, he plans to implement a zero tolerance of racism policy, reduce wasteful spending and impose a tax on exorbitant pensions. Ron Galperin (RLN ENDORSES) Ron Galperin is an efficiency commissioner, businessman and a lawyer. He is the chairman of the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission, president of the City of Los Angles Commission on Revenue Efficiency, a task force member for the Home For Good: United Way/LA Area Chamber of Commerce Homelessness Task Force, and vice president of a neighborhood council. If elected, he plans to make jobs and education, infrastructure and economic development a priority. Analilia Joya Analilia Joya is a disability advocate and teacher. There is no information available about her top priorities. David Manuel Gonzalez (Write in candidate) David Manuel Gonzalez is a write-in candidate. There is no information available about her top priorities. Ankur Patel Ankur Patel is a student and labor organizer who has sold, designed and installed solar panel systems, taught English abroad and worked on farms in India. If elected, his top priorities would be to promote transparency, efficient spending and public employee compensation. Dennis Zine Dennis Zine is a Los Angeles councilman and former police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. If elected he plans to continue to provide efficient services, stabilize the city’s fiscal health and restore trust in government. Cary Brazeman Cary Brazeman is a local company executive, the founder of LA Neighborhoods United, board member of the Mid City West Community Council, former board member of the Friends of the Los Angeles River and member of the California Planning and Conservation League. If elected, he plans to address the city’s structural budget deficit, fix broken public infrastructure and improve city service delivery. economic development, keep neighborhoods safe and restore core city services. Gina Harden (Write in candidate) Gina Harden is a neighborhood council budget advocate, a member of the Los Angeles Neighborhoods Councils Coalition Board, a council secretary for the Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council and a small business owner. If elected, she plans to focus on public safety and property, jobs, and civic engagement or education. James T. Law James T. Law is a minister and disability advocate. There is no information available about his top priorities. Celena Roldan (Write in candidate) Celena Roldan is an accounting manager with experience in public relations, designing, blogging and TV production. If elected she plans to increase the salaries of teachers, incorporate technology to the city planning sector of government and increase leadership skills for women in the South Bay. from p. 6 CD 15 Candidates Joe Buscaino (RLN ENDORSES) Joe Buscaino is a Los Angeles city councilman, a lifelong resident of District 15 and a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, who served for 15 years. He’s been a member of the Watts Summer Games Advisory Council, the California Conservation Corps Green Advisory Committee, the San Pedro YWCA Racial Justice Committee, as well as a board member of the Los Angeles Harbor Boys and Girls Club. If re-elected he plans to boost jobs and local Locals looking at the concentration of money in downtown Los Angeles and wondering where is the moola for their districts. Garcetti argues that since all the money is going into the general fund, no council member has the ability to request more as a result of their district bringing in more revenue. Garcetti Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System pensions funds, which were invested in some subprime real estate bonds, took a beating during the housing crisis, causing them to lose hundreds of millions of dollars. The city was already underfunding the pensions, but the losses exacerbated the pensions’ conditions. The federal government recently filed a lawsuit against Standard and Poor’s for their flawed bond ratings that impacted the mortgage bond market that caused the current economic crisis. “We have relationships with lots of financial institutions, banks that manage our pension funds, that hold our money, that we take loans from for our short term borrowing and in the past couple of years, we moved pretty swiftly to hold a lot of them more accountable…preventing increased foreclosures and resulting in lawsuits against US Bank and Deutsche Bank,” Garcetti said. “I’ve Pensions and Alternative Investment Strategies had a big problem with credit agencies for a long time. They were the ones that were saying that the investments that we had were all kinds of things that led us down a road, then led us to downgrade until we were in better financial shape.” Garcetti pointed to a motion he introduced in Los Angeles City Council the week prior to the concert to explore what role the city can play in the federal lawsuit against Standard and Poor’s. And perhaps, even get some remuneration for the losses the city endured as a result of their inaccurate readings. Shortly after releasing his budget—a budget that restored some lost funding to education— Gov. Jerry Brown said he plans to reform how the secondary school system operates, with an emphasis on graduating more students and focus on teaching rather than research to fulfill California’s higher education system mandate to educate all California students. Garcetti’s platform calls for a closer collaboration between the city’s universities and the city in the mold of Silicon Valley and Berkeley and Stanford—a vision that could potentially be hampered by the governor’s vision. “I support the governor’s view on that,” Garcetti said. “I support his views on trying to put back into the K-12 system where the poorest districts get a little bit more money.... I’m not worried about his stepping on the Cal States. USC is a private university and UCLA research is at a place where state support is not as important. Community college is where the deficit really is. No one is even graduating with degrees anymore. It’s a nationwide epidemic, but something like 80 to 90 percent of the middle [class] are graduates from college. I think it’s really important that we at least get them associates degrees. And if that [increased graduation rates] happens to some degree at the CSUs and the UCs, I think that’s a good thing.” Critics have hit Garcetti and Greuel on the loss of affordable housing stock in their districts. Garcetti noted that affordable housing stock was lost throughout the city and noted that the real question was what did we do to replace those units that had been lost. He pointed to his record of adding 1,000 new affordable housing units. “I got the first expansion in affordable housing in almost 20 years; expanded on actual protected units that were HUD funded,” Garcetti said. “Once they took out a HUD loan people would try to get out of it from having to keep the rent stabilized for buildings that were built before 1978. We took it to the 9th Circuit Court and we won. That was the first expansion.” There were many more questions the mayoral candidate could have answered, but this paper’s allotted 30 minutes were up and he was already running five minutes late for his speaking time at the benefit concert next door. Next interview we’ll ask both of the runoff candidates about their vision for the San Pedro Waterfront. So Cal’s Silicon Valley Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area Affordable Housing February 22 - March 7, 2013 10 A Collision of Theatrical Proportions by: John Farrell, Theater Columnist t’s not an accident. Those kind of things happen on the freeway all the time, but not very often in the theatrical world. They call it a “collision” —A Collision of Theatrical Proportions” to be exact. But unlike many collisions, this one has been in the planning for years, and is hardly accidental. The Garage Theatre, which has presented some of the best and most challenging theater in Long Beach for more than a decade, and Alive Theatre, which has done the same while performing in garages, dance halls and furniture warehouses around town, have come together this year in collaboration on “Collision.” Their collaboration will combine their dramatic forces into a season of dramatic works that will fill the Garage Theatre with six plays (including the much-anticipated tenth anniversary edition of Jamie Sweet’s ongoing series of melodramas.) I Included in the season are plays by Will Eno and Eugene Ionesco, a summer play that will feature local students, and, in December, “Long Beach is Sinking,” featuring a hero to cheer, a villain to boo and free ice cream. The collision between these two playproducing companies has been at least two years in the making, according to Danielle Dauphinee, co-founder of the Alive Theatre. “Several of our professors from California State University, Long Beach have recommended this collaboration,” Dauphinee said in a recent phone call. “Last August it came together and we started making plans for the season we just announced.” Those plans included a big party a week ago for the official announcement. Dauphinee was still hoarse from yelling over the bands at that party when she talked to Random Lengths this week. Before then, Alive Theatre was negotiating with the City of Long Beach to take over the Edison Theater, the former home of California Repertory Company, which had to be vacated when it was declared unsafe for earthquake reasons. It has apparently been renovated since then, but the City has decided that it wants to sell the property. The Garage Theatre is the older of the two companies. They have been performing for 12 years now, the last seven in a storefront that was given to them by The Found Theatre before they moved to a space created for them by the City of Long Beach. The Garage house is small. Just 34 seats, a few more when folding chairs are included. But that doesn’t mean their ideas are small. They have staged Shakespeare’s Richard III in that small space, and it can be used for opera and music performances as well. The two companies are planning to perform all six plays there this year. Alive Theatre is the younger company, with just five years under it’s belt. The first Alive Theatre production was actually at the Garage Theatre, and since then they have performed all over Long Beach, including at the Mad House, a converted garage on Pacific, and at the Lafayette Hotel’s ballroom. For those many years the Alive has gloried in being homeless. “Now the Alive Theatre has a home,” Dauphinee said. One of the highlights of former Alive season’s was their Poppin’ Play Festival, which presented nine or so new plays every year. The festival was put on hold last year after a four year run. But it may be seen again. “It takes a whole lot of work to produce that many plays,” Dauphinee said. First up on the Collision schedule is Thom Pain (based on nothing), a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize by playwright Will Eno, which will be directed by Eric Hamme and will open March 15 and run through April 6. The plays is about a man who will be distracted by nothing to save his life, and your life, except that woman in the second row—that piece of lint. Eugene Ionesco pretty much invented Absurdist Theatre with his debut play The Bald Soprano. Director Jamie Sweet takes that play and The Chairs, another by Ionesco, and explores the nuances of sexual attraction, social awkwardness and whether or not there is actually a reason for anything at all. These plays open May 10 and continues through June 8. The theater gets taken over by high school students in June for performances of Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God, directed by Victoria Rafael and starring recent high school graduates. This is part of an ongoing Summer Student Showcase Spectacular where the two theater companies provide the space and everything else is provided by students. The production runs June 21-29. You’ll have to go down a rabbit hole on a journey of self-discovery in Ravens and Writing Desks, A Movement Piece, a worldpremier production conceived and directed by Angela Lopez, written by her and Ryan McClary. You’ll find out a lot about life, love and what makes who we are, or who we think we are, anyway. It opens Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 31. Amy Louise Sebelius directs the next production, Sin by Wendy McCleod. Sin is about someone who has been so busy discovering wrongs in others she can’t see whether she is right or wrong herself. Sin opens Oct. 4 and runs through November 2. Finally, come Dec. 6, you’ll be able to eat free ice cream as Jamie Sweet writes and directs his Tenth Annual Melodrama for the Garage, Long Beach is Sinking. Meet the real Mole People, boo the villain and cheer the hero as the garage offers up its annual holiday spectacular. It’s Dec. 6- 22, but only Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Plans are already underway for next year’s joint season. Keep tuned. Tickets for all performances are $20 for opening night, $18 general admission, $15 for students, seniors and teachers. General performance schedule is ThursdaysSaturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Twofer Sutherland Thursdays feature two tickets for the price of one. Details: www.thegaragetheatre.org, www.alivetheatre.org Venue: Garage Theatre Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach ACE: Arts • Culture • Entertainment ACE • Art, Culture, & Entertainment February 22 – March 7, 2013 February 22 – March 7, 2013 11 11 San Pedro’s Original ArtWalk— Fine Dining • Live Music Special Performances • Food Trucks! Flowmaster III Support Your Community. Shop Local! Recent Works by Merwin Belin, Troy Cherney, and Dave Smith TransVagrant and Warschaw Gallery are pleased to present Flowmaster III, recent works by Merwin Belin,Troy Cherney, and Dave Smith. The exhibition will open with an Artists’ Reception Saturday, March 2, from 4 – 7 p.m.Working in an offbeat, politically and socially charged manner, and exhibiting as an ensemble for the third time, each approaches their subjects with an inherent irony. Merwin Belin is an iconoclast and ironist possessing a unique take on popular and political culture. His spare, and often elegant collages reveal an acerbic wit.Troy Cherney adeptly manipulates photographs in a manner both subtle and political. Displacement and estrangement in both point of view and juxtaposition prompt the viewer to reconsider the familiar. Dave Smith’s paintings, dispassionate and near anonymous in their rendering, create an emotional distance between viewer and viewed; grounds function as subtext for the re-presentation of kitsch in a vivid exploration of the banal. Organized by Ron Linden, Flowmaster III runs through April 27. For visuals or additional information please call 310-600-4873. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM, and by appointment. This exhibition is made possible in part through generous support from the San Pedro Art, Culture and Entertainment District and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. (310) 600-4873, Transvagrant and Warschaw Gallery 600 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro Gallery 345 People Places and Things Pat Woolley and Gloria D Lee present “People Places and Things” a collection of paintings on canvas and paper. Books, small paintings, and cards are also available. March 7, 2013; hours 6-9pm. Open by appointment 310 545 0832 and 310 374 8055. email@example.com; www. gloriadlee.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.teddytraveler.com • 345 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA The Loft Gallery Reuben Acosta: Solo Exhibition. Open Studios: Candice Gawne, Carol Hungerford, Sam Arno, Daniel Porras, Murial Olguin, Jan Govaerts, Anne Marie Rawlinson, & Nancy Towne Schultz. 401 S. Mesa St. • 310.831.5757 • Open 6–9pm & by appt. Lazy Dog Studio A Mixed Bag A group show with Debbi Marr and six of her regular artists. Opening First Thursday March 7. 361 West Seventh Street, San Pedro. 310-293-1332. See more at Facebook.com/lazydogstudio Michael Stearns Studio February 22 – March 7, 2013 Studio 347, Michael Stearns presents the Valentine themed show, “Love is Blind.” Along with six guest artists, Michael explores emotions evoked by the high expectations created by this manufactured holiday. Michael is especially interested in honoring the whimsy of Valentine’s Day while investigating the universal truths of human relationships and love. Studio 347 is open on First Thursday Artwalks and by appointment and by chance. For additional information, please call 562-400-0544. 347 W. 7th St. • Michaelstearnsstudio.com Richard Lopez Studio 12 Works on display from Richard Lopez’s “Abstract Cosmos” Series and other subjects including Landscapes , Figures and Interiors. Advanced and intermediate classes available. email@example.com 372 7th St. • 562.370.7883 • Ralopezart.com Allyson Vought • 356 West 7th St. • 424-210-7475 Ancient Arts Stained Glass • 333 West 7th St. • 310-832-7613 Arcade Gallery Ovation • 479 West 6th St. • 267-909-0799 Dekor • 445 West 6th • St. 310-831-1800 Dwelling • 387 West 6th St. • 310-547-4222 fINdings Art Center • 470 West 6th St. • 310-489-1362 Gallery 381 • 381 West 6th St. • 310-809-5082 Gallery 478 • 478 West 7th St. • 310-732-2150 Gallery at the Vault • 407 West 7th St. • 310-548-6585 Gallery Ls • 362 West 7th St. • 310-541-4354 Gallery Neuartig • 366 West 7th St. • 213-973-8223 Hiroko • 382 West 7th St. • 310-514-8881 Human Array Gallery • 357 West 7th St. • 408-475-8867 Jim Harter • 368 West 7th St. • 310-533-8753 Julia Strickler • 376 West 7th St. • 310-908-3824 Medea Gallery • 445 West 7th St. • 310-833-3831 Meredith Harbuck • 372 West 7th St. • 310-528-7184 Mike Rivero Studio • 414 West 6th St. • 310-720-3407 Nancy Crawford • 360 West 7th St. • 310-732-7922 Neil Nagy • 408 West 6th St. • 310-617-3459 Norm Looney • 318 S. Pacific Ave. • 310-548-6293 Paul Turang • 364 West 7th St. • 310-547-9771 Scott Boren Borenstudios • 412 West 7th St. Shalla Javid Studio • 407 7th St. Unit 119 A • 918-557-2165 Shannon LaBelle • 378 West 7th St. SP Chamber Board Room Gallery • 390 W 7th St. • 310-832-7272 Studio 339 • 339 West 7th St. • 310-514-1238 Studio MNX • 370 West 7th St. Warschaw Gallery • 600 S. Pacific Ave • 310-547-3606 Yong Sin • 414 West 7th St. • 310-221-0283 Yoon Jin Kim • 374 West 7th St. • 310-514-2143 Artist Studios & Galleries Photo by Terelle Jerricks His love affair with traditional Thai cuisine began when he was watching his father in the kitchen. Seeprab went to work at a restaurant a young teenager working as a waiter, but every chance he got he would sneak a peek in the kitchen just to pick up a few hints. He was 18 years old before he was allowed to help the assistant chef by washing dishes and utensils and cleaning and cutting vegetables and seafood. It was only after he mastered those basics that the head chef taught him how to make sauces. Seeprab recalled the first restaurant he applied to be a sou chef. To get the job, he begged and pleaded with the head chef to teach and train him. Any thing she needed and almost anything she wanted, he got it for her, he explained through Chaowalit. Seeprab said he had to humble himself to such culinary masters in order to quench his thirst to become a better chef. Baramee’s Continued on page 16. It’s Always an Adventure When He’s in the Driver’s Seat by: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor hen discussing the predominant attributes of Thai cuisine, you only need to know whether it’s spicy, mild, or not. That’s what Baramee’s Hong Seeprab thinks about when he whipping up a special dish to keep fans on their toes. Seeprab explained, through one of Baramee’s general partners Mrs. Jay Chaowalit, who was interpreting for him, that his cooking style is derived largely from the middle regions of Thailand—from Bangkok, the capital, in particular. Seeprab is very much a traditionalist, hewing as closely as he can to tradition as he can while still keeping the flavor pallet within the boundaries of the taste buds of his adopted country. “I think many of the chefs cooking Thai cuisine in the United States are straying too far from traditional recipes,” Seeprab said. Sauces is the core of Seeprab’s ability. His curries, whether red, yellow, or green can combine an interesting balance of sweet and savory Seeprab’s menu is already a culinary adventure, but his specials of the day represent an adventure Baramee’s Mr. Seeprab ACE: Arts • Culture • Entertainment W off the beaten path in terms of flavor, texture, and presentation. The most recent addition to Seeprab’s menu is the steamed Chilean Sea Bass, which is really a substitute for the white sea bass found in the waters of Thailand. Mrs. Chaowalit noted The Chilean Sea Bass is a thicker chunkier fish than the traditional. Occasionally, Seeprab prepares special dinners for Baramee’s staff that even Baramee fans don’t get to try until it’s fully vetted. Mrs. Chaowalit notes that she and the rest of the staff never know what to expect when Seeprab cooks for them. They just know its going to be good and different. Seeprab said he’ll be adding a new special on the menu in the few weeks, but he wasn’t ready to reveal any details about the dish just yet. At 50, Seeprab’s sounds as if he has the life experience of a 60 year old with all the learning and training he has achieved from learning under others to running his own restaurants. In fact, you could say cooking and hospitality runs in Seeprab’s veins since his family is filled with restaurateurs. • Happy Hour • Iron City Tavern • Happy Hour 1/2-price appetizers & drink specials: 4 to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro; (310) 547-4766 Baramee Thai Restaurant • $2 beers, $4 appetizers and wine & sake specials. (310) 521-9400, 354 W. 6th St., San Pedro Blu Bar at Crowne Plaza • $4 Drinks and half off appetizers. (310) 519-8200, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro The Chowder Barge • Try the 34oz. captain’s mug! (310) 830-7937, 611 N. Henry Ford, Leeward Bay Marina, Wilmington Godmother’s Saloon • Live jazz from Mike Guerrero Trio: 7 p.m. every Wed. (310) 833-1589, 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Ports o’ Call • Happy Hour: Mon. to Fri., 3 to 8 p.m. Taco Tuesdays. Oyster shooter & bloody mary Wednesdays. (310) 833-3553, Berth 76 Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro San Pedro Brewing Co. • Happy Hour: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (310) 8315663, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Trusela’s • Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tues. to Sat. (310) 547-0993, 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro Whale & Ale • Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m. on Wed. Late Night Happy Hour: 10 p.m. to Midnight, Fri. Only. (310) 832-0363, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Happy Hour Listings Are Paid Advertising 13 February 22 – March 7, 2013 Big Nick’s Pizza Tradition, variety and fast delivery; you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hear ty calzones, an array of pastas and of course, our amazing selection of signature pizzas, each piled high with the freshest toppings. Like wings or greens? We also offer an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800 BEACH CITY GRILL A culinary adventure—no passport required. Famous for Cajun sweet potato fries, garlic French fries, fresh fish, shrimp, salads, vegetarian, Cajun and Caribbean specials. Tr y the awesome desserts created by Chef Larry Hodgson. Celebrating 25 years. Open for Lunch: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and dinner: 5-8 p.m. Closed Sun. and Mon. 376 W. 6th St., San Pedro. (310) 833-6345. Boardwalk Grill the Harbor. The Grill is a wonderful surprise for a quick bite or coffee for locals and travelers. The Bistro and adjacent bar make the new Catalina Terminal the place to go for casual dining and drinks on the heated patio. From 1/3lb angus burgers, homemade soups and clam chowder on Fridays you can’t go wrong. Join us for breakfast and lunch daily and dinners on Friday & Saturday nights. Catalina Sea & Air Terminal, Berth 95, San Pedro 310-707-2440 Iron City Tavern Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonderfully restored bar in a modern set ting. The most comfor table gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766 Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash, soups and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crépes and pastas. Take a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www.mishisstrudel.com PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING S i n c e 1 9 61 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www.Portsocalldining. com San Pedro Brewing Company A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features hand-crafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-fromscratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail— bring your laptop. Live music on Saturdays. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www. sanpedrobrewing.com SPIRIT CRUISES An instant party! Complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Our three yachts and seasoned staff provide for an exquisite excursion every time, and “all-inclusive” pricing makes party planning easy! Dinner Cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing. Offering the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884 • www. spiritmarine.com Think Café Think Café is g i v i n g dow n tow n San Pedro a taste of sophistication for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in the heart of downtown on 5th Street, Think Café is a magnet for locals and business types alike. Enjoy patio dining for a latté in the morning, soup and salad at midday, or a wonderful rendezvous in the evening, perfect for enjoying a selection from the wine list. The Café also boasts a selection of imported beers. Breakfast at the Café offers everthing from bacon and eggs to eggs Benedict, with a wide variety of dishes to awaken your taste buds. 302 W. 5th St. Suite 105, San Pedro • (310) 519-3662 Southern Italian & California Cuisine • Bob and Jose phine Trusela have been awarded the “Most Promising New Restaurant 2010” award and three stars 2011 and 2012, by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Catering available for all ocassions. Hours: Sun. 5 p.m.–Close, Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30–2:30, Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m.– Closing. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547–0993 www.truselas.com The Whale & Ale San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfor table dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 • www. whaleandale.com San Pedro’s Best Guide To —Fine Dining— Brochure Coming Soon! Support Your Community. Shop Local! C a s u a l waterfront dining at its finest! Famous fo r s l a b s o f Chicago-style baby back ribs, fish-n-chips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551 Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awa rd - w i n n i n g pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also o f fe r s c l a s s i c Italian dishes and sauces based on triedand-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, there are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 www.buonospizza.com Catalina Bistro & Express Grill With the soaring span of the Vincent T h o m a s Bridge above and bustling vessel traffic on the Main Channel alongside, the Catalina Bistro and Express Grill in the new Catalina Express terminal is the most exciting place to dine in 2013 Edition Trusela’s February 22 – March 7, 2013 14 To Advertise in Random Lengths News’ Restaurant Guide for the Harbor Area, Call (310) 519–1442. Stuart Ashman, president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, and his wife, ceramic artist Peggy Gaustad. Photo by Betty Guevara Entertainment Joel Gaines The 7th Street Chophouse will host Joel Gaines Feb. 22, at 8:30 p.m. Details: (310) 684-1753 Venue: 7th Street Chophouse Location: 465 W. 7th St., San Pedro Ryo Okumoto Project Ryo Okumoto began playing classical piano at the age of 3. Now he is an internationally recognized musician with no creative limitations, exploring the genres of rock, jazz and r&b. Okumoto will be accompanied by his four piece band Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alva’s Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro February 22 February 23 Saxophone Duo Recital Marymount College presents Saxophone Duo Recital, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 6, at the Auditorium on the main campus. Marymount professors and saxophonists Lee Raby and Matthew Ennis take on this battle of the saxophones featuring works by modern composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event is free. Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu Venue: Marymount College Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rancho Palos Verdes March 6 Community/Family LA Fitness Zumba Event to Help Cure Lou Gehrig’s Disease LA Fitness will host a special Zumba event Feb. 23, at all Los Angeles area LA Fitness gyms. The event is aimed to support Augie’s Quest, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to curing Lou Gehrig’s disease. Details: (310) 496-4454; fitnessinternational@ allisonpr.com Venue: LA Fitness Location: LA Fitness locations throughout Los Angeles Garden Tour The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will present its Garden Tour Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Garden, nature and history enthusiast are invited to attend. The tour is offered every forth Saturday of the month. Details: (310)603-0088 Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez African American Festival Aquarium of the Pacific will host the 11th annual African-American festival on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrating the rich heritage and diversity of African-American and African culture. The weekend will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food and more. Details: (562) 590-3100; www.aquariumofpacific. org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Calendar to page 16. FebRuary 23 Santa Fe to San Pedro MoLAA CEO and wife Reflects After Move to San Pedro by: Andrea Serna, Contributing Arts Writer n 2012 the arts community in San Pedro received two new members. Stuart Ashman, president and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art, and his wife, ceramic artist Peggy Gaustad have moved to the scenically breathtaking White Point area of San Pedro. The journey to San Pedro has been long but rewarding for this couple whose lives have been permanently immersed in art. “I heard about the great Art Walk here, and the location is really close to the museum.” Now, settled in San Pedro, Ashman and his wife feel they have discovered a home they can lay claim to. The Ashman’s lived for one year in Long Beach after arriving to take the job at MoLAA. They lived in a temporary residence, a duplex in Belmont Shore. They knew that they needed to find permanent housing, taking into consideration the need of a kiln for Peggy, an accomplished ceramicist. A search began that serendipitously led to the cliffs of White Point. Mostly unaware of the rich artistic community here, they are discovering the unexpected jewels to be had in San Pedro. A “million dollar” view, right next to a landslide, as well as pelicans, dolphins and whales outside their living room window. The surprises have been almost daily. “Now we have dolphins instead of donkeys,” Ashman said. “We love the diversity of San Pedro. It has its own character. We did not even know it was the city of LA.” Having lived for more than 20 years in the desert of New Mexico, Ashman said the one criteria he had when looking for a new job was a city containing the name “beach.” Ashman spoke with artist and former MoLAA board member Michael Stearns. The fact that Stearns recently moved his art studio from Long Beach to San Pedro influenced him to investigate living in the area. After 24 years the move from New Mexico to Los Angeles has been significant for the couple. Ashman quotes a statistic that: “LA has 22,000 people per square mile and New Mexico has four.” For the past several years, Gausted has worked in red earthenware clay making a Dirty Ice Cream The San Pedro Brewing Company will host the rock band Dirty Ice Cream Feb. 23, from 10 p.m. To 1 a.m. There will be a $3 cover charge for the event. Details: (310) 831-5663; www.sanpedrobrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Leni Stern African Trio By combining African Sounds with Jazz and Blues, composer Leni Stern continues to impress with her unique world sound. Stern will be accompanied by bassist Mamadou Ba and percussionist Alioune Faye, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alva’s Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review Harvelle’s will host Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review Feb. 24, at 9:30 p.m. Quinn DeVeaux’s band plays a mixture of Soul and Blues, with a rhythm you could dance to all night. Tickets will range anywhere from $8 to $25. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway St., Long Beach Jazz Jam with Mike Guerrero Trio The Mike Guerrero Trio will perform at Godmother’s Saloon Feb. 27, from 7 p.m. To 11 p.m. The Trio will perform the 1st set, then musicians and bands can register to play over the subsequent sets. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon. com Venue: Godmother’s Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Dirk Hamilton Poet and musician Dirk Hamilton stops by Alvas Showroom March 2 at 8:30 p.m. Hamilton uses his strong lyricism to create a passionate performance often compared to Bob Dylan and Van Morrison. Tickets are $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alva’s Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Cafe R&B The group Cafe R&B will perform live at Harvelle’s Mar. 2, at 9:30 p.m. The group is an electric Blues act, featuring vocalist “Roach” and lead guitar, Byl Carruthers. Tickets will range from $15 to $50. A two drink minimum purchase is required, so nobody under the age of 21 is allowed entry. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway St., Long Beach Dirk K Originally from Germany, nylon string guitarist, Dirk K will be playing Alvas showroom March 3 at 4 p.m. Dirk will be performing from his first new solo cd “Timeline” which blends elements of Flamenco, Brazilian and Jazz. $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www. alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alva’s Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8 th St., San Pedro I February 24 full line of functional dinnerware and serving pieces that relate to the Mexican and New Mexican landscape. She is looking forward to developing an additional line that reflects the California and San Pedro landscape. Gaustad was raised in Redlands, Calif. and graduated from UC Riverside in 1974. In the late 70s she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she spent 2 years earning a masters of fine arts in ceramics. Subsequently, she moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where she lived and worked until coming back to California. “I longed to smell the salt air again,” she said. MoLAA has been searching for a director who can lead them into the “post-founder” phase of their history. Ashman has served as director of the Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico. He was also founding director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe and served as cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs for more than seven years. Following that appointment, Ashman served as an advisor for the U.S. Peace Corps, working on arts-related programs in a number of Latin American countries. Once that assignment ended Ashman found himself on a search not only for a new job, but a new home. The museum’s founder and benefactor’s imprint made the process of finding a director challenging. MoLAA founder, Dr. Robert Gumbiner, amassed a substantial permanent collection according to his populist taste. New modernism in Latin American Art has required a reevaluation of the collection. In addition, the operations of the organization followed a convoluted maze that Gumbiner was famous for creating in his previous history as the founder of the infamous HMO, Family Health Plan. A series of poor appointments to the position of CEO created a rocky path to the job Ashman filled. The arrival of Ashman to the museum this past year brought much hope for a new direction. Calendar to page 16. February 24 ACE: Arts • Culture • Entertainment The Search for A Leader February 27 March 2 Dave Widow & The Lineup with Sean Lane (Acoustic) $20 Advance (+processing fee) • $25 Door www.brownpapertickets.com/event/342083 Event info line is 1-866-479-5644 Webpage /www.facebook.com/events/466685443398704 3/29 • 8pm Bernie Pearl 4/26 • 8pm Sean Lane & The Hellhounds 5/21 • 8pm Tickets Available Soon Tickets Available Soon March 3 15 February 22 – March 7, 2013 Calendar from page 15. Preschool Story Time The San Pedro Public Library hosts Preschool Storytime, Feb. 27, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Join the group in singing, reading and craft works. This workshop is for children through age five. Details: (310) 548-7779 Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club Join Carolyn’s Crew at the San Pedro Public Library on Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. This congregation will be a crochet and knitting club, fit for all ages. If you’re content on learning crochet, please bring a size “1” hook and for knitting, a size 8 needle is encouraged. Details: (310) 548-7779 Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Gold Panning at the Dominguez Rancho Relive the California Gold Rush as you pan for gold, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2 at Dominguez Rancho. Will you be able to find some gold nuggets or be fooled by the fool’s gold? Learn the history of California and gold panning at this fun activity. There will be tours, gold panning, craft area, and a scavenger hunt. Take home some treats and hopefully a piece of gold as well. Who knows? What is gold panning and how was it done? This is your day to learn and maybe you will discover something magical while you pan for gold. The activity is free (donations are accepted) and suitable for all ages. And no experience in gold panning is needed. Details: (310) 603-0088; www.dominguezrancho. org Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez 5th District Night at the Aquarium The 5th District Night at the Aquarium will be held at the Aquarium of the Pacific Mar. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can register for this event by visiting, http://tinyurl.com/bkpmkh8. The event will be of no charge, but parking is $8 inside the Aquarium parking structure. Details: (562) 570-6932; district5@longbeach. gov Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach FebRuary 27 54 in New York City will take place at the Warner Grand Theatre Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. Sung completely in Chinese with English supertitles, this is an epic story of treachery, bravery, fidelity, and revenge. Tickets are $20-$45. Details: (310) 548-7672; www.warnergrand.org info@ stculture.org Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro In My Life An award winning biography about the legendary Liverpool band through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein featuring live music from renowned tribute band Abbey Road. 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40. Details: (310) 548-7672; www.warnergrand.org Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro Annual Barbershop Harmony Show The South Bay Coastliners present their Annual Barbershop Harmony Show Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. This show will also take place Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets will cost $27.50. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.torrancearts.org Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance Hālau O Lilinoe Ho’ike Traditional Hawaiian Dance comes to the Warner Grand Theatre Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The recital and concert is presented by Hālau O Lilinoe and Annette Lilinoe Kaio. Questions should be directed to annetteKaio@yahoo. com. Tickets are $30-$35. Details: (310) 548-7672; www.warnergrand.org Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro Fishtank Ensemble Grand Annex Theatre presents Fishtank Ensemble. Blending many elements of Gypsy, Hot Jazz and Flamenco, this four person ensemble will be playing March 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org/grandannex Venue: Grand Annex Theatre; Arcade Gallery Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu Venue: The Arcade Gallery Location: 479 W. 6th St., San Pedro Continued from page 15. FebRuary 23 Lotería: An Interpretation of MoLAA’s Permanent Collection ¡Lotería! uses a playful approach to MOLAA’s Permanent Collection while encouraging viewers to investigate the development and meanings of national, cultural and religious symbols. Viewers are encouraged to develop their own Lotería cards and riddles. Through June 16, 2013. Details: (562) 437-1689; www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach Catherine Opie -- “Twelve Miles to the Horizon” This selection of photographs by Catherine Opie is installed within sight of the Port of Long Beach that is pictured in the final image of this sublime series of photographs taken while Opie traversed the Pacific Ocean on a ten day voyage of a container ship from Busan, Korea to Long Beach, California. Through March 24. Details: (562) 439-2119; www.lbma.org Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art Location: 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach Flowmaster III: Recent Works by Merwin Belin, Troy Cherney, and Dave Smith TransVagrant and Warschaw Gallery are pleased to present this exhibition which will open with an artists’ reception Saturday, March 2, from 4 – 7 p.m. Working in an offbeat, politically and socially charged manner, and exhibiting as an ensemble for the third time, each approaches their subjects with an inherent irony. Merwin Belin is an iconoclast and ironist possessing a unique take on popular and political culture. His spare, and often elegant collages reveal an acerbic wit. Troy Cherney adeptly manipulates photographs in a manner both subtle and political. Displacement and estrangement in both point of view and juxtaposition prompt the viewer to reconsider the familiar. Dave Smith’s paintings, dispassionate and near anonymous in their rendering, create an emotional distance between viewer and viewed; grounds function as subtext for the re-presentation of kitsch in a vivid exploration of the banal. Organized by Ron Linden. Runs through April 27. Gallery hours are Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and by appointment. This exhibition is made possible in part through generous support from the San Pedro Art, Culture and Entertainment District and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. Details: (310) 600-4873 Venue: Transvagrant and Warschaw Gallery Location: 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro Continued from page 13. Ashman’s substantial resume was the primary reason he was chosen for the position at MoLAA, but his upbringing seems to have assured the fit. Immigrants from Eastern Europe, his family relocated to Cuba. Raised from infancy until 12 years old in Cuba, his father worked for Casa Morris, a Kodak distributor in Havana. Ashman has had one year to assess the revenue flow at the museum. Visitor and donor activities have added to the budgetary concerns for the new CEO. The museum recently cut $600,000 in expenses, bringing its annual operating budget to just less than $3.5 million. Operational expenses were brought into line, but the majority of expenses were in payroll and exhibitions. Two staff members were eliminated, two vacant positions were eliminated, and a couple of positions were downgraded in marketing and special events to avoid layoffs. The most controversial cut in the budget was the elimination of chief curator, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, a well respected expert in the field of Latin American art. Fajardo-Hill came to MoLAA from the Cisneros Foundation in Miami. She brought a high level of respect to the curatorial direction of the small museum. The cutbacks drew attention from L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight who has decried the elimination of curators in museums across Los Angeles, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Art. However unnamed sources state the cost of exhibitions soared under FajardoHill’s international vision. A museum that traditionally budgeted $40,000-$50,000 per exhibit was exceeding $200,000 under her tenure. The costs were unsustainable. “We have two very good curators on staff , Idurre Alonzo and Selene Preciado, one of whom has been on staff for eleven years, and knows the collection better than anybody, and the other who is very well linked to the Mexican-American community and the Mexican community in Tijuana and beyond,” Ashman said. “You always lose something when you cut the budget, and the biggest cost in the museum is personnel.The budget is more realistic and it is based on what we have achieved in the past.” Although the board of directors voted unanimously on the budget cut backs, there is always controversy. Board member Nicholas Pardon of the private art collection, Sayago & Pardon, resigned following the termination of Fajardo-Hill. Pardon is a major collector of Latin American art and Fajardo-Hill serves as an advisor to his group. Ashman is aware of the pain the cutbacks have created for his staff. His work is cut out for him to create a new, more inclusive vision for MoLAA. A vision that moves past the rigid mission statement that excluded Latino artists north of the border and did not always welcome the neighborhood in which the museum resides. “ I believe that in the history of the museum this [budget crisis] is going to be a small chapter.” Details: (562) 437-1689 www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach MoLAA The Challenges March 2 February 24 March 9 March 6 Art Marymount College Student Art Exhibitions The Arcade Gallery, Marymount College presents the Student Art Exhibitions. Each week, one senior arts & media student will exhibit a week-long art show accompanied by an artist talk. Reception will be at 6:30 p.m. and the artist talk will be at 7 p.m. February 28, March 7, 14, 21 and April 5, 11, 18, 25 and May 9. Free. Support Your Community. Shop Local! 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When Seeprab came to the United States, he had already worked at four different restaurants before a chef friend turned him on to the newly opened Baramee’s Thai restaurant. And it was here that Seeprab has been able to press his imprimatur on Thai cuisine in San Pedro. This is why, if you’re looking for a distinctive culinary adventure in Thai cuisine, you can never go wrong when Seeprab’s in the driver’s seat. Details: www.barameethai.com, (310) 521-9400 Venue: Baramee Thai Restaurant Location: 354 W. 6th St., San Pedro Baramee Measure M from p. 7 mayor had three appointees. “People thought that sounded good,” Dr. Boggs explained. “But what people didn’t realize was that it gave more power to the mayor than he previously had. So now, the mayor is now naming all of the commissioners and what it does is it gives him added support.” Dr. Boggs noted as a result, all of the commissioners that owe their presence on a commission to the mayor, also yields their allegiance and loyalty to the mayor. “If so-and-so gets named to this commission, the mayor extracts this, that, and the other so that they would support him.... In order to stay on the commission, you have to support the mayor. I think that was an outcome that was not intended when the city chose to change to a directly elected mayor.” Council member and mayoral candidate, Lula Davis-Holmes attacked this form of patronage politics from a different angle, noting: Our founding fathers knew what they were doing. When this was approved, they said that exactly what we’re experiencing today is what we were going to experience. We had never experienced this with the previous mayors— that dictator style of leadership—where you have to come to me to get something done in the City of Carson. But that’s not the case. The limits of a directly elected mayor has been laid bare these past 18 months. Holmes said it succinctly, “The only difference between the mayor and myself is that he facilitates the meetings and he appoints the commissions. He doesn’t have more votes and he doesn’t have veto power. It gives the business community a fair opportunity so that they know that they have to deal with us all equally.” Holmes and Dr. Boggs’ observations highlight an underlying long-term concern about the role of cronyism to maintain electoral power bases, keeping an incumbent in power for extended periods of time. In the short term, as a result of the looseness in the requirements to become a commissioner and the fact that the mayor has sole appointment discretion, inappropriate people are put on or are kept on commissions despite proven instances of impropriety tarnishing the commission’s name. “We’ve had commissioners who had to be asked to step down because of sexual advancements on city employees that were unwarranted,” Councilman Mike Gipson explained. “[This] could have made the city liable if those employees had made a sexual harassment claim for not protecting them in the public workplace. These are things the general public doesn’t know that has grown increasingly of concern on the council.” Holmes was asked how many instances of commissioner impropriety of which she was aware. She replied, ‘Too many.” Then there’s the case of former Public Relations Commissioner and publisher of the now defunct Carson Venture Magazine, Zeke Vidaurri. He is also on record as the owner of consulting company. In the interest of full disclosure, Vidaurri was a sales contractor with Random Lengths News before launching his publication Mayor Dear originally appointed Vidaurri to the Utility Users Tax Commission in 2009. In August 2011, Dear transferred him to the Public Relations Commission shortly after he expanded the size of the commission from 7 members to 8 in August 2011. In April 2011, Vidaurri announced before the city council that he would be “representing the mayor at public events, as requested.” Holmes asked staff on the legal ramification of allowing non-residents to act as a representative of an elected official. Holmes doesn’t recall ever getting a response to her question, but according to the City Manager’s office, there are no rules regarding who can be an elected’s representative. These details by themselves are only significant when paired with Vidaurri’s purported pattern of using his City Hall connections and status as a commissioner to attain favored treatment. Dr. Boggs on Vidaurri, she said he was, “strange to us.” “I believe Zeke lives in Palos Verdes but the mayor has made use of his services here. To the best that I know, he is not an employee of the city. However, recently he turned up at the planning commission as a consultant to a company that had business in front of the planning commission, which is rather interesting to me,” she said. “The planning commission people were appointed by the Mayor and by having a consultant also appointed by the Mayor, does that distort the company’s case before the planning commission? This happened rather recently. In this case, it was little strange because there is a connection between that consultant and the Mayor,” Dr. Boggs said. 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San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Marc B. Zaremba. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2013. NoticeIn accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 02/21/13, Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012 253805 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. San Pedro Healing Arts Med Clinic, 2. San Pedro Physical Therapy, 3. Healing Arts Medical Clinic, 1366 W. 7th Street, Ste 4B, San Pedro CA, 90731. County of Los Angeles, 1952 Galerita Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Registered owner(s): San Pedro Healing Arts Inc., 1366 W. 7th Street, Ste 4B, San Pedro CA, 90731. This business is conducted by Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 1992. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Dr. Maria Baez, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on December 24, 2012. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/10/13, Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012254805 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Get it-Got it Concierge, 3431 Muldae Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Charles G. Abbott, Jr., 3431 Muldae Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Charles G. Abbot, Jr., owner/general partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on December 26, 2012. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/10/13, Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012240722 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. VB management Marketing Services, 2. VB Management, 17809 Osage Ave., Torrance, CA 90504. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Stephen A. Robbins, 17809 Osage Ave., Torrance, CA 90504. Carol B. Robbins, 17809 Osage Ave., Torrance, CA 90504. This business is conducted by husband and wife. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above 1/10/2000. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Stephen A. Robbins owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on December 26, 2012. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/10/13, Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013002493 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Hawaiian Total Fitness MMA , 615 S. Mesa Street, San Pedro CA, 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Gretchen Alexis Kennedy, 615 S., Mesa Street, San Pedro CA, 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Gretchen Kennedy. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 07, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state 02/7/13, 02/21/13, 03/07/13 LEGALS The Los Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the Port Master Plan Update (PMPU or Program). The PMPU serves as a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the coastal zone boundary of the Port. In general, the PMPU area is bounded by the community of Wilmington to the north, lands surrounding the Consolidated Slip to the northeast, lands surrounding the Cerritos Channel and City of Los Angeles boundary to the east, Los Angeles Harbor to the south, and the community of San Pedro to the west. The Draft PEIR evaluates the environmental impacts related to implementation of the PMPU and identifies alternatives and mitigation measures to reduce or avoid potential impacts. The Draft PEIR analyzes potential environmental impacts from a Port-wide perspective that is programmatic in nature. Project-specific analyses would be undertaken in environmental documents prepared when specific projects occurring under the proposed Program are initiated in the future. The 45-day review period will start on February 21, 2013 and end on April 8, 2013. A copy of the document is available for public review on the LAHD website at: http:/www. portoflosangeles.org; LAHD Environmental Management Division at 222 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch at 630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071; Los Angeles Public Library, San Pedro Branch at 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; and Los Angeles Public Library, Wilmington Branch at 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington, CA 90744. Comments on the Draft PEIR should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 45-day public review period and must be postmarked by April 8, 2013. Please submit written comments to: Christopher Cannon, Director, City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, Environmental Management Division, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Written comments may also be sent via email to ceqacomments@portla. org. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and a valid mailing address in the email. A public hearing to receive public and agency comments on the Draft PEIR will be held on March 13, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Banning’s Landing Community Center, located at 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. For additional information, please contact the LAHD Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675. Information regarding the PMPU planning process and public hearing is available on the LAHD website: http:/www. portoflosangeles.org/planning/ update.asp. of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/24/13, 02/7/13, 02/21/13, 03/07/13 Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/24/13, 01/24/13, 02/7/13, 02/21/13 03/07/13, 03/21/13, 04/04/13 Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012257444 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. G Floorz, 603 5th Street, Apt. 3, San Pedro CA, 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): Jesus Gonzales, 603 5th Street, Apt. 3, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Jesus Gonzales. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2012. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013010411 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Second Chance Repair, 2637 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro CA, 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s): David Perez, 2637 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on Jan. 4, 2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Jesus Gonzales. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 01/24/13, 02/7/13, 02/21/13, 03/07/13 02/21/13, 03/07/13, 03/21/13 Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013020256 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. El Segundo Janitor, 1629 Dalmatia Dr., San Pedro, CA 90732. County of Los Angeles. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 646, El Segundo CA 90245. Registered owner(s): Edward McGrath, 1629 Dalmatia Dr., San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above Jan 2, 1990. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) San Pedro Healing Arts Inc. S/ Edward McGrath. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 02/07/13, from p. 17 01/24/13, 02/7/13, 02/21/13 01/24/13, 02/7/13, 02/21/13 Commission was considering whether to revoke Guinto’s conditional use permit for his auto repair business. Vidaurri also represented Jacqueline Adame on Apr. 24, Feb. 14, and Jan. 10 of 2012, dates in which he was still ostensibly the mayor’s public representative and a Public Relations commissioner. “I actually confronted the Mayor with that. ‘Why would you select a consultant for yourself from outside the city? Is there no one inside the city you could have hired?’” Dr. Boggs recalled. Dear, however denies that Vidaurri’s claim meant anything. “No, he [Zeke Vidaurri] is not [my representative]. He came to a City Council meeting once and kind of announced that once, but that was not valid.” At the time, Councilwoman Holmes asked staff to look at the legality of having a nonresident speak for an elected official and to get back to her. It’s not clear if Holmes ever got an answer, but the City Manager’s office in an emailed response said there are no rules governing an electeds choice of representative. Nevertheless, the council’s minutes reflect that the Mayor was altogether silent on the issue. Dear said he couldn’t say anything because it was during oral communications and its against the Brown Act to speak on issues not on the agenda. When it was pointed out that Vidaurri has on occasion acted as if he did represent the Mayor in public events, the Mayor replied that “a lot of people do that.” When confronted with the specific example of Vidaurri speaking on his behalf during Charlotte Brimmer’s candidacy announcement this past December, since he was running late, the Mayor focused specifically on the issue of Vidaurri speaking on his behalf. “Speaking on my behalf is a different issue. Are we talking about speaking favorably toward me, is that what you mean? Or do you mean representing me officially? Because he does not represent me either formally or informally. But you know, I have a lot of friends and they will try to speak for me if I’m not going to be there at all or if I’m going to be late.” But this isn’t the only place where there’s overreach by a commissioner. In 2012, Vidaurri, who was still known as the Mayor’s representative (even without the Mayor’s acknowledgment), and a Public Relations commissioner, when he appeared before the Planning Commission on several occasions on behalf of two auto repair shop owners. The Mayor said he was aware of it. “I did hear about that,” Dear said. “And I asked him about it and he said he was not paid to do that,” Dear explained. “He did it as a volunteer and in a democracy, you really can’t stop someone from volunteering or speaking because of First Amendment rights,” Dear reasoned. Vidaurri resigned from the Public Relations commission in May 2012, but he was still identifying himself as a commissioner well after this date. On Oct. 10, 2012, Carson’s City Treasurer Karen Avilla received an email from the VPBranch Manager Lea Manalad of East West Bank to head off a potential conflict. Two weeks prior to the email, Vidaurri went to the Carson branch of East West Bank to cash a check. Frustrated by the length of the lines, he went to the branch manager’s office to complain. According to the email, acquired by Random Lengths News through a public records request, Manalad explained to Vidaurri that they were doing their best to get the line moving and service everyone as fast as possible. It was then that Vidaurri shared that he was a city official, knows the Mayor and has connections within the community. He said that, “East West bank will not be happy to have a reputation on providing bad service.” Manalad related that she apologized and thanked Vidaurri for his input. The incident was made all the more egregious given that the city of Carson was in the process of transferring its accounts to the bank. This is only one commissioner out of more than 200. But as interviews with council members and city hall insiders suggest, it’s not uncommon for commissioners to overreach their authority nor is it easy to gauge how deep their loyalties are to the ones that empowered them. Mayor Dear sees Measure M as simply a measure put on the ballot by the block of three—the same block of three that has been “trying to curtail the authority of the office of mayor.” Indeed, the block of three in the past year has banned the practice of appointing exofficios and a modest reduction in the size of commissions was achieved. And still, the Mayor is confident in his chances at reelection. “I’ve run for mayor four times. And in each election, I get a higher percentage of the vote. It went from 48 percent to 52 percent to 58 percent to 62 percent. So maybe they think that because they can’t compete with me in an election, they want to eliminate the position. “That’s $12,000 to $20,000 of the taxpayers’ money being used to put it on the ballot in a time when we have a budget deficit. It’s bad timing.” The question for Carson residents is whether the time is ripe to resolve some of the long term issues that has plagued Carson politics. The Local Publication You Actually Read February 22 - March 7, 2013 19 February 22 - March 7, 2013 Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area 20