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LB Living Wage Proposal Makes November Ballot p. 5 Lieu Holds Line on CSU Presidents’ Salaries p. 5 Minuteman’s Mike Watt Redefines San Pedro Through His Lens p. 11 SP Brewery Seeks More Wins, Opens New Bottling Company p. 12 Have You Caught It Yet? By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor The Local Publication You Actually Read Graphic: Matt Highland I west San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “Probably because of the all the different projects that are about to come online at the same time. We have the Watercut, Crafted, and now the Iowa... This is a good thing.” But this optimism doesn’t fully explain the attraction of a floating war machine to a town already accustomed to seeing container ships resembling metal skyscrapers floating up the Main Channel almost daily. So, Random Lengths News turned to Bryan Moss, who served on the venerable ship 60 years ago in February 1952, during the Korean War. Moss was on the ship for less than a year, but the sounds, sights and smells of the ship stuck with him. “It was a big ship,” Moss said when asked what memory of the ship stuck with him most. He began rattling off the ship’s statistics the way a child who collects baseball cards rattles off the stats of players in the major leagues—except he was there when some of those stats were notched. “It was three football fields in length, and it was 58,000 tons when it was fully loaded,” Moss said. “It had nine, 16-inch batteries and we had fired about 4,000 shells at the marine coast, 16-inch shells, which is 2,700 pounds and each one the size of a Volkswagen and it made a lot of noise when it went of.” Six decades later, Moss still remembered the alarm system that warned when the big guns were going to fire, sounding like June 1 - 14, 2012 f you live or work in close proximity to San Pedro, there’s a good chance you’ve caught the fever… the fever for the USS Iowa, that is. The fever has been slowly spreading since 2010, but with the arrival of the 60-yearold battleship and its official opening a month away, it is now approaching epidemic proportions. “I’m very excited,” president of Jericho Development and Rancho Palos Verdes resident, Alan Johnson said. “It’s going to be a very good for the town… “I know a ship like that will bring people from the larger Los Angeles area for years to come.” “I’m hopeful and optimistic about what it can do for our town,” said Diana Nave, president of North- Have You Caught the Iowa Fever?/ to p. 1 3

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