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Mayor Names L.A. Harbor Commission, San Pedro Reacts p. 2 Covered in California: LB Woman’s Experience in Getting Health Insurance Under Obamacare p. 3 Riot Grrrl Takes Back the Fight in Long Beach p. 11 Hello, Angelena! Battery-Powered Jet Propulsion System is More Than Just a New Look for an Old Friend By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor Things are going pretty good even though I’m being hard-headed because of my addiction. I have to say that AMVETS has been very helpful. At this point right now, if I say, ‘Yeah, lets go,” if I have an errand to run, they put me in the van and take me right where I need to go.” I interviewed veterans at Wilmington’s AMVETS Post 33 this past October. Listening to their stories, I thought of the Bonus Army of World War I veterans who in 1932 marched on Washington, D.C. and set up camp to pressure the federal government to pay them their promised bonuses in their hour of need, instead of the far-off year of 1945. President Herbert Hoover ordered the army to clear the protesting veterans at the barrel of tanks and bayonets. This was at the height of the Great Depression. Two died and 55 others Vets in the Vanguard/ to p. 6 Angelina II’s Cost Over-runs/ to p. 7 November 1 - 14, 2013 L arry [who asked that his last name not be used] did a 13-month tour in Vietnam and 6 years total in the military. He has no complaints with the Veterans Affairs Department. “If I needed an education loan, I got it,” he said. “When I put in for a housing loan at the VA, I got that.” It was the other problems—alcoholism and heroin addiction—that he struggled with. He successfully fought the drug addiction, but when his wife died in 2006, alcoholism led him to homelessness. “Sometimes you get used to being homeless,” he said. “There’s a certain amount of freedom to it. You think you got friendships, but they’re really superficial. I’m going through it right now. “AMVETS put me in a position where I now have choices. The Local Publication You Actually Read By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Early in 2012, CBS2, which generally ignores the Harbor Area, ran a splashy expose, “Taxpayer Money Used To Maintain Million-Dollar Yacht.” The story was referring to the Angelena II, which the Port of Los Angeles was then in the midst of converting to a virtually non-polluting propulsion system, conforming to new rules from the California Air Resource Board by adopting the most advanced technology available. They at least gave former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the chance to say, “It’s not a yacht, it’s a boat,” but they gave no hint that the port is a self-financing entity that derives its funds from business operations, not taxes. True, as a public entity, all its money is technically “taxpayer money,” but it doesn’t come from taxes. And, it can’t be used by other city departments if the port doesn’t use it. Explaining all that would have reduced the outrage factor—and without the outrage, there would be no story. On Sept. 19, John Holmes, POLA’s outgoing director of operations, explained the real story in a presentation to POLA’s commissioners, who were largely sympathetic and sharply critical of press’ misrepresentations of the Angelena II as a kind of party boat. “There’s no junkets,” Harbor Commission Vice President David Arian said. “”I’ve been going out on these boats for 40 years. If there’s been parties, I missed ‘em and I go to nearly every party I can find.” Commissioner Douglas Krause pushed back as well. “I’ve been out on that boat, too,” Krause said. “I’ve never been to Catalina. I’ve never been fishing. I went out and looked at containers. That’s not a junket. Nobody does that for fun. You do that for a specific purpose.” Holmes explained that there were cost overruns, as he then proceeded through a detailed 1

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