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By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

A protester holds the #Resist sign during the protest against Trump’s Muslim ban at LAX on Jan. 28. Photo by Marta Evry.

[See #Resist, page 6]

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This Is A Movement By Kym Cunningham, Contributing Writer

frustrated at the proposed policy implementations. They viewed this march as a way to voice their dissent on issues. Marie Rios, a Long Beach public school employee, discussed the hostility generated from Donald Trump’s policies on immigrants, or, as he has renamed them, “removable aliens.” “I work at a school and we did have issues with some of the kids at the school [asking], ‘Am I going to be deported?’” Rios said. “The kids were scared.” Due to the atmosphere of fear perpetuated by the Trump administration, many sources declined to give their names during interviews. Even those who did

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A quarter-million protesters descended on downtown Los Angeles Jan. 21 as part of the sister march on Washington D.C. the day after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. Photo by Melina Paris

On Jan. 21, an estimated 750,000 demonstrators converged on downtown Los Angeles for a local contingent of the world-wide Women’s March. The demonstrators shattered organizers’ expectations with a crowd of 80,000 people. By official count, attendance of the Los Angeles ‘sister march’ dwarfed the central march in Washington, D.C. The estimated crowd there topped out at 500,000. Individual motivations for marching varied from general anti-Trump sentiment to specific criticisms targeting the “predator-in-chief’s” platforms on health care, immigration, the Dakota Access Pipeline and reproductive rights. Many marchers reported feeling

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Donald Trump’s presidency began with three acts that spoke volumes about what is to come. First, he cancelled Barack Obama’s executive order benefitting first-time — many of whom represented his base. Second, he visited the CIA and tried to convince them he was their best friend. Media reports to the contrary were all lies. Third, he sent out his press secretary to attack the media angrily for accurately reporting the relatively small size of his inauguration crowd. But Trump’s real problem is not with the media, it is with reality. Political scientist Corey Robin once wrote that conservatives “are aggrieved and entitled— aggrieved because entitled—and already convinced of the righteousness of their cause and the inevitability of its triumph.” As such, they have no need of facts, only good stories to tell to show how much, how unfairly they’ve suffered. And, no one is better at that than Trump. Pointing out falsities only fuels his sense of grievance. It’s

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Community Announcements:

Harbor Area Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Clean-Up

Join neighbors and friends in cleaning up Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., between 7th and 23rd streets, in Long Beach. Tools, trash bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided to volunteers. Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 4 Details: (562) 570-3807 Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1910 Lemon Ave., Long Beach

Monthly Beach Cleanup

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites the public to participate in its monthly Beach Cleanup. Volunteers learn about coastal habitat, the growing amount of marine debris within it and the benefits of protecting this ecosystem. Time: 8 to 10 a.m. Feb. 4 Details: (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Bicycle Mobility Element

On Feb. 7, the Long Beach City Council will consider the Bicycle Master Plan as a technical appendix to the Mobility Element of the City’s General Plan, which is required by California law. Time: 5 p.m. Feb. 7 Details: http://longbeach.legistar.com Venue: City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Community Police Academy

Apply to the Community Police Academy during an informative day of interactive training on topics such as patrol operations, laws of arrest, internal affairs and community engagement. Venue is specified upon application acceptance. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 Details: (562) 570-7401

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Central SPNC Meeting

The Central SPNC Monthly Board and Stakeholder Meeting normally scheduled for the second Tuesday will take place on the third Tuesday, Feb. 21. Time: 6 p.m. Feb. 21 Details: http://sanpedrocity.org Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

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Electric trolleys are icons in San Francisco. Although they are viewed by some as a quaint relics, the basic technology behind them is not. If you’ve been to Frisco recently, you’ve probably seen modern buses that are propelled by electricity from a maze of overhead electric lines. The same technology, called an overhead catenary system, is going to be experimented on full-size cargo trucks in Carson. If the experiment goes well, it could lead to a notable decrease in the emissions of local cargo transport. Field tests will be conducted this winter and spring. Siemens, an international research and development company, is running the tests, but the project was initiated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). “With goods movement contributing to local air pollution, we thought a catenary system was a good option to test out,” said Naveen Berry, planning and rules manager at the SCAQMD. The district funds projects through its Advanced Technology Goods Movement and Clean Fuels funds. For this project, the SCAQMD allocated $4 million; an additional $12 million was provided by the California Energy Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Four million dollars came from the China Shipping Settlement in 2003. The settlement between the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Port of Los Angeles allowed the China Shipping port terminal to expand but required environmental mitigations, including funding of projects like the one in Carson. Three different types of cargo trucks are being tested on the catenary: a battery-powered electric, a compressed natural gas hybrid and a diesel hybrid. The battery-powered truck has a range of 20 miles and was designed by local technology company, Transpower. Two distinct natural gas hybrids are being tested, one from TransPower and the other from a partnership between BAE Systems and Kenworth. The diesel hybrid was designed by Volvo. “We’ve had previous experience working with these companies, so we were able to leverage that for this project,” Berry said. “These trucks can match the horsepower and torque of a Class 8 diesel with [a] full[y] load[ed cargo].” Now Siemens and the SCAQMD will be investigating how these trucks interact with the catenary system Siemens built. The pantographs were designed to connect and disconnect from the truck’s overhead wires automatically or manually. Once connected, a truck’s battery or engine will turn off, and the electrical current from the wire will power the truck’s motor. Current, voltage and other data will be monitored in real-time via Wi-Fi. Data will be collected for six to 12 months. Berry already expects the catenary to provide at least enough power to enable trucks to haul a full load of cargo. He is excited to discover how much extra power the wire can deliver to the trucks. “Excess power means that the system could recharge a truck’s batteries,” Berry said. “This could

Battery electric cargo trucks are being tested on the overhead Catenary System in Carson. Photo courtesy of SCAQMD.

extend a truck’s zero emission range.” As it stands, the battery truck has a relatively short range. It will be used to make short-haul trips between the ports, rail yards and container yards. If it can connect to the catenary system during a particular trip, and receive excess power, it won’t have to charge as long at a charging station. The trucks are being tested on a one-mile long

stretch of wires along Alameda Street. (Sepulveda Boulevard passes over the track at about the midpoint.) There are two sets of wires, one for northbound travel and the other for southbound travel. The current for the wires comes from a substation Siemens built and manages. The experiment should have been underway [See Truck, page 4]

Ports’ Clean Air Action Plan Missing Key Features By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

More than a decade after the first Clean Air Action Plan from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the third iteration is rolling out against a backdrop of remarkable advances and dramatic deficiencies. “Diesel particulate emissions from mobile sources in and around the Ports are down 84 percent,” the ports’ CAAP Factsheet proudly proclaims. Yet, “The CAAP’s 2010 San Pedro Baywide Health Risk Assessment has failed to provide any evidence of any significant reduction in public health impacts or public health improvement,” the Coalition For a Safe Environment, or CFASE, pointed out in its list of deficiencies in the plan. “Due to the ports’ activities, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council stakeholders are subject to some of the worst air quality in the nation,” the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council pointed out in a Jan. 11 letter to the Port of Los Angeles. “We deserve clean air.” “The draft CAAP includes no discussion of the health impacts of port pollution and good movement traffic. It is completely omitted from the CAAP,” Peter Warren added. Warren headed the Coastal San Pedro

Neighborhood Council Port Committee for a decade. “The reason there is a CAAP is to respond to pollution and off-port impacts,” he added. “If these are not discussed fully in the CAAP then there is no grounding and basis for understanding why we need to work so hard to improve air quality and reduce other off-port impacts.” Similar concerns were expressed in comments from Andrea Hricko and Jill Johnston of the USC Keck School of Medicine. “Significant health impacts result from Port pollution, and these health effects need to be described in detail in the CAAP,” they wrote. Other key concerns from community members, environmentalists and public health advocates involve the use of outdated baseline measurements and emission targets, the lack of enforcement and the need for more detailed measure descriptions, including interim deadlines, enforcement methods, costs [See CAAP, page 4]

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By Christian L. Guzman, Community Writer

Long Beach is launching an electric vehicle charger giveaway program as part of the new expedited permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations. The city will be distributing 270 EV chargers free of cost to eligible Long Beach residents who own or lease an electric vehicle. Details: www.longbeach.gov/ sustainability/programs/electric-vehiclecharger-giveaway

Zero-emission Cargo Truck Technology Tested In Carson

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and funding sources and emissions benefits. A Nov. 17 letter from nine community, health and environmental organizations (including Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council) raised similar concerns. There were also calls for a more robust public process, akin to how the CAAP was originally created. This included an extension of the initial comment period beyond Feb. 17. The ports’ staff hinted that this extension was probable during their CAAP community workshop at Banning’s Landing on Jan. 24. Central San Pedro’s recommendations included a number of accelerated zero-emissions goals, including: • A transition to zero emission terminal equipment, urging to reach zero emissions in 10 years or sooner. • Conversion to electric-powered railmounted gantry cranes in five years or sooner. • Conversion to electric yard tractors in regular operations in five years or sooner. Similarly, CFASE called for a more accelerated transition to zero-emission

technology with regards to the trucking industry. “A phase-in of 100 percent zero-emission trucks is feasible by 2025 not 2035 as proposed,” CFASE argued in their letter. “There are currently three zero-emission Class VIII on-road heavy duty drayage truck and port off-road yard truck manufacturers currently commercially selling zero-emission trucks. There are three more zero-emission trucks currently in pilot project demonstration projects which will be completed in 2017.” CFASE’s founder, Jesse Marquez, repeated this argument at the Banning’s Landing meeting. The workshop primarily consisted of a breakout session devoted to four major areas of focus: ships, rail, terminals and trucks. The latter drew the largest share of participants, including industry representatives. The breakout sessions were followed by a summary report-back. In contrast to the other sectors, dominated by oligopolies, there’s now a vibrant, growing clean-tech industry in the trucking sector. As a result, much of the discussion involved different approaches regarding technologies, funding mechanisms and policy-making against a backdrop of broad agreement, unlike the continued foot-dragging by railroads, shipping companies and terminal operators.

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Although there was no unanimity in the truck discussion — some still favored near-zero interim targets — there was a strong sense of converging interests on all sides in contrast to other sectors. The terminal discussion highlighted questions of cost, for example, claiming a $19 billion price tag to get to zero-emissions, while they could “get to near zero for much less cost.” Almost the entire report-back from that breakout discussion seemed to echo industry talking points, such as justifying the less stringent goal by saying, “the community needs fast reduction.” A more hopeful mix of ideas came out of the ship breakout section, but a significant cloud

loomed regarding international flagged vessels, for whom improvements were deemed “difficult to implement.” Perhaps the most hopeful idea to come out of the rail discussion was a renewed focus on on-dock rail. Rail companies have long been the least responsive to community concerns and the slowest to adopt cleaner technologies. So far, the CAAP lacks clarity on how that might change. “The CAAP is not enforceable,” Warren said. “There are no penalties for non-compliance.” It’s a general problem for the entire plan, but the rail companies are among the most egregious [See CAAP, page 5]

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this past year, but engineers had to redesign some of the project’s infrastructure. They initially planned the poles to support the catenary wires be anchored underground. “We had maps of gas and utility lines and we thought we addressed everything,” Berry said. “Then after we started digging we found an unidentified pipe.” Carson, which owns the land, provided the maps to the district. City permits were already completed, so the project continued at that site. Engineers eventually brought in and anchored the support poles on 5- by 5- by 6-feet concrete blocks. Although the redesign caused a yearlong delay, none of the funders backed out. In that time, the California Department of Transportation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison—which provides electricity for the project’s substation—expressed interest in the project. Berry said that these organizations want to know how this technology

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Galperin Reports on IncomeRestricted Affordable Housing By Zamna Avila, Assistant Editor

LOS ANGELES — On Jan. 23, City Controller Ron Galperin released an audit entitled IncomeRestricted Affordable Housing Units in Los Angeles: A Review of the City’s Density Bonus Incentives and Overall Oversight. The review found density bonus programs have had minimal impact in incentivizing private developers to include affordable housing in their projects. The audit also highlights the lack of adequate tools to ensure income-restricted units are best going only to those who qualify. Accompanying the audit, the controller has created a map of the city’s overall stock of 28,482 income-restricted units monitored by the Housing and Community Investment Department. View the map at www.lacontroller.org/geopanel_la.

Density Bonus Law has Not Lived Up to Its Potential

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The controller’s audit also examined oversight and monitoring of the city’s overall stock on 28,482 income-restricted units. This includes density bonus units, Section 8 units, Community Redevelopment Agency project units and other income-restricted units. While auditors found reasonably adequate monitoring by the city’s contractor and a 93 percent compliance rate, better oversight tools are needed to deal with conditions of some owners collecting more rent than allowed and some tenants exceeding income guidelines. Based on a thorough analysis of information available for 2014, the audit found the following: • For 1,482 units (5.2 percent), landlords charged higher rents to tenants than allowable under covenants to which landlords agreed. When

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“Using a baseline that is more than 10 years old as the standard for air pollution reduction is dishonest,” Warren said. “The baseline should be the previous year …. Would you compare pollution equipment on the car you want to buy this year with one built in 2005?” Hricko and Johnston went even further. “We urge both Ports to publicly acknowledge that extremely minor, in some cases no, reductions in key air pollutants have been made since 2011,” they wrote. “Using 2005 as a baseline and comparison point continues to create an illusion of ongoing progress in reducing pollution that is simply unfounded.” The same problem applies to targets. “We are deeply disappointed that the revised CAAP does not include revised emission targets from the ones developed in 2006 and targets beyond 2023,” Warren said. This ties back directly to the lack of regional perspective. The twin ports are the region’s largest fixed pollution source and the region’s air still doesn’t meet federal standards. In short, there’s a great deal more that needs to be analyzed, discussed and publicly debated before a truly workable Clean Air Action Plan is achieved.

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non-compliers. “To date, this has been the source category with the least success,” he said. But the broadest objections raised by community members didn’t fit neatly into the structure of the meeting. There was no discussion about how to raise the level of public participation, or how to address concerns about the lack of comprehensive health impact monitoring. And although Air Quality Management District staff were present — along with board member Joe Lyou — there was no formal discussion of port pollution in a regional context. “The entire L.A. Basin is a federal nonattainment area for air quality for ozone and fine particulate matter and the twin ports are the largest negative contributor to many pollution indexes,” Warren pointed out. “Any responsible CAAP should have a full discussion of air quality.” But perhaps the most concrete unaddressed objections concern the lack of appropriately updated baselines and targets.

• Review how area median income levels are defined for the purpose of the density bonus program to align it with state policy. Galperin said that the city’s stated goal is 100,000 new units by 2021— of which at least 15,000 would be officially affordable.

Urban Development were not included in this study. The audit, along with the controller’s other audits, reports and open data is available at www. lacontroller.org.

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The audit found that 21 percent of new multifamily projects of five units or more—built between 2008 and 2014 (169 of 790 projects)— utilized some aspect of the density bonus program, resulting in 4,463 units designated as affordable. However, just 329 of these units were created in market-rate projects throughout the city — an arguably minimal impact when considering the city’s overall affordable housing needs. The audit recommends modifying and, in some cases, increasing incentives offered through the density bonus program. Specific recommendations include: • Create additional incentives, such as additional density or permitting micro-units; • Streamline processes through modifications to the current process of site plan review and expedited processing of environmental impact reports; • Conduct a legal analysis of what opportunities might exist—within the density bonus program—to allow market-rate developers to create income-restricted units off-site or to pay equivalent values into a fund that would build income-restricted units throughout Los Angeles;

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such circumstances are identified, the Housing and Community Investment Department’s contractor is charged with sending letters to owners demanding remediation. • For 464 units (1.6 percent), tenant earnings exceeded program guidelines. In more than twothirds of such instances, tenants reported incomes that exceeded limits by at least $5,000 per year and in one case, by $149,000. • For 1,056 units (3.7 percent), tenant incomes were not verified when tenants moved in. • For 1,181 tenants, no tenant income was reported at all. Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Venice and the Westside, announced that he would introduce legislation on Jan. 24, to correct many of the issues raised by the controller’s report. The audit released by the Controller’s Office evaluated a data sample between 2008 to 2014. It focused on units with a signed covenant agreement and monitored by the Housing and Community Investment Department. Affordable housing units that may be under the authority of other agencies such as the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority and U.S. Department of Housing and

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USS Iowa Plugs into 21st Century Technology

SAN PEDRO—On Jan. 23, the Port of Los Angeles and Battleship Iowa announced that the ship had become the latest vessel to plug into clean, electric shore-side power. The ship’s operational systems previously ran on a diesel generator. Plugging a ship into Alternative Maritime Power® for a 24-hour period achieves the same air quality improvements as taking 33,000 cars off the road. Alternative Maritime Power® technology allows vessels to shut down their diesel engines while at berth and plug into clean shore-side power to run on-board systems.

LASD Searching for Information on Man near 110 Freeway HARBOR CITY — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information about a severely injured man found near the 110 Freeway and 223rd Street in the unincorporated area of Harbor City. The man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The man, whose name has not been disclosed, was taken to a local hospital by deputies who responded at about 7:15 p.m., Jan. 20. Anyone with information is encouraged to call (323) 8905500 or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Deadly Shooting in Harbor City

HARBOR CITY — On Jan. 18, Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Area Homicide detectives found 29-year-old Juan Ignacio Alcala dead at about 6:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of West 256th Street in Harbor City. LBPD officials are asking the public to help identify the killer. Alcala was found in his backyard with gunshot wounds. Investigators say an unknown suspect approached him and shot him several times. He was declared dead at the scene. Anyone with information is urged to call (310)726-7882 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

SCAQMD Proposes Toxic Hydrofluoric Acid Ban in South Bay Refineries

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Lieu, Markey Introduce Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 24, Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA 33rd District) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice. “Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to human survival,” said Markey, in an issued statement. “Yet, President Trump has suggested that he would consider launching nuclear attacks against terrorists.”

“very unfair” to point out that he’s lying. He’s entitled to say whatever pops into his head, however false, incoherent or defamatory. Trump began by betraying the very sort of hardworking “forgotten” Americans who voted for him. By the start of his second week in office, he was virtually at war with both the military and intelligence services, because their concern for acting on accurate information was a severe impediment to his drive for unfettered power. His war with the media swirled throughout the week, but it was only a symptom of Trump’s deeper war with reality itself. The day he took office, Donald Trump wasted little time betraying his base. He issued an executive order cancelling an Obama-ordered reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s annual fee for most borrowers. The cut would have saved $500 in the first year for someone borrowing $200,000. Hundreds of thousands of new home buyers would be hurt. “It took only an hour after his positive words on the inaugural platform for his actions to ring hollow,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, from New York, on the Senate floor. “One hour after talking about helping working people and ending the cabal in Washington that hurts people, he signs a regulation that makes it more expensive for new homeowners to buy mortgages.” Trump’s action was not a surprise, really. Just after the election, a survey of economists by the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago asked if enacting all of Trump’s “Seven actions to protect American workers” in his 100day plan would be more likely to improve the

Protester facing off against the riot police at LAX during Jan. 28 protest. Photo by Marta Evry. Left, White House press secretary Sean Spicer lies to the press about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration. File photo.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in-person and around the globe.” —Press secretary Sean Spicer

economic prospects of middle-class Americans over the next decade. None of the economists surveyed agreed.

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During his first full day in office, Trump also went ballistic over the fact that his inauguration had been poorly attended, dwarfed by the Women’s March on Washington the next day, which drew more than three times as many people. Another 500,000 to 750,000 turned out here in Los Angeles as well, adding up to somewhere between 3.3 and 5.3 million protesters nationwide. Trump ordered his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to go out and attack the press. Spicer berated reporters at a press briefing Saturday evening, attacking the accurate reports of small crowd sizes and threatening to “hold the press accountable.” “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in-person and around the globe,” Spicer lied. But earlier in the day, Trump promoted the same lie in a visit to CIA headquarters, while also lying about his own past attacks on the intelligence agencies and his refusal to take their information seriously.

“The relationship [between Trump and the CIA] is the worst of any incoming administration ever,” former senior CIA official Paul Pillar told Alternet a few days before Trump’s inauguration. “You have to go back to Nixon to find a president with as strong negative views about the agency. But the agency did not get this kind of public disparagement from Nixon.” Not only had Trump refused to take regular intelligence briefings, like every previous president-elect since Eisenhower, he openly disparaged their warnings of Russian election meddling and even lashed out in anger. Just 10 days before his CIA visit, Trump likened the intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany in a tweet, saying they “never should have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ to the public. One last shot at me.” (The stories had been circulating for months and were actually suppressed during the campaign.) But when Trump visited the CIA, he tried to pretend he was their best friend and it was only the lying media who said otherwise. To help sell his story, Trump brought along a contingent of about 40 loyalists to wildly applaud his speech— something the apolitical professionals at the CIA frown on. As noted by CNN: Trump spent much of his speech lambasting the media. He spoke in front of a memorial wall that honors 117 CIA officers who have fallen in the line of duty. He focused on the size of the crowd size at his inauguration, his appearance on magazine covers and saying he “has a running war with the media.” “The wall behind me is very, very special,” Trump said, which was the full extent of his acknowledgment of those who had given their lives. He devoted far more attention to himself. “Probably almost everybody in this room voted for me, but I will not ask you to raise your [See #Resist, page 10]


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More protesters descended on downtown Los Angeles Jan. 21 than showed up at Trump’s inauguration in Washington D.C. Photo by Andrea Serna. Right, some protesters wore feminist regalia. Photo by Melina Paris. Below, inside the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX protesting Trump’s Muslim ban on Jan. 28. Photo by Robin Doyno.

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She was referring to the more aggressive protests that had taken place during and after the inauguration, in which a limousine was set on fire and alt-right pundit Richard Spencer was punched in the face. Similarly, Monessa Overbey, 84, remained skeptical about the positivity of the march. “We had a political revolution and the next step is a violent one,” she warned. A UC Riverside student thought that any violence would come from conservative backlash to the march. “There’s always going to be someone who is against what we are doing, someone who is here with bad intentions … but I think that’s the people who are going to be against us.” Demonstrator Dannah Perez added her own thoughts to the conversation. “I was prepared today,” Perez said. “I brought goggles and I brought things to cover my face because I am fighting for freedom.” Organizers sensed the tension of the crowd,

“Everybody has been attacked,” said one demonstrator shaking her head. “[This is a protest for] anybody who has been marginalized in any type of way. I’m a child of immigrants; my mom’s gay, like, ‘What the fuck?’ I need to be heard and to have my life matter.” More than anything, it seemed that marchers wanted a voice, a voice they felt was not being properly represented or heard in the White House. “We’ve been being silent and nice for the past eight years and look at where we’re at now,” the same woman said. “[It h]asn’t really worked.” Although many marchers felt that peaceful protest was the best way to voice their dissent, others were not sure how effective nonviolent protest could be in combatting the violence that lay in the language used by Trump. “You don’t want to see violence being used to get your point across but sometimes it is necessary,” another demonstrator said. “Silence isn’t always heard.”

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give their names were wary, knowing that cell phones and social media have been used to target protesters, including those at Standing Rock. “[It’s] very scary,” said Gilberto RuizOrtega, a supporter at the Women’s March in Los Angeles. “My mom is a software engineer…. The way these systems are built people have access to this information.” Many protesters, including 48-year-old Long Beach resident Laura Butler, turned off their phones to prevent being targeted by law enforcement. The marchers’ wariness illustrates that the president’s actions have resulted in genuine distrust by the American people. In order to protect them, Random Lengths News complied with requests for anonymity. However, other protesters had moved past fear to anger, especially regarding policy decisions that they felt targeted women. “I’m sick of women being treated as second-class citizens when we’re the majority population,” said 30-year-old Long Beach resident Ashley Giaimo-Dolan. “We created the entire population.” “I’m not ready to go backwards in rights,” a fellow protester, who asked for anonymity simplified. Instead of feeling isolated from one another as a result of political or ideological differences, marchers found strength. “We are here in solidarity,” confirmed activist actress Gina Belafonte. “Women are the answer.” This was true. However, before the march even began, it faced public criticism for a lack of diversity amongst its predominantly white organizers and speakers. “It probably got organized by white women because they get listened to a little bit more,” said Liz Leigh, one of the protesters who shared that sentiment. “They’ve got the power.” Other marchers found the leadership’s lack of diversity much more troubling as it signaled a continued lack of intersectionality in feminist politics. The privilege given to white feminists was, of course, one of the major criticisms of feminism’s second wave in the 1960s and 70s. Fearing that the mainstream feminist movement remained mired in the second wave’s white privilege, many demonstrators struggled with whether or not they should even attend the event. “I’m still struggling,” said one woman, smiling reluctantly. “But for me, this morning I felt that it was still important to show up … vaginas are not always black or white. Now what happens, surrounding that and the politics of it may become black and white but today, we just have to show up and we have to fight the best way we can.” Protester Andrea Martinez agreed. “Feminism does have a long way to go in terms of intersectionality, but I don’t think that anything is solved by boycotting events that might have been organized by white feminists just because we’re saying these aren’t our issues,” Martinez said. “It’s resolved by having a dialogue. We won’t create representation for ourselves in these spaces by staying away by not showing up and having that open conversation.” Some demonstrators felt that Trump’s unilateral oppression of women and minority groups strengthened the movement instead of fragmenting it.

repeatedly urging attendees to “stay peaceful; stay positive” over the loudspeakers. To lighten the gravity of the issues, organizers joked with attendees as they waited patiently for the police to clear a path from Pershing Square to City Hall that would accommodate the unexpected turnout. “We’re going to change the name [from ‘march’] to a ‘stand,’” one organizer laughed, nervously, as helicopters buzzed overhead. Despite fears of attendees and organizers alike, the Women’s March remained peaceful, leading media outlets to tout its success via such self-congratulatory headlines as Millions of Marchers, Zero Arrests. Perhaps the march’s ability to peacefully unite millions without police resistance makes it a success. This has not been the case with other recent peaceful demonstrations. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 16 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested during a ‘prayer walk’ on charges of trespassing, inciting a riot and resisting arrest. Two days before the inauguration, another 21 pipeline protesters were arrested, putting the total number of arrests since August to more than 600. Most media outlets failed to report on the arrests in the days before the inauguration. “I hadn’t even heard about it,” was one Long Beach resident’s response to the pipeline arrests, an ignorance she shared with the vast majority of people interviewed “I wish someone would intervene on their behalf,” added Paul Ceron, 39. But many marchers found the idea of intervention to be unlikely, viewing the media’s lack of coverage on the Dakota Access Pipeline arrests as symptomatic of a more systemic and more malignant problem. “Erasure is step one,” Ruiz-Ortega said. Unfortunately, the prophecy of erasure became all-too apparent in the days following the Women’s March. On Jan. 24, Trump signed an order allowing Dakota Access Pipeline’s completion. A slew of similarly regressive orders followed on Jan. 25, including the plans to begin construction of (another) wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and an order that targeted undocumented immigrants and stripped sanctuary cities of federal grant money. The Trump administration also suspended refugee migration from and visa programs with “Muslim countries,” requiring “extreme vetting” to allow persons from these countries into the United States. Such measures add ominous tension to the promise of the Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation, whose web slogan reads: “This is just the beginning.” As a result of the increasingly repressive measures undertaken by the Trump administration, protesters cautioned continued vigilance to combat the rise of impending fascism. If protesters have learned anything from previous movements, like Occupy Wall Street, it is that this infuriated solidarity must continue. More than that, this movement needs intersectional leadership who understand what feminism’s second wave failed to accomplish; it needs a coherent set of demands that listens to marginalized voices that scream: “We are not just going to disappear; we are not just going to be silent.” “Resistance is always necessary.” “There is nothing more American than dissent.” In the words of the millennial generation: “Stay woke.” 7


Yes Sally, There are Still Patriots You just won’t find them in the White House By James Preston Allen, Publisher

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” —from Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis

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It is one thing to pledge allegiance to the flag in the security of a neighborhood council or chamber of commerce board meeting. It is quite another to stand up to the newly-elected president of the United States and tell him that his latest executive order on immigration is indefensible and probably unconstitutional. I call that true patriotism. That’s what the now former-acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates did the other day when she directed the Department of Justice lawyers to disobey the executive order. The executive order bans entry to the United States from 7 Muslimmajority countries. Christians are exempt from the order. “In litigation, DOJ Civil Division lawyers are charged with advancing reasonable legal arguments that can be made supporting an Executive Order. But my role as leader of this institution is different and broader,” Yates said regarding her decision. “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts…. I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.” Ol’ President No. 45 fired Yates. Or, just as likely, the newly-elected’s alt-right-ego and former white nationalist news blog Breitbart editor-turned-“chief strategist” and newlyminted member of the National Security Council, Stephen Bannon, fired Yates. This only added more confusion to Trump’s executive order on immigration, which has been protested by thousands and challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union. A temporary stay has been issued by the U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of New York on Jan. 25. Now, instead of protecting America from foreign enemies, Trump has become one of the “bad hombres” that he warned us about. So much for those who have been saying, “just give the new president a chance to prove himself”. Nyet! I say hurrah for those many thousands who are protesting, chanting,

standing up shouting, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!” and who are now suing this administration. Ms. Yates heroically upheld her oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. To many Americans, the current occupant of the Oval Office is ignorant of the Constitution he swore to uphold and is driving the nation into a direct collision with the fundamentals of our very liberties. The chaos emanating from the bloviator-in-chief would be amusing if it weren’t so tragic. In just his first 10 days on the job, Trump has already signed more executive actions than any previous president, including Barack Obama. Trump has issued two proclamations, seven  executive orders and seven  presidential memoranda. He’s even invented a new form of presidential directive  — the national security presidential memorandum — and signed three of those. For those who thought Trump’s antics were just campaign rhetoric, it is clear now that his campaign rhetoric was his real agenda — an agenda supported by “alternative facts,” his alt-right interpretation and his non-existent understanding of the Bill of Rights. Reince Priebus signed the Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, freezing all new regulations; it is clear that this regime is on the warpath to overturn, dismantle or destroy as much of the Obama agenda as it can by executive fiat before Congress can act in the first 100 days. Trump’s Executive Order 13767 and his Executive Order to “Protect the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” are just a two of 19 objectionable executive actions. The other messes he’s started includes creating diplomatic rifts with Mexico over his Great Wall; lobbing the opening salvo in dismantling the Affordable Care Act; restarting the Dakota Access Pipeline; and threatening sanctuary cities. (See pg. 10 to read the whole list of Trump’s executive orders thus far.) Trump has cancelled the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, but his penchant for alienating U.S. allies and rivals alike could have real effects on import industry jobs in the Los Angeles Harbor and consumer price inflation nationwide. In the end, will Trump actually create more jobs?

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That the mainstream media should now seem shocked by any of this after promoting his celebrity status and profiting from the TV ratings that Trump generated during the bizarre 2016 campaign is a sad irony. Even more disconcerting is mainstream media’s late arrival on fact checking and investigating his relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin or even demanding the release of his taxes. Only now are some mainstream media outlets beginning to use the “L” word when reporting on Trump’s or his subordinate’s lies. He is just a brand name like Coca-Cola or Twitter: empty of substance and short on communication. That he is now slamming and abusing the White House press corps is just trumpish exploitation of the way things are in these great post-factual United States of America. Bannon said the other day that the press should, “Just shut up and listen.” As if journalists should be obedient stenographers rather than professional skeptics of the Fourth Estate. This conflict has been coming to a head for some time as corporate public relation firms have been spoon-feeding journalists “alternative facts.” The rest of us should not be shocked at the political confrontation now in play. From the very birth of this nation—beginning with the Boston Tea Party through the Civil War and emancipation of the slaves and every decade and era since—the conflict has been between the rights of the people versus the tyranny of money, property and privilege. Liberty sometimes gets confused with ownership, depending on who owns what or whom. That Trump is held up as a champion of the neo-Tea Party, neo-fascists and others only confuses both our American sensibilities and our American linguistics, such as they are. Trump is

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nothing more than an empty Coke bottle full of fizzy colored politics with no moral values. Making America Great is a slogan, not a course of action or a cure for what ails this country. His inauguration was not much more than an insulting reiteration of his empty sloganeering soaked in sugar water. However, from this chaos there will rise true patriots and heroes who, like many before Sally Yates, will stand up to speak truth to power and demand liberty from tyranny.

Our Health Depends on Large Polluters Being Better Neighbors Megan Devine, Harbor Area resident

Our community knows a thing or two about dirty air and what it does to our health.   For generations, we’ve suffered through horrendous air pollution caused by refineries, rail yards and ports. While the region has made progress over many decades, progress at the nearby ports and has stalled in recent years. Everyday, 15 people die due to air pollution in Southern California — that’s 15 preventable tragedies every single day. It’s on the South Coast Air Quality Management District to ensure the largest polluters in our area don’t

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RANDOMLetters Barton Hill’s Complicated Matters

It all started on Nov. 8, 2016, when I realized that unless I opened my mind and mouth to help those who cannot (or do not know how to) help themselves; I will have wasted an opportunity to try and make a small difference in our community. On the Wednesday after the election, I called Councilman Buscaino’s chief of staff to offer my help in any way needed with issues that might face our community regarding bullying. Since we had just elected “Bully-in-Chief” today is Jan. 23, and despite numerous follow-up phone calls and emails I have heard nothing but silence from the council office. My most recent attempt was Jan. 20, when I sent a formal request to meet with the Councilman here in his Harbor Office.

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Rally, March to Ban MHF

Participate in the second anniversary of the ExxonMobil explosion. This was a nearmiss on 50,000 pounds of modified hydrofluoric acid. Torrance Refining Co. and Valero in Wilmington are the only California refineries hydrofluoric acid. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 Venue: Columbia Park, 4045 W. 190th St., Torrance [Neighbors, from p. 8]

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I respect members of Congress who choose to attend the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump just as I respect members of Congress who did not attend the two Inaugurations of President Barack Obama. I view this as a personal decision because no votes are being taken and no policies will be enacted at this ceremony. While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made. Trump, who lost the popular vote, has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements. In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis. Trump has made statements denigrating the patriotic and professional men and women of our intelligence services, many of

Long Beach impose immense air pollution burdens on our communities. The current plan relies on voluntary action by the ports. Everyone is being asked to contribute; the ports need to do their part. Voluntary cuts are not going to cut it. Period. Plus, taxpayers would have to foot the bill for costly incentives, which is unfair. Make polluters foot the bill. The current plan outlines a tax plan to raise $1 billion per year to be spent on incentives, instead of tough rules we know are the best ways to reduce pollution, improve community health and create jobs. It’s unjust to raise taxes on those who can least afford to pay more and already paying for fossil fuel pollution with their health. Our lives are in SCAQMD board member Joe Buscaino’s hands. All eyes are on him. Will he be a champion for us or for Big Oil and Big Gas?

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From Syrian refugees who risk their lives crossing the perilous waters of the Mediterranean Sea, to unaccompanied minors from Central America fleeing war and violence, now more than ever is the time that we must renounce hate speech and lend a compassionate hand to those in need. America is a country of promise and resiliency whose history is threaded with stories of conflict and hope, founded by immigrants escaping persecution. As a formerly undocumented minor and unrecognized refugee, I understand the sacrifices families [See Letters, page 17]

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Megan Devine is a resident of the Harbor Gateway and a volunteer with the Sierra Club and the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Coalition. She is a graduate of CSULB and has been an environmental activist for more than five years.

Can a man such as Trump have a good idea? The answer is yes. And if the next administration has a good policy, such as withdrawing from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership, I will support it. But if Trump has unconstitutional or bad ideas, such as creating a registry based on religion or gutting Social Security and Medicare, I will oppose them. I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. For me, the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis. Rep. Ted Lieu Torrance/Washington D.C.

to achieving clean, safe air once and for all. SCAQMD board member Buscaino can demonstrate courage and leadership by standing up for us over the powerful polluters. Here are a few areas where he must strengthen the plan: Oil Refineries: For years, oil refineries have gamed a market-based program so that they can continue to pollute. It’s led to companies avoiding installing the best available pollution controls. The program, known as the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market, or RECLAIM, has simply failed us. SCAQMD must explicitly commit to end the program and begin requiring oil refineries to install pollution control equipment that their own employees have already shown is cost-effective, readily available, and life-saving. Warehouses: Warehouses are a major magnet of truck and car pollution. The plan should commit warehouses to requirements on developments to make sure they start using the cleanest technology to encourage more zero-emission vehicles. Ports: As the largest fixed source of pollution in the region, the ports of Los Angeles and

Rep. Lieu: Why I’m Not Attending the Inauguration of Donald Trump

whom risk their lives in service to our nation. He also continues to believe Vladimir Putin over our intelligence services and is actively misleading the American people when he denies Putin ordered a brazen, multifaceted cyber-attack on America to benefit Trump. On Jan. 20, Trump will be in violation of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution because of the massive conflicts of interests he has with his global business holdings. That provision of the Constitution was designed to prevent foreign influence over American elected officials. Trump can cure this Constitutional defect by divesting his holdings or putting them into a blind trust, but so far has been unwilling to do so.

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escape accountability for the pollution they spew.  Residents across the Harbor Area — from San Pedro to Harbor City to Wilmington — must demand that large polluters clean up the mess they’re dumping in our backyards. It’s time for these polluters to be better neighbors. As I said before, after a lot of progress cleaning up, that progress has stalled. We’re nowhere near achieving safe air and have never met clean air standards for smog under the Clean Air Act. While the entire South Coast region has been plagued by dirty air for decades, the communities here are harmed the worst due to our proximity to big polluters. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who serves on the SCAQMD Board, is in a position to reverse the backsliding on clean air progress by demanding firm commitments from polluters to cut emissions and requiring that they follow through. SCAQMD will approve a final air quality management plan on Feb. 3. Right now, the plan falls short in areas crucial

During the past two months. I have not sat idly by waiting. There are several different organizations and programs that have come up with easily accessible ideas that can be implemented into any school here in San Pedro that would like them. It all started with a lunch I had with Laurie Jacobs of the San Pedro Northwest Neighborhood Council, where I learned that Park Western Elementary School had requested a grant from them for a “Buddy Bench.” This lunch led to a more important discovery and that is really the main focus of this letter. Barton Hill Elementary School is a Title I school that seems to have been forgotten by our community. I do not know enough about the laws regarding education in our state to write eloquently about this issue. However, I do know that all children have the right to comparable and or equal educations whether they live in working poor areas or in Beverly Hills. We must not forget that education is the key to these children’s future. To quote the President’s inaugural address: “an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge.” Well, Barton Hill is one of those places that has left our young and beautiful students deprived. I had the opportunity to meet with the principal of the school last week, to see if there was anything for which I could help advocate. What started as a simple issue of not

having enough computers turned into a much more complicated situation. Too complicated and disturbing to put in a letter to the editor! They have a strong PTA and alumni group, and I have every reason to believe that this school will rise to the challenges it faces. Please keep your eyes out for news on what may happen at Barton Hill. Arlene Dickey San Pedro

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hands if you did. But I would guarantee a big portion, because we’re all on the same wavelength, folks,” he said later. But that’s not how CIA officers saw things. CBS News reported, “a sense of unease in the intelligence community” after Trump’s visit, which “made relations with the intelligence community worse,” according to an unnamed official. Former CIA Chief John Brennan issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes.” And a scathing video commentary from former agent Nada Bakos went viral, in which she contrasted her initial hopefulness with bitter criticism. “I was very hopeful that he would understand the building that he was in. That he would understand the apolitical nature of the work that they do. The objectivity that they strive for in their analysis,” Bakos said. But what she saw disappointed her: I didn’t see a president standing in the building trying to repair the relationship. I didn’t see a president that made an effort to understand the solemnness and the humility it should take to speak in front of that wall. In my view, Trump’s treatment of the CIA is rooted in politicization. He first tried to blatantly twist their arm into ignoring Russian meddling, by calling them ‘Nazis,’ hoping to cow them into submission. When that didn’t work, he used a not-so-subtle peace officer tactic and tried to persuade them he meant well, by extending the olive branch through his visits. You can’t sweet talk a good spy. Falsehoods and ‘alternative facts’ are no way to win over a workforce whose job it is to discern the truth.

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Holocaust Remembrance And Muslim Bans—Trumps War On Reality Deepens

A week later — without any expert input— Trump signed a refugee ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day. (His Remembrance Day proclamation, tellingly, made no mention of Jews.) That same day, a dedicated Twitter account tweeted out the entire manifest of the USS St. Louis, a ship full of Jews denied entry into the United States in 1939: “My name is Max Hirsch. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered in Mauthausen.” “My name is Sophie Münz. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered in Auschwitz.” “My name is Paula Münz. The US turned me away at the border in 1939. I was murdered in Auschwitz.” The list went on and on, hundreds and hundreds of them, many with pictures. Trump’s ban covered entry into the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — none of which have done business with Trump, or pose a serious terrorist threat, unlike Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, for example, where most of the 9/11 hijackers came from. “Foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015,”

the Cato Institute noted on its blog. Even U.S. residents — green card holders — and who were abroad at the time were being denied re-entry. Two Iraqi refugees detained at New York’s JFK Airport had spent the last decade working to help America in Iraq. One of the men, Hameed Darweesh, had been targeted at least twice by terrorists. He was released the next day after two New York Democratic members of Congress, Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, went to JFK, seeking both men’s release. “America is the greatest nation, the greatest people in the world,” Darweesh told the press following his release. Darweesh put a human face on the scary abstract threat Trump has repeatedly tried to paint—and it just didn’t match up. A November 2015 tweet was typical: “Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are - some

could be ISIS. Is our president insane?” The reality completely different. Out of some four million displaced Syrians in 2015, the United Nations referred only 130,000 for resettlement by the end of 2016, 18,000 of them to U.S. interview teams, who were to select 10,000, in a process lasting 18 to 24 months. This involved 13 security clearance steps. Darweesh is the sort of immigrant you get after 13 security clearance steps. Trump, in contrast, has never even bothered to explain what “extreme vetting” even means. By Saturday’s end, tens of thousands of people were demonstrating at airports from LAX to Boston, to Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and beyond. Two federal court orders were handed down, staying implementation of the Trump’s ban, but immigration officers responded erratically, defying court orders more or less blatantly in multiple cases, refusing to let lawyers see detained travelers in many cases, and even sending some travelers

Eleven Days of Trump Edicts

Jan. 20 Executive Order 13765: Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

Donald Trump’s first executive order was as much a messaging document as a policy-making one, emphasizing Trump administration desire to repeal Affordable Care Act. The order was vague about what specific measures the administration would take, but it suggests that federal agencies give states, insurance companies and consumers the maximum amount of flexibility in complying with the law.

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies: Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

The “regulatory freeze” memo is not technically a presidential action. Following tradition, the memo came from the new president’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus. But it has the same force and effect as if the president signed it: An immediate halt to the publication of any new regulations. The freeze lifts when Trump’s nominees to lead agencies are confirmed by the Senate. The White House Office of Management and Budget may make exceptions for health, safety, financial, or national security matters.

Jan. 23 Presidential Memorandum: Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement Trump formally withdrew the United States from the trade agreement. While the Obama-negotiated agreement was unlikely to be ratified by Congress anyway, the memorandum also set forth a Trump administration policy of negotiating future trade deals one by one, instead of regional, multi-national agreements.

Presidential Memorandum: Mexico City Policy

The Mexico City Policy, known to critics as the global gag rule, was a Reagan-Bush policy that restricted the use of foreign aid money to support family planning organizations that promote abortion. Trump’s memorandum reinstated that policy, which had been rescinded by President Barack Obama, but also vastly expanded it: The restriction now applies not just to the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development, but now all federal funding. And the ban applies to all global health aid, not just family planning.

Presidential Memorandum: Hiring Freeze

Most recent presidents have instituted some kind of hiring freeze, often just long enough for the president’s new cabinet members to be confirmed so they can make their own hiring decisions. The order calls for a long-term plan to reduce the federal workforce within 90 days.

Jan. 24 Presidential Memorandum: Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Barack Obama administration abandoned the proposed cross-border pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska before he left office. Trump invited pipeline company, Transcanada, “to promptly resubmit its application,” and ordered the secretary of state to make a decision within 60 days, fast-tracking existing procedural requirements.

Presidential Memorandum: Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

A separate order applied to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a cross-border pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Because the pipeline crosses waterways, it needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Trump ordered the Army to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the permit.

Presidential Memorandum: Construction of American Pipelines

Trump asked the secretary of Commerce to review ways to mandate the use of American-made steel in all new, expanded or retrofitted pipelines in the United States. The plan is due in six months.

Executive Order 13766: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects The order sets up a new system to fast-track infrastructure projects. Under the executive order, any governor or cabinet secretary can ask for a project to be designated as high-priority. If the chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality approves, the project will go to the front of the line for any agency required to review and approve the project.

Presidential Memorandum: Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing

Under this order, the secretary of Commerce will launch a review of manufacturing regulations with the goal of streamlining those rules. The secretary will seek input on the issue within the following 60 days, with a report to Trump containing specific proposals 60 days after that. [See Orders, p. 17]

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A Constitutional Crisis

“I believe it’s a constitutional crisis, where the executive branch is not abiding by the law,” New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker told The Daily Beast. Immigration officials at Dulles airport refused to even meet with him, but communicated with him through an exchange of written questions and answers. At LAX, immigration officials also refused to speak with reps. Nanette Barragan and Judy Chu. They spoke briefly by phone, but abruptly hung up. The administration’s refusal to abide by federal court orders was noted by Princeton’s Sam Wang as the fourth item checked off in eight days from a “ten-point warning checklist for how 2017 America may becoming like 1934 Germany.” Other items checked off included: • Taking sides with a foreign power against domestic opposition. • Made-up charges against those who disagree with the government. • Persecution of an ethnic or religious minority, either by the administration or its supporters. A fifth item, “Detention of journalists,” has also occurred, but might be “a one-time error by local law enforcement,” Wang wrote. Late on Jan. 28, CNN reported on the profound ignorance and confusion surrounding Trump’s ban. Career Department of Homeland Security staff weren’t allowed to see the final details until Jan. 27, the day the order was signed. The order was crafted by Trump’s inner circle, including Trump’s white nationalist “Senior Advisor” Steve Bannon, former head of the fake news website Breitbart.com. He was not subject to Senate confirmation hearings. When Homeland Security officials saw the order, they concluded it did not apply to lawful permanent residents — aka “green card holders” — but the White House overruled the department. What’s more, CNN reported: “Before the president issued the order, the White House did not seek the legal guidance of the Office of Legal Counsel, the Justice Department office that interprets the law for the executive branch. A source said the executive order did not follow the standard agency review process that’s typically overseen by the National Security Council.” A second, less-noticed executive order was in some respects even more troubling. It restructured the National Security Council by promoting Bannon to the Principles Committee—the council’s top body—and removing the top two officials from the military and the intelligence communities, the commander of Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence. Sen. John McCain called Bannon’s appointment “a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” During his campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed he knew “more about ISIS than the generals,” and disparaged the intelligence agencies in multiple ways as well, while repeating numerous false stories and factual claims promoted by Bannon’s site Breitbart. com. So this executive order was a logical extension of how he had campaigned. But it also starkly underscored that’s not just the media that Trump is at war with. It’s any source of facts, whatsoever.


Joe Hill’s Requiem By Slobodan Dimitrov, Guest Columnist

Blindfolded, Joe Hill sits in a chair with his wrists tied to its arms. Riflemen, apprehensively peering through slits at Hill from behind a barricade, hold their weapons knuckle-white tight. Blindfolded, Hill starts rocking his chair and yelling “I want to see.” He rocks his chair until it tilts back, leaning against a structure behind him. He rubs his face against it, sliding off the blindfold. Hill stares at the slits behind which the rifle nest is hid. Some of the rifles are loaded with dum-dum bullets — expandable bullets that are designed to inflict greater damage than the rifle’s caliber would suggest. Murmuring several words, Hill stares at the wall of anonymity in front

of him. Finally, after a deep look, in a pique of defiance, Hill utters “fire.” The firing squad reflexively does so. So dies Joe Hill, according to the scene painted in a 1971 Swedish biopic, directed by Bo Widerberg (of Elvira Madigan fame, 1967). It is also this scene of martyrdom that community members, folk singers and labor leaders paid tribute to during a Jan. 28 dedication ceremony of the Joe Hill Memorial Plaque—a work by graphic artist Suzanne Matsumiya and nationally renowned sculptor, Eugene Daub. [See Requiem, p. 14]

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Exploring Valentine’s Day Dining Traditions By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer

It’s that time of year when you look at the calendar and suddenly realize you don’t have a restaurant reservation for Valentine’s Day. But while frantically scolling through photos of restaurant interiors to see if they fit your idea of romance you might start to wonder: “Just when did this tradition of going out for dinner on Feb. 14 start and why do we associate some atmospheres as romantic?” The whole topic is murky, starting with why St. Valentine would be associated with romance in the first place. Valentine was a third century Roman of whom nothing whatsoever is known except that he was executed and regarded as a martyr. There was confusion about what he had done that was noteworthy as early as 496 Common Era. Nevertheless, a pope named Gelasius declared him a saint in that year, while admitting that he was so obscure that “his acts are known only to God.”

The first detailed stories about him appeared over 700 years later and none of them are particularly romantic. Whatever he did to become noteworthy, Valentine would probably be horrified to hear that his feast day is now associated with Cupid, a pagan fertility god whose name means “desire” in Latin. That association of Cupid and Valentine may have come about from the Roman festival of Lupercalia, a rite of spring that was celebrated on Feb. 15, the day after Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day was associated with romance as early as the 1300s, when Geoffrey Chaucer stated in a poem that birds choose their mates then. This did not mean that people sought out candlelit restaurants on that particular day. First of all, restaurants as we know them wouldn’t be invented for another 300 years. Since candles were all they had back then, there was no particular appeal to soft mood

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BEACH CITY GRILL

Let the culinary adventure begin anew—Beach City Grill has reopened featuring your favorites along with soon-to-be favorite new additions. Now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Famous for Caribbean, Cajun specials, fresh seafood, salads, vegetarian and world cuisine. Be sure to try the awardwinning desserts. Beach City Grill, 376 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 833-6345 www.beachcitygrill.net

Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria

A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awardwinning pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and handselected ingredients that are prepared fresh. Dinein, take-out and catering. 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. • Buono’s Pizzeria, 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 • www. buonospizza.com

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The Happy Diner isn’t your average diner. It’s the idea of fresh creative dishes in tow San Pedro locations, and now a third—the Happy Deli. The selections range from Italian- and Mexicaninfluenced entrées to American Continental. Happy Diner chefs are always creating something new—take your pick of grilled salmon over pasta or tilapia and vegetables prepared any way you like. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Happy Diner #1, (310) 241-0917, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • Happy Diner #2, (310) 935-2933, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • Open for breakfast and lunch: Happy Deli, (424) 364-0319, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro.

MARIA’S RESTAURANT

If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican food, at an affordable price, try María’s Mexican Restaurant. The inconspicuous eatery on Pacific Avenue and 22nd Street in San Pedro offers a wide variety of savory, traditional dishes from tortas and burritos to chiles rellenos and camarones a la diabla. The exceptional service matches its wellproportioned meals. On a time crunch for lunch or dinner? Give María’s a call and they’ll have your food warm and ready for you within minutes. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. María’s Mexican Restaurant, 2215 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (310) 833-6666.

PHILIE B’S ON SIXTH

Owner Phil Buscemi welcomes you to Philie B’s on Sixth, where New York–style pizza, Sicilian rice balls and pizza by-the-slice are the specialties. Fresh hot or cold sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and fresh salads are also served. Try the “white pizza” made with smooth ricotta, mozzarella and sharp Pecorino-Romano cheeses topped with torn fresh basil. Extended hours accommodate San Pedran’s unique work schedules. Catering and fast, local delivery ($15 min.). Philie B’s On Sixth, 347 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 514-2500 www.philiebsonsixth.com

PIROZZI’S ITALIAN DELI

Walk into Pirozzi’s Italian Deli at Weymouth Corners and discover an ample selection of fine imported cheeses and salami, as well as a great assortment of imported prosciutto, pastas, sauces, olive oils and vinegars. Best known for homemade Italian sausages in five distinct flavors, Pirozzi’s also carries freshly prepared and frozen entrées and sauces available for take-out. Pirozzi’s Deli offers a full catering menu, made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade Italian cookies and desserts. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Pirozzi’s Italian Deli, 1453 W. 8th St., San Pedro • (310) 548-0000 www.pirozzisdeli.com

A romantic table awaits this Valentine’s Day. File photo.

lighting. Through the centuries the holiday came to be celebrated with the exchange of poetic cards and with small gifts that often included sweet candies and cakes. The tradition of dining out for Valentine’s Day seems to be quite modern, and the earliest menus and restaurant ads I have found that

THE SANDWICH SALOON

The Sandwich Saloon serves up fresh made-to-order deli sandwiches, fresh salads and soups featuring a wide variety of fixings and top quality meats prepared fresh and a new burger menu. Generous portions, reasonable prices. Dine-in or take-out. Full breakfast menu coming in December. Catering and delivery available. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Sandwich Saloon, 813 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro • 310.548.5322 • (310) 548-3828

San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with madefrom-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. Live music. Open from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www.sanpedrobrewing.com

The Whale & Ale

San Pedro’s British gastro pub offers dining in an 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. First Thursdays live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 www.whaleandale.com

mention doing so are from the 1930s. For help pinning that down I contacted culinary historian Charles Perry, who confirmed my suspicions. “The tradition probably arose during the Depression, when any meal out was a special occasion. Popular restaurants like Sardi’s had

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Boardwalk Grill

Casual waterfront dining at its finest! Famous for slabs of 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. Boardwalk Grill, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551

PORTS O’ CALL RESTAURANT

Since 1961 this landmark restaurant has extended a hearty welcome to visitors from around the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying fresh California cuisine and varietals. Relax in the bar or patio for the best happy hour on the waterfront. With each purchase of 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. Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor, Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www.portsocalldining.com

SPIRIT CRUISES

An instant party— complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Dinner cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing—the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free parking. Spirit Cruises, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884, www.spiritmarine.com

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some tables with curtains so that couples could choose to see and be seen or to have an intimate meal while still enjoying the sounds of the orchestra.” At some of these restaurants the server would knock or ring a bell a moment or two before entering, which suggests that something more than dining might have been going on inside. (Keep this in mind the next time you go to a restaurant that includes heavy draperies – they were once functional rather than ornamental.) Many elegant restaurants also had a rear entrance that was not visible from the main room, which was handy if your valentine was someone else’s wife, rather than your own. As to the style of dining at these restaurants, it was “continental,” in which dishes had French names despite being primarily based on a mix of English and American ideas. Though Italian cuisine is now one of the most popular at Valentine’s Day, it was a latecomer to the table. As documented in the magnificent book, How Italian Food Conquered The World, by John Mariani, authentic Italian dining was long regarded as simple peasant cooking by everybody, including Italians. The first high style Italian restaurants in America didn’t open until well after World War II. The Valentine’s Day dining out tradition is certainly well-established now. Even humble restaurants offer specials and dress the place up as much as possible. As we have become a multicultural society, the variety of experiences has broadened, so that just within our coverage area you might have a romantic dinner for two in a sleek modern room or a reasonable facsimile of a Moroccan palace, English pub,

Indonesian mansion, or a ship at sea. All this effort at décor aside, the most romantic dinner for many people is a return to the place where they first met, kissed, or realized that they were having a meal with someone who they just might want to spend the rest of their life with.

Blu Restaurant and Lounge

Upscale yet casual Blu Restaurant and lounge at San Pedro’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is the spot for great food and live jazz. Dress up or not, a romantic moment is impossible to miss. Details: (310) 521-8080 Venue: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Location: 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

Baramee Thai Restaurant

This quiet romantic gem of a restaurant in downtown San Pedro is warm cozy, and intimate, with great food at an affordable price. There are no special deals on this, just make sure you RSVP early. It’s a popular spot. Details: (310) 521-9400; www.barameethairestaurant.com Venue: Baramee Thai Restaurant Location: 354 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Ports O’ Call Restaurant

Dining on waterfront at sunset is a special way to have a romantic meal. Their full bar and extensive wine list is a help too. Valentine’s Day specials will be served Feb. 10 through Feb. 14. Full bar and extensive wine list is available. Details: (310) 833-3553 Venue: Ports O’ Call Restaurant Location: Berth 76 Nagoya way, San Pedro

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You can’t miss in going to The Whale & Ale. On this evening, The Whale & Ale offers a choice of special entrees from sauteed Alaskan sand dabs to Chilean sea bass. There’s even live entertainment in this venerable pub. Details: (310) 832-0363 Venue: The Whale & Ale Location: 327 W 7th St, San Pedro

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[Requiem, from p. 11]

Requiem for Joe Hill

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More than 100 people gathered at Liberty Hill Plaza at the foot of 5th Street on Harbor boulevard to celebrate San Pedro’s adopted son and sing Joe Hill’s IWW songs about the struggles of the working man. Art Almeida, the noted historian of San Pedro’s occupational culture who spearheaded the project to make the memorial possible, followed the performance by explaining the symbols embedded in the plaque. He began by identifying the location of old Beacon Street, which had been torn down and restructured over the past three decades of redevelopment efforts. He continued by explaining the location of the hill upon which Upton Sinclair was arrested for reading the Bill of Rights in 1924 (he only made it partway through the first). Almeida then explained the location of the jail in which Hill sat for his organizing activities in San Pedro, more than 10 years prior to the emergence of Sinclair. “Upton Sinclair was not a Wobbly,” Almeida said “The fact is, he had some funny ideas about organizing, but the one thing he liked about the Wobblies was their songs, their themes and their freedom of speech.” Joe Hill died Nov. 19, 1915. Some say he was murdered by official fiat, others say he got his comeuppance. In either case, Joe Hill very quickly became an icon of labor’s struggle to improve worker conditions. His martyrdom became a symbol of the inviolate individual, braving the forces of the robber barons who reigned unchecked. Joe Hill became the archetypal image of defiance in the face of adversity. While the circumstances surrounding his last days are clouded with assumptions, William M. Adler’s 2011 biography on Hill, The Man Who Never Died, reveals evidence that Hill’s charges and conviction were the result of a love triangle gone wrong—specifically, he was shot by a close friend and rival for the affections of Hilda Erickson. The young woman was a member of the family with whom both men

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were lodging. Subsequent events used the wound that Hill sustained as proof for another set of circumstances: the 1914 killing of John G. Morrison, a Salt Lake City grocer and former policeman, and his son, L. Arling Morrison, by two men. The Erickson alibi was never presented in court, according to Adler, setting in motion a train of events that would culminate in the execution of an The bronze plaque commemorating Joe Hill’s years in San Pedro is at 100 W. 5th St., Liberty Hill Plaza, San Pedro. Photo by obscure labor activist. Eugene Daub. Obscurity was never Union Scab. His songs, appearing in the the “good fight;” and the other which mimics going to be the platter upon which Joe Hill’s IWW’s Little Red Song Book, addressed the a corporate style used to engage and dialogue ashes would rest. His ashes were placed in 600 experience of virtually every major IWW group with Management. Both are valid and comingle, envelopes and distributed throughout the world. from immigrant factory workers to homeless More pointedly, Hill’s last act of defiance would as historic national events show. Joe Hill is a migratory workers to railway shopcraft workers. product of the “good fight” from inside our be a note that resonated through generations “The San Pedro dockworkers’ strike led to economic steerage. to come—a heraldic voice of the struggle for Hill’s first recorded encounter with the police, Born Oct. 7, 1879 as Joel Emmanuel justice, an acknowledgment of the contribution who arrested him in June 1913 and held him for Hägglund in Gävle, Sweden, Hill was also that a person can make to occupational and 30 days on a charge of vagrancy because, he attributed another name, Joseph Hillström, on national culture. It should be noted that many said later, he was ‘a little too active to suit the his Industrial Workers of the World documents, died at the hands of extra-judicial methods chief of the burg’ during the strike.” which was shortened to Hill. The “future prevalent during the turn of that century. A few During his time in San Pedro he wrote the troubadour of discontent” emigrated to the have stood out, such as the 1886 Haymarket majority of his songs and drew cartoons for United States in 1902, with his brother Paul, Affair; the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in 1911; and the IWW. Many would be taken up by folk after their father died. They worked across the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927. singers. Hill was chiefly popularized through the country at various jobs—often menial and None, however, have captured the imagination the following song, I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill underpaid. like Joe Hill. Last Night, written by Alfred Hays and Earl According to the AFL-CIO, “The record While a simple man, Hill left a copious finds him … in San Pedro, Calif., in 1910. There Robinson, circa 1936. It was often sung by the amount of literary work. By the standards likes of Pete Seeger, Paul Robeson, Joan Baez, he joined the IWW, served for several years as of the day for someone involved in the labor and Phil Ochs. From 1911 to 1915, Hill wrote the secretary for the San Pedro local and wrote movement, Hill was prodigious. The letters, 24 songs. many of his most famous songs, including The songs, and cartoons, allow us today to know Preacher and the Slave and Casey Jones—A him in a manner that resonates. As a symbol of [See Requiem, p. 16] the labor movement, Joe Hill projects the “good fight” with a natural grace and unaffected directness that is seldom seen nowadays. Labor culture is split into two courses of action: one which reaches into the trenches of


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ENTERTAINMENT Feb. 3

Benjamin Hudson, Antoinette Perry American violinist Benjamin Hudson served as concertmaster of leading orchestras in New York. Antoinette Perry has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Time: 12 p.m. Feb. 3 Cost: Free Details:www.palosverdes.com/ ClassicalCrossroads/FirstFridays.htm Venue: First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance The Jennifer Keith Quintet Timeless pop, jazz and standards—ranging from the 1930s through the 1950s—are brought to you with first class musicianship and energy. Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 3 Cost: Free Details: www.theskyroom.com/entertainment. html Venue: The Sky Room, 40 S. Locust Ave., Long Beach

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Retired ILWU leaders Art Almeida, above, and Dave Arian spoke at the unveiling of the Joe Hill Memorial plaque. Almeida holds up a copy of an IWW Little Red Book. Photos by Slobodan Dimitrov.

Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land in the sing-along style of Pete Seeger. The president of the the Southern California Pensioners Group, Greg Mitre spoke on how quickly the pensioners got behind the Joe Hill memorial and raised most of the funds to cover the cost of its production. Harbor Commissioner and former ILWU Local 13 president Dave Arian made praised the Port of Los Angeles for its help in making the Joe Memorial a reality. The event concluded with Joe Hill’s most significant songs: The Preacher and the Slave and The Rebel Girl sung by The Mourners, Laurie Steelink and Ralph Gorodetsy, both grandchildren of Wobblies.

King Washington Sit down with King Washington and hear the latest of their new material and see both acoustic side and other new tunes off their new upcoming album, due in early 2017. Time: 8 p.m. Feb. 4 Cost: $20 Details: http://alvasshowroom.com Venue: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Fartbarf Three unassuming, well-mannered and funloving fellows from a town near the sea and collectively known as Fartbarf, captivate audiences with relentless melodies, robotically tight rhythms and danceable beats. Time: 12 p.m. Feb. 4 Cost: $10 Details: www.alexsbar.com/event/1400361fartbarf-long-beach Venue: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

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Adrian Marcel Adrian Marcel picks up the torch for Oakland and timeless rhythm and blues on his debut mix tape, 7 Days of Weak. Time: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 Cost: $20 to $200 Details: www.solvenue.com/event/1395582adrian-marcel-carson Venue: SOL Venue, 313 E. Carson St., Carson

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Stars of Tomorrow This top international ensemble of advanced students from the renowned USC Thornton

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Andy Anderson Andy Anderson is a site-specific performance created by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre for the Midcentury Anderson House. With original music performed live by Yvette Cornelia and the Treehouse, intimate choreographies will happen in the living room and kitchen, the master bedroom and the zen garden. A culminating performance by the pool will will draw on the architecture of the home and secretive behaviors of the 1960s culture of the Rancho Palos Verdes community. Time: 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 Cost: $150 Details: house-performance.com Venue: Disclosed to guests only, Rancho Palos Verdes

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Best of the Show The Best of the Best is an emotional journey through all production themes previously explored by Long Beach Community Theatre. Time: Cost: $20 Details: longbeachcommunitytheater.com, lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, Studio Theatre, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Evita Musical Theatre West presents Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical masterpiece Evita, Eva Peron’s passionate and unforgettable true story of her meteoric rise to become Argentina’s most influential first lady. Time: 8 p.m. Feb. 10 through 12, 17 and 18, and 23 through 25, 1 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25, and 6 p.m. Feb. 19 Cost: $20 Details: (562) 856-1999, ext. 4; www.musical. org Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach,

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A Murder is Announced The Long Beach Playhouse is pleased to present the Agatha Christie classic, A Murder is Announced in its Mainstage Theatre. In Christie style, the play takes place in a house with several occupants. Time: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 11 Cost: $14 to $20 Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse. org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

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Willie Watson Watson, formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show is a leading pioneer in the renaissance of traditional and old-time music. Time: 8 p.m. Feb. 11 Cost: $25 to $60 Details: www.grandvision.org Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Lockout Station Drawing upon flamenco and jazz-fusion influences as well as the avant-garde, Lockout Station uses complex harmonies, difficult grooves and winding melodies to evoke impressions of strange and other-worldliness. Time: 4 p.m. Feb. 12 Cost: $20 Details: http://alvasshowroom.com Venue: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

A Special Evening of Music for Friends and Lovers Treat someone special to a truly memorable Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a seductive concert experience featuring the smooth stylings of some of today’s top contemporary musicians. Time: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 Cost: $70 to $175 Details: (562) 424-0013; www.rainbowpromotions.com Venue: Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

School of Music was selected by Director of Chamber Music Karen Dreyfus and coached by Professor of Violin and Chamber Music Lina Bahn. Time: 2 p.m. Feb. 12 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

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On Jan. 28, more than 100 people gathered at Liberty Hill Plaza at the foot of 5th Street on Harbor Boulevard to celebrate San Pedro’s adopted son Joe Hill and unveil a plaque, designed by artist Suzanne Matsumiya and renowned sculptor, Eugene Daub, in Hill’s name. Daub’s sculptures grace three different state capitals as well as a Rosa Parks sculpture at the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. International Longshore and Warehouse Union Coastwide Poet Laureate Jerry Brady read an original piece entitled Tribute to Joe Hill which in addition to offering a laudatory praise of his bravery, provided a biographical sketch of Hill’s life. Following the reading, Random Lengths News Publisher James Preston Allen delivered a revised rendition of the Ballad of Joe Hill and his original song, Who Knows Who’s Going to Save this City, accompanied by harmonica player and former Random Lengths News editor Erik Kongshaug. Art Almeida, San Pedro’s most highly noted historian, followed the performance by orienting the crowd geographically to explain the symbols embedded in the plaque. He began by identifying the location of old Beacon Street, which had been torn down and restructured over the past three decades of redevelopment efforts. He followed by explaining the location of the hill upon which Upton Sinclair was arrested for reading the constitution in 1923. Almeida explainined the location of the jail in which Hill sat for his organizing activities in San Pedro, more than 10 years prior to the arrival of Sinclair. “Upton Sinclair was not a Wobbly,” Almeida said “The fact is, he had some funny ideas about organizing, but the one thing he liked about the Wobblies was theirs songs, their themes and their freedom of speech.” The plaque, from left to right, depicts labor strife between workers and the police in the foreground and a stretch of Front Street circa 1900. The middle of the plaque is a relief of Joe Hill and his guitar and the right panel of the plaque depict imprisoned workers singing from the little red book comprised of Hill’s songs. Vivian Price, chairwoman of the Labor Department at Cal State University Dominguez Hills connected the struggles of The Knights of Labor and their Industrial Workers of the World successors to build a big tent union and their fight for justices across racial and gender lines to the contemporary resistance movement against President Donald Trump. Recording artist Dianne Michelle, delivered her rendition of Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson’s Ballad of Joe Hill but called it instead Ode to Joe Hill, which was followed by her rendition of

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Arts Cuisine Entertainment FEB 2 - 15 • 2017 [Calendar, from p. 15] Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, until March 31 Cost: Free Details: www.fearlessartists.org/box-office-1 Venue: Elysium, 729 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

FILM

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Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts Enjoy live action short films at your local theater. Time: 7 p.m. Feb. 11 Cost: $10 Details: www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/2714274 Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Finding Joseph I This feature documentary chronicles the eccentric life and struggles of punk rock reggae singer, Paul “HR” Hudson, a.k.a. Joseph I, who helped pioneer hardcore punk rock with the Bad Brains, one of the most influential bands to rise out of the 1980s. Time: 8 p.m. Feb. 13 Cost: $8.50 to $11.50 Details: www.arttheatrelongbeach.org/ourfilms Venue: Art Theatre Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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Ann Weber, Sculpture TransVagrant and Gallery 478 present Ann Weber’s organic sculpture. Abstract, formally elegant and composed of inelegant salvaged cardboard, Weber’s work hints of figuration and recognizable objects. An artist reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4. The exhibit opens Feb. 2 during First Thursday Artwalk. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 Cost: Free Details: (310) 600-4873; www.transvagrant.com Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 4th St., San Pedro Sunken City The mixed media and sculpture assemblage revealing the sights and sounds of Sunken City, San Pedro. The exhibit opens Feb. 2. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: Free Details: (323) 644-8200 Venue: Machine Studio, 446 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Feb. 7

Heated Exchange Heated Exchange, a group show curated by artist Reni Gower, features the seductive surface, luminous color and ethereal image layering unique to the encaustic medium. The exhibit opens Feb. 7 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through March 9 Cost: Free Details: (310) 243-3334 Venue: CSU Dominguez Hills University Art Gallery, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

Feb. 9

Circus Life Photographer Harry Atwell made a name for himself shooting images in the 1930s at the Chicago Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus capturing all aspects of carnival life. Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday, through Feb. 9 Cost: Free Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Feb. 12

Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective A retrospective of works by Los Angeles artist Frank Romero, encompassing more than 50 years of the artist’s career. Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective is the first solo exhibition of a Chicano artist at MOLAA. Date: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, Feb. 12 through May 17 Cost: $7 to $10 Details: molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

DANCE Feb. 4

Freshwater Dance Collective Freshwater Dance Collective presents an evening of modern dance and contemporary ballet. Kenneth Walker Dance Project also will perform the driving and aerobic Before the Verge. Time: 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. Feb. 5 Cost: $10 Details: www.artful.ly/store/events/10739 Venue: Cal State Dominguez Hills, University Theatre, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

Community Feb. 3

Annual California Native Plant Sale The annual California native plant sale will feature native plant of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 Cost: Free Details: (310) 782-3989 Venue: Madrona Marsh Nature Center, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance Natalie Baszile Natalie Baszile’s book Queen Sugar is the mother-daughter story of reinvention focusing on an African American woman, who inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. The former Palos Verdes Peninsula resident will host a talk and book signing. Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 Cost: Free Details: (310) 377-5501 Venue: Marymount California University, The Commons, 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes

Feb. 4

Crab Feed The Rotary Club of San Pedro is a group of business and professional leaders who seek to advance understanding and goodwill worldwide through scholarships, youth and adult exchanges and humanitarian projects. Three years ago they started the annual Crab Feed fundraiser. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 Cost: $75 Details: (310) 210-8577; rotarysanpedro.org Venue: Cabrillo Beach Youth Waterfront Center, 3000 Shoshonean Road, San Pedro

Feb. 8

Hack Nights Learn a new skill, work on a new or existing project or just build your network. Takes place every Wednesday. RSVP. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 Cost: Free Details: http://tinyurl.com/jpe6j8s Venue: WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway, Long Beach Making Good Things Out of Bad Things Join Benjamin Scheuer, the Drama Desk Awardwinning creator of The Lion in an intimate evening of stories, songs and videos. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 Feb. 8 Cost: Free Details: www.csulb.edu/thelion Venue: The Point at Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Grand Annex Winter Concerts Highlight American Music By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

The Grand Annex has grown from its beginnings in 2008 when the nonprofit, Grand Vision Foundation, first established the concert space. The foundation’s mission is to engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor and South Bay community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences. The venue presents innovative world, Latin, jazz, and Americana music artists, spoken word events and film screenings. Grand Annex Artistic Director, Taran Schindler said that the venue is a community space that always keeps the long-term audience in mind. By intentionally curating signature regional artists who meet audience’s interests as well as showcasing tribute acts that attract music fans, Schindler said that they are making the best of both worlds.

Lucia Micarelli. Rose’s Pawn Shop.

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This season brings an exceptional lineup of musicians, some of them artists on the vanguard, others a mix of diverse artists from different corners of the world. The noteworthy Americana artists showcased in the upcoming weeks include Willie Watson, Rose’s Pawn Shop, Honey County and Lucia Micarelli. Willie Watson’s concert on Feb. 11 is a premium event. Formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show, Watson is a folksingersongwriter who plays guitar, banjo and harmonica and has become a pioneer in the revival of traditional and old-time music. His sound is reminiscent of the Dustbowl Era. Rose’s Pawn Shop takes the stage on Feb.18. The Grammy-nominated band is a mix of bluegrass, alt-country and a lot of rock ’n’ roll. Albums include Dancing On The Gallows (2010) and Gravity Well (2014). Their roots reflect folk predecessors such as Woody Guthrie and Bill Monroe. Honey County performs Feb. 25. Based in three-part vocal harmonies, the band creates story-driven country, melodic pop and guitarfueled rock. But what comes across is soulful. Their first single, Blood From a Stone, earned a spot on the HBO series True Blood and [Requiem, from p. 14]

is in rotation on SoCal Go Country 105. Lucia Micarelli plays March 4. The Juilliard alumnus Micarelli is best known for collaborations with Josh Groban, Jethro Tull and Chris Botti as well as for her role as Annie in Treme, HBO’s series about post-Katrina New Orleans. At 17, Micarelli developed a growing interest in non-classical music. She left Juilliard to attend the Manhattan School of Music and started moonlighting with local jazz and rock bands in New York clubs. Micarelli performs classical, jazz, traditional fiddle music and Americana in electrifying stage performances that are technical wizardry but emotionally vulnerable. Look for our coverage of Grand Vision concerts as the season moves into spring. Details: www.grandvision.org

Requiem

The role of the song can’t be underscored enough. It was a new organizing technology for its day. Along with radio, it could advance the call to action among the workers. The IWW was known as the singing union, and Joe Hill’s songs were auditory demonstration signs. Wobblies would often sing them, in prisons, while under arrest for civil disobedience. Joe Hill was no stranger to singing. According to his biography on the AFL-CIO site, “Both his parents enjoyed music and often led the family in song. As a young man, Hill composed songs about members of his family, attended concerts at the workers’ association hall in Gävle, Sweden, and played piano in a local café.” During the IWW strike in San Pedro, 1923, a labor journalist, Louis Adamic also worked on the docks in San Pedro. “While the strike was thus being broken, the Wobblies—rough, strong men; native-born

and foreigners—sang their songs,” Adamic said. “They sang in the prison stockade in San Pedro and on the way to the trains, in the trains and finally in jail… ‘God!’ another young newspaper man remarked to me, ‘One feels like singing with them. They got guts!’” IWW song books during the 1910s sold anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 per printing. The songs, as one goes through Hill’s repertoire were an education, a morality journey to effect a change. They were meant to stir the individual to action by provoking thought and heart. By providing examples and ironies of what it meant to work for a near-living, while grasping for that elusive pie in the sky. Many of the songs reached into the native cultures of the workers, adding a connectivity that touched deeply into the hearts of the working class. Hill’s song, The Preacher and the Slave was one of those songs.


RANDOMLetters [Letters, from p. 9]

undertake in an effort to fight for their very existence. I’m running for Congress to ensure all people, immigrants, refugees and otherwise, are protected from Donald Trump and his life-threatening policies. His attempts to divide this nation by sewing fear through nativism and xenophobia are not who we are as a nation, and I will fight him with every fiber of my being. Wendy Carrillo Los Angeles Candidate for the House of Representatives in California’s 34th

Student Letters

Editor’s note: In the past few weeks, Random Lengths News received a slew of Letters to the Editor from the students of San Pedro High School English teacher Michael Kurdyla.

Coyotes vs. Man

In 2015, there were about 223 coyote reports according to the Long Beach Animal Care Service. Residents are constantly complaining about the dangers and the aggression levels of the coyotes. As a result 80,000 coyotes are estimated to be killed every year by the US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service. An article titled “ Harbor Locals Catch the Yips: Coyote Population on the Rise in Urban Ares” by Adriana Catanzarite expresses the troubles of coyotes from San Pedro to Long Beach. This article made me realize that the ways people are handling what they call” vilified and aggressive coyotes” are wrong and just inhumane. I was disgusted when I read on how nasty people trap and kill coyotes, which is only allowed when a coyote attacks a human (which has never happened in Long Beach). Do these murderers not have feelings and get that coyotes also have a family that they love and protect.

Even if I strongly disagree with killing coyotes, I feel that I can connect to the people who are affected by the coyotes. I used to live in Eco Park, and my life was greatly affected by coyotes. People’s outdoor pets were in danger. A neighbor’s Chihuahua was attacked and killed. We were constantly warned about going on a specific hiking trail and walking at night. What I want to know is why do owners of pets not keep their pets inside if they are afraid of a coyote attack? I feel that we need to work together. Scientists have discovered that most of the causes of these coyote problems are our own fault. Our garbage littered on the streets, our unorganized and unsecured garbage cans, and feeders are attracting these wild animals. Cheryl Valenzuela states “This (coyotes) is BULL.” Why do people complain but don’t take action and start cleaning up? It is already proven that even if 75 percent of coyotes are killed every year for 50 years, the coyotes wouldn’t be eliminated. Catanzarite wrote “...scientists have repeatedly said: That lethal targeting does not control coyotes and may even exacerbate the problem.” Lethal trapping is also proven to raise coyote’s aggression levels. If all these studies show that killing isn’t going to help, why do people still believe that they should kill? We need to deal with coyotes peacefully. It is our fault the problem started in the first place. We are careless with our own trash and took a lot of the natural habitat away from the animals which were their homes. As a team, we can easily pick up trash or not litter in the first place. “They do serve a purpose” Thraen David, executive director of All Wildlife Rescue and Education, stated. Coyotes help our ecosystem. If we don’t take action now, more coyotes would lose a family member. Also, there would be more trash littered, animals dying from our trash, and this will all affect Earth. Ayame M. Lewis Gardena San Pedro High School

[Orders, from p. 10]

Jan. 28 Executive Order: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Employees

Rule by Executive Order Jan. 25 Proclamation 9571: National School Choice Week 2017

In one sense, Trump’s executive order on administration ethics goes further than any similar order in history, imposing a lifetime ban on administration officials lobbying foreign governments, and a five-year ban on other types of lobbying. But that ban covers only people who were lobbyists before they joined the administration, leaving a loophole for non-lobbyists, ethics experts said.

Trump proclaimed the week of Jan, 22 as National School Choice week, which is sponsored by a coalition of charter, magnet, private, online and home schools.

Executive Order 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

This is the “build the wall” executive order, directing the Customs and Border Patrol to “secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border.” The order also directs the hiring of 5,000 more border patrol officers. The order does not specify how the wall would be paid for, but does request a report on all U.S. foreign aid to Mexico within the last five years.

Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

Complementing the border wall, this executive order specifically targets so-called “sanctuary cities” by cutting off their federal funding. The order also expands the enforcement priorities in order to give immigration officers almost unlimited discretion in instituting deportation proceedings. That discretion even includes any noncitizen not yet charged a crime but who, in the judgment of an immigration officer, poses a risk to public safety or national security.

Jan. 27 Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

This executive order led to the protests at international airports across the country on the weekend of

National Security Presidential Memorandum 2: Organization of the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council Donald J. Trump has signed about 20 edicts since his inauguration as president on Jan. 20. File photo. Jan. 28. Trump promised to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the country, largely though a ban on entry from seven countries for 90 days, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. All are majority Muslim countries, and the order allows an exception for religious minorities, which Trump said was to protect Christians there. The order was subject to immediate action in three federal courts in the 48 hours after its signing, in order to protect people who were caught in legal limbo when they arrived at U.S. airports.

National Security Presidential Memorandum 1: Rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces​

The presidential national security memorandum — a first-of-its-kind presidential directive — calls for a 30-day review of military readiness. It requires the Pentagon and Office of Management and Budget to devise a plan to bolster the military, and calls for an examination of the nation’s nuclear arsenal and missiledefense capabilities.

Every modern president signs an order early in his term reorganizing the National Security Council. Trump’s order most notably added his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, to sit on the influential Principals Committee.

National Security Presidential Memorandum 3: Plan to Defeat the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria

This memorandum calls for the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with other national security officials, to develop a plan within 30 days to defeat the Islamic State. The plan should include “recommended changes to any United States rules of engagement” as well as any diplomatic, financial or cyber measures that the Trump administration can take.

Jan. 30 Executive Order: Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

This executive order require agencies to rescind two existing regulations for every one new regulation — and that the regulatory costs of those new regulations balance out.

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punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Dario L. Ghio, CEO of HACC Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name 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. were to 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 name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017011699 The following person is doing business as: Red’s Cheesecakes, 25026 Feijoa Ave., Lomita, Ca 90717. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Amanda Marie Zuanich, 25026 Feijoa Ave., Lomita, Ca 90717. Michael J. Zuanich, 25026 Feijoa Ave., Lomita, Ca 90717. This Business is conducted by a general partnership. The registrant started 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Amanda Marie Zuanich, partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan.17 , 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name 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. were to 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

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NIB -6 Contractor’s License. Not applicable. NIB -7 Performed applicable.

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NIB -8 SBE/VSBE. POLB has established a Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/ Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program to encourage small business participation on construction contracts. Although an SBE/ VSBE participation goal was not assigned to this contract, POLB strongly encourages all bidders to include such participation whenever possible, by utilizing small and very small business subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers. POLB also strongly encourages SBE/ VSBE firms to respond to this solicitation as prime contractors. POLB’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance. Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or sbeprogram@ polb.com. You may also view POLB’s SBE Program requirements at www.polb. com/sbe. NIB -9 Prevailing Wage Requirements per Department of Industrial Relations. The Contractor to whom the contract is awarded, along with its subcontractors, shall pay not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem, holiday and overtime wages established by the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) of the State of California for the locality in which the public work is to be performed for each craft, classification or type of worker needed to execute the contract. Refer to the California DIR’s website, http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlsr for such prevailing wages and additional information. NIB -10 Trade Names and Substitution of Equals. The detailed specifications and/or brand names stated are descriptive only and indicate quality, design and construction of items required. Offers will be considered to supply articles substantially the same as those described herein but with minor variations. Bidders must describe variations in the Bid. Substitute items must be equal in quality, utility and performance. The phrase “or approved equal” throughout the specifications means that the City in its sole and absolute discretion shall make the final determination whether or

not the substitute items are equal. NIB -11 Prequalification of Contractors. Not applicable. NIB -12 Bid Security, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City. NIB -13 C o n d i t i o n a l Award of Contract and Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Interim Chief Executive, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. NIB -14 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds and other acceptable Bid Security shall be guaranteed and valid for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Interim Chief Executive executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -15 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. Issued at Long Beach, California, this 2nd day of February 2017. Duane L. Kenagy, P.E. Interim Chief Executive of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California Note: For project updates after Bid Opening, please contact plans.specs@ polb.com.

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2016302330 The following person is doing business as: (1.) Just Relax Tax, (2.) Just Relax Property Management, (3.) JRTS (4.) Just Relax Notary Service (5.) Just Relax Tax and Accounting Service, 870 W. 9th St., San Pedro, Ca 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Just Relax Financial Management Inc., 870 W. 9th St., San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant started 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Palma Mejia, CEO Just Relax Financial Management Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name 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. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth

Purchase of One (1) Vibratory Pile Driver/ Extractor

delivery. Maximum time for delivery is 120 days from the Notice to Proceed. Failure to deliver on the date stated above is a material breach of the contract. The parties agree that damages for delay would be difficult to calculate. Therefore, liquidated damages in the amount of $ 25.00 per day, per equipment, will be withheld from final payment.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Long Beach, California, acting by and through the City’s Board of Harbor Commissioners (“City”) will receive, before the Bid Deadline established below, Bids for the following:

endorsement forms, SBE/ VSBE Program forms, Harbor Development Permit Applications and other Port forms are available at h t t p : / / w w w. p o l b . c o m / economics/contractors/ forms_permits/default.asp.

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conducted by a corporation. The registrant started 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 any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Troy Spropoulos, CEO T Burgers Inc. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan.3 , 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name 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. were to 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 name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. 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 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). 01/20/2017, Original filing:

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