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Long Beach District 2:

Student Seeks to Unseat Councilwoman Lowenthal

New Phase in Waterfront Development

By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Mike Kamer is a 29-year-old public administration graduate student, whose ambition is to pursue a career in academic reform. He never saw becoming a career politician as being in his future. Kamer decided to toss his hat into the ring for Suja Lowenthal’s seat on the Long Beach City Council because of his dissatisfaction with the status quo. “My opponent—I should say, Ms. Lowenthal, in particular—has done an OK job, of running this city,” Kamer said. “She started off very strong in how she’s gone about things, but as time’s gone on in the last six years, she’s focused less on people as far as the residents go of District 2; specifically those on this side of Alamitos (east toward Redondo Avenue).” Kamer accuses Lowenthal of being inaccessible to her constituents. He said that Lowenthal’s lament when she had to shut down her 4th Street office is an example of her disengagement with residents. “That doesn’t mean she can’t come out to Portfolio (Coffeehouse) once a week...and post her schedule on her website and say, ‘Hey guys, if you are in District 2, I’ll be at Portfolio every second Saturday of the month,’” Kamer said. “I’d like to see more of that and I feel like that’s been missing. You can e-mail your council person, but what I’ve learned as a volunteer coordinator—I was doing that for two years—if you just post up an ad, you are not going to reach anywhere near the number of people as if you contact a classroom and get 5 minutes of their time.” He cited a Long Beach Post story, “Council Adopts Downtown Plan,” as providing another example of her tone-deafness to her constituents. The story painted Lowenthal as being dismissive Mike Kamer/ to p.16

Twelve gold shovels and an earthmover marks the spot of the water-cut, rendering shown at left, of the future Downtown Waterfront Promenade in San Pedro. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

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By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

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A dozen gold-plated shovels surrounded by earth-movers and dirt marked the spot where digging would soon begin at the March 15 Downtown Watercut groundbreaking ceremony, adjacent to the Maritime Museum on Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro. The ceremony heralded the realization of a revitalized waterfront after 40 years of dreaming and 14 years of plotting and planning. The water-cut is an area of land that will be carved out between Fire Station 112 and the Maritime Museum to create space for building the infrastructure of the new town square and promenade on the waterfront, a project that the community has long envisioned. The water-cut will have an overlook pier with 188 lineal feet of perimeter handrails and three long floating docks that can berth four to six tall ships, depending on the vessel’s length. The total cost of this phase of the Waterfront is $35.5 million and is expected be completed by 2014. “This vision is your vision,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, acknowledging the unprecedented level of community input in the waterfront development. “In three years time this revitalization project will allow Angelenos and visitors a new place to stroll along the Harbor, dock their vessels, dine at new sea front restaurants and enjoy the best that LA’s coastline has to offer.” He noted that within the following five years, $1.5 billion in capital improvement projects will be invested into the port, creating nearly 20,000 new jobs—30 percent of which will go to Angelenos as a result of the Project La-


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Harbor Area Friends of Banning Museum Fundraiser—the Wisteria Regale

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The theme of the Friends of Banning Museum’s festive annual fundraising evening is “Victorian Magic.” The event includes a silent auction, dinner, hosted bar, live music, dancing and will feature award-winning Magic Castle magician, Nathan Gibson. Another highlight of the event will be the crowning of the Wisteria King and Queen: two Banning High School students who presented the winning entries in an essay contest hosted by Friends of Banning Museum. Each winner will also receive a scholarship for their achievement. Reservations are required for the Wisteria Regale. The cost is $150 per person or $,1250 for a table of 10. Proceeds from the Wisteria Regale will assist Friends of Banning Museum, a non-profit corporation, in its mission to “Preserve History, Promote Education, and Inspire Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Details: (310) 548-2005 Venue: Madeo Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Location: 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro

GAP’s 10th Annual Fund Raiser

Come enjoy a backyard barbecued-styled event in Carson in support of the Gang Alternatives Program. This year marks the 10th annual Mitch Maricich Awards. Starts at 6p.m. Details: www.gang-free.org Venue: Carson Civic Center Location: 801 E. Carson St., Carson

Toberman Annual Auction and Gala

The Toberman Annual Auction and Dinner Gala will take place at 6 p.m. March 24 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. The honorees are Louis Zamperini and Tommy Lasorda. The special emcee for this event is Larry King of CNN’s Larry King Live! A Special Tribute will be given to Dr. Sammy Lee, World War II Veteran and Olympic Gold Medalist. It promises to be a spectacular evening. Tickets start at $225 per person $2000 for a table of 10. Details: (310) 832-1145; www.toberman.org Community Announcements/ to p. 5

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Waterfront Vision Continues bor Agreement signed this past year. Sharing in the on stage love fest with Villaraigosa was restaurateur, civic leader and host of the ceremony John Papadakis, along with former councilwoman turned Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Harbor Commission President Cindy Miscikowski, Port of Los Angeles CEO Geraldine Knatz and San Pedro Chamber of Commerce President Anthony Pirozzi. At the end of it all, there were several things that observers could take from this event: 1. The push to clearly establish San Pedro’s identity as part of Los Angeles with a waterfront of statewide significance 2. The days of the Port Community Advisory Committee of being actively involved in the planning of the waterfront development are numbered 3. Jobs and economic development will be the primary motivation of waterfront development now that the last of the waterfront infrastructure is about to be built. In nearly every comment from the officials at the podium there was an embedded vision of the waterfront that was broader than San Pedro. “It’s a vision that recognizes the fundamental right of all citizens to have access to their waterline and also access to all the economic blessings that comes with waterfront access,” said Papadakis, who gave legs to the vision of connecting Angelenos and ultimately Californians to this waterfront, setting the tone for the event. Hahn made special note that the waterfront isn’t just a San Pedro affair but a statewide affair and credited Papadakis for stressing that vision. “When you’re mayor, you’re job is to thank

Councilman Joe Buscaino, Mayor Villaraigosa, restaurateur and civic leader John Papadakis, Congresswoman Janice Hahn at the March 15 groundbreaking ceremony. Approximately $1.2 billion will be invested in the waterfront, providing 20,000 jobs. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

everybody,” said Villaraigosa, acknowledging the role of community input in the development. “Because this doesn’t happen because of one person. It doesn’t happen because of one sector or community. “It’s about a collaboration, a dream, a community dream, but a collaboration.” When Villaraigosa was first elected to office, residents and civic leaders worried that progress on the waterfront would slow to a crawl after four years of having a mayor and a council person from San Pedro in City Hall. Villaraigosa noted Hahn was in both ears advocating on behalf of the waterfront.

Hahn made particular note to thank Miscikowski and Knatz for listening to the community and steering the development to this point. If nothing else, punctuated the turning point for Waterfront development, then Papadakis’ introduction of new councilman Joe Buscaino served as the set up to the exclamation point. Papadakis noted that the new councilman had a mandate and that “he wants to create the same level of commercial success at the Port of Los Angeles that it has with heavy industry.” Papadakis noted that Buscaino “wants a skyline to go with our crane-line,” and that, “He can Groundbreaking/ to p. 4

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embody the dramatic transformation of our waterfront and downtown area.” Buscaino acknowledged the working port he knew as a child and the work of transforming it into the “living port” residents want it to become. “It’s no secret that I want waterfront development to be the core element of economic development for the great 15th District,” he said. He resurrects his oft-told story of working the beat on San Francisco St. in downtown Los Angeles occupied by drug dealers, prostitutes and gang members, until the arrival of the event center, LA Live. “What has transformed at LA Live, I’m sure we can do here,” he said likening San Pedro’s ef-

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fort to that of San Diego and Baltimore. “I intend to be a true leader on this redevelopment... Not seek consensus for consensus sake, but to make the hard decisions and push forward a project that is long overdue.” In the early days of PCAC, fierce debates flared up regarding the balance of development of open space and views of the Harbor. The community had a vision of development that included more open space and community access to the waterfront—a formula rooted in historical examples like New York’s Central Park, that’s proven

itself in ports around the world—while port staff had one that was commercially driven, though not necessarily inclusive of community needs. This resulted in battles between the port and the PCAC about design groups and how much community input would be allowed. Buscaino’s comments signals a pursuit of a different tact in completing projects on the waterfront. As recovery from the recession drags on, it’s clear jobs and development will be the predominant themes that animate direction of the waterfront.

Train, Truck Collision Renews Attention to Rancho LPG Dangers

Once again, an accident has renewed calls for the shutdown of the Rancho LPG facility. On March 8, a semi-trailer truck turning at the corner of Westmont Drive and Gaffey Street was struck by a Harbor Pacific Line train. According to the police report summary, the train was traveling northbound on the train tracks on Gaffey Street when it collided with a truck traveling northbound on Gaffey negotiating a right turn, eastbound to Westmont Drive. The impact caused the truck to travel norhtbound on Westmont Drive and collided with railroad signal. Under “Lighting,” the report said “Day, clear, dry, no unusual conditions.” This is not the first time in recent memory such an accident has occurred. “One of the rail cars from Rancho actually derailed in 2005 at Westmont and Gaffey,” said Janet Gunter, one of the leading activists attempt-

ing to have Rancho LPG shut down. While both these accidents occurred off site, they underscore safety concerns that are directly under the Port of Los Angeles jurisdiction, which is why 22 community members showed up one week later at the March 15 Harbor Commission meeting. “You have a revokable permit,” Gunter told the Commissioners. “For 30 years you’ve been allowing it to renew... Revoke that rail permit.” “No level of safety measures can make this facility safe,” said Chuch Hardt, president of San Pedro Penninsula Homeowners United. Connie Rutter, a 20-year safety consultant to the petroleum industry agreed, saying that the only safe siting location for such a facility was in a depopulated desert area. Others testifying included Andrew Mardesich and Jody James. —Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor


Clearing the Air on Clearing the Water:

Clearwater Handles Waste Water Issues through 2050 By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

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Microfinance: A Working Solution to Global Poverty

PVLC Outdoor Volunteer Day—Portuguese Bend Reserve Help win the war on fennel and eradicate it to improve wildlife habitat on March 31. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Details: (310) 541-7613;www.pvplc.org

Above is a map of the existing tunnels and the four alternative tunneling options.

in the process for some time have a level of trust that such promises will be fulfilled. But this is typically only a small portion of the total population. It remains to be seen how the rest will respond.

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The Main Campus Chapel, Marymount College presents a lecture, Microfinance: A Working Solution to Global Poverty, by Peter Thorrington, starting at 7 p.m. March 29. Thorrington will discuss his important work at Opportunity International, a micro-finance service organization that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Free. Details: (310) 303-7223, www.marymountpv.edu Venue: Marymount College, The Main Campus Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes.

tants be carried out. “It will be done,” said Highter, definitively. “We have made that commitment.” The second was that a number of mitigation me “It will be done,” said Highter, definitively. “We have made that commitment.” “It will be done,” said Highter, definitively. “We have made that commitment.” The second was that a number of mitigation measures—regarding air quality, noise and traffic—be strengthened. The response to that was more ambiguous, though it seemed more a matter of misunderstanding than disagreement. The committee recommendations were voted on by Coastal on March 19. It passed narrowly with a high number of abstentions. “They just weren’t sure of the science,” Smith said afterward. Aside from Calhoun, a number of others at the March 8 meeting raised issues concerning construction-based disruption, potential slippage and the like. The Districts’ response to these concerns was two-fold: first that there were specific diagnostic and preventive procedures they employed in all such construction projects and second that they have a professional standard to uphold. “The internal procedures we have, to make sure we leave the community just as good or better than when we arrived, will be applied to this project,” said Senior Engineer David Haug. Community members who’ve been involved

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On March 8, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County hosted a public comment meeting on its Clearwater Program, which is intended to meet all waste water and recycling infrastructure needs through the year 2050. The program as whole covers the entire system, encompassing 1,400 miles of main trunk sewers and 11 waste-water treatment plants, serving 5.4 million people today and projected to grow to 6.3 million by 2050. But what most concerns local residents is the near-term project component, a new off-shore sewerage tunnel system, transporting treated water from the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson to an off-shore discharge site. The on-shore, 18foot internal diameter tunnel would run 6 to 7 miles underground at depths ranging from 70 to 450 feet below ground level. Construction would take 6.5 to 8 years. Currently two onshore tunnels from Carson connect to a manifold structure at Royal Palms Beach, feeding into four off-shore tunnels. Four alternative tunnel routes made the final cut, the result of a four-stage planning process that began in 2006, encompassing more than 500 public meetings. But the former front runner, Alternative One, which runs under Wilmington and Terminal island to a site 10 miles south offshore on the San Pedro Shelf, has been replaced with Alternative Four, which runs under San Pedro to Royal Palms. (Alternatives One and Two follow similar land routes, with very different off-shore alignments, Alternative Three passes under Angels Gate.) The emergence of Alternative Four had most of the public commentators at the meeting worried—although others, more engaged earlier on, were cautiously supportive, including the Port and Environment Committee of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. Most outspoken at the meeting was local activist Lonna Calhoun, president of Community Outreach Promoting Emergency-Preparedness, who identified herself as an emergency management consultant currently working for Rancho Palos Verdes. “In that capacity, I’m very familiar with the landslide activity along our coastline and that’s my primary concern,” she said. She also called infrastructure improvements as being “really vital.”

“I’m 100 percent supportive of the project,” she said. “My concern is with the Alternative 4.” Calhoun went on to site several worrying passages in the project environmental impact report, such as the determination that it “could expose people or structures to a potential substantially adverse effect including the risk of loss, injury, or death” (Chapter 8, page 156) or that “Construction of the shaft at Royal Palms could result in unstable earth conditions in the vicinity of the shaft.” (page 158). However, each of these passages are followed by references to specific mitigation measures intended to reduce the risks. What’s more, Appendix 8-A, prepared by Fugro Consultants, is devoted to Alternative 4 slope stability in light of the recent landslide activity on Paseo Del Mar— although it was prepared in the midst of that activity. It recommended that “a more detailed slope stability evaluation be made as part of the final design of Alternative 4 should it be selected as the preferred alternative.” The problem facing residents is the lack of experience in evaluating such mitigation measures. More than a decade ago, this was a problem with analogous air quality mitigation measures as well, resolved through time with outside assistance and self-education. Yet, from the Sanitation Districts’ perspective, Alternative 4’s emergence as the preferred plan was as logical in the end as it was surprising earlier on— and given that all alternatives carry risks, Alternative 4’s risks appear to be the most manageable. “We started with the first three alternatives,” said Supervising Engineer Steven Highter, Project Manager for the Clearwater Project. “They seemed to be the most feasible at the time... As we learned the conditions of the existing outfalls, we realized that that, too [Alternative 4], would be a feasible alternative. “There was something else that helped shift the rankings—the constructability issues. “We did hire preliminary engineering consultants, experts in tunneling who did begin to raise concerns about the other three alternatives, particularly Alternative One, given the distance that we were going to have to tunnel, the distance under the ocean. “There’s a lot of risk that we’d be taking on. So definitely more than just a cost issue, it’s also a constructability and a risk issue.” Another risk issue involved the earthquake threat because Alternatives One and Two include a drill shaft at the TraPac Terminal that’s identified as being in a liquefaction zone—a point raised by Coastal President June Smith. “I think the earthquake possibility is just really the final blow,” Smith said, after discussing some earlier considerations, including the elimination of the Angels Gate Alternative (#3). The port doesn’t want to talk about liquefaction when it comes to Rancho LPG and other community hazards, Smith noted. But in this case, “We have an EIR; a very thorough EIR, done for a proposed tunnel under Terminal Island…that a government agency studied…extensively [and] says due to liquefaction possibilities, they cannot recommend. Then how can we continue to have LPG and everything else we’ve got sitting on these things, because isn’t liquefaction possible throughout this area? “I think this study is very helpful to us as citizens in our great efforts to remove hazardous material that can be harmful to communities because of their present location,” she concluded. Coastal’s Port and Environment Committee recommendation of Alternative 4 had two main qualifications. The first was that a detailed geotechnical study recommended by Fugro Consul-

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Race for D.A.—Danette Meyers: Occupy Long Beach Goes to Signal Hill

Long Beach--Occupy Long Beach rallied, March 19, in front of the Wells Fargo Bank on Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill in support of Rachel New and her family—two young daughters, disabled mother, a disabled aunt and brothers—who are being threatened with eviction from her home in Signal Hill despite trying for more than a year to negotiate a loan modification with her bank. New and her husband are now separated and he is unable to pay child support, so she is trying to maintain the household on only her income. She took a second job, and her brothers contribute what they can. This past year, she began to negotiate a mortgage modification. The loan was transferred to a number of banks, each one asking for the same documentation. The mortgage ended with Wells Fargo. Rachel called the bank almost daily. On the morning of Sept. 28, 2011, New was once more told the modification was “pending.” That afternoon she received notice that the modification was denied. The next day, the bank sold the property to itself for half of what New owed.

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San Pedro--On March 13, the San Pedro Alliance of Property Owners presented a parking survey to the Economic Policy Committee wide support for cutting meter rates in half. The survey was conducted within a two-week period from Feb. 14 to 27. The survey buttresses Councilman Joe Buscaino’s call to reduce meter rates last month as one step ahead of complete removal of metered parking in downtown San Pedro and Wilmington. The survey sample included 80 people that represented a cross-section of merchants of property owners, residents and employees of local businesses. Of the 80 that participated, 95 percent supported reducing the meter rate to $.50, while those that favored removal of the parking meters was 56 percent of survey participants. The Alliance noted that respondents expressed concern over the increased fines associated with parking violations and the Department of Transportation’s overly aggressive enforcement, believing that those two factors discouraged customers from selecting the downtown area for shopping. The Alliance noted that survey participants strongly favored enforced parking time limits if meters were removed.

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Supt. John Deasy Calls for Parcel Tax to Save LAUSD

Los Angeles—Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy is calling for a parcel tax that would cost property owners $298 per year for no more than five years to provide needed revenue to the district. On March 13, the Board of Education voted 6-1, with board member Marguerite LaMotte opposed, to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot. If approved, the tax would generate $255 million per year for the district for five years beginning in the 2013 school year. The measure will be put before voters living within the boundaries of the LAUSD. Support of two-thirds of the electorate is required for passage. Massive budget reductions from the state of California have contributed staff and program reductions by $2.3 billion since the 2008 school year, impacting almost 1 million kindergarten through adult students. For 2012 school year, the district is facing a $390.2 million (previously reported to be more than $557 million) deficit, which will necessitate More News Briefs/ to p. 17

Running on Smart Justice By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Editor’s Note: There are seven candidates running for the County’s district attorney’s office. Random Lengths News intends to interview all of the candidates before the June 5 primary. Danette Meyers was the first. After 26 years, Danette Meyers is one of the longest serving deputy district attorneys and one of the most highly decorated in the race. With the diversity of candidates in this year’s race, there’s a great chance that whoever is elected would be a first. In Meyers case, if elected, she would be the first woman and first African American to become Los Angeles County’s District Attorney. The first impression she made when she sat down with Random Lengths editorial staff was that of a fearless duty-bound servant of justice. “I believe there are three things in life that this country calls upon us to do if called: Serve in the military, to vote and serve on a jury,” said Meyers, about the process of jury service. “I think that those are three things that we as citizens must do in order to live in a free country as this.” When asked about conscientious objectors, she replied: “You have the right to object when you go and you serve.” Then, she noted that she has had a number of

jurors who answer the call of service and profess their objection. “They are honest about it,” she explained. “I have more respect for them than I do for the people who are not honest about it and they get up and they basically say, ‘Look, I think the system is faulty. I think the system only caters to the rich and famous. I think that minorities who come into the system get a raw deal.’ I’ve had

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Endorsements: West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club LGBT Democratic Club Beverly Hills Police Officer’s Association Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti Founding Head Deputy District Attorney of the Environmental Crimes Division Reverend Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, Former Head of the First A.M.E. Church Honors: Prosecutor of the Year, LA County Bar Association Prosecutor of the Century, City Bar Association Top 100 Lawyers of California, Daily Journal Highlights Re: Medical Marijuana “I believed that people that need medical marijuana for medical purposes ought to be able to have it, and I think that there ought to be licensed dispensaries that are regulated... “I do not believe in legalizing any drugs in the state or in the country for many, many reasons. I don’t believe that once you legalize drugs it would take the [drug] cartels out of it... I get the argument, but I’m not convinced that if you legalize it the harm will go away. In fact, I think if we legalize it, it may increase it [crime and related violence].”

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of the Downtown Community Plan’s opponents, who believed the plan would lead to gentrification and negatively impact low-income residents. The Long Beach Post quoted her as saying the opponents’ allegations were a case of “fear mongering.” “Those are the people she is supposed to be protecting,” he said. Kamer sees development as the key to pulling Long Beach out of the economic doldrums and another issue on which to hammer Lowenthal with. He jumped on a statement Lowenthal made in her 2010 State of the Second District address in which she said the city, “should never have engaged in” a role as “a retail recruiter.” “I disagree,” Kamer said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity. Certain businesses could benefit the city with lots of jobs and it wouldn’t take a lot of work. And, I don’t think it would as much risk to the city as (has) been stressed.” After reviewing Lowenthal’s address on YouTube, which is linked onto the council office’s website, it appears Kamer mistook Lowenthal’s comment to mean that retail recruiting should not be done when in fact she was explaining that retail recruiting was a job best suited for others. Right after her “retail recruiter” comment in her address, she took credit for urging the city manager to end the city’s retail recruiting efforts, “and put us in the position to sweeten or close the deal on retail development deals brought to us by brokers or the DLBA [Downtown Long Beach Association].” Nevertheless, Kamer believes that development in the city would help foster tourism, which in turn, would bring in more revenue. Kamer said he would look to extend the route of the free Passport buses to include Broadway, between Alamitos and Redondo boulevards, an

jurors say that over and over again.” Meyers was born and raised in Compton. Just when racial covenants were abolished, allowing her parents to buy a home there. “I watched how crime affected that city, Meyers explained. “When I was born there, it was one of the most beautiful cities in the country. I used to shop there growing up as a kid and I went to Catholic school. I used to go to Hildas in downtown Compton when there was a Bank of America and Securities Pacific Bank. And, I watched how the gangs and violence tore that place apart and businesses left. “When your revenue stream leaves, jobs

Grad student and volunteer coordinator, Mike Kamer, is challenging Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal for the District 2 city council seat.

area often called the “Gay Ghetto” for the strong gay community that resides there. “I want to stay here for the rest of my life. This is my home,” Kamer said, who has lived in Long Beach since August of 2008. “I grew up in Las Vegas and I just think Long Beach is so much more fun. The various neighborhoods and their proximity to each other really represent the whole ‘live, work, play” slogan that a lot of these newer types of development that are coming up and about try to embody.” And yet, Kamer, who lives near the bars on the 4th Street corridor, said he doesn’t feel safe walking late at night in his neighborhood, which he believes is sometimes ignored. He contrasts that sense with the comfort he feels when he walks in the downtown area of the city. “As much good as (Lowenthal has) done, there is a lot more to be accomplished,” he said. Despite the current legal hurdles, Kamer sees the regulation of medical marijuana as a revenue generator for the city. But any move in that direction will depend on how the California Supreme Court rules on its review of the Pack v. City of

Long Beach decision—a decision that held that some local regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries may be preempted by federal law. Aside from the potential economic benefits of medical marijuana, he’d said he would advocate for a provision in the ordinance prohibiting people convicted of a crime from working in such establishments. He’s also put forth the idea of residents paying small fees for private security to patrol neighborhoods “I think it is a great idea,” Kamer said. “I’d have no problem paying that. I’d feel a lot better knowing that once maybe twice an hour, some dude in a little electric car would drive by, shine his light down the alley where I live and if he saw somebody urinating, sleeping or huddling around, would say something. Now, other residents might disagree with that, but I think it is a conversation that could be had.” Kamer said he is aware of his lack of experience in politics, but he maintains that that might be an advantage in his case. “I don’t want some career politician who is looking to start in city council and then make their way up to mayor and then make their way up to Congress or Senate,” he said. “That is not the kind of person that I want representing me at least at the local level; I want teachers and doctors and lawyers and people who plan to stay with that to return to their professions not to build careers but to really serve their community.” His experience as an events promoter and a volunteer coordinator for both Human Options, a domestic violence prevention agency based in Irvine, and YMCA of Orange, have provided him with skills to get out messages and organize people. “Whether you are trying to get people to go see a DJ or build a community garden, it’s a lot of the same tactics,” Kamer said. “So, I got to use these skills that I developed for one thing and put them toward community development.”

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leave, people leave. And what you have left is horrible horrible atmosphere and a horrible town and that’s what Compton became. So my approach as D.A. is to fight violent crime. I want to make sure that the small business person can stay in business and that he doesn’t have an insurance bill that keeps him out of business and people that hurt other people go to jail.” If there are any weaknesses in her candidacy, it would be in area of environmental justice, where she has little case experience. But even here, she envisions modeling the District Attorney’s Office in the mold of former District Attorney Gil Garcetti—who has endorsed her—under whose tenure environmental crimes were vigorously prosecuted by the Environmental Crimes Unit. That unit was ultimately closed down when District Attorney Steve Cooley took office in 2003, leaving only one attorney to cover all environmental crimes in Los Angeles County. “I still have roots in Compton and I go back

and forth because my mom lives there,” she said. [Places like that] and the surrounding areas like Carson, Wilmington, and the Pike have always been subject to folks who commit toxic dumping, who put up facilities that are environmentally unsafe for folks, legislators don’t respond to the outcries by the public. “You’re not going to see a lot of things that go up in those neighborhoods in places like Beverly Hills, San Marino and the like. So I have to tell you I would be a very different D.A. than what Steve Cooley has been and very different than what Carmen Trutanich has been.”

Realignment and the Justice System

Meyers has been critical of the handling of Assembly Bill 109, also known as “Realignment,” which transfers authority of most nonviolent inmates to county control as well as the administration of the death penalty. “I’ve told people the AB 109 needs to be retweaked because I don’t think the legislature or Lee Baca realized they didn’t have enough brain

power up there to realize they didn’t know what they were doing at the time they activated AB 109,” Meyers explained. Meyers says that she understands how huge a problem prison overcrowding is. “I think you just have to be smart about how you mete out justice,” she said. “ One, you’ve got to decide who’s going to take up a bed in the department of corrections. It should be the most violent criminal. “You have a lot of people who are in there for drug offenses, or (that) are in there and addicted on cocaine or methamphetamines. Those folks you need to take out of that system and devise some rehabilitation programs for those people. And, I really believe that the cost of incarcerating them that money you would save by not incarcerating them could be poured into rehabilitation programs and rehabilitation services. You can incarcerate them for five years and they will come out with the same problems if not bigger problems. “The other thing,” she noted, “is the death

penalty.” “I think we have over 700 people on death row. I’ve tried six death penalty cases with four of those ending up on death row. In my lifetime none of them will be executed,” she said. “We have spent $14 billion maintaining a system that is useless.” She believes the death penalty could be reformed in one of two ways: either abolish the death penalty, which she doesn’t think will ever happen, or limit the number of death qualifying crimes, a tactic she prefers. “We currently have 22 death qualifying crimes. We don’t need 22 death qualifying crimes. I think you should get five of the worse.” “All the other stuff we got, I think people would be satisfied with life in prison without possibility of parole. Even the most conservative Republican would go along with that because they see now how much it is costing to continue a system that’s really not resulting in anything,” Meyers explained.

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As a people, we Americans seem perpetually obsessed with optimism—the practice of looking forward and not back. We do this instinctively as an expression of a particular kind of exceptionalism that reinforces our own belief that we are unique and not like so many other nations or peoples. This optimism was expressed in the campaign and election of America’s first black president, Barrack Obama, and his refusal to look back or to prosecute the crimes of his predecessor George W. Bush and the corruptions of the War in Iraq. This same kind of “forward-only” vision is what drove our national response to both the economic collapse and the concurrent “crisis in education.” Lately, I have been reading Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges’ bestseller Empire of Illusion—the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, in which he writes the following observation: “...the study of the classics, because it is not deemed practical or useful in the digitalized world, leaves such vital lessons unexamined. Tacitus’ account of the economic meltdown during the reign of Tiberius [the Roman emperor from 14-37A.D.]— “a meltdown that included widespread bankruptcies, a collapse of the real estate market and financial ruin. It is a reminder that we are not unique to history or human behavior. The meltdown during Tiberius’ reign was finally halted by massive government spending and intervention that included interestfree loans to citizens.” With the exception of the “interest free loans,” does any of this sound vaguely familiar? Isn’t it odd that the causes and the cure for such monetary malfunctions––which have been repeated over the centuries since 33-34 A.D.––aren’t even brought up by our brightest Chicago School of Economics graduates? The Romans, too, must have suffered from the delusion of exceptional optimism. My point here is that as humans we have not evolved much in the past 2,000 years and that by failing to utilize a more critical analysis of our history, we are doomed to repeat it. The economic collapse of our financial system in 2008 created a cascading series of deficits that affects everything from the national budget to the state house, and from city hall to the schoolhouse. We see the value of everything drop, except for the price of gasoline and the stock prices of certain favored corporations. This subservience to debt and deficit, and the continuous cry from the conservative right wing for balanced budgets is probably more of a threat to our democracy

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and our national security than all the Al Qaeda attacks ever imagined. This subservience challenges our core values of liberty, justice and equality for all, especially in the areas of education and our justice system. By de-funding education, we will continue spiraling down this road of ignorance of our own history. Having access to a laptop computer doesn’t mean our children or our leaders will know what critical questions to ask or that the information provided— or controlled via the Internet—will be uncensored by governments here and abroad. Think of China or Wikileaks in this aspect. This delusion of always looking forward also avoids the uncomfortable problem of accepting responsibility for their actions or deconstructing our problems from a structural perspective. Evading responsibility is something conservatives use to pound individuals caught in the cross hairs of the justice system of doing, but often refuse to do collectively themselves. Take for instance the Los Angeles City budget. The current year was balanced with a hiring freeze and the elimination of 4,900 jobs since 2007. Next year’s fiscal challenge is a $220 million deficit, and the only solutions city hall can think of is either, (A.) reducing more services or (B.) raising taxes. Both options would seem untenable for getting the city out of its current crisis, which was explained by the city’s administrative Officer, Miguel Santana at a recent community meeting: It’s only going to get worse as time goes on because this deficit is structural—meaning that it is going to persist for years to come. What seems to be the problem is the inability of our experts and politicians to think outside of the confines of their own a-historical perspectives. The city has a total budget, including all departments, of $20.64 billion. This budget is equal to the size of some small states or nations. It also has $10.7 billion invested in just one of its pension funds and real estate holdings of some unknown value and quantities. Yes, Mr. Santana told me personally the other night that the city doesn’t even have a list of all the properties that it owns, what is unused or even what values they hold. Can you imagine this? Here are three solutions for getting Los Angeles out of its tax or cut conundrum: 1. Transfer more revenues out of the Dept of Water and Power and into the general fund. (It’s the only proprietary department that can do so) or borrow from the other proprietary departments of the Airport or Harbor and pay them back over time. 2. Invest a portion of the city’s pension funds Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen james@randomlengthsnews.com Assoc. Publisher/Production Coordinator Suzanne Matsumiya info@graphictouchdesigns.com

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into bonds to rebuild city infrastructure like sewers, sidewalks and streets, thereby avoiding raising taxes; 3. Sell off or lease excess real estate held by various departments, and use the proceeds to fill the general fund and pay back either loans or bonds. Here’s another one for good measure, the city council act on the multiple audits that Controller Wendy Greuel has executed within the past

Occupy Wall Street Spring Initiative Begins

On March 17, the Occupy Wall Street Movement officially emerged with its spring initiative on the 6-month anniversary of its birth in Zuccotti Park, this past Sept. 17. The day began with a parent-and-child chalkart event in Zuccotti Park, OWS’s headquarters for its first several months, before violent police evictions, beginning in November. At 11 a.m., Occupiers began a march through the financial district, with numbers significantly larger than the couple of hundred protesters who’ve shown up at similar marches during the bleakest months of winter. When Occupiers returned to Zuccotti Park, there were repeated standoffs with the police, resulting in a half dozen arrests in the early afternoon, before a more familiar mood set in. A general assembly was conducted and a drum circle was convened, then their numbers swelled with the arrival of a delegation from the Left Forum, a national radical conference being held at nearby Pace University. The delegation included filmmaker Michael Moore, who spoke to reporters.

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three years that reportedly would save the city a total of $125 million. Cutting services and raising taxes in the midst of a recession is the worst of all solutions when our city, our state and our nation have the financial resources and assets to spend their way out of a down economic cycle. Historically, this is the only tried and proven way forward. It’s not done by ignoring the past and thinking that this recession is uniquely our own!

“I think it’s great that this movement continues to grow,” said Moore to Reuters and other news outlets. “I think the goals are clear. People are concerned that they have no control over their own democracy. They have no control over their own lives. “This is the beginning. This park is sacred ground for millions across the country.” Occupiers intended to spend the night in the park—which legally must be kept open 24 hours a day—but they were violently expelled by a massive police presence just before midnight, with scores of arrests (total for the day was at least 73). One arrestee, Cecily McMillan, suffered a seizure while handcuffed. Witnesses said it took more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, with no paramedics on the scene to ensure her safety. (She could have cracked her skull and died as a result of her convulsions, while police did nothing to protect her.) After the eviction, hundreds of Occupiers began an impromptu march, which police followed, make several more scattered arrests. One arrestee, @ShawnCarrie tweeted: “Police broke my left thumb and possibly my jaw. My right ear is bleeding and there’s a bootprint on my face.” continued on following page

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RANDOMLetters Setting the Record Straight on Port Security Funding Vote

A letter to the editor in this paper recently made the assertion that I voted to decrease homeland security funding for the Port of Los Angeles. This is not true. The amendment did not “redistribute critical homeland security funds from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.” Instead, it created a new grant program for cities that once received and were no longer eligible for Urban Area Security

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Stop the MTA cutting your potential Jobs & Survival (Life)Line! The Metropolitan Transportation Authority intends to destroy the continuity of the Harbor Subdivision to use a piece of if it for the Crenshaw light rail line, instead

of going aerial & saving both rail liners. The Harbor Sub’s track on the right-of-way can be used immediately—RIGHT NOW—by already existing MetroLink commuter trains to give you potential 1 seat ride direct access to employment opportunities in a time of high gasoline prices and shaky world separation. The vast, truly awesome geographic scope of that track though Inglewood, Hyde Park and along Slauson Avenue… Ranges from the battleship U.S.S. Iowa in San Pedro, & R.M.S. Queen Mary on Queensway Bay in the south… to the great arc of the South Bay & LAX… It then extends from Inglewood to Vernon, directly joins the

great & fast Pacific Surfliner Route at Redondo Junction, that could be termed “Pacific FlightLiner,” potentially linking LAX to distant John Wayne Airport—deep in the Heart of Transit Darkness—Orange County, via the Angel Stadium complex & Santa Ana. This endangered route can ease job search & employment opportunities all the way to Oceanside! Don’t let comfortable, highlypaid company MTA staffers “manage-“ and “play you-” to death as a basic part of their jobs, while dutifully following orders to cut your vital existing transportation artery, smiling while they are doing it… and leave the job opportunities you need NOW to simply “bleed out!” Can you wait to 2018 A.D.

for a sawed-off substitute called “Crenshaw light rail,” which needlessly destroys the thru route of the Harbor Sub that’s available now? Can you wait, in these desperate times, to find employment—to eat—to survive? Can you wait for promises of the year 2018 by and by? Demand commuter services on his unrivalled local & regional direct access Jobs Line, which MTA CAN give you right now; Tell the MTA: “I’LL GVE YOU MY TRACK ALONG SLAUSON AVENUE WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!” James Henry Washington Jr. Long Beach

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Author Jeff Sharlett (The Family, Sweet Heaven When I Die) who has been closely following the Occupy Movement since its inception, tweeted, “At what point can we call this a police riot? Broken bones, broken windows, blood on the streets.” The march ended around 2:30 a.m. in Union Square, which has now become OWS’s new base of operations. Protests were held the next day, Sunday, in solidarity with all those arrested in Occupy demonstrations on Saturday. In a statement, the following Monday, five members of the New York City Council decried the New York Police Department’s behavior. “It is a sad reality that the events of March 17 come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the department’s relationship to Occupy Wall Street’s Constitutionally-protected activities,” the statement read. “Some of us personally witnessed police officers beating demonstrators without cause, and photographic and video evidence points to further unprovoked assaults by NYPD officers, both in Zuccotti Park and in the march which followed.”

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Noted scholar, author, activist Frances Fox Piven (Why Americans Don’t Vote, Poor People’s Movements, Breaking the Social Contract) made a guest appearance on Democracy Now!, March 19, and took time to analyze the Occupy Movement. “In the end, it may turn

out that evicting the occupations was the precipitant of expanding the movement, because the movement’s agenda has broadened and they’re now experimenting with reoccupying foreclosed homes, for example, with ways of rallying to the defense of workers who are locked out or on strike,” she said. “And, with the spring, I think there’s going to be a lot of protest in the universities and the colleges... Everywhere I look, I hear about Occupy East Harlem, Occupy the South Bronx. I think Occupy has spread out. And this kind of mobilization, this kind of building outrage, confronts a financial steering mechanism in the American economy, which is very vulnerable... “Not only in the 1960s and in the Great Depression, but from the beginning of the American Republic, it has been these periodic risings of ordinary people that have humanized American society... “Without these movements, what happens is that the big corporations of America really flood, overflow democratic processes with propaganda and with their lobbying and with their campaign contributions. Democracy doesn’t work in the absence of protest movements. Protest movements are what give us that part of democracy that we have achieved. And I’m absolutely convinced that Occupy is the beginning of another massive protest movement. Protest movements have a long life—10, 15 years—and they are what we have to rely on to take our country back.”

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The Clearwater Program is a comprehensive planning effort undertaken by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles Count. Its purpose is develop a long-range master facilities plan for the Joint Outfall System, a regional waste water management system that serves 4.8 million people in 73 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County. The overall goal of the Clearwater Program is to identify a plan that protects public health and meets the needs of outfall system through the year 2050 in a cost effective and environmentally sound manner. The Clearwater Program master facilities plan recommends: The existing Joint Water Pollution Control Plant ocean discharge system be modified to accommodate projected flows and allow for the dewatering, inspection and any needed repairs or rehabilitation of the two existing effluent tunnels. A new tunnel would be built to convey effluent from the JWPCP to the existing ocean outfalls. The proposed tunneling would begin Harbor Regional Park on Figueroa Street, through North Gaffey Street and Capitol Drive, then further south under Western Avenue to the Royal Palms shaft site for a total distance of 6.9 miles. Visit www.clearwaterprogram.org for further details about the draft Environmental Impact Report. Pursuant to Section 21091 of the Public Resources Code, the draft EIR for the Clearwater Program Masters Facilities Plan will be available for public review during an extended 60day review period and close in April 10. Comments on the draft EIR should be sent to: Steven W. Highter Supervising Engineer, Planning Section Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601

Initiative (UASI) funding, which is not the major source of security funding for ports. The Port of Los Angeles is, however, eligible for funding under the UASI program, and thus the program mentioned did not impact homeland security funding for Los Angeles or the ports. In fact, I worked with my predecessor, Rep. Jane Harman, to ensure UASI grants were awarded based on threat, vulnerability and consequence, which increased the funding to the Los Angeles region. Port security has been one of my top priorities since I was on the Los Angeles City Council where I chaired the Council’s Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee, which oversaw the Port. Just as it did after the devastating events of September 11, the challenge of securing our ports continues to keep me up at night. As a newly elected Member of Congress, I founded the

bi-partisan PORTS Caucus to bring attention to this issue. At the same markup referenced in the letter, my amendment to fund port security grants passed the Committee. I have also advocated for increased port security grant funding, introduced legislation to strengthen port security, and questioned Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the Administration’s efforts to protect our ports. In Congress, I will continue to make port security one of my highest priorities. Congresswoman Janice Hahn San Pedro

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woman and a man gaze into each other eyes as they gracefully surrender to the spirited passion of the flamenco guitar, while a semicircle of their troup surrounds them. The hand claps, the snapping of castanets and the cry “olé!” resonates in the air. As the dance begins, the floor boards reverberate with sound of a staccato foot beats marking the time. Headlining the 8 p.m. Saturday event is internationally acclaimed flamenco guitarist Vincente Amigo, whose fourth album, City of Ideas, was the winner of the Latin Grammy’s for Best Flamenco Album. He is flying in from Spain to do this show. His performance is one of the more highly anticipated concert events of the year. At 7 p.m. March 25, the Teatro Flamenco’s Carola Zertuche, a world renowned star from Mexico and director of this San Francisco-based Dance Company, will be performing. Acclaimed flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte and Nino De Los Reyes will be performing on March 24. Del Monte is currently teaching Flamenco and Classical music at the University of Southern California. He studied these disciplines in Israel, England and Spain and is considered one of the leading guitarists of his generation. “I was born in Israel, but spent 10 years of my life as a child growing up in Spain,” explained Del Monte about what drew him to the guitar and the flamenco style. “My father was my first teacher. I lived in Granada and was raised by a gypsy family there.” Del Monte lived in cave apartments carved out of the mountainsides above the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. There he learned to live the lifestyle of a gypsy in what is considered the Mecca for Flamenco. Though Del Monte started learning flamenco at a very young age, he counts Pepe Habichuela as one of his main mentors. Del Monte described living off a mile-long path called Camino Del Monte with his parents amongst the gypsy community.

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olorful tajine chimneys speak of Morocco, while classic Nicoise salad makes delicious work of rare Ahi tuna with a French accent. All the flavors, scents and spices surrounding the Mediterranean Sea come together at Boubouffe. Spare, modern and European feeling, the café is bathed with light and sea breezes from the ocean, just one block away. Comfortable banquettes line the back wall, where hand blown art glass objects lend interest and intense color. Adequate heating and sheltering curtains make the outdoor tables pleasant even in cool weather. Boubouffe Grille’s most wonderful surprise is the off-street parking available next to the restaurant, unusual in busy Belmont Shore. Southern California shares the splendid Mediterranean climate and its abundant yield from sea and field. The peninsula that is home to the city of Beirut bears a resemblance to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, with a similar orientation to the ocean. Boubouffe is the affectionate name for a favorite local neighborhood café, known for great food and drink as well as for greeting friends. Boubouffe Grill has recreated the ambiance of the beloved original, while serving a diverse and interesting menu. Boubouffe shines in a crowded field of Mediterranean offerings on 2nd Street. Serving the best coffee since Nosh Café in San Pedro closed, Boubouffe Grille uses only Brazilian coffee processed and packed in Italy for quality control and consistency. Attention to detail is meticulous; espresso sports lovely “crema”, latte swirls gracefully and tastes like coffee velvet. Breakfast around the Mediterranean varies from region to region, and Boubouffe’s morning repast reflects the differences while choosing the most attractive options. Apple wood smoked bacon is served with eggs as you like them, grilled Portobello mushrooms and roasted tomatoes, along with hash browned potatoes, for a terrific plate with za’atar seasoned pita bread. Though conventional by English or American standards, the quality and execution of these simple dishes

make them a standout choice. Boubouffe breakfast platter is probably more typical of the area, with fried eggs, cracked olives, sliced fresh fruit, grilled za’atar spiced pita, feta cheese and Mediterranean salsa, a mild blend of chopped onion, tomato, garlic, peppers, herbs and lemon juice. Poached salmon with harissa aioli (a tangy sauce with dried chilies, garlic, herbs and olive oil) and grilled vegetables may seem alien on a breakfast board, but this dish is a delightful way to greet the day. Lemon crepes are huge European pancakes, thin and delicate with slightly sweet lemon sauce and fresh blueberries, crowned with thick, rich, hand-whipped cream. Even steel cut oatmeal gets special treatment, cooked with apricots, cranberries and lemon zest and served with honey. Mezze are small plates of every description, meant to be eaten as tapas or appetizers, or combined to make a tasty meal of lots of different things. Calamari fried crispy are irresistible, though calamari sautéed with white wine, lemon Continued on page 13.


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and capers give squid new identity. Deep fried frog legs are rarely seen today, though the tender gams are gorgeous garnished with garlic, cilantro and lemon juice. Fried cauliflower could be a new vegetable entirely, accented with garlicky green parsley and cilantro sauce. Stuffed North African peppers put poppers to shame, subtly hot but full of flavor, stuffed with feta cheese and sauced with balsamic reduction, a whole new take on bar snacks. Falafels are standard mezzo, but these crunchy balls are anything but standard, with moist centers, served with yogurt sauce. Cheese roll is a first cousin to Greek tiropita, dense white cheese wrapped in filo dough and baked until warm, just starting to melt. Fried kibbeh are also popular appetizers or snacks, made from shells of cracked wheat filled with seasoned ground meat and pine nuts. Salads are termed salad entrees, as each is large enough for a whole meal, and with the possible addition of grilled meat or fish, satisfying and nourishing. Halloumi cheese and watermelon served with arugula greens is fascinating, refreshing, interesting and fun to eat all at the same time. Cool watermelon wedges temper slightly salty grilled halloumi cheese, dressed with honey and fig dressing, atop arugula greens for spectacular contrast of flavor and texture. Red potato is the basis for a flavorful salad of roasted red peppers and arugula, dressed with whole grain mustard dressing. Couscous mosaic salad features artichokes, tomatoes, corn, cucumber, cranberries, radishes,

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red onions, feta cheese and couscous tossed with tart kumquat dressing. Roasted beets star in a salad with creamy goat cheese, radishes, arugula, currants and tangerines with fig vinaigrette. Samieh, the sous chef, was born in Syria, and takes great pride in seasoning and spicing each dish. Lamb burger is made with ground lamb seasoned with a secret recipe including sumac, allspice, black pepper, garlic and a touch of honey, with other spices. Pita bread grilled with za’atar seasoning incorporates sesame seeds and olive oil in its mix. Lamb tajine is cooked in the traditional chimney shaped pot with couscous, turnips and black figs. Algerian chicken tajine uses green olives, preserved lemon, Moroccan peppers and steamed couscous. Steak “au poivre” is a French bistro classic, filet mignon coated with cracked peppercorns and served with sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Vegetarians will be thrilled with a grilled vegetable platter served with couscous and Mediterranean pesto. Samieh’s

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LA Harbor International Film Festival is Back The Los Angeles Harbor International Film Festival will take place, May 3 through 6, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The event is a non-competitive, non-juried festival, celebrating movies with classics debut film and video, which include filmmaker participation Q-and-A sessions, lectures, book signings, and a Hollywood Nostalgia Tribute Gala reception and screening. The festival showcases film and video that reflects the harbor and all that it embraces –shipping and commerce, fishing, sailing, water sports, sea life and the area’s rich ethnic and cultural influences – to create a cinematic bridge between the people of the region and the people of the world. White Point Elementary school signed on this week for Read the Book, See the Movie. The film festival has attracted a record number of schools to participate in teh Read the Book, Se the Movie program with White Point Elementary School. This year’s featured book is Jules Verne classic novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Admission is $10 per program, with $2 discount for seniors and students. Details: www.laharborfilmfest.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

March 23

Swing San Pedro Come to Downtown San Pedro’s magical Grand Annex, starting at 7 p.m. March 23, for a swinging night of dance fun featuring the renowned music of the Swing of Things playing your favorite dance music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The evening kicks off with a one hour dance lesson at 7 p.m. with professional dance instructor Richard Sharrard, followed by three sets with The Swing Of Things. There’s free parking and dressing up is always welcome. Admission is $17 pre-pay, $20 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks and sandwiches will be available. Details: (310) 833-4813 Venue: The Grand Annex DW3 DW3 performs, starting at 7 p.m. March 23, with Special Guest Paul Brown at Levels. Venue: Levels at 7th Street Chophouse Location: 465 W. 7th St., San Pedro Flamenco Participate in an intermediate or advanced flamenco workshop with Nino de los Reyes, from 7 to 9 p.m. March 23, at Alvas’ Showroom. Cost starts at $40. Venue: Alvas’ Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Elvis Cortez Reggae artist, Elvis Cortez will be performing select cuts from his latest CD, starting at 10 p.m. March 23, at San Pedro Brewing Co. Cover is $3. Details: www.sanbrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Peter and The Test Tube Babies Peter and The Test Tube Babies perform, at midnight March 23, at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Details: (562) 434-8292 Venue: Alex’s Bar Location: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

March 24

Awol Rock band Awol, will begin performing at 10 p.m. March 24, at San Pedro Brewing Co. The cover charge is $3 Details: www.sanbrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Choyceband/Dem Choyceband/Dem perform, starting at 9 p.m. March 24, at Boomers in Long Beach. Details: (562) 421-9847 Venue: Boomers Location: 5456 E. Del Amo Blvd., Long Beach

March 25

Daniel Glass Daniel Glass, one of today’s foremost authorities on classic American drumming, performs on March 25, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. He has been voted one of the top five rhythm and blues drummers for two years running by readers of Modern Drummer and DRUM magazine, and his appearances as an educator include the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival. Details: (800) 403-3447; www. alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

March 27

The Red Paintings The Red Paintings perform, starting at 8 p.m. March 27, at The Prospector in Long Beach. Details: (562) 438-3839 Venue: The Prospector Location: 2400 E. 7th St., Long Beach

March 30

Adam Bones Adam Bones performs, at 8 p.m. March 30, at Max’s Steiner in Long Beach. Venue: Max’s Steiner Location: 2500 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach B Jammin B Jammin performs, starting at 9 p.m. March 30, at DiPiazza’s in Long Beach. Details: (562) 498-2461 Venue: diPiazza’s Location: 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach Entertainment Calendar to page 16.

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speare by the Sea is one of only five companies that charge nothing for what they provide. In the 14 years that Shakespeare by the Sea has been around, they have produced in all 41 plays, more than 500 performances all over Southern California, and have raised roughly $3 million for those performances. This year they will be presenting Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet in parks from Beverly Hills to Torrance to Orange County, in 19 parks throughout the map (and there may be more-- stay tuned.) Their budget will be $270,000, some of it raised by sales at each venue, much more raised by grants, gifts and donations. And, as Shakespeare says, “...there’s the rub.” For while everyone is glad to have the festival in their parks, as cash-strapped cities have to make cuts, the ongoing Shakespeare by the Sea festival is a convenient place to start. “Cities like Torrance that used to pay us for performances can’t pay any more,” Coffi explained. “But I have booked performances there anyway. We have important supporters in Torrance and I didn’t want to abandon them just because the city couldn’t afford to give us any money this year.” Shakespeare by the Sea is free for everyone who comes to see it, in Beverly Hills or Torrance or Pasadena. But that doesn’t mean that the people who are performing, the persons who design the portable sets, the production crew, the actors and stagehands, are working for free. “I’m adamant about paying everyone for their work,” Coffi said. “Lots of people say ‘Why don’t you short-change your people?’ and that just goes against the grain. I really understand their importance and the value of the work they do for us.” Coffi has to struggle every year to keep producing these shows. Even at Point Fermin, where the free Shakespeare originated and where it has become a big hit, there can be problems. “At year four, the city wanted $30,000 to rent their facilities,” Coffi said. “We were able to negotiate that down. Now we just pay for the electricity we use. But every year there are new charges and different rules.

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15th annual miracle will take place at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro this summer. Putting together Shakespeare by the Sea can be considered a miracle because of the amount of work it takes to produce. For four weeks you will be able to drive to San Pedro’s signature park, sit on a bench in the starlight, spend no money and hear one of Shakespeare’s classic plays — for free. And, like all miracles, it requires a miracle worker: actually a lot of miracle workers, from the vendor’s selling hot coffee, sweat-shirts and blankets (we didn’t say you couldn’t spend money – you don’t have to, but you can) to the actors, directors, stage-hands – you get the idea. But there is one big miracle worker at the top of this miracle-working conglomerate, one go-to person who handles much of the magic that makes it all seem so easy. Her name is Lisa Coffi, producing artistic director for Shakespeare by the Sea. Elegant and thin, calm and always cheerful, she has nonetheless the hidden fire that makes the annual festival possible. She lives in Sacramento with her very understanding husband Curt Coffi, but spends a lot of time locally. “I can’t imagine anyone else putting up with my North Coast-South Coast schedule,” Coffi said in a recent phone conversation. More than 14 years ago Coffi, then just a novice at play production, fresh out of college and looking for a project, proposed doing Shakespeare at the band-shell in Point Fermin Park. She wanted to charge a modest fee for the plays, but the City of Los Angeles wanted her to do them for free, alongside the summer music festival they were planning. She raised $12,000 in donations for that season and has never looked back. Coffi is just back from the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America conference that took place this year in Orlando. There are more than 150 members in that group, presenting Shakespeare all over the country, from well-known festivals in Oregon and Utah to much smaller operations in places like West Virginia and Montana. Shake-

“I haven’t heard from Target yet about funding. It’s a $25,000 dollar chunk that sponsors the bags we sell. I haven’t heard from the Port of Los Angeles, either. They used to give us $10,000 every year but now it is $2,500. “People think that because we have been successful in the past we will continue to be successful. One sponsor decided we didn’t need a $2,500 grant because it was too small and could be used by someone else. That was a lot of money to us.” Coffi has already raised some $87,000 for Shakespeare by the Sea this year, but that leaves nearly two-thirds of the budget still to be raised. “I have sent out the letters but haven’t heard back from many supporters so far,” Coffi said. “Now I am going to have to start calling them.” Shakespeare by the Sea’s sister company, Little Fish Theatre, on Centre Street in San Pedro, is doing 13 productions this year and has proven itself a success. With regular shows Friday through Sunday and a second series of plays on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the company sells more than 7,000 tickets a year and is healthy and very busy. “We have lots of people who want to act and people who want to produce, so its always busy.” Coffi said. “We were originally just doing weekends but now for three years we are doing Wednesday through Thursday evening productions as well. “We have had people call us about using our building for other things, but we have a full-time production company there now, with rehearsals, meetings about sound and lights and sets designs and other matters. It is a little crazy when were are doing two productions the same week, but it is very successful.” Coffi was in town this week after a week in Florida, looking at sites for productions, making calls and holding meetings. “I try to do as much as I can when I’m here,” she explained, “working overtime for these companies. Then when I go home to Sacramento I can take time out for going to wineries and having a relaxed life.” Shakespeare by the Sea begins its series of production in San Pedro June 7. Details: www.shakespearebythesea.org.

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March 30

Jay Edwards Band Jay Edwards Band, a versatile group made up of modern and classic rock ’n’ roll with a sultry blues edge, performs at 9 p.m. March 30, at Godmothers Saloon. There’s no cover. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon. com Venue: Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Tres Hombres Rock bands Tres Hombres and State of Grace will be performing at 10 p.m. March 30, at San Pedro Brewing Co. The cover charge is $3. Details: www.sanbrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Flamenco

“It is from these caves that gypsies live, along this path, in these caves is where the music and dance is performed,” Del Monte explained. “The family I lived with, the father was a cave maker. It is a very delicate operation to make a cave you can’t just blow a hole in it to make one or the whole thing would collapse. These are not the caves the Taliban live in. These are very domesticated homes, rustic but very comfortable to live in.”

April 5

Rascal Flatts Country supergroup Rascal Flatts brings a high-energy fan experience to movie theaters nationwide with Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event April 5 at 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). NCM Fathom, Big Machine, and AEG Network Live present this in-theater concert and all-access event that will feature exclusive concert performance footage of the group’s biggest hits, along with new music from their upcoming album entitled Changed. Additionally, fans will get a peek backstage for rare interviews with band members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus. The event will also include a special Q and A session with the band, featuring questions submitted in advance by their fans via social media networks. Tickets for Rascal Flatts-CHANGED: One Night Exclusive Theater Event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www. FathomEvents.com. Venue: Cinemark 14 Locatio: 99 S Pine Ave., Long Beach

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Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute To Literary Activists Experience a living tribute to Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Ntzake Shange, Maya Angelou and many more through the performance of Teacher of the Year, Florence Avognon as she gives tribute to unsung heroes of literature in a one woman play. Details: http://tinyurl.com/MakinUsWhole Venue: The Imagined Life Theater Location: 5615 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles

DelMonte described his childhood as being carefree and musicians playing wherever he looked. “You could go to someone who is playing a hot lick, and ask them to show it to you they would say, ‘Sure!’” Del Monte added. “They were very generous with me in sharing their knowledge.” Teacher and choreographer Rina Orellana describes the flamenco scene as being as spread out as the geography of Los Angeles. “It is all the way from Santa Barbara down to Orange County when say LA flamenco scene,” Orellana said. “Then there are the working dancers, and then those who just teach. There are also those who do a little bit of both.” Indeed, the flamenco community can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Orellana suggested online searches of restaurants that offer such live performances. “The Fountain Theater in Hollywood has been producing these shows. Now they are at the Barnsdall Art Park; we have the Sevilla and Alegria Cocina Latina, in downtown Long Beach on Pine. The most famous spot in Los Angeles is El Cid on Sunset Boulevard,” she explained. Both Del Monte and Orellana sung high praises for Mitch Chang, producer and curator of The Los Angeles International

Spring Concert Bring your children, family, friends and neighbors and join the free Spring Concert & Kids’ Afternoon Out, featuring the musical talents of our special guest musician, Carrie Higgins, with Brian Asher and Graham Haack accompanying, from 3 to 5 p.m. March 25, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in San Pedro. Details: (310) 831-2361 Venue: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Location: 1648 W. 9th St., San Pedro

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The Love List Leon and Bill celebrate a 50th birthday by filling out a gypsy matchmaker’s wish list for the perfect woman in The Love List, playing March 25 through April 7, at Little Fish Theatre in Long Beach. When that longed-for lady walks through the door, both of their lives are turned upside down and they quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. Talk to the production staff and actors during Talk Back, March 25.General admission is $25, seniors and students pay $23. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro

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All That Is: New Works by Hiroko Momii In this selection of new works in oil on canvas, Momii paints delicately layered abstract works where cell-like structures unite and separate as though woven within the depths of pictorial space. The exhibit will continue to be on display until May 20, by appointment only from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be an artist reception on April 5 and May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Details: (310) 514-1238 Venue: Lauren Kilgore’s Studio Gallery 339 Location: 339 W. 7th St., San Pedro Senior Capstone Art Exhibition Series Marymount College presents the Senior Capstone Art Exhibition Series featuring Marymount seniors from the arts and media division who will exhibit a weeklong one-person art show accompanied by an artist talk, at 7 p.m. Thursdays through April 26, at the Arcade Gallery. The exhibit is free. Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu Venue: The Arcade Gallery Location: 479 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Theater/Film The Verdict Nu Vision Productions presents The Verdict, starting at 7:30 p.m. March 24, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Details: (310) 308-3149 Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Flamenco Festival. Chang describes his work as being both a labor of love and an expression of his love for his city. “The Los Angeles Flamenco Festival is basically a manifestation of the things I love about the art form, how I love living here in LA and the kind of things I’d like to see myself as an audience member,” Chang explained. “It’s really sort of a celebration, if you will.” He said he wanted to put something together that showcased not only top international talent but local and U.S. artists as well — most of whom have been friends of his for the past 10 or more years. “I need to feel a connection to what I present and I also feel it’s important to highlight the local LA flamenco scene and all the flamencos working so hard at making a living teaching and performing everyday.” I’m looking forward to a lot of people “discovering” Nino in this production. Nino will be teaching four styles of dancing in two days of workshops this March 23 and 26. The Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival returns to the South Bay, on the weekend of March 24. The two night extravaganza of music and dance is slated to bring in a host of talent. Details: www.LAFlamencoFestival.com Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Location: 1525 Aviation Blvd., Redondo Beach

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Time Out of Mind at LAHC’s Fine Arts Gallery Ray Carofano’s nature images have been variously described as transcendent, mystical, emotionally resonant, hauntingly beautiful – the combination of superb craftsmanship and artistic intuition. All true. The images comprising Time Out of Mind adhere to the edict “Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” These new works display a compositional and spatial dynamic reminiscent of classical Chinese landscape painting executed in ink on silk with soft, rubbed brushwork, striving to reveal nature’s inner spirit over outward appearance. Curated by Ron Linden and funded in part by generous support from Linda Lee Bukowski, Time Out of Mind runs through May 4. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and by appointment. Details: (310) 233-4000 Venue: L.A. Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery Location: 1111 Figueroa Pl., Wilmington Senior Capstone Art Exhibition Series Marymount College presents the Senior Capstone Art Exhibition Series featuring Marymount seniors from the Arts & Media division who will exhibit a weeklong one-person art show accompanied by an artist talk, starting at 7 p.m. March 29 through April 26 at the Arcade Gallery in San Pedro. Free. Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu Venue: The Arcade Gallery Location: 479 W. 6th St., San Pedro.


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Educator Peter Mathews Runs for New Open Seat in Congressional District 47

LONG BEACH—Perennial candidate Professor Peter Mathews has announced he will run in the new recently drawn 47th Congressional District, which includes Signal Hill, Lakewood, Catalina Island and Long Beach, where Mathews has lived for 21 years and also includes Cypress College where Mathews has taught for 26 years.

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What a surprise I got as I walked down the hall of my shop that morning. There stood my dad who lives in Arizona. The closer I got, I saw him tapping his watch and looking up and down at it. I was late to work and he had been waiting. While the guys at the shop nervously watched him, all he said to me was, “You lead by example.” That was my dad. That was his work ethic. Later that year he said, “Terri Lynn, I wish I had money to leave you when I die.” I told him that Paris Hilton’s dad couldn’t buy what he had given me: that ethic. Jerry Henry Woods was born in December, 1927 in Falkville, Ala.. He served in the Air Force. He was stationed at March Air Force Base when he met our beautiful mother, Ann, who was attending Sherman Indian School in Riverside. That was in 1949. Once out of the Air Force, they ended up in San Pedro. We lived in Park Western and even though we moved by 1966, I still remember the green grass and the lady bugs. Dad worked at Ford Motor Co., then for the U.S. Postal Service in Palos Verdes for 30 years. Dad served as a deacon at The First Baptist Church of San Pedro. We grew up in that church. Dad was a man of few words, who touched so many people. I believe it

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LEGAL BUSINESS FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012013516 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Chic Canines, 1430 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Molly M. Martinez, 1430 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above Jan. 18, 2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Molly M. Martinez, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 24, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/09/12, 02/23/12, 03/08/12,

03/22/12

03/22/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012015353 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Boat City Yachts Inc., (2) Boat City, 241 Watchhorn Walk, Ste.# 1, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Articles of Incorporation # 2035425 Registered owner(s): Boat City Yachts Inc., California, 241 Watchhorn Walk, Ste.# 1, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Boat City Yachts Inc., David H. Grosse, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/09/12, 02/23/12, 03/08/12,

03/22/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012022970 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) El Burger Luchador, 672 W. 20th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Alejandrina Curiel, 672 W. 20th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above Jan. 18, 2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Alejandrina Curiel, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/23/12, 03/08/12, 03/22/12,

04/05/12

04/05/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032485 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Coastal Broadnet Wireless, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Robert Brubaker, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. Roxanne K. Lawrence, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by a husband and wife. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above Jan. 1, 2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Robert Brubaker, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12,

Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12,

04/19/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032486 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Diaz Painting, 23412 Figueroa, Carson, CA 90745. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Vincent Diaz, , 23412 Figueroa, Carson, CA 90745. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Vincent Diaz, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/22/12, 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012042442 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Reinvent Communication, (2) RNVNT, 937 W. 17th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Monica Elaine Barrera, 937 W. 17th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious

business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Monica Elaine Barrera, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12, 04/19/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012042443 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) David’s Yacht Service, 241 Watchorn Walk Ste #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. PO Box 2784, Newport Beach, CA 92659. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Boat City Yachts Inc, 241

Watchorn Walk Ste #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. David H. Grosse, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/22/12, 04/05/12, 04/19/12,

05/03/12

04/19/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032483 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) The Nautimermaid Shop, 301 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Diana Perry, 3157 Alma St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. Diana Perry, Owner This statement was filed with the County

March 23 - April 5, 2012

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012009369 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Happy Panda Family Childcare,1387 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90732. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Grace Eva Chan,1387 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Grace Eva Chan, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 18, 2012. 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,

03/22/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012025313 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) El Gato Gateau, 750 W. 2nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Katie Peraudeau, 750 W. 2nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above Jan. 18, 2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) S. A Katie Peraudeau,Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/23/12, 03/08/12, 03/22/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012017523 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) 2 Market Street, 2275 W. 25th St. #110, San Pedro, CA 90732. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Judith King Wagner, 2275 W. 25th St. #110, San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Judith King Wagner, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/09/12, 02/23/12, 03/08/12,

as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 02/09/12, 02/23/12, 03/08/12,

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