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By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor on every doorstep by a multi-generational American is as great as the possibility of it being delivered by a naturalized citizen. Workers are working harder, longer and at more jobs but for less pay, and more of us are spending more of our income on housing—if we are so fortunate to have housing at all. Add to that an election cycle more caustic than the last, what we’re left

Pictured are pin-up models participating in Whitewall Nationals Warehouse of Kustom Cars and Motorcycles Showcase on July 16 in San Pedro. Photo by Phillip Cooke.

with is a body politic that is either on the verge of collapsing from exhaustion or a people on the verge of coming apart at the seams. In times such as these, a vacation by the waterfront is in order. An essay was recently published in the Smithsonian magazine on the relatively short history of how the beach became a vacation destination.

Writer Daniela Blei noted that before the industrial revolution in Europe, the beach and by extension, the ocean, was a fearsome place in the popular imagination. “The coastal landscape was synonymous with dangerous wilderness,” Blei wrote. “It was where shipwrecks and natural disasters occurred, where a biblical flood engulfed the world.” Industrialization brought greater and more real horrors, and the seashore became a place where people of means could escape inner city air and water [See Summertime page 9]

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ummertime in the Los Angeles Harbor Area is like an endless parade of classic Chevys, Fords, roaring bobbers, choppers and Harleys trekking their way to the coastal areas. This is especially true on weekends. Caravans with hundreds of cars make their way to Paseo del Mar to see and be seen as everyone takes in the sunshine and ocean views from Point Fermin Park and get a bite to eat at Walker’s Cafe. You can’t blame people for wanting to retreat into that nostalgia. We’ve encountered more change than some of us can stand. The specter of terrorism arriving

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Community Announcements:

Harbor Area Deadline to Apply for LB’s Measure A Citizen Oversight Committee is July 8

Applications for the five-member Measure A Citizen Oversight Committee are available. The mayor’s office will accept applications until July 8, after which Garcia will submit his five choices to the Long Beach City Council for approval. The committee will begin meeting in August. Members must be Long Beach residents. Mayor Robert Garcia and the council committed to only spending new revenue on infrastructure and public safety. The Citizen Oversight Committee will be charged with ensuring the revenue is spent on those items. Applications are available at http:// longbeach.gov/mayor/action/commissions.

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SoCal Companies Make Green Manufacturing Economical By Christian L. Guzman, Contributing Reporter

Community members are invited to a free event that connects environmental, social justice and spiritual groups in a discussion about climate change, in a way that looks at what individuals and organizations can do locally. This event is cosponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council and Green Long Beach. The event will be followed up two to three weeks later with an action day centered on improving corners of the city that are important to each person or group. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. July 9 Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

This past June, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded two Southern California companies with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. Newlight Technologies won the award for inventing a new plastic made from methane and oxygen. Verdezyne, Inc. won for developing a yeast that produces a chemical used in items including toothbrush bristles, lubricants and paints. The EPA’s award is part of its initiative to make the multi-billion dollar chemical industry more sustainable. “[Newlight Technologies’ and Verdezyne’s] innovations reduce the use of energy, hazardous chemicals and water, while cutting manufacturing costs and sparking investments,” said Jim Jones, the EPA’s assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention.

NWSPNC Meeting

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Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host its monthly board and stakeholder meeting. Time: 6 p.m. July 11 Details: http://nwsanpedro.org Venue: Peck Park Community Building, 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro

Central SPNC Meeting

The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host its first board meeting with new members. Time: 6:30 p.m. July 12 Details: http://sanpedrocity.org Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

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The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host its board and stakeholder meeting. Time: 6:30 p.m. July 18 Details: www.cspnc.org Venue: Cabrillo Marina Community Building, Berth 28, Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro

HCNC Meeting

The Harbor City Neighborhood Council is hosting its monthly stakeholder and board meeting. Time: 6 p.m. July 20 Details: http://harborcitync.com Venue: Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Public Library, 24000 Western Ave., San Pedro

Costa Mesa-based Newlight Technologies dubbed its invention AirCarbon. It is made by capturing methane gas, mixing in oxygen and directing it through a bio-catalytic reactor. Solid plastic is produced, which can be melted down and molded. Although most people think of carbon dioxide when they think of greenhouse gas or global climate change, methane gas is 25 times more efficient at trapping radiation in our atmosphere. Methane gas is released by organisms as they process food, by humans as we harvest natural gas and in natural processes like volcanic eruptions. The biggest source of methane is from

Representatives of CB&I, Albemarle and AlkyClean Technology; Dow AgroSciences LLC, Instinct® Technology, Newlight Technologies, and Verdezyne.

cows raised as livestock, which contributes about 28 percent of global emissions. Newlight Technologies can use these sources of methane as a supply for AirCarbon. In 2013, an agricultural digester began to provide gas to the company’s first commercial facility. And, including resources used to run the facility, making AirCarbon is a carbon negative process. “[AirCarbon] marks an important shift in how [to] make materials: from fossil fuels to captured carbon, from consumption to generation, from

depletion to restoration,” said Mark Herrema, CEO of Newlight Technologies. The key component for making AirCarbon is the bio-catalyst, which Newlight Technologies designed to be nine times more efficient at producing polymers than all previous technologies. But no matter how green a product is, it will not be widely adopted by businesses if it is more expensive than the traditional method of production. Newlight Technologies succeeded in reducing capital costs and unit operations to the point where the entire AirCarbon process is cheaper than petroleum-based plastics. Since then, companies such as Dell, Hewlett Packard, KI, Sprint and Virgin have made deals with Newlight Technologies to use AirCarbon. “Newlight [is] on a path to accomplishing its founding goal of changing how the world makes [plastic], by harnessing greenhouse gas as a resource,” Herrema said.

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The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners is hosting a special meeting.

Verdezyne, based in Carlsbad, genetically engineered a yeast to produce dodecanedioic acid, which is used to make nylon and, thus, the vast array of products made from nylon. Dodecanedioc acid was historically produced using butadiene, a carcinogenic byproduct of fossil fuel refining. Every year, Americans are exposed to the three billion pounds of butadiene produced in the United States, primarily by car and petroleum refinery exhaust and in manufacturing settings. Verdezyne’s product, called BIOLON DDDA, will lower the amount of butadiene used to make products. Workers will also be safer handling the materials used to manufacture BIOLON DDDA because high-temperature nitric acid is not used. “Our process uses low-temperature, lowpressure, fermentation,” said Tom Beardslee,

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LGBTQ Seniors Loving Relationships Workshop

LGBTQ Seniors of Long Beach is inviting community members to participate in a workshop in which they can explore how self-esteem, past hurt and self-doubt affect relationships. Participants will explore concepts on how to practice self-care and the connection between self-love and loving relationships. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 20 Details: (562) 434-4455 Venue: The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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vice president of Verdezyne. “This process uses less energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases than the petroleum-based process.” BIOLON DDDA was tested to use 50 different feedstocks that were based on vegetable oil coproducts. This feedstock flexibility stabilizes production and price, and is more economical than the petroleum-based process. Verdezyne has received positive reviews from companies that have sampled BIOLON DDDA and compared it to butadiene-derived DDDA. “Using Verdezyne’s raw material, we were able to produce the clearest, most functional material to date,” said Pete LeBaron, vice president of technology at ICM Products. “Verdezyne is the first company to come out with a successful replacement to petro-based chemicals using renewable resources.” Verdezyne will open a commercial facility in Malaysia next year. The primary feedstock will be derived from palm oil.

Growing the Biobased Market

“Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help decrease reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum,” said Ron Buckhalt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture BioPreferred Program manager. Going forward, both Newlight Technologies and Verdezyne hope to increase supply of current products and develop new ones. Newlight Technologies is supplying 30 billion pounds of AirCarbon to companies and an expanded order of 50 million pounds has already sold out. Verdezyne is researching how to make an organism produce adibic acid. That acid has the heaviest use in the nylon industry; six billion pounds of it are produced every year. In the future, the company’s goal is to have multiple manufacturing facilities around the world that can provide several renewable chemicals. This will allow the company to meet different demands of diverse regions and industries.

Harbor Area [Announcements, from page 2] Time: 8:30 a.m. July 21 Details: www.portoflosangeles.org Venue: Harbor Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

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Every month the Long Beach Arts Council funds community art projects and professional development opportunities up to $1,000. Microgrant applications are due the 15th of each month. Details: www.artslb.org/services/grants

Michele Love and her son, Jordan, were gunned down on Feb. 27, 2016. File photo

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On June 22 and 23, Rep. Janice Hahn participated in a sit-in on the House floor. For her, it was more than a political protest, it was personal. The shooting of Michele Love, 54, and her 27-year-old son, Jordan, was not just another news story for Hahn. Michele was the congresswoman’s friend and former co-worker. The Loves were shot and killed on Feb. 27 in the 19500 block of Tillman Avenue in Carson. It was the city’s only double homicide, thus far, in 2016. At the time, Hahn and her district were freshly impacted by another disturbing homicide that took place Feb. 9 in Compton: One-year-old Autumn Johnson was killed when a gunman fired indiscriminately into the little girl’s home. Although Hahn didn’t make an issue of the Loves during the Democrats’ sit-in on the House floor, she did talk about being at the Johnson funeral. She said the family confronted her about how politicians went to funerals, but never actually took any action. Michele and Jordan Love were two of Carson’s nine homicide victims — all from gunshots — reported between January and June this year. Carson teacher Stacey Michaels shared on Facebook and in a personal interview, how she, Hahn, Love and she became friends when they worked for Western Waste Industries in the ‘90s, before Hahn began her political career. Michaels remembers Love then as a young married woman with three children who “was always smiling,” and enjoyed volunteering at community events. After Michaels left Western Waste and started teaching school, the friends took separate paths. Hahn was elected to public office. Love and her husband Jose got divorced. Michaels said Jordan grew up, became a DJ, tried to break into the music business and became engaged to the mother of his little daughter. He was involved in anti-gang activities, she added. Police officials said that just before midnight, Feb. 27, Michele was driving her son and her mother, Shirley Kelly, home from the movies. She parked her SUV in front of Jose’s house, where Jordan lived with his father. Just as Jordan was exiting the car, a dark sedan passed by. One or more unknown persons in that dark sedan fired multiple shots. “I saw it on the news [and] I contacted Janice,” Michaels recalled. Michaels continued on about how the Loves were “attacked with a barrage of bullets” just as the son was getting out of the car. Jose ran outside when he heard the shots. The son stumbled out of the car, bleeding and died in the father’s arms. First responders arrived within minutes. “Michele still had her hands on the wheel,” said Michaels, indicating how sudden death was. The Los Angeles Fire Department declared Michele and Jordan dead at the scene at 12:08 a.m. Feb. 28. Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Joe Mendoza said Michele’s mother, who was sitting in the passenger seat, somehow avoided being harmed. Michaels said the family wanted Hahn to

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Residents and business owners are invited to join Long Beach Police North Division Commander Rudy Komisza for a community meeting. Topics of discussion will include: · Crime trends · How to avoid being a victim Time: 6 p.m. July 27 Details: lbpdnorth@longbeach.gov Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

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deliver the eulogy at the funeral at a Carson church. “I sat in a pew with workers from Western Waste Industries,” she said. “Janice gave a touching eulogy.” She also remembers that Hahn spoke passionately, urging support for gun control. Shortly after, Michaels received an email on the subject from Hahn that stated, “Enough is enough.” The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the Love and Johnson cases. An arrest was made in the Johnson case but not for the Loves. On March 1, the City of Carson put forward a $25,000 reward for information on the Love case. Mendoza says some calls and tips have come in as a result but there are still no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips, may call (800) 222-8477.

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AQMD Plans Massive Subsidy For Polluters By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

July 7 - 20, 2016

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“Dirty air plan is out,” Earthjustice attorney Adrian Martinez tweeted on June 30. By all accounts, he wasn’t kidding. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is responsible for cleaning some of the dirtiest air in the country, and while making significant strides since its founding in 1976, it has veered sharply away from making further progress since late this past year, becoming increasingly at odds with its traditional partners and falling far short of doing its legally mandated job. • In December, the AQMD board rejected a staff-developed amendment of the cap-andtrade pollution program known as NOx (nitrogen oxide) RECLAIM, instead adopting a much less stringent industry proposal that drew sharp criticism from lawmakers, environmentalists and other regulators. • On March 4, a newly Republican-majority board fired the AQMD’s long-time executive officer, Barry Wallerstein, with only two days notice. • On March 9, a group of environmental groups sued the AQMD over its NOx RECLAIM plan. • On March 16, the Environmental Protection Agency informed the AQMD that its 2012 pollution-reduction plan for meeting Clean Air Act standards (the 2012 Air Quality Management Plan, or AQMP) did not pass muster, and would have to be revised by 2017. Now, the newly-revealed 2016 AQMP diverges even farther from previous practices, as explained to Random Lengths by Martinez

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and Maya Golden-Krasner, an attorney from the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s different,” Martinez said. “They are going to pay polluting industries to clean up pollution. In the past, they relied on a Clean Air Act ‘black box’ loophole when existing technology wasn’t enough. Now that the technology’s either here or tantalizingly close, they want to invent a new ‘blank check’ loophole, to get taxpayers to foot the vast majority of the bill.” “This AQMP is significantly weaker than previous AQMPs, because it relies largely on voluntary measures, education, ‘incentives’ to businesses—much of which does not have a current funding source—rather than direct regulatory control measures,” Golden-Krasner chimed in.

The plan itself states that its “incentivebased control measures...will likely require approximately $11 billion to $14 billion in total funding.” Its first proposed action is “Creation of a National Clean Air Investment and Cleanup Fund,” an undertaking that “calls for Congress to create a national fund.... concept is similar to the ‘superfund’ programs administered by U.S. EPA to help clean up soil and water contamination.” “If we’re relying on a high functioning Congress to deliver the funding mechanism, it’s not a real plan,” added Evan Gillespie, director of the Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign. “The Air District has no way of paying for the incentives.” “In addition, there are no contingency measures or other clear regulatory backstops that kick in if we don’t achieve the standard,” Golden-Krasner pointed out. To fully explain how drastically this departs from past practice, Golden-Krasner took a step back to present the big picture. “By setting strict standards and deadlines, the Clean Air Act is supposed to be technologyforcing—meaning that these standards and deadlines force polluters to become more efficient at controlling pollution in order to meet [the deadlines],” Golden-Krasner said. “The pressure is really on the states to create AQMPs to do this. Therefore, AQMPs are supposed to include direct regulatory control measures that require this ‘best available control technology’ (BACT).” Even the cap-and-trade RECLAIM program

was supposed to match what BACT would achieve. “Each measure or program is expected to reduce pollution by a certain amount of tons per day that the plan demonstrates will achieve the federal standards by the deadline delineated by the Clean Air Act,” Golden-Krasner said. “In addition, if the measures do not achieve the necessary pollution reduction, the plans are supposed to have ‘contingency measures’ that kick in to ensure we meet the standard.” The new plan strays far from that. “Substantially relying on ‘flexible’ measures like market-based programs, incentives and education ignores the technology-forcing aspect that is really the heart and soul of the Clean Air Act,” Golden-Krasner said. “Instead, they create a massive subsidy program for polluters.” In a “fact sheet” for the plan, AQMD claims, “The heavy focus on incentives is the only feasible pathway to achieve clean air goals by the Clean Air Act deadlines. The estimated amount of incentive funding is significant: $1 billion per year over the next 15 years.” But Golden-Krasner said, “There is no basis for air district regulators’ claim that incentive programs are ‘the only feasible pathway.’ It is a giveaway to polluters, pure and simple.” “They don’t want to take tough regulatory actions,” Martinez added. “‘Feasible’ means politically feasible in their minds.” The result? “Without funding, this is little more than a [See Subsidy, page 5]


Secretary of State Certifies Measures for the November Ballot By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Secretary of State Alex Padilla recently announced that 17 measures have qualified for the Nov. 8, 2016, general election ballot. Two were placed by the legislature and 15 qualified through the initiative and referendum process.

State Fees on Hospitals, Federal Matching Funds Initiative for Medi-Cal

This initiative would require a two-thirds vote in order for the state legislature to impose state fees on hospitals for the purpose of getting federal matching funds for Medi-Cal and directing those funds to uncompensated care provided by hospitals to uninsured patients. The California legislative analyst found that savings could grow to more than a billion dollars annually.

A $9 Billion School Bond Initiative

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schools and community colleges. The California legislative analyst found that the fiscal impact of the bond would be $17.6 billion within 35 years. Annual payments would average $500 million.

State Bond Amendment

Statewide voter approval would be required before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. The amendment would also prohibit dividing projects into multiple separate projects to avoid statewide voter approval requirement.

Mandatory Condom Use in Adult Films Initiative

The measure would require the use of condoms in adult films with sexual intercourse. It will also require producers of adult films to pay for performer vaccinations, testing and medical examinations related to sexually transmitted infections.

State Prescription Drug Purchases

State agencies would be prohibited from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This would apply to any program where the state is the ultimate payer for a drug, even if the state does not purchase the drug directly. This initiative would exempt certain purchases of prescription drugs funded through Medi-Cal.

Death Penalty Repeal

The death penalty would be repealed as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. If passed, this initiative would apply retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. The legislative analyst and director of finance reports said that there would be a net reduction in state and local government

death penalty related measures will be null and void.

Firearms, Ammunition Sales Initiative

Tax Extension to Fund Education, Health Care

Possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines would be prohibited. The initiative would require most people to pass a background check and a Department of Justice authorization in order to buy ammunition. Also, most ammunition sales would be conducted through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to the Department of Justice; additionally, lost or stolen firearms and ammunition must be reported to law enforcement; persons convicted of stealing a firearm are prohibited from possessing firearms; new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by felons and violent criminals are established; the Department of Justice is required to provide information about prohibited persons to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Marijuana Legalization

The proposal would designate state agencies to license and regulate the marijuana industry, including imposing a state excise tax on retail sales of 15 percent, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Additionally, the initiative would exempt medical marijuana from some taxation. The initiative would establish packaging, labeling, advertising and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products. It would also allow local regulation and taxation of marijuana, and prohibit marketing and advertising marijuana to minors.

The Carry-Out Bags Initiative

This redirects money collected by grocery and other retail stores through sale of carry-out bags into a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board to support specified categories of environmental projects. If voters uphold the state’s current carryout bag law, the initiative will redirect revenues from retailers to the state, potentially in the several tens of millions of dollars annually. Revenues would be used for grants for certain environmental and natural resources purposes. There is a referendum to overturn the ban on single-use plastic bags.

Death Penalty Procedures Initiative

This initiative would designate the superior court for initial petitions and limit successive petitions. It also imposes time limits on state court death penalty review and requires appointed attorneys who take non-capital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. It authorizes death row inmate transfers among California state prisons. State death row inmates must work and pay victim restitution. If this initiative passes, other

This initiative would extend by 12 years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 (for single filers; more than $500,000 for joint filers; more than $340,000 for heads of household). It would also allocate these tax revenues to K-12 schools and California Community Colleges.

Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare Initiative

Cigarette tax would increase by $2 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. The initiative would allocate revenues to increase funding for existing health care programs; also for tobacco use prevention or control programs, tobacco-related disease research and law enforcement, University of California physician training, dental disease prevention programs and administration.

Criminal Sentences in Juvenile Criminal Proceedings

This initiative allows parole consideration for those convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for primary offense, as defined. It would authorize the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior or educational achievements. Juvenile court judges will determine, upon prosecutor motion, whether juveniles aged 14 and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as adults.

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wish list,” Golden-Krasner said, pointing to the NOx RECLAIM lawsuit as an example. “Voluntary measures and incentives have time and again been demonstrated not to work. You can’t offer juicy carrots to polluters but no sticks or backstops in case the carrots don’t work.” Martinez scoffed at the $1 billion-per-year price tag. “It’s 10-20 times what they currently administer,” he said. Even if it weren’t, Golden-Krasner called it “wholly unacceptable” to rely on taxpayers— especially those breathing the polluted air—to subsidize the polluters. “This flies in the face of the intent of the Clean Air Act, which was supposed to force polluters to internalize the costs of controlling their harmful pollution,” she said, adding that, if adopted, the plan “will lead to thousands of heart attacks, severe asthma attacks, missed school days and work days (lost income for people who need it most), and other illnesses and deaths that could be prevented by a plan that is not, essentially, a massive subsidy to polluters.” But that’s a big “if.” “Federal regulators are highly likely to reject this plan because it doesn’t contain measures required by state and federal clean air laws,” Golden-Krasner said. “Required measures missing from the plan include contingency measures, use of best available technologies, clear control measures, or a real demonstration it will attain the standards.” Six public hearings will take place on the plan in July, including July 20 at 2 p.m. at the Carson Civic Center, 801 E. Carson Street, Carson. Public comments are due by Aug. 19.

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costs of about $150 million annually within a few years.

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On the Future of LA’s Neighborhood Council System

An Open Letter to LA City Council President Herb Wesson By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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As the outgoing president of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, which you and the Los Angeles City Council may have heard about over the past few months in connection with the homeless crisis and related matters, I would urge you to believe little of what you hear and only half of what you read about this. In our district, there are many good people with a social conscience who believe in the humane and compassionate treatment of this city’s dispossessed. I am here today, in part, to pay my respect to you. It has been my honor to serve this city during your leadership. Outside of the neighborhood council system, there are few places to learn and develop leadership skills and political courage in the civic arena. Your leadership has served as an instruction manual for many such as myself, in regards to conducting council meetings and doing it with dignity and resolve. In my position, I’ve also been subjected to slander and even profane bigotry in both public comments and social media. I have taken certain solace and awkward comfort knowing that even the leader of this council has to endure harsh public criticism. You have taught me a great deal by your example and I wish to thank you. You are a scholar of the civic enterprise. I do not come bearing any fancy certificates, but I do bring my heartfelt thanks. I and many others stand with you in your defiance of the hate speech that was recently directed towards you and others on this council. While I am a longtime advocate and defender of free speech, I have found that there is a rising need for a new civility in conducting our common affairs and that hate speech and threats do nothing to further the common good. Yet it must be remembered that civility is a two-way street, and that the city with all of its powers, needs to show respect to its citizens, in order to receive it in return. This need for civility, however, should not exclude the necessity of speaking truth to power. For “power,” as Frederick Douglass once wrote, “concedes nothing without a demand.” And neighborhood councils, when empowered,

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should demand much of this city. So, I am here today to thank you for your guidance and leadership, but to also fulfill what the neighborhood councils are chartered to do— advise the city. I tend to adhere to the Jeffersonian theory that, “the cure for bad government is not more laws but more democracy.” And to that precept, this city must in the end recognize its place in the history of this nation. It is long past time that a city of this size in geography and population can be adequately represented by just 15 council members who serve a growing constituency of more than 250,000 souls in each district. The time is fast approaching that the neighborhood council structure should evolve into a kind of bicameral governance system. This is not an uncommon solution in democracies that attain significant size and budget. Surely, this will not happen because a few wish it to be done, but will become a political necessity to avoid another attempt at secession, a rebellion, or in the aftermath of yet another riot. My advice to the city is that the incivilities and obstructions to new developments that could ease the housing crisis are due to a sense of disempowerment among our citizens and neighborhood councils in the outreaches of our great city. City council members have often viewed neighborhood councils in their districts, in one of two ways: as a nuisance that should be ignored when they can’t be placated with soft platitudes— or as a respected partner at the grassroots level with which to engage in thoughtful dialog about the quality of life in this city. The current neighborhood council system is just one step in the evolutionary process of civic engagement that needs to be nourished, not poisoned at its root. But I have been a witness to another development within the neighborhood council structure: the subversion of the neighborhood councils at the hands of city council members for political gain. This has been my experience in Council District 15 where community surrogates, through

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“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” —Mark Twain Senior Editor Vol. XXXVII : No. 14 Published every two weeks for the Harbor Area communities of San Pedro, RPV, Lomita, Harbor City, Wilmington, Carson and Long Beach. Distributed at over 350 locations throughout the Harbor Area.

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subterfuge and connivance, have gained control of key council boards to dampen criticism of the council member as a means to maintain control before a coming election. This is a dangerous tactic as many of these “surrogates” are so ill prepared for public service and antagonistic to the goal of attaining any civil discourse. Their tactics alone provide evidence enough of this. I fear that the populist, nativist fires raging in other parts of the country are rising up here in Los Angeles amongst some neighborhood councils and are being supported by some council members and their staffs. This is going to do great harm to this city. There are better individuals of higher integrity who have been driven from public service by those who spread fear and slander to gain position. What I have come here to ask of you, President Wesson, are these: 1. To empanel a commission of 15 former neighborhood council presidents based upon their seniority and experience, chosen by you and not the local council office, to review and reform the DONE election manual. 2. To empanel a commission formed at the next Congress of Neighborhood Empowerment to draft a Citizen’s Bill of Rights for the City of Los Angeles. 3. To provide enough resources so that each city council district has its own DONE lawyer who will actually attend meetings so as to provide timely legal advice and represent them as their client rather than protecting the department and the city first. Lastly, to Mr. Joe Buscaino—it has been

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more than 10 months since the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council brought an awareness citywide that links the growth of homelessness and this city’s affordable housing deficit in your district. Since then, you have ignored the advice of and disempowered that council on the issue. Only recently have you come to realize that 88 percent of the homeless in your district are indeed longtime constituents—not people bussed in from neighboring cities. By law and your position, you must represent them too. Until now, you have not done an adequate job. It is also true that by your direction some $800,000 of public monies have been expended on enforcement of city ordinances against the homeless. This effort has done little to reduce the size of the population in distress or alleviate their suffering. When you are ready to start solving this problem rather than blaming either the victims or the messengers, you should call me. There are immediate solutions that could be implemented that would better use those public monies you’re doling out on the issue. In the meantime, President Wesson, I call on you to request the Controller’s office to execute an audit of the costs related to encampment sweeps and other enforcement measures related to criminalizing the homeless rather than solving the problem. And, Councilman Harris-Dawson, I am available at your invitation to testify in detail on the matters addressed herein. As you will see, a more enlightened approach will—by necessity and by the courage of people of goodwill and conscience in the City of Los Angeles—triumph in the end.

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RANDOMLetters Buscaino and the Homeless

Your Buscaino article about homeless in the Harbor mentioned “Clearly there must be more creative and effective ways to spend $810,000 (in the Harbor Area).” And, that “the $80 mil the police and fire departments spend to react the homeless crisis isn’t working either.” Well, if you divide just the $800,000 by the cost of $2,000 (each) for a mobile shelter attached to a bike (Shelter Pods), you (LA) would be able to provide 400 bikemobile homes in that area. You asked for “more creative ways” to spend it, so here’s a new one and also one of the best ways to help with this type of emergency housing. Shelter Pods aren’t a perfect or long range solution but after the 70 years I’ve lived in the Harbor Area, I know that many people would prefer seeing these to cardboard or doghouse homes or tents-on-the-street or stolen

shopping carts. Influential civic leaders such as you James and Buscaino should put your/their “creative” voices to work on at least trying to introduce the Shelter Pod and Shelter Vet concepts. LA and the Harbor Areas need them. http://www. bikebillboards.com/shelterpod. html Richard Pawlowski Long Beach

This Old Rag

[I’ve been] watching the behavior of this rag over the years. The sit-in performance was the straw that finished me. A good fair non-biased news source is apparently beyond you. Charles R. Eldred San Pedro

Chuck, First of all thank you for your comment and second, if you have actually read this newspaper over the years you already knew that we

have taken positions that some do not agree with. This, I’m sure, is one of those for you who is deeply involved in Republican politics. Unlike some other periodicals that conceal their politics, ours is quite transparent and not always in lockstep with political party dogma. I respect those who do not agree with us, and will adimately defend your right to disagree with us but this debate over gun regulation should not be a partisan issue as it is an important one to have both here and across this nation in light of current events. The issue of the “right to keep and bear arms” does have limitations in as much as you don’t have the right to own a bazooka or a Thompson machine gun. Assault rifles with large capacity ammo clips would seem to fall under the category of military armaments. As such, if you really want to use one of these I recommend that that you and others join a “well regulated militia.” Even further the military, the national guard and the local police

wouldn’t give a gun to a suspected terrorist, a mentally ill person and take weapons away from officers who have been accused of domestic violence. James Preston Allen Publisher

To Friendship

A Friend will be there when you really need someone and will come to you when they need help. A Friend will listen to you even when they don’t understand or agree with your feeling. A Friend will never try to

change you, but appreciates you for who you are. A Friend doesn’t expect too much or give too little. A Friend is someone you can share your dreams hopes and feelings with. A Friend is a person you can think of and then have a really big smile on your face. A Friend doesn’t have to be told that they are special because a friend will care and love you for who you are and because they know you feel that way. A Friend will accept your

attitudes, ideas and emotions, even when their own are different and will hold your hand when you’re going through a bad day, at the movies and walking, and fun things. A Friend will be honest with you even when it might hurt and will forgive you in every way for whatever you may do. A Friend can never disappoint you and will support you in every way and share your glory. A Friend always remembers the little things you’ve done and [See Letters, page 19]

It’s Time to Divest from ExxonMobil By Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) Reprinted from TheHill.com

[See Divest, page 19]

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a fundamental shift away from burning fossil fuels. According to peer-reviewed research, that means keeping large proportions of fossil fuel reserves in the ground— including over 80 percent of unmined coal. Though we support the desire to push companies to address climate change, the repeated failures by ExxonMobil’s shareholders to pass even one resolution shows a different path is needed. As Bevis Longstreth, former Securities and Exchange Commission member under Ronald Reagan, has said, “engagement is useless” when it comes to prompting the fundamental changes needed by companies like ExxonMobil. Our country deserves an honest debate about how to begin transitioning away from fossil fuels—and ExxonMobil has done everything it can to poison that debate and delay that transition. Last fall, news investigations revealed that ExxonMobil had, through a decades-long campaign to promote climate denial, intentionally misled the public and their investors on the dangers of climate

At this past year’s shareholder meeting, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson said the company had no intention of investing in renewable energy, telling shareholders, “We choose not to lose money on purpose.” ExxonMobil has proven time and time again that shareholder engagement will not result in necessary changes. Although one corporate governance resolution passed authorizing some shareholders to “nominate” climate experts as candidates to the board of directors, that is not climate change progress. It is important to note that more than 100 companies allow shareholders to nominate candidates to their boards of directors, and the number of board members elected through this process is exactly zero. Given the resounding “no” votes on the other climate change shareholder resolutions at ExxonMobil, it is highly unlikely a climate expert would stand a chance of being elected to the board. Moreover, from Congress, we see ExxonMobil’s relentless lobbying against climate action. To prevent catastrophic climate change, we need

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At ExxonMobil’s shareholder meeting on May 25, a modest resolution requiring the oil giant to outline how climate change will affect its business model was rejected, 62 percent to 38 percent. Following the Paris climate accord this past December, an unprecedented coalition of investors, including the pension funds of New York, Vermont and California, joined together to spearhead this resolution. When New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the resolution, he stated that “investors need to know if ExxonMobil is taking necessary steps to prepare for a lower-carbon future.” ExxonMobil has given us its answer: It has absolutely no intention of changing its business plan to avert climate change. The defeat of this resolution, even as a changing climate fuels wildfires, increases rainbursts in New England and exacerbates droughts in the West, should come as no surprise. Over the past two decades, shareholders have proposed 62 resolutions regarding the company’s actions on climate change. ExxonMobil has rejected every single one.

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From Washington DC to San Pedro:

New Sit-In Movement Confronts Gun Violence By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

Just before noon on June 22, legendary civil rights leader John Lewis, a congressman from Georgia, went to the well of the House of Representatives and did something never done before: He began a sit-in on the House floor, calling for a vote on gun safety legislation. Fed up by years of inaction, obstruction and hollow “moments of silence” instead of life-saving action, Lewis decided that doing something more radical was the only way to get something sensible done. “Those who work on bipartisan solutions are pushed aside,” Lewis noted. “Those who pursue common-sense improvement are beaten down…. Reason is criticized. Obstruction is praised. Newtown, Aurora, Charleston, Orlando — what is the tipping point? Are we blind? Can we see? How many more mothers, how many more fathers need to shed tears of grief before we do something? We were elected to lead, Mr. Speaker. We must be headlights and not taillights.” Lewis went on to directly invoke his own personal language of civil disobedience. “Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary,” Lewis said. ‘Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way…. We have been too quiet for too long. There comes a time when you have to say something, we have to make a little noise, when you have

to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more. The time for silence is over.” The sit-in drew worldwide attention, thanks to streaming via social media, after the House cameras were turned off. It lasted only 26 hours, as House Speaker Paul Ryan hurried the session into a premature adjournment, days ahead of schedule. But Democratic House members vowed to take their sit-in back to their districts over the July 4th break. On June 27, Rep. Janice Hahn made good on that promise with a community sit-in at Port of Los Angeles High School. But a profound underlying question must be answered if the power of 1960s sit-ins is to be realized again today. Decades of deep, hard work had preceded the civil rights sit-ins, with groundwork being laid intellectually, in the courts, in the culture and in the streets. The Civil War amendments had ended slavery, given blacks the right to vote and ensured equal protection of the laws. That great leap forward was savagely reversed by the turn of the century. It culminated in Plessy v. Ferguson’s “separate but equal” doctrine, enshrining a new official racist constitutional order.

Civil rights leader and Georgia representative John Lewis, left, led a sit-in by House Democrats in protest of Congress’ inaction on gun control in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting. Seated with him is Rep. Janice Hahn.

The eventual success of the Civil Rights Movement, two generations later, required decades of far-sighted strategic efforts to undermine this deceitful political consensus. Sit-ins bore fruit as one of the most powerful civil rights tools because they helped

catalyze a moral, legal and political transformation 60 years in the making. With that in mind, before the sit-in Random Lengths asked Hahn what congressional Democrats were doing to lay groundwork

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that might help the sit-in evoke change. Her initial response was to highlight how successful the first sit-in had been, how quickly House Democrats had organized themselves. [See Violence, page 16]


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pollution, class strife and even racial and ethnic tensions. In this regard, there’s little distinction between that century and this one. How great it is that there’s still the weather and fun times. Music festivals fill the summer calendar from beginning to end. And, there are food and beer festivals bookending every month of the season. In the interest of preserving our collective sanity and setting aside, at least for a moment, weighty matters, Random Lengths collaborated with Whitewalls Nationals for this photo shoot featuring classic cars and pin-up models who are a part of that event’s beauty contest. We believe everybody needs a holiday by connecting more, enjoying life more and smiling more during this event-filled season.

Whitewall NationalsKustom Kulture Lifestyle Event

Classic cars and trucks, tricked out custom cars, lowriders, hot rods, bobbers, choppers and pin-up models, inspired by the same eras as the cars, will be on display July 16 at Outer Harbor. There will be 13 live bands and a killer DJ, a pin-up beauty contest, pedal cars, bicycles, dance floor and a tiki village. Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 16 Cost: $20 Details: http://tinyurl.com/whitewalls-nationals Venue: Outer Harbor, Berth 54 and 55, San Pedro

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

The annual Lobster Festival comes earlier this year. Take advantage of the more moderate temperatures. This year’s lobster festival offers something to look forward to.

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These Markets Get It! By Gina Ruccione, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer

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Americans have developed a bizarre concept of food, often opting for fast and/ or processed food because it costs less and is seemingly easier. This cheaper-by-the-dozen mentality is misleading and contributes to many health problems in this country. Since World War II, processed food has become the norm. Advertising campaigns made it their mission to give the proverbial housewife a break from the arduous task of putting food on the table, but not because they cared for the well-being of these women. The surplus of powdered potatoes and canned meat meant for soldiers, now needed a new demographic: American families. People seem to have less time today, but the hours in a day still remain the same; it’s just the varying degree to which people utilize their time management skills that changed. Feeding your family doesn’t need to be so incredibly overwhelming that you are forced to cut corners. Food is the necessary fuel that gives us life and we’re filling up on the wrong stuff. No one would dare put anything other than gas in the tank of their car, but when it comes to what people eat, well — that’s a different story. There are several businesses in the Harbor Area that have been around for a decade or more that understand this concept and truly want to make our lives easier. It’s time to get reacquainted with some of the best neighborhood markets and delicatessens. All of these quaint, community-centric stores are a reminder that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s still possible to care about what you’re feeding people.

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EST. 1988

The South Bay’s Premiere Cajun-Carribean-Cuban Restaurant

Josephine Trusela owner of Jacaranda Gourmet Shop. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.

Jacaranda Gourmet Shop

Jacaranda is one of the cutest little culinary gems in San Pedro. This past year it got a much needed face-lift. I almost did a double take when I walked into the store. Be still my heart. Have I crossed the bridge from Long Beach and planted myself in something that could easily be confused for a hip, beach city eatery? What used to be a vague recollection of a mini speciality [See Markets, page 13]

Try new Tropical Mahi Mahi

NOW OPEN SUNDAYS From 8 am to 8 pm LIVE MUSIC THURSDAYS If It’s Thursday, It’s Beach City Grill!

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 376 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (424) 287-0645 • www.BeachCityGrill.net Tues. & Wed. 6 am-8 pm • Thurs.-Sat. 6 am-9 pm • Sun. 8 am-8 pm • Mon. gone fishin’


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store juxtaposed with random accessories for baking aficionados and tea connoisseurs now looks contemporary and more stylish. Josephine Trusela, the former owner of Trusela’s Italian Restaurant in San Pedro, assumed ownership of Jacaranda Gourmet Shop. She is responsible for bringing the eatery up to speed. While it’s adjacent to a supermarket, there’s no redundancy in product or placement. Anything pre-packaged at Jacaranda is served that way only for convenience. Everything is made on site, even the packaged goods in the frozen food case. The food is minimally processed, mostly organic and with only the finest, nitrate-free deli meats. The Chinese chicken salad is still one of my favorite salads of all time. A full-service event catering and gourmet takeout menu is available online. 1030 N. Western Ave | San Pedro | (310) 831-0775 | www.jacarandagourmet.com

Olives Gourmet Grocer

[See Markets, page 15]

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

Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria

A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awardwinning pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. Dine-in, take-out and catering. There are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. • Buono’s Pizzeria, 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 • www.buonospizza.com

Niko’s Pizzeria

One of downtown San Pedro’s signature restaurants features a full Italian menu, huge selection of pizzas, Greek specialties and a beer and wine bar featuring a wide selection of beers on tap and by the bottle. Watch sporting events on plasma TV screens throughout the restaurant. Delivery service to all of San Pedro, port locations and hotels. Niko’s Pizzeria, 399 W. 6th St., San Pedro (corner of Mesa and 6th sts.) • (310) 241-1400

PHILIE B’S ON SIXTH

Owner Phil Buscemi welcomes you to Philie B’s on Sixth, where New York– style pizza, Sicilian rice balls and pizza by-the-slice are the specialties. Fresh hot or cold sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and fresh salads are also served. Try the “white pizza” made with smooth ricotta, mozzarella and sharp PecorinoRomano cheeses topped with torn fresh basil. Extended hours accommodate San Pedran’s unique work schedules. Catering and fast, local delivery ($15 min.) available. Philie B’s On Sixth, 347 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 5142500.www.philiebsonsixth.com

PIROZZI’S ITALIAN DELI

wk; great Walk into Pirozzi’s Italian Deli at Weymouth Corners selection of and discover an ample selection of fine imported wines; 14 cheeses and salami, as well as a great assortment British tap ales, of imported prosciutto, pastas, sauces, olive oils and & full bar. First vinegars—all carefully selected by proprietor Vince Thursdays live Pirozzi. Best known for making fine homemade band & special Italian sausages fixed price in five distinct fla- menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. vors, Pirozzi’s also 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. The carries freshly pre- Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) pared and frozen 832-0363 entrées and sauces www.whaleandale.com available for takeout. Pirozzi’s Deli offers a full catering menu, made-toBoardwalk Grill order deli sandwiches, homemade Italian cookies C a s u a l and desserts. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10 waterfront dining am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Pirozzi’s Italian Deli, at its finest! 1453 W. 8th St., San Pedro • (310) 548-0000 Famous for slabs www.pirozzisdeli.com of Chicago-style

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San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. Live music. Open from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 8315663 • www.sanpedrobrewing.com

Happy DineR AND HAPPY DELI

The Happy Diner isn’t your average diner. It’s the idea of fresh creative dishes in tow San Pedro locations, and now a third—the Happy Deli. The selections range from Italian- and Mexicaninfluenced entrées to American Continental. Happy Diner chefs are always creating something new—you can even find items normally found at curb side lonchera trucks. You can take your pick of grilled salmon over pasta or tilapia and vegetables prepared any way you like. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Happy Diner #1 • (310) 241-0917 • 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • Happy Diner #2 • (310) 935-2933 • 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • Open for breakfast and lunch: Happy Deli • (310) 424-0319 • 503 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro.

The Whale & Ale

San Pedro’s British gastro pub offers dining in an oak–paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/

baby back ribs, fish-n-chips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free parking. Boardwalk Grill, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551

PORTS O’ CALL RESTAURANT

Since 1961 this landmark restaurant has extended a hearty welcome to visitors from around the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying fresh California cuisine and varietals. Relax in the bar or patio for the best happy hour on the waterfront. With each purchase of the award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first Spirit Cruises harbor cruise of the day free. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free parking. Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor, Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www.portsocalldining.com

SPIRIT CRUISES

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

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Olives Gourmet Grocer is practically a landmark in Long Beach. It has built a reputation during the past 12 years and continues to exceed expectations. Owners Laurie Semon and Erin O’Hagan happened to stroll past a vacant space one evening and jumped at the opportunity to make their culinary dream a reality. Olives was the first specialty market in Long Beach—before Whole Foods and Lazy Acres came into town and to know it is to truly love it. Shelves line the perimeter with unique grocery items made by small companies that can’t be found anywhere else. The deli case assumes position front and center and holds its true mainstay: prepared food and sandwiches. The freshly seared ahi, salmon and sandwiches are amazing. Olives even has specialty cheeses and wines. The quaint market serves a loyal, dedicated foodie following, that keeps it busy. Olives supports many smaller and locallyowned food companies like Semolina Artisanal Pasta, which is based in Los Angeles. They do everything from corporate catering to picnic baskets for concerts in the park. And, if that wasn’t enough, the owners just opened the most wonderful restaurant next door, Taste. 3510 E. Broadway | Long Beach | (562) 439-7758 | http://olivesgourmetgrocer.com

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Summertime Fun Highlights

Family entertainment, live music and fresh Maine lobster are the main attractions at this festival. Another change is that the festival grounds are located near Battleship IOWA as Ports O’Call prepares its renovation to become the San Pedro Public Market. Time: 5 to 11 p.m. July 22, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 23, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24 Cost: $12 Details: https://lobsterfest.com Venue: USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

FYF Fest is an annual two-day music festival at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Founded in 2004 by Sean Carlson, a Torrance native, the festival features artists representing rock, hip-hop, electronic dance and alternative music. This year’s lineup includes: DJ Kendrick Lamar Moby, Vince Staples and Grace Jones Young Thug. Time: Aug. 27 and 28 Cost: $125 to $199 Details: http://fyffest.com Venue: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles

The Taste of San Pedro

Oktoberfest 2016

Eat, drink and celebrate. The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of San Pedro is an annual culinary festival featuring cuisine from 20 San Pedro and Peninsula area restaurants. Enjoy craft beers at the new Brouwerij West. The event will take place at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles’ open air courtyard. Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 6 Cost: $45 to $85 Details: http://tinyurl.com/Taste-SP Venue: Crafted, 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

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Here’s another car show that features vintage cars, live music, great food and beer. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20 Cost: $25 to $35 Details: (310) 322-1220 Venue: Downtown El Segundo, Main St., El Segundo

Taste of Brews

Taste of Brews celebrates its sixth anniversary as Long Beach’s original and authentic craft beer festival on Aug. 20 at Lighthouse Park. The event infuses more than 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders and SoCal’s

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premier mobile restaurants with an amazing oceanfront venue. (Alcohol service ends at 4 p.m.) Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 Cost: $30 to $40 Details: www.tasteofbrews.com Venue: Shoreline Aquatic Park , 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, Alpine Village will feature traditional Bavarian fun. There will be Oom Pah Pah party bands, while your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by German beers brewed by Warsteiner. It delivers an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest to you each and every year … and all within 10 miles

of Southern California’s beautiful beaches. Time: 6 p.m. to 12 am. Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 29. Cost: TBD Details: www.alpinevillagecenter.com Venue: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance

Shoreline Jam: Reggae Festival

Don’t miss the 6th annual Shoreline Jam at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park on Labor Day weekend. The event includes food, lawn games, two stages and vendors. Entry for children 4 years and younger is free. Parking is $20 Time: 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 Cost: $45 to $200 Details: (877) 342-0738; www.queenmary. com Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

San Pedro Craft Draft Festival: A Tribute to All Things Bacon

This is a unique event celebrating craft beer, bacon fusions and live music. The event is a collaborative effort of many breweries combining to raise money for an organization project in Long Beach to support the local community. The event will showcase multiple local and regional breweries as well as local bands, DJs and local chefs competing for your catering business. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27 Cost: $35 to $79 Details: http://tinyurl.com/bacon-beer-uss-iowa Venue: USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro

FYF Fest 2016

Shoreline Jam Reggae Festival at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park on Labor Day weekend.


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Swing Electrique Le Jazz Hot meets EDM uptown with sonic stops along the way. Time: 4:30 p.m., July 7 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

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San Pedro Blues Benefit Concert The concert’s headliners include James Harman, long familiar on the local scene and a member of the The Rock in Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Big John Atkinson, Mighty Joe and the Prophets,, 2000 Pounds of Blues. Barry G, will split his time between playing with his band and emceeing the event. Time: 4 p.m. July 9 Cost: $25 Details: Sanpedroblues.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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July 16

daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra It’s been 15 years since Geoff “Double G” Gallegos’ enormous OG orchestra first graced the Grand Performance’s stage and about 10 since he’s been in San Pedro. Celebrate as the strings, beats, rhymes, braids and melodies fly, float and lift spirits. Time: 4:30 p.m. July 16 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org/ Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Time: 4 to 6:30 p.m. July 17 Cost: TBD Details: graycabs16@gmail. com Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

July 19

iPalpiti Orchestra The iPalpiti Orchestra (Italian for “heartbeats”) performs selections from their 19th album iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. Time: 7:30 p.m. July 19 Cost: Free Details: www.ipalpiti.org Venue: Rolling Hills Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

July 22

Ginkgoa Welcome to hot club cabaret where vintage Paris sophistication meets New York cool in swinging electro-gypsy jazz beats. Time: 8 p.m. July 22 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org/ Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

July 17

Gray Caballeros The Gray Caballeros are pop, country and rhythm and blues hits of the 60s that you haven’t heard in years. These include: The Monkees, Faron Young, Lee Dorsey, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Buck Owens.

July 23

Our Nation Awakens An all-star ensemble celebrates the soundtrack that has fueled social and political movements through the decades and around the world. Time: 8 p.m. July 23 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances,

350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

July 24

Concert at the Rancho Pack a picnic dinner and invite friends and family for a free concert on the historic grounds of Rancho Los Cerritos. The adobe home will remain open for tours throughout the evening. No pets allowed. Music by Ray Goren and Generation Blues. Time: 4:30 p.m. July 24 Cost: Free Details: (562) 206-2040 Venue: 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach

Aug. 19

The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live This landmark event showcases extraordinary female composers of film, television and video games. The concert will celebrate powerful music, promote greater visibility for women artists and take audiences on a musical adventure. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 19 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

a transcendent evening of South Asian vibrations. Time: 7 p.m. Aug. 21 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

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Legends of Soul Barbara Mason, The Intruders and Thee Midniters featuring Little Willie G are back by popular demand. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 20 Cost: $40 to $150 Details: http://tinyurl.com/ Legends-of-soul Venue: Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

Aug. 21

Fuzon & Ayaz Farid and Abu Muhammad Qawwal Pakistani Sufi rock pairs with Qawwali legends of traditional devotional music in

Artivist Entertainment: Artista + Activista = Artivista! Artivist Entertainment presents an unforgettable evening of music and art by exemplary women artivistas (artist/activists) whose work focuses on stories of resistance, empowerment, equality and social justice that have inspired positive social change in their communities. The line-up includes La Marisoul (of La Santa Cecilia), Alice Bag, Martha Gonzalez (of Quetzal), Medusa “The Gangsta Goddess,” Maya Jupiter, Oracle Jayne Doe, Ceci Bastida, Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga, Ofelia Esparza, Georgia Anne [See Calendar, page 14]

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King Washington Indie rock band King Washington includes Tyson Kelly on guitar, vocals and keyboards; George Krikes on guitar; Billy Lee on bass and vocals; and David Contreras on drums. Time: 4 p.m. July 10 Cost: $20

Details: (310) 519-1314 Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

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SuperEverything* Malaysian and UK artists, The Light Surgeons, come together in a lush, live cinema and music experience. The event explores identity, ritual, and place in Malaysia’s past, present and future. Time: 8 p.m. July 8 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

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Dance Downtown: Cumbia ¡Baila la Cumbia! A special night of Dance Downtown in Grand Park. Beginner dance lessons, live band or DJ, and open dance floor will be part of the event. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Parking is $9 before 8 p.m. and $5 after 8 p.m. in The Music Center parking lot, directly under The Music Center Plaza. Access it on Grand Avenue. Time: 7 to 11 p.m. July 8 Cost: Free Details: www.musiccenter. org Venue: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles LA Food Fest Enjoy three nights and two full days of food, entertainment, culture and community for Angelenos, by Angelenos. The event kicks off on July 8 with a Dinner in the Rose Garden celebrating the Food Fest’s past and present. The main event spans July 9 and 10 at Exposition Park. It begins at 11 a.m. for the all inclusive VIP “Golden Hour.” The general admission MRKT opens at 2 p.m., where attendees can choose their own adventure with food, drink and more for purchase from 100-plus food, beverage, beer, wine and craft cocktail vendors each day. Saturday and Sunday will also feature intimate, chefdriven “long table” events in the Food Fest Rose Garden Pop-Up Restaurant. Time: July 8 through 10 Cost: $10 to $150

Details: http://tinyurl.com/LAFood-Fest Venue: Exposition Park, 800 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles

July 9

Mexrrissey Morrissey is reimagined in a south of the border international love letter that speaks to the outsider inside us all. Time: 8 p.m., July 9 Cost: Free Details: http:// grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Paws-itive Vibes Pet Expo The Port of Los Angeles welcomes well-behaved pets and their owners to this new summer event. It will feature pet adoptions, vaccinations and demonstrations, as well as a live band. There also will be a “best dressed” pet contest. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. July 9 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-3508; lawaterfront.org Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park East Pavilion, 604 W. C St., Wilmington

of succulents. A frequent and popular speaker, he shares his discoveries in Southern Africa. Time: 1 p.m. July 10 Cost: Free Details: southcoastcss.org Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula

July 14

Uptown Farmers Market This week at the Uptown Farmers Market: tomatoes; peaches; plums; zucchini; basil; kabocha squashes, and much more. Time: 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays Cost: Free Venue: Atlantic Ave. at 46th St., between Del Amo Blvd and San Antonio Dr., Long Beach

July 14

Movie in the Park Free family movie night at two locations: the Downtown Harbor in San Pedro and the Wilmington Waterfront Park. Time: 8 to 10 p.m. July 15 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-3508; lawaterfront.org Venue: Waterfront Park East Pavilion, 604 W. C St., Wilmington Downtown Harbor, San Pedro

July 16

Old Fort MacArthur Days Enjoy the largest continually running military reenactment and living history timeline event. Time: 10 a.m. July 9 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-2631; www. ftmac.org Venue: Fort MacArthur Museum, 3601 S. Gaffey. St., San Pedro

July 10

Unexpected Pedro The San Pedro Waterfront Arts District is having a Summer Soiree. Food by renowned chefs Mario Martinoli and Kyoko Gaughan, with music by Windy Barnes Farrell. Tickets are available online. Time: 4 to 6 p.m. July 10 Cost: $35 to $50 Details: www.sanpedro waterfrontartsdistrict.com Venue: 741 S. Pacific St., San Pedro Gasterias - South Africa’s Big Smile Curator of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, Kemble is an expert grower

Love Long Beach Festival 2016 This event includes DJs, art show, arts and crafts, food court, vendors, run swim run and stand up paddle races, volleyball, football, sand soccer, cornhole, yoga, dog events (located by a dog beach). Time: 9 a.m. to 9p.m. July 16 and 17 Cost: Free Details: http://tinyurl.com/LoveLong-Beach Venue: Granada Beach, 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach

July 20

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor This popular monthly, summer event features more than 45 restaurants offering the best of their menus. Participants enjoy an evening stroll listening to musicians Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. July 20 and 21 Cost: $10 Details: www.belmontshore. org/stroll-savor Venue: Belmont Shore, 2nd Street between Quincy and Glendora, Long Beach

July 21

Meet the Grunion Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be offering a “Meet the Grunion” program; this is the last scheduled program for 2016. Time: 8 p.m. July 21 Cost: $6.27 Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org.

Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

July 23

Long Beach Grand Cru Take part in an unparalleled night of fine wine and food to benefit Legal Aid Foundation LA. Time: 6 p.m. July 23 Cost: $100 to $150 Details: www.lafla.org/ longbeachgrandcru Venue: Rainbow Lagoon, East Shoreline Drive, Long Beach

July 29

Pride Convention 2016 PrideCon is a two-day event that celebrates the LGBT and friends’ community with pop culture, comics, anime, cosplay, etc. Time: July 29 and 30 Cost: $37.50 to $60.00 Details: www.pride-con.com Venue: Hilton Anaheim, 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim

July 31

Yestercon If you were a fan of the Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, HeMan, Ghostbusters, Nintendo, Transformers, Toxic Crusaders as kid, then Yestercon is for you. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31 Cost: $10 to $15 Details: http://www.yestercon. co/ Venue: Carson Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson

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DancerPalooza Dancer Palooza is the oneof-a-kind dance festival no dancer can miss, featuring a dance expo hall with live performances, workshops and ticketed performances. Time: Aug. 1 through 7 Cost: $25 to $65 Details: www.dancerpalooza. com Venue: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Aug. 5

Dance Downtown: Salsa Nothing can beat love salsa music under the stars. It’s open to all ages. Parking is $9 before 8 p.m. and $5 after 8 p.m. in The Music Center parking lot directly under The Music Center Plaza. Access it on Grand Avenue. Time: 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 5 Cost: Free Details: www.musiccenter.org Venue: The Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Dance Downtown: Disco Dance DTLA ends on a high note with glittery disco moves. Parking is $9 before 8 p.m. and $5 after 8 p.m. in The Music Center parking lot directly under The Music Center Plaza.

Time: 7 to 11p.m. Cost: Free Details: www.musiccenter.org Venue: The Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

THEATER July 7

The Clean House Matilde, an aspiring comedian from Brazil is more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning for two married doctors. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 17 Cost: $25 to $45 Details: www.littlefishtheatre. org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro

July 8

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera, who unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 24 Cost: $20 Details: (562) 856-1999 ext. 4; www.musical.org. Venue: Musical Theatre West, 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach

Aug. 5

Rapture, Blister Burn Two women covet each other’s life, commencing a game of musical chairs. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Aug. 28, through Sept. 3 Cost: $25 to $45 Details: www.littlefishtheatre. org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro

Aug. 17

Doubt John Patrick Shanley’s riveting psychological drama set in 1964 examines the fine line between what seems certain and ambiguity, between conviction and doubt. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. Aug. 21 Cost: $35 to $55 Details: (562) 436.4610; http:// ictlongbeach.org Venue: Beverly O’Neil Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

August 11

The How and the Why Sarah Treem’s play explores divergent theories and the emotional drive of two brilliant women of science. Time: 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 11 through Sept. 1 Cost: $25 to $45 Details: www.littlefishtheatre. org

ARTS July 7

Nothing New; Again Opening July 7th at the Marymount Klaus Gallery in downtown San Pedro is Lowell Nickel’s exhibit of digital prints, videos and installations.Opens during First Thursday art walk. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. July 7 Venue: Marymount Klaus Gallery, 430 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Michiel Daniel, Recent Painting With this work, Daniel employs a broad range of influences including: the work of the pattern and cecoration painters, Pop Art, California finish fetish and Surrealism. Artist’s reception on July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Michael Stearns Studio 347. Time: Through Sept. 1 Details: (562) 400-0544 Venue: Michael Stearns Studio 347, 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro

July 24

The African American Journey West: Permanent Collection This ongoing exhibition features art and artifacts that allow us to trace the African American experience from the western shores of Africa to the rural fields of the southern United States and on the continent’s western frontier. Time: July 24 and 25 Cost: Free Details: www.caamuseum.org Venue: California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles

Aug. 6

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki This limited engagement show pays tribute to legendary Japanese anime creator, Hayao Miyazaki. The event will showcase 22 artists from across the United States. Aug. 6 is for general viewing audiences. Aug. 7 is for 21 and older. Time: 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 7 Cost: Free Details: www.midcityarthouse. com/#home Venue: Mid-City Arthouse, 5555 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles

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Muldrow, Marisa Ronstadt, and Kara Mack. Time: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 Cost: General Admission is $25-$50; Students is $15$40; VIP is $80 Details: fordtheatres.org Venue: Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles

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For Music Tastes Good, Diversity Spices it Up By, Melina Paris, Music Columnist

Music Tastes Good is a music and foodie festival representative of Long Beach’s diversity. In 2014, Joshua Fischel, the promoter and local musician who is curating the festival, began to assemble the team of passionate locals. They partnered with KCRW and will present Music Tastes Good in downtown Long Beach from Sept. 23 through 25. Part of the musical concept in curating this festival is to say “Here’s Long Beach,” said Fischel, who took a break from ongoing preparations to talk with me about his vision for the festival “We’re trying to represent every Long Beach community, from Cambodian to Latino to African American to LGBTQ,” he said. “That’s what Long Beach looks like and that’s what our fest looks like.” Meaghan Blome, who became Fischel’s assistant in February of 2015, joined our conversation and immediately seconded the mission. “The diversity in our lineup was definitely intentional,” she said. “We wanted that melting pot. In festival culture, you’re seeing more and more festivals each year but you’re seeing a lot of these niche fests that cater to a specific demographic and we knew that that wouldn’t make sense for Long Beach. It’s really about community and about Long Beach.” As an example of the planning that’s gone into Music Tastes Good, Fischel contrasted the

Curtain Call:

The Heart of a Clean House By Greggory Moore, Theatre Columnist

Joshua Fischel, promoter of Music Tastes Good.

There are no rules in theater. Sure, you can say there must be characters (although Samuel Beckett’s Breath, what?) or that there’s got to be some sort of stage/frame where the play takes place, but you’d be missing the point. In spirit, there may be conventions, but there are no rules. So why does Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, a not especially unconventional play, feel as though it’s breaking a rule it should have followed—

because, not only doesn’t The Clean House center on any of these characters, it never zooms in for an emotional close-up on any of them. Only Lane has any sort of character arc; the rest (even if neat-freak Virginia does get angry and make a mess) remain exactly the same as when we met them— people we never really get to know. Even as Lane comes to forgive and even love Ana, for example, we never really know why, because we

the subterranean level of the dramatis personae, a cast can only go so deep. If the script has a strength, it’s Ruhl’s take on living or not living fully, whether in the face of death or in the midst of health. “Life is about context,” says Lane, who on the surface seems to have everything going for her but has probably never faced how poorly equipped she is to embrace life. Meanwhile, Virginia is brave enough to admit to herself that her life has

festival’s inclusion of women with “lots of fests [that] are notorious for not having a lot of women artists — especially headliners.” ‘It’s usually something like 10 percent,’ he said. “About 40 percent of our bands have at least a woman in it. In no way did we say, ‘We’re going to book this band because there’s a woman or because there’s a minority or a gay man,’ but we we’re very conscious of it.” With everything from rock, to punk, to jazz and hip hop on the lineup, Music Tastes Good may well be a music fest vanguard.

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don’t really know that much about either of them. One day on Ana’s balcony Lane just gushes about how Ana glows, as if a magic spell has been cast on her. Magic may really have something to do with it. The Clean House seems to at least make a head fake in the direction of magical realism, an angle that Little Fish’s production seems to play up (for example, when apples thrown off Ana and Charles’s balcony are seen by Lane as she lay on her sofa). But like the emotional substance of the play, this feels vague and ungrounded. There’s nothing wrong with the acting. Lopes is doing a Lucille Ball-meets-Yakov Smirnoff thing that seems about right for Matilde. The antagonism and eventual thawing between Lane and Virginia feels properly sisterlike. And, although Charles and Ana don’t speak until after the second act, Carver and McCarthy immediately put as much flesh on their roles as Ruhl has written. But with so little happening at

gone downhill since she was 22 and is flailing away to find a purpose. There’s a desperation about her, but desperation is living, right? Then there’s Ana, who is at the peak of living even as her body is fatally betraying her. “Everyone’s always dying lying down,” she says. “I want to die standing up.” The Clean House was a Pulitzer finalist that the New York Times calls “[f] resh, funny [and] imbued with a melancholy but somehow comforting philosophy.” For me, there’s just not enough to these characters to feel their joy and pain. But hey, within the last month I’ve been less than thrilled with two Tony winners for Best Play, so what do I know? Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 17 Cost: $25 to $48 Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro

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something about having an emotional center? The Clean House doesn’t have one, and as a result it elicits only traces of feelings, like a pulse so thready that we can’t trace it back to a beating heart. Lane (Amanda Karr) hasn’t seen much of her husband Charles (Stephen Alan Carver) lately. They’re both doctors, but it seems he’s had a sudden proliferation of surgeries. What she doesn’t know is that he’s found his soulmate in Ana (Susie McCarthy), on whom he’s just performed a double mastectomy. The person Lane is seeing the most these days is Matilde (Lucia Estevao Lopes), the couple’s housecleaner, who gets depressed by cleaning houses. Matilde wants to be a comedian, while Lane’s sister Virginia (Deb Snyder) just wants a purpose. She just so happens to love cleaning, so she secretly takes over Matilde’s workload, leaving the latter free to attempt to craft the perfect joke. Usually the term “ensemble piece” is reserved for big casts, but it fits here

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I stumbled into this little market several months ago after taking a turn down a wrong street. This adorable spot was originally built in the 1920s, and has since changed ownership several times. Zac and Renee Henderson, who assumed ownership almost 12 years ago, still beam and playfully boast about their corner store like proud parents. The façade is reminiscent of red barnhouse. The back house serves as its state-certified beef jerky processing plant. There is something charming and nostalgic about the building. Most of the neighborhood covets their daily specials. Everything is made in-house, by the owners the old fashioned way. The fried chicken is so popular it sells out within hours and their breakfast burritos have assumed a reputation all on their own. Ma’ n Pa also assumes a refreshingly antiquated approach to promoting and marketing, much of it being word of mouth. Ma’ n Pa doesn’t have website; it has only a slight online presence, save for a couple social media posts on Facebook and Instagram to showcase

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PriceWaterhouse Coopers Charged with Fraud Again

LOS ANGELES — On July 1, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed a motion to add an additional charge of fraudulent conspiracy to PriceWaterhouse Coopers’ senior managers. The alleged conspiracy came to light during an ongoing investigation into PriceWaterhouse’s role as the primary contractor implementing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s customer care and billing system. The city attorney is seeking to recover tens of thousands of dollars in ratepayer funds that were illegally obtained by PriceWaterhouse. The conspiracy charge is in addition to the charges of fraudulent inducement and breach of contract that the city attorney filed on behalf of the LADWP in March 2015. Court documents detail how PriceWaterhouse and several senior-ranking managers in the company defrauded the city and power company by repeatedly submitting falsified time records to obtain payments for work PriceWaterhouse never performed, from 2011 through at least 2013. The court filing also includes allegations that PriceWaterhouse and several senior managers authorized the reimbursement for payments made for the services of escorts, prostitutes and lavish hotel stays, two bachelor parties and thousands of dollars for “bottle service” liquor at Las Vegas hotels and clubs in July 2011 and May 2013.

Brown Signs Bill Prohibiting High-Capacity Gun Magazines

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SACRAMENTO — On July 1, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sen. Loni Hancock’s bill prohibiting the possession of any ammunition-holding device for an assault-style weapon that holds more than 10 rounds. After praising the governor’s action on the bill, Hancock took note of the video of the June Orlando mass shooting. “You can clearly hear at least 22 rounds being fired in rapid succession from inside the building,” said, “If the shooter had to stop to reload, he might have been stopped and lives would have been saved.” The assembly approved the measure on June 30 and received Brown’s signature shortly after it arrived on his desk. His quick action follows local ordinances by some of California’s largest cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Oakland to ban high-capacity magazines. These local ordinances have all been upheld by the courts.

Pentagon Removes Ban on Transgender People in the Military

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On June 30 Secretary of Defense Ash Carter removed one of the last barriers to U.S. military service by any person, announcing that the Pentagon no longer bans transgender people from serving openly. Carter said the change in policy was effective immediately. Transgender service members will also receive the same medical coverage as cisgender military members and receive all medical care that their doctors deem necessary. Incoming service members must be “stable” in gender identity for 18 months before joining the military. Rep. Ted Lieu applauded the Carter’s decision. “Every day our military is tasked with keeping Americans safe and defending our nation’s ideals and it relies on the bravery and heroism of those individuals who choose to serve,” Lieu said in a released statement. “Allowing transgender individuals to serve openly and access the medical care they need will only strengthen our military readiness. Lieu is a former active duty officer in the Air Force and serves as a colonel in the 16 Reserves.

Confronting Gun Violence from Washington DC to San Pedro But when pressed, Hahn expanded her scope. “Social media really generated an enormous amount of support for this all over the world,” Hahn said. “We were hearing from people in Germany and France, so I feel like that…has already laid the groundwork for people…. People have been really frustrated. We’re going to hear tonight from people who had loved ones killed by guns many, many years ago, and were frustrated that no one ever did anything. So I think this is a chance to give hope to people that maybe, just maybe, we can get something done.” There’s no doubt the raw materials for action are there or that social media have empowered people in new ways. But the example of the Arab Spring — especially in Egypt — warns us that enduring progress cannot rely on social media and a sudden outpouring of activism alone, no matter how sweeping it may be. The nature of what more is needed must be grappled with deeply, in a manner similar to that of Thurgood Marshall’s mentor, Charles Hamilton Houston. He devised a multi-decade strategy for undermining the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Some glimpses of what this might mean eventually emerged in the course of the community sit-in. Hahn began that evening by playing a recording of Lewis’ remarks, which began the House sit-in. “When I got up to speak I spoke of oneyear-old Autumn Johnson from Compton, who was killed in her crib,” Hahn said. “It was one of the most heartbreaking funerals I [have] ever gone to, seeing little Autumn in her little coffin, knowing that her life was over because of gun violence.” After Hahn, others spoke of their own personal tragedies. “Gun violence is an epidemic; it affects each and every one of us,” said LaWanda Hawkins, who founded Justice for Murdered Children in 1996, after her only son, Reggie was murdered. “Their lives affect our lives,” she said, speaking about the Sandy Hook victims. “We don’t know what they were going to contribute, and see we missed out because they ain’t here.” As a haunting reminder, Hawkins brought her memorial —the shoes of murdered children. “Unless you’ve had a murder in your family you just don’t know what it does to you,” said Amanda Rodriguez, from Parents of Murdered Children. “I do. I walk in those shoes every day of my life. My nephew Brendan Hansen was murdered on May 17, 2010, shot in the back several times.” Shannon Ross spoke briefly to honor her cousin Melanie. “I want you to see her face because I don’t want her to be forgotten,” Ross said. “So she died right here in San Pedro at the tender age of 17. She was a victim of gun violence … while I don’t know the stats, I did know my cousin and I love her very much.” “My story is a little different. Unfortunately, the results are the same,” said Lori Baker. In February of 1977, Baker’s father had been extremely depressed under a doctor’s care, but he was able to go out and get a gun. The next day he shot himself. Thirty years later, Baker’s younger brother committed suicide as well. “I shouldn’t be the survivor of two suicides and I want to fight for the mentally ill to not have

Rep. Janice Hahn addressed over 100 community stakeholders affected by gun violence, many of whom shared their personal stories of how gun violence has impacted their lives. Right, a Women Against Gun Violence Memorial comprised of the shoes of gun violence victims.

access to these things,” Baker said. “It’s just not right.” “I lost my first born Dec. 19, 1992,” Basil Kimbrew said. “I’m a grown-ass man, but I cry for my son every day like I cry for all these people. I’m a sniper. I’ve seen death, but when you see kids die, it makes you different.” Complementing the flood of personal testimony, Dr. Roger Lewis, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Harbor UCLA, was on hand to provide an overview of the terrible human cost. “One in 16 people that we see in trauma centers has been shot,” said Lewis, who has 29 years of experience. “So, one in 16 who need trauma care didn’t fall at home, they didn’t fall in a bathtub, they didn’t fall from a ladder, they didn’t get into a fight, they got shot. In fact, we see as many people shot in the trauma system as we see involved in fights of any sort, except that the people who are shot, one in 14 die…. We see almost exactly one gunshot wound victim a day…. This is an everyday occurrence in our community.” In the midst of all this testimony Torrance resident, Arthur Schaper, spoke up, using the National Rifle Association’s most cliched talking points: “Guns don’t kill people, people do,” Arthur Schaper, of Torrance, said. Just before sitting down, Schaper went even further, repeating a pro-NRA myth that even the NRA’s own history refutes. “The first members of the NRA were AfricanAmericans because they wanted to shoot the Ku

Klux Klan,” Schaper said. “I’m not going to take their guns away.” In June 2013, Politifact rated this claim, “not only inaccurate but ridiculous — Pants on Fire.” This, after first noting that “the NRA itself says the group was formed by Union Civil War veterans to improve soldiers’ marksmanship.” The NRA was formed in New York, in 1871, hundreds of miles from the nearest KKK chapter. It also favored gun control measures for more than a century, before a right-wing faction took over the organization in the late 1970s. Schaper also tossed out that Martin Luther King owned a gun—but that was in 1956, when his house was bombed, before he became deeply immersed in the philosophy of nonviolent struggle. By the 1960s, King abandoned the idea of weapons for self-defense. “When you do a sit-in, you do it to get rights, not take rights away,” Schaper claimed. But in 1960, Southern racists argued the exact opposite: Sit-ins were aimed at taking away white people’s right to discriminate — a right that Rand Paul defended on the Rachel Maddow [See Violence, page 17]


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Gun Violence Forumwithout fear of being shot and killed? How about Show when he first ran for Senate. In a sense, a central purpose of the sit-in movement was to alter the public’s perception of whose right to do what was truly fundamental, and central to what America was meant to be. The same is true with the gun violence sitins today. Even before Schaper spoke, Laurie Saffian, co-chairwoman of Women Against Gun Violence, spoke to this point. “We hear a lot about the Second Amendment,” Saffian said. “How about the right to life? How about the right to go to the hair salon? Or, the movie theater? Or, your church? Or, your school? Or, your neighborhood and your shopping mall

that right?” After Schaper spoke, Random Lengths publisher James Preston Allen added, “In the Constitution there’s also the right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness. And that right actually precedes the Second Amendment.” In fact, as recently as 1990, former Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger, a conservative appointed by Richard Nixon, called the notion of an individual right to own guns, “A fraud on the American public.” What’s changed since then is not the Constitution, but how right-wing activists have

profoundly mislead the American public, the same way that they did after the Civil War, establishing segregation in spite of the egalitarian language in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. What San Pedrans saw illustrated at the community sit-in was microcosm of the larger struggle that needs to be engaged. One aspect of that struggle is simply shifting from rhetoric to common sense specifics, as illustrated by a Quinnipiac University poll released June 30. The poll found 92 percent of voters, including 92 percent of gun-owners and 86 percent of Republicans, support universal background checks on all firearms sales — a dramatic disconnect between congressional Republicans and even their own base. What saves Republican lawmakers from

having to do anything is political rhetoric—aka “propaganda”—nothing more, nothing less. Quinnipiac also found that only 50 percent of the same respondents support “stricter gun control laws,” while 47 percent are opposed. “In short, many voters simply don’t equate mandatory background checks with ‘gun control,’” Quinnipiac Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy said in a statement published by the Associated Press. This is only one piece of a much larger puzzle, but it’s a starkly illuminating one: there’s actually a enormous bipartisan consensus out there, if only we can talk about concrete reality, which is why the sit-in format holds so much promise. But the deeper problem will take a lot longer. Why [See Guns, page 19]

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the times you’ve shared, and the talks you’ve had. A Friend will bend over backwards to help you pick up the pieces when your world falls apart. A Friend is one of life’s most beautiful gifts. All in all, my Friend, you always and forever will be with me. Cindy Nicosia-Kowazski San Pedro

Hillary Clinton is Not Indicted

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will not recommend a criminal indictment against Hillary Clinton to the Justice Department because she did not violate any laws intentionally. There is a conflict of interest if Hillary was paying off her 2008 campaign debt by renting her email list out. The State Department should not be used for elected officials to advance their personal bank account. The Clinton Foundation was set up to get special favors and reward those in the political arena for making large donations to the Foundation.

This is why Clinton kept control over her many homebrew email servers. John Winkler San Pedro

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[Guns from page 17]

Guns

are so many people persuaded by the rhetoric in the first place? Why do so many believe in a fraudulent version of what the Second Amendment even means? “It is no exaggeration to say that our nation’s gun policy is paralyzed by a series of fallacies — arguments that appear sound on first hearing, but crumble when subject to careful thought and analysis,” wrote Dennis A. Henigan, former vice president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in a forthcoming book, Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People : And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control. Careful thought, by itself, is not enough to free us, Henigan

notes. “I am not arguing that destroying the NRA’s mythology will be sufficient to overcome the NRA’s political influence,” he wrote. “I believe, however, that the gun lobby’s political power will never be overcome until these myths are destroyed. Political power is not unconnected to ideas.” This is similar to what the founders of the NAACP realized at its founding in 1909, along with many others who struggled for decades in the shadows to prepare a way for civil rights struggle to finally blossom in the sun. Our fundamental way of thinking about rights—both who has them and what they are—needs to be reconceived.

“I have rights too, okay? As do we all,” said longtime neighborhood council activist Doug Epperhart, who survived a shooting at the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council two years ago. “I think the most important right is that we shouldn’t have to fear terrorists, but we really shouldn’t have to fear our fellow citizens. Because this isn’t radical Islam. it’s not some overseas group. This is Americans, killing innocents,” Epperhart said. Freedom from fear was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms,” articulated in 1941. It is, at bottom, what everyone is seeking. A powerful reference point in moving our way forward.

[Divest from page 7]

Time to Divest

change. We both called for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into the wrongdoings committed by ExxonMobil. Since then, over 500,000 petition signatures have been delivered to the DOJ and state attorneys general calling for investigations into what ExxonMobil knew and when it knew it. We’d like the SEC to investigate whether ExxonMobil violated securities laws by failing to appropriately disclose material risks related to climate change and are pleased attorneys general from New York, California, Massachusetts and the Virgin Islands have already announced investigations. ExxonMobil may have robbed humanity of a generation’s worth of time to reverse climate change. The company continues to reject even modest requests to address climate change by its shareholders. Doing the same thing 62 times and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity. It is time for the pension funds to

accept reality and divest from a company that knowingly drove us toward climate catastrophe while obstructing action with fabricated doubt and denial. For a company focused solely on profit at the expense of the environment and humanity, perhaps divestment could be the catalyst that starts to change ExxonMobil’s irresponsible behavior. Already, responsible fiduciaries are rising to the call of climate leadership. The Rockefeller Family Fund, led by the heirs to the Standard Oil fortune from which Exxon formed, recently announced it would divest from ExxonMobil after years of trying to change the company through shareholder resolutions, saying the company’s deception was “morally reprehensible.” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has called on his state’s pensions to divest. In the past four years, more than 500 institutions across the globe, with assets totaling more than $3.4 trillion, have committed to some level of fossil fuel divestment. ExxonMobil’s actions may

have imperiled all of humanity. The U.S. military, Pope Francis, the majority of the American people and the 175 countries that signed the Paris agreement all recognize the imminent threat of climate change. By divesting from ExxonMobil, pension funds send a clear message: Companies that intentionally poison public dialogue, obstruct solutions and fuel climate catastrophe will not receive the public’s investments. When Anne Simpson, CalPERS’s investment director of global governance, joined the coalition bringing the resolution to Exxon, she said of climate change: “This isn’t an environmental issue. This has moved into the mainstream following the Paris agreement.” We wholeheartedly agree. The world is watching, and we can once again be a leader. It’s time to divest from ExxonMobil. Ted Lieu has represented California’s 33rd District since 2015 and sits on the House Budget and the Oversight and Government Reform committees. Whitehouse has served as senator of Rhode Island since 2007 and is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works; HELP; Judiciary; and Budget committees.

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