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LA’s Climate Action Saint Comes to Town By Adam R. Thomas, Reporter


n All Saint’s Day, Nov. 1, hundreds of environmental protestors gathered outside of downtown Los Angeles’ City Hall before marching to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s nearby office early in the afternoon and back again to rally with more speeches, including from the headliner, Greta Thunberg. The once holy day was most likely coincidental, but fitting. There was a definite reverence in the air reserved for Thunberg. The 16 year-old climate activist showed up at the end of the event organized by LA Youth Climate Strike to deliver a speech to a cheering and adoring crowd that never grew to a terribly large size for a downtown Los Angeles protest. It roughly hit a peak attendance of 1,000 to 1,500 attendees. At the start of the event shortly after noon, a few hundred people gathered in front of a stage set up in front of City Hall with a pair of very large television screens and an extensive sound system. After several minutes of waiting around in the roughly 85-degree heat of the afternoon, the digital muzak was broken through when Lydia Ponce, an indigenous organizer with the American Indian Movement, was the first to [See Thunberg, p.4]

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alk about your bad side effects. Since its release in 1996, OxyContin has been directly responsible for the deaths of more than 200,000 people, destroyed God knows how many lives, and has cost the rest of us trillions of dollars. Yet to date, the drug’s manufacturer (Purdue Pharma) and the private family that owns it (the Sacklers) have paid out just a small fraction of the revenue they’ve taken in from OxyContin in fines and damages. Before OxyContin took my sister’s life, it took my empathy and compassion. I am not proud of this, but the fact is that I have done a lot more thinking about

why Susan died than I did about who was killing her. Even as her life was imploding before my very eyes I told myself what society told me. She has only herself to blame. In the decade since Susan’s death, however, a flood of evidence has exposed the truth. Richard Sackler and Purdue Pharma intentionally manufactured my sister’s deadly addiction for its own maximum profit. I am far from the only one outraged by this blatant corporate malfeasance. Purdue Pharma as well as eight members of the Sackler family currently face more than 2,000 civil lawsuits filed by state and local governments and tribes. What’s more, in the past Democratic

Meet the new robber baron, same as the old robber barons.

It’s no mystery why the Sackler, Mellon and Rockefeller families are increasingly mentioned in the same breath. Sure, they have those vast fortunes in common. (Although it is interesting to note that the Sackler’s wealth now exceeds that of the Golden [See Pharma, p.8]

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Tacos, tacos, tacos p. 10

Purdue Pharma and the small secretive family of billionaires who own it have made millions from the prescription opioid addiction epidemic they helped to create. All the while, walking the check on its deadly and costly toll with impunity. Until now.

presidential debate fully one third of the contenders, (Harris, Castro, Warren and Sanders) called for Purdue Pharma executives and members of the Sackler family to be held criminally liable for the death and destruction that OxyContin has caused. (Move over El Chapo, meet your new roomies for life.) To understand just how sharp of an ethical U-turn this growing moral imperative represents, consider just how smooth of a ride the Sackler family has enjoyed until now.

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Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action rally on Nov. 1 in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Nathan Solis/Court News


Random Opportunities to Give Back

This column may be called Random Opportunities to Give Back, but it could just as well be called random opportunities to be generous when for three-quarters of the year we are absorbed with all things connected to ourselves. This holiday season is a chance for us to connect to our neighbors and our communities, to offer a kind word and a helping hand to folks in need.

Harbor Interfaith Services

During this holiday season, Harbor Interfaith is planning to distribute more than 700 complete meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The organization needs your help with donations. Here are the items needed: frozen turkeys (Thanksgiving), spiral hams (Christmas); canned vegetables, potatoes, stuffing mix, canned yams or sweet potatoes, cake mixes and frosting and grocery store gift cards. Times: 5 p.m Nov. 22 and 5 p.m. Dec. 19 Details: 310-831-0603 x224 Venue: Harbor Interfaith Services, 670 W. 9th St., San Pedro

The School Food Pantry

Food pantry provides a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Groceries are provided to families and individuals. Time: Every first and third Friday of the month (Pantry services will be closed when school is not in session) Details: 562-612-5001 Venue: Stevenson Elementary School, 515 Lime Ave., Long Beach

Community Food Pantry

Everyone needs to have the ability to nutritious healthy food. The program Food Pantry offers healthy food to homelessness and low-income families in the community. Details: (562) 426-9669 Time: Every fourth Wednesday of the month Venue: Lilly of the Valley Church 3056 Sante Fe Ave Long Beach

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Food Net-San Pedro Service Center

Enjoy a free community Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by Warren Chapel C.M.E Church and Justice for Murdered Children. Time: 12 to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 Details: 310-832-1145 Venue: Toberman Neighborhood Center, 1039 W. Elberon Ave., San Pedro

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Venue: Coast Christian Fellowship, 4000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance

Food Net Center provides food to low-income families and seniors. Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday Details: 310-519-6091 Venue: Food-Net San Pedro Service Center, 769 W. 3rd St., San Pedro

Come out and help the many volunteers from Wilmington’s charitable community serve a hot Thanksgiving meal to those in needs. Clothing, toys, and toiletries will also be distributed. Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Nov 28 Details: Venue: D Street between Avalon Boulevard and Maine Avenue, Wilmington

community and those in need. Food offered varies from day-to-day, but includes milk, eggs, cheese, bread, vegetables, fruits or juices. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Saturday Details: 310-320-4171 Venue: New Challenge Ministries, 21804 Halldale Ave., Torrance

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God’s Army United Services

Long Beach Rescue Mission

For 28 years, Mt. Sinai gives back by hosting its Annual Harvest Community Dinner and clothing drive. Church members donate, prepare and serve the meals. Last year, more than 200 meals were served. In addition to the meal, while supplies last, the guest will be able to take away clothing, nonperishable food items as well as toiletry items. Time: 12 p.m. Nov. 23 Details: 310-833-3223; Venue: Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 225 S. Mesa St., San Pedro

For 30-plus years, God’s Army has responded to the hunger crisis in various Counties and Countries by providing food, clothing, and shelter to people in need. The concept came to founder Vern Elder Ryan after his many years of service with the Los Angeles and Long Beach Food banks. Come to the first Saturday of the month to learn how to partner with GAUS. Sign up your organization for weekly free food pick up. Details: 424-558-4427;

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Service is available to anyone and is not based upon religious affiliation. This is a program to serve the

Providing a meal is often the first step to meeting the immediate needs of men, women, and children who are in a state of despair and hopelessness. With your help and generosity, our kitchen serves around 250,000 meals per year. Time: 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m., daily Details: 562-591-1292 Venue: 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach

Coast Christian Fellowship

Give out free groceries for those in need. Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays Details: 310-373-8573

The Salvation Army in San Pedro is responsible to lead by assessing meals which includes serving food. Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fridays Details: 310-832-7228 Venue: 138 S. Bandini St., San Pedro

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Harbor Area West Basin Annual Rain Barrel Giveaway to District Residents

CARSON—West Basin Municipal Water District is hosting a series of distribution events to give away free rain barrels to qualified district residents. The 55-gallon eco-friendly rain barrels help residents collect rainwater to use for landscaping and prevent runoff to storm drains. Distribution events will be offered throughout the South Bay through spring 2020. Registration is required. West Basin residents are eligible to attend any event and must install rain barrels within 30 days or they may be charged the cost of the rain barrel. RSVP. Time: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 16 Details: 310-371-4633; Venue: West Basin Municipal Water District, 17140 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson

Family Workshop on Anti-bullying and Empowerment

The focus of this interactive event will be on learning and practicing the power of being an upstander (versus a bystander) when witnessing unkindness or disrespect. Through speakers and parent/student breakout workshops, the day will offer inspiration, support and tools for parents and students, designed to empower and enable us to create a kinder and more positive community. Long Beach District 3 Councilwoman Suzie Pricewill speak at the event. Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Cal State University Long Beach College of Business, 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Room 139A, Long Beach

Elks Lodge Hiring Event

The San Pedro Elks Lodge will be hosting a hiring event to fill more than 30 part-time and full-time positions such as dishwashers, sales and administrative assistants, houseman, prep cooks and servers. Bring a resume and come ready to interview. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 8 Cost: Free Details: 562-570-3681; Venue: Elks Lodge, 1748 Cumbre Dr., San Pedro

Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Purpose Grants Information

The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Purpose Grants which are open to schools and 501 C3 organizations. Projects should benefit Northwest San Pedro area. Submit applications to melanie.labrecque@ before the Dec 16 deadline. Download a pdf version of NPG application here:

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Notice of Public Hearing to Adopt a New Building Standards Code


The City of Long Beach will conduct a public hearing to adopt and amend the 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Code. The proposed changes will go into effect on January 1. The proposed amendments consist of structural, fire and life safety, green building and sustainability, and administrative provisions or procedures. The majority of the proposed amendments are a continuation of previously adopted amendments from prior code adoption cycles. The public hearing will be held at the following Long Beach City Council meeting Time: 5 p.m. Nov. 12 Details: Contact, 562-570-6921; Truong.Huynh@ Venue: Civic Chamber, Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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Barragán Talks Impeachment By Dennis J. Freeman, Carson Reporter

Rep. Nannette Diaz Barragán brought her voice to the nation’s healthcare woes and impeachment talk of President Donald Trump in Carson on Nov. 2. Barragán, who represents cities and communities from Carson to Wilmington and San Pedro in her 44th District, made her appearance at Stevenson Park as part of a community town hall event at the park’s gymnasium. Barragán’s chief starting point centered on the growing national debt that’s been reported in other media outlets. “The debt has exploded under this administration,” Barragán said. “When President [Barack] Obama handed it off, this economy was in great shape.” Barragán noted that the debt exploded after Trump signed the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which also transformed the tax code. “I don’t know about you, but I had to pay $5,000 this year in taxes, the first time that I’ve ever had to pay more money,” Barragán said. “That tax benefit went to the top 1 percent of corporations... If you’re going to [explode the

LABOR Notes ILWU Int’l and Local 8 Hit with $93 Million Judgement

debt, then] provide all of us with healthcare... provide us all with education.” In September, Barragán and Earl “Buddy” Carter (GA-R) introduced House Resolution 4499, also known as the Research Endowment Revitalization Act. The bill allows the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to resume providing grants for critical research into minority health disparities. “The ILWU attempted to settle the case, but ICTSI’s goal appeared to be “union-busting on a global scale,” Adams said. “While we respect the process, we disagree with the excessive damages award of $93 million, which supposedly compensated ICTSI for lost profits and some additional costs for a five year period. The award is not supported by the evidence but rather is based on pure speculation and is several multiples of what ICTSI projected it would make during that same time period. We believe the jury’s damages award is inconsistent with the evidence, and we will raise these concerns with the court, and, if necessary, on appeal.” The jury determined 55 percent of the award must be paid by the ILWU and 45 percent by the local Portland chapter. Being about 100 miles upriver from the coast, Portland had it tough compared to the larger ports at Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. Some argued that the local labor strife proved not to be worth it to the carriers. [See Labor, p.4]

“You shouldn’t be making money off being a president,” Barragán said. “I frankly believe there’s enough evidence out there to impeach... If this isn’t enough, I don’t know what is. Do we have to wait and see [him] shoot somebody on 5th Avenue ... it’s crazy.” The majority of the audience was mostly middle-aged and senior citizens. “The reality is that this got escalated when a whistleblower filed a complaint about something about he or she heard on conversations that the President was having with other foreign leaders.” Barragán said. “In this instance, it was with the president of Ukraine. During that call, President Trump effectively was asking the president of the Ukraine for some assistance, to investigate the Bidens, his political opponent. He used this very clear language. He said, ‘Would you do us a favor?’ It is language like this that have led others, including myself, to basically call this out.”

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A jury in Portland awarded ICTSI Oregon Inc., the Port of Portland’s former container ship terminal operator, $93.6 million in damages from unions. The verdict, delivered Nov. 4, is a blow to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Local 8, the Portland chapter, and follows two weeks of a federal civil trial. The jury found that the union engaged in unlawful labor practices at times between Aug. 14, 2013 and March 31, 2017. The jury also found those labor practices were a major factor in causing damages to ICTSI. In a released statement, the ILWU International President William Adams noted that a verdict against the union was not unexpected, but maintained that the damages awarded were unmerited in light of ICTSI’s own mismanagement of the container terminal, which led to its failure.

Rep. Nanette Barragan, CA-44th District. Photo by Dennis Freeman

“This bill will allow more eligible institutions to conduct groundbreaking research to expand access to healthcare for underserved communities like ours in California’s 44th District,” Barragán said. Healthcare was one of the driving forces behind the town hall, but from a national and global perspective, the impeachment discussion around No. 45 has exploded on Capitol Hill. Barragán informed her constituents that what is happening now in Washington, D.C. is not a full-fledged impeachment but a formal process that might wind up that way. The House of Representatives took up a vote to formalize impeachment proceedings against Trump in a 232-196 vote in October. “It is not a vote to say, ‘Do you want to impeach the President?’” Barragán said. “This vote was [about] process.” Barragán went on to explain that Congress is continuing to depose witnesses, then make public the transcripts of those proceedings before starting open hearings on the question of impeachment. The most notable unethical act by President Trump is withholding military aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Not releasing his tax returns and possibly using the office of the presidency to benefit his family and himself, are topics that Barragán highlighted during her nearly two-hour speaking engagement. “You can’t make money off of being President of the United States,” Barragán said. The Carson-raised representative was referencing the more than 200 interest groups including corporations, foreign governments and various political associations that have spent money at Trump properties, not including his attempt to host the G-7 Summit at his Doral Resort.

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[Thunberg from p. 1]

Thunberg Comes to L.A. take the stage to cheers from the crowd. “Good afternoon!” said Ponce at the dais. “Yagna, relatives. You stand on Yagna land. Tongva. Anybody else saying different, they just don’t know and you can teach them.” With these words, Ponce introduced a number of indigenous speakers, singers, and dancers, who performed for the mostly white, mostly not composed of youth crowd in attendance. This included students from Anahuacalmecac International Preparatory High School, LA Unified’s only indigenous charter school. “What I am asking is that you help campaign to pass the Green New Deal,” said Ponce. “Had we had these kinds of conversations [in the past] globally, and locally, then we wouldn’t be in the kind of disastrous climate crisis emergency that we are in now.” During the presentation, at least one woman in the crowd appeared to faint from the heat before attendees and organizers procured a chair for her to sit in. Soon after, members from the Oakland/Bay Area group Youth vs. Apocalypse rallied the crowd and directed them to begin the

Activists pose with a sign at the Nov. 1 Climate Action rally on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Adam R. Thomas

planned march for the day. With a police escort and guided by event staff, the attending crowd gathered near Broadway and 1st Street between the Los Angeles Law Library and the empty lot currently bulwarked by the most

visible homeless encampment in Los Angeles. They then began their march down Broadway for two blocks before making a left on 3rd Street, where the marchers halted for several minutes to chant in front of Newsom’s downtown offices. “If it has to go on, it has to go on, right? I mean, it’s for the kids,” said Adrian Medina, a homeless man currently occupying a tent on the sidewalk of 1st Street near the empty lot. Medina’s positive sentiments about the march were echoed by Zach Gallagher, who watched from the Blue Bottle Coffee shop as the marchers passed on the corner of 3rd and Broadway. “I do believe that climate change is the existential threat of our time,” added Gallagher.


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[Labor from p. 3]


ICTSI, a subsidiary of a Philippinesbased company, formerly operated the Port of Portland’s container terminal. The lawsuit stems from a labor dispute between ICTSI and the union in 2012 when ICTSI became a signatory to a labor agreement with the ILWU but refused to assign all of the work covered by the collective bargaining agreement to ILWU-represented workers. The labor dispute was quickly decided in ICTSI’s favor by the National Labor Relations Board and later in federal court, while labor management relations at Terminal 6 worsened for unrelated reasons. Since ICTSI’s departure, the Port of Portland has resumed operating Terminal 6 in partnership with the ILWU, and the ILWU and the port are working together to bring new business and container services to Terminal 6.

Boeing 737 Max Safety Cover-up

The two most recent Boeing 737 Max crashes, the Oct. 29 2018 Lion Airflight 610 in Indonesia and the March 10, 2019 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, provide a tragic illustration of what happens when companies are put in charge of overseeing the safety of their own product. The crashes killed 189 and 157 people respectively. Investigations by regulators and prosecutors over the past year revealed a three-year-old internal Boeing survey which found that “one in three employees felt potential undue pressure” from management regarding their concerns. Engineers played dual roles, designing systems on behalf of the plane maker and certifying the same systems as safe on behalf of the Federal

“And I believe that young people understand that they’re going to live through the repercussions, obviously, and they’re making noise so that people in charge can take responsibility.” After a series of guided chants in front of Newsom’s office, the marchers then continued their circuit, making another left onto Spring Street and moving up Spring back to the stage in front of city hall. Another series of speakers from other young Climate Strike LA organizers began, including from Nizgui Gomez, a Santa Monica College student who lives and organizes in Wilmington as a part of Youth for Environmental Justice. “The reality is that people of color like myself and my community are often facing attacks in places where we learn, sleep and play,” said Gomez. “I believe that this isn’t right! We should live in healthy communities free from fossil fuels and that is why I am standing with you all today.” Gomez then detailed her activism in 2015 with Youth for Environmental Justice to sue the City of Los Angeles for rubber stamping approvals for oil drilling permits in her neighborhood. “The city settled, and recreated new public processing guidelines for new oil drilling. Personally, this victory was a very big moment for me. I have never felt so powerful, and I am so happy knowing that youth of color can put a stop to big oil!” After cheers from the crowd and a few more speakers, it was finally time for the headliner of the day’s events: Thunberg herself. After thanking the events’ organizers, the spritely Swedish teenager whose face adorned numerous signs held aloft by those listening and cheering [See Thunberg, p.8]

Aviation Administration. This is part of a decadesold agency program that effectively outsourced regulatory work to company employees. According to a transcript of internal messages reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, company pilots involved in the development of the 737 Max said that Boeing test pilots were “so damn busy and getting pressure” from the program officials overseeing the aircraft’s development that they lack sufficient time to help sort out technical issues from the aviators. This is the second Boeing cover-up of putting profits over safety measures. The prior incident involved a horizontal tail failure in the 2000 Alaska Airline Flight 261 crash 11 miles north off the coast of Port Hueneme in Ventura County. The crash killed 93 passengers and crew members. Boeing memos, reported The Seattle Times, acknowledged that they would rather pay the families of victims on occasional crashes, than spend $80,000 examining and repairing or replacing these defective parts on more than 1,000 planes. The FAA had accepted Alaska’s decision to inspect and grease the part less frequently. The National Transportation Safety Board found that Alaska’s failure to properly lubricate and check the jackscrew for wear directly led to the plane’s crash. A criminal investigation did not lead to charges even after the board posted its findings. The mechanic, John Liotine, who blew the whistle on the airline, and whose recommendation that the jackscrew be replaced on these planes was overruled, was fired by Alaska. Subsequent mechanics who have had the nerve to expose the airline’s cavalier attitude toward safety and maintenance have lost their jobs. — Mark Friedman, Contributor

Welcome to the Age of Fire By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

“We might rightly speak of a coming Fire material and building codes—he said, “but how Age equivalent in stature to the Ice Ages of the those houses are arranged on a landscape.” Pleistocene,” fire historian Steve Pyne wrote in Rebuilding with lax standards is “a late August. “Call it the Pyrocene.” misallocation of resources,” he said. “You’re Since then, California has experienced yet not taking the destruction as an opportunity another late fall wildfire wave to underscore to rebuild something new and more resilient. his point. Neither the acreage nor the death toll You’re wasting your time and resources. It’s matched last year’s horrific levels, but the quick going to happen again.” succession of dangerous blazes in wine country Similarly, at a policy level, Westerling said and the Los Angeles area—the Palisades Fire, the we need to “flip the script”: instead of doing “a Tick Fire, the Getty Fire and the Easy Fire — left scenario analysis where we project our problem the vividly accurate sense into the future” and then that no place in California “We can’t keep going back and trying to fix it, “we need can be considered safe rebuilding like things were before to start talking about from the threat of fire. what kind of future can and expect a better result in our Once again, California is we envision, a positive communities. How we built them, future… 2050 or 2075, a harbinger of things to come: Welcome to the Fire where we built them is predicated on pick a date and then work Age. an understanding of risk that is no backwards from that. “This is not going to Say, ‘How do we get that longer correct.” go away on its own or get positive vision?’” —Leroy Westerling better,” climate and wildfire It needs to be realistic

One helpful way of thinking differently to come up with solutions is the ecosystem services approach, based on recognizing the enormous economic value of natural systems. “If we can quantify the risk and benefits around how we manage the landscape, it raises the opportunity to raise private capital to invest up front in things like fuels management (controlled burns, thinning, etc.) in return for a stream of payments from the people who are benefiting from fuels management,” Westerling said. Presently, state and federal funds have been allocated for this purpose, but adding this source of private capital “could bring to bear a lot more resources in a short period of time…to help transform the landscape now.” Similarly, there’s been a massive loss of fire insurance recently. “Insurance companies don’t know how to quantify the risk moving forward,” based on traditional approaches, Westerling

said. But he has academic colleagues involved in two different insurance startups bringing much more science into the assessment process. “There needs to be more of that, we need [to] more precisely quantify how risk is changing, so we can make these markets function.” Without such innovations, the future of millions of California homeowners will be at risk—not just directly from fire itself, but just from the risk of it. Finally, Westerling said, we need to develop the capacity to move forward without national leadership. “The answer has to be a public dialogue about ethics and personal responsibility and reality—and not something around the personalities of Trump or Nancy Pelosi or any particular politician. It’s about our neighbors,” he said. We see countless heroic acts of civic cooperation whenever a major fire occurs. We need that same spirit to become our baseline to survive the Age of Fire facing us.


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in terms of technological constraints, “But I think it’s time for a positive approach and say, ‘You know what? We want healthy communities that aren’t blanketed in smoke for a significant part of the year, and where we’re not sitting two hours or three hours a day idling on the freeway trying to get to from the most affordable housing we can buy for the job that we have.” Working back from that future, he said, “We need massive investment in rapid transit. We need affordable housing closer to our work. We need walkable cities. We need to start reducing the wildland-urban interface instead of expanding it. We need to be able to manage vegetation to reduce the risk of these really high severity fires,” This generates a new set of questions: “Where is all that investment going to come from? And how do we build that future?” California is generally seen as moving its policies in the right direction, “Yet we see how the federal government can become a really big impediment,” Westerling said. “So, then the question arises how sustainable are our policy initiatives at the state level?” Relatedly he noted how, “The new governor, who everybody thought was going to be so environmentally progressive compared to the last one, canceled the high-speed rail [in part due to loss of federal funds.] That’s exactly the opposite of what we need to be doing in California,” he said. “Saying it’s expensive isn’t saying much. Building a highway is super expensive too.”


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scientist LeRoy Westerling told Random Lengths News, when asked for the most important lessons from the fires this year. “This was a relatively cool summer in California compared to recent years, but that didn’t matter,” he said. “We still get these really extreme fire seasons in the fall.” The driving forces are “not just higher temperatures drying things out more, which is part of it, of course. It’s also changes in the timing of fall precipitation,” he explained. The entire West has “a very highly variable precipitation regime” he notes, which climate change only makes more variable. The failure to get fall precipitation when expected extends California’s fire season into late fall wind season. “The combination of those fuels that are much drier and those winds, and higher temperatures has been pretty catastrophic for fire over and over again,” he said. As for old lessons we still haven’t learned, “We can’t keep going back and rebuilding like things were before and expect a better result in our communities,” Westerling said. “How we built them, where we built them is predicated on an understanding of risk that is no longer correct.” “We’ve got communities that have been rebuilt recently after some of these fires that are being evacuated again, the same people,” he noted. “You cannot relax the regulations, make it easier for people to rebuild. If anything, you’ve got to do the opposite, force greater resilience against fire,” not just at the individual building level—building

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Poking the Bear and What Comes Of It By James Preston Allen, Publisher

I was at the Little Italy fandango put on by Councilman Joe Buscaino when one of our newest civic leaders engaged me in some repartee about my latest article on the Bukowski bronze. “You know James,” he said. “You just keep poking the bear.” It’s an accusation I’ve heard before and thought to myself, “Well if you don’t like getting poked, quit acting like a bear.” However, being labeled as a “bear poker” isn’t the worst thing I’ve been called in my career. I’ve heard many slanders and threats from those who can’t put up an intelligent defense because they don’t think, they just react. However, contrary to what some may think, “poking the bear” isn’t about getting your jollies infuriating a bear, it’s about making a point that they or others want to ignore. From the other perspective of speaking truth to power, which is often considered irreverent or disrespectful, much can come from asking the impertinent question. I’ll give you three cases in point.

full of business people here who know that a good deal is one in which everyone walks away from the table feeling like they’ve got something of real value,” I said. I paused then said, “This isn’t that.” There was a kind of stunned silence before Gen. McCartney exploded back at the impertinence of anyone questioning his plan. His face reddened and he shot back, “You lying son of a bitch.” His officers all looked sideways and he stormed out of the conference room. That was the beginning of the end for his project. Clearly he wasn’t used to this kind of insubordination. However, later with the help of a retired LA City Park ranger, Ken Malloy, a series of articles and the help of then Councilwoman Joan Milke-Flores, White Point and Angels Gate Park were both transferred from the federal government to local control. My bear poking comment started a whole string of events that ended up with a huge win for the community.

Early one morning back in the 1980s. Lt. Gen. Forrest S. McCartney showed up at the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development committee to show off his design plans for Air Force housing out at the former Nike missile base on Paseo Del Mar at White Point. He came dressed in full military attire with a chest full of very impressive ribbons and medals, brass stars on his collar and an entourage of officers behind him. He was given the full respect of his position as he walked the committee through his plans to build lots of military houses on this last piece of 102 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat in coastal San Pedro. “This is going to be good for San Pedro,” he boasted, and then went on to explain that his plan would give the community a 15 foot “green space” surrounding the otherwise gated compound. There was a kind of hushed silence and an awkward moment of astonishment at the audacity of this plan, but no one wanted to embarrass the general. No one wanted to speak except me. “So you’re telling this committee that out of the 102 acres of land you’re giving the community a 15-foot green belt around a gated compound?” I asked somewhat innocently. “You realize that you are talking to a room

And so, Angels Gate Park was born at the same time with the creation of a cultural center as part of the deed transfer to the City of Los Angeles. The city’s Recreation and Parks Department came in to manage the new park, with LA Unified School District getting control of almost half the site for a future school (now the Olguin campus). In the years following, Recreation and Parks set up Park Advisory boards to give “stakeholders” some sense of ownership of their neighborhood parks. At one point I was informed that these Park Advisory Board meetings were being held at the park and were “invitation only” with no public notices or agendas. I show up anyway, knowing that this meeting violated the California open meetings law known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. At first, there was some surprise that I was there at all. The attendees and park director were cordial until the actual meeting started. Then they attempted to “excuse me” from the meeting, then insisted that I leave and then finally brought in the park ranger to have me forcibly removed under threat of arrest. My response to the ranger was, “You probably know more about the open container laws in public parks than you do about the open meetings laws in the state of California.” My point was that if he were to arrest me for trespassing at a public meeting in a public facility, things wouldn’t turn

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out well for either him or the park director. They abruptly canceled the meeting and I later wrote a column about this and sent a letter to the president of the Recreation and Parks Commission, and cc’d the letter to Mayor James Hahn. Some years later, I learned via Hahn’s thenwife that because of this incident the directors of more than 100 city parks were ordered to attend mandatory training at the New Otani Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on compliance with the open meetings law. Gradually, the entire city became aware of the Ralph M. Brown Act and started to comply.

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Back in 2001, some readers will recall that a coalition of community and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the plans by a Chinese shipping firm, China Shipping, to build a 110-acre terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The project was approved by the Los Angeles City Council without adequate environmental reviews, despite its potentially adverse impacts on health in nearby communities already suffering one of the highest concentrations of diesel emissions in the region. Well, this critical incident began with the thenPOLA deputy director inviting a few of us to sit down and talk about the future of Knoll Hill over Busy Bee sandwiches. My response was that it was going to take more than a few sandwiches to buy off the community on what the port had planned for this new terminal. And indeed after a long court battle, the Natural Resource Defense Council and the community activists prevailed with a $65 million judgment to mitigate the impacts. This was a game-changing event that stunned the port into rethinking its environmental policies and its relationship to the community that started

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two decades of reforms. I am honored that our reporters had something to do with covering this and giving voice to the community who had the nerve to poke the bear. Yet, this story isn’t quite over. Just last month POLA had to issue a supplemental environmental impact report. What is curious is how this supplemental EIR came into being. Once again in a room full of community leaders on the 5th floor of the Port of Los Angeles’ administration building, the director of environmental affairs, Chris Cannon, was giving a report. I asked one simple, poking question, “Has anyone done an audit of the China Shipping mitigation funds?” “Of course we have,” Cannon answered. But what hadn’t been done and what he didn’t admit was an audit of the compliance measures that were stipulated in the 2001 court order. Many months later, the slightly embarrassed Port of Los Angeles released the China Shipping audit report admitting that the terminal operators and the port were not in compliance and had not implemented 11 of the mitigation measures promised in the 2008 EIR and had granted secret waivers to China Shipping from complying with the 2004 settlement order. This was the issue the Harbor Commission board tried to rectify recently without rectifying the lack of compliance for the prior 10 years. The NRDC objected to the port’s sleight of hand and threatened to take the port back to court. These are just a few examples of bear poking that stand out in my mind for all of you who have either forgotten or who wonder why some journalists ask what often appear to be impertinent questions. It’s because there are some real benefits to poking a bear that needs a little prodding to cough up the truth.

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California Authorities Support Toxic Chemical Use By Refineries By Sally Hayati, Ph.D, Director Ban Toxic MHF

As you all know, I’m a pretty even-tempered guy. But sometimes, even I have to vent. And this is one of those times. A few days ago, my opponents, with the help of the Los Angeles Times, took a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook against Vice President Biden and launched a smear campaign against me using my son as a weapon. That’s right. My son. Using opposition research paid for by my opponents, the LA Times wasted 2,500 words using unnamed sources and sensational

conjecture to print a political hit piece against my family. But it’s worse than a political hit piece—at least opposing candidates have to provide sources and evidence of who paid for their attacks, and how much. The motivation is obvious: To slow down the freight train momentum of the front runner in the race to represent Los Angeles’ 2nd Supervisorial District. And make no mistake. I am the frontrunner. This summer we announced that my campaign for Supervisor raised more than all of my opponents combined. With that

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evidence supporting MHF safety claims. EPA’s study and inspection found Torrance’s official MHF hazard zone has “no clear basis.” EPA inspectors recommend using the HF hazard zone. Yet EPA administrators take no corrective action. Basic chemistry reveals MHF isn’t safe or even safer. MHF and HF are equivalent hazards. The HF toxic distances for EPA MHF scenarios are 16-17 miles. Five million live in the hazard zones defined by those distances. About 600,000 victims could be directly exposed to the plume. In 2017, AQMD resurrected Proposed Rule 1410. For nearly three years, the board heard testimony from staff, industry consultants, and the LA County Health Department that MHF safety claims are unproven, MHF is 99 percent HF and barely different, we can’t medically cope with an MHF release, an earthquake could cause a release and simultaneously disable mitigation systems, and MHF must be phased out to protect the public. But the AQMD Board, eight Democrats and five Republicans, unceremoniously terminated PR 1410 on September 6, 2019. Instead, the industry promised additional protective layers, an approach followed at the Bhopal plant that system safety experts deem ineffective. At the hearing, Philadelphia’s 2019 MHF refinery accident was presented as proof that emergency systems guarantee safety. But CSB’s recent report offers different lessons: The rupture of one corroded uninspected pipe elbow led to an HF/MHF release, large fire, three explosions, heavy projectile launches, and bankruptcy. The largest explosion would’ve caused a catastrophic release but, fortuitously, occurred just after HF/MHF evacuation. Nevertheless, 5,000 lbs of HF/MHF escaped as a dense vapor cloud, with only 38 percent mitigated, disproving MHF safety claims. Three courageous Democrats voted against PR 1410 termination: Supervisor Janice Hahn, Mayor Judy Mitchell (western LA County), and City Councilman Michael Cacciotti (eastern LA County). After decades of fraud, the Democratic Party still supports MHF. Board member Tom Perez did so by not showing up. Gov. Gavin Newsom did so by not reappointing ban supporter Dr. Lyou. Three members and appointing authorities voted aye: Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, (Mayor Eric Garcetti), Chairman Burke (Speaker Rendon), and Vanessa Delgado (Sen. Toni Atkin). Republicans all fell in line. This month a federal judge certified a class action lawsuit against the Torrance Refinery stemming from the 2015 explosion. Unfortunately, defined classes exclude millions threatened by MHF, mentioned in the initial brief. The scientific and economic facts support a HF ban. Although corporate interests dominate deep blue California, a broad organized community fight could yet win this battle, especially in alliance with unions not bound by shortsighted corporate partnerships. Our lives could depend on it.

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news and the support of more than 60 local elected leaders, every major law enforcement organization in Los Angeles and hundreds of labor groups, including the Los Angeles Labor Federation, UTLA, City & County Fire and the LA/OC Building Trades, my campaign stands stronger than ever before. With your help, we have made enormous progress and released the most detailed plan to address the most important issues facing LA County’s 2nd District including homelessness, affordable housing, traffic, climate change and family health and safety. Mudslinging tactics haven’t worked against me in the past and they won’t work in the future. It only serves to strengthen my commitment to fight and make Los Angeles County a better place to live, work and raise a family. I hope that you stand with me against these attacks. Herb Wesson Los Angeles City Council President

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The Torrance Refining Co. and Valero Wilmington Refinery are the only California refineries using hydrofluoric acid or HF alkylation. If accidentally released, HF would flash into a drifting ground-hugging toxic plume. A plume such as this could have the destructive magnitude of the 1984 chemical release at Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, which killed tens of thousands and disabled hundreds of thousands more. All other California refineries use liquid sulfuric acid for safety reasons despite the higher cost. Three viable affordable replacement options exist; hundreds of construction jobs would be created and no jobs lost. Regional HF emergency preparedness would be orders of magnitude costlier and far less protective. Sheltering in place during a significant HF release could be a death sentence, and a quake can release HF while making sheltering impossible. During a 1987 fire, a Torrance refinery supervisor implored arriving city firefighters to cool the HF tanks down “because the unit was within three minutes of exploding and killing everyone within three miles.” Residents demanded an HF ban. The City of Torrance sued Mobil, saying, “[HF] could cause a disaster of Bhopal-like proportions ... extend[ing] to other areas of Los Angeles County ... 100,000’s ... could be killed and double that ... seriously injured.” The Air Quality Management District adopted Rule 1410 in 1991. But learning from ultra-light cigarettes, big oil stopped a ban by promising to modify HF or MHF to make it “safe.” Relieved, Torrance dropped the lawsuit; AQMD let Rule 1410 die. Later, Philadelphia environmentalists forced their HF refinery to convert to MHF. In truth, MHF failed to meet safety promises, but still made the cut. “Safe” MHF is a disaster chemical, as shown by Environmental Protection Agency reports shielded from public scrutiny in the U.S. Marshall’s LA office. Those reports admit an MHF release from one settler tank could create a drifting plume capable of killing or permanently disabling for 3.2-miles (Torrance) and 4.3-miles (Valero). Victims of that release could number 27,000-40,000. That’s why MHF units bristle with emergency measures, unnecessary for sulfuric acid. Alas, as the AQMD Board explained in 1991, “engineering measures can... reduce the probability of an accidental [HF] release... [not] eliminate the possibility of a major accident.” Deceptively, the City of Torrance claims MHF “remains on ground.” AQMD labels Valero’s MHF adoption an “Environmental Justice Initiative.” The “safe” MHF fiction nearly cost the lives of tens of thousands during Torrance and Philadelphia MHF refinery explosions in 2015 and 2019. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board revealed that Torrance’s 2015 explosion nearly caused a “catastrophic” MHF release. The board’s investigation found little



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grandchildren of the Gilded Age. Forbes’ 2019 list of Richest American Families ranks them 20th, 23rd and 28th respectively.) But there’s more to it than that. Shine a light on the principles and practices behind their fabulous wealth and the truth is revealed. It’s all the same old white ChristiCon game. Like patriarchs of plunder before him, Richard Sackler made his fortune at the paradoxical intersection of laissez faire capitalism and racialized criminalization. Although OxyContin was not released until 1996, it is the lovechild of the 1980s and Reaganomics. Swept into office on a tidal wave of white economic anxiety and racial resentment, Reagan simultaneously deregulated Big Pharma and declared a War on Drugs. Slashing government oversight and approving direct-toconsumer advertising for the first time, Reagan transformed the Food and Drug Administration into the kind of business friendly, pro-pharmaceutical governmental partner Purdue Pharma would require in the future. Reagan’s legacy of sentencing discrepancies for nonwhite crack cocaine users and white powder cocaine users would prove key to OxyContin’s phenomenal marketing success. Oxycodone, the chemical cousin of heroin and up to twice as powerful as morphine, was invented in 1915.


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Sadly, my sister and countless other severe pain suffers would soon discover the falseness of this claim. Think about it. Less pain relief than promised + more pain than you can imagine = 0 good options. Like the vast majority of people whose lives OxyContin has destroyed, my sister was white, economically disadvantaged and lived in a rural community chock full of other poor The modern-day robber barons, left to right, Raymond Sackler and his wife Beverly, Mortimer Sackler white folks. In short, and his wife Theresa. File photo OxyContin’s target market. Like opium, from which it is derived, its slow-release, OxyContin could Thanks to the tools at the FDA, OxyContin oxycodone has long been considered effectively deliver 12 full hours of has been the most aggressively marketed highly addictive. Prior to the 1990s, constant and consistent pain relief. drug in U.S. history. Thanks to the stigma opioids were prescribed mainly for Significantly reducing the risk of of the Gipper’s war on urban people severe or acute cancer pain and end- addiction. of color, OxyContin was exclusively of-life palliative care. Although Purdue Pharma had marketed to primary care physicians in Unlike Percodan and Percocet, conducted no clinical studies on how predominantly white suburbs and rural which are blended with aspirin and addictive or prone to abuse the drug areas. Not coincidentally, these areas were Tylenol respectively, oxycodone is might be, the FDA approved OxyContin among those hardest hit by Reaganomics OxyContin’s sole active ingredient. for use in treating moderate to severe inevitable economic downturn. In addition, Purdue Pharma decided pain in 1995. In an unusual step, at the to formulate OxyContin in jumbo, same time the FDA approved a package Karma is a bitch, but justice is long-term release pills with potency as insert for OxyContin proclaiming an opportunity much as 160 milligrams, far exceeding that OxyContin was safer than rival As much as I will enjoy seeing the that of any other opioid on the market. painkillers, because the patented Sackler family financially destroyed and Sackler claimed that as a result of delayed-absorption mechanism “is criminally prosecuted, it won’t bring my the combination of this strength and believed to reduce the abuse liability.” sister back. But perhaps her death won’t

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be entirely in vain. As you may recall, a good deal of progressive legislation was enacted in the wake of the fall of the last Gilded Age. Shouldn’t the downfall of this dynasty of death pay a similar dividend? How about a government that protects health rather one that than sells it? Or, a renewed social safety net that enables community providers to offer community members an alternative to suffering alone? It still won’t bring my sister back, but it just might keep your sister from dying to make some rich plutocrats richer. I hope so with all of my heart. Heads up to readers who want to know more. Much of the factual information I have provided was gleaned from How Race Made the Opioid Crises by Donna Murch. As well as from up-to-the-minute reporting on this subject found at Vov. com. Check them out, you’ll feel better. [Thunberg from p. 1]


for her began her remarks: “Today in California we can see the wildfires happening just around the corner. Wildfires that are being intensified by the climate crisis. But it’s not just here, everywhere around the world we can see these horrible environmental feedbacks that countless people are suffering and dying from. Right now, we are living in the beginning of a climate and ecological breakdown, and we cannot continue to look away from it anymore… The older generations are failing us. They are failing future generations. Future generations that do not have a voice. And the biosphere doesn’t have a voice. So, we will be the voice that speaks up for them. And we will be the voice that speaks up for ourselves. Right now, that is what we are doing, we are speaking up. That is what we will continue to do every day that we strike, and every single day that goes by. We are speaking up, and we will not be silenced. Do you think they are listening to us? Well, we will make them listen!” Shortly after Thunberg finished her remarks and took photos with the events’ organizers, the assembled crowd—already partially dissipated from the hours of standing in the heat—largely dispersed while the younger event staff thanked the many “adult allies” that helped make the day possible. Thunberg was quietly escorted off the premises shortly afterward, while those still in attendance waited around for one last glimpse of a uniquely different kind of celebrity sighting for the average Angeleno.

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Guitarist and singer, Todd and Mike have played together through each of their multiple band incarnations since the 1990s. Mike of course is cofounder of the Minutemen, Secondmen, Dos, and fIREHOSE. Todd had his solo project, F.Y.P., Underground Railroad, Candyland, Clown Sounds and Toys that Kill. Right now he’s in three other bands including Jumpstarted Plowhards. [See sidebar on Jumpstarted Plowhards new album, Round One at jumpstarted-plowhards]

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“We’ve been trying to do this now for about 20 years here,” Todd said. “It’s just that we haven’t had a constant control over which spot we will do it at. It’s always at the mercy [of club owners] never paying the band enough to get back out on the road. If you pay them good, they will be back.” They soon realized this could really work if they could sell beer and just do this somewhere “legit.” Then it snowballed into Sardine. They canvassed the nearby neighborhood to ask neighbors about their thoughts on [See Sardine, p.13]

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Street — a little cat near the image of the band Devo’s mascot, Booji Boy. It was like a tag but it’s cute so they kept it, Todd said. In remembrance, there is also a big stencil canvas of Mike Watt’s bandmate, D. Boone, which hangs inside the kitchen area, visible through a glass door in the patron area. Boone and Mike formed The Reactionaries in 1978 and the two formed Minutemen in 1980 until December 22, 1985 when Boone was tragically killed in an auto accident. The opening of Sardine comes at an auspicious moment in San Pedro’s history. Momentum behind the development cycle in San Pedro appears to be growing with the announcement of a new project every few months, and a new condo development completed at just about the same frequency around downtown San Pedro and the waterfront areas. Todd is excited about the possibilities. “Now is the best time more than ever, to do something that represents the town, up here,” Todd said. “It’s 100 percent music focused and nobody’s telling us what to do based on making money.” But after a pause, Todd said, “We’d like to make money though.”

odd Congelliere is a busy man. The musician and business owner of Recess Ops record distribution company with Isaac Thotz, is also a longtime collaborator with great bassist Mike Watt — who he has just released a new record with. And very soon, Todd and Thotz will open their new San Pedro venue, Sardine. Though close to completion, Todd still has the blueprints for Sardine and other construction notes spread out across the bar top when this reporter visited him at the San Pedro venue. The main room once occupied by Ramona’s Bakery is painted entirely in dark blue and covered with distinctive artwork that look like album covers — some of the work was composed by Jamie Morrison, a musician friend in England. Todd noted that Sardine looks as if some boys with bad taste got together to build a clubhouse. A row of upright skateboards lined high above the entrance seem to illustrate that point with a nod to skate art and culture. Sardine feels inviting. It may be the robust bar facing you as you enter, the art that introduces you to the owners’ personalities or the old school jukebox or table-top video game in the front room. There is also some rogue art on the outside wall on 11th

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Todd Congelliere, known for his bands, F.Y.P., Underground Railroad, Candyland, Clown Sounds and Toys That Kill. Congelliere hooked up with Mike Wattt to form Jumpstarted Plowhards. Photo by Terelle Jerricks



owntown San Pedro is in the midst of a conflict in which everybody wins! Little Italy is in the works on lower 6th Street, promising a fragrant neighborhood with the recent firing up of Buono’s Pizzeria’s new pizza oven, recently delivered from Italy. The Pedro stalwart of excellent pizza, Buono’s is the pride of the downtown at the corner of 6th and Centre. A-1 Imports is bound for 6th Street as well, bringing decades of importing tradition to the neighborhood. Other restaurant activity is proceeding apace on 7th Street, where the Cutri family is working the old La Conga site. This clan of restaurateurs plans to bring Raffaello’s

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original to anchor the south side of the street, as Michael’s Tuscany Room, the elegant party space, shines on the north. Trani’s Ristorante chefs, Jim and his son, Dustin, are down to the studs on the pier at 22nd Street, renovating the old Canetti’s building to be home to a new place, where they plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. All great news for San Pedro!

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barbacoa, fish, veggie chorizo and camote (sweet potato). You’re invited to try a few. All are artfully presented, garnished with curls of carrot, radish and cilantro, dressed with salsa and avocado. Kalaveras also offers a house-made veggie chorizo with walnuts and lots of other goodies. The sweet potato is also an interesting taco with good texture and flavor, crowned with salsa. Every taco is beautiful and tastes like heaven — a winning

The fortunate conflict? San Pedro has also become taco central, which transforms Tuesday into the best day of the week in downtown. The wonderful new Kalaveras opened recently and has quickly become the place to meet for tacos and beer. Previously Neil’s, Kalavaras has brought new life to 5th Street. Bright and colorful, the new interior murals pay homage to Day of the Dead images of skulls and skeletons, swirling stunning colors in huge designs, all to splendid effect. Agular and Teresa Barajas, owners of Conrad’s Mexican Grill. Photo by Kalaveras is built for Conrad Chris Villanueva. fun, and it delivers. combination for $2.50. Monday could be lifted with $25 pitchers of cold Wednesday offers Mezcal cocktails margaritas, but Taco Tuesday is the day! for $7 from lunchtime on, and Thursday is Kalaveras has $2.50 tacos all day, including cerveza city as all draft beer is 50 percent off. choices like carne asada, chicharron, carnitas, Kalaveras has an imaginative and delicious menu, drawing from authentic Mexican cuisine, injected with fun here in California. Kalaveras is a limited chain with other locations in Whittier, Montebello, Bellflower and Redondo Beach. Look for festive mariachi bands. Kalaveras is always happy — just ask about their drink and snack specials. Kalaveras, 383 W. 5th St., San Pedro Details: 424-264-5454 [See Tacos, p.11]

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Conrad’s Mexican Grill

Conrad’s is the downtown secret, gaining huge word of mouth and social media reputation, especially for the vegan set. Conrad and his talented group are creating splendid mole, luscious guacamole, delightful ceviche, handmade chile rellenos and homemade salsa, but his true fame is due to his imaginative veggie and vegan menu, a first in the downtown area. Absolutely fantastic are the corn and mushroom tacos, a blessing to the taco genre but brilliant for vegan and omnivore alike. Veggie empanadas are lovely, crispy, fragrant, and Conrad’s Old School Tacos at Marina Café in Wilmington. File photo legendary salsa is natural complement. Conrad’s cozy location, previously home to Beach City Grill for over 30 years, is now the home of awesome tacos and so Come to the Marseille of L.A. in the heart of much more. the harbor at the Marina Café. Conrad’s Mexican Grill, 376 W. 6th St., San Every day has a great special at Marina Café Pedro and the view of the pulsing harbor at work is Details: 424-264-5452 worth the drive to the end of Peninsula Road

in Wilmington. Friday is Fish Taco and Beer day and this is the deal of the week, maybe the year. Two tacos packed with delicate fried fish, cabbage and a bit of onion, salsa and a frosty Tecate- out the door for $12.50. It does not get better than this! Miss Sherry is proud to host the best Friday Happy Hour with the house band

Sonador, featuring Carla Dominguez. Venture to the Marina Café for the best fish tacos in the port, a solid value with a spectacular view, mellow music and cold brew. Marina Café, 720 Peninsula Road, Wilmington Details: 310-847-1299

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Pina’s Mexican R e s t a u r a n t serves traditonal Mexican food from Michoacan for breakfast through dinner, and is known for specialty enchiladas, burritos, tacos and mariscos served in a comfortable, casual dining atmosphere. Pina’s now has a full bar, so come by for a real margarita! Catering available for any occasion. Hours: Saturday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pina’s Mexican Restaurant, 1430 W. 25th St., San Pedro 310-547-4621 •


A micro brewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted awardwinning 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 daily from 11:30 a.m.. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro, 310-831-5663


We are proud to serve our community for almost four decades. Generous plates of traditional Mexican fare are the draw at this family-friendly restaurant. Visit us at our new location — the Garden Village in San Pedro, where Tony got his start. Catering for every occasion, beer, wine and margaritas to your taste. Open Sun. and Mon. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Taxco Mexican Restaurant, 28152 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547-4554


The Victorian oak panels & elegant brass fittings will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. Featuring popular pub fare such as Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Choice Steaks, Roast Prime Rib, Beef Wellington & Roast Rack of Lamb. Seafood selections include Chilean Sea Bass, Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp & Sand Dabs. International draft beers & ales, and domestic craft beers on tap. Full bar; free, gated parking lot. Happy hour five days a week. Hours: Mon. 5 to 9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 1 to 10 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m. The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro 310-832-0363 •

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The Happy Deli is a small place with a big menu. Food is made-to-order using the freshest ingredients. Breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches include a small coffee. For lunch or dinner select from fresh salads, wraps, buffalo wings, cold and hot sandwiches, burgers and dogs. Delivery to your home or office available. Ask about catering your next event. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 am. to 8 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Deli, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • 424-364-0319

La Buvette offers rustic French cuisine featuring the freshest ingredients from valued local purveyors. La Buvette pays tribute to the classic French bistros of various regions of France where good food, good wine and friends come together to create the special joie de vivre. Free, private parking lot in rear Hours: Tues.-Wed. dinner 5 to 9 p.m.; Thurs. lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner: 5 to 9 p.m.; Fri. lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. Sat. coffee & croissants 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 5 to 10 p.m.; Sun. brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner 5 to 9 p.m.; closed Mon. La Buvette Wine Bistro, 335 W. 7th St., San Pedro • 424-342-9840 •

Conrad’s menu reflects the cuisine of his native Oaxaca with a fresh focus on local, seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features classic dishes from Oaxaca and regional Mexico, such as mole sauces, ceviche, empanadas and sopecitos. Sourcing the freshest ingredients, combining them with traditional flavors and rewriting familiar recipes into exceptional cuisine is Conrad’s mission. Ask about Conrad’s vegan menu. Caterng available. Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun. noon to 8 p.m. Conrad’s Mexican Grill, 376. W. 6th St., San Pedro • 424-264-5452

Built on the success of Happy Diner #1, Happy Diner #2 just expanded its dining room for parties of up to 100 guests and soon to open for dinner service. American favorites like omelets and burgers, fresh salads, plus pasta and Mexican dishes are served. Happy Diner #2 is casual dining, a place to enjoy a relaxing meal with family and friends. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Diner #2, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro 310-935-2933


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Family owned and operated since 1965, Buono’s is famous for exceptional award-winning brick oven baked pizza. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and handselected ingredients that are prepared fresh. Dine-in, take-out and catering. There are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Buono’s Pizzeria, 222 W. 6th St., San Pedro 310-547-0655 •

The Happy Diner #1 in Downtown San Pedro isn’t your average diner. The selections range from Italian- and Mexican-influenced entrées to American Continental. Happy Diner chefs are always creating something new—take your pick of grilled salmon over pasta or tilapia and vegetables prepared any way you like. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering for any occasion available for your home or office. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Diner #1, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • 310-241-0917


A MUSIC Nov. 7

First Thursday Dixieland Jazz The New Whalers, five-piece dixieland jazz band performs their best music. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 Cost: Free Details: Venue: The Whale and Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro First Thursday Open Mic at the Grand Annex Every first Thursday of the month, the Grand Annex in San Pedro will open up its stage to musicians, singer, songwriters and poets from all walks of life. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 Cost: $5 Details: Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 8

Ensemble Mik Nawooj Composer and pianist JooWan Kim’s ensemble Mik Nawooj captures an exciting fusion of hip-hop music and classical composition. Executed by MC and lyricist, Sandman, and an ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and drums, the result is an exciting combination of new and traditional musical energies. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 Cost: Free Details: artsforlife Venue: Carpenter Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

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The Living Sisters This is a harmony-filled collaboration from acclaimed Los Angeles vocalists Inara George (The Bird and the Bee), Alex Lilly, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond). Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 8 Cost: $27 to $53 Details: 310- 833-4813 Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro


Nov. 9 Randy Coleman Randy Coleman is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, performing a variety of timeless hits. Hi is influenced by Freddie Mercury, Otis Redding and Jeff Buckley. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 310-832-0363; Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Cubensis Acclaimed Grateful Dead revivalists, Cubensis welcome new jam band enthusiasts and remain loyal to the original music and fans. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: $22 to $32 Details: 310-833-4813 Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 10 South Bay New Orleans Jazz Club All interested musicians and listeners are welcome. There is no charge for musicians who agree to play. Time: 12:15 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10

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ARTS CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT Cost: $12 Details: 310-833-7538; Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Steven Vanhauwaert Steven Vanhauwaert is returning to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles under the direction of Charles Dickerson III. Time: 2 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: Free Details: 310-316-5574 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

Nov. 15 Feel the Music Join a night celebrating love and unity in our fight for a healthy planet. Guest speakers and amazing live music from the Happy Hallows and Restavrant are part of the event. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 15 Cost: Free Details: 562-584-6233; w w w. m a d e b y m i l l w o r k s . c o m / pages/elinordrinkery Venue: Elinor, 250 N. Tribune Court, Long Beach Sons of Mystro Born in South Florida to a Jamaican father and Barbadian mother, two brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, pop songs and their own creations accompanied by beats, a DJ and a guitarist. They are winners of the Emerging Artist Under 21 award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 Cost: $33 to $50 Details: 310-781-7171; Venue: George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance

Nov. 16

Boogaloo Assassins Enjoy a night of music by Boogaloo Assassins plus DJ Boogaloo Sound System Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $15 to $17 Details: 564-434-8292; Venue: Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach The PettyBreakers The PettyBreakers, the nation’s premier Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band return. Hear the classics including American Girl, Break Down, Free Fallin’ and Runnin’ Down a Dream. Time: 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $25 to $43 Details: Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Eric Burdon and The Animals Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer and prolific front man for The Animals, Burdon helped shape the rock landscape with his soulful vocals in the iconic favorite House of the Rising Sun. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $50 to $80 Details: 562-916-8500, Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos

The Interludes Los Angeles Camerata strives to tell stories of women and others silenced throughout history Oakwood Brass performs engaging selections to attract new listeners. Time: 3 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: 310-316-5574 Venue: First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad Host and creator of the awardwinning public radio program Radiolab, Jad Abumrad orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects to draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics such as the nature of numbers or the evolution of altruism. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $60 Details: Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach

Nov. 17 YYNOT Join the progressive rock band YYNOT’s Westcoast CD release. Time: 4 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: $30 Details: www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Folk Jam with Brother Pines The Red Leprechaun is being sold to new owners. This will be the last folk jam ever, so come out and support one last time. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: Free Details: 562-343-5560; Venue: Red Leprechaun, 4000 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Guest soloist Chris Brubeck, son of the late Dave Brubeck, performs a movement of his Trombone Concerto along with his father’s classic Blue Rondo à la Turk. Also on the program is the opening movement of Pat Williams’s Pulitzer Prizenominated An American Concerto and the world premiere of Varying the Elgar Variations by SJO music director Mitch Glickman. Time: 3 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: Free Details: artsforlife Venue: Carpenter Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach Harlem 100 Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, this event captures the sights and sounds of the city when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: $50 to $70 Details: 562-916-8500; Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos


Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly This holiday sequel to Jane

Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, focuses on Mary, the middle sister in the Bennet household. Amid verbal sparring and intellectual challenges, Mary Bennet breaks from her past to discover the possibilities introduced when an unexpected visitor appears for the holidays. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 30 Cost: $10 Details: http://www.lbplayhouse. org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

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Antony and Cleopatra Broadcast lve from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. Time: 2 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: $17.50 Details: Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance Seussical Enjoy a musical based on Dr. Seuss books: Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Catches the Egg and Miss Gertrude McFuzz. Through mishaps and adventures these characters finally find what each of them seeks- their unique place in the world. Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 Details: 310-781-7171 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance


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Kaleidiscope Dreams Mario Dred Lopez, as a child was amazed by street art. More than two decades later, Mario is showing and selling his artwork through social media and local art shows. Time: 6 p.m. Nov. 7 Cost: Free Details: Venue: PacArts Gallery 303 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro Wall to Wall In partnership with ViCA a street art exhibition opens at Machine Art Studio. In live, collaborative monoprint-making events the artists in the show and special guests create new original works of art on a special limited edition print of The Offs (1984), by master printmaker Mike Machin, owner of Machine Art Studio. The exhibition will continue until the end of 2019. Time: 6 p.m. Nov. 7 Cost: Free Details: www.machineartstudio. com Venue: Machine Art Studio, 446 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 8

Tangled Dimensions Art@Work’s fourth rotation will showcase Long Beachbased artist Katie Stubblefield and San Pedro artist Nancy Voegeli-Curran. or Stubblefield and Voegeli-Curran’s paintings and wall sculptures blur the line between 2-D and 3-D in a dialogue about the tangling, chaotic consumption of the natural world. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 Cost: Free Details: 310-519-0936; Venue: Art@Work Gallery, 100 Oceangate, Suite 375, Long Beach

Nov. 9 Fathom— Bridging San Pedro Four artists will work at Angels Gate Cultural Center to foster a greater awareness and association between the Port of Los Angeles, life in San Pedro and art as a daily lived experience. Join Blue McRight in creating suspended vertical sculptures that address projected sea level rise and the urgent problem of ocean plastic. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., Building G, San Pedro One Artist Five Oceans This landmark exhibition allows visitors to learn about the importance of ocean resiliency and coastal health while experiencing the ebb and flow of Eubank’s colorful oceanic artwork. The expeditions will be on view through Dec. 14. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 562-619-6084; Venue: C Gallery Fine Art, 441 E. Broadway, Long Beach Mutations—A Grotesque Group Show Join as Dark Art Emporium welcomes new works from 18 artists. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 562-612-1118; Venue: Dark Art Emporium, 256 Elm St., Long Beach

Nov. 10 Farewell Peggy Sivert and Ben Zask in a mixed media exhibition features works on paper and assemblage. Sivert uses imagery of powerful horses in action. Zask works with found objects, reworking previous art by incorporating them into an installation that has relevancy. His themes work with war, music and climate crisis. Time: 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: Free Details: www.michaelstearns Venue: Michael Stearns Studio @ The Loft, 401 S. Mesa Ave., San Pedro El Nopal Press as a Project Poet and scholar Ramón Garcia, artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres and curator, writer, educator Anuradha Vikram will present brief papers that reflect on the border as a “cultural crossing...a metaphor for a state of mind.” They will be joined in conversation by Francesco Siqueiros, founder of El Nopal Press. Time: 12 to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: Free Details: 562-985-5761; contemporary Venue: Kleefeld Contemporary, 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

Nov. 16 PVLD Annual Community Art Show Artists of all ages and all mediums participate each year in this fun event. Live music will be provided. A presentation of awards will take place at the reception and the exhibit will be on display until Dec. 31 Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: artinourlibrary Venue: Peninsula Center Library,

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Fantastic Fungi, the Magic Beneath Us This consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet. Time: 11 a.m. Nov. 9, 10 a.m. Nov. 10 Cost: $10 Details: www.arttheatrlongbeach. org Venue: Art Theatre 2024 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Nov. 11 Veterans Day Film Festival The Battleship IOWA Museum will host the first Veterans Day Film Festival, debuting the Emmy Award winning documentary, The Last Signal and WWI documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, with a live Q&A by Emmy Award-winning director Kyle Olson. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 Cost: Free Details: veteransdayfilmfest Venue: Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro

Nov. 16 Prints by Brian A. Bernhard Each carving features a limited edition series of 15 hand-pressed, signed and numbered prints with professional archival inks. There will be limited edition, all hand made vinyl stickers, totebags, bandannas, a limited series of T-shirts and additional merchandise. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: blockprintingshhow Venue: Embrace the Weird Gallery at Crafted, 112 E. 22nd St., Unit A206, San Pedro A Step Forward In the heart of a former U.S. Navy town with a history of gang violence, environmental pollution, and government neglect, the Filipino Migrant Center started a Walking Club at Hudson Park and brought together long-time residents to engage them in improving their health and their neighborhood. RSVP. Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: alex@filipinomigrant Venue: East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, 2448 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach

Nov. 17 National Parks Adventure Narrated by Robert Redford, this documentary tours the aweinspiring landscapes, historic sites and untamed wilderness of America’s great parks. Time: 4 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: $10 Details: Ticketsfilmseries.asp Venue: John Olguin Auditorium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr. San Pedro Train to Freedom The Consulate General of Germany in Los Angeles and the German American School Association invite you to watch, Train to Freedom. Accompany refugees from East-Germany on their exhausting train-journey through communist EastGermany towards the border of

West-Germany and into a new life in the western world. RSVP. Time: 2 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: Free Details: 562-693-0223; office@ Venue: The Alpine Village Klub Haus, 833 Torrance Blvd.,

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Cocktails Made Simple Enjoy an interactive cocktail demo with Amin Benny, aka The Bar Host. Using recipes from his new book, Benny will create—and share!—several cocktails made with WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye Whiskey. RSVP. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov.9 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, 731 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro


Local Authors Book Signing This free event will feature an array of books focused on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, wildlife, and children’s education. Meet local authors and learn how they brought their book ideas to fruition. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 310-544-5375; Venue: Point Vincente Interpretive

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Nov. 16 Auntee Shirlee Storytime And Book Signing Come for an Official Auntee Shirlee Story Time and book signing. Time: 11 a.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: www.zendensanpedro. com Venue: The Zen Den San Pedro, 360 W. 6th St., San Pedro Off the Page: The Story Behind the Stanzas In this poetry storytelling event, three celebrated poets and authors from the greater Long Beach area will read poems and tell the stories of how they came to be, revealing their inspiration. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: Free Details: storybehindthestanzas Venue: Long Beach Public Library, 200 W. Broadway, Long Beach

Nov. 17 From East Garrison to the Ranch House Longtime San Pedro resident Peter Gravett, Major General, U.S. Army (retired), will sign copies of his book, which chronicles his family’s migration from the Jim


Pottery Sale The potters at Blue Water Clay present November’s First Thursday pottery sale. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Blue Water Clay, 803 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

Nov. 9

Walk Cabrillo Pack a snack and join a walk guided by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Education staff. Starting at the Aquarium courtyard, you’ll visit the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. Explore each habitat and discover signs of the season along the shore. Examine fossils, native plants and beach wrack. Time: 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 310-548-7562 Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

Nov. 10 Succulent Diversity in Our Own Backyard The local mountains are home to a plentiful and varied assortment of dudleya. John Martinez and Nils Schirrmacher have photographed these succulents in habitat, trekking slopes and canyons to uncover our native treasures. Time: 1 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: Park entrance $10 Details: Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula

Nov. 12

Ocean Resiliency Explore the world’s oceans with expedition artist Danielle Eubank and discover ways to reclaim our oceans. Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12

Javanka Steptoe Storytime Families are invited for a storytime featuring Javaka Steptoe’s Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning books. Come for the stories and stay for the craft which will be inspired by Steptoe’s illustrations. Time: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 Cost: Free Details: 310-548-7779 Venue: San Pedro Public Library, 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Nov. 15

3rd Friday On Pine Join a Thanksgiving celebration for local veterans with holiday card making. Make a card for a vet, decorate it and then it is taken to the Veterans Hospital. A 20-pound Butterball turkey raffle, funds go to Long Beach Vets For Peace Music by Long Beach Unplugged and Kress Markets famous street tacos Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Kress Market, 434 Pine Ave., Long Beach

Nov. 16 Absolute Best of Long Beach Awards The time is here for the biggest community celebration in Long Beach. You nominate; you vote; you choose the winners. Featuring delicious food from Long Beach restaurants and live performances including The Dark Art Emporium experience. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $35

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Get into the holiday spirit in a sea of gifts and decoration. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 Cost: Free Details: www.Torrance Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance Autumn Festival The Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and AsianAmerican cultures. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 Cost: Free Details: www.aquariumofpacific. org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

Nov. 17 Point Vicente Native Garden Volunteer Event Join a volunteer day in the native plant garden. Participants learn about native California plants and gardening skills. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Closed-toed shoes are required. Please bring sun protection and water. RSVP two days before the event. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Point Vicente Interpretive Garden, 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes

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money than LA. Because LA’s overhead is way more than in any place in Pedro. It’s just never made sense to me that a band can’t get a fair shake. We’re trying to sustain it and everybody involved. “It’s hard to make money off record sales so most bands tour. They make money off their T-shirts and the door money. And for them to come back and do this for you again, you’ve got to pay them. We are trying to get people in that mindset.” Todd has gotten more response about Sardine from people he’s never met or who haven’t seen their show. “I feel like it’s something - not by design, so we’re not taking the credit but I feel like it turned into something that’s for a wide range of people that live here,” he said. “Like it’s going to exceed their expectations. This town is more supportive than most. It’s much different than LA. [San Pedro] has an intention to support local businesses and you see it with a coffee shop, or bakery opening up. You see there is a willingness to support it even if there is not an interest in the product. It’s almost weird… That’s nice, it doesn’t happen everywhere.”

Legion Sports Festival The 2nd annual Legion Sports Fest is the ultimate fitness experience where people can ignite their own fitness superpowers. Time: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: $25 to $150 Details: www.LegionSportsFest. com. Venue: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

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Details: Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

confirm this but he’s happy to go with that idea. They plan to invite various music genres — not limited to a type of music but more about the feel of it. Todd added many new bands are popping up. He likes to always book a local band with a touring band. They plan to invite bigger acts that are probably “too big” to play but because its San Pedro they can maybe go unannounced, “nothing too crazy but big for the underground.” “It’s a totally unique place to be because we are not in the markets of Los Angeles or Orange County,” Todd said. “That’s where national touring bands go. They never come here. It’s almost like there’s this appeal to come play here because they’ve never done it.” Todd gets requests from bands that would never come here but that’s fine with him. They can pair them up with local bands that will get a bigger following and then they can come back and headline at Sardine. “We’re going to go play in Pedro and it’s going to be awesome, but we’re not going to get money,” Todd said. “That’s not right,” Todd said. “If a show is packed the bar is probably making more

Crow segregated South where his parents worked as sharecroppers to eventually migrating to San Pedro in the early 1940s. Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 17 Cost: Free Details: 310-832-2424 Venue: The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

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a venue. “We felt it was the right thing to do, to make sure that if there was anybody opposed to it, [we’d] tell them that we’re not just opening up some strip club,” he said. Many people were very positive about it and took the opportunity to ask more about their plans, adding that they were coffee fans. Everything resulted from their discussions with the whole neighborhood. Plus, they will have a record store inside and sell coffee. Todd called it the Swiss army knife of fun places. They anticipate having a grand opening in late November when they hope to bring a show with Mike Watt and Toys That Kill in the back room of Sardine called Recess Ops — after their distribution company. Their sound partner, Barry Johnson came up with the name Sardine, which Todd adds is perfect for this city. There was a suggestion that during prohibition there used to be Sardine Bars that were just called that but once you went inside, alcohol was flowing. He hasn’t been able to


Senior Citizens Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale Get into the holiday spirit and find that one of a kind gift among all the handcrafted items made by talented and gifted local seniors. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 Cost: Free Details: 310-320-5198 Venue: Ken Miller Auditorium, 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance

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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Long Beach, California, acting by and through the City’s Board of Harbor Commissioners (“City”) will receive, before the Bid Deadline established below, Bids for the following Work: DEMOLITION OF FORMER HARBOR DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING COMPLEX at 925 HARBOR PLAZA LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2504

Bid Deadline:

Beach PB System and for information on this Project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at http://www.polb. com/economics/contractors/ default.asp. Copies of all Port insurance endorsement forms, SBE/ VSBE Program forms, Harbor Development Permit Applications and other Port forms are available at h t t p : / / w w w. p o l b . c o m / economics/contractors/ forms_permits/default.asp. NIB -2 Pre-Bid Questions. All questions, including requests for interpretation or correction, or comments

Prior to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Bids shall be submitted electronically via the Port of Long Beach PlanetBids (PB) System prior to 2:00 p.m. Electronic Bid (eBid) results shall be viewable online in the PB System immediately after the Bid Deadline.

Contract Documents Available:

Download Contract Documents from the Port of Long Beach PB System Vendor Portal: Click on the POLB Vendor Portal 1. Register and Log In 2. Click “Bid Opportunities” 3. Double-click on respective bid Project Title 4. Click on Document/ Attachments tab 5. Double-Click on Title of of Electronic Attachment 6. Click “Download Now” 7. Repeat for each attachment For assistance in downloading these documents please contact Port of Long Beach Plans and Specs Desk at 562-283-7353.

Mandatory PreBid Meeting:

Project Contact Person:

Date/Time: November 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM Location: Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility 1st Floor Meeting Room 725 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802 Deepen Upadhyay, deepen.

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regarding the Contract Documents, must be submitted no later than December 3, 2019, at 5 p.m. Questions received after the pre-Bid question deadline will not be accepted. Questions must be submitted electronically through the PB System. Emails, phone calls, and faxes will not be accepted. Questions submitted to City staff will not be addressed and Bidder will be directed to the PB System.

NIB -8 Mandatory SBE/ VSBE Participation. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/ Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. The combined SBE/VSBE mandatory participation requirement for this project is twenty-seven percent (27%), of which a minimum of five percent (5%) must be allocated to VSBEs. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/ VSBE participation requirements. Responsiveness of the bid will be conditioned on the Bidder submitting an SBE-2C Commitment Plan demonstrating the Bidder’s intent to meet the combined SBE/VSBE participation requirement. If the Bidder’s Commitment Plan does not demonstrate intent to meet the combined requirements, the Bid will be deemed nonresponsive.  The Port’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance.  Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at 

NIB -4 Summary Description of the Work. The Work required by this Contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: Perform hazardous materials abatement, demolition and removal of administration building, site demolition and removal, earthwork, placement of crushed rock and dust palliative once demolition is completed, and placement of movable K-rail and fencing at the former Port of Long Beach Administration Complex at 925 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA. Refer to Section 01 11 00, Summary of Work in the Technical Specifications for additional information. NIB -5 Contract Time and Liquidated Damages. The Contractor shall achieve Substantial Completion of Work within 300 calendar days and Affidavit of Final Completion of the Project within 390 calendar days as provided

NIB -7 Contractor Performed Work. The Contractor shall perform, with its own employees, Contract Work amounting to at least 25% of the Contract Price, except that any designated “Specialty Items” may be performed by subcontract. The amount of any such “Specialty Items” so performed may be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees. “Specialty Items” will be identified by the City on the Schedule of Bid Items. The bid price of any materials or equipment rental costs from vendors who are solely furnishing materials or rental equipment and are not performing Work as a licensed subcontractor on this project shall also be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees.

This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. No Contractor or Subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 (with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code Section 1771.1(a)). No Contractor or Subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5. NIB -10 P r o j e c t L a b o r Agreement. This project is subject to the requirements of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), included as Appendix AA. The Contractor and all tier subcontractors must sign a Letter of Assent before commencement of construction and be bound by each and every provision of the PLA, including, but not limited to: payment of prevailing wages; payment of fringe benefit contributions to union trust funds on behalf of workers; use of union hiring halls as a source for workers; follow alternating referral procedures if employing Core Workers; and Local, Disadvantaged, and Veteran worker utilization goals. Per the Department of Industrial Relations, projects covered by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) are exempt from the requirement to submit electronic CPRs directly to the Labor Commissioner’s Office. In lieu, the Contractor and all Subcontractors will be required to submit electronic or hardcopies of CPRs and labor compliance documentation to the Port of Long Beach. NIB -11 Tr a d e N a m e s and Substitution of Equals. With the exception of any sole source determination that may be identified in this paragraph, Bidders wishing to obtain City’s authorization for substitution of equivalent material, product, or equipment, are required to submit a written request for an Or Equal Substitution using the form included in Appendix A together with data substantiating Bidder’s representation that the non-specified item is of equal quality to the item specified, no later than

NIB -14 C o n d i t i o n a l Award of Contract and Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. NIB -15 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds and other acceptable Bid Security shall be guaranteed and valid for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -16 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. NIB -17 Iran Contracting Act of 2010. In accordance with Public Contract Code sections 2200-2208, every person who submits a bid or proposal for entering into or renewing contracts with the City for goods or services estimated at $1,000,000 or more are required to complete, sign, and submit the “Iran Contracting Act of 2010 Compliance Affidavit.” Issued at Long Beach, California, this 14th day of October, 2019. Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California Note: For project updates after Bid Opening, please contact plans.specs@polb. com.

The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department (Harbor Department) has prepared a Recirculated Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) to address the environmental effects of the street vacations at Avalon Boulevard, Fries Avenues and A Street. Initially, the roadway segments will be closed using fencing and krails followed by permanent closure through modifications including the installation of cul-de-sacs, curbs and gutters, driveways, sidewalks, and signage. The street closures are necessary to comply with California Public Utilities Commission General Order 135, which limits road-crossing blockages due to trains to 10 minutes. The IS/MND is being recirculated for a period of 30 days for public review and comment. The 30-day public review period starts on October 31, 2019, and ends on December 2, 2019. A copy of the document is available for public review on the Port of Los Angeles website at: http://www.portoflosangeles. org; the Harbor Department Environmental Management Division located at 222 West 6th Street, San Pedro; the Los Angeles City Library San Pedro Branch at 931 S. Gaffey Street; and at the Los Angeles City Library Wilmington Branch at 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington. Comments on the Recirculated IS/ND should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 30-day public review period and must be postmarked by December 2, 2019. Please submit written comments to: Christopher Cannon, Director City of Los Angeles Harbor Department Environmental Management Division 425 S. Palos Verdes Street San Pedro, CA 90731 Written comments may also be sent via email to ceqacomments@portla. org. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and a valid mailing address in the email. CN965443 10-31-19 Nov 7, 2019


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NIB -1 Contract Documents. Contract Documents may be downloaded, at no cost, from the Port of Long Beach PB System Vendor Portal website. Bidders must first register as a vendor on the Port of Long Beach PB System website in order to view and download the Contract Documents, to be added to the prospective bidders list, and to receive addendum notifications when issued.

Bidders are encouraged to RSVP for the Pre-Bid Meeting through the PB System; located under the “RSVP” tab of the Prospective Bidder Detail. Following the meeting a list of Pre-Bid Meeting signed-in attendees will be available on the PB System.

NIB -6 Contractor’s License. The Bidder shall hold a current and valid Class “A”, California Contractor’s License to construct this project.

NIB -13 B i d S e c u r i t y, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City.


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fourteen (14) calendar days after City’s issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP). Authorization of a substitution is solely within the discretion of the City. NIB -12 NOT USED.

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NIB -3 Mandatory PreBid Meeting and Site Visit. The engineering staff of the City’s Harbor Department will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 10:00am, on November 14, 2019, in the 1st Floor Meeting Room, of the Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility, 725 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802. Attendance is mandatory for the Contractors. It is not mandatory for Subcontractors but highly recommended. Each Bidder shall attend the mandatory Pre-bid meeting and the mandatory Site Visit, inspect and examine the Project Site and perform any observations and measurements to further document existing conditions and may use photography and/or video to aid in preparation of Bid Documents. The City makes no guarantee that existing construction and site conditions matches construction depicted on record reference documents. It shall be the Bidder’s responsibility to identify existing conditions during the Site Visit. Each Bidder must have a valid picture identification card (driver’s license or TWIC card), hard hat, steel-toed boots, and safety traffic vest to attend the Site Visit. Prior to the Site Visit, Bidders shall review the hazardous materials survey reports in Appendix DD and the Limited Microbial Assessment Report in Appendix II for conditions within the administration building. Bidders are advised the Site Visit will include a walkthrough of the eight-story administration building; if any accommodations are required, please provide notification through the PB System using the Q&A tab. EACH BIDDER MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING SHALL DISQUALIFY YOUR BID.

NIB -9 Prevailing Wage Requirements per Department of Industrial Relations. This Project is a public work Contract as defined in Labor Code Section 1720. The Contractor receiving award of the Contract and Subcontractors of any tier shall pay not less than the prevailing wage rates to all workers employed in execution of the Contract. The Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The rate schedules are available on the internet at http://www. and on file at the City, available upon request. Bidders are directed to Article 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning payment of prevailing wages, payroll records, hours of work and employment of apprentices.


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