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HACLA curtails community involvement in RFP panel p. 2 Goods movement conference returns to Carson p. 5 Circus Vargas Steampunk comes to town p. 11 Winemaking in San Pedro: An ancient tradition for the modern age p. 12

Ports Approve Deeply Flawed CAAP Wide-ranging public objections ignored

By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

[See CAAP, p. 4]

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[See Resistance, p. 6]

Shortly after it was announced that a grand jury handed down a 12-count indictment against former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and another campaign official, Rick Gates, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-CA 33rd District, called upon Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation. “We’ve been down this road before,” Lieu wrote in an emailed message to supporters. “Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in order to “relieve pressure” from the investigation into Russia’s involvement with electing

On Nov. 2, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approved an update to their Clean Air Action Plan in a public meeting that left many local residents deeply disappointed with the yawning gap between the lofty rhetoric and the grimy details. “Today really is a day to celebrate,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka proclaimed. But many public commentators disagreed. Laura Cortez of East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice, summed up the feelings of many. “When the new CAAP came out I was excited to see zero missions as a priority for this port complex,” Cortez said. “I now feel disappointed at the lack of follow-through with the excuse of technology neutrality and the expense of big business, and the feeling that this meeting is simply a formality, and that you have already made up your minds.” “We are not looking to have close to zero-emissions what we want is zero-emissions,” said Evangelina Ramirez, who works with the Long Beach Alliance for Children With Asthma. “This is supposed to be valid zero-emission plan that we’ve been waiting for,” said Morgan Wyen, of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “But instead, it treats zero-emission trucks and near-zero exactly the same, until it is too late, basically the last year of the deadline, 2035. It does not even meet the most basic requirements of the mayors’ joint declaration for, I quote, ‘measurable milestones to help ensure progress.’” Instead of milestones, it offers only a range of projections. For trucks, these start with 1 to 14 percent zero-emission trucks in 2024, and conclude with 55 to 100 percent in 2036. Even then, the year after the stated goal date, non-zero-emission trucks will still be allowed at the ports, but will be charged a higher access rate. Another major flaw is the failure to protect port truck drivers, who bore the lion’s share of the first Clean Trucks Program’s cost, due to illegal misclassification as ‘independent owneroperators’ and diabolic lease agreements. As things stand, they could be forced to buy near-zero trucks in the next few years, followed by zero-emission trucks in the decade after that. “Why is it that we have to pay for the clean air?” port trucker Manuel Rias asked during public comment. He did not receive an answer.

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Harbor Area Carson General Plan Update

Share your vision for the future of Carson as it updates of its General Plan. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 Venue: Congresswoman Juanita MillenderMcDonald Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson

Mobilizing Town Hall

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Redevelopment of Rancho SP Moves Forward Residents may find it difficult to be a part of RFP review panel By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Community Relations Officer John King promoted the idea that Rancho San Pedro’s public housing residents and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles are on a journey together. King spoke at an Oct. 26 meeting regarding the public housing’s redevelopment.

Black College Fair

Students are invited to learn more about historically black colleges and universities and meet with recruiters, alumni and students. Representatives from more than 50 schools will be in attendance. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 Details: Venue: Long Beach Convention Center, Seaside Room, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

July 2018. It’s doubtful the residents knew beforehand that one of the tradeoffs would include restrictions on who among themselves could participate on the RFP review panel. King informed the residents that the RFP will not be translated into Spanish, that the panel representative must be able to attend all the meetings, sign a confidentiality agreement and an ethics agreement to not meet with the developer or otherwise corrupt the RFP process. The confidentiality agreement could effectively prevent the panel representative from discussing the RFP with residents. The panel selection won’t be completed until December. Rents will still operate the same with 30

percent of adjusted income in new development. No decision has been made on moving residents during reconstruction. There will be a bus tour to Jordan Downs Redevelopment to give Rancho residents an opportunity to speak with other residents who have undergone a similar experience. The developer will be asked if it will be possible to include an affordable housing component, but it’s not a requirement. Many Rancho residents were concerned about the timeline by which to expect demolition and construction to begin. The short answer they were given was 2 to 5 years, but the timeline is ultimately up to the developer that’s chosen.

Progressive Democratic Club

Meet like-minded people in taking pro-active steps toward furthering progressive ideals. Time: 4 p.m. Nov. 12 Details: Venue: Denny’s, 600 E. Carson Plaza Drive, Carson

Long Beach Harbor Commission

The Long Beach Harbor Commission will consider approving sponsorship requests, increasing a contract with Harbor Breeze Corp., subgrant contracts with Long Beach City College and accepting a cooperative agreement from the Environmental Protection Agency. Time: 6 p.m. Nov. 13 Details: POLBHarborCommission111317 Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

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The Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Harbor Administration Building in San Pedro Time: 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 Details: schedule.asp Venue: Harbor Administration Building, Board Room, 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

Little Owl Goodwill Donation Drive

Little Owl and Goodwill are hosting a donation drive until Nov. 16. Items that are accepted include: gently used clothing, books, sporting goods, home decor, housewares, household textiles, furniture, televisions and computers. Time: 9 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Nov. 16 Details: (562) 786-5333 Venue: Little Owl, 3426 Linden Ave., Long Beach

HACLA released a request for proposals about two months ago, a 45-page document on the redevelopment of the 20-acre property. In a series of meetings, HACLA had solicited what residents wanted prioritized. Requests included better constituent services and access to fresh food. Scanlin noted that with these wants there had to be tradeoffs, but they would aim to avoid trade offs that would displace residents. Residents will have first right of offer, rent structure will be equivalent to current rates. There would be no major financial impacts to residents. HACLA will retain ownership of the land on which the housing sits, but will be contracting with the developer to manage it and collect rents, while abiding by HACLA rules. King said they are looking for a developers with at least 10 years experience, who have a track record of working with communities. The request for proposals should be completed by the end of November. A request for qualifications will be released by January 2018 and a selection completed by

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The Torrance Democratic Club is hosting its next meeting featuring guest Sen. Ben Allen. Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 13 Details: Venue: Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, 21211 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance

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Enjoy a three-course meal, share stories and take action to defend DACA. Chef Antonio shares his traditional Mexican recipes. Time: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 Cost: $35 Details: santa-luna Venue: Santa Luna, 422 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington


[CAAP, from p. 1]

Ports Approve CAAP “A truck driver doesn’t properly stop at a sign in the ports and we are banned,” port trucker Seko Vaina said. “So, if companies doing business in the ports are to abide by local state and government law, then why are these companies not banned?” He, too, received no answer. Renée Florez is a port trucker who was fired after sharing his story with USA Today, losing all the equity in his truck — an arrangement based on violating both state and federal labor laws, yet it would still be allowed under the new CAAP. “For four-and-a-half years I had to pay for a truck which was supposed to be for clean-air,” Florez said. “Working 20 hours a day, six days a week. And even then I wasn’t able to pay the

high cost for this clean air truck.” “I lost my house and health behind the first program,” trucker Tracy Ellis said. “You are getting away with murder.” While the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Eric Garcetti and Robert Garcia, were overwhelmingly upbeat in their assessments, delivered at the start of the meeting, mayors from two nearby cities struck a decidedly different tone, which was echoed in many public comments. “My constituents don’t want to wait 17 years for clean air, they expect clean air now,” Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero said. Her city is surrounded by four freeways. “I have three inhalers that I have to live with on a daily and a regular basis,” she said, holding

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up her inhalers for everyone to see. “It’s not the trucker’s fault, it’s the fuel that is the problem here. They need to bring the goods into the interior of the country, but it’s being subsidized by lungs like mine and the overall health of my residents, and all of our community’s residents.” South Gate Mayor Maria Davila struck a similar theme. “I represent a community with the highest level of asthma, diabetes and obesity,” she said. “I lost a husband from asthma and I have three kids with asthma. It’s very personal to me to be here and to ask you to please take action now to make this possible earlier than later…. We need clean air now.” Joe Lyou, a board member at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, was more measured, but also disappointed. He cited three significant failings in the plan. First, enforceable reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions. “That’s what we need at South Coast [Air Quality Management District] and that’s what we need to prove to the [Environmental Protection Agency] that we can provide,” he said. “I also would have preferred a set of detailed interim

of truck they drive. On the opposite extreme, Daniel Witt, from Tesla, said that their new heavy duty model would be “unveiled in a couple of weeks,” and that “Zero-emission technology is going to be here a lot sooner than people realize. It’s going to be a true economically viable alternative to the technologies that have the greatest market share today.” “You have a responsibility today, that for our children in our communities, this plan needs to go further,” said Sylvia Betancourt, Long Beach Alliance for Children With Asthma project director. “We know a lot of work went into it, but zero emissions technologies do exist…. You heard a lot of commentary from natural gas, but that is just the detour on our way to what we know is a viable technology.” “This is not the ‘Nearly Clean Air Action Plan,’ it is the Clean Air Action Plan and we need to get to electrification as soon as possible,” said Carrie Scoville, who represented Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council on the Port Community Advisory Committee for about a decade. “Transit agencies across [Los Angeles] County are already

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and credible milestones that would have put us on a path to your zero-emission goals…. Those are outstanding goals, but we really need to know how we’re going to get there. Unfortunately, these things aren’t in the plan.” Lyou acknowledged that the port board members “could think it would be a little too much to make those changes right now,” but did have a third missing piece that was easily fixed. “You can agree that you will set your heavy duty truck access rate in a way that will encourage and prioritize the replacement of the oldest trucks, the 2007 to 2009 trucks that are on the road today,” he said. By committing to this graduated rate — that is lower for the newer trucks and higher for the older trucks —you help get the oldest and most polluting trucks off the road sooner, rather than later.” The early testimony was dominated by paid industry representatives, most representing or supporting natural gas. But two such speakers disrupted things a bit. First, Tom Fulks from the Diesel Technology Forum spoke to “express our appreciation for your balanced approach to reducing emissions,” thus making a mockery of everyone else using the bogus “balanced approach” narrative. He then showed how twisted “balance” can become, saying, “The old diesel, we agree, needs to be cleaned up.” He also called “clean” diesel “the preferred technology for truckers,” even though almost all truckers have zero say about what sort

there. Foothill Transit already has electric buses. We have, in Southern California, Proterra, Kinkisharyo, BYD, Complete Coach Works. These are all companies that are building electric buses here, now, today to meet the demand of Los Angeles transit agencies. We also have Phoenix Cars that builds electric flatbed trucks. We have US Hybrid which builds semis, hybrids and fuelcell trucks. It’s already here. Why are we talking about natural gas?” “I disagree with the statement that the CAAP is technology neutral,” said Sherry Lear, co-organizer of 350 South Bay Los Angeles, a climate action group that also works on environmental justice issues. “The CAAP should not be technology neutral… You should be advancing and promoting the cleanest energy technology that we have to get zero-emissions as quickly as possible. We can electrify the port from its rail system, to its crane operations, to — as we heard from Tesla — electric big rigs…. We have this technology. “The City of LA, the County of LA are going to have 100 percent electric buses here in the next few years. There’s no reason we can’t be doing this with technology across the board, including the big rig trucks.” Richard Havenick, a key San Pedro activist who relentless pushed the transition to low-sulfur ship fuel, raised the issue of inaction with regard to ships.

[See CAAP, p. 17]

Moving Forward Conference Returns to Carson After 7 Years By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

“We are here for the marginalized,” longtime Carson activist Ricardo Pulido said in his opening remarks to the Fourth International Moving Forward Network Conference at the Carson Community Center on Oct.13. “We are here for the voiceless.” It’s been seven long years since the previous conference in Carson, which brings

together activists and allies working to protect communities, the environment and workers across the country and around the world from the negative impacts of poorly-regulated freight movement. But when the many different struggles that make up the whole are examined individually, the evidence shows there’s been enormous progress in combating these impacts and in building the strength of communities to resist. There’s also been a profound strengthening of connections with broader environmental justice and climate change activism. This was reflected in the keynote speech by Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. Yearwood pointed out that Dr. Martin Luther King’s last legacy was fighting for mark! Lopez, executive director of East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice was on the opening panel of the Moving Forward Network Confer- environmental justice on behalf of sanitation workers ence. File photo

in Memphis, Tenn. just like the [port] truck drivers whose struggles were highlighted at the conference. He also noted that a year before that, when King gave his anti-Vietnam War speech, A Time to Break Silence, many in the Civil Rights Movement criticized him, but he said, “No. All of this is connected, because we won’t win as a silo movement.” “We have to be comfortable losing everything for the next generation,” Yearwood said. “This is our lunch-counter movement.” Before Yearwood spoke, the opening panel struck a number of guiding themes for the conference, most notably by mark! Lopez, executive director of East Yards Communities for Environmental Justice. “I grew up in the movement,” Lopez said. “And, what I understood from a very early age is that what we were doing wasn’t necessarily about one project, it wasn’t about one issue, it wasn’t about one truck, or one train, or one ship. A lot of what we were doing was about building community. Because we have a structure, we can protect ourselves from anything.” That’s true for the conference as well. “We’re not here just to hear a couple of speakers,” he explained. “We’re not here just

to attend a couple of workshops. We are here to build community and build power.” A key part of that power is shared stories, shared experienced, shared knowledge and shared understanding. The joining of health and scientific experts with community organizers has been one of the key forms of sharing that’s driven the movement. Ed Avol, professor of preventive medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, spoke immediately after Lopez. “The industry often talks about doing their fair share in cleaning up,” Avol said. “And, I’ve never quite understood that phrase, because I don’t understand what a fair share of your personal health is or the fair share of your children’s health…. How do you assign the ‘true cost’ of not being able to play with your friends? To having to take medication to be able to breathe? It may even shorten their lifespan. May even lead to chronic disease or death. These are costs that I don’t think have a fair share, because there’s nothing fair about them!” Labor is another key to the movement. Teamsters’ Vice President Fred Potter, head of their Port Division, also spoke during the [See Forward, p. 17]

Fighting Hunger: the Never-Ending Battle By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

• Long Beach: Food Bank of Southern California distributes food directly and through other nonprofit organizations to about 250,000 people throughout the county every week (about 2.5 percent of the population). Truckloads of surplus produce come in and corporations provide employee volunteers regularly. 1444 San Francisco Ave., Long Beach. Details: (562) 4353577, • Long Beach: Rescue Mission is planning Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, along

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• San Pedro: Harbor Interfaith has no kitchen or pantry but accepts donations of food (and money and clothing). 670 W. 9th St., San Pedro. Details: (310) 831-9123, (310) 831- 0603, www.

• Torrance: GA United Services, through which Vern Ryan and his daughter Arlene Hyde have distributed about 150,000 pounds of food to perhaps a dozen organizations in almost as many communities—including Long Beach, Carson, Watts, Lomita, Gardena, Wilmington, and Torrance. They estimate they feed about 500 people on a weekly basis. Torrance’s post offices donate everything collected from their annual food drives—about two tons of food every year. Other support comes from such companies as Trader Joe’s. 22121½ Vermont Ave., Torrance. Details: (310) 530-0400,

with food and gift drives. Volunteer coordinator Bethanie Miller estimates, “We serve about 19,000 meals a month and distribute about 2,000 articles of clothing.” The mission serves meals at the 140-bed Samaritan House (for men) and the 50-bed Lydia House (for women and children) and to the general public. 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach. Details: (562) 591-1292,

• Carson: St. Vincent De Paul Society, in partnership with St. Philomena’s Catholic Church, distributes bags of groceries every Tuesday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The volunteers estimate that 25 to 30 families and 5 to 10 homeless individuals are fed every week. Most of the clients come from Carson, but also from Torrance and Long Beach. They also distribute clothing and toys. 21922 S. Main St., Carson. Details: (310) 835-7161,

• Torrance: New Challenge Ministries is the largest food bank in the South Bay, said John Hernandez, president and senior pastor. It distributes about 4,000 pounds of food per week to about 15,000 people every month via about 20 organizations. They include the Boys & Girls Club and the Los Angeles Unified School District. (The district assists about 600 hungry families, including Washington High School, which teaches more homeless and foster children than any other school in California). Many grocery and other food companies donate their surplus. 21804 Halldale Ave. Details: (310) 3204171,

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More people go hungry in Los Angeles County than anywhere else in America — the roughly 1.5 million people who need food assistance is a number that’s remained fairly constant throughout this decade. Other counties across America rank higher in terms of population percentage, but Los Angeles ranks highest in the sheer number of chronically hungry mouths to feed. Government and private programs address hunger based on the principle that freedom from hunger is a right. Article 25 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food.” Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28 but the fight against hunger never ends. For communities in the Harbor Area, several food banks and charities are constantly serving residents who need food assistance. With the holidays approaching, many organizations are scheduling food drives — but they’re always in need of food, money and volunteers:


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[Resistance, from p. 1]

San Pedro Breaks Ground on Mixed-Use Building SAN PEDRO — On Nov. 2, developers Ryan Guthrie of Holland Partner Group broke ground on 375unit mixed-use development near 5th Street and Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro. The seven-story development at 550 Palos Verdes St., which will include 5,000 square feet of ground retail, is estimated to cost $24.5 million and be ready for renting out by early 2020. Most apartment units are expected to be about 900 square feet and have a pool and fitness center as amenities.

Harbor Community Clinic Recognized for Patient-Centered Care

WASHINGTON, DC — On Nov. 3, the National Committee for Quality Assurance recognized Harbor Community Clinic of San Pedro as a National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. The designation signifies the use of evidencebased, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. The patient-centered approach combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

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LONG BEACH — A woman died after two cars collided Nov. 2, near Pacific Coast Highway and Lime Avenue, Long Beach Police Department officials said. The incident took place at about 6:30 p.m. Long Beach paramedics took the pedestrian in critical condition to a local hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries. Officials said the preliminary investigations found that the woman was riding her skateboard south on Pacific Coast Highway at Lime Avenue outside of the unmarked crosswalk, when a 55year-old man driving a 1991 Nissan Pathfinder crashed into her. The impact threw the woman onto the street where a 62-year-old woman driving a 2005 Toyota Sienna ran her over. Both vehicles remained at the scene and the drivers cooperated in the investigation. Witnesses are asked to call (562) 570-7355.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-33rd District) has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration.

Rep. Nanette Barragan has bittersweet memories of the night she was elected to congress in the 44th District, succeeding Janice Hahn, who’s now a Los Angeles County supervisor “I remember getting into my car; I had the radio on and I remember the commentator saying Trump has won another state and it looks like he’s going to become the next president of the United States, and I said to myself, ‘Did they make a mistake? What’s going on here?’” Barragan recounted. “Then I got to my campaign office and by then, as the reports were coming in, it was pretty much he was going to win. But they hadn’t called it yet. My office … there was just complete silence. I was in shock. A lot of people were really sad. By the time they called it, people were crying. We were in a state of disbelief and shock.

Details of Grand Jury Indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was a pregnant pause until it delivered a set of grand jury indictments on Oct. 27 and an announced guilty plea three weeks prior. The announcement promised that these were just the beginning. A grand Jury indicted the Trump campaign’s former chairman Paul Manafort, and his deputy Rick Gates III on 12 counts, including: • Conspiracy against the United States • Conspiracy to launder money • Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts • Unregistered agent of a foreign principal If convicted, Manafort and Gates will have to fork over real or personal property that was involved in the offenses they were convicted. The underlying story reads likes a minor villain in a James Bond movie in which Manafort and Gates acted as unregistered agents of the Ukrainian government and a Ukrainian political party from 2006 to 2015. According to the indictment, the pair was paid millions of dollars for the work — payments they sought to hide from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service through foreign bank accounts and corporations. The accounts were opened in places such as Cyprus in the Mediterranean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean and the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Manafort and Gates hid the existence of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts. Because Manafort and Gates directed a campaign to lobby United States officials on behalf of the Ukrainian government, the president of Ukraine and Ukrainian political parties, they were required by law to report their work and fees. That’s not what Manafort and Gates did. Instead, when the Department of Justice sent inquiries to Manafort and Gates in 2016 about their activities, Manafort and Gates responded with a series of false and misleading statements. The indictment further alleges that Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying a dime in taxes on that income. Manafort, without reporting the income to his tax preparer or the United States, spent millions of dollars on luxury goods and services for himself and his extended family through payments wired from offshore nominee accounts to United States vendors. Manafort also used these offshore accounts to purchase multi-million dollar properties· in the United States, including a three properties in New York. He then borrowed millions of dollars in loans using these properties as collateral, thereby obtaining cash in the United States without reporting and paying taxes on the income. The indictment alleges that in order to increase the amount of money he could access in the United States, Manafort defrauded the institutions that loaned money on these properties so that they would lend him more money at more favorable rates than he would otherwise be able to obtain. Gates aided Manafort in obtaining money from these offshore accounts, which he was instrumental in opening. Like Manafort, Gates used money from

[See Indictments, p. 7]

Long Beach Reaches $13 Million Interstate 405 Settlement

LONG BEACH — On Nov. 2, the City of Long Beach announced it reached a $13 million settlement agreement with Orange County Transportation Authority and California Department of Transportation for various corridor safety and traffic mitigation improvements related to the Interstate 405 Freeway improvement project in Orange County. The litigation, which was filed by Long Beach in July of 2015, alleged that the proposed I-405 widening project would cause serious traffic impacts in Long Beach and that Caltrans and OCTA had failed to properly analyze or mitigate these impacts in the Environmental Impact Report for the project. Under the agreement, the city will receive a robust package of traffic mitigation projects valued at just over $13 million. The $13 million in incoming funds will be used to enhance portions of Willow Street, Los Coyotes Diagonal, and Bellflower Boulevard, as well as portions of State Route 22 (SR22)/Studebaker Road, 7th Street, and Pacific Coast Highway. The $13 million in funding is contingent on OCTA and Caltrans proceeding 6 with their I-405 widening plans.

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Trump. If Trump attempts to fire Robert Mueller or otherwise interfere with the investigation, Congress must step in. I am working on legislation to protect the Special Counsel from being fired.” We were not able to get Rep. Lieu’s recollection of his reaction on election night in time for inclusion in this story, but he’s on record as saying he was as shocked as anyone, but gave Trump the benefit of the doubt. At an April 2017 town hall meeting, Lieu said that benefit ended not long after Trump’s inauguration.

Newly elected Rep. Nannette Barragan (D-44th District)

“It was bittersweet in that sense. When our numbers first started coming out, we were down by, like, 16 points. It was still kind of a downer night. It wasn’t until a couple of hours later when we took the lead that there was some sense of celebration but the shock of what was happening to the presidency was still there. We were all still celebrating my outcome but we were all wondering what [Trump’s victory] meant for the country and what it would mean for me coming into Congress with a Trump presidency. “Under Trump, this country has changed for the worse. He has been a disaster. The reality is everything he has been doing has been to undo progress that we have made over the past several years. He has turned this country into a divisive

one. He has negatively impacted people’s lives.” Barragan, noted that the 44th District is 70 percent Latino and that people are living in fear. “They are worried that their families would be split up,” Barragan said. “There are families being split up because they are at the wrong place at the wrong time. “If he has his way, we will see cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency that will dramatically impact the districts that rely on the EPA to help curb air pollution. And we need that. We already live in a district that is one of the most heavily polluted. He’s proposing cuts to homeless programs and community block grants that’s aimed at curbing homelessness. And in Pedro, we’ve seen an explosion in the homeless problem. They are not investing in the things that we need and Trump is behind that…. He is devastating not only to the country but the 44th Congressional District in particular.” Rep. Alan Lowenthal, 47th District, described the Trump presidency of the past year as an undoing of all the progressive politics of the past 30 years, and noted that that, too, was a shock. “When Mr. Trump was first elected, I thought

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-47th District) believes the country under Trump is headed in the wrong direction.

he was taking us in the wrong direction,” he said. “And now, I’m convinced that he is.” Lowenthal went on to say that whereas, the United States used to be a beacon of hope throughout the world, he believes it has lost that ability to lead and inspire people. “You know when it comes to the presidency, I always want, regardless of who the person is, [See Resistance, p. 7]

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these offshore accounts to pay for his personal expenses, including his mortgage, children’s tuition and interior decorating of his Virginia residence. In total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. Manafort laundered more than $18 million, which was used by him to buy property, goods and services in the United States, income that he concealed from the U.S. Treasury, the Department of Justice and others. Gates transferred more than $3 million from the offshore accounts to other accounts he controlled. In 2005, Manafort and another partner created Davis Manafort Partners Inc. to engage principally in political consulting. DMP had staff in the United States, Ukraine and Russia. In 2011, Manafort created DMP International LLC to engage in work for foreign clients, in particular political consulting, lobbying and public relations for the government of Ukraine, the Ukrainian political party — the Party of Regions, and members of the Party of Regions. DMI was a partnership solely owned by Manafort and his spouse. Gates worked for both DMP and DMI and served as Manafort’s right-hand man. The Party of Regions was a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Beginning in 2006, it retained Manafort, through DMP and then DMI, to advance its interests in Ukraine, including the election of its slate of candidates. In 2010, its candidate for President Viktor Yanukovych, was elected President of Ukraine. In 2014, Yanukovych fled Ukraine for Russia in the wake of popular protests of widespread governmental corruption. Yanukovych, the Party of Regions, and the government of Ukraine were Manafort, DMP and DMI clients. The European Centre for a Modem Ukraine was created in or about 2012 in Belgium as a mouthpiece for Yanukovych and the Party of Regions. The Centre was used by Manafort, Gates, and others in order to lobby and conduct a public relations campaign in the United States and Europe on behalf of the existing Ukraine regime. The Centre effectively ceased to operate upon the downfall of Yanukovych in 2014.

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someone who my kids and my grandkids could really look up to and say, “That’s the president.” I just cannot say that about Mr. Trump,” Lowenthal said. “All he does is belittle people and attack people, and if you don’t agree with him—he puts you down.” Barragan recounted the Democratic struggles of pushing their own agenda while keeping track of Trump’s actions, noting that he’s governing in such a way where he’s asking Congress to save him and the country from himself. Barragan notes that this has created an additional strain, forcing Congress to determine if his actions are even constitutional rather than focus on their agenda. Barragan quickly noted there are a number of congressional Republicans, who are willing to work with Democrats … just as long as they are not seen doing it. “The fascinating thing is in Congress, there are actually a number of members across the aisle on the Republican side who don’t even agree with the president and don’t like the president,”

she said. “So there are opportunities for us to actually work together with members across the aisle and we have to find those members. Some of them have been vocal and you don’t have to look very far.” Barragan pointed out Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker as an example. Unfortunately, vocal Republicans like these have limited time in Congress; they are either retiring, or in Arizona Sen. John McCain’s case dealing with a potentially terminal illness. Basically they have nothing to lose. Lowenthal described a similar experience of disappointment. He was at a Long Beach restaurant with some of his campaign staff, friends and family, watching the returns come in. “We started off with such great excitement and anticipation that Hillary Clinton would be our next president,” Lowenthal said. “Early on, I thought we were going to do OK, we were ahead in Pennsylvania — remember we came out of Philadelphia ahead … and we ultimately did win in Virginia, but it was close at


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George Papadopoulos, a former member of the foreign policy advisory panel to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, pled guilty, as part of a plea deal, to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigations concerning the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals connected to senior Russian government officials.

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On Nov. 2, the joint commissions at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted unanimously to approve the Clean Air Action Plan 2.0. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called this a visionary action that would affect the lives of millions and those of generations to come. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia mostly agreed. But this document was signed despite vocal criticism from the community advocates who have been pushing for policy changes for decades. The Clean Air Action Plan is in direct line with a growing policy shift that has been taking place for the past 20 years here in the San Pedro Bay. It is also in direct line with the climate change initiatives of Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature, for example, the extension of California’s cap and trade program and the policies of multiple agencies from the California Air Resources Board to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The problems with the visions of zeroemissions future is the strategy on how to get there and the $14 billion cost. This is where the community, environmental groups and some labor activists part ways with the ports. Yet the accomplishments of the existing clean air action plans and the activism from the local area have been recognized around the world. This division might appear to be a difference between tactics and strategy, but it belies a deeper rift in the state and city governments: Blue Democratic leaders confronted by more progressive, vocal and organized Bernie-crat activists demanding action now, not more promises on zero-emmission later. The interim step seems to be the promotion of natural gas vehicles as the port claims truly emission-free trucks are not ready for prime time. Yet other agencies, like the transit authority, are almost 100 percent emission-free now (See front page story in this issue for more on this). However, the truth of this claim could be easily ascertained when the two ports issue a joint request for proposals calling for the cleanest technologies available to replace diesel trucks and other mobile yard equipment for a pilot project. Either the zero-emission technology exists now or it doesn’t. With all of the current buzz about promoting blue tech solutions and STEM

education, it would seem to be incumbent upon the two ports, the two cities and the State of California to host a clean tech convention just to see who shows up and see what works.

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What was also left out of the Clean Air Action Plan meeting was any kind of official recognition of the community activists from the San Pedro Bay communities that have fought with the ports for decades on environmental issues. Yet, at the Moving Forward Conference in Carson recently, Christine Loh, former undersecretary for the environment in Hong Kong said, “The inspiration for us [was] in looking at ships started in Long Beach.” Dennis McLerran, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho during the Barack Obama administration, told similar stories of how [community] actions in Southern California helped initiate change all along the West Coast. The actions of local environmental justice groups have spread far and wide since the clean air issues being addressed here have global implications. Everyone knows this, but little credit is given to community leaders who pressed our governments to change. For the past 20 years leading all the way to the Clean Air Action Plan update meeting in 2017, the entire focus has been on cargo movement. From the Alameda Corridor to China Shipping, to the Green Omni Terminal and to the 2006 Clean Air Action Plan, everything was about global trade. Not much was said about human mobility in the greater San Pedro Bay region. The priority placed on goods movement above environmental impacts is the core conflict facing the ports or more precisely, profits before people. This is similar to the dilemma we faced a decade ago when the issue was good jobs versus green solutions. At the time, it was incomprehensible that blue collar unions would ever embrace environmental goals. Yet they now have. The solution to this current dilemma should not be an either/or proposition, but a both people and profits proposition. The missing piece of the Clean Air Action Plan 2.0 is a comprehensive human mobility plan that takes a look at how the ports take cargo off the streets, how people move into and out of the

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No one seems more attuned to this global impact than California’s Gov. Jerry Brown, who traveled this past week to meet with religious leaders at the Vatican before pushing for greater climate collaboration between California and the European Union amid hundreds of members of the European Parliament and European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on Nov. 7. as part of a 10-day European tour. Later on his tour, in Stuttgart, Germany, Brown worked to further

strengthen California’s ties with the German state of Baden-Württemberg, co-founder of the Under2 Coalition. In comments while on this trip, Brown noted that “California has carved out a unique path,” despite it being a subsidiary of the federal system in the United States. Local port authorities, charged with carrying the state along that path, don’t address the human impact that’s here right now. That is the concern regarding the Clean Air Action Plan 2.0; as passed, it comes down to now versus later and how it gets monitored. The bigger question of course is where will Los Angeles and Long Beach get the $14 billion to pay for any of this while the Trump regime slashes the federal EPA’s budget as it follows the path of climate change denial?

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version that puts our community in harm’s way. SB 54 has already passed the California Senate with super majority support, but the Sheriffs Association is adamant at bullying Governor Brown and legislative leaders to water down the bill. Governor Brown should listen to the community and not the sheriffs. We know that when people fear being detained and deported by ICE, they are less likely to report violent crimes. This in turn makes our communities less safe and forces innocent people to live in a constant state of fear. Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona exemplifies the abuse of power that our fellow residents are subjected to.

Californians deserve safe access to schools, health facilities, courthouses, libraries and other spaces, but that cannot happen now, and it won’t happen if Governor Brown bends to the pressure of sheriffs, Jeff Sessions and Trump. Trump’s deportation machine puts everyone at risk; by mandating that state and local law enforcement coordinate with ICE’s harmful policies, precious resources are being diverted from fighting the crimes that actually put communities in danger. No human being is illegal. Call Governor Brown and tell him to support SB 54, the California Values Act, not a watered down capitulation to Trump and ICE that

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during the campaign? Me neither. Now, if Ryan could also impeach Pence, well, perhaps then he would consider it — as third in line for the presidency, a scenario like that would be his ascent to power. But any committed Republican knows that if you were to impeach a sitting president, his vice would be doomed, forever associated with the high crimes and misdemeanors of the impeached POTUS. Even if them Dems manage to take back the House — and they may not — they would turn an impeachment into a political war, and the Senate, which they almost certainly will not regain, would not vote to convict. Like the impeachment of Bill Clinton, it would be a hollow victory, impeachment without conviction. Also, the Democrats are nothing if not cowards. When Trump dissed Rep. John Lewis before the inauguration, plenty of Democrats lauded the heroism of the African-American civil rights leader 50 years earlier, but not a single one of them was willing to be arrested. During health care protests, they watched as people were dragged from their assistive devices without stepping in to risk their own bodies in the way that courageous activists were. And, for the 25th Amendment our chances are even worse. Yes, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson probably called Trump a “fucking moron.” But that does not mean he is going to save you. Neither will the generals. Seriously, look at what you’re thinking if you think military figures can save us. What about

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stripper Blaze Starr, but A.J. Liebling’s spectacular profile shows how much of it had to do with his nascent attempts to introduce something like civil rights into the deeply Southern state. At any rate, they committed Earl Long to the state mental hospital, but he got out by firing the director and hiring another. He also regained power. The 25th Amendment also has mechanisms whereby Trump could regain power after being ousted — but more on that in a minute, because as Russia fever has intensified, talk has turned to impeachment. Or even, in the most ridiculous cases popularized by gullible internet sleuths like Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor, sealed indictments. Over the past year, leftists started loving the FBI. What a year it has been since the dark night when the Democrats lost to Trump. And now, still lacking a serious vision, the Democrats will use the promise of impeachment as an election strategy to try to take the House in 2018. It’s good to believe in the strength of our institutions and to think they may be stronger than the people who enact them — but it is also foolhardy not to recognize that our institutions brought us Trump in the first place and that they are helmed by a bunch of shitheels more concerned about their own power than about the country. Let’s just step back and think about precisely who we are hoping might carry out these actions. In the case of impeachment, you are essentially placing your hopes in Paul Ryan and one of the most noxious Republican congresses imaginable. Remember how much courage Ryan showed about Trump’s sexist, racist, and authoritarian remarks

to the Bukowski grave and read his priceless prose while enjoying the … peace of Green Hills. Each of the poems feature visions of people Mr. Allen came in contact with. I can only dream that when and if there is a Shadow Lands II, a poetic homage to me will be included. Right! That will be the day. Jim Sitterly San Pedro


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Folklorico dancers helped create the festive spirit of Dia de los Muertos in downtown San Pedro on Oct. 29. The annual event draws thousands of people and has grown to be one of the biggest Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the city.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos? When you invoke the 25th Amendment, these are the people you are counting on. These are the people to whom you are abdicating your political will and conscience. Covering Trump and the so-called Resistance for the last year, I’ve learned one thing: If we really want to stop Trump, it is up to us. He is betting that the constant stream of outrage will wear us down and make us quit caring, as has happened in Putin’s Russia. And it is exhausting. But instead of sinking into the private sphere, putting our heads down and hoping we make it through, we can begin to stop the private sphere from functioning, we can invade it and disrupt ordinary life. We can make

Court, arrested at the White House.” Weschler argued that it can’t just be the political activists of antifa or Black Lives Matter that are getting arrested, but “everybody who attended the Women’s March.” “If you want to normalize something it’s got to be a thing that 30 years from now your grandchildren will look at you and say, ‘Did you at least let yourself get arrested?’” he said. If we start to flood the jails in large numbers, something will happen. It may not happen because of all of the training and organizing — but it also would not happen without it. As with Solidarity or the Arab Spring, something will happen and it will be the spark to all of that wood we have been stacking. At that moment, you will either be there or not. You will be with us or you will be with Trump. Those are the only choices —

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the country quit working and thereby force the establishment to work for us. Back when Neil Gorsuch was first nominated for the Supreme Court, I talked to writer Lawrence Weschler, who covered the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s. He witnessed the people bring down a regime. He argued that the only solution was mass mobilization. “We all need to start training for civil disobedience,” he said. “We have to have people being arrested everywhere… 500 a day arrested at the steps of Congress, arrested at the Supreme

not only for us but also for the members of Congress, the cabinet secretaries, the generals and the FBI agents we have been fantasizing about for the last year. They will do nothing unless we force them. And in that force, we could not only depose a mad president, but also reclaim our democracy. Or claim it, even, for the first time.

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day — Mr. Trump being president was not one of them. It was just such a shock.” While Southern California’s Democratic representatives have uniformly opposed Trump’s agenda, none have been quite as vocal and active as Rep. Ted Lieu. Lieu, who his running for reelection in 2018, formed a political action committee he called the Leadership, Integrity, Engagement, Unity PAC — whose initials spell out his last name. The committee has worked on defeating Trumpcare, supporting the effort to flip 14 incumbent Republican districts while retaining Democratic incumbents such as Sacramento Reps. Doris Matsui, Pete Aguilar, Raul Ruiz and Scott Peters. “As the saying goes, ‘Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,’” concluded Lieu in his letter to his supporters. “And now, we have a raging five-alarm fire!”

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that time. Even then, it was a real squeaker.” Lowenthal still thought Clinton was going to win. “Then the returns from Pennsylvania — as it got towards western Pennsylvania, I thought ‘Oh my God!’” he remembered. “And then we got through the Midwest and I thought, ‘Oh no!’ These were states we were just counting on. By the time it got to California, I was desperately hoping that we would win those contested states. I think we lost Michigan by just 50,000 votes. I was hoping that we’d win that. It was just a feeling of depression that grew stronger and stronger as the night went on. It was just such a shocker. “By the time we heard the final results coming in—it was a major depression. I could not believe it. I just didn’t — I had no words to describe it. Of all the things that I anticipated might happen that

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machinery—for anime fans, think Fullmetal Alchemist or Cowboy Bebop or even the 1999 Will Smith and Salma Hayek film, Wild, Wild West. Like anime and film, Steampunk is often set in an alternative timeline of the British Victorian era or the American “Wild West,” in which steam power remained the dominant technological medium of the present age or exists in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. The aesthetic features of Steampunk are anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, like the huge mechanical spider in Wild, Wild West Smith’s character had to defeat. The show, whose storyboard took a year of planning, is dynamic. [See Traditions, p. 14]

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n a faded industrial building on the edge of the San Pedro Arts District, the man who runs one of the oldest businesses in town plots the resurgence of a dying art: winemaking. Steve Marabella has been working at the vineyard that bears his name for 35 years, continuing an Italian family tradition. “My father started the business with my grandparents in 1932 and the kids followed in their footsteps,” Marabella said. “When each kid came of age, at 12 years old, we started them in the business.” Prohibition was still in effect when the company started, but a legal loophole left room for home winemaking. The Croatian and Italian immigrants who populated San Pedro already had learned skills in their home countries. “We sold them grape juice and what they


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Each visit to the National Watercolor Society painting is titled Flanges Bethlehem Steel and her unearths unexpected gems. work is a perfect example of the acceptance of Brilliant jewel-toned paintings hang beside the more industrial subjects in the field of watercolor. somber image of a priest kneeling in prayer. The Latanision was raised in Pennsylvania in the aged, grizzled face of a homeless man hangs on shadow of a steel plant. Her series Bethlehem a wall just around the corner from a jolly Santa. Steel reflects an intimacy with the furnaces and The 97th International Exhibition is a particularly smokestacks at the foundry. The curvilinear beautiful show consisting of works from masters in shapes of her painting exalt the mundane to the the field of watercolor. extraordinary. In her winning piece, flanges sit Twice each year artists from stacked in the factory, waiting for work that across the country and around the has since moved overseas. After more than a world gather to exhibit their work. Each spring, members gather for their own exhibit. The current international exhibition is a juried competition featuring 94 paintings; 29 artists and $43,000 worth of prizes. Watercolor has been around since painting began but didn’t really take off until the Renaissance. The German printmaker, Albrecht Dürer, was an early practitioner and found the medium ideal for small, detailed studies. Artists continue to lean towards landscapes and still life, but many have moved far beyond. This year’s grand prize winner is Massachusetts artist Carolyn Carole Latanision with her award winning watercolor, Flanges Latanision. Her award-winning Bethlehem Steel. Photo by Andrea Serna

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

San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery 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 from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 •

The Whale & Ale English Restaurant & Pub

The Victorian oak panels & elegant brass fittings will make you feel like you crossed the Atlantic. Featuring popular pub fare such as Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, & entrées of 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, as well as domestic craft beers on tap. Full bar; free, gated parking lot. Open daily for dinner and lunch Tues.-Sun. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 • www.whaleandale. com

Waterfront Dining

Boardwalk Grill

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


An instant party— complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Dinner cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing—the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free parking. Spirit Cruises, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 5488080, (562) 495-5884,


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

November 9 - 22, 2017

Fourth-generation artisanal chorizo and meats. Purchase chorizo by the pound or try our burritos and tacos! Menu specials change weekly. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Catering available, email: info@ for catering and special orders. The Chori-Man, 2309 S. Alma St., San Pedro • (424) 287-2414

The Happy Diner isn’t your average diner. It’s the idea of fresh creative dishes in tow San Pedro locations, and now a third—the Happy Deli. The selections range from Italianand 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: Happy Diner #1, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • (310) 241-0917 • Happy Diner #2, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 935-2933 • Open for breakfast and lunch: Happy Deli, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro (424) 364-0319

Bunz Gourmet Burgers is not your average burger joint. Founded in 2014 by two high school friends who came together to serve super fresh, one-of-a-kind, burgers with personality. With eight different buns to choose from and your choice of chicken, beef, turkey or veggie patties, and over 26 “styles” of burger — the possibilties are endless. Try the loaded up fries topped with pastrami, pepperoni or bbq chicken and more. The enormous portions and savory flavor will leave you more than satisfied. Open daily until 9 p.m. 655 W. 7th St. San Pedro • (310) 514-8773


the complexities of our time. The National Watercolor Society has been in San Pedro since 1999 and this exhibition reflects the time and work it takes to gather artists of this caliber for the competition. Many of the artists have established prominent reputations and there are very few emerging artists represented. The society showcases and supports the development in watercolor media from traditional to experimental. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Details: Venue: National Watercolor Society, 915 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

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A San Pedro landmark for over 44 years, famous for exceptional awardwinning pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and handselected ingredients that are prepared fresh. Dine-in, take-out and catering. There are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Buono’s Pizzeria, 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 •

century leading the steel industry, Bethlehem was dissolved in 2001. After receiving her bachelor of science in art education, Latanision moved away from Pennsylvania. She lives in Boston and continues her education at the Art Institute of Boston. Her work is highly lauded and is in prominent collections in New England. People and architecture are prominent in Latanision’s work; in both cases, urban scenes are frequently depicted. The strength and style of buildings, the abstract patterns of light and dark in her work juxtaposed with people and architecture, and the connections they create, make a statement about


[Tradition, from p. 11]

Updating Tradition

November 9 - 22, 2017

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It’s focused on steam punks. Nobody knows for sure who they are but they are trying to live forever. The show starts with all the actors coming out with the traditional ring master before steam punks try to take over the circus. It becomes a battle of the talents, where the audience must decide whether traditional acts — such as trapeze flyers, a bow- and-arrow act and a caged motorcyclist — or more modern acts are deserving of survival. Circus Vargas enterntainer, Steve Cavagna, reflected on the struggles of staying culturally relevant in the modern age. “Maybe we are doing something amazing, but … a text is more important,” said Cavagna, 25. “[Audiences] see everything online and they don’t get really surprised [by the act]. Cavagna also performs comedic acts with his brother, Jones. Though they are considered clowns, they don’t wear the typical makeup, red nose and big shoes. The Italian duo has traveled the world before, joining the now-closed Ringling Brothers Circus. Two years ago, they signed on to Circus Vargas. The Cavagna brothers are fourth-generation performers. Their family is one of the biggest circus families in Italy. Originally, the act involved horses. Their grandfather was the first generation clown. He played the trumpet and inspired his grandchildren to also use music as a form of entertainment. Jones plays five different instruments. In one act Jones plays classical music, while Steve Cavagna tries to play more modern tunes. All while the audience roots for one brother or the other. In another act, Steve Cavagna juggles four


Circus Vargas’ duo performers Steven and Jones Cavagna.

The Steampunk genre sets the stage in Circus Vargas’ new production. Below, magician and trampoline artist, Patrick Gable Marinelli. Photos courtesy of Circus Vargas.

Chinese yo-yos, called “diablos” for two-anda-half minutes, while his brother plays music in the background. Katya Quiroga, co-owner of Circus Vargas, said the biggest challenge is just letting people know that they are still entertaining audiences and that they don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. “We aim to make it fun for the whole family,” Quiroga said. “It’s everything you want to see when you take your family out.” Like many circus performers, Quiroga’s family has been part of the circus for many generations — nine, to be exact. Her father is from Italy and her mother is from Holland. In fact, Quiroga and her husband, Nelson met at Circus Vargas in 1989. These days, they own the company that started their careers. “We love what we do,” she said. “It is a unique form of entertainment and art…. It’s a very big part of growing up and making new memories.” Come early and be part of the interactive pre-show that brings spectators into the ring; stay later and take photographs with your favorite entertainer. Details:

Plucky “Cabaret” Comes Up a Bit Short Musically By Greggory Moore, Contributing Writer

themselves. So come to this Cabaret, old chum, and take the good with the bad. Time: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday. Runs through Nov.18 Cost: $14 / $24 Details: (562) 494-1014, Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach 90804

New Home for San Pedro Art Assoc.

San Pedro Art Association has set up shop at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles. SPAA has been around since 1938. Their new space at Crafted features art and fine craft created by its 26 members and a framing service. All items are for sale. An all-grades student art gallery is also on display throughout the summer hosted by SPAA. Photo by Raphael Richardson.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Thursday, Nov. 16th Tasting of the vin de primeur

Enjoy Live Music No Cover Stay for Dinner Fridays

Jazz Band, 7 pm


Jazz Guitar, 6:30 pm

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Raya Yarbrough Friday, November 10 7:20 Door • 8 pm Concert

A vocal chameleon who captivates audiences with shades of Sarah Vaughn and Adele Tickets & Info:

310.833.4813 | The Grand Annex | 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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I’m not easily won over by musicals, which imbues the Emcee with all the wit, charm, and certainly didn’t dispose me to love Long Beach salaciousness needed to glue Cabaret together— Playhouse’s production of Cabaret. On the other no small task, considering that the Emcee’s hand, I’d never seen any version of this Kander athletic musical numbers (such as Money and and Ebb classic, which means Long Beach’s If You Could See Her) stray from the plot to longest-running theatre company was not comment on German society. going to have to suffer a comparison with Bob Generally, though, the musical Fosse’s Oscar-winning film adaptation and Liza performances are not this production’s strong Minelli’s career-defining performance. suit. There are some highlights: Sally’s Maybe That said, I came away from Cabaret This Time —to my taste, Cabaret’s best bit of feeling that, although it’s clever, it’s not on par songwriting—has the requisite yearning; and with Kander and Ebb’s other megahit, Chicago; Tomorrow Belongs to Me, which starts out and that, although Long Beach Playhouse does as an idyllic ballad but ends as a paean to the yeoman’s work in staging such a big work in coming Third Reich, is absolutely chilling. Too such a small space, ultimately they haven’t often, though, the singers don’t quite have it. assembled the musical talent to really make it Unfortunately, the band doesn’t help matters, sing. never quite gelling (and during the performance Cliff (Austin James) is a wannabe writer I saw, playing with one particular instrument with a yen for more life experience in order to that had to be out of tune). (what else?) write a great novel. So what can Director Sean F. Gray, with an assist from such a poor boy do in 1929 ‘cept go to Paris? choreographer Halley Hardy, probably does just But he’s been there and done that, and now he’s about all he can within these limitations. He on his way to Berlin just in time for New Year’s keeps things interesting with fluid blocking (the Eve. entire cast gets kudos for smooth execution), On the train he meets Ernst (William and his modal shifts always work. Especially Ardelean), who is nothing if not well connected. good is everything involving the Nazis, And before you can say “Heil Hitler!” Cliff insidiously coming to dominate the show has secured a nice room for himself and his much as they came to dominate Germany, right Remington. through to the play’s darker-than-dark finale (a From there, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump clever, bold, powerful choice by Kander and to the seamy, steamy Kit Kat Klub, where he Ebb). catches the eye of sexy chanteuse Sally Bowles Speaking of making the most of (Courtney Riel Owens), who immediately limitations, the mise en scène deserves special insinuates herself as Cliff’s roomie. (The plot doesn’t earn this sudden turn of events, but being overly concerned with plot could be considered nitpicking when talking about musicals.) Cabaret is framed through Cliff’s eyes. But for the show’s exposition of Berlin’s high life to be authentic, it’s gotta have a strong Sally. She’s the emotional center, the dynamo, the epitome of a wonderful party that’s coming to an ignoble end. She wants so badly to be bigger than life, and she almost makes it. Owens does well with that “almost,” always letting Sally’s insecurity and fatigue show from beneath that bon vivant façade. Where Owens comes up a bit short is on the Long Beach Playhouse cast of Cabaret. Photo courtesy of Michael Hardy “bigger than life” score. Photography Even without Minelli’s performance as a reference point, it’s obvious mention. Although Cabaret is a musical of what a huge character Sally is and how clearly interiors, it was designed for the likes of she is the play’s pivot point. But Owens isn’t Broadway (where it debuted in 1966). The expansive enough for the part, dialing back the Playhouse’s Studio Theatre is so small (98 role so it’s on par with Cliff and the Kit Kat seats) that during Cabaret’s opening number Klub’s Emcee. you can literally feel the line of chorus girls In fact, in this production it’s the Emcee, stomping through their can-can kicks. But the played by Noah Wagner, who’s at center combination of Spencer Richardson’s thoughtful stage. Wagner is a fearless performer, and he set design and Donny Jackson’s pitch-perfect,

moment-to-moment lighting is good enough to immerse us not only in the Kit Kat Klub, but also in the Götterdämmerung that was Berlin in 1930. No-one can say the Long Beach Playhouse peeps don’t have guts — for years now they have been willing to mount productions that outsize their resources. But inherent to that willingness is the risk of overextending


NOV 9 - 22 • 2017 ENTERTAINMENT Nov. 10

Raya Yarbough Raya Yarbough is an acclaimed blues-soul vocalist most recognized as the voice of the opening credits of the Outlander series, and for the shimmering vocals featured throughout the Sci-fi hit Battlestar Galactica. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 10 Cost: $20 to $30 Details: www.grandvision. org Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 11

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Slow Burning Car Local band Slow Burning Car is an eclectic mix of garage, space, and hard rock. Melodic vocals, stellar virtuosity, with a passionate delivery make this an act not to be missed. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 11 Cost: Free Details: www. event/3114450 Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro


Judy Wexler, Josh Nelson Trio A touring and recording artist, Judy Wexler has headlined at jazz festivals, performing arts centers, and major jazz clubs both nationally and internationally. Keyboardistcomposer-bandleader Josh Nelson has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 11 Cost: $20 Details: https:// judy-wexler-with-the-joshnelson-trio Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Nov. 12

Fabio Bidini, Andrew Shulman Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is among the world’s leading pianists. A favorite on Second Sundays at Two, Andrew Shulman is principal cellist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Time: 2 p.m. Nov. 12 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd. Rolling Hills Estates Frank Fontaine 4-Tet Since his return to Los Angeles after years of playing in NYC, Fontaine has increasingly become one of the most exciting and increasingly active woodwind artist in town. Time: 5 p.m. Nov. 12 Cost: $15 Details: https:// frank-fontaine-4-tet Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Nov. 18

Nov. 18

Gabbie Ratchet Gabble Ratchet has been the West Coast’s premier Genesis Tribute band since 1999 performing material mainly from the early Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins eras of the 1970s. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 18 Cost: $25 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com/event/gabble-ratchet-atribute-to-genesis-2 Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Twisted Nutcracker This is not the Nutcracker you grew up with!” Elite Dance Studio of Palos Verdes presents student dance members in a variety of styles, from ballet to contemporary to hip-hop, tap and jazz. Time: 1 p.m. Nov. 18 Cost: $12 to $18 Details: Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 20

Cabaret From the enigmatic Emcee, to the wounded Sally Bowles, to a mature couple dealing with the difficulties of the anti-semitism that flourishes around them, these familiar characters will reignite the sense of despair and danger so commonly found in fascist regimes. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18 Cost: $20 to $24 Details: Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

Brand X Heralded as the innovators of the original jam and jazz-tock-gusion scene, there is only one Brand X. This is the fIrst time in over 20 years that they are reunited to play. Time: 8 p.m. Nov. 20 Cost: $39 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com/event/brand-x-an-eveningwith-brand-x Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Nov. 21

Richard Thompson Richard Thompson, the pioneer of British folk rock, who was voted one of the best guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, will be dropping by to mark the release of Richard Thompson: Live at Rockpalast, a 3-CD and 2-DVD collection focused on his two live performances for the German television show Rockpalast. Cost is free with the RSVP purchase of CD of $24.99 Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 Cost: $24.99 Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Nov. 25

Dawes— Live In-Store Performance Dawes will release a limited-edition double LP pressing of We’re All Gonna Live, the first official live concert recording from the band, via their own HUB Records. Time: 4 to 6 p.m Nov. 25 Cost: $12.99 Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach


The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Lou has wrestled with a big ball of tangled Christmas lights for the last time. Christmas is cancelled. Escaping New Jersey, the freezing cold, his nutty family and most of all the holidays, is exactly what Lou plans to do. Will a couple of unlikely characters help restore Lou and Carol’s Christmas spirit in the St. Nick of time? Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 10 through Dec. 16 Cost: $27 Details: wp/the-night-before-the-nightbefore-christmas Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro

Time: 9 a.m. Nov 17 to 11 p.m. Nov 18 Cost: $25 to $99 Details: www. Venue: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance

Nov. 17

Parade of Trees Toberman Neighborhood and Auxilary presents The Parade of Trees Holiday Event. The event will include a fashion show, and a tree and silent auction. RSVP. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 Cost: $50 Details: (310) 832-1145; www. Venue: Toberman Neighborhood Center’s Gymnasium, 131 N. Grand Ave., San Pedro


Arsenic and Old Lace If you are a lonely, elderly gentleman, steer clear of the old Victorian rooming house that Abby and Martha Brewster run. It may be your last room on Earth! When these two sweet old sisters feel the need to release a worthy roomer of his lonely suffering, just a sip of their homemade elderberry wine will do the trick. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 2 Cost: $10 to $27 Details: show/arsenic-and-old-lace Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


Nov. 10

Moon Over San Pedro Ann Weber’s large biomorphic sculptures have been described as bizarre characters from a story, hanging on the wall or sitting in the middle of the gallery like strange and evocative outcroppings of nature or outer space. Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Feb. 4, 2018 Cost: $6 to $7 Details: Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Nov. 18

Diasporagasm This exhibit brings together melanated artists working in Los Angeles, Haiti, Ghana, the Caribbean and West Africa. A free artist’s panel discussion will take place with June Edmonds, Cole James and Duane Paul on Nov. 18. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 Cost: Free Details: (562) 400-0544; www. Venue: Gallery 347, 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Nov. 18

Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents Exene Cervenka: Lipstick Sunset, featuring recent collage art by the acclaimed poet, artist, author, and vocalist of the band X. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 26.

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blink•point TransVagrant Projects and Gallery 478 are pleased to present blink•point, recent work by Ellwood T. Risk. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Nov. 25 Cost: Free Details: (310) 600-4873; (310) 732-2150 Venue: TransVagrant Projects and Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro Exene Cervenka in Collage Exene Cervenka: Lipstick Sunset combines the handwork and appropriated images, written words and found text that present a perplexing and highly personal world by poet, author, vocalist Exene Cervenka. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 26 Cost: Free Details: (310) 541-2479; www. Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road. Rancho Palos Verdes rebidishu III Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present rebidishu III, Recent Paintings by Katy Crowe. Abstract art is often seen as carrying a moral dimension, in that it can be interpreted to stand for virtues ranging from order and purity, to simplicity and spirituality. In the case of Crowe, virtue is obtained by process and intuition. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, through Nov. 30 Cost: Free Details: (310) 233-4411 Venue: Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington Rino Gonzalez Much of the joy of Gonzalez’s

painting comes purely from studying technical achievement in the reproduction of such aspects as fine lacework, polished and textured surfaces, worn books and tattered pages, fruit and roses. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Tuesday through Saturday, through Dec. 2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 547-3158; Venue: Parkhurst Galleries, 439 W 6th St, San Pedro


Guided Nature Walk Celebrate Veteran’s Day viewing a former gun emplacement to learn about the military history of the area. Don’t miss the Nature Education Center with activities for the whole family. This is a moderate walk that’s free and open to the public. Time: 9 a.m. Nov 11 Cost: Free Details: (310) 541-7613 ext. 201, NatureWalkRSVP.asp. Venue: White Point Park, 1801 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

Nov. 15

Healthy Latin Food, Life Stories Gloria Colazo teaches how to create healthy and flavorful vegetarian meals to help prevent or control diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a stroke survivor she’s realized that lifestyle is important. RSVP is required for address. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 Cost: Free Details: (562) 786-6081

Nov. 17

Black Business Women Rock! Conference & Expo 2017 This event is for established and aspiring women in business and anyone seeking growth and access to resources and business opportunities.

Book Reading & Signing with Marcy M. Madden Join an exclusive book reading and signing with author, Marcy M. Madden. Marcy’s side of the story explores the day her husband came out to her as transgender. Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 Cost: Free Details: (562) 434-4455; www. Venue: The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Nov. 19

The Central Park Effect Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy for the conclusion of the series with a documentary that transports the viewer to the dazzling, hidden world of America’s most famous city park. Youth 18 and younger can attend for free. Time: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Cost: $10 Details: Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Nov. 23

Long Beach Turkey Trot and Kids 1/2-Mile Wingding Run or walk a 5K or 10K on Thanksgiving morning on the scenic, very flat beach path to help raise money for Jusitn Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team. Time: 7 to 11 a.m., Nov. 23 Details: Cost: $25 to $40 Venue: Alamitos Beach, 1 Granada Ave., Long Beach

Nov. 30

The Lego Batman Movie Join in to see The Lego Batman Movie, a cooler-thanever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. Time: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 30 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-4515 Venue: Harbor City Recreation Center, 24901 Frampton Ave., Harbor City

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Existing ships can be modified to achieve Tier 3 reductions [far below Tier 2 levels]. Ships remain the top contributor — particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, hydrocarbon — those are the top contributors,” he said. “Work with [California Air Resource Board], ARB is your friend. That’s not in your plan.” Peter Warren, with the San Pedro Peninsula Homeowners Coalition, echoed others’ call for zero-emission milestones, but pointed to deeper methodological and governance problems as well. “The ports must change reporting in the CAAP with regard to air quality,” Warren said. “Repeated comparisons to and use of the 2005 baseline is deceptive…. This decade-old baseline allows the ports today to report major percentage declines in nitrogen oxide and particulates, but that progress ended in 2010. Since 2011 air quality measures have been static, according to the ports’ own annual survey. Air quality has not improved in the past seven years. We need honest reporting. “Most importantly, the CAAP fails to create a vigorous and transparent monitoring of compliance. The China shipping scandal shows the ports can and will provide to industry secret waivers to mitigation rules and agreements — in the case of China Shipping, even a court-approved settlement was secretly violated for years. We need compliance monitoring…. The ship plan has gone backwards in the CAAP process. The ships are the largest sources of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, technology exists today to reduce at-dock pollution, either through AMP

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[electric power] or bonneting [capturing emissions]. We need funding to support this. It should be deployed now.” In the end, Laura Cortez appeared to proven correct, that the meeting was simply a formality, and that commissioners had made up their minds. Perhaps most tellingly, an unfazed Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi returned to two key problematic themes that much of the testimony had challenged — “balance” and “technological neutrality.” He mentioned the first only briefly, before saying, “One of the elements of this CAAP that I believe is important to reiterate and that is that it’s technology neutral. You don’t want to pick one over the other, because something new may come around.” He then gave a brief Wikipedia-style history lesson. In the late 1800s, when lamps were gas-powered, “Thomas Edison came along, he created DC or direct current, which was made the standard at that time, and imagine if it was the standard today,” Pirozzi said. “Who changed that standard? Nikola Tesla. He came here as an immigrant from Europe and created an alternate current. So, today who did we hear from on a technology that’s coming in the future? The company name Tesla. Now you know why they’re called ‘Tesla.’ It’s a great story.” A great story? Yes. But Pirozzi was quite literally using it to argue for the continued use of gas. You know—the light source before the source from Tesla. It’s a perfect illustration of just how muddled the port’s thinking continues to be on the most important issue of our time. The plan was approved unanimously.

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opening session. He recalled the creation of the Clean Trucks Program. “Our efforts, which many called an unholy alliance — can you imagine, the Teamsters union lined up with environmental activists — but it was wildly successful in cleaning up the air, and I said Teamsters has maintained that partnership with their environmental friends,” Potter said. Potter acknowledged that this hasn’t been easy or fair. He described how individual truckers have been unjustly saddled with the lion’s share of the costs under the fiction of being independent contractors — a struggle that continues to be front and center. “There was a time when I thought environmentalists were just walking our jobs,” Potter said. “I no longer believe that…. You’re making government accountable…. You’re the watchdog.” Two other participants with government experience helped set the conference’s tone in another way, describing how pollution-fighting measures at San Pedro Bay’s ports — resulting from community activism, pressure and even lawsuits — helped spur similar developments elsewhere in North America, as well as in China. Christine Loh, former undersecretary for the environment in Hong Kong and Dennis McLerran, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional administrator for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho during the Barack Obama administration, told similar stories of how actions in Southern California helped initiate change. “[The China Shipping lawsuit’s $50 million settlement fund] was a tool for me to go to my ports and say, what happens in Southern California moves up the coast,” McLerran explained. “Let’s get out in front. Let’s work together.” “The inspiration for us in looking at ships started in Long Beach.” Loh said. The process took time to unfold, with ports

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Angeles on Sep. 18, 2017. Notice--In accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 where it expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code).

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017291039 The following person is doing business as A&E Ship Repair & Welding, 1531 S. Leland St., San Pedro, CA 90732. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: James B. Austin III, 1531 S. Leland St., San Pedro, CA 90732. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) James B.

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1 Honolulu’s island 5 One dimension of three 11 Late Playboy founder, familiarly 14 Closing ___ (surrounding) 15 Escapee’s shout 16 Dir. of this entry 17 Musician Wainwright fully understandable? 19 Greek letter after pi 20 Cozy reading corner 21 Schadenfreude, for one 23 Streamed service, often 25 Actor Quinn in the act of helping? 27 Totals (up) 28 Covetous feeling 29 Peat ingredient 30 Also 31 Former U.N. secretary general Kofi ___ Annan (because “___girl” is so cliche) 32 Bambi’s mother, e.g. 34 Baseball’s Dwight prepared? 38 Big T-shirt sizes, for short 39 Hit the horn 40 Fuel economy org. 43 Potent opener? 46 Start up a computer 47 Self-involved 48 Composer Franz Joseph’s search?

51 Rick’s TV grandson 52 Anybody 53 Some pet hotel visitors 54 Frost in the air 55 CEO Buffett’s time of quiet? 60 Oar wood 61 At least 62 Hunchback of horror films 63 Some ice cream containers, for short 64 Thelonious Monk’s “Well You ___” 65 “Can’t say I’ve seen it”


1 Canola, for one 2 “I’ll take that as ___” 3 Elvis classic of 1956 4 Nullifies 5 Clickable text 6 Letters associated with Einstein 7 Org. with Lions and Jaguars 8 Covetous 9 First side of a scoreboard, generically 10 Everglades wader 11 Manufacturer of Gummi Bears 12 Repeats 13 Outward appearances 18 “Hollywood Squares” win, perhaps 22 Made docile 23 Distillery tank 24 Altar reply, traditionally

25 Poker pot part 26 Sir Walter Scott novel 28 Approx. takeoff hrs. 31 They’re retiring AIM at the end of 2017 32 Body shop removal 33 Charter ___ (tree on Connecticut’s state quarter) 35 Nitrous ___ 36 Piece for Magnus Carlsen 37 Way in the past 41 Poe’s “The ___ and the Pendulum” 42 By ___ means necessary 43 Response to an impressive put-down 44 Little Red Book follower 45 Oreads, naiads, etc. 46 “Cold one, over here” 47 Elect 49 From ___ (henceforth) 50 Drum kit drum 51 Treasure hunter’s assistance 53 Online tech news resource 56 Fishing pole 57 Directional ending 58 Police officer 59 Before, in old poems ©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( For answers go to:


Man Dies After Yacht Catches Fire

[from p. 18] Austin III, owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 6, 2017. Notice--In accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 where it expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/12/2017, 10/26/2017, 11/09/2017, 11/23/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017293351 The following person is doing business as (1.) A-Delta International, (2.) L.A. Express Appraisals, 15915 Ventura Blvd., #303, Encino, Ca 91436. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Kraakevik Corporation, 15915 Ventura Blvd., #303, Encino, Ca 91436. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 2012/1987. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant

who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/: Patti Kraakevik, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 11, 2017. Notice--In accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 where it expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement

pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/26/2017, 11/09/2017,

On Nov. 6, a man rescued from a burning yacht in the Cabrillo Marina in San Pedro the prior day, died at a local hospital after being taken in critical condition. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner preliminary assessment is that the 65-year-old man died as a result of smoke inhalation. The incident, which was reported at about 10 p.m. Nov. 5, took place on a 70-foot yacht at Berth 33 near, 22n and Miner streets. The Los Angeles Fire Department is conducting an arson investigation. LAFD spokeswoman Amy Bastman reported that 47 firefighters worked on the fire for about 27 minutes. The identity of the man has yet to be released. Photo by Raphael Richardson.

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