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RPV City Council Joins the Rancho LPG Fight p. 2 Parking Meter Gripes Abound, Even After Their Removal p. 2 Circus Vargas Comes to Town p. 11 Crafted at POLA Builds a Community p. 15

Harbor Turns Bluer Republicans Outnumbered 2 to 1, Says L.A. County Registrar’s Report By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor


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In 2002, John Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote a book, The Emerging Democratic Majority, predicting the broad outlines of a demographic shift that would inexorably favor Democrats in the long run. On Election Day, Nov. 6, their prediction was confirmed. President Barack Obama won re-election with just 39 percent of the white vote, but still won by a comfortable margin—more than three million votes and counting, with 332 electoral votes. ally invigorated by GOP attacks. Obama won blacks 93 to 6, Hispanics 71 to 27, Asian-Americans 73 to 26, Women 55 to 44, and younger than 30 voters 60 to 37. The last two categories only supported Obama, however, because of the minority vote. Young and/or female white voters were significantly less pro-Romney than their older and/or male counterparts, but still gave him an edge. This not only mattered for the popular vote, it helped shift some states out of the “battleground” category into the Democrats’ base of safe states (most dramatically, New Mexico), while turning some former safe red states into battlegrounds. Virginia and North Carolina hadn’t been won by a Democrat since 1964 and 1976 respectively, before Obama took both Historic Election/ to p. 7

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bama won every battleground state except North Carolina, despite a massive spending edge—totalling hundreds of millions of dollars—held by outside pro-Romney groups funded by the likes of Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers and organized by operatives like Karl Rove. Half a dozen or so election forecasters who aggregate state level polls accurately predicted the outcome well in advance--Florida was the only state that gave some of them headaches--but none predicted it 10 years in advance the way Judis and Teixeira did. The growth of Democratic dominance and voter participation among Latinos and Asian Americans is a big part of these results, but so is the intensification of black participation and the durability of the gender gap. All of these were actu-

ith the 2012 election turnout hovering around 50 percent in Los Angeles County, this year’s election didn’t reach anywhere near the historic highs of 2008, when turnout exceeded 80 percent in most cities. While there weren’t many surprises in the Harbor during this election cycle, there were still quite a few noteworthy happenings. The 47th Congressional District race between Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong and State Assemblyman and longtime Long Beach political figure, Alan Lowenthal looked more like an avalanche than a landslide, with Lowenthal garnering almost 60 percent of the vote to DeLong’s 34.27 percent district wide. Representative-elect Lowenthal is going to experience a culture-shock of sorts when he gets to Washington D.C., he will be in the minority party for the first time. Lowenthal said he was excited and hoped that the American people’s message to support President Barack Obama got through. “I think that that message was sent loud and clear,” Lowenthal said. “That was why the President was reelected. I hope that the Congress works with the President and I’m fully prepared to support and work with the President.” Lowenthal said that this is the first time since Reconstruction that gridlock has been this particularly bad. He hopes that ends. “We are going to see very quickly, whether the lameduck session is able to deal with the debt ceiling and the sequestration issues,” Lowenthal said. “We’ll get a clearer picture by the end of December whether this Congress and the leadership really want to compromise and work with the President.” The 44th Congressional race between Rep. Janice Hahn and Rep. Laura Richardson felt like a foregone conclusion after Hahn trounced Richardson by 60 to 40 percent margin in the primary. In some ways, it was foregone conclusion given that Hahn won by the same margin in the Nov. 6 general election. Hahn won every

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Business Owners Want More Meter Change By Tami Jackson, Contributing Community Reporter It’s time to dig deeper for more parking meter change. That’s “change,” as in “get rid of the meters!” At least that’s what many business owners on Sixth Street, between Centre and Pacific, are saying.

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suffering because of the economy, but on top of that, they’re making it worse with these meters around. Obviously, that is not helping.” Elizabeth Bryant, former owner of two stores, said she had to close one of them, thanks to the meters. “They have caused a lot of businesses to go out of business,” Bryant said. “My antique store, of 24 years, was definitely affected. I had to close that in May…When they installed the parking meters, 75 percent of my customers did not come back. The only reason people come here to Threads of Time is (because) I have one of the best vintage clothing stores anywhere.” Meanwhile, even Threads of Time has lost sales thanks to the meters. Bryant said that when customers are at the checkout counter and see a meter maid approach their vehicle, they run out to intercede, unsuccessfully. When they come back, they’re flustered. “I’ll be in the middle of writing up a purchase and they’ll say, ‘I’m sorry I can’t afford that now,” Bryant said. “People freak-out about the

meters,” said Dirk Vandeberg, owner of Guitar Safari. “They (customers) want to be able to hang out and window shop and have fun. Sixth Street, if anything in this whole town, should offer that kind of situation. Because it is old town San Pedro. We’ve lost the old town feeling and the window- Downtown San Pedro merchant Tedy Bean, who the Tobacco Leaf on 6th Street in Sepshopping feeling of purchased tember, believes parking meters are a good thing. this town by having Photo: Tami Jackson, Contributing Photographer those meters.” Vandeberg said the parking amazing BBQ.” Posted Yelper meters on Sixth are more than un- Dottie D. of Compton. fair to businesses there when cusThis past month, when more than tomers can shop Gaffey and other 600 parking meters were removed streets without paying to park. from San Pedro and Wilmington, Beyond worrying that meters Sixth Street was not on the list, could drive business away, Por- thanks to a comprehensive study that ky’s BBQ has faced the potential determined it was one of the streets for customers to leave negative that collected the most city revenue. reviews on Yelp. “We had a lot of conflicting opin“Collect your meter change ions about the parking meter issue and gas up the ride, it’s time and we addressed it,” said Dennis to trek to Porky’s for some continued on following page

Plains Pulls Out of Pier 400, Remains at Rancho By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor In a surprise announcement folded into their third-quarter earnings report, Plains All American Pipeline revealed that they have abandoned their plans for a fuel terminal on Pier 400. The announcement came after years of planning, a prolonged environmental impact report process and intensive lobbying of local public opinion. Roy I. Lamoreaux, director of investor relations, said the cost of abandoning the project made up the bulk of “non-cash impairment charges totaling $125 million,” in a conference call discussion of the report. Sources said that the Port of Los Angeles was informed just a few days before Plains went public. It’s assumed that Plains scrapped its plans for lack of a partner to replace Valero, who dropped out of their original agreement, though nothing that specific was mentioned in their public discussion. The surprise announcement stirred speculation among activists trying to get the Plains-owned

Rancho San Pedro LPG facility closed or relocated, but Port officials have previously denied any connection between the two. Whether or not they know everything Plains has had in mind, several developments since our most recent report on the subject further erode Plains’ legitimacy. First, a still poorly understood leak occurred at the Rancho facility on Oct. 17. “We got 37 complaints, including four schools,” said Air Quality Management District spokesman Sam Atwood. Complaints came from Torrance to Wilmington, San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. “Our inspectors did isolate it to Rancho holdings and issued a public nuisance violation,” he added. Atwood did not expect further details to be released until after a settlement had been reached with Rancho, as it usually happens with such violations. The uncertainty shrouding the incident is indica-

tive of the larger problem Rancho posses, community activists claim. Second, at an Oct. 16 city council meeting, Rancho Palos Verdes decided to become more actively involved, though stopping short of taking a lead role in legal or regulatory actions. Plains did not acquit itself well at this meeting, where they repeated their past pattern of presenting confused and misleading testimony. RPV City Councilwoman Susan Brooks, got a taste of Plains unnecessary obfuscation when she asked if Rancho had insurance that would cover damage to the community— “lives, property, homes.” Rancho representative Ron Conrow replied, “It’s a cascading, it’s kinda pyramid type insurance and it’s multi-tiered.” Then he read from a prepared statement that Rancho was insured through Plains with “insurance that covers its entire asset footprint”—meaning Rancho’s own property, not damage to the community.

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Downtown Meters Gleason, a spokesman for Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office. “Some people wanted the parking meters removed altogether. Some wanted the parking meters to remain to encourage (customer) turnover.” Whether or not the meters are regarded as a blessing or a curse seems to have something to do with how long business owners want to encourage customers to shop. Businesses that make a quicker sales seemed to like the meters. “I think the meters are a good thing for the city,” said Tedy Bean, who purchased Tobacco Leaf one month ago. “The city can earn money to clean up the street.” Bean, who is from Huntington Beach, bought a city pass and parks in back of his store instead of paying the meter. He said he’s used to dealing with parking issues. “If people would pay attention, the meters will work for them,” he said. Ann Gushá, owner of Williams Book Store, is also not entirely convinced the meters should be removed. “If they take the meters out, then they’re going to have to really enforce the two-hour parking,” Gushá said. She said that years ago, when business was booming, “The city put hoods over the meters so people would not have to pay during December. We came to work and the first day there was no parking available on the street for customers because employees from other stores parked there all day long.” Yet, the businesses that want to encourage longer browsing and leisure time for shoppers

insist street parking is never a problem. “When you can shoot a gun up and down the street and not hit a single car, I don’t think you have to worry about turnover too much,” Bryant said. The Los Angeles Department of Transpor-

tation decided on Nov. 8 to reduce the parking meter rates from $1 to 75 cents or 50 cents an hour, depending on where demands is highest in downtown San Pedro. That means meter rates everywhere but on 6th Street, between Mesa and Centre streets, will be 50 cents.

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A simple “no” would have sufficed. Third, retired industry consultant Connie Rutter has gotten to the bottom of a key public safety dispute—the reason for Rancho’s unrealistically optimistic claim that a worst-case explosion would only affect a half-mile radius (0.8


square miles), rather than the 3-mile radius (28 square miles) that Rutter has calculated. This vast discrepancy turns out to be the product of prolonged and intensive industry opposition to Environmental Protection Agency rule-making, which ultimately produced an industry-friendly regulatory standard—the EPA’s “offset consequence analysis”—that bears no relationship to the laws of physics. Fourth, on Aug. 29, former EPA Chief Christine Todd Whitman wrote a New York Times oped, “The Chemical Threat to America,” addressing the broader context of regulatory failure that Rutter’s research documents, calling attention to the public safety threats involved. She pointed out that, “Hundreds of chemical plants and other facilities maintain large stockpiles of dangerous substances and are in or near major American cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.” Fifth, with months more of inaction, it now seems clear that Rancho’s earlier announcement of a safety drill, originally supposed to take place in April, was nothing more than public relations ruse, intended to deflect public scrutiny. Of all these developments, Rutter’s research into the origins of the half-mile radius estimate arguably cuts the deepest, as it shows how special interest political gamesmanship on the macro level of American politics dovetails with the micro-level gamesmanship that got the deeplyflawed facility built in the first place, which Los Angeles Times reporter Larry Prior first uncovered back in 1977. “It really all started with the Bhopal disaster”

Retired energy industry consultant Connie Rutter has provided the research and intellectual heft in anti-Rancho LPG movement. Photo: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor.

in 1984, Rutter told Random Lengths. Congress generally finds it easier to pass new regulatory laws by amending existing laws as they come up for refunding or re-authorization, and this process figured into this story twice, Rutter explained. First was the 1986 Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act, via a section called the Emergency Procedures and Community Right To Know Act. “The first go-round all they talked about was toxics,” Rutter said. “And their whole purpose in doing that—the community right to know— was to bring pressure on entities to bring the risk down, to reduce the risks.” The second go-round came with the 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, when flammables were covered as well, but it took six long years for the EPA to generate rules enforcing the new law—and three more years for those rules to become final.

“The first go-round they told them how to calculate their effect. Then they got sued. This was the [initial] EPA regulations that came out of the Clean Air Act,” Rutter said. “They were sued by the API [American Petroleum Institute], they were also sued by some other entities. All the suits had to do with ‘Don’t finger us! Point some place else!’” “In May of ‘99, the EPA came out with their final rule,” Rutter continued, “in which they had settled with the API, and essentially said—this is my description—It doesn’t really matter how you calculate. You can either do the calculation which I did, which gives you three miles, which was in their [EPA’s] guidance, which came out in April of ‘99—so this is all last-minute stuff—you can either use that guidance, or you can do air modeling. And if you do air modeling then you—if you’ve got an impound basin, you can calculate how much would be released within 10 minutes.’” In short, the model that Rancho is using is one that the industry as a whole was happy to accept in dropping its lawsuit. It has nothing to do with the laws of physics—particularly since LPGs vaporize quickly at normal temperatures, rapidly expanding beyond the bounds of a basin which might make sense for a stable liquid compound. “It’s not very realistic,” Rutter said of such scenarios. For example, in his testimony before the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, another Rancho representative, Dan Kelly, said, “If you had a release you would have some vaporization and eventually that vapor cloud when it got to the proper concentration of air and gas and an ignition source would ignite and it would flash or blast and then you would have a fire that would go back to the impound basin or the pool [interruption] you would have a pool fire at our facility. And it would [pause] the vapors would no longer leave the facility they would burn before they left the facility.” “For Dan to imply that the vapors won’t leave the site before or after they’re ignited is bogus, since, of course, they will,” Rutter said, when asked to comment. “They’ll burn there of course, but they’ll also burn off-site.” The EPA standard has another problem, Rutcontinued on following page

Los Angeles Companies to Pay for Clean Air Act Violations

LOS ANGELES—On Nov. 8, All Power America LLC and Maxtrade LLC have agreed to pay a combined total of $140,000 for violating the Clean Air Act by importing electric generators and recreational vehicles into the Port of Long Beach without proper emission controls. All Power America, based in Chino, will pay $60,000 and Maxtrade based in El Monte will pay $80,000. In addition to the penalties, the companies were required to export the noncompliant generators and recreational vehicles out of the country. The Environmental Protection Agency discovered the violations during inspections conducted at POLB between 2009 and 2012. In 2011, All Power imported 80 generators into POLB with the intention to sell. EPA inspectors found that the generators lacked the required catalytic converters. During 2009 and 2012, Maxtrade imported a combined total of 2,481 off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles into POLB with the intention to sell. EPA inspectors found that the vehicles violated federal law by using improper carburetors and catalytic converters. Catalytic converters are designed to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. Equipment or vehicles that operate without proper emissions controls can emit excess hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, which can contribute to ambient concentrations of ozone, which is associated with a wide range of health effects such as chronic bronchitis, and aggravation of asthma. All Power, which has been in business in California since 2007, sells electrical equipment, specializing in generators. Maxtrade has been operating in California since 2005, selling and importing recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes, ATVs, and go-karts. These enforcement actions are part of an ongoing effort by EPA to ensure that imported vehicles and equipment comply with the Clean Air Act’s requirements. The Clean Air Act prohibits the importation or sale of any new engines or vehicles unless they are certified by EPA to meet federal emissions standards.

SAN PEDRO—In a Nov. 9 press release, Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs reported that the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities had to postpone its residency at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Executive Director and Producer James A Blackman III delivered the news to Cultural Affairs on Nov. 7, citing ongoing financial difficulties. The postponement is indefinite. The residency was to begin with the opening production in Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities’ 2012-2013 season, a 2002 musical of Thoroughly Modern Millie, based on the 1967 movie, scheduled to run from Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. Cultural Affairs officials will seek alternate programming to fill in the theater’s calendar of events.

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Now that America has voted and another national election cycle has passed, Carson is preparing for its own election cycle to begin. Three council seats are being contested in the next city elections, scheduled for March 5, 2013. Filing period opened Nov. 13 and will close Dec. 10. Incumbents Jim Dear, Mike Gipson, and Julie Ruiz-Raber all say they intend to run for reelection. In Dear’s case, he will be seeking his third full term as mayor, although he has served on the council since 2001. Voters selected him in April 2004 to serve out the term of Daryl Sweeney, who resigned in 2003. Dear went on to win his first full term as mayor in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009. Carson, which has long been roiled by personality conflicts and political feuds continues to be divided by issues such as the proper naming of buildings and streets and the mute button during public comment. However, Dear said that he believes the biggest issue of his re-election campaign will be Carson’s continued progress from a bedroom city to a destination community. The field of candidates is expected to include at least one challenger, Charlotte Brimmer. She is a planning commissioner who has resided in Carson for more than 20 years. Her son, Justin, ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 2011. She echoed Dear’s talking point of transforming Carson into a destination city. “I’ll bring added energy…with my urban planning background,” she said, responding to why she is challenging the incumbent. “Change is needed.” Gipson, on the other hand, maintained, “It’s not a good time to change.” He’s running for his third term, he added, from previous page


ter pointed out, “It’s essentially unenforceable. If the EPA is not going to tell you exactly what model to use or what formula to use, then any number you tell them is OK.” Things have gotten even worse, Rutter added, given how the threat of a terrorist attack has been used to try to beat back the public’s right to know. At the same time that government has dragged its heels in protecting communities from that very threat, as Todd Whitman pointed out in her editorial. This is why Rancho San Pedro is not “merely” a local problem, but a manifestation of failed national environmental protection law. This is why local activists hoped that our new congressional representatives—including Maxine Waters, whose district now comes close to the Ranch facility—will treat this problem with the seriousness it deserves. “In the face of Katrina, in the face of San Bruno, in the face of what’s happening on the East Coast [after Hurricane Sandy]... all this stuff everybody has known,” homeowner activist Janet Gunter shakes her head. “Everybody keeps turning the other way, because it’s far more difficult to deal with these realities than it is to ignore them.”

because, “I’ve been a leader on the city council, working to reduce unemployment, attract and maintain a fund[ing] balance…making sure the city stays solvent.” He also cited a number of other issues he plans to run on including housing and public safety. Ruiz-Raber, who also is running for her third term, said she considers the most important campaign issues to be jobs, the economy and improving services.

“They want to spend $13,000 of taxpayers’ money wasted on a ballot measure only three people want,” Dear countered. “It’s an effort to disenfranchise voters and their right to choose a mayor so three council members can play musical chairs.”

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When Carson was founded, the mayor’s position was rotated between city council members. In response to a successful ballot measure, Carson began electing its mayors in 1994. However, at the Nov. 7 council meeting, a majority of Gipson, Ruiz-Raber, and Lula Davis-Holmes approved a resolution to go back to the former system. The proposed measure will appear on the 2013 city ballot. According to the city clerk’s office, if it passes it will go into effect in 2017. “We need to revisit it, let the people decide,” said Ruiz-Raber. Gipson agreed, saying voters should make a decision about going back to rotating the mayor. ADVERTISEMENT

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LOS ANGELES—City Controller Wendy Greuel released the second phase of her audit of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles on Nov. 8, revealing that the department is still fraught with waste and loose management controls, a year after HACLA board and president was cleared out and replaced. Greuel’s audit of HACLA’s finances also reveals: • HACLA’s Finance Department does not have the capacity to evaluate financial opera-

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Torrance School Board member Al Muratsuchi defeated perennial Republican candidate Craig Huey in a hotly contested race for the 66th Assembly District. Photo Courtesy of Ben Higa.


precinct and every city in the district except for Compton, where Richardson garnered 47.42 percent to Hahn’s 44.60 percent. Voter turnout was a just a couple of points lower than the 44th Congressional District overall at 45.28 percent. The 66th Assembly District was only one of a few contests statewide in which both parties thought they could win. The race pitted perennial Republican candidate Craig Huey against Torrance school board member and Democrat Albert Muratsuchi. Though each candidate raised more than a $1 million, Huey was not able win any precincts outside of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. How the Harbor Area Voted Overall, with 53.05 percent voting, San Pedro residents, at 64.63 percent, re-elected the president, with 31.24 percent favoring Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Broken down further, with precinct covering the South Shores neighborhood 55.37percent of residents turned out to vote, choosing to reelect Obama by 60.46 percent to Romney’s 35.25 percent.

Presidential Election: How the Harbor Area Voted Los Angeles Registration 1,695,570 Carson 51,220 San Pedro 36,231 South Shores 13,391 No West San Pedro 9,695 Central San Pedro 13,145 Torrance 80,404 Lomita 10,946 Long Beach 232,660 Rolling Hills 1,491 Rolling Hills Est. 5,823 Rancho PV 28,036 Palos Verdes Est. 10,015

Ballots Cast 866,957 51.13% 27,521 53.73% 19,220 53.05% 7,415 55.37% 5,374 55.43% 6,431 48.92% 44,348 55.16% 4,385 40.06% 107,974 46.41% 902 60.50% 3,498 60.07% 16,161 57.64% 6,156 61.47%

Obama 648,919 74.85% 21,768 79.10% 12,422 64.63% 4,483 60.46% 3,301 61.43% 4,638 72.12% 22,270 50.22% 2,377 54.21% 73,403 67.98% 209 23.17% 1,315 37.59% 6,983 43.21% 2,203 35.79%

Romney 183,834 21.20% 4,993 18.14% 6,005 31.24% 2,614 35.25% 1,853 34.48% 1,538 23.92% 20,239 45.64% 1,821 41.53% 30,364 28.12% 657 72.84% 2,049 58.58% 8,579 53.08% 3,752 60.95%

In precincts covering the neighborhoods in Northwest San Pedro, 55.43 percent turned out to vote. They also reelected the president at 61.43percent. Precincts covering neighborhoods in Central San Pedro was the only place in San Pedro where turnout dipped below 50 percent with 48.92 percent turning out to vote. It was also in Central San Pedro that Obama got the highest percentage of Representative-elect Alan Lowenthal celebrated his victory with his son, Superior Court Judge Daniel Lowenthal on Election Night. He defeated Long votes with 72.12 percent. Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong for the 47th Congressional District. In Los Angeles as a Photo: Diana Lejins, Contributing Photographer. whole, with 51.13 percent voting, Obama garnered 74.85 percent to Romney’s 21.20 percent. Torrance mirroring similar numbers as in 2008 but with a lower turnout, 55.16 percent turned out to vote, choosing Obama over Romney by 50.22 percent to 45.65 percent. Lomita had perhaps the lowest voter turnout in the Harbor Area with only 40.06 percent votfrom p. 3 ing. Even so, Obama took the city 54.21 percent Victorian Christmas at Banning Museum This year’s Victorian Christmas is shaping up to Romney’s 41.43 percent. to be the best ever! In addition to the traditional Voting turnout in Carson didn’t reach 2008 house tour and trolley ride to the Drum Barracks, highs, but with 53.73 percent turnout, Obama this year, a blacksmith, a wreath-making demongarnered 79.10 percent of the vote—albeit with stration, a Queen Victoria re-enactor, local food and even handmade craft vendors from Crafted several thousand fewer votes. at the Port of Los Angeles is being added to the Long Beach, with turnout dipping below 50 event. percent at 46.41percent, overwhelmingly supDetails: (310) 548-7777 ported the president at 67.98 percent to RomVenue: The Banning Museum Location: 401 E. “M” St., Wilmington ney’s 28.12 percent. Cities in the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Join the NWSP Digital Neighborhood Watch most part stuck to the same patterns as 2008 with The Northwest San Pedro Digital Neighborhood Watch group, recently created by Councilall of them voting for Romney. Voter turnout in man Joe Buscaino, is open to anyone wishing to all of those cities hovered around 60 percent. In be a member. 2008, Rancho Palos Verdes with 86 percent voter It will serve as a weapon against residential turnout was closely split between Sen. John Mcproperty crime. Anyone in the group may post and add information to quickly and efficiently comCain and then-Sen. Barack Obama at 49.58 permunicate with fellow neighbors and business cent to 46.82 percent. This time around, Obama owners. Council District 15 staff and Los Angeles garnered only 43.21 percent to Romney’s 53.08 Police Department senior lead officers are members of the group. percent.

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in 2008. Even in a much tougher year this time, he held onto Virginia and made North Carolina extremely close. Arizona should become a swing state within one or two more cycles, with Texas probably a decade behind that. Yet, Democrats could still be in long-term trouble if they don’t shed self-defeating conservative ideas. Case in point: the fear of government spending kept the size of the stimulus to roughly half of what economists said was needed to produce a healthy recovery, which would have made Obama’s re-election a cakewalk. Even after this election, Obama continues to obsess over a “grand bargain” with the GOP, offering $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue—a formula that President Ronald Reagan would have drooled over, and that threatens real, longterm harm to Democratic voters in particular. Thus, the Democrats big test in the long run is whether they can grow their thinking fast enough to fill their shoes. In this respect, the belated, but ultimately impassioned and inspiring push-back against voter suppression efforts--producing long lines of dedicated voters in states like Florida and Ohio—was a hopeful sign pointing in the right direction. Voters faced a bewildering array of efforts to prevent them from voting, from photo-identification laws—most struck down or postponed, but misleading messaging often hid this fact—to sharp cut-backs in voter registration and early voting, to lines so long that some voters didn’t get to cast their ballots until after midnight. But on the presidential level, all these efforts fell short. The only battleground state Obama lost was North Carolina, which followed pollster’s prediction of a narrow Romney win, just as Obama won all the rest, where he led in the polls. There were long lines all across the county, particularly in battleground states and particularly in minority neighborhoods. In addition, hundreds of thousands of votes remained uncounted days after the election ended. But there was also a wide array of specific barriers, harassment and

intimidation as well. Illustrative examples include: • In Forest Park, Ohio, a predominantly black suburb outside Cincinnati, voters were forced to cast provisional ballots because records incorrectly showed they already submitted an absen-

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tions or to identify control weaknesses that may result in fraud, abuse or financial performance weaknesses. • HACLA lacks a long-term strategic financial plan. • No inventories of fixed assets have been performed in at least 7 years. HACLA immediately released a statement after Greuel’s report, agreeing with her findings while noting they were already working on rectifying the problems cited. HACLA President and CEO Doug Guthrie succeeded Rudy Montiel, who left the agency’s top job with a million dollar parachute after board and staff misuse of agency funds were uncovered in an investigative report.

Rep. Janice Hahn was joined by her family in San Pedro as she delivered her acceptance speech, Nov. 6, after defeating Rep. Laura Richardson for the newly redrawn 44th Congressional District. Photo: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor.

Councilman Buscaino Face Two Challengers for City Council Seat

Candidates James T. Law and Mark Anthony Contreras filed papers this past week announcing their intent to run against Councilman Joe Buscaino for the 15th City Council District in the March 5 Los Angeles City Council race. Both candidates ran for the seat in 2011 when Congresswoman Janice Hahn vacated the seat to run for Congress. Candidates must either pay a $300 filing fee and file a petition for nomination bearing at least, 500 valid signatures with the City Clerk or file a petition for nomination bearing at minimum 1,000 valid signatures. All three candidates have until Dec. 5 to file a completed nominating petition. Neither Law or Contreras secured enough signatures to make it onto the ballot in the 2011 council race. The Local Publication You Actually Read November 16 - 29, 2012


It’s Not as Simple as Red and Blue

The idea of a “rainbow coalition” is not a new one By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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Mitt Romney’s defeat was as stunning to his party as it was to many Democrats that presumed the election would be stolen by Karl Rove and David Koch with unregulated millions of “money-is speech” political action committee money. The Red Party, as the GOP have now come to be known, have their own problems to deal with in the wake of President Barack Obama’s victory—not the least of which is the question of what to do with political operatives like Rove, who looked like a snake-oil salesman in the face of 20-something-year-old statisticians using higher math and data analysis as an effective campaign tool. In fact, it was a game changer. Before the gay rights movement adopted the rainbow as their color symbol, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition adopted it for the civil rights leader’s 1988 presidential run. If this election was a victory, it was one made up of this ethnic rainbow. This is both a triumph and a challenge for the Democratic party, which for most of my lifetime has been beset with more factional bickering than strict party loyalty. Some might liken being a Democratic leader to walking a group of cats on a leash. Occasionally you win, but only if the cats cooperate. The simplistic concept of breaking party demographics down by race and ethnicity is only a mask for the real and more common thing that divides Americans. Class. A fact in America which we don’t like to admit. Race is used as a mask in most discussions of class in our country, and that has been the case since the very beginning. Only once in a great while does somebody reminds us of this fact, like noted leftist historian Carey McWilliams or Mike Davis. Even reading Howard Zinn’s The People’s History of the United States, would be enlightening for Random Lengths News readers like Arthur Schaper who continue to rail against my editorials (He’s got a good rant in our letters column this week). My main point is that while the national and state Democratic apparatus are gloating about their recent victories and the Republicans are in disarray, now is actually the time to reconsider what exactly the Democratic


Party stands for. Contrary to my critics, I would argue for a return to the fundamentals of liberal economics enunciated by Franklin Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union speech on “the Second Bill of Rights,” in which he argued that: “Necessitous men are not free men. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” He proposed the following list of priorities and rights: the right to a useful and remunerative job…The right to a good education. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies… And on the rights of security: The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. The right of every family to a decent home. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food, clothing and recreation. The Romney-ites would call these “entitlements” for the 47 percent, while they themselves enjoy the benefits of all of these rights by privilege of class. I, however, argue that these are the rights of every citizen who lives in the wealthiest nation in the world. Romney was right in his criticism of Obama. He hasn’t done enough to “fix the economy.” And it is true the leaders of the liberal party have not done enough to extend the Second Bill of Rights to this generation of Americans. Even Obamacare is a sad compromise on the original intent of FDR’s “adequate medical care” promise. Only Medicare and Medicaid achieved this a generation ago. The reason why I didn’t vote for Romney is that he would have rolled back most, if not all, of the social-rights achieved over the last 100 years. And he would have done so for the sole purpose of generating a profit for the corporate class at the expense of the working and middle classes. That ideology along with Romney’s faith in hedge-fund-fueled free enterprise has suffered an ignoble defeat. Now the Democrats just need to remember who they are and whom they truly represent.

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Only 25 Percent with HIV are Receiving Effective Treatment By Sam Ho, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare Twenty-one years ago, on Nov. 7, 1991, America was jolted with the news that basketball legend Magic Johnson had contracted HIV and would immediately retire from the sport. Almost immediately, Johnson began taking the antiretroviral drug AZT, and his health quickly improved. Just three months later, Johnson returned to basketball to play in the 1992 All Star Game, where his performance earned him the MVP award. Johnson’s fans and supporters were delighted by his triumphant return. And through Johnson’s experience, mainstream America began to understand that HIV infection was no longer an automatic death sentence, but a largely treatable, chronic condition. We are fortunate that during the past two decades there has been great progress in the treatment and care of people living with HIV and AIDS. With early detection and increasinglyeffective treatments, Johnson’s story is now just one of many high-profile examples of how people can manage their HIV and live long, productive lives. But while proper treatment for people with HIV has become much more available and effective, only 25 percent of Americans with HIV are receiving it.

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At the same time, people born after AIDS first emerged in 1981 are now most at risk of becoming infected with HIV. This sad fact highlights how important awareness and education is as we mark World AIDS Day Dec. 1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV infection rates are increasing for Americans between 13 and 30, and most of the new HIV infections reported in this country involve people younger than 30. It is so important to ensure that all people —especially young people—are aware and educated about HIV/AIDS prevention and the availability of effective treatments. Let World AIDS Day remind us that about 56,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year, and that more than 14,000 Americans with AIDS die each year. The CDC estimates that nearly 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and that about one in five don’t know they have the virus. Regularly testing people of most at risk for HIV—and then providing antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients—dramatically reduces the number of new infections. Preventing HIV is not complicated. If you’re sexually active, get tested. Don’t use IV drugs or share needles. Abstain or practice safer sex. continued on following page

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Mr. Allen contends that a reelected President Obama will continue the “successful” policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Unemployment topped off at 25 percent during the Roosevelt years—and he wants President Obama to implement those “regressive” policies further? Someone seems to be betraying a “religious faith” in progressive policies. Allen also suggests that President Obama is more suited for the “nuances” of governing. Romney was a centrist governor in liberal Massachusetts, balancing budgets without tax increases while working with a supermajority Democratic legislature. After ramming an unnecessary entitlement on this country, followed by a failed stimulus, Obama refused to lead on entitlement reform or spending cuts. Allen further charges that our representatives are supposed to represent the “people”—and that is precisely what they have done. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to make Obama a from previous page


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Fishermen Risk Life and Limb Fishing in Long Beach Harbor

While fishing for lobster the night of October 19 in the Long Beach Harbor with my friend on my little 16-foot skiff we were approached by a Long Beach Police boat. The officer on board told us, in an angry tone, that fishing was illegal anywhere in the port and that

boat. We were terrified by this action. His boat was many times the size and power of ours! And, the officer’s reckless and lawless action could have resulted in tragedy. The regulation preventing fishing in the port is based on security against terrorism. Fishing is not an act of terrorism and is instead one of the freedoms we, as licensed fishermen and women, should enjoy. To this date, there have been no acts of terrorism in the port and none likely to happen. Can’t the police determine the difference between fishermen and terrorists? Do the police have to treat fishermen like criminals and threaten their

lives? It is a shame that we should give up so much freedom because of the fear this country bears. Mike Shannon Avalon

We, The People of Los Angeles

Twelve years ago, the voters of Los Angeles approved a new city charter. According to its preamble, the new charter was proposed, in part, “to establish a responsive effective and accountable government.” The charter adopted in 1999 did make it possible for city govMore Letters/ to p. 10

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Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County has released their environmental impact report for a proposed sewage outfall system that includes digging a new 6.9 mile tunnel that would run under Figueroa Street, Harbor Regional Park, North Gaffey, Capitol Drive, Western and Dodson to Royal Palms. The final EIR is available at The Sanitation District’s board of directors will consider certification of the final EIR and approval of the Clearwater Program at their board meeting at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 28. Venue: Sanitation Districts of LA County Location: 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier

Dear Mr. Schaper, I guess the election results really hasn’t sunk in for you yet. What I’d like to direct you to read is not Ayn Rand or Milton Friedman, which you seem well versed in, but a standard American dictionary so that you can accurately differentiate between “progressive” and “regressive” policies and taxes. The difference between these two political forces seem to confuse many folks on the right side who tend to get their definitions all contorted trying to explain concepts that either add to the advancement of the collective human condition or that work against it. This election, if nothing else, has staunched the regressive tide of neo-con ideology promoted by Karl Rove among others. It is time for people such as you to stop complaining about “liberalism” and to either pitch in to fix what’s broken or to get out of the way so we don’t trip over you. James P. Allen Publisher

he had warned us the night before of that fact. His claim was false. However, we told him politely that we would remove our gear and depart. While we were removing our gear the officer caused his boat to collide with ours and as a result, I lost a very expensive rod and reel overboard. When we finished retrieving our gear we told the officer that we were leaving. He then drove his boat about 40 yards away, aimed it directly at us and proceeded at full throttle to ram us. At the last second he veered off and caused a wake wave large enough to capsize us. Luckily, I was able to avoid capsize by quickly handling my

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With preventive care, patients and their health care providers can fight and manage this disease and slow its spread. As was the case with Magic Johnson and other courageous Americans 20 years ago, we can’t allow today’s more effective treatments to make us complacent or ambivalent, or to lessen our resolve to find a cure and an AIDS-free generation.

“one-term” president in order to repeal ObamaCare, a law which “the people” did not want. On another note, every member of Congress takes an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, not “the people.” Perhaps it’s time that Congress relinquished their terrible mismanagement of entitlements and return these programs and our money back to the states or to “the people.” So, the election is over, and President Obama was reelected. Yet no matter what, I elect not to be discouraged. Romney wanted to rescind the sequestration of our military and revise our nation’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. I want out troops to come home. Romney was not “free market” enough, offering cut tax rates and eliminate loopholes, yet refused to specify which ones. Romney wanted immigrants to “self-deport.” Instead of attacking immigrants, our government must diminish the welfare state, a byproduct of “FDR’s successful policies,” and encourage legal immigration with streamlined naturalization. Then amnesty with real border control will function perfectly. To his credit, Obama offered waivers for “No Child Left Behind,” meaning more children will not be left behind in poor public education programs. Obama also deported more illegal immigrants combined than previous presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush II. Perhaps Obama Part II will be better than Romney, accomplishing reform with a re-divided Congress. Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance

San Pedro and played against the hull of the USS Iowa; as Veterans made their ways to the parking lots which were soon to be filled with white tent-like structures and visitors for the coming day known across the nation as Veterans Day. In the dawning light, people began their preparations for the musical presentations, and aligned their tables and flyers for the coming crowds. And the crowds came. The tour of the now famous USS Iowa, Battleship was the centerpiece and overpowering backdrop for the gathering and once all was in place; the crowds came. In the middle of the great day, were people from all walks of life; civilians with their children in awe of the man-made-war-wagon, and Veterans from the wars with knowing smiles to one-another and a somber and quiet respect for those who were not with us, and many stopped on the main deck of the USS Iowa and read the names of the 47 who lost their lives in a moment at sea; and a few wept. And the crowds came to see it all. In the background, I walked among the crowds, and I wondered, to myself and in looking around the grounds from my vantage point a few decks up on the battleship; “I wonder if they know, I wonder if they will ever know.” For, I was a young man caught in the middle of the Vietnam War and we were promised full medical benefits for life while we served and after we ‘got out.’ Today, the fabric of America has unraveled. The promises aren’t being fulfilled. The dentist told me I’d have to pay for my dental work out of my own pocket. The Veterans Administration Dentist wouldn’t see me; until I agreed to pay for the service out of my own pocket.. And, I wondered, “If I were an illegal immigrant and needed dental work…the community I live in provides the dental services for free for all who need the dental work. And I wondered…“If the people only knew…what it’s like to put our lives in harms way… and have our country turn its back on us…just as they did when we came home.. from Vietnam…and were spat upon. . but this time.. it’s different.. I’m old now…and I feel different about my country. And the crowds came…and I wondered. Sean Graham San Pedro


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ernment to achieve these goals. It provided for an independent board of civil service commissioners and it vested that board with rule-making, enforcement and oversight powers. But incredibly, all 3 mayors who’ve served under this new charter have rejected the civil service system the voters approved. They degraded the Civil Service Board and usurped its powers. And, they did that with the back door support of both the personnel department and the city council’s Personnel Committee. As its now administered, the mayor’s civil service system treats city residents like very big mushroom farm; it keeps them in the


dark about happenings downtown. It turns the civil service system into a collection of individual departments, each one of which is managed by and accountable to a mayoral appointee. City departments are now expected to be virtually independent; they are not subject to oversight by the Board of Civil Service Commissioners. To be charitable, one could assume that the mayors liberated city agencies form the board’s oversight for the purpose of enhancing service to the public. But based on the facts, one could frame a lessthan-charitable assumption. All 3 mayors did downsize the role of the Civil Service Commission. And, that did give them virtually

full control of the civil service system. Thus, degrading the board may have been little more than a naked power-grab. Angelinos should know that, with the Board of Civil Service Commissioners stifled, there’s no one in City Service who’s authorized to enforce the rules, no one to investigate rule violations and no one to oversee employment practices. That leaves the city vulnerable to costly legal challenges. But it also forces department to accept marginal job performances from employees. Moreover, Angelinos should know that stifling the board leaves city government without anyone who’s authorized to promulgate civil service rules. Samuel Sperling Monterey Park

Kevin Venardos sings, dances and makes people laugh as the ringmaster and creative director of Circus Vargas. Photo Courtesy of Circus Vargas.

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ights off. The spotlight focuses on a man standing before a crowd filled with anticipation with a dark ring encircling the center stage behind him. “We are not bound by gravity. We are only bound by our imagination,” said Circus Vargas’ ringmaster and creative director Kevin Venardos, as he introduced a mesmerizing lyra and chiffon routine at a recent show in Torrance. A young man, distinguished by his black costume, is surrounded by dancers wearing white. Soon, a young woman

10 in San Pedro’s Ports O’Call Village, when about 50 people who make the Circus Vargas shows possible will be encouraging audiences to hurry, step right up, and witness all the fun at the “big tent.” While most circuses have become extravaganzas at exorbitant prices, Circus Vargas has maintained a pervasive sense of the innocence and novelty of yesteryear in each of its 2-hour performances. “It’s an intimate theatrical setting,” Venardos explained. “This is for families to come and enjoy. (So) that grandma and mom and dad, and the kids, can all enjoy the show together; on some different level, perhaps, but that they do it together.” In addition to being the ambassador of the circus, Venardos is key in putting together ideas for music, production numbers, acts costumes, touring and overall design of the show, all while preparing for the following year’s show. “The art of the circus is not only in the skill that each of those performers possess, but in artfully arranging all of these elements so they flow seamlessly from one thing to the next,” Venardos said. “It’s

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—also wearing black—joins him at center stage. Without words the couple recount an entangled love story, complete with an epic enchantment. The two acrobats hoist themselves up into the air using chiffon fabric as a tether and harness as they twirl, dance and fly in what seems to be a courting ritual. Choreographed against “Adagio For Tron,” from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, adding a sentiment of romance in the air, intermixing a sense of conflict and turmoil toward the middle of the performance. At one point, the young man takes off flying above the circus ring, until the music eases into the final resolution of the performance. Essentially, it is an aerial ballet that combines the Shakespearean play, Midsummer’s Night Dream with a courting tale of Peter Pan. Expect acts such this one and more Dec. 6 through

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Root Vegetable Soup A Holiday Dish That Sticks to Your Bones by: Christine Rodriguez, Contributing Writer

Ah..., the turning of the seasons when cooks

become chefs, when the produce becomes heartier and when the home is filled with the aroma of warming spices that stimulates and excites the senses. I absolutely love the fall and winter because it signals the time when I bring out the crockpot and

the dutch oven roaster. The recipe I will be sharing with you is a root vegetable soup. Not only is it very easy to make, but it is also very nutritious and inexpensive. It can be the main course or served as a compliment to your meal. Root vegetables, just as the name implies they grow into the soil and become rooted. In ayurvedic teachings — ayurveda is a 5,000 year

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old East Indian, organized system of medicine that uses whole foods, herbs and spices as a form of holistic healing — to consume root vegetables is to increase your ability to become “rooted” in your mind and in your heart. Thus, you will be better apt to make solid decisions because you will have a greater understanding of the “root” of the problem. Rooting also refers to building from the foundation up as in creating a more stabilized home and begin nesting. So, now, let’s get into the actual root vegetables we will be using for this recipe and their benefits to your health. Turnips are a great source of sulfur, a purifying element. Because turnips are a great source of sulfur, and sulfur is a purifying element and has an alkalyzing nature, it (turnips) rid the body of toxins. Turnips are helpful for indigestion and sinus problems. Parsnips are greatly used in the eastern traditions in brewing teas used for coughs and colds. Parsnips are also beneficial in the treatment of headaches and arthritis. Last, but certainly not least, is ginger. I grew to love this root as a child. My grandmother always had fresh ginger tea brewing for us on a cold, rainy day. It has this beautiful fragrant aroma with a hint of spice. It made me feel like a grown up for some reason, maybe it was the distinguishing look of the ginger root. Try adding some to steamed organic apple juice for an afternoon delight. So, ginger helps to breakdown high-protein food such as meats, (by the way the Chinese always combine the right ingredients together like adding ginger to almost all beef dishes) and it is widely used in the

west for nausea, motion sickness and menstrual cramps. Ginger is warming in thermal nature and can also be used in the treatment of bronchitis. Now, lets make some soup shall we?


1 large turnip, chopped 1 large parsnip, chopped 1 large potato, chopped (yukon gold has a buttery flavor) 3 carrots, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoon of olive oil 1-½ quarts of vegetable stock 2 tablespoons of fresh grated ginger root 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon of salt 1 tablespoon of freshly ground pepper


1. Place the turnips, potatoes, parsnips, carrots and onion in a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in a pre-heated 400-degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes until tender all the way through. 2. Bring broth to a boil and reduce to a low simmer.

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Big Nick’s Pizza Tradition, variety and fast delivery; you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hear ty calzones, an array of pastas and of course, our amazing selection of signature pizzas, each piled high with the freshest toppings. Like wings or greens? We also offer an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800 BEACH CITY GRILL A culinary adventure—no passport required. Famous for Cajun sweet potato fries, garlic French fries, fresh fish, shrimp, salads, vegetarian, Cajun and Caribbean specials. Tr y the awesome desserts created by Chef Larry Hodgson. Celebrating 25 years. Open for Lunch: Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. and dinner: 5-8 p.m. Closed Sun. and Mon. 376 W. 6th St., San Pedro. (310) 833-6345.

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C a s u a l waterfront dining at its finest! Famous fo r s l a b s o f 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. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551 Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awa rd - w i n n i n g pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also o f fe r s c l a s s i c Italian dishes and sauces based on triedand-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, 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. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 Catalina Bistro & Express Grill The soaring span of the V i n c e n t T h o m a s Bridge above and bustling vessel traffic on the Main Channel alongside, Catalina Bistro and Express Grill in the new Catalina Express terminal is the most exciting place to eat

in the Harbor. The Grill is a wonderful surprise of great coffee and great food. The Bistro and accompanying bar have made the terminal a go-to place for drinks and food with a view at the outdoor tables with umbrellas. From 1/3lb Angus Burgers, homemade soups daily and clam chowder on Fridays you can’t go wrong. Join us for breakfast and lunch daily and dinners on Friday & Saturday nights. Catalina Sea & Air Terminal, Berth 95, San Pedro 310-707-2440 The Chowder Barge

L.A. Harbor’s famous floating restaurant, surrounded by boats in Leeward Bay Marina. Dine inside by our fire place, or outside on our deck. This unique spot serves great sandwiches, burgers, fish & chips, wings and of course, the BEST clam chowder anywhere! Try our sourdough bread bowl and daily specials. Wine and beer on tap or by the bottle, featuring our 34oz Captains Mug! The new owners have kept the “funkiness” of the old barge, and stepped it up several notches. Watch the games on our big screen TVs, utilize our WiFi and enjoy our XM tunes. THE place for your next party. Hours: Mon, Tues 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed, Thurs 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri, Sat, Sun 9 a.m.–8 p.m. 611 N. Henry Ford, (at Anaheim) Leeward Bay Marina, Wilmington • (310) 830-7937 • Iron City Tavern

Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonderfully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766 Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the darling café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash soup and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crepes and pastas. The best indulgence is taking a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474

NIKO’S PIZZERIA Downtown San Pedro’s newest restaurant features a full Italian menu, as well as pizza, and a beer and wine bar. We carry a wide selection of beers on tap and by the bottle. Watch sporting events on plasma TV screens throughout the restaurant. Delivery service to all of San Pedro, Port locations, and hotels. 399 W. 6th St., San Pedro (at the corner of Mesa and 6th sts.) • (310) 241-1400 PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING Since 1961 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an awe-inspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the AwardWinning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www. San Pedro Brewing Compnay SPBC has an eclectic menu featuring pastas, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads, delicious appetizers, and great BBQ. Handcrafted ales and lagers are made on the premises. A full bar with made-fromscratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www. SPIRIT CRUISES

An instant party! Complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Our three yachts and seasoned staff provide for an exquisite excursion every time, and “all-inclusive” pricing makes party planning easy! Dinner Cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing. Offering the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884 • www. Think Café Think Café is giving downtown San Pedro a taste of sophistication for breakfast and lunchtime, and dinner. Located in the heart of downtown on 5th Street, Think Café’ has been a magnet for local s and business types alike for over 15 years. The special secret of Think Café? Dining outside on the patio. Lovely for latte’ in the morning or soup and salad at midday, the patio is a wonderful rendezvous in the evening, perfect for enjoying a selection

from the wine list. The Café’ also boasts a selection of imported beers. Breakfast at the Café’ runs the gamut from bacon and eggs to eggs Benedict, with a wide variety of dishes to awaken the taste buds. Think Café’s sandwiches are hard to beat. 302 W. 5th St. Suite 105, San Pedro • (310) 519-3662 Trusela’s

Southern Italian & California Cuisine • Bob and Josephine Trusela have been awarded the “Most Promising New Restaurant 2010” award and three stars 2011 and 2012, by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Catering available for all ocassions. Hours: Sun. 5 p.m.–Close, Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30–2:30, Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m.–Closing. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547–0993

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Jessica Escobar pictured at CRAFTED with stocking caps from fINdings Art Center. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.

Four months ago, San Pedro welcomed a

Crafted at the Port of L.A. Location: 110 22nd St., San Pedro CA 90731 Details: Venue:

American Monster + Redhot Burlesque The American Monster Burlesque and Blues Show might be a little rough around the edges or maybe even a little out of control at times but always an amazingly fun jaw dropping good time. It happens when you throw together a group of very talented musicians and dancers, then turn them loose without a safety net. Cover is $10. Details: (562) 239-3700 Venue: Harvelle’s Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach The Delirians Reggae band The Delirians will make groove until you lose your mind, starting at 10 p.m. Nov. 16. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

November 17

Daversa Big Band Daversa is a versatile and respected performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader and educator. He took an immediate interest in music at an early age, first through piano and voice, and later with trumpet and electronic valve instrument. Suggested donation is $30. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Dennis Jones Band Called a trailblazing maverick, Jones and original songs sets have the ability to bring the heat. Cover is $10. Details: (562) 239-3700 Venue: Harvelle’s Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach Panic Movement Panic Movement is an amalgamation of individual band member influences such as The Beatles, Sonic Youth, Killing Joke, Joy Division, The Kinks and the Electric Light Orchestra. The show starts at 9 p.m. Venue: The Nugget Location: 474 W. Anaheim St., Long Beach Coldwater Canyon Coldwater Canyon was formed in the spring of 2006 and quickly became the premier Country band in the Los Angeles area. They have developed a reputation for high energy performances and Entertainment Calendar continued on page 16.

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The enthusiasm from vendors continues Gus Lopez, a local San Pedro resident and tug boat operator, runs Knotical. Lopez crafts a variety of items using the techniques he has practiced for years tying sailors knots. His website, reads: “I learned everything about rigging, working with different types of rope, knot tying, wire rope splicing, chipping rust, painting, and the basics of navigating out at sea.  With lots of practice I quickly became very good at tying different types of knots.” Now he uses this skill to create bracelets, key chains, dog leashes, door mats and decorative items with his rope and his knots tying skill. Gus is beginning to receive orders for custom work. He showed us an elegant oversized doormat, made from 250 feet of rope, recently ordered by a local interior designer. San Pedro businesses also place orders for nautical wall art and his repeat customers keep him optimistic. “I’m covering my expenses, but I know the holidays are coming and we’re going to stick it

ARTIST CALL! Fain is aware of the fine artists working in San Pedro and is requesting submissions from the local fine arts community. Empty stalls are available for local artists to display appropriate work at Crafted, at no cost to the artist. She is currently showing Joyce Dallal’s 10-feet tall toy filled wire sculpture. Artists are encouraged to contact her at Many more success stories exist within the walls of Crafted. It is worth the time to visit yourself and see the community that has sprung up in the port.

November 16

DW3 at the Chophouse DW3 is back at the Chophouse after performing sold-out shows in support of Hurricane Sandy victims at Spaghatini’s. They’ll bring the soul and rhythm and blues hits you know and love as well as their own original tracks. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10. Details: (310) 684-1753 Venue: 7th Street Chophouse Location: 465 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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new resident in the form of an expansive craft marketplace in Warehouse 10 at the San Pedro Marina. Crafted’s goal was to become the nation’s largest indoor craft marketplace. A huge grand opening weekend hosted 10,000 visitors from across Southern California and brought hope to a local economy depressed by the national economic malaise. A recent visit to the warehouse marketplace revealed optimistic small business owners and repeat customers stating loyalty to this new venture. Annette Ciketic, founder of fINdings Gallery, was the first vendor to sign a contract for a booth at Crafted. Her stall on a Saturday afternoon was busy selling handmade toys and clothing. fINdings gallery on 6th Street in San Pedro is already well established, using arts and crafts to promote literacy for low-income immigrant families. “The project at Crafted has evolved to include internships for local college students, as well as service learning projects,” Ciketic said. Irma Ramos, a student in the fashion program at El Camino College, is creating fashion aprons and supplementing her educational expenses through her work at the fINdings booth. All crafters contributing at Ciktetic’s booth receive a 60 percent commission on their work. Ciketic is an old hand at running a community based non-profit. Donations in high quality materials and funds assist in running her booth. Her business is in the black, but the goal of fINdings is not profit. Originally begun with a grant from the Los Angeles Police Departments, “Weed and Seed” program, the mission is to foster personal growth that will enrich lives, contribute to their families and benefit society. That spirit of community enrichment is spread throughout Warehouse 10 floor. Another vendor funding her dreams is Debbie Selva of Jungle Bee. Selva owns East Valley Academy, a small independent private school for low-income students in the San Fernando Valley. Her private school does not receive government funding, and not all students can meet the expenses

for books and tuition. Selva started Jungle Bee to supplement the academy. “About 80 percent of the income at the booth goes to the school,” she says. Selva seems to have hit on a popular design in “foot jewelry,” beaded ankle bracelets that wrap around the foot. Each piece of jewelry is priced at $14, which is meant to approximate the price of a textbook. She has also added other wearable art and mosaic wall décor to her inventory. Amazingly, Selva creates all the pieces herself while she continues to administer the private school. Her husband, an editor for the Los Angeles Times, and her daughter, also a crafter, pitch in to work the booth each weekend at Crafted. Occasionally, her project also feeds a hungry family or a veteran. “Anytime someone buys something from the Jungle Bee, they are literally putting food on a young person’s plate, or they are buying a book” Selva says. “I chose $14 for my ankle bracelets, because that is how much their workbooks are at school.”

out,” he said. Sharon Fain, outreach and media manager for Crafted, is busy working on the strategic plan for Crafted. The original projection for microbusinesses at Crafted was 500. That number has been adjusted as time goes on. A few of the original plans have not panned out. Capturing tourists from cruise ships has not worked, as the cruise ship industry has been affected by the economy and a drop in tourism to Mexico. Crafted started with 70 booths and that number has remained. A recruitment phase is now being launched. “It’s probably not sustainable to have 500 artists working. There is probably not enough of a pool of local (artisans),” Fain said. They are offering a renewal rent offer to the current vendors and are hosting mixers for prospective vendors. Crafted has benefited from the national crafting craze. The maga-website Etsy has triggered a global movement. Crafters everywhere are gathering for communal crafting events promoted by Etsy. Crafted hosted more than 1,000 people on the Worldwide Etsy Crafting Night. The San Pedro event was the second largest crafting night in the country. In November, on the day after “Black Friday,” Crafted is hosting a holiday kick-off event called Small Business Saturday. “Our push that day is community oriented,” Fain said. “On that day we will provide materials for people to come and make ornaments for the San Pedro Christmas tree.” The San Pedro City Ballet will present two performances of the Nutcracker Ballet and Santa will be there to kick off the holiday season. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Harbor Service Center. Fain tells us she is aware that the $5 parking fee has been controversial. They tested an annual free parking pass for locals and the offer will be made again at the holidays.



Calendar from page 15. busy nights at the local honky tonks. The show starts at 9 p.m. Details: (562) 630-3007 Venue: Cowboy Country Location: 3321 E. South St., Long Beach

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Awol Rock band, Awol, is coming and plan on rocking the place out, starting at 10 p.m. Nov. 17, at the San Pedro Brewing Co. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

November 18

Street Corner Renaissance Street Corner Renaissance has defied the odds to do what many thought was either crazy or impossible. The group’s founder, Maurice Kitchen, was an accomplished but frustrated 25year veteran of the insurance industry when he decided to quit his job and form a professional a cappella doo wop group with Torre Brannon Reese, a community youth advocate and founder of a successful mentoring program. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

November 19

Funk Jam Harvelle’s Funk Jam! is the place to be every week. Cover is $5 and it starts at 9 p.m. Details: (562) 239-3700 Venue: Harvelle’s Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

November 22

Live Band Karaoke with Steel Rod Come test your chops at Chophouse’s Thursday night. Details: (310) 684-1753 Venue: 7th Street Chophouse Location: 465 W. 7th St., San Pedro

November 23

Joel Gaines Jazz multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Joel Gaines will be back at the Chophouse to deliver the latest cuts and standards fans love. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10. Details: (310) 684-1753 Venue: 7th Street Chophouse Location: 465 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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Brian Auger A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has incorporated jazz, early British pop, rhythm and blues, soul music and rock. Suggested donation is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

November 25

Kevin O’Neil Group featuring Candi Sosa O’Neal’s voice as an entertainer speaks freely on his bass, through his compositions and his deceptively embracing singing. Candi Sosa is power and tenderness. In her art, she commands the “Voice of The Tiger” as she can soothe or excite at will. Kevin & Candi love sharing moments and music together. Their sound is without boundaries. Kevin hails from Los Angeles and Candi from Havana, Cuba. Suggested donation is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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November 30


The Vitalities Reggae band, the Vitalities will be at the Brewing Company, starting at 10 p.m. Nov. 30. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

December 1

Next N Line Rock band Next N Line is set to deliver some flavor in your ear on this night starting at 10 p.m. Dec. 1. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family year after year can be a real chore, not to mention irritating when distant relatives you never see show up on your step with their own take-home containers. Here are a few Harbor Area restaurants Random Lengths recommends to shirk off your workload. The Skyroom in Long Beach is the place to be. At the top floor of the historic Breakers Hotel, its dining room offers 360-degree city views,

vintage Art Deco decor, white tablecloths, and custom china. There’s a three-course meal to be had, featuring a choice of sweet potato soup, roasted bell peppers, and garlic tarragon or a seasonal garden salad with gala apples, fennel, cumquats, roasted walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. The second course includes the traditional holiday turkey with sundried tomatoes, cornbread, cranberries, figs, sausage-stuffing, cumquats, jalapeño peppers, garlic and mashed

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a collaborative effort. To make any show happen requires the collaborative efforts of many different people. I don’t have all of the skills but I know when something is right or where I want it to be and I can sense when something is not there yet.” Venardos, who joined Circus Vargas in August 2011, never imagined a life with a circus. Before the circus, his passion was musical theater. A native of New York, he grew up loving Broadway and the stage. He thought traditional theater was where he was headed. When he was 22, and a year-and-a-half out of college, he went to an open casting call for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They were looking for a ringmaster. “I didn’t have any idea what a ringmaster did; I knew Leo Garcia prepares to launch himself 40 feet into the air and 70 that he sang,” said Venardos, feet across the arena as the Human Rocket performer of Circus who earned a bachelors in Vargas. Photo Courtesy of Leo Garcia. fine arts at Ithaca College. “Landing that job transformed “I love that no matter how rotten the last week my whole life and what I thought it was going may have been, we move on to a new city,” he to be.” said. It always moves on [and] we keep moving It was at the Ringling Bros. Circus that he forward… You start to really grow as an artist met The Flying Tabares, the trapeze group who when you start to live in that constant environment now owns Circus Vargas. They purchased the of doing.” circus about seven years ago and years later For 36-year-old Leo Garcia the circus is a invited Venardos to guide the artistic elements just another way of life, not too much unlike any of the show. other life. Despite some challenges there are many “We have scrambled eggs and ham, and French advantages to life in the circus. toast the way everybody else does,” Garcia said.

potatoes. Then there’s the seafood option such as the tiger shrimp pasta option with homemade black fettuccine, roasted garlic sauce, and shrimp or the broiled Scottish salmon, with sweet potato au gratin, ginger and persimmon reduction. There’s also the lobster risotto option, with wild mushrooms, butternut squash, saffron, and Parmesan- Reggiano. And, for dessert, homemade pecan pie and gelato or pumpkin crème caramel. At $49.00 per person, that’s a deal. The Skyroom will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving for three-course meal with a plethora of choices. Details: (562) 983-2703; Venue: The Skyroom Location: 40 S. Locust Avenue Long Beach Ports O Call Restaurant will be hosting a buffet style brunch and dinner on Thanksgiving. Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. For children between the ages of 7 to 12 pay $14. Toddlers between the age of 3 to 6 cost $6. Salad, fajita stations, roast beef, pork ribs, turkey, ham and seafood are part of the deal. The last seating of the day is at 6 p.m. Details: (310) 833-3553 Venue: Ports O’Call Restaurant Location: 1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro “We wake up in the morning. We put our kids in school and we have breakfast like everybody else. (It’s) just an average life.” Garcia, along with his wife, Getti, and his 10-year-old son, Maximus are the stars of the Motorcycle Globe of Death act. This family of circus performers race motorcycles inside a 13foot diameter spherical cage. Maximus, who has been performing since the age of 4, has the world’s record as the youngest performer to do the motorcycle act. “I remember being 10 or 11 years old and already knowing 100 percent (that) I wanted to do it forever,” said Garcia, a sixth-generation circus performer. “When I had the opportunity … to take a different path … I didn’t want to do anything else. I was born in the environment.” Garcia is also the human rocket act. He gets shot out of a canon 40 feet into the air and 70 feet across the arena. One of the nicest things about Circus Vargas is that it is family-owned and operated, Garcia said. The overall environment of the show is very family-friendly, as opposed to some of the newer shows that could be a little more risqué. “As a family person that I am, it’s really nice to be in a show where family is the first thing … to the overall show,” said Garcia, who also has a 3-year-old son. “Out of the many shows that I’ve been fortunate, with my family, to perform in, this is one of the most beautiful--under the big top-- the way circus was originally meant to be. As a performer you are proud to be part of the show too.” Another perk for both audience and performers is the standard meet-and-greet that they do with its audience at the end of each show. And, while gone are the days of animals being part of the circus experience, song, dance, clowns and flying acrobats allow the show to hold its own without missing a beat. “At the end of the day there is plenty of incredible human acts to fill a 2-hour show and no one is going to be disappointed,” Venardos said.

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From Red to Blue tee ballot. • In Colorado, police harnessed Latino canvassers during the week leading up to election day. • In Florida, 46 voters were challenged by one Tea Party activist in Miami-Dade County, and 77 were challenged in the Tampa area by another. The voters were forced to cast provisional ballots, which aren’t counted until 10 days after the election and have high rejection rates. Still, the end result of all this voter suppression and obstruction was failure at the presidential level. Republicans were far more successful with a less recognized approach to thwarting voters’ will in races for the House of Representatives—partisan redistricting. ThinkProgress reported a Democratic popular vote margin of 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent—a 6-point swing from 2010. “This discrepancy between popular votes and seat counts is the largest since 1950,” wrote Sam Wang at the Princeton Election

where the postindustrial economy thrives. The results bear this out as well. Obama won all 10 of the top states with the highest percentage of college graduates in the over 25 age group. Romney won 9 of the bottom ten states. What’s more, the counties Obama won are tightly clustered and more densely populated, matching the ideopolis thesis. The long-running World Values Survey strongly indicates that post-industrialism has a distinctive values thrust towards greater openness, gender equity, and quality concerns, such as environmentalism and participatory democracy, all summed up under the heading of “post-materialism”. This correlates well with bringing five new women into the Senate—for a record 20 female members—as well as the sharp reversal in voting on gay marriage initiatives, which saw a string of 32 consecutive defeats end dramatically, with three gay marriage initiatives pass-

Honoring America’s Veterans on USS Iowa About 1,000 attendees arrived to honor America’s veterans of wars past and present at the USS Iowa on Nov. 10. Veterans span wars going back to World War II. The free event featured live music from The Swing of Things, Rock for Vets and The Riptides band. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Joe Buscaino pledge that the Veterans Appreciation Day will become an annual event. Pictured, right, with the mayor and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is Gene Dick, survivor of the USS Oklahoma when the battleship was sunk in the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Photos: Betty Guevara.

First Lady Michelle Obama, First Daughters Sasha and Malia join re-elected President Barack Obama on stage Nov. 6 in Chicago.

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The total for all these states—which Obama carried by an aggregate average of around 2 to 3 percent—was 73-34, better than 2 to 1 Republican. If these states had split their delegations 50-50, Democrats would have gained another 20 seats and retaken the House. In addition to the growth of minorities, Judis and Teixeira pointed to increased college education and the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial economy as trends producing more Democratic voters. They coined the word “ideopolis” for areas

ing (Maine, Maryland and Washington) and one ban going down to defeat (in Minnesota). It also correlates with the shifting ground on marijuana prohibition, where progress is advancing, albeit unevenly. Medical marijuana was approved in Massachusetts, the 17th state to approve it, but defeated in Arkansas, while state-regulated sales were approved in Washington, but defeated in Oregon, and Colorado legalized possession under one ounce. Finally, two key figures embody much of the hope and promise on which the future of a possible Democratic majority depends. Tammy Baldwin, a well-established House progressive, has become the first openly lesbian senator. She has a strong labor record that is not just reflected in her voting, but her passionate advocacy. She’ll be joined by Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor with an Oakie twang, whose politics recall former House Speaker and Senator Fred Harris, humorist Will Rogers, and the ghost of Tom Joad. The party’s future may well depend on the ability of women leaders like them to fuse the materialist working class politics of the Democrats’ past glory with the post-materialist politics embodied in their very presence. With any luck, one or both of them will run for President some day.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012183675 The following person is doing business as: Tommys Famous Burgers of San Pedro, 1141 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Angelo Bacoulis, 17842 Arvida Dr., Grenada Hills, CA 91344. This Business is conducted by a husband and wife. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: January 1, 2000. 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.) Angelo Bacoulis, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 13, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 were to 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: 09/20/12,10/4/12, 10/18/12,

owners: Brandi Rayann Barnard, 772 10th Street, Apt. #4, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: NA. 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.) Brandi Rayann Barnard, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on September 4, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 were to 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: 09/20/12,10/4/12, 10/18/12,


Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012198587 The following person is doing business as: “Life’s Grand” Kids Dance, Art, Music, 415 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA, 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owner(s): Lorena Maese, 3653 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: Oct. 1, 2012. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Lorena Maese, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 4, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 were to 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: 10/18/12, 11/01/2012, 11/15/12, 11/29/12

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: 11/01/2012, 11/15/12, 11/29/12, 12/13/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012214724 The following person is doing business as: Beadwork by CGM, 1063 W.11th St., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Carmen Guevara Moen, 1063 W.11th St., San Pedro, CA 90731 Charles David Moen, 1063 W.11th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a husband and wife. 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.) Carmen Moen, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on October 29, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 were to expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in


Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012177138 The following person is doing business as: B & D Treasures, 719 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA, 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered

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