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By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

[See Spirit of San Pedro, p. 6]

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Line up on the streets of San Pedro to witness the joy of the holiday season as it parades through Pacific Avenue. The 37th Annual Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade is here and you won’t want to miss it. The event, which takes about half a year to prepare is a collaboration among several community groups such as the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the Beacon House, the San Pedro Elks Lodge #966, the office of Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Los Angeles Police Department. More than 9,000 people will enjoy the parade of little leagues, scouts, high school bands and equestrian units marching through its downtown area. The San Pedro Ballet City Ballet will also be showing off their moves in Nutcracker costumes. And, of course, the holiday parade would not be complete without the presence of Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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Steve Marabella at his family’s winery on 8th Street in San Pedro. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.

Find It, Buy It Local By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

For the past 15 years, Random Lengths News has espoused the virtues of local shopping and the keys to effective gift giving. Yet, every year we find a significant number of people still need a reminder, even after Black Friday has passed, to prevent another holiday season of people receiving crap that looks like everybody else’s crap. The recipe for great gifts is rooted in understanding that there are three types–regardless of their ticket price. One is a gift that a loved one needs and can’t readily get for themselves. You know, like underwear, a car or a vacation. Another is one that holds great sentimental value, like an object that references a shared memory, a loved one’s aspirations, such as jewelry, a photo or video project, or some professionally made gift with the recipient in mind. The last sort of gift is one that appeases or teases any one of our appetites, whether it’s gastronomic, sexual or other memory inducing pleasure. The cool thing about the third type of gift is that it could also fit the criteria of gift types one and two. It is when you understand these principles of gift giving that you understand just how advantageous and efficient it is to shop local.

Marabella Vineyard

For 35 years, Steve Marabella has continued an Italian family tradition, winemaking. Random Lengths News’ cuisine and culture writer Richard Foss recently noted that there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional techniques like brewing and pickling, but most winemakers haven’t been targeting that movement. Marabella has seized upon that opportunity and is more aggressive about pursuing it than anyone in more than eight decades of his family business. Visit their website for gifts for beer and wine lovers in your life. Starting in January, Marabella will begin offering free winemaking classes every three months. Marabella Vineyard Co. is at 344 W. 8th St. in San Pedro. Details: (310) 833-9783; marabellavineyard.com [See Made in San Pedro, p. 4]

Harold Greene Antiques of the Future

Harold Greene is a San Pedro wood furniture artist, who has more in common with the renowned Greene and Greene design team than just his name. For more than 40 years, Greene has coaxed a lyric beauty from wood, making everything from chairs and tables to four-post beds, not forgetting to mention custom interiors for homes. His signature look bears witness to the Craftsman style of Pasadena architects Greene and Greene, while incorporating his own modern thought on exotic woods. His ability to turn your vision into wooden reality is something to behold. Details: (310) 519-8756.

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James See is a local surf fixture in San Pedro.

James See divides his life between time on the water and time on the waterfront, but he is still big time in surfing circles. His tiny store on 37th Street next to the Corner Store has become a magnet for locals, a haven for the neighborhood skateboard set and a center for all things surf in the community. James’ familiar onion head logo sprouts on the boards and sleds of Pedro’s most hardcore water worshippers. James See Surfboards is at 1126, W. 37th St. in San Pedro. Details: (310) 547-9432.

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Made in San Pedro San Pedro Brewing Co.

James Brown and his brewmaster Jason Welke have been consistently winning blue ribbons in every category of every beer competition in the Southland. As fans of the brew pub await the opening of Port Town Brewery, they can enjoy San Pedro BrewCo’s 32-ounce Growlers featuring the pubs house brews including: Blond Ale, Hefeweizen, IPA, Red Ale, Pumpkin Ale and the Imperial Stout.

San Pedro Brewing Co. is at 331 W. 6th St. in San Pedro. Details: (310) 831-5663; sanpedrobrewing.com

Booths at Crafted Aicher’s Pop Kustom Shoppe

Scott Aicher grew up in the South Bay doing art for local bands and working as an illustrator for surf companies. He is influenced by Ed Roth, Rick Griffin, Mad Magazine,

Robert Crumb and Gary Panter. He searches flea markets for items to turn into works of pop art. Scott now calls a cottage house in San Pedro home, where he lives with his wife and two small dogs that guide his visions. Crafted is at 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 10, San Pedro. Details: (310) 944-0112; craftedportla.com/ aichers-pop-kustom-shoppe

Global Gifts Unicef Shop

An all volunteer store with gifts and folk art from around the world, Global Gifts has been in San Pedro for 40 years. Whenever possible they purchase their items from fair trade organizations or from the artists themselves. Each year they have several special open houses with items of a particular theme in abundance, such as the Cross Show in April and the Nativity Show in November. They are always looking for

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[Made in San Pedro, from p. 4]

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items by new and exciting folk artists. Crafted is at 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 10, San Pedro. Details: craftedportla.com/global-gifts

Dià de los Muertos figurines are popular at the Global Gifts UNICEF Shop located in Crafted.

San Pedro Art Association

The San Pedro Art Association was formed in 1936 by a small group of local artists to bring together creative people with similar interests within the Harbor Area and to provide a focal point for those with such interests to work together, to learn and to exhibit their work. Today, the San Pedro Art Association continues in that role as a forum for networking, information sharing, promotion, peer access and council, professional assistance, art education, as well as career and marketing opportunities for the artists living in the Harbor Area and beyond. The association offers for sale art work, illustrations and photography, home décor and accessories and jewelry and accessories. The San Pedro Art Association is at 77 Berth in San Pedro. Details: sanpedroart.org

Coppa Woodworking

Black Friday bargain-hunting may have left many wishing for an alternative to the shopping mall mobs and gridlocked parking lots. Well, it’s not too late. Why not patronize independent neighborhood businesses that might otherwise be stampeded in the rush to the big-box chainstore malls. For your gift-buying, go ahead and visit the South Bay Pavilion at Carson but don’t stop there — explore some of the city’s small retail businesses as well. Here are some suggestions to get you started: • Go first to Memory Lanes Antique Mall, where dozens of vendors’ booths offer gift-worthy antiques including jewelry, silver, fine china, glassware, along with some contemporary entertainment and sports memorabilia. It’s at 20740 S. Figueroa St.in Carson. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week. Details: (310) 5384130.

• Got a fisherman in your life? Maybe he’d like a new reel or tackle box, or some seaworthy clothing, including shirts, caps, boots and sunglasses. Stop by Island Fishing Tackle in the space formerly occupied by Freeway men’s clothing. It’s at 21809 Avalon Blvd. in Carson. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Details: (310) 707-1205; islandfishingtackle.com. • You’ll be surprised to find an import shop like World of SJ Gifts and Dekor in a Carson mini-mall. It’s like a little piece

of Chinatown or West Hollywood. The small shop’s filled to the ceiling with beautiful imports from China and Italy. It’s at 441 E. Carson St., Suites C-D, in Carson. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Mondays. Details: (424) 342-9171. • Find ladies’ apparel in North Carson at Beyond Envy which packs a surprising amount of trendy clothing and accessories into a small space. It’s at 20234 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Details: (310) 366-5996; beyondenvyonline.com. • Find ladies’ apparel in South Carson at Closet, a large boutique that stocks clothing and accessories ranging from teens to plus sizes. It’s at 23441 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Details: (310) 830-8683. • For men’s apparel and sportswear, you’ll find Mr. Big in the same shopping mall as Closet for ladies. It’s at 23431 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; closed Sundays. Details: (310) 835-4990.

• Need cool gifts and accessories for young ladies? Between Closet and Mr. Big, Julie’s is full of purses, costume jewelry, Hello Kitty backpacks, and Mickey Mouse dolls. It’s at 23435 S. Avalon Blvd. in Carson. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Details: (310) 830-2695.

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World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk Show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. The Center Long Beach, its community and neighbors gather each year to remember. After sunset, walk in candlelight to the bluffs off Ocean Boulevard to light up a small memorial. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 Details: (562) 434-4455 Venue: The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Long Beach Green Room The owner of the new Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Adam Hijazi of The Green Room, is hosting a forum so that his new neighbors can see the dispensary on the inside, learn about the steps he is taking to keep the neighborhood safe, and get to know him and how to reach out to him with any concerns. Time: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 Details: www.facebook.com/ events/360626717718948 Venue: The Green Room, 1735 E. 7th St., Long Beach

Planning Commission Meeting Long Beach will take input regarding the revised LUE maps via email at LUEUDE2040@ longbeach.gov. The Planning Commission will consider these revised maps on Dec 11. The community is encouraged to visit www.longbeach.gov/ lueude2040 to get involved, to learn the facts, and to gain a better understanding of this effort.

It’s a Drag to Give Come down to the Long Beach Convention Center and enjoy an amazing night of fun and charity. Proceeds will benefit the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Beacon for Him and WomenShelter of Long Beach Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 15 Details: www.facebook.com/ events/1797859687137381 Venue: Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Long Beach Santa Fun Run Join the fun in your festive holiday attire and hit the streets of Long Beach. Run, walk or watch in this fundraiser for the The Center Long Beach. The event will also collect nonperishable food donations for the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach. Time: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 24 Details: https://tinyurl.com/Long-BeachSanta-Fun-Run Venue: Beach Bike Path, Ocean Boulevard at 54th Place, Long Beach

Need A Warm Meal?

The Sisterhood Ministry of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church is launching a collection effort for new or gently used handbags filled with essential toiletry items such as: shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors, hairbrushes and combs, personal hygiene items and gift cards. The idea behind the drive is to let women know (especially those fleeing domestic violence situations and the stress and trauma of being homeless) that the handbags can provide more than just needed hygiene items. They can also provide a glimmer of hope and a sense of pride and comfort knowing there is someone in the community who cares. When the items in the handbag are gone, the handbag will act as a reminder they are not alone. The handbags and other items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, 390 W. 7th St. in San Pedro, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the Port of Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club, 100 W. 5th Street, through Dec. 8. Details: (310) 986-7718; http://mtsinaisanpedro.org.

Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church provides meals from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Details: (310) 833-3541; https://marystar. org

Toberman Food Pantry The Toberman Neighborhood Center provides food 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Clients may register to continue receiving food. Details: (310) 832-1145; www.toberman.org

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Coppa Woodworking’s hand made wooden doors are known nationwide.

By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

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Ciro C. Coppa is the modern day version of a Renaissance man, a versatile inventor, an instinctive mechanic and engineer, woodworker and businessman. Yet, he’s a romantic with vivid dreams of summers past and wooden screen doors decked out with gingerbread swaying in the warm breeze and a companionable circle of old fashioned Adirondac chairs gathered around a dancing fire. Coppa’s vision has blossomed on Paraiso Avenue for decades now and his signature screen doors and blast-fromthe past chairs are enjoyed across the country. Coppa Woodworking is at 1231 Paraiso Ave. in San Pedro. Details: (310) 548-4142

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[Spirit of San Pedro, from p. 1]

Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade The parade route will start on Pacific Avenue at 13th Street, head north and turn east on 6th Street to Palos Verdes Street. It will feature more than 88 units. Bands will play music learned and practiced at San Pedro High School, Dana Middle School, Wilmington Middle School, Gardena High School and Carson High School. The 2017 parade line up:

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Los Angeles Port Police Motorcyles clear the parade route San Pedro High School Golden Pirate Regiment Marching Band San Pedro High School Air Force JROTC Mark Wallengren of KOST 103.5 FM Los Angeles Port Police - Interceptor Los Angeles Port Police Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner Anthony Pirozzi Metro Bike Riders Port of Los Angeles “Timmy the Duck” Float Los Angeles Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and Los Angeles Police Department Honor Guard LAPD Captain Oreb LAPD Harbor Cadets Wells Fargo Stage Coach with Domenic Costa, San Pedro’s Honorary Mayor San Pedro High School Lady Boosters San Pedro High School Drill, Flags and Cheer San Pedro High School Baseball San Pedro High School Marine Magnet Rep. Nanette Barragan International Children’s Choir Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn Encore Theater Group - Seussical Los Angeles Harbor College - Dr. Otto Lee Harbor College Walkers LA Airforce Base Honor Guard

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LA Airforce Base Commander Col. Roberts Boys and Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor San Pedro Bay Historical Society LAFD Historic Band Wagon with Fire Chief Ralph Terazas Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Truck Station 48 LAFD Historical Society Hummer Harry Bridges Span School Band / Boys & Girls Club Harry Bridges Span School Drill Team Harry Bridges Span School Cheer and Pep Squad Beach Cities Shrine Club with motorized camels Crowne Plaza LA Harbor Hotel Providence Aztec Dancers Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council Cheer/Pep Squad, Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council Improved Order of Redman Wilmington Middle School - Wilmington Marching Jaguars Band 15th District Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino on a bike San Pedro Co-Op Nursery School Feed & Be Fed Garden Church - Taiko Drummers Harbor Occupation - Taiko Drummers Toberman Neighborhood Center Toberman Neighborhood Center San Pedro Girl Scouts Pt. Fermin Elementary Cheer/Pep Squad Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew West Coast Reign All Star Cheer Cub Scouts of America Pack 234 Cub Scouts of America Pack 500 Cub Scouts of America Pack 1203 Gardena High School Band & Auxiliary State Sen. Steve Bradford Keller Williams Realty Float Angie Flores Books with Panda Bear Diamond All Stars Cheer/Pep Squad Cabrillo Beach Contingent Port of Los Angeles High School Cheer/Pep

Squad Equestrians Charros de Jerez Zacatecas Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church - 2017 Parish Fiesta AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles South Bay Divas All Star Cheer Cheer/Pep Squad and South Bay Divas All Star Cheer Pacific Battleship - USS Iowa Hummer Port of Los Angeles HS, POLAHS JROTC Journeys Martial Arts San Pedro Girls Softball Association Hayley Clark Dance Company Equestrians Palos Verdes Junior Drill Team Horses Bayview Baptist Church Float

San Pedro Soccer League Ballet Folklorico Alma de Oro Alliance Alice M. Baxter College Ready High School Cheer/Pep Squad Peoples Place Eastview Little League Carson High School Marching Band Fantasy Spa Mobile Pet Grooming Mary Star of the Sea Pre-school, Elementary School and Junior High School New Harvest Singers Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles Salvation Army San Pedro Corp Beach Cities Roller Derby Dance Tech Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council Trolley - Pinkachu and Clilfford the Big Red Dog Barton Hill Elementary School Cheer/Pep Squad Barton Hill Elementary School walkers San Pedro City Ballet Dana Middle School Marching Band Dana Middle School Cheer/Pep Squad San Pedro Rotary Club - Santa and Mrs. Claus

Scenes from Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade, 2016. Photos by Jessie Drezner.


Holiday Afloat Parade is Back It’s that time again. Lights will adorn the ocean shores as a regalia of boats float upon the Los Angeles Waterfront to welcome the holiday season. Peace Around the World is the theme of the 55th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Port of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and heads south down the Los Angeles Main Channel. It takes about 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route. Los Angeles County District 4 Supervisor Janice Hahn will head the fleet of about 60 boats of all shapes and sizes as this year’s grand marshal. Participating vessels include powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working crafts. Community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and the Grand Marshal’s Award. Before the parade, at 4 p.m., viewers are invited to enjoy free holiday festivities at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington. The boat line ups will be led by a Los Angeles Port Police dive boat, a 65-foot hydrofoilassisted catamaran vessel equipped for diving and sonar; followed by the Warner L. Lawrence fireboat, the Irving Johnson headed by Grand Marshal Supervisor Janice Hahn, La Espada,

a Harbor Breeze boat headed by Councilman Joe Buscaino; the Something Special, a 58-foot banner powerboat owned by George Miller; several tugs and working vessels, the Mauretania, an 80-foot Jack Voight motoryacht stationed at 22nd Street Landing; the Westerly, a 55-foot dive commercial scuba boat; about 35 recreational boats; all escorted by three Port Police vessels and two U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary boats. Spectators may view the procession from: • Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St., Wilmington • Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro • Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro • Downtown Harbor, 5th Street and Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro • 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd St., San Pedro • SS Lane Victory, Berth 49, 3600 Miner St., San Pedro • CabrilloWay and Holiday Harbor marinas, 2293 Miner St. and 285 Whalers Walk, San Pedro Details: laharborholidayafloat.org —Zamná Ávila

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From Giving Tuesday to Giving Away America

Tax cuts to big corporation don’t create jobs, tax cuts for small business and the working class will By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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Everyone should be very concerned when our governments start rushing tax legislation through in the middle of the holiday season ... especially this year! Could it be any more distracting? First, it’s all the uproar and outrage over sexual harassment in America triggered by the Groper-in-Chief and his Alabama surrogate Roy Moore in his critical race for the U.S. Senate. Then there’s the family dinner, during which we argue about it before we’re seduced into racing out to the Black Friday sales and Small Business Saturday (shilled by American Express as a faux shop local promo). Then we get shop-til-wedrop behind our computer screens during Cyber Monday as our anxiety level spikes over worry that our credit card accounts are being hacked. Then, after all the exercising of our arms from pulling out our wallets, we’re faced with the entreaties of deserving local charities for “Giving Tuesday.” If at the end of all of this giving and grief you still have enough money to pay the property taxes by Dec. 10, you should consider yourself lucky. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making an argument for being a Scrooge McDuck but rather suggesting there’s another way. Government — all government legislatures, that is — should go on recess between Thanksgiving and New Years Day and give us all a break from the political drama. Then come January, an appropriations bill should be passed to fund all of the non-religious, non-political nonprofits in the jurisdiction with taxes from the top 1 percent of wealthy American corporations. Most of them like to show how generous they are anyway, so let’s just make it mandatory as part of their civic obligation. Most of the nonprofits in our community and our country do a great deal of good work that government doesn’t do or wouldn’t do well if it did. So, let’s do away with making charities beg for money and let them just do the good work they intend to do — without private influence attached. More to the point is that tax breaks for the wealthy don’t put more money into Main Street, where you and I live and work. It puts the vast majority of that largesse into Wall

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Street, where corporations will first buy back their own stock — artificially inflating the price. It allows for more mergers and acquisitions that consolidate markets not expand them. It does little to create jobs or increase opportunities but it does inflate the value of the stock market. We’ve been sold “trickle down” economics so many times that it’s almost beginning to sound like a vaguely familiar Christmas Carol from the 19th century. And it’s been proven not to work three times in the past half century. It even helped cause three different recessions rather than sustainable economic expansion. The deal is that small businesses and start-up companies are this nation’s primary job creators. This is where tax breaks, tax incentives and banks should be investing. The old adage goes if you give a poor man a hundred bucks in the morning, at the end of the day it will end up in the pocket of the rich. This is truer today than it was a century ago. However, the delusion that is rampant in the U.S. Congress about reducing the corporate tax rate is not just a Republican idea. On Dec. 1 our very own Democratic-leaning L.A. City Council is primed to give away a tax break worth $103.3 million to New York developer, Lightstone Group to build three hotels adjacent to the L.A. Convention Center creating some 1,110 hotel rooms. This once again shows the inequity in the distribution of tax breaks designed to solve the hotel unit shortage non-problem, not the city’s housing crisis. By the way, this tax break only creates 804 permanent jobs. This has the support of San Pedro’s very own Doane Liu, now executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development. This is just one of three (possibly more) such tax giveaways the city council has made in the past 12 years on developments being built in downtown Los Angeles. The solution is not to pour more money into the top, but to build a healthy economic ecosystem from the bottom up — one in which most participants, especially the middle class, have plenty of money to spend. Both Congress and the city council are making the same mistake of giving tax breaks to Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen james@randomlengthsnews.com Assoc. Publisher/Production Coordinator Suzanne Matsumiya Managing Editor Terelle Jerricks editor@randomlengthsnews.com

“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” —Mark Twain Senior Editor Vol. XXXVIII : No. 25 Published every two weeks for the Harbor Area communities of San Pedro, RPV, Lomita, Harbor City, Wilmington, Carson and Long Beach. Distributed at over 350 locations throughout the Harbor Area.

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those who need it the least, while ignoring Main Street businesses and the working class, who need it the most. Imagine for just for one moment that the L.A. City Council started investing into San Pedro’s

Waterfront the amount that it is investing in downtown Los Angeles right now. I know Giving Tuesday has passed, but it’s not too late to keep asking, demanding a better deal on who gets the tax breaks.

Newly released Kennedy assassination documents reveal…

Kennedy/FBI Planned to Assassinate Castro, Invade Cuba By Mark Friedman

An Aug. 8, 1962, memo read that U.S. military planners estimated they would need 261,000 troops and between 10 to 15 days to invade Cuba, oust Fidel Castro, and take control of the country. The memo was one of almost 2,900 files recently released  by the National Archives as part of the final disclosure of files collected in the investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, on Nov. 22, 1963. In addition, documents released on the JFK assassination reveal multiple governmental efforts to assassinate Castro. Some of the proposed assassination plots involved placing botulism pills in Castro’s food. The plot failed. Another CIA plot involved exploiting Castro’s fondness for diving, and proposed to dust the inside of the suit with a fungus that would produce a disabling and chronic skin disease or contaminating the suit with tuberculosis bacilli in the breathing apparatus.

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Yet another involved a “booby-trap spectacular seashell, which would be submerged in an area where Castro often skin-dived. The seashell would be loaded with explosives to blow apart when the shell was lifted.” The document also reviewed the CIA efforts to assassinate Democratic Republic of the Congo leader and freedom fighter against Belgian colonialism Patrice Lumumba.  Perhaps the most significant plan was a covert plan involving the Kennedy administration called Operation Mongoose. In the minutes of a March 21, 1962, meeting of the Caribbean Survey Group that included Robert Kennedy and top CIA and military officials, Kennedy asked about the feasibility of kidnapping “some of the key people of the Communist regime,”  The Aug. 8, 1962, plan included using 71,000 soldiers and 35,000 Marines on the ground [See Plan, p. 9] Random Lengths News editorial office is located at 1300 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, (310) 519-1016. Address correspondence regarding news items and news tips only to Random Lengths News, P.O. Box 731, San Pedro, CA 90733-0731, or email to editor @randomlengthsnews.com. Send Letters to the Editor or requests for subscription information to james @ randomlengthsnews.com. To be considered for publication, all Letters to the Editor should be typewritten, must be signed, with address and phone number included (these will not be published, but for verification only) and be kept to about 250 words. To submit advertising copy email rlnsales@randomelengthsnews.com or reads@randomlengthsnews.com. Extra copies and back issues are available by mail for $3 per copy while supplies last. Subscriptions are available for $36 per year for 27 issues. Random Lengths News presents issues from an alternative perspective. We welcome articles and opinions from all people in the Harbor Area. While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right to express those opinions. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Reporting Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2017 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.


RANDOMLetters DNC’s Subversion of Democracy

Thank you for your reply to my letter, in which I said that Hillary was no more fit than Trump to be President, and that the DNC is to blame for Trump’s victory because it cheated Bernie, alienating his supporters. By now you know that the DNC did indeed subvert our democracy; former DNC Chair Donna Brazile’s book Hacks details how Hillary’s campaign commandeered the DNC and she has produced the Memorandum

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in Cuba and another 29,000 soldiers in support positions. Major units involved would include two Army airborne divisions, an infantry brigade, an armored combat command, a naval amphibious attack force and 17 Air Force tactical fighter squadrons and 53 troop carrier or transport squadrons. Why is the U.S. government so intent on destroying the example of the Cuban Revolution? The hostility of the U.S. government, representing the ruling wealthy families of the United States, towards Cuba

of Understanding between the two organizations to prove it. And we learned from your paper’s article on Project Censored’s top 10 censored stories, that DNC attorneys said in court that the DNC could select its candidate in a cigar smoke-filled backroom. Essentially, the DNC admitted that the party’s name is a misnomer! As for the Clinton Foundation, I can’t help but think that you watched none of the videos that I referenced, as none of them are hit pieces. The video of her lying about her emails is straight forward; her lies are plain to see.

U.S. and Israel being the lone oppositionists. From the inception of the revolution, with their massive land reform which gave land to the peasants, their nationwide literacy campaign that taught millions to read and write within a year, their efforts to eliminate racism against AfroCubans, and their initiatives to advance women to positions of respect, equality and leadership, which they were unable to hold under the U.S. backed Batista dictatorship. Since the 1959 revolution, led by thousands of Cuban men and women from all walks of life, they’ve exhibited ultimate international solidarity.

And her lying was no small matter, as the “Clinton Cash” documentary exposes many of the criminal actions she was hiding, several of which have been verified by The New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, and ABC News (search “Fact Sheet for Clinton Cash”). The whole Trump-Russia collusion thing is a hoax. We now know that the Steele dossier on Trump, which has always been suspect among the “fake news” altmedia, was funded by the Hillarycommandeered DNC. And Russia did not hack the DNC and Podesta emails; forensic analysis of the leaked files that contain copies of

These revelations should re-motivate us to insure a successful upcoming tour of Cuban Marine science educators despite the fact that President Donald Trump is proposing a ban on all Cubans receiving visas to come to the U.S. These would include our colleagues at the University of Havana and the National Aquarium.  We need to speak out loudly, as the Nov. 1 international demonstrations have by demanding: U.S. out of Guantanamo. End the U.S. blockade and embargo of Cuba.

Mark Friedman is the Cuban Marine Science Educators tour coordinator.

the DNC emails has proven they were leaked by someone with direct access to DNC’s computer network; and Julian Assange says Podesta’s emails were leaked by a DNC staffer, a Bernie supporter, who was disgusted by the corruption and collusion he saw happening between the DNC and the Hillary campaign, and the media’s complicity. A whole year after the election, the intelligence agencies say they still have no evidence of collusion. Under heavy pressure, Facebook finally turned up some $100,000 worth of Russian ads over a two-year period, although nearly half of those ads were after the election, and none were election-related. And regardless, are we really to believe that Putin believed he could sway the election toward Trump for only $100,000 when the Trump and Hillary campaigns were each spending $950 million and $1.4 billion respectively to sway the voters? The “fake news” alt-media have understood since Election Day that Hillary and her campaign, the DNC, and the mainstream media were all badly embarrassed by Trump’s victory, and that the D.C. establishment cannot tolerate an outsider being in the White House. Thus, this hoax was perpetrated to delegitimize his Presidency, to engineer a “soft coup” via impeachment. Comey refusing to recommend Hillary’s indictment for gross negligence with her emails, and the FBI not investigating the Clintons’ criminal actions exposed two years ago, are examples of how the wellconnected Clintons have always gotten a pass for their wrongdoings during the past 25 years. As to your question, I consider the choice between Trump and Hillary as being similar to a choice between a delinquent adolescent getting behind the while for the

first time, and an experienced driver with numerous hit-and-runs, who each time has the connections and top attorneys to thwart an investigation. But why limit our choices to Trump and Hillary? As long as we keep voting for the lesser of two evils because we think our preferred third-party candidate can’t win, nothing will improve. Neil Saaty San Pedro

Attack on Net Neutrality

Last week we learned that the FCC is moving forward with a December 14 vote to repeal net neutrality rules that protect our free and open internet. This proposal is a grave threat to the idea that the internet should be free and accessible for all. It’s a danger to our economy and free speech rights, and we must defeat it. More than 8 million Americans have already submitted comments in response to the FCC’s misguided proposal, including myself. Our message has been clear: Broadband providers must not be allowed to tilt the playing field by blocking or throttling their competitors, prioritizing their offerings, or otherwise unreasonably interfering with lawful content. The basic principle of net neutrality is that access to all websites and web services should be treated equally—that anyone can start their own website and make it accessible to anyone with internet access. What the FCC wants to do is empower broadband service providers—the gatekeepers of the internet—to potentially distort the online marketplace and set up a pay-for-play system. This would be a terrible mistake that would hurt the most vulnerable and voiceless among us. It will imperil our economy

while reducing innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. I have confidence that if enough of us come together in the next several weeks, we can make our voices heard and save the internet. Sen. Kamala Harris Democrat California

The Coming Revolution

Earlier this year my wife Angelita and I visited the United Kingdom. I’ve always been interested in the worker ownedbusiness model and I found it everywhere I turned. In many European countries where electrical power was privatized 40 or 50 years ago it was being recaptured by the public in order to affect public control. Wind turbines are everywhere. When I lived in Ashland, Oregon, I was a member of the Southern Oregon Electric coop and I got my farm supplies from the Grange Worldwide, the cooperative movement has an aggregate annual turnover of more than 2.5 trillion USD. That’s huge, and it’s not just big it is fundamentally a human model with values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Look out you for-profit capitalist pigs — here come the people. Lewis Wright San Antonio de las Minas Ensenada Baja California Mexico

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Whether this meant Che Guevara and scores of AfroCubans going to the Congo to help Patrice Lumumba fight Belgian colonialism, sending tens of thousands of volunteer troops to Angola over 10 years to push back the South African invasion which set the stage for the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid. Today, Cuba’s thousands of medical volunteers in countries around the world are the first on the ground to help populations lacking basic medical services. When Ebola hit in Liberia, Cuban doctors were there within a few days while the U.S. sent troops.

is because of its workers and farmers government that makes decisions on behalf of the majority. Today, almost five decades after the first socialist revolution in the Americas, the U.S. Blockades Cuba and illegally occupies Cuban territory at the Guantanamo military base. These unsuccessful efforts to destroy the revolution have been answered by the determination of the Cuban people to remain a sovereign nation and has earned their support by hundreds of millions around the world. This is exemplified by annual United Nations resolutions against the blockade—with the

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of it all. If you’ve read any of the 19th-century Russian classics, you know that the sisters are never going to find what they’re looking for. A powerful philosophical enlightenment was happening in that time and place. Writers like Dostoyevsky, Turgenev and Lermontov were exploring the bleakness of the human condition in a brand new way. Chekhov, a generation younger, picked up the torch. If you’re looking for a lot of plot, the Three Sisters ain’t your gals. The dominant action — almost the only action — in a Chekhov play is people sitting around and talking. And, because Chekhov never met a chance to hammer home his motifs that he didn’t like, they repeat themselves plenty: …work, Moscow, what does it all mean, someday we’ll understand what it means, we must work, we’ve gotta get back to Moscow, in the future it will all make sense, let’s work because it will make the future better and the present more comprehensible, we’re never going to get to Moscow, I’m working but it still doesn’t make sense, but maybe in the future…. This might be a bit of a bore if not for the humanity of the interactions both between the characters and between each character and her existential predicament as they struggle amidst life’s ponderousness. This is the magic of Elysium Conservatory Theatre’s production. [See Curtain Call, p. 13]

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Anton Chekhov (d. 1904) occupies an odd historical space. During his lifetime he was on theater’s cutting edge with his idea of subtext, a convention that reflects the aspect of human interaction where what is happening emotionally is not always explicit. But for all that modernism, Chekhovian dialogue sounds more archaic than stylized to our ears. The Chekhovian challenge for actors and directors, then, is to play that artificiality with the subtextual reality, layering all that humanity (nothing artificial about Chekhov there) atop his wonky words. Elysium Conservatory Theatre’s Three Sisters is a triumph of exactly that. Director Aaron Ganz and his cast boldly explore social interaction in a way that few theater companies ever do, incorporating so much naturalistic space and silence into the dialogue that the only way you could feel more like a fly on the wall is if you sprouted little wings. We meet Olga (Charlotte Spangler), Masha (Monica Ross) and Irina (Kate Slinger) exactly one year after their father’s death. They live together on their family estate with their brother Andrei (Justin Powell) in the provincial town they’ve called home for the past 11 years. But they yearn to return to Moscow, which for them symbolizes a carefree world of love, devoid of loss and devoid of the confusion on the purpose (or purposelessness) of suffering. They believe that work can redeem them, can redeem all of humanity. If they just do the work, the right work, they can locate themselves in history and make sense

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Old San Pedro Lives on a Restaurant Wall By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer

The old Trani’s Majestic Café in downtown San Pedro. File photo.

over a case and traded it for a wet beef sandwich, because they bartered a lot in those days.” In 1925 San Pedro was a tough port town, home of bars like Shanghai Red’s where gambling, prostitution, smugglers and the people who dealt with them. Trani reveals that some colorful characters had their own private space. “There was a back room called, The Blue Room, where bootleggers hung out and there’s

mystery about it,” Trani said. “I had only seen black-and-white pictures of it and when I asked my dad one time he said that it wasn’t blue. He had no idea why it was called that and neither did anybody else. It had a back entrance and all kinds of people hung out here. My grandfather said that he saw the gangster Mickey Cohen there and thought, ‘Oh boy, we don’t want this

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f you visited J. Trani’s lately you might have noticed an unusual change in the decor: a remodel that makes the place look older. The hunting lodge look is gone, replaced with vintage pictures that show a very different San Pedro. The place is heavy on memorabilia from The Majestic Café, a restaurant that was started in 1925 by Chef Dustin Trani’s great-grandfather. The photos show a crowded but casual spot; they also raise a question about the name, one that Dustin can’t answer. “Why the Majestic Café?” Chef Dustin Trani asked, rhetorically. “Nobody knows. It was a brash place full of longshoremen and marines and the people who did business at the port, and it wasn’t fancy by any means. I asked my father once, but he had never thought to ask my great grandfather when he was still alive.” Founder Filippo Trani emigrated from island of Ischia near Naples along with thousands of others who sought opportunity in America. Many stopped on the East Coast, but he kept going because he had friends in Wilmington. Most of that area was one big olive orchard. He worked there before he moved to San Pedro to open the restaurant. The restaurant may have served fishermen but it didn’t serve much fish. “Seafood was expensive, and The Majestic was a working class diner,” Trani said. “They served chili beans with spaghetti, beef stew and wet roast beef sandwiches. We still serve that sandwich on the lunch menu today. It’s two large pieces of French bread with thick slices of top round, topped with au jus and chili beans. It’s a fork-and-knife sandwich. There was a tuna salad on the menu, using tuna brought in at Terminal Island. Some of the guys eating it might have caught it or canned it. They probably brought

guy around here.’ But for some reason he kept coming back to our little café even though he could afford to eat anywhere. He was a character at the restaurant and so was Freddy the Leg-Breaker, otherwise known as Freddy the Hat. If you were his friend he was Freddy the Leg-Breaker, to everybody else he was Freddy the Hat.” The mere possibility of earning Freddy’s attention probably helped keep the clientele better behaved than the average place in town, despite the fact that they were illegally serving alcohol somewhat blatantly. It was kept under the counter until prohibition was repealed in 1933, but Filippo’s brother Lou manned the bar from a space right by the door. He was probably kept busy by a stream of customers who had visited the neighboring business. “The place where longshoremen picked up their paychecks was next door, so there were always guys who suddenly had money in their pockets and wanted something to eat,” Trani said. “We had fed them even when they were broke, though. My great-grandfather was at the helm; he would sit at the counter all day long while my father and uncles ran the kitchen. He had the pay list of who owed us money and I assume that when their tabs got too high, that’s when you called Freddy. We used to have house accounts here at J. Trani’s until a few years ago, but it just got too complicated keeping track. And besides, everybody has credit cards now.” The Trani family also established a tradition that went on for decades, but that ended suddenly because of one of their more colorful customers. “We used to have the Majestic Picnic every year, always the third Sunday in August,” Trani said. “Our customers would throw money in the jar all year long, and the Tranis would match that amount and throw a picnic for the community. It was at the LAPD pistol range just off Channel Street, and there would be softball and all these other attractions for 700, 800 people. The last year they did it was 1974 and there were a lot of politicians, congressmen, Judge Perkovich, everybody who was important in town. Mickey Cohen showed up too, with his stooges. We had to get the permit for the police field from the police department and I remember my grandfather saying, ‘We can’t have this guy here!’ It was like a scene from The Godfather, all these politicians and a gangster just hanging around at a picnic. Next year the LAPD didn’t issue the permit and that ended it. I’ve always thought about bringing it back.” Only a few years after the last picnic, the Majestic itself was on the road to disaster. “When my great-grandfather passed away

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in 1978 the restaurant was left to the brothers Lou, Jim, Jack and Philip,” he said. “It was a ship with no captain; you could predict that it would start a feud and it did. In 1987, they sold the restaurant. My grandfather and father came here to start this restaurant, and my great-uncle Phil started his in Long Beach. When we opened this location there was nothing on the wall from the old restaurant, because we had put all that in

the past. My grandfather would never even drive by the old restaurant because of the resentment over what happened, over losing brothers never to see them again. It took 27 years, but we have made up now and are friends again. It was sad to see, but it’s behind us now. When we did the recent remodel and updating we decided to bring in those pictures along with a lot of old photos of the history of San Pedro.” The Tranis will share some of its history at an event on Dec. 5, when Dustin Trani will cook favorites from his great-grandfather’s

menu. Prohibition-era cocktails will be served after dinner to accompany a program called “How Prohibition Changed America.” Part of the proceeds will benefit the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, which is scheduled to open in San Pedro early next year. (Full disclosure: the author of this article is the curator of that museum and presenter of the program, as well as a regular columnist for Random Lengths News.) The evening will be a celebration of the era, the neighborhood and of what may be the only fourth-generation restaurant in greater Los

Angeles, where the family still works in the kitchen. It’s a rare example of continuity in a city and society that worship the new and novel, a chance to look back at who we were when all photos were in black and white and the booze had to be kept under the counter. For details about the Repeal Day event on Dec. 5, check the events section at PacificFood. org or stop in at J. Trani’s for a flyer. Have a cocktail at the bar when you do; they’re really good. J. Trani’s is 584 W. 9th St. in San Pedro. Details: (310) 832-1220; www.jtrani.com

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f you love fruitcake — also called fruit bread, Yule cake, or Christmas ring — you have much to look forward to this holiday season. You’re probably well aware of the many ways there are to enjoy fruitcake—plain or as part of various concoctions. You might be planning to get one (or more) from a local retailer such as Amalfitano Bakery in Rancho Palos Verdes, or order online from a worldrenowned company such as Collin Street

How to Cope with this Much Maligned Holiday Tradition By Lyn Jensen

Bakery based in Corsicana, Texas. Even if you dislike fruitcake, you may find yourself with one anyway. Maybe you’ll get one at a party. Maybe you have that relative that always bakes fruitcake as gifts, like Truman Capote’s cousin Silk did in the classic story A Christmas Memory. Maybe this is the season for you to confront the reality that you have a fruitcake stored away somewhere — for longer than you’d care to admit. If so, consider options beyond throwing that fruitcake away. Upcycle it instead of adding food to humanity’s daunting waste stream. Browse around the Internet for ways to share your fruitcake cheer. The Collin Street Bakery website provides some ideas. The following suggestions are culled from several Internet and print sources. • Some people eat ice cream even when it involves fruitcake. Fruitcake purists (those actually do exist) may insist the dish is to be eaten plain, but if you, like most, are not one, slice it and top it with ice cream and/or whipped cream. You’ll find it tastes much better. You can even make a fruitcake sundae the way you’d make a brownie sundae. A variation is to crumble or cube bits of fruitcake as garnish on a sundae.

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

BUNZ GOURMET BURGERS

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

The Chori-Man

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

Happy DineR AND HAPPY DELI

The Happy Diner isn’t your average diner. It’s the idea of fresh creative dishes in tow San Pedro locations, and now a third—the Happy Deli. The selections range from Italianand Mexican-influenced entrées to American continental. Happy Diner chefs are always creating something new—take your pick of grilled salmon over pasta or tilapia and vegetables prepared any way you like. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Happy Diner #1, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • (310) 241-0917 • Happy Diner #2, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 935-2933 • Open for breakfast and lunch: Happy Deli, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro (424) 364-0319

MARIA’S RESTAURANT

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

San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted awardwinning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. Live music. Open from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www.sanpedrobrewing.com

• Try toast. Put thin slices on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven, then top them with butter or cream cheese for breakfast or snacks. You can also use the slices to make French toast. • Make trifle or bread pudding. Both are time-honored ways to recycle leftover bread or cake, and that includes fruitcake. Find a recipe and hit the kitchen. • The right wine makes a marriage. If you serve fruitcake with compatible dessert wine, such as Riesling, tawny port, or cream sherry,

The Whale & Ale English Restaurant & Pub

The Victorian oak panels & elegant brass fittings will make you feel like you crossed the Atlantic. Featuring popular pub fare such as Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, & entrées of Choice Steaks, Roast Prime Rib, Beef Wellington & Roast Rack of Lamb. Seafood selections include Chilean Sea Bass, Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp & Sand Dabs. International draft beers & ales, as well as domestic craft beers on tap. Full bar; free, gated parking lot. Open daily for dinner and lunch Tues.-Sun. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 • www.whaleandale. com

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Boardwalk Grill

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

PORTS O’ CALL RESTAURANT

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

you’ll find they make each other taste better. You may even want to throw a wine-tasting party. Invite guests to blind-taste several selections of dessert wine, and serve fruitcake to cut the liquor. Award a door prize to the person who eats the most. If after considering ways to make fruitcake enjoyable, you still can’t face serving or eating it, dispose of it in a useful way. • Repeat, trashing or composting fruitcake is not a good idea. Fruitcake infamously lasts years or decades. It’s not going to break down in a compost pile anytime soon. • Our animal companions like fruitcake even if we don’t. Humorists sometimes wonder how many fruitcakes end life as bird feed. How about gifting your backyard’s wildlife with an appropriate feeder, too? If you know a friendly dog, horse, pig, chicken, parrot, or goat, maybe they’ll like your unwanted fruitcake. • Call food charities about making a donation. Ask about donating some butter or cream cheese, too. • Don’t tell anybody, but re-gift it. Johnny Carson is credited with originating a joke about how maybe there’s just one fruitcake in this world and it’s forever being passed around as a gift. If you do this kind of recycling, make sure it’s going to someone who’ll be pleased to receive it and stop the chain. Otherwise you may find it coming back around. Do the recipient a favor, too — type or write up serving suggestions (like these) and tuck into the gift package.

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Trio Céleste Based in Orange County, Trio Céleste is ensemble-inresidence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. Time: 12 p.m. Dec. 1 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574; www.palosverdes.com/ ClassicalCrossroads/ FirstFridays.htm Venue: First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance One Drop The San Diego-based band embraces the spirit of classic roots reggae and dub music with a calculated blend of rhythm and blues, pop and rock subtleties. Time: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 1 Cost: $15 to $300 Details: (424) 276-9705; www.solvenue.com Venue: The Sol Venue, 313 E. Carson St., Carson Wargirl Wargirl describes their music as “third world garage rock.” The band are all natives to LA and Long Beach with exception of their percussionist who came to Long Beach from Ecuador at a young age. The music is percussion driven, with two drummers, which makes for danceable jammy grooves firmly rooted in Latin music, reggae and Afrobeat. RSVP is required. Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 1 Cost: Free Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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Doug Macleod Doug Macleod multiple blues music award winner returns with Denny Croy on bass. He will be presenting his music and stories. Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 9 Cost: $20 Details: (310) 833-7538; http:// alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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Holiday POPS Spectacular 2017 The Golden State Pops Orchestra’s acclaimed production Holiday POPS Spectacular returns this year with joyous music and high spirits. Celebrate the holiday season by joining Maestro Steven Allen Fox and the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Chorale. Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 16 Cost: $28.50 to $60.00 Details: http://gspo.secure.force. com/ticket Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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White Christmas This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, and top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, 1 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10, and 6 p.m. Dec. 3 Cost: $20 to $90 Details: (562) 856-1999; www.musical.org Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach

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The Nutcracker San Pedro City Ballet presents its 24th annual production of The Nutcracker, with artistic direction by Cynthia and Patrick David Bradley. Join Clara on a dreamlike journey with a dancing nutcracker, mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, and a magical

San Pedro City Ballet’s annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker will be performed Dec. 9 and 10 at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro. Christmas tree. Time: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. Dec. 10 Cost: $19 to $39 Details: www.sanpedrocityballet. org/upcoming-events/nutcracker Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Arsenic and Old Lace When these two sweet old sisters feel the need to release a worthy roomer of his lonely suffering, just a sip of their homemade elderberry wine will do the trick. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 2 Cost: $10 to $27 Details: www.lbplayhouse.org/ show/arsenic-and-old-lace Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Much Ado About Nothing The drama of military war and the comedic war between the sexes meet in the great playwright’s hilarious, heart-wrenching comedy. Set in a timeless world of disguises, intrigue, beautiful words and surprising violence. It performed by a talented all-female cast. Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 Cost: $10 Details: www.eventbrite.com/e/ much-ado-about-nothing-tickets38483341711 Venue: The Collaborative, 421 W. Broadway, Long Beach The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Lou has wrestled with a big ball of tangled Christmas lights for the last time. Christmas is cancelled. Escaping New Jersey, the freezing cold, his nutty family and most of all the holidays, is exactly what Lou plans to do. Will a couple of unlikely characters help restore Lou and Carol’s Christmas spirit in the St. Nick of time? Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16 Cost: $27 Details: www.littlefishtheatre.org/ wp/the-night-before-the-nightbefore-christmas Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro BEH — An Improvised Play Who are the characters in BEH?

Where does BEH take place? What is the plot of BEH? You tell us — BEH is an improvised play. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16 Cost: $20 Details: www.thegaragetheatre. org/on-stage-now-1 Venue: The Garage Theatre, 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach

ARTS Dec. 2

AGCC Open Studios Open Studios Day is a biannual event at Angels Gate Cultural Center celebrating all that happens on our campus and the diverse and lively community that makes us unique. More than 50 studio artists will open their doors for you to see what they create in their studios. Time: 12 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 Cost: Free Details: www.angelsgateart.org Venue: AGCC, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro SU LA Michael Stearns Studio invites you to an artists reception for SU LA: New Beings. This exhibit features Syracuse University students from the masters in fine arts Turner residency program. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 Cost: Free Details: www.michaelstearns studio.com Venue: Michael Stearns Studio 347, 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Dec. 6

Pure Nature The Long Beach Creative Group would like to invite you to attend their upcoming reception for the exhibit Pure Nature at the Long Beach Playhouse. Time: 5 p.m. Dec. 6 Cost: Free Details: www.lbplayhouse.org/ rentals/gallery Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Gallery, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

Dec. 9

Ceramic Studio Sale Purchase collectible, functional hand made ceramics by master potter Roy Kunisaki at his annual studio sale. Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec.

9 and 10 Details: roysclaystudio@hotmail. com; www.artawakening.com/roy Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, Bldg. E4, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Painting with the Masters Enjoy live music, appetizers and a wine bar at exhibit opening of Painting with the Masters. The exhibit will run through Jan. 9, 2018. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9 Cost: Free Details: (310) 547-3158; www. parkhurstgalleries.com Venue: Parkhurst Galleries Inc., 439 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Rino Gonzalez Rino Gonzalez has attracted an impressive following for his works of realism during the almost 40 years since his immigration from the Philippines at age 16. Much of the joy of these painting comes purely from studying technical achievement in the reproduction of such aspects as fine lacework, polished and textured surfaces, worn books and tattered pages, fruit and roses. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Tuesday through Saturday, through Dec. 2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 547-3158; parkhurstgalleries.com Venue: Parkhurst Galleries, 439 W 6th St, San Pedro Made in Cotton Closely intertwined with racial politics, the production of cotton and the history of slavery are encapsulated in the potent exhibit. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, through Dec. 7 Cost: Free Details: http://news.csudh.edu/ made-in-cotton Venue: University Art Gallery, LaCorte Hall, A-107, California State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson David Lamelas: A Life Of Their Own The University Art Museum has organized the first monographic exhibition in the United States on the Argentine-born artist David Lamelas as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative LA/LA. Best known as a pioneer

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

COMMUNITY Dec. 1

Do Swimming Animals Mix with the Ocean? Join us for the next Discovery Lecture featuring John Dabiri, a professor at Stanford University and recipient of a MacArthur Grant. He will discuss his research on whether migrating ocean animals change the physical and/or biogeochemical structure of the water column. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 Cost: Free Details: www.eventbrite. com/e/free-discovery-lecturetickets-39051329578 Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro Wilmington Tree Lighting Welcome the spirit of the season in Wilmington. Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-7519 Venue: Wilmington Town Square, 105 W. I St., Wilmington

Dec. 2

A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku Meet author and artist Christopher Dewees, internationally recognized master of Gyotaku, as he shares his 50-year journey perfecting the Japanese art of fish printing. Discussion, booksigning and master class. Time: 4 p.m. Dec. 2 Details: www.cabrillomarine aquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro

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Wilco Listening Party Wilco will be re-releasing the albums AM and Being There, both remastered and expanded. In the case of Being There,

Dec. 3

Bobby Breton Bobby Breton and his six-piece band performs a variety of jazz, pop and originals to ring in the holiday spirit. Time: 2 p.m. Dec. 3 Cost: $22.50 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com/event/bobby-breton-friendscelebrate-the-winter-solstice Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Anita Chang, Rodney Oakes An eclectic concert of music by Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes for piano, sackbut, trombones and video will be presented at Los Angeles Harbor College. Chang will present works by Mozart, Chopin and Liszt. Oakes will present his new work for sackbut and piano, Pavane, a new video with electronic music. Time: 8 p.m. Dec.2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 233- 4429. Venue: LAHC, Music Dept., 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington

originally a double disc set, it’s been expanded to 5-disc collection. Included in this new version are 15 out-takes, a full 20-song show from the Troubadour, plus another four recorded for KCRW. Time: 6 p.m. Dec. 2 Cost: Free Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Music, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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James Kimo West Kimo’s annual Holiday Slack Key Show kicks off in San Pedro with enchanting hula by Kevin Tsusui and Ku’uleilani Taketa. Kimo will play selections from his two acclaimed holiday slack key CDs as well as Hawaiian slack key classics. Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 2 Cost: $20 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com/event/james-kimo-westholiday-slack-key Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

of conceptual art, Lamelas gained international acclaim for his work in the 1968 Venice Biennale, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Friday, through Dec. 10 Cost: Free Details: www.csulb.edu/ university-art-museum/ exhibitions Venue: University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

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It’s not so much that the actors get their mouths completely around Chekhov’s wonkiness (the cast gets high marks across the board), but how they live in the spaces around them. It may be difficult to fully explain why moments of the play, such as Irina sitting curled up on a chair in the late-night aftermath of a party — idly eating a cookie, languorously removing her shoes, and silently regarding other characters as they straggle on and off stage — is so captivating; the short answer is all about seeing these characters live their lives as we humans actually live our lives. That realism carries over into the dialogue. Scenes always play in real time, with the actors allowing for all the natural space that is organic to real-life conversation — the meaningful looks, the awkward pauses, the averting of the eyes, the processing, the sitting in silence together, the being alone in a crowded room or even an embrace. If the delivery is enough to make you feel like a fly on the wall, the staging ramps up the audience immersion so that it’s like experiencing Three Sisters via a virtual reality headset. Elysium’s Theatre would be eyed with murderous envy by almost any troupe this side of Broadway, comprising several unique rooms, each bigger than most any black box theater. Elysium Conservatory Theatre fully exploits the blessing of all that space with a vigorous movement element that is one of their signatures (although at heart this is a traditionalist take on Chekhov, with the movement set pieces confined to tasteful accents), but Three Sisters is staged so that, no matter where you sit, scenes will sometimes play within a meter or two of you. There is no stage confining the actors’ ambit. We’re with them in the room, in the garden, sometimes literally sitting right next to them on the couch. It might play as a gimmick in the wrong hands; here, it’s

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most always just like life. Because of the pacing and the occasional movement elements, Elysium Conservatory Theatre’s Three Sisters runs more than four hours, so they have chosen to break the play into two parts, which (depending on when you to see it) are played either on a single Saturday (with a few hours in between) or on consecutive nights. The logic of the separation is successful visà-vis plot arc and character development, but Elysium Conservatory Theatre further supports it by staging Part One in the upstairs foyer space, while Part Two plays out in a pair of the interior spaces (the audience migrates from one to the next). Because the immersive realism is the true star of the show, this production feels like an ensemble piece, even though it obviously centers on the sisters, all of whom are well cast. If there’s a standout in Part One, it’s Monica Ross as Masha. Despite seeming the most reticent of the sisters as the play opens, her explosiveness (more angst than meanness) is our first window into the family’s discontent. Just about the only alteration Ganz has made to the (English translation of the) dialogue is including curses appropriate for our coarsened 21st-century ears. “Oh, but her fucking clothes,” Masha exclaims about Natasha a quarter of the way through Part One, and it helps amp up our sense of reality. Although Masha’s got the mouth of a sailor, Ross never plays it gratuitously. The standout of Part Two is Kate Slinger. Although Andrei and Natasha are other characters that end up changed (Natasha in

particular comes into her own—not in a good way), young Irina runs the most tortuous path and arrives at its end the most damaged. While Ross and Corkery are notable for their anger and bitterness, Slinger’s heavy lifting is internal, with her pain and confusion emerging more from her face than her words. Because it’s often impossible to keep all of the characters in view at one time — that’s how fully Elysium Conservatory Theatre exploits these big spaces — sometimes you may turn your head to find that Slinger’s been playing that anguish while no-one may have been looking. In such a real moment, your suspension of disbelief has to keep your empathy for Slinger in check; otherwise, you’ll get distracted from the drama. That’s acting. If there’s a weakness to Elysium Conservatory Theatre’s production, it may be a slight overindulgence in all that space. Maybe on occasion the characters are standing unnaturally far apart as they talk. Maybe sometimes they speak a little too loudly for the situation. On the whole, though, their instincts — tightly honed in the rehearsal process — are fantastic. I’m not a Chekhov fan, but I was all in for all four hours. It’s a privilege to experience a show this immersive, this quietly bold. They don’t come along often. Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2, through Dec. 16 Cost: $10 to $15 Details: (424) 535-7333, FearlessArtists.org Venue: Elysium Conservatory Theatre, 2729 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

Outwit Porch Pirates, Hackers During The Shopping Season

Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. You could become the target of hackers out to steal your credit card or bank information, or “porch pirates” who prey on packages left on your doorstep. “Consumers need to take proper precautions if they don’t want their holiday merriment turning into holiday gloom,” says Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (www.snoopwall. com), a company that specializes in cyber security. Changing all your passwords frequently is one way to protect what’s yours. Deleting smartphone or tablet apps you don’t use is another smart move, Miliefsky says, because many of them may be malware that spies on you. Even porch pirates — generally seen as lowtech thieves who simply cruise neighborhoods looking for packages — can go high tech by infiltrating your smartphone where they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries. “Both porch pirates and hackers count on people being lax with their defenses,” Miliefsky says. “But with a little preparation you can

thwart their plans.” Miliefsky offers a few tips for doing just that: • Shop online only from websites you trust. If you don’t know where the merchant is located, don’t shop online there. Also, if their shopping-cart experience is not an https browser session, then everything you type in— your name, address and credit-card information — is going over the Internet unencrypted, in plain view. • Pay with credit cards rather than debit cards. If you experience identity theft, credit card laws allow you to keep all of your credit immediately, with no responsibility during an identity theft or fraud investigation. With a debit card, your bank’s policy can be to tie up your money in the amount of the fraudulent transactions for up to 30 days. Some have been known to take up to 60 days to resolve the issue. Get permission to ship all your packages to work that way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. • Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping. “It’s wonderful that you can go online and track down those hard-to-find gifts that aren’t available in local shops,” Miliefsky says. “Just make sure you’re taking measures to help keep you and your personal information safe. The holidays will be a whole lot brighter if you do.”

San Pedro Man Indicted for Threatening Rep. Maxine Waters SAN PEDRO — On Nov. 17, a federal grand jury charged a San Pedro man with threatening to murder Rep. Maxine Waters in a phone call to her Capitol Hill office in October. Anthony Scott Lloyd, 44, was charged with one count of threatening a U.S. official in an indictment filed in U.S. District Court. Lloyd was arrested in this case on Nov. 9, one day after federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint that accused Lloyd of making the threatening phone call to Waters’ office. According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, Lloyd called the representative’s office Oct. 22 and left a voicemail laced with expletives and epithets that used the words “dead” and “kill” a total of four times. Lloyd, who was freed on a $20,000 bond after his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 7. An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. If convicted, Lloyd would face a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

Elderly Man Killed in Traffic Fatality

LONG BEACH — A 73-year-old man died Nov. 27 from injuries after a traffic incident at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Cambridge Street in Long Beach. The incident took place at about 5:15 p.m. Nov. 27. The preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was attempting to cross Long Beach Boulevard eastbound through a raised center median with vegetation. When he stepped out into the No. 1 lane of northbound Long Beach Boulevard, he was struck by a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by a 68-year-old male resident of Los Angeles. The pedestrian was outside of a crosswalk when he entered the northbound No. 1 lane of Long Beach Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. He was later released pending further investigation. Long Beach Fire Department took the pedestrian to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call (562) 570-7355 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

LA County Board of Supervisors to Require Massage Parlors Inspections

LOS ANGELES — On Nov. 21, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn that would require massage parlors in the county to undergo periodic inspections by the County Department of Public Health. While the inspections would certify that establishments are meeting health and safety standards, public health staff would also be trained to identify human trafficking and periodic inspections would serve to deter illegal practices. The motion was coauthored by Supervisor Hilda Solis. It directs county counsel to draft an ordinance establishing massage parlor health and safety standards and requiring annual inspections. Staff carrying out the inspections will be trained to identify the signs of human trafficking, including both labor trafficking and sex trafficking. While the ordinance would only apply to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, cities within the county could choose to adopt the county ordinance. The drafted ordinance will be presented to the board in 180 days.


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Electronic Bid (eBid) results shall be viewable online in the PB System immediately after the Bid Deadline.

Contract Documents Available:

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

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting:

Christopher Greiner, Christopher.greiner@polb.com

Please refer to the Port of Long Beach PB System for the most current information. NIB-2 Pre-Bid Questions. All questions, including requests for interpretation or correction, or comments regarding the Contract Documents, must be submitted no later than January 2, 2018, at 5 p.m. Questions received after the pre-Bid question deadline will not be accepted.

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NIB-4 Summary Description of the Work. The Work required by this Contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: Emergency repairs of existing water, sewer, and storm drain systems on an on-call basis. See Technical Specifications Section 01100, Summary of Work. NIB-5 Contract Time and Liquidated Damages. The Contractor shall achieve Affidavit of Final Completion of the Project within two (2) years as provided in Paragraph SC - 6.1 of the Special Conditions, from a date specified in a written “Notice to Proceed” issued by the City and subject to adjustment as provided in Section 8.2 of the General Conditions. FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE WORK WITHIN THE CONTRACT

NIB-7 Contractor Performed Work. The Contractor shall perform, with its own employees, Contract Work amounting to at least 50% of the Contract Price, except that any designated “Specialty Items” may be performed by subcontract. The amount of any such “Specialty Items” so performed may be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees. “Specialty Items” will be identified by the City on the Schedule of Bid Items. The bid price of any materials or equipment rental costs from vendors who are solely furnishing materials or rental equipment and are not performing Work as a licensed subcontractor on this project shall also be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees. NIB -8 SBE/VSBE. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. The combined SBE/VSBE participation goal for this project is twenty-seven percent (27%), of which a minimum of zero percent (0%) must be allocated to VSBEs. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal. Award of the Contract will be conditioned on the Bidder submitting an SBE-2C Commitment Plan demonstrating the Bidder’s intent to meet

NIB -9 Prevailing Wage Requirements per Department of Industrial Relations. This Project is a public work Contract as defined in Labor Code Section 1720. The Contractor receiving award of the Contract and Subcontractors of any tier shall pay not less than the prevailing wage rates to all workers employed in execution of the Contract. The Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The rate schedules are available on the internet at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlsr/ DPreWageDetermination. htm and on file at the City, available upon request. Bidders are directed to Article 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning payment of prevailing wages, payroll records, hours of work and employment of apprentices. This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. No Contractor or Subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 (with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code Section 1771.1(a)). No Contractor or Subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project unless registered with

the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5. Contractors and Subcontractors must furnish electronic Certified Payroll Records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner’s Office, and in addition, hardcopies or electronic copies shall be furnished to the Port of Long Beach. NIB -10 Project Labor Agreement. This project is not covered by a PLA. NIB -11 Trade Names and Substitution of Equals. With the exception of any sole source determination that may be identified in this paragraph, Bidders wishing to obtain City’s authorization for substitution of equivalent material, product, or equipment, are required to submit a written request for an Or Equal Substitution using the form included in Appendix A together with data substantiating Bidder’s representation that the non-specified item is of equal quality to the item specified, thirty five (35) calendar days after Bid Opening. Authorization of a substitution is solely within the discretion of the City. NIB -12 Not Used. NIB -13 Bid Security, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City. NIB -14 C o n d i t i o n a l Award of Contract and

Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. NIB -15 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds and other acceptable Bid Security shall be guaranteed and valid for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -16 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. NIB -17 Iran Contracting Act of 2010. In accordance with Public Contract Code sections 2200-2208, every person who submits a bid or proposal for entering into or renewing contracts with the City for goods or services estimated at $1,000,000 or more are required to complete, sign, and submit the “Iran Contracting Act of 2010 Compliance Affidavit.” Issued at Long Beach, California, this 23rd day of October, 2017. Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California Note: For project updates after Bid Opening, please contact plans.specs@ polb.com.

November 30 - December 6, 2017

Questions must be submitted electronically through the PB System. Emails, phone

Bidders are encouraged to RSVP for the Pre-Bid Meeting through the PB System; located under the “RSVP” tab of the Prospective Bidder Detail. Following the meeting a list of Pre-Bid Meeting signed-in attendees will be available on the PB System. Note that attendance at the prebid meeting can be used to satisfy a portion of a Bidder’s good faith efforts to meet the SBE/VSBE participation goals listed below.

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

the combined SBE/VSBE participation goal. If the Bidder’s Commitment Plan does not demonstrate intent to meet the combined goal, the Bidder shall demonstrate that it made an adequate good faith effort to do so, as specified in the Instructions to Bidders. The Port’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance.  Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or sbeprogram@ polb.com. You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at www.polb. com/sbe. 

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

NIB-3 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting and Site Visit. The engineering staff of the City’s Harbor Department will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 10:00 a.m., on December 12, 2017 in the 1st Floor Board Room of the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Office (IAO), 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815. Attendance is mandatory for the Contractors. It is not mandatory for Subcontractors but highly recommended. Each Bidder shall attend the mandatory Pre-bid meeting. The City makes no guarantee that existing construction and site conditions matches construction depicted on record reference documents. It shall be the Bidder’s responsibility to identify existing conditions. EACH BIDDER MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING SHALL DISQUALIFY YOUR BID.

TIME AND OTHER MILESTONES SET FORTH IN SPECIAL CONDITIONS SC-6.3, INCLUDING THE ENGINEER’S APPROVAL OF AFFIDAVIT OF FINAL COMPLETION, WILL RESULT IN ASSESSMENT OF LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNTS ESTABLISHED IN THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS 6.4.

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Project Contact Person:

Date/Time: December 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Location: Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Office (IAO) 1st Floor Board Room 4801 Airport Plaza Drive Long Beach, CA 90815

calls, and faxes will not be accepted. Questions submitted to City staff will not be addressed and Bidder will be directed to the PB System.

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