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n Dec. 6, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz introduced the community to the “Ghost Fish 107” at a ribbon cutting ceremony adjacent to the newly refurbished Utro’s Restaurant at Ports O’Call. The sculpture is a 40-foot blue fin tuna hung from a galvanized steel frame over the water at Berth 73, recalling San Pedro’s long history as a commercial fishing hub. It incorporates aluminum and glass cast objects and artifacts gathered from local fishermen. Speakers on the occasion ranged from port staff to Harbor commissioners, such as David Arian, who gave the sculpture high praise, while expressing jubilation about a deal that was struck, ending the 8-day clerical union strike. Ghost Fish is Unveiled/ to p. 3

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mercial. Within the past two years, Greene built and gifted two benches to Toberman Neighborhood Center for the work it has accomplished in the community over the years. As a child growing up in the neighborhood near Toberman, Greene and his siblings attended various festivals and holiday events there. One bench was called the “Bench of Gratitude” and the other the “Seat of Intent.” The exhibition installation featured the benches placed in front of the gallery wall that displayed a collage of pictures of the Toberman Center with an overlay of text about its history and mission. Greene’s work was featured on the 2002 season opener of Modern Masters, HGTV’s weekly showcase of craftsmen from all corners of the nation. In the show, Greene credits furniture makers of the arts and crafts movement, such as the Greene brothers and the Stickley brothers, as a source of inspiration for his work.

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With the help of a solar-powered camera and video screen in the fish’s eye, the fish illuminates when pedestrians get close to the sculpture. Dusk is the best time to view the sculpture. The ”Ghost Fish 107” sculpture was designed by artist Carl Cheng, with surrounding furniture by Harold Greene. Cheng received his both his bachelor’s and master’s of arts from UCLA. His work, which attempts to demystify the human/nature relationship, have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. The Santa Monica resident’s numerous other public commissions include Santa Monica Art Tool, which imprints the map of Los Angeles on the sand along Santa Monica Beach, a sheriff’s facility in San Francisco, and projects in New York, Tempe, Ariz. and Seattle. Greene has been designing and building furniture for over 30 years. His pieces can be found in a variety of settings, both residential and com-

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Artist Carl Cheng (top) created the Ports O’Call Ghost Fish, above, which was unveiled on Dec. 6. Harold Greene (bottom) designed and built the Waterfront furniture near the sculpture. Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles


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Harbor Area LA Area Tall Ships Seek Volunteers

The San Pedro-based tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson are the venue for the TopSail Youth Program. Volunteers are needed for the summer and fall seasons. Orientation meetings for new volunteers take place once each month. The 90-minute meetings are followed by a tour of one of the ships if available. Come to one of the upcoming meetings, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2013, at the Los Angeles Maritime Institute DECK House. Volunteers need no prior sailing experience. Training will be offered to all volunteers after a background check is completed. Volunteers for non-sailing activities are always welcome. Details: LA Maritime Institute DECK House Venue: Berth 78 Apt. P3, San Pedro Location: (310) 833-6055

The 7th Annual Miracle on 37th Street

Bring a camera, jingle bells and flashlight for an old fashioned evening with Santa Claus, who’ll arriving in his sleigh. A snow machine will be pumping out snow and there will be free eggnog for all. Also, children who arrive to meet Santa will get a free a toy. The event is Dec. 21. Santa Claus arrives at 5:30 and caroling begins at 7:30 p.m. Details: (310) 832-2424 Venue: Corner Store Location: 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

Long Beach Mourns Its Latina Diva By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Millions are mourning the death of Long Beach native Jenni Rivera, an icon of banda and norteña music genres. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the death of the 43-year-old

daughter, mother of five and grandmother of two, several hours after a plane, carrying her and six others, crashed Dec. 10, about 60 miles from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. The plane took off from the General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey at about 3:25 a.m. that day en route to Toluca, Mexico, where she was scheduled to appear as a coach for the talent show La Voz…México. Air traffic control lost contact about 10 minutes later. Later that day, Mexican authorities confirmed that the plane crashed and no survivors have been recovered. The exact cause of the crash will take quite some time to determine. “We haven’t heard anything new and that’s the worse thing. We don’t know what’s happening so that’s really hard for us,” said Cynthia Saavedra, Jenni Rivera’s cousin at a candlelight vigil in Long Beach. “We have faith still. It’s a little hard being here, because we still have faith; we can’t believe it. Our hearts are still open.”

Rivera, who was born Jenny Dolores Rivera Saavedra on July 2, 1969 in Long Beach, was known not only for songs that reflected her personal struggles and social issues, but also for her activism and charity in support of immigrant and women’s rights. In 2010 she was named spokeswoman for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. When news of the accident hit the Internet, a flood of messages expressing condolences and continued on following page

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Be a Santa to a Senior and provide holiday presents to those who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season, now through Dec. 19. The Be a Santa to a Senior program is organized to ensure that seniors get the items they need and want, which in many cases are grocery and pharmacy cards to help with the cost of food and medicine. Prior to the holiday season, participating local non-profit organizations identified needy and isolated seniors in the community and provided those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which went up week of Nov. 19 in 20 South Bay locations, including the Del Amo Mall, feature ornaments with seniors’ first names and their respective gift requests. Be a Santa to a Senior works as follows: •Holiday shoppers can pick up ornaments from one of the Christmas trees, buy an item listed continued on followig page


Family, friends and fans turned out in Long Beach on Dec. 11 to both mourn the death and celebrate the life of banda music star Jenni Rivera. Photos: Zamna Avila

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sorrow flooded social media networks from locals and from fans across borders. “I’m devastated!” exclaimed Angel Macias, the founder of the Long Beach nonprofit California Families in Focus, on Facebook. “My great friend and supporter Jenni Rivera has left the physical world!” Rivera had donated bags full of pajamas and slippers for women in the domestic violence shelters at Macias’ office this past year. When she found that California Families in Focus was in need of items for Christmas, Rivera immediately sent her staff shopping. They were surprised with a van full of toys. “I just want to thank her for her compassion, her strength, loyalty to Long Beach and her activism speaking out for women and human rights,” Macias wrote. “Descansa en Paz querida amiga!” Reared in a musical household with four brothers and a sister, Rivera started recording in 1992. She launched her career selling cassette recordings

of her songs at flea markets. Her songs, showered with honest discussions of her personal troubles, made her a great in the male-dominated grupero industry. To her fans she became known as “La Diva de la Banda,” “La Gran Señora,” and “La Reina de Playa Larga.” In 2008, her 10th album became the first No.1 in the Billboard top Latin album charts in the United States. Rivera sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and was nominated for awards by the Latin Grammy on three different occasions. In 2010, she produced the reality show Chiquis & Raq-C. She did the same in 2011 with I Love Jenni and in 2012 with Chiquis ‘n Control. Beyond her work as an artist of Mexican regional music, Rivera also was an entrepreneur. She started several companies including Divina Reality, Divina Cosmetics, Jenni Rivera Fragrance, Jenni Jeans, Divine Music and the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, which offered supportive services to single mothers and victims of

both domestic and sexual abuse. A daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where she became pregnant with the first of her five children. She later married her child’s father, José Trinidad Marín in 1984, with whom she had two more children. Notwithstanding her pregnancy, she later earned a degree in business administration. After surviving domestic abuse, she divorced Marín in 1992. In 1997, a

case against Marín was opened for molesting their child and a sister-inlaw. He fled, but was later imprisoned and convicted in 2006. In 1997, Rivera married Juan López, with whom she had two children. The couple divorced in 2003. In 2010, she married baseball player Esteban Loaiza. Their marriage ended in 2012. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up,” she told reporters days before the crash.

Despite her very public struggles and controversial life as an artist, she will remain a symbol of strength and endurance to her younger and older fans. “She’s been a very memorable person in Long Beach,” said fan Stacy Monzon. “She started from nothing and worked her way up… She suffered a lot in her life. Just seeing her overcome a lot of the things that happened to her and kind of made it work in a positive way, that’s been very inspiring.”

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Applications are now available for the Palos Verdes Art Center’s 2013 Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Awards for the Visual Arts. These grants provide funds to enhance the abilities and encourage the careers of visual art students, working professional visual artists and young persons seeking to become visual artists. Completed applications are due Feb. 22, 2013. While the definition of visual arts is very broad, the Alpay Awards focus on traditional media. Applicants must live or attend school within 25 miles of the Palos Verdes Art Center. Maximum grants in the various categories range from $500 for youth to $3,000 for master of fine arts candidates. Details: (310) 541-2479; www.pvartcenter. org

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Join the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation for memorial wreath laying ceremony, at 9 a.m. Dec. 15, at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center in Long Beach. This ceremony will honor servicemen and women who have died while fighting abroad and the sacrifice of Sgt. Thomas Raymond MacPherson. This ceremony is taking place in coordination with the annual “Wreaths Across America” program which lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery and 450 other sites nationwide on Dec. 15. Details: (562) 570-6932; www. Venue: Rosie the Riveter Park Location: Clark Avenue at Conant St., Long Beach


Ports O’ Call Redevelopment— Upgraded Long Beach Airport Terminal Open to Public

LONG BEACH—The Long Beach Airport opened its $45 million concourse and upgraded terminal for business Dec. 12. Its completion was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony the previous week. The upgrade consisted of improvements to the historic elements and infrastructure of the airport’s 1941 terminal building, a registered historical landmark. The new passenger concourse has been designed to accommodate the airport’s 3 millionplus passengers. Amenities include a new stateof-the-art consolidated security screening area, boarding lounge with improved seating, and quality concessions to evoke a relaxed, resort-like atmosphere. Enhanced features include an atrium and a garden walkway. Solar and green technology will be integrated throughout the project.

Ribbon cutting: (left to right) Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, Airport Director Mario Rodriguez, Mayor Bob Foster and Jet Blue’s Jim Hnat. Photo: Diana Lejins.

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More than $430 Million Forfeiture Actions in 2012 U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. announced, Dec. 6., that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California collected more than $430 million as a result of criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and asset forfeiture actions during the 2012 fiscal year. The total figure—$430,849,514—is more than double the amount collected during the preceding fiscal year. The amount collected during FY2012 is the result of $15,513,536 collected in criminal actions, $386,828,315 collected in civil actions, and $28,507,562 collected in criminal and civil asset forfeiture proceedings. “During the past five years, my office has collected well over one and a half billion dollars— money that has gone to the federal treasury and to victims of federal crimes,” said Birotte in a statement. “Assistant U.S. Attorneys in this office have collected an average of nearly $318 million in each of these years, annually demonstrating their deep commitment to being fiscally responsible and working on behalf of the victims of crime.”


Feds Indict Incarcerated Mexican Mafia Member and Daughter on Racketeering Charges LOS ANGELES—On Dec. 6, law enforcement authorities arrested 18 defendants named in three federal grand jury indictments stemming from Operation Roman Empire. The operation is a two-and-a-half-year investigation into south Los Angeles street gangs allegedly controlled by a Mexican Mafia member who directs criminal activities through his daughter. A 60-count racketeering indictment focuses on the activities of the Harpys street gang, which currently claims territory southwest of downtown Los Angeles and north of the Uni-

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A Pig In A Poke? By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

A rushed and secretive selection process for a developer for the Ports O’ Call site on the San Pedro waterfront has community activists worried—so worried that some are calling for the Port of Los Angeles to drop the secrecy, involve the public, and provide a 90-day comment period to ensure the fullest possible participation, rather than selecting a developer behind closed doors over the holidays and ratifying the decision at a January Harbor Commission meeting. “It’s a bankrupt process,” said Peter Warren, chairman of the Coastal San Pedro Port and Environment Committee. The committee recently passed a resolution that he authored calling for POLA to make public its analysis of the seven competing proposals, followed by a 90-day comment period before making a decision. It also calls for a public comment meeting “coordinated by the San Pedro PBID [Property Business Improvement District].” “The community shouldn’t be left with one developer whose recommendation comes from the port, based on a secret committee,” Warren said. POLA’s hurry is understandable, noted Sue Castillo, chairwoman of Central San Pedro’s Land Use and Planning Committee, and author of a resolution supporting the recommendations of the 2008 Urban Land Institute Report on the redevelopment of Ports O’Call and requesting that the Port incorporate that document into their decision-making process. The Urban Land Insti-

tute recommended a historically- and culturallygrounded, site-specific approach based on wideranging community input. “After all of these years there is a sudden urgency to get something done,” Castillo said. “I hear that (Mayor Antonio) Villaraigosa is involved in trying to bring in a developer, and that the port is moving swiftly to tie down a decision. I know that the community is anxious to see some new investment, too.” POLA maintains that the path it’s following is just a standard request for qualifications process, and that secrecy is required to ensure that undue influence isn’t brought to bear. The public will be involved once a developer has been selected, they explain. “We sent out a request for qualifications, not a request for proposals,” POLA Executive Director Geraldine Knatz told the board at a Harbor Commission meeting in October. “So our goal in this part of the process is to find a qualified developer. That means a company that has the wherewithal, the financial wherewithal to carry out a project of this magnitude. We’re going to be looking at big things—the finances, the vision they have for the site, whether it’s consistent with the waterfront plan; is it consistent with the tidelands trust?” But Warren and others point out that this process is actually a bastardized cross between a true qualification process—designed to weed out unsuitable developers—and a proposal process that

shapes and selects a specific project. “They’re not then going out for a request for proposal,” after looking at the qualifications, said June Smith, President of Coastal Neighborhood Council. “So that means they’re wrapping the whole thing in one process and the public doesn’t get to weigh in until after they have chosen that proposal. That is a huge, huge, huge, huge issue.” Warren was a bit more blunt. “It’s a giant sham show,” he said of the plan to only ask for public input after the developer and proposal had been selected. “You could have two or three contenders who were equally qualified in terms of financial wherewithal and track record, and then the deciding factor would be selected by the secret committee based on whether they liked the vision or not, which is what the community should be weighing in on.” “We want community input before they choose the developer, because the RFQ asks their vision and their proposals, and they are being scored on their vision and their proposals,” said Smith, cutting to the heart of the resolution she voted to support. “There is a concern that choosing the developer not be a backroom deal…The way to dispel any fear of that is to make this a public process.” “The local level has to have some input into the project,” Harbor Commission Vice President David Arian said in response to Knatz’s presentation in October. But the meaning, depth and timing of that involvement are what’s at issue here. This concern is only deepened by past history. As Smith pointed out, redeveloping Ports O’ Call was originally part of the Waterfront Plan as prepared over a period of years. “That had been approved by the commission,” she said. “Then, there was a little deal made where all of the sudden, the port wasn’t going to do it. There was no community input. They just pulled the plug. “And then they came out with the EIR where they made Ports O’Call a tabula rasa, and that was without community input. We learned of it [in] their final draft, but we were not consulted with that ahead of time. And they jammed that through at that contentious meeting,” Smith said, referring to Cindy Miscikowski’s first meeting as president of the Harbor Commission. It’s this fragmented, forgotten and often arbitrary past that’s at the root of community suspicions, which Smith and others believe an open public process could help put to rest. “I’m a firm believer that if we have the discussions ahead of time, and we put everything out on the table for full discussion and vetting before final decisions are given to the commission, that it makes the commission’s job much, much smoother and much easier, and beneficial for everybody,” Smith said. “It saves money, it saves time, and I think that it would give us the best product we can get, with all the brains at the table.” “I will remain optimistic until I see a drive to redevelop in a way that does not honor the past, does not protect the interests of important longterm Ports O’Call stakeholders, or does not create a plan that will enhance the local San Pedro community,” Castillo said. “If it were to go that way, things will get really ugly.” But Smith takes a more proactive view. “We as citizens on our side can’t complain if we don’t tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not listening to us and here are some good ideas, and we want them included.’ That’s our responsibility. I see it as a responsibility.” Knatz will be making a progress report presentation at the Harbor Commission’s Dec. 20 meeting. Community activists intend to be heard as well.

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Across the Great Divide Facing Austerity, the Fiscal Cliff and the Argument of What is the Better Good By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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I find myself in this situation often enough that I’m moved to explain it more fully. I am stopped by one of my frequent readers, a critic, who wants to expound upon the demise of our economic stability or perhaps supremacy. He says, “We are going to end up like Greece. We can’t afford to raise the debt another trillion dollars so that the takers get more than the makers.” In short, the sky is falling and we have to cut Social Security benefits, Medicare and everything except the defense budget, just to pay down the debt and balance the budget. And, not only that, we’re not allowed to raise taxes on the rich. This reader thinks he’s part of the upper class, when in reality, he is just a moderately successful real estate broker, with roots in the working class. He aspires to be a part of the one percent, but he is not even close. Explaining that more of the burden of paying for government has been shifted to the middle and working classes over the past 30 years doesn’t seem to make much of an impression. Any mention of “class” in America is dismissed as irrelevant. So, too, is explaining that the aggregate taxes paid by the 99 percent amounts to more money paid in total than whatever is paid by the one percent, is dismissed as impossible. As is explaining that taxes, paid by the non- 1 percenters takes up a larger percent of their income than the guy who just paid sales tax on a Lamborghini, bought a $15 million mansion and has a wife who buys coach bags for $2,500—or is that $25,000? My friendly critic doesn’t even get it when Warren Buffett explains that he pays less of a percentage of his income in taxes than his secretary does. Nor does he get that companies such as GE and Unocal Oil get rebates on their corporate taxes. Of course the country is in debt. What do you expect after a decade of waging two wars at a billion dollars a day? What do you think was going to happen after having to bail out Wall Street bankers—bankers who were playing high stakes roulette with rigged mortgage bonds? How much longer do you think the middle class can afford to pay for the higher costs of public education while the 1 percenters buy their way into private schools? The answer is not in cutting Social Security, Medicare and public education budgets as the Republicans in Congress seem to be arguing.


Years ago, when we first start publishing this newspaper, Americans were sold on the idea of “trickle-down” economics by President Ronald Reagan. “If we cut taxes on the wealthy, they would spend it on creating more jobs and increasing wealth, his proponents said. Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the conservative Cato Institute wrote, “To Reagan’s credit, he had numerous fiscal policy successes, such as cutting the top individual tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent and the corporate rate from 46 percent to 34 percent. “On spending, Reagan’s original February 1981 plan proposed enough cuts to bring outlays down to 19.3 percent of gross domestic product by 1984 and balance the budget…Congress unwilling to make serious cuts, the deficit remained high and spending was stuck at over 22 percent.” The problem with Edwards’ definition of “fiscal policy success” is that it fundamentally shifted the tax burden onto lower income Americans. And, with the advent of free trade agreements that encouraged the off-shoring manufacturing, job creation and wages for the working class was dampened and has remained virtually flat ever since. If this was success, I think we would have preferred something less so. What my friendly critic doesn’t understand about the “success” of the Reagan era is that these policies led to dramatic declines here in the Los Angeles Harbor Area as else where. By the end of the 1980s, these policies resulted in the loss of a whopping 50 percent of blue-collar jobs in the Harbor Area, depressed the regional real estate market, and cast a cloud on all future economic growth not directly connected to the import economy of the ports. The shadow on the Harbor region that these policies cast, continues to challenge the leadership of our community. It is only now being addressed with the considerable investments being developed on the waterfront and the emergence of clean tech industry in the Harbor Area. Instead of economic benefits, what has continued to trickle-down are the effects of austerity economics. Budget cuts to education, the announcement of the closing of our local courthouse, along with budget cuts to the City of Los Angeles, these are all geared toward reducing the size of government, a Reagan era ideology. This will, in the end, spread greater pain for all—including my critic who cries for austerity or some balanced budget while he loses his right to justice at a court in his community. He, like others, have Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen

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lost sight of just what is the “greater good.” My advice for our Democratic Congressional Representatives is that if the Republicans really want to reduce the cost of Social Security and Medicare, then let their constituents pay for it! Instead of raising the eligibility age to 67 for everybody, eliminate benefits for those few who make more than $250,000 a year after they retire.

After all, these programs are called “the social safety net” and they should be paid out to those who truly need them. Not to the Mitt Romneys of the country who can afford private health care. I wonder, did Nancy and Ronald Reagan ever cash their Social Security checks or sign up for Medicare?

To Yelp or Not to Yelp? Lawsuit Puts the Chill on Bad Reviews By Steve Mullis, National Public Radio The next time you’re about to post a scathing review of a business on a site like Yelp or Angie’s List, you might want to think twice. This week, a housing contractor named Christopher Dietz sued a former customer for $750,000 in defamation charges for what she wrote in a review on Yelp. Jane Perez wrote that there was damage to her home and that jewelry was missing after she’d had work done from Dietz’s company, Dietz Development LLC. On Thursday, a judge took the unusual step of ordering Perez to take down parts of those reviews. While this isn’t the first lawsuit of this type, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman tells NPR’s Rachel Martin that these cases are, so far, uncommon, because online reviews are still such a new area. “We’re still developing the rules about how to deal with consumer reviews,” Goldman says. He also says often the economics of litigation don’t support lawsuits for a single, negative review. The reality, Goldman says, is that it is extremely unlikely that a single review costs a business anything. “My perspective is that any individual review is not credible, but the aggregate effect of the re-

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views…tend to paint a pretty accurate picture,” he says. A Harvard study in 2011 showed that a onestar increase on Yelp leads to a 5 to 9 percent increase in revenue. That potential revenue bump gives businesses all the more reason to fiercely protect their online reputation. The lawsuit itself, Goldman says, is a reminder that even though we have the freedom to voice our opinions on the Internet, we also own those words and can be held responsible for them. “Most people don’t realize that they’re betting their house…every time they put their opinions out into the public discourse,” he says. “When people realize that, it becomes incredibly inhibiting.” That appears to be the danger here: Why risk posting a negative review if a business can sue you for it? It’s important to note, however, that Perez was sued for specific portions of her review that Dietz considered defamatory, libelous and untrue. In other words, a negative review that’s true is, in theory, safe. So, the next time you fire up your Yelp account after a dinner out, just make sure it really was the worst maple-glazed salmon you’d ever had and that fly in your drink was real.

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RANDOMLetters RE: “At Length — Save The Court”

Nov. 30-Dec. 13 edition RLN’s Publisher James Preston Allen is complaining about the closure of ten area courthouses. Frankly, this state could do without the excessive litigation. Still, his outrage is legitimate, since the Leaders of Los Angeles “promised” a courthouse, along with police, fire, and water. Nevertheless, I divine that the departed spirits of “anti-consolidation” San Pedro residents are now howling: “Told ya so!” Los Angeles then and now has not kept its promises to Harbor area residents, but “business as usual” corruption which dominated the vote and the 1909 “consolida-

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Re: Prop 30-38 October 19, 2012

I oppose Propositions 30 and 38. Governor Brown, in my opinion is “bullying” the state of California with his Yes on Props 30 and 38. He is using the school districts to get the rest of his hidden taxes attached to these bills. Yet, the

Governor has not rescinded his tremendous gift to the prison guard union, allowing the accumulations of vacation and sick times until they retire. We will be paying a great deal of taxes in the next few years because of this. Money spent on lavish prison guards retirements could better fund our children’s education without increases in taxes. Governor Brown is using children as propaganda for votes. Children who are not informed as to the wasted funds their school districts are already receiving. Poor management as LAUSD has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on fiascos such as the Belmont school

property contamination, using Certificates of Participation for funding at tax rates. Costly mistakes that cheat our schools. The governor is using the PTA as a front for his other taxes in the bill. It is interesting that in the 70s and 80s many individual schools resigned from the PTA and changed to PTO Parent Teacher Organizations so the money they raised would go directly to the school and not for PTA’s political and administration costs. If Gov. Brown wants to improve school funding, he should pay the school districts the state More Letters/ to p. 18

Re: Change Agent— Making a Green Noise

Nov. 7 Special Holiday Edition I would like to thank you for publishing the article on “Make a Green Noise.” Terelle did a great job on covering the positive community building efforts of the citizens of Compton. I enjoyed the interview with Rhonda and Rochelle about their work and roots in the community. I appreciate you going against the grain of the violence mongering sensationalism that usually passes as reporting on activities in the city of Compton. Random Lengths is obviously an informative alternative to what passes for journalism in the mainstream. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and your com-

Gwendolyn “Cindy” Rutherford, 1946 to 2012 Family and friends, it’s time to attach my fox tail to my sexy ass and soar away to heaven in my prized 1927 motorized bay buggy and, believe me, my life has been one hell of a groovy ride! I burst into this world in Alabama in ‘46 and grew up with my motorcycle lovin’ and racin’ Grandpa Bill, Pedro’s “Wild Bill Cottom,” who owned San Pedro’s Century on Pacific Avenue, where I worked extremely hard, learning the ropes and spokes, while whispering to and lovin’ the soul of the engines. My life was filled with happiness and beyond satisfying that included fun at the “Menopause Manor” with my soul mate, Michael “Gafferfballs” Gaffney, whom I met at Century, and who gave me, his Southern Belle, 27 years of bliss; my sons, Tim Hickerson, Tim Rutherford, and sister, Boots Parker, my precious grandchildren, Christian Rutherford, Alexa Fritcher and Tyler Hickerson, scores of Facebook friends, my Chemosabe sisters, and

of course, being President of Huzzies International, induction into the Trailblazers Hall of Fame, a star in the Harbortown bobbers DVD, racing at Ascot on a 441 BSA Victor, zipping around in my Ariel Square Four with a sidecar, and my four-legged angel, who healed my tears and laughed right along with me, my darling Girldawg. Maybe if I flash my gorgeous tail at God, he’ll let me watch reruns of my favorite shows: Perry Mason, The Simpsons and Gunsmoke. He just whispered to me that it’s time to leave y’all with my two greatest gifts: winks and grins. Dry your tears because although my body is gone, I guarantee you, those motorcycle folks are still gonna want me for my parts. I’m lookin’ at each and every one of you and I’m so thankful that you are here to celebrate my life. Well, what are you waiting for—bring on the celebration! As dictated to Valerie SmithGriffin, San Pedro

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In the Nov. 30-Dec. 14 edition, we ran photo of World War II veteran, Ray Starkey, at the moment he heard President John F. Kennedy was dead. That photo was taken by Arthur Vinsel.

Dear Mr. Schaper, Suggesting real reform and common sense economic solutions in no way puts me in your camp of “free market” ideologues nor does criticizing political corruption either locally or nationally justify conservative drives to “privatize” core and essential government services! Thanks for reading. James Preston Allen, publisher

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Due to voter approval of Proposition 30, the statewide sales and use tax rate will increase one quarter of one percent (0.25 percent) on January 1, 2013. The higher tax rate will apply for four years—Jan. 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016. For more information on this increase, please visit our tax rate increase webpage ( h t t p : / / w w w. b o e . c a . g o v / rateincrease) . For a listing of tax rates, please visit the California City and County Sales and Use Tax Rates webpage ( pam71.htm).. In addition to the statewide sales and use tax rate increase, voters in some cities and counties approved a number of new or increased district taxes that will go into effect April 1, 2013. These new or increased district taxes will be sent to taxpayers in a separate notice.

tion” of San Pedro and Wilmington still lingers to this day. The City of (Fallen?) Angeles is having a hard time keeping other promises, too, like funding and furnishing pensions and benefits for the public workers and a balanced budget based on sound fiscal policies for everyone else. Entitlements and spending have reached unsustainable levels, yet even former Mayor Richard Riordan could not press his fellow Angelenos to adopt his plan to grant their city a ghost of a chance of recovering. On a related note, the very interest that RLn proudly paraded on its front covers, the “historic labor struggle,” is another major reason for the massive closures all over the state. Unions intimidate legislators, like the felonious state senator Roderick Wright, to spend money we do not have to protect collective bargaining units who misrepresent our public workers, deplete our state, coffers, and even put our students in danger. Of course, “anti-consolidation” souls resisted joining Los Angeles also because of the “inferior LA schools.” I commend Mr. Allen’s proposed reforms to get the state back on track. “Three Strikes” has already been amended. Decriminalization of controlled substances would be a welcome improvement, which would all but guarantee a reduction of crime and criminal cases in our county jails. Decentralizing the court system would be great, too.

Surprisingly enough, Mr. Allen appears to have “seen the light” about damaging progressive policies and is advocating the proposed reforms of free-market economists. There is hope for the Harbor Area, after all! All the hallowed souls of San Pedro shout: “Amen!” Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance


Change Agent:

Tehani Sarreal, the Artivist By John Farrell, Contributing Writer

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of Random Lengths News’ Change Agent series. This series highlights the unsung individuals that serve our communities behind the scenes often unnoticed, working to make miracles happen. Sustained by faith or their determination to give back, these change agents aim to improve the lives of others.


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ennifer Tehani Sarreal is barely 28 and just 5 feet 2 inches tall. Some people would say that a big gust of wind would carry her away. Her flowing hair, her winning smile and her always-cheerful demeanor hide a powerhouse in a white sarong. A Cal State University Long Beach graduate of anthropology, she has traveled the world seeking wisdom. She is a world-class dancer who wants to make the world a better place. Tehani (that’s the name she uses all the time) had embarked on her vision of bringing together artists to “creatively inspire others to action, to understanding, to inner/outer peace, to begin the personal search for truth.” That quote is from the brochure for Artists for Action, which Tehani founded and for which she is currently raising funds at Artists for Action aims to showcase artists from all walks of life and all media, artists who have come together to advocate the arts and promote peaceful solutions to global issues. She calls them “Artivists.” This collective of artists aims to tackle some pretty big ideas, such as diversity and multicultural acceptance, conservation and human trafficking. The list on their website is a long one, but Tehani is determined to address many of them and produce a good show as well. She is steely-eyed in her determination. She says this determination and sense of purpose, comes from her father Josef S. Sarreal. Her father died four years ago, in 2008, but Tehani is still inspired by him.


“He gave up a lot of his plans to support my dreams and make sure I had all the opportunities he didn’t have,” she said. Tehani is raising funds for Artists in Action this month. That fundraising is based on a microgrant from the Arts Council for Long Beach, which paid for her to try and get money from the community for her project. The Arts Council has been very supportive of Tehani’s activities. She says the process was straightforward and simple. She notes that the grant was, after all, considered by a committee which had to agree with her plans. Even a micro-grant requires planning and scheduling. This was not the first time Tehani pursued a grant for one of her projects. In 2002, when she was just 18, she received a California Association for the Gifted grant, which she used to produce her first show, for which she also directed, choreographed and wrote most of the music. “I’m very happy about receiving the microgrant from the Arts Council for Long Beach,” she said. “It fills me with gratitude to know that the arts community is backing a project so important to me...” She adds that the Arts Council is accessible and quite involved with the community. “It’s not intimidating and they are very supportive of so much that goes on here in our town,” she adds. “They have been very supportive of many events I have been involved with here.” Tehani moves with an easy carriage that tells you at once she is more than just fit. She has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She won the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition in

Multi-discipline dancer Jennifer Tehani Sarreal aims to use the arts to create a safe space for community dialog and community engagement through her organization, Artists for Action. Photo: Terelle Jerricks

Long Beach in 2008, despite a broken tailbone and the recent death of her beloved father. Tehani is particularly interested in the crosscultural link between dance and spirituality around the world and the way performance art informs and influences social movements internationally. There are others who have similar interests, but Tehani literally went the distance. Her first experience of international travel was when she went to Costa Rica to work with sea turtles in Cahuita National Park. Sea turtles, in case you were wondering, don’t dance, but Tehani was able to live on her own in Costa Rica and dance to local bands, hearing Costa Rican, Jamaican music and reggaeton. Two years ago, in 2010, she embarked on a trip that took her to New Zealand, Thailand, India, Turkey, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and, by accident, Peru. “Peru wasn’t in my plans, but I danced and studied dance there as well,” she said. It was an adventure she can’t forget and not without its comic side. (For instance, she more or less starved in France when she was stranded at the train station and couldn’t speak the language and tell people she was a vegetarian.) “It was a beautiful experience,” Tehani said. “It was kind of ‘dance hitchhiking’ in a way…I would teach at different studios, take different dance classes, perform here and there,” she said. She noted that in New Zealand, for example, she met and lived with the Maori people in Rotorua for a period of time learning the traditions and spirituality behind many of their dances—dances she originally learned in California. Her experiences traveling and living abroad added context, nuance and depth to her understanding of the issues she was already passionate about. “Traveling outside of the U.S. didn’t really

change any of my political convictions,” Tehani explained. “A lot of the issues and themes portrayed in Artists for Action I have had a position on and haven’t wavered. If anything, traveling abroad only strengthened my positions on social, political and environmental issues.” Tehani describes Artists for Action as her way of giving communities what we need: a safe space for honest, transparent discussion. “There is so much silence where we need to be shouting in unison,” she said. “From human trafficking and domestic violence to childhood obesity and the slashing of arts education in our schools, these are continuing issues here in our communities, but we are not having that muchneeded public discussion.” With the free artistic event, set for Feb. 23, 2013, she is taking the first step in that process. Though it’s loosely called a concert, the event is actually so much more. It will have live music, but it will also incorporate other artistic forms and performances from a variety of disciplines. More importantly, every performance will be centered on political, social and environmental themes. “Every artist participating in this event has either a personal or professional connection to their subject, it makes the message that much more poignant, powerful and authentic,” she explained. There will also be a community forum featuring a panel discussion with the artists following the performances. Tehani’s ultimate dream is to see Artists for Action spread to other communities and be able to support Artists for Action projects around the world in terms of resources and training. “It’s my big dream to see AFA blossom and continue to evolve and progress as far as life will carry it,” she said.

The work of Charles Christopher Hill and Ned Evans (left) Ned Evans (right) will be on display at Gallery 478 until Feb. 27, 2013. Photo By Ray Carofano

Gallery 478 Ends 2012 With A Bang by: Andrea Serna, Contributing Arts Writer


in Southern California 1964-1971, at the Laguna Art Museum, which was part of the Pacific Standard Time (PST) series. Evans’ paintings are infused with the light space and rhythm of his native Venice Beach. He refers to his style as “biomorphic geometric abstractions.” Wild colorful abstract brush strokes are repeated throughout. Light almost seems to shimmer through an ocean current of color. The result is soft swelling lines, as opposed to Hills’ more pronounced delineated edges. A lifetime surfer, Evans drew inspiration from the undulating waves. “The physicality of surfing and the immersion in the medium translates into what happens Gallery 478 Continued on page 16.

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harles Christopher Hill and Ned Evans’ exhibition at Gallery 478 provides a robust finish to the 2012 gallery schedule. The two California artists are graduates of the influential 1960s and 1970s University California Irvine art programs. That period produced radical artists such as Chris Burden, Ed Moses and Barbara T. Smith. Internationally recognized, both Hill and Evans have exhibited their works in the United States and abroad. Learned Southern California audiences are familiar with their reputations.   The works of these two men are complementary. Their pairing allows Gallery 478 to provide art lovers with a holiday gift wrapped in vibrant, mesmerizing hues and shapes. Graphic forms and bold strokes of color are incorporated, resulting in an energized exhibition space. Hill’s thickly painted striped canvases range from bulky bold, intriguingly brave stick figures, to intricately detailed small format imagery. In his small pieces, Hill uses a technique of layering varnish and acrylic paint to create a lustrous glossy surface. Finely applied repetitive strokes intersect with coal black lines, separating applications of a fully embedded color palette. In his large minimalist pieces, Hill’s colors are contained and contrasted, resulting in an unflinching dynamic. Hue and form are reminiscent of African textiles and prehistoric cave paintings. In fact, Hill was inspired and validated by a trip to view ancient cave art in Spain. Years of personal fascination with asymmetrical and circular shapes were remarkably reflected in the prehistoric works. These paintings, from 1990 to 1992, have never been shown together. The series was created by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Hill worked on them while on a 6-month residency in France. In 2011, Hill’s paintings were included in two significant museum exhibitions: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art, 1974-1981,  at the  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and  Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art

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and simmering marinara greets the diner entering Eatalian, as he or she comes from the high industrial goes into the highly delicious with one step. Banks of Gran Polpa imported tomato puree cans guide the hungry to the dining room, a massive white space full of light from skylights overhead. Huge windows peek into the active bakery and gelateria. The sounds of commerce outside fade as lively conversation and kitchen activity take over. An open pizza oven glows with heat, gas fired to 752 Fahrenheit and ready for dough action. Eatalian Café seems to have a beating heart and a flow of energy all of its own. Eatalian is not “Italian-style, but Italian” said Lucio Braglia, manager and major domo. The restaurant unexpectedly is at the middle of light industry near the intersection of Redondo Beach Boulevard and Broadway. Gardena is the official address, though any small city in Italy could be home to Eatalian Café. Early in the morning, the excellent espresso and latte are sent steaming from the central coffee station. A basket of bread warm from the oven comes to the table. Chefs in the open kitchen beat eggs for frittata with artichokes or roasted peppers or mushrooms and Italian ham. Savory potatoes accented with rosemary crown each plate. A refreshing idea: salad for breakfast executed beautifully here with tomatoes and cucumber, grated carrots and baby greens, meant to be dressed with the fruity olive oil and rich balsamic vinegar provided on each table. A trip to Eatalian might be in order just to dip the Eatalian continued on page 14.

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Blu Bar at Crowne Plaza • $4 Drinks and half off appetizers. (310) 519-8200, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro The Chowder Barge • Try the 34oz. captain’s mug! (310) 830-7937, 611 N. Henry Ford, Leeward Bay Marina, Wilmington Godmother’s Saloon • Live jazz from Mike Guerrero Trio: 7 p.m. every Wed. (310) 8331589, 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Iron City Tavern • Happy Hour 1/2-price appetizers & drink specials: 4 to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro; (310) 547-4766 June’s Bar • Happy Hour: Mon. to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m. $1.00 Off drinks. (310) 521-9804, 1100 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro Ports o’ Call • Happy Hour: Mon. to Fri., 3 to 8 p.m. Taco Tuesdays. Oyster shooter & bloody mary Wednesdays. (310) 833-3553, Berth 76 Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro San Pedro Brewing Co. • Happy Hour: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (310) 831-5663, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Trusela’s • Happy Hour: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tues. to Sat. (310) 547-0993, 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro Whale & Ale • Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m. on Wed. Late Night Happy Hour: 10 p.m. to Midnight, Fri. Only. (310) 832-0363, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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wonderful bread in the incredible olive oil. For true Italians and the Italian-minded, a continental breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, espresso or cappuccino, bread and marmalade or a fresh pastry is on offer. As the morning matures into day, the pizza chefs knead dough and stir sauce. “Eatalian is about balance and harmony and simplicity,” Braglia said. “Start with the best ingredients. The chefs must not destroy the ingredients, but show them in their simplicity and freshness. Balance is the quality, not the quantity.” He goes on to explain how much research went into the development of each dish, the pizza dough, the sauces, the olive oil, the wines and the bread. A dozen types of flour were tested for the pizza dough, with a blend of three American flours coming close to the Italian ideal. Fresh yeast is used to create the thin-crust pizza dough. The list of pizzas are divided into the more familiar and traditional, like the fine and simple margherita, with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, to romana with tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, oregano and capers. The speciale with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil is a gorgeous Caprese salad on a thin crust. Mushrooms are first sautéed and then heaped on tomato sauce and cheese for

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a splendid take on the classic mushroom pie. Sausage, ham, prosciutto, salami and cheeses from feta to pecorino to Parmigiano Reggiano, gorgonzola and mozzarella all compliment the great crust in different combinations. Eatalian signature pizzas are another thing entirely, with ingredients cut in stone, no substitutions and really no regrets because the combinations are killer. Gitana (or “gypsy”) pizza is a wonderful mound of mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, speck (ham) and Parmigiano Reggiano on tomato sauce. Giuditta uses the red, white and green of Italy with a pizza topped with tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh mozzarella and a topper of deep green arugula. Soul pizza is simple and good, with tomato sauce, mozzarella and rosemary chicken.

Handmade classic Italian pasta is a work of art at Eatalian, each variety made with care and attention to detail, as though someone’s old country nonna was in the back rolling out the dough. The tender pillows of spinach and ricotta ravioli attest to the authentic kitchen. Creamy potato gnocchi have lovely fork imprints on each side, the autograph of the old school of preparation. Pastas are sauced sparingly in the real Italian manner, highlighting the quality of the pasta with an appropriate ratio of sauce. Shards of Parmigiano Reggiano create a blizzard of delight on your plate. Salads are creative and yet straightforward and fresh. Grilled eggplant and zucchini and onions and fennel are arranged in a smoky fan and dressed with mellow-aged balsamic vinegar. Even the simple house green salad is packed with baby greens and grated vegetables, a pretty dish to eat in itself. Summer tomatoes are the star of Caprese salad, fresh mozzarella and emerald fresh basil playing avid supporting roles. Your visit to Eatalian is not complete without a visit to the gelato counter. Even breakfast warrants a fruit sorbet, like fresh peach or green apple or berries of the forest. The deep flavor of chocolate is almost irresistible, though crème caramel is a close runner up. Gelato is next to the bakery, home of the most beautiful pastries you have ever seen. This may require more research and a return trip to Eatalian—no doubt. Great bread and rolls are also available for sale. “Culture is knowledge” Braglia reflected. “Tradition and history and balance on each plate are what Eatalian Café is about.” Eatalian Café is at 15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena Details: (310) 532-8880

After decades in Europe, blues and jazz pianist and vocalist, Sonji Kimmons returned to Los Angeles. File photo.

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get appreciated as the great writer he was until he went to Europe. Sonji won excited applause from large crowds abroad, in Asia, Africa as well as Europe. She lived in Zurich for years, and came to love it as her own home. She loved the way people in Europe saw music and all the arts not just as entertainment but as sustenance for the soul. Here, she has no choice but to live the impoverished life that any self-respecting jazz musician eventually finds in Los Angeles. Recently she was sad because she couldn’t go hear Barbara Streisand sing, because of transportation and financial woes. She knows somehow that tends not to be the way life is lived in Europe She misses living in Europe, because one way or the other, she would have been able to hear Streisand. Combine the dedicated artist with the sensitive soul who sings those blues songs of love gone bad, even in person Sonji Kimmons is an apparition. A handsome woman in her 60s, it is no accident that when she was 19, she won a beauty contest. More importantly, she recorded a solo 45 for Dot Records, one of the archetype labels, when she

was 13. Music has been her passion from an early age. A product of South Los Angeles, her mother was a nurse at County-USC and, of course, she developed her musical chops from gospel music at church. Now people like Dianna Washington and Billy Holiday have been dead for decades, but they live on in Sonji’s body and soul. She has played with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sara Vaughan, Sammy Davis Jr., Tina Turner and Shirley Bassey, in many of the world’s greatest venues. She toured with Pepe Lienhard’s Orchestra for more than a decade. She also was the headliner for many years with the famed Swiss funk-rock-jazz group Split. She recorded four albums while touring with them. She returned to Los Angeles because her mother was sick —and maybe she had a bit of homesickness on her own. But career-wise, returning to Los Angeles was not the best move.

Lionel Rolfe is the author of several important books, all available on Amazon’s Kindlestore, including Literary L.A.,The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin and Willa Cather, Fat Man on the Left, The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey and co-author of Bread and Hyacinths: The Rise & Fall of Utopian Los Angeles.

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onji Kimmons, one of the last great but mostly unheralded blues pianists and singers in the world, made a rare appearance at MJ’s, a gay nightclub in Silver Lake one recent Saturday, and was set to appear the following Saturday. But due to a not untypical fight between the promoter and the owner of the club, the scheduled appearance was cancelled. It wasn’t that Sonji had played unnoticed — she had a large turnout who hung on her every note. Hopefully this misstep will not occur again. Sonji has been out of sight recently because of medical problems. Now she’s waiting to start playing around town again. Sonji Kimmons has appeared as a headliner on some of the top venues in Europe, Asia and Africa, but since her return to her native Los Angeles in 1997, she has been less appreciated. In this, she isn’t unusual. Many of the American jazz greats who once called Los Angeles home have traditionally beat their way to places like London and Paris and Zurich to ply their trade. This has been a pattern not only amongst black jazz musicians. Mark Twain didn’t really

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The prodigal daughter had returned home, but came to wonder why at times. She played around enough. She was a regular at the Magic Castle and other night clubs before she had a painful hip operation. This wasn’t touring on the biggest concert stages of the world, but people heard her, and, there are those who know what Los Angeles has in Sonji Kimmons. Variety, for instance, noted that “Europe’s wonderful jazz treasure for 20 years is now home in Los Angeles.” Rolling Stone reported that “One song and you’re hooked. She has a voice and rare style that keeps you wanting more.” Jazzplayer noted that “Today there is no one like her. A unique gift for us to experience.” But fading press clippings did not always pay the rent. You can argue why Los Angeles has rarely been a good home to real musicians — jazz and classical, even though many of both kinds have made their homes here but end up having to go to Europe. You can argue until that changes that Los Angeles will always be a pretender city for real artists among the great urban centers despite its pretensions. Sonji also argues that one doesn’t really grow until one sees the world. She’s proud that she traveled many different parts of the world, playing out the music in her soul to thousands of foreigners who seemed to really appreciate her. Sometimes she plays videos of some of those concerts, so different than her life here, playing for this club or that club. Recently she made a debut on the scene at MJ’s, and the audience seemed genuinely moved, and that moved her. She played and sang like an angel. Come and hear a real Los Angeles treasure the next time she surfaces. As Ken Hense, an inveterate music lover who was in the audience, said, “Somebody like Sonji shows us the difference between ‘good’ and ‘WONDERFUL.’ ‘Good’ is common in LA. You can walk into almost any club and get ‘good,’ but it’s usually boring after a few minutes, if that long. ‘WONDERFUL’ is rare. For more than 45 years, I think I’ve had the best seat in town on several occasions. Like gold — you have to find it — and when it’s gone you might not find it again...”


Entertainment December 14

The Delirians The local rock band that call themselves The Delirians will be performing at the San Pedro Brewing Company Dec. 14 starting at 10 p.m. and going through the morning ending at 1 a.m. The cover charge will be $3. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro Jingle Bell Rock The Grand Annex in downtown San Pedro will host its 1st annual Christmas party, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Local bands will be playing like Down The Hatch, Flying Squad, The Deliminators and more. Advance tickets are priced at $10, with VIP tickets at $15. Details: (310) 930-1964, (310) 548-8454 Venue: The Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St. San Pedro Harlow Gold Show Harvelle’s in Long Beach presents the Harlow Gold Show, Dec. 14. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will promptly begin at 10 p.m. General admission will be served on a first-come basis and tickets will cost $15. The premium front reserved seats, located in the middle of the action, will be priced at $30 a seat with a minimum purchase of 4 seats. A fiery performance by a female dance number, this modern cabaret is acrobatic and is sure to leave the females as well as the males in the audience revved up and ready for more. Details: (323) 454-1172 Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

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The Pin Heads Rock group, The Pin Heads, will perform at the San Pedro Brewing Company, Dec. 15 starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 1 a.m. There will be a low $3 cover charge at the door. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro


Golden State Pops Holiday Spectacular Join the Golden State Pops Orchestra at the Warner Grand Theatre for the Holiday Pops Spectacular, Dec. 15 at p.m. Maestro Steven Allen Fox will lead the orchestra and the 40-voice-choir in a performance of great holiday music including songs from Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express and It’s A Wonderful Life. Details: Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St. San Pedro Hawaiian Christmas Show Hawaiian “slack-key” guitarist, Jim Kimo West, presents a holiday Christmas Show at Alvas Showroom Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Kimo will be performing selections from his Na Hoku Hanohano nominated CD, Kimo’s Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas, and will be premiering some new compositions and arrangements. He will bring to your heart a Christmas feel with an acoustic sound. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro Lush Life Matt Van Roderick, a jazz musician with a modern twist, will be performing at Harvelle’s Dec. 15 at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will enforce a 21 year-old age minimum and two drink purchase. Show time is at 9:30 p.m. This is a sensual performance featuring non-burlesque dancers, directed by Kristin Hanggi of the Pussycat Dolls, choreographed by Kelleia Sheerin of Dancing With the Stars, with costuming done by Marco Marco of the Black-eyed Peas. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

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Dean Mora’s Modern Swingtet Dean Mora and his Swingtet will be performing at the Grand Annex, Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm. There

will be a holiday reception take place at 5 p.m. and those in attendance will receive preferred seating to the Dean Mora show. Tickets range from $15 to $50 depending on seating. Details: Venue: The Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St. San Pedro

drink minimum purchase will be asked of everybody in attendance. Doors open at 8 p.m. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

Joshua White Trio The trio of Joshua White, Dave Robair and Zach Harmon, a Southern California based group focused on interpreting original compositions and exploring the boundaries of collective improvisation, is scheduled to perform Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at Alvas Showroom. Details: (800) 403-3447; Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

Tall and Small Peter Christlieb and his 11-piece-band will perform at Alvas Showroom, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. Most recently, Peter’s music can be heard on the TV show Family Guy and with the Ron Jones Orchestra. Details: (800) 403-3447; Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

December 17

Fit For A Kid Kids Club will be hosting the Fit For A Kid event Dec. 27 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your child and have them join the Kids Club membership for free. This event is takes place every 4th Thursday of the month. This is a chance for your child to come exercise and learn how to get healthy with his peers and instructors. Details: (310) 366-6629; Venue: South Bay Pavillion Mall Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson

Funk Jam Harvelle’s is proud to present Funk Jam hosted by Delta Nove Dec. 17 starting at 9:30 p.m. The Event charge will be $5 and no one younger than 21 will be allowed. There will be a two-drink minimum purchase requirement as well. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Delta Nove is a local funk band, spreading its performances around Long Beach and to Harvelle’s every Monday. Need a reason to drink on Monday? We just found one for you. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

December 18

Jack’s Tea Room Harvelle’s in Long Beach will host Jack’s Tea Room, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. Jack’s Tea Room is a jazz and swing dance theatre show with a large wooden dance floor for you and your partner to get groovin. Can’t dance Charleston style or swing? Don’t worry, free lessons will be employed preceding the show from 8 to 9 p.m. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed and there is a required two-drink minimum purchase. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

December 19

Whiteboy James and the Blues Express Whiteboy James and his crew will be performing hits from their second album, Whiteboy James and the Blues Express at Harvelle’s, Dec. 19 at 9:30 p.m. Whiteboy James and his band exploded onto the scene in the 80’s when jazz was booming in southern California. After performing through the 90s, they took a break but now they are back. Doors open at 8 p.m. and nobody younger than of 21 will be allowed to enter. Minimum two-drink purchase will be enforced. Tickets are $5. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

December 20

Jimmy Cortez Jimmy Cortez will be bringing his acoustic show to the San Pedro Brewing Company Dec. 20 at 9:30 p.m. Admission will be free of charge. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro The Toledo Show The Toledo Show is one of the most entertaining, creative and breath-taking musical spectacles to hit the stage and is now coming to Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Harvelle’s will host the Toledo Show, a jazz experience that will leave viewers in awe while forgetting they had seats to being with Dec. 20 at 9:30 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and persons under the ages of 21 are restricted. A minimum two-drink purchase will be required of every member of the audience and tickets will be valued at $10 a piece. Details: (323) 454-1172; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

December 21

American Monster + Red Hot Burlesque American Monster plus Red Hot Burlesque, a loud, crazy and liberated jazz performance will be showing at Harvelle’s, Dec. 21 at 9:30 p.m. This is a wild jazz musical focused on emphasizing the intertwinement of alcohol and sex with some soulful singing, strip-tease dancing and an atmosphere to take you back in time. No persons younger than 21 will be allowed and a two-

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Free Zumba! South Bay Pavillion is offering free zumba fitness classes Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Center Court. This is a class sponsored by the Carson-Gardena YMCA and is offered every Saturday. To register visit guest services or call the number below. Details: (310) 366-6629; Venue: South Bay Pavillion Mall Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson

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PVPLC Story Time with the Range The White Point Nature Education Center will be hosting the PVPLC Story Time with the Rangers Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Spend time with the Los Angeles City Rangers listening to nature-themed children’s stories for young people of all ages. Storytime is every fourth Saturday of the month. Details: (310) 541-7613; Venue: White Point Nature Center Location: 1600 W. Paseo Del Mar San Pedro

December 28

Full Moon Hike Explore nocturnal sights with a wildlife expert under a full-moon with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve, Dec. 28. Attendees must be ages 9 and older with an admissions price of $10 a person. Call the phone number below for time and to make a reservation. Details: (310) 547-0862 Venue: George F Canyon Location: Rancho Palos Verdes

The Solutionaries The Solutionaries will be bringing a little bit of the reggae atmosphere here to the San Pedro Brewing Company Dec. 28, running from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be a $3 cover charge at the door. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro

December 29

Dirty Ice Cream The rock band, Dirty Ice Cream, will be performing at the San Pedro Brewing Company Dec. 29 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. A $3 cover charge to enter will be required. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro

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New Years Eve Party The San Pedro Brewing Company will get the year started with a party on the eve of the new year Dec. 31 starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. DJ zRoe will be providing the tunes that you can dance your way to 2013 with. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St. San Pedro New Years Eve Party Join People’s Palace for a New Year’s Eve celebration with music by surprise DJ. Begins at 9 p.m. Details: Venue: People’s Place Location: 365 W. 6th St. San Pedro

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Present Laughter Little Fish Theatre will present a comedy Dec. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. that tells the tale of Garry Essendine, a spoiled, pampered actor trying to make arrangements for an overseas tour with his secretary. His plans become complicated by a playwright who demands his attention and when his inner-circle of managers and his ex-wife arrive on the scene, a classic door-slamming farce ensues. Tickets will go on sale for $25 and can be purchased online through the website below. Details: Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 S. Centre St. San Pedro Movie Night South Bay Pavillion will be showing, series of holiday films from Dec. 17 through 21 at 7 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, bean bags or any other floor accessory. Movies will be shown in the Sun Court. Children must be supervised and no alcohol is allowed. Dec. 17- Ice Age: Continental Drift, Dec. 18- Home Alone Dec. 19- Jingle All The Way Dec. 20- Deck The Halls Dec. 21- Miracle on 34th Street Details: Venue: South Bay Pavillion Mall Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson

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money they are owed for mandated programs when the programs are implemented, not two or three years later. I received from Sacramento the following: Chart E General Funds expenditure. The schools have received over 50 percent of State General Funds for years, 2009-10, 53.99533%; 2010-11, 51.12621%; 2011-12, 51.0089%; 2012-13, 51.76341%. What have the schools done with this money? I have always supported and will continue to support schools, but not these bills as they have too many other taxes attached to it by

the Governor. We taxpayers cannot afford it. Vote No on Proposition and 38. Bonnie Christensen San Pedro

Villaraigosa Must Save Civil Service

In 1925, the people of Los Angeles voted to approve a new City Charter. And since that Charter represented the will of the people, it could be changed only by the people themselves. Thus, during its life, the 1925 Charter was amended 86 times, each time by a vote of the people. In 1999, the people of Los Angeles again approved a new City

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versity of Southern California. The Harpys gang, which is also known as the Harpys-Dead End gang, is one of more than a dozen Latino gangs across a wide swath of south Los Angeles allegedly controlled by Mexican Mafia member Danny Roman. The 29-defendant indictment that alleges violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act does not formally charge Danny Roman, who is serving a sentence of life without parole at Pelican Bay State Prison. The indictment does name Danny Roman’s daughter and his daughter’s husband as defendants, alleging that they are the day-to-day leaders of the Harpys gang and that they control the gang’s activities on behalf of Danny Roman. According to the indictment, Danny Roman gives his daughter and son-in-law orders that direct gang members to engage in criminal conduct, including collecting “taxes” from businesses and gangs that are funneled back to Danny Roman in state prison. As charged in the indictment, the gang enforces the collection of “taxes” through threats of violence, including murder, for any business or gang that fails to pay or reports the collection of taxes to law enforcement. In addition to outlining Danny Roman’s control of the Harpys and of other gangs in south Los Angeles, the indictment alleges specific criminal acts, including the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin; the murder of a gang member who owed a debt to another gang member; robberies targeting USC students; and conspiracies to commit murder, including a plot to kill a witness in a state court case against a member of another gang.


Charter. But the Charter the voters approved wasn’t acceptable to Mayor Riordan. He rejected the Civil Service provisions of the Charter, and wanted them hanged. Riordan’s plan was to degrade the Board of Civil Service Commissioners. In his proposal, the Board would no longer serve as a firewall between the Mayor and the civil service. And City departments would no longer be subject to the Board’s oversight. In fact, departments would be expected to manage themselves. The Mayor must have known that, in a democracy, the people have a right to be heard on matters that affect them. But he was afraid the people would think the changes he sought were too radical. In his view, putting that proposal on the ballot would be risky. So he persuaded the

Court Upholds “Gay Therapy” Ban

SACRAMENTO—A federal judge on Dec. 4, cleared the way for a landmark California law that bars a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children and teenagers to take effect in January. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the ban into law in September, making the nation’s most populous state the first to ban so-called conversion therapy among youths. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Mueller denied an injunction request against the law filed by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as unnamed individuals who sued shortly after the law was signed. The ruling came one day after another federal judge chose to allow an injunction against the law stemming from a different lawsuit, but only applied the ruling to three individuals: Two licensed therapists and one aspiring therapist. U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb ruled the trio would temporarily not be subject to the legislation pending resolution of a trial on their complaints. The law bars therapists from performing sexual-orientation change counseling with children and teenagers under 18. It was supported by the California Psychological Association. Gay rights advocates say the therapy can psychologically harm gay and lesbian youths, leading to depression or even suicide. They say the treatment, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder.

City Council to join him in forcing his “New Paradigm” on City Service without a vote of the people! It’s now been 13 years since the current City Charter was approved by the voters. Since then, the people have voted on 14 change proposals. But they have never been allowed to vote on the radical change the Mayor and the Council inflicted on them. Indeed, the people haven’t even been told that the civil service system they approved has been wrecked—by the politi-

cians they’d elected! As this column is written, the City’s civil service system is in disarray. Rules are not enforced. Rule violations are not investigated. Employment practices are not monitored. The management of employee performance is scandalously inept. And the heads of City agencies are virtually unaccountable. Clearly, this chaotic situation must end. By rights, all needed corrections should be made by Mayor Villaraigosa. He supported

the Riordan plan; he enhanced his own power by stepping on the people’s right to be heard. In my view, the Mayor owes the people of Los Angeles an explanation. Indeed, I think he has a duty to fix civil service before he leaves office. If you agree with me, you may want to contact the Mayor and tell him what you think. You can call him at (213) 978-0600, or send an email at mayor Samuel Sperling Monterey Park

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS 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 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,


Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012230019 The following person is doing business as: Champion Data Supply, 28364 S. Western Ave Ste #2, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, Los Angeles County. Registered

owners: Brandden F. Blackwell, 1316 Paseo del Mar, 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: Jan. 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.) Carmen Moen, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 16, 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: 11/29/12, 12/13/12, 12/27/12,


Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012217235 The following person is doing business as: San Pedro Spotlight, 800 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Miguel Gonzalez, 658 W. 22nd St. #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: Aug. 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.) Carmen Moen, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 31, 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: 11/29/12, 12/13/12, 12/27/12, 01/10/12

Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name File No. 2012238002 File no: 20080895010; Date Filed: 05/20/08 Name of Business(es) Nick’s Liquor Street Address, City, State, and Zip Code: 510 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Registered Owners: Brook Zewdie, 2005 Speyer Lane Unit #B, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Tseday Kiwfe-Micahesi, 2005 Speyer Lane Unit #B, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Business was conducted by a husband and wife. 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).This Statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Nov. 30, 2012.

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