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even the disabled. Crowley explained that women would wear safety pins on the hem of their skirts and men would wear them under their collar, symbolizing, “you’re safe with us.” “When Trump was elected this movement started to reappear and people started to wear safety pins again,” Crowley explained. “When I was reading about this, I was like, ‘Well, my GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) kids are going to be hurt under this new administration,’ and they were scared,” Crowley said. “What could we do? So I taught the kids about the Safety Pin Movement and I was like ‘Hey, we could wear pins.’ So that’s what I had them do.” Crowley has been the faculty sponsor for the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance since its founding 16 years ago. Since Trump took office, schools throughout Los Angeles conducted walkouts in protest of Trump’s policies and marching to downtown. San Pedro High School students wanted to do the same, but the distance between the Harbor Area and downtown Los Angeles made a march a difficult proposition. To bridge the gap, Crowley thought of another way for students to make their opinions known. “I’ve always been a big fan of art as protest and I figured we could find a way to keep the kids in school, which is

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ctivist-historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, famously said, “You can’t stay neutral on a moving train.” As we move into the new administration’s crackdown on immigrants and its determined rollback of Barack Obama administration policies — particularly those protecting transgender, lesbian and gay communities — two San Pedro High School teachers have chosen to use art to help students create a safe, yet committed, environment to resist and express solidarity with disenfranchised communities. English teacher David Crowley and photography teacher Amy Dean have teamed up to spearhead the political art project Crowley has dubbed Safety Pinups. The project is a series of student-taken political photographs that show support for San Pedro High School students who are targeted by the Donald Trump administration. It promotes solidarity and understanding between different groups within the school. Crowley, who conceived this San Pedro High School-based project, was inspired by the World War II Safety Pin Movement in the Netherlands, when Adolf Hitler was persecuting Jews, the gay community and

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San Pedro High School English teacher David Crowley and photography teacher Amy Dean participated in an art project called Safety Pin Ups, with students Tiana Heath (left) Rebecca Logan (center) and Rose Felix (right). Photo by Arlo Tinsman-Kongshaug.

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Paseo del Mar Restoration Clears Major Hurdle BOE Releases Draft EIR, Gets Panned on Limited Public Comment Time, Baseline Conditions By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

A little more than 50 residents came out for the May 3public comment meeting on the recently released draft environmental impact report to restore Paseo del Mar roadway. It’s been 5 1/2 years since heavy rains abruptly helped turn one of California’s scenic routes into a cul de sac following a 2011 slide. Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering Environmental Supervisor II William Jones explained the draft EIR in a 10-minute summary. The 50 minutes that followed was spent on public comment. Residents were critical of the 30-day public comment period for the Notice of Preparation, believing it gave the public insufficient time to evaluate the preparation of the draft EIR. “We protested and requested a 90 day comment period. What’s the hurry?” asked former Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council member Peter Warren. Another area of concern was the baseline conditions on which the project was based. The Bureau of Engineering elected to set baselines conditions to 2011, after the slide, rather than at the time of the release of the notice of preparation, which was released in 2016. The Bureau of Engineering said in the draft

Pico Ave On-Ramp to Westbound Ocean Blvd Closure There will be a full closure of the Pico avenue on-ramp to westbound Ocean Boulevard. The detour route is westbound Anaheim Street to southbound State Route 47 to Ocean Boulevard. Time: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 13 to 14

CSPNC Board & Stakeholder Meeting

The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council will host its monthly board and stakeholder meeting. Time: 6:30 p.m. May 15 Details: www.CSPNC.org Venue: Cabrillo Marina Community Building, Via Cabrillo Marina Way, San Pedro

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EIR that the baseline conditions for the proposed project consider the pre-landslide conditions as well as the emergency stabilization measures taken since then. This wasn’t a satisfying answer for many residents. In the days and weeks following the slide, residents fell into one camp or another. The divisions that existed then over whether to

restore Paseo del Mar are the same divisions that exist today. Neighbors who complained of traffic spoiling ocean views and quiet benefitted from an act of God were one camp. Motorists who leave the peninsula for work experienced heavier traffic than they were accustomed. They mostly fell into [See Paseo del Mar, page 4]

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A workshop to assist applicants with their submissions for the Port of Long Beach’s Community Grants Program will take place.The workshop will be on the filtration program. Time: 2 p.m. May 25 Details: grants@polb.com Venue: POLB Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

Board of Equalization Visits Retailers in Your Area

Staff from the Board of Equalization’s Statewide Compliance & Outreach Program will soon visit non-residential retail businesses in your area. The purpose of the program is to educate business operators about the BOE’s tax and fee programs, as well as identify gaps in compliance where businesses may be selling or leasing tangible personal property without a seller’s permit. During visits to your area, the program team members will assist businesses by answering questions about how to register with the BOE, file tax returns, and pay BOE-administered taxes and fees. Noncompliance contributes to more than $2 billion in uncollected sales and use taxes that make up part of the state’s “tax gap.”. Taxpayers in zip codes 90804 and 90806 in Long Beach were recently sent letters notifying them of the upcoming program visits. Details: www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/SCOP_ Overview.htm

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HARBOR CITY — The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Area Homicide detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in capturing the suspects responsible for the shooting death of Juan Ignacio Alcala. Alcala was shot at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on the 1200 block of West 256th St. in Harbor City. Alcala was standing in the backyard of his home when the suspects approached him and shot him multiple times. Alcala died as a result of his injuries. The three suspects were captured on video parking a white van shortly before the shooting. Detectives have been able to identify the driver as 22-year-old Andy Leonel Garcia of Harbor City. Garcia is seen parking a white 1998 Astro Van on 256th Street and then getting out of the van with two additional suspects. Detectives believe that after getting out of the van, the three suspects ran to the rear of the victim’s residence and shot him. Following the shooting, the suspects ran back to the van and fled southbound on Normandie Avenue. Detectives are seeking the whereabouts of Garcia as well as the identity of the two additional suspects. Anyone with additional information is urged to call (310)726-7882 or visit www.lacrimestoppers. org.

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Closures and Detours

Westbound Ocean Blvd Off-Ramp to SR-47 There will be a full closure of westbound Ocean Boulevard on-ramp to Pier T Avenue. The detour route will be westbound Ocean to Ferry Street off-ramp and eastbound Ocean to Pier S Avenue off-ramp. Time: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 13 to 14

Coastal San Pedro Council Elects New Board Coastal San Pedro residents selected their new neighborhood council members on May 6. But probably more noteworthy was who didn’t run for a neighborhood council seat. Of the 23 candidates, five were incumbents, and none are ostensibly connected to the Saving San Pedro Facebook activist group. The six returning members included Shannon Ross, Doug Epperhart, Louis Dominguez, Dean Pentcheff, Robert Gelfand and Jonathan David Myers. Of the 17 members on the new board, seven have prior experience on other boards in some capacity of community governance. For instance, Caseres, a mental health advocate, has served on all three council boards at some point, while Robert Jay Bryant has served as the regional commissioner for American Youth Soccer Organization for 11 years and as a member of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council for seven years. This is important considering that the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has reprimanded the council on issues including hosting meetings in locations not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; failing to comply with public records requests; violating the Brown Act; and more recently, attempting to give a neighborhood purpose grant to a religious organization, which is against the rules for such grants.

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forces on the existing slope. Due to the height of the wall required, traditional cantilever-type walls would not be as stable. The MSEtype wall utilizes a reinforcement strap tied to a segment of wall panel. The self-weight and friction of the compacted earth would keep the face panels in place. The slope below the 75-foot elevation would be relatively undisturbed by the construction of the pile supports. A concrete wall would be constructed above the 75foot elevation. The comment period on these options ends on June 6, if the Bureau of Engineers does not extend it for another 30 days. [Coastal, from page 3]

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council for multiple terms as both board member and vice president at various times. Noel Gould is an environmental and land use activist who battled the California Coastal Commission over illegal developments in the Coastal Zone. He also ran for the Los Angeles City Council for the 15th District this past November. Anise Goldfarb said she is focused on improving public safety and protecting the environment. Robert Gelfand has previously served on the board and represented the council in citywide organizations such as the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition and has acted as the council’s representative on the Neighborhood Council Emergency Preparedness Alliance for the past year. The newly elected board will select the board’s officers at the next stakeholder meeting on May 15.

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This latter case is in regards to a Feb. 27 meeting at which the board voted to give a neighborhood purpose grant to a faith-based event known as the Christian Family Festival. Neighborhood Councils can’t use Los Angeles funds to benefit a specific religion or faith. Ross, who received the highest number of votes, was elected for a fourth term to the Coastal Neighborhood Council. She also serves as park advisory board president for the Angels Gate Park Advisory Board. Epperhart has served as a board member, treasurer and president of Coastal’s council through the years. He also served as a member of the city’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners. Erin Vaughn Carter is a fifth generation San Pedro resident. She said in her candidate’s statement that she looks forward to facilitating community involvement and communication between San Pedro and the city of Los Angeles. Anna Erneholm Pesusich runs an art studio at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Louis Dominguez is a Vietnam War veteran who formerly ran the Harbor Community Clinic in San Pedro and worked for legislator Vincent Thomas, as well as the mayor’s office for 14 years. Dean Pentcheff Selection of a new Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council board on May 6 has served the Coastal at Point Fermin Park. Photo by Steven Guzman.

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the camp which favored restoring the road. This was especially true as traffic got heavier with the introduction of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiatives and the advent of bike lanes. Following the 2011 slide, the city initiated studies, cleanup and stabilization measures and built a street turn-around near the intersection of Paseo Del Mar and Weymouth Avenue while the western end of the project site was fenced off. Initially, there were three options on what to do about the slide: 1. Construct a bridge of some sort, 2. Cut into the White Point Nature Preserve to build a roadway that circumvented the slide, or 3. Leave well enough alone. Cutting into the White Point Nature preserve has since been nixed from the discussion following vociferous outcry from the Preserve’s supporters over the years. The Bureau of Engineering is considering three alternatives for Paseo del Mar’s permanent restoration, plus a no project alternative. Alternative 1 aims to limit major earthwork and remediation of the slide area by constructing a single long-span bridge supported on stable

ground outside the limits of the landslide area. A cast-in-place concrete box girder or double box girder bridge superstructure would be utilized supported by seat abutments. The bridge span would be about 400 feet long and 63 feet 5 inches wide. The bridge proposed under Alternative 1 would be about 130 feet above the beach level. Alternative 2 aims to build a roadway that sits atop a single row of large diameter, cast-indrilled holes with a buttress. The cast-in-drilled holes would be at the edge of the existing slope. Landslide debris will be removed to about 75 feet above the beach. The piles would be connected with a reinforced concrete grade beam and tied back with soil anchors. A reinforced earth buttress above the piles would stabilize the head scarp and support the new roadway. The Bureau of Engineering said the slope below the 75-foot elevation level would be relatively undisturbed by the construction of the pile supports. A lot of residents at the May 3 meeting didn’t buy it. Alternative 3 is similar to Alternative 2, except rather than being at the face of the existing slope, a row of large diameter piles and a grid of smaller diameter piles would be constructed below the proposed roadway. The piles would handle the vertical loading of a mechanically stabilized embankment wall, or MSE, and mitigate lateral

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Revision of Mobile Home Rent Control Ordinance Approved By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

The Carson City Council voted 5-0 at its May 2 to limit the maximum rent increase in mobile home rentals in any 12-month period to 75 percent of the increase in the Consumer Price Index. The council’s move was a part of a larger review and update of the city’s general plan. The change in rent control procedures will be formally adopted at a future council meeting. Apartment rentals are not covered. Before the council took action, the city hosted public meetings on the subject, including one which took place April 20 at the city’s Juanita

Millender-McDonald Community Center. City Attorney Bill Wynder explained the reasoning for the change. “We needed to simplify the process by which rents get reviewed,” he said. He referred to potential conflict between owners of mobile homes and owners of mobile home parks. “There are two property owners the law must protect, and both have legal rights,” he elaborated. Wynder said most California cities with rent control ordinances use the CPI as a formula for

adjusting rents. Under the new formula, park owners may raise rent for the spaces that mobile homes sit on, but only to 75 percent of the CPI during any 12-month period. Wynder said the new formula would make the rent control process simpler and more inexpensive for both park owners and mobile homeowners. He predicted that under the new rent control procedure, there would be less paperwork and no more need for long and contentious mobile home park rental review board hearings. Carson’s revision of its rental control ordinance is part of a more extensive periodic review and update of its general plan, including a housing element that explicitly affects mobile home parks. The goal of the city is to preserve mobile home parks as a response to the need for affordable housing. Wynder elaborated on the city’s progress in a phone interview. A new park closure ordinance is “a longer, more complicated process” that will [See Carson, page 10]

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Park Near Harbor Freeway Underway

SAN PEDRO — A 3.2-acre expanse of land near the Gaffey Street pedestrian bridge that is undergoing a massive makeover. The land, bound by Gaffey Street, Route 47 and the 110 Freeway, is maintained by Caltrans. Crosswalks are in the plans for the northwest area of the land. Councilman Joe Buscaino has alluded to using the area for a dog park through a collaboration between Buscaino, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell and the nonprofit, Sharefest, who secured more than $50,000 from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation.

POLB Sees April Boost

LONG BEACH — New business and changes to vessel deployments at the Port of Long Beach helped push container volumes 16.5 percent higher in April compared to the same month in 2016. For the calendar year so far, cargo volume at POLB is up 5.1 percent from 2016. A total of 558,014 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, moved through Long Beach in April. Inbound boxes numbered 288,207, an increase of 16.5 percent. Long Beach handled 116,260 loaded outbound TEUs during the month, up 3.1 percent. Empty containers returning overseas to be filled with goods jumped to 153,547 TEUs, 29.3 percent higher. Details: www.polb.com/stats.

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LONG BEACH — On May 2, the Long Beach City Council passed 28 recommendations aimed to increase affordable housing in Long Beach. Per those recommendations the council will begin to study an inclusionary housing policy tied to ownership and rental housing. The city council also requested that the city attorney come back in 30 days with a draft ordinance that will penalize and shut off the utilities of property owners who house illegal medical marijuana dispensaries. The aim is to protect neighborhoods and business owners who are acting in good faith with the city. Details: http://tinyurl.com/LB-affordablehousing-recommen

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Garcetti Monitors LADWP Emergency Flood Control Efforts

LOS ANGELES — On May 8, Mayor Eric Garcetti traveled to the Owens Valley to survey the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s emergency flood control preparations for what the utility expects will be a record snowmelt from the Eastern Sierras. The trip came after Garcetti declared a local state of emergency to protect the lands and communities of the Owens Valley from flooding, as this year’s snowpack begins to melt. During his visit, Garcetti spoke with community members, met with LADWP workers involved in the flood control efforts and toured key areas — including Mono Lake and Owens Lake — where the snowmelt is threatening communities and LADWP infrastructure. This year’s snowpack in the Eastern Sierras is 241 percent above normal. As spring goes on, LADWP expects the snowmelt to send up to 1 million acre-feet of runoff into the Owens Valley. This runoff — nearly twice the amount of water that Angelenos use in a year — could damage local communities, hydroelectric power plants, and dust mitigation infrastructure in Owens Lake. Garcetti’s emergency declaration enables LADWP to act quickly in response to the threat.

Health Care Reaches Turning Point Toward the Unknown By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

Five days after Donald Trump’s first 100 days ––without a single major legislative success–– House Republicans passed their Obamacare repeal bill. The American Health Care Act, or AHCA, by a razor thin 217-213 margin. It failed to deliver what Trump had previously promised, breaking six major campaign pledges he had made. But of course, he touted it as a big win. Others vehemently disagreed. “The bill passed by the House today will result in millions of Americans losing access to quality, affordable health insurance,” American Medical Association President Dr. Andrew W. Gurman said. “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of the 38-million member group. “The bill will put an age tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay thousands of dollars more for health care. In addition, the bill now puts at risk the 25 million older adults with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, who would likely find health care unaffordable or unavailable to them.” Numerous other doctor, patient and healthcare professional groups issued similar statements. This immediately fueled hopes and expectations that the Democrats would regain control of the House in 2018, given how sharply public sentiment has shifted around health care. The next day, Cook Political Report shifted 20 House seats in a more Democratic direction. Most still favored Republicans but were now seen as vulnerable, including three from Orange County: Dana Rohrabacher, Ed Royce and Mimi Walters. They were also added to the new activist organization Swing Left’s target list. Swing Left organizes activists inside target districts along with the support of activists from nearby districts. Steve Knight, in north Los Angeles County, was rated as a toss-up by Cook. Republicans have more potential political prices to pay, since the plan they passed gives considerable power to the states, especially regarding coverage of pre-existing conditions. “The Republicans have to realize they didn’t just put the seats in Congress in play, they actually just turned this into a state issue,” said Tom Perriello, a former representative (defeated for supporting Obamacare in 2010) running for Virginia governor. “Now every state legislator, every state governor candidate is going to have to answer for the fact that they may have to deal with this waiver question on pre-existing conditions.” It took only hours for Perriello to produce a dramatic campaign ad pledging to fight for Virginia’s health care. Meanwhile, Trump and the House leadership giddily claimed victory amidst a sea of conflicting, even incoherent signs. The vote signaled that America is at a turning point on the health care front, but there’s no telling what we’re turning toward — anything from GOP’s dark vision of ultimately dismantling Medicaid and Medicare to Bernie Sanders vision of Medicare-for-All. “Those who are sick will suffer, and some of them will die. This is a shame and a disgrace. May God have mercy on us all,” Rep. John

Lewis tweeted. The AHCA violates six major promises Trump made while campaigning for president and is far more reflective of forces he defeated in the GOP primary than it is of anything he promised. He followed up the vote later that day by doing another 180-degree turn and praising Australia’s health care system, telling Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball, “You have better health care than we do.” Sen. Bernie Sanders responded eagerly on

congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said. “You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a preexisting condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat

President Donald Trump praises Australia’s successful universal health care system during a May 4 meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. File Photo

Twitter: “President Trump is right. The Australian health care system provides health care to all of its people at a fraction of the cost than we do,” and he attached an 81-second video expanding his argument. “Maybe when we get to the Senate, we should start off looking at the Australian system” said Sanders in his video. “In Australia everyone is guaranteed health care as a right, not a privilege. The country’s universal health care program is even called Medicare.” In 2015, per capita spending on prescription drugs in Australia was $590 compared to $1,026 in the United States, the video went on to explain. Total per capita health care spending was $4,420 in Australia, compared to $9,451 in the United States “with significantly better health care outcomes.” While Trump’s statements on health care have been all over the map reflecting no grasp of details at all, Sanders has spent decades consistently arguing for a single-payer, Medicarefor-all system, recognizing health care as a right, just like the rest of the advanced industrial world. And the tides of public sentiment have increasingly shifted to support him. On Trump’s side, a late-March Quinnipiac poll found that an earlier version of the AHCA was opposed by a 56-17 percent margin. The new version is even more conservative. On Sanders’s side, late night host Jimmy Kimmel gained overwhelming sympathy and support for his May 1 monologue; he shared the story of how his newborn son’s life was saved and expressed his conviction that health care is a right. “Before 2014, if you were born with

or something else, we all agree on that, right? I mean, we do.” But three days later, the vast majority of House Republicans — 217 of them — disagreed. “Jimmy Kimmel got it,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said immediately after the vote. “Jimmy Kimmel has a little boy who has a heart problem. And Jimmy Kimmel knew that he needed a pre-existing condition to be covered. Every medical group that has expressed an opinion on this bill says this bill does not protect pre-existing conditions.” “If you have a pre-existing condition, you might be charged a lot more for your health insurance under the House Republican health care plan,” Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown tweeted, going on to list 90 examples from “AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer’s/dementia” to “stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis … and ulcers, to name a few.” A report from the Center for American Progress put specific numbers to the added yearly costs for a variety of conditions for a 40-year-old, including: $4,270 for asthma, $5,510 for diabetes, $17,060 for pregnancy, $26,180 for rheumatoid arthritis, $140,510 for metastatic cancer. “This isn’t football,” Kimmel said. “There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.” One reason Trump was elected was because he said similar things — things he has now turned his back on. “Every Republican wants to do a big number [See Health Care, page 7]


insurers do…. The insurers do bookkeeping for a profit, on your back, on your back, on your back [turning to different members of the crowd]. The VA does bookkeeping on mine, my behalf. I’m a veteran. Everyone here deserves single-payer on Social Security; they want to do it on Medicare, health care, now.” and they want to do it on Medicaid,” said Trump, It’s a complete reversal from 2009, when speaking at the New Hampshire Republican conservatives, still reeling from the utter failure Leadership Summit in April of 2015. “We can’t of the Bush years, reorganized themselves under do that. And it’s not fair to the people.” the “Tea Party” banner and centered on the fight It’s a sentiment he expressed as far back as against Obamacare with the conspiracy theory March of 2013 but has now turned his back on, as myth of “death panels” as their rallying cry. Now, the AHCA will slash Medicaid funding by $880 the shoe’s on the other foot and the death panels billion within 10 years. people are afraid of are all too real: the threatened A May 4 report cited five other major return of pre-Obamacare insurance. promises by Trump which the AHCA violated: One major problem Republicans have always to cover everybody (24 million will actually faced with Obamacare is that it’s essentially a lose coverage), to preserve insurance for people Republican plan. That’s why they have such a hard with pre-existing conditions at lower prices, to time coming up with any plausible alternative, as provide better health care for women, to lower John Farrell, author of Richard Nixon: The Life, costs, and to not give the wealthy — like himself explained on MSNBC recently. — a massive tax cut. “This was Republican That last broken promise “President Trump is Party orthodoxy going back was particularly outrageous. as far as 1950, when Nixon right. The Australian “The bill cuts about a first proposed this idea of health care system trillion dollars in funding government subsidies and for health care while cutting provides health care a mandate for everybody to taxes for the top 2 percent buy private insurance,” said to all of its people at by about the same amount,” Farrell. “Nixoncare returned a fraction of the cost MSNBC Host Chris Hayes in ‘71 when he was president, than we do. In Australia it returned in 1974 again and tweeted. “It’s really just a tax cut, everyone is guaranteed it returned as Romneycare in funded by the sick, the poor, the state of Massachusetts. health care as a right, and everyone over age 50,” So the only real reason that not a privilege. The added Joy Reid, another the Republican Party has for MSNBC host. country’s universal objecting to this is that the The vast majority of nickname Obamacare. It’s a health care program is House Republicans avoided political war over who’s getting even called Medicare.” facing their constituents in credit for something that’s town halls. One exception —Sen. Bernie Sanders good for millions of people, was Tom Reed of upstate and Republicans frankly have New York. A female veteran painted themselves into a spoke out at a meeting in Busti, New York, and a horrible corner, because this is their solution.” video of her testimony immediately went viral. There is another alternative, however. Before “I’m a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and I have Nixon, Harry Truman first advanced the idea of a single-payer,” she said. “It has saved my life four national health care program in a Nov. 19, 1945, presidential message to Congress. He argued for a federal government role, saying, “The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public responsibility.” His plan emphasized expanding coverage to rural areas — both hospitals and health professionals — as well as creating national standards, an oversight board of doctors and public officials and a voluntary national health insurance plan. Despite its purely voluntary nature, the plan was savagely attacked as part of the pre-McCarthy red scare that Nixon helped fuel and was bitterly opposed by the American Medical Association. Twenty years after Truman sent that message to Congress, Lyndon Johnson signed Truman up A veteran speaks up on behalf of a single-payer as the first registered Medicare beneficiary. Now or Medicare for all health care system during GOP Rep. Tom Reed’s town hall meeting in Busti, NY. File more than another 50 years later, Republicans’ photo continued hostility may have finally pushed times…. There is no profit in single-payers. We things to a breaking point. As the idea that health have to get the profit — and that is why you’re care is a right, not a market commodity, has here. You’re talking about tax exemption and become increasingly ingrained with the American property tax relief. These are human beings. We public, we may finally be ready for America to have bodies; we have minds. We are not property join the rest of the modern industrialized world taxes. That’s how you boil everything down, into with universal health care for all. As grassroots money. We are not money. We are a nation,” she opposition to the GOP’s plans intensifies, there are increasing calls to counter it, not by updating concluded. “I appreciate your belief that you believe the Nixon’s plan once again but by updating government can take care of this for all of us,” Truman’s instead. “We need to take care of each other,” Jimmy Reed began to respond, but the veteran shot right Kimmel concluded. “No parent should ever have back. to decide if they can afford to save their child’s “The government doesn’t take care of it, life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.” they just do the bookkeeping,” she said. “The VA health care does the bookkeeping, just like [Health Care, from page 6]

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Civility in a Time of Confusion Resistance, Comey and No on Measure C By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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It’s starting to become a regular occurrence for me: being stopped by people who preface their remarks with, “You probably won’t agree with me, but…” and then they go on about giving Trump a chance or complaining about the lack of bipartisanship or that the leftists should chose another word other than “resistance” in opposing #45. All of this becomes more confusing when #45 fires FBI Director James Comey with no warning. Comey learns of his firing from a news report that flashed on a television screen while he was in Los Angeles speaking to employees at an FBI field office. This happened while the investigation into Russian interference in our national elections was just beginning to pick up traction. It makes one wonder if Trump protests too much? One older gentleman who recently stopped me said, “I just don’t think that these people who are protesting should be calling it ‘resistance.’” “And just what would you call it?” I asked. There was a pause. From what I could tell by his age and the fact he was having drinks in an upscale restaurant on a Monday night, he was likely a retiree living off of Social Security and a pension. He was likely more financially secure than those out protesting. So I ask him, “What if it was your health care that was being threatened? What if it was your family at risk of being deported?” The questions could go on because the list of threats keeps growing. “Resistance,” I conclude, “is the natural response to acts of oppression by a tyrant.” On another occasion, a different older guy, a political insider and a lobbyist who has worked with all levels of government, complained about how there’s no bipartisan collaboration anymore. “I just don’t understand it,” he said, “I’ve worked with Republicans my entire career and always found common ground. But now…?” “Those were different times,” I replied. “We haven’t ever had a real fascist in the White House before. When there is this kind of repression going, on people resisted.” “Do you remember the opposition to the Richard Nixon presidency and the Vietnam War?” I asked. “How much collaboration would you propose if you were living in preWWII Germany?” “What we have here and now is much

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more than a disagreement on policy. It’s literally an existential threat to our republic by a man and a caucus within the ruling party who are intent on eroding our rights, denigrating public institutions, destroying long-accepted protections and gutting public benefits. This would be like attempting to find common ground with Hitler,” I concluded. This country stands divided, much like it was in the 1960s over civil rights and the Vietnam War. Even though those wounds have healed, they left lasting legacies, scarring our country and our democracy. Trump doesn’t even seem to know why the American Civil War was fought. His tweet about Andrew Jackson was the ultimate display of his ignorance. The last older guy to interrupt my day admitted that he actually voted for Trump, but only because he couldn’t vote for Hillary. “So you would have been OK with voting for a social democrat like Bernie Sanders?” I asked. “Oh no. I grew up in Vermont back when it was a conservative state,” he replied. “So you are all right with Trump firing the FBI director?” I pressed. “I don’t agree with much that he’s said or done,” the man said. All of these conversations were in public places and were quite civil and polite in tone — not like much of the acrimony coming out of Washington, D.C. these days where incivility is tweeted, repeated and made news-worthy as the topic du jour. Comey’s firing from the FBI can be considered a distraction from the investigation into Trump’s Russian connections. Wouldn’t someone with the power to subpoena his tax records think that there might be some relevant details included in those returns? What seems increasingly evident is that the American public is continually being played and manipulated through false or misleading accusations and propaganda. This drama rises to the level of a Shakespearean tragedy. However, out here in La La Land, the city blithely moves forward with its well-intentioned liberalism, while violating the rights of the homeless, curtailing free speech at city hall and pressing for a misguided Measure C charter amendment which has been criticized by the groups who have historically lobbied for police reform. It is an imperfect solution to the intractable problem of Los Angeles Police Department oversight. It should be voted down. The real

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Lack of Basic Necessities Drove Rebellion By Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-CA, District 30)

In the language of my community, riots mean one thing, rebellion something else. Let us agree to call what happened in South Los Angeles 25 years ago a rebellion, which is defined as a reaction against an injustice. As TV news cameras captured the rebellion that greeted a jury’s decision in faraway Simi Valley to exonerate the four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King, one image seared into my brain and will never leave me: Mothers running out of Fedco with packages of diapers and baby formula. While some people choose to recall seeing people taking boxes of Nike tennis shoes — and those VCR players that gave rise to the snide jokes about the 100-yard VCR Dash — what I saw that day, and what I cannot get out of my head all these years later, was how people were reaching into neighborhood stores for basic necessities. To me, that was the language of decades of frustration, unmet community needs, limited personal resources, a lack of jobs and dead-end

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social opportunities. We know what we all promised each other in the wake of the fire and rubble, the injuries and lost lives. But many of those needs remain unmet; many of those inequalities persist today. So let us not pretend that rebellion, or even those riots, are a thing of the past. Empowered people protest and stepped-on people rebel. That’s why I use the word rebellion. It’s a reaction to living conditions and a state of mind in which hope has been squelched. The gap between the rich and poor, the haves and have-nots, has never been greater than it is today in America. During the recession of the late 2000s, hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to programs hurt thousands of families who needed support the most. As the newly appointed chair of the California Senate Budget Committee, I intend to invest in rebuilding California’s safety net and creating opportunities for our children to thrive.

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RE: Random Letters titled “White Trash Invited to White House Behave like Swine,” RLN, April 20, 2017 edition. Although I don’t think it was in good taste and respectful to stand in front of a picture of a government official — namely, Hillary Clinton — with in a smug pose, the comment made by Mr. Bob Nizich stating that “they did a photoshoot in front of Hillary Clinton’s picture giving her the finger...” is not true, unless you count Ms. Palin’s index finger as “the finger.” If you look at the picture closely, you can see it is not the middle finger. Again, I don’t think the picture is appropriate but in all fairness and for the sake of accuracy I hope you will clarify this in the next issue. Carol Doyel San Pedro

2. A moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way [Google (Chrome) Search] (1) In 1944 what was FDR’s motivation to campaign for a second bill of rights? Did these rights not exist prior to and obviously were they not worth fighting for earlier? (2) Are these “rights” or “opportunities” or an “entitlement?” 1. In 1944 FDR was planting seeds for a postWWII world after the inevitable defeat of Germany and Japan. He saw the need for America’s endorsements of America’s integration into the world’s economy and was not going to duplicate Wilson’s failure. It was our call to duty, our “American Civil Religion” that required us to carry the economic ball and the … salesman knew he had to plant the seeds. He had to establish, in the populist mind that the defeat of Axis was in our best interest and he knew (believed) it had be resold as a self-integrity benefit for us to

economically engage in the rebuilding of the European and Pacific markets. FDR was a practical and clever man — skilled governor (politician), not an idealist. Ironically, those who so hate the idea of the “New Deal” benefitted greatly from his political skills — after all, who wins when you rebuild — big business. [Try to sell this to the populist]. “Let’s rebuild Europe and Japan to make Carnegie, Rockefeller, et al. even richer.” 2. The disease of hopelessness degrades all of us. The homeless on the corner asking for a handout, the ill-educated, the criminal all diminish who we are as human beings. We as a society —to be a society — must strive and fight for a place for each human being to be fully human. Yet, should one accept with “rights” the responsibilities? Should we fail to educate ourselves, take care of ourselves, etc.? On the other hand — what newborn or 3-yearold should be judged and determined by their choices

(lack of) or conditions? At Beacon Hous, if you are not ready and willing yourself, change will not happen. At some point, it is a choice you have to make (obviously capacity is an issue). So are these “rights” entitlements or a “social contract” between an individual the community? I am required to do _______ and society/community is there for (if I do __________) required to provide ____________. What is our time? How do we get here? Mitch Harmatz San Pedro Dear Mr. Harmatz, Not sure what your real question(s) is/are or whether you are just being rhetorical, however, I suppose you could fill in the blanks yourself if you tried. James Preston Allen, Publisher

Secular Humanist by Another Name

A quick note: Allen, I picked up your book and read only one line on one page, from that I see you are a newcomer to secular humanist, welcome aboard. P. S. Secular Humanist is just a fancy name for Atheist. Damien Walters San Pedro Dear Mr. Walters, I’m not sure which of my books you picked up or which line you read, but I am far from being a “newcomer.” However, as a non-believer I do defend everyone’s right to believe in whatever deity they choose. I believe that’s right up there with your right to say or write what you think about religion. This is an expression of secular tolerance that I’m advising you about — you don’t see atheists knocking on doors to proselytize, nor should they be openly hostile to any religious belief. There has historically been enough of blood spilled over religious dominance. James Preston Allen, Publisher

What is a “Right”?

What is a “right”? 1. That which is morally correct, just or honorable

[Rebellion, from page 8]

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We have a long way to go before residents reach something close to economic, racial and social equality. Twenty-five years ago, there was no Black Lives Matter movement. Twenty-five years ago, there was no Living Wage Coalition. And, while locally elected representation has improved in the 25 years since the Rodney King verdict, I’m still only the fourth African American woman since statehood to serve in the Legislature’s 40-seat upper chamber. The Senate, along with the 80-member Assembly, has no control over major financial institutions to provide loans for small businesses. We have minimal control over how many AfricanAmerican students are admitted to college. And while I recently helped pass the largest state budget in state history, I cannot stop banks from closing and leaving many of my constituents “unbanked.” Those are just some of the conditions that can lead to rebellion. As the state senator for almost 1 million Los Angeles-area residents, representing a diverse constituency with many needs continues to be a struggle. Those needs include greater access to quality education, affordable housing, local grocery stores and even neighborhood banks. Career options should be added to the top of any list of needs. Left unaddressed, those needs sow the seeds for the next rebellion. If we don’t act, it will come.

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Peoples Climate March in Wilmington

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not be ready to present to the city council until December, he said. An example of the process was provided at the April 20 meeting. Carson is considering creating mobile home park zones to help address the city’s ongoing need for affordable housing. One possibility is to adopt an ordinance similar to the Manufactured Home Fair Practices Act in Oceanside, Calif.

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Billed as the People’s Climate March, thousands gathered in Wilmington in solidarity with the tens of thousands that marched on Washington D.C. and across the nation on April 29 — a date that marked 100th day of President Donald Trump’s term. This event had been planned to mark the milestone long be before organizers knew Trump would be president. But because Trump is president, the march became a stage from which Democrats and environmental activists pushed back on Trump’s policies, while shining a light on one of the most industrial parts of Los Angeles. Among the featured speakers at the pre-march rally were activist and actress Jane Fonda (below center), Rep. Nannette Barragan (D-CA 44th District) and radio host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. among others. Nearly a hundred Southern California progressive and environmental justice organizations signed on as supporters of the People’s Climate March. Photos by Steven Guzman.

More on General Plan: Moratorium on Trucking and Logistics Facilities At the May 2 meeting, the council also voted 5-0 to extend a moratorium on “the establishment, expansion, or modification of truck yards, logistics facilities, hazardous materials or waste facilities, container storage, and container parking” for the next 10 months and 15 days. The ordinance states the “moratorium is being adopted to allow the city time to review, study, and revise its laws, rules, procedures, and fees related to logistics businesses.” The moratorium will allow time for an analysis of Carson’s truck routes and provide recommendations for mitigation measures in regards to noise, air quality, water quality, land use, fiscal impact and the transport and handling of hazardous waste. According to the ordinance, there are 170 facilities in Carson that handle hazardous materials. Fifty percent of the city is devoted to industrial uses. The city is conducting the studies to ensure current and future logistics facilities are consistent with relevant General Plan policies and the General Plan update.

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Rose Amidst the Concrete Machine Community Arts Studio Provides Refuge for Young Graffiti Writers By Kym Cunningham, Contributing Writer

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Every day, teenagers, still in their uniforms, head from school down to the Machine Community Arts Studio. The studio is a free public art space that hosts informal “blackbook sessions” where local graffiti writers or taggers get together and practice their art. It is run by 43-year-old Mike Machin, a Los Angeles area native who moved to San Pedro more than two years ago. “We’re not here promoting vandalism, but at the same time I’m not going to bullshit anybody and say that I’m telling these kids what to do,” Machin said. “That’s not what we’re about. We’re just trying to influence them to do something more productive.” Machin designed the studio as a safe place where local graffiti artists could go to responsibly practice their art. “If you want to be here, you have to be drawing,” Machin said. “You have to be doing something. You can’t be scribbling on stuff. It’s [See Cultivating, page 14]

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hen I mentioned that I was going to Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles, someone asked me, “What’s good there?” This actually made me think for a minute, because we were talking about a place where literally half the menu is contained in the restaurant’s name. If you subtract everything involving waffles and chicken from the menu, you don’t have a whole lot left. If you’re a person who doesn’t like waffles or you’re a gallinaphobe (and if there wasn’t already a Latin term for those who hate chickens, I just invented one), this is probably the wrong restaurant for you. For those who don’t know the place I’m talking about, Roscoe’s has been an institution since the first one opened in Hollywood in 1975, and the Long Beach location has been a popular hangout since 2001. They didn’t invent the combination of fried chicken and waffles, which supposedly goes back to a supper club in Harlem. Musicians who stopped by in the wee hours after gigs were too late for dinner and too early for breakfast, so they had something that combined both. Like that supper club, Roscoe’s is open late — until 2:30 a.m. on weekends — and attracts a fair share of performers and other night owls. The atmosphere is casual, a bustling dining hall where you come to eat, but not linger, and at peak hours it’s a popular place with families and large parties. The welcome is usually friendly but brisk — the servers here have a lot

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Long Beach. Roscoe’s signature dish, right. File photos.

of tables to cover and generally do a good job of handling things. It’s not like they’re asked a lot of questions anyway, because just about everybody gets the same thing. Order up an iced tea or coffee to start, because they don’t have an alcohol license, and you will probably be able to figure out what you want without guidance. I have been eating at Roscoe’s for decades

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BEACH CITY GRILL

Let the culinary adventure begin anew—Beach City Grill has reopened featuring your favorites along with soon-to-be favorite new additions. Now serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Famous for Caribbean, Cajun specials, fresh seafood, salads, vegetarian and world cuisine. Be sure to try the awardwinning desserts. Beach City Grill, 376 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 833-6345 • www.beachcitygrill.net

Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria

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. Dinein, 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

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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 Italian- and Mexicaninfluenced 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, (310) 241-0917, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • Happy Diner #2, (310) 935-2933, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San

Pedro • Open for breakfast and lunch: Happy Deli, (424) 364-0319, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro.

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. The exceptional service matches its wellproportioned meals. On a time crunch for lunch or dinner? Give María’s a call and they’ll have your food warm and 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.

PHILIE B’S ON SIXTH

Owner Phil Buscemi welcomes you to Philie B’s on Sixth, where New York–style pizza, Sicilian rice balls and pizza by-the-slice are the specialties. Fresh hot or cold sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and fresh salads are also served. Try the “white pizza” made with smooth ricotta, mozzarella and sharp Pecorino-Romano cheeses topped with torn fresh basil. Extended hours accommodate San Pedran’s unique work schedules. Catering and fast, local delivery ($15 min.). Philie B’s On Sixth, 347 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 514-2500 www.philiebsonsixth.com

PIROZZI’S ITALIAN DELI

Walk into Pirozzi’s Italian Deli at Weymouth Corners and discover an ample selection of fine imported cheeses and salami, as well as a great assortment of imported prosciutto, pastas, sauces, olive oils and vinegars. Best known for homemade Italian sausages in five distinct flavors, Pirozzi’s also carries freshly prepared and frozen entrées and sauces available for take-out.

and usually know what I’m having when I walk through the door, but recently I decided to broaden my horizons and try something besides what’s on the sign outside. On one trip, I tried the chicken chili and a chicken salad sandwich while my wife had the fried chicken livers. (Yes, the things that aren’t fried chicken still contain

Pirozzi’s Deli offers a full catering menu, made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade Italian cookies and desserts. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Pirozzi’s Italian Deli, 1453 W. 8th St., San Pedro • (310) 548-0000 www.pirozzisdeli.com

San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with madefrom-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

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 (a regular “Best in L.A.” winner), 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. Try hard-tofind 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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chicken. You’re surprised? They have one item that doesn’t — the red beans and rice, and I may try that someday.) The chicken chili unfortunately is nothing special, a bit timid and bland even by the standards of coffee shop chili. I wasn’t expecting the spicy cumin-laced blast that you get from a Texas joint, but the broth here was thin and didn’t have the garlic, oregano and cumin that gives even a mild chili some backbone. The chicken salad was better, meaty with just a dash of seasoning — get it on whole wheat with lettuce and tomato, ask for your fries crisp and you have a pretty decent lunch. As for chicken livers, you like them or you don’t — they have a rich, delicately funky flavor and a soft texture that makes partisans for or against. My wife thinks chicken livers are wonderful; I find them OK. When she orders them at Roscoe’s, snacking off of her plate is enough for me. My wife gets grits with her livers, another Southern specialty that this Yankee doesn’t often get, and she vouches for those, too. So now to my favorite order, which is almost the same as everybody else: the chicken and waffles. I always order the dark meat and pay the slight surcharge to get the buckwheat waffles, which have a slightly heavier texture and mild nutty flavor that matches the savory flavors of the chicken. Waffles here are served [See Roscoe’s, page 15]

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Boardwalk Grill

Casual waterfront dining at its finest! Famous for slabs of Chicagostyle 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 aweinspiring view of the dynamic 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 awardwinning 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

SPIRIT CRUISES

An instant party— complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Dinner cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing—the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free parking. Spirit Cruises, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884, www.spiritmarine.com


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Artists at work at Machine Art Studio in San Pedro during a recent First Thursday Artwalk. Photo courtesy of Mike Machin.

Cultivating A Rose

providing a place for at-risk youth to come and be creative and be exposed to different types of art. At the very least, while they’re in here they’re not fighting. They’re not doing drugs. They’re just listening to music and drawing and hanging out with their friends. We try to make it so that they have to be productive while they’re here.” Himself a graffiti artist, Machin sees the community studio as a his way of giving back to the graffiti community. “I went on to do graphic design and I pretty much stepped completely away from the culture for a number of years,” Machin said. “I feel partially responsible for the rules not being passed along.”

Rebellious Youth

Machin remembered being drawn to graffiti even as a child. When he was young, the town he lived in only had one piece of graffiti. Machin would look at it every time his family drove past the freeway. “I remember what it looked like: it had this movement,” Machin said. “I identified with that piece. Then it got painted over one day and I was just so disappointed.” Machin also remembered when graffiti made its way from New York to Los Angeles in the 1980s, when he started seeing it on the sides of buildings as he drove with his dad to watch the Raiders play at the Coliseum. But it was not until the 1990s that graffiti made it to his town. “Kids were tagging on buildings and … scribing the mirrors,” Machin said. “I was kind of a troublemaker when I was young so I was kind of

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drawn to it on that level.” Even so, Machin found this so-called new art form something to rebel against.

The Unseen Art

Machin found what are referred to as landmark walls — the backs of businesses or industrial buildings that people don’t seem to care about, where graffiti artists do not have to worry about their work getting painted over. In order to have “street cred” in the graffiti culture, every artist has to do some work that would be considered vandalism by mainstream society. Machin got into graffiti through his involvement with the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1990s. One of his bandmates talked him into applying to CalArts for graphic design, and from there, Machin’s career as an artist began. Machin branched out into several mediums. He works with drawing and acrylic painting as well as has several business ventures in commercial art doing motion graphics and graphic design.

Unwritten Rules

Now, Machin spends his time attempting to influence up-and-coming graffiti writers, teaching these teenagers the unwritten rules of the culture that he was taught long ago, like not to “burn the spot.” “A place like this, where graffiti writers

want to hang out — they come in and they draw and listen to hip-hop music,” Machin said. “It’s a bad idea to walk out of here and go write on all the businesses.” Much like landmark walls, there are what are referred to as yards within the graffiti community — mostly abandoned places that the public never sees — where graffiti writers can complete more artistic work. “You can go and spend hours in a yard,” said Machin. “But if you leave the yard and start writing on shit outside, people will notice that spot and then it will burn the spot. You won’t be able to go there anymore.” Machin said that the most important unwritten rule in the graffiti community was one of mutual respect. “If you go into a yard and you see something and you can’t do something better than that, then you shouldn’t go over it,” Machin said. “But if you’re going to go over someone, cover their whole piece.” Although to many outsiders it may look the same, there is a hierarchy to graffiti within the culture. “Tags are the scribbly things,” Machin said. “Throwies go over tags — throwies are simple letters that you can draw that are filled in — and pieces go over throwies.” Even though these rules may seem like common sense, Machin maintains that young graffiti writers need to be taught them.

A Dangerous Calling

Machin is not trying to stop kids from practicing graffiti. Rather, he wants to provide a safe place — away from gangs and the eyes of authority figures — for these kids to hone their art. Graffiti artists risk felony charges and even death in the practice of their art. Machin told a story about an up-and-coming 18-year-old graffiti artist, Tie, who was shot and killed in the late 90s by someone who thought he was a burglar. Unfortunately, this story is all too common in the graffiti world. Not only do graffiti artists face danger in the form of overzealous homeowners, but they also face the risk of accidentally running into a gang’s territory. This is what Machin’s goal is with the Machine Community Arts Studio. He wants to provide young graffiti artists with a safe place to unleash their creativity. [See Machine Art, page 15]


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Machine Art Cleaning Up the Streets

Machin also runs another side project called the C.U.T.S. Crew — short for Clean Up the Streets. Run like a traditional graffiti crew, the C.U.T.S. Crew focuses on doing free community-based, graffiti-style artwork and cleanup projects. Through his contacts in the community, which extend to mainstream foundations like the San Pedro Art Association, Machin attempts to locate edifices that have, as he calls it, “a graffiti problem” — walls around the community that people notice are constantly getting tagged. Machin said that the C.U.T.S. Crew is all about bridging the gaps within the community — between business owners and graffiti artists, as well as between the older guys and the young up-and-comers within the graffiti culture. But Machin admitted that these gaps are often difficult to cross, especially in regards to getting the youth to hear his message of responsibility.

A Lasting Impression

Machin’s long-term goal is to open an outside venue or cutty spot — a large, often abandoned building or group of buildings with diverse surface textures: trash cans, corrugated metal fences and brick walls. “People have been writing on walls for tens of thousands of years,” Machin said. “The oldest art that we know of is a cave painting. There’s something in our species that makes us want to do this.” For now, Machin uses his commercial arts ventures to fund the C.U.T.S. Crew and the Machine Community Arts Studio, a place where all artists are welcome to show their work as [Roscoe’s, from page 12]

Roscoe’s

A Safe Place

Although Machin doesn’t see himself as doing anything special, it is important to realize that he is giving these young artists, specifically graffiti writers, a place to express themselves in a society that does not necessarily value selfexpression, especially in the wake of the Trump administration’s proposed art cuts. In many ways, our society criminalizes youth artistic expression, outlining what is and is not socially acceptable, what is or is not art, often through a racialized lens. Perhaps Machin has forgotten what it is like to grow up young in California, in America, that feeling that you never really belong which defines teen angst. In that sense, giving them a place where their culture is accepted — a venue free from the constant surveillance of adult authority figures, where their art is encouraged — is perhaps the biggest gift Machin can hope to give the young graffiti writers of San Pedro. The Machine Community Arts Studio features hip-hop events every First Thursday, as well as DJs and other live performances. If you are interested in having your work shown or helping with the C.U.T.S. Crew, call (424) 224-5372. The studio is open to the public seven days a week, on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 4 to 8 p.m. anywhere close; they aren’t this inexpensive; and they aren’t open late so I can get my chicken and waffle fix any time I like. Roscoe’s does what they do well, and if that’s what you want, this is where you go. Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles is at 730 East Broadway in Long Beach. It is open daily at 8 a.m. and it closes at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. There is free parking across the street. It’s wheelchair accessible. They have few vegetarian options and alcohol is not served. Details: (562) 437-8355; roscoeschickenandwaffles.com.

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Hip Hop & Roller Skates This community event celebrates hip-hop, roller skates and fierce women. Time: 8 p.m. May 11 Cost: Free Details: http://tinyurl.com/hip-hop-roller-skates Venue: Ashley’s, 1731 E. 4th St., Long Beach

May 12

Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes The Los Angeles Harbor College Music Department will present a concert featuring Anita Chang and Rodney Oakes. Together, they will perform new works by Oakes, including the premiere of his The Children of Aleppo. Time: 8 p.m. May 12 Cost: Free Details: (310) 233-4429 Venue: LAHC Music Department, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington Rob on the Piano Enjoy great food, great fun and great music with Rob on the piano. Time: 7 p.m. May 12 and 19 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-0363 Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St, San Pedro

May 13

The Baker Brothers Big Band The ensemble will feature contemporary and classic instrumental and vocal charts from such arrangers and composers as Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Sammy Nestico, Neil Hefti, Dave Wolpe and others. Time: 8 p.m. May 13 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Markus Carlton Enjoy the musical talents of a lifelong musician who has worn out many guitars playing gigs, writing and recording. Time: 6:30 p.m. May 13 and 20 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-0363 Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St, San Pedro

May 14

Second Sundays at Two Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour, Long Beach principal cellist Cécilia Tsan and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert return to Second Sundays at Two. Time: 2 p.m. May 14 Cost: Free Details: rhumc.org Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates Rick Ruskin If you want to know why he’s earned the right to be called a “Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso,” come listen to Ruskin play a show comprised of originals, folk, pop, blues, R&B and humor, all with his unique signature. Time: 4 p.m. May 14 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St, San Pedro

May 20

Trio Eclectic Trio Eclectic takes listeners on a sonic journey that fuses many different genres of music, which are augmented by loops and effects. Time: 8 p.m. May 20 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St, San Pedro

May 20

Flame Monroe Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride announced that Flame Monroe will be one of the featured artists on the Main Stage. The Long Beach resident is a loving and caring father by day and one of the fiercest drag queens by night. Time: 7 p.m. May 20 Cost: $20 Details: www.longbeachpride.com Venue: Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 Shoreline Drive, Long Beach

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Masters of the Vibes L.A. Book Release Concert A celebration of the Vibraphone and Anthony’s new book Masters of the Vibes, featuring Nick Mancini and Lolly Allen. Time: 4 p.m. May 21 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St, San Pedro

THEATER May 12

In King & Fools Sam and Mary Ellen are struggling to make sense of a son who has all but cut ties with them and another son who is quickly becoming the neighborhood outcast. They’ve invited them both to their annual Labor Day weekend barbecue. Time: May 12 through May 28; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. May 25, and 2 p.m. Cost: $15 and $20 Details: www.panndoraproductions.com Venue: The Garage Theatre, 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach

May 13

As One As One is a story about identity, authenticity and compassion. Two voices — Hannah before and Hannah after — share the part of a sole transgender protagonist. . Time: 8 p.m. May 13, and 2:30 p.m. May 20 and 21 Cost: $49 to $150 Details: www.longbeachopera.org Venue: The Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach Good Boys and True The privileged life of a high school senior at St. Joe’s School for Boys threatens to collapse when a disturbing video circulates around campus. Social class, abuse and sexuality simmer beneath the surface of the resulting scandal. Time: 8 p.m. through May 13 Cost: $17 Details: csulb.edu Venue: Cal State Long Beach, Theatre Arts Building, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach The Last Five Years An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their 20s who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 13 through June 18 Cost: $30 Details: http://boxoffice.printtixusa.com/ friendsoftorrance/eventcalendar Venue: Torrance Theatre, 1316 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance

May 20

Fences The Long Beach Playhouse presents August Wilson’s Fences, which observes the African American experience across several decades. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20 through June 17 Cost: $20 to $24 Details: www.lbplayhouse.org [See Calendar, page 16]

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soft rather than crisp, so if you like them crisp, just ask for them that way. A decent mild gravy is available. If I order it, I get it on the side, because that way the waffle stays crisp longer. As for the chicken, the batter they use here is very mildly seasoned rather than laced with pepper and herbs. It is applied to the bird in a relatively thin layer, instead of heavily in the style that someone once called “a fried dough ball stuck on some chicken.” (That person was “Colonel” Harlan Sanders, and he was talking about his own product. Roscoe’s difference in style from “The Colonel’s” is a good thing.) The chicken usually is moist inside but not greasy, as might be expected from a place that makes a business of serving it. The cooks are fried chicken pros, and they have the timing down. So is Roscoe’s the best place for chicken and waffles? I actually know places that have chicken I like more, but don’t serve waffles, and vice versa. But they aren’t

long as they put in the effort. The result is an eclectic mixture of a variety of methods and mediums: everything from incredibly detailed etched mirrors to minimalist paintings of birds on telephone wires to sculpted mash-ups of partially reclaimed materials. Machin’s studio is a place to get your work seen, something incredibly important for new and emerging artists.

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Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St, Long Beach Laughter on the 23rd Floor Neil Simon takes us back to the golden age of television and behind the scenes of the hottest program on the air, The Max Prince Show. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 20 Cost: $25 to $45 Details: http://tinyurl.com/Laughter-on-the23rd-Floor Venue: Little Fish Theater, 777 Centre St., San Pedro

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May 20

Painting with the Masters: Emerging Artists Parkhurst Galleries invites you to its Painting with the Masters exhibit, featuring emerging artists. Time: 5 p.m. May 20 Cost: Free Details: www.parkhurstgalleries.com Venue: Parkhurst Galleries, Inc, 439 W. 6th St., San Pedro Riverrun Ray Carofano’s Riverrun is a suite of photographs capturing seldom seen images of the 51-mile storm drain that is still flatteringly called the Los Angeles River. Carofano turns his subject into narrator. Reception for the artist on May 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Time: 6 p.m. Saturday May 20 through July 8 Cost: Free Details: (310) 315-3551 Venue: dnj gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1, Santa Monica

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Threesome The exhibition Threesome features multimedia artist Brian Bernhard, ceramic artist Nora Chen and mixed media and digital artist Miyuki Sena opens at the Artists’ Studio Gallery at the Promenade on the Peninsula. The exhibition continues until May 14. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, through May 14 Cost: Free Details: (310) 265-2592 artists-studio-pvac.com Venue: Promenade on the Peninsula, 550 Deep Valley Drive, #159, Rolling Hills Estates Artist/Mother Artist/Mother is a multi-media exhibition that presents the works of Calida Rawles, Mother Naturalist, Julia Barbee, Camilla Løhren Chmiel and Megan Schvaneveldt that confront the challenge: “What do my identities of both artist and mother mean for my practice?” Time: 6 to 9 p.m. through May 20 Cost: Free Details: (310) 429-0973 www.southbaycontemporary.org Venue: South Bay Contemporary at the Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., 3rd Floor, San Pedro Dreamland Romero’s most iconic works are represented in the exhibition Dreamland — including his mural work, such as Driving to the Olympics on the Hollywood Freeway — which address life in the barrios of Los Angeles. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, through May 21 Cost: $7 to $10 Details: (562) 437-1689; molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach Knockdown Dash Two exhibitions address distinct issues concerning housing and development in Southern California through a variety of mediums and visual strategies. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Cost: Free

Details: http://angelsgateart.org Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

2017 PVAC Annual Student Art Exhibition This exhibition will highlight this year’s artistic creations from Palos Verdes Art Center school-based outreach program, Art At Your Fingertips. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, through May 28 Cost: Free Details: pvartcenter.org Venue: 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

Pin Ups [Pin Ups, from page 1]

important, but still give them a way to express themselves. I was sitting there thinking of the words ‘safety pins’ and suddenly it came to me: ‘Safety Pin Ups!’ You remember those old pin ups from World War II that soldiers would put up in their lockers and stuff? They’d have Betty Grable and all those pin up girls. I was like, ‘Well, a pin up doesn’t just have to be a beautiful woman, it doesn’t have to be a centerfold, as it were; it could be art, specifically photos, that you just pin up.” Crowley pitched the idea to Dean, requesting that she collaborate by having her class take these proposed “Safety Pin Ups.” Dean loved the idea.

COMMUNITY May 12

Movie Under the Guns Battleship IOWA invites you to a free screening of Zootopia. Seating is first-come, first-served. Time: 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 12 Cost: Free Details: (877) 446-9261 Venue: Battleship USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro

Photograph by Arlo Tinsman-Kongshaug.

Career Technical Education Showcase Community members, POLAHS families, and prospective students are invited to view student work from boat operations, construction, graphic design, and digital photography. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. May 12 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-9201 Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

May 14

South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society Ernesto Sandova returns to the society to talk about the variety of natural aloes found throughout Southern Africa and the unusual hybrid aloes that range from the tiny container plants to the huge landscape plants and how to grow them. Time: 1 p.m. May 14 Cost: Free Details: southcoastcss.org Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula

May 18

Luncheon with Ari Seth Cohen Join the Palos Verdes Art Center for a special luncheon, talk and book signing with Ari Seth Cohen, author of Advanced Style: Older and Wiser. Time: 12 to 2 p.m. May 18 Cost: $45 Details: http://pvartcenter.org/ Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

San Pedro High School student Vernon Williams photographed himself with his face marked with the word “Matter” as part of the Pin Ups project.

“It’s really a way for the students to express themselves in a creative way and show support to our students who may feel they are in a compromising position in our current political climate,” said Dean. “They’re collaborating to promote a safe campus, striving for the acceptance of differences … so really a way kids can learn to show solidarity towards each other.” Dean began her photography lessons by showing how different photographers, historically, have staked out political positions in their work. Dean cited Dorothea Lange’s work

featuring the internment of Japanese Americans as an example for her class to parallel photography in connection to Trump’s immigration policies. She explained the approach as “comparing what other people have done in the past and how they [the students] can make an effect.” Dean’s class has since taken the initiative by shooting their own concept photos in addition to those suggested by other students. Dean said the student reaction has been mostly positive. Crowley agreed, pointing out the participation of many unlikely students as well as several of the high school’s star baseball and football players. Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance [known to its members as Pride Club] have been active participants as the subjects of many of the photo shoots done by Dean’s class. Erin Hoback, a photography student and an ally (a heterosexual person who advocates for LGBTQ rights) talked about the photo she took for the project. Her photo depicted students holding hands, their hands painted to resemble the Gay Pride flag. “I knew I wanted to show unity through hands and the colors of the gay pride flag,” said Hoback. “I honestly thought this photo wouldn’t work because it would get messy, but with the help of Ms. Dean and the students that painted their hands for the picture the photo came to life and [See Pin Ups, page 17]

A Celebration of Chicano Culture El Camino College will sponsor a series of lectures and concerts. Mujeres Indigenas Kichwas de Hoy y de Siempre: Today and Tomorrow’s Indigenous Kichwa Women will be presented by UCLA professor Luz Maria De La Torre. Time: 9 a.m. May 18 Cost: Free Details: www.elcamino.edu/docs/celebrationof-chicano-culture-2017-calendar-of-events. pdf. Venue: El Camino College, Humanities Building, Room 114, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

May 20

Endangered Species Act Turns 44 Celebrate the anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, established in 1973. Discover which ocean animals have been impacted by this act. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 20 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-7562 www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org. Venue: CMA, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

San Pedro High School baseball team in solidarity with the Safety Pin Ups project. Photo by Rebecca Logan


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turned out exactly how I wanted…. I was happy to know that the Pride Club wanted to be involved in making the school a better place for those who feel marginalized due to the election or just disrespect[ed] from peers who don’t understand being different is OK.” While some of San Pedro High School’s students still aren’t very accepting of those with

sexual differences, Crowley believes the school has come a long way in the 16 years he’s been there, mainly through the GSA’s efforts. “[But] we still have a long way to go,” Crowley said. The Safety Pin Up movement is by no means solely focused on LGBTQ issues. Students have put heavy emphasis on immigration issues as well. As a majority Latino school, there are a significant number of undocumented students and many more with undocumented family members. As such, many members of the student

body are very concerned about how their futures may be affected by Trump’s promise to increase deportations. Crowley and Dean have both noticed the effect these new policies are having on many of their students. “I’m seeing a lot of anxiety right now,” Dean remarked. “There’s a lot of uncertainty. At home, I’m sure their parents have a lot of anxiety and I see the kids bring that anxiety to school…. Sending your kid to school shouldn’t have to cause you anxiety.”

“I think them putting their faces on (the pin ups) is a very courageous act,” said Crowley. “Some haven’t, some have wanted to participate and we’re figuring out ways for them to do that, because there’s definite fear out there and it’s horrible, horrible when you’re worried about your family being torn apart…. I don’t care if you’re here legally or not, if your parents brought you over here, I’m sorry, you have a right to an education.” Dean pointed out that the school has been [See Pin Ups, page 19]

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Unfortunate Kravitzes”? 60 “The Thin Man” canine 61 English actor McKellen 62 Engine buildup 66 Reminder of an old wound 67 Long stories about hosting audio-visual dance parties? 70 Plastic surgery procedure 71 Itching to get started 72 Casino freebie 73 Theater backdrops 74 “Hello ___” (cellphone ad catchphrase) 75 Land bordering the Persian Gulf

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26 “Star Wars: The Last ___” 27 Cash cache, for short 28 Singer Corinne Bailey ___ 29 It’s good to keep during an interview 34 Vowel for Plato 36 It’s represented by X 38 Mag. employees 40 Blue Pac-Man ghost 41 With 19-Across, “Spamalot” creator 42 “Superstore” actor McKinney 43 It’s not a freaking “alternative fact” 44 Ernie of the PGA Tour 48 Criticizes loudly 49 Save from disaster 51 “___ said many times ...” 52 Surrounded by standstill traffic 54 Beer barrels 57 Stoolies, in Sussex 58 Montoya who sought the sixfingered man 59 Bingham of “Baywatch” 63 “Frankenstein” helper 64 Bear whose porridge was too cold 65 “30 for 30” cable channel 68 Tightrope walker’s protection 69 Miracle-___ (garden brand) ©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com) For answers go to: www.randomlengthsnews.com


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DBA & LEGAL FILINGS [From page 18] Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Quetzal Silver, 2272 Eucalyptus Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806. This Business is conducted by an individual. The registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 02/22/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Quetzal Silver, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 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. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. 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: 03/30/2017,

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Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name File No. 2017071181 Current File No. : 2017050045 Date Filed: February 28, 2017 Donuts Stars, 457 W. 13th St., Suite 1, San Pedro, CA 90731 Registered Owners: Roathnear Tiv, 457 W. 13th St., Suite 1 San Pedro, CA 90731. Business was conducted by: An individual I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).) S/ Roathnear Tiv, owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 21, 2017. 04/13/16, 04/27/16, 05/11/16, 05/25/16

Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name File No. 201071190 Current File No. : 2015213234 Date Filed: August 17, 2015

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017083159 The following person is doing business as: (1) The EZBIT, (2) The EZ BIT, 2125 S. Cabrillo Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Frank Maimone, 2125 S. Cabrillo Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrants started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 01/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Frank Maimone, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 4, 2017. Notice--In accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920 where it expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 04/13/16, 04/27/16,

The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department (LAHD) has prepared an Initial Study/ Negative Declaration (IS/ND) to address the environmental effects of removing three underground storage tanks (USTs) located near Cabrillo Marina (Berth 31) and conducting cleanup activities. The project site has been identified on the Cortese list (Government Code Section 65962.5). This identification has been disclosed and evaluated in the Draft IS/ND. The IS/ND is being circulated for a period of 30 days for public review and comment. The public has an opportunity to provide written comments on the information contained within the IS/ND. The 30-day public review period starts on May 1, 2017 and ends on May 31, 201 2017. A copy of the document is available for public review on the Port of Los Angeles’ website at: http://www.portoflosangeles. org; the LAHD Environmental Management Division located at 222 West 6th Street, 9th Floor, San Pedro; the Los Angeles City Library San Pedro Branch at 931 S. Gaffey Street; and at the Los Angeles City Library Wilmington Branch at 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington. Comments on the IS/ND should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 30-day public review period and must be postmarked by June 2, 2017. Please submit written comments to: Christopher Cannon, Director City of Los Angeles Harbor Department Environmental Management Division 425 S. Palos Verdes Street San Pedro, CA 90731 Written comments may also be sent via email to ceqacomments@portla.org. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line.

NOTICE INVITING BIDS PURCHASE OF FOUR (4) CHEVROLET VANS SPECIFICATION HD-IS1705 PORT OF LONG BEACH MAINTENANCE DIVISION LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA The Port of Long Beach (POLB) Maintenance Division is soliciting bids for the purchase of four (4) Chevrolet Vans under Specification HD-IS1705. POLB prefers to award to a single contractor but reserves the right to award contract to multiple vendors. POLB reserves the right in its sole discretion to award all items to one bidder, or to award separate items or groups of items to various bidders, or to increase or decrease the quantities of any item. Bids shall be submitted electronically on the Port’s PlanetBids website no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Interested firms should register on the Port’s bidder database, PB Systems, to download all bid documents for this RFQ. The PB Systems database can be accessed via the Port’s website beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017: 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 at 562283-7353.

doing its best to help make families feel safe. “We have our counselors here that are willing to talk to parents that might have concerns about their status and I think the school has let it be known that you can send your kids to school, you don’t have to worry,” Dean said. “Although, how can you tell somebody that they don’t have to worry with the climate the way it is?” With its rousing success at San Pedro High School, Crowley would like the movement to expand to other schools and perhaps spread nationwide. “The idea is for the movement to take on a life of its own,” Crowley said. “I have very high hopes for this. My ultimate goal would be for it to go from social media to a gallery. Having a gallery show here in LA and in New York and in Chicago and maybe other places throughout the country and maybe even have it move around so we have kids sending in their art from all over the country.” For now though, the safety pin ups are posted in the main office of San Pedro High School and are being uploaded onto Facebook through the page Safety Pin-Ups. Crowley alluded to Adorno’s famous statement that “all art is an uncommitted crime.” “Art challenges the status quo by its very nature,” he continued. “So, if this is the new status quo, if the Trump administration and those who support them are going to be the new normal, then we need to challenge the status quo, right? And to me, all art is political. It’s in a public space. It socially engages people … while people come to it with their ideologies already in place, it can change those ideologies.”

For additional information, please contact Nicole Enciso with the LAHD Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3615. CN937349 BERTH 31 May 4, 2017

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English teacher David Crowley and student David Morales. Morales sews a rainbow patterned jacket, top. Photos by Amy Dean

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Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name File No. 2017071201 Current File No. : 2016282904 Date Filed: November 21, 2016 Crawfish City Beers & Sandwiches, 457 W. 13th St., Suite 1, San Pedro, CA 90731 Registered owners: Brandon Chhea, 457 W. 13th St., Apt. 1, San Pedro, CA 90731. Roathnear Tiv, 457 W. 13th St., Apt 1. San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a Married Couple. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).) S/ Roathnear Tiv, owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 21, 2017.

Fabulous Soft Skin, 457 W. 13th St., Suite 1, San Pedro, CA 90731 Registered owners:Victor Dominguez, 457 W. 13th St., Apt 1. San Pedro, CA 90731. Brandon Chhea, 457 W. 13th St., Apt. 1, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a general partnership. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).) S/ Brandon Chhea, owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on March 21, 2017.

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017071123 The following person is doing business as: Donut Kingdom, 2608 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Brandon Chhea, 457 W. 13th St., Apt. 1, San Pedro, CA 90731. Roathnear Tiv, 457 W. 13th St., Apt 1. San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a Married Couple. The date registrants started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 03/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Brandon Chhea, husband. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 21, 2017. Notice--In accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b)

of section 17920 where it expire 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 04/13/16, 04/27/16,

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Mother’s day

Sunday, May 14

Gift Ideas from the indulgent to the practical

Mother’s Day DINING The Queen Mary

A traditional Mother’s Day brunch can be had aboard the Queen Mary’s Sir Winston’s restaurant. Here, you can treat your mom to an elegant and memorable four-course menu, a three-course menu overlooking the harbor at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar or enjoy the traditional Sunday Champagne Brunch in the Grand Salon. Reserve your spot early at http:// bit.ly/QMmothersday. Cost: Sir Winston’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, $69.95 per adult; $24.95 per child 12 and under. Sir Winston’s four-course menu, $82 per adult; $24.95 per child 12 and under. Chelsea Chowder House & Bar three-course menu, $57 per person. Venue: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach

Mother’s Day at an English Pub

The Whale & Ale is the place to treat your mum while enjoying British cuisine in an intimate dining room. Proprietor Andrew Silber serves from the extensive menu. Lunch and dinner service from 1 to 7 p.m. Every mom gets a glass of French Champagne on the house. Reservations a must. Details: www.whaleandale.com; (310) 832-0363 Venue: Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining

Ports O’Call Restaurant opens at 9 a.m. for Mother’s Day Brunch. Last seating is at 6 p.m. Champagne service for up to two hours. Take Mom on a harbor cruise — make reservations for early seating and get a free ticket for Spirit Cruises‘ first harbor cruise of the day at 11 a.m. Mother’s Day Brunch is $49.95 per adult and $19 per child. Reserve your spot today. Details: www.pocdining.com; (310) 833-3553 Venue: Ports O’Call Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

J.Trani’s Ristorante

Known for his stints on Knife Fight and Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown: The Mamas and the Tapas Brunch, executive Chef Dustin Trani’s à la carte brunch dishes paired with handcrafted cocktails and bottomless mimosas are a Mother’s Day treat to remember. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Details: (310) 832-1220 Venue: J.Trani’s Ristorante, 584 W 9th St, San Pedro

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