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residents have called Pearce’s office with concerns about misleading tactics by signature gatherers. On May 8, the city clerk forwarded emails that the clerk’s office received from Long Beach residents to the city prosecutor. These emails were concerning signature gathering practices that may be in violation of California Elections Code Section 18600, which states that it is a misdemeanor to make false statements concerning the gathering of signatures and whether the gatherer was paid. On May 15, the City Prosecutor Doug Haubert
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On May 9, the Committee to Recall Councilmember Jeannine Pearce turned in about 9,000 signatures — if legitimate — enough to put the issue to a November vote by her constituents in Long Beach’s District 2. The city clerk has 30 days to verify the signatures. One week earlier, the committee did not turn in the number of signatures — 6,363 — required to authorize a special election. Alberto Gomez, field director for the campaign against the recall, said many
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State Sen. Kevin de León spoke to longshore workers about his candidacy for the U.S. Senate at a Wilmington union hall May 2 and left with the endorsements of ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94. De León, thus far, has raised about $1 million, the lion’s share of his haul coming from California’s labor unions. The incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has raised almost $20 million and just about none of it from labor. The unions’ endorsement follows the beaten path made by California Democrats this past February, when de León missed getting the state party’s endorsement by six points. While virtually all likely California voters know Feinstein, polls show, two-thirds don’t know de León. Feinstein led de León by 46 percent to 17 percent in a January survey by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. Nearly two-thirds of likely Democratic voters responding to the survey preferred Feinstein.
re the local ports really economic engines of the region? Absolutely. But is the Port of Los Angeles the economic engine of its own backyard, particularly the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro? That’s really an entirely different question. Highlighting that difference is just one of the features distinguishing a new report issued by the Harbor Community Benefits Foundation, the Harbor Community Off-Port Land Use Study: a Look at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro and Wilmington. When the foundation was created as part of the TraPac agreement, it was obligated to undertake an assessment of port impacts, which residents have complained about for decades, but have never been systematically examined — until now. It was important to examine port impacts through a new lens, which has raised concerns from the State Lands Commission about it being legally sufficient to fund important mitigation projects using Port trust dollars. But the report was supposed to break new ground. A major feature of the report is the identification of new potential foundations for making such findings in the future. It also presents new foundations for understanding benefits. According to the report: “Of all the employed residents in the study area – we estimate that only 3.5 percent of them work in ‘port or port-related’ jobs in the full study area.” As a result, “while almost all study area households bear the direct and indirect negative impacts from living near the port and port-related operations, very few households reap the economic benefits of port or port-related employment.” This is a reality far different from 50 years ago. Port planners have never grappled with this type of reality. “The report really comes out of the original agreement that set up the foundation,” said Harbor Community Benefits Foundation Board Chairman David Sloane, a professor at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. “That agreement mandated that the foundation do this kind of report.” Sloane was backed up by County Supervisor Janice Hahn. “As the architect of the Harbor Community Benefits Foundation, I can attest that it was meant to be a tool to mitigate the negative impacts of port operations on the residents of San Pedro and Wilmington,” Hahn told Random Lengths News. “This report proves what we have said for a long time — the negative impacts of port operations do not stop at the tidelands. Whether you measure the impacts in increased air pollution, in truck traffic, in the lack of recreational space, or in the amount of industry zoned near residential areas, it is clear the residents of Wilmington and
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San Pedro bear much more than their fair share of the burden created by port-related industries.” In shaping the report, the hope was, in part, “that it will empower people by giving them systemic knowledge,” Sloane explained. “The hope is that everyone from the port to local businesses, from the chamber to local community organizations will all be able to use the report. It is intended to provide a summary overview of the current conditions. It’s still not comprehensive, because we didn’t have enough money to really do everything that we would possibly want to do, but ... it’s really full of rich information.” This includes the hope — reflected in one of 38 recommendations — that it will help the port and its business partners to use the study’s findings to incorporate mitigation measures and community benefits into the planned infrastructure improvements. In light of costly, time-consuming litigation, past and present, it just makes sense “to recognize the need for the community earlier is good business, and good for the community,” Sloane said. More than a century without this has taken quite a toll. “The report finds that the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington have eight times the number of cleanup sites and 65 times the number
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The 3.5 percent is based on census data — not employers’ records — and is only a projected estimate (see sidebar). It’s impossible to know the figure precisely, according to Sloane and Beth Altshuler, project manager for Raimi + Associates, who researched the study. “We don’t have full data on this. But the number of people working at the port in Wilmington [and ] San Pedro seems to be smaller
than I would’ve guessed, I have to say — by a lot,” Sloane said. Although the analysis has lots of caveats, it’s still a very striking number, Altshuler said. This reflects a broader, key fact about the report: much of what it uncovers has never been systematically studied before. It was only known anecdotally, if at all. But it also makes a lot sense. “Ports have long represented enormous economic engines, not just in LA, but around the world,” Sloane said. “And, those economic engines have always come with negative impacts. Most of the negative impacts are felt by the communities that surround them…. At the meeting we held [sharing findings with the community on April 21], one of the residents said, anecdotally, ‘When people get a job at the port, they moved to Lakewood. They get out of the port area.’ In fact, they had some name for it.” “Wilmington is known locally as ‘Wilmas.’ It’s a gang territory reference,” former foundation board member Sylvia Betancourt said. “With many Wilmington residents moving to Lakewood once they get a job at the port, Lakewood is now referred to as ‘Lakemas.’” “The port is a giant industrial complex, and people with more money don’t want to live near a giant industrial complex, they want to live away from it,” Sloane said, which also explains another, less surprising finding — that unlike elsewhere in California, Harbor Area home values do go down [See New Light, p. 4]
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LONG BEACH — St. Mary Medical Center announced the appointment of Nancy Valla as chief nursing officer effective April 9. Valla will be responsible for overseeing all nursing operations. Valla has more than a decade of executive management experience and 30 years in the healthcare field. Most recently, she served as CNO of American Hospital Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. There she developed and implemented nursing and clinical operations strategies for the 300-bed facility. Prior to joining American Hospital Dubai, Valla served as executive cirector of service lines at Hawaiian-based The Queen’s Health Systems and had the role of vice president of operations at Cigna Corporation in Arizona. After completing her nursing education and earning a bachelor of science in nursing, Valla went on to complete a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development. She is in the process of completing a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology. Valla is board-certified in computer informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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confirmed receipt of these complaints. Haubert will know within 30 days if he will proceed further on this issue. As of May 10, Gomez was not certain if the city clerk will do a full audit of the recall petition signatures. City Clerk Monique De La Garza said a recall is very serious and her office will give this issue the attention and gravity that it deserves. The first raw signature count was completed on May 14. On May 15, the city clerk’s office reported that they will do a full audit of the petition signatures Gomez said Pearce’s campaign is pushing for a full audit considering the nature of complaints. He asserts the signature gatherers were paid $10 per signature.
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Don’t forget the Long Beach District 2 community meeting. Time: 6:30 p.m. May 24 Details: https://tinyurl. comLBDistrict2Meeting0524 Venue: Bixby Park Community Center, 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
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Long Beach residents are invited to participate in a free document shredding event at Veterans Memorial Stadium. A mobile shredding truck will provide residents with the opportunity to securely dispose of confidential documents, white or colored paper, manila file folders and envelopes. [See Announcements, p. 4]
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Gomez said that financial forms on the recall effort show George Urch. Gomez said Urch was paid by Friends of Long Beach as a consultant on the recall. Pearce said that Urch and former Mayor Bob Foster started Friends of Long Beach. The Friends of Long Beach put $9,000 of its own funds into the recall effort and paid for all the literature dispersed on Pearce throughout the recall effort. Financial forms show Ian Patton was reimbursed for costs on the recall but there are no signs of payment to Patton from Friends of Long Beach. On May 2, the city clerk website posted financial forms for the recall effort from January through March 2018. Patton was on KLBC radio show where he confirmed Friends of Long Beach paid the signature gatherers.
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The Port of Long Beach is accepting concept paper proposals in response to the 2018 Stormwater and Water Quality request for proposals. Concept paper proposals are due by 4 p.m. June 1. Eligible projects include: • Projects that enhance water quality, flood management, water supply and other benefits such as better air quality, enhanced recreational opportunities and reduction of urban “heat island” effects. • Stormwater infiltration and retention • Stormwater capture and reuse • Conventional stormwater treatment Projects by government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Long Beach are eligible for grant funding and priority will be given for projects downtown and in areas extending north along Interstate 710. Details: www.polb.com/grants.
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the closer one gets to the ocean. Other hazards reduce home values as well. Moving anecdotal community knowledge into the quantified realm is perhaps the most important purpose of this report, spanning a wide range of issues grouped in five main categories: road and rail, land use, hazardous and polluting land uses, access to neighborhood goods and services, and employment and real estate. The report not only quantifies what’s happening on the ground, it presents 11 plausible pathway diagrams connecting source activities involving the port and its business partners through multiple intermediate mediating impacts to resulting community impacts — 37 in all. These have long drawn complaints from residents, which were minimized or ignored by planners. For example, high volumes of truck traffic increase air pollution, creating significant health effects. The port has made significant progress dealing with this impact, though not without problems. Noise and vibration also generate stress. There’s also damage to roadways, including potholes, which increase costs of vehicle repair and maintenance, as well as roadway maintenance. It also decreases willingness to walk or bike, reducing physical activity and outdoor time. Another intermediary pathway contributes to this result. Truck traffic and parked trucks reduce motorists’ visibility of pedestrians and other vehicles, which decreases perceptions of safety, increasing the risk of collisions. “Even if we can’t prove every step of the
pathway diagrams, we’re putting forth theoretical models to show what are the mechanisms at play, for how some of these community impacts are experienced and how they are connected to the port,” Altshuler said. One of the report’s key findings: “Many at-grade railway crossings increase traffic delays and lack enhanced safety infrastructure ,which poses a safety risk to pedestrians and bicyclists,” reflected just two out of five causal pathways connecting rail impacts/at-grade crossings through eight mediating impacts with four community impacts. The other community impacts were increased stress from frequent significant delays, delayed response time for emergencies, and disturbed sleep and associated impacts, increased stress, reduced ability to concentrate at school or work. In considering what to study, they began casting a very broad net. “We set up some criteria to weed them down, and one of the important criteria was that it’s really important to the community, but it’s not well documented,” Altshuler explained. “So, the
complaint of the State Lands Commission that were studying all these weird analyses that aren’t things that are traditional study topics… was by design. Even if no action is taken by the port … this was an important resource to provide to the community groups and residents.” It’s also a potential foundation for future research. “Each one of those pathways, diagrams, the exploration of each one of those diagrams could be someone’s dissertation,” Altshuler said. “Each one is its own really complicated vortex of research. So, we know this is just the start and that is something we’re OK with.” One of the report’s recommendations is to “Partner with local colleges or universities ... to expand the study’s research and identify innovative solutions for impacts raised in the report.” The port’s response so far has been terse. “The Port of Los Angeles has reviewed the HCBF Land Use Study and the two letters sent by State Lands Commission commenting on the study,” spokesman Phillip Sanfield informed
A look behind the shockingly low estimate of how few local residents are employed in port, port-related jobs According to Raimi + Associates’ analysis of US Census Bureau data from 2010 and 2014, only 3.5 percent of the
residents of a Port of Los Angeles adjacent study area have jobs related to the port. There are 61,315 employed residents and 32,708 jobs in the study area, of which 12,372 are “port or port-related” (37.8 percent, more than one in three jobs). If every one of those jobs was held by someone living in the study area, that would be about 20 percent of the workforce. But only 5,691 people live and work in the study area (17.4 percent of all study area jobs). Assuming that same rate for port-related jobs, there would be 2,153 of them (12,372 times 17.4 percent) held by study area residents, which is 3.5 percent. There could be more. “Even if you’re working in the Wilmington area, their job, their paycheck might be coming from San Bernardino,” Raimi project director Beth Altshuler explained. So, they would not be classified as working within the study area, making the 3.5 percent figure too low. “A lot of them [in these jobs] are coming from close by, like in Long Beach or Rancho Palos Verdes, or Carson [adjacent to the study area], but that’s not Wilmington or San Pedro, which are the neighborhoods experiencing the brunt of the impacts,” she said. “So some of them do live within a 20-minute drive, a lot of them probably do, but they’re not the ones who were listening to trains go by 24-7, seeing the lights from the cranes 24-7, in the water, having the beautiful ocean views ruined by ships.” Even that 3.5 percent may be too high for the communities and neighborhoods being impacted most. — Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
Random Lengths News. “The port follows the State Lands Commission’s guidance on such matters.” “Two of the recommendations are striking: bring back [Port Community Advisory Committee] and make truck drivers employees,” said Doug Epperhart, president of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council. In addition benefitting the drivers, the employment recommendation will make it easier to address other negative truck-related impacts. “To have a community advisory board is a pretty standard thing in planning and developing now,” said Sloan, about restoring the PCAC. “You go to all the community organizations in the port, which seems like a very arduous task, or you bring them onto a advisory board, and you allow them to have a voice. And so, as a planning professor, it was like, ‘Oh, this is obvious.’” A lot more should become obvious as community members and organizations begin to digest this report, arguably the most important to appear in at least a decade, as far as the Harbor Area is concerned. “Because Harbor Area residents continue to suffer from higher rates of childhood asthma, cancer, and stroke, it is clear to me that the focus of the Harbor Community Benefits Foundation must continue to be the health of local residents,” Hahn said. “Their mission is far from over and I hope that they will be able to continue working far into the future.”
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Seaside-to-710 Connector Ramp to be Demolished
The transition ramp that connects the eastbound Seaside Freeway to the northbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach is scheduled to permanently close — perhaps as soon as June 11 at 6 a.m. It will be demolished to make room for the aof a new connector ramp. When the connector ramp closes, eastbound traffic on the Gerald Desmond Bridge and heading north to the 710 Freeway will be diverted onto northbound Pico Avenue. Traffic will then travel about one-half mile on Pico before rejoining the northbound 710 Freeway. The detour route will include three leftturn lanes for traffic leaving the bridge and turning north onto Pico at a lighted intersection. The replacement project enables the Gerald Desmond Bridge to remain in use while the new bridge is under construction. Details: www.newgdbridge.com
Public Comment Period on Desalination Facility Extended The public comment period for the draft environmental impact report for the potential ocean water desalination facility in El Segundo has been extended 31 days -- until 5 p.m. on June 25. The West Basin Municipal Water District’s board of directors voted to provide the extra time during its May 3 meeting. The report is available online at www. westbasin.org/desal. Comments on the DEIR may be submitted at a meeting, via mail or handdelivery to the West Basin Municipal Water District office at 17140 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746, via e-mail at DesalEIR@westbasin.org. Details: (310) 660-6232; DesalEIR@westbasin. org.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Supervisors Want Carried Interest Loophole Closed
LOS ANGELES — On May 8, Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors backed state legislation sponsored by the Reclaim Our Schools LA Coalition that would close the carried interest tax loophole. The legislation would raise billions of dollars for California public schools. The motion passed 4-1, with District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger in opposition. The carried interest tax loophole is an obscure tax law. It allows hedge fund managers to be taxed at 20 percent, much lower than other Americans. The recently passed tax overhaul legislation allowed the carried interest loophole. Hahn urged her colleagues to back state legislation to close this loophole. Under Assembly Bill 2731, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, an additional 17 percent tax would be levied on hedge fund managers in California who benefit from the carried interest tax loophole. The funding raised under this proposal would go toward public schools, early childhood education, career technical education and school counseling. The board will send a letter to the Los Angeles County Legislative Delegation, members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and Gov. Jerry Brown in support of AB 2731.
LA Council Unanimously Vetoes Trucking, Warehouse Operating Agreement
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Tom Torlakson, California’s elected superintendent of public instruction, is facing term limits, meaning that, on June 5, voters across the state will be choosing among four candidates for an open seat. Four years ago supporters of public schools — and public employee labor unions — battled charter school advocates for control of the state’s schools. That, again, appears to be the central issue. Being a non-partisan office, the superintendent of public instruction is not subject to California’s top-two primary rule. That means the June 5 primary may be the only opportunity for voters to decide the course of public instruction within the next four years. If one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 5 primary, that person is declared the winner. If none of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two are advanced to a run-off on Nov. 6. In an election season when a “blue” Democratic wave is predicted to affect even non-partisan races, Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond are both Democrats but their agendas for education are completely different. Tuck lost a close and expensive race to Torlakson in 2014, when Tuck was perceived as the candidate Marshall Tuck of charter school supporters while teachers’ unions (and other labor groups) backed Torlakson. Tuck is a former charter school executive and CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit that operates 16 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He previously served as education adviser to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He’s also a
former Wall Street banker. His campaign site takes pains to emphasize what “our public school system needs to prioritize over the next decade” but a major portion of it discusses, “supporting high-quality, non-profit charter schools.” Like former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, Tuck favors a longer period of professional probation for teachers before they may receive tenure and wants to make it easier for schools to fire teachers. In contrast, Thurmond’s campaign site includes a plan for public schools that declares: “But … fighting for education starts with opposing President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s agenda, which threaten to defund our public schools.” Tony Thurmond DeVos is a major advocate for charter schools. Since 2014, Thurmond has represented the 15th Assembly District around eastern San Francisco Bay. He has been endorsed for superintendent by dozens of Democratic
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ROLLING HILLS ESTATES — A man detained May 4 by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives in connection to the stabbing death of a woman in Rolling Hills Estates is no longer being considered a person of interest, unless additional information or evidence comes to light. The LASD continues to investigate the murder, which happened on May 3 at about 12:30 p.m. on the 500 block of Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. The victim, pronounced dead at the scene, was captured on video surveillance prior to the attack and investigators are providing a still capture of the footage in an effort to help potential witnesses who may have seen the victim on the day of the incident. The woman is described as a Caucasian, about 5 feet 2 inches, 140 pounds, wearing a blue short sleeved shirt, black workout type pants and pink shoes with white soles. The LASD encourages anyone who has seen anything to call (323) 890-5500.
office-holders and by more than a dozen labor organizations. He also vows to ensure “accountability for charter schools” and to resist “efforts by the Trump administration to bring guns into our schools.” According to the California Secretary of State website, at press time Thurmond has raised over $1.15 million, mostly from a combination of individuals and labor organizations. Tuck has raised more than $1.71 million, but nothing from labor organizations. In a season when voters may be open to diversity, Lily Espinoza Ploski could draw enough votes to be a factor. She is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and she professes no party affiliation. She also possesses what may be the most extensive and Lily Espinoza Ploski relevant experience for the job of any of the candidates. She has a doctorate in education leadership from Cal State University Fullerton and she has spent the past 15 years in various college administrative Steven Ireland positions. A fourth candidate, Steven Ireland, appears on the ballot but identifies himself only as “parent.” He has a campaign site but he does not have a statement in the Official Voter Information Guide.
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LOS ANGELES — May 8, The Los Angeles City Council unanimously vetoed the Foreign Trade Zone Operating Agreement, reversing an action by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission that gave monetary and competitive advantages to NFI/Cal Cartage — the port’s largest trucking and warehousing operation and most prominent violator of health and safety, employment and labor laws. “We entrust our City authorities with ensuring compliance with all City contracts, especially when these agreements give corporations like NFI/Cal Cartage a competitive advantage,” said Eric Tate, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 848, in a letter to Councilmembers prior to the vote. “Given the sheer volume of government findings, ongoing investigations, and unmistakable evidence that Cal Cartage is a recidivist law breaker, it is overwhelmingly clear to us that the Harbor Commission failed to ensure that Cal Cartage meets the necessary requirements in the Operating Agreement.”
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Rep. Alan Lowenthal: Demographic and generation shifts favor SoCal Democrats Rep. Alan Lowenthal, who represents California 47th Congressional District, recently discussed the demographic and cultural shifts in Southern California that could make many congressional seats solid blue for generations to come. Lowenthal looks set to win re-election with little resistance. While the Democrats have the statistical advantage in the four open congressional seats, they could fail to clinch all four due to an oversaturated political marketplace. Sara Corcoran: How did the midterm elections look like in your district? Alan Lowenthal: My district goes from on the western boundary Port of Long Beach — about 90 percent of Long Beach — a little bit of Lakewood … [a] bit of all of Signal Hill — that is about 58 percent of my district — and then 42 percent of my district is Orange County — northern and western Orange County. If you’re
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First Quarter Cannabis Tax Revenues Total $60.9 Million Sacramento — The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration on May 11, released revenue numbers for cannabis sales in the first quarter of 2018. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $60.9 million since Jan. 1, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include local tax revenue collected by cities or counties. California voters approved Proposition 64,the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act on November 2016. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, two new cannabis taxes went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market and a 15 percent excise tax on the purchase of cannabis and cannabis products. Additionally, cannabis and cannabis products are subject to state and local sales tax at the time of retail sale. California’s excise tax on cannabis generated $32 million in revenue for the first quarter of calendar year 2018. The cultivation tax generated $1.6 million, and the sales tax generated $27.3 million in revenue. Medicinal cannabis is exempt from sales tax if the purchaser has a valid Medical Marijuana Identification card. To learn more, visit the Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses on the CDTFA website.
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Long Beach — Update: Detectives arrested 54-year-old Theresa Dargan of Long Beach, May 10, for the April 14 murder of Olympia Riley, 51, of Long Beach. Dargan has been charged with one count of murder and is being held on $2 million bail. Riley was Dargan’s caregiver at the time of the murder. On April 14 at 3 a.m. LBPD officers were dispatched to an apartment building on the 1400 block of Walnut Avenue to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with an unresponsive adult female, who was determined dead at the scene. Upon their arrival, officers determined the woman had sustained a stab wound to the lower body.
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asking about my re-election I think I’ll do well. I normally do extremely well in Long Beach. When I first started to run for Congress in 2012, my Orange County part — that 42 percent — I lost that vote by 10 points and 55 to 45 [in 2012]. By 2014, I lost that by a few points. By 2016, I won it by 10 points. I unusually win Long Beach 65 to 70 percent. I am going to be spending more time in Orange County as its the most competitive part of my district and I’m surrounded by four congressional Republican seats that we want to win. I want to help those Democratic candidates and those districts…. I’m going to be having a full blown campaign not only to help me but all candidates in OC. One of our biggest problems now is the California open primary. Despite Ed Royce and Darrell Issa retiring, these seats are very competitive. In California’s jungle open primary the top two vote-getters move on to the general. This could be very detrimental and damaging to Democrats. When we add up all the Democratic votes we should win those seats but we may not have anybody running in the Royce and the [Dana] Rohrabacher seat in the general election because we have eight to 10 Democrats running in each of those. We’re going to split the votes. Remember that Orange County is different than LA County. LA County has lots of Democrats [who] are board of education members, state assembly members, who are city council members. So, we have a large bench. In Orange County we don’t have any bench so all the people running in the seats are relatively unknown to their district. All of the Republicans running in these districts are former state assembly members, senators, former Orange County supervisors. So, I need to help not only myself to win, which I will, but also will help the Democrats win state assembly seats, state senate seats board of education. We need to build a bench in Orange County so we don’t get into this mess in the future and to make sure we win their seats around me…. the midterm elections will reflect a tremendous turning away from President [Donald] Trump and moving towards Democratic values. I also think the battleground for the State of California will be Orange County. I’m going to help our candidates win the
seats, help bring back the democrat majority in Congress and shore up our OC bench. SC: What about those candidates who aren’t performing well at the polls (regarding congressional open seats in Southern California), shouldn’t they drop out so Democrats don’t cannibalize the seats? AL: Let’s remember that the night Donald Trump was elected many people in Southern California were in tremendous shock. Then came the Women’s March the and people were overwhelmed about what to do. There was a tremendous outpouring of people who were so frightened about the direction the country was going in …. Most of those people were people who would never been involved in politics. Many of them had never been to the Women’s March, the March for Gun Safety, [or] the March for Life. They just wanted to know what to do. I also ran a town hall meeting to get all of the OC congressional candidates like Sam [Jammal], so we could get volunteers. Democrats are not good at being disciplined in Orange County. Many people in Orange Country wanted to change the country so large numbers of people who would never run for office all decided they were going to run for office. The positive thing is that that active participation is a wonderful thing for democracy, we should encourage it. The negative thing is we have the jungle primary and we could eliminate Democrats getting into the general election. I don’t like to tell people they didn’t can’t do anything but I did speak to many of the candidates who were very low on the polling and said you know you staying in these races could actually help to hurt everybody. They all said, “Well, that may be true, but I’m going to win. Nobody knows these other candidates either so I’m staying and that’s what’s happened. So, they’re all staying — Sam Jammal is staying, Joe Cisneros is staying, Dr. [Mai Khanh] Tran is staying. All of the candidates in these races are great people, but it is creating a problem. We could lose the June primary. The three top Republicans who have all held office there — state assembly, state senator or OC supervisor — they are all ingrained in their community. People
SC: What are your thoughts on congressional midterm elections? AL: The Democrats will take back the House. The signs are there and so are the tailwinds. We just witnessed one of the most conservative districts in the country (Arizona) become competitive. President Trump won this district by 21 percent in 2016 and it has always been solid Republican. Congressman Frank ran and won by 25 percent in the past election. And look at how well our candidate performed. She came within 4.7 percent of winning. She actually won the vote the day of the election but lost on the early voting and absentee ballots. The political landscape is changing. Many polls predicted we’d lose by 12 percent but they were wrong. This is yet another sign for Democrats — that if you work hard, are relatable to your district and have a solid grasp of local issues you can make tremendous progress. If you are rational — if you don’t engage in the fearmongering the president does — the American public will elect you. For many Americans, it is a priority to keep the economy moving, fund education [and] have access to a robust employment market. Many also don’t want to live in a world where they are constantly berated by our president. They want a nation they can be proud of and people are not proud of the direction this president is taking this country. SC: What are the top three main issues that you will focus on if the Democrats take back the House? AL: I’m going to continue to work on things I do now right now. In the past two years we haven’t had much traction because we can’t even get the bills up for vote. I’m the co-chair of the Climate Change Caucus (aka the safe climate caucus) and the ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee, which deals with energy and minerals. I’m also the lead Democrat and ranking member around energy policies — it’s all policies on federal lands all the offshore drilling. This includes all the oil and gas is produced in the United States on federal lands either offshore or onshore. If we win and I’m the chair of the Sub Committee on Energy, I will spend a lot more time focused on alternative energy. We need to transition off a carbon-based economy nationwide. We need to have rational policies forcing the oil and gas companies to pay their fair share of corporate taxes. Right now, they (petrol companies) get tremendous tax breaks. It’s so hard to change our policies as they are an entrenched special interest. This makes it hard for alternative energy to compete. We need to eliminate the tax breaks that extend that let them drill on federal plans and offshore for next to nothing. All of that’s going to change. We’re going to have rational energy policy that reflects climate issues and we’re going to try to protect our oceans. So, that’s one of many priorities things I’m going to continuing fighting for. I’m also co-chair of the ports caucus…. I’m very concerned about infrastructure and the ability to move freight nationwide. Currently, we don’t have a nationwide infrastructure [See Lowenthal, p. 10]
Editor’s Note: Rep. Ted Lieu faced down a small but vocal minority of Trump supporters at his April 24, 2017 town hall meeting at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Back then, Lieu said, “ We are not living in normal times, so this won’t be a normal town hall meeting.” Lieu then informed his constituents about the bold plan to flip the entire California Republican congressional delegation, which include 14 seats, with the help of Leadership, Integrity, Engagement, Unity PAC. Seven of these are a must-win for Democratic hopes. California became the Democrats best chance to capturing 24 seats and retaking the House of Representatives. Only one of these seats are in Los Angeles County, while Orange and San Diego County County has five while the remainder are spread out in Northern and Central California.
By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor 49 and CA-39 as lean Democratic. But with crowded Democratic primary fields, the top two Republicans competing to succeed them — experienced state legislators in both races — could potentially shut out Democrats from the general election. In CA-48, rated “toss-up” (along with CA10 and CA-25), incumbent Dana Rohrabacher’s high-profile Russian ties have worried some former supporters and prompted an old ally, former Assemblyman Scott Baugh, to enter the primary against him. It’s possible they could shut out Democrats, too. Only CA-45 (rated lean Republican, along with CA-21) seems certain to see a Democrat make the general election, facing incumbent Mimi Walters. Already, a progressive candidate, Katie Porter, called “the real deal,”
Meanwhile, Klein noted, in CA-48, different factions of party leadership backed two different wealthy candidates, another wealthy ex-Republican, Harley Rouda and wealthy medical entrepreneur Hans Keirstead, who has turned out to be a stiff. A couple of more progressive candidates have dropped out and supported Rouda, but he’s a far cry from any sort of grassroots champion. A day earlier, Klein wrote: The [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] has 38 candidates on their Red To Blue list so far. I count three who are worth voting for — and I’m not even 100 percent sure about one of the three. At least nine of them are outright Blue Dogs... [a Southern-formed rural/conservative caucus] … And, 21 of them are admitted New Dems [a corporate/finance-friendly caucus].” On April 30, Klein added: “The [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]’s candidates couldn’t win — and haven’t for over a decade — without the wave that Trump is creating. The reason for that is quite simple: Blue
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Dogs and New Dems play “me too” politics, echoing many Republican themes, but claiming to do a better job of it, or be more compassionate around the edges. At the presidential level, even Bill Clinton and Barack Obama played this game, limiting the scope of social programs in order to tout fiscal responsibility, while GOP presidents rolled up massive deficits. In 2016, Bernie Sanders broke with this approach, pushing bold ideas, like Medicare for All, which have broad appeal, even to self-identified conservatives. Focusing on issues, rather than symbolic identity, creates a whole different logic — one that favors more progressive policies — across a wide range of issues, especially among younger millennial voters. In California this year, a similar logic lies behind state senate leader Kevin de León’s challenge to Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate.
Starting this election cycle, Democrats hope to flip four red congressional districts in Southern California to blue.
by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, led Walters 46-44 in a February poll by Public Policy Polling. Given how many seats are seemingly in play — Cook rates 56 GOP seats at risk, compared to just 6 Democratic ones — it might seem silly to worry too much about just three seats. But they are all in Angelinos’ backyard. Complicating matters further is the troubled relationship between the Democratic party’s establishment and its grassroots activist base, tracked in pain-staking detail by progressive activist, blogger and fundraiser Howie Klein (former head of Reprise and Warner Bros. Records from 1989 to 2001). On his blog, Down With Tyranny! Klein has cast a harsh light on all these races. On April 18, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee weighed in on the CA39 race, adding one of the contenders, Gil Cisneros, to it’s “Red to Blue” list. Cisneros is a Republican-turned-Democrat, who won the lottery and has been a major party donor, but never run for office before. “Their candidates are always conservatives and never independent-minded agents of change,” Klein wrote about the campaign committee’s intervention on April 23. “Even in districts that Bernie won in landslides against Hillary, they always seem to come up with Hillary-hacks — and call them ‘the best equipped to battle Republicans in the fall.’” In that same post, Klein explained how party leadership machinations — primarily within the campaign committee — recruited Cisneros and influenced another wealthy candidate, Vietnamese-American physician Mai Khanh Tran, to abandon running in CA-48, where they
both lived, and run in CA-39, instead. Another wealthy self-funder, Andy Thorburn, who supports Medicare-for-All, but has substantial ethical problems, posed the greatest obstacle to Cisneros. Ironically, in announcing their support for Cisneros and four other candidates, the campaign committee stated that “These candidates have strong records of service and deep ties to the communities they aim to represent.” Environmental activist RL Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote PAC, explained the situation like this: This is a deeply frustrating race among three frontrunners: the multimillionaire who can’t articulate a reason for running, the multi-millionaire with $600,000 in unpaid taxes and thus completely unpalatable in a general election; and an energetic young [Barack] Obama staffer who seems to be a perfect fit for the district. Climate Hawks Vote has endorsed Sam Jammal for his track record both on the Hill and in private business bringing solar energy to low income communities. But I don’t know who wins the primary given the outsized influence of money.
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he fate of the nation — how or whether it survives Donald Trump’s presidency — could be in the hands of California voters. The primary elections are on June 5. The candidates who finish one-two in congressional races will face off in the Nov. 6 general election. If the overcrowded Democratic fields spread the votes badly enough, two Republicans could make the runoff in one or more of the top seven targeted districts in the state, which could save the House for Republicans as they face an expected blue wave in November. “We’d hate to wake up Nov. 7, and have missed the chance to flip the House because we don’t have Dems on the ticket in some key California races,” said Jennifer Stokely Eis, who works for Swing Left, a new organization devoted to flipping the House by training, supporting and connecting progressive activists inside potential swing districts with activists from nearby safe progressive districts. “The key to Swing Left’s model is having indistrict volunteers who have really had skin in the game for years [and to connect them with outside activist groups to swell their ranks],’ she said. “Together they’re able to knock on far more doors, which is the most effective way to get voters to get out and vote for the causes you care about.” In California Congressional District 10, they knocked on every door in Tracy and are making significant inroads in Modesto. “The fact that CA-10 was such a successful model for the export of blue energy into a red district that surprised everybody,” she said. As a result, Bay Area activists have increasingly moved further south, into CA-21, which stretches all the way down to the outskirts of Bakersfield. Those are just two of seven GOP districts in California that Swing Left has targeted to flip this cycle. Others include one in north Los Angeles County (CA-25), and four in, or overlapping with Orange County, a newly competitive area thanks in part to retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate. Applegate stunned the political world in 2016, coming within 1,700 votes of beating incumbent Darrell Issa in CA-49, who was accustomed to winning by 20 points or more. As The Orange County Register recounted this past October: “Applegate’s near-success — along with Hillary Clinton’s win in Orange County’s four GOP-held congressional districts — attracted national attention and a parade of 2018 Democratic challengers to the four races.” This includes three other Democrats running against Applegate to succeed Issa. In CA-39, incumbent Ed Royce is retiring. As a result, Cook Political Report rates both CA-
Memories of America Before Our Un-Civil Wars By James Preston Allen, Publisher
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I’ve been thinking about the American Civil War lately. I’m not sure when I began, but I suspect sometime after the white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va. and their marches against the city’s effort to take down the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Or was it something else? I’m not exactly sure. One day a few weeks ago, an anonymous reader dropped off a book by historian H. W. Brands, The Man Who Saved the Union– Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, while I was at lunch. Maybe he thought the hat Grant was wearing on the cover looked like mine. It doesn’t. And I have never thought much about that Civil War hero except that I once visited his tomb to answer the old rube about who was buried there. Back in the summer of 1960, my mother for some unknown reason decided to take all four of her children on a train trip around the country. We started from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles then headed south to New Orleans, then to Washington, D.C., to New York then back by way of Chicago and over the Rocky Mountains. It was more of an expedition than a vacation, at least for this young boy, who was thrilled to experience anything related to the Civil War. I had books with maps and pictures, toy soldiers and even hats related to America’s bloodiest war. The statues of Confederate or Union generals were always larger than life. While sojourning through the South, I recall a stately woman with gray hair and Southern accent call it “the war between the states not, the Civil War.” I remember asking my mother about it. This was the very same year Richard Nixon ran against John F. Kennedy and lost both the electoral vote (219 to 303) and the popular vote (49.55 to 49.72). Kennedy’s campaigning skills decisively outmatched Nixon’s, and Nixon’s emphasis on his experience carried little weight for most voters. Kennedy used his large, well-funded campaign organization to win the nomination, secure endorsements, and, with the aid of the big-city bosses, get out the vote in the big cities. Kennedy relied on Johnson to hold the South, and it was the first use of a TV debate, which Kennedy won decisively. These were the days before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of JFK, the march from Selma to Montgomery,
Ala, and the explosion of the Vietnam War, the riots and more assassinations that followed. Before America lost its innocence and gained a conscious. It would be eight more years before I went back to Washington, D.C. on that fateful day of April 4, 1968. I was just 17 years old and my father thought it would be good for me to travel with a group from the American Friends Service Committee to “see just how government worked.” First, we flew to New York City to visit the United Nations. There hung the famous Picasso painting of Guernica depicting the violence of the Spanish Civil War. From there we traveled to the capital arriving on that very day and the parents had arranged for a “integrated” dance party with some of the local teenagers. As most of us were from the white suburbs and the inner city youth in D.C. were black, it made for an engaging event. I remember that night as a kind of blurry dream starting off with the down beat of the music and figuring out the dance moves of rhythms that were only then becoming popular across cultural divides. Then all of a sudden the news broke: Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed in Memphis. The parents, shocked, tried to put the best face on things and continue the party but it was the saddest face I recall. It ended early. Later that night, the rage of black America rose up like a storm and enveloped the ghetto that then surrounded the capital. Flames and sirens filled the night and the teenagers from the suburbs were on lockdown in the hotel. The next morning, before breakfast, I snuck out onto the National Mall with my Kodak camera only to find the National Guard protecting all the grand buildings of government. Barbed wire encircled the Supreme Court and Congress with machine guns on the steps. The smell of burnt offerings filled the air and I thought to myself, “If my dad wanted me to see how our government actually works, then I think he got more than he paid for.” The new Civil War was here and I was a witness. These many years later, after the end of the Vietnam War, after passage of the Voting Rights Act and after Nixon had been run out of office and what most of my generation took as progress in the work of building a new America that fulfilled the vision of the martyrs from the 1960s, I find myself wondering how it is that we have so many people filled with hate now?
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How it is that racism turns back on us again as a grand dragon of our unsettled history devours us with the guilt of our ancestors and the blindness of our neighbors? How has this current Uncivil War of words and media, of speech used against freedom, risen from the roots of a long-dead conflict in which the Union was preserved and emancipation prevailed at the cost of 620,000 lives? Have we learned nothing from our own history or just developed amnesia? Today, I believe, some would vie for a rematch, defending old Confederate statues out of some vainglory for the “lost cause” or fear of others. Some have not forgotten Vietnam, Korea, the first or second Iraq wars and all the other conflicts of maintaining the empire and the
lies that go with them. But now I wonder if we are not cursed like Sisyphus, perpetually rolling our burden to the top of the mountain, perhaps to see the promised land, but inevitably for it to roll back down so we start over again in an existential absurdity. In Albert Camus’ essay the Myth of Sisyphus he concludes, “The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” Perhaps it is the struggle for freedom in each generation that then defines for us what exactly it means. Although I wouldn’t define it necessarily as “happiness,” but more like self-determination. And this may be all that can be asked of freedom.
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Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy, because the corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes and – voila – the corporate giveaway pays for itself! Really? No. Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at least $50 million to a corporation, then it tallied the number of jobs created. The average cost per job was $658,427. Each! That’s far more than cities and states can recover through sales, property, income and all other taxes those jobholders would pay in their lifetimes.
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The rosy job creation claims by incentive dealmakers also tend to be bogus, for they don’t subtract the number of jobs lost as a result of these deals. Amazon, for example, has leaned on officials in every major metro area to subsidize its creation of a nationwide network of warehouses, data centers, and other facilities. In a 2016 report titled Amazon’s Stranglehold, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance found that more than half of Amazon’s facilities had been built with government subsidies. And Good Jobs First found that since 2005, Amazon has received more than $1 billion from taxpayers to build its [See Incentives, p. 9]
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RANDOMLetters A Blowjob of a Jeannine Pearce Story
Your story was a great blowjob for Jeannine Pearce. You obviously don’t live in her district and see the harm she’s done to the community. She has ignored issues that plague her district, especially density/parking issues downtown and in Alamitos Beach. (She’ll claim adding a billion parking spaces but much of what she’s claiming was in the works before she took office) She has been in lockstep to approve a devastating LUE that will further erode neighborhoods. She has made promises to constituents and failed to follow through. She has closed her community office at Bixby Park. She ignores constituent emails. Oh yes, and she drives drunk and thinks that’s okay. Stop pandering or junk the
word “news” from your name. Jeannine Pearce doesn’t represent CD2. More people signed the petition than voted in the last election. Anne Proffit Long Beach First, I appreciate the fact you took time out to comment on RLn’s Jeannine Pearce cover story. That constituents have legitimate critiques of Pearce’s representation of District 2 are important to highlight. It’s unfortunate that the recall effort didn’t run on these issues. If they had, their position would have the feel of legitimacy. But that’s not the case. The recall effort chose the most salacious storyline that had nothing to do with Councilwoman Pearce’s work or positions on important issues. We wanted to know why. As for the signatures that ultimately qualified the recall effort, the tactics used to get those signatures are being investigated. Terelle Jerricks Managing Editor
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private business. Each handout was made in the name of local workers, and, yes, Amazon does employ thousands. But the subsidies enable the retail giant to undercut local, unsubsidized competitors, driving them out of business and causing devastating job losses that greatly outnumber jobs gained.
Food for Thought on Homelessness
I enjoyed reading about your expertise, in a well written Random Lengths News article entitled, “Garcetti Finally Calls For Action on Homeless Crisis”, April 19-May 2, 2018. Keep up the great work! Hence as food for thought, please consider that given that some vans and RVs are fully functioning motorhomes and can be used as a solution to prevent homelessness for law abiding Americans who are self-employed and/or looking for work, via just grappling with limited finances due to the tough global economy and/ or prefer to live in a motorhome as an evidence-based, cost-efficient solution to meet their quality of life housing needs Moreover, if I can be of help to you and/or anyone you know as a consultant regarding how to conduct such an implementation and evaluation program utilizing [See Letters, p. 10]
The Institute reports that at the end of 2015, Amazon did indeed employ 146,000 people in its U.S. operations, but the taxpayer-supported giant had meanwhile eliminated some 295,000 U.S. retail jobs. Check out the report at ilsr.org/amazonstranglehold.
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On May 15, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May 22 National Maritime Day. Supervisor Janice Hahn with Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee president, John Pitts flanked by Memorial member Paul Nielson on the left and Mark Hurley and Rich Doherty on the right. Supervisor Hahn, commenting on the occasion noted that learning about the Merchant Marines from her uncle who served during World War II. “Like all Merchant Mariners, he returned home from the war to no recognition or compensation from the federal government,” Hahn said. “While I’m disappointed that the federal government has failed to fully recognize and compensate these courageous Merchant Mariners for their courage and service to our country during World War II, I’m proud that L.A. County has finally recognized these incredible patriots.” [Lowenthal from p. 6]
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deal. We simply don’t have an revenue stream to cover the expenditure. So, I’m going to keep championing transportation and identify how to allocate resources toward a national infrastructure bill. I also want our transportation providers to be emission neutral so it’s clean. We’ve been able to make great progress in this industry in California but we want to do it nationwide. I also have the largest Cambodian community in the country, one of the largest Vietnamese American community and a large LGBTQ community. I am going to keep championing the message and fighting for human rights. I recently co-sponsored had legislation with Ed Markey in the Senate to ensure that the State Department deals with LGTBQ issues internationally. Right now, there are some 70 nations where it’s a crime to be gay and in four of those countries you can be put to death. We need to make sure U.S. policy is working with those countries to change oppressive gender and ethnic policies. We have leverage over many of these nations and should make trade policies contingent upon human rights protections for all. I am particularly concerned about recent developments in Cambodia. They just eliminated democracy and the head of the government. This is concerning to members of the Cambodian and Vietnamese diaspora in my district and to me personally. We need to identify the current Cambodian regime as illegitimate and work to restore democracy. Having a sound immigration policy is also important to me personally and many of those who reside in my district. I have a lot of [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] students in my district, which includes the Dream Center at Cal State Long Beach. The Dream Center is one of the largest center of DACA students — over 1,000. So, it’s important that we pass comprehensive immigration reform to protect them. We need to provide a path to citizenship, which includes more humane policies for DACA and Dreamers.
We need to eliminate many of these horrendous ICE policies, especially in terms of deportations and rounding up people. ICE frequently rounds up people in my district. That has to change. I also see healthcare as a legislative priority. It is vital to protect healthcare for all Californians. I want to see everybody included and ultimately would like to see Medicare for all. As soon as we gain the majority we must take legislative steps to protect and provide subsidies for healthcare. If you are a member in my district that can’t afford healthcare, I want it be subsidized for you. Is that the ultimate answer no but immediately we have to protect people. This year the Republican-led Congress and president did a tax reform bill, which they cut revenues by almost a trillion and a half dollars and gave those revenues to the wealthiest people in this country, while cutting healthcare subsidies. How can we possibly balance our budget it with that type of revenue shortfall? The promises that trickle-down economics will bring prosperity for all is false. We know from past experience that it never does. If we don’t deal with the tax reform giveaway issue when the Democrats come back into power we are going to eviscerate Medicare and Social Security. We can’t let that happen. SC: Have you read the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation Report? AL: I have read the executive summary and know the key takeaways well. It’s a 200page document and I have read that the three or four page summary. I understand what they want to do and how they want to continue to study this and the critical importance of the impacts on our community not just in the port area, but [also] in Wilmington and other communities. The report contemplated the whole issue of environmental justice, which has been raised but they continue to focus on that and there’s still a lot of issues that have not been addressed. That was very good of them.
Heavy-Handedness Makes for Stiff Cardboard Piano By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist
In a world full of atrocities, how do we move forward when we have destroyed that which cannot be fixed? That’s the question at the center of Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano, the story of what results when a child defector from Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army encounters a young lesbian couple on the eve of their flight from a war-torn township. Unfortunately, Cardboard Piano suffers from a fatal flaw common to a lot of art based in real-life tragedy: the seeming hope that the weighty subject matter
will keep us from noticing how lightweight the presentation is. But you wouldn’t know it from the opening tableau, where lighting designer Donna Ruzika gorgeously illuminates Yuri Okahana’s understated wooden set to create a haunting array of muted colors and rectilinear shadows. Director caryn desai holds on this for over two minutes, as an a capella hymn wends its way to [See Cardboard Piano, p. 13]
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Jojo Nwoko, Dashawn “Dash” Barnes, Allison Blaize and Demetrius Hodges. Photo by Tracey Roman
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f you routinely check out the bar on your way into a restaurant, you’ve probably noticed that a new class of beverages has been crowding out the old favorites. Move over, whiskey, gin, and vodka, the Mexicans are taking your shelf space. A new generation of beverages has arrived and they’re different from the drinks that came before them. The best known, of course, is tequila, but we’re not drinking the stuff that college students swilled in bygone decades. And, this seems to be the best time to note that the gaily colored bottles with the worm in the bottom that were featured in dorm room dares did not contain tequila. Those were mezcal and the worm in the bottom of the bottle was a marketing gimmick to sell novelty bottles to tourists. To explain the difference between tequila and mezcal, a little history lesson is in order. The Aztecs fermented a mildly alcoholic beverage called pulque from the sap of the maguey cactus, and this thick, milky beverage was drunk both ritually and recreationally. At least some of the time they also roasted the heart of the maguey in order to extract more sugars and improve the flavor. Scholars have argued over whether they also distilled the result or whether that technology was brought by the Spanish. Archaeologists have recently found evidence that bolsters the case for the Aztecs. Regardless, distilled cactus juice caught on and was produced commercially by 1608. Over time the process was improved and several different drinks emerged. Tequila was
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made from one particular strain of cactus, the blue agave, while others were used to make mezcal. Besides the difference in plant species there is also a difference in production; for tequila the plants are roasted in an oven, while for mezcal an open fire is used. Predictably, mezcal has a more smoky flavor, while tequila is generally smoother. A trickle of tequila was exported to the United States early in the 1900s, but most was substandard. Americans hadn’t tried good tequila and wouldn’t pay for the privilege of doing so. Therefore, most of us first experienced cheap booze that was heavily adulterated with grain alcohol.
To see how things have changed, I talked with an expert, bar manager Greg Goins of Panxa Cocina in Long Beach. He affirmed that if you tried tequila a decade or two and didn’t like it, a reevaluation is in order. “Tequila isn’t made the way it used to be, just to be thrown into a margarita. Modern tequilas have qualities that make them worthy for sipping. A couple of years ago any time someone ordered one, they wanted to shoot it with salt and a lime wedge…. I’m seeing that less and less. Now, more people understand that the good ones deserve some time and are worth appreciating just as much as a scotch or bourbon.” If you didn’t shoot the tequila, you probably had it in a margarita, a cocktail invented during prohibition when drinkers had to creatively use whatever they had. A popular drink of the era was the daisy, made with brandy, orange liqueur and lime juice. If you substitute tequila you have the margarita (whose name means “daisy”). Such a drink was reported in Tijuana in the 1930s. Goins said that bad bartending practices and cheap bottled mixers later made this drink a mockery of what it had been. “I think the ‘90s ruined margaritas for everyone — we’ve come a long way from putting sweet and sour mix and triple sec in everything. We sell a lot of margaritas, but instead of a bottled mix we use straight lime juice and agave.” The new appreciation for farm-to-bar cocktails have improved margaritas and many varieties have arisen, some well thought out and some very questionable. Still, all are variations on a recipe that is more than 80 years old. It seemed appropriate to ask why no new cocktail using tequila has made a big impression. “There are some other good tequila drinks, like the paloma with grapefruit juice, but it’s difficult to make a unique tequila cocktail because it always ends up tasting like a margarita. Tequila naturally goes with lime and once you put that together you’re three-fourths of the way to a margarita. A balanced cocktail needs the sweet and sour to make it complex and that’s how you get there. I have a drink called the Blind Bandito, and it’s jalapeño, agave, Campari, ginger beer, and lime…. The Campari adds that dryness and bitterness, and that separates it from a margarita.” There have been many more new cocktails made with mezcal, a process Goins said is easier, because of the greater variety of flavors. “Tequila needs to be made with the blue weber agave plant, while mezcal can be made from 30 different species of agave,” Goins said. “I’ve had some that have a minty taste, others that are earthy or rocky and minerally. There’s a huge range of characteristics, and you can enjoy those straight or in cocktails. I happen to prefer it straight, as I don’t want to disrespect it when it’s already so complex by itself. My favorite is probably Del Maguey and they have a lot of varieties that are worth investigating.” At the time I talked to Goins, Panxa had just hosted a dinner featuring mezcals. He said that he used the different characteristics of the liquor in pairings with the cuisine of New Mexico. “New Mexico is known for their chillies, most famously the Hatch green and Chimayo [See Tequila, p. 13]
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chillies,” he said. “Mezcals that are a little lower in alcohol and have spice notes go better with the Hatch chillies, while the smokier mezcals enhance the Chimayo flavors. There are so many flavors in this cuisine and in those liquors and there are all kinds of ways they can work together.” Modern tequila and mezcal producers have their eye on the premium market and are producing aged versions that appeal to openminded whiskey drinkers. These range from the briefly aged reposado (rested) varieties that have a gentle oak flavor to añejo (aged) or muy añejo (extra-old) varieties. The prices for the latter rival antique scotches, but partisans say the subtlety of flavor does too. There is a greater interest in all categories of Mexican agave liquors from the crisp unaged blancos to the ones that are hefty both in flavor and price tag, and it’s a great time to explore the powerful but subtle spirits from south of the border. Whether you do it at Panxa, which has more than 40 in stock, or at your favorite local place is up to you, but we suggest you bring an open mind and a designated driver, because one thing hasn’t changed from the early days – it can sneak up on you and if you overindulge you will not look forward to the next day. Panxa Cocina is at 3937 E. Broadway in Long Beach. Details: panxacocina.com.
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Dashawn “Dash” Barnes, Jojo Nwoko, Allison Blaize in Cardboard Piano at International City Theatre. Photo by Tracey Roman
conclusion. Theatrical magic. Alas, the spell is immediately broken when Chris (Allison Blaize) and Adiel (Dashawn “Dash” Barnes) start talking. Jung’s dialog is neither stylized nor naturalistic, inhabiting a no-man’s land where every sentence seems to be a coldly theoretical approximation of how a human might talk in a given moment: This is how an American might make fun of her Ugandan lover’s English grammar mistakes. This is how lesbians might express their attraction to each other. This is how a traumatized child soldier might retell one of the atrocities he’s committed. This would be tough sledding for any director and cast, but desai and company are content to go with Jung’s (lack of) flow, faithfully transferring the stiffness from the page to the stage. Emoting is favored over subtlety, as if volume and intensity are all that’s needed to make the audience feel. The one convincing moment in the entire play comes in Act Two, when Chris confronts the now-adult child soldier, Pika (JoJo Nwoko). Here, a powder keg of rage, confusion, guilt and humiliation is ignited, and it’s powerful stuff, proving that, despite Jung’s writing, the cast is capable of mining genuine emotion. It’s all the more puzzling, then, why the rest of the show is so awkward. Many other choices contribute to the lack of verisimilitude. In Act One, after Chris and Adiel disarm Pika, they hold his gun like they might a dead rat by the tail, a woeful women-and-guns cliché we’ve seen too many times. Pika then wakes up with his wrists bound and says “Let me go” without even taking a moment to verify that he’s tied up (nevermind that he reflexively
struggles against his rather paltry restraints). Five minutes later, Adiel handles the gun with confidence, expertly stowing it at the small of her back like one of Quentin Tarantino’s reservoir dogs. There are also technical failures. The sound design is notably poor, with piped-in door sounds and gunshots like something from the cheapest Casio synth, as well as a playback of a tape recording that clearly does not match the original (the making of which we witness in Act One). This production is a cautionary tale for why you need a fight choreographer (ICT has gone without for this show) if you’ve got physical altercations in the script. On at least two occasions, despite the deadly seriousness of the onstage action, the combat elicited laughter from a few audience members. The clumsiness of Cardboard Piano is emblematized by the handling of the play’s eponymous metaphor. In Act One, Chris tells Pika a curiously contrived story whose dubious moral (as she explicitly relates it) is, “Every
time we break something, it’s OK as long as we fix it.” Even before she finishes, you know the story will come back in Act Two. What you don’t know is that Jung not only makes you sit through the entire story again, but then contrives an appearance by an actual cardboard piano. How do child soldiers move forward in their lives once their soldiering is over? How do individuals and societies find reconciliation in the wake of the worst atrocities? These real-world questions are certainly worthy of theatrical exploration. But in so far as Hamlet is right when he extols the virtue of holding a mirror up to nature, Cardboard Piano is (to quote the Dane) “so overdone [it] is from the purpose of playing.” Cardboard Piano is playing at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 20, at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre. Cost: $47 to $49 Details: (562) 436-4610; Ictlongbeach.Org Venue: Beverly O’Neill Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
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Not Enough Love Potion to Cast a Spell By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist
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There’s a curious juxtaposition at the heart of The Love Potion. Based on a modern (1900) retelling of the medieval (12th century) romance, Tristan and Isolde, Frank Martin’s chamber opera isn’t anchored to any particular tradition. The text sounds archaic, while the music is typical of minimalist mid-century tonality. And, with a sparse staging more typical of college productions than dedicated opera companies, Long Beach Opera leaves this dichotomy on full display. Whether the dichotomy itself is a problem is an open question. What’s beyond debate is that Martin’s libretto sounds old, like Beowulf old, and that it’s heavily redundant. (I can’t tell you exactly how often we hear that Tristan and Isolde will love each other for evermore, that their love dooms them, etc., but I can safely say: many, many times.) Although clearly this is by design, in a piece that has explicit aspirations toward being a timeless statement on love — a subject on which it doesn’t offer much insight — it’s probably a bad thing for the audience to be put in, given the dated and staid language. Then again, most opera lovers don’t get too hung up on the text. It’s the music that matters. On that count, things are more straightforward. But perhaps too straightforward. Martin’s score is short on dynamic variation. The entire piece feels like one long ocean journey (somewhat fitting, since maybe one-third of the opera takes place on the high seas). We encounter swells, doldrums and the occasional gale, but we never really land on solid ground. The net result is peaceful or soporific, depending on your taste, but rarely too engaging.
That’s no real fault of the performers. Bernard Holcomb and especially Jamie Chamberlin do yeoman’s work as the doomed lovers. The Love Potion is short on arias or really any signature moments, so the pair has to establish themselves and their connection by way of a certain constancy, an invariance, a sort of hypnotic co-presence that persists even when they’re apart. This they do. The rest of the cast is solid, including the small chorus, which to my mind gets the most interesting vocals via a capella phrasings that often end short passages. On the other hand, the production’s aesthetic must take a share of blame for the lack of engagement. I don’t especially mind everyone’s being in black (with the occasional shawl draped here or there), but I do wonder why all we get for a stage are a few chairs and a generic video backdrop (exactly the same style used for Long Beach Opera’s last production). For a piece with so little movement musically, textually, thematically, it seems misguided to double down on stasis. Yet, clearly this was director Andreas Mitisek’s conscious choice, right down to the stately blocking.
Bernard Holcomb as Tristan and Jamie Chamberlin as Isolde. Photos by Keith Ian Polakoff
For the aficionado and neophyte alike, one of the greatest attractions opera offers is spectacle. By composition and presentation, however, Long Beach Opera’s current production does anything but. Adrift between opera and chamber music, The Love Potion never really comes to port and establishes itself. That may be fine if the score really hits home
for you; otherwise, you’re unlikely to take away anything from this journey. The Love Potion will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 19. Cost: $49 to $150; student rush tickets $15 Details: (562) 432-5934; LongBeachOpera.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Comedy Night in Old San Pedro The San Pedro Art Association and Machine Art Studio present, It’s Comedy Tonight. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. May 18 Cost: $5 to $10 Details: (310) 831-2928 Venue: Machine Art Studio, 446 W. 6th St., San Pedro Hugh von Kleist Duo The 2800 Kitchen & Lounge Presents the Hugh von Kleist Duo as it performs live, hard swingin’ jazz. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. May 18 Cost: Free Details: (310) 514-3344 Venue: DoubleTree Hotel, 2800 Via Cabrillo Marina, San Pedro
Classical Crossroads The Interludes concert series presents the Aves Quartet Time: 3 p.m. May 19 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574; www.ClassicalCrossroads/ TheInterludes.htm Venue: First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
John Doe Folk Trio John Doe, from the infamous Los Angeles punk band X, will showcase his new CD. Expect an evening of new and old tunes from his extensive career as one of the great songwriters of our times. Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. May 19 Cost: $20 to $50 Details: (562) 435-4444 Venue: Broken Drum Bar, 91 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach
Beauty and the Beast Steven Allen Fox will once again be the assistant conductor on Memorial Day weekend for
Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea 2018 One of the Los Angeles’ premiere Mariachi groups will perform to raise funds for Port of Los Angeles High School drama students, who have been invited to appear at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August in Scotland. Time: 7 p.m. May 30 Cost: $20 to $30 Details: (310) 833-4813; www.WGT.Tix.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Jungle Fire Jungle Fire digs deep into AfroLatin funk with an authentic approach. The night’s proceeds from the raffle, silent auction and live auction go to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Time: 6 to 9 p.m. May 31 Cost: $40 to $75 Details: (562) 435-7676 Venue: Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach
Sunday Night Jazz Hugh von Kleist Trio styles or Bruce Friedman Quartet’s jazz and pop will have you swinging Sunday nights at Harold’s Place. Time: 9 p.m. Sundays Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-5503 Venue: Harold’s Place, 1908 S. Pacific Ave,, San Pedro Ezzi/Jazz & Friends Ezzi/Jazz brings its unique brand of entertainment to The Whale & Ale along with a cavalcade of their many friends. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays through May 27 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-0363 Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Sylvia Rodriguez Quartet The Sylvia Rodriguez Quartet makes it look all too easy as they perform traditional jazz every Wednesday night at the Blu Lounge. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Cost: Free Details: (310) 519-8200
Don’t miss Long Beach Ballet’s production of Coppelia. a ballet full of romance and whimsy set to Leo Delibes’ score. Coppelia is presented with full symphony orchestra under the baton of Dr. Roger Hickman at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach May 26 and 27.
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Provenance In this magical story, Cleo is a librarian in self-imposed isolation high atop a mountain; her solitude is broken only to teach an older gentleman to read. Time: 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 17 through 24 Cost: $25 to $27 Details: (310) 512-6030; email@example.com Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro The Place Where You Started When a disillusioned screenwriter name Meredith meets an undocumented landscaper named Macario rigid class boundaries dissolve and their friendship grows. Time: 7:30 p.m. May 17, 18 and 19 Cost: $35 to $75 Details: www. Theplaceopera. com Venue: Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles
Jupiter Moon Enter a ramshackle house and meet a mysterious new tenant, a delightfully disorganized mother, a head-strong daughter and a son determined to ride his motorcycle to the moons of Jupiter. Runs May 18 through June 3. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and May 31, and 2 p.m. May 27 and June 3, May 18 through June 3. Cost: $20 to $30 Details: (323) 377-2988; www.panndoraproductions.com Venue: The Garage Theatre, 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach
The Love Potion Le Vin Herbé (The Love Potion) is based on The Romance of Tristan and Isolde. Long Beach Opera presents a retelling of the
legend based on historian and medievalist Joseph Bédier’s work (published 1900). The score uses 12 singers as both the soloists and as chorus, much in the manner of ancient Greek tragedy. Time: 10 p.m. May 19 Cost: $49 to $150 Details: (562) 470-7464; www.longbeachopera.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Mending Fences It’s been 13 years since Drew has seen or talked to his father, Harry. But marital upset drives him to make the 32-hour trek to visit and seek answers from the man who shaped his life. Time: 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 27. Cost: $23 to $27 Details: (310) 512-6030; firstname.lastname@example.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro
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Coppelia If you enjoyed Long Beach Ballet’s The Nutcracker, you won’t want to miss this production full of romance, comedy and whimsy. Set to Leo Delibes’ score, it is presented with full symphony orchestra under the baton of Dr. Roger Hickman. Time: 2 p.m. May 26, 27 Cost: $38 to $48 Details: (562) 436-3636; longbeachcc.com Venue: Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
May 17 Arts for Inclusion: Best Buddies Best Buddies is an art exhibition made by local students with developmental disabilities. It supports friendship between students with disabilities and their able-bodied classmates through social, arts and community
volunteer activities. Enjoy performances by Jordan High’s Latin American Dance Team. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. May 17 Cost: Free Details: (562)437-1689; www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach Old & New — Theater of the Absurd Masters to the Contemporary showcases photogaphy. Time: 5 to 9 p.m. May 17, 24, 31 and June 28 Cost: Free Details: (310) 831-1800; www. dekorgallery.com, Venue: Dekor Gallery, 445 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Third Saturday ArtWalk The public to attend the second Third Saturday ArtWalk of 2018 Explore the galleries and artist lofts, dine in our unique eateries and stay for a show or listen to music at local bars and restaurants. Time: 2:30 to 6 p.m. May 19 Cost: Free Details: www.3rdsaturday.com Venue: 357 West 7th Street, in front of Sirens coffee house
San Pedro: Above & Below Long Beach artist Robyn Feeley visits iconic areas above San Pedro accompanied by a little blue seal, while also visiting some rather interesting sea creatures down below. She manages to create and blur the lines of reality, in her rather unconventional, yet signature style. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. May 26 Cost: Free Details: www.galleryazul.com Venue: Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th St., San Pedro Strands PINTA*DOS Art Gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show of Philippine textiles. Strands is an exhibition in two parts dedicated to textiles of the Philippines and their
COMMUNITY May 17
Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative 16th Annual Community Forum At this day-long event attendees will receive training from industry experts, interact with representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The event includes breakout sessions and morning keynote breakfast. Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 Cost: Free Details: (213) 627-1822; www.lani.org. Venue: The Center For Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles
Free Harbor Boat Tours The Port of Los Angeles will host free harbor boat tours event as part of World Trade Week. The public tours are one-hour in length and will depart every 30 minutes. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 Cost: Free Details: www.lacity.org Venue: Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St., Wilmington and the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Berth 84, Foot of 6th Street, San Pedro Kite Flying at the Korean Friendship Bell Go fly a kite. Traditional kite building demonstrations, arts and crafts, food and free kites for children will be part of great afternoon. Time: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 19 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-7705; Venue: Korean Friendship Bell, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
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Legends Live Dazz Band, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Side Effect, Tre’sure and Az Yet will perform to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Time: 6 to 11 p.m. May 26 Cost: $21 to $86 Details: (310) 548-7602; www. jaymichaelsteamentertainment. Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Long Beach City College Annual Student Show The exhibit showcases various art from oil canvas to acrylic, sculptures to photography students. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and 12 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through May 26 Cost: Free Details: (562) 938-4815; w w w. a r c h i v e . l b c c . e d u / artphoto/gallery Venue: LBCC, 4901 E. Carson St. Long Beach
Piano Festival The Japan Musicians Association of California present Piano Festival 2018. Students of all ages compete in this annual recital. Time: 9 a.m. May 20 Cost: Free Details: miekun-la-la-la@ hotmail.com Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in concert. Featuring an all star cast and special guest artists, including pianist Emily Bear, violinist Sandy Cameron and cellist Tina Guo. Time: 8:15 p.m. May 25 and 26 Cost: $42.50 to $62.50 Details: www.hollywoodbowl. com/events/performances/452/ Venue: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles
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Wailing Souls The Organic Reggae Fest will feature reggae legends Wailing Souls with local greats, Seedless. Also performing are Quinto Sol, Roots of Mine, Blaine Mazetti, The Originators and Hashishans. Time: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 19 Cost: $25 Details: www.ticketweb.com/ events/org/156482?pl=gaslamp Venue: Gaslamp Long Beach, 2651 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
influence on contemporary art. Runs through July 14. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. May 26 opening reception Cost: Free Details: (310) 514-9139 Venue: Pinta*Dos Gallery, 479 W 6th St, Ste 107, San Pedro
POW! WOW! Long Beach 2018 Now in its fourth year, POW! WOW! Long Beach is centered around a week-long event in Hawaii. The event has grown into a global network of artists. POW! WOW! organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, creative community spaces, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. For one week at the end of June POW! WOW! Long Beach will become a live canvas for murals painted by two dozen different artists throughout the downtown corridor and beyond. As RLn reported in 2017, business owners were reluctant to allow their walls to be sprayed over with paint when POW! WOW! first came to town. But since that time property owners have come around and donated wall space. Hundreds of local volunteers have followed in support as well. Long Beach Museum of Art executive director Ronald Nelson is credited with changing Long Beach’s attitude towards street art after spearheading the 2015 show Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape. The show brought worldrenowned artists to paint temporary murals in LBMA galleries. This Long Beach event is part of other similar events which take place around the world. The festival is expanding to cities
The Draculas painted a mural on the side of the V-Room on 4th Street near Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach as part of POW POW! Long Beach.
POW! WOW! Long Beach 2017 mural by Dave Van Patten is on the side of Alex’s Bar on 4th St.
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and countries such as Taiwan, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington, D.C., Guam, New Zealand and Germany. The central POW! WOW! event happens on Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. The occasion brings more than a hundred international and local artists together to create murals and other forms of art. There is also a POW! WOW! School of Music. It is dedicated to enriching the lives of aspiring musicians through mentorship, community involvement, and providing a creative, comfortable, safe space for artistic expression. Its purpose is to offer an educational platform, granting young local musicians the opportunity to meet and connect with music professionals, but also exposure to unfamiliar musical territories that expand their horizons. Time: 7 a.m. June 24 through 12 a.m. June 30 Cost: Free Details: www.powwowlongbeach.com. Venue: Downtown Long Beach
POW! WOW! Long Beach 2017 mural by Tati Suarez at the Museum of Latin American Art.
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“Most of us who consider ourselves to be progressives know that we need big bold action on critical issues: healthcare, education, the environment, mass incarceration,” said Bill Honigman, California coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America. “All those things need big, bold steps, not baby steps, and Dianne Feinstein represents the incrementalist baby-step approach. The challenger, Kevin de Leon, represents big bold steps to solve these big problems that we have.”
In CA-48, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, above, has a bevy of Democratic and Republican challengers. The state Democratic party endorsed Dr. Hans Keirstead, right, but in terms of fundraising, he’s behind fellow Democratic challenger, Harley Rouda. File photos
“You have people trying to outprogressive each other, in some areas of the state,” Honigman said. “And in other areas, like where I’m from, Orange County … you have far too many conservatives.” “The sheer depth of California’s revulsion toward Trump is shown by the number of people who’d never run for office before, deciding that they needed to do something,” Miller said. “However, many of the candidates for Congress should probably have chosen to start at a lower rung — city/county/state legislative races.” Swing Left’s approach, focused on driving up voter registration and turnout, whoever the eventual Democratic candidate may be, stands in stark contrast with the campaign committee. It synergizes well with progressive activists, even when they support different candidates. They are strictly candidateneutral, which allows them to work with everyone. “Swing Left is a portal, it’s a way of accomplishing an electoral goal, which is specifically to take back the House,” Eis said. “So we fit into everyone else’s goal, some of the folks are concentrating on holding their own representatives accountable, a large part
Local Rotary Club Honors San Pedro’s Best On May 10, the San Pedro Rotary Club honored service members from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Port Police and the Coast Guard. Big Nick’s Pizza was among the honorees for business of the year for its tireless efforts in supporting local charities and nonprofit groups. Big Nick’s is also known for hiring local youth to give work experience that would help them to succeed elsewhere in life. Big Nick’s owner, John Bagakis recounted the story of one young employee who submitted his two-week resignation. Bagakis asked the teen, “Do you remember what I told you? When you leave Big Nick’s Pizza, you better be leaving for some place better. This is not a career job. This is a pathway to the future.” The teen employee revealed he got a job as a welder. Bagakis said he couldn’t be prouder of the young man. Other honorees include Laurie Jacobs, who was named the John Olguin Community Service Volunteer of the Year; San Pedro High School graduating senior, Angelina Camello, was named Student of the Year; the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Foster Youth Achievement Program, Traci Williams, was honored as Educator of the Year. Service officers honored included Mark Velasquez at the Los Angeles Port Police Department for his work curbing illegal street racing. He had contributed to more than 1,400 commercial vehicle citations and completed more than 2,100 commercial truck inspections;
John Bagakis received the commendation for Big Nick’s Pizza, which was honored May 10 by the San Pedro Rotary Club. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
Capt. II Tamara Chick of the Los Angeles Fire Department who received a commendation for actions of Light Force 10 in the containment of a crude oil spill that threatened to contaminate the Los Angeles River; And Capt. Charlene L. Downey, who assumed her duties as sector commander and captain of the port for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles.
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“Kevin de Leon is putting together a remarkable coalition — labor, environment, Latinos, well educated whites, millennials/youth voters — that reminds me a lot of the [Barack] Obama coalition circa 2007-08,” Miller, who’s also chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus, told Random Lengths News. “Usually, when I see that a candidate is endorsed by some of the fossil fuel-friendly unions ... I worry about their climate policies, not Kevin. He’s doing something truly remarkable. I expect him to finish second in the primary, but the more people learn about him the less they’ll vote for Dianne Feinstein.” Honigman compared the importance of this year’s Senate election to the 2016 presidential primary. Clinton won the primary in California, as well as the nomination, but the big ideas Sanders championed — and some new ones in a similar spirit — are coming to dominate the policy discussion inside the party, especially among potential 2020 presidential candidates. The latest such idea — a universal guaranteed job — would not just wipe out unemployment, if would fundamentally shift the balance of power between workers and employers. But the tide of thinking remains a lot murkier at the congressional district level.
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DBA FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018085372 The following person is doing business as: A&J Enterprises, 5718 Ravenspur STE #207, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Los Angeles County. Mailing Address: 300 N. Rampart Street, #37, Orange, CA 92868. Registered owners: Jeffrey Scott McElhaney, 300 N. Rampart Street, #37, Orange, CA 92868. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 06/1993. 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/. Jeffrey Scott McElhaney, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 9, 2018. 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.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: 04/19/2018, 05/03/2018, 05/17/2018, 05/31/2018
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Order to Show Cause for Change of Name Case No. NS034411 Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles Petition of: Roger Alan Williams for Change of Name To All Interested Persons: Petition :Roger Alan Williams filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Roger Alan Williams to Roger Alan Brimmer The Court orders that all person interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing: Date: 6-20-18, Time: 8:30 a.m., Dept.:26 The address of the court is 275 Magnolia, Long Beach, CA 90802. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Daily Breeze Date: May 9, 2017, 2016 Sherri R. Carter Judge of the Superior Court 05/03/2018,
LONG BEACH — Former two-term California Gov. George Deukmejian died May 8 at his home in Long Beach. He was 89 years old. The Republican was elected governor in 1982 and 1986, the apex of the three decades he spent in California politics. Deukmejian served as an assemblyman, senator and state attorney general before voters chose him as their governor. He built his career on fighting crime, toughening California’s criminal-justice stance and stabilizing its finances. Deukmejian’s law-and-order administration expanded the state prison system, brought the California Supreme Court from the left to the center and supported anti-crime legislation. He had the largest prison expansion platform in state history, growing the number of state prisons from 12 to 28. Deukmejian was Armenian American, as is his wife, Gloria, and the two grew up hearing stories about the genocide of his people by Ottoman Turks. Deukmejian’s aunt was among the victims, and his parents fled to America to escape persecution. Throughout his political career, Deukmejian attempted to get official recognition for the genocide. His Armenian loyalties also led to a politically bold move at the time. Deukmejian advocated for California to divest from South Africa during apartheid. In 1986, Deukmejian also used his influence to urge the University of California Board of Regents to divest UC’s vast teacher and employee retirement funds from firms that did business in South Africa. The country was then ruled by a white-minority government that imposed apartheid rule against the majority blacks. Deukmejian, a staunch conservative, had earlier vetoed a similar proposal by the legislature to divest. But about one year after his veto, South Africa was hunting down and jailing anti-apartheid activists. This troubled Deukmejian so much that he convinced two of his own appointees on the board of regents and
the board’s Democratic appointees to support divestiture. The Deukmejians moved to Long Beach in 1958, where the future governor opened a law office. In Long Beach, Deukmejian became involved in many civic activities including the Lions Club, the Community Chest, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts and the Elks. He was named Long Beach “Man of the Year” in 1959. Among Deukmejian’s major legislative accomplishments was a landmark program that required welfare recipients to undergo job training and perform community-service work in exchange for their benefits. He also made a deal with Democratic legislative leaders that led the way toward making California the first state to ban military-style assault weapons. Deukmejian was a partner in the law firm of Sidley & Austin from 1991 until 2000, when he retired. He reentered public life by serving on special committees, including one to reform the California penal system and a charter-reform committee in Long Beach. He oversaw a revamping of the UCLA Willed Body Program, after a scandal involving the sale of human body parts donated for science. Deukmejian received an honorary doctor of law degree from California State University Long Beach in 2008 for his support for education, state law, and Long Beach. A $339 million new eponymous superior court building named after him was raised in his hometown in November 2013. “George Deukmejian was a popular governor and made friends across the political aisle,” said Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in a statement released on the day of Deukmejian’s death. “Anne and I join all Californians in expressing our deepest condolences to his family and friends.” In addition to his wife, Gloria, Deukmejian is survived by his daughters, Leslie Gebb and Andrea Pollak; and his son, George Deukmejian Jr.
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018109429 The following person is doing business as: Vista Del Mar Apartments, 535 W. 37th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Katica Blaskovich, 6220 Via Canada, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. This Business is conducted by an individual. The registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true 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/. Katica Blaskovich, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 4, 2018. 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 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 it-
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thought of others before himself,” Loyd Champion said. Dr. John Miller who fought the clean air battles with the Port of Los Angeles with Tom responded: “I feel overwhelmed by this loss of my friend.” Tom was an amateur photographer and over the years this publication published his photos and quoted him many times on environmental issues. The editors and staff of Random Lengths News offer their heartfelt condolences to the Politeo family during this time of grief and reflection. Politeo is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary Forgione of San Pedro, a journalist; his sister, Melinda Politeo, an attorney in New Mexico; his father, Frank, an architect and amateur opera singer; and his cousin, Steve who lives in Washington. — James Preston Allen
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018106873 The following person is doing business as: Drawings By Ann, 457 W 40th Street, #A, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Ann Whitney Cleaves, 457 W 40th Street, #A, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true 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/. Ann Whitney Cleaves, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 2, 2018. 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 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
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Tom Politeo, one of San Pedro’s long time community advocates, known throughout the area for his environmental vision and commitment, died May 11, following complications from surgery for a malignant brain tumor. He was 65. News of his death was posted on social media to wide disbelief and shock by his friends and the community at large. He kept quiet on his diagnosis. Services were held at 12 p.m., May 16, at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Pedro. Robyn McIntyre, a long-time friend of Politeo’s said: “I’m by no means the family spokesman, but I do know that Tom had a malignant brain tumor and the surgery was to try to remove it. The surgery was completed, but he died in recovery. As always, Tom didn’t want others to be worried about him, so only Mary, Melinda (his sister), and Frank (his father) knew about it.” He was a long time advocate in the San Pedro Bay environmental community and respected by both his associates and his adversaries even at the Port of Los Angeles. He worked to bring the California Coastal trail to this area and in 2000, Politeo joined in the fight to curb pollution in the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. As news spread of Politeo’s untimely death there was an outpouring of sympathy. “I don’t know how long he knew about the tumor, but I last spoke to him about March 21. He gave no indication of feeling bad or any medical concern. This said, keeping it quiet sounds like Tom. He always
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