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Pearce contrite following LB council censure p. 4 Carson mayor loses in court, now wants a city charter p. 5 Fluid ruling against Ports O’ Call Restaurant will destroy jobs and landmark p. 8 soundpedro: a new annual tradition returns to Angels Gate Cultural Center p. 11

SPHS’ Brightest Look Beyond the 2018 Horizon T By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

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which student athletes, after a period of intense preening and wooing by college athletic programs, announce publicly and bindingly which college or university they will be attending. These students included Sebastian Wagoner, Perla Aguilar, Audrey Steen, Carlene Luna and Seth Turner. Perla Aguilar is a standout student and cross country athlete. While I wasn’t able to speak to her coach or teacher who knows her best, I was able to speak to a Lorena Calderon, close friend of Aguilar who was able to reflect on the light Aguilar shines. Calderon was present during the photo shoot, keeping Aguilar company. Unbeknownst to me and my photographer, Aguilar had a track meet to attend almost immediately afterward. Calderon brought food for Aguilar and made sure she kept aware of the time so she wouldn’t miss the bus. “When I got on the team, I was still pretty socially awkward,”

hough at 18 it’s not legal to rent a car, purchase alcohol, enter 21-and-over clubs and events, adopt a child, buy marijuana, gamble at casinos or obtain a concealed weapons permit, there’s hardly any rite of passage more significant than a high school commencement ceremony. Graduating teenagers can get drafted and pressed into war, vote, obtain credit cards and enter into some contracts. This past month, I reached out to the principals and key staff in schools in the circulation areas served by Random Lengths News to identify graduating students who have been stellar in the classroom, on their athletic teams and in their communities. San Pedro High School submitted 12 names. All of them are student athletes. Some are involved in the arts; most are involved in serving their community, and all of them have been accepted by community colleges and four-year universities. Five students participated in “Signing Day” — a practice in

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San Pedro High School seniors, seated left to right, Perla Aguilar, Sebastian Wagoner, Carlene Luna, Audrey Steen, Seth Turner, Corey Fausto and Rhianon Patapoff; standing left to right, Manuel Fragoso, Samantha Duran, Rene Rosales, Emily Pinto and Jacob Reynoso are 12 graduates with stellar stories. Photo by Raphael Richardson


LA Students Put Plastic Pollution Under the Microscope in Chile By Mark Friedman, Contributing Writer

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A group of high school students and teachers students to guide them to discover the effects of from Los Angeles recently returned from Chile’s human beings on the oceans. prestigious Coastal Laboratory of Aquatic “It is very important to teach school children Resources in Calfuco, just outside of Valdivia. how to identify the different types of plastics Students participated in a workshop structured and fight them,” Rodriguez said. “In addition to to develop their awareness and expertise relating learning the methodologies, it is essential to see to the protection and care of the oceans. The PAR Explora of CONICYT Los Ríos joined this final initiative aimed at teachers to provide methodological tools to stimulate students in scientific research. The initiative also aimed to motivate students to care for the environment, especially that of the oceans and the entire ecosystem that it comprises. The educational activities began May 7. Elementary and middle school students of various Middle school students from Valdivia, Chile disect boluses for plastic educational establishments in the pollution. Photo by Mark Friedman. Valdivia region, were taught about microplastic pollution and research. The aim was how to prevent the entry of this material into the to galvanize new recycling programs and greater ecosystem. It is important to see the ecology in consciousness of the plastic impact on marine another way, not only in a way that the human organisms and humans through ingestion of being uses it and how it affects us, but also to value it for itself and see that the other organisms marine shellfish and fish. Emphasis in these workshops was to that live on the planet have the right to live in a complement the learning objectives of subjects healthy environment free of our trash.”  All this was possible thanks to a scholarship such as natural sciences, history, geography, mathematics, language and communication, given by the U.S. Embassy to the Faculty of and visual arts. That points to the critical and Sciences of the Austral University of Chile. reflective thinking of scientific research. Teachers Coordinating this effort in Chile were Carla and students physically examined local beach Christie and Paula Marin. Support also came from sand with plastic particles and dissected boluses the United States with a grant from Los Angeles (stomach contents) of albatross chicks that died County Supervisor Janice Hahn and materials donated for the workshops by Algalita, Ocean from plastic consumption. Carolina Rodríguez, environmental education Conservancy, 5Gyres, LA Maritime Institute, educator in schools from North Patagonia to HHMI Medical Institute Winged Ambassadors Southern South, pointed out how interesting it and City2Sea. is to be able to apply practical activities with


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Calderon said. “I didn’t like talking to people but she would always help me get into activities,” Calderon said. “On a summer trip she was help me get involved with everybody.” Calderon describes her best friend as determined, headstrong and goofy. She’s always putting in work to improve. Even when she has knots and pains, she’s working. She’s feels like she’s going to drop, she still keeps on going. Aguilar helps Calderon with running and homework; they are almost always together. Aguilar is a part of Link Crew, a San Pedro High School class designed to foster mentors to help guide incoming students towards becoming a contributing member of the Police Academy/ Marine Science Magnet community. Aguilar also volunteers at the College Bound Program at the Boys and Girls Club, and helps kids with their homework. She also has been phone banking on behalf of the Rep. Nanette Barragan reelection campaign. She has been on the honor roll all four years of school. She’ll be attending the University of California Irvine. Coach Jean Wagoner had much to say about how the unique pressures of being a student athlete can propel them into excellence, particularly in regards to her son Sebastian Wagoner, dual-sport athlete Carlene Luna (soccer, swimming), and Audrey Steen. Sebastian Wagoner is another honor roll student who has also been excelling at his particular sport. Wagoner’s accolades include his being a 12-time Marine League Conference champion; 12-time CIF Los Angeles City Section championship finalist; 4-time CIF State qualifier; 5th place (15-19 year olds) at the 2016 Dwight Crum Pier to Pier, 29th overall; 2016 Daily Breeze All South Bay 1st Team selection. Wagoner will be attending Lake Forest College next fall. Coach Wagoner noted that the very act having to balance the time commitments of their sport and their academics causes the student to have master the art of time management, but it also trains the student in focusing the attention and focus on the what’s important. “When they’re tired after school, they don’t stay home. They go to practice,” Coach Wagoner explained. “They fight through [their fatigue] on a very consistent basis.” Coach Jean Wagoner couldn’t say enough about Luna. Wagoner noted that in the last two years, Luna has finished in the top three in the Marine League in 50 yard freestyle, and that she’s been good at the breast stroke. But more than anything, Coach Wagoner likes the energy Luna brings to the locker room and the pool. “She comes in with a good attitude and good work ethic and is positive influence on the younger kids on the team. She’s a wonderful teammate to have.” Coach Wagoner said. And Coach Wagoner is not the only coach to say that about Luna. This past March, Luna was named a Triple-Impact Competitor finalist by the Positive Coaching Alliance Triple-Impact Competitors were selected based on their essays explaining how they meet three criteria: personal mastery (making oneself better),

San Pedro High swimmers and honor students Audrey Steen and Sebastian Wagoner showed their mettle in the classroom and the pool. Photo by Raphael Richardson

leadership (making one’s teammates better), and honoring the game (making the game better). “Carlene’s story of battling adversity from not only her peers but from her coaches as well allowed us to see how much strength she really holds and the fact that she continues to flourish as an student and athlete, while giving back to her teammates is extremely admirable,” said Alan Berkes,

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Audrey Steen

If not for her earnest humility, you would almost think she was humblebragging when she reflects on what she’s accomplished during high school. Steen has broken and set five different record categories in high school city section [See Beyond, p. 10]

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The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk is seeking to partner with local community organizations to host and facilitate community meetings for the Vote Center Placement Project. The project is a county initiative to locate ideal placements for future Vote Centers in the 2020 election cycle. Vote centers will replace traditional polling places and allow voters 11 days to vote anywhere within the county. Details:

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Los Angeles Animal Services and hundreds of kittens urgently need animal lovers to help foster. Each year, LA Animal Services receives thousands of young kittens who need around the clock care to survive. The animal services centers ability to save these orphaned animals is directly dependent on the number of foster volunteers who can take these babies home to provide temporary foster care. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays Details: (888) 452-7381; KittenFosterVolunteers, Shelters

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The transition ramp that connects truckers and motorists traveling east from Terminal Island along Ocean Boulevard to the northbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach is scheduled to permanently close. This is so it can be demolished to make room for the construction of a new connector ramp. The northbound connector ramp could close as soon as 6 a.m. June 11. The actual date for the closure may change depending on weather and other factors. When the connector ramp closes, eastbound traffic on the Gerald Desmond Bridge and heading north to the 710 Freeway will be briefly diverted onto northbound Pico Avenue. It will then travel about one-half mile on Pico before rejoining the northbound 710 Freeway. The detour route will include three left-turn lanes for traffic leaving the bridge and turning north onto Pico at a lighted intersection. The eastbound Ocean-to-northbound-710 detour will remain in place for about one year until construction of the replacement bridge is completed and open to traffic in mid-to-late 2019. When completed, the new bridge will include six traffic lanes and four emergency shoulders, a higher clearance to accommodate large cargo ships, a bike and pedestrian path with scenic overlooks, and more efficient transition ramps and connectors to improve traffic flow, especially for trucks.

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LB City Council Votes to Censure Jeannine Pearce By Melina Paris, Staff Writer

On May 22, the Long Beach City Council censured District 2 Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce by an 8-0 vote citing conflicts of interest, potential sexual harassment and failure to follow the city’s code of ethics. The action, defined as a public reprimand of a public official for inappropriate conduct or voting behavior, was placed on the agenda by District 8 Councilman Al Austin joined by District 3 Councilwoman Suzie Price, District 4 Councilman Daryl Supernaw and District 6 Councilman Dee Andrews. Only Supernaw responded to Random Length News’ requests for comment on the censure, but he only provided general information, explaining that he would not comment until after Austin, the item’s author, had commented. Pearce made a statement the night of the vote, which read in part: I know that this is a difficult night for many, but I want you to know that I

understand why we are here. I know many believe the actions and decisions I have made reflect poorly on our city and on our City Council. I want to begin by apologizing. I apologize to the City of Long Beach,

to my colleagues on the City Council, and most importantly the constituents of the Second District. I am sorry that my actions, of which I deeply regret, have taken attention away from the important work of the city, and of the dedicated team of people who work here. I take full responsibility for my actions. These last two years have been some of the most difficult in my adult and professional life. Through this difficult time, I have undergone tremendous growth, and I believe that I am a stronger and better person today due to these experiences. For me, part of taking responsibility means self-reflection and taking actions to understand

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Long Beach Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce listened in as her fellow council members voted to censure during the May 22 city council meeting. Photos by Diana Lejins


why I made the decisions I did and why I found myself part of the chaos that has characterized my time in office. My traumatic childhood laid the foundation for me to fall prey to narcissistic abuse. At many times, I felt trapped. I know today that I am a survivor. I don’t say this to excuse my behavior, but to acknowledge that I am learning and growing. That I know now how better to recognize the pitfalls that led me into an abusive relationship where I put the public’s trust and, frankly, my life on the line. I want to thank my support system for helping get through the toughest parts of this past year.  Through this difficult time, I want my constituents to know that I, and my office, have never stopped serving you. I am proud of the 2nd District’s accomplishments, of which there are many, but moving forward, I am committed to regaining the trust and support of my colleagues and constituents that I am proud to represent. The complete statement is available at www. On May 25, reported that of almost one quarter of petitions submitted by The Committee to Recall Jeannine Pearce, the city clerk’s office has determined that less than half are valid. Out of 9,050 petitions that were submitted, 2,430 have so far been checked. The city clerk’s office has determined that 1,035 are valid. To trigger a special recall election 6,363 valid signatures are needed. The city clerk has 30 days to verify the total number of signatures.

Robles Lost in Court, Now He Wants a City Charter By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

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a person may simultaneously serve on the Carson city council and the Water Replenishment District. The state’s carve-out exception, Chalfant determined at a Feb. 27 proceeding, was not intended “to permit local officials to wiggle out of” compliance. He found that although a city may have authority to pass such an ordinance, a water board does not. At the April 17 court appearance, Robles and the judge discussed what a charter city is allowed under state law, until the judge reminded him Carson is a general law city. At that night’s council meeting, Robles accused the district attorney of “persecuting” him because “I am not a friend of the oil industry.” Carson Alliance 4 Truth, a community group that often scrutinizes the council’s conduct, sent the Los Angeles District Attorney a letter dated May 9, 2018, which alleged the May 1 agenda item and resulting action violated the Brown Act. The letter asserted no record of any previous public action and asked how the council could

have “determined” anything, unless the members had discussed the action privately in violation of the Brown Act. “Robles had already decided upon and announced members for a committee that had yet to be voted on,” the letter stated, in part. “He said that he had notified all the Councilmembers [sic].” The letter added that Davis-Holmes and Hicks vehemently denied that they had received those instructions,but understood their recommendations could be submitted at the meeting. The letter concludes by requesting the action be made null and void. Carson Alliance 4 Truth member Jan Schaefer said the district attorney has not responded. Any change from a general law city, which Carson now is, will have to be approved by voters. Under state law the city must hold a minimum of two public hearings and then put any proposed charter up for a vote. The committee of the proposed city charter has had public meetings on May 14 and 21. One of the committee’s members, former Mayor Gil Smith, said that a process to develop a city’s charter usually takes at least five years. A public hearing was scheduled for May 28. The committee has been studying charters for cities deemed comparable — Inglewood, Torrance, and a draft charter for Rancho Palos Verdes that has been in development for several years. When Jim Dear was mayor in 2007, he briefly looked into the advantages of a charter city but dropped the issue without taking any action. “This charter committee has no power,” he said. “The council will decide what they want the charter to look like.”

LONG BEACH — More than three dozen local students interested in pursuing careers in international trade and goods movement received scholarships. The Port of Long Beach was awarded a total of $54,750 in those scholarships, May 14, at its fifth annual “Celebrating Education” event. This year’s scholarships went to nine students from local high schools, 13 students from Long Beach City College and 18 students from California State University Long Beach. The port’s 2018 summer high school interns were also announced. As part of the program, students spend eight weeks gaining real-world experience, guided by Port of Long Beach staff mentors. Details:

POLB Awards More Than $350,000 to Community Groups

LONG BEACH — On May 17, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners awarded $353,850 in sponsorships to 124 arts, civic and educational organizations. The Port of Long Beach community sponsorship program helps the port educate and engage the public about the port’s role in international trade, environmental sustainability and education outreach. Events sponsored this time include Pow!Wow! Long Beach, Walk and Roll, the United Cambodian Community Heart of Long Beach Summer Health Fair and WomenShelter of Long Beach’s Domestic Violence Awareness. Port staff members attend select sponsored events to provide information about the port. The Port also receives advertising benefits such as booths, signage or other promotional opportunities to spread awareness about its mission. Details:

Arrest Made Related to Rolling Hills Estates Elderly Woman

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES — On May 17, 39-year-old Cherie Townsend was arrested in Victorville, Calif. in relation to the May 3 murder of 66-year-old Susan Leeds. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives have stated that they believe that the motive for the murder was robbery. Leeds’ body was found in her parked car, a white, 2016 Mercedes Benz SUV parked on the first floor of a parking structure at a shopping center in Rolling Hills Estates. Townsend’s vehicle is a gold, 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Townsend is being charged with murder and held on $1 million bail. Detectives do not have any leads to other suspects at this time but have not ruled out the potential involvement of other suspects. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continues to ask for the community’s help. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (323) 890-5500 or visit http://lacrimestoppers. org.

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Three city council members have suddenly become very interested in the possibility of making Carson a charter city as quickly as possible. At the May 1 council meeting, Mayor Albert Robles and Councilmen Jawane Hilton and Elito Santarina voted to appoint a committee of the proposed city charter in time “for adoption by voters” Nov. 6. This follows a loss in court for Robles. The May 1 council meeting was the first one for which an agenda was prepared after Robles’ appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 17. On that date Judge James Chalfant ruled Robles was violating state law by simultaneously holding two elected offices. The judgement was finalized May 24. The council majority did not heed the vehement objections to a charter voiced by council members Lula Davis-Holmes and Cedric Hicks. Both argued there isn’t enough time to write, review, and study a charter in time for the general election. Besides serving on Carson’s city council since 2013, Robles has served as a Water Replenishment District director since 1992. Under state law an official vacates one elected office upon being elected to another, unless such simultaneous holding is compelled or expressly authorized by law — what’s often called a “carve-out” exception. Robles has steadfastly refused to give up either office. The timing and wording of the agenda item caused some residents to question the council’s motives. The item read, “The City council has determined that it would like to explore the possibility of a city charter for adoption by voters in the November 6, 2018 general election.” Recently Carson and the water board have even passed ordinances stating

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Delaine Eastin, Educator Party Affiliation: Democrat Age: 70 Residence: Davis The basics: Education is her background. She served two terms as California superintendent of public instruction from 1995 to 2003 — the only woman ever elected to the role. Before that she was a member of the California Assembly and a Union City council member. She hasn’t held public office in 15 years, but she’s remained active on education advisory boards. She’s running as a staunch progressive who wants to return education spending to the top of Sacramento’s agenda. On housing: Eastin wants more housing — specifically, a million new housing units in the next four years, particularly near transit

hubs. Though she said the legislation needed work, she backed Senate Bill 827, a bill that (died in committee but) would have allowed taller, denser development near public transit, regardless of city regulations. She’s also in favor of rent control and wants to repeal the CostaHawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits rent control for buildings built after 1995, and the Ellis Act, which allows property holders to evict tenants under rent control if the owners are getting out of the apartment business. On homelessness: Eastin said California ought to consider approaches to The top six California gubernatorial candidates, clockwise from top: State Assemblyman Travis Allen, State Treasurer John Chiang, homelessness that other businessman John Cox, educator Delaine Eastin, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. cities and countries have tried, like tiny houses or emergency vouchers for On immigration: She’s for protecting Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom motels. She also supports calling for a state of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Party Affiliation: Democrat emergency on homelessness — something Gov. California’s sanctuary state law and limits on Age: 50 Jerry Brown has been reluctant to do. state and local law enforcement cooperation with Residence: Marin County The basics: He’s been second-in-command On health care: She’s pro-single payer health federal immigration authorities. to Gov. Jerry Brown for the past eight years. care. She threw her support behind SB 562, the “I don’t think that this lavish scheme proposal for a Canadian-style single-payer health promoted by the president to wrench all these He is a former mayor and district supervisor of system that passed in the state Senate this past people out of their homes and their families is San Francisco. He made his mark nationally in year before it was shelved in the Assembly. She’s something California should go along with,” she 2004 when, as San Francisco’s mayor, he began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. also said she would look at different revenue told KPCC’s AirTalk. That helped fire up a maelstrom of debate around sources to fund a universal health care system — marriage for same-sex couples that culminated in including a sales tax hike, gross receipts tax on the 2015 Supreme Court decision to uphold the some businesses and using some funds from her proposed public Bank of California. [See Candidates, p. 16]

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John Cox, Businessman Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 62 Residence: Rancho Santa Fe The basics: He’s a venture capitalist from Rancho Santa Fe who’s made unsuccessful runs for U.S. president and for Barack Obama’s Senate seat in Illinois. His main refrain: Get the special interests out of government. He’s a fan of free markets, fewer regulations and lower taxes. He made a big push to dramatically alter the way state lawmakers are elected by creating as many as 12,000 “neighborhood councils” with their own representatives. They would in turn select a district representative at the state level. The proposal failed to make this year’s November ballot. On health care: For Cox, it’s all about the free market. Cox said competition produces better results. He said a universal health care system would add a burden to the taxpayers, would affect the quality of care, and would attract an influx of newcomers seeking free health services. “[If] you want to make health care more expensive and rationed, turn it all over to the government,” he said at a gubernatorial town hall in January. On housing: We need to get rid of burdensome regulations on home builders, Cox said. He wants to do away with the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires developers to get projects assessed for their environmental impact. “It’s all a honeypot for trial lawyers to sue,” he said at a San Diego forum in March. He said he’d replace CEQA with reforms that will streamline the process of approving construction and, if elected, he’d work to build 350,000 homes a year. On homelessness: Tackling CEQA will also alleviate the homelessness problem, he said. But he also wants to use public-private partnerships with nonprofits or religious groups to provide services to homeless people. He also said the cost of prison operations is contributing to homelessness. “We can’t afford to keep people in jail, so we’re releasing them to the streets,” he said in January. On immigration: No more sanctuary cities, Cox said. “We cannot have people who are here illegally committing crimes and being defended by taxpayer laws,” he said at a January forum. Cox supports Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall, but also said immigrants eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals should be protected.


Homeless Once Again By James Preston Allen, Publisher

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

— Proverbs 29:18, King James Version

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I attended Mark Ridley-Thomas’ empowerment conference at USC a few years ago where he, Ridley-Thomas, invoked the conscience of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by calling the Los Angeles homeless crisis “the civil rights issue of our day.” This pronouncement went relatively unnoticed in the news, as the context for this statement was little understood. In some places, it still is not appreciated or acted upon. In the intervening years there has been a lot of talk and handwringing over the “crisis.” There have even been a few billion dollars worth of bonds approved to provide services and housing. Yet, in 2017 the homeless count rose by 23 percent to 57,794, making Los Angeles first in the nation in this dubious category. What few understand about this expanding population is that more than 39 percent of our unsheltered neighbors are black and more than 27 percent are Latino making people of color more than twothirds of this population. This is not by accident, but it is a result of structural racism that persists still. So Starbucks closes for an afternoon to have a “training session” on racial bias and ABC cancels their hit television show, Roseanne, over a racist tweet, but the Twitterer-in-Chief continues with all his bad language, abusive references and denials. What some in America don’t know is what they don’t experience — prejudice. And there are some who still wish to exercise their First Amendment rights to expose just how ignorant they still are. Who am I to stop them? However, the dysfunction of our so very liberal government in Los Angeles, both city and county, is that they can all talk a good game about solving the homeless crisis yet, when it comes to taking a direct action most get weak in the knees. The mayor’s nearly $9.9 billion budget for 2019 would more than double the city’s investment in the fight against homelessness. He has also challenged every city council member to locate properties in their districts for emergency shelters, offering $1.2 million to each district and a bonus if they are started before the end of the year. I support his call to action but I don’t expect much. It could be done for half as much if they used local nonprofits. Even 15th District City Councilman Joe

Buscaino has jumped on the bandwagon by adopting the mayor’s clarion call to action and hurriedly announced his “vision” at the recent San Pedro Chamber of Commerce State of the District luncheon. Since then both he and Tim McOsker, chairman of the San Pedro Chamber, have been quietly scouring the Harbor Area’s landscape to find suitable locations that won’t piss off the NIMBYs and other naysayers who object to most everything except deporting the homeless to some other vicinity. Neither of them, as of yet, has come back to the one San Pedro Neighborhood Council that brought the homeless issue to the forefront some years ago in the first place. However, if Mayor Eric Garcetti actually wants to bring this initiative to the districts, he needs to go on the campaign trail and give his stump speech to all of the neighborhood councils in the city, not just to the council members and chambers of commerce. What I find curious is that after five years in office and after deflecting this very same solution, which is in fact the only solution that makes sense, Buscaino and the San Pedro Chamber are now attempting to embrace that which they have resisted. Is it time to actually build some tiny houses? Is it time to ask the Port of Los Angeles for some free parking space for those living in their cars? Is it possible that the city and the county can actually collaborate on adopting any location where temporary emergency shelter can be set up now rather than later? The only solution to the homeless crisis is emergency shelter now, interim temporary housing later and permanent assisted housing when they get around to actually building it. There is an entire rationale for this sequence that I won’t go into here, but anyone who actually has studied the problem knows. One still might ask, “Where’s Buscaino’s homeless task force report that he promised to release two years ago? Even the Mayor is having problems getting his own agencies to cooperate on getting permits for the portable toilets and showers on both Skid Row and in Venice. This, of course, is the most logical first step and an important one for public health reasons. Why can’t he just use his executive powers to cut through the BS of red tape? Only he and the bureaucrats know for sure, but what is clearly lacking from all of the good citizens of Los Angeles and there are many

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of us, is some righteous indignation at the lack of political courage to solve this most human problem. Even still, the necessity of an emergency shelter response to the homeless crisis is just the beginning of the path to a greater understanding of the social and economic justice issues in the wealthiest county in the wealthiest state in the nation where diversity is the norm and racism is thinly veiled in

class distinctions and redevelopment jargon, pitting “market rate” construction against workforce housing. Gentrification and homelessness are very much connected in this city and when the former arrives in the Harbor Area, those who have been most vocal in their opposition to the latter may not recognize the town they’ve grown to love and hate. Where there is no political will to act, the government fails the people.

Judge’s “Fluid” Ruling Against POC Restaurant will Destroy Jobs and Landmark By Lou Caravella

On May 21, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Douglas Stern issued his ruling against Ports O’ Call Restaurant and its bid to remain open during construction of the San Pedro Public Market. Stern’s ruling in favor of the Port of Los Angeles effectively means that, barring a successful appeal, the 57-year-old waterfront landmark and local gathering place will be demolished in a matter of weeks. Stern’s ruling, however, is deeply flawed and comes at a steep price to the local community. First, the judge’s contention that “the far greater harm is that which may be suffered by the city” if it doesn’t secure its 30-day eviction is nonsensical. Ports O’ Call Restaurant’s closure would constitute absolute harm. With no remaining guarantees that the restaurant will ever again

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reopen and a financially devastating three-year closure, the restaurant would close permanently. The harm suffered by the city, on the other hand, is negligible to nonexistent, as phased development can continue much as it has through the present with minor adjustments to development plans (See Carlos M. Garcia’s suggestions in Big Reveal Threatens Ports O’ Call Restaurant, published in the May 3 edition of Random Lengths News. On the contrary, leaving a beloved local landmark and cash cow open for business is a far greater benefit to the city than shuttering it. In fact, at a public presentation on March 20, that was the port’s own argument for keeping the Fish Market open for business during development. (Why the port doesn’t extend the same favorable logic toward POC Restaurant is a point of [See Ruling, p. 9]

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RANDOMLetters Progress is more than a flag I was the first member of Congress to place a pride flag in front of my office in the Capitol. I did it so that every visitor who walked past my door would see that symbol of love, peace, equality, and humanity and know that I was fighting for LGBT rights. So, when someone sued my office to demand we take down our pride flag, there was no way I was backing down. And last month, a judge ruled in our favor: our flag isn’t going anywhere. Sadly, those opposed to equality have appealed the ruling. But I will keep fighting. Because this isn’t just about a flag, it’s about the progress we’ve made. None of the many fights we’ve won over the years are over. We have to keep working to defend our progress, especially when Congress and the White House are both controlled by Republicans who want to take us backwards. Together, we can make sure that the halls of Congress are full of pride flags instead of people who want to tear them down. Rep. Alan Lowenthal Congressional District 47 Long Beach

congressman that will give us their full support. Based on professional and educational experience, I feel we need John Briscoe to be our new elected congressman for this district. It can be said John Briscoe is our neighbor and he is one of us. William J. Ruzgis Past Congressional Coordinator AARP Long Beach

22 school shootings, 101 mass shootings

Those figures are for 2018 alone. And it’s only May. So what was Sen. Ted Cruz’s response to the tragic school shooting in Texas? Senator Cruz, I’m someone who sends my daughter off to school every day, so let me tell you: your thoughts and prayers are simply not enough.

Nothing will convince politicians like Ted Cruz that they must act to protect our kids. The only way to get common sense gun legislation from Washington is to change Congress. So in November, let’s beat Ted Cruz and every one of his colleagues who put their A+ NRA ratings and campaign donations over the American people. In Texas, let’s elect Beto O’Rourke — an energetic voice who isn’t afraid to talk to Texans from both sides of the aisle about stopping gun violence. He’s someone who can use Texas’s proud history of gun ownership, gun rights, gun safety, and gun responsibility as a place from which to lead on gun safety. And then let’s keep going across the country. We need Washington to work FOR us, not against us. Eric Garcetti Los Angeles Mayor

Here Lies Madness

Reason runs riot Justice howls at the moon I’ve been found insane it seems For I whistle another tune Sitting here so passively I know that I’m not well I’m afraid to confront the “Patriots” That are taking us straight to Hell I’ve worried, I’ve whimpered, I’ve wrestled With “the truth”, as it seems to me To grope, to gripe, to grovel Is a great responsibility

“Who’s right?” I scream in silence “Is it you or is it me?” To protect and preserve our values It takes a true conspiracy I’m pointed to and scoffed at “My God man, are you mad?” No, by Jove, I’m truly sane It’s the rest that have gone bad Why have you turned the tables And made righteousness seem so wrong? You have lost that sense of virtue That we’ve fought for, for so long. G. Larry Butler San Pedro

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discussion in San Pedro.) Regarding the eviction process, Stern writes, “All parties understood that the process was fluid.” This claim is demonstrably untrue. It ignores a number of specific guarantees made in writing and publicly. Just because an eviction process doesn’t go as planned doesn’t mean the process was fluid by design. Just because an agreement is retroactively labeled “fluid” doesn’t mean the agreement was, in fact, fluid and/or understood to be such by all parties involved. One example of a very concrete, nonfluid promise by POLA to the POC Restaurant was made in the 2009 Final Proposed Project Summary when the port promised a replacement site. Certainly, this agreement allowed for some flexibility of site location, but there was nothing flexible or fluid about the fact that a promise had been made and, later, broken. It is that broken promise that will destroy a local landmark and local jobs. But Stern may have also inadvertently undermined the port — and cautioned its potential partners — ­­ by ruling that the “process” of developing the San Pedro Public Market is “fluid.” After all, why would potential lessees

trust the port’s processes now that they have a reputation for fluidity—a reputation officially assigned by a judge, no less? For a development that hasn’t even confirmed an anchor tenant yet, that’s not a reputation that inspires confidence,. Meanwhile, booting out a popular, highearning tenant at such a vulnerable phase of the development process shows more hubris than wisdom. It even makes a martyr out of the already popular owner of POC Restaurant. It didn’t have to be this way. All three San Pedro Neighborhood Councils passed resolutions calling on the port to allow POC Restaurant to remain open at least through 2018. The port not only ignored these resolutions, but sued the restaurant instead. So, here we are. Ultimately, Stern’s ill-conceived ruling reinforces and rewards the disconnect in communication that has existed among the port, POC Village tenants and the public since the inception of the project. The irony is that by winning its case in court, the port insists on losing — for no known or good reason — a far more valuable long-term asset: Ports O’ Call Restaurant.

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Beyond the 2018 Horizon swimming and other records in club competitions. “We don’t get a whole of coverage in our CIF [Los Angeles city section] just because we aren’t as competitive as Southern Section,” Steen explained. “I haven’t broken any city records since 2016, just because in my first two years in high school I was really focused on high school swimming and doing the best I could in high school swimming because my coach Ivan Perhat was the high school coach.”

class. Steen noted that most of her classes were advanced placement courses. “I do alright. I took four AP last year and took four AP’s this year. I get Bs here and there, but mostly A’s. I’m not a perfect student but I really do try my best,” Steen said. “The schedules for swim are in the morning before school, then we go to school, then we swim after school and then we do it all again the next day. This past year I did a lot better with

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When Perhat resigned from coaching high school, she refocused her attention on club swimming. As a result, high school competition took a backseat to club competition under the guidance of Julio Zarate. Steen exudes a great deal of humility and quiet confidence, giving her an air of maturity beyond her years. “Considering that my main seasons are not my high school seasons, I’m extremely proud of my times and even this year I was really close to the City Section CIF record in the 100 Fly,” Steen said. Because she had a transition in events, she’s bit backstroking anymore. She broke the CIF record in the South Bay invitational and swam faster in 100 Fly than the best time in CIF. She knows she had the juice to pull off victories in the CIF competition. Then she shift attention away from herself to team like Sebastian Wagoner who started winning events last year and this year. She noted they have similar experiences given that they both started in club swimming at the same time. He swam really amazing this season. “I’m really proud of him,” Steen said. “He had city records this year.” The most interesting thing about Steen is how it seems each year she has been at San Pedro, she’s such a versatile swimmer, each year she seems to have an expertise … as freshman as a backstroker, as a sophomore she set relay records. She set the 100 breast stroke and she set the 100 butterfly record and broke it as junior. This year, she’s being considered for All American status as a senior. That’s a big deal in the swim community. It’s very difficult to attain that status. Coach Jean Wagoner, who has worked with Audrey for the past three years noted that 10 Steen will be graduating near the top of her

time management.” Steen’s goal is to make the cut at Division 1 level, which is one of the fastest meets in the world. Steen noted that the Olympians and those on the national teams are breaking world records and meddling are doing it at the collegiate level. Steen notes that to even make the cut at the Division I level is difficult and see it as an honor. She would like to be a conference champion. She’s not picky about the event in which she’s a champion. If you ask, Steen will tell you that Olympic team is outreach. But that isn’t stopping her from strategizing to get there. She says she and her swim club coach have been strategizing to come home to train over the summer after her first year in college to see if could even make the cut for the Olympic trials.

Associated Student Body Leadership

Associated Student Body, or ASB, is in charge of organizing all school events such as prep rallies, homecoming and prom. They are in charge of activities that promote school unity and pride. They also work with staff and work to over the division having two campuses creates. The ASB board meets with staff on testing and bell schedules. They also work on resolving disputes utilizing a restorative justice model. Students, Seth Turner, Corey Fausto and Rhiannon Patapoff serve on the leadership board. Patapoff says she feels like this past year, ASB’s efforts are starting to bear fruit, particularly in the building of school unity between the dual San Pedro High campuses separated by 15 blocks. “I’ve been a part of the ASB leadership board for years and we’ve been trying to accomplish this sense of unity,” Patapoff said. “It’s finally [See SPHS, p. 16]

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f you were sitting around this past year speculating about which San Pedro institution would open a location in Rolling Hills Estates, you probably would have guessed wrong. You could have gotten good odds on one of the more popular Mexican or Italian restaurants, or perhaps one of several successful local diners. You probably would not have picked the San Pedro Fish Market, which had been in business for most of a century and shown no inclination to expand. After all, the business that began in 1956 opened its only spinoff in Wilmington in 1972— not exactly leaping to conquer new worlds. Another reason to have bet against them is that the simple décor of the original location is spartan, with the vista of the water being

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service that they had the major visual been offering for attraction. You decades — select might transplant your fish, cooking the menu but you method and sides couldn’t move the — was becoming view and that left increasingly you without much popular. As pros to work on if you who had the wanted to keep the look of the original San Pedro Fish Market Grille’s new Rolling Hills Estates operation down pat, they were ready location. outlet has an updated ambiance but the same delicious shrimp platter. Photos by Richard Foss to go. No doubt the Decoratively, owners of the San Pedro Fish Market considered all of these they very sensibly decided to go a bit upscale things before plunking down the deposit on the to fit the neighborhood. So the Palos Verdes space at the west end of the Peninsula Center. location has artistically weathered wood, But they weren’t fazed. Maybe they calculated decorative lighting, and a few pulleys and that their time had come, since the style of nautical geegaws hanging from the ceiling. It’s

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still a casual seafood joint, but one with touches of style. It doesn’t look at all like the original, but if the original was remodeled to look like this it would be an improvement. The menu is mostly what the San Pedro Fish Market has always served: many varieties of fish grilled, fried, or in a taco or burrito, along with various sides. They also offer the “famous shrimp tray” for two or four people. Two of us opted for that, and two others opted for grilled fish platters, with an order of calamari and cups of clam chowder to start things off. Chowder and fried calamari are crowdpleaser items that are generally valued for their execution rather than innovation, and both of these were first rate. As one of my companions poked his spoon into the soup he observed, “A lot of clams were sacrificed to make this stuff.” They were indeed, and all that clam meat was gently seasoned with pepper and herbs and presented in a creamy broth. The “cup” of chowder was actually a good sized bowl. It was a bargain at five bucks. As for the calamari, the breading was crisp and nicely seasoned, the chunks of cephalopod within were tender and not over-fried. All San Pedro Fish Market outlets use locally-caught squid. Perhaps that’s why this was superior to most other fast food calamari. Whatever the reason, it was a start that gave us reason for optimism. My companions had ordered red snapper with coleslaw and fried zucchini and swordfish with the same slaw and grilled vegetables, and both portions of fish were generous. The big filets had been dusted with herbs and mild paprika to enhance the flavor, but if you don’t like paprika you can ask for it plain. The time on the grill added a nice char flavor, but they were still very moist when they arrived. I found the accompanying cole slaw and grilled veggies to be good but unexceptional. I liked the zucchini spears rather more — somebody here knows their way around a fryer. As for the shrimp tray, it’s a hefty portion of shrimp with potatoes, onions and bell peppers fried along with a mild creole seasoning, with garlic bread on the side. I would have liked a bit more garlic and seasoning, but understand why they keep it on the mild side. For those who enjoy it zippy, three house-brand hot sauces are offered, habanero, jalapeño and original. They’re plenty assertive. I happen to like the original best, but the person I shared the shrimp tray with deployed the habanero with gusto. To accompany your meal you have a choice of soft drinks, wine, or beer. I had a glass of decent sauvignon blanc, a wine that is a good general purpose accompaniment to seafood. This list isn’t going to send any wine lover into ecstasy, but you are in a quick serve place and a generous pour runs seven bucks, so complaints are not in order. Our generously portioned meal ran about $25 per person, which is entirely reasonable for fresh seafood well prepared. It’s a strategy that has kept a loyal crowd trekking to the original San Pedro Fish Market, and though it has taken them a while to export the idea it seems to be taking off. Another location will open on Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City later this year, which seems to indicate that the slowmoving seafood empire is picking up speed. The San Pedro Fish Market Grille is at #3 Peninsula Center in Rolling Hills Estates. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is a parking lot and wheelchair access. Details: (310) 265-2260;

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This year’s international crop of artists hail from as far away as Kazakhstan. Together they will create a total of over 30 works, be they stationary or mobile, self-generating or interactive, performatory or participatory, analog or computerized, purely auditory or audaciously multisensory. Dillon Bastan promises “a kinetic interactive installation with swings.” Steven Speciale’s Automaton Bricolage Cogitating is the result of transforming the carcass of a free Craigslist piano into a dadaist sculpture that, through the use of solenoids, contact mics, and samples from the piano itself, will generate musique concrète to be piped into speakers strewn throughout the grounds. Brian and Ryan will roam Angels Gate with their Sound


Tradition, variety and fast delivery—you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hearty calzones, an array of pastas and our amazing selection of signature pizzas. We offer a wide selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Big Nicks’ Pizza, 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800



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


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


A micro brewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, BBQ, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a

martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. Live music. Open from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro, (310) 831-5663, www.

a.m. to 10 p.m. Taxco Mexican Restaurant, 29050 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes • (310) 547-4554


Sonny and Carly Ramirez are the husband and wife team behind Sonny’s Bistro and Think Café. Their handson attention to detail makes the restaurants successful, in both quality and service. Sonny’s Bistro’s lunch and dinner menus feature locally-sourced and hand-selected meats, seafood and seasonal vegetables. Try the $10 lunch menu served Mon.-Fri. Think Café serves breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner with egg dishes, omelettes and griddle cakes. Both restaurants have a selection of fine wines and beers. Sonny’s Bistro, 1420 W. 25th St., San Pedro. Hours: Mon.Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 4 p.m. • (310) 548-4797. Think Cafe, 302 W. 5th St., San Pedro. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • (310) 519-3662.


We are proud to serve our community for almost three decades. Generous plates of traditional Mexican fare are the draw at this homey, family-friendly restaurant. For a limited time: Combos #1-12—buy one, get the second for half off (of equal or lesser value, expires 6-30-18). Catering for every occasion, beer, wine and margaritas to your taste. Tony and Vini Moreno welcome you. Open Sun. and Mon. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 9

Time: 7 to 11 p.m. June 2 Cost: Free Details: or Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro


The Victorian oak panels & elegant brass fittings will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. Featuring popular pub fare such as Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie & entrées of Choice Steaks, Roast Prime Rib, Beef Wellington & Roast Rack of Lamb. Seafood selections include Chilean Sea Bass, Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp & Sand Dabs. International draft beers & ales, as well as domestic craft beers on tap. Full bar; free, gated parking lot. Happy hour five days a week. Hours: Mon. 5 to 9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 11:30 to 9 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 1 to 10 p.m., Sun. 1 to 9 p.m. The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro (310) 832-0363,

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


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

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Fourth-generation artisanal chorizo and meats. Purchase chorizo by the pound or try our burritos and tacos! Menu specials change weekly. Open Thurs., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fri. - Sun., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For catering email: info@ for catering and special orders. The Chori-Man, 2309 S. Alma St., San Pedro • (424) 287-2414

Conrad’s menu offers cuisine of the Americas, with a fresh focus on local, seasonal selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Conrad’s changing menu represents the best of what’s local and in season. Whether it’s shrimp bruschetta and Oaxacan empanadas, omelettes or chilaquiles, fresh seafood to mole poblano, sourcing the freshest ingredients, combining them with traditional flavors and rewriting familiar recipes into exceptional cuisine is our mission and greatest joy. Open Tues. - Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Conrad’s Farm to Table, 1902 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (424) 2645454

what with Angels Gate’s commanding ocean view), yet allows a greater portion of the event unfold under cover of night, when the complete effect of the installations — many of which have a strong visual component — is on full display. Noting that in July 2017, San Pedro became one of 14 state-designated Cultural Districts, Eriksen feels that soundpedro helps the city deserve that cachet. “San Pedro has been growing an arts scene for 30 years, and Angels Gate has been a part of it,” she says. “But San Pedro is now a destination location for arts events and I think soundpedro highlights that.”



event, presenting numerous artists whose work addresses sound and aural perception in combination with other senses.” What that means for you is partly how you approach this big audiovisual playground in which you have four hours to freely frolic. Is it simple novelty? Deep meditation on sound as a transformative environmental factor? A chance to get stoned and trip out on San Pedro’s closest approximation to Burning Man? It’s up to you. But no matter how you approach it, soundpedro is a feast for the senses and (in the words of FLOOD) a prime chance “to investigate the way we perceive and experience.” New this year are the hours. Whereas the inaugural soundpedro ran from 5 to 9 p.m., this year it’s 7 to 11 p.m. This preserves the opportunity for earlycomers to enjoy the transition from day to night (pretty spectacular,

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No matter when your day begins, you can always get a hearty breakfast at a great price at Brite Spot. Breakfast is served all day long. We serve freshly prepared, authentic Mexican food. We offer all the family favorites, from tacos to tamales, from caldo to chile, fresh seafood and much more. Brite Spot Mexican Restaurant is your late-night spot for when you want a night out on the town. Hours: 7 a.m. to midnight, daily. Brite Spot, 615 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (310) 833-2599

Collection Helmets, collecting “ambient sound and conversations from the show” and creating recordings for other soundpedro artists to customize on the fly to help shape the overall experience. Taken all together, soundpedro will provide an overall aesthetic experience that changes constantly depending on how the you approach it. Walk the exact same route through Angels Gate twice during the evening, and you are bound to get two rather different experiences. You can never take it all in, because part of soundpedro is how it unfolds over time. The more open you are to the ever-changing variety of sensory elements around you—including the unplanned and seemingly random—the more you’ll discover. Unchanged from last year to this year (as in: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) are the fundamentals: soundpedro is “an ear-oriented multi-sensory


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Pat Woolley, Ports O’Call

Studio 345 presents drawings by Pat Woolley and mixed-media work and paintings by Gloria D Lee. Open 5 to 9 p.m. on First Thursday and by appointment. Studio 345, 345 W. 7th St., San Pedro. Details: (310) 545-0832 or (310) 374-8055; artsail@roadrunner. com or

Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery

GINA HERRERA, VALIANT SPIRIT Drawing from her Tesuque Pueblo and Costa Rican heritage, as well as her life-long rappor t with nature, Gina Herrera’s intuitive sculptural process is an aesthetic and spiritual ritual to channel and honor Mother Earth. Natural and manmade objects scavenged from the landscape are re-configured into lithe, e n e r g e t i c , b e i n g - l i ke assemblages.Figures emerge, in gravity defying postures on the brink of movement, alive with possibility. The gallery will be open on First Thursday 5 to 9 p.m. Also open on First Thursday in The Loft’s upstairs main gallery is Reflections in Blue, a group exhibition of Loft artists curated by Michael Stearns. The Loft is at 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro (enter on the 4th Street side). Details: (562) 400-0544; www.michaelstearsstudio. com

Gina Herrera, A Valiant Spirit, 81" x 45" x 12”

This exhibition features select indigenous Filipino textiles from the collection of Linda Nietes and Robert J. Little Jr. The works encompass the ancestral weaving traditions of various indigenous tribes spanning the Philippine Archipelago. The gallery is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Open on First Thursdays Artwalk from 3 to 8 p.m. and on Third Saturdays Artwalk from 2 to 5 p.m. The show runs from May 26 through July 14, 2018. Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery, 479 W. 6th St., Suite 107, San Pedro. Details: (310) 514-9139

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PacArts Gallery hosts the closing reception for Novel Concepts— a compelling show by artist Regina Argentin. Meet and greet the artist and hear the stories that inspired the artwork. Enjoy refreshments (also prepared by the artist) and take a tour of PacArts residential artists colony. April 5, 6 p.m. at PacArts, 303 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro. Details: (562) 436-0700;

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First Fridays at First The Classical Crossroads recital series presents Oakwood Brass, which seeks to revitalize brass chamber music through lively, engaging performances of repertoire intentionally selected to attract new listeners to classical instrumentation. Time: 12:15 p.m. June 1 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574, ClassicalCrossroads/FirstFridays. htm Venue: First Lutheran Church and School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance

June 2

Rachmaninoff Tchaikovsky Travel to Russia with music director Eckart Preu beginning with Glinka, known as the Father of Russian classical music, whose Kamarinskaya (1848) was groundbreaking for being based entirely on a Russian folk song. Then Maestro Preu leads Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, nicknamed the Little Russian. Time: 7 p.m. June 2 Cost: $50 to $139 Details: www.eventticketscenter. com Venue: Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

soundpedro This second soundpedro event, highlighting ear-oriented art, will showcase single- and multimedia artworks that investigate the way we perceive and experience. It is produced, in partnership with Angels Gate Cultural Center, by FLOOD, which for 10 years brought SoundWalk to Long Beach. Time: 7 to 11 p.m June 2 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

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North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble Spring Concert nTyme is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing music education to the community youth from preschool through high school. This program offers classically based ensembles and students are urged to shine. Time: 7 p.m. June 8 Cost: $5 to $10 Details: (310) 989-4550 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 9

The Shakti Recital Enjoy an evening of Indian dance by the renowned Shakti School. Time: 4 p.m. June 9 Cost: $20 Details: (310) 781-7171 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 10

Second Sundays At Two Described by The New Yorker as adventurous and passionate,Ukrainian-born pianist, Inna Faliks has established herself among today’s top-tier pianists. Faliks is head of piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Time: 2 p.m. June 10 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-557 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates A Century of Broadway Songs Across the Footlights The music that has filled the broadway stage for the last century echoes the heartbeat of the nation. Spend an evening reminiscing and enjoying the songs and stories that have entertained so well. Time: 7 p.m. June 10 Cost: $15 to $25 Details: (310) 781-7171 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 11 Junko Yagam and Senre Oe Summer Concert Junko Yagam and Senre Oe will show off their talents in this summer concert. Time: 8 p.m. June 11 Cost: $50 to $200 Details: (310) 781-7171 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 14

State Champs As they head out to headline the final run of the Warped Tour, New Yorkbased pop-punk band State Champs will be stopping in to celebrate the release of their new album, Living Proof. Time: 7 p.m. June 14 Cost: Free Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Record Store, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach


Peter Pan Storybook Ballet Sir James M. Barrie’s popular story about the three Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael who are visited by Peter Pan, and then fly away with him to Neverland with him, Tinkerbell and her pixie dust, is performed ballet-style. Time: 2 and 5 p.m. June 2, and 2 p.m. June 3 Cost: $24 Details: Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

June 9

LOVE/SICK Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, John Cariani brings us an evening of nine bittersweet romantic comedies. LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone. Runs through July 7. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, June 9 through July 7 Cost: $20 to $24 Details: show/love-sick Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

DANCE June 2

Songs of the Silver Screen San Pedro City Ballet presents its annual spring showcase with dance inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood to the soundtracks of modern movies. Students will perform a variety of dance and the show will feature a new work choreographed by Patrick David Bradley. The company will showcase students from its acclaimed DancEd “Steps Up” outreach program.

Time: 2 p.m. June 2 Cost: $25 and $31 Details: www.sanpedrocityballet. org. Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro


June 14

Robert Scheer Above the Fold The screening includes a featurette of short excerpts from the Activist Video Archive, a resource of records that honor Los Angeles’ progressive political history. Time: 7 p.m. June 14 Cost: Free Details: (310) 452-2881 Venue: Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills Plant This Movie A documentary about the destruction of local food growing and the front lawn culture that developed in the 1950s. The film seeks to provide the answer to this problem by educating the viewer in the development of urban farming as a solution to more problems than just food quality and supply. Time: 7 to 9:30 June 15 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Feed and Be Fed, 429 W. 6th St., San Pedro


June 7

Big Postals Show 2 The continuation of the Big Postals Show with music by DJ Monsoon includes variety of artists who have contributed work on the 11x14 USPS Priority Mail postal labels screenprinted by hand in the studio. Postal labels have been a staple of graffiti artists for decades. Now, artists have much more room to express themselves. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. June 7 Cost: Free Details: (323) 644-8200 Venue: Machine Studio, 446 W. 6th St., San Pedro Reflections in Blue; Group Exhibition by Loft Resident Artists Painters, ceramicists, photographers, sculptors and installation artists. All these make up the practice of artists who for 20 years have


Designing Solutions to Restore Wetlands Christine Whitcraft, associate professor in the Biology Department at Cal State University Long Beach, will speak at the Discovery Lecture Series. Whitcraft’s research interest is in the functioning of coastal wetlands and estuarine communities from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Time: 7 to 9 p.m June 1 Cost: Free Details: www.aprildiscoverylecture. Venue: John M. Olguin Auditorium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

June 2

Monthly Beach Cleanup Volunteers learn about coastal habitat, the growing amount of marine debris within it and the benefits of protecting this ecosystem. All ages and abilities welcome . Time: 8 to 10 a.m. June 2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-7562 Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Banning High All Alumni 10th Annual Picnic Another day of fun, memories and friends is shaping up at the Alumni Art Show. Bring a dish or dessert for the Pilot foodshare table. Seven scholarships will be awarded to Banning High seniors by Los Angeles Fire Dept. Chief, Ralph Terrazas and Councilman Joe Buscaino. Live music by Under the Radar, raffle and prizes. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 866-1959 Venue: Point Fermin Park, 807 S Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro Flavor Bombs! Talk Demo, Book Signing Join Adam Fleischman and learn how to detonate flavor in beloved dishes using ordinary ingredients high in umami. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 2 Cost: Free Details: events/2018/6/2/flavor-bombs Venue: Pacific Food and Beverage Museum, 731 Pacific Ave., San Pedro

June 3

Comfort Foods and Curry Cravings Join fiction and cookbook author Nandita Godbole for a demo of classic Indian comfort foods and a colorful presentation highlighting the complexity, diversity and nuances of India’s bold cuisine

Wilmington Historical Roadshow It’s all here: never- before-seenpre-1970 photos, prominent athlete stories, a music legend raised in the projects, artists, old-time favorites, pre-Pacific Coast Highway photos, architecture, favorite hang-outs, Red Car, circus, Joe’s Record Store, May Day Celebrations, entertainers, classic cars and free train rides for kids. Time: 11a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 Cost: Free Details: (310) 629-1995. Venue: Banning’s Landing, 100 E. Water St., Wilmington

June 9 World Ocean Day at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium A free one-day event that celebrates the ocean and its importance in our lives. Themes like conservation of our urban coastline and getting to know the inhabitants of our ocean will be explored in family-oriented activities like arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and animal stories. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

June 10 South Coast Cactus & Succulent Society Rob Roy MacGregor will discuss various techniques used to save damaged plants, in addition to methods that intentionally inflict damage to promote offsetting. Rob will discuss and incorporate a hands-on demonstration of bisection, decapitation, and hot nailing propagation methods. Time: 1 p.m. June 10 Cost: Free Details: www.southcoastcss. org Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula 2018 Juneteenth Celebration This remembrance of freedom from bondage will honor outstanding men and fathers. The event will feature music, art, food, authors and books, spoken word, voter registration, health screening and a variety of vendors. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. June 10 Cost: Free Details: (562) 856-7586 Venue: Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Long Beach

June 12

Great Civilizations of Mexico, Central America and South America Go south of the border to view some of the most interesting and easily accessible sites for your next vacation including, Chichen Itza, Teotihuacan, Copan, and Machu Pichu. Time: 12:10 to 1 p.m. June 12 Cost: Free Details: (310) 618-2378 www.TorranceCa.Gov Venue: George Nakano Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

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June 6

Mapache Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci, the Mapache boys, are already rising to the top of the new wave of West Coast cosmic Americana. Time: 7 p.m. June 6 Cost: Free

June 7

Young Artists Annual Orchestra Concert This orchestra boasts youth from the fifth grade to high school seniors who will present the music of Bizet, a Sibelius violin concerto. Time: 7:30 p.m. June 7 Cost: $10 Details: (310) 781-7171 Venue: James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

Uncompliant Acts: The Public Stage Anthony Friedkin’s entire oeuvre can accurately be described as a pursuit of the authentic. His topics include phenomena such as surf culture, prisons, cinema, gay culture, and, most currently, the art of urban streets. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through June 23 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-2150 Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro

June 3

Howlin’ Rain With their new LP The Alligator Bride, Howlin’ Rain delivers its fifth full-length set of swampy, ragged and unapologetic rock ‘n roll. Free with RSBP. Time: 7 p.m. June 5 Cost: Free Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Record Store, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

The Pacific Food and Beverage Museum in San Pedro hosts fiction and cookbook author Nandita Godbole on June 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Godbole will give a demo and presentation of classic Indian comfort foods highlighting the complexity, diversity and nuances of the culture’s bold cuisine. She will be signing her latest book, Not for You: Family Narratives of Denial and Comfort Foods. Admission is free with RSVP, www. events/2018/6/3/comfort-foods-curry-cravings.


Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 3 Cost: Free Details: events/2018/6/3/comfort-foodscurry-cravings. Venue: Pacific Food and Beverage Museum, 731 Pacific Ave., San Pedro

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Southern Nights and All That Jazz The night features the Paul Cohen Quartet, hor d’oeuvres, dancing and live jazz. Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 2 Cost: $40 to $75 Details: (310) 831-2161 Venue: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1648 W. 9th St., San Pedro

Details: (562) 433-4996 Venue: Fingerprints Record Store, 420 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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occupied the creative space called the The Loft Gallery and Studios. A rare group show curated by Michael Stearns, himself a Loft artist, will open in the upstairs main gallery. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. June 7 Cost: Free Details: (562) 400-0544. Venue: The Loft Gallery and Studios 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro.


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starting to come together, which is amazing These students are standing out for a different reason. They excel in the classroom and their respective fields. Corey Fausto, particularly during his junior and senior playing on the San Pedro High varsity football team has been making waves on both sides of the ball while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. Turner, who has been playing club soccer for 11 years and played with the highly-touted club team, Fram Lawson for the past four years, and his recruitment by Division I schools such as Rutgers University. Tony Lawson, the Fram Lawson soccer club coach, described Seth as an introvert off the field. Not that Seth was the sort to stick to himself. He just isn’t the type to generally draw attention to himself. But on the soccer field, Lawson described Seth as a real competitor, particularly

if Turner felt he was on the wrong end of a bad referee call or his team is down his desire to win gets raised a few notches. When Turner first started playing with Fram Lawson, the team was already solid and had been playing together for a few years. Turner didn’t immediately start first string. Lawson noted Turner’s strengths as a player. “He immediately impressed the coaching staff with his speed and overall athleticism, as well as his understanding of how to defend, Lawson said. Primarily a wide player, Turner will be effective in a fullback or wide midfield role at the Division I level.” Lawson remembers an early conversation he had with Turner’s father. That conversation was about ensuring that Turner got to play Division 1 soccer. To see that goal accomplished is a point of pride for the South Bay soccer club coach. Patapoff comes from a rigorous arts background under the guidance of the San Pedro Ballet Company and had been dancing since she

was a toddler. San Pedro Ballet founder and teacher Cindy Bradley noted that she and other instructors there get to see these kids in every phase of their life until they graduate from high school. The typical schedule is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturdays. Patapoff was no different, said Bradley, except she never seemed to give in to angst or frustration. “She is the best example of a role model that we ever had.” Bradley said. “She seemed like an old soul from the moment she started.” While maintaining her heavy schedule practicing and performing, Patapoff was carrying a significant academic load, taking honors and advanced placement classes and participating in student government as this year’s president of the Associated Student Body leadership. Bradley identified discipline and maturity as the character traits that’s allowed Patapoff to persevere and succeed. “She had the discipline to do the program, which is very vigorous, and she was in advanced placement classes and I didn’t even know she was a part of ASB,” Bradley explained. “She is so humble she never told me. She probably thought I would worry, that I would talk her out

of it or something. She had the starring role of Clara in the Nutcracker. She would probably be starring in the San Pedro Ballet’s current show, but she is injured and has to wear a boot.” Bradley hopes Patapoff continues to dance because she is so good. She doesn’t believe Patapoff wants to make dance a career. “I can see her doing anything in life she wants,” Bradley said. “Right now, Patapoff will be entering UC Berkeley without declaring major. She expressed an interest in filmmaking and history but she’s leaving her options wide open.”

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Antonio Villaraigosa, Public Policy Adviser Party Affiliation: Democrat Age: 65 Residence: Los Angeles The basics: He made his mark as the mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013, serving as the city’s first Latino mayor since 1872. Before that, he was speaker of the state Assembly and a union organizer. As mayor, he headed the city through the financial crisis and championed Measure R, a $35 billion transit package that helped fund Los Angeles’ transit system. After terming out as mayor, he served as an advisor to companies like Herbalife and Cadiz. On housing: Villaraigosa wants California to have 3.5 million new homes by the year 2025. One funding proposal: create regional trust funds to share the cost to build housing. Another big priority is bringing back redevelopment agencies, which used to allow city governments to collect a share of property taxes and use them for redevelopment projects. Villaraigosa acknowledged that the old system had “problems and some abuses,” but wants a reformed version that would provide more checks on how the money is spent. On homelessness: He said the state ought to match local funds to tackle homelessness. “What the state has to do is say [to counties], we’re going to partner with you,” he said in January. “If you’re putting money up to address permanent supportive housing, services for the homeless, houses for the homeless, then we’ve got to match that money.” On health care: He supports the idea of a single-payer health care system in California — but doesn’t think it should happen just yet. He’s said on multiple occasions that anyone trying to convince California to adopt single-payer now is “selling you snake oil.” It’s not a realistic proposal if California can’t get the federal waivers from the Donald Trump administration, he told KPCC’s AirTalk this past year. On immigration: Villaraigosa said immigrants are critical for California’s economy. He has decried President Trump’s approach to immigration as one that breaks up families. He’s against Trump’s border wall proposal, saying California should find more ways to partner with Mexico on trade and other mutually beneficial economic programs.

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right of those couples to marry. On housing: Newsom touts a goal of building 3.5 million new homes in California by the year 2025 to address the affordability crisis. Newsom also supports the Brown-backed $4 billion bond for affordable housing projects on the November ballot. He’s also talked about the need to tackle the housing problem through regulatory reform and carrot-and-stick incentives for neighborhoods to produce more housing. On homelessness: Housing is also a cornerstone of his plan to confront homelessness: “We need to recognize this fundamental fact: Shelters solve sleep. Housing solves homelessness,” he said at a gubernatorial town hall in January. On top of that, he’s called for a statewide interagency council to fight homelessness, overseen by a secretary of homelessness, as well as more aggressive advocacy of the federal Supplemental Security Income to help vulnerable groups. On health care: Newsom has championed a universal health care program, akin to the Healthy San Francisco plan he helped roll out in the city when he was mayor. In an interview with KPCC in January, he called it a “bridge to the ideal,” referring to his support for a singlepayer health care system for California. Newsom acknowledges legal hurdles the state would face to create Canadian-style single-payer health care proposed in the Senate Bill 562 bill, which stalled in the Assembly. Still, he told KPCC he wants to use SB 562 as the “corpus of the plan” to achieve single-payer in California. On immigration: Yes to California’s “sanctuary” status and yes to comprehensive immigration reform. He supports Senate Bill 54, California’s sanctuary state law that limits when state and local law enforcement can cooperate with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws. He also said he will resist any efforts from the Donald Trump administration to roll back Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections or strip away federal funding from cities.

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Of all the programs, sports or others at San Pedro High School, the Golden Pirate Regiment marching band headed by Darnella Davidson has probably seen the most dramatic turnaround ever. Davidson was honored in Nashville this past month with a Music Teachers of Excellence Awards after her winning backto-back championship titles in 2016 and 2017, and receiving top honors among 92 marching bands in the Southern California Winter Guard Association tournament. For the past three years, [See SPHS, p. 17]

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San Pedro High marching bandmates Samantha Duran, Manuel Fragoso, Jacob Reynoso, Rene Rosales and Emily Pinto made beautiful music together. Photo by Raphael Richardson

Davidson said the two of them were chosen to help each other to be able manage the color guard. “Their leadership became quite apparent,” Davidson said. “For them to be able to manage people and how to rehearse a group when the instructors are not there... just how to coordinate all the things that go into being a color guard... both of them were able to do it.” In fact, their work has become so noted that this past semester, they’ve been going over to Dana Middle and grooming those teenagers and taking charge of the program over there as well. “So, when those [teenagers] come over here, they will be better trained,” Davidson said. Each of the band members wore with medals they won over the past three years, consistently topping more than 90 schools from 2016 to 2018. Of all the graduating band students, the drum major, Manuel Fragoso probably experienced the greatest growth. “This is the first time he ever had this type of

leadership role but when we choose drum majors and captains you have to look at what the band make up will be in the fall and all of the seniors are involved in the selection of the drum majors and captains,” Davidson explained. “Their input is invaluable. They get to see the things that I don’t necessarily get to see because they know the kids in a different way. Fragoso hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and it’s why he was made drum major for the All City Honor Marching Band. “It was tough being drum major at first because I didn’t know what to do, but I figured it out and things ran smoothly,” Fragoso said. He had to learn the baton and calling commands. He admits he wasn’t as confident before he became drum major but credits his elevation for giving him the confidence to step up and exercise leadership skills he had acquired. He’s also a part of the Los Angeles Music Art School Orchestra band since the eighth grade.

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color guard captains Samantha Duran and Emily Pinto, drum major Manuel Fragoso, section leaders Rene Rosales and Jacob Reynoso have been a part of Davidson’s band. Davidson beams with pride when talking about the graduating seniors she selected for this profile. She describes Samantha Duran as one who uplifts everyone, organized and a role model. “She’s the kind of person you can’t help but do what she wants you to do,” Davidson explained. “She’s just very sweet and kind.” Duran is going to El Camino College, which has one of the best music programs in Southern California. Duran said she aims to continue dancing in the future and perhaps even teach dance. Outside of band, Duran is the president of the Kings and Queens Club, which is a kind of fraternity/sorority at San Pedro High School. The Kings and Queens club gives high school student a taste of Greek fraternity/sorority life emphasizing community service and academic excellence. Duran has been in the club for four years. Though the club emulates Pan-Hellenic councils in terms of service, the club is not connected to a specific Greek organization. The last big project the Kings and Queens club participated in was the Whale of a Day at Point Vicente at in Rancho Palos Verdes. Whale of a Day was an educational event celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuchki Seas in Alaska to the winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja California. Duran and fellow club members manned educational game station teaching youth about the whales. Duran also filled a cabinet position her first two years, then vice president as a junior. Academically she’s ranked in the top 100 of her class. Davidson described Emily Pinto as bit more serious. “I call her Santana, kind of like the television show Glee,” Davidson said. “She kind of ha[s] that personality. But underneath all of that gruff she’s a very kind sweet person and very artistic.” Pinto recounted her experience in Davidson’s band as challenging and rewarding. She will be going the Long Beach City College and wants to continue color guard and art. She’s also a part of the Blue Devils color guard. She does graphic design specializing in digital studio art. She’s looking to transfer to Cal State Long Beach or even the University of Southern California.

Section leader and soloist trumpet player Renee Rosales and Jacob Reynoso, a saxophone soloist. So they both are really fine players and Renee also is a really sweet young man. Davidson pays attention how students address their elders and the ways students comport themselves in the public eye. When she takes note of how a student greets her, it is a mark good home training that could possibly open doors, “‘Hello, Ms. Davidson …. Goodbye, Ms. Davidson,” the band director said, mimicking the characteristics of polite and respectful interaction between elder and junior. “You don’t get that kind of response from every kid and that just sticks in my mind as being well trained. His mother did a great job with him in teaching him how to be polite. He has his mischievous moments but overall he’s a very kind person and a person that cares about the program. He’s now going into drum corp. He marched last year, but this year he’s marching with one of our most favorite groups, the Blue Devils. So, he’s going to learn a lot from that experience. So, I congratulate him on that. Renee has been a trumpet section leader for the past two years and soloist for the past three years. He will be attending Riverside City College. He really wants to be in college band. He’s already done two years of Drum Corps, one with Drum Bugle Corp. and one with Blue Devils Bugle Corps.” Renee said when he’s not practicing with Ms. Davidson or the Blue Devils, he’s putting in time on his instrument on his own. Renee points to Pauley Raphael Mendez as a musician he tries to emulate. The state in Mexico my family is from, listen to him a lot. Renee said he spends about 30 hours a week practicing on his instrument a week. And it’s paying off. “Jacob Reynoso is a fantastic alto saxophone player. He’s one of my favorite all time alto saxophone players,” Davidson said?. “He just has a beautiful tone, he’s great with improvisation. Davidson noted that Reynoso struggled academically as a freshman. She suggested a bit of discipline was all it took to get him in the right direction. “Now he’s setting the tone for the kids who are following him. He could say to them, ‘I made these mistakes, don’t make them.,’” Davidson said. Reynoso will be going to El Camino College and plans to continue with music by joining El Camino’s symphonic band.

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DBA & LEGAL FILINGS DRAFT INITIAL STUDY/NOTICE OF PREPARATION FOR THE HARBOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT CENTER The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department (Harbor Department) has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Initial Study (IS) to address the environmental effects of the proposed Harbor Performance Enhancement Center Project (HPEC Project) located at 300 South Ferry Street and 750 Eldridge Street, in the Port of Los Angeles (Port). Project Description: The HPEC Project proposes to enhance container management at the Harbor Department by utilizing the former Los Angeles Export Terminal yard and the adjacent former U.S. Customs House site. The HPEC Project would create an all-wheeled yard for peel-off and push-from marine terminals at the Port and the Port of Long Beach. The HPEC Project would enhance terminal velocity by streamlining container moves and improving the flow of cargo between terminals, thereby reducing truck queuing at marine terminal gates and improving terminal efficiencies. Public Comment Period: The 30-day public review period for the NOP/IS is scheduled to begin on May 31, 2018, and will conclude on June 29, 2018. The NOP/IS has been made available for public review on the Port’s web site: under the Environmental tab and at the following locations: * City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, Environmental Management Division, 222 West 6th Street, San Pedro, California 90731 * Los Angeles City Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California 90731 * Los Angeles City Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington, California 90744

Scoping Meeting: A scoping meeting will be held during the public review period to solicit comments from interested parties on the content of the NOP/IS on June 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Harbor Department Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. CN949568 HARBOR May 31, 2018

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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 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: 05/17/2018, 05/31/2018, 06/14/2018, 06/28/2018

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018112411 The following person is doing business as: Children’s Maritime Institute, Berth 73, STE #2, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Los Angeles Maritime Institute Berth 73, STE #2, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 04/2018. 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/. Bruce Heyman, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 8, 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: 05/31/2018, 06/14/2018,

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

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018068183 The following person is doing business as: Excel Funding R.E.S., Inc, Excel Funding RES, Inc., 28924 S. Western Ave, STE 110, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Excel Funding Real Estate Services, 28924 S. Western Ave, STE 110, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Frances T. Baldwin, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 20, 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: 03/22/2018, 04/5/2018,

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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,

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



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