This is what happens when children become bargaining chips Compiled by Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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Climate advocates unveil pathway plan for a post-carbon California p.3 Trash collector hauls Carson into court p.5
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Entertainment. They met to discuss the project in May 2017 and now, a year later, they are in production. They submitted a proposal to Supervisor Janice Hahn to secure funding and they received a portion of what they asked. Mardesich said they were well advised to stick with it and to not give up. Mardesich knew of the need to preserve oral stories in San Pedro and Wilmington. She and Baric decided to include the whole Harbor Area and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The idea was to represent as broad an illustration of subjects as there are people in the Harbor Area. “We’re thinking bigger than our immediate waterfront,” Mardesich said, who 15 years ago founded the LA Harbor [See Stories, p. 15]
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David Arian’s oral history is preserved in a new film by Jack Baric and Stephanie Mardesich, Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area.
Film producer and director Jack Baric and LA Harbor International Film Festival founder Stephanie Mardesich joined forces to produce the San Pedro oral history project Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area. Mardesich and Baric previously worked together during the beginnings of LA Harbor International Film Festival, or LAHIFF. Baric eventually stepped away as he became busy with his own films and projects, ultimately earning an Emmy. Mardesich had an idea to cover the history of the diverse people in the community of San Pedro. She was thinking of an oral history project. So, the first person she called to help her execute it was Baric, who also owns Baric Media
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Immigrant rights organizations have been working to expose the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policies long before April 2018. Many including the ACLU have been filing Freedom of Information Acts to multiple government agencies this week. The groups seek records underlying the unconscionable practice purposefully dividing immigrant families — taking children from their parents and separately detaining them. Photo by Nuno Alberto
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On June 21, a day after President Donald Trump retreated from his administration’s zero tolerance stance against migrants crossing the southern border by executive order, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a bipartisan group of mayors called for the reunification of families separated after crossing illegally into the United States. The mayors sought these assurances when it became clear that the Trump administration didn’t have a plan for the 2,300 children already separated from their parents. This Trump-manufactured crisis was created early this past spring when the administration began prosecuting every person attempting to enter the country illegally. Since children can’t be detained in a federal prison, they were taken away from their parents while those adults were waiting for their day in court.
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Harbor Area March for Families United, Not Divided
Join Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and Move-on for this social justice march to keep immigrant families together. Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 30 Venue: Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach
Heart the Homeless
Heart the Homeless is a 5k race or walk sponsored by Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The race benefits Harbor Interfaith Services. The event will include a 1k children’s fun run, costume contest, health expo and food drive. The race will take place along the woodsy-scenic trail at Ernie Howlett Park in Rolling Hills Estates. Time: 6:30 a.m. July 1 Details: https://tinyurl.com/Heart-the-Homeless Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden, 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates
Carson Youth Employment Program
There are limited positions for the Summer Youth Employment Program. The first 200 completed applications will be considered. Applicants must be Carson residents, between the ages of 16 to 17, with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Work Permits will be distributed when hired. Participants can work up to 100 hours in city departments. Search for “Summer Youth Worker” position online. Details: (310) 952-1736; www.governmentjobs. com
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On the Fourth of July, Los Angeles Animal Services Centers fill beyond capacity with terrified lost pets. You can make that life-saving difference by fostering for four days or more or adopting. Every pet is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be placed in a good home. To view adoptable pets, visit: http://bit.ly/ LAASAdoptables. To volunteer to foster, print your application at http://bit.ly/LAASFostering or go to your nearest animal services center and ask for a Foster Volunteer application. The shelters are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. They are closed on Mondays and the Fourth of July. To find the shelter nearest you, call (888) 452-7381 or visit http://bit.ly/LAASlocator.
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The Palos Verdes Planning Commission meets. Time: 7 to 11 p.m. July 10 Details: https://tinyurl.com/PV-PlanningCommission Venue: Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes
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On May 18, Oil Change International released a report, Sky’s the Limit California. The report outlines a pathway to a post-carbon future for the state that rests on two key elements: a managed reduction in fossil fuel production, and the planning and funding to ensure a just transition that takes care of impacted workers and communities. Both key elements would have a profound impact in Wilmington, said Ashley Hernandez, a Wilmington resident and field organizer for Communities for a Better Environment, also known as CBE. For example, closing oil wells inside a 2,500-foot health buffer zone around homes, schools and hospitals is a key part of the plan. It would dramatically reduce drilling in Los Angeles. “I live right next door to oil drilling myself, less than 600 feet from it,” Hernandez told Random Lengths News. “So, dealing with those impacts, I completely understand and am a proof of that study.” CBE is part of a broader environmental justice coalition, STAND-LA, which seeks to end neighborhood drilling in the city. The new report argues for statewide relief. Although California is widely seen as a leader in responding to climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has acknowledged that “No nation or state is doing what they should be doing.” Brown made that assessment this past year as he announced a Climate Action Summit meeting that’s coming to San Francisco in September 2018, with the specific goal of supporting the Paris climate agreement, which has been abandoned by President Donald Trump. But while Brown — along with other state leaders — has committed the state to significant reductions in fossil fuel consumption, he has previously opposed any efforts to curb fossil fuel production in the state. In fact, as Random Lengths News reported in its Nov. 23, 2017 edition, California’s Crude Attempt At Climate Leadership Challenged in Bonn he has enthusiastically supported increased production via unconventional oil- and chemically-intensive well stimulation techniques (fracking, acidizing, cyclic-steam injection, etc.), drawing support from the fossil fuel industry and criticism from environmentalists in the state. But the new report argues that approach just can’t work. “Gov. Brown’s goal to reduce oil use in cars and trucks by 50 percent by 2030 would save about 430 million barrels of oil over the next 12 years,” compared to 660 million barrels California will produce if the reduction plans in the report aren’t adopted. Thus, “If California does not limit production, it could add a greater amount of new oil supply to the market, undermining the effectiveness of demand-side measures.” “The lack of action on the production side is a major hole in California’s existing policies,”
Oil rig operating next to a walk and bike way in Signal Hill. Photo by Sarah Craig of Faces of Fracking.
the report’s lead author, Kelly Trout, told Random Lengths News. “Staying within safe climate limits will require a managed decline of fossil fuel production. Every new oil and gas well drilled in California digs the world into a deeper carbon hole while undermining the state’s existing consumption-reduction policies…. It’s a basic economic principle that supply and demand are linked, and working to reduce both at once is the most effective approach to reducing emissions.” It’s an approach known as “cutting with both arms of the scissors.” As the report explains: [M]eeting the state’s goals to reduce
oil consumption in transportation would cause some decrease in global oil prices, in turn encouraging greater consumption in other states or countries. However, simultaneously reducing California’s production of oil would have the opposite price effect and encourage less consumption, thus reinforcing the benefits of demand-side measures. But it’s crucial to do this in a way that protects everyone. “If the world is to stave off catastrophic climate impacts, the fossil fuel era will need to wind down within a few decades and planning [See Post-Carbon, p. 17]
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Volunteers operate the food pantry and clothing closet, tutor children in the Children’s Center and provide help with everything from cleaning to filing. The mission of Harbor Interfaith Services is to empower the homeless and working poor to achieve self-sufficiency by providing support services including shelter, transitional housing, food, job placement, advocacy, childcare, education and life-skills training. Volunteering begins after an orientation. The orientations are the second Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Details: (310) 831-0603 ext. 305; https://tinyurl. com/HIS-Volunteer-app
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POLA Gives $1 Million in Grants to 30 Local Organizations
SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles has allocated $1 million in grant funding again this year to local nonprofits through its annual Community Investment Sponsorship Program. The non-taxpayer-funded program allocates up to $1 million annually in grant funding for projects benefiting the communities surrounding the port and LA waterfront. There were 28 organizations receiving new grant awards. And the Los Angeles Maritime Institute and International Trade Education Programs are receiving their second installment of a two-year large grant awarded last year. Under the Community Investment Sponsorship Program, grants are awarded in three categories: small ($5,000 and under); medium ($5,001 to $99,999) and large ($100,000 and over). Among the 30 organizations that received grants this year were the Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles Harbor for a Port, Ocean and Land Awareness program; a Clean Wilmington project by SBCC-Thrive LA; a maritime career technical education program at Port of Los Angeles High School; and a Wilmington Art Walk event by the Avalon Arts and Cultural Center. For the full list of recipients go to, www. portoflosangeles.org/pdf/2018-CommunityInvestment-Sponsorship-Program.pdf
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LONG BEACH — On June 22, the Port of Long Beach moved ahead with construction of $16.8 million in infrastructure that will support the first phase of a transition to a zero-emissions future at the port’s largest container terminal. Partially funded by an $8 million grant from
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Los Angeles Maritime youth crew members, interpreters and educators on the Explore the Coast monthly sails, and others from the Animo High School Marine Biology Club in Lennox, have been expanding their educational and action campaign, regionally and nationally. They have participated in the Los Angeles Science Fair, presented to workshop of Animo High teachers that was hosted by USC Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Skyped with students and scientists nationally and internationally. In mid-May they toured CarbonLite the state-of-the-art recycling plant near Riverside, witnessing a plastic bottle recycling process that includes sorting, cleaning, shredding, melting and reforming into pellets and finally packaging of the resin pellets for sale to companies seeking to incorporate recycled plastic in their products. With proposed California laws that require a percentage of recycled plastic in new plastic products, many companies are seeking this new product. For these 20 students, who’ve been engaged for the entire school year in research and action campaigns to reduce ocean plastic, this was a vivid example that the potential exists to recycle a much higher percentage of plastic than is currently reused. The students have produced a website and uploaded their research projects and their bilingual materials to educate others throughout
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the world about much-needed efforts to recycle and reuse plastic products and prevent their introduction into landfills and the ocean. In this effort, they have collaborated with students across the United States and Japan. Most recently a delegation of two Latinas participated in student and teacher workshops for a week in Chile. They work closely with local organizations
such as Algalita, 5Gyres, City2Sea, AltaSea, LA Maritime Institute, and USC Wrigley Marine center. For those students and others interested in following these efforts, supporting the students and joining in their action campaign, visit their website: www.animomarinebio.weebly.com.
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the California Energy Commission grant, the Port Advanced Vehicle Electrification Project is being built at Total Terminals International’s container terminal at Pier T, where it is intended to demonstrate the viability of electric-powered, zero-emissions cargo-handling technology and the application of a heavy-duty, off-road, direct current fast-charging system in a seaport environment. The project will design and build charging outlets for almost 40 pieces of electrical terminal equipment at the terminal. If the system is proven viable, it could eliminate the need for on-board equipment chargers and potentially increase battery capacity of electric vehicles. The demonstration is expected to begin early in 2021 and the project is scheduled to be completed by March 2022.
With Stolen Seat, Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban
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LOS ANGELES — On June 14, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors renewed a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of motorists who ran down a 24-year-old bicyclist on the Terminal Island Freeway in March. Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended the reward, which would have expired June 17, in the case of Cole Micek a San Pedro resident. Micek’s body was found about 3 a.m. March 3, by Long Beach police officers. The reward will be available for at least another 90 days. Investigators released images of a late-model white Toyota Camry and a 1990s-era Honda Accord with a sunroof and dark hood, which they believe may have been involved in the collision. Anyone with information is urged to call (562) 570-7132.
By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter Carson’s long-time trash hauler Waste Management is hauling Carson into Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the hauler was dumped for a rival in what court documents call a “pay-to-play” scheme in violation of Carson’s own municipal code. USA Waste, which also does business as Waste Management, filed a trio of related lawsuits in May, collectively making a number of explosive allegations, including that the process was tainted by “pay-to-play” donations to “a charity run by Mayor Al Robles” and there was improper consideration of numerous criteria outside the scope of the original request for proposals. Another allegation is that Carson responded insufficiently to a Public Records Act request. Waste Management sought an injunction against the rival’s contract on June 5, but Judge James C. Chalfant — the same judge who recently ordered Robles removed from the Water Replenishment District — refused. The next court date is scheduled for March 26, 2019. “Right now we’re in discovery,” said Philip Allan Trajan Perez, representing the dumped trash hauler. Perez noted another bizarre feature in this sequence of events, “Waste Resources Inc. was the bid put in, and all references are to
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By a 5-4 vote, a conservative majority of the Supreme Court effectively upheld the third iteration of Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. In a scathing dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor compared the decision to the infamous Korematsu decision, which approved the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II, including many from Terminal Island. “The Court’s decision ... leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States because the policy now masquerades behind a façade of national-security concerns,” Sotomayor wrote. “The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”
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purchasing ordinance” but is arguing all trash-hauling regulation is covered by a separate ordinance, not by its purchasing ordinance. The current 15-year contract, which runs out June 30, dates from 2003. That contact was entered into following an episode that involved criminal wrongdoing and a different trash hauler. The FBI raided then-Mayor Daryl Sweeney’s home and led him away in handcuffs. Thencouncil members Raunda Frank and Manual Ontal were also caught in the FBI net. Partly because of evidence Ontal supplied, the three were found to have been involved in a corrupt bidding process that favored a rival trash hauler, including a cashfor-three-council-votes scheme. Eventually, Sweeney was sent to federal prison for 71 months. Frank received
It’s Time for Conscientious Objection, Not Silence By James Preston Allen, Publisher
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I find myself at this moment pondering Benjamin Franklin and his printing press, and Thomas Paine, the radical patriot pamphleteer of the American Revolution. I am wondering just what they’d be thinking about with regard to the mess the country is in now. The founding fathers of the United States of America predicted the likelihood of a demagogue — such as the one we have now — coming into power. In fact, they were so fearful of having a tyrant become president by populist revolt or election that they built into our Constitution many defenses against, accompanied by the advice to be “ever vigilant.” Obviously, neither the U.S. Constitution nor the founding fathers weren’t perfect. What they couldn’t have predicted is that our most prized liberty: freedom of speech, would be turned upside down against us by a president using the bully pulpit on a rampage of tweets. The founding fathers never imagined in 1776 that technology would be used to disrupt the elections in 2016. I emphasize the “bully” part as it is perfectly clear to everyone, including all of the Republicans who ran against Trump, the entire Democratic party and most of the free world, that #45 is the worst internal threat to our Republic since the American Civil War. There’s something about the Abraham Lincoln’s speech of 1858 that comes to mind: A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. This may still be our challenge today. I find it infinitely curious that the current Republican Party, founded upon the radical ideas of emancipation and equal rights that brought Lincoln into power and ended with the historic fratricide of our national divide, is now so far removed from its own roots as to be unrecognizable. Clearly, we have a house divided, a president supported by neoNazi white nationalists and anti-government libertarians driven by fear of Muslims, immigrants at our southern border and a distrust of journalists. This doesn’t end well. The humanitarian crisis at the border is clearly manufactured by Trump’s own impulses to play to the xenophobia of his
supporters and his corrupt cabinet. Then there is the Republican-led Congress, still trying to rip people’s health care away and stalling on any bipartisan immigration reform. And the Bullyin-Chief tweets that we should just do away with immigration courts and judges. Didn’t he promise that Mexico was going to pay for the wall? It appears Mexico has its own ideas about sovereignty. They are poised to elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a center-left populist candidate, who sounds a lot like Bernie Sanders. It will be very interesting to see how Trump’s “Make America Great Again” plays out with both leaders of Canada and Mexico being left-leaning populists who actually know global warming is fact, that human rights are universal and that diplomacy is a two-way street guided by mutual respect not demagoguery. As Trump continues his endless campaign rallies and Twitter attacks on his enemies and members of Congress like Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi, he is only fanning the flames of division. It seems to be working in his favor, even while the resistance to him is growing. He is successfully dividing our house with every speech, tweet and executive order. Not to mention his fawning relationship with Vladimir Putin, his growing number of attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller and the investigation of Russiagate, the 2016 elections and the corruptions of his collaborators in his campaign. Silence is not an option when a political opposition leadership fails. Bipartisanship stops in a time of one-party rule led by a tyrant. I applaud the people of conscience who have volunteered at the Texas border to represent the immigrants seeking asylum and stand up for the innocent children who have no voices on the floor of Congress other than their recorded cries at the separation from their parents. I condone the resistance of workers at restaurants who have publicly shamed members of Trump’s cabinet members who have colluded in the inhumane treatment of minors and who are now setting up internment camps run by the Pentagon. Now is the time for conscientious objection of a regime that is hell bent on turning back the clock on fundamental rights, civil liberties and economic rights that have been earned by my generation and my parents’ generation. We will not let this stand. Silence is not vigilance and subservience to illegality and tyranny is not patriotism.
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Immigrants and Muslims are Trump’s Jews By Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News Make no mistake: Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions’ assault on immigrant families and their “tactic” of separating parents from their children are right out of the Nazi playbook. It’s no accident U.S. immigrations officials are telling parents they’re taking kids to “bathe,” then making them disappear … and then telling their parents they will never see them again. This ghoulish reminder of Auschwitz shames us all. It should also terrify us and make us act. However removed we may think we are, we are next, and so are our children. This regime loves torture and dictatorship, and aspires to both. Thugs like these have nothing of value to offer, so they rule with hate, fear and scapegoating. Many of these families are coming to our borders legally seeking asylum. Some families under assault are not even immigrants, they are merely of Hispanic origin or appearance. There’s no immigrant “crisis” in the United States any more than there was a “Jewish Question” in Hitler’s Germany. Hitler needed an object of hate to become absolute ruler. Jews comprised one percent of the German population. They were handy. Hitler spared a Jewish family doctor and a Nobel prize-winning cancer researcher (Otto Warburg) just as Trump might spare Jared Kushner and Michael Cohen. But however much hate and terror this regime
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needs to generate, Trump will do it. Like Adolph, Donald can’t rule without making America hate again. Immigrants and Muslims are where he started. Hispanics, blacks, Iranians, Asians, “globalists,” not to mention gays, Jehovah’s Witnesses, people with disabilities … it’s all the same. Their – our – time will come. The regime’s real need is to hide its complete inability to govern, and to divide and distract the population. Blaming these families for “breaking the law” is like blaming Poland’s cavalry for provoking Hitler’s invasion. Blaming the Democrats while banning them from inspecting the camps is like charging the Red Cross with running the gas chambers. Our prison system is a corporate profit center. With more than two million prisoners, it’s the largest in history after Hitler’s concentration/death camps and Stalin’s gulag. It’s been filled largely by the Drug War. But more than half our states have now legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use. America’s for-profit prisons – like Trump hotels – could lose “customers.” Since Nixon launched the Drug War in 1971, more than 41,000,000 Americans have been imprisoned on non-violent drug-related charges. Most arrests have been for pot, and most have [See Trump’s Jews, p. 7] Random Lengths News editorial office is located at 1300 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. Address correspondence regarding news items and tips to Random Lengths News, P.O. Box 731, San Pedro, CA 90733-0731, or email: editor@randomlengthsnews. com. Send Letters to the Editor to email@example.com. To be considered for publication, letters must be signed with address and phone number (for verification purposes) and be about 250 words. For advertising inquiries or to submit advertising copy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual subscription is $36 for 27 issues. Back issues are available for $3/copy while supplies last. Random Lengths News presents issues from an alternative perspective. We welcome articles and opinions from all people in the Harbor Area. While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2018 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.
The Trussiagate alarm bells have been clanging for nearly two years regarding the attack on America by a hostile re-Sovietized Russia led by a corrupt career KGB thug. Yet, the response by Tovarishch Trump and his GOP (Good Ol’ Putin) gang is to embrace, excuse, and/or ignore the enemy, aided by their very own propaganda arm at Faux News. That the current administration is riven with Russian agents, both actual and de-facto, is certain, and ranges from the White House, the cabinet, Congress,the Trump family, and on down. A President who freely divulges classified national security information to his Russian handlers, and his defenders, should never fall within the definition of American patriots. Now, our institutions are, in fact, under open attack from within. The full scope of these transgressions and treason is not yet known, but reveals an infiltration so deep and wide, that recovery of our national security apparatus will require a Trumanlevel undertaking. Putin and his Kremlin cronies are undoubtedly toasting and congratulating each other for accomplishing what their predecessors would have never dared dream. Pay heed to the clanging alarms, our republic’s survival is at stake, or else it’s “Das vidanya, America.” Kurt I. Muller Rancho Palos Verdes
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Today is World Refugee Day. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else. Imagine if you’d been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children. A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you’d be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life. That’s the reality for so many of the families whose plights we see and heart-rending cries we hear. And to watch those families broken apart in real time puts to us a very simple question: are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children? Our ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others, to say “there but for the grace of God go I,” is part of what makes us human. And to find a way to welcome the refugee and the immigrant — to be big enough and wise enough to uphold our laws and honor our values at the same time –—is part of what makes us American. After all, almost all of us were strangers once, too. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we’re only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. To be an American is to have a shared
treat them like sub-humans … they will absolutely do it to you and your children … or worse. And they want you to know this. Be afraid. Be very afraid … and then, act!
Like many of you, I have been rocked to my core with the recent events taking place at the U.S.- Mexican border. Forcefully separating children from their families for seeking a better life is no less evil than the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II or the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The Trump administration is using the lives of children as bargaining chips for its “wall,” and since the Republicans in Congress are too scared to stand up to these blatantly evil policies, it is up to us Democrats to ensure that Trump’s and the GOP’s power is stripped away so we can stop these heinous acts. Aside from being the most evil action the Trump administration has taken, these recent xenophobic events are especially personal for me. The largest detention center for these children is stationed in my hometown of McAllen, Texas. It brings me to tears to hear these children screaming for their mothers and fathers while locked away in the town where I was born, and it makes my blood boil to know that, unless we collectively stop it, the worst is yet to come. We must let these children and their parents know that we hear their cries. While we march and fight for these policies to end, we must also remember how imperative it is to vote away the GOP’s power in November. The country is now coming to terms with the feckless nature of the Republicans in the face of their Trump-overlord, and their fear to do anything to help children put in cages will be their undoing. If there is any doubt that Democrats are the party of humanity, let that be put to rest now. It is up to us to put up a united front to elect Democrats who will stop these heinous policies, and that is exactly what we will do. Los Angeles and California have always led the way in progressive politics, but now the lives and futures of children who are being locked away from their families with unbridled cruelty depend on it. We are the progressive lantern that the rest of the country follows, and we Democrats are at the frontlines to save our nation from this despair. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will march, rally, protest, walk precincts, and most importantly, get out the vote to ensure that our society is saved
Our country is in a crisis of Trump’s making. Congress could overturn Trump’s cruel policies of stealing and caging children of asylum seekers, but Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan don’t care enough to stop him. It’s been more than two months
children from being separated from their families, but not a single Republican has added their name—not even so-called “moderates” like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake. We need leaders who will stand up to Trump. Amanda McKay, Oakland Send Letters to the Editor to: letters @randomlengthsnews.com. To be considered for publication, all Letters to the Editor must include your name with address and phone number included (these will not be published, but are for verification only) and be kept to about 250 words.
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been of blacks and Hispanics. The Drug War means to generate prison profits and guarantee that people of color can’t vote. Trump’s assault on these families means to scare their community from the polls. And to send us all a message: the GOP will do to human children what the Nazis did. The Nazis claimed it was to “purify the race.” Sessions says it’s a “biblical” obligation. No matter the pretext: if they can rip children from parents — any children from any parents —tase them, cage them, traumatize them for life,
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All too often, bands that perform covers of our favorite songs get no respect, and that’s not right. They get blamed whenever people complain about the lack of bands playing original music. But any star of yesteryear can tell you there’s still wealth to be mined from oldiebut-goodie classics. Historically it was nothing for a music studio to release songs by one artist then re-release those same songs by a different artist in order to maximize the mileage of really good songs. Bruno Mars is perhaps the biggest contemporary example of an artist building success repackaging 1990s hit-making formulas for today’s audiences. On June 30, rythm and blues soul bands DW3 and Calle 6 will perform at the Summer Lakeside Concert at Harbor Regional Park. DW3 covers all the greatest R&B and funk hits of the 1990s and 2000s, as well as perform original music. For those who remember their performances at the 7th Street Chophouse, it should feel like a
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homecoming of sorts given that they play regularly at Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach when they are not touring internationally. Calle 6 is a septet that specializes in traditional Cuban salsa music. I’ve experienced their infectious music first hand. If you’re not ready to move those hips or shake what momma gave you, stay home. This coming July, just like the past 23 Julys, Mike Caccavalla will be hosting the annual Music by the Sea at Point Fermin Park. Originally, Caccavalla helped promote concerts that were presented by the Los Angeles Department Recreation and Park. When budget cuts threatened the event, the former retailer and restaurateur took over. In the past, Cacavalla described his criteria for finding entertainment as a mix of choosing from bands that would send him YouTube link submissions and media packages, but he said the best way of choosing bands was to go to local bars and do research. For five straight
Sundays during the month of July at Point Fermin Park, from 12 to 6 p.m. three cover bands will be playing favorite songs. On July 1: Dirty Ice Cream, Divalicious and Blues Alive On July 8: Hand of Doom, Funkalicious and Hot House July 15: Electric Gremlin, The VC and In Contempt July 22: Special Blend, Revolver and One Flight Up July 29: Nasty Bad Habit, The Topic and Low Key During the month of August, the Long Beach Jazz Festival and the Forever Oldies Tour will feature Barbara Mason, Rose Royce, Malo, The Delfonics and the Persuaders. Peruse Random Lengths Summer Calendar Guide and start picking the events you’re going to attend south of the 405 Freeway.
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ENTERTAINMENT June 30
Summer Lakeside Concerts Enjoy live performances by DW3 and Calle6. The day includes food trucks, raffles, contests and prizes. Time: 11a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30 Cost: Free Details: (310) 325-8906 Venue: Harbor Regional Park, 25820 S. Vermont Ave., Harbor City
July 1 Music by the Sea This event features local bands in a family-friendly environment. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Cost: Free Details: www.musicbythesea. com Venue: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro
Summertime in the LBC A one-day festival at the Queen Mary featuring more than 20 bands including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Ja rule and Ashanti, Midnight Star, The Dramatics and The Isley Brothers Time: 12 to 11 p.m. July 7 Cost: $50 and up Details: www. summertimeinthelbc.com Venue: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
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July 8 The Glass Family Electric Band Spend a summer afternoon of rockin’ music with the ‘60s sounds of the Glass Family Electric Band, including a psychedlic light show. Time: 4 p.m. July 8 Cost: Free Details: (424) 264-5335 Venue: The Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Robert Coomber and Satin Brass The quartet will perform music from Classical to Jazz. Time: 3 p.m., July 15 Cost: $10 to $21 Details: www.elcamino.edu centerforthearts/performances Venue: El Camino College, Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
July 22 A Day in the Park With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Grand Vision Foundation presents a day of family friendly fun at Anderson Park. There will be live music by Twanguero, Adaawe, The Mighty Echoes and Cambalache. Time: 12:30 to 5 p.m. July 22 Cost: Free Venue: Anderson Park, 828 S. Mesa St., San Pedro Saw and Soul Live Lou Mannick on musical saw with special guests jazz singer Barbara Morrison and guitarist Mike McCollum. Time: 5 p.m. July 22 Cost: $20 Details: www.comedyandmagicclub. com Venue: The Comedy and Magic Club—Live at The Lounge, 1014 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach
July 28 Raíces & Música: Musical Roots of Rancho Los Cerritos Drawing from the Rancho’s rich Mexican history, it presents Raíces & Música to highlight and celebrate this heritage. The event includes dinner, cocktails and live music by the award-winning band Mariachi Tesoro, led by Rebecca Gonzales. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. July 28 Cost: $100 Details: (562) 206-2040; www.rancholoscerritos.org Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 N. Virginia Road, Long Beach
Concerts by the Sea on the LA Waterfront This special summertime concert features Ballet Folklorico Paso de Oro Dance Co. and Trio Ellas. Time: 6:30 p.m. July 14 Details: www.lawaterfront.org Venue: Banning’s Landing, 100 Water St., Wilmington
Dayramir and Haban enTRANCe Havana Enjoy beats from Havana to San Pedro. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. July 29 Cost: $20 Details: www.alvasshowroom.tix. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Out of Body Come for a night of out of body experiences. The event will feature Dorian Wood, a Los Angeles singer, artist, and storyteller who explores his own story of hardships, love and joy, and ¡Aparato!. Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 14 Cost: $20 Details: www.17017blackbaudhosting. com Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
Aug 10 Long Beach Jazz Festival The Long Beach Jazz Festival features a line-up from classic rhythm and blues to hot summer night jazz, staged on a grassy knoll in a lagoon setting. The Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating and food, art, health and wellness pavilion. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10, and 1 to 10 p.m Aug. 11 and 12 Details: www.longbeachjazzfestival. com Venue: Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive, Long Beach
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Shakespeare by the Sea Shakespeare by the Sea presents The Merry Wives of Windsor and Winter’s Tale. Be sure to check out the website for a complete scedule of perfromances. Time: 8 p.m. through Aug. 8 Cost: Free Details: www.shakespearebythesea. org/wp/locations/ Venue: Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro The Foreigner Charlie, a pathologically shy Englishman, accompanies his friend Froggy on a trip to rural Georgia. Charlie is overcome with fear at the thought of having to make small talk with strangers, so Froggy informs the locals that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays June 28 through July 15 Cost: $25 to $45 Details: (310) 512-6030 www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro
My Fair Lady Most people know the story of Eliza Doolittle — a flower seller of limited means with a feisty personality whom Professor Higgins transforms into a Victorian lady who can engage with people of wealth and means without a hint of the once-humble street vendor showing through the facade. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundayw. June 30 to Aug. 4, Cost: $14 to $24 Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach,
Last Dance Aaron Cash’s fabulous solo show brings three forgotten dance legends to life. He gives them a voice from beyond the grave and one last dance. Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 1 Cost: $25 Details: www.last-dance-the-show. ticketleap.com Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5201 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach
July 6 Yankee Doodle Dandy! This show shines in David Armstrong’s new take on the life of American showman and songwriter George M. Cohan. The patriotic and biographical journey explorers the life of the musical pioneer, from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to the top. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. July 6 throught 22 Cost: $20 to $92 Details: (562) 856-1999, www.musical.org Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
The Long Beach Museum of Art presents an exhibition dedicated to showcasing new works by artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement, in collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects and the support of POW!WOW! Long Beach. Vitality and Verve III features site-specific works by 21 individuals brought together in the same space for the first time. The exhibition runs through Sept. 9. Details: www.lbma.org
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Black Panther Dinner, snacks and popcorn are available for purchase from the snack bar and food trucks. Movies on the Beach start at dusk. Time: 8 to 10 p.m. June 28 Cost: Free Details: (562) 343- 7147 Venue: Alfredo’s Beach Club, 5000 E Ocean Blvd. Long Beach
Queen of the Sun What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt of Farmer John. Time: 7 to 9: 30 p.m. July 20 Cost: Free Details: www.feedandbefed.org Venue: Feed and Be Fed, 429 W. 6th St., San Pedro
July 7 McKellen: Playing the Part The remarkable story of actor Sir Ian McKellen, who lived through World War II, worked through repertory and West End theater before becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality. Along with his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf, his work and influence transcends generations. Time: 11 am to 12:45 p.m. July 7 and 8 Cost: $11.50 Details: www.arttheatrelongbeach. com Venue: Art Theater Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach
Silent Film Series With a special guest speaker, Dr. Jean-Jacques Jura Emeritus, expert and author on the history Balboa Film Company. Films: Fatty Arbuckle in The Cook and Out West. And special clip from Strike Me Pink Features a tasting and presentation of spirits and Roxanne’s delightful hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Time: July 19 Cost: $40 Details: www.eventbrite.com/e/ silent-film-series or Text (562) 8262940
Summer Movie Night San Pedro and Wilmington are the sites of the Port of los Angeles’ family movie night with the showing of Sandlot and Cars. Time: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Aug 3 Cost: Free Details: www.lawaterfront.org Venue: Bloch Field, 1500 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro and the Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. C St., Wilmington.
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Los Angeles Kizomba Festival The first Kizomba Congress in Los Angeles will include the first Kizomba competition in LA, 15 instructors (Africa, Europe, U.S.), three nights of parties, 30 workshops, international DJs and Kizomba instructor certification training. Time: July 6, 10 p.m. to July 9, 2 a.m. Cost: $50 to $300 Details: www.xoomdatevent.com/ event/1380 Venue: Hilton Long Beach, 701 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
July 14 The Movement Synchronous Objects Enjoy an evening of dance with this
contemporary ballet and modern dance company. Time: 8 p.m, July 14 Cost: $10 to $21 Details: www.elcamino.edu/ centerforthearts/performances/ Venue: El Camino College, Campus Theatre, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
Wood, Paper and Paint Artists Michael Falzone, Michael Stearns and Ron Therrio join for and exhibition characterized by expressive juxtapositions of material and form. The three artists share their visions of earth and spirit in the Main Upstairs Gallery at the Loft. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. July 5 Cost: Free Details: (562) 400-0544 Venue: Loft Studios and Galleries, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro Indigenous Filipino Textiles his ongoing 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 on First Thursdays. Time: 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, or by appointment Cost: Free Details: (310) 514-9139; www.philippinebookshop.com Venue: Pinta*Dos Philippine Art
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June 29 Vitality and Verve III An exhibition dedicated to showcasing new works by artists of the New Contemporary Art Movement. Presented in curatorial collaboration with Los Angeles’ Thinkspace Projects and the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach, the exhibition is the third iteration in the
collaborative series, Art After Dark Time: 5 to 10 p.m., June 29 Cost: $15 Details: www.lbma.org Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
July 14 De Colores a solo art exhibit by Barbara Rivera Rivera is a self-taught artist of Cuban and Mexican descent, yet is an American. Her paintings express the love she feels for her cultures. Time: 4 to 8 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free Details: (562) 233-3726 Venue: Picture This Gallery and Custom Framing, 4130 Norse Way, Long Beach
COMMUNITY June 22
Dance Downtown and DJ Nights at the Grand Park The series includes Dance Downtown featuring a live band or DJ alongside top L.A. dance instructors, who will provide beginner lessons and dancing for a different dance genre at each event. This is a free event open to all ages. Picnicking is encouraged. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Time: Fridays June 22 through September 7, Dance Downtown is 7 to 11 p.m. DJ Nights is 9 p.m. to midnight Cost: Free Details: musiccenter.org/dancedtla Venue: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
June 29 Tenth Annual Cars & Stripes Forever Kick off the Independence Day holiday early with more than 100 classic cars on display. Featuring live music, a beer garden, food trucks. Fireworks start at 9:20 pm Time: 5 to 10 p.m. June 29, Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-3508 Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. C St., Wilmington
June 29 12 Rules for Life Tour — An Antidote To Chaos Due to high demand renowned professor, clinical psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Jordan B. Peterson has added more dates to his 12 Rules for Life 2018 Tour, and will be bringing his tour to the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Time: June 29 Cost: $55. $77 Details: (562) 499-7580 Venue: Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Gender in Media Francesca Bishop and Joseph Evans, speakers El Camino College Communication Studies faculty members will discuss the role of gender in media. Time: 7 p.m., July 10 Cost: $10 to $15 Details: www.elcamino.edu centerforthearts/performances/ Venue: El Camino College, Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
June 30 Beach and Mermaid Festival Gear up for the largest Pirate Invasion of Long Beach event ever. Time: 10 am to 10 p.m. June 30 to 10 p.m., July 1 Cost: Free Details: www.pirateinvasionlong beach.com Venue: 200 Aquarium Way Long Beach
July 4 4th of July Bell Ringing 42nd Annual 4th of July Community Observance at the Korean Bell Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: Free Details: www.sanpedrochamber. com Venue: Angels Gate Park, Korean Friendship Bell, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro July 4th on the Queen Mary It’s an “All-American” summer aboard the Queen Mary. Experience July 4th as special live entertainment with top tribute bands including Tom Petty and the Heartshakers, The Long Run (Eagles Tribute band) and DSB (Journey Tribute Band). Time: 2 to 10 pm. July 4 Cost: $44 to $99 Details: www.queenmary.com Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach Cabrillo Beach Fireworks Spectacular The 68th Annual John Olguin Fireworks Spectacular on the beach. Firework show starts at 9 p.m. Time: 12 to 10 p.m. July 4 Cost: Free
SteelCraft Second Saturdays Each SteelCraft Second Saturdays event will include curated pop-up shops from rotating local artisans. Time: 1 to 7 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free Details: www.steelcraftlb.com/ steelcraft-second-saturdays-2018 Venue: SteelCraft, 3768 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Little Fish Theatre presents Larry Shue’s comedic farce brimming with misunderstanding and mischief. Charlie, a pathologically shy Englishman, accompanies his friend Froggy on a trip to rural Georgia. Charlie is overcome with fear at the thought of having to make small talk with strangers, so Froggy informs the locals that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Details: www.littlefishtheatre.org
Venue: Cabrillo Beach, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe Guests will have the opportunity to make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, and much more as they learn about Southern California’s adobe soil and its many uses throughout history. Admission includes access to all of the festival’s activities. Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 8 Cost: $7 to $5 Details: (562) 206-2040; https://www.rancholoscerritos.org Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 N. Virginia Rd., Long Beach
Long Beach Vegan Festival Celebrate and enjoy some delicious vegan fare and live music. Add in some fun activities, creative art installations and earthfriendly merchants and you’ve got the ingredients for a wonderful Summertime tradition. A percentage of ticket sales go to PBFA to provide healthy vegan meals to those in need. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7 Cost: $5 to $10 Details: www.LBVeganFest.com Venue: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach State University, 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
Summer Soiree Support the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District at its annual art sale and auction. This year’s event acknowleges the works of Eugene and Ann Olsen Daub. Time: 3:30 p.m. July 15 Cost: $55 Details: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/summer-soiree-art-saletickets Venue: 520 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Family Sandcastle Building Day Relive your favorite memories and create new ones during Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Family Sandcastle Day! All you need is your best sandcastle building tools, a little shovel and bucket. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 Cost: Free Details: www.cabrillomarine aquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention Dozens of haunted and Halloweenthemed attractions will be part of the convention, including walkthrough mazes, horror themed
VR experiences and escape rooms and immersive theater, along with three stages featuring panels, presentations and performances from Southern California’s biggest theme parks and names in dark entertainment. Time: July 28 and 29 Cost: $15 to $85 Details: email@example.com Venue: Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach Love Long Beach Festival Love Long Beach 2018 is the 5th anniversary of the annual two-day festival, spreading the magic of all that is Long Beach. DJs, music, arts and crafts, food court, vendors, yoga, sound healing and much more. Time: 11 a.m. 10 p.m. July 28 and 29, Cost: $5 to $10 Details: www.subtractmusic. com/love Venue: Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
July 29 Nikunj Ras Kirtan Ensemble Kirtan Concert by Nikunj Ras Kirtan Ensemble followed by meditation, another Kirtan, ending with food and refreshments. Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 29 Cost: Donation based Details: www.vedacasa.com Venue: Casa Ayurveda and Yoga, 718 S. Weymouth Ave., San Pedro
Blackwater Diving: Exploring the Night Sea In this lecture Mike Bartick will share photos and stories from his experiences exploring the ocean at night, including images of gelatinous sea jellies, sea snails, squid, and paper nautiluses—some of the ocean’s ancient animals. Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 31 Cost: $5 Details: (562) 590-3100; www. aquariumofpacific.org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
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Granted, The Merry Wives of Windsor is universally regarded as one of the Bard’s weakest works. Shakespeare by the Sea certainly know that, but they’re putting it on, anyway. When you see the show, the reason is apparent: that very shallowness that lands Merry Wives in such low esteem among scholars makes it easy to follow; if played right, there are just enough laughs to make this tidy two hours worth your time. When rotund, dissolute, never-quite-asclever-as-he-thinks-he-is Sir John Falstaff first graced the stage in 1600 in the two Henry IV plays, he was an immediate hit with audiences, partly because he was Shakespeare at his comedic best, partly because the presence of such a quirky character in a play of some depth makes for interesting dynamics, and partly because the substance of Henry IV bleeds into Falstaff, giving him nuance despite his primary role as comic relief. So, for the only time in Shakespeare’s career he created a new play for one of his old characters. That play is Merry Wives, in which Falstaff tries to woo two respectable married women, while a trio of suitors vies for the affections of one of the women’s daughter. The problem (so scholars say) is that this is not the Henry IV Falstaff but a pale imitation, displaying none of the original’s pathos and little of the wit. True as this may be (and there’s no way around it), Falstaff 2.0 can still yield a few yuks, and Tom Killam milks the role for every one of them. Killam’s fat knight is a reluctant rogue, somewhat weary of his own mischief, yet unable to help himself. “[I]f my wind were but long enough to say my prayers,” he laments after the second of his aborted assignations with Mistress Ford (Ellen Girvin), “I would repent.”
Merry Wives in the Park Works Despite Not Being One of the Bard’s Best By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist
Shakespeare by the Sea’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo by Nenad Bozin
But fish got to swim, birds got to fly. Shakespeare by the Sea always keeps it pretty traditional, and director Cylan Brown has his cast doing Merry Wives in a manner that probably gives us a glimpse of how Shakespeare’s mates played to the groundlings
at the foot of the Globe Theatre stage. Every gesture is way bigger than life and there’s no shortage of ham. But, whereas such an approach can be fatal to subtler and more sophisticated works, it’s fitting for trite farce like Merry Wives.
Moreover, considering the environment in which Shakespeare by the Sea performs, that triteness is a sort of strength. Go see a play in place like Point Fermin Park, and it’s an even bet that at least once you’ll be distracted by a car alarm, a helicopter, or (as was the case opening night) a couple of yobs coming close to fisticuffs not 50 yards behind the audience. Shakespeare can be tough to follow under the best of circumstances; throw in a distraction like that, and you might lose the thread. But Merry Wives is so lite that it doesn’t especially matter. Miss a speech or two and you’ll still be fine. As always, Shakespeare by the Sea fields a fine cast (including Bridgid M. Rose doing a truly mirthful Mistress Page). Diana Mann’s strong costume design and Aaron Jackson’s simple, serviceable set round out the reliably solid sort of show this troupe puts on every summer. And as they do each year, Shakespeare by the Sea alternates staging a lighter work with something heavier. This time it’s The Winter’s Tale. Go see that and you’ll come away being able to talk about a Shakespeare play none of your friends have heard of. It’s fun to show off once in a while, right? Time: June 28 through Aug. 18 Cost: Free Details: (310) 217-7596, www.shakespearebythesea.org Venue: Point Fermin Park: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro *Notes: See website for performances of both shows in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Palos Verdes, Carson, Palos Verdes, elsewhere in San Pedro and other Orange County and L.A. area cities.
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Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery
DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS
INDIGENOUS FILIPINO TEXTILES
Pat Woolley, Ports O’Call, drawing
BLOCK AND LINE: NEW WORKS BY ANNIE STROMQUIST
Annie Stromquist’s mixed media works on paper explore the human condition through a poetic lens. Usually working with abstracted but recognizable imagery, her compositions appear to be quite minimal, with empty space used as an active presence. The scale of the work allows their evocative power to unfold within an intimate viewing context.
Pat Woolley, Ports O’Call, watercolor
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 www. patwoolleyart.com.
Michael Stearns Studio @ The Loft
This ongoing 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. The show runs through July 14. Pinta*Dos Philippine Art Gallery, 479 W. 6th St., Suite 107, San Pedro. Details: (310) 514-9139; www.philippinebookshop.com
Stromquist has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. She received a Pollock-Krasner International Artist Fellowship, two Professional Artist Grants from the Arts Council of Long Beach and other awards and recognition. Block and Line opens on July 5, 6 to 9 p.m. An artist’s reception will be held July 21, 2 to 6 p.m. Michael Stearns Studio at The Loft 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro (enter on the 4th Street side). Details: (562) 400-0544; www.michaelstearsstudio.com
WOOD, PAPER AND PAINT
Real News, Real People, Really Effective Artists Michael Falzone, Michael Stearns and Ron Therrio join for and exhibition characterized by expressive juxtapositions of material and form. The three artists share their visions of earth and spirit in the Main Upstairs Gallery at the Loft. The group show opens on July 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
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The Loft 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro. Details: (562) 400-0544.
Eating Comfort Food in an Uncomfortable World By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer
June 28 - July 11, 2018
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If you look at the way our regard for dining has changed from a mere matter of nutrition to a form of artistic expression, it’s hard to say that this isn’t a golden age. It’s not just that people are willing to spend more on their food, though they are. Right now you can get a $75 hamburger topped with caviar at Petrossian in Beverly Hills, or a $150 burger with shaved truffles, wagyu beef, and lobster tail at downtown’s Nick and Stef’s. These might have been put on the menu as gimmicks, but people are actually ordering them. Novelties such as this aside, there has been an explosion of places that offer wildly experimental dining experiences, often at nosebleed prices. The French Laundry in Napa, Calif., where a meal can easily top $500 per person, mainstreamed culinary combinations that never existed in any culture. Many others have followed. The creativity is undeniable, and to some people it’s worth it.* If you have an esoteric meal that you will remember years later, a meal that changes the way you think about food, is that worth the $250 per person that Vespertine charges for dinner without wine? To some people the answer is yes, and they patrol the hot spots around the region looking for peak experiences. More importantly, as a sign of our national evolution, in the past few decades food from cultures all over the world is being treated with respect. This is true at all price levels and in all communities, and it is breaking down barriers
Social media has transformed the way we dine out. Everyone’s a food critic these days. File photos
in society. When the foodie crowd hears of a great dining experience, they’ll venture into neighborhoods they’d usually avoid in order to get the bragging rights among their social group. Both in traditional and fusion form, at budget cafes and pricey hotspots, there is interest in cuisines that were previously obscure. Some items have mainstreamed to the point they’re now just another American food. Twenty years ago, the average American had never tasted pad Thai or Korean-style short ribs, and now you can get both in the frozen section at Costco. Neither is as good as you’d get at a real Thai or Korean restaurant, but the Costco meatballs aren’t as good as an Italian grandmother can make, either. Want further evidence of our fascination with food? I can tell you from personal experience that if you photographed your meal in a restaurant 20 years ago, the entire staff was
alerted that a critic was in the house. Nobody else did that. I bought a small camera and a jacket with large pockets, but sometimes I was still caught at it. Fast forward to now, when the moment your plates arrive, at least one person at the table has a phone camera out. The shot is on the internet seconds later with a pithy comment. Food porn has been a thing since Gourmet Magazine pioneered luscious food photography in the 1940s, but it has become a sport of the masses. I don’t even need to mention how food porn and the moving image have combined to create multiple TV channels and untold numbers of video streams about experiences near and far, but I will anyway just to remind people that the term “celebrity culinary explorer” would have been so much gibberish only a decade or so ago. The fact that Anthony Bourdain’s death affected so many people so deeply shows how he and his endeavors touched both the self-selected elite and the masses. The obsession, one might even call it a mania, for all things culinary has spread ever more widely. Classic cocktails went from drinks for old men to hipster accessories in an astonishingly short time, and new brands and flavors of the straight stuff proliferate. Beer became the new wine, and wine became a gold mine for boutique producers. Local draft [See Comfort Food, p. 15]
Celebrate the Fourth with BBQ Ribs, Chicken Nuggets Rotisserie & Fried Chicken Try Cevapcici on the Grill! Plus more picnic favorites
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**If you want to have that good dinner on items I mentioned in this article, I recommend the following in our area: for pad Thai, Barramee in San Pedro is excellent. They’re at 354 W. 6th St., their menu is online at barrameethai.com. Phone is (310) 521-9400. For Korean short ribs, try Kang Hodong Baekjeong, 1725 Carson St. in Torrance. The drive may be a bit longer than some other places, and you may wait a few minutes for a table, but it’s worth it. The phone number is (310) 320-9678.
Area Film Festival, or LAHAFF. “We realized this is [that] although the stories are different, if we only kept the Harbor towns we would they all have their own twists,” Baric said. preclude Lomita and Harbor City and the “The similarities are actually quite striking and Palos Verdes Peninsula, which is inherently commonalities between people who come here what we’re trying to preserve.” are far greater than their differences.” It comes down to people’s stories. They “If we do not preserve our history today, we’ll wanted people who were well-known with lose it tomorrow for the future generations,” established names in the community. They Mardesich said. also tried to find those who would be less Baric and Mardesich hope to have interactions well-known but have great stories that they with people who will say “this sounds like my haven’t had the opportunity to tell. story.” Mardesich noted Stories of Los Angeles It will be a way for them to find new Harbor Area is different from the 2009 four- candidates to include in the future for part two. part documentary series about the history of Baric said he feels as a society we are coming the Port of Los Angeles. back around to listening again, the same way “We wanted more of the immigrant stories and the people of the generations that we still see, the greatest generation, the progeny, the future,” she said. So, they built a list of who they wanted to interview. “We had way more people than we could schedule for interviews,” Mardesich said. “We’re going to end up doing about 23 or 24 interviews and that’s only scratching the surface,” Baric said. “Being in a port town and a town that attracted immigrants, you Olivia Cueva-Fernandez is a retired educator and get a deeper and richer author of Mexican Americans in Wilmington. She number of stories that are recalled the story of how her family escaped Pancho Villa’s army. epic in nature.” Baric described some of the stories they we used to listen to radio heard. There is one about Vlado Huljev, before television. It has a Croatian man who escaped from then- come around full circle in communist Yugoslavia. After arriving in New podcasts. Baric’s production York, he got on a train headed for Riverside. He twice got off the train and got lost, the company has produced films, second time in Kansas City. He did not speak documentary videos, the language, but he found one lady who spoke corporate Croatian and she helped him to get back on the commercials and public service announcements. train. has written This is Baric’s first oral history project. He Baric produced three loves history, but not the way it’s often taught. and “You lose the sense of it and the drama,” documentary films and Baric said. “How compelling a period of directed four of those, time it was and what people were up against including, A City Divided (2013), Bloody Thursday because history is fascinating.” He compared the story of the Croatian (2009), Searching for a man to another epic story about Olivia Cueva Storm (2009) and Port Warren Furutani was born in San Pedro and has served in the California Hernandez, a teacher from Wilmington, who Town (2006). State Assembly. He is a fourth-generation Japanese American. A City Divided (2013) told Baric the story of how her family escaped Pancho Villa’s revolution in Mexico. When recounted the football rivalry history between the to put it on social media gives people the her grandfather went back to Mexico for his University of Southern California and University opportunity to share and for the project to family, they walked for a year-and-a-half to get of California Los Angeles; gain a following. Bloody Thursday is a revealing documentary back to the United States. “What [the] 21st century America is “You hear one story and think, ‘Wow, how about the struggle of dock-workers during the sorely lacking is knowing each other’s crazy and unique and epic!” Baric said. “Two Great Depression. Searching for a Storm, for stories and offering each other the respect hours later, you’re hearing another story just as which he won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award, from where we came from or where we are epic from two completely different parts of the asks if the United Nations is guilty of using its because we’re talking at each other rather world. Yet, they all ended up here in our little international war crimes court to justify United than with each other,” Baric said. “If you Nation’s failures during the war in the former sit and take the time to watch the different community.” Former Assemblyman Warren Furutani Yugoslavia; and Port Town is about seven stories you quickly come to understand spoke eloquently about the experience of the historical stories of San Pedro men and women how noble many of these people are or how Japanese evacuation from Terminal Island. He who participated in varied activities from sports noble their families are. You gain a respect told how the women had to do much of the victories to the revered local fishing industry. for them. And, when you gain a respect for Mardesich is also an alumna of the USC them, you treat them better. A project like work of the evacuation because the men had School of Cinematic Arts graduate school this has the ability to make us all rise up and already been arrested before they all left. “What you learn when you do a project like program in film history, criticism-aesthetics. be better, if we allow ourselves to.”
*I dined there in 2004, and it was worth it to me, but then again somebody else was paying. I still remember many details of the 21-course meal.
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Baric said the criteria for candidates was more art than science. Both he and Mardesich, being from the Harbor Area, already knew a number of people whose histories they were familiar with. Yet, it was about their ability to articulate those histories. “We tried to pick people who both had a great story but could also tell a good story,” Baric said. “Then we also tried to create a diversity so that we weren’t telling 20 fishing stories or 20 longshore stories … To make it like we were almost casting directors and we needed a certain type to play a certain part.” They also represented generations. “I wanted to be part of this because I wanted to document this and some of the stories from when we grew up, “ Mardesich said. “We have so many Camelots in this town.” Running with the idea of Camelot, in the legends of King Arthur, Camelot is a place where truth goodness and beauty reigned. The John F. Kennedy administration is often idealized as the American Camelot. Baric believes we are in a current phase of our next Camelot. “We’re going to have a great next generation (and) preserving history is very important,” Baric said. Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area will be digitally distributed on Facebook, YouTube and an upcoming website to have all the stories located in one place. They will release their first stories on Aug.16, for Facebook’s “Throwback Thursday.” Then every week on TBT people will be able to see a story from the Harbor Area. The idea is anyone can watch it anywhere. They are very realistic about who their audience is: people from the Harbor Area. The ability
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cider is a thing, and until recently it wasn’t. Farmer’s markets went from natural food enthusiast destinations to tourist attractions with live entertainment and food booths tucked between stalls doing a good business in arcane and beautiful produce. The fact that this could happen in an era when fewer and fewer people actually cook from scratch marks a trend that is almost counter-cultural; so does the rising interest in food history, both online and in person. Museums are scheduling culinary programs to woo foodies through their doors, and organizations like the Culinary Historians of Southern California are seeing new and younger members. To sum it up, we’re putting our creative energy, enthusiasm, and intelligence into thinking about food. How could anything possibly be bad about that? As a food writer and food historian, I can’t see a problem. But as a citizen I think I do. The almost frantic flight into obsessing about pleasure looks a lot like a reaction to the strident, brutal, confrontational rhetoric that is all around us. Thoughtful, sensitive and aware people are so repelled by current events that they tune out and seek something else. They may focus on food, music, sports or some other passion and that’s healthy, if it’s really a respite from from the daily grind and they reemerge invigorated. I worry that they won’t. The people who flocked to Berlin cabarets in the 1930s to get away from the brownshirts in the streets, or who attended Dada art shows in the new Bauhaus-style buildings, undoubtedly thought that sanity would return soon. The Romans who debated abstruse philosophy while Caligula declared himself a god were no doubt happy to ignore the crowned buffoon who was sinking deeper into madness. (If anyone is casting a historical play about that era, I have a great idea for the costuming. It involves a wig in a color and style not found in nature.) It’s unusual for me, a person who has put over three decades into the study of cuisine, to give this warning, but I have a platform so I must do it. Escapism has its dangers. I urge you to go out and explore the cuisines of the world and our country and our neighborhood, and teach yourself to recreate the items you like at home. While you’re in those restaurants and ethnic grocery stores you might even try to learn a bit more about the culture that is represented, because while their food is mainstreaming so are those people. They are our neighbors and citizens, too, and understanding them will be useful in the country we share. Go and learn, maybe check out some books on the topic, but at some point shut the books and turn off the computer. Re-engage with the world outside and put some effort into making it a better one. And after you do, reward yourself with a good dinner. You will have earned it.**
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Children as Bargaining Chips
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Trump has repeatedly denied responsibility for this practice, attempting to place blame on the Democrats in Congress while demanding they pass immigration legislation that includes, among other things, money to build a $25 billion wall along the southern U.S. border wall — the wall Trump has promised would be paid for by Mexico. It’s a line of reasoning that many observers consider about as botched as the zero-tolerance policy, which began making his mess by disregarding an important legal distinction between the people who arrive at the border hoping to cross. Trump is treating all of them as criminals, charging them with attempting to enter the U.S. illegally. But many of the immigrants — most of the those accompanied by children — are fleeing danger in their home countries, seeking safety by requesting asylum in the U.S. This is not a crime; it’s a right guaranteed under both U.S. and international law and governed by a policy that has been in place for decades. Trump’s reaction to this embarrassing inconvenience? He just called for eliminating the court process altogether, replacing it with a “simpler system” — no courts, no judges. “Children aren’t poker chips,” Garcetti said during a press conference outside of a detention center in Tornillo, Texas. “They are people and we demand that Washington fix the mess that it’s created…. “Those cries that we heard a couple of days ago probably happened again last night behind us, and they will happen again tonight and every night until these children are reunified with their parents.” Indeed, the visuals running on repeat day after day of children taken from their parents and reports of how these separations are used as bargaining chips has become more than a nightmare out of the Trumpian imagination. The picture that has been trickling out since spring, via Reveal News, a publication operated by the The Center for Investigative Reporting, is one where migrant children from adolescence to teenagers are placed in shelters run by private companies accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and sexual and physical abuse. According to Reveal News, taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion in the past four years to these companies. If these children weren’t dodging some form of physical abuse, they were forcedfed psychotropic drugs that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated, according to legal filings that show immigrant children in U.S. custody subdued with powerful psychiatric drugs. In almost all cases, the federal government has continued to place migrant children with the companies even after serious allegations were raised and after state inspectors cited shelters with serious deficiencies, government and other records show. Since 2003, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department has awarded almost $5 billion in grants through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, mostly to religious and nonprofit organizations in 18 states, to house children who arrive in the country unaccompanied. The program grew quickly in 2014, when around 70,000 children crossed the southern border alone. Now this web of private facilities, cobbled together to support children with nowhere else to go, is beginning to hold a new population: 16
A photo of Shilo Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, from the Twitter account of Reveal News investigative reporter Aura Bogado. Shilo is the subject of a lawsuit alleging that children were told they would not be released or see their parents unless they took “medication.”
the more than 2,000 children who arrived with their parents but were separated from them because of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy. In Texas, where the resettlement agency awarded the majority of the grants, state inspectors have cited homes with more than 400 deficiencies, about one-third of them serious. Allegations included staff members’ failure to seek medical attention for children. One had a burn, another a broken wrist, a third a sexually transmitted disease. In another shelter, staff gave a child medicine to which she was allergic, despite a warning on her medical bracelet. Inspectors also cited homes for “inappropriate contact” between children and staff, including a case in which a staff member gave children a pornographic magazine. In October, an employee appeared drunk when he showed up to work at a facility operated by Southwest Key Programs in San Benito, Texas. A drug test later found he was over the legal alcohol limit to drive. That was among more 246 violations state inspectors found at Southwest Key’s facilities. This past year, a youth care worker at a Florida shelter for migrant children was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she admitted to trading sexually explicit photos and text messages with minors at the shelter. That facility later closed but recently reopened under a more than $30 million contract to house 1,000 children. If the migrant minors didn’t have these sorts of abuses to worry about, being medicated with psychotropic drugs was another.
Shiloh Treatment Center Lawsuit
More than 700 miles east of Tornillo, Texas, children at Shiloh Treatment Center, federal court filings reveal that a government contractor housing migrant minors, have described children being held down and injected. The lawsuit alleges that children were told they would not be released or see their parents unless they took medication and that they only were receiving “vitamins.” Parents and the children themselves told attorneys the drugs rendered them unable to walk, afraid of people and wanting to sleep
constantly, according to affidavits filed April 23 in California’s Western Division of the U.S. Central District Court, in Los Angeles. One mother said her child fell repeatedly, hitting her head, and ended up in a wheelchair. A child described trying to open a window and being hurled against a door by a Shiloh supervisor, who then choked her until she fainted. “The supervisor told me I was going to get a medication injection to calm me down,” the girl said. “Two staff grabbed me, and the doctor gave me the injection despite my objection and left me there on the bed.” Another child recounted being made to take pills in the morning, noon and night. The child said “the staff told me that some of the pills are vitamins because they think I need to gain weight. The vitamins changed about two times and each time I feel different.” Shiloh is among 71 companies that receive funds from the federal government to house and supervise immigrant children deemed “unaccompanied minors.” These are the places set up to receive the more than 2,000 children separated from their parents in the past six weeks under the new Trump administration policy as they leave temporary way stations at the border. An investigation by Reveal, found that nearly half of the $3.4 billion paid to those companies in the past four years went to homes with serious allegations of mistreating children. In almost all cases reviewed by Reveal, the federal government continued contracts with the companies after serious allegations were raised. At Reveal’s request, forensic psychiatrist Mark. J. Mills assessed materials from 420 pages of children’s medical records and statements filed in California federal court this April. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist here; it looks like they’re trying to control agitation and aggressive behavior with antipsychotic drugs,” said Mills, who practices in the Washington, D.C. area and was an expert witness for a lawsuit that in 2008 stopped the federal government from forcibly administering antipsychotic drugs to deportees. “You don’t need to administer these kinds of drugs unless someone is plucking out their eyeballs or some such. The facility should not use these drugs to control behavior. That’s
not what antipsychotics should be used for. That’s like the old Soviet Union used to do.” The records were filed in connection with an ongoing class-action status lawsuit alleging poor treatment of immigrant children in U.S. custody. An attorney representing the children said youth separated from their parents often become depressed, angry, anxious and, sometimes, unruly and that, in turn, encourages prescription of inappropriate medication. Side effects of the medications make some children feel even more desperate, leading to the prescription of increasingly powerful medications, said Carlos Holguin, an attorney for the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. Holguin is asking a judge to require parents’ permission or a court order before children in the country illegally can be medicated. One child was prescribed 10 different shots and pills, including the antipsychotic drugs Latuda, Geodon and Olanzapine, the Parkinson’s medication Benztropine, the seizure medications Clonazepam and Divalproex, the nerve pain medication and antidepressant Duloxetine, and the cognition enhancer Guanfacine. Dosage recommendations at Shiloh gave orderlies what Mills called an unusually wide berth to determine how much medicine to give the children.
Here in Los Angeles
The report stated that almost 100 children separated under the Trump administration’s policy have reached detention centers in the Los Angeles area and local officials knew little about the children’s whereabouts, the living conditions and what the federal government’s plans were to reunite them with their families. Two days later, California regulators have vowed to reinspect all of the group homes and foster family agencies charged with housing the children, but focussing first on those that serve the youngest children. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement is charged with managing the children separated from migrant parents and are under the age of 9 and reportedly detained in facilities and foster homes run by at least four nonprofit agencies. According to federal contracting data, three of the agencies have been awarded three-year federal grants that vary from $2.7 million to $22 million to shelter and find foster care for unaccompanied minors. The Los Angeles Times quoted the Central American Resource Center, a community-based organization founded in the 1980s to protect the rights of Central American immigrants, as saying that California is a better place for these separated children than Texas, Michigan or Georgia. The organization expressed worry that exposing their locations could put the children at further risk. “People can have the best intentions to help, but it can be very detrimental for the children,” said Camila Alvarez, managing attorney with the Central American Resource Center. “Some of these places are not well-known intentionally.” Federal tax filings show David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, which runs a shelter for children in La Verne and foster family placement agencies Nuevo Amanecer in Los Angeles and International Christian Adoptions in Temecula, have also worked with unaccompanied minors in the past. All are licensed by the State of California to either care for children or place them with foster families. David & Margaret Youth and Family Services confirmed in a statement to KPCC/LA that they have unaccompanied minors. “Like the rest of the country we are troubled [See Children, p. 17]
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[Trash from p. 5]
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five years probation. Concerning the latest trash-hauling contract, Carson began soliciting bids last July. Seven companies, including Waste Management, EDCO, and Waste Resources Inc. responded to the Request for Proposal. A hired consulting firm, HR Green, eliminated three bidders outright—which Waste Management charges is itself a violation--and submitted the remainder to “[Robles’] ad-hoc review committee.” Waste Management charges here the city violated its own procurement procedures, “Rather than objectively considering the stated criteria” in the Request for Proposal, “the city applied an ever-shifting set of criteria and made obvious factual errors.” “In the present case, the City abused its discretion by disregarding the procurement ordinance, and further, by considering material
outside the scope of the RFP without disclosing those criteria to the RFP applicants,” the suit alleges. Waste Management argues it scored highest in the criteria outlined by the request for proposal but the committee only forwarded bids by Waste Resources and EDCO, both with lower scores, to the council. At a Dec. 5 public hearing, according to a court document, Robles asked if EDCO had followed through with a promised financial donation to the Carson Community Foundation, which Robles chairs. Robles, apparently not getting an answer he liked, then said he favored Waste Resources over EDCO because EDCO had not shown enough “engagement” with the Carson community. The city awarded the bid to Waste Resources Inc., Robles said, because of a partnership with Progen, an electric vehicle manufacturer that might open a Carson facility.
the health impacts and environmental impacts of fossil fuels, then the question is, ‘What is the best way to transition the economy to a clean, renewable economy?’” Fazeli said. “How do we want to transition off fossil fuels? How do we want to create these just transition programs? This presents a pretty unique opportunity for the state of California to create a program where folks can work together — the environmental community, the labor community, and decisionmakers — to see how we can actually take advantage of our ability to shut some of these facilities down, and transition the workforce to a clean energy workforce.” While Sky’s the Limit California takes a statewide view, the local situation could be even more promising. “The city of LA, if you shut down facilities that are 2,500 feet of the sensitive receptors, or schools, people like that — people impacted — that’s going to be about 400 jobs and most of them are non-union jobs,” Fazeli said. “It’s not that we don’t care about those close people losing their jobs, but I’m just saying that relatively it’s a very, very small workforce, compared to the bigger picture in the city of LA…. This is actually a very, very important place we can start actually start transitioning folks.” There’s also a great need and opportunity associated with cleaning up the well sites. “They all have to be cleaned up, because they’re very polluted,” he said. “There is enormous potential for what this land has to offer, especially in the LA County, and this area, which is one of the most densely populated urban areas around the country.” There are many different needs, he noted. “The shortage of housing, affordable housing, there’s a need for places to generate renewable energy, local renewable energy,” he said. “There’s a shortage of open space, a shortage of parks, especially in environmental justice communities, there’s a shortage of places to access fresh food…. There’s so many things that people need.” Activists have been having these kinds of conversations for decades. But now, Sky’s the Limit California is helping to cast them in a new light. The report shows that placing a 5 to 10 percent just transition fee on oil production could generate an estimated $3.5 to $6.9 billion from 2019 to 2030, to invest in social protection, including wage replacement and college tuition, for workers affected by the transition off oil extraction. Combine that money with a grass-roots-based, statewide task force to guide the transition process and everything Fazeli mentioned becomes a feasible option for local task force members to consider. Of course, politicians have to be brought on board, which is no small feat, given past history. “As far as Gov. Brown, I mean it’s just literally his last chance,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we’re part of a campaign where we’re calling for action from Gov. Brown, to actually do something in the wake of the boom of urban oil drilling.” Since he won’t be running for office again, the September Climate Summit would be the perfect time for him to announce bold new action. And if not, the analysis in Sky’s the Limit California will only become increasingly influential over time. California’s new leaders taking office next year will have a golden opportunity to make history as soon as they take office, if Brown doesn’t act before then. 17
by what has occurred at our borders,” CEO Charles Rich said. “We do not set public policy and cannot be distracted from the work we do. Our focus is to care for youth. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and comforting environment to all the children we serve.” The spokeswoman for Crittenton Services for Children and Families said emergency shelter space for children removed from their families via the immigration system or child welfare system is hard to find in California. Even before Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy for people “entering the country illegally” went into effect, Jasso said the Fullerton shelter was near capacity. Mayor Garcetti said he knows about the facilities housing them and is monitoring the situation. In the meantime, he is working to find ways to support the children, through donations and community outreach.
inclusive statewide transition plan. In the past, Brown has argued that it’s better to keep producing California oil, because the alternative is importing dirtier oil from elsewhere, but the report also makes clear that California’s new oil production is itself increasingly dirty. This dirty oil includes the vast majority of new production the plan would eliminate, as well as much of the production inside buffer zones, which would also be phased out. That’s where Wilmington’s example comes to the fore. “Putting a buffer, in any way preventing new oil wells from happening, is a change that’s not only necessary, but would bring a lot of benefits for our neighborhood,” Hernandez said. Citing just one chemical associated with the wells, xylene, she ticked off a list of debilitating impacts: irritation to your eyes, it affects your respiratory system — respiratory illness — you also have brain damage, or damage to your nervous system, cardiovascular disease — high risk — and you also have a high risk of reproductive and endocrine disruptors. “We don’t just have one of these [chemicals], we have at least 12 of these, recognized as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’” she said. A June 2014 report on the Dirty Dozen, a year after the AQMD first started monitoring such chemicals, found that: “The oil industry has reported the use of more than 45 million pounds — or 22,500 tons — of air toxics in 477 hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’), acidizing and gravel packing operations in Los Angeles
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for this reality now is the best way to ensure a just and equitable transition,” Trout said. “The phase-out of drilling in California is necessary to protect the health of communities that face a severe pollution burden now from the industry.” This includes Wilmington and other parts of Los Angeles County, the state’s second-largest site of new oil production, following Kern County. “The move away from a fossil fuel economy will have profound effects on people on its front lines and so active dialogue with, investment in and support for these workers and communities is essential.” The process, known as “just transition,” was pioneered by the late Tony Mizzochi, a long-time leader in the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. “We show that California has the resources at hand to invest deeply in supporting workers through this transition,” Trout said. “If proactive planning begins now, then it is far more likely that the transition to a clean energy economy goes hand-in-hand with building a more fair and just economy, which should be the goal.” A key consideration is how diverse the state’s economy is. Oil and gas drilling account for less than 0.3 percent of California’s gross domestic product and employment has been shrinking, even with the recent dirty energy boom. If anyone can afford to lead the way, California can. There are just four main elements of the proposed plan: 1. Cease issuing permits to drill new oil and gas wells. Prevents a projected 55 percent increase in emissions due to California oil production within the next 12 years. 2. Begin rapid phase-out of production from 8,500 active wells within a 2,500foot health buffer zone around homes, schools and hospitals, as the first step in the managed decline of existing extraction. Reduces state oil production by 12 percent. 3. Establish a just transition fee on oil production (from 5 to 10 percent), to generate billions of dollars to support workers and communities through the transition to clean energy. 4. Establish a just transition task force to develop and implement a comprehensive,
and Orange counties since mandatory reporting began in June of 2013. Oil companies have also claimed ‘trade secret’ protection 5,050 times to conceal information on air toxics and other chemicals used.” The “trade secret” claims mean we don’t even know the full extent of what community members are being exposed to—chemicals that frequently are much more dangerous in combination than when considered separately. That only intensifies the need for health buffer zones. A 2017 research report for STAND-LA, by Nicole J. Wong, who has a master’s degree in public health, examined 14 studies on health impacts. “Based on the current available research, a 2,500-foot setback recommendation is on the lower end of the range of distances where research has determined harmful health and quality of life impacts of toxic emissions and exposures,” Wong said. Tellingly, the existing studies looked at much less densely populated situations. “The population density in South Los Angeles is about 133 times greater than those of the populations investigated in the existing literature,” Wong pointed out. Health buffer zone protections are long overdue, just in terms of protecting community health alone, said Bahram Fazeli, CBE’s director of research and policy. “The health impacts are good enough reason … to just shut down these operations, essentially the ones within the impact zone, which is about half a mile, 2,500 feet,” Fazeli told Random Lengths News. “It’s definitely important that we follow a model that’s really just for our residents, and our workers, to have healthy jobs and to benefit from alternative means of energy,” Hernandez said. “Those things are possible.” “Assuming everybody is on board Population density of Census tracts within 2,500 feet of active oil and gas wells in with understanding Los Angeles County. From Sky’s the Limit California.
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018106873 The following person is doing business as: Drawings By Ann, 457 W 40th Street, #A, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Ann Whitney Cleaves, 457 W 40th Street, #A, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true any material matter pursuant to Section 17913 of the Business and Professions code that the registrant knows to be false is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000)). S/. Ann Whitney Cleaves, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 2, 2018. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a 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
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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
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018112411 The following person is doing business as: Childrenâ€™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).
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018150408 The following person is doing business as: Regal Roofing, 1503 S. Centre Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Bryan Michael Hibon, 11920 Inglewood Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250. This Business is conducted by an individual. 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/. Bryan Michael Hibdon, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 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: 06/27/2018,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2018150408 The following person is doing business as: (1) Allie M. Assad General Contractor (2) Ama the Handyman, 944 W. Basin Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Allie M. Assad, 944 W. Basin Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 01/2008. 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/. Allie M. Assad, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 15, 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: 06/27/2018, 07/12/2018, 07/26/2018, 08/09/2018
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