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Truck drivers classified as independent contractors striked on June 19, at the office of XPO Logistics in Commerce, Calif. Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

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his past May, reality show celebrity Dog The Bounty Hunter’s voice robocalled about 800,000 phone lines, warning voters that the state legislature was working to do away with the bail bond system. The system is allegedly designed to keep poor people incarcerated rather than keeping dangerous people off the street or from fleeing justice. “You, the taxpayer, will pay to release these criminals,” Dog warned. “Car thieves, burglars, sexual predators and repeat offenders will get out of jail with little accountability, and we will not be able to go after them when they run.” Human Rights Watch paints a different picture in a report released this past April. The organization found California’s system of pretrial detention kept people in jail even if they are never found guilty of a crime. The report used as exemplar the 2015 experience of Maria Soto and her 18-year-old son Daniel Soto who was stabbed in a street fight while he was out with friends. He was arrested. “A man had accosted Daniel and his friends outside of a restaurant,” the report stated. “They had fought, and the man pulled a knife. Cut and bleeding, Daniel staggered up to a police officer, who called an ambulance and arrested him. Apparently, the man with the knife had gotten to the officer first.” He spent a week in jail before he was able to have a day in court and plead “not guilty” to a felony assault charge. The judge set bail at $30,000. Although Soto earned enough as a stenographer to support herself and two sons, none held property to put up for collateral, nor savings or other assets to post [See Penalizing the Poor, p. 16] Daniel’s bail.

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deep in debt. They often earn less than the minimum wage – sometimes nothing at all. Like the Fight for $15, the port truckers’ struggle has involved years of repeated brief-but-focused actions that have aimed for profound fundamental changes, truckers seek to build support among a purposefully disorganized workforce, educate the public about issues, and earn its support generating pressure for government action. But this strike was a landmark in three respects: First, it came on the heels of the first extensive national

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Protesting their treatment as “sharecroppers on wheels,” Port truck drivers in Southern California went on strike for the 15th time — this time, for the entire third week of June. The truckers were joined by warehouse workers and rail drivers who work for the same employers under similar systems. The workers say these systems deny them basic workers rights and have resulted in wage theft. Specifically, the workers charge that their official classification as “independent owner-operators” is a fiction. They say they are forced to lease their trucks, obligated to make weekly payments and resultantly begin every pay period

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of Truck Drivers at America’s Ports. The national recognition of conditions truckers have been subject to for years both encouraged the struggle and gave added resonance to the message. Second, the strike upped the pressure on local elected leaders. “Striking drivers and warehouse workers for the first time took their pickets directly to both Long Beach and Los Angeles city halls to call on the cities’ leaders to step up and end lawbreaking at the ports they oversee,” Teamsters representative Barb Maynard told Random Lengths. Third, strikers drew particular attention to the prospective push for zero-emissions vehicles — and to the need for including workers’ protections in the process — culminating in a public show of support from former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, whose initial version of the Clean Trucks Plan included such protections and ensured the truckers’ treatment as employees. But those full labor law protections were withdrawn from the original Clean Trucks Program as a result of litigation by the American Truckers Association. This left individual truckers shouldering the costs of new trucks — hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Robert Garcia announced the new zeroemissions goals — set for 2035 — on June 10,

the week before the strike began. The need to include workers’ protections in the process was featured in strike announcement later that week. “The last time they did this in 2008 with the Clean Truck Program, the corporations ended up passing on the cost to the workers by requiring them to lease a truck in order to get hired and illegally misclassifying them as ‘independent contractors,’ leaving very little for the workers to take home to their families,” said Eric Tate, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 848. “We don’t want that to happen again.” Since then, courts have consistently ruled in favor of truckers, finding that they are employees as a matter of law. Seeing favor within the courts, striking truckers and their allies are determined to prevent the historical wage theft from continuing. More than $40 million in wage theft and penalties has been assessed in 376 cases brought before the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, but that’s only a fraction of the total costs the industry has shifted onto the backs of workers. A 2014 follow-up to the Big Rig study, The Big Rig Overhaul, projected that “port trucking companies operating in California are annually liable for wage and hour violations of $787 to $998 million each year.” As the strike neared its conclusion on June 22, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appeared in support of the strikers, echoing their claims that port trucking is becoming a system of sharecropping on wheels. “That’s what used to happen in the sharecropping system,” Villaraigosa said. “You owe more money before you start the day, and oftentimes at the end of the day, you still owe money.” The strike was announced in advance on June 15 first in a press conference, then in comments to the Board of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners. “Drivers and warehouse workers are sick and tired of being worked like sharecroppers at the bottom of the multi-billion dollar logistics industry while greedy CEOs make out like bandits,” Tate said at the press conference. “There is just no excuse at all for LA and Long

Beach to allow greedy corporations to continue to exploit these hard-working men and women through abusive and often illegal contractingout, misclassification, temporary staffing and wage theft schemes.” Afterward, commissioners heard directly from the workers involved. “I was living at a church, because I don’t earn enough to pay rent,” Alberto Arenas, a Cal Cartage warehouse worker for 20 years, told them. The strike kicked off against XPO Logistics June 19, with picket lines going up first in Commerce, then Rancho Dominguez, San Diego and at the ports. “We’re fed up with working so hard, making so little, and having no benefits,” said Jose Herrera, an XPO port/rail driver. “There’s nothing independent about us — XPO controls our work yet continues to fight us in court.” On June 27, the strike expanded to four subsidiaries of California Cartage and to Chinesegovernment owned Intermodal Bridge Transport. That same day, strikers and their supporters marched from Promenade Square to City Hall in Long Beach, delivering letters to Garcia and city council members demanding an end to wage theft in Long Beach. On June 28, faith leaders joined the picket line at the COSCO terminal in Long Beach. June 29 saw Villaraigosa join strikers at the Evergreen terminal in San Pedro. Finally, on June 30, striking workers and supporters rallied on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and delivered demands to the mayor and city council, several of whom joined the workers at their rally. But the fight is far from being over. “Misclassified drivers continue to file new claims for wage theft every day, and will not back down on their demand to end indentured servitude at the ports,” Maynard said. “Drivers will continue to escalate their demand that the cost of new trucks be the responsibility of the trucking companies who employ them, and of their retail clients, not the drivers as occurred in the 2008 Clean Truck Program. “More strikes should be expected.”

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Former Hahn Aide Loses Political Sign Theft Case On June 15, a jury found Annette McDonald, a former aide to the Janice Hahn for Supervisor campaign, guilty of stealing a campaign lawn sign from Hahn’s opponent in the county supervisor’s race. McDonald was charged in August 2016 with a misdemeanor at the height of the primary race to replace Supervisor Don Knabe. From the start, McDonald contended that the placement of the political lawn sign on a landscaped parking strip near the curb should have been treated as an election-related issue. But a grainy surveillance video that went viral on social media turned what would have otherwise been described as political shenanigans into petty theft and a misdemeanor charge. A jury in Long Beach returned a guilty verdict. McDonald was ordered to complete 10 days of community service, and pay $300 in fines and fees. She was placed on probation for threeyears. She was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the property of the alleged victim and Napolitano supporter, Phillip Trivison. McDonald was a senior community advocate

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Parents Fight Closure of Special Education Schools By Lyn Jensen, Contributing Reporter

Mina Lee is amongst a group of parents seeking court redress since 2013 against the Los Angeles Unified School District for its treatment of children with disabilities. On June 7 Judge Ronald Lew in District Court once again denied Lee’s motion for subclass certification. The case that bears Lee’s name keeps bouncing back and forth between Lew and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where it appears to be headed once again. Lee alleges the district forced her deaf and blind son to attend Fairfax High School, a general education campus, for a year. There were no teachers trained in educating the blind or deaf. When he proved unable to master the coursework

— including basketball and guitar — school staff said he had behavioral problems. He was finally allowed to transfer to a school with a teacher for the deaf and blind. A court filing earlier this year summarized: Appellants are [challenging] the legality of a new policy adopted by LAUSD in 2012 [which requires] a class of LAUSD’s most severely disabled students to go to the same schools as the district’s general, non-disabled student body. LAUSD calls this ‘integration.’ Appellants want their children schooled separately. This followed an appeals court finding in 2016 which stated, “This subclass of parents and their

children … have been and continue to be forced off these placements without parental consent.” Suzanne Snowden, attorney for Lee and other petitioners, was asked to comment about Lew’s latest ruling. She responded she was preparing to appeal to the Ninth Circuit once again. “ A c c o r d i n g l y, because the Ninth Circuit [previously] found a conflict of interest subclass, it is therefore, necessary for [Lew] The attorneys from SJM Law Group representing the parents in the class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District. File photo to divide the current certified class into two subclasses, and appoint the 1975 federal Individuals with Disabilities separate counsel for each subclass,” she argued. Education Act, often referred to as IDEA, as well At issue is whether the LAUSD violated [See LAUSD, p. 17]

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Far and wide, we’ve all heard the Republicans’ Obamacare complaints. They have consistently called it a failure and some kind of attack on the freedom to chose our own doctors. Five years ago when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, then Vice President Joe Biden in an off-mic comment to President Barack Obama called it, “A big fucking deal.” It took the Democrats some six decades to get a health care act through Congress. Republican naysayers said people wouldn’t sign up for the Affordable Care Act, it would fail to meet enrollments and the economy would suffer from it. People wouldn’t pay their premiums. They claimed the ACA wouldn’t reduce the uninsured rate and instead would lead to an overall loss in coverage. The Republicans said Americans would hate the coverage they received under Obamacare. All of these claims have been proven false. The only claim that seems to have come true is that insurance rates did rise faster than expected. Indeed, this has proven to be the miscalculation by Obamacare’s critics — they even went so far as to claim the ACA would lead to higher deficits and a weaker fiscal footing for the nation. Steven Benen said as much in his report on MSNBC this past March. “One of the projections that never sat well for Republicans, who sometimes pretend to care about the deficit, was that ‘Obamacare’ would reduce the nation’s deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming years. The GOP assumed the nonpartisan budget analyses were wrong and proceeded to tell the country the law would make the deficit larger and ‘bankrupt’ the country. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, Republicans got this backwards, too. In fact, the overall price tag of the ACA is now smaller than previously projected.” After demonizing the law for so long, the Republicans senators can’t agree whether to flat out repeal Obamacare and then replace it later, or repeal it and replace it immediately with something that they can’t even define. Meanwhile, out here in California, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris spoke to a crowd of healthcare professionals and union workers at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance

recently and reframed the GOP leadership’s discussion of their plans for healthcare. “It’s not like we left our healthcare on the bus, or at the club or in an Uber. This is not about losing something,” Harris said. “They’re trying to take our healthcare.” In Sacramento, the nurses union rallied support for SB 562, a bill that would establish a statewide singlepayer plan. The bill is currently due to the fact that to date there’s no agreed upon means of funding it. The problem with both sides of this debate is that Republicans and Democrats are arguing about insurance plans rather than the actual delivery of health care. The healthcare debate has become a symbolic battle between socialized medical insurance versus free market insurance with a side argument about taxes and who pays for it. That there’s even Republicans trepidation over repealing all of the ACA and growing recognition that any new plan would need to subsidized by the federal government reflects that the insurance model of health care is proving to be far more complex than necessary. Remember, the ACA was modeled after Mitt Romney’s Republican state plan, not a universal plan. If universal healthcare is ever deemed a “right” as President Franklin Roosevelt once argued, then the solution should look more like our universal education system. Service districts could be set up like school districts with community clinics feeding into local hospitals that are connected to research hospitals. And like our public schools, this would not eliminate the option for private doctors, clinics or hospitals. You would just pay more to use them. So, rather than burdening businesses with yet another employee tax, the cost could be picked up by a parcel tax on all property not unlike the one everyone pays now for school districts, college districts or flood control districts. And the beauty of this concept is that much of the infrastructure is already in place. From the tax collection to the community clinics to the local doctors connected to the hospitals, the networks are mostly already in place. The only thing that would change is who gets billed. The insurance middlemen would mostly be out of the picture as the state and/or counties would pay a flat rate based upon per capita sign up in their district. Everyone could get access to Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen

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healthcare. The tax rate may have to be mediated between vacant parcels, farms and open space versus industrial and commercial uses where more people live or work. But the math on how to cover 39 million residents in California becomes much less complex than all of the fuzzy math and tax magic coming out of Washington, D.C. these days. The costs to businesses could also be further defrayed by reducing or eliminating workers’ comp insurance, as it would no longer be necessary, Everyone would be covered 24 hours per day, and the only coverage a business owner would need is an umbrella liability policy. The downside to getting a plan like this passed in

the legislature is that the insurance industry would scream bloody murder and the workers’ comp lawyers would cry foul. But these are two categories of the health industry that drive up costs but don’t actually deliver medical services. Business owners, large and small, would universally give up these in favor of a simpler direct access to health care. In the end, simplifying access so that a patient can see a doctor regardless of preexisting conditions should end up being no more arduous than signing up a child for school. This is something we as a people know how to do. So let’s stop arguing over solving it the wrong way.

What Do We Want in Harbor City? By Caney Arnold, Harbor City Neighborhood Council Board Member Harbor City is too often the unseen, unheard child of the Council District 15 family. But we still want what any community wants: equal treatment under the law to enable us to live in liberty and to pursue happiness. We are primarily a bedroom community, but our south side — south of Lomita Blvd. — has several issues due to residential and industrial mixed-use zoning. We want equal services comparable to San Pedro and the independent cities of the South Bay that surround us. We want our city councilman to see all neighborhoods as equal and to provide each with the same level of service. While San Pedro has palm trees lining Gaffey Street with major

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fanfare for the added lighting, Councilman Joe Buscaino and State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi are unable to provide us with a clean median on Western Avenue. Joe is equally ineffective in most areas of Wilmington, the Harbor Gateway or Watts. But our issues, of course, go far beyond just the cosmetics of medians. Harbor City isn’t the only neighborhood treated this way. We are sisters in being secondclass in Joe’s CD 15 family, while CD 15 is second-class to the rest of Los Angeles. Harbor Gateway and Harbor City are the second-class stepchildren of both Joe’s CD 15 family and [See Harbor City, p. 7]

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Where does science fit within the evolution of government? Rather than trying to engage the common man into thinking more about science, we should address the absence of science within government. Under the direction of science, human deliberative capability can alter the nature and course of human evolution as well as our impact on our environment. We have institutionalized the pecking order in which we operate, and we view our relationship with the resource/environment and conceive our economic policy through this lens. Our concern for our progeny should instead lead us to reevaluate and rewrite government and economic policy with an eye on ensuring the fulfillment of the genetic imperative, which commits us to do whatever necessary to ensure the continuation of human existence.

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Al’s State Assembly District 66 family of South Bay cities. As far as our pursuit of life or, at least, a healthy life, our sister Wilmington has the worst air quality in all of Southern California, and Harbor City and Harbor Gateway have our own share of oil drilling sites. We are all within the kill zones for both Torrance Refinery’s and Valero’s modified hydrofluoric acid as well as Rancho Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanks. Even San Pedro and parts of Palos Verdes are affected by Rancho LPG. Yet, we see no action since our elected officials are in denial or, more correctly, still listening to the powerful interests of the Western States Petroleum Association and benefiting from their financial support. We don’t have the visibility of homelessness like San Pedro, but we have a huge population in The Pit and The Jungle with many of the same issues of drug use, nuisance crimes and theft which result when people are homeless and/or desperate. We also have gang rivalries and killings in competition with gangs in Harbor City, Wilmington, San Pedro and east Torrance. We’ve had a number of recent shootings before summer even started, and we need to get our community leaders together to stop this needless violence. While our communities turn out around 10 percent of registered voters, San Pedro consistently gets around 20 percent. This statistic gets to the root of our problem. If our voices aren’t heard by the politicians who are listening to lobby money

from Western State Petroleum Alliance, local developers and other corporations, then our small voices are inconsequential to them. How do we change this? We create a more effective and stronger impact on our elected officials. We vote in people from our community who will “keep it real,” who will see everyone as equal whether or not their voices are loud or their campaign donations are large. We vote in people who have true empathy and live by the golden rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” To do this, we need to create more of these people. We need leaders to step up as mentors to our children, helping them get through school and into a vocation or college. We need leaders to give our kids a wide variety of creative outlets to express themselves, whether it’s through education, vocations, art, music, sports or other means. We also need to be more civic-minded and active to force our elected officials to be responsive to us. We need leaders to help organize us, to educate people on how our city and state government s work and to bring information into the light on the disparity in services and the caring for our health and safety. We need to build a plan for transitioning to more sustainable fuel systems and to train our workers for a just transition to cleaner fuels for our health and job security. Income security for our workers must be a top priority, equal to health and safety. We can not let our hard-working neighbors fear for their jobs

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the GOP has done this — let us not forget when they silenced my friend and colleague Elizabeth Warren for trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions. Here is the truth: I will not be silenced. We will not be silenced. The American people, who deserve the truth, will not be silenced, not when the faith and integrity of our democracy is at stake. Like Senator Warren — and so

Communities for a Better Environment will speak at an all-city Neighborhood Council Energy Forum. Important environmental issues are discussed at the event. This year, issues important to the Harbor Area are taking spotlight. Time: 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 Details: http://ncsa. energy_forum Venue: Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 W. 83rd St., Los Angeles

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Fred’s remarks stated that the Obama administration didn’t try hard enough to get their son out of North Korea. That’s not true: the Obama administration worked very hard on this issue and the great Trump administration succeeded. The Trump administration did nothing different than the Obama administration. North Korea had a vegetable on their hands and unloaded it. Fred didn’t understand that and attacked Obama, then praised Trump. I just want to know, WHAT WAS OTTO DOING IN NORTH KOREA? I don’t believe that he was just a tourist. The U. S. government informed him not to go and yet he went. WHY? Fred and his wife, along with the parishioners of Ascension & Holy Trinity Church, prayed every day while Otto was a prisoner, for Otto’s safe return. When it did happen, “Otto” was a

vegetable. God didn’t live up to his reputation of being GREAT & ALL POWERFUL. Fred didn’t blame God, yet he blamed Obama. Fred, get your act together! If my God did that to me, I WOULD THROW HIM INTO A TRASH CAN! Damian Walters San Pedro

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The County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles has tentatively scheduled a public hearing at 2:15 p.m. July 12 at the San Pedro Public Library, 931 S. Gaffey St. in San Pedro. This year the County Sanitation Districts is pursuing a coastal development permit from Los Angeles for construction work at Royal Palms Beach, where the new tunnel will connect to the existing ocean falls. In 2012, the Sanitation District Board approved a project to construct a new tunnel to safely and reliably convey treated wastewater from the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson to the ocean in an environmentally protective manner. This project is intended to address critical aging infrastructure — the repair or replacement of two tunnels that are 60 and 80 years old. The tunnels were not built to current seismic standards. The main sewer system collects and treats wastewater from about 5 million people.

Many of our policies today promote overpopulation and corruption of the environment; such policies are harmful and run counter to fulfillment of the genetic imperative and the sustainability of human civilization. Rather than approaching this problem politically, we should use scientific analysis and principles to identify beneficial policies that will ensure the continuation of humanity. Such scientific analysis should form the basis of governmental policy, which must inevitably evolve to conform to this need to prescribe whatever will ensure the survival and wellbeing of humanity. Instead, modern policies and governance support destructive tendencies. Scientists should create a venue now to underwrite this process and move it forward. Perry Bezanis American Association for the Advancement of Science San Pedro

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Obamacare Repeal Collapses — For Now By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare and massively cut back Medicaid fell apart like a house of cards on June 27, just two days before a planned Senate vote and one day after a devastating Congressional Budget Office estimate said that 22 million people would lose health insurance under the plan. The American Medical Association came out swiftly against it, along with a chorus of others. Medicaid would also see a $772 billion cut over the next decade, the CBO stated, with $541 billion of that going to tax cuts for wealthy Americans. “Medicine has long operated under the precept of primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft legislation violates that standard on many levels,” the AMA wrote in a letter to Senate leaders. Local lawmakers, healthcare providers and physicians echoed similar sentiments. “The CBO says this new version is just as cruel and mean as the previous versions,” Rep. Alan Lowenthal said on Facebook. “Twentytwo million [would be] without healthcare over 10 years. And this was supposed to be the GOP version with ‘heart?’ There is no heart here. This is not even a healthcare bill. It is a tax cut for the wealthy dressed up to look like serious legislation.” “Trumpcare is a billionaire’s tax cut disguised as a health care bill,” Rep. Ted Lieu said in a statement. “Despite President Trump’s repeated promises to protect Medicaid, this disastrous bill imposes unprecedented cuts to Medicaid, which millions of Americans rely on including veterans, seniors and children with disabilities.” The plan had been kept secret until June 22 and was greeted immediately with expressions of outrage and unprecedented protests — most notably massive sit-ins clogging Senate hallways by members of the pioneering disabilities civil rights group, ADAPT (previously Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit). But protest did not abate. Indeed, they exploded even more forcefully on June 28––the day after GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell withdrew the bill––in opposition to whatever bill McConnell unveils next. “This is not over,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference. “Do not be misled…. The House bill died by two vote majority and it came back to haunt us with an even worse bill.” Here in Los Angeles, County Supervisor Janice Hahn blasted the GOP’s careless attitude towards public health in a Facebook live forum, contrasting it sharply with the benefits of Obamacare. “I was elected to Congress one year after the Affordable Care Act was passed and during the 5 years that I was there, 1.2 million people in Los Angeles County got covered through the Medicaid expansion,” Hahn said. “The county’s uninsured rate dropped from 20.9 percent to 11 percent. “And yet, during those same 5 years, I had to go to the house floor 55 times to vote against attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It happened so often, it almost became a joke. But it wasn’t. If the Senate passes this bill, there will be real consequences.” Indeed, new research projects that almost

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu has been a vocal critic of the GOP’s ACA repeal bill. File photo.

30,000 people a year will die under the GOP plan — or any similar version Republicans may try. Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-author of one of two recent studies reaching similar conclusions, spelled things out simply on Democracy Now! “If you take health insurance away from 22 million people, about 29,000 of them will die every year, annually, as a result,” she said. “Being uninsured raises your death rate. That is established scientific consensus. And many of the Republicans have been trying to say, ‘Oh, you can take away health insurance from 22 million people and nothing will happen.’ That’s simply contradicted by the scientific consensus.” On the ground level, the impacts would be enormous, according to Juan Mendez, manager of community health at Providence Little Company of Mary South Bay Communities. “We have a moral responsibility to provide improved access to care for all, especially for poor and vulnerable populations,” Mendez told Random Lengths. “Since the implementation of the ACA, our patient advocates have been able to help many uninsured patients get health coverage. At the same time, our patient advocates have helped these people navigate the complex world of our health care system and linked them to key resources. With the ACA replacement bill under consideration, many people we’ve served could be at risk of not just losing their health care coverage, but their entire livelihood may be put at risk.” Geriatric psychiatrist Stephen Read offered a set of wide-ranging thoughts about real-world changes underway. “As a geriatrician, I’m impressed with the constraints the Medicaid shrinkage will put on the assistance that elders and dependent persons will face getting even basic care needs met in the future — constraints that will become more onerous in coming years and decades,” Read said. The day after the GOP pulled their bill, four polls came out showing it was massively unpopular. The most favorable poll, from Fox [See GOP Repeal, p. 20]


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uring the October 2016 presidential debate, Donald Trump brusquely referred to Hillary Clinton as “such a nasty woman” to discredit her comments concerning his elusive tax returns. While this comment may or may not have been successful in persuading some of the populace to cast a vote for him, or rather against her, Trump failed to consider the massive backlash his nonchalant statement would have. After Trump won the presidency, feminists across the nation used this phrase as a rallying cry in protest of the president’s offhanded misogyny. During the Jan. 2017 Women’s March, protesters banded together amidst T-shirts and signs that read: “nasty women fight back,” and “the future is nasty.” Marching alongside her sisters and brothers, longtime feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning rights activist Susan McKenna noticed this rallying cry and an idea began to percolate. “I saw men and women together unifying around protest,” McKenna said. “And we were all just so inspired by music and protest and activism.” McKenna decided that she wanted to use music and comedy to bring together the women’s community, especially those who have been marginalized as a result of their gender identities and/or sexual orientations. “In this current political authoritarian climate … there is an even greater responsibility to women to help each other and to unify and to resist together,” McKenna said. “I hope to be a small part of that by helping create diverse and fun events by and for women.” Thus was born the Nasty Woman Concert Series, which will have its inaugural concert at No Small Children is part of the line-up at the Nasty Wom7 p.m. on July 8 at diPiazza’s Lounge in Long an Concert Series at diPiazza’s Beach. The NWCS will feature performances as Lounge in Long Beach on July 8. varied as the hip-hop of Wendy Ho and folk music of Abby and the Mist, as well as headliners No Small Children and Kelly Mantle, a star-studded red carpet, a ribbon-cutting with a surprise politician, and a renowned actress performing tarot card readings. Created by Long Beach artist Michelle Stewart, the Nasty

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ENTERTAINMENT July 8 Nasty Woman Concert Series The concert series is designed to bring together the women’s community through the healing power of music and comedy, especially those women who have been marginalized because of their gender identity and sexual orientation. Time: 7:30 p.m. July 8 Cost: $15 to $25 Details: www nastywomanconcertseries. com Venue: diPiazza’s Lounge, 5205 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

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Sabine Trio Sabine is widely respected as an award-winning classical pianist in the United States and Europe. Time: 4 p.m. July 9 Cost: $20 Details: https:// Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

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Artyom Manukyan Trio Cellist Artyom Manukyan first made his name as a musician to watch in his native Armenia and traveled the world as the

youngest member of the BBC World Music Award-winning Armenian Navy Band. Time: 8 p.m. July 15 Cost: $20 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

Take a blues journey with Sean Lane at Alvas Showroom, July 22. File photo.

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July 14

Tony Ferrell Band The Tony Ferrell Band rocks another concert featuring 10 of the best soul, rock and pop musicians in the world. Time: 8 p.m. July 14 Cost: $15 Details: (310) 782-1440 Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

July 15

Golden State Pops Orchestra The Golden State Pops Orchestra along with a full choir performs music from leading video-games with special guest conductors and performers. The concert features hit video game music with projections, lights, special guest composers, performers and video game talent. Time: 8 p.m. July 15 Cost: $28.50 to $70 Details: Venue: Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.

July 16

Led Zepagain Led Zepagain (stylized Led ZepAgain) is an American hard

Time: 5 p.m. July 21, 2 p.m. July 22 and 23 Cost: $109 to $549 Details: Venue: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles

rock tribute band formed in Ventura in 1988. Time: 4 p.m. July 16 Cost: $20 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

July 21

Sidestepper and Buyepongo Dance your face off with electrocumbia from Colombia and other global sounds. Time: 8 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Downtown Bollywood Learn new dance moves and show them off in a judgement-

free zone. Time: 7 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Elliott Caine Enjoy live bebop and Latin jazz, then stuff your face with food from the market. Time: July 21 Cost: Free Details: www.farmersmarketla. com Venue: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 West 3rd St., Los Angeles FYF Explore the lineup at the FYF Fest, featuring Missy Elliot, Bjӧrk, Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails.

Sean Lane Join the band on a journey through time and hear everything from the foundational raw Delta style that started it all to the electrified blues/rock that it has become. Time: 8 p.m. July 22 Cost: $15 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

July 23

Caress of Steel Rock to this Rush tribute band. Time: 4 p.m. July 23 Cost: $20

Mark Mackay Band A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll at Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach. Time: July 23 Cost: Free Details: Venue: 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

July 25

iPalpiti Orchestra The iPalpiti Orchestra performs selections from the 20th iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates. The orchestra iPalpiti (ee-PAHL-pit-ee, Italian for “heartbeats”) is unique in that it draws its members from top prize-winning laureates of international competitions. Time: 7:30 p.m. July 25 Cost: Free Details: (310) 316-5574 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

July 27

Sean Watkins American tunes feature a celebration of Paul Simon with a great lineup of musicians. Time: 8 p.m. July 27 Cost: Free

iPalpiti Orchestra, comprised of top prize winning laureates of international competitions, performs at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church on July 25. File photo.

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handle with plenty of rockabilly, honky-tonk and hillbilly boogie will play at Polliwog Park. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Details: Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

July 28

La Charanga Cubana Enjoy traditional Cuban dance music, then stuff your face with food from the market. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. July 28 Cost: Free Details: www.farmersmarketla. com Venue: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles

July 29

Mothership Landing Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Parliament-Funkadelic’s groundbreaking release. Time: 8 p.m. July 29 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

July 30

Hard Day’s Night You’ll swear The Beatles are in the South Bay. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. July 30 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach Rob Garland’s Eclectic Trio Rob Garland’s Eclectic Trio plays original high energy instrumental and vocal music with funk, blues, jazz, fusion and rock. Time: 4 p.m. July 30 Cost: $10 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St. San Pedro

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The Delgrés brings a bluesy blend of styles to their Los Angeles debut at the Skirball Center Aug. 10. File photo.

Aug. 5

Dorian Wood, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole Dorian Wood awakens a haunting interpretation of Jeannine Deckers’ The Singing Nun and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole offers a genrecrossing performance from Hawaii. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 5 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

July 9

Magic Fruit Cornerstone Theater Company is pleased to announce a special concert reading of Magic Fruit. The plays looked at food equity, urban and rural farming, food addiction and community gardens. Time: 7 p.m. July 9

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July 21

Annie Join the irrepressible comic strip heroine as she takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie’s escape from an orphanage and the clutches of the wicked Miss Hannigan leads to new life and home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Time: 7:30 p.m. July 21, 22 and

The Taming of the Shrew For Shakespeare by the Sea’s 20th anniversary season, community members will be able to enjoy William Shakespeare’s famous comedy The Taming of the Shrew. The professionallycrafted productions are presented free. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro

July 28

La Linea A multimedia story of everyday life on the Mexico-U.S. border with music by Panoptica. Time: 8 p.m. July 28 Cost: Free Details: [See Summer Guide, p. 12]




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Dance Disco Learn new dance moves and show them off in a judgmentfree zone. Time: 7 p.m. Aug. 4 Cost: Free Details: calendar Venue: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


Mary Poppins Musical Theatre West brings a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Time: 8 p.m. July 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, 2 p.m. July 15 and 22, 1 p.m. July 16 and 23, and 6 p.m. July 16, through July 23 Cost: $20 Details: (562) 856-1999, ext. 4; Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center , 6200 E. Atherton, Long Beach

Aug. 4

Bad Haggis Put some celtic rock in your life, then stuff your face with food from the market. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 Cost: Free Details: www.farmersmarketla. com Venue: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles

Summertime in the LBC This summer, enjoy a lineup of talents, including 50 Cent & G-Unit; Yg; Wu-Tang Clan; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic. Time: 12 p.m. Aug. 5 Cost: $200 Details: www. Venue: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

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29, and 2 p.m. July 23, 29 and 30 Cost: $39 to $60 Details: www.grandvision. org/warner-grand/events.asp Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Ibibio Sound Machine Experience African and electronic jams inspired by the golden era of West African funk, disco and post-punk. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 3 Cost: Free Details: programs/sunset-concerts/ ibibio-sound-machine Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Aug. 10

Delgrés Witness the Los Angeles debut of a band that brings a bluesy blend of styles from Guadeloupe to Louisiana to the Mississippi delta. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 10 Cost: Free Details: programs/sunset-concerts Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

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Woman Concert Series logo — a skirted, pink individual replete with guitar and ‘rock on’ hand gesture — perfectly encapsulates McKenna’s vision for the NWCS. “I always like to say that if the Lilith Fair from 1997 hooked up with the 2017 Women’s March, their first-born child would be the Nasty Woman Concert Series,” McKenna said. “[Attendees] can expect a lot of shenanigans. We’ve got an awesome lineup.”

Providing Healing Spaces Although a separate legal and political

entity, 100 percent of the proceeds of the NWCS — and hopefully, subsequent concerts — benefit the L-Project Los Angeles. The L-Project works to empower women of the LGBTQ community through the intersection of art and technology. McKenna is among the board members of this nonprofit. “The L-project’s focus is to create spaces for women,” McKenna said. It hosts multicultural and educational programs and events to create a sustainable and inclusive community for women in the Los Angeles area. It also hosts an annual Frida Fest in September that honors the legacy of Frida Kahlo by showcasing the work of local lesbian artists.

L-Project board member, Susan Mckenna. File photo

McKenna has always believed in the intersection of LGBTQ activism, feminism and the performing arts. While attending a small college in rural Colorado in 1991, McKenna found both her identity as a member of the LGBTQ community and as a feminist. “I came barreling out of the closet,” McKenna said. “I didn’t just dip my toe out. I got on my motorcycle, shaved my head, wore combat boots and put a ‘I’m a lesbian’ bumper sticker on my forehead for a couple of years.” However, the real conflation between her identities lay in the arts. “I started a feminist group on campus,” said McKenna. “I got involved at the radio station and started broadcasting what I called a feminist show. I discovered Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls. And here I am, 25 years later, still listening to that music…. I met some of the radical women who shaped the women’s movement and [they] definitely shaped my opinion…. Of course, then I got into corporate America and I got into reality.”

The White, Male Reality

The reality that McKenna found was the same one that exists in board rooms across corporate America: overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly male. In her corporate life, McKenna works as chief marketing officer for a startup company. “I have spent the bulk of my career working with or for men,” McKenna said. “I get along, of course, but I’m always the only woman in the boardroom…. I still make 73 to 79 cents to a man’s dollar, even at my position.” Part of the impetus behind the Nasty Woman [See Nasty Concert, p. 15] Details: Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

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[Summer Guide from p. 11] Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Aug. 5

Guys and Dolls Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 5 Cost: $14 to $24 Details: Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


National Watercolor Society Member’s Show The exhibit is juried by nationally known Bob Burridge. The artwork ranges from realistic to non-objective and features 89 paint-

Grunion Run Schedule Take Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Fish-tival and celebrate all things grunion. Grunion may be collected by people with a valid 2017 California Fishing licence and by hand only. Time: 10:30 p.m. July 24 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

ings. Time:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through July 9 Cost: Free Details: (424) 225-4966 Venue: National Watercolor Society, 915 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro Justin Favela: Gracias, Gracias, Thank You, Thank You! Justin Favela’s piñata-shaped sculptures meld memory with humor to reveal difficult to communicate experiences of identity and place. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through July 9 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes Disruptions The Art of Eliseo Art Silva features 20 works which embrace sparring ideas to intentionally disrupt the expected and bring attention to new ideas and conversations. As an artist of over 100 public works on the East

July 29

Works by Eliseo Silva, Philippine-born painter, is on view in the Arcade Building in San Pedro. and West Coasts and in his own studio practice, this Philippine-born artist strives to disrupt his audience, forcing them to rethink and energize. RSVP requested. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. July 24 Details: (310) 514-9139; Venue: The Arcade, 479 W. 6th St., Suite 107, San Pedro From The Desert to The Sea: The Desolation Center Experience Before the era of Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, Desolation Center drew punk and industrial music fans to the

far reaches of the Mojave Desert. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, through July 30 Cost: Free Details: (310) 266-9216 Venue: Cornelius Projects Gallery, 1417 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro


Art and Science of Evaluating Beers Become a better beer nerd. Time: 7 p.m. July 20 Cost: Free

Sinister Circus The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor presents Sinister Circus, the first-ever haunted summer costume ball. Following a day of macabre fun at Midsummer Scream 2017, join us at a spook-tacular costume party aboard where you can dress up to become one of the ringmaster’s minions for Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus. Time: 8 p.m. July 29 Cost: $29 to $34 Details: DHSinisterCircus

July 30

Peter & The Wolf The childhood classic told with live music. Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. July 30

Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Aug. 12

Iowa by the Sea Picnic All Iowans and people who love the great State of Iowa are invited to this year’s event. The picnic location provides great view of the battleship.The picnic is a family oriented, non-alcoholic event with an emphasis on fun and safety. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 Cost: Free for children under 5; $12 for youth under 12; $35 for adults Details: (877) 446-9261; Venue: Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro

Aug. 18

Movie Under the Guns Battleship Iowa invites you to a free screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, on board the fantail of Battleship Iowa overlooking the Los Angeles Waterfront. Time: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 Cost: Free Details: (877) 446-9261 Venue: Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

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Always Read the Walls Before Ordering By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer

If you ask someone what to order at Slavko’s Harbor Poultry, they might think it’s the setup for a joke. We are talking about a restaurant with a giant chicken on the roof and a smaller one on the weather vane, either of which might be presumed to answer all questions regarding the specialty of the house. And indeed, Slavko’s is best known for chicken, either rotisserie or fried. Order chicken and potatoes along with some macaroni salad and you’ve probably duplicated the order of the last five people who came in and the next five who are in line behind you. I tend to get the fried rather than rotisserie unless I’m in a hurry. They fry to order and it can take 15 to 20 minutes to be served during busy hours. I prefer to dine in because I want to enjoy that seasoned crust at the peak of freshness. While waiting, I’ll spend a few minutes looking at their old pictures of San Pedro before settling in at one of the worn but clean booths. Once the chicken arrives I am faced with a situation that tries my patience: I’ll burn my fingers and tongue if I try to dig in too soon. I could start by eating the coleslaw that I get on the side, but I’ll need that to cool things down when I succumb to

impatience, which I always do. For those who tire of chicken (hey, it could happen), or crave other experiences, there are other options. The braised pork ribs are very tender, but rather mildly seasoned. If you like peppery spices and hanker for a culinary connection to local culture, you should try the cevapcici. There are endless varieties of this casing-free sausage across the Balkan region. The version here is made with a mixture of beef and pork as well as a healthy shot of garlic, pepper and herbs. Think of gyros or an exuberantly spiced meatloaf that is pan-fried Slavko’s proprietor Jim Frlekin with a fresh batch of rabbit. Photo by and you’re in the ballpark. Robert Foss. They serve the meat on top portion is so sufficiently filling that even people of a substantial heap of breaded and deepwho don’t usually hibernate after meals may fried potatoes with raw onions, pieces of thick feel inclined to do so. flatbread and a spicy red pepper sauce. The

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Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria

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


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

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If you are in the mood for authentic Mexican food, at an affordable price, try María’s Mexican Restaurant. The inconspicuous eatery on Pacific Avenue and 22nd Street in San Pedro offers a wide variety of

savory, traditional dishes from tortas and burritos to chiles rellenos and camarones a la diabla. The exceptional service matches its well-proportioned meals. On a time crunch for lunch or dinner? Give María’s a call and they’ll have your food warm and ready for you within minutes. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. María’s Mexican Restaurant, 2215 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (310) 833-6666.


Walk into Pirozzi’s Italian Deli at Weymouth Corners and discover an ample selection of fine imported cheeses and salami, as well as a great assortment of imported prosciutto, pastas, sauces, olive oils and vinegars. Best known for homemade Italian sausages in five distinct flavors, Pirozzi’s also carries freshly prepared and frozen entrées and sauces available for take-out. Pirozzi’s Deli offers a full catering menu, made-to-order deli sandwiches, homemade Italian cookies and desserts. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Pirozzi’s Italian Deli, 1453 W. 8th St., San Pedro • (310) 548-0000

San Pedro Brewing Company

A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features handcrafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with madefrom-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. Live music. Open from 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 •

The Whale & Ale English Restaurant & Pub

The Victorian oak panels & elegant brass fittings will make you feel like you crossed the Atlantic. Featuring popular pub fare such as Fish & Chips (a regular “Best in L.A.” winner), Shepherd’s Pie, & entrées of Choice Steaks, Roast Prime Rib, Beef Wellington &

Roast Rack of Lamb. Seafood selections include Chilean Sea Bass, Atlantic Salmon, Jumbo Tiger Shrimp & Sand Dabs. Try hard-tofind international draft beers & ales, as well as domestic craft beers on tap. Full bar; free, gated parking lot. Open daily for dinner and lunch Tues.-Sun. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 •

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Boardwalk Grill

Casual waterfront dining at its finest! Famous for slabs of Chicago-style baby back ribs, fish-nchips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free parking. Boardwalk Grill, 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551

The cevapcici is available with no notice, but the most interesting items Slavko’s serves require you to order as much as a day in advance. They offer duck, goose and quail, but another item grabbed my attention: whole rabbit that is first marinated, then pan-browned, coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, moist braised and then baked. It’s a lot of trouble to go through but it’s necessary because rabbit is an extremely lean meat, and low-fat meats get tough when cooked quickly. The moist braising infuses the meat so it’s extremely tender and flavorful, and the final bake toasts the breadcrumb crust to perfection. Rabbit meat is often compared to chicken breast, which is inevitable because every unusual pale meat, including rattlesnake and iguana, gets that comparison. There is a difference that you can see when you have both at the same meal: the rabbit has a finer grain and is as moist but less greasy. One thing to note is that Slavko’s includes some of the organ meats, like the heart and the liver. Depending on your preference, you can fight over these or avoid them. My wife and I like the richer-flavored dark meats and split these, while others at the table are happy that there’s more of the white meat for them. A note for those with children or childlike adults: there are four drumsticks, so you don’t have to race for those. A whole bunny runs $34.50 and feeds four to six people, and it’s a remarkable deal for an unusual meal. It pairs well with merlots and [See Slavko’s, p. 15]


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other medium-body, low-tannin red wines, and Slavko’s sells some Croatian reds that would probably do the job nicely. The all-American fried chicken is what made them famous. But the more arcane items on Slavko’s menu are a link to another era when many restaurants in town featured food from coastal Croatia. If you have a large group you could order a picnic that offers the best of both worlds and celebrate cultural diversity through finger foods, but be sure to have lots of napkins handy. Slavko’s is at 1224 S. Pacific Ave. in San Pedro. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, closed on Mondays. Wine and beer are served; dine-in or take out. Details: (310) 832-5723

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Concert Series was the frustration McKenna feels working within the male-dominated tech industry for 23 years. As a high-powered female executive, McKenna felt a kinship to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. “I see first-hand what happens to women in power,” McKenna said. “I see how we are positioned as bitches and things that are lessthan…. We are ‘pushy’ and ‘aggressive,’ not ‘assertive’ and ‘definitive.’ I myself have been affected by that very recently. And that’s part of the reason why the Nasty Woman Concert was born.”

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Another reason that the NWCS was born was to showcase the local talents of important activist bands, including McKenna’s wife’s punk band Shitting Glitter. “Amy’s band Shitting Glitter is important here because she had drag queens and transsexual women dancing in her band in 2001 when it wasn’t cool to be a drag queen,” McKenna said. “RuPaul’s Drag Race had not been launched yet. She’s been doing this for 16 years and that can’t be left unsaid.… At the same time, we really wanted it to be a diverse musical show.” But the diversity McKenna referred to was notably rooted in music genre, begging the question as to whether this third wave of the feminist movement — a movement symbolized by pink pussy hats and the Women’s March — will repeat the same mistakes of earlier feminist and LGBTQ movements. However, McKenna sees this insistence on intersectionality as potentially more divisive than solution-oriented.

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conversation led them to discover that they lived just minutes away from each other in Redondo Beach. The fortuitous meeting led to bohemian gatherings at Barrett’s Studio 202 in Redondo Beach. Barrett would conduct lavish runway shows of her fashion creations, while available By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer photographers would record the scene. The friendship and creative association When a prolific artist approaches the end of lasted for 22 years, until metastatic her life, there is often the question of what will breast cancer eventually overcame become of a large body of work. For fine art Barrett. photographer Audrey Barrett, who spent the last “When I do a photo session,” five years of her life resisting cancer, there was Barrett said. “I become a part of the never a question. Barrett wanted her work to photograph… I don’t know if I’m in raise money to fight the disease that would take the picture or behind the camera. I am her life. both.” Barrett’s family reached out to old friends The Carofanos’ hope is that Barrett and collaborators, Ray and Arnée Carofano will live on through her works, her of Gallery 478 in San Pedro, to help find new donations to fighting cancer and the homes for her work. On July 8, Gallery 478 people who invite the work into their in conjunction with TransVagrant Projects homes. will present Audrey Barrett: Available Light, All proceeds from the auction directly benefit City of Hope Breast “I think we really need to come together as Cancer Research and are taxa community,” said McKenna. “It’s no longer deductible. Audrey Barrett: Available I’m gay, or bi, or trans, or queer, it’s that we Light runs through Aug. 25. A public all have struggles in our community and in reception will take place from 4 to 7 other communities too…. I wish we could all p.m. July 8. come together as a community and agree on a Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday few simple things to help move our agendas through Friday, and by appointment Gallery 478 hosts an exhibition and sale of photographic forward. The more we are fighting internally, Cost: Free works by Audrey Barrett to benefit City of Hope Metastatic the less we are going to get done.” Details:  (310) 732-2150 Breast Cancer Research. But for the show on July 8, what McKenna Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., an exhibition of photography and an auction is most concerned about is providing a safe San Pedro benefiting City of Hope Metastatic Breast space for sexually marginalized women. Cancer Research. Barrett’s art practice was diversified. While McKenna is already looking toward the studying for a degree in interior design at the future, hoping for possibly a second show in University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Barrett Hollywood come October. picked up a three-week class in photography. “We’d like to take the show on the road to Although she worked most of her life in the parts of Northern California or the Northern field of fashion and interior design, her taste • Blow Outs West Coast,” McKenna said. “We’d also for surrealism led to experimentation with an 8 like to go to Washington, D.C. and New • Color by 10 camera using platinum plating to create York. I’ve had interest from a lot of different images with the tremendous tonal range which • Cuts & Styling bands and musicians.… We’re talking to makes platinum prints so extraordinary. This people and organizers right now but we need • Vintage Styling exhibition consists of black and white gelatin volunteers…. To me, this isn’t just about a silver and platinum palladium prints on delicate & Updo’s concert series…. This is about a movement. gampishi paper from her archive. Many artist’s That’s what we’re looking to create.” Specializing proofs are included in the collection. McKenna hopes that each one of the in balayage In her memoirs, Barrett wrote, “I became future shows will be individualized, with local and color totally consumed … within that time I performers and talent in the vein of Sarah correction discovered something innate in me, a passion McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. with the camera that brought forth something “My hope is that we can create a local from deep inside of me.” community event, with one or two headliners Her images were done with available light, 461 W. 6th St., Suite 105 San Pedro that have national recognition,” McKenna and very little of it, using long exposure times, said. “It’s an organic movement. Wherever the sometimes up to 45 minutes. wave takes me, I’ve got my bathing suit on. During a photo session, she Let’s go.” often encouraged her subjects Details: to breathe and move if they Cost: $15 to $250 needed, creating ghost-like Venue: diPiazza’s Lounge, 5205 E. Pacific images. Coast Highway, Long Beach Serendipity brought together the Carofanos and Barrett. Professional photographers Ray and Arnée Carofano traveled to Texas for the International Fotofest in 1995. Casual

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Daniel spent six weeks in jail until his next court date at which the judge dismissed the assault charges for lack of evidence. Human Rights Watch noted that the majority of county jail prisoners in California have not been sentenced, but are serving time because they are unable to pay for pretrial release. Like a scene out of a police procedural “Whether you show such as Law can go free before and Order: Special a trial right now is Victims Unit, people determined by the accused of crimes but unable to afford size of your wallet, bail give up their constitutional right not the size of your to fight the charges public safety risk — because pleas get and that’s not the them out of jail and way it should be.” back to work and their — State Sen. families. Judges and Bob Hertzberg prosecutors use custody status as leverage to pressure guilty pleas. With a median bail rate that is five times higher than the rest of the country, the report noted that there is a clear correlation between the poverty rate and the unsentenced pretrial detention rate at the county level in California. And those locked up in pretrial are overwhelmingly poor, working class and black or Latino. Human Rights Watch found that from 20112015, police in California made almost 1.5 million felony arrests. Of those, nearly one in three, like Daniel Soto, were arrested and jailed, but never found guilty of any crime. Some spent only hours or days behind bars, while others spent weeks, months or even years. Assemblyman Rob Bonta noted that while some defendants are considered too dangerous for release or are flight risks and should be held in custody, many are not a threat to public safety and could be released, monitored and reminded when to return for court hearings. According to the Board of State and Community Corrections, the average daily cost to counties holding inmates awaiting trial runs at more than $100 per inmate. In Los Angeles County, the cost is $116. According to the Pretrial Justice Institute, the cost of supervising a defendant in the community is about 10 percent the cost of keeping him or her in jail. Bonta noted that jurisdictions across the country have begun implementing reforms and experimenting with alternatives to cash bail. For more than two decades, Washington, D.C. has run a pretrial services program that only detains defendants considered too dangerous to release into the community, sending others home to be monitored and given reminders on when to return for court hearings. Santa Clara County implemented its own version of bail reform in 2012, adopting a risk assessment method aimed at reducing the pretrial jail population. It costs the county $215 a day to incarcerate a person but only $10 a day to monitor a person in the community. Moving to this new approach in 2013, the county saved more than $60 million by safely supervising many defendants who 16 would have been held in jail under the old

order setting monetary bail. The court may detain a person under certain conditions and the bill allows a prosecuting attorney to file a motion seeking the pretrial detention of a person in certain circumstances, including when the person has been charged with a violent crime or sexual assault. The bill also creates standards for training and for cost-effective and validated assessment tools.

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Most people in California jails have not been convicted of a crime. More than 50,000 of the 71,000 Californians held in a county jail on any given day are awaiting trial. According to the Jail Profile Survey released by the State of California Board of State and Community Corrections, more than half the inmates in the Los Angeles County jail (8,878 of 16,560) had not received a sentence during the first quarter of 2015. Each day a person is held in custody costs an average of $114. In the six counties analyzed from 2014-2015 (Alameda, Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Francisco) by Human Rights Watch, between 71 and 91 percent of misdemeanor and 77-91 percent of felony defendants who stayed in jail until they received their sentence were released before the earliest possible trial date. They all pled out before they had a chance to assert their innocence. Pretrial detention allows courts to process cases more quickly, but distorts justice by coercing guilty pleas. From 2011 to 2015, police in California made 1,451,441 felony arrests of people, all but a small fraction of whom had bail set for some period of time. Of those, 459,847 were arrested and held in jail, but never found guilty of any crime. Prosecutors did not even file charges against 273,899 of those people. system. The median bail in California is $50,000, and 10 percent — what would be needed to pay a bail agent for release — is beyond the reach of most Californians. In fact, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Federal Reserve, 46 percent of Americans don’t have $400 to pay for an emergency expense and would have to sell something or borrow money to cover the cost. Even bail for the most minor offenses can run more than $1,000. And for people who can’t pay, their lives are turned upside down, waiting in jail for weeks or months before their cases go to court. The result is devastating for the individuals, who can end up losing their jobs, apartments and cars, which are towed if left on the street, even before a court decides upon their innocence or guilt. Senate Bill 10 promises to reduce the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial and to ensure that those who are not threats to public safety or flight risks are not held simply for their inability to afford bail. “Whether you can go free before a trial right now is determined by the size of your wallet, not the size of your public safety risk — and that’s not the way it should be,” said Sen. Bob Hertzberg,

who has been writing reform legislation on this subject for years. “This legislation reforms bail so it treats people of all backgrounds fairly and equally, whether they are rich or poor.” “With the passage of SB 10 in the Senate, California now moves another step closer to creating meaningful bail reform, which will protect public safety, ensure equal justice for all and spend our limited resources in a more costeffective manner,” Bonta said in a release. The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 was authored by Hertzberg and Bonta. They are working with a broad coalition. Hertzberg and Bonta also co-authored Assembly Bill 42, an identical bill that is making its way through the Assembly. Provisions would not apply when a person is arrested for certain specified violent felonies. Otherwise, the bill would require a pretrial services agency to conduct individualized risk assessment and prepare a report that makes recommendations on conditions of release. If the court has set monetary bail, SB 10 would authorize the person to execute an unsecured bond, execute a secured bond, or deposit a percentage of the sum mentioned in the

SAN PEDRO — On June 30, the A.P. Moller-Maersk announced that its cargo terminals and port operations were returning to normal after being exposed to malware on June 27. The malware affected 17 of its shipping container terminals worldwide. The cyber virus spread from the Ukraine, where it infected computers after users downloaded a popular tax accounting package or visited a local news site, national police and international cyber experts said. The malicious code locked machines and demanded victims post a ransom worth $300 in bitcoins or lose their data. More than 30 victims paid up. Hackers asked victims to notify them by email when ransoms had been paid but German email provider Posteo quickly shut down the address. Maersk, which leases the terminal from the Port of Los Angeles, reopened it to imports and exports, which had been shut since Tuesday. Maersk diverted a container ship — the TP2 MSC Laurence — to the Port of Long Beach. But there were no other such delays.

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SAN PEDRO — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the completion of the Westmont Solar Energy Project in northwest San Pedro. The project is world’s largest solar rooftop and the second largest solar project in the United States. Jonathan Port and his solar company PermaCity developed the project at theWestmont Distribution Center. It spans more than 50 acres. “While Washington buries its head in the sand, we are carrying the fight against climate change forward in our city, and the Westmont Solar Energy Project is strong evidence of our commitment to a sustainable future,” Garcetti said. The project uses more than 50,000 specialized solar panels, generating 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, enough to supply about 5,000 single-family homes with electricity. It has the ability to take an estimated 6,000 cars off the streets. The Westmount Solar Energy Project is part of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Feed-in Tariff Program, created to encourage renewable energy development within the Los Angeles Basin.

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LONG BEACH — On June, Long Beach Police Department detectives filed two felony counts against Irving Martinez with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Martinez was charged with one count of felony possession of fireworks and one count of an ex-felon in possession of ammunition. His bail was set at $125,000. LBPD officers responded to the 200 hundred block of East Adams Street to conduct an investigation after receiving numerous complaints regarding the sales of illegal fireworks on June 28. Officers determined that Irving, 25, was a documented gang member on active parole. A subsequent search of the residence turned up 250 pounds of illegal fireworks, a variety of ammunition and metal knuckles which are illegal to possess.

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as the 1995 Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree by transferring many students like Lee’s son from special to general education campuses without changing their individualized education programs, or IEPs, and without proper parental permission. Parents of more than 2,000 children with special needs could be affected by the case’s outcome. Snowden, via e-mail, provided several declarations from parents joining with Lee, describing how their children were forcibly transferred from special education campuses to general education schools, allegedly without compliance with applicable law. Joy Efron, a retired LAUSD principal, provided several more parents’ declarations

and additional information about Lee and her son. Snowden explained the case is complicated because the parents — intervenors in the current case — represent a subclass from parents represented by the Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree. She also explained the parents are seeking to be represented separately. The Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree is named after a LAUSD student with special needs that the American Civil Liberties Union successfully represented in a federal case. It resulted in an Office of the Independent Monitor being created to oversee the district’s compliance with the consent decree. The ACLU remains involved in ensuring the district’s compliance. Eric Jacobson, another lawyer involved in the current case, said in a © 2017 MATT JONES, Jonesin’ Crosswords

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parents speak primarily Spanish, but the district did not always provide for their language needs. Aida Flores’ declaration, for example, complained that her child’s IEP was not provided in Spanish. At least four other parents complained they were not provided Spanish notices of certain district actions. Lee complained her son’s IEP was not provided to her in Korean. Lee, Flores and at least four other parents’ declarations described how LAUSD told them they had no option but to transfer their children from a special education school to a general education school in opposition with their IEPs. Several parents also stated they knew of other parents being pressured as well. Ana Rivera is a Spanish-speaking mother who did not make a court declaration but has a disabled daughter in the LAUSD. She spoke with a Spanishspeaking Random Lengths News reporter who provided a translation. Rivera said she had to go to court on her own to get her child sent to a special education campus. “The district regularly violates the rights of special needs children,” said Rivera in Spanish. “They violate their IEPs by moving them from special schools to regular schools and the schools are not even prepared for them.” She blamed the district for having a contract with charter schools. She said she had complained to LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia but, “She laughed and told me that it wasn’t her responsibility.” Rivera knew of children who had been harmed by the policy. “The district was moving them and they aren’t giving them inclusion. I have a friend whose son came home with a broken leg, a major fracture and then not even the principal knew what happened. I’ve heard of many other, similar cases.”

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phone interview, “The intervenors [the parents] want the right to represent these kids. [At present] only the ACLU does. We don’t have the power to enforce [applicable law].” “We should not be fighting,” he added. “We both have the same goals.” Jacobson said if the lawsuit is not successful, the parents must defer to the independent monitor who, he maintains, is representing “only parents who believe in full inclusion [assigning special needs students only to general education campuses].” The case alleges that beginning in 2012, the district and independent monitor moved solely to meet the quota requirement in a stipulation referred to as Renegotiated Outcome 7. That quota stated the district had to reduce the number of students at special education centers by a total of 33 percent from 2012 to 2015. The suit asks that Renegotiated Outcome 7 be vacated, provisions protecting special schools be enforced, and the district be held in contempt and sanctioned for violating the consent decree. Neither LAUSD nor its legal representatives will comment, but in the suit LAUSD and its class counsel Robert Myers imply that special schools are illegal — despite federal law allowing them. April Munoz, one of the parents represented in the suit, stated in her declaration, “I believe class counsel has an interest in closing the special education classes.” Munoz and at least three other parents filed declarations specifically objecting to Renegotiated Outcome 7, arguing it negatively affected their children’s education. Declarations from some parents stated that the LAUSD continued to force students from special education centers into general education centers as recently as the 2016-2017 school year. Snowden pointed out that many of the complaining



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DBA FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017139299 The following person is doing business as: EC Construction Consultants, 14616 Eastwood Ave. #6 Lawndale, CA 90260. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: John Grimes, 14616 Eastwood Ave. #6 Lawndale, CA 90260. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 05/17/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. John Grimes, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 31, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). 06/08/2017, Original filing: 06/22/2017, 07/06/2017, 07/20/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017153156 The following person is doing business as: Fast Forward Distributors LLC, 2117 Caddington Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Fast Forward Distributors LLC, 2117 Caddington Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. This Business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 04/28/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Kevin J. Herrera, managing member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 31, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name

statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/22/2017,

07/06/2017, 07/20/2017, 08/03/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017148369 The following person is doing business as: Velaska’s Insurance Services, 548 E. Sepulveda Ste# A. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Valdivia Maria Velaska,528 W. 2nd Street, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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/. Valdivia Maria Velaska, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 8, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014,

the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). 06/22/2017, Original filing:

07/06/2017, 07/20/2017, 08/03/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017148300 The following person is doing business as: ROC Photo Solutions, 445 W. 38th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Ryan Origel, 445 W. 38th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 5/13/17. 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/. Ryan Origel, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 8, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). 06/22/2017, Original filing: 07/06/2017, 07/20/2017, 08/03/2017

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DBA & LEGAL FILINGS NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Long Beach, California, acting by and through the City’s Board of Harbor Commissioners (“City”) will receive, before the Bid Deadline established below, Bids for the following Work: Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project Pier E, Berth E22 Wharf & Backlands, Stage 3, Phase 3 AT Port of Long Beach, Pier E LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2365 Bid Deadline:

Copies of all Port insurance endorsement forms, SBE/ VSBE Program forms, Harbor Development Permit Applications and other Port forms are available at h t t p : / / w w w. p o l b . c o m / economics/contractors/ forms_permits/default.asp. NIB-2 Pre-Bid Questions. All questions, including requests for interpretation or correction, or comments regarding the Contract Documents, must be submitted no later than August 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. Questions received after the pre-Bid question deadline will not be accepted. Questions must be submitted electronically through the PB System. Emails, phone calls, and faxes will not

Prior to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Bids shall be submitted electronically via the Port of Long Beach PlanetBids (PB) System prior to 10 a.m.

Bid Opening:

Electronic Bid (eBid) results shall be viewable online in the PB System immediately after the Bid Deadline.

Contract Documents Available:

Download Contract Documents from the Port of Long Beach PB System Vendor Portal: Click on the POLB Vendor Portal 1. Register and Log In 2. Click “Bid Opportunities” 3. Double-click on respective bid Project Title 4. Click on Document/Attachments tab 5. Double-Click on Title of Electronic Attachment 6. Click “Download Now” 7. Repeat for each attachment For assistance in downloading these documents please contact Port of Long Beach Plans and Specs Desk at 562-283-7353.

Mandatory PreBid Meeting:

Bidders are required to RSVP for the Mandatory Site Visit by sending an email to John.Carpenter@ and include in the email whether Prime or Subcontractor. Contractors will be responsible for driving to the bus loading location at a designated terminal parking lot on Pier E. Buses will be provided to take the bidders into the terminal. Prime contractors are required to attend the site visit and must RSVP to the email address. Subcontractors may attend but will be required to RSVP. Any bidder or subcontractor that attends the pre-bid meeting and site visit but did not RSVP will only be allowed on the bus if space is available and Prime contractors will have seating priority over Subcontractors. NIB-4 Summary Description of the Work. The Work required by this Contract includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1.

John Litzinger, P.E.

Please refer to the Port of Long Beach PB System for the most current information.

NIB-3 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting and Site Visit. The engineering staff of the City’s Harbor Department will conduct a mandatory pre-bid meeting at 10 am, on July 13, 2017, in the 1st Floor Meeting Room, of the Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility, 725 Harbor Plaza, Long Beach, CA 90802. Attendance is mandatory for the Contractors. It is not mandatory for Subcontractors but highly recommended. Each Bidder shall attend the mandatory Pre-bid meeting and the mandatory Site Visit, inspect



Cutback the slope at Berth F201 and stockpile the material on nearby areas or place into the East Basin fill area. Construction of a rock dike with armor stone revetment.

Relocating surcharge and material stockpiled on adjacent areas to Pier F then into the fill area as fill material and surcharge.


Installation drains.


Relocating a surcharge located adjacent to the Project into the East Basin for use as fill and new surcharge.




Construction of a pilesupported concrete wharf structure with all appurtenances including crane rail, fenders, utilities, paving and striping.

10. Installation of storm drain line and outfall facilities. 11. Installation of a water system. 12. Removal of fill surcharge material to the Port’s Outer Harbor area (WASSS) and rough grading of fill. 13. Providing and installing electrical, communication, lighting, transformers, panelboards, low and medium voltage switchgear and other power distribution equipment. NIB-5 Contract Time and Liquidated Damages. The Contractor shall achieve Affidavit of Final Completion of the Project within 890 calendar days as provided in Paragraph SC - 6.1 of the Special Conditions, from a date specified in a written “Notice to Proceed” issued by the City and subject to adjustment as provided in Section 8.2 of the General Conditions. FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE WORK WITHIN THE CONTRACT TIME AND OTHER MILESTONES SET FORTH IN SPECIAL CONDITIONS SC-6.3, INCLUDING THE ENGINEER’S APPROVAL OF AFFIDAVIT OF FINAL COMPLETION, WILL RESULT IN ASSESSMENT OF LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNTS ESTABLISHED IN THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS 6.4. NIB-6 Contractor’s License. The Bidder shall hold a current and valid Class “A”, California Contractor’s License to bid and construct this project. In addition, the Bidder or subcontractor(s) shall hold a current and valid Cal-OSHA blasting license, Caltrans Hazardous Materials Transportation license, and federal ATF blasting license to perform the following work: drilling,

using explosives, and blasting to fragment buried large rock boulders and concrete mass structure at depths up to approximately sixty (-60 MLLW) linear feet below grade. NIB-7 Contractor Performed Work. The Contractor shall perform, with its own employees, Contract Work amounting to at least 30% of the Contract Price, except that any designated “Specialty Items” may be performed by subcontract and the amount of any such “Specialty Items” so performed may be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be performed by the Contractor with its own employees. “Specialty Items” will be identified by the City in the Schedule of Bid Items. NIB -8 Mandatory SBE/ VSBE Participation. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. The combined SBE/VSBE mandatory participation requirement for this project is twenty percent (20%), of which a minimum of three percent (3%) must be allocated to VSBEs. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation requirements. Responsiveness of the bid will be conditioned on the Bidder submitting an SBE-2C Commitment Plan demonstrating the Bidder’s intent to meet the combined SBE/VSBE participation requirement. If the Bidder’s Commitment Plan does not demonstrate intent to meet the combined requirement, the Bid will be deemed nonresponsive.  The Port’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance.  Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or sbeprogram@ You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at www.polb. com/sbe. NIB -9 Prevailing Wage Requirements per Department of Industrial Relations. This Project is a public work Contract as defined in Labor Code Section 1720. The Contractor receiving award of the Contract and Subcontractors of any tier shall pay not less than the prevailing wage rates to all workers employed in execution of the Contract. The Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The rate schedules are available on the internet at DPreWageDetermination. htm. Bidders are directed to Article 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning payment of prevailing wages, payroll records, hours of work and employment of apprentices.

This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. No Contractor or Subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 (with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code Section 1771.1(a)). No Contractor or Subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5. Contractors and Subcontractors must furnish electronic Certified Payroll Records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner’s Office, in addition to hardcopies, or if required, electronic copies, to the Port of Long Beach. NIB -10 Project Labor Agreement. Per the Department of Industrial Relations, projects covered by a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) are exempt from the requirement to submit electronic CPRs directly to the Labor Commissioner’s Office. In lieu, the Contractor and all Subcontractors will be required to submit electronic CPRs and labor compliance documentation to the Port of Long Beach. NIB -11 Trade Names and Substitution of Equals. With the exception of any sole source determination that may be identified in this paragraph, Bidders wishing to obtain City’s authorization for substitution of equivalent material, product, or equipment, are required to submit a written request for an Or Equal Substitution using the form included in Appendix A together with data substantiating Bidder’s representation that the non-specified item is of equal quality to the item specified, thirty five (35) calendar days after Bid Opening. Authorization of a substitution is solely within the discretion of the City. Bidder shall note: Manufacturer specified in the following sections shall be Square D Company: 16350 – Medium Voltage MetalClad Switchgear, 16360 – Medium Voltage CompactCompartmentalized LoadInterrupter Switchgear, 16426 – Distribution Switchboards, and 16463 – Substation Cast-Coil Transformer. No substitutions will be accepted. NIB -12


NIB -13 Bid Security, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the

Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City. NIB -14 C o n d i t i o n a l Award of Contract and Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Chief Executive Officer, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible Bidder. NIB -15 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds and other acceptable Bid Security shall be guaranteed and valid for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Chief Executive Officer executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -16 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. NIB -17 Iran Contracting Act of 2010. In accordanc e with Public Contract Code sections 2200-2208, every person who submits a bid or proposal for entering into or renewing contracts with the City for goods or services estimated at $1,000,000 or more are required to complete, sign, and submit the “Iran Contracting Act of 2010 Compliance Affidavit.” Issued at Long Beach, California, this 26th day of June 2017. Mario Cordero Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California Note: For project updates after Bid Opening, please contact plans.specs@

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For the link to the Port of Long Beach PB System and for information on this Project and other upcoming Port projects, you may view the Port website at http:// contractors/default.asp.

be accepted. Questions submitted to City staff will not be addressed and Bidder will be directed to the PB System.

Demolition of a buried cyclopean (large concrete aggregate and rock) quay (wharf) wall by blasting and placing of concrete broken into pieces smaller than 2-feet in dimension on the rock slopes of the East Basin or behind the dike, as shown on the Drawings, or transporting to the Port stockpile on Terminal Island.


Dredging material from the Pier Echo area of the Port (West Basin borrow site) and placement of material into the fill area as fill or rock dike foundation material utilizing a shore-power substation.

NIB-1 Contract Documents. Contract Documents may be downloaded, at no cost, from the Port of Long Beach PB System Vendor Portal website. Bidders must first register as a vendor on the Port of Long Beach PB System website in order to view and download the Contract Documents, to be added to the prospective bidders list, and to receive addendum notifications when issued.


Demolition of a pilesupported concrete wharf and placing the concrete broken into pieces smaller than 2-feet in dimension on rock slopes around the East Basin, as indicated on the Drawings, or transporting to the Port stockpile on Terminal Island.


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Project Contact Person:

Date/Time: Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Location: Port of Long Beach Maintenance Facility 1st Floor Meeting Room 725 Harbor Plaza Long Beach, CA 90802

and examine the Project Site and perform any observations and measurements to further document existing conditions and may use photography and/or video to aid in preparation of Bid Documents. The City makes no guarantee that existing construction and site conditions matches construction depicted on record reference documents. It shall be the Bidder’s responsibility to identify existing conditions during the Site Visit. Each Bidder must have a valid picture identification card (driver’s license or TWIC card), hard hat, steel-toed boots, and safety traffic vest to attend the Site Visit. EACH BIDDER MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING SHALL DISQUALIFY YOUR BID.


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News, showed people opposed 2-1, with 27 percent in favor and 54 percent opposed, but three other polls showed opposition at more than 3-1, 17-55 percent from NPR/PBS/Marist, 16 to 58 percent from Quinnipiac University, and 12 to 45 percent from Suffolk University/USA Today. Yet, there was still talk of an immediate rewrite attempt, with McConnell trying to get a


new bill to the CBO by June 30 in order to get a new score as quickly as possible after the Fourth of July recess. In response, activists pledged to o intensify their efforts. Meanwhile, there was a sudden surge of talk about a bipartisan alternative. But it’s utterly mysterious what that might mean. Would any Democrat seriously sign onto a plan that “only” cut $11 million of insurance? Or “only” cut Medicaid by $336 billion, while giving $270 billion in tax cuts to the rich? It’s worth noting that even conservative

Republicans, polled in a non-political context by the decades-long General Social Survey, think that America is spending too little rather than too much taxpayer money on healthcare. As such, Republicans would be abandoning their base to even consider such a “bipartisan” bill. What many expect is a doubling down of GOP efforts to undermine Obamacare, a process Republicans have been engaged in from the beginning, starting with the refusal to expand Medicaid in most GOP-dominated states –– but amping up considerably now that Trump

can cut back spending integral to Obamacare’s functioning. He already cancelled enrollment advertising, which has lowered participation in many states, although California has its own independent structure under Covered California. Uncertainty over future subsidies has driven several insurers to withdraw from states they were previously operating in and Trump could go further by simply cutting off funds. Things could get very gruesome. The future could look more like Charles Dickens than George Orwell.


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