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Barragán at the Border By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

Twenty four immigrants have died in ICE custody; border detention inspections continue as crisis mounts under the Trump administration

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CA$H rules in Harbor City: how persistence pays off p. 3 Terranea ordered to reinstate fired pro-union chef p. 4

Gang Sweep Adds Detail to Murder Story By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor with contribution by Melina Paris

crime after iniial reports on Crespo’s death. Crespo’s mother, Cindy Hebert, revealed to Random Lengths that Crespo and Bodman lived in the same building and that Crespo confronted Bodman about her alleged drug dealing out of their building. Hebert asserted that Bodman manipulated Martinez from the beginning to go after Crespo. Crespo’s close friend, Eddie Baca, said Crespo had confronted Bodman about her alleged drug dealing from the building. Bodman persuaded Martinez to give Crespo a message to back off and even supplied a weapon, which was found to be registered to Bodman. Martinez initially pleaded not guilty. He later pleaded guilty when he was arrested on a parole violation in September 2018.

The indictment that was unsealed on June 26, 2019, alleges that Martinez’s murder weapon was bought through a straw-sale along with an additional .32 revolver two days later. Those guns were purchased by a confidential informant to the police. The two unsealed federal grand jury indictments [See Gangs, p. 4]

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June marked the one-year anniversary of Walter Crespo’s murder. The alleged perpetrator, Juan Martinez, was a Rancho San Pedro gang member who went by the name “Flaco” in the streets. He was arrested, but no one seemed to know exactly what happened to the murder weapon. However, the unsealing of the federal indictments of more than a dozen members of the Rancho San Pedro gang revealed new details on that murder. Crespo was killed June 11, 2018, shot multiple times while standing outside in the east-west alley of West 5th Street. Sources close to Crespo say the shooting occurred after he had a confrontation with a neighbor, Carol Bodman, who was allegedly dealing drugs out of her apartment. Two weeks after Crespo’s death, Bodman was arrested and charged with having knowledge of a

Neil’s Seafood closes, makes way for new restaurant p. 12

[See Border, p. 16]

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Rep. Nanette Barragán addresses a press conference at an immigrant detention center in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Members of congress toured the facility before the long July 4 weekend. Photo by Antonio De Loera-Brust

n July 1, Rep. Nannette Barragán (D-San Pedro) was part of a delegation organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that toured immigration facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and reported disgusting conditions. The same day, ProPublica reported the existence of a secret Facebook group of 9,500 current and former Border Patrol agents who joked about the deaths of migrants and made obscene comments about congresswomen. The horrifying conditions described by the delegation were confirmed the next day, when the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security issued a management alert headlined, DHS Needs to Address Dangerous Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention of Children and Adults in the Rio Grande Valley. The day after that, Barragán and Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat of San Antonio spoke on a press call sponsored by United We Dream, along with four Texas state representatives who joined the tour. State and local representatives had previously been blocked from inspection efforts undertaken on their own. “This was a very different experience than the last time that I went,” Barragán said. “I’ve been down there a few times. There are a lot more restrictions

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View the Point Fermin start of the 50th Transpac Race aboard the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Brigantine, Irving Johnson.

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Harbor Area Home Sharing Ordinance

Los Angeles’ new Home-Sharing Ordinance went into effect July 1. Those who wish to do short-term rentals of their primary residence may register to do so with the city. Hosts have four months to register and comply with the new regulations. Enforcement starts on Nov. 1. Short-term rentals must be the host’s primary residence six months out of the year. Properties that are restricted affordable; subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance; or designated as Ellis Act properties within the past five years are ineligible. These are just a few of the parameters of this new ordinance. Details: https://planning.lacity.org/ homeSharing/homeSharing.html

New LB Civic Center to Open July 29

Long Beach is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of its new civic center — featuring a new City Hall, a new headquarters for the Port of Long Beach, a new Main Library and a revitalized Lincoln Park. But amid all the shiny, modern happiness of these impressive new digs, it’s easy to lose track of the sobering truth that underlies it all — Long Beach doesn’t exactly own any of it. The civic center was created under the terms of a public-private partnership between Long Beach and a big development firm, PlenaryEdgemoor. Under the terms of the agreement, Plenary-Edgemoor is responsible for designing, financing, building, operating and maintaining the new civic center for the next 40 years. The City of Long Beach is responsible for paying rent — the early estimate is about $13.5 million a year — for the next 40 years. The annual cost to Long Beach will be about the same as it was to operate the old civic center and service its debt — $13.5 million. The grand opening is 6 p.m. July 29. During the next two hours the plaza will be activated with resources from departments throughout the city, [See Announcements, p. 4]

CA$H Rules in Harbor City:

How Persistence Pays Off By Steven Guzman, Editorial Intern

If the grand opening of a new skate park in Harbor City proves anything, it’s that persistence pays off and that anyone, at any age, can directly impact their community. “Age is nothing but a number,” Richard “Richie” Ortiz said. “It just depends on your persistence.” Ortiz is a member of the CA$H Skate Crew, a group of Harbor City youth skaters who led the effort to build a skate park in its community. “As long as you stay persistent and you really stay consistent to achieve what you’ve got to achieve, nobody can deny you,” Ortiz said. The idea for the skate park began germinating in the minds of these young adults while they were still in middle school. “It’s been an idea for the longest,” Emilio Otero Jr. said. Otero, 19, is one of the youngest members of the Harbor City Neighborhood Council. “When we were young we were doing it; going to these meetings, [but] nothing was being done, you know?” Otero said. As children, Ortiz, Otero and their friends would attend the Harbor City Neighborhood Council meetings religiously. They made direct

Armando Micro II, Richard Ortiz and Emilio Otero, who are members of CA$H Skate Crew, led the effort to build the Harbor City skatepark. Photo by Steven Guzman.

requests for a skate park from their neighborhood council representatives. They created petitions, walked their neighborhoods and knocked on doors collecting signatures for a skate park, trying to convince anyone who would listen. “When we were young we wanted it to be for ourselves, as little kids,” Ortiz said. “But

[eventually,] we kinda look[ed] at it as, ‘This isn’t just for us; this is for our futures; this is for our community and with this skate park we can save a lot of lives.’” However, their initial attempts to drum up support for a skatepark within city government [See Persistence, p. 17]

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Judge Orders Terranea to Reinstate Fired Pro-Union Chef

[Gangs, from p. 1]

Gang Bust

charging 14 members and associates of the Rancho San Pedro street gang documented the operations of a drugs and firearms supply chain involving three businesses along Pacific Avenue including the Barton Hill Hotel, the Enigma Bar and Auggie’s Tavern (a bar formerly known as the Indian Room). The indictments resulted from a two-year joint LAPD and DEA investigation which predated Crespo’s murder by a year. Four of the 13 defendants named in the main federal indictment were arrested June 26. Seven others were already in state custody, while three more are fugitives. Federal authorities say

By Hunter Chase, Reporter

Some of the 45 weapons siezed in an LAPD raid on a drugs and firearms supply chain involving three locations on Pacific Ave. in San Pedro. Photo courtesy of LAPD.

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another 10 members and associates of the gang were arrested on local charges during the sweep, which also seized 45 firearms. The indictment links certain gang members to murders, attacks on rivals gangs and the disciplining of fellow gang members. The indictment reveals the ways the gang funneled money to three Mexican Mafia members who are currently serving prison time for murder. Several of those indicted were also charged with substantive drug-trafficking offenses and three more were further charged with being felons in possession of firearms. If convicted as charged, all 13 defendants face potential life sentences in federal prison. A second federal indictment charged one member with possessing ammunition after being convicted of a domestic violence offense, which carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

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On June 21, an administrative law judge ruled that Terranea Resort must rehire a chef who was fired almost a year ago after publicly criticizing the company and speaking in favor of unionization. Judge Jeffrey D. Wedekind ruled that Terranea must restore chef Freddy Lovato to his previous position, or an equivalent position within the company, as well as 10 months of back pay.

because he is pro-union. “That is the technique they use, they try to fire people that they know that are pro-union,” Lovato said. “Every employee that is pro-union is a target.” Lovato said Terranea wants to keep unions out of its resort and he has seen the company fire other workers who have spoken out in favor of unionization. Lovato said that a closer look at the workplace [See Chef, p. 5]

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Former Terranea Resort chef, Freddy Lovato and his three children. Photo courtesy of UNITE HERE Local 11.

Terranea will appeal this decision to the National Labor Relations Board, and if the ruling is the same, they plan to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals, said Sallie Hofmeister, a public relations representative for Terranea. Hofmeister said that Terranea fired Lovato for insubordination and poor work performance. Lovato said the two official reasons for his firing on Aug. 13, 2018, were: 1.) He did not stop his co-worker from placing sauce with gluten on a dish that was ordered gluten free; 2.) He attempted to wash the sauce off of chicken wings when the customers who ordered the wings decided they wanted barbeque sauce on them at the last minute. However, Lovato said that the company used these incidents as excuses to fire him

and will include entertainment, food trucks and a flag-raising ceremony. The public portions of the Long Beach Civic Center Project also include a new Main Library, which will open Sept. 21. and a revitalized Lincoln Park. The private development portion of the project is expected to include transit-oriented mixed-use developments, highrise condominiums and retail. Time: 6 p.m. July 29 Cost: Free Details: www.longbeach.gov Venue: Long Beach Civic Center Plaza.

Third Thursdays Business Networking

Boys and Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor Alumni Association invites you to a business network event. Time: 6 p.m. July 18 and Aug. 15 Cost: Free Details: RSVP laurad@bgclaharbor.org Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., July 18 and Babouch Moroccan Restaurant, Aug. 15, 810 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

Belmont Pier Beach Clean Up

Show some love for the waterfront that gives Long Beach its name and identity. Enjoy the sun on your face and the good feeling that comes with making a difference. Time: 12 to 1 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Location: Belmont Pier, Long Beach

Carson Library Open During Renovations

Carson library is undergoing renovations but will meanwhile have a temporary location in its parking lot. Hours of operation are: Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The renovated library is expected to reopen in the spring of 2020.


[Chef, from p. 4]

Chef

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violations for which he was charged would provide insight into the real reasons behind his firing. While the coworker who put the gluten sauce on the meal was only given a By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter verbal warning, Lovato said the company held Democrats will face some difficult choices Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and two him responsible, claiming he was supposed to when they go to the polls to select their party’s complete political outsiders who appear to be be supervising his coworker. Lovato asserted candidate for president in 2020. There are hoping what worked for Donald Trump will that he had his own work duties and that two dozen party members — and one fiercely work for them—tech entrepreneur Andrew other staffers with more authority were on the stalwart independent, Bernie Sanders — Yang and self-help author-speaker Marianne scene. officially campaigning for the White House Williamson. Shortly after this, Lovato was preparing Thanks in part to the internet, fringe and California will be playing a major role chicken wings but was told that the customers in the 2020 primaries. When NBC, MSNBC, candidates today are far more competitive wanted barbeque sauce after he had put Telemundo, and online services broadcast two — with the election of Trump proving the already buffalo sauce on them. Lovato washed nights of candidates’ debates June 26 and 27, it downside of that. Democratic voters must them off and intend to use them again, which was the first opportunity for millions of voters answer the challenge of selecting a candidate he said was a common practice in the kitchens to compare and contrast much of the field, who will get enough votes in enough states to at Terranea. which includes a record number of women and win. That candidate’s appeal will depend on an Lovato was told this was a health code amazing array of variables —including man or minorities. violation, but he has seen far worse violations. On the first night, the candidates were Sen. woman, conservative or progressive. “I saw food with mold, and I report it to Let’s look beyond the viral moments of who Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth them, they don’t do anything,” Lovato said. Warren of Massachusetts, former Rep. Beto shouted over whom and examine what voters Lovato was planning to fry the wings O’Rourke of Texas, former congressman John learned about the candidates. Even with the Delaney of Maryland, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of sound-bite style of the debate, the Democratic again but was told it could cause an explosion. Minnesota, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, New Party’s breadth and depth was demonstrated. However, Lovato said they fried wet French With the two debates limited to 10 York Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Gov. Jay Inslee of fries on a regular basis. candidates per night, a combination of polling Washington, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, and Julian Lovato has made no secret of his proand fundraising success determined the field. Castro, who was President Barack Obama’s union positions. His criticisms of Terranea and Polls have revealed a top seven, starting with secretary of Housing and Urban Development. his support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris, Booker and On the second night, the candidates were have been quoted in newspaper accounts. He Buttigieg, with O’Rourke gamely holding former senator and Vice President Joe Biden, has raised his voice in support of coworkers seventh place with a few percentage points that Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Rep. Eric and complained when the company has not lift him above the remainder. Anybody else who Swalwell of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand provided employees with sufficient supplies. of New York, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, wants to get to the front has to get past him. “They order very, very exactly what they Some of the most revealing moments former governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, think the cook needs, but sometimes they are South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, independent occurred when the moderators asked the short,” Lovato said. “They don’t want to spend too much time buying stuff for us because they are thinking about their bonuses.” When Lovato was terminated, Unite Here Local 11, a union that represents hotel workers QUICK RESPONSE “Officer, I will gladly give a statement in Southern California, filed TIME! a complaint with the National as soon as I call my Attorney, Ted Labor Relations Board alleging “I’m not guilty.” that the company’s justification was a pretext—and that it had actually fired Lovato because of his legally protected activism, Attorney at Law including speaking to the press. 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Fear or Courage —

False Narritives on Freedom By James Preston Allen, Publisher

“Don’t you know They’re talkin’ bout a revolution It sounds like a whisper …”

— Tracy Chapman

Dr. Karen Siegemund, on the other hand, is the president of the AFA, and like other rightwing white nationalists, she claims to be a victim of discrimination. Here we see how convoluted the civic debate has become about civil rights in America. Siegemund was fired from her teaching job at a private school after speaking at The Left’s Long March, a conference on defending Western Civilization. Actually her contract was canceled because the teachers at this school don’t have a union and she works like many other non-union teachers on a yearly basis. She might now wish to reconsider Western history to include labor studies instead of right-to-work ideologies, but still she is being honored as a “hero of conscience,” by her own organization in Los Angeles in August. This kind of twisted narrative folds back 50 years of civil rights progress in this country. One might assume some of these issues were settled with the election of Barack Obama as president, but no. His presidency only brought out the latent looney bigotry from the shadows of our society and then was encouraged by Donald Trump who brought us Spencer inspired uprisings at Berkeley, Tiki torch marches in Charlottesville, Va. and the discovery of white nationalists right here in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Three members of the Rise Above Movement, a violent, racist organization based in Southern California, were charged under a federal antiriot statute with planning and then carrying out assaults at 2017 pro-Trump rallies in Huntington Beach, San Bernardino and Berkeley in the volatile months after Trump’s election. Their case was ultimately dismissed, but like those in the South who still wave the Confederate flag, they continue fighting for their “lost cause.” Strangely enough, the fear and hate narrative comes home in perverse ways locally ­— making victims of the innocent and accused bullies out of the defenders. I have experienced this personally with the Saving San Pedro antihomeless antagonists as they storm the halls of neighborhood council meetings, leaving volunteer council members shell shocked. Some are still suffering from post-traumatic stress from the social media harassment and confrontational intimidation tactics used by the social media Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen james@randomlengthsnews.com

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The psychology of fear is one of the most motivating and debilitating factors of the human condition. Fear overcomes our rational sensibilities and preys upon our most irrational instincts. Fear is what’s driving the national narrative — inspired on Twitter by the Hate-Mongerin-Chief, broadcast by Faux News and reiterated endlessly on social media echo chambers. It’s grounded in existentialist angst — the sense that one’s race and culture are on the verge of disappearing. This fear is grounded in existentialist angst — the sense that one’s race and culture are on the verge of disappearing — and that’s the direction it takes us. There really is no discussion — just fear and recrimination. It paralyzes our republic and infects our civic debate and institutions from the national level all the way down to the microcosm of neighborhood councils. This fear is often cloaked in the rhetoric of patriotism and freedom. The American Freedom Alliance, a non-profit organization, is but one example of this manifestation. Its mission statement says it exists to “promote, defend, and uphold Western values and ideals.” It’s one of many groups that sponsor anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim conferences, publications and networking groups. Its members are critical of multiculturalism and say that diversity is killing Western civilization and its values. They use the United States Constitution’s First Amendment as a shield to protect racist speech. Not unlike Richard Bertrand Spencer, the American neo-Nazi and white supremacist who used the “free speech” issue to cause conflict at UC Berkeley, AFA uses the false narrative of “defending freedom” to promote racism. This sounds good to a lot of people until they look closely at their core beliefs. Spencer, if you recall, is president of the National Policy Institute and the head of the Washington Summit Publishers. The names sound innocent enough until you actually read what they publish. Spencer rejects the labels of “white supremacist” and “neo-Nazi.” He considers himself a white nationalist or a white identitarian — the equivalent of a “Zionist” for white people. These labels are much easier to hide behind.

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“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” —Mark Twain Vol. XL : No. 14

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group. Their tactics remind me of juvenile high school hazing and worse. I learned long ago that the only way to stop bullies like these are to stand up to them, look them in the eye and tell them you aren’t afraid of them. That takes courage — something that is

in rare supply these days, but is embedded in our human psychology. You find it on the shelf just beyond the fear factor that has helped us survive the worst of times. It’s there if you turn on the closet light and look for it inside yourself.

You Can’t Hack a Longshoreman By Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn The debate over automation has come to a boiling point at the Port of Los Angeles. Workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, worried about the inevitable job losses that a trend toward automation would cause, I have taken a stand against automated cargo handling equipment at the APM Terminal. The longshore jobs at our ports are some of the last remaining good-paying blue collar jobs. These jobs have allowed workers to buy homes, send their kids to college, and live the classic “American Dream.” The threat of losing these good jobs is reason enough for me to oppose automation — but there is another serious consequence of automation that has not gotten the attention it should: vulnerability to economy-crippling cyberattack. Earlier this month, Target experienced a nationwide computer outage that left customers stuck in long lines as cashiers manually entered barcodes and accepted only cash or check. The problem was magnified by Target’s reliance on self-checkout stations, which went down during the outage, and the lack of cashiers they had on shift to compensate.

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Target’s outage was reportedly an accident and not a cyberattack, but it is a cautionary tale in an age of growing automation and dependence on fallible, hackable computer systems. We would be fools to put our ports, the engines of our economy, in this same vulnerable position. More terminals, both at our local ports and across the country, are moving towards full automation. That means driverless trucks, cranes without operators, and 45-foot tall robotic cargo carriers that can move on their own around the terminal. This technology is hailed as a huge advancement in efficiency but we should worry about what will happen when it becomes the target of cyberwarfare. We don’t have to wait to find out. In 2017, the Maersk shipping company and their subsidiary APM Terminals were hit by a computer virus called NotPetya. Their entire worldwide system — computers, phones, even automated gates — went down and forced port workers to use pen and paper to process cargo. Every APM Terminal suffered long truck lines and shipping delays, but none more than APM’s fully automated

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RANDOMLetters This Land is Our Land

No more accurate lyrics have been made — “This Land is Our Land” as it applies to the sidewalks surrounding the Post Office. More than four-and-ahalf-years of occupation and its is clear the sidewalk belongs to the Urban Squatters; it is their land. Why is this the case? Could it be the Council Office is pleased to have so many of San Pedro’s “homeless” gathered all in one place? Could it be this is where the Urban Squatters are easily serviced with food, clothing and drugs? Regardless of the reason, it is clear these sidewalks are their land and this is the new normal; evidently accept it and move on. Today’s photo is much like the many taken over the past months with the Tent up (should be down), sidewalk not passable and filled with crap. This sidewalk is our sidewalk, from Beacon Street to 9th Street, from Palos Verdes to 8th streets, to Tent Park, this sidewalk belongs to the Urban Squatters. Bob Nizich San Pedro Dear Mr. Nizich, I noticed your misinterpretation of the Woody Guthrie song This Land Is Your Land recently. This folk song is considered by many as the “people’s national anthem” but the verses not commonly sung in elementary schools all across America are as follows; As I went walking, I saw a sign there And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” But on the other side, it didn’t say nothing, That side was made for you and me.

RE: Robots, technology and automation

The issue of robotics, AQMD Regulations, and efficiency at Pier 400 is only the most recent and public excuse for attacking working people, their union voice, our collective communities and economies. Who will have jobs to purchase the goods imported to, or made in the USA? The daily news reports that “we” have full employment in the USA today. Not true. Many people in So Cal are working two or three jobs to pay rent. Management at Pier 400 blame the ILWU for their plan to automate. Another “Red Herring.” The words “automate” or “robotics” don’t identify the type of automation intended. Automation, robots, can and must serve humans, not replace humans. If so designed. Twenty five years ago, our communities were filled with people who made things, contributed by their labor and their ability to purchase commodities, take care of their families and extended families and give back to others. Today, L.A. county has only identified 60,000 homeless — an understated quota of the devastation of the previously employed workforce that produced tens of thousands of products Hopefully, the decision makers will realize before too late, the wrong decision will leave the mess to all our children to survive. They must have integrity and the courage to stand with working people and our communities, before they declare they don’t know what happened.

Stone Wall Inn

Fifty years ago, in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a motley multitude of queer folks fought back. The stage was the Stonewall Inn, a popular Mafiaowned gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City’s West Village. The spectacle was a police raid, which had become an increasingly routine fact of queer life during the 1960s. It was summer, people were hot, and the nation was pulsing with protest. Stonewall was hardly the first confrontation between state authority and gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer citizens. In many ways, however, it was the most spectacular and sustained. Though the foundations of what would become the LGBTQ movement were built during the decades preceding those fateful nights, Stonewall was an unmistakably radical moment, one that helped to unleash a fabulous new ferocity. Anniversaries are occasions for remembrance, even pride and celebration, but they should also be moments of reckoning, which offer us the opportunity to reflect critically on where we come from, where we are, and where we go from here. To help us reckon with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, The Nation invited a remarkable group of LGBTQ activists, artists, and academics to reflect on its many legacies. I encourage you to take the time to read through our forum, “Reclaiming Stonewall.” Ranging in age from 23 to 88 years old, the participants represent the stunning diversity of our community across generations. Combining the personal and the political, this collection of living queer histories is something of an archive of our moment, when many of us are grappling with what might be called the paradox of progress: the coexistence of important changes — in courtrooms and legislatures, hearts and minds — with

[Hack, from p. 6]

Can’t Be Hacked

liberation — for everyone — must continue. Timothy Patrick McCarthy Guest editor, “Reclaiming Stonewall,” and author of the forthcoming book, Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love (The New Press).

On Increasing Homelessness

Random Lengths’ excellent June 13 articles “Homeless Count Up By 45 Percent” and “Homeless on the Corner of 9th and Beacon Streets” paint a dire picture of our housing crisis but a clear example [See Letters, p. 8]

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Maasvlatke II terminal in Rotterdam. With few port workers to back up computer systems with pen and paper, the terminal was completely shut down for more than a week. Cyberwarfare is increasingly becoming the method of choice for our foes, whether it is Russia, North Korea, or Iran, and while hacks of government databases or individual companies are more common, if one of them really wanted to debilitate our economy they would be wise to target automated ports. In fact, when I was in Congress, I authored legislation to study the gaps in cyber security at our ports. That legislation passed, and while the results are classified, I can tell you our ports are the most vulnerable entryway into our country. Automation makes these threats all the more serious. On top of

bringing commerce to a standstill, hacking into three-story driverless cargo carriers could quickly become destructive. I am proud to stand with the ILWU against the automation plan at the APM terminal at the Port of Los Angeles and I appreciate Councilman Joe Buscaino’s leadership in fighting for this cause on the City Council. I hope this fight wakes people up to the realities of the automation trend — not just replacing longshoremen but cashiers and warehouse workers as well. Not only are we sacrificing good-paying jobs and enriching multi-billiondollar companies — we are also opening our economy up to cyberattacks on a scale we have never dreamed of. These will be the threats of the future if we sit by and let it happen. But today I take solace knowing this: you can’t hack a longshoreman.

seemingly intractable challenges. As we reckon with the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, let us heed all these voices and ask, “What still needs to be done?” If the legacy and inheritance of Stonewall mean anything, it’s that our fight is far from over and that our collective struggle for

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In the shadow of the steeple, I saw my people, By the relief office I seen my people; As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, ‘Is this land made for you and me?’

The question this song asks by extension is, “Who does the sidewalk around the U.S. Post Office belong to?” And the answer is it belongs to all of us, including the homeless, it’s just that you and I are not in need of a place to camp out because we are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads. James Preston Allen, Publisher

What will be next? What company will automate and say they can’t compete with Pier 400? Then what? Luisa Gratz Local 26 ILWU Los Angeles

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the wool over the public’s eyes. Voters passed Props. 1 and 2 but there are no deadlines in those laws, no set number of affordable units required to be built; the bills claim that 2006 allocated monies of five billion dollars had already been “expended.” Very little affordable housing is created, as your editorial pointed out. Unfortunately the homeless numbers are much greater than the few brave souls we visibly see living on the streets. The ACCE claims that there are seventeen million renters in California with nine million charged over 30% of their income on rent, five million charged over 50 percent of their income on rent. As the $4,000 per month market rents become the new norm, many also will be unable to afford the total rising cost of living. These mega market rate luxury monstrosities are rising at an incredible fast timetable. Yet the replacement for the Jordan Downs mixed use housing in Los Angeles, will take ten years to complete. A house can take many months to build. There is a lot to be happy about in California — and to be proud of — but fair housing is not one of those accomplishments. The government machinery is not moving fast enough and that is by design. It doesn’t have to be this way. If we only listened to the editorial intelligence of an empowered individual like publisher James Preston Allen. As your editorial says, “the solution to do something immediately eludes all the agencies, politicians, and groups involved.” Maybe it is hard for politicians to think straight when they have millions of dollars at their disposal and they have a lot of hungry developers to feed before they help the homeless and affordable income tenants. I have faith there is an individual who can

When the Big One Strikes

Please think hard about the words below as they apply to the “big one” This 6.4 earthquake was yet another warning shot over the bow. What does Los Angeles City Hall, LA County, the Attorney General and the California State Lands Commission “not get” about storing this massive 25 million gallon-volume of one of the most highly explosive commodities in existence within an “active earthquake rupture zone” (the convergence of multiple faults in a region) … on USGS identified “landslide” and “liquefaction” areas, with each antiquated 12.5 million gallon butane gas tank having a blast radius of over three miles? These tanks lie within mere feet of pre-existing homes, schools, traffic corridors, and over 700 homes being constructed “right now” within one-half to one mile of those tanks? The “Economic Engine” of the State of California, the Port of Los Angeles, lies within quarter-mile with the port’s public asset property line extending to the LPG facility’s own fence line! The ports of LA and Long Beach represent an over $400 billion annual industry delivering over 40 percent of all U.S. goods. See the clip — Garcetti “gets it” but “ignores” it, https://www. facebook. Janet Gunter San Pedro

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of the government intentional fiscal mismanagement. Billions of dollars came from Props 1 and 2, but Mayor Garcetti and others say that is not enough and they want $13 billion more. That’s government for you. Garcetti said we should build 15 percent affordable housing and 85 percent market rate housing. I feel the goal should be reversed to 85 percent new affordable housing (includes middle class incomes) with a 15 percent new market rate luxury housing. Reminds me of that movie the “War of the Worlds” where the towering monster machines destroyed whole populations, polluted the atmosphere, demolished buildings. We have created a modern day housing monster called “market rate high density” and we have ignored environmental impact, smog, green grass, and open space. We have ignored the rising cost of living. The monsters destroy everything in their path. The city will spend $2.7 million for bathrooms but not a penny to provide the current Jordan Downs complexes an uplifting coat of paint and yard maintenance, while tenants still reside there. Homelessness is individuals slipping through the cracks. We need to address the individual rather than wait until they become a group of hundred. If we do the work behind the scenes and set up the network, we should be able to walk up to the homeless and say “here is your new address” or “here is your new job, just go to this address,” and “this van will take you to your new home.” But we are not doing the work behind the scenes and we have made things unnecessarily complicated and convoluted. This is a simple case of pulling

quickly solve this dire situation. G. Juan Johnson Los Angeles Dear Mr. Johnson, Effective use of public monies is only one part of an octagonal problem that is being approached with two dimensional solutions. The mayor and city council of Los Angeles are slowly coming around to understanding this complexity. Thanks for writing. James Preston Allen, Publisher

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City of Carson officials, MBK Rental Living and Snyder Langston held a ground breaking ceremony for a 300-unit apartment building on July 10. The new development includes three-story stacked flats with top-floor lofts featuring one-, two- and three-bedroom options with private garages. Mayor Albert Robles, far right, boasted that Carson is building 1,000 units and 3,000 more undergoing a special review process, exceeding the state's Regional Housing Needs Assessment mandate. “No other community is doing more on a pro rata basis than the great city of Carson to address our region's housing crisis,” Robles said. “We are honoring Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appeal to local cities to provide more housing for their residents.” Photo courtesy of City of Carson.


Curtain Call

The Comedy of Errors Great Fun Despite Poor Reputation By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist

Shakespeare by the Sea in The Comedy of Errors at Point Fermin Parak in San Pedro. Check shakespearebythesea. org for showings near you. Photos by Mickey Elliot.

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Shakespeare says both), twins were born to Aegeon (Andy Kallok) and Aemilia (Sonja Inge) on the same day that an impoverished stranger gave birth to her own set, which was sold to Aegeon to raise as his sons’ servants. Shortly thereafter, a shipwreck separates Aegeon and Aemilia, each with one twin from each set. Aegeon and the children in his care, his son Antipholus (Alex Elliott-Funk) and Dromio (Brendan Kane), make their way back to their native Syracuse, while Emilia and the children she has are taken to Ephesus. She also calls them Antipholus (Jonathan Fisher) and Dromio (Melissa Green). For reasons we never hear, rather than try to get back to Syracuse, she gives them up (we’re never told to whom) and cloisters herself in an abbey. Now young men, Antipholus and Dromio have arrived in Ephesus to search for Antipholus’ brother, and because on this day both the two Antipholuses and the two Dromios happen to be dressed exactly alike, confusion abounds, as not only the townspeople but Antipholus of Egeon’s wife (Olivia Saccomanno) and even each Antipholus and Dromio mistake them for their twins. Obviously, though, the ridiculousness of the plot is just an excuse to set up what the play is all about: fun with mistaken identity, a theme

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ritten before he turned 30, The Comedy of Errors is just about universally regarded as one of William Shakespeare’s worst works. The laughs are base, the plot is beyond ludicrous and the dialogue completely lacks the nuance that distinguishes the Bard from literally almost every other writer prior to the 18th century. But a funny thing happened when Shakespeare by the Sea got a hold of it: because of the company’s pitch-perfect understanding of this inferior play’s strengths, they make that shit work, delivering maybe the most amusing performance I’ve seen in four years of covering their annual summer shows. As you already know — even if you don’t really know Shakespeare — the man was a genius. Hamlet, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Henry IV (both parts) ... even when the storylines contain holes and the conventions feel dated, the themes, insights, social commentary and sheer power of the prose seem eternal. The Comedy of Errors displays none of that genius. Start with the premise: Either 25 or 33 years prior to the beginning of the play (take your pick —

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MUSIC July 11

Los Cancioneros Choir The Whale & Ale welcomes back Los Cancioneros master chorale. This distinguished chorale will perform popular melodies. Reservations recommended. Time: 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. July 11 Cost: Free Details: 310-832-0363; www.whaleandale.com Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

July 12 Jazz at the Crowne Make plans for a wonderful night in the upscale yet casual vibe of the Blu Bar Crowne Plaza Hotel San Pedro. The Hugh von Kleist Quartet will perform. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. July 12 Cost: Free Details: 310-519-8200 Venue: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro Acoustic Soul Express Turn up your speakers and come cruise with us. Catch Acoustic Soul Express at Babouch Moroccan Restaurant every Second Friday Time: 7:30 to 10:30 July 12 Cost: Free Details: 310-831-0246 Venue: Babouch Moroccan Restaurant, 810 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

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Rock The Queen Join us for an evening of SoCal’s best tribute bands aboard the Queen Mary. Rock out throughout the ship to tribute performances from Arena, Britain’s Finest, The Cured, The Handsome Devils and The Who Generation. Time: July 13 Cost: $35 Details: www.queenmary. com Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach Yachtley Crew Yachtley Crew are the titans of yacht rock performing favorite ‘70s soft rock hits. Time: 8 p.m. July 13 Cost: $20 Details: 562-596-4718 Venue: Gaslamp, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

July 14 Music by the Sea The annual outdoor Sunday music series returns to Point Fermin Park through Aug. 4. The Convertibles, Dirty Ice Cream and Bluezilla perform. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free

Details: www.spmusicbythesea. com Venue: Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble Taylor brings together the steaminess of the bayous and the grittiness of New Orleans in a uniquely infectious, bluesy style of hard-driving, upbeat nouveau zydeco. Time: 4 p.m. July 14 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Zadig Trio from Paris “Second Sundays At Two” concert series presents Zadig Trio from Paris as part of the 2019 iPalpiti Festival in Southern California. The Zadig Trio captivates audiences with its irresistible enthusiasm. Time: 2 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free Details: 310-316-5574; www.ipalpiti.org/ipalpitifestival-2019 Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

July 18

Live Music by F/E/A/T/H/E/R! Join an evening of live original music by F/E/A/T/H/E/R, performing indie folk music with a funk feel and material ranging from conceptual to emotional to abstract. Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 18 Cost: Free Details: www.eventbrite.com Venue: Tamiza’s Treats. 3525 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance

July 20 Woodie and The Longboards: California Tribute The biggest hits from the ‘50s rockabilly, ‘60s soul, ‘70s funk and the ‘80s wave, in an electrifying performance. Bring your picnic dinner, beach chairs and a blanket and enjoy the free concert. Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 20 Cost: Free Details: torranceca.gov Venue: Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance Caliente: Cumbia Night Dance the night away to the sounds of local Cumbia in Museum of Latin American Art’s Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden. Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 20 Cost: $25 to $30 Details: www.tinyurl.com/ molaacumbia Venue: MoLAA, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

July 20

Mick Adams and The Stones® Named one of the top 10 tribute bands in the world by Backstage Magazine, Mick Adams and The Stones®, are an authentic recreation of The Rolling Stones, live in concert. Time: 8 p.m. July 20 Cost: $20

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Post your event at: www.randomlengthsnews.com/calendar Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

July 25

Jamie Baum & Short Stories Jamie Baum will be presenting an in-store clinic. Tickets for her 8 p.m. show must be purchased in order to attend her clinic at 6:30 p.m. Time: 8 p.m. July 25 Cost: $20 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Music Store, 1413 W. 8th St., San Pedro

July 27

Forever Rod Forever Rod recreates the energy and excitement of a Rod Stewart concert at the peak of Rod’s popularity, including the distinctive raspy voice and clothing style that made Rod Stewart a true rock ‘n’ roll legend. Time: 8 p.m. July 27 Cost: $25 Details: alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro The Blasters The Los Angeles-based rockabilly legends will perform with special guest James Intveld. Time: 8 p.m. July 27 Cost: $25 Details: www.brouwerijwest.com Venue: Brouwerij West, 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

THEATER July 11

La Cage Aux Folles Peer into the living quarters of a famed drag nightclub where two men partnered in love as well as show-biz. Time: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11 through Aug. 3 Cost: $10 Details: facebook.com Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach

July 12

Disney’s The Little Mermaid The journey of Disney’s The Little Mermaid begins in a palace in a kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Time: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday July 12 through 28 Cost: $20 Details: 562-856-1999; www.musical.org Venue: The Carpenter Centerfor the Performing Arts, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

July 13

A Night in Paradise Torrance Cultural Services Division and Susan Mann present This Is Paradise, an annual special performance featuring the

dance and music of Polynesia. Time: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 13, 14 Cost: $15 Details: 310-781-7171; torranceca.gov Venue: James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

July 19 Water By The Spoonful Elliot, a veteran of the Iraq war struggles to find his place in the world. We are also introduced to the members of an addiction chat room just trying to get through the day. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday 2 p.m. July 19 through Aug. 17 Cost: $14 to $24 Details: www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

July 19 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat This irresistible family musical, follows Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph. After he is sold into slavery by his brothers and imprisoned in Egypt, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams and soon finds himself in front of the hilariously Elvis-like Pharaoh. Time: 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 19, 20 and 26, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 21 and 27 Cost: $22 to $24 Details: 310-781-7171; www.com/josephsdream coat Venue: James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

July 20

A Weekend of Shakespeare Join a family friendly event with a children’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including Fairy School, in the afternoon, followed by evening performances by Shakespeare by the Sea. Time: 12:30 July 20 to 9:30 July 21 Cost: Free Details: 562-570-8890; www.willmorecity.org Venue: The Amphitheater at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach

July 21

The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors: A classic romp of mistaken identity. Two young visitors arrive in the city unaware that their long-lost twins already live there. Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: www.lbchamber.com Venue: Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave., Long Beach

July 26

Henry V Shakespeare’s most patriotic and

inspiring play tells of a young King Henry V who seeks to unite his beloved England. Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 26, 27 Cost: Free Details: 310-972-7760; www.torranceca.gov

Venue: Wilson Park, 2200 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance The Sound of Music One of the world’s most beloved musicals comes to Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. After more than 50 years, the film version continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, and now you can see the show in a whole new way on stage. Time: 7:30 p.m. July 26, 2 p.m. July 27, 28 Cost: $46 to $60 Details: www.grandvision.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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South Bay Watercolor Society Attend the South Bay Watercolor Society’s annual exhibit. There will be an awards reception, 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 25 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 to Sept. 14 Cost: Free Details: 310-831-1099 Venue: National Watercolor Society, 915 E. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

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Art Union & Liberty Join the second Annual “Art Union & Liberty” themed to inspire peace, unity and liberty of expression through the arts. This exhibition includes local Long Beach artists and international artists. Time: 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 Cost: Free Details: 562-756-3428 Venue: Cultural Alliance of Long Beach, 737 Pine Ave., Suite B, Long Beach

July 14 EASB 2019 Experimental Artists of the South Bay is a group whose primary purpose is to promote the development of innovative art through demonstration and workshops that encourage experimentation with new methods, materials and techniques. Through Aug. 31. Time: 2 to 5 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free Details: www.canneryrowstudios. com Venue: The Loft, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro Intertwined: Sculptures by Nancy Voegeli-Curran Curran’s mixed media abstract forms map visual, psychological and emotional space and refer to our complex and tenuous relationship with the natural world

at present and its overall fragility. The exhibit runs July 6 through Aug. 24 Time: 12 to 3 p.m. July 14 artist’s reception Cost: Free Details: www.michaelstearns studio.com Venue: Michael Stearns Studio @ The Loft, 401 S. Mesa Ave., San Pedro

July 19 Palos Verdes Art Center Summer Show This is an exhibition of the Artist Groups of the Palos Verdes Art Center. Join the opening reception. The exhibition runs until Aug. 25 and is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 19 Cost: Free Details: southbayevents.com Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

July 21

POW! WOW! Long Beach 2019 This city-wide event will take place throughout Long Beach and is part of the globally recognized POW! WOW! Worldwide series of street art events. In the past 3 years, Pow! Wow! Long Beach has executed murals in more than 40 square miles throughout the city, from South Street to Ocean Boulevard, creating a walkable, bikeable public art experience unlike anything else in the country. Time: 7 a.m. July 21 through 12 p.m. July 28 Cost: Free Details: www.powwowlongbeach. com Location: Long Beach

July 27 Activism & The Arts: A Life Journey Dan Guerrero discusses the history and intersection of the Chicano and LGBTQ communities while addressing the importance of solidarity across contemporary cultural currents. A Q&A and panel discussion moderated by Dr. Eduardo Lara follows the storytelling presentation. Time: 3 to 5 p.m. July 27 Cost: $10 to $15 Details: www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

Ongoing Angel’s Gate Studio Sessions Continuing in Studio Sessions for July is the work of Vanessa Madrid. The artist looks for “the spark, the joyful presence in the world around me.” Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. Saturdays Cost: Free Details: 310-519-0936; www.angelsgateart.org Venue: Angel’s Gate Cultural


Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

FILM

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The Cure The Cure take the stage in London’s Hyde Park 2018. Anniversary 1978-2018 captures them in glorious 4K with an audio mix that complements and completes this fabulously immersive cinematic experience to take us on a trip through time with their music including; Lovesong to Lullaby from Boys Don’t Cry, to Burn from Fascination Street and Friday I’m in Love. Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. July 11 Cost: $14 Details: 562-438-5435; www.arttheatrelongbeach.org Venue: Art Theatre Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach Grease Each movie night will offer guests an immersive cinematic experience with assorted food trucks themed to the film, full bars and the legendary ship and Long Beach Harbor as backdrops. , Time: 6 to 10 p.m. July 11 Cost: Free Details: www.queenmary.com Venue: The Queen Mary Seawalk, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach

July 14

The Dawn Wall American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their six -year plans to plot a new route to climb the Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 rock face in Yosemite National Park. Time: 4 p.m. July 14 Cost: $10 Details: 310-541-7613; www.pvplc.org Venue: Peninsula High School Theatre, 27118 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates

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FOOD July 14

Beyond Kimchi Cooking Korean with Hae Jung Cho Korean food expert Hae Jung Cho will discuss the history and breadth of Korean cooking with a focus on traditional dishes. Afterward, enjoy samples of Hae Jung’s work with fresh fare from Melissa’s Produce. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 14 Cost: Free Details: www.pacificfood.org Venue: Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, 731 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

July 20 The Edible Landscape Judy Frankel, aka “The Fruit Tree Lady,” is a master gardener, food activist, and writer. She helps Southern Californians plant and cultivate vegetable gardens and fruit trees that ripen throughout the year and maximize food production. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 20 Cost: Free Details: www.pacificfood.org Venue: Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, 731 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

COMMUNITY July 11

Acrylic Collage Summer Class Learn to create representational and abstract artwork using collage techniques to heighten color, depth, texture and the element of surprise. The use of photographic images and non-traditional materials will be emphasized. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 11 through Aug. 15 Cost: $230 Details: 310-541-2479; www.pvartcenter.org Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes

July 13 Bridge USA Japanese Summer Festival 2019 It must be summer time when Bridge USA Festival comes to Torrance. The event features cultural performances, exhibits, Japanese food, and booth games for children. Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 Cost: $3 to $6 Details: www.bridgeusa.com Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance

Soft sculpture installation by Angel King. Angels Gate Cultural Center bringstogether two curators for the third quarter of 2019’s Curatorial Takeover with an opening reception on July 13. Marcia Moore’s On the Brink in the downstairs gallery showcases the work of two artists, Angel King and Everett Babcock, whose works explore the edges of tension, trauma, beauty and social consciousness. Curator Jared Baxter’s group show, Todo en ti fue naufragio will be featured upstairs. Taking its title from a Pablo Neruda poem, which literally translates to “everything about you was shipwreck,” the show examines both literal and figurative vessels, and their relationship to rupture and remembrance, disaster and struggle. Both exhibitions run through Sept. 21. Angels Gate Cultural Center is open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. July 13 Cost: Free Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Details: www.angelsgateart.org

Details: www.lawaterfront.org Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. C St., Wilmington Youth and Family Health and Wellness Resource Festival Join Centro Cha’s Wellness Fair and fundraiser which includes a burger cookout, an art contest, community connections for healthcare, housing, mentoring, job training and other resources as well as a car show. Time: 12 to 6 p.m. July 13 Cost: Free Details: 562-570-1600 Venue: Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach Museum of Republic of Vietnam at Fort MacArthur Military Museum The Museum of the Republic of Vietnam will present a public educational history display at the Fort MacArthur Military Museum Open House & Military Show Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 Cost: Free Details: 310-548-2631, www.ftmac.com Venue: Fort MacArthur Museum, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

July 14 Tour Botanical Gardens of Australia Through his cactus and succulent collector’s eyes, Attila Kapitany will show why Australia’s eight capital cities and 150 regional botanic gardens attract 13 million visitors a year. He will present stunning images of interesting and even bizarre plants in Australia’s Botanic Gardens, the second most visited places in the country after cinemas. Time: 1 p.m. July 14 Cost: $10 park entry fee Details: www.southcoastcss.org. Venue: South Coast Botanic

Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula Mud Mania Make real adobe bricks, plaster the horno, construct a mini-adobe home and compete in mud relay races. Learn about Southern California’s rich history. Time: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 Cost: $5 to $7 Details: 562-206-2040 Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach

July 19 Water Changes Everything Opening July 19, this exhibition’s topics include: early water sources, and local topography before 1900, tourism, breakwaters, and the shoreline, population boom and meeting the demand for water, harnessing the rivers, floods, hurricanes, and king tides, climate change, drought, and sea level rise. Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Cost: Free Details: 562-424-2220; www.hslb.org Venue: Historical Society of Long Beach, 4260 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach Full Moon Hike at George F Canyon Preserve Beneath the light of a big illuminating moon, join naturalists to explore this beautiful canyon. This 1.8-mile round trip hike will acquaint you with the unique geology, flora, and mysterious nocturnal creatures that inhabit this canyon after dark. Advance reservations are required. Time: 8:30 p.m. July 19 Cost: $12 Details: www.tinyurl.com/palos verdesfullmoonhike

Venue: George F. Canyon Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates Mary Star of the Sea Fiesta Join a fun neighborhood fiesta in San Pedro. There will be carnival rides, food, beverages and raffles. Time: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., July 19, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. July 20, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: 310 833 3541; www.marystar.org Venue: Mary Star of the Sea, 870 W. 8th St., San Pedro

July 20 Model T Club Vintage and Classic Parts Exchange One of the oldest and best old Ford and old car swap meets in the west. Open to all makes and models, automotive and hobby related items only. Time: 7 a.m. July 20 Cost: $5 Details: 562-597-5936; www.lbmtc.com Venue: Long Beach City College Veterans Stadium, 5000 Lew Davis St., Long Beach Los Serenos Nature Hike: George F Canyon Nature Preserve Enjoy outdoor time and volunteer activities for families Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 20 Cost: Free Details: www.rpvca.gov Venue: George F. Canyon Nature Preserve, 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates

July 21 Long Beach Record Swap There will be record dealers from all over So Cal selling everything from rock, punk, soul, hip-hop, jazz and other music memorabilia.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Lecture The Sierra Club presents Inspector Ali Ventura who will tell us how U.S. Fish and Wildlife works to recover endangered species, supports migratory birds, preserves wildlife habitat, safeguards fisheries, combats invasive species, and promotes international wildlife conservation. This is done in accordance with U.S. and international laws. Time: 7 p.m. July 24 Cost: Free Details: 310- 383-5247 Venue: Palos Verdes Peninsula Public Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates

July 25

Telenovelas in the Park The Museum of Latin American Art presents Mujeres de la Tierra for a special evening of community theater and conversations about water conservation, plastic pollution, public health, and civic engagement. Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 25 Cost: Free Details: 562-437-1689; www.molaa.org Venue: MoLAA, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

July 27 Family Sandcastle Building Day Relive your favorite memories and create new ones during Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Family Sandcastle Building Day. Bring your best sandcastle building tools, a little shovel and bucket and your castle creativity to this fun beach event. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 Cost: Free Details: www.cabrillomarine aquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro Summer Wine Tasting Support the San Pedro Bay Historical Society and sip fine wines and savor tasty treats at the beautiful and historic Muller House Museum and Gift Shop. RSVP.

Time: 3 to 6 p.m. July 27

Cost: $25 Details: www.sanpedro bayhistoricalsociety.com Venue: Muller House, 1542 S. Beacon St., San Pedro

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Mariachi Divas Enjoy a warm summer evening of free live music in the park with Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas for a one-night performance at Wilmington Waterfront Park. The all-female band takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., with dance group Sabor de México opening the show at 7 p.m. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. July 13 Cost: Free

Time: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 21 Cost: Free Details: www.alexsbar.com Venue: Alex’s Bar, 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

A Night in Paradise Torrance Cultural Services Division and Susan Mann present This is Paradise. Enjoy this annual special performance featuring the dance and music of Polynesia. Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 12, 14 , 15, 16, 17 and 2 to 4:30 p.m. July13 Cost: $15 Details: 310-781-7171; torranceca.gov Venue: James R. Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

Karin Jensen & Mandala DanceWorks Enjoy an evening of Middle Eastern dance Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 13 Cost: $10 to $21 Details: 310-329-5345; www.elcaminotickets. universitytickets.com Venue: Marsee Auditorium, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

Two Curatorial Take Overs at Angels Gate Cultural Center

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Summer Movie Nights on the LA Waterfront Join the Port of Los Angeles for free outdoor showings of the animated movies Sing (Wilmington) and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (San Pedro). Activities include a petting zoo and crafts for the entire family. Time: 6:30 p.m. Activity, 8 p.m. Movie, Aug. 2 Cost: Free Details: www.craftedportla.com; www.lawaterfront.org Venues: CRAFTED/Brouwerij West, 112 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 10, San Pedro Courtyard and Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 W. C St., Wilmington

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generation of San Pedro has passed through the romantic arch at the entry of Neil’s Pasta and Seafood Grill since its 1998 inception. Fine seafood, authentic Italian fare and a happening bar have made Neil’s the place to meet and enjoy the charming dining room. Frescos grace the walls, bringing the ambiance of the Old Country to 5th Street. Now, after two decades of serving San Pedro diners, Neil has hung up his toque and is enjoying a well-earned retirement. The iconic restaurant served its last plate of pasta and seafood June 29. A new restaurant, Kalavaras Mexican Cuisine and Bar, is already set to make the 5th and Nelson location its home. Kalavaras is known for its splashy margaritas and delicious antojitos, along with a full menu of Mexican specialties. Although it’s not yet known when Kalavaras plans to open, expect this restaurant to add an upscale element to Mexican dining in the Harbor Area — and a new party place. Once it opens, this will be that restaurant’s third location. The others are in Bellflower and Montebello.

Bon Voyage to Neil’s Seafood and Pasta, Hello Destination Dishes By Gretchen Williams, Travel and Cuisine Writer

are very good, especially the un-Italian spinach with cranberries and nuts. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Eating like the Romans seems like a great idea. Fatto a Mano — The Pasta Shop 610 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach 310-316-5111 One of the pleasures of summer is outdoor dining and the Harbor Area is blessed with gentle evenings, perfect for al fresco dinner. Nazalie’s on Pacific Avenue and 19th Street is the resource for the best tabouli salad in the area. Cool and refreshing, the tomato, parsley and bulgar wheat salad is state of the art. As a bright accompaniment to kabobs or falafel, it also compliments the swordfish steaks on the patio grill. Try it on sandwiches in lieu of greens or sprouts for a new twist. Don’t miss Nazalie’s phenomenal garlic sauce. Her baklava is exceptional too. Nazalie’s Lebanese Café 1919 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro 310-519-9122 The Chori Man is San Pedro’s worst kept secret, and has quickly become a destination for hipsters and foodies from all over Los Angeles but don’t let that hold you back. The hand made chorizo is absolutely fabulous, offered in red and green chile and available to take out. A

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Neil Boccanfuso in white chef’s jacket, proprietor of Neil’s Seafood and pasta, was honored by the City of Los Angeles and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce on June 29. Photo courtesy of John Bagakis.

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Summertime should be easy. Make your life easy and have dishes on hand to build simple meals around. Local restaurants have the answer and their specialties can help when the weather begs for relaxed dining. Every small town in Italy has a pasta shop supplying fresh and dried pasta to take home.

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Fatto a Mano is Redondo Beach’s splendid little piece of Italy, offering authentic handmade pasta, from spaghetti and linguine to ravioli and lasagna. This quality of pasta is unusual and fabulous with different offerings every day. Fatto a Mano — that’s “made by hand” — also has limited seating to sample the wonderful dishes. Salads, focaccia and Roman style pizza

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whole chorizo in your freezer is like money in the bank for entertaining. Chori Man is turning out some really cutting edge burritos as well, in a town well known for good burritos. All veg soyrizo graces any model burrito — the chile relleno burrito with soyrizo is awesome. The Chori Man 2309 S. Alma St., San Pedro 424-287-2414 San Pedro’s beloved Whale & Ale Pub on 7th Street is well known for its prize winning fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and other pub grub, but the pub’s secret weapon is its salad dressing. Available to take home if ordered in advance, the tangy, creamy dressing is lovely on The Whale & Ale signature salad of fresh greens crowned with sliced mushrooms and chopped walnuts. At home, crudite holds new appeal with this dressing as dip and is a clever way to persuade children to enjoy veggies. Used as a spread on sandwiches, The Whale & Ale specialty makes tuna on toasted rye a treat and compliments thinly sliced turkey on whole wheat beautifully. The Whale & Ale pub spuds are a good excuse to stop in for a pint. Take home a jar of their marvelous dressing and make big points on the home front. Whale & Ale Pub 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro 310-832-0363

BIG NICK’S PIZZA

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

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sophisticated effect in several later plays (most notably Twelfth Night, or What You Will). The resulting humor is completely lowbrow, often maybe two steps above a pie in the face. That this trite nonsense is so much fun is a credit to how perfectly director James Rice and his cast understand what can be mined from the script. If Twelfth Night contains a mother lode of gold, The Comedy of Errors has only a thin vein of pyrite, but Shakespeare by the Sea digs up all of it, and we can’t help but enjoy the shine. There isn’t a cast member who isn’t up to the task, but because Shakespeare tends to give the funny to his clowns, the Dromios have all the best lines, which allows Green and Kane to stand out. With his frenetic energy and razor-sharp delivery, Kane owns every scene he’s in. There isn’t a bad pun he can’t make good on. Shakespeare by the Sea is able to do so much with so little because its members

exceptional cuisine is Conrad’s mission. Ask about Conrad’s vegan menu. Caterng available. Open Mon.Sat. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun. noon to 8 p.m. Conrad’s Mexican Grill, 376. W. 6th St., San Pedro 424-264-5452 www.conradsmexicangrill.com

GAFFEY STREET DINER

At the north end of Gaffey Street, where the 110 Fwy. delivers you back to San Pedro, is where you’ll find the Gaffey Street Diner. Made famous by Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Gaffey Street is a destination breakfast and lunch spot serving the “Original” John Wayne Breakfast and all of the original menu favorites in generous portions. Extended hours coming soon. Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon. - Fri.; 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Gaffey Street Diner, 247 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • 310-548-6964

HAPPY DINER #1

The Happy Diner #1 in Downtown San Pedro isn’t your average diner. The selections range from Italian- and Mexican-influenced 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. Catering for any occasion available for your home or office. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Diner #1, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro • 310-241-0917

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Built on the success of Happy Diner #1, Happy Diner #2 just expanded its dining room for parties of up to 100 guests and soon to open for dinner service.

Shakespeare by the Sea’s The Comedy of Errors.

know how to stay alive to the moment. It’s not the kind of thing you do with Hamlet in a theater, but with a farce in the park you have a chance to improve the overall performance if you take your surroundings

American favorites like omelets and burgers, fresh salads, plus pasta and Mexican dishes are served. Happy Diner #2 is casual dining, a place to enjoy a relaxing meal with family and friends. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Diner #2, 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • 310-935-2933

include fresh seasonal selections as well as traditional favorites. Ask about catering for your next event. During June and July, buy one pie at regular price and get the second pie for $4.99. Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Marie Callenders, 1030 N. Western Ave., San Pedro • 310-832-4559 • www.mariecallenders.com

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The Happy Deli is a small place with a big menu. Food is made-toorder using the freshest ingredients. Breakfast burritos and breakfast sandwiches include a small coffee. For lunch or dinner select from fresh salads, wraps, buffalo wings, cold and hot sandwiches, burgers and dogs. Delivery to your home or office available. Ask about catering your next event. Hours: Mon. - Sat. 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Happy Deli, 530 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • 424-364-0319 • www.happydelisp.com

LA BUVETTE WINE BISTRO

Welcome to La Buvette Wine Bistro, San Pedro’s French bistro located in the historic waterfront district. La Buvette offers rustic French cuisine featuring the freshest ingredients from valued local purveyors. La Buvette pays tribute to the classic French bistros of various regions of France where good food, good wine and friends come together to create the special joie de vivre. Free, private parking lot in rear Hours: Tue.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. La Buvette Wine Bistro, 335 W. 7th St., San Pedro • 424-342-9840 www.LaBuvetteBistro.com

MARIE CALLENDER’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY

Enjoy all your Marie Callender favorites at their new San Pedro location. From appetizers and salads to classic entrées and famous pies, there’s something for every taste and mood. For quick workday lunches or business meetings, try the Big, Boxed Lunch to go or delivery. Dinner entrées

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

THE WHALE & ALE ENGLISH RESTAURANT & PUB

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

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Conrad’s menu reflects the cuisine of his native Oaxaca with a fresh focus on local, seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features classic dishes from Oaxaca and regional Mexico, such as mole sauces, ceviche, empanadas and sopecitos. Sourcing the freshest ingredients, combining them with traditional flavors and rewriting familiar recipes into

Shakespeare employs to much more

Fourth-generation artisanal chorizo and meats. Purchase chorizo by the pound or try our burritos and tacos! Menu specials change weekly. Open Wed. and Thurs., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fri. - Sun., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For catering email: info@thechoriman.com for catering and special orders. The Chori-Man, 2309 S. Alma St., San Pedro • 424-287-2414

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into account. Thusly did Jonathan Fisher earn the biggest laugh of the show with a quick improv recognizing a barking dog in the front row. The dog won’t be there for every show, but the moment highlights just how alive this cast is to the possibility of the moment. William Shakespeare is the most renowned writer in history. Although The Comedy of Errors is not the way to discover why, you might never have more simple fun with his work than with what Shakespeare by the Sea is doing with it. This is a play that’s generally overlooked, and with good reason. That’s not just a statement about the quality of play, it’s also an opportunity. Times: 8 p.m. June 27 and 29 and Aug. 17 Cost: Free Details: 310-217-7596, shakespearebythesea.org Venue: Point Fermin Park: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro See website for performances of not only The Comedy of Errors but also Henry V, with shows in Long Beach, Seal Beach, Palos Verdes, Torrance, and other Orange County and L.A. area cities

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

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Trio of Arts District Pioneers Honored By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter

From left, Ray Carofano, Arnée Carofano and Ron Linden in front of Gallery 478 on 7th Street in San Pedro. Photo by Guillaume Zuili.

artists differently. But nobody thinks like that.” During this period of transition in the ACE District, the San Pedro Business Improvement District morphed into property owners Business Improvement District, a quasi-public entity in which property owners can assess a property tax on themselves to pay for PBID initiatives that benefit the district— the boundaries of which coincide with the ACE District. They pay for yellow shirt security that have placed surveillance cameras in downtown. “We did our best to stop it because we figured out the increase that everybody in the district including us [had to pay] is now on our property tax,” Carofano said. “There’s no way out of it. When it was just BID it was an option for a property owners to either pay some money into it or not.” Linden spelled out that there are equal amounts of resentment and appreciation. “We have done more goddamn work—leg

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14 cultural arts districts. By 2015, conflicts over transparency, direction and the removal of dissident artists from the board (or exodus of artists depending on one’s perspective), the ACE board voted over the objection of some of its founding members, to disband and form a nonprofit that could apply for grants and sponsorships that might keep the group in business. Since that time it has been run as a private non-profit. Subsequently, Linden moved TransVagrant Gallery to Los Angeles Harbor College and other locations, while the Carofanos continued hosting important gallery openings for big name artists. “Prior to [2008] we were able to get money from the CRA,” Linden said. “When that went away, we were totally on our own. [CRA] gave us money to build the walls in the gallery and the lighting system. The galleries applied for grants and received funds to produce catalogs for exhibitions.” Linden contends this is the kind of “civic support that is needed for an arts district to thrive. The CRA benefited the whole arts community.” Subsequently, the reputation of First Thursday grew out of a regional recognition that something important was happening. “We survive by our own means right now,” Linden said. “If the community at large realized that it takes effort and money that comes from artists, for the community, they might think of

work, written work, exhibition, production, etc., etc., etc. than almost anyone,” Linden said. “It’s just ironic that you can work your ass off in relative obscurity and provide the best you can, the most professional exhibitions. [This work] has real value but it’s largely unrecognized.” That’s because some in the community still don’t recognize the value that the art district brings to an urban area. Linden and the Carofanos praise the individuals and galleries still fighting the good fight in support of the arts district. Arnée Carofano and Linden said they absolutely have no doubt that James Preston Allen, the founding president of the arts district, has been a good advocate. They called arts patrons Marilyn Ginsburg Klaus and Chuck Klaus unsung heroes. The Klaus Center for the Arts is property the couple donated to Marymount University. The purpose of founding an arts institution in downtown San Pedro was to give talks on how to be an artist and live and work in the same space. The Klauses bought a house and remodeled it for Syracuse University fine arts students to stay for a semester of arts study in the Los Angeles area. They also have a standing lease on Angels Gate studio spaces for the students. Linden and the Carofanos also highlighted others like Robin and Doug Hinchcliff, who for years have provided live-work spaces. Gentrification has the artists worried about what will happen next. Linden wondered if galleries, like the Machine Art Gallery, with its “appeal to young people” would be priced out of existence with rent. “Will artists who live here have to go find a new ghetto?” Linden said. Rent increases are really a big issue throughout the county. It’s getting harder to find a place reasonably priced for artists. Some have left. Arnée suggested they should give artists a break and a few artists should be on the PBID board to represent the arts community and get involved with the port’s waterfront projects. The Port of LA used to have a professional arts review panel of which Linden was a participating member. “What we need are a few more quality galleries,” Carofano said. “We need younger people than us [to] open galleries here.” While it’s frustrating for these visionary artists to witness missed opportunities for the art district to thrive, their vision is undying. Linden said it wouldn’t take much to build mega-European style gallery spaces out at the Warehouse One area, for instance. What a boost to the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District to go from imagining to actualizing high-level professional live-work studios and galleries for artists, for educational opportunities and the community at large, as well as for multitudes of visitors that the Port of LA is trying to attract to this artistically rich port town. In the end, recognition for this trio is long over due.

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hree pioneering artists, who for a quarter century have worked, educated and exhibited the highest level of professional art in Harbor Area and far beyond, will be honored at the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District’s annual summer fundraiser on July 14. The event will feature art from the venerable San Pedro artist, Muriel Olguin, as well as curated pieces from many others in the Art Deco building at 8th Street and Pacific Avenue. The artwork will be for sale to benefit the Arts District. Random Lengths News sat with TransVagrant gallery curator Ron Linden and Gallery 478 proprietors Arnée and Ray Carfano for a chat about the arts district, its changes and the requirements necessary to support such an entity. For the first 15 years of this century, the Carofano’s anchored San Pedro’s budding arts district by inviting cutting-edge artists from across the country to their gallery and hosting regular artist openings. Gallery 478 was not alone in this work, but it did lead the charge. Linda Grimes, the managing director of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, assembled a temporary committee of last year’s honorees (Anne Olson and Eugene Daub) plus Gallery Azul and Carol Hungerford to select those to be honored in 2019 for their contribution to San Pedro’s art scene. “They were active participants at the formation of the district in 2009 and continue to make significant world class contributions through their gallery exhibitions, continuously adding to the communities’ knowledge of art and appreciation of exceptional artists,” Grimes said. Linden and the Carofanos came to San Pedro in 1991 and 1998, respectively. They have had a long, sometimes painful, history with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, with its galleries, studios and with the start of First Thursday Art Walks in 1998, the arts district slowly grew and thrived. These three artists, along with James Allen, publisher of Random Lengths News, launched the idea to create the Arts, Culture and Entertainment, or ACE, district. Linden, Carofano and Allen created its guiding principle: one of “enlightened selfinterest,” meaning that what is good for the individual artists in the district is inherently good for the greater community. The ACE notion of self-interest, however, does not mean that this district exist to amass greater personal power, wealth or control for those forming it. Instead, its purpose has been to distribute as equitably as possible the benefits of this district without regard to status, position or other bias. The ACE District was launched in 2008 with a $500,000 Community Redevelopment Agency grant intended to market the arts district and its connection to the San Pedro Waterfront and finance quality art shows that would bring critical recognition to San Pedro area. The effort was widely endorsed by both the arts and business communities. The original ACE District was formally adopted by the Los Angeles City Council and remains a part of the San Pedro Community plan as a key economic factor in redevelopment. The praise proved to be short-lived. Gov. Jerry Brown soon announced he would disband the Community Redevelopment Agency during the great recession and in effect ended a reliable funding source to the district. However, the effort continued and the legal standing of the ACE District has been expanded with recognition by the State of California as one of

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Hahn Seeks Economic Analysis of Port Automation’s Impact

LOS ANGELES — On June 5, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by Supervisor Janice Hahn to study the potential economic impact of automation at the Port of Los Angeles. The week of June 17, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved a permit to allow the introduction of driverless cargo handlers in the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. This action is expected to result in significant job loss. Hahn wrote a letter to the Commission citing her concerns about potential job losses associated with a move toward automation and the ripple effect job losses at the port could have on the larger economy. Ray Familathe, ILWU Local 13 president, stressed the importance of ILWU jobs to the local economy, saying that a recent report showed that the incomes of ILWU members are 85 percent higher than the median income of local residents. The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion June 25 that does two things. First, it instructs the county to conduct an economic analysis of the potential impact that automation at our ports would have on jobs and the local economy. Second, the board will send a five-signature letter to the mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council supporting the ILWU’s efforts to oppose automation plans and protect local jobs. Details: www.tinyurl.com/hahnportproposal

Controller Galperin Introduces Property Panel for Angelenos

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LOS ANGELES — If you have ever wondered who owns a vacant lot in your neighborhood or if an empty building could serve another purpose that would improve the community, those are the types of questions that Controller Ron Galperin’s Property Panel can help answer. Property Panel is an online, interactive tool that maps 14,000 publicly-owned properties located within the City of Los Angeles — 7,500 of which are owned by the city itself. Property Panel provides Angelenos with information that could help put government properties to better use. The website includes all city-owned properties plus those owned by five other major government entities. Users can search the map by typing in an address and also scroll through data dashboards that filter properties by congressional, state senate, state assembly, County Board of Supervisors and city council districts, and by neighborhood council boundaries. Details: lacontroller.org/propertypanel,

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Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club Wins Youth Match Racing Championship

SAN DIEGO — Cameron Feves of Long Beach and his team representing the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club won the 2019 U.S. on June 30. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup. Feves and crew, including Lukas Kraak, Justin Zmina and Taylor Milefchik earned the title following three days of closely contested match racing between 10 teams in San Diego Harbor. Feves’ team won the finals Sunday afternoon, 3-0, over Porter Killian of Newport Beach. They also swept the semifinal series, 3-0, over Jeffrey Petersen of Santa Ana and defeated Sidney Gathrid of Los Angeles, 3-1, in the quarterfinals. Feves posted a 5-4 record in the round robin stage.

Newsom Encourages School Districts to Restrict Smartphone Use

TORRANCE — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 272, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), the bill encourages California school districts [See News Briefs, p. 19]

Outrage at Border Crisis being placed on members. They try to confiscate phones; all of a sudden they said we couldn’t talk to people. And so it is becoming a lot more combative.” Barragán suggested that the increased tension stemmed from “all the work that’s being done on the ground to get the stories out,” and the resultant rise in public ire. “The work is critically important to continue, to highlight the stories,” she said. “With the inspector general’s report coming out, there should be continued outrage.” That report urged DHS “to take immediate steps to alleviate dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of children and adults in the Rio Grande Valley.” The accompanying photos—from an early June inspection period— showed squalid, sardine-like conditions. “Children at three of the five Border Patrol facilities we visited had no access to showers,” the report stated. “At one facility, some single adults were held in standing-room-only conditions for a week, and at another, some single adults were held more than a month in overcrowded cells.” “Atrocities have been carried out in Trump’s name by ICE and CBP,” said Greisa Martinez Rosas, of United We Dream. “Under the Trump Administration we know that 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody, with more dying under the watch of other federal agencies like CBP, including five children.” When Donald Trump became president in January 2017, no one had died in ICE custody for 10 years.”While all of this is going on, Trump and Republicans have been having a debate over semantics,” Rosas said. “What do we call these places, detention centers? Concentration camps? I’ll tell you what we don’t call these places: humane. These are not places for human beings.” “We were in that one cell with the women from Cuba for about 45 minutes. And it’s clear that the human rights were being neglected,” Castro said. “They didn’t have a sink that was working to provide them water to wash their hands after they use the restroom, for example. Or for easily obtainable drinking water. Several said that they had not have their medications given to them in days; some of them said that they had gone 15 days without being able to take a bath or shower.” The inspection tour followed the passage of an emergency spending bill, without any of the corrective protections included in an earlier House version. “0 negotiation with the House,” Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “We offered crucial amendments to protect children and families — none are even being considered.” “This system is completely broken,” Castro said. “So it’s not just a matter of pumping more cash. Things have to change in terms of the standards of care and the medical treatment that’s provided…. What we’re seeing is willful neglect of these people.” “These stations are supposed to be holding facilities,” said Lina Ortega, a Texas state

“This system is completely broken. So it’s not just a matter of pumping more cash…. What we’re seeing is willful neglect of these people.”

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representative. “The detainees, the migrants, the families, the persons being held there are only supposed to be there for 72 hours. And they have turned into detention centers.” As far as food is concerned, Ortega said, “We saw cups of ramen noodles, we saw Kool-Aid, we saw chips, and we heard about frozen burritos there. We didn’t see any milk. We didn’t see any fruit. We didn’t see any vegetables. They’re not cooking or preparing any kind of meals. This is the same food that they receive day in and day out while they’re there. There is no appropriate food for children. When I asked about exercise— because I don’t really see any place that they can exercise—I was told that exercise is not necessary because they’re supposed to be there only for temporary stay. But that’s not what it’s been turning into.” “There is still separation happening of family units,” Barragan said in a separate statement, citing several specific examples she encountered. Ortega explained part of the reason why. “Families are defined as being a mother and father or a legal guardian,” she said. “So if the

Top, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Joaquin Casto of Texas speaks above a crowd of anti-immigrant hecklers at the press conference after touring a detention facility. Above, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York enters the facility along with other members of the congressional delegation. Left, Massachusettes Rep. Ayanna Pressley comforts a young refugee in the dentention center. Photos by Antonio De Loera-Brust.

child is with an aunt and uncle, grandparent, even a brother or a sister, they will separate them, because they’re not considered to be family.” Texas state Rep. Mary Gonzalez lives in the town of Clint, home to one of the facilities.“What I’ve seen, being at the front lines, is how traumatic this experience is for border communities at all levels,” she said. “We do not have to, in this country, detain children. We do not have to detain grandmothers. Monday when we went on our tour, we saw a 70-year-old grandmother in a detention cell. We do not have to be this country. And sadly we are…. Everything we saw was an intentional strategy to dehumanize.” “This is our moment of moral and political clarity,” Rosas declared. “We are in a moment of choice where we can either continue Trump’s policies of family separation and criminalization of immigrants allowing our government to keep killing immigrants and refugees, or we can fight back. “The idea that we only need to provide more money to provide a few basic needs to fix the current immigration humanitarian crisis is wrong. On the contrary, we have to ensure that ICE and CBP are held accountable, that there is a defunding of these agencies, and more accountability and oversight over them.”


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Persistence Pays Off failed. Their voices were disregarded or brushed aside. “When you’re doing something as little kids, do you really expect someone of a high stature to really believe you or take you seriously?” Ortiz said. “They kinda push you off like, ‘Sure kid it’ll happen.’” Nothing happened for six or seven years, but when Otero graduated from Sunburst Youth Academy, he was still itching to make his dream a reality. “So, I got out of Sunburst and was like, ‘Fuck it, let’s do this again,’” Otero said. “I got all my friends together and we went out to the [neighborhood council] meeting and spoke up.”

care of their families and make money, and be part of Local 13, as opposed to be(ing) part of local bullshit. “What we were looking for is the same thing with these young kids, to find them a Local 13, something that they were unified in, [where] it didn’t matter where they were from [and] that it would allow them to be ambassadors for the youth in that way…. Skating just happened to be their Local 13.” During the time Scott and Tucker spent alongside the CA$H skate crew, Otero and another member, Armando Micro II, heard as an off-hand comment from their mentors that the

Harbor City Neighborhood Council was about to have its elections and that seats would be open. From there, as Otero succinctly puts it, “We nominated ourselves for election.” Not only did Otero and Micro run for the Harbor City Neighborhood Council, but they won. “We got over 200 votes,” Otero said. “For me and Mando, from a lot of people … everyone knew what we were doing. They were so psyched that we were actually doing it because of how young we are.” “We were thinking about it, [about] how we wanted to have a say about what happens in our city,” Micro said. “It’s what we’ve been wanting for so long and now we had a chance to be able to do that. So, we took advantage of that.” On June 21, Los Angeles District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Los Angeles

Department of Recreation and Parks joined Scott, Tucker and the CA$H Skate Crew at the grand opening of their dream skate park. During the celebration, Otero made a short speech in which he brought up the entire CA$H Skate Crew to bask in their achievement. “What we’re doing is a reconstruction of the whole mindset of this youth base, if they’re out here doing positive things like this and nobody is dying, then our mission is complete, Tucker said. Otero and Micro both run the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness and the Youth Committee. The CA$H Skate Crew is looking to build on its momentum. If you ask them why they do what they do for their community they’ll probably tell you it’s all about what CA$H stands for: “Cuz All Skaters Hustle.”

CA$H Skate Crew and Harbor City Neighborhood Council member, Emilio Otero. Photo by Steven Guzman.

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It was at this meeting that they finally got the break they had needed. Tim Tucker and Howard Scott Jr., cofounder of the City Lights Gateway Foundation and respected music producer, happened to be in attendance. “Mr. Scott was there...,” Otero said. “Later on ... we were all outside that day chilling, skating, and then Howard Scott and Tim Tucker, they come up to us and they asked us, ‘You all really want a skate park?’ We tell them, ‘Yes, we do.’ [They’re] like, ‘Alright, it’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to do this.’” From that moment on, the CA$H Skate Crew’s dream of a skate park in their community steamrolled. With help from Scott, Tucker and the City Lights Gateway Foundation, the city found money within its budget for the construction of the project. The total estimate for the construction of the skate park was around $650,000 and it would be designed, not by a third party, but by the CA$H skate crew itself. In total, $700,000 was available — $300,000 from the city, as well as from Quimby Act funds set aside for local park and recreation purposes. The final $400,000 was donated anonymously. For Scott, who was born and reared in Harbor City, this was the exact opportunity he was looking for to give back to the community that saw him grow. “I was looking for the same thing for young kids that the longshoremen Local 13 did for older guys in the community [who] didn’t get along,” Scott said. “They hated each other back in the day. But then they became longshoremen. How did all of that anger eradicate? What I found out was that it was more important for them to take

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Should the Democratic candidate be female, Democrats must expect more of the same Republican playbook that was used against Clinton. It was used against Dianne Feinstein when she ran for governor of California in 1990. It was used against Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro in 1984. Nixon used it against Helen Gahagan Douglas in California’s 1950 senate race. If any woman is nominated for president in 2020, she’ll be ceaselessly attacked as shrill and strident and emotional. Terrible memes will circulate about her on social media. There’ll be no end of tasteless innuendo about her views, her race, her class, her background, her appearance, her hairstyle, her childhood, her parents, her speech, her laugh, her honesty, her sex life, her husband, her e-mails, and any other attack Republicans—or Russians — can fabricate. If the Democratic candidate can’t surmount the sexism, we predict four more years of the Republican world we’ve been living in — and there’s no predicting the outcome of that.

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fair to compare Biden’s views on busing with Harris’ views on the death penalty. For the six years she was attorney general of California, she took absolutely no action on behalf of any of California’s hundreds of death row prisoners, including Kevin Cooper, whose case is often cited as particularly troubling. Now she campaigns on she’s always been opposed to the death penalty — even though her record lacks any evidence to support it. Another demonstration of wedge issues came on the first night. Ryan appeared to be stuck in the Bush-Cheney era with platitudes about “engagement” on ending the Afghanistan war and his insistence that Afghanistan had something to do with “planes into buildings.” Gabbard called his statements “unacceptable.” One thing the debates showed very clearly— Democrats must reckon with how voters will treat a woman candidate. Hillary Clinton’s pioneering 2016 run was the first true test of America’s willingness to accept a woman president—and the results were terrifying.

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