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[See CicLAvia, p. 6]

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On July 20, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach released the draft of their new Clean Air Action Plan, opening a two-month comment period. The first public comment was a resounding rejection from the Teamsters, because the plan would tacitly allow the continued exploitation of individual truckers, misclassified as independent owner-operators. These truckers were saddled with the lion’s share of the costs of the Clean Trucks Program in the initial plan — hundreds of millions of dollars a year. “Your clean air program is going to make it worse, because the actual people who paid for the last clean trucks program — and it wasn’t designed

to be that way — was the drivers, the people [who] can’t afford it,” Teamsters International Vice President Fred Potter told POLA commissioners at their meeting the next day. “They made all the truck payments and most of them — virtually almost every one of them — while they paid for those trucks. They’ll never own them.” While the initial program at least tried to protect truckers, the new plan represents a giant step back by not even trying. The ports’ press release said the plan “incorporates feedback from nearly two years of extensive dialogue with industry, environmental groups, regulatory agencies and neighboring communities” via “more than 50 stakeholder

meetings” since a discussion document was released this past November. Conspicuously missing are mentions of truckers and their representatives. “We were not asked to participate in these stakeholder meetings,” Potter said. “Yet, we’ve had 15 strikes, represented drivers, helped drivers with hundreds — almost a thousand — DSLE claims [California labor law violations], and class action lawsuits... every one of which they’ve won, because these drivers are misclassified.” Teamsters spokesperson Barbara Maynard recalled an incident just before the most recent strike. “The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach

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Teamsters Charge CAAP Blows Smoke

Pow! Wow! Long Beach packs a punch on the mural scene p. 11

The Bike Palace proprietor, Tony Jabuka shares his excitement for CicLAvia, which coming to the Los Angeles Harbor. Photo by Raphael Richardson

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t is no easy task bicycling between San Pedro and Wilmington. Although the two communities are connected by a bike path along the side of John S. Gibson Boulevard, cyclists contend with ever-present broken glass, traffic and diesel exhaust. The worst part is the unsettling feeling of fully loaded cargo trucks roaring past at high speeds. It’s a far cry from the pleasant promise described in waterfront development plans over a decade ago. CicLAvia will liberate riders from these hazards — for one day, at least — with its San Pedro Meets Wilmington route Sunday, Aug. 13. CicLAvia is both the name of the event and the nonprofit organization that manages it. “Many people don’t remember how fun it is to ride a bike,” said Tony Jabuka, owner of The Bike Palace in San Pedro; Jabuka has served bicyclists in San Pedro for more than 35 years. “That’s why CicLAvia is great. It’s a day of fun on your bike.” During CicLAvia events, cyclists, skaters and walkers can make full use of certain streets; the route is closed to motorized vehicle traffic. “I love the vibes of CicLAvia,” said Ednita Kelly, a San Pedro librarian and operator of the Book Bike. “You get to meet new people

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For the past six years, the ILWU and Alex’s Lemonade Stand have fought childhood cancer side-by-side in Los Angeles through the Walk the Coast fundraising campaign. This effort used to include an annual event at Warehouse 52-57 on Miner Street, featuring classic cars and live performances. This year is different. In a bid to get more active community involvement, ILWU Walk the Coast is hosting a 5-kilometer race, a onemile family walk and a one-kilometer kids fun run on Aug. 12. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Point Fermin The ILWU chairman of the Walk the Coast Committee, Danny Imbagliazzo, said he hoped participants would use this race as a tune-up for the Conquer the Bridge race that’s scheduled in the coming weeks. The fundraiser benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit organization committed to raising money for childhood cancer research. It’s also the first of what the ILWU intends to be an annual Walk the Coast fundraiser for the anticancer organization. The pediatric cancer charity was named after Alexandra Scott, who developed cancer only days before reaching her first birthday. Alex was afflicted with neuroblastoma, a common infant cancer that grows out of immature nerves; more than 90 percent of those diagnosed with the cancer are younger than five years of age. Alex’s cancer never went into remission despite ongoing treatments. When Alex was four years old, her mother, Liz Scott, decided she wanted to do something for children in similar situations. She and her daughter set up a lemonade stand in their front yard to raise money. Their first stand raised $2,000. News of Alex’s efforts spread quickly and exponentially by word of mouth. “She would do this every year, before long, people started launching their own lemonade stands and sending money to Alex,” Scott explained to Random Lengths in 2012. “By the time she died, she raised $1 million for a cure for all types of pediatric cancer and not just for her[s.]” Since that time, the Scotts have grown the event with the help of community organizations and union families nationwide, raising $140 million to fund more than 690 research projects in more than 129 leading pediatric cancer centers. “I would tell somebody to come and they would tell someone,” Scott said. “Then, someone would call the newspaper to come and there would be a story in the paper. It would become a viral story before there was such thing as ‘going viral.’” Imbagliazzo has long said that the union’s effort was an expression of its desire to help the community. “We wanted to do something good and we wanted to do something good with the community for other people,” Imbagliazzo said. To that end, locals coastwide organize and coordinate numerous events at multiple ports during the same period of time. Details:

Caltrans and LA Metro recently released the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the I-710 Corridor Project, opening a 60-day public comment period. The environmental document evaluates two alternatives for major improvements along most of the 710 Freeway. One alternative (Alt. 5C) would rebuild the freeway to add capacity, traffic safety and operational improvements. The second alternative (Alt. 7) would add a “clean emission” freight corridor and modernize the 710. The freight corridor would add four lanes (two in each direction) for zero- and near zeroemission trucks. In some sections, the lanes would be elevated over the existing freeway. The project also includes air quality improvements, job training and local hire requirements, and pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. There will be three public hearings during the 60-day period. The Long Beach hearing will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at Cesar Chavez Park Community Center, 401 Golden Ave. There will also be meetings on Aug. 23 in Commerce and Aug. 26 in Paramount. The report may be viewed online at Hard copies of the document are also available for review at the Long Beach Main Library at 101 Pacific Ave., and at the Bret Harte Library at 1595 W. Willow St. The deadline to submit public comments on the proposed project is Sept. 22. Details:

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[Blowing Smoke, from p. 1]

Blowing Smoke held a press conference and announced that they were going to move to zero-emission trucks,” Maynard said. The strike coincided with a major investigative story in USA Today, exposing the illegal exploitative system Potter highlighted. But despite the strike, the national exposure and petitions hand-delivered to both mayors, Teamsters were not considered part of the discussion. “We did not receive a call, from either port saying, ‘Let’s sit down; let’s talk; let’s have a conversation, and make sure that these costs don’t fall onto the backs of the drivers again, like they did in 2008’,” Maynard said. “So it’s not

like the actual announcement [of the Teamsters’ opposition] was a surprise. “Teamsters certainly support a clean-air action plan, certainly support zero-emission trucks, certainly would support the newest technology to make our air better and the ports more efficient. But it cannot be and will not be on the backs of the drivers again.” But truckers and Teamsters’ participation and a plan to protect truckers from illegal exploitation isn’t all that’s missing from the plan, David Pettit, senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council said. “Right now, I look at this as a wish list, rather than real plan,” Pettit told Random Lengths

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News. “There’s no enforceable deadline... there’s no funding mechanism.” This makes it similar to the Air Quality Management Plan from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which sets similar goals with a similar price tag. “The price tag is the same, roughly a billion, with a “B”, [dollars] in each case,” Pettit said. “So South Coast wants a billion, the port wants a billion. It’s unclear where that money is going to come from.” Making matters worse, the plan envisions

two waves of new truck purchases — nearzero trucks dominating in the next decade or longer, eventually followed by zero-emission vehicles. The timing varies across seven different scenarios, but the big picture remains the same: a mess. “The idea of doing this twice more, once to some kind of renewable LNG and then again to zero-emissions a few years later, doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Pettit said. Around 2008, the port spent about $240 [See CAAP Smoke, p. 5]

Port Falls Short Again on China Shipping

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If representatives of China Shipping are to be believed, their shipping company is the most eco-friendly imaginable, and its partnership with the Port of Los Angeles is a wonder to behold. But those forced to live in the shadow of China Shipping have a different view, as was vividly illustrated at the July 19 public comment meeting on the supplemental environmental impact report, or SEIR, for the terminal. This was drafted as a result of the failure to implement a series of measures contained in the original EIR, approved in September 2009. “We are proud that this facility is an early leader in environmental measures, such as the adoption of alternative marine power [AMP],” said Matthew Thomas, a lawyer for China Shipping, Thomas was echoing Mark Wheeler, general manager of the terminal operator WBCT, who recalled that since 2004, Berth 100 and 102 were the first facilities to use AMP. Those claims were even more sweeping. “China Shipping holding and COSCO

shipping lines company have long been environmental leaders in the shipping industry,” he said. Others praised both China Shipping and the port, stressing the need to “balance” business and community concerns. But community commentators were not impressed, given that POLA tried to build the terminal without first doing a project EIR only to be sued by local homeowners and environmentalists. This resulted in a settlement of more than $50 million, plus mitigation requirements in the EIR and the strengthening of the Port Community Advisory Committee, or PCAC, as an oversight body. The resulting delay led China Shipping to sue POLA, which resulted in another large settlement. But 11 mitigation measures in the 2009 EIR were never implemented, until exposed in 2015, which is why the SEIR is now being done. “There was a lot of discussion in the very beginning here about a balance between the [See China Shipping, p. 16]

said. In the existing system, there’s nothing protecting individual truckers. Although Ellis is an employee now, not everyone is so lucky. “There are still more than 10,000 drivers working at the ports who are considered the laughingstock of the whole industry and are in the same situation that I used to be in,” she said. “These drivers will be forced to work illegal hours, two jobs, if not more, or do whatever it takes to pay for a new truck. Until every driver is guaranteed that the ports are going to ban companies that are breaking the law, then there should be no new truck replacement program.” Ellis, who’s been a port trucker since 2001, expanded on her experience afterwards. When the ports did their first clean truck programs, it had an employee mandate to it, but nobody communicated to the drivers what this really meant, she recalled. “We were scared, we were harassed by our employers and the trucking companies, that this

[CAAP Smoke, from p. 4]

CAAP Smoke

million to help subsidize the clean-air truck fleet, he recalled. “I thought at the time, ‘How many times are they going to do this?’” Pettit said. “That’s the conundrum the port has put itself in and the answer is, ‘You just do it once.’” Another thing that’s clear, Teamsters say: it’s not going to come from individual truck drivers like Tracy Ellis, a Teamster shop steward who also addressed the commissioners. “During the first Clean Truck Program, my employer required me to lease a new truck, and pay all the heavy costs associated with operating that business,” Ellis said. “They got away with it by illegally classifying me as a contractor.” The burden was crushing. She lost her house, her car. “And, when I got sick, I lost everything,” she

wasn’t the way to go, that we better not talk to the Teamsters and this and that,” she said. “So we went along with our employers and sided with them because we didn’t know any better, because there was a big lack of communication, which I think is going on again.” At the time, she worked for TTSI. “They were very active with the politicians and they were the first ones to come out with a clean trucks, and claiming to be on the forefront of the whole environmental issue,” Ellis recalled. But over time, a very different picture emerged. Truckers paid TTSI for everything truck-related, including the truck payment, the fuel, the insurance, the maintenance, tires, all the stuff that has to be paid for, but the promise of building equity was largely a fantasy. “They would come out every once in awhile, getting rid of people for various reasons,” she said. “They would take the same truck and release it to someone else.” [See CAAP, p. 17]

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and get to know your community.” Kelly has participated in several past CicLAvia events around Los Angeles. “CicLAvia actually inspired the Book Bike,” she said, referring to the adult tricycle she modified to carry books in a forward compartment. Kelly rides it to schools and events like CicLAvia, where she distributes free books, signs people up for library cards and gives general information on the Los Angeles Public Library. CicLAvia Executive Director Romel Pascual said the San Pedro Meets Wilmington event is about showing off those communities to visitors and

POLA Ends Fiscal Year with Western Hemisphere Record

SAN PEDRO —The Port of Los Angeles closed its fiscal year with a total cargo volume of 9.2 million twenty-foot units, a new record for the most container throughput for a Western hemisphere port. Compared to June of 2016 year, volumes this year have increased 8.1 percent, marking this year the second-busiest June in POLA’s 110-year history. June 2017 imports increased 4.7 percent, while loaded exports increased 3.5 percent. Overall, the total container volumes for June 2017 were about 731,032 TEUs, compared to the last strongest June, the year of 2014 with a total of 736,439 TEUs. This fiscal year has not been the first time POLA surpassed records. In 2006, POLA was the first port to surpass an annual throughput of 8 million TEUs.

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LONG BEACH — Long Beach Police Department officers arrested 28-year-old Marco Andrade July 29, after witnesses told officers that he may have caused a collision July 29 on the 710 Freeway. Seven people were hospitalized as a result of the possible road rage incident, officials said. Police first responded to calls of a vehicle that drove over the side of a freeway. LBPD officers found that an SUV drove over the railing and landed on its roof on a road below. The seven occupants suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition, officials said. An eyewitness told police that another vehicle was involved and left the scene before police could arrive. Police were able to locate the vehicle, and take Andrade into custody. Andrade was booked for felony hit-andrun, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $50,000 bail.


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reminding residents what’s in their own backyard. “These are great communities and CicLAvia will make them both fun and accessible,” Pascual said. “There will even be pedicabs for seniors.” The endpoints of the route are Banning Park in Wilmington and the intersection of 22nd Street and Pacific Avenue in San Pedro, but participants can enter and exit wherever they want. Major streets include Avalon Boulevard, John S. Gibson Boulevard, Harbor Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. The route features four hubs — both end points, Wilmington Waterfront Park and a block near the Port of Los Angeles building in Central San Pedro. “The hubs have family activities,” Pascual said. “There will be rock climbing, soccer games and food vendors.” CicLAvia has drawn a variety of reactions from the community. “It gets people thinking about active transportation ... [and] reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Sylvia Arredondo, president of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council and Civic Engagement Coordinator for Communities for a Better Environment. “[But] the route passes by the southern end of the [Phillips 66] refinery.” Arredondo questions whether that issue will be addressed or if CicLAvia is just going to spotlight the Waterfront. “The great thing about CicLAvia is that you get people out in front of your stores,” Jabuka said. “But when it gets to San Pedro, the route turns from Harbor Boulevard onto 5th Street to get to Pacific Avenue.” Jabuka said that while 5th Street does have quality businesses, it’s not San Pedro’s business center; 6th Street is. John Jones III, field deputy for Councilman Joe Buscaino, helped organize the route. He explained that 5th Street was selected because it is widest street around. There will also be lane reductions further south along Harbor Boulevard due to construction work. “There will be way-finding signs to point out the businesses on 6th street,” Jones said. “I have been to CicLAvia before. [Riders] do explore the area while in a different part of town to eat and rest.” The Downtown San Pedro Business Improvement District will be offering free bus shuttles to parts of Central San Pedro not on the route. Jabuka and Kelly are excited that CicLAvia will include Pacific Avenue, allowing riders to see several shops and restaurants that San Pedrans take pride in. The end of the route also makes Cabrillo Beach accessible. Since CicLAvia takes place on parts of John S. Gibson and Harbor boulevards, port trucking might be affected. However, Pascual said that the Port of Los Angeles has been very supportive of the event. The Port of Los Angeles helped with route planning and coordinated with Los Angeles Metro to offer bike sharing for participants. “Trucks can be a deterrent to riders near the port,” Kelly said. “People will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cranes and other port sites.” The port is an impressive example of commerce and industry, yet it is also a major source of pollution. There is evidence that CicLAvia benefits communities by reducing local air pollution. As Arredondo mentioned, the more people who are bicycling and walking, the less people that are driving fossil fuel-powered vehicles. A study by the University of California-Los Angeles documented that air particles two-and-a-half

Ednita Kelly is the operator of San Pedro Library’s Book Bike. Photo by Terelle Jerricks

micrometers and smaller declined by 49 percent on CicLAvia streets in 2015. These particles can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease as well as impair the nervous system. “I look forward to seeing the CicLAvia organizers keep those conversations going [with the community],” Arredondo said. The Aug. 13 ride will be the 22nd CicLAvia event. The organizers select a route based on its ability Tony Jabuka (front-right), Francisco Figueroa, Jose Carlos, Nick Rubilar, Bob to improve recreation for Applegate (left-back) and John Aunedi (right back). The Bike Palace crew communities that are low member not in this picture is TJ Tapia. Photo by Raphael Richardson. income and park poor. Wilmington and Central San Pedro obviously coast and around the Palos Verdes Peninsula. “There is a bike culture here, but it is not the qualify, prompting some residents to wonder why their towns haven’t hosted CicLAvia before now. culture the [council office] wants [to promote],” “It took so long for CicLAvia to get here,” said Arredondo. Since 2014, she has worked with a group Jabuka said. “San Pedro is like the end of the called C.I.C.L.E (Cyclists Inciting Change world in Los Angeles.… Other communities through Live Exchange) and occasionally with have many great baseball fields, soccer fields, Jones to put on community bicycle rides and basketball courts, tennis courts…. We need places to play, too. And they need to be free.” safety workshops; Arredondo even helped put on Jones offered his opinion on why CicLAvia has a class for women to learn how to use a bicycle for self defense. not been to San Pedro before. Buscaino’s office was willing to promote this “There has never been a culture for such an event down here,” Jones said. “CicLAvia is a community, but only in the context of how his fairly new concept to Los Angeles and it’s not an office helped the group. “They wanted to do a promo video with us, but easy sale to the community or businesses. Plus, our group decided we didn’t want to participate,” you need to have the political backing for such an event to help get the city departments and Arredondo said. “We were doing things before his office helped us. [After declining,] our events grantors like Metro involved.” Jabuka offered some context to Jones’ became harder to promote and wouldn’t get prioritized.” assertion. Pascual offered that CicLAvia has not been “San Pedro is a hilly town … when you ride to the Los Angeles Harbor before due to another down a hill for some groceries, you’re not always criteria the organizers use to select routes: people going to want to ride back up,” Jabuka said. from across Los Angeles should be able to use “Many average riders are discouraged.” Yet there is a dedicated group of bicyclists in public transit to travel to the event. Prior to 2010, San Pedro. The Peninsula Cycling Club has about traveling to San Pedro and Wilmington by bus 200 members who enjoy road racing, including took several hours and often necessitated multiple Jabuka. They do “Lunch Runs” at the Marina on transfers. However, since the LA Metro Silverline Wednesdays and Fridays; they also ride along the [See CicLAvia, p. 7]

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began operating, it bussed both communities is relatively quick and simply. More than 16,000 people commute on the Silverline each day during the week. More than 4,000 people ride it on Sunday — the day of CicLAvia. With encouragement from Buscaino and Mayor Eric Garcetti, Pascual made the case to all of CicLAvia’s partners that the city’s public transit system would allow people to get to the Harbor. Jabuka stressed that with upcoming w a t e r f r o n t developments, like the Avalon Promenade and San Pedro Public Market, CicLAvia is a unique opportunity for San Pedro and Wilmington to reach out to the rest of Los Angeles. “There are so many jewels here, and now they will be showcased to [the rest of] Los Angeles,” Jabuka said. If this CicLAvia is like previous ones, there will be participants

from 80 percent of the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Kelly added that she hopes visitors will keep tabs on these destinations and projects to visit periodically. She advised locals to welcome visitors. “Our own residents have to participate if they want events like CicLAvia to come back,” Kelly said. “So when CicLAvia is here, get off of the sidewalks and [o]nto the street!”

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Not much crosses the waterfront in Southern California’s twin ports that isn’t in the jurisdiction of the International Longshore Workers Union. Every kind of commodity and product, legal or not, comes here from around the world — 42 percent of all imports into the United States, to be exact. What could possibly go wrong? According to recent reports from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, cargo volumes are nearly the highest they’ve ever been. The Port of Los Angeles closed its 12-month fiscal year with total cargo volumes of 9.2 million 20-foot units (TEUs). Through the first half of 2017, POLB reports, container throughput grew by 5.1 percent, compared to 2016 which moved 3.5 million TEUs. The twin ports also have reported that the combined value of the cargo transiting through the ports amounts to some $450 billion. It would appear that it’s heading for even higher levels of growth in the years to come — as long as there isn’t another recession. Still, the recent extension of the ILWU labor contract with the Pacific Maritime Association (the employer group) anticipates growth and avoids any potential disruption to the “supply chain” because of labor strife. This benefits both sides, since neither labor nor management trust what the Trump administration would do with an extended labor dispute on the West Coast. Things could be worse. Even the recent Clean Air Action Plan known as CAAP, and the zero-emissions agreement between the two ports anticipate significant growth in cargo volumes that some estimate could reach as high as 250 percent of the current rate. Science predicts that if they don’t reduce the exhaust emissions starting now, the increase in cargo volumes will only expand, contributing even more to global warming and endangering the health of millions of Southern California residents. The ones who would be most impacted are those who live or work near the ports. After all of the advancements to lower those emissions within the past 17 years, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach still remain the single largest source of pollution in the state. So what’s the problem? The weak link in this 4450 billion supply chain are the troqueros — the thousands of mostly immigrant truck drivers hired and miss-classified as independent contractors to haul containers in and out of the ports. The troqueros lease their trucks from the company, pay their own expenses and get paid on a per haul basis. In the end, they are some of the lowest paid workers in the harbor and they

don’t like it. In fact, they’ve gone on strike 15 times in the past several years and have gone to court suing the various companies over labor abuses. They have won many of these cases, but they still remain an abused labor group. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President Fred Potter spoke of the plight of the troqueros at a San Pedro Democratic Club meeting at Ports O’ Call Restaurant this past July and asked for support. His spiel included arguments I’ve heard before, but this time I just happened to be sitting next to ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe when I heard them. Familathe became notably more agitated as Potter talked about the Teamster’s drive to organize the troqueros. During the questionand-answer period, Familathe blasted Potter for entering the ILWU’s jurisdiction without so much as a phone call or a diplomatic communication to organize workers on “our waterfront.” The issue also came up last year when thenCongresswoman Janice Hahn wanted to hold a press conference about the plight of the truckers “on the waterfront.” After some terse words with then-Local 13 President Bobby Olivera Jr. The conference was symbolically moved across Harry Bridges Avenue, oddly enough, to less contested territory. Still, the dispute between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the ILWU goes back decades to when Harry Bridges himself was president of the ILWU International and the jurisdictional battles were over inland warehouse jobs. So, the answer to the questions about what could possibly go wrong with the goods movement industry on the waterfront and why the troqueros still don’t have protections as workers all comes down to the head-butting dispute between these two major labor unions. It’s an issue past mayoral administrations, harbor commission boards and port administrators have never wanted to touch. The crux of the matter has as much to do with the Teamsters raiding ILWU locals in San Francisco and Sacramento as it does organizing on the San Pedro waterfront. In the end the greater threat to all workers may well be automation and not who represents the unorganized workforce. Neither side seems well prepared to train the next generation for the onslaught of robotics. One thing is for certain, if the ILWU came out to officially endorse these truckers, the stalemate over their status would be over in a minute­. But that presumes the Teamsters would come to an understanding that they would have to have peace in other jurisdictions. Who could bring these two powerful unions to the negotiating table? Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen

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Re-instate Claremont McKenna College Suspended Students By James Preston Allen, Publisher, and trade union activist Mark Friedman Claiming to be fighting fascism, anarchist groups in the United States have carried out numerous actions in recent months that pose a deadly danger to the working class — from sucker-punching rightist Richard Spencer as he was speaking to a reporter to assaulting workers who express support for Donald Trump to disrupting and shutting down campus speeches by individuals with whom they disagree. Students organized a 250-person counterprotest to the right-winger invitee Heather MacDonald. As a result, four of the seniors had their college degree revoked. Others face the loss of financial aid. Instead of harsh treatment of the students, administrators should use the incident as a teaching moment. These thuggish actions of violating free speech, whether in Claremont or Berkeley, flow from the erroneous view that a minority of adventurers can substitute themselves for mass actions and change society. But their actions close down political spaces, handing the government and its police agencies golden opportunities to clamp down on political freedoms. The rightists become the “victims.” That’s the opposite of what politically conscious unionists, activists and individuals stand and fight for: mobilizing the working

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class to organize politically independent of this country’s ruling wealthy and their parties, joining today’s labor and political struggles. These seek to build social protest movements capable of fighting police brutality, union-busting, attacks on abortion rights and Planned Parenthood funding, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism and this society’s dog-eat-dog social relations. One of the most striking aspects about the anarchists’ actions — such as the riot they organized in Berkeley — is that they reduce workers to bystanders, erasing any possibility of mass protest. Writing in The Nation  Jan. 22, Natasha Lennard gives a graphic description glorying in the black bloc she joined in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, during Trump’s inauguration. “Disrupt J20 aimed to directly impede, delay and confront the inaugural proceedings,” she wrote. “This message was delivered with human blockades, smashed corporate windows, trashcan fires, a burning limousine, ‘Make America Great Again’ caps reduced to ashes and a blow for Richard Spencer.” Spencer is a white supremacist and president of the National Policy Institute. He was speaking to a reporter on the street when a black-clad assailant sucker punched him in the face and [See Speech, p. 9] Random Lengths News editorial office is located at 1300 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, (310) 519-1016. Address correspondence regarding news items and news tips only to Random Lengths News, P.O. Box 731, San Pedro, CA 90733-0731, or email to editor Send Letters to the Editor or requests for subscription information to james @ To be considered for publication, all Letters to the Editor should be typewritten, must be signed, with address and phone number included (these will not be published, but for verification only) and be kept to about 250 words. To submit advertising copy email or Extra copies and back issues are available by mail for $3 per copy while supplies last. Subscriptions are available for $36 per year for 27 issues. Random Lengths News presents issues from an alternative perspective. We welcome articles and opinions from all people in the Harbor Area. While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right to express those opinions. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Reporting Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2017 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.

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On Term Limits and Gerrymandering

In my humble opinion, the current problem rests in two areas: The “Citizens United” decision, which made it legal to buy politicians, and gerrymandering, which creates “safe” seats for politicians. Until these two things are fixed, things will only get worse. I believe that term limits will not help. Indeed, they may make it worse by creating constant turnover and forcing even honest pols to be constantly thinking about the next election-need moneycorporations have money-how do I get it-cycle. Until Citizens United is reversed and gerrymandering is fixed, the citizens of the USA will continue to be totally under the control of the big money elites. John Mattson San Pedro

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economic crisis of capitalism is producing, those Hillary Clinton called “deplorables.” Neither Trump nor the workers who voted for him are part of a fascist movement. But as workers’struggles deepen and the danger of fascism is posed, the stakes for working people in rejecting anarchism and its methods will only grow. The historic function of fascism is to smash the working class, destroy its organizations and stifle political liberties when the capitalists find themselves unable to govern and dominate with the help of democratic machinery. Attempting through violent attacks to silence those you disagree with from expressing their views is a method that can and will be used against the workers’ movement, women fighting to defend their right to choose, immigrants and their right to emigrate where jobs are, against deportations, etc. Groups that carry out such attacks are fertile ground for provocateurs and breed actual fascists. And, their provocations allow rightists such as Spencer and Yiannopoulos to appear to stand on the moral high ground as defenders of freedom of speech. The great labor leader Farrell Dobbs, who organized the Teamsters in Minneapolis in the 1930s to build a fighting and democratic union, to mobilize workers to defeat real fascist gangs (Brown Shirts), and to oppose U.S. entry into World War II said: “If you start by attempting to hastily gather together a vanguard force and

crush fascism in the egg, you are playing into the hands of the fascists, you are losing ground in the mobilization of the real class that can do away with fascism.” (Teamster Rebellion, Pathfinder Press.) The anarchist perspective is marked by opposition to political action by the working class. They favor the action of small groups to the mobilization, education and organization — of the working class, small farmers, farm workers, youth, women, oppressed nationalities, documented and undocumented — to take power out of the hands of the wealthy rulers and begin to reorganize society in the interests of the toiling majority — as the 1959 Cuban Revolution showed was possible.

My name is Josh Albrektson, and I am writing you to voice my support for housing. Not a specific housing project, but every housing project. Right now across the country we are having an unprecedented migration of people moving from the suburbs into the cities. Los Angeles is actually having more migration than other cities because of the benefits that our weather has. Last year, we had a total of 50,000 people more move (or be born) than left (or died) here. We built a total of 10,000 new housing units in that time. On average, those units hold 1.8 people per unit. So we housed 18,000 people and essentially have 32,000 extra people here. Los Angeles is only built to hold 4 million people. Where did those extra 32,000 people go?? They ended up taking the housing

and 1.8 less people who will be homeless. It is not about the rich person who would move into brand new housing, it is making sure they don’t move somewhere else and displace other people. Josh Albrektson Downtown Los Angeles NC Area Wide representative

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32,000 extra people arrived and the homeless increased by 23,000. And the vast majority of those new homeless are actually people who lived in homes in Los Angeles last year, and they also tend to be minorities. At a time when the economy is the best it has been in 10 years and unemployment is at 4 percent, we are having record numbers of homeless because we are not building enough housing to house all the people who want to live in Los Angeles. So I am writing you in hopes that when a project comes before your neighborhood council, you consider the costs of not approving it. Every single extra home means there will be 1.8 more people who will be able to live in Los Angeles

But I have to tell you — I’ve never seen anything like the personal attacks against me recently from the far-right, including the president himself. First it was conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones, who went on an expletive-filled and bigoted rant attacking me. And yesterday, President Trump took to Twitter to call me “sleazy” while I fight to save affordable healthcare for tens of millions of Americans and to hold his administration accountable. Sticks and stones, as they say. The administration and its rightwing allies can attack me all they want, but I’ve got news for them: we are not going to stop fighting back. Together, we will hold this Administration and GOP Congress accountable. Our democracy and our progressive values are too important to stop. I’m sure more personal attacks are coming, and to that I say: Bring

of the people who were poorer than they are, causing displacement from the richer neighborhoods to the poorer neighborhoods. People, who in the past would have lived in Santa Monica, end up moving to Silver Lake. Someone who would have lived in Silver Lake ended up in Highland Park. And it continued all the way down. This is why places like Highland Park, Silver Lake and Venice have completely changed, and that is why Boyle Heights has such tension now. And the people who really suffer the most are the poorest people in Los Angeles. The people who can move out, leave. The people who can’t move in with others, move to their cars or live in the street. It is no coincidence that

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ran away. A video of the blow went viral on the Internet, accompanied by tweets such as: “We all have to stay strong and survive so that we too can have the chance to punch Richard Spencer in the face.” Anarchist black blocs have targeted speaking engagements of Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor for Breitbart News, at many campuses. At the University of Washington in Seattle, they forced their way to the front of a Jan. 20 protest, throwing bricks and paint to try to stop people from attending his talk. Similar groups tried to stop an event organized by the College Republicans at New York University Feb. 2 for comedian Gavin McInnes, who calls himself a “Western chauvinist.” McInnes was pepper sprayed on the way in. In Southern California, alleged pro-Palestinian supporters prevented supporters of Israel from speaking on campuses. Instead of shouting them down, students could have organized a countermobilization to demonstrate the broad support for Palestinian rights and against continued Israeli expansionism. Which one would have educated and mobilized more? In many incidents, targets have included individuals wearing pro-Trump hats or signs. The anarchists join the liberals in slandering workers who voted for Trump, fed up with the grinding depression conditions that the world

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“During our first year, it was difficult to get walls because business owners or building owners didn’t know what it means when we [asked], ‘Want us to spray paint your walls with a spray can?’” Huang said. “Immediately, it was equated to graffiti art.” Property owners have since come around and donated wall space. Hundreds of local volunteers have followed in support as well. POW! WOW! Long Beach has even attracted major sponsors such as the Port of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach, the Downtown [See POW!WOW!, p. 13]

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Twenty-two artists and art teams put up 21 murals on the sides of Long Beach buildings and walled fences in the span of a week this past July in an event called POW! WOW! Six of the 22 artists are based in Long Beach, including Bodeck Hernandez, Nate Frizzell, Noelle Martinez, Ryan Milner, Dave Van Patten and Sparc. Community members got to participate through a series of events designed to connect them with the mural artists. This was the third year for POW! WOW! in Long Beach. That lifespan becomes increasingly impressive in a promotional video in which Julia Huang, chief executive of interTrend Communication, admits that business owners were reluctant to allow their walls to be painted over with spray paint when POW! WOW! first came to town.

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t’s often forgotten now, but the most popular drink of the American West was once cider. It was so associated with the frontier that one presidential candidate attacked another as the “log cabin and hard cider” candidate — that is, an uncultured hick from the sticks. Voters did not fault the cider-drinker; they interpreted the insult as an attack on working folks like them: people who lived in cabins and drank cider and whiskey rather than more genteel beverages. Real cider has more character, and the place to discover it is in downtown Long Beach. Great Society is Los Angeles County’s only restaurant specializing in cider and mead, and it has become a place of pilgrimage for ciderheads. The restaurant has a pleasantly funky wood-paneled interior, but we decided to dine on the outdoor patio in spite of the alarmingly squeaky floor — it feels solid but sounds like it’s about to collapse. A charming fellow named Hunter showed up with menus and an encyclopedic knowledge of their contents. Servers like this are an asset to any restaurant and vital in one that serves things most people won’t be familiar with; he was a fine guide to both food and drink.

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


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


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

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

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thin, light body and flowery sweetness. Sometimes the makers add herbs or fruit essence to punch up the flavor. The sweeter ones I tried verged on perfume territory, but the Honeypot Prelude and Mysterious Mead with Meyer lemon flavor were delightful. We had eight ciders to sample between our two flights. I’d tell you about all of them if I had the space. Highlights were the Seattle Cider Dry, which had a flavor that would please Belgian ale fans, and Golden State Gingergrass that used lemongrass and ginger to make the perfect refreshing summer beverage. In this age when every bar seems to have its own barreled cocktails, it’s no surprise that cider makers are experimenting with aging, too. Tilted Shed stores their ciders in used rye whiskey barrels for a rich, deep flavor that will appeal to cocktailians. Shacksbury from Vermont uses both rye and Madeira barrels for a slightly caramelized woodiness. We were polarized by another experiment, a salted caramel cider by Turquoise Barn. I enjoyed it, while my companions thought it a novelty. The big surprise was the Mission Trail Jerkum made from fermented plums. We all rated this dry, fruity beverage highly [See Great Society, p. 15]

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creative, comfortable, and safe spaces for artistic expression. Pow! Pow! captured lightning in a jar. The ambitious part is the replication of the lightning worldwide. “It has to become an international event,” said Wong in 2012. “Every year, it has to be bigger and it has to be better…. Eventually, it will take over a block, then the neighboring block. Then it will take over a city. Pretty soon we will have so many artists coming .... that the whole city will transform.” Wong’s intention behind the first POW! WOW! in Hawaii is still evident in POW! WOW! Long Beach. Through a series of

Long Beach Business Association as well as the local art museums, the Museum of Latin American Art and Long Beach Museum of Art. LBMA Director Ron Nelson is credited with changing Long Beach’s attitude towards street art after spearheading the 2015 show Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape. The show brought world-renowned artists to paint temporary murals in LBMA galleries. Kamea Hadar, co-lead director of POW! WOW!, recounted the early days and why it started. He explained that his high school friend Jasper Wong, who came to run an art gallery, had decided to do a project that highlighted the process of making art. He invited a dozen of his artist friends from different parts of the world to paint, live and work together for a week in Hawaii. The Draculas painted this mural on the side of the V-Room on 4th Street near Jasper maxed out Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach. Pow! Wow! Long Beach 2017 video screen his credit cards, paying capture

events — including a pop-up shop grand opening at MADE by Millworks, a talk with artist Adele Renault hosted by Jeff Staple and another talk with artist Tatiana Suarez moderated by journalist Sarah Bennett — Wong’s event aims to tear down walls and foster connections through art.

While reflecting on the collaborative nature of this project, Hadar noted that something of cultural significance doesn’t necessarily have to be an ancient artifact. It can be something that is created today in your backyard.


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for all of the flights and Hadar and his family provided the space for them to live. The 12 artists would paint all day on individual canvases and then destroy the work. Thereafter, they would stay up and talk all night about art. By the third POW! WOW!, the event gathered 100 international artists together for the purpose of creating art, culture and community as well as sharing these values both in Hawaii and across the globe. Street art became the canvas upon which Wong aimed to forge this intentional community. But it wasn’t the only canvas. POW! WOW! has also made forays in youth mentorship through Pow Wow School of music. PWSoM brings in budding musicians into its mentorship program, pairing them with professional musicians and providing



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


Markus Carlton Markus Carlson entertains with new material as well as jazz and blues. Time: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-0363; Venue: The Whale & Ale, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Aug. 6

Seatbelt, The Paladins All the Americana you can handle with plenty of rockabilly, honky-tonk and hillbilly boogie. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 Cost: Free Details: MB-Summer-Concerts Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Aug. 10

Delgrés Witness the Los Angeles debut of a band that brings a bluesy blend of styles from Guadelupe to Louisiana to the Mississippi delta. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 10 Cost: Free

Details: programs/sunset-concerts Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

follows John the Witch Boy and Barbara, a human, as they fight for love among the terrifying worlds of witches and residents of Buck Creek. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 27 Cost: $10 to $25 Details: www.fearlessartists. org/box-office-1 Venue: Elysium Conservatory Theatre, 729 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

Aug. 11

Djs Anthony Valadez, Valida Check out the new venue for KCRW’s Summer Nights series, featuring danceable grooves, games, food and drinks. Time: 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 Cost: Free Details: http://events. summernightsanthonyandvalida Venue: Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles Septeto Santiaguero Get on your feet with one of Cuba’s most influential bands. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 11 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Bill Watrous Quartet Bop to straight-ahead jazz, then stuff your face with food from the market. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 11 Cost: Free Details: www.farmersmarketla. com/events Venue: The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles Dj Nights Dance, dance and dance some more. Time: 9 p.m. Aug. 11 Cost: Free Details: calendar Venue: Grand Performances, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Aug. 12

Summer Breeze Festival Be part of a night with Keith Sweat, Guy and Teddy Riley, and Bobby Brown. Time: 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 12, and 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 Cost: $50 to $160 Details: Venue: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach Hamed Nikpay Enjoy Iranian melodies and dance. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 12 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Aug. 13

Shari Puorto Band Kick back for a bit of blues, rock and soul. Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601

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Sunday Sessions This is a free dance party celebrating Los Angeles’s house music scene, featuring music from Kaleem, Jun and Tony Powell. Time: 2 p.m. Aug. 13 Cost: Free Details: calendar Venue: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Groove Lexicon As one of Los Angeles’s most experienced and widely soughtafter musicians, David Anderson has appeared, recorded and toured with many popular acts. Time: 4 p.m. Aug. 13 Cost: $15 Details: https://alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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by supernatural prophecy, Macbeth and his lady embark on an ambitious quest to win the Scottish throne. Time: 7 p.m. Aug. 11 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Aug. 12

Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare by the Sea presents The Taming of the Shrew. When rebellious Katherina stands in the way of her younger sister Bianca’s marriage, fortune hunter Petruchio is enlisted to “tame” the elder daughter. Time: 7 p.m. Aug. 12 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Polliwog Park, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Aug. 13

Daymé Arocena Experience the jazzinflected blend of Afro-Cuban soulfulness. Time: 8 p.m. Aug. 17 Cost: Free Details: calendar/2017-08-17 Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Peter y La Loba Enjoy another telling of Peter and the Wolf, this time with Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam. Time: 3 and 4:30 p.m. Aug. 13 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Grand Performances, 300 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Aug. 5

Cowboy vs. Samurai What if the classic romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac, was set in modern-day Wyoming? What if the largenosed protagonist was now an Asian-American high school English teacher? Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 19 Cost: $20 Details: Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


Guys and Dolls Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy as gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Aug. 5 Cost: $14 to $24 Details: Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

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Macbeth Shakespeare by the Sea presents Macbeth. Seduced

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Dark Moon Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Dark of the Moon is an immersive thriller that

Third Saturday Artwalk Explore San Pedro’s diverse art scene, featuring 30-plus open galleries, open studios, live music and eclectic dining. Free art walk tour starts at Siren’s coffee house. Time: 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19 Cost: Free Details: www.SanPedroBID. com Venue: Siren’s, 356 W. 7th St., San Pedro PVAC Faculty Exhibition Showcasing the talent at Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, the Faculty Exhibition presents new works in diverse media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, textiles and design. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 19 Cost: Free Details: http://pvartcenter. org/exhibitions/pvac-facultyexhibition Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 West Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

Aug. 25.

Audrey Barrett: Available Light Gallery 478 and TransVagrant Projects are pleased to present Audrey Barrett: Available Light, an exhibition of photography and auction benefiting City of Hope Metastatic Breast Cancer Research. Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 25 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-2150 Venue: Gallery 478, 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Aug. 27

The Desolation Center Experience Before the era of Burning Man, Lollapalooza and Coachella, Desolation Center drew punk and industrial music fans to the far reaches of the Mojave Desert. Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, through Aug. 27

Finding Dory The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory, begins a search for her long-lost parents. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 Cost: Free Details: www. Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park, 1004 C. St., Wilmington

Aug. 5

Mexican American Baseball and Softball in the South Bay Richard A. Santillan, professor emeritus of the Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies at Cal State Pomona, and Sandra Uribe, history professor at El Camino College, will moderate a panel of leading authors on the history of baseball and softball in the region. Time: 1 p.m. Aug. 5 Cost: Free Details: (310) 603-0088; Venue: The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez

Aug. 8

Support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Reserve a table at The Whale & Ale on Aug. 8, and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of your bill to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Time: Aug. 8 Cost: Free Details: (310) 832-0363; Venue: The Whale & Ale; 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

Aug. 10

Bookmaking Workshop Artist Sue Ann Robinson has a six-week residency at the Long Beach Museum of Art. She is dedicating three hours each week during her residency to demonstrate a different bookbinding structure. Time: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 Cost: Free Details: Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

Aug. 12

Iowa by the Sea Picnic All Iowans and people who love the great state of Iowa are invited to this year’s fun event. The picnic location provides excellent security, adequate space and a great view of the battleship. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 Cost: $12 to $35 Details: (877) 446-9261; Venue: Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro

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Cowboy versus Samurai By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Contributor

If you’re of Asian descent, there are only two reasons you live among the 1,000 inhabitants of Breakneck, Wyo. — either you were adopted, or you wanted to start a new life after a bad experience in the big city. These very personal reasons explain why Chester (Perry Pang) and Travis (Lee Samuel Tanng) are Breakneck’s only Asian residents. But No. 3 is coming and everything is about to change. Contrary to its titular implications, the conflict in Cowboy versus Samurai isn’t between Asians and Caucasians. It isn’t even between two people or cultures. Rather, it’s four characters who come into conflict with themselves once catalyzed by the Cyrano de Bergerac conceit, making for a night of theater reminiscent of the Steve Martin film Roxanne, minus the firemen, with a sprinkling of cultural awareness. It’s good-natured, slightly amusing and unlikely to mark you deeply. Meet Chester (Perry Pang) and Travis (Lee Samuel Tanng), who together constitute the whole of the Breakneck Asian-American Association (BAAA — you know, like a sheep). Chester worships Bruce Lee (“the perfect Asian man”) and wants his hometown to stop acting like there are no Asians here — you can’t even get tofu or Kirin, for fuck’s sake! His militancy is fueled mostly by his personal identity problems. He’s never been outside of Wyoming, his white parents neglected to find out from the now-defunct adoption [Great Society from p. 12]

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politics are only skin-deep. And if you’ve seen one Cyrano adaptation, you’ve pretty much seen them all. But not all theater has to be compelling. The opening-night audience seemed mostly appreciative of playwright Michael Golamco’s humor (although I have no theory to explain why they would laugh at one moment and then give no reaction to an equally [un]funny line the next). Unfortunately, the actors had yet to truly inhabit their characters. Rather than really talking to each other, it felt as if they were reading from a teleprompter behind the eyes, leaving almost every exchange feeling flat. The notable exceptions are Del’s monologues, which we come to learn are the passages from the letters Travis composes for him. Part of the difference is that Christian Skinner is simply better here than he or anyone else is when they’re talking to each other, but these also happen to be Golamco’s best passages. There’s an old writer’s rule saying that if you’re going to show the audience anything your characters

and will look for it again. We considered ordering starters to accompany our drinks but saw the size of the burgers on passing plates and decided against it. Burgers and sandwiches are mainly what they do here. They make a steak and ribs with a sweet sauce, but everybody I talked to, including our server, said that the burgers are the way to go. The burgers were, indeed, good. They towered at least six inches high when delivered. If you order one, you have two options: unhinge your jaw like a python devouring an unfortunate antelope, or smash the burger and make it less photogenic yet more manageable. The standard burger is exactly what you want it to be: the meat a bit smoky from the grill, the usual lettuce, cheddar and tomato enlivened with some aioli, and a good pretzel bun as base and crown. Bravo on those buns, by the way — they maintain structural integrity even with a moist burger. They have a gluten-free option too, which was good to know.

Lee Samuel Tanng (TRAVIS), Christian Skinner (DEL) play starring roles the play Cowboy versus Samurai, which is being performed at the Long Beach Playhouse. Photo by Michael Hardy Photography

are claiming is brilliant, beautifully written, etc., it damn well better be — otherwise you’ve just made your characters look like idiots. But Golamco avoids such a pitfall. Del/Travis’s reflections on love — e.g., how it makes you willing to fly all your colors in a world where camouflage keeps you safe, how it allows you to be more comfortable being seen in society because of the selfknowledge that you’re truly not alone — contain beautiful imagery and reveal a thoughtful soul for whom it’s easy to see a gal falling. M. de Bergerac himself never wrote anything so good (at least not that Rostand lets us hear). Del’s monologues also contain the show’s nicest technical moments. The highlight is Paul Tran’s lighting design during a monologue about a burning barn. Tran makes compelling choices concerning what to illuminate or enshadow and when, helping us feel the night air, the darkness, the prairie, the flames, the eyes of a fiery steed slowly emerging toward us. Cowboy versus Samurai is lite fare, but maybe you don’t want a full meal every time you go to the theater. Firsttime Director Shinshin Yuder Tsai does a respectable job with material that, while not exactly paradigm-shifting, gets you from point A to point B. You may not be transformed by your journey to Breakneck, but you’ll come away no worse for wear. Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 19 Cost: $14 to $24 Details: (562) 494-1014 Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

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agency where they found him and just what sort of Asian he is (Japanese? Chinese? Korean?). Growing up, he never had an Asian friend. But then came Travis, a high-school English teacher who moved to the middle of nowhere to start over after his heart was broken in Los Angeles. But militant he ain’t. In fact, he actually likes his quiet, semimonkish existence here. He’s even made a best friend of Del (Christian Skinner), a wannabe cowboy (he won his six-gallon hat in a contest) and pot-smoking physical education teacher who once upon a time

was quick with the racial slurs but turned out to be a good guy. Enter Veronica (Rosie Naraski): a native New Yorker who has landed in this backwater-berg by design. They desperately needed good teachers, and hey, she just wants to try something completely new. That is, except for dating Asian men, even though she and Travis immediately hit it off. She’s gone white almost all her life (“preferences,” she says, not prejudice), and she isn’t about to change now. Actually, she’s committed to staying single for a while. But when Del is smitten, Travis — despite his own amorous feelings — helps his ineloquent pal woo her. That’s what friends are for, right? There are few surprises in Cowboy versus Samurai. The comedy is sitcomlevel with the occasional curse word; the


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industry and the community, and the reason that we’re talking tonight about these impacts only because of a lawsuit [that came] from the community … that balance was so severely out of whack,” said Janet Gunter, one of three initiating plaintiffs in the suit. Peter Warren, a long-time Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council activist and board member, criticized the SEIR’s soft-peddling of the subsequent record during his comments. “What really happened was six years of lies and fraud,” Warren said. “The port had agreed to certain mitigation measures, many of the major ones were not implemented. The community — living, breathing adults, disabled people, children, sick people — suffered irreparable harm because of emissions that occurred while the port allowed China Shipping to waive its responsibilities.” “In order for the port to intentionally and successfully, I might add, deceive the appellants and the public for so long, it had to involve detailed planning to do so,” said Chuck Hart, president of San Pedro Homeowners United. “Smoke screens and roadblocks had to be put in place to keep us off-guard, white papers produced, clean-air action plans and

meetings with neighborhood councils instead of [the Port Community Advisory Committee] — troublesome PCAC, a group of informed citizens that became so knowledgeable about how the port operates they would have to be eliminated because they surely would have discovered and revealed early on in the process of the port’s failure to live up to the terms of the China Shipping agreement.” Despite this history, Hart ended on a note of hope. “Hopefully, by revealing the port’s maze of deceit regarding this matter, a more honest relationship between the port and the community will result, and justice will prevail in the final chapter of the civic tragedy,” he concluded. Warren was more pessimistic. “The SEIR contains no mitigation measures or reparations or funds to make whole or make up for the fact that tens of thousands of area residents were irreparably harmed in their health and outdoor activities, because the port willfully violated and engaged in a fraud on the community by violating the court-approved China Shipping settlement,” he said. “There should be reparations and mitigation money.” Frank Anderson, Port Committee chairman of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, ticked off

several highlights from an extensive list developed by his committee. “[The] project should meet and exceed the requirements of the San Pedro Bay Clean-Air Action Plan,” he said. If needed, these requirements should include off-site mitigation measures, review and application of new technology regulations to ensure the highest level of emission standards, post-project validation of the emission reduction and formal reviews of new emissions control technologies to guide further emission reductions in the future, he said. “No one wants this facility to close, but at the same time there are environmental laws that need to be dealt with,” said David Pettit, senior attorney with Natural Resources Defense Council, which argued the original China Shipping case. “The community is looking for some changes over and above the diesel truck system that seems to be what’s indicated in the current draft EIR.” Jesse Marquez, founder and executive director of Coalition for a Safe Environment, provided more specific information. Within six months, the coalition’s research identified six zero-

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“I just don’t see how you can put out a document that does that.” He knows what Seroka may argue, echoing past claims of “infeasibility,” but it won’t stand up under existing law. “Using [near-zero] LNG trucks is feasible because there are LNG trucks in the port drayage fleet right now,” Pettit said. Other issues in the SEIR such as AMP are distractions, he said. “The port claims that it is near 100 percent use now,” he said. “So those are not real issues. The real issue is how fast to transition to zero-emission drayage, as both mayors have promised to do.” The comment period has been extended through Sept. 29. NRDC and others are hard at work, developing detailed responses, which, given past experience, will likely end up in court. © 2017 MATT JONES, Jonesin’ Crosswords

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emission class VIII truck manufacturers who have zero-emission trucks available. “There are four that do tractors, there are 14 near zero, and 11 near zero yard tractors,” he said. The zero-emission goal was recently proclaimed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. But the SEIR document “is not going to deliver what they claimed,” Gunter said. POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka was standing next to the mayors when they made their announcement, Pettit pointed out in a follow-up interview. That was June 12. “[On the] Friday of the same week, the China Shipping Supplemental EIR comes out [and] there’s nothing, zero in there in the drayage section the reflecting what the mayor just said,” Petit said.

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Meanwhile, funding — such as the Pier Pass program — was never passed onto the drivers. “As [a] result, when times got slow, or the work got slow, we would end up with negative checks, possibly,” Ellis said. She was fortunate until she got sick with diabetes in 2010. “I was on injections, you can’t drive a bus, truck or anything like that commercially on injections,” she explained, “So, I was out for a year. I had nothing to fall back on, no Social Security, because I was misclassified.” She lost her home, her car, her credit rating — everything, because so-called “independent owner-operators” have virtually no protections of any sort. The law is now clearly on their side in a way that wasn’t yet clear a decade ago. An exhaustive 2010 report, The Big Rig Poverty, Pollution, and the Misclassification of Truck Drivers at America’s Ports, established that port truckers are employees under existing labor law, which has been confirmed by hundreds of lawsuits and labor law decisions since. A 2014 follow-up, The Big Rig Overhaul, surveyed the progress made and projected that California “port trucking companies operating in California are annually liable for wage and hour violations of $787 to $998 million each year. The true figure probably lies in the middle of this range at around $850 million per year.” A substantial portion of that total is due to clean truck costs; while millions in damages have been recovered, the vast majority of law-breaking still goes unpunished. That’s what the Teamsters are determined to change. “I don’t think the port would have much of a chance in going to court and saying, ‘Well, these guys are all employees,’” said Pettit because of past rulings that the ports lack standing to make that case. “But the employees themselves can certainly do that, and I believe that there’ve been several hundred reclassification cases brought before the California labor commission, most of which have been successful.” “Every one of which they have won,” Potter told the commissioners. But truckers also argue that the ports can do more. The past rulings came down before misclassification law was clarified regarding port truckers. Ports do have a right — even a responsibility — to require lawful conduct. Misclassification doesn’t just hurt truckers, it gives an unfair advantage to law-breaking companies over law-abiding ones, deprives government of tax revenue and creates hazardous working conditions, endangering the public as well as drivers. “The only way a person can make it with a clean truck is illegally,” Ellis told Random Lengths. “The legal work hours mandated through the Department of Transportation are 11 hours [a day] and the harbors have sidestepped that issue. There’s no accountability of how long or how often the truck can come in and get loads and leave. It’s like the wild, wild West.” The law is now clear-cut. “[Even though] you allow lawbreakers to come and work in the port,” Potter told the commissioners. “Might as well put up a sign, ‘Lawbreakers welcome, come exploit the workers.’”

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DBA FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017153156 The following person is doing business as: Fast Forward Distributors LLC, 2117 Caddington Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Fast Forward Distributors LLC, 2117 Caddington Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. This Business is conducted by an Limited Liability Company. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 04/28/2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Kevin J. Herrera, managing member. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 31, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/22/2017, 07/06/2017, 07/20/2017, 08/03/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017148369 The following person is doing business as: Velaska’s Insurance Services, 548 E. Sepulveda Ste# A. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Valdivia Maria Velaska,528 W. 2nd Street, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Valdivia Maria Velaska, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 8, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any

change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effectively January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/22/2017, 07/06/2017, 07/20/2017, 08/03/2017

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

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017196277 The following person is doing business as: Colonial Construction & Design, 1275 W. 11th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: David Peter Buxton, 1275 w. 11th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business

name or names listed above: 01/01/2002. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. David Peter Buxton, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 25, 2017.. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/03/2017, 08/17/2017, 08/31/2017, 09/14/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017196276 The following person is doing business as: Purpose Wear, 1807 N. Anzac Ave., Compton, CA 90222. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Ricky D. Willis, 1807 N. Anzac Ave., Compton, CA 90222. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: May 15, 2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Ricky D. Willis, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 25, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under

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LEGAL FILINGS NOTICE INVITING BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Long Beach, California, acting by and through the City’s Board of Harbor Commissioners (“City”) will receive, before the Bid Deadline established below, Bids for the following Work: EDISON AVENUE PAVEMENT REHABILITATION at B83 ACCESS GATE TO NORTH OF EDISON AVENUE RAILROAD CROSSING LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA AS DESCRIBED IN SPECIFICATION NO. HD-S2474 Bid Deadline: contractors/default.asp. Copies of all Port insurance endorsement forms, SBE/ VSBE Program forms, Harbor Development Permit Applications and other Port forms are available at h t t p : / / w w w. p o l b . c o m / economics/contractors/ forms_permits/default.asp. NIB-2 Pre-Bid Questions. All questions, including requests for interpretation or correction, or comments regarding the Contract Documents, must be submitted no later than August 22, 2017, at 5 p.m. Questions received after the pre-Bid question deadline will not be accepted. Questions must be submitted electronically through the PB System. Emails, phone

Prior to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 2017. Bids shall be submitted electronically via the Port of Long Beach PlanetBids (PB) System prior to 10 a.m.

Bid Opening:

Contract Documents Available:

Electronic Bid (eBid) results shall be viewable online in the PB System immediately after the Bid Deadline. Download Contract Documents from the Port of Long Beach PB System Vendor Portal: Click on the POLB Vendor Portal 1. Register and Log In 2. Click “Bid Opportunities” 3. Double-click on respective bid Project Title 4. Click on Document/Attachments tab 5. Double-Click on Title of Electronic Attachment 6. Click “Download Now” 7. Repeat for each attachment

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting:

Date/Time: August 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Location: Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices (IAO) 1st Floor Board Room 4801 Airport Plaza Drive Long Beach, CA 90815

Project Contact Person:

Trang Nguyen, P.E.

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

NIB-5 Contract Time and Liquidated Damages. The Contractor shall achieve approval of Affidavit of Final Completion of the Project within 225 calendar days as provided in Paragraph SC 6.1 of the Special Conditions, from a date specified in a written “Notice to Proceed” issued by the City and subject to adjustment as provided in Section 8.2 of the General Conditions. FAILURE OF THE CONTRACTOR TO COMPLETE THE WORK WITHIN THE CONTRACT TIME AND OTHER MILESTONES SET FORTH IN SPECIAL CONDITIONS SC-6.3, INCLUDING THE ENGINEER’S APPROVAL OF AFFIDAVIT OF FINAL COMPLETION, WILL RESULT IN ASSESSMENT OF LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNTS ESTABLISHED IN THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS 6.4.

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

NIB-6 Contractor’s License. The Bidder shall hold a current and valid Class “A” or Class “C12”, California Contractor’s License to bid and construct this project.

NIB-3 Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting. The engineering staff of the City’s Harbor Department will conduct a mandatory pre-bid meeting at 10:00 a.m., on August 8, 2017, in the 1st Floor Board Room, of the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices (IAO), 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815. Attendance is mandatory for the Contractors. It is not mandatory for

NIB-7 Contractor Performed Work. The Contractor shall perform, with its own employees, Contract Work amounting to at least 30% of the Contract Price, except that any designated “Specialty Items” may be performed by subcontract and the amount of any such “Specialty Items” so performed may be deducted from the Contract Price before computing the amount required to be

NIB -9 Prevailing Wage Requirements per Department of Industrial Relations. This Project is a public work Contract as defined in Labor Code Section 1720. The Contractor receiving award of the Contract and Subcontractors of any tier shall pay not less than the prevailing wage rates to all workers employed in execution of the Contract. The Director of Industrial Relations of the State of California has determined the general prevailing rates of wages in the locality in which the Work is to be performed. The rate schedules are available on the internet at DPreWageDetermination. htm. Bidders are directed to Article 15 of the General Conditions for requirements concerning payment of prevailing wages, payroll records, hours of work and employment of apprentices. This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. No Contractor or Subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5 (with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code Section 1771.1(a)). No Contractor or Subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor

Contractors and Subcontractors must furnish electronic Certified Payroll Records (CPRs) to the Labor Commissioner’s Office, and in addition, hardcopies or electronic copies shall be furnished to the Port of Long Beach. NIB -10 Project Labor Agreement. This project is not covered by a PLA. NIB -11 Trade Names and Substitution of Equals. With the exception of any sole source determination that may be identified in this paragraph, Bidders wishing to obtain City’s authorization for substitution of equivalent material, product, or equipment, are required to submit a written request for an Or Equal Substitution using the form included in Appendix A together with data substantiating Bidder’s representation that the non-specified item is of equal quality to the item specified, thirty five (35) calendar days after Bid Opening. Authorization of a substitution is solely within the discretion of the City. NIB -12 NOT USED NIB -13 Bid Security, Signed Contract, Insurance and Bonds. Each Bid shall be accompanied by a satisfactory Bidder’s Bond or other acceptable Bid Security in an amount not less than ten

percent (10%) of the Base Bid as a guarantee that the Bidder will, if Conditionally Awarded a Contract by the Board, within thirty (30) calendar days after the Contract is conditionally awarded to the Contractor by the City, execute and deliver such Contract to the Chief Harbor Engineer together with all required documents including insurance forms, a Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price, and a Performance Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of the Contract Price. All Bonds shall be on forms provided by the City. NIB -14 C o n d i t i o n a l Award of Contract and Reservation of Rights. The Board, acting through the Executive Director, reserves the right at any time before the execution of the Contract by the City, to reject any or all Bids, and to waive any informality or irregularity. The Conditional Award of the Contract, if any, will be to the responsible Bidder submitting the lowest responsive and responsible Bid. If the lowest responsive responsible Bidder fails to submit the required documents including insurance forms, bonds and signed Contract within thirty (30) calendar days after Conditional Award of Contract, the Board reserves the right to rescind the Conditional Award and Conditionally Award the Contract to the next lowest responsive and responsible

Bidder. NIB -15 Period of Bid Irrevocability. Bids shall remain open and valid and Bidder’s Bonds and other acceptable Bid Security shall be guaranteed and valid for ninety (90) calendar days after the Bid Deadline or until the Executive Director executes a Contract, whichever occurs first. NIB -16 Substitution of Securities. Substitution of Securities for retainage is permitted in accordance with Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code. NIB -17 Iran Contracting Act of 2010. In accordance with Public Contract Code sections 2200-2208, every person who submits a bid or proposal for entering into or renewing contracts with the City for goods or services estimated at $1,000,000 or more are required to complete, sign, and submit the “Iran Contracting Act of 2010 Compliance Affidavit.” Issued at Long Beach, California, this 10th day of July, 2017. Mario Cordero Executive Director of the Harbor Department, City of Long Beach, California Note: For project updates after Bid Opening, please contact

DBA FILINGS federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/03/2017, 08/17/2017, 08/31/2017, 09/14/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017189240 The following person is doing business as: NMB Boutique, 667 W. 23rd St, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Evelyn Cook, 667 W. 23rd St, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: July 2017. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Evelyn Cook, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 25, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant

to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/03/2017,

08/17/2017, 08/31/2017, 09/14/2017

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2017185752 The following person is doing business as: Peninsula Mortuary Transport Service, 1840 S. Gaffey St., #226, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Joseph Voss, 1840 S. Gaffey St., #226, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be

false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Joseph Voss, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 17, 2017. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. Effective January 1, 2014, the Fictitious Business Name Statement must be accompanied by the Affidavit of Identity form. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/03/2017, 08/17/2017, 09/14/2017


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

NIB-4 Summary Description of the Work. The Work required by this Contract includes, but is not limited to, the following; removal and replacement of the pavement section along Edison Avenue; mill and overlay of Lugger Way; mill and overlay of the Valero access road; adjusting manhole and vault covers to the reconstructed finished grade; repairing manhole collars; striping; removing and replacing gutter along Edison Avenue. Refer to Section 01100, “Summary of Work” in the Technical Specifications for additional items of Work.

NIB -8 SBE/VSBE. This project is subject to the Port of Long Beach (POLB) Small Business Enterprises (SBE)/Very Small Business Enterprises (VSBE) Program. The combined SBE/VSBE participation requirement for this project is twenty-seven percent (27%), of which a minimum of five percent (5%) must be allocated to VSBEs. POLB expects all Bidders to achieve the combined SBE/VSBE participation requirement. Award of the Contract will be conditioned on the Bidder submitting an SBE-2C Commitment Plan demonstrating the Bidder’s intent to meet the combined SBE/VSBE participation requirement. If the Bidder’s Commitment Plan does not demonstrate intent to meet the combined requirement, the Bidder shall demonstrate that it made an adequate good faith effort to do so, as specified in the Instructions to Bidders.  The Port’s SBE Program staff is available to provide information on the program requirements, including SBE certification assistance.  Please contact the SBE Office at (562) 283-7598 or sbeprogram@ You may also view the Port’s SBE program requirements at www.polb. com/sbe. 

Code Section 1725.5.

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

Bidders are encouraged to RSVP for the Pre-Bid Meeting through the PB System; located under the “RSVP” tab of the Prospective Bidder Detail. Following the meeting a list of Pre-Bid Meeting signed-in attendees will be available on the PB System.

performed by the Contractor with its own employees. “Specialty Items” will be identified by the City in the Schedule of Bid Items.

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For assistance in downloading thesedocuments please contact Port of Long Beach Plans and Specs Desk at 562-283-7353.

Subcontractors but highly recommended. The City makes no guarantee that existing construction and site conditions matches construction depicted on record reference documents. It shall be the Bidder’s responsibility to identify existing conditions. EACH BIDDER MUST ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING. FAILURE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY PRE-BID MEETING SHALL DISQUALIFY YOUR BID.



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