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n Jan.17, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared the state officially in drought. “We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens,” he said. Days later, in his State of the State address, he said, “We can take this drought as a stark warning of things to come.” And for good reason. As Random Lengths explained in 2007, in the wake of a ferocious wildfire season, the question is not whether droughts (and thereby wildfires) are caused by global warming—the relationship between climate and weather is always more complicated and multi-causal than that. Rather, extreme drought and the effects it brings, are windows into the sort of future that global warming is inexorably bringing us. And, even though we finally got some immediate relief as February turned to March, the long-term prospects remain dire, not just for California, but for most of the continent as well. As documented in a 2010 paper, “Drought under global warming” by Dr. Aiguo Dai, of the State University of New York, Albany, combined rainfall projections from dozens of models portray a future dramatically drier for the entire continental United States, as well as many other major regions of the world. Although almost the entire United States was dramatically drier from 2000 to 2009 than it had been from 1950 to 1959, the driest part of the Southwest in this past decade will actually be more moist than most of the continental United States by the 2060 to 2069 decade. “The West U.S., in particular the Southwest U.S., has reversed the course since around year 2000 towards a much drier climate for the foreseeable future,” Dai told Random Lengths in midFebruary, when this article was first being researched. Dai cited two influences—the long-term trend of global warming driving temperatures higher, and the short-term cycling of el Niño/la Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific. “Even if the Pacific Ocean condition reverses its course after a few decades, the West U.S. is unlikely to return to its relatively wet conditions experienced in the 1980s and 1990s because of the large drying associated with the projected warming,” he said. Random Lengths also spoke with UCLA geographer Glen MacDonald, who coined the term “perfect drought” to describe droughts affecting all three of Southern California’s water sources—the Colorado River, the Sacramento River and local rainfall or groundwater. “Two-thousand-thirteen was a record dry year,” said MacDonald, when first interviewed in mid-February. “But it’s not surprising if we only have 100 or 150 years of records—if it came in isolation.... It is trouble in a century where the entire first

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either rain nor thunder kept the hundreds of environmental justice advocates and activists calling for action on climate change from amassing at Wilmington’s Waterfront Park on March 1. If anything, it presages the deluge of activists that will descend on Washington, D.C. on Nov. 1 to call for immediate action to drastically curb greenhouses gasses that have led to dramatic climate change. By then, demonstrators across the country will have marched


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Diesel Bus Crush

San Pedro High Alumni Baseball

Alumnus going back to the 1940s gathered at the San Pedro High School baseball field Feb. 22 to swing bats and run bases for old times sake with the current generation of high school players. Kuzma “Matty” Domancich and Tony Rodich pictured with members of San Pedro High’s current baseball team. Photo by Jessie Drezner.

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Harbor Area Celebration of Debbie Marr’s Life and Works

Join in celebrating the life and works of Debbie Marr, March 8, at the Croatian Cultural Center. Known for her generosity, talent and presence, artist and San Pedro friend, Marr, died Jan. 3. Organizers are requesting that no photographs be taken of Marr’s artwork at the celebration. This was a long standing rule of Marr’s. Venue: Croatian Cultural Center Location: 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro

NWSPNC Elections On Feb. 27, SA REcycling fully destroyed, crushed and shredded a diesel school bus in celebration of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation awarding an $85,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor for the purchase of two clean natural gas school buses. The grant, approved by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission, facilitates access to health education and respiratory care in partnership with the San Pedro Harbor Community Clinic. Photo by Betty Guevara.

The Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be holding board seat elections May 6. Applications are available at the San Pedro Peck Park Auditorium lobby. The deadline date to file for a board seat position is March 24. Details:, were candidate applications can be downloaded.

Application Deadline Nears for Port High School Internships

Applications are due March 12 for the Summer High School Internship Program at the Port of Long Beach, an internship and career-exploration opportunity for Long BeachUnified School District high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Participating high school student interns will gain hands-on experience as they work alongside Harbor Department staff during an 8-week program, which runs June 23 through Aug. 14. Interns will be paid $10 per hour and work up to 30 hours per week. Applications must be submitted in person to the Pacific Gateway Youth Opportunity Center at: 3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 No late applications will be accepted. For details visit, or call (562) 570-4700. To learn more about Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and its youth employment opportunities, www.hireayouth. com.

The 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival

Feature and short film submissions now are being accepted through June 8 via Films may be submitted either via DVD or online screener but must be received no later than June 8. The 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival will take place Sept. 12 at the Art Theatre. The festival is a major fundraiser for the critical community services provided by the non-profit Center Long Beach. For 21 years, the Long Beach QFilm Festival has annually presented narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Details: (562) 889-2826;

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On Feb. 21, the Port of Long Beach introduced the LB Bridge mobile app, a new way for residents and commuters to stay up to date on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project To install the app, search “LB Bridge” in the App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone. The free app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone users, and includes weekly and breaking audio traffic alerts in English and Spanish for hands-free use. Users of the app will receive breaking traffic alerts on or near the bridge for up-to-theminute conditions. The app includes a Google map in sync with lane closures and detours to help motorists get around. GERALD DESMOND BRIDGE REPLACEMENT UPDATES Southbound Harbor Scenic Dr. to Pico Ave. Ramp Closure (POLB) Type of Work: Ramp closure Area of Work: The on-ramp to Pico Avenue from southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is closed. Follow detour signs to Harbor Plaza. When: Ongoing until April 1 Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Lane Closure (POLB) Type of Work: Lane closure Area of Work: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is reduced to one lane between SB I-710 and the Pico Avenue exit, which is closed. When: Ongoing Anaheim Street Lane Closure (POLB) Type of Work: Lane closure Area of Work: The project has shifted to the two northern lanes of Anaheim Street. Traffic on Anaheim Street remains reduced to two lanes in each direction from the Los Angeles River to 9th Street. When: Ongoing, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Use Harbor Avenue, Santa Fe Avenue or east I Avenue to cross Anaheim Street SPPH Baseball and Diel

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ILWU Election Impacts Contract Negotiations By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Eric Aldape and the Hall Men

Aldape has been a thorn in Viramontes side since 2012 when Aldape first began disseminating ILWU Election Has Impact/ to p. 10

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ton of guys who were unqualified to have those offices.” Plante said. Plante noted that too many are on the docks that are just there for a paycheck. “You’ve got to have a head to follow,” Plant said. “You’ve got to get out there and do something positive for the benefit of all. Otherwise, we’re doomed. You’re just taking up space.” All the candidates that Random Lengths News contacted expressed caution in commenting on the ongoing federal investigation of Port Medical, which was originally founded by longshore workers. For the past several months, the FBI has interviewed several within the union regarding the matter and Viramontes’ alleged connection to the troubled medical practice. As of press time there has been no indictment and the FBI has neither confirmed nor denied that such an investigation exists. Plante wouldn’t address the Port Medical issue directly, but noted that when a person in a position of power takes an action that appears to be a conflict of interest, it’s simple for the confidence in the Local 13 leaders to be shaken— particularly in the context of the ongoing issues with ILWU-PMA Health Benefits Plan’s thirdparty provider, Zenith American Solutions. “Honesty is the most important quality the new leadership must have,” Brown said. “If you can’t be honest, then what’s the use?” Brown is a Dispatch Hall man who’s been registered for 6 years and a longshoreman for 12. This will mark the first time he has run for office. When asked why he is running, he’ll tell you it’s to return honesty to the leadership—a stance that implies that that’s what Local 13 leadership has been lacking as of late. However, when asked about specific issues in the local, he shies away from talking about them, noting that what he knows is only second and third hand information. Brown said he’s accustomed to hearing longshoremen complain about the problems, but found it to be a rare occurrence that any stand up to change it. “You can’t just complain about the problems from the shop floor,” he said. “You have to get behind the glass. In other words, run for office. So I was thinking about it and I thought, ‘Why not me?’ Why don’t I run and see what happens.” Plante says he intends to put in a lot of time if he’s elected. When he was a casual, he joined a class action lawsuit that ensured that casuals got paid a full day’s work. “The Labor Relations Reporting Act was there to prevent corruption in unions,” Plante noted. “We have as one of our tools the Fair Labor Standards Act. Every time the employer pushes, we have a way to push back very effectively.” “Forget the frivolous stuff,” Plante said. “We should be focused on the big issues, the global issues that [have] an impact on everyone’s lives.”

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The International Longshore Warehouse Union has always been at the cutting edge of progressive politics and has always had the strength to back up its politics. Harry Bridges, the union’s founder, made sure of it. Arguably, the ILWU’s organizing success is a significant reason why Los Angeles, once a stoutly anti-union town became pro-union. And, the ILWU is the reason why the waterfront continues to be a place where blue-collar workers can attain the American Dream. But the past 6 years have been an unusually difficult period in the union’s 80-year history. The ILWU has had to fight internecine jurisdictional disputes with competing unions over traditional longshore jobs. These forces have been testing the structural integrity from outside the Dispatch Hall, a place where longshoremen have traditionally picked their jobs and collectively made decisions for everything regarding the union. Now the union, particularly Local 13, is contending with forces testing the Hall from within as they approach June 2014 contract negotiations. Though Local 13 has already selected the delegates who will represent them at the two-week Longshore Contract Caucus that ends on March 8, many in the rank-and-file are looking for new leadership with the coming Local 13 elections. The Contract Caucus sets the policy for the Longshore Division at the negotiations. The Dispatch Hall is the source of the ILWU’s strength. It is a Hall where quintessentially, the workers are in charge of the workplace instead of the employers. However, with rumors of a pending grand jury indictment of a Local 13 leader swirling about, it seems many are looking for a change of leadership. Sources in the San Pedro local say President Chris Viramontes, former President Joe “JoJo” Cortez, former Vice President Bobby Olvera Jr. and Top Pick Operator James Brown have filed to run for president. For the vice presidency, Alberto Bonilla, Jesse “Nacho” Enriquez, Mike Plante, Eric Aldape and Steve Mejia are said to be running. But the final line up of candidates won’t be set until after March 8. Random Lengths was able to reach James Brown, Mike Plante and Eric Aldape about the importance of this year’s election in this contract negotiation year. Mike Plante, a third generation longshore worker with a law degree, sees this year’s Local 13 election as having implications in the success or failure of this year’s contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association. “With this contract, the employers are just lining their ducks up in a row to make us look bad,” Plante said. “And, we’re just giving them more and more ammo to fire away. And, this is worrisome.” He said, “experience, knowledge of labor relations, the ability to think outside the box and the mindset of taking care of business,” when asked what the leadership of Local 13 will need going forward in this contract negotiation year. “Just because they were in office before doesn’t mean squat, because we had a whole


AltaSea Names First CEO

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AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, touted to become a leading world-class marine research center, has named Rachel Etherington of the United Kingdom as its first chief executive officer. Etherington spent a decade in marketing and advertising before shifting focus to environmental concerns and has headed up two environmentally-oriented organizations over the past five years. She spent two years as the founding director of the Australian branch of Fauna & Flora International. Since July 2011, she has been managing director of the London-based Blue Marine Foundation, which is dedicated to ocean protection and preservation through public-private partnerships, public policy and awareness building campaigns. “AltaSea is a vision that must be built from the ground up, so we were searching for someone with strong leadership and development experience, business expertise, a global perspective, and most importantly, a passion for the environment and ocean,” said Brad Jones, founding partner of Redpoint Ventures and a member of the AltaSea Advisory Committee and its CEO search


committee. “We found that unique combination of skills and qualities in Rachel Etherington.” “AltaSea represents a unique opportunity for a heavily urbanized city like Los Angeles to help lead and solve some of the most pressing global sustainability issues of our time,” Etherington said. “We look forward to collaborating with the phenomenal network of ocean-related organizations here to help Los Angeles become a more sustainable coastal city, which will have tremendous socioeconomic benefits for the region as well.”

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Moderator Dave Wielenga challenged candidates’ past and present choices during the Feb. 28, Long Beach Mayoral Debate at First Congregational Church. Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Board of Trustees member Doug Otto, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske and nonprofit CEO Jana Shields participated in the Yes We Can Democratic Clubsponsored debate.

to pay Tom Dean almost $22 million and that was what I objected to.” Lowenthal also found herself defending her record. In 2011, her vote helped dissolve the redevelopment agency at the urging of Gov. Jerry Brown. She said several representatives resisted. “Two years ago the state had a $26 billion deficit,” she said. “Today, we have over $1 billion surplus in our last budget…. So, we had no right to continue a program that was hurting

Long Beach mayoral candidates from left, Gerrie Shipskie, Doug Otto, Robert Garcia, Bonnie Lowenthal, and Jana Shields on Feb. 28 at the mayoral debates. Photo by Philip Cooke.

the majority of the community.” The alternative idea was to keep a very small portion of redevelopment. “We didn’t end redevelopment, The League of Cities, completely outside of the legislature, sued the state for that vote and it went to the courts and the courts agreed with the League of Cities. And, that’s what ended redevelopment.” Garcia took the opportunity to promote his support of bringing down the Long Beach breakwater as a means to spur the economic development of the city. “I really believe that one of the single most important things we can do to support economic development is to restore the shore and bring back the waves,” Garcia said. “We have the largest piece of unused beach park in the entire state of California, adjacent to a city and a downtown.” However, Schipske called him out on the matter. “We got to stop pandering about the breakwater folks,” said Schipske, citing the Port of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles River as factors that may impede that vision. “It may not be feasible to be able to take that breakwater back and to have the waves that we are talking about.” Garcia said he’s had conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers, which he said does believe that restoration can take place. LB Mayoral Forum/ to p. 19

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Wielenga, the publisher of, first questioned Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. Schipske was the lone vote against declaring a state of emergency that would allow for simple majority of voters to pass Measure I. Measure I, was a $551 million parcel tax that Mayor Bob Foster promised would be spent on infrastructure. But to be implemented, the city charter required Long Beach voters to approve Measure I by a two-thirds majority, unless the city council unanimously declared the situation constituted a state of emergency. Voters approved Measure I by a 52 percent margin, but falling short of the two-thirds, it did not pass. “Council member Schipske, please explain why you didn’t vote for the state of emergency that would have enabled Measure I’s passage,” Wielenga requested. Schipske explained that the issue was railroaded through. “First of all, it wasn’t an emergency,” she said. “The other difficulty with this particular parcel tax is that it was not specified in the list of the projects that were to be funded by your parcel tax, which by the way also didn’t have a sunset provision. So, it could go on forever and ever and ever…But what was stuck at the end was wetlands. And it was because a real estate transaction was in the making behind the scenes

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For reason of the fact that the BOD and Suspended solids of sewage varies at agencies and throughout the day, the American Society of Civil Engineers decided that in order to make sense of the capabilities of the various types of equipment and practices offered for sale to agencies, that they decided to use clean water instead of sewage for comparison of performances. So they developed the protocol “Measurement of Oxygen Transfer in Clean Water.” Clean water normally has a saturation level of dissolved oxygen (DO) of 8 to 10.5 mg/L (ppm). This protocol provides for lowering the DO, of the clean water being used, to near 0.0 mg/L. The practice of installing air diffusers at bottom of tanks with a 10-foot water depth is a very common practice. Air has about 21 per cent oxygen. Air bubbles compressed through the diffusers rise in the water. The smaller bubbles have the greatest surface area to volumes ratio so have greater transfer efficiency. A test run identified as CLN525C shows a time of 0.0 and a probe reading of 0.83 DO. At a time of 100 minutes the probe reading is 4.75 mg/L of DO. At a time of 200 minutes the probe reading is 6.88 mg/L of DO. At a time of 400 minutes the DO is 8.15. At 580 minutes the DO is 8.32 mg/L. Using the Van Drie technology with 2 test runs the following was found to exist: Test No. 1 at 0.0 minutes a DO 0.4 and at 28 minutes a DO 8.9 mg/L; Test No. 2 at 0.0 minutes a DO of 0.7 mg/L and at 17 minutes a DO of 8.8 mg/L. The Van Drie technology makes use of the forces of buoyancy and gravity for mixing and a 2-deck paddle unit that collects bubbles input from diffusers at the bottom of the tank. The bubbles not yet in solution, flatten out on the underside of the two decks for very efficient oxygen transfer. Also the oxygen not yet in solution must travel horizontally in the mixer unit with the air to escape the mixer unit. I have offered to the staff and directors of the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, to make a test run at no cost to them, using my portable mixer and tank unit, for purpose of making a test of their activate sludge process at their Long Beach treatment plant. When including set-up and take down time, the total time for the test run could be about 4 hours. My request has been turned down. El Segundo Councilmember Carl Jacobs chaired the meeting when the item was on the District’s monthly meeting agenda. He immediately called the meeting into executive session and directed me to leave the room. Later, I was called back into the room and was informed by their attorney that my request was denied. The staff is well aware that the test run would prove that my technology is superior to theirs. At various times at the District, over the past 15 years, a savings of over one billion dollars may have been lost by their staff, their directors and Councilman Carl Jacobson of the city of El Segundo by not using the Van Drie technology at the Sanitation District’s 12 sewage treatment plants. Mayor Bill Fisher has supported Carl Jacobson’s representations at the Sanitation District. The fee payers of the district could have received 90 percent of the savings outright at no expense to them. I would have received a royalty fee of 10 percent of the savings at no expense to the district. This income would have reimbursed me for R and D and patent expense. The new replacement equipment would have been bought by funds from their annual equipment maintenance fund. I have had previous bad experiences with Mayor Carl Jacobson. Kathleen Brown Rice, Chair of the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, (sister of California Governor Jerry Brown) and I formed the Hyperion/El Segundo Citizens Committee and I was the first chairman of the committee. The committee was very successful at reducing the odors from the digesters entering El Segundo and affecting the homes and schools. Carl Jacobson could not stand having a citizen’s committee being so successful in El Segundo, so he tried to take it over. The Hyperion/El Segundo Citizens Committee had a monthly meeting scheduled at the Joslyn Center. Mayor Carl Jacobson scheduled a city council meeting for the same night, at the same hour, in the same room at the Joslyn Center as the Committee. I kept objecting to the start of the city council meeting. I was told that if I did not stop objecting the police would be called to remove me. I did not stop objecting, so the police were called to carry me out. I placed an ad in the local newspaper explaining what Carl Jacobson had done. By reason of citizen objection Carl Jacobson stopped his control for the time. He then brought many of his friends to the next monthly Committee meeting and then voted me out as the chairman and voted in one of his friends as chairman. Money wasting by public agencies destroys good government. Add to this then what the document “CLEARWATER PROGRAM” Master Facilities Plan, Final, dated November 2012 has to report about the Los Angeles County Sanitation District. The Carson Plant (JWPCP) has 2 onshore tunnels that have not been inspected for over 50 years. If the tunnels were to be damaged, treated JWPCP effluent would be bypassed to the Wilmington Drain. It is cited on page1-9 “the sewers tributary to the JWPCP could overflow and untreated wastewater could enter various water courses such as the Dominguez Channel and the Los Angeles River.” Treated or untreated wastewater in the LA Harbor could cause over a billion dollars of damage to the hundreds of businesses located and operating there. The sewage effluent at the regional plants should be fully treated for local recycling instead of sending it to the JWPCP and then to the ocean. The efficient Van Drie technology makes this option financially possible. —Gerhardt Van Drie, R.C.E., MPA


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part has been dry and relatively warm for whole Southwest.... This one is notable by its severity. What kind of legs does it have? Is this going to be a multi-year drought?” These are the questions haunting the scientific community. The rainstorm, which followed did nothing to change that. “It’s a welcome relief,” MacDonald said in a follow-up interview, after the storm, “But it certainly is not enough from that one system to make up the deficit that we’ve had from the 2013 calendar year, and the earlier part of the very warm and dry January and February. The worst thing we could do is to sit back now and say, ‘Well, we’ve had a rainstorm, drought’s over. We don’t have to worry about it.’ Because our numbers [rainfall totals] are still low and one lucky rainstorm like that does not a water crisis end.” On Feb. 14, President Barack Obama visited California, speaking at the Los Banos farm of Joe Del Bosque, where he announced a multipronged response to the drought, including a call for Congress to approve a $1 billion “resiliency fund” to help communities develop their capacity to respond to extreme weather events. “As anybody in this state could tell you, California’s living through some of its driest years in a century,” Obama said. “Right now, almost 99 percent of California is drier than normal— and the winter snowpack that


provides much of your water far into the summer is much smaller than normal. “The planet is slowly going to keep warming for a long time to come….So we’re going to have to stop looking at these disasters as something to wait for; we’ve got to start looking at these disasters as something to prepare for, to anticipate, to start building new infrastructure, to start having new plans, to recalibrate the baseline that we’re working off of.” Despite the predictable chorus of denial from conservatives, scientists now cite several distinctly different ways that global warming is contributing to the severity and negative impacts of the ongoing drought, which is not limited to California or just the past two years, but actually encompasses the entire western United States, throughout a period of almost 15 years now. In California, on average, throughout the past 13 years, half the state—57 percent—has been under some degree of drought conditions. Throughout the past two years, the figures have been 87 percent and 94 percent. From Jan. 1 through mid-February, the figure was more than 98 percent—but at least that’s down from 100 percent, where it stood from late March to midSeptember of last year. It returned to 100 percent for the two weeks preceding the recent storm (the latest figures available at press time). Over the long haul, things have actually been worse for the West as a whole: almost two-thirds (64 percent) under drought conditions over the past 13 years, though “only” 74 percent and 80 percent the past two years. And remember, according to the projections Dai summarized, these will soon be the “good old days.” This prolonged dry spell is on the cusp of qualifying as a “megadrought,” the likes of which haven’t been seen here in several centuries according to Dr. Robert Seager of Columbia University, whose research first put North America’s Medieval megadroughts on the map. Random Lengths interviewed him (along with MacDonald) in 2007, following a particularly fierce fire season. (“The Fire This Time and Next,” RLN, Nov. 2-15, p. 1) “Some part of the West has been in or out of drought since 1998,” Seager said. “We are getting up to that 15-year time frame.” Lack of precipitation is one factor, but not enough to cause such a prolonged drought, he explained. “Just in terms of precipitation, there may have been a few breaks in the megadrought,” Seager said. “But the with higher temperatures, and more evaporation, those gaps appear to have been filled. We’re still doing the research to confirm this, but it appears to be the case.” Dr. Valerie Trouet, assistant professor in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona, expressed a similar view in a teleconference with four climate scientists on Jan. 31. “What we are seeing now is fundamentally different from previous mega-droughts, which were driven largely by precipitation,” Trouet said. “Now, thanks to higher temperatures driven by climate change, droughts are increasingly temperature-driven, which makes even normal levels of precipitation less effective in relieving drought conditions. In the Sierra Nevada mountain range, for example, higher temperatures and very low snowpack will reduce springtime runoff and make forest fires even more likely.” Droughts—even megadroughts—are a part

of natural climate variability, so scientists will require an extremely high bar of proof before they’ll say that global warming, rather than variability, caused any single drought to occur. Given that multi-decade megadroughts hit North America repeatedly in the medieval period, don’t expect scientists to blame global warming solely and directly any time soon. It’s simply the wrong sort of warning signal to wait for from them. But they’re gaining more and more insight into how global warming can make droughts more likely, more severe, more persistent, and/or more difficult to cope with and recover from. We’ve already discussed how rising temperatures make multi-year droughts more common, even when precipitation levels recover for a year or two. Another way global warming impacts droughts—particularly here in California—is by altering jet stream behavior, as Trouet explained in a followup interview. In the teleconference, Trouet referred to the “ridiculously resilient ridge,” a 2,000-mile long partition of high pressure off Canada’s west coast. That’s been in place for more than 13 months now, blocking cold weather from the Arctic from moving south. When asked to expand on its role, Trouet said, “The ridiculously resilient ridge is related to the position of the jet stream... Jet stream winds at high elevation go around the earth. Normally they flow fairly zonally westward and fast.” Now, however, “With the North Pole warming faster, there’s changes going on in the jet stream. It weakens the jet stream, so it’s flowing less fast than it used to, and it is making bigger meanders, much larger north-south movements than what we’re used to and staying in the same position for longer periods of time. This is responsible for the resilient ridge impacts in California, as well as the polar vortex in the east.” That’s perhaps the greatest irony in terms of know-nothing political discourse, in which conservatives have attempted to use winter storms caused by the polar vortex as an argument against global warming. In reality, those storms are actually part of the same continental-scale weather system as California’s ongoing drought. The jet stream’s distortions due to global warming are responsible for both of them, for the same reason. There’s a lot we don’t know about the jet stream, Trouet explained, since records only go back 50 or 60 years. She has a grant to gather tree ring data from Central California that can help extend that record by hundreds of years. That’s important, because the models don’t seem to be doing a good job with California’s weather, compared to the larger southwest and northern Mexico. More data from a longer record could lead to more accurately drawn models and a clearer picture of what’s to come. She hopes to publish something within a year. Until then, she and Seager have somewhat different views of what’s happening specifically in California—a normal difference of perspective that’s commonplace in science. But for the rest of the western United States, they see things remarkably the same. When I mentioned his analysis of why the multi-state drought had been so persistent, she readily agreed. “Drought is not just a function of how much rain or snow you get,” she said. “It’s also the relation with temperature.” Timing is also a factor, she noted. When temperatures rise sufficiently earlier in the year, snow packs melt earlier and there’s less water available when it’s needed most in the driest, hottest part of the summer. This brings up a point made by another California Megadrought/ to p. 10

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through 314 cities in 11 states with 34 different marches, marking a level grass roots seriousness not seen before. More than 1,400 demonstrators marched 17.5 miles to Exposition Park in Los Angeles, braving the rain and flooded streets. Los Angeles organizers of the Great Climate Change March, SoCal Climate Action 350, would have chosen Santa Monica as the march’s kickoff location if not for a fateful trip to the Harbor Area for a meeting. SoCal Climate Action 350 is a coalition of Los Angeles groups including the Sierra Club, Martin Luther King Coalition, Tar Sands Action and others. “Most of them were from downtown Los Angeles or West Los Angeles and had never heard of Wilmington, let alone been there before,” said Sherry Lear, a local organizer. The activists would never have thought to relocate the kick-off in Wilmington, were it not for a meeting regarding Valero’s tar sands application between the activists and 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino.

“‘We should really go to where environmental justice is a real issue,’” Lear recalled the activists as saying. “‘We enjoy the economic benefits of the harbor, but we should be supporting the communities that live next to the ports.’” Lear noted that after the Climate Action march voted unanimously to move the kick-off to Wilmington. Local activists became energized by the change. Rallies like the March 1 Wilmington rally are scheduled in every city along the Climate Action march route to Washington, D.C. Lear believes that the Wilmington launch has set the tone for the rallies to follow. This local battle is part of the larger campaign against heavy Canadian crude that has stalled the

Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico. The delays in the Keystone project approval are credited to the unprecedented scale of protest against this unconventional fossil fuel.

Photos by Anabell Ramirez of the Wilmington Wire and Betty Guevara.

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American Heroes and Radicals The forgotten history of radical politics in America By James Preston Allen, Publisher

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I would like to challenge some of our more courageous American history teachers and professors to set aside their common curriculum on our national history. The telling of our history usually begins with the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, and thereafter, sectioned off into boxes, punctuated by wars and military heroes. The challenge is this: much, if not most, of the story of our nation can be told through the struggle for freedom and liberty. The lives of some of our most prominent, if not forgotten, heroes and heroines provides for a strikingly different interpretation of who we are as a people and how we arrived to where we are today. It was from the crucible of the fight for religious freedom that our country was born. The Pilgrims were exiled from England, Roger Williams founded the state of Rhode Island and the early abolitionists fought for the end of slavery based upon religious belief. And later, the Mormons fled to the wilds of Utah to attain their religious freedom. It wasn’t by mistake that freedom of religion and of speech were the first rights enunciated when the Bill of Rights was written. You couldn’t have one without the other—let alone the freedom of the press. So, from the very beginning there is a religious underpinning to our most core beliefs of civil liberties. Both Thomas Paine, the radical pamphleteer of the American Revolution, and Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the Declaration of Independence, understood this universal basis for the rights of man. In the 19th century, when the hypocrisy of slavery consumed our national debate for decades, and our Congress became a “house divided” (much as it is today), it was the American radicals such as William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Harriet Tubman and many others who argued for the extension of liberty from a religious basis. These true American heroes risked arrest, prosecution and, in John Brown’s case, hanging, for their efforts to end slavery—whether by aiding escapees north through the Underground Railroad or pricking the American conscience through the power of words spoken or written. They were considered “radicals” for their belief that the words “all men are created equal” applied to black people. Even before the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted


during one of our most violent civil disputes— commonly known by Southerners as the “War Between the States”—there was an unassuming radical author from Concord, Mass., by the name of Henry David Thoreau. He coined the term “civil disobedience,” a term he came upon while sitting in a jailhouse for refusing to pay taxes that supported the unprovoked invasion of Mexico in 1846. His diminutive essay on the subject would a century later influence Mohandas Gandhi’s movement that liberated India from British rule and later, the Civil Rights and farm labor movement led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez. After our bloody Civil War, America remained divided. The war didn’t really end after Gens. Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant signed the peace treaty at Appomattox. The conflict just moved West to disputes over land with displaced former Confederates like Jesse James, robbing the northern railroads and banks. Some of our most celebrated folk hero bandits, like Billy the Kid, were made famous because of unresolvedpost Civil War-land disputes. At the end of the 19th century, Francis Bellamy, one of our nation’s unlikeliest heroes offered a solution for national unity, the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Note that there was no inclusion of the words “under God” in the original version. That would only be added during the McCarthy Era in the 1950s (presumably to exclude communists). I might also add that this was conceived as an aspirational declaration—not a statement of fact. But still, our nation was divided as we entered the 20th century. The Industrial Revolution and the waves of foreign immigration brought America new conflicts and left old ones of race and gender mostly unresolved. The new generation of American radical heroes would come from the labor and women’s suffrage movements. The seeds for women’s rights in the United States were planted in 1840, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton met Lucretia Mott at the World Anti-Slavery Convention. It would be 1920 before they won the right to vote in America. Of local interest for history teachers was the appearance of the radical labor union, the Industrial Workers of the World, prior to World War I and their famous bard, Joe Hill. The Wobblies, as they were commonly called, agitated for such radical Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen

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ideals as the 8-hour work day, child labor laws and the right to organize unions. In the infamous incident in San Pedro in 1923, the socialist writer Upton Sinclair came to town to address the striking workers at a place called Liberty Hill. He was warned that if he came the Los Angeles police would arrest him and anyone else who spoke. So, Sinclair arrived and got up in front of these striking dockworkers and began reading the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. You know the part about freedom of speech? Well, he was promptly arrested and held incommunicado for several days before he could post bail.

Last on this very abbreviated list, but hardly the least, is the hero of the 1934 longshoremenled general strike, Harry Bridges, a true American radical who I believe coined the phrase: “an injury to one is an injury to all.” Bridges was a lifelong advocate for workers’ rights, founder of the International Longshore Union and target of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI hunt for communists. He and the men who followed him are the “radicals,” who established one of the strongest and most formidable industrial unions that exists today. May their members have the courage to remember the sacrifices of their forebearers and the challenges that face them today.

Your Government Failed You… Again! By Connie Rutter

Richard Clarke, National Security Adviser under President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, titled his book on the events of September 11, Your Government Failed You, citing all the warnings and indications of that threat which had been ignored. Well, it’s been happening all along, with the latest evidence of how our government agencies have failed in their duty to protect its citizens the irresponsible delay on the part of the Department of Homeland Security to create and enforce their own rules in the case of Rancho LPG on north Gaffey Street in San Pedro. DHS was formed in 2003 to protect against a repeat of the Twin Towers destruction of life by terrorists, who would harm U.S. citizens or property. (That’s eleven years ago.) Part of their

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effort was a program called CFATS or Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, a program that changed the governments previous attempt to protect its citizens from accidental releases from chemical plants, by making it very difficult to find out what the threat was from chemical plants in our neighborhoods. The earlier attempt in 1987 and 1990 was based on Community Right to Know. CFATS took that right away and replaced it with...nothing. DHS is creating requirements for facilities on a case-by-case basis, but are so far behind that the General Accounting Office (a watchdog agency for other federal agencies) estimates that it won’t have standards in place to make chemical plants safer from terrorist attacks for another 20 years. This report is available to continued on following page 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 reads@ Extra copies and back issues are available by mail for $3 per copy while supplies last. Subscriptions are available for $35 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 2014 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.


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All or our employees, Board and clients at our beloved 111 year old Toberman Neighborhood Center read with great thrills your recent article on the great continuing work of our three core programs for youth and families as well as our new leadership. Linda is the epitome of great ‘Tone at the Top.’ Indeed, all of the employees and clients and more and more of our surrounding community are getting the feeling that, like the theme of our upcoming Gala on April 5, honoring Kareem Abdul Jabbar—‘The Sky’s the Limit’— the sky is the limit on Toberman’s next 111 years! Thanks for reporting so accurately the happenings here at

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Voting rights are integral to the sanctity and integrity of any republic. No one should be prevented from voting, if they are born or naturalized citizens of the legal age. I also believe that felons should be allowed to vote, if they have a demonstrable record of reintegrating themselves into society with model behavior, with no continued record of wrongdoing. Having shared this point of view, I do not understand why progressives continue to argue that Voter ID laws are repressive measures which suppress minorities and youth. Throughout the United States, individuals have to provide a photo ID to open a bank account, to purchase and drive a car, to consume alcohol and cigarettes, and even to obtain a library card. Surely, liberals do not think that the right to vote is so trivial compared to these other transactions. Ironically enough, Random Lengths News featured the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, whose members were protesting the Voter ID laws enacted by the Republican supermajority legislature and governor Pat McCrory. Yet, in order for those individuals to attend the protest, they were required to present the same kind of photo ID required by North Carolina’s new legislation. Prior to that, in 2012, the Texas Chapter of the NAACP required attendees to present photo ID before entering to hear from Attorney General Eric Holder (the same Attorney General who allowed DOJ officers to seize AP reporters phone records and conduct a felonystupid gun running operation along the American-Mexican border). This double-standard is not the only hypocrisy among the leadership of the NAACP. While those leaders claim that Republicans, conservatives, and from previous page


the public, but has not yet been reported in the press. Even the media isn’t doing its job. In the case of Rancho, (whose threat in storing 25 million gallons of butane is obvious to anyone who picks up a high school chemistry or physics text and looks at the properties of butane. Even Rancho’s hired consultants, Quest, acknowledges that it has the explosive power of 45 atomic bombs) the EPA had cited Rancho for several deficiencies this past year in regard to safety and emergency preparedness. DHS was called in to do its own inspection, but they failed to issue any citation. Rep. Henry Waxman called them on that and wanted to know why. Now, the answer

Dear Mr. Schaper, You say, “I do not understand why progressives continue to argue that voter identification laws are repressive measures which suppress minorities and youth.” The reason is simple: because they do. First, let’s consider the sheer numbers. In 2011, the Brennan Center issued a report on state-level voter suppression legislation, warning that as many as 5 million people could be prevented from voting in the 2012 elections as a result of such legislation. Luckily, their warning helped spur a significant response that largely counteracted the threat—for that election. Of that total, by far the largest share— 3.2 million would-be voters—were in danger of not voting because of new voter ID laws. That’s 3.2 million more people prevented from voting than actual cases of voter fraud in the past decade. Just looking at one state, Pennsylvania, a July 5, 2012 Philadelphia Inquirer article reported that 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have the ID required by Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law. “The figures—representing 9.2 percent of the state’s 8.2 million voters—are significantly higher than prior estimates by the Corbett administration. Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele has repeatedly said that 99 percent of Pennsylvania’s voters already had the photo ID they will need at the polls in November,” the Inquirer reported. It went on to note that

is clear—because DHS had not yet set the standards for Rancho. In spite of the danger and accessibility for terrorists of this site, they hadn’t gotten around to writing its own set of rules. Only now have they done that—a year later—but they can’t cite them until Rancho complies, and DHS has given them a year to do that. Your government failed you again. Three-thousand people died on 9/11. When Rancho blows, the death toll will be somewhere between 770 and 2,800. Maybe. We’ll be lucky if it stays under that, since it’s obvious that the fire will spread from one tank to the rest of the tankage at the facility, and then to neighboring facilities storing flammable substances. This may include you and your home. Connie Rutter is a retired oil and gas industry consultant.

indeed, federal law requires every new voter who registers by mail to show ID before voting, and a variety of states have additional common-sense ID requirements. What is new, however, is the degree to which the voter ID bills that were proposed and passed this session were restrictive, excluding many common forms of photo and non-photo IDs, such as student IDs and Social Security cards, and offering no alternative mechanisms for eligible citizens without the selected IDs to cast ballots that will count. What also is new is the extent to which such restrictive bills passed this session. Prior to the 2006 elections, no state required its voters to show government-issued photo ID at

the polls (or elsewhere) in order to vote.” Third, and finally, don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Republican Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said in June 2012, at the Republican State Committee meeting, about the importance of voter ID in suppressing the Democratic Party vote: “Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation—abortion facility regulations—in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.” Case closed, as they say in the trade. Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

March 7 - 20, 2014

On March 15 at the Carson Community Center. This casual event benefits important GAP program and includes special entertainment by GAP children, reception and dinner, silent auction and door prizes, a gardening theme and more. GAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services and programs to promote a gangfree lifestyle to young people and their families.The event starts at 5p.m. Details:, (310) 937-9473 Venue: Rep. Juanita MillenderMcDonald Community Center Location: 801 E. Carson St., Carson

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the numbers were far higher in Philadelphia, the state’s No. 1 Democratic stronghold: “The new numbers, based on a comparison of voter registration rolls with PennDot ID databases, shows the potential problem is much bigger, particularly in Philadelphia, where 186,830 registered voters—18 percent of the city’s total registration—do not have PennDot ID. [The state-issued driver’s license or photo ID.]” So, the numerical evidence is overwhelming: it will heavily burden Democratic voters. Second, let’s consider how the new laws contrast with traditional requirements. The Brennan Center report explained: “Voter ID is nothing new—

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The Port of Los Angeles announced that the connecter from the Westbound State Road 47/Vincent Thomas Bridge to Interstate 110 Northbound will remain closed March 16 through March 28, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., as part of a major roadway project to improve the Harbor Freeway and nearby surface streets in San Pedro and Wilmington. The following alternate route is suggested for traffic originating from Terminal Island and Long Beach, heading toward the Harbor Freeway: Westbound SR-47 to Gaffey Street Right on Gaffey Street Right on Channel Street Left on Pacific Avenue to I-110 North The Port’s SR-47/I-110 project will widen the westbound connector to the I-110 North by adding a second lane that starts after the Vincent Thomas Bridge and extends beyond the John S. Gibson Boulevard off-ramp. Details: (310) 732-3522; www.

Toberman. Stay tuned for more exciting sky high events. Bill Keenan, CFO Toberman Neighborhood Center, San Pedro

limited government advocates inadvertently manifest a “dark vein of intolerance”, in the words of former Joint Chief of Staff Colin Powell, they refuse to reprimand their own members, who neglect to render the same respect. One leader in the North Carolina NAACP, William Barber, referred to African-American US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) as a “dummy” manipulated by the “ventriloquist” Right. Such comments are shameful and demeaning. Where’s the outrage? Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance


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ILWU Election Has Impact fliers criticizing the Local 13 leadership for working against the interest of the workers in the Dispatch Hall. Aldape, a third generation longshoreman, who’s worked 16 years on the docks, argued that somewhere along the line the Equalization requirement, which ensured that the number of hours worked by workers from the Dispatch Hall and hours worked by the steadies were the same, was weakened. Steady men are workers who a company hires to work with exclusively. The steady men came into being with the establishment of the first Mechanization and Modernization, or M&M, Agreement in the 1960s, with Section 9.43, dubbed the “steady man” clause. This clause allowed employers to hire crane operators on a steady, permanent basis. The union fought this clause in 1971, resulting in a strike that lasted 130 days. Ultimately, the strike ended following negotiations that established a formula by which steady men were allowed to work a maximum of 22 days a month and no more than 6 days in any payroll week. Aldape has argued that by 1990, the original Equalization language as it had applied to the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports had been omitted “I’m all about the equalization of the Hall,” Aldape said. “I think the Hall man is getting the tough end of the stick.” However, at the start of the new year, Aldape’s efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Pacific Coast arbitrator David Miller handed down a decision that adopts the original 1972 Equalization language for the twin ports. Aldape doesn’t believe Local 13 is out of the woods yet on this issue. The decision gave either party until March 1 to appeal the decision. He heard from sources that that could be the case.

“This is a very important election for myself and other candidates because they always tell you that you can’t change the supplements,” he said. “You’ve got only a small group of longshoremen making all the money on the waterfront. You’ve got your officers, your steady gear men, your steady sweepers, your steady crane operators, your steady mechanics. To me, this is how important these current elections are. “I think it’s very important for this new leadership to take care of the Hall. We secured the Hall in 1934 and we know that the PMA has been trying to get that Hall [back] in every negotiation.” However, Aldape’s activism has come at a cost. Aldape was hit with sanctions after Viramontes filed a PMA Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation grievance procedure against him when he disseminated an inflammatory political flier during the 2012 Local 13 runoff election. The flier references Viramontes’ alleged ties to Port Medical and allegations of passing along union membership information to the medical center. Viramontes has denied the accusations in the past and there’s no available public record indication of ownership. But the allegations persist. In July 2013, Aldape was hit with more sanctions following a fist fight with Viramontes in a downtown San Pedro alley. Viramontes filed another grievance procedure against Aldape, which resulted in 540-day suspension from the Dispatch Hall. Aldape won’t be able to go back to the ILWU Dispatch Hall until Jan. 3, 2015. He said that if elected he would work to recalibrate the Equalization rule to become more fair to the Hall men. The other candidates for Local 13 offices could not be reached due to their participation in the Longshore Contract Caucus in San Francisco.

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California’s Megadrought


teleconference participant, Dr. Michael Hanemann, a UC Berkeley environmental economist, whose research has revealed that for the next four decades or so the substantial majority of economic costs from climate change will be due to extreme weather events, rather than persistent average trends. Hanemann supplied Random Lengths with a paper he co-authored on the subject, “The Impact Of Global Warming On U.S. Agriculture: An Econometric Analysis Of Optimal Growing Conditions” and described the findings and the rationale in a phone interview. The findings relate extreme temperature—above 34 degrees Celsius—to land values east of the 100th meridian, where farmers are largely rainfall dependent. “It turned out most of the effect of precipitation or temperature is associated with temperatures above 34 degrees,” Hanemann said. “Other researchers have replicated our results with high temperatures. Others who don’t include high temperatures find very little effect. We agree. Most of the effect is from high temperatures.” The same sort of logic should apply to other costs as well. “If you look at fire, human health, it’s going to be the extreme heat events that account for the overwhelming majority of costs” within the following few decades, Hanemann said. These costs were not recognized until quite recently simply because researchers weren’t using fine enough data. Using annual average temperatures over large areas simply misses most of what is going on. Local conditions are

what counts most, Hanemann explained. “It’s only been possible in the past 10 years, downscaling global climate models,” he said. “If you look in the wrong place, you don’t see anything.” It’s not that no one has thought about this before—they have. During Brown’s first stint as governor California experienced its most notable drought and a high level commission generated a detailed set of policy changes, which was almost entirely ignored, along with a more recent set of similar proposals generated in a process initiated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Only a few minor changes made it into the final legislation this past year. “If you make a change, someone will lose,” when it comes to water rights, Hanemann said. It’s a zero-sum game. In the United States, “The states have been reluctant to make the tough decisions, because they are tough decisions.” It’s much easier, politically, to put things off until a severe emergency makes inaction even less tenable. In that case, “When leadership is galvanized, it will make temporary changes,” Hanemann said. “The problem is temporary changes, are not permanent,” which is what’s really needed. Instead, perversely, “The readiness to make temporary changes comes at the cost of not making permanent changes.” In short, “Crisis management is not long-term resource management,” he concluded. “There is no reason to believe this drought has to end,” MacDonald said.

By Cole Smithey, Guest Film Review Columnist

For the long-forgotten historical record, there have already

been three Robocop movies — all co-written by Edward Neumeier, who is also a contributor to the latest reboot of the machine-man franchise. The first film was an earth-shattering revelation, the others not so much. What earned the first film box office success and critical acclaim and doomed the others as failures, was Paul Verhoeven’s energetic participation. The Dutch master director’s darkly comic and scathing commentary on America’s unwitting surrender toward the fascist ideologies that have consumed the country since the 1980s are as abrupt as they are poetic. Verhoeven’s visionary 1987 film was so ahead of its time that, despite its dazzling brilliance, he wasn’t brought back to direct any of its sequels. That was an injustice and a grave error.

The current version, of a near future, when mechanized law enforcers plague Americans, is already dated. Redlight cameras trigger automatically generated tickets; missile-equipped drones threaten to annihilate house pets and civilians without regard to criminal behavior or citizenship status. You can’t blame director José Padilha (known for his phenomenal documentary Bus 174 and the gritty crime drama Elite Squad) for trying to break into Hollywood via a “genre” movie. It’s too bad for Padilha (and us) that he chose the insurmountable challenge of equaling Verhoeven’s achievement for his attempted vertical career move. Padilha’s Robocop exhibits competent direction and little else. No matter how hard the screenwriters and director

strive to bridge the themes of humanity with corporate greed and scientific proof, Robocop is a disjointed movie that falls apart at every turn. The film’s opening act attempts to replicate the inciting incident of Verhoeven’s original, but fails at the crucial moment when our good-cop loses connection with his mortal existence. In the original movie, Peter Weller’s police officer Alex Murphy suffered Last Temptation of Christ-like torture at the heavily armed hands of ruthless Detroit gangsters before losing his life in a shocking scene of despicable violence. The audience felt as though it had lost a friend. In the new version, Padilha’s camera comes nowhere near the face of the man who will be turned into a militarized killing machine. As such, the chance for an essential human connection is lost. Paul Verhoeven would never have made such a mistake. By the time Alex (played marginally by newcomer Joel Kinnaman) is injured in such a way that he can only be reformed

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Alan Paul The Center for Arts is hosting musician Alan Paul at 8 p.m. Paul is a music education major and an eight-time Grammy Award winner. Admission is $26. Parking is $2. Details: (800) 832-2787; Venue: El Camino College Center for the Arts Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

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Harlow Gold Show The Harlow Gold Show is not your typical burlesque show. Starts at 10 p.m. General admission will be $15. Premium front row seats will be $30. Details: (562) 239-3700; Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach Calendar continued on page 15.


Terranea’s Chef

Respects the Land & Sea By Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Food Writer & Photographer

“The mountains were my backyard and the sea was my front yard,” reminisces Chef Bernard Ibarra about growing up in France’s Basque Country. The chef has cooked in France, North America, and Asia. Before landing in the South Bay this past summer, he worked in Las Vegas for 15 years as executive chef at the prestigious Mirage and Aria resorts. Although he loves Vegas, he had longed to be near the sea again. Now he’s come full-circle, with the hills of Palos Verdes at his back and the expansive blue Pacific at his feet. “It looks very much like where I was raised, except with better weather,” he chuckles. Imagine his delight to now be the executive chef at the coastal Terranea Resort and our good fortune to have this world-class chef cooking in our “backyard.” Terranea Resort has a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges ranging from fine dining to casual, many with breathtaking ocean views and emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. Ibarra oversees the supervision of the resort’s entire food and beverage operations, including banquets and inroom dining.

Now in Rancho Palos Verdes, the chef and his team are eager to meet people from the community. He feels that Terranea has substance. It is not just a collection of grand buildings, but a culture in the making. When South Bay and Harbor residents come for the first time, the beauty of the grounds and coastline make a lasting impression. They enjoy a fabulous meal and leave inspired. Management had always wanted to offer a cooking series for guests and especially for local residents. Ibarra gave them the opportunity to implement this bimonthly event. In January, he led an exceptionally talented team to kick off the “Chef’s Cooking Series.” An interactive dinner with Terranea’s chefs in an intimate relaxed setting. It begins with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by cooking demonstrations where guests learn how to prepare items on the evening’s menu. After the demonstrations, diners are seated at a

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The chef brings a true garden-to-table concept to Terranea restaurants — not because it is hip, but because it is natural, the way cooking should be, he says. In France, they relied on local products and let the season dictate what is on the table. Menus would follow the rhythm of mother nature, where for example, asparagus is only available for two months in the spring and strawberries only in the summer. At age 16, Ibarra began cooking school in the Pyrenees Mountains. During summer breaks he would cook at restaurants along France’s Atlantic coast deepening his love for seafood. Later, he would follow the setting sun and head west to the land of lobster — Nova Scotia. Over the years as chef for the Four Seasons Hotels, he oversaw the kitchen operations across Canada, Seattle, Houston, Tokyo and Singapore. Subsequently, he became executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.

South Bay Rough-Eye Rockfish with Meyer Lemon Butter.

beautiful long table on one of the resort’s many patios for an alfresco three-course meal, paired with extraordinary wines. At the conclusion of the evening, guests receive a gift bag loaded with tools to re-create the evening, including recipe cards and special gift items, such as the chef’s handmade salts, olives and an apron. Terranea’s Chef continued on page 17.

Tradition, variety and fast delivery; you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hearty calzones, an array of pastas and of course, our amazing selection of signature pizzas, each piled high with the freshest toppings. Like wings or greens? We also offer an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Big Nick’s Pizza • 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800

continental. The Happy Diner chefs are always creating s o m e t h i n g n ew. They believe that if an item is good, its reputation will get around by word of mouth. You can even find items normally found at curbside lonchera trucks. You can take your pick of grilled salmon over pasta or tilapia and vegetables, prepared anyway you like. Another item that’s emerged from their flair for the creative is their chicken enchiladas soup made from scratch, a soup Roman describes as very thin and flavorful. Happy Diner • (310) 2410917 • 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro

Boardwalk Grill

Iron City Tavern

Big Nick’s Pizza

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

El Cuco Restaurant

Playa El Cuco is the quintessential El Salvadorean beach and El Cuco Restaurant s e r v e s quintessential Salvadorean cuisine right here in San Pedro. A wide variety of pupusas-made fresh daily-plus empanadas, platanos, pastelitos, as well as authentic Mexican favorites. Wine and imported and domestic beers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served 7 days a week. Free parking. El Cuco Restaurant • 234 N. Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (310) 521-9509

Las Brisas #2 is family owned and operated. All the food in made in house, down to the chips and salsas. Las Brisas is known for its Al Pastor meat and Signature Dishes created by chef Gilberto De Haro. Catering available. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served 7 days a week. Free parking. Las Brisas #2 • 1110 N. Gaffey St. (Channel & Gaffey) • San Pedro • (310) 833-4395 Lighthouse Cafe

The favorite local cafe for the point Fermin area of San Pedro great breakfasts, lunches and even dinners. Serving traditional offering for breakfast along with specialty omelets, espresso and cappuccino. Lunches include a delicious selection of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches with hearty portions as well as Chef’s Creations. Dinners feature Top Sirloin Steak or Prime Rib as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are served. Free Wifi and is pet friendly on the patio. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. close to Cabrillo Beach and the Korean Bell, Point Fermin area. Lighthouse Cafe • 508 West 39th St., San Pedro. 310548- 3354

Mishi’s Strudel Bakery


Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nir vana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash, soups and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crépes and pastas. Take a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www. Nazelie’s Lebanese Cuisine

Nazelie’s L e b a n e s e Cuisine is a favorite of the n e i g h b o rh o o d for the terrific kabobs, beef or chicken shawarma, lamb dishes and falafel. Nazelie’s chicken and rice soup with lemon is like a warm embrace—it takes chicken soup to a whole new level. Nazelie uses a recipe handed down in her family for generations, starting with homemade chicken broth, and adding a refreshing touch of lemon for taste and nutrients. Nazelie’s Lebanese Café, 1919 S.Pacific Avenue, San Pedro. (310) 519-1919 PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING Since 1961 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining • 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553

Now under new management, the San Pedro Taco Company of fer s a wide array of fresh choices such as charcoal grilled chicken-whole or half- served with rice, beans, tortillas and salsa, our famous jumbo burrito, the ever-popular ceviche tostada, and your favorite fish tacos. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner with easy access drive-thru window and plenty of free parking. Located on the corner of 5th and Gaffey streets near Rite Aid. Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Delivery to all San Pedro and the waterfront. San Pedro Taco Company • 441 S. Gaffey St. • San Pedro (310) 514-2808 SPIRIT CRUISES

An instant party! Complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Our three yachts and seasoned staff provide for an exquisite excursion every time, and “all-inclusive” pricing makes party planning easy! Dinner Cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing. Offering the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free Parking. Spirit Cruises • 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884 • www. The Whale & Ale

San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. The Whale & Ale • 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 832-0363 • www.whaleandale. com

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Happy Diner The Happy Diner isn’t your average diner. If you pay attention to their special menu on their blackboards (yeah plural, they have about three), it’s almost a certainty you’re going to find something new from week to week. The cuisine runs the gamut of Italian and Mexican cuisine to American

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San Pedro Brewing Company A microbrewer y and American grill, SPBC features hand-craf ted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-fromscratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Live music on Saturdays. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. San Pedro Brewing Company • 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 •

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Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous fo r exc e p t i o n a l award-winning 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. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, 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

Iron City features a newly renovated d i n i n g room and wonder fully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear Iron City Tavern • 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766

Maria’s Restaurant Maria’s Mexican Re s t a u r a n t i s o p e n for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers delivery throughout San Pedro, including all of the docks in San Pedro and Long Beach. Feeling adventurous? Try Maria’s new beef soup, caldo de res, available on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Planning a large party? Maria’s Fiesta catering service is available for parties and special events for up to 500 people. Maria’s will come to your home or business. Ask about our taco stand for your next event. Maria’s Restaurant • 2215 Pacific Ave., San Pedro • (310) 833-6666 • www.


St. Patty’s Events March 11

The Heart of an Irish Woman Marymount California University presents The Heart of an Irish Woman. Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen, singer Laura Solter, harpist Joanna Mell and pianist Margaret O’Carroll present an evening of Irish literature and song that celebrates the heart of the fiercely strong, courageous women who have inspired Ireland’s greatest writers. Details: (310) 303-7642. Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 6th St., San Pedro

March 14

Creation Station: Clover Crafts St.Patricks Day Crafts. Clover Pins to wear to show your St. Patty’s Spirit and paper clovers to hang around the house. Venue: Crafted at Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

March 15

Artisan Candle Company Candle Decorating Class Come make and decorate your own 8-once natural soy candle in your choice of a vibrant spring fragrance. The class is on March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Age range for the class is 8 and older. The fee is $10. You can sign up on the same day that you take the class. Details:,www.facebook. com/artisancandlecompany Venue: Crafted at Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro St. Patrick’s Day At The Queen Mary The annual green party starts at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Shamrock ‘N’ Roll’s

live entertainment will take over the Queen Mary Promenade Deck, Queen’s Salon and Royal Salon with Shamrockabilly, Celtic tunes, Irish pub songs, Irish rock, folk, dance music and more. The pioneers of Shamrockabilly, Craic Haus, will be joined by other well-known favorites such as The Mansfield Band, Dublin Public, the powerhouse Irish band Green Ashes, Riverside’s Them Novus and the highly regarded local group, The Most Valuable Players (The MVPs). From traditional Irish drinking songs and ballads, modernized Celtic classics to dance party jams, the combination of Irish culture and Queen Mary tradition will make any Irish man or woman proud. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Parking is $5 with event validation. Grab ‘n’ Go stations and Observation Bar’s special menu will feature banger ‘n’ mash, corned beef sandwiches and other Irish fare. Details: Venue: Queen Mary Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

March 16

Creation Station: Clover Crafts Clover Pins to wear to show your St. Patty’s Spirit and paper clovers to hang around the house. On this

day, there will be live music featuring Dublin Public, who’s motto is “Irish music for singin, dancin, drinkin and clappin.” Venue: Crafted at Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

March 17

St.Paddy’s Party and San Pedro Brewing Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with deejay Mickey McV, who will be spinning all your favorites. This is also a party to benefit the March of Dimes charity to funds lifesaving research and programs to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality with a $1 donation. Details: Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Psalmfest XVI: An Interfaith Celebration In Song

Sun 3/9 | 7pm Temple Beth El presents choirs from throughout the Harbor area in a concert of sacred music. Tickets $10 and information at www.bethelsp. org.

The Wiz: A Broadway Musical

Wed Mar 12 | 10am & 12pm NY Black Arts Festival brings this sassy, soulful version of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to life with professional actors, dazzling costumes and eye-popping 3D scenery. Tickets (Ages 4-17: $7, Adults - $10) and information 323.450.7844

Woodstock (1970)

Fri 3/14 – 8pm Grand Vision’s Reel Documentaries series continues with the film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival that started it all. Performers included Joan Baez, Richie Havens, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker and many more. Information and tickets ($12 and $10)

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Fri 3/21 | 7pm Sat 3/22 | 2 & 7pm The student performers of Rolling Hills Prep School take the stage with a hilarious musical about over achievers that will delight all audiences. Tickets $17 in advance at jchoi@rollinghillsprep. org, or $20 cash at the door.

11th Annual LA Harbor International Film Festival March 27 – 30

Showcasing film and video that reflects the harbor and its rich ethnic influences. This year’s festival includes: “The Namesake”, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, Doc Sunday and the “Read the Book, See the Movie” feature, “White Fang”. Program and tickets ($8 & $10 / $65 & $75) at

MoLAA Brings Frida Kahlo to Long Beach By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer


permanently housed in the Frida Kahlo Museum at Casa Ázul. Visitors will find themselves immersed in the life of the bohemian artist and her infamous circle of friends and lovers. Many of the photographs in the collection include selfportraits of her father, Guillermo, a professional photographer who taught his daughter how to use the camera. He considered his daughter the brightest of his five children. In Frida he recognized his own intellectual curiosity and independence. Exhibition curator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio says Frida Kahlo always had a special relationship with photography. Frida had been photographed since she was a little girl. “I knew the battlefield of suffering was reflected in my eyes,” she wrote about photography. “From then on I started to look directly into the lens, without blinking, without smiling, determined to show that I would be a good fighter until the end.” Other photos in the collection were taken by prominent photographers - some of Kahlo’s close friends -Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti and Nickolas Muray, among others. The exhibit marks a major shift towards a new phase in the history of the museum. In 2013, MoLAA operated under a tight budget as they focused on their permanent collection in order to regroup financially. Despite gloomy predictions of failure, the exhibitions proved to be artistically successful. Loteria and Intersections both creatively displayed the museum’s collection. Curators Idurre Alonso and Gabriella Martinez provided a new insight into the much loved, but frequently maligned collection of founder Dr. Robert Gumbiner. Now in his second year, CEO Stuart Ashman is enthusiastic about the year ahead. “This year we are going to go all out,”

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March 8

Whiskey Sunday Whiskey Sunday will perform, at 8 p.m. March 8, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Whiskey Sunday combines Irish folk, with a hearty portion of acoustic Americana. Backed by electric harp, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and mandolin you’ll hear bar-room songs, yarns of bonnie lasses, and bittersweet tales hidden in joyful harmonies. Tickets range from $15 to $25. Details: Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

March 9

An Afternoon with Lucinda Carver Spend an afternoon with Lucinda Carver, starting at 2 p.m. March 9, at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. The celebrated conductor, pianist and harpsichordist will be performing Franz Schubert’s “Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 78. Admission is free. Details: (310) 316-5574. Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church Location: 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates

March 12

Whiteboy James and the Blues Express Whiteboy James and his crew will be performing a range of his hits. Show starts at 9 p.m. Must be 21 or older. Minimum two-drink purchase will be enforced. Tickets are $5. Details: (323) 454-1172; Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 207 E. Broadway, Long Beach

March 13

The Toledo Show The Toledo Show is one of the most entertaining, creative and breath-taking musical spectacles to hit the stage and is now coming to Long Beach. Harvelle’s will host the jazz experience that will leave viewers in awe. Begins at 9 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Must be 21 or older. A minimum two-drink purchase will be required of every member of the audience and tickets will be valued at $10 each. Details: (323) 454-1172; Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach Calendar continued on page 16.

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he Museum of Latin American Art, MoLAA, is set to unveil what may be the most important exhibition in their history. Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, 247 images culled from Frida Kahlo’s personal Casa Azul archive in Mexico City opens to members, March 15. The photos offer insight into Frida’s daily life, showing her with family, friends and at work, painting. They provide a stark contrast to the collective image of Kahlo that has been largely generated by her self-portraits. A little-known side of the artist and lifelong resident of Coyoacán, Mexico is revealed in this exhibit. The collection of photographs in this exhibition reflect Kahlo’s tastes and interests, the experiences she shared with those close to her, and her complicated and also electrifying personal life. Viewers get a look, not only through the photographer’s viewfinder, but also through the annotated writing found on the back of many of the photographs. Kahlo is one of the most recognizable Mexican artists, known for her surrealist paintings as well as her turbulent marriage to muralist Diego Rivera. The two artists lived in post-revolutionary Mexico, an environment infused with political and creative turmoil. Kahlo lived her life as art. Her esthetic permeated her home and all these elements are evident in her personal photo collection. The excitement at the museum reverberates throughout the building. Designer Thomas Hartman has been hired to redesign the interior exhibit space with the objective of referencing Kahlo’s iconic Casa Azul. Walls have been moved and painted in the vibrant colors that surrounded the artist in the house where she was born, lived and eventually died. Hartman and museum director Stuart Ashman took great care to bring the feeling of Casa Azul to MoLAA. Ashman even visited Kahlo’s home in Mexico to view the colors and layout in an effort to stay true to the authentic feeling of her residence. My own visit to Casa Azul dates to the late 80s, prior to the citywide fervor that hit Los Angeles during her early exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. At that time, she was still known as the tormented wife of Diego Rivera. The vibrant blue walls enclosed a hidden life. The memory of the assassination of her lover Leon Trotsky was not deeply buried in the forgotten past. Photos of her revolutionary activities covered the walls. A back brace, worn to support her broken spine sat covered with painted images reflecting her relentless pain. “We understand that Frida Kahlo is an icon and there is a lot of interest about her life.” Ashman said. ”This is really more about her life than about her work. These are the photographs that she made and the photographs she collected.” This photo collection is

Ashman said. “We are going to do another permanent collection show. We are also doing an exhibit funded by Bank of America. It is called Mi Querido Mexico, a show of photographs by Manuel Carillo. We will be publishing an exhibition catalog for that show… Then we are doing a contemporary show from Guatemala, called Transversal Paths. In the fall we will have a major show of the Cuban artist Segura.” During this recent period of budget constraints the museum worked on building the board of directors, increasing attendance and growing membership. Ashman believes the museum is creating strong relationships in the community and working on reaching out to the greater Los Angeles area. Recently MoLAA was awarded a $75,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation that will allow the museum, in the next 18 months, to utilize executive coaching, organizational consultants and staff training to strengthen internal leadership and governance. In the meantime, the museum is expecting thousands of visitors on the first weekend of the Frida Kahlo show. March 16 is Target Free Sunday at MoLAA. Open free to the public, the day is a celebration of International Women’s Day. There will be a performance by Ballet Folklorico Raices de Mexico. Also on the schedule is a conversation with Hilda Trujillo, director of the Frida Kahlo Museum. A Frida look-alike contest will bring an added layer of fun to the activities. Details: Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach


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March 14

Tony MacAlpine Tony MacAlpine is scheduled to perform, at 8 p.m. March 14, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (310) 833-3281; Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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March 15

The Dustbowl Revival The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, Calif.-based roots collective that merges old-school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930s to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Tickets range from $10 to 25. Details: (323) 454-1172; Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

Community/Family March 8

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Underwater ROV Workshop Discover the amazing world of underwater remotely operated vehicles and how to incorporate them into your classroom by building your own from scratch, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. In this beginner-level, hands-on workshop participants will team-up to construct underwater remotely operated vehicles. At the end of the workshop day, participants will compete in a challenge that will help determine the design of the remotely operated vehicles. Hints and tips on how to integrate remotely operated vehicles into your classroom or club and what to expect if you decide to compete will be shared at the annual MATE ROV competition. This is an introductory level workshop and no previous engineering experience is necessary. Registration is required. Admission to the workshop is free and is limited to teachers, educators and group leaders. Parking will be validated. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro El Camino College to Present Space Science Day 2014 El Camino College welcomes NASA Astronaut Col. Douglas H. Wheelock to Onizuka Space Science Day 2014, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the college’s planetarium and science classrooms. The event is free and open to serious science students in grades 5 through 12. Details: (310) 660-3487; SpaceDay@elcamino. edu.

March 15

The Black & White Ball The Center Long Beach is presenting its first Black & White Ball, starting at 6 p.m. March 15, at the Grand Events Center in Long Beach. The event is an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the many contributions of the LGBTQ community. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction and three Center Icon awards presentations. Tickets are on sale now $125 before March 1 or $150 after. Tables of 10 are $1,250 before March 1 or $1,500 after. Details: Venue: The Grand Events Center Location: 4001 E. Willow St., Long Beach Tidepool Wonders Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 16, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 29 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. March 30. Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show, followed by a walk to the nearby Point Fermin Tidepools. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

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March 16


Young Scientists Symposium Come to the seventh annual Young Scientists Symposium to celebrate student research projects conceived, nurtured and tested in the aquarium’s aquatic nursery, from 3 to 7 p.m. This is a free program. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

Azar Lawrence of the The Azar Lawrence Quintet. File photo

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Seabird Jazz Lounge has a gem of a show that it hosts semi-regularly with The Azar Lawrence Quintet. It is one of the occasions that the downtown Long Beach club, typically free, charges a minimal fee to see an exhilarating show. The stellar lineup includes Azar Lawrence on saxophone, Dwight Trible on vocals, Theo Saunders on piano, Jeff Littleton on acoustic bass and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Word must be out about this show as this past Feb. 28, saw a full house and spectators were treated to a thorough night of entertainment. Knowing just how to please, they treated the room to some jazz standards in the first set. Lawrence came out strong, literally singing through his tenor sax with command. It’s clear this is his style, but with this ensemble, which persistently keeps your attention, Lawrence executes his lead role perfectly. Saunders is a monster on keys; he swings with big flair and can easily be just as meticulous. Mouzon is amazing to watch, sitting not more than seven feet from him was the prime location to take in his extreme talent and raw force on drums. Littleton on bass is the calm in this individualistic merging storm of musicians, holding it all down with his undulating reverberation. Then there is Trible, so gifted, he bears the essence of spirit right on stage. The range in his voice is wide, having the ability to strike you with his deep baritone and then reach the highest octaves, often within a single song. On this occasion, he sung as if softly gliding on top of the grooves lifting this experience to a higher plane. They opened with a long improvisational interlude. In a strange way that somehow, ultimately worked. It almost sounded as if each player started solo – as they were all together on stage. Slightly discordant to begin, they culminated to a level and mellifluous close with Lawrence’s quiet serenade. “Walk Spirit Talk Spirit,” by McCoy Tyner followed. Both Lawrence and Mouzon played on this number live, in Montrose, Switzerland in the 1970s on Tyner’s original recording. Tightly in sync, the piano and drums both breeze through the number soaring higher and faster. I considered who was keeping up with whom, but both kept raising the bar, constructing

a force in a primal yet polished sound. Lawrence was hot as he laid down a hard bebop lick, the audience was sold. On an up-tempo rendition of “Softly as a Morning Sunrise,” Lawrence always on point blew a straight ahead bop as Saunders swept the ivories into a heavy rhythmic groove. Trible was excellent, offering velvety vocals to this electrifying version that was cool enough to get up and dance to. This ensemble works so well together but it’s not work, its play with them. In the second set, they played some of Lawrence’s original compositions. From his album, Mystic Journey, they opened with “Summer Solstice,” (which Lawrence calls the spiritual turning point in the procession of the equinox). He expressed many moods in this number and Mouzon, rained in on cymbals first, powering through this sequence, in total control on drums. “Blue Bossa” came next. Lawrence played sinuously on his alto sax this time, changing from a serpentine sound, lifting higher to a rapid showering of notes. Littleton’s bass brought a little funk to this Bossa groove while Saunders played his keys fluidly, as if in response to Lawrence’s cascade. To follow, guest vocalist Windy Barnes joined Trible in a sweet rendition of “My Funny Valentine.” Where Trible’s delivery is other worldly, Barnes brought an earthy soulfulness to this number and it was received very well. This is a great lineup to see at Seabird and it is the same one that plays at RG Club in Venice. If not for his heavy touring schedule Azar Lawrence and company would be there every month. And, they do come close to fulfilling that. Lawrence is a bicoastal entertainer flying between here and New York monthly. His East Coast group consists of Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Benito Gonzales on piano, Jeff TainWatts on drums and Essiet Essiet on bass. He has a new CD coming out called, Azar Lawrence The Seeker. Lawrence wrote most of the compositions and co-produced it with Seth Abramson, the artistic director of Jazz Standard in New York, where it was recorded. The players are his East Coast group minus Eddie Harris on trumpet. Nicholas Peyton plays instead.

Dwight Trible is coming out with his release of music that he christened “spiritual jazz,” it’s titled, The Inspiration Project. He said that within a 35-year period he has sung for all sorts of rallies, funerals and other occasions to bring the community together. People have always asked him if any of these songs are on his CDs. “No, but I’m going to do it,” he always told them. “So it’s time to make good on that promise. To this day, I still sing all these songs. People are used to me singing them. They will tell you, this is the Dwight Trible book but really, it’s just a late chapter in the book and I need to complete this chapter.” There is a connection between this ensemble and Trible explains. “There is no competition,” he said. “We’re all here to shine. It’s beautiful just as long as we let go. “I’m glad to be here vibrating on a higher level with these cats and step into it. There is no limit to what we can do.” Trible has a show in France coming up in March with composer, vocalist and percussionist Kahil El’ Jabar. He is a featured vocalist on Kahil’s 2013 Follow the Sun album. Following that, Trible will be on European tour in May. Trible mentioned another Chicago connection. He is working with the record company Catalyst, which put out his Cosmic album and said they are “trying to marry this Chicago-LA thing …. So many Chicago musicians are now here and it’s the natural thing to co-mingle musically in the progressive music scene that is jazz and beyond. Chicago has so much spiritual soul; it’s where I come from. LA is where I became an artist but it’s a homecoming in Chicago.” Catch The Azar Lawrence Quintet at Seabird soon, it will be an evening well spent. Details: Continued from page 11.


as part machine, too much time has passed for the audience to be engaged in the drama. Satirical subplots, including Samuel L. Jackson as a right-wing FoxNews-styled television host, fall flat — just too blunt. There’s no nuance. Everything is too much on the nose. As the story unfolds, its formulaic pattern overshadows the best efforts of its actors. Gary Oldman gives his ever-reliable all as the scientist responsible for transforming Alex’s head and torso into the ultimate crime-fighter. Abbie Cornish is fantastic as Alex’s caring wife Clara, and Jackie Earle Haley turns on the juice as a military software engineer responsible for the program that controls Alex’s fast-twitch abilities in the field. Alas, their best efforts are in vain. This adaptation of the Robocop franchise had the potential to really say something about where America’s corrupt militarized-globalcorporate-political machine is headed. It didn’t do that. Instead, it squandered the opportunity to pussy out as just another generic Hollywood “entertainment” picture. We don’t have time for that. There’s too much at stake. Rated PG-13. 108 mins. (C-) (Two Stars – out of five/no halves)

and wines that mirror the chef’s respect for the land and sea. For details about Chef’s Cooking Series call (310) 265-2800 or visit Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe blogs about food, wine and entertaining at and tweets at

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Giving back to the community is important to Ibarra. For each event in the series, Terranea partners with a different non-profit organization, the first dinner benefitted Los Angeles No Kid Hungry. The next event will showcase a Spring Bounty menu theme March 20 – featuring wines by Grgich Hills and benefitting the American Red Cross. Passionate about Terranea’s 100 acres of natural beauty and bounty — and especially the resort’s proximity to the sea — the chef is excited to incorporate citrus, vegetables and herbs grown on the property into the menu, and to serve fish from our local fisherman. There are times when he accompanies his suppliers at the San Pedro docks to inspect and select the fresh catch of the day, at 4 o’clock in the morning. “To see the fishing boats come in at daybreak makes your heart beat,” shares a chef who is clearly enamored with the magic of the sea. He is impressed with our local cod and lobsters’ rich flavor, the cleanliness of the water, and one of the best squid sources in the world: around Catalina Island.

South Bay rough-eye rockfish, caught right here off the coast, was a featured dish at the first cooking event. The fish was cooked in seawater sous vide style at low temperature to keep its integrity. Meyer lemons from Terranea’s orchards provided the base for a velvety butter sauce. Lemonade berries and crushed saltbush, both plants native to the peninsula and harvested on the grounds, provided the garnish. To cook fresh rough-eye rockfish at home, the chef recommends seasoning the fillets with salt and pepper, then sautéing them in olive oil with a sprig of fresh thyme over medium-high heat for about three minutes per side, to cook it through but taking care not to overcook. This lean, mildtasting fish holds its shape and does not require a complicated preparation. Finish with a kiss of Meyer lemon juice and enjoy the ocean breezes. He says the upcoming Spring Bounty event “will be like nature knocked on your door.” The menu will awaken you to the flourishing textures, colors and aromas of spring. Enjoy one-on-one personal interaction with Terranea’s culinary team. Get inspired and learn how to recreate their dishes at home, or simply enjoy the evening, the camaraderie, the exquisite food

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014020792 The following person is doing business as: Vintage Edge Jewelry, 1621 W. Wycliff Place, San Pedro, CA 90732, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Heather Lynn Hovard, 1621 W. Wycliff Place, San Pedro, CA 90732. 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/. Heather Lynn Hovard. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS & LEGAL FILINGS from previous page 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: 02/06/14, 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14 Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014020795 The following person is doing business as: Los Trucking, 941 Bloomwood Rd., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Rafael Juan Carlos Perez, 941 Bloomwood Rd., 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/. Rafael Juan Carlos Perez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 02/06/14, 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014022161 The following person is doing business as:Spirit Cruises & Yacht Charters, 2. Spirit’s Boardwalk Cafe & Grill,1200 Nagoya ?Way P-21, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Ports O’Call Berth 77 P-21, San Pedro CA 90731. Registered owners: Jayme Wilson, 43 - 61st Place, Long Beach, CA 90803. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 1984. 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/. Jayme Wilson, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14, 04/04/14 Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014053951 The following person is doing business as: The Mama’s & The Papa’s Childcare, 864 S. Herbert Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners:Ada Esther Valencia, 864 S. Herbert Ave., 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 2013. 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/. Ada Esther Valencia, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 03/06/14, 03/20/14, 04/03/14, 04/17/14 Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014048047 The following person is doing business as: The Original Las Brisas Mexican Food 2. The Original Las Brisas Restaurant, 1110 N. Gaffey St., Ste D, San Pedro CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners:Gilberto A DeHaro, 24400 Marine Ave., Carson, CA 90745. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 1982. 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/. Gilberto A. DeHaro, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2014. Notice-In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 03/06/14, 03/20/14, 04/03/14, 04/17/14

LB Mayoral Forum “Is it ever going to be like it was? Of course not,” he said conceding to the imperfection of his vision. “And, the reality is, particularly on the eastern portion, our top priority is the protection of homes…. But there are things that we can do of which lowering part of it, putting holes in it that can change the shoreline.” Otto sided with Schipske, restating that the Army Corps of Engineers has not said anything can be done, but to do a study. “To say that there is a plan out there and this is going to solve all our economic problems, is a wish and not a plan,” he said. Otto touted his economic plan as the solution for the city’s problems. Another point of contention was the proposed construction of a new Civic Center. In 2005, studies came out that Long Beach City Hall was seismically unsafe. To top it off, the library, which is adjacent to City Hall, also was found to have roofing issues. The solution, or so it seems, by how the council has been acting, is requesting proposals for private-public partnership to build a new civic center, which would take about four years to build. The informal proposal is reminiscent of the George Deukmejian Courthouse, which ended up costing more than estimated. “Public-private partnerships don’t necessarily work and they’re not good models from around the country, even around the world, for the mayor and council to look at,” Lowenthal said. Although City Hall was built in the 70s, little has been mentioned about retrofitting the building rather than tearing it down. All candidates, except Garcia, who recently was endorsed by the mayor, seemed to question the wisdom of the proposed project. “I most certainly agree that it’s definitely been poorly communicated,” Garcia said. “Multiple engineering centers said that we are in danger of collapse between the fourth and eighth floors, and what are we going to solve the structural problems.” However, Shields questioned the ethics of the proposal. “It looks like this is a mayor’s idea and some city council people are going along with it,” she said. “The question on my mind is why is he pushing, pushing, pushing? Schipske, who was the lone nay vote among her peers to vote for a request for proposals, also weighed in. “I want to thank my warm-up acts over here because I’m the only council person who stood up and said, ‘No;’ that pesky little one ‘no’ vote,” Schipske said. “That building is 37 years old folks…. We are paying $1.5 million or so to get a consultant to do an RFP. The RFP went out today. The city council didn’t get to see it. We got to see it when it went online.” Regardless of the outcome, the impact will fall under a new city council with a new mayor to have to deal with the impacts The debate also touched on education, campaign financing, transparency and pollution. While the question of who would be the best candidate for the job may never be answered, the reality is that on April 8, one of those candidates will be the new leader of the city. More at online at

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014020791 The following person is doing business as: Violetica De Mil Colores Flowers, 819 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Bridgette Contreras, 956 W. Crestwood Ave., San

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014024899 The following person is doing business as: It’s Showtime Movie Memorabilia & Antiques, 741 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Articles of Incorporation: C0797011. Registered owners: Kraakevik Corporation, 15915 Ventura, Blvd., Ste 303, Encino, CA 91436. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. George Woytovich, vicepres. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of

itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14, 04/04/14

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014020793 The following person is doing business as: Otto Trattoria, 301 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: San Pedro Group, 555 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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/. Gregory J. Wilson, president. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 02/06/14, 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14

Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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/. Bridget Contreras. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 02/06/14, 02/20/14, 03/06/14, 03/20/14

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