“Hey, Rookie” Pool Groundbreaking Ceremony a Reminder that History is a Contested Battleground p. 2 Carson Mayor Becomes City Clerk, According to Unofficial Returns p. 6 Roundup of St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans p. 11
There’s an Agreement, but Ratified Contract is Still Weeks Away By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
do the same with its membership. The delegates are able to make a recommendation. After reviewing the contract, it is mailed to the rank and file of the ILWU membership, which will then have the opportunity to discuss the contract with fellow members. Then, a secret ballot will be conducted to approve it. In the unlikely scenario that the membership votes against the contract, it would be sent back to the negotiators to iron out the differences. However, there are other rays of light at the end of the tunnel. On March 1, three companies that own most of the chassis serving the Port of Los Angeles activated a “gray Cargo Moving, Contract Yet to Be Ratified/ to p. 6
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By Katrina Guevara, Contributing Writer Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck probably didn’t expect to demonstrate the effectiveness of body cameras so soon after the department implemented them. On March 1, a video posted on Facebook of officers killing a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles went viral, just four days after LAPD officers modeled wearable cameras at Bixel Focus on Body Cameras/ to p. 5
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rom the deck of USS Iowa on Feb. 23, ILWU Local 13 President Bobby Olvera said to the states buried in snow on the East Coast, “Your goods are on the way.” Olvera said the Local’s 7,000 workers are committed to working seven days a week and around the clock to get the cargo onto store shelves. But in the case of the Southern California ports, that’s three months of port congestion to get through. And, the agreement is just a tentative one until the membership votes on and approves the contract. In the coming weeks, negotiators will meet with 90 delegates representing all the locals on the West Coast to review the contract. The Pacific Maritime Association will
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Hey, Rookie Pool:
A Contested History By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
History is a contested battleground. We saw this in the backlash response to the release of Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights era film, Selma. Some felt that the portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson was unfair. DuVernay said in response to critics that she wasn’t trying to make another “white savior film.” She was aiming for a film that told the story of black liberation from the perspective of the people who were there at ground zero. People who weren’t already fans of the film were even less thrilled with DuVernay’s
Fund a reality, let alone the years of reading environmental impact reports and holding port officials accountable in public meetings and the court room. There was no mention of Kathleen Woodfield who headed the Port Community Advisory Committee subcommittee that reviewed all submitted proposals. Wilmington and San Pedro had separate working groups. There was no mention of Janet Gunter, Andy Mardesich or Noel Park, who in addition to putting up $10,000 each to hire a lawyer to
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Fort MacArthur Museum Director Steve Nelson and Museum supporter Dorothy Matich, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka celebrated the renovation of the Gaffey Street Pool with a groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Betty Guevara.
response. Indeed, Selma sought to tell stories not often heard when the nation engages in discussions about the Civil Rights movement: stories of individual citizens in 1964 Selma who repeatedly attempted to register to vote despite threats to their livelihoods, homes and lives. Selma sought to tell the stories of the John and Jane Does who comprised the movement, as well as the activists who pricked the conscience of the American people with regard to protecting the right to vote for everyone. It’s not often that we get to hear the stories of these individuals. Usually, their names and stories are forgotten histories, while the Kings, Kennedys, and Johnsons are writ large. At the Feb. 12 Gaffey Street Pool groundbreaking ceremony, the names writ large were the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, the Fort MacArthur Museum and Dorothy Matich. As explained by Fort MacArthur Museum Director Steve Nelson, the renovation of the Gaffey Street Pool “came as a result of the museum participating in a competitive grant program from the Port of Los Angeles at the urging of Dorothy Matich.” The upper reservation of Fort MacArthur was the site for Hey, Rookie, a popular World War II era recruitment film. It was in service of this film that the pool was built. There was little, if any, recognition of the people that made the China Mitigation
file suit, also provided much of the critical examination of environmental impact reports and attended numerous harbor commission meetings, informing likeminded neighbors in the community about the impacts of port expansion on the areas around the port. And there were others, including Pat and Diana Nave, Ken Melendez, Jessie Marquez, the National Resources Defense Council and the State Lands Commission. There was no mention of how these activists pushed the idea that the visual environment was a public resource and that it can be polluted just like air and water. There was no mention that they pushed the port to develop an offport aesthetic impact study in order to create a mechanism to get the port to pay the hidden costs of operations—a cost borne mostly by local residents in terms of health, property values and community aesthetics. This may seem like a trivial point, but the histories that live on are the ones that are celebrated, remembered and carved in stone. Hard-fought battles and heroes, as well as symbols representing whole groups of people, are what get etched into permanence. In exchange for this permanence, these monuments become shorthand for the histories and legacies they depict. When the institutions and individuals that embody those histories are gone, the institutional memory of those histories disappears too. When the Port of Los Angeles began rolling continued on following page
AmeriCorps and PV Land Community Conservancy Partner for Announcements: Harbor Area Community Day By Arlo Tinsman-Kongshaug, Editorial Intern
AmeriCorps recently partnered with Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to restore and renovate the White Point Nature Preserve. The project, White Point Community Day, was conceived originally by AmeriCorps while visiting the area. AmeriCorps is a government-sponsored program engaging adults in intensive community service. During its eight-week visit to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and surrounding areas, AmeriCorps committed to working with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to restore habitats, maintain trails and lead field trips. One of its goals was to host a large community event. Public outreach liaison Katherine Wallace said she noticed there was much work to be done around the preserve. AmeriCorps got together with the conservancy and began to organize the event. With AmeriCorps members providing the much-needed extra labor, they would be able to do a large-scale renovation and beautification of the preserve. But AmeriCorps also wanted to reach out to the community. “Why should we do all the work ourselves when we can get people in the community to volunteer and help us?” asked AmeriCorps member Isaiah Broomfield. “So, from there came the idea of ‘community day.’” The workforce will be comprised mostly of volunteers, with AmeriCorps members training, coordinating and supervising them. One of the main things they will be doing is removing tumbleweeds, which block paths and get in the way of hikers. They will also be weeding the demonstration gardens and will perform general beautification around the preserve. This is the third time Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has partnered with AmeriCorps. The groups plan to continue their relationship for many years to come. Broomfield said some of Americorps’ future projects will also be working in Long Beach with Urban Community Outreach to feed the homeless. “Wherever there’s a need, that’s where we’ll go,” he said. from previous page
Open House for Western Avenue Design Guidelines The cities of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Angeles have teamed up to develop design guidelines to improve the Western Avenue Corridor Vision Plan. There will be a public open house at 10 a.m. March 14 at the Peck Park Community Center, to see the work in progress, ask questions and provide feedback. Venue: Peck Park Community Center Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro A Midsummer Night’s Dream Auditions Youth theater company The Troupe will host auditions from 12 to 2 p.m. March 14, for its upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Details: email@example.com Venue: The Troupe Theater Company Location: 619 S. Mesa St., San Pedro SPCC Leadership Series The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce will present the 2015 Leadership Series with Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell at 11:30 a.m. March 20 at Ports O’Call Restaurant. Details: (310) 832-7272 Venue: Ports O’Call Restaurant Location: 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro Call for Artists to Design and Paint DOT Utility Boxes In collaboration with City Council District 15 and Clean San Pedro Inc., the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and ACE District Committee have selected five DOT utility boxes for custom painting by artists. Submissions are due March 23. The District Design Advisory Panel will select five submissions. Boxes will be painted the week of April 27. Details: (310) 832-7272 Alcohol Awareness Month South Bay Communities Creating Change will host a media event at 10 a.m. April 2 at Gardena City Council chambers, to kick off this year’s observance of Alcohol Awareness Month. Elected officials, health professionals, law enforcement, youth and community leaders will present data and provide testimonies. Details: (213) 304-1394 Venue: Gardena City Hall Location: 1700 W. 162nd St., Gardena
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Long Beach City Council Special Election A Special Municipal Election to fill the vacant 4th District Council seat will take place on April 14. The qualified candidates are Herlinda Chico, Daryl Supernaw and Richard Lindemann. Details: (562) 570-7479
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out its plan to curb waterfront spending to 10 percent of its annual operating budget, they frequently described the $600 million in waterfront improvements as gifts to the community, rather than as partially fulfilled commitments the port had previously promised or had been required to pay in court settlements. Understandably, people like Pat Nave were particularly irked by this. “It was complete reversal of what they had promised to do in the past,” Nave said. “[There’s] no question about that. You could see the change in their attitude when they started talking about their core business, or when they started regarding the stuff they did in the community as being gifts to the community. “That just irked me to no end. It still does. And they [Port of Los Angeles] haven’t changed that view.” Pat is not one who cares about credit. Just as long as the port fulfills its obligations. “I don’t think they were denying the history,” Pat said. “I don’t think they are aware. Every time you get a new administration it seems like there is so much they don’t know. They don’t have any institutional knowledge. And you know what? They don’t care.” Institutional amnesia has real consequences. It means battles once thought finished are re-fought and questions once thought settled reemerge. The film, Selma, depicted a period when voting rights were under assault. As projects that emerged as a result of the China Shipping mitigation fund come into fruition, the Port of Los Angeles may conveniently forget the mitigation measure was the result of a lawsuit.
Blood Drive The American Red Cross will have a Bloodmobile Unit set up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at San Pedro Mental Health Center. Details: (310) 519-6100 Venue: San Pedro Mental Health Center Location: 150 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Gaffey St. Improvement Project Moves Ahead as Public Opposition Wanes By Ivan Adame, Editorial Intern
Public reaction during the Gaffey Street improvement community workshops on Jan. 8 and Feb. 26, and the first one on Jan.8 differed like night and day. The meetings were part of a process to improve the safety and aesthetic profile of Gaffey Street as part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative. The first meeting, which took place at the Croatian Cultural Center was filled to standing room only with San Pedro residents who were upset after learning through social media that
traffic lane reductions, known as “road diets,” were on the table. Councilman Joe Buscaino, in a Facebook post, said he had discussed the issue with the city’s consultants at RRM Design Group, and that no such plan was in the works. During the Feb. 26 meeting, the public was invited to provide additional feedback on the Gaffey Street Improvements, which have already incorporated ideas from two previous community workshops. Reducing traffic at the terminus of the 110 Freeway is still of primary concern, but both the Department of Transportation and Among the proposed new features of the Gaffey Street conceptual plan are “bulbouts”—enlarged curbs that decrease the distance of pedestrian crosswalks and a new transit station at Vons supermarket on Gaffey and 13th streets. Photo by Terelle Jerricks
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RRM Design Group spokespeople say that due to zoning, land use, and funding constraints, little can be done about it in the immediate future. Other ideas proposed that night include a transit plaza that would be situated near the
Vons on 13th Street, which could allow for quick shopping via vending kiosks. Also, all of the bus stops along Gaffey Street are going to be furnished with bus shelters. “We want to make transit easy and comfortable to use,” said Tony Keith, assistant designer from the RRM Design Group. Keith then asked the public to not let the issue of homelessness stunt progress of a greater public transportation. “You don’t deny all of us using bus stops because we have a homeless issue,” Keith said. “You don’t solve the homeless issue necessarily, but you address the homeless issue. And the more activity you get on Gaffey Street—which is what the goal of this is—not to turn Gaffey into a better freeway, but to turn Gaffey into a better place for the community to use—then those issues [the homeless issue], you can solve those.” When the public looked over the plans, feedback was recorded by writing and sticking Post-It notes on the displays. One public suggestion for bus stops was to use individual chairs or loveseats at odd angles instead of benches, suggesting it “prevents sleeping,” and “encourages social behavior.” Another suggestion was to have no advertisements on benches. continued on following page
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Focus on Body Cameras Exchange’s first Fashion and Technology Salon at The Reef in Los Angeles. The LAPD said officers were responding to a report of a robbery when a man tried to fight them as they approached. During the struggle, according to the LAPD, the man, later identified by the name “Africa,” reached for an officer’s gun, prompting police to open fire. The officer and a sergeant involved in the shooting were both wearing body cameras. It’s been reported in the Los Angeles Times that the body camera footage supports the events depicted in the video captured by a bystander. The police department’s policies regarding the devices and access to their footage is still being finalized. However, Beck said he does not want to publicly release the recordings unless required to do so for court proceedings. The city hopes to fully deploy the cameras by summer 2015. Days earlier, Sgt. Jason Ligouri modeled Axon, a video recorder developed by Taser International, on his shirt uniform, reportedly the same model used to capture the March 1 shooting. The Axon recorder is a camera box that can be mounted onto a uniform shirt, belt or pockets. The lens has a 130-degree field of view with retina low-light technology. The device can be turned on with the press of a button, in which
the footage directly uploads to Evidence.com, a digital evidence management website run by Taser. Officials can view their recordings via a Motorola cell video viewer. The officers will be required to turn it on while they’re on duty. “Video is important, but it is just one piece of investigation,” Ligouri said. Ligouri has been a supporter of the camera for the past seven years. He said many officers have taken the initiative to use their own tape recorders while on duty. The LAPD would not use Axon until a policy is finalized and officers are properly trained. As of March 3, it’s not clear what body camera was used to capture the shooting. In the wake of massive demonstrations against police shootings of unarmed men of color nationwide, many hope the introduction of wearable technology will bring a measure of transparency. In January of 2014, KPCC radio reported that the department raised $1.3 million from individual donors, including Steven Speilberg, Casey Wasserman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, as well as organizations like Occidental Petroleum and the Dodgers. The department expected to raise the money in 9 months, but instead the money was raised in 58 days. An Axon body camera costs $399 per unit, according to Taser International’s website.
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There seemed to be a split opinion on whether or not to keep the palm trees in the area, with an equal amount of feedback written for and against. Gale Noon, a San Pedro resident reviewing the display, was concerned about the rotting of old palm trees. “I’m fine with getting rid of them and putting more native or more Mediterranean stuff,” Noon said. Sue Castillo, Land Use chairwoman for the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, said she would like the plan to explain how public art can be incorporated into the project. “[A good place] to put public art is bus stops,” Castillo said. “Because bus stops need to be made to feel like a cool place… we need more people to travel by bus.” Given the public response of the past two meetings, there was minimal opposition to the plans on display during this meeting. James Dimon, chairman of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, said he feels like this meeting was a positive step forward.
“This community needs to stop door-stopping the [city’s efforts] to spend funds to beautify our community, and to support it,” said Dimon. However, funding to implement this project isn’t completely secure. It will be funded in fragments. Smaller elements of this project— referred to by several of the speakers that night as “low-hanging fruit”—can be funded and implemented quickly. But it may not be possible to secure funding for everything in a given year. Specific items can take from six months to anywhere between five and eight years. As of now, the project was eligible to apply for $1.7 million via Metro’s Call for Project fund, according Kate Mayerson, program director for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative. The project members are also advocating for businesses and property owners along Gaffey Street to form a business improvement district to produce more funds. “As long as the community keeps advocating for this project to be funded, we’re going to do this in phases; we’re going to do it in pieces,” Mayerson said. “But we’d rather start small and work up towards the big-ticket items than to do nothing at all.”
reported in a story about Farar’s study, that within a year, the use of force by officers fell by more than 60 percent. “If officers have on a body cam, it would have slowed down their thinking,” Soboroff said. “Such events as what happened to Eric Gardner would have deescalated [with a body camera].” The police department and Los Angeles Police Sgt. Dan Gomez demonstrates a video feed from his city have the right to record body-camera at a December 2014 press conference. File photo arrests and accidents, among “[Axon body is] transformative for law other incidents. Arrest logs, calls for service logs, enforcement in America,” said Soboroff about statistics, crime and accident reports are available under the California Public Records Act. pitching the idea to financial backers. Recording incidents regarding domestic The LAPD litigates more than $100 million in lawsuits a year, said Soboroff. The cost of violence and juvenile victims must follow the cameras, which is one-hundredth the cost regulations under the American Civil Liberties of lawsuits, could help minimize litigation and Union. Details: www.bixelexchange.com and www. unwarranted citizens’ complaints. In 2013, Rialto police chief and police lapdonline.org/. foundation fellow William Farar, published a study that found in the one year his department utilized the body cameras, the number of complaints against officers in that San Bernardino County city fell by 88 percent. The use of force by officers fell by more than 60 percent. Chief Farar’s study began February 2012, and ended in July 2013. The New York Times
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Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports Get Approval to Work with Congestion Relief Regulators
LONG BEACH —The Federal Maritime Commission gave approval to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Feb. 26, to find new ways to prevent congestion and cargo delays, while improving the transportation network and air quality. In December, the Harbor commissions overseeing the neighboring ports requested the Federal Maritime Commission to expand working agreements, in an effort to find long-term solutions to the congestion that had slowed the movement of cargo shipped through Long Beach and Los Angeles in recent months. The tentative contract agreement reached on Feb. 20 by longshore labor and management will help the ports work through the backlog of containers. The expanded agreement specifies that the two ports can exchange information on projects and programs in addition to rates, charges, operating costs, practices and regulations related to marine terminal, trucking, rail and vessel operations. The two ports handle about 43 percent of the nation’s total import traffic and 27 percent of its total exports.
Incumbents Return to Carson Council
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CARSON—Mayor Jim Dear may get his wish to become the city of Carson’s city clerk. In unofficial results, Dear had the edge on Incumbent City Clerk Donesia Gause by less than 400 votes. Gause was appointed to the position by City Council majority—Dear’s political foes—three years ago to replace longtime City Clerk Helen Kawagoe. Gause ran on reforms made on her watch including the creation of the passport service and the modernization of the city’s database to ease access to public records. Unofficial vote returns gave Dear a 52.2 percent advantage over Gause’s 47.8 percent. In other Carson races, City Council incumbents Lula Davis Holmes and Elito Santarina handily return to the council as the two top vote-getters. A special election will be held on June 2 to fill former Councilman Mike Gipson’s seat. Gipson was elected to the state assembly this past November. The effort to make permanent the Utility Users Tax, Measure A failed, having gathered only 47.1 percent of the vote. A Dear appointee to the Utility Tax Oversight Committee, Monica Cooper, beat out a crowded field to replace Carson’s City Treasurer Karen Avilla. Avilla decided against running for the office again after she filed the papers. As a result, her name was still on the ballot. She gained 16 percent of the vote. Her preferred candidate, Eddie Duque, came in second with 24 percent of the vote.
chassis fleet” of truck-trailers in an effort to improve the flow of goods. The landmark agreement among Direct ChassisLink Inc., Flexi-Van Leasing Inc. and TRAC Intermodal will give terminal operators and trucking companies at the twin ports more flexibility in obtaining chassis. Chassis are the wheeled trailers used by trucks to haul cargo containers. Eleven of the 13 container terminals at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as the off-dock rail yards, are expected to participate. The two remaining marine container terminals use their own equipment, but could opt to participate in the future. Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach chief executives Gene Seroka and Jon Slangerup— both of whom have backgrounds as transportation executives—applauded the agreement in a jointly-released statement. “This is a historic agreement that will help our ports overcome a major challenge that has played a significant role in the congestion we’ve experienced,” said Slangerup, a former president of FedEx Canada. Seroka, former president of Americas at APL Limited, called the agreement, “a major step forward in addressing the congestion issues that have challenged the San Pedro Bay cargo flow in recent months. “The gray chassis pool, along with other initiatives underway to improve efficiencies, will help our marine terminals move effectively toward restoring cargo flow through this important gateway.” “Chassis imbalance”—a phenomenon created by pools of non-interoperable chassis—was identified as the culprit of the congestion at the ports. The new agreement will allow more than 80 percent of chassis in service at the ports to be used interchangeably. The agreement creates a new chassis supply model from each of the three pool operators overseeing the daily logistics of 81,500 chassis. The pools will remain commercially independent, with each chassis provider competing for business and setting its own leasing terms and rates. A separate third-party service provider will manage billing and other proprietary information. Another ray of light appeared in the Feb. 27 edition of the Journal of Commerce. It reported that the Port of Los Angeles was teaming up with terminal operators and harbor drayage company, TTSI, to launch a container free-flow operation also aimed at reducing port congestion, while efficiently delivering import loads to retailers and other large shippers. TTSI serves a core group of beneficial cargo owners, like Walmart, Target and Best Buy that take control of their imports at the port of entry. Together, beneficial cargo owners generate a critical mass of imports each week. Four marine terminals that handle imports from beneficial cargo owners—APL, APMT,
ILWU Local 13 and Pacific Maritime Association hosted a press conference on the USS Iowa Feb. 23. From left are ILWU Local 13 President, Bobby Olvera and his son Adan, PMA Vice President Chad Lindsay, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Joe Buscaino, Rep. Janice Hahn, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal attended the press conference. Photo by Terelle Jerricks
Yusen Terminals and West Basin Container Terminal—unload these imports from the vessels and stack them in a block. TTSI truckers “peel off” the containers from the block and take them to the Pasha yard in the Port of Los Angeles. Either TTSI or other truckers take the loaded containers to the beneficial cargo owners’ distribution centers in the region. The drivers then pick up empty containers at the distribution centers and return them to the harbor. This closed-loop operation offers the benefit of reducing congestion at the marine terminals
by draying off 400 to 500 containers a day as soon as the import loads are discharged from the ships. This results in quicker turn times for truckers without running into jurisdiction issues with the ILWU. Improvements in the movement of cargo at ports are stacking up every day. It’s still a question as to whether these improvements will steer the ports away from the congestion issues they experienced in the past nine months.
Planning Commission Takes Up Fracking Ban
By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter The Carson Planning Commission hosted a public hearing concerning adoption of a revised oil and gas code on Feb. 24 at the Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center. But it decided to delay a decision until its April 14 meeting. Commissioner Jan Schaefer said the item was continued to give city staff more time to “tweak” such a “huge document with many implications.” She also said that, during the meeting, eight people who represented unions or the oil industry commented that the proposed code was too restrictive. About a half-dozen opponents countered that the code was not restrictive enough. “Some people like [residents] Robert Lesley and Dianne Thomas don’t want any drilling anywhere,” she said. “There were one or two people [against the code] who weren’t residents, they were representatives of organizations.” The hearing concerned adoption of an oil and gas ordinance to the municipal code regarding
regulation of petroleum facilities and operations. It also pertained to adoption of an ordinance update and amendment to the municipal code to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” acidizing, or any other well stimulation treatment. Schaefer commented that she hasn’t decided whether she supports the changes to the current code or not. “I don’t have all the facts yet,” she said. Lesley, who opposes any new drilling, spoke about his concerns prior to the hearing. “I’m not against drilling in a proper area, out in the country somewhere. I’m against it when you put it in my community,” he said. “They could follow all the guidelines and there could still be a spill…. Fracking is a term for the same process as hydraulic drilling. If you’re going to be processing hydraulic drilling on a slant, or horizontal drilling, you have to have a certain amount of pressure … It breaks up the rock to get oil.” A city map shows hundreds of abandoned continued on following page
Torrance Refinery Explosion—
A Sharp Reminder of Externalized Costs By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
On Feb. 18 at about 8:50 a.m., an explosion sent flames and ashes into the sky at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance. Four workers were injured by the blast and 14 Torrance schools initiated “shelter in place” procedures, keeping their students indoors. CalTech researchers said that the blast was the equivalent of a 1.7-magnitude earthquake. A Feb. 25 update report from the South Coast Air Quality Management District stated that the blast “blew off sections of the Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP), venting the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU), and released spent catalyst into the air which deposited it in the neighborhood on top of cars and homes and other areas around the refinery.” The good news was that nobody was killed. Moreover, the AQMD reported that there was no detectable air pollution impacts of the kinds that it normally monitors. “Our air monitoring didn’t show an increased air pollution exposure to residents following the explosion,” said AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood. In addition, the update report stated that all the asbestos detected afterwards was confined to within the refinery. Still, ExxonMobil was needlessly—even foolishly—tight-lipped, and unresponsive to public concerns, in the eyes of Connie Rutter, a retired oil industry consultant, who worked as a refinery environmental officer before establishing her own consulting firm. “It just seems to me that the best policy is honesty, even if that puts the company in a bad from previous page
But a note at the bottom specifically cites these two safety provisions as being in ExxonMobil’s hands when immediate notification is required. Ablett further obscured the truth—if not outright lied—when he added that the siren system (which is tested once a month, but was not activated in response to the explosion) was also not operated by ExxonMobil. “It’s the city’s response system, it’s not ours.” It’s unclear whether Ablett was lying, uninformed, confused himself, or knowingly deceptive. But it is clear that ExxonMobil as a whole was not on top of things operationally. “Honestly, I’m not at all surprised that happened,” Torrance City Councilman Tim Goodrich said at a council meeting the following week. “How many close calls is ExxonMobil willing to have before we have one we’re really going to regret?” Indifference to such impacts is commonplace in the oil industry, with only few exceptions, Rutter observed. Exxon had a long history of high-handedness and indifference to the public before its merger with Mobil, epitomized by its response to the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989. Mobil had been more image conscious, as the creating sponsor of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. “Mobil seemed to act as if once they done that, they didn’t have to do anything more.” Rutter noted. Although “not blatant as Exxon,” Rutter said Mobil “pretty much had the attitude, ‘Hey we’re here to refine oil, you people need gasoline, let us alone.’” Buying off the political system is where the industry excels, as illustrated by another recent development. On Feb. 27, the New York Times reported that ExxonMobil had reached a settlement agreement with the state of New Jersey, paying just $250 million in an 11-yearold suit, which initially asked for $8.9 billion in damages for pollution damage to wetlands from two refineries dating back to the 1870s. The surprise announcement came just as a ruling was expected from the judge in the case— as the Times put it, “Exxon’s liability was no longer in dispute; the only issue was how much it would pay in damages”—and was immediately denounced by environmental advocates. “This is an outrageous abuse of power by the administration selling out the environment and the taxpayers of New Jersey,” Jeff Tittel, director
of the New Jersey Sierra Club, told Bloomberg News. “This is a complete giveaway to corporate polluters.” But David Sirota of International Business Times drew attention to two key factors: First was ExxonMobil’s contributions of more than $1.9 million to the Republican Governors’ Association since Chris Christie first ran for governor in 2009. “That includes $79,000 during Christie’s 2009 campaign and $200,000 during his reelection campaign in 2013,” Sirota reported. “It also includes $500,000 when he chaired the organization during the 2014 election cycle.” Second was the fact that a previous Christieappointed Attorney General, Paula Dow, was a former Exxon lawyer. But even if ExxonMobil had paid that $8.9 billion settlement in full, it would only be a fraction of the worldwide externalized costs of the industry on an annual basis. The 2008 study by Jane Hall mentioned above found that “almost $22 billion” would be saved annually in the South Coast Air Basin “if federal ozone and PM2.5 [fine particle, aka “soot”] standards were met,” plus almost another $6 billion in the San Joaquin Valley. Thus, the routine externalized costs of the oil and gas industry far outshadow the acute damages seen in incidents like the Torrance refinery explosion, or even major lawsuits like the one in New Jersey. Bringing those massive figures down to Earth, the average health costs per person from air pollution probably remain around $1,400 annually for local residents, despite significant improvements in air quality throughout the past 30 years. While pollution levels locally have improved significantly since 2005 and 2006, when the 2008 study’s data was collected, a followup study lead by Hall, comparing that study with an earlier one in 1989, found little net change in percapita health impacts. “The core point is that enormous progress has been made in reducing pollution,” Hall said. “But new scientific research that indicates a broader array of impacts, and impacts at lower concentrations, along with larger populations in more polluted sub-
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A copy of the proposed Oil and Gas Ordinance, and the amendment to ban fracking, is available from the City of Carson Planning Division.
light,” Rutter said. “The issue with the ash should be handled by clearly naming what it is and hazards associated with it.” The bad news is that the direct negative consequences of the explosion—the first wave of externalized costs imposed on the broader community—pale in comparison to the indirect costs, most notably the sharp increase in the already-rising gas prices statewide (a 42-cent increase in one week, compared to 52 cents over the previous three weeks combined). Those, in turn, pale in comparison to the costs of businessas-usual in the oil and gas business, which amount to at least $1,400 per person per year, primarily in health-related costs, according to academic research. In Los Angeles County, according to a 2008 study led by California State University Fullerton economist Jane Hall, twice as many people die annual from air pollution than die in traffic accidents. Chaos and confusion dominated the immediate post-blast response, and led to fierce criticism on social media and at a community meeting on the night of Feb. 20. Almost 200 people attended. While some public criticism was directed toward the Torrance Fire Department, the lion’s share of anger and blame was directed toward ExxonMobil, which appeared to be both ill-prepared and uninformed. Most notably, ExxonMobil had failed to act immediately to activate two aspects of the Torrance Community Warning System, which it has authority to initiate “if an incident at the refinery warrants immediate community notification.” First, the community sirens used to alert residents within a 1.2-mile radius of the refinery to shelter in place; second, the Crenshaw Street Barriers, similar to railroad barriers, used to prohibit traffic between Del Amo Boulevard and 190th Street on Crenshaw Boulevard. At the meeting, ExxonMobil’s refinery manager Brian Ablett—just three months on the job—tried to shift blame onto the city of Torrance. “The communication is generally not from us, it’s from the city,” he said. That much is true—but with an emphasis on “generally.” As explained in a document posted on the refinery’s website, the overall, multifaceted warning system is run by the city.
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wells in north Carson. Lesley is concerned about what could happen if new drilling causes any blowouts. Although the new code prohibits drilling in residential areas and requires a safety setback of 1,500 feet, Lesley said new drilling could still be put in place within the community. Some Carson residents have started up a blog, Carson Connected, which often posts about fracking and other issues of local concern. It’s described as “an organization of volunteers dedicated to nurturing our communities.” The site posted before the Feb. 24 meeting: “We may find out tonight just who’s fighting for the people and who is fighting for the oil industry here in Carson.” During a Feb. 18 community meeting, Luis Perez, of Marine Research Specialists, said adopting the new code would provide, “a robust set of standards to protect the public instead of just asking for a permit over the counter.” Marine Research Specialists, an environmental consulting firm, drafted the new code for the city. At the Feb. 18 meeting, City Attorney Shannon Sharpe argued, “Whether you’re pro-drilling or anti-drilling, you’ll want this. This ordinance requires environmentally responsible operations.”
Right, the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance sustained major damage in the Feb 18 explosion. File photo. Captain of the Torrance fire department Steve Deuel updates the press following the Feb. 18 Exxon oil refinery explosion. Photo by Phillip Cooke.
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Fractured Perspectives From the Waterfront to Gaffey Street and Beyond James Preston Allen, Publisher
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I am thinking today about the famous Paleolithic cave paintings in Altamira, Spain. I think about the exquisite images of extinct steppe bison, horses and deer, then wonder if the cave dwellers of that era had the same problem we have today discussing our environment. I mean did they sit around the cave and argue about how many bison there were and how they would be depicted? Was it as contentious as, say, the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan or the Waterfront Development meetings? I have said it before: Our capacity to communicate has evolved because of technology. But our ability to understand hasn’t changed much. Which isn’t to say that “modern” men are a bunch of knuckledragging Neanderthals, even though I admit to knowing a few. These ancestors of Altamira, as well as Lascaux, France were probably as socially evolved and intelligent as we are today, given their circumstances. I am thinking here about the power of images to communicate more than words can explain. And I am pondering how tribes or villages come to consensus. The other day, the Great Street consultants were back in San Pedro explaining their vision of Gaffey Street improvements on the cave wall. A hundred or more villagers gathered round to listen, absorb and then comment. The equation is still skepticism versus trust. Do we trust the guy explaining his vision on the cave wall or do we not? The same was true when Gene Seroka, the executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, came around to explain his vision for the Waterfront Investment Plan using a PowerPoint presentation. A few more pictures would have helped explain his graphs and charts, but in the end it came down to whether the village trusts the guy explaining the cave painting. However, the problems of Los Angeles are a bit more complex than the problems faced by early man in the cave at Altamira 35,000 years ago. The cave and the village have become far more abstract. In fact, much of what separates us as a community is invisible to the average modern cave dweller. Take, for instance, voting precincts. The entire city is divided up, as is the entire
state by voting precincts. Unless you’ve walked the one in which you reside, I’d bet you don’t even know its boundaries. The voting precincts don’t align strictly to neighborhood council districts nor to Los Angeles Police Department patrol areas. They don’t adhere to any natural community borders or to anything more practical like the electrical grid. The layers of maps it takes to explain this complexity can be found in various places like the city engineer’s office, the city and county clerks’ offices or at LAPD headquarters, just not all in one place. And definitely not commonly known or on public display. Even the boundaries of San Pedro’s three neighborhood council districts are more a divisive political abstraction than a tool to empower or unite the community. This strategy only works if we treat these divisions as real, rather than just another layer of civic dysfunction that keeps us from thinking as one community. It is an even greater abstraction when you think about how Council District 15 is bizarrely connected to the rest of the city by a shoestring strip, which is then divided into seven neighborhood council districts. What works for the neighborhoods and what will work across Los Angeles is to conceive of and work within “natural” communities, and work in alliance like we did when Port of Los Angeles advanced its Draft Waterfront Spending Plan. The cooperation and collaboration between the neighborhood councils in Wilmington, Harbor City and San Pedro, and chambers of commerce in the same areas brought about an almost unheard of unity from this region. And what’s more important, the port got the message that this is one waterfront. Wilmington and San Pedro won’t be pitted against each other like football teams and there should be some equity in spending on both ends of this harbor plan. To further the success of this recent cooperation, I propose that the harbor region neighborhood councils join together and hold an annual neighborhood summit, and begin to address the issues that connect us as one community and address city agencies with those grievances with a single, undivided voice. You might say that what I’m suggesting is a redrawing of what’s currently on our collective cave wall!
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The American Dream is Still Possible
Recent Union Contract Negotiations at Ports of LA and Long Beach Show How
By Robert “Bobby” Olvera Jr., longshore worker and president of ILWU, Local 13 A recent story aired by National Public Radio affiliate KPCC about the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 13 (ILWU, Local 13), during contract negotiations with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), called us the union that sustains the “American Dream” in San Pedro and the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor area. The truth is, all Americans deserve what we have achieved for our communities and our families. Unfortunately, across the country there have been increased efforts to denigrate the image of workers and the activism in their unions in protecting their gains. We witnessed it firsthand as shipping companies waged a campaign attempting to distort the public’s perception of ILWU’s work ethics. During contract negotiations, the PMA tried to persuade the news media and the public that ILWU, Local 13, was intentionally slowing down work and preventing workers from filling available jobs. PMA’s strategy made sense— given that the truth was the exact opposite. Since July 2014, ILWU, Local 13 repeatedly requested that our members be allowed to work all shifts to catch up with the backlog after the holidays. Even
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before the negotiations, we had been demanding that crane operator training be accelerated, and that shippers work with us to figure out a way to let our mechanics fix a growing pile of broken chassis. The chassis are key in moving cargo containers (which have no wheels) when they come off the ships. Six to eight work crews are normally assigned to unload large cargo vessels, with each crew comprised of 16 workers. As soon as our contract expired in July 2014, shipping companies began to reduce crews, by up to 50 percent until Jan. 2, 2015. On Jan. 2, crews assigned to nighttime unloading of vessels were reduced by over 80 percent. It was an obvious ploy to set us up for failure, expecting 16 workers to do the work of 96 and then to blame us for the backlog. With our members facing sharply reduced hours, the goal of employers was to get workers to turn on one another and pressure the union’s leadership to make contract concessions. Instead, we pulled together, fighting for our American dream, working hard and keeping our word to make the ports and the economy work for all. As night shift members were left without 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 @randomlengthsnews.com. Send Letters to the Editor or requests for subscription information to james @ randomlengthsnews.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or reads@ randomlengthsnews.com. Extra copies and back issues are available by mail for $3 per copy while supplies last. Subscriptions are available for $36 per year for 27 issues. Random Lengths News presents issues from an alternative perspective. We welcome articles and opinions from all people in the Harbor Area. While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right to express those opinions. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Reporting Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2015 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.
RANDOMLetters Regarding the Torrance Explosion at Exxon-Mobil
Sometimes, I can’t help but think that our entire society is in a coma as it relates to seeing the extreme dangers that surround us. Most of our serious disasters have been simply a result of our own self-chosen “ignorance” of disaster potentials. Frankly, it appears that we are just too busy to consume ourselves with such troubling thoughts. We continue to elect politicians whose main focus is to remain a career politician. Their very successes will be guaranteed only by their allegiance to the corporate entities that fund their political campaigns. Hazardous energy facilities will continue to operate with weak regulations and oversight that will not, and cannot, ensure public safety. No other example more clearly illustrates this than the Rancho LPG facility in the LA Harbor area. While the explosion at Torrance’s Exxon-Mobil refinery is certainly an event to be recognized, its potential for disaster pales by comparison to San Pedro’s liquefied petroleum gas storage facility. Two of the most explosive commodities known are propane and butane gases. The massive volume of these gasses stored at Rancho LPG, 25 million-plus
gallons, represents the energy equivalent of over 50 atomic bombs. Combine this now with the fact that the facility sits in a LA City documented “earthquake rupture zone” (mag. 7.3 potential) in tanks built 40+ years ago to a seismic substandard of 5.5-6.0, on land identified by USGS as “landslide” and “liquefaction” areas, and located within 1,000 ft. of pre-existing homes and schools. Then also consider that the site abuts the Phillips 66 refinery, and is within 1/4 mile of chemical and oil terminals at the port, while sitting above a “hornets nest” of chemical and fuel pipelines. Politicians and government officials have continued to recognize the extreme risks associated with this facility for decades, yet remain “paralyzed” in fear of industry push back from taking action to “prevent” the obvious catastrophe that awaits. Explosions like Exxon-Mobile’s should provide the “wake up call” necessary to shake us from the coma. However, I hold little hope and expect the tragedy to strike at anytime. It is shameful and pathetic. Janet Gunter San Pedro
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Cheesecake Factory. We had finished our annual celebration, paid our tab and began to walk towards the exit. I had to attend the restroom. I walked in and got an eye-opening experience. I saw a 20-something-year-old African American man and what appeared to be his 5 or 6-year-old son. The young father was giving the child specific instructions. I heard, “Pull up your pants, buckle your belt, wash your hands and make sure they are dry before we go outside.” The child complied by the numbers without a whimper. The young father and I turned to each other, we both smiled, as we both knew what was occurring. The young father was setting the child on a
specific road, an organized map of learning dignity and respecting himself and others: the beginning of becoming a man. We often hear the single mother say, “I don’t need no man.” Her word is, “I can raise my boys by myself.” Excuse me mom, the father isn’t for you. The boy child needs a father. He needs to see his father at the football games and to be encouraged by his father’s smile. His father needs to be there after the game, when all the fathers gather. It’s father and son time. The child is reminded he belongs to a father too. Of course, mom has her role More Letters/ to p. 19
From Whence a Man Cometh
The question of evolving from child to manhood is a curious, complex process. How that occurs remains a Galilean mystery, except that in most organized societies a father figure is an important part to that growth. Child to manhood is made even more complex when there was, or is, no positive male in the home to be called upon. Don’t get me wrong, mom is great, but moms cannot teach boys to be men. The lack of that male mentor causes boys to learn to be a man through a peripheral right of passage, such as an uncle who tells one to get a good job. No specifics,
have—a wage that allows us to adequately provide for our families, to pay our bills, and to save for our children’s college education. And wages earned by our members are invested right back into the local economies because our salaries go to paying for mortgage or rent, food, clothing, utilities and other items that are purchased right here in Southern California. Instead of blaming workers who are paid a good wage, we should stand up for every worker in this country to ensure we all earn enough to provide for our families. When unions’ membership was up in the 1950s, America’s families had the highest quality of life, and the middle class was at its strongest. In the 1950s there was no “One Percent” conversation. It was one America, with no huge income gap existing between Americans. That was the American dream and we can still have it if we support our workers and unions. We should stand up for access to adequate healthcare coverage and we should stand up for safer working conditions and training that keeps up with the latest technology and keeps jobs right here in this country. That’s what the American dream is and we should all stand up for it!
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Congress like Janice Hahn and Alan Lowenthal joined with State Senator Isadore Hall, and Assembly members Mike Gipson and Patrick O’Donnell, and came to the hiring hall to encourage thousands of ILWU Local 13 members. During our struggle with the PMA and its members who represent some of the world’s most profitable offshore companies, we never forgot the other American workers who were being impacted by the refusal by employers to unload cargo. We knew that their refusal was negatively impacting warehouse workers and small businesses from the Inland Empire here in California, to Indiana. While some folks unfortunately believed the public relations smears against ILWU, we were grateful for many who saw our plight as connected to their own. This included companies such as Azteca Milling in California and Doggie Design in South Carolina. Throughout the contract negotiations, our wages were called into question several times in an attempt to say that union workers are paid too much. In reality, all Americans deserve to have what we
just an abstract proclamation in the search of a mind. Then there are athletic coaches who talk about sacrifice and commitment in pursuing a goal. There will be a male teacher who will tell one he is a good student and a natural leader, and if one would apply one’s self, one can accomplish whatever one wants to do. The point is these were good men. They did their best to help. I still admire them. But they didn’t possess that straightline, hard-line, familial DNA, that to have your back, need not be verbalized. That DNA that says, “Get it together, or I will kick your ass,” and you believe it. All brings to mind my family’s recent Christmas party at the
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work by employers, day shift members, who were already facing up to 50 percent in work reductions, made way for night shift workers to take over some day shifts. Our members understood that making the American dream a reality is sharing the pain when times are tough and ensuring everyone makes it through. Our motto that “An injury to one is an injury to all” doesn’t stop with our workers. While ILWU Local 13 faced smaller paychecks over the past 9 months, the communities in San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach were also negatively impacted. Approximately 60 percent of dock workers live in the greater port area so small businesses within the community lost money too. We’re proud to say that the community always had our back. They came out by the thousands in a show of solidarity on January 22nd when we participated in a rally with Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino calling for normal working hours. Thousands of signs supporting our workers also made their way into storefronts across San Pedro, Wilmington, Long Beach and even Lakewood. Members of
as long as it increases their net worth. Each one wants to be the only wealthy one left. They will destroy the middle class and unions by flooding the country with an under-class of illegals and recent immigrants. Remember, Republicans, backed by the Koch’s, engineered immigration amnesty, both times. Not the Democrats, no matter what the right says. And from the top they have removed all banking and speculation restrictions imposed by the Depression. So they play their games with common folks money, not their own. We need a new Trust Buster like Theodore Roosevelt, and soon, or we will soon be just another Banana Republic. John Mattson San Pedro
Lecture Considers the Civil War’s Legacy of Racial Injustice
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Rancho Los Cerritos Site Presents a lecture series on the American Civil War with an emphasis on race, place and movement. This four-part series, which began Feb. 21 with Cal Poly Pomona lecturer Christopher Bates on the popularity of the Civil War in popular culture. The series continues on March 21 with Dr. David Miller, pictured right, on how the War and Reconstruction left a profound racial inequality in its wake and consider the implications of that legacy today. The series continues through May 16.
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Externalized Costs regions, means that there are still large numbers of significant adverse effects on health in the region.” There are no studies that comprehensively capture all the externalized costs of the oil and gas industry. Hall’s studies are typical of how most similar studies are done. They only capture differences in externalized costs between current levels and some future target. In her case, that means full compliance with the Clean Air Act, hence the title of her 2008 study: “The Benefits of Meeting Federal Clean Air Standards in the South Coast and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins.” Specific itemized benefits listed in the report include: • 3,860 fewer premature deaths among those age 30 and older • 3,517,720 fewer days of reduced activity in adults • 1,259,840 fewer days of school absence • 2,078,300 fewer days of respiratory symptoms in children
A refinery flaring in Torrance. Photo by Phillip Cooke.
• 466,880 fewer lost days of work The AQMD uses a similar comparative process in evaluating its repeated air quality management plans. These are produced every five years or so, issuing a socioeconomic report several months after the main plan is produced. The last two air quality management plans were in 2007 and 2012, and another is due out next year. The 2007 plan was projected to produce $200 billion in savings, almost $12 billion annually through 2024. Industry costs for new pollution control measures were projected to range from $2.0 to $2.7 billion per year, with benefits topping $14 billion. “It’s always easy to quantify [industry] costs,” explained Dr. Elaine Chang, AQMD deputy executive officer for Planning, Rule Development and Area Sources, about covering that report. “We’re trying to quantify the benefits as well. We can see the ratio [of benefits to costs] is 7 to 1, so society is bearing the costs of not internalizing the economic costs of polluting.” According to the 2007 report, “The $14 billion includes approximately $9.2 billion for averted illness and higher survival rates, $3.6 billion for visibility improvements [a factor in real-estate values], $966 million for congestion relief, $204 million for reduced damage to materials, and $18 million for increased crop yields.” In that report, the lion’s share of impacts were clearly fossil fuel based—congestion relief would apply regardless of the fuel source. The 2012 report involved a much different policy mix, so its projected savings, $10.7 billion, included a much larger share of congestion relief—$7.7 billion. Because the policy mix has such a strong impact on the cost savings produced, air quality management plans are a less accurate gauge of overall costs than the kind of comprehensive
studies that Hall has produced. Still, they make the same broad point—the annual externalized costs of fossil fuels dwarf the costs of any headline-grabbing disaster, and thus deserve serious public debate and action. This point only becomes more pressing as we add the growing threat of climate change costs—already being felt via increased costs due to extreme weather, from hurricanes to heatwaves and droughts. Toward this end, a 2014 report from the Environmental Defense Fund, “Driving California Forward”, found savings of $10.4 billion by 2020 and $23.1 billion by 2025 from two California programs, the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the savings in transportation fuels under the state’s cap and trade program. The report broke these savings down as follows: Air pollution and public health Reductions of PM2.5, NOx, and SOx impacts will clean up California’s air and reduce harm to Californians. This can save $6.0 billion from PM2.5 and $2.3 billion from NOx and SOx. Energy security Reducing California’s reliiance on imported energy and insulating the state from energy price fluctuations can save up to $6.9 billion, while also reducing gasoline and diesel consumption by 33.1 billion gallons between 2010 and 2025. Climate change Cutting climate change pollution will reduce the social cost of carbon by a cumulative $7.9 billion between 2010–2025. In short, this report suggests that public health costs from transportation fossil fuels are only about one third of their total externalized costs. That would equate to more than $4,000 per person annually in the Los Angeles area, based on Hall’s earlier work. It’s something to think about while waiting for the next oil company disaster to strike.
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ooking for something different than seas of green beer this St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s Random Lengths News’ alternative guide to getting your drank on in Long Beach. Yeah, so what if St. Patrick’s Day is another hijacked holiday like Cinco de Mayo, providing an excuse to get plastered (like most of you need one)? We’re here to tell you where the liquor’s at. Consider the Irish Sandwich: a pub crawl starting at Clancy’s and ending at O’Connell’s; a dive-bar option to the Belmont Bore pub crawl. That’s so cliché and yesterday. Start at Clancy’s on Broadway and Los Alamitos (try a Moscow Mule; not very Irish, but it comes in a copper cup), head to the V-Room on 4th and Los Alamitos, then cross the street to the Stache; slide down 4th to the Red Room, then Fern’s; stumble ever onward to Ashley’s and the Pike, and finally pour yourself into O’Connell’s. Sure, Clancy’s Irishness stems solely from a name, and O’Connell’s is only as Irish as the green paint and green neon sign make it. The former offers the aforementioned Moscow Mule and reasonable prices on stiff drinks, and the latter provides a good place to end because the bar is, indeed, a dive. Meaning O’Connell’s is like the last-ditch babysitter your parents employed when you were a wee lad or lassie: your septuagenarian, alcoholic aunt. Mercurial as hell, one day she’s proffering a bowl of chocolates while regaling you with tales of when she was turning tricks with sailors at the original Pike post-World War II and you’re yucking it up together. But the next time you two hang, with her crazy mutant booze strength she grabs your ear, twisting it so violently you’re thinking surgery to reattach it, while the index finger on her other hand jackhammers against your thoracic cavity till you’re sure her Bartender at O’Connell’s. Photo by Phillip Cooke
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fingertip is going to punch through, spearing your heart on the end of her boney digit. All because you were being loud, talking in a normal voice while her migraines flared up. So you should expect stiff drinks and the ability to go in the parking lot out back, empty your guts, come back in and refill them with more cheap booze. That’s all you should expect. Continuing with the cheap booze motif but heading to 2nd Street, Murphy’s above Belmont Athletic Club offers Cheez-Its in bowls and the whole Hall of Hops around-the-world-in-70-beers-green-cardpassport deal. St. Patrick’s Day might be a good time to see how many countries you can see from a bar stool. Plus, there are all the other bars in the Shore if you want to get away from good deals on liquor and free snacks. And now for a couple of completely different options: First, why crawl when you can ride? Besides Uber and Lyft, another option allows you to avoid
crawling or drinking and driving: The Big Red Bus, a double-decker from England. Big Red Bus has two events planned. Both involve joining other revelers while Big Red ferries the lot of you to three Irish pubs. The trip on St. Big Red Bus Patrick’s day starts at Dogz Bar & Grill on 2nd in the Shore. There is also a trip the Sunday before that starts at the Tilted Kilt. The cost is $30 for either trip. Speaking of the Kilt, you don’t go there for the booze, although the reasons you do also start with B-O-O. Drinks ain’t cheap and the food ain’t all that good. But there’s a reason the Kilt’s getting swole in the breastaurant niche while their gorilla of a rival shrivels a little more every year. Kilts are way sexier than dolphin shorts and support hose. Unless you’re Richard Simmons. Next, how about some water with your whiskey? The Queen Mary is putting on its annual Shamrock ‘N’ Roll on St. Patrick’s Day featuring Continued on next page.
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Irish Pubs The Auld Dubliner Offers authentic Irish food along with premium beers and a full liquor selection. The pub itself is designed to look and feel like a small village pub in rural Ireland. Also features live music from local and touring Irish bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 71 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-8300
live music from a number of Irishy bands. The only bummer is that it ends at 11 p.m. The event costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Parking is $5. Only people 21 and older will be admitted. Isolated on the corner of Anaheim and Termino, The Red Leprechaun serves interesting food if you’re into adulterating your booze with food. The place serves Irish-fusion, gastropubbie fare along with craft beers and live Irish music. As for the rest, with Irish sounding names, interchangeable décor, Guinness on tap and Jameson in a bottle there is The Auld Dubliner, E.J. Malloy’s (multiple locations), Gallagher’s, Shannon’s (multiple locations) and K.C. Branaghan’s—and almost certainly other equally generic examples—all fit squarely in the middle of American Irish pub-land. So, there’s mosdef an offering in your neighborhood. Sláinte! Details:
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Shannon’s on Pine Known as downtown Long Beach’s neighborhood Irish Sports bar, Shannon’s features a full menu, variety of draft and bottled beers and the largest liquor selection in Long Beach (according to
them). It’s also a great place to watch sports, with 14 HD TVs and a huge projection screen. 209 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 436-4363 KC Branaghan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Dark wood and low ceilings give KC Branaghan’s the feeling of a true cottage pub. It’s a great place to unwind with friends while enjoying traditional Irish fare and an expansive selection of beer and liquor. They also offer patio seating and a back bar area with a dart room. 5734 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 434-3600 Malarkey’s Grill and One Hell of an Irish Bar Featuring amazing waterfront views of Alamitos Bay and Catalina Island, Malarkey’s is a familyfriendly bar and grill with an Irish twist. The menu
offers both American and Irish options, including everything from burgers to shepherd’s pie. At night, there’s often live entertainment and plenty of TVs to watch sports of all kinds. 168 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803 (562) 598-9431 Clancy’s Clancy’s is a cozy sports bar located a few blocks from the beach. With daily happy hour specials, live entertainment and karaoke, this pub is ideal for spending a night out with friends over some great food and drinks. 803 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 437-1836 Paddy O’s Paddy O’s is a laid-back beer and wine bar with an Irish/American menu. While seemingly small from the outside, there is a spacious outdoor patio area perfect for hanging out with friends and enjoying some good food. 20320 S. Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 (310) 787-8433 Casey’s Irish Pub Casey’s is a historic bar that will take you back in time to old Los Angeles. Since 1969, it’s been providing guests with stiff drinks and a nostalgic atmosphere. Its iconic presence has been featured in many TV shows and movies over the years, such as Mad Men and Charlie Wilson’s War. 613 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 629-2353
Other Local Options San Pedro Brewing Company The San Pedro Brewing Company is where you’ll find a fine selection of original hand-crafted ales and lagers, a large menu of great American cuisine from an award-winning kitchen. You get all of this in a warm friendly neighborhood pub atmosphere. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 831-5663
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The Irish Times Since opening 20 years ago, the Irish Times has been providing an authentic and friendly atmosphere in the form of an Irish pub. A great selection of beer and whiskey alongside traditional pub grub are the foundation here. The pub also features live music, trivia and a lively St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 3267 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 559-9648
Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining The fun begins at 2 p.m. with the Innisfree Irish Band, drink specials and food specials. 1200 Nagoya Way., San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 833-3553
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The Whale & Ale San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in an oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. The restaurant will be serving corned beef and cabbage starting on March 12 with live music, an Irish menu and drink specials. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 832-0363
By Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Food Writer and Photographer
March 5 – 18, 2015
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n Feb. 22, scores of food aficionados convened at the Ports O’ Call Restaurant in San Pedro to discuss and debate “Food: Sense or Science?” Do we eat with our mouths or with our minds? And is eating—both a basic necessity and one of life’s great pleasures—still fun? Food is one of today’s most fervently discussed topics, ’round the clock, from the mass media of television and radio, to the Internet and bookstore shelves. In asking “Food: Sense or Science?” the purpose of CULINARIA Query 2015 is to examine the place food currently has in our collective consciousness and to reconcile eating, feeling and information. In the Query & Lecture Series: “Food: Sense or Science?” Philip M. Dobard, vice president, SoFAB Institute served as moderator of the discussion. Panelists included Noramae Munster, certified raw food chef and culinary director, Ports O’Call Waterfront Dining, Joshua Goldman, mixologist, sommelier and restaurateur; partner, Soigne Group; managing partner, Brilliatshine, James L. Melikian, president, The Popcorn Man, and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, senior editor, Chilled Magazine; editor-in-chief, SoFAB Magazine; Author, Gin: A GlobalHistory; and co-author, The 12 Bottle Bar, and (yours truly) Lori Hirsch Stokoe, www.tastewiththeeyes.com food writer, food photographer, recipe developer, and caterer. SoFAB is a nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming and a range of media. SoFAB is growing into the nation’s most comprehensive cultural institution studying food and drink. What is it about food that we have become so obsessed with, and how is this fascination manifesting itself in our culture? Can we simply appreciate a tomato? Or must we know if the seeds are of an heirloom variety, if it is organic or grown locally? Dobard began by acknowledging how food had brought all of us together in the room, and asked the panel to consider if all processed food was
bad for us. When a lettuce leaf is picked, then washed and brought to market, it has indeed been “processed.” And that masa which is made into corn tortillas is processed, but again, not necessarily bad. Goldman explained the difference between “naturally grown” processed foods – such as ingredients made from seaweed versus items like unnatural additives used to prevent colors and flavors from separating in popular sports drinks. Are we overthinking food? Dobard asked. “We have lots of information regarding the food we eat, but may not necessarily be making the best choices available to us,” Munster said. She also talked about the 80/20 rule applying to food choices, suggesting that by simply making healthy choices 80 percent of the time it could help lead to better overall health. The subject of organic food was discussed in detail—a big dilemma being its cost. Solmonson made the case that while some families may want to make healthier choices, they are not able to make it happen when it comes to the family budget. Others in the audience believed a nonorganic apple from the 99-Cent Store is equally as nutritious as a much more expensive organic apple from Whole Foods Market. Melikian emphasized that more nutritional information needs to be taught in schools, while healthy food choices need to start at an early age at home. We discussed what is commonly called “kid food,”–when parents may be eating a healthy dinner, yet serve hot dogs, grilled cheese, or delivered pizza to their children – believing that their children would not eat “adult food.” Could the healthy foods that adults are eating be prepared in a way that would be irresistible to children? Solmonson added that every parent’s dilemma is how to add as many vegetables as possible into the child’s diet. Farmers are not producing the tastiest
We discussed what is commonly called “kid food,”–when parents may be eating a healthy dinner, yet serve hot dogs, grilled cheese, or delivered pizza to their children – believing that their children would not eat “adult food.”
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Entertainment March 6
Lauren Koval, Michael Ragonese Trio Lauren Koval and the Michael Ragonese Trio will perform at 8 p.m. March 6, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Batala Los Angeles Batala Los Angeles will perform with the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, at 8 p.m. March 6, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. The Taiko Center of Los Angeles explores rhythms of the world with drumming, dance and special guests. Details: www.grandvision.org Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Trio Celeste The Trio Celeste will perform at 12:15 p.m. March 6, at the First Lutheran Church of Torrance. Admission is free. Details: (310) 316-5574 Venue: First Lutheran Church of Torrance Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
By Melina Paris, Music Columnist
The local Peninsula Symphonic Winds Orchestra is made up of seasoned amateurs from college age to retirees.
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Something Funny at the Warner Grand There is Something Funny at the Warner Grand, at 7:30 p.m. March 6, in San Pedro. The show features well-known stand-up comics. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Details: Tix.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Trio Eclectic Trio Eclectic performs at 8 p.m. March 7 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
John York John York performs at 4 p.m. March 8 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Inna Faliks Ukrainian-born pianist, Inna Faliks performs at 2 p.m. March 8, at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. Faliks will play Piano Sonata No.3 Johannes Brahms. Admission is free. Details: (310) 316-5574. Venue: Rolling Hills United Methodist Church Location: 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates
Rob Klopfenstein Rob Klopfenstein Performs at 7 p.m. March 13, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Klopfenstein is an all-around entertainer on the piano along with special guest artists. No cover charge for bar or dinner guests. Details: (310) 832-0363; www.WhaleAndAle. com Venue: The Whale & Ale British Restaurant and Gastropub Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Nathan Stark Bass vocalist Nathan Stark will perform, at 8 p.m. March 13, at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance. Stark has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and China. Tickets are $24. Details: (310) 329-5345 Venue: Marsee Auditorium Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
Doug MacLeod CD Release Party Doug MacLeod CD release party takes place at 8 p.m. March 14 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Cash’d Out Cash’d Out takes the stage at 8 p.m. March 14 at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Cash’d Out is a tribute to Johnny Cash. Details: (310) 833-4813 Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
David Sanborn Experience an evening of smooth jazz with David Sanborn, one of the most acclaimed saxophonists for more than four decades, at 2 p.m. on March 15 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts. org Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach Blues Alive Blues Alive performs at 4 p.m. March 15 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
A Spoonful of Sherman: A Symphonic Concert A quintet of dynamic vocalists and a children’s chorus will join the Golden State Pops Orchestra for a family-friendly concert to celebrate the music of Richard and Robert Sherman. The sibling songwriting team has penned some of the most memorable melodies in the Disney songbook. The performance is at 3 p.m. on March 15. Details: (310) 433-8774 Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center Location: 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach
Bettman and Halpin CSU Long Beach presents Bettman and Halpin, 7 p.m. on March 11 and March 12, at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. The duo will perform a mixture of folk, roots, bluegrass and jazz with transcendent harmonies and roof-raising instrumentals. Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts. org Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach Open Mic Nite Mike Rivero emcees all talent—music, poetry, comedy — from 7 to 10 p.m. March 12, at Off the Vine in San Pedro. Venue: Off The Vine Location: 491 W. 6th St., #103, San Pedro
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Their repertoire is broad, playing concert band music, marches and show tunes. They do classical transcriptions of 19th century music, transcribed from orchestra to band. They also feature soloists, sometimes from the band, and sometimes guest soloists and conductors. The Orchestra is working on a recording project now, a first time experience. The goal is to make it as good as possible. It will take place in the studio at Harbor College. “Hopefully, just hopefully, it will end up on iTunes and available to the public,” Babcock said. They record all of their live concerts, but this is a different experience without the audience. They will not overdub it and hope to get it down in just one take. When that’s finished, their next project will be a jazz-themed concert including big band and swing music. “This is a great place for young people—teenagers and people in their 20s—to get more experience playing.” Babcock said. “We play a lot of music and we play it hard. We don’t rehearse it a long time so they get to play a lot of music and experience different challenges.” The Orchestra is good for retired folks, too. “They have this instrument they learned when they were younger,” Babcock said. “Then they got caught up in job and family and then, they get to resurrect that part of their life. I’ve seen and experienced some wonderful things with folks in that.” “For working people with a nine–to–five, they get to have that break in the middle of the week. You start thinking differently. Few people think like a musician in their regular day jobs.” Babcock teaches music at Chadwick School and he gets to do that every day with children, but when he comes here, it’s a different experience for him.
Paddy Keenan Paddy Keenan performs at 8 p.m. March 13 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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While attending a rehearsal for Peninsula Symphonic Winds Orchestra, the last thing I expected to hear was Queen’s 1975 hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but that I did, and it was powerful. The complexity of this song begs to be performed by an orchestra. The vocals were appropriately covered by the saxophone, the instrument perhaps most like the human voice. Considering the structure of this song, which consists of a ballad segment that ends with a guitar solo, an operatic passage and a hard rock section, it completely fits. The local Peninsula Symphonic Winds Orchestra is made up of seasoned amateurs from college age to retirees. Trombones, euphonium, trumpets, oboes, flutes, French horns, saxophones tubas, clarinets, bassoons and percussion or kettledrums make up this all-volunteer orchestra. Its recent rehearsal at Harbor College also included an electric bass for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The orchestra performs four concerts during the year. Three performances take place at the Rolling Hills Covenant Church Community Center, on Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills. The actual church is elsewhere in the city on Palos Verdes Drive North. “The Community Center is in a very funky old building with high ceilings and great sound,” Peninsula Symphonic Winds Orchestra Director Richard Babcock said. “It used to be a rollerskating rink and a movie theater; now (it’s) used for church services and community events.” The orchestra rents the community center three times a year on Sunday afternoons. The fourth concert, “Picnic and Pops,” takes place outdoors, alternately between Peninsula and Palos Verdes high schools.
Taiko Center of LA Experience a kaleidoscope of traditional Japanese song and dance with a twist, starting at 8 p.m. March 6, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Special guests Batala LA will be there too. Costs range from $20 to $50. Details: (310) 833-4813; www.GrandVision.org. Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Live Band Karaoke Enjoy live band karaoke, from 8 p.m to midnight. March 12, at Godmother’s Saloon. Details: (310) 833-1589 Venue: Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
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Calendar from page 15. for them and reduce work hours, allowing more time to study. Sponsors will be invited to the Scholarship Awards Banquet on May 21 to personally present scholarships. Details: (310) 832-9201
Theater/Film March 6
Taking Sides The Little Fish Theatre presents Taking Sides, at 8 p.m. March 6 through April 4. The short play is about a U.S. officer investigating individuals and their ties with the Nazi party. On March 29, the play will show at 2 p.m. Individual tickets are $27 and $25 for seniors. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre. org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro Stop Kiss The California State University, Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance presents Stop Kiss, at 8 p.m. March 6, 7, 13 and 14, with 2 p.m. matinees March 1, 8 and 15. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. The play is a funny, sensitive love story. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Details: (310) 243-3589; www.csudh.edu/ theatre/tickets.htm Venue: California State University Dominguez Hills Edison Theatre Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson
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The Penis and Vagina Talk Shows The Long Beach Playhouse presents The Vagina Talk Show and The Penis Talk Show, 6 and 8:15 p.m. on March 7, in Long Beach. Tickets are $20 online. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Cirque Mechanics CSU Long Beach presents Cirque Mechanics, at 8 p.m. March 7, at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Encounter circus unicycles that fly, wheel acrobats that hover, cyclists that whirl, pole climbers that soar and trapeze artists that float. Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts. org Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu CSU Long Beach presents Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, a performance that melds storytelling, music and dance with Hawaiian dance at 8 p.m. on March 14 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Experience a sensory-rich performance that shares Hawaiian heritage and expressions in Hawaiian dance. Details: (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts. org Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
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Beyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants The Found Theatre presents Beyond the Valley of the Flight Attendants at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through March 28 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays through March 29. Tickets are $20 for “First Class,” $15 for “Penny Pincher.” Details: (562) 433-3363; info@foundtheatre. org Venue: The Found Theatre Location: 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing is being performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 28, at the Long Beach Playhouse. The Real Thing is about an articulate and romantically idealistic playwright who receives a challenge from his wife: take
the inept play of a “political prisoner” named Brodie and rework it into a theatrical triumph. In the process, the writer must show his wife that Brodie is more of a thug than a victim of political repression, all the while challenging his own long-held concepts of love, marriage and fidelity. Tickets for adults are $24, seniors $21 and students $14. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Art March 7
Hyung Mo Lee Los Angeles Harbor College Fine Arts Gallery presents Lessons Learned, recent works by Hyung Mo Lee, from March 7 through April 24, in Wilmington. Hyung Mo Lee’s practice reflects many of the aesthetic and philosophic strategies associated with the Italian Arte Povera (literally “poor art”) movement whose artists attacked corporate mentality with an art of unconventional materials and style, often incorporating found objects in their works. Details: (310) 600-4873; ronmon@dslextreme. com Venue: LAHC Fine Arts Gallery Location: 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington
Symphonic Winds “It really helps in my life or in anyone’s life. It’s an oasis.” Peninsula Symphonic Winds Orchestra originally performed at the Norris Theater. It was a great place for them, but very costly. They are completely self-funded and not attached to any government or school. They detached from Harbor College in 2003 and became an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3). The orchestra needs to always solicit funds and donations to keep going. “The Community Center is a great place and much cheaper,” said Babcock. “It works.” The Orchestra will have its 20th anniversary
concert a year from May. Babcock is a little surprised it has already been another decade. They are already rehearsing a piece for the celebration, which was commissioned for their 10th anniversary, “The Coast Is Clear,” by Tom Kahelin. Euphonium player (among other instruments) and Random Lengths News photographer, Phillip Cooke is a member of the orchestra. “From day one I was amazed how talented the group is,” he said about the orchestra. “Despite being a smaller group, every instrument shines. I just wish we had more venues to play at.” D e t a i l s : w w w. p a l o s v e r d e s . c o m / peninsulawinds
Can the Artists of the World be Censored?
Life Cycle Be part of Poli Marichal, Marianne Sadowski and Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s conversations and soliloquies with Life Cycle, exhibiting through April 2, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance. Details: (310) 660-3010; www.elcaminocollege. edu Venue: El Camino College Art Gallery Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance Varnette Honeywood In honor of Black History Month, the University Library at California State University Dominguez Hills presents an exhibit featuring selected works from acclaimed African-American artist and illustrator Varnette P. Honeywood, through the end of May, in the Library Picture Art Gallery. The exhibit complements two Black History Month exhibitions at the University Library: The Font of Black Culture in Los Angeles: The Alfred and Bernice Ligon Aquarian Collection and the annual African American Quilters of Los Angeles Quilt Exhibition. Details: (310) 243-2127; www.csudh.edu Venue: CSU Dominguez Hills Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson Around Black TransVagrant @ Warschaw Gallery present Around Black, recent paintings by HK Zamani, through April 11. HK Zamani’s recent paintings dispense with the all-too-familiar conventions defining current abstraction, where too much is almost never enough. Details: (310) 600-4873 Venue: Warschaw Gallery Location: 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro Luminous, Transparent, Realistic Watercolor Workshop Join The Center Long Beach for its Luminous Transparent & Realistic Watercolor class for LGBTQ older adults, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through May 5. Create exciting, dramatic compositions. The workshop fee is $15. Details: (562) 434-4455 ext.244; dabuyounes@ centerlb.org Venue: The Center Long Beach Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency The Palos Verdes Art Center will present the work of American architect John Elgin Woolf in an exhibition running from March 20 through May 29. More than 50 selections from the Woolf archive currently housed at the Art, Architecture & Design Museum at University of California, Santa Barbara will be available to view. Details: (310) 541-2479; email@example.com Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center Location: 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes
Censored But Not Fogotten, mixed-media collage, by Pat Woolley of Studio 345, on display as part of the Can the Artists of the Wold be Censored? exhibit at South Bay Contemporary.
South Bay Contemporary at the Loft presents Can the Artists of the World be Censored? in gallery 2, opening March 5. This show puts together art work by the artists who were interviewed by Andrea Serna in Random Lengths News, documenting artists’ reaction to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The artists include Ann Cleaves, Mat Gleason,
El Imagenero, Ron Linden, Ellwood Risk, Michael Stearns, Pat Woolley and Peggy Sivert Zask. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and by appointment. Details: (310) 429-0973 Venue: South Bay Contemporary at the Loft Location: 401 S. Mesa St., 3rd floor, San Pedro
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of three very distinct styles of that distilled liquor flavored with juniper and other botanicals. “We can either look at food as poison or look at food as medicine,” Goldman said. Everyone seemed to agree that we make our own choices, and in spite of big corporate marketing and manipulative advertising, we live in California, a land of plenty – and it is indeed up to us to make informed decisions about our food, nutrition and health.
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vegetables, but the most profitable, Goldman argued, resulting in kids’ lack of enthusiasm for fresh vegetables. He also says it doesn’t necessarily need to take more energy to prepare fresh vegetables. We can teach simple techniques to put something delicious and nutritious on the table. For example, place fresh carrots in a plastic bag, add butter and spices and pop it in the microwave for a healthy, tasty, fresh veggie side dish in minutes. “When it comes to nutrition, is there information overload?” Dobard posited. Solmonson believes the Internet and smart phones have had a huge impact, but the problem may be that not all the information available at our fingertips is correct. Often the most popular opinion goes to the top of the Internet search, but unfortunately it may contain false information about the food. Goldman suggests the Internet is a fantastic tool, but one must take the time to research to be certain that the source is reliable. The panel discussion ended with a questionand-answer session during which the audience shared stories of family health and history and opinions of the panel’s remarks. It was a lively couple of hours, with interesting debate and discussion, a diverse and passionate panel, and different perspectives on food culture. Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining offered a complimentary buffet of appetizers including copy cat In-N-Out burgers made with vegetable protein instead of beef, and sushi, pea and mint crostini, truffle mac ’n’ cheese cups and more. The bar featured a tart “skinny margarita” made with agave nectar, as a toast to National Margarita Day. Solmonson capped off the event with a spirited lesson on gin and its history, and a tasting
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014357036 The following person is doing business as: Windslor Business Syndicate, 572 W. 39th
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Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Tonali Windslor, 572 W. 39th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above:12/19/14. 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/. Tonali Windslor, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2015. 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: 02/05/2015, 02/19/2015,
and it is an important one. She must teach Jimmy to love others and support his goals. Mom must nurture him like only a mom can. Sometimes mom needs to faux disappointment. No boy wants to hurt mom. Fathers must teach structure, discipline and push the boy to compete. Fathers give their boys a lineage to other men in the family. Most of all, the boy needs to feel the power of his father and learn when there is no question to be answered (No boy saying, “I’m the Daddy”). Fathers must teach respect to all, including respect for women. Fathers need to have intermediate sit-downs with their boys and explain the sexual nuances of the 21st century. Such as: the responsibility of waiting the appropriate time to bring children into the world (No Maury Povich World). Moms, you are okay.
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015038197 The following person is doing business as: Luxe Linen,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015038198 The following person is doing business as: Jacaranda Gourmet, 1030 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Le Meow LLC, 1621 W. 25th Street., #230. This Business is conducted by a Limited Liability Corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious
Notice of Application for Police Permit Notice is hereby given that application has been made to the Board of Police Commissioners for a permit to conduct a Massage business. Name of applicant: Byung Min Chung Doing business as Sun Acupressure Located at : 1111 Pacific Coast Highway #7, Harbor City, Ca 90710. Any person desiring to protest the Issuance of this permit shall make a written protest before 04/05/2015 to the Los Angeles Police Commission, 100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Upon receipt of written protests, protesting persons will be notified of date, time, and place for hearing. Pub Date: 03/05/2015, 3/19/2015
Today is 1/27/15. I have not written this week only because I am losing hope for help from the city. 4 nights, including right now, at this very moment, the cigar lounge 529, 9th Street, San Pedro is stinking up my household and building we live in. I made the mistake of leaving my door open for a few minutes- that is all it takes when there is no wind to diminish the toxic second hand emissions from the cigar lounge. Dinner appetites are ruined, stuffiness gets worse and all we can do is Shelter in Place to protect ourselves from further exposure to the toxic, cancer causing emissions from the cigar lounge. Early in the morning a
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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/. Josephine Trusela, Manager. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2015. 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: 02/19/2015, 03/05/2015,
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015031460 The following person is doing business as: Haley Clark Dance Company, 365 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Jessica Haley-Clark, 365 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Jessica Haley-Clark, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 5, 2015. 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: 02/19/2015, 03/05/2015,
1921 N. Gaffey Street, Suite G, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: The Diva Hair Jewelry & Accessories, Inc.333 17th Street.,Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 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/. Dahlia Wexler, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2015. 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: 02/19/2015, 03/05/2015,
But boys need that man to give them self-worth and confidence. John R. Gray San Pedro
homeless man opened the Dumpster the cigar lounge uses—of course it is never secured. He opened it, reached in and then froze. He backed out, placed his hand over his nose and mouth and gagged. He closed the Dumpster. The odor of the dumpster wafted up to my area, I had to go in and close the door. I was taking pictures of the sunrise. But the odor from the Dumpster stopped that. How toxic is the odor of concentrated cigar waste? Another City did something to help their citizens. Due to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, C.R.S. 25-14-207, and the passage of Ordinance No. 6, Series of 2006, the City of Glendale can no longer accept new applications for CigarTobaccos Bars. Please allow us to walk around our building and to our garage without covering our faces to try to limit the odor. Please. Do something. Jan Olsen San Pedro
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