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Boys and Girls Club Program Helps Students Map the road to success By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
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he road to success can be a rough-and-tumble process for anyone. Add inexperience to the mix, you could find yourself off track and far from your intended destination. Fortunately, 300-plus graduating Harbor Area seniors had the benefit of tour guides thanks to the Boys and Girls Club’s College Bound program. “Our program is a college pathway support program,” said Yesenia Aguilar, the College Bound Director. “Usually, the kids we serve are first [generation college students and] low income... We make sure that they have a plan and we help them with that plan.” College Bound program counselors support high school students by tracking their academic progress, ensure they are satisfying required coursework, and guiding them through the college application process. But the counselors’ work begins with getting the student to explain what their dream career would look like. Once the student identifies their destination, the counselors help the students plot the best route to get there. “High school doesn’t do that, the college counselor doesn’t do that, the guidance counselor doesn’t do that. They are given their classes but they are not assessing their personalities,” Aguilar said. In addition to the intensive case management, students are also offered daily tutoring, weekly college bound classes, weekly writer’s workshops and parent outreach. Counselors also provide students proper guidance in obtaining scholarships. The work is paying off. For the 2013-14 school year, the College Bound program served more than 350 high school seniors and almost 1,500 students total from grades 4 to 12 at its three clubs in San Pedro, Wilmington and the Port of Los Angeles. In 2013, 98 percent of students who participated in the program graduated from high school. Of those students 97 percent enrolled in college. Students who participated in the program secured about $700,000 in scholarships, cumulatively. The statistics for 2014 are still being completed. This year, significant numbers of College Bound students have been accepted by universities with scholarships to boot. A few of these graduating seniors took time out from preparing for their graduation ceremonies and spoke to Random Lengths News about their journey.
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Joshua Villanueva (back row, center), John Muto (back, second from the right), and Tatyana Bradberry (third row to the back, second to the right) were interviewed for this story. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
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Hamilton Street Widening a Two-Way Street
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By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Neighbors adjacent to a proposed San Pedro street-widening project asked the City Bureau of Engineering Department’s Jim Tebbetts at June 3 public hearing, “Why now is the City of Los Angeles worried about “fixing” Hamilton Street? Indeed, it hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years, it’s escaped city hall’s attention. The century-plus old thoroughfare is about as old as Timms Landing. Hamilton Street served as a border between the City of San Pedro and federal property before San Pedro was annexed by the City of Los Angeles. The result is a two way street with the width of a narrow one way street. It was clear residents whose property abut Hamilton Street preferred that it be turned into a one-way thoroughfare. Tebbetts, attempting to dispel the notion that the Hamilton Street widening was a plot to avoid fixing the 2009 Paseo del Mar slide, noted that every project has its own account and can’t be easily shifted from one priority to another. The other reality was that even if sufficient money was in place for Paseo del Mar, the city is no where near being able to start work on Paseo del Mar. The Hamilton Street widening project is something that can be done now.
The city of Los Angeles street widening project calls for the widening of Hamilton Avenue, between Patton and Barbara streets and the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of the street. File photo.
The project will stretch from Patton Avenue and Barbara Street. The road is only 18-feet wide bordered by an unpaved strip that’s just as wide. Residents noted with alarm the increasing number of instances of cars being run off the road because of increased traffic from school buses and parents transporting students to and from school.
Council District 15 Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Haik underscored that point, noting that it would take at least five to six years for the city to even begin building Paseo del Mar, even if there was funding in place. The June 3 meeting was intended to focus only on issues related to the California Coastal Zone Act, which aims to protect the state’s natural and
scenic resources as well promote public safety, health and welfare as well as public and private property, wildlife and other resources. Bureau of Engineering staff will write up a report with community input and give it to the head engineer to look at. The bureau can either approve it without conditions, approve with conditions or not approve it — the least likely of scenarios, Tebbetts pointed out. The community will have 10 days to file an appeal if the Bureau of Engineering approves the report. In the event of an appeal, another report will be produced with the inclusion of further community input. Projects in coastal areas have to get both state and city approval. Tebbett cited as an example local eyesore Gaffey Street pool, which is set for restoration after decades of being used as an urban canvas for tagging. If the state disapproves of the project, the city can appeal it. Once the project’s permit is approved, work crews could begin work as soon as 2015. Haik noted that the council office is open to making adjustments and will host further community meetings.
A Blind Date With Destiny Little is Known of POLA’s New Executive Director By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
On June 11, the Los Angeles City Council confirmed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointment of APL executive Gene Seroka to the Port of Los Angeles executive director position, but many locals are perplexed by the choice. “I don’t know a darn thing about him, not a lick,” said Carrie Scoville, a long-time activist on port issues with Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.
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Celebrate the opening of San Pedro’s new Downtown Harbor, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20, near the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The event will feature live music, shoreside strolling jugglers and activities for children. This new 1.2-acre space on the north side of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will open new access and leisure opportunity for pedestrians and boaters. Details: www.lawaterfront.org Venue: Downtown Harbor Location: 84 Berth, San Pedro
Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed APL Terminal executive, Gene Seroka, as the Port of Los Angeles executive director. Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles.
“Garcetti’s theme, I guess his mantra, or whatever you want to call it, is this whole back to basics thing. What we have with the hiring of Seroka is essentially a moving of the port’s focus away from truck drivers and the air pollution issues [and] back to moving containers through the port,” Epperhart said. “That fits right in with Garcetti’s back to basics theme, essentially turning the port management back to where it was before [former Mayor Antonio] Villaraigosa—I mean good, bad or indifferent, Villaraigosa [was] a bigvision ideas guy and the port’s focus under Hahn became to some extent, the bridge to breakwater development. Under Villaraigosa it became the issues around labor and environment, and now, Mr. Garcetti’s taking it you know, full circle, back to where it was under [former Mayor Richard] Riordon.” Scoville expressed a similar concern, but
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LOS ANGELES—On June 2, City Attorney Mike Feuer has announced that he will be hiring an additional five neighborhood prosecutors in the next few months, bringing the number to 21. The Neighborhood Prosecutor Program works with law enforcement and members of the community to tackle quality of life issues impacting neighborhoods, such as vandalism, graffiti, illegal dumping, blight and different types of disturbances and other issues affecting quality of life. The Neighborhood Prosecutors are embedded in the community, working closely with schools, neighborhood councils, homeowner and residents associations, chambers of commerce and other civic organizations. Feuer also announced that he and each of the 16 neighborhood prosecutors will host “Meet Your Neighborhood Prosecutor Forums” during the next few months across Los Angeles. Upcoming meetings include: 6:30 p.m. June 24 Port of Los Angeles Administration Building 425 S. Palos Verdes St. The Neighborhood Prosecutors as assigned to Los Angeles Police Department divisions includes Lauren Halligan for the Harbor Division.
What’s more, she said, no one else she knew knows anything more. It’s quite a change from how the previous executive director was chosen. “The last time they did a search for executive director, I know Jesse Marquez was on the search committee and the HANC [Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Councils] passed a motion saying we want the neighborhood councils to be part of the search committee,” Scoville said. “Instead, the Harbor Commission made them part of a focus group. Neighborhood councils are not a focus group. We’re the employer…. We were completely left out of the discussion and consideration. So there’s a question about the process.” But that’s not what the commission intended, Commissioner Patricia Castellanos said. She assured that Seroka’s appointment—despite 26 years with APL—does not signal a neglect of the port’s community and environmental concerns. “There was a lot of feedback we got from different sectors early on,” Castellanos said, the port’s consultant in the process was directed to talk with “a number of folks in the environmental community, in the labor community, the surrounding community…so that she got a sense of all the interests and all the issues that this new executive director was going to need to respond to.” More importantly, Castellanos affirmed that both the mayor and the commissioners see the port’s mission as multi-faceted, not as an either/ or proposition. Some in the community were concerned that Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “back to basics” theme meant the port would narrow its focus on container shipping. Doug Epperhart, a past president of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, was one example.
from a different angle. After ticking off various comparisons between the Port of Los Angeles and its West Coast competitors—citing both natural advantages and conscious choices, she concluded that Los Angeles has chosen to focus on container trade. “So now we have a container terminal operator as our executive director. And so, I see that as being a sign of more concentration on a single industry, or a single type of terminal.” But that narrowing of focus is not what’s happening, according to Castellanos. “Our challenge at the port is that we have many priorities and we have to balance them,” Castellanos said. “I think anytime that you lose focus on one it does negatively impact the others, so Gene brings an enormous amount of experience in strength and thinking about the container side of it, and we need to build his strength and experience in the other areas…. We still see ourselves as leaders as far as being a green port in the country and we are committed to holding that [position].” Still, the challenges ahead could prove daunting. Example No. 1 is waterfront development. “People in the community, the ones I’ve talked to, they want a little faster action at Ports O’Call,” said Frank Anderson, chairman of Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Port Committee. “This glacial speed at which it’s proceeding now is just not going to do it.” There may be a lot more than just speed involved, however. Former POLA lawyer Pat Nave, who serves on the port committee for Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, was concerned that the port, in his view, doesn’t seem to want to go ahead with Ports O’ Call development. “The port knew going in, that waterfront development would involve about $700 million in non-revenue producing infrastructure,” Nave said. That’s infrastructure that can “enhance the
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck recently submitted a request to be considered for a second five-year term.The Los Angeles Police Commission will make a decision on his reappointment on Aug. 20. The commission invites Los Angeles residents to participate in the process by providing their input in the following meeting: July 8 at 6 p.m. Lincoln Heights Senior Center 2323 Workman St., Los Angeles, CA 90031
Garcia Reaches Out to Opponents
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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Long Beach Mayor-elect Robert Garcia wasted no time making former election rivals into allies, tapping primary candidate Doug Otto to head his 17-member transition team, after his slim-margin victory June 3. Garcia even seemed to hint at a future collaboration with his runoff opponent Damon Dunn, whom he thanked in a statement “for the energy, ideas and passion he brought to the campaign.” The two are to meet in the next couple of days to discuss ways of bringing the city together. “I know he and his supporters love our city. It’s time to move beyond the campaign and debates and move our city forward. Dunn, a former NFL player turned real estate investor, had run for secretary of state against incumbent Debra Bowen as a Republican in 2009. At the time, he was billed as a rising star in the California Republican party, but was panned as an ill-informed newbie unready for prime time after revealing he had only voted in a single election before his run. Furthermore, he was unaware of the electronic voting machine controversy that dominated the news for the first decade of 2000. In aiming for a smaller stage to launch his political career, Dunn obviously learned from his earlier experience, making his run for mayor competitive. Of the 256,000 Long Beach voters, only 45,250 voters or 17.6 percent of the total number of registered Long Beach residents cast a ballot. By percentage, Long Beach’s voter turnout exceeded that of Los Angeles County by a few percentage points, but it was still dismal.
According to the unofficial runoff results, Dunn outpolled Garcia in districts 2, 4 and 5 by 140 votes or less. Garcia won District 9 by a margin of 540 votes—the only district he won by a significant margin. Tellingly, Garcia’s lowest margin of victory was 16 and 32 votes in the 7th and 1st districts—a statistical tie. Garcia won districts 3, 6 and 8 by a margin of less than 140 votes. During the primaries, Dunn handily won districts 3 and 9, while running a strong second in districts 2, 4, 7 and 8. In the race for city attorney, candidate Charles Parkin, who took over the seat when former City Attorney Bob Shannon retired, beat Councilman James Johnson by a landslide—61.8 percent to 38.2 percent. Also, Lena Gonzalez defeated Misi Tagloa for the Council District 1 seat by a landslide at 60.4 to 39.6 percent. Stacy Mungo won her race against Carl Kemp for Council District 5 by 54.6 to to 45.4 percent. Registration and Turnout Completed Precincts: 278 of 278 Reg./Turnout
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Mayor Completed Precincts: 278 of 278 Vote Count
256,735 256,735 22,827 8.9 percent 22,423 8.7 percent 45,250 17.6 percent
ROBERT GARCIA 23,296 DAMON DUNN 21,398
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political action committee, Keeping Californians Working, a coalition of interest groups in the healthcare, real estate, energy and insurance industries in California, dropped more than $40,000 on campaign mailers as an independent expenditure. The winner of the Nov. 4 general election will decide who replaces Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, who will be termed out of the Legislature. Assembly District 70 encompasses San Pedro, Avalon, much of Long Beach and Signal Hill.
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Election Results LONG BEACH City Attorney Completed Precincts: 278 of 278 Vote Count
CHARLES PARKIN 26,804 JAMES JOHNSON 16,581
61.8 percent 38.2 percent
LONG BEACH Council Member, District 1 Completed Precincts: 18 of 18 Vote Count
LENA GONZALEZ MISI TAGALOA
60.4 percent 39.6 percent
LONG BEACH Council Member, District 5 Completed Precincts: 45 of 45 Vote Count
STACY MUNGO CARL KEMP
54.6 percent 45.4 percent
Long Beach Councilman Patrick O’Donnell finished as one of the top two candidates running for the Assembly District 70. There was no surprise in that outcome. Candidate John C. Goya finished second, beating out Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal in a heavily Democratic district. O’Donnell secured victory with 17,460 votes, which translates into 40 percent of the votes counted. Goya received 13,467 votes, which accounted for 32 percent of the vote. “I’m running to win. If I didn’t think I could win, I wouldn’t be running this race,” Goya said in an interview with Random Lengths News before the election. “I am getting more support from Democrats than I am from Republicans.” Goya calls himself an industrial clinic entrepreneur, but his title is chief operating officer from p. 3
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CALIF. ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 70 Votes Long Beach Councilman Patrick O’Donnell cruised to victory for the Assembly District 70 race, June 3. File photo.
of West Ocean MD. Goya ran on a pro-small business platform advocating less regulation and reduced taxes. Goya believes that Democratic constituents are tired of dealing with what he calls a party that deals with special interests and political alignments and says the key to winning was avoiding divisive culture war arguments in favor of bread and butter issues such as taxes, workers compensation and the environment. Much has been made of O’Donnell’s gaping financial advantage in the race. Indeed, according to campaign finance records, O’Donnell raised more than $437,000 and spent more than $314,000. $115,000 of that was spent in the final two months of the nominating election. Goya, in contrast raised just shy of $25,000. In the final three weeks of the campaign, the
Los Angeles County residents spoke loudly in their desire for a complete outsider to change the broken sheriff’s department. Long Beach Chief Jim McDonnell captured a dominating 49 percent of the vote. His showing was so dominating that his competitors lost by significant margins in places they were expected to do well. Former Undersheriff and sitting mayor of Gardena, Paul Tanaka placed first in Gardena and second in most Los Angeles county cities.
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development. But she does know the clean air and community health impacts side of things. And, there the cumulative record is much better. “So, I do see continuity on that,” she said in reference to the port’s air quality record. Castellanos wouldn’t speak for the previous administration, but said the current administration remains committed to the waterfront development. “Certainly, we as commissioners are on that same page. We want make sure that it’s done well and the public is getting a good deal.” The problem, in short, is arguably not a matter of will, so much as it’s one of policy and governance structures. Nave offered the contrasting example of Sidney, Australia, which he visited near the end of his tenure as the port’s lawyer in 2004. There, he was told they wouldn’t undertake any project without first getting a firm commitment from the governor of the state (New South Wales) and then getting all their financing and legal work in order within 18 months. If they couldn’t do that, they wouldn’t proceed with a project. “Well, what’s missing in Los Angeles is that there is no commitment from the top to do anything and the waterfront project is a perfect example of what happens,” Nave said. On the air pollution side, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has been there to ensure a commitment (required by the Clean Air Act), and provide constant policy pressure, as well as guidance and support, in addition to all the pressure from below. But there’s no such similar unifying presence across administrations when it comes to infrastructure development issues, either at the waterfront, or with regard to transportation. Thus, the success or failure of POLA’s new executive director could well hinge on a chaotic policy environment of agencies, whose spheres of responsibility are not wellmatched to the evolving challenges they face. Welcome to your new job, Mr. Seroka. Beneath the surface, it’s not like any other job you’ve ever had.
PATRICK O’DONNELL- DEM 17,460 40.96 JOHN C GOYA- REP 13,657 32.04 SUJA LOWENTHAL-DEM 11,514 27.01
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value of these parcels of opportunity.” But now, they want the project itself to pay for the supporting infrastructure, which is not how development is financed anywhere, Nave said. Plus, they want the project to start paying from Day 1—years before the infrastructure is complete. “When the port does something like that, they sound reasonable and all that sort of thing, but it’s just another way of saying, ‘We’ve changed our mind we don’t want to do the project,’ but they’ll never ever admit that that’s what they’re doing,” Nave said, adding that “It is possible the port does not even have a conscious recognition that they are trying to kill this project.” There are deeper structural problems involved, Nave said. “There’s a lot of people down there [at the port] that I think are really admirable and deserve a lot of respect, and have been chafing under the inability to be allowed to do their job for a long time,” he said. But the port as a whole is a different story. “The port is littered with the history of projects it took 30 years to get off the ground. Cabrillo Phase 2, for example,” he said. Even Phase 1 had multiple false starts, he said. Waterfront development has followed the same pattern, with different consultants hired and dismissed from the Richard Riordan administration on, and tens of millions of dollars paid out for planning work that’s since been ignored. “The new mayor comes in and things change. All of a sudden nobody can rely on what the old mayor did, or set. There is no follow-through,” Nave said. Castellanos admitted to not knowing that much about the history of waterfront
Retired Men’s Central Jail Captain and sheriff department whistleblower, Bob Olmsted placed third overall, while candidate Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers placed sixth, garnering the second highest number of votes in the cities of Carson, Lakewood and Compton.
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POLA Adds $1.3 Million For Sampson Way
SAN PEDRO—The Port of Los Angeles Board added up to $1.3 million to the proposed budget for Sampson Way realignment engineering to its 2014-15 fiscal year budget, before approving it on June 5. The budget totals $938.8 million and now goes to Los Angeles City Council for final approval. Overall, roughly 30 percent of the budget— $281 million—is devoted to capital improvement projects, down sharply from the $399.9 million spent in 2013-2014. This includes $100.4 million on the TraPac Terminal expansion, $19.2 million in upgrades to the Yang Ming, APL, Evergreen, YTI and China Shipping terminals, and $40 million spent to improve 110 Freeway traffic flow.
Court OKs Disclosure of Officers’ Names
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SACRAMENTO—On May 29, the California Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-1 vote, (with Justice Ming Chin opposing), that police agencies generally must release the names of officers involved in shootings. The decision means that police departments must prove a danger to the officer (or officers). In order for the city to withhold a name, it would have to establish that there’s an actual, credible threat. The court stated officers’ names only can be withheld if there is specific evidence that their safety would be imperiled. The case stemmed from the officer-involved shooting of Douglas Zerby, a 35-year-old man who was killed by Long Beach police officers when they mistook a garden hose for a gun. An autopsy showed that Zerby was shot 12 times. The District Attorney’s office cleared the officers of fault. A federal jury later awarded Zerby’s son and parents $6.5 million for the officer’s negligent battery and violation of Zerby’s 4th Amendment rights. The Los Angeles Times attempted to obtain the names of the police officers involved in the shooting. The Long Beach Police Officers Association attempted to prevent the disclosure by moving to block them in court, citing personnel confidentiality and officer safety. The Los Angeles Times, other media groups and ACLU groups countered the public’s right-toknow with regard to police use of lethal force. Eventually, prosecutors revealed the name of the officers involved in Zerby’s shooting: officers Jeffrey Shurtleff and Victor Ortiz.
Dodson, Curtiss Middle School Students Graduate from Hippocrates Circle Program
SAN PEDRO—On May 30, 50 Dodson and Curtiss Middle School students graduated from the Hippocrates Circle Program, in which students worked with their mentor physicians, toured the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, and met with representatives from colleges and medical schools. The program aims to create a pipeline of future physicians who reflect the diversity of the community. Through the collaborative efforts of local school districts, medical schools, and Kaiser Permanente physicians, the Hippocrates Circle Program strives to strengthen the self-esteem of young people and empower them to pursue their goal to become a physician.
Harbor Community Clinic Receives $50,000 Grant Award
SAN PEDRO—Harbor Community Clinic will receive a $50,000 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation that will provide general operating support for the Clinic at 593 W. 6th Street in San Pedro. This new funding will help the Clinic provide primary and preventive healthcare News Briefs/ to p. 7
Harbor Area Grads are College Bound Service and Living the Fulfilled Life
John Muto, a San Pedro High School graduating senior, dreams of working in the community relations department of a sports team and giving back to the Boys and Girls Club. He has also seen enough success stories at the Boys and Girls Club to know that he can do it. “They give you the necessities to win all this scholarship money,” said Muto about the Boys and Girls Club’s College Bound Program. “You just have to put in the work….I’ve seen their success of having kids from all over. If they are rich, poor, middle class, they all went to college. This is the best of the best.” Muto is graduating with 3.5 GPA and $12,000 in scholarships. That money will come in handy. Muto’s father lost his job as a manager for “K” Line Logistics (U.S.A) Inc. this past August—placing financial strain on the family. Conscientious of his family’s financial struggles, Muto decided to attend Los Angeles Harbor College to complete his general education requirements in its honors program before transferring to UCLA. “I never had a dream school until UCLA,” Muto said. “It has to do with the name. I’m not going to lie, but seeing the people who come out of that place is just amazing.” Muto credits his personal struggles, his family and the people who he surrounds himself with for giving him the motivation to push forward academically. “It’s my life, I can do whatever I want with it, but you know … if you want to make it in life the first step is college, unless you want to pull a Bill Gates or something.” Muto has his eye on a job working in the community relations department of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he completes his communications degree. This way, he can be a part of sport he loves and contribute to a cause that’s dear to him. “As a career I want to something that I love to do every day and not wake up with, ‘Oh, crap, I’m going to work,’” he said. His dream of becoming a liaison stems from his both his love of baseball and his love for his autistic brother, Kenny. Though Kenny is about seven years older than Muto, the brothers went to school together. Special needs students are able to attend high school for five more years in San Pedro High School. Muto remembered how difficult it was to attend the same school as Kenny in the beginning. “When he was a so-called senior [and] I was a freshman, I would walk past him being embarrassed,” Muto recalled. Muto recounted a freshmen year experience in an Algebra I class, in which a fellow student was speaking ill of another student, who was autistic. “’Look at that stupid retard,’” Muto recalled the student telling another. That comment made Muto self-conscious about being linked with his brother, afraid that his peers would make fun of him. For two years, Muto struggled with doing the right thing. “It was very hard to sleep at night,” he said. “I asked myself, ‘How can you do this to your own brother?’” When Muto joined the baseball team, he found people that accepted him and Kenny. Muto said this helped to change his attitude. Muto would hangout and help out at the autistic
classroom in his junior year, well after his brother had graduated from the school. “If you really get to know these kids, they are not different,” Muto said. “They have their mood swings; they have their tantrums; they have their good times; they cry; they like stuff that regular teenagers do; they even have relationships.…You have to remember they have the same feelings as we do.” These days Muto has a great relationship with his brother. Kenny goes to vocational school for students with special needs. Muto often invites him to the movies and dinner with friends. “He loves that,” Muto said. “You should see his eyes when he goes with us.” Muto is not waiting until he gets his degree to accomplish his goals. For the past 9 months he has been interning at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton as an administrative assistant. He believes networking within the organization might help him land the right job in the future. He says that he is not the same person he was before he began participating in the College Bound Program. He is wiser, more respectful and less selfish. He’s a team player. “Having other members here, when they do a scholarship, I want to do it too,” he said. “It’s not like we hide it from each other… We all help each other like a family. This place is just like my second home.”
Muto plans to maintain close ties to the Boys and Girls Club after graduating. He would like to see the club evolve into having a two-story building, where upstairs would be limited to studying, complete with a computer lab. If he gets his dream job he might make that goal a reality. “I will work my butt off to get money for the Boys and Girls job,” he said.
Courage and Inspiration
With a 4.0 GPA for this past semester, a cumulative 3.65 GPA and $5,000 in scholarships, San Pedro High School’s Joshua Villanueva is on his way to attend San Jose State University next semester to study chemical engineering. Villanueva’s decision to go to San Jose State was driven in part by College Bound alumni boosting San Jose. He made up his mind after visiting the college. Besides his father’s influence (he’s a chemical engineer), a recent trip to Israel sparked his interest to choose chemical engineering as a major. Members of the Israeli army told him about all the potential ways he could help the people of Israel. Coming from a family who practices Judaism, the trip inspired Villanueva to join the Israeli army and help with their intelligence program. Villanueva has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club since he was in kindergarten. When continued on following page
Arts Colony Construction Makes Progress on Pacific Avenue By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer
One of the final projects funded by the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency is nearing completion on Pacific Avenue. The $3.38 million project, approved in June 2011, is part of the Pacific Corridors Redevelopment Project, and will provide low income, affordable, family housing in the blighted section of central San Pedro.
from $23,200 to $44,760. An affordable, 49-unit apartment community, the Pacific Avenue Arts Colony will feature six ground floor live/work units, as well as professional-grade art studios, a pocket theater and art gallery spaces. The remaining 43 units will range from one bedroom to three bedroom units. According to the Meta Housing website,
Rendering of the new Pacific Avenue Arts Colony development at 3rd Street on Pacific.
Los Angeles-based developer Meta Housing has completed similar arts colony projects in Burbank and Long Beach, but the San Pedro project is their first family arts colony. San Pedro was chosen for this project because of the well-established thriving arts district surrounding the Pacific Avenue location. The developer, a for-profit corporation, works with private and public partners to construct and rehabilitate apartments for lowand moderate-income seniors and families. They have completed 33 projects, all of which are constructed for affordable housing. The Long Beach location provides housing for one to three residents with incomes ranging
every resident will be an artist, as those who hope to live in this new community will be selected based upon submission of artistic works. Unanswered are questions as to how this promise can be achieved while working within Federal Housing Authority standards for fair housing. The aims are admirable, considering the needs of the local arts community. The project will not only provide art studio and gallery space for the larger community, but will also include a community room on the third floor and an open courtyard on the second floor. Several attempts to reach the project manager for this location were unsuccessful.
Details: http://metahousing.com/family-housing/ pacific-avenue-arts-colony.
San Pedro High School’s graduating seniors, Tatyana Bradberry and John Muto are just two of the hundreds of success stories at the Boy and Girls Club’s College Bound program. Photos by Terelle Jerricks.
academics and scholarship applications. “Now, I’m getting a bunch of scholarships because of her and going to college because of her,” he said. “If I’m not doing something, she’ll tell me like, ‘You need to start doing this or else I’m not going to be setting things up for you.’ So, I’m just like, ‘OK, I’ll do that.’”
Sacrifice and Perseverance
Tatyana Bradberry will be attending UC Santa Barbara this fall, choosing biology as her major. This San Pedro High School graduate wants to become a pediatrician. Coming from a single-parent household, Bradberry often had to take care of her younger sister. That is how she discovered her love for children. Over the past summer when she started coming to the Boys and Girls Club, she interned for a preschool, which also helped her recognize her career path. “I always wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how,” she said. “But then, I realized… being a pediatrician is how I could do it.” Seeing her mother’s financial struggles as a single parent prompted her to become an independent woman, she said. Her mother, who
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services to low-income residents of the Harbor area. The funds from the Parsons Foundation will be used to support all of its programs, including its recently expanded mental health counseling services, ongoing diabetes screening and management program, and its new Wednesday morning asthma clinic. Details: www.thehcc.net, www.rmpf.org
Garcetti Announces Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing Win
LOS ANGELES—On May 28, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that an effort he co-led with USC has resulted in Southern California winning a federal designation that gives the region preference in accessing $1.3 billion in federal assistance for local aerospace and advanced manufacturing. To earn the designation, the partnership had to demonstrate the significance of manufacturing already present in their region and develop strategies to make investments in areas such as workforce and training, advanced research, infrastructure and site development. Federal agencies that will provide assistance under this initiative include the Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Labor, and the Department of Transportation. Details: http://www.eda.gov/challenges/imcp/ index.htm. Effort to Overturn Citizens United Passes State Senate SACRAMENTO—On May 28, a measure to send a message to Congress that the rulings of Citizens United must be overturned passed off the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1272 would add an advisory question to the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters whether Congress should propose an amendment to the Constitution overturning Citizens United. Ted Lieu’s SB 1272 will give voters the chance to send a strong message to Congress on corporate influence and limitless spending by individuals in political campaigns.
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he was a young child, his family lived in a onebedroom apartment with his brother and parents near 20th Street and Pacific Avenue in San Pedro. “I didn’t really have to struggle besides the living conditions, really,” he said. “I didn’t really have the best clothes or best shoes…. I’ve seen [my parents] struggle; I’ve seen them having to not eat because they wanted us to eat.” Despite their financial challenges his parents were very influential in his life. Not only did they take him to school and attend award ceremonies, they also stressed the importance of school. He said the only type of struggle he felt was feeling alone. But the College Bound program helped ease that loneliness. He started being part of the College Bound Program in the sixth grade. At first he didn’t see the point of being in the program, because he was so young. Eventually, he started meeting and speaking with people who were in college, who shared their experience. That got him thinking about his future. His older brother, who also was in the program, went to college, which motivated him even more to follow through with the program. “They plan everything,” said Joshua about the College Bound Program. “You have to develop a connection. Once you develop a connection they are on you to make sure you do all your stuff.” Through the program he was able to plan all of his classes and explore what college was best for him. They even took him on trips to explore different college campus. He and Muto credit Maria Flores, the College Bound coordinator, for motivating them and pushing them with their
had her first daughter when she was 17, has been working two jobs to support her family ever since. “In my future, when I have my own kids, I want to be able to provide them with anything that they want,” she said. “I want to be able to not have to rely on other people…. College is the way to do that.” While her mother did not finish high school or go to college, she has been a tremendous source of support and encouragement, and that made a difference, Bradberry said. Even when she was in middle school, Bradberry sought out the resources that were available to her and made sure she took honors classes and Advanced Placement courses. “San Pedro High School is not the best school ever, but they have resources and kids could be amazing there if you take advantage of the resources,” she said. Bradberry, 18, joined the Boys and Girls Club at the end of her junior year. She needed service hours to fulfill the school’s graduation requirements. A friend advised her to come to the club, whereby she joined the service-oriented Keystone. That friend also recommended that she join the College Bound program so that she could go on the college field trips. What she discovered was that the program was so much more. Over the summer, the program helped her figure out what she wanted as a career. The program included workshops on Wednesdays to help her figure out her priorities and what classes she needed for her dream career. “I always knew that I wanted to go to college and I wanted to do something good, but they gave me the details and showed me how to do it,” Bradberry said. “They didn’t baby me and do it for me… They provide you with many opportunities here, but you won’t get any of them unless you do it yourself.” She said those opportunities made her even more ambitious. She was always a motivated person before coming to the club, but having a support group made a world of difference, Bradberry said. “All my achievements I like to come and share [them] with the staff at the club and my friends at the club,” she said. “We are all a family and it’s nice.”
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This Courthouse is Closed for Business Los Angeles County has First Right of Refusal James Preston Allen, Publisher
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Tino, the Cambodian-Texan bar owner of Crimsin, stood across the street as the state maintenance workers unbolted the letters which once read, “San Pedro Superior Court.” It was just two Latinos with a ladder and some tools. By the time we noticed what was occurring, the letters were half gone, leaving only “erior Court”—an ominous and foreboding reference to the demise of 100 years of local justice in this southern part of Los Angeles County. “Can we at least have a few letters from the sign as memorabilia?” we asked. “No,” was the answer. “They belong to the State of California.” The workmen looked over their shoulders at us like we were either drunk or crazy, continuing their work. Well, of course they do, but who would miss a few letters? We the people of Sixth Street might like to have some proof of what once was here. The workers continued pulling the letters off the building until they were all gone. It was back in 1909, that the Los Angeles Consolidation Committee promised the residents of the Harbor Area a “police court” as part of the deal to annex to the City of Los Angeles and there has been a court here in some form or another until June of 2013. Here, however, are the sad facts: the San Pedro Court House along with the Avalon Court on Catalina Island generated enough revenue in terms of fines and fees to more than cover their own costs of operating both courts ($715 million in fiscal year 2011-12). The bulk of that money (54 percent) goes to the state general revenue fund, then the county (37 percent), and lastly the city (6 percent). The Superior Court retains only single-digit amounts (1 percent) of the funds it generates. And, this formula is true throughout the state, which is why the courts are completely underfunded. They retain so little of what they generate in revenues and then expect to get it back from the legislature. It’s kind of like the taxes we pay for schools that go to the state and then get redistributed back to the districts. The statewide impact on the courts looks like this: • Court closures have deprived more than 2 million Californians of access to justice in their local communities.
• 51 court houses and a total of 205 court rooms have been closed. • 30 courts have had to reduce hours at public service counters. • 15 courts have had to institute limited court service days (where the majority of court rooms and clerk’s offices are closed). • Nearly 4,000 court staff have lost their jobs. Many courts are leaving vacant positions unfilled, and some courts continue to furlough employees. And, on top of this civil cases no longer have court reporters to record their proceedings. This elimination of access to justice falls more heavily on the poor and minority communities than on those who can afford to wait for justice or who don’t have to depend on public transit to get to court 30 miles from home at 8:30 a.m. Recently, in the Legal Newsline, Richard Burdge, the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and owner of The Burdge Law Firm in Los Angeles said, “They’re cutting into the bone, not just the fat” of the court system. The Legal Newsline article goes on to state, “According to the Judicial Council of California, in the past five years, the court system’s budget was cut by more than $1 billion. In the same period, the court system lost about 65 percent of the funds it receives from the state’s general fund. More than 114 court rooms and 22 court houses were closed, and 30 courts have reduced their hours.” To put this in perspective for you, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County maintains the state’s largest court system and it continues to experience some of the deepest funding cuts. And, recently, the Superior Court announced its plan to eliminate 511 more positions. As a result, 177 people lost their jobs and 139 people were demoted to previously held positions. An additional 223 people were reassigned to new locations. This, of course, can be explained by the state’s post-2008 budget crisis or the fact that the end result of Proposition 220, an initiative approved by voters in 1998, consolidating all the various county courts into one statewide system for “greater efficiency” just hasn’t worked. After the superior court system was merged to create these better efficiencies, the Administrative Office of the Courts spent some $450 million on Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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a computer software system that never worked and was abandoned a few years ago. So our cherished system of local justice was sacrificed to bad management and budget deficits. Now the Administrative Office of the Courts which has charge of the 51 court houses statewide has to decide what to do with them. Many people here on Sixth Street and around San Pedro are wondering, “What’s next?” After hearing for weeks from the local city council office that the matter is “out of their hands,” I decided to call L. A. County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office to ask the question. I finally got through to his communications specialist Cheryl Burnett. “The county is currently exploring all of the options on the former San Pedro Courthouse building with the [Administrative Office of the Courts], including county purchase,” she replied. “No action has been taken, nor has decision on the future use of the property.” However, on further questioning Burnett did say that the county ordered an independent appraisal on the property, which came back valued at $3.4 million. The county has the first right of refusal if it goes up for sale. The AOC similarly says that, “ the courthouse is not being sold and not being auctioned,” at this point. It’s clear that the pressure on the AOC to do something with these vacant courthouses is going to mount as time goes on and that they either have to reopen the courts or get rid of them. The question for communities like San Pedro all over the state is, “What do you do with an empty court house?” I have heard a few bright ideas, but I’d like to hear from you on this issue. We have posted a poll on our website at www.randomlengthsnews. com. Tell us what you think.
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Maya Angelou, Still She Rises By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise —wrote Maya Angelou, in her poem, “Still I Rise.” She died this week at 86 at her home in North Carolina. In remembering Maya Angelou, it is important to recall her commitment to the struggle for equality, not just for herself, or for women, or for AfricanAmericans. She was committed to peace and justice for all. “If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat,” she wrote in the opening pages of her first breathtaking autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which chronicles her childhood to the age of 17. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, at the age of 7 or 8, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. He was killed shortly thereafter. As a result of the trauma, she remained virtually silent for five years, speaking only to her brother. She became a single mother at 17, and struggled to support her son as she worked a variety of jobs, eventually gaining success as a calypso singer. continued on following page
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California State Land Commission to Review Rancho LPG’s Lease with POLA
On June 19, the State Lands Commission is hosting a meeting in Sacramento in which the board will review the existing revocable permit issued by the Port of Los Angeles to Rancho LPG Holdings LLC for use of a railroad spur located within the legislative trust grant to the Port of Los Angeles. The Port of Los Angeles did not renew Rancho LPG 30-year terminal lease in 2004 due to safety concerns regarding the movement of liquefied natural gas through the port. Instead the Port and the City of Los Angeles have issued monthly roll over rail permits for a rail spur that connects to Rancho LPG’s facility. Local residents can observe and provide public comment at the meeting at the Hotel Maya, at 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach. The meeting starts at 10 a.m.
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An Eight Billion Dollar Budget for Los Angeles
The 2014-15 budget that was recently proposed for the City of Los Angeles provides the expenditure of 8,100,115,008, with well over half that total going for employees. The proposed budget funds a total of 31,857 regular employees. Together, they will cost the people of Los Angeles about 4.5 Billion dollars next year: $2.9B for Salaries, $1.1B for pension & retirement, and half a billion dollar for HR Benefits. Now, $4.5 billion is not a lot of money! The question is what will Angelinos get for all that money? To answer that question, one needs more accurate information about the way employee performances is managed in each City department. Consider the budget proposal for the fiscal year 2014-15 funds 34 individual departments. Together, they get a total Appropriation of $3.5 billion. It is highly significant that 86% of the money the departments themselves will spend next year will go to salaries. By itself, this fact demands that employees’ job performance be managed effectively! The truth is city departments don’t manage employees’
Maya Angelou’s tribute two years later, on the passing of her friend Coretta Scott King, could be said of Angelou herself: “She was a quintessential AfricanAmerican woman. Born in the small-town, repressive South. Born of flesh and destined to become iron. Born a cornflower and destined to become a steel magnolia.” In eulogizing actor and activist Ossie Davis at his 2005 memorial service in Harlem’s historic Riverside Church, Maya Angelou’s delivery was poetic as always. Her words of reflection on his death can serve as well as we note her passing: “When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder. Lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests small things recoil into silence, their senses are eroded beyond fear. ... Great souls die, and our reality bound to them takes leave of us.” Maya Angelou’s eloquence, in her poetry, lives on: “Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise ...Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.”
Excuse me, but I thought this was the 21st century, not the dark ages. Our 15th District Councilman apparently is unaware of Separation of Church and City Council. I, a long standing taxpayer, got an invitation on Facebook to a Catholic Church to pray to a dead Sicilian “saint” for rain. Is he for real? Then I got a raft of picture in my TL of the event which was lead by our Councilman. I politely asked if the rain dance did any good and how come the dead Sicilian guy didn’t come through with the rain and I got BLOCKED. Does
our Councilman know that we taxpayer have Freedom of Speech in this country? And blasphemy was legalized a long time ago? Also I’m a little concerned about people who rely on dead Sicilian guy to bring us rain. Yes, I know the Pope’s Catholic but he never gave us any rain either. I would prefer our government representatives keep their religious fantasies to themselves and do the job we pay them for, representing ALL of the people, not just the one in their cult. That’s cronyism. Jane Barton, RT, ARRT (Retired) San Pedro
Rec and Parks Is Not LA’s Ugly Step Daughter
The City Council needs to stop treating our Department of Recreation and Parks as the ugly step daughter. Under the City’s “full cost recovery” program that was instituted in 2010 to help the City close a $485 million budget gap, Recreation and Parks was smacked with $37.8 million in “charge backs,” representing over 25 percent of the charter mandated appropriations. More Letters/ to p. 10
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to focus on her writing. Thus was born her first of seven autobiographies and the phenomenal career for which Maya Angelou is known around the world. Reciting her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993 catapulted her into the mainstream consciousness. While some schools and libraries still censor her work for unflinchingly depicting the life she led, it was through my hometown library, while in my early teens, that I first saw Maya Angelou. The library invited her to speak, and speak she did—and danced, and sang, in a display of talent that made us laugh, cry and gasp as she moved her black and white audience of hundreds...together. In commemorating Maya Angelou, none can speak as eloquently as she did herself about people who inspired her. At the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004, she spoke of Fannie Lou Hamer, who attempted, 40 years earlier, to gain recognition for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Angelou said: “In the most private part of the heart of every American lives a burning desire to belong to a great country. To represent a noble-minded country where the mighty do not always crush the weak and the dream of democracy is not in the sole possession of the strong.”
performances effectively. They appoint application on the basis of a certification interview, and acts as if the selection process is over. Typically, they don’t require probationers to meet jobrelated performances standards. Supervisors may observe job performance, but they rate personal traits and work habits. And these days, no one fails probation. But there is no more to this rant. Having screwed up the working test, City departments double the damage by “evaluating” vested employees once a year on the same traits list they inflict on probationers! Employees tolerate this foolishness; they know traitbased rating are legally indefensible and are, generally, filed and forgotten. What makes this situation so galling is that no one seems to give a damn! A City workforce that will cost the people of Los Angeles 41/2 Billion dollars next fiscal year is mismanaged, and no one cares! If that bothers YOU, Dear Reader, why not share your concern with Mayor Garcetti? You can reach him by phone at (213) 987-0600, or by email at mayor@ lacity.org. Samuel Sperling Monterey Park
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She heard Martin Luther King, Jr. address the Harlem Writers Guild, of which she was a member, and joined with a fellow performer to produce and sing in “Cabaret for Freedom” in Greenwich Village, to raise funds for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. By some accounts it was King, or the legendary activist and organizer Bayard Rustin, who asked her to take on a leadership role with the SCLC, which she accepted, becoming the group’s Northern coordinator. Maya Angelou became a supporter of Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution. She met and fell in love with a South African civil-rights activist, and they moved to Cairo with her son. They stayed together for three years, but she stayed on in Africa, moving to Ghana, where she met Malcolm X. The two collaborated on the pivotal political project that Malcolm X was developing, the Organization of Afro-American Unity. She returned to the U.S. to support the effort, but Malcolm X was assassinated shortly after her return. That tragedy, and the 1968 assassination of her friend Martin Luther King Jr., devastated Angelou. It was in 1969 that she was encouraged by the author James Baldwin, among others,
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Unfortunately, these special assessments for such items as utilities, General Fund Cost Reimbursements (read pensions and healthcare benefits), and refuse collection have increased to over $50 million, representing more than a third of the charter mandated appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1. While the hijacking of these funds has helped the City “balance” its books, it has had a devastating impact on Rec & Parks, its grounds and facilities, and its programs. Over the last five years, there has been a 38% reduction in the number of positions associated with the Department’s programs. At the same time, its maintenance department that serves its buildings, facilities, and open space has been downsized by 23 percent, or 226 positions. As a result, the quality of our 420 parks has
deteriorated markedly and will require a substantial investment to restore the Department’s building and facilities, its 15,700 acres of parkland, and its numerous programs that serve so many Angelinos, ranging from seniors to at-risk youth. Perhaps the most telling signs of neglect are the stench of the bathrooms and the amount of debris surrounding overflowing trash bins, especially on holiday weekends. We cannot continue to abuse our parks and their programs as they are a core City service for all Angelinos, especially those who live in the “under parked” sections of or City. We also cannot afford to let our parks to deteriorate further, not only because the cost to repair the buildings, facilities, and grounds increases exponentially, but because of the substantial liability associated with mishaps on City property. The City needs to restore Rec & Parks’ funding to levels enjoyed prior to the “full cost recovery program.” This will require a ballot measure that
increases the charter mandated appropriation. Jack Humphreville Los Angeles
Smart Changes Proposed
While L.A.’s real estate market has improved markedly in the past 18 months, foreclosure properties in some of our neighborhoods continue to be a source of blight. To address the problem, my office released an audit yesterday of L.A.’s Foreclosure Registry Program—along with an Action Plan to amend the City’s flawed ordinance, to create a geo-registry of distressed properties—and tostep up inspections and enforcement of properties that aren’t being kept up. The Opinion section of the L.A. Times weighed in today to support the plan: “L.A. should try again to curb blight caused by foreclosures,” said the Times. “To combat corrosive blight, the council should also embrace Galperin’s recommendations.” My office worked with the Council’s Housing Committee and its Chair, Gil Cedillo, community
Will Mayor Garcetti Correct Councilman Buscaino’s Misbehavior?
For the past 25 years, Council Office 15 has deliberately kept the Harbor Area isolated or segregated from the rest of the City of Los Angeles by not seeking a mayoral appointment to the M.T.A. Board of 13 Directors. Joe Buscaino is the latest weak willed councilman for C. D. 15, to participate in the probable violation of the equal protection clause that is part of our own city charter that his honor, city attorney and Mr. Buscaino swore allegiance to just last 11 July. Mr. Buscaino’s own Chief of Staff, Manny Chavez, J.D. has told me this. He is in violation of said clause of the city charter because all other parts of Los Angeles have direct light rail connection to downtown, Los Angeles, while only our Harbor Area goes without the same service. This legal opinion has been confirmed by Asst. City Atty. Dapri Maddox, who advises the City. Atty. himself. Mr. Buscaino’s own director of planning and development, Ms. Allison Becker, a former City of Los Angeles Deputy City Planner, who once worded Mr. Garcetti as having admitted that a probable equal protection clause violation is on going until this matter is corrected. Since Mr. Buscaino turned down a Mayoral Appointment to the MTA Board, late last July, the matter is now left to his honor, Mr. Garcetti. He has four votes on said MTA Board and he has just hired Ms. Becker away from Mr. Buscaino. Will she work with his honor to reverse this bad policy soon? Donald Compton Wilmington
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Today is 6/4/14, and it is not yet 10 a.m. It is a beautiful San Pedro day. On the news they were talking about the sports tonight—ice hockey championship! I was happy that we made it so far. But a moment later, I felt, Oh, crap. This means the Cigar Lounge will have a lot of people there and it will stink up everything this evening. We will not be able to leave our doors open, or windows. My younger granddaughter is flying in today to visit with me for two weeks— she has allergies also. I have to fear that she will be impacted by the cigar toxic smell, just like my older granddaughter. It is truly sad that I see the fun of sports as a problem now, knowing I may become ill, and that we will be again locked in our apartments with the door closed, even when the weather is good, or hot. When will this business be moved to a more appropriate location? Like an industrial area where toxic emissions are almost the norm? It is a nuisance, it is a health hazard, it has been impacting the quality of life for all the upstairs tenants of 545 9th Street for over a year. I feel like we are guinea pigs to be analyzed—how long will it take to get them terminally Ill? How long till the problems convert to cancer? How long can the business get away with causing illness repeatedly? They have been spewing toxic second hand cigar smoke for over 12 months. Even if it is three days a week—that is 156 Days in a year. How long would you tolerate your family to be subjected to this? How long will it take to stop this? Mediation—we can discuss it. But I will still be ill. My granddaughter will still suffer. Talking will not stop the toxic effects we are being forced to endure. Cigar second hand smoke is documented as more toxic than cigarette second hand smoke. J. Olsen San Pedro
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By Larry Wines, Contributing Writer
Orleans are traditionally the state’s cultural exports. Cajun and Creole cuisine are here in abundant variety from purveyors that include award-winning Southern cooking. Much of it is spicy, so locals love it. You’ll find gumbo, catfish, crawfish étouffée, fried gator, red beans and rice, hush puppies, sweet potato pie, cornbread puddin’ and more. For the daring and gluttonous, there are eating contests – crawfish and watermelon. The fun multiplied because of tragedy. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita dislocated many folks from the bayou region, southeast Texas to coastal Mississippi. A disproportionate number came to Southern California. When you’re the new kid on the block and you arrive with a fun culture, the locals pick it up. For the past decade, traditional swamp music and deep-down Delta Blues have taken a deeper hold across America, and here. There are local weekly zydeco dances. One is every Sunday at the Golden Sails in Long Beach, another is in Monrovia. The scene is huge in San Diego, too. T-shirts with giant fleur-de-lis are everyday sights on our beaches. Of course, the Saints winning the Super Bowl didn’t hurt. The festival has always helped charity. A portion of this year’s profits benefit “LALA,” the non-profit “Louisiana to Los Angeles” that raises educational funds for local youth to attend college. Continued on page 16.
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ardi Gras may be in February, but next weekend, it arrives here, complete with a “Second Line” parade, Lou’siana cuisine and two stages of music with dance floors. It’s the 28th annual Long Beach Bayou Festival, an omnibus zydeco, blues, Creole and Cajun fest. On the fun or musicality meter, it sends lace parasols twirling and the crowd shouting “Who Dat!” as each fresh band appears. It’s genuinely an all-ages affair. High school and college couples abound. Parents watch dancing small fry instinctively moving to the accordion-and-fiddle-driven music. Oldsters drop anchor with their bag chairs and pop-up umbrella shades and surprise their peers when they hit the dance floor. The little ones get their faces painted and enjoy the children’s activity and storytelling tent with sing-alongs and games for the older young ’uns. Everyone spends time at the Blues Stage for the wailing feel-bettah blues laid-down on guitar and harmonica. There are horns aplenty, trumpets, saxes and trombones. You’ll join the New Orleans Traditional Jazz Band’s daily parade past the lagoon and through the site. It’s an allin procession that ends, gyrating, on the big, covered, wooden dance floor. You’re bedecked in strands of colorful Mardi Gras beads without quite knowing how that happened. The food of Louisiana and distinctive, hornand-clarinet-driven traditional jazz of New
Caliente Cantina Lounge Opens in 7th Street Chophouse By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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ans of the 7th Street Chophouse in San Pedro were sad to see it close in 2013, missing the unpretentious atmosphere combined with fine dining. Catching rhythm and blues band DW3 performing on the second floor lounge area was missed even more. But as of this past first Thursday in June, the venue opened up as Caliente Cantina Lounge. The walls are still bare, the menu is small and the on-tap craft brewed beer is still on the way, but Danielle Sandoval, Caliente proprietor, said she fully intends for people to feel at home at the lounge, while catching a good meal as they socialize. The menu is relatively simple. It has a variety of standard bar cuisine and salads, with Calienteâ€™s special twist on them. For example, Caliente has two or three different varieties of hot wings, including orange teriyaki chicken wings and the special Caliente wings made with habanero sauce. There are also a few different types of burgers, fries and nachos that are interesting enough to try while on a night out in the town.
Proprietor Danielle Sandoval, opened Caliente Cantina Lounge in the 7th Street Chophouse on 7th Street.
Sandoval said that, in contrast to a lot of the lounges and bars in San Pedro, she plans to keep the kitchen open as long as the doors are open. Continued on page 13.
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That means patrons having a late night can expect to get something in their stomach while having a nightcap. Sandoval jumped into Caliente with a wealth of experience helping others become successful in the industry. Her first job was at Luminarias, a hilltop specialty restaurant in Monterey Park, where she worked from the bottom up, starting as a hostess at the age of 17. “I walked in and said I have no experience but I’ll be here,” Sandoval said. “I’m willing to learn. I want to work in this industry.” When she was offered a serving position, she took it. That led to her working in the kitchen. Later, she was moved into catering. Every new job within the company and beyond was a learning experience. Sandoval accumulated a variety of experiences, working in restaurants, restaurant management and nightclub promotion. “I started getting all these other little jobs,” Sandoval said. “I never said anything. I just watched, listened and learned… I’ve always loved being in restaurants. I moved on to doing clubs. I was club promoter.” She worked at the Florentine Gardens and the Palace, back in the day. Conceptually speaking, Sandoval is looking to make Caliente the place people feel at home and be a gathering place for local San Pedrans. Her visions is part sports bar and part lounge, hence the reason she added Cantina Lounge. The ambiguity give the place a marketing flexibility to take full advantage of the two story venue with a bar on both floors, a stage and stage lights.
Throughout the time she was accumulating experience in the dining and entertainment industry, she continued school, which led her into the legal field. Ultimately, she found herself in Long Beach working as a consultant to restaurateurs. “I would walk into an empty building and I would look at it and say, ‘Ok this is where your bar needs to be,’” Sandoval recalled. “‘This is where you kitchen needs to be after you gut it and build it from the ground all the way up.’ I would build up the bar and tell them which liquor to buy, how much to sell it for. I would do the demographic studies of each area, like Jack [Daniels] sells well in this area, so we need to get Jack,” Sandoval said. Certainly, every experience she has had has been a stepping stone and learning experience —experience she says has allowed her to build good relationships with vendors. This experience also allowed her to develop visions of her own restaurants, not just Caliente, but the ones that are on papers or ideas inside of her head. Sandoval said the growth of small mom-andpop businesses had always fascinated her, from the seedy dive bar to hole in the wall restaurants, from the very beginning to where they end up. And, because of her keen observation of the most successful restaurateurs, she placed herself in the position of incorporating their best ideas into her vision. Caliente Cantina Lounge is open from noon to 11 a.m. weekdays and from noon to midnight on weekends. It’s open seven days a week. Details: (310) 684-1753 Location: 465 W. 7th Street, San Pedro
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Entertainment June 13
Tim Weisberg Alvas Showroom presents Tim Weisberg and his band at 7:30 p.m., June 13. Weisberg’s band consists of five players who will be on: the flute, guitar, bass, keys and drums. Admission will be $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Purple Sugar The San Pedro Brewing co. presents Purple Sugar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., June 13. The cover charge is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663; www.sanpedrobrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Calendar continued on page 15.
Long Beach Comic Expo attendee holding a conversation with attendees in Star Wars villain Darth Maul and Transformers character Bumblebee.
Long Beach Comic Expo: A Tease for Long Beach Comic Con in September By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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On the last week of May, the Long Beach Convention Center hosted the Long Beach Comic Expo, a little appetizer to tide over the otaku community until the larger Long Beach ComiCon event in September. Joy Decapua of Black Jack Comics sent me an invite with the hopes I would provide the fledgling Sacramento comic book company some coverage. That was fine by me, considering I’ve been wanting to attend the ComiCon event and figured the Expo would give me a taste of what to expect in September. I’ll return to Decapua and Black Jack Comics after the run down on the entire experience. The Pine Avenue front entrance of the
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Convention was filled with costumed people. It was like the street was filled with trick-or-treaters in the summer time during the hottest part of the day. Above the second floor promenade staircase were the iconic and not iconic vehicles from block buster movies and popular television shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such KnightRider’s black Camaro, Kitt, Magnum P.I. ‘s Ferrari, the jeep from the Jurassic Park franchise, or the old school Bat-mobile. I was a little mad that the badass Dark Knight monster-roadster version of the Bat-mobile wasn’t on display. Everywhere you looked, a feast for the eyes awaited. The Expo seemed to seem to take up a small footprint of convention space, sharing it with the Tea Convention and possibly something else. What that something was didn’t really matter considering that the little space the Expo had was filled with Expo attendees. There were Star Wars, Marvel Comics fanatics and various manga characters identifiable by the character costumes that were donned. Some were hired scantily-clad models made to look like Star Wars character Princess Leia with Jabba the Hutt. What was on display were thousands of universes
into which comics and manga fans escape the drudgery of the Monday through Friday, 9 to 5pm work week. And, this was just the attendees. The expo had several workshops focused on illustrators trying to break into the industry; talks were held by illustrators of popular comics or manga. Another room featured the growing confluence of gaming, comic/manga and cosplay (a kind of performance art that use costumes and role play to express an idea), i.e. the Eat-Geek-Play movement. Eat-Geek-Play appeared to be a digital platform for webcomics, gaming, both online and on board games like Dungeons and Dragons. When I got to the main part of the expo, I found a large room with more than a hundred booths occupied by new comic book companies— companies like Black Jack comics with heroes named Phantom Hawk, the Jaleena the Ambassador, the Ape and others. Decapua had only been working with the company since the beginning of the year and had no previous experience. She got into it by happenstance after reuniting with Nick Garber, an army buddy going back 10 years. “I was so brand new to comics. I was a reading nerd and I was a gaming nerd, but I had never really gotten into comics,” Decapua said. The center of the Black Jack Comics franchise is Phantom Hawk, a soldier named Max Malone who was deployed to Afghanistan and was critically injured in the line of duty. He returns home and is recruited into a top secret program that uses nano technology heal him. The lab is destroyed and Malone is framed. Phantom Hawk as well as the other characters in the Black Jack Comics universe are still too brand new and lacking in character development to determine if they will produce good storylines. But I was struck by the opportunity available wanting to get a slice of the $3 billion Comic Convention market and the possibilities for San Pedro as we transform our waterfront and create the infrastructure necessary to pull off such events. In the meantime, I’ll see about getting my tickets early for Sept. 27 ComiCon.
Calendar from page 14. Piano Night The Wale & Ale presents Piano Night with Rob and guests from 7 to 9:30 p.m., June 13. Join Rob every Friday for piano night. Details: (310) 833-0363; www.whaleandale.com Venue: Whale & Ale Location: 327 W 7th St., San Pedro
Laboriel, Zottoli, Reed, Montero & Todesco at Alvas, May 31. Photo courtesy of Gloria Plascencia
Laboriel, Zottoli, Reed Montero & Todesco By Melina Paris Music Columnist
Dancefest 2014 The Metropolitan Ballet presents Dancefest 2014, 5 p.m. June 14. Tickets are $17 and $15. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.dancewest.org Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance Dirty Bird The San Pedro Brewing Co. presents Dirty Bird from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., June 15. The cover charge is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663;www. sanpedrobrewing. com Venue: San Pedro Brewing co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro
All that Jazz Los Cancioneros Master Chorale presents All that Jazz, 7 p.m. June 15. Enjoy an evening of mixed chorus singers performing hits that will have you dancing and singing along. Admission is $25. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.lcmasterchorale.com Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
Johnny Camello The San Pedro Brewing co. presents Johnny Camello from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., June 19. No cover will be charged. Details: (310) 831-5663;www.sanpedrobrewing. com Venue: San Pedro Brewing co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Sounds of Summer Concert North Torrance Youth Musicians presents the Sounds of Summer Concert, 7 p.m. June 20. Tickets will be $10 or $5. Details: (310) 720-7624; www.ntyme.org Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
Long Beach Bayou Festival Celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Long Beach Bayou Festival, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 21 and 22, at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. The event is a zydeco, blues, Creole and Cajun festival. Tickets start at $25. Details: (562) 912-4451; www.longbeachbayou. com
Tributo a Las Divinas Cubanas The Museum of Latin American Art presents Tributo a las Divas Cubanas, June 22, as part of its Summer Sundays at MoLAA concert series, showcasing AfroCuban music. Cuban vocalist and former member of Bamboleo, Yordamis, will pay a musical homage to legendary Cuban troubadours: Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Graciela. In a genre dominated by men, these chanteuses proved to be as formidable as their male counterparts. Backed by the West Coast Salsa Orchestra, Yordamis will perform the songs that have memorialized each Diva in her own right and continue to be steadfast favorites.
Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala The Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 123rd annual Inaugural Gala dinner from 5:45 to 9 p.m., June 12. The dinner is to honor Long Beach healthcare providers. Prices aren’t listed, please call the number below for more details. Details: (562) 436-1251; www.longbeachcc.com Venue: Long Beach Convention Center; Grand Ballroom 204 Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Creation Station: Father’s Day BBQ Apron Crafted’s creation station will be teaching children how to make bbq aprons for father’s day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 13, 14 and 15. Join crafted and design a father’s day apron for your old man. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Free Zumba Class The Southbay Pavillion Mall is hosting a free zumba class from 9 to 10 a.m., June. 14. Party yourself into shape. The class is being offered every Saturday. Hours may change due to special events being scheduled. Details: (310) 366-6629; www.southbaypavillion. com Venue: Southbay Pavillion Mall Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration Come to the Long Beach Juneteenth celebration, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 14, at King Park. The celebration will include a summer concert in the park, featuring Church of Eternal Salvation, Rush Hour and Box Car. Details: (562) 570-6816 Venue: King Park Location: 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be offering a “Meet the Grunion” program, starting at 8 p.m. June 14. The program will be offered again June 28, July 13 and 28. The Aquarium will open at 8 p.m. and a film on grunion begins at 9 p.m. in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Prior to the predicted run, everyone will gather on the beach to await the grunion. The program cost is $5 for adults and $1 for seniors, students, and children. Warm clothing is recommended. Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium. org. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro Family Sunset Sail Sail the Los Angeles Harbor and watch the sunset from the dock of a tall ship, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 14. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 per child. Details: http://lamitopsail.org Venue: Port O’ Call Village Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
Father’s Day Aboard the Queen Mary The Queen Mary is celebrating Father’s Day by hosting an event all day, June 15. The Queen Mary will be selling brunch, seafood, or fine dining. Also, gifts for dad will be available so you can check those out as well. The brunch will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $60 an adult and $20 for children. Reservations are highly recommended. Call for details or to look at the other two events being hosted for the day Details: (562) 499-1606; www.queenmary.com Venue: Queen Mary Ship Location: 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach 19th Annual Dia de San Juan Festival Fiestalegre presents the 19th annual Dia de San Juan Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 15. This event is known as the Puerto Rican festival. General admission is $30, with VIP costing $45. $50 will get you into this event and the Cuban Festival. Details: www.fiestalegre.net Venue: Queen Mary Event Park Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach Calendar continued on page 16.
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An elegant number Montero composed titled, ”Igarape” (waterway in Spanish), was performed next. Throughout this song Reed and Montero were extraordinarily in the same key: one on vocals and the other on guitar, simultaneously. Soon the number escalated into a long groove. Laboriel is amazing to watch on bass. He holds the chords with his left hand while strumming, tapping and thumping the strings hard with his right, making this number extra funky. To end this set they kept the rhythms going with Toots Thieleman’s, melodic “Bluesette.” Laboriel took us on a wild trip turning his bass into a wickedly percussive instrument in his hands. Tanya Marie’s “Come with Me” opened their second set. The room was feeling good with heads bopping along to this dynamic version. The smooth 1980s number was brought to a new level, making it a hybrid of jazz and rhythm and blues. Their rendition of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s classic “Dindi” was perfecto. Montero’s composition, “Moro Do Bau” was mesmerizing. This audience, utterly silent, had all eyes fixed on the musicians, completely caught up in the music. Zottoli on piano was crisp, clear and polished and Montoya and Reed were in flawless vocal harmony. Chords built intensity as each player stood out. Clearly the piano leads this group but as Laboriel noted, it all came together because of teamwork. “We are all each other’s heart,” Laboriel said. “This night is the result of a dream Lynda had and the courage to do.” This number was an experience and all their songs open your heart. They closed the evening with the jazziest live version of “Summertime” that I have ever heard, with a huge dose of soul. The bass came in hard with Laboriel playing high notes so fast that his bass actually mimicked a horn, an amazing sound. I took note of the band mingling among the crowd through intermission and before and after the show. They were part of us and we were part of them, both so happy to be among each other. That was the tone of this evening, friends sharing and enjoying some of the most beautiful music in this world together. Details: www.alvasshowroom.com
Beauty of Nature Series: Riding Giants The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Palos Verdes Land Conservancy present the second film of their nature series, Riding Giants, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., June 14. No admission will be charged and seating will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
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Once again Alvas Showroom in San Pedro brought a phenomenal show to music fans. May 31 showcased five long time friends who are all stellar musicians. The group is simply called by their surnames; Laboriel, Zottoli, Reed, Montero & Todesco. Abraham Laboriel was on bass, Frank Zottoli was on piano, Lynda Reed was on vocals, Roberto Montero was on guitar and vocals and Enzo Todesco on drums. They performed a blend of Brazilian music, Latin, jazz and funk, playing original tunes and standards. From the start it was clear this was going to be a vibrant show. Reed, the consummate vocalist entertained with effervescence. Band members played in rich, layered tones and the sound system was flawless. Opening with a number Laboriel wrote for Reed upon her graduation from Harvard University, titled, “Fiesta Linda,” it was no wonder Laboriel stood out on this celebratory song. After the song, Laboriel told the audience all the band members were here together based upon their relationships. Celebration of friendship and love for this music was the catalyst that brought this special event together. To follow they presented an elegantly arranged slower version of the classic, “One Note Samba.” This piece, well paced and nuanced, set the tone for an intimate ambiance. Extending this vibe, they played a song Zottoli wrote for his daughter called, “Zoe’s Lullaby.” This number carried classical tones, bringing picturesque visions. It was graceful and soothing, then built in tenor and tone with a poised power toward the end. I was amazed at these musicians raw talent, watching Zottoli create magic on the piano, then the funkiness and depth of Laboriel’s bass. Todesco has dexterous skills on drums showcased on the cheerful “No More Blues,” a Brazilian chorinho number, which had a huge samba beat. Todesco is a popular, respected musician in Switzerland, where he is from. He is a powerful drummer, who gets into your blood. Abraham Laboriel is the most widely used session bassist of our time, according to Guitar Player magazine. Reed told the audience Laboriel also happens to be the most recorded bassist performing on over four thousand recordings and movie soundtracks. Arranger and composer, Zottoli met Laboriel while they attended Berklee College of Music. After performing together Zottoli knew this was someone he wanted to continue performing with.
Elvis the King The Alpine Village is presenting a tribute to Elvis with all his hits playing, Elvis the King, at 8 p.m., June 13. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m., while the show will begin at 8 p.m. The event is restricted to persons 21 years or older. Admission is $10. D et a i l : ( 310 ) 3 27 - 4 3 8 4 ex t : 24 5 ; j o n @ alpinevillagecenter.com Venue: Alpine Village Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Details: (562) 437-1689; www.molaa.org Venue: MoLAA Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
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Salsa Tuesdays The Alpine Village is hosting Salsa Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., June 17. Dj Marlo will be playing salsa tracks while lessons will also be offered. Admission is $5, nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed. This event is taking place every Tuesday. Details: (310) 327-4284 ext: 245; jon@ alpinevillagecenter.com Venue: Alpine Village Location: 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Creation Station: Sand Candles Learn how to make sand candles at the Crafted creation station on June 20, 21 and 22. Children will learn how to create a candle by pouring wax into a sand mold, then filling it with seashells and other treasures. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Downtown Harbor Opening Celebrate the opening of San Pedro’s new Downtown Harbor, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 20, near the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. The event will feature live music, shoreside strolling jugglers and activities for children. This new 1.2-acre space on the north side of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will open new access and leisure opportunity for pedestrians and boaters. Details: www.lawaterfront.org Venue: Downtown Harbor Location: 84 Berth, San Pedro
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2014 Fiesta Corazón del Puerto Enjoy a family day of live music, food and fun with free admission, from 2 to 10 p.m. June 21, at the Wilmington Waterfront Park. Details: (310) 522-2100 Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park Location: Neptune Avenue and C Street, Wilmington Catalina Above, Below Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will sponsor a scientific observation and collecting expedition to Catalina Island, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21. The 93-foot fishing vessel, First String, will depart Los Angeles Harbor Sportsfishing Landing in Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. Catalina Above And Below is one of the aquarium’s most popular boat trips. Throughout the trip, marine biologists, aquarists, naturalists and other staff will be on board giving talks and assisting with identification of all sea life collected or observed. Cost for the trip is $95 per person ($85 Friends member). Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro Salt Marsh Open House Step out into nature and discover the hidden world of the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh, from 1 to 3 p.m. June 21, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Aquarium educators and sea ranger naturalists will help uncover the world of mud and water that is our local wetland. Bring your binoculars, camera, sketch pad, journal or just your curiosity. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org. Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
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Air and Waste Management 107th Annual Conference and Exhibition The Air and Waste Management Association presents their 107th annual conference and exhibition from June 24 to 27. The conference
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will feature a technical program consisting of more than 400 speakers,70 technical a student posters, more than 100 exhibitors, social tours, networking events and development courses taught by leading instructors. Details: (562) 436-3636; www.longbeachcc.com Venue: Long Beach Convention Center; Exhibit Hall A/ Grand Ballroom/Rooms 101-104/201-204 Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Theater/Film June 13
Sherlock Jr. In collaboration with Bordeaux, France and the Los Angeles Sister Program, Grand Performances presents Sherlock Jr. at 8:15 p.m., June 13. The screening will be preceded by Buster Keaton’s short film, Cops. No admission will be charged. Details: (213) 687-2159; www.grandperformances. org Venue: California Plaza Location: 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Songs from the Homefront The 300th Army Band of Los Angeles, California presents Songs from the Homefront, 7 p.m. June 13. Using a variety of musical ensembles, multi-media and narration, this event takes the audience on a journey through the familiar sounds of American war-time music. Free admission to this event. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.300tharmyband.com Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
Beauty of Nature Series Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Palos Verde Land host their second film Riding Giants at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. June 14. Admission is free with limited seating. This spectacular film is a comprehensive look at the history of surfing, from its origins as a tiny subculture to its widespread resurgence. Details: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Hamlet Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet, at 8 p.m. June 19, at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. Details: www.shakespearebythesea.org Venue: Point Fermin Park Location: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro
Mama Won’t Fly The Little Fish Theatre presents Mama Won’t Fly at 8 p.m., June 20. The show is about a girl who has to get her mother to her brother’s wedding from Alabama to California, but one problem stands in the way; Mama won’t fly. Tickets begin at $22. The show will be acted up until sometime late in July.Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro
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Riders Unite The coolest art show to attend this summer Riders Unite on June 21 at South Bay Contemporary/Zask Gallery in Rolling Hills. Artwork, signed decks, apparel and more will be auctioned. Silent Auction, Live music, Surf and Skate artists. 1 to 8:30 p.m. Silent Auction: Original Artwork, signed decks, apparel and more. 2 to 2:30 p.m. The Neckties, from Hermosa Beach. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Medium Size Kids, heralding from Washington. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Bristol to Memory, busting out jams. 5 to 9 p.m. Reception. Details: (310) 429-0973; southbaycontemporary.com Venue: South Bay Contemporary Gallery Location: 550 Deep Valley Dr., #151,Rolling Hills Estates Calendar continued on page 16.
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Given Los Angeles’ ethnic diversity, most of us encounter that word “multicultural,” but usually in some dry academic appeal for funding to get needed arts back in the schools. At this festival, multicultural is alive with passion and exuberance and perpetual motion. Want to take your child some place where they won’t keep the earbuds pluggedin for incessant pounding? Something you’ll enjoy? “Laissez les bon temps rouler.” That’s the Cajun French phrase that means “Let the good times roll!” The festival’s emphasis on the music transcends your expectations. Dance lessons throughout the day make the kinesis accessible to beginners. Many of Louisiana’s top acts play the Cajun-zydeco stage. Featured headliners are Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, who have five critically acclaimed CDs and have wowed crowds in more than 35 countries with their brand of blues, zydeco, funk and West African rhythms. Other top acts are the Otis Taylor Band, “Delta King” Mark St. Mary’s Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, Sonny Green, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, and the infectious locally-based Bonne Musique Zydeco and all-female Cajun band the Creole Belles. Plus, there’s Shari Puorto, Jimbo Ross, the San Diego Cajun Playboys, and Theo & the Zydeco Patrol. Musicians on the Blues Stage come from across America. This year brings more emphasis than ever before. Saturday brings the supergroup Delta Groove All Stars, featuring Sugaray Rayford, Kid Ramos, Jackie Payne, Lynwood Slim, Kara Grainger, Steve Freund, and Randy Chortkoff. “They present
“a history of the blues that every fan can appreciate” Chortkoff said. “What we deliver onstage is more like what you’d get with Ike Turner back in the day, a self-contained traveling blues festival.” Sunday, the Blues Stage hosts Chicago-born, Denver-raised Otis Taylor, celebrating his CD, My World is Gone, which has a five-star rating on Amazon. His previous album, Otis Taylor’s Contraband, took the honors for Downbeat Magazine’s Top Blues Album in 2012 and won the Living Blues Critics Poll that year (his song “10 Million Slaves” has 2 million-plus views on YouTube). Local jazz and blues legend Barbara Morrison brings her two-and-a-half octave range back to the festival stage, this year accompanied by Al Williams. She’s toured the world. Other top blues acts? There’s 72-year-old soul blues legend Sonny Green, a Los Angeles transplant from Louisiana. There’s Jimbo Ross, who’s played with the Moody Blues, Pete Townsend, Bob Dylan, Johnny Mathis and Led Zeppelin. He sings and plays electric viola with virtuosic fire. There’s Rosa Lee Brooks who recorded with Jimi Hendrix. And there’s “formidable guitar modernist” Southside Slim with his hard rockin’ blues. The Shari Puorto Band is a 2010 Los Angeles Music Award winner. Floyd & the Flyboys, 20-year veterans, feature members who’ve played with the Eagles, Ray Charles and the Temptations. The Long Beach Bayou Festival runs June 21 and 22, in Rainbow Lagoon Park, at Linden Ave and Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. Park on the Marina Green Lot across from Rainbow Lagoon Park. The festival opens at 11 a.m. both days, and closes June 21 at 9 p.m. and June 22 at 8 p.m. Adult tickets are $25 for one day in advance, $30 each day at the gate; seniors (60 years old and older) and students (13 years old and older) are $20 per day in advance, $30 at the gate; children age 12 and younger get in free. The event is presented by Benoit Entertainment Group. Details: www. longbeachbayou.com
what the diner would enjoy. His ever-changing menu directly responds to the market, looking to sea and pasture, orchard and field for freshness and inspiration. Many of Trusela’s regulars never look at the printed menu. Bob has an encyclopedic knowledge of his customers’ likes and dislikes, preferences and allergies, as well as the convoluted familiar relationships of living in a town as small as San Pedro. “I’ve only been here 30 years,” said Bob. “I hope I’m considered a local pretty soon.” Bob’s beloved spouse and secret weapon is the gorgeous Josephine. “Her calm and serene manner ‘keeps me sane,’” Bob said, while recounting the many ways she contributed to the success of the restaurant. “I fell in love at first sight in this very restaurant,” he said, recalling the lucky coincidence of their own establishment in the same location many years later. Coincidentally, Bob met Josephine while working at the old Italian restaurant, Avanti’s, the same place where they opened the awardwinning Trusela’s Ristorante in 2009.
The Face of Otto Trattoria, Dead at 57 April 8, 1957-June 6, 2014 ocean-going tug, MV Eagle, living the high life of a young and single seaman. Just a few years later, Trusela is the captain of his own ship, surrounded by a beautiful and loving family, making the whole neighborhood a member of his extended circle of cousins. Trusela’s is the warm and casual restaurant everyone should have in their ‘hood. Bob has refined his many years of experience at the best restaurants (Madeo’s in San Pedro, the Madison, The Skyroom, DaVinci and L’Opera in Long Beach, Ballys, Paris, Crustacean, and Hannah’s in Los Vegas) to create a welcoming place to dine, with something to please everyone. Trusela has an uncanny ability to look at his patron’s mood and demeanor, and intuit exactly
Art for Everyone The California State University Long Beach University Art Museum is sponsoring and art sale from 2 to 5 p.m. June 28. Have some wine, a bite to eat and go home with an original piece of art. Three ways to purchase art: Buy raffle tickets and pick out the artwork you would like to win; “Under $100 Wall of Art”: Pre-priced art all under $100 dollars; Silent Auction: Bid on high end art, top bid takes it home Details: HMollesArt@aol.com Venue: John Sanders Studio Location: 2828 E. 14th St., Long Beach Neomexicanism Neomexicanism, curated by Edward Hayes Jr., is an exhibition about a critical tendency in Mexican figurative painting of the 1980s. The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Museum of Latin American Art’s permanent collection with additional works on loan from the private collection of Nicholas Ingram. Neomexicanism explores themes including the transcendence of nationalist imagery to convey a message of disillusionment. Artists featured in the exhibition include Mónica Castillo, Julio Galán, and Nahum B. Zenil, among others, who explore national crises, the deconstructed self and the hybrid Mexican identity. The opening reception is from 7 to 10 p.m. June 28. MoLAA members attend free and nonmembers pay $15. Details: molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach National Watercolor Society All Member Exhibition The National Watercolor Society presents the best of water media painting, representing a wide range of directions and techniques, from experimental to traditional, and encourages support for watercolor as a vital, enduring and expressive medium. Artwork in this annual member exhibition includes paintings by Signature, Life and Associate Members. Exhibition runs through Aug. 17. Details: http://nationalwatercolorsociety.wildapricot. org/event-747214 Venue: NWS Main Gallery Location: 915 S. Main Ave., San Pedro
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n June 7, we woke up to the news from the San Pedro telegraph that Bob Trusela died. I imagine that for most San Pedrans who knew Bob, getting the news was akin to learning your best friend died. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino and others took to Facebook with the news: “You will be sorely missed by everyone in our community Bob,” he wrote. “Rest In Peace.” The following is an excerpt of a 2010 profile, in which Random Lengths News food writer, Gretchen Williams wrote about Bob and his restaurant, Trusela’s: More than 30 years ago, Bob Trusela looked at the night sky off Asia and dreamed of possibilities. He sailed for Crowley out of Singapore on the
Just a few months ago, Bob partnered with John Papadakis to open Otto Trattoria in the former Papadakis Taverna in downtown San Pedro. Bob will sorely be missed. Bob is survived by his wife Josephine, sons Bobby, Louis, Tony and Domenic, and daughter Isabella. By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014154058 The following person is doing business as: Auntie Ida’s Cookies, 1360 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 143, San Pedro, CA 90732, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: IDA B Sutton, 360 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 143, San Pedro, CA 90732. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Ida B. Sutton, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/12/14, 06/26/14, 07/10/14, 07/24/14
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014153888 The following person is doing business as: Wav Properties, 3320 S. Denison Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Virginia Kohl, 3320 S. Denison Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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/. Virginia Kohl, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/12/14, 06/26/14, 07/10/14, 07/24/14
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014149646 The following person is doing business as: Screen Shop, 1135 Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: John Prevatt, 940 W. 8th 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/. John Prevatt, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk,
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from previous page 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: 06/12/14, 06/26/14, 07/10/14,
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2014144475 The following person is doing business as: Cycle San Pedro, 848 Crestwood,, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Tommy G Spencer, 848 Crestwood,, San Pedro, CA 90731. Rachel L Spencer, 848 Crestwood,, San Pedro, CA 90731.. This Business is conducted by a married couple. 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/. Tommy Spencer, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2014. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/12/14, 06/26/14, 07/10/14,
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