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Manning Found Guilty on 20 Counts By Cory Hooker, Editorial Intern

The tense trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning came to its near conclusion as a verdict that could strike fear into future whistleblowers was handed down. Military Judge Denise Lind declared Manning guilty on 20 charges, which could equate to 90 years in a military prison for the whistleblower. These counts include

include the theft of five U.S. government

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After a Year-and-a-Half in Office Councilman Buscaino Makes an Impression By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

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Councilman Joe Buscaino with family as he was sworn into his first full term in office at the Watts Towers on July 27. Photo by Betty Guevara

Official Concern Explodes Over Rancho LPG After Florida Blast

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When Councilman Joe Buscaino won the special election to fill Councilwoman turned Congresswoman Janice Hahn’s seat, progressives in San Pedro and other parts of the district were concerned that he would operate as little more than a San Pedro boy with a million-watt smile. There was concern that he would serve only San Pedro interests and that the brand of progressivism would be only skin deep. A year-and-a-half later, Buscaino was able to cruise into a full term in office. He may not have fully convinced progressives of his progressive credentials—he doesn’t have enough of a record at this point to make a determination—but he has been able to firmly establish that he’s committed to serving the entire district. He did so by seeking out host families in the Watts’ public housing to spend the night, just to get a feel of a neighborhood. Was it a publicity stunt? Perhaps. But it sent a powerful message. During his inaugural speech for his first full term he’s said, “My affection for Watts is very real.” He really put his money where his mouth was. When he said, “I want you to know that I’m your brother and we are family, and I’m committed to serving the residents of Watts in the way that they deserve,” it’s hard not to believe him. Indeed, Buscaino ran down the list of good news and items of progress throughout the district,

Waxman, Lieu, Hahn Press For Action on Rancho LPG By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

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DocFilm Director of Trans Host Local Screening and Panel Discussion on Film p. 11

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Queen Mary Hosts Chili Cookoff in Sept. Contestants Can Still Apply p. 12

World Stage Rent Festival: Leimert Park Artists Fight for Survival p.16

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Rep. Henry A. Waxman, second from right, was joined by local leaders on a tour of El Segundo’s Northrop Grumman FA-18 assembly line. Following a blast at a Florida LPG terminal, Waxman sent Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano a letter calling for her to review her department’s handling of Rancho LPG Holdings. File photo.

A series of oil and chemical product explosions, which began in San Bruno in October 2010, combined with local activism focused on the dangers of the Rancho LPG facility has finally produced an outpouring of official concern. Elected officials recently raised their voices after explosions rocked the Blue Rhino LPG plant in Tavares, a town northwest of Orlando, Fla., sending flames up to 200 feet into the air and launching thousands of 20-pound propane canisters into the air. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) led the way with an urgent letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano,

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Community Announcements:

Harbor Area PILOT—Community Program

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The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation are hosting grant application workshops from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29. The grants are being issued for innovative projects and programs aimed at benefiting the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. The following categories are being considered for grant qualification: Beautification, education, employment, safety and community initiatives. The foundation has a total of $500,000 available for grant funding and there aren’t restrictions for the number of grants to be rewarded. Applications for a grant must be submitted electronically by 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Applications are to be emailed to info@hcbf.org. The workshop on Aug. 8, will be at the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center. The one on Aug. 29, will be at Banning’s Landing Community Center. Details: (310) 997-7116; info@hcbf.org Venue: Wilmington Senior Citizen Center; Banning’s Landing Community Center Location: 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington; 100 E. Water St., Wilmington

The BNSF Railroad SCIG Project

The Coalition for a Safe Environment is hosting Reggae benefit concert on Aug. 10 and Sept. 7 to fight the BNSF Railroad SCIG Project. Details: (310) 704-1265, cfase@att.net Location: 21931 S. Embassy Ave., Carson

LGBTQ LB Police Recruitment Fair

The Long Beach Police department is hiring as part of their outreach, they will be hosting a recruitment fair at The Center on Aug. 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Come meet out gay and lesbian officers in the community and see if a career with the Long Beach Police Department is for you. Details: www.longbeach.gov/police Venue: The Center Location: 2017 E 4th. St., Long Beach

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Center Helps Develop More than Boxing Skills By Joseph Baroud, Editorial Intern

Circling a square boxing ring with someone trying to punch your lights out to be a fearsome thing. Professional boxers must use that fear to transcend his normal abilities. At least that’s what 1984 boxing gold medalist, Henry Tillman believes. “The fear is actually adrenaline and it keeps your edge,” said Tillman. “That’s what keeps you sharp.” Tillman believes insights from boxing can be applied to life outside of the ring. He opened a gym this past July to guide and train local youth in boxing—a sport that gave him the drive and discipline he needed to succeed growing up in Watts, Los Angeles. “It got me off [of] the streets. It gave me a purpose, something to look forward to,” Tillman said. “It gave me respect. For the first time in my life, I was doing something people respect.” Tillman recalled having to fight a lot in order to survive his youth—it was like a road without a finish line. It wasn’t until he began his boxing career at the age of 22 that got the direction he needed. “Boxing is a very disciplined sport, a very humbling sport,” Tillman noted. He’s seen young men who consider themselves the “Billy Bad Asses” of their neighborhood walk through a boxing gym and think they could fight. “I said, man, it’s a whole different league. You’ve been hitting dudes that have been high off [of] blunts (marijuana), and drinking 40 ounce [bottles of beer] but now you’re going to hit a guy that’s going to hit you back that trains. “It’ll humble you to the point you realize, ‘I’m

Henry Tillman, 1984 Olympic gold medalist in boxing, opened the Henry D Tillman Community Development Center and Championship Boxing Club on July 11. Photo by Kelvin Brown.

not the baddest guy on earth.’” Beside the disciplined and humbling characteristics Tillman aims to instill equality and respect. He is teaching his students that every man is just that, a man. It is important to take a unique approach when focusing on each individual and their regimen. “Be respectful, good attitude, treat everybody the same, you know different, but the same… and then we go accordingly [by] personality.” Tillman hopes to drill determination into his students. “Never, ever, quit.” Tillman said. “Once you quit, it’s done, you lost, in anything, in life. Period. It all boils down to how bad you want it.”

Tillman doesn’t believe that boxing is for everyone. Those who enter the sport usually endure countless hours of training and preparation. “You [have to] learn to relax under pressure and still do what you were trained to do.” Tillman said. Tillman is hopeful and expressed gratitude to the community for allowing him to share his knowledge and give back to the community. “You’re all welcome here to the gym and I wish I could just be of service.” Tillman said. “Especially to get the youth involved. That’s what I’m here for.”

Carson Health Screenings

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South Bay Family Healthcare celebrates National Health Center Week, Aug. 11 through 17, with free screenings and information at several locations including Carson High School. Services include: anemia and vision tests, body mass index screenings, blood pressure checks, diabetes finger sticks and Affordable Care Act, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15. Details: www.sbfhc.org Venue: Carson High School Location: 270 E. 223 St., Carson

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Council Votes Carousel Emergency By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

During a special meeting on July 29, the Carson City Council took what the Mayor Jim Dear, called an “unprecedented” action regarding the Carousel housing tract. They voted unanimously to declare the existence of an emergency with a 4-0 vote. Council member Mike Gipson was absent. Carousel was first identified as a toxic site in 2008 but cleanup hasn’t been done. The site’s homeowners must continue to live with hazardous chemicals or else abandon their homes. Carousel’s 285 single-family homes were built in the 1960s over a former Shell tank farm. Tests recently confirmed that the site contains high levels of methane gas, and benzene that exceeds the California Human Health Screening Level. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, a state agency, is currently considering whether to approve Shell’s sitespecific cleanup goal report. The council’s resolution declares, “an emergency in the vicinity of the Carousel tract neighborhood due to the persistence of explosive

methane gas, carcinogenic benzene and other chemicals of concern, and issuing such findings or orders as are authorized by law.” The city is now requesting that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors address and mitigate the declared emergency. The city is also demanding that Attorney General Kamala Harris and the board forces Shell to fully comply with the water board’s cleanup and abatement order. The council’s vote drew considerable attention from at least five television news crews. Two Carousel residents made comments to the local ABC station. Resident Kathy Post, said, “We want out, that’s all we want. Buy our houses out.” John Randall, another resident, added, “We’ve had problems with cancer.” This follows the council’s earlier action at their June 18 meeting, in response to Shell’s sitespecific cleanup goal report. Carson sent public comments from three independent experts to the water board. All three men voiced essentially the same opinion—Shell’s report detailing cleanup

Long Beach Revisits its Housing Element By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

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Buscaino Makes an Impression starting from communities south to north, including the selection of the LA Waterfront Alliance to renovate Ports O’Call Village, the building of the Southern California International Gateway off-rail dock facility (it is supposed to create 22,000 jobs region-wide); completion of the $22 million Harbor Sports complex in Wilmington; and the $110 million Machado Lake project in Harbor City, which has been touted as an effort to improve water quality while making the area a destination point. In Watts, violent crimes are down by 60

can’t exactly take credit. They are something on which he can build. The conversion of the Jordan Downs public housing into a mixused home development, the connecting of Century Boulevard to Alameda corridor, the improvements to the Watt towers campus and the 109th Street pool, and the possibility of an economically vibrant community connected to the Harbor by the Alameda Corridor are present success stories. Before Buscaino took the oath of office, Rep. Janice Hahn noted that the skills and attributes of

the jobs that we have,” said Kerry Gallagher, executive director of Housing Long Beach, a local advocacy group. The Southern California Association of Governments requires that Long Beach show that its housing plan has adequate sites for the development of affordable housing, the ability to produce 4,009 affordable units by 2021. Otherwise, it must rezone and adopt housing policies to level the playing field. On June 20, the Long Beach Planning Commission hosted a study session to consider a draft-housing element, a plan required for all cities and counties by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The plan, which must be updated every 8 years, is a road map in preparation for future growth in the city.

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Rep. Janice Hahn embraces Councilman Buscaino during his swearing in ceremony. Photo by Betty Guevarra.

percent in the past two years. Drive-by shootings are almost a thing of the past. Buscaino cited other Watts success stories, such as the 100 percent graduation rate and matriculation rate into college of Verbum Dei High School for the past six years—a Catholic all male high school funded by grants, private donations and tuition. In case you’re wondering, the school only enrolls economically disadvantaged students. Buscaino spoke of working with the new mayor to adapt and export that model throughout the city. Buscaino also highlighted four Markham Middle School students, who won a national engineering competition this past year for their design of a prosthetic arm. These are success stories for which he

a senior lead officer is what’s needed in an effective city council member. “If there’s a problem, they want them to be problems solvers,” Hahn said. “They want them to show up at their community meetings, their neighborhood council meetings and their neighborhood watch meetings.” During his speech, he reiterated a challenge he delivered when he was first elected: When you judge me by performance as a council member, judge me by what I accomplish here in Watts.” We have been watching and will continue to watch.

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In the draft housing element plan, staff recommends preserving financial assistance to low income residents and preservation of housing vouchers, loan and grant programs and single-room occupancy opportunities. The draft housing element promotes using funding sources such as Section 8 assistance. The City of Long Beach also has an ordinance that provides a right of first refusal for tenants who are displaced due to condominium conversions. Other programs include the Continuum of Care program for homeless people, rental and security deposit assistance, rental assistance for veterans, project-based vouchers to provide transitional housing for youth aging out of the foster system, home rehabilitation loans and rebates, neighborhood improvement services and affordable housing development assistance.

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Tongratha Veng has a master’s degree in business administration and works as an interpreter and translator. And yet, he lives in a one-bedroom apartment that he shares with three people. “I’m not a lazy person; I’m a hard worker,” said Veng, who earns about $1,000 to $1,200 per month. “But I don’t know what to do because could I not make enough money to support myself for a one room.” He is not alone. About 130,000 people had to choose whether to pay for rent, food or medical expenses each month in Long Beach, according to a local database citing statistics for 2012. Long Beach Community Data Base, an information site provided by a group of academics that use U.S. Census data, found that about half of Long Beach renters spent more than 35 percent of their income on housing. The federal government defines affordable housing as housing that costs no more than 30 percent of income. While the number of residents has grown exponentially, the city has fallen behind on meeting the demands for affordable housing. This is especially true at a time when the minimum wage does not match the cost of housing. If you want to live in downtown Long Beach, you might have to pay more than $1,500 per month, requiring you to earn at least $29.09 an hour. “When you pay that much on your rent, you don’t have the fiscal stability to move to another apartment, let alone, another city or community,” said Patrick Moreno, a Long Beach resident. Housing Long Beach estimates that about 20,000 families in the city live in overcrowded homes and that 67 percent of low-income— earning less than $25,000 per year—renters spend more than half of their income on housing. “The housing we have is not compatible with

falls short of compliance with applicable law: • Dr. Loren Everett, an internationally recognized expert in the behavior of oil gasses, wrote, “Shell is in violation of the very state guidance documents that it purports to satisfy… I believe there is an unacceptable risk for families living over these gasses.” • Everett’s colleague, James T. Wells, charged, “Approving Shell’s proposed cleanup standards would not only be a mistake on technical grounds, it would be a blow to the concept of fairness.” He also suggested, “It’s cheaper for Shell to drag out studies and pilot

tests year after year.” • A third independent expert, Paul Rosenfield, commented, “The cleanup criteria that Shell is proposing grossly exceeds existing Regional Board Standards… At a minimum, the Regional Board should require Shell to clean up the site to standards that are consistent with the existing guidelines.” The law firm Girardi & Keese, representing the city and some Carousel residents, is taking steps towards getting a lawsuit into court before the end of the year. Tom Girardi, who is handling the case, recently explained to Random Lengths that Shell was the liable party, although Los Angeles County permitted the tract to be built. “Shell concealed the problem,” he explained. A separate issue involves what to do with the property after cleanup. At a public meeting on July 18, Carson’s Parks and Recreation commissioner Rick Pulido advocated turning the decontaminated site into a public park.

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Manning Found Guilty databases, six violations of the Espionage Act and one violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, all of which pose threats for future whistleblowers. Unlike a federal criminal trial, the sentencing phase for Manning can begin immediately, and is expected to conclude within the next few weeks. Manning did escape the harshest charge though, aiding the enemy. This was the most controversial charge. It insinuated that any leaked government documents published through a journalistic source could be considered “aiding the enemy.” This, however, is still no victory in Manning’s case. Many see the aiding the enemy charge as a red herring. During the trial, Lind asked if “it makes any difference [who Manning leaked it to], if it’s WikiLeaks or any other news organization—The New York Times, Washington Post, or Wall Street Journal?” “No,” the prosecution replied. “It would not.

It would not potentially make a difference.” The implication of this is that no matter who publishes a leaked document, they could ultimately be charged with treason. Their argument is that intelligence information, posted online, aids the enemy because the enemy has access to the Internet. In 2010, Manning leaked more than 750,000 documents pertaining to the recent wars in the Persian Gulf. “I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan war logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general, as well as relate it to Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Manning, in a 35page statement that he read during the pretrial hearing. Prosecutors argued that Manning harmed hundreds of different sources when he revealed

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning (center) is escorted outside of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.

classified documents. Brig. Gen. Robert Carr, a senior counter-intelligence officer who headed the Information Review Task Force, testified that they had uncovered no specific examples of anyone who had lost his or her life in reprisals that followed the publication of the disclosures on the Internet. Carr, who investigated the impact of WikiLeaks disclosures on behalf of the Defense Department, said he didn’t have a specific example.

Supporters outside and inside Fort Meade have been wearing black t-shirts with the word “truth” printed on them, after being banned from wearing shirts with pictures of Manning’s face on them. In response to the change, Lind made them turn the “truth” t-shirts inside out. Lind eventually allowed them to wear the shirts normally, probably after recognizing the obvious irony of the situation.

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The draft housing element also is encouraging the adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial buildings for housing, housing trust funds and home ownership assistance. Housing Long Beach submitted a white paper in support of the Housing Element, plus a few suggestions of their own, including: • The city commit local sources of funding for housing development, such as boomerang funds, which resulted from the closure of its redevelopment agency. • New fees on new hotel, retail, restaurant and office developments. • Creation of a rent escrow account program that would allow tenants residing in substandard homes to pay their rent or reduced rent to the city until their homes are repaired.

What’s Next

Housing Long Beach remains hopeful that

the city will listen. For three years, Housing Long Beach advocated for a mixed-income housing ordinance, right of first refusal, a hiring ordinance so that 40 percent of the jobs created from construction would go to local people and 10 percent would go to low-income Long Beach residents, and a commercial fee on new development and retail that would go to the affordable housing trust fund. Housing Long Beach did not secure any of those benefits for the downtown plan in January 2012. One of the things the city said is that they should not consider these types of issues on a project-by-project basis; they should consider them on a citywide basis. “We have heard the narrative change,” said Susanne Browne, senior lawyer of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. “The most important things in life are hard to win.” City staff sent the draft housing element to the state Housing and Community Development Department. Staff is in the process of incorporating public and state comments into the document. A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5 to discuss the draft housing element again. Written comments will be considered up to 10 working days prior to the presentation. The public will have an opportunity to comment at the Sept. 5 Planning Commission presentation. If approved, the Long Beach City Council will have a go at it by Oct. 1. The Housing Element must be submitted to the state by Oct. 15. Final certification will then be obtained at the end of that process. To view the draft housing element presented to the Planning Commission on June 20, visit www.tinyurl. com/housingelementdraft To read about the Housing Long Beach’s campaign visit www.tinyurl.com/housinglbcampaign To view the discussion at the June 20 Planning Commission study session visit www.tinyurl.com/ lbplanningcommissionstudy


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Rancho Concerns Rise After Florida Blast

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its March 14 enforcement action) and that of the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for protecting against terrorist or criminal acts. Regarding that enforcement action, Waxman noted: Rancho was cited for failure to share the facility’s emergency response plan with first responders who would have a role in responding to a release at the facility, failure to assess risks in its rail storage area, and a failure to properly plan for seismic events. Essentially, the EPA said that Rancho is not prepared for an earthquake or accident. Yet, Waxman noted, “While EPA has taken action to protect the community from deficiencies in the Rancho facility’s preparedness, DHS found no significant or disqualifying problems at Rancho,” adding that “An official of the Department told my staff that the facility had just undergone a “successful CFATS inspection.” “Most of the information DHS relied “We must work to strengthen upon was self-reported by the facility,” Waxman went on to our enforcement of existing regulation on these say. “And when the inspectors went to the facility to facilities. But I am concerned that existing regulation and conduct the inspections, their verification efforts existing law is not enough to protect the families and schoolwere minimal.” children in my comunity who live in the shadow of this potential Waxman then zeroed in on Department of fireball. I am also troubled by the lack of information available to Homeland Security’s willingness to simply threatened communities about the insurance take Rancho at its word held by the owners and operators of on matters where EPA had found Rancho’s claims to be hazardous facilities.” false. First was Department of Homeland Security’s “verification” —Rep. Janice Hahn that the emergency response plan, “had been communicated to local emergency responders” based merely on an interview with an off-site Rancho official. Second was the Department of Homeland Security’s “verification” that Rancho employees had been trained for emergency response, based on that same interview and on training records. In both cases, The EPA checked with employees and found that Rancho’s claims were false. In reporting on the latest flurry of attention, KCAL-TV was also far too trusting of Rancho, said retired oil industry “Last week, my staff reviewed the records consultant Connie Rutter––a leading community critic of the from that inspection, and they reveal serious facility. Rancho’s statements were “at inadequacies in the DHS inspection at the facility. Most best, misleading,” Rutter said. KCAL concluded its report of the information DHS relied upon was self-reported by by saying, “A spokesperson also said the facility has been audited the facility. And when the inspectors went to the facildozens of times just in the last ity to conduct the inspections, their year and no major violation was found.” verification efforts were minimal.” But this flies directly in the face of the substantial —Rep. Henry Waxman enforcement action by EPA, which could involve thousands of dollars of fines per day. “As far as violations of

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calling attention to serious inconsistencies between Department of Homeland Security and Environmental Protection Agency evaluations. State Sen. Ted Lieu wrote to State Fire Marshal Chief Tonya Hoover, to request “an investigation and risk analysis of the Rancho LPG facility,” citing a number of urgent questions for which local activists have long sought answers. Waxman cited community concerns, “that the tanks are simply too close to homes and schools” and said that, “the root cause of the problem may be deficiencies in the Chemical Facility AntiTerrorism Standards (CFATS) administered by [Department of Homeland Security].” He said that CFATS, “appears to be a ‘failing’ program.” The issues Lieu asked to be investigated included: • Should massive butane and propane tanks be located near homes, businesses, and schools? If not, how far away from densely populated areas should such a facility be located? • If the butane or propane tanks at Rancho LPG exploded, what is the worst case scenario? • What level earthquake could the Rancho LPG facility withstand without an explosion or other major catastrophe? • What happens if an earthquake beyond the level of which Rancho LPG could withstand were to occur? • How susceptible is Rancho LPG to a terrorist attack? • What type of insurance and in what amount, does Rancho LPG carry, if any? Then on Aug. 1, President Barack Obama issued an executive order on improving chemical facility safety and security, responding to investigations following the West, Texas explosion. The order, which does not cover petroleum facilities, nonetheless signals some increased level of federal concern. It also calls for improved coordination with state and local partners as well as enhanced federal agency coordination and modernization of “policies, regulations, and standards.” Sen. Barbara Boxer, who conducted the Senate investigation into the West, Texas explosion, praised Obama for taking action. Also on Aug. 1, Rep. Janice Hahn, newly appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, called for a public safety field hearing — her first official act as a subcommittee member — on Rancho LPG in a letter to the subcommittee chair and ranking member. She wrote that she was “concerned that existing regulation and existing law is not enough to protect the families and school children in my community who live in the shadow of this potential fireball.” The official activity began July 31, when Rep. Henry Waxman, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, who now represents part of San Pedro, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Waxman cited a number of concerns from community leaders in Rancho Palos Verdes, including, “unexplained flaring ... without proper notification; mitigation measures [that] have not been performed ... to prevent an accident or terrorist attack,” and the larger concern, “that the tanks are simply too close to homes and schools, given the possibility of a large-scale explosion.” He then proceeded to explain how his staff had become aware of significant discrepancies between the EPA’s approach (as evidenced in

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Back to the Future Newspapers, Business Districts and Street Fairs James Preston Allen, Publisher

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Just when the motto, “print is dead” is being repeated daily like a mantra chanted by the Hari Krishnas of the iWorld, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, a digital world icon, buys the Washington Post for a mere $250 million. Then, there is the sale of the Boston Globe by John W. Henry the owner of the Boston Red Sox for a paltry $70 million. Henry is one of those hedge fund billionaires. And even closer to home, the O.C. Register is planning to launch a new daily paper called the Long Beach Register to fill the vacuous hole of irrelevancy left by Media News Group’s, Press Telegram. So, what more can one say? Suddenly real newspapers, with real reporters, printed on real paper are hot properties just when their advertising values have hit a new low. We have the Billionaire Boys Club buying up print publications like some foreclosed properties at fire-sale prices. What does this say about the relevancy of hard copy news? Something that I’ve been saying for the last decade, while everyone’s been fidgeting with their new mobile devices, dreaming of a new digital age free of paper. However, I do have a particular bias in this, don’t I? Now, I don’t wish to demean the significance of digital communications. I use them daily and rely on them as much or even more than the average reader. What is lost in the hype and exuberance of this new technology is that in this, the richest nation in the world, there is still some 40 percent of the people who do not have access to broadband internet and there are still some 7,000 weekly newspapers nationwide who still prosper inspite of it. At issue, is really the business model of daily newspapers to adapt to this change in technology. They are literally committing a form of collective suicide, like lemmings. The big daily papers, not unlike other big corporations, adapt poorly to core changes in their markets. Think of General Motors or Bank of America. If not for government bailouts, these corporate behemoths would also have been sold off at bargain basement prices. That they still exist is because they were propped up and forced to change. Smaller papers like this one, are more agile and capable of adapting to change. We adapted by placing our entire newspaper online, as you read it in hard copy, with additional features, articles and content—real content—not fluffand-fold regurgitation or small town brownnosing. We exist and thrive by the very fact that communities and business districts need to have a newspaper that communicates to everyone, not just a few. Communities like ours thrive because

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there’s a newspaper that hosts the public’s conversation on political issues, public policy and community events and is open to both the pauper and the prince. A newspaper that understands its place in a democracy as a venue for public debate, is one that resists complacency through favoritism or cronyism. Business districts all across this nation are challenged by the same problems that San Pedrans are here. We are not exceptional. The Great Recession has hit Main Street harder and lasted longer than anyone wishes to admit. The small entrepreneur knows this better than any banker or politician. Yet, the business leaders in these districts react in seemingly old fashion ways. The recent street fair celebrating San Pedro’s 125th anniversary held on 6th Street, Aug. 3 and 4, being one example of good intentions recycling old solutions. I’ve seen this street fair in at least three—if not four—incarnations in the past 30 years. Branding-wise, it was confusing as to what it was celebrating or where it was being held or exactly what 125 years this celebration represented. As far as content, it could have been held in any part of Los Angeles County. In other words, there was not much that made this event particularly unique to the character or the Historic Waterfront Arts District. Where were the artists, actors and performers of our culturally rich community? Plenty of good tribute bands from all over the place, but was Mike Watt, a nationally known local musician invited to perform? I felt like how one local commented, “Is this all we have after 125 years?” This “back to the future” street fair did accomplish one core objective: It filled some, though not all, of our better restaurants and bars until closing time for one glorious weekend and brought some needed foot traffic to streets that, in better days, have seen thousands of workers flow through its avenues. What has been lost and still not found in all of this is the basis for a new vibrant local economy. Like many small business districts across this land, this one has to compete with both the global and digital business models. And what’s frustrating to those who live and work here is that we get to witness the impact of hundreds of billions of dollars of imports arriving annually right in front of us. When we learn how to replace the 35,000 locally-based jobs we lost during the 1980s to free trade agreements, we will once again see a revival of this downtown waterfront business district. In the meantime, it was great to have the Lobster Festival crawl up Sixth Street for the weekend. Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen james@randomlengthsnews.com

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Pursuit of a New Happiness for the 21st Century Harbor Area By June Burlingame Smith

The Los Angeles Harbor community has a gap to fill between what it is and what it is to become.  The question is, what is the path to this, vibrant, safe and successful community? How do we move from a 19th century model for building and governing our towns to one that provides for the 21st century changes shaping our futures? The economic problems that the Harbor Area face are not unique to it; they are symptomatic of many small communities across the nation that have lost some or all of their industrial or manufacturing bases.  But we are fortunate in the Los Angeles Port area in that even though the fishing and shipbuilding jobs are no longer helping us grow, we still have a strong, vibrant workforce driven by the economic needs of the region and country. We have the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to service those needs and city councils that work hard to assure economic success. Many other communities across America, like the famous rust-belt, which includes Detroit, have not been so fortunate. Additionally, we have labor unions fighting to keep their workforces viable and to provide them with decent living wages and benefits, and we have community activists, both environmental and economic, who continue to struggle to bring voices together for the common good. Recently, several political changes have also informed how the community can come together

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to deliberate what the Harbor Area should become: the formation of neighborhood councils a little more than a decade ago; the election of a new councilman, a new mayor and new (well, fairly new) congresswoman.  Unfortunately, we have lost one of the more effective avenues for bringing community consensus, the Port Community Advisory Committee and to date there is no plan by the new mayor to replace its functions. This leaves a hole in an otherwise positive nexus of dialogues that enable the Harbor community to rationally explore issues and options and it will be up to these entities to find consensus on Harbor Area goals. Some of these goals are: the revitalization of the downtown business district in San Pedro; the redevelopment of Ports O’Call Village; the continuation of improving the Wilmington Waterfront; and the elimination of the most dangerous threat to economic and public safety in our area: removal of the Liquid Petroleum Gas tanks at N. Gaffey Street and Westmont Avenue. History tells us that timing in politics, as in love and work, is crucial for success. Very recent catastrophic events have finally moved local politicians to seriously consider not only the local impact of a full blowout from these butane and propane tanks holding millions of gallons of volatile gas, but also to consider the effect on the continued on following page

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RANDOMLetters Response to RLN’s call for “New Civil Rights Movement”

Never missing an opportunity to blame racism as the source of today’s ills, Random Lengths News ran a cover declaring that a new Civil Rights Movement must rise up in response to the “unjust” Zimmerman verdict. Following twelve days of deliberation and fifty-six witnesses, a jury of six persons exonerated Zimmerman, man of Anglo-Hispanic heritage. It was a just verdict. Instead of heeding the irreverent civil rights race-baiters like Al Sharpton, who lies bluntly, or Jesse Jackson, whose urge to merge and need to screed has diminished his integrity, we should consider what Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. would say about the Zimmerman verdict, and today’s status of African-Americans. First, Dr. King would remind voters that in previous decades, most white people were never indicted, let alone convicted and incarcerated for willfully killing black people. Back then, white lynch mobs would preen for cameras following their savage murders of black people, brazenly smiling because they knew that no white jury would convict them. Then King would recall the trial of the “Scottsboro Boys”, in which a white judge set aside a corrupt guilty verdict, knowing full well that the nine young African-American men did not rape a white woman of dubious reputation and loose morals. A white lawyer defended the nine defendants, and shortly after black men began serving on Alabama juries. Perhaps King would then remind everyone about the tragic slaughter of fifteen-year old Emmett Till, a forerunner of young Trayvon Martin, who was killed by

white supremacists in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman. Fifty years later, prosecutors filed charges and indicted the men who killed that child. He would talk about OJ Simpson, a wealthy African-American athlete tried for murder, yet not convicted. In his “Letter in a Birmingham Jail”, King commented that in his time blacks still had to beg to get a cup of coffee at the local dime-store. Today, blacks are celebrated entrepreneurs, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, whose investments helped save gangriddled, irrepressibly corrupt Compton from epic stagnation. Of course, Herman Cain ran Godfather’s Pizza, and we have black leaders in our courts and in our statehouses, including Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. We even have a black President (even though his policies have put more black people “in the back of the bus” than any white President). Instead of crying about racism and victimization, King would say: “We have come a long way!” Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance

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Pursuit of Happiness

innovation or impose new hardships. And, since our elected officials are sworn to represent the total community, not just special re-election interests, it is up to the community to inform them as to what we want, what we need and when we need it. In a recent address at the Chautauqua Institute in New York, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made a strong distinction between the American Bill of Rights championing freedom and the pursuit of happiness and the French Revolution that championed liberty. The American approach is Lockian, not Greek, in that we are born in a state of freedom and not given it. It is our right. But other societies, including the Ancient Greeks,

Save Williams’ Bookstore

I’m in pain, as I am sure that you are, about the pending demise of our 104 year-old (the oldest in L.A.) Williams’ Bookstore. Surely, there is a way to save it. Ironically, there may be a way through “partnering up” with the

very business model that is now forcing its closure—Online book sales. While discussing the matter with my daughter Noel, who conducts her own eCommerce business from Paris, France, she referred me to the following website: www.abebooks.com/docs/ BooksellerCentral/new-used.shtml It seems that local bookstores can “partner up” with Amazon, utilizing their vast marketing and distribution network, but providing a specialized “content” of what the local bookstore does best. Williams’ trades in old, classic comic books, for instance. That’s a “hot market” these days. If Williams’ were to “partner up” as AbeBooks does on the above-

referenced website, who knows what income might be generated? If this gets your businesscreative juices flowing as it does mine, pass it on. Time is of the essence. Williams’ is due to close on August 5th. I have not discussed this yet with Jerry Gusha at Williams’ but I intend to amble over there today. Bill Roberson San Pedro

Way to Go, Joe

Congrats to Councilman Joe Buscaino for an outstanding swearing in ceremony last Saturday. Joe made history by holding More Letters/ to p. 10

More Racist Rants

1. the weak link in any chain is “diversity”, the strongest chain is homogeneous---moron! 2.you won’t eliminate violence when the perpetrator is a 1/2 wit monkey with the intellect of a cockroach------3. you don’t need a mediator among rival gangs, you need force to keep the animals in check and isolated--Richard Paoletti San Pedro

Richard, The facts and the statistics don’t support your assertions. There has been loads of research that proves you wrong. Flat wrong and only a moron continues to believe something based on bigotry and hatred after the truth has been explained. Do you also still believe that the earth is flat and the solar

believed that everyone was beholden first to the community, not to individual liberties. Why is this important? Because in 21st century America, we have to figure out how to manage the individual right to the “Pursuit of Happiness” with the communal “right to happiness.” Thomas Jefferson gave us this phrase that dominates American spirit and politics, but we are continuously trying to figure out just exactly what the pursuit of happiness means and how to achieve it. Just maybe, with good will, more hard work and diligence, the Harbor Area will blend individual pursuits of happiness in a way that creates the happiness and safety of the community. We can start by moving the LPG tanks to a safer geographic area.

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security of the port and hence the nation itself. The time is right for our local community to finally be heard and to engage with the more powerful state and federal communities to overcome all the arguments telling us why the tanks can’t be moved. Mother Nature is speaking regularly and loudly by giving us a series of disasters—from Texas to Montreal to Florida. And, since man is a political animal, as well as somentimes a rational one, alarm bells that have been ringing for more than 40 years are not only continuing to sound, but ears that matter are finally being opened to their sound. Fresh political faces should mean fresh starts, not blind repetition of policies that stagnate

system revolves around the earth? Or, perhaps that genocide of Native Americans was justified by manifest destiny or the white man’s burden to civilize the pagans? I could go on but luckily the majority of my readers get my point even if a racist like you doesn’t. James Preston Allen, Publisher

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Dear Arthur, You continue to gripe about our progressive left-ish editorials which only leads me to ask, why don’t you try publishing your own newspaper and see if anyone would support your libertarian retro-hurrah-America-is-alwaysright propaganda? What is needed in our nation today is a open and frank discussion on race and class, justice and equality. Not more denials, So, yes, a jury in a very conservative southern state found Zimmerman not guilty, and the point is what, this is not a form of racism? Some years ago I declined to sit on a jury panel in Long Beach, California, because

I told the judge, “that I did not believe the two black defendants could get a fair trial in his court in that city.” And I still believe this to be true. And it is not just about black, brown or any other color it really is about “class.” This is a subject that we Americans avoid speaking of, the existence of class and the privileges that it brings or denies. As has been said many times, “justice in America comes to those who can afford it.” Go see for yourself at any county court house in this state, go look at who is in our prisons and then tell me how many rich people end up there. And it’s not because rich white folks don’t commit major crimes, hell Wall Street is full of them! California has the highest rate of incarceration of any place on earth and one does have to ask, why is the percentage of minorities higher in our prisons than it is in our general population? James Preston Allen, Publisher

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his event at the Watts Tower, marking the first time a 15th CD Councilman was sworn in in the “north end of the District.” 2013 is the year of Italy in LA and Simon Rodia (the artist who created the Watts Tower) was Italian, so Joe combined his swearing in with an Italian-American street fair, bringing together all parts

of the 15th CD. Mayor Garcetti administered the oath, lots of support from fellow City Councilmembers and the community, terrific multi-cultural performers and, most significantly, a commitment from Joe that his term in office would be judged by what changes can be brought to the community of Watts. Mainly, Joe pledged to move forward several job creating projects including the BNSF rail yard, the creation of a new LA Waterfront, and the redevelopment of aging Jordan Downs. A very ambitious agenda. Good luck, Joe! Thank you. Diane L. Middleton San Pedro

Connie Rice

Your 16-column-inch profile of Connie Rice’s career and autobiography does justice to a remarkable woman and great force for good in Los Angeles. Still I have a feeling something’s missing, a way she somehow figures in current events—maybe even a little controversy. It’s hovering at the edge of my consciousness... Damn. Nope, I can’t remember. Maybe you can. Egomet Bonmot Dear Mr. Bonmot, I don’t think I came close to doing “justice” to Connie Rice’s career in my article. Even using the word justice in this regard actually seems odd. But thank you for your kind thoughts and support. James Preston Allen, Publisher

Sen. Ted Lieu to California Fire Marshal on Rancho LPG Dear Chief Hoover: I represent the 28th Senate District, which includes San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. There have been longstanding concerns raised by constituents and government officials regarding the safety of a liquid bulk storage facility located at 2110 North Gaffey Street in San Pedro. Owned and operated by Rancho LPG Holdings LLC, this facility stores more than 25 million gallons of hazardous material, including butane in two large 40-year-old tanks and propane in other tanks. The tanks are located across a street from homes, businesses, and schools. The recent explosions at the Blue Rhino propane plant in Tavares, Florida on July 29th show the potentially catastrophic dangers of large butane and propane tanks. Such tanks should not be located near densely populated areas. In light of the recent propane explosions in Florida—and past explosions in Kansas, Texas, and other places—I am writing to respectfully request that the Office of the State Fire Marshal conduct an investigation and risk analysis of the Rancho LPG facility. After the Rancho LPG facility was permitted, a Los Angeles Times article stated at the time that an adequate safety and risk analysis was not conducted. I am also informed the amount of explosive propane at this facility is 50 times more than the Blue Rhino facility in Tavares, Florida. I am also informed that butane is as hazardous, if not more hazardous, than

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existing laws, the facility has certainly been noncompliant,” Rutter said. Even beyond the EPA, “There have been numerous violations of AQMD rules,” Rutters noted. What’s more, inspections by the Los Angeles Fire Department and CalOSHA have been spotty at best. “CalOSHA had never inspected the facility before last year, but did so after our citizen group contacted them,” Rutter said. “They found no violations, but the inspection report indicated that the inspector wasn’t sure what to look for.” The real problem though is that even a perfect

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inspection record wouldn’t mean much in terms of public safety. “LPG is so dangerous, that with the best of intentions, and the best technology it can’t be made safe,” Rutter said, a point she has made repeatedly over the past year-and-a-half. “LPG (butane and propane) are gases at ambient temperatures, but are liquefied by pressure (propane) or refrigeration (butane),” she explained. “When the pressure is released or the temperature rises, which would happen if there is a release, LPG will turn to a vapor very quickly and form a vapor explosion, followed by a fiery explosion if there is a source of ignition.”

propane. Some of the issues I would like your office to investigate include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Should massive butane and propane tanks be located near homes, businesses, and schools? If not, how far away from densely populated areas should such a facility be located? 2. If the butane or propane tanks at Rancho LPG exploded, what is the worst case scenario? 3. What level earthquake could the Rancho LPG facility withstand without an explosion or other major catastrophe? What happens if an earthquake beyond the level of which Rancho LPG could withstand were to occur? 4. How susceptible is Rancho LPG to a terrorist attack? 5. What happens if the butane or propane tanks start leaking? 6. What type of insurance, and in what amount, does Rancho LPG carry, if any? 7. What recommendations, if any, are there that could make the facility safer? 8. Would relocating the facility to a further away location prevent loss of life or property should explosions or other catastrophic events occur at the Rancho LPG facility? As you know, butane and propane accidents have occurred in other locations and have resulted in deaths, injuries, and significant property damage. Last October, a propane company in Kansas relocated its facility after a deadly explosion killed a worker and destroyed homes. In 1987, a butane explosion at a chemical plant in Texas killed three people and blew out windows in buildings six miles away. Butane and propane explosions have also occurred around the world, causing deaths and property damage. Rancho LPG has already committed a series of environmental violations. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is handling those issues. I am requesting your office to address the safety, risk, and fire issues involved with having massive butane and propane tanks located near densely populated areas in San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. I am also happy to meet with you to discuss this issue. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact me at (310) 318-6994. Sincerely, Sen. Ted Lieu 28th District


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gender male who broke the news to his lesbian girlfriend that he was not a lesbian; Pam and Erica, two transgender women in their mid 50s undergoing reassignment surgery; and, of course, the story of Navy Flight Surgeon Dr. Christine McGinn, a transgender woman and her lesbian wife who struggled to conceive and deliver a baby together. Arnold explained that he and his team shot footage for more than two years. He noted that a number of the interviews they conducted wound up on the cutting room floor. The first six-months of shooting was spent following McGinn and her career. “She’s somebody who has dedicated her entire life to the transgender community,” Arnold explained. “[She] understands better than anybody what the issues are in the transgender world. So we got a real first-hand education from her about exactly where the problems and how the transgender community is perceived by society in general.” In fact, it was McGinn who invited Arnold and his producer partner, Dr. Mark Schoen, to make this film. McGinn’s profile as a transgender activist took off after she told her story on Oprah in 2009. Network television executives started pitching her to do a documentary on her life. “What we were able to do in this film is correct a lot of misin-

formation that is out there,” Arnold explained. “Simply because of the way trans people have generally been perceived through shows like Jerry Springer and what I call circus acts out in the media...That is why the transgender community has been so vilified and attacked.” In the Danaan Tyler story arc, Trans tackles difficult questions at the outset, such as exploring at what age do humans fully realize a gender identity. As a parent, what do you do when a child, before they’re even old enough to go to school, begins identifying with the gender anatomically opposite of which they were born? Tyler and her family recounted the days where she was so unhappy with suppressing her gender identity that she would violently act out and intentionally harm herself. The film zeroes in on an unhappylooking Tyler dressed as a boy in group photos with her classmates as her mom, father and brother spoke on how they grappled with the situation. “I felt that what this story was about, was not only about the courage of Danaan, this little child, her wisdom of being able to understand before anyone else what her real condition was,” Arnold explained. “But I also thought that the most important story was that of her parents. “There are so many parents out there in similar circumstances and really have no idea what to do about it. If it were to happen to you, it’s kind of the last thing you would think about.”

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espite the advances of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality movement, I’ve found that the valuation of transgendered lives still has a long way to go. A transgender activist in the documentary film, Trans, noted that in many cases transgender people aren’t just murdered, they are mutilated, stabbed a 1,000 times, and set on fire, not necessarily in that order. Filmmaker Chris Arnold has been traveling the country, screening his documentary, Trans, with the hope of drawing attention to a film that aims to demystify what it means to be transgender. Trans follows several story arcs that include 7-yearold Danaan Tyler, a male-to-female transgender child who knew who she was at 2 years of age; Cris, a trans-

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Cris’ story is one of the story arcs featured in Trans. The film followed him as they copes with his (female to male) transgender identity. File Photo

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Delicious Chili & Brewfest on the Queen mary

Verde and Homestyle categories, as well as the People’s Choice category. McGee began his life in competitive chili as a judge in the International Chili Society for two years before he began entering competitions himself. McGee won a number of competitions, building up to a People’s Choice victory at the 2011 World’s Championship Chili Cookoff. Dyer is this year’s first place winner for his world-class pork and green chile has placed second three times in the red chili championship, losing once in a tie-breaker vote. He placed easily in reach of the winner’s circle this year by advancing to the finals table for all three ICS cook-off categories: red chili, chili verde and salsa. Delicious Chili & Brewfest is just one of

On the Road Chili’s, Clark McGee (left) and his team. File photo

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hili is one of those down home dishes you can eat anytime of the year. It is also the one dish in the American culinary lexicon for which everyone has a special recipe—hence the reason why I enlisted Lori Lynn Stokoe Hirsch to submit one of her chili recipes for this edition.

When I was growing up, my mom prepared a pot of chili in the fall with a special blend of beans, beef, and some combination of herbs and spices. It never felt like we made the transition from summer to fall until she filled the house with the homemade chili scent. On this Labor Day, the Queen Mary will be hosting its first Delicious Chili & Brewfest where there will be a Chili Cook-off and celebration of local breweries. Chefs interested in participating in the chili cook-off can obtain more information and submit to compete in the event online at queenmary.com. On the Road Chili’s Clark McGee and Gearjammers’ Robert Dyer will judge the cookoff. Typically, competitive chili cooks compete in any combination of the Traditional Red, Chili

the many special events planned at the Queen Mary over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The festivities begin with the Art Deco Festival, celebrating the opulence of “The Great Gatsby” era, Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. Shoreline Jam music festival follows with Pepper, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and more artists performing on Aug. 31. The Delicious Chili & Brewfest will then premier on Sept. 1. More information and tickets for events at the Queen Mary can be found on queenmary.com General admission tickets for Delicious Chili & Brewfest start at just $10. VIP experiences are available beginning at $39 and include early VIP admission, a souvenir mug, five tasting tickets and access to a VIP lounge. Delicious will also offer live entertainment and a family friendly Kid’s Country where the little ones can keep busy with obstacle courses, a bounce house, games, face painting and much more. The deadline for entering the cookoff competition is Aug. 15. Look for the application on the Queen Mary’s website. Venue: Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park Location: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach


Not Your Standard Chili Column & Photo by: Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Guest Columnist

Place rinsed, picked-over cranberry beans in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cover with water. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered for one hour. Drain and rinse beans. Place soaked beans back in the pot and cover with water 2 inches above the beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for one hour or until the beans are tender taking care not to overcook. Drain beans. Meanwhile, sauté green pepper and onion in a bit of olive oil. When almost tender, add jalapeño and garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Place this mixture in the heavybottomed pot. Add diced tomato, parsley, paprika, chili powder, salt, and cumin. Blend tomato paste with one cup of hot beef stock. Add this mixture to the vegetables. Heat a splash of olive oil in the sauté pan. Add ground bison, broken up into bite-sized pieces. Cook until browned. Add bison to the vegetable mixture. Finally, add beans, mix it all together, taking care not to break up the beans. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the salt. Ladle chili into bowls and top with a poached egg. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley. Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe blogs about food, wine, and entertaining at Taste With The Eyes http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com and tweets as Tasteblog at https://twitter.com/tasteblog.

Entertainment August 8

The Toledo Show Harvelles is hosting the Toledo Show, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Enjoy the genuine melody of a jazz tune. Tickets start at $10. This show requires a minimum two-drink purchase. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelles Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

August 9

Rob on the Piano The Whale and Ale presents Rob on the piano, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Enjoy great fun, music and great food. Details: (310) 832-0363; www.whaleandale.com Venue: Whale and Ale Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

August 10

Talk Story Alvas Showroom is hosting the Talk Story, 8 p.m. Aug. 10. The band consists of three members, on the bass, drums and guitar. The cover charge is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Calendar continued on page 14.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound dry cranberry beans (about

1 cup)

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice olive oil for sautéing 1 medium green bell pepper, diced 1 medium onion, diced 1 jalapeño chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup parsley, chopped (reserve some for garnish)

1 cup beef stock 4 tablespoons tomato paste 1 pound ground bison 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon chili de arbol powder 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry-toasted 1 teaspoon ground cumin poached eggs

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What food did Elizabeth Taylor have shipped to her while filming Cleopatra on the set in Rome? Ten quarts of chili. Yes, chili from West Hollywood. When she could pretty much order up anything she fancied, she chose the humble bowl of chili. That spicy stew with a history that goes back to the American Southwest frontier days has endless variations. Based on geography, legend, personal taste and availability of ingredients, recipes for chili vary widely but the passion for this beloved dish does not. Quite possibly more flavorful than beef, and perhaps a bit sweeter, I use ground bison as the meat in this chili recipe. At the turn of the 20th century, bison were on the brink of extinction. Theodore Roosevelt and others formed the American Bison Society to help save the species, but it wasn’t until recently when ranchers and the meat industry successfully marketed bison, that the North American population reached more than a half-million. Lower in fat and cholesterol, higher in protein and iron than beef, bison is raised without antibiotics or hormones. They roam wild producing meat that is naturally leaner than cattle. Bison is, however, more expensive than ground beef due to the smaller

supply and the higher expense to bring the product to market. Heirloom beans are superior to common beans. Untouched by genetic science and cultivated for thousands of years - there are more than 10,000 varieties of heirloom beans and legumes. The cranberry bean is pale pink with maroon markings. When cooked, it is plump, rich and earthy. Its velvety texture makes it a perfect bean for stews. Quality ingredients are the key to a fabulous finished dish. Heirloom cranberry beans and flavorful wild bison make this chili one that could be a contender in the next chili cook-off. I use smoked paprika and chili de arbol powder to balance the chili with smoke, earth and heat notes. And I eschew the ubiquitous shredded cheese and diced onion topping for a silky poached egg. The runny yolk adds richness to the spicy stew. My recipe was loosely adapted from the Chasen’s Recipe, that famous chili that was shipped Elizabeth Taylor in Italy back in 1962.

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Calendar from page 13. DJ Frank Fo Real Crafted at the Port, is hosting DJ Frank Fo Real, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

August 11

Superman’s Men of Steel Superman’s Men of Steel is at Alvas Showroom, 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Nine men will be rocking the guitar with various types of music. Don’t miss these accomplished guitarists on a shared stage. The cover charge is $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

August 17

Bruce Badad Quintet: A Tribute to Paul Desmond Alvas Showroom is hosting the Bruce Badad Quintet’s tribute to Paul Desmond, 8 p.m. Aug. 17. The five-membered band will jam to the sounds of the alto sax, guitar, piano, bass and drums. The cover charge is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Danny Lantz Behind the Keys The Whale and Ale presents Danny Lantz Behind the Keys, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Details: (310) 832-0363; www.whaleandale.com Venue: Whale and Ale Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro The Silver Kings Crafted at the Port, is hosting the Silver Kings, 2 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The Silver Kings will be playing 1940s and 1950s Arkansas and Chicago blues. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

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August 19

Tommy Johnson and the VIP Band Harvelles is hosting Tommy Johnson and the VIP Band, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Tommy Johnson is an accomplished singer, writer and producer. His band will bring you the sounds of soul, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop. The cover for the event is $5. The event will require a twodrink minimum purchase from those attending, so nobody under the age of 21 will be allowed. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelles Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach

Community/Family August 8

Movie Night The San Pedro Library is hosting Movie Night, 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Call the telephone number below for details about what movie will be showing. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

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Junior Biologist: Tropical Pacific The Aquarium of the Pacific is conducting the Junior Biologist: Tropic Pacific class, 9:30 to 11:30 Aug. 10. The junior biologist series of programs at the aquarium will encourage a love for marine life in your child. The class is intended for children between seventh and twelfth grades. The registration fee is $27, but the aquarium admission is not included. Call the number below to register. Details: (562) 951-1630; www.aquariumofpacific. org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach The Urban Ocean: World Port and Sealife Cruise The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the Urban Ocean: World Port and Sealife Cruise, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Join us on a double-deck yacht as we explore one of the most distinctive sections of our coastline and experience the wonders of the Southern California urban ocean. Adult admission Calendar continued on page 15.

Big Nick’s Pizza

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

C a s u a l waterfront dining at its finest! Famous fo r s l a b s o f Chicago-style baby back ribs, fish-n-chips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551 Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awa rd - w i n n i n g pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, there are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 www.buonospizza.com Iron City Tavern

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

Lighthouse Cafe

The favorite local cafe for the point Fermin area of San Pedro great breakfasts, lunches and even dinner. Serving traditional offering for breakfast along with specialty omelets, espresso and cappuccino. Lunches include a delicious selection of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches with hearty portions as well as Chef’s Creations. Dinners feature Top Sirloin Steak or Prime Rib as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are served. Free Wifi and is pet friendly on the patio. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. close to Cabrillo Beach and the Korean Bell, Point Fermin area- 508 West 39th St., San Pedro. 310- 548- 3354 Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash, soups and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crépes and pastas. Take a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www.mishisstrudel.com PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING S i n c e 1 9 61 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www. Portsocalldining.com

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

Southern Italian & California Cuisine • Bob and Josephine Trusela have been awarded the “Most Promising New Restaurant 2010” award and three stars 2011 and 2012, by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Catering available for all ocassions. Hours: Sun. 5 p.m.–Close, Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30–2:30, Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m.–Closing. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547–0993 www.truselas.com

The Whale & Ale

San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 8320363 • www.whaleandale.com Keep An Eye Out for San Pedro’s Best Guide To —Fine Dining—

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

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Men Of Steel

Steel guitar players in latest Superman film comes together at Alvas Music by: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor and B. Noel Bar, Music Writer Steel pedal guitar player, Chas Smith will be performing with other players at the Men of Steel concert Aug. 11

August 11

Class: Leather Wrap Bracelet Crafted at the Port, is hosting a leather wrap bracelet class, 12 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. A class fee and kit fee will be charged separately, each at $30. RSVP at the email address below. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com; abeadthing@earthlink.net Venue: Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

August 12

Ichthyology The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting an Ichthyology class, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 12. Find out about the inner and outer workings of sharks, fish, and other ocean animals through behavior observation and dissection. The fee for the class is $77 for members and $85 for non-members. Class fee includes Science at the Seashore T Shirt. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro Wet Tech The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting Wet Tech, 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Apply technology to ocean studies by designing and building a remotely operated and underwater vehicle. The fee for the class is $77 for members and $85 for non-members. Class fee includes Science at the Seashore T Shirt. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

August 13

Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club The San Pedro Library is hosting Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club, 3 p.m. Aug. 13. Carolyn’s Crew is an all ages crochet and knitting club for kids, adults, and seniors too. This event is recommended for children ages 7 and older. If you wish to learn to crochet, you are encouraged to bring a size “I” hook.  If you wish to learn to knit, you are encouraged to bring knitting needles size 8.  Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Exploring the Deep Pacific The Aquarium of the Pacific presents Exploring the Deep Pacific: With Bruce Robinson, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug 13. Bruce Robinson will discuss recent discoveries made using manned and robotic submersibles to explore the deep sea. The results include many animals new to science. The cost of the event is $5 for the general public. The fee is waived if you are an aquarium members, senior, teachers or student. D et a i l s : ( 5 6 2 ) 5 9 0 - 310 0 ex t : 0 ; w w w. aquariumofpacific.org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

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Metal Clay Magyk Crafted at the Port is hosting a class named Metal Clay Magyk, from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. You will learn how to produce pendants out of silver clay from an accomplished clay artisan. The combined fee is $70. RSVP at the email address below. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com; delia@phoenixmagyk.com Venue: Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro

Theater/Film Ravens and Writing Desks The Garage Theatre is hosting Ravens and Writing Desks, 8 p.m. Aug. 8 through Aug. 31. Join Post Mortem Movement Theatre as they adventure with Alice. You won’t mind that they’ve taken some liberties with the source material to make it

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McClung said the group will do a small demo of what they did for the film and play YouTube clips of Hans talking about using steel guitars orchestra to create some new tones and sounds for the film. Marty Rifken, one of those featured in the upcoming show at Alvas, corroborated McClung’s account. “On the last days of our recording” said Rifken. “I came in and was doing solos for the film.” The pedal steel guitar originated in Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th century. Played horizontally, the pedal steel guitar has multiple necks with eight or more strings connected to the pedals of the instrument, allowing the feet to adjust pitch of the sound as the chord is played by plucking the strings with thumb, index and middle fingers. McClung explained that the entire show will be about showing off the versatility of the instrument, playing more than just Hawaiian and country music. With nine players playing, each will have 13 minute sets to turn out the house playing blues, rock, jazz, classical music and other genres. “The guys get to do the songs they want to do. And I encourage everybody to use as wide a genre

Bios of Steel Pedal Guitar Players Chas Smith is an artist (metal sculptor and welder), and inventor. He’s also a studio musician on film and television, working with producers and writers like T. Bone Burnett, John Williams and Zimmer. He won an Academy Award for technical achievement. JayDee Maness is a legend after playing for more than 45 years with artists such as Buck Owens and The Bryds’ seminal album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. He has also performed with Barry Manilow, The Carpenters, and was a part of Vince Gill’s touring band. Skip Edwards is a renowned multiinstrumentalist, playing pedal steel and a master keyboardist. Rick Schmidt is another force of nature, playing pedal steel and non-pedal steel instruments, guitar, midi guitar and keys. Playing genres from country, rock, blues, stage and television. Marty Rifkin is a multi-string player with credits working with Springsteen (six albums) Tom Petty, and has recorded over 1,500 songs for artists like Smokey Robinson, Hal David Band has toured with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen, and Glen Campbell, as well as working in film and television. Bob “Boo” Bernstein played with a massive list of country, roots rock and Latin artists: Freddy Fender, Dwight Yokam, Michelle Shocked, Joan Sebastian (part of her touring band) Vicente Fernandez and the late Jeni Rivera. Pete Freiberger is an all around player who has worked with everyone from Barbara Streisand to Delbert McClinton, and has turned his energy to the steel guitar. Doug Livingston grew up with no country and for 20 years, was a pianist before turning his talents toward the steel guitar. He has played in dozens of TV shows like Simon & Simon, Mad Men, with rocker Glen Frey, and singer Randy Newman. Maria Martinez, author educator and columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine, will be the percussionist for the Alvas show. On bass for the show at Alvas is George Keller, who has a number of commercials, film, and television credits. He and his wife Irene Lauren have appeared on Nightline discussing online music marketing. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

Calendar continued from page 14. is $29.95 and children are $10. This does not include aquarium admission fee. Register at the website listed below. D et a i l s : ( 5 6 2 ) 5 9 0 - 310 0 ex t : 0 ; w w w. aquariumofpacific.org Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

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ilm composer Hans Zimmer wanted to make a truly American soundtrack for a truly American archetype in the film The Man of Steel. To accomplish this feat, he used recruited steel guitar players. An instrument that is more closely associated with country and Hawaiian music, the steel guitar’s unique qualities make it truly an American instrument. Zimmer referred to the steel guitar, “As the most American of instruments.” The noted pedal steel player and teacher of the instrument, John McClung, is producing two pedal steel guitar shows at Alvas on Aug.11. One of the many highlights of his career is his time with Tex-Mex country star Freddie Fender, writer and performer of the song “Before The Next Teardrop Falls.” McClung noted that Zimmer used the steel guitar orchestra with the intention of creating particular sounds and moods during certain sequences in the film. “They recorded all of us, some notes and some intervals and some stuff like that, and then he actually took some samples and put them on his keyboard and in his composition he pulls up some tones that we created,” said steel guitar player John McClung.

selection as they could. So it’s not just country. I really want to get that across, because too many people like pigeonhole pedal steel as country,” McClung explained. “It is a musical instrument that can play anything. There are pedal steel players that play jazz. There is Doug Livingston who will do nothing but play solo classical pieces by [Johann Sebastian] Bach,” McClung said. McClung noted that every player performing is amazing. He took special note of Bob “Boo” Bernstein who has played with a plethora of Latin music artists. There will be rhythm session artists, or rather pedal steel players will be soloing and serving as a backup band since many of them are multiinstrumentalists. What you will experience on Sunday is a musical adventure with the finest collection of pedal steel players in the world. The first show is sold out and the tickets are going fast for the second show.

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Calendar from page 15. a little more appropriate for a grown up audience. Tickets to the show are $18. Students, seniors and teachers pay only $15. Reserve your tickets in advanced. Details: (866) 811-4111; www.thegaragetheatre. org Venue: The Garage Theatre Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach

August 9

A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream The Long Beach Playhouse presents A Midsummer Night’s Gay Dream, 8 p.m. Aug. 9. This adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy comes with a twist: Athenian law does not permit gay marriage. Tickets are $24. Purchase at the website below. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Theatre Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

August 10

Mr. and Miss. Vietnam Continents The Carpenter Performance Arts Center presents Mr. and Miss. Vietnam Continents, 6 p.m. Aug. 10. Admission is $35 and $125 for VIP seating. Call telephone number below to order tickets. Details: (714) 235-7598; (562) 985-7000; www. carpenterarts.org Venue: Carpenter Performance Arts Center Location: 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach

Art August 18

Latino Comics Expo The Museum of Latin American Art hosts the only convention dedicated to showcasing Latino comic artists. This is the expos first event in the Los Angeles area. General admission is $9, Seniors and Students are $6. Details: www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

August 9 – 22, 2013

Independent And Free.

The Medium is the Message Six artists feature the distinctive properties of fiber, stone, paint viscosity or transparency, steel and wood. Featuring Carolyn Applegate, Hiroko, Stevie Love, Da Aie Park, Bret Price and Kenzi Shiokava. Curated by Robin Hinchliffe. Details: http://www.the-loft.net/ Venue: The Loft, Galleries A and B Location: 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro

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LA Shine Galley Azul presents new works by Mark Metzner. Street influenced paintings with fine art sensibilities. Wood panel, canvas, paper and vinyl figures. Details: http://www.galleryazul.com/ Venue: Gallery Azul Location: 520 W. 8th St., San Pedro Gallery 478: 3rd & Vermont – Michael Cannon 3rd & Vermont will be on exhibit, through Aug. 29, at Gallery 478. A long-time resident of the polyglot neighborhood surrounding the intersection of 3rd and Vermont Streets in Los Angeles, Michael Cannon shoots the street as reflective of a varied and diverse racial and ethnic cultural dynamic. His street photographs are “unmanipulated” scenes, often quietly intimate; impartial mirror images of society caught in transition – a glimpse into the future that is now. Details: (310) 732-2150 Venue: Gallery 478 Location: 478 W. 7th St., San Pedro

The World Stage Fights for Survival T

by: Melina Paris, Music Columnist

wo days after a peaceful community rally against George Zimmerman’s acquittal turned violent by a dozen youth, organizers for the World Stage Rent Festival worried that continual heavy police presence may deter fans from attending the fundraiser. By the evening, only two squad cars remained on Degnan Boulevard. Writer, poet, and festival emcee Michael Datcher set the tone for the evening by explaining the purpose of the evening’s performance. “The rent, meaning our bills and festival, meaning joy and the celebration of art and culture,” Datcher said. “We call the World Stage a church because there is a spiritual vibe here.” Rent Fest brought two nights of live music and spoken word performances. Some of the best musicians and artists in Los Angeles came out to perform on the World Stage. They did so at no cost, speaking to the importance of this venue in the Southern California jazz scene and to its continuing legacy.

Jazz vocalist, Dwight Trible, performed with a quartet of musicians who are at the vanguard of Los Angeles jazz scene. The members included John Beasley on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, Trevor Ware on upright bass, and Paul Legaspi on drums. The Charles Owens Quartet opened the show and The Mayungo Jackson All Star Lineup closed it. It was a thrill to see that four of the young players in this sextet were University of Southern California jazz students. It was Trible’s idea to host the festival. As a protege of jazz greats, Billy Higgins, Horace Tapscott, and poet Kamau Daaood, Trible has inherited the flame to carry on the legacy of the World Stage. Trible says the World Stage is why we have a Leimert Park. “These people have given so much to me,” Trible said. “I’m blessed that I was worthy of their time and wisdom. Instinctively they knew one day it may come down to me.” The late jazz drummer Billy Higgins and

Kamau Daaood co-founded the World Stage in 1989 for the purpose of creating a place for artists and musicians to meet, rehearse and share work in the community. It is now a Leimert Park-based arts institution that offers seven days of programs in both jazz and writing workshops. There is no paid staff. Everything is done on a volunteer basis. Trible was recently asked to take the helm of the World Stage by its board of directors and deal with the crisis. After the 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion, Leimert Park’s growth as a center for African–American arts and culture mirrored the growth of other arts districts around Los Angeles, from Old Town Pasadena to Venice, and from Downtown Los Angeles to San Pedro. It was venues such as the World Stage and the Kaos Network (which fostered a thriving underground hip hop scene) that gave Leimert park the cultural cache that it enjoys today. “We are in financial crisis for various reasons,”explained Datcher about the dilemma the venue is in. “In part because of the economy, in part, because of the downturn of this neighborhood, there is less foot traffic here. As a result, our clientele is shrinking. Our clientele have their particular financial difficulties as well. So as a result, that spinning effect, like the spider web, has been catching us. And now we’re caught.” For more than 10 years, Leimert Park has been World Stage continued on page 17.

Eugene Daub Goes from Washington DC to the Sunset Strip by: Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer San Pedro is home to an impressive collection of artists. Many local artists have received international acclaim and exhibit their art in some of the finest galleries and museums across the world. Daub, originally from Philadelphia, was introduced to his wife Ann on a blind date and the couple decided to make their home in San Pedro. Only one of our local artists has a work of art in the statuary hall of the U.S. Congress. This year, Congress commissioned a statue and for the first time the statue of an African-American woman was installed. Eugene Daub knows that his statue of Rosa Parks in Washington, D.C. will be his most celebrated work. Within the past 30 years Daub has designed and created many public art commissions for the U.S. government, private foundations, universities and corporations and has exhibited in the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institute, among other locations. His previous commissions include Harvey Milk, young Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. The artist has built his reputation on classically styled figurative works. His accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards in full figure, monumental and bas relief sculpture. He serves on the board of the National Sculpture Society and has taught sculpture around the country for years. But Daub has concealed another side to his artistic tendencies. The artist spent 10 years as an art director in the era of Mad Men. His background in graphic ar ts fostered a taste for contemporary art. Perhaps the success of the Rosa Parks commission has allowed him the freedom to explore his other side and

entertain current popular culture. Just in time, Gibson Guitartown on the Sunset Strip invited Daub to participate in its third installment of art guitars. The public art exhibit features 10-foot tall art guitar sculptures celebrating artists and musicians who have influenced the Sunset Strip. The current selection includes works celebrating 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival honoree Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Love, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper and Debbie Harry. The project, created to support the non-profit Music for Relief, originally launched in 2010. At the end of the exhibition each guitar – a work of art – is auctioned off for charity. Last year’s auction raised over $50,000 for the Los Angeles-based “Arts Matter” campaign, funding music and arts education. This year auction proceeds will go to benefit Music For Relief, the nonprofit organization Linkin Park founded to support disaster relief, provide aid to survivors of natural disasters and support the prevention of such disasters via environmental programs. The outdoor installation consists of 20 10foot tall fiberglass guitars strategically placed along the Strip. The first year of the fundraiser Daub’s artist wife, Ann, created a guitar celebrating Peter Frampton. This year, it was Eugene’s turn to have fun with rock ’n’ roll. His assignment was to create a guitar for Debby Harry of Blondie fame. Most artists paint on the fiberglass guitars. Daub, being a sculptor, was inspired to create a sculpture. “It was important for me to come up with a creative solution,” Daub said. “Typically my things end up cast in bronze. In this case it had to be lightweight, it had to be durable” He had to come up with a method of fabrication that would enable him to work with a light material. Because it is displayed outside it had to be able to withstand the weather. He came up with a new method, building on the

Eugene Daub’s Debby Harry inspired guitar. Harry was the lead singer of the band, Blondie. Photo courtesy of Eugene Daub

fiberglass with paper, glue and rivets, and then setting the sculpture with bondo – the material used for auto bodywork. The entire piece was then painted colorfully to reflect the musician’s energetic style and sealed with a weatherproof sealer. The final result is titled “Call Me,” her hit song which was theme from the movie American Gigolo. All guitars unveiled July 17 was put on display at the Aug. 3 Sunset Strip Music Festival. After the festival, they were placed along the boulevard for public view. The prolific artist has multiple projects in the works today. Interestingly he is working on another design for Congress. The sculpture is a bust of aviator Amelia Earhart. If accepted, he will be the first modern sculptor to have two works in the National Statuary Hall. He recently finished a sculpture of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg. For years he has done relief sculptures and serves as President of the American Medallion Sculpture Association. For details on the Guitartown Art Guitars project, a map and photos of the guitars, please visit www.thesunsetstrip.com/guitartown.


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The World Stage

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TRANS

Trans was inspired by the story of Lt. Cmdr Christopher McGinn, a Navy flight surgeon selected by NASA to serve on two space missions underwent gender reassignment surgery. File photo

Jazz musician Dwight Trible (above), protege of jazz legends Horace Tapscott and Bill Higgins, was drafted to lead the World Stage and guide it through its crisis. Photo by Terelle Jerricks

fighting to remain as a center of black cultural Leimert Park resident and community arts against the forces of shrinking foot traffic activist, Damien Goodmon, concurs. due to the economy and gentrification and the “There are two areas [in which] the comsteady pricing out of local shop owners renting munity needs help. One is advocating for space in the area. Unlike other arts districts, Leimert Park and the other is to focus on buyeven fewer artist-business owners own their ing properties.The bottom line is until we own building, making them all the more susceptible these structures we are susceptible to market to gentrification. pressures and demand.” For the past 10 years, developers have been Goodmon, as executive director of the buying up the buildings on Degnan Avenue. Crenshaw Subway Coalition, was instrumental Few of the new property owners could care in getting an Expo Line rail stop in Leimert less whether the Leimert Park area maintains Park. Goodmon noted that the plan saw local its credibility as a culmerchants and cultural tural arts district. As There was a hard won fight institutions as being tenants, the merchants to get a rail stop in Leimert instrumental in keeponly interaction with Park on the Expo Line. Now ing Leimert Park’s the owners is through a cultural fabric intact property management it looks like this buy up is the and thriving after the company that has been unintended collateral damage train is built. He noted deploying aggressive of that battle. that the City of Los management practices Angeles owns two lots since the takeover. in the area. The World Stage board of directors has “That is under the ownership of the public tried to meet with their councilman, Herb Wes- and we have a say in that,” Goodmon said. son. Leimert was annexed to the 10th District Goodmon noted that large corporations from Councilman Bernard Park’s 8th district have long seen adjacent, affluent Baldwin in 2010. Trible and other Leimert Park resi- Hills and View Park communities as reason dents say that Wesson’s office has paid little enough to invest in Leimert Park. Goodmon attention to them. It took Wesson’s office more noted that the challenge in such a scenario than two months to meet with the group. They is getting those communities to buy into the were scheduled to meet with Wesson on Aug. uniqueness of African-American culture and 7. Random Lengths called Wesson’s office for businesses. It’s critical because we’re talking comment but did not receive a response before about preservation of a culture. The effort to the publication date. share the arts and continue the legacy of the As Dwight Trible said, “If there is no World Stage will go on. World Stage, there is no Leimert Park.” “If it has to be that we have to leave LeimThat seems to be the rub. Merchants ert Park to do that, so be it,” Trible noted. “I speculate that the buying frenzy in the area would hate for that to happen but we will carry is due to the city’s commitment to extend the on at a new location. The World Stage is a Crenshaw to LAX line station in the area, that concept and an idea. I and many others plan to will connect Leimert Park to USC and the continue on with it one way or another.” Los Angeles International Airport. There was In the meantime, Trible and other World a hard won fight to get a rail stop in Leimert Stage alumni are going to host a major benefit Park on the Expo Line. Now it looks like this concert on Aug. 18 and execute other initiabuy up is the unintended collateral damage tives until a long term survival of the venue of that battle. is secured. Trible, however, is hopeful. He says the Details: (323) 293-2451 World Stage needs to own the property it is Venue: The World Stage in to ensure its survival and protection from Location: 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles. 17 being bought out of the community.

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‘God does not make mistakes.’ That is really a club which the religious right [beat]… in fact, many religious people who think that transgender people are making a decision about lifestyle based on their sexual needs. That’s the kind of disinformation that is out there.” The story arc of Chloe drives a class analysis to gender reassignment surgery, though after speaking with Arnold, I couldn’t shake the impression that it was unintentional. “Chloe was so intimidated with coming out of the closet that it literally scared her to death,” Arnold explained in response, to my suggestion that her suicide was in part due to not having the resources to live where she wanted and how she wanted. “The prospect of coming out as trans is a lot scarier than coming out as gay, as you well understand,” Arnold noted. Arnold ventured to say that most trans people don’t have the money for surgery, but still live perfectly fine lives without surgery. “Many trans men, for example, would have top surgery but would not have bottom surgery, because bottom surgery for trans men is not where bottom surgery for women is. It’s just a cosmetic sort of thing and it cost five times as much as what surgery for trans women is. There are a lot of choices once you’re out of the closet. There’s nobody that’s going to tell you, ‘you need surgery.’ That’s a very personal decision that you may or may not want to make,” Arnold explained. I wasn’t fully satisfied with the answer, but Trans was not intended to deal with every problem. After watching Trans and speaking with Arnold, there is still much ground to cover. The film is going to be screened at the Pacific Unitarian Church on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow. Parking is free. Admission is free, but donations to go toward Pacific Unitarian Church’s Social Justice Ministry and the Center of Long Beach teen transgender program would be accepted. Details: www.transthemovie.com, (323) 6389328 Venue: Pacific Unitarian Church Location: 5621 Montemalaga Dr., Rancho Palos Verdes

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Most parents with gender-conforming children would probably view the Tyler story arc as an instance of parents capitulating to the child in the parent-child relationship. They would be outraged particularly because Tyler’s parents planned on preparing Danaan for gender reassignment surgery when she became of age and still wanted it. “The youngest age that trans surgery has been performed is 16,” Arnold explained to correct a potential misunderstanding. “They’ll move in that direction if she still feels the same way when she’s 16, which I’m sure she will. When she turns 11, they will start with hormone blockers so that her testosterone levels don’t start taking her down the wrong road before she’s able to start on her transitioning.” Arnold noted that his film, and the Tyler segment in particular, has drawn more than one parent to stand up and tell him that their lives and the lives of their children had been changed. What many viewers outside of the transgender community may miss when first watching the film, is that Tyler was treated by a number of psychologists and therapists. Initially, she was treated simply as a discipline problem. Arnold explained that he went to a number of counselors who did not understand from the start that the patient was transgender. Arnold said he intentionally chose not to go further down that road of inquiry in the film because he didn’t think it was his job to pillory these health professionals. Trans addresses the faith community with the inclusion of Rev. Dr. Michael Holland, who forcefully pushes back against those that say, “God makes no mistakes,” and articulated the perspective that gender reassignment surgery as being no different from separating Siamese twins or repairing a cleft palate. Arnold believes that Rev. Holland, as pastor of the progressive, gay-friendly Church of the Foothills in Orange County, gave the film faith-driven credibility. “When we had the opportunity to get Rev. Mike out in Orange County on board, I jumped at that opportunity,” Arnold explained. “I constantly heard this phrase,


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013143691 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:  Level 2 Languages, 1374 W. 37th Street, San Pedo CA 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Mark Sanden, 1374 W. 37th Street, San Pedo Ca 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 07/24/13. 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/ Mark Sanden. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 24, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 08/08/13,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013116702 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: AK Accounting, 3320 S. Denison Ave., San Pedro, CA, 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Bilko Inc, 3320 S. Denison Ave., San Pedro, CA, 90731. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 10/27/08. 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/ V. Anne Kohl, CEO. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County

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from previous page Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 06/27/13, 07/11/13, 07/25/13, 08/08/13

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013111398 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Built Strong Construction, 1249 W. 14th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Brian Armstrong, 1249 W. 14th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Brian Armstrong, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 30, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 06/27/13,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013116707 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Land’s End Properties, 2515 S. Wstern Ave., Suite 15. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) R. Clinton Miller, 1373 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ R. Clinton Miller, Owner. This

statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 6, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 06/27/13,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013135287 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Original Concrete Stone, 363 W. 12th St., San Pedo Ca 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Kasey Alexander Diaz, 791 W. 6th Strert, Apt #2, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Kasey Alexander Diaz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 28, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing):

conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Francisco Lopez. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 13, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing):

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013123135 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Rain Gutter Service, 1310 W. D St. #1, Wilmington, CA, 90744. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Francisco Lopez, 1310 W. D St. #1, Wilmington, CA, 90744. This business is

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013123855 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:  Point Fermin Marine, 2275 W. 25th Street #58, San Pedro, CA, 90732. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Daniel Mead Fees Jr., 2275 W. 25th Street #58, San Pedro, CA, 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Daniel Mead Fees Jr.,. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 14, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing):

07/11/13, 07/25/13, 08/08/13,08/22/13

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013135288 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:  Affordable PC Repair, 961 W. 21st Street, San Pedro, CA 90732. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) James Frances Sandor, 961 W. 21st Street, San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ James Frances Sandor. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 28, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 07/11/13,

07/25/13, 08/08/13,08/22/13

Statement of Abandoment of Use of Fictitious Business Name File No. 2012220894 Date Filed 11/05/2012 Seaside Healing Arts, 615 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 Registered Owner(s): Body Shop Day Spa, Inc., 4001 Inglewood Ave., 101-639, Redondo each, Ca 90278. Business was conducted by a corporation. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. ( A registant who declares as true informaiton which he or she knows tobe falseis guilty of a crime.) Body DS/ Beth Hurewitz, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on July 11, 2013. 07/25/13, 08/08/13, 08/22/13, 09/03/13

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013143691 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Housewife on Wheels, 3470 S. Leland St., San Pedo Ca 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Diane Taylor Carbone, 3470 S. Leland St., San Pedo Ca 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Diane Taylor Carbone. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 11, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013143692 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Victory Property Investments, 100 Aquarium Way, #2, Long Beach, CA 90802. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Luz Victoria Osuna, 723 N. Leland Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Luz Victoria Osuna. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 11, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 07/25/13, 08/08/13, 08/22/13, 09/03/13

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013139431 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:  Soulera, 510 Shepard St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Andrew Jonathan Soto, 510 Shepard St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Andrew Jonathan Soto. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 5, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 07/25/13, 08/08/13, 08/22/13, 09/03/13

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013134123 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Fantasy Spa Mobile Pet Grooming, 2671 S. Cabrillo Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Adrian Garcia, 2671 S. Cabrillo Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732. Erica Garcia, 2671 S. Cabrillo Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90732. This business is conducted by a married couple. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in 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/ Adrian Garcia. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 27, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business 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, where it 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 Statement must be filed before the expiration. The

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than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 07/25/13,

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