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A Story Too Big to Tell
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Outrage, yes. But entirely untrue, ThinkProgress quickly pointed out: “Since 2005, Ohio has had in person early-voting in the three days prior to the election. This year, however, the Republican legislature in Ohio eliminated early voting during this period, except for members of the military. The Obama lawsuit is attempting to restore voting rights for all Ohioans, not restrict them for the military or any other group.”
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“Suppose a major party candidate for president believed we were in a “posttruth” era and actually campaigned that way. Would political reporters in the mainstream press figure it out and tell us?” I say no. They would not tell us. Not in any clear way.”
post on Mitt Romney’s Facebook page on Aug. 4 read: “President (Barack) Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage”
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Can 710 Expansion Avoid Repeat of History? Will its planned expansion do better?
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The 710 freeway—originally built from 1953 to 1965—has long been seen as inadequate. Particularly because of the high volume of Asian cargo container truck traffic it carries from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. After almost a decade of planning, Caltrans proposed expansion of the 710—expected to cost more than $5 billion—may prove inadequate to the challenges of future growth and development. But critics—particularly environmentalists, public health advocates and community groups have such strong doubts that they are drafting their own alternative in response to Caltran’s draft environmental impact report for the project. Community groups presented their alternative outside of the public comment meeting that took place Aug. 8 in Long Beach, after Random Lengths went to press. (We will be reporting on it in our next issue.) Angelo Logan, co-director of East Yards Communities for Economic Justice, struck a common theme—the need for a comprehensive array of transportation options while enhancing quality of life for communities along the transit corridor. “There should be an increase in active transportation, pedestrian and bicycle,” he said. The community presentation would stress health and exercise for communities currently ravaged by environmental illness. Adding insult to injury, the public has only been given 60 days for commenting on the project, concluding on Aug. 29.
“After so much money spent planning — $32 million within six years—they only gave the community 60 days to comment,” said Jessica Tovar, project manager with the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma. “It took 20 more days to get a translated version in Spanish.” And, that was just the executive summary. Elected officials and even the South Coast Air Quality Management District have joined in urging an extension of the public comment period, but to no avail. State and federal environmental law only require a 45-day review period. Lauren Wonder, Caltrans spokeswoman added that Caltrans had already increased the review period 30 percent. But an AQMD letter dated July 20 from District Counsel Barbara Baird cited Caltrans’ failure to provide “modeling files and electronic spreadsheets,” adding, “We are of the position that the review period does not begin to run until these files are made available to the public,” which did not happen until July 26—almost a month into the review period. While Caltrans cited a number of different goals in the draft EIR, beginning with improving air quality and public health and going on to include modernizing freeway design and improving safety, its main thrust is self-evidently addressing projected growth—above all growth in container traffic, which is projected to far exceed local population and job growth. According to the draft environmental impact report, “Combined port activity in the Study Area is expected to increase from the handling of 14 710: Next Time Around/ to p. 20
School Honors the Values Harbor Icon
From left, Rep. Janice Hahn joined ILWU Local 13 President Joe Cortez, Hunter and Kathy Bridges from North Carolina and Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino for the dedication of the Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington. Photo: Robin Doyno. Wilmington residents, the ILWU, elected officials and the family of labor icon Harry Bridges celebrated his life, July 28, with the grand opening of the Harry Bridges Span School. Bridges stood for values from health care for all, to a living wage, to retirement, free speech and the professional courage it took to stand up for those values. Naturally, it’s not just about labor and the unions. The Harry Bridges Institute is looking at a collabo-
ration between schools such as the span school as a means to educate children that there are other options aside from going to college. The K through 8 Harry Bridges Span School was built to relieve overcrowding at Wilmington Middle School, Gulf and Fries Avenue elementary schools. The campus will feature performing arts classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, a food service space and play fields. —Terelle Jerricks
UndocuQueers Set Out to Create Dialogue
By Zamna Avila, Assistant Editor and Kevin Walker, Long Beach Reporter
the victim of an immigration scam, came to the United States 23 years ago. He says that his goal is to give a voice to members of the South Asian community who lack legal status. “A lot of South Asians aren’t open about issues that are controversial,” Ram said. “It’s not just a Latino issue.” Other panelists, Victor Perez and GioCreating a Dialogue/ to p. 5
Small Business Workshop
From left, panelists Bupendra Ram, Jorge Gutierrez, Giovanna Alcanta, Victor Perez, Miguel Montalva spoke at the Aug. 3 UndocuQueer Seminar. Photo: Kevin Walker.
On Aug. 10, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal will host a Small Business Workshop that will include topics such as: • Tax Credits • Contracting with Government agencies • Taxpayer Rights • Training Grants The workshop is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. So. please RSVP. Details: (562) 495-2915 Venue: Port of Los Angeles High School Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro
ILWU Organizes Walk the Coast Fundraiser to Fight Childhood Cancer
On Aug. 11, Longshore workers of the Harbor Area’s twin ports will be hosting “Walk The Coast” fundraiser to fight childhood cancer. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. All donations will benefit “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” a non-profit charity that has raised more than $50 million to fund research projects to fight childhood cancer. Events include a “Walk a Mile for Alex” at 9:30 a.m., led by a marching band; classic and specialty car show at 11 a.m.; fire trucks, police cars and helicopters open for inspection until 3 p.m.; Japanese Taiko drum performance; “Warbird Flyover” performed by the “Tiger Squadron” in the afternoon and an aerial water demonstration by Los Angeles Fire Department fireboats NBC-4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman will host the event. Venue: Berth 54 and 55 Warehouse Location: 22nd and Miner streets, San Pedro
Understanding California Family Leave Rights
Participate in the Working Families Know Your Rights Training, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Beach The event is free. Spanish and Khmer translation and child care are available upon request. The training covers: • FMLA/CFRA leave • Paid Sick Time and Family Leave • Disability and Pregnancy Disability Leave • Other leave-related laws • Where to go for more information/if your rights are violated Details: (562) 900-1078 Venue: Trinity Lutheran Church Location: 759 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Wilmington Library Clean Up
Community members will join forces, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 18, to clean up an area near the Wilmington Branch Library. The group will clean from “M” Street to Pacific Coast Highway and from Avalon to Broad Avenue and will meet at the library. Venue: Wilmington Branch Library Location: 1300 N. Avalon, Wilmington
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“UndocuQueer” is probably an unfamiliar term to most Americans, but the issues affecting the people it refers to are among the most contentiously debated in United States politics, especially during an election year. On Aug. 3, the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center, hosted UndocuQueer, a seminar meant to examine what it means to be a young, queer, undocumented immigrant living in the United States today. Among the issues addressed were the misconceptions of the Dream Act, challenges to marriage equality and other issues unique to people who are both undocumented and queer. Miguel Montalva, an intern with the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition and a gay undocumented immigrant, organized the event as a way to address different sides of an issue too often seen from only a heterosexual point of view. “It is almost a double coming out process,” Montalva, 28, said. “The best way I can explain it is, usually when you come into facing your undocumented status is usually around the time where you have to apply to college or you have these milestones as getting a drivers license, which is usually your late teens or early 20s. So, at the same, that is really when most of your identity comes into play and you kind of grow into your own skin.” The event featured a discussion panel mostly composed of Long Beach students and activists from the undocumented LGBT community, including QUIP, the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, whose representative was the master of ceremonies for the event. QUIP has been staging workshops and conferences around the country educating the undocumented LGBT community on their rights. Bupendra Ram, a 25year-old graduate student at Cal State Fullerton, and an undocumented immigrant from Fiji, said that watching the vote on television drove him to become active participant in the immigration debate. “I watched senators control the direction my life is going to go,” he said. “I decided to change my own life.” Ram, whose family was
City to Remove Meters from Downtown San Pedro and Wilmington
Los Angeles—On Aug. 1, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to remove more than 600 parking meters and lower the rates on meters left in place, after three years of merchant complaints and activism Parking meter rates once were 25 cents an hour in the Harbor Area but jumped fourfold in 2009—to $1 an hour—as part of a citywide budget ordinance. Many business owners have complained that the high rates have discouraged shoppers from coming to the downtown areas in San Pedro and Wilmington. The measure also establishes some limited free parking in city-owned lots. Porkys BBQ proprietor, Earl Hellum, before learning of the deal, was taken aback that clientele would get angry enough about parking meters as to give the restaurant a lower rating because of it. “There are many places on the Westside, Hollywood, or downtown where people would be willing to pay way more for parking. But down here, people get upset about a $1 parking and it hurts me.” Under the ordinance, 540 under-used meters will be removed from San Pedro and 105 meters will be taken off of Wilmington streets. Rates will be reduced to 75 cents an hour or 50 cents an hour, depending on the demand in various areas where meters remain. All meters will continue to carry a two-hour time limit.
Panama Joe’s Got Pana-mo Problems By Kevin Walker, Long Beach Reporter
Belmont Shore residents and patrons of 2nd Street restaurant Panama Joe’s sparred over the business’ future during a public hearing at the July 24 Long Beach City Council meeting. The council voted 8-0, with District 8 Councilman Patrick O’Donnell absent, to recommend that the restaurant be given another 12-month permit allowing live music and dancing contrary to the position of the Long Beach Police Department, which had support-
Congresswoman Laura Richardson Found Guilty of Ethics Violations
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Washington D.C.—On Aug. 1, Rep. Laura Richardson was reprimanded by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics for misconduct and fined $10,000. In a release, Committee Chair Linda Sanchez (also a Southern California Democrat) reported that Richardson had agreed to admit to seven counts in the statement of alleged violation and waived further procedural rights in the investigation. But her admission did not come without a fight. According to the House Committee’s report, Richardson pursued every procedural nook, hook, and loop hole to delay or derail the investigation to no avail. Specifically, she allegedly forced staff to perform campaign work on office time, and used office resources for partisan campaigns. She also was charged with obstructing the committee’s investigation by altering or destroying evidence, refusing to produce requested information and attempting to influence witnesses’ testimony. The charges stem from both Richardson’s 2010 campaign and the primary campaign this year. She is running against another Democratic Congresswoman, Janice Hahn, for the newly formed 44th District seat. Hahn defeated Richardson by nearly 20 points in the primary, but the two were the only candidates, and therefore will face each other again in November.
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Port Shows Clean Air Progress, but Much More Needs to be Done
The Port of Los Angeles is trumpeting continued progress in reducing air pollution ahead of its projected schedule, but Southern California air is still a long way from meeting federal Clean Air Act standards, according the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Air pollution from Port-related sources continues to drop as cargo rebounds at the Port of Los Angeles,” an Aug. 2 statement from POLA read. “New data shows that from 2005 to 2011, cumulative harmful emissions at America’s No. 1 trade gateway plunged as much as 76 percent while container volumes increased 6 percent. On a year-to-year basis, there has been a decrease up to 7 percent of harmful emissions.” What’s more, “The latest data also shows the Port is three years ahead of year 2014 targets it set for News Briefs/ to p. 22
Panama Joe’s live music permit was extended despite complaints about its adult-themed promotions and patrons’ rowdy behavior in Belmont Shore.
ed a denial of the permit application. Public comment took about an hour with 23 speakers, including Panama Joe’s owners Ron and Greg Newman and Belmont Shore Residents Association President Kurt Fornstein. Fornstein and other speakers against permit application cited numerous examples of sexually explicit and adult-themed promotions they said blatantly disregarded the spirit of some conditions of operation agreed to this past year, when
the restaurant was issued its first permit. “This is a list of some of the activities that have taken place this year: Babes and beer pong with the ladies of Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club…Jump into bed with a stranger contest… [and] the champagne showering wet t-shirt contest.” Fornstein said. Complaints also focused on the late night noise, public urination and vomiting by inebriated patrons exiting the restaurant. “They [Panama Joe’s management] can’t control...people parking in front of our homes, drinking liquor, throwing the liquor out on the street then walking up to Panama Joe’s so they don’t have to spend as much money at the bar,” Panama Joe’s Woes/ to p. 20
Cevapcici Festival Cancelled, So is ‘Destination’ Town Image By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor The Cevapcici Festival is off and so is San Pedro’s designation as a destination spot in Southern California travel magazine, Westways, said one of the organizers and contributing photographer to Random Lengths News, Slobodan Dimitrov—explaining that they came up a dollar short and day late in securing funds from the neighborhood councils from donors that helped out this past year. “Last year we raised $6,000 in the space of x amount of time,” Dimitrov said. “This time we showed up and we were either too early or too late. With Central Neighborhood Council, our paperwork was misplaced.” Of the five destination events that were to be included in the magazine, the Cevapcici Festival, an annual event started two years ago, would have been the only one featured with a photo in the publication’s Southern California edition. The Cevapcici Festival is named for the highly seasoned combination of ground beef, pork and lamb that is grilled and served with
onions and ajvar, a condiment from the Balkans. “Last year we did it legally,” Dimitrov said. “With the city raising permits, that was not cheap. And, we broke even...Westways called us. We didn’t call them. They nursed us through the process and made sure we did everything thing right. With a circulation 3.8 million circulation that is mailed directly to the members of the Southern California Auto Club, Westways is a potent marketing tool for a town trying to gain recognition as a destination. The organizers were able to raise about $1,500 from other sources. Susan McKenna and Dimitrov are in the process of refunding the money that was raised for the festival. “We’re not happy (about this), but we’re not destroyed.” Dimitrov said. They’ll try to bring it back next year, restructured a bit so as to avoid some of the pitfalls they faced this year.
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Creating a Dialogue vanna Alcantar, two recent high school graduates, described how being undocumented became obstacles to planning for the future. Alcantar, 18, had planned to join the military after she graduated from Milliken High but was unable to do so as a result of her immigration status. She described the awkward experience of revealing her situation to a group of friends. “All of my friends are from here and just coming out to them as being undocumented has probably been harder than it was about coming out as a lesbian because they’re predominately white...they were like, ‘what do you mean you’re not joining the military?’ Because that’s what I had always worked for.” Director of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, Kris Zentgraf, began the seminar with a presentation reviewing the history of discrimi-
natory United States policies that effectively prohibited homosexual immigrants until the 1990s. “Until 1990…immigrants to this country were denied entry if they were admittedly a homosexual or if they were suspected of being a homosexual,” Zentgraf said. “Until 1990 that was grounds for no entry or deportation. This kind of bias, this kind of exclusion has a very long history in the United States.” While outright discrimination against gay and lesbian migrants ended years ago, Zentgraf argued that the practice continued in the form of the 1993 HIV immigration ban, which barred HIV positive people from entering the United States until 2009. Today, she believes that the primary form of exclusion comes in the form of exclusionary or prejudiced application of asylum laws for homo-
sexuals seeking refuge in the United States. “We have to be diligent, because sometimes … the way these things are executed are incredibly biased,” Zentgraf said. She recounted a story of a transgendered man seeking asylum whose case was nearly thrown out due to a judge’s perception that the man, who had attended his court hearing dressed in a suit, was not actually transgendered. “These are not easy cases to win…I’ve seen cases…with lesbians who have applied for asylum where they’ve gone into courts and the judge has looked at them and said, ‘I don’t believe you’re going to experience persecution… you don’t look like a lesbian,’” Zentgraf said. “There’s a lot of educating to do.” The event also included a documentary film featuring Long Beach residents who find themselves in this intersection of identities. Organizers also are hosting a follow-up event, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, called, Almost American. A film by the same name will
be featured. The film is about the difficulties and triumphs of undocumented youth as they navigate not only higher education, but their life after college and their identity. The overall message of the event was that despite the recent gains made by undocumented immigrants and members of the queer community, much work still needs to be done to ensure future equality. That work, panel moderator Jorge Gutierrez, believes will be done at the local level. “It needs to come from our communities,” Gutierrez said. “This work is going to come from us…we need to not be misled by these national organizations that say they’re fighting for us when they’re not.” The cast of Almost American will participate in a casual conversation and reception with attendees. Details: (562) 434-445 Venue: The Center Long Beach Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
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There’s nothing unusual in this. It was an example chosen almost at random. The Romney campaign disseminates so many lies that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. And, there’s bound to be all sorts of such lies flying through the air at the upcoming Republican National Convention. Indeed, media critic Jay Rosen has described it as a “post-truth campaign,” intentionally designed to be particularly difficult, if not impossible, for “even-handed” mainstream journalism to deal with—what Rosen calls, “a story that’s too big to tell.” But maybe it can be told by those outside the mainstream—those capable of seeing that lies are now commonplace. The challenge is how to help folks get a handle on them. One promising approach is by using the lens of what psychologists call “ego defense mechanisms,” which are used to deal with anxiety, fear, even primordial terror. The first systematic treatment of them was Anna Freud’s 1936 book, The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense, but some of the most common of them have long been recognized in popular culture. The expression, “the pot calling the kettle black,” for example, refers to the defense mechanism of projection—attributing unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes or characteristics to others. (Romney’s lie about Obama’s lawsuit is an example of this: First, Republicans restrict people’s right to vote, then they accuse Democrats of doing the same thing when they’re actually trying to stop it.) Or, there’s the old Army joke—probably already ancient back in the days of the Roman Legions—about the colonel chewing out the major who chews out the captain, and so on, down to the private, who goes back to the barracks and kicks the dog. That’s called “displacement”—redirecting negative emotions, ideas, etc. to a substitute target. (Think about blaming teachers and cops for bankrupted local governments after the Wall Street crash.) And, of course, Oprah Winfrey made just a few of her many millions educating half the known universe about another ego defense mechanism: denial (global warming, anyone?), an element of which is present in virtually all the other ego defense mechanisms as well. While no one has a monopoly on ego defense mechanisms, the post-Bush Republican Party has an awful lot more to be defensive about. Beyond that, the recently-published book, The Republican Brain, presents an overview of wide-ranging scientific evidence that conservatives are more inclined to ideologically reject science and empirical evidence than liberals are. The more that conservatives reject such evidence, the less successful their policies are likely to be. It’s a vicious circle that inevitably makes the use of ego defense mechanisms increasingly attractive as time goes on. While empirical studies of defense mechanisms in politics have yet to be done, it would hardly be surprising to find that they are more common on the right than the left. Which brings us back to where we started. Here is a list of some common ego defense mechanisms, starting with those already mentioned, along with examples of how they show up in politics. If you’re brave (or foolish) enough to watch the Republican National Convention, you just might want 6 to use this list to set up your own personal
rack Obama was not actually an American citizen, but only appeared to be one by virtue of an elaborate conspiracy, and therefore legally could not be president. Similarly, the American people could not have actually elected him president— there must have been massive voter fraud, even though there’s zero evidence of it. Finally, the reality of global warming is too much for many conservatives to take, so they retreat into the fantasy that it’s all just an elaborate hoax. Rationalization: Creating logical reasons for bad behavior. Voter suppression laws were initiated based on the fantasy of massive voter fraud, but since there is no such massive voter fraud, they fall back on rationalizations— protecting against potential fraud, protecting “the integrity of the vote,” etc. Opposition to the marriage of same-sex couples is rationalized in terms of supporting “Biblical marriage” between one man and one woman—even though the Bible is chocked full of other kinds of marriages. Conservatives who reject global warming are in denial, which they rationalize by calling it “skepticism.” But genuine skeptics would not repeat arguments that have been conclusively refuted—as virtually all “global warming skeptics” do.
drinking game. But don’t be surprised if one lie seems to call for more than one drink. Defense mechanisms can overlap, reinforce one another, or layer on top of each other. But don’t despair— drink! And enjoy! Denial: Claiming or believing that what is true is actually false. Also, refusing to acknowledge that something has occurred or is ongoing. A prime example of this is global warming denialism, which is routinely rationalized as “skepticism” (see entry on rationalization, below). Denial is also commonplace regarding the failure of conservative economic ideas—for example, by insisting that tax cuts (a) pay for themselves, (b) produce rapid economic growth, or (c) aren’t responsible for massive deficits, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Insisting that Wall Street and/or unregulated financial markets were not responsible for the financial crises and the Great Recession is another example. Displacement: Redirecting negative emotions, ideas, actions, etc. to a (less threatening) substitute target. Absolving Wall Street for destroying the economy, then turning around and blaming teachers, firefighters and police officers for local budget deficits—that’s a perfect example of displacement in action. Projection: Attributing unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes or characteristics to others. Examples abound: Romney stashes millions in off-shore bank accounts, then accused Obama of having ideas that are “extremely foreign.” Republicans under Bush turned Clinton’s record surpluses into staggering deficits, then turned around and blamed Democrats for “reck-
less, out of control spending.” George Bush ignored multiple warnings and allowed the 9/11 attacks to succeed on his own watch, but repeatedly insisted that Democrats won’t keep America safe. Splitting: Separating negative and positive impulses, emotions, ideas, etc. Splitting is arguably the most primitive defense mechanism. It underlies other defense mechanisms such as: Dissociation: Separating oneself from parts of your life—and Compartmentalization—separating conflicting thoughts into separated compartments. Splitting lies at the very heart of conservative propaganda as far back as Joseph McCarthy and beyond. Conservatives identify themselves with everything good and liberals with everything evil. Thus we even have the spectacle of conservatives today presenting themselves as champions of civil rights, despite all historical evidence to the contrary. Christians are constantly being persecuted, we’re told, deprived of their freedom of religion. But Muslims should not be able to build mosques anywhere in the United States. Government spending is always wasteful, unless it’s supported by conservatives. We can never spend enough on defense—even on weapons designed to fight enemies that no longer exist—not least because it creates jobs...unlike all other government spending. Once you catch on, you’ll see examples of splitting almost every time a conservative opens their mouth. Fantasy: Escaping reality in order to resolve inner and outer conflict. For many Republicans—particularly conservatives—the idea of a non-white President was just too much for them to take. So they escaped into the fantasy that Ba-
Regression: Returning to a child state to avoid problems. During the 2008 election, we witnessed a widespread undercurrent of juvenile, even childish behavior, which only expanded further with the Fox News-fueled growth of the Tea Party movement. By August 2009, the political operatives pulling the strings directed Tea Party protesters to shout down Congress members holding town hall meetings on the subject of health care reform. Those operatives knew exactly what they were doing, but the great mass of average Tea Partiers, who couldn’t tell the difference between democratic dialogue and a temper tantrum, were unconsciously engaged in a mass movement of organized regression. Acting out: Not coping—giving in to the pressure to misbehave. This is another way to characterize the behavior of Tea Party protesters who made it impossible for actual dialogue to happen at congressional town hall meetings in August 2009. Regression need not involve bad behavior (a teenager sucking his thumb during an algebra test), and acting out need not be immature. But much of the Tea Party disruptions in August 2009 were both. Compensation: Making up for a weakness in one area by gaining strength in another. A lot of conservative “get tough” policies fall into this category. The United States has the largest military in the world—by a mile. We spend almost as much on our military as the rest of the world combined, but we rank near the bottom of developed nations on a broad range of social indicators, as shown in a recent e-book, Decline of the USA, by Edward Fullbrook. Likewise, we’ve got 5 to 6 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prison population, yet the end result is not a particularly low crime rate. Reaction formation: Converting unconscious wishes or impulses that are perceived to be dangerous into their opposites. A prominent example is Republican/conservative Post-Truth Era/ top . 21
Remembering Our Future Imagining Our Past By James Preston Allen, Publisher
to live in the land of denial near an oil terminal. Living and working in an industrial port does have its hazards as any longshoreman will readily tell you. To the credit of two successive Los Angeles mayors and the China Shipping lawsuit ruling, the Port has spent the past decade changing course, resulting in green technology, low emission diesel engines, cold ironing, waterfront promenade, two parks with the promise of more things to come such as the redevelopment of the Ports O’ Call waterfront. However, for those newbies in the neighborhood and those who just can’t remember, none of this would have happened without the community’s strategic engagement, years of activism by many individuals (some who are no longer with us), and the collaboration of many community groups. It has been one of my great honors as publisher of this newspaper to have given both voice on these things for the community and to have championed those initiatives that created the most change. The one thing that I have learned throughout these many years is that when the community speaks with one voice to the power of government they will listen and they will change. The challenge is deciding what it is we want and what we want to say. There are those who continually go hat-inhand to beg for this or that from government or the big corporations asking for pennies to accomplish some good deed or charitable mission. But like most Americans, I despise begging whether it’s in front of the U.S. Post Office or at the halls of government. Tell me what you are going to work at; what you are going to accomplish and let’s work towards solving a few problems. Quit arguing the polemics from the right and left. Sounds odd coming from one such as I, who argues politics for a living, but not really when you look closely at what I and others in the “activist” community have accomplished. The crises and the challenges of our time can only be solved when we remember what’s worked in the past and applying those solutions to our future, rather than fantasizing about the “good-ole-days” that may have never existed. Those who are too timid to accept responsibility for the problems now will never have the courage to solve them later. Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chick-fil-A is against marriage equality. But you already know that by now. The backlash and tide of support have created a national conversation. Right now that conversation is centering around whether this is or isn’t a First Amendment issue. It is, sort of, at least for now. It may end up being a 28th Amendment issue by the time the conversation ends. A 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United is not yet ratified, but is gaining momentum. It’s been almost two years since I have spent a dime at Target retail stores. In 2010 they got caught up in a political spending scandal that was largely unnoticed by mainstream audiences, though it gained substantial traction in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Target was donating large sums of money to antigay rights gubernatorial candidate with ties to rabidly anti-gay activists. Some of those activists have advocated for the outright execution of gays. Target went to great efforts to keep it out of the mainstream press. And since have reached out to the LGBT community through marketing and by carrying products, which support marriage equality. They still, however, have not agreed to stop political spending. When it came to Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving and official position, Chick-fil-A doubled down. Its CEO didn’t shy away from his views and confirmed that he, and his company are firm-
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ly opposed to marriage equality. Yes, CEO Dan Cathy has a right to say whatever it is that he wants to say. That right is protected under the First Amendment. Unfortunately, due to the recent Supreme Court ruling, his company is also able to speak, in the form of cash. Chickfil-A donates to extreme right wing groups that fund gay conversion therapy, campaign against marriage equality in the United States, as well as campaign for legislation abroad that calls for the EXECUTION of gays. Seriously! When Cathy proudly confirmed his stance, right wing pundits and politicians jumped on the bandwagon to support “traditional marriage.” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” People lined up out the door at Chick-fil-As throughout the nation. While those in the LGBT community and their allies have vowed to boycott and also participated in a same-sex kiss-in following the “appreciation day.” Companies spend millions on their brand and image. It is the most valuable thing a large company has, more valuable than its combined assets and the aggregate sum of its parts. Americans love their brands. They have emotional connections to them. They use them to establish their own identity. In this Citizens United era, with money viewed as speech, and corporations viewed as people, the marketplace is bound to get politiBranding Political Identities/ to p. 8
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I have been thinking lately about the number of people I run into who don’t remember what happened even a decade ago, like the battle to change the Los Angeles City Charter to create Neighborhood Councils. It literally took the threat of secession to move this great city to the premise of expanding democracy to a new level. The promise of this new charter has still not been fully realized, even by those who now have the power in their hands to change the city. Something significant has been forgotten. Likewise, I noticed when Councilman Joe Buscaino came out to host the ground breaking for the renovation of Plaza Park on South Beacon Street a couple of months ago. The refurbishing of this historic park and even Anne Gushe’s vision of “beautification” of this park was widely supported. But none of this would have been possible if not for the community activists along with the Natural Resources Defense Council who sued the Port of Los Angeles and won a $65 million-plus judgement. That victory turned the tide of the “100 years war” with POLA. The Plaza Park renovation is being funded with a $5 million grant from that settlement fund. I have not noticed a mention of the China Shipping lawsuit litigants’ names in any of the “coronation” ceremonies from the Angels Gate Lighthouse restoration to Wilmington Park. This is an error of omission. In fact, what has happened since payouts from the settlement started being made is that activists have been made silent, both literally and historically. Recently, one such activist, Janet Gunter, who is now on a war path against Rancho LPG tanks on N. Gaffey Street, was evicted from a Harbor Commission meeting for being a bit too vociferous. Well, it has been my experience that change usually doesn’t come with polite platitudes. I have heard a great deal of derogatory comments about Ms. Gunter’s warnings about Rancho LPG but in light of the explosion this week at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., some just might want to reconsider her warnings. If not that, the explosion of the SS Sansinena at Pier 47 back in 1976, or the GATX accident at 22nd Street and Harbor Boulevard in 1979, or even the Texaco explosions in 1992, 1996 and 1999. All would be very enlightening to those who wish
710 Corridor Project Draft EIR Released for Public Review
Los Angeles—The California Department of Transportation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Interstate 710 Corridor Project for a 60-day public review, ending on Aug. 29. The project was developed in cooperation with various other agencies. The environmental review involves proposals to improve the Interstate 710 in Los Angeles County between Ocean Boulevard and State Route 60. Major elements include widening the I-710 freeway up to ten general purpose lanes (five lanes in each direction); modernizing and
reconfiguring the Interstate 405, State Route 91 and a portion of the Interstate 5 interchanges with the I-710; modernizing and reconfiguring most local arterial interchanges along the I-710; and looking at a provision of a separate four-lane freight corridor to be used by conventional or zeroemission trucks. Written comments may be sent to: Ronald Kosinski, Caltrans District 7, Division of Environmental Planning, 100 S. Main Street, MS 16A, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Or send an e-mail through the project website at h t t p : / / w w w. d o t . c a . g ov / dist07/resources/envdocs/ docs/710corridor/
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I am standing in for one of our vacationing union officials in Wilmington, CA. I am the duly elected Patrolman in the Port of New Orleans for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Assoc. Founded in 1875 we are the nation’s oldest maritime labor organization. I came across your printed flyer for the upcoming Labor Day issue while here. Today is my last day, but I want to continue reading your online version when I get back to New Orleans.
I became sold on your editorial views while reading the article detailing the so-called Dept. of Homeland Security’s efforts to subvert the Occupy movement. When I get back home, I will fire off a check to you. Wilson Johns New Orleans, La
What’s missing from the debate over the urban farm ordinance is input from neighbors of those farms. Neighbors are the ones who will be affected by the animals’ noise and smells. Neighbors will be the ones who witness animal slaughter right next to them. And, neighbors (including pet animals) will be exposed to whatever infectious diseases originate from the urban farm next door. What’s to prevent colonies of feral farm animals from forming in our city when hobbyists tire of this trend? We already have too many domestic animals in shelters. If vendors of liquor require a license, why isn’t each urban farmer, whose hobby/livelihood affects our quality of life just as much, required to get a license or permit (vetted by an environmental study and neighbor input)? Ayanna Green Long Beach
Open Letter to Councilman Buscaino re: Rancho LPG Facility
Thank you for holding the ‘Fact-finding’ hearing recently at the Taper Avenue School in San
Pedro about the Rancho LPG facility at 2110 N. Gaffey Street. I was one of the speakers from the public (limited to two minutes), who were allowed to speak only after the representatives from the agencies had left. I was disappointed that those who organized the hearing did not allow the screening of the DVD, which was prepared by the SPPHU group. It would have explained in short order for both the regulators and the audience and your committee the danger that Rancho represents. If you haven’t yet seem the DVD, please contact me and we’ll try to get you a copy. It clearly explains the danger. Although it was described as a ‘fact-finding’ effort, there were many facts that didn’t come out. These are some of the questions or comments I would have made, if I had been given some time and opportunity to address the agencies: • To the representative of the Harbor Commissioners/Port of LA. Most importantly, do they realize the danger to port property that an explosion of this facility would cause? The calculation that the EPA has sanctioned in their regulations of risk (40 CFR 68) puts the minimum ‘worst case’ radius of a blast at three miles around the Rancho facility. This takes in most, if not all, the port! How do they justify continuing to protect the Rancho site, when it’s a threat to the very port they are supposed to protect and promote? To the representative of L.A. city planners, How could it have happened that this facility (Petrolane, back in 1973) was allowed to locate where it did without someone looking up the properties of LPG? Was there such an investigation? How do the planners rate dangerous materials now? What
was the basis for the exemption from a city building permit? How extensive is the investigation behind the permitting process now before such a dangerous (toxic or flammable/explosive) facility is allowed to be built? To the representative of the EPA, What is the process for approving Risk Management Plans? Rancho, the current owner operator of the LPG site, has submitted an extremely defective RMP, specifically its chief component, the ‘Worst Case Analysis,’ which simply repeated the results of the previous operator, Amerigas, in which it was erroneously reported that a 57,000,000 pound release of butane would result in just a ½ mile radius explosion with 770 people killed. The actual number is a three-mile radius with an estimated 27,000 people killed. So, the basic questions for the EPA is—what’s going on? You had indicated that there would be other hearings on this topic. That’s a good outcome, but this time, at least have the agency people stay and face the questions from the public. Thanks for taking leadership on this issue. Connie Rutter San Pedro
Fundamental Value in Danger
A fundamental American value—the right to a trial—is at risk. The guarantee that anyone accused of a crime will have their day in court is ideal that is deeply ingrained in the character of America since our nation’s founding. Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), anyMore Letters/ to p. 17
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Branding Political Identities cized. And that may not work out so well for the corporations. Brands will get bloodied. Maybe the only thing that will get Americans riled up anymore is a little brand war-
A sentence within the article, “Project Street Legal: Finding Redemption in the Driver’s Seat” in the July 27 edition of Random Lengths News misstated where the featured group wanted to locate a race track. Project Street Legal is looking to open race track on Anchorage Road in Wilmington or an unused location at Terminal Island, in an effort to end illegal street racing at the Field of Dreams in San Pedro or Willowbrook in the northern part of the Council District 15. Random Lengths News continues its efforts to bring accurate news coverage impacting the Harbor Area.
fare. As people discover the political identities of their favorite brands, hard earned loyalty may be easily lost. As the market place is politicized and consumers become more armed and educated to fight back, the focus will turn from political giving to labor practices. Bigots may line up for anti-gay sandwiches, but fewer may line up demanding slave-wage made products. This issue at first seems like a gay rights issue, then like a First Amendment issue. But what it really leads to is the 28th Amendment. A campaign is already underway to amend the U.S. Constitution to correct the disastrous Citizens United ruling. If you love your brands and love democracy, you’d be wise to protect them both by supporting such an amendment. Target is in the business of selling home furnishings and other products. Chick-fil-A is
in the business of selling quickly-made chicken. They are not, and should not, be in the business of influencing legislation that affects people across the nation, and around the world. That is what democracy is for. It should be one person, one vote, one voice. Corporations have a voice through their CEOs, shareholders, employees and customers. They can all vote. They all have the right to free speech. These rights being bestowed upon fictitious beings whose sole interest is to increase profit runs counter to everything that true democracy stands for. Corporations are NOT people and money is not speech. It’s a losing proposition for the corporations, but more importantly it’s bad for our citizens and democracy. When the dust settles people will remember which brands thought it was okay to buy our democracy.
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song’s themes, its placement in the video felt like it was an afterthought. Particularly, because the lyrics are tightly construed. One reason it turned out this way is because she’s determined to ensure that whatever she puts out for public consumption, the product will be an embodiment of her, wrapped in her faith and family. “This is who I am, God and my family are what complete me,” she said. Tenelle sees “Bulletproof” as her shot to making it into the mainstream. A testament to that belief is the buzz surrounding her as a result of Bulletproof and her rapidly growing fan base. Tenelle recounted her July 21 performance at the Ohana Wellness Unity Benefit Concert at the Carson Civic Center. Little girls in the audience who knew all the words to “Bulletproof”’s infectious groove sang along with Tenelle. “I try to write with meaning, not just words that are out there; it’s not me,” Tenelle, 24, said. “We [the Samoan community] come from lots of negligence and gang activity, so when kids know the words to my song I’m inspired and really struck by that.” Tenelle grew up around the cities of Gardena and Carson. She was an athlete who played softball and still does. Through playing sports she shared that she was always coming up with cheers at the games. After she knew she was blessed with the
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ost folks don’t realize that the City of Carson is a hotbed of talent. The city has given rise to the likes of Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Ras Kass, Brandy and Ray J, and even The Game and Dr. Dre for a hot minute when they were kids. The city may have yet another star in its midst with the rise of singer and songwriter Tenelle Luafalemana, who has been getting a lot of online buzz lately with her single, “Bulletproof,” off of her still untitled album scheduled for release in January 2013. Though only released on YouTube, Bulletproof is turning out to be a Summer anthem for a lot Harbor Area fans with more than 40,000 views. “Bulletproof” has a distinctly islander sound that includes slack key guitar, bass guitar and drums. Tenelle and her writing partner Bo Napoleon refreshingly and cleverly repurpose the gun imagery so common in hip hop, exemplified in the hook: Your words are your bullet, your mouth is your rifle, you are at peace with your firearm/ Say what you wanna, shots fired won’t let me down- down In the opening scenes of the “Bulletproof” music video, Tenelle leads her family and friends in prayer. The scene is short yet striking in that the prayer was real rather than contrived. But because the prayer doesn’t directly connect the
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• Happy Hour •
Tim Weisberg at Alvas As one of the pioneers in rock-jazz fusion, Tim Weisberg’s career includes 20 albums on the biggest record labels in the business including A&M, Columbia, Warner Brothers and MCA. He has sold more than 5 million albums and played some of the largest venues in the world. Tickets are $25. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro LA Vation at Tributefest at Alpine Village Bono can’t tour that much because he’s saving the world, but LA Vation, The World’s Greatest Tribute to U2, will move you in mysterious ways instead. They go on at 8:45 p.m. Details: (310) 327-4384 Venue: Alpine Village Location: 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Barry Big B Brenner This big bad bluesman from the Southside of Chicago is going to belt some of the rawest blues ever at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. The show starts at 7 p.m. Venue: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Location: Long Beach Towne Center 90803 Long Beach Doug MacDonald at Alvas With his latest CD, “It’s A Blue World” on the Blujazz Jazz, guitarist Doug MacDonald label, will be performing with a guitar trio. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Blu Bar at Crowne Plaza • $4 Drinks and half off appetizers. (310) 519-8200, 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro The Chowder Barge • Try the 34oz. captain’s mug! (310) 830-7937, 611 N. Henry Ford, Leeward Bay Marina, Wilmington Godmother’s Saloon • Live jazz from Mike Guerrero Trio: 7 p.m. every Wed. (310) 833-1589, 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Iron City Tavern • Happy Hour 1/2-price appetizers & drink specials: 4 to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro; (310) 547-4766 Ports o’ Call • Happy Hour: Mon. to Fri., 3 to 8 p.m. Taco Tuesdays. Oyster shooter & bloody mary Wednesdays. (310) 833-3553, Berth 76 Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro San Pedro Brewing Co. • Happy Hour: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (310) 8315663, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Whale & Ale • Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m. on Wed. Late Night Happy Hour: 10 p.m. to Midnight, Fri. Only. (310) 832-0363, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Happy Hour Listings Are Paid Advertising
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Shonen Knife This all-female Japanese pop-punk band with a worldwide underground cult following will be Alex’s Bar. This band whose career spans 30 years will be a real treat. They’ll go on at midnight Details: (562) 434-8292; www.alexsbar.com Venue: Alex’s Bar Location: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach LCW at Alvas LCW (Littleton, Carson and Willis) play an eclectic mix of music including: jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, Afro-Cuban and world music in a trio setting which allows the ensemble unencumbered freedom of musical expression. Collectively, LCW’s credits include the likes of: The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, The Jimmy Cleveland Orchestra, B Sharp Jazz Quartet, Cannonball Adderly, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, Billy Higgins, B Sharp Jazz Quartet, Roberta Flack, Will Downing and a host of other music luminaries. Ticket price is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Loretta McNair Singer/songwriter McNair is an adept guitar player is a contemporary blues artist and a storyteller who keeps audiences in rapture. Starts at 3 p.m. Details: (562) 433-0357; www.clubripples.com Venue: Club Ripples Location: 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
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OilSpill This Long Beach-based alternative rock band is a band to watch. They’ll be performing at the Lava Lounge in DiPiazza Restaurant at 9 p.m. Details: (562) 498-2461 Venue: Lava Lounge, DiPiazza Restaurant Location: 5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
New West Guitar Group Featuring three young guitar virtuosos, Perry Smith, John Storie and Jeff Stein. New West has been making their mark as the premier acoustic and electric guitar ensemble. Based in Los Angeles, their original music combines the foundation of jazz with elements of blues, rock and folk. Starts at 8 p.m. Ticket price is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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Fusion Vegan by: Christine Rodriguez, Guest Columnist
Christine Rodriguez is a Health & Fitness expert specializing in Ayurvedic & Vegan Nutrition, Boxing Instruction and Massage Therapy. She is also a chef and the owner of Xtreme Clean Day – An Ayurvedic Vegan Daily Meal Plan and Consultation Services.
ne of the newest culinary trends that you can expect to find at posh restaurants, local cafes and even food trucks is “Fusion Cuisine.” Fusion Cuisine is exactly what it implies, the culinary genius of integrating food and cuisines from one culture with another culture. Some of the most popular fusion dishes today include teriyaki tacos, stir-fry pasta, Greek sushi and albondiga pho soup. Since I grew up with a Mexican grandmother and an Irish grandfather, this concept is nothing new to me. When I started noticing this culinary trend I couldn’t help but to think about how we have created many fusions in my home, alone. Now, fast-forward 30 years and here is my challenge, to recreate these delectable dishes from my youth, in a vegan, Mexican, Irish and AfricanAmerican home. Now this is a true American Fusion! Dinner at my house is anything but boring. I take great pride in preparing vegan dishes that will make you say, “I want to be a vegan.” One of the greatest challenges in maintaining a vegan lifestyle is consuming a wide variety of whole foods, and I mean a very wide variety. This is so you don’t get bored with the vegan beginners “Salad Syndrome.” I have heard many people say to me that they couldn’t live off of rabbit food or birdseed. Well look at me. I’m 5 feet 4 inches at 155 pounds! I don’t look like a rabbit or fly like a bird either. In fact I have a stout, muscular frame and most people would not think that I am a vegan. In fact the only time I weighed less in my life was when I was competing as a professional boxer and starving myself to make fighting weight, which was some absurd calculation by boxing “experts.” I say all this to encourage health, vitality and mind clarity and to discourage you from making weight a goal in your vegan transition. The key to a successful transition is a vast array of whole foods such as legumes, grains and produce. This along with proper cooking techniques and the love of food from around the world and you got yourself a “Fusion Vegan.” Continued on page 13.
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Now this brings me to my favorite part and that is sharing with you one of my favorite breakfast dishes: vegan Irish tacos. Yummy! Heres is What You Will Need to Make 8 Tacos: • 4 medium potatoes - medium diced, skin on (Yukon Gold has a nice buttery flavor) • 8 corn tortillas (buy them fresh from Valu+) • 1 red bell pepper - small diced • 1 jalapeno - small diced (leave seeds in if you love spicy) • ½ medium onion - small diced • 1 clove garlic - minced • 2 cups shredded cabbage (do it yourself, we try to eliminate factory processing) • ½ cup chipotle salsa I’m assuming you have olive oil, salt and pepper at home. First add the olive oil to your pan that is on medium heat. Make sure your potatoes are dried off before putting them in the pan or you could get oil splattered.
Let the potatoes brown evenly for about 7 to 10 minutes. Next add the onions, peppers, and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. (Please invest in a pepper grinder and use whole pepper corn, you will never go back to ground pepper again). Now we need to soften the potatoes, so add about 1 ½ cups of water to pan and let simmer about 5 to 7 minutes longer until soft and liquid is mostly absorbed. Time to assemble: Warm your tortilla on the stove (on a guilt free day I fry my shells, shhh). Now place a scoop of potatoes on your tortilla. Pile up the cabbage and drizzle or drench with chipotle salsa. Go ahead and enjoy your vegan Irish taco. Just don’t let anyone know there’s no meat or cheese they will never miss it.
University Art Museum is Internationally Known, Locally Obscure by Andrea Serna, Arts Writer
1975. “They are both about generative systems, but very different sound. So the Lou Reed, and the Brian Eno projects sort of bookend, Continued on page 16.
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hen Chris Scoates arrived in Long Beach there was an expectation that he would create an innovative environment at the Cal State Long Beach campus museum. He has not been disappointed. As the second director of the University Art Museum, he has built a firm reputation as a published author and curator of exhibitions in a wide variety of genres. Since 2005, Scoates has created a white hot art museum, buried in the middle of the Cal State campus. Struggling with the constraints of a troubled state budget crisis, his team has managed to bring world class exhibitions to Long Beach. Scoates’ interest in the merging of technology and contemporary art disciplines has formed an exciting collaboration with a diverse group of artists, musicians and techno centric creatives. Early in his tenure merging art and technology bought Scoates to the 5D project, a global community of multi-disciplinary creators. In 2009, the University Art Museum presented Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings. The avant garde musician was one of the forerunners of ambient music. His installation of light and sound premiered at the Venice Bienalle in 2007. The University Art Museum followed with Lou Reed’s Metal Machine. This project was the culmination of a decades long vision for Reed. The 1975 album, critically rejected by the music industry and the musicians own fans, is now considered a seminal forerunner of contemporary sound art. “Part of the reason I did the Lou Reed Metal Machine show is that Music for Airports, Brian Enos album, and Metal Machine both came out in 1975,” Scoates said. Actually, Music for Airports came out in 1978, but was based on the music-making approach pioneered on Discrete Music in
University Art Museum director Chris Scoates. File photo
Mike Lane: Living the Life of Accomplishment
Calendar from page 12. Dodger Street Team The Port’s second annual summer outdoor concert series will take place at Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain, California’s largest and most spectacular water feature, located at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street just south of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. On this evening Dodger Street Team and Britain’s Finest will be performing. Family fun activities take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and the concerts start at 7 p.m. Venue: Fanfare Fountain Location: Swinford at Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
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Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats Featuring Chad Smith drummer from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot will be performing at 8 p.m. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Surfin’ Safari, Beach Boys Tribute Band The Beach Boys come to life on stage as interpreted by Surfin’ Safari, sometimes touring with the original band. Admission open to youth 18 years and older. The cover charge is $10. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Details: (310) 327-4384 Venue: Alpine Village Location: 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
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Sunbeams At Lightspeeds This experimental rock and Shoegaze band will take you on a journey to faraway places. They perform at 7 p.m. Details: (562) 434-1182; www. vientoyaguacoffeehouse.com Venue: Viento y Agua Location: 4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach Tall & Small The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 17, Pete enrolled in the Greyhound school of music through his association with the bands of Si Zentner, Woody Herman, Louis Bellson and even a short but delightful stint with Count Basie. From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete’s tenor could be heard on television and motion picture soundtracks and recordings. Ticket price is $20. Show starts at 8 p.m. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Obits New York-based rock band Obits will be at Alex’s Bar before continuing their tour overseas in Australia. Details: (562) 434-8292; www.alexsbar.com Venue: Alex’s Bar Location: 2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
David Garfield David Garfield has one of those who’s who, what’s what resumes that begs the question, what HASN’T he done? Within the span of his career, he’s scored and recorded for films (“Annie,” “Always” with J.D. Souther), Television (“Fame” and its five accompanying “Kids from Fame” recordings), and commercials (Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Seven Up, Mitsubishi). Show starts at 8 p.m. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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Celebration Sensations Magician & The Pinheads The Port’s second annual summer outdoor concert series will take place at Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain, California’s largest and most spectacular water feature, located at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street just south of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. On this day, The Pinheads and the Celebration Sensations Magician will be performing. Family fun activities take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and the concerts start at 7 p.m. Venue: Fanfare Fountain Location: Swinford at Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
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PVPVC Guided Nature Walk 14 This extensive hike will take you from the end of Continued on page 15.
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successful in several arenas of your life. When we first met Mike Lane a few years back as the drummer for The Hellhounds, he mentioned
he had other things he was doing. Thinking back at that modest statement, we had to laugh. What we didn’t know at the time was just how brilliant he is. Mike Lane is very personable, leaning a bit on the self-promoter side with a good solid heart. He believes in himself and what he is capable of doing. He’s an actor with a number of television acting credits under his belt. Lane is also a drummer in several bands, including Detriment, the Hellhounds, Beer Drinking Weather, Dedfuel, and most recently, The Fall Man. He’s also a successful entrepreneur with his partner and fellow percussionist Matt Bommarito. He’s even an author of a children’s book. Lane described the children’s book, as something he had long been wanting to cross off his bucket list of things to do in life. “Way back, about 20 years ago or so, when I was really young, I would make these stories’ up to tell to the other kids,” Lane explained. “One of these stories’ stuck.” After he graduated from UCLA, he decided to put this one tale down on paper. “I wrote the whole thing and said I would finish it one day,” Lane said. “But like most people, I just put it aside and didn’t do anything with it. Now I’m in all these other projects. I thought if I don’t do anything with this now, it will be another 10 years before I get to it again. So I got it done, I’m finishing the illustrations now. So it should be out the beginning of next year sometime.” The book, The Adventures of Billy Wild, is a coming of age story about a child that wants to fit in. The child eventually finds himself mixed up with kind of the wrong crowd. “The point is real friends don’t try to change you,” Lane said. “Real friends love you for who you are. Today, too many kids today are trying to fit with all this junk on TV... The reality shows like Jersey Shore, everyone wants to be someone Mike Lane Continued on Page 16.
Calendar from page 14. Crenshaw Blvd. along Burma Road and through the Conservancy’s habitat restoration work at Peacock Flats, the return uphill on the Rattlesnake Trail through lovely Altamira Canyon. This is a strenuous walk. Park on the street at the end of Crenshaw Blvd near Del Cerro Park. Meet at trailhead end of Crenshaw, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Details: (310) 541-7613 ext. 201; www.pvplc.org
Steven Amado stands next to art renderings honoring the late Mexican actorGerman Valdez, “Tin Tan.”
“My Way,” a painting by Gabe Razo, featuring Frank Sinatra is part of the Gallery Azul exhibit being displayed through Sept. 7 at Warehouse 1333 in Long Beach.
Beyond James Dean
by Andrea Serna, Arts Columnist
Estela Gama poses adjacent to the artist rendering of Mexican actress María Félix, “La Doña.”
Banning Museum’s Fourth Annual Phineas Banning Birthday Concert Friends of Banning Museum welcomes the Fabulous Esquires Big Band, who will perform on the front porch of the historic Banning Museum. The Fabulous Esquires Big Band, which was started in 1958, is a well-known 17-piece swing band with two vocalists. Concert including dinner, dessert, dancing and dance lessons with a professional, wine, reserved seating and VIP gated parking is $75. Concert only including dance lessons and dessert, bring your own dinner, blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic inside the gates on the front lawn of the historic Banning Museum is $25. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Venue: The Banning Museum Location: 401 E. “M” St., Wilmington Robotics By the Sea Robots take over the lower Cabrillo Marine Aquarium courtyard at the 3rd annual Robotics Day. Watch demonstrations from local high school robotics clubs and learn about land and underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles). Drive an underwater ROV through an obstacle course and discover how scientists use ROVs to explore the ocean. Robotics By the Sea is a free. Calendar to page 16.
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“We were invited to have a show in this space and the show was really inspired by the space,” Cora said. “We decided to work with the iconic imagery from the 50s and 60s.” Cora believes the decades represented much more than the iconic images of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and wants to educate this generation of the larger pop cultural history of that time. To explore these themes, the Ray and Cora assembled 22 artists, exhibiting 44 works, in a juried art show that examines the sensibilities and values of the two revolutionary decades that shaped much of the American culture we know in the 21st century. Included in the show are representations of the 10 most
sexist ads of the 1950s, most likely never considered sexist during the decade, but somewhat alarming by today’s standards. The advertising arm of major 1950s and 60s network television, such as Chesterfield Cigarettes exemplified this period’s enthusiastic acceptance of Hollywood’s influence. Lucille “Lucy” Ball, one of TV’s first mega stars was a frequent model in their ads. In this show two iconic images of Lucy emerge. The first, by Hector Silva, has Lucy as a temptress, posing in an elegant black floor length gown for Macy’s Department Stores. The cigarette held chicly between her fingers. The second image, by Eric Guaderanna, gives us the safer icon, the familiar clown, homemaker Lucy with the blazing red hair and lips, sans cigarette. The Vasquez’s have drawn art submissions from throughout Southern California, to as far south as Ensenada, Mexico. As a result, exhibit includes a number of iconic pop culture figures from Mexico. Frida Kahlo and actors María Félix and Tin-Tan both figure prominently. Among the work that is on display is, “My Way,” a striking computer-generated piece by Wilmington artist and poet Gabe Razo. Gabe is a quadriplegic working on his iPad using only two fingers to create an image of Frank Sinatra gazing on a brilliant Manhattan sunset, seeming to realize he is the master of all he surveys. Sinatra as the icon of show business power and style displays the somewhat misguided fascination with what we now refer to as the “Mad Men” decade, which was about to be blown wide open with the coming of the anti-war movement, civil rights, the women’s movement and the summer of love.
NAVY DAYS - LA Navy Days - LA invites all Kids in Uniform and Boys and Girls in definable, organized groups, who are at least 5 years old, to tour a US Navy ship in San Pedro. Children must be accompanied by responsible adults. The USS Wayne E. Meyer DDG108, one of the Arleigh Burke Flight IIA guided missile destroyers, will arrive at the Port of Los Angeles Aug. 14. On Aug. 15 and 16 private tours of the ship will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Expo are tours assigned for each hour between 10 to 3 p.m. “For Kids only Tour Days of Navy Destroyer.” Space is limited space. Details: (310) 392-1275 Venue: Cruise Terminal building, Location: Harbor and 1st Street, San Pedro
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allery Azul duo, Ray and Cora RamirezVasquez, just love to push the envelope and poke convention in the eye with their themed shows. Known for putting on exhibitions that explore issues of identity and resistance against dominant regimes in various contexts, the husband and wife team are doing it again with their group show, 1950’s and 1960’s Icons, which scrutinize the objectification of women’s roles and identity, the influence of Madison Avenue and the explosion of color as evidenced in the Technicolor films produced by Hollywood during that period.
The exhibition space, Warehouse 1333 in Long Beach, is a sprawling mid-century vintage antique mall, where vendors sell highly collectible retro items. Most of the art exhibition is housed in the second story gallery space, but several pieces are displayed in Mary Ramirez’s space #121 in the warehouse. The furnishings and the art join together to create the feeling of a movie set or perhaps a living room which could have been in your family home. Since closing their own brick and mortar gallery a couple of years ago, Cora and Ray have been running Gallery Azul as a “mobile gypsy” gallery, exhibiting in alternative spaces like Warehouse 1333. But the husband and wife team are in the process of moving back to a home gallery in San Pedro. They have secured a new location at 520 8th St. in San Pedro and have a full schedule of intriguing shows scheduled, beginning in September. Shows scheduled include Brandon Harrison, who had a previous show Civil Disobedience at Gallery Azul. In November, they will host their annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition in the new space. 1950’s and 1960’s ICONS runs through show Sept. 7. A closing reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. The Warehouse is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Venue: Warehouse 1333, Location: 1347 Redondo Ave., Long Beach
EG Ryan Book Reading/Signing at The Corner Store Join Lis Ryan at a reading and book raffle of some of her books at the Corner Store Cafe from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy the best sandwiches, pastries, and coffee in San Pedro as you listen to a story and maybe win a great children’s book. Details: (310) 832-2424 Venue: The Corner Store Location: 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro
Calendar from page 15. event and open to everyone. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m Details: (310)548-7562, www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
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The Art That is Life The Banning Museum will open their much anticipated exhibit, The Art That is Life. The exhibit will feature a collection of American Art Pottery, showcasing exquisite pieces from Ohio manufacturers. These pieces were produced during the end of the Victorian era through the arts and crafts movement. Included in the exhibit are pieces from the Rookwood Pottery Company founded in 1880 and the Roseville Pottery Co., which entered the art pottery market in the early 1900s to compete with Rookwood. The Rookwood Pottery Co. was the first art pottery company in the United States. Transportation exhibition and visitor center are open Tuesday through Thursday for guided tours at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday tour hours are the same with an additional tour at 3:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open during tour hours and may be visited without taking the guided tour. The exhibit opens to the public Aug. 19 and runs through Feb. 4, 2013 in the new Harlyne and Kenneth T. Norris Visitor Center. Venue: Banning Museum Location: 401 E.“M” St, Wilmington
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Beyond Therapy Lauded as Durang’s funniest play, Beyond Therapy is an offbeat comedy about people trying to connect through personal ads (in spite of their therapists). Bruce and Prudence meet on a blind date from hell which turns into a crazy, wacky relationship. General admission is $25, seniors and students $23. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre. org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St. (at 8th St.), San Pedro
While strongly stating that the art world needs to expand beyond historical models , Scoates does not intend to ignore the historical context of traditional media. The UAM was the recipient of an endowment from the Hampton family that has allowed them to build several major exhibitions, “Perpetual Motion” being from page 11.
Romeo and Juliet-Grand Finale Romeo and Juliet is a timeless romantic drama set against a backdrop of feuding families, two star-crossed lovers pledge their devotion, daring to believe that love will conquer all. This is Shakespeare by the Sea’s 15th season. Starts at 8 p.m. Venue: Point Fermin Park Location: Gaffey, Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
No Exit In this masterpiece of existential drama, Jean Paul Sartre examines the afterlife when three recently deceased people are escorted to an empty hotel room. Facing their choices in life, they expect the hell they read about in Dante. As their lives unfold in a cascade of confessions, they learn what hell really is. No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, adapted by Paul Bowles. Runs through Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. General admission is $20. Details: (310) 512-6030, www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre 16 Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro
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an interesting trajectory of new experimental sound pieces.” Scoates has a book on Brian Eno coming up in the near future. “The idea of convergence of new media is what I am really interested in.” This year the International Associations of Art Critics recognized UAM for “Best Show in a University Gallery” for its 2010 exhibition “Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg.” The other winner in this category was Dartmouth University’s Hood Museum. Scoates notes that as he traveled to accept the award, he found himself surrounded by people from the New York Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim. Undeniably a heady crowd for the director of a university museum.
gift of song she started to sing at family events and at funerals. Samoans have a lot of funerals and singing at them is a deep sign of respect, she said. The statement exemplifies her intimate connection to the Samoan community and the sobering fact that it is a community afflicted with high rates of gang violence, poverty and disease. The sharing of her gift with her community is an expression of Tenelle’s love for them All of this led her to start taking lessons at 12 years of age with vocal coach Tim Carter. He is also the musical arranger behind Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith’s daughter Willow Smith’s single “Whip my Hair Back and Forth.” They have worked together for 12 years now on and off. After she graduated from Gardena High School in 2006, she joined the Carson-based band, Chord Brown, which was comprised of three of her uncles. They played regularly at the Blue Café in Long Beach, the House of Blues in
a prime example. “We were gifted 85 second generation abstract expressionist works. Five Lee Krasners, Adolph Gottleieb, Michael Goldberg, Melan Resnick, a really fabulous collection. It’s an educational opportunity and creates a foundation to build upon. (This means) other collectors are also willing to work with the museum because of the collection. In the Fall our show From the Vault will primarily come from that collection. It allows us to balance the other crazy things we are doing, like the technology projects, the Lou Reed and Brian Eno, it allows us to provide an interesting balance. You start to read the painting shows there is a slightly different interpretation. It allows people to think differently about what they are hearing in some of the sound works and what they are seeing in some of the paintings. They are actually not that far from each other.” The University Art Museum has struggled with a familiar challenge. Internationally known but locally obscure. Somewhat ironically, many of the CSULB students graduate without ever visiting the award winning museum. In addition the location, in the heart of one of California’s busiest campuses, has sometimes proven to be a hurdle for the local Long Beach residents, a city that has tried to create an identity as an arts community with mixed results. The director strongly believes that the museum world is changing radically. “New technologies have allowed us to blur boundaries. New ideas of experience and interaction, which I don’t think we can continue to ignore.” The University Art Museum and its director has followed through on that vision. University Art Museum CSULB College of the Arts 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach Los Angeles and at various venues in San Diego and Las Vegas while on tour. Chord Brown broke up around 2008, during this time always remembering her roots, she continued singing close to home in church. Since then, Tenelle had been writing, recording and performing on her own. She regularly performs at the Mai Tai bar in downtown Long Beach. Interestingly, Tenelle’s start did not happen in the church. Rather, she began singing on her own. Following her heart has delivered her to this point of potentially realizing her dreams of making it as a pop star. Tenelle looks to Lauryn Hill, Adele, and Melanie Fiona as her vocal inspirations. “Lauren Hill actually inspired me to sing,” Tenelle said. “Her pain and edginess are moving and her lyrics have depth. You can feel it; the grittiness... Adele has been through a lot of pain and sings about it all, but it’s always uplifting. I want to always uplift people with my music as well.” Tenelle currently travels back and forth to Hawaii singing background for two other bands, Zhen and Common Kings, who are one of the No. 1 bands in Hawaii. The bands also feature her songs in their performances. To her, she says it’s all a privilege for her to be able to network with other artist’s and get acquainted and comfortable with the crowds. As far as future projects are concerned, right now she wants to keep shooting videos and hopes to get picked up by a label soon. She says she keeps praying for the best. Going mainstream with this upcoming album is her main goal as well as making connections and continuing writing. Her mantra is to keep recording and putting away, all the while remaining optimistic.
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they are not.” Lane said his story is aimed at younger children around 8 years old, and he’s already set up book readings at a local elementary schools. “I want to test the material because the kids today are a lot different than the children 20 years ago, when I was their age.” On the acting front, Lane’s career is taking off with a lot of changes happening. He recently hired a new manager and an agent, and he’s been going on a lot of auditions. He couldn’t tell us much about the shows for which he was auditioning except that they were all major productions. Some of Lane’s acting credits include General Hospital, 24, CSI Miami, Will and Grace. “I have already done a lot of TV work in the past,” he said. “This is going to rekindle all of that. I really don’t want to say that I took time off. But I did take the time away from television to build my denim line.” The denim line to which Lane is referring is the Mike Lanes Jeans line that Random Lengths featured a few years ago. “Back in ’08, I really wanted to start my own business,” Lane said. “I was never the person that wanted to work for somebody else.” For Lane, fashion, music and acting were interests the converged at the right time for him. “I have always loved jeans and have always worn them,” Lane noted. But he noticed that women bought jeans more often than men and got the bright idea of designing a pair jeans for every day of the week with their own monikers attached, like “Chic Girl” or “Rocker Girl,” the girl who rocks with no regrets. He wanted to make jeans that kept women of various sizes in mind. “I designed those jeans to handle and enhance their natural beauty,” he said. Lane revealed that a reality television show hired him recently to design a pair of tummy tuck jeans. When Lane got a role as a bartender on, How I Met Your Mother, a select few of the cast wore his brand of jeans, including actress and country music superstar Carrie Underwood. His denim line has gone from being sold at one local store, Jo Anne’s Closet to about 20 stores around the country including his ancestral home of New Orleans. His line is also available for sale online. Lane said he’s going back into the studio with his bands Detriment and DedFuel. And his newest band, Fall of Man, will be playing at the House of Blues on Aug. 14, while DedFuel plays at the Viper room and Detriment opens for Morbid Angel in Anaheim towards the end of August. Lane, as a parting note for folks with dreams of their own. “Don’t listen to … the people that [say] it can’t be done,” he said. “Those are the ones who have not tried. Those who have succeeded are the ones who say ‘go for it.’ “The only thing I can say is to have faith, it is the belief in what I’m doing and knowing it’s the right thing to do.” Details: www.facebook.com/mikelanesjeans, www.facebook.com/detriment
some getting used to, but Morrow argues that his role keeps the innocent free and cops on their toes. Morrow knows how to read between the lines of a sheriff’s report and can see where a deputy might or might not have bent or broken the law. The defense and prosecution are flip sides of the same coin and both require dedication to justice. “We’re both trying to prove our side of the case. And if each side works effectively, good law comes out of it.”
Private Detective Nick Morrow By Danny Simon, Contributing Writer
squashed any dreams of medicine. Ascribing to a “boy scout mentality” in his desire to make a positive impact, Morrow switched his focus to law enforcement by applying for the Sheriff’s Academy after he completed an associates degree. Morrow’s fitness and enthusiasm were advantageous at the Academy. He even completed an “Iron Man” competition prior to joining the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. He served his probationary year at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center. Afterward, he was posted to the Lakewood Station for a year where he served under the supervision of a “dyed in the wool dope hound,” that worked Morrow hard, but also rewarded his dedication. While most training deputies saw little action, Morrow directly participated in investigations and drug raids. Curious but not a fanatic like his supervisor, Morrow developed an interest in understanding and policing drug culture. A self-described “drug nerd,” Morrow claims he has never been a drug user. His professional goal was three stripes and his own narcotics squad. He took classes through the Drug Recognition Expert Program and learned the overt and covert effects of the use of different drugs. On a trip home to Avalon, he was unexpectedly offered a position on the island as a deputy. Morrow feared being alienated from his own community, but drug use on the island was on the rise and the community needed law enforcement that understood how to handle it. His fears were often realized, though sometimes in comic fashion. Morrow remembers many instances when the hotline would flash and an “anonymous” voice would “drop a dime” on someone in the community. As a local, he knew the voice of most everyone on the island. Morrow believes that most of the calls his office received were made in earnest, but he grew suspicious that his office was being used to settle old scores. Morrow eventually developed reliable sources of information, allowing him and his partner to successfully curb the importation of drugs to the island. He grew ac-
Private Detective Nick Morrow. Photo: Danny Simon.
customed to his unpopular role, if not always to the alienation that came with it. “Philosophy aside, someone has to tell the asshole to leave town,” says Morrow of the numerous occasions he had to put a tourist on a boat back to the mainland. Morrow admits to operating with a bit of a hero complex, but he asserts that small town life requires a deputy to stand firm and keep order. Ironically, Morrow’s career in professional law enforcement effectively ended in an antiheroic fashion. In the process of placing a drunk under arrest, Morrow was dragged to the ground. He severely injured two discs in his lower back. Transferred back to the mainland after his recuperation, Morrow tried to resume his duties, but the pain in his back made it impossible and he took early medical retirement in 1996. “What you do is who you are,” says Morrow of his pre-injury mindset. Before he was injured, Morrow walked around “like I was 10 feet tall and bulletproof,” but after his accident, he didn’t know what to do or who to be anymore. Lost in a malaise of pain and depression, he cast about for a new sense of purpose. He studied law, but injury, logistics and children got in the way, and so, like many retired cops before him, Morrow became a private detective. In addition to gumshoe antics, both fabulous and mundane—“I’ve got stories that last forever,” says Morrow—he became involved with criminal defense due to his respected knowledge of drug criminality. “I’ve never gotten a guilty man freed,” says Morrow. Switching sides of the legal divide took
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one accused of providing financial support to terrorism can be arrested on U.S. soil and detained indefinitely without access to a lawyer or trial, in direct violation of our Constitutional rights. This language is so overly broad that it could include: A Rotary club that organizes a food drive in support of Indonesian earthquake victims A banker who approves a loan for a local small business A computer programmer who helps write code for someone they met online A journalist who spends time in a remote Afghani village to write a news story A church group that uses a microfinance website to help a Ugandan farmer It could happen to you. It could happen to anyone. To fix this problem in the NDDA, I’ve authored the Civil Liberties Act of 2012, H.R. 5936, which restores our due process rights. The bill has already received bipartisan support with Republican Congressman Justin Amash co-sponsoring the legislation and more than two dozen retired admirals and generals who believe we need to change this dangerous law. We will continue to expand our coalition and work to build support for this cause. These aspects of my job are why I am running for reelection; so I can continue collaborating with communities throughout the district and Representatives regardless of political affiliation to craft and pass quality legislation. Thank you for all the ways you help me achieve these goals, Congressman John Garamendi California 3rd Congressional District
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“Right now, the [pot] dispensaries are terrified because they don’t know the rules and they don’t know where they stand with the law,” says retired Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Nick Morrow. Californians voted in favor of Proposition 215 in 1996, but the imprecise nature of the Compassionate Use Act, Morrow argues, has created a climate of legal ignorance exacerbated by federal over-reaching. A proponent of responsible drug policy, Morrow counsels several pot dispensaries across the county on how to operate in accordance with existing law and how to calmly communicate with police officers when and if they come knocking hard. “Having been the guy on the other side of the door with the gun and badge, I can see both sides of what’s involved,” Morrow says. “I don’t want anybody getting hurt. I don’t want anyone getting shot.” Born in Montebello and raised in Huntington Beach until he was nine years old, Morrow moved to Avalon when his parents purchased a small clothing store. The island offered a rare small town upbringing where Morrow and his friends roamed free yet supervised from a distance by a close knit community. Morrow camped, fished, surfed, and scuba dived and in the process, Morrow asserts, he developed a sense of self-sufficiency and civic responsibility. Of course, not everything was idyllic. The Avalon of Morrow’s youth was a party town where tourists routinely got trashed for days. Some local kids followed suit but partied throughout the week because they only saw the tourists Friday through Sunday behavior, Morrow argues. No saint, Morrow indulged a bit too, but never got out of control as he was more interested in scuba and freediving. As he aged, he became bored with “Bakersfield by the beach.” And so at 17, Morrow successfully completed a GED and moved to Huntington Beach where he enrolled at Golden West College with the intention of becoming a doctor. He worked as an EMT while studying. Though he was good at science, his poor math grades
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012116119 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) The Shop, 365 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): John Machado, 365 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) John Machado, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 13, 2012. Notice-In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, 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
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New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 06/28/12, 07/12/12,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012116224 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Insurance Center Associates, (2) Harbor Insurance Agency, (3) C&S Insurance Services, 1622 S. Gaffey, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Insurance Center Associates Inc., 1622 S. Gaffey, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above 12/31/1988. 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.) Insurance Center Associates Inc, Michaeil J. Randles, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 13, 2012. Notice-In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, 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 Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 06/28/12, 07/12/12, 07/26/12, 08/09/12
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012125619 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Artisan Eyes by Ixta, 1826 S. Elena Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277. County of L.A. Registered owner(s):Ixta X Flores, 1286 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS above 6/19/2012. 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.) Ixta X Flores, owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 22, 2012. Notice-In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, 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 Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this
statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 06/28/12, 07/12/12, 07/26/12, 08/09/12
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012122010 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) San Pedro Yachts, (2) Pacific Sailing and Motor Yacht Sales, 210 Whalers Walk Ste# 123, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): The Shoreline Yacht Group Inc, 210 Whalers Walk Ste# 123, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants com-
menced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) The Shoreline Yacht Group Inc., Louis N. Friedman, President. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 19, 2012. Notice-In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920,
a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, 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 ad-
LEGAL NOTICES Manager, Los Angeles Harbor Department, 425 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, or by calling (310) 732-3949. Written comments should be sent to the address above or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31, 2012. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the e-mail’s subject line and a valid mailing address within the email. NOTICE OF PREPARATION AND INITIAL STUDY (NOP/ IS) FOR THE PORT OF LOS ANGELES MASTER PLAN UPDATE (PMPU or project) The Port of Los Angeles (Port) has prepared a Notice of Preparation and Initial Study (NOP/ IS) for the Port of Los Angeles Master Plan Update (PMPU or project). The PMPU serves as a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the coastal zone boundary of the Port. In general, the PMPU area is bounded by the community of Wilmington to the north, lands
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The NOP/IS is to inform agencies and the public that the Port will be preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the project and is seeking comments from agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and alternatives to be addressed in the PEIR. The 30-day review period will start on July 26, 2012 and end on August 24, 2012. A copy of the document is available for public review on the Port of Los Angeles’ website at: http:// www.portoflosangeles.org; Los Angeles Harbor Department Environmental Management Division at 222 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; Los Angeles City Library, San Pedro Branch at 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; and Los Angeles City Library, Wilmington Branch at 1300 North Avalon, Wilmington, CA 90744. Comments on the NOP/IS should be submitted in writing prior to the end of the 30-day public review period and must be postmarked by August 24, 2012. Please submit written comments to: Christopher Cannon, Director, City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, Environmental Management Division, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Written comments may also be sent via email to email@example.com. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the subject line and a valid mailing address in the email. A public scoping meeting to receive public and agency comments will be held on August 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Banning’s Landing Community Center at 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington, CA 90744. Questions regarding this notice or the project should be directed to Lisa Ochsner, CEQA Supervisor at (310) 732-3412.
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012123124 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) RGI Insurance Services (2) Rosalie Gonzalez Insurance Services, 317 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Rosalie Gonzalez, 1415 W. Santa Cruz Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.) Rosalie Gonzalez, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 20, 2012. Notice-In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, 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 Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 06/28/12, 07/12/12, 07/26/12, 08/09/12
Fictitious business Name Statement File No. 2012134893 The following person is doing business as: Encino Law Center Suite 201, 151915 Ventura Blvd., #303, Encino, CA, 91436, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Patti Kraakevik, 15915 Ventura Blvd. #303, Encino, CA 91436. J. Patrick Francis, 15915 Ventura Blvd., #303. Encino CA 91436. This Business is conducted by a general partnership. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 1979. 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.) Patti Kraakevik, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 5, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of
section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 07/12/12, 07/26/12, 08/09/12, 08/23/12
Fictitious business Name Statement File No. 2012144655 The following person is doing business as: Curiosities,1909
S Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: MaryAnne Califano, 1134 W. 21st., San Pedro,CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: NA. 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.) MaryAnne Califano, Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 18, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of
itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights
of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code).
Statement of Abandonment of Use of Fictitious Business Name Current File No. 20100561077 Date filed: 4/26/10 Craft-Tique & Ect., 1909 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. Registered Owners(s): Joanne Marie Califano, 314 S. John Way, San Pedro, CA 90732. Business was conducted by an individual. I declare that all information in this statement is rue and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)S/ Joanne M. Califano, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on July 17, 2012. Original filing: 07/26/12, 08/09/12,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 201213388 The following person is doing business as: Trinkets n Treasures, 1909 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: MaryAnn Califano, 1134 W. 21st, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) MaryAnn Califano, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles
on July 3, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/09/12,
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012138545 The following person is doing business as: International Motors, International Motors U.C.S. 1600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Antonio Marchione, 4609 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 1996. 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.) Antonio Machione, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 10, 2012. Notice--In Accor-
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August 10 - 23, 2012
Palos Verdes Estates—On Aug. 6, Malaga Bank, FSB, announced that it was expanding its banking operations with the opening of a new Torrance-Skypark branch. “We’re very excited to announce this addition to our branch locations and are pleased that the continued financial strength of Malaga Bank has allowed us to expand our retail banking network,” stated Randy C. Bowers, president and CEO. MSN.money recently rated Malaga Bank as one of the 16 safest banks in California—and one of the 349 safest banks in the United States. In addition, for more than 10 years Malaga Bank has been recommended by Bauer Financial Inc., a leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. The bank has earned Bauer’s highest 5-Star rating for 18 consecutive quarters, an indication of Malaga’s exceptional financial strength. The Torrance-Skypark Branch is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Malaga’s Torrance-Skypark Branch includes a full service ATM and is at 23670 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 101a, in Torrance. Details: (310) 5445180.
surrounding the Consolidated Slip to the northeast, lands surrounding the Cerritos Channel and City of Los Angeles boundary to the east, Los Angeles Harbor to the south, and the community of San Pedro to the west.
ing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business name in violation of the right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 06/28/12, 07/12/12,
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Wilmington Youth Sailing and Aquatic Center Project Notice is hereby given under the auspices of the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.), that the Los Angeles Harbor Department has prepared a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Wilmington Youth Sailing and Aquatic Center Project located in Wilmington, CA. Copies of the Draft MND will be available for review starting August 1, 2012 at: Los Angeles Public Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 North Avalon Boulevard, Wilmington, California; Los Angeles Public Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, California; and the Los Angeles Harbor Department, Environmental Management Division, 425 South Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, California. Electronic copies of the Draft EIR can be obtained at http://www.portoflosangeles. org, or by sending a request to Jan Green Rebstock, Project
dress of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name statement must be filed before the expiration. The fil-
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Panama Joe’s Woes said Robert Strotkey, a board member of the Belmont Shore Residents Association. “They can’t control when those customers come back… and throw up on our property and urinate on our property.” Co-owner Greg Newman, however, pointed out the complexities in running a business that serves alcohol in a responsible fashion that minimizes risk of customers driving under the influence. “It’s very difficult,” Newman said. “When a person
is between 0.08 and 0.13 [blood alcohol content] to peg them as obviously intoxicated on the premise because there’s no indication like slurring words or red eyes.” He also stressed voluntary actions taken by the business to reduce customers driving under the influence including a car pick-up program and a designated driver service. Councilman Gary DeLong stressed before the council voted that if Panama Joe’s wasn’t
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS from p. 19 dance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/09/12, 08/23/12, 09/06/12,
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012153082 The following person is doing business as: Peninsula Mortuary Transport, 1840 Gaffey St. #226, San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Joseph Voss, 1840 Gaffey #381 St. San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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.) Joseph Voss, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 10, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence
address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/09/12, 08/23/12, 09/06/12, 09/20/12
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012153081 The following person is doing business as: Elite BodyShock Performance, Champion Bodyshock Performance, 2424 S. Carolina St., San Pedro, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Mario Shaw, 2424 S. Carolina St., San Pedro, CA 90731,. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 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.) Mario Shaw, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on July 31, 2012. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 08/09/12, 08/23/12, 09/06/12,
granted the permit, many of the 26 conditions of operation would be nullified and residents would lose any concessions made by the restaurant’s management. “Denying the entertainment permit, does that make things better?” DeLong asked. “I don’t know that it does…We have to take the good with the bad, the pros with the cons, but I can tell you, I’m very worried about losing those conditions.”
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710: Next Time Around
million annual 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2008 to approximately 43 million annual TEUs in 2035.” The projected tripling of container traffic contrasts with regional population and employment growth of just 35 percent— and less within the project study area. The imbalance in stated goals has serious consequences, which were pointed out by An-
drea Hricko, a professor of clinical preventive medicine at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, following the first public comment meeting in Paramount this past week. “It became clear that widening the Long Beach Freeway by adding two general purpose lanes on each side would create greater air pollution impacts by 2035 than if Caltrans did not
expand the freeway,” Hricko told Random Lengths. “If the #1 purpose of the I-710 is to ‘improve air quality and public health,’ as Caltrans states, then it appears that the only potentially acceptable alternative would be to build an elevated truck corridor, and to also REQUIRE that the trucks using it be zero emissions.” The community alternative does this, but none of the alternatives in the draft EIR do. There’s no doubt that Caltrans is considering some innovative ideas, as two of its alternatives involve a dedicated four-lane structure for zeroemission vehicles. The question is whether it’s sufficiently forwarding thinking in the totality of its planning—and that’s where critics find it wanting. But if it’s done properly, critics argue, it could well be a national model, as America finally follows Europe’s lead in entering the age of electrified freight movement. “There’s a need for growth,” said Luis Cabrales of the Coalition for Clean Air. “But we want to make sure that the growth that takes place is sustainable growth.” Cabrales ridiculed the characterization of environmentalists as “naysayers” and pointed to the planned electrification of the Terminal Island Freeway as pointing the way that the 710 project should follow. Europe already has had some such systems for about a decade. “We want zero emissions lanes,” Tovar chimed in. “All health studies from USC show proximity to freeways impacts community health.” That’s why she’s opposed to adding another general purpose lane to the freeway, which would “take out homes and add more cars.” Instead, what’s needed is “a lot more public transportation investment.” Zero-emission technologies are a priority for AQMD as well, according to spokesperson Tina Cherry. “We strongly support zero-emission technologies, especially transport technologies and would like to see these technologies used,” Cherry said. “The technologies are also important to our meeting federal air quality goals.” According to the draft EIR, three early alternatives (numbered 2 to 4) were rejected, but elements of them were included in later designs. The draft EIR evaluates five alternatives. Alternative 1 is the standard no project alternative included in all EIRs. Alternative 5A involves widening the freeway continued on following page
and modernizing the interchanges and other design features. Alternative 6A adds the freight corridor, 6B specifies a zero-emission freight corridor and 6C provides that the corridor be tolled. When Random Lengths asked why Caltrans is even still considering non-zero-emission alternatives, Wonder told us that “eliminating non-zero emission alternatives would not allow for a comprehensive comparison of the effectiveness of each alternative” which is required under state and federal environmental law. As for why general purpose lanes are added in all the alternatives, Wonder responded that “even with the truck lanes included, the main line continues to have traffic volumes that exceed its capacity.” However, critics argue that adding lanes only adds traffic, and what’s needed is a mixture of more transit alternatives. As if all the above were not enough, a recent New York Times article, “Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling,” reports on the growing concern that rapidly increasing extreme weather, due to global warming, is making existing construction design parameters obsolete: “In general, nobody in charge of anything made of steel and concrete can plan based on past trends,” said Vicki Arroyo, who heads the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, a clearinghouse on climate-change adaptation strategies. Highways, Mr. Scullion noted, are designed for the local climate, taking into account things like temperature and rainfall. “When you get outside of those things, man, all bets are off.” As weather patterns shift, he said, “we could have some very dramatic failures of highway systems.” When Random Lengths raised this concern with Caltrans, Wonder simply responded, “The project will be designed in accordance with established Caltrans design standards.” But it’s the very reliability of those standards that’s at issue in an increasingly hot and unpredictable future. The 710 freeway has already been surprised by the future once. With a price tag north of $5 billion on the table, it doesn’t seem wise to simply hope that history will not repeat itself once again.
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support for female or minority political figures who are particularly unsuited or unqualified for the positions for which they are proposed. (“See, we’re not racist/sexist, we support X.”
Reaction formation is particularly easy to detect in such cases when X is a joke.) Examples include Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, presidential candidates Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, and Michele Bachmann, and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Of course, Democrats aren’t blameless, ei-
ther—particularly when they try to be more like Republicans. But just try our drinking game on both national conventions, and see for yourself which party is better at driving you to drink. Read the extended version of this story online for drink recommendations at www.randomlengthsnews. com/blogs/notebook.
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RSP Kids had Summer Camp Marine Exchange Goes Green to Remember On Aug. 5, 75 children of Rancho San Pedro public housing completed soccer camp with Chivas USA. With the help of a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald Charities and Chivas USA, the children, between the ages of 8 and 16, were able to learn the fundamentals of the game from professionals. R a n c h o ’ s Resident Advisory Council president, Veronica Mendoza, praised the Housing Authority of Los Angeles for their work in applying and securing the grant and Chivas USA for stepping up. Photo Courtesy of Veronica Mendoza, Rancho San Pedro Resident Advisory Council President.
On Aug. 7, the Port of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined with representatives of the maritime industry and environmental organizations at the Marine Exchange in San Pedro at dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Renewable Energy Project. Marine Exchange, located atop Angels Gate Park was outfitted with a solar and wind power system that generates all the electricity it needs to support its high-tech operations for tracking all vessels entering and leaving Southern California waters. The $450,000 project was realized with support from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Betty Guevarra.
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reducing two key pollutants – diesel particulate matter (DPM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)—and the Port is on track to meet more stringent 2023 emission reduction goals.” This represents a dramatic improvement over the Port’s previous record, when it treated environmentalists, community activists and public health advocates as the enemy. But it’s only a beginning. “The ports have made great strides in reducing port-related emissions but there is more to do,” said AQMD spokeswoman Tina Cherry, who referred to additional measures discussed in the AQMD’s recently-released draft Air Quality Management Plan. Among other things, Cherry said these include “expedited development and deployment of zero emission trucks for near-port service, e.g. between ports and ICTF” and “develop and deploy zero and near-zero emission trucks for service to region” (see related story on 710 freeway expansion, p. 2.)
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Suspect Wanted for Girlfriend’s Murder
LONG BEACH—At about 10:35 p.m. Aug. 4, Long Beach Police responded to a mobile home park in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue, in regards to a shooting. Officers discovered the body of 22-year-old Eleonora Rivera Hidalgo inside a vehicle parked at a residence within the park. Hidalgo, who had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper torso, was being treated by witnesses. S h e was transported to a local hospital by paramedics and pronounced deceased shortly after arriving. The suspect is 24-year-old Marcos Gustavo Zermeno, a male, 5’6” tall and 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Zermeno is a gang member and has a tattoo on his lower right neck that reads “Eleonora,” a collage of skulls on his right shoulder, and “Compton” on his right forearm. Detectives believe there is a possibility he may try to flee to Mexico. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and at no time should anyone attempt to approach or detain him. The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the shooting, the victim and the suspect were arguing inside the vehicle that was parked outside their home. When a gunshot was heard, witnesses went outside to check on the couple and found the injured woman in the vehicle. As the suspect fled, he attempted to steal an unoccupied vehicle and was last seen jumping over a fence in the complex before disappearing from the area and remains outstanding. Hidalgo and the suspect lived together and shared three children, ages 7, 6 and 2, who now are in the care of the family. Anyone who may have information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call (562) 435-6711. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.
August 10 - 23, 2012
San Pedro Slaying Suspect Gets Sentenced
Michael Lee Bonfiglio was sentenced, Aug. 7, on first degree murder for slaying a 27-year-old Ginie Samayoa in 2009. Samayoa’s body was found on Jan. 30, 2009 in her red Toyota Tercel in an alley behind a diner in San Pedro with a single gunshot wound to her head. Officials say Bonfiglio, who was supposedly a friend of the victim, was trying to steal Samayoa’s laptop. Bonfiglio, of Whittier, faces a life term in prison without the possibility of parole. The 35year-old man was found guilty in March for killing Samayoa during a robbery. Daniel Keith Martinez and Raul Tiscareno also are also charged in relation to her death. They are scheduled for trial on Aug. 13. The prosecution alleges that Martinez personally shot Samayoa.
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August 10 - 23, 2012
August 10 - 23, 2012
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