Eric Hernandez performs a traditional Native American hoop dance at Cirque du Soleil’s advance press event for Totem. Photo by Michael Justice.
By Melina Paris, Music Columnist
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irque du Soleil raised the big top on San Pedro’s waterfront on Oct. 2 in preparation for their Oct. 11 through Nov. 10 run of Totem. Produced by cofounder and current CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, Totem is a story about human evolution. Cirque du Soleil publicist Francis Jalbert explained at a recent media presentation that each act of the show depicts a stage in human evolution, from amphibian to the ape, to modern man. Moreover, it also explores humanity’s quest to push beyond their limits such as space travel, a direct send up to Laliberté’s passion for environmental causes and space tourism. Cirque du Soleil/to p. 15
Great Grandson of Sitting Bull to Speak at Film Festival p. 11
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Harbor Area Broadway Visioning Study Meeting
The city of Long Beach is hosting a Broadway Visioning Study Meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 5. The vision plan will Inform city staff of the community’s priorities for projects and funding. Enable the community to focus on long-term goals. Provide the basis for grant applications to MTA and other fund sources. Details: www.longbeach.gov Venue: Bixby Park Community Center Location: 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
The Harbor Interfaith Services is hosting an open house at 2 p.m., Oct. 6. All volunteers, donors, community partners and guests are invited to celebrate Harbor Interfaith’s accomplishments. Details: (310) 831-0603; www.harborinterfaith. org Venue: Harbor Interfaith Services Inc. Location: 670 W. 9th St., San Pedro
LBTE Español at MoLAA
The Long Beach Time Exchange Conversational Spanish Group will host the Español at MoLAA, 1 p.m. Oct. 6. Group members will have a chance to mingle and enjoy a rich cultural experience. This event is free of admission. Details: (562) 437-1689; www.molaa.com Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
Community Rummage Sale for Equality
The Long Beach Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign is hosting a community rummage sale for equality, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12, in Long Beach. The sale is a fundraiser for the work of the HRC in its fight for equal rights for the LGBT community. Clothes, books, toys and household, as well as baked goods, will be available for sale. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: 241 Cedar Ave., Long Beach
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Get updates on the Ponte Vista Project, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12, during developer’s open house at the project site. Developer representatives will bring you up to speed Los Angeles City Council and Planning Department discussions and upcoming hearings. RSVP. Community Announcements/ to p. 4
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Port Waterfront Meeting Reports Major Progress Vital Transportation Infrastructure Planning Lags By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
The Port of Los Angeles hosted a very upbeat “Annual Waterfront Update Meeting,” on Sept. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, drawing a crowd of more than 200 people to hear about accomplishments, projects in progress, future projects and events. The meeting was delivered in rapid-fire, rahrah style by POLA Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, with only a few brief comments from other port staff. It’s actually been 18 months since a meeting of that kind took place. On the plus side, this meant a lot more good news to share, some of which is no longer so new. On the minus side, less visibly, it’s symptomatic of a broader long-term decay in public accountability and responsiveness. First up on the agenda—though not acknowledged as such—was a whopper of an exception that proves the rule: the USS Iowa, which came out of nowhere as a communitysupported idea, disrupting port plans for that part of the waterfront. However, all that was forgotten as Knatz began the program. “Looking back at some of our successes in the last year, 2012,” she said. Starting with “the big one, the USS Iowa,” which, she noted, was projected to get 215,000 visitors the first year, but racked up 330,000 in paid tickets (more than 50 percent more), plus thousands more attending special events onboard. “Nineteen percent came from out of state, and five percent came from other countries,” Knatz noted, significantly. Next up was CRAFTED, also launched in summer 2012 and well into its second year now,
Rendering of proposed AltaSea Marine Science Center at the City Dock 1 site. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.
with “101,327 visitors,” Knatz reported, with exactitude, and will have 106 vendors on Oct. 1. This is less than originally projected, she failed to note. But the CRAFTED team plans to adapt by opening Warehouse No. 9 using a different strategy. “They’re looking for a strong anchor,” Knatz said. “They’re working with Brewery West, this is a regional brewery that bottles craft beer.” They’re planning a restaurant, plus various activities, including brewery tours, that will help pull cruise passenger tourism. They’re hoping to draw “another 50,000 to 180,000 visitors,” Knatz said. The ‘future projects’ section had two big items as well—Ports O’Call redevelopment and the AltaSea Marine Science Center (formerly City Dock 1). Budgeted at half a billion dollars, AltaSea will be a multi-phase project, with $46 million committed for interpretive center in the first phase. AltaSea is obligated to accomplish the first phase within 5 years and includes a range of public-serving commitments, such as biweekly K-12 tours (including the cost of bus transportation), bi-monthly public workshops, 12 public lectures per year and an annual open house.
As for upcoming events, the biggest new thing is undoubtedly Cirque Du Soleil’s 30 outer Harbor performances from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, which are sure to draw the attention of other event promoters in the future. (See “Cirque Du Soleil Comes to San Pedro” p. 1). There were a good number of less spectacular projects and events throughout the presentation, but that didn’t mean everything was covered, noted Sue Castillo, chairwoman of Land Use and Planning for Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “Eastview on Knoll Hill wasn’t mentioned but many folks still care about that issue, and it may well heat up in the coming months,” Castillo concluded. “Also, the Boy Scout Camp lease runs out soon (exactly when I can’t remember), and that will definitely be hot. So, maybe the most remarkable waterfront issues were those not discussed.” That pattern may go even deeper than Castillo indicates, as some issues that were discussed, rather briefly, touch on deeper issues still. This was perhaps most apparent when Random Lengths Publisher James Allen, first noted the “good projects in the works,” Waterfront Progress/ to p. 4
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CSPNC Agenda Setting Meeting
Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is hosting an agenda-setting meeting at 7 p.m., Oct. 14. Help CSPNC set the board and stakeholders agenda. Details: www.cspnc.org Venue: Marine Exchange Conference Room Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
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Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council is hosting a communications committee meeting at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15. Details: www.cspnc.org Venue: Marine Exchange Conference Room Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
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Waterfront Progress but then asked about dealing with cumulative effects, particularly transportation issues that the public has raised repeatedly for more than a decade now—transportation infrastructure, public transportation, traffic mitigation, and “connect[ing] the community directly by extending the street grid into the waterfront.” Knatz responded in a way that implicitly exposed the deeper issues and problems. “You’re right,” she said. “I didn’t dwell on those things.” But then she pointed to a bike pedestrian plan, a parking study due to be finished later this year, and to the Ports O’ Call redevelopment. But it’s the after-the-fact, fragmentary nature of this response when hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent or committed, that worries many. Bicycle activist Allyson Vought joined in. “What James Allen addressed is very important to us as bicyclists … the infrastructure and the interconnectivity,” Vought said. “Another thing I’m passionate about is getting us a ferry service that ties Long Beach and the light rail system. That’s going to mitigate a lot of the traffic that we have.” Knatz responded that “there’s a concept for water taxis,” but that’s just it. It’s remained just a concept since at least 2004.
Harbor Commissioner Cindy Miscikowski cuts the ribbon at CRAFTED’s grand opening in June, 2012. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.
“The port meeting did nothing to address the need for an expanded infrastructure and I brought this up during the Q-and-A,” said Vought, afterward. “Of course, we need a more formal response as this is something we all need to be concerned with especially with all of the plans for port expansion and the lack of roads and alternate means of transportation that we are stuck with.” Sierra Club activist Tom Politeo added another item to the list of under-attended alternatives—
the multi-track California Coastal Trail. “The original waterfront plans in San Pedro— much of which is pretty much unchanged, were a disservice to the trail,” Politeo said. He also talked about a broader vision of sustainability. “No development in Los Angeles is sustainable unless it is targeting moving people by transit rather than car, not environmentally, not economically.” But this is especially true of the waterfront, he argued. “We need to make waterfront area resort like: almost no cars there,” he said. “Use all that valuable waterfront land for biz, parks, recreation, water-related uses—no big parking lots, no big roads, no strip mall by the sea.” After the meeting, Diana Nave, president of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, also cited transportation infrastructure as one of “two big issues” that came up: “With all of the development/attractions being planned, how will we get people there? The red car is totally inadequate to handle crowds of any size. What about water taxis?” The other issue she cited was “What is going to happen with Ferry Building in the Ports O’Call revamp?” She noted that “a number of people seem to have turned out specifically to oppose any change.” One of them, Eli Weicker, helped circulate a petition, which gathered more 1,600 signatures in less than a week, which said, in part, “This is not a fight over money or politics. This is a moral issue. On 6th Street and Harbor Boulevard, there’s a memorial honoring over 6,000 merchant mariners who gave their lives at sea during World War II. The Maritime Museum tells their story. The museum must stay next to the memorial that honors our war dead lost at sea.” But not everyone thinks that the forms of remembrance can’t change without dishonoring the memory—especially if it would mean reaching many more people with the story of their sacrifice. “Personally I think that a new purpose built facility for the Maritime Museum would be a positive,” Nave said. Her husband, Pat, went further, citing an example of what he has in mind. “Go see the Astoria Maritime Museum, full of interactive stuff and a line out the door to pay $12 each to go in,” he said. “A new, far better ‘museum’ [interactive center, really] would be a terrific centerpiece in Ports O’Call and a great draw for Los Angeles…. It should include children’s activities, a cargo section, railroad section, fishing section, labor history section, shipbuilding section, pilotage section. Heck, build part of it over the railroad tracks and have a trolley stop right inside the center!” Perhaps if “change” were not synonymous with abandonment and loss for most of San Pedro’s working class community—the kind of “change” that’s taken away the canning industry, the shipyards, and thousands of longshore jobs that have been automated away since the 1960s— more people might be open to such ideas. But the community has no reason to trust the port with such a venture. So, Knatz played it very safe, first saying that the agreement with the Waterfront Alliance “does not include the Maritime Museum,” then going on to say, “The monuments are a treasure. They are part of the waterfront…. The monuments are there to stay.” And, so it goes. If you keep your eyes narrowly focused, everything on waterfront is looking pretty good. But perhaps the first thing a sailor learns is to always have one eye on the horizon.
Leland Park is Up for a Fixing By Joseph Baroud, Editorial Intern
Deborah Rouser stands in a cleaned up Leland Park. Photo courtesy of Deborah Rouser.
I’ve been impressed with their response time.” Attempts to contact Senior Lead Officer Art Ashcraft for this story were made, but no response was received before presstime. Mariscal hopes to also renovate the baseball field, which used to draw families and hosted games. Mariscal is seeking a $100,000 grant from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation for the park’s renovation and is hoping to enlist local neighborhood council support to get the funding. Mariscal knows it’s up to neighbors to fill the void and help complete the efforts. “[We’d like] to start a community process and hold local meetings with the community where they can share ideas,” Mariscal said.
Residents are continually urged to voice their concerns or share a solution. Community meetings will take place at the recreation center in order to give residents the opportunity to do just that. “The Department of Recreation and Parks is trying very hard to meet the concerns of community members in the neighborhood.” Mariscal said.
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Alienated residents furiously blasted the Recreation and Parks Department at a recent the Central Neighborhood Council meeting for the state of disrepair at Leland Park. Residents who live near Leland Park urged the city to begin reviving the old land site at a local neighborhood council meeting. The city listened, but the neighborhood can only hope that they are able to keep up with the maintenance. Deborah and Trevor Rouser, local residents speaking on behalf of homeowners whose homes abut the park, complained about the park’s neglect. They charged that the park has become a magnet for drug use, graffiti and squatters. And, as a result, has become a nuisance to the neighborhood. “It looks horrible,” Deborah Rouser said. “It looks completely abandoned. It’s dirt and landslides. I don’t even think some of the streetlights work.” Recreation and Parks’ work crews began working on Leland Park after Labor Day weekend. Region Superintendent, Mark Mariscal, said the department’s emphasis would be on safety improvements such as lighting and the removal of visual obstructions like oversized trees. He also said the restrooms will be cleaned and repaired. Recreation and Parks installed a playground at the park in 2010 for younger children to use. Three years later, graffiti covers almost every inch of the structure. The arrangement built for children now shows an image unfit for them. Recreation and Parks officials blamed their inability to maintain Los Angeles’ parks on the city’s budget cuts, which led to staff reductions. They stationed an employee at the park to take care of daily maintenance, but had to repeal him for budgeting reasons. Rouser said the park began rapidly deteriorating once it had lost its overseer. Harbor Division of the Los Angeles Police Department vowed to increase their presence at the park following the community criticism during the Neighborhood Council meeting. Despite the problems, residents brought up during the council meeting, Los Angeles County Recreation and Parks Pacific Region Superintendent, Mark Mariscal, believes the park has received a great deal of attention from Harbor Division. “I would say the police are very committed,” Mariscal said. “[Comdr. Nancy] Lauer has been very receptive.” Rouser was also pleased with the police department’s new-found patrolling effort. She knows there are crimes being committed that are more serious and require greater attention, but is grateful that Harbor Division is allocating the time it had promised. “They come relatively quick,” Rouser said about the police department’s reaction to neighbor’s calls. “Some of our calls aren’t high priority. So,
Rouser and Mariscal found themselves on the same page. Rouser also emphasized the importance of the community’s role in the park’s planning. “It’s a small neighborhood. You can’t forget that we’re here.” Rouser said. “You can’t do all this stuff to the park and forget that you have neighbors 10 feet from your parking lot and five feet from your Rec. building.” Mariscal hopes the city can provide the necessary funds if his department hits a roadblock on the path to receiving the grant, but in the meantime they’ve began working on what they can. The community’s efforts haven’t been limited to just those residents living next to the park. Clean San Pedro Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides the city with sanitation services by cleaning sidewalks and parks. “Clean San Pedro is applying for a grant with the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation,” said Steve Kleinjan, the nonprofit’s founder. “If successful, we would patrol Leland Park for graffiti control and basic cleaning of the playground. It’s good to see the local neighbors taking such an interest in the park.” The sights and sounds of the city’s maintenance crews at work must be a relief for the community. The park is closed temporarily for maintenance, but work crews said they’re hoping it will reopen in October.
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Cabrillo Aquarium Receives Education Award San Pedro—Cabrillo Marine Aquarium recently received the 2013 Top Honors Award for Education from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums for the Aquatic Nursery’s Young Scientists Program. The exhibits director, Ed Mastro, and research curator, Kiersten Darrow, accepted the award at the 2013 Annual Association of Zoos & Aquariums conference in Kansas City, Mo. Only 10 percent of California students receive hands-on science experiences. The Young Scientists Program helps fill an educational gap and allows 30 to 40 students to do marine science research projects each year. Aquatic Nursery staff guide students through the steps of the scientific method, demonstrating how to design a research project, mentoring them on sharing their discoveries with the public and coaching them on how to professionally present their results. Through the process, these budding young researchers begin to view science as a potential career goal. Northwest Passages’ First Commercial Carrier Raises Concerns VANCOUVER—Global warming has melted the Arctic icecap to such a degree that an age-old dream has ominously been realized: The Nordic Orion, which left Vancouver Sept. 6, navigated through the Northwest Passage and into Baffin Bay, sailing in late September. In doing so, it became the first bulk carrier to make the voyage through the passage. Ironically, the 738-foot commercial carrier, bound for Finland, is loaded with 15,000 tons coal, one of the major contributors to global warming. Canada has laid claim over ownership of the passage, but it is joined by Russia, the United States and Denmark in drafting claims before a U.N. commission to extend their undersea boundaries into ice-blocked areas. The Nordic Orion is owned by Nordic Bulk Carriers, a Danish company that has staked its future on Arctic shipping. The voyage through the Northwest Passage, trimmed about 1,000 nautical miles from the usual route through the Panama Canal, carrying about 25 percent more coal because the canal is shallow, resulting in about a $200,000 savings.
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Port Operations Official, John Holmes, Resigns San Pedro—Port of Los Angeles deputy director of operations, John Holmes, submitted his resignation letter effective immediately Oct. 1. The former Coast Guard captain over Port of Los Angeles, was responsible for managing the port’s terminals and oversaw construction and maintenance. POLA chief executive, Geraldine Knatz, in an internal memo thanks Holmes for his 7 years of service, “...and his leadership on a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including the highly successful Clean Truck Program and the development of a world-class port security force and Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center. We wish John and his family all the best.” Port Police Chief Ronald Boyd will be the interim head of Operations while continuing to oversee the Port Police, Port Pilots, Emergency Preparedness, Wharfingers, and Homeland Security divisions. Director of Construction and Maintenance Jim Morgan will continue to manage that group and report to Molly Campbell, deputy executive director of Finance and Administration.
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Vladovic Takes LAUSD Presidential Chair By James Preston Allen, Publisher
On July 1, Los Angeles Unified School District board member Richard Vladovic was elected president of the district. Vladovic, who represented the District 7, which encompases most of the Harbor Area communities, recently sat down with Random Lengths News Publisher James Preston Allen. James Preston Allen: Tell me a little bit about how that election took place. Because not too many people down here in the district understood that you wanted to be president. Richard Vladovic: I wasn’t running for president. I didn’t run. One of my colleagues asked me would I be interested, I said I’m not running for that but, fine. They handled it, I stayed out of it. JPA: This is a shift in leadership that comes right after the shift in leadership of the city. As we all know, Antonio Villaraigosa liked to keep his fingers in the school district. So what does this mean? RV: Well, I think every mayor needs to establish a relationship with the schools, because as goes the schools and the education, goes the economy. Kids are our next work force and if they’re not prepared, so goes the economy. So, I think Mayor Garcetti has seen the connection, the nexus. I think they’re taking different tracks right now, they’re taking different ways to accomplish it. I’ve met with Mayor Garcetti, we’re both very interested in seeing more adult school certification programs. So, people can enter the workforce… through our adult education to do that. He and I spent about 40 minutes talking about adult school and preschool. With adult school, so that we can work together to offer more certification, but also family literacy classes, because I anticipate an immigration reform bill where there will be a definite need for English language classes. But I’d like to see more of them, I’d like to see family literacy, like down on 15th Street Elementary School—one of the best. And, I’d like to see an expansion of those and the mayor was very interested in that. JPA: Does this certification mean more funding for schools like Harbor Occupational Center. RV: Yes. JPA: How much more? RV: Well, if you’re offering more classes. Adult school is student driven and the state levels the cap in which they reimburse each district for. There’s a movement afloat to move adult schools out of K-12 schools. But that’s been delayed for a couple years and LA has been very successful with its adult school program. Some districts aren’t as successful. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve offered programs that met the needs of the people. Certification, as you well know, where they can become an apprentice in various trades in repair of equipment such as air conditioning, laying carpet, upholstery. We don’t have enough skilled workers right now in certain areas, including computer repair where they are certified. So, he agreed with that. He agreed to help us lobby to remove the cap and also get more federal grants, Perkins grants, where the federal government literally invests a little bit more in vocational ed. I’m real jazzed on that. JPA: So the food issue has become controversial
New LAUSD president Richard Vladovic. File photo.
in [the] past few years, as to what kind of food that you serve. RV: You appreciate this because I know you know you’re what I call a higher thinker. I’m not trying to make you feel good. You know as well as I [do] the way the federal government works. They can’t pass a law and have a federal food program. They can’t have a federal school system. But what they do is do it through the money. So, if you want the money you have to play by their rules. So, you want the subsidized food, which you’ve got to have because you can’t afford to put that much food on the plate for that amount of money. You need that subsidized food. So, you got to go along with it if you want to take that food. Some districts aren’t taking the money and I think kids are suffering. Everything comes with strings attached, including grants. Everything’s got what I call somebody’s idea in it. And, it’s not mine. JPA: So, it’s all about how do you capture those grants and funding sources and implement them. RV: According to what they want you to implement if you want their toys. Because [of] the 5th Amendment, education is a state function and a local responsibility and a federal interest.
JPA: Now is that how the iPad program came about? RV: That’s still evolving. One we’ve got the new smarter balance tests, which is going to require at some point, kids to respond and move technologically. I also think that we’re in the 21st century and since I’ve grown up, I still have my first Bomar Brain, that sounds funny, that I spent 200 bucks on back in 1967. You can buy it for a $1.98 today. It’s called a calculator. So the world is changing. I think the superintendent is pushing that very much. I think there is always a devil in the detail but as a tool it will help the kids learn. They are out there learning on it anyway, we might as well guide them with a tool. It’s not an end in-and-of itself. I have concerns on the shelf life of those tools. As long as we don’t forget they’re not the end-all, they are just a tool to help you get there. JPA: Part of that program is wiring the schools with Wi-Fi, which some whole cities have done. RV: I think that’s a partnership, that when these kids take it home, I think our city should be out there helping us too. As I said, there’s a symbiotic relationship.
JPA: Well to a certain extent, you were voted into office to represent the interest of the public and there’s a whole move on the public sphere. I’d guess you call a “civility” agenda. Everybody wants people to be, “civil in these environments of public policy.” So the question really is what do you do with incompetence and how do you express that? So, a lot of people like you and me get criticized for saying things that are not particularly polite.
RV: Right, and when you make $200,000 a year and you’re making decisions over hundreds and thousands, I think you need the feedback. You’re absolutely right. Probably, sometimes I need to curtail my passion. But you know what, I believe in what I’m doing, I’m not doing it for me and doggonnit—I’m not going to sit quietly as long as I’m on the board. I’m going to take hits in the paper the next month or so. You watch. Like you say, I can sit back and be quiet and let them make foolish decisions or I can give them input. Maybe that’s not polite in this society, but I gotta tell you I think people deserve that feedback. I represent a constituency that cares very much about kids. If they want me to sit there and be quiet then they should have elected somebody else. JPA: Have your constituents either supported you or criticized you for all of this? RV: Very little reaction to this… JPA: Or do people think this is a political move inside because you got elected. RV: You can connect the dots. Anyone can connect the dots. Who are the people complaining? Top level management that I give input to. All of the sudden everybody was going to quit before I got elected. All of this leaking came out right before the president’s race. You can ask anyone down there. Yeah, I’m a pain in the rear because I want you to do the best you can do for kids. And, I know it can be done. I’m probably more of a pollyanna than most because I know it can be done. Kids deserve nothing less and our employees deserve nothing less. Education goes on not because of anybody downtown or anywhere else. It’s because of that teacher in that classroom who’s dedicated, who is working hard everyday [and] who isn’t paid enough. Thank God we have a decent health benefits programs. I just think we ought to foster more collaborations. JPA: From a board decision level you could cut Vladovic/to p. 10
Community Reflects its Image in Mural By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Growing up, Silvia Arredondo didn’t pay much attention to the figures covering the walls of El Mercadito Maravilla Market, even though she lived on the same street, Hyatt Street in Wilmington, and walked past the mural daily. The mural images represent Mexican icons, from Aztec gods to Mexican revolutionaries, which predate Manifest Destiny within the context of modern struggles that resolve in hope and unity. But it wasn’t until Arredondo went away to college at Cal State University San Francisco that she understood the mural’s significance. “Now it makes so much more sense (after) becoming more educated,” said Arredondo, 25. Youth and organizers recently unveiled the restored, once dilapidated mural on Hyatt Street.
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The artistic history painted onto the walls of the local market is as much a part of the community’s fabric as Wilmington is a part of its composition. On the far north end of the mural is a depiction of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec feathered serpent deity, with an Olmec head at its side. A
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consensus is that the late Javier Moreno and Mario Falcon painted the mural in the 1979. “They painted it to express the history, the struggles and violence, and the ignorance of violence; then, the next scene in there is peace and education,” Trani, 47, said. These days, the mural is recognized as a historical landmark for the preservation of murals in the City of Los Angeles. “This project is very near and dear to a lot of people,” said 36-year-old Arnoldo Vargas, the art director for the project. Vargas, a Banning High School photography teacher, grew up a block away from the mural. He had seen it all of his life and wanted to restore it, but he didn’t have the funding necessary. When Trani reached out to him, Vargas’ wish was made possible.
That is, until United Wilmington Youth Foundation got involved. As with most art projects, the mural’s restoration required money. The Wilmington Neighborhood Council was one of the first to help sponsor the project under its Land, Use Planning and Beautification Gateway subcommittee. Trani proposed the idea to restore the mural. The neighborhood council approved the first $1,000 for the project after its subcommittee reviewed the proposal. “This is one of these projects that brings light and hope, and a lot of pride to this side of On the Wall/to p. 19
United Wilmington Youth Foundation: The Road to Restoration
While there were attempts to restore the painting, which had decayed throughout the years, those attempts never came to fruition.
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Long Beach Middle Harbor Cost Overrun Long Beach—Port of Long Beach staff is projecting additional overruns of $85 million to the Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project budget due to construction challenges and underestimated project costs, according to a presentation by Sean Gamette, acting chief harbor engineer and acting assistant managing director of engineering, at the Sept. 16 board meeting. The project was already $29.5 million over the original budget of $1.2 billion as of June. An estimated increase of $30 million is needed to complete Phase 1, scheduled for completion in 2015, consisting of 12 individual construction projects with a total budget of about $779.3 million. The current budget for Phase 2 is $449.7 million, including nine individual projects. Another $30 million was requested for Phase 2 construction issues, plus $25 million to reconfigure an oil set-aside area. Gamette told the commission that once a risk assessment for Phase 2 of the project is finalized, he will return to the commission with a “more complete request” for a budget adjustment.
Maravilla Market mural on Hyatt and “L” streets in Wilmington. Photo: Betty Guevarra.
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Castellanos joined the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy in 2006 as co-director of the Clean and Safe Ports Project, which involved her deeply in port labor and environmental issues, particularly the effort to secure basic labor rights and a decent standard of living for port truckers. She attended the Cal State Long Beach Public Policy and Administration program and has a degree in political science. Two other appointments have been made public. Anthony Pirozzi should be seated at the Oct. 18 board meeting, according to the Port. Born and raised in San Pedro, Pirozzi is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. He has worked for the Boeing Co. for 20 years, building and launching communication satellites. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. David Arian, vice-president of the board, and former president of the ILWU International and ILWU Local 13, has also been asked to return. The remaining two appointments have not been announced.
portrait of Mexican independence leader José María Techo Morelos y Pavón with a caption that reads in Spanish: Morelos, Verdadero Heroe de la Independencia De Este Territorio, which in English means, Morelos: True Hero of the Independence of this Territory. Adjacent to Morelos is a map of what once was Mexican territory, including California and Texas. The dates, 1810 the year Mexico declared its independence from Spain and 1821 the year the country won the war for independence are set on each side of the map. The corner view from L and Hyatt streets reveals a struggle depicting the Mexican and the American eagle toward the east side of the painting. On one side of the wall, the legendary Mexican eagle a symbol of the Aztec’s promised land, carries a broken chain on its claws and spear on its beak, while flying above a campesino or farm worker. Similarly, the American eagle fights with spear and broken chains above a farm laborer plowing a field. A sign written in Spanish and Chicano slang reads: “HONOR TO THE HEROES OF OUR RACE, WHO STRUGGLED FOR THE HAPPINESS AND FOR THE UNION OF ALL MEXICANS. AND WHAT? WITH RESPECT.” The story continues with a knife fight between two blindfolded cholos, a name used for gang members, on the west side of the store’s entrance. In the end the two men shake hands without blinds, while each is holding a history book on the opposite hand, symbolizing between local gang factions in the community through education. On the eastern end of the building there is a rendition of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. Robert Trani, co-chairman of the United Wilmington Youth Foundation, said this mural exhibits a strong sense of identity for today’s youth, not just for Mexican-American or Chicano children, but for all children in Wilmington. The mural has several origin stories. The
Big Bad Government vs. Tea Party
Catharsis at the Crossroads of Health Care and the Constitution James Preston Allen, Publisher
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Contrary to the accusations of my critics, I am not a true believer in any “ism.” I, like most Americans, have some trepidation when it comes to big government agencies telling me what to do and how to do it. Just like I have some grave distrust of big monopoly corporations selling my personal information or forking over my meta data to the National Security Agency without so much as a reflection on the abridgment of my privacy or personal liberties. Big governments, like big corporations, are prone to big corruptions. This has something to do with the adage, “All power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We have seen this in the 2008 Wall Street banking failure and we are seeing it now with the NSA’s domestic spying scandal. But this is nothing new. Does anyone out there remember Watergate, the Pentagon Papers or the Savings and Loan debacle? In fact, our national history is littered with political and financial scandals perpetrated by the likes of Stanford, Crocker, Rockefeller, Hearst and J. P. Morgan to name just a few. This history only elucidates the threat to our republic the concentration of money and power in too few hands. It always has and always will. Understanding this has led this nation to distrust anything that is “too big to fail.” Now here’s the hard part. The Tea Party Republicans in Congress are out to kill the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare as they like to hang around the president’s neck. They, like the generation of conservatives before them, are antibig government. They, like Ronald Reagan, see big government as the “big problem” rather than the solution. Their solution is to shrink the big bad government by “starving the beast” by any means possible–including shutting it down. This, for no other reason than that they believe national health care is an encroachment on the free market or their liberties. It’s hard to tell which at this point. The Tea Party, as their name alludes, is a throw back to a time in this nation’s history when it was practical to have a small central government. They like to quote Founding Fathers a lot. As romantic as this notion of theirs is, it is neither practical nor possible to run this nation on a “small is better”
proposition. Nor is their assertion even an honest one. History shows us that with every expansion of this country—in territory, population and industry—the central government has expanded in both size and cost. It has done so to fulfill the very premise of the U.S. Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. It’s not like we haven’t fought to better define the very meanings of these words from courtrooms to civil war to rebellions and riots over the intervening years. Today, however, the Tea Party and its backers want to drag this nation back to a time in their imagination. Or is it their delusion? The significance of the Affordable Care Act is that as this nation has prospered over the course of the last 30 years, the wages of the middle class and working poor have remained flat if you adjust for inflation. While the wealth of the top one or two percent has exploded. According to Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under President Clinton, some 400 individuals now own more than half of the wealth in this country and they are paying less of their income in taxes as a percentage than their employees. The Affordable Care Act addresses this decidedly unfair inequity. This law is a game changer for the health insurance industry whose profits have increased over the last decade by some 400 percent, while at the same time it regulates who and how they have to cover more people. This health care act passed by Congress legally falls under the “promote the general welfare” provision of the U.S. Constitution. It was tested in the Supreme Court and is completely in line with the current needs of the people and the general state of the economy. What the Tea Party Republicans can’t stand is that it will probably work to provide health care to some 30 million Americans currently uninsured and that it will end up becoming as popular as Medicare and Social Security. Much to their amazement and disillusion, Americans far and wide will embrace this act and understand it on the basis of its inherent fairness—even with its initially flawed approach. Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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But I doubt that any of this reasoned reflection on either the expanding role of government or the necessity of health care reform will convince them, as they are too busy throwing a tantrum in the nation’s capitol, creating a false crisis. Under other circumstances, this would be deemed a threat to the Republic. What I say
is, “Let them scream.” Let them have their catharsis. Give the federal employees a week off. Send Congress home and then call them all back after they’ve gotten it all out. Then the President should ask all the government employees to go back to work asking only that they wait to be paid once the tantrum is over.
An Example of Good or Bad Helicopter Use by the LBPD? By Greggory Moore, Long Beach Columnist
Whether or not everything is really bigger in Texas, sometimes it seems that everything is smaller in Long Beach. Certainly that has been the case with public protests. Consider the Occupy movement of a couple of years ago, which in Long Beach topped out on its first night at about 300, then rarely included more than 20 active participants until Occupy Long Beach closed up shop at its Lincoln Park location a few months later. So it was predictable that the Long Beach iteration of the nationwide protest that sprung up in July after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin would be small. And although no-one could be sure ahead of time that the July 19 “Justice Rally for Trayvon Martin” in Long Beach would be as small or as low-key as it turned out to be, the fact that it was scheduled to take place on the steps of the Long Beach County Courthouse—a building regularly staffed by a small army of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
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deputies and that is situated only one block away from the Long Beach Police Department’s West Division headquarters—meant that there would be more than enough law enforcement nearby to handle anything that realistically might have transpired. Nonetheless, the Long Beach Police Department chose not only to dispatch a helicopter to the area, but to have it circle the gathering for somewhere between 45 to 60 minutes, even after it became readily apparent that the event attracted fewer than 50 protestors, none of whom were engaged in remotely criminal or threatening activity. Trying to quantify the total resource expenditure of this operation is an inexact science. That said, according to the results of a Public Records Act Request (PRAR), the “overhead situational awareness of the event” involved a pilot and a “Trained Flight Observer,” with the operating expense of the helicopter estimated to be $1,745.15 per hour. continued on following page
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But why? The “progressive” red tape gone redder and the maddening regulations and taxes have made the costs of doing business in California more costly. Let’s talk about the Affordable Care Act, which has made health care unaffordable, driving up premiums or forcing cuts in hours and layoffs. Supersizing fast food worker salaries sounds like the best solution, but every economist with experience or intellect will argue that minimum wage increases create inflation, not wealth creation. Minimum wage laws actually harm youth and minorities, many of whom struggle to find work already. When voters downsize government, then all employees can enjoy supersized careers with more wealth and better opportunities. Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance I had to fight mightily hard against the temptation of refuting, line by line, every half truth, exaggeration, and mischaracterization of the labor movement in the past 150 years in your letter. I had to resist the temptation, just to avoid getting sucked into your false narrative of labor and the labor movement’s battle to keep open the path to upward mobility for working class Americans. “Is it moral,” for organized labor to use tactics to force employers to negotiate better working conditions and safety? You damn right it is! It is organized labor’s raison d’être. It is not coincidence that the middle class has shrunk at the same rate as the decline of unionized workforce in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, organized labor made up 11.3 percent of the workforce or 14.4 million union folks. Numerically, union workers in the United States reached its peak in 1978 with 20.2 million, but as a share of the workforce, organized labor has been declining since 1954. The consequences of this decline
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demonstration occurring on the exact spot where there is the highest concentration of law enforcement in the entire 51.44 square miles of Long Beach. The LBPD failed to respond to numerous inquiries by Random Lengths News concerning generalities of its airship’s “normal patrol operations,” as well as the specific reasons why the airship circled the July 19 protest for at least 45 minutes.
efforts underway by the U.S., Russia, France, and the United Kingdom regarding Assad’s surrender of his chemical weapons to international control; but, we must continue our close watch on the Assad regime until those diplomatic efforts are proven verifiably successful. I am glad that our President postponed the military action vote in Congress—a vote that I had requested. I do, however, remain cautiously optimistic about a diplomatic resolution. My position on the issue of Syria is that all diplomatic efforts, both from the United States and the
international community, must be exhausted before Congress votes on whether to authorize a military strike. If military action does ultimately come up for a vote, know that I will continue to gather all of the facts and listen to people just like you. Time to get back to work. Rep. Alan Lowenthal Long Beach
Bill O’Reilly Owns Up to Error
Fox News commentator O’Reilly apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participated in the anniversary march on Washington for the Martin Luther Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Well, OK. But on his Fox hour back in 2006 O’Reilly commented (twice) that it was “a historical fact that American troops massacred German troops at Malmedy” during the Battle of the Bulge. O’Reilly was taken to task by MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. To date, neither O’Reilly nor Fox have issued an apology. I’m still waiting. Val Rodriguez Signal Hill
The Syria Debate
The issue of chemical weapons in Syria has been one of the toughest issues I have confronted since becoming a member of Congress. As a Congressman, especially as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it is my responsibility to weigh all the options when it comes to decisions like these. I approach these tough decisions with an open mind, and I make them knowing that I represent hundreds of thousands of voices and differing opinions. The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, or by any country or dictator for that matter, is simply unacceptable. The United States and the overwhelming majority of the world have condemned the use of chemical weapons such as sarin gas, which
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To be fair, the PRAR reply notes that the flight time involved was part of the “normal patrol operations that day,” which means it would have been flying the skies of Long Beach anyway. But a question that might be worth asking is whether such an expenditure is necessary during periods when the police have no more exigent need for the airship than to continually circle a small, peaceful
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used to decimate over one thousand of his own people on August 21st. I understand that Syria is undergoing a civil war; and, trust me, I understand that this civil war is not ours to fight. I also understand that our country and the international community cannot stay silent when a dictator like Assad carries out such ruthless attacks and violates international agreements like the universallyaccepted Chemical Weapons Convention. Peaceful diplomacy must always be the preferable solution. I commend the new diplomatic
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Random Lengths News championed the working man on its latest cover “We have rights. We are not afraid” [Sept. 6-19 edition]. All well and good. No worker should ever be afraid to organize and protest. The First Amendment not only protects the freedom of speech, but also the freedoms of association and petition. However, do strike-threats actually improve working conditions? And unions, are they moral in their current organization? I would argue no to both questions. In 2003-2004, grocery workers went on strike throughout Southern California for better wages and health benefits. How many supermarkets ended up closing because of those strikes? How many consumers faced harassment and embarrassment from striking employees? I have neighbors in the Harbor Gateway who no longer have a neighborhood store where they can shop, in part because of unionization, in part because of the cost of doing business in California. Strike-threats depress commerce and hurt all members of a community. Union membership does not guarantee higher wages, either. Ask teachers working at a local charter, and they will share that they make more money than the traditional schools. Talk to the members of the Aviation Safeguard Association, which recently broke away from the LAX Chapter of the SEIU, and they will share that their salaries increased! For the record, it is immoral for unions to force workers to join a union and pay dues, only to see those dues support candidates and causes which the individual worker does not support. Such compulsion is a violation of the First Amendment. Regarding the Aug. 29 Fast Food “Day of Rage,” I respect the frustration of fast food workers. Let every newspaper print this reality loudly and proudly: fast food employees, and California workers in general, are not being paid enough.
has been the contractorization of jobs—the breaking of labor into contracts and sold to the lowest bidder. These labor contractors are generally not unionized and few offer job security or benefits worth mentioning. Perhaps more importantly, this contractorization of jobs has led to the outsourcing of jobs. With contractorization, much of the United States workforce are made into a permanent class of temporary workers. I have friends with college degrees stuck in temp jobs where they don’t know how long one assignment will last, when the next assignment will arrive, or whether they will receive sufficient amount of hours to pay for transportation, rent, food and utilities. And, the story is largely the same wherever labor is contracted out. So in those places where workers are trying to get organized, and in those few sectors in the economy where unionized workers are trying to get recognition, I believe that every American that wants to see the pathway to the American dream reopen should get behind these workers and support them. Terelle Jerricks Managing Editor,
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the budget for all of those administrators. RV: Yeah, but there’s a lot of good administrators. JPA: The claim from the UTLA union is that LAUSD is top heavy. RV: I think that’s changed since I’ve been on the board. We’ve cut $2 billion from our budget. Most have been cut from central office and I think two reasons: Computers can do a lot of things people did before, but I think we’re now down to the bare bones in certain areas. JPA: Percentage-wise, in terms of budget? RV: We are not over managed as many districts are in the state of California. Look at the administrator’s ratio. It’s not significantly high in LA. It’s just not and personnel research can tell you that. JPA: That’s something your staff can give me, the administrative ratio. RV: In some areas we don’t have enough support for schools. You have a school with 1,100 kids and they only have one principal, they don’t have an assistant principal.
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JPA: We’re talking downtown administrators versus on-campus administration. RV: On-campus we are under-administered. I’m convinced we are under-clerked. You don’t have enough clerks to answer the phones and to do all the administrative paperwork and the buildings and groundworkers, we just don’t have enough. So at downtown are we over-administered? Only
when we have a problem in most districts, in that we layer programs. When you get a new program from the feds, the feds require that you have this evaluation. This person, not individuals but you have to have so many supervising. You have to do so much infrastructure work that it creates what I call, the stove pipe effect. Where each grant, each initiative requires its own staff. School districts are famous for layering and I don’t think they should. We should open up jobs, rather than specialized jobs. JPA: So for each conduit of money you have to have your own set of bureaucrats to administer just that piece. Is that the best way to manage the district? RV: Right. Because there are so many strings attached in every program that all of the t’s have to be crossed, all of the i’s have to be dotted. It’s very, very driven, each of these stovepipes of money. Cafeteria funds only come in cafeteria. You can’t use that money for anything else. But think about it, when you operate a cafeteria you also have lights that have to be turned on for the cafeteria. You also have cleanup of that cafeteria, which is the same custodian that cleans up the rest of the school. Now, how do you build a cafeteria for that? Now, if you don’t do it a certain way, which is a bureaucratic way that has to be monitored, you can’t just do it haphazardly. You have to have cards to sign in. If a custodian cleaned the cafeteria for 15 minutes today, then you have to bill it. Thats what the feds have done to us with all these regulations. JPA: A certain amount of the budget comes from kids who take those free lunches? RV: If 80 percent of the kids are identified as eligible for free and reduced, you can claim 100
percent for the school. If it’s below 50, you have to have individual documentation. The issue in the United States is that many of those that don’t have all the documents are fearful of what the federal government will do, so they don’t fill them out and become self-fulfilling. We’ve got to figure out ways to ensure that all get access to that federally subsidized food. It’s very bureaucratically driven. They have inspectors that come out. I can’t give you food that’s left over. Well now, because of my motion we’re able to give leftover food to the
homeless shelters. Before, if that apple wasn’t eaten, the federal government made you throw it away. So we’ve worked out some deals with the county and with the feds and my district as an experimental program to provide homeless shelters with that food, and we’ve done it. And, we’re doing it. I’d like to see it expanded, but theres so many regulations. That’s why I get frustrated. Some people hide behind regulations and it bothers me.
7th Annual SP ♥ TriArt Festival Ports O’Call Village was host again to the Tri-Arts festival Sept. 21-22, featuring dance companies from throughout the Southern California. Founded by the late Joe Caccavalla Sr., Louise Reichlin and Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers, Jan Kain of People’s Yoga, Health & Dance, and Caccavalla’s sons, Mike and Joe Caccavalla are carrying on the festival’s torch. Photo: Rebecca Garibay.
Cirque du Soleil Raises le Grand Chapiteau Councilman Joe Buscaino helping raise the Cirque du Soleil’s big top tent Oct. 2. Photo courtesy of Port of Los Angeles, Michael Justice.
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rnie LaPointe is setting the record straight about the history of Chief Sitting Bull and his descendents at the 2nd Annual San Pedro International Film Festival. His film Sitting Bull’s Voice will be screened at 2 p.m. Oct. 6, at the Warner Grand Theatre. LaPointe is the only living great-grandson of the legendary Lakota Chief Sitting Bull. The chief shocked the nation in 1876, when the Lakota Nation defeated Custer’s 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn. Many people are not aware that Sitting Bull did not take a direct military role in the battle; instead, he acted as the spiritual leader. He performed the Sun Dance, in which he fasted and offered ritual sacrifice for a week prior to the attack. LaPointe has been on this mission for a long time. He was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1948 and grew up in Rapid City, S.D., with his sister Marlene Little Spotted Horse.
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Their story was passed down to LaPointe through the stories told by his mother each night. “She told me all these stories about her grandfather,” LaPointe, 65, said. “When you hear these stories in native tongue it goes deeper than deep. I think my mother had a vision that somebody had to carry these stories on.” Unfortunately, the fulfillment of his mother’s vision has been a long road for the descendant of the great chief. “I had to go through my own trials and tribulations first,” he said. “My mother passed away when I was 10 years old and my father died when I was 17.” In 2003, he wrote his book Sitting Bull, His Life and Legacy. “It was a soul searching event, because when books are written it becomes history,” LaPointe said. The native tradition is oral history. He went to his tribe to ask permission in a ceremony to write down the story of his great-grandfather. The result is the only book ever written by a direct lineal descendant of Sitting Bull. The distortion of history written by the white man reveals pain. A book written in 1930 by Stanley Vestal, Sitting Bull, Champion of the Sioux is an example he points to. “He never interviewed the descendants of Sitting Bull,” LaPointe said. “He interviewed the murderers and betrayers of Sitting Bull.” Sitting Bull Continued on page 16.
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The Mongolian Hot Pot By Katrina Guevara, Contributing Writer
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ith autumn in season, Southern Californian can gorge in crunchy leaves, layers of clothing and a newly opened Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Torrance. For those unfamiliar with hot pot, it is a stew of epic proportions and options from meats to vegetables and sauces of your choice. In Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, the dish is referred to as steamboat. In Japan and Taiwan, it’s called shabu-shabu or the more general term nabemono. A bowl consists of anything and everything from meat slices, lamb skewers and shrimp bowls, among other popular items on the menu. Vegetables like Chinese cabbage bok choy and mushrooms are a must. There’s even a sauce bar at Little Sheep with Sriracha sauce, sesame oil and hoisin sauce, among a variety of savory additives. Torrance Little Sheep Manager Panit Rattanasarn said the restaurant’s objective is to make customers feel at home in a warm and cozy environment through its high quality and fresh foods. First-timers don’t have to sweat the technique because employees will guide them through preparation of hot pot.
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“For people and their first time here, most of them don’t know what to [make it],” said Rattanasarn. “The employees guide customers on how to prepare, cook and even drink the soup. This helps us ultimately succeed in bringing the concept of hot pot to tables.” Little Sheep serves the traditional ways in a modern-day setting, in which the nuclear family comes together for warmth and good eats. “The idea is of a family coming together here to have dinner,” said the manager. “Hot pot originated in Mongolia for the cold weather, and hot soup and meals helped them keep warm. This later became popular in China and throughout parts of Asia.” Rattanasarn would like people from all walks of life to walk into the restaurant and be able to identify with the ingredients. Most of the ingredients are traditional, but more Chinese influenced. “In the United States, [hot pot] only started to become popular in the last five years,” Rattanasarn added. In addition to Little Sheep’s service to the taste buds, Rattanasarn said their Torrance branch is also trying to get involved with the community. Continued on page 14.
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Paintings by Craig Keith Antrim, Philippa Blair, Katy Crowe, Nat Jones, Ron Linden, Lida Lowrey, William Mahan, Jay McCafferty, Peggy Reavey,Yong Sin, Gary Szymanski, Maggie Tennesen, Marie Thibeault & Ted Twine. Show runs through November 9, 2013. Organized by Transvagrant @ Warschaw Gallery. This exhibition sponsored in part by the San Pedro Arts, Culture and Entertainment District and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. (310) 600-4873 • 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro
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Dirk Hamilton Dirk Hamilton is performing at Alvas Showroom at 8 p.m., Oct. 4. Hamilton is a poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style. Admission is $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
The Toledo Show Harvelle’s is hosting the Toledo Show at 9:30 p.m., Oct. 5. The well-revered musician will deliver a jazz show with a versatile touch. The show will also take place on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at the same time. Admission is $10 and $25 for the VIP section. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway St., Long Beach
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“We try to do more to participate in the neighborhood of South Bay by attending events and handing out samples,” said Rattanasarn. The first Little Sheep branch in California opened in San Diego more than six years ago. The logo is a smiling calf sheep with red curled horns outlined by a green circle. “From what I heard, the very first Little Sheep had a big backyard with sheep, among other farm animals,” said Kai, in regards to the restaurant’s symbol. Little Sheep is in 13 cities across the United States, as well as abroad in Canada, China and Japan. The Torrance branch is the latest addition. Pasadena will have a grand opening coming soon. The Little Sheep Group Limited was founded in 1999 in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. Details: (310) 517-9605; littlesheephotpot.com
Chuck Alvarez, Deanna Bogart, Bill Saitta and Jeff Olson Chuck Alvarez, Deanna Bogart, Bill Saitta and Jeff Olson are performing together at Alvas Showroom at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5. The four-member band is based on musicians playing the sax, keys, guitar, bass and drums. Enjoy the collaboration of these powerful musicians. Admission is $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Chris Dundas Group The Chris Dundas Group will be at Alvas Showroom at 6 p.m., Oct. 6. The group features four members on piano, sax, drums and bass. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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October 4 & 6 Now in its 2nd year at WGT, SPIFF presents new feature and documentary films from top international film festivals around the globe. Titles, show times and ticket prices to be announced.
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October 5 | 4:30 & 8:30PM Houston author and playwright Sheila Young brings her newest play to the WGT stage for two performances only. “Sometimes it takes a stranger to see what we can’t see ourselves.” $15 - brownpapertickets/ event/398461
NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD
October 11 | 8PM Starting off the monthly series, Friday Night Films, is director Jonathan Demme’s ode to one of rock music’s legends. This is a truly cinematic effort in the mold of “RAY” or “I WALK THE LINE.” The audience is left awash in the music of Neil Young. $10 G/A at grandvision.org.
VARESE SARABANDE 35TH ANNIVERSARY HALLOWEEN GALA October 19 | 8PM GOLDEN STATE POPS ORCHESTRA opens its 11th season with Robert Townson hosting a program of works from classic to modern horror and sci-fi films, tv and video games. $60 - $28.50 at gspo.com.
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Pictured Eric Hernandez, photo by Michael Justice. choose to perform but if they can make a positive impact (in a community) they do it. “We are citizens of the globe and site selection for us is a major part of the success for our shows,” said Totem’s company manager, Jeff Lund. “I drove through this community this morning and I can see the upswing happening here, and through talking to people, business owners and developers. I can see this environment is reinventing itself but it’s a process and it will take a ton of money and good people to back it.” Lund said that their criteria includes size and other factors, but the community must be one that will embrace Cirque. That is where it’s fun coming to a community like San Pedro because there is so much excitement. Lund believes that Cirque has the potential of becoming a staple in the community. “For us the hope is [that] the community does respond and comes to see us,” Lund said. “Everybody wins. When you walk into the big top you are transported to another world, which will take you out of your reality for the next two hours. That escapism is priceless nowadays.”
AC Jazz Project Conga Buena: Latin Jazz at its Best
phenomenal Cuban percussionist Luis Conte in on this project. He has worked with almost everyone in the music business from Madonna to Phil Collins. Kamasi Washington (Chaka Kahn, Stanley Clark), followed. The project’s drummer, Jimmy Branly offered his studio for the band to record. Branly is an amazing drummer, one of the biggest. He made history in Cuba playing jazz and bebop. He’s one of the creators of timba. He is credited with keeping Cuban music alive in United States. Josiel describes the role of the trumpet and flugelhorn as both playing an important role in Cuban jazz and in Cuban popular music. “The trumpet is considered a lead instrument in Cuba and it is more aggressive in Cuban jazz,” Josiel said. “The flugelhorn is more about feeling, like when it is played in our song, ‘Homenaje a Juanito’ for example.” “Homenaje a Juanito” is an elegant number.
Josiel’s rich sounding trumpet playing at a slow pace is soothing, giving the track a sense of an unfolding story. Their number, “Sunlight” features a seamless mixture of staccato and long melodious trumpet playing that take the listener on an imaginative journey. AC Jazz Project has a sophisticated sound amidst the high energy and power. “Solo Mi Arte” is one example with its powerful congas and piano playing, passionate vocals and horns. This is one track that will make you move. Josiel Perez continues the legacy of AC jazz Project’s former leader, Juan “Long John” Oliva, inheritor of Afro-Cuban rhythms legend and Oliva’s father, Pancho Quinto. With his education background in rumba and folklore, Juan’s vision was to fuse different types of music with his extensive knowledge of Cuban rhythms. Josiel’s vision is very similar to Juan’s vision. This is shown in the composition “Conga Buena,” which demonstrates how open Latin jazz is when it fuses conga santiaguera and contemporary jazz. Details: www.reverbnation.com/acjazz
The Billy Mintz Quintet The Billy Mintz Quintet is live at Alvas Showroom at 8 p.m., Oct. 12. The five-member quintet is featuring the notes of the tenor saxaphone, piano, organ, bass, trombone, drums and compositions. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Community/Family October 3
Movie Night at the San Pedro Public Library The San Pedro Public Library is hosting movie night at 6 p.m., Oct. 3. Come to the library to enjoy a movie. This program may be cancelled at any time due to staff shortages. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Earring Class Crafted is hosting an earring class from 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 5. Learn basic techniques needed to create your own set of earrings. The $20 fee includes all material. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Used Book Sale The San Pedro Public Library is hosting a used book sale at 11 a.m., Oct. 5. The books being sold are intended for people within a variety of ages. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Chainmail Class Crafted is hosting a chainmail class from 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 6. Come to the event to learn the ancient art of chainmail using the Byzantine pattern. The $25 fee includes all materials. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club The San Pedro Public Library is hosting Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club at 3 p.m., Oct. 9. The crew is an all ages Crochet and Knitting club for children, adults and seniors. The club also runs at 3:30 p.m. on the same date and at 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Arrives at the Outer Harbor Crafted is hosting Cirque Du Soleil: Totem Arrives at the Outer Harbor at 8 p.m., Oct. 11. Totem traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The event is being held all month. Check the website below for dates and times. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Beading Class Crafted is hosting a beading class from 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 12. Learn jewelry techniques needed to create a gemstone beaded necklace. The $30 Calendar continued on page 16.
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AC Jazz Project’s latest CD with their new bandleader, Josiel Perez Hernandez, is on fire. On Conga Buena, Josiel shows off just how good a fit he is with this Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble. The band hosted a CD release party at the Catalina Jazz Club on Sept. 26, which was an exciting and intoxicating evening of impeccable musicianship. Comprised of musicians from Maraca, Grupo Afro-Cuba, NG La Banda, Cuba L.A. and Opus 13, AC Jazz Project blends jazz improvisations with Afro-Cuban music genres (rumba, folklore, danzon, cha cha cha, mambo, son and timba). The multi-talented Josiel adds his mastery of contemporary Cuban and Afro-Cuban music, jazz, bebop, classical, funk, rhythm and blues, and soul to the group. Josiel wrote most of AC Jazz Projects music on this latest CD. To pull this CD together, the project got the
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Kid Ramos Benefit with WhiteBoy James and the Blues Express WhiteBoy James and the Blues Express is holding a special benefit show at 9 p.m., Oct. 9. The show is intended to raise funds for David Ramos and help him fight and beat cancer. Mike Arguello will be a special guest with James. On Oct. 16, Phil Alvin will be the invited musician. No admission is being charged, but a $5 donation is asked for. A 2-drink minimum purchase will be required. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway St., Long Beach
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In 2009, Laliberté became the first Canadian space tourist, a flight he dedicated to raising awareness on water issues on Earth. Jalbert noted that Totem tells the story of, “evolution of animals and [the] evolution that each human being goes through in his life to reach their full potential.” It is in this way that the show is unlike any of Cirque’s other shows. Totem boasts a cast of 46 acrobats who are experts in disciplines never before been seen on a Cirque du Soleil stage. “We do not say that the big top show is the downsized version of our Vegas show,” Jalbert said. “[They are] two different products. In the big top the artists are flying on top of you [and] walking next to you. You have an intimacy with them that you would never get in a theater.” The international circus troop seems to take pride in localizing every show and connecting to the communities in which they perform. Company manager, Jeff Lund, explains that the company chose the Port of Los Angeles because it actually looks for up–and–coming locations. He says many factors go into where they
Totem employed native cultures throughout the world to tell humanity’s story. The story of Totem will be told in non-linear fashion, transporting the audience from one part of the world to the next and back and forth in time. Totem will deploy video projections to aid in this effort, ensuring that the audience is wowed from one scene to the next. According to the Cirque du Soleil website: Some of the projections on the marsh interact with the movements of the artists in real time. Infrared cameras positioned above the stage and around the marsh detect the movement of the performers and produce kinetic effects such as ripples, splashes and reflections in the water and the flames. Jalbert described the show as being organic and earthy and noted that Totem features a number of Native American cast members to lend the show its authenticity. “We represent cultures from all over the world. For Cirque it’s definitely entering a world inside a new doorway,” Jalbert said. Eric Hernandez, a Lumbee native American hoop dancer (a tribe rooted in North Carolina), is one of those cast members. The dance requires much concentration. Hernandez swings five hoops, connecting and disconnecting them into various shapes while dancing powerfully and gracefully to the rhythm of Native American drum. I was taught this dance by my uncle, Terry Goedel,” Hernandez said. “He has seen me perform. He taught me and took me everywhere including the world competition every year until I was 20.” Hernandez brought his talents to Cirque du Soleil in January 2012 after the departure of the original choreographer of the show’s hoop dance. In the year that he has been with Totem, Hernandez has made the choreography his own. “I love it. To be able to perform and do this dance I learned at 10 years old and show people who I am and where I came from is an amazing opportunity.” “All the images that you see in the dance, like the eagle, are basic images hoop dancers do,” Hernandez said. “It’s about the order you put it in and how you dance with it and spin it to make it your own.”
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Theater/Film October 4
San Pedro International Film Festival The Warner Grand Theatre is hosting the San Pedro International Film Festival on Oct. 4. Now, in its second year at the Warner Grand, SPIFF presents new feature and documentary films from top international film festivals around the globe. Details: (310) 548-2493; www.grandvision.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro The Foreigner The Long Beach Playhouse is presenting The Foreigner at 8 p.m., Oct. 4. Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy man named Charlie who is overcome with fear of conversations with strangers. So Froggy tells all those assembled that Charlie is from a foreign exotic country and doesn’t speak English. The fun begins when Charlie overhears more than he is supposed to. Admission is $24. Details: (562) 494-1014 Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
When Do you Forgive? The Warner Grand Theatre is hosting When Do you Forgive at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 5. Playwright Sheila Young brings her newest play on stage for two performances only. A lottery win results, for one family, in fighting, backstabbing and cursing. Asked to help resolve the situation, Terry didn’t know what she was getting herself into, but in the end she realizes that family is everything. Admission is $15 and $20. The show is also running at 7:30 p.m. on the same day. Details: (310) 548-2493; www.grandvision.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Sitting Bull’s Voice Sitting Bull’s only living great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe, grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation listening to his mother’s stories of the legendary Lakota chieftain. The film chronicles LaPointe’s life, including his teen years as an orphan, A rmy enlistment and military service in the Vietnam War. Sitting Bull’s Voice documents his struggles to overcome alcohol and heavy marijuana use by revisiting his culture and embracing the same spiritual ways of Chief Sitting Bull. The film is part of the 2nd Annual San Pedro International Film Fest 2013. A screening is scheduled at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Warner Grand Theatre. Details: http://spiffest.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Sin The Garage Theatre is hosting Sin at 8 p.m., Oct. 10. Haters are going to hate. See what slippin’ on all that haterade does to someone who’s been so busy playing Judge Judy, she can’t see the guilty for the innocent. This show plays throughout the month, so check the website below for scheduling details. General admission is $18 and admission for students, seniors and teachers are $15. Details: (866) 811-4111; www.thegaragetheatre. org Venue: The Garage Theatre Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach Calendar continued on page 17.
Harbor L.I.T.E.S Up Fashion Show By: Katrina Guevara, Guest Columnist
The 1960s was a decade of liberation movements and social upheaval. The period also marked the decline in trust between the police and the community even as crime gradually increased. Retired Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division, Lt. Dan Sanchez noted that at that same time, crime in the Harbor Area plummeted. The difference, according to Sanchez, was that, “it was not neighbors against neighbors, but Continued from page 11.
LaPointe said that 100 books have been written about the Lakota Chief and they are all repeating the initial misinformation created by Vestal. “My goal is to tell the truth about our people,” he said. “We were spiritual human beings who took care of the environment, the water, the earth and all green growing things. We were not war-like as they portrayed us. Who are the most warlike people? I have been on this earth for 65 years and as long as I can remember this country has been at war. All we did was try to defend our homeland, our families and our way of life.” In 1966, after the death of his father, he went into the military at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in the Army, in the 101st Airborne Division. “Vietnam will always be with me,” he said. “War should never happen. People should sit down and negotiate terms. That is what my greatgrandfather tried to do in his life.” Ironically, the same Army that murdered the great Lakota Chief also influenced the personal path of his great-grandson. LaPointe’s spiritual awakening came after many years of alcoholism and drug addiction following his return from Vietnam. “I was self-medicating for 20 years after ’nam.” He also was wandering in homeless camps across the country for three years. “Most of the guys on the street were vets,” he recalled. “I was more comfortable with them than I was being normal. We
neighbors against crime.” Sanchez founded Ladies Involved In Time and Service, also known as Harbor L.I.T.E.S., a collaboration between the LAPD Harbor Division and residents (specifically, women volunteers) more than 40 years ago. This local coalition celebrated its 6th Annual Fashion Show Sept. 28 -- a fundraiser designed to raise money for equipment and programs
took care of each other, as we did in Vietnam.” In May of 1989, LaPointe was living under a bridge by the Platte River in Denver. The homeless camp was visited by a representative from Veterans Affairs. “He was yelling at us down under the bridge, ‘Anybody down there from Vietnam?’” he retold. “I went with him because I heard they had donuts! He started telling me his own story. He told me about PTSD and he planted a seed in my head.” It still took quite a bit of time before LaPointe finally cleaned up. He wanted to know what PostTraumatic Stress Disorder meant and he began to search for treatment. He has been sober for 25 years now. Today, he is a sun dancer and lives the traditional way of the Lakota. He follows the rules of the sacred pipe, used in ritual to connect with the spirits. The sun dance offers prayer for the benefit of one’s family and community. He has established a non-profit foundation, Sitting Bull Family Foundation, with the goal to tell the true story of his great-grandfather. Proceeds of the film will be used to return Sitting Bull’s remains to his tribal home. He said that the current burial place has been desecrated by vandals who urinate and pour whiskey on his grave. “He is my ancestor,” LaPointe said. “I do not want to see him disrespected.” Filmmaker Bill Matson, who directed and wrote the film’s screenplay, has produced eight Lakota documentaries since 2004, in addition to the award-winning Flight to the Wall. Tickets for the film and the VIP meet-and-greet can be purchased online at spiffest.org. LaPointe will be in attendance signing copies of his book Sitting Bull, His Life and Legacy.
sponsored by the Harbor Division. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino opened the event with the Pledge of Allegiance. CJ Fashions of Torrance, in business for more than 35 years, dressed police officers and friends in affordable and up-to-the-season pieces from Tommy Bahama to Donna Karan New York. “Thirty-nine-dollars-and-ninety-nine cents [for] anything you want in small, medium, large, extralarge,” said CJ Fashions owner Cynthia Cohen, as a model walked down the hotel’s runway. For a volunteer group that has been around for decades, Harbor L.I.T.E.S is held up as an example of a collaborative partnership between the community and law enforcement. The DoubleTree’s Madeo Ballroom in San Pedro Bay marina was filled with long time members of the organization with just a speckling few of the original members still alive in attendance. The older members recalled the days where “telephone trees” is what provided the rapid police response they needed. “When one person saw something suspicious [and] that person would call another, who would then branch out and call others,” said the only living original member of the volunteer group June Chow. Gratitude was the word of the day. “[Harbor L.I.T.E.S] have made our division better, you have made our work place a better place,” said Bill Orton, spokesma for state Sen. Rod Wright. Continued from page 15.
Cirque Hernandez has an emotional connection to the show. “What I do is genuine and traditional, and something that is almost not circus,” Hernandez said. “It’s in Cirque du Soleil and its flashy and it’s a manipulation act. Circus people would say I’m a juggler, but it’s a traditional dance that’s been done for 200 years. That’s why I have emotion when I dance, because I’m doing this in front of all these people and hoop dancing has never been put on a scale like this before. I try to give my heart to the people and hope they feel it.” At the core, Cirque aims to inspire people, Lund said. “That inspiration can come from a million different places,” he said. “We can all take that into our own lives in whatever we may want to do. If we can give you that inspiration, that could be the seed. “It’s an amazing time to be doing a show of this nature as we embark on a new century, a new age. Guy Laliberté is a man ahead of his time. It’s serendipity. And, if you believe that and you really pay attention, it’s an amazing experience to see how the universe places everything right where it should be.” www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem
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Southern Italian & California Cuisine • Bob and Josephine Trusela have been awarded the “Most Promising New Restaurant 2010” award and three stars 2011 and 2012, by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Catering available for all ocassions. Hours: Sun. 5 p.m.–Close, Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30–2:30, Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m.–Closing. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro • (310) 547–0993 www.truselas.com
The Whale & Ale
San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 8320363 • www.whaleandale.com Keep An Eye Out for San Pedro’s Best Guide To —Fine Dining—
San Pedro Brewing Company A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features hand-crafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Live music on Saturdays. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www. sanpedrobrewing.com
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Don’t Dress for Dinner The International City Theatre is hosting Don’t Dress for Dinner at 2 p.m., Oct. 13. Bernard’s plan for a romantic rendezvous with his chic Parisian mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But, when Bernard’s wife learns Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own. This show runs all month, so check the website for scheduling. General admission is $45. Details: (562) 436-4610; www.ictlongbeach.org Venue: International City Theatre Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Art October 5
Mixed Gatherings Sculptor Michael Stearns most recent exhibit, Mixed Gatherings: New Sculptures by Michael Stearns, champions common urban cast-off materials with the integration of natural objects: antlers, sticks and leaves with an effervescent use of color and form. The results are original pieces never revealed before for this exhibition. An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The show runs through Nov. 29. Details: (562) 400-0544 Venue: Michael Stearns Gallery 347 Location: 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro Connections The Loft Gallery presents, Connections, a group show of resident artists Annemarie Rawlinson, Sam Arno, Carol Hungerford, Candice Gawne, Jan Govaerts, Muriel Olguin, Daniel Porras and Nancy Towne-Schultz. This eclectic group of artists creates paintings, sculptures, neon works and assemblages. It will show connections between earth, sky and water, between light and dark, heaven and earth. They link places, ideas, life-forms, and means of expression; and play shapes and colors against one-another in their own compositions which the exhibit compares with elements in the work of other artists. Artists’ reception is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, through Nov. 29. Details: (310) 831-5757; www.sanpedroartloft. com. Venue: The Loft Gallery Location: 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro Los William Mahan, Selected Works Veteran Los Angeles artist William Mahan is known for large-scale works based on real-life places and events and painted with a directness that often belies their sophisticated drawing and color. This exhibition pairs selected works with preparatory studies that inform them and are essential to his practice. The exhibition will open with an artist’s reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, at Los Angeles Harbor College. William Mahan, Selected Works runs through Dec. 5. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Details: (310) 600-4873 Venue: Los Angeles Harbor College, Fine Arts Gallery Location: 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington
William Lane: Paintings William Lane’s atmospheric, hardedge, abstract paintings are a wonderful combination of a complex structure and a fascinating approach to color. William Lane: Paintings is contemporary in concept but still relies on traditional painting values. The artist’s work is often influenced by the color of Mexico, particularly the area around Oaxaca. Sometimes referencing a cubist sense of space and color. The architecture, color and “feel” of Mexico infuse the work. Artist reception is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Stone Rose Gallery. Details: (562) 436-1600; firstname.lastname@example.org Venue: Stone Rose Gallery Location: 342 E. 4th St., Long Beach
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Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonderfully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766
The favorite local cafe for the point Fermin area of San Pedro great breakfasts, lunches and even dinner. Serving traditional offering for breakfast along with specialty omelets, espresso and cappuccino. Lunches include a delicious selection of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches with hearty portions as well as Chef’s Creations. Dinners feature Top Sirloin Steak or Prime Rib as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are served. Free Wifi and is pet friendly on the patio. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. close to Cabrillo Beach and the Korean Bell, Point Fermin area- 508 West 39th St., San Pedro. 310- 548- 3354
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Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awa rd - w i n n i n g pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, there are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 www.buonospizza.com
Neil Young: Heart of Gold The Warner Grand Theatre is showing Neil Young: Heart of Gold at 8 p.m., Oct. 11. A concert film by Jonathan Demme, featuring Neil Young and band members. The film documents Young’s premiere of songs from his album Prairie Wind. Admission is $10 for students, seniors and military. General admission is $12. Details: (310) 548-2493; www.grandvision.org Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino, left, presented a check to United Wilmmington Youth Foundation co-chairman Robert Trani and art director Arnoldo Vargas. Photo: Betty Guevara.
restoration it’s OK to enhance it but to add to it, I didn’t think was appropriate,” Vargas said. The project also took a lot of research into what the original artist had created back in the late 70s. The art director found himself looking at original drawings he obtained from Moreno’s mother and photos from mural historians. Moreover, the windows were covered with masonite, a type of hardboard made of steam-cooked and pressuremolded wood fibers. Vargas and volunteers had to pull the masonite, buy new plywood to place instead of the masonite and re-draw the parts of the mural that were on the boards.
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town,” said Arredondo, a member of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council. Trani and other members of United Wilmington Youth Foundation made presentations to several organizations, businesses and community groups. Soon the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce got involved. Businesses, politicians and the community came together to make the restoration possible. Next, the foundation established a $1,000 scholarship based on an essay about the mural. From an educational perspective the mural plays an important role in exposing youth to a history that is rarely presented in schools. “[We asked] some of the local kids, ‘Do you know the characters in the mural, and we didn’t just ask Chicano kids and they didn’t know,” said 26-year-old Jake Chavira, the foundation’s youth coordinator. “They didn’t know because they don’t really teach you much in school; they don’t tell you much about the MexicanAmerican history. The foundation used word-of-mouth, social media and its relationships with local schools to get volunteers to help paint the mural. To help fund the project, youth volunteers participated in car washes, sold donuts and hosted community events. “These kids wanted to see change in their community and they worked for it, and that was a good thing,” Trani said. “You don’t see a run down mural of our history and our culture [any]more. [Instead,] you see a vibrant, new [and] alive mural that touches some youth in a different light now.” The restoration itself had several challenges. About 5 years ago, someone tried to get rid of the graffiti on the mural and in the process took a few of the original works off, as well as added landscape, such as mountains, which weren’t part of the original work. “Because it was a
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