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n Oct. 1, media watchdog, Project Censored, released its annual list of most censored stories in 2013 – a list that included stories about the widening wealth gap to the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers. Among the storylines included on this year’s list was Pfc. Bradley Manning’s trial for leaking classified documents and Monsanto’s drive to insert GMO grown food in the United States food supply by any means necessary. To avid news consumers—televised and otherwise— the inclusion of these stories lines in Project Censored would seem odd given the wealth of coverage these stories received in the past year. Thousands of column inches have been published on these story lines. In fact, various facets of these story lines have appeared in Random Lengths. Monsanto made Project Censored’s list twice this year, not because they weren’t in the news, but that the news coverage actually missed the news. Last Project Censored 2014/ to p. 6
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TraPac Terminal Budget Explodes—
Night of the Living and Giving Spirits
Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition presents a Night of the Living and Giving Spirits, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach. The celebration and fundraiser supports the work of the coalition in helping immigrant communities develop the resources and knowledge to become healthy, educated and productive members of the community. Tickets are $25 and $15 for students. Details: http://lbirc-efbevent.eventbrite.com Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach Location: 5450 E. Atherton St, Long Beach
Workers Left Behind By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
“Cost overruns have occurred for centuries,” a 1970 Rand Corp. report noted, “a Roman aqueduct cost more than double the estimate.” So, the Port of Los Angeles is hardly alone. But that doesn’t mean anyone is particularly happy about the 40 percent increase in the TraPac Terminal expansion budget—from $365 million up to $510 million—approved by POLA’s board on Sept. 19. “I’m going to vote affirmatively,” POLA Commissioner David Arian said, reluctantly. “Even though it’s the toughest decision—in my own mind I’m saying, ‘Why am I doing this?’” Mike Christensen, POLA’s deputy executive director of development, wasn’t making any excuses. “We basically under-estimated the project,” he told the board. “We didn’t really know what we didn’t know.” Even worse—particularly for Arian, a former president of the ILWU International, as well as Local 13—TraPac appears to be more interested in getting rid of its union workforce, rather than retraining them, as called for in coastwide contracts dating back to the 1960s. This led Local 13 labor representative Mark Mascola to tell the board, “We have very serious concerns that an employer is getting money from this harbor, this port to benefit themselves
ICTF Joint Powers Modernization Project
Cranes lifting cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles. File photo.
without the benefit to the community.” It’s not a question of technology, Mascola explained, comparing TraPac to the Long Beach Container Facility another automated terminal, also now under construction. “Every step of the way with LBCT, they’ve met with the union; they’ve discussed forthcoming
technologies,” Mascola said. “They’ve been very open about it. We’ve met not once or twice, we’ve met dozens—if not more than that—dozens of times with them.” They’ve even started a training program for union members and have taken union officials to TraPac—Workers Left Behind/ to p. 20
The governing board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Authority will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Silverado Park Social Hall in Long Beach. The proposed agenda will include administrative items and a status update on preparation and future release of an EIR for the ICTF Modernization and Expansion Project. The agenda will be published on the JPA’s website (www.ICTF-JPA.org) once it is finalized. The meeting is open to the public and attendees are welcome to address the JPA Board. The 148-acre facility is located about 5 miles north of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, at the northern terminus of State Highway 103. It is operated by Union Pacific. The ICTF JPA has released the Notice of Preparation/Initial Study which describes the proposed project and discusses its likely environmental impacts. These impacts will be fully analyzed and discussed in the Draft Environmental Impact Report that is currently in process of being written. Therefore, discussion of the proposed project’s details will occur in a future meeting after public release of the DEIR. Details: (562) 740-1069; www.ICTF-JPA.org Venue: Silverado Park Social Hall Location: 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach
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San Pedro Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner
Break bread with San Pedro Kiwanis, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, at the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles. The event will benefit the group’s work for the children of San Pedro. Venue: Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles Location: 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Strong Stuff: Unemployment
Come check out ways to build relationships, rethink your skill set and find ways to be positive despite not earning a paycheck, from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Apostrophe Books in Long Beach. Venue: Apostrophe Books Location: 4212 E. 2nd St., Long Beach
Justice for Murdered Children’s Music Festival SAN PEDRO—The Justice for Murdered Children’s Music Festival, BBQ Cook-off and Car and Bike Show takes place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 at Ports O’Call Village, Berth 75. This event is open to the public and won’t require an admission. Details: (310) 547-5362; www.jfmc.org Venue: Ports O’Call Village, Berth 75 Location: Berth 75, San Pedro
Boater Registration for LA Harbor Holiday Float Parade
Boaters are encouraged to register now for the 51st Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, at 6 p.m. Dec. 7, in the Los Angeles Main Channel. Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on about 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft. The vessel entry fee for the parade is $30, Community Announcements/ to p. 4
Harbor Area YMCA Appoints New Director By Andrea Serna, Contributing Writer
The San Pedro & Peninsula and the Wilmington YMCA Program Center are set to see compelling changes in the near future. A new executive director, Laura Muñoz Humphreys, has arrived from the downtown Los Angeles YMCA to head the efforts in the Harbor area. Her challenges are particularly unique, considering the diverse area that the YMCA serves in the Harbor. The San Pedro YMCA is familiar to most residents. However, many may not realize that the service area for this YMCA includes Wilmington and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The varied needs in these dissimilar communities promise to keep the new director occupied with her new responsibilities. For San Pedro residents whose roots go back several generations, the YMCA has been a familiar presence. In 1919, when the San Pedro YMCA was founded, their mission was to provide athletic and social activities for the Army personnel at Fort MacArthur. The construction of the Panama Canal and additional breakwater brought more Navy ships to anchor in San Pedro Bay. The group was renamed Army Navy YMCA. A 5-story Spanish Colonial Revival style structure was built by the YMCA on the bluff overlooking the Harbor’s main channel, with 300 dormitory rooms, a gymnasium, a pool, boxing and wrestling rooms. The San Pedro YMCA was a hub of activity during World War II, providing recreation and temporary quarters for more than 4 million men. The YMCA also founded the United Service Organizations. Celebrities such as Bob Hope and Lucille Ball stopped in the Harbor to entertain troops on their way overseas. The old location, known as Harbor View House on Beacon Street was eventually outgrown, and the YMCA moved to their present location at
the corner of Bandini and 3rd streets, where they serve almost 3,500 families and individuals. The mission of the non-profit organization has evolved. No longer focused on serving military and maritime personnel, the YMCA adheres to their mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This is where Muñoz Humphreys’ experience and background serves her well. Her YMCA involvement began, as many have, as a child at the Westchester Branch of the YMCA. “I started to get involved [with the YMCA] in high school,” Muñoz Humphreys said. “I began in summer camp, and then got involved in Youth & Government.” Youth & Government is a highly successful program established by the organization to give young people hands on experience of state government. Twenty-five hundred students are enrolled statewide and 1,000 of those students are in Los Angeles. The San Pedro branch boasts one of the largest groups in the state. The Model United Nations program is also an experiential learning program based in both San Pedro and Palos Verdes, where middle school students learn about leadership skills, and meet people from other cultures. Muñoz Humphreys began her professional YMCA career at the Central Orange Coast YMCA in Newport Beach and then at the YMCA of Orange County as regional operations director for the entire Association. For the past 6 years Laura has been the operations executive director for the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, where she oversaw operations for the branch. The current focus on families and youth is a top priority to Muñoz Humphreys. Camps, swim programs, community involvement and healthy lifestyle programs take a priority in today’s mission. “I would like to reach out to even more youth
Laura Muñoz Humphreys, new director of the YMCA in San Pedro. File photo.
and families” Muñoz Humphreys said. A new aquatics center is in the plans for the Wilmington center. Wilmington lacks wide access to recreational swim programs. The pool will be the first indoor year-round pool in Wilmington, giving the 22,500 children in Wilmington the opportunity to learn how to swim. “Part of my vision is for kids to learn how to swim [in Wilmington],” she said. “We are training future lifeguards and we are training people who are going into the maritime professions.” Muñoz Humphreys also shared her vision to expose inner city youth to the beauty of nature on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. “I would like to expose our kids to natural resources that are so near to us,” she said. “Bringing experiences to kids, where they normally would not get them, is a big part of
what I want to do.” Some may not be aware that the YMCA runs a scholarship program which is in place to support access to camp and membership for low-income families. The organization raises funds from the community to support the scholarship programs. A significant segment of members in the Harbor Area qualify to attend through the scholarship program. As a nonprofit, the organization has adhered to a mission of availability for all, to the extent possible. The obesity epidemic affecting the nation is also high on her list. “It is part of our mission to help people get healthy,” she said. “I want to create an environment that is caring and welcoming and not intimidating.” A cursory look at the local facility reveals a great diversity in membership, reflecting the diversity of San Pedro. The San Pedro YMCA began almost 100 years ago as a refuge for young men, newly arrived in a strange place, seeking shelter and camaraderie far from home. Today, the location is a familiar place where many local residents spent their youth. Individuals who went to camp or learned to swim here desire to give their own families the same wholesome experience. The YMCA has always been committed to serving people of all ages which includes healthy living, exercise, social and recreational activities for seniors. The YMCA is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. on Oct. 19, at the main facility on Bandini Street. The event is free and open to the public with games, a costume contest and a Zombie Zumba class. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the local YMCA. Details: www.ymcalalorg/spp: https://www. facebook.com/SPPYMCA Venue: San Pedro & Peninsula YMCA Location: 301 S. Bandini St., San Pedro 90731
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City Attorney’s Wilmington Town Hall Meeting
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City Attorney Mike Feuer hosted a town hall meeting at Los Angeles Harbor College on Oct. 3. Structured in a free flowing question and answer format, Feuer found himself discussing issues ranging from the enforcement of medical pot dispensary regulations, passed in November; the difficulty in building more pocket parks in Wilmington to disperse the large clusters of sex offenders, and the tools at the disposal of the City Attorney’s Office to help attract desirable businesses to Wilmington. Feuer said he aimed to be a good listener and partner with the community to solve the city’s problems. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
Carson Has a Drug Problem By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter
Over the past two years, the state of California has released early an estimated 15,000 offenders into the Los Angeles County system, to comply with a court order to relieve prison overcrowding. In response, the County Department of Public Health has seen the rate of substance abuse treatment for ex-offenders rise. At the same time, funds for such treatment have shrunk as municipal governments were forced to deal with a budget crisis. That means social services in the City of Carson, as with other municipalities, have been stretched thin. The need for drug rehabilitation is not limited to former offenders released early. Like any other major city, Carson’s public safety and public health responders must deal with a decades-old drug issue that existed long before the state’s recent action. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department arrest statistics cast some light on the city’s ongoing need for drug rehabilitation services. Within the past two years, the Carson Sheriff’s Station has logged 286 arrests for Schedule I and II drug offenses. From September 2011 to September 2012, the station made 149 arrests. The next 12 months saw only a slight decrease, with 137 arrests. Local law enforcement and drug rehabilitation organizations addressed concerns about bringing drug offenders back into the general population. “We’re always concerned when people are released early,” responded Lt. Jeff Adams, a Sheriff’s spokesperson. “The recidivism rate is very high. The Sheriff’s Department has placed special teams that ensure that parolees are being watched, monitored.” American Drug Recovery Program has recently opened an office in Carson, after working in Compton for about seven years. “We found there’s a need,” said Dr. Wayne Kelley, program director. “People we were working with came through the Carson area. Because of the correctional system releasing people early, they need to have a support system.” Kelley also said his Carson facility has a staff of seven, including several drug counselors, to handle both walk-in patients and court referrals. A combination of federal, state, and local government contracts fund his organization.
Behavioral Health Services is another rehabilitation agency that serves the Carson community. Michael Ballue, chief strategy officer, said the state’s early release of prisoners did not have a large impact on his organization’s ability to provide care. “Funding for that came from AB 109 [the 2011 bill that authorized prison realignment]. But we did not see a high volume,” he asserted. Behavioral Health Services office, which is in Gardena, is part of a network of several facilities in Los Angeles County, Ballue explained. He added that in 2011 the present organization merged with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence South Bay, which formerly provided rehabilitation services for the Carson and Torrance communities. As a result of the merger, much more integrated care is possible, with merged facilities having advantages they didn’t have separately, including moving to paperless record-keeping systems. As for funding, Ballue said that his organization gets about 88 percent of its budget from government contracts at the federal, state and local levels. The remainder comes from a combination of patient fees, insurance and other private sources. Ballue noted how Behavioral Health Services received a $7,000 community development block grant from Carson in 2011 as a small part of its overall funding. Around the same time they received an even smaller grant from Torrance to provide drug education in that city’s schools. He said that the Carson grant partly financed Building Blocks, a shelter for women who were undergoing drug/alcohol rehabilitation at the nearby Harbor UCLA facility. When the recent budget crisis hit Los Angeles County and the City of Carson, the funding dried up. “Others obviously needed it more,” he asserted. The shelter closed and women who need a rehab shelter are now referred to one in Long Beach.
Harbor Area from p. 2 which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch, Dec. 8, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $20 or $25 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Humorous, Holiday Spirit, Best Animation, Commercial, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht Clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries. The deadline for boater registration is Dec. 3. Details: (310) 549-8111; www. laharborholidayafloat.org
Treats for Troops
San Pedro Packages for Patriots is holding its 4th annual Treats for Troops Drive, collecting leftover, unwrapped Halloween candy to send in care packages to service men and women stationed in Afghanistan. Drop off your unwrapped treats to 1208, Unit C, N. Gaffey St., San Pedro. Details: Mike Walker, (310) 831-3700.
GOP vs. USA By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
“Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.” —Abraham Lincoln, addressing the Southern people in his Cooper Union address, Feb. 27, 1860.
Republicans, with a more politically realistic sense of what they could and could not destroy, and a wide-ranging alliance of several dozen movement conservative groups who convened early in 2013 and signed onto a plan to stop Obamacare via a government shutdown. Freshman Sen.Ted Cruz was the key player in derailing the Congressional Republican’s more realistic plan, replacing it with the promise of stopping Obamacare, despite the lack of any credible plan about how to do so.
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negotiating on a 6-week stopgap measure. And polls soon confirmed it. First Gallup, then NBC and the Wall Street Journal found GOP approval levels at all-time lows—28 percent and 24 percent, respectively. In the latter poll, the public blamed Republicans more than Obama by 53-31 percent, a larger margin than during the 1995-96 shutdown. Another set of polls from Public Policy Polling found that Republican incumbents were “in serious danger” in 29 out of 36 seats it polled—far more than the 17 seats Democrats would need to retake the House. Suddenly, Congressional Republicans started to panic and serious negotiations finally began—though only haltingly at first.
even self-identified conservative voters would rather increase spending on such programs, rather than cutting spending—let alone—destroying the programs entirely. Yet, people are anything but consistent and using racial discourse has a proven track record of turning people against government. Which is why Salon’s Joan Walsh, attributed the dysfunction driving the shutdown to “50 years of GOP race-baiting,” arguing that “It’s the culmination of 50 years of evolving, yet consistent Republican strategy to depict government as the enemy, an oppressor that works primarily as the protector of and provider for African-Americans, to the detriment of everyone else.”
“They’re not doing us a favor by re-opening the government. They’re not doing us a favor by extending the debt ceiling. That’s part of our jobs.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Oct. 13, 2013
The Big Picture
After the shutdown hit, a number of commentators began to address the larger question of why it had happened. Beginning with someone sympathetic to the shutdown, conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explained, however much they might seem to achieve, “To many conservatives, the right has never come remotely close to getting what it actually wants,” which is to roll back the New Deal: Conservative politicians take power imagining that this time, this time, they will finally tame the New Deal-Great Society Leviathan…and then they make proposals and advance ideas for doing so, the weight of public opinion tilts against them, and they end up either backpedalling, getting defeated at the polls, or both. The reason should be obvious: people overwhelmingly like Social Security, Medicare and all the rest of the New Deal-Great Society programs that conservative activists want to destroy. In fact, decades of polling show that
Writing for Think Progress, Zack Beauchamp wrote a much more detailed account, “How Racism Caused the Shutdown,” drawing on scholarly research into 20th century political history, including Ira Katznelson’s recentlypublished Fear Itself, which explores the role of Southern Democrats in shaping the New Deal, The Rise of the Southern Republicans by Earl and Merle Black, and White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin M. Kruse. Aside from buttressing Walsh’s argument in more nuanced form, Beauchamp makes two points worth noting here. The first is how segregationists thought in terms of their rights—not blacks: In their own minds, segregationists were instead fighting for rights of their own,” Kruse suggests. These “rights” included “the ‘right’ to select their neighbors, their employees, and their children’s classmates, the ‘right’ to do as they pleased with their private property and personal businesses, and, perhaps, The GOP’s North/South Divide/ to p. 21
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Some Republicans thought shutting down the government was a sure loser—too politically costly, but not disastrous enough as a threat. They wanted to focus their obstruction on the debt ceiling, while letting the normal budget process work—or at least something close to it. Cruz was a staunch opponent of this, and helped block the Senate from appointing conference committee members 18 times throughout the spring and summer. Without a conference committee, the House and Senate budgets could not be reconciled. The normal budget process ground to a halt, and the customary stop-gap process kicked in—a shortterm continuing resolution to extend the existing budget in place of a new one. Democrats even agreed to a funding level giving Republicans 90 percent of the cuts they wanted—an unheard of compromise. This is the deal that Senate Democrats thought they had with House Speaker John Boehner. But, spurred on by Cruz, a group of 80 GOP Congress members—dubbed the “suicide caucus” by conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer—rebelled and signed a letter refusing to go along unless Obamacare was defunded. Boehner reneged on his deal and went along with them, passing a continuing resolution with repealing Obamacare attached, just days before the budget deadline. After that, Cruz’s plan fell apart because there wasn’t anything more to it. Cruz was allowed to fake filibuster the very continuing resolution that he’d fought so hard to get the House to pass—and then he voted for it (along with every other senator). The House passed a series of less drastic attacks on Obamacare, and the Senate rejected all of them, so the government shut down on Oct. 1. The House’s last attempt involved a conference committee to negotiate the continuing resolution—including Obamacare. When the Senate rejected it, Republicans thought they’d hit gold with their new spin: they wanted to negotiate, but Democrats didn’t—Democrats shut the government down. But Republicans had just spent months on end refusing to go to conference on the full year budget. They were in no position to complain about Democrats not
Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (R-TX). File photo.
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n Sept. 29, just before House Republicans shut down the government, Slate reporter David Weigel tweeted, “Is there precedent for a party that lost seats in the last election demanding as much as the GOP demands now?” “The answer to Weigel’s question is ‘yes,’” wrote Think Progress’ Ian Milhiser the next day. “In 1860, Southern-aligned Democrats lost handily to Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans, with Lincoln’s party seizing control over both houses of Congress. Angered by this result, seven states tried to leave the Union altogether.” It’s a frightening historical precedent, to be sure. But these truly are frightening times. Refusal to raise the debt ceiling—the second hostage on the GOP’s list—would threaten to destroy the global economy, as the United States defaulted on its debt (although Rand Paul and a handful of other “debt deniers” insist it wouldn’t happen). The U.S. stock market lost almost half its value in the five months following the failure of Lehman Brothers, which kicked off the Great Recession. The $12 trillion of U.S. government debt is 23 times the $517 billion Lehman owed when it filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. That’s why some economists warn the devastation from a U.S. default could potentially rival the Great Depression. Yet, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, reporting on poll internals noted, “Among Republicans who believe not raising it [the debt ceiling] would cause serious economic harm, a majority say don’t raise it by 53-32.” This is not to say that Republicans were coldly calculating to destroy the world economy. There was a hot internal dispute—over what to destroy and why. On Sept. 27, The Atlantic’s James Fallows (author of Breaking the News, 1996) warned against the media framing it as a battle between parties, “The fight that matters is within the Republican party, and that fight is over whether compromise itself is legitimate. Outsiders... have essentially no leverage over the outcome.” But even that was an oversimplification, since some wanted to fight over shutting down the government, others wanted to fight over the debt-ceiling, some wanted to defund or dismantle Obamacare, others were more interested in gutting Medicare and Social Security. That’s why, for example, dozens of Republican senators, Congress members and governors were on record opposing the effort to defund Obamacare using the threat of government shutdown, calling it “a fool’s errand” (Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.), “The dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” (Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.), “dishonest” (Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.), “not rational” (Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.), and “foolish” (Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.). There was a major schism between elected
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Study Predicts Hotter ‘New Normal’ Worldwide
Billions of people worldwide will be living in climates hotter than historical averages by mid-century, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. By 2047, average yearly temperatures will be hotter than those in the warmest year from 1860 to 2005 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Within time, even the coldest year in a particular city or region will be hotter than the hottest year pre-2005. “Unprecedented climates will occur earliest in the tropics and among low-income countries,” according to the study, which urged cuts in greenhouse gases to limit damage to human society and wildlife. “The results shocked us,” said lead author Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii. “Regardless of the scenario, changes will be coming soon. Within my generation whatever climate we were used to will be a thing of the past.” The first cities to be hit included Manokwari in Indonesia, which could have a new climate by 2020. The first in the United States would be Honolulu in 2043 and Orlando in 2046. Los Angeles will be right behind in 2048—but we could have an extra 31 years if aggressive actions are taken to mitigate global warming. On the trailing edge, Moscow and Dallas have until 2063, and Anchorage has until 2071. The impacts of such changes can be devastating. A 2003 heatwave in Europe, the hottest in 500 years, killed up to 70,000 people, although scientists say better preparations would have reduced that toll. Here in the United States, emergency air conditioning aid has recently been cut by conservatives.
April, in the Earth Day feature, “The Great Food Revolt,” Random Lengths reported on and de-constructed a few of the news stories about Monsanto, which included the Farmer Assurance Provision, the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” passed by the corporation’s congressional allies in March and the impact of genetically modified seeds on the economic stability of indigenous farmers around the world. If it weren’t for the activism of the anti-GMO folks, the Monsanto Protection Act provision would have remained relatively unknown and would have been extended during the current debt hostage crisis. The Indian suicide farmers, however, belonged in a different category. The suicides sounded more like an urban legend than a news story considering that only anti-GMO activists was relating the story. Nevertheless, Monsanto sought to address the story with research of their own that dismissed the connection between Monsanto GMO marketing practices of their seeds and the suicides. Ironically enough, Monsanto does cite a lack of reliable credit as being a factor for why Indian
farmers are not succeeding and thereby resorting to suicide. There’s no mention of the fact that farmers are prohibited from using the seeds from their own harvest after buying Monsanto’s seed the first time and their vigorous enforcement of their patent when farmers do use seed from their own harvest. But because this a complicated story about farmers abroad, this story has not gotten much traction in the mainstream press. The Bradley Manning Trial news coverage is a different sort of example of mainstream news coverage burying truth-tellers. Manning’s trial began several years after it was revealed that American forces in 2007 intentionally killed two unarmed journalists on assignment in Iraq. Random Lengths was among the first news publications to report on the leaked documents in 2009. In 2013, news coverage of the trial focused on Manning’s change in gender identity and speculation on how much time he would be sentenced when convicted. That he was responsible for revealing to the world the United States military murdered journalists is forgotten. These are just some of the ways important
story lines have been buried while still receiving coverage. This year, Project Censored specifically took aim at mainstream media’s use of false equivalence to achieve fair and balanced news coverage. The current debt ceiling and budget negotiations to end the government shutdown is the most recent example. Editorial boards of venerable publications such as the Washington Post characterize the shut down as being the result of Republicans and Democrats refusing to negotiate rather than Republicans using the debt ceiling as a hostage, resulting in the shut down of the government. Project Censored was started back in 1976, to highlight stories like these that mainstream media missed or stories to which was paid scant attention. Although the project initially began at Sonoma State University, today, academics and students from 18 universities and community colleges across the country pore through hundreds of submissions of overlooked and under reported stories annually. A panel of academics and journalists then picks the top 25 stories and curate them into themed clusters.
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A “Culture of Cruelty” along Mexico–US Border
Migrants crossing the Mexico–U.S. border not only face dangers posed by an unforgiving desert but also abuse at the hands of the U.S. Border Patrol. During their journey through the desert, migrants risk dehydration, starvation, exhaustion, and the possibility of being threatened and robbed. Unfortunately, the dangers continue if they come in contact with the border patrol. In “A Culture of Cruelty,” the organization No More Deaths revealed human rights violations by the U.S. Border Patrol including limiting or denying migrants water and food, verbal and physical abuse, and failing to provide necessary medical attention. Female migrants face additional violations including sexual abuse, according to No More Deaths. As Erika L. Sánchez reported, “Dehumanization of immigrants is actually part of the border patrol’s institutional culture. Instances of misconduct are not aberrations, but common practice.” The Border Patrol has denied any wrongdoing and has not been held responsible for these abuses. Public debate on immigration tends to ignore not only the potential dangers of crossing the desert, but also the reasons for the migration of undocumented immigrants to the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement, signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton and Mexican President Carlos Salinas in 1994, displaced many Mexican farmers and workers from their farms. Lack of employment resulting from NAFTA continues to motivate many to migrate to the United States.
Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution
In October 2012, Icelanders voted in an advisory referendum regarding six proposed policy changes to the nation’s 1944 Constitution. In response to the question, “In the new Constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?” Iceland’s citizens responded with a decisive “yes.” Eighty-one percent of those voting supported the commons proposal. The constitutional reforms are a direct response to the nation’s 2008 financial crash, when Iceland’s unregulated banks borrowed more than the country’s gross domestic product from international wholesale money markets. As Jessica Conrad of On the Commons reported, “It is clear that citizens are beginning to recognize the value of what they share together over the perceived wealth created by the market economy.” After the October vote, Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir said, “The people have put the parliament on probation.”
Interests Inflate Global 8 Bank Prices by 35 to 40 Percent
A stunning 35 to 40 percent of everything we buy goes to interest. As Ellen Brown reported, “That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street.” In her report, Brown cited the work of Margrit Kennedy, whose research in Germany documents interest charges ranging from 12 percent for garbage collection, to 38 percent for drinking water and 77 percent for rent in public housing. Kennedy found that the bottom 80 percent pay the hidden interest charges that the top 10 percent collect, making interest a strongly regressive tax
that the poor pay to the rich. Drawing on Kennedy’s data, Brown estimated that if we had a financial system that returned the interest collected from the public directly to the public, 35 percent could be lopped off the price of everything we buy. To this end, she has advocated direct reimbursement. “We could do it by turning the banks into public utilities and their profits into public assets,” Brown said. “Profits would return to the public, either reducing taxes or increasing the availability of public services and infrastructure.”
of Death and 7 Merchants Nuclear Weapons
The Physicians for Social Responsibility released a study estimating that one billion people—one-seventh of the human race—could starve over the decade following a single nuclear detonation. A key finding was that corn production in the United States would decline by an average of 10 percent for an entire decade, with the most severe decline (20 percent) in the fifth year. Another forecast was that increases in food prices would make food inaccessible to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest: the 925 million people in the world who are already chronically malnourished (with a baseline consumption of 1,750 calories or less per day) would be put at risk by a 10 percent decline in their food consumption. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons released its 180-page study showing that nuclear-armed nations spend over $100 billion each year assembling new warheads, modernizing old ones, and building ballistic missiles, bombers and submarines to launch them. The United States still has about 2,500 nuclear weapons deployed and 2,600 more as backup. Washington and Moscow account for 90 percent continued on following page
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of all nuclear weapons. Despite a White House pledge to seek a world without nuclear weapons, the 2011 federal budget for nuclear weapons research and development exceeded $7 billion and could (if the Barack Obama administration has its way) exceed $8 billion per year by the end of this decade. Nuclear-armed nations spend over $100 billion each year on weapons programs. The institutions most heavily involved in financing nuclear arms makers include Bank of America, BlackRock, and JPMorgan Chase in the United States; BNP Paribas in France; Allianz and Deutsche Bank in Germany; Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group in Japan; Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Banco Santander in Spain; Credit Suisse and UBS in Switzerland; and Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland in Britain.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, branded as a trade agreement and negotiated in unprecedented secrecy, is actually an enforceable transfer of sovereignty from nations and their people to foreign corporations. As of December 2012, eleven countries were involved—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States—with the possibility of more joining in the future due to inclusion of an unusual “docking agreement.” While the public, U.S. Congress and the press are locked out, 600 corporate advisors are meeting with officials of signatory governments behind closed doors to complete text for the world’s biggest multinational trade agreement, which aims to penalize countries that protect their workers, consumers or environment. Leaked text from the 30-chapter agreement has revealed that negotiators have already agreed to many radical terms, granting expansive new
Rising Wealth 6 Billionaires’ Intensifies Poverty and Inequality
Groups and Anti5 Hate government Groups on Rise Across U.S.
can include “criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.” With the numbers of Patriot groups now much higher now than they were during the peak of the militia movement in the 1990s, the threat of domestic terror attacks is very real. After the center’s report was released, the center’s president, Richard Cohen, sent a letter to the U.S. attorney general as well as the Homeland Security secretary requesting them to “create a new task force to ensure the government is devoting the resources needed to address domestic terrorism.” Hate groups are now transitioning from racist hatred to hatred focused on the government and its representatives. The patriot and militia groups are some of the fastest growing groups, and their goals and rhetoric must be understood in order to implement successful strategies to counter their behavior if it should become violent, according to the center. The center also identified “sovereign citizens,” who often operate as “lone wolves,” breaking away from the group to perform the violent acts. Unfortunately, with the use of social media and the Internet, hate groups are able to recruit and spread their beliefs more readily than in the past. Corporate media have paid scattered attention to the center report and its findings. Both the New York Times and MSNBC covered the report on the day the center issued it, but otherwise, establishment media have done little to shed light on this subject.
Obama’s War on 4 President Whistleblowers
President Barack Obama signed both the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, expanding whistleblower protections, in November 2012, and the National Defense Authorization Act furthering these protections in January 2013. His NDAA signing statement, however, undermines these protections, stating that those expanded protections “could be interpreted in a manner that would interfere with my authority to manage and direct executive branch officials.” Thus, in his signing statement, Obama promised to ignore expanded whistleblower
protections if they conflicted with his power to “supervise, control, and correct employees’ communications with the Congress in cases where such communications would be unlawful or would reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential.” Despite rhetoric to the contrary, the Obama administration is targeting government whistleblowers, having invoked the otherwise dormant Espionage Act of 1917 seven times. The Obama justice department has also used the Intelligence Identities Protection Act to obtain a conviction against Central Intelligence Agency whistleblower John Kiriakou for exposing the waterboarding of prisoners, ironically making Kiriakou the first CIA official to be sentenced to prison in connection with the torture program. The justice department charged former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake with espionage for exposing hundreds of millions of dollars of waste. The highly visible prosecution of Bradley Manning has become what some may argue to be the most effective deterrent for government whistleblowers. Manning admitted to leaking troves of classified documents to WikiLeaks, but pleaded not guilty on counts of espionage.
rights and privileges for foreign investors and their enforcement through extrajudicial “investor-state” tribunals. Through these, corporations would be given special authority to dispute laws, regulations and court decisions. Foreign firms could extract unlimited amounts of taxpayer money as compensation for “financial damages” to “expected future profits” caused by efforts to protect domestic finance, health, labor, environment, land use and other laws they claim undermine their new TPP privileges. There is almost no progressive movement or campaign whose goals are not threatened, as vast swaths of public-interest policy achieved through decades of struggle are targeted. Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, reported that once this top-secret TPP is agreed to, its rules will be set in stone. No rule can be changed without all countries’ consent to amend the agreement. People of the world will be locked into corporate domination.
Global 1 Percent 2 Richest Hide Trillions in Tax Havens
The global 1 percent hold 21 to 32 trillion dollars in offshore havens in order to evade taxes, James S. Henry, the former Project Censored/ to p. 20
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The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and anti-government groups, released a report showing that 1,360 radical, anti-government “patriot” groups and 321 militias actively operate within the United States. Released in March 2013, these statistics show an 813 percent rise in the number of such groups since 2008, with increasing numbers each year. Hate groups are most prevalent in California, with 84 total; Texas was second among states with 62. The Southern Poverty Law Center counted more than 1,000 hate groups in the United States in 2012. By the centes’ standards, hate groups “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics,” and their activities
Above, Westboro Baptist Church, a designated hate group, holds a demonstration at the funeral of a soldier. Right, President Barack Obama boards Air Force One. File photo
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As a direct result of existing financial policies, the world’s 100 richest people grew to be $241 billion richer in 2012. This makes them collectively worth $1.9 trillion, just slightly less than the United Kingdom’s total economic output. A few of the policies responsible for this occurrence are the reduction of tax rates and tax enforcement, the privatization of public assets, wage controls and the destruction of collective bargaining. These same policies that are building up the richest people are causing colossal hardships to the rest of the world’s population. George Monbiot has attributed this situation to neoliberal policies, which produce economic outcomes contrary to those predicted, and even promised, by advocates of neoliberal policy and laissez faire markets. In consequence, across the 34 countries that constitute the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, taxation has decreased among the rich and increased among the poor. Despite what neoliberals claimed would happen, the spending power of the state and of poorer people has diminished, contracting demand along with it. Wage inequality and unemployment have both skyrocketed, making the economy increasingly unstable with monumental amounts of debt. Monbiot observed, “The complete failure of this world-scale experiment is no impediment to its repetition. This has nothing to do with economics. It has everything to do with power.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens a Regime of Corporate Global Governance
When the Cirque Comes to Town Proving the value of the arts in public-port venues By James Preston Allen, Publisher
October 18 -31, 2013
Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area
Throughout the course of many years, we have criticized the Port of Los Angeles on a range of issues. And, we have done so again in this issue with our reporting on the TraPac terminal expansion and its cost overrun of $146 million. It would seem as though Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office also had concerns with this “miscalculation” of costs, considering that both Deputy Director of Port Operations John Holmes and the Port’s Executive Director Geraldine Knatz resigned or retired after the matter came to light. I have been told by some who would know, that the mayor had serious misgivings about this cost overrun and the financial position it has put the Harbor Department in. I am not going to belabor the point, as our reporter has done an adequate job of explaining it elsewhere in this edition. I will, however, shock some on the Fifth Floor of 425 South Palos Verdes Street by giving them a standing ovation for bringing Cirque du Soleil’s Totem to San Pedro. Everyone knows we have our own kind of three-ring politics in this town, complete with clowns and ringmasters. But Totem is really extraordinary. To have these incredibly talented, world class performers in an inspiring, transformative piece in this town was extraordinary. If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil performance before, it is unlike any other circus you’ll experience. This is the kind of event that puts San Pedro on the cultural map of California. What is profoundly intriguing about the Cirque experience is the multi-pronged approach to storytelling incorporating multimedia and performance art. From the design of the costumes to the live music, from the stage design and lighting to the dance routines— and not to forget—the hilarious comedic clown routines, they are all superb. And, these were only preparatory to the astounding acrobatics where we see athleticism meeting art. One is left questioning if this is really a circus at all, as it absolutely challenges every stereotype we have about circuses within the past 200 years. This is not anything like them. No elephants, no tigers and no protesting animal rights activists, because there aren’t any animals other than the human kind involved. The apes in costume were curiously humorous as social commentary. So, under the big blue and yellow tent at the end of Miner Street we have a magical
experience that was part spectacle, part ancestral story telling. Totem brought some 2,500 surly San Pedrans together under one tent for a brief moment to reflect upon how we are all frogs in the same pond. It is a message that we should all take away from this performance. What is even more interesting about Totem, in their very CanadianCirque du Soleil way, there isn’t a “star” of the show. The star, if there is one, is the collaboration of the entire cast executing an entire show. The practical side of this, as explained by Jeff Lund, manager of Totem, is that if at any time one of the performers is injured there is a backup performer ready to fill in. Again, it’s not about the star of the show, it’s the team and the storyline. Culturally, this is a refreshing divergence from the American pop culture idolization that we are force fed by our media industry. It is perhaps the underlying take-away message of the entire show that could be transferred to our own socio-political perspectives on national, city to even neighborhood council politics—it’s not just about the one in the spotlight that matters most, but the dynamic of the group that matters. Perhaps, Congress should check out a show and take a few notes right about now. For those who have been rumored to cock their heads at the mention of the San Pedro arts district or who routinely question the contribution that the arts make to our community and economy, think about this: Cirque du Soleil will bring more than 50,000 people to a part of the Harbor that is rarely used. They will hire some 350 locals during their four-week run; house their entire staff and performers at local hotels and both audiences and performers will be discovering all the cool places and favorite restaurants we take for granted. And, just why did Cirque du Soleil choose San Pedro, the “surliest” town in all of Los Angeles, as one of their three Southern California locations for Totem? Because they did their research and discovered our arts district and the waterfront development plans and wanted to help with the “re-emergence” of this community. They actually said this up front to a room full of reporters. This circus is not the solution, nor is any other singular element of the proposed waterfront development, the key to our future. Nor should one personality be. But Cirque du Soleil does point us in the right direction of what is possible, and what is imaginable. Let’s not forget to invite them back. Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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Buscaino: Bring CicLAvía to San Pedro By Sandy Smith, Guest Columnist
Two weeks ago, I loaded my kids and the bikes into the truck and joined thousands of other bike riders at the CicLAvía—Heart of LA event in downtown Los Angeles. We were able to enjoy seven miles of downtown streets without worrying we would be run over by a car or bus. How cool was it to ride through the fashion district, the arts district, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and more. CicLAvías started in Bogota, Colombia over 30 years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now the events happen throughout Latin America and the United States connecting people to their communities. City streets are opened only to riders and pedestrians and there’s often a festival atmosphere in the neighborhoods hosting the events. Los Angeles has hosted seven events since 2010. Heart of LA was this year’s third event. To the Sea allowed riders to bike from downtown to Venice and iconic Wilshire Blvd. showcased LA from downtown to the Miracle Mile neighborhood earlier this year. The events have consistently attracted upwards of 100,000 participants each time. What a financial boon for downtown— restaurants in every district were overflowing; bundles of bikes locked up outside each one. The food trucks at Grand Park couldn’t take orders fast enough.
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Bring CiclLAvía to San Pedro! Imagine Harbor Boulevard, our own downtown, Paseo del Mar, the Vincent Thomas Bridge and restaurants, all filled with riders discovering San Pedro—maybe for the first time. And, what better way to promote our green Port than with an event run on people power? The powers-that-be spend lots of time talking about attracting visitors to San Pedro and here would be another opportunity to show off our port town. The recent event proved that Angelenos from every corner of the city are willing to drive, ride or take the Metro downtown. Let’s get them to San Pedro!
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Response to Open Letter from UTLA
RANDOMLetters Serious Conversations
Like many of you, I listened to the president’s speech on Tuesday with interest and concern. The situation in Syria is heartbreaking, and I know that all Americans are saddened by the violence. I also know that any military engagement abroad is a matter that requires serious thought and careful consideration, and I’m glad that the President has decided to delay a military response in favor of pursuing an international diplomatic response. I was, and remain, against a military strike, and many of my constituents have contacted me in recent days to let me know that they share my concerns. I believe that the President’s decision to pursue a plan for a non-military solution is a good one and it should be given a chance to succeed. I was on CNN this weekend speaking about my opposition to a military strike. Thanks for joining the conversation, Rep. Janice Hahn San Pedro
San Pedro Lobster Fest
We took a couple to Lobsterfest …area for VIP parking and other special people. Many were unused. We parked far away, and walked by the available spaces. Ten dollars each to walk into a carnival and were hustled by three booths offering “free” trips to Vegas or Catalina. That’s if you qualify to listen to their sales pitch, to buy property not in S.P.
Open Letter to UTLA
There is no need for clarifications, there were clear violations in the previous citywide elections and there were several witnesses who can attest to these injustices. While this is not the forum to discuss the specific details of campaign violations, now is the appropriate time to ensure that these discrepancies are not allowed to happen again. The legitimacy of UTLA’s governance requires an open and judicious election process, which cannot be ensured without the scrutiny of an objective third party. United Teachers Los Angeles has unfortunately developed a recent reputation of poor response to members inquiries and concerns, as can be evidenced by the redundancy of numerous emails sent to various UTLA leaders including elected officers, UTLA paid employees, House of Representative members and its Board of Directors. In spite of numerous attempts at contacting UTLA with my concerns (email copies of these inquires are available upon request), only when my emails have included leaders from the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and Mary Weiss of the Public Employment Relations Board have I received any response from a UTLA representative. In like manner UTLA cannot guarantee its election will be without partiality. Therefore, as previously requested---I ask that the Los Angeles Woman’s league of Voters be asked to proxy the 2014 UTLA Elections to include facilitating every aspect of the election process, including organizing and moderating candidate debates, forums and all vote counting. If this matter is not addressed prior to the official date listed as the start of the election season, I will file an unfair work Practice with the California Public Relations Board. David Garcia Los Angeles
I would be glad to answer your questions and to clarify some misunderstandings: The UTLA Election Manual, Timeline and Q & A (Questions and Answers) have been on the 2014 UTLA Elections website since last Friday, September 20, 2013. This was mentioned in the United Teacher article on page 20, just below the April 20 information. That is the same date as when the most recent United Teacher newspaper was mailed to UTLA members - and was put on the UTLA website. To get to the 2014 UTLA Elections website: Go to the UTLA homepage (www.utla.net). Scroll down to “UTLA News” on the left side, in red. At the first item “2014 UTLA Election Information Center”— click “Details” Some of your questions are already answered in the Q & A. Members are not given lists of members, nor their contact information; addresses and phone numbers, at any time. Candidates are able to receive lists of members, with contact information, by submitting a form and paying the required amount (“at cost”). Declaration of Candidacy forms will not be available until the next United Teacher newspaper is mailed. The form will be in the UT, in the web version of the UT, and on the 2014 UTLA Election Information Center website on October 18, 2013. This was clearly stated in the Timeline (Oct.18) on page 20 of the current United Teacher. Since there are no official valid candidates at this time, UTLA will not be giving member lists to any prospective candidates at this time. When candidates return their nomination forms to UTLA, their “active dues paying for two years” status as of the deadline to submit nomination forms (December 5, 2013) will be confirmed by the UTLA Elections Committee. If they are running for affiliate positions as a citywide officer (AFT Vice President or NEA Vice President) or as a Board of Director member elected from a UTLA Area, the required one year status as a member of the affiliate will also be confirmed. Additionally, if candidates are running for Special Category Board of Director representative positions, that status will also need to be confirmed.
they do not have to. In the future please send all questions to: 2014elections@utla. net UTLA Elections Committee 9.27.2013 md cc: Tara Thomas, Martha Bayer, UTLA Elections Committee, Warren Fletcher, Bruce Williams
Response to Big Bad Government vs. Tea Party
Response to Big Bad Government vs. Tea Party In his latest editorial (Big Bad Government vs. Tea Party) James Preston Allen correctly
identified “We the People” as the start of the US Constitution, and not Big Government, not Big Corporations, and I would also add Big Labor, which is not so big since the ILWU split with the AFL-CIO, and since migrant workers in the Central Valley have continued resisting unionization, and since the International Food and Commercial Workers have downsized in the South Bay. Allen then strikes a worthy distinction over the word “big”: physical size versus legal scope. Of course the United States federal government is big – this is a big country! The matter before the Framers of the Constitution More Letters/ to p. 19
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Healthcare town hall As of Oct.1, the 5 million Californians without health insurance are able to enroll in a new program called Covered California (CA). Health insurance coverage will be offered to everyone—even if they have a pre-existing condition. Many people will qualify for discounted premiums and federal subsidies to help pay for the insurance. On Oct. 19, Health Care Los Angeles and United Long Term Care Workers are hosting a healthcare town hall at Oasis Church. This free event will provide a greater understanding of how to access high-quality, affordable insurance through Covered CA and the Affordable Care Act. Representatives from Health Care Services of Los Angeles and SEIU/United Long Term Care Workers will be on hand to discuss the new insurance marketplace, Covered California and provide information on how to enroll for coverage that can begin as early as January 1, 2014. The town hall meeting is from 2 to 4p.m. Venue: Oasis Church Location: 634 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles
Lobster was great if you didn’t mind sitting on hot seats at hot uncovered tables. Snake oil salesmen should be proud. G. Martin Wright San Pedro
After a prospective candidate has been confirmed as a valid candidate, then that candidate may request member lists, or mailing labels, or e-mail blast information. To clarify a point you made in the second paragraph of your letter: Candidates are not required to deliver election campaign materials (flyers) to UTLA. If a candidate wishes that candidate may bring a sufficient number of flyers to UTLA on the announced date and UTLA will have them mailed to members homes—at no cost to the candidate for postage or handling. Candidates do have to pay for the printing of the flyers themselves. If candidates does not wish to participate in this activity
I have always been a passionate advocate of pet owners’ rights and ethical ownership, but after witnessing my beloved dog mauled (and consequently traumatized) only to learn that in Long Beach there are no laws to prevent these scenarios from playing out again after the “first bite,” I suddenly found myself gaining even more fervor for the importance of responsible comfortable. Growing pains hurt for a reason. ownership and my new-found belief enforcement Following the incident that nearly killed my should be stronger. Pomeranian-Silky Terrier, I was infuriated to A dog-friendly town should be synonymous discover that after multiple surgeries and several with dog safe, but as that is not the case, it is up weeks away from work (it took over a month for to us as pet owners to lookout for ourselves and my dog to begin walking and eating regularly each other. During a long period of research on again), that there were no laws or even protocol dog bites, dog laws and a plethora of dog injury in place to prevent proven hostile animals from stories that came my way, I discovered the Yellow attacking again. My wounds were minor, but a Dog Project that just may be the most proactive man who ran to help pry the larger dog’s jaws and efficient way that we, as a community, open (and release my dog) suffered very deep can avoid these jarring incidents. But without puncture wounds in his wrist that, according citywide awareness and support of the Yellow to the Long Beach Police, were not “traumatic Dog Project, it cannot succeed. enough” for a police report. The Yellow Dog Project is a very simple With an Animal Control report alone, the yet powerful idea: if we own dogs that are responsible owner was ordered to keep his dog habitually nervous, in rehabilitation, injured or quarantined in his own home for several days. I unpredictable around others and need more space, do not believe in bad dogs or breeds (even as this it is our responsibility to put a yellow ribbon or dog was a pit bull)—only bad owners. There was bandanna on the leash to let others know to keep virtually no punishment for the careless owner of their distance. It is a horrible common practice in the unlicensed and un-neutered dog. There is no my neighborhood for dog owners to yell, “He’s guarantee that that same dog will not continue friendly!” and drop the leash, allowing their dog to attempt to eat other animals or bite people at to bolt forward as if it’s okay. the end of the quarantine. In short, the in-home The pit bull who attacked us could arguably quarantine does nothing. If anything, it only feeds be labeled as “unpredictable” at best, and the unreleased tension an animal feels when kept though it is not my contention that the owner indoors for too long. of the dog would have done the right thing to begin with, knowledge of the Yellow Dog Project could potentially save both animal and human lives. As a member of the community who has experienced first-hand the dangerous consequences of careless dog ownership, I implore pet owners to spread the word, buy yellow ribbons and help us bring dog safety back to this dog-friendly city. www. A yellow ribbon tied to its collar signifies that this pet needs space. Photo theyellowdogproject.com courtesy The Yellow Dog Project.
The Yellow Dog Project By Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, Guest Columnist
October 18 -31, 2013
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“I’m sorry, sweetie…” That last word couldn’t have come out less condescending even if she tried. I was angry, injured and had no reply. The Animal Control officer finished her succinct speech with an apologetic, “The first bite is alright.” It sounded like a slogan. It even rhymed. I was holding my bleeding 7- pound dog in my arms. My little pup was hyperventilating desperately after being chewed on by a much larger and sinewy aggressive dog that had no business being off-leash—anywhere. My dog was fighting for her life and all the City of Long Beach could do for me was apologize, take a report and cross their fingers that the violent dog wouldn’t hurt anyone else again. The first bite was not alright with me. Long Beach (particularly the Belmont Shore area) is the quintessential Dog City of Southern California. With doggie water bowls and treats at nearly every business on Second Street, the common sight of couples eating dinner at restaurants with their pooches under the table and an off-leash dog beach just a couple blocks away, Belmont Shore is a dog owner’s utopia—so species-integrated it appears like a manifestation from a Cesar Millan dream. Until recently, I had the puerile notion that all of this dog “friendliness” and acceptance contributed to the safety and well-being of my pet. Then again, naivete is so easy to fall back on when we are
By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer
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ince the founding of San Pedro’s arts district 15 years ago, resurrecting downtown San Pedro’s nightlife has been about as challenging as raising the dead. Businesses come. Businesses go, leaving vacant spaces for ghosts to haunt. Even the Warner Grand Theatre is barely on this side of the living, with only the Golden State Pops Orchestra keeping a small flame alit at the theater. Sure, Little Fish Theatre is thriving in its home on Centre Street near Seventh, producing a dozen plays a year and more, along with its very successful Shakespeare by the Sea, which presents two plays a year, free, to communities all over the Los Angeles basin. But for much of the year downtown is dark at night. The Relevant Stage brought musicals to the Warner for several years but has faded away. Encore Entertainers produces lively shows at the Warner, but weeks go by, leaving visitors with nothing to do in downtown except eat pizza and drink coffee. The Warner Grand presents live music in their venue, but apparently not enough to make a difference, despite their lively programming. Now all that may change. Two new theater companies are opening theater spaces in downtown San Pedro, and they may tip the balance and turn San Pedro into a theater town. TE San Pedro Rep (the “TE” stands for Theater Elysium) is converting a former doctor’s office at 311 West 7th Street, which back onto Little Fish Theatre, for ongoing productions and theater classes. They are opening Shakespeare’s Hamlet there with the first preview on Nov. 7, First Thursday Art Walk in San Pedro. The San Pedro Theater Club, at 624 South Pacific, is half a block from the Warner Grand and sports a 78-seat theater space which has already hosted musical performances and a comedy night just a few days ago. James Blackman is the man behind the San Pedro Theatre Club, and he has high hopes for theater in San Pedro. “We want to produce musicals, plays, have regular jazz performances and make San Pedro a place for theater locally,” Blackman said in a recent phone conversation. “We need to make downtown a center for entertainment and a place people will regularly come to.” Aaron Ganz is artistic director and founder of TE San Pedro, which is remaking a store-front on 7th Street into its new home. “San Pedro is a place that is betting on the arts to succeed,” Ganz
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Why wait to celebrate the Harvest Season and the Day of the Dead. There’s plenty of sights and frights to experience until the end of the month.
Through November 2
Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Evil lurks within at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. This year’s haunted ship includes six hellish mazes, terrifying freak shows, RIP lounge, live entertainment, food, cocktails, rides, attractions and a new zip line! Purchase tickets online in advance and save $5 off general admission. Details: www.queenmary.com Venue: Queen Mary Location: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
Varese Sarabande 35th Anniversary Halloween Gala The Golden State Pops Orchestra is presenting Dave Lombardo, founding member and former drummer of the metal band Slayer. He will be performing with the GSPO and Golden State Pops Chorale as part of the Halloween Gala, at 8 p.m. Oct. 19, at the Warner Grand Theatre. Dave recently formed a new band called Philm, who will be joining him on stage to perform Christopher Young’s music from the movie Ghost Rider. Details: http://www.gspo.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Halloween Spectacular Come celebrate the season with Brenda Lynne, Christopher Ryan, Jasmine Sorensen and Sam Sorensen, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro Details: http://tinyurl.com/ HalloweenSpectacular Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Halloween Kiddie Karnival Celebrate the upcoming holiday at the Halloween Kiddie Karnival, from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at the El Dorado Park Community Center in Long Beach. The event will feature a Halloween laser show, games, crafts, face painting and a bounce house. It also will feature a costume contest. Dress as your favorite aquarium creature for a chance to win a Family 4 Pack to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Details: 562-570-6932; district5@longbeach. gov Venue: El Dorado Park Community Center Location: 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach
Long Beach Zombie Walk Festival Returns Long Beach’s largest annual Halloween event, the Long Beach Zombie Walk Festival, makes its return to the streets of Downtown Long Beach, from 2 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26, from Pine Avenue to The Promenade, Broadway to 3rd Street. The event benefits Long Beach Cinematheque. Tickets are $15. Ghouls and gals can rock out to popular metal/mariachi band Metalachi, flashback with legendary Los Angeles bands The Dickies and Haunted Garage, and enjoy over a dozen local rock acts. Film-loving zombies can settle onto the grass at Promenade Square Park for a double-feature screening of the George A. Romero classics Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Plus meet a collective of zombie-apocalypse authors, as author David P. Forsyth brings his annual convention of horror scribes ApocaCon to the festival. And cheer along for your favorite zombie wrestler as Vendetta Pro Wrestling presents five bouts of Zombie Lucha Libre. Details: zombiewalklb.com Venue: Downtown Long Beach Location: Promenade at Pine Ave.
Howling Fun, Scary Stories Angels Gate Cultural Center presents an afternoon of HOWLing fun and scary stories, from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be live music, art workshops for children, a scavenger hunt and contests. The galleries will feature work by Michele Mártinez with the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Angels Gate Cultural Center Studio Artists and a curated show by Stacey Wexler. The Project Space will feature new interviews and work by Fabian Debora, Narsiso Martinez and other emerging Los Angeles artists. Admission is $5. Children
10 years old or younger are admitted free of charge. Details: (310) 519-0936 Venue: Angels Gate Cultural Center Location: 3601 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Day of the Dead Festival at MoLAA Bring the whole family to a free Day of the Dead festival honoring José Guadalupe Posada, the “father of Mexican printmaking,” from 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. You’ll enjoy exploring the art and craft traditions that revolve around this important holiday through art workshops, live performances, gallery tours, food, face painting, unique craft vendors, an altar contest display, community altar and a display of José Guadalupe Posada’s prints. Details: (562) 437-1689; www.molaa.org Venue: Museum of Latin American Art Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
Dynamic Duo: Verdi and Wagner The Los Cancioneros Master Chorale presents the Dynamic Duo: Verdi and Wagner at 7 p.m., Oct. 20. Enjoy an evening with this annual Just Desserts Concert where Verdi and Wagner meet. Admission Calendar to page 15.
Harvest HOWL-oween Pet Costume Harvest HOWL-oween Pet Costume will take place, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30, at the Pine Animal Hospital in Long Beach. The annual Halloween Mutt Mingle will include food, drinks, costume contests and treats. The event will benefit Gone to the Dogs pet rescue. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Details: www.pussyandpooch.com Venue: Pine Animal Hospital in Long Beach Location: 900 Pine Ave., Long Beach Halloween Events continued on page 16.
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Jack-o-Lantern Exhibit As Part of Halloween Gala Christopher Young is known as one of the greatest horror film composers in the history of Hollywood. Chris owns one of the largest and most eclectic jack-o-lantern collections. He has agreed to display his collection at the Deco Art Deco gallery the day of GSPO’s Halloween gala, Oct. 19. Details: http://decoartdeco.com/gallery741. html Venue: Gallery 741 Location: 741 S. Pacific Ave, San Pedro
Tri-Fecta Trio Tri-Fecta Trio plays Oct. 12 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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Mishi’s Strudel co-proprietor, Michael Schueller and the popular pumpkin strudel. Photos by Terelle Jerricks
Fall: the Season to Live, Laugh, Love
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By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
“Live...Laugh... Love…,” so said a sign inside of Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Cafe. This directive seems only possible at a place like Mishi’s. The air in this little cafe is permeated with the scent of warm crepes, strudels and coffee. That scent plus the light home atmosphere is like a scene out of the Austrian fairy tale Hansel and Gretel except Mishi’s is a Hungarian influenced cafe. I went to Mishi’s one recent Saturday with the specific purpose of asking about the cafe’s pumpkin strudel, and essentially all that was new at the cafe. But I walked away with that and so much more. They began selling pumpkin strudel last month, in September. With the season’s transition into fall, and with Halloween and Thanksgiving but a few bread crumbs away, to Michael Schueller, pumpkin strudel is just an obvious selection to open the new season. But as well received as their original pumpkin strudel was, their pumpkin strudel with vanilla cheese was even more popular. “The vanilla cheese with our secret home recipe,” Michael said, who’s name in Hungarian is Mishi. Talking to Michael, it’s apparent that Mishi’s old European styled homeyness embodying the mantra, “Live...Laugh...Love” was intentional and something that he, and his wife and life partner, Aniko, hoped others would bring into their own homes. “People ... like it in 16-inch frozen form,” Michael said. It’s very nice because you put it
in the oven for half-an-hour to 45 minutes and its ready. The smell of it adds to the festive atmosphere and the homeyness, which is true of all of our strudels.” Michael said they are currently gearing up for the holidays to roll out their popular apple cranberry strudel. The difference between this year and last is that they’re thinking of adding variations of that strudel to the menu this season. The reason? It was again, because of the obvious. “With Thanksgiving dinners, we have the turkey and they usually have cranberry sauce with it,” Michael said. “So that will match very well with the cranberry apple strudel.” Mishi’s different varieties of coffee complements the sweet strudels extremely well. The top specialty variations include the Linzer torte, cafe Parisian, and vanilla nut coffee. Michael noted that their coffee is 100 percent Arabica and is organically grown. But perhaps the best thing about the coffee is the mixture of scents including cinnamon, vanilla nut and almond extracts, brandy and Mexican liqueur. Michael admitted he liked the coffee for the same reason. “The Highlander Grogg... the smell of it.... the aroma...,” Michael said, reaching for the right words about the impact of the coffee aroma in the cafe. “I like to brew [a] special pot even if nobody wanted it because the aroma is so good.” Michael was going to visit an ailing aunt, who also happens to know all the old recipes. He Continued on next page.
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got a lot of old recipes from his aunt and had to tweak and adjust every last one of them to ensure that they were made from a health consciousness standpoint. Saturday mornings are typically busy for Mishi’s. The morning I visited was no different. Michael frequently had to excuse himself from the conversation to help a customer. It was between those breaks I noticed a pair of joggers on their morning run. They stopped at the corner of 7th and Centre, just outside Mishi’s, looking inside, then
The savory items include variations of the spinach and sour cream crepes; spinach, mushrooms, and sour cream crepes; ham sour cream crepes; ham and cheese crepes; or the works with all of the above. Mishi’s even serves some traditional Hungarian specialties such as the Hungarian goulash stew, and the pastas (beef; cabbage; cottage-cheese and bacon). And perhaps the best part of all is that a good meal can be had for under $10. After hanging out with Michael that Saturday morning, I got the feeling that the “Live...Laugh...
Calendar from page 13. is $22.50. Call the number below for tickets. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.torrancearts.org Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance Beyond The Fence This Oct.18, and 19, South Coast Chorale presents Matthew Shepard: Beyond the Fence, a tribute to the man the sparked a movement for a community. To honor his memory on the 15th anniversary of his death, SCC has produced a stirring musical experience that will move and inspire our community. Details: http://sccsingers.com Venue: Scottish Rite Theater Location: 855 Elm Ave., Long Beach
LADO B PROJECT LADO B PROJECT with Otmaro Ruiz play Oct. 19 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro The Interludes Enjoy the Interludes, starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, at the First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance. Admission is free. Venue: First Lutheran Church and School Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
Love” mantra in their store wasn’t just for the customers that came in, but it was for themselves as well. Details: (310) 832-6474; www.mishisstrudel. com Venue: Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Cafe Location: 309 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Varèse Sarabande 35th Anniversary Halloween Gala The Golden State Pops Orchestra Chorale, led by Maestra Marya Basaraba. The concert will feature the great flute virtuoso Sara Andon, along with another historic gathering of Varèse Sarabande composers. Dave Lombardo, the founding member and former drummer for the band Slayer will also take the stage with the GSPO. Both the frightening and the fun side of horror films and Halloween have been part of Varèse Sarabande from the very beginning. Details: (310) 433-8774; www.gspo.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Wolfgang Schalk Quartets Wolfgang Schalk Quartets plays Oct. 20 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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Halloween Spooktacular Halloween Spooktacular plays Oct. 25 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Ryo Okumoto Project Ryo Okumoto Project plays Oct. 26 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Community/Family October 20
Autumn Sea Fair The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting the Autumn Sea Fair from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 20. Children will enjoy ocean-related activities and Calendar to page 16.
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at the sign, apparently fighting with themselves on whether to ruin their otherwise healthy morning with coffee and sweet breakfast. They ultimately went elsewhere and got a cup of coffee, since they returned with cups outfitted with hand-guards. When Michael returned, he began discussing how Mishi’s has been transforming traditional Hungarian recipes into very health conscious choices. “[In the old days] there was no concern about healthiness,” Michael noted. “The recipes were extensively modified. My wife, Aniko, is very well versed in health foods. She reads a lot of health food articles. I’m not allowed to eat bad things,” he said. Michael said his aunt’s recipes aren’t any longer recognizable in the strudel sold at the cafe because of Aniko’s steadfastness in bringing a health conscious Hungarian cuisine. The biggest changes has been the dropping of the use of coloring in the cherries and the replacing of shortening with butter. They now only buy organic. Mishi’s has no trans-fats and utilizes alternatives to sugar in many of the strudels. They do not use Splenda, the so-called miracle sweetener that’s just like sugar but healthier. “The best way to do it is with coconut crystals,” Michael said. “They are low glycemic.” He noted that several of their regulars, who are diabetic, give the sweet alternative five stars out of five. The little cafe started down this road of health conscious strudels after getting a call from Little Company of Mary asking if they had anything for people with diabetes. It wasn’t long after this they started looking closer at splenda, particularly after reading reports that the sugar alternative affected the brain. Aside from Mishi’s health consciousness, those joggers brought to mind other misperceptions of the small local strudel shop, such as all they serve is sweet strudels. Their menu actually boasts a robust range of flavors that includes the savory, fruity, as well as, sweets.
Trio Céleste Enjoy the classical talents of Trio Céleste, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, at First Lutheran Church of Torrance. Trio Céleste was recently appointed Ensemble-inResidence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. The Trio has already taken on several large-scale projects, including performances of the complete Beethoven Trios and performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the UCI Symphony Orchestra in June of 2012. The Trio is the principal Ensemble-in-Residence at the new series, Chamber Music OC. Details: (310) 316-5574 Venue: First Lutheran Church of Torrance Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
Calendar from page 15. those in attendance can gain information from dozens of local marine-based organizations. Also enjoy food, live entertainment and exhibits. Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro Sacred Dancers of Angkor The Sacred Dancers of Angkor will be performing a Cambodia Town Blessing, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 20, at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library in Long Beach. The blessing ceremony, a traditional Cambodian custom, will take place to bring good fortune to residents and business owners in the Cambodia Town Business and Cultural District. A blessing dance will be performed by the Sacred Dancers of Angkor, a troupe of 30 young dancers who specialize in sacred dance rituals. The event is free and open to the public. Details: (562) 570-6816; firstname.lastname@example.org Venue: Mark Twain Neighborhood Library Location: 1401 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Swing Peedro Halloween Swing Peedro Halloween is featuring a swinging performance by Jan Kain and her Dancing Zombies, featuring the Fabulous Esquires Big Band at 7 p.m., Oct. 25. Enjoy the spacious and beautiful dance floor, learn some new moves and dance to one of SoCal’s top swing bands. Admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Details: (310) 547-2348; www.swingpeedro.com Venue: Peoples Palace Location: 365 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Sea Scare The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting its 8th annual Halloween event, Sea Scare from 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 26. Everyone is encouraged to attend wearing costumes. The aquarium will host a treasure hunt, crafts, tours and more. Admission is $5 and $1 for seniors and children. Aquarium members get in for free. Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
San Pedro Library Knit and Crochet Club The San Pedro Library Knit and Crochet Club are meeting from 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Muller House Museum. Details: www.sanpedrobayhistoricalsociety.org Venue: Muller House Museum Location: 1495 Beacon St., San Pedro
Jefferson Middle School Fall Concert The Jefferson Middle School presents its Fall Concert at 7 p.m., Oct. 28. Enjoy a variety of music brought to you by the Jefferson middle School Choir. Tickets are $5. Call the number below to for tickets. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.torrancearts.org Venue: James Armstrong Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
Theater/Film October 18
Joel Gaines Joel Gaines will be at the George Nakano Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Admission is $33. Call the number below to order tickets. Details: (310) 781-7171; www.torrancearts.org Venue: George Nakano Theatre Location: 3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
LACE/Slanguage: Practice Sessions, Video Release and WareHouse Warming Barbecue The Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Slanguage presents their practice sessions, video release and WareHouse warming barbecue, from 12 to 6 p.m., Oct. 26. Enjoy a free showing of videos made as part of a new initiative to create a critical visibility for artists working in the public sphere. Details: www.tinyurl.com/slanguagevideo Location: 1320 W. 16th St., Long Beach
Young Frankenstein The Musical Theatre West at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center presents Young Calendar to page 17.
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Smilin’ Jack’s 61st Anniversary Phillips 66 invites you to visit the Great Pumpkin ‘Smilin’ Jack” for his 61st spooktacular appearance at the Los Angeles Refinery. View the holiday displays from 6 to 9 p.m. from your car and enjoy delicious caramel corn. Details: (310) 952-6371 Venue: Los Angeles Refinery Location: 1660 W. Anaheim St., Wilmington
8 th Annual Día de Los Muertos Art Exhibition Join Gallery Azul for its 8th annual celebration of life, with art and a dance performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 1, in San Pedro Details: www.galleryazul.com Venue: Gallery Azul Location: 520 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Día de Los Muertos Festival Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Downtown San Pedro featuring ten musicians from Mariachi Divas and many more. The festival will also include delicious foods, live entertainment, sacred altar exhibition and competition, free kids’ crafts, face painting and fun for the whole family. Festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Details: www.spdayofthedead.com Location: Downtown San Pedro
Kim & Angel’s Dia de los Muertos Birthday Fundraiser Save the date for the annual Kim & Angel Birthday Fundraiser “Dia de Los Muertos,” from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Gaslamp Restaurant in Long Beach. Themed appropriately in the Mexican tradition, this event will be one of the most entertaining and meaningful. Everyone is encouraged to paint their face and dress up in your most sexy or eccentric outfit and enter our “best use of theme” contest to win a stay at the Maya hotel and other great prizes for first, second and third place. Featuring a traditional memory “altar” beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit, painted skulls and Mexican crafts, everyone is encouraged to bring a photo of their loved ones who have died and place it on the altar to be honored and celebrated. Guests must be 21 years or older. Cover is $10 per person proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Christmas, which is produced by California Families in Focus and helps more than 1,000 women, children and men living in domestic violence shelters and drug rehab shelters during Christmas. Donations of pajamas for children and women, gift cards, socks, make up, shampoo, body wash, lotion, jewelry or anything you can think of to add in the “Self Esteem Bags” that can be given to the women will be accepted. Venue: Gaslamp Location: 6251 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
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Calendar from page 16. Frankenstein, at 8 p.m., Nov. 1. The story revolves around Dr. Frankenstein attempts to complete his grandfather’s master work and bring a corpse to life. Together, with his lab assistant, helper, and fiancee, Frankenstein succeeds in creating the monster. Tickets are $20 with an additional $3 service charge for each ticket. The show will run through Nov. 17. Details: (562) 856-1999 ext. 4; www.musical.org Venue: Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
Managing Director Chris Lang, Artistic director Aaron Ganz, Communications Director Paris Langle at TE San Pedro Rep. Photos by Terelle Jerricks
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Both Sides of the Lens The Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center is presenting Both Sides of the Lens, from Oct. 19 through 31. The exhibition by the photographic and digital artists group (PADA) explores collaborations between subjects—a Kenyan leopard, Beverly Hills paparazzi, an aging summer house—and their treatment in the darkroom or digital lightroom. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19. Details: www.arielswartley.com Venue: Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center Location: 1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach Brass Rubbing Returns to Long Beach The gold, silver and copper wax stick will be back for flying fingers to trace out ancient and contemporary shapes, from Oct. 23 through Nov. 16, at the Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center in Long Beach. Admission to the exhibit is free. Cost for materials is $5. Details: www.stlukeslb.org/ministries/brass-rubbing Venue: Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center Location: 525 E. 7th St., Long Beach Light and Color Light and Color, the light-capturing landscapes of oil painter Joy Gonzalez and portrait artist Carol Hungerford with fused-glass free-standing menageries by Karen Pester, will be on exhibit through Nov. 14, at the Promenade on the Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates. For oil painters Joy Gonzalez and Carol Hungerford, light strikes the subject of the painting and illuminates its form, altering its local color. When the correct hue and value are chosen, the form emerges from the painted surface. For glass artist Karen Pester, light passes through the iridescent colored glass and adds its radiant characteristics to the sculptural form. Details: (310) 541-2479; www.pvartcenter.org Venue: Promenade on the Peninsula Location: 550 Deep Valley Dr., Gallery #159, Rolling Hills Estates The Facebook Portraits The Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education presents The Facebook Portraits, featuring Los Angeles artist, Mike Reynolds, at the Norris Gallery of the center. Mike Reynolds is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in the traditional practice of oil painting. Drawing on tenuous personal connections through social media, Reynolds leverages handmade objects against online ego to gently prod at hierarchy, privacy, psyche, and persona (both real and imagined). He is adamantly opposed to the use of detached irony in art. The Facebook Portraits has been a yearlong project where Reynolds selects subjects from social media (some of the individuals he has met, others he has never met) and then
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That’s because Ganz is from Toronto and then New York, and didn’t know the Los Angeles area that well. “We started exploring the area and found restaurants, bars, the Little Fish Theatre right next door. It felt like San Pedro was the right next step from La Crescenta. It has been a love affair for us ever since. “What is beautiful about our company is that we have so much potential, just like the community of San Pedro,” he said. “This is a community, from my experience, where everyone supports each other. I love the fact that this is a community that has welcomed us with open arms. Everyone has smiled every time we mention what we are doing. “I have to learn the part of Hamlet and as I walk around the street reciting to myself I keep meeting people who know some of the lines and complete my soliloquies. They know ‘To be or not to be...’ and other speeches and are eager to recite.” Hamlet is the first play that TE San Pedro Rep is presenting in San Pedro. It will open on next month’s First Thursday in preview, with the first regular performance on Nov. 14. It will run through Dec. 21, Thursday, Friday at Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Martin Jago, a British director, will direct the production. The play promises to be a mix of physical theater, mime and comic grotesques, as well as a powerful command of Shakespeare’s language. In addition to plays, TE San Pedro Rep is planning a series of classes, beginning in January, training students in voice, acting technique, and movement for people who Ganz calls “shameless artists.” “We are not just a school that says ‘Come in and be a movie star.” They are being trained by directors and members of the company. It is a real opportunity for people. To learn acting techniques.” Tickets are $25, $20 for students, $20 for previews. Details: www.sanpedrorep.org Venue: TE San Pedro Rep Location: 311 7th St., San Pedro
Space and Substance: Abstract Paintings by Craig Antrim and Ron Linden An exhibition featuring 50 paintings by two well-known South Bay artists with studios in San Pedro who work in an abstract painting mode. The exhibit opens on Wednesday, Oct. 23, and continues through Dec. 5 at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Craig Keith Antrim integrates new techniques, color, and his love of symbols and shapes in his luminous gold abstract compositions. His understanding of philosophy, Jungian psychology, Joseph Campbell and art history influence him. Ron Linden’s subtle abstractions encompass repeated geometric forms and submerged lines and contours. In conjunction with the opening reception on Oct. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., both artists will participate in a question and answer session at 6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery. The gallery, located in La Corte Hall A-107, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. Details: Kathy Zimmerer at email@example.com; http://cah.csudh.edu/art_gallery. Venue: University Art Gallery, CSU Dominguez Hills Location: 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson
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said recently. “That is also what I hope people will say about (the San Pedro Rep,): that we have loads of talent and are betting on success.” Blackman has a long history with local theater. Blackman was, until recently, the artistic director of Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, which went out of business in 2011, amid controversy. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center evicted that company from its home nearly two years ago and afterward won a $200, 000 plus judgment from the company. Subscription refunds were owed to thousands of disappointed ticket holders. Blackman is still dealing with those matters and blames them on the economic downturn. Since then, Blackman has moved to San Pedro and has been negotiating with the Warner Grand. Now Blackman has opened his new theater space on Pacific Avenue. His theater is in a building that has housed many businesses over the years. It features a threestory interior space that has been furnished with high-backed seats and a lounge. “One patron from the old Civic Light Opera said that she liked our San Pedro venue much more; that it was intimate and charming,” Blackman said. Their schedule hasn’t quite firmed up, according to their website, though Blackman hopes to produce plays like Gone with the Wind in the spring. Right now the comedy and jazz nights are being used to fund that theater experiment. San Pedro Rep’s play space is smaller and more intimate, Ganz said. “Every seat is a front-row seat,” he said. The space they are using was most recently a doctor’s office, and has been stripped down to it concrete floors and brick walls for the theater. “It was in April that we found that space,” Ganz said, “and when we moved in there were green carpets and four doctor’s office spaces. We love telling stories about humanity, and we try to go right to the heart of that humanity. We thought that under that awful green carpeting a concrete floor, and that’s what we found: a lovely concrete floor that will be perfect for our kind of theater.” The company started its career more than a year ago in a gymnatorium in La Crescenta. “We did shows like The Underpants by Steve Martin, and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline,” Ganz said. “But then the building was sold out from underneath us and we had to search for a new home. “We searched all over, but couldn’t find a place. I hadn’t even heard of San Pedro at that time.”
Something from Nothing View a bunch of original art pieces by 22, made almost entirely out of recycled materials, at 1:22 p.m. Oct. 19, at Top Sekoms Headquarters in Long Beach. The event includes live performances by Solo tha Secret, Konsept and Los Dos. Details: http://tinyurl.com/m8vy989 Venue: Top Sekoms Headquarters Location: 1023 4th St., Long Beach
pursues a kind of personal editorial process (part intuition, part following their updates, part hierarchy) as the painting is developed. When the portrait is completed, Reynolds then privately shows the person depicted. If the subject likes the painting, it gets posted online. If they disagree with the representation/project, the portrait gets “redacted”—that is, disfigured, “anonymized” through a series of brusque abstractions, and the altered work is exhibited. Both types of portraits are represented in the exhibition. The exhibit, curated by Joe Baker, will run through Jan. 5, 2014. Also exhibiting in the Yassin and Walker Galleries, I Love My Dog—an exhibition celebrating the relationship between man and dog featuring historical and contemporary artists to include paintings from the American Kennel Museum of the Dog, artists William Wegman, Doug Meyer, Antoine Bootz, and Siri Devi Khandavilli. A series of architectural dog houses will also be included. Details: (310) 541-2479; www.pvartcenter.org Venue: Palos Verdes Art Center Location: 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., RPV
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Dear Art, Madison actually did concede that Congress could fund many things under the general welfare clause but that there were risks. As you can see by this other James Madison quote much of what he feared would happened has already taken place the only question is whether the Congress are the “sole and supreme judges.” I would argue that they are not. “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than postroads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the
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was never about size, but the scope of the powers which the government would hold. Limited government is the watch-word for conservatives and libertarians, and even TEA Party activists, who have no interest in anarchy nor anachronistic notions of government. Like many progressives, Allen misconstrues “general welfare” in the Preamble to mean any entitlement or benefit program. James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, explained the proper meaning of “general welfare”: If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the “general welfare”, the Government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions. Madison then explained that “general welfare” was taken from the former, failed Articles of Confederation, which mentioned in summary the limited authority of the government: “a general caption of specified powers”. In other words, our general welfare is safeguarded through limited government, not big government, in terms of enumerated powers. Madison also wrote: Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community,
and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents. Arthur Schaper Torrance
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TraPac—Workers Left Behind
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Asia to see the technology in action, he add. It’s a polar opposite with the TraPac,” Mascola went on to explain. “We’ve met two times with TraPac and it was at the insistence of the union. During those meetings, the information provided to us was little. It was vague at best. It was inaccurate. When questions of training came up it was, ‘We’re not interested in training your workforce. As a matter of fact, we’re not interested in using that workforce. We think this will eliminate the need for that workforce.’” The fact that even Arian nonetheless voted to approve the new budget indicates just how lopsided the power relations involved have become. But there’s also deep questions of how rationally POLA acts even in terms of its own narrow self-interest as a business entity. There’s no doubt that things have improved dramatically from over a decade ago, when Laura Chick’s first Los Angeles city controller’s 5-year audit lead then-Councilwoman Janice Hahn to call for the wholesale firing of POLA’s top management. And, there’s no doubt of significant striving on the part of POLA staff or that the Port of Long Beach faces similar problems as well. Still, new problems seem to keep emerging faster than the old ones can be handled. Following recommendations from the last controller’s 5-year audit, POLA has now switched to a system of “baseline budgeting,” intended in part to provide more transparency and more effective long-term budget control. “Staff believes having the board formalize the approval of baseline budgets allows greater financial oversight and budget control, especially during early project phases,” said staff in written testimony in April 2012, when they sent the board a package of baseline budgets, including TraPac. But the timing of that process may have been wrong, Christensen told Random Lengths in a follow-up interview. “We were costing this baseline budget based on conceptual knowledge of project,” he said, but the conceptual planning stage “may not be the best time to set baselines.” It could have been worse. Even as the cost projections were rising, POLA secured $60 million in government grants—mostly California Proposition 1B bonds. This means POLA’s share of the increase is only $86 million—a 23.5 percent increase. What’s more, Christensen told the board that, thanks to ‘value engineering,’ project savings stand at $50 million. It’s basically a simple concept, Christensen told Random Lengths. It involves “looking at every element in that construction project and trying to asses if you can do it less expensively.” The execution is a little more challenging and complicated, but obviously worthwhile, and a shining example of what POLA can do to get things right. Without the savings, the project would now cost $560 million, so value engineering has reduced POLA’s costs by almost 9 percent. Yet, from another perspective, these substantial savings only make the simultaneous increases even more troubling to contemplate. In addition to $8.6 million in construction inflation, Port staff identified six other significant increases. These top seven items accounted for 94 percent of the budget over-run. The two largest items contributed more than $95 million in overruns between them—almost two-thirds of 20
the total drawing the most attention from the board, particularly, David Arian. The first was the electrical system required to power the new automated system, a $52 million increase over the baseline estimate of $15 billion (347 percent). The second was changes in construction phasing , with a $44 million increase over a baseline of $14.5 million (301 percent). “We knew there was going to be ongoing commercial activity on this site,” Christensen told the board. “We did a lot of work to phase our construction around it. But the level of that activity ratcheted up. One of the reasons that level ratcheted up was that TraPac made the conscious decision to bring on some new customers”—first moving existing business to Long Beach to make way for construction. Let’s stop with the first two, because to me, if you’re looking at the overrun, this is what you’re looking at,” Arian said. He recalled an earlier staff report saying “there might be a 10 to 25 percent overrun” which he called “understandable” for a new technology, but, “We went way over it and it seems to me these first two items are really the items that pushed us over the brink.” Arian’s point seemed well-taken. Although the other items also involved triple digit overruns, they totalled less than $42 million—quite substantial, yet less than a 12 percent overrun for the whole project. The first, electrical overrun might be understandable, given the novelty of the technology involved, Arian said. “The second one, though, I think, I raised this with Frank Paisano at TraPac, they’re the ones that created the $44 million [overrun].... They created it by first opening up the area having Mitsui O.S.K. Lines go over to International Transportation Service in Long Beach, temporarily, so they would open up the construction areas for us and being able to phase in the operations we needed to phase in, and then simultaneously, as a good business decision on his part, he added two new lines.” That was good for him, it wasn’t necessarily good for us,” Arian concluded. When Random Lengths asked how the lease allowed TraPac to make such decisions that increased POLA’s construction costs, Christensen said it was “a bit of an oversight” involving “standard form language we’ve used for decades.” However, he quickly added that POLA and TraPac are in negotiations to extend the lease, thus increasing POLA’s return on its investment, partially recovering what it lost, which was also discussed in the board meeting. Still, TraPac is poised to come out well ahead, while POLA settles for a lower-rate return on its investment. And, that’s the context in which TraPac seems to want to give labor the boot. One other item on the Harbor Commission agenda that day further illustrated the power relations involved. It took only a few minutes for the commissioners to repeal a never-used provision for charging container fees to pay for construction projects. The provision was enacted before the recession, embraced by both ports, with “broad-based support in the industry,” as Christensen recalled. It was projected to raise $1.4 billion, which would have been matched with government funding. But the recession hit in late 2008, “about the time we were to set the fee,” the ports delayed implementation, waiting for a robust recovery that never came. Meanwhile,
the floodgates opened for grant money—without requiring industry matching funds—mostly from the same Prop. 1B bonds that will now help build TraPac’s expansion. With fewer projects taken on due to falling growth projections, the ports’ infrastructure needs have subsided, while industry willingness to pay its fair share has evaporated as well. Which is
why repealing the unused provisions took place so quickly, with so little comment. Editor’s note: Outside media has largely ignored the TraPac cost over-run, while making a major fuss over the much smaller over-runs in the modernization of the Angelena. In our next issue, we’ll explain how the Angelena is actually something for the Port of LA to be proud of.
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chief economist at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, said. Based on data from the Bank for International Settlements, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and 139 countries, Henry found that the top 1 percent hid more than the total annual economic output of the United States and Japan combined. For perspective, this hidden wealth is at least seven times the amount—$3 trillion—that many estimates suggest would be necessary to end global poverty. If this hidden wealth earned a modest rate of 3 percent interest and that interest income were taxed at just 30 percent, these investments would have generated income tax revenues between $190 and $280 billion, according to the analysis. Domestically, the Federal Reserve reported that the top seven U.S. banks hold more than $10 trillion in assets, recorded in more than 14,000 created “subsidiaries” to avoid taxes. Henry identified this hidden wealth as “a huge black hole in the world economy that has never before been measured,” and noted that the finding is particularly significant at a time when “governments around the world are starved for resources, and we are more conscious than ever of the costs of economic inequality.”
Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media
In February 2013, United States military intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who now identifies as Chelsea Manning, confessed in court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the anti-secrecy group
WikiLeaks, saying she wanted the information to become public “to make the world a better place” and that he hoped to “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military in (U.S.) foreign policy.” The 700,000 released documents revealed a multitude of previously secret crimes and acts of deceit and corruption by U.S. military and government officials. According to Manning’s testimony in February 2013, she tried to release the Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs through conventional sources. In winter 2010, she contacted the Washington Post, the New York Times and Politico in hopes that they would publish the materials. Only after being rebuffed by these three outlets did Manning begin uploading documents to WikiLeaks. Al Jazeera reported that Manning’s testimony “raises the question of whether the mainstream press was prepared to host the debate on U.S. interventions and foreign policy that Manning had in mind.” Indeed, U.S. corporate media have largely shunned Manning’s case, not to mention the importance of the information she released. When corporate media have focused on Manning, this coverage has often emphasized her gender identity and past life, rather than her First Amendment rights or the abusive nature of her imprisonment, which includes almost three years without trial and nearly one year in “administrative segregation,” the military equivalent of solitary. In Manning’s February 2013 court appearance, Manning pled guilty to 12 of the 22 charges, including the capital offense of “aiding and abetting the enemy.” On Aug. 21, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and was given a dishonorable discharge.
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most important, the ‘right’ to remain free from what they saw as dangerous encroachments by the federal government.” The roots of Tea Party ideology could not be clearer—as well as the reason Confederate flags keep popping up in their midst. The second point is how race and economics were joined, specifically around control of labor: [In Fear Itself,] Katznelson and his coauthors focus on the votes of Southern Democrats on six issues [from 1933 to 1950]: “planning, regulation, expansive fiscal policies, welfare state programs, a national labor market and union prerogatives, and civil rights.
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The Southerners, as Democrats, strongly supported the first four, but bucked the Northern wing of the party on the last two. Picking up on the centrality of economics, while downplaying race somewhat, author Michael Lind wrote two articles for Salon, first analyzing the Tea Party (which he calls “the Newest Right”) as a manifestation of Southern regional elite power and then considering how to counter it. In the first article, he wrote, “Although racial segregation can no longer be employed, the tool kit of the older Southern white right is pretty much the same as that of the Newest Right.” Lind went on to list “the Solid South,” reinforced by “partisan and racial gerrymandering;” “the filibuster” and “the modern use of government shutdowns and debt-ceiling negotiations as supplements to the classic filibuster” pioneered by Newt Gingrich; “disenfranchisement” in the form of voter suppression laws, justified by “a fictitious epidemic of voter fraud;” and “localization and privatization of federal programs,” noting, “It is perfectly rational for the white local notables of the South and their allies in other regions to oppose universal, federal social programs, if they expect to lose control of the federal government to a new, largely non-white national electoral majority.” The Tea Party is not at all crazy, Lind argues—they are far more rational and organized in terms of their political goals than those who oppose them. What those goals amount to is a “Southern Autonomy Project,” which revolves around an economic strategy of out-competing other states and countries with a race to the
and block state-level interference); nonpartisan (not bipartisan) redistricting; abolishing the filibuster; and abolishing the federal debt ceiling. “Put all these policies and perhaps others together,” Lind concludes, “and you have a National Majority Rule Project capable of thwarting the Southern Autonomy Project. The best defense is a good offense.” How likely is any of this to happen? Not very, in the current climate, perhaps. But that climate appears to be rapidly changing. The Public Policy Polling polls showing the GOP’s House majority in danger are particularly noteworthy in this regard. Election analyst Sam Wang—a Princeton neuroscientist with statistical analysis skills who’s been A protester during a Tea Party demonstration outside the White embarrassing election professionals House gates holds a Confederate flag. File photo. since 2004—analyzed Public Policy bottom in labor costs, environmental regulations Polling’s results and pointed out that the seats and the like; and a political strategy of preventing created by partisan gerrymandering were actually the Southern victims of the economic strategy more in danger of changing hands. from teaming up with allies across the country “Gerrymandering achieves a net gain of to “impose federal-level reforms on the Southern seats by packing the opposition party into as few states.” Rolling back the welfare state— districts as possible,” Wang wrote on his blog. privatizing Medicare, cutting Social Security, “Representatives who benefited from the great defunding Obamacare, etc.—is just one facet of partisan gerrymander of 2010 were given enough this fight. of an advantage to get into office narrowly.” Lind then goes on to provide a list of But a dramatic shift in public opinion leaves progressive counter-responses, which includes them particularly vulnerable to losing under a federal living wage; nationalization of social changed circumstances. insurance (getting rid of the state-level side of “Under the radar, gerrymandered districts programs like Medicaid and Obamacare); real are swinging much harder than I was expecting,” voting rights (using the Fifteenth Amendment Wang wrote in a followup post. “If the election to completely federalize voting requirements were today, Democrats would control the House
by about 50 seats. That will fade, but by how much?” A year is a very long time in politics. But the budget fights aren’t going away—and neither are the video clips that have been made in recent weeks. If the Democrats regain the House next year, then the time would be very ripe indeed for something like Lind’s Majority Rule Project. Finally, there’s something positive for progressives to be fighting for. As Random Lengths goes to press, the Senate is about to vote on a bipartisan compromise that would fund the government through January 15, extend the debt ceiling through February 7, and open a conference committee to hash out differences between Senate and House budget proposals. House Republicans have given up on creating their own alternative, and Senate compromise is expected to pass the House as well, narrowly averting a debt crisis.
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By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter
On Nov. 5, some Carson voters will need to determine who will be serving on the redrawn Compton College Community District board of trustees. The northern border of Carson will be represented by the brand-new Area 5 as part of a major court-ordered redistricting plan. One candidate who is battling for Carson votes is the outspoken veteran Lorraine Cervantes, who currently serves the board’s old Area 1. She and her challengers, relative newcomers Lo Wanda Green and Janet Melba Earl, spoke at a candidates’ forum on Oct. 10, at the Compton Community Education Center, formerly known as Compton Community College. Toni Wasserberger of the Compton Community Federation of Employees Faculty moderated the panel. Five candidates for other new district areas also participated: Andres Ramos, Sonia Lopez, Leslie Irving, Deborah Le Blanc and Marvin Aceves. During a phone interview conducted earlier, Cervantes said that in 45 years she’d never seen the board districts redrawn before. She said the result placed her in the same district as two other incumbents, Charles Davis and John Hamilton. Davis decided to run for the Compton Unified School District board and Hamilton decided not to run at all, she explained. Under the terms of a controversial voting rights lawsuit settled in 2011, the details of which are available on the district website, four areas were redrawn into five, and now all five seats are being contested at once. Three trustees—those elected in areas 1, 3, and 5—will serve four-year terms. The ones elected in areas 2 and 4 will serve out unexpired terms. Areas 2 and 4 will be up for election again in 2015, the others, in 2017. Most of the questions asked at the forum pertained to the district’s struggle to regain local control and accreditation. The Compton Community College District board has no true governing authority. That authority lies with
Thomas Henry, a state-appointed special trustee. Cervantes was one of several candidates who addressed the board’s current role as little more than advocate. “[Henry] reports to the [community college] chancellor,” she complained. “He won’t authorize anything even if the majority of us want it … We did not loose our accreditation, they took it. They won’t give it up easily.” One question asked all candidates at the forum concerned their qualifications for the job. “I’ve lived in this city for 60 years,” said Cervantes. “I know this community.” Her opponent Green responded to the same question with, “I’m just a mom [but] education is number one for me. I live five minutes away. I had a daughter go to this school.” Green has been endorsed by Compton’s popular young mayor, Aja Brown, and other local politicians. Earl, the third candidate for Area 5 that includes a bit of Carson, was completely stumped by the same question. However, in an email exchange, she elaborated, “My role is working to restore accreditation [and] as a board member, to serve as the voice of the community.” As for the remaining candidates, two incumbents are running unopposed. Andres Ramos, who currently serves the old Area 3, is running to represent the new Area 1. Area 4, where Deborah Le Blanc is running for reelection, remains substantially the same. The new Area 2 finds Leslie Irving, a K-12 teacher, competing with another political newcomer, D. Lynn Boone. The new Area 3 is a contest between Marvin Aceves, a Lynwood planning commissioner and Sonia Lopez, a staffer for state senator Holly Mitchell. Compton Community College District board meetings are open to the public and take place the first Tuesday of each month at 1111 E. Artesia Blvd. in Compton.
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October 18 - 31, 2013
October 18 -31, 2013
Serving the Seven Cities of the Harbor Area