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Things are going pretty good even though I’m being hard-headed because of my addiction. I have to say that AMVETS has been very helpful. At this point right now, if I say, ‘Yeah, lets go,” if I have an errand to run, they put me in the van and take me right where I need to go.” I interviewed veterans at Wilmington’s AMVETS Post 33 this past October. Listening to their stories, I thought of the Bonus Army of World War I veterans who in 1932 marched on Washington, D.C. and set up camp to pressure the federal government to pay them their promised bonuses in their hour of need, instead of the far-off year of 1945. President Herbert Hoover ordered the army to clear the protesting veterans at the barrel of tanks and bayonets. This was at the height of the Great Depression. Two died and 55 others Vets in the Vanguard/ to p. 6
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arry [who asked that his last name not be used] did a 13-month tour in Vietnam and 6 years total in the military. He has no complaints with the Veterans Affairs Department. “If I needed an education loan, I got it,” he said. “When I put in for a housing loan at the VA, I got that.” It was the other problems—alcoholism and heroin addiction—that he struggled with. He successfully fought the drug addiction, but when his wife died in 2006, alcoholism led him to homelessness. “Sometimes you get used to being homeless,” he said. “There’s a certain amount of freedom to it. You think you got friendships, but they’re really superficial. I’m going through it right now. “AMVETS put me in a position where I now have choices.
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Early in 2012, CBS2, which generally ignores the Harbor Area, ran a splashy expose, “Taxpayer Money Used To Maintain Million-Dollar Yacht.” The story was referring to the Angelena II, which the Port of Los Angeles was then in the midst of converting to a virtually non-polluting propulsion system, conforming to new rules from the California Air Resource Board by adopting the most advanced technology available. They at least gave former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the chance to say, “It’s not a yacht, it’s a boat,” but they gave no hint that the port is a self-financing entity that derives its funds from business operations, not taxes. True, as a public entity, all its money is technically “taxpayer money,” but it doesn’t come from taxes. And, it can’t be used by other city departments if the port doesn’t use it. Explaining all that would have reduced the outrage factor—and without the outrage, there would be no story. On Sept. 19, John Holmes, POLA’s outgoing director of operations, explained the real story in a presentation to POLA’s commissioners, who were largely sympathetic and sharply critical of press’ misrepresentations of the Angelena II as a kind of party boat. “There’s no junkets,” Harbor Commission Vice President David Arian said. “”I’ve been going out on these boats for 40 years. If there’s been parties, I missed ‘em and I go to nearly every party I can find.” Commissioner Douglas Krause pushed back as well. “I’ve been out on that boat, too,” Krause said. “I’ve never been to Catalina. I’ve never been fishing. I went out and looked at containers. That’s not a junket. Nobody does that for fun. You do that for a specific purpose.” Holmes explained that there were cost overruns, as he then proceeded through a detailed
Harbor Area 6th Street Neighborhood Watch Meeting
The 6th Street Neighborhood watch will host its meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Mary Star of the Sea Church Parish Center Round Room in San Pedro. Details: www.centralsanpedro.org Venue: Mary Star of the Sea Church Parish Location: 870 W. 8th St., San Pedro
CSUDH to Host U.S. Department of Education Forum on President Obama’s College Affordability Plan
CARSON— In partnership with the California State University Office of the Chancellor, Cal State University Dominguez Hills is hosting the U.S. Department of Education open forum on the Obama administration’s College Affordability Initiative. The forum will take place on Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Loker Student Union Ballroom. This will be the first opportunity the public will have to provide feedback on President Barack Obama’s higher education plan, which was announced in August. CSU Dominguez Hills is one of only four higher education institutions in the United States—and the only one in California— serving as host. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and other top U.S. Department of Education officials will facilitate the forum. They will be seeking input on the three components of the initiative: paying for performance; promoting innovation and competition; and ensuring that student debt remains affordable, as well as the development of a college ratings system. Registration is requested for individuals interested in presenting comments or feedback at least three days prior by sending an e-mail to email@example.com the subject “Open Forum Registration.” Walk-in registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any remaining time slots at a registration table set up that day. Free parking. Details: www.ed.gov/college-completion. Venue: The Loker Student Union at CSUDH in the center of campus. Parking is free. Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson
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Garcetti’s Full Harbor Commission Announced—
San Pedrans Respond By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
“The mayor has hit home run,” labor lawyer Diane Middleton said in response to the Oct. 22 release of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s full slate of Harbor Commission appointees. “The appointments are very balanced.” Middleton was a strong Garcetti supporter, but people Random Lengths talked to were less inclined to disagree with her than to question how much difference it makes. “Decisions are made downtown at the mayor’s office and at the city council,” said Doug Epperhart, a former president of Coastal Neighborhood Council. “No commission has final authority.” In fact, he continued, “You could pull five people off the street and they’re going to do what the mayor tells them to do. That’s how it works.” Others expressed concerns about the community being out of the loop, regardless of how well this set of commissioners reflected the Harbor Area. “The mayor, whoever he is, appoints who he wants and gives us a Harbor Commission with which we have no recourse,” noted Kara McLeod, a longtime activist with the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council. China Shipping plaintiff Janet Gunter, whose lawsuit was pivotal in changing the Port of Los Angeles’ direction, agreed with both Epperhart and McLeod. “Because these members are chosen by the mayor … they will simply serve out the will of the mayor,” Gunter said. “And, that ‘will’ is a big question mark thus far…. There is no one among the
Vilma Martinez was among the new Harbor Commissioners Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Oct. 22. File photo.
new commissioners [who] I can see who is going to seek those things that the local community has been long fighting for. That is simply a port that is proactive in becoming a safer, more cautious and more considerate neighbor regarding its negative impacts on the local population.” But June Smith, former chairwoman of the Port Community Advisory Committee, echoed Middleton’s encouraging sentiments. “Mayor Garcetti is trying to carefully balance his appointments to the Board of Harbor Commissioners so that his representatives cover gender, ethnicity, labor, management, business, foreign relations and the ‘community,’” Smith
said. “His single carry-over of Dave Arian should lend some historicity in the coming months of choices the commission will be asked to make and his concern for labor and its interests will be strongly represented.” Wilmington activist Donna Ethington, who also served on PCAC for years, chimed in as well. “I am happy to see Dave Arian is still on the board,” she said. “I appreciate the mayor appointing Patricia Castellanos and Anthony Pirozzi who are familiar with local issues.” Arian is a past president of ILWU International and Local 13. Castellanos is the deputy director of the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), and previously served as their director of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. “Castellanos particular is going to bring a great voice to the table on the environment,” Middleton said. “You know how instrumental she was on the clean trucks program. And, that’s going to be a very good sign.” Pirozzi works for Boeing as director of Systems Integration, Test & Launch Organization at their Satellite Development Center, and is active in various community organizations, most prominently as chairman of the board for the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, where he has served from 2010 to 2012. The balance of labor, business and non-profit backgrounds among local representatives has been struck before—a hopeful sign, despite some decidedly mixed results over time. But Ethington wasn’t so pleased with everyone. “I thought the mayor’s goal was economic New Harbor Commissioners/ to p. 5
Facing Coverage in California By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
For Carina Torres, 2013 was a rough year. At 36 years of age, the licensed vocational nurse went through a divorce, lost her job and suffered a health crisis. She was ultimately forced to move back to her parents’ house in Lennox from Long Beach. Torres’ health problems began when she found herself unable to grip the hair comb she was using in a bout of dizziness this past May as she readied herself for work. She went to sleep hoping to relieve the symptoms. Instead, she couldn’t move her legs when she woke up. The doctors said she was “getting stroke.” “They gave me a diagnosis of chronic pain because my muscles break down faster than a normal person’s,” Torres said. “So, I’m always in pain.” Torres was later diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, a chronic ailment that can be caused by overexertion or trauma to muscle fibers, which leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream. Myoglobin can cause kidney damage. Because she was uninsured at the time, her father paid for her medicine and the doctor visits. Hospital programs helped pay for her $45,000 bill. “If I [didn’t] have my parents I wouldn’t have anything,” she said. “I would just be sick. That’s it…no medicine, no nothing.” Torres recently purchased health insurance through California’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange called Covered California. Despite technical issues many people encountered, Torres said her experience was virtually painless. “I called and they gave me their best plan, which was PPO,” Torres said. “They would cover all my medicines…and I wouldn’t have to worry because of the diagnosis.” Torres said she used to have Kaiser insurance through her job, for which she paid about $99 per week, but it did not compare to the benefits she
than having nothing.” But she wouldn’t be able to sign up for the program if House Republicans had their way. Since President Barack Obama signed the statute into law in March of 2010, House Republicans have tried to keep the law from being implemented. The Affordable Care Act aims to make health insurance affordable by increasing the number of insured through the individual mandate. The mandate provides an incentive to purchase health insurance, forcing those who don’t buy to pay an income-based penalty. The more people who are insured makes it possible to bring down the cost of insurance. Insurance packages are based
on income levels. To insure affordability the Affordable Care Act also provides subsidies and tax breaks to people and small business. In addition, the law also requires affiliated insurance companies to cover people regardless of preexisting conditions and sex. In June of 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality. And, at the same time, found that states cannot be forced to participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion under penalty of losing existing Medicaid funding. The law continues to face challenges from opponents who want to undermine or repeal it. The latest Republican stunt against Obamacare was an almost three week shutdown of the government by placing caveats related Face of the ACA/ to p. 10
Carina Torres purchased health insurance through Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange.
will be getting through the exchange. “It was awful because I couldn’t get the medicines I wanted because the insurance wouldn’t cover it,” she said. “And, that’s without the pre-existing conditions.” Eventually, she had lost her insurance because of a decrease in hours. Torres said she got a much better plan through Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act is commonly known. “I can go to the emergency room and I don’t have to worry about how long I have to stay in the hospital,” Torres said. “It’s covered.” She recognizes that it’s not a hand out. She still has to pay about $300 a month for the insurance. “People have to work for it still,” she said. “The cheapest insurance they had was like $100 and that doesn’t cover it. It sucks for people who can’t work.” But she is grateful for the new law. “For my pre-existing conditions, at least I can manage whatever diagnoses I have, I can go to the specialists, get my medicines, have quality of life, I can work,” she said. “I’m happy. It’s better
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Eighty-five year old deep sea diver, Torrance Parker, added 15 minutes to his 61,000-plus hours he’s spent under water in the past 70 years to promote his new book, 20,000 Divers Under the Sea. The book chronicles the history of commercial diving in Southern California, as well as the building of Los Angeles Harbor. The suit he wore on Oct. 22 weighed about 150 lbs. A suit can weigh more depending on current depths and accessories like belts and shoes. Parker’s book is available at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum gift shop. Photo by Betty Guevara.
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LAHC Interim President Seeks to Restructure Enrollment Process By Joseph Baroud, Editorial Intern
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Recently appointed Interim School President Farley Herzek is looking to maintain Harbor College’s accreditation status and keep the school off of academic probation, which he hopes will translate into higher graduation and transfer rates. Harbor College was placed on academic probation on July 2, 2012. In a letter to the former president, Marvin Martinez, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges informed him that the school was being placed on academic probation for failing to meet Eligibility Requirements 17 and 18 of accreditation. Requirement 17 is pertaining to the financial resources that is put into the school. The plan states the institution must document its funding base and financial resources that it will use to improve its own effectiveness. Requirement 18 touches on financial accountability. The school must submit a copy of its budget, its financial audits and financial letters prepared by an outside certified public accountant. The commission required the school to provide a follow-up report by March 15, 2013, which was followed by a visit to the campus by commission representatives on April 16. Following the visit, the commission decided to reaffirm accreditation, but keep a close eye on the school. The school was instructed to submit a midterm report in the spring of 2015 so the commission could monitor the changes that have occurred to put the school back in good standing with the accreditation department.
Following the hokey-pokey dance routine of step in, step out, the school board appointed Herzek, who most recently held the position of interim president at East Los Angeles College, replacing former President Marvin Martinez this past summer. Martinez left Harbor College to become the permanent president of East Los Angeles College. Herzek says the thing that excited him the most about his new workplace was the opportunity to work in such a positive atmosphere alongside staff that have created and upheld that environment. “What excited me the most about Harbor College was that I understood it had a great morale,” Herzek said “People really enjoy working here. It kind of got the name ‘Happy Harbor,’” But, a handshake and a friendly smile aren’t the only ingredients for a successfully operated college campus. Harbor’s transfer and graduation rates are amongst the lowest in the state. According to collegemeasures.org, the school’s graduation rate is only 24.1 percent and the rate of students who transfer is 8.3 percent.
“We have lots of students that come here with many dreams and aspirations and are not being as successful as we’d like them to be,” Herzek said. Herzek attributed Harbor College’s high attrition rate and shaky transition to student’s poor preparation in the K-12 education system. Students are overwhelmed with loads of paperwork and the unfamiliar decision of actually choosing their own classes. It might be a little too much for some students, he said. “There is too much of an expectation for students that come here,” Herzek said. “We hand them a catalog, we hand them a schedule of classes and we basically say, ‘Here, you pick and choose.’” He says the students are treading unfamiliar waters since their past 12 years in public school they’ve been handed a sheet of paper with their programs, instructors, class times and when they have their breaks for lunch and recess. “The learning curve from when a youngster graduates in June to when he’s enrolling here is very, very steep,” Herzek said.
Interim School President of LA Harbor College, Farley Herzek.
The first step to solving a problem is identifying it. Next on the list would be to derive a solution. Herzek believes he has the solution to make the transitional period a smooth one. “Every student is going to be assessed for their math and English skills, [but] not necessarily with a test,” Herzek said. “We’re going to look at their high school transcripts and if they were successful in math, let’s put them in LAHC’s Herzek/ to p. 19
Al Gore Talks Climate Change with Students By Cory Hooker, Editorial Intern
Former Vice President Al Gore urged Port of Los Angeles High School students to help solve the climate crisis via live video, Oct. 21, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Gore, who addressed around 1,000 audience members, said it is important for youth to influence and make radical changes to the current view on climate change. “You and your generation are the real keys to winning this fight,” Gore said. “As young global citizens, you already know that it’s your generation that is likely to get hit the hardest by
the effects of all this reckless pollution of this atmosphere…It’s the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced and you are the ones who can lead the way to help solve this crisis.” Gore’s optimism for the future decisions of youth was met with the reactions of the students cheers and applause, almost as if a pop star had just walked on stage. Speaking for about 12 minutes, Gore talked about a wide range of topics including the future of green jobs, the Port of Los Angeles’ steps towards green energy and his new program, The Climate Reality Project. With his new project,
Gore aims to unleash “a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis” Also making an appearance was Rep. Janice Hahn, who thanked Gore for his “remarkable leadership and vision in leading global efforts to fight this critical impact of climate change. It so inspires me and it really is what is going to save our planet.” Rachel Bruhnke, the teacher at Port of Los Angeles High School who organized and brought Vice President Gore to the big screen, praised her school for supporting their cause and being so open to getting involved. “You’ll hear many times in this age that you are the future,” said Bruhnke, addressing the students. “I think that’s kind of condescending. You’re way more than just the future. You’re the present. If any adults could understand, you have way more energy than us, so please help us.” The atmosphere of the theater remained uplifting throughout the presentation, despite the enormity of the task they have been assigned. After the recent report from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, which stated that 95 percent of scientist now agree that climate change is real and that humans are responsible for about “half of the observed increase in global average surface temperatures since the 1950s.” “There will be another generation of students sitting in the same chairs that you are occupying today and depending on the world they inherit from us, they will ask one of two questions, ‘What were you thinking? You knew it was happening.’ Every natural academy of science in the world is unanimous in saying that. But if that next generation of students sitting in your chairs looks around and sees a world in renewal, with millions of people installing solar panels and windmills and energy efficient technologies and organic farming. All of the things we need to do to make this world a better place. They might ask us, ‘How did you find the moral courage to wake up and do something and speak up to solve this crisis?’”
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New Harbor Commissioners development and job creation,” Ethington said. “So, I am curious why he would appoint Edward Renwick when it appears he has been heavily involved in outsourcing of jobs?” Renwick is a partner of The Yucaipa Companies, a private equity fund, and CEO of Yucaipa’s Global Fund, which invest primarily in Greater China, Korea and India. It also raises concerns about possible conflicts of interests. But Middleton saw Renwick’s overseas connections in a positive light, along with those of Garcetti’s final appointee, Vilma Martinez. “I am particularly impressed with Vilma Martinez,” Middleton said. “She was fabulous as the head of MALDEF [the MexicanAmerican Legal Defense and Educational Fund]. She then went on to private practice, and to being ambassador to Argentina [2009-2013]. If the mayor wants to expand trade with Latin America, she will be invaluable. And, for that reason, I view her appointment very favorably.” Middleton said she doesn’t know much about Resnick, but “The fact that he has ties
to business in China again bodes well for the necessity of getting more business in the port, particularly business with China.” Regarding possible conflicts of interest, Smith said, “Community activists will have to be very vigilant to make sure those conflicts are noted and that members recuse themselves appropriately.” There was also a widelyshared concern about accountability in general. “No one, at any time, surveys the community in a systematic and comprehensive way to find out what we are concerned about,” McLeod pointed out. “And should any of our concerns actually reach their ears, they then do what they want to do.” The most promising remedy to this situation, PCAC—though
only an advisory body—was dismantled by Villaraigosa’s board in its waning days. “The mayor has made no commitment to the Harbor Area Community to replace PCAC and I am asked, almost on a daily basis, what we can do to create a replacement,” Smith said. “Since entrenched power centers never like citizen oversight committees, much less a broadly based community group that agrees to work with port staff to craft project design for [environmental impact reports] before the plans are submitted to the general public as a draft, the mayor has not yet addressed one of the port’s ongoing fiscal problems: How to prevent citizen lawsuits.” Ethington chimed in as well. “I am concerned that
PCAC has been terminated,” she said. “It was a great forum for residents, organizations, business, labor, the port and elected officials to resolve portcommunity issues. “The meetings of the Port-Neighborhood Coun- cil [Memorandum of Understanding] committee apparently are not open to the public, so if you’re not on a neighborhood council, the only way you can be heard is at a Harbor Commission meeting. “Further, the MOU gives the port an escape clause if they don’t agree with the [neighborhood council]s and there is no mechanism to get recommendations from this committee to the commission.” As examples of how such broad concerns translate into specifics, Peter Warren, of Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, questioned, “In the anxiety over loss of cargo, it remains to be
seen if the new commissioners will stand up for basic clean air improvements, as well as reducing impacts from traffic and diesel pollutants on vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly.” While impressive gains have been made on some fronts, enormous gaps remain, as Warren went on to point out. “Despite all the talk about [Alternative Maritime Power] and reducing ship pollution, during all of 2012 just 5 percent of all ships that came to LA Harbor plugged in,” Warren said. “The commissioners should pledge to increase this significantly in 5 years, or pay substantial penalties to the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, which is supporting clinics and air filtration systems in Harbor Area public schools.” Warren also cited the need for commissioners to ensure a transparent process in the Ports O’Call redevelopment project.
“Current businesses are in limbo,” Warren said. “There is no information coming to the public from the current developer; the promised interaction with the community has become a black hole.” Sue Castillo, Chairwoman of the Land Use Planning Committee of Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council, brought up two long-standing community issues. “My main concerns are what their attitudes are toward the potential Cabrillo Bay (I refuse to call it the Outer Harbor) cruise terminal (I’m opposed),” she said, “and the lease on the Boy Scout Camp property (it should be opened to public use).” Finally, community members are wondering about the executive director position. “The real change is Geraldine Knatz leaving,” Epperhart said. “That’s where departments are run. Not by the commissioners.”
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Vets in the vanguard were injured, according to news reports at the time. Those veterans got their bonus a year later, but also recalibrated how Americans later took care of their veterans—financial aid for higher education, home loans and disability payments. It wasn’t until much later, when Vietnam War veterans began occupying positions of power that we began to address the unmitigated costs of war such as post traumatic stress disorder and its accompanying consequences such as drug abuse, alcoholism and suicides. Post commander for AMVETS Post 33, Ernie Aguilar, is representative of that changing of the
guard. A Green Beret who served in various conflicts in the late 1980s and the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s, Aguilar took command after the previous commander—a World War II veteran—died. Congressionally sanctioned after World War II, AMVETS is a veterans organization that provides the volunteer support for the Veteran Affairs Department initiatives, which includes addressing: the huge backlog of veteran claims for benefits, veteran homelessness, high veteran suicide rate and high number of unemployed veterans. Navigating the Veterans Affairs bureaucracy has long been a sore point with veterans. But when asked how they would rate the department, the AMVETS veterans’ response ranged from sympathetic to praiseworthy. “The VA’s are trying to really help. They have changed their mentality,” said Reynaldo Robles, Vietnam War veteran and AMVETS Post member. “A long time ago, the mentality was, ‘delay, delay, they die, we don’t pay.’ They said they are not going to do that anymore.” The veterans at AMVETS Post 33 credit the rise into leadership positions Vietnam War veterans like four-star general Eric Shinseki, who President Barack Obama appointed the 7th U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. After his appointment, Shinseki made expanding veteran access to opportunity, eliminating the claims backlog and ending veterans’ homelessness his top priorities. Post 33 has helped veterans tap into resources such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing for military vets
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Daniel Two-Feathers (front), Larry, Al, Manuel Camacho, Reynaldo Robles, Post 33 Commander Ernie Aguilar, and Winston Gardner. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
and a furniture program to help veterans furnish the homes of veterans that received permanent housing through the Veteran Affairs “Welcome Home” program. “We get the furniture from a lot of places,” Aguilar said. “From motels, from VA’s, from the navy shipyards, from regular people that donate through the thrift stores…. We have thrift stores that allocate the furniture. We get clean mattresses and cleans socks, underwear, and bedding— brand new. Not second-hand or anything.” AMVETS also assists the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization designed to serve veterans and service members and their families who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound that is co-incidental to their military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001 Sometimes the help AMVETS provides is simply directing resources to homeless veteran they find. AMVETS members like Reynaldo give away boxed care packages to homeless vets they encounter on the street and notify the Long Beach branch of the project of the veteran’s location for help. “I found a wounded warrior in the Town Centre in Long Beach. I wanted to help him but he [Wounded Warrior Project case manager] was getting paid,” Reynaldo said. “‘Just find me and I will get him,’” Reynaldo said recalling the Wounded Warrior case manager. “And, I found him. He [the veteran] had shrapnel in his leg still and he was homeless. He had this look I can’t even describe it. It was like, ‘nobody cares about me.’ I gave him a box and I said thank you for your service.” “Hopefully the guy [Wounded Warrior Project] will do a follow through. But that was only one guy. Like one guy can handle this whole area.”
“It’s working, but slowly but surely. It’s going to take a long time. We’re concerned about the wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan walking the streets. I pick them out right away. I stop my car. It’s happening, but it’s just so hard. They need to hire more guys that want to help out at the VA, but their hands are tied.”
Jobs For Vets Aguilar longs for the days when returning soldiers are able to come back to their old jobs. It is theoretically illegal for a veteran to lose their job while they’re serving, but reports over the past few years suggest that not all employers have been abiding by this law. “It’s not like it was after World War II and the Korean War when there were jobs,” Aguilar said. At the very least, the Veteran Affairs Department can ensure that it hires veterans and veteran dependents. Aguilar said that veteran groups pressured VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to ensure that 51 percent of VA jobs are filled by veterans and their dependents. Aguilar noted that with the exception of doctors and nurses, certification was not necessary to do the jobs listed at the VA. Robles noted that in the early 1970s, the local naval shipyard had a program that hired only veterans. “The shipyard was so loaded with veterans that it was unreal,” he said. “They ran good. All those veterans knew what they had to do to repair those ships.... Then, the bureaucracy shut it down. Now we have these kids coming back AMVETS/ to p. 19
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Angelina II’s Cost Over-runs timeline of the projects’ progress and setbacks, including two time-consuming delays due to problems that other operators had with similar lithium ion battery systems. But there was also a compelling reason for spending the money for the new non-polluting technology, Holmes argued. “We have been pushing our stakeholders to use new technology, whether it be LNG trucks, electric trucks, green cargo-moving equipment,” Holmes said. “We wanted to make that statement that we walk the talk here, and that we’re willing to go out on the edge and try to implement some cutting-edge technology ourselves.” Although the Coast Guard still requires an auxiliary diesel backup, Holmes said that in practice it should rarely, if ever be needed, making the Angelena II effectively a zero-emission boat most of the time. What’s more, even with the cost overruns, the cutting-edge upgrade appears to have cost no more than buying a new boat just to meet CARB rules, but with less advanced technology. Holmes explained that the Angelena’s cost over-runs were primarily due to two things: First, the challenge of implementing new technology— the equivalent of prototyping, in which new
problems are expected to emerge. Second, is the fact that the original projection presented to the board did not include the cost of port labor. “We took it for granted we were going to do all the labor,” Holmes explained. “We always do all the labor on the boats we own. We own 35 or 40 boats.” The challenge of implementing a new
technology meant that everything had to okayed by the Coast Guard, through their national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Holmes outlined “four principal events,” each of which “necessitated a whole new round of correspondence to Washington, D.C., to the Coast Guard, back and forth,” he explained. “They’re very good about it…but it doesn’t come back the next day.” Two of the events were entirely outside of the ports’ control. On Aug. 20, 2012, the Campbell Foss hybrid tug caught fire at the Port of Long
Beach. It was eventually determined that the fire was caused by a software error that caused longterm overcharging of the lithium ion batteries. So, the Coast Guard responded by ordering a full review. Holmes explained that the batteries have to be evenly and precisely charged, or a fire may result. “The Angelena has 50 batteries, where every individual cell has to be monitored, so that they all charge at the same rate,” Holmes said. Similarly, on Jan. 16, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which also have lithium ion battery systems, after the second battery fire in 10 days. The first in was Boston, the second in Japan. This necessitated another round of reviews. Before that, however, there were two major problems that arose with the Angelena II itself. The first arose in August 2010, when they discovered that Angelena’s very long propeller shafts were “not suitable for this kind of hybrid Angelina II/ to p. 10
The Angelena II. Photo courtesy of POLA.
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Veterans Appreciation Festival
The City of Los Angeles and the Battleship Iowa are hosting the 2nd annual Veterans Appreciation Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9, in San Pedro. The event will include Battleship Iowa tours for veterans and active duty military with identification, live music, food trucks, children’s activities, patriotic Harley riders and a veteran’s resource fair. Details: https://tickets.pacificbattleship.com/ mainstore.asp Venue: Pacific Battleship Center Location: 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
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The AltaSea Marine Science Center lease will be presented for approval to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners at its meeting, at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7, at the Harbor Administration Building. AltaSea Marine Science Center will be a multiphase project, with $46 million committed for interpretive center, which will include a range of public-serving commitments, such biweekly K-12 tours (including the cost of bus transportation), bi-monthly public workshops, public lectures and an annual open house. Details: http://tinyurl.com/Altasea Venue: Harbor Administration Building Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro USS Iowa Veteran’s Appreciation Fair
UCLA Chilean History Conference
November 1 - 14, 2013
UCLA will host a conference on the 1973 Chilean coup Nov. 8 and 9 on campus at 314 Royce Hall. The violent overthrow of Chilean president Salvador Allende Gossens on Sept. 11, 1973, marked a watershed in global cold war politics. The 2-day conference will have multiple speakers and a documentary film will be shown on the coup. Details: http://tinyurl.com/chile-conference Venue: UCLA Location: 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles
Left, Right and Center Another fine mess you’ve gotten us into By James Preston Allen, Publisher
November 1 - 14, 2013
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Contrary to the Tea Party right-wingers’ hyperbole these days, the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is hardly socialized medicine. It is, however, one of those unholy compromises that nobody really likes but is the only thing that would secure a majority of votes. Let me back up a bit and explain this. This current health care act is based on the model created by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and was first implemented in Massachusetts under the governorship of Mitt Romney. If you recall, he was President Barack Obama’s Republican opponent in the last election. This model is not a single-payer system like most of the other modern social democracies in the world. Canada, France, Germany, Britain and Italy all have a health care system that provides universal coverage—even for tourists visiting their countries. What this really is, is a form of government-subsidized health insurance that regulates how health care is delivered and who has access to it. On one level, the Affordable Care Act mandates that some 30 million Americans who couldn’t get health insurance or, in some cases, didn’t want it, now have to have it. On another level, this is a huge bone given to an industry that doesn't actually deliver health care but makes money from dispensing payments to those who do. In other words, this is not socialized medicine. It doesn’t even come close. But the Teabaggers and other right-wing ideologues like to scream that it is. Medicare, the much more popular form of socialized insurance, is closer to the national health care model but it is still “an insurance,” not a delivery system. The compromise that Obamacare made was in the granting of government subsidies to insurance companies in exchange for increasing number of insured. A weak alternative to real national health care. The Democrats, eager to put something, anything, in place to cover millions of uninsured citizens, agreed to this corporate give-away, mainly because every Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has failed to pass national health care. So the Dems have now embraced this as their own, imperfect solution rolled out with all of its flaws, warts
and computer malfunctions, hoping that it can be fixed later. Is there a doctor in the house? The condition of this patient is that we have a mostly privatized health care system and those who profit the most don’t want it changed. Increasingly, those who actually end up providing the services understand this shortcoming, particularly when they don’t get paid. Private hospitals, doctors and other health professionals all see a need to get paid for patient care and frequently don’t, either because the patient has no insurance and can’t pay themselves or they get stiffed by insurance companies—like what is happening with the ILWU’s benefit administrator, Zenith. The simplest solution would have been for Congress to simply expand Medicare to anyone who wanted or needed it on a voluntary basis, and pay for it with an additional deduction on every payroll stub or as an annual income tax. But that would have made too much sense for our conflicted Congress. However, to answer the conservative critics who are going to jump out of their chairs upon reading this editorial—we already have a hybrid socialize medical system. What do you suppose the National Institutes of Health is? Who do you think pays for the Center for Disease Control, or your county health department or the veterans’ hospitals? There’s already a hodgepodge of publicly-funded health services all across our nation. There has been for decades. What is dysfunctional is this for-profit model of health care that can charge whatever the market will bear, for ever-increasing profits. It would make far more sense to fund a system of local clinics and recreate hospital districts then staff them with medical students. Medical students, in exchange for free or discounted tuition, would be obligated to practice in clinics and hospitals for a certain number of years to pay back the investment. A truly progressive position on health care would be a publicly-owned, publicly-funded system that would resemble our public school system. There would be a clinic in every neighborhood, a hospital in every town and all you have to do is show up to be treated. Is public education a “socialized” education Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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system? Yes, it is and we’ve lived with it for more than 100 years. Is it the best? No. But everybody has access to it and it sets a minimum standard of education. And if you don't like the public option, you can always go to a private school. That’s the way health care should be in America.
What we are getting with Obamacare is a halfway measure that is hard to defend, doesn’t go far enough, but is far better than the nothing that the Republicans are arguing now. The problem is that we have politicians trying to cure a system that should be left up to doctors and nurses.
Books Not Bombs
By Chris Venn, Member of the San Pedro Neighbors for Peace & Justice
Almost left unmentioned in the talk regarding the sequester and the debt ceiling is the amount being spent on the military. The shocker this past Wednesday about the Army suspending development of a “spyship project” after spending $297 million and selling it back to the original developer for $301,000 might have passed unnoticed in previous times, but not today. Now the money spent on military equipment comes directly from our domestic budget. The military is not mentioned in cost-cutting discussions but what is mentioned is eliminating food stamps. On Nov. 1, benefits will be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year alone. About 47 million Americans will be affected by the coming 15 percent reduction in benefits across the board. This is accompanied by talks about cutbacks in social security, Medicare and public education. What for? You might ask. To increase a military presence in areas such as Asia and Africa, countries that present no threat to the United States of North America. During the bombardment of Libya in March 2011 the Pentagon stated that 112 Tomahawk Cruise missiles were fired. These missiles cost $1.4 million a piece (Defensenews.com). An ex-
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pression at the time was that the United States was bombing Libya with U.S. High Schools. The operating budget of a high school is $1.4 million a year. This past May, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools. Recent wars have been financed with a credit card issued in China or simply by printing more money. With the decline of U.S. empire that option is no longer available. Today, it’s our high schools, senior citizen centers and immunization programs for newborns that will suffer. Military expenditure guarantees increased profit to corporations that are now almost indistinguishable from the U.S. government. “With $25 billion in revenues and $1.84 billion in profits companywide in 2010, Raytheon is one of the five largest defense contractors and has benefited from the military's increasing reliance on Tomahawk missiles,” the Huffington Post published. “Missile sales have also been paralleled by its lobbying effort. Raytheon, now the world's biggest producer of guided-missiles, spent just shy of $7 million on congressional lobbying in 2010, compared to $2.32 million a decade earlier, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, OpenSecrets.org.”
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Trader Joe's: Stop using palm oil in your products. Palm oil is directly linked to millions of acres of rain forest deforestation, the demise of the orangutan, child labor, slave labor, climate pollution, and other atrocities. I am passionate about saving orangutans from potential extinction. Trader Joe's products use palm oil, which contributes to the nearextinction of the orangutan as well as other severe consequences to the people and environment in the regions where palm oil is produced. We need to tell Trader Joe's to stop using palm oil in their products. Shawn Johnson San Clemente
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About Media Lie of Racist TEA Party
The October 18-31 edition of Random Lengths News published a photo of one man carrying the Confederate Stars and Bars at a Washington, D.C. Tea Party Rally. The paper then repeated the same empty, offensive meme that a neoConfederate racism is rising up in this country because of the Tea Party movement which rose up in 2009, brought Republicans back into power in 2010, and may be poised for greater wins in 2014. These allegations of Tea Party = Racism are not only false, but patently reprehensible, and it’s time to kick the hell out of this lie (with thanks to Charles Bukowski). I have attended a number of Tea Party rallies, where I met individuals of all colors, including Samoans and Japanese-Americans. Tea Party spokesman Lloyd Marcus is a vocal African-American and Obama detractor. Black conservatives in Florida are proud members of the movement, debunking the media-hyped lie. MSNBC "Screwball" Chris Matthews interviewed with a black Professor from Washington State and a documentarian following African-Americans in the TEA Party Movement. The second guest pointedly challenged the claims of TEA Party and racism, asking "Why would black people be join-
The wrong date was published for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Autumn Sea Fair in the Oct. 4 edition of Random Lengths News. The correct date for the event was Oct. 20. Random Lengths News apologizes for the error.
How predictable! Tea Party members are outraged whenever anyone calls attention to racist elements in their midst. It would be most refreshing--downright astonishing, in fact--if any of that outrage were directed at the racism itself, rather than at those who happen to point it out. It would be equally refreshing if you could point to something specifically mistaken with the article itself—forget the illustration for a moment—rather than simply make the unsupported claim that it’s “shoddy.” ‘Small government’ and ‘lower taxes’ were core beliefs of the Confederacy. They helped deliver ‘freedom’ for plantation owners. But for slaves? Not so much. The Confederates were also convinced that a twice-elected president of the United States from Illinois was ‘a tyrant.’ So do the math. Here's a thought: You can only deny, not undo, the origins of your movement. But you can take baby steps away from it. So how about a Tea Party task force to rid the Tea Party of repeated lies about Obama’s birth certificate and other lies portraying him as a strange, exotic and dangerous other? You want people to stop suspecting you of racism? Do something about it then! The liberal media isn't forcing you folks to believe that racist BS. It's your choice. P.S. Just as slavery depended on thousands of black slaves align-
Why Obama Is Not “One of the Greats”
In Lionel Rolfe’s laughable article, "Why Obama is One of the Greatest Presidents,” that was featured on the Random Lengths website, he restates the opinion in the title and then proceeds to wander down memory lane, reminiscing over his resume of political punditry instead of backing up his statement with facts. The fact is, Obama is one of the worst presidents in history. And I'll even one up Lionel, I'll back my statement up. Here's why: Gitmo is still open and we still torture, he's done nothing but expand
the war in the Middle East (including drone warfare that has resulted in the death of thousands of civilians), his continuation of the war on drugs, he’s overseen the biggest domestic and international spying operation EVER, he’s increased deportation of undocumented immigrants, has made no real steps towards green energy (instead backing "clean" coal and "natural" gas aka fracking), has perpetuated the prison industrial complex, and don’t forget the handing out of free passes to wall street criminals and banksters, just to name a few. Mike Ryko San Pedro
November 1 - 14, 2013
The Ponte Vista project is planning to go before a Planning Commission at 10 a.m., Nov. 14. The planning department has asked people to submit comments no later than Nov. 4. Comments should be emailed to the Planning Commission at CPC@lacity.org. A copy of the email should be sent to councildistrict15@lacity. org and Henry.Chu@lacity.org at least 10 days prior to the meeting. Venue: Los Angeles City Hall Location: 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles
I just watched this TED video about how NYC closed off dozens of streets and think that you, too, might find it of interest. Remember, I proposed this almost 7 years ago to the now defunct CRA. Now that LA is finally starting to get up to speed on these kinds of issues, I thought it might be time to reconsider what I tried to do for that depressed area. http://tinyurl.com/ kyntp2k SPECIAL NOTE** What I took away from this video and NYC experience—is that San Pedro and LA could just do a "paint job" to get it started. My plan to close off 2 miles of Pacific Ave and part of 6th Street—could be much easier to do now…if it was just closing the streets and use paints, plants and street furniture. The key thing to do is CLOSE the street so the people can use it 24x7 —even as a test. Note the boost in retail sales for the stores involved. Richard Pawlowski Depoe Bay, Ore.
ing with their white masters—a dynamic famously criticized and expanded upon by Malcolm X—the same is true of the much smaller number of minority Tea Party members today. This is hardly unique, unfortunately. Every election cycle, millions of workers vote for anti-worker politicians, for example. Foolish, self-harming attitudes are, unfortunately, a universal symptom of oppression. It's sad and tragic—but not the least bit surprising—to find them in minorities joining the Tea Party as well. Paul Rosenberg Senior Editor
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The Long Beach City Council is expected to vote, at 5 p.m. Nov. 5, on whether or not to adopt a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The city council also is expected to vote on whether to adopt a resolution to pay and report employer paid member contributions to the California Employees Retirement System for employees represented by the Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees, Long Beach Managers Association, Long Beach Association of Confidential Employees and unrepresented managers. In addition, the council is expected to vote on whether or not to pay and report the value of the employer paid member contributions to the California Employees Retirement System for employees represented by the Long Beach Lifeguards Association. The council is expected to consider a study session for the 2014-2021 Housing Element at least one month before the council’s vote on the item. Details: http://tinyurl.com/ Venue: City Hall Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
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ing the TEA Party movement, if the movement is racist?" Mia Love, a city mayor from Utah, and a Congressional candidate in 2012, is a TEA Party standard-bearer, and an African-American woman. She has repudiated the charges of racism attached to the Tea Party movement. She has also called out the false narrative of the Democratic Party, and progressive today, that the Republican Party and the allied TEA Party movement is racist to the core. An NBC reporter confronted one black man at a TEA Party rally, and he affirmed that there are many black people, as well as individuals of diverse backgrounds, who attend TEA Party rallies. See this link for more information: http://tinyurl.com/y75kj47, where you will find Americans of all backgrounds attending TEA Party rallies. And then there's former Congressman Allan West of Florida, US Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina (currently the only African-American in the US Senate), and Jennifer Burke, the social media director for theteaparty.net. There is even a Tea Party group in South LA, whose members are primarily African-Americans! Random Lengths News should be ashamed of such shoddy journalism. TEA Party equals freedom, not racism. The liberal-statist-progressive hate narrative is an empty smear. Conservatives of all colors are uniting because “Government is too damn big.” Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance
Alley Cats on the Prowl at Harold’s Place
Eighties era South Bay punk band, the Alley Cats performed at Harold’s Place on Oct. 26. The band members are, left to right, Diane Chai, John McCarthy and Alley Cats founder, Randy Stodola. Photo by Rebecca Garibay.
Live Theater on 7th Street
November 1 - 14, 2013
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On Oct. 26, TE San Pedro Rep celebrating their opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. The new theater will be opening with their first production of Hamlet on Nov. 7. and will run until Dec. 21. Visit http://www.sanpedrorep. org/ for ticket information. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
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propulsion system,” Holmes explained. After conducting “a substantial amount of research,” port staff “determined we were going to put jet drives in,” he added. Altogether, this delayed the project a year. When the Angelena was removed from service in September 2011, the second major problem was discovered. To install the jet drives, they had to go into the stern of the vessel, “which was a compartment that had been added by another company,” without Coast Guard approval. It turned out to be insufficient to support the weight of the jet drives, Holmes explained. “So that necessitated a whole new set of plan review and a basically rebuilding the stern of the engine room. “We could have benefited from the expertise of a marine architect who may have been able to identify the structural issues on the back of the boat,” Port spokesman Arley Baker told Random Lengths, in a follow-up interview. “The necessity of replacing the prop shaft with marine jet drives could also, perhaps, been identified earlier if we enlisted a marine architect to survey the project and plan the work,” he added. Even so, the total project cost $3.2 million, according to figures Holmes presented to the board, including labor costs of $1.2 million, parts and material costs of $912,000, and total overhead of $1 million. There was also a $550,000 grant from the Department of Transportation for the propulsion
system. “The most recent boat that’s been brought into the Harbor, a little bigger than the Angelena, was about $4 million,” Holmes told the board, in contrast. That is, with nothing like its advanced propulsion system. To simply go out and buy a low-emission—not zero-emission replacement boat, “We would have spent between $3 and $4 million,” he said. As for something truly comparable, that would be more expensive. “The most recent boat close to the Angelena was a boat that was built in the East Coast, for service in New York,” Holmes said. “I think it was around $10 million.” Responding to questioning by Commissioner Dr. Sung Won Sohn at the end of his presentation, Holmes said, “I think we did the right thing— because of who we are and what we do. We’re looked around the world as somebody who takes a leadership role in environmental initiatives, somebody who implements new technologies.” Commissioner Arian stressed the importance of having port workers trained to handle the new technology. “The American working class, in many ways, hasn’t been trained sufficiently for what’s coming,” he said. “So, to me that’s an important component of our workforce being prepared. “Using local labor is critical. Training your workforce is critical. And more than that, that money goes right back into the community.” What’s more, he said, “As this port grows and we build these new trucks, which are going to be zero-emission trucks, we have to ensure that these trucks are built here in the Harbor Area with American labor. “That’s what this ports’ about,” he concluded. “This port is about rebuilding the middle class.” from p. 3
Face of the ACA
to the Affordable Care Act within provisions of funding bills. On Oct. 16, the shutdown came to an end after negotiations with the president led to small compromises to tighten the income verification process of applicant who receive subsidies. However, the “small concession” does not consider extra hurdles that will be needed for the applicant progression. The agreement prohibits subsidies from being distributed until the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services certifies that the verification of the system is working. The extra step seems to be an effort on the behalf of Republicans to make enrollment harder or easier to collapse. Torres said she doesn’t really follow the politics surrounding Obamacare but she definitely has an opinion. “The people who are opposed to it don’t care because it doesn’t affect them,” she said. “They already have the money.” If she doesn’t get a job soon, she might have to go on unemployment and disability to pay for her insurance. When she gets a job she plans to continue with her new insurance plan. “It’s within my spending [budget] and I could see my specialists,” Torres said.
By Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, Guest Columnist
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t may have been decades since the famous rally cry for women everywhere to “Take Back the Night!” but Long Beach Riot Grrrl, a local neo-feminist movement with its provocative art and free events, screams of a new brand of feminism that is anything but out-dated. I recently attended a free screening and discussion of the documentary W.A.R.: Women Art Revolution, lead by a photo-copied flyer of hand-drawn doodles and information that I found at the bottom of my purse one evening. It took me a few moments to realize it was a flyer. The nostalgic approach of word-of-mouth marketing coupled with that simple piece of paper ignited within me a call to action where other professional colored cardstock had failed. It wasn’t until viewing the untethered film about the historical disproportionate representation of male to female art in the country—and justified outrage—that I sadly realized I (like many of the interviewees in the documentary) was unable to name more than two famous female painters. With more than 40 years of footage from the Feminist Art Movement, blatant examples of widespread artistic discrimination and the fight against female ostracization, W.A.R.: Women Art Revolution offers a tiny glimpse of a generations-long struggle for recognition. Sitting on an information table preceding rows of chairs packed with a full audience were more black-and-white punk-style flyers next to a basket of buttons with sayings like, “I [Heart] Consensual Sex,” feminist comic books for sale, a donation jar and Monet Pedrazzini, an organizer for Long Beach Riot Grrrl who was more than happy to introduce me to the growing movement and invite me to upcoming events. Film screenings are just one of the many free and gender-inclusive weekly LB Riot Grrrl Continued on page 16.
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The Zidane, a sweet crepe with fresh strawberries, bananas, melted nutella and vanilla ice cream.
La Crème de la Crêpe: A Parisian Mystique
Story and Photos by Katrina Guevara, Contributing Writer
ou don’t have to travel far for a taste of Paris. In the heart of downtown Long Beach is a corner restaurant with crepes, French décor and more. La Crème de la Crêpe operates 365 days a year on its extensive menu and fresh ingredients. “What we try to create is a slice of Paris in Downtown Long Beach. [La Crème de la Crêpe] is for people who have been to Paris cafés and feel like they are in the city because of the décor and
authenticity of food,” says owner Mark Russell. There are paintings of Normandy by a local artist who eventually went back to France. There are poems written on the ceiling from Jean La Fontaine and Victor Hugo. The television also continuously plays French films with subtitles. Most importantly are the various selections on the menu. “It is a big menu,” says Russell. “People hear Crème de la Crêpe and only think of crepes, when in fact, it’s a full service restaurant.”
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A sign that Chef Dustin Trani’s stock continues to rise: the 29 year-old San Pedro native is going to be featured in the next episode of, Knife Fight, a show that’s a cross between Iron Chef and Fight Club. Knife Fight features real chefs that face off in underground, after hours cooking bouts. The show is hosted by Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall. In each match-up, chefs feel the heat as they’re cheered and heckled by a rowdy crowd – including celebrities, food professionals and die-hard foodies who serve as judges and timekeepers, such as Drew Barrymore, Elijah Wood, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, Erika Christensen and more. In a recent interview with L.A. Confidential Magazine, Trani flashed his trademark confidence when asked if there was a chef that he would be nervous to go up against. “I don’t really think I’d be nervous to cook against anyone,” he said. “I never mentored long-term under any chefs so I was forced to establish my cooking identity very young in my career. Now at 29, with 20 years of restaurant experience under my belt, I’m very comfortable in all aspects of food. I feel I have a strong base of knowledge to go toe-to-toe with anyone, really.” J.Trani’s will be hosting a view party at the restaurant on Nov. 15. Venue: J. Trani’s Ristorante Location: 584 W. 9th St, San Pedro
The “Quebec” is a sweet breakfast crepe, which consists of bananas covered with maple syrup. The “Espagnole” is a buckwheat breakfast crepe with a sunny side up egg with chorizo, bell peppers, spicy chicken sausage, salsa and melted jack cheese. The “Croque Monsieur” is a specialty sandwich, which consists of ham, Swiss cheese and béchamel sauce. “There are savory and sweet crepes, ” says Russell. “Our savory crepes are gluten-free and made with traditional buckwheat flour. There is also an option to use gluten-free batter for the sweet crepes.” Everything is made from scratch from the strawberry jam to the cognac salad dressing, Russell says. The restaurant on East 1st Street opened in 2008. Russell took over the restaurant in 2011 and it has been a community staple ever since. “Everyday two or three new people come in and say ‘this is my new favorite restaurant,’” says Russell. Russell’s takeover has been positive. The Facebook page has more than 6,400 likes. The restaurant has won many awards throughout the years. However, Russell is most flattered by Sunset Magazine’s national recognition as well as Long Beach Press-Telegram’s recognition from the community. The Long Beach location is the fourth to open of the branch. There are currently six in operation with the rest in: Culver City, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena and Redondo Beach. “From someone who cooked family meals at 10 and took many paths in my life from psychology to stockbroking, it’s been a dream my whole life [to open a French restaurant].”
November 1 - 14, 2013
Japanese Restaurant Sushi Bar 380 W. 6th St. • 832-5585
OPERATION COMEDY November 2 | 8PM Humana Gov’t Business and KPCC-89.3 FM present an evening of stand up comedians, free to current and veteran military and a guest. Emcee Jon Stites and an all-veteran lineup are featured in a live taping for Armed Services TV. Info at operationcomedy.com.
November 8 | 8PM Grand Vision’s series continues with “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”, spotlighting The Funk Brothers, session musicians on Motown’s original hits including “My Girl,” “Baby Love” and many more. Admission $12 & $10 at Grandvision.org, or cash at the door.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR
November 16 & 17 A new musical play by One 8 Productions – an outrageously funny, contemporary gospel stage play, based on the biblical story of Hosea; a compelling story of friendship, lies, betrayal and the journey back to love. Showtimes and tickets $37 & $27 - Plays411. net, (323)960-7740.
DTASC SALUTE TO THE WINNERS
November 18 | 5PM Drama Teachers Assn. of Southern CA present middle and high school drama festival winners from 3 Fall competitions in monologues and group scenes from drama, musical and comedy theatre. General admission $5 cash at the door.
478 W. 6th St. • Historic Downtown San Pedro • 310.548.2493
The Warner Grand Theatre is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs. For Information and Tickets, Please Visit WarnerGrand.org, GrandVision.org or ExperienceSP.com
La Creme de la Crepe owner Mark Russell
the Ronald McDonald House, participates in the art walk, Buskerfest, A Taste of Long Beach and the patrons of the convention center. Venue: La Crème de la Crêpe Details: http://facebook.com/ cremedelacrepelongbeach Location: 400 E. 1st Street, Long Beach.
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Russell plans to open another restaurant in the city. For now, he is working with the Executive Chef Auner Tobar to create new dishes. “I just created a crème brûlée crepe, and we’ll roll it out in a couple weeks.” La Crème de la Crêpe also gives back to the community. The restaurant contributes to meals to
Soup— Pumpkin Bisque Salad— Berry Salad served in Parmesan Cheese Basket Fresh locally harvested mix greens, seasonal berries in champagne mustard vinaigrette
Entrees— Sliced Maple Rosemary Turkey with Savory Gravy Oven Roasted Sliced Sirloin Steak with a Cabernet Mushroom Sauce Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing Grilled Acorn Squash and Vegetables Served with choice of creamy garlic mashed potato or herb oven roasted baby red potatoes
Dessert— Dulce de Leche or Banana Pyramid (Choice of) Enjoy endless sparkling wine or cider, coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks included.
For Reservations Please Call 310-521-8080 November 1 – 14, 2013
San Pedro’s Original ArtWalk— Fine Dining • Live Music Special Performances • Food Trucks! Gallery 345
1st Thursday Day of the Dead celebration will continue and Retablos will be showing from Experimental Artists including Pat Woolley and Gloria D Lee. Hours 6-9 p.m. Open by appointment other days: for more information call 310.545.0832 or 310.374.8055 • 345 W. 7th Street San Pedro
The Loft Gallery
Connections—The Loft Artists Candice Gawne, Carol Hungerford, Sam Arno, Daniel Porras, Murial Olguin, Jan Govaerts, Anne Marie Rawlinson, & Nancy Towne Schultz. • Open First Thursday 6–9 p.m. Open Saturdays & Sundays 2-5 p.m. • 401 S. Mesa St. • 310.831.5757
Michael Stearns Studio 347 Michael Stearns Studio 347 Presenting Mixed Gatherings: New Sculptures by Michael Stearns. This innovative body of work champions common urban cast-off materials with the integration of natural objects: antlers, sticks and leaves with an effervescent use of color and form. The show will remain on view through December 1. Michael Stearns Studio 347 is located at 347 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. For further information, please visit www.michaelstearnsstudio.com or call (562) 400-0544.
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Transvagrant and Warschaw Gallery
Paintings by Craig Keith Antrim, Philippa Blair, Katy Crowe, Nat Jones, Ron Linden, Lida Lowrey, William Mahan, Jay McCafferty, Peggy Reavey,Yong Sin, Gary Szymanski, Maggie Tennesen, Marie Thibeault & Ted Twine. Show runs through November 9, 2013. Organized by Transvagrant @ Warschaw Gallery. This exhibition sponsored in part by the San Pedro Arts, Culture and Entertainment District and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. (310) 600-4873 • 600 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro
George Mann and Rik Palieri perform the music of the 1941 Almanac Singers, featuring the legendary folk artists Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays and Millard Lampell.
CD Reviews By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude
Shakeh Songs of My Soul is an uplifting selection of songs that touch the fringes of Christian rock.
Space and Substance Makes Its Way to CSUDH
By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer
The contrast of the intellectualism in Linden’s work and the spiritualism in Antrim’s, melds the show. Antrim is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University. His work is in the collection of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Cocoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. His two-dimensional pieces take on the appearance of a third dimension through his ability to layer and score his canvases. Much of his work speaks to a favorite subject of spirals, symbols and earth elements. His fascination with symbology runs throughout his work. Antrim says he was influenced by psychiatrist Carl Jung and author Joseph Campbell. Though Jung was a practicing clinician, much of his life’s work was spent exploring tangential ideas such as Eastern and Western philosophies, alchemy, astrology, and sociology. Jung’s book, Man and His Symbols introduced Antrim to a new way of CSUDH continued on page 16.
David York David York is performing at the First Lutheran School and Church from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Nov. 1. York is the Organist and Minister of the Lutheran Church of the Master in Westwood. Reception with the artist is followed by complimentary organic coffee, baked treats and a seasonal fruit selection. No admission will be charged. Details: (310) 320-9920; www.flchurch.org Venue: First Lutheran School and Church Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
Gabriel Johnson Gabriel Johnson is performing at, 8 p.m. Nov. 2, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. He will be playing alongside a trio of musicians who will bring you the sounds of the trumpet, piano, bass and drums. Tickets are $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Operation Comedy The Warner Grand is hosting Operation Comedy at 8 p.m., Nov. 2. The event is part of a five-year national comedy tour, exclusively free to active military members, veterans and a guest. Admission is $10. Details: (310) 548-2493 Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro Vaud and the Villains Vaud and the Villains are at Harvelles at 9 p.m. Nov. 2. There will be a two-drink minimum purchase required. Tickets start at $20. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelles Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach
DJ Frank Fo Real DJ Frank Fo Real will be spinning the tracks, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 3 at Crafted. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Songs of my Soul Release The Grand Annex is hosting Shakeh’s Songs of My Soul release event from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 3. Shakeh will be performing on stage with Brian Asher on cello and bass and Dwain Roque on percussion, harmonica and vocals. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The price includes a copy of the CD. Details: (310) 371-8080 Venue: Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro John York and The Byrds John York and The Byrds will be at, 4 p.m., Nov. 3, at Alvas Showroom. York is a singer, composer, guitarist and former member of The Byrds. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Paul Brady Paul Brady will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Grand Annex. Brady is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Brady is one of Ireland’s and the world’s most enduringly popular artist. Tickets are $25 and can only be purchased at the door for this event. Details: (310) 371-8080 Venue: Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Chuck Alvarez Chuck Alvarez will be performing live, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9, at Crafted . Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro One World One World is performing at, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, at Alvas Showroom. Led by singer and songwriter guitarist Frank Unzueta, One World’s original Latin sound is an exciting blend of hot Latin rhythms, romantic Spanish guitars and sensuous love songs. Calendar continued on page 16.
November 1 – 14, 2013
ld friends Craig Antrim and Ron Linden are coming together to present Space and Substance, a contemporary and abstract exhibit at the University Art Museum in Cal State Dominguez Hills. The two artists have distinctly divergent styles, creating a captivating pairing. “I chose them because their work goes perfectly together,” said curator and gallery director Kathy Zimmer. “Craig’s work is very spiritual and Ron’s work is wiry and tough. Many of Ron’s paintings are delicate and fragile with an inner toughness.”
The self titled CD by Box Car 7 is a well executed disc of cover tunes. The horn driven band has nice spins on old rhythm and blues chestnuts. Opening with Chester (Howlin’ Wolf) Burnett’s “300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy” and Albert Collins’ “If You Love Me Like You Say,” to the overly covered “Train Kept A Rollin.” All tracks are played with a strong interpretive feel for the originals. This is a disc that has one smiling from beginning to end. Though I don’t write too much about cover bands, I wanted to share this one. The band works every weekend playing around Southern California. I hope that maybe we can get a collection of originals from these guys someday. Details: www.boxcar7.com
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The Almanac Trail is the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Lee Hays and Millard Lampell, The Almanac Singers of 1941. The songs are performed by Rik Palieri on banjo and vocals, with his partner on this project, George Mann, on guitar and vocals in support of their tour of union halls across America in 2013. This collection is a heartfelt resonance of a another time. The country in 1941 was beginning to recover from the Great Depression and World War II was around the corner in the summer of ‘41. As Rik tells it, “Pete and Woody were two firebrand radicals.” With a burn to encourage workers to unite and have a living wage for themselves and their families. The union struggle had been going on for some time and the bosses were still sending in thugs to stop this organizing from going on. Pete and Woody had a different mission to bring us together in song, to lift our spirits and give hope in a very gentle, yet, powerful way. What we have is marvelously performed songs about unions and the struggle of those who built this country. This is a CD that is needed to be heard by every union man and woman today. It is that relevant! Honestly, the children of our working port town should be singing these songs for and with their parents. That all that is given, came with a price.
The CD opens with one of Woody’s songs, “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad.” One of my favorites that the Grateful Dead covered throughout their 30-year history. Here you hear it the way Woody and Pete performed it. Pete Seeger (94 years young) is heard throughout this CD talking about how The Almanac Singers got started and what happened on their adventure across America. Pete said the name came from Lee Hays (The Weavers). “Lee said, where I come from there are two books in the house: the Bible to that gets you to the next one and The Almanac that helps you get through this one.” He figured that was what Pete and Woody were doing was trying help people get through this one. I have to mention, also heard on this disc “The Ballad of Harry Bridges”. Pete has a great story about the two men playing for the then new Congress of Industrial Organizations, the forerunner to the ILWU. Pete said that when Harry Bridges introduced them to the union, they were met with grumblings about ‘these hillbillies’ and ‘we have work to do.’ Bridges simply said, “These boys have something important to say to you.” Pete and Woody played to the union and couldn’t leave till they played the song twice. Overall a very brilliantly executed CD, without a flaw, a true American treasure. Details: www.almanactrail.com
It very motivational and at the same it is music that inspires. The opening and closing tracks (different versions) “When You’ve Got The Hunger,” talks to the dreams of a belief in yourself, of not letting go of what you are passionate Skahekh courtesy photo about. The later version has a beautiful cello solo by Brian Asher, the opening version (Track One) has an electric guitar solo played deftly by Chris Pinnick. The following song, “Take Me To Jericho” is about transformance and acceptance in the light of a new found faith. The opening line, “ I was wandering in the desert, making circles in the sand. Now, I’m standing free of the past. I finally know who I am,” with both the first and second tracks, I found myself singing these two songs after a brief listen repeatedly. “When Angels Pray” has Asher’s Cello speaking like an old friendly voice over the beautiful lyric in counterpoint and a melodic solo that is sublime. Then, we get into an almost Burt Bacharach type of arrangement on “Let’s Keep It Light” a very romantic and fun piece. “Radio Mundo” is a wonderful nod to Spanish language radio. This CD has so many playful tracks as well as those that inspire, it is hard not to just let the disc play for a few hours. The release of Shakeh’s CD, Songs Of My Soul will be performed on stage, at 4 p.m. Nov. 3, at The Grand Annex in San Pedro, with Brian Asher and Dwain Roque. Details: www.shakeh.com
Calendar from page 15. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Cliff Wagner Cliff Wagner will be performing live, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at Crafted. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Community/Family November 1
Día de los Muertos Sample delicious Latin American food from local restaurants and view a special altar exhibition by artists and community members, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 1, in downtown San Pedro. Children will be able to make arts and crafts and get their face painted in the spirit of the holiday. Venue: Downtown San Pedro Location: 300 block of 6th St. San Pedro
Global Gifts Presents: The Nativity Show Global Gifts is showing the Nativity Show, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Port of Los Angeles. This will include a nativity show exhibition, music, refreshments, ornament tree and Christmas gifts for sale. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
November 1 - 14, 2013
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Little Squirts The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting Little Squirts from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Nov 2. to Nov. 23. Little Squirts is offered on four consecutive Saturdays. Each month of sessions will have a general ocean theme and all sessions will include elements of arts and crafts, movement and music. Class sizes are limited to 10 students between the ages of two and four. Class prices are $15 for non-members and $12 for members. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Native Garden Workday The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a native garden workday from 8 to 10 a.m., Nov. 2. Join aquarium educators and volunteers on the first Saturday of every month to maintain the Cabrillo Native Garden and learn more about its plants and inhabitants. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro Silk Painting Workshop Crafted is hosting a silk painting workshop from 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 2. Admission is $75. Admission includes: Chinese silk for framing or a pillow, hand-rolled Chinese silk scarf, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and a light lunch. Calendar continued on page 17.
Totem: Where the Audience is as Much a Spectacle as the Performance By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor Even the nosebleed areas of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem provided an excellent show. However, from these seats near the exits, we notice details not as visible to those in the pricier seating areas--details such as the small seats relative to the size of the average Cirque du Soleil ticket holder. Watching attendees negotiate around each other to reach their seats, looking furtively down the row for a bit more breathing room before the show started. The contrasting visuals become more exaggerated during the show. After the segment with the Crystal Man wearing a costume covered in mirrors and crystals descends from the darkness of the tent top and amphibian-like performers in skin tight jumpsuits covering them from head to toe, you come to the realization that at least 90 percent of the show features gymnasts. Only the bodies of these gymnast are mature and chiseled, and result from many more years work than any young person that makes the Olympic team. As extraordinary as these feats of human strength, agility and flexibility were, the seamlessness of the storytelling was equally powerful. Totem was billed to be about human evolution and humanity’s desire to reach the stars, but there were moments where humanity’s beginnings were indistinguishable from its destination as a species -- an idea embodied in the presence of the Crystal Man in the beginning and the performers garbed in Mayan–inspired space suits at the end. The
nonlinear storytelling of Totem lends a cosmic cycle-of-life sense to the entire performance. Once you get beyond humanity’s beginnings or endings, there a strong sense of progression of the evolution of man and his dispersing from the African continent through the Near East to the Eurasian continent, across the Siberian Straits to the Americas. Though Totem features indigenous cultures of the Americas most dominantly, Cirque still manages to incorporate a wide variety of ancient cultures, though not always recognizable to the naked eye. The earliest indigenous performances was the Amerindian hoop dancing, performed to a blend of indigenous and modern music with pulsating beats. The performance featured Eric Hernandez, who Random Lengths News interviewed for a preview of the show as well as a female dancer. Watching how Eric interlocks his hoops to create static shapes, evoking animals representing the circle of life was a sight to behold. The dancers together were graceful and powerful, providing a visual story with supreme reverence. There is a little more than a week remaining in Totem’s run in San Pedro before it moves on to Irvine. If you can ignore the discomfort of those small seat for two-and-half hours, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing show. The show ends Nov. 10. Details: www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem
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by feminist punk rock groups across the globe, groups such as Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, SleaterKinney, and Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock band that made headlines worldwide when members of the group were incarcerated on charges of “hooliganism” for a one-minute performance protest in front of a cathedral in Moscow (that included a prayer to the Madonna to remove Putin). Pedrazzini is an individual reflection of the Riot Grrrl movement in her fem-empowered resistance to all forms of discrimination and violence against women. “Being unconventional [in] expressing my gender identity (as a cisgendered straight girl) as I please…also made me a target for sexual harassment and assault…and has labeled me a sexual object,” Monet explained, describing her relationship to the Riot Grrrl movement. “This was the hypocrisy of my society I dealt with all of my life: being scolded for who I am but validated for how my body has happened to shape out. This is why I needed Riot Grrrl.” Many others do, too. She concluded with an enthusiastic petition for support “Come to our events! All of our events are ‘safe space-modeled’ meaning any intolerance is not tolerated! We aim to provide a platform of respect and safety for any individual (besides a bigot),” with a small caveat. Fighting the good fight for gender equality and empowering others to boldly be themselves without shame or judgment, is just as relevant and essential today as it ever has been. With the appearance of Long Beach Riot Grrrl, perhaps we will glimpse a future world where hate crimes, abuse and the objectification of women are shadows of the past. Until then, Riot Grrrls (and their male allies) are vigilant as they continue to sing, paint and dance visions of this new world into reality.
activities in Long Beach provided by Riot Grrrl. Other regular events include a monthly political prisoner letter-writing party, which is a project in collaboration with another local activist group, Food Not Bombs, group discussions on feminism and “DIY Wednesdays,” where community members can take classes to learn anything from creating homemade vegan candy to playing the ukulele. Pedrazzini saw these local happenings as a vehicle to both serve and connect with her community. As a result, she discovered more faith in it. “I wish to provide others with a catalyzing force of validation and recognition,” she said after the screening. “All of our events have given me a sense of community, as well as, kept me uplifted in my outlook on the world. It’s a beautiful thing to be around these people who care about the same things you do.” This Riot Grrrl was inspired to see a feministfocused group emerging in Long Beach and, although she was not one of the founding members, became a core organizer. The movement has become an extension of her beliefs in action. “Riot Grrrl as a genre of music, as a branch of feminism and as ‘grrrl’ punk philosophy has been a catalyst in my life towards radical thought, unabashed confidence and, most importantly, an unapologetic authenticity,” Monet continued. “All of these ideas have validated a culmination of oppressive experiences in my life that stemmed from not measuring up to the conventional standards of a girl.” Though Long Beach Riot Grrrl has been operating in the Long Beach area for less than a year, the Riot Grrrl movement itself has been in existence since the early 1990s and supported
Melina Paris contributed to this article.
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thinking. Campbell’s book, Heroes with a Thousand Faces introduced the artist to comparative mythology. Zimmer is especially taken with Antrim’s golden paintings. He layers an iridescent gold color over a deep venetian red to create a reflection of alchemy. The only interference with the monochrome is the shifts in surface texture. Antrim has painted all his life. He professes his love for the process of layering paint on canvas. “I made a decision not to use gold leaf in my work because I love the process of paintings,” Antrim said. “I layer the gold acrylic paint over the canvas. I did not feel the necessity to use real gold leaf because I am not that kind of literalist. What I am interested in is the metaphor.’ Student, Fernando Linderos, assisted with the planning of Space and Substance. “Antrim and Linden are masters of this simplified universe, understanding fully the discreet, yet extremely powerful metaphysical presence of spirit and space,” Linderos said. “Theirs is a movement that involves looking deeper into what makes up the interactions between people and the symbols, so as to truly understand the mystery, the endless possibilities of interpretation.” Through his activities as an artist, teacher, curator and gallery director, Linden has achieved grassroots recognition among other artists. Most recently, he has exhibited at the Cue Art Foundation in New York. He is also a member of the Fine Arts Faculty at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he has served as gallery director since 2000. In 2007, he founded TransVagrant, a collective of artists and writers, to produce exhibitions and performances. Lindens contribution to this show is also highly personal. Linden’s “I. M. Him, 2012” and “Absent Portrait III, 2012,” are each an abstract expression of self-portraiture. The sparse minimalism allows the viewer to reflect on their own projected image, while viewing Linden’s humorous view of his own countenance. “These are humorous attempts at a kind of figuration. The idea is to be funny and complex at the same time.” Linden said. “I have played around throughout my career with geometric shapes, pounce patterns, cut patterns and collage. That is just a continuation with my fascination of the tools of the trade; it almost takes on a language of its own.” Linden’s pragmatic and uncluttered view on his work is reflected in his artist’s statement: workmanlike & plain centric shapes considered geometries stingy palette shared doubt sense of humor “Craig Antrim’s and Ron Linden’s abstractionism is an expression of the psychological element,” said Linderos “causing spiritual ripples that cast outward creating an imaginative resonance.” The exhibit runs through Dec. 5 at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The gallery is at La Corte Hall A-107. The hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. Details: (310) 243-3334; http://cah.csudh. edu/art_gallery Venue: University Art Gallery at CSUDH Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson
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Big Nick’s Pizza
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Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash, soups and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crépes and pastas. Take a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www.mishisstrudel.com PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING S i n c e 1 9 61 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www. Portsocalldining.com San Pedro Brewing Company A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features hand-crafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Live music on Saturdays. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www. sanpedrobrewing.com
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Bob and Josephine Trusela invite you to eat, drink and relax in their welcoming and intimate dining room. Whether it’s fo r a ro m a n t i c dinner for two or a Sunday night family feast, Trusela’s serves Southern Italian inspired and California cuisines made with hand selected, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Trusela’s offers an extensive wine and imported beer selection. Catering and banquets from elegant to casual for all occasions. Reservations recommended. Hours: Dinner service from 5 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 547-0993, www.truselas.com.
The Whale & Ale
San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 8320363 • www.whaleandale.com
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2103 National Leaders Luncheon Join Rep. Janice Hahn at the 2013 National Leader’s Luncheon, from 12 to 2 p.m. Nov. 5, at Westin Long Beach Centennial Ballroom. Tickets start at $50. Venue: Westin Long Beach Location: 333 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Carolyn’s Crochet and Knitting Club The San Pedro Library is hosting Carolyn’s Crochet and Knitting Club at 3 p.m., Nov. 6. Carolyn’s Crew is an all ages crochet and knitting club for kids, adults and seniors. Participants who want to learn how to crochet are encouraged to bring a size “I” hook. Participant who want to learn to knit are encouraged to bring size “8” knitting needles. The class also will be given at 3:30 p.m. on the same day. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Breakfast with Garcetti Enjoy a hearty breakfast with Mayor Eric Garcetti from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 7 at Banning’s Landing in Wilmington. Tickets are $20 for general admission. No tickets will be sold at the door. Details: (310) 834-8586 Venue: Banning’s Landing Location: 100 E Water St., Wilmington
Theater/Film November 1
Avenue Q The play Avenue Q is being performed at the Long Beach Playhouse, 8 p.m., Nov. 1. Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and all heart. A laughout-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad who moves into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Princeton and his new friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Tickets are $24. The show runs through Nov. 16. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Sin Sin will be playing, at 8 p.m. Nov. 1,at the Garage Theatre. Haters gon hate. See what sippin’ on all that haterade does to someone who’s been so busy playing Judge Judy, she can’t see the guilty for the innocent. Traffic. Seven deadly sins. TJ Maxx. All in one sweet theatrical known as Sin. Tickets are $15 for students and $18 for the general public. Details: (866) 811-4111; www.thegaragetheatre.org Venue: The Garage Theatre Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein will be showing, at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach. A big, fat, funny, irreverent hit based on the classic 1974 Mel Brooks film starring Gene Wilder. Iconic lines from the film have been turned into some of the most hilarious musical numbers ever. Tickets range between $17 and $85. The show will run through Nov. 17. Details: (562) 856-1999; www.musical.org Venue: Musical Theatre West Location: 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach
Don’t Dress for Dinner The International City Theatre is showing Don’t Dress for Dinner at 8 p.m., Nov. 2. Bernard’s plan for a romantic rendezvous with his chic Parisian mistress, are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard’s wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise of her own. Admission is $45. Details: (562) 436-4610; www.ictlongbeach.org Venue: International City Theatre Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
November 1 – 14, 2013
Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonderfully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766
The favorite local cafe for the point Fermin area of San Pedro great breakfasts, lunches and even dinner. Serving traditional offering for breakfast along with specialty omelets, espresso and cappuccino. Lunches include a delicious selection of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches with hearty portions as well as Chef’s Creations. Dinners feature Top Sirloin Steak or Prime Rib as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are served. Free Wifi and is pet friendly on the patio. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. close to Cabrillo Beach and the Korean Bell, Point Fermin area- 508 West 39th St., San Pedro. 310- 548- 3354
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013181766 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Ramses Tax Service, 24328 Vermont Ave., Unit 315, Harbor City, CA 90710. County of Los Angeles. Registered owner(s) Gary L. Bodahely, 3060 Gold Star Dr. Apt. 294, Long Beach, Ca 90810. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above in N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information, which he or she knows to be false, is guilty of a crime.). S/ Gary L. Bodahely. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013. Notice- In accordance with Subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Business Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except as provided in Subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411 et. Seq., Business and Professions Code). Amended (New Filing): 09/19/13, 10/04/13, 10/18/13, 11/01/13
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013215805 The following person is doing business as: Desi’s Landscaping, 862 W. Denni St., Wilmington, CA 90744, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Desiderio Ruvalcaba, 862 W. Denni St., Wilmington, CA 90744. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: Sept. 1, 2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Desiderio Ruvalcaba. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 16, 2013. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/31/13, 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013219701 The following person is doing business as: Smart Motors, 439 N. Leland Street, San Pedro, CA 90732, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: California Visitation Monitors LLC, 439 N. Leland Street, San Pedro, CA 90732. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: NA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Scott Macfullivray. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 22, 2013. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/31/13, 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13
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the appropriate math class. “The first semester, we’re going to give everybody a math class and English class because those are the gateway classes to a transferring degree. [Also,] a personal development class, a counseling class that helps you with time management. College 101. Then [we’ll] allow students to choose a general education class.” Throughout the following few months, Herzek plans to present more detail to groups on the campus and speak with faculty and staff about his proposition. If everything goes well, he hopes to implement his new strategy by the Fall 2014 semester. If the issue isn’t a physical one, it’s most likely bureaucratic. Attrition rates aren’t the only problems the school has to deal with. As is the issue with just about everything, funding or the lack thereof, plays a big role in the institution’s performance. Fortunately, Proposition 30 helped schools garner much-needed funds after the Great Recession of 2008 caused the amount of money being allocated to schools to be greatly reduced. Herzek is estimating the amount of classes available to increase by six to seven percent during the next school year. Additional classes will result from more funds being allocated from the state overtime whenever they are available. During the recession, the reduction had the athletic department take the biggest hit. When students are having issues with class availability, increased tuition and enrollment, something like basketball and football seem to take a back seat. “Whenever there are budget cuts, there are a lot of folks who look at athletics as the first place to cut,” Herzek said. “That’s not my philosophy at all.” Herzek focuses on the major lifelong benefits derived from participating in organized sports at a collegiate level that others have seemed to turn a blind eye to. Sports also give students motivation and incentive for being relentless when it comes to their education. “It keeps a lot of students in school who may not have necessarily hung in there,” Herzek said. But Herzek didn’t overlook the importance of from p. 6
Manuel Camacho, a Persian Gulf war veteran, was living in Salvation Army shelter in the City of Bell for [two years] before he got housing at Cabrillo Long Beach. He had lost his
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from Afghanistan and Iraq. They need work.” Robles recalls meeting a number of new veterans at military expos with degrees and qualifications but employers aren’t hiring them. To address joblessness amongst veterans, Post 33 is scheduled to start a career center to help spouses and children of veterans back into the workforce.
what students learn inside of the classroom. “I think the most important skills that students can walk away with from here are critical thinking skills, the understanding of teamwork…problem solving skills…to be inquisitive [and] to be creative.” The students will depend on their instructors to provide them with the necessary lessons to succeed and thrive in today’s world. Teachers are the most important tool the students have at their disposal. Herzek is looking for the proper academic apparatus for students to build on when looking to hire a professor. When hiring an instructor he considers how well they fit within the school’s environment and what he or she can contribute to the college. “Do they have a passion for students?” Herzek said. “Are they going to work well with the colleagues in their department? What else can they contribute to the college? Do they want to get involved in sponsoring an [Associated Student Organization] club? Do they have the drive to connect their students out in the community? Maybe to internships or job shadow experiences. “Everyone that comes to me could probably do the job, but I’m looking for [whether or not] they have that personality to fit within our organization and what else do they bring to the college beside their ability to go inside of the classroom and teach the subject.” A Long Beach resident, Herzek says he is familiar with the surrounding area, and is hoping to bring communal resources to the school. He also believes that after many years in the field, he has acquired the ability to get the campus rolling. “I have a very good understanding of student needs,” Herzek said. “I’m out and about on campus everyday chatting with students, with faculty or staff and I feel my years of experience has given me the skills to do the job.” Herzek has a plan that he believes, if implemented, will result in the progress sought for and expected from college students. A permanent position at the school is on the line and he’s planning on working hard to obtain it, but he knows who he’s ultimately working for. “My responsibility is to make sure we’re meeting the students’ needs,” Herzek said. “To figure out how to squeeze every last nickel to make things happen... We want to get you out of here as quickly as possible so you can move forward with your life.” family, attempted suicide twice and fell into homelessness before he began getting the help he needed. Paperwork and the federal bureaucracy was his biggest obstacle. It took two years for him to get diagnosed with PTSD. “We have too much pride to ask for help,” Manuel said. “That’s why we have 22 suicides per day…. I’ve lost some friends to [drug] overdoses and alcoholism.” Reducing the veteran suicide rate is one of AMVETS top priorities. Aguilar pegs the current suicide rate of veterans at 22 vets a day. “When we first caught wind of this, it was almost three years ago,” Aguilar said. “It was 18 (at the time) I think. Then we, all of us veterans, civilians, noncivilian, military, children, adults, seniors, spreading the word, knocked it down to 17 per day. And that includes active duty (personnel). This past March... it went to 22 per day. “If the people around us don’t pick it up, which is our community, ‘Oh is this a veteran these are the symptoms, then call this number,’ if we don’t do that, we’re going to lose. We’re going to get stuck at 22.”
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