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Massive Cuts to Food Stamp Recipients, GOP Wants Much, Much More
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good part of the food stamp debate in Congress and the media is not an evidence-based conversation, it’s fantasybased,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, to Greg Kaufmann of the Nation magazine back in June. But things are now much more dire than they were then. Roughly 900,000 veterans were among those affected Nov. 1, when automatic cuts to food stamp spending kicked in, due to the expiration of a boost included in the 2009 stimulus bill. “The expansion of food stamps in the stimulus helped millions of people who were living at the edge of the poverty line,” economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, told Random Lengths. As the number of unemployed grew by 94 percent from 2007 to 2011, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation grew 70 percent in response, government figures show. “It also had the effect of boosting the economy since this was money that was spent, creating additional demand and jobs,” Baker said. “It is hard to see who is benefited by cutting it back." And yet, benefits from SNAP were cut back—an average of 7 percent for each of almost 48 million SNAP recipients, 87 percent of whom live in households with children, seniors or people with disabilities. This amounts to a loss of about $9 per person per month or $36 a month for a family of four. Food stamps will now average less than $1.40 per person per meal. It’s a significant loss for individual recipients, especially children, but the total cut of about $5 billion comes to just over one-tenth of 1 percent of the federal budget, barely a rounding error. But that’s not nearly enough pain and suffering for angry House Republicans, who cost the government $2 billion with their recent government shutdown. Roughly six weeks earlier, Sept. 19, House Republicans passed a bill slashing another $39 billion from food stamp spending over the next decade—a move that would kick 3.8 million people off of food stamps in the next year
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Harbor Area Long Beach VA Job Fair
The Veterans Affairs Long Beach Health System will host its Job Fair for Success from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 19. Details: (562) 826- 5593 Venue: Veterans Affairs Hospital Location: 5901 E. 7th St., Long Beach
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Participate in the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Bixby Park band shell in Long Beach Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes those who are killed due to antitransgender prejudice. This international event is takes place every November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 1998 was the impetus for the first vigil held in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved. Transgender activist Bamby Salcedo will be serving as keynote speaker this year. Immediately following the brief presentations by each of the speakers, a reading of names of those lost throughout the past year and candlelight vigil will take place along Broadway. Details: http://tinyurl.com TransgenderRememberance Venue: Bixby Park Location: 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach
Mayoral Candidate Forum
Shift Long Beach and the Sierra Club are cosponsoring a mayoral candidate forum, at 6 p.m. Nov. 21, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. This Forum is non-partisan and is not intended to endorse a candidate or declare a winner. It is not a debate but simply an educational forum to make more of our residents aware of the environmental stances of the candidates running for mayor. Details: www.aquariumofpacific.org, http://lbmayorforum2014-zvents.eventbrite.com Venue: Aquarium of the Pacific Location: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
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AltaSea Marine Science Project Approved Research Center Would Have 50-Year Lease By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
It was a bittersweet moment in the boardroom as outgoing Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz presented her lionsized, 50-year pet project to POLA’s board. She had it approved on her way out the door in her last board meeting as executive director. Although others have previously made vaguely related proposals, the AltaSea project, a world-class marine science research center, has been Knatz’s brainchild for almost her entire tenure—reflecting her own background with a doctorate in biological science from the University of Southern California. As Knatz departs, the port she leaves behind has signed a 50-year lease on her dream, pledging a total of $210 million, to be matched by a legal minimum of $408 million, and a conceptual target of $549 million from AltaSea and its sub-tenants, which will be a mix of government, non-profit and forprofit ventures. The development encompasses 35.6 acres (24.1 acres of land, wharf and warehouse, 11.5 acres of water), 4,510 linear feet of water frontage and 11 property parcels to be phased in within 30 years, while the lease extends for another 20 years beyond that. One of the marine scientists testifying in support, professor Costas Synolakis, director of USC’s Tsunami center, expressed the enthusiasm of marine scientists in the highest terms, comparing the project to CERN, the center for theoretical physics in Switzerland, where they are looking for the ‘God particle.’ “They’re really advancing theoretical physics to new frontier,” Synolakis said. “We [marine scientists] don’t have anything like this
Outgoing Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz speaks at AltaSea presentation Nov. 7. Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles.
worldwide. This is what this is all about. The new frontier.” But Knatz kept her primary focus on a more mundane level, starting with how the project evolved in terms of best utilizing the port’s resources. As she explained in her presentation, the concept evolved out of its original 2007 incarnation as a site to relocate SCMI, the Southern California Maritime Institute, an 11-member consortium consisting of USC, University of California Los Angeles Occidental and eight California State University campuses, including Long Beach and Dominguez Hills. The
City Dock location is the port’s oldest pier, built 100 years ago for the opening of the Panama Canal, Knatz explained. It is no longer leasable at market rates, while SCMI’s current location, where it has been for 30 years, was “in the way of future port development.” While the institute remains a cornerstone of project’s conception, as reflected in the parade of institute-affiliated scientists who testified in support of AltaSea, the concept expanded in the course of a visioning study. Now, as Knatz put it, “the proposal creates a new professional AltaSea Gets Go Ahead/ to p. 6
Dale Whitney Commended for 40 Years of Service By Diana Lejins, Contributing Writer
moments have endeared him greatly to his following. One of Dale’s most charming contributions has been his officiating, garbed in his multicolor floral robe, at the weddings of countless couples. He had a well-earned reputation for being open to any non-traditional, zany or humorous approach to a wedding ceremony. Whitney assists as a key parish associate at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach and sings with the choir. He advises various committees on numerous social issues including the pursuit of peaceful solution to Dale Whitney Honored/ to p. 5
Long Beach honors long time activist and civic leader Dale Whitney, left, pictured with Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Oct. 26. Photo: Diana Lejins.
Harbor Area from previous page This will be the fifth year of free food distribution and everyone is welcome. It is The ROCK’s hope to provide 500 boxes of food to families in need. Each box has enough food to supplement the needs of a family with four to six people. Details: (562) 597-7481; therocktoday.com Venue: The Central Facility Center Location: 1133 Rhea St., Long Beach
LB Riot Grrrl is hosting Thanksvegan, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach. This vegan Thanksgiving potluck is open to anyone and everyone. What defines vegan food? Vegan food is made of anything except meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs or--for most vegans--honey. Venue: Cultural Alliance of Long Beach Location: 727 Pine Ave., Long Beach
Serving With A Thankful Heart
Participate in 6th Annual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving luncheon and dinner, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, at Ernest S. McBride Park in Long Beach. Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews, along with community partners Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hilton, Hyatt, Hotel Maya, Renaissance and Westin hotels and the Long Beach Yellow Cab Company will once again host a Thanksgiving banquet. Also on hand will be our annual honorary guest servers City Manager, Pat West, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President, Steve Goodling. Each year the hotels prepare the most delicious food one has ever tasted and community guest come out to enjoy and fellowship with one another. RSVP by Nov. 22 is required. Details: (562) 570-6816 Venue: Ernest S. McBride Park Location: 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Long Beach
Open and Affirming Holiday Dinner
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Grace United Methodist Church is hosting an open and affirming dinner, at 5 p.m. Nov. 25, in Long Beach. Details: (562) 433-7401 Venue: Grace United Methodist Church Location: 2325 E. 3rd St., Long Beach
Thanksgiving at The Center
Thanks to the Second Samoan Congregational Church community members can once again spend Thanksgiving at The Center Long Beach, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org Venue: The Center Long Beach Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
Open and Affirming Holiday Lunch
Second Samoan Congregational Church is hosting an open and affirming lunch, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 25, in Long Beach. Details: (562) 628-9282 Community Announcements/ to p. 17
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Centro Shalom, a Long Beach social services organization, honored the Rev. Dale C. Whitney for his many years of community service, Oct. 26, at the Long Beach Petroleum Club. The gala event was peppered with fond remembrances of Dale’s many altruistic contributions. Whitney received certificates of appreciation from the U.S. House of Representatives via Rep. Alan Lowenthal, the California State Assembly, Los Angeles County via Supervisor Don Knabe, and the City of Long Beach. While Whitney is better known as the strawhatted manager of the Harbor Area Farmers Markets, he has continuously served as a central figure in Long Beach’s peace, social justice and interfaith movements since the 1970s. Born in Nebraska in 1942, Dale moved to California and eventually graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1960. His major in zoology at Pomona College most likely foreshadowed his current role at the Farmers Markets. He later earned a bachelor’s of divinity and then a master’s of theology from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1968. Whitney became the pastor of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Long Beach in 1971. His tenure there lasted until 1989. As an active theologian, Dale not only provided spiritual support and guidance to a thriving congregation, he became a core leader of the ecumenical social justice movement in southern California. Whitney branched out into the community to establish a major social services center for the Latino community in Long Beach as well the Long Beach Food Bank. Beginning in 1976, his involvement with hunger issues led him to become a member and then coordinator of the Long Beach Area Church World Service and Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty Hunger Walk. This project has not only raised thousands of dollars for Long Beach area homeless shelters and food banks, it financially supported the worldwide disaster relief, agricultural development and refugee resettlement work of Church World Service. Under Whitney’s leadership, the Geneva Presbyterian Church served as a home for numerous progressive community organizations during the 1970s and 1980s. These included Long Beach Housing Action, Long Beach Area Citizens Involved, Alliance for Survival, and Seal Beach Nuclear Action Group. In 1977, Whitney’s involvement with the South Coast Ecumenical Council, forerunner of today’s the South Coast Interfaith Council, led him to join the Centro Shalom board. He served as president of the board for nearly 25 years and his membership continues to the present. Additionally, Dale served almost 40 years as member, president and secretary of the Protestant Campus Ministries at California State University Long Beach. True to his origins as a student of zoology, Dale is a nature lover who enjoys camping and hiking. He has been a strong promoter of interfaith church athletics, playing on the Geneva Presbyterian Church softball, basketball and volleyball teams throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. He is a well-read scholar in a wide range of topics, a renaissance man in his interests. His penchant for fostering the unconventional and comedic aspects of life’s memorable
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undreds of thousands of protesters from Los Angeles to Bangkok, from Sao Paulo to London took to the streets wearing Guy Fawkes mask in solidarity demonstrations Nov. 5, protesting the growing corporate power and control at the expense of human lives and freedom. London and Washington, D.C. had the biggest turnout of protesters, which was in the thousands, even though it was largely ignored by the mainstream media. In Los Angeles, hundreds of protesters gathered in Pershing Square, with megaphones in hand. “People are displeased with the status quo,” one masked demonstrator said. “So you agitate, and then you educate, and then you organize.” At first glance, the demonstration seemed identical to an Occupy protest. The rhetoric was the same and the issues addressed were the same. The correlation of progressive movements around the world, from the Arab Spring to the anti-austerity demonstrators in Europe, collecting beneath the banner of Anonymous seemed intentional. Million Mask March Australia, who identified themselves as Anonymous, posted the closest thing to a manifesto on YouTube on Nov. 1, explaining this new stage. Until recently, this confederation of freedom fighting hacktivists from around the world expressed their activism in the virtual world. Now they say they are willing to engage in nonviolent, peaceful, direct action in the streets. The computer generated Guy Fawkes mask, at one point in explaining Anonymous, says: The purpose of the global million masked march is on one hand to ensure open sourced dialog that is free from censorship, helping to inform, educate and raise awareness on a variety of interrelated topics and debates that are currently occurring around the globe. And which are being censored by mainstream media and its corporate agenda. On the other hand, Anonymous Internet activist culture is no longer confined to a virtual platform and has extended and incorporated performance into its arsenal and on the streets concerning serious world issues that impact the lives of the majority of humanity: the 99 percent. Interestingly enough, the website millionmaskmarch.org posted a disclaimer disavowing any connection to the million mask march in Washington, D.C., noting that “Anonymous is a peaceful movement and is not affiliated with the rogue D.C. Citizen’s action.” In the lead up to the Nov. 5 action, the Washington, D.C. organization announced that it would take a more radical form of direct action by attempting to make a citizens arrest of congressional members and members of the Supreme Court, all the while claiming to use nonviolent tactics. Using 1 percent vs. the 99 rhetoric, the computer generated Guy Fawkes mask identifies censorship and the control of information as the primary means by which 99 percent of humanity is kept in one form of bondage or another. At the very start of the broadcast, Anonymous blasted the media blackout of the event in days leading up to Nov. 5 and noted that in what little that has been reported, “has been given political spin and/or has been discredited or misrepresented.” They are oppose to: • Genocide of all indigenous cultures • Wars in all forms and all sanctions. 4
Million Mask March Anonymous is Not Just a Virtual Movement Anymore By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
• The illegal detention and mistreatment of whistle-blowers such as Chelsea Manning and others who have sought to expose illegal operations. • Banking cartels and austerity measures that turn us into debt slaves and being protected from government bailouts when they fail. • Inflicted homelessness as a direct result of austerity measures and crippling debt structures designed to fail. • Monsanto’s patenting of nature’s seed banks, attacks on farmers, stealing their lands, manipulation of our foods via genetically modified organisms, chemical technologies and pesticides • The National Security Agency and PRISM, government programs that spy on citizens globally. • Police corruption and brutality. • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreements. • The coalition’s war on terror and the extended use of the word “terrorism,” in order to portray and discredit any individual or entity that dissents against government and corporate criminal actions, which is nothing short of terrorist actions themselves. The mainstream media continues to paint these Guy Fawkes mask wearing demonstrators as simply a disparate collection of lefty activists with a bunch of grievances—with each grievances having little relationship to the other. What this YouTube manifesto makes clear is that each of these positions address a particular means by which 99 percent are kept in misery: Corporate powers that exploit the 99 percent, corporate-owned mainstream media that blocks information and/or misinforms, and the state apparatus that aid and abets both at the expense of the 99 percent. Anonymous sees today’s policing models aimed at protecting corporate interests, rather than protecting the rights of the people. And that furthermore, state police agencies support revenue and profit raising efforts out of their own self interests. Anonymous also notes that police agencies are the primary forces that interfere with
Guy Fawkes masked demonstrators amassed at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 5 in solidarity with actions around the world. Photos: Cory Hooker.
the political rights of protesters and movements. These asymmetric-minded activists also see the extensive use of the word “terrorists” to discredit individuals or entities that dissents against government and corporate criminal actions. This facile labeling of dissenters makes it all too easy to suppress dissent. The current trade partnerships that the Barack Obama administration has been negotiating are another instrument by which the activities of the 99 percent of the world would be restrained. These include the dismantling of net neutrality, the dismantling of patent restrictions for generic drugs and a further weakening of labor movements around the world. These agreements, Anonymous accused, are nothing more than a corporate bill of rights that allows international signatories to hold power over any country and dictate industrial markets according to the one percent. From the YouTube manifesto, by identifying itself more closely as an idea than an actual group, its clear that Anonymous aims to destroy the boundaries that would confine its reach. The original Guy Fawkes was but one of many conspirators looking to assassinate King James IV and kidnap his daughter in 1605 in the
name of installing a Catholic-friendly monarch for the sake of relief from religious persecution. The Guy Fawkes mask, popularly displayed by demonstrators since the launching of the Occupy Movement, was inspired by the 2005 film, V for Vendetta. The film is based on a graphic novel by the same name which first began appearing in serialized form in the early 1980s. It depicts a dystopian world after a nuclear war in which the United Kingdom was the last remaining country that was stable, albeit ruled by a fascist, totalitarian regime. In the film, a masked revolutionary, soonto-be martyr, is the agent of change. With Anonymous, like-minded people, from various walks of life are the agents of change. The talking Guy Fawkes mask in the YouTube video explained the purpose of Anonymous succinctly: We are Anonymous. We don’t support tyranny or terrorism in any form. We are that humanity that is not being represented. Each one of us is our own part, but each share the same goal: A free humanity. Editorial Intern Cory Hooker contributed to this story.
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world problems and opposition to the violations of human rights by the U.S. government. He was a volunteer chaplain at Long Beach Community Hospital for more than five years. Many would say his most outstanding quality is his deep compassion for others. “Dale is a remarkably compassionate and gentle man,” said Walter Miller, who previously served on the boards of Centro Shalom and Harbor Area Farmers Markets with Whitney. “His leadership and contributions to hunger issues have been a marvelous and direct reach to the poorest of the community. He always puts his helping hands to work in his community and I’m honored to have worked with him.”
Going Down, Down By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter
In FY 2013-2014, the council provided CDBGs to six recipients, plus the Housing Rights Center, from a pool of 15 applicants. The city is expected to issue a public notice this November or December of a request for proposals from public services. Those that meet the eligibility criteria are scored according to a set of evaluation guidelines that have been adopted and periodically updated by the city council. The highest rated applicants are invited to make presentations on their programs at a series of public Citywide Advisory Commission hearings. The commission makes a recommendation to the city council on the programs to be funded and amounts to be allocated. The council considers the commission’s recommendation in a public hearing at a regular council meeting in the spring, after which it adopts its Annual Action Plan — the city’s application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The deadline for the city submitting the Annual Action Plan to HUD is May 15, for the CDBG program year beginning July 1, 2014.
Centro Shalom provides pathways to health and self-sufficiency to the underserved and impoverished of greater Long Beach and the surrounding communities. Since its inception in 1977, Centro Shalom has served thousands of clients seeking assistance with community advocacy, legal aid, housing, food, clothing, and other basic needs. For details visit www. centroshalom.org.
Dale Whitney established the farmers market in San Pedro. He is pictured with one of the fruit vendors in 1990. File photo.
Harbor Area Farmers Markets
Since 1980, Harbor Area Farmers Markets has provided fresh local food and supported numerous programs for its low-income neighbors. Convenient locations include downtown Long Beach, Southeast Long Beach, Bixby Knolls, Cerritos, South Gate and Huntington Park. For details visit www.goodveg.org or www. facebook.com/HarborAreaFarmersMarkets.
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Carson is about to start the process of allocating community development block grants for the fiscal year 2014–2015 cycle. Dollars available for public services are expected to decrease once again, continuing a trend of the past five years. This means that perhaps as few as five social programs may be funded. Keith Bennett, Federal & Intergovernmental Programs Administration, Community Development Department, City of Carson provided the below information: The CDBG program assists local governments in supporting programs that improve the quality of life for residents, primarily those of low and moderate income. In allocating the funding, those recipient local governments are bound by law to allot no more than 15 percent for public services and no more than 20 percent for program administration. The remainder (65 percent) is for physical development including streets and curbs. The Dominguez Park pool is another example of CDBG funds being used for public facilities. Within the past five years overall funds available have trended downward from $1,103,520 in FY 2009-2010 to $734,063 in the current fiscal year. Projections for FY 2014-2015 range between $662,935 and $697,360. That computes to between $99,440 and $104,609 being available for public services. CDBG regulations also mandate that recipient local governments operate a fair housing program, which the City of Carson meets by contracting with a fair housing services provider (presently the Housing Rights Center, for $32,240). Rather than consider this contract part of administrative costs, the city has shifted it to the public service allotment. This reduces the remaining funding expected to be available to local service providers to around $70,000. When available funding was larger, the city typically awarded funding to as many as 17 social programs per year, out of 25 or more applicants. The council some years ago adopted a guideline that set a minimum of $10,000 to each recipient.
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job cluster in the port,” and will be in the hands of a newly-created non-profit entity, AltaSea. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors will be playing a crucial transitional role as that entity is being created. Not surprisingly, given its nature, the arrangement differs significantly from how most port projects are conceived and executed. Knatz went into considerable detail to explain how safeguards had been built in. The development is structured to proceed in stages and with requirements to be met so that if it does not go as planned, it can be truncated, terminated or renegotiated. However, strong backing from the Annenberg Foundation (which has already pledged $25 million for the initial stage) and others provide a very solid basis for success. Each parcel will be subject to an individual approval process, with a set of approval criteria, including: • Demonstration of completion of improvements on prior parcels • Demonstration of compliance with nonmonetary compensation requirements • Harbor Department application for development with cost estimates Evidence of committed capital: • 50 percent of development cost estimates for parcels that do not require port improvements • 75 percent of development cost estimates for parcel that requires port improvements • Compliance with California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements • Development schedule, not to exceed 6 years in duration • Five-year business plan for the parcel • Capital campaign plan • For major parcels, an updated economic analysis At the conclusion of her presentation, Knatz summarized her perspective. “My vision of the port was to expand our vision of job-creation opportunities,” she said. “Look at things that maybe we didn’t really focus on in the past… I am 100 percent behind cargo. It is our core business; it drives what we do here everyday. But I believe we can utilize the port and stuff people in every nook and cranny to try and create jobs in other different areas. “So AltaSea not only capitalizes on using an existing tenant, but gives us the potential of creating a new industry that will take advantage of a space that should be used for a marinedependent industry, because of its prime waterfront location. So today, the port moves cargo and passengers; in the future, we’re going to be moving ideas.” Public comment on the proposal was almost universally supportive, from public officials to scientists, students (from high school to graduate school), community leaders and representatives of business and labor. The sole exception—as pointed out by Commissioner David Arian— was the port’s chief economic sector, terminal operators and the longshore union, whose absence was understandable, given that “Everybody has to protect their base.” Arian said he shared their concerns of potential conflicts in resource allocation. “My primary interest was keeping the jobs,” he said. “I had great concerns” with earlier
presentations, he added, but he said, “The staff did a good job of putting in safeguards. “There is no question that it is visionary,” Arian said, in the end. “I believe there’s enough to protect the port in phase one.” Commissioner Patricia Castellanos concurred. “I do appreciate the safeguards that were put in place,” she said. “This seems like an incredible project and opportunity for our communities.” What’s more, several different people testifying illustrated the inevitability of shifting labor markets, coming from families involved in fishing, canning and shipbuilding, for example. All were hopeful that new jobs would provide new ways for their families to continue making their livings from the sea. Rep. Janice Hahn’s district director, Elise Swanson, read a letter from Hahn expressing her “strong support,” saying, “I truly believe that AltaSea is a significant step forward in the overall economic development of San Pedro waterfront.” Similar sentiments were conveyed from Councilman Joe Buscaino and by Aaron Gross, representing Mayor Garectti, who called it “an amazing project with tremendous potential.” Support also came from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, POLA High School, the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Improvement District, IBEW Local 11 and the Pile Drivers Union, in addition to scientists, students and philanthropic project. Perhaps most notably, Annenberg Foundation Executive Director, Leonard Aube, stated that the foundation was “a destination for an investment in ideas and the investment in human potential, and that, in turn, its commitment to the AltaSea project was “an investment in your potential.” Retired marine biologist Steve Murray, captured the mood of many in the research community, calling the project “a real gamechanger, not only for the port and the city, but also for the state and the nation.” He went on say that the coastal economy depends on the oceans, which are changing in ways that are difficult to understand, but “have important implications” related to climate change—including acidification and rising sea levels—that need to be understood and dealt with in the decades ahead. It was a message that resonated with local businesses. “It’s very needed work that this project represents,” said Noramae Munster of Ports O’Call Restaurant. “It’s going to happen somewhere, somehow…It might as well be here.” Eric Johnson, of Jerico Development, a principle in redeveloping Ports O’ Call Village, called the project “a major diversifying element, creating a family of attractions”. “We are planning for the next 100 years, and we see this as a critical part.” said Daniel Pondella, chairman of the Biology Department at Occidental College and a member of the AltaSea Advisory Board. If it pans out as planned, it will not be a bad legacy at all for Knatz to look back on. pg 2 Outgoing Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz speaks at AltaSea presentation Nov. 7. Courtesy photo from the Port of Los Angeles.
California Nurses Join Wilmington Tar Sands Fight AQMD Promises Full Public Hearing By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
Valero refinery in Wilmington. File photo.
have no idea that there is a proposal out there to start refining tar sands oil at our refineries—and when they find out, they are outraged,” Lear said. “People want to know about this. They want full access to this. They would like the Valero application to be made public in its entirety.” AQMD staff responded by explaining that the Valero application was both incomplete, and on hold, at Valero’s request, as Valero is currently focusing on a Northern California facility in Benecia. AQMD Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said that AQMD had discussed the application with some environmental groups and apologized for CNA not being included, while promising to set up a meeting to brief CNA representatives as well. Most significantly, Wallerstein promised an open hearing. “We do have discretion to hold a hearing before issuing the permits and I will exercise that discretion, given the controversy related to this project,” he said. “I just want to stand with the community just to make sure this is a transparent process,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who serves on the board, chimed in. CNA’s involvement was driven by its membership, CNA organizer David Monkawa, who attended the meeting said. Opposition to Tar Sands / to p. 19
San Pedro—On Nov. 7, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the Ocean Common Carrier Incentive Program to reward shipping lines that bring new container business to the Port of Los Angeles in 2014. The board also established a two-member ad hoc committee on port industrial and economic development dedicated to identifying and advancing economic practices. Vice President David Arian and Commissioner Patricia Castellanos will serve on the ad hoc committee. Under the incentive program, an ocean carrier will earn $5 per 20-foot equivalent unit, TEU, for each incremental container it ships through the port in calendar year 2014. The rate jumps to $15 per TEU for all TEUs, if a carrier’s container volume grows by 100,000 or more units for the same 12month period. The baseline for measuring the increased volume will be the total number of containers each carrier moved through the port in calendar year 2013. Carriers will receive their incentive in a lump-sum payment in early 2015. Port staff will monitor the program on a monthly basis to evaluate its effectiveness and whether to recommend its extension beyond the first year.
LBUSD Board Votes to Close Hill Classical Middle School Long Beach
Long Beach — On Nov. 5, the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education unanimously voted to close Hill Classical Middle School in Long Beach. The school is expected to be converted into a high school modeled after the California Academy of Mathematics and Science on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. The district made the decision based on a facility master plan that calls for the development of several small high schools. The master plan also guides how the Measure K school bonds, which gave the district $1.2 billion from property taxes for school construction and maintenance, will be spent. More than 700 students attend the middle school. Enrollment has dropped by more than 400 students during the past six years, which some blame on the sixth-grade enrollment cap during the 2012-13 school year. The middle school will close within a few years. First by not admitting sixth graders, then phasing out seventh graders during the 2015-16 school year. At the same time, the school will begin accepting ninth graders. By the following school year, the school will not have any middle school students.
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ILWU Still Struggling in Pacific Northwest Grain Fight
Portland, Ore.—The long struggle between the ILWU and the major companies that comprise the Pacific Northwest Grain Handler’s Association has entered into its 15th month. Despite having an interim agreement with United States-based grain company TEMCO, News Briefs/ to p. 10
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Los Angeles—On Nov. 1, President Barack Obama appointed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to his Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, which will advise the White House on how the federal government helps cities and states prepare for the effects of climate change. Garcetti and Brown are among the leaders Obama appointed to look into federal government cooperation with communities coping with the effects of climate change. A week earlier, Brown signed an agreement with Washington, Oregon and British Columbia to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy.
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California Nurses Association-organized nurses were a new force that, joined with environmental justice activists and others, spoke out against the refining of tar sands in the Harbor Area, Nov. 1, before the South Coast Air Quality Management District board. This past May, Valero submitted a proposal to AQMD, seeking to import and process 60,000 barrels of tar sands a day through its Wilmington refinery. Tar sands are seen as a major global warming threat, as well as a health threat to the immediately surrounding communities. At the time, Communities for a Better Environment and the Natural Resources Defense Council sent a letter to AQMD warning that, “The increasing use of very high sulfur, lowquality crude oils in California refineries presents a major hazard to the surrounding communities that are already facing disproportionately high pollution levels” and calling on the district to, “use all of its regulatory authority to prevent any increase in air pollution due to increased heavy crude utilization by District refineries”. After months of silence and Valero’s explicit refusal to disclose details, the nurses and others made their presence known to demand openness and, at the very least, to register opposition to the idea itself. “Respiratory problems are nearly pandemic [in the area]”, said Janice Phun, an Intensive Care Unit nurse from St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach, kicking off a string of public comments. “Especially hit hard are the lowerincome communities in Wilmington and its neighboring cities in the South Bay. If Valero proceeds with their dangerous plan to transport and process tar sands in our local refinery, the threat to public health will be enormous.” Sherry Lear, a lawyer, San Pedro resident, and mother of a 10-year-old boy with asthma, presented the board with a petition signed by 683 community members. “Most of the people who live in San Pedro
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The Ghost of John F. Kennedy Shadows of Doubt and Skepticism James Preston Allen, Publisher
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Fifty years ago come this Nov. 22, is the dark anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which took place in Dallas, Texas’ Dealey Plaza. A lot of dredging up the past has already begun. The doubts and suspicions of this seminal historic act for the Vietnam War generation has cast a question mark over our nation ever since. In the coming days, we will be treated to a series of documentaries recounting the events, reinforcing the conclusions of the Warren Commission report that the assassination was carried out by “lone gunman” Lee Harvey Oswald, while others assert the assassination was the result of a larger conspiracy involving more than one assassin. Will the truth ever be told for certain? All I can say is that after all these years, I still find it very hard to write about this national tragedy, one in which the whole nation grieved for the loss of its symbol of youthful idealism. It was perhaps the last time, since the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, that we grieved as nation for a single person. The tragedies that occurred during the 1960s seemed to cast an ever pervasive pall over the politics of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement, shrouding the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy with doubt and suspicion. Even more traumatizing and politicizing were the race riots that followed, the shooting of antiwar demonstrators by National Guardsmen at Ohio State University and the police riot that took place during the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention. All these and more left an indelible mark on our national psyche that can never be erased. Some will confess that these traumas stigmatized an entire generation that lived through it and whose core politics emanates from the shadow of these events, even today. Younger generations look upon these events as past history and wonder about their meaning in the light of the new digital age. These might seem to be at odds with each other, for we as a people are inspired by the future, not the past. In fact, we are often told by our leaders that we are moving beyond this tragic event or that natural calamity. In truth we are not over this history, as it still lives inside of us and is passed down from one generation to the next like an oral tradition. It was William Faulkner who said it best in Requiem for a Nun: The past is not dead. It's not even the past. This idea that, “the past is not dead,”
actually flies in the face of our whole national perspective of living in the future while simultaneously denying our past. We focus our lust for the new and our disdain for the old in this market driven live-for-ever youth culture of ours. None of us are immune to this ethos. And yet what we find in those rare moments of reflection are John and Bobby Kennedy and King’s ghosts in the shadows of our collective memories. This is what this dark 50 year-old anniversary will dredge up. Of course, a great deal of revisionist spin will once again try to steal the truth from the light of day. The controversy of lone assassin versus grand conspiracy will again be debated. But very soon, the John Kennedy files that were sealed by his successor Lyndon Johnson will come unwrapped. The significance of the 50th anniversary is that these documents, once hidden (to protect whom?) will now be opened to inquiry by Kennedy scholars, historians and conspiracy hunters alike. My own distrust of the official history of these assassinations in the 1960s was deepened
One Man’s Misadventures with CA’s Obamacare Website By Greggory Moore, Long Beach Correspondent When the Los Angeles Times recently spoke with Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state's registration hub for the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare," as it's commonly known), apparently he told them that CoveredCA.com is a working website. But you can't believe everything you read, right? The forthcoming narrative about just how untrue Lee's claim was stems neither from technical ineptitude nor that special frisson of Schadenfreude that Republicans have been feeling in relation to problems with the Affordable Care Act's federal Internet hub. I'm far from techno-challenged, having spent plenty of time on both the front and back ends of a wide variety websites (including, of course, setting up accounts and filling in forms; and while I'm not a particular fan of President Barack Obama (I voted for him in 2008 but not 2012), I Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
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by the very sealing of these Kennedy documents until half a century after the fact. What if, in the revealing of these records there is some evidence of an actual conspiracy to kill a sitting president? Would even President Barack Obama have the gravitas, the political will, to prosecute those still living or condemn those of high position already dead? Or will it be just another excuse to say the past is the past, and let dead presidents stay dead,
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have long believed in socialized medicine, and I find the Republican response to "Obamacare" to be a prideful display of ethically bankrupt obstructionism. Nonetheless, I can tell you from experience that Lee's characterization of CoveredCA.com was inaccurate, to say the very, very least. Like many of us who are self-employed (my technical status despite being a staff writer for Random Lengths News), I earn very little money, and so my health insurance eats up a huge percentage of my income. So when I heard that the Affordable Care Act might afford me comparable coverage for less, I planted myself in front of my computer and navigated my way into the world of Obamacare. Or so I tried. I never got any further than the CoveredCA.com homepage, because every time I attempted to set up an account—and I made numerous attempts—I received one of those la-
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In Long Beach, Filipino community representatives are seeking assistance for donations to relief efforts. To donate visit the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns at http://nafconusa.org. The United Methodist Church in Long Beach also is encouraging community support through donations at http://www.umcor.org/ Donations to the United Nations World Food Program can be made at www.wfpusa.org. Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support. To donate to the Philippine Red Cross visit www.redcross. org.ph All are welcome to join the Bayanihan (UNITY) Vigil for Phillippine Disaster Relief in Carson on Nov. 21, from 4-7pm. They are asking for a $5 or more donation for vigil candles. No amount of donation will be denied. Make check donations payable to: The City of Carson. Canned foods, clothing, shoes, blankets and general hygiene products for general relief in the Philippines are welcome. Details: (310) 830-7600-Carson Public Information Office, (213) 304-1394 Vigil Organizer Richard Bis Venue: City of Carson Civic Center Rizal Monument Location: 801 E Carson St, Carson
Typhoon Haiyan Devastates Philippines, Relief Flows In
Manila—Following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Nov. 8, authorities evacuated an estimated 800,000 people. More than 11 million people have been affected by the typhoon. The death toll is feared to rise to more than 10,000. Wide spread damage to the island's transportation infrastructure is hindering relief efforts and emergency staff from reaching survivors. The United Nations is asking for $301 million to help victims, while troops from the United States and Britain make their way to the Philippines. The United Nations released $25 million in emergency funds and other governments have pledged more than $35 million. Money is needed for food, sanitation, medical assistance, shelter and other relief efforts. Several groups in Southern California are working to help provide aid to the Philippines. A group of 15 military retirees from El Segundo, for example, traveled Nov. 11 to the nation to set up a hospital in the devastated city of Tanauan. The group, which calls itself Team Rubicon, includes firefighters, nurses and paramedics. Money can be donated at http://tinyurl.com/teamrubicon1. More details can be found at www.teamrubuconusa.org.
LB Riot Grrrl, This Guy Doesn’t Care
Wow... Really? Are you guys really that hard up for copy? Jennifer Sarreal's piece “LB Riot Grrrrrl Takes Back the Fight [Random Lengths News, Oct. 31 edition] was a tired old story. Very tired!! Riot Girls are nothing more than politically correct left-wingers preaching to the already proselytized. Monet Pedrazzini is not enlightened to this "so 20 years ago" movement that did nothing but make a lot of useless noise for
the female cause celebre. Pedrazzini's use of ultra-p.c. lingo "cisgendered?" WTF is cisgendered? With these feminazis it's always about their gender or sexual gender identity or preference. In the real world, Nobody cares what you crave nor desire behind closed doors! Convenient liberal catchphrases like "hooliganism" are tossed around like cheap words equaling a euphemism or double-speak. "...All our events are 'safespace modeled," meaning any intolerance is not tolerated." In other words, intolerance refers to any disagreement, dissent, or criticism of the left-wing liberal camp. Pedrazzini is so afraid of being
"offended" by any other opposing viewpoint that she is in effect practicing censorship. The vast majority of riot girls are anti-male, militant, separatist Lesbians who are using music and art to further their aims and agendas for a manless world. Riot Grrrls are the true bigots here, spreading their vile, politically correct cancer whenever they open their mouths and make noise. Gender equality? More whining and whimpering from the martyrs of the equal sign bumper sticker crowd. Riots Grrrls are masochists with an inferiority complex. Troy Ness Long Beach
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ter a 13-minute wait, a friendly customer-servicer came on the line. I explained the problems I was having. "I'm sorry for that inconvenience," she said. "Yes, we have been encountering errors unfortunately that we're still trying to resolve." She tried to access my account. "I'm receiving an error message on my end, as well," she said. "Just bear with me as I try to get in here." Two minutes of silence. "I'm waiting for the screen to pop up," she said. "Unfortunately we're having problems with our system. I'm sorry about that inconvenience." One minute of silence. "I'm just waiting for this next screen to pull up. I apologize for that inconvenience." It was a phrase she uttered so often that eventually her inflection changed: "I apologize for that inconvenience." She had mentioned the possibility of sending me or filling out a paper application, but this was an optimistic and persistent woman. But finally she admitted defeat. "Mr. Moore, I really don't want to put you through any
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should have known my session was not going to end satisfactorily. And that is exactly what happened a short while later, as I found myself stuck on a screen that insisted I had not filled in all the required fields, even though every single field—including those not marked as required—was filled. I checked, double-checked, and triple-checked. I tried again, and again, and again. No change. Save and Exit was my only viable option. With uncharacteristic optimism, I tried again a few days later. This time the website was painfully slow, and good things did not come to those who waited. This time I couldn't even log in. I tried variations on my password, in case I was misremembering it. No luck. I tried resetting the password, only to be told that the answer to my second security question was incorrect, even though I was quite sure of my father's middle name. I reset the password and tried to login, only to be told the password was incorrect. At first I hadn't succeeded, so I tried and tried again. Ugh. Covered California has an 800 number, which I dialed. Af-
more of this, so why don't we just go ahead with that paper application?" She asked question after question that I had already answered online—not that she could access that info. Was I "Single" or "Never Married"? Covered California list these as separate categories. Nonetheless, we muddled through, and before too long we were finished. Except for the bit where she had to read the disclaimer before signing the application for me. I was asked to affirm that, "I know that the information on this application will be used to decide if the people who are applying qualify for health insurance," as if there were some possibility I had contacted Covered California and filled out the application because I thought I was establishing my eligibility for a car loan. Three times I was told that I must promise to notify Covered California of any changes to the information (income, etc.) I had given. I was provided with Web addresses to contact in case I felt Covered California discriminated against me. I was able to scrawl down the URLs only by having her repeat them when she'd finished reading the disclaimer—an 11minute ordeal, I kid you not. President Obama had to go on TV last week and issue a mea culpa concerning his 2009 promise that the Affordable Care Act would allow everyone who so desires to keep his/her current policy. Considering the complexities of overhauling health care in the third most-populous country on the planet, perhaps impossible-to-foresee circumstances give Obama at least a partial pass on offering inaccurate information here. But Peter Lee's late-October claim that CoveredCA. com was a working website is a different kettle of fish, since all that was necessary to determine its lack of functionality was for him to try to sign up. Not that this was necessary, since his Customer Service Department could have told him they were encountering problems even on their end. While I fully support the idea of socialized medicine, I don't pretend to grasp the enormity of the Affordable Care Act to know whether on balance it will be a good thing. What I do know is that misrepresentation is never a good idea. Too bad, then, that Covered California wasn't up front about what has really been going on. Better an embarrassing truth than a flattering fiction.
Crews Exclusively Restricted from Shore Leave at LA Port—
Rep. Hahn Talks About the Issue By James P. Allen, Publisher
Recently, back from the Congressional battle over the 16-day federal government shutdown, Rep. Janice Hahn sat down with Random Lengths News publisher James Allen to catch up on D.C. politics. The conversation included the subject of how Homeland Security is restricting cruise ship crew members from leaving the ships that dock at Port of Los Angeles. Apparently, this restriction only applies at the West Coast port and none other. James Allen: The issue of detaining or restricting crew members from the cruise ships at the POLA exclusively, has been brought up. Janice tell me what you know about this. Janice Hahn: Well, apparently since January, after there were, I think from January to March, a total of 9 jumpers, they call them. Not solely off of cruise ships but off of some of the cargo vessels, folks who, kind of in the Ante Perkov model jump ship to come to America.
JA: So, Ante is one of our more famous illegal immigrants. JH: He jumped ship and swam, that’s his story. So customs and border patrol feel like this is a obviously an immigration issue. And, they feel like there was someone in San Pedro, a coyote, who was helping these folks once they…
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JA: When I lived on 20th Street, my neighbor used to rent out his backyard in quadrants to illegal Croatian immigrants. They were basically sleeping on old couches and mattresses. So, illegal immigration in San Pedro has more to do with Eastern Europeans than it does Mexicans. JH: So, in response our customs and border patrol have started detaining every crew member
Rep. Janice Hahn pictured with descendants of folksinger Woodie Guthrie during the opening of Harry Bridges Elementary School in 2012. File photo
on these ships. Carnival, Princess, Holland America. They won’t let them off for shore leave. These guys come in here in the morning, 5:30 to 6. They let them off to go shop at [the] 99 Cent store, Target, they go to that little shopping center, the industrial marine shopping center, then they have to be back on at 2. So they give them 4 hours of shore leave, basically. And, these are crew members [who have] been on the ship for awhile. This is their chance to spend some money in our local economy and get off the ship for awhile. And of course, Jodie Davidson’s family has owned this little store right on the cruise terminal level. It’s like 25 feet from the ship. This was a place where crew members would buy underwear, t-shirts, money orders, send stuff home. It’s kind of like the canteen at camp. It has all the little things that you just need to buy that you left home without. Just
taking one business in San Pedro, their business is completely tanked. Their whole business relies on crew members. So, that’s where I first began to hear about it, Jodie Davidson began texting me and saying do you know what’s going on? So, I met with the [Customs and Border Patrol], in [Long Beach] in D.C., saying this seems a little heavy handed, particularly when they are allowed to get off. There’s a ship a couple weeks ago, all the crew members got off in [San Francisco]. Come down here, nobody gets off. So to me, I understand if there is someone in San Pedro trying to help them, but my feeling is [that] if you want to come to America, you have a lot of opportunities to not return to the ship, Hawaii. They even let them off in [Long Beach]. So, it’s just San Pedro. Which we think is problematic economics, for our businesses in San Pedro, but also long term. We think this is going
to hurt the ports cruise business. Why are these cruises going continue to come to San Pedro. The captain is upset about it. They’re going to start complaining to their management in Carnival or Princess saying, “You know, we don’t really like San Pedro.” JA: So what has Customs and Border Patrol told you? JH: What’s upsetting to me is that CBP at one point we actually felt like we had a step forward to mitigating this a little bit. They said all we need from the cruise ship is for them to give us the manifest 48-hours out of the names of the crew, we’ll run it through the traps. See if there is any at risk folks. Maybe there is nine on there that we are not sure about. Let everyone else of except for those nine. JA: This is maybe more about counterterrorism? JH: Well, obviously that’s what they are saying, which makes a little nervous because I’m thinking, “OK, lets take that for an example, are we really thinking the crew on these passenger ships that hold 3,000 tourists, that we think there might be a terrorist in Princess’s crew?” We got a bigger problem if we really think that is true. Here is the kind of screening they do: Every member gets a background check. Plus, they are on probation for 90 days. So, a new guy tries to get a job, 90 days after the background check. Ninety days you don’t get off just because we want to make sure. So already they have a little bit of this layer built in. JA: Doesn’t the homeland security have some kind of roster? JH: Here’s my other problem with that theory. Two weeks ago, same thing, Saturday morning everybody stays on board, Jodie’s furious. So I get on the phone with CBP, “Last week you told me…have you anything,” and they said, “Well, you know last week we had a jumper.” Technically, they’re not a jumper, they just hadn’t gotten back on board. And, I called John Holmes, [deputy director of operation at POLA], “Did you know last weekend we had a crew member who did not return? Were you notified? Was [Los Angeles Police Department] notified? Were Port Police notified? Was the immigration notified? So, if this is a really big problem…” No, they had no knowledge that there was someone in San Pedro possibly that never returned.
JA: The last jumper I’ve heard of in the port was Tony Scott. JH: God rest his soul. So, there are for me a lot of unanswered questions, what is the problem we are trying to fix? What are we worried about? And if we really think these groups would do harm to America who’s onboard on a captive ship with 3,000 people, then I think we have a bigger problem.
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the ILWU still faces three holdout companies, Mitsui/United Grain Corp., Marubeni/Columbia Grain and Louis Dreyfus Commodities, which are demanding that the ILWU make concessions. The Inlandboatmen’s Union and the Masters, Mates & Pilots Union continue their adamant respect for the ILWU picket lines on the entire Columbia and Snake River system. As a result, Export Grain Terminal attempted to circumvent using ILWU labor to load and unload grain in the port of Portland with non-ILWU labor in violation of labor rules. The two parties are currently fighting in court to decide the matter. Should the ILWU lose this case, it would set a precedent for other companies to get around using ILWU labor in the future.
Connecting Mind, Spirit, Musical Legacy By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Generally, Latin jazz requires the audience to be more than a
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passive, disconnected listener. In Latin music performed live, the audience is just as important as the band members making the music. If the audience is not open enough to allow the rhythm to move them, then everyone involved in the performance is all the poorer for it. This was my observation watching Frank Unzueta and One World perform at Alvas Showroom on Nov. 9. The band, playing selections from the three CDs they’ve released in their almost 30 year history, brought the heat with the song, “Abrame la Puerta,” a love song that features Unzueta on keys and main vocals. But, as I was watching Alandras Brown doing his thing with an array of percussionist instruments, looking like an executive
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Pepperoni and sausage are still the most popular. The Buona Lisa, Pizza Giorgio and Scampi-nSpinach are current favorites on the rotating menu of gourmet pizzas. Pizza Giorgio has artichoke hearts, breaded and sautéed eggplant, sautéed garlic, fresh mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and feta cheese. The Buona Lisa is a sauceless pizza with mozzarella, provolone, goat cheeses, tomatoes tossed with fresh garlic, basil, roasted peppers,
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Jonathan Rowden Quartet The Jonathan Rowden Quartet is performing, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Rowden will be on the tenor and soprano saxophone, while his accompanying partners will bring you music from piano, electronics, acoustic bass, drums and world percussion. Admission to the show will be $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro MLC Band The MLC Band will be, at 9 p.m. Nov. 15, at The Godmothers Saloon in San Pedro. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon.com Venue: The Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Scott Henderson Nomad Trio The Scott Henderson Nomad Trio will be, at 8 p.m. Nov. 16, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. The trio will be rocking out to the sounds of the guitar, bass and drums. Scott is known for his ability to blend blues, rock, funk and jazz to create his own unique sound. Admission to the show is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Fantastic Diamond The Grand Annex will be hosting Fantastic Diamond at 8 p.m., Nov. 16. Hits from Neil Diamond will be sung by tribute artist Fantastic Diamond. Tickets will range between $30 and $40. Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org Venue: Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria Celebrating 40 Years Serving Quality Italian Cuisine By Katrina Guevara, Contributing Writer
assion, benevolence and tradition have proven to be fruitful factors in the long and lasting relationship between Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria and the community for the past 40 years. The Italian pizzeria has grown with the port community of San Pedro. It has also extended its arms to the City of Long Beach with a branch on Willow Street and another on Ocean Boulevard.
The three pizzerias employ more than 50 staff members and use a fully brick-lined pizza oven to accommodate big orders. However, the proof is in the crust’s traditional hand-kneaded dough. Buono’s Pizza has evolved from the Neapolitan-style thin-crust, made with tomatoes and mozzarella, to the bigger New Yorker pizza, to the Californian. Besides pizza, other menu items include pasta, lasagna, sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers.
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pan-roasted garlic and pine nuts. Owner and general manager Frank Buono said both gourmet pizzas would go well with a red wine. The Pizza of the Month is chosen by the Buono family. The chefs and staff contribute to the rotating menus. “Each branch has a slightly different menu, so it doesn’t feel too much like a food chain,” Buono said. Nicolaniello and Antonia Buono migrated to the United States in the ‘60s from Italy. They brought along their four children, Frank, George, Oreste and Teresa, along with their cuisine expertise to San Pedro, eventually opening a corner pizzeria in 1973. Within a few years, the flagship restaurant brought friendly competition among other Italian business owners. Buono’s Pizza eventually became the community’s staple pizzeria and hangout spot, especially among the Italians. Buono said customers waited in lines as long as an hour and 40 minutes to taste their pizza a few years after the restaurant-market opened. “We had no budget for advertisements in the newspapers [then], but it spread through word of mouth. We had to take the phone off the hook when the place got too busy,” Buono said. Buono said the customers like the crust, which is a reflection of their tradition. “We had a bakery and market in Italy,” he said. “We were known for the bread in town, for its fluffiness in our town.” With a high demand for its food came another shop on Willow Street in the ’80s and eventually a 2,800-square foot space on Ocean Boulevard in 2004. Buono’s Pizzeria continued on page 14.
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Calendar from page 12. Alvas Showroom. Caress of Steel is a three-piece tribute band that performs an exact recreation of a 1976-81 live Rush show. Admission to the show is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Tim Weisberg Tim Weisberg is playing, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22, at Alva’s Showroom in San Pedro. Tim will be playing alongside four other musicians and will bring the combined sounds of the flute, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Admission to the show is $25. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Calendar to page 15.
Jamin’ in Long Beach With Thicker Than Thieves By Matthew Vitalich, Editorial Intern
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awaited return to diPiazza’s Nov. 9, bringing with them positive vibes and a dynamic sound. Blending a strong reggae-based rhythm section, blazing lead guitar and diverse vocal delivery styles, TTT enveloped the Long Beach crowd in a paradise of good feelings and inspiration. The genre-defying band cites its influences being from Bob Marley, Bad Brains and The Clash. And, there appears to be some Sublime influence in there too. TTT is composed of members from Costa Rica, Hawaii and California, which can be seen and felt in their stage presence. The band took the stage with the sounds of a rainforest, possibly Costa Rican or Hawaiian, reaching back to their roots and transporting the crowd. This set the mood for the rest of the night. The rhythm of “Respect,” the title track off their 2004 EP, started the set with its authentic reggae keyboard hook and syncopated guitar. The crowd was receptive to the message of acceptance and mutual respect. The band played some more songs, from their 2007 album Thru Thick and Thin, and their most recent 2012 EP Storm Will Pass, demonstrating their technical prowess and musical proficiency. With palpable bass lines reverberating off the walls and smooth vocals, the set was symphonic synesthesia. A memorable moment of the night occurred when vocalist Jamin Hazelaar spoke directly to the audience of the recent death of their trombone player Dan Mercado. It served as a reminder of the fragility of life and the necessity of being good to all the people you meet in this world, one of the bands lyrical themes. The crowd raised their drinks and voices out of respect saluting the band’s lost brother Dan.
TTT then launched into “Devils Eyes,” one of the most powerful songs of the night. With its slow, reverbed guitar opening reminiscent of Michael Schenker and lyrics depicting the struggle to rise above the evils of the world, it was a crowd favorite. Heads could be seen nodding, almost head banging to the driving guitar of song. Then followed “Stronger,” which inspires the listener to work hard, despite the increasing hardships of life, “express yourself with a handshake and the smile on your face,” the song says. It listens like an anthem for the working man, just trying to get by and be a good person. Its positive message delivered by Jamin, dressed in his black “off the wall” hat and hoodie, felt real and a lesson from experience. “Guns of Brixton” with its bluesy guitar solo and lyrics of police violence, made for an enlightening listen. The band closed out with a guitar heavy instrumental jam session, as Jamin descended from the stage into the crowd of fans. Thicker Than Thieves are currently writing new material for their upcoming fourth full-length album, which will be produced by the legendary Sublime producer Michael “Miguel” Happoldt of Skunk Records and Louie Richards of 17th Street Recording studio. The band is finishing out the final leg of their five week Fall tour with three upcoming dates in Costa Rica. The Fall tour will end with a concert at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, in the surfer’s paradise, North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on Dec. 7 . TTT will take the stage with Happoldt’s band Perro Bravo. If you can afford the plane ticket out of the states to see TTT play in paradise, you should, it’s worth it. Thicker Than Thieves on their home turf, songs mixing with the tropical breezes, a coconut drink or cold beer in your hand, — you would be foolish to miss out on that.
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Buono’s Until today, customers can taste the meat sauce, tomato sauce and crust, which the recipes have been preserved from generations. “A great test to the taste of the pizza is when it is piping hot before it goes into a box,” Buono said. “The next day, [the pizza is] still phenomenal.” In addition to a being a food staple, Buono’s pizza is actively an integral part of the community. The family supports non-profit organizations, schools and churches. Buono’s Pizza is the official pizza of the Long Beach Marathon and St. Vincent Thomas Bridge Conquer The Bridge, as Buono is an advocate of running. Buono’s Pizza also hosts an annual school poetry contest, which is now available to view online on its website. It has extended from elementary school students to high schools students in order to see the evolution of repeat participants. Winners receive a gift certificate. “We try to help with building a clean and safe environment, as well as with education,” Buono said. The legacy brought by Nicolaniello has remained a staple to the community in terms of taste and service, carried on by his children. The Buonos are even scouting a location to open another restaurant in 2014. Details: www.buonospizza.com.
An Artful Holiday By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Tribute to an Artist: Richard Lopez May 5, 1943 – August 29, 2013 By Kari Jenkins
Danny Sandock Crafted is hosting live music by Danny Sandock from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24, in San Pedro. Details: (31) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Port of Los Angeles Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson Sara Gazarek and Josh Nelson are performing, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro. Together as a duo, they embody the new spirit of classic jazz. Admission is between $25 and $35. Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org Venue: Grand Annex Theatre Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
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Bead Weaving Crafted is hosting a bead weaving class from 12 to 2 p.m., Nov. 16. The class fee is $20 and the bead weaving kit is also $20. Reservations are required. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Port of Los Angeles Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Weekend Tidepool Walk The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is offering a weekend tidepool walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16, in San Pedro. Attend an informative slide show in the auditorium, then go along on a walk on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat. Young children must be accompanied by adults. Details: (310) 548-7562; www. cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro
Preschool Storytime a San Pedro Library is hosting preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20. Join staff as they sing songs, read stories and make take-home crafts. This event is intended for children between the ages of zero and five. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Movie Night The San Pedro Public Library is hosting movie night at 6 p.m. Nov. 21. Come to the library to enjoy a movie. The show could be cancelled due to a shortage of staff, so call the number below first for confirmation. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Beach Animals Reading With Kids The San Pedro Library is hosting Beach Animals Reading with Kids from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 23. Children can practice their reading skills by reading aloud to the beach animals. A parent or guardian signature is required. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Theater/Film November 15
Boeing Boeing Boeing Boeing is playing, at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Long Beach Playhouse. This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features Bernard who has many multicultural fiancees. The play is screening until Dec. 7. Admission is $24. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach Calendar to page 16.
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No one exemplified this more than Richard Lopez. With a limitless passion for life and a raw talent for communicating poetically through paint, sketch and collage, Richard knew how to connect you with his sense of the world. Growing up in Southern California, he cultivated his craft at a young age. Equipped with degrees from California State University Long Beach, he embarked on a journey as an educator with Rio Hondo College in Whittier as a professor of drawing and painting. His love of art and his dedication to his students’ learning served the school well; undergraduates respected and valued the way he showed them how to appreciate the creative process and allowed them to experiment and dream. The classroom became a safe zone for inquiry, investigation and moving on. The community was always a huge factor for Richard. Throughout his teaching career, he contributed by painting public murals and sharing work that identified specific neighborhoods. Richard understood that art served as a powerful communication tool that connected people to their environment and each other. Without a word, his images captivated others and sent messages in significant ways. He affirmed that we all could leave something valuable for society. On an individual level, Richard had the profound ability to reach out and relate to you as a friend. Within one moment in his presence, he could deliver a penetrating point of wisdom, encourage the best in you and then break into copious silliness with a bad one-liner or a play on words. His gifts were boundless and he shared them generously. After 31 years of teaching, Richard retired and moved his studio from Los Alamitos to San Pedro. His commitment to his artistic endeavors continued with focused enthusiasm as he and his wife, Trina, embraced the community and the distinct unity of artists. Always one to explore new methods, Richard developed works on canvas using paint, collage, sanding and glazing to create impressions that he titled the Cosmic Series. His fascination with the splendor and mystery of the universe manifested into multiple pieces as he strove to gain understanding of the human experience by approaching it from the outer world looking at the essence within. The immenseness and complexity that he felt appears in the deep layers of color and imagery. Richard’s legacy travels far beyond what we can see or touch. His personal integrity and brilliant character truly defined him as a man and an artist. These are the elements that will live on. In honor of the considerable mark he has made, Trina has decided to keep Richard’s studio open and to continue to participate in the artist’s community of San Pedro. It is as if Richard is offering his blessing, giving thanks and showing his gratitude by being able to share his art with the world. And, with this, we must reflect, shape movement and let go. Richard Lopez Studio is at 372 W. 7th St., San Pedro.
Blind Crush Blind Crush is performing, at 9 p.m. Nov. 22, at The Godmothers Saloon in San Pedro. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon.com Venue: The Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
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For more than five years, I’ve been writing about the keys to effective gift giving and the virtues of shopping local. Yet, every year, I find that I have to give folks a reminder. Here we are, 15 days before Black Friday, a lot of us are still waiting for the last minute Christmas shopping discounts, guaranteeing that you buy crap that looks like everybody else’s crap. But if you want to know the recipe for great gifts, just understand that there are three types, regardless of their ticket price. One is a gift that a loved one needs and can’t get readily for themselves. You know, like underwear, a car or a vacation? Another, is one that holds great sentimental value, like perhaps an object that references a shared memory, a loved one’s aspirations, such as jewelry, a photo or video project, or some professionally made gift with the recipient in mind. And, the last sort of gift is one that appeases or teases any one of our appetites, whether it’s gastronomic, sexual or other memory inducing pleasure. The cool thing about the third type of gift is that it could also fit the criteria of gift types one and two. It is when you understand these principles of gift-giving that you understand just how advantageous and efficient it is to shop local. On Nov. 23, Random Lengths News and Turning Point Communications is hosting a launch party for Random Length’s latest zine title, An Artful Holiday at Crafted Port of Los Angeles. The new zine will feature the works of Harbor Area artisans at Crafted, complete with incredible photo spreads. This zine will make holiday shopping, while supporting local business, easy. With more than 75 artisans producing quality handmade products you won’t find anywhere else, Crafted is the place where you can find the best gifts this holiday season. Seriously. For folks who don’t consider themselves creative when it comes to gift ideas, there will be plenty of artisans whose brains or shelves you can pick for ideas. Several fine art works, displayed for sale, will be present at the launching party. Sculptors, painters and assemblage artists will be there including Karena Massengill, Gil Mares, Debbie Marr, James Harter, Trina Jenkins, John Stinson, Debbie Stinson, Julia Strickler and Pat Woolley. In my experience, fine artists are great sources for information on great gifts, whether they were crafted by yourself or crafted by them, with significant personal meaning to yourself and the one receiving the gift. There will be food and drinks, provided by Mishi’s Strudel and Philie B’s New York-style pizza and live entertainment in the performance of Shakeh. Read RLn’s B. Noel Barr’s review of their latest CD, Songs of my Soul, on our website, www. randomlengthsnews.com. Come out on Nov. 23 and get some gift ideas. Have some fun while you’re at it. At least then you can avoid the awkwardness of re-gifting a gift you were given a few Christmases ago.
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Avenue Q Avenue Q will be at the Long Beach Playhouse at 2 p.m., Nov. 17. Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and part heart. The show is a musical that tells a story of a recent college graduate who moves to Avenue Q. A place where puppets are friends and monsters are enemies. Admission is $24. The play is showing through Nov. 19. Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org Venue: Long Beach Playhouse Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Every Christmas Story Ever Told at Little Fish Theatre Part vaudeville, part Complete Works of William Shakespeare... Abridged, Every Christmas Story Ever Told... is a fast, furious, and slightly irreverent look at the holiday classics and traditions we all remember. From Frosty to Rudolph and the Grinch to It’s A Wonderful Life, no pop culture holiday icon is spared in this whirlwind of holiday merriment. Sunday Evening Talk Backs - Join the creative team for a 10 to 15 minute post-show discussion. General admission is $27, seniors pay $24 and students with school ID $20. Runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. show Dec. 1 and an 8 p.m. show at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro
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Space and Substance The Space and Substance Art exhibit is running through Dec. 5 at the Cal State Dominguez Hills Art Gallery. The exhibition will be featuring 50 paintings by two well-known South Bay artists with studios in San Pedro who work in an abstract painting mode. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: (310) 243-3334; www.cah.csudh.edu/ art_gallery Venue: Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, La Corte Hall A-107 Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson Rhapsodies en Bleu by artist Eva Marie Vargo Eva Marie Vargo, Creative Director at Ma Griffe and formerly from San Pedro, returns to the exhibit world with her newest acrylic paintings depicting a departure in style from previous years. This departure is evident in the predominant dramatic presence of dark shades of blue. Eva Marie normally approaches a canvas with no sense of what she will create and lets the creativity flow as she applies paint with brushes, cloth, and even her hands and fingers. In this exhibit Eva Marie has also implemented a variety of tools to scratch away paint on the canvas for various effects. Magically she loses all sense of time and place as the imagery manifests itself figuratively and literally “out of the bleu.” Exhibit runs through Dec. 31,. Details: (310) 547-2154, http://www.magriffegalerie. com Venue: MaGriffe Galerie Location: 3624 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
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Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession The University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach presents Gabe Bartalos: Abhorrence and Obsession through Dec. 4. For more than 15 years, special effects artist Gabe Bartalos has broken new ground and created constantly evolving characters and sets - part set design, part art installation - that tie the psychology of emotional response to the visual effects of the moving image. He ventures into unexplored territory and opens up new dialogue that pushes us to rethink our ideas about visual effects and character design in relations to film. Venue: University Art Museum, CSULB Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
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Frank Unzueta’s World chef adding his seasoning and flourishes with the chekeré one moment, and the afoxé the next, occasionally adding vocalizations reminiscent of sounds you’d hear in the jungles in the Caribbean. It occurred to me that Frank positioned Alandras for a reason. The reason, of course, was to get the audience to reciprocate the energy the band was putting into the show. As Brown played, he danced in any combination the mambo, merengue and salsa urging the audience to clap, sing and get out of our chairs to turn that limited space in the aisles and foreground of the stage into dance floor. One attendee, who had to be in his late 50s or early 60s, by his dance moves alone, looked like he from one of the islands in the Caribbean. He was one of the few open enough to allow the rhythm to animate his hips and legs according to whatever the spirit in the music tells them to. To be sure, long-time band mates — Mitchell Chavez on guitar, Rocco Pressutti on bass guitar and bass and Tom Pugliese on drums — brought it too. But Brown worked the audience as hard as he worked with his assortment of instruments including the afoxé, chekeré, maracas. I met with Frank the next morning at a South Shores Starbucks in San Pedro to get some verification of what I witnessed the previous night. “I wish there were 20 to 30 of that guy,” Frank said. “I’m not a musician that wants people to just sit and listen. I like people to participate. I love that.” Frank noted that One World is all about communicating with people’s souls. “The original band name was Alma, the Spanish name for soul,” Frank said. “We were Alma for a couple of years. And that was the point. I wanted to reach deep inside people with my music.
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Though Frank’s music doesn’t feel as if it were meant for the listener to enjoy at a distance, the music is complex enough to require the listener to stop and take it all in. His music, as a jazz composition, doesn’t necessarily follow the jazz standard of melody, improvisation, then melody and finish format. Frank’s pieces actually evolves through the composition, changing textures before returning to the original melody. “It’s the songwriting craft, I learned just innately what that meant [growing up],” Frank said. “My mother always told me that it’s the melody and melody support that [are] the most important thing[s].” Frank, who plays the guitar and the keys as well as the main vocals, takes a very cerebral approach to music—a byproduct of the fact that he’s a music composer and very aware of the structure of music. Frank recalled the early years of his introduction to jazz. He said at first it just sounded like sounds strung together without rhyme or reason. His mother, who played the piano, told him that there was the definite structure to jazz. It wasn’t until he began studying music theory in college that he began to understand that clearly. A San Pedro native, Frank studied music at Cal State Dominguez Hills, first earning a bachelor of arts degree in piano performance. He continued his post-graduate studies at Dominguez in modern composition and standard repertoire. But it was in the 1980s, when he was introduced to Afro-Caribbean rhythms, that the mind and spirit of Frank’s music came together. A cursory study of world ethnicities would show that the drum plays an integral role in the spirituality of various cultures around the world. The thing that links them is the sense that the rhythm can cause one body to move on it own volition regardless of what the conscious mind does. Frank’s knack for putting melodies to Afro-Caribbean rhythm
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created the best of both worlds in the appreciation of music: the appreciation of the technical changes in the music aurally, and appreciation in the form of opening yourself and letting the music move you. “One World started off as jazz trio,” Frank explained. “But then I got turned onto soca music, from Trinidad and African music, and it just turned everything around. I just started applying those rhythms to the melodies I was writing and boom! It happened.” Frank explained that while he was profoundly influenced by the music of Carlos Santana, Sergio Mendez, Miles Davis and George Benson, and the whole Motown sound that was being pumped out during the 60s and 70s (while not forgetting to mention the mariachi music with which he grew up), he didn’t have the benefit of growing as an artist with fellow musicians. Unlike those musicians affiliated with the World Stage in Leimert Park, the Wrecking Crew or the Funk Brothers, Frank didn’t have the benefit of growing with collection of A-list artists that were constantly being exposed to other styles and other music. For Frank, developing as an artist was a solitary experience. “I think if I had not gone to school,” Frank explained, “I would not have become as curious as I am. I became a sponge and I’m still the same way. My music development grew as I learned.” Frank sees himself as a conduit to help other artists attain recognition and success. That’s partly the reason Frank launched Sunstone records. One band that’s beginning to gain airplay is Lower Left. Frank and his jazz trio produced Peter Marin’s album, Overnight Success.” “I told him, ‘You pay for everything, I’ll release it for you on my label, you can use my bar code, you can have all the royalties, but I’ll be the publisher of your original music. And I’ll get it licensed so that we both benefit,’” Frank recounted. “My goal was not to make a profit on this.” But as Frank aims to make the dreams of other artists come true, more doors of opportunity began to open. Frank has been working on the score for the film, A Father’s Journey, directed by David Fernandez Jr. The film is scheduled for release in 2014. In his relationship to up and coming generations of artists, he aims to be a mentor that nurtures their talent. To that end, Frank also plays in the band, Frequency — a band formed by his nephew Luke Valenzuela aka, Luke von Duke, who has a long and diverse catalog of music, that ranges from hip hop to rock music. Frequency is a dance music band that Luke recently started. Given all the work Frank has been putting into developing artists and pushing other artist forward, I asked him what can we do to make his hometown a better nurturer of its musical talent. His answer was simple. Open a venue where young artists can play. For a moment, Frank reminisced about the days when Sacred Grounds was still on the corner of 6th and Mesa and bands got to play in front of live audiences without being charged. “If we can inspire, if we can nurture young people, I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community,” Frank said.
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“Today’s poor people are not sitting around anticipating the second coming of Jesus to occur at anytime now. Instead, they’ve waited for the government to grow the backbone that is required to get the bankers’ hands out of the people’s treasury and restore jobs and fair wages to America.” But Fincher and LaMalfa had something else in common: they both have received more than a million dollars in taxpayer subsidies through the farm bill—the very same bill that has funded the food stamp program for more than 40 years. Since 1999, Fincher has pocketed $3,483,824 in farm subsidies, despite the fact that his arguments for cutting food stamps included scolding the likes of Vargas that “this is other people’s money.” LaMalfa had also pocketed $1,710,385 since 1995. Neither man seemed to
Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) quotes from the bible to support his rationale for cutting food stamps for the needy. File photo.
a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, “Ryan said in an official 2009 campaign ad. He was eventually publicly embarrassed by online videotape of Rand attacking belief in God, after which he attempted to repackage his approach as derived from Catholic social teaching—a position that actual Catholics, such as the U.S. Conference of Bishops, have repeatedly rejected. This year, other Republicans have tried their hands with on-the-fly punish-the-poor theology, with consistently embarrassing results. This past May, when much smaller cuts were being debated in the House, several Democratic lawmakers cited traditional Bible verses having to do with treatment of the poor and needy. For example, in a May 15 hearing in the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), a former Jesuit, invoked the Book of Matthew as he noted his opposition to the cuts. Jesus often talks in parables, Vargas noted, but “In Matthew 25, he’s very, very clear and he delineates what it takes to get into heaven. He says how you treat the least among us, that’s how you treat him.” Right off the bat, Vargas continued, “The first thing he says, ‘When I was hungry, you gave me to eat. When I was thirsty, you gave me to drink.’” Vargas was diplomatic enough not to mention that Matthew goes on to say that those who do not feed the hungry “will go away into everlasting punishment”. Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, who supports the cuts, responded to Vargas by quoting from 2 Thessalonians: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” Fincher inadvertently illustrated the old maxim that even Satan can quote scripture if it serves his purpose. As numerous religious bloggers hastened to point out, 2 Thessalonians was written to admonish members of an apocalyptic sect, who had decided to stop working, believing that Jesus was about to return. So, party time! “Fincher is using a verse written for a specific time, a specific place, and specific situation in Thessalonica thousands of years ago to deprive poor families of food today,” explained Candace Chellew-Hodge, a North Carolina pastor writing for Religion Dispatches. “This is Bible abuse at its worst.
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Harbor Interfaith Services Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Harbor Interfaith Services plans to distribute over 600 complete holiday meals during the 2013 Holiday Season. Please help make a family’s holiday much brighter. The following items are needed: Frozen turkey (for Thanksgiving), spiral hams (for Christmas); canned vegetables (green beans or corn), scalloped or mashed potatoes (boxed), stuffing or dressing mix, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, canned yams or sweet potatoes, cake mix and canned frosting; grocery store gift cards or visit http://www.harborinterfaith.org/ to make a donation. Details: (310) 831-0603 Venue: Harbor Interfaith Services Location: 670 W. 9th St. San Pedro
Toberman Neighborhood Center Food Drive Toberman launched a food drive that will continue until Dec. 20 to distribute to needy families this holiday season. Only canned and dry foods will be accepted. Toberman also launched a toy drive that will continue until Dec. 20. All donations are accepted Mon. through Thurs., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, and on Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your donation of an unwrapped toy (ages infant to 11) or a gift card (for older youth ages 12-18) will benefit Harbor Area families. Call: Details: (310) 832-1145 x102, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Venue: Toberman Neighborhood Center/ Family Source Center Location: 131 N. Grand Ave, San Pedro
Spark of Love Toy Drive in Carson
The Los Angeles Fire Department is hosting its annual Spark of Love Drive at South Bay Pavilion mall in Carson and is collecting toys for needy children this holiday season. Spark of Love provides a new unwrapped toy or sporting good to a child who would otherwise go without a gift this holiday season. Recipients are identified in advance by established community and child service organizations. Families experiencing a sudden catastrophic loss are also aided by Spark of Love. When possible, the local fire station crew (occasionally accompanied by Santa Claus) makes a discreet and dignified special delivery to these deserving children. Venue: South Bay Pavilion Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd. Carson
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effect. And, indeed, it did. “We find that exposure to the food stamp program in early childhood leads to a reduction in metabolic disorder—obesity, heart disease, and diabetes—in adulthood,” Hoynes told Random Lengths. The paper also reported that for women, “access to food stamps in early childhood leads to an increase in economic self-sufficiency”—the exact opposite of the dependency that food stamp critics allege. “This suggests that there are important long term effects of providing access to the safety net,” Hoynes concluded. These are benefits no one even thought about before—pure gravy on top of everything else. Which is why it’s hard to think of a worse policy—much less a crueler one—than cutting back on food stamps and why food stamps have long enjoyed broad bipartisan support—until now. Typical of that broad support was a letter to Congress in early May from dozens of religious and secular organizations engaged with hunger issues, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Disciples of Christ and Jewish Federations of North America. “If SNAP is weakened, our nation will see more hunger and food insecurity, worse health and educational outcomes, and higher health costs,” it read, unambiguously. “Overwhelmed food banks, pantries, religious congregations and other emergency food providers across the country cannot fill the significant gaps in nutrition assistance that weakening SNAP would leave.” The Republican blueprint for going against this broad consensus derives from the “Ryan Budget,” which calls for even deeper food stamp cuts—$135 billion over 10 years, at the same time it calls for cutting corporate taxes by a whopping $1.2 trillion. Ryan combines $3.3 trillion in cuts to programs helping low- and middle-income Americans (twothirds of his non-defense cuts) with $5.7 trillion in tax cuts skewed sharply in favor of the rich and super-rich, all in the name of “cutting the deficit,” even though his first such budget didn’t project a balanced budget until 2062. Throughout his career, Ryan had repeatedly credited libertarian ideologue Ayn Rand—who praises selfishness and attacks altruism as evil— for shaping his philosophy. “Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did
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alone, and 3 million a year after that. It’s a move that critics see as combining bad science, bad policy, bad sense and bad theology. The “waste, fraud and abuse” they claim to be fighting against simply isn’t there. Food stamp usage has expanded dramatically over the past 5 years, but that’s exactly how it’s supposed to work during times of economic distress—not, as Republicans argue, a sign of growing irresponsibility among the poor and a vastly expanding “dependency state,” as UC Berkeley economist Hilary Hoynes explained to Random Lengths. “The House is proposing a very large cut in the food stamp program, $40 billion over 10 years,” Hoynes said. “Their attention has focused on the large increase in the number of American’s receiving aid through the program. This misses two very important points: First, work by Jeffrey Liebman and Peter Ganong at Harvard as well as work by myself and Marianne Bitler shows that the increased food stamp caseloads in the Great Recession are largely the result of the very large increase in unemployment rates. There is no evidence that there is a new pattern of ‘dependency’ on the program.” But food stamps play a pro-active as well as a reactive role. “Second, the food stamp program is one of the most important anti-poverty policies in the United States,” Hoynes continued. “The newly released data for the Supplemental Poverty Measure show that the food stamp program removed 5 million people and 2.2 million children from poverty in 2012. This is what anti-poverty programs are supposed to do.” Yet, despite all that expansion, there are still tens of millions of people qualified to receive food stamps who don’t, as participation rates— though higher than ever—are only 75 percent, or three out of every four people who are eligible. Republicans routinely harp on charges of “waste, fraud and abuse,” which are unsupported by actual data, with fraud rates of around one percent, and overpayment rates around four percent. The number of potential participants not enrolled is five times as much as these two rates combined. Not only does food stamp spending stimulate the economy more than almost anything else the federal government can do—$1.70 of stimulus for every $1 of food stamps—new research by Hoynes and her colleagues indicates that food stamps have profound long-term benefits for infants and young children, reducing long-term medical and social service costs as well. In a 2012 paper, “Long Run Impacts Of Childhood Access to the Safety Net,” they used the gradual, county-level roll-out of the food stamp program from 1961 to 1975 as a natural experiment. “Our findings indicate that the food stamp program has effects decades after initial exposure,” they concluded. The inspiration for their research is worth noting. During World War II, the Nazis severely restricted the Dutch food supply between November 1944 and April 1945, which came to be known as the Dutch Hunger Winter. Average caloric intake plunged from about 1,800 calories per day to between 400 and 800. This produced a variety of diseases that appeared in middle age. If the sudden deprivation of food could have such an effect, Hoynes and her co-authors reasoned, then sudden relief could have a similarly measurable
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS 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,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013225914 The following person is doing business as:(1) Harris Realty, (2) Harris Enterprises, (3) Golden Greek Leasing, (4) Golden Greek Charters, 870 W. 9th St. #200, San Pedro, CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: George J. Harris Inc., 870 W. 9th St. #200, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by a corporation. The date registrant started to transact business under
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013232113 The following person is doing business as:(1) Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture, 732 W. 9th St, Ste#205, San Pedro CA 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Roger C. McGath, D.C. L.A.C., 3558 Lees Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. This Business is conducted
by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Roger C. McGath. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov 8, 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: 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013228637 The following person is doing business as:(1) San Pedro Firewood, 1166 W. 24th St., #2, San Pedro, Ca 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Kevin Christy, 1166 W. 24th St., #2, San Pedro, Ca
90731.. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 10/21/13. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Kevin Christy. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov 8, 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: 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13,
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“Over the past year or so nurses at our San Bernardino facility became more accurately aware of the rise in lungassociated illness, respiratory problems,” Monkawa said. “This is what prompted the original interest…From that point, some of our nurses did research on their own about tar sands and concluded that [it’s a] very bad thing for patient care, let alone the environment.” But the story goes back even farther, he later revealed. Beginning with concerns about health impacts from the financial and home mortgage crisis. One study that validates nurses’ concerns reported a relationship between foreclosures and heart attacks. “That also prompted nurses to think more about overriding social and economic conditions [more generally],” Monkawa said. CNA has been involved in opposing tar sands for some months now, most notably with a march of 1500 people across the Golden Gate Bridge this past June. “The most important thing was that the opposition to tar sands is expanding. Heretofore it’s been primarily environmental groups who’ve been opposing things like that,” he said. “And, now there’s a situation where a labor union and a group of healthcare professionals—nurses—are involved from a different angle, a public health angle.” He also urges the broader public to get involved. “Stay on the case, become involved, become informed, become engaged and try to prevent this environmental and public health disaster from making communities even worse in what they call ‘smog alley,’ Wilmington.” from p. 17
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013218455 The following person is doing business as: Empire Fashion, 417 N. Mesa Street, CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Yen Nguyen, 1840 S. Gaffey St., #119, San Pedro, CA 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above:
the fictitious business name or names listed above: May 1976. 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/. Roger C McGrath. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 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: 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13,
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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,
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/. Yen Nguyen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 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: 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13,
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