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By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Curt’s Kitchen founder, Helen Grove. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.
Planning Commission Approves Ponte Vista:
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t the same time the Garcetti administration seems alarmed about lax controls on project development at the Port of Los Angeles—as exemplified by cost overruns on the TraPac terminal—similar problems of lax oversight are seemingly being ignored in the planning process, culminating in the questionable Planning Department approval of the Ponte Vista project on Nov. 17. It was drastically scaled back from 2,300 units when first proposed by long-gone developer Bob Bisno in 2005 to 676 units today (with an absolute cap of 700). Though it remains unclear to critics if any development at all—even at the existing R-1 density of just 360 homes—could be built without negatively impacting the area as a whole. And, that’s with mitigation measures and without even considering the questionable dangers posed by the Rancho LPG facility and two other petroleum facilities surrounding the site. Safety Ignored/ to p. 6
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Ignores Safety Threat of Rancho LPG, Traffic, Drainage Issues
elen Grove’s favorite parable in the Bible is “the Sheep and the Goats,” which describes God sifting amongst mankind his flock on their way to heaven the way a shepherd would sift goats from his flock of sheep. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” For Helen, this passage (Matthew 25) has been a tangible idea. As of Nov. 1, she has been handing out food to the hungry for 23 years on Beacon Street next to Plaza Park. But now she’s doing it out of a storefront on North Pacific Avenue called Curt’s Kitchen. Helen credits 16 year-old Elizabeth “Lizzy” Rich for making it happen. Lizzy, a long time Girl Scout made helping Helen her project to earn the highest honor a girl scout can achieve, the Gold Award. Though the award was the result of the effort, the fact that she chose to help Helen had to do with the high regard with which their mutual church family, San Pedro’s Holy Trinity Church, had for Helen. Lizzy simply decided to become the conduit for the congregation’s feelings. Six months ago, a parishioner in Helen’s church, offered and donated a space to open a kitchen from which to continue serving hungry people in need. Previously, when she was on Beacon, she and the people she served had no place to go when it rained. The Palos Verdes High School student was able to raise $4,000, between August and October this past year to clean the storefront and
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How a Girl Scout and an Advocate for the Poor Teamed Up to Feed the Hungry
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50th Anniversary of the Vincent Thomas Bridge
On Nov. 15, San Pedrans celebrated the bridge linking San Pedro to Terminal Island and Long Beach. Named for the political patron, state assemblyman Vincent Thomas, the 1,500-foot long suspension bridge is the fourth longest bridge in California. San Pedro Chamber President Anthony Pirozzi and the board received a plaque of recognition on behalf of the Chamber from State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, 5th from left. Photo by Betty Guevara.
Harbor Area Thanksgiving at The Center
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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 Venue: Second Samoan Congregational Church Location: 655 Cedar Ave., Long Beach
Harbor Interfaith Services Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Harbor Interfaith Services plans to distribute more than 600 complete holiday meals during the 2013 Holiday Season. Please help make a familyâ€™s holiday much brighter. The following items are needed: Meat: Spiral hams (Christmas); trimmings Canned vegetables: (Green beans or corn), scalloped or mashed potatoes (boxed), stuffing or dressing mix, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, canned yams or sweet potatoes, boxed cake mix and canned frosting; grocery gift cards. Details: (310) 831-0603; www.harborinterfaith.org 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 Monday through Thursday 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. Details: (310) 832-1145 x102, dojeda@toberman. 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 the 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. Spark of Love works in concert, not in competition, with other charitable programs to fulfill the dreams of needy Southern California children. Recipients are identified in advance by established community and child service organizations. Venue: South Bay Pavilion Location: 20700 Avalon Blvd., Carson
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San Pedro Celebrates 33rd Annual Holiday Parade By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
San Pedro “Living Treasures” will be the Community Grand Marshals at this year’s Christmas parade on Dec. 1. The Youth Grand Marshal will be represented by the Boy Scouts of America. The Sports Grand Marshal will be represented by Eastview Little League. This year’s parade will have pre-parade entertainment that will include live music at different points along the parade route starting at 11:30 a.m. The parade will start at 1 p.m. at the corner of 15th Street and Pacific Avenue. The parade will continue north along Pacific Avenue to 6th Street, turn east and proceed along 6th Street to the disbanding area at Liberty Plaza at 5th and Palos Verdes streets. This intersection is also the drop-off and pick-up area for participants. The order of parade participants include:
San Pedro City Ballet’s Nutcracker float from 2012’s parade. File photo.
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39. Cheer and Pep Squad—Tri-City Falsoms Youth Football and Cheer 40. Marching Band—Wilmington Middle School 41. Cheer and Pep Squad—Port of Los Angeles High School 42. Beach Cities Shrine Club 43. Peoples’ Place & Palace 44. Harbor Service Center 45. Improved Order of Red Men 46. San Pedro City Ballet 47. San Pedro Girl Scouts 48. The Salvation Army San Pedro Corps 49. Car Club—OG Pharaohs Car Club South Bay 50. Gardena High School Band & Drill 51. Holy Trinity School 52. Columbian Squires, Angels Gate Circle 874 53. New Harvest Church 54. Cabrillo Beach Contingent 55. Cheer and Pep Squad—Mary Star of the Sea High School 56. Face Painting by Brenda 57. Knights of Columbus Angels Gate Council #1740 58. Car Club--San Pedro Bocce Club 59. San Pedro Neighbors for Peace & Justice 60. Bayview Baptist Church 61. Folklorico Del Mar & Flamenco Fiesta 62. Croatian Cultural Center 63. San Pedro Garden Club 64. Bethany Christian Fellowship 65. Tutor Doctor San Pedro 66. 570 Records 67. Dana Middle School Marching Band 68. Closing Thank You Banner
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1. Motorcycle--Port Police 2. Banner Opening 3. Port of Los Angeles —Geraldine Knatz and Gary Lee Moore 4. Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners 5. Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums 6. Banner Sponsors 7. San Pedro High School Golden Pirate Regiment 8. Cheer and Pep Squad—San Pedro High School Cheer Squads 9. San Pedro High School Air Force JROTC 10. Community Grand Marshal—“Living Treasures” 11. Community Grand Marshal—“Living Treasures” 12. Portuguese Bend Nursery School 13. San Pedro Co-Op Nursery School 14. Rep. Janice Hahn, 44th Congressional District 15.California State Sen. Rod Wright, 35th District 16. Wells Fargo Stage Coach—Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, 15th District 17. Los Angeles City Attorney—Mike Feuer 18. Cheer and Pep Squad—Diamond Cheer 19. Youth Grand Marshal—Boy Scouts of America 20. Youth Grand Marshal—Boy Scouts of America 21. Cub Scout Packs 1203 22. Cub Scout Pack 234 23. Cub Scout Pack 500 24. Cheer and Pep Squad—South Bay Divas All Star Cheerleading 25. Sports Grand Marshal—Eastview Little League 26. Sports Grand Marshall—Eastview Little League 27. Eastview Little League 28. Carson High School “Marching Blue Thunder” 29. Cheer and Pep Squad—L.A. Airforce Base Youth Programs 30. U.S. Merchant Marines Veterans—SS Lane Victory 31. San Pedro Bay Historical Society 32. US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, SS Lane Victory Division 33. Quarterdeck Society—Battleship Nevada 34. 968 QM CO Army Reserve Unit 35. Encore Entertainers 36.Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood CouncilPresident, Dave Behar 37. Car Club—Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council 38. Tri-City Falsoms Youth Football and Cheer
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purchase needed equipment and furniture for Curt’s Kitchen—double what was her goal. “She did a great job,” said Helen of Lizzy. “It was really gross,” Lizzy said. “We cleaned it like six times and it [the dirt] wouldn’t go away. So finally we just called in a professional cleaner.” Lizzy organized family and friends to paint the interior walls a cheerful yellow with uplifting quotes from famous figures in history such as Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. Lizzy got the Gold Award and Helen’s gratitude. Curt’s Kitchen, which was named for Helen’s late husband, Ralph Curtis Grove, is only open Mondays and Tuesdays, a scheduling that’s been in place since the 1990s when they operated the Crossing. The Crossing is a Christ Room for travelers where they gave overnight shelter for those in need. At the time, the Crossing was open from Thursday to Sunday. Helen is cognizant of her neighbors by
minimizing the line at Curt’s Kitchen preventing excessive loitering around the premises. She still recalls the early days of their food distribution on 7th Street in downtown San Pedro. Back then, the downtown merchants asked her to relocate elsewhere so that the homeless didn’t loiter around the area. They ultimately moved to Plaza Park on Beacon Street, upon the merchant’s suggestion. “Hopefully we’ll be here [for a while] if the neighbors don’t mind,” Helen explained about Curt’s Kitchen. “We don’t have a line outside. As soon as I get here at 6 [in the evening], I let them in, so that they can rest and use the bathroom. The couple’s activism and advocacy for the indigent began in 1986 after listening to a speaker at an Los Angeles Catholic Worker event. At the time, the couple were a part of Pax Christi, an organization established in France in 1945 as a reconciliation work between the French and the Germans after World War II. Pax Christi strives to play a pioneer role in the search for solutions to armed conflicts, particular in the areas of: • Human security and armed conflict • Economic factors of armed conflict • Human rights, the rule of law and armed conflict • Conflict transformation • Global restoration or care for creation • Peace building • Youth work and peace education • Spirituality and praxis of non-violence Helen and Curtis married at the age of 25 and had six children together. They didn’t have much time for themselves until after they put their children through college. Helen still recalls the words of one of the speakers at that information meeting. “One of the speakers was a young girl in her 20s,” Helen said. “She said somebody told her to expect a million small miracles. Like one day she needed potatoes and then all of the sudden someone would come up with a whole lot of potatoes. That really impressed me.”
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Rich and Helen Grove during the grand opening of Curt’s Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Helen Grove. Helen and Curt preparing food in their kitchen in the 1990s. File photo.
It was at a Catholic Worker retreat later year after they decided to launch their own food distribution and Christ Room. “You know how they do in meetings, they break out into small groups,” Helen explained. “In our small group, we talked so long that we didn’t have time to figure out what to tell the main body. So this friend…she was very articulate, she…performed a skit based on Matthew 25 [“the Sheep and the Goats” parable]. The small group presented the couple’s idea about the Christ Room to the main group before staging the skit. Helen recalled that the small group, after hearing the idea, half jokingly said, “You’re going to wind up dead,” because they would be taking in a lot of strangers. The main group liked the ideas so much they said they would pray over them. “I always said, they prayed too hard because instead of a Christ Room we got a Catholic
Worker,” Helen laughed. Their advocacy for the poor and their antiwar activism sometimes got intertwined, but they come from the same place. The couple attracted a lot of their volunteer servers through their antiwar activities during the first Gulf War. Curtis, an engineer for a defense company, retired 8 years early because he didn’t want to continue supporting the military industrial complex, Helen said. They even stopped paying half their income taxes in protest of the war. It was during this time they started giving food to the hungry, even while they were only living off $600 a month. In “the Sheep and the Goats” parable, the people saved by God asked, “When did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” These are the words that seem to animate Helen and Curt’s advocacy and activism the most.
PBIDs the Local Governance Model of the Future?
Former San Pedro Chamber director Camilla Townsend, Renaissance Group CEO Eric Eisenberg, and former Ports O’Call Village general manager and president of Spirit Cruises Jayme Wilson were all part of the Art, Culture and Entertainment District board and now are members of the PBID or work with the PBID. File photo.
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Pedro Revitalization Corporation]. When I started in 1978, there wasn’t anything on the other side of Beacon Street. It was all tear-down. I started… an extremely successful jewelry business, the San Pedro Jewelry Mart. And, I did it without anything down here.” Gunter credits his success to marketing through extensive print advertising: newspapers and fliers. Later it was through commercial advertising on cable television. Gunter doesn’t mince words when it comes to San Pedro’s PBID. “The two people that put this together know absolutely nothing about marketing,” Gunter said. “They are both what I call ‘lucky sperm.’ They were born rich. They never, in their life,
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Alan Johnson, chief executive officer of Jerico Development and vice president of the PBID doesn’t think so. When asked if he believed PBIDs will come to displace the city’s role in providing services in the future, he said, “I don’t, because we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Johnson is given to conceiving big and futuristic ideas. His company is a part of the L.A. Waterfront Alliance, selected by the Port to redevelop Ports O’Call village. The alliance was praised from nearly all quarters recently when they released their visioning plan for Ports O’Call. “The council office…understand they are going to enhance the things we do,” Johnson explained. Johnson noted that there are some Merchant Business Improvement Districts where the city is exempt from providing tree trimming and other services to those districts. Not so, with the City of Los Angeles, he said. Even still, it is difficult to escape the notion that PBIDs will eventually supplant local governance structure in the future. From the beginning, the PBID was oriented towards attracting tourists to a still undeveloped tourist attraction—exemplified by its focus on visitor and tourist ambassador service; maintenance, sanitation and beautification; marketing, promotions and waterfront special events and new business attraction. With an annual budget of $1 million, little is spent on direct marketing efforts. It is for this reason and the high number of vacancies on 6th and 7th streets that Warren Gunter is the PBID’s most vocal critic. Gunter is one of downtown San Pedro’s larger property owners and has been active in the community for 35 years, either as a business or property owner. He’s a selfadmitted numbers guy with a laser focus on 6th Street. “I’ve seen it all and I’ve done it all,” Gunter said in a recent interview. “I’ve been [on] the chamber, the BID, the SPRC [San
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ew outside the circle of civically involved property owners, port representatives, Chamber of Commerce staff and city entities know that the Property owners Business Improvement District meetings are held on the sixth floor of San Pedro’s City Hall building at 9 a.m. every first Wednesday. The meetings move quickly and end almost as sharply as they begin. With notices on their website, these meetings meet the bare minimum of the law. Nov. 6, however, was a little different in that in this relatively small conference room, (small when compared to the Port of Los Angeles High School cafeteria where the Central Neighborhood Council meetings or any other community meeting is held in San Pedro), everyone was all smiles and high-fives. They were still high off their apparent success of Day of the Dead festival the previous week. For the PBID’s marketing director, Valerie Goodman, the key word was “seamlessness,” in describing the team effort it took to pull off the event. “Credit doesn’t go to any one person, but to everyone on the board who was so supportive... the merchants that participated, all of our merchants and restaurants.... It was seamless and it was marketed really well.” Goodman pointed to “great media support aside from the paid advertisement as another high point in the stream of good news. Board President Eric Eisenberg put turnout as being the same as the prior year with 7,000 to 9,000 attendees, except this past year’s Día de los Muertos fell on First Thursday—meaning that this year’s success was due to its own marketing efforts. Another board member cited as a point of success, the fact that the board set the date of the Día de los Muertos eight weeks out, suggesting the event was a success despite the limited time frame to gear up the marketing, planning and logistics of the event. They were able to report Los Angeles Police Department and their cadets were clearly felt at the event, evidenced by the fact there were no incidents to report, with the sole exception of a couple of people who took their drink outside and were told to go back into the bar with it. In the public safety portion of the meeting, a yellow-shirt representative of PBID security made a brief presentation about the extended patrol of its officers to 24 hours and his request that merchants call on them. Their stated mission: keep loiters and unwanted persons walking rather than hovering around store fronts. Before the board began addressing new business, Eisenberg announced that anyone who wanted to join the board of property owners or lease tenants should send their contact information to either he or PBID Secretary Steve Robbins. The meeting was finished in 45 minutes. If it wasn’t for the brevity of the meeting and the fact that the people there represented corporations, government entities and property owner, one would have thought this was a regular community meeting. Cities across the country are turning to PBIDs to provide traditional city services, bringing to mind whether this is the future of local governance and distribution of services in
had to make a buck on their own because they always had money. They are obsessed with clean and safe.” Gunter polled 12 merchants on the 300 block of 6th Street, six were his tenants. All of them were asked, “How important to your business do you think the following items are to helping your business grow?” Among the items were: security patrol, street cleaning, decorations, print advertising and the trolley car. Gunter released in October the results of this survey to the PBID Board in October. Of the 11 items the survey questioned, the highest one with the highest average rating at 4.5 was the print discount ads and coupons. Decorations and First Thursday came in at distant second and third with ratings 3.8 and 3.6, respectively. PBID’s security got a rating of 2.7. Johnson is quick to note that crime is way down in downtown San Pedro without displacing it into neighboring areas. Armed with walkie-talkies, they are uniformed eyes and ears for the police. Gunter questions their importance. “I presented this [to PBID’s marketing committee], and said, ‘You know, they really don’t like some of this.’ And their answer really was, ‘I don’t really care, because we’ve reduced crime down to 27 percent,’” Gunter recalled. “Well, we’ve also increased the vacancies. There’s a 33 percent vacancy rate on the 400 block of 6th Street. Of course you’re going to reduce crime. There’s nobody here. “They’re not going to go over to those bars, those guys are real wimpy guys. They’re not going to stand next to Goodfellas or Crimsin. Those guys aren’t going to do that. They’re just going to bite their fingernails and smoke. That’s what we’re paying these guys for because there’s nothing going on.” According to the PBID’s Budget Summary, marketing, promotions and special events represented 18 percent of the board’s expenses, while sanitation and beautification represented 23 percent visitor and ambassador services
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Critics were limited to just one minute each at the Nov. 17 meeting, as opposed to two minutes each for project supporters. These both followed a glowing presentation by planning staff that, “was done so well and so wonderfully the developer got up and said, gee, I don’t need to say anything,” Bruce Bornemann, a retired city planner who’s weighed in supporting Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s ongoing opposition to the project said. Northwest officially opposed the project in an Oct. 26 resolution, but it’s the process as much as the project itself that Northwest has found troubling over the years. Throughout the multiyear process of drafting San Pedro’s Community Plan, Northwest’s No. 1 disappointment was the failure to include Ponte Vista within that plan. Now, as Bornemann pointed out, Ponte Vista has been given its very own “special plan”—a term previously used to refer to community plans— which in effect overrules all of the normal planning guidelines. Specifically, the Ponte Vista Special Plan states: “Whenever this Specific Plan contains provisions establishing regulations…different from, more restrictive or more permissive than would be allowed pursuant to Chapter 1 of the LAMC [Los Angeles Municipal Code] and the provisions of other portions of the LAMC specifically referenced below, this Specific Plan shall prevail and supersede the applicable provisions of that Code.” Echoing concerns specifically cited by Northwest in its official comments, Bornemann’s substantive criticisms focused primarily on traffic, drainage and open space issues. He related doubts that impacts can be mitigated as promised. But the procedural haste, sloppiness and narrow focus also excluded significant public safety concerns regarding nearby Rancho LPG and two other facilities whose dangers need to be considered, said Rolling Hills Estates planning Commissioner Carl Southwell, who also voiced his objections in a one-minute time slot. Specifically, Southwell said the decision should be postponed until three relevant reports in process had been completed. First, two “reports that Rep. Waxman had ordered [on July 31, 2013] with respect to a review of the safety and risk of the Rancho LPG facility and also the CFATS program, the Chemical Facility [Anti-Terrorism] Standards. “The reason the CFATS report is interesting is because the Defense Fuel Support Point San Pedro [which holds jet and diesel fuel] is adjacent to the Ponte Vista site,” Southwell went on to explain. “Of course the Conoco-Phillips refinery is also adjacent to the site. “Over half...of the Ponte Vista development is surrounded by facilities that either make and/or store highly flammable, and in some cases, explosive petrochemical products.” A string of deadly explosions in recent years have intensified concerns that regulatory safety processes are failing to protect the public. “It just seemed to be reasonable that they should spend some time really discussing in depth those issues,” Southwell added. “I also said that they should wait in order to review the report that was ordered by State Sen. Ted Lieu. On Aug. 1, he ordered state fire officials to also review the safety of Rancho. 6
“The one I’ve looked at the most in the past is Rancho LPG, but the other two facilities are of concern both independently and with respect to a cascade of events that can occur if any of the three facilities was somehow set afire….It just seems like it’s a very bad location from the point of view of safety and health of the potential residents.” As a planning commissioner, he regards health and safety as primary concerns. “It seems to me that the first duty of a planning commission is to think in terms of the safety and health of the future residents before they think about liability concerns and the aesthetic concerns, and whether there’s conformity with the general plan and the specific codes,” Southwell said. “It’s first principles. You just can’t skip the most important part. A place has to be safe. “I don’t know what the rush is to approve something….To enact a moratorium for health and safety seems reasonable.” But care and caution seemed consistently absent according to Bornemann. “There was no discussion on the huge impact on the infrastructure, not to mention Western Avenue—that’s the big one, of course,” he said. “Western Avenue is dysfunctional now, overloaded, at peak hour, morning and afternoon. So another 700 homes really isn’t going to help. Even another 360, if it was pure R-1, that’s not going to help, either.” The environmental impact report (EIR) says impacts can be mitigated, of course. “Nothing would be any worse than it is today,” as Bornemann put it. He’s skeptical. There are 16 proposed mitigation projects, costing $4 million. “All of these 16 projects generally involve widening of intersections,” Bornemann said. But he has already made the argument, “the EIR’s infatuation with intersections was entirely misplaced.” As he wrote in his comments, the traffic analysis methods used “work well on highways in Portland or Charlotte but this is a dense urban environment where other factors play. “The real problem with Western Avenue is not that the intersections are not functioning, it’s that there’s 117 other interruptions along Western Avenue, the length in question... be they small cross-streets, or driveways, and it’s those interruptions which really have the negative impact on Western Avenue.” Of course, anyone who’s driven Western Avenue when its the least bit congested knows this from experience. But do the downtown planners? There are similarly site-specific difficulties with drainage, due to decades-old past underestimates. The problem ultimately is that there hasn’t been enough investment in public infrastructure for the existing development. At bottom, it’s a different form of the same practice seen at Rancho LPG: externalizing private costs onto the surrounding public at large. Retired oil industry consultant Connie Rutter pointed out a number of glaring errors in the final EIR related to Rancho—errors which indicated an ongoing unwillingness to hear and learn from critics representing the public interest. To begin with, the EIR falsely claimed that Rancho “was granted all applicable permits.” “Not true,” Rutter wrote in her comments. “The project was handled under an ‘emergency exemption.’ So, that Building and Safety never really approved the plans. In 1978, the site was granted a permit ‘as built.’” It’s also not true when they say the site is “not located within a designated surface fault zone”—a fact that they curiously admit on the very next page, Rutter noted. She
goes on to cite a number of other errors, all of which Random Lengths has written about before. This raises an obvious question: If the EIR gets basic facts wrong, how can its analysis be trusted? But it’s not just local residents who are objecting to Ponte Vista. Hans Laetz works as an environmental impact statement analyst and a journalist. He was involved in a prolonged fight to defeat a proposed LNG terminal 14 miles off the Ventura County shore. The project was initiated by an Australian multinational, BHP Billiton, in 2004, and it later came out that the Bush administration had leaned on the Environmental Protection Agency to bend its rules for Billiton, as part of the price for Australia joining the Iraq War coalition. The project was eventually killed by the State Lands Commission in 2010, but even with all that juice behind it, the terminal was still located 14 miles offshore,
“because of the blast pattern,” Laetz said. The existence of Rancho LPG right in the midst of a residential area is something he finds unfathomable. The idea of locating hundreds of more homes right next door to it was enough to bring him to City Hall for the day, even though he only got to speak for one minute. “It’s on land prone to liquefaction, next to an interstate freeway and with tens of thousands of people living in close proximity,” Laetz said. “You just couldn’t pick a worse disaster scenario…. And, it was built long ago before anyone cared about these things.” This last point is what’s most worrying now. The fact that Rancho is there already is the main reason it’s so hard to get it moved. So-called “grandfathering” protects private sunk costs, at the price of public health and safety. But building even more developments nearby only makes this problem even worse. It only puts more lives and property values at risk.
Organizing for Generosity By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter
Members of Carson’s large Filipino-American a volunteer. “The treasurer (Karen Avilla), Elito community, led by Councilman Elito Santarina, set up an account with her and has located are organizing a response to the destruction that someone to ship clothing to the Philippines. Elito Typhoon Haiyan brought to the Philippines on is so happy and grateful to the Sheriff’s Station— they provided a room for storage space.” Nov. 7. One “All Out Operation Relief” collection “The organizing of generosity in Carson, we were composed of many different ethnic groups— event remains, at Veterans Park on Nov. 30. Call every single ethnic group in Carson represented at (310) 830-9991 for details. Evelyn Andamo organized a benefit concert the organizational meeting contributed physically and mentally,” commented Santarina during at Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald a break at the Nov. 19 city council meeting. “I Community Center on Nov. 24. She said proceeds from the concert are going to the ABS-CBN express my heartfelt gratitude.” That evening the council unanimously passed two items related to typhoon relief. One waived fees for a vigil and concert and the other established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Santarina also reported meeting with the Filipino counsel-general to determine what was needed and making arrangements with Philippine Airlines to send boxes of collected goods. Items most urgently needed include firstaid kits, medicine, toiletries, and ready-to-eat meals. He stated some local Carson Mayor Pro Tem, Elito Santarina with volunteers collecting donaAfrican-American churches tions for the Philippines Typhoon relief effort. Photo by Kelvin Brown. collected about 1,000 tooth brushes and blankets, which he intended to pick Foundation International, a long-established nonup from storage at California State University profit organization working in the Philippines. Speaking at the council meeting, Santarina Dominguez Hills. Activities began with an organizational shared a personal tragedy not reported in meeting at the civic center on Nov. 14, which broadcast or other media. While he was speaking attracted about 40 people. Santarina said later to a local priest about relief efforts, the priest that about $13,000 in pledges were collected. received a call from a nun in the Philippines. She told the priest that after the storm her Donations have continued to come in, including congregation went out looking to find the parents Watson Land’s pledge of $10,000, he said. Alene Harris, president of the Carson Women’s of some lost homeless children they temporarily Club, said she pledged $100 on the club’s behalf housed. “The temporary shelter collapsed and all the and is now soliciting more contributions. Volunteers including Tommy Faavae of the children died,” Santarina said. Donations are being accepted at the city International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers helped with the manpower and equipment for treasurer’s office. Checks may be made payable drop-off collection sites in the Carson City Hall to the City of Carson—Filipino Relief Fund. Call (310) 952-1723 for details. parking lot in the past two weekends. “We had a great weekend,” said Olivia Verrett,
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James Preston Allen, Publisher We received a letter to the editor from one of our readers recently about the dangers crossing San Pedro’s Gaffey Street to pedestrians (see “Random Letters” next page), which prompted me to go on a mission to discover just how much traffic there was on this main artery of transit in this part of the city. I thought it would be a simple quest. That I thought this simple question would have a simple answer shows my own lack of understanding of just how complex the City of Los Angeles truly is. From my years sitting on the Community Advisory Committee of the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency, I recall some city employed technocrat saying that traffic volumes on Gaffey Street were in the range of 65,000 car trips per day. So I go sleuthing through the city's Department of Transportation website and was directed to NavigateLA.lacity.org. I thought the new and improved digital face of Los Angeles was going to make this quick, but of course the link to what I'm looking for doesn't work, forcing me to call LADOT directly. After 5 frustrating calls and several hours later, I finally talk to one technocrat who is actually in charge of traffic counts, only to find that the simple answer to my question is lost in a series of fairly old reports and a list of data that you need to have a traffic engineer explain just to make sense out of it. What I did discovered during this quest was that in the entire city, there are only 8 employees that count traffic—three who count it “manually,” and 5 who count it automatically via those boxes with a black hose strung across the street. The manual counts are done the old fashion way with some kind of clicker. I'm relieved that they weren't using their fingers. So it comes as no surprise that with this few workers there is a backlog of calls for service of 3,200 and that the most recent traffic count is dated from 2008. They can hardly keep up with the demand. This all begs the question of why didn't the previous administration figure out how to count traffic remotely when it installed the citywide ATCS (Adaptive Traffic Control System), the automated traffic light system? It would just be too 21st century to have a real time count of traffic flows anywhere in the city. Yes, I know I'm dreaming. Much of Los Angeles’ bureaucracy seems stuck in a retro Raymond Chandler novel. Or as Tom Hayden once pronounced, “The problem of fighting City Hall in Los Angeles is finding city hall.” There are so many parts of the city bureaucracy squirreled away near and far that
finding the right person with the right knowledge becomes a game of “Where's Waldo?” Add to this the complication of proposing anything new like the remake of the San Pedro waterfront. The real challenge facing Mayor Eric Garcetti is how to get the entire city mechanism running in the same direction, sharing information and addressing the real-time problem. I'm thinking at this point of the current and forecasted traffic volumes leading into Ports O’Call where the L.A. Waterfront Alliance revealed their proposed development recently. If one can trust the Port of Los Angeles’ numbers, there are currently some 840,000 visitors per year coming to Ports O’Call. Well, let's just say that the new Ports O’Call development is going to be half way more successful as it is currently, adding another 420,000 visitors a year. The total traffic would be 50 percent more congested, mostly on weekends, as that's when everybody from out-of-town visits. Add to that the congestion of having a few cruise ships in on the same days and perhaps a special event occurring simultaneously and there's a traffic jam all the way up the 110 freeway to Pacific Coast Highway or beyond. So much for living on a peninsula, folks. Now, it doesn't take a traffic engineer to predict this future calamity and it shouldn't have to take seven years to study it either. What this does call for, what the council office should be asking for is a comprehensive traffic-transportation study to tell us how all of this is going to work without choking all of the streets in the Harbor Area. This presumably, and one shouldn't assume, includes a traffic study and plan that includes the flow of truck traffic in and out of the port. To respond to Mr. Steven Bartels’ original complaint about traffic being dangerous to pedestrians on Gaffey Street, I'd have to agree. The best number I can come up with for the corner of 4th and Gaffey is 68,845 car trips per day. My suggestion is don't try to cross the street during rush hour. This number ranks Gaffey street 45th on the list of most congested streets in all of Los Angeles. And, it's only going to get worse as businesses become more successful in attracting visitors and more residents have to commute to jobs out of town. The temporary, partial fix is that Councilman Joe Buscaino got the LADOT and its engineers to fast track two new signals on11th and 8th streets. What one learns about doing business in Los Angeles is that when you are the chair of the Public Works Committee, you get to put your priorities at the top of the list without having someone stand there and count cars by hand. Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen email@example.com
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On Strike: Why I am Fighting for the Rights of Port Drivers By Daniel Linares, Guest Columnist
My name is Daniel Linares. As a port truck driver, I have worked hard hauling the goods you need on store shelves from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for the past 12 years. I immigrated to the United States from Sonsonate, El Salvador to work hard and make a better life for my family. I work for Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) as a so-called “independent contractor.” Although the company says that we are independent, we have no voice in the work we do. My fellow port drivers and I are told where to go, what to haul and where to deliver them. When I am stuck in long lines waiting at the port terminals, I ask if I can leave because I know I will be stuck there for several hours, with no pay for that time. I am told that I can’t leave and it’s clear that I will lose my job if I don’t obey. That is not the way an “independent contractor” is suppose to work. Calling us independent is a scam because in truth, there is nothing independent about our relationship with the company we work for. Because we are paid by the load and not by the hour, our income is very unstable. Last week, I made less than $200 dollars after working 6 days for 8 hours or more per day. We can work up to 20 to 22 hours a day, 6 days a week and still not be able to make ends meet. After working so much, it’s not fair that we still earn poverty wages. While Pac 9 makes millions of dollars off
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of the work that we do, we only get the crumbs. It feels like our trucks are sweatshops on wheels. Being unfairly classified as an independent contractor has taken away everything that we need to give our families a decent life. Because we are misclassified as independent contractors, Pac 9 scams their way out of paying us fair wages, benefits or overtime pay. We suffer deductions from our paychecks for the cost of operating and maintaining the trucks. After all of the deductions are made, we are left with very little—if anything. To make matters worse, we are denied the legal protections that employees enjoy, even though we do the same work as employees. Many port truck drivers develop medical issues, psychological problems and stress on family life because of our horrible working conditions. When Pac 9 found out that we were organizing, they pressured us to purchase their trucks. We realized that—although the company said they were selling the trucks at a discount price— with the amount of lease payments and deductions made from our paychecks, we had already paid the full price of the trucks three times over! When we didn’t accept the offer, Pac 9 retaliated against us by giving us less work. By going on strike, we showed Pac 9 that without us, their business stops. It is time for them to treat us with continued on following page Random Lengths News editorial office is located at 1300 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731, (310) 519-1016. Address correspondence regarding news items and news tips only to Random Lengths News, P.O. Box 731, San Pedro, CA 90733-0731, or email to editor @randomlengthsnews.com. Send Letters to the Editor or requests for subscription information to james @ randomlengthsnews.com. To be considered for publication, all Letters to the Editor should be typewritten, must be signed, with address and phone number included (these will not be published, but for verification only) and be kept to about 250 words. To submit advertising copy email firstname.lastname@example.org or reads@ randomlengthsnews.com. Extra copies and back issues are available by mail for $3 per copy while supplies last. Subscriptions are available for $35 per year for 27 issues. Random Lengths News presents issues from an alternative perspective. We welcome articles and opinions from all people in the Harbor Area. While we may not agree with the opinions of contributing writers, we respect and support their 1st Amendment right to express those opinions. Random Lengths News is a member of Standard Rates and Data Reporting Services and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. (ISN #0891-6627). All contents Copyright 2013 Random Lengths News. All rights reserved.
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Random Lengths News should be complemented for printing Matthew Wuerker’s brilliant skewer of President Obama’s overreaching health care overhaul and overzealous international spying program. There is no better common ground, I find, between liberals and conservatives than the over-expansion of the federal government into our private lives. In his editorial, Publisher James Preston Allen argues that Obamacare is bad not because of its multiple malfunctions, or the growing number of insured now becoming uninsured, although he does indict the corporate interests profiting at the expense of everyone else. He actually decries the fact that President Obama and the Democrats in Washington settled for an individual mandate instead of implementing a single-payer, universal healthcare system, like the ones in Europe and Canada: “A truly progressive position on health-care would be a publicly-owned, publicly-funded system that would resemble our public school system.” I didn’t know whether the laugh or cry when I read that assertion. The public school system in California, especially in the inner cities and in poorer regions, is racked with inefficiencies, corruption and nepotism. School board races in Lennox and a successful unification initiative in West Haw-
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sures from every state where they practice. The American Medical Association should discontinue instituting arbitrary barriers to the number of doctors who can practice medicine. Allen should review the disastrous results of single-payer systems in Canada, Great Britain, France, and other countries whose experiments with expansive government involvement in medicine have become costly failures. Health care needs major reforms in this country, but not with more government, and definitely not with Obamacare. Arthur Schaper Torrance
Dear Mr. Schaper, I'm never sure if I should thank you for your backhanded compliments or not, seeing as how I know we fundamentally disagree. The point is this: public education in America is not the best in the world nor is it the worst, but there are hundreds of millions of Americans who have benefitted from it. Can you imagine what the last 150 years would look like if there was only private education? Education in this country is a right not a privilege like it is in some places. Shouldn't healthcare be the same? Whatever the failings our current education system has, it is far
better than not having one at all. It benefits everyone, either directly or indirectly and the obvious comparison to health care couldn't be more clear—universal health care should be a right not a privilege, as it will benefit all in much the same way that a mandated public education does. This just seems far too obvious. And by the way, I recently had the opportunity to experience the French health care system and it was far less costly and quite efficient. My private American insurance refused to reimburse me for my expenses. James Preston Allen Publisher
Port of Los Angeles Public Notice Pursuant tot he California Coastal Act of 1976, as amended, and the Port of Los Angeles' certified Port Master Plan, notice is hereby given to all interested persons and organizations that the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to receive public comments prior to considering the following fora Coastal Development Permit: City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation-Phase 2 of the Advanced Water Purification Facility at the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant at 445 Ferry St. In accordance with the The Guidelines for Implementation of the Port of Los Angeles' Certified Port Master Plan, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to receive public comments relative to the proposed project during a regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 12, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. at the Port of Los Angeles Board Room, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street inSan Pedro. Any person unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments to the Director of Planning & Economic Development, P.O. Box 151, San Pedro CA 90733. Written comments should be submitted no later than the day before the scheduled public hearing date. The staff report and recommendation relative to the proposed project are anticipated to be available for review after 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, either by visiting the Port of Los Angeles website, www.portoflosangeles.org or by contacting the Port's Planning & Economic Development Division at (310) 732-3850.
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dignity and respect, and improve our working conditions. My coworkers and I have had enough with working ourselves to the ground with little to show for it. Now, we have united and are taking action. We started by filing wage and hour claims with the California Labor Commissioner to reclaim our stolen wages. When Pac 9 retaliated against us for filing our claims, we united with other port drivers who are fighting for respect and went on strike to demand that Pac 9 stop breaking the law. We won’t stop fighting until Pac 9 recognizes us as the employees that we legally are. Like working people across America, port drivers are fed up with being taken advantage of. Together, port drivers will change the port trucking industry and improve working conditions for all drivers.
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thorne both demonstrate a growing dissatisfaction from residents with their public school systems. Why would anyone invite such deficiencies into health care? Most parents are not satisfied with a minimum standard of education, nor would they settle for a modicum of care in state-run medicine. The long lines, the rationing, the denial of care to those who cannot wait should encourage everyone in the United States to resist massive expansions of the government into the healthcare profession. Last of all, Allen argued that Obamacare is better than anything that the Republicans have offered. That statement is untrue. Conservatives have advocated for permitting individuals to purchase health insurance from across state lines from private companies. Health care specialists like Dr. Ben Carson of John Hopkins University have vouched for Health Saving Accounts plus tax credits. Doctors should not have to seek licen-
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After moving to San Pedro from the Hollywood area, my personal experience has noticed an escalating problem that seems to be getting darker. The city has a major traffic enforcement policy that needs significant improvement to make the streets safer. This has been an ongoing concern for city residents and has been addressed in local publications. Gaffey has become very congested with traffic at rush hour and drivers are constantly speeding, running stop signs on Cabrillo, talking on cell phones illegally, ignoring or distracted in respecting pedestrians crossing at intersection stop lights. Personally, I have barely missed getting struck by moving cars on the crosswalks on Gaffey, specifically at the intersections of 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th streets, while crossing when the lights change for pedestrians. I sometimes walk to go shopping on Gaffey in the early evenings. Last year at Christmas time, I was crossing the street at 9th and Gaffey at two different times and was almost run over when cars failed to stop ignoring the walk light. Several times at that same spot, I have experienced cars turning right, north on Gaffey when I was crossing and were distracted and turning right without paying attention. Two more specific incidents happened when crossing the street at 7th and Gaffey after the light changed when I was in the middle of the intersection and cars were edging towards me, honking their horns, and trying to rush me. One driver was talking on a cell phone and unaware I was trying to cross the street. This is deplorable, abusive, unacceptable, and hazardous for a
pedestrian. I found it is much safer to cross at the most dangerous intersections away from the stoplights, because some cars turning right are not paying close attention to pedestrians. Los Angeles is seeing a significant increase in drivers involved in hit and runs, some involving pedestrian fatalities. San Pedro needs to assure the public that traffic enforcement will be improved so the city can be safe for other drivers as well as pedestrians and to avoid the epidemic hit and run issues we are hearing about on local media sources. Skateboards and bicycles racing on sidewalks are also a potential liability issue, especially to the elderly and women pushing child strollers. Cyclists and skateboarders also race through crosswalks, distracted and motorists turning right or left may not see them in time or have a blind spot. Skateboarders are often dressed in dark clothing and don't wear reflective gear, nor any type of flashlight after dark to alert drivers of their presence. Steven G. Bartels San Pedro
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represented 40 percent, and administration represented 14 percent, the remaining representing cash reserves. As one of the signature gatherers, Alan believed that somewhere around 70 percent voted in favor of renewal. Alan suggested that compared to elsewhere those that voted in favor represented a more diverse mix of property owners. “We got our renewal based on 70 to 80 percent of people that voted that said, ‘I want to be taxed again,’ Johnson said. “It was a pretty big acknowledgement that what we’re doing is working. Because, you know, after paying all of your taxes, it’s hard to write that extra check for these things that everybody rightfully says the city should provide.”
A PBID has to collect signatures of 50.1 percent of the property owners within the PBID in order for it to continue on. Failure to do so would result in the district’s disbandment. To Gunter, the first vote is the only one that matters and that’s the first vote to get the PBID started. With the city and the other block of votes allied with Eisenberg and Johnson, combined with the lack of engagement of absentee property owners, the current administration of the PBID can’t lose. “When these guys put this together, the key was the port was included,” Gunter said. “The port pays 50 percent of the assessments the rest of us pay, because they don’t need the security but they have 25 percent of the vote. If they had done this without the port, they would have never ever have gotten this PBID [voted] in.” PBIDs are private entities governed by state laws and regulations such as the Brown Act and are meant to operate in accordance with open records laws. That, however, doesn’t mean that the PBID’s governing process is an open one, either by intent or by circumstances, as Johnson seems to suggest. “We are open to any property owner to be a board member,” Johnson said. “We are constantly asking who would like to serve. And so, pretty much you have to self-select and say, ‘I want to participate.’ “Certain people we would like on the board, we would approach them. We would sure like a representative from Jupiter Holdings to be on our board. Everybody is busy and got schedules. But a lot of people can participate by not necessarily serving on the board. It is basically open to any property owner that is able to be on the board. It’s just a matter of tossing your name in the hat and having elections.” Robbins said a slate of candidates will be presented to the board at a January PBID meeting. Robbins said that time schedule is likely to change. For better or for worse, PBIDs may become the primary vehicle through which services are provided rather than through the city. “New York does it. Everybody does. It’s [the PBID] such a powerful tool…,” Johnson said. “I think they are really responsible for this renaissance. [Without them] we would still have all of these windows etched…Our guys take truckload after truckload out of town onto a dumping ground. It would all pile up. And the graffiti would take longer to get painted out and the sidewalks wouldn’t be clean and there would be gum everywhere.” What is absolutely clear is that the debate over PBIDs role isn’t just about two dueling philosophies on local governance. This is a debate about who has say in this town’s governance and who doesn’t.
By Lyn Jensen, formerly of Music Connection
Katy Perry can sing about how she kissed a girl and Lady Gaga can proclaim she was born this way because Lou Reed took a walk on the wild side in the 70s. My introduction to Reed’s signature song came one hot summer afternoon circa 1973 as I slaved over the family ironing—one of my teenage chores. Without warning out of my cheap AM radio came a barrage of un-PC lyrics about fairies (gays), transvestites, head, drugs, bitches and colored girls. The male vocal was harsh and off-key with a “Noo Yawk” accent. It wasn’t really singing, more like rapping before that style became vogue. It was no mainstream commercial success, but it did have an unforgettable hook, “Baby, take a walk on the wild side.”
Decades later, I learned that “Walk on the Wild Side” was not fiction but autobiography. Reed was portraying his experiences as part of Warhol’s Factory. In the 60s Reed was part of an obscure but legendary rock group, the Velvet Underground, whose limited number of fans included Warhol. Maybe that connection enabled, “Walk on the Wild Side” to get airplay normally denied to such cutting-edge experimentation. Transformer, the Bowie-produced album that contained “Wild Side,” and Reed’s glam appearance at the time, was as cutting-edge as the song—students at my high school gossiped about the “fag” in make-up the way other teens might talk about Playboy. In 1975, Reed continued musical experimentation with Metal Machine Music,
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a double album of nothing but electronically generated feedback. It was scorned at the time but now it is considered an early example of sound art. Reed, one of America’s most controversial and complicated rock legends, died in upstate New York on Oct. 27, at the age of 71, of liver disease after a failed transplant. In the 70s he pioneered glam and punk. In the 80s he linked social awareness with the video revolution. Some insist he was the first “out” rock star, while others give that distinction to David Bowie, and still others are reluctant to acknowledge any connection between Reed and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community at all. In an eerie accident of history, two of Reed’s final personal appearances happened in Long Beach, January 2012. He signed autographs at the Fingerprints record store and spoke at a museum exhibit, built around his 1975 art-noise album, Metal Machine Music, at California State University Long Beach. “He was in town for speaking at CSULB on art around his Metal Machine album,” remembers Fingerprints’ owner, who prefers to use the single name Rand. “We focused on Lulu, his [last] album, with Metallica.” Reed’s in-store appearance attracted several hundred people, lined up out the door and around the block. Rand remembers them crossing generations, “a big spectrum, some people brought their kids, some were young kids.” Rand, being a longtime Reed fan, also organized an in-store memorial tribute Nov. 22, with local musicians playing Reed songs. “He made a mark that is on par with any of the greats—what he did for rock ‘n’ roll, what he did for the gay and transgender community, what he did for music, his sound experiments—he lived his life as an artist,” said Rand of Reed’s impact. Chris Scoates, director of the University Art Museum, said the Reed exhibit was one of several sound pieces featured recently, stretching back to Brian Eno’s monograph, “Visual Music” in 2009. “It was in the project room, one of our smaller rooms, 12 loudspeakers, a fully immersive sound space, nothing visual,” he recalled, adding it was “incredibly loud … physical.” Lou Reed Continued on page 16.
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A Fresh California Twist on Brussels Sprouts
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By Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Food Writer and Photographer
magine serving a Brussels sprouts side dish for Thanksgiving that appeals to all your guests. Unfortunately, that’s probably not possible as these seasonal mini cabbages are one of America’s most hated vegetables. Brussels sprouts can have a slightly bitter quality, especially the large older ones, which can be off-putting to many. And then, there is that childhood memory of mushy overcooked Brussels sprouts with their lingering cabbage-y smells. No wonder this little brassica has a bad reputation. But we’re putting an original California spin on the old cruciferous vegetable this holiday. In recent years, we’ve seen lots of fabulous recipes for roasted Brussels sprouts, which have changed some peoples minds about this vegetable. We’re refreshing our Thanksgiving menu with a California-style shaved Brussels Sprouts salad. It
is bright and flavorful — the perfect foil to all the rich heavy dishes on the buffet. And, it is naturally nutritious, gluten-free and vegan too. Most of the U.S. production of Brussels sprouts comes from California where plantings began in the 1920s along our Central Coast. The combination of coastal fog and cooler temperatures is ideal for cultivation. This Cal-style Brussels sprouts salad invokes the flavors of the holidays - cranberry, walnut, orange and chestnut. Shaved Brussels sprouts are blanched in boiling water for only two minutes, then shocked in an ice bath to retain their crispness and color. The flavor is fresh and bright. The texture is light and crunchy. I add earthy lentils for balance. The lively dressing is a blend of creamy tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, and orange juice. Pairing these little leafy cabbages with legumes,
fruits and nuts is the key. You might just convert some haters this holiday. And as a bonus - this salad frees up much-needed space in the oven. Cal-style Brussels sprouts salad with lentils, cranberries, walnuts, chestnuts, orange zest Tahini Dressing
Orange Tahini Dressing
Ingredients: • 1/4 cup tahini • 1/4 cup orange juice • 1/4 cup olive oil • salt to taste Whisk tahini, orange juice and olive oil together. Add a bit more orange juice if the dressing is too thick. Season with salt to taste. Set aside. Cal-style Brussels sprouts salad: Serves 8
All ingredients for this salad can be found at Trader Joe’s. The salad can be made several hours ahead. Dress just before serving. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe blogs about food, wine and entertaining at Taste With The Eyes www.tastewiththeeyes.com and tweets as Tasteblog at https://twitter.com/tasteblog.
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Method: • Blanch shaved brussels sprouts in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Shock in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Drain well (we use a salad spinner). • In a large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts and lentils with orange tahini dressing. • Fold in cranberries, walnuts, chestnuts, and orange zest — reserving a bit of each for garnish. • Season with salt and pepper to taste. • Serve on a platter. Garnish with reserved cranberry, walnut, chestnut and orange zest.
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Ingredients: • 4 cups shaved brussels sprouts • 1 cup cooked lentils, at room temperature • 1/3 cup dried cranberries • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, rough chopped • 1/3 cup peeled and cooked chestnuts, rough chopped • zest from one orange, sliced into slivers • salt and pepper to taste
Entertainment November 29
DJ Scott Martin DJ Scott Martin will be at the San Pedro Brewing Company to get you through the night, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Nov. 29. The cover charge is $3. Toy donations are being accepted and a donation would cut the cover charge. Details: (310) 831-5663; www.sanpedrobrewing. com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro WhiteBoy James WhiteBoy James is playing at the Godmothers Saloon, from 9 to 10 p.m., Nov. 29. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon. com Venue: Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
When Pigs Fly When Pigs Fly is playing at Crafted, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Nov. 30. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro Old Havana Band The Old Havana Band are performing at Harvelle’s, at 9 p.m., Nov. 30. The band is doing a tribute to Santana the first set and classic rock the second set. The show will also feature dancers Miss Dakota and Miss Puerto Rico. TIckets range from $10 to $25. A two-drink minimum purchase will be enforced. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach
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Alphonso Johnson’s Reflections Alvas Showroom will host Alphonso Johnson’s Reflections at 4 p.m., Dec. 1. Johnson’s Reflections are a six-member band including himself. Johnson will be on the bass while his group will jam to the drums, guitar, keyboards, percussions and violin. Special guest Billy Valentine will be joining the group for the session. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Frank Fo Real Frank Fo Real is holding it down at Crafted from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Port of Los Angeles, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Karaoke The Godmothers Saloon is hosting a karaoke night at 12 a.m., Dec. 3. Though 12 a.m. will technically fall on Dec. 4, this event is for the night of Dec. 3. This event will also take place on the night of Dec. 10 at the same time. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon.com Venue: Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro Writer’s Den Harvelle’s is hosting the Writer’s Den at 8 p.m., Dec. 3. The Coming will perform from 8 to 9 p.m. followed by an open-mic night. Open-mic sign ups begin at 8 p.m. This event is also taking place at the same time, Dec. 17. No admission will be charged. Details: (562) 239-3700; www.longbeach.harvelles. com Venue: Harvelle’s Long Beach Location: 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach
Taiko Center of L.A. and East L.A. Taiko The Taiko Center of Los Angeles is performing at the Grand Annex at 8 p.m., Dec. 6. They will present a thrilling revue of Japanese instruments with contemporary Los Angeles rhythms. Tickets will range between $20 and $35. Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org Venue: Grand Annex Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Calendar continued on page 15.
Big Nick’s Pizza
Tradition, variety and fast delivery; you get it all at Big Nick’s Pizza. The best selection of Italian specialties include hear ty calzones, an array of pastas and of course, our amazing selection of signature pizzas, each piled high with the freshest toppings. Like wings or greens? We also offer an excellent selection of appetizers, salads, beer and wine. Call for fast delivery. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 1110 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 732-5800 Boardwalk Grill
C a s u a l waterfront dining at its finest! Famous fo r s l a b s o f Chicago-style baby back ribs, fish-n-chips, rich clam chowder, cold beer on tap and wine. Full lunch menu also includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Indoor and outdoor patio dining available. Proudly pouring Starbucks coffee. Open 7 days a week. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 519-7551 Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria A San Pedro landmark for over 40 years, famous for exceptional awa rd - w i n n i n g pizza baked in brick ovens. Buono’s also offers classic Italian dishes and sauces based on tried-and-true family recipes and hand-selected ingredients that are prepared fresh. You can dine-in or take-out. Delivery and catering are also provided. Additionally, there are two locations in Long Beach. Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1432 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro • (310) 547-0655 www.buonospizza.com Iron City Tavern
Iron City features a newly renovated dining room and wonderfully restored bar in a modern setting. The most comfortable gastropub in San Pedro, Iron City offers casual dining for lunch and dinner with food service at the bar. Catch all sporting events on seven 50” screens in surround sound and listen to your favorite tunes on our internet jukebox. (Iron City is a supporter of the Black & Gold.) Iron City features authentic Philly cheese steaks, various hot sandwiches and burgers, calamari steaks and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. Hours:10:30 a.m.-2a.m. 7 days a week. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring 1/2 priced appetizers and drink specials. Free parking in rear. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro • (310) 547-4766
The favorite local cafe for the point Fermin area of San Pedro great breakfasts, lunches and even dinner. Serving traditional offering for breakfast along with specialty omelets, espresso and cappuccino. Lunches include a delicious selection of soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches with hearty portions as well as Chef’s Creations. Dinners feature Top Sirloin Steak or Prime Rib as well as a kids menu. Beer and wine are served. Free Wifi and is pet friendly on the patio. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. close to Cabrillo Beach and the Korean Bell, Point Fermin area- 508 West 39th St., San Pedro. 310- 548- 3354 Mishi’s Strudel Bakery Mishi’s is a fragrant landmark on 7th Street, where it is possible to find Nirvana by following your nose. The enticing aroma of baking strudel is impossible to resist, and the café is warm and welcoming like your favorite auntie’s house. Aniko and Mishi have expanded the menu to include homemade goulash, soups and a variety of sweet and savory Hungarian strudels, crépes and pastas. Take a frozen strudel home to bake in your own kitchen and create that heavenly aroma at your house. Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café, 309 W.7th St., St., San Pedro • (310) 832-6474 www.mishisstrudel.com PORTS O’CALL WATERFRONT DINING S i n c e 1 9 61 we’ve extended a hearty welcome to visitors from every corner of the globe. Delight in an aweinspiring view of the dynamic LA Harbor while enjoying exquisite Coastal California Cuisine and Varietals. Relax in the Plank Bar or Outdoor Patio for the best Happy Hour on the Waterfront. With the Award-Winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, receive the first SPIRIT CRUISES Harbor Cruise of the day FREE. Open 7 days, lunch and dinner. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor Berth 76, San Pedro • (310) 833-3553 www. Portsocalldining.com San Pedro Brewing Company A microbrewery and American grill, SPBC features hand-crafted award-winning ales and lagers served with creative pastas, bbq, sandwiches, salads and burgers. A full bar with made-from-scratch margaritas and a martini menu all add fun to the warm and friendly atmosphere. WIFI bar connected for Web surfing and e-mail—bring your laptop. Live music on Saturdays. Hours: From 11:30 a.m., daily. 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro • (310) 831-5663 • www. sanpedrobrewing.com
SPIRIT CRUISES An instant party! Complete with all you need to relax and enjoy while the majesty of the harbor slips by. Our three yachts and seasoned staff provide for an exquisite excursion every time, and “all-inclusive” pricing makes party planning easy! Dinner Cruise features a 3-course meal, full bar, unlimited cocktails and starlight dancing. Offering the ultimate excursion for any occasion. Free Parking. 1199 Nagoya Way, LA Harbor - Berth 77, San Pedro • (310) 548-8080, (562) 495-5884 • www.spiritmarine.com Trusela’s
Bob and Josephine Trusela invite you to eat, drink and relax in their welcoming and intimate dining room. Whether it’s fo r a ro m a n t i c dinner for two or a Sunday night family feast, Trusela’s serves Southern Italian inspired and California cuisines made with hand selected, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Trusela’s offers an extensive wine and imported beer selection. Catering and banquets from elegant to casual for all occasions. Reservations recommended. Hours: Dinner service from 5 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 28158 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 547-0993, www.truselas.com.
The Whale & Ale
San Pedro’s British Gastro Pub offers comfortable dining in oak paneled setting, featuring English fish & chips, roast prime rib, sea bass, rack of lamb, beef Wellington, meat pies, salmon, swordfish & vegetarian dishes. Open for lunch & dinner, 7days/wk; great selection of wines; 14 British tap ales, & full bar. Frequent live music. First Thursday live band & special fixed price menu. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri. 11:30 a.m.-midnight Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. Bar open late. 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro • (310) 8320363 • www.whaleandale.com
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A Story in Exile: The Memoirs of Judyth Vary Baker By Jennifer Tehani Sarreal, Contributing Writer
Kofi Baker’s Tribute to Cream Kofi Baker, the son of drumming icon Ginger Baker, will be performing a tribute to Cream at 8 p.m., Dec. 7. Baker will be on drums while his partners will be on guitar and bass. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Claudia Nygaard Claudia Nygaard will be performing at 4 p.m., Dec. 8. Nygaard’s album Let the Storm Roll In topped the Roots Country charts and #8 on the Folk DJ chart. Admission is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
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12 Days of Craftsmas: Puzzle Piece Reindeer The 12 Days of Craftsmas celebration will begin at 1 p.m., Nov. 29. Some Crafted artists will be hosting their own do-it-yourself make and take home crafts beginning today and throughout December. The first day will feature how to make a puzzle piece reindeer. The event takes place at the creation station. A small fee may apply. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus Bring your children to come visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 30 at Crafted. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro 12 Days of Craftsmas: Glass Snowflakes The second day of Craftsmas will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 30. The second day will focus on teaching kids to make glass snowflakes. This event will be held at the creation station and a small fee may apply. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Bead Weaving Class #2, Medallion Bracelet Crafted is holding a bead weaving class on medallion bracelets from 12 to 2 p.m., Dec. 1. The class fee is $20 and the kit is $35. RSVP. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro 12 Days of Craftsmas: Paper Roses The third day of Craftsmas is being held from 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 1. Today instructors will teach kids how to make paper roses. The event is taking place in the creation station and a small fee may apply. Details: (310) 732-1270; www.craftedportla.com Venue: Crafted, Warehouse 10 Location: 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Carolyn’s Crew: Crochet and Knitting Club The San Pedro Library is hosting Carolyn’s Crew at 3 and 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4. The crew is a crochet and knitting club for everybody. If you would like to learn how to crochet it is recommended you bring a size “I” hook. If you want to learn knitting, bring a size 8 knitting needle. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
Pre-school Without Walls The San Pedro Library is hosting Pre-school Without Walls from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. This program is a free bilingual preschool class for parents and their children. Details: (310) 548-7779; www.lapl.org Venue: San Pedro Public Library Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro
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agree), the official story is not the honest story: Oswald was framed and there is still no justice for President John F. Kennedy. In her autobiography, Me and Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald, Judyth Vary Baker recounts her relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald and the sequence of events following their romance (including a conversation with Oswald just two days before the death of President John F. Kennedy) that support both the innocence and good intentions of her former lover. As an aspiring scientist, Baker’s whole life was committed to research when she attended the University of Florida, hoping to one day find a cure to cancer. It was this fervor for her dreams that lured her away from academics and to New Orleans, where she worked with Lee Harvey Oswald to develop a cancer-related biological weapon intended to kill Fidel Castro. If the story isn’t left-field enough, according to both Baker and Marguerite Oswald (Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother), Lee Oswald was an undercover intelligence agent framed for a murder he was actually trying to prevent. In this version of events told by those closest to him, had Oswald (later labeled as the “crazy lone gunman”) been able
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It’s inescapable. Every media outlet has – in their own way and with their own spin – reminded us that not only have 50 years passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but it remains shrouded with just as much mystery, intrigue and conspiracy as it was half a century ago. Baby boomers and their seniors remember exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment our country lost our 35th president of the United States much the same way anyone older than 16 remembers the morning of September 11, 2001. It was a moment that changed history forever. With the almost-mythical elements surrounding his presidency (super-star Marilyn Monroe, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Mafia, to name a few), JFK would have maintained his status as one of the most memorable of U.S. presidents had he not been tragically murdered Nov. 22, 1963. His life was the stuff of Hollywood movies that, decades later, literally inspired them – along with an unending list of books and revisited television specials. Oliver Stone’s equally praised and controversial JFK is currently being re-released on Blu-Ray and can be seen again locally in both Los Angeles and Orange Counties during this highly marketable season. There’s something for everyone during this commemorative holiday shopping season, where all things Kennedy can be read, watched, discussed, mourned and celebrated. The history buff, the true blue patriot heart and the conspiracy theorist all have a smorgasbord of information awaiting them. The most profound and profane of facts, theories, myths and speculations of the iconic man and his legacy are available to all … or are they? J u d y t h Va r y Baker is an author in exile who claims her recollections of the JFK assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald are too dangerous for her to live safely in the United States. According to Baker (as other conspiracies
to save the president, his name would have been famous – rather than infamous – and potentially revered forever. Shot dead in front of millions live on television two days after President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in the same fashion, Lee Harvey Oswald never had the opportunity to defend himself in court. Heartbroken and resolved to set the record straight, Judyth Vary Baker vowed to write the true story in honor of her old lover, the family who survived him and in hopes true justice for President Kennedy would one day arrive. Learning all her former colleagues at the anti-communist cancer research center had been murdered and fearful of the repercussions following the publication of her memoirs, Baker went into hiding and has lived in exile since. She writes on her blog, “I am treated with respect overseas, but it seems that all my efforts have had little impact in the United States.” Today, with one of the biggest crackdowns on whistleblowers our country has ever known, it is no surprise that (true whistleblower or not) Judyth Vary Baker’s name and book are still widely unknown at the semi-centennial anniversary of the JFK assassination. Well-documented and a fascinating read, Me and Lee: How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald is worth taking a glimpse whether you believe the author or not. In an attempt to honor our dead with a sincere desire for truth, Baker’s autobiography about her relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald and its version of events in November of 1963 deserves acknowledgement – even if only to hear all sides of the mystery that seems to confound us all. Signed copies of the book are available at judythbaker.blogspot.com where an “author help fund” and sales allow Judyth Vary Baker to continue to pay for medical, heating and other bills in exile.
Entrée News Beaujolais Nouveau— Whale & Ale Shows Off New Wines By: Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Food Writer and Photographer
November 29 - December 12, 2013
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It happens only twice a year, that time when San Pedro’s British Pub -The Whale and Ale, turns French. In July there is the celebration of Bastille Day, and in November, it’s the release of Beaujolais Nouveau. The third Thursday of every November - at one second after midnight according to French law - is when the recentlyharvested Beaujolais is launched. Seventy million bottles are distributed around the world with the U.S. market being the largest importer of the nascent wine. Made from red Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region, just south of Burgundy, in France - it is a wine that is young and fresh and fruity. A light to medium-bodied wine not to be taken too seriously. It is a wine to enjoy tout de suite. Easy drinking and not complicated - this wine can be quaffed on its own or sipped with foods. Andrew Silber, proprietor of The Whale & Ale, showcased this year’s release with a delightful prix fixe menu meant to highlight its French origins. Starting with Creme du Barry, a house made cream of cauliflower soup, followed by Fresh Sashimi Grade Swordfish and Prime Filet Mignon. The Lemon Soy Filet of Swordfish was served over fresh asparagus, pommes de terre puree, garnished with avocado and lime. The Filet du Boef Mignon Poele served with a shallot/vinegar reduction with capers, beef demi glade, cream and fresh tarragon mixed baby vegetables, and roasted potatoes. We had the opportunity to taste this 2013 harvest with Silber, and we were all pleasantly surprised. It is a young wine - that is evident - so there is little in terms of bouquet. But the flavors are quite nice - with hints of red fruits such as cherries and berries and a bit of spice. It is balanced with light tannins resulting in a surprisingly nice structure on the palate. We give the 2013 George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau a thumbs up. Duboeuf, the self-proclaimed “King of Beaujolais” is the largest producer by far, and with 125,000 cases imported, this wine should be readily available at local retailers during the next month or so. This lively bottle will pair well with roasted turkey and is great to have on hand all through the holiday season when friends stop by for a drink. Serve the Beaujolais Nouveau slightly chilled with cheese and crackers for happy hour. But don’t plan to cellar it - this baby is meant to drink young. Consider consuming your last bottle by New Year’s Eve. The 2013 release is unique in that the harvest was 2 to 3 weeks later than usual as a result of a rainy spring season which delayed flowering. Hail storms damaged vineyards throughout the region, resulting in a lower grape yield. Low yield can result in a more concentrated wine with a better structure. And fortunately for the producers, a warm September prolonged the growing season which allowed for a more balanced maturation of the grapes. While not considered the most spectacular vintage, the 2013 is definitely refreshing and tasty and worth seeking out. Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe blogs about food, wine and entertaining at www. tastewiththeeyes.com and tweets as 16 @Tasteblog.
House Brings Flair to Home By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer
Drive up to Point Fermin via Pacific Avenue at any given time and you’re likely to encounter several colorful San Pedro spots. On one such afternoon, this past May, a particular spot caught my eye. At the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 10th Street, near the point where you find The Bank of America and The Indian Room, sat a large warehouse with a tractor in the window. On an impulse, I decided to walk in while my clothes were taking a spin at the laundromat. Greeting me was a familiar face, artist Anne Olsen Daub. I had seen and lusted over Anne’s jewelry, crafted from found items, semi-precious stones and various sparkly bits and pieces. Preparing for Opening Day, in this massive 6,000-square-foot space, was her friend Larry Lubow, a metal sculptor - with a tractor to park - and Cathie Goldberg. Goldberg is a landscape artist, whose work has added a garden component to the unique space. They call their new venture HOUSE, a home and garden shop that brings the atmosphere of a
quintessential Parisian flea market to downtown San Pedro. Imagine furniture, chandeliers, treasures from the Orient and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Art, vintage items and jewelry combined with garden design inside one huge warehouse space. Daub and Lubow are established artists in their own right, showing their work in local art galleries and selling their work to collectors. Daub has sold her paintings and her jewelry in the store. The partners have a story of serendipity, meeting originally through a mutual hairdresser. Since May, two more home styling experts have been added to the partnerships, each bringing years of experience to the shop. Judith Burke is formerly of Mixt, in the Riviera Village section of Redondo Beach. Mixt was on the front wave of the hand-crafted movement in home design back in the 90s. Her shop thrived for many years providing found art, vintage clothing and uncommon interior design until the rent literally doubled and put her out of business. “We all like to collect things … and I think
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Bryan Adams and Peter Gabriel) got together and played six shows including a televised festival at Giants Stadium for the human rights anti-torture organization, which remains a unique event in rock history. Besides being a proud member of Amnesty International, Reed played Farm Aid and supported efforts against AIDS. In 1989 he contributed one of his edgier songs, “The Last Great American Whale,” to an all-star Greenpeace benefit album. Perhaps the greatest measure of Reed’s status as an American rock legend was his mid-80s Honda commercial. As the coda of “Wild Side” played (the do-do-do’s) he simply stood next to the company’s product and proclaimed, “Don’t settle for walking!” No introduction needed—Honda was certain millions recognized the man and the message. Reed’s music and career cannot be separated
Lou Reed Scoates also recalled how Reed said Metal Machine was one of his most interesting works. For the museum appearance, Reed talked about the album with record producer Bob Zirin. Scoates described the “huge, very wide” demographic that attended, from students to fans around Reed’s age. In the 80s Reed enjoyed a career resurgence. He was acknowledged as a forerunner of punk with his videos on MTV. I saw him play a roofoff-the-place set at the Inglewood Forum in 1986 as part of Amnesty International’s “Conspiracy of Hope” tour, which he helped organize. He and a core of five other superstars (U2, Sting, Joan Baez,
everything in here tells a story,” Burke said. “In this environment, I still have some things that are my own personal collection (from Mixt) in the way of handcrafts. I am also doing some holiday buying.” Another refugee of high rent is John Beroud. Beroud, a longtime San Pedro resident, was running a shop for twenty years in the Silver Lake area, specializing in ethnic arts. Beroud has found a happy home at HOUSE, sharing space with other artists and experts in the field of architecture and design. “The personality of the place exists as one thing,” Beroud says. “People come in and say, ‘I love the place.’ Each one of these people has a personality, that if you visit their individual space you can see what they are about.” The owners say they are cultivating repeat customers and have met many young new families moving into San Pedro. Their customers are looking for interesting, art-inspired items, things not found at IKEA. Discount lack-luster interior design stores that give your home the same look as a college student or the neighbor down the block, are not for the clientele of this shop. Creative artists and hippie types can furnish your home for the same price, but with an artistic flair. Plans for the holidays are already in place. The regular Thursday through Sunday hours will include a “Sip and Shop” wine and cheese reception until 8 p.m. on Saturdays in December. They are also open each month for the First Thursday Art Walk. In an effort to give back to the community, the partners have scheduled a fundraiser on Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales on that day will go to the PTA at South Shores Elementary School. The PTA is bringing a food truck to sell for the day. The associates say they would like to schedule more fundraisers in the future. In January, Beroud is offering his experience as an appraiser for an unprecedented “San Pedro Road Show.” Modeled after the popular PBS show, the store will be open to any who wish to learn what value their family treasures may possess. HOUSE contributes to the artful atmosphere that San Pedro is famous for. Make time to drop in and meet the lively group of artists that operate this local bizarre and feel free to visit and discuss the story behind each unique item. Venue: HOUSE Location: 1002 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro
from his sexual identity—it was part of his public image and his inspiration. His actual public statements prove difficult to pin down but there are books about him that address the subject in detail. One little known fact about Reed is how in the 50s he underwent shock therapy to “cure” his sexual orientation. By the 21st century he’d lived to see a different time and different world—one he helped create. His life was one long walk on the wild side and it changed the American cultural landscape. Editor’s Note: Along with Frank Zappa, Reed was the most influential figure in the Velvet underground, which ultimately played a pivotal role in the ending of the Cold War. The edgiest of rockers prevailed where the generals were powerless.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FILINGS Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013215805 The following person is doing business as: Desiâ€™s Landscaping, 862 W. Denni St., Wilmington, CA 90744, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Desiderio Ruvalcaba, 862 W. Denni St., Wilmington, CA 90744. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: Sept. 1, 2013. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Desiderio Ruvalcaba. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 16, 2013. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/31/13, 11/14/13, 11/28/13, 12/12/13
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013219701 The following person is doing business as: Smart Motors, 439 N. Leland Street, San Pedro, CA 90732, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: California Visitation Monitors LLC, 439 N. Leland Street, San Pedro, CA 90732. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: NA I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Scott Macfullivray. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Oct. 22, 2013. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years
from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 10/31/13, 11/14/13, 11/28/13,
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: 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, 12/27/13
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013225914 The following person is doing business as:(1) Harris Realty, (2) Harris Enter-
prises, (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 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,
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,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2013234861 The following person is doing business as: Barricade Services, 3602 S. Cabrillo Ave., CA 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: David W. Cheek, 3602 S. Cabrillo Ave., CA
90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. David W. Cheek. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Nov. 13, 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: 11/27/13, 12/12/13, 12/23/13
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
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