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Unite Against War on Women Rally Joins 54 Nationwide By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

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[It’s] not that I’m not a feminist or pro-women’s rights, but you could only do so much. You’re a mom, you run a business, you have a dog, you have kid and all that other jazz. But this assault has been so intense and so non-stop (that) … I had to get involved. I can’t sit here and pretend this is OK. I mean, I have to explain to my 8-year-old son what the word slut means? —Sherry Ann Lear, Unite Against the War on Women. Lear, an environmental activist, has taken on a different form of activism, fighting for women. Photo: Terelle Jerricks

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ob Bertelli lives on his boat on Terminal Island’s Fish Harbor. Since 1975, Bertelli has honed the skill of commercial fishing. “It’s changed a great deal since 1975,” Bertelli said. “It offered a good outdoor lifestyle and a fairly good living, and a tremendous amount of personal freedom.” When he first became a commercial fisherman he primarily did abalone diving in the Half Moon Bay area of Northern California. But since then, there have been a lot of changes in oceanographic conditions, which brought on changes in the fisheries in the past 30 years. From the mid-1970s through the 1990s, fishermen experienced a warm-water cycle along the California coast. The area has been impacted by the El Niño phenomena, a quasi-periodic climate pattern in which temperatures change on the surface of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. Warm water cycles along with water pollution kill a lot of the kelp that along the coast. Sea urchins and abalones live on kelp. In the first few years of the millennium, the Pacific Ocean shifted into a cold water cycle, and as a result, kelp beds came back from Northern California to the Mexican border. “This is a good thing,” Bertelli explained. “It means that the animals that depend on that kelp bed for shelter and protection, and feed on the kelp, or the animals who feed on the animals who feed on that kelp are thriving right now. Some species do better in warm water, some species do better in cold water and some transition it very well.” When data is collected for the purpose of managing fisheries and the oceanic temperatures change from a warm water cycle to cold water cycle, many things change.

Sherry Anne Lear, a San Pedro resident and civil litigation lawyer, came to her awakening as a women’s rights activist when she saw colleagues defending Rush Limbaugh after his verbal assault on law student Sandra Fluke. Her activism had always resided in environmental causes. She’s a member of the Sierra Club and took part in the Beyond Coal campaign. She went to Washington, D.C. and helped organized the national rally to protest the British Petroleum’s oil spill. “That’s where my activism is,” Lear explained. “It’s not that I’m not a feminist or pro-women’s rights but you could only do so much.” But Limbaugh’s tirade and the reaction to it struck a chord with Lear. She’s now a co-chairwoman of Los Angeles Unite Against the War on Women, which has scheduled a rally for April 28—just one of 55 that will be taking place across the country that day. It will take place in downtown Los Angeles with speakers such as City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Jan Perry and comedian-activist Sarah Silverman. “When I heard people in my office defending Rush Limbaugh for calling that woman a slut and a prostitute... they thought he was being persecuted,” Sherry recalled. Lear was shocked that people she knew and respected weren’t fazed by Limbaugh’s comments and didn’t care that he called every woman in the United States who wants access to birth control pills a slut. “I’m a married woman and I’m on birth control pills mainly because of hormonal issues and that was what Sandra Fluke was testifying about. That people need this for medical reasons and to have her labeled that way, I was absolutely appalled.” The Unite Women Group draws from a wide base of supporters, from lifelong activists to young people involved in the Occupy movement. The National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood have gotten behind the nascent Unite Women movement. Like thousands of others across the nation, the Los Angeles rally organizers were formed through Edge of Outrage/ to p. 1 6


Plaza Park Set for Renovation By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

With the second ground-breaking within the past month since the inauguration of the water cut adjacent to the Maritime Museum, now it’s Plaza Parks turn. After more than 20 years of civic leaders like Anne Gusha, owner of Williams’ Book Store and Frank O’Brien, executive director of Harbor Watts Economic Development Corp., pushing for the historic bluff over the waterfront to be renovated, the park, between 7th and 13th streets and Beacon Street and Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro, will be improved in four phases.

Dubbed the Plaza Park Improvement Project, the first phase will replace the old crumbling asphalt and broken guardrails with concrete, new benches, drinking fountains, infrastructure for future lighting and slope irrigation. Vice chairman of the Harbor Commission, Dave Arian, is looking forward to the renovations, noting that he walks along Harbor Boulevard and up the stairs as part of his exercise on various mornings of the week. He noted that people would question where the money came from. In answer to critics of excessive port expansion,

Councilman Joe Buscaino, left, hands executive director of the L.A. Harbor Watts Economic Development Corp. and advocate for Plaza Park, Frank O’Brien, a proclamation recognizing his contribution to the park’s revitalization effort. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

he pointed out a container ship in the Harbor and said, “that’s where it comes from.” The $5 million improvement project is being funded by the Port of Los Angeles through the Community Aesthetic Mitigation Program, a $30 million commitment by the port to reduce

aesthetic impacts resulting from port operations. The project was also included as an off-site mitigation measure in the Environmental Impact Report for the expansion of the China Shipping Terminal.

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Earth Day will be month-long extravaganza of activities designed to connect the general public with nature and educate young volunteers about the environment and how to be great stewards of it at the White Point Nature Preserve. “This is our second anniversary that the land conservancy has been open and we have continued to host education programs for students and community members that visit,” Louis Olfarnes explained. “But the ongoing activities is also about showing the community that we are still open to the public despite White Point slide that shut down Paseo del Mar road.” On April 21, Palos Verdes Land Conservancy will be celebrating Earth Day with a family day of beautifying the Native Plant Garden, a guided ranger hike, a nature discovery scavenger hunt

and family crafts activity. It starts 9 a.m. Call (310) 541-7613 or visit www.pvplc.org for more information. On May 5, the Land Conservancy is hosting a bird walk at the George F Canyon Nature Preserve at 9 a.m. You don’t even have to bring binoculars, the conservancy will provide them for you. Later in the evening there will be full-moon hike in the canyon for those 9 years of age and older. The cost is $10 per person for this activity and requires you to reserve a spot. Details: (310) 541-7613, (310) 547-0862; www. pvplc.org Venue: George F. Canyon Nature Center, Location: 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates


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Managing Fisheries “One of the things that people are just starting to recognize is that you don’t really manage fish, you manage the effects of people on fish,” Bertelli said. “It’s a very, very important thing to understand. And, that’s not just fisherman. It’s people on land that create urban run-off into the ocean. Whether it is from our roads, construction sites, agricultural sites; all these things affect the ocean.” Ana Pitchon, an anthropology professor at California State University Dominguez Hill was recently awarded a grant to study ways to help fishermen develop new strategies that are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. “I realized that this is not just a localized problem. This is happening around the world,” she said. “In every small or large port or coastline in the world, fishermen are having difficulty with their craft.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Sea Grant and University of Southern California Sea Grant programs are funding the project as part of a larger $1 million coastal social science research initiative. “They are interested now in social science, particularly directed at maintaining coastal communities, sea food and the sustainability of the entire fishery; so that is inclusive of humans,” Pitchon explained. For the next two years, Pitchon and her coinvestigator on the project, James Hilger, will be looking at ways to increase the regional fishing economy’s market value. Hilger is a fisheries resource economist at NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in San Diego. The researchers will be using the Dungeness crab, the spot prawn, the Pacific sardine, and near-shore finfish species

as case studies. These are aquatic species that are most representative of fisheries along the entire coast of California, Oregon and Washington. These four local fisheries have the potential of becoming chief sources of in-demand seafood, but currently are not due to costly changes in catching methods, increased regulations and misperceptions about the quality of the seafood in the fisheries. Pitchon’s group will be paying attention to the ways fishing grounds are shrinking as a result of the increase number of protected marine arNew Strategies/ to p. 4

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New Strategies eas, increased restrictions on catches, pollution, and over-fishing. They hope to find new strategies to deal with those types of issues, which may include forming cooperatives as a way to market lower volume fisheries with a higher value, among other considerations. “It’s looking at…innovative ways that people can increase their standard of living, maintain sustainable resource space and enhance well being, quality of life for a sustainable fishing community, sustainable fisheries in general in California,” said Pitchon, who resides in Long Beach. Pitchon says she is particularly interested in working with fisheries in the Port of Los Angeles, noting that the Harbor Area is where she both lives and works. For Bertelli, the study is particularly important. Despite the benefits of cold-water fishing,

more regulations have had a significant impact on his ability to thrive. Some of those regulations includes the U.S. Coast Guard requiring fishing boats to be more equipped with more safety gear and better trained fishermen. In addition, there has been a reduction in the number of fishermen allowed to fish, and a reduction in the number of days fishermen are allowed to fish. Moreover, the Marine Life Protec-

Commercial fisherman Bob Bertelli is working with CSUDH professor Ana Pitchon on a two-year study to help make California fisheries more sustainable. Photo: Zamná Ávila.

Mayoral Hopeful Comes San Pedro

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Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, right, poses for a photo with Board Director of the Water Replenishment District Robert Katherman at Limani’s Taverna on 6th St. on April 12. Garcetti is amongst the leaders in the race according to early polling done by the Los Angeles. With Councilwoman Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Mayor Villaraigosa aide, Austin Beutner, and Supervisor Yaroslavsky still mulling a mayoral run, there’s still plenty of time for other candidates to jump in the race. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

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tion Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, took away a significant number of fishing grounds— fishing grounds where mostly shellfishes are harvested for example. “It’s something that people who thought this up never considered,” said Bertelli, who is involved in the politics of the local fishermen and as a result gained an understanding of the science and political science involved. “If they did consider it, they ignored it.” Pitchon said she recognizes that there are many factors that are impacting fishing communities and hopes that her research will help bridge the federal government’s interests in preserving the nation’s fishing stock and protecting the lively-hoods of fishermen like Bertelli. “There are so many problems affecting every single person involved in particularly small-scale fishing in the world that I thought that it is something as an anthropologist that I am passionate about and I don’t want to see disappear,” she said.


Global Warming and the Republican Brain— Harbor Captain Announces Transfer, Robberies Increase

San Pedro—Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division Capt. Billy Hayes announced, April 10, his plans to transfer to another department during the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council meeting. Some have speculated that Hayes’ transfer to the Robbery Homicide Division, which is in downtown Los Angeles, is a necessary step for an eventual promotion to chief of police. San Pedro has seen an 136 percent increase in the number of robberies and a 19.9 percent increase in the number of thefts this year, while violent crime is down compared to 2011. “The biggest issue that we see for crime in the San Pedro area so far this year and last year has been the continued increase in property crime,” Hayes said Capt. Nancy Lauer, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD, is expected to replace Hayes. She is completing a yearlong stint as captain of the Criminal Gang and Homicide Division and is expected to assume responsibility for the Harbor Division on April 22.

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Review: The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Don’t Believe in Science by Chris Mooney; Wiley 336 pages; $25.95 Science writer Chris Mooney’s first book, The Republican War on Science, was a 2005 New York Times bestseller which had its origins in anti-science Bush Administration policies that appalled the scientific community. The first such policy—to reverse a campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas—was taken within weeks of Bush taking office. At the time Mooney wrote that book, he believed it would change Republican attitudes and actions, and that the problem was one of education. But a 2008 Pew Research Center poll changed his mind. It showed more self-identified Republicans were rejecting the findings of climate science, even as the evidence was growing ever stronger. Worse still, it showed that collegeeducated Republicans were more inclined to reject the science than those without a college education. This was not about a lack of information, but a rejection of it—a pattern that showed up in other studies as well. This set Mooney off on a new quest to understand what was going on. The result is his new book, The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science. As Mooney discovered, there was a whole field of research devoted to trying to understand the differences between how liberals and conservatives process information, up to and including the findings of science—and the evidence from that field was overwhelming. It even includes evidence of biological differences in the brain. If conservatives and Republicans reject and deny science when it tells them things they don’t want to hear, then liberals and Democrats need to know and understand that, in order to begin adjusting their own thinking and political strategizing accordingly. But Mooney doesn’t argue that conservatives are stupid... or crazy as some on both sides of the political aisle assumed in response to a key 2003 survey, “Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition.” That survey, which analyzed 88 different studies across five decades drew increased attention to the field, which in turn has further strengthened and extended its findings. As described in a press release, it found that “some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include: fear and aggression; dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity; uncertainty avoidance; need for cognitive closure.” But two of the co-authors later explained that all the variables measured “normal cognitive and motivational functioning” and that liberals and conservatives both could be characterized in positive or negative terms. Mooney’s approach is virtually identical to this. He even points to recent research that strongly suggests liberals are mistaken to think that the purpose of human reason is to discover scientific truths about the world. Rather, it seems that human reasoning skills developed in the context of making persuasive arguments, making our reasoning more like that of lawyers than of scientists. If true—and the evidence seems compelling—it would mean that conservatives are being “perfectly reasonable” in a sense, when they argue politically against well-founded sci-

Chris Mooney’s The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science follows up his 2005 best seller The Republican War on Science.

ence, even though they’re still wrong on the facts. Being able to deal with conservatives being right about reason in one sense, while being wrong in another, is a perfect example of the sort of complexity, nuance and/or ambiguity that liberals are much more comfortable with than conservatives are. Mooney’s book handles this and two other key issues of complexity well. One is the interaction of different explanatory frameworks— most notably how the political environment and cognitive factors interact—which he handles through careful consideration of various specific examples. The second issue is how to make sense of a bewildering array of scientific studies for a general audience, which he handles by employing the broadest applicable framework, that of personality research and its “Big Five” traits, two of which, “openness to experience” and “conscientiousness” map very well onto liberalism and conservatism respectively. Thus, conservatism is not simply a relative lack of desirable traits like intellectual flexibility, curiosity and creativity. It’s also the presence of orderliness, structure, discipline and goal-orientation—all qualities important to the practice of science. This is where Mooney is headed, in a larger sense. America’s political polarization today is partly driven by cognitive differences between liberal and conservative, and partly driven by the political environment and its historical development. It’s quite plausible that those different cognitive styles evolved to be complimentary to one another and that a healthy society would integrate the two much more than it would set them at odds, the way our politics currently does. Given today’s state of affairs, Mooney argues, it will be up to liberals to lead the way toward a more collaborative state, at least initially and to do so by being more conservative at the cognitive and attitudinal level. For example, liberals need to be more focused and disciplined in pushing their political agenda, finding ways to limit their tendencies to debate finer points till the cows come home. After reading the book, I asked Mooney specifically about ways that this might apply to the issue of global warming. Since Random Lengths has written before about re-insurance companies and the military’s deep concerns about global warming, that’s where we began. “I firmly believe in the approach of making allies with conservative forces, religious leaders, the military. I think all of that is a smart way of trying to get traction on the issue,” Mooney re-

sponded. “Appealing to the people who are essentially concerned in a conservative way about environmental stability.” “That’s a phrase from Rick Santorum,” Mooney quickly pointed out. “We frame environmental issues in such a left-wing way all the time. And we limit our audience so badly because of that… the potential to engage everybody is really huge, once you start talking about how it affects the stability of your life, where you live. That’s of course what the military is concerned about, too. And that’s what the re-insurers are concerned about, too.” “So we’ve been talking about it in this leftwing, environmental catastrophe frame, which is polar bears, stuff like that. It’s so the wrong way to do it.” Even the smartest strategy faces long odds, Mooney pointed out. “America’s so polarized that no matter what you do, honestly, if FOX News decides it smells a rat, and decides to go on the attack, then it’s not going to matter... They can ruin the best communication strategy. Green jobs was supposed to be bipartisan. Cap and trade was supposed to be bipartisan. Not any more. You know, renewable energy is private industry. Don’t we care about that if we’re conservatives? Not any more... Everything in the Obama administration gets turned into a war.” There is one way that holds some promise—focusing locally, below the national political radar. “That’s where all the smart money is going in terms of engaging people, and everyone is wondering why we didn’t do that 20 years ago,” Mooney said. “People care about that kind of stuff... [Focusing on] Polar bears is essentially the worst thing you could ever do. Future generations. You make it distant in space you make it distant in time. And then you wonder why nobody cares. “But, when you get a heatwave like we had in March, then the door is wide open— wide open to make it count for everybody living across the country and make them actually feel it. People know there’s something crazy going on with the weather. They know it. No misinformation campaign can really take that realization away, I don’t think. ” When it comes to solving the biggest challenge facing humanity, Mooney may not have the answers all figured out. But he’s shown 5 the way toward asking the right questions.

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Los Angeles—The Community Development Department recently announced that the Harbor Gateway Communities State Enterprise Zone has received its Final Designation from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Effective May 1, state tax credits and deductions and city business incentives will be available. Incentives include a 35 percent Department of Water and Power electric rate discount for new businesses; a state tax credit worth up to $37,400 within five years for hiring local or disadvantaged workers; and a credit for 100 percent of sales and use taxes for purchasing qualified machinery and electronic devices. The purpose of the Enterprise Zone is to stimulate the local economy, and put local residents to work. This past year, Gov. Jerry Brown called for repealing the State Enterprise Zones believing that $500 million per annum investment bought meager returns. Though the Enterprise Zones weren’t a part of the governor’s budget proposal for this fiscal year, the California Association of Enterprise Zones has been working with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the governor’s office to reform the popular program. Within the Los Angeles City limits, the Harbor

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Long Beach—District 4 City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell and community activist Daryl Supernaw are headed to a June runoff election, after a recount of the April 10 ballot. Supernaw received 1,218 votes, taking 33.46 percent of the vote, while O’Donnell netted 1,205 votes, for 33.1 percent. Retired Long Beach police officer John Watkins had 1,166, for 32.03 percent of the vote. The initial results from election night showed just a 40-vote difference among the three candidates, with Supernaw in first place and O’Donnell leading Watkins by only four votes. On April 13, Long Beach City Clerk Larry Herrera’s staff counted a remaining 1,843 citywide provisional and vote-by-mail ballots, which resulted in the same finishing order for District 4. Before that count was even finished, Herrera had ordered the recount for April 14. Although O’Donnell ran as a write-in candidate for a third term, in the runoff election his name will appear on the ballot. If he wins, he will be the first member of the council to win a third term since voters approved term limits in 1992. Mayor Beverly O’Neill was elected to a third term in 2002. District 4 includes the Los Altos community and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Karen Teegarden from Birmingham, Michigan and Desiree Jordan from New York were some ticked off folks that wanted to do something about what they were seeing. “We didn’t have anything planned out,” Teegarden explained. “We just knew we wanted to do something.” She made a Facebook group page at 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Later that same morning she had 500 requests to join. “In hindsight this is crazy,” Teegarden said. “It was done very innocently... It began with two people who were mad and felt they had to do something. We woke up one morning and posted this call to action on our Facebook wall and the walls of like-minded people and it spread from there. “Oh my God, the kinds of personal messages that were sent were just amazing. Telling their stories, why was it important to them and thank goodness someone decided to do this.”

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Edge of Outrage Facebook. Lear was drawn in when one of her Facebook friends posted a War on Women logo with links to personhood news stories from states attempting to pass legislation to give the unborn rights independent of the mother’s reproductive rights. It was how Lear linked up with Karen Teegarden, the founder of the national organization of Unite Against the War on Women, as well as the women who would become her compatriots in organizing the Los Angeles April 28 rally: Nanette Harrison along with core volunteers, Deborah Favorite and Melissa Stephens. Harrison, whose normally hectic schedule as a freelance television producer would usually prohibit her involvement, began following Facebook postings and links regarding personhood legislation across the country. With the slowdown in

freelance assignments, Harrison started keying in to the conversation women across the country. “Links were being posted to news stories of what’s been happening in Tennessee, Arizona, Virginia and Pennsylvania,” she said. “I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe it. “Really? We’re going back to this issue again? Wasn’t that all settled back in the 70s? I literally got drawn into it.”

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This movement began well before Limbaugh’s X-rated slut tirade against Sandra Fluke. People were already plenty pissed. Americans wondered, ‘Where’s the outrage?” Limbaugh’s outburst was just icing on the cake. Unite Against the War on Women co-founders

They were joined by some others who were getting ready to do something very similar before they saw what Teegarden was doing. “They gave me their skill set, ‘Just tell me what you need me to do,’” Teegarden explained. “I did this not knowing what we were going to do. Within days we had a structure in place. We started separate state Facebook pages so that people could begin organizing specifically within their state.” There was already a rally set for April 28 in Washington, D.C. intended for Washington D.C. Teegarden noted that rallies held in Washington, D.C. are intended to speak to the nation as a whole rather than speak for the district itself. There will be a larger “We Are Woman” march on Washington, D.C. in September, organized by its founder, Erin Nanasi. Teegarden noted that the anger about the legislation and rhetoric had been rising for more

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March Was U.S. Hottest Month On Record--Signal of Coming Global Warming

March was the hottest US month on record, with over 14,000 new local high temperature records set, including 21 locations where daily low temperatures were warmer than the previous record high temperature for that day, according to data from the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). . Almost all records were set east of the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, 44 locations broke daily “warmest high temperature” records by at least 22°F; 29 locations broke daily “warmest low temperature” records by at least 22°F; 55 locations broke daily “warmest high temperature” records that were at least 115 years old; 68 locations broke daily “warmest low temperature” records that were at least 115 years old; and 41 locations broke or tied 18 or more daily records during the month.


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Toll Drivers Join Teamsters Union By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

Drivers from Toll trucking were still celebrating their victory in having their newly formed union recognized by the company a day after drivers voted 45 to 15 to unionize under the Teamsters Union. The vote capped a yearlong effort to get recognition and improve working conditions. Toll Group is a global Australian-based logistics company with a Wilmington distribution yard. The company handles brand-name fashion imports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Coral Itzcalli is an organizer with the Change to Win labor federation, whose efforts to organize American workers includes a focus on port truckers. Itzcalli noted that Toll drivers talked to management first before seeking out the Teamsters to address working conditions and treatment at the company. “They asked management to do something about those filthy outhouses, those port-o-potties that never have toilet paper and (are) never cleaned out,” Itzcalli explained. Itzcalli, who has been working with the union organizers within the past year explained that the drivers were not allowed to use the break-room or the company’s indoor bathrooms. “The company’s security guards could use them; the dispatchers could use them, but the

Xiomara Pérez Barragam in the Center with fellow drivers a day after vote deciding they’ll join the Teamsters Union. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

drivers could not use them,” Itzcalli explained. “It was like such separate but unequal treatment. It was atrocious. The drivers tried to speak with their employers directly. It didn’t work. “…When it comes to fashion in Los Angeles, it has to arrive on time. Therefore the company have to use employees rather than independent contractors in order to more tightly control the

transportation of the goods.” Employers across industries, like Toll Group, misclassify their employees as independent contractors to cut costs and avoid paying taxes. The result of this misclassification is that these disguised employees are left outside the protection of most labor and employment laws. Toll Drivers/ to p. 10

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Harbor Area NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke Speaks at ECC NASA astronaut and El Camino College alumnus Edward Michael “Mike” Fincke will be the guest speaker at the college’s annual Space Science Day 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21, at the school’s planetarium. Serious-minded science students in grades five through 12 are invited to attend this free event. This past spring, Fincke served as mission specialist on the final flight of space shuttle Endeavour. He has a total of 381 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes in orbit and has logged 48 hours and 37 minutes of extra-vehicular activity time on nine spacewalks. Students attending Space Science Day will have the opportunity to listen to Fincke’s presentation and will also participate in classroom workshops and demonstrations led by professors, students, guests from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and other institutions. Students will also try a variety of hands-on science activities and experiments, including the traditional egg drop competition, where students attempt to build the perfect apparatus that will let an egg drop from a rooftop without breaking when it lands. Details: (310) 660-3487 Venue: El Camino College Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. The Dalai Lama Visits Long Beach The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will be delivering a public talk on ‘Peace of Mind in Troubled Times,’ starting at 1:30 p.m. April 21, at the Long Beach Arena at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. This event is hosted by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Long Beach. The speech will cover how to cultivate generosity, humility, and equanimity—universal themes that have made him one of the world’s most beloved spiritual teachers. A tireless advocate of social jusAnnouncements/ to p. 10

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Anyone who has spent time driving the neighborhoods of San Pedro knows the frustration of driving down some street and having one of your neighbors double-parked, blocking the lane just to drop-off or pick up somebody right in front of their house. Especially when there is a perfectly good parking space not 20 feet away. It is annoying how oblivious they are. Yet it happens so often that it is just taken for granted as a part of the culture of doing things here. In other words, it’s considered “normal,” even though inconsiderate and actually illegal. I’ve never seen anyone get a ticket for it. People generally have the best excuses for being oblivious, like picking up their children or an aging grandmother and not wishing them to walk too far. But hey, why not park the car, get out and help them the extra few yards? I only mention this because this obliviousness is kind of symbolic for the way San Pedro and much of the greater Los Angeles area operates. We spend a great deal of time avoiding getting stuck behind people who are parked and not moving. The congenital rush-hour traffic jamb on the 405 Freeway is a worst-case extension of how oblivious we are in pursuit of our own individual lives, making things chaotic for everyone else. Mass transit is an option, but as most of us who have lived here for any length of time know, it’s never been quite effective unless you are without a car and have to use it. We vote for transit funding and bullet trains knowing this is logical, but the benefits are years if not decades in the making, especially here in the southern part of Los Angeles. It would make all the sense in the world to connect LAX to the Port of LA by light rail to facilitate the half million cruise ship passengers a year and to get area residents to and from the airport without getting into their cars. There’s even an existing rail line that could be used, but there is no coordinated political will to pursue this solution, even though there is “a plan” residing in some office of the now defunct Community Redevelopment Agency Los Angeles. Like most things, they don’t get fixed unless they’re broken. So we will wait until there is gridlock on the 405 24-7 and we say hello? However, getting to the breaking point may come sooner than expected with the arrival of the USS Iowa to the Port of Los Angeles with the addition of the Crafted center and a bunch of summer events that the Port has planned that will bring the throngs from

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everywhere who will attempt to “rediscover San Pedro.” If any of the planned (or yet unplanned events) draw the kinds of crowds that past Tall Ships or Navy Days events have, the Harbor Freeway may end up looking like a parking lot south of the 405 on certain days. Meanwhile, the Port and the USS Iowa, scheduled to arrive in mid-May 2012 and open by June 24, continue to discuss the litany of permits that they’ll need pursuant to them actually getting a lease at the port. Everyone is scrambling to get ready for this grandest of events and expectations are running high. Will there be enough parking and can there be signage to it directing tourists to the down town area? How are the various groups coordinating their marketing efforts and are all the players in this loose confederacy of tourism and commerce actually sharing information? Or will some of them simply park their car in the street to pickup grandma? I’m not sure that anyone is actually prepared for this summer to be wildly successful, even with all of the assurances being made. The merchants of Sixth Street seem to be especially unprepared. They have been promised so many times in the past that one thing or the other is going to be

Politico’s Matt Wuerker has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. The board gave the journalism/arts award to Wuerker—Politico’s editorial cartoonist and illustrator since the launch of the publication—for “his consistently fresh, funny cartoons, especially memorable for lampooning the partisan conflict that engulfed Washington,” an announcement stated April 16. This is the first Pulitzer for Politico, which recently marked its fifth year of publication. Wuerker, originally from Rancho Palos Verdes and regularly featured in Random Lengths News, was honored with the Herblock Prize in 2010.

“huge!” And it turned out to be for naught. There are a lot of things coming into place that just might, and I repeat… “might” change the face of San Pedro, its waterfront and the rough edged reputation that the rest of Los Angeles relegates to Pedro. How the “spin” about this town will be manipulated by all of the cyber jockeys, bloggers,

PR pros and media boosters is anyone’s guess. But one thing is certain, we will have a very big ship parked by the side of the main channel for the fore seeable future and somebody is going to take notice! Luckily, it won’t be double parked waiting to pick someone up with its lights flashing!

The Commercialization of News By Doug Spero, www.editorandpublisher.com

On the evening of Jan. 19, the American people were treated to an interview on “Nightline” with Marianne Gingrich, former wife of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. The interview was promoted to reveal scandalous details about the character of Mr. Gingrich in a blatant attempt to railroad his political ambitions. The bigger issue here is not the details of the “he said, she said” interview, but rather the behavior of a specific news network acting carelessly and unethically. As a veteran network news reporter and news director, I was ashamed of my profession. Ethically, this particular news network showed a blatant disregard and lack of respect for the codes of ethics that govern the business. This interview was nothing but a cheap political shot intended to derail Gingrich’s campaign. Why on Earth would any news network stoop to Publisher/Executive Editor James Preston Allen james@randomlengthsnews.com Assoc. Publisher/Production Coordinator Suzanne Matsumiya info@graphictouchdesigns.com

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this level? The issue may be two-fold. First and foremost, this was done for ratings. I, however, would argue that any short-term ratings boost could easily backfire, as Gingrich is capable of dressing down “gotcha” questions from reporters. All news networks want scoops, but news executives and producers need to make decisions on what to air very carefully. Second, it’s hard to look past the perceived bias of national news networks. As someone who worked for two of the big three news networks, for 25 years in New York, I never observed or was part of a liberal bias. However, making the decision to run this interview shortly before the South Carolina primary is unethical, politically charged, and furthers the idea that network news is “in the tank” for Democrats. And it’s hard to argue with that. After all, when is the last time

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a major news network pulled this kind of a stunt with a Democrat? The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) both have codes of ethics that govern behavior by news organizations. Airing this interview violates multiple clauses of both the SPJ and RTDNA codes of ethics. For example, the SPJ ethics code says journalists should “diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing.” I know ABC investigators tried to get a comment from the Gingrich campaign, but the request was denied. Why would Gingrich’s campaign want to comment on a program that had already indicted him? It is impossible for Gingrich’s campaign to be continued on following page

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Community Alerts Occupy L.A. General Strike on May Day

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Occupy Los Angeles, in concert with Occupy movements across the country, is organizing for the International Day of Labor rallies. Occupy LA is organizing around the “4 Winds” concept where supporters will travel to downtown Los Angeles from the East, West, North, and South through the “People’s Power Car and Bike Caravan.” These caravans cars and bikes, occupiers and unions, aim to highlight “society’s ills, past and present.” “People from all sectors of the city will have a chance to plug in to the routes from any corner of the city, helping to shut down the flow of capital while addressing the 99%’s major grievances.” The caravans will stop at flashpoints along the way. Flash occupations, food giveaways, and other direct actions targeting the foreclosure crisis and police brutality will be undertaken at these flashpoints on our slow, city-paralyzing, carnival-esque descent into the center of the city. The caravans will converge, at 2:30 p.m., at 6th and Main streets. There will be a People’s Print Lab, a Welcome Tent, and a Wellness Tent that will shine a light on LA’s homeless issues, feeding Skid Row residents. Details: http://www. occupymay1st.org/

Ethics

An Un-Islamic beheading

When California executed C.R.I.P.S founder Jame(sic) “Tookie” Williams the world spoke up. When Georgia took the life of Troy Davis, people across the globe protested. When Pennsylvania tried to kill Mumia Abu Jamal, human rights activists around the world took to the streets. Yet when Saudi Arabia savagely beheaded Aminah bin Salem Nasser the silence, the lack of outrage, was deafening.

Daryl Supernaw Statement on the Run-off

I have a lot of faith in the voters of the 4th District, and I believed they would support a truly independent candidate if only given the opportunity. Last Tuesday, they chose community advocacy and term limits over special interests and negative campaigning, and I would like to thank them for their votes.

I would also like to thank John Watkins for stepping forward to serve and for his perseverance throughout the campaign. Moving ahead, I plan on continuing my positive, issues-driven campaign until the June 5th runoff election. Tuesday’s election also illustrated one very important point. I received more votes than either of my opponents while spending a fraction of the money they spent on their campaigns. I believe this is the type of operational efficiency voters would like to see at city hall. Daryl Supernaw Long Beach

No True Win for District 2

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the elected receive congratulatory concession calls from their opponents, or some public statement made along those lines. Last night’s turnout resulted in less than 5% of our district coming out to vote, which is not something Suja Lowenthal or anyone else deserves to be congratulated for. The voter turnout expresses a clear message: Our residents feel ambivalent, that they won’t be listened to by their locally elected officials, and that their votes don’t matter. I hope Ms. Lowenthal reflects on this fact and takes the election turnout—and not her reelection—as the message her constituents have sent. Ninety-five percent of the people she is supposed to have represented for the last 6 years felt their voices would

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Release of the Bay of Pigs Volumes Would “Confuse the Public.”

Last year, under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the National Security Archive, the CIA released three of the four volumes of its history of the Bay of Pigs that were not already public. It is arguing in federal court that it should be allowed to keep the last volume secret, because releasing it would “confuse the public.” Of course not confusing the public has always been the CIA’s highest priority. That’s why they never do sneaky things. —Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

his personal life have not been made public until now—less than 35 hours before the South Carolina primary. Timing is everything, and producers should have exercised better judgment before airing this interview. Where were they a month or two ago? It is unfortunate when news networks themselves become the story. News agencies that serve the public should strive to never become the story. The story should have been about the contents of the interview. Now, the main question surrounds why the interview aired in the first place. It was also regrettable that CNN chose to ask Gingrich about this controversy as the lead question of the debate Thursday night when there are so many national and international issues that have more meaning to the American public than dealing with an ex-wife and her personal issues. I am not saying that character issues should be left out of

presidential debates. We need a strong independent press to investigate that aspect. What I am opposed to is the method with which it was done. ABC’s “Nightline” program took the form of a political witch-hunt. We as consumers must demand more accountability from our news agencies. The timing of when this interview aired was more than unfortunate. Television producers deliberately tried to write the history books, and that is shameful. ABC and CNN need to exercise some institutional control over their newscasts and employees. Perhaps a refresher course on the code of ethics for journalists is due at both broadcast news headquarters. I believe what has happened would have Murrow, Cronkite, and Jennings turning over in their graves. Doug Spero, professor of mass communication at Mereit College in Raleigh, N.C., spent 30 years in network television and local news at CBS and NBC. He was also a local news director for two ABC affiliates.

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able to react reasonably within 35 hours after the interview has aired. In this case, the news organization is the judge and jury. The airing of this interview did not allow for a proper hearing and response from the Gingrich camp. In one sense, all a network has to do is create enough doubt surrounding a candidate and the damage is done. For Gingrich, this in fact, might be the blow that ends his campaign, or for that matter, it may backfire and be the ignition point he needs to overcome his opposition. The RTDNA code of ethics says that journalists and producers should “provide a full range of information to enable the public to make enlightened decisions.” This part of the public trust was violated when the interview aired. It’s no secret that Gingrich has had multiple marriages, but major details of

Excellent article by Hector Becerra on the Dodgers and Chavez ravine, (“Told to Sacrifice,” LA Times, April 5). He fails to mention the two water fountains on opening day and that Walter O’Malley took his tax case to the Board of Supervisors. The Tax Assessors placed the value of his holdings at $7.1 million. He claimed a little over $4 million was fair. Would you believe he lost! And the comments of former Councilwoman Roz Wyner that it was the first time in Los Angeles that, “this town pulled together for something. The Dodgers brought the city together.” A referendum to block the takeover of public land was put to a vote. Over 600,000 votes were cast. The Dodgers won by a margin of less than 2 percent. Val Rodriguez Signal Hill

healed the blind and the lepers with My permission” (5:110). It seems that Jesus, if he were alive today in Saudi Arabia, would be in danger of decapitation by the government. Amir Fatir Smyrna, Delaware

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Whether innocent or not, Tookie, Troy and Mumia were at least accused of taking a life. Aminah was never even accused of harming anyone. Her only “crime” was that she healed people. She was a natural healer who was so good at her work that she became threat to the Saudi Shaykhs’ monopoly on mind control over the masses. Reminiscent of the Sanhedrin’s manipulation of Rome to crucify Jesus, the Saudi Wahahi clerics go the government to do their dirty work and decapitate Aminah bin Salem Nasser. Officially, they accused her of witchcraft which is illegal under the corrupt and deviant Saudi version of Islamic law. It really should be called unIslamic law since much of it goes exactly opposite to the tenets of the Quran. For example, in the 1980’s the Saudis executed a Saudi princess for marrying a Muslim man, but a man who wasn’t considered good enough by the rulers. They declared the marriage illegal and the princess an adulteress. Yet the Quran never authorized execution for adultery. Under real Islamic law, the punishment for adultery is set out in Quranic surah 24, verse 2: “The adulteress and the adulterer, flog each of them with a hundred stripes.” There is no Quranic injunction against healing. All the prophets are examples for Muslims to emulate and Jesus is supposed to be a highly revered prophet in Islam. Like Aminah, Jesus was a great healer. The Quran states that Allah spoke to Jesus and said, “You

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Amy Adams: Aquarianist By Danny Simon, Special to Random Lengths News Transfixed by the wonders of the sea behind glass, visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific miss out on the lives behind the walls: the aquarianists. Amy Adams leads me past the climate change exhibit to a steel door beyond which lies a curling corridor lined with trays and tanks of sea jellies at various stages of development. With the pumps purring behind her voice, Adams explains the life cycle of Chyrosora Pacifica and I am lost in wonder. Having neither a brain, a central nervous system, nor the means for self propulsion, these tiny orange and white jellies seem too vulnerable to survive fate, and yet, their evolution stopped millions of years ago. Is it possible that they are tied together through an organic Internet and are collectively part of a larger entity named Frank? “Maybe,” Adams answers with a smile. Good science requires an acceptance of tedium and there’s little time for wonder when

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Toll Drivers

April 20 - May 3, 2012

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At Toll Group, “drivers enjoyed the status of employees in name only,” Itzcalli said. “The drivers began unionizing and demanded that their union be recognized.” Management responded with a huge antiunion campaign. They employed union busting tactics where employees were allegedly forced to

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there’s so much practical work to do. Adams follows a check list everyday: feedings, tank cleanings, and water testing, more feedings, monitoring of breeding cycles...The responsibilities are endless and her jellies are totally dependent upon her following that list. Denver is far from the oceans of Adam’s childhood dreams. Raised in an “all-American family” that continues to be loving and supportive, her brother and she were competitive students and athletes. But, while Adam’s lithe frame was ideal for running track, she loathed it and by senior year, she was head cheerleader. Academically, she was intrigued by science and after a class trip to Hawaii to study marine biology and ecology, Adams found her calling in the seas and eventually found her way to study at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The Hawaiian word, “haole,” has many meanings including a sense of rootlessness,

sit through long meetings giving the companies to state its case against forming a union. “They used intimidation tactics such as following drivers in unmarked cars, waiting for drivers to make a mistake,” Itzcalli explained. Driver Xiomara Pérez Barragam, one of Toll driver’s chief organizers, was fired this past month after the company employed such tactics. “One day I had an emergency,” Barragam explained. “I’m a professional driver and I know it

Amy Adams is an aquarianist at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Photo: Danny Simon.

which may apply to many mainland transplants who originate from assimilated cultures. Adams’ loose connection to her Polish heritage didn’t prepare her for the primacy of Hawaiian culture, the vital nexus for many of the locals she lived with at the university dorms. But like the respectful scuba diver she later became working on dive was better to stop because I was sick. I stopped my truck and I parked in a secure place and went into the McDonalds to use the restroom. I was in there for 10 minutes. I was in there 10 minutes or less when I got a call from management and they asked me, “Why did you stop” Management later called her into office and told her that she broke the rules. She asked what rules did she break. “‘What do you want me to do? I’m sick,” Barragam asked management. ‘Can you explain to me the rules or the laws that I broke.’ I continued working because no one had said anything after the incident.” “You always know they’re going to go after the vocal leaders,” Itzcalli explained. Several complaints have lodged against Toll Group with the National Labor Relation Board. “This was a huge win for port truck drivers period.” Itzcalli noted that the Obama administration has been cracking down on misclassification. On the state level in California, Senate Bill 459 was implemented which levies fines on employers that willfully misclassify their workers.

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Harbor Area from p. 7 tice and nonviolence, the Dalai Lama continues to travel widely to promote a more open, just and democratic world. The Tibetan leader officially devolved his political leadership this past year, but remains the head of Tibetan Buddhism. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Ticket prices are $20, $37, $64, and $94. Details: (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com Health and Nutrition Mobile Unit Long Beach The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services has instituted a new “office on wheels,” and one of their first stops takes place, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20, on the campus of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach to reach out to clients of the C.A.R.E. Program. County Eligibility Workers will be on hand to interview potentially eligible individuals and families and process their CalFresh (the new “food stamps” card) and/or Medi-Cal applications on-site. Details: (562) 624-4919

boats chartered out of Kona, Adams gracefully jumped into the culture and was rewarded with kindness. Given her athletic nature, Adams found an unlikely focus studying invertebrates and coral. After completing a bachelor in science with a focus on marine science, Adams moved to Kona and worked as a guide taking tourists to visit Kealakekua Bay, a guarded nature preserve and the site of British explorer Captain James Cook’s demise. Despite warnings to respect the fragile ecology, many tourists often ignored Adams and learned the hard way. “A good thing about coral,” Adams says dryly, “is that people get cut when they touch it.” Drawn by the allure of adventure and a high paying salary, Adams left the cozy warmth of Hawaii for the frigid cold of Alaska to work as an observer on pollack trawlers—the meat of McDonald’s Fillet-O-Fish—for the National Marine Fisheries, which monitors the catch of fishing boats to preserve both the fishing industry and the species it depends upon every season; albeit likely fraught with difficulty, this arrangement seems a sound model of economically driven environmentalism. Like sea jellies, most scientists are at the mercy of the mercurial economic tides and so they wander until they get eaten or get stuck on a rock. Adams moved again to serve as an aquarianist at Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. Adams loved the city, but wanted to settle down somewhere affordable yet still urban, so she was happy when the currents brought her to live in Long Beach and work at the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2004. Sea jellies mate by emitting a cloud of eggs or sperm. If those clouds meet and an egg becomes fertilized, it falls to the ocean floor where it becomes a polyp, or a baby making factory. The polyp creates a stack of discs, or ephyra, and when the top one is mature, it pops off and floats away, a young jelly in the medusa stage. Disappointingly conventional, although scientists often resemble their subjects, Adams and her husband, the Aquarium’s vet, quietly courted, married and later produced a daughter who is cared for part time by Adams’ retired parents. Life at the aquarium is like living in a fishbowl, and so the couple finds privacy at lunch and during their daily commute. After a day of science and sea jelly care, Adams finds zen in the mundane. “I vacuum,” laughs Adams.

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not matter. I campaigned with one goal. Rather than winning, my main concern was to shine a light on the failures of Suja Lowenthal’s past 6 years in office. I believe in that endeavor I succeeded, taking the ‘Anyone But Suja’ discussion from the constraints of comments sections of online news stories and out into the open for at least 185 people to recognize and respond to. Unfortunately I misjudged the value of money in elections, or I’m sure we could have activated and inspired many more residents. It is with this lesson in mind and my doubts for Suja Lownthal’s ability to recognize the true message of this election, that I am announcing today my intent to form a Super PAC with one simple goal. The PAC will spend the next two years fundraising to ensure Suja Lowenthal does not become the next mayor of Long Beach. My campaign’s pages will be used to turn as many of our supporters into donors as possible, and I fully intend to earn the support of Ms. Ballentyne’s supporters for the PAC as well. We have 2 years to prep for Suja Lowenthal’s mayoral run, and at least 9 months before we can pursue a recall election (which the pack will only pursue if we can find a truly outstanding candidate we’d like to back who’s willing to step up on the districts behalf). Mike Kamer, Former District 2 candidate Long Beach


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an Pedro audiences saw Kristin Towers-Rowles most recently in the delightful production of Kiss Me Kate at the Warner Grand Theatre in February 2011. She’ll be back in town, April 20 through May 26, in Panache, the comedy opening at Little Fish Theatre, starring the husband and wife team Holly Baker-Kreiswirth and Bill Wolski. Panache, a screwball comedy by playwright Don Gordon, tells the story of a woman who wants the word “PANACHE” for her car license and has to get it from the man who already has the plate on his car. A Scarsdale socialite and a Brooklyn fry-cook meet and things are not what they seem in this screwball comedy that takes language seriously. Little Fish Theatre’s award-winning Managing Director Stephanie Coltrin directs the play. Since Kate this past year (she was also in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for Relevant Stage at the Warner’s before Kate) Towers-Rowles has been busy with her three children, all daughters: Ryanna, age 7, Makalya, 6 and Amelya, 4. She has been a full-time mother. Her husband, Ryan Rowles, is busy, too, producing My Fair Lady for his school this weekend. (He is arts chairman there.) And, sure, she has appeared occasionally on stage in a few plays since then: Sunday in the Park with George (which won her an award for best actress in a musical from Stage Scene LA); The Chantilly Sisters; Once Upon a Mattress (in Torrance, another Scenie Award-winner); Little Women; Victor, Victoria; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and Jacques Brell is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She also won a Scenie for Kiss Me, Kate. Oh, and don’t forget her own one woman show, A Lovely Lineage, which she has done at Vitello’s in North Hollywood and in Palm Springs. She will reprise that show at Vitello’s next month. And, to cap it all she was named “Breakthrough Musical Theatre Performer of the Year” for 2011 by Stage Scene L.A. “I’m just a working mom,” Towers-Rowles said during an in-car conversation while driving to a San Pedro rehearsal this week. “The difference is that I don’t work in a cubicle somewhere: I work on stage.” But, she has to admit, “My life is a little crazy.” Unless she is too far way to make it home (she has been rehearsing in Indio recently and sometimes couldn’t face the

drive home late at night) she drives home every night and gets up every morning to deal with the everyday problems of life like breakfast for the children and her husband, the laundry, shopping and cleaning, and then goes to rehearsal or performances. Husband Ryan is very supportive and they have also developed a large coterie of friends and relatives to help with child care and not one but two schedules impacted by the theater. The children are already getting into the business. Their 6-yearold daughter already has callbacks for national commercials. For many families, this might seem a little too much. But for Towers-Rowles, it is a family tradition that goes back more than 60 years. Both of her parents were actors (her father still performs, sometimes with her.) Her grandmother was the Metro-GoldwynMayer star Kathryn Grayson (of Kiss Me, Kate and other big musicals,) and Tower-Rowles was on stage when she was a child. She won awards at Hollywood High School Performing Arts Magnet and went to the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York on a scholarship. After graduation, she began a career that included national and international tours, including work on cruise ships and a year-long stint directing for the Sierra Rep Co., all from a base in Los Angeles. But on one national tour she injured her back and was told she’d never work again. For most people that would be the end of the road. For Towers-Rowles it just signaled a change. She decided that her life had been too hectic, and decided to “just be” for a while. She got marContinued on page 16.

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Wine Dinners at Utopia Long Beach

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he Marlborough district in New Zealand is taurant in Long Beach has showcased the exciting like Point Fermin, damp, gray and often overcast wines of Kim Crawford and the Marlborough and gloomy. Sunbathers may find the condi- Region in one of an on-going series of winemaker tions a bit grim, but the moisture, rocky soil and dinners, and will continue to offer the wines. The proximity to the ocean offer an ideal situation winemaker series is a fabulous bargain, with a for the production of legendary Kim Crawford four course menu accompanied by the appropriate Sauvignon Blanc. wines for an online price of $45 per person. This small area of the South Island of New The first course of succulent grilled shrimp Zealand gave birth to the infant Kiwi wine indus- with homemade ginger sesame sauce was beautitry in the ’80s, and Kim Crawford was part of the fully partnered with Kim Crawford’s signature unconventional delivery. Screw tops on the wine Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the crisp and cool bottles were considered vulgar and indicative of a award winner. The second course of flavorful arulower priced vintage. Crawford and others in the gula and strawberry papaya salad was dressed with fledgling vineyards saw the alternate technology tangy citrus merlot dressing and ably matched with as a saving device, and the industry favorite Crawthat 10 percent product Order Utopia’s fine coffee for ford Marlborough Charloss savings gave the New donnay. Kim Crawford was a splendid taste sensation with at the wine industry cutting Zealanders an advantage over other wine produc- the tiramisu’ and port. edge when he started making regions in the world. ing Chardonnay without The global wine glut of the past decade has been “oaking” the wine, or storing and aging it in oak tough on every winery, but the wine from down barrels. This radical change in wine fashion creunder has risen above and maintains a respected ated the current wave of “un-oaked” chardonnays. presence on the world wine stage. The third course of gorgeous baby lamb chops The fresh and fruity wine coming from New with rosemary port reduction and garlic mashed Zealand is drinkable, cheerful and light and won- potatoes was set up with Triplebank Marlborderful with food. Old world industry constraints ough Pinot Noir. The wine is full of flavor and and snobberies have been cast aside in its produc- fruit, a good date for the rare lamb. Utopia’s own tion. Young generations of winemakers make the homemade tiramisu’ is packed with espresso and pairing of wine and food a creative and colorful velvety whipped cream, blessed with bittersweet undertaking, mating whites with seafood and fruit chocolate and paired with Sandeman 20-year-old and red with red meat in a traditional fashion while Tawny Port. Smooth and silky, the aged port gives Continued on page 13. matching new flavors and textures. Utopia Res-


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the decadent sweet a real run for its money. Order Utopia’s fine coffee for a splendid taste sensation with the tiramisu’ and port. The winemaker series dinner gives the diner an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the wines with a representative of the winery. Eric Granit was a font of wine knowledge, overflowing with information about the wines and the winery and open to inquiry and wine conversation. His presence made the dinner party interesting, full of fun and spontaneity. Utopia Restaurant will offer an Italian winemaker dinner at 7 p.m. May 10, featuring the excellent wines of the Bolgheri and Chianti appellations. The winemaker dinner menu will offer fresh salad Caprese with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and extra virgin olive oil, then grilled salmon with raspberry wine reduction, with a third course of handmade lobster ravioli with a luxurious creamy wine sauce. Appropriate wines will accompany each course. Sensuous homemade mascarpone gelato served with 2010 Col De Salici bubbly Prosecco will crown the Italian feast. A representative of the winery will be on hand to answer questions and join in the festive occasion. Details: (562) 432-6888 Venue: Utopia Restaurant Location: 445 E.1st St., Long Beach

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Michael’s Tuscany Room welcomes the 3 Annual Edge of Los Angeles International Wine Festival on Saturday, April 28th from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. Enjoy San Pedro’s most beautiful restored building and taste wines from around the world. Michael and Allison from Off The Vine in downtown San Pedro have beaten the “terroir” for the best that each wine region has to offer. Each taster is gifted a commemorative wine glass and goody bag for traveling around from vintner to vintner, sampling wines from Italy, Croatia, France, Spain, South America and the U.S. A splendid antipasto spread and other Italian edibles from the cucina of the Tuscany Room will compliment the fantastic wines. VIP parking is available with one special package, while members of Off The Vine wine club receive discounted prices on the price of admission. An imminently sensible and appropriate alternative is the Designated Driver ticket, entitling the diner to appetizers and non alcoholic drinks while engaging in the festivities. All of the wines sampled will be available for purchase the same day at Off The Vine. Representatives of each winery will be present to speak about the wines and answer questions. Third Annual Edge of Los Angeles International Wine Festival April 28, 2012, Michael’s Tuscany Room, 470 W.7th Street San Pedro. (310)8311551 Off The Vine for tickets and information. Tickets $65 or $55 for Off The Vine Wine Club members. The International wine fest will benefit Recovery At Sea, a San Pedro non profit organization dedicated to efforts to empower people to experience wellness through boat restoration and sailing. rd

Iron City Tavern • Happy Hour 1/2-price appetizers & drink specials: 4 to 6 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 589 W. 9th St., San Pedro; (310) 547-4766 Ports o’ Call • Happy Hour: Mon. to Fri., 3 to 8 p.m. Taco Tuesdays. Oyster shooter & bloody mary Wednesdays. (310) 833-3553, Berth 76 Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro San Pedro Brewing Co. • Happy Hour: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (310) 8315663, 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro Whale & Ale • Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m. on Wed. Late Night Happy Hour: 10 p.m. to Midnight, Fri. Only. (310) 832-0363, 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro Happy Hour Listings Are Paid Advertising

Entertainment April 20

Dario Napoli Dario Napoli plays April 20 at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Hailing from Italy, Napoli, is a player, composer and improviser. He plays proficiently in a variety of genres, from jazz to blues, rock, pop, fusion. Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom. com Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro Reggae at Brew Co. The reggae bands 4:20 p.m. and Melting Pot will be playing starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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April 24

Don Littleton An accomplished and much sought after percussionist, Don Littleton is a master of an array of percussion instruments, and proficient in all styles of jazz, but has an artistry to spans orchestral, musical theater, rhythm and blues, hip hop, reggae, blues, and more. The show starts at 8 p.m. April 24, at the Seabird Jazz Lounge in Long Beach Details: (562) 432-5240; www.theseabirdlounge. com Venue: Seabird Jazz Lounge, Location: 730 E. Broadway, Long Beach

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April 21

Toys that Kill at Brew Co. Punk band Toys that Kill will perform starting at 10 p.m. Cover is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663 Venue: San Pedro Brewing Co. Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro

April 27

Laura Harrison Quartet Laura is happy to return home to Alvas. Here is where she held her CD release party of her first album. Ticket price is $20, but if you pre-purchase a CD at the show, you can receive a $10 discount off the cost of the CD (for a total of $35 for CD and ticket). Student ticket price is $10. Ticket Price is $20. Details: (800) 403-3447 Venue: Alvas Showroom Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

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April 20 – May 3, 2012

Sunday–Thursday 10am-11pm

Chamber Music Concert - Marymount College From 5 to 7 p.m.,the Auditorium on the Main Campus, Marymount College presents a Chamber Music Concert, which will feature works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and original music by Dustin Callahan. Performances by Marymount Professors Melinda Becker, Matthew Ennis and Dustin Callahan, as well as Thomas Walsh and Richard Conviser. The event is free. Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu Venue: Marymount College Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rancho Palos Verdes

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May 3rd • San Pedro’s Original ArtWalk— Fine Dining • Live Music Special Performances • And Now Food Trucks! Gallery 345

Pat Woolley and Gloria D. Lee and Studio 345 exhibit mixed media paintings, books, unframed work for May. Open First Thursday 6-9pm and by appointment. 310-545-0832 and 310-374-8055 • 345 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

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Curious Matters— Assemblages by J. Preston Allen showing with works by Anne Olsen Daub. Open Studios: Candice Gawne, Carol Hungerford, Sam Arno, Marshall Astor, Murial Olguin, Jan Govaerts, Anne Marie Rawlinson, & Nancy Towne Schultz 401 S. Mesa St. • 310.831.5757 • Open 6–9pm & by appt.

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Harold Plople — Sept. 24, 1947-March 15, 2012 by: Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

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Tommy Castro Band Tommy Castro band is sure to put on a show, starting at 9:30 p.m., at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Details: (562) 951-9701 Venue: Harvelle’s Location: 206 The Promenade N., Long Beach

May 2

The Deepsea Goes This indie and post punk band will performs at 9 p.m. Details: (562) 599-6170; http://www.thedeepseagoes.com Venue: Que Sera Location: 1923 E. 7th St., Long Beach

May 4

Jason and the Punknecks This self-proclaimed hill-billy rock ’n’ roll band will be stopping by the Pikes Bar as part of their tour of the West Coast, at 10 p.m. May 4. Details: (562) 437-4453; www.myspace.com/ jasonandthepunknecks Venue: Pike and Restaurant and Bar Location: 1836 E. 4th St., Long Beach

Community/Family April 21

3rd Annual Solar Grand Prix Watch 57 local student teams race the solar powered model vehicles that they designed and built themselves when El Dorado Park becomes El Dorado Raceway, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at El Dorado Soccer Field 1. The event also features exhibitors, electric vehicles and food trucks. Details: http://tinyurl.com/82v2j6m Venue: El Dorado Park Location: 2800 Studebaker Rd., Long Beach Finding Solutions Together - Earth Day 2012 Join the 42nd annual Earth Day celebration of our ocean planet at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, April 21. The day will begin with a community beach clean-up from 8 to 10 a.m. Do your part to make Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park a healthier habitat. Learn about our coastal environment and actions people are taking to help care for the earth. Details: www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro

April 23

Meet the Grunion The Aquarium will open at 8 p.m. and a film on grunion begins at 9 p.m. in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Prior to the predicted run, everyone will gather on the beach to await the grunion. The program cost is $5 for adults and $1 for seniors, students, and children. Warm clothing is recommended. Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Dr. in San Pedro

April 28

Restoration Exploration Enjoy the beauty of the Nature Center’s adjoining 7-acre California Native Plant Restoration Area, from 10 a.m. 12 p.m. April 28. Stroll through the trail as it winds around shady oaks and fragrant sages. A naturalist will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the flora and fauna. The event is free. Details: (562) 570-1745 Venue: El Dorado Nature Center Location: 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach POZ Life Weekend Seminar Comes to Long Beach, The Life Group LA sponsors weekend seminars throughout Southern California, and once every few years Long Beach plays host to their inspirational and weekends. Their next seminar takes place all day April 28 and 29. Covering everything from the nuts and bolts of new treatment options, lab work, and clinical trials to complementary therapies such herbal medicines, meditation for wellness, and so much more. They bring a great lineup of presenters and also give those infected and affected by HIV an opportunity to gain insights and support from their peers. There is no cost, but pre-registration is required. Details: (888) 208-8081 Theater/Film Calendar to page 16.

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an incredible breakthrough in comparison to his earlier work. Friend, compatriot and fine art photographer, Ray Carofano, described Plople’s work as being “largely autobiographic and droll, populated by various inhabitants of the off-kilter world of mental illness and addiction.” In 2007, Plople had his first one-man show at the Living Museum Art Gallery, a gallery in San Pedro’s Harbor View House. Easy Reader’s Bondo Wyszpolski described the work, Deadbeat Losers in the Urban Wilderness as colorful expressionistic portraits of men and women, those on the fringes of the American dream, depicted with large, almost marsupial eyes that burn and pierce like hot coals.” Carofano said of American Characters, that it, “finds the artist shifting gears in both subject and format.” Plople’s work pulls from American political history and popular culture and renders it on large 48-inch-square canvases, reflecting Plople’s characteristic wit and intelligence. Plople had been drawing since the age of seven, and painting since the age 14. In Wyszpolski’s profile of the artist, Plople noted that art was his therapy.

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his past March, San Pedro artist Harold Plople succumbed to his battle with cancer. Plople, who moved to California shortly after high school, has battled most of his life. He battled when he practiced his art and fought to be taken seriously; he battled when he was drafted to the Vietnam War; he battled when he struggled with mental illness, addiction and homelessness; he battled through it all. In the last decade, he stood victorious. To people who knew him best, like Living Art Museum Program Director Alisa Stein, “He was bright, witty, clever, even though he was afflicted with psychiatric disaffected disorder.” Stein was working with the Lamp Community Project, joint project intended to tell the stories of people to be shown in downtown Los Angeles and San Pedro. She had asked Plople if he could contribute paintings about his life on Skid Row in various cities to the project before he became ill. He enthusiastically agreed and completed eight works of art that he called The Slum Episodes. Stein plans to display the exhibit in the near future. Plople’s latest curated work, American Characters in 2011, was seen by his peers as

After leaving the Army, upon being honorably discharged, Plople left for Europe. He returned to the United States, to San Francisco, and became an underground comic artist. “I did that for a while,” he said to Wyszpolski, “until I wound up in the hospital.” Plople fell upon hard times. He inherited some money when his father died, and bought a camper to go to New Orleans. He ultimately headed back to Los Angeles, where his mother lived. When he returned, he lived in cheap hotels and battled mental health with his alcoholism. He married and stayed with his wife, but divorced after five years. It was following a run-in with the law that Plople ended up in a sanitarium. He was sentenced to a year, but through the intervention of Dr. Rubenstein, in charge of the rehabilitation program at Harbor View House, Plople’s stay turned was only six months, instead of 12. He told Wyszpolski, “I was glad I was there, actually, because it sobered me up. I looked around and I saw all these people, and I said ‘I don’t want to be here for the rest of my life.’” Harbor View House is a shelter for about 200 residents with disabling mental illnesses. It has an arts program that is modeled after the Living Museum at Creedmore Psychiatric Center in New York. Amy Myers heads it up and runs the museum at Harbor View House. The shows in the gallery are curated by Javier Valenzuela. Half of the proceeds from sales at the gallery goes to the artists; the rest goes to the center, which provides its art-making men and women with tools and supplies at no charge. Plople lived at Harbor View House for seven years before he was able to move into a place of his own, albeit close in proximity to and owned by Harbor View House. Plople reportedly chafed at the term “outsider art” when applied to his work. It’s a term often associated with artist misfits like Henry Darger who struggled with alienation. “Darger was never recognized during his life and his neighbors called him ‘crazy,’” Wyszpolski noted in his definitive profile of Plople. “Little did they know! But Plople has people looking out for him, and his talents are being recognized and appreciated.” Plople, technically , wasn’t survived by anyone. But he was loved and appreciated by all that knew him in San Pedro. He will be missed.

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April 29

Volleyball Tournament Float Serve Volleyball is kicking off its 2012 season with the Grass 2’s Volleyball Tournament on April 29, at Long Beach’s Marina Vista Park. Individual and team sign-ups are encouraged to register. Costs are $42 for teams and $28 for individuals. Details: www.floatserve.com

Theater/Film April 20

Panache This unpredictable, charmingly comic story seems to start out simply: Kathleen wants a license plate with the word “Panache” on it - but Harry has it. s. The production runs from April 20 to May 26. General admission is $25, seniors and students $23. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro

April 24

The Fix International City Theatre presents The Fix, a West Coast Premiere of a new rock musical, from April 24 through May 20. From vaudeville to rock music,The Fix is a new musical about the American political machine. A popular candidate is dead, and his widow thrusts their son into the political spotlight. Her maniacal scheming is matched by that of her brother-in-law, who will stop at nothing to see the boy elected. Tickets range from $29 to $55. Details: www.Internationalcitytheatre.org Venue: Long Beach Performing Arts Center Location: 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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April 21 Triggernometry and the Cartography of Sound Triggernometry and the Cartography of Soundis part of Radio Break presenting twelve radio-based projects in locations throughout Los Angeles conveyed through low-power radio transmissions during two weeks and live events held on two consecutive weekends. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 through 27, at Slanguage Studio in Wilmington. Triggernometry and the Cartography of Sound is a radio project by Slanguage Artist Arnoldo Vargas’s which gives voice to Wilmington residents by broadcasting interviews, performances, music, narratives, history and critical discussions about art and community. Details: http://radio-break.com Venue: Slanguage Studio Location: 640 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington May 3 Curious Matters Experience the Curious Matters: Assemblage of James Preston Allen and Anne Olsen, from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 through June 7, at the Loft Gallery in San Pedro. An artist reception is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. May 5 Details: (310) 707-8536 Venue: The Loft Gallery Location: 401 S. Mesa St.

ried and had three children in just a little more than three years. (“Three babies in three years – I’ll take my gold medal now!” she says on her website, www.kristintowers-rowles.com.) After starting a family, she decided she wanted to keep performing despite the injury: “The choice would be either I don’t act or I try to establish a balance between my home life and my performing life. I chose to keep performing.” That balance is a very busy one, being a normal mom (well, a normal mom with a lot of rehearsals) and keeping a successful career going at the same time. Then there’s the driving around Southern California to shows and driving the children to school, cooking and cleaning and learning the book for a new play every few months. Most people would wilt at the thought of so much activity. Kristin is cheerful and upbeat and very happy. And, she has grown professionally as well. Just this year she acquired her card in Actor’s

April 25

‘Night Mother A Pulitzer Prize winning play which explores the relationship between Thelma and her daughter Jesseis laced with humor and a bit of the macabre, ‘Night Mother is a psychological drama that portrays a lifetime of poor communication and limited understanding. The play runs from April 25 to May 10. General admission is $20. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro

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A Spring Festival of One Act Plays Marymount College Theatre will present A Spring Festival of One Act Plays, showcasing Marymount College student talent at 7:30 p.m. from April 26 to 29. Tickets are $10 general and $8 for student to senior. Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu, www.paperbrowntickets.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

April 28

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? The San Pedro Neighbors for Peace and Justice is hosting a film night and discussion on Saul Landau’s documentary film about the Cuban Five and the circus atmosphere that surrounded their trial and ultimate conviction. Starts at 7:30. Details: (310) 567-3332 Venue: Harry Bridges Institute Location: 350 W. 5th St., San Pedro

May 3

April 20 – May 3, 2012

9th Annual LA Harbor International Film Festival A non-competitive, non-juried festival, celebrating movies with classics debut film and video. Events include filmmaker participation Q-and-A sessions, lectures, book signings and Hollywood Nostalgia Tribute Gala reception. Details: www.laharborfilmfest.com Venue: Warner Grand Theatre Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

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Equity, the professional actors union. “There is more work for non-union actors,” she said, “but membership means a lot to me. Now I can perform in professional shows as well as being the one Equity member in shows.” See her at Little Fish the next few weekends (she won’t be playing every performance, since she has to do Into the Woods in Redlands as well, and see her in her one-woman show next month. Hers is a career on the rise, and if it didn’t start in San Pedro, well, San Pedro can still claim some of the credit. Tickets are $25, $23 for students and seniors. Panache runs Fridays through Sundays, April 20 through May 26. Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre.org Venue: Little Fish Theatre Address: 777 Centre St., San Pedro

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By B.Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude We have been out cruising the highways and byways of the free world looking for some serious tunes. On April 21, Alvas Showroom on upper 8th Street in San Pedro will be hosting international world music stars, Strunz and Farah, the Grammy nominated duo whose mix of Latin, Middle Eastern and flamenco styles have been drawing crowds for more than 30 years. Strunz and Farah’s exotic music is a hybrid that stood the world on its ear when they appeared on the international scene around 30 years ago. Jorge Strunz was one of the founders of the Latin jazz band, Caldera. That group which played a fusion of Latin jazz, funk and rock made four albums, but had folded in 1979. Iranian-Persian guitarist Ardeshir Farah fled to the United States after the fall of the Iranian government in that same year. It was at this time the two men met and created a world sensation with their first release Mosaico, a self-produced album that later caught the attention of jazz record label, Milestone. Their latest release in 2011 called Journey Around The Sun, is a brilliant collection of guitar based instrumentals. Details: www.alvasshowroom.com. On April 6, we once again rolled out to North East Long Beach to the El Dorado. This time to catch the Bernie Pearl Blues Band. The show was a testament to what great old school blues is all about. His understanding and ability to translate the many different styles that run through blues is his gift to us. He has taught many, passing on the craft of blues styles that go back to likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson and many others that stretch back more than 100 years. In our conversations throughout the years, Bernie noted that in his view, the point is to keep the tradition alive by playing songs as they were written. His band already had a killer group of players, but with the addition of vocalist Sista Sherry Pruitt, that whole band is a monster. Pearl’s latest CD Right Side of The Blues is available online through his website. Bernie Pearl show dates solo and with band go to www. berniepearl.com. Details: (562) 421-2122


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Legals DBAs Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032485 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Coastal Broadnet Wireless, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Robert Brubaker, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. Roxanne K. Lawrence, 2275 W. 25th St., #105, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by a husband and wife. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above Jan. 1, 2012. 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. Robert Brubaker, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12, 04/19/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032483 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) The Nautimermaid Shop,

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from previous page 301 W. 7th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Diana Perry, 3157 Alma St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Diana Perry, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012032486 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Diaz Painting, 23412 Figueroa, Carson, CA 90745. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Vincent Diaz, , 23412 Figueroa, Carson, CA 90745. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Vincent Diaz, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Profes-

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Sepulveda St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Sandra Pena-Lopez, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 20, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012042442 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Reinvent Communication, (2) RNVNT, 937 W. 17th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Monica Elaine Barrera, 937 W. 17th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Monica Elaine Barrera, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/08/12, 03/22/12, 04/05/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012042443 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) David’s Yacht Service, 241 Watchorn Walk Ste #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. PO Box 2784, Newport Beach, CA 92659. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Boat City Yachts Inc, 241 Watchorn Walk Ste #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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 H. Grosse, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 14, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address

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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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 03/22/12, 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 20120493646 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Champion Autoworks, 760 W. 27th Street #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Bleu Box Events, 760 W. 27th Street #1, San Pedro, CA 90731. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1527, San Pedro, CA 90733-1527. This business is conducted by a corporation. Articles of Incorporation #:3320912. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Sandra Koerner, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 23, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012046456 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Diabetic Medical, 255 W. 5th Street, Suite# 1212, San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Rowena Cebian, 255 W. 5th Street, Suite #1212, San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Rowena Cebian, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 20, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012046458 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Tony’s Mobile Auto Detail, 678 W. Sepulveda St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Sandra Pena-Lopez, 678 W.

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012046455 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Brotto Company USA, 28649 S. Western Ave., RPV, CA 90274. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Branko Tomasovic, 28649 S. Western Ave., RPV, CA 90274. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above March 5, 2012. 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. Branko Tomasovic, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on March 20, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/05/12, 04/19/12, 05/03/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012056170 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Grande Coin Laundry, 1202 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Eric S. Golden, 25241 Nueva Vista, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Eric S. Golden, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 3, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after

any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/19/12, 05/03/12, 05/17/12, 05/31/12

Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012056171 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Harbor Day Preschool, 580 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Articles of Incorporation #: C0124596. Registered owner(s): San Pedro United Methodist Church, 580 W. 6th St., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by a corporation. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Wayne Lebsack, President This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 3, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/19/12, 05/03/12, 05/17/12,

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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2012060465 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: (1) Got It Right Entertainment, 3745 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731. County of L.A. Registered owner(s): Michael B Stribling, 3745 Stephen M White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731. This business is conducted by an individual. The registrants commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name 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. Michael B Stribling, Owner This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on April 6, 2012. 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, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business 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 right of another under Federal, State, or common law (See Section 14411et seq., Business and Professions Code). Original filing: 04/19/12, 05/03/12, 05/17/12,

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In Memory of John Royal

Unite Women

than a year. “In a very short span of time we had the personhood amendment, transvaginal ultrasound, we had presidential candidates talking about the possibility of banning contraceptives,” Teegarden noted. Jordan and Teegarden were astonished that no one had taken to the streets yet and the national “media was treating all of this as if it were commonplace.” “Like, where is the outrage?,” Teegarden asked. She had never been involved in organizing until she built that Facebook page. She thought, “I’m going to form a group on Facebook and see what happens.” She explained that was about as much thought she put into it.

Occupy Connection

What’s intriguing about Unite is that is though it’s more hierarchically structured than Occupy Wall Street, it shares Occupy’s skepticism of the two party system and desires to be a truly non-partisan movement. “It’s funny, there are Republicans who are just as disgusted by what’s happening as well,” Lear noted. “And, of course, it isn’t just

Lear (left), Deborah Favorite (center) and Nanette Harrison (right) joined forces through the United Against the War on Women movement on Facebook. Photo: Terelle Jerricks.

The April 28 rally in downtown Los Angeles is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Pershing Square. At 12 p.m. with speakers and entertainment will commence until the end of the program at 3:30 p.m. Confirmed speakers include: comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, Democratic congressional candidate Jerry Tetalman, Occidental College Professor Caroline Heldman and Dinah Stephens, Public Affairs Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

Democrats who wants equal rights for women.” Harrison explained she no longer self-identifies as a Democrat and has begun scrutinizing candidates on their policy positions. “I’m completely open to the point that I would call myself an Independent now,” Harrison said. “What the Occupy movement revealed is that we have a system where the two parties are similar in their actions, especially in regards to the money and filtering into the political system—what it’s buying and who it is buying for. People are starting to get really distressed by it.”

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John, the son of Achilles and Albina Royal was born June 24, 1922 in Wolf Creek, Colo. and died peacefully in his home on Feb. 18, 2012 in San Pedro, Calif. He was preceded in death by his son, John Joseph Royal Jr. John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rosie; his daughter, Linda Smith (Brent); his grandson, Ian; Jillian, his granddaughter, Kimberly Smith; and three sisters, Virginia Mulligan, Marion Patricio and Betty Peterson. John’s family came from Colorado in 1928 at which time he attended Barton Hill, Dana and San Pedro High School. At a young age, he began working as a milk boy and carrier for the News Pilot to support his family. After graduating high school, he attended the United States Maritime Officers School and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. In 1946, John began commercial fishing and became a member of the Fisherman’s Union Local 33, ILWU. In 1957, he was elected executive secretary-treasurer of the Fisherman’s Union, Local 33, ILWU and held that position until Aug. 1, 1995. During these years, John was appointed to several state and national committees including president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission under mayors Sam Yorty and Tom Bradley, and advisor to Pacific Fishery Management Council. Aside from work, he enjoyed his years in the Mazzini Club of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Italian-American Club, Boys Club and D.B.’s. His true passions in life were being with his family, spending time in Colorado, fishing and working in his garden, helping others and fighting vigorously for the rights of the fishing industry. This is a small glimpse of the amazing life John led, but is short of highlighting all his accomplishments and contributions to his family and community. The Memorial Service for Mr. Royal took place on Feb. 27 at the Green Hills Memorial Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research at (800) 873-6983 tribute #30353542.

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