Hall Faces True Challenger for Rep. Hahn’s Seat pg. 2 Tongva Allies with Homeowners to Fight Plains All American pg. 3 Cock Challenges Rigid Notions of Identity pg. 11
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Camilla Townsend at the site of the future home of AltaSea, has been at the center of recent changes roiling local nonprofits. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
Pope Francis Speaks Out on Climate Change
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interviewed Camilla Townsend a few weeks ago about vision, consensus building and leadership—particularly in light of her work with the Port of Los Angeles High School and the on-dock marine research center, AltaSea. In my most recent editorial, I wrote about the high turnover of executive directors in the local nonprofit sector, including Angels Gate Cultural Center’s former executive director, Debra Lewis; former San Pedro Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Betsy Cheek and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, Geraldine Knatz; and most recently Marymount California University President Michael Brophy. What each of these organizations has in common is that they are structured as corporate nonprofit organizations. The decision making of the individuals that make up the boards of these nonprofits is, at various times, less than transparent. Camilla Townsend, on the other hand, strikes me as an example of engaged leadership. In the past 12 months, Townsend was drafted twice to navigate nonprofits in some state of crisis. The first was POLAHS after the homegrown charter school was rocked by teachers organizing for labor representation this past fall, and student demonstrations staged amid financial impropriety allegations against Executive Director Jim Cross. The second was when Townsend was tapped to become the chairwoman of the board of directors of AltaSea after Rachel Etherington, the chief executive officer, unexpectedly stepped down on April 28—to the surprise of almost everyone.
‘Hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor’
By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor,” it states. “Mine is therefore an appeal for responsibility, based on the task that God has given to man in creation: Till and keep the garden’ in which he was placed. “I invite everyone to accept with open hearts this document, which follows the church’s social doctrine.” The Archdiocese of Los Angeles sent out an email in support of the encyclical, saying, “Today, Pope Francis called on world leaders and everyday people to come together to tackle climate change.” He urged people to “echo the Pope’s call for climate action! Call on world leaders to reach a meaningful climate agreement in Paris.” The encyclical completely undercuts the climate denialism prevalent with the GOP, which is often camouflaged in religious hand-waving. Typically, the two Catholics running for [See Climate, page 5]
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n 1891, Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical, Rerum Novarum, examined the suffering of the industrial working class, endorsed labor rights such as the freedom to form unions, and laid the foundation for Catholic social justice doctrine and activism that continues to this day. On June 18, Pope Francis issued a new encyclical, Laudito Si’ (“On Care For Our Common Home,”) which could potentially rival Rerum Novarum in terms of its sweeping impact on human affairs. “Our house is going to ruin, and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” Pope Francis said, on the eve of releasing Laudato Si’. The theme of interrelated social and ecological harm runs throughout the document. “[W]e have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to
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In April of 2014, Common Cause and the ACCE Institute released a report, “Big Oil Floods the Capitol: How California’s Oil Companies Funnel Funds Into the Legislature.” The No. 1 recipient identified was State Sen. Rod Wright, who subsequently resigned following an unrelated criminal conviction. The No. 2 recipient, Isadore Hall III, was the assemblyman who replaced him in a low-turnout special election this past December. Now, Hall wants to take his oil-drenched politics to Washington, as the anointed successor to Janice Hahn, who’s running for the board of supervisors. But, while other political insiders have bowed out of the race, he’s now got a very serious grassroots environmental crusader running against him: Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tem Nannette Barragan, fresh off her leading
role in the March 3 landslide 3-to-1 defeat of “Measure O,” which would have opened up Hermosa to oil drilling for decades to come. On April 14, Equal Pay Day, Barragan made her announcement. “I’m excited to announce that I will be running for Congress and I am glad to do it on a day that clearly illustrates how much more work needs to be done to make sure that everyone is treated fairly,” Barragan said. “I have always and will always be an advocate for women, families and equal rights. Ensuring women get paid the same as men who do the same work will be a pillar of my campaign.” Although living outside the district, Barragan is a Carson area native, born of immigrant parents. She has family in Wilmington and San Pedro as well. “I’m about to move back home,
coming back to Pedro,” she said. Fighting for, protecting and inspiring working class families like the one she grew up in is a common thread connecting almost every issue Barragan touched on in a recent interview, from raising the minimum wage to protecting children’s health from a polluted environment. “In the district, where I come from, the median income is about $44,000, and only 60 percent graduate from high school, and 10 percent go on to college,” she said. “So, I just tell people I’m one of the 10 percenters who beat the odds… I was able to go to college, and I’ve got, I achieved, the American dream. Now, I’m coming home to make sure that others have the same shot at the American dream. So, for me it’s a very hopeful story.” The day she announced, Barragan got formal support from Blue America PAC, which supports progressive Democrats. It was announced by influential progressive blogger Howie Klein, Blue America’s treasurer, who also indicated support to come from RL Miller, chair of the California Democratic party’s environmental caucus, and executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, dubbed “a superPAC on a shoestring,” which won 11 of the 17 races it endorsed in 2014, its first active cycle.
Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tem and Carson native Nannette Barragan announced her candidacy for Rep. Janice Hahn’s seat April 14. She will face off against State Sen. Isadore Hall III. File photo.
“The contrast between Nanette and her opponent couldn’t be clearer,” Miller said. “One has a proven track record fighting big oil and winning, the other sides with big oil.” These seemingly small deeds have since been followed with endorsements from nearby Congress members Linda Sanchez (D-CA 38) [See Barragan, page 22]
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State of District 5 Long Beach
Councilwoman Stacy Mungo is hosting the State of the Fifth address and celebration. The event will include music, food and fireworks. Time: 6 p.m. June 27 Cost: Free Details: http://tinyurl.com/StateoftheFifth Venue: Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St., Long Beach
Musical Theatre West Offers Summer Youth Conservatory Programs
Throughout the month of July, Musical Theatre West will continue to provide free and affordable arts enrichment programs for children of all ages through two Summer Youth Conservatory programs this summer, offering aspiring student performers (ages 8 to18) the opportunity to work with theater professionals in developing their musical theater skills. Musical Theatre 101, an introductory program teaching students the basics of musical theater, takes place July 6 through 10, with a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon for 8- to12-year-olds, and 1 to 4 p.m. for 13-to 18-year-olds. The cost for the one-week camp is $150. New this summer, students will have the opportunity to help write a show, to be performed for parents and friends. The program runs two weeks, from July 13 to July 24. At 7 p.m. July 23, students will perform in a show they create for the public. The cost for the two-week program is $275. Students wishing to participate in all three weeks of training will receive a $75 discount—only $325 for both programs. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 to 24 Cost: $150 to $325 Details: (562) 856-1999 ex. 232; Brandon@ musical.org Venue: Musical Theatre West, 4350 E. 7th St., Long Beach
LB Offers Financial Incentives for Historic Property Restoration
As part of the revamped Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program, an economic incentive program for historic properties, the public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits while also preserving the city’s designated landmarks. • Pre-Application Workshop: 10:30 a.m. June 27, at the Long Beach Public Library lobby, 101 Pacific Ave. • Application Workshop: 1:30 July 11, at the Burnett Neighborhood Library community room, 560 E. Hill St., Long Beach. Under the Mills Act contracts, private owners receive tax relief in exchange for proper maintenance and preservation of the historical and architectural character of the property for a revolving 10-year term. The pre-application workshop will feature an overview of the Mills Act and eligibility requirements. The event will also include a review of the process for preparing an application and calculating individual property tax savings. The application workshop will provide more specific information geared toward those interested in proceeding with the application process. All potential applicants or their representative must attend the pre-application workshop. Mills Act applications are processed once a year, during the application period. The deadline to submit an application is July 17. Time: 10:30 a.m. June 27 Details: (562) 570-6288; www.lbds.info/planning/ historic_preservation. Venue: Long Beach Public Library Lobby, 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach
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Crews will be performing maintenance on Pico Avenue just south of the Pier D Street intersection through July 3. One lane in each direction will remain open at all times from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays. Crews will also be performing maintenance on westbound Ocean Boulevard to the State Route 47 on-ramp, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through July 3.
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On June 14, John Tommy Rosas, tribal administrator for the Tongva Ancestral Tribal Nation, filed a notice of public nuisance against Plains All American Pipeline. The notice was related to the April 19 Santa Barbara oil spill. The Tongva Ancestral Tribal Nation’s traditional lands encompass the Los Angeles basin, from the offshore islands to as far inland as Redlands. “Due to your negligence on May 19, 2015, you created a disaster,” states the letter that the Tongva Nation’s legal representative, Anthony Patchett, wrote. It goes on to cite some well-known aspects of the disaster—the leaking of 101,000 gallons of crude oil, two state beaches closed, a fishing ban and the deaths of hundreds of birds—but it also notes that an oil slick “stretched down the shoreline of California, and entered the Tongva/ TATTN tribal waters and tribal coastal areas including wetlands of the Tongva Ancestral Territorial Tribal Nation in Marina del Rey.” The concern with Plains was not new, Rosas explained. “I’ve been fighting with Plains and obstructing their permits, and continuations of their impact on our land for six or seven years now,” Rosas said. “They’ve been a constant problem. “We have serious concerns about all this oil production offshore, the impacts, the fracking, it’s all been an issue forever… It impacts land, it changes the integrity of the land.” And, that clashes with deeply held spiritual beliefs. “So we have a duty to do what we can do, no matter who’s controlling the land,” he said. “We still fight for the earth and fight for the animals for the environment and for the future generations, no matter who they are.” The Tongva tribe has a unique legal role to play, Rosas argued. “We have international law rights that have to be honored and so the oil spill violates local state and federal law, but it also violates international law, that only we have the standing on,” he said. Ocean protection is becoming increasingly important for a variety of reasons, and the Tongva, who have been here for 8,000 to 10,000 years, have the most long-standing interest in such protection locally. The oil in Rancho’s pipeline actually belonged to ExxonMobil. When ExxonMobil applied for an emergency permit to move its oil by truck, while the pipeline was being repaired, the Tongva spoke up right away. “I said we object to this,” Rosas said. “I’m not trying to take credit but they denied their permit.” The letter also referenced Plains’ mismanagement at Rancho LPG. Patchett explained that the letter was a first step, which could be followed up with the filing of a lawsuit. Five days later, Patchett sent a letter representing Rosas, as well as San Pedro Peninsula
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Marymount California University is bracing for transition following the resignation of University President Michael Brophy announced June 9. Brophy led the university for the past 10 years and is leaving to serve as the new president of Benedictine University in the Chicago suburb of Lisle. In a press release, Chairman Burt Arnold announced the appointment of interim copresidents, provost and dean of faculty Ariane Schauer, and Senior Vice President of Finance Jim Reeves. During his tenure, Brophy steered the small two-year college through the process of becoming a four-year university. Enrollment doubled during his term, as the university increased its baccalaureate and graduate degree offerings. “Since 2006, I have been honored to serve the Marymount California University community as we transitioned from a two-year college to a multicampus, comprehensive university,” Brophy said. “My family and I will have many fond memories of our time in Southern California and [we] are very grateful to the board of trustees, faculty and staff, students and their families, donors and the greater ‘Marymount family,’ who have given their unfailing support to the university.” In 2008, he initiated the expansion of the Marymount Palos Verdes campus to the downtown arts district in San Pedro. The initial component of the expansion was the establishment of the Waterfront Campus on the first floor of the Northrop Grumman Corp. office building on 6th Street. The campus includes the Marymount 6th Street facilities, a music program housed at the Olguin campus of San Pedro High School, and the Marylyn and Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts on 6th Street. The combined facilities in the historic district of San Pedro provide undergraduate and graduate students with instruction, internships and a cultural connection to the already existing creative corridor downtown.
Marymount University announced President Michael Brophy’s resignation June 9. File photo
Schauer and Reeves are working with Brophy during the transition to ensure the university’s progress toward its 2015-2016 agenda. The trustees will select a consultant to guide a national search for the next university president. The interim co-presidents have served at the university for decades. Schauer joined the Marymount faculty in 1998. She has served as Marymount’s chief academic officer for the past 6 years. Reeves joined Marymount in 1978 as a member of the faculty and quickly moved into a leadership role. Serving three university presidents, Reeves was appointed dean of Student Affairs in 1982, and since 1994 has served in the senior leadership role of vice president. In addition to the interim co-presidents, Marymount will see two new faces in university leadership in July: Ryan Alcantara, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and Kristi Bieber, dean of development.
By Crystal Niebla, Contributing Reporter More than 70 hotel workers, community have a thicker skin,” she said. “I am gravely concerned about the lack of activists and their families gathered outside Long Beach City Hall on June 16 to protest poor safety that exists in our city’s hotels, especially of working conditions in the Long Beach tourism the treatment of the hard-working women,” said Elizabeth Castillo, a sexual assault forensic nurse industry. The rally was organized by the Long specialist who works at Long Beach Memorial Beach Coalition for a Good Job and Healthy Hospital. Castillo said these women are also extremely Community. “People shouldn’t be overworked, overworked. In many cases, women are forced overwhelmed with their duties, especially if to clean without proper tools and supplies, often they’re being robbed [from] breaks,” said Martin on their hands and knees. Some women describe Rodriguez, a supporter who heard about the having to pick up hair out of carpet with their rally through Los Angeles Alliance for a New hands, she said. “Imagine having to clean up to 20 rooms a Economy. Workers say they are constantly dealing day—that’s 20 toilets, 20 sinks, 20 floors and with extreme workloads, and many—mostly 20 bedrooms—in only 8 hours,” Castillo said. women—also experience sexual harassment at “It’s not humanly possible for one woman to do without a break [and] the rest to go to the hotels in Long Beach. Rosa Casarrubias, a banquet server at the bathroom, let alone eat lunch.” “I, like many women, can’t even have a Long Beach Westin Hotel, shared her story. “I’ve always remembered when I encountered restroom break because we have to be on the a drunk guest [dressed] only in a towel,” floor the whole time attending guest orders,” Casarrubias said. “He kept saying, ‘Come on, Casarrubias said. “I want to see change.” honey, come inside to the room.’ Approaching me, he asked, ‘What is your name? Where do you live? Do you like to drink? What are you doing after work?’ I was uncomfortable and scared. My heart was racing. I constantly kept looking around to see if anyone could help me, but there was nobody.” Casarrubias also said that when workers complain, they are either ignored or disciplined. “Many of us are told that it’s not a big deal, Rosa Casarrubias, a banquet server at the Long Beach Westin Hotel, shares but rather, we should her story of sexual harassment and “inhumane” workloads outside the Long Beach City Hall on June 16. Photo by Crystal Niebla.
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Pope Takes on Climate Change
president, Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum, both sought to wave off the encyclical, as if it were a random office memo. “I hope I’m not, like, going to get castigated for saying this in front of my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” was Bush’s response. “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality,” Santorum said. But scientists have applauded the document, which is actually deeply rooted in Catholic social theology, and does not hesitate to label current economic practices as sinful—precisely the sort of “theology and morality” Santorum purportedly was asking for. Indeed, the first several pages take pains to situate Laudato Si’ within the context of earlier church teachings, papal encyclicals and other statements. The encyclical takes its name from a passage from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures, “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore”—“Praise be to you, my Lord,” which continues, “through our sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.” After quoting that passage, the encyclical continues: This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at [Tongva, from page 3]
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Homeowner’s United, requesting a public hearing regarding Rancho’s operations from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. The request is specifically for an administrative nuisance abatement proceeding, as provided for by the municipal code. The letter requests a hearing “to determine if under Section 12.27.1 LAMC Rancho LPG: 1. Jeopardizes or adversely affects the public health, peace, or safety of persons residing or working on the premises or in the surrounding area, or; 2. Constitutes a public nuisance, or; 3. Has resulted in repeated nuisance activities. This represents a new line of attack that’s never been tried before, so it remains to be seen what will come of it. But it’s not the only action being taken in the aftermath of the latest Plains disaster. “We’re also submitting petitions to the EPA,” Patchett said, “But that’s not finalized yet.” “Rancho, we just feel that’s an inappropriate place,” Rosas said. “We also have tribal and cultural resources there. I think they damaged one of our Indian village sites and we don’t know what’s going on there. They haven’t consulted as required by law, they haven’t let us do monitoring.” This opens up yet another new legal front. “We’re not just wanting them to correct what’s been done, and remediate, but we want those tanks out of there,” he said. “They’re just like big bombs waiting to go off. I just think it’s in an inappropriate place. I think it hasn’t been done right. The regulatory government agencies have let them retroactively keep that plant there. If they tried to do that now, they wouldn’t be allowed. So, I don’t think they should be able to do that.”
states “He warned that human beings frequently seem ‘to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption.’” He goes on to cite several works of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. In short, one framing purpose of the encyclical is to stress that it is not a departure from earlier church teaching, so much as an emphasis on our altered human circumstances. From without, however, it was seen by some as most significant that this encyclical came from the first pope from the Third World, and also that it shared a great deal in common with the largely Third World-based climate justice movement. Author and journalist Naomi Klein, who has Environmentalists march toward a Catholic church in Manila, Philippines, to celebrate chronicled the climate justice movement for years “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. File photo and has been invited to speak at an upcoming will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also Vatican conference on the encyclical, made this point on reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the Democracy Now! On June 18: A lot of the language of the climate justice movement has water, in the air and in all forms of life. just been adopted by the pope—I mean, even of phrases like “ecological debt.” The pope is talking about the debt that the Turning to more recent social teachings, the encyclical first wealthy world owes to the poor. I mean, this is a framing that draws a parallel to Pope St. John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in comes originally from Ecuador, from the movement against Terris, which, “not only rejected war but offered a proposal for drilling in the Amazon. And, you know, this is a phrase that was peace…to the entire ‘Catholic world’ and indeed ‘to all men and [See Climate, page 10] women of goodwill.’ Now, faced as we are with global Caring for Parents and Other Loved Ones environmental deterioration, I —A Guide for the 21st Century— …the step-by-step resources wish to address every person in this book are vital tools A new book by Wilson Simmons III living on this planet.’” for handling the final care of • How to get the best care from hospitals, doctors & staff The encyclical then goes on a loved one. • How to find a good caregiver to specifically cite environmental concerns, starting with Pope • How to avoid burn-out when caring for a loved one Paul VI in 1970 and 1971, and • How to avoid scams aimed at seniors deepening with St. John Paul • How to get help II, citing his first encyclical, email@example.com Available on Amazon, Kindle, Nook Redemptor Hominis. That text
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Space X Partners with AltaSea on Rocket Landings
SAN PEDRO—On June 18, Port of Los Angeles officials announced that SpaceX, an aerospace industry manufacturer, will partner with AltaSea to base its rocket and spacecraft retrieval operations in San Pedro’s outer harbor for at least a year. AltaSea has a 50-year lease to operate a 35acre marine research and business campus at the port. The deal means that SpaceX, headquartered in Hawthorne, will be a client of AltaSea, which is still in the process of being formed. Three vessels will be moved to the port: Marmac 303 (a landing platform), the Smith RHEA (a tug) and the NRC Quest (the support boat). SpaceX crew and the vessels will arrive in July to begin work in the outer harbor. The first mission is planned for August, and will bring in 50 SpaceX team members. The partnership is expected to bring jobs and educational opportunities to the area.
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NEW YORK—Former Port of Los Angeles Deputy Executive Director Molly Campbell has been chosen to become the next port of commerce director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Campbell will succeed Richard Larrabee, who is retiring after 15 years, on July 27. One of Campbell’s first tasks will be to continue Larrabee’s work helping to coordinate the implementation of 23 recommendations issued this past year by a port performance task force. The recommendations are designed to improve efficiency and reliability, and reduce congestion and delays at the port. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is also in the midst of a $1.3 billion project to raze the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, which now prevents large ships from serving most port container terminals. The bridge connects Bayonne, New Jersey to the New York City borough of Staten Island. The existing bridge roadway is scheduled to be razed next year. Campbell joined the Port of Los Angeles in 2000 as chief financial officer, and in January 2007 was promoted to deputy executive director. In that post, she was responsible for strategic development projects, operations and maintenance, and management of the port’s annual operating and capital budgets. Recently, she was named director of financial management systems at Los Angeles World Airports for Los Angeles. At the Port of Los Angeles, Campbell served as vice chairwoman of the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ finance committee and the chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities’ maritime economic development committee.
Mayor Garcetti Announces New Deputy Mayor
LOS ANGELES —Mayor Eric Garcetti has appointed Board of Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo as his new deputy mayor for Budget and Innovation, effective July 6.
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Townsend, Nonprofits’ Critical Fixer That Townsend was tapped to act as a first responder for a nonprofit in crisis—a fixer, of sorts—is what made me want to interview her about vision and leadership. I said as much to her when we met over a late breakfast recently at Think Café. “I like the word, ‘Once again, brought in to save the day.’ I think that should be my subtitle,” Townsend said jokingly, adding, “I don’t ever save the day by myself. It’s always a great team of people.” Still, there has to be leadership. POLAHS Executive Director Jim Cross was forced to resign, and many parents during and after the turmoil were asking—justifiably or not—for the head of Jayme Wilson, the president of the POLAHS Board of Trustees. In the case of AltaSea, Etherington’s name was drawn from a high-profile search that looked across the pond to the United Kingdom. “There has to be leadership,” Townsend said. “What’s similar about the two projects is that even though one is relatively new and the other one is now 10 years old, they were both, in business terms, startup projects. “As you know, I’m an educator, and even though I had the opportunity to do a lot of innovative things in education, it’s a little different kind of animal in the business world. And, even the charter high school—even though it’s education—it’s truly a business venture.”
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Townsend’s career spans nearly 50 years. Her résumé and accolades are long—too long to be listed here. For the past 27 years she has served as the executive director of the charitable educationfocused Max H. Gluck Foundation, which gives millions of dollars every year toward education and arts outreach initiatives from kindergarten
Camilla Townsend stands near Berth 58 at the Port of Los Angeles. The former San Pedro Chamber of Commerce president recently stepped up as chairwoman for the marine and research center AltaSea. Photo by Terelle Jerricks.
through 12th grade and at the university level. “Even though POLAHS is an educational institution, it’s different [from AltaSea] in that it’s an independent setup, and it has to be looked at like a startup business or a startup organization,” Townsend explained. Townsend noted that the ways in which the two organizations are similar as business ventures is that both experience a maturation process that requires them to operate differently as they grow. “When you have a startup organization, you operate one way to get it off the ground… and then it kind of comes to a point where it moves from a startup organization to a sustaining organization,” Townsend explained. “Sometimes, that transition is critical in an organization, because if it doesn’t happen, you’re setting yourself up for another kind of failure. It’s just like growing up. It’s just life.” Townsend said POLAHS outgrew its startup phase two or three years ago. “What was relevant and very much needed in the first…eight years or seven years…the project was not in the same kind of need in terms of building a building…getting permits, etc,” she explained. “It was time now to say, ‘Hey, it’s here now. This is good. We really need to look at enhancing the basic education program and moving forward now to make sure we’re in sync with the educational needs of students.’ So, in that sense, that’s changing—that transition
happens.” Regardless of whether a business venture is in the startup phase or the growth phase, transparency is rarely a strong suit for an organization structured as a nonprofit. Townsend noted that this structuring of the POLAHS and AltaSea was intentional. “AltaSea has no choice because they are not a public entity. They are a private nonprofit corporation—whereas POLAHS is a public entity because it uses public funds.” Townsend said the lack of transparency in POLAHS’ case had posed a particular problem, forcing the 10-year-old institution to incorporate a recordkeeping system that complies with California’s open-access “sunshine laws.” Despite being a private entity, Townsend admitted that AltaSea’s pursuit of public dollars from the port and other sources inspires calls for transparency. “How that will manifest itself…and how that happens, remains to be seen,” she said. “But AltaSea—even though they’re not a public nonprofit right now—are doing everything they can to be transparent in spite of that fact that they don’t have to have Brown Act-ed meetings.” In lieu of open board meetings, Townsend noted that the AltaSea Communications Director Pat Means is making a number of moves to further community involvement and community [See Townsend, page 7]
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making the organization or making the project work,” she said. “Boards are a good thing. Part of POLAHS’ challenge was—over the years—that the board had to learn a lot and move forward, and a lot of it had to do with who was on the board. It has to do with how the board operates and how well the staff understands that the board is their boss.” Townsend draws a distinction between management and members of a board of trustees or directors. When she is talking about staff, she’s talking about management staff. She noted that in the case of POLAHS, the original leadership that was a part of the charter school’s startup wound up being the same people who ended up on the board—the same people who are on a lot of boards in San Pedro. “We have learned a lesson this year at POLAHS,” Townsend said, “A big, huge lesson about board oversight and a board really taking
Following the audit, he was called to reimburse the school the paltry amount of misspent funds and the school was to reimburse him for purchases made on behalf of the school from his personal funds. Townsend noted that the people involved in the school’s startup got involved because they loved the school. “The board did not provide proper oversight of the management staff,” Townsend said. “They didn’t take that role as seriously as they should have. Not that they didn’t care or anything. Nobody pointed out to them that your job as a board of trustees for a charter school is no different than being the board of education for LA Unified School District.” The people that sit on the nonprofit boards of directors are typically people whose professional experience, expertise, professional networks and often wealth could be leveraged to further the
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“His commitment to Los Angeles and extensive experience in City Hall will be invaluable as we continue our work to balance the budget,” said Garcetti in a statement. As president pro tem of the Board of Public Works, Szabo has principal responsibility for oversight of the city’s Bureau of Engineering. He also serves as senior labor relations advisor to Garcetti, working as liaison to the city’s employee unions and key facilitator between management and labor on contract negotiations and employee disputes. As deputy mayor of Budget and Innovation, Szabo will balance the city budget and develop and implement new tools and solutions to make government more cost-efficient and responsive. He will also oversee departments including the city administrative officer, the office of finance, the information technology agency, personnel, employee relations, the employees’ retirement system, and fire and police pensions. Szabo previously served as deputy mayor and deputy chief of staff to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, served Mayor Richard Riordan in his communications department, worked Councilwoman Wendy Greuel’s office and in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Szabo attended local public schools and earned a degree in government and international relations at Notre Dame before attending graduate school at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. He is active in the LGBT movement and in 2012 worked with Los Angeles Police Department to create nationally-recognized law enforcement policies to protect the rights and dignity of Los Angeles’ transgender community.
POLA Container Volumes Edge up Slightly in May
SAN PEDRO—May 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles edged up 0.8 percent compared to the same period this past year. The Port handled a total of 694,791 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in May 2015. Imports decreased 0.8 percent, from 351,403 TEUs in May 2014 to 348,427 TEUs in May 2015. Exports declined 3.5 percent, from 158,473 TEUs in May 2014 to 152,917 TEUs in May 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports decreased 1.7 percent, from 509,876 TEUs in May 2014 to 501,344 TEUs in May 2015. Factoring in empties, which increased 7.9 percent, overall May 2015 volumes (694,791 TEUs) increased .8 percent. For the first five months of 2015, overall volumes (3,181,718 TEUs) are down 4 percent compared to the same period in 2014. Data container counts for the POLA may be found at: www.portoflosangeles.org/ maritime/stats.asp
POLB Sees Strongest May in 9 Years
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LONG BEACH—The Port of Long Beach announced cargo rose at the Port of Long Beach by 6 percent in May. A total of 635,250 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of containerized cargo was moved through the port in May. Imports numbered 327,317 TEUs, a 4.8 percent increase from the same month this past year. Exports decreased 7.4 percent to 135,855 TEUs. Empty containers rose 22.6 percent to 172,078 TEUs. With imports exceeding exports, empty containers are sent overseas to be refilled with goods. Cargo volume is up partly due to a stronger retail market. The port is also attracting new services in order to boost cargo growth. Through the first five months of 2015, cargo is up 1.1 percent overall For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats. 7
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Though Townsend has been repeatedly called to fix critical issues at various civic organizations in town, she denies being some sort of guru. She says she’s just been learning as she goes along. “This is a huge learning experience for me,” she said.” I don’t claim to be coming in here with these two projects with any superior knowledge about anything. My life has always been, ‘Keep trying new things. And, if need be, come in to try to fix things that are good, but are having a struggle.’ “If you were to ask me 10 years ago, ‘What would you be doing,’ I would have said you’re out of your mind. But in the last 10 years, things have evolved—ever since I retired from education.” Townsend officially retired from education in 2002, after serving as the principal of Harbor Adult School for 11 years. In 1999, Townsend was appointed to the Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Families by Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2001, she was appointed to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor James Hahn. From 2006 to 2011, Townsend served as Port of Los Angeles High School Principal Tom Scotti in October 2014. Camilla Townsend mentored Scotti to step into to the president of the San Pedro role of chief executive when Jim Cross left the charter high school amidst controversy. File photo. Chamber of Commerce. long-term goals of the nonprofit. “I love it because I really am excited when responsibility seriously.” Townsend’s takeaway from POLAHS’ recent As a result, it’s not uncommon to find people want to try new things and do new things troubles is that organizations have to be able to the same people occupying multiple boards. that are better for the community,” she said. “I Sometimes, this phenomenon can be pronounced love this community, obviously, and I love Los adapt. “Remember, I am not an expert on this in places like San Pedro where there are about Angeles—I’m an L.A. girl… I am drawn to these kinds of things rather than things that are just business of boards and governance,” she said. 50 nonprofit organizations with an elite few continuing to run and do whatever they do. I’m “I’ve experienced a lot of it. But part of the deal individuals or families occupying three to five drawn to the outside-the-box type of things—the here with POLAHS was that it came to a point boards of directors. where it was time to revisit the management In settings such as these, in which there’s visionary thinking.” I pointed out that she was also present and structure of the school for good reasons—nothing so little diversity and so great a difference in wealth and power among members, the normal involved in the very beginnings of POLAHS bad—all good. “That was sort of difficult because the board tendencies to avert conflict within a governing and AltaSea, during the design phase of these didn’t quite see why that had to happen, nor did board is multiplied exponentially. nonprofit organizations. Townsend agreed with my belief that “Helping to design the project… is the part I the top management staff,” she said. resolution can’t come without conflict. When it love the most,” she said. “When you pull all these became clear that Cross wasn’t going to return people together, who buy into a vision, [who] love the vision, [who] have a passion for it and As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get Townsend to to POLAHS, she began mentoring and grooming they all bring different expertise to the project, assign blame for the school’s inability to adapt Scotti to occupy the POLAHS chief executive role that now combines the powers of principal [this] is really exciting.” fast enough. Townsend credits her background in theater To recap, Executive Director Jim Cross, was and executive director. “We knew POLAHS was settled and it was for this view of organization building—not from placed on paid leave for the second and final time the perspective of an actor, but that of a director. in February following a closed meeting amid going to be OK…I had decided…for the last six months while we were trying to work out this “I was a director; I was not an actress; I was renewed allegations of financial impropriety. not anything else,” she said. “To me, bringing all Conflict between Cross and Principal Tom deal with Jim [Cross]…I was going to focus this talent together to create a work of art in the Scotti (who is a relative of District 15 Councilman on making sure everything stayed good at this theater was what I loved the most. And this is no Joe Buscaino), lack of financial transparency, school,” Townsend said. “So, I just became different. Even being principal of the school is teacher input on school site spending, and the Tom’s mentor and I was at school almost every really no different than that.” appearance of cronyism were the dominant issues. day helping everybody feel good and move I wondered aloud if having the same cast An audit of the school’s finances was conducted forward and continue to do all the good things members playing roles on multiple boards could and ultimately cleared Cross of wrongdoing, they were doing. “I needed to re-establish and prove to the make for a stale and restrictive environment for though the actual audit report was not released. these nonprofit organizations. During his tenure, Cross reportedly used board that Tom, who is a great principal, can run “I don’t think of the board so much as I think personal funds for school expenditures, even as this show. Because sometimes business people of the people who are basically running and he used school funds for personal expenditures. [See Townsend, page 21]
[Briefs, from page 6]
If You Have a Hammer, Every Problem Begins to Look Like a Nail By James Preston Allen, Publisher
June 25 - July 8, 2015
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Our fertile subconscious minds conjure up curious images to deal with unresolved conflicts. A friend of mine once recounted waking from a dream in which she collected all the hammers in her house before going to bed so as to protect herself from burglars breaking in during the night. I sometimes think our city leaders have the very same dream and solve problems the same way. The Los Angeles City Council has a toolbox full of hammers to address the city’s multitude of problems. Nowhere is this more evident than how it chose to solve the growing number of homeless encampments this past week when it reduced the amount of advanced notice authorities have to give before removing personal possessions of the homeless. The number of people without shelter in Los Angeles County rose by 12 percent over the past two years to 44,359. Somewhere close to half of those reside in the City of Los Angeles. And, about 300 of those reside in San Pedro. The cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach both have 19 laws on the books targeting the homeless. In their wisdom the city councils have made it illegal for both the rich and the poor to sleep in public parks or anywhere else outdoors. Overall, there are some 200 laws and local ordinances criminalizing homelessness in California. The state legislature passed a new version of Penal Code Section 647(E), a misdemeanor charge for sleeping inside of buildings, public or private without permission. This anti-lodging law was made harsher when the penalties were increased to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine if caught doing it twice—as if a homeless person could afford to pay this. All of this hammering on the poor seems crazy in light of the barrage of stories published by Los Angeles Magazine expounding on the idea that Los Angeles is on the verge. There are billion-dollar hotels going up near LA Live; there are competing NFL stadium proposals in Carson and Inglewood; a billion-dollar restoration effort of the Los Angeles River; and at every new Metro light rail station new market-rate housing is being erected.
Yes, Los Angeles is on the verge of becoming divided and unaffordable for working class Angelenos. All while real estate prices soar and foreign capital builds yet another skyscraper hotel. Recently the California Supreme Court ruled that San Jose could impose its affordable housing zoning codes on new developments. For Los Angeles, this is a nail worth pounding—staunching the loss of affordable working class housing as previously low-income neighborhoods become gentrified. This should be an immediate priority for the city council to hammer down before passing any more ordinances outlawing sleeping on park benches. In other words, how about providing some lumber in which to hammer those nails. This, of course, is not our city’s only dysfunction. In in the words of departing Deputy City Mayor Rick Cole, “[The city] is designed not to work.” That Los Angeles annually spends $100 million on the homeless—$80 million on just policing—is an astounding figure and one of the prime examples of how Los Angeles is designed not to work. If Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council aim to make Los Angeles the sustainable city of the future, then investing some of this $100 million into permanent housing for the homeless must be made as high a priority as the efforts to make the LA River look pretty again. In the meantime, the city cannot arrest its way or evict its way out of the growing problem of homelessness. Let’s find some vacant property where we can set up some bathrooms and showers, provide social services, and let them camp out in peace. Whatever happened to Ted Hayes Jr.’s Dome Village concept for housing the homeless? On Aug. 31, 2006, Hayes announced that the residents of Dome Village were being evicted and that domes would be auctioned off online. Residents were given until that October to get out and move into traditional homeless shelters. At the time, they hoped to recreate Dome Village elsewhere in Los Angeles with the proceeds from the auction. Perhaps it’s time to build a few more domes?
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Corporate Elites are Not “America”
By Jim Hightower, Political Commentator and Columnist President Obama is miffed that nearly all and even allow multinational corporations to of his fellow Democrats in the U.S. House of usurp our people’s sovereignty by suing the U.S. Representatives recently refused to follow him government in special corporate tribunals over over the cliff of yet another global trade deal. But, laws and rules they don’t like. ironically, it was the core of his own argument Obama is mad at House Democrats, but that led Democrats to hand such an embarrassing people back home are furious at him for trying (and deserved) defeat to him. to sell us out. As minority leader Nancy Pelosi “Simply put,” Obama pleaded, “America has put it, when members went back to their districts, to write the rules of the 21st century economy in “we put our hand on a very hot stove” of public a way that benefits American workers.” opposition. Nice sentiment—but “simply put”—the claim that his Trans-Pacific Partnership scheme would benefit American workers is a scam. Democratic lawmakers knew that “America” had not written Cabrillo Beach 4th of July the 1,000 pages of rules the president was pushing. Spectacular In the secret, closed-door negotiating sessions, The Cabrillo Beach Boosters would like to thank the tiny fraction of “Americans” allowed inside you for your generous donations in the past. They have were such corporate powers as AT&T, GE, the assisted in sponsoring the many activities the Boosters provide for our community. Koch brothers, and Walmart. As you many know, the Cabrillo Beach Boosters Workers themselves were not at the will be sponsoring the 65th (consecutive) John Olguin table, nor were consumers, small business, Annual 4th of July spectacular, featuring a phenomenal environmentalists, family farmers, and all other fireworks display, enjoyed by over 40,000 guests real people who know from experience that the annually. The Cabrillo Beach Boosters would like to ask old saying is true: If you’re not at the table, you to consider becoming a co-sponsor with any you’re on the menu. amount this year. This will help underwrite a portion Sure enough, the “rules of the 21st century of costs associated with bringing this event to our economy” that Obama’s TPP deal would impose community. Your donation is tax deductible and is on us is a raw deal, rigged against people for greatly appreciated. Please send your check to the Cabrillo Beach Boosters at 3800 Stephen M. White the benefit of global corporate powers. For Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731 example, the rules would raise our medicine Gary Dwight, President Cabrillo Beach Boosters prices, offshore more of our jobs, undermine San Pedro our food-safety and environmental protections,
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Beach Going to the Dogs
So let me get this straight—in 2008 Cabrillo Beach had a big sand replacement project, I don’t know the cost. The bird droppings in the sand built up over time and it was said to be causing the high bacterial rates in the water at Cabrillo Beach. So, the sand replacement project finally gets finished, people use the beach daily, smaller
Community Alerts Fracking, Urban Oil Workshop
Learn about fracking and other extreme oil production happening in the community. Fracking, acidization, gravel packing, cyclic steam injection— what are they? How do they work? Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 27 Details: (310) 560-2271 Venue: Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., Carson
Mexican Navy Ship Zapoteco Visits POLA
Time to Take Bernie Sanders Seriously?
Once again my dear Mr. Schaper, You have spun your neo-con world view of American politics into an incredible litany of perverse lies, half-truths and downright slander. Your gross exaggeration of Hillary’s legacy of “dead diplomats and dying American diplomacy” is about as callus as your own politics. Now, I appreciate the fact that you don’t get Sen. Bernie Sander’s perspective on the billionaire Wall Street banksters who have been gaming our government for the past 30 years. But do you happen to recall what the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, said after the financial crisis of 2008 in a congressional hearing on Capital Hill? Greenspan offered his mea culpa, admitting that his “free-market ideology shunning certain regulations was flawed.” He was first appointed Federal Reserve chairman by your favorite President Ronald Reagan in August 1987. Some of us on the progressive side of things have been saying this since Greenspan sat at the knee of Ayn Rand or when Reagan offered up his “trickle down” economic theory. Owning a condo or paying a mortgage on a house doesn’t make a person part of the billionaire 1%, it just means that they are part of the American middle class who hasn’t been forced to file bankruptcy or had their job shipped to China. James Preston Allen, Publisher
Attack on Emotional Support Dogs
I am a homeowner at San Pedro Marina Pointe Homeowners’ Association. This association has taken me to court to have my emotional support dogs removed
because the homeowners’ association pleases, it will affect all of us in the future. The judge has no knowledge of the DavisStirling Act and he has refused to listen to the lieutenant from the San Pedro Animal Shelter to have the case heard in their administrative offices. I simply want the public to be aware. The Davis-Stirling Act section I am referring to in my letter is the section following Internal Dispute Resolution: Meet & Confer. Associations must provide a “fair, reasonable and expeditious” procedure for resolving disputes between the association and its members
without charging a fee to the member participating in the process. (Civ. Code §5910.) The process is referred to as “Internal Dispute Resolution” (IDR) or “Meet and Confer.” Notice: Associations must notify their members of both ADR and IDR dispute resolution procedures. Dr. Irene James San Pedro
Carjacking at Jack in the Box
I was driving southbound to my new place of business. I was hoping to make a start in…a new location on 13th Street and [See Letters, page 10]
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While reading the last issue of Random Lengths News, I was pleasantly surprised that Matthew Wuerker’s latest cartoon featured Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker soaring over potential presidential contenders on his Harley. I hope that Walker is not only the GOP nominee in 2016, but becomes the next president of the United States. Unlike the current White House occupant, the governor of Wisconsin can bring real hope and change. A pastor’s kid with a credible character and incredible conservative record of protecting life, marriage, labor reforms, and fiscal discipline, the former state assemblyman, Milwaukee County chief executive, and thrice-elected governor of the dairy state champions limited government, individual liberty, and constitutional rule: the face, facts, and future of true progress in the United States. No wonder Republican candidates are opting out of Iowa: Walker is already polling ahead there, even before officially declaring his presidential candidacy. As for the Democrats, their thin bench is baffling as well as laughable. Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves a legacy of dead diplomats and dying American diplomacy. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley fundamentally transformed Maryland into a regressive dystopia. Thankfully, a stellar Republican governor, Larry Hogan, replaced him. He is advancing conservative principles and the old line state’s prosperity. There’s former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican-turned-independentturned-Democrat (confused? flipflopper?), universally unpopular and disrespected, from his “pot for potholes” revenue fantasies to his forced pension reforms.
from a home I already paid for in the complex. The association’s board of directors has sued me in an unlimited civil case alleging that my two poodles, ages 14 and 11, bark 24/7. They never filed complaints with the city’s animal shelter. I am writing to expose the association’s lack of consideration that my dogs are emotional support dogs and the Long Beach Superior Court judge, Michael Vicencio, who indicated on May 5, 2015 that there is no such thing as “an emotional support dog.” I think the homeowners in California need to know that if one judge is allowed to remove emotional support dogs simply
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The Zapoteco, an auxiliary Navy cadet training ship from Colima, Mexico, will sail into the Port of Los Angeles and offer free public tours June 27 through 30 on the LA waterfront. On its maiden voyage to Los Angeles, Zapoteco, with a crew of about 190 on board, will arrive at Berth 46, also known as the Outer Harbor. Tour hours are: • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 (free shuttle service from Wilmington) • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28 (free shuttle service from Wilmington) • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30 Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations or tickets are not required. Over the weekend, a free shuttle to the ship will depart from the Wilmington YMCA, 1127 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington. A floating hospital, Zapoteco serves as a disaster relief vessel and has aided earthquake victims in Haiti, Indonesia, Peru and El Salvador. Zapoteco has been twice-honored by the Mexican Navy for “performing an act which constitutes an example worthy of imitation.” Zapoteco was commissioned by the Mexican Navy as a Huasteco-class logistics vessel in 1986. The ship measures 254 feet in length, and weighs 1,174 tons. The ship’s home port is in Manzanillo, Mexico. Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 27 through 30 Cost: Free Details: lawaterfront.org Venue: Outer Harbor, 3011 Miner St., San Pedro
bussed in to enjoy the beach and the museum. So now, they want to turn the area into a dog park. The people who sit there play with their children there and walk in the sand there will have to watch every step for dog urination sites and dog droppings instead of bird droppings. When it rains the droppings and urine-stained sand will cause pollutants to wash into the ocean once again. Structures were installed to keep the birds from polluting the site again—so let’s just bring in a different species to do it. And the people who use picnic tables and barbecue food there will have to deal with dogs. I believe there is a “no dogs on the beach law”? We can go all out for dogs and the city puts this issue on the agenda, but the homeless problem is ongoing and the toxic emissions from the cigar lounge are ongoing. Makes no sense. J. Olsen San Pedro
Providence is going bankrupt, more residents are fleeing the ocean state than staying, and Chafee’s contribution to the presidential race? A conversion to the metric system and his “No!” vote against Iraq in 2002. Then there’s Vermont socialist U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a politician whom RLn editor James Preston Allen called an example of “true progressive politics.” A double-dealing fear monger who preaches hatred of the moneyed classes (even while owning a condo himself), Sanders is turning out large crowds, seriously challenging Clinton’s chances. Vermonters shared these comments about their Senatorturned-presidential aspirant: “Bernie Sanders is a filthy socialist and therefore, can’t take the oath for any office without lying!” and “He can’t talk crap about military when he has never served in it.” (https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s / vermontteapartyconservatives/ permalink/962584957096387/) Today, progressivism has become “Weekend at Bernie’s,” where the main characters propped up their dead boss to stay alive. This time, the Democratic Party is propping up the dead ideology of socialism, class warfare, and envy. And will lose in 2016. Arthur Christopher Schaper Torrance
[Letters, from page 9]
Gaffey. I [had] put a good amount of money away... I spent that day or week buying product and all the possible things I would need to run a successful, attractive, and well laid-out store… I packed my [newly purchased] vehicle, a 1997 Cadillac STS with rims, stereo, TV, DVD etc, worth about $10,000. I packed the car to the tilt to make one trip, and had all my funds from closing an account—$6,490—in an envelope, in a box under my seat for on-hand cash, petty cash, etc for a new store. I got in the car with my girlfriend and drove to San Pedro from Gardena. We [stopped at] the Jack in the Box on the northeast corner of Gaffey and 6th Street. [Mine] was the only vehicle in the parking lot at the time. While my girlfriend was inside placing an order, I noticed a gray minivan [with] six or more people slowly pull in behind my car, preventing me from backing out. Four male Samoans [came out of the van’s sliding doors] and ran up to the side of my car, threatening me saying, “get the fuck out the car... get out.” The [Jack in the Box] security guard and employees basically froze and [just] watched the [carjacking] unfold. [One of the suspects] grabbed my girlfriend
and held her down. I fought with the suspect for a total of 16 minutes. Witnesses that were walking by stopped…in fear. The suspect strong-arming my girlfriend kicked me and forced me to the ground taking my car keys out of my hand before shoving my girlfriend into my car and speeding off. I stood there bleeding from my face. They stabbed me in the back three times. Blood soaked, and with broken bones, I was in complete shock. I walked into the restaurant. The employees and a security guard stood there and stared at me. I asked, “You called 911, right? Where are the cops?” They said, “Oh…we didn’t know if you wanted us to.” What?!!! Then the security guard said “well I call for you. [But] Jack in the Box said I can’t use their phone for personal business.” A bystander…[Upon hearing] what happened, called police. The police showed up, took a report and searched for my girlfriend, the vehicle and everything else. The police notified me that if they [the Jack in the Box employees] had called 911, a car would have been there within minutes, instead of me having to go through 20 minutes of undeserved hell, and would have [recovered] most or all of what they took from me. The police caught one of the
suspects they saw on the video [footage]. They dropped the charges because he testified on a few cases and apparently was a confidential witness to another ugly crime. Det. Hayes from Harbor Division apologized deeply, saying it was a call from the D.A.’s office because of the suspect’s willingness to testify on another unrelated case. I am now out of any justice whatsoever, the system basically let them violently steal $32,565 of my hard-earned money plus $6,000-plus in cash, total of about $33,165, and walk away laughing. I found out later they broke into my personal banking accounts and ordered online with my debit accounts, since they stole my car all my checks debit cards etc, they charged and defrauded me out of over $9,000 in prepaid debit online purchases of Visa cards, Amazon, eBay, any and all, as a check for $1,700 was deposited and credited to their account that as I filed fraud and attempted to get my money back, the bank, Huntington denied me only credited me the overdraft of $700, and denied my refunds of the $8,000-plus, saying they can’t prove that it wasn’t me behind the transactions. This is what I get; the D.A. said he couldn’t see the video too well. Since when is a video needed to prosecute a crime? Philip Herklotz Oceanside
[Climate, from page 5]
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never heard in mainstream circles until just now, actually. I mean, I’ve never seen such a mainstream use of that term. Klein also pointed out that it was not just climate deniers who were criticized by the encyclical: I think that it’s too easy to say that this is just a challenge to Rick Santorum and Jeb Bush. Frankly, it is also a challenge to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and to large parts of the green movement, because it is a rebuke of slow action. It very specifically says that climate denial is not just about denying the science, it’s also about denying the urgency of the science. The document is very strong in condemning delays, halfmeasures, so-called market solutions. It very specifically criticizes carbon markets, the carbon offsetting, as an inadequate measure that will encourage speculation and rampant consumption. Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, which has coordinated global days of climate protests, said the encyclical was “Neither liberal nor conservative—but definitely radical.” More specifically: [T]he heart of the encyclical is less an account of environmental or social destruction than a remarkable attack on the way our world runs: on the “rapidification” of modern life, on the way that economic growth and technology trump all other concerns, on a culture that can waste billions of people. These are neither liberal nor conservative themes, and they are not new for popes: what is new is that the ecological crisis makes
them inescapable. As the encyclical says, “We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet.” But it does not intend to be a message of despair. A primary drafter of the encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, on the morning of its release at the Vatican, said, “Pope Francis has a positive outlook for the possibility to change tack on the environmental issue. Humanity says Pope Francis still has the capacity to work to build our common home. Human beings are still capable of intervening positively.” “This is really the first Third World encyclical,” Nathan Schneider, a columnist with the Catholic weekly, America, told Democracy Now! “[T]his is coming from a pope who was shaped in really significant ways by economic crises during the Cold War in Argentina and being in the middle of a battleground between the First and Second World powers. It was drafted by a cardinal from Ghana,” he said. “So this is coming from the side of the world that we don’t normally hear from. And it’s very much in line with things that popes have been saying for decades, you know, going back to Paul VI, then John Paul II, Benedict XVI. So, a lot of the content is actually not so new for Catholics.” Considering that Christianity was originally the religion of the Roman Empire’s underclass, it is only fitting that such a cry now be heard.
‘Cock’ Wrestles with Identity, Stereotypes I
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Evan Battle (M) and Leigh Hayes (John). Photo by John David Lewis Photography
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n a time when Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal top the list of social media posts, it is easy to see how issues of identity take center stage in today’s society. Cock, a play by Mike Bartlett, aims to challenge identity in our culture, in which the human experience is continuously simplified in an attempt to place people in boxes and label them according to various indices. “It’s a universal thing; it’s people getting trapped in their labels and feeling that they are representative, more than individuals,” explained director Gregory M. Cohen, who recently brought the theatrical production to the Studio at the Long Beach Playhouse. While aspects of Cock are funny, it could hardly be considered a farce. Its efforts to be comical seem to reach only a segment of the audience. “Stand over by the fake door!” exclaims the main character at the beginning of the play. Somehow, some people found that breaking of the fourth wall funny because the production had a minimalistic setting. But its effect was both positive and negative. On one hand, the actors and their audience were able to concentrate on the language and the acting, which is a good thing. On the other hand, the minimalism — evident not only by the lack of many fixtures on the stage, but also by transition from scene to scene through light dimming — made the play’s time transitions difficult to follow. “This is the kind of show that an audience is going to catch up to” Cohen said of the play’s nonlinear structure. “The first few scenes are (just) kind of trying to figure out what’s going on. Then, they’re going to realize that we are skipping through time and then going backwards.” Cock, set in London, centers on the life of John, played by Leigh Hayes. Having established a long-term relationship with his male partner (played by Evan Battle), John finds love in the arms of a woman (played by Lexington Vanderberg) during a brief breakup. What ensues is essentially a cock fight for his love. Battle said he found things in his own life that helped him relate to the character he played. His character was consistent and emotional, almost to the point of being over-dramatic. However, anyone with experience in relationships knows that some of them are just as passionate. “I liked that there is something in it for everyone,” Battle said. “You don’t have to have experienced exactly this to find something in it that you can relate to.” The language in the play tries to stay true to its setting, and the actors do an excellent job using British accents. “We talked about making it American and we felt that the language was so important to the show. It had to be British… but like I said, it’s universal,” said Cohen, adding there is very little punctuation and no [See Cock, page 18]
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Mishi Strudel Looking for Buyers I
By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
was shocked and a little sad to learn on Facebook that Aniko and Michael Schueller were looking to sell their pastry shop, Mishi Strudel. The comment thread is full of local regret. “Say it ain’t so” and expressions of hope that the shop will retain its Hungarian cuisine and homespun character in the hands of a buyer.
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“Bittersweet to be sure,” the Schuellers posted for their Facebook followers. “We love how this wonderful community has welcomed us over the past 8-plus years, and we love all the close friends we’ve made just by sharing our passion for delicious Hungarian food, culture and most of all, flaky strudel, in our little cafe.” The Schuellers described the closing as a
transition into their next adventure. I, for one, will miss their Arabica coffee and the warm smells of cinnamon, vanilla nut and almond. Michael Schueller, for whom the cafe is named (Mishi is the Hungarian derivation of Michael), recounted taking his aunt’s traditional Hungarian strudel recipes and updating them for today’s more health conscious consumer. “[In the old days] there was no concern about healthiness,” he told me. “The recipes were extensively modified. My wife, Aniko, is very well-versed in health foods. She reads a lot of health food articles. I’m not allowed to eat bad things.” Said the biggest changes to his aunt’s traditional recipes include dropping the use of coloring in the cherries and replacing shortening with butter. Recognizing the fan base they have built, the Schuellers trademarked their logo and name to allow for the possibility that Mishi Strudel could live on beyond them. Strudel lovers can only hope a buyer is found that is committed to preserving Mishi’s authenticity. But even then, it may not be the [See Entrée, page 16] same.
South Bay Contemporary Untitled: San Pedro
Richard A. López Studio
Michael Stearns Studio 347
The estate of artist Richard A. López announces a major studio sale June 27 and 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The collection contains landscapes, figurative works and abstract acrylic on canvas paintings. As an artist, creating means being reflective, shaping movement and letting go. No one exemplified this more that Richard López. Richard knew how to connect you with his sense of the world. Richard A López studio is located at 372 W. 7th St., San Pedro.
Artist’s Reception during First Thursday Art Walk, July 2, 6 p.m to 9 p.m. — Painting the Soul Workshop by Lance Green July 3, 10 a.m to 1 p.m. $80. Michael Stearns Studio 347 is located at 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro. Call (562) 400-0544 for information or appointments.
Summer Celebration Sale All Paintings 50% off
Entities: Work by Lance Green and Michael Stearns
This is an inclusive, artist driven show and include as many esteemed artists that work in San Pedro as possible. Ten respected artists were initially invited to show their art and asked to forward the letter of invitation to 10 other respected Artists. This exhibition takes place at two venues, and there will be a silent auction at both venues, including work by Richard Lopez and several other artists. There will also be a raffle for free art workshops given by Jan Govaerts and Ben Zask. The drawing will be at 9 p.m. on first Thursday, July 2nd at both venues. Regularly open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. (call when you arrive) (310) 429-0973. South Bay Contemporary, At the LOFT, 401 S. Mesa St., 3rd floor, and 430 Building, Center for the Arts, 430 W. 6th St., San Pedro. www. southbaycontemporary.com.
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new works on paper and canvas
Pat Woolley and Gloria D Lee continue showing new work including abstracts, children’s book and unique jewelry from France as well as other small gifts. Open 6-9 p.m. on 1st Thursday and by appointment. For more information call Gloria at (310) 545-0832 or Pat at (310) 374-8055, 345 W. 7th St., San Pedro.
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Garlicky quinoa with asparagus, fresh mint and pecans
Terra’s Kitchen: The Farm to Door Food Delivery Service By Gina Ruccione, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer
June 25 – July 8, 2015
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We all have guilty pleasures. Mine happens
to be watching the Food Network for hours on end and then trying to recreate lavish dinners for my friends and neighbors. It’s a process that can take days on end — especially if I’m trying to plan a Game of Thrones-themed dinner with six courses and a wine pairing. Needless to say, this can put a slight strain on both my stomach and my wallet. Actually, “slight strain” is an understatement. I’d be lying if I told you that I have never spent an entire paycheck at Whole Foods. That being said, there is a way to eat fresh, eat well and eat with ease without throwing down wads of cash. Enter Terra’s Kitchen, a new farm-to-front door food delivery service, which brings the finest ingredients and chef-designed recipes right to your door. Essentially, it’s everything you need to cook great-tasting meals at home. Their goal is quite simple: bring back family dinner night with less hassle and at a fraction of the price. Here’s how it works: Go to their website and choose from their menu of seasonal recipes.
Unlike some of their competitors, Terra’s Kitchen allows you to swap out or remove recipes. Next, experiment with different cooking techniques and flavor profiles you wouldn’t typically try at home, like chicken with sugar pea and radish salad, or skirt steak with chimichurri and sweet potato fries. Menus are constantly evolving and they only use the best ingredients. Then, just wait for your delivery. Terra’s Kitchen sources their produce and meat from local purveyors and then preps and portions everything for you. Everything is delivered in a refrigerated vessel with step-by-step, foolproof recipe cards. All you have left to do is cook and enjoy. If that doesn’t make your life easier, I don’t know what will. Gina Ruccione is a self-proclaimed food critic, has traveled all over Europe and Asia, and has lived in almost every nook of Los Angeles County. You can visit her blog at http://foodfashionfoolishfornication.com.
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O’Donnell Honors San Pedro Restaurant
Restaurateur Beth Leger of Bagels Galore was recognized as the 70th District’s California Small Business of the Year June 11. Leger was presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by the California Small Business Association in Sacramento. “Bagels Galore is not only famous for their delicious bagels and spreads, but a reputation of giving back to the community,” said Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell. “Whether it is by donating bagels and gift cards for local school fundraisers, supporting local nonprofits, or simply serving a great breakfast to their customers, Beth and her family take every opportunity to serve as model business owners.” Open for breakfast and lunch crowds between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., Bagels Galore has been serving bagels since 1994. As a business within the 70th Assembly District, at 25th Street and Western Avenue, the shop was nominated for the honor by a stakeholder within the district. “I am grateful to Assembly member O’Donnell for selecting Bagels Galore as Small Business of the Year,” Leger stated. “It is a great honor to be chosen out of all of the businesses in the district…. We look forward to many more years of providing great food and contributing to the quality of life for the visitors and residents of San Pedro.” Details: (310) 833-3699 Venue: Bagels Galore, 2410 S. Western Ave., San Pedro
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Second Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest
Stuffed bacon bombs; bacon-filled Twinkies; bacon churros; hog pockets; bacon ice pops; salted caramel bourbon-spiced candied bacon all sound like either an arsenal to choke an artery or a ticket to hog heaven with a return flight. Welcome to the Queen Mary’s second annual Big Bite Bacon Festival, which takes place Aug. 1 and 2. Representing bacon will be restaurants from West Covina to Long Beach. Dozens of local restaurants and chefs were invited to offer their own dish with bacon as their centerpiece. More than 15 breweries offering a variety of craft beers will also be there to wash it all down. Time: 11 a.m to 10 p.m. Aug. 1, and 12 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 Cost: $50 to $80; beer wrist bands are $15. Details: http://bigbiteevents.com, www.queenmary.com Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
Keeping the Mic Live and Open
By Charles Lamont, Guest Columnist, and Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor “I like the vibe and the space we created for people to come and do their thing,” Brandin said. “We’ve seen people blossom as a result of having a place to play. Without the availability of a performance place, many players would not have regained the confidence to play again.” It’s hard to say whether the growth of open mics in San Pedro is an isolated phenomenon. Long Beach still has lots of open mic venues such as Viento y Agua and 4th Street and Vine. It has been my experience that things sometimes just come together at open mic night. The vibe is just right, the combination of performer and audience is just right and the magic just happens. Other times it can be awkward or embarrassing but it’s all about the people — the performer and the audience. It couldn’t happen without an accepting and supportive audience. Venue: The Royale Hotel, 238 W. 10th St., San Pedro Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays Details: (310) 832-5225
The Redmen’s Lodge/Wigwam, 543 Shepard St., San Pedro, Time: 6:30 p.m, Wednesday Details: Redman’s Lodge on Facebook Venue:
Venue: Sacred Grounds, 468 W. 6th St., San Pedro Time: 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays Details: Sacred Grounds on Facebook Venue: Off the Vine, 491 W. 6th St., #103, San Pedro Time: 7 p.m., Every other Thursday Details: Off the Vine on Facebook Venue: The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th St. San Pedro Time: 3 p.m. First Sunday Ukelele Hootenany; 3 p.m. Last Sunday Details: The Corner Store on Facebook Venue: Old Torrance Coffee and Tea, 1413 Marcelina Ave., Torrance Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays Details: http://otcoffeetea.com/
The Crest Sports Bar and Grill, 1625 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance Time: 7 p.m., Thursdays Details: http://thecrestsportsbarandgrill.com/ Venue:
Venue: Viento y Agua, 4007 E. 4th St., Long Beach Time: 7 p.m. Thursdays Details: www.vientoyaguacoffeehouse.com
The Family Crest and Run River North The Family Crest is a San Francisco-based orchestral indie rock band and National Public Radio favorite. The music of Run River North, a Korean-American indie folk rock band, can be described as thoughtful and uplifting anthems driven by rhythmic drum beats, jangling guitars, and rapturous strings. Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Cost: Free Details: grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles Richard Sherman Trio The Richard Sherman Trio and the Grammy Award winning Bili Redd will be performing at Alvas. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Location: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
Comedian Hannibal Buress Enjoy a night of comedy with Hannibal Buress at the Warner Grand Theatre. Buress is a stand-up comedian, actor and television writer. He plays Lincoln Rice in the Comedy Central series Broad City and serves as co-host with Eric André on The Eric André Show. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: $51.50 Details: (310) 548-2493; www.ticketmaster.com Location: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro Downtown Funk by the Sea The Funkalicious Band, OG Dj “Looney Tunes” and Funk Fellas on the Wheels of Steel will perform at this event. The Downtown Funk by the Sea also will include a ‘70s costume contest. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25 to $45 Details: (310) 883-8933 Venue: The Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro Caleb Quaye and the Faculty Caleb Quaye has a worldwide reputation as a signature lead guitar player since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. He is known most notably as Elton John’s original lead guitarist having played on all the “early stuff.” The rest of the faculty includes Charles Williams on keyboard, Doug Mathews on drums and Robert “Pee Wee” Hill on bass. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 Details: (800) 403-3447; www.alvasshowroom.com Location: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
June 28 Summer Concert Series Free concerts in the Rancho’s beautiful backyard featuring top-notch musicians. Rancho’s summer concert series begins with a performance by the Smokin’ Cobras, a high-energy sextet. They have a vast repertoire of songs that span decades but, for this performance, they will stay focused primarily on the rock ’n’ roll explosion of the ‘50s.This summer’s concerts commemorate the 1950s, when the Rancho was transferred from the Bixby family to the city of Long Beach (1955). The lawn opens to guests at 4:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking. Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: (562) 206-2040; www.rancholoscerritos.org Venue: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach
WATTS50 New York City-based Lyricist Lounge curates its first West Coast evening of socially conscious rap and hip hop. Pacifica Radio’s on-the-ground coverage of 1965 events will serve as source material for select musical compositions. Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m. July 10 Cost: Free Details: grandperformances.org Venue: Grand Performances, 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Community/Family June 27
Coastal Sage Scrub 101 The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy is presenting a free workshop about our local habitat and rare biodiversity. Naturalist Neil Uelman will lead the workshop. Time: 11 a.m. July 27 Cost: Free Details: email@example.com Location: Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro 2nd Annual Euro Bierfest The Euro Bierfest features the best imports from the continent all in one place and in one comprehensive package. You’ll be able to sample Belgian sours, English porters, French ciders and a host of others with 500 other beer lovers. You’ll have a choice of 50 beers and ciders. Time: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 27 Cost: $45 Details: http://tinyurl.com/kunmuf2 Venue: Alpine Village, 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Seal Day 2015 Observe seal and sea lion patients and learn how they rehabilitate at Marine Mammal Care Center. Bring an item from this “wish list” and receive a discount in our gift shop: bleach (unscented); vegetable or safflower oil; vitamin B-1 (500 mg); latex surgical gloves (sm/md); fish oil capsules; laundry detergent; gift cards to Home Depot and Staples; and gift cards for gasoline. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 Cost: Free Details: (310) 548-5677 Venue: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro Senior Comedy Afternoons Bonnie Barchichat’s Senior Comedy Afternoons presents its next show and luncheon. The show honors Independence Day with comedy, music, dance, décor, video and a flag presentation. Rich Shydner, a uniquely observational comic, headlines the event. Time: 1 to 4 p.m. June 28 Cost: $25 to $60 Details: (714) 914-2588; www.seniorcomedyafternoons.com Venue: The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach
7th Annual Cars And Stripes Forever The Independence Day celebration includes a free classic car show, live bands, food trucks, beer garden and a grand fireworks finale. Time: 5 to10 p.m. July 2 Cost: Free Details: (310) 732-3508; lawaterfront.org Venue: Fanfare Fountain at Gateway Plaza, 600 N. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
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June 25 – July 8, 2015
The Wigwam and The Corner Store are mostly unplugged. There’s a mic and speaker system at Sacred Grounds.
Bones and Blues Bones and Blues is a monthly concert series featuring live blues and jazz music, domino tournaments and a hearty barbecue dinner. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $25 at the door Details: (323) 563-5639; www.wlcac.org Venue: The Center, 10950 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles
A Salute to Santana Robert Sarzo will be performing Santana’s greatest hits. Sarzo is a former member of Hurricane and Geoff Tate’s Queensryche. Time: 7 p.m. June 28 Cost: $20 Details: (562) 596-4718; gaslamptix.com Venue: Gaslamp, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach
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n what seems like a new addition to San Pedro’s already rich cultural smorgasbord, the open mic scene in San Pedro is a growing phenomenon with at least five venues every week. The original open mic scene started at the old Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse back when it occupied the building where Niko’s Pizzeria now stands. At least that’s the way Owen Tirre remembers it. Tirre, has been running the open mic at the Wigwam for several years. There are a great number of talented players in San Pedro, but they are fragmented into pockets of players and may never cross paths. The open mic scene is the place where they might meet and play together — creating phenomenal music on the spot. And, the people who return frequently to perform improve noticeably each time. The wooden, open ceiling structure and wide open spaces looks and feels like a barn. With a mini seashell stage and a microphone artist of all sorts step to the stage to play original music. Many performers seem to fit a type: long haired, fedora wearing artists of age 50 or better. Their music almost always defaults to folk by virtue of their acoustic guitar, but their lyrics come from well-lived lives that come from travel, experience and wiry humor of going through it all, whether bad or good. Tirre sees the local open mic scene as a place where artists can play unfettered by the demands of live entertainment venues. “A venue was needed for performing artists, poets and spoken word performance artists such as Randy Stodola,” said Robert Brandin, who helps run the open mic at the Wigwam. “The beginners and the performance artist types need a place to start out where the audience is supportive… For many seasoned performers who have stopped playing, the open mics are the way back to playing once again.” Stodola is a professional artist who fronted punk bands the Alley Cats and the Zarkons during the 1980s and early ‘90s. After a long hiatus, Stodola has reemerged at various venues from Hollywood to San Pedro. The open mic scene is where he tries out material on where he performed music he hasn’t played in a long time. “If you play original music, where do you play in the Harbor area?” Brandin asked. “Bars want mainly danceable cover music.” Indeed, there’s an over-abundance of talent in this town and too many venues either requiring artists to pay to play or play covers, providing little opportunity for artists to try new material on live audiences. At least at an open mic, there’s a stage and willing ears. But the thirst is deep in San Pedro. When Tirre began experiencing burnout earlier this year, he nearly stopped hosting them until local artists Brandin and Richard Sauers picked up the slack with some much needed energy.
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4th of July Extravaganza Experience a spectacular holiday on the water. The twin brigantines Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson will make your tall ship adventure unforgettable. LAMI members receive a 10 percent discount. All proceeds benefit the Topsail Youth Program. Time: 2 to 10 p.m. July 4 Cost: $50 to $75 Details: www.lamitopsail.org Venue: Los Angeles Maritime Institute, Berth 73 Suite 2, San Pedro 4th of July Jazz and Blues Festival Come celebrate the 4th of July at the Vision Theatre in Leimert Park with the rich cultural heritage of the diverse sounds of jazz and blues. There will also be children’s arts and crafts, face painting, delicious food and free watermelon. Time: 1 to 7 p.m. July 4 Cost: Free Details: (213) 202-5500; www.culturela.org Venue: Vision Theatre BackLot, 3341 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles All-American 4th of July Celebrate an all-American 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary. Choose your favorite era of independence to salute or stroll from decade to decade with the entire ship as your playground. There will also be live music. Learn your favorite American jig and lounge all day enjoying family friendly activities. With a giant fireworks extravaganza and unforgettable family fun, 4th of July aboard the Queen Mary is the ultimate Southern California tradition. Please note: You must have an All-American 4th of July ticket to board the ship on July 4th. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $24 to $99 Details: http://www.queenmary.com/ Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
June 25 – July 8, 2015
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The Rebel Reverend The San Pedro Bay Historical Society presents “The Rebel Reverend” as part of their First Sunday Speaker Series presented by author Craig McDonald. Craig McDonald is a descendant of Rev. James Caldwell, an advisor to George Washington who was murdered in the revolution. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 5 Cost: Free Details: sanpedrobayhistoricalsociety.org Venue: Muller House Museum, 1542 S. Beacon St., San Pedro
Theater/Film June 26
Repo! The Genetic Opera The show includes a live shadow-cast by Addicted to the Knife. The film is part of The Long Beach Cinematheque’s 2015 Sunnyside Cemetery Lineup. Time: 6:30 p.m. June 26 Cost: $8 to $10 Details: http://thefridacinema.org Venue: Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow Ave., Long Beach The Heir Apparent Based on Jean-Francois Regnard’s comic masterpiece, The Heir Apparent takes comedy to new heights with this story of mistaken identities. Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from Geronte, his miserable old uncle. Geronte won’t make it easy for Eraste. Can Eraste’s resourceful servant Crispin save the day with his powers of disguise and his quick wit? Time: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 12 Cost: $29 to $34 Details: http://ictlongbeach.org, http://tinyurl. com/lyamefr Venue: ICT at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach
Private Lives Follow divorced couple Elyot and Amanda, who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Their honeymoon rapture comes to a grinding halt.
Time: at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through July 19 Cost: $27 Details: (310) 512-6030; www.littlefishtheatre. org Venue: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St., San Pedro
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Have a family movie night at the park with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Time: 7:30 p.m. June 29 Cost: Free Venue: Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St., Long Beach
Art June 27
riverrun Ray Carofano’s riverrun is a suite of photographs capturing seldom seen images of the 51-mile storm drain that is still flatteringly called the Los Angeles River. Forsaken for so long and fenced off from the very communities it once sustained, the river is now primarily a flood control channel and conduit for urban waste. Be there for the closing reception on June 27. Time: 4 to 7 p.m. June 27 Cost: Free Details: (310) 600-4873 Venue: Warschaw Gallery, 600 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro Harbor-Wide Student Art at Crafted The San Pedro Art Association at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is in the midst of its annual student art show. All chosen work in the exhibition is framed and will be exhibited until September 6th. A reception will be held August 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cash awards and art supplies are presented, and there will be food and live entertainment. Time: Reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 8 Cost: Free Details: SanPedroArt.org Venue: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd Street, San Pedro The Sharing Project Artist Joel Tauber poses questions about whether we share enough in our capitalist world, presented as a 15-channel video installation. Time: 12 p.m to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, through July 19 Cost: Free Details: www.csulb.edu/uam Venue: University Art Museum, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape This exhibit examines the current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art. It will feature site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by artists who will be demonstrating the skilled and nuanced application of their craft. The Vitality and Verve exhibition will be one of several locations in Long Beach this summer that will feature mural art. Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Sept. 27. Cost: $7 adults, and $6 students and seniors Details: lbma.org Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art In the Garden, Art & Music Fair Mary & Joseph Retreat Center hosts an event combining art and artists, sunshine, Taiko drums, Ukuleles, Barbershop harmony, flowers and strawberry shortcake. Local artists will be displaying their work throughout the gardens. Lunch can be ordered in advance. Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 Cost: $10 Details: (310) 377-4867 ext 234 Venue: Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes
Art and Capitalism: The Sharing Project The Sharing Project is an art installation and movie by Joel Tauber that poses questions about whether we share enough in our capitalist world. Presented as a 15-channel video installation project, it focuses on the seemingly simple task of Tauber teaching his young son Zeke to share. As Zeke and Joel struggle to understand what sharing means and how much they should share, experts in different fields offer their thoughts, creating more complexity and questions. In pursuit of answers, Zeke and Joel turn to the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina, hoping that some of the mysteries of [Cock, from page 11]
The Problem With Cock
stage direction. “Cock” is British slang for “nonsense,” as well as an American missive referring to male genitalia. But it also alludes to the personal struggle the main character faces in the pen, or cock-fighting ring, of his own identity. Often weak and insecure, John is the embodiment of a male chicken, juggling the love of two people and too afraid, or too unwilling, to chose one. He is fickle and weak — characteristics that Hayes, a thinly-built, young man—adroitly conveys in his performance. What’s frustrating about Cock is that there are points in the play when you think John reaches a pinnacle of growth and strength, but quickly reverts to being a spineless twerp, who is unable to take responsibility for his own persona. Throughout the play, John is asked to define himself, to take a label, but again and again, he fails to take a stand. “Be yourself,” advises John’s female lover (none of the character in the play except John have a name). “I have absolutely no idea who that is,” is John’s reply. “You are being selfish. I think you need to figure out what you are, fast,” John is chastised by his male partner’s father. “It seems to me you’re confused. Who are you?” “I don’t know what I am!” seems to be John’s flaccid response every time. John’s responses and demonstrated character flaws make you wonder whether the play is counter-productive in its intentions. While it exposes its audience to yet another spot in the sexuality spectrum, which is good, it also runs the
sharing are buried in the traces of the utopian community. Support for The Sharing Project is provided by the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach, as well as the Adamski Gallery For Contemporary Art, the Andy Warhol Foundation For the Visual Arts, the Grand Central Art Center, and Wake Forest University. Cost: Free Details: www.csulb.edu/uam Venue: University Art Museum,
Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
risk of furthering stereotypes about people who do not conform to monosexuality (either hetero or homo sexual, but not both). “It’s a possibility, but I feel that it’s more toward this character’s personality overall,” Hayes, who plays John, opines. “He’s just someone who doesn’t want to deal with conflict.” Hayes, a method actor who drew from his own experience to bring out the character’s emotion, believes that John knows what he wants but he’s too afraid to do something about it. “He feels that you can’t choose who you have sex with, in terms of sexuality; it’s not a choice. But I think somewhere deep inside he knows that love, you can chose,” Hayes said. “It comes down to how you feel about a person.” To accentuate this point, Cohen clarified that the play is not about bisexuality. “It’s about someone in a damaged relationship, searching to complete [himself] in another relationship,” Cohen said. “So, the sexuality is a side issue.” “The way that the play conveys this message, I feel that it will speak to a lot of people,” Hayes continued. “It really opens people’s eyes to knowing what really goes on in the coming out process, what really goes on with finding one’s sexuality and what really goes on loving someone so much to the point where you break those barriers.” Cock is at the Long Beach Playhouse through July 11. Tickets range from $14 for students, $21 for seniors and $24 for adult general admission. The play contains some nudity and language that may be offensive to some people. Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse. org, or by calling (562) 494-1014.
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DBA and legal filings Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015129210 The following person is doing business as: (1) Advantage Duramed, (2) Park Social Services,302 W. 5th Street., San Pedro, Ca 90731, Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Arun Mahtani, 850 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Ca 90802. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Arun Mahtani, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 14, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 05/28/15, 06/11/2015,
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015122352 The following person is doing business as: Boyd Inspection Services, 1134 W. 22nd St., #7, San Pedro, Ca 90731., Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Nathan Boyd, 1134 W. 22nd St., #7, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 05/01/2015. 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/. Arun Mahtani, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 07, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and 20 Professions code).
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015129212 The following person is doing business as: (1) Hospice Medical, (2) Discount Pharmacy Delivery, 302 W. 5th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.., Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Rajat Bhattachanya, 4309 Mesa St., Torrance, Ca 90505. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 05/01/2015. 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/. Rajat Bhattachanya, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on May 14, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 05/28/15, 06/11/2015,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015146162 The following person is doing business as: (1) Pacific Hardware, 1135 S. Pacific Avenue., San pedro Ca 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Vincent S. Perazzola, 2429 Denison Avenue, San Pedro, Ca 90731 Rosalie M. Perazzola, 2429 Denison Avenue, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by a married couple. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above 1974. 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/. Arun Mahtani, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 2, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code).
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 20151466320 The following person is doing business as: (1) Carlitas Childcare, 18329 Mettler, Carson, Ca 90746. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Roberta Carla Gonzalez Padilla,18329 Mettler, Carson, Ca 90746. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Roberta Carla Gonzalez Padilla Carlitas Childcare, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 2, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/11/2015, 06/25/2015,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015149019 The following person is doing business as: (1) San Pedro Girls Volleyball Team, 1723 Ortega Place, San Pedro, Ca 90732. Los Angeles County. Registered owners:(1) Kim Kromas, 1723 Ortega Place, San Pedro, Ca 90732.(2) Francis Ramirez 881 W. 21st St., San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an unincorporated
association other than a partnership. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Kim Kromas, General Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 2, 2015. Notice-In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/11/2015, 06/25/2015,
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015149020 The following person is doing business as: (1) L.A. Harbor Dragonboat Club, 3000 Shoshonean Road, San Pedro, Ca 9073. Los Angeles County. Registered owners:(1) Kim Kromas, 1723 Ortega Place, San Pedro, Ca 90732.(2) Paul Puskar, 29431 N. Enrose Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275 (3) Helol Puskar, 29431 N. Enrose Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275(4) Bernice Browning, 765 W. 26th Street, #605, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. Kim Kromas, General Partner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 2, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/11/2015, 06/25/2015, 07/09/2015, 07/23/2015
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015152890 The following person is doing business as: Ulloth Graphics, 24680 Piuma Road, Malibu, CA 90265. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: John Jay Ulloth, 24680 Piuma Road, Malibu, CA 90265. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information
which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) S/. John Jay Ulloth, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 9, 2015. Notice-In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/25/15, 07/09/15, 07/23/15, 08/06/15
Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015152889 The following person is doing business as: Mendez Computer Consulting, 1172 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Ca 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Jesse Paul Mendez,1172 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 05/25/2015. 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/. Jesse Paul Mendez, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 9, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in viola-
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Fictitious Business Name Statement File No. 2015155364 The following person is doing business as: Jessica Haley-Clark, 524 W 9th Street,, San Pedro Ca 90731. Los Angeles County. Registered owners: Jessica HaleyClark,259 W. 12th Street Apt. 1, San Pedro, Ca 90731. This Business is conducted by an individual. The date registrant started to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above: 02/05/2015. 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/. Jessica Haley-Clark, Owner. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles on June 11, 2015. Notice--In Accordance with subdivision (a) of section 17920. A fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the county clerk, except as provided in subdivision (b) of section 17920. were to expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before the expiration.The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 1411 ET SEQ., Business and Professions code). Original filing: 06/25/15, 07/09/15,
NOTICE OF PREPARATION FOR BERTHS 167-169 [SHELL] MARINE OIL TERMINAL WHARF IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT The City of Los Angeles Harbor Department (Harbor Department) has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Berths 167-169 [Shell] Marine Oil Terminal Wharf Improvements Project. The NOP is available for review at: Port of Los Angeles Environmental Management Division, 222 W. 6th Street, Suite 1080, San Pedro, CA 90731; Los Angeles City Library, Central Branch, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles CA 90071; Los Angeles City Library, San Pedro Branch, 931 S. Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA 90731; Los Angeles City Library, Wilmington Branch, 1300 N. Avalon, Wilmington, CA 90744. The NOP is also available on the Port of Los Angeles’ web site: http://www.portoflosangeles. org under the Environmental tab. A scoping meeting will be held on July 15, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Harbor Department Administration Building, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Written comments on the NOP can be submitted until July 31, 2015, and should be mailed to Christopher Cannon, Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles, 425 S. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro CA 90731. Comments sent via e-mail should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments sent via email should include the project title in the e-mail’s subject line and a valid mailing address within the email. For additional information, please contact the CEQA Project Manager, James Bahng, at (310) 732-0363.
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on boards think that a principal doesn’t know anything about business,” she said. “Well, it’s probably very true with many principals in the City of LA because they don’t have to handle a lot of that…the school district handles it. But when we get our administrator’s credentials, we are trained in school law, we are trained in school business, you know, and code…So a principal should understand the skills or what’s needed to do that.” Townsend noted that the power imparted to the roles of both principal and executive director was a decision made intentionally by the founders of POLAHS and that played a role in the welldocumented friction between Scotti and Cross. “We saw this coming,” Townsend said. “It wasn’t a problem in the beginning because the executive director had millions of things to do regarding the building of the facility. “Tom focused on the instructional program and building that program and that would fund her for the first few years. But then, as you move forward, it has to come together, because the education program needs to drive the budget not the other way around. Even though you have limited funds from the state, you say, ‘OK, here’s how much we have in the education program. What is needed and how best can we spend that money? You know, so that wasn’t really happening.”
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quarter of that money—$139 million—was to be raised by 2017. With $54 million in hand from the port and matching funds commitments elsewhere, the change in leadership comes at a critical juncture. Townsend, however, believes the challenges are the same as they were when AltaSea was formed. “Yes, $100 million is a lot of money,” Townsend said. “However, it takes a while, first of all to generate the connections to roll the money out. So, for a year, that’s been going on. “You just don’t go out there…They need to learn about the project. They’ve never heard about it before. And it’s a lot of the people who are in this world who are in philanthropy…That’s where the money’s going to come from. We don’t have it here in San Pedro.” Townsend noted that philanthropists must be shown that something is happening on the site, even while money is being raised to actually build the project. She explained that AltaSea has been working on an interim use plan that does exactly that, by laying out what is going to be built, how it will be used and who will use it during the development of the marine science hub. When the interim plan has reached a critical milestone, Townsend said the community will get to provide comment on the plan before it moves forward. The recent news that aerospace manufacturer SpaceX is partnering with AltaSea to base its rocket and spacecraft retrival operations in the Harbor Area might just be the milestone they are waiting for.
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Townsend became chairwoman of the board at AltaSea following the departure of Etherington, right after much of the hard work at POLAHS was concluded in May. Townsend it wasn’t a good fit, despite Etherington’s stellar credentials. “You start with belief in the project,” Townsend said. “But in order to do that, you have to have money… you really need somebody that can really get out there and be the visionary and excite the people to give money to the project. “You have both elements. Sometimes you can find a person who’s good at both, but rarely. Two years ago…there was no board. There was an advisory encampment.” The advisory board just formed a year-and-a-half ago. “When that happened…they hired a firm…That’s what they wanted, to fulfill both obligations. “I think what happened was—because Rachel is an extremely dynamic, energetic woman, she’s very bright, extremely articulate both verbally and in writing, and she’s devoted to the environment…I think that’s what probably motivated them thinking of the day-to-day operations running of that too, and that she could get out there and raise the money… I had all hopes that she could,” Townsend said. Before Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Knatz resigned, she bequeathed a 50-year lease to AltaSea, pledging a total of $210 million to be matched by a legal minimum of $408 million. AltaSea was to raise $549 million by 2019. A
AltaSea former Chief Executive Rachel Etherington. Photo by Phillip Cooke.
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Barragán Challenges Hall for Congress
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and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA 40), both of whom have previously represented portions of the district, as well as two Arizona Congress members, Ruben Gallego and Raúl Grijalva, and three more from Texas: Joaquín Castro, Rubén Hinojosa and Filemon Vela, as well as BOLD PAC, the fundraising arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She’s also been endorsed by Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, South Gate Vice Mayor Bill De Witt and Carlos Alcala, the Chicano Latino Caucus chairman of the California Democratic Party. If it sounds like it’s shaping up to be a blackHispanic struggle, that may reflect networks of initial support, but a peek beneath the surface reveals something more troubling. In addition to oil money, Hill and Wright were also neck-andneck near the top of recipients of tobacco money, which was once strictly off limits for Democrats. In August, the Sacramento Bee reported that Hall was one of six Democrats cited taking more than $20,000 in tobacco money in recent years. “All of them represent districts with high poverty,” the Bee noted, “Smoking is more prevalent in poor communities—nearly 28 percent of adults who live below the poverty line smoke, compared with 17 percent of adults who are at or above it, according to data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
In short, the real interests Hall represents are directly threatening to the black community. At the same time, Barragan has a track record of working across racial lines. As a student at UCLA, she had an internship at the Clinton White House doing outreach to the African-American community. At first, she could not believe it when a UCLA career center advisor urged her to apply for internships in D.C. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me?’ My parents are immigrants from Mexico, I have no political ties.” When the Supreme Court rejected her, it confirmed all her fears, but then the White House accepted her. The result “was a turning point in my life,” Barragan said. “I saw so many people that looked just like me, so many people that had my story. They didn’t have the political ties, they also came from humble beginnings. And for me, that was really motivational, and inspired me to say, ‘Look if I work hard, I too can do anything that I want.’” As a result, she ended up “serving as a facilitator between the president and any AfricanAmerican organizations,” she said. “Working on a lot of issues that affect a lot of people of color and minorities, and other areas as well… people like Martin Luther King III, and Jesse Jackson
Hermosa Beach Mayor Pro Tem Nannette Barragán spoke at a June 8 press conference about the environmental impacts of the Santa Barbara oil spill. Barragán was a leader in the fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill for oil in the Santa Monica Bay. Photo courtesy of Nannette Barragán for Congress.
and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.” But that was only a beginning. “I loved it so much that I went back in 1999, to work for the NAACP on the hill, to do legislative policy, working on health care policy for the NAACP,” she said. “One of the areas was racial health disparities,” which was an issue being highlighted by the Surgeon General at the time. Barragan’s awareness of those disparities clearly influences how she sees the public health side of environmental justice issues, as she made reference to the “toxic tour” conducted by Communities for a Better Environment. “It’s pretty startling to hear the members, to see that children are dying of cancer before they graduate from high school. To me that’s just unacceptable.” Even without a guided tour, air pollution impacts in the district are unavoidable, Barragan noted. “We see children who walk around with
inhalers,” she said. “It’s a public health crisis. “How do we attract businesses to come in bringing cleaner, greener jobs?” she asks. “How do we make that change?” On June 10, Climate Hawks Vote announced its endorsement of Barragan. It explained the endorsement in part by recounting a telling bit inside the drama that’s usually completely hidden from voters: Last week during a critical vote on a fracking bill, state legislator Isadore Hall III was sitting on the sidelines and chillin’ with his friends at Western States Petroleum Association as the vote count seemed to stall at 19 (it needed 21 for passage). He told them his voting strategy—he would abstain so as to not cast the deciding vote, but if two others voted for it he’d have to go along so as to not hurt his reputation with the greens. Fortunately for Hall’s entirely undeserved reputation, two others voted yes, so he cast vote No. 22. Miller said they hoped the early endorsement would help cut through the fog. “I wanted to make an early endorsement, much earlier than usual—the primary is a year away— because I’m really excited about Nannette,” Miller said. “And, partly because I wanted to try to get the word out among the national folk that this race presents a clear, classic difference between a big oil-funded politician, who is very much part of the machine, versus somebody who is an outsider, fresh-faced and is right on all the policy issues.” While Hall wrapped up a lot of early endorsements, Miller said many are having second thoughts. “I have already started to talk to both elected officials who regret their endorsements, and Democratic club people who regret their early endorsements,” she said. It’s not just oil and tobacco interests that have
June 25 - July 8, 2015
[See Barragan, page 23]
Town Hall on Recent LB Police Shootings
Above, Black Lives Matter members Peter Rosenwald and Michael Brown wore T-shirts protesting the Long Beach Police Department shooting of two unarmed young men in the past few months at a June 11 town hall meeting at Church One, in north Long Beach. Kareem and Hassen Morad, cousins of shooting victim 20-year-old Feras Morad, confer with Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna at a June 11 town hall meeting at Church One, in north Long Beach. Photos by Diana Lejins. [Barragan, from page 22]
raised questions about Hall. In late November, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hall was “facing criticism from competitors for his use of campaign funds to pay for expensive dinners, limousine rentals, luxury suites at concerts, and trips to resorts in Maui, Ojai and Pebble Beach.” Hall reportedly called them a political necessity in the race. “Hall said he has to raise and spend money to introduce himself to those he hasn’t represented in the past.” All that money did not buy very many votes, however. Hall did well enough to avoid a runoff election, winning almost 18,000 votes for 55.9 percent. But in the 2012 general election, Wright garnered more than 10 times as many votes, while the badly-beaten Republican tallied three
times as many. Now, Hall is trying to use that paltry turnout, purchased in part through lavish spending, to lay claim to a congressional district in which most people have never heard of him. Barrragan doesn’t expect to outspend Hall, only raise enough to get her message out and mobilize grassroots support, as she did in the fight against Measure O. She began that fight as an outsider, ran for city council, won, and over time, mobilized such strong support that the council as a whole moved from formal neutrality to outspoken opposition to the drilling plan. And that grassroots connection remains primary for her. “We’re proud of the endorsements we’ve received,” she said, “But for us, this is going to be about focusing on people in the district, not the insiders and special interests, but doing what the people of the district want.” The Local Publication You Actually Read June 25 - July 8, 2015
June 25 - July 8, 2015
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