The History of Our Name

Navigating by the stars of free speech and free press Random Lengths carries the cargo of words and ideas, of thought and reflections in random lengths and widths.

The metaphor of our name refers to the early days of the San Pedro Bay, when lumber schooners from the Pacific Northwest arrived frequently to offload their cargoes. The timbers they carried came rough cut in what was commonly termed “random lengths and widths,” a term that is still used in the lumber trade today. Random Lengths, comes from this heritage of the harbor and building communities.

In the worst of times a vigilant press is essential to the freedom of thought and expression in a free society. In the best of times, it is informative, entertaining and thought-provoking. Random Lengths provides news for all times.

Since 1979

Random Lengths Newspaper has been the independent, progressive newspaper of the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Harbor Area for more than 35 years. RLn publishes every other Thursday, reaching 63,000 readers in the seven cities that surround the Harbor Area; San Pedro, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Wilmington, Carson, Lomita, Harbor City. RLn is proud of the readership and support from the Harbor Area labor unions, who allow us exclusive distribution inside most of their union halls.

“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” -Mark Twain


  • Terri Henry

    Hi! I’m the founder of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week, coming up August 5-13 this year – I just came across your publication and would like to add your food writer and editor to our media list. Would you mind responding with the email contacts please? Thanks in advance.

    • 4:13 pm - 02/02/2017

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  • Pete

    EPA is over reaches into every business every aspect of every business trying to control every drop of water, EPA and BLM over-reach for too long while looking the other way what companies like Monsanto and and big development companiesdestroy our environmentcompanies we lose are free to go to other countries and pollute at willhow’s that help our environment little more honesty in your reporting please

    • 10:35 am - 04/20/2017

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