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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

4 Comments

  • Terri Henry

    Hi! I’m the founder of Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week, coming up August 5-13 this year – http://www.DineLBC.com. 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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  • Jaye Whitworth

    Hi! I’m Jaye Whitworth, one of the 20 artists/spaces that will be participating in the MidCity Studio Tour on June 3rd and 4th from 11am to 4pm. You wrote an article about our last tour (2015) and I wondered if you wanted to do the same again — info on all the spaces & artists is at http://www.midcitystudiotour.com and we are a diversified group of professional artists who open our studios to the public. This is an opportunity to see how each artists creates in their studio environment: behind the scenes! Art will be for sale at studio prices, and most will have snacks and drinks. It is free and open to the public. We are also doing outreach this year with art talk/demos at the El Dorado Library which are also be free and their will be an artist showing at the Library. The talks are as follows:
    Tue, May 16, 4pm: Alice Foss-Thorne; Recycled Art
    Fri, May 26, 1pm: Carol Roemer; Artist Books
    Tue, May 30, 1pm: Kristine Baker; Silk Fabric Demo
    Tue, May 30, 2pm: Kurt Hatzsch; Prose Reading
    Wed, May 31, 5pm: Jaye Whitworth; Assemblage Art
    The biennial Mid-City Studio Tour was started 14 years ago by professional women artists, many of whom were educators with prominent art careers and local, regional and national recognition. They established the MCS Tour as a way to share their art with collectors, art lovers, friends and neighbors.

    The community can experience the process of creating art by visiting individual artists’ studios, viewing artwork closely and speaking to artists about their unique works. Key goals of the MCS Tour are to connect artistically with the general public, share the many ways art is made, and provide educational and creative experiences for adults and children through make-and-take projects at selected sites. Sponsoring organizations are the Arts Council of Long Beach, the Long Beach Public Library and Partners of Parks. Come and be a part of the Art Community of the city!

    If you need photos or more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 562/493-0163. Sincerely, Jaye

    • 11:38 am - 04/24/2017

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