The History of Our Name
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.
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
James Preston Allen, Publisher/Executive Editor
Suzanne Matsumiya, Assoc. Publisher/Production Coordinator
Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
David Johnson, Customer Service Representative
Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor
Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter
Andrea Serna, Arts Writer
Melina Paris, Culture Writer
Mike Botica, Editorial Intern
Arlo Tinsman-Kongshaug, Editorial Intern
Cartoonists: Ann Cleaves, Andy Singer, Matt Wuerker
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