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An Elusive Utopia By The Sea

By Lionel Rolfe Venice, CA: A City State Of Mind by John O’Kane. Hard cover edition is $26.95.

The traditional happening places for the arts in Los Angeles are two--and it's been this way since the '20s and earlier. One is Echo Park near downtown a

Owner of Marijuana Stores in Orange, Los Angeles Counties Sentenced

SANTA ANA, California –  A San Clemente man who owned and operated a string of nine illegal marijuana stores that generated at least $25 million in profits was sentenced, July 22, to 262 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and tax evasion. John Melvin Walker, also known as

Beware the Woman with the Hatchet

The Long Beach Police Department arrested a 33-year-old woman threatening to kill her husband with a hatchet July 20, officials said. Police officials say Melanie McGhee of Long Beach was found standing over her husband with hatchet, at about 11:05 p.m. near 11th Street on Wa

Ports Announce CAAP Award Winners

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach honored five companies for their extraordinary efforts to fight harmful emissions at the 6th Annual Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Awards, July 18, in San Pedro. Awards this year were made in three categories: Air Quality Lead

Hahn Votes “No” on Cutting Educational Funding

Washington, DC— On July 19, Rep. Janice Hahn, District 44, voted “no” on the Student Success Act of 2013, which would drastically cut educational funding for vital programs that help disadvantaged students, English learner students and students with special needs. The bill, writte

False Bomb Threat Gets Pedro Man in Jail

LONG BEACH —  A San Pedro man was arrested for making a bomb threat to a Walmart in Long Beach on July 21. Thirty-year-old Patrick Quintana, allegedly phoned in a bomb threat, at about 8:30 p.m. July 21, to the Walmart at the CityPlaceShopping Center in Long Beach, officials said.

Young Mother Killed in Long Beach

LONG BEACH — A 23-year-old woman was killed on the morning of July 25, near 5th Street on Walnut Avenue in Long Beach. At about 6:20 a.m., Long Beach Police Department officers found Jazzmine Wash dead at the scene, laying on the courtyard of an apartment complex on Walnut

Living It Up in the Hotel Paradiso

By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer Things haven't changed all that much since Hotel Paradiso opened in Paris in 1894. People are still people and a nice little fling at a local hotel still happens. Mind you, in Paris in the 1890s things were a lot more elegant, or a

Garcia Announces Mayoral Candidacy

By Zamna Avila, Assistant Editor - June 17, 2013 On June 17, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia announced his candidacy for mayor of Long Beach. The news came days after Mayor Bob Foster announced he was not running for re-election. Garcia represents the District 1, which incl

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