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RL NEWS Briefs — May 22, 2015 — Longshore workers approve 5-year contract

Longshore workers approve 5-year contract SAN FRANCISCO — On May 22, West Coast Longshore workers voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association. Twenty-nine experienced slowdowns t

The Nick Smith Project and Influence

Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Nick Smith Project is a hot one to keep an eye on. I saw Smith perform music from his latest

RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 20, 2015

May 21 Peak Relief Chassis Proposals Sought LONG BEACH — The Port of Long Beach will seek bids on the creation of a new fleet of truck chassis for peak periods of the year, complementing the existing equipment used to haul cargo containers to and from

LA City Council Gets on Road to Minimum Wage Increase

LOS ANGELES — On May 19, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 to request that the city attorney prepare and present an ordinance that establishes a citywide minimum wage. The provisions of the ordinance need would begin July 1, 2016 increasing annually from $10.50 in 2016 to $12 in

Long Beach Innovation Team Members Chosen

LONG BEACH — On May 18, Mayor Robert Garcia announced that Long Beach has hired its first Innovation Team (i-team). The team, funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, will function as an in-house research and development unit. The i-team will focus first on economic developmen

RL NEWS Briefs for the Week: May 18, 2015

POLA Container Volumes Slip 6% in April SAN PEDRO — April 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 6.1 percent compared to the same period this past year. The port handled a total of 662,973 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April 2015

John Farrell: Tiger of San Pedro’s Theater Reviews Dies at 63

Photo Courtesy of Steve Moyer The Random Lengths News family is mourning the death of the paper’s longtime theater reviewer, John Farrell. Farrell died May 7 at the age of 63. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office had yet to determine Farrell’s caus

RL NEWS Briefs of the Week: May 15, 2015

Tanaka and Carey Plead ‘Not Guilty’

LOS ANGELES — On May 14, Paul Tanaka and William Thomas Carey plead not guilty to obstruction of justice during their appearance in court at the Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles. A trial was scheduled for

Queen Latifah, Empress of the Blues

By Melina Paris, Columnist If there was ever a question as to which present-day actress would be one of the best choices to portray Bessie Smith, Queen Latifah would certainly be the best answer. Queen Latifah will indeed star in the legendary singer’s bi

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