• Working Class Kitchen:

    A Butcher Shop That Finally Meats My Expectations By Gina Ruccione, Food Writer and Blogger, Photos by Phillip Cooke When it comes to dating and choosing a restaurant, my approach is essentially the same: “What are you willing to do to impress me?” In the Harbor Area, there is no shortage of res

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  • Unlocking the Secrets of that Flamenco Music

      By Lionel Rolfe When I was not yet quite a teenager, I spent a few years studying the classical guitar under Dorothy De Goede. She was  a strikingly beautiful woman who had been a student of Andre Segovia. I was, of course, in love with her even though I was barely a decade old. I then wanted to study flamenco, so my

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  • Long Beach’s Renaissance Woman Advocates Arts Diversity, Funding

    By Melina Paris, Columnist, Photo by Phillip Cooke Max Viltz, the owner of Village Treasures, is a community servant, promoter of the arts and music, and a major influence for African American culture in Long Beach. While Viltz doesn’t believe she’s done anything special, a glimpse into her day planner reveals the contrary. The term “Re

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  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Announces $25 Million Expansion Plan

    [gallery columns="3"] By Eric Fujimori, Editorial Intern Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has come a long way from its start as a beachside display table of sea specimens in empty mayonnaise jars in 1935. Since then, it’s evolved into one of San Pedro’s most popular waterfront attractions. The success is due i

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  • California Wakeup Call: Preparing for Droughts to Come

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor The satellite photos make it starkly clear: California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack—the lowest ever recorded—is virtually non-existent this year, following a record three straight years of severe drought. The last time a majority of the state was not considered “abnormally dry” or worse was

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  • Long Beach Graffiti Remediation Sometimes Misses the Mark

    The term 'graffiti' is a bit like the term 'drugs,' in that many people negatively over-generalize the concept. The government has talked of its "war on drugs" for decades, all while sanctioning plenty of them, many of which are far more potentially damaging than some illicit ones. It's all about the particular drug and how it's used; and a particu

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  • RL NEWS Briefs April 10, 2015

    Boy Drowns After Car Submerges Near Ports O’Call SAN PEDRO — A 13-year-old boy, Abdelkrim Ali Elmezayen, is dead and his 8-year-old brother is in critical condition after the family car lunged into the ocean at the Port of Los Angeles. The children’s family had just left the Ports ‘O Call waterfront village area, April 9,

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  • RL NEWS Briefs: April 4, 2015

    Downtown LB Parking Meters Will Have More Features, Higher Rates LONG BEACH — Long Beach will begin replacing 1,114 coin-only parking meters on the week of April 20, in downtown. The new meters will accept debit and credit cards, and will increase in rates by 50 cents. The upgrade is the result of a December 2014 Long Beach Cit

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  • Garcetti Launches First-Ever Sustainability Plan

    LOS ANGELES­­—On April 8, Mayor Eric Garcetti laid out Los Angeles’ first citywide sustainability plan that would prepare the city for a healthier environment and economy. The plan's short- and long-term goals are in14 categories related to conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, housing and neighbor livability. The

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  • Hahn Honored the Late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald

    LONG BEACH — On April 7, Rep. Janice Hahn hosted a special ceremony renaming the North Long Beach Post Office for the late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald. She was joined by Millender-McDonald’s widower, James McDonald Jr., her daughter Valerie McDonald and several prominent elected officials. The renaming of the facility at 101 E. Market

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