• Klaus Center Opens With Anticipation, Controversy

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer In 2008, a group of creative visionaries gathered informally and discovered that they shared a vision for the arts and economy in San Pedro. Recently, their vision came to fruition with the opening of the Marylyn and Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts in San Pedro. The 4,000-square-foot,

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  • FilmLA Interrupts San Pedro Businesses

    San Pedro Community is Burdened by Sidewalk and Curb Closures By Crystal Niebla, Editorial Intern San Pedro has been invaded by the film industry. FilmLA notices were posted on the windows of local businesses and homes on March 6, reserving sidewalks and street parking on Pacific Av

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  • Elected for the Second Time,Local 13 President Olvera Looks Inward and Ahead

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor, Photo by Phillip Cooke

    On the morning of the first Thursday in March, Bobby Olvera was multitasking—typing emails, preparing bullet points for that night’s union meeting and taking brief calls—while paying attention to the news on the flatscreen TV from the ILWU Local 13’s downtown San Pedro o

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  • From Selma to Ferguson

    Racial Progress Does Not Just Happen, it is the Product of Struggle

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor The weekend of March 7 and 8 marked the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala., the day that a planned march of 600 people from Selma to Montgomery was met with a wave of police violence—including the billy cl

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  • Why I Sued the Sheriff’s Department (and What Happened When I Did)

    It was three-and-a-half years ago, and yet I remember with perfect clarity the group of police officers waiting at the northeast corner of Ocean Blvd. and Magnolia Ave. before coming through the crosswalk toward me. I wouldn't have noticed them had the group not been so large. The one flicker of a thought I had about them was that they must be g

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  • KJazz Move Results in CSULB Yard Sale

    For decades 88.1, KKJZ, has harmonized and jazzed up Cal State University Long Beach campus, but this week it will all come down to a yard sale. The nonprofit station recently moved to Westwood, where Global Jazz — the company that runs it — is headquartered. The move finalized March 7, from the Chuck Niles studio. An asset sale is schedu

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  • RL NEWS: March 9, 2015

    ‘Peel Off’ Program Speeding Up Cargo through POLA SAN PEDRO— A new program that expedites cargo by streamlining container moves is speeding up operations at the Port of Los Angeles. Launched Feb. 25, the “Peel Off” Program has added a new operational model to the port to clear the curr

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  • My Kindle, My Birds & Me

    By Lionel Rolfe After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device that has all the books I can read on it. There’s lot that’s unsettling about the device, but that’s not entirely bad — just caused a bit soul searching. Getting the Kindle turned out to

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  • Food: Science or Sense?

    By Lori Lynn Hirsch Stokoe, Food Writer and Photographer
    On Feb. 22, scores of food aficionados convened at the Ports O’ Call Restaurant in San Pedro to discuss and debate “Food: Sense or Science?”
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  • Torrance Refinery Explosion:

    A Sharp Reminder of Externalized Costs

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor   On Feb. 18 at about 8:50 a.m., an explosion sent flames and ashes into the sky at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance. Four workers were injured by the blast and 14 Torrance schools initiated “shelt

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