• Crisis, Conflict, Resolution

    Public-Interest Journalism Key to Saving a Diverse and Vibrant City

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher In every crucible where there are actors with competing interests, there is conflict. Without conflict there can be no resolution, let alone an end to a crisis. Random Lengths has played critical and important

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  • Trump: When Fascism Comes to America

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher Donald Trump’s meteoric rise in the polls for the Republican nomination for the presidency is no wonder. His rhetoric in recent months—whether it was his connecting Mexican immigrants to crime or his comments on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), saying he is not a hero “becau

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  • A Beautiful Day on the Bow of the USS Iowa

    Garcetti, the Navy and Homeless People

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Monday before Thanksgiving was one of those bright and beautiful Southern California days—clear and not too hot. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came to the bow of the USS. Iowa to announce that the Navy ha

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  • Do Not Feed the Pigeons (or the Homeless)

    It’s time to consider the consequences of criminalizing the homeless

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher While the great homeless debate continues to inspire both citizen vigilantes and Councilman Joe Buscaino’s office to enforce the more than 24 Los Angeles ordinances against homeless people, the ci

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  • China Shipping NOP, POLA’s Failed Mitigations

    Draft Supplemental EIR Admits to Lack of Compliance with Legal Settlement

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Port of Los Angeles likes to call itself “America’s premier port” and claims it is strongly committed to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations. It likes to

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  • It’s Time to End the Homeless Crisis

    Garcetti, Buscaino, Pope Francis and the Moral Imperative

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this editorial or the pages of this newspaper should be taken as the official position of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council — to which I was elected Presi

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  • Stumping on Fear and Arrogance

    San Pedro Stands up to Fear Mongering

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher The Veterans for a Strong America fundraiser aboard the USS Iowa was promoted as Republican candidate Donald Trump’s first speech detailing his national security policy. It lasted all of 13 minutes. Donning a red baseball cap emblazon

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  • Anatomy of a Facebook Uprising

    The Neighborhood Council Motion that Sparks Citywide Reaction

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    Disclaimer­—Nothing in this editorial or in the pages of this newspaper should be taken as the official position of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood

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  • A Long Journey from Brighton Beach

    Terminal Island—Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher   Most of you have probably never heard of Brighton Beach. The name kind of conjures up images of languid summers in the South Hamptons, where wealthy families escape their mansions in the city

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  • Our Neighbors Without Shelter

    The nexus between global trade, gentrification and homeless

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher I recently read an article in a daily paper that explained how increasing property values have matched the growing homeless population in Orange County. It would seem obvious that, as real esta

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