• Random Lengths Elections Slate

    The editorial board of Random Lengths recommend the reelection of the current class of incumbents running for state and congressional office. Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s return to Sacramento in 2009, California has seen its fortunes turn all the way around. The states finances are in order; as a state, we’re not lurching from one crisis to the next, and we seem to be on the right track. That is not to say everything is perfect. It is not as the string of Democratic legislators on the state and local level can attest. But we are still in a much better place than we were through the first decade of the 2000s.

    Congress
    Elect Ted Lieu for the 33rd Congressional District
    Re-elect Rep. Janice Hahn for the 44th Congressional District
    Re-elect Rep. Alan Lowenthal for the 47th Congressional District

    State-wide offices
    Re-elect Gov. Jerry Brown
    Re-elect Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
    Elect Alex Padilla for Secretary of State
    Elect Betty Yee for State Controller
    Re-elect State Treasurer John Chiang
    Re-elect State Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Re-elect Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
    Re-elect Jerome Horton for the State Board of Equalization District 3

    State Legislature
    Elect Mike Gipson to represent the 64th Assembly District
    Re-elect Al Muratsuchi to represent the 66th Assembly District
    Elect Patrick O’Donnell to represent the 70th Assembly District

    Judgeships
    Elect Jacqueline Lewis for Judicial Office No. 61
    Elect Andrew Stein for Judicial Office No. 87

    Los Angeles County Sheriff
    Elect Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff

    Los Angeles County Assessor
    Elect Jeffrey Prang for Los Angeles County Assessor
    State Ballot Propositions
    California Proposition 1 is a  $7.1 billion bond for statewide water system improvements pressing due to the current drought. Spelled out under the docket is a list of how funds would be distributed. Most of it is going toward water storage, recycling, and retention.  The largest sums of $1.45 and $2.7 billion would be designated to ecosystem protection projects and the creation of new dams and reservoirs. An additional $425 million will be reallocated from prior water bond acts and general tax revenues will be used to pay off the bond.  RL-Yes

    California Proposition 2 is a proposal to further increase money going into the rainy day fund by 1.5 percent capping at 10 percent. A rainy day fund is government money saved during times of surplus to be redistributed as needed. It is an update to the Budget Stabilization Act, and would require a fiscal emergency for funds to be withdrawn. The update would also establish a public school system fund based on tax revenue. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 45 seeks to decrease the cost of health care premiums by eliminating pre-determination based on credit history. The intent is to insure more individuals by eliminating higher rates based on background. It requires all changes to insurance rates and to be approved by an insurance commissioner before they take effect, as well making this notice public knowledge. The proposition is aimed at the individual in health care. However, it does not apply to employers with large group health plans.  RL-Yes

    California Proposition 46 would be a major change in health care reform requiring alcohol and drug testing for all California physicians. If approved, it would be the first law in United States to require random drug testing of physicians. It requires negligence to be reported and submitted to a review process, in which physicians would be put on suspension until acquittal or punishment is enacted. The law also would require health care practitioners to consult drug history before issuing certain prescription drugs. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 47 deals with misdemeanor sentencing for drug possession offenses, forgery, check fraud, theft and receiving of stolen property in amounts less $950. It allows for felony charges to be brought against any repeat misdemeanor offenders who have also been convicted of rape, murder, child molestation and sex offense. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 48 is a referendum vote on Assembly Bill 277. A yes vote would ratify two gaming compacts between California and two Indian tribes, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe. The referendum vote would also exempt execution of the compacts, certain projects and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. In 2005, the two tribes submitted a request to the federal government to purchase land in the Central Valley and put it in trust for the purpose of building a casino. The federal government determined that this would be in the best interest of the tribe and would not hurt the surrounding communities. The California Legislature passed AB 277, which approved the North Fork compact, as well as a compact with the Wiyot Tribe. The Wiyot compact does not allow the tribe to operate a casino, but allows the tribe to receive a portion of the revenue generated by North Fork’s casino. Gov. Brown signed the bill in July 2013. The federal government issued final approval for the Wiyot compact in September 2013 and the North Fork compact in October 2013. RL-Yes

    Local Ballot Propositions
    Countywide Measure 1 would continue to levy an annual parcel tax to keep a park and recreation measure going. The cost would $23 per parcel, which would go toward protecting rivers, beaches, water sources, and preserving and maintaining natural areas such as zoos. RL-No Position

    Torrance USD- Torrance Unified School District has two proposals on the ballot.  The first is a $144.3 million no-tax bonds to be applied to security improvements, emergency and disaster equipment, and renovations including plumbing and facility repairs. The second is a $50 million dollar proposal using legal interest rates to repair playgrounds and restore them to health and safety standards. RL-No Position

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Nov. 14, 2014

    Nov. 5
    Coastal SPNC Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting
    The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee meeting will take place, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Marine Exchange Building.
    Details: www.cspnc.org
    Venue: Marine Exchange Building
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Nov. 6
    LA’s Clean Energy Future
    Join the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for an informative workshop that will lay out the roadmap for how it will power the city, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Wilmington Senior Center.
    Details: www.ladwpnews.com/go/survey/1475/21978
    Venue: Wilmington Senior Center
    Location: 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington

    Nov. 6
    Soil Remediation at Berths 171 through 173
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to consider a coastal development permit for soil remediation at berths 171 through 173, starting at 8:30 am. Nov. 6, at the Port of Los Angeles Board Room in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 732-3850; www.portoflosangeles.org
    Venue: POLA Board Room
    Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    Nov. 6
    Flu Clinic
    The Health Department is hosting a neighborhood flu clinic, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 6, at Scherer Park in Long Beach. No appointment is needed.
    Appointments will also be accepted at the Health Department during regular business hours by calling 562.570.4315 (a small administrative fee may apply). Adults with Medicare Part B or other insurance are urged to bring their Medicare/insurance card to their appointment. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records – some children will need two doses of the vaccine given one month apart depending on their immunization history.
    Details: (562) 570-4315
    Venue: Scherer Park
    Location: 4600 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Study Session on Long Beach Civic Center
    The public is invited to attend an open house and a city council study session and share their thoughts regarding the future of the Long Beach Civic Center.
    The open house to view the models and meet the project teams is scheduled, from 12 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, at Rogers Middle School in Long Beach.
    The Long Beach City Council Study Session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Houghton Park Senior Center.
    Details: www.LBCivicCenter.com
    Venue: Rogers Middle School
    Location: 365 Monrovia Ave., Long Beach

    Nov. 10
    Flashlight Walk in Coastal San Pedro
    To celebrate the popularity of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group and to create a mechanism where neighbors can meet in person while participating in a more traditional version of neighborhood watch, Councilman Buscaino and The Corner Store owner Peggy Thompson-Lindquist are hosting the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Flashlight Walk, Nov. 10.
    The purpose of this Flashlight Walk is to illustrate that Coastal San Pedro is safe for an evening walk for families and that neighbors are always out and watching their neighborhood.
    The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group has more than 2,500 members. This group serves as an online meeting place for neighbors to stay vigilant and warn each other about potential hazards or criminal activity in the neighborhood.
    Simply find a flashlight, grab your family and take a walk to the Corner Store.
    The Corner Store will stay open until 9 p.m. with milk and cookies, hot chocolate and coffee and will have a sing along led by Rich D’Anna.
    Venue: The Corner Store
    Location: 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 10
    Road Closures
    The Port of Los Angeles has scheduled the Interstate 110/C Street off and on-ramps weekly closure, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 12 through 14.
    Details: (310) 732-3503

    Nov. 11
    Central SPNC Meeting Rescheduled
    Due to the Veterans Day Holiday, Nov. 11, the Port of Los Angeles High School will not be available for the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council regular meeting date.
    The board and stakeholder meeting will be moved one day ahead, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at POLA High School.
    The agenda will be distributed as soon as available.
    Venue: POLAHS
    Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 11
    Global Business Management
    Listen to speakers discuss global management, starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at Marymount California University’s Ocean View Campus in Rancho Palos Verdes.
    The event is free.
    Details: (310) 303-7223; www.MarymountCalifornia.edu
    Venue: Marymount California University’s Ocean View Campus
    Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes

    Nov. 11
    LB Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council meeting will take place, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, at Houghton Park in Long Beach.
    Items on the agenda include a community review of the civic center options and expanding the outdated resolution on access to business information for economic development.
    Venue: Houghton Park
    Location: 6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach

    Nov. 13
    South Bay Cities Council of Governments
    The South Bay Cities Council of Governments is hosting its free Holiday Light Exchange, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14, at Environmental Services Center in Torrance.
    Southern California Edison and Department of Water and Power customers will be able to trade in one working string of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for one new, energy-efficient LED string. Old strings will be taken off the grid forever and recycled as e-waste.
    Details: (310) 371-7222
    Venue: South Bay Environmental Services Center
    Location: 20285 S. Western Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance

    Nov. 24
    Serving With a Thankful Heart
    The 7thAnnual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving Banquet will take place, from 11:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Ernest S. McBride Park.
    Although this is a free function, you must RSVP before Nov. 21 at the Ernest S. McBride Park or by calling (562) 570-6816.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Ernest S. McBride Park
    Location: 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Long Beach

    Jan. 17
    Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade, Celebration
    Applications are being accepted for sponsorship, parade participants, vendors, performers and volunteers for the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration, starting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street in Long Beach.
    Community groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. Parade application fee is $85.00 and vendor fees range from $150 to $350.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Park
    Location: 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach

    Pacific Arts Affordable Artist Housing
    Artists interested in affordable housing can apply through the Department of Cultural Affairs for housing.
    The Department of Cultural Affairs has worked with Meta-Housing to create a true artist colony in San Pedro. Rents start at just $474. The development includes 48 apartment units, including 6 ground floor live-work units, professional workshop studios for visual arts and soundproof rehearsal space.
    Details: http://affordableartisthousing.org

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  • Small Neighborhood Council Meeting Looking to do Big Things

    By Joseph Baroud, Contributing Writer

    The Northwestern San Pedro Neighborhood  Council Issues Committee is hosting a meeting Nov. 10 at Peck Park to discuss Mayor Eric Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal.

    The committee hosted a similar meeting Oct. 22, where meeting focussed on the proposal, voter turnout in Los Angeles, various street repairs and alterations, truck’s routes to the freeway from the Rancho LPG facility and the agendas for the two subsequent meetings.

    Committee members are hoping for representatives from the mayor’s office and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce  be present with open ears. The people most affected by the proposal are employees collecting minimum wage and the small business owners who will be paying it.

    Another issue that was discussed was the low voter turnout here in Los Angeles. The city is thinking about aligning city elections with state and federal elections for convenience. The city is also proposing that the Los Angeles Unified School District host its elections simultaneously. The council also discussed the issue at an Oct. 29 meeting at the San Pedro City Hall building.

    Traffic

    One man in attendance commended the city’s effort in filling potholes on north Gaffey Street. But, the bike lanes definitely hit the wrong way with a lot in the community.

    Community members were displeased with the city not keeping the community aware and involved road diet and bike lane installations.  They were largely resigned to the fact that the bike lanes aren’t going anywhere. They aid that more could have been done to ease traffic congestion. The council will try and take the issue to the Department of Transportation, which is responsible for implementing the lanes.

    In relation to slowing traffic down, the city is thinking about putting speed bumps throughout the city. Those who were in attendance seemed to have contrasting views, but one thing everybody agreed on is that traffic will slow down throughout the city. Emergency responders will have a tougher time maneuvering through traffic and these bumps have negative impacts on a vehicle’s gas mileage because of how slow it will travel and how often the vehicle’s brakes are used.

    People in support of the speed bumps though, say that slowing traffic down is exactly the goal trying to be achieved in order to reduce accidents. Moreover, the question of, “How will everything involved in the bumps implementation be paid for?” remains. This subject will also be talked about more thoroughly at the Nov. 10 meeting.

    Rancho LPG

    The Rancho LPG  facility tanks and the transportation of liquefied natural gas to and from the facility was the last item on the agenda. Those in attendance expressed that they would like the trucks to use  the Anaheim or Pacific Coast Highway entrances instead of the Channel Street onramp, arguing that Channel Street was too narrow for truck traffic.

    For more details vist http://nwsanpedro.org

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  • RL NEWS update — What didn’t make it to the paper. Oct. 31, 2014

    POLAHS Organize Union
    SAN PEDRO — On Oct. 29, United Teachers Los Angeles announced that 59 teachers and faculty at the Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro organized a union with UTLA.
    The teacher’s primary goal is to have a collective voice to ensure an effective learning environment for students. Teachers and faculty will soon begin collective bargaining for wages, hours and conditions of employment at POLAHS.
    POLAHS is a charter school. UTLA represents more than 900 educators at independent charter schools in the Los Angeles area.

    Victory at TraPac
    SAN PEDRO — On Oct. 29, ILWU members returned to work in and around the automated yard on the MOL Matrix.
    ILWU locals 13 and 63 had representatives at TraPac to observe and verify changes agreed to and signed by all parties involved.
    For more than a month, ILWU locals 13, 63 and 94 have had the TraPac automated yard shut down due to health and safety concerns. Locals 13, 63 and 94 demanded that TraPac hand over the system to the ILWU workforce and implement safety protocols and procedures for all aspects of operation. For weeks the Pacific Maritime Association and TraPac refused to acknowledge that the automated yard was unsafe, despite at least 11 collisions. The company refused to give the union full disclosure and work with them to make the automation safe.
    On Oct. 10, the local, working with the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Harbor Department forced TraPac and PMA to agree to a complete system analysis by an independent information technology firm. The third party performed a detailed audit of the automated system’s configuration, access and security features, along with establishing a comprehensive safety and jurisdictional procedures and protocols.
    On Oct. 20, the IT audit firm issued a 62-page forensic analysis report that was delivered to all parties involved. The union was correct. There were 11 major issues and more than 24 related issues that needed to be resolved before longshore, clerks and foremen could return to work.
    TraPac and PMA agreed tall the of the unions demands on Oct. 24.

    Harbor Commission Approves Tariff
    LONG BEACH — On Oct. 27, the Long Beach Harbor Commission unanimously voted to approve an ordinance amending the Port of Long Beach Tariff No. 4 by increasing non-container wharfage rates by 5 percent.
    The Harbor Commission also approved the adoption of an ordinance establishing charges for water and sewer services to certain customers within the Harbor district for fiscal year 2014 to 2015. The commission later authorized the chief executive to execute a change order for $3,026,740 for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement project.
    Click here for video.

    Schroeder Hall to House Police East Division Substation
    LONG BEACH — On Oct. 24, Long Beach accepted the deed for Schroeder Hall from the U.S. Army Reserve.
    The 4.7 acre facility will be renovated to house the Long Beach Police Department’s East Division Substation.
    Schroeder Hall has been in the the region since 1960. The Army Reserve Center was constructed in 1960 and later dedicated to Maj. Henry F. Schroeder. Maj. Schroeder served in the United States Army and received the Medal of Honor during the Philippine-American War at Carig in the Philippines. Maj. Schroeder joined the Army in July 1896, and permanently retired with the rank of Major in August 1930.
    The current East Division Substation on Los Coyotes Boulevard near the Traffic Circle is undersized and outdated. The new substation will include office space, renovated locker areas, showers, restrooms, and gym facilities, an elevator to provide accessibility for people with disabilities, public waiting and reception areas, and a multi-purpose community room.
    Renovation work is expected to start in early 2015, and finish in time for the Substation to open by the end of the year.
    Schroeder Hall U.S. Army Reserve Center was declared surplus under the 2005 round of the Base Realignment and Closure process, which was designed to increase U.S. military efficiency by reorganizing its bases. The Long Beach City Council and a citizen advisory committee recommended that the site be used for the Long Beach Police Department’s East Division Substation. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development approved a no-cost public benefit conveyance of the facility in 2010, a savings to the Long Beach of more than $3.5 million.
    As part of the process, the city helped Mental Health America acquire a site on Long Beach Boulevard, where they will provide a Healthcare Access program to help homeless people get services they need. The site is located adjacent to a Los Angeles County Mental Health facility.

    City Manager Announces Recruitment Process for LBPD Chief
    LONG BEACH — On Oct. 28, City Manager Pat West announced the process for selecting a new police chief, should a vacancy occur as a result of the Nov. 4, 2014 election.
    The city manager plans to conduct an expedited recruitment process of internal candidates. All Long Beach deputy chiefs and commanders will be eligible to apply for the position, and all interested candidates will be reviewed and interviewed.
    The process will begin immediately following the November election, should it be necessary, and an announcement of a final decision is expected by mid-November to ensure a smooth transition. There is no expectation that an interim chief would be necessary.

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    Baltazar Fedalizo

    San Pedro Youth Racing in LA Triathlon
    LOS ANGELES — Abigail and Baltazar Fedalizo both San Pedro natives finished second in their age brackets in the 2014 Herbalife Los Angeles Triathlon, Sept. 21, in the Super Sprint Not Youth Race.
    The Fedalizo siblings raised money for Fight Autism organization. Abigail, 10, and her brother Baltazar, 9, attend White Point Elementary School in San Pedro. Their coach and mentor Deanne Preyer inspired both to compete in the adult triathlon. Preyer is head coach at the Zenith Aquatics Program in Rancho Palos Verdes.
    “They are a prime example of the ability of our coaching staff to instill a can-do attitude in Abigail and Bali,” Preyer said.
    Abigail and Baltazar’s parents are Gertrudes Fedalizo, a registered nurse at United Healthcare and Baltazar, a senior retired Naval officer and business owner in the biodiesel industry.
    “We try to lead by example with our kids and Baltazar senior a triathlete himself, at a very young age encouraged the kids to swim in the open water at Cabrillo Beach,” Gertrudes said.
    Both children will continue to compete in the local triathlons.

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  • Solidarity Forever, or at Least for Now!

    Understanding which side of the fence you are on

    James Preston Allen, Publisher
    Over the years, some have questioned my support for the local unions of the Harbor Area. In doing so, they have often questioned the very basis for the continued existence of the  unions themselves. They say that unions as a whole are antiquated and a throwback to another time and era in which the lines between management and labor were distinctly drawn. It is said that in this new age of new technologies, those distinctions doesn’t matter.  Even some inside the unions have come to believe such narratives. I do not and here’s why:

    In the past month, the Pacific Maritime Association, which represent the employers on the waterfront, and the TraPac terminal have been pretending that the automation at piers 136-139, for which the Port of Los Angeles paid something north of $150 million, were working just fine. It had just a few IT glitches and a few other kinks that needed to be worked out. What hasn’t been reported anywhere else is that contract negotiations between the International Longshore Warehouse Union and the PMA have been stalled as a result of Local 13, 63, and 94 refusing to work this terminal—an impasse that affects all port operations on the entire West Coast.

    “For weeks, TraPac and PMA refused to even acknowledge that the automated yard was unsafe, despite at least eleven collisions during this time period. Rather than give the union full disclosure and work with the union to make the automation safe, the employers attempted to bully the union and threatened us with lawsuits and lockouts,”  says the ILWU in an Oct. 27 released bulletin. The weeks-long closed door negotiations were never admitted to by the union, PMA, the mayor’s office and only obliquely referred to by the Port of Los .Angeles.

    On Oct. 10, the ILWU locals working with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the port got TraPac to agree that the automated terminal was unsafe and pressured the terminal to hire an independent third party information technology firm to audit the system.

    According to the  bulletin, the third party IT audit firm issued  an independent, comprehensive 62-page forensic analysis report  on Oct. 20 that confirmed that the union was correct in its assertion that the automated yard was unsafe and mismanaged.

    On Oct. 24, TraPac and the PMA agreed to all of the union’s demands, which included giving the union the complete “Operating Procedure” for automated operations. The Operating Procedure also included additional safety protocols for ILWU Mechanics, Longshoremen, Marine Clerks and Foremen. The three locals stuck together and attained everything that they were fighting for and returned to work October 29.

    This is an example, not only of how labor needs to address new technologies that are somehow going to move containers more efficiently, regardless of the safety impacts. This is an example for the rest of the Los Angeles Harbor community of how through working together in solidarity we can address the big issues in dealing with the port,  the city or large corporations who wish to bully or intimidate residents.

    Now I’m not saying that the ILWU is perfect. Our past reporting has shown that they too have their flaws, but at least this new leadership at this time still remembers which side of the fence they are on. At its best, the ILWU fights for the very ideals emblazoned on their wall, “An Injury to one is an injury to all.”

    At its worst, it gets lost in the petty inside politics of its own hierarchy. It is something that all working people should remember when they go to the polls Nov. 4. You can only have a significant voice against powerful interests with pockets deep enough drown you in political propaganda every two years if you stick together and vote your own true interests. Don’t get stuck arguing over the stupid stuff.

    My recommendations on the propositions:

    Yes on 1 and 2. It only makes sense to conserve on water and to create an $8 billion reserve fund.

    Yes on 45. This proposition places the power to review health care insurance rates on the hands of the elected insurance commissioner like what was passed by prop. 103 with car insurance.

    Yes on 46 If bus drivers and longshoremen have to have drug testing why not health care professional? Don’t believe all the negative campaign scare mongering on the increase of medical malpractice.

    Yes on 47. This common sense restructuring of criminal sentencing reverses the decades long policy that prioritizes incarceration over education and rehabilitation.

    Prop. 48. I would normally vote against this expansion of casinos. However, this is a one time exception for two particular tribes that has already been approved by both the Governor and the legislature, this time I’ll vote Yes.

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  • Scouting for Public Land:

    Port Opens Bids for State Lands Property

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
    Responding to a wave of community outrage the Port of Los Angeles recently extended its request for proposals from entities to lease a land at 3000 Shoshonean Road land, near Fort MacArthur.

    The Neighborhood Council Port Affairs Committee asked that the proposal be sent immediately to the appropriate people on the on the port committees of each of the Harbor Area’s neighborhood councils.

    The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council and the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council made motion resolutions calling on the port to open the pre-proposal meeting to the public, asking for a community representative on the evaluation committee who would be selected by the neighborhood councils via the Neighborhood Councils Port Advisory Committee and calling on Councilman Joe Buscaino and the Harbor Commissioner to assist the neighborhood councils in securing port cooperation with a community initiative to make the land more accessible to the public by making it an open facility.

    The RFP for the site was originally due Nov. 20, but calls from stakeholders to include community input have resulted in the extension of the deadline by at least 30 days. The port opened the bidding process on Oct. 7. (more…)

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  • Trouble on the Iowa Part III

    Casino Politics in Iowa and the Battleship’s Directors

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
    In the second installment of the Trouble on the Iowa series, Random Lengths recounted both the well documented series of events as well as some of the untold back story that ultimately brought the USS Iowa to San Pedro.

    In that story, the rival Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square group in Vallejo, Robert Kent (aka Robert Daniels), Jonathan Williams were the dominant figures, we told their stories against the backdrop that was a perfect storm of political circumstances—a backdrop upon which Kent masterfully created a grassroots movement that brought the USS Iowa to San Pedro.

    As a result of the story, a number of volunteers, both former and current, reached out to the newspaper to share their experiences working on the Battleship Iowa. Those experiences also included questions about the khaki pants wearing officers and head honchos steering the ship—management types from somewhere beyond Southern California.

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  • Einstein!: A Portrait Of A Man We Know Too Little About

    By John Farrell

    Can you name one Nobel-Prize-winner of the last century, of any century, who has been immortalized as a Chia Pet?

    One great scientist who is remembered by millions for sticking his tongue out at a photographer? One who is known more for the unruly hair-style on his head than for what he had inside that head?

    Yes, that’s Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist, Zionist, pacifist, violinist, whose most famous formula, “E=mc2, is just about all most people know about him. His theory of relativity has created the modern world, everything from space travel to the cell phone in your pocket, but even many current physicists can’t quite understand Einstein’s theories of light, of gravity, of time, and things he spent years thinking about, including a Unified Field Theory. (Those of you who know what that is: congratulations!)

    Einstein is a figure so divorced from reality that it is hard to know him. He had a charming side, disingenuous, humorous and even playful, but he also was one of the fathers of the A-bomb.

    Who was this man, how did he live and love? That’s what Jack Fry shows us in his one man show Einstein!, currently at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. (It was taken on a six-city tour to Canada earlier this year.) (more…)

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  • Dark Alliance

    By Lionel Rolfe

    I surprised myself by how much the movie “Kill the Messenger” affected me. I hadn’t gone to it expecting that it would upset me. I wasn’t a close friend of Gary Webb, the journalist whose story the movie was based on. But I had made a couple of calls at his request, trying to get him a job. He was desperate after the San Jose Mercury-News dropped him when he published his powerful series, “Dark Alliance.”

    At the end of the ‘60s, I did a stint as a police reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle—and then in 1981 Chronicle Books published my book Literary L.A. and in the mid-‘90s I wrote a few op-ed columns for the paper.
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  • RLn THEATER: Oct. 23, 2014

    Oct. 25
    Hocus Pocus
    Watch a free movie at Peck Park in San Pedro. Round up the family;  bring you’re your blanket, beach chair, pack a picnic and join the fun.
    Details: http://nwsanpedro.org
    Venue: Peck Park
    Location: 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro

    Nov. 1
    Pink Milk
    The Garage Theatre presents Pink Milk, through Nov. 1, in Long Beach
    Pink Milk is about a strange, mathematical man named Alan M. Turing. He dreamed of robots, a boy named Christopher and poisoned apples. It is a magic tragedy, full of beauty, images exploding onstage, and a belief in love and truth above all else.
    Details: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/553
    Venue: Garage Theatre
    Location: 251 E. 7th St., Long Beach

    Nov. 1
    Kidnapped for Christ
    Art Theatre Long Beach presents Kidnapped for Christ, showing at 9 p.m. Nov. 1, in Long Beach.
    The film follows a young evangelical filmmaker who is granted unprecedented access into a controversial Christian behavior modification camp for teens.
    Pre-screening public awareness/press conference at 8 p.m. at The Center Long Beach.
    Venue: Art Theatre
    Location: 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Arms and the Man
    Enjoy Arms and the Man, Nov. 8 through Dec. 6 at the Long Beach Playhouse.
    It is 1885, the height of the Serbo-Bulgarian war. An armed soldier breaks into a young woman’s bedroom and demands refuge.  These events set in motion a witty look at governmental posturing, infidelity, social structures, and the passionate pursuit of chocolate creams. Watch as national and moral borders blur in this brilliant comedy of manners.
    Details: (562) 494-1014
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
     
    Nov. 16
    Big Fish
    Musical Theatre West is reeling in the West Coast premiere of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Big Fish, a new musical, through Nov. 16, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach.
    Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Columbia Pictures film directed by Tim Burton, the musical adaptation of Big Fish  made a splash on Broadway when five-time Tony Award winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys) teamed with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) to develop the new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
    Tickets start at $20.
    Details: (562) 856-1999, ext. 4; www.musical.org
    Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    Location: 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

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