Feb. 28
    Black History Month Reading
    Thandisizwe Chimurenga, freelance journalist and contributor to several local and national Black media outlets, will read from her soon-to-be-published book No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant, at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, at Solidarity Hall in Los Angeles.
    Oscar Grant was the subject of the 2013 hit film, Fruitvale Station, produced by Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Chimurenga provides an eyewitness account of the trial of Grant’s killer, white transit police officer Johannes Mehserle, and connects the systematic state sanctioned violence that exists against young Black males nationally with Grant’s
    The program, sponsored by Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party, is disabled accessible and refreshments will be served for a small donation.
    Details: (323)732-6416; www.socialism.com
    Venue: Solidarity Hall
    2122 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles (more…)

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    Feb. 28
    Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys
    Experience an amazing night of obscure, naughty and lovely tunes from the 1910s – 1930s, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Stylish chanteuse, Klein and her band, The Parlor Boys, treat you to spirited renditions of Tin Pan Alley, early hot jazz, vaudeville, Yiddish novelty numbers, ragtime and other vintage-style tunes.
    General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
    Details: Tickets
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro (more…)

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  • The Great March for Climate Action

    Join in as 1,000s rally to kick off the largest Climate March in U.S. history, starting at 9 p.m. at the Wilmington Waterfront Park to USC. There also is a local 2-mile march option.

    Details: (310) 971-8280; www.climatemarch.org
    Venue: Wilmington Waterfront Park
    Location: near Harry Bridges and C streets

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  • LB Mayoral Debate

    The YES WE CAN Democratic Club will be hosting a mayoral debate Feb. 28 at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach

    Robert Garcia, Bonnie Lowenthal, Doug Otto, Gerrie Schipske and Jana Shields will have the opportunity to explain to the public why they should be elected mayor of Long Beach.

    The debate is free but seating is limited.  Long Beach residents are encouraged to reserve seats by visiting www.ywcdc.comand clicking on the Mayoral Debate banner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and debate begins at 7 p.m.

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  • Application Deadline Nears for Port High School Internships

    Applications are due March 12 for the Summer High School Internship Program at the Port of Long Beach, an internship and career-exploration opportunity for Long Beach-area high school students.

    The program, a partnership between the City of Long Beach Harbor Department and Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, is tailored for students with an interest in the goods-movement industry. Opportunities are available in a variety of careers, including engineering, environmental science, finance and communications.

    Participating high school student interns will gain hands-on experience as they work alongside Harbor Department staff during an 8-week program, which runs June 23 through Aug. 14.

    Applicants must: (more…)

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  • The 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival

    Feature and short film submissions now are being accepted through June 8 via www.withoutabox.com.

    The 2014 Long Beach QFilm Festival will take place Sept. 12 at the Art Theatre.

    Films may be submitted either via DVD or online screener but must be received no later than June 8.

    The festival is a major fundraiser for the critical community services provided by the non-profit Center Long Beach.

    The full festival line up of films as well as passes and tickets for purchase will be available in August through www.qfilmslongbeach.com.

    For 21 years, the Long Beach QFilm Festival has annually presented narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

    Festival events feature numerous parties and opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics and other industry professionals. Jury awards are given annually to worthy films in several categories.

    Details: (562) 889-2826; cbennett@centerlb.org

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  • Long Beach Bridge Mobile App Debuts

    LONG BEACH – On Feb. 21, the Port of Long Beach introduced the LB Bridge mobile app, a new way for residents and commuters stay up to date on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project

    The mobile app offers all the latest news, information, photos and videos of the project, live cameras and traffic information to help Long Beach area motorists navigate lane closures and detours associated with the bridge and nearby construction projects.

    To install the app, search “LB Bridge” in the App Store, Google Play or Windows Phone or click here. Watch a quick video demonstration of the app on YouTube.

    The free app is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone users, and includes weekly and breaking audio traffic alerts in English and Spanish for hands-free use. Users of the app will receive breaking traffic alerts on or near the bridge for up-to-the-minute conditions. The app includes a Google map in sync with lane closures and detours to help motorists get around.

    The new bridge, once completed, will feature improved on- and off-ramps serving Terminal Island as well as smoother connections on the east side, including the 710 Freeway, Pico Avenue and ramps serving the mainland area of the Port of Long Beach. Ocean Boulevard is a major commuter link between Long Beach and the South Bay communities, as well as a primary route for trucks entering and leaving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. (more…)

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  • Murders in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH — On Feb. 22, Long Beach Police Department officers found 20-year-old Christopher Franklin dead in the 3400 block of Andy Street.

    Officers responded to a call regarding a shooting. When they arrived at the scene they found Franklin on the sidewalk with a gunshot to his upper body. The Long Beach Fire Department paramedics determined he was dead.

    The incident may be gang-related. No suspects are available.

    On the prior day, officers responded to the shooting of 24-year-old Christopher Lane of Long Beach near 59th Street and Linden Avenue. The shooting took place at about 2 p.m. Lane also was struck by gunfire in the upper torso. The LBFD took Lane to the local hospital, where he died shortly thereafter. The incident also may be gang-related.

    Anyone with information is asked to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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  • LA Council Confirms LADWP General Manager

    LOS ANGELES — On Feb. 21, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously confirmed Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards as the new general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

    Edwards is the first woman in that role.

    Edwards ran Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years prior to her appointment as city manager in 2013. She previously worked for the LADWP for 24 years in several positions.

    Edwards began working at the LADWP in August 1976 at the age of 19 as a clerk typist. She later became a steam plant assistant, a plant equipment operator, a steam plant operator, a load dispatcher and a senior load dispatcher. She even became an LADWP superintendent of load dispatching, energy control center manager and a manager of bulk power operations and maintenance, as well as a bulk power business unit director.

    From 1998 to 2000, she served as assistant general manager for the marketing and customer service business units.

    She left the LADWP in December 2000 to serve as general manager of Anaheim’s municipal water and electric utility.

    As past governor on the California Independent System Operator Board, Edward served as interim CEO of that agency in 2004. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne. (more…)

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  • Former Long Beach Hospital Owner Charged with Fraud

    SANTA ANA – Michael D. Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, was charged Feb. 21, in a long-running health care fraud scheme that involved tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks in exchange for referrals of thousands of patients who received spinal surgeries.

    The referrals to the hospital led to more than $500 million in bills being fraudulently submitted during the last five years of the scheme, much of which was paid by the California worker’s compensation system.

    Drobot, 69, of Corona Del Mar, was charged in a criminal information with orchestrating a wide-ranging conspiracy and with paying illegal kickbacks.

    In a plea agreement, Drobot agreed to plead guilty to the two counts which could send him to federal prison for as long as 10 years.

    From 1997 to 2013, Drobot, who owned Pacific Hospital until late this past year, ran a scheme in which he billed workers’ compensation insurers hundreds of millions of dollars for spinal surgeries performed on patients who had been referred by dozens of doctors, chiropractors and others who were paid illegal kickbacks. For referrals for spinal surgeries, Drobot typically paid a kickback of $15,000 per lumbar fusion surgery and $10,000 per cervical fusion surgery. Some of the patients lived as much as hundreds of miles away from Pacific Hospital and closer to other qualified medical facilities. The patients were not informed that the medical professionals had been offered kickbacks to induce them to refer the surgeries to Pacific Hospital. (more…)

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