• RLn NEWS updates: July 30, 2014

    EPA Penalizes Rancho LPG for Safety Hazards
    SAN PEDRO — Rancho LPG faces a $260,000 fine for safety violations on their site from the Environmental Protection Agency.
    EPA responded to Rep. Janice Hahn’s requests to investigate safety lapses at the Rancho LPB facility.
    EPA officials state that Rancho LPG has implemented new measures to ensure the security of the plant.
    “Although these families will not be safe until the tanks are moved,” stated Hahn in her press release, “EPA’s actions today minimizes some of the risk for the community.”

    Reyes Uranga Runs for Water Replenishing District Seat
    LONG BEACH — Former Long Beach City Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga, announced July 24 that she would be running for the Division 3 seat of the Water Replenishment District.
    The seat has been left unoccupied since Lillian Kawasaki died in 2013.
    Uranga served on the Long Beach City council since 2002. Since her initial election, Uranga has managed the council’s Environmental Committee and represented all the cities in eastern and western Los Angeles County on the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Reyes Uranga also served as a board member of the Coalition for Clean Air.
    The election will take place in November (more…)

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  • RLn ARTS: July 30, 2014

    Aug. 7
    Gallery 741 Grand Opening
    Community members are invited to the grand opening reception of Gallery 741, from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 7, in San Pedro.
    Experience the functional elegance of Lenchner Glass, exhibiting Aug. 7 through 17, and Sept. 4 through Oct. 4. This show features exciting new tableware designs, fused glass art and many one-of-a-kind fused glass pieces to add beauty to your décor.
    Details: (818) 609-9406; www.1stthursday.com
    Venue: Gallery 741
    Location: 741 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro

    Myriam Gurba, Denise Rivas
    Community members are invited to check out the art of Myriam Gurba and Denise Rivas through August at The Center Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 434-4455
    Venue: The Center Long Beach
    Location: 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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  • RLn COMMUNITY: July 29, 2014

    Aug. 9
    Story Time with Rangers
    Bring your children to a story time with the White Point Nature Preserve Rangers at 10 a.m., Aug. 9, at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro. The story themes vary.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location: 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

    Aug. 20
    Bird Walk
    Attend a guided bird walk led by Wild Birds Unlimited at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 20, at the White Point Nature Preserve in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location: 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

    Aug. 20
    Family Nature and Art Workshop
    Join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at a children’s hike and art workshop at 10 a.m., Aug. 30, at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The activities cost $25 per family. Reservations are required.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: Pelican Cove parking area, Terranea Resort
    Location: 31300 Palos Verdes Dr. South

    August 23
    Ranger Walk
    Enjoy a the dramatic views at a themed, guided hike through the White Point Nature Preserve’s restored habitat at 10 a.m., Aug. 23. Themes vary each month. The hike is free.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location: 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

    Aug. 23
    Native Plant Sale
    The White Point Nature Education Center and Preserve is hosting a native plant sale from 12 to 2 p.m., Aug. 23.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: White Point Nature Preserve
    Location: 1600 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

    Aug. 27
    Bird Walk
    The public is invited to a guided bird walk led by Wild Birds Unlimited at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 27, in George F Canyon Preserve and Nature Center in Rolling Hills Estates.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: George F Canyon Preserve and Nature Center
    Location: 27035 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Rolling Hills Estates


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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT: July 29, 2014

    Aug. 1
    Carl Verheyen Group Show
    The Carl Verheyen Group will be performing at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 833-3281
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 7
    Michael Bradford

    Songwriter and bassist Michael Bradford will be performing at the Grand Annex in San Pedro from 7 to 11 p.m., Aug. 7. Soul pop artists, David and Devine will perform alongside Bradford and The Neighborhood Bullys will open the show. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
    Details: (310) 833-4813
    Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 14
    The Haden Triplets

    The Haden Triplets will be performing at 8 p.m., Aug. 14, for a sunset concert at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
    The Haden Triplets will be performing stripped down, old time country tracks off their debut album. The doors open at 7 p.m. and seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Admission is free. Parking is $10.
    Details: (310) 440-4500
    Venue: Skirball Cultural Center
    Location: 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles (more…)

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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: July 29, 2014

    Aug. 8
    Guys and Dolls
    The Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro presents a youth musical performance of Guys and Dolls at 8 p.m. Aug. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m. on Aug. 9, and at 4 p.m. Aug. 10. The play revolves around the gamblers and gangsters of the New York underworld. Tickets are $15.
    Details: (310) 548-2493
    Venue: The Warner Grand
    Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 15
    Into the Woods
    The Troupe will perform a youth production of Into the Woods at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro at 7 p.m. Aug. 15, at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 16, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17. The performance weaves together stories from various childhood tales. Tickets are from $5 to $27.
    Details: (310) 548-2493
    Venue: The Warner Grand
    Location: 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 23
    Rivers and Tides Film Series
    The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy welcomes the public for a screening of Rivers and Tides at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Palos Verdes Arts Center.
    The documentary follows sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he creates works of art from natural materials. Box dinner reservations required.
    Details: (310) 541-2479
    Venue: Palos Verdes Arts Center
    Location: 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

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  • RL NEWS Update: July 28, 2014

    Senior Might Face Charges in Non-Pregnant Robber’s Death
    LONG BEACH — The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is considering whether or not to charge 80-year-old Tom Greer in the shooting of a fleeing, female, robber July 22 in a Los Cerritos neighborhood in Long Beach.
    On July 25, the District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Gus Adams, 26, an accomplice to the robbery. Adams was arrested on suspicion of Murder on July 23. He faces four other felony charges including residential burglary and elder abuse. The accomplice is charged with murder under the legal principle in California that an accomplice may be culpable for an illegal death that occurs in the course of the commission of a felony. Officials said that Adams is held at the Los Angeles County Jail with $1.1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned to Aug. 11. Adams had two prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance in 2011 and petty theft with three prior convictions in 2012.
    Adams was charged with first-degree residential robbery, first-degree residential burglary, grand theft with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
    The Long Beach Police Department arrested Adams’ mother, Ruby Adams, 49, on suspicion of robbery. Police filed charges against Ruby Adams on July 28. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Ruby Adams, with first-degree murder and first-degree residential robbery. Officials said Ruby Adams may have acted as the look out in the robbery.
    Greer told investigators and various news sources that when he arrived to his home at about 9 p.m. July 22, in the 3900 block of Country Club Drive, he was attacked by a man and woman who were burglarizing his home.
    Police officials said that the couple threw Greer on the floor and allegedly began to beat him. The woman, Andrea Miller, 28, continued beating Greer, while Adams tried to break into Greer’s safe. Eventually, Miller stopped hitting Greer and join Adams. Greer ended up with a broken collar bone, cuts and bruises. (more…)

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  • Long Beach Gets New Mayor, City Council

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    On July 15, Long Beach swore in its youngest, first openly gay and first Latino mayor, during mayoral inauguration ceremony at the Terrace Theatre.

    “As mayor I want our lead our city into the future,” said Mayor Robert García, 36, who was sworn in at the ceremony. “I want us to embrace our destiny as a great international city with good goals and with good peoples.”

    García committed to passing a responsible budget, strengthening the city’s educational ties with the university, the community college and the school district. The goal is to strengthen public safety services and parks, he said. He wants to create a more sustainable city, which he envisions also would innovative.

    “We will move our city into the new century and we’ll do it together,” García said.

    He also made a commitment to working with labor organizations and fighting poverty in the city.

    “There are one in five of every one of our neighbors that tonight is struggling between finding healthcare for their children, childcare, food, or a roof over their head,” he said. “And, I believe that no matter what you do or where you live, we are all in the business of helping. We all want to help.” (more…)

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  • First Amendment in Jeopardy

    Censorship of Freedom at Los Angeles Superior Courts Revealed

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    I believe that the Founding Fathers of our republic enshrined the free exercise of religion, protection of free speech and freedom of the press in the Bill of Rights because they were the liberties that were the first to be abused.

    History has proven them right and nothing has really changed. Free speech is still the first victim to an overreaching government.

    Take for example a letter I received from the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Executive Officer Clerk Sherri R. Carter, just a few days after our past front page story ran, “Stop Or We’ll Shoot” (July 11-24, 2014 Rln). This story challenged the use of force policy at the Long Beach Police Department, whose chief, Jim McDonnell, now is running for Los Angeles County Sheriff.

    The letter, titled “Re: Removal of all publications from the courthouse,” was prefaced with the following: (more…)

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  • RL NEWS of the Week: July 24, 2014

    LBPD Seeks Help with Hate Crime Robbery
    LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department is seeking help from community members in identifying a man suspect of a hate crime-related robbery.
    On July 2, 2014, at about 4:30 p.m., a woman was attacked in the parking lot of a local shopping center in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue.
    The woman, a 32-year-old Long Beach resident, was wearing a black hijab. She was parked in the shopping center parking lot adjacent to the alley that runs north and south and just west of the shopping center, loading items into her car. It was then that she was approached from behind by a man, who took hold of her hijab in his hand.
    The man cursed at the victim while referring to the cover as a “hijab,” indicating he had some knowledge of the Muslim culture. He forcibly pulled and twisted the hijab as he attempted to remove it, which choked the victim, and caused scratches and abrasions to her neck. The suspect then walked southbound down the alley with the hijab.
    The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect, and worked with detectives to create a composite sketch. The suspect is described as follows: (more…)

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  • Art Draws Attention to San Pedro

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    In the past few years several successful artists have moved from the crowded and costly habitat of Santa Monica and Venice to the port town of San Pedro.

    Their motivations vary slightly. Some Santa Monica and Venice Beach artists fled metropolitan congestion. while others were fleeing oppressive studio rental prices. But most commonly, their move to San Pedro was just a fresh start in a creative environment.

    Much of the impetus has been the chaos thrust upon the arts community by the arrival of the Metropolitan Transit Line to the Bergamont Station arts complex. Traffic congestion and noise from the construction has impacted the quality of life for many artists trying to live creative lives in the area.

    To compound the crisis, rents in and around the site recently increased by 200 to 300 percent. Hungry developers and city managers have identified the potential for additional retail space at the location. The well-known Track 16 Gallery at Bergamont Station was one of the first – after 18 years in operation – to receive an eviction notice. The gallery was located immediately in the path of the new train station. Now relocated to Culver City, the gallery has a reputation for hosting contemporary exhibitions with a punk vibe.

    Track 16 curator Laurie Steelink was living in Mar Vista while working in Santa Monica. She seized the opportunity to re-assess her life. Her mind recalled past visits to San Pedro. Various friends connected her to a studio on Pacific Avenue, which she calls ‘Cornelius Projects’.

    “One of the reasons that I call it Cornelius Projects is because I want people to know that I am going to have exhibitions when the time is right,” Steelink said. “I want to do it when the subject and material that I have gathered is right.”

    She launched her ‘project’ with This is Not An Art Show: Stencils, Zines and Flyers by Craig Ibarra. That show was followed up with The Mind of Joe Baiza. Cornelius Projects, located across the street from Harold’s Bar, seems to have plugged right into the punk history of San Pedro. Moreover, because of her Westside connections, Steelink has been able to pull art and music lovers down the 405 into the Harbor Area. Her exhibits have been reviewed by L.A. Weekly and KCRW. Punk rocker Henry Rollins showed up for The Mind of Joe Baiza.

    Steelink has an all women’s show, Habit Forming, coming in August. The exhibition will feature all local San Pedro women artists. A date for the opening has not yet been announced.

    Recently, the arrival of John Van Hamersveld, and his wife and business partner Alida Post, to the former Williams Bookstore location on 6th Street has created a flurry of excitement for downtown San Pedro.

    Hamersveld has had a legendary career as a graphic artist. His autobiography Drawing Attention, records the amazing journey. It is impossible to overstate his impact on popular culture. His very first success, while still attending school at the Art Center in Los Angeles was the iconic DayGlo poster image from the Endless Summer surf film in 1963. At the same time he helped to create an incredible visual impact for Surfer Magazine, a publication that helped to distract millions of young teenagers of the day. As a teenager, my own bedroom walls were covered with these images.

    It was an incredible beginning to a 50-year career that led to images familiar to millions around the world.

    He naturally migrated to the music industry. In 1972 Van Hamersveld created the album cover for the Rolling Stones masterpiece, Exile on Mainstreet. The album, covered with an assortment of circus freaks perfectly represented the Stones notorious reputation at the time. He continued to create cover art for Cream, Bob Dylan and many more.

    Infamous street artist Shepard Fairy cites Van Hamersveld’s Jimi Hendrix poster ‘Pinnacle Hendrix’ as a “perfect image, impossible to improve upon.” Fairey has said Hamersveld’s posterized black and white style informs much of the street art of today.

    Van Hamersveld and Post moved their studio to San Pedro after reaching a point of total frustration with life in Santa Monica.

    “It just became a nightmare,” Post said. “We were so trapped. I called it the Donner Pass, trying to get past the 405. It was a quality of life issue. I was looking for a place to live in a city that I didn’t want to live in.”

    In the middle of their search for a way out of Santa Monica they came to San Pedro to look at the Bank Loft building. Although they found the lofts attractive, the apartments were too small for a studio. However they noticed the abundance of available rentals on 6th and 7th Streets.

    Eventually, they found a classic mid-century house above Western Avenue. After buying the home, they discovered the newly vacated Williams Bookstore location on 6th St. They realized that they could use the location as a work studio for Van Hamersveld and Post could open her project, Post-Future, a store for art, books and education. Post is especially interested in connecting with the elementary and high schools in town.
    The plus for them was the historical connection to the bookstore.

    “I decided I have got to grab this so nobody can destroy it,” said Post, an avid reader and admirer of Charles Bukowski. “We came from a place that wasn’t what it was anymore. Then we came here and everything about it reminds us of what we loved about growing up in Los Angeles.”

    Post was raised in Los Angeles and Van Hamersveld grew up in Lunada Bay. During his early years he surfed the local waters, which explains his early influence in surf culture.

    Artist Ellwood Risk had been living and working on the Westside for 20 years when economics triggered his search for a new location.

    Risk’s abstract works are based in his industrial background as a drywall hanger and house painter. Today, he is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, New York and London. Connections to television and movies have also provided him with a collector base.

    “What facilitated my move was my landlord sold my space,” said Risk. “I had to start looking for a new space. I looked at mid-city and Jefferson corridor. It was just not doable because of the amount of space I needed for my work.”

    Searching through Craigslist, he found a 4,500 sq. foot industrial space on Harbor Blvd. He hit it off with Landlord Yvetta Williams, who formerly owned the Shell Store. He walked away the same day with the keys to a massive space with a view of the ships in the Harbor, the Vincent Thomas Bridge and the Gateway Fountains.

    “For me the big difference I noted immediately was the lack of traffic,” Risk said. “I have great views of the bridge and the ships coming and going.”

    All of the artists interviewed for this story said that they were only vaguely aware of the deeply rooted arts community in San Pedro.

    “I wasn’t really aware of all the history of it,” Risk said . “I heard over the years that people had moved down here, but I wasn’t really aware. Like everybody else on the Westside, it is such a bubble. All the years I lived there, I rarely went east of Lincoln. Now all my artist friends in Venice are starting to talk about San Pedro. San Pedro and Oxnard seem to be the areas that artist’s (from the Westside) are looking at.”

    Artists have been migrating south to San Pedro for decades. Many well established and world renowned artists arrived years ago. Early attempts to establish an arts colony date back to the mid-1950s and even a movement in the 1970s.

    Each influx has enriched the area . Many of these artists have discovered an ideal environment, with beautiful landscapes, moderate prices and an already existing art community to support their work.

    One exciting benefit for San Pedro is a 20-foot tall mural installation that will be coming soon to 6th Street. Famed artist Van Hamersveld is creating his very first mural project to be placed downtown. The arrival of this work will bring an announcement that artists in San Pedro are living, working and creating world-class art. But we already knew that, didn’t we?
    Image: Pinnacle Hendrix by John Van Hamersveld © 2014 John Van Hamersveld/Coolhous Studio
    Details: http://corneliusprojects.com/, http://ellwoodtrisk.com/, http://www.johnvanhamersveld.com/

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