• Two Men Found Guilty of Forcing Women into Prostitution

    LONG BEACH — On Aug. 8, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a Long Beach Superior Court jury found Lebrette Stacey Winn and Eric James Avery were found guilty of pimping, pandering, sodomy by use of force, mayhem, human trafficking, kidnapping and forcible rape, among other charges.
    Nine accounts were related to the forced prostitution and kidnapping of three females, ages 16, 18, and 20.
    Winn, 23, convinced both women into prostitution. When the 20-year-old woman asked to quit he threatened and then raped her.
    The 18-year-old victim quit prostituting for Winn months after she began in November 2012. Winn tricked her into meeting him in May 2013 then forced her into his car and picked up the 20-year-old-victim.
    The two victims escaped when Winn left his parked car and went into a mall in Culver City.
    Avery was convicted of two felony counts: pimping a minor 16 years of age and human trafficking. Avery was a member of the Long Beach Baby Insane Crip gang.
    Police arrested Winn and Avery, 25, on May 16, 2013. Officers found a hotel card in Avery’s pocket and later located the 16-year-old victim when they used the card to open a hotel room in Inglewood.
    Winn is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22. Avery will be sentenced will be Sept. 12.
    Winn faces 37 years to life in state prison. Avery faces up to 34 years in state prison.

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  • RLn NEWS Update: Aug. 8, 2014

    First Human Case of WNV in Long Beach Announced

    LONG BEACH — The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Long Beach recently was confirmed. As of August 6, 2014, 35 human cases have been reported in 10 California counties, including Los Angeles (1) and Orange (6). There have been two West Nile Virus-related deaths this year in northern California.

    The 61-year-old east Long Beach resident with diagnosed with the West Nile Virus has no known underlying health issues and is recovering well.

    West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected have no symptoms; approximately one in 150 may develop more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care.
    Summer weather and drought conditions create an ideal environment for mosquito breeding. Residents should take the following precautions: (more…)

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  • Beck in the Crossfire

    Accessing Police Reforms, Leadership and the Contract

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    It’s never been easy for the average citizen of Los Angeles to know for sure what’s happening behind the badge at the Los Angeles Police Department.

    For decades, the LAPD’s public image of Sgt. Joe Friday and all the hundreds of other cop shows hid the reality behind the badge.  Rarely does the general public ever get to see the inner workings of the police department until something happens like the Rampart scandal, the Christopher Dorner manhunt or the release of the Rodney King video. We’ve been told repeatedly that all of those things are in the past since the advent of the federal consent decree and the mandated reforms of the past decade.

    There are two issues before the City of Los Angeles, both of which come with significant consequences. One is the reappointment of Chief Charlie Beck for a second five-year term and the other is the contract with the Police Officer’s Union, which recently was voted down by the rank-and-file.

    It would seem that these two were separate but equally important decisions—violent  crime continues its trend down while the city’s finances are tending to be getting better—but they may not be. The curious part about the recent revelations regarding Beck’s command of LAPD is that in years gone by the “thin blue line” of silence would have protected Beck or any other officer from outside criticism. (more…)

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  • RL NEWS Updates: Aug. 7, 2014

    Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography
    LONG BEACH — Thirty-three-year-old Paul Michael Barbour, of Long Beach, plead guilty, Aug. 6, to child pornography.
    Barbour taped girls undressing and had under his possession thousands of photos and videos of child pornography. Earlier this year, while he was working for Kids Artistic Review at Cypress College, a young female dancer discovered a video camera in the dressing room. The camera was eventually traced back to Barbour.
    A search of his home found thousands of photos and 10 videos of child pornography, along with a stash of LSD and hallucinogenic mushrooms, court documents show. It did not appear he produced any of the pornography they found on his computers, officials said.
    Federal prosecutors charged him for the child pornography, which carries a statutory minimum of five years in prison and up to 20 years maximum.
    His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20 in federal court. As part of a plea agreement, Barbour will likely be sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison, and 15 years of probation.

    LB City College Gets New VP of Academic Affairs
    LONG BEACH — On Aug. 4, Terri Long started her new job as Long Beach City College’s new vice president of Academic Affairs.
    Long will now oversee the college’s academic programs and deans.
    Coming from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut after 25 years (more…)

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  • RLn THEATER: Aug. 5, 2014

    Aug. 15
    Flyin’ West
    Flyin’ West lands for three weekends in August in celebration of CSU Dominguez Hills’ Black Theatre Program’s 15th anniversary.
    Set in 1898 in the era of reconstruction following the Civil War, “Flyin’ West” is the story of four African American female pioneers who settle in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kan. Seeking the freedoms promised them, the women instead are challenged by a harsh and unforgiving terrain as well as a society not yet ready for equality among races or strong independent women.
    Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Aug. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 17, 24 and 31, at the Edison Theatre in CSUDH.
    Details: (310) 243-3589; www4.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/2014-15-season
    Venue: Edison Theatre
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Aug. 16
    Fiddler on the Roof
    The Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Season Closes with Fiddler on the Roof, through Aug. 16.
    Set in 1905 Czarist Russia, it tells the story of Tevye, a humble dairy farmer and his quest to find suitable mates for his five daughters. Despite his efforts, the daughters are feeling the influences of a world beyond the village. (more…)

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  • RLn COMMUNITY: Aug. 4, 2014

    Aug. 5
    Shark Week
    Participate in special shark crafts and activities, Aug. 5 through 10 at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CarbrilloMariqueAquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro

    Aug. 5
    Seashore Mornings
    Follow that Slime from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 5 through 9, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
    First and second graders delight in discovering the wonders of slime and much more in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s week-long Science at the Seashore program “Galloping Snails and Other Fishy Tales”.

    Participants will get close-up views of sea snails “galloping” and other fascinating seashore animals in the laboratory, aquarium and along the surrounding shoreline.  Children will create their own storybooks, go crab fishing, find out what lives in oozing mud and make records of their daily discoveries.  Hands-on activities will include handling live marine animals, using a variety of tools (microscopes, plankton nets, binoculars, etc.), learning about animals in the Aquarium exhibits, exploring nearby coastal habitats, and participating in ecological games.  Register now as classes are limited in size to ensure individual attention.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.CarbrilloMariqueAquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro (more…)

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  • Allegations Taint Beck’s Bid for Second Term

    Sex Scandal Involving Chief’s Daughter Revealed

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has been lobbying for a second term since the police commission began taking it under consideration this past May.

    But Beck’s road to a second term has gotten increasingly rockier, despite record lows in violent crimes in the city and having weathered some serious crises that would have tanked most other police chiefs (i.e. Christopher Dorner episode that terrorized the police department or the more recent one, in which a detective recounted how he killed fellow officer and allegedly blackmailed former police Chief Bernard Parks into dropping the discipline hearings against him).

    On July 20, the commanding officer of the LAPD’s Criminal Gang-Homicide Division, Peter Whittingham, submitted a letter to the Los Angeles Police Commission that was perhaps could completely derail Beck’s chances.

    Per the city charter, the LAPD chief is required to apply to the commission for reappointment at least 180 days prior to the expiration of their first term. The commission must respond to that application, voting either to let him stay for another term or not, no later than 90 days before his first term expires. In this case, that would be Aug. 20. (more…)

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  • Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

    by Kara Brandeisky and Sisi Wei
    ProPublica, April 8, 2014
    UPDATED: AUGUST 1, 2014

    It has been more than five years since the Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program, a period marked by White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and what we now know was CIA snooping.

    It’s January 2009. Obama takes office. Within days, he shuts down the CIA’s detainee program. But he says he’d rather not dwell on the past.

    Jan. 11, 2009
    President-elect Barack Obama tells George Stephanopoulos he’s not interested in a broad investigation of Bush-era intelligence programs, saying, “We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” (more…)

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT: Aug. 1, 2014

    Aug. 2
    James Kimo West, Friends
    Spend an evening with Hawaiian slack key master, Jim “Kimo” West, featuring hula by Amanda Taketa and Kevin Tsutsui, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 2, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Suggested donation is $20.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 3
    Orchestre Surreal
    Orchestre Surreal is performing, starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Launched in 1997, the Orchestre Surreal came out of composer Ross Wright’s mission to create a project that would strip away the barriers of cultural, generational, and artistic divide, and promote the message of open-mindedness through art.
    Suggested donation is $20.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 8
    Jeff Hamilton Trio
    The Jeff Hamilton Trio will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 8, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 9
    Chuck Alvarez Band
    The Chuck Alvarez Band will perform, starting at 8 p.m. Aug. 9, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 9
    Bullying Smoke Out
    Mr. Imperial Leather 2014 Doug Dick, along with he United Waves of Long Beach are presenting the Bullying Smoke Out, from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9, at The Brit in Long Beach.
    Details: www.longbeachimperialcourt.org
    Venue: The Brit
    Location: 1744 E. Broadway, Long Beach

    Aug. 10
    Ken Dance Co “INVISIBLE”
    Ken Dance Co “INVISIBLE” will perform, starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 10, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 15
    Victor Orlando
    Victor Orlando performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 15, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 16
    Doug Macleod, Denny Croy in Concert
    Doug Macleod and Denny Croy will be in concert, at 8 p.m. Aug. 16, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 17
    Manring, Garcia, Ma Trio
    Manring, Garcia and Ma Trio perform at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Details: (800) 403-3447
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Aug. 17
    Remembering the Palladium Days (Part II)
    The Museum of Latin American Art is paying tribute to the days of one of New York’s most celebrated dance halls, the Palladium, at 4 p.m. Aug. 17.
    The kings of Afro Caribbean swing, with a live performance featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist, Herman Olivera and Freddie Crespo’s Mambo Revue Orchestra performing the music of the “Big Three,” Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez.
    Considered by critics as one of today’s most representative salsa singers, Herman Olivera began singing professionally with local New York bands at the tender age of 15. He would then be afforded the opportunity to sing lead vocals with Conjunto Libre under the direction of Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez. After two decades with Conjunto Libre, Olivera worked regularly with Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Bobby Rodriguez y La Compañia and The Machito Orchestra. He performs with Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra and is featured on five of Palmieri’s CDs, including Masterpiece/Obra Maestra with the late, great Tito Puente, which earned two Grammys.
    Details: (562) 437-1689; www.molaa.org
    Venue: MOLAA
    Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: July 31, 2014

    Aug. 1
    Volunteer at Abalone Cove Reserve
    Volunteer, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at the Abalone Cove Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes.
    Details: (310) 541-7613
    Venue: Abalone Cove Reserve
    Location: 5970 Palos Verdes Dr. South, Rancho Palos Verdes
    Aug. 4
    Small Business Entrepreneurship: Doing Business in LA
    The Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Los Angeles Public Library is presenting the Small Business Entrepreneurship workshop, starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 4, at the San Pedro Public Library.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/SPSmallBizWorkshop
    Venue: San Pedro Public Library
    Location: 931 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro (more…)

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