• Wright Guilty of Eight Felony Counts

    Senate District 35

    Senate District 35 is based on nesting Assembly Districts 62 and 64. It includes the Los Angeles County communities of Carson, Compton, West Compton, Gardena, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, West Carson, Watts, Willowbrook, and Wilmington. This district is characterized by a very high residential density, the Port of Los Angeles and the 110 Freeway which runs north-south through the entire district. Traffic and pollution concerns related to the Port are significant interests within the district. San Pedro and Harbor City are with the Port. The cities of Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Torrance were split to achieve population equality.

    LOS ANGELES —  On Jan. 28, a jury convicted Sen. Rod Wright on eight felony perjury and voter fraud charges regarding questions about where he lived.

    If two-thirds of the 40-member California Senate votes against him, he will lose his seat.

    State law requires legislators to live in the district they represent. Prosecutors said Wright did not live in his Inglewood home, when he ran for office in 2008. Instead, he lived in Baldwin Hills.

    Wright pleaded not guilty. Wright said he bought the Baldwin Hills home in 2000 to use as an office for his real estate investment business. Wright also said that he never registered to vote or applied for a driver’s license using the Baldwin Hills address.

    He argued that during his run for the District 25, he was registered to vote and had possessions in the Inglewood home, which he’s owned since 1977. A woman, who he considers his step-mother lives there.

    The court focused on the legal distinction between a “domicile” – a long-term home – and a “residence,” or temporary dwelling.

    Neighbors testified that they routinely saw Wright at the Baldwin Hills house, while Wright’s tenant at the Inglewood home testified she had never seen him spend the night in Inglewood.

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  • Let’s Misbehave

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer
    Some people just can’t stop writing.

    Fifty years after his death Cole Porter, or someone writing for Porter, is still producing musicals in his name, with his delightful and witty lyrics and lively and memorable tunes.

    Let’s Misbehave, which recently opened a three-week runs at International City Theatre, is a perfect case in point.

    Porter wrote 16 musicals during his career, including “Silk Stockings” and “Kiss Me, Kate.” I guarantee you that he didn’t write Let’s Misbehave, but he might have. He certainly would be proud of the musical Karen Bowersock and Patrick Young have concocted from 36 of his songs. These include well-known songs, such as, “In the Still of the Night,” “It was Just One of Those Things,” “Night and Day” and “De-Lovely.”

    Many, like “Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking” will be more of a surprise.

    Three young party-survivors, Alice (Jennifer Shelton,) Dorothy (Linsey Alley) and Walter (Marc Ginsburg) are enjoying themselves after an evening at a swell party, but then begin to wonder why they never have anyone to go home with. They vow they will all find love by July 4, some months hence, and then the fireworks (well, damp squibs are more like it) begin. (more…)

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  • State of the Fifth District Address

    Councilwoman Schipske invites the public to attend the State of the Fifth District Address, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Long Beach Water Treatment Plant.

    The Councilwoman will report on Infrastructure achievements, programs, accomplishments and continuing priorities for 2014

    Details: (562) 570-6932
    Venue: Long Beach Groundwater Treatment Plant
    Location: 2950 Redondo Ave., Long Beach

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  • Long Beach Civic Center Future

    The public is invited to attend an information session and share their thoughts regarding the future of the Long Beach Civic Center, from 12 to 3 p.m. Feb. 1, at the Long Beach Gas & Oil Administration Building.

    The Civic Center has significant seismic deficiencies and the City Council has authorized the issuance of a Request for Proposals to firms qualified to design, build, operate, finance and maintain a new Civic Center and Main Library, as well as revitalization of Lincoln Park.

    Details: (562) 570-3800; www.LBCivicCenter.com
    Venue: Long Beach Gas & Oil Administration Building
    Location:  2400 E. Spring St., Long Beach

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  • Rancho Dominguez Docent Training Starts

    Become a docent. The Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum is offering two sessions: one on the weekday evenings and one on Saturday mornings. Each session has four classes to attend:

    Saturday Sessions: 2/8, 2/22, 3/15, 3/29 and all classes are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Evening Sessions: 2/13, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26 and all classes are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Docent training  are open to  ages 14 and older.

    Docent training sessions an also be scheduled by appointment. Part of the training sessions involves meeting with other docents at an outing for all docents.

    Docents are volunteer tour guides, trained to further the public’s understanding of the cultural and historical significance of the Dominguez family and the rich history of California with a focus on Southern California.

    Details:(310) 603-0088; www.dominguezrancho.org
    Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
    Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez

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  • The Algalita Plastic Soup Workshop

    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will offer an educator workshop “Plastic Soup,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 1

    Much of the plastic trash we generate on land flows into our ocean through watersheds and storm drains.  What happens when plastics enter the ocean?  Learn about the science behind this issue through a hands-on activity that brings real-world science into the classroom and encourages students to develop the same observational skills scientists use to further understand the health of our oceans.

    The Algalita Plastic Soup Workshop will begin with a 45-minute presentation that covers the basic science behind plastic marine debris.  Following the presentation, participants will engage in a hands-on activity that investigates how plastics affect the marine food web.

    Teachers will be given a free Algalita DSI Kit that includes everything you need to help your students understand the impacts of plastic marine debris within a 50-minute class period.

    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

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  • Port, Environment Committee Meeting

    A Port of Los Angeles and Environment Committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1, at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro.

    Details: cspnc.org
    Venue: Point Fermin Park
    Location: 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro

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  • Diversity Tour Stops at CSUDH

    California State University, Dominguez Hills will be among five West Coast college campuses to host Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a grassroots program to encourage and inspire more ethnical and racial minority students to become doctors and dentists by providing them with information and advice from those who were once where they are.

    The tour makes its only Southern California stop at the CSUDH campus Feb. 5.

    Open to undergraduate and recent graduates from CSU Dominguez Hills and campuses throughout the Los Angeles region, the tour will include a variety of workshops throughout the day on such topics as the application process, and interview and test-taking skills, as well as networking opportunities with current physicians and medical students. More than 150 students are expected to attend.

    There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Registrants can attend all or portions of the day’s events and will receive a schedule in advance.

    Details: http://tour4diversity.org.

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  • Mills Tax Exemption in LB Council Agenda

    The Long Beach City Council is scheduled to consider bring back the Mills Act program at its Feb. 4 meeting.

    Mills Act Historical Property Contract Program allows qualifying owners to receive a potential property tax reduction and use the savings to help rehabilitate, restore and maintain their buildings.

    Enacted in 1972, the Mills Act legislation grants participating local governments authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties.

    Long Beach stopped offering contracts to property owners in 2006 because of the economy and the loss of property tax revenues.

    The Mills Act is executed between cities and the property owner for a revolving 10-year term. Contracts are automatically renewed each year so that the term of the contract always extends for 10 years. Property owners agree to restore, maintain, and protect the property in accordance with specific historic preservation standards and conditions identified in the contract.

    Details: http://longbeach.legistar.com/
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

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  • Three Injured in Long Beach Shooting

    LONG BEACH — Three people injured Jan. 26, after a shooting near Lewis Avenue and Anaheim Street in Long Beach.
    The Long Police Department reported that officers were patrolling the Cambodia Town neighborhood when they heard gunshots at about 7:20 p.m. The officers found three people injured with non-life threatening wounds. The three were sent to a local hospital.
    Police closed Anaheim Street between Alamitos and Martin Luther King Jr. avenues as they investigated the shooting.
    LBPD stated that the shootings may be gang-related.
    Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call (562) 570-7260.

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