• Are We Really the Smartest Creatures on Earth?

    By Lionel Rolfe
    More than 40 years ago, my then-wife Nigey Lennon and I were on our way home to Echo Park when, suddenly, she said to stop.

    I thought it was because she’d spotted a garage sale. Instead it was a woman who had set up a bunch of cages with cockatiels for sale. Some were in the cages and some stood on top of the edge of the cages.

    “Oh, hell,” I said. “I don’t want birds. They’re messy and they’re, well, bird-brained. Stupid.”

    Nigey prevailed, of course, and as we approached the birds, I was amazed to discover that, as we were looking them over, they were giving us the once-over. That unnerved me. And it began a process whereby I came to realize we share this Earth with a lot of creatures who are every bit as sentient as we are.

    Over the next few years, other birds impinged on my life and took me into their soap-opera lives. The bird we bought that day was named Mo. Gurly came next because we walked into a bird store on Melrose Avenue, near my old alma mater, Fairfax High School, in Los Angeles. As we walked around the cage, one rather drab gray bird was intently following us with her eyes and body.

    She peeped and squawked, obviously saying, “I’m here. Look at me. I want to be with you guys.” (more…)

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  • Breaking News! Suspect Staked Out at Numero Uno


    By Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila and Contributor Phillip Cooke

    Authorities are looking for an armed suspect who ran into the Numero Uno market in San Pedro. Harbor Division Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Gerald Woodyard said that the suspect may be responsible for a number of theft-related crimes in the area in the past couple of weeks. Officers blocked off Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street between 6th Street and 4th Street.

    Officials said the officers and the suspect saw each other, and the suspect ran off and into the market, where he barricaded himself. Police were not sure whether the suspect was armed at the time.

    “There was some detectives who chased a robbery suspect,” Police Officer II Paul Ulmer said.

    “He fled through the allies and ended up inside a Numero Uno market. That was evacuated and now he’s barricaded in there, most likely armed. He’s been seen in the past with a semi-automatic handgun…. He was seen pulling his waistband, so he’s believed to be armed.”

    About 20 employees and several customers were evacuated from the business. “There is always a possibility of a hostage situation,” Ulmer said. “So, SWAT is taking over and they may treat as such, since we are not 110 percent sure that it is completely evacuated.”

    Employees said the suspect entered the business at about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

    “[Police told us] only to get out because he was armed,” said Nelly Lopez, a cashier. “I left the lady there (her customer) [and evacuated].” Lopez said she saw someone running but was not able to get a description.

    “I was there when they evacuated us,” said meat manager Jesús Garcia, in Spanish.

    “[The police told us) that they were following him because he was hiding from the police. Everyone was evacuated.”

    “My partner and I actually saw him pop out of a side door,” Ulmer said. “I think he popped out to check the area to see where our positions were so he could try to get an advantage. At one time he was seen on the roof running around. He got onto the roof. He appeared as he was going to jump over ….  He went back inside.”

    The suspect was apprehended without a shooting incident and the perimeter was taken down by about 3 p.m. Officials described the suspect as a male, Hispanic, in his early to mid-20s, between 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 120 pounds. Customers at the nearby Farmers Market on 6th Street seemed unaffected by the situation a block away.

    “I don’t know what’s going on,” said Emilia Lafiguera, a 21-year-old military student who was there with her friend for the first time. “We’re in the military. So, I’m used hearing helicopters around.

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  • Ray Buffer Gains New Life in Long Beach

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    On stage he is a monster.

    No, that isn’t a negative criticism. He actually is a monster in his current role, the creation of Victor Frankenstein: tall, threatening, with an unhealed wound on his head, a steam punk monocle and dressed in an almost floor length leather duster that, with his muscular bare arms, makes him intimidating and ferocious, a man whose life has been revived by Frankenstein’s science and who is confused and helpless, frightened and frightening all at once. His monster is no Boris Karloff, speaking in guttural mutters. After all, he has to sing..

    In Frankenstein the Musical Ray Buffer, as actor and director, is just where he wants to be: on stage performing in a musical. You can’t tell he is happy: that is what acting is all about after all, creating a character. But Buffer is in the middle of the world he loves and he wants to keep that world alive.

    The West Coast premier of Frankenstein the Musical recently ran at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre at the Scottish Rite Temple in Long Beach. This was Buffer’s first appearance on stage in several years. He has been in Los Angeles since 1999, trying to make a career as an actor and director. Frankenstein, in partnership with Jonas Sills, is his latest attempt to catch the trophy of success. (more…)

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  • We Don’t Even Teach Democracy in Our Schools

    The failure of teaching by example and how it has affected education

    James Preston Allen, Publisher

    The founding fathers of this country all knew the value of education. Fifty-six of them were graduates of the first public school founded in Boston in 1635.  Since then, especially after the American Revolution, the federal government has supported and passed laws to support free public education.  Literacy is, after all, the foundation upon which a free people can remain free of tyrants, dictators and imbeciles. Thomas Jefferson understood this when he help to establish the University of Virginia, saying that, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite to our survival as a free people.”

    Democracy is not perfect nor is it immune from electing imbeciles to public office on all levels, but it is better than inheriting them from a line of inbred monarchs. History has proved this to be true. Yet, here we are, in the early decades of the 21st century arguing about funding of public education versus creating some hybrid public-private charter school model of education. In California, the downhill slide began with the conflict between escalating property taxes (think Proposition 13) and a California Supreme Court decision that disallowed the use of State Tidelands oil revenues being used to fund education. (more…)

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  • ILWU, Employers Take Off Gloves

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Negotiations are turning nasty for the first time since the July 1 expiration of the ILWU contract with the Pacific Maritime Association. Both sides have been trading blame through the media for the work layoffs and container backups, which took place on the weekend of Nov. 1.

    “[The] Tacoma [ports] ordered for the night-side [to come to work] but let everybody go at lunch,” said one longshore worker who asked for anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to the media. “The PMA is short ordering the cranes, — six guys for five machines. The usual order is two guys per machine. Steady hammerhead operators ordering two guys per machine.”

    His comments were in reference to Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 3, the Pacific Maritime Association, in turn, issued a press release accusing the ILWU of orchestrating work slowdowns in an effort to cripple the ports in the Pacific Northwest. The PMA took the opportunity to frame the narrative by explaining that the two sides initially agreed to have an agreement by July 1 and that when that failed to materialized, the two sides agreed to “continue negotiating in good faith.”

    “The ILWU has reneged on that agreement,” said Wade Gates, a spokesperson for the PMA. (more…)

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  • Port Truckers Resume Strike

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

    After four months of intransigent hostility, and continuing labor law violations, truckers working for three port drayage companies—TTSI, Pac9 and Green Fleet Systems—announced they were going back out on strike, starting Nov. 13. However, there have been rumors that one company might settle in advance, because all three have come under increased legal pressure related to their illegal practices.

    What’s more, truckers from seven different companies—the three already mentioned, plus QTS, Laca,Win Win and Pacer cartage—approved a set of demands the previous Saturday in a meeting at the Teamsters headquarters in Long Beach. The set of demands included an end to misclassification, wage theft and paycheck deductions for business expenses, removal of obstacles to labor law protections (health and safety, disability, workers compensation and unemployment insurance) and of obstacle to unionization (misclassification, retaliation, harassment and union busters), and payment of a fair wage for every hour worked, including all wait times.

    Drivers at the first three companies went out on strike in July, but agreed to a cooling off period brokered by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the terms of which the companies have repeatedly violated.   (more…)

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  • Arts District Puts Focus on Art In The Streets

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    Dialog is taking place in the monthly meetings of the San Pedro Arts Culture and Entertainment group. The dialog centers on the funding and implementation of public art projects to move the group toward the next level of arts advocacy.

    In 2007, the district received generous funding of $100,000 a year, for a period of five years, from the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. The Agency was disbanded following the 2010 election of Gov. Jerry Brown.The Arts District group now is on a deadline to meet the requirements of the grant. Much of their vision was laid out in a 2008 plan that included developing the successful First Thursday Art Walk, create artist live work spaces and the planning of the newly completed artist resident building on 4th St. and Pacific Ave.
    Now the group is working to fulfill the plan to assign the remainder of funds before the end of 2015.

    Arts District
    The arts district is home to more than 90 visual artists as well as performing arts venues and art galleries. This wealth of creativity is not always discernable to the casual visitor. The group wants to make downtown San Pedro a recognizable center of art for all visitors.

    The Warner Grand Theatre, Little Fish Theatre and The Loft Studios anchor the district. Warner Grand Theatre is a 1,500-seat, historic art deco movie palace, Little Fish Theatre is a community theater and The Loft Studios is a 3-story warehouse where a concentration of fine artists do their work. The district’s streets are lined with artist live work spaces.

    Studios come alive on the First Thursday Art Walk every month, with gallery receptions, artist open houses, food trucks and live music. But during the remainder of the month it can be hard to find art and artists because the streets seem deserted. Only a few galleries stay open during the week, and some open only during the art walk.
    The San Pedro Arts Culture and Entertainment group is hoping to bring a new generation of mural art to the downtown area by commissioning a $15,000 project that will be announced before the end of the year. The goal is to follow in the footsteps of the great Los Angeles mural projects that had their zenith in the 1970s and 80s. The group called upon advisors from the Los Angeles Mural Conservancy to direct and advise on the upcoming project.

    Linda Grimes, co-chairwoman of the district group is searching for a location for the mural and plans to send out a call to artists for a design that the design review board will approve.

    Utility Box Project
    Locals are beginning to take note of the most recent project, the painting of downtown San Pedro electric utility boxes. The boxes, recently completed, enliven the district with the colorful designs of local artists. Artists were asked to submit designs to the district review committee, staffed by some of the most experienced gallerists and artists working in San Pedro.

    The five utility boxes are all on Pacific Avenue between 5th and 9th streets. You may have observed the artists working on their creations while you drove around town. Zahra Bejune, Casey Courey-Pickering, Miriam Jackson, Monte Thrasher and Adrienne Wade have all recently completed their projects. Information about the artists can be obtained by researching their websites through the QR code imprinted on each box or by visiting http://www.sanpedrowaterfrontartsdistrict.com/.

    The theme for the first stage of this project was “Unexpected Pedro.” However, art in San Pedro is rarely unexpected. The public art projects, now in the planning stages, will add to the many existing public arts projects residing in the downtown area.

    Tour of Public Art in San Pedro
    Out at Point Fermin artists placed their stamp years ago. Beginning at the furthest end of the point, the controversial Sunken City ruins lay covered with graffiti, or street art —depending on your opinion.
    Much to the dismay of some residents, Sunken City — “where the ghetto meets the sea” — has gained worldwide attention with tourists from as far away as Europe and Asia, trekking to the cliffs above the water. Drunken all-night parties, accidents and fights have also added to the colorful reputation of the spot. But the juxtaposition of the wild undisciplined art, along with the breathtaking ocean scenery have driven one neighborhood council to appeal to the City of Los Angeles to open the fenced off area to visitors.

    As you begin to head towards the business district, the beloved Three Eyed Fish and his cousin, the Giant Squid on Gaffey Street stand as historical examples of early street art.

    Street art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned, is executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. The term gained popularity during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s and continues to be applied to subsequent incarnations.

    Stencil graffiti or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture, are common forms of modern street art. The amiable San Pedro Cat has appeared surreptitiously in spots around town, only to be removed by unappreciative property owners. In the past few weeks the San Pedro Cat made a surprise appearance on the side of the recently vacated courthouse building. She has also been the target of vandals who tore down a small sculpture of the cat in Point Fermin Park. It appears the popular cat has a growing fan base that has launched a Facebook page to express their appreciation of the cat and her anonymous creator.

    This past summer the port discovered the impact of public art, when they brought in what was billed as “The World’s Largest Rubber Duck,” a creation of artist Florentijn Hofman of the Netherlands. Two-hundred-seventy-seven-thousand people swarmed the Port of Los Angeles and posted selfies online in an unexpected demonstration of what can be accomplished with a yellow rubber duckie.

    San Pedro already has several outdoor and indoor murals that have taken residence in our fair town for many decades. Historic New Deal era Works Progress Administration murals, funded in the depth of the great depression, grace the walls of the Beacon Street U.S. Post Office and San Pedro High School. The school has 9 murals by artist Tom Tyrone Comfort in a series titled, Industrial Life in San Pedro. The subject of the murals beautifully represent the the goal of the Works Project Administration, which was to get people back to work.

    Across Pacific Avenue, the outside of the Random Lengths News office is home to a 1995 mural titled “The Spirit of the Sage,”created by Roberto Salas. The mural is a tribute to early inhabitants of the area, the Gabrielino tribe. At the dedication of this mural a sage ceremony was led by Manuel Rocha, spiritual leader of the tribe. During the installation of the mural, a tragic accident at the intersection of Pacific Avenue at 13th Street took the lives of three members of a local family. The mural is dedicated to their memory.

    Our newest resident artist, John Van Hammersveld recently completed a fluorescent colored pop-art mural for the interior of the Topaz building on 6th St. His work joins the work of other resident artists such as Eugene Daub, who sculpted the bust of Harry Bridges on the San Pedro waterfront. Public artist Michael Davis has also contributed his modern aesthetic with a nautically influenced concrete and glass landscape and sun dial tower at the Pacific Place Plaza.

    Hidden from sight, in the alley behind the Warner Annex, between 5th and 6th streets, is an unsung gem. “Last Night All My Friends Had the Same Dream” by Earon White, is a whimsical mural depicting the nonsensical dreams of San Pedrans, with images of Bukowski and Richard Pryor dancing in their heads. Due to the unfortunate location, this mural is enjoyed primarily by drug addicts and the homeless population.

    According to the Mural Conservancy website, proponents of public art believe:

    That art is for everyone regardless of their status in society
    That the distinctions between high and low art, fine art and folk art are false
    That art should not dwell only in rarefied halls but in the places where people live and work
    That all Americans could be participants in the making of art and that collaborations work
    And last… That the arts can have significant transformative impact on the most significant social problems
    of our time

    Several hidden treasures, too many to list here, are waiting for those curious enough to search the streets of San Pedro. We look forward to even more in the months and years to come.
    For more information about the Arts District, go to www.spacedistrict.org.

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  • POLAHS Principal Scotti Returns

    School Turmoil Offers Lessons for a Private-Public Partnership

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    An air of calm rested upon the Port of Los Angeles High School campus on Monday Nov. 10, following the reinstatement of the beloved Principal Tom Scotti who was brought back after resigning over a dust up with Jim Cross the executive director.

    It was a welcome change from the heated two-week conflict between parents, teachers and students, and the school’s board of trustees. Scotti received a hero’s welcome after an emotionally charged Friday. Students wearing yellow shirts chanted his name as he returned to the job, some unspecified new powers and an unspecified pay package.

    It won’t be business as usual anymore, considering that the schools woes were about more than Scotti’s resignation, or even the continued presence and employment of board President Jayme Wilson and Executive Director Jim Cross—though some think that their days in those positions are numbered.

    The groundswell of community activism to bring Scotti back was but a platform to address long festering issues that the board of trustees was too slow to address.

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Nov. 12, 2014

    Nov. 13
    Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned from Shark Tank
    The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce brings back the Munch & Learn Series with the topic: Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned from Shark Tank, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
    David Chodosh:  An industrial designer, inventor, and entrepreneur, David has learned how to focus his unique creativity on user interaction, whether designing novelty toys, educational games, or other digital media. After realizing his “calling” as a product guy, David attended Art Center College of Design, and became a toy designer first at Hallmark, then Mattel Toys. After being “downsized” a few times, and hearing the entrepreneurial clarion call, he decided to turn his own a dream into an invention, and “The Fizz Cup” was born. This ice cream float cup soon found its way onto TV’s Shark Tank, and is now distributed internationally. In addition to owning and operating The Fizz biz, David is co-founder of MyBeanJar, the first end-to-end mobile rewards platform for smartphones.
    Members pay $10. Yet-to-be Members pay $15.
    Details: (310) 832 7272
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Nov. 15
    Long Beach AIDS Ride
    Participate in the 8-mile 2014 Long Beach AIDS Family Fun Ride, starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 15.
    The Long Beach AIDS Ride is a fundraising event produced by, and benefitting The Center and The Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education program at St. Mary Medical Center. The event is designed to support local Long Beach efforts in the areas of education, prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and related illnesses. The event is also a platform to increase positive, life-affirming experiences for people affected and infected by HIV and to encourage activism in the Greater Long Beach community.
    Details: www.longbeachaidsride.org
    Nov. 15
    4th Annual HUD-VASH Landlord/Owner Orientation
    Attend the 4th Annual Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing Landlord/Owner orientation, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Miller Family Health Education Center in Long Beach.
    The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program is a collaboration between the Long Beach Housing Authority and the VA Long Beach Healthcare System that provides case management and supportive services paired with the Housing Choice Voucher Program to eligible homeless Veterans.
    Venue: Miller Family Health Education Center
    Location: 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach

    Nov. 17
    Coastal SPNC Board, Stakeholder Meeting
    The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council board and stakeholder meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Cabrillo Marina Community Center.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marina Community Building
    Location: Berth 28, San Pedro
    Nov. 18
    Long Beach City Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council will consider a recommendation to request that the city manager and city attorney draft an ordinance that would force dog owner to spay and neuter their pets unless they possess a medical exclusion or breeding permit, at its 5 p.m. Nov. 18 meeting, at City Hall.
    The city council will include a recommendation to make it unlawful to sell dogs, cats or rabbits in any pet shop, retail business or other commercial establishment unless they were obtained from the city animal shelter, humane society or nonprofit rescue organization, or bred on the premises possessing a breeding permit.
    The council also will consider amending an ordinance relating to the Long Beach Campaign Act.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/LBCC111814
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Nov. 18
    #Rock Your Holidays Free Workshop
    Rock you holidays with a free social and email workshop, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    The last two months of the year and the first month of year represent 60 percent of some businesses and nonprofits. Learn how to leverage social media and engage new customers.
    Details: (310) 791-6300; http://bit.ly/rocksp
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Nov. 19
    Board of Harbor Commissioners
    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to meet, at 6 p.m. Nov. 19, at Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices in Long Beach.
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/polbHC1119
    Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices
    Location: 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach
    Winter YouthBuild
    Youth Build is now accepting applications for its winter Pathways to Success for youth 16 through 24 years old.
    Earn your high school diploma, receive pre-apprenticeship construction training, enter a union apprenticeship and receive educational and work experience.
    Informational sessions are from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
    Details: (310) 547-0833; www.winterwomen.org
    Venue: YWCA Harbor and South Bay
    Location: 437 W. 9th St., San Pedro

    HCBF Health Care Program
    Harbor Community Benefit Foundation is accepting applications for its health care program.
    The foundation is looking for innovative project proposals designed mitigate health impacts attributed to the Port of Los Angeles or port-related operations in the adjacent communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. Proposals must benefit the residents of these communities and address diagnosis and treatment, medical supplies, and/or health education, outreach and access.
    Applications are due Dec. 5.
    Click here for details.
    The Pacific Avenue Arts Colony 
    Pac Arts, a new development in San Pedro, will soon begin accepting applications for affordable housing and will be open for occupancy in early 2015.
    Pac Arts is a mixed-use development that will provide 49 affordable apartments for artists, including six ground floor live-work spaces. The Department of Cultural Affairs has worked with Meta-Housing to create a true artist colony in San Pedro. Rents start at just $474.
    This program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program.
    Details: (310) 802-2622; www.affordableartisthousing.org

    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

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  • RL NEWS Updates: Nov. 10, 2014

    Drug Lab Discovered at Residence
    LONG BEACH — At about 1 a.m. Nov. 7, the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department responded to Bixby Highlands residence in the 4300 block of Maury Avenue in regards to a complaint of a strong chemical odor.
    The initial investigation at the scene led officers and firefighters to believe the smell was related to a possible clandestine laboratory. Officers quickly contained the scene and evacuated residents in the immediate area to ensure their safety during the investigation.
    Long Beach Detectives wrote a search warrant for the property and upon entering the residence they discovered an active Phencyclidine (PCP) Laboratory. Several large drum containers containing PCP were located on the property. Long Beach’s Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team responded for recovery of the chemical waste.

    Long Beach Terminals Work to Clear Congestion
    LONG BEACH — Strong cargo volumes continued into early November at the Port of Long Beach, resulting in delays due to a shortage of truck trailers, but underscoring this year’s rebound in international trade and pointing to an economic upswing.
    The Port of Long Beach is working to establish a more consistent supply of truck chassis and is coordinating with all stakeholders to solve the current congestion issues that have slowed some shipments.
    One solution the Port is pursuing is to free up more of the chassis – the wheeled trailer-frames that carry cargo containers – by finding a place in the Harbor District to receive and temporarily store the empty containers that terminals may not have room for at this time. This allows truckers to use a chassis to carry a loaded container, rather than sit idle with an empty container.
    oA busy peak shipping season, the advent of larger ships and a change in the ownership system for chassis fleets brought congestion to many seaports this year.
    Both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles are experiencing similar issues, the ports are working to gain permission to collaborate further on finding solutions.

    Founder OC Investment Firm Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme
    SANTA ANA — John Packard, co-owner of a now defunct Southern California investment firm pleaded guilty to mail fraud that collectively lost more than $110 million.
    Packard, 64, is one of two owners of Pacific Property Assets. He is accused of running a Ponzi scheme that ended in company wide bankruptcy. The company, which took a hit alongside real estate decline, still owed hundreds of investors when it filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Packard also admitted to knowing that his business partner falsified the financial standing of the company to bring in new customers.
    Pacific Property Assets, which had offices in Long beach and Irvine, owed 647 private investors more than $91 million and banks about $100 million. In the 2009 bankruptcy proceedings, private investors received nothing, while banks lost an estimated $24 million. Packard, a Long beach resident, faces up to 20 years maximum in federal prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 18, 2015. Stewart awaits trial during April of the same year.

    Garecetti Highlights LADWP’s Energy Efficiency Goal
    LOS ANGELES — On Nov. 10, Mayor Eric Garcetti highlighted the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s energy efficiency goal of 15 percent by year 2020.
    The new goal, adopted by Garcetti’s appointees to the Board of Water and Power in August 2014, exceeds the 10-year, 10 percent energy efficiency requirements set by Assembly Bill 2021. It is expected to create jobs, while promoting energy savings for customers.
    The 15 percent goal represents a total of 3,596 gigawatts in energy use reduction which equates to the benefits of removing 440,000 cars from Los Angeles’ streets each year. The energy efficiency programs also will create 16 jobs for every $1 million invested, according to the jobs creation study conducted by UCLA. LADWP is working with commercial, industrial and institutional customers who use quality contractors that employ skilled union labor and therefore provide these important work opportunities.
    Business programs include the Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program; the Commercial Lighting Incentive Program; the Food Service Program; the Small Business Direct Install Program; and the Retrocommissioning Program administered in coordination with the Southern California Gas Company.
    The LADWP’s energy conservation program complements its water conservation program, announced in October by Mayor Garceti with an executive directive to dramatically reduce the use of fresh water and the purchase of costly imported water. Details: www.tinyurl.com/ladrought, www.ladwp.com/energyefficiency

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