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    • 12/21/2017
    • Terelle Jerricks
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    Dec. 23
    Hip-hop legend Scarface is out on a national U.S. tour through the end of the year, along with Gorgeous George and Pimp God. Face will be returning to the stage with his incredible guitar skills, performing alongside a live band.
    Time:  6 p.m. Dec. 23
    Cost: $20 to $35
    Details: www.ticketweb.com/events/org/156482?pl=gaslamp
    Venue: Gaslamp, 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

    Dec. 26
    Cowboy Country
    The venerable and immense Cowboy Country is opening its doors on Tuesday evenings, allowing a new group of bands to take the stage to provide “modern” country music. DJ Gregory Place will be playing all your favorite two-step, couples dances and of course line dances.
    Time: 6 p.m. Dec. 26
    Cost: $5
    Details: (562) 630-3007; www.cowboycountry.mu
    Venue: Cowboy Country, 3321 E. South St., Long Beach

    Dec. 30
    L.A. Blackout Party featuring Marcus Allen and Kurupt
    It’s been 23 years since the Raiders played in Los Angeles. They return to town against the erstwhile San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers. You can get in on the biggest Raider party of the year to welcome them back the night before the game. Super Bowl MVP, Marcus Allen, will be joining LA Raider Nation for an exclusive meet and greet and autograph signing. Also, Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound will be doing a live performance.
    Time: 5 p.m. Dec. 30
    Cost: $30 to $200
    Details: (310) 900-9667; picatic.com/lablackout
    Venue: Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach

    Jan. 6, 2018
    Mick Adams and The Stones
    Mick Adams and The Stones are an authentic recreation of The Rolling Stones. Mick Adams and The Stones are an exciting seven piece band, featuring look-a-like performers, multiple costume changes, full choreography, and an all new media show.
    Time: 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 2018
    Cost: $25
    Details: (310) 833-7538; https://alvasshowroom.com/event/mick-adams-and-the-stones
    Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro

    Jan. 7, 2018
    Josh Nelson, Lorca Hart Trio
    The Josh Nelson and Lorca Hart Trio reunite for an evening of of classic jazz standard interpretations and new original music.
    Time: 4 p.m. Jan. 7, 2018
    Cost: $20
    Details: (310) 833-7538; https://alvasshowroom.com/event/the-josh-nelsonlorca-hart-trio
    Venue: Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro


    Jan. 5, 2018
    January Musical Without a Name
    This funny and unexpected musical weaves together the stories of four New Yorkers searching for love, purpose, happiness and cabs. This musical is for anyone who’s ever struggled to appreciate simple things in a complex place.
    Time: 8 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Jan. 7 and 14, 2018
    Cost: $15 to $24
    Details: www.TaketheStageLB.com
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach


    A Christmas Carol
    One-hundred-and-seventy years ago Charles Dickens created a story he called A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas. The title has been shortened over time but not its ability to lure us into the story.
    Time: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through 23
    Cost: $14 to $24
    Details: (562) 494-1014; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    The Nutcracker
    The Long Beach Ballet continues its annual holiday tradition, for the 35th year. The Nutcracker boasts a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a real live horse, on-stage pyrotechnics and a cast of more than 200.
    Time: 2 p.m. 23 and 24, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 23
    Cost: $34 to $115
    Details: (562) 426-4622; www.LongBeachNutcracker.com
    Venue: Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach


    Jan. 6
    LA Photographers
    Two Los Angeles-based photographers, Ray Carofano and Anita Bunn will show photographic series, each artist expressing a complex emotion using simple subject matter.   Bunn’s work is focused on tops of trees and the sky in Los Angeles. Carofano’s focus is on the isolated remains of the Mojave Desert, a documentary of the time ravaged dwellings, skeletal remains of once viable communities.
    Time: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 6 through Feb. 3, 2018
    Cost: Free
    Details: www.southbaycontemporary.org
    Venue: South Bay Contemporary, SoLA Gallery, 3718 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles


    Downtown Long Beach Unfiltered Photo Gallery Event
    Join the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and Arts Council for Long Beach for the inaugural Unfiltered photo contest. See the 25 finalist photos on display, and celebrate the five Viewfinder Award winners, who will be announced from each of the five photo categories.
    Time:1 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22
    Cost: Free
    Details: https://tinyurl.com/unfiltered
    Venue: The Collaborative Gallery, 421 W. Broadway, Long Beach

    Painting with the Masters
    Enjoy Painting with the Masters.
    Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Jan. 9
    Cost: Free
    Details: (310) 547-3158; www.parkhurstgalleries.com
    Venue: Parkhurst Galleries Inc., 439 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Flesh and Stone, A Conversation
    The exhibition features the work of renowned artists Scot Sothern and Andy Romanoff. The exhibition provokes strong connections in viewers through its pairing of images showing harsh life on the streets next to sacred cultural images.
    Time: 9 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, through Jan. 10
    Cost: Free
    Details: (310) 243-2127
    Venue: Library Cultural Arts Center, Room LIB-1940, at California State University Dominguez Hill, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Moon Over San Pedro
    Ann Weber’s large biomorphic sculptures have been described as bizarre characters from a story, hanging on the wall or sitting in the middle of the gallery like strange and evocative outcroppings of nature or outer space.
    Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays,  and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Feb. 4, 201
    Cost: $6 to $7
    Details: lbma.org
    Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Relational Undercurrents
    Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, curated by Tatiana Flores, is a major survey exhibition of twenty-first century art of the Caribbean that employs the archipelago as an analytical framework. The exhibition is divided into four thematic sections: Conceptual Mappings, Perpetual Horizons, Landscape Ecologies and Representational Acts and features over 80 artists with roots  in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados, and St. Vincent whose works have informed and shaped those themes.The exhibition includes painting, installation art, sculpture, photography, video, and performance.
    Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sunday, through March 3, 2018
    Cost: $10
    Details: www.molaa.org
    Venue: Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach


    Dec. 23
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    Directed by Frank Capra, this classic holiday film. Join in for ginger snaps and other treats  and don’t forget to dress up in your best 1940’s threads.
    Time: 7 p.m. Dec. 23
    Cost: $15
    Details: http://spiffest.org
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Dec. 23
    Salt Marsh Open House
    Step out into nature and discover the hidden world of the Salinas de San Pedro Salt Marsh. Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and Coastal Park Naturalists as they help uncover the world of mud and water that is the local wetland.
    Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23
    Cost: Free
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: CMA, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Dec. 25
    Christmas Dinner at The Center
    Join The Center Long Beach for a festive Christmas Day dinner for LGBTQ families and friends.
    Time: 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25
    Cost: Free
    Details: (562) 434-4455
    Venue: The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach

    Dec. 28
    Explore the Shore
    Spend part of your Thursday exploring the shore at Cabrillo Beach. Join the “Walk Cabrillo” guided tour of the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park habitats.
    Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 28
    Cost: Free
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: CMA, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Dec. 29
    Tidepool Walk
    Explore lots of low tides on the rocky shore with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium during your vacation. Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show, followed by a Cabrillo Marine Aquarium education staff led walk to the nearby Point Fermin Tidepools.
    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 29, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 2017, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2, and  3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4, 2018
    Cost: Free
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: CMA, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Dec. 31
    NYE 2018 Convergence
    Realization Nation, Cosmic Consciousness and Groove Temple Live are hosting a cosmic New Years Eve party. They are calling upon all beings that inhabit this universe to come connect and celebrate at this New Year’s Eve convergence as we bring forth a new paradigm for 2018.
    The event will include a meet-and-greet, yoga, dancing, a countdown, a sound bath and a ceremony. Enjoy vegan food vendors, chill dome, performers and countdown ceremony. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit Amazon Watch in support of indigenous peoples and protecting the Amazon. Please provide your own mat and water bottle. No alcohol will served or allowed.
    Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 4 a.m. Jan. 1
    Cost: $40 to $70
    Details: https://tinyurl.com/convergence-SP
    Venue: Elysium Conservatory Theatre, 729 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    Mardi Gras New Year at Jackson’s Place
    Entertainment will be provided by local favorite Calle 6 and meal will be prepared by celebrity guest chef and TV’s Iron Chef veteran Chef Scott Persson!
    Price includes appetizers, soup, salad, choice of entrée, choice of dessert, champagne toast. Also, upon arrival guests will be treated to complimentary hats, Mardi Gras beads, Jackson’s savory muffins and Mardi Gras deviled eggs. Only 75 seats will be available.
    Time: Dec. 31
    Cost: $75
    Details: (424) 477-5220
    Venue: Jackson’s Place, 335 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Croatian American Hall NYE
    The Croatian American Hall of San Pedro is throwing a party and all are invited to ring in the New Year as we say goodbye to 2017.  There will be live music Grupa Zrinski & Petra Tulic. There will be a midnight champagne toast included along with great menu.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31
    Cost: $40 to $70
    Details: (310) 547-9484
    Venue: Croatian American Club, 631 W. 9th St., San Pedro

    Rain NYE
    Kick off 2018 with a night to remember at Rain NYE! This year’s annual celebration will be hosted at Crafted LA Warehouse No. 10, an awesome San Pedro venue that boasts palatial spaces and a historic warehouse vibe. For one night only, Crafted LA will be opened up for this public dance event to ring in the New Year with Los Angeles-based DJs spinning Top 40 house and hip-hop mash-ups all night long.
    Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 31
    Cost: $5
    Details: http://craftedportla.com/craftedpola.com
    Venue: Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 10, San Pedro

    Dec. 31
    New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront
    Downtown Long Beach Alliance presents New Year’s Eve at the Waterfront. Join in for an afternoon of a free, family-friendly celebration with live music, DJs, and strolling entertainers including Draven the Magician, stilt walkers, jugglers, LED hoopers and Tribal Fire belly dancers.
    Time: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31
    Cost: Free
    Details: www.facebook.com/events/382385892203737
    Venue: Rainbow Harbor, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

    Bang on the Bay NYE 2018
    Gather your friends and family for an event to end the year just right. As we close out 2017,and ring in the New Year with a bang! aboard the Grand Romance Riverboat in Long Beach Harbor.
    Enjoy the sights of the Queen Mary, the downtown Long Beach skyline, a stunning fireworks display and raucous celebration across three levels of fun and entertainment with Southern California’s best DJs playing the latest in Top 40 hits, along with three fully stocked bars for your drinking pleasure. Must be 21 years of age or older.
    Time: 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018
    Cost: $ 60
    Details: https://tinyurl.com/Bang-on-the-Bay
    Venue: 200 Aquarium Way, Suite 4, Long Beach

    Follow Your Heart
    Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney on Ice. Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank for Disney and Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out for find her parents and discover the devotion of family.
    Time: 11 a.m. Dec. 31
    Cost: $23
    Details: www.ticketmaster.com
    Venue: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach

    Jan. 3
    Join SEA Club

    Welcome to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s SEA Club (Science Education Afternoons) classes. The club will meet with grades fourth through sixth, on four consecutive Wednesdays. The Aquarium’s marine laboratory classroom will serve as a base station for hands-on ocean exploration. Pre-registration is required; deadline to register is Jan. 3, 2018.
    Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10 through 31
    Cost: $30
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: CMA, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Jan. 11, 2018
    Needle Artists by the Sea
    Needle Artists by the Sea is a chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild, a nonprofit organization whose object and purpose is exclusively for educational cultural development through participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint and other counted techniques. Needle Artists by the Sea will host its monthly meeting.
    Time: 10 a.m. Jan. 11
    Cost: Free
    Details: (424) 224-9254; needleartistsbythesea.org
    Venue: Ports O’Call Restaurant, 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    Jan. 7, 2018
    Mulheres Da Terra
    A young woman with a dream of becoming a midwife begins a journey in search of traditional midwives. Her journey takes her through northeastern Brazil, indigenous villages, rural communities, quilombo settlements, and fishing villages.
    Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 7, 2018
    Cost: $15
    Details: http://bit.ly/2AESpln
    Venue: Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

    Jan. 6, 2017

    Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of Chavela Vargas, the game-changing singer known for her unique interpretations of Mexican rancheras.
    Time: 11 a.m. Jan. 6, 2017
    Cost: $11.50
    Details: www.arttheatrelongbeach.org
    Venue: Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

    Jan. 10, 2018
    Tom of Finland

    The proudly erotic drawings of artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness. But who was the man behind the leather? Dome Karukoski’s stirring biopic follows his life from the trenches of WWII and repressive Finnish society of the 1950s through his struggle to get his work published in California, where he and his art were finally embraced amid the sexual revolution of the 1970s.
    Time: 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 2018
    Cost: $11.50
    Details: www.arttheatrelongbeach.org/our-films/#TomofFinland
    Venue: Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

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  • FCC Ends Net Neutrality

    • 12/14/2017
    • Reporters Desk
    • Briefs
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission, headed by Donald Trump administration appointee Chairman Ajit Pai, voted along party lines of 3-2 to repeal regulations protecting net neutrality.

    Pai, the face of Trump’roll back of Barack Obama era policies in the telecommunications industry, is following through with his promise to repeal 2015 net neutrality rules. These rules required internet providers to treat all websites — large and small — equally. The decision also repeals regulations to oversee broadband companies by classifying internet providers as Title II common carriers.

    Internet providers state that giving some sites the option of faster service could in fact benefit consumers. But consequence of this vote is that the federal government will no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility. With this roll back of net neutrality, internet providers will be able to speed up service for websites they favor — and block or slow down others. Consumers could begin to see packages and pricing schemes that would steer them toward some content over others.

    In essence, it endangers free access to content on the internet, giving big corporations an unfair advantage over small businesses and impacting low-income and minority communities, who may not be able to afford higher speeds, negatively.

    Public comments have been the subject of an investigation on whether about million public comments may have been fraudulently filed.

    Opponents of the decision vowed to take the agency to court. They are asking for the supporters of net neutrality to push Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to stop the FCC order.

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  • Apply for the Arts Activation Fund

    Department of Cultural Affairs’ Arts Activation Fund supports creative, community-benefit projects in site-specific areas of Los Angeles. The fund projects are either temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are free to the community and appropriately sited in public places or within public view. The next deadline to apply for the fund is Dec. 21.

    Details: http://dcaredesign.org/artsactivate

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  • Pappy’s Brings ‘Pride to the Pacific’

    • 12/13/2017
    • Richard Foss
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    By Richard Foss, Cuisine and Culture Writer

    There’s a strange story – no wait, two stories – about the new seafood house in downtown San Pedro. Greg Morena owns The Albright café on the Santa Monica Pier and bought the former Papadakis restaurant as his second venture. Morena celebrates Popeye the Sailor comics and cartoons at The Albright because both were set in Santa Monica, and when he considered naming his new restaurant a chain of logic formed in his head.

    “San Pedro was seafood capital of the West Coast when Santa Monica was still a village, and it started me thinking,” Morena said. “Popeye’s father in the cartoon is an old sailor named Poopdeck Pappy, and I figured that Pappy would have been from San Pedro.”

    Only after buying the place did he discover a second association with the name.

    “I bought the place from John Papadakis, and later found out that the Papadakis family’s nickname was Pappy,” he said. “That goes back to Nick Papadakis, a very colorful character in San Pedro going back almost a hundred years. I had already been planning to name the place Pappy’s, and now I had two reasons to do so.”

    Morena’s enthusiasm for history shows up in the décor, too. Locals may recognize the elegant wooden bar from its previous location, the second floor of a Ports O’Call restaurant variously called the Oyster Wharf and Fisherman’s Seafood. Morena recalled that it was easy to get ownership of the bar albeit a little tricky to take possession.

    “Before they knocked that building down the port hooked me up with the demo guys,” he said. “They said, ‘You want to do our job for us? Go ahead, take whatever you want.’ We took the bar, the brass railings and stanchions, everything we could. Having amateurs get a 25-foot bar down a dogleg staircase was actually dangerous. I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody.”

    The effort was worth it, because the old bar is the centerpiece of a room that was stripped to its early 20th century framework. It was handy for Morena that the letter “P” in the tile floor, installed during the Papadakis era is also the appropriate monogram for his establishment.

    The menu includes modern and multicultural selections like ceviche, paella, Brazilian seafood stew and a poke bowl, but about two-thirds of the items are simple classics based on fried and grilled seafood. Morena said that the mix is by design, and reflects his desire to serve both locals and visitors.

    “I have considered whether being a destination restaurant for tourists and a hangout for the local community are compatible goals. I want to have that authenticity of being a seafood place in a town that relied on that for its existence.”

    Based on a recent meal, the classic items are deftly prepared, though some dishes are still coming into focus. A bowl of clam chowder was buttery and rich with plenty of shellfish in it, easily one of the better renditions I’ve had lately. An order of crabcakes was perfectly cooked, but was made with very mild king crab leg meat instead of the more oily Chesapeake or Indian backfin crabmeat. If you like crabcakes with a very mild seafood flavor and delicate texture then these may be your new favorite; those who prefer the richer, more fully flavored New England-style crabcakes may give these a pass.

    An order of ceviche that was described as Peruvian style was a large portion of mahi mahi in a tangy citrus, purple onion and herb marinade, but lacked the green and yellow chile kick of the traditional version. When contacted about this, Greg Morena said that he started making it using an authentic recipe but people complained that it was too spicy. Peruvians do like it hot, but I think it was toned down a bit much. The restaurant is still tinkering with the balance. Greg said that they may consider offering both hot and a mild versions.

    The kitchen was in safe waters with both the fish and chips and the moqueca, the Brazilian seafood stew. This is similar to a mild Thai coconut milk curry, a mix of shrimp, peppers and onions over jasmine rice with a sauce made with cumin, garlic and cilantro. A split king crab leg is served on top. While I presumed that the meat was meant to be added to the broth, a person at a nearby table nibbled at the unseasoned meat between bites. I have a feeling that isn’t what Brazilians do, but none were present, so I couldn’t ask. However you’re supposed to eat it, it’s a big portion of good seafood and a worthy entrée.

    We also ordered the fish and chips to see how they’d execute a classic and weren’t disappointed. The beer-battered fillets were made with true cod instead of cheaper and blander substitutes and they had been fried to a perfect crisp exterior but were still moist within. The portion of fish was moderate, yet sufficient. There was a mountain of crisp fries and a portion of coleslaw to fill the gaps. Given that the meal is priced at only 13 bucks, it’s a deal.

    To pair with your meal there is a surprisingly large selection of wines by the bottle and glass, and a smaller but well-chosen selection of imported and domestic microbrews. The prices by the glass are more than fair, and this place may get traction as a wine and beer destination downtown. A liquor license has been applied for but not yet granted. I will be happy to see them get it just so that beautiful old bar can be festooned with spirits.

    Pappy’s is still fine-tuning their operation, but the service on my visit was friendly and professional. It’s a curious situation that an outsider who is relatively new to both the area and to the restaurant business is so ambitious about giving the Harbor Area a new upscale seafood house. However, the early signs are quite good.

    Pappy’s is at 301 W. 6th St., in San Pedro. The menu is at pappysseafood.com.

    Details: (424) 224-5444

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  • Response to “Two Short Years’ Editorial

    • 12/11/2017
    • Terelle Jerricks
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    (RLn, Dec. 6, 2017)

    RLN Editor James Preston Allen claims that President Barack Obama attempted to heal racial divides. What a false hagiography for the most corrupt President in modern history, from Operation Fast and Furious, to the VA’s secret wait lists, to the DOJ’s unjust seizure of AP reporters’ phone records.

    Obama falsely smeared law enforcement as inherently racist, while Democratically-dominant cities went up in riotous flames. The domestic terrorist group “Black Lives Matter” repeatedly destroyed black businesses in black communities—all in the name of social protest, with Obama’s blessing. While pandering to illegal aliens, Obama ignored working Americans of all races.

    Allen mentions the Ku Klux Klan, but forgets that their history of white supremacy begins and remains with the Democratic Party! As recently as 2016, Grand Dragon Will Quigg of Anaheim pledged his support for Crooked Hillary. She and Crappy Barack took photos with US Senator Robert “KKK” Byrd while running for office.

    Under the Trump Administration, real wages have risen for all Americans. Manufacturing is up, unemployment down. Gang crime is down; pedophilia rings are getting locked up. Illegal immigration is down, Corrupt Hollywood is cratering, and American hope is rising again.

    And the Fake News media is folding fast! LA Weekly, Washington (Com)Post, the New York Times are dying. With a record like this for the liberal, lying press, Random Lengths News won’t be far behind. A more attentive public won’t tolerate this anti-American, anti-Trump agenda much longer.

    God bless Donald Trump, an as for RNL: You’re Fired!

     Arthur Christopher Schaper

    The lunatic fringe is back!
    Mr. Schaper,  I am really done with attempting to be polite with you. First, I’m surprised you even know how to spell hagiography, but the false part of your allegations are President Obama did not have one major scandal, sexual or otherwise, during his presidency that could be attributed to him, unlike the current occupant of the Oval office who has had a scandal once a week since he barely won the election.  Second, Black Lives Matters is not a terrorist group; if you haven’t noticed, all the mass shootings lately have been by deranged white men. As far as the KKK is concerned, it may be true that a century ago they were connected to southern Democrats, but it is abundantly clear to anyone with a TV that the KKK has switched parties and that the current Republican led Congress would probably have a hard time passing the 14th Amendment or the Voting Rights Act.

    As for all of your blather about how DJT is making America great again — with manufacturing up, unemployment down, gang crime, pedophilia, immigration, etc. — everybody knows that the federal government doesn’t work that fast. What we are seeing is the residual effects of Barack Obama administration policies — except perhaps the over inflated exuberance on Wall Street.  I would further point out to you and the readers of this paper that even though I fundamentally disagree with you on just about everything you espouse in your racist and delusional rants, this paper is one of few who will actually print your opinions because unlike you, I do believe in free speech and freedom of the press — something that you and the Chief Pussy Grabber would like to destroy.

    James Preston Allen



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  • Harkin Bares his Hearth ‘In the Round’

    • 12/08/2017
    • Melina Paris
    • Music
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    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    Keith Harkin’s approach in recording his new album, In The Round, is as noteworthy as the singer, songwriter and guitarist’s sound.

    The live album, full of diverse rhythms and energy is from Harkin’s upcoming DVD, which will be released March, 2018.

    After a decade playing with Irish band, Celtic Thunder, Harkin, who is from Ireland, wanted people to see and hear the real side of him and what he does. He was a solo artist before he joined Celtic Thunder and has always continued that path. Now, he is ready to break out on his own and as he said in his blog, “push everything I am doing for myself as far as I can.”

    Through his journey, Harkin has gained many fans. His previous albums have had great success. Keith Harkin topped the Amazon.com International charts in 2012 and On Mercy Street in 2015. His Christmas album, Nollaig, rose to No. 1 on the Billboard World Music listings in 2016.

    I communicated with Harkin through email about his inspiration behind this live album.

    “A lot people didn’t know that I wrote my own songs or even play the guitar,” Harkin said. “This lets people know more about who I actually am and what my music is about.”

    In The Round was recorded in Venice in an old church turned music venue called, Full Circle The sound quality is great. The more you listen to it, you will fall in love with Harkin’s music. He is poetic and has a gift of capturing quiet emotions from in between and unexpected moments. In this face paced world, Harkin is a link in our human need for soul-to-soul communication.

    “I write about my life experiences and the people I meet,” Harkin said. “The highs and lows in life, the love and loss that we all experience.  These are the things that every average Joe goes through on the daily.  Singing about million dollar cars and diamond studded rings is something that the majority of people will [n]ever know about.”

    Harkin counts Don Henley, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Van Morrison among his main influences. There is a universal quality on this album which also has roots in country, folk, rock and a few more diverse nuances. At first listen, it sounds American. But when asked what stirred this sound from an Irish man, Harkin said rock ’n’ roll and country music was massive when he was growing up in Ireland and still is today.

    “I would argue that American [c]ountry and [b]luegrass music has had many influences from Irish music,” he said. “The timing, the stories the loss […]  I think that’s why it translates very easy to my ears. That and I just have a natural love of that Americana sound.”

    Harkin sings the lyrical Take Me Down with passion. It’s a slow folky number. Its meditative guitar melodies set a backdrop while Harkin weaves poetic verses on human nature with his full voice.

    “Take Me Down (is) about contentment,” he said. “Everyone has a different level of contentment even if they have never thought about it. One man could live in a mud hut, own nothing but a box of cigarettes and could be content.  Another man could be the richest man in the world with everything he could ever dream of and still be searching for that thing, which is contentment.  If we all had it the world would probably be a more peaceful place.”

    Harkin is on his tour, which happens to take place in people’s homes across the country. He said he is always trying to give fans the best experience and something a little different every time.

    “Living in LA, shows are more often than not in someone’s yard, shop or house,” Harkin said. “I wanted to take that vibe on the road across the states. I’m a massive music lover myself.  If my favorite artist was playing down the street from me in someone’s house and they provided, snacks, booze and hung out there all night I would be there in a flash!  Who wouldn’t?”

    Harkins upcoming DVD will have performances from all different places all around Venice Beach. Harkin said it includes interviews and daily living shots everywhere. “(It’s) the rockumentary style of shooting that I love to watch about other artists!”

    He is a lifelong wanderer who says his music is all about people, places, love and loss.

    “I try to take the listener with me on my travels and experiences through my music,” Harkin said.  I’ve always been a wanderer and always will be. I’ve gypsy blood in my soul.”

    On Risk The Fall, Harkin showcases a bluesy folk sound with dexterous finger picking and brings the typical country style plainspoken lyrics. On Mercy, Harkin makes a vigorous call out for help and mercy with urgency. Harkin is energetic and sings his heart out. And he is a charming storyteller.

    “I am truly delighted with how this album sounds and plays as a continuous piece,” Harkin said.  “I know people will enjoy it. It has life and doesn’t sit still. I’m proud to put my name on it.”

    Harkin’s CD, in The Round will be released Dec. 8 and he embarked on his holiday tour on Nov. 19 in Carlsbad, Calif. and it will run through Dec. 22  in Vancouver, Wash.
    Harkin will share the holiday spirit with fans across the United States from Texas, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Washington.
    Harkin will perform his Los Angeles Christmas House Concert in La Mirada on Dec. 19.

    Details: www.keithharkin.com

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  • Taking Final Steps Toward Legal Recreational Cannabis

    By Matt Garland, Guest Columnist and Legal Cannabis Advocate

    Recreational cannabis will be available legally Jan. 1, 2018. This past fall, we collectively voted to approve Prop. 64 and regulate commercial adult use of cannabis in California. Californians decided the marijuana industry needs to be taken out of the illicit market and regulated as a legal substance. As a strategy to address neighborhood concerns, Prop. 64 requires local licensing before applying to the state. Municipalities are given local control over the details that will most impact our communities. Zoning restrictions, business types and density, education, and enforcement decisions are largely left up to local governments.

    The Los Angeles City Council is in the final stages of creating a regulatory ordinance for commercial cannabis following nearly a year long process of public meetings, town halls, working group advisory sessions and stakeholder input. The L.A. County Office of County Management is also incorporating community voices from a months long process of soliciting stakeholders input.

    The county has hosted 20 community listening sessions and weekly advisory working group meetings this past summer. County staff digested these recommendations into a draft ordinance for the  Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to consider. It is clear that our city leaders are putting community concerns at the forefront of cannabis regulations.

    A motion by L.A. County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl to establish a regulatory framework for cannabis directs the county to “prioritize the protection of public safety and health as well as the quality of life in our communities. It must also include a robust public education and prevention campaign.”

    City Councilman Joe Buscaino emphasized the importance of health equity in cannabis regulations in a recent amendment to the current draft of the commercial cannabis ordinance for Los Angeles. Health equity is the concept of community health and wellbeing. The motion he presented seeks to clarify and strengthen a community benefits clause in the regulatory ordinance.

    Buscaino is asking that the city attorney study defining community benefits agreements as financial contributions to city controlled funds and nonprofits, neighborhood beautification, and community infrastructure projects. Buscaino wants them to be priorities for cannabis businesses to focus on as part of their community stewardship ethic.

    As commercial cannabis businesses prepare for licensing and seek to locate in our communities, health equity is recognized as a guiding principle our local lawmakers are embracing. The concept of health equity, understood as the attainment of the highest level of health for all people, addresses two primary concerns of community stakeholders: Community protections rooted in guarding against exposure and youth access to cannabis; and equity in ownership and job opportunities in this newly legal industry.

    The most effective tool that our lawmakers have in addressing these fundamental concerns is a robust outreach and education campaign. The city’s DARE program, a youth education program on drugs spawned during “war on drugs” of the 1980s and early 90s, needs to be replaced with a curriculum grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our youth need to be provided the emotional and intellectual tools they need to make the best decisions for themselves amidst a changing social landscape around drugs and drug policy.

    Community outreach is also an important tool for our local governments and the newly licensed, community stewardship oriented cannabis industry. Cannabis consumers need to be educated on neighborhood issues. Drugged driving, public consumption, addiction recovery, responsible use, personal cultivation, and health and social implications of marijuana use are some standout issues that are important to address in every neighborhood.

    Cannabis use has been stigmatized for nearly a century. The industry in California has operated in the shadows of a loosely regulated medical marijuana program for two decades.

    The results have been dysfunctional at best. Our communities have suffered the blight of cannabis businesses unable or unwilling to invest in our neighborhoods.

    Cannabis consumers have suffered a lack of access to safe and regulated products. Our local ordinances hold promise to address these concerns with fair, equitable licensing and strong enforcement on illegal operators.

    To address the current and future market for cannabis products, robust licensing must be made available to responsible businesses entrepreneurs.  Strong enforcement against illicit operators must accompany licensing opportunities as a tool to safeguard against unregulated business activities and unregulated exposure in our neighborhoods.

    Licensed operators are investing in our communities. These businesses are required to contribute tax dollars and engage in community outreach efforts. Ownership and living wage job opportunities are  being created in the legal cannabis market. It is unreasonable to allow the illicit market to hold a market share.

    Our lawmakers are invested in creating a pathway to licensing for responsible existing operators. Strong social equity provisions are being considered in addressing the concerns of small business owners and local job opportunities. This effort has to address the true size of current and future cannabis marketplace. An effective ordinance will provide enough opportunities for legal businesses to serve the market and provide for meaningful enforcement against operators that do not pursue the legal pathway.

    The end of cannabis being traded on the illicit market is a major reason California voted “Yes” on Prop. 64.  After 20 years of medical marijuana in our state it is apparent that cannabis can be a used responsibly and safely by consumers. It can be a useful and effective health and wellness supplement under medical supervision. Personal use, possession and cultivation have been decriminalized for almost a year in California. Commercial cannabis is set to roll out in 2018 in an effort to legitimize the cannabis industry. But until cannabis is removed from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s controlled substance drug schedule it is going to be an upstream effort. Our local lawmakers have the right intentions. Health equity for our communities is the right priority.

    Education is the most important tool.

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  • Agencies Work to Keep Winter Floods Away

    • 12/08/2017
    • Lyn Jensen
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    By Lyn Jensen, Carson Reporter

    As another winter storm season approaches, several agencies were asked what’s being done to protect Carson and adjacent areas from dangerous levels of flooding, following a year where flooding was major news, locally and nationally.

    Very destructive hurricanes hit the southern United States and the Caribbean, but flooding closer to Carson made news, too. On Jan. 22 one of the heaviest storms to hit the Los Angeles area in several seasons flooded the 110 freeway under the Carson Street overpass. That same day flooding on Sepulveda Boulevard in West Carson engulfed several cars and their occupants. In both locations water was up to car hoods.

    Julio Gonzalez, a senior engineering technician with Carson, explained that local flooding is determined by the capacity of storm drains. City crews have been making sure the city’s storm systems, including catch basins, are clean and free of debris. If not, the drain can become clogged. To prevent that, the city is putting screens on its catch basins.

    Another concern is confirming the city’s several pumps are operable, including the Dominguez pumping station at the east end of Torrance Boulevard. That station, one of Carson’s largest, was installed in 2001 to mitigate what had previously been one of the city’s most obvious problem areas. It pumps water into the Dominguez Channel from an underground storm system.

    Gonzales said there are no plans for system improvements at this time because the city’s stormwater system in place is sufficient.

    Concerning flooding on the 110 Freeway, he noted Carson doesn’t have jurisdiction. The California Department of Transportation, also known as Caltrans, does.

    Timothy Weisberg, a spokesperson for Caltrans, was asked about the 110 freeway being shut down last winter because of flooding.

    “[I]t was caused by a variety of factors,” he said. “The Carson pump house also had a mechanical issue that kept it from operating at full capacity, and there was a power outage in the area. … The pump has since been fixed and is ready to run — at full capacity…. Pump houses all across the South Bay region have been inspected to ensure they are working properly.”

    As for the stretch of Sepulveda in West Carson that has a history of flooding, jurisdiction may be an issue. West Carson is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, outside Carson’s jurisdiction. The nearby Bixby Marshland is within Carson’s city limits but is maintained by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Department. It provides a natural low area for large volumes of water to collect and perhaps backflow.

    Gonzalez suggested a channel just south of Sepulveda, which he identified as part of the Wilmington Drain, a tributary of the Dominguez Channel, may have a maintenance issue, or a right-of-way issue.

    Ed Teran of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works responded that the stretch of Sepulveda in West Carson is not on his department’s radar. He commented the “hot spots” for flooding tend to be along coastal areas, while cities like Carson and Torrance are normally not considered a problem.

    Kerjon Lee, public affairs manager for the same department, said cities work with the county when improving drainage infrastructure. He suggested people concerned about flooding, or potential for flooding, may contact their city’s public works department or, for unincorporated areas, their county supervisor’s office. He directed anyone with urgent needs to visit the county website or phone the public works dispatcher at (800) 675-4357.

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  • Jackson Browne Surprise Concert Sells Out the Grand Annex

    • 12/07/2017
    • Terelle Jerricks
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    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Jackson Browne’s show at the Grand Annex Dec. 17 has long been sold out. But the very fact that he’s coming to San Pedro is worth a mention. Singers and songwriters who continue to produce 10, 25, or 50 years down the line and remain relevant are a special breed.

    From Saturate Before Using to Standing in The Breach, Jackson Browne has never failed to surprise and please those who really appreciate good song writing with good content, particularly regarding social and political relevance. He has committed himself in action, writing, advocating, doing benefit concerts for organizations like Bread And Roses, Amnesty International, Musicians United For Safe Energy, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the Occupy Movement. He has never settled for keeping quiet and playing it safe, which I greatly admire about him.

    The show will likely include a nice mix of material from the 2014 album, Standing In The Breach including songs like  The Long Way Around  and  Leaving Winslow  mixed with older songs like For Everyman, For A Dancer, Fountain Of Sorrow, The Pretender and Running On Empty.

    Joining Jackson Browne are longtime bandmates and backing vocalists Chavonne Stewart and Alethea Mills, and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

    Browne has released eight gold and platinum albums and a dozen Top 20 hits in the 1970s and ‘80s.  His dominance and the number of influential bands for which he wrote hit songs makes him a cultural icon.

    The albums he released from 1972 to 1983 have sold 17 million copies. His compilation disc Running on Empty, from 1977 alone, has sold more than 7 million copies.

    Browne, 69, first hit the charts in 1972 with his self-titled debut album, which sold platinum and had a Top 10 hit with Doctor My Eyes.

    His fourth album, 1976’s The Pretender, took him to the stratosphere of stardom.

    His latest studio album was 2014’s Standing in the Breach, which hit No. 15 – his highest chart position since the 1980s.

    Also released that year was Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne, which had two dozen artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett and Marc Cohn singing Browne’s songs.

    It was Springsteen who inducted Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Browne also was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

    In all, Browne has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, most recently in 2010 for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Love Is Strange – En Vivo Con Tino.

    Browne also played a sold-out show at the State Theatre in 2002 and played at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem in 1986.

    But to focus on his album sales and the sales records he’s broken misses the point.

    Even as Browne has continued to write and perform, he has also remained engaged in the great causes of our time, including environmental and human rights. He has donated to causes such as the demonstrators at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and with Prophets of Rage at the anti Inaugural Ball this past January.

    Proceeds from the concert will benefit the nonprofit organization ExposHer Inc., a mentoring program for inner city girls run by Browne’s bandmate, Chavonne Stewart.

    The organization’s focus is to expose girls to life and culture that will be conducive to their development from girls to young women through various mentoring programs.

    “Our mission is to help change the lives of young girls by empowering them to reach their full potential by overcoming internal and external barriers in their lives,” Stewart said in a released statement about the nonprofit. “We also want to help girls build a positive self-image, motivate them to take responsibility for their future, and coach them in understanding their value to themselves and their community.”

    Chavonne Stewart, formerly known as Chavonne Morris, is a vocalist best known for her work with Jackson Browne. She has recorded with John Fogerty, Father John Misty and others.

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  • Homeless for the Holidays: Groups Continue to Seek Solutions

    • 12/07/2017
    • Terelle Jerricks
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    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    This is the third holiday season in which ‘homelessness’ and  ‘crisis’ are spoken in the same breath.

    Recently, a neighbor in my apartment building told me he was thinking about giving up his apartment for a used recreational vehicle to cut back on living expenses. Our rents were raised. Mine went up $115. My neighbor reasoned that, after paying some reasonable purchase price for the recreational vehicle, he’ll roll rent free, paying only the cost of gas, water and waste disposal.

    I told him it sounds like a good idea, but to beware of the ordinances cracking down on campers and recreational vehicles. Driven by citizen complaints and legislative actions taken by Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, local law enforcement agencies are ticketing and impounding such vehicles, and targeting their owners for warrant and compliance checks.

    My neighbor’s suggestion brought to mind a friend, who does not live in a traditional dwelling. Instead, he owns several vehicles, including a camper and a large van. In recent months, he has been ticketed and had vehicles impounded while parked on streets without posted restrictions, making living on city streets just a little bit more uncomfortable.

    That “tough love” approach, however, is the point. It’s certainly tough for homeless to have their property seized. They are forced to trek to a warehouse 26 miles away if they want items back. It’s just as tough to be casually harassed by Saving San Pedro anti-homeless activists.

    Labeling a problem a “crisis” is a way to get government to mobilize resources in order to solve it. In November 2016 Los Angeles passed a $1 billion bond measure to build supportive housing, while the county passed a quarter cent sales tax to address homelessness. It’s not as if there weren’t resources already being directed to the crisis. It just wasn’t enough. But government is slow.

    It took individuals wanting something done about homelessness to provoke whole communities and local governments to really wrestle with the crisis.

    Elvis Summers’, the 40-year-old founder of the charity Starting Human, started with his neighbor who was without shelter, Irene McGhee. He produced a time-lapsed video of the creation of a tiny home that went viral on social media and has led to more than $84,000 in private donations on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe to fund more tiny shelters.

    Summers act, inspired others in Los Angeles, including San Pedro, in which local advocates served the growing local homeless population.

    Before 2015, the county’s homeless rate had been declining precipitously from more than 65,000 in 2005 to 39,414 people in 2011. The 2015 Los Angeles County Harbor Services Authority homeless count marked the second such count in which there was an uptick in the homeless population.

    Summers worked with the Los Angeles Police Department to find a government-owned lot where more tiny houses could be built for the city’s homeless.

    In the end, Summers built more than 40, 50-square-foot tiny homes on donated private property. He’s in the process of building 20 more. He inspired others across the city, including advocates in San Pedro.

    But the reason the words “homelessness” and “crisis” are so often spoken in the same breath was that the uptick in homelessness goes hand-in-hand with gentrification and the general lack of affordable housing.

    The Washington Post  published an editorial by the chairwoman of Santa Clara’s history department, Nancy Ungur, in which she deconstructed the historic opposition to tiny homes.  Spoiler alert, today’s tiny homes isn’t the first time this idea has come about. Ungur noted that following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake there was widespread homelessness.

    Those resisting the tiny-house movement frequently cite fears that it will bring down the prices of existing homes.

    “As a San Jose resident put it, ‘People are sympathetic toward the homeless, but to put this in an established neighborhood doesn’t make sense,’” Ungar said.

    Ungur explained that San Franciso’s relief committee constructed 5,610 two- and three-room wood frame houses. These small, green, transportable “earthquake cottages” were placed in parks and on other public lands and made available under a lease system designed to culminate in ownership.

    This almost immediately roused complaints from middle to upper class San Franciscans who complained that the camps deprived more deserving citizen of open space and enabled a class of people who didn’t want to be helped.

    Ungur stated that then, like today, zoning rules and health scares were used to rid the city of the tiny cottages even as city leaders clucked about what shame homelessness had become.

    Across the country, people, like Summers, aren’t just waiting for government — to help or hinder — but leading communities and local governments to act. Here are 10 such projects:

    My Tiny House Project LA

    My Tiny House Project LA is a nonprofit founded by South L.A. resident Elvis Summers.
    What: More than 40, roughly 50-square-foot micro dwellings for the homeless housed on private property, equipped with rooftop solar panels, wheels and a portable camping toilet.
    Cost: $100,000 raised via crowdfunding
    Status: Twenty new tiny homes are being built on donated land and a mobile shower unit is under development.

    Cass Community Tiny Homes in Detroit

    Local organization Cass Community Social Services is focused on fighting poverty.
    What: A two-block stretch of 250- to 400-square-foot fully equipped micro dwellings for the low-income population, including students, seniors and the formerly homeless; tenants pay rent of between $250 and $400 a month on a rent-to-own model.
    Cost: $1.5 million, so far funded by donations from local companies and organizations, including a $400,000 contribution from Ford.
    Status: The first tiny house opened in early September 2016, while the latest six houses were completed in May 2017. The goal is to build 25 homes in total as funding comes in.

    A Tiny Home for Good in Syracuse, New York

    What: A growing collection of 300-square-foot houses for people who have faced homelessness, focusing on U.S. veterans. Each house is built on vacant city lot and offers a living area, bed, kitchen, bathroom and access to a professional care manager; tenants pay rent on a sliding scale-based on income.
    Cost: Each unit costs $28,500 and are primarily built with volunteer labor and donated supplies. The majority of the funding comes from private donations; the rest come from grant support and resident rent (30 percent of a resident’s monthly income).
    Status: Five houses completed to date, four more broke ground in August and seven more are scheduled to break ground in 2018.

    Infinity Village in Nashville, Tenn.

    Who: Rev. Jeff Obafemi Carr of interfaith group Infinity Fellowship, in collaboration with Dwayne A. Jones, owner of a construction company in Memphis
    What: Six colorful, 60-square-foot shelters for the homeless, housed at Nashville’s Green Street Church of Christ. Each unit can hold a murphy bed, mini-fridge, microwave, hybrid heating and air conditioning.
    Cost: $50,000, raised on GoFundMe
    Status: Fundraising to build out “Infinity Center,” a 4,300-square-foot community space geared towards youth and families. The Infinity Village project also served as a model for a similar development at Nashville’s Green Street Church, a project that received a $120,000 gift from the city.

    Othello Village in Seattle

    The city of Seattle in collaboration with nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute
    What: The third city-authorized homeless encampment hosts 28, 96-square-foot tiny houses and 12 tents on platforms, which are intended as a short-term housing solution for up to 100 people. The village shares a kitchen, shower trailer, donation hut and security booth.
    Cost: The city pays about $160,000 per year to supply water, garbage services and counseling onsite. Donations from individuals, foundations and other organizations have recently allowed all Othello Village tiny houses to install heat and electricity. Donations to Low Income Housing Institute also fund the materials for the tiny houses, which cost about $2,200 per house; construction is mostly courtesy of volunteers.
    Status: In December 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced three new homeless encampment sites, two will house up 60 to 70 people in up to 50 tiny houses, while the third will have the same capacity in tents.

    Second Wind Cottages in Newfield, New York

    What: Built on donated land, the village of 12 tiny houses so far house homeless men, who will pay rent “as they are able” for as long as they need. Each structure includes a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.
    Cost: About $15,000 per house, completely funded by donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and fundraising events.
    Status: Working towards a total of 18 to 19 cottages, plus a larger common building on the site.

    The Cottages at Hickory Crossing

    The Cottages at Hickory Crossing in Dallas, Texas is host of social services organizations, spearheaded by the poverty-focused CitySquare.
    What: Fifty roughly 400-square-foot cottages for the chronically homeless. Each dwelling offers a full kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, along with mental and medical health care onsite.
    Cost: $6.8 million, $2.5 million of which came from the city and county; the rest of the money came from a foundation grant, private donors and local organizations.
    Current status: All 50 homes are completed and occupied.

    Community First! Village

    Mobile Loaves & Fishes is a charity targeting homelessness in Austin, Texas.
    What: A 27-acre master-planned village of tiny homes for the disabled, chronically homeless including 120 micro homes, 100 recreational vehicles and 20 “canvas-sided” homes (tents with concrete foundations). The village offers community amenities like places for worship, gardens, a medical facility, trails and an outdoor movie theater. Rent is in the range of $200 to $350.
    Cost: $14.5 million privately funded. Each structure is privately sponsored.
    Status: The village hosts about 130 residents and expects to reach full capacity of 250 people by mid-late 2018. Community First! was recently awarded a top prize in Engineering News Record’s residential/hospitality category.

    Quixote Village in Olympia, Wash.

    Panza is a non-profit comprising various faith communities.
    What: A community of 30 tiny dwellings — each measuring 144 square feet — for the homeless, with a shared kitchen, dining area, living room, showers, laundry, offices and meeting space. The more than 2-acre site also includes a vegetable garden.
    Cost: $3.05 million in total, at a rate of about $88,000 per unit taking into account donated land and services (detailed breakdown here). Funding came from a mix of state funding, community development grants, and donations from local organizations and individuals.
    Status: The village is full, but the organizers are in the process of developing two more similar villages in Washington’s Pierce and Mason counties.

    Dignity Village in Portland

    Dignity Village is a city-sanctioned, self-governed community on city-owned land. What: A village for the homeless comprising 43 tiny dwellings built of recycled or reclaimed materials and equipped with a bed and propane heater. As dictated by the contract with the city, there’s a two-year maximum stay per person.
    Cost: Yearly operating costs are roughly $28,000, covered by a $35 a month fee from each resident, as well as micro-business revenues and private donations.
    Status: Founded in 2000, Dignity Village is the longest-running of its kind and continues to host up to 60 people per night.

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