• RLn COMMUNITY Calendar: Feb. 10, 2015

    Feb. 11
    State of the County Luncheon
    The Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presents the “State of the County” Luncheon with Supervisor Don Knabe, starting at 11:30 a.m.  Cost is $45 per person in advance and $65 at the door.
    Details: (310) 377-8111; http://business.palosverdeschamber.com/Events
    Venue: Palos Verdes Golf Club
    Location: 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates

    Feb. 11
    Love Bugs

    Let’s make our very own nature inspired valentines for the love bugs in our lives, and head out on the trails to investigate adorable, incredible insects, too.
    Details: (562) 570-1745; www.lbparks.org
    Venue: El Dorado Nature Center
    Location: 7550 Spring St., Long Beach

    Feb. 12
    Farmers Market

    Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmers’ Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12, at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center.
    Venue: Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center
    Location: 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 13
    Tales and Trails

    Investigate the incredible changing natural world with your child, while discovering creatures large and small, Feb. 13 through March 6, at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach.
    Puppets, songs, and parachute play are all a part of this fun-filled class. Parent participation required.  The class is for children 18 months through 5 years old.  The cost is $40.
    Details: (562) 570-1745; www.lbparks.org
    Venue: El Dorado Nature Center
    Location: 7550 Spring St., Long Beach

    Feb. 13
    Downtown Farmers Market

    The Downtown San Pedro Farmers Market will offer fresh fruits and vegetables, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13, on 6th Street, between Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street.
    Venue: Downtown San Pedro
    Location: 6th Street between Pacific Avenue and Mesa Street

    Feb. 14
    Sweetheart Sail

    Enjoy a magical evening aboard Los Angeles’s official Tall Ships as you sail the Harbor with your special someone, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, departing from Berth 78 in Ports O’ Call Village.
    Cost is $110 per couple. The price includes a delicious dinner prepared by the crew, dessert, beverage and a commemorative gift. (Wine not included, but you can bring your own bottle aboard.)
    Details: (310) 833-6055; www.LamiTopSail.org
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro

    Feb. 17
    Sierra Club Conditioning Hikes

    Make new friends and get in shape on a moderate hike for beginners or join the hot shots on a fast strenuous hike, starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and every Tuesday.
    Location: 8th Street at Averill Avenue in San Pedro

    Feb. 18
    Battleship Iowa Honors Black History Month

    Battleship Iowa has a series of events and tributes planned for February to honor Black History month.

    Details: (714) 851-7063; andrew@vantagesmg.com.
    Venue: Battleship Iowa
    Location: 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

    Feb. 19
    Happy Diner No. 2 Ribbon Cutting

    Join the community for the ribbon cutting of Happy Diner No. 2, starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 19, in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-7272; http://sanpedrochamber.com
    Venue: Happy Diner No. 2
    Location: 1931 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Feb. 21
    Lunar New Year Festival at the LA Waterfront

    Enjoy cultural entertainment, lion dancers, crafts, food, and fireworks, from 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21, at the LA Waterfront in San Pedro.
    Details: http://portoflosangeles.org/Community/Lunar_New_year.asp
    Venue: Downtown Harbor San Pedro
    Location: Harbor Boulevard at  6th Street in San Pedro
    Feb. 21
    The Great Los Angeles Air Raid

    Celebrate and recreate one of the most controversial events in Los Angeles history, a night when thousands of people were convinced the city was under attack from the air during World War II in 1942. Many living historians in character, classic cars and military equipment will be on hand. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.
    Details: www.FtMac.org
    Venue: Fort MacArthur Museum
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., Peninsula

    Feb. 22
    Complete Whale Watch

    Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on a fun-filled adventure that begins with an entertaining educational slide show, starting 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Then board a whale watch boat in search of the migrating Pacific gray whale. Cost is just $25 ($20 for members).  Reservations are required.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

    Feb. 23
    Adult Ceramics Class

    Learn ceramics from master artists, at 6 p.m. Feb. 23, at Seaside Studios in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 221-2914;  www.SeaSideStudiosSanPedro.com
    Venue: Seaside Studios
    Location: 525 N. Harbor Blvd., #3, San Pedro

    Feb. 23
    Bubble, Fizz, Boom
    Experiment with gooey, drippy fun, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Feb. 23, at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach.  You and your child will have a “blast” with hands-on science play. The cost is $55.
    Details: (562) 570-1745, www.lbparks.org
    Venue: El Dorado Nature Center
    Location: 7550 Spring St., Long Beach
    Feb. 26
    Honorary Mayor Campaign Kick-Off
    Mix and network at the Honorary Mayor campaign kick-off, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at Green Hills Memorial Park in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 832-7272; http://sanpedrochamber.com
    Venue: Green Hills Memorial Park
    Location: 27501 S. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes

    Feb. 28
    Snow Day

    Enjoy Snow Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28, at Whaley Park in Long Beach.
    The event is free. It will include sled runs, snow play areas, bouncers, local vendors and free food.
    Venue: Whaley Park,
    Location: 5620 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

    Feb. 28
    Jewelry Making Class

    Learn how to make jewelry, starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Seaside Studios in San Pedro.
    Learn from the master artists at Seaside Studios.
    Silk Painting Workshop
    Details: (310) 221-2914;  www.SeaSideStudiosSanPedro.com
    Venue: Seaside Studios
    Location: 525 N. Harbor Blvd., #3, San Pedro
    March 4
    Little Squirts

    Experience Little Squirts, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 4 through 25, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.

    The class s offered for 2 to 4 year-olds participating with their parents or guardians. The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 for  members) and includes a child’s Little Squirts T-shirt.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro


    March 4
    SEA Club

    Kindergarten through second grade students enrolled in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s SEA Club (Science Education Afternoons) will learn while having fun exploring the local marine environment, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 4 through 25.

    The Aquarium’s marine laboratory classroom will serve as a base station for hands-on ocean exploration.

    The cost for four weekly sessions is $30 ($27 for members) and includes a SEA Club T-shirt.

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

    March 5
    Klaus Center For The Arts Opens
    The grand opening and dedication of the Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts will take place on at 6 p.m. March 5 in San Pedro.

    The festivities include the debut of the student gallery and musical performances by the Marymount Jazz Ensemble.
    Venue: Marylyn & Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts
    Location: 430 W. 6th St., San Pedro


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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Feb. 10, 2015

    Feb. 13
    Valentine’s Weekend Readings of “The Vagina Monologues”
    The Women’s Resource Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills will present a two-night only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 at the University Theatre. All proceeds will benefit the CSU Dominguez Hills Women’s Resource Center.
    Details: (310) 243-2486
    Venue: University Theatre at CSU Dominguez Hills
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Feb. 14
    American Association of Community Theatre California State Festival
    The Long Beach Playhouse will host the American Association of Community Theatre California State Festival, starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 14. The festival will feature three-member theatres from the San Diego area, who will each perform three hour-long performances, followed by an awards ceremony and reception gala. There will also be a series of workshops offered for those interested in the different aspects of theatre.
    Details: (562) 494-1014
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Feb. 27
    Stop Kiss
    The CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance will debut its third show of the 2014-2015 season, Stop Kiss, a funny and sensitive love story, at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Edison Theatre. The show will also be performed on Feb. 28, March 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and on March 1, 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.
    Details: (310) 243-3588
    Venue: Edison Theatre at CSU Dominguez Hills
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

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  • Buscaino Pushes to Rename Intersection Di Carlo Square

    By Joseph Baroud, Contributing Writer

    The Di Carlo Bakery meant a lot to the community of San Pedro. It provided a main part of many of the town’s different cultures’ meals and fresh bread for an affordable price — something this hard-working town could appreciate.

    District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino wants to commemorate the bakery for what it meant and did for the community. It provided employment with great benefits. It provided a place for the people of San Pedro to come and buy fresh food for a good price. For years, you could get a whiff of the fresh loaves of bread being baked as you drove by the bakery every morning. (more…)

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  • Raquin is Less Than a Success

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    The Long Beach Opera opened its 2015 season with performances of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin at the Warner Grand in San Pedro.

    Picker’s opera was premiered in 2001. It was one of the first operas of the new century, which was based on a novel of the same name that Emile Zola wrote in 1867. (more…)

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  • Sonny’s Bistro: A Bright Idea for Valentine’s Day

    By Gina Ruccione, Food Writer & Blogger

    Food is typically the centerpiece of a Valentine’s Day date and how that transpires varies between couples. Some are looking for the perfect meal, while others are looking for an intimate setting. However it transpires, most can agree that a successful Valentine’s Day date is ultimately the perfect combination of both.  Those sort of romantic evenings can translate into memories that stay with you for a lifetime. If you haven’t yet found that place, then Sonny’s Bistro is for you.

    This little gem is tucked away in an unassuming corner of a shopping center on 25th Street and Western Avenue. Sonny’s Bistro has everything one could hope for when picking a Valentine’s Day restaurant: it’s unpretentious yet refined, the dishes are well proportioned and fairly priced. Most importantly, all the food is delicious. (more…)

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  • Vital Emcee, Lone Wolf Breaking Stereotypes

    By Melina Paris Music Columnist

    Vital Emcee is challenging the rapper image with his new album fag, in which he comes out publicly as a gay man.

    Vital’s “Intro” on fag hits hard. In it, late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, foretold his fate in an audio recording he left to be played should he ever be assassinated. Milk’s audio then fades, transitioning into factual newscasts on gays being beaten or killed. This leads into hate speech recordings of people openly and cruelly expressing their contempt for gay people.

    Originally from Garden Grove, he now lives in Australia. fag stands for Free of All Guilt. The album is about Vital’s hard examination of society’s views on homosexuality. There are some lighter tracks on the record too. One thing not to be denied is that fag is very real. (more…)

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  • Judge Upholds $2 million DLSE Wage Theft Decision against Pacer Cartage

    Harbor port driver Alfredo Gonzalez stood with lawyer Alvin Gomez of The Gomez Law Group during a press conference after a Superior Court decision ruled that port truck drivers are employees, not independent contractors. Photo by Betty Guevara.

    Pacer Cartage must pay more than $2 million in back pay to seven illegally misclassified port truckers, according to a court decision handed down on Jan. 28 by San Diego Superior Court Judge Jay Bloom.

    Bloom upheld an earlier finding by the California Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement from April 2014. Scores of such cases have been decided, by DLSE, but have not come to court.

    Because Pacer was appealing the earlier ruling, the burden of proof lay on it—a burden that it failed to meet.

    “The key issue in this case, as noted, is who had control,” Bloom wrote. “From the evidence, it appears that Pacer had the control.” (more…)

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  • There’s Agreement on Chassis, But No Details

    About 6,000 community members joined the ILWU, Jan. 22, in a unity march near Harbor Boulevard and Swinford. Photo by Betty Guevara

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    The Pacific Maritime Association announced Jan. 26 that there was a tentative agreement on the issue of chassis — a key sticking point of the contract negotiations latest impasse.

    “We are hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term,” said PMA spokesman Wade Gates, at the time.

    There’s only been silence since then. At least not until Feb. 4, when the PMA released a statement announcing that they “made an “all-in” contract offer that would significantly increase compensation to members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.” (more…)

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  • The Corporate Roots of Port Congestion

    Shipping Companies Are the No. 1 Cause, Trucking Companies No. 2

    By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor

    Port congestion has been a dominant fact of life overhanging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach throughout the prolonged contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

    But it has also been a dominant fact of life overhanging the heroic efforts of port truckers this past year just trying to gain recognition as workers with the basic right to organize. One of the most basic facts that you need to know about port congestion is that shipping companies are the primary cause of it—although trucking companies fighting against the ports’ clean trucks programs also have played a significant role. (more…)

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  • Connecting the Dots on the Waterfront

    To the future and the past of the communities surrounding the ports
    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    The showdown between the new executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, and the community over the future of the Los Angeles Waterfront has a long backstory that those who now cry the loudest about the lack of jobs or are shocked that “San Pedro has a homeless problem” don’t even know. Most of those who long for a nostalgic past of some mythical sense of community weren’t even born when the real problem began.

    The history behind the long decline in the Harbor Area actually began with a dispute unrelated to the port. In the 1980s there was a dispute between the air-traffic controllers union and President Ronald Reagan that ended with him busting the union and a decades long anti-union march towards the global economy. (more…)

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