• 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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  • RLn THEATER Calendar: Nov. 6, 2014

    Nov. 7
    Sound City
    Come see the Grand Vision Foundation Reel Documentaries’ Sound City, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    Deep in the San Fernando Valley was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio hosted seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana. Cost is $12 for general admission, and $10 for students, seniors and military personnel.
    Details: www.grandvision.org/calendar-details.asp?id=630
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    Arms and the Man
    Long Beach Playhouse presents a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 8 through Dec. 6.
    The classic “anti-romantic” comedy features Hallie Mayer, Sarah Genevieve Green, Charlotte Williams, Michael J. Knowles, Doyle Smiens, Mitchell Nunn and Alex Bennet..
    George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man takes place at the close of the Serbo-Bulgarian war in 1885. Raina, a young Bulgarian woman idealizes her fiancé Sergius Saranoff, one of the heroes of the war. As the Serbian army retreats, a voluntary Swiss soldier, Bluntschli seeks shelter by climbing through Raina’s bedroom window and begging for her to hide him. Bluntschli’s gentle nature and unique ammunition (he carries chocolates instead of bullets) contrasts sharply with Raina’s romantic notions of war and heroism, yet she finds herself attracted to him, and assists him in his escape. Shortly thereafter, Sergius returns from the war and Raina begins to find his attitude more pompous and irritating. Her thoughts return again and again to her “chocolate cream soldier,” and when Bluntschli reappears, she finds herself torn between her romantic ideals and the surprise of real love.
    Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $14 for students.
    Details: (562) 494-1014 option 1; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Nov. 21
    Spring Awakening
    Due to popular demand the Studio at Long Beach Playhouse will be extending their run of Spring Awakening the Musical, through 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22.
    Tickets are $24 for adults, $21 for seniors and $14 for students.
    Details: (562) 494-1014 option 1; www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Nov. 21
    Ubu the Sh*t
    Cal State University Long Beach’s University Players and Los Angeles-based clown troupe Four Clowns will present a modern retelling of French playwright Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi entitled Ubu the Sh*t, Nov. 21 through Dec. 7, at Studio Theatre in the Theatre Arts building on CSULB Campus.
    Four Clowns’ Artistic Director and CSULB Theatre Arts alum Jeremy Aluma has adapted Jarry’s script and is directing this collaborative production. With clown training and techniques incorporated into the rehearsal process by Aluma and members of the Four Clowns company, the undergraduate cast has been given the opportunity to explore the art of clown first-hand by some of Los Angeles’ most experienced clown teachers, creating a truly unique version of Jarry’s absurdist comedy.
    Tickets start at $12.
    Details: (562) 985-5526; www.calrep.org, www.fourclowns.org
    Venue: Studio Theatre
    Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach

    Nov. 22
    Kon-Tiki
    Palos Verdes Land Conservancy presents this dramatization of the 1947 4,000-plus mile ocean trip Thor Heyerdahl made on the raft, the Kon-Tiki, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.
    This is an epic film about endurance, bravery and the indomitable human spirit.
    With five loyal friends in tow, explorer Thor Heyerdal sailed a fragile balsa wood raft along an ancient path some 4,300 miles across the Pacific, enduring tidal waves, shark attacks and other dangers. Q-and-A will follow the film to review fact and fiction of the explorers. Tickets are $10. Student 18 years old or younger get in free.
    Details: www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp?id=630
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

     

     

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  • RLn COMMUNITY calendar: Nov. 5, 2014

    Nov. 7
    Sip of Long Beach
    Come meet people through Sip of Long Beach, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, at the Sip.
    Details: www.facebook.com/ASipOfLongBeach
    Venue: Sip of Long Beach
    Location: 111 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    California Chili Cooking on the Rancho
    Learn how to make chili from what is thought to be the earliest known chili recipe found in California, from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, at Rancho Adobe Museum.
    It dates back to the early 1800s and was a staple item made on the Rancho. Large batches would be made in the outside kitchen and served to all that worked on the lands. This class is only $25.
    Cooking on the Rancho is a unique experience where you get to cook, learn about the history of cooking on the California Ranchos, and create your own great early Rancho recipes.
    Venue: Rancho Adobe Museum
    Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Rancho Dominguez (more…)

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT: Nov. 4, 2014

    Nov. 6
    Barry Anthony and the Whalers
    Barry Anthony and the Whalers will perform, Nov. 6, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    The group is a New Orleans jazz band.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 7
    Rob On the Piano
    Enjoy Rob on the piano, starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Great food, great fun, great music and no cover.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 7
    Probed 4
    Get your black leathers, rubber, gear, neoprene for Probed 4 as DJ Ryan Jones spins the hottest dance music, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, at Pistons Bar in Long Beach.
    One hundred proceeds benefit Being Alive.
    Details: (562) 422-1928
    Venue: Pistons Bar
    Location: 2020 E Artesia Blvd., Long Beach
     
    Nov. 8
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carlton will perform, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Markus Carlton is a lifelong musician who has worn out many guitars playing gigs, writing starting the next chapter in his musical journey and will entertain you by performing new material, as well as jazz and blues standard.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 8
    Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand
    Enjoy Something’s Funny at the Warner Grand, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 8.
    The monthly comedy showcases four of some the funniest standup comedians working. Tickets are $10 and $15.
    Details: Tix.com
    Venue: Warner Grand Theatre
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 6
    Barry Anthony and the Whalers
    Barry Anthony and the Whalers will perform, at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    The group is a New Orleans jazz band.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 14
    Rob On the Piano
    Enjoy Rob on the piano, starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Great food, great fun, great music and no cover.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Nov. 15
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carlton will perform, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Markus Carlton is a lifelong musician who has worn out many guitars playing gigs, writing starting the next chapter in his musical journey and will entertain you by performing new material, as well as jazz and blues standard.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Nov. 20
    Izon Eden
    Izon Eden will perform, Nov. 20, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 21
    Rob On the Piano
    Enjoy Rob on the piano, starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 21, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Great food, great fun, great music and no cover.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro
     
    Nov. 22
    Markus Carlton
    Markus Carlton will perform, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro.
    Markus Carlton is a lifelong musician who has worn out many guitars playing gigs, writing starting the next chapter in his musical journey and will entertain you by performing new material, as well as jazz and blues standard.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 28
    Rob On the Piano
    Enjoy Rob on the piano, starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 28, at The Whale & Ale in San Pedro. Great food, great fun, great music and no cover.
    Details: www.whaleandale.com
    Venue: The Whale & Ale
    Location: 327 W. 7th St., San Pedro

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  • Random Lengths Elections Slate

    The editorial board of Random Lengths recommend the reelection of the current class of incumbents running for state and congressional office. Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s return to Sacramento in 2009, California has seen its fortunes turn all the way around. The states finances are in order; as a state, we’re not lurching from one crisis to the next, and we seem to be on the right track. That is not to say everything is perfect. It is not as the string of Democratic legislators on the state and local level can attest. But we are still in a much better place than we were through the first decade of the 2000s.

    Congress
    Elect Ted Lieu for the 33rd Congressional District
    Re-elect Rep. Janice Hahn for the 44th Congressional District
    Re-elect Rep. Alan Lowenthal for the 47th Congressional District

    State-wide offices
    Re-elect Gov. Jerry Brown
    Re-elect Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
    Elect Alex Padilla for Secretary of State
    Elect Betty Yee for State Controller
    Re-elect State Treasurer John Chiang
    Re-elect State Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Re-elect Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
    Re-elect Jerome Horton for the State Board of Equalization District 3

    State Legislature
    Elect Mike Gipson to represent the 64th Assembly District
    Re-elect Al Muratsuchi to represent the 66th Assembly District
    Elect Patrick O’Donnell to represent the 70th Assembly District

    Judgeships
    Elect Jacqueline Lewis for Judicial Office No. 61
    Elect Andrew Stein for Judicial Office No. 87

    Los Angeles County Sheriff
    Elect Jim McDonnell for Los Angeles County Sheriff

    Los Angeles County Assessor
    Elect Jeffrey Prang for Los Angeles County Assessor
    State Ballot Propositions
    California Proposition 1 is a  $7.1 billion bond for statewide water system improvements pressing due to the current drought. Spelled out under the docket is a list of how funds would be distributed. Most of it is going toward water storage, recycling, and retention.  The largest sums of $1.45 and $2.7 billion would be designated to ecosystem protection projects and the creation of new dams and reservoirs. An additional $425 million will be reallocated from prior water bond acts and general tax revenues will be used to pay off the bond.  RL-Yes

    California Proposition 2 is a proposal to further increase money going into the rainy day fund by 1.5 percent capping at 10 percent. A rainy day fund is government money saved during times of surplus to be redistributed as needed. It is an update to the Budget Stabilization Act, and would require a fiscal emergency for funds to be withdrawn. The update would also establish a public school system fund based on tax revenue. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 45 seeks to decrease the cost of health care premiums by eliminating pre-determination based on credit history. The intent is to insure more individuals by eliminating higher rates based on background. It requires all changes to insurance rates and to be approved by an insurance commissioner before they take effect, as well making this notice public knowledge. The proposition is aimed at the individual in health care. However, it does not apply to employers with large group health plans.  RL-Yes

    California Proposition 46 would be a major change in health care reform requiring alcohol and drug testing for all California physicians. If approved, it would be the first law in United States to require random drug testing of physicians. It requires negligence to be reported and submitted to a review process, in which physicians would be put on suspension until acquittal or punishment is enacted. The law also would require health care practitioners to consult drug history before issuing certain prescription drugs. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 47 deals with misdemeanor sentencing for drug possession offenses, forgery, check fraud, theft and receiving of stolen property in amounts less $950. It allows for felony charges to be brought against any repeat misdemeanor offenders who have also been convicted of rape, murder, child molestation and sex offense. RL-Yes

    California Proposition 48 is a referendum vote on Assembly Bill 277. A yes vote would ratify two gaming compacts between California and two Indian tribes, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe. The referendum vote would also exempt execution of the compacts, certain projects and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act. In 2005, the two tribes submitted a request to the federal government to purchase land in the Central Valley and put it in trust for the purpose of building a casino. The federal government determined that this would be in the best interest of the tribe and would not hurt the surrounding communities. The California Legislature passed AB 277, which approved the North Fork compact, as well as a compact with the Wiyot Tribe. The Wiyot compact does not allow the tribe to operate a casino, but allows the tribe to receive a portion of the revenue generated by North Fork’s casino. Gov. Brown signed the bill in July 2013. The federal government issued final approval for the Wiyot compact in September 2013 and the North Fork compact in October 2013. RL-Yes

    Local Ballot Propositions
    Countywide Measure 1 would continue to levy an annual parcel tax to keep a park and recreation measure going. The cost would $23 per parcel, which would go toward protecting rivers, beaches, water sources, and preserving and maintaining natural areas such as zoos. RL-No Position

    Torrance USD- Torrance Unified School District has two proposals on the ballot.  The first is a $144.3 million no-tax bonds to be applied to security improvements, emergency and disaster equipment, and renovations including plumbing and facility repairs. The second is a $50 million dollar proposal using legal interest rates to repair playgrounds and restore them to health and safety standards. RL-No Position

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Nov. 14, 2014

    Nov. 5
    Coastal SPNC Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting
    The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee meeting will take place, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Marine Exchange Building.
    Details: www.cspnc.org
    Venue: Marine Exchange Building
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro

    Nov. 6
    LA’s Clean Energy Future
    Join the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for an informative workshop that will lay out the roadmap for how it will power the city, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Wilmington Senior Center.
    Details: www.ladwpnews.com/go/survey/1475/21978
    Venue: Wilmington Senior Center
    Location: 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington

    Nov. 6
    Soil Remediation at Berths 171 through 173
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to consider a coastal development permit for soil remediation at berths 171 through 173, starting at 8:30 am. Nov. 6, at the Port of Los Angeles Board Room in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 732-3850; www.portoflosangeles.org
    Venue: POLA Board Room
    Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    Nov. 6
    Flu Clinic
    The Health Department is hosting a neighborhood flu clinic, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nov. 6, at Scherer Park in Long Beach. No appointment is needed.
    Appointments will also be accepted at the Health Department during regular business hours by calling 562.570.4315 (a small administrative fee may apply). Adults with Medicare Part B or other insurance are urged to bring their Medicare/insurance card to their appointment. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records – some children will need two doses of the vaccine given one month apart depending on their immunization history.
    Details: (562) 570-4315
    Venue: Scherer Park
    Location: 4600 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

    Nov. 8
    Study Session on Long Beach Civic Center
    The public is invited to attend an open house and a city council study session and share their thoughts regarding the future of the Long Beach Civic Center.
    The open house to view the models and meet the project teams is scheduled, from 12 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8, at Rogers Middle School in Long Beach.
    The Long Beach City Council Study Session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Houghton Park Senior Center.
    Details: www.LBCivicCenter.com
    Venue: Rogers Middle School
    Location: 365 Monrovia Ave., Long Beach

    Nov. 10
    Flashlight Walk in Coastal San Pedro
    To celebrate the popularity of the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group and to create a mechanism where neighbors can meet in person while participating in a more traditional version of neighborhood watch, Councilman Buscaino and The Corner Store owner Peggy Thompson-Lindquist are hosting the Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Flashlight Walk, Nov. 10.
    The purpose of this Flashlight Walk is to illustrate that Coastal San Pedro is safe for an evening walk for families and that neighbors are always out and watching their neighborhood.
    The Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group has more than 2,500 members. This group serves as an online meeting place for neighbors to stay vigilant and warn each other about potential hazards or criminal activity in the neighborhood.
    Simply find a flashlight, grab your family and take a walk to the Corner Store.
    The Corner Store will stay open until 9 p.m. with milk and cookies, hot chocolate and coffee and will have a sing along led by Rich D’Anna.
    Venue: The Corner Store
    Location: 1118 W. 37th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 10
    Road Closures
    The Port of Los Angeles has scheduled the Interstate 110/C Street off and on-ramps weekly closure, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 12 through 14.
    Details: (310) 732-3503

    Nov. 11
    Central SPNC Meeting Rescheduled
    Due to the Veterans Day Holiday, Nov. 11, the Port of Los Angeles High School will not be available for the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council regular meeting date.
    The board and stakeholder meeting will be moved one day ahead, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, at POLA High School.
    The agenda will be distributed as soon as available.
    Venue: POLAHS
    Location: 250 W. 5th St., San Pedro

    Nov. 11
    Global Business Management
    Listen to speakers discuss global management, starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at Marymount California University’s Ocean View Campus in Rancho Palos Verdes.
    The event is free.
    Details: (310) 303-7223; www.MarymountCalifornia.edu
    Venue: Marymount California University’s Ocean View Campus
    Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Palos Verdes

    Nov. 11
    LB Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council meeting will take place, at 4 p.m. Nov. 11, at Houghton Park in Long Beach.
    Items on the agenda include a community review of the civic center options and expanding the outdated resolution on access to business information for economic development.
    Venue: Houghton Park
    Location: 6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach

    Nov. 13
    South Bay Cities Council of Governments
    The South Bay Cities Council of Governments is hosting its free Holiday Light Exchange, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14, at Environmental Services Center in Torrance.
    Southern California Edison and Department of Water and Power customers will be able to trade in one working string of old electricity-guzzling incandescent holiday lights for one new, energy-efficient LED string. Old strings will be taken off the grid forever and recycled as e-waste.
    Details: (310) 371-7222
    Venue: South Bay Environmental Services Center
    Location: 20285 S. Western Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance

    Nov. 24
    Serving With a Thankful Heart
    The 7thAnnual “Serving With A Thankful Heart” Thanksgiving Banquet will take place, from 11:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Ernest S. McBride Park.
    Although this is a free function, you must RSVP before Nov. 21 at the Ernest S. McBride Park or by calling (562) 570-6816.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Ernest S. McBride Park
    Location: 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., Long Beach

    Jan. 17
    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

    Pacific Arts Affordable Artist Housing
    Artists interested in affordable housing can apply through the Department of Cultural Affairs for housing.
    The Department of Cultural Affairs has worked with Meta-Housing to create a true artist colony in San Pedro. Rents start at just $474. The development includes 48 apartment units, including 6 ground floor live-work units, professional workshop studios for visual arts and soundproof rehearsal space.
    Details: http://affordableartisthousing.org

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  • Small Neighborhood Council Meeting Looking to do Big Things

    By Joseph Baroud, Contributing Writer

    The Northwestern San Pedro Neighborhood  Council Issues Committee is hosting a meeting Nov. 10 at Peck Park to discuss Mayor Eric Garcetti’s minimum wage proposal.

    The committee hosted a similar meeting Oct. 22, where meeting focussed on the proposal, voter turnout in Los Angeles, various street repairs and alterations, truck’s routes to the freeway from the Rancho LPG facility and the agendas for the two subsequent meetings.

    Committee members are hoping for representatives from the mayor’s office and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce  be present with open ears. The people most affected by the proposal are employees collecting minimum wage and the small business owners who will be paying it.

    Another issue that was discussed was the low voter turnout here in Los Angeles. The city is thinking about aligning city elections with state and federal elections for convenience. The city is also proposing that the Los Angeles Unified School District host its elections simultaneously. The council also discussed the issue at an Oct. 29 meeting at the San Pedro City Hall building.

    Traffic

    One man in attendance commended the city’s effort in filling potholes on north Gaffey Street. But, the bike lanes definitely hit the wrong way with a lot in the community.

    Community members were displeased with the city not keeping the community aware and involved road diet and bike lane installations.  They were largely resigned to the fact that the bike lanes aren’t going anywhere. They aid that more could have been done to ease traffic congestion. The council will try and take the issue to the Department of Transportation, which is responsible for implementing the lanes.

    In relation to slowing traffic down, the city is thinking about putting speed bumps throughout the city. Those who were in attendance seemed to have contrasting views, but one thing everybody agreed on is that traffic will slow down throughout the city. Emergency responders will have a tougher time maneuvering through traffic and these bumps have negative impacts on a vehicle’s gas mileage because of how slow it will travel and how often the vehicle’s brakes are used.

    People in support of the speed bumps though, say that slowing traffic down is exactly the goal trying to be achieved in order to reduce accidents. Moreover, the question of, “How will everything involved in the bumps implementation be paid for?” remains. This subject will also be talked about more thoroughly at the Nov. 10 meeting.

    Rancho LPG

    The Rancho LPG  facility tanks and the transportation of liquefied natural gas to and from the facility was the last item on the agenda. Those in attendance expressed that they would like the trucks to use  the Anaheim or Pacific Coast Highway entrances instead of the Channel Street onramp, arguing that Channel Street was too narrow for truck traffic.

    For more details vist http://nwsanpedro.org

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