• POLAHS Board of Trustees Investigates Cross

    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    The embattled Port of Los Angeles High School Executive Director Jim Cross was placed on paid leave again following a closed meeting on Feb. 11, after renewed allegations of financial impropriety.

    A few months ago, the highly touted charter school was in turmoil following the popular Principal Tom Scotti’s resignation. At the time, students and parents believed he was forced out by Cross and that the board of trustees did little to keep him.

    Lack of financial transparency, teacher input on school site spending and the appearance of cronyism were the dominant issues. Four months later, it appeared that the board had begun rectifying some of those issues. (more…)

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  • Tuskeegee Airman Visits USS Iowa, Gets Congressional Award

    Photo and article by Ivan Adame, Editorial Intern

    Lt. Col. Robert Friend, retired pilot of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, received a congressional recognition for his service Feb. 8, at the Battleship Iowa, during a celebration of Black History Month.

    The award was delivered on behalf of Rep. Janice Hahn by district staff assistant German Castilla. Castilla then read aloud Hahn’s message to Friend:

    “… in honor of his courageous, loyal and dedicated service to our nation. It gives me great pleasure to salute a veteran of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group. Your valiant fight against fascism in Europe helped secure the world from tyranny and your fight against racism at home helped pave the way for desegregation of the United States Armed Forces and civil right movements.”

    Friend’s appearance preceded a screening of the 1995 film Tuskegee Airmen. He was open for questions from the public.

    “I always enjoy these things because I like to talk to people on this subject because I know what happened,” Friend asserted. “I know what happened.”

    The 94-year-old, who once successfully escorted a wounded bomber from German jets, was fascinated by the planes that flew over his home in South Carolina, and later, in New York.

    He sought out pulp magazines with accounts of World War I fighter pilots, which inspired him to take flying courses during high school. This had made him not only knowledgeable about operating an aircraft, it also counted towards the college requirement necessary to join the Tuskegee force.

    However, racial barriers had blocked him from moving forward. While he was allowed to enroll in a civilian pilot training program, the African American pilots were not trusted by a racist military staff.

    “This civilian pilot training came about because we thought we needed to keep up with the rest of the world,” Friend said. “As for finishing this requirement I found out, lo and behold, that there were racial issues and because of the racial issues, they wouldn’t accept me at that time. But later, they initiated the program down at Tuskegee and I was lucky enough to be accepted again and made part of that program.”

    Best known for their escorting of the 15th Air Force bombers in the European theater, the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group had the distinction of losing few fighter planes and even fewer of their escorts, while fending off and destroying technically superior Jagdgeschwader 7 fighter jets.

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  • RLn ENTERTAINMENT Calendar: Feb. 13, 2015

    Feb. 14
    Rose’s Pawn Shop
    Rose’s Pawn Shop will perform, at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Details: Tickets & Info
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 14
    Swing San Pedro
    Experience the Esquires Big Band, starting at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at People’s Palace in San Pedro.
    Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.
    Details: (310) 547-2348; www.PeoplesPalaceSP.com
    Venue: People’s Palace
    Location:  365 W. 6th St., San Pedro
    Feb. 15
    Nathan King Quartet
    The Nathan King Quartet will perform, at 4 p.m. Feb. 15, at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.
    Nathan King is a saxophone player in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. He has been a teacher of woodwinds, music theory and jazz improvisation for a number of years in the Southern California area both privately and through local schools including the Orange County High School of the Arts.
    Cost is $20.
    Details: WEBSITE
    Venue: Alvas Showroom
    Location: 1417 W. 8th St., San Pedro
    Feb. 21
    The Interludes
    The Interludes will perform, at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at First Lutheran Church and School in Torrance.
    Admission is free.
    Details: (310) 316-5574; www.haykarsenyan.com
    Venue: First Lutheran Church and School
    Location: 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance
    Feb. 21
    Jim “Kimo” West: Aloha Night
    Jim “Kimo” West will perform, at 8 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Details: Tickets and Info
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 28
    Dave Widow, The Line Up
    Dave Widow and the Line Up will perform, at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Dave Widow brings a rock, and rhythm and blues-flavored show featuring songs from his Waiting for The World to End CD. Special guests guitarist Bernie Pearl and bassist Mike Barry will add to the show.
    Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
    Details: (310) 833-4813; www.grandvision.org
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 28
    Komedy Slam
    Enjoy Komedy Slam with host Monty B. Sharpton, starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Alpine Village Center in Torrance.
    General admission is $25 in advance and $35 at the door.
    Details: (714) 622-4977; www.SpectacularEventZ.com
    Venue: Alpine Village Center
    Location: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance

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  • RLn NEWS Briefs: Feb. 12, 2015

    PMA Decides to Lockout of ILWU Workers
    SAN PEDRO — On Feb. 11, the Pacific Maritime Association cited alleged slowdowns by the ILWU as their rationale for locking down the port Feb. 12 and 14 through 16.
    PMA spokesman Wade Gates claimed that the PMA made a comprehensive contract offer designed to bring these talks to conclusion and the union made a request they knew the PMA couldn’t meet.
    The PMA attack on the union leadership’s integrity to the rank and file forced ILWU president Bob McEllrath to set the record straight in a letter released to the membership and pensioners, noting that a100 local resolutions were submitted to the contract caucus this past year and that those resolutions became the mandate for the current negotiating committee.
    In a letter, McEllrath’s called the PMA’s assertion that the union is holding up negotiations on non-essential matters as false.
    The issue that’s supposedly holding up negotiations was the union’s request to end the virtual life-time terms of the contract arbitrators–people that the PMA and the ILWU agree on to become referees in individual labor disputes between the union and the association. The union requested that the arbitrators change when the contract ends.
    McEllrath noted that the request was made in light of cases where the impartiality of arbitrators was questioned.
    The PMA in its announcement said the union simply wanted to fire arbitrators that disagree with the union.
    An agreement is said to be near, but workers and containers ships continue to wait.
    NWSPNC Takes Stance on Waterfront Projects
    SAN PEDRO — On Feb. 9, the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council announced that it supported seven specific projects:
    Wilmington Waterfront
    o       Catalina Freight Site Re-Purpose
    o       Wilmington Waterfront Promenade (Avalon Blvd. Corridor Phase IA South
    o       Harry Bridges & Fries Ave. Park, Street Improvements, and Landscaping (Avalon Blvd. Corridor Phase I North)
    o       Wilmington Waterfront Pedestrian Bridge
    San Pedro Waterfront
    o       Sampson Way & 7th Street Intersection Improvements
    o       Town Square at 6th Street
    o       Ports O’ Call Promenade
    However, it reiterated its existing resolution, adopted Jan. 12, 2015, that the funding for these projects should be done without applying the limitations contained in the proposed policy, and with the understanding that any grant funds for the projects will be additive and not applied to the $50 million commitment in each community.
    The neighborhood council requests that the Port of Los Angeles include funding to expedite completion of these seven projects in its 2015-2016 budget, have specific project schedules developed, and include them as part of the Capital Improvement Program project list.
    The council also thanked the port for modifying its proposed policy by eliminating the deductions from capital funding for litigation and environmental expenses.
    Garcia Appoints Members to Economic Development Commission
    LONG BEACH — On Feb. 10, Mayor Robert Garcia announced the appointment of all 11 commissioners to serve on the Economic Development Commission.
    The commission, charged with generating ideas and advising the council in support of economic growth and prosperity for Long Beach, had been inactive for several years.
    The mayor will ask the commission to first take on the city’s permitting and business licensing process.  He will ask the commission to undertake an independent review of the permitting, licensing and planning process that businesses have to go through when opening a new business or expanding. The commission’s findings would then be presented to the Long Beach City Council for review.
    In addition to reviewing the permitting and license process, the commission will also work towards presenting ideas and recommendations to spur economic growth in Long Beach.
    The appointees bring a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and skillsets, creating a diverse slate of commissioners representing the business community, the arts, hospitality and tourism, education, real estate, the labor workforce, and small businesses.
    The 11 appointees, who will be up for confirmation from the City Council on Feb.17, are:
    Kristi Allen  
    Allen is vice president of Hotel Operations at Ensemble Hotel Partners in Long Beach, Calif., overseeing two hotel properties including the Hotel Maya, a DoubleTree by Hilton in Long Beach where she is also acting General Manager.  Allen is a director and chair-elect of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a former board member and served as chair of the Downtown Long Beach Associates and also served on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board.
    Becky Blair  
    Blair has been a commercial real estate broker in Long Beach for more than 30 years, representing hundreds of buyers and sellers in sales and leases. She is active in local and state commercial real estate groups. Blair has served on the board of directors for Los Angeles County Workforce Investment, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Long Beach Symphony, and she has been a city planning commissioner for 6 years.
    Blair Cohn  
    Cohn is the executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Association, which has helped to revitalize business corridors and neighborhoods.  Cohn also chairs the Council of Business Associations and is the event director for the annual Tour of Long Beach that benefits Miller Children’s Hospital. He serves on the advisory board for the ArtXchange, and will be the cycling competition manager for the Special Olympics World Games that will be in Long Beach July 2015.
    Frank Colonna 
    Colonna was the District 3 councilman for Long Beach for 8 years, including 2 years as vice mayor. As councilman he was chairman of the Federal Legislation Committee and served on the Alameda Corridor Board, where he was also chair for three terms. He is past president of the Belmont Shore Business Association and a gubernatorial appointee to the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. He was president of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments from 1996 to1998. Colonna is a long time real estate broker and former National Guard officer.
    Randal Hernandez  
    Hernandez serves as managing director of government relations for Union Bank, where he is responsible for building relationships with civic and business leaders.  Hernandez served as chief-of-staff to former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill in her first term in office (1994 to 1999). On behalf of the mayor, Hernandez focused on economic development, international trade, city budget and intergovernmental relations activities.  Hernandez served on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and served on the California Green Jobs Council.  He is a former member of the Long Beach Planning Commission.
    Ralph Holguin 
    Holguin is the chief executive officer of RMD Group, Inc., a North Long Beach small business with more than 150 employees, specializing in experiential marketing campaigns, data capture and analysis, display design and fabrication, social media and Web Integration, event and promotional staffing, and large format printing sublimation. He also sits on the board of directors for Westerly Schools in Long Beach.
    Walter Larkins  
    Larkins has founded a number of companies, including Endosurgical Development Corp., which developed devices and strategies for minimally invasive heart surgery, and CDR Financial Services, LLC.  He is president of CDR Benefits LLC, offering life and health insurance for businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies.  He serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, chairing the Business Services Committee, and participates on a number of nonprofit boards and organizations including Long Beach Rotary, California Council of Equality & Justice, Long Beach Community Foundation, LA Job Corps and the E=O2™ Foundation.
    Michelle Molina  
    Molina is managing partner of Millworks, which creates socially-responsible investment, development and property management, and is located in downtown Long Beach.  She serves on the Downtown Long Beach Associates, a nonprofit organization operating on behalf of the tenants and commercial and residential property owners of the Business Improvement District, as the chairwoman-elect. Molina is a founding member of the Historic Pine Association, and organizes and sponsors many North Pine charitable and arts projects.  In 2014, she helped create The Friends of Lincoln Park, a support and advocacy group for Downtown Long Beach’s largest public park.
    Robert (Bobby) Olvera, Jr.  
    Olvera is the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 and represents more than 20,000 part-time and full-time longshore workers who discharge cargo at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In his 25-year history with the ILWU, he has served on the executive board and as a caucus delegate on the local level. His career as an officer included terms as a chief dispatcher, business agent, and four years as vice-president, ultimately leading to his election as president in 2013. Bobby serves on the board of directors for the Miguel Contreras Advocacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting social and labor justice, and on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Labor Community Services. 
    Cyrus Parker-Jeannette 
    Parker-Jeannette is dean of the College of the Arts at California State University Long Beach. In that capacity, she oversees the largest arts program on the West Coast. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Long Beach, and Wooden Floor, an arts and social services non-profit for youth. She was the recipient of the 2006 New Leaders in Arts award from the Los Angeles Music Center.
    Paul Romero 
    Romero is the senior national sales director with the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, which he joined in 2005. Romero is responsible for bringing conventions, meetings and special events to the City of Long Beach. His geographic sales territory is the association rich market of Washington, D.C., where many national organizations are based.  Prior to joining the convention and visitors bureau, Paul was with Hilton Hotels, bringing with him nine years of hotel sales experience working at properties in Anaheim and Long Beach.
    Medical Marijuana Ordinance Discussed
    LONG BEACH — On Feb. 10, the Long Beach City Council hosted a study session to discuss the history, current status and proposed draft ordinance related to medical marijuana.
    On Oct. 16, 2014, the Planning Commission voted to forward its recommendations to the city council on adopting an ordinance to establish restrictions and prohibitions on the establishment and operation of medical marijuana businesses.
    The recommendations include:
    1) All locations would require a conditional use permit and development standards would be established for consideration of all CUP applications;
    2) Performance standards, which include a security plan;
    3) Location restrictions within certain zones;
    4) A cap of two locations per council district and no more than 18 locations citywide; and
    5) Consideration of “buffers” between dispensaries and schools.
    A citywide ban on medical marijuana dispensaries has been in effect since 2012, after a state appeals court ruled that the City’s previous ordinance was preempted by federal law.
    Buscaino Announces District 15 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Closures
    LOS ANGELES — On Feb. 6, Councilman Joe Buscaino announced that he has been working with the Los Angeles Police Department and the city attorney to close down illegal medical marijuana dispensaries in his district.
    Under Measure D there are 134 legal dispensaries in Los Angeles. The City Attorney’s Office has closed down more than 400 illegal dispensaries citywide.
    Garcetti’s Economic Development Agenda Moves Forward
    LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 11, Mayor Eric Garcetti signed his business tax cut plan into law and received the endorsement of the Los Angeles Business Council for his plan to increase Los Angeles’ minimum wage.
    Garcetti has made job creation and support for businesses a cornerstone of his back to basics agenda. Los Angeles’ business tax is the highest in the county, making the city more expensive and less attractive to do business in, while the current minimum wage leaves even full-time working people below the poverty line, which is a drag on the overall economic recovery.
    The business tax cut represents a 16 percent overall reduction within three years, saving Los Angeles businesses a total of $90 million. The cut takes the top tax rate from $5.07 per $1,000 in gross receipts to $4.75 in Fiscal Year 2016, $4.50 in Fiscal Year 2017 and to $4.25 in Fiscal Year 2018.
    Garcetti’s minimum wage plan would responsibly and gradually raise the wage to $13.25 through 2017. After that, the wage will rise responsibly and gradually each year, through 2017. After that, this common sense measure pegs the minimum wage to the

    California Labor Federation Gets New President
    SACRAMENTO – On Feb. 10, the Chief Officer of the California Labor Federation, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski announced the election of American Federation of State County and Municipal Local 3299 leader Kathryn Lybarger to president of the California Labor Federation.
    Lybarger succeeds Connie Leyva, who left her post with the Labor Federation following her election to the State Senate. Lybarger was elected by the Federation’s Executive Council this morning.
    A Lead Gardener at UC Berkeley, Lybarger was elected President of AFSCME Local 3299 in 2011, and re-elected in 2014. As Local 3299’s President, she’s grown the union’s membership by 45 percent, secured historic new contracts for the University of California’s 22,000 Service and Patient Care workers and helped lead the effort to secure additional state funds for higher education through 2012’s Proposition 30. She also serves as an international vice president for the 1.6 million-member AFSCME, and was elected to the California Labor Federation’s Executive Council in 2012.
    As president of the California Labor Federation, Lybarger will preside at meetings of the federation’s executive council and conventions and joins Pulaski on the leadership team. Lybarger will continue to serve as president of AFSCME 3299.
    POLAHS Student Named #ShareAwesome Contest Grand Prize Winner
    SAN PEDRO — Port of Los Angeles High School student Mika Verner, was awarded the grand prize for the #ShareAwesome contest.
    The #ShareAwesome contest is a social media challenge that urged students ages 13 to 17 to capture and share photos of awesome people, moments and decisions. #ShareAwesome is designed to spotlight and address important issues of online safety and digital citizenship in a fun, positive way while helping families create an open,
    The National Parents Teachers Association, a child advocacy association, awarded the prize. The contest was part of National PTA’s #ShareAwesome public awareness campaign, which launched in September 2014 and is supported by LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK), the industry leader in proactive identity theft protection.
    Verner was selected as the winner of the contest among hundreds of entrants from across the country for her photo captioned “My Sport is Sailing” and her finalist video. Verner was recognized, Feb. 10, at the Facebook headquarters during ConnectSafely’s Safer Internet Day celebration. He was honored with a $2,500 scholarship, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and technology for her school.
    Details: ShareAwesomeNow.org, PTA.org.

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Feb. 11, 2015

    Feb. 13
    Bixby Knolls Post Office to Close  
    The Bixby Knolls Post Office, at 4580 Atlantic Ave., will be closing on Feb. 13.
    The Post Office’s lease was up for renewal in mid-2013. The USPS opted not to sign a long term lease at that time and has been on a month-to-month lease ever since. It appears that the owner of the property has now asked the US Postal Service (USPS) to vacate the building.
    For the time being, retail customers, as well as customers with post office boxes, will be served out of the post office at 101 E. Market St. The postal carriers who are currently based out of the Bixby Knolls Post Office will relocate permanently to the Postal Service’s distribution facility on Long Beach Boulevard at 51st Street.
    The USPS, the agency is actively looking for a suitable location for a post office to replace the one that is closing. The facility is likely to be smaller than the existing Bixby Knolls Post Office because of the permanent relocation of the postal carriers to the Long Beach Boulevard facility.
    Feb. 14 
    Long Beach’s First-Ever Mothers’ Milk Donor Event
    “Share the Love” donor milk drive and celebration, an event to raise awareness of the need for donor breast milk will take place, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 14, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach. Milk reserves are critically low, with ever-increasing demands.
    Venue: Johnson Room in the Parr Health Enhancement at St. Mary Medical Center
    Location: 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach
    Feb. 14
    Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fairs
    Take advantage of a free income tax preparation and family resource fair, Feb. 14, at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
    Details: (866) 910-9559
    Venue: CSUDH
    Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson

    Feb. 16
    Wilmington Pipeline Maintenance Project
    Phillips 66 Pipeline is conduction a multiyear maintenance project to excavate pipelines and install test wires on the pipelines. These wires will allow Phillips 66 to monitor the conditions of the pipelines. These new test wire locations will supplement the existing test sites already on the pipelines.

    • Each location is expected to be completed in five to 10 working days.
    • Expect the work in Wilmington to last two months
      • There are five to six excavations shown near or on Figueroa in Wilmington; the remainder of the work will be in Lomita, Carson, Hawthorne and Torrance.
    • Scheduled to start at the south end of Figueroa at E Street and work north
    • Work is being done in commercial zoned areas
    • All work is permitted through the City of Los Angeles
    • Company safety plans are developed for each site prior to commencing work; these plans are developed in addition to the required excavation permit.

    Stakeholder considerations:

    • All work is conducted within the time limits listed
    • Where sidewalks are closed, alternate routes are provided and on-site personnel assist residents in crossing the street
    • Spanish-speaking representative onsite to answer any questions or concerns

    Wilmington Schedule:
    Week of          Location
    Feb. 16            Figueroa at L Street
    March 2           Figueroa at Interstate 110 northbound on ramp
    March 16         Figueroa at Pacific Coast Highway
    March 30         Figueroa at Lomita Boulevard

    Feb. 17
    Port Communities Oil Spill Preparedness Classes
    Take the Port Communities Oil Spill Preparedness classes, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 25, and March 4 and 11, at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
    Three weekend day for field trips also will take place at a to-be-announced time.
    Details: www.LAWaterkeeper.org
    Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center
    Location: 3601 S. Gaffey, San Pedro  

    Feb. 17
    Airport Noise Ordinance Study Session
    An airport noise ordinance study is scheduled, at 4 p.m. Feb. 17, at the Long Beach City Council chambers.
    The study session will provide information to the city council on the history and structure of the Airport Noise Ordinance. Long Beach is one of only a few select airports in the nation that is allowed to limit the flights and noise impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall
    Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Feb. 18
    Civic Center Outreach Meetings Scheduled Throughout Long Beach
    The City of Long Beach is hosting community meetings in each council district to inform the public, and solicit feedback, about the Long Beach Civic Center Project (Project).
    The Project is designed to redevelop the Civic Center into a vibrant mix of land uses, public open space and public/private development, with retail, hotel and residential elements designed to activate the area with quality development and more jobs. Revitalization of park space with a mix of recreational amenities, designed to complement the entire Project, will help to enhance connectivity with the surrounding area.
    The Civic Center has seismic deficiencies, and the project involves the financing, design, construction, operations and maintenance of a new City Hall and Main Library. A specific goal of the project is to ensure that the city’s cost to operate, occupy and maintain any new City Hall and Main Library is no greater than its current costs, adjusted with CPI increases. The project will also incorporate a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach.
    Join your neighbors and the larger community in helping to refine the proposed plan by sharing your voice at one of the following meetings:
    Feb. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King
    Council District 6

    Feb.  24, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
    Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
    Council District 7

    Feb. 26, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
    Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd
    Council District 2

    Feb. 28, 10 to 12p.m.
    Rogers Middle School, 365 Monrovia Ave.
    Council District 3

    March 7, 10 to 12p.m.
    Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
    Council District 1

    March 14, 10 to 12p.m.
    Houghton Park, 6301 Atlantic Ave.
    Council District 9

    The Long Beach City Council has selected the PlenaryEdgemoor Civic Partners team to develop the project.
    Details: (562) 570-3800; www.LBCivicCenter.com 

    Feb. 19
    Diabetes Screening, Lectures
    Participate in free diabetes-related screenings and lectures, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19, at the John Edward Parr Health Center on the St. Mary’s Medical Center campus in Long Beach.
    Screenings include blood pressure, glucose and body mass composition.
    Lectures include:
    –          Cardiologist Nik Kapoor, MD, speaking on “Diabetes and Heart Disease”;
    –          Sapna Singh Patel, MD, speaking on “Diabetes and Kidney Disease”; and
    –          Christine Young, RD, speaking on “The Importance of Nutrition and Exercise.”
    Details: (888) 4ST-MARY; www.stmarymedicalcenter.org
    Venue: St. Mary’s Medical Center
    Location: 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach
    Feb. 21
    Neighborhood Tree Planting, Clothing Drive
    Please join a team of neighbors, city staff and volunteers to plant trees, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Teachers Association of Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 570-6866
    Venue: Teachers Association of Long Beach
    Location: 4362 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Feb. 21
    Young Women’s Empowerment Conference
    Rep. Alan Lowenthal is presenting a Young Women’s Empowerment Conference for ninth- through 12th-grade students who live in the 47th Congressional District.
    The theme of the event is “Linking Learning to Life.” The breakout sessions offered are on education, careers, self-esteem, civic engagement and personal growth and well-being.
    Details: (562)436-3828; Helene.Ansel@mail.house.gov.
    Venue: CSULB Student Union Building
    Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
    Feb. 23
    Proposed Artificial Turf Soccer Field
    A regional community meeting is scheduled, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, at El Dorado West Community Center to discuss a proposed artificial turf soccer field installation at the El Dorado Park.
    Venue: El Dorado Park West Community Center
    Location: 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach
    Feb. 24
    Fourth District Candidate Forum

    The East Anaheim Business Alliance is hosting a candidate forum for the District 4 candidates, at 12 p.m. Feb. 24.
    Location:5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
    Feb. 26
    Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan
    A community workshop for the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    This is the last of three community workshops to share project information and gather input for streetscape improvements along Gaffey Street.
    Venue:The Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    Feb. 26
    State of the District
    District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino will host his State of the District address, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel in San Pedro.
    Tickets are $50 for San Pedro Chamber of Commerce members and $55 for non-members.
    Details: (310) 832-7272; mvasquez@sanpedrochamber.com
    Venue: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
    Location: 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro
    Feb. 28
    Community Day at White Point Preserve
    AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will host a community service day to remove tumbleweeds and invasive species, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 28, at the White Point Nature Preserve.
    Volunteers will be provided with training and tools, but should bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen.
    Details: (310)541-7613
    Venue: White Point Education Center
    Location: 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
    March 2
    FEMA’S Youth Preparedness Council
    FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.
    Any individual between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Applications must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m.
    Details: http://1.usa.gov/KReVZz
    March 23
    Call for Artists
    The San Pedro Chamber and the San Pedro ACE District Committee are seeking artists who wish to participate in the Public Art Program in the San Pedro ACE District, Spring 2015.
    The Chamber and ACE District Committee have selected five DOT Utility Boxes for custom painting by artists.
    Submissions are due March 23. Five submissions will be selected by the District Design Advisory Panel. Boxes will be painted the week of April 27.
    Details: (310)832-7272

    Honorary Mayor Guidelines Available Now
    If you ready to support a cause you believe in and become the next honorary mayor of San Pedro. Campaigning for San Pedro Honorary Mayor is an opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for local nonprofits, and to help support San Pedro Chamber sponsored events such as the Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade and the Taste of San Pedro.
    Details: Introduction Letter; Application and Guidelines  

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  • 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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    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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