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  • Just Transition to Green Jobs at POLAHS

    Photos by Robin Doyno

    About 45 people attended a meeting about “Just Transition” to green jobs, Aug. 19, at the Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro.

    The meeting, organized by South Bay 350.org included people from neighborhoods stretching from Palos Verdes to Long Beach and the beach
    cities to San Pedro.

    POLA students presented some of their signs in preparation for the Labor Day march where the Just Transition movement shall have a contingent marching.

    The 350.org presentation showed quite clearly that the technical prowess was available to greatly slow climate change if we can muster the political will.  The discussion of true clean energy that is affordable and offers good, green jobs to the energy sector was coupled with the dire health statistics of our Harbor area and South Bay children.

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  • Locals Vent about Homeless at Coastal SPNC Meeting

    Homeless encampment on Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro. Photo by Adam Adame

    No Solutions in Sight, Only Rumors

    By Ivan Adame, Contributing Writer

    Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council hosted a full house Aug. 25 at the Elks Lodge’s bungalow.

    The purpose of the meeting was to hear the public’s opinions regarding homelessness in San Pedro. For more than 90 minutes, about 25 members of the public from all over San Pedro spoke civilly about a variety of concerns, including public safety concerns, the public perception of homelessness and the behavior of advocates on both sides on social media.

    Several speakers brought printouts of exchanges on Facebook in order to call out specific people.

    But the most commonly brought up issue that evening were concerns that the proliferation of homeless people in San Pedro was due to them being transported by local charities.

    “If they want help, get back on that bus and go to Long Beach or go back to where you came from,” said one speaker. “We’re willing to take care of our own, but shouldn’t have to take the burden of neighboring communities.”

    “If you move them from San Pedro to somewhere else, that’s because their problem is not solved,” said another speaker. “If we move them, then it will be the next town and the next town and the next until someone can brainstorm what to do with them. But they are human beings. [They] could be anyone here, you know, tomorrow. I would implore people to think of that first, [then to find] a solution.”

    However, despite the popularity of this conspiracy theory during the meeting and in social media, there isn’t any substantial evidence to support claims that homeless people are being bussed to San Pedro.

    “I’m not aware of any [buses],” said Richard Hildebrandt, director of Christian Care at Mary Star of the Sea parish via phone at a later date.

    “If I were aware of any, I would be talking to those agencies that would do that. I can’t imagine them doing that. It’s wrong. [I think] these people who are saying that are making it up out of whole cloth.”

    The public comments were followed up by a Q-and-A from two former homeless people, along with Shari Weaver of Harbor Interfaith, and Sgt. Catherine Plows, who is in charge of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Division.

    Plows said that Harbor Division has two officers and a car dedicated to quality of life matters, establishing relationships with the local homeless.

    “The reason I say ‘establishing relationships’ as opposed to arresting homeless, is that we don’t really get anywhere [by arresting],” Plows said.

    Plows said that it comes down to a simple cycle: continually ticketing homeless people, knowing that it will lead to a warrant, an arrest and a weekend in jail only to be back on the streets to do it again. It is a waste of time and resources.

    “What’s the definition of insanity?” Plows asked rhetorically. “Doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same result…. My hope is with meetings like this… something will actually get done. “

    In her research, she has cited cities like Olympia, Wash. and Houston, which have built tiny villages.

    “These are all public-private partnerships that cost a lot of money,” Plows said. “It’s something to consider.”

    Concluding the meeting, neighborhood council President James Dimon said that this won’t be the last meeting of its kind and that he expects to build a larger forum with a larger crowd.

    “We’ve learned a lot from both sides,” he said. “The important experience is to understand what is really going on because [at first,] I was the ‘put ‘em on a bus and get them out of town’… I was the first to admit it. I got involved… I started to educate myself… as I’ve gone down this road, my opinion has changed. I tell you, we’re going to solve this problem. Working together with this community is the only way that works.”

     

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  • CBP Seizes More Than $8 Million Worth of Cocaine in Tires: RL NEWS Briefs Aug. 26, 2015

    CBP Seizes More Than $8 Million Worth of Cocaine in Tires

    SAN PEDRO — On Aug. 22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 424 pounds of cocaine at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex.

    The cocaine packages, with an estimated street value of $8.08 million were concealed in a shipment of tires from South America.

    CBP officers detected the drugs during an enforcement operation using non-intrusive inspection technology, which is like an x-ray that can detect anomalies in containers, such as unusual density or shapes.

    Officers identified an inconsistency within the images. When they opened the container they found three large bundles with 170 brick-sized packages of cocaine.

    Port’s New Sponsorship Policy to Broaden Outreach

    LONG BEACH — On Aug. 24, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to update the Harbor Department’s sponsorship policy.

    The Harbor Department provides sponsorship funds to local groups for community functions and events to help inform residents about the Port of Long Beach.

    Going forward, community groups will be asked to submit their sponsorship funding requests during two defined application periods each year. The first call for applications will be Sept. 1 through Oct. 2, 2015. The next call will be in March 2016.

    The scheduled twice-a-year call for sponsorships will give stakeholders a clear process to follow and help in their planning, and a way for the port to evaluate where its funding will have the greatest impact.

    Details: www.polb.com/sponsorship

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  • Community Meeting: RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS Aug. 25, 2015

    Aug. 26

    Community Meeting

    We will be having our monthly community meetings next week.
    The meeting will include a budget presentation.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26
    Venue: Orizaba Park., 1400 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach

    Aug. 26

    West Division Forum

    Join Cmdr. Smith at the West Division Leadership Forum. A Long Beach Police Department, gangs detective will give an overview on gangs. Spanish translation will be available.
    Time: 6 p.m. Aug. 26
    Cost: Free
    Details: (562) 570-3461; Jose.Vazquez@longbeach.gov
    Venue: Long Beach Police Department, West Division,1900 Atlantic Ave. 2nd floor

    Aug. 27

    Central SPNC Outreach Committee Meeting

    Join Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s Outreach Committee meeting.
    Time: 6 p.m. Aug. 27
    Details: www.centralsanpedro.org
    Venue: Happy Diner, 617 S. Centre St., San Pedro

    Aug. 27

    Social Entrepreneurial Pitch Lab

    August Pitch Lab features social entrepreneurial concepts and innovations! For this month’s event, we have the following expert panelists ready to provide our pitching innovators with quality feedback
    Time: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/PitchLabs
    Venue: WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway, 8th Floor, Long Beach

    Aug. 27

    Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission Meeting

    If you wish to address the commission, a “speaker’s card” may be obtained before the meeting; five minutes of time is granted, unless extended by the commission.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27
    Details: (562) 570-6892
    Venue: City Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

    Aug. 29

    The Growing Experience

    Come out to The Growing Experience Urban Farm to help with the installation of its Urban Food Forest Project.
    The Growing Experience Urban Farm will be teaming up with So Cal Contractors & Remodeling to install shade structures, tend to fruit trees and lay walkways for the Food Forest.
    Come prepared for the sun with sunscreen, a hat, close-toed shoes and water.
    Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29
    Venue: The Growing Experience Urban Farm, 750 Via Carmelitos, Long Beach
     
    Aug. 31

    North Division Commander’s Community Meeting

    Residents and business owners are invited to join Long Beach Police Department North Division Cmdr. Rudy Komisza for a community meeting.
    Topics of discussion will include:

    • Crime trends in your neighborhood
    • Learn how to stay safe and not become a victim of crime

    Arthur Cox from the City of Long Beach’s Graffiti Removal Program will be the special guest speaker.
    Time: 6 p.m. Aug. 31
    Details: (562) 570-9827
    Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
     
    Sept. 3

    Community Discussion on the Homeless

    As Los Angeles struggles with the epidemic of homelessness, Councilman Buscaino would like to bring the community together to discuss the issue, offer perspective and answer questions.
    Three accredited panel members will give information and offer their perspective on the issue.
    Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 3
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/HomelessForum
    Venue: Warner Grand Theater, 478 W. 6th. St. San Pedro

    Sept. 10

    Water, Power Rates Request Community Meetings

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing a five-year rate action that seeks modest water and power rate increases each year based on the following key principles: replacing aging water and power infrastructure; transforming water and power supplies; improving customer service; and keeping rates competitive. You are invited to the following community meeting to learn about the rate proposal and to get answers to your questions.
    Time: 6 p.m. Sept. 10
    Venue: Wilmington Senior Center, 1371 Eubank Ave., Wilmington
     
    Sept. 13

    Nutcracker Auditions

    The Peninsula School of Performing Arts will be hosting auditions for The Nutcracker to be performed at the Norris Theatre on Nov. 20, 21, 28 and 29.
    The performing arts school is looking for gingersnaps (children ages 5 to 7 years old) at 9 a.m., for mice soldiers and clowns (children 7 to 10 years old) at 10 a.m., party scene boys and girls, and angels (children 10 to 13 years old) at 11 a.m., and more advanced roles at 12 p.m.
    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 13
    Details: pspsdance@gmail.com, www.pspadance.com.
    Venue: 2325 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates
     

    Harbor Brass Quintet

    Harbor Brass is a California South bay Brass Quintet looking for help with rehearsal space and music.
    The Harbor Brass is a California  South bay Community Brass Quintet. The group is comprised of experienced members of several local wind ensembles and orchestras.
    Your support will help pay for music and rehearsal space for the next year.
    Details: www.facebook.com/HarborBrass

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  • Man Killed in Long Beach: RL NEWS Briefs Aug. 25

    Man Killed in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH — Officials identified a 23-year-old man, who was shot and killed Aug. 23 near Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue.
    Long Beach Police Department officers say the shooting may be gang related. Witnesses said Andra Berero arrived at liquor store, where an altercation took place between two groups of men. Berero had just gotten out of his vehicle when he was struck in the upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the local hospital.

    Anyone with information should call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

     

    Long Beach Reaches Agreement with Labor Union

    LONG BEACH — The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative agreement with its largest labor union – the International Association of Machinists.
    The tentative agreement provides a non-pensionable, one-time payment, equal to 3 percent of the employees’ base salary from the 12 previous months. It does not include any ongoing obligations.
    The Machinists membership is set to vote on the agreement Aug. 31. If approved, the agreement would go before the City Council for final approval on Sept. 1.
    The agreement extends the current contract for a one-year period, retroactively from Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015. It is the third amendment to the Machinists agreement, originally approved in October, 2007. The Machinists represent about 3,500 city employees who provide Long Beach residents with core city services, including trash collection, library services, water and gas utilities, public health services, and many more.
    The one-time cost of the agreement in fiscal year 2015 is $1.9 million in the general fund, which will be funded by the general fund surplus. impact to special funds, such as airport, harbor, water, gas & oil, etc. totals $3.8 million.
    For details about the city’s labor organizations, visit www.longbeach.gov/hr and click on “About Us.”

     

    Garcetti Signs Directive to End Traffic Deaths in LA

    LOS ANGELES — On Aug. 24, Mayor Eric Garcetti launched an initiative calling for city departments to pursue a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths by 2025.
    The program, called “Vision Zero,” is based on the fundamental principle that traffic deaths can be avoided through strategic, data-driven approaches to engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation and community engagement.  Adoption of the Vision Zero policy is a key facet of the Livable Neighborhoods focus of Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn.

    Mayor Garcetti signed the 10th executive directive of his administration, ordering multiple city departments to report back by Dec. 1, 2015 with specific recommendations for measures that would immediately reduce traffic-related deaths in Los Angeles by 20 percent by 2017. The directive also calls for the formation of a Vision Zero Task Force, as well as an Executive Steering Committee, led by city agencies in coordination with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which will work on proposals to eradicate deadly accidents on Los Angeles streets by 2025.
    Citywide, 44 percent of persons killed or severely injured in traffic collisions are walking or using a bicycle. Children and older adults are particularly vulnerable, making up 30 percent of all people killed or severely injured while walking or using a bicycle. Vision Zero will focus efforts on improving safety on street segments with the highest numbers of life-threatening collisions.
    Details: visionzero.lacity.org  

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  • Bottle Stabbing Suspect Arrested: RL NEWS Brief Aug. 24, 2015

    Bottle Stabbing Suspect Arrested

    LONG BEACH — On Aug. 19, Long Beach Police Department officers arrested 50-year-old Enrique Pina Carrillo of Long Beach in connection with the Aug. 18 murder of 21-year-old Junior Jimenez.

    Jimenez was struck with a bottle during brawl then stabbed multiple time with the broken bottle.

    The incident took place at about 9 p.m. on the 1100 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach.

    Jimenez was taken to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries and died.

    Detectives tracked Carrilo down and arrested him in the 800 block of E. Pacific Coast Highway at about 8:19 p.m. Aug. 19.
    Detectives are still investigating the motive that started the fight. The preliminary investigation leads detectives to believe Jimenez and Carrillo were associates. Carrillo is being held at the Long Beach Jail on $1 million bail.
    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org

     

    Officers Save Heart Attack Victim’s Life

    LOS ANGELES — On the afternoon of Aug.17, Sgt. Robin Petillo set in motion a successful effort to save the life of a man involved in a traffic collision after he was no longer breathing and his heartbeat was undetectable.

    Petillo was driving southbound on the 110 Freeway approaching the 405 Freeway when she encountered a five-car collision that had just occurred. Stopping to render aid, she noticed an unconscious male driver who was trapped in his vehicle. Immediately, she requested an ambulance and tried to pry open the door of the badly damaged car. Unable to open the door by herself, she was finally successful with the help of three unidentified people at the scene and was able to approach the injured driver still inside his car.

    Unfortunately, she determined he was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat; so she immediately administered chest compressions while waiting for help to arrive. In a short time, three additional officers arrived at the scene and were able to remove the man from his car. They also administered more chest compressions, along with rescue breaths, for about 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived.

    According to the American Heart Association, about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching a hospital.

    The driver was rushed to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was revived and underwent a successful emergency surgery, after which he was placed in an intensive care unit. Dr. Rohit Sharma, a physician involved in the surgery, believed the officers’ actions that day literally saved the victim’s life.

     

    Catholic Priest Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Woman

    LOS ANGELES – On Aug. 24, a Catholic priest was sentenced to six months in federal prison and six months under home confinement for touching a woman’s breast, inner thigh and groin on an overnight cross-country airplane flight.

    Marcelo De Jesumaria, 46, formerly of Lake Arrowhead and who currently resides in the high desert community of Valyermo, was sentenced this morning.

    De Jesumaria was found guilty in May by a federal jury of abusive sexual contact, a federal felony offense that carries a statutory maximum sentence of two years in prison.

    The evidence at trial showed that De Jesumaria was on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles on Aug. 17, 2014 when he moved to the last row of the aircraft after asking a flight attendant if he could “sit next to his wife.” De Jesumaria took the middle seat, between a male in the window seat and the victim in the aisle seat. The victim slept through much of the flight, but she was awakened when she felt De Jesumaria’s hand on the top of her left leg near her groin, and then she felt him wrap his arm around her body and grab her breast. For a period of time, De Jesumaria had a tight grip on the woman, but when the grip relaxed, she got up and went to the bathroom. The victim used a call button to summon a flight attendant and reported that De Jesumaria had been touching her inappropriately.

    The flight crew reseated De Jesumaria in the front of the plane in a seat between two male passengers, according to the testimony at trial. The captain of the airplane requested law enforcement meet the plane after it landed at Los Angeles International Airport. FBI agents subsequently interviewed De Jesumaria, who admitted that he enjoyed “cozy flights” with women.

    The victim spoke at today’s sentencing hearing and described the “fear, frustration and anxiety” that the crime has caused. She said she is reminded of the “ordeal” every day, in part because she must regularly travel on airplanes for her job.

    In papers filed in relation to the sentencing, prosecutors wrote that De Jesumaria’s “testimony at trial provided numerous bizarre explanations for his conduct and blamed the victim.” They wrote that De Jesumaria testified that he considered his touching of the victim was “consensual because she did not reject his touches and he interpreted her silence, because she was asleep, as ‘coyness.’”

    The case against De Jesumaria was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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