• RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dec. 18, 2014

    Dec. 19
    District 6 Food Distribution
    Bring your own bag and get free food, starting at 9 a.m. Dec. 19, at Earnest S. McBride Sr. Park in Long Beach.
    Details: (562) 570-6816
    Venue: Earnest S. McBride Sr. Park
    Location: 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Long Beach
     
    Dec. 20
    Low Cost Pet Clinic
    A low-cost pet clinic will be available, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 20, at Marine Stadium in Long Beach.
    Details: http://scvvc.com
    Venue: Marine Stadium
    Location: 5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach
     
    Dec. 20
    Buy a Tree, Help a Child
    Buy a tree with a Cause is at the Los Altos Family YMCA to buy your family Christmas tree through Dec. 20.
    All money raised through these tree sales will go towards providing financial assistance for children who would otherwise be unable to afford life changing Y programs such as camp, childcare and swimming lessons.
    Details: (562) 596-3394
    Venue: Los Altos Family YMCA
    Location: 1720 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach

    Dec. 21
    Holiday Beach Clean Up
    Be part of the last beach clean up of 2014, from 12 to 2 p.m. Dec. 21, at Junipero Beach in Long Beach.
    Enjoy some fresh air and get a little exercise while doing your part in helping the community rid our beaches and our waters of trash and debris.
    Details: (562)570-4876
    Venue: Junipero Beach
    Location: Junipero at Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach

    Dec. 22
    Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Meeting.
    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 22, at the Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices.
    The board will consider authorizing $3.75 million in spending, of which $1.6 million is budgeted in the Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices. Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Program, for Harbor Department Field Support and Operations Building and Harbor Plaza Facilities site work.
    Details:(562) 283-7070,
    Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices
    Location: 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

    Dec. 21
    Holiday Bike Donation
    Do you have a bike lying around that doesn’t get used? Donate it to the Mental Health America’s City Wide Holiday Bike Donation, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 21, at the El Dorado Park West Community Center in Long Beach.
    Bikes in good condition will be refurbished and offered to select individuals for whom it will make the greatest impact and other bikes will be dismantled for parts and re-purposed.
    Venue: El Dorado Park West Community Center
    Location: 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach
     
    Dec. 26
    Holiday Tree-Cycling
    There are several free tree drop-off locations, from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 9, in Long Beach.
    Wardlow Park
    Monlaco Road at Rutgers Avenue
    El Dorado Park
    2760 N. Studebaker Road
    South parking lot, behind administration building
    City Operations Center
    2929 E. Willow St.
    Click here to see the full map and for more information
    Also, if you have city refuse service, you can leave your tree out on the morning of Jan. 10, 2015 and it will be picked up.
                                                                    
    Jan. 1
    San Pedro Fish Market Scholarship
    Students from Mary Star High School, Banning High School, POLA High School and San Pedro High School can apply for the San Pedro Fish Market Scholarship.
    There will be four winners: $1000.00 to one student from each school.
    Post a video, preferably under 4 minutes, to YouTube (any YouTube page is fine) where you tell the viewers what you love about your community. Students must acknowledge in the first 10 seconds they are doing this to enter the San Pedro Fish Market Scholarship contest. The video must have two hashtags: #ilovesanpedro or #ilovewilmington or both, and one of the following;
    #POLAHS
    #MSHS
    #SPHS
    #BANNINGHS
    *Additional Rules: Videos must adhere to YouTube’s rules, regulations and
    code of conduct, including: No foul language, inappropriate behavior, or
    anything of like or the video will no be accepted.   Here’s a link for more
    information: https://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines

    Videos must be posted from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 to be eligible to win.
    The video with the most views from each high school will win the Scholarship.  Winners will be notified the first week of March.
    The San Pedro Fish Market wants people across the world to see how much the children of the community love their hometowns.
    Details: (310) 350-8793; www.SanPedroFish.com
     
    Jan. 7
    Become A Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Aquatic Nursery Volunteer
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is now recruiting Aquatic Nursery docents, “volunteer teachers” for a three-month commitment one day a week between 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Tuesday through Friday.
    Recruits should have an interest in marine research, raising public science literacy and a personal desire for continued learning. Join the Aquatic Nursery staff for training Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the front of the Aquatic Nursery laboratory. Prior knowledge about the ocean is not required. Basic procedures of the Aquatic Nursery programs and an information packet will be provided; then use your knowledge to interpret lab activities for visiting schoolchildren.
    Details: (310) 548-7562 ext. 204; kiersten.darrow@lacity.org.
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro
     
    New Support Drug, Alcohol Recovery Groups         
    Recovery Choices, teaching skills and offering support for people recovering from alcohol and drug problems, is hosting weekly support group meetings in Hermosa Beach and San Pedro.
    Recovery Choices helps group members get clean and sober, and maintain their recovery. A $5 minimum donation is suggested to defray meeting room costs.
    Recovery Choices meetings will be:
    ·  3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Hermosa Beach Recovery NOW, Inc. Group Room, 2200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 205A, Hermosa Beach
    ·  1 p.m. Wednesdays at San Pedro Recovery NOW, Inc., Office, 916 N. Western Ave., Suite 210, San Pedro
    Details: (310) 957-2099;www.RecoveryNowLA.com

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  • RL NEWS Briefs of the Week: Dec. 17, 2014

    Garcetti Announces Body Camera for LAPD
    LOS ANGELES — On Dec. 16, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he is putting into action a nation-leading body camera plan for Los Angeles Police Department by signing a contract to roll out more than 800 cameras in areas with high police activity and including funding in his next budget to deploy cameras for every officer on the street.
    Garcetti’s Police Commission President Steve Soboroff raised more than $1.5 million in private funds to jump start the camera program and LAPD has been conducting field tests. Satisfied with those tests, Mayor Garcetti and LAPD have decided to execute a contract that includes the purchase of over 800 Axon cameras to be deployed to patrol and specialized detail officers (including gangs and bikes) in the Newton (South L.A.) and Mission (San Fernando Valley) Areas, and to three specialized units in Central Area — the Safer Cities Initiative, Eastside Detail, and LA Live Detail. The privately raised $1.5 million will pay for those cameras.
    Mayor Garcetti will provide funding in his budget for FY 2015-16 to acquire the about 7,000 total cameras needed to ensure all officers on the street will be outfitted.

    Long Beach Cargo Edges Up Slightly
    LONG BEACH — The Port of Long Beach’s cargo volume saw 2.1 percent growth in November when compared to the same month in 2013, but the modest rise was enough to mark the busiest November since 2007.
    A total of 581,514 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were moved through the port in November. Imports were recorded at 293,984 TEUs, down 0.9 percent from this past year. Exports saw a 14.5 percent decrease to 129,960 TEUs. Empty containers surged to 157,570 TEUs, an increase of 30.2 percent.
    Cargo numbers were flat in October and November at the Port of Long Beach. Retailers had the majority of their goods shipped in early autumn to be prepared for the busy holiday shopping season currently underway.
    Two-thousand-thirteen, against which 2014 is being compared, was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.73 million TEUs. Through November, the port has seen a 1.7 percent increase in cargo.
    For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.

    Murder
    LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department is investigating a Dec.14, murder that took place at about 12:45 p.m., on the 1100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway.
    When police arrived they found a man struck by gunfire in the torso. He was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
    The preliminary investigation determined that the victim, 33-year-old Robert Lee Hollie of Long Beach, had been approached my two men in a dark colored vehicle, when one of the occupants opened fire striking the victim. The vehicle then fled westbound on Pacific Coast Highway.
    A motive for the shooting is unknown. However, the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related.
    Anyone with information regarding the incident should call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

    Richard Rocchi Appointed Deputy Police Chief
    LONG BEACH — On Dec. 12, Long Beach City Manager Pat West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Cmdr. Richard Rocchi, a 27-year Long Beach Police Department veteran, as deputy chief, effective Dec. 13.
    Rocchi’s most recent assignment has been commander of the West Division. He began his career as a police officer with the Long Beach Police Department in 1987. He has worked many diverse assignments, including patrol, field training officer, special enforcement section, SWAT, gang enforcement, community policing, Internal Affairs, Crimes Against Persons Section, and academy director. In addition, he has worked as an academy and department instructor and has served on a variety of committees and working groups.
    Rocchi grew up in Long Beach and is a graduate of Polytechnic High School. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Long Beach City College, a bachelors of science in occupational studies and a masters of public administration from California State University Long Beach. He is also a graduate of Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the 221st session of the FBI National Academy.
    Rocchi is a member and past president of the Long Beach Police Command Officers Association and the FBI National Academy Associates and he serves as a council member of Special Olympics of Southern California.

    Multi-Service Center Celebrates Grand Re-Opening
    LONG BEACH — On Dec. 11, the Multi-Service Center celebrated its grand re-opening of the renovated facility.
    A Port of Long Beach-owned property, the Multi-Service Center serves as the central hub for intake and assessment for the Long Beach Continuum of Care, a collaboration of service providers working together to end homelessness. The Multi-Service Center averages 26,000 client visits annually, making it the primary point of entry for persons seeking homeless services assistance in Long Beach.
    The redesigned floor plan includes an expanded medical clinic, classroom and interview rooms. An additional $150,000 in Long Beach’s one-time funds for technology upgrades completed the funding for the renovation.
    The Multi-Service Center facility houses staff from the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and 11 other public and private partner organizations that work together to promote self-sufficiency and rebuild the lives of those experiencing homelessness.
    The Multi-Service Center facilitates opportunities for homeless men, women, and children to achieve housing stability by actively engaging them in service planning and building on their strengths.

    Artists Boycott of UCSD
    LA JOLLA – On Dec. 15, members of the performing arts community called a boycott of all artistic engagements on the UCSD campus.
    While the student cooperative and nonprofit organization, the Che Café Collective, is waiting on a legal resolution to their lease and repair issues with the University of California San Diego, local, national, and international artists and performers continue to rally to show support to allow the Che Café to continue to operate in the same building and space it has for the past 35 years.
    To demonstrate just how far and wide-reaching the support/impact the Che Café is in the performing arts community, a letter is circulating asking for a concerted effort to boycott all artistic endeavors in any way associated with UCSD and demand that the administration:
    1. Stop all attacks on the Che Café and reverse its eviction efforts.
    2. Refrain from enforcing a lockout of the Che Café and refrain from using any form of violence, force, law enforcement, or other drastic and coercive tactics against members of the Che Café Collective and its supporters.
    3. Work alongside representatives of the student body to recognize the Che Café for the historical landmark and unique creative venue that it is.
    4. Restore funding to the Che Café and allow students and supporters to fulfill a dynamic and creative vision for the use of the space.
    While the Che Café is appealing an unfavorable unlawful detainer judgment that was issued in November, Che Café members and supporters are urging everyone to make phone calls or send emails to faculty and alumni, as well as to U.C.S.D. Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Vice Chancellor Juan Gonzales, and legal counsel Daniel Park’s office. Supporters are also urged to contact Gov. Jerry Brown, state legislators, UC system-wide President Janet Napolitano and the UC Board of Regents. Donations to the Save the Che Café campaign, for legal defense and to mitigate lost revenues can be made at: http://www.gofundme.com/b4hda8

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  • Tenelle Returns with New Look, New Single and New Vision

    By Melina Paris Music Columnist

    Two years have past since Random Lengths News profiled Carson’s homegrown popstar, Tenelle.

    Now she’s out with a sexier look, new music, and an even larger fan-base. And, all of it was organically grown.

    These days Tenelle’s new single, “Get Some,” by Grammy  nominated Meghan Trainor,  has received near 5,000 views in its first three weeks. The first song Meghan Trainor ( “All About That Bass” singer) wrote for Tenelle was “Flava,” which also did very well. “Get Some” has enjoyed the most requests on Honolulu’s FM station, KCCN 100. Tenelle now boasts 15,000 followers on the social media site Instagram.

    Just as beautiful as ever, since our last interview Tenelle has created a new look for herself. She has become a personal trainer and is looking svelte. When she is back home, not doing shows, she trains other people. The  former volleyball player’s regimen consists of lots of juicing, working out at the gym.

    She recently moved into her own place. She is happy and she is excited for the future. She wants to keep building this momentum.

    Faith and family are a major part of Tenelle that have remained the same. She says she would be a mess without them.

    “They are the two important F’s,” she said in all seriousness. (more…)

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  • RLn ANNOUNCEMENT, CALENDAR: Dec. 16, 2014

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Dec. 18
    Soil Remediation
    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners will host a public hearing to receive comments relative to a coastal development permit for soil remediation at berths 171 to 173, at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 18, at the Port of Los Angeles Board Room in San Pedro.
    Details: (310) 732-3850
    Venue: Port of Los Angeles Board Room
    Location: 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro

    ENTERTAINMENT
    Dec. 20
    Holiday Pops Spectacular
    The Golden State Pops Orchestra returns for its 11th season, starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
    Tickets range from $22 to $60.
    Details: (310) 833-4813; grandannex.org
    Venue: Grand Annex
    Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro

    COMMUNITY
    Dec. 18
    Tall Ships Offer Holiday Tours
    A pair of tall ships — Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, are offering walk tours and cannon battles, Dec. 18 through 27, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro.
    The ships are touring ports delivering K through 12 education programs to schools and service groups.
    Details: (800) 200-5239;www.historicalseaport.org
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: 1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro

    Dec. 20
    Breakfast and Visit with Santa
    The Torrance Community Services Department presents Breakfast and a Visit with Santa, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.
    Tickets are $20.
    Details: (310) 781-7150
    Venue: Torrance Cultural Arts Center
    Location: 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
     

    THEATER
    Dec. 18
    A Christmas Carol
    Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the holiday season with the Crachit family and Ebenezer Scrooge, Dec. 18 through 21, as Long Beach Playhouse brings A Christmas Carol, directed by Jeff Brown, to the main stage once again.
    Brown has added several personal touches to this production of A Christmas Carol, including a key character to the script: Charles Dickens.
    Details: (562)494-1014www.lbplayhouse.org
    Venue: Long Beach Playhouse
    Location: 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

    Dec. 20
    The Nutcracker
    Experience The Nutcracker, starting at 2 p.m. Dec. 20, at El Camino College in Torrance.
    The South Bay Ballet delivers a holiday confection of savvy ballet audiences.
    Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children younger than 12 years old.
    Details: www.centerforthearts.org
    Venue: El Camino College
    Location: 16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance

     
    ARTS
    Dec. 19
    Across Generations
    Experience Across Generations, a fine arts painting exhibit, through Dec. 19, at Parkhurst Galleries Inc. in San Pedro
    Details: (310) 547-3158; www.parkhurstgalleries.com
    Venue: Parkhurst Galleries
    Location: 439 W. 6th St., San Pedro
     
    Transformations
    The Museum of Latin American Art presents Transformations, through May 17.
    Transformations is an exhibition that visually depicts how everyday people deal with, and are transformed by, life altering challenges. Utilizing art from MOLAA’s collection, participants will select works that reflect their emotional state before and after their transformative experience. Five local community members will share inspiring stories ranging in topics from cancer to gang violence.
    Details: (562) 437-1689
    Venue: Museum of Latin American Art
    Location: 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach

     

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  • RLn COMMUNITY Calendar: Dec. 15, 2014

    Dec. 18
    Ports O’ Call Village Tour
    Get a tour of Ports O’ Call Village, from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20. A $3 donation is requested.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Battle Sail
    Go on a Battle Sail, from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 20, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. Cost ranges from $43 to $63.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Dec. 20
    Peace on Earth
    Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of crafts, activities, a raffle, cookies and light refreshments, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 at Peace Park in Long Beach.
    Venue: Peace Park
    Locations: 1411 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Dec. 20
    Winter in Willmore
    Snow, a jump house, Santa, elves, music food and vendors will be part of Winter in Wilmore, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 20, at Drake Park in Long Beach.
    Venue: Drake Park
    Locations: 951 Maine Ave., Long Beach

    Dec. 23
    Adventure Sail
    Go on a Adventure Sail, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 23, at Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. Cost is $43.
    Venue: Ports O’ Call Village
    Location: Berth 78, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 1
    First Tidepool Walk of the Year
    Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers as they share the winter wonders of the natural habitats, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 1.
    Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show, followed by a naturalist-led walk to see animals in their natural habitat at the nearby Point Fermin tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 2
    Explore The Shore
    Spend exploring the shore, from 12 to 2 p.m. Jan. 2, at Cabrillo Beach.
    This free activity will include guided interpretation of inner Cabrillo Beach, saltmarsh, outer wave-swept sandy beach and the Cabrillo Beach tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 3
    Tidepool Wonders
    Explore low tides on the rocky shore, Jan. 3 through 31, at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
    There are six dates to select from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and 31. Additionally, a presentation in Spanish will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4.
    Bring family and friends to the aquarium’s John M. Olguin Auditorium for an informative slide show with a CMA Education staff member, followed by a guided walk to the nearby Point Fermin Tidepools.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
     
    Jan. 7
    Join SEA Club
    Kindergarten through 2nd 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 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 7 through 28.
    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).Financial assistance is available. Pre-registration is required.
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
    Location: 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro

     

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  • Dustin’s Throw-Back Lunch Menu

    Harkening Back to the Days of Majestic Café
    By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor

    Relative newcomers to San Pedro probably can’t imagine eating beef stew, spaghetti and chili beans or a beef sandwich au jus at a place like J.Trani’s Ristorante—a place that features pan-Asian and Italian cuisine on the level of a five star restaurant. But that’s exactly what long-time fans of the restaurant can expect for lunch at the four generations-strong family-owned restaurant.

    Local fans of Chef Dustin Trani may have noticed that the rising young chef is spending more time at the family restaurant. Since the Beverly Hills restaurant, DOMA, celebrated its second anniversary this past year, Dustin has been able to put more energy into the family business and launch new initiatives to bolster the J.Trani’s lunch crowd.

    One of those initiatives was to go back — way back — to the restaurant’s 1925 beginnings, when it was called the Majestic Café on 7th Street, below Centre Street, and its basement was both a pool hall and a dispatch for longshoremen.

    “We have always had a lunch business that was kind of like there but inconsistent,” Dustin explained. “But we’re very fortunate to be packed for dinner every night. But that’s when we started to ask, “What can we do to boost our lunch?”

    The move is unapologetically nostalgic, giving San Pedrans who grew up during the 1960s and 70s a trip through memory lane in the form of beef stew with chili-beans and beef sandwiches with beef dip. (more…)

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  • Cynthia Galles: The Cornerstone of Found Theatre

    By John Farrell, Curtain Call Writer

    Cynthia Galles was a star: a Long Beach star.

    She graduated with honors as class valedictorian from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach. Later, she graduated with honors from the then-new University of California Irvine in theater. She was a dynamic presence in the arts community, which she helped develop throughout three decades.  Before she died of cancer nine years ago, she directed more than 100 plays and wrote nearly as many.

    Many of her accomplishments are real, but intangible. Forty years ago, Long Beach was still a cultural backwater. Now it includes eight theater companies, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (which was around before any else) and a thriving Long Beach Opera. Galles was part of and integral to that growth.

    But she also left a physical monument located at 6th and Long Beach Boulevard. That’s the home of the new Found Theatre, which was built in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency. The CRA put up the new shopping center that houses, amongst other tenants, Walmart.

    The Found Theatre was purpose-built, with fine seating, a high ceiling, a broad stage and plenty of room for theater productions. Galles died nearly a decade ago, but the Found, now under the artistic direction of her partner Virginia DeMoss is still very much in business, with plays, comedy acts and more in the space that Cynthia built. (more…)

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  • The View from the Park Overlooking the Port

    Harbor Department Issues Draft Public Access Investment Funding Policy

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    On one of my many trips to the old San Pedro Post Office recently, I stopped off at this town’s newly renovated Plaza Park. I had good reason to stop at one of this town’s oldest green spaces that overlooks the industrial Port of Los Angeles. My mission was to talk with a few of the homeless residents who had recently been unceremoniously evicted from the park and dispossessed of their belongings by some unknown city department.

    The accusation is that the city did not follow policy on dealing with these homeless people. The park is not posted with either “no camping” or “hours closed” signage. And the law clearly states that people must be given 72 hours notice before their belongings can be confiscated, even if it looks like a pile of junk.  One man’s treasure is another’s trash, I suppose.

    On Dec. 3, the Harbor Division of the Los Angeles Police Department hosted an outreach effort at the Bartlett Center to address the community’s concern over the number of homeless at the park and their treatment, as well as offer services from various agencies that serve the homeless.

    Harbor Division’s Capt. Gerald Woodyard attended the event and said point blank, “It’s not against the law to be homeless, but if we find them in violation of any other laws we’ll enforce them.” (more…)

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  • Study Underlines the Economic Power of Nonprofits

    Volunteers at Harbor Interfaith Services help to unload Thanksgiving donation baskets Nov. 25. The local nonprofit gave away 350 Thanksgiving meals for their annual Feed The Community Day.  Photo by David Johnson.

    Volunteers at Harbor Interfaith Services help to unload Thanksgiving donation baskets Nov. 25. The local nonprofit gave away 350 Thanksgiving meals for their annual Feed The Community Day. Photo by David Johnson.

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    For many people the term “nonprofit” canotes a beggar organization for the needy. That’s misleading according to a recent report.

    The Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership commissioned a study, The Power of Nonprofits: Engines of Growth, an economic impact report that builds upon the ground-breaking 2007 study, Nonprofits: Profitable Partners for Long Beach, which analyzed the economic impact of local nonprofit organizations on the local economy. The recent report focused on the economic impacts on Long Beach and surrounding communities.

    For example, the 7,500-member Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor, which is comprised of 202 paid positions and 600 volunteers, serve about 2,250 at-risk children a day. With this workforce, the organization provides quality services and programs in a safe environment.

    “In addition to the hundreds of jobs we provide in San Pedro and Wilmington, from entry level to executive, we offer comprehensive after school programming for only $25 for the entire school year,” said Kimberly Caballero, a spokeswoman for the organization. “This includes everything from afternoon supper and homework help to enrichment activities that help our kids develop their strengths and talents. We focus on helping our members plan for the future to be productive members of our community.” (more…)

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  • Long Beach Bids Jim McDonnell Farewell

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