• Board of Harbor Commissioners: RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS July 17, 2015

    July 27
    Board of Harbor Commissioners
    The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will discuss transferring an estimated at $17.74 million to the Tidelands Operating Fund in Fiscal Year 2016.
    The board of harbor commissioners also will consider approving an amended fee schedule for the Port of Long Beach Foreign Trade Zone 50.
    Time: 6 p.m. July 27
    Details: (562) 283-7070; www.polb.com/webcast
    Venue: Harbor Department Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach

    Aug. 1
    Native Garden Workday
    Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites the public to participate in its monthly Beach Clean-Up and Native Garden Workday.
    Volunteers learn about shoreline habitats and the coastal sage scrub native plant community, while discovering the benefits of protecting these environments.
    Time: 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 1
    Details: (310) 548-7562; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org
    Venue: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro.

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  • POLB Cargo Numbers Decrease in June: RL NEWS Briefs July 17, 2015

    POLB Cargo Numbers Decrease in June

    LONG BEACH — Container cargo volume dipped in June at the Port of Long Beach, decreasing 4.4 percent compared to the same month this past year.
    A total of 583,621 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) were moved through POLB in June. Imports were recorded at 297,189 TEUs, a 6 percent decrease. Exports decreased 8.4 percent to 128,223 TEUs. Empty containers rose 2.4 percent with 158,209 TEUs. With imports exceeding exports, empty containers are sent back overseas to be refilled with consumer goods.
    June 2014, the month against which June 2015 is being compared, was particularly busy, as shippers prepared for the expiration of the longshore labor contract.
    Through the first six months of 2015, Long Beach cargo numbers are essentially flat compared to the same period last year, up 0.1 percent overall.
    For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
    For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats.

    Garcetti, Army Corps Announce Milestone for LA River Restoration

    LOS ANGELES — On July 16, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton announced that the plan to restore the Los Angeles River the Civil Works Review Board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. was unanimously approved.

    The Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration project proposes restoration measures in and along an 11-mile stretch of the river to reestablish scarce riparian strand, freshwater marsh, and aquatic habitat, while maintaining existing levels of flood risk management. Habitat connections will be reestablished at major tributaries within the river’s historic floodplain, and to regional habitat zones of the Santa Monica, San Gabriel and Verdugo mountains. The plan will restore about 719 acres by widening the river in key areas by terracing and restructuring channel banks to support vegetation, creating side channels and off-channel marsh, daylighting small streams, and removing invasive vegetation. Associated recreation features include trails, vista points, educational amenities, and pedestrian bridges.
    Garcetti, accompanied by a project team comprised of long-standing river stakeholders from Los Angeles, traveled to Washington to express support for the project to the Civil Works Review Board. After presentations by South Pacific Division Comdr. Brig. Gen. Mark Toy, Colloton, and Garcetti, the board approved the project which will now be released for state and agency review. Upon review from the agencies, Army Corps Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick will evaluate the study and forward his recommendation to the assistant secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy for administrative review and transmittal to Congress, expected in early 2016. Congress must authorize the project in a Water Resources Development Act and appropriate funds in order for the Corps and the city to begin construction.

    Brown Appoints Eight to Los Angeles County Superior Court

    SACRAMENTO – On July 16, Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Julian C. Recana, Songhai D. Miguda-Armstead, Timothy P. Dillon, Ronald F. Frank, Lawrence P. Riff, Laura A. Seigle, Natalie P. Stone and Lisa K. Sepe-Wiesenfeld to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    Recana, 45, of Signal Hill, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract lawyer at Early, Maslach, Price and Baukol in 1999. Recana earned a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Recana is a Democrat.

    Frank, 57, of Manhattan Beach, has been a partner at Burke, Williams and Sorensen since 2008. He was a partner at Bannan, Frank and Terzian LLP from 1995 to 2008 and an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in 1989, at Adams, Duque and Hazeltine from 1983 to 1995 and at Geary, Stahl and Spencer in 1983. He earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Bucknell University. Frank fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. He is registered without party preference.

    Sepe-Wiesenfeld, 59, of Santa Monica, has been a managing lawyer at Farmers Insurance Group since 2015, where she has worked in several positions since 2008. Sepe-Wiesenfeld was national managing attorney at Coast National Insurance Company-Bristol West from 1997 to 2008 and a senior associate at Haight, Brown and Bonesteel from 1986 to 1997. She earned a juris doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Sepe-Wiesenfeld fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. She is a Democrat.

    Riff, 59, of Glendale, has been a partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP since 1997. He was a partner at Lane Powell PC from 1989 to 1997, where he was an associate from 1986 to 1989, and a trial attorney at the Southern Pacific Transportation Company from 1982 to 1985. Riff earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Riff is a Democrat.

    Seigle, 48, of Los Angeles, has been a partner at Irell and Manella LLP since 2001, where she was an associate from 1994 to 2000. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid O’Scannlain at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1993 to 1994. Seigle earned a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Seigle is a Democrat.

    Stone, 44, of Los Angeles, has served as an appellate judicial attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second District since 2010. She was an associate at Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP from 1999 to 2010. Stone served as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1998 to 1999. She earned a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University. Stone fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Brian M. Hoffstadt to the Court of Appeal. Stone is a Democrat.

    Miguda-Armstead, 39, of View Park-Windsor Hills, has been a supervising deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2008, where she has served in several positions since 2003. She earned a juris doctor degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nevada Reno. Miguda-Armstead fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. She is a Democrat.

    Dillon, 59, of Los Angeles, has been an attorney in private practice since 2000. He was a partner at Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria and Bentley from 1993 to 2000 and at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen and Shapiro LLP from 1988 to 1993. Dillon was an associate at Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel and Silbert from 1986 to 1988 and at Golenbock and Barell in New York City, NY from 1981 to 1986. He earned a juris doctor degree from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Dillon fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. He is registered without party preference.

    The compensation for each of these positions is $184,610


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  • BOE Will Accepts Cash Payments from Medical Marijuana Businesses : RL NEWS Briefs July 16, 2015

    BOE Will Accepts Cash Payments from Medical Marijuana Businesses

    LOS ANGELES — On July 15, the California State Board of Equalization decided to begin accepting tax liabilities in cash from medical marijuana distributors, whether they are legitimate or wishing to become legitimate.

    Medical marijuana business owners will simply secure seller’s permit from the Board of Equalization and submit a written request.

    The BOE will help medical marijuana businesses pay their tax liability by helping them register their fictitious name and accepting personal checks as payment for their tax liability. Sellers, and others with permits, can contact their nearest field office to make arrangements.

    There will be two events hosted in Los Angeles by Chairman Jerome Horton to promote compliance with this new decision: the Medical Cannabis Telephone Town Hall and a Medical Cannabis Business Seminar. The Medical Cannabis Telephone Town Hall will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. The event will provide a brief overview of state and federal requirements and links to government agencies frequently asked questions. The Medical Cannabis Business seminar will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 9. It will explain how to complete the registration with various government agencies.
    Details (888) 847-9652; www.boe.ca.gov/horton

    LB Mayor Garcia Marks One-Year Anniversary

    LONG BEACH — Mayor Robert Garcia celebrated his first year as mayor of Long Beach on July 15.

    During a press conference the mayor released several figures focusing on his accomplishments of the past year.

    Garcia pointed to the lowest unemployment rate since before the 2008 recession; a balanced budget; hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment, including new manufacturing, market rate residential units, and nationally known retail brands; the renaissance of downtown; an improved, more collaborative relationship with the Port of Long Beach; vigorous attention to public works issues like potholes and graffiti; the creation of 400 new preschool spots; more than $8 million invested in new park projects; a brand new city website; successful water conservation efforts; reduced homelessness; and 116 new city commissioners.

    Garcia touted increasing employment, the arrival of Virgin Galactic and Shimadzu at Douglas Park, the investment of more than $65 million at the Pike and the entry of Nike, the Gap, Forever 21 and H&M into that location. He also pointed to the increased volume at the port, which is approaching pre-recession levels; record tourist visits creating more than $300 million in economic activity; and Long Beach’s Innovation Team, which is funded by a $3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

    “When we needed a new home for our LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle program, we went looking for somewhere with a great pool of local talent and an excellent history of aerospace innovation,” said Steve Isakowitz, the president of Virgin Galactic. “Since moving in to our new facility in Douglas Park a few months ago, we’ve been incredibly pleased with the warm welcome we’ve received from the mayor’s office, from other community leaders, and from the local workforce. Our building is quickly filling up with talented and experienced workers who are happy to call Long Beach home.”

    Garcia also announced that the city had seen more than 5,600 new jobs and more than 2,200 new businesses open, as well as more than 2,500 residential units completed or under construction.

    He said that more than 400 new preschool slots have been created, with another 400 expected in the coming months. He also pointed to more than $5.5 million raised to support internships, a critical piece of the Long Beach College Promise. The city became a full partner in the Promise this past year and preschool was added to the work of the program.

    Garcia also pointed to a soon-to-be launched Open Data initiative, the appointment of 116 commissioners, and the creation of two new commissions and the new Technology and Innovation Department.

    Garcia announced that 301 previously homeless veterans had been provided permanent housing, and pointed to the 16 percent drop in water use, the new pedestrian beach path and the use of the Go Long Beach smart phone application.

    New Economic Development Progress for LB District 8

    Twelve “for sale” properties in District 8 that were owned by the city’s former Redevelopment Agency have received offers from prospective buyers that will be considered by the Long Beach Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency at its July 21 meeting.

    Among the pending transactions, Lab Holding LLC has made offers for all nine properties that are for sale in the 5500 block and the 5600-5700 block of Atlantic Avenue, known as the North Village.

    If these sales are approved by the Successor Agency, which consists of the nine council members, the transactions must then be approved by the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency and reviewed by the California Department of Finance before entering escrow.

    The properties on Atlantic Avenue include the current location of the Eighth District Field Office at 5641 Atlantic Avenue.  The Eighth District will be moving its field office to the Expo Arts Center at 4321 Atlantic Avenue in the coming months.

    A complete list of the Eighth District “for sale” properties includes:

    306 E. Home Street – This is a vacant parcel at Locust St. that is zoned for residential.  The prospective buyers are Cherry South, LLC and MYK Properties, LLC for $198,500.

    5365 and 5371 Long Beach Blvd. – These are empty storefronts in the Virginia Village commercial corridor.  The prospective buyers are Brett and Mary Walker for $225,000 for 5365 Long Beach Blvd. and $175,000 for 5371 Long Beach Blvd.

    5368-5372 Long Beach Blvd. – This property includes the commercial building and adjacent paseo in the Virginia Village commercial corridor.  The prospective buyer is Robert J. Younger dba The Younger Law Firm for $280,000.

    The Lab Holdings, LLC is proposing to purchase the following properties: 5564 Atlantic, 5616-5618 Atlantic, 5640-5648 Atlantic, 5641-5643 Atlantic, 5645 Atlantic, 5647-5649 Atlantic, 5661 Atlantic, 5701 Atlantic and 5708-5710 Atlantic.

    Upon completion of the sales, the escrow and closing fees, commission and administrative costs will be deducted.  The county will then distribute the net proceeds to the affected taxing agencies, with the City receiving approximately a 21 percent share.

    To view the entire agenda for the Successor Agency meeting, click here.

    Port of Los Angeles Container Volumes Slip in June

    SAN PEDRO — June 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 2 percent compared to the same period this past year.

    The port handled a total of 721,802 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June 2015. Current and historical data is available here.

    Imports decreased 3.65 percent, from 382,666 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June 2014 to 368,708 TEUs in June 2015. Exports declined 10.7 percent, from 160,823 TEUs in June 2014 to 143,549 TEUs in June 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports decreased 5.75 percent, from 543,489 TEUs in June 2014 to 512,257 TEUs in June 2015. Factoring in empties, which increased 8.6 percent, overall June 2015 volumes (721,802 TEUs) decreased 1.99 percent.

    For the first six months of 2015, overall volumes (3,903,521 TEUs) are down 3.67 percent compared to the same period in 2014.

    Data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

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  • Honda Lending Discrimination Case Settled: RL NEWS Briefs July 15, 2015

    Honda Lending Discrimination Case Settled
    TORRANCE  On July 14, the Department of Justice and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the settlement to resolve lending discrimination allegations against American Honda Finance.
    The allegations state that Honda, based in Torrance, engaged in discrimination against African American, Latino and Asian American borrowers in auto lending.
    Honda has agreed to change the way it prices its loans by limiting dealer markup to 125 basis points (or 1.25 percentage points) for loans of 60 months or less, and to 100 basis points (or 1 percentage point) for loans greater than 60 months. The settlement also provides $24 million in compensation for alleged victims of past discrimination.
    The coordinated investigations by the department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that preceded the settlement determined this system of subjective and unguided pricing discretion directly results in Honda’s qualified African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander borrowers paying more than qualified non-Hispanic white borrowers. The department and the bureau anticipate that Honda’s new caps on discretionary markups will substantially reduce or eliminate these disparities.
    Honda is known as an “indirect” auto lender because, rather than taking applications directly from consumers, the company makes most of its loans through car dealers nationwide who help their customers pay for their new or used car by submitting their loan application to Honda. Honda’s business practice, like most other major auto lenders, allows car dealers discretion to vary a loan’s interest rate from the price Honda initially sets based on the borrower’s objective credit-related factors. Dealers receive greater payments from Honda on loans that include a higher interest rate markup.
    The settlement resolves claims by the department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Honda discriminated by charging thousands of African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander borrowers higher interest rates than non-Hispanic white borrowers. The agencies claim that Honda charged borrowers higher interest rates because of their race or national origin and not because of the borrowers’ creditworthiness or other objective criteria related to borrower risk. The United States’ complaint alleges that the average African-American victim was obligated to pay more than $250 more during the term of the loan because of discrimination, the average Hispanic victim was obligated to pay more than $200 more during the term of the loan because of discrimination and the average Asian/Pacific Islander victim was obligated to pay more than $150 more during the term of the loan because of discrimination. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) prohibits such discrimination in all forms of lending, including auto lending. Honda resolved the bureau claims by entering into a public administrative settlement.
    In addition to the $24 million in payments for its past conduct, under the Justice Department consent order, Honda will also pay $1 million to fund a consumer financial education program focused on consumer auto finance that is designed to benefit African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander populations.
    The settlement also requires Honda to improve its monitoring and compliance systems. The settlement allows the lender to experiment with different approaches toward lessening discrimination and requires it to regularly report to the department and the bureau on the results of its efforts as well as discuss potential ways to improve results.
    The settlement provides for an administrator to locate victims and distribute payments of compensation at no cost to borrowers whom the department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau identify as victims of Honda’s discrimination. The department and the bureau will make a public announcement and post information on their websites once more details about the compensation process become available. Borrowers who are eligible for compensation from the settlement will be contacted by the administrator, and do not need to contact the department or the bureau at this time.
    The settlements in these matters provide for a total of at least $1.2 billion in monetary relief for impacted communities.

    Man Suspected of Killing Roommate Arrested
    LONG BEACH — On July 10, Norman Mathew Perdon was arrested in connection with the stabbing and murder of his former roommate Allen Estes, 38.
    The incident took place July 4. Long Beach Police Department officers found Estes at about 5:30 a.m. near Anaheim and Dawson Avenue. Estes had sustained several stabbing injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
    A tip helped police find Perdon. He was arrested at the 1400 block of Walnut Avenue. Charges have been filed against him and detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on July 14. He is being held at the Long Beach Jail where his bail has been set at $1.02 million.

    POLB Names Managing Director of Communications
    LONG BEACH — On July 14, former chief communications officer of Metro Los Angeles, Noelia Rodriguez, was selected by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners to be the new managing director of communications, government relations and marketing divisions.
    Rodriguez’s experience ranges from the White House and Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to Metro Los Angeles.
    As Metro’s chief communications officer, Rodriguez led 275 employees and managed a $50 million budget overseeing media relations, government relations, marketing, communications and community relations. She was also responsible for customer programs and services.
    She previously served as director of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard University, vice president of corporate communications at Univision, director of communications and press secretary to First Lady Laura Bush from 2001 to 2003 and deputy mayor under former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. In 2000, Riordan appointed Rodriguez to serve as president and CEO of LA 2000, the host committee for the Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles’ first political convention since President Kennedy’s nomination in 1960.
    Rodriguez’s expertise is expected to further enhance the Harbor Department’s award-winning advocacy and communications efforts.
    Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University Los Angeles. She also completed one year of studies in the social ecology program at University of California Irvine.

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  • Garcetti Appoints New Press Secretary: RL NEWS Briefs July 14, 2015

    Garcetti Appoints New Press Secretary

    LOS ANGELES — On July 14, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Connie Llanos as press secretary for his administration.

    Llanos serves as communications director and strategic advisor to Councilman Curren D. Price Jr. She began her career as a journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News where she covered mainly development, politics, and education. Llanos has also previously served in Congressman Tony Cardenas’ and Councilman Felipe Fuentes’ offices, and as a key advisor on several political campaigns.

    Now, she will be the primary liaison between the media and Mayor Garcetti. Llanos will assume her new position on July 22, 2015.


    Compton Community College District Establishes Partnership with Molina Medical

    COMPTON — On July 8, the Board of Trustees for Compton Community College District approved a memorandum of understanding with Molina Medical Management Inc. to establish of a health care clinic on Compton Community College District premises.

    The proposed clinic will be in space provided by Compton Community College and established and run by Molina Medical. It will provide services to Compton Community College students. The campus is located at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221.


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  • Eighth District Youth Summit: RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS July 14, 2015

    July 18
    Eighth District Youth Summit
    Youths, ages 13 and up, and their parents and/or guardians to participate in “PD & Me,” a Youth Summit, featuring the “Why’d You Stop Me?” program. As some of the content may not be appropriate for all minors, written permission (click link to access form) from a parent or guardian is required for all attendees under 18. Adult family members are also encouraged to attend.
    The purpose of the summit is to bring teens together to promote stronger relationships with local law enforcement.
    Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18
    Details: (562) 570-6685.
    Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
    July 18
    Green Terminal Island Plan
    The public is invited to attend the next community workshop for the Green Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan and provide input on concepts to transform the freeway into an eco-friendly corridor that better serves the community.
    The event will build on earlier outreach efforts, focusing on the community’s vision for converting the Terminal Island Freeway into a local-serving road with an associated greenbelt.
    Time: 10 a.m. July 18
    Details: (562) 570-5972; www.lbds.info/green_ti.
    Venue: Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach
    July 18
    Remove the Felony
    Change your life and take action. Participant will get free help filling out the reclassification application.
    Thanks to a new law called Proposition 47, you may be able to get non-violent felonies reclassified to misdemeanors. Qualifying felonies are:

    • Simple drug possession
    • shoplifting under $950
    • Petty theft under $950
    • Forgery or insufficient funds under $950
    • Receiving stolen property under $950

    To obtain your record: Visit any criminal court in every county where you have a conviction. Ask the clerk’s office for the complete print-out of your criminal docket. (Free in Long Beach, while you wait) or visit any local Live Scan office to obtain Rap sheet; $35-$60 (2-4 weeks)
    Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 18
    Details: www.MyProp47.com
    Venue: Centro Cha Inc.Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave, 2nd Floor, Long Beach
    July 21
    Long Beach City Council Meeting
    The Long Beach City Council will consider the preparation of an ordinance that would comply with state law to expedite the permitting process related to the installation of certain solar energy systems.
    The city council also will consider an ordinance that would lessen the amount of gas meter testing to save money for the city.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. July 21
    Details: http://longbeach.legistar.com
    Venue: Long Beach City Hall

    July 21
    Show Your Metamorphic Art
    How have you as an artist adapted to changes in your environment, your world? How have you interpreted changes in our ever evolving city, our ever changing world? How has our greater, shared metamorphosis influenced your art and/or how does your art represent adaptive change? WE Show III wants to know.
    WE Labs and the Arts Council for Long Beach are partnering on an exhibition series just for Long Beach artists.  Submission is open to all artists who are signed up on the Arts Council for Long Beach, Arts and Cultural Registry.
    The Arts and Culture Registry is a free service designed to be a comprehensive and inclusive list of artists and arts organizations serving Long Beach.Shows will exhibit on a quarterly basis and will be featured through regular We Labs Art Tours.
    Work Media: Most 2D media; limited space available for 3D work.
    Work Size: 6’X6’, 80 LB. max.
    Entry Requirements:
    ·                     Artist’s information on the Arts Council for Long Beach, Arts and Cultural Registry must be current and complete.

    ·                     Digital images (JPEG) of up to three works may be submitted either by email (using We Transfer) to iph@welabs.us or on CD/DVD, mailed or delivered to: WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway, 8th Floor, Long Beach, CA 90802

    ·                     Artist resume or biography & exhibition record, if any.
    ·                     Artist Statement (please address metamorphosis and/or adaptive change)

    ·                     Sales price (if applicable)

    Time: 12 p.m. July 21
    Venue: WE Labs, 235 E. Broadway, 8th Floor, Long Beach
    July 28
    Back-to-Back Community District 4 Meetings
    Long Beach District 4 is hosting a community meeting at 6:30 July 28 at Los Altos Public Library and July 29 at Orizaba Park.
    Time: 6:30 p.m. July 28 and 29
    Venues: Los Altos Public Library, 5614 Britton Drive, Long Beach
    Orizaba Park, 1400 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach
    July 29
    POLA Releases Zero Emissions Plan
    The Port of Los Angeles will host a workshop at Banning’s Landing Community Center where people will be able to give input and comments an issued draft white paper on zero emission technology that details the port’s testing of zero emissions technology to date.
    The paper also details its proposed near-term plan for encouraging zero emission technology use in maritime goods movement, particularly as it relates to drayage trucks and yard tractors. By 2020, the port plans to facilitate testing and development of up to 200 zero emission vehicles.
    The draft white paper outlines next steps regarding current and planned zero emission demonstration projects. It also includes recommendations for zero emission-related infrastructure planning, as well as strategies for pursuing local, state and federal funding for near-term zero emission equipment testing and for long-term capital investments and operations.
    People may also submit comments to ZEwhitepaper@portla.org until 5 p.m. Aug. 7
    Time: 3 p.m. July 29
    Details: www.portoflosangeles.org
    Venue: Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water St., Wilmington
    Aug. 1
    Schemes, Scams and Rip-Offs
    Participate in a fraud prevention forum for seniors. Learn how to stop and fight fraud and identity theft. Coffee and pastries will be served.
    Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1
    Details: (562) 570-6685
    Venue: Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

    Aug. 1
    Emergency Preparedness Workshop
    Learn to map your neighborhood at an emergency preparedness workshop.
    This free workshop will:

    • Describe specific Harbor Area hazards such as the Palos Verdes and San Andreas Earthquake Faults, Tsunamis, Hazmat, Landslides, etc..
    • Teach the basics of personal and family preparedness.
    • Present the Map Your Neighborhood 9 Step Program. The program teaches communities how to work together and be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours following a disaster.
    • Provide attendees with information and materials needed to organize a MYN program in their neighborhood.

    Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/mapyourneighborhood
    Venue: Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 1300 W. 7th St., San Pedro


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  • McDonnell Relieves Jail Personnel of Duty: RL NEWS Briefs July 13, 2015

    McDonnell Relieves Jail Personnel of Duty, Launches Internal Investigation
    LOS ANGELES — On July 10, two lieutenants, one sergeant, one senior deputy, four deputies and two custody assistants with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were relieved of duty and a number of others were reassigned to other duties pending further investigation.
    The alleged incident began when the involved inmate was booked in at the Inmate Reception Center on June 19. Allegations included the inmate not being provided food and being handcuffed for a lengthy period of time following a force incident during which the inmate reportedly assaulted a female deputy. The inmate ate upon entry to the jail, but was allegedly restrained for about 32 hours; during that time he received medical attention and a cup of water.
    On June 27, the inmate filed a complaint and an investigation began. The complaint was brought to the attention of Sheriff Jim McDonnell on July 9. A decision regarding personnel actions was made within 24 hours.
    The Sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau have been asked to investigate the entire matter. The Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation were also notified.
    Notification was sent to all custody personnel assigned to Inmate Reception Center reminding them of protocols regarding restraint, checks and feeding of inmates and additional training has been ordered. Further corrective action is pending.

    Another Murder in Long Beach
    LONG BEACH — On July 10, 42-year-old Tomas Palmas of Long Beach died after being shot on the prior night.
    Long Beach Police Department officers found Palmas at about 10:36 p.m. July 9, at the 1700 block of Cerritos Avenue, while responding to reports of a shooting. Palmas had been struck. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Palmas to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition.
    He died at about 7:12 p.m. July 10.
    The motive for this shooting is still unclear and no suspect is in custody at this time. The investigation remains ongoing.
    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

    Crime Increases in Long Beach
    LONG BEACH — Within the past few months, overall crime has increased 5.3 percent when compared to the 5 year average through May 31, 2015 in Long Beach.
    Ninety-nine gang court order arrests have been made so far this year, while 167 Gang Court Order arrests were made in 2014.
    With the support of City Council, $350,000 in non-recurring funding is currently being used to target residential property crime, allowing the Long Beach Police Department to bolster efforts towards investigating and preventing burglaries. As of the end of May, the city has experienced 212 fewer residential burglaries for 2015, in comparison to May of last year, which is a 21.9 percent decrease.
    Here’s a comparison of some categories of crime through May 2015, and compared to the five-year average:
    • Murder, down 27 percent; down 47 percent avg.
    • Aggravated assault, up 33 percent; up 12 percent avg.
    • Garage burglary, down 3 percent; down 9 percent avg.
    • Auto burglary, up 5 percent; down 5 percent avg.
    • Grand Theft Auto, up 6 percent; up 4 percent avg.
    • Petty theft greater than $50, up 72 percent; up 8 percent avg.

    International Flights Study Gets OK to Move Forward
    LONG BEACH — On July 7, the Long Beach City Council, voted 6-3, councilmen Al Austin, Darryl Supernaw and Roberto Uranga opposed, to move forward with conducting a feasibility study at the Long Beach Airport to allow international flights.
    The action follows a request from JetBlue Airways in February for Long Beach to apply to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, for a User Fee Airport designation to establish a Customs facility, which would allow international flights.
    About two dozen residents testified before the city council and a packed council chambers in opposition to moving forward with this request, citing a number of reasons, including the potential threat to the Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance, which limits the number of flights at Long Beach Airport, as well as financial and security risks to the City, with minimal or no anticipated economic gain.
    Airport Director Bryant Francis outlined six components that would be included in the feasibility study:
    1) Terminal enhancement facility definition
    2) Facility planning and design
    3) Project cost estimates
    4) Facility demand and traffic forecasts
    5) Financial pro forma and funding plan
    6) Feasibility report, which includes a compilation of steps 1-5
    Councilmember Austin also obtained assurances that the feasibility study would include additional elements, including:
    1) A forecast of additional General Aviation flights, including corporate and personal jets, that would utilize the Federal Inspection Service facility;
    2) A Risk Assessment of potential threats to the airport noise control ordinance and a plan to mitigate impacted neighborhoods and schools from environmental and health impacts should the airport noise control ordinance become invalidated;
    3) An assessment of potential security risks created by the addition of international flights.
    The motion that was approved also required at least two community meetings as part of the feasibility study process.
    The airport director indicated that the study is expected to be completed in six to seven months, at which time, the report will come back to the council for another vote on whether to proceed.

    Lola’s Mexican Cuisine to Open New Location in North LB
    Lola’s Mexican Cuisine announced that it will be opening its second location this fall in Bixby Knolls. Lola’s will be located at 4140 Atlantic Avenue, the current location of Le-Yen Chinese Family Restaurant.
    Lola’s has been operating its first location on 4th Street in Long Beach since May of 2008.

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  • Second-Class Citizenship Continues, But Today, I Celebrate

    By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

    The June 26 Supreme Court ruling that made it legal for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states was a major step forward in the fight for equality.

    I was ecstatic, elated and everything else that comes with this major victory. This euphoria borne from this victory stems from the pride of being an active participant in this long struggle. My name won’t be in history books, but I know that my voting, marching, protesting, blogging, reporting and supervising other reporters on the issue made a difference.

    Why does this ruling matter? California achieved marriage equality two years ago. The ruling matters because beyond the continued presence of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, there’s the civil right to be equally protected under the law. To me, marriage equality has less to do with love or being gay or bisexual. It’s about civil rights. It’s the same response singer Hozier gave in an interview about his song, “Take Me to Church.” If a group of people contribute to the well-being of a free society they should have equal rights. It’s that simple.

    People within the LGBT community still have a long list of battles that need to be fought. Transgender people are still not being treated fairly and the lives of people of color continue to be treated as if they are without value. Some people believe that marriage equality was simply a struggle championed by and for white gay men. I disagree. The victory for equality and civil rights will pave the way for future victories. It won’t be overnight and it won’t be easy. It took generations to end slavery and segregation, voting rights are still not secure and social discrimination continues to exist. But today we must celebrate because we are one step closer to full equality.

    As a Latino with intersecting identities, I understand that the fight for civil rights has not ended. Tomorrow, another ignorant person (and “ignorance,” we must remember, is not an insult. It is just a lack of knowledge) will ask me: “What’s your nationality?” — A question that most non-people of color rarely get. There will be another who will, because of the color of my skin, assume I’m the valet, the car wash attendant or a part of a cleaning crew.

    But today, I celebrate a milestone in the struggle for civil rights, even as I continue to socially be considered a second-class, hyphenated citizen.

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  • PADRE: The New Long Beach Restaurant That Will Blow The Rest Out of the Water

    By Gina Ruccione, Cuisine and Restaurant Writer

    Well, that’s it. I’m no longer single. I just fell in love with a restaurant. I know that’s so unlike me. I don’t typically swoon at the promise of being swept off of my feet. But something happened the other night. Padre has essentially changed all of that. So, here’s the deal — Long Beach, brace yourself. It’s about to get real serious in the food and beverage industry. I’ve been ranting for months that I am often underwhelmed by restaurants in general.

    When I walk into a restaurant, I don’t want to order anything safe. I want to take a bite out of something and be transported to another place. Padre, the new Latin gastropub in downtown Long Beach, exceeded my expectations in every way. (more…)

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  • Not Too Proud to Fight

    By Viktor T. Kerney, Guest Columnist

    On June 26, the Supreme Court delivered a historic ruling for Marriage Equality. Same-sex couples now have the freedom to marry in all 50 states. All of the hard work and dedication finally paid off.

    But not everyone felt joyous and liberated. Many queer people of color saw the marriage win as a hollow victory. Placing marriage at the forefront belittled issues pertaining to queer communities of color.

    Of course we are grateful we can marry the ones we love, but how can we truly celebrate when our lives, our experiences are disregarded and disparaged? For many queer people of color, this wasn’t the victory that would change things forever. In fact, many didn’t feel that the fight for marriage equality really included us.

    When you looked at the articles, magazine covers or TV interviews, all you would see is white male faces. You would hear their point of view, their experiences and their struggles. All through the marriage battle, it was clear that white gay males were the brand of the movement. Suddenly, other matters like the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, transgender issues and LGBT youth, got pushed aside. We heard that once the fight for marriage equality was done, the focus would shift on these matters. However, the question is, will the same amount of energy and vigor be there for these battles?

    To be honest with you, I’m not sure. I’m not sure the overall LGBTQ movement understands that this victory was only round one and that the struggle doesn’t end with the freedom to marry. This is just the beginning of an ongoing fight. The overall LGBTQ community has to open its eyes and see what’s going on within. I need for them to see that in 32 states we can still be fired for being gay. Or, how our transgender sisters are being killed in horrific ways and then, misgendered by the media. How more and more LGBTQ youth are rapidly becoming homeless and forced into a life of crime or prostitution just to stay alive. How racism is destroying the very foundation of our community, the deportation of undocumented LGBTQ people, the record numbers of deaths from the police and how black lives are completely disdained in America.

    As a black gay man, it is hard to celebrate our marriage victory, knowing these problems are haunting us every single day. The same streets my gay brothers and sisters are cheering on, are the same streets filled with the blood of my black brothers and my black transgender sisters. As people plan to marry their partners, there are undocumented people being torn apart from their love ones and families. We stood together during this fight for marriage equality, now we need to stand, side by side, to continue the battle.

    As I stated earlier, the marriage victory was just the first round. The fight for job projections, transgender rights and basic human rights is on the docket. If we are going to call this the new civil rights movement, then we all have to be involved. It’s not just a transgender battle, or a people-of-color battle… It’s our battle. So please, don’t think it’s over. We’re just getting started.

    All hands on deck.

    Kerney enjoys writing and discussing LGBTQ issues, pop culture, and social justice. His work has been featured in Bilerico Project, Buzzfeed and Moviepilot.


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