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New Bridge Opened in Long Beach

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project was finally completed on Oct. 5, the first day of a new and better-in-every way to...

Digital Media Policy Proposed for NCs

The Board of Neighborhood Councils, or BONC, introduced a draft media policy for all neighborhood councils at BONC’s Oct. 6 meeting. The...

Changes to Metro Bus Service Approved

Changes to a variety of Metro bus lines that run through San Pedro were unanimously approved at the Sept. 18 meeting of...

Artist Karena Massengill: Welding Ideas in Constant Motion

For Karena Massengill, do is the operative word. A professional artist who lives next to Sunken City in San Pedro is an...

More Than Meets the Eye

San Pedro resident releases photobook of leading African-American figures and reflective quotes about mothers What do you see when...

La Bocca Felice: The Happy Mouth to Replace Pappy’s Seafood

This past June, Greg Morena, restaurateur and owner of Pappy’s, announced he was selling the historic restaurant location for $2.5 million. At...

Carson News

Carson Still Split on New Districts

Come Nov. 3, Carson residents will have decided who will be their next mayor and representatives for districts 1 and 3. Whether...

New Carson Community Services Director

Lennox brings to the city public sector experience that includes 20 years with both large and small municipalities.

Lawsuit Aims to Stop Carson’s District-based Voting

On Aug. 17, the city of Carson was hit with a lawsuit to prevent the city from implementing district elections for the...

Long Beach News

Long Beach Appoints Independent Redistricting Commissioners

The Independent Redistricting Commission will begin participating in training meetings in December 2020, and the redistricting process will commence in 2021 following the release of the 2020 Census data.

George Floyd/BLM Protest

Pacific Unitarian Church Proclaims Black Lives Matter Despite Repeated Vandalism

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These acts of conscience and free speech have not gone unchallenged. Often the critique has come in the form of the retort that “All Lives Matter.” Indeed, our church’s guiding principle — a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people — seems to suggest that seemingly inclusive refrain

Culture

Arts Council for Long Beach Announces City of Long Beach Covid Relief Fund Partnership

Since May 2020, the Arts Council dedicated over $50,000 to a relief fund and the city’s allocation continues this much needed for artists and organizations of all genres.

Sunny War Plays Tune In During Time of COVID

Musicians and poets from across the United States, Canada and Latin America will hold court from  Oct. 28 through 31 at the...

Artist Karena Massengill: Welding Ideas in Constant Motion

For Karena Massengill, do is the operative word. A professional artist who lives next to Sunken City in San Pedro is an...

Getting Art(ists) Out Into the World While Everyone’s Staying Home

The timing couldn’t have been worse for Alyssandra Nighswonger. After several months of planning and curating an immersive art experience to coincide...

More Than Meets the Eye

San Pedro resident releases photobook of leading African-American figures and reflective quotes about mothers What do you see when...

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Labor Notes

Hundreds March on Bezos’ House to Demand Justice for Amazon Workers

Hundreds of protesters marched on Jeff Bezos’ Beverly Hills home on Oct. 4.  Speaking before the crowd and extensive media, labor organizer...

Gov. Newsom Signs Bills to Support Small Businesses Grappling with Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic, Bolster Economic Recovery

California small businesses are drivers of economic growth – creating two-thirds of new jobs and employing nearly half of all private sector employees.

POLA, And Other Groups Donate 75,000 Masks To United Farm Workers

United Farm Workers of America, represents farm workers and is actively advocating for the health and safety of all farm workers who continue to work outdoors amid the pandemic, wildfire smoke and extreme heat.

Labor Must Fight for a Public Works Program

Strikes and job actions throughout Los Angeles and nationally have pointed to an uptick in labor’s actions to regain concessions that have...

Port News

POLA Receives Port Infrastructure Grant

The project will significantly reduce delay, accidents and emissions at the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere and in state-designated “disadvantaged/low income communities.

Port of Long Beach Earns Awards at National Trade Conference

Two of the awards were for information technology projects.

Ships wait to unload at Port of Los Angeles as imports boom

Port workers are racing to process incoming containers and the arrival of 18 unscheduled ships in August and September made labor scheduling more complex.
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At Length

Biden v. Trump

COVID-19 Is the Winner and the fly is the star of the show It’s not even a prediction that...

Fog In the Media

Even the weather girl should know which way the wind blows Sitting, as I do most early mornings, drinking...

Hypocrisy on the White House Lawn

Shades of Nixon’s law and order while breaking and entering The Republican National Convulsion was mostly impossible to witness,...

Trump: A Clear and Present Danger

From listening to President Donald Trump’s hateful jeremiads against the US Postal Service, you’d think the constitutionally mandated function of the federal...

Norman Solomon

Why a Former Green Party Candidate Is on a Very Long Fast — Urging Progressives to Vote for Biden to Defeat Trump

Why the 30-day fast? The purpose, Glick says, is “to encourage Americans who are still unsure about the importance of voting, or unsure about the importance of voting to remove Trump from office, to consider seriously how critical it is for the world that Trump be defeated.”

The Man Who Would Be President: Mike Pence, Corporate Theocrat

The vice president, a former Indiana talk-show host who went on to become a six-term congressman and then governor, has described himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” But he remains at cross-purposes with the biblical admonition (Matthew 6:24) that “you ca

Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Could Defy “the Madness of Militarism” as Co-Chairs of the Democratic Convention’s Biggest Delegation

“For the past two weeks,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Sanders supporters have argued that his March 3 primary win in California meant a progressive like Khanna -- an early endorser of the Vermont senator and a national co-chair of his presidential campaign -- should be the face of the state’s delegation.”

California “Berning” for Ro Khanna to Chair its Delegation to DNC

By Norman Solomon The Democratic Party is at a crossroads in California, where Bernie Sanders defeated Joe Biden in...

David Bacon

FILM SET FOR A CHICANO NOIR

Photographs by David Baconhttps://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2020/08/film-set-for-chicano-noir.html As night falls in Fresno, shooting stills for a video is like being inside a...

SAN QUENTIN VIGIL SAYS INCARCERATION HAS BECOME A DEATH SENTENCE – PHOTOGRAPHS

On May 30th the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation transferred 121 prisoners from the California Institution for Men prison in Chino into San Quentin. At the time there were no known cases of the virus in San Quentin, while Chino was a recognized hot spot.

RENT STRIKE IN OAKLAND IN THE COVID TIMES – PHOTOESSAY

During the COVID-19 crisis the landlord is insisting on bringing investors to inspect the apartments despite the danger of contagion.

Workers’ Strikes Are an Important Part of Today’s Movement

There have been over 800 strikes since the COVID-19 crisis began, according to Payday Report, with many especially since the murder of George Floyd. Regardless of the exact number, it is clear that something new is developing among workers.
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Random Highlights

Western States Join Forces to Ensure Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Governors of Washington, Oregon and Nevada will identify public health experts to join California’s workgroup to guide the review of any vaccine approved by the FDA

Watchdog Agencies Release Initial Analysis of Skilled Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing homes have been the epicenter of the pandemic in LA County, with about 16,000 infections and 2,500 deaths among patients and staff.

Health Advisory: High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission at Gatherings and Public Celebrations

Additionally, recent contact tracing interviews over the course of 3 weeks showed that 55% of the people who knew of a possible exposure had attended an event or gathering where 2 or more people were sick.

Owner of Restaurant Chain Pleads guilty to Obstructing Investigation

From 2011 through 2014, Guzman paid some employees a flat rate of $320 per week, despite them working 12 hours a day, six days a week. This equals $4.44 per hour, when minimum wage was $8 per hour from 2011 to 2013, and $9 an hour starting in 2014.

POLA Receives Port Infrastructure Grant

The project will significantly reduce delay, accidents and emissions at the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere and in state-designated “disadvantaged/low income communities.

LA City Controller Releases Preliminary Financial Report

To address financial issues, Galperin suggests that the city focus on revenue and limit spending; rebuild the reserve fund; leverage city properties and special funds; and expand infrastructure programs to help negatively affected communities.

Hate Crimes Increase in LA County Over Past Two Years

Racially motivated offenses were the highest category, including 49% of reported hate crimes. African-Americans make up 9% of LA County residents but were the victims of 47% of racial hate crimes, and were overrepresented in hate crimes against transgender people and hate crimes over sexual orientation.

Long Beach Appoints Independent Redistricting Commissioners

The Independent Redistricting Commission will begin participating in training meetings in December 2020, and the redistricting process will commence in 2021 following the release of the 2020 Census data.

Expanded Personal Care Services and Family Entertainment Centers May Open Safely

The updated health order and protocols were issued Oct 23.

6th Annual Environmental Justice Virtual Conference

Who Should Attend: Environmental justice activists, community advocates and organizations, health professionals, academic researchers, government officials and the public.

Elections

LACoFD Responds To A Ballot Drop Box Fire In Baldwin Park

Supervisor Hahn has asked the L.A. County Registrar Recorder to ensure ballot boxes are emptied nightly from now until Election Day.

What’s on the Ballot?

Candidate Endorsements President and Vice President Joseph R. Biden (Dem) Kamala...

Make A Plan To Vote

Learn your safe voting options by making your voting plan today.

Gov. Newsom Selects Justice Martin Jenkins (Ret.) for California Supreme Court

Justice Jenkins would be the first openly gay California Supreme Court justice and only the third African American man ever to serve on the state’s highest court.

Health

Western States Join Forces to Ensure Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Governors of Washington, Oregon and Nevada will identify public health experts to join California’s workgroup to guide the review of any vaccine approved by the FDA

Watchdog Agencies Release Initial Analysis of Skilled Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing homes have been the epicenter of the pandemic in LA County, with about 16,000 infections and 2,500 deaths among patients and staff.

Health Advisory: High Risk of COVID-19 Transmission at Gatherings and Public Celebrations

Additionally, recent contact tracing interviews over the course of 3 weeks showed that 55% of the people who knew of a possible exposure had attended an event or gathering where 2 or more people were sick.

POLA Receives Port Infrastructure Grant

The project will significantly reduce delay, accidents and emissions at the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere and in state-designated “disadvantaged/low income communities.