Random Lengths News is an alternative community newspaper serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbor Area.
We are committed to promoting an open dialogue on the important questions concerning our community. We invite and depend on community participation.
Random Lengths News addresses the community need for a newspaper that will fight for worker, consumer and citizen rights; that will alert to dangers in the community; that will report honestly on the problems in schools and workplaces; that will analyze the failures of government; and that will reveal the full extent of corporate control over lives.
The newspaper also speaks of past achievements and the progressive developments in the community.
It is the newspaper’s intention to promote direct community action and encourage non-exploitive artistic and cultural activity. The paper is committed to working against sex and age discrimination across all ethnic and racial boundaries.
Random Lengths News urges readers to discover their own political power by making changes in their own neighborhoods that are drawn together into a cohesive social movement.
The History of Our Name
Navigating by the stars of free speech and free press Random Lengths carries the cargo of words and ideas, of thought and reflections in random lengths and widths.
The metaphor of our name refers to the early days of the San Pedro Bay, when lumber schooners from the Pacific Northwest arrived frequently to offload their cargoes. The timbers they carried came rough cut in what was commonly termed “random lengths and widths,” a term that is still used in the lumber trade today. Random Lengths, comes from this heritage of the harbor and building communities.
In the worst of times a vigilant press is essential to the freedom of thought and expression in a free society. In the best of times, it is informative, entertaining and thought-provoking. Random Lengths provides news for all times.
Random Lengths Newspaper has been the independent, progressive newspaper of the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Harbor Area for 40 years. RLn publishes every other Thursday, reaching 63,000 readers in the seven cities that surround the Harbor Area; San Pedro, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Wilmington, Carson, Lomita, Harbor City. RLn is proud of the readership and support from the Harbor Area labor unions, who allow us exclusive distribution inside most of their union halls.
“A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it.” -Mark Twain