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James Preston Allen is the founding publisher of Random Lengths News. He has been involved in the Los Angeles Harbor Area community for more than 40 years.

Mayor Unveils New Zero-Emission Equipment at POLA

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated California Clean Air Day, Oct. 2 at the Port of Los Angeles by unveiling state-of-the-art, zero-emission port yard equipment showcas

The Dick Watt Tour 2019

From Punk, The Sardine to Missingmen

By James Preston Allen, Publisher  On a hot Saturday morning in September, I watched Mike Watt and Todd Con

SPIFFest Southern California Premiere

Robert Scheer - Above the Fold: The Story of a Renegade Journalist

By James Preston Allen, Publisher If you’re old enough to remember the free speech movement at UC Berk

Exporting More Than Containers

Solidarity with Hong Kong and impeachment in Washington

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Here at the southern edge of California, where ships from all over the world conv

Tale of Two Realities

San Pedro on the verge of something

By James Preston Allen, Publisher From Long Beach’s rising Gerald Desmond bridge to the growing skyline of Los Angeles and out to the

KPFK-90.7 FM at 60: Milestones on the Path of Progressive Radio

Compiled by James Preston Allen, Publisher KPFK (90.7 FM) is a listener-sponsored radio station based in North Hollywood, which serves all of Southern California, and also streams 24 hours a day via the internet. It was the second of fi

Bukowski Bronze and Brass

Don’t sanitize Bukowski or San Pedro for tourist consumption

By James Preston Allen, Publisher At one point in the early 1990s, this newspaper hosted the famous Nati

Wages and Costs of a Hollywood Invasion

By James Preston Allen, Publisher For locals, a film shoot in San Pedro can also feel like a case of injustice. Often like a Hollywood studio invasion, complete with street closures and manned by location mana

Kakistocracy

When government is led by the worst and incompetent

By James Preston Allen, Publisher No, I didn’t invent the single word headline I’m using this week, and it isn’t

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