James Preston Allen

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

Supporting Solutions, Not Neglect

Without more new jobs, will gentrification actually bring prosperity?

By James Preston Allen, Publisher For some 50 years, I have witnessed the comings and goings of

Success Looks More Like Avoiding Disaster

Information Fair on Bridge Home draws interest and speculation

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Clearly there was some tension in the air as people gathered at the San

Dear America— Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

By James Preston Allen, Publisher His flight from New York arrived late at LAX, delayed by the smoke from the fires in Malibu, but Jose Antonio Vargas finally arrived on 6th Street in San Pedro wit

Speculating on Gentrification

The unintended consequences

By James Preston Allen, Publisher I ran into Thom and Jerry at the bank recently — not the cartoon characters, both a local realtor and a

All the Flags at Half Staff

Framing the election, remembering the past

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Once again our nation’s flags were flown at half-staff, a custom signifying unti

A Time for Reform and Resistance

Janice Hahn, L.A. County Sheriff’s race and the 2018 election

By James Preston Allen, Publisher It was kind of curious that Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn delivered her second State of the

Neighbors without shelter in San Pedro. A crisis in America

America, Good or Great

This is my street and you’re sleeping on it!

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Some years ago, I was having a drink down at Ante’s bar on Palos Verdes Street in San


Two reports, more shouting and three truths

By James Preston Allen, Publisher Nothing gets done these days unless you have a study or a report. But if studies or report

McCain’s Funeral was a Ritual Salute to the One Not Invited

Resistance, reaction and reflection

By James Preston Allen, Publisher I was never a fan of Arizona’s Sen. John McCain. It is only belatedly that I’ve come to admire

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