• Not All Information is Equal

    • 03/21/2019
    • James Preston Allen
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    Crisis in the Age of Automation

    By James Preston Allen, Publisher

    There seems to be a very good argument going around these days that says, “You can’t stop the advancement of new technology.” The history of civilization seems to bear this out. The examples are too many to list from the beginning of the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, on down to what is now called the “information age.” Along the way, mankind’s intelligence and perhaps creative mistakes, as well as trial and error, have created some of the most useful solutions to our common problems. But this intelligence is not infallible. Think penicillin and gunpowder, stone tools and nuclear weapons.

    Clearly, the lessons of 20th century warfare should inform us that not all inventions are used with the best of intentions nor the most beneficial results for mankind. Chlorine and mustard gases were the scientific inventions of World War I. Only in the aftermath of horrendous battlefield deaths did the world condemn and outlaw chemical warfare — after the war was over. Even so, they are still used today by certain tyrannical regimes to suppress political uprisings in countries like Syria and Iraq. Not all inventions are inherently good.

    Over the centuries, communication devices have seen some of the most dramatic innovations that hold a power all their own — the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux, in southern France, still hold as much creative power today as they did 17,000 years ago, yet they don’t have the instantaneous viral impact of the YouTube video of a mass murder at a mosque in Christ Church, New Zealand. Certainly, the inventors of the smart phone and social media never imagined the current uses and abuses that would come from these.

    So from pictographs to the printing press, the telegraph and the telephone, radio and TV, the internet has consolidated it all and supposedly “democratized ” the information. There have been both good and bad results from this.  The defenders of  “you can’t stop it” will say that you have to take the good with the bad and let society or government sort it out afterwards. Now some are suggesting protocols on just what should be censored in this democratized media world. In some countries, like China and Iran, the internet is highly censored and monitored, not by the social media companies, but by the government to suppress dissent.

    The biotech scientists who are researching DNA editing don’t think all innovations are good and are regularly meeting to set up international standards, protocols and limitations on genome engineering prior to allowing the spread of this innovation. Not so with artificial intelligence and 5G automation technologies heading our way.

    Calamity was created recently when a video of New Zealand’s mass shooting went viral. All the protocols that Google had in place couldn’t stop the spread of this violent hate-filled communication.

    Unlike most traditional media the new tech digital companies allow content to be posted “without prior review.”  This is the laissez faire ethos of the Silicon Valley technology class that promised to “democratize” information. They later found that not all information is equal, trustworthy or beneficial. Some of these “platforms” have about as much credibility as rumor and gossip at a barbershop. The investigations into Russian interference in the most recent U.S. presidential election using social media disinformation stands out prominently along these lines and we still haven’t seen the final reports.

    Even so, these digital media corporations should be regulated and held to the same standards as any broadcast media using a public utility like the airwaves, the internet or whatever comes next. And, it must clearly be understood that information sharing is not a neutral enterprise, as can be understood in the cyber-warfare capabilities of both our own country and our adversaries. Notice, if you will, the recent cyber attack on the Venezuelan electrical grid after Donald Trump threatened President Nicolas Maduro and called him a “socialist.” Suspicious to say the least.

    We can not be surprised that the real border security threats are not from people crossing over our southern border from Mexico but hostile entities who would hack into our computer systems and shut down entire infrastructures.

    The Port of Los Angeles is a frequent target of many thousands of hits every month.  In June 2017, one cyber attack put all the APM-Maersk terminals globally offline for 24 hours causing local longshore workers to track containers using old fashioned handwritten tags.  The threat to global trade and our national security are significant concerns as Gene Seroka, the director of the POLA explained recently when asked to speak on this subject to the CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia.

    As it stands now, artificial intelligence is the next driver of automation, as well as 5G technology. The experts who know the most about the advancement of artificial intelligence realize that it is not infallible and its use in driverless cars, trucks and other vehicles around our ports and as part of the global trade industry should be of huge concern. The drive towards zero emission vehicles, blue tech solutions in our San Pedro Bay area should not come at the cost of good paying jobs and the adoption of AI technology without strategic planning, retraining of the workforce and the regulation of all AI technologies.

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  • What You Should Know About Contacting Indivisible San Pedro

    • 03/21/2019
    • Reporters Desk
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    Women Voters and the takeover of U.S. House of Representative in 2018 midterm elections
    Election day polls suggest:
    • A sizable majority of women, 59 percent, compared with a minority of men, 47 percent, reported casting
    ballots for the Democratic congressional candidate in their district, according to the national exit poll
    conducted by Edison Research.
    • This 12 percentage-point difference in the proportions of women and men voting for Democratic House
    candidates is larger than the 6-point and 10-point gender gaps evident in voting in the 2010 and 2014
    midterm elections, respectively.
    • Women’s preference for Democratic congressional candidates over their Republican opponents were
    stronger in 2018 than in previous midterm elections. According to Edison Research exit polls, 59 percent of women opted for the Democratic House candidate in 2018, compared with 48 percent of women in 2010 and 51 percent in 2014.

    Demographics and the Women’s Vote

    • Women of color inarguably preferred Democratic congressional candidates — 92 percent of Black women and 73 percent of Latinas voted for Democrats. White college-educated women also strongly supported Democrats, with 59 percent voting for Democratic House candidates (compared with 42 percent of white women without college degrees). In contrast, in the 2016 elections white college-educated women split their votes evenly.
    • Increasing numbers of college-educated white men also voted Democratic;47 percent cast ballots for
    Democratic House candidates in 2018, up from 38 percent in 2016. But, in contrast to highly-educated women, more white college-educated men, 51 percent, voted for Republican House candidates in 2018 than for Democratic House candidates.

    Attending Indivisible San Pedro Weekly Meetings

    Thursdays at 8 p.m.
    Angels Gate Cultural Center
    3601 S. Gaffey St., Building H, San Pedro
    Contact Indivisible (national): indivisible.org
    Facebook: facebook.com/groups/indivisiblesp
    Twitter: @indivisible_sp
    Email: indivisiblesp@gmail.com

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  • The Resister Sisters

    • 03/21/2019
    • Leslie Belt
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    How the women of Indivisible San Pedro are still organizing locally, sisterhood remains powerful

    By Leslie Belt, Contributing Writer

     Indivisible San Pedro is not what you would call a “woman-led” organization. Like the Indivisible Movement nationwide, it’s more of an “everybody/nobody-led” organization. Indivisible San Pedro has, however, been unquestionably women-driven since its inception in the wake of the rope-a-dope slugfest that was the 2016 presidential election.

    “Don’t get me wrong, this was not the first time I was pissed when my man lost an election,” said Lisa Desmond, who has attended weekly Indivisible San Pedro meetings with her sister, Marcia Simeoni, more-or-less faithfully since January 2017. “Only this time it was my woman [who lost] and she had been robbed right before our eyes by this hideous misogynistic, hate mongering con-man. Worse yet, people voted for this creature. ”

    No, Desmond hasn’t gotten over it.

    “At first, I was terrified,” she continued. “But by the time [Donald] Trump delivered his American Carnage inauguration speech, my sister and I were furious. When we found Indivisible, it was on.”

    “It’s still on,” Simeoni added.

    Fact is, through action after action, day by day, members of Indivisible San Pedro are remaking our democracy.

    Desmond and Simeoni call themselves the Resister Sisters.

    “After participating in 55 phone banks, countless letter writing campaigns and dozens of organized protests I can honestly say that we helped flip the U.S. House of Representatives and worked hard to replace [Vladimir] Putin’s best friend, Orange County Republican Dana Rohrabacher, with Harley Rouda in District 48. Talk about empowering. I feel super proud about that,” Simeoni said.

    Like the Resister Sisters, Melanie Jones joined Indivisible San Pedro after Trump took office. However, she says her flame was sparked by the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., which she attended with one of her adult daughters.

    “The day after the election, I felt like I had been hit by a truck — physically struck down,” Jones recalled. “People were kind of wandering around totally dazed asking each other, ‘What can we do?’ For me, the D.C. Women’s March was an amazing start. Everywhere I looked there were people protesting ­ and judging by all the laughter over the hilarious signs, they were having a great time doing it.” Jones recalls with a satisfied gleam in her eye.

    When she got home, her husband, Peter, had gotten his hands on a copy of the original Indivisible Guide.

    “We thought, ‘We can do this, it’s small, it’s local,” Jones said. “We made a few calls and the next week, 80 people showed up for the first meeting. At this point there are 30 or so of us who come every week. We keep it short — one hour max — and on point. We talk about what the people who supposedly represent us are doing and what we need to do about it.

    “All in all, I think Trump has given us a great gift. He activated us and made us see the necessity of paying attention and being engaged.”

    It’s a lesson the Resister Sisters vow never to forget.

    “I used to think I was very politically involved,” Simeoni recalled with a chuckle. “I always voted, I listened to NPR, I kept up. But when that human turd got elected I realized that would never be enough for me again. I have a young employee who is a Dreamer and I promised her I would do everything within my power to protect her. It’s a promise I intend to keep.”

    Dreamers are people brought to the United States illegally by their parents as children but are allowed to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a U.S. work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act.

    Although Jones has done a lot of marching  since she first hit the streets in opposition to the Vietnam War, she shares the Resister Sisters’ alarm about the pace that  Trump is ratcheting up his assault on women.

    “Let’s call it what it is: Trump’s fear-based war against women,” Jones said. “He fears our strengths: our intuition, our compassion, our ability to hang on despite the degradation heaped upon us. Frankly, he doesn’t scare me one bit. There is hope for us without a doubt. But hope is not enough. We’ve got to do the work. I am all in.”

    Desmond has the same long-haul commitment.

    “It’s the subjugation of women in this country that keeps me protesting,” she said. “I’ll be honest ­ I don’t see an end to it, either. I’ve been watching these old guys take away women’s reproductive health choices in other states for years. I can’t and I won’t let that happen here. I am an old woman; I don’t actually have any reproductive choices. But if women of my age don’t step up now, I fear young women will have no say over their own bodies in the future. I won’t let that happen.”

    In addition to this fierce dedication to younger women, Desmond, Simeoni and Jones share something else in common with most  of the women in Indivisible San Pedro — they are over 50. Coincidence? Not according to the United States Census Bureau and the North American Menopause Society. They confirm there are more women older than 50 in America today than at any other point in history.

    Do the math and throw in a few basic facts about women’s reproductive health (i.e., the average age that menopause shows up is 51) and it’s no mystery why postmenopausal women are a such a dominating force throughout the resistance movement.

    Periods, politics and being pissed off. All in a woman’s day of work. Regardless of lifestyle or life, chicks are born to ride the menstrual cycle. Thanks in large measure to the trifecta of patriarchy, misogyny and ageism, getting off the dang thing was long seen as a regrettable if not an irreparable fall from grace. Which is total bullshit.

    Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of Wisdom of Menopause, along with the dozens of postmenopausal women (and those who love them) who have made Indivisible San Pedro a force for years can tell you that menopause is a time of clarity, as well as an increased intolerance for injustice and inequality. Send in the Crones.

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  • Kimberley Holtz

    Holtz Appointed Survey Director by Board of Harbor Commissioners

    LONG BEACH — Geologist Kimberley Holtz is the new survey director for the Port of Long Beach. Previously, Holtz spent more than a decade working with the city of Long Beach. Most recently, Holtz worked as a geologist in the Energy Resource Department. Her duties included measuring and monitoring elevations in the Wilmington Oil field. Before working in Long Beach, Holtz held many positions with the county of Orange. Holtz played a role in establishing the county’s GPS network. In addition, Holtz taught as an adjunct professor with the Rancho Santiago Community College District. During her tenure, Holtz taught classes like Intro to Land Surveying. She received her bachelor of science in geology and earth science from California State University Long Beach.

    Robert Seidel held the position until 2018. Before his appointment, Seidel was the chief surveyor for the Port of Long Beach since 2006.

    As the Director of the Survey Division, Holtz will oversee the survey division. The division checks depth in the harbor and provides support for the terminal, from development to operations. The division is responsible for performing surveys of the port to ensure safe navigation. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest port in the country. It helps generate over 50,000 jobs in the Long Beach area.

    Holtz began her duties on March 16.

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  • A Live Mixtape By Tahirih Moeller

    “A Live Mixtape” Tries to Help You Hear the Human Songs of the Inner City

    By Greggory Moore , Curtain Call columnist

    The naive high-school girl impregnated by a married man. The betrayed and vengeful wife. The neighborhood gossip. The street toughs claiming their territory. The inner-city kid longing to sail away. The rappers trying to make their voice heard above the din of so many other rappers. In today’s urban reality, these are the most familiar of tropes.

    Not only does playwright Tahirih Moeller know this, in A Live Mixtape she’s trading on your knowledge, hoping you’ll come away from experiencing her “tracklist” of two dozen somewhat-connected vignettes better able to see these “fragmented stereotypes” populating your urban landscape as real-life people, with dreams and pain little different than yours.

    Whether Moeller is successful probably depends on how much (or how little) empathy and imagination you applied to such people before you walked into the theater. If you’ve only thought about types, then maybe Moeller’s got some knowledge to drop on you here. Otherwise, A Live Mixtape never really gets beneath the surface.

    The good news is that it’s not the most unattractive of surfaces, with some salient observations about the cultural milieu of the inner city, more than a few lines of solid street poetry, and plenty of humor.

    A big chunk of that humor comes in the part of Princess (Cecilia Rodriguez), who has raised gossip to an artform and a public service. Moeller has certainly given Rodriguez something to work with in her two monologues, but Rodriguez is able to mine laughs out of her lines that a lesser actor simply could not reach. Similarly, Riky Garcia makes his role as a half-mad, half-inspired homeless man funny by sheer force of personality.

    I’m not even going to try to do justice to Moeller’s street poetry, because a reviewer can scribble only so fast in the dark and because street poetry is never as good on paper as when you hear it live, but a highlight comes in a vignette entitled “Triangles,” which has a wife (Sarah-Michelle Guei), husband (Pedro Campos), and his high-school mistress (Adrianna Luna) trading off lines filling in their side of the story. Moeller’s rhythms and rhymes here are consistently effective, and each actor’s delivery is unique to his/her character.

    While Moeller generally does a good job breaking up the pace to keep the intermissionless 90 minutes from bogging down, there is one major, unfortunate exception. Preceded by “Gone,” an artfully monochromatic song performed by Guei with live acoustic guitar backing that comes at just the right moment, the 21st vignette, “New Sound,” closes with an extended, meaningless freestyle trade-off between three characters that would be far too long even at half its current length. It’s a major miscalculation by Moeller, as it kills all momentum going into the play’s last 10 minutes. This vignette has a place in A Live Mixtape, but it should be completely reworked for any future productions.

    From lighting to blocking to props, director Bruce A. Lemon Jr. makes several choices that serve the material well. Of particular note are the use of mobile chain-link fencing to form a cage, and having actors at the back of the house inject some Greek chorusy gasping in response to onstage action. Ivan Robles’s sound design is also worthy of mention good enough, in fact, that we’d like there to be a bit more of it (not louder, more).

    Bookend a line from an early vignette, “We make the same songs over and over, and we wonder why no one’s listening,” with a line in the finale, “These stories need to be told over and over and over again,” and you have a mission statement for A Live Mixtape. It’s no paradox, because, as Moeller says, we should consider and reconsider the types of people populating the margins of our humanity until there are no margins. It’s debatable how much of a contribution A Live Mixtape can make to that change, but it can’t hurt, and there’s no question that Moeller’s mission is a good one.

    A Live Mixtape at California Repertory Cal State Long Beach
    Times: Wed.–Sat. 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2:00 p.m.
    The show runs through March 23.
    Cost:  $18-$23
    Details:  (562) 985-5526, CALREP.ORG
    Venue:  CSULB University Theater (South Campus), Long Beach

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  • South Coast Repertory presents “Photograph 51” by Anna Ziegler, directed by Kimberly Senior. Cast: Giovanni Adams (James Watson), George Ketsios (Maurice Wilkins), Anil Margsahayam (Francis Crick), Riley Neldam (Ray Gosling), Josh Odsess-Rubin (Don Caspar), Helen Sadler (Rosalind Franklin). Julianne Argyos Stage, March 3-24, 2019.

    “Photograph 51” Invites Us to Examine More than History & DNA

    By Greggory Moore, Curtain Call Columnist

    In some ways it seems Rosalind Franklin never cracked the code. She was regarded as brilliant and beautiful, yet she had no close friends and perhaps no romance in her life. She was greatly respected for talent, yet peers did not generally like working with her. She produced the x-ray diffraction photograph that was the basis for intuiting the shape and replicational mode of the DNA molecule, yet she was unable to correctly interpret her own data. Then, at 37, she was gone, a victim of cancer perhaps caused by the work that is her legacy.

    It’s a hella sad story, but playwright Anna Ziegler mostly avoids overt sentimentality in her dramatization of Franklin’s working life during the two years leading up to the discovery that would garner a Nobel Prize for three of her colleagues.

    As soon as Franklin (Helen Sadler) arrives at King’s College London and meets Maurice Wilkens (George Ketsios), things start to go wrong. Through no fault of their own, they are under different impressions about what her role will be in Wilkens’s lab. But while Wilkens does his level best to smooth things over, Franklin can’t be bothered. Or doesn’t know how. And when he genuinely warms up to her, we witness the aloofness that will later keep her off the Nobel pantheon.

    Far more than a work of biography, Photograph 51 is a consideration of how we connect or fail to connectwith our fellow humans in this thing called life. And although Ziegler misses the chance to explicitly delve into the question of how each of us comes to a person who can or cannot make the connections that will most behoove us, it takes only a slightly metaphorical faculty on the part of the audience to go there. Going there is what makes Photograph 51 most rewarding, because Franklin herself neither knows the answer nor can do anything about it, and it’s quietly heartbreaking.

    Wilkens is not her only missed opportunity. When young, enthusiastic James Watson (Giovanni Adams) visits to compare notes with this fellow scientist of whom he is a great admirer, she won’t give the time of day. Then there’s Don Caspar (Josh Odessa-Rubin), whom she sees socially and genuinely fancies. But in one of Ziegler’s best moments, when Caspar asks her what she wants, we are privy to a speech she gives only within the confines of her mind:

    So many things: to wake up without the weight of the day pressing down, to fall asleep more easily, without wondering what it is that’s keeping me awake, […] to be kissed, to feel important, to learn how to be okay being with other people, and also to be alone. To be a child again, held up and admired, the world full of endless future. To see my father looking at me with uncomplicated pride. To be kissed. To feel every day what it would be to stand at the summit of a mountain in Wales, or Switzerland, or America, looking out over the world on a late afternoon with this man sitting across from me. Or to feel it once.

    Then we hear what she actually tells him: “I don’t know.” Sad, sad.

    Sadler plays all this with proper reserve, inviting you close if you really want to know Rosalind Franklin, rather than projecting to the cheap seats. There was, however, an affecting emotional display during the performance I saw. As the play wound to its conclusion, Franklin told us of her ovarian cancer, and a few members of the audience gasped. Apparently this got to Sadler, creating a little catch in her voice during her next lines. Perhaps this was an actor deeply sympathizing with her character. Perhaps it was that character’s experiencing the self-pity that empathy sometimes invokes. Doesn’t matter. It was a powerful moment, beyond conscious choice, emanating from the mysterious source of all the best acting. Sadler is in tune with Franklin, no doubt.

    The rest of the cast is solid, but considering that it is only Watson whose personality truly diverges from good old-fashioned postwar British reserve, there are not a lot places for anyone to go. Their heaviest lifting may be in talking to the audience. Ziegler constantly breaks the fourth wall, a convention director Kimberly Senior pushes even further by keeping all of the supporting characters onstage throughout, taking in the action upstage, then coming off their seats to deliver narrative like NBA reserves coming off the bench. This is Alienation Effect 101, and it won’t work unless all hands on deck can give it an organic flow. They do.

    The production’s major shorting coming is the lack of variety in the presentation. Photograph 51 is 100 uninterrupted minutes of minimal aestheticno sets (other than a sloped floor), no props, only the occasional touch of ambient music and a few minor shifts in lighting. It’s really just a half-dozen actors standing still or walking (mostly in circles) and talking, with no breaks in mood or mode. It’s going too far to say things get boring, but even a single decisive break from the same-same would go a long, long way to enlivening the overall experience.

    Despite this failing, Photograph 51 is worthy, speculative examination of both Rosalind Franklin and our (in)ability to connect. We already knew she did not share in the Nobel Prize that went to Wilkens, Watson, and Francis Crick, and we can learn about her work from science and history books. But this play is a chance to meditate on what she may have been beyond the margins of such texts and what else she may have missed out on. And in so doing, we might take away a new picture of how we play out our own stories. After all, the secret of living is not confined to our DNA.

    Photograph 51 at South Coast Repertory

    Times: Tuesday–Sunday 7:45 p.m. (except March 24) + Saturday–Sunday 2:00 p.m.
    The show runs through March 24
    Cost: $23 to $86
    Details: (714) 708.5555; scr.org
    Venue: South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa 92626

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  • NY to LA, Marchers Demand US Hands off Venezuela

    • 03/12/2019
    • Mark Friedman
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    By Mark Friedman, RLn Reporter

    Los Angeles was one of over 100 cities in the United States that saw demonstrations February 23 against US intervention in Venezuela and to stop the threats and destabilization efforts against the democratically elected Maduro government. Demonstrations were held world-wide in response to Washington escalating economic and financial pressure in hopes of bringing down the government of President Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

    A spirited demonstration at the Santa Monica’s pier included residents from San Pedro to Pasadena.

    Sonia De Leon, a Paramount schoolteacher came to protest US intervention in Venezuela.  She’s also concerned about the environmental hazards in Paramount created by, Carlton Forge, owned by Warren Buffett which makes war materials and is a heavy metals and toxins polluter. “We need peace, we need money for schools not intervention in Venezuela.  We support of the people in the democratically elected government of Venezuela.  The US must stop invading countries and spend the money on schools and housing for the homeless.”

    Imani Beckett, a sophomore at Palisades charter high school, told this reporter,” We want Trump to stop the military intervention in Venezuela.  Past US invasions have shown to make matters worse, with many casualties. The issue is Venezuela’s oil”.

    Laura Garza, the Socialist Workers Party candidate for LAUSD district 5 explained that her party” is here to take a stand against US intervention and interference which has been happening for years.  The US government is not interested in helping workers and farmers in Venezuela nor here.  What they don’t like about Venezuela is its close relationship with Cuba and want to install a government more to their liking.  The US sanctions against Venezuela are also an attack on Cuba… US intervention against Venezuela is part of the stepped-up threats against Cuba and presents a dangerous situation for Venezuelan workers and Cuban doctors, internationalist volunteers there.  But we differentiate ourselves from supporters Maduro’s government whose actions have demoralized workers.”

    Jodie Evans, cofounder of Code Pink and one of the organizers of the protest said “It is fantastic to see diversity of groups here to say no war.  No US intervention and no overreach of US imperialism displayed on all the handmade signs.”

    President Trump has repeatedly urged the Venezuelan military brass to break with Maduro and support the opposition led by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó. If they don’t, “You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”

    The Maduro government has maintained a course that pushes working people out of politics and demoralizes them. In the midst of the economic and social crisis there, US rulers now feel they’re in a stronger position to press for the fall of Maduro.

    The U.S. government froze U.S. bank accounts of the Venezuelan government and its state-owned PDVSA oil company on Jan. 28. It has also blocked the sale of raw materials needed to process oil in Venezuela.

    Under Hugo Chavez, predecessor to Maduro, ostensibly to encourage production and make importing of necessary materials easier, Chávez set up a system where capitalists could buy dollars at a lower rate than on the “free” market. This became a huge source of corruption, especially with capitalists most allied to the government.

    The state-run oil industry was plundered by the wealthy and bureaucrats while some profits were used to fund the government’s welfare programs. When the price of oil was high, this masked the underlying contradictions. But when world oil supplies were glutted, oil prices plummeted.

    The government tried to keep funding their welfare programs by printing money to make up for the short fall, sparking out-of-control inflation —over 1 million percent this year. Government-subsidized products are scarce. Workers seeking necessities end up standing in lines for hours in hopes of finding something.

    Despite the conditions that have led some 3 million people to flee the country, Maduro has repeatedly denied there is a crisis.

    Denying the existence of the crisis gives a handle to the cynical maneuvers of the U.S government and oppositionist Guaidó, who shed crocodile tears about the suffering people of Venezuela to present themselves as fighters for humanitarian aid.

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  • San Pedro Hosts Tall Ships Conference

    • 03/12/2019
    • Mark Friedman
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    By Mark Friedman, RLn Contributor

    Nearly 200 members of Tall Ships Association, crew members, administrators, maritime personnel and educators attended a three-day conference in San Pedro, sponsored by the national organization.

    Locally, the LA Maritime Institute with its two brigantines, Exy and Irving Johnson, American Pride, and the under-renovation Swift of Ipswich are affiliated to this organization.

    Dozens of workshops were held on issues facing tall ships, including safety, government regulations, recruiting crew, and how to integrate ocean literacy principles in onboard education.  Monday’s workshops included a series sponsored by the USC Sea Grant focusing on educating crew and captains about the seven ocean principles and their correlation to science standards taught in all public schools.

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  • CA State Lands Commission Meeting

    LOS ANGELES — The California State Lands Commission will hold a special meeting on March 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Oceanside, California. At this public meeting, the Commission will consider the Final Environmental Impact Report and a lease application to decommission the offshore infrastructure associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units 2 & 3.

    The meeting agenda and staff reports are available on our website. The meeting will be live-streamed via the Cal-span website.

    Please email us at CSLC.CommissionMeetings@slc.ca.gov or call us at 916.574.1800 if you have questions about the meeting, the agenda items, or about how to participate. Commission meeting rules and procedures can be found on our site here: www.slc.ca.gov/Meetings/Meetings.html.

    For more information about the California State Lands Commission, please visit our website at www.slc.ca.gov.

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  • Suspect Sexually Assaults Victim In Her Home

    SAN PEDRO:  The Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Area Detective Division is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a sexual assault suspect.

    On March 5th 2019, between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m., the victim was entering her residence in the area of 11th Street in the City of San Pedro, when the suspect pushed her inside and a violent physical and sexual assault occurred.  After the assault, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.

    The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, black hair, he stands at 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs about 150-170 pounds, and is between 25-35 years of age with a light mustache, and unknown tattoos on both arms.


    Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective III, K. Porter, Harbor Division, at (310) 726-7861.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.  Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.  Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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