Film Noir Comes to San Pedro

On October 16, 2014, in Feature, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Filmmaker Cleo Valente  is working to bring back the dark shadows and a good crime story to the Harbor Area. She is writing, producing and directing a series in the film noir spirit called, The Port of San Pedro.

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POLA Fire Contained, Smoke Impacts Linger

On September 22, 2014, in News, Print, by Zamná Ávila

Photos by Betty Guevara
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Officials said that the origin and cause of the Sept. 22 Port of Los Angeles fire on Berths 177 and 179, but some damage is yet to be determined.
“At one point, there was fire in the entire length of the wharf,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas, during a news conference on Sept. 23. “The wharf created significant challenges for us. It’s constructed of heavy wood timber — two layers of that. It’s covered with multiple layers of asphalt. The wood is coated in creosote — that’s hydrocarbon carcinogen.”
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iPad Scandal Continues to Implode

On September 18, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Strained relationships with the school board, an acrimonious relationship with the teachers union — to say the least — and a blowing scandal surrounding a pet project may be the end of Superintendent John Deasy’s tenure with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The negative attention the $1.3 million project, which aimed to give an “iPad for every student, teacher and administrator in the district,” has the superintendent considering whether to step down from his position.

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SHAWL House Adds Compassion, Pride to Harbor Area

On September 18, 2014, in Feature, Print, by Zamná Ávila

Photo by Managing Editor Terelle Jerricks
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Maintaining a historic home is challenging and choosing to own a historic home comes with a plethora of city and state rules to abide by.
SHAWL House, a six-month chemical dependency treatment program for homeless women, is keeping up with the demands of owning a neo-classical and colonial revival-style home near 9th and Centre streets in San Pedro.
More on page 4 of the Sept. 18 edition of www.RandomLengthsNews.com

Photo by Managing Editor Terelle Jerricks
Article By Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
Growing up in Wilmington, Kenneth Castillo had an affinity toward the urban story. It’s not wonder that he’d end up writing and directing six feature films that center around the urban Latino genre.
“I’m not going to say they are all about gangsters and cholos they are about the people [who] live with that on a day-to-day basis,” Castillo, 40, said.
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Long Beach gets new mayor, new city council

On July 24, 2014, in News, by Zamná Ávila

Photo By Diana Lejins
Article By Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
Long Beach swore in its youngest, first openly gay and first Latino mayor, July 15, at the Terrace Theatre.
“As mayor I want tolead our city into the future,” newly-sworn Mayor Robert García, 36, said.
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Program Maps Road to Success

On June 12, 2014, in Feature, by Zamná Ávila

College BoundBy Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
The road to success can be a rough-and-tumble process for anyone.
Fortunately, 300-plus graduating Harbor Area seniors had the benefit of tour guides thanks to the Boys and Girls Club’s College Bound program.
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Rumble: Riding the Long Road to Equality

On May 16, 2014, in Feature, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Walk into a gay bar these days and you are likely to see men greeting each other with a hug and a kiss. But it hasn’t always been that way, said Satyrs Motorcycle Club president Riley Black, about  late 60s and early 70s.
“You wouldn’t just walk up and hit on someone, because you didn’t know if it was an undercover cop,” he said.
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Ponte Vista Breaks Ground

On May 8, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
On May 8,  iStar Financial broke ground on the Ponte Vista housing development, after almost 10 since it was first proposed.
“We’ve seen it come from a very contentious, negative design and zoning case to something that now I think the whole community is starting to embrace,” iStar Financial Executive Vice President Steve Magee said.
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Hahn Walks Out

On May 7, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
James Dobson vowed to stay away from politics during his speech at the annual National Day of Prayer, May 1, in Washington D.C. But that’s exactly what he didn’t do.
“This is inappropriate,” said Rep. Janice Hahn, as she stood up, pointed her finger at him and walked away.
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