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.
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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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Pedro Man Arrested for Elks Arson

On May 6, 2014, in Feature, by Zamná Ávila

Elks Lodge By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
City officials announced  the arrest of Nick Pecarich in connection with string of vandalism act that culminated in the arson of the San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 in early hours of April 15.
“It is with great pride that I announce the arrest of 78-year-old Nick Pecarich,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino at an April 29 press conference. ”
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Garcia Gets on the Path to City Hall

On April 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Robert GarciaBy Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
The real story in the Long  Beach elections might be turnout.
“In Afghanistan last weekend 58 percent of the electorate turned out to vote under threat of death by the Taliban,” said Signal Hill political consultant Jeffrey Adler. “Here, less than 15 percent turned out to select the mayor and the council … and no one’s life was being threatened.”
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