Someone to call CASA

On June 10, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Avila, Assistant Editor

Lisa Slayton had a rough start at life. In total, she has lived in eight foster homes and about five group homes. She was alone. That is, until she became a ward of the court at the age of 14. That’s when she met Sam Herod.


LB District 2 Voters Take to the Polls

On June 6, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

A segment of Long Beach voters will be choosing a representative for one of the most impactful and coveted areas in the city: District 2.

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Measure A Measures Up

On June 6, 2016, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Spare some change, fix a few leaks and save for a rainy, or do without and pay later? That’s what Long Beach residents will be asked this coming primary

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Mæry Queens Sinks the Ship

On May 13, 2016, in Blog, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

I love Long Beach! So, when I received a very well written press release about a webisode series that was to spotlight gay life in the city, I immediately pitched it to my editor as “a perfect feature for our Pride edition.”
Well, not quite.


LBCCD Board Member Fights to Keep Seat

On April 8, 2016, in Blog, News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Irma Archuleta isn’t afraid of a challenge, especially when it comes to wearing different hats in her profession.
“I always take life as a challenge,” Archuleta, 63, said. “It’s about the challenges you take and the challenges that you are able to conquer.”

Photo By Phillip Cook
Article by Zamná Ávila, RLn Assistant Editor

These days, people who complete an educational program are caught in a catch-22. Employers require candidates to have work experience in addition to their credentials. Michael Song wanted to solve this problem, at least for the students who completed Los Angeles Harbor College’s architectural program.


Restaurateurs Serve Up Minimum Wage Cost

On February 6, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Photo courtesy of Raise the Wage Coalition
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industries continue to fret over the cost of doing business as Los Angeles County and two of its largest cities prepare to raise the minimum wage. Read more at

Garcia Talks Economics

On January 22, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Speaking to a full house at the Terrace Theatre Mayor Robert Garcia focused on successes in economic development in his state of the city address Jan. 13
He noted that the city received $4 billion to repurpose the Boeing C-17 site and retrain workers and that Virgin Galactic, Mercedes-Benz USA and Shimadzu Instruments have recently found a home in Long Beach.
“Aerospace is alive and well in Long Beach!” Garcia said. “I am confident that Long Beach—the birthplace of the commercial aircraft industry—is becoming a center of commercial space industry.


Artful Living at a Slumlord Cost

On December 14, 2015, in Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor and Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Local artist Monte Thrasher told Random Lengths News about the living conditions in the arts colony known as The Pound. Thrasher accuses the building’s management of abusing tenants’ rights through practices such as illegal evictions, fire and zoning code violations.

Nikole Cababa: Courage, Voice, Power

On December 3, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Photo by Phillip Cooke
By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Nikole Cababa comes from a strong line of fierce women, but she had to overcome identity and cultural challenges before she found her own voice as a grassroots organizer.
“My grandmother and my mom taught me what hard work really meant, what it meant to sacrifice for your family, what it meant to put others before yourself,” said Cababa, now 28.