Thursday, March 26, 2009

San Pedro Today Magazine

My edition of San Pedro Today magazine arrived freshly inside a plastic wrap earlier today.

I am counting this third issue as the best so far and hope Josh and the gang keep it going and growing.

Janice Hahn rightly deserves everything all of the writers wrote about her in this month's issue.

As pointed out, L.A. increased trash fees to increase Police and Janice used the increase in meter fees for the same reasons. Double taxes for less Police presence in the Harbor Area doesn't help anyone.

I also wholeheartedly agree with the writer who suggested that Ms. Hahn has done nothing to help the economic situations within her office and with her staff.

Perhaps all City Council members should reduce their staffs and spending equal to the percentage of unemployment in the city of Los Angeles.

When oh when is Stephanie Mardesich going to have "Some Kind of Wonderful" shown at the LAHIFF? If that isn't Pedro-based or Harbor-based enough for her and her group, I don't know what is.

Scenes of San Pedro and parts of Wilmington are throughout the movie and it takes place during the lives of high school students attending......oh well, if you can't figure it out, why bother.

How about a compiliation of shows like "Sea Hunt" or even "San Pedro Beach Bums" as part of the Festival?

Has "Chinatown" been shown yet?

Steve Marconi understands that there is absolutely nothing like "Six Degrees of Seperation" in San Pedro. It is hard to find more than 2-1/2 degrees around this town.

Many of us are Ke-Alians like the Moody brothers, and a whole bunch of us also bought "La Vista" albums while at Dodson!

The two candidates written about for the Office of Honorary Mayor of San Pedro are worthy of having that office.

Both candidates are supporting great causes and I hope that there will be as close to a tie as possible. Let's support both candidates as much as possible.

Thanks Josh, good edition.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Survey Regarding the New High School Campus

Here is a letter and a survey regarding a survey for the Proposed South Region High School #15.

You should be able to print the information.

You can click over each page to enlarge it, before you print the survey, if you wish to.

Stars of Stage and Screen Appearing in San Pedro This Friday!

Judith Ivey and just one of several Special Guest Stars

Little Heart

The Story of 1960s Pop-Art Nun and Social Activist Corita Kent Directed by Two-Time Tony Award Winner Judith Ivey.

Friday, March 13, 2009, 7:30 p.m.(Doors Open 7:00 p.m)

Warner Grand TheatreSan Pedro's Celebrated Art Deco Movie Palace & Performing Arts Center

478 West 6th Street, San Pedro, CA

Tickets $20 - General, $25 - Better Seats

$100 - Best Seats & Invitation to VIP Reception to follow with Special Guests Judith Ivey & Irene O'Garden

For Reservations call Annette Ciketic 310 489-1362 or The Grand Annex 310 833-4813 (weekdays)

Little Heart speaks broadly about peace and justice as artist, teacher, activist, and spiritual seeker Corita Kent faces the challenges of hierarchy, politics and her own questions of faith.
Special Guest Appearances by stars you may easily recognize are in store this Friday evening.

I'm not allowed to mention the stars by name, but you may recognize in the photo on the right, the 'dad' who had strong 'family ties' on television for several years.

Ms. Ivey, along with her two Tony awards has been featured in many films and television shows and was in the cast of "Designing Women" towards the end of its long and successful run.

The stars will shine this Friday night, so please attend this great entertainment event.

Friday, March 6, 2009

A Great Review for Little Fish Theatre Company

I have known Mr. John Farrell for decades.

He usually reviews plays, orchestra concerts, restaurants, and other entertainment events that are more popular to classical music folks, comedies and tragic works, but rarely musicals.

John knows everything their is to know about Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes.

John and a friend wrote an entire cookbook based on foods served during the time Sherlock Holmes was doing his investigating and crime solving.

It really doesn't matter that Sherlock was created in the mind of an addict and Mr. Holmes is more similar to Betty Crocker than to the late Marie Calender.

John's review of the newest production from the Little Fish Theatre Company is below.

I am very happy that John found the production so wonderful. It is great to see him reviewing entertainment that was not created over a hundred years ago and that he is willing to review comedies is that much more delightful.

Rumor control time: Look around the timeframe of May to learn about the productions that will be undertaken by The Relevant Stage Theatre Company.

I think if you loved "The Christmas Carol" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, you may not be disappointed to look at the 2010 season and all that is in store.

Both Little Fish and The Relevant Stage established 2009 as starting an unbelievable season with Little Fish's "Pick of the Vine" which has become a must see since it was first produced.

I don't need to remind you of the first musical of 2009 from The Relevant Stage.

So now, here is John's review of the newest production from Little Fish.

Escanaba in da Moonlight

What: Play by Jeff Daniels, presented by Little Fish Theatre, directed by Gia Jordahl

Where: Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St . , San Pedro

When: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through April 4, additional performances Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25, $22 students and seniors.

Information: (310) 512-6030,

Rating: Four Stars

By John Farrell

You could wait until a cold day in October, dress yourself in a goose down vest colored bright orange, and head for the woods in Michigan ’s Upper Peninsula and try your hand at deer hunting.

But how do you get that thirty-ought something rifle on the plane?

Better head down to the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, where actor/playwright Jeff Daniels’ hilarious tribute to his home-town “Escanaba in da Moonlight” will give you the real hunting experience, right down to the Leinenkugel beer in the sink and maybe even an encounter with aliens from somewhere farther away than Canada.

The story takes place in the Soady family hunting lodge, a room filled with ill-matched chairs, two sturdy bunk beds, a lounge chair, a sofa that has seen better days, and plenty of deer-hunting trophies, all assembled with loving detail by set designer Anthony Inferrera. Diana Mann has created costumes that are just about what you’d expect: vest and flannel shirts. One note: the hunting boots shouldn’t be quite so clean.

Albert Soady (Dan Adam) introduces the story and its location in a brightly funny monologue, and you’ll be glad for his guidance unless your knowledge of the geography of the Great Lakes is better than most. Escanaba is a real town on the U.P., the upper peninsula of the state of Michigan , a place isolated from the rest of the state, and the United States , by its geography. The folks there speak a dialect that is apparently influenced by their Finnish forefathers and the Canadians who live just across the border.

Albert Soady explains all that, and the family story he is about to tell, a story about hunting, tradition and maybe a little magic.

His oldest son Reuben (Rendon Ramsey) has never in his life killed a buck, a male deer, and the people in his town, and his family, are sure he is cursed. As hunting season begins, everyone knows that if he doesn’t get one he will be the oldest member of the family to fail, and he is haunted by the thought.

Reuben’s brother Remnar (Chris Monk) and family friend Jimmer Negamanee (John Charles Meyer) complete the hunting party, an event Reuben describes as “like Christmas with guns.” They drink copious quantities of beer and of homemade whiskey flavored with a little too much maple syrup.

Reuben has his own idea of how to break his curse. He has married a Native American woman and she has given him a powerful potion to drink: part milk, part maple syrup, but also including ground ants and a moose testicle. She has taught him a ritual and, at her instruction, he has bottled a lot of porcupine urine to splash on to scare away evil spirits.

There are bright, unexplained lights in the woods, and Jimmer, who was once abducted by Aliens (he returned speaking a very strange language) thinks they are back. Ranger Tom Treado (Victor J. Springer), a new recruit from downstate Detroit , arrives saying he saw God. Add to the mix Great Granpa (CQ) Alphonse (Kevin Wisney-Leonard) (he’s been dead for decades) and Reuben’s wife Wolf Moon Dance (Marie Arevalo), an evil spirit and a trance Reuben falls into, and you won’t need any homemade hooch too laugh yourself into your own trance.

A lot of the fun in “Escanaba” is in the language, and this cast, under director Gia Jordahl, has grasped the dialect. Adams has it down pat, as though he was a native “Yooper” himself.

Ramsey and Mock have the middle-aged sibling rivalry down pat, and Meyer is brilliant as Jimmer, who speaks fast and acts more than a little weird. (It is why the aliens returned him to Earth. Springer, as the down-peninsula ranger dazed by a vision of God, is straight man to the Soady family group, a city dweller lost in the boonies.

“Escanaba” began its life as a play, and later as a film. Playwright Daniels clearly loves the isolated, culturally unique place he grew up and depicts it with affection. But you don’t want to see “Escanaba in da Moonlight” to learn cultural details. You want to go because it is a heart-warming play filled with so many laughs you may emerge exhausted. Happy, but exhausted.

More of John Farrell’s reviews can be found at

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pondering Some Wackyness Going On Lately

It was no surprise that the Mayor of L.A. got reelected.

What was surprising is that the second largest vote-getter was a fellow who provide a great deal of racism into the election. He probably should have received fewer votes that the third-place candidate got.

Walter Moore, who cam in second is a member of a political party that is struggling to not have to claim that a radio personality is actually the emotional leader of that group.

I was amazed that Measure B went down to an unofficial defeat. 1,322 voters should be hailed as heroes if Mayor V., Jack the hack, and other supporters of the measure don't demand and secure a recount.

Still, there seems to far too many ignorant voters in L.A. who simply saw the words on the ballot and voted for the measure, as opposed to learning what they should have, about how the measure was created and who, actually will benefit from it.

(Acquiring Sunlight still seems free, so why can't the savings created by not having to use other means of generating and transporting electricity be used to offset those costs so nobody would need to pay for the installation and maintenance with higher rates?)

Yesterday's election also demonstrated that members of OUR community need to go where needed and do what is necessary to assist Carmen 'Nuch' Trutanich to become the next City Attorney.

L.A. voters identified a candidate by placing him just within 10% of the vote Jack the hack received.

The election to be the next City Attorney continued to demonstrate that there are still far too many voters who's I.Q. can be realistically questioned.

'Nuch' was not my favorite candidate, but now that he will be in a runoff with Jack, we all need to get behind him and show downtown L.A. politicians that we are tired of business as Chicago and that reason, responsibility, and respect must be returned to Spring Street, and everywhere else in the City of Los Angeles.

There was hope by some that Janice Hahn would receive some type of scare with the outcome of the election. Sadly, that certainly did not happen.

We knew she would win, but many hoped she would receive less of the overwhelming majority of votes she got.

It looks like she can use her great margin of support as she ponders the correct time to run for County Supervisor.

March 10, 2009 was supposed to be the date the Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission continued the public hearing regarding the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project.

Supporters of the project have been running their mouths, keyboards, and pens attempting to get all the processes finished as soon as possible, so they can get the project moving along.

The February R.P.V. Planning Commission meeting did not continue the public hearing because one of the four members of the Commission who is still left a vote on the issue was not able to make that meeting. It takes four of the seven members of that body to deal with the Marymount issues because three members have removed themselves from the issue.

So, guess who is the instigator of the next meeting's inability to continue the public hearing?

That would be Marymount's President, Dr. Michael Brophy.

Since Dr. Brophy claims he can't attend the meeting, the public hearing has apparently, been postponed again.

This brings up several questions and issues.

Dr. Brophy will not vote for or against the project because he not a member of any Commission or the City Council of Rancho Palos Verdes.

Dr. Brophy is one human being who now has been allowed to alter the actions of the Planning Commission, the meeting agenda, and the lives of many folks who want some kind of end to this very long process with the Planning Commission.

Why must Dr. Brophy attend the meeting? Does he not trust his assistants and others supporting the project?

I feel that if one person is able to disrupt the process, that person should publicly provide honest, and very important as to why he is not able to attend.

The College's Facilities Expansion Project is not and should not be considered a legacy for Dr. Brophy, so his attendance at the meeting should not be something that stops, postpones, or alters the process that so many people have interests in.

There is an Email going around and garnering consideration and laughter that Dr. Brophy won't be able to attend the Planning Commission meeting because he has a job interview somewhere else.

There is other pondering out here that Dr. Brophy is stalling the processes because he knows he has a loser of a project plan and he is using time to try and fix as many problems before proceeding forward.

One guy, with the power to stop processes and work by so many others. Maybe we should rename to "W".

March 12 is the day the Ponte Vista Outreach Team wants you to come to the auditorium at Peck Park anytime between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM to provide your comments on things like what materials should be use in the sinks at Ponte Vista, how many trees should be planted there, what color scheme should be used on the outside of the buildings, how many outdoor bar-b-ques could be on the property, and other "amenities" at the site.

I don't really think they want you to tell them how many units, people, and vehicles should be on the property. They probably learned all that from the approximately 60 'community leaders' who provided opinions to Jim Oswald.

You are welcome by me, to write an Email to Mr. Oswald at: and give your opinions to him, even though you are not one of the 60. You are however, one of the thousands and thousands of folks who will be impacted by whatever is built at the site.

On a related and disgusting matter, there may be lots of Eastview Little League supporters at the open house to strongly suggest that EVLL be provided permanent fields on the site.

This would be a demonstration of how many folks living in OUR community care more about their own interests than the interests of OUR community.

Building baseball fields at Ponte Vista would require the developer to demand higher number of units, higher population, higher density, more vehicles, more traffic on Western, and much more inconvenience to most people in OUR community.

Yet it seems EVLL supporters may not give a crap about the rest of OUR community, so please be forewarned that there are folks living around us who don't care about you at all.

Sure, they claim to care about the kids and only about the kids, but they don't seem to be willing to care about all of us.

Not only would more units be required to be built at Ponte Vista, because of the land that would be provided for a park, thus limiting profits, EVLL traffic on Western Avenue would contribute to the enormous increase in traffic that would occur with a large population density at Ponte Vista.

EVLL has a history of saying one thing, then going back on their word and demanding something else.

Hypocrisy in motion, in OUR community.
Yesterday, an agenda item concerning the Memorandum of Understanding between LAUSD and the Department of Parks and Rec. was placed earlier in the morning.

The agenda item was a General Manager's Report on issues related to upgrading the roads at Angels Gate for use by LAUSD.

The report would be part of the preparation to approve or disapprove the MOU, by the Commissioners of L.A. City Department of Parks and Recreation.

As it turned out, the report was not prepared in time for this morning's meeting of the Commissioners, so it should have never been placed on the agenda, according to the Parks and Rec representative who was overseeing the report, and placed it on the agenda in the first place!

It was a wacky bureaucratic afternoon, yesterday.

If you are near the L.A.U.S.D.-owned portion of the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur, you can look at two different things happening.

The demolishing and clearing of part of the Point Fermin Outdoor Education Center has been happening for a period of time.

Debris hauling trucks are using Leavenworth to clear out the debris of the building being demolished to make way for a new building to support a 24/7 operation of the facility by students, faculty, and staff of the Center, going toward a 365-day operation of the facility.

The demolishing of historical buildings on the site of South Region High School No. 15 is just beginning.

The debris-haulers for that project may use the steep and narrow Barlow Saxton road to Gaffey Street, near 30th Street.

The word "Alma" is never uttered regarding the two sets of activities.

PFOEC uses Leavenworth, yet SRHS 15 would use Barlow Saxton for the same type of vehicles.

Leavenworth, the much-used road throughout Angels Gate is being used in the removal of one building.

Barlow Saxton is claimed to be the route taken by the same types of trucks for the removal of several buildings.

Barlow Saxton is rarely viewed with its gates open at Gaffey Street.

Isn't it wacky that the contractors would use a more dangerous route to remove debris from several buildings after a more well, less steep, and wider road is used to remove debris from just one building?

Ah yes, this is L.A.U.S.D. OUR community is dealing with. Why in the world should I have not considered that in the first place!

From Wacky To Just Plain NUTS!

Proposed School District Parcel Tax‏
Sent:Wed 3/04/09 1:08 PM

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Distict (PVPUSD)has provided notice to the City that the Board of Education will be discussing the possibility of ordering an election to be called in the District for approval of a a measure authorizing the District to levy a qualified special tax for educational purposes.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 6:30 P.M. at the regular meeting place of the PVPUSD Board of Education, 3801 Via La Selva, Palos Verdes Estates.

PVPUSD invites any persons interested, including all tax payers and registered voters within the District, to appear and be heard at the meeting.


RPV City Staff
It's already wacky enough that about 80% of the kids living in the Eastview area of R.P.V. attend P.V.P.U.S.D. schools without the members of their families allowed to vote on P.V.P.U.S.D. issues and races.

I wonder if P.V.P.U.S.D. wants to impose a parcel tax on properties owned by folks who have no vote or real say in P.V.P.U.S.D. matters.

ANOTHER TAX!!!! Are they NUTS?

Arnie, the State Assembly, and the State Senate already provided all of us with hefty tax increases.

Tony Villar and Janice Hahn helped see to it that parking fees in San Pedro was increased more than dramatically.

As progressive as my politics are, I simply cannot afford to be taxed one cent more.

I guess many of the folks living in Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Palos Verdes Estates, and portions of Rancho Palos Verdes can afford to pay more in taxes, but those of us living in the Eastview area ( of R.P.V.) already pay the education portion of our property taxes to the State of California for the benefit of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

If we don't get to vote in P.V.P.U.S.D. issues and a parcel tax is applied to properties in Eastview, it will surely become taxation without representation. If I remember correctly, many of our ancestors fought in a revolution to end that inequality.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Thank you so very much to all who attended the 2009 Season opener of The Relevant Stage Theatre Company's production of, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."!

The audience attendance was record-breaking. The run of the musical was extended. One of the most repeated comments heard was that it would be great if it came back in the future.

Well............... There is no guarantee yet, but talks have begun to consider doing the production again during the next Valentine's period.

Last year's season ending production of "The Christmas Carol", an adaptation of the famous Dicken's classic was received so well by so many, will return in December, 2009 and The Relevant Stage is trying to find more performance dates for that show.

It was a true hit, just like "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." has become.

However, although you are all appreciated for your wonderful attendance and great comments about these two productions, we will not stand idle and rest on the fantastic reception the two productions garnered.

Upton Sinclair's "Singing Jailbirds" is the next production coming from The Relevant Stage Theatre Company.

In late May and after the current two plays being produced by the great, wonderful, fantastic, and enjoyed Little Fish Theatre Company have ended, there will be a musical based on events that happened right in San Pedro, presented on the stage of the historic Warner Grand Theatre.

Here is a press release and information about "Singing Jailbirds"


The Relevant Stage Theatre Company is mounting a visionary musical adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s obscure 1924 play, “Singing Jailbirds”. The new production titled, UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL will feature a large cast of performers. The story is set in 1920’s San Pedro, the Port Town of Los Angeles amid the demonstrations of union activists during the worker’s movement.

UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL will feature over 35 musical numbers, including numerous songs from the IWW’s (Industrial Workers of the World) Little Red Songbook by Joe Hill, T-Bone Slim, Ralph Chaplin and other Wobbly leaders.

The score also includes popular music from the decade such as If I Could Be With You, Have A Smile, Sonny Boy, If I Had You, Love’s Ship, and more. Composer and Music Director Robert Gross, along with Writer and Lyricist, Ray Buffer also penned several original songs and the entire show consists of new musical arrangements.

The story is just as Upton Sinclair penned it: Red Adams, a leader of the Wobblies, is thrown into solitary confinement without criminal charges for peacefully demonstrating. Threatened with the charge of criminal syndicalism (a charge no longer in the State of California’s law books) Red begins to lose touch with reality as isolation and starvation begins to play with his mind.

Through Red’s delusions we see his secret past, and his perceptions of the present and future. His steadfastness to the doctrine and vision of the One Big Union is what keeps him grounded as he and his fellow workers use songs to turn pain into power and get their pleas for change heard.

In 1923, 86 years before this production, Upton Sinclair climbed the steps of a platform that striking dockworkers had built atop a hillock they named Liberty Hill. As someone held a candle for illumination, Sinclair said nothing about the 600 dockworkers who had recently been arrested for striking. He only tried to read the Bill of Rights.

He got as far as the first three lines of the 1st Amendment, the one guaranteeing freedom of speech, before he was arrested. His experience led to the writing of “Singing Jailbirds.” The ACLU of Southern California was formed the same day that Sinclair addressed the public, one week after his arrest and three years after the national ACLU had formed. Sinclair’s arrest and release also led to the empowerment of the labor movement.

Sinclair’s four-act play on which this new production of UPTON SINCLAIR’S SINGING JAILBIRDS: THE MUSICAL is based, ran for 79 performances on Broadway in 1928 and 1929.

The new musical production will run May 22 – May 24; May 29 – May 31 – 2009, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM.

Performances will be at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. WGT is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Advance tickets may be purchased at Press inquiries may be made to or (310) 929-8129.

The Relevant Stage announces auditions for the World Premiere, musical adaptation of Upton Sinclair’s 1924 play, Singing Jailbirds

Roles for 16M/3F

THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY – Male aged 30 to 50, No nonsense, all business (Bass-Baritone)
RED ADAMS – Male aged 25 to 45, Leader of the Wobblies, charismatic and smart (Lyric Tenor)
SONNY BOY – Red’s son, aged 14 to 19
PETE, JERRY, MATT, JOE & IKE – Wobblies, aged 20 to 50
(Baritones and Tenors)
THE DOMINIE – Religious Leader of the Wobblies, aged 50-70
THE CHIEF OF POLICE – Blustering and frustrated, aged 40-50
JAKE APPERSON – Red’s best friend aged 25 to 45, (Baritone)
ONE LUNG - Chinese eatery proprietor, aged 30 to 50
NELL - Female, wife of Red Adams aged 25 to 45 – (Lyric Soprano)
A JAILER – Male, aged 20 to 35
MRS. SMITH - a Neighbor – Female, aged 30 - 40
MURIEL - Female, the Stenographer for the DA, aged 20 to 30
THE BAILIFF – Male, Strong presence, aged 30 to 50
JUDGE – Male, aged 40 to 60
THE JACK-IN-THE-BOX – Male, the Defense Attorney – aged 25 to 40
SECOND JAILER – Male, aged 20 to 35
Some roles double as

Auditions will be Tuesday March 10 and Wednesday March 11, 2009 from 7PM to 9PM at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Please call (818) 287-6944 to schedule an audition time

Prepare 16 bars of a song that showcases your range. You may be asked to read from the script. If auditioning for Red Adams, please prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue.

Rehearsals begin March 16 in San Pedro, and take place weekday evenings from 7PM to 11PM. Tech rehearsals begin May 18 from 6PM to midnight. Performances are 5/22 - 5/24; 5/29 - 5/31 - 2009 - Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2:30 PM. There is also a special daytime matinee for students to attend at 12 Noon on 5/22.

Seeking volunteer talent only. Email head shots and resumes to or mail hard copies to The Relevant Stage 600 S. Pacific Ave., #220 – San Pedro, CA 90731

Ray Buffer Producing Artistic Director The Relevant Stage Theatre Company at San Pedro's Warner Grand Theatre visit:

T: 310/929.8129

Office: 600 S. Pacific Avenue, #220 San Pedro, CA 90731Venue: 478 W. 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731