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Regular contributor ("Carson City Limits" and other content) for Random Lengths (circulation 56,000) in San Pedro, CA, 2001-present. Manga reviewer: LA Alternative (circulation 150,000), 2005-2006. Some manga reviews also ran in NY Press around this time. Entertainment reporting: Music Connection (circulation 75,000), 1983-1906. Travel writing: Oakland Tribune (1998) and Life After 50 (2006). Other bylines: Goldmine, Star Hits, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Blade, BAM, Daily Breeze, LA Weekly. Specializations include community news reporting, writing reviews (book, theater, concert, film, music), copywriting, resumes, editing, travel writing, publicity, screenwriting, lecturing, and content development. Education: B. A. Theater Arts, UCLA. Post-grad work, Education, Chapman University.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Random Lengths News, June 8-21, 2017: Trumpers Shout Down Barragan

Link to my story in the current issue of Random Lengths, "Trumpers Shout Down Barragan" is below:

The lede appears below:
Rep. Nanette Barragán hosted a town hall June 1 in the auditorium at Stephen M. White Middle School in Carson, but it was disrupted by about two dozen Trumpers from the Beach cities and Orange County.
Barragan’s standard town hall format is a 15- to 20-minute recounting of her biography after she’s been introduced. Then she opens the meeting up to questions from the audience.
The 90-minute town hall started at 6:30 p.m. with an estimated 200 in attendance, including Carson Mayor Albert Robles (who introduced Barragán), Councilman Jawane Hilton, former Mayor Jim Dear and former Mayor Vera Robles-DeWitt.
Barragán started her first town hall in Carson by recounting her biography as a student in the city’s school before the Trump contingent interrupted her.
“You’re disrespecting our flag,” they shouted, as they stood up and said the pledge of allegiance. About half the room joined in.
Barragán continued her introduction, remarking that she was the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who went on to college. Only about 10 percent of students in “this district” go to college, she said.
“We have a president who’s acting like he can do anything,” Barragán said.
The group in Trump gear started chanting:  “Build that wall, build that wall” and “We want Trump” and “Respect our president.”
Some other audience members boo’ed and shouted at them. Barragán kept on talking into the mic but nobody could hear hear over the shouting and chanting.

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