By Scott French | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 4:34 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm It has been 10 years since Lynwood reached the CIF Southern Section football playoffs, and that probably isn’t going to change this year. Maybe next year or the year after that, if Coach Robert Uiagalelei’s seeds take root. The first-year head coach wants to win as badly as his players, but what he wants to accomplish can’t be defined by wins and championship trophies. The once-mighty Knights have hit bottom, and there’s a whole lot of lifting that needs to be done. “It’s a slow process,” Uiagalelei said before a 48-7 loss last week against Savanna left Lynwood 0-3-1 heading into an unforgiving San Gabriel Valley League slate. “I’m just trying to get these kids to buy in. These kids just got to learn to trust the process, believe in what we’re trying to build. “We’ll take it one day at a … [Read more...] about Football notebook: Lynwood coach needs players to ‘trust’ process; revisiting the game of the year
By David Rosenfeld | [email protected] | The Beach ReporterPUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm When SpaceX founder Elon Musk introduced the company’s first space tourist on Monday as Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, it was the first time most Americans had heard the name of the intrepid 42-year-old. So just who is the brave adventurer with enough pocket change to throw tens of millions of dollars toward a joy ride around the moon? Listed in Forbes with a net worth of $2.9 billion, Maezawa is the founder of Zozo fashion brands including the popular Zozotown website and other spinoff brands. He said he fostered a love for America through its fashion, music, art and culture… that and skateboarding in Santa Monica. “American people are very kind,” he said. Maezawa reportedly skipped college and moved to the United States with his girlfriend where he started collecting record albums and CDs. His collection … [Read more...] about Who is the Japanese billionaire and what’s with the fanciful space-art project he envisions?
By Josh Cain | [email protected] | Los Angeles Daily News PUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 4:17 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 4:25 pm The family of the woman killed when police fired at her and the man who took her hostage at a homeless outreach center in Van Nuys in July filed a lawsuit against the city last week seeking an undetermined amount of money. The lawsuit filed Sept. 13 on behalf of Jesse Pelaez, Nick Ramirez and Rebecca Tollison — the three adult children of 49-year-old Elizabeth Tollison, who was receiving services at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission when she was killed — did not specify a damage amount. Tollison was standing on the grounds of the church where the outreach center operates on the morning of June 16 when 32-year-old Guillermo Perez assaulted another woman with a knife. After police arrived, Perez confronted them, then grabbed Tollison as the officers moved toward him. From behind, he placed the knife close to her neck. That’s when … [Read more...] about Family of homeless woman killed in Van Nuys police shooting sues city, LAPD officers
By Chris Haire | [email protected] | Long Beach Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm George Mayer as a young boy, center, with the Czerwinski family. The Czerwinskis, who were Catholic, took care of Mayer and hid him from the Nazis in 1940s Poland. (Courtesy of George Mayer) A USC alum, George Mayer is a local real estate businessman who has been involved for quite some time with the local Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro. George has quite a story that drives his desire to volunteer and support children who are struggling: He was saved by families in Poland who hid him, at the behest of his parents, to protect him from the Nazis. Mayer at his Torrance office. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsGeorge Mayer as a boy with Danka Czerwinski in the 1940s. Czerwinski took care of Mayer and hid him from the Nazis in 1940s Poland. (Courtesy of George Mayer) George Mayer, right … [Read more...] about This is why one Holocaust survivor views his life as a gift – and gives back by mentoring teens
By Rich Archbold | [email protected] | Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 3:35 pm Joel Jerome Patterson, former president of the African American Heritage Society, which promotes and documents the history, culture and achievements of the Long Beach black community, has died. Patterson, 86, died of natural causes last week. He had been dealing with a kidney illness for a couple of years, according to his son, Darryl Patterson. The elder Patterson, who spent 35 years as a technical illustrator for McDonnell Douglas before its merger with Boeing, succeeded the legendary Indira Hale Tucker as the society’s president when Tucker died in 2012. Tucker and Doris Topsy-Elvord, a former member of the Long Beach City Council and Harbor Commission, founded the Heritage Society in 1997 as a financial support group for the African American Resource Center at the Burnett Neighborhood Library, 560 E. Hill St. The center is a compilation … [Read more...] about Joel Patterson, 86, led African American Heritage Society in Long Beach