By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Next weekend, Ports O’ Call Village will be overflowing with crustaceans during the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. The three-day annual event will feature games, dressed-up pets, musical acts, pirates and, of course, plenty of seafood. Festival Producer Jim Hall believes that, more than lobster, the event is about promoting San Pedro. “We’ll start to put San Pedro on the map as a happening place to go hear music and have fun,” he said. “San Pedro is a town that works hard and plays hard.” The event raises money for Harbor Interfaith Services, the Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Rotary Club and a variety of nonprofit organizations. Over 25,000 lobster meals will be served, Hall said. The most popular meal is the 1 pound steamed lobster for $17. Hall is proud that they are able to offer the same price as last year. “Unlike the rest of the world, Lobster Fest is still a bargain,” he said. The festival features Maine lobster, as Pacific lobster is not in season during the fall. There is even a lobster breakfast on Friday morning, which will feature the Red Hat Lady lobster-hat competition and raise money for the Chamber of Commerce. Other seafood and non-seafood meals will be available as well. “It’s the kind of food you’d want to find at a festival that you don’t eat at home,” Hall joked. There will be plenty of refreshments, and Bacardi will be in attendance to premiere its new mojito and pomegranate mojito drinks. Entertaining this year’s festivalgoers will be 16 bands playing rock, and some blues, music. “They’re on their way to big-time stardom,” Hall said of this year’s acts. The bands include Duress, The Binges, The Valley Dolls, Common Sense, Eagle and Talon, Great Northern, Scissors for Lefty, Bodies of Water and Ambrosia. “I’m really excited,” Hall said. “I haven’t heard rock and roll like this since the ’60s.” The Lobster Fest Web site, www.lobsterfest.com, features audio clips of many of the performers. Other attractions includes games, craft vendors, rides, kids activities with pirates and the now world-famous LobsterDog Pet Parade. The parade, which features dozens of dogs dressed like sea creatures, was the subject of German and Korean documentaries and was shown on the cheerful chef Rachael Ray’s daytime talk show in July. “It’s the story of Bob the Lobster Dog, who saved the fleet by barking when the lighthouse was out,” Hall explained. “It’s kind of corny but very creative and a fun event.” Held on Saturday at noon, the parade will raise money for Peninsula Dog Parks, Inc., the nonprofit organization that worked to establish the off-leash dog park on top of Knoll Hill. Though there are many other lobster festivals in the area, Hall believes the Port of Los Angeles event stands out because of its uniqueness and value. “We’re more affordable, we’re larger and there’s more family events going on,” he said. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Federal Reserve, which influences short-term rates, announced last week that it was cutting a key rate by a more-than-expected half point in an effort to make sure that a steep slump in housing and financial market turbulence don’t push the economy into a recession. The share of the market for adjustable-rate loans continues to decline, hitting its lowest level since March 2003, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Borrowers facing the prospect of having their initial low “teaser” ARM loans reset to sharply higher rates are trying to avert that payment shock by refinancing into fixed-rate loans. Rates on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 6.15 percent, down from 6.21 percent last week. One-year ARMs averaged 5.60 percent, down from 5.65 percent. It marked the fourth-straight weekly decline for both adjustable-rate categories. The mortgage rates do not include add-on fees known as points. Thirty-year mortgages, 15-year and five-year mortgages all carried a nationwide average fee of 0.5 point while one-year adjustable-rate mortgages had an average fee of 0.6 point. A year ago, 30-year mortgages stood at 6.31 percent, 15-year mortgages were at 5.98 percent, five-year ARMS averaged 6.00 percent and one-year ARMs were at 5.47 percent. WASHINGTON – Rates on 30-year mortgages rose for a second-straight week, a sharp rebound after hitting a four-month low. Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reported Thursday that 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.42 percent this week, up from 6.34 percent last week. Two weeks ago, the nationwide average for 30-year mortgages had dipped to 6.31 percent, the lowest level since May 17. That decline reflected a flight to safety after the turbulence in credit markets, which had increased demand for Treasury securities. Those securities heavily influence mortgage rates. Rates on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages, a popular choice for refinancing, averaged 6.09 percent this week, up from 5.98 percent last week. While rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages rose this week, rates on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages and one-year ARMs declined for a fourth-straight week.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services John Cunliffe scored twice to help Chivas USA climb back into sole possession of the Western Conference lead with a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in Salt Lake City. Paulo Nagamura added a long goal for Chivas (15-6-6, 51 points), which earned three points for the victory to break a tie with Houston in the standings. Chris Brown and Robbie Findley scored for last-place Salt Lake (5-14-9). Cunliffe, making his first start since July 4, took a low drive from Laurent Merlin and tapped it in with his thigh at the right post in the 22nd minute. Cunliffe scored again in the 54th minute when he raced on to a through ball from Sacha Kljestan and outpaced Ritchie Kotschau for his third goal of the season. Nagamura extended Chivas’ lead to 3-1 in the 58th minute when he ripped a 35-yard bomb that sailed over leaping goalkeeper Chris Seitz and just under the crossbar. Houston (14-7-6, 48 points) hosts the Galaxy (7-13-6, 27) today. FC Dallas 3, Crew 1: Abe Thompson scored two late goals to help FC Dallas wrap up an MLS playoff berth in Columbus, Ohio. Arturo Alvarez also scored for Dallas (13-11-4, 43). The loss put the Crew (7-11-10, 31) on the brink of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. Fire 2, Revolution 1: Chad Barrett scored the winning goal and had an assist for host Chicago (9-10-9, 36). Barrett scored in the 60th minute, beating Matt Reis after the goalkeeper blocked Paulo Wanchope’s shot. It was Barrett’s seventh goal of the season. Chris Rolfe tied it just before halftime off a pass from Barrett.New England is 14-7-7 (49).
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins may not play again this season.Sakho injured a thigh muscle against Stoke on April 11, while defender Tomkins dislocated his shoulder in the gym back in March.And Allardyce has now revealed that both players may play no further part in West Ham’s current campaign.“It is touch-and-go whether we can get Sakho back before the end of the season and the same with James Tomkins,” said Allardyce.“Obviously we know that Andy [Carroll] is out until next season.” Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins 1
Man City striker Sergio Aguero QPR will join Burnley in the Championship next season as Manchester City smashed the Premier League’s basement side 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium to condemn Chris Ramsey’s men to relegation.It was a tall order for the Hoops in this must-win game, with the bottom placed side needing to beat last year’s champions to keep their faint survival chances alive.And a ruthless City were just too much for the lackadaisical Londoners, as a fine finish from Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick opened up a healthy lead before the break.QPR did have the Blues worried at times, with Charlie Austin hitting the bar before having a goal chalked off for offside, while Bobby Zamora had a header cleared off the line.But any hopes of staging a miraculous comeback were well and truly shattered minutes after the restart as Aguero took advantage of some woeful defending to tuck in his second before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot.James Milner then added a fifth from close-range before David Silva rounded Rob Green to fire in a sixth to round off a thumping victory, as QPR drop back down to the second tier with a whimper.It seemed a matter of when, and not if, for QPR following a run of games which has seen them win just twice in 18 league fixtures.City dominated from the start and it took just four minutes for the hosts to take the lead; Aguero leaving Clint Hill and Steven Caulker in his wake before beating Green to give QPR and early mountain to climb.And it only got worse for the strugglers, who looked shattered as Kolarov made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark with a curling free-kick from 25 yards.Charlie Austin was the Super Hoops’ one shining light, though the striker was out of luck as he first hit the bar with a rasping shot before finding the net with a brilliantly taken header, only for the goal to be quickly ruled out for offside.And Zamora was next to go close, though he really should have buried his headed effort after Joe Hart was caught out in the City net.Leroy Fer had the England No.1 beaten with a neat lob but was denied by the crossbar. The rebound fell nicely for Zamora, but the former West Ham man’s effort lacked power, as Hart scrambled back to save.Ultimately Ramsey’s Rangers lacked conviction in all areas of the pitch as City ran riot in the second half, with Aguero again needing just four minutes to find the net after kick-off.City broke quickly from a QPR corner and a mistake from Yun Suk-young allowed the Argentine hitman to scamper forward and finished easily past a helpless Green, and his third came from the penalty spot after Silva was brought down by Matt Phillips.A fifth Man City hat-trick takes Aguero’s tally for the season up to 25 goals and cantering towards the Premier League’s golden boot.The striker turned provider minutes later to unselfishly pass for Milner to tap into an open net, and a disgraceful performance from the visitors was capped off by Silva in the dying embers.The Spanish maestro was played in by substitute Wilfried Bony’s brilliant cut-back pass before rounding and slotting past Green, who was consigned to the fourth relegation of his career and his second in a Rangers shirt. 1