Wesley Trent Snipes is an American actor, film producer, martial artist, author. His prominent film roles include New Jack City, White Men Can't Jump, Passenger 57, Demolition Man, the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy, he formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido. In 2010, Snipes began serving a three-year prison sentence in McKean County, Pennsylvania for misdemeanor failure to file U. S. federal income tax returns. He was released from prison in 2013. Snipes was born in Orlando, the son of Marian, a teacher's assistant, Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer, he grew up in the New York. He attended the High School of Performing Arts of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts but moved back to Florida before he could graduate.
After graduating from Jones High School in Orlando, Snipes returned to New York and attended the State University of New York at Purchase. He attended Southwest College in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 23, Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition, he made his film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. That year, he appeared on the TV show Miami Vice as a drug-dealing pimp in the episode "Streetwise". In 1987, he appeared as Michael Jackson's nemesis in the Martin Scorsese–directed music video "Bad" and the feature film Streets of Gold; that same year, Snipes was considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the role went to LeVar Burton. Snipes's performance in the music video "Bad" caught the eye of director Spike Lee. Snipes turned down a small role in Lee's Do the Right Thing for the larger part of Willie Mays Hayes in Major League, beginning a succession of box-office hits for Snipes. Lee would cast Snipes as the jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Mo' Better Blues and as the lead in the interracial romance drama Jungle Fever.
He played Thomas Flanagan in King of New York opposite Christopher Walken. He played the drug lord Nino Brown in New Jack City, written for him by Barry Michael Cooper, he played a drug dealer in the 1994 film Sugar Hill. Snipes has played a number of roles in action films like Passenger 57, Demolition Man, Money Train, The Fan, U. S. Marshals and Rising Sun, as well as comedies like White Men Can't Jump, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar where he played a drag queen. Snipes has appeared in dramas like The Disappearing Acts. In 1997, he won the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 54th Venice Film Festival for his performance in New Line Cinema's One Night Stand. In 1998, Snipes had his largest commercial success with Blade, which has grossed over $150 million worldwide; the film turned into a series. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an honorary doctorate in humanities and fine arts from his alma mater, SUNY/Purchase. In 2004, Snipes reprised his role in the third film, Blade: Trinity, which he produced.
In 2005, he sued the film's studio and director, respectively. He claimed that the studio did not pay his full salary, that he was intentionally cut out of casting decisions, that his character's screen time was reduced in favor of co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel; the suit was settled, but no details were released. He has discussed reprising the role of Blade as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Trinity was his last theatrical release in the U. S. until 2010. He appeared in The Contractor, filmed in Bulgaria and the UK, released in 2012, Game of Death. Snipes was slated to play one of the four leads in Spike Lee's 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna but had to leave the film due to tax problems. Snipes made a comeback performance in Brooklyn's Finest as Casanova "Caz" Phillips, a supporting character, it was his first theatrical release film since 2004, he had to turn down the part of Hale Caesar in The Expendables because he was not allowed to leave the United States without the court's approval.
In 2014, he appeared in the sequel The Expendables 3. In the late 1990s, Snipes and his brother started a security firm called the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, dedicated to providing VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement and martial arts. Amen-Ra is the name of his film company. In 1996, the first film produced by Amen-Ra was A Mighty Walk -- Dr. John Henrik Clarke. In 2000, the business was investigated for alleged ties to the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, it emerged that Snipes had spotted 200 acres of land near their Tama-Re compound in Putnam County, intending to buy and use it for his business academy. Both Snipes's business and the groups used Egyptian motifs as their symbols. Snipes and his brother did not buy the land, instead establishing their company in Florida and Africa. In 2005, Snipes was in negotiations to fight Fear Factor host Joe Rogan. Snipes began training in martial arts, he has a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido. He has trained in Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and in a number of other disciplines including kung fu at the USA Shaolin Temple and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing.
During his time in New York, Snipes was trained in fighting by mentor Brooke Ellis. Snipes has been
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977 film)
The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 American science fiction film and is the second English-language adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel of the same name, a story of a scientist who attempts to convert animals into human beings; the film stars Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carrera and Richard Basehart, is directed by Don Taylor. This movie is the second in A. I. P.'s H. G. Wells film cycle, which includes The Food of the Gods and Empire of the Ants. Ship's engineer Andrew Braddock and two other men are floating in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific following the wreck of the ship Lady Vain. One dies at sea. After seventeen days at sea and the other man land on an island, where the other man accompanying Braddock is promptly killed by animals. Braddock is nursed back to health in the compound governed by the mysterious scientist "Dr. Moreau". Besides Moreau, the inhabitants of the compound include Montgomery, a mercenary. Moreau warns Braddock not to leave the compound at night.
Moreau welcomes Braddock as an honored guest and willingly shares his fine library, but there are some strange goings-on. One day Braddock witnesses Moreau and Montgomery manhandling a chained creature, not quite human, the island is home to more than just this one. Moreau explains that they are, in fact, the hybrid products of his experiments upon various species of wild animal. Braddock is both curious. Moreau explains. At times, the human/animal hybrids still have their animal instincts and don't quite behave like a human which sometimes enrages Moreau, feeling that his experiments haven't worked successfully; that night, as Braddock is reeling from learning the truth, Maria goes to his room where they make love. The following day, Braddock takes a rifle and leaves the compound, determined to see how the hybrid creatures live, he finds several of them. Just as he is surrounded by them and about to use the rifle to defend himself, Moreau appears and restores order; the Sayer of the Law is the only one of Moreau's experimental beasts.
This reminds them. After one of the man-beasts, kills a tiger, Moreau intends to take it to the "house of pain", his laboratory, as punishment; the man-beast runs. Braddock finds it in the jungle, badly injured, where it begs him to kill it rather than return it to the lab. Braddock shoots it. Convinced that Moreau is insane, Braddock prepares to leave the island with Maria. Moreau straps Braddock to the table in his lab, he injects him with another serum so that he can hear Braddock describe the experience of becoming animalistic. Caged, Braddock struggles to maintain his humanity; when Montgomery objects to this treatment, Moreau shoots him in cold blood. Outside the compound, the angry man-beasts turn on Moreau because by killing Montgomery he has broken the rule he expected them to follow, he is killed at the compound's gate while trying to whip his attackers into submission. The man-beasts, now overpowered by their primitive natures, go on a rampage to try and break into the compound and destroy the house of pain.
Braddock, still struggling to remain human, Maria, M'Ling, the still-coherent and benign beastfolk servant women stave them off and engineer an escape through the compound. The man-beasts break in and the compound is burned. In the chaos, the wild animals which Moreau kept for his experiments are turned loose and a battle ensues between them and the hybrids. Most of the man-beasts are killed by the animals or consumed by the fire, the Sayer of the Law's throat torn out by a tiger, the Bear-Man tackled off a roof by a panther, the lion-man is mauled by a normal lion. During the final escape, M'Ling risks his life to save his companions from a lion and both fall into a pit trap. Braddock and Maria manage to float away in the lifeboat that Braddock arrived in, but are followed by one of the last man-beasts. After a battle with each other, Braddock kills the man-beast with a broken oar; some time they see a passing ship, the serum has worn off, returning Braddock to his full human state as Maria looks on with cat like eyes.
Burt Lancaster as Dr. Paul Moreau Michael York as Andrew Braddock Nigel Davenport as Montgomery Barbara Carrera as Maria Richard Basehart as Sayer of the Law Nick Cravat as M'Ling Fumio Demura as Hyenaman The movie was filmed in Saint Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands. In terms of casting, Lancaster has been described as matching Wells' description of Moreau's physical appearance, unlike the other two actors to play the role on screen, Charles Laughton in Island of Lost Souls and Marlon Brando in The Island of Dr. Moreau, both of whom were more portly and with receding hair. Actress Barbara Carrera claims there were three or four different endings imagined, including one in which her character gave birth to a kitten; that version was favored by Producer John Temple-Smith, which actor Michael York flatly refused to do. Director Don Taylor said that he did not take it and the footage was never shot. A comic-book adaptation was released by Marvel Comics the same year. Written by Doug Meonch and illustrated by Larry Hama, the comic-book adaptation had a less happy ending than the film, with Maria reverting into a cat
Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture, it lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area. Yokohama's population of 3.7 million makes it Japan's largest city. Yokohama developed as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century, is today one of its major ports along with Kobe, Nagoya, Hakata and Chiba. Yokohama means "horizontal beach"; the current area surrounded by Maita Park, the Ōoka River and the Nakamura River had been a gulf divided by a sandbar from the open sea. This sandbar was the original Yokohama fishing village. Since the sandbar protruded perpendicularly from the land, or horizontally when viewed from the sea, it was called a "horizontal beach". Yokohama was a small fishing village up to the end of the feudal Edo period, when Japan held a policy of national seclusion, having little contact with foreigners.
A major turning point in Japanese history happened in 1853–54, when Commodore Matthew Perry arrived just south of Yokohama with a fleet of American warships, demanding that Japan open several ports for commerce, the Tokugawa shogunate agreed by signing the Treaty of Peace and Amity. It was agreed that one of the ports to be opened to foreign ships would be the bustling town of Kanagawa-juku on the Tōkaidō, a strategic highway that linked Edo to Kyoto and Osaka. However, the Tokugawa shogunate decided that Kanagawa-juku was too close to the Tōkaidō for comfort, port facilities were instead built across the inlet in the sleepy fishing village of Yokohama; the Port of Yokohama was opened on June 2, 1859. Yokohama became the base of foreign trade in Japan. Foreigners occupied the low-lying district of the city called Kannai, residential districts expanding as the settlement grew to incorporate much of the elevated Yamate district overlooking the city referred to by English speaking residents as The Bluff.
Kannai, the foreign trade and commercial district, was surrounded by a moat, foreign residents enjoying extraterritorial status both within and outside the compound. Interactions with the local population young samurai, outside the settlement caused problems. To protect British commercial and diplomatic interests in Yokohama a military garrison was established in 1862. With the growth in trade increasing numbers of Chinese came to settle in the city. Yokohama was the scene of many notable firsts for Japan including the growing acceptance of western fashion, photography by pioneers such as Felice Beato, Japan's first English language newspaper, the Japan Herald published in 1861 and in 1865 the first ice cream and beer to be produced in Japan. Recreational sports introduced to Japan by foreign residents in Yokohama included European style horse racing in 1862, cricket in 1863 and rugby union in 1866. A great fire destroyed much of the foreign settlement on November 26, 1866 and smallpox was a recurrent public health hazard, but the city continued to grow – attracting foreigners and Japanese alike.
After the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the port was developed for trading silk, the main trading partner being Great Britain. Western influence and technological transfer contributed to the establishment of Japan's first daily newspaper, first gas-powered street lamps and Japan's first railway constructed in the same year to connect Yokohama to Shinagawa and Shinbashi in Tokyo. In 1872 Jules Verne portrayed Yokohama, which he had never visited, in an episode of his read novel Around the World in Eighty Days, capturing the atmosphere of the fast-developing, internationally oriented Japanese city. In 1887, a British merchant, Samuel Cocking, built the city's first power plant. At first for his own use, this coal-burning plant became the basis for the Yokohama Cooperative Electric Light Company; the city was incorporated on April 1, 1889. By the time the extraterritoriality of foreigner areas was abolished in 1899, Yokohama was the most international city in Japan, with foreigner areas stretching from Kannai to the Bluff area and the large Yokohama Chinatown.
The early 20th century was marked by rapid growth of industry. Entrepreneurs built factories along reclaimed land to the north of the city toward Kawasaki, which grew to be the Keihin Industrial Area; the growth of Japanese industry brought affluence, many wealthy trading families constructed sprawling residences there, while the rapid influx of population from Japan and Korea led to the formation of Kojiki-Yato the largest slum in Japan. Much of Yokohama was destroyed on September 1923 by the Great Kantō earthquake; the Yokohama police reported casualties at 30,771 dead and 47,908 injured, out of a pre-earthquake population of 434,170. Fuelled by rumours of rebellion and sabotage, vigilante mobs thereupon murdered many Koreans in the Kojiki-yato slum. Many people believed. Martial law was in place until November 19. Rubble from the quake was used to reclaim land for parks, the most famous being the Yamashita Park on the waterfront which opened in 1930. Yokohama was rebuilt, only to be destroyed again by U.
S. air raids during World War II. An estimated seven or eight thousand people were killed in a single morning on
Santa Ana, California
Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The United States Census Bureau estimated its 2011 population at 329,427, making Santa Ana the 57th most-populous city in the United States. Santa Ana is in Southern California, adjacent to the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles from the coast. Founded in 1869, the city is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 18 million residents in 2010. Santa Ana is a densely populated city, ranking fourth nationally in that regard among cities of over 300,000 residents. In 2011, Forbes ranked Santa Ana the fourth-safest city of over 250,000 residents in the United States. Santa Ana lends its name to the Santa Ana Freeway, it shares its name with the nearby Santa Ana Mountains, the Santa Ana winds, which have fueled seasonal wildfires throughout Southern California. The current Office of Management and Budget metropolitan designation for the Orange County Area is Santa Ana–Anaheim–Irvine, California.
Members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño are indigenous to the area. The Tongva called the Santa Ana area "Hotuuk."After the 1769 expedition of Gaspar de Portolá out of Mexico City capital of New Spain, Friar Junípero Serra named the area Vallejo de Santa Ana. On November 1, 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established within this valley; this Santa Ana Valley comprised. In 1810, year of the commencement of the war of Mexican Independence, Jose Antonio Yorba, a sergeant of the Spanish army, was granted land that he called Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Yorba's rancho included the lands where the cities of Olive, Irvine, Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and unincorporated El Modena, Santa Ana Heights, are today; this rancho was the only land grant in Orange County granted under Spanish Rule. Surrounding land grants in Orange County were granted after Mexican Independence by the new government. After the Mexican-American war ended in 1848, Alta California became part of the United States and American settlers arrived in this area.
Santa Ana was listed as a township of Los Angeles County in the 1860 and 1870 census, with an area encompassing most of what is now northern and central Orange County. It had a population of 756 in 1860 and 880 in 1870; the Annaheim district was enumerated separately from Santa Ana in 1870Claimed in 1869 by Kentuckian William H. Spurgeon on land obtained from the descendents of Jose Antonio Yorba, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city in 1886 with a population of 2000 and in 1889 became the seat of the newly formed Orange County. In 1877, the Southern Pacific Railroad built a branch line from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, which offered free right of way, land for a depot, $10,000 in cash to the railroad in exchange for terminating the line in Santa Ana and not neighboring Tustin. In 1887, the California Central Railway broke the Southern Pacific's local monopoly on rail travel, offering service between Los Angeles and San Diego by way of Santa Ana as a major intermediate station. By 1905 the Los Angeles Interurban Railway, a predecessor to the Pacific Electric Railway, extended from Los Angeles to Santa Ana, running along Fourth Street downtown.
Firestone Boulevard, the first direct automobile route between Los Angeles and Santa Ana, opened in 1935. Santa Ana was the home of the original Glenn L. Martin aviation company, founded in 1912 before merging with the Wright Company in 1916. Glenn Luther Martin created a second company of the same name in Cleveland, Ohio which merged with the Lockheed Corporation to form the largest defense contractor in the world, Lockheed Martin. During World War II, the Santa Ana Army Air Base was built as a training center for the United States Army Air Forces; the base was responsible for continued population growth in Santa Ana and the rest of Orange County as many veterans moved to the area to raise families after the end of the war. In 1958, Fashion Square Mall was built, adjoining the existing Bullock's Department Store building, built in 1954, it became a major retail center for the area. In 1987, the mall was renovated and became MainPlace Mall. Having been a charter city since November 11, 1952, the citizens of Santa Ana amended the charter in November 1988 to provide for the direct election of the Mayor who until that point had been appointed from the council membership.
The current mayor of Santa Ana is Miguel A. Pulido, the first mayor of Latino descent in the city's history and the first Mayor directly elected by the voters. Since the 1980s, Santa Ana has been characterized by an effort to revitalize the downtown area which had declined in influence; the Santa Ana Artist's Village was created around Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center to attract artists and young professionals to live-work lofts and new businesses. The process continued into 2009 with the reopening of the historic Yost Theater. Santa Ana is located at 33°44′27″N 117°52′53″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.5 square miles. 27.3 square miles of it is land and 0.2 square miles of it is water. It is the 4th most densely populated place in the United States, with a population of 300,000 or more with 12,471.5 people per sq. mile. Santa Ana is ne
Seiko Fujita, born Isamu Fujita, was a Japanese martial artist, 14th Headmaster or Soke of Kōga-ryū Ninjutsu and considered by some to be the last true ninja. Isamu Fujita was born in Tokyo, studied Kōga-ryū Wada Ha with his grandfather Fujita Shintazaemon, 13th Soke of the Kōga-ryū, he studied at Waseda and Meiji Universities, after leaving school, worked at a newspaper company. He went on to study several other martial arts and was noted as an author and collector of ancient scrolls. According to some references, "opinions are divided if he was a real ninja or a mere budō researcher."During World War II, Fujita taught Koga Ryu Ninjutsu in the Army Academy of Nakano. Fujita worked as a government security specialist. In years he was influential in teaching many traditional Japanese arts. Notable students include Motokatsu Inoue, Mabuni Kenwa, Fujitani Masatoshi, actor Tomisaburo Wakayama and Manzo Iwata, who became heir to some of his styles. Fujita left no heir for Kōga-ryū Wada Ha. Fujita Seiko published Zukai Torinawajutsu showing hundreds of Hojōjutsu ties from many different schools, several other texts on ninjutsu and martial arts.
He died of cirrhosis of the liver at about the age of 68 and suffered from hereditary angioedema. His collection, the Fujita Seiko Bunko, is housed at Odawara Castle. Title in Japanese kanji / Transcription of the Japanese title with occidental alphabet / Translation of the Japanese title / Year of publication 法術行り方繪解. 1928. "Hôjutsu yarikata zukai", "Illustrated guidance of Budo tricks". 千代天書. 1936. "Ninjutsu hiroku", "Secrets notes about ninjutsu". 1942. « Ninjutsu kara spy sen he » « From ninjutsu to spy warfare » 神道夢想流杖術図解. 1953. "Shindô Musô Ryû Jôjutsu Zukai", "The illustrated technique of the heavenly way of the short staff from the Musô's School » どろんろん最後の忍者. October 1958. "Doronron: Saigo no Ninja", "The last ninja" 拳法極意當身殺活法明解. 1958. "Kenpô Gokui Atemi Sappô Kappô Meikai", "The technique of strike the vital points from the Kenpō for kill or revive"In 1972, a big part of this book has been translated in French by Jacques Devêvre, published by the editions « Judo international », with the title: « Les points vitaux secrets du corps humain » re-published in 1998, by « Budo editions », with the title: « L’art ultime et sublime des points vitaux » 図解 手裏剣術.
June 1964. "Zukai Shurikenjutsu", "The illustrated technique of the shuriken" 図解 捕縄術. Autumn 1964. "Zukai Hojōjutsu" / "Zukai Torinawajutsu", "The illustrated technique of the binding rope" Fujita Seiko:: The Last Koga Ninja by Phillip T. Hevener ISBN 978-1436301763
Redondo Beach, California
Redondo Beach is coastal city in Los Angeles County, United States, located in the South Bay region of the Greater Los Angeles area. It is one of three adjacent beach cities along the southern portion of Santa Monica Bay; the population was 66,748 at the 2010 census, up from 63,261 at the 2000 census. Redondo Beach was part of the 1785 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant that became the South Redondo area; the city's territory has an unusual shape including an area along the beach and another strip inland from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. The primary attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach, popular with tourists and a variety of sports enthusiasts; the western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line is in North Redondo Beach. The Chowigna Indians used the site of today's Hopkins Wilderness Park Nike missile site LA-57 from 1956 to 1963, in Redondo Beach, California, as a lookout place; the wetlands located at the site of today's AES power plant in Redondo Beach were a source of foods including halibut and sea bass, of salt.
In the 1700s, the Chowigna bartered salt from the old Redondo Salt Lake, "a spring-fed salt lake about 200 yards wide and 600 yards long situated about 200 yards from the ocean", with other tribes. Their village by the lake was called "Onoova-nga", or "Place of Salt." The Chowigna were relocated to missions in 1854, when Manuel Dominguez sold 215 acres of Rancho San Pedro, including the lake, to Henry Allanson and William Johnson for the Pacific Salt Works. Moonstone Beach was a tourist attraction from the late 1880s to the early 1920s. Tourists gathered moonstones from the many mounds; the City of Redondo Beach is a Charter City in Southern California. Two thirds of the residents in LA County, the majority in Southern California, a plurality of Californians live in Charter Cities according to the 2010 US Census; as a Californian Charter City, Redondo Beach can adopt Amendments to the City Charter. In response to alleged overdevelopment, a group of Redondo’s residents formed a PAC called Building a Better Redondo and worked to place Measure DD on the ballot.
The City Council responded with Measure EE. Both measures are initiative petitions which would amend the Charter of the City of Redondo Beach by requiring both City Council approval and voter approval before a “major change in allowable land use” would become effective. However, the difference was in scope. Measure DD would apply to any zoning changes that would have the effect of converting any public land to private use. Measure DD was an initiative that earned a place on the ballot because its supporters collected over 6,000 signatures on petitions, while Measure EE was placed on the November ballot through the referral process by a vote of the Redondo Beach City Council. Out of Redondo’s 39,155 registered voters, 29,653 voted on Measure DD, 28,570 voted on Measure EE, with the turnout being 75.7 percent and 72.9 percent respectively. Measure DD passed 52.7 – 41.3 percent, Measure EE passed 50.9 – 49.1 percent. When two initiative measures conflict, the one with the greatest number of votes wins, since Measure DD defeated Measure EE by 2,884 votes, it was added to the Redondo Beach City Charter.
On July 30th, 2010 the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien confirmed that Measure DD was broad in scope, as intended by the voters. Measure DD led to the passage of Measure G, it passed, 12,622 votes to 11,422 votes. Building a Better Redondo proposed Measure A in November of 2013, which would have zoned 60 percent of the AES property as parkland and the rest – commercial. AES spent over $650K on the campaign promising everything from power failures to huge lawsuits if Measure A won. Measure A failed, with 6,553 "no" 6,295 "yes" votes. Buoyed by Measure A’s failure, AES, the operator of the powerplant and owner of the property, proposed Measure B, a mixed use development with residential and commercial components, poured over $1M into the campaign. Measure B failed, with 6,684 "no" 6,072 "yes" votes. In 2017 another activist group, Rescue Our Waterfront, which had quite a few crossover members from Building a Better Redondo, proposed Measure C; this was in reaction to a project called "The Waterfront", which moved the required boat ramp to Mole B, which would impact outrigger canoe clubs and was deemed dangerous by Harbor Patrol staff.
Measure C, or the King Harbor CARE Act, would tighten up the zoning passed in Measure G. It was designed to ensure long established recreational uses and views of the harbor were protected in future development and prevent the impacts of the proposed "Waterfront" project; the measure passed, with 9,229 “yes” votes and 6,925 “no” votes, swept Mayor Bill Brand, Councilmembers Todd Lowenstein and Nils Nehrenheim into office. The developer responded with a lawsuit. On August 9th, 2018, the California Coastal Commission certified Measure C, as is, without the additions that were suggested by its own staff, thus ending the ten year old saga. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles, over 99% of it land. Redondo Beach was part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Sp
The Karate Kid Part III
The Karate Kid Part III is a 1989 American martial arts drama film and the second sequel to The Karate Kid. The film stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith in his film debut; as was the case with the first two films in the series, it was directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, with stunts choreographed by Pat E. Johnson and the music composed by Bill Conti. In the film, with the help of his best friend, Terry Silver, the returning John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi which involves hiring a ruthless martial artist and harming their relationship. Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese is now destitute after losing all of his students, he visits his Vietnam War comrade, Terry Silver, a wealthy businessman who founded the Cobra Kai and now owns a toxic-waste disposal business. Silver vows to help him get revenge on Daniel and Mr. Miyagi and re-establish the Cobra Kai, sending Kreese on vacation to Tahiti to rest and recuperate. Upon returning to Los Angeles and Miyagi discover that the South Seas apartment complex is being converted into condominiums, leaving Miyagi unemployed and Daniel homeless.
They learn that Daniel's mother, Lucille, is in New Jersey taking care of her ill uncle. Miyagi invites Daniel to stay at his house, Daniel uses his college funds to help finance Miyagi's dream of opening a bonsai shop; as thanks, Miyagi makes him a partner at the business. When Daniel visits a pottery store across the street, he meets Jessica Andrews. Silver hires "Dynamite" Mike Barnes, a vicious karate prospect nicknamed "Karate's Badboy", to challenge Daniel at the upcoming All Valley Karate Tournament. Silver sneaks into Miyagi's house to gather information and overhears Daniel telling Miyagi that he will not defend his title at the tournament. Barnes and some cohorts attempt to coerce Daniel to enter the tournament, but Daniel refuses, Barnes departs in a rage; the next morning, as Daniel and Miyagi are practicing kata, Silver interrupts and lies about John Kreese suffering a fatal heart attack after losing his students, begs forgiveness for Kreese's behavior. Barnes and his friends return to make Daniel sign up for the tournament.
After driving Jessica home and Miyagi return to find their stock of bonsai trees missing and a tournament application hanging in place. To replace the missing trees and Jessica decide to dig up and sell a valuable bonsai tree that Miyagi brought from Okinawa, planted halfway down a cliff; as they retrieve it, Barnes and his henchmen appear and retract their climbing ropes, leaving Daniel no choice but to sign up for the tournament. After pulling them back up, Barnes breaks the tree. Daniel returns to the shop with Miyagi's damaged bonsai. Miyagi tells Daniel that he sold his truck to buy a new stock of trees, refuses to train him for the tournament. Silver offers to "train" Daniel for the tournament at the Cobra Kai dojo with a series of brutal, offensive techniques, he derides Miyagi's kata forms and pressures Daniel to destroy a wooden practice dummy, causing him several injuries in the process. Throughout his training, Daniel's frustration alienates him from Miyagi. While Daniel and Jessica are at a nightclub, Silver bribes a random man into provoking a fight with Daniel, who responds by punching the man and breaking his nose.
Shocked by his aggressive behavior, Daniel makes amends with Jessica and Miyagi. Daniel visits Silver to inform him that he will not compete at the tournament, but Silver reveals his true agenda to Daniel as Barnes enters the dojo. Daniel attempts to leave, but Kreese pops out from behind the cardboard cut-out and blocks him, revealing himself to be alive all along. After Barnes viciously attacks Daniel, Miyagi intervenes and agrees to train him, they begin training. At the tournament, Barnes reaches the final round to challenge Daniel. Silver and Kreese instruct Barnes to inflict serious damage on Daniel, keep the score a tie, beat him in the sudden death round. Barnes gets the upper hand during the fight while taunting Daniel relentlessly; when the initial round concludes, Daniel wants to quit. In the sudden death round, Daniel performs the kata. Barnes viciously pounds the ground in frustration and Silver walks away in disgrace while the crowd throws their Cobra Kai shirts back at him. Daniel and Miyagi embrace each other in celebration.
Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso Noriyuki "Pat" Morita as Mr. Miyagi Robyn Lively as Jessica Andrews Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver Martin Kove as John Kreese Sean Kanan as Mike Barnes Jonathan Avildsen as Snake Randee Heller as Lucille LaRusso Pat E. Johnson as Referee Rick Hurst as Announcer Frances Bay as Mrs. Milo Joseph V. Perry as Uncle Louie Jan Tříska as Milos Glenn Medeiros as Himself Gabriel Jarret as Rudy The film maintains an approval rating of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews; the film's consensus reads: "Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence". It did less business than the first two films, grossing $39 million at the box office, it was dismissed including Roger Ebert, who praised the first two films. His colleague, Gene Siskel did not recommend the movie, though he commende