Port of LA to host Grand Marshal aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises ‘Triumphant’

November 20, 2016 – The Port of Los Angeles, sponsor of the parade will host this year’s Grand Marshal, Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s ‘Rosewood’ aboard the ‘Triumphant,’ owned by Harbor Breeze Corp, Yacht Charters and Cruises. Aboard the vessel will be guests of the Grand Marshal, Port of LA staff and guests.

Harbor Breeze vessel Triumphant The ‘Christopher’ is an 85-foot, double-decked catamaran with stadium seating, custom built for the fleet in 2013. This vessel is used for harbor and whale watching tours and can be chartered for private parties, company events and wedding receptions.

The vessel is moored at Rainbow Harbor, 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. For charter or harbor cruise information call (562) 983-6880.

Jaina Lee Ortiz to serve as Grand Marshal

This year’s Grand Marshal is Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s new hit series, ‘Rosewood.’

Jaina Lee Ortiz, born Jessica Ortiz on Fort Ord military base in California, was raised in The Bronx, New York as the only child of first-generation Puerto Rican parents. At the age of nine she began taking salsa and mambo dance classes, and by the age of 15 began teaching. The following year Ortiz was traveling internationally as a professional instructor and performer.

Ortiz got her start in acting by appearing in student films. In 2009, she auditioned and was cast on the second season of VH1’s popular reality show ‘Scream Queens,’ where she competed with nine other aspiring actresses for a role in an upcoming movie. On the season finale, she was named the first runner-up. In 2013, Ortiz landed the role as a series regular in ‘The After’ produced by ‘The X-Files’ creator Chris Carter that aired on Amazon Video.

In 2015, Ortiz was cast as the female lead in ‘Rosewood,’ playing opposite Morris Chestnut which premiered on September 23, 2015 on Fox. She is very close to her family, learning many things from her father Joe Ortiz, a homicide detective that helped prepare her for her role as Detective Annalise Villa in ‘Rosewood.’

Tommy Lasorda to serve as Commodore of the Fleet

Our Commodore of the Fleet is Tommy Lasorda, Major League Baseball player and manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Thomas Charles Lasorda was born Sept. 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pa. He got his start in pro-baseball at the age of 18 as a southpaw pitcher when he signed with the Phillies in 1945, then served two years in the military. In 1948, he returned to the baseball scene with the Schenectady Blue Jays as a minor league pitcher and on May 31, 1948, set a Canadian-American League record by striking out 25 batters in a 15-inning game.

Lasorda made his major league debut on Aug. 5, 1954 with the Dodgers. He played for the Dodgers for two seasons before being traded to the Kansas City Athletics, where he pitched for one season. After the 1960 season, Lasorda ended his playing career in pro ball and became a scout for the Dodgers until 1965. He managed in the minor leagues from 1966-72, and in 1973 Tommy became a third base coach for the L.A. Dodgers.

Lasorda became the Los Angeles Dodgers manager September 29, 1976, upon Alston’s retirement. He compiled a 1,599–1,439 record as Dodgers manager, won two World Series championships in 1981 and 1988, four National League pennants, and eight division titles in his 20-year career as the Dodgers manager.

His 16 wins in 30 NL Championship games managed were the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. His 61 postseason games managed ranks fourth all-time. He also managed in four All-Star games.

Tommy Lasorda was named Vice-President of the Dodgers upon his retirement from managing in 1996. In 1998 he became the Dodgers interim General Manager, resigned after the season and was appointed as Senior Vice-President of the Dodgers. After the sale of the team to Frank McCourt, Lasorda took on his current position of Special Advisor to the Chairman where his responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for the Dodgers’ international affiliations, and representing the organization at speaking engagements and appearances.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 as a manager in his first year of eligibility. The Dodgers retired his uniform number (2) on August 15, 1997 and renamed a street in Dodgertown as “Tommy Lasorda Lane”. In 2014, a new restaurant named “Lasorda’s Trattoria” opened at Dodger Stadium.

LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade Celebrates 54th Year on December 3

SAN PEDRO, Calif. —  The 54th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade with the theme ‘Hollywood at the Harbor’ will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of Fox 11’s new hit series ‘Rosewood’ will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal presiding over this spectacular display of boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway.

Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships and harbor working craft.

Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route up the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including:

· Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington
· Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro
· Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro
· Cruise Ship Promenade, Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street, San Pedro
· Downtown Harbor, between Fire Station 112 and LA Maritime Museum, San Pedro         · 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro
· SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro
· Cabrillo Marina, Holiday Harbor and Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro

Viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center and aboard the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro. Home viewers may also watch the parade on Los Angeles CityView Channel 35. For air times, visit www.lacityview.org.

Register your boat online or at one of the three skippers’ meetings to compete for a trophy. Vessel entry fee for the parade is only $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 4th, at the Los Angeles Yacht Club. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $22 or $28 at the door.  Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.

Deadline for boat entries is Wednesday, Nov 30th. For parade, boat entry, and sponsorship information, or to purchase Awards Brunch tickets, visit www.laharborholidayafloat.org, or call Henry Rivas at (323) 487-2101 or email harborparade@gmail.com.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port. A brighter future.

Boater Registration Now Underway

        BOATER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 54th ANNUAL       LOS ANGELES HARBOR HOLIDAY AFLOAT PARADE

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — October 17, 2016 — Boaters are encouraged to register now for the 54th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 6 p.m. in the Port of Los Angeles Main Channel. This year’s theme is ‘Hollywood at the Harbor.’ Jaina Lee Ortiz, co-star of the Fox 11 series, ‘Rosewood’ will preside as Grand Marshal for the sparkling spectacular of boats celebrating the nation’s largest international trade gateway.

Officials and community leaders will take part in the parade as judges or passengers on approximately 60 parade boats. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will participate, including powerboats, sailboats, tall ships, and harbor working craft.

Boater registration for the event is now underway. The vessel entry fee for the parade is $30, which includes one admission to the Parade Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 4th, at 10 a.m. at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro. Advance tickets for the Awards Brunch are $22 or $28 at the door. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Theme, Traditional, Holiday Spirit, Most Original, Children’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Grand Marshal’s Award. Yacht Clubs will be vying for the coveted Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the yacht club with the most entries.

The deadline for boater registration is Nov 30. Register online at www.laharborholidayafloat.org. For more parade information, sponsorship information or Awards Brunch tickets, visit the website or contact Henry Rivas at (323) 487-2101 or email: harborparade@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade starts in the East Basin near Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the entire parade route through the Los Angeles Main Channel. Spectators may view the procession from several points along the Main Channel, including the Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street, Wilmington; the Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro; the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, 600 Sampson Way, San Pedro; Downtown Harbor between Fire Station 112 and LA Maritime Museum, Ports O’ Call Village, 1100 Nagoya Way, San Pedro; the Cruise Ship Promenade at Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street in San Pedro; 22nd Street Landing, 141 W. 22nd Street, San Pedro; the SS Lane Victory, Berth 46 at the end of Miner Street, San Pedro; and the California Yacht  Marina – Cabrillo Marina, Holiday Harbor and Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro.

Also that Saturday, December 3rd, viewers are invited to enjoy festive pre-parade events beginning at 4 p.m. at Banning’s Landing Community Center and Battleship IOWA from 5:30 – 9 p.m. in San Pedro.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves. As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and $35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.

The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.