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Long Beach

1ST DISTRICT’S VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTING HAS ALREADY REACHED 2010 LEVEL


From LBReport.com:  Registered voters in Long Beach’s 1st district, who usually have one of the lowest turnouts for elections, have already cast more vote-by-mail ballots in the Long Beach Primary Nominating Election than they did during the last citywide election in April of 2010.e ‘The increased use of the vote-by-mail option—which will be the first reported when the polls close Tuesday  at 8 p.m.—is […]

1ST DISTRICT’S LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS HAS CLIMBED BY 60 PERCENT SINCE APRIL 2010


From LBReport.com: An analysis of Long Beach voter registration figures by LBREPORT.com shows that the number of registered voters in Long Beach’s 1st council district jumped by 60 percent between the last citywide election in April 2010  and the most-recent reported figure on March 6, 2014. Translated, 8,515 new names have been added to the list of the […]

CREATING A ‘MISSING PICTURE’ OF CAMBODIA’S HOLOCAUST


"The Missing Picture," Rithy Panh's account of his teenage years under the Khmer Rouge, gets its American debut today at The Art Theatre---and is up for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars this Friday.

FORBES.COM: BOEING MAY BUILD ITS 777X AIRLINER IN LONG BEACH


Only weeks after Boeing announced that it would shut down most operations in Long Beach in 2015, Forbes.com reports the company may use this area's experienced workforce to build its 777x widebody commercial airliner.

BELLFLOWER WOMAN SAYS HER FATHER’S FUNERAL WAS RUINED BY MORTUARY’S I.O.EULOGY


BY RANDY ECONOMY/Los Cerritos Community News:  For Evelyn Hileman of Bellflower, the Sept. 13 death of her father, Michael Henry Gregory, after a short bout with cancer was a shock that only became more shocking at his Sept. 20 memorial when the mortuary and cemetery harangued her about an outstanding bill during the ceremony, eventually […]

A COMMUNITY CONFERENCE WITH A QUESTION: “WHICH WAY, WESTSIDE?”


A community conference rooted in a just-the-facts account of health and academic-performance conditions on Long Beach’s Westside has attracted a caliber of public officials, private foundations, pedigreed academics, comprehensive databases—and complimentary continental breakfasts—that could empower real change in the neighborhoods that flank Santa Fe Avenue. Impressive. However, the free event—set for this Saturday (Oct. 19) […]

KELLYE TAYLOR REMEMBERED FOR GIVING HER VERY BEST TO THE VERY LAST


Kellye Taylor’s family and friends—as well people who had never met the 53-year-old teacher at Long Beach’s Huntington Academy—gathered Saturday around the spot in Orizaba Park where 24 hours earlier she was sitting in a lawn chair watching some of her students play. That’s one of the ways they want to remember Kellye Taylor. But […]

BLUESMAN PAYS HIS DUES & WAITS FOR A KARMIC BOOMERANG


Bluesman Bill Grisolia is proud someone admired his JBL amplifiers enough to jack them, but now he'd like to get them back. If you spot one, give him a call at 562.762.8317.

LBREPORT.COM WILL ISSUE TRAVELER’S CHECKS ON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS


After Long Beach City Auditor announced she will investigate the travel expenses of Harbor Commissioners, LBReport.com announced it will review the travel expenses of the Mayor and members of the City Council.

“LOCKDOWN” AT LOS CERRITOS SCHOOL: NOT TELLING IT LIKE IT IS


How did a detailed inaccuracy make its way into a Press-Telegram news story? The P-T reporter and the sergeant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's substation in Lakewood each say fault lies with the other.

HAVE-A-GREATER BIXBY PARK: THEY PICNICKED WITH A PURPOSE


It was a warm summer day during the Jazz Age, and newly arrived residents of a Southern California boomtown called Long Beach—an inordinate number of them from Iowa—longed for a taste of home. They gathered at a park a little east of downtown to celebrate the community ties they shared back in their home state. […]

LB ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERING $30 VOUCHERS TO SPAY/NEUTER PETS


From a City of Long Beach press release: During the month of August residents of the five cities served by Long Beach Animal Care Services—Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Seal Beach and Signal Hill—are eligible to receive vouchers worth up to $30 toward the cost of spaying or neutering pets at participating veterinary hospitals and […]

ACHING-BAKING HEARTS, DC JETS, GAY MAYORS, FORGIVING GODS


Our readers just gotta write---it seems there's something called the First Amendment that entitles them---and we think it makes them seem so grown up.

THIS HALO DON’T LIE—IN LONG BEACH, ‘HOOD’ NOW SHORT FOR ‘SAINTHOOD’


In calculating America's 10 Most-Saintly Cities for GreaterLongBeach.com's List o' the Week, a real estate firm ended up placing halos over some pretty unheavenly places---and Long Beach's No. 9 rating wasn't nearly as surprising as the first-place finish by New York City.

BE S.A.F.E. PROGRAM ADDS HOURS AND ACTIVITIES AT EIGHT LONG BEACH PARKS


Eight parks located in some of Long Beach’s most-crowded neighborhoods will stay open a few more hours and offer a special menu of services when the Be S.A.F.E program is introduced Monday (July 8) by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Be S.A.F.E. is an acronym for a slate of “Summer Activities in a […]

OC WEEKLY REPORTS: REGISTER MAY START A NEWSPAPER IN LONG BEACH


Sources tell OC Weekly Executive Editor Gustavo Arellano that Long Beach is on the radar of Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner, who is reportedly considering starting a newspaper to compete with whatever the Press-Telegram has become.

AFTER THREE WEEKS, IS IT TECHNICALLY CORRECT TO CALL ANNA RUBIN LBLGP’S “NEW” ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR?


Anna Rubin is the new Administrative Director for Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc., according to a press release distributed by the organization early Wednesday afternoon. But perhaps you already knew. The same release points out that Rubin’s appointment became effective more than three weeks ago—-on May 13. If only they’d waited just a […]

HAVE-A-GREATER EARTH DAY WITH PEDAL, SOLAR & MUSICAL POWER


It's Earth Day, dedicated to the proposition that people really should remember not to shit where they eat---at least on one day each year, and we've come up with a short list of fun and healthy things to do, which we hope you won't poo-poo.

OBSERVATION BAR ON QUEEN MARY: MORE PAST WOULD BE A BLAST


The Observation Bar on the Queen Mary is commonly promoted as a "blast from the past," but if GreaterLongBeach.com contributor Bill Cwiklo were to blast the place for anything, it would be for not sufficiently honoring more of its past.

LBREPORT EDITORIAL: CRIME STATS, MAPS CITY HALL DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE


Long Beach City Hall didn’t want you to see the maps showing the areas of the city where crimes are and where they are not. You weren’t supposed to know the different—sometimes very different—levels of violent crime from one Council district to another. You were supposed to accept what City Hall told news reporters—who then […]

PUBLIC EXCLUDED FROM COUNCIL DISCUSSION OF CIVIC CENTER SALE


Tonight's Long Beach City Council meeting includes a closed-session discussion---meaning no public and no press---about the sale of the Civic Center.

CA DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE DENIES LB $10M REIMBURSEMENT IN REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS


LONG BEACH — The California Department of Finance notified Long Beach city management in writing over a month ago that it is denying roughly $10 million claimed as reimbursable costs by the City of Long Beach in the wake of Sacramento’s legislative dissolution of local redevelopment agencies. The action comes after city halll disputed a […]

‘AND THEN THERE WERE NONE’: AN AGATHA CHRISTIE MYSTERY IN LONG BEACH


LONG BEACH – When it comes to “who done it,” nobody does it better than Agatha Christie. And even amongst Christie’s work, “And Then There Were None” holds top billing as her bestselling book – ever. The book will be performed on the Long Beach Playhouse mainstage, opening Jan. 19 and continuing until Feb. 16. […]

PORTIONS OF LB WON’T HAVE A STATE SENATOR UNTIL DECEMBER 2014


LONG BEACH — Quick quiz: if you live in Belmont Shore or Los Altos east of Bellflower Blvd. — and maybe east of Clark Avenue — who’s your new state Senator? Answer: you don’t have a state Senator…and you won’t have one for the next two years. And a very small chunk of western West […]

LB MAYOR FOSTER TO DECIDE BY YEAR’S END TO PURSUE 3RD COUNCIL TERM


Interviewed on Art Levine’s Straight Talk TV, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster says he won’t be seeking statewide office and will decide whether to seek a third term as Mayor (via write-in) by the end of this year. “I love being Mayor. I think I’ve done a very good job for this city. I do […]

PROPOSED LACO ‘PARCEL TAX’ COULD COST LBUSD ESTIMATED $715K EACH YEAR


LONG BEACH — At its meeting tonight, the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education will vote on an LBUSD management-recommended item that would oppose the proposed “parcel tax” on all L.A. County property owners, sought by L.A. County management to pay for stormwater clean-up and anti-pollution measures. In its agenda item, LBUSD management […]

RE-TELLING 2012: HIDDEN BEAUTY OF ROSE PARK’S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL


The Rose Park Bluegrass Festival tranforms a quiet, historic neighborhood into a full-on music festival venue. In only its second year, the event already feels like a Long Beach summer tradition.

LBUSD, MAYOR FOSTER ISSUE STATEMENTS ABOUT NEWTOWN SCHOOL SHOOTING


LONG BEACH — At midafternoon, Long Beach Unified School District and Mayor Bob Foster issued statements expressing condolences to the community of Newtown, Conn., which earlier today suffered one of the nation’s most violent school shootings. According to law enforcement, 20-year-old Adam Lanza — armed with four guns and wearing a bullet-proof vest — killed […]

‘KING TIDE’ CAUSES SEAWALL LEAKAGE ALONG NAPLES CANAL


Long Beach had its highest tide of the season today — roughly 7.3 feet — with a “king tide” at about 8:17 a.m. The periodic natural phenomenon — caused by the Earth, moon and sun lining up to create a strong gravitational tide force — as expected caused seawater to cover most of the beach […]

JENNI RIVERA FANS FLOCK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO GRIEVE SINGER’S DEATH


Latin music sensation Jenni Rivera, a native of Long Beach, has apparently been killed in a tragic plane crash in Mexico on Sunday. Rivera was a passenger on a small jet and sources are saying that at approximately 3:25 am with two pilots and five passengers including Rivera lost contact with air traffic controllers near […]

THE GREATER LONG BEACH GUIDE TO HOLIDAY ARTS, EATS & EVENTS


Heeeeere's the Holiday Season! Nervewracking? O, Holy Night! But don't worry. Heeeere's the GREATER LONG BEACH HOLIDAY ARTS, EATS & EVENTS GUIDE---an everything-you'll-need list of the best ways to happy holidays.

LB COUNCIL DENIES TITLE LOAN OUTLET AT SOUTH WRIGLEY GATEWAY


Following a hard-fought, nearly 90 minute hearing, the City Council voted 9-0 to deny applicant Pennbrooke Financial Services, LLC’s request for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a Title Loan outlet at the South Wrigley gateway of PCH/Pacific. The hearing pitted grassroots neighborhood advocates/appellants — including Mike Fukui, Mauna Eichner, Jack Smith, Colleen McDonald and […]

LA COUNTY OWES 47 CITIES; STATE DEMANDS $17.1M FROM CERRITOS


The California Supreme Court this week ruled that Los Angeles County improperly withheld more than $10 million in property tax administration fees. Monday’s decision comes from a lawsuit (City of Alhambra, et al. v. Los Angeles County) filed by 47 cities, including Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill, challenging the fee on the grounds that […]

THIS YEAR, LET SANTA WAIT ON YOU—AND “SIR GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT”


Heeeeere's the Holiday Season! Nervewracking? O, Holy Night! But don't worry. Heeeere's the GREATER LONG BEACH HOLIDAY ARTS, EATS & EVENTS GUIDE---an everything-you'll-need list of the best ways to happy holidays. The first installment of the "Greater Long Beach Holiday Arts, Eats & Events Guide" recommends a 14th-century tale performed by LB Shakespeare Company to avoid an early Santa overdose.

TRAFFIC CIRCLE SIGNATURE LOAN OUTLET APPROVED, SHOTSPOTTER SHOT DOWN


LONG BEACH — City leaders on Tuesday night approved a conditional use permit allowing a signature loan company to operate in East Long Beach. Nevada-based Dollar Loan Center was one of the three high-interest lending applicants exempted from a one-year moratorium on new signature loan, payday loan, vehicle title loan and checking cashing businesses. City […]

LB COUNCIL TO DECIDE FUTURE OF TRAFFIC CIRCLE SIGNATURE LOAN OUTLET


In a hot-button hearing tonight on an issue that has spawned an unusual crosstown alliance, the City Council will decide whether to grant a Conditional Use Permit letting a firm offering “signature loans” open in the Traffic Circle area. Nevada-based Dollar Loan Center is seeking to operate in the Traffic Circle area at 2004 Ximeno […]

LOWENTHAL OUT-POLLED DELONG IN NEARLY EVERY LB COUNCIL DISTRICT


Data released by the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder — all precincts reporting but unofficial, not yet final figures — indicate that in the Long Beach-west Orange County 47th Congressional district race, State Sen. Alan Lowenthal won, and Councilman Gary DeLong lost, in every Long Beach City Council district in which they were on the ballot […]

OBAMA RE-ELECTED, LOWENTHAL AND ROHRABACHER WIN CONGRESS SEATS


President Barack Obama will move forward with a second term in office, defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney in a close and costly election that saw both parties spend about $6 billion. Locally, the competitive congressional campaigns of Sen. Alan Lowenthal and Long Beach Councilman Gary DeLong concluded with Lowenthal’s victory to represent the 47th District. […]

ZOMBIE WALK’S LOGAN CROW: YOU CAN’T KEEP A DEAD MAN DOWN


A year after Logan Crow brought the Zombie Walk downtown to "catastrophic success"---massive attendance, massive debt---and called out Long Beach officials, amends were made to create a better model for Zombie Walk V on Saturday (Oct. 27).

LOWENTHAL COUNTERS RICH TV AD BLITZ BY STAGING SIMPLE POLITICAL PLAY


Facing a multi-million-dollar blitz of campaign ads for Republican congressional candidates by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Democrat Alan Lowenthal has invited specific local business owners to a Retro Row eatery today to snack and chat---and show specifically invited local reporters that he's down with business, too.

AN “AMERICANA ENTHUSIAST” COMES BACK TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED


"We live in a theme park world," says Charles Phoenix, who presents his 'Big Retro Slide Show' at the Art Theatre on Saturday. "I grew up in a theme park environment, in Southern California, and wherever you go, everyone is trying to be a little bit theme park."

DAN PRESSBURG’S OPINION: COUNCIL SHOULD REJECT PREDATORY LENDERS


Title loan companies tend to locate in areas close to low-income families, people who may be in such desperate financial difficulty that they are willing to put their automobiles in jeopardy by using them as collateral for short-term, high-interest loans.

ENDEAVOR’S PASS ABOVE THE QUEEN MARY WAS A MOMENT OF POETRY


There was enormous poetry in being on the Queen Mary grounds as Endeavor passed overhead---one historic vehicle and feat of engineering joining another in retirement---and there were many moist eyes amid the cheering. Besides a beautiful and moving moment, it was the kind of event that enhances the Queen Mary's standing.

LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH! BECAUSE IT IS!


We’re looking at a press release from Long Beach Main Library manager Darla Wegener that's titled “Long Beach Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month.” Who knew? And the first paragraph says Library Card Sign-Up Month has been around since 1987. Who knew?

“TROJAN BARBIE:” HOW PEOPLE ARE TREATED WHEN THEY ARE DEFEATED


In "Trojan Barbie," playwright Christine Evans puts history under the microscope in an examination of how winners have tended to treat losers. If you are a loser, you already know. If you are a winner, here's a tip: don't lose. At the Garage Theatre through October 13.

FLORES-GIBSON’S ASSEMBLY RUN DOES A LAP ON GREATER LB RADIO


The long-and-winding—and occasionally strange—campaign trail of California Assembly candidate Martha Flores Gibson this morning will take loop or two through Greater Long Beach Radio, where her conversation with host Dave Wielenga is likely to add to each of those categories. The program can be heard live at 11 a.m. on KBEACH.org, and will be available […]

“SAVE BERTH 55″ CAMPAIGN COMES TO CITY COUNCIL TO FIND IT MUST COME BACK


After citizens from Save Berth 55 waited long and patiently for the Long Beach City Council to reach item No. 22.1 on Tuesday night's agenda, Councilmember Gary DeLong immediately moved that the the issue be postponed until the same time next at the request of the Port of Long Beach.

DAVID CRONENBERG’S “COSMOPOLIS” AND ITS INDICTMENT OF CAPITALISM


In "Cosmopolis" (now playing at the Art Theatre), director David Cronenberg uses a limo ride across New York City with Robert Pattinson to argue (in so, so, so many words) that capitalism is carrying us to hell.

GARCIA WON’T JOIN HIS CONSTITUENTS AT BERTH 55 FORUM AFTER MEETING WITH PORT AND FIRE BRASS IN HIS OFFICE


Although some of Vice Mayor Robert Garcia’s 1st district constituents are among the organizers of Thursday evening’s Berth 55 Community Forum—intended to persuade Port of Long Beach officials not to demolish the longtime seafood-and-sportfishing gathering place—Garcia has indicated he does not plan to attend. Apparently, Garcia got all the meeting he needed on the subject on Aug. 14 […]

OUR APOLOGIES: A HARD WAY TO RELEARN JOURNALISM’S FIRST LESSON


Next Friday’s community meeting at iconic Berth 55—where the Port of Long Beach is forcing out four long-standing businesses to build a fire station—is still on. It’s set for Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., exactly as GreaterLongBeach.com reported Wednesday. However, nearly every other aspect of that report was incorrect—in some aspects, profoundly so—and represented  a […]

LECOURS HQ: KNABE TALKS SEX TRAFFICKING, BUDGETS AND MED-POT


Michelle Lecours of LECOURS HQ recently spoke with Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. Knabe, whose 4th district encompasses Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles area, in a three-part interview discusses child sex trafficking — the center of his office’s recent anti-sex trafficking public awareness campaign – as well as fiscal budgets. He also […]

PUBLIC FORUM: GIVE YOUR 2 CENTS ON PORT DECISION TO 86 OLD BERTH 55 ON AUG. 30


Business reporter Sean Belk says Port of Long Beach officials will hold a public forum regarding Berth 55 seafood restaurant and sportfishing docks on Aug. 30---only 82 days before the deadline the Port gave those business owners to be off the premises.

TAMING OF SHREW: LB SHAKE FUNNIES UP FARCE BY FOCUSING ON NUANCE


"The Taming of the Shrew" isn't The Bard's greatest work, but LB Shakespeare Company makes it pop, flavoring each joke with inflection and facial expression necessary to make the jibes work---not just as points of humor, but as true repartee. Today through Sept. 9.

HAVE-A-GREATER-WEEKEND: OF SANDMEN, SHAPING UP, MAKING MOVIES


Why is the Great Sand Sculpture Contest---which turns 80 this year--so popular? Maybe it's the whimsical fun. Or could it be its metaphor for our fleeting presence on the planet? I'm scared!

DEAD BODY FOUND LYING OUTSIDE LB CITY HALL; INFO SLOW FROM LBPD


A dead body was lying outside Long Beach City Hall as people arrived at the downtown civic center at a bit past 7 o’clock this morning. It went publicly unmentioned by the Long Beach Police Department for more than six hours

THE LOCAL NORM: MAYOR BIG BOY HOPES TO PULL A FAST (FOOD) ONE, TOO


"If Chick-fil-A has taught us anything," says Mayor Bob 'Big Boy' Foster, pushing a budget that slashes basic services and keeps things cushy for his inner circle, "it's that hateful ideas seem almost patriotic when accompanied by hot fat and hig h-fructose corn syrup."

RICHARDSON RESPONDS TO ETHICS COMMITTEE REPORT


Long Beach Congresswoman Laura Richardson this morning spoke on the House floor to criticize the House Ethics Committee report about her ethical violations in office. The House formally adopted the bipartisan report and reprimanded Richardson for breaking seven laws, rules or standards of conduct for her improper use of House resources for campaign and personal […]

LAURA RICHARDSON REPRIMANDED, FINED $10,000 BY HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE


Laura Richardson, whose meteoric rise from the Long Beach City Council to the State Assembly to the House of Representatives in less than a year left a vapor trail of controversy, has been reprimanded and fined by congressional ethics investigators.

THE PROBLEMS WITH “MACBETH” BEGIN WITH THE GUY WHO WROTE IT


GreaterLongBeach.com theatre reviewer Greggory Moore has never much liked "Macbeth," and after attending the Long Beach Playhouse production ... he still doesn't.

IS THE MUSIC OVER FOR PANAMA JOE’S? COUNCIL TO VOTE ON LIVE ENTERTAINMENT PERMIT


LONG BEACH — City leaders are expected tonight to formally vote on a permit renewal allowing dancing and live music at Panama Joe’s, a popular 2nd Street restaurant at Belmont Shore. The city’s Department of Financial Management and Long Beach Police Department both recommended denial of the permit renewal. LBPD in a 31-page report detailed […]

LOCAL NORM: A ROAR O’ GUNPLAY ECHOES IN CIVIL WAR REPLAYS


On a weekend when re-creation of comic-book violence turned tragic, some at El Dorado Park's two-day Civil War Re-Enactment wondered whether firing blanks and pretending to fall dead was really such a great idea, anymore. Norm de Ploom reports in The Local Norm.

AGRARIAN TRADITION RENEWED TWICE WEEKLY, INCLUDING FRECKLED FARM KID


The Lincoln Spring Farmstand sells near-flawless vegetables and fruits grown on 1.5 acres of urban land---and tended by 12-year-old volunteer Eric Fuson---from a shaded wooden structure at Spring & Elm on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SAM FINALIZES DATES, LINEUPS FOR DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS AND FUNKFEST


Long Beach’s Summer and Music (SAM) has finalized the details of its three remaining shows, setting an August 4 date for “Dancing in the Streets,” which will feature Nick Waterhouse and a host of local and national DJs, as well announcing the lineup for the August 18 Long Beach Funkfest. The Funkfest lineup is decidedly […]

AL AUSTIN: A CARPETBAGGER COMES HOME A WINNER


After losing a race in another district, then the support of Long Beach's power elite, Al Austin's 8th district neighbors elected him their councilmember.

THE GREATEST WAY TO REVITALIZE BIXBY PARK—GO THERE


Editor’s Note: Claudia Schou, one of the founders of Friends of Bixby Park, was a featured guest on the Feb. 1, 2012, edition of Greater Long Beach Radio. To listen to the interview any time, click here. +++++          +++++          +++++ The process of renovating Bixby Park can sometimes feel like an eternal purchase order, a manifest for […]

LISTEN TO ALICIA MURPHY & Sé REED SING AND BE SISTERLY


A link to Greater Long Beach Radio's delightful and moving interview with singer/songwriter Alicia Murphy and her older sister, Sé Reed, is available 24/7.

HAVE-A-GREATER BIXBY PARK: ART UNDER UMBRELLAS, JAZZ ATOP BAND SHELL


With two more events this weekend---the Arts Under The Umbrellas exhibit Saturday, the Poly Jazz Combo's regular evening gig Sunday---all the talk about Bixby Park's revitalization isn't just talk.

LECOURS HQ: REFLECTIONS OF PUBLIC OFFICE WITH RAE GABELICH


Is Long Beach Councilwoman Rae Gabelich really done with the dais? Journalist Michelle Lecours in cooperation with PBS Southern California chats with the 8th District’s two-term representative about her accomplishments in office, the political frustrations fracturing City Hall, and the city’s upcoming mayoral race. Gabelich confirmed she won’t run for a third term as a […]

THE SNAKE, MONGOOSE AND LIONS: BIXBY KNOLLS GIVES THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES


Forty years after Don "The Snake" Prudomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen closed Lions Drag Strip forever, they will be at the Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo and Car Show on Saturday to share the memories of a lost-forever era.

DA FILES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AGAINST ALLEGED LB CODE ENFORCEMENT SHOOTER


The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 15 felony counts against Anthony Glen Gorospe, 51, who allegedly shot a Long Beach city code enforcement inspector in the face, then engaged in day-long standoff with LBPD. The charges are: one count of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder; three counts of attempted murder of a […]

YOUR KITCHEN NIGHTMARES DREAM COME TRUE IN BIXBY KNOLLS


LONG BEACH — British chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay will be filming episodes of his Fox show Kitchen Nightmares in Long Beach tonight. And your invited to dine as the cameras roll. Ramsay and his crew will be at Nino’s Italian Restaurant in Bixby Knolls starting tonight through July 12 and are currently taking […]

HAV-A-GREATER WEEKEND: FIRST FRIDAY IN THE KNOLLS AND A FIRST-THING SATURDAY STROLL


Hav-A-Greater Weekend is not a command or strategy or even a guide to packing Friday, Saturday and Sunday with enough fun to get through the rest ofthe week. It's a shared response to our spontaneous inspiration ... and a wish: Hav-A-Greater Weekend!!!

BUST BUSTED? JUNE MEDPOT RAID BY LBPD CAPTURED ON VIDEO


LONG BEACH — In yet another layer of controversy for Long Beach’s battle over the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries, a video posted on YouTube this week reportedly shows Long Beach Police Officers using excessive force while raiding a local dispensary. The raid occurred June 19 at the THC Downtown Collective, an example of what LPBD […]

“HUNTER GATHERERS”: DARWINIAN LOVE STORY AT GARAGE CLOSES JULY 28


Two married couples, friends since they went to prom together 17 years ago, renew an annual ritual to commemorate their love for each other. What could go wrong? The answer runs at the Garage Theatre through July 28.

SHE PUTS MUSIC ON, HE PUTS MOVES ON, SHE TELLS HIM TO CALL, AND SUDDENLY HE’S AXING HER … FOR SEX


By Jack Chavdarian / Daily 49er To some, “Call Me Maybe” may just be a dumb pop song that’s playing nonstop on the radio. To others, it may be just the push they need to hand their number over to an axe murderer. “I just met you, and this is crazy,” sings Carly Rae Jepson, […]

WITHOUT STARRY NIGHTS, DO PEOPLE FORGET HOW TINY THEY ARE?


As city light obscures the celestial show that has humbled people through history, filmmaker Ian Cheney's "The City Dark" suggests "we're losing this reference point, a sense of perspective ... a sense of our place in space."

BALLOT MEASURE PUSHES FOR OIL PRODUCTION TAX REVENUE TO FUND LONG BEACH PUBLIC SERVICES


LONG BEACH — With City Hall’s General Fund straining to provide core services amid the prospect of further cuts, Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, joined by Councilmembers Steven Neal and Rae Gabelich, propose using an already-required November 2012 city election to update and adjust LB’s oil production taxes — paid by oil producers — to more closely […]

GREATER LB RADIO LINK: HEAR “LOLPERA” CREATORS SEPARATE IDIOTIC FROM EPIC


Here's a link to the Greater Long Beach Radio episode on which "LOLPERA" creators Andrew Pedroza and Ellen Warkentine share their observations on the unlikely journey of their epic parable about cats, cheezburger and the search for meaning.

LECOURS HQ: REDEVELOPMENT 101 WITH SIGNAL HILL’S LARRY FORESTER


Journalist Michelle Lecours in a two-part interview sat down with Signal Hill Councilman and three-time mayor Larry Forester to talk about redevelopment in Signal Hill and Long Beach. Forester knows more than a thing or two about it — he’s chaired his city’s redevelopment agency three times. In layman’s terms, he explains the economic role […]

LB LOBBYISTS AT CAPITOL HILL ADVICE ON STALLED FEMA BILL


The City of Long Beach’s federal legislative advocacy/lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. advised city management as part of a routine legislative update on June 5 that a previously stalled flood insurance bill — which includes a section that could require thousands of homeowners and commercial property owners in low-flood risk parts of Long Beach and […]

LB LIBRARY’S SUMMER READING CLUB: APPARENTLY, SO GOOD IT’S WORTH SHOUTING ABOUT?


The Long Beach Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club has begun  its eight-week run at 11 libraries around town, and from the looks of the promotional materials, the 2012 version is  really something to shout. It’s called:  “Dream Big, READ!” Just scanning those fat capital letters and the raised voices they imply can hurt your ears … almost as […]

LOLPERA: OUT OF THE GARAGE AND ON THE ROAD, IT FEELS … DIFFERENT


LOLPERA, last year's smash debut at the Garage Theatre, has been tweaked a little for its current production at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, The laughs are as big as ever, but for those who have seen both versions, every gain made by a change seems to be be accompanied by an offsetting loss

GREATER LB RADIO: PAMELA SEAGER ON WHY RANCHO LOS AL IS WORTH IT; LATEEFAH WIELENGA ON WHY YOU ARE


Pamela Seager, who in 1986 helped write a Master Plan for the accurate and relevant restoration of Rancho Los Alamitos—then spent the next 26 years implementing it—will discuss the impressive project during the opening half-hour of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga today beginning at 6 p.m. on KBEACH.org. For a little background, check […]

RANCHO LOS ALAMITOS: STILL PROVIDING THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME


At 7.5 acres, Rancho Los Alamitos is only a smidge of its original size and is hidden behind the walls of an east Long Beach housing tract and so close to Cal State Long Beach’s art department that you can almost audit classes. But its just-completed renovation makes it a historical gem that's more-important than ever.

THE LOCAL NORM: ON GETTING SERVED, GETTING SHOVED AND GETTIN’ SOME LOVE


Whatever song-and-dance enabled Congresswoman Laura Richardson to get her foreclosed-and-auctioned home back in 2008 probably isn't going to work with colleague Janice Hahn, who in November will likely evict Richardson from the House.

FRINGE FESTIVALS: AN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT OF CREATIVE EXUBERANCE


Brighton's Fringe Festival consisted of 5,539 performances of 790 events in 22 days, and they obviously couldn't all be excellent---but on this international circuit of creative exuberance, that's all to the good.

PRIMAL FLOWER + SHORTNIN’ BREAD = RECIPE FOR AUTHENTICITY ON GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO TONIGHT AT 6


Pastry chef Justina Fenton and eco-florist Shelley Anders, tenants of a downtown brownstone that is a cornerstone of the burgeoning movement toward a more-authentic Long Beach, will be the featured guests in the opening segment of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga this evening to share the joys, stresses and strategies of this grass-roots […]

RAY BRADBURY IS OFF TO THE GREAT ACRES OF BOOKS IN THE SKY


Ray Bradbury left this world for the Acres of Books in the sky Tuesday night, dying at age 91. The writer who influenced  the world with the expansive flights of fantasy he presented as into vivid word-pictures never lost touch with the root of his special gift—the library of mankind. During much of the 20th century, a significant portion of […]

LB CITY GIRL: AS ROAD FORKS, MY SON AND I GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS TOGETHER


“Seriously, Mom?," my son asked me. He was only kidding when he asked for the keys to my new car.. He never thought I would say yes. His face lit up when he realized what had just happened, but he had to ask to be sure. “You trust me this much?”

THE LOCAL NORM: A LIGHTNING ROD, WHETHER OR NOT WE’RE HAPPY TO SEE HIM


Former President Bill Clinton's keel was scraped of barnacles before his permanent installation off Belmont Shore as a lightning rod for controversy. Councilman Gary DeLong's congressional campaign hopes Clinton will increase turnout of voters who live to excoriate a man who left office 12 years ago.

LB SHAKESPEARE’S “TWELFTH NIGHT:” ITS FINAL NIGHT IS SATURDAY NIGHT


Sean Scofield is a standout as the churlish Malvolio in Long Beach Shakespeare Company's rendition of "Twelfth Night, or What You Will," playing weekends at the Richard Goad Theatre in Bixby Knolls through June 30.

BIKETOWN, USA: HAS LONG BEACH FINALLY FOUND AN AUTHENTIC IDENTITY?


In this cover story for OC WEEKLY, GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga notes that Long Beach's push for bicycle-friendliness is part of an encouraging trend in the city's long search for an identity---actually identifying with Long Beach. But a history of wacky schemes has made people suspicious.

IN BRIGHTON (AND LB?), PART OF THE ART IS FIGURING OUT WHERE TO PRESENT IT


Among their similarities, Long Beach and the English city of Brighton and Hove share a perceived lack of place to present art and performance. But Victoria Bryan's latest report from the Brighton Festival shows how that can be overcome.

KNABE TWEETS A PEEK AT COUNTY’S ANTI-SEX-TRAFFICKING BILLBOARD


THIS JUST TWEETED: Don Knabe, who represents Greater Long Beach on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, says, “Here is a sneak peek at the anti-sex-trafficking signage that will be up on billboards in LA County.”

LOWENTHALS’ TAX-BREAK-FOR-SHIPPERS BILL SWEEPS THROUGH SENATE, 37-0


The state Senate voted, 37-0, this morning to approve a measure authored by Alan and Bonnie Lowenthal that would continue permitting shippers to avoid paying California’s sales/use tax on a portion of the fuel they buy. SB 1243, sponsored by Senator Alan Lowenthal in the Senate, thus moves on to the Assembly, where the sponsor […]

THE LOCAL NORM: THE ANTI-THEY AGENDA, UP FROM UNDER THE BUS, FASHION BLUES


Where did Councilmember Gerrie Schipske ever get the idea for a Don't Ask / Don't Tell ordinance against solicitors and the "they" lifestyle of promiscuous commercial, political and personal conversation they carry on at people's front doors?

BRIGHTON FESTIVALS: ART & TOURISM MARRY ON THE WALLS OF HOTELS


Alison Hayes was a chambermaid when she began programing spaces in the Claremont Hotel. Now its curator, her familiarity with the rooms is as important as her art school background in creating unexpected presentations that blend art and architecture. Et tu, Long Beach?

DESIGN OF “JENNY CHOW!” IS A LITTLE CONVENIENT, BUT QUITE MEMORABLE


Jenny Chow! comes to life in the flashbacks, which reveal agirl whose life is as neurotically limited as her mind is expansive. Jennifer Jung does a solid job rendering a character desperate to keep it all together while clearly at loose ends.

LB OPERA’S “AINADAMAR:” A TRIUMPH OF CHARACTER OVER CARICATURES


In "Ainadamar," director Andreas Mitisek's cast achieves a triumph of chacter over caricature by playing subtleties more generally akin to good theatre than classic operatic scale. The payoff is real emotion among characters who feel authentic. The show closes tonight at the Terrace Theatre.

ON CLAIBORNE DRIVE, A HOUSE OUT FROM HIDING, BUT NOT MYSTERY


Greater Long Beach contributor Theo Douglas takes a walkthrough on the wild side, strapping on a haz-mat suit for a tour of a the big, old, crazygreat house at 900 Claiborne Drive, hoping he can inhale its rambling stories without filling his lungs with fatal contagions.

THE LOCAL NORM: ON CHASING RAINBOWS, FAMILY MONEY & DIRTY BASTARDS


Barack Obama's ordination as The First Gay President may have popped Long Beach City Council member Robert Garcia's long-range campaign for that distinction, but it's given Mayor Bob Foster's political advisers an idea so crazy it just might work. This week's report from local correspondent Norm de Ploom.

STEADY PROGRESS OF HMONG REFUGEES MAY CARRY XIONG TO CONGRESS


If Blong Xiong is elected this November, the Fresno city council member and Laos-born refugee would become the first Hmong American in Congress. No matter what happens, however, Xiong is energizing the country’s fast-growing Hmong community,

THE LOCAL NORM: SURE-FIRE SOLUTIONS, SUFFRAGE & SOGGY FORGET-ME-NOTS


Despite a variety of imaginative efforts, from cutting holes in the breakwater to placing an enticing microphone on the shore, rescuers were ultimately unable to coax a politically exhausted city councilman to leave safe harbor.

AT BRIGHTON FESTIVAL, A REAL-LIFE EXHIBIT OF THE ART OF COLLABORATION


The third in a series looking at the similarities between Long Beach and Brighton, England. Both are home to many artists, a happy circumstance that Brighton annually leverages into a month of major arts festivals that reach into every part of the community. Could Long Beach do the same?

BRIGHTON IN MAY: A GIANT BALL OF STRING CONNECTING ALL STORIES


After 46 years, there is a powerful marriage of the global and the local in the Brighton Festival, a blend of celebrities and residents. This year's honorary Artistic Director is actress Vanessa Redgrave (right), who didn't mind putting on some rain gear to walk the Children's Parade with the Mayor. Could Long Beach do something like this?

LIFE MAY BE RETURNING TO THE PRESS-TELEGRAM / MEEKER-BAKER BLOCK


Meaningful purpose may be returning to the Press Telegram block, where Michelle Molina of 6th & Pine Development, LLC, says negotiations are in progress to do a build-to-suit development.

LONG BEACH’S ARTS & CULTURE SCENE—COULD IT USE SOME “BRIGHTON-ING?”


GreaterLongBeach.com contributor Victoria Bryan---born-and-raised in Great Britain, a 27-year resident of Long Beach---begins a month-long series of reports from the annual arts festivals in Brighton, wherein she wonders: could something like this happen here?

DESPITE ICT’S BEST EFFORTS, “THE FIX” IS BEYOND REPAIR


International City Theatre works hard, but nothing can save "The Fix," in which composer Dana P. Rowe seems to have attempted to write a rock musical without ever having listened to rock 'n' roll.

SURE, LBREPORT.COM BREAKS NEWS, BUT WE WANT A PLAQUE OR A PARTY


After LBReport.com publisher Bill Pearl broke two big stories in as many days, GreaterLongBeach.com received this e-mail from a frustrated reader who's beginning to doubt whether Pearl will ever award everybody a plaque or throw a party.

“GOOSE & TOMTOM:” A GOOFINESS THAT GETS NEXT TO GODLINESS


Giggle at the goofy fun, be annoyed by the non-linear story line, but to get what "Goose and Tomtom" has going for it requires forgetting the "higher" self for a moment and joining the meditation on the magic of experience.

VIOLENT AND PROPERTY CRIME IN LONG BEACH UP 15 PERCENT IN 2012


Crimes of violence and against property during the first three months of 2012 have risen by double-digit amounts in Long Beach compared to the same period last year, according to statistics compiled and presented by the Long Beach Police Department. Specifically, violent crimes in Long Beach increased 13 percent during January, February and March compared […]

DAN PRESSBURG, AKA THE VOTER’S GUY, ANALYZES ELECTION ON GREATER LB RADIO TONIGHT


As the alarmingly small fraction of eligible Long Beach voters that will actually go to the polls Tuesday assess their preferences in races for seats on the City Council and School Board, tonight’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio will be devoted to its first-ever Greater Long Beach Voter’s Guy. Greater Long Beach Radio, hosted by […]

POST MORTEM’S SENDUP OF “AMERI-CON-A”: SOMETIMES, BURLESQUE IS MORE


“America: A Political Burlesque,” a sort of risible salve for election fever, is the most elaborate offering yet from Post Mortem, a spinoff of the Alive Theatre. While some quite-talented artists get a payoff for all their work, they might have hit the jackpot by paring things down.

HOW IS PRISON REALIGNMENT WORKING AFTER 6 MONTHS? GET ANSWERS AT TONIGHT’S CORR MEETING


The Public Safety Realignment will be six months old on April 1, but please don’t feel like a fool if you’re confused. Since the California legislature put it into effect on Oct. 1, 2011, by passing  Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109), the Realignment has produced far more questions than answers, and among the most common […]

ONE QUESTION … FOR COUNCIL’S BUDGET OVERSIGHT CHAIR, GARY DELONG


Ten years after consultants informed the Long Beach City Council that it was spending more than it was taking in, Kerrie Aley has one question for Councilmember Gary DeLong, chairman of the Budget Oversight Committee: Is Long Beach in better or worse financial shape now?

DELONG VS LOWENTHAL: THE POLITICS OF CLOWNING & COUNTERCLOWNING


The Congressional race between Republican Gary DeLong and Democrat Alan Lowenthal is a war of words---sometimes almost the same words in nearly the same order---but never, ever spoken at the same time.

IF GOD WON’T SAVE THE QUEEN MARY, PETITIONERS HOPE THE MAYOR WILL


Disturbed by the Queen Mary’s condition after nearly 45 years under City of Long Beach ownership, ship supporters are circulating an online petition urging Mayor Bob Foster to protect restore and preserve her.

LB CITY GIRL: BEING CELIAC MAKES IT LESS LIKELY I’LL TALK WITH MY MOUTH FULL


Since the worst-case scenario was cancer, when the Celiac diagnosis came I was relieved ... and then I was elated … and then I went to Trader Joe’s, where I found myself standing in the aisle surveying all the food I could never eat again. I started to cry.

GREATER LB RADIO TONITE: FANYA BARUTI ON SUIT TO RESTORE 85,000 PRISONERS’ VOTING RIGHTS


Fanya Baruti of Long Beach, who discovered political activism while incarcerated and has made it his life’s work since his release, will cast light upon the greatest needs and obstacles facing our huge population of current and former prisoners—oh, and solutions, too—during his appearance tonight on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The program […]

HAS AUSTIN’S FALL FROM THE MAYOR’S GRACE MADE HIM A CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLE?


Al Austin’s candidacy for the 8th district seat on the Long Beach City Council continues to gather grass-roots support that tends to run counter to the endorsements of prominent elected officials in the area. The roughly 3-to-1 margin by which Austin was endorsed over Lillian Kawasaki at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Los Angeles County […]

‘ROMEO & JULIET’ CLOSES ITS RUN AT GOAD THEATRE SUNDAY AT 2 P.M.


The Long Beach Shakespeare Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet" isn't perfect, but it understands these are two idiot kids, who know about hormones, obsessiveness and instant gratification, but nothing about substantive romantic love.

DESTINATION: A LITTLE LESS DEAD INSIDE … WITH A PIT STOP AT CANNERY ROW


Monterey was a pit stop on a much-needed road trip. A three-year relationship had just ended with a friend taking my spot in our bed. This was my time to slow down, take in the coastal scenery and figure out how to live weightless with an anvil hanging from my heart.

DOWNTOWN LB BUSINESS GROUP APPROVES ITS OWN PLAN TO FINANCIALLY ASSESS DOWNTOWN RESIDENCES


The Property Based Improvement District (PBID) plan proposed by the Downtown Long Beach Associates has been unanimously approved by the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ Board of Directors, according to a media advisory released by the Downtown Long Beach Associates and received by everybody else with absolutely no surprise. The vote by the Board of Directors […]

WHO WAS IT WHO SAID, ‘MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR A POPULACE TO BE WELL-INFORMED IS VITAL FOR THE OPERATION OF THE OPERATORS?’


City Manager Pat West’s staff is making a budget presentation to the Long Beach City Council today, an agendized item about the “Fiscal Outlook for 2013 and Beyond.” Whoa! In the context of Long Beach’s current economic crisis—or perhaps even more importantly, its traditional inability to manage money, even when times are good—this seems like […]

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES WILLIAMS AND LINAREZ DEBATE TONIGHT AT 7


Felton Williams and Ricardo Linarez, candidates for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education for the Long Beach Unified School District, will debate tonight from 7 to 8 at VeteransMemorial Park, 101 East 28th Street, Long Beach, 90806. Williams is not only the incumbent in this race but the current president of the […]

LB CITY AUDITOR DOUD ENDORSES KAWASAKI IN 8TH DISTRICT RACE


Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud has endorsed Lillian Kawasaki for the 8th district’s seat on the City Council, according to a media advisory from the Kawasaki campaign. “Now, more than ever, we need elected representatives devoted to being caretakers of the public trust and willing to be financial watchdogs,” said Doud, according to the […]

BOOM: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE ABSURDISTS LAUGH, TELL THEM YOUR PLANS


In "boom," an absurdist play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb---now playing by the Alive Theatre troupe at the Long Beach Playhouse---people just can't win for trying ... sometimes including their attempts to understand the play.

LISTEN TO TONIA REYES URANGA’S PERSPECTIVE ON THIS WEDNESDAY’S ‘PEOPLE’S STATE OF THE CITY ‘


Former Long Beach City Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga appears on the current edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga to describe the living conditions that have prompted this week’s People’s State of the City event. Reyes Uranga’s delivery of the central address at the event—created by an unprecedented coalition of community groups—is her […]

ONE QUESTION FOR … DAVID MALMUTH, AND IT’S NOT ABOUT SECOND+PCH


David Malmuth has developed architectural icons from Hollywood to Manhattan, but he's 0-for-2 in Long Beach---most recently when the City Council rejected his Second+PCH development in December. But the Academy Awards are being held tonight at the Kodak Theatre he developed, and we're wondering how he feels about that.

GIRL, 11, WHO DIED FRIDAY NIGHT SEEMED FINE AFTER OFF-CAMPUS FIGHT


Further details on the 11-year-old schoolgirl who died a few hours after an off-campus fight Friday were released at a press conference called Saturday night by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Luna and Long Beach Unified School Distric Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, but each official stressed that the investigation is continuing. LBPD […]

POLICE STILL INVESTIGATING DEATH OF 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL—APPARENTLY FOLLOWING AFTER-SCHOOL FIGHT


Homicide detectives from the Long Beach Police Department continue to investigate Friday night’s death of an 11-year-old girl, who was unconscious and not breathing when her family brought her to the emergency room of a local hospital. According to information released by the LBPD, a preliminary investigation indicates that the girl had been involved in […]

HAVE-A-GREATER-WEEKEND: SEE “THE ARTIST” AT THE ART BEFORE CINEMATHEQUE’S OSCAR PARTY


[Editor's note: This spontaneous Have-A-Greater-Weekend recommendation comes from a regular GreaterLongBeach.com reader who calls him/herself by the initials DWR in the comment sections. Such submissions are always appreciated. Also, for the record, GreaterLongBeach.com is the media sponsor of the Long Beach Cinematheque's current membership drive.] By DWR I saw The Artist at the Art Theatre […]

LB CITY GIRL: PRESIDENT OBAMA, YOU’VE GOTTA BE OFF YOUR NOODLE!


Mr. President, as a devout Pastafarian I'm angry you require the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to provide medical coverage to employees who refuse to eat pasta! This disregards our religious tenets and contributes to sinful eating habits that create a need for medical coverage.

WHO IS PAYING FOR NEGATIVE POLL ABOUT 4TH DISTRICT COUNCIL RACE?


Who is paying for a telephone survey that appears to be testing negative perceptions and statements about candidates in the 4th district Long Beach City Council race? At least two 4th district residents—one of whom happened to be an LBReport.com correspondent—received such telephone calls on Saturday (Feb. 18). LBReport.com correspondent Joe Mello says he received […]

LINAREZ’ LBUSD BOARD RUN ENDORSED BY THREE MEMBERS OF OTHER BOARDS


Board of Education members from three Greater Long Beach-area districts—Sergio Contreras of Westminster, Jose Luis Solache of Lynwood and Skyy Fisher of Compton—have endorsed Ricardo Linarez in his campaign to unseat Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) school board president Felton Williams. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of school board members in our […]

AN ERSTWHILE ATTORNEY’S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE ART HE SEES IN THINGS


Former Deputy City Attorney Jim McCabe presents evidence of his photographic artistry during the first-ever exhibit of his digital images. About 20 examples of his art---which transforms in-plain-sight elements of our world into precise and personal observations---are on display in the Paradise Cafe through March 7.

WE’RE COOL WITH 12,000 GALLONS OF SEWAGE, BUT NOT 1/10-INCH OF RAIN


Beachgoers, have no fear! Not about the 12,000 gallons of sewage that gushed into the Los Angeles River last Saturday, anyway. Interim Long Beach Health Department chief Dr. Mauro Torno lifted a precautionary four-day closure of the city’s shoreline Wednesday evening, announcing that that tests of the local ocean waters show no sign they were […]

SORT OF TYPICALLY, COUNCIL SORT OF DECIDES TO SORT OF BAN POT OUTLETS


LONG BEACH—Faced with proposal to ban medical marijuana outlets that—whatever else its pros and cons—would have finally established a clear City of Long Beach policy on the contentious issue, the  City Council talked for two hours Tuesday night and then voted 8-1 to ban some outlets, temporarily permit others and revisit the issue later. Some […]

LB CITY GIRL: IF THEY’RE SERIOUS ABOUT REVISING SEADIP, THEN LET’S PLAY BALL


With the Second+PCH development in a coma, and everybody suddenly chomping at the bit to amend SEADIP, Long Beach City Girl is proposing the construction of a Major League Baseball park at the corner of PCH and 2nd Street.: We said we wanted a gateway toLong Beach and what could be a finer gateway than an awesome looking ballpark?

LB SIERRA CLUB ENDORSES LOWENTHAL, KAWASAKI FOR CITY COUNCIL


The Long Beach Area Group of the Sierra Club has announced its endorsements of 2nd district City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and 8th district council candidate Lillian Kawasaki in their campaigns for seats on the Long Beach City Council. “Our interview committee was impressed by both candidates,” said Gabrielle Weeks, chairperson of the local Sierra Club […]

GABELICH ENDORSES AL AUSTIN TO SUCCEED HER AS 8TH DISTRICT COUNCIL REP


Eighth District City Council candidate Al Austin, shown with his wife, Daysha, in a December 2011 photo, described his endorsement Tuesday by outgoing Councilmember Rae Gabelich as "an honor," but said this is a "pivotal time" for the 8th district and Long Beach as a whole.

GABELICH CALLS PRESS CONFERENCE—WILL SHE RUN FOR 3RD COUNCIL TERM?


Rae Gabelich, who is winding up her second term as the 8th district’s representative to the Long Beach City Council, has called a press conference for this morning at 11 a.m. amid speculation that she will seek a third term as a write-in candidate. Until last summer, Gabelich laughed off any talk of a third […]

HAROLD & MAUDE: JOIN THE LOVEFEST (AND LB CINEMATHEQUE) ON FEB 14


When young, rich and death-obsessed Harold meets lively septuagenarian Maude---at a funeral---he is changed forever ... and so are we. "Harold and Maude" makes its annual Valentine's Day appearance at the Art Theatre in support of the Long Beach Cinematheque membership drive.

LB CITY GIRL: CAN I SAY I DON’T LIKE O’DONNELL’S SNOW DAY? OR IS THAT CATTY?


What's got this feline feeling so feral and so like hell that absolutely nothing sounds better than a session of taming at the hands of cat-whisperer Jackson Galaxy? It might just be 4th district city councilmember Patrick O'Donnell and his annual Snow Day.

BIXBY PARK’S TACTFUL ACTIVIST CLAUDIA SCHOU AND DODGEBALL’S RETURN ON GREATER LB RADIO WEDNESDAY


Claudia Schou, whose movement to rehabilitate Bixby Park is either disproving the sad-but-truism that “You can’t fight city hall” or completely disregarding it (see, the woman doesn’t want to fight), will discuss the inspiration and effectiveness of tactful activism tactics at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The second half […]

DON’T EXPECT DRAMA IN SCHOOL BOARD SEARCH TO REPLACE BARTON


Dr. David Barton’s resignation Wednesday from the Board of Education of the Long Beach Unified School District puts an unexpected item on the agenda—and perhaps atop the list of priorities—at the Board’s next meeting on Feb. 7: finding a replacement. Although there is a Board of Education election scheduled for April, voters will not determine […]

YOU’RE A FOODIE, IT’S THE END OF JANUARY, SO THIS MUST BE RESTAURANT WEEK


Out of more than 300 restaurants participating DineLA's 2012 version of Restaurant Week, nine are in the Long Beach area---and we already know what you're going to say. But please eat what's on your plate before asking for more.

LB CITY GIRL: ONLY BUSINESS FRIENDLINESS WILL SOOTHE MY RAGING GRANNY


Although the Raging Grannies protested in 2010, they stayed far away from the site where Tesla Motors considered building a production line to replace Downey Studios, where workers reported illnesses they suspected were caused by contamination from the former NASA plant--the future home of Tierra Luna Marketplace.

LB CITY GIRL: POLITICIANS AND FRITTATAS AND WHAT THEY’RE MADE OF


Seeing my chance, I cornered Dan Pressburg in the kitchen and started talking frittata. He tried to change the subject to redevelopment, until I finally had to insist: I wanted that recipe!

UNFORTUNATELY, LBUSD DIDN’T SAVE $200,000 FOR THIS ‘RAINEY’ DAY


Ten days ago Naomi Rainey, the longtime president of Long Beach’s chapter of the NAACP, announced she was running for Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education. Three days later, Rainey announced she was not running. On Friday, however, Rainey learned that there’s more to running for public office—or not running for it—than just […]

HAVA•GREATER•WEEKEND: SOCAL’S FIRST PARKLET OPENS TODAY AT NOON


[EDITOR'S NOTE: HaveAGreaterWeekend is your preparedness guide for the most-important days of your life---the weekend. Suggestions are welcome, so long as you send them at least three weeks before the event---and never forget who makes the final call.] If you are anywhere but Fourth Street’s Retro Row today at noon, consider yourself doomed to a […]

DELONG’S CONGRESSIONAL BID ENDORSED BY LB CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong announced via a press release this morning that his run for the newly formed 47th Congress District against state Senator Alan Lowenthal has been endorsed by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee. “It is an honor to have the Chamber’s endorsement,” said DeLong, according to […]

WHAT SECRETS WAS LB COUNCIL KEEPING FROM PUBLIC IN CLOSED SESSION?


When the Long Beach City Council went into closed session on January 10, it cited "existing legislation" as its legally permitted reason. Problem is, the case it cited had already received a final judgment from the California State Supreme Court on Dec. 29. So ,,, what gives?

AL WILLIAMS: NOT JUST THE FACE OF LIVE JAZZ IN LB, BUT ITS HEART, TOO


Al Williams has made a name for himself--and pretty good money, too---as driving force of live jazz in Long Beach, but his support Maxie Viltz's upstart club in the Basement Lounge (where he headlines Thursday) is the true measure of his commitment to the music.

CALIFORNIA’S NEW DISTRICTS SCARE OLD COOTS OUT OF CONGRESS


Veteran Representative Jerry Lewis of Redlands, the impeccably coiffed "dentured servant of the Inland Empire," was among three Republican congressmen from California who retired last week---consequences of the state's new redistricting process and plain, old age.

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S DREAM DID NOT INCLUDE CHILDREN IMPRISONED FOR LIFE


As we reflect on the values of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., these photos of children who are sentenced to life in prison without parole illustrate how far we still have to go to realize Kings observation that "whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

FOSTER’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS: WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FACTS


It’s apparent to us, and we believe it’s quietly apparent to more than a few others, that Mayor Bob Foster fears certain facts about the current state of the City of Long Beach. Now in his second half decade in office, Mayor Foster’s 2012 State of the City message [text as prepared for delivery, click […]

POOR RICHARDSON’S ALMANAC: IN TODAY’S ENTRY, GARAMENDI ENDORSES JANICE HAHN


Poor Richardson’s Almanac—the ever-expanding catalogue of Greater Long Beach-area Congresswoman Laura Richardson’s never-ending woes—received its latest entry from RollCall.com, where Kyle Trygstad reports: Congressman John Garamendi, a Democrat from a Northern California district, has announced his support for Janice Hahn in her attempt to win the congressional seat that Richardson currently occupies. It is the second endorsement Hahn […]

THE GREEN HOUSE: A STERLING CUP OF COFFEE ON A FAMILIAR CORNER


Besides locally crafted coffee beans, The Green House--which occupies the intersection abandoned by Sipology last summer---has a Director of Coffee. His name is Sterling, and you will find him standing behind the counter, answering questions about the various blends and options for drinking them.

FIRST LOOK: RIDING THE LB MONORAIL TO ALL-PROBLEMS-SOLVED-VILLE


If 60 miles of monorail track looks to you like the solution to Long Beach's transportation and employment problems, then you are apparently looking at it the right way ... according to a group called Island of Long Beach, anyway. It claims its project would move 460,000 people an hour and create 300,000 jobs. That's enough for us! All abooooaaarrrd!!!

LAST LOOK: WHEN THE BEST LOCAL PRODUCTIONS WERE LONG BEACH ORIGINALS


Original works characterized Long Beach theatre in 2011, led by Ryan McClary's "General Entropy" at the Alive Theatre and "LOLPERA" by LN&AND at The Garage Theatre---and Ashley Allen (above) played big parts in both of them.

LB COUNCIL STANDS UP FOR ZONING LAWS, ENCOURAGES COLLABORATION, KILLS SECOND+PCH PROJECT


The Long Beach City Council killed the proposed Second+PCH development late Tuesday evening with a 5-3 vote that supported master planning over spot zoning, laid groundwork for long-polarized community factions to collaborate on revised development standards and bore no resemblance to the alliances that had come to characterize this panel of governing officials. After more […]

JOHN DIXON’S JOURNALISM: DOING YOUR BEST TO TELL THE TRUTH


The profile of John Dixon by Jim McCormack compies slices of true life that are mostly examples of Dixon's concern about the state of journalism---and Dixon's typical response: to reach into his own integrity for the right thing to do, then to reach into his own courage to put that thing into action.

REMEMBERING DOUG ZERBY: NO WORDS TO WARN HIM, BUT PLENTY TO BLAME HIM


Tonight's candlelight vigil at the Long Beach Police Department marks one year since Doug Zerby---drunk and playing with a water nozzle at his Belmont Shore apartment complex---was gunned down without warning by officers Victor Ortiz and Jeffrey Shurtleff, who say they thought the nozzle was a pistol.

GREATER LONG BEACH GIFT GUIDE: IT’S WHAT WE GOT YOU THIS YEAR


Long Beach is crawling with interesting and unique places to pick up something for everyone on your list, and holiday shopping can actually be an interesting way to explore the city in all its quirky weirdness. To get started, check out this list of unique Long Beach shops.

AD DEAL ON GREATERLONGBEACH.COM: $100 PUTS YOUR BUSINESS ON EVERY PAGE, EVERY DAY OF DECEMBER


Amid a holiday shopping season choreographed and code named things like Black Friday, Smallbiz Saturday and Cyber Monday, and complicated by time-warp store hours and window-of-opportunity specials, does anybody really know how far their advertising dollars really go? They do if they take advantage of the December Special at GreaterLongBeach.com, where $100 will get them from here to next year. Actually, that […]

ESTRO JEN AND LB ROLLER DERBY ON GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO TONITE


Estro Jen, one of the founders of Long Beach Roller Derby, will be the featured guest on this evening’s edition of Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga to discus how this sport has gone from instant success to what may be sudden death. Catch the show live at 7 p.m. via your computer or […]

FIRST OCCUPY LONG BEACH PROTESTER CONVICTED FOR REFUSING TO LEAVE PARK


Jonathan Glen Davidson of Cerritos on Monday became the first protester associated with the Occupy Long Beach movement to be convicted under the city ordinance that prohibits anyone from being in a public park after its 10 p.m. closing time. According to a press release from the City Prosecutor’s office, the jury deliberated only 23 […]

WOULD YOU FEEL SAFE WHERE MAYOR BUILT ‘HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’ HOUSE?


An LBReport.com editorial points out that Mayor Bob Foster, who with the help of 1st district Councilman Robert Garcia pushed through a budget that cut officers from the Long Beach Police Department, oversaw the construction of a Habitat For Humanity house in one of the 1st district's most-dangerous neighborhoods.

TAKING THE NIGHT TRAIN TO LONG BEACH, CHASING A POKEMON DREAM


On the Saturday night train home from Los Angeles, I met a kid named Nick.He was headed to Long Beach---with a little food money and planning to sleep on the streets---to compete in a Pokemon video game tournament. We began to chat ...

LB REPERTORY GIVES US A GOOD TALKING-TO … AND SOME LESS GOOD


Shirley Merchant's keep-your-cliches portrayal of a homeless woman who loves McDonald's fries is easily the best of 10 mostly underachieving monologues for women that comprise Jane Martin's "Talking With ...."---the debut production of the Long Repertory company.

STELLA URSUA TO CHALLENGE SUJA LOWENTHAL FOR 2ND DISTRICT SEAT


LBReport.com has learned that Stella Ursua is preparing to announce her candidacy for the 2nd district seat on the Long Beach City Council that is currently occupied by Suja Lowenthal. A press conference has been scheduled for Monday, when Ursua is expected to announce her “platform” along with a “list of endorsements from community leaders […]

‘LOUIS SLOTIN SONATA’ : MUSINGS ON THE (HALF) LIFE OF AN ATOMIC SCIENTIST


Cal Rep explores the motifs that may have played out in the mind of scientist Louis Slotin's during the nine days he lived---knowing he was going to die---after his slip of the screwdriver exposed him to a deadly dose of radiation.

FACING DEEP DEBT, LB ROLLER DERBY BEGINS RAISING FUNDS TO SAVE ITS LIFE


At the height of its popularity, Long Beach Roller Derby finds itself in a deep financial hole that threatens to shut it down. But the women who compete in the hard-hitting roller skating bouts are battling back by establishing a fundraising campaign on kickstarter.com. The two-year-old league’s debt has mounted from expenses that include rent […]

WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS THE MAYOR? IN ITALY, ALL EXPENSES PAID


LBReport.com reports that Mayor Bob Foster, who is paid a six-figure salary, missed the last two City Council meetings because he was on a trip to three Italian cities that was paid for by a private not-for-profit entity based in San Francisco, which is mostly composed of corporate-energy interests and related labor unions.

IN THE END, TRADITION RETAINS HER CROWN AT MISS LONG BEACH PAGEANT


Kristin Bopp, a 23-year-old student at Cal State Long Beach whose extensive experience as a beauty pageant contestant includes the Miss Greater Lakewood title of 2010, was selected Miss Long Beach on Sunday evening at the Grand Events Center.  The crowning brought a dramatic—and traditional—conclusion to an event that had returned to the public’s radar this […]

‘SUJAPALOOZA’ CANCELLED VIA E-MAIL BY ITS MUM’S-THE-WORD PROMOTER … BECAUSE IT MAY RAIN


The same somebody who employed the message board of a political website Friday to announce a Sunday-night concert/demonstration/costume party to criticize and mock Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal deployed an e-mail this evening to call the whole thing off. “Event cancelled due to high chance of rain,” read the e-mail—from somebody who says his name is […]

PATCHWORK IS TODAY, RAIN OR SHINE—PLEASE DON’T BE A WUSS


The Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival features about 100 booths stuffed with creative people and the stuff---clothing, accessories, art, pottery and glassware, pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles, stationary and paper goods, plushies, purses, handbags, gourmet chocolate with sea salt on it---they have created. Sure hope it doesn't rain..

LONG BEACH: THE OTHER COAST CITY WITH A COMIC CON TRADITION


A week after the third annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con wrapped up its successful Halloween weekend run, there is a sense that a tradition is taking shape in the LBC. It's not like San Diego, which has a four-decade connection with its Comic Con ... but it feels a bit like San Diego used to.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY: LBPD COPS WHO KILLED DOUG ZERBY ‘ACTED LAWFULLY’


VIA LBREPORT.COM: Concluding its investigation of the evidence, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced today that the two Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers who shot and killed Doug Zerby on Dec. 12, 2010, while he played with a water nozzle on the porch of a house in Belmont Shore actually and reasonably believed […]

LBPD INVESTIGATING HALLOWEEN NIGHT ASSAULT AS POSSIBLE HATE CRIME


LBReport.com has learned that a Halloween-night assault (Oct. 31) in the area of 4th Street and Cherry Ave. is being actively investigated by Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) violent crimes detectives as a possible hate crime. LBPD Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt tells LBReport.com that on Oct. 31 at roughly 8:10 p.m., LBPD responded to […]

IT’S TIME TO PLANT CALIFORNIA NATIVES—MIKE EVANS TELLS HOW ON NOV. 10


California native plants do best when planted during the next few months, and Mike Evans of Tree of Life nursery is coming to Long Beach on Thursday, Nov. 10, to explain how and why to easily create a garden both beautiful and in tune with the environment. It's free!

SECOND BIXBY PARK HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL SHOWED PROMISE AND PRACTICE


The arrival of the second annual Bixby Park Halloween Carnival shows promise, not only for the event, but for efforts to revitalize the historic park. It's good practice, too, getting people back in the habit of coming to Bixby Park as it recovers from some difficult times.

THE HORROR: LONG BEACH COMIC CON RETURNS … AND ITS NOT ALONE


In an expansion that fits with its yearly appearance around Halloween, the Long Beach Comic Con has added an element of horror---lots of them, actually. Now it's being called "Long Beach Comic & Horror Con," proving yet again what we've always said about the people who attend this convention: they love comics ... and horror.

‘MOCKINGBIRD’ AT PLAYHOUSE: EVEN WITH CLIPPED WINGS, ITS STORY FLIES


This "Mockingbird" is not the movie, or even Scout Finch's story, anymore. The script is something of a condensed version of the original. Yet when the play winds up in that familiarly bittersweet place, reminding us that people sometimes do the right thing simply because it's right, we know this classic has touched us again.

ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: ONE QUESTION … FOR COUNCILMAN ROBERT GARCIA


We ask comic-book-geek and Superman fan Robert Garcia (that's him on the right) who would win if Superman and Zombie Superman (that's not him on the left ... is it?) cross paths during Zombie Walk/Comic-Con weekend and get in a fight. Of course, the Long Beach City Council member has an answer. A couple of 'em.

ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: KNOW YOUR ENEMY–WATCH ZOMBIE FLICKS


The best odds of survival against any enemy or scourge---from the Mongols to the Magyars to that damn Dancing Baby---are rooted in learning as much as possible about the adversary. When facing an attack of zombies, that means watching lots of movies. For more tips, search: Zombie Survival Guide

POLLING FIRM HIRED BY ALAN LOWENTHAL REPORTS THAT HE IS DOING GREAT


A memo addressed to unnamed “interested parties” from Goodwin Simon Strategic Research—a firm working with the Alan Lowenthal Congressional campaign—says its voter telephone survey indicates state Senator Lowenthal “has a wide lead over possible Democratic challenger [former state Senator] Joe Dunn among both Democratis and DTS [decline to state] voters” and “Lowenthal does far better […]

ZOMBIES ARE GONE … BUT JUST IN CASE, OUR “ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE”


Zombie attacks are always remembered for massive casualties, usually after lots of runnin' and screamin'. As thousands of zombies prepare for Zombie Walk IV's downtown invasion on Oct. 29, we at GreaterLongBeach.com offer our Zombie Survival Guide. We suggest you shut up, calm down and read it.

“ROBBER BRIDEGROOM:” A TRITE MUSICAL THAT ICT HITS OUT OF THE PARK


Really, I could give a damn about a musical like "The Robber Bridegroom," which wraps up the International City Theatre's 2011 season. Yet I enjoyed myself from start to finish. The entire cast sells everything to perfection.There's a real joy in seeing a group of people come together and just knock it out of the park.

TONIGHT! RICKY HARRIS’ COMEDY BENEFIT FOR V.I.P. RECORDS AT LAUGH FACTORY


Comedian Ricky Harris, who 20 years ago was among a crew of kids who passed through V.I.P. Records on their way to stardom, will host a benefit show at The Laugh Factory this Sunday at 8 p.m. in hopes of helping to save Long Beach’s iconic record shop.

ONE QUESTION … FOR EX-REPORTER/FUNNYMAN THEO DOUGLAS


[Another in a trying-our-best-to-make-this-a-weekly series] The back story: In the good, old days when he was a member of The District Weekly staff—actually, even in the not-quite-as-good but even-older days, when he was a member of the OC Weekly staff … or way the hell back in the bad, as in going-Medieval on your ass, days […]

KINDE DURKEE: FRUMPY, FRIENDLY … AND SUDDENLY, MASTERMIND OF FRAUD?


Alleged political embezzler Kinde Durkee of Long Beach attracted little attention from her Bixby Knolls neighbors and was well liked by professional colleagues. "She’s a warm, accessible person,” said one. “You would describe her attire as frumpy. Drove a beat-up old car. Lived in a plain home. You don’t look at this person and say, ‘This person doesn’t look right.”

LB FIREFIGHTERS APPROVE CONCESSIONS TO CONTRACT CITY ALREADY SIGNED


Rank and file members of the Long Beach Firefighters Association (LBFFA) have voted to approve changes to their City Hall contract, which were sought by city management and pressed by Mayor Bob Foster, although the existing contract had already been negotiated and signed by City Hall. According to the LBFFA president Capt. Rich Brandt, roughly […]

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OCCUPYLONGBEACH AND GREGGORY MOORE WILL OCCUPY GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO TONIGHT AT 7 O’CLOCK


Two representatives of OccupyLongBeach, a spinoff of the social-justice movement that began on Wall Street last month, will be featured guests on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga tonight at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org, the online radio station at Cal State Long Beach. The program will open with a long-awaited visit from Greggory Moore—yep, […]

EAST VILLAGE ARTS DISTRICT: IS ITS STAR BEING STRANGLED BY BANNERS


By hanging banners that draw distinctions among the streets in a neighborhood as small as the East Village, city officials and promoters generate a separatist mentality that risks undermining the sense of unity crucial to the area's success. Better to hang an all-encompassing “East Village” banner that leaves the street names to the street signs.

OMG! GARAGE THEATRE’S ‘LOLPERA’ MAKES BRILLIANT LOLZ, SRSLY


What do you get by turning the whole LOLcats phenomenon into a full-blown opera whose libretto is comprised of the actual captions-on-kitty pictures that are on the web site sung by the kittehs made human flesh and composed into a story with the kind of meaning that matters? You get brilliance.

OCCUPYLONGBEACH ARRIVES AT LINCOLN PARK … FINDS IT OCCUPIED


The way OccupyLongBeach worded its Facebook post, I thought an occupation of Lincoln Park was scheduled for Sunday. Alas, this was just an organizing and planning meeting. I got there as the group was finishing its introductions and deciding on an official mission statement.

V.I.P. RECORDS FOUNDER KELVIN ANDERSON—AND ALEX CHERIN?—ON GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO TONIGHT


Kelvin Anderson of V.I.P. Records, who will soon close the neighborhood store that launched the worldwide phenomenon of West Coast hip-hop in the mid-1990s, will be the featured guest tonight on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The weekly hour-long program begins at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org, the online radio station at Cal State […]

SHOULD NAPLES RESIDENTS PAY FOR SEAWALLS THAT SUPPORT THEIR LIFESTYLE?


The Naples seawalls keep private mansions and their manicured gardens from tumbling onto adjacent boat docks---with mooring fees that the city deeply discounts for residents---then crashing into the canals. Is fair---or even legal---to repair them by using Tidelands Funds intended for the widest public benefit?

SAN PEDRO DOESN’T PLAN TO END UP IN THE SAME BOAT AS LONG BEACH


The historic battleship USS Iowa is coming to live the rest of its days in San Pedro, and the not-for-profit operators have plans to make the ship a major cultural and educational resources---without draining City of Los Angeleles funds. Let's hope the Long Beach City Council pays very close attention.

‘LOVESONG’ AT CAL REP: A DANCE WITH DEMONS OF THE ORIGINAL ATOMIC DOG


In Cal Rep's The Lovesong of J. Robert Oppenheimer," the physicist who first helped invent the atomic bomb but later lost his security clearance for outspokenly trying to control it, is teased and tortured by a female demon named Lilith, who finds his big bangs positively orgasmic.

TODAY IS LAST SATURDAY ON 4TH STREET: FIGURE IT OUT AND GET THERE!


Hey, today is Last Saturday on 4th Street! Although that may seem intended to confuse you—as though maintaining that today is September 17, which was the date last Saturday—it’s actually intended to remind you that today is Last Saturday on 4th Street! Although that may seem intended to confuse you—as though suggesting that today may […]

VAL LERCH FINDS LIFE AFTER CITY COUNCIL: WORKING FOR LAURA RICHARDSON


There was relief in the voice of former Long Beach City Council member Val Lerch Friday when he was hired as a field representative by Congresswoman Laura Richardson, ending well over a year without a job. "It's been a long and difficult time," said Lerch, "But politics is what I truly enjoy."

FARMWORKERS PLANT THE SEED OF KNOWLEDGE AT WILSON HIGH


September 10 was the culmination of Project Avanzando’s six-month program, which shepherds farm workers through the process of getting their GEDs. “Pomp and Circumstance” swelled throughout the school theater for 65 men and women who were receiving high school diplomas.

ON THE DAY THERE IS NO MORE V.I.P., CAN WHAT’S LEFT REALLY BE THE LBC?


A few years after Kelvin Anderson built a small recording studio V.I.P. Records to keep the neighborhood kids out of trouble, those kids became some of the biggest names---Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Daz---in the world of popular music.But business has gone bad, and Anderson says he is closing V.I.P. Records.

AS JOHNSON FACES RECALL, A LOOK BACK AT HIS CANDIDACY


A version of this article---based on an interview with James Johnson when he was running for the 7th District seat on the Long Beach City Council---first appeared in January 2010. It is re-published to provide context to a citizens' group's attempt to recall Johnson.

DELONG CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN HAS 100K, CITY AUDITOR ENDORSEMENT


Councilman Gary DeLong, an announced candidate for the newly drawn congressional district  of LB and western Orange County,  has announced that his campaign has raised more than $100,000. In a release, Congressional-candidate DeLong calls it a “significant milestone” and states, “I am truly grateful for all the support I have received, and I am encouraged […]

JOHNSON RECALL ORGANIZER ON ‘GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO’ AT 7 PM


Kate Braid, a founder of the Long Beach Rage Against the Machine Working Group (LB RAM) that has endorsed the recall of 7th district Long Beach City Council member James Johnson, will be the featured guest this evening on Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga. The hour-long program goes live at 7 p.m. on […]

WHITE HILLS: BRINGING TOGETHER SPACE ROCK AND PROTEST SONGS


While “protest record” and “space rock” don’t traditionally go together, the New York City-based band, "White Hills," is just that---railing against government and corporations while pushing its sound to places influenced by Hawkwind and Pink Floyd. The band played Alex's Bar on Thursday night.

RECALL JAMES JOHNSON COMMITTEE TO PRESENT CHARGES THIS AFTERNOON


The Recall James Johnson Committee, which on Tuesday announced its intention to circulate recall petitions against the 7th district’s representative on the Long Beach City Council, says that it will present a list of charges this afternoon—among them “Neglected Duties; Incompetent Performance; and Misuse of his Office.” The group’s media advisory states that “community leaders […]

LB THEATRES WILL COLLABORATE…WHEN MARLON DELEON FINDS RIGHT DATE


Before the Long Beach Theatre Arts Collaborative can work together to strengthen the local theatre community, somebody's got to find a time and date and place for the group to meet---one which fits into every representative's schedule. That somebody is Marlon DeLeon. On Tuesday, he gave it a try . . .

PRIMAL FLOWER: THIS ISN’T YOUR HIPPIE-MAMA’S ORGANIC FLORIST


Shelley Anders created this new addition the East Village from college art classes in Texas, 25 years in the floral industry and collaboration with local artist Jeremy West, who says his dark and edgy work is inspired by Rob Zombie, Geiger, and R. Crumb.

DUBLAB MUSIC AT { OPEN }: IT’S A LONG BEACH THING—FOR A DAY, ANYWAY


Saturday's music event and fundraiser for Dublab online radio at { open } may seem like a Los Angeles scene slumming it in Long Beach for a day. But after talking to Markus Manley—longtime local promoter and organizer through his Robots and Angels collective—the event is clearly so much more than that.

LBREPORT.COM EDITORIAL: LONG BEACH STEAMROLLED BY MAYOR’S MACHINE SIX


[EDITOR'S NOTE: With clear and cogent analysis---and not a punch pulled---LBReport.com lays out how the City of Long Beach was laid flat by six Long Beach City Council members who continued their robotic obedience to Mayor Bob Foster by approving a fiscal year 2012 budget that it balanced by stripping the skin from public safety […]

26 MILES ACROSS THE SEA … NOT MUCH WATER, TOO MUCH AUTO-TUNE


With water sources on Catalina Island being more finite than the mainland’s, you see more conservation: water-saving toilets; more scrubbing than hosing; people drinking their own urine. I also saw a teenaged acoustic duo using “auto-tune” pitch correction technology---giving them pitch-perfect, tight harmony, as sung by inhuman Cylon warriors.

JENELLE HUTCHERSON & MASA ZOKAEI ON GREATER LONG BEACH RADIO TODAY


Jenelle Hutcherson, the first openly gay contestant in the history of the Miss Long Beach Pageant,will be the featured guest today on this week’s edition of "Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga." She will be joined by Masa Zokaei, who wrote an account of Hutcherson's candidacy and its challenges to their relationship. The show is live at 10 a.m. online at KBEACH.org, repeating at 7 p.m. and available in the KBEACH.org archives and via podcast.

AT 11TH HOUR, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE GONE HOME, COUNCIL PASSES BUDGET THEY OPPOSED


At 11:11 p.m. Tuesday, after the large crowd that testified hours earlier had gone home, the Long Beach City Council passed the fiscal year 2012 budget in an empty chamber—enacting with a minor change the cuts to police, fire, parks and libraries proposed by Mayor Bob Foster and City Manager Pat West. The vote was […]

PORKY’S REVENGE? COUNCIL’S SPENDING WISH-LIST WOULD BLOCK PROPOSED BUDGET ALTERNATIVE


LBReport.com has learned that a list of Councilmember-desired spending items is quietly circulating on City Hall’s 14th floor—a list that would deplete surplus upland oil revenue and effectively prevent its use to avert the police, fire, parks and library cuts proposed by Mayor Bob Foster and City Manager Pat. Councilmembers Rae Gabelich, Steve Neal and […]

LONG BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HOPES TO ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET IN 2013


Two years before they hope to roll out the red carpet, the Long Beach Cinematheque and the Long Beach Film Foundation have announced their collaboration on what just may be the first-ever Long Beach Film Festival, which would unquestionably fill one of the most-unseemly holes in the city’s arts-and-culture menu.

JACK GRISHAM’S “AMERICAN DEMON:” FROM A NOT-QUITE GOD’S LIPS, TO OUR EARS


“I wasn’t really talking to God,” prodigal punk Jack Grisham says of his memoir, "An American Demon." But the literary device is convincing: Grisham as a demon taking his cues from the “Not-Quite,” a lesser God, “an inch shorter, a pound heavier, two degrees less intelligent and nowhere near as loving and kind.”

HARBOR COMMISSION’S UNANIMOUS VOTE TO BUY WORLD CENTER STILL ISN’T OVER


LONG BEACH (Via LBReport.com)—If you missed the big moment—couldn’t be there for the Long Beach Harbor Commission’s special meeting Tuesday or couldn’t stop texting while the panel rolled through the only item on the agenda—maybe the 4-0 vote authorizing the Port of Long Beach’s purchase of the Long Beach World Center office/retail property seems as though the […]

CITY MANAGER’S OFFICE DESCRIBES ITS PENSION REFORM ACCOMPLISHMENTS


After publishing in full the Long Beach Taxpayers Association’s announcement that it will submit information and seek a Grand Jury investigation alleging “years of corruptive practices that have resulted in the lack of fiscal discipline in managing the City’s finances,” LBReport.com asked City of Long Beach Public Information Officer Ed Kamlan if the city had any […]

FIRST PERSON: BEARING WITNESS TO LIFE IN BIXBY PARK IS NEARLY UNBEARABLE


I live very close to Bixby Park, and I witness illegal behaviors there on a daily basis. I do not use the park, although I would like to. I have seen drug deals, bloody fights, public drinking and drunkeness, public urination (indecent exposure), public sex acts, littering, loitering, sleeping in vehicles, sleeping in the band shell and more. I awakened one morning to find a man asleep on MY FRONT PORCH!

BIXBY PARK NEIGHBORHOODS SAY PUBLIC-SAFETY CUTS HURTING RESTORATION


In a letter to council member Gary DeLong and Suja Lowenthal, seven neighborhod associations say cuts in public safety measures at Bixby Park are contributing to increasingly flagrant illegal behavior at Bixby Park, including public drinking and drug use, drug dealing, overnight camping, littering and loitering, and a gang fight during a children’s theater festival.

JACK “AMERICAN DEMON” GRISHAM: STILL RIVETING, REVOLTING AND REAL


Jack Grisham has cannonballed into the pop-culture hot tub. The punk icon, breakthrough author and changed man is also the same person. With "An American Demon," as with his music-making, his art is alternately riveting and revolting. He is riding the momentum of a wave he created, which may again become more than he anticipated. Grisham will be interviewed by Elizabeth Glazner and Dave Wielenga on Greater Long Beach Radio on Thursday morning at 10.

ONE QUESTION … FOR SNIPPED-FROM-HIS DISTRICT CANDIDATE MIKE KOWAL


The back story: Back in April, Mike Kowal became the first candidate in the 2012 campaign for the Long Beach City Council. Kowal filed to run in the 8th District, where Rae Gabelich faces the term-limit ordinance after serving eight years. Kowal has lived in the 8th district—in the same home—for nearly 30 years while […]

ROSE PARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: BRINGING LB’S MUSICAL SUMMER TO THE PEOPLE


Frank Fairfield, 24 years old and discovered while busking in a farmer's market, headlines Sunday's Rose Park Bluegrass Festival, which continues a surge in public music events in Long Beach. But it is also a sign of progress---and possibly the big first step in taking music out of its arts-district cage and bringing it to the residents.

SWEET JESUS! GARAGE THEATRE’S “CORPUS CHRISTI” IS CLOSING AUGUST 27


"Corpus Christ" is a liberal-in-every-sense retelling of the Jesus story, wherein the fleshed-out Christ is Joshua, a Texas boy imbued with a sense of foreboding specialness that sets him apart from his peer and shapes his simultaneously beautiful and persecuted life.

A NEW CONTRACT WITH COPS? LOTS OF Q’S, NOT MANY A’S, WITH STEVE JAMES


LONG BEACH—Less than 24 hours before releasing Long Beach city management’s proposed fiscal-year 2012 budget, Mayor Bob Foster’s office released a “joint statement” with Long Beach Police Officers Association President Lt. Steve James on “an agreement in principle on a new contact.” The full text—both paragraphs—is available at LBReport.com. The current City Hall-LBPOA contract is […]

JENNI RIVERA INDUCTED INTO POLY HIGH WALK OF FAME


Jenni Rivera, a Spanish-language singer/songwriter who has sold more than 20 million albums, will be inducted into the Poly High School Walk of Fame during an 11 a.m. ceremony Tuesday in the school’s football stadium. The event is open to the public and free.

STATE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION’S ETCHINGS PORTRAY LONG BEACH IN A MENAGE-A-TROIS, TIMES TWO


SACRAMENTO (via LBReport.com)—The latest tinkering by the California Redistricting Commission put parts of Long Beach into three state Senate districts and three Assembly districts—far from the unified representation for which local officials have been pleading. If ultimately adopted by the Commission and not changed further by possible litigation, these election district lines would determine how […]

WILL STARDOM CHANGE SAM OUTLAW? BETTER SMILE WHEN YOU ASK THAT…


"When I inevitably rise to stardom, I will do my best to remember your names and pretend to recognize you. I'll even try to be "cool about it" when you prove to some girl that you know the famous Sam Outlaw by calling me, putting her ear to the phone and having me sing a few lines from one of my hits as she listens and giggles with delight."

BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GROUP ELECTS STEERING COMMITTEE TODAY


Members of Building Healthy Communities/Long Beach are gathering downtown at St. Luke’s Church this morning to eat a continental breakfast and to elect 21 people to their steering committee—that is, to guide the group toward the best ways, places and programs to spend millions of dollars in grants during the next two years. The Building […]

HAVE-A-GREATER-WEEKEND: BOAT-DACIOUSNESS, BOOBATION & A KILLER DINNER


This is the 100th anniversary of offshore powerboat racing in California, and there is no way to celebrate that without celebrating Long Beach, which has contributed some of the sport’s most-iconic events---and will continue that tradition this weekend.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR RECALLING AN LB CITY COUNCIL MEMBER?


LONG BEACH (via LBReport.com)—In 2003, California voters who were angry over a number of issues did what political “experts” considered impossible: they recalled the state’s recently elected governor. Gray Davis. During the past few weeks in Long Beach, some voters angry over the tactics of 7th district City Council member James Johnson in the redrawing […]

RENE CASTRO RE-ELECTED UNOPPOSED TO CHAIR LB GRIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE


Rene Castro was re-elected as chair of the Long Beach Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Project (LB GRIP) Advisory Committee without opposition during the group’s meeting Monday night at the Center For Working Families, located on Atlantic Avenue at 19th Street. But new faces were elected to the other offices—Claudette Powers as vice chair and […]

BEACHWOOD BBQ & BREWERY: A HOME FOR BEER-GEEKS AND CARNIVORES


The arrival of Long Beach's much larger, brewery-focused version of the original Beachwood BBQ three doors down from Congregation Ale House on the once-abandoned Promenade cements the unlikely strip’s place as the local beer-geek destination.

EIGHT AREA MAYORS URGE LOWENTHAL TO RESCIND SUPPORT OF KILLING RDA


Mayors from eight cities in the 27th State Senate District of Sen. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, are urging him to rescind his support of eliminating redevelopment agencies to help balance the state budget, saying that would cost millions to California cities. That legislation has been made part of the current budget signed by Gov. Jerry […]

COUNCIL QUARTET WANTS CITY MANAGER TO DEVISE VIOLENCE PLAN IN 90 DAYS


With police numbers falling, replacements deemed unaffordable and bullets flying in his district, Long Beach City Council member Robert Garcia—Mayor Bob Foster’s choice to chair the Public Safety Committee—has come up with a proposal for dealing with the city’s violence: make City Manager Pat West solve the problem … and fast. Garcia and three colleagues—Patrick […]

TRANSPACIFIC DIARY: BOUNDING-MAINING IT FROM LONG BEACH TO HAWAII


JULY 9 UPDATE: Paul Turang, Jr., of the Long Beach Yacht Club is a crew member aboard the Victoire, which departed Long Beach today (July 4) in the Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. GreaterLongBeach.com will be linking to Turang's blog and photos during a journey that could take up to two weeks.

HAVE A GREATER WEEKEND: PIRATES INVADE, CLOWNS COMMUTE AND WORKS FIRE


It’s hard to say how pirates---thieving, violent and anti-social---have come to be perceived as Teddy Bears of the High Seas, but it’s easy to see how they are staying that way. The Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier Saturday and Sunday includes Captain Jack Sparrow’s Kids’ Treasure Hunt, belly and fire dancers, a pirate costume contest, a pirate parade, sword fights and a movie.

LB CITY MANAGER’S POST-RDA REVIEW AND ANALYSIS NAMES NAMES OF CITY’S REPRESENTATIVES IN SACRAMENTO


In the wake of the Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of budget bills that discontinued California redevelopment agencies, Long Beach City Manager Pat West sent this letter to elected officials, city management and staff, providing an early sense of what the change will mean. Despite its litany of challenges, the straightforwardness of West’s assessment is refreshing—as […]

BROWN SIGNS BILLS ENDING REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES DESPITE THREATENED LAWSUITS


Governor Jerry Brown today (June 28) signed multiple budget-related bills sent to him by Democrats holding majorities in the state Senate and Assembly that among other things eliminate local redevelopment agencies and direct resolution of their activities and create an alternative “voluntary” redevelopment program. Gov. Brown proposed phasing out local redevelopment agencies shortly after taking […]

DID RICHARDSON USE STAFF TO CAMPAIGN AND FETCH DRY CLEANING?


Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach/Carson) is alleged to have forced her congressional staff to work on her campaign and perform personal errands by a not-for-profit legal watchdog group that is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to begin a criminal investigation.

DESPITE DENIALS, DELONG PUSHING ABC TO RESTRICT 2ND STREET BARS


GreaterLongBeach.com has obtained a March 18 letter from Long Beach City Councilmember Gary DeLong to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) that runs contrary to his repeated assertions that he has not used his office to pressure the ABC to be tougher on Belmont Shore bars. [UPDATED WITH FULL TEXT OF DELONG'S LETTER AND REQUESTED CONDITIONS.]

THREE REASONS THE QUEEN MARY ISN’T GETTING ALL THE LOVE IN LONG BEACH


Put simply, the people of Long Beach do not feel the Queen Mary is theirs. Ticket prices not only keep out the poor completely, but also a large percentage of everyone else. The Queen is regarded as part of the landscape, but in many ways, as alien as a flying saucer.

HAVE A GREATER WEEKEND: BIKES, SKATES, POLES & GOOD TIMES ROLLING


Retro Row didn’t need a city motto and a federal grant to become bicycle friendly. On the other hand, nothing wrong with a windfall, which is kind of what Fourth Street will boil down to when the Family-Friendly Bike Kitchen starts cooking Saturday.

ALAN LOWENTHAL RUNNING FOR CONGRESS—VS. RICHARDSON, SANCHEZ?


California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal told reporter Kyle Trygstad of the Washington, D.C., news site RollCall.com Friday that he is running in a proposed Congressional district in Long Beach, setting up a possible three-way Democratic primary with Reps. Laura Richardson and Linda Sánchez. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission released its first draft map a week […]

INK-N-IRON: IN APPRECIATION OF TRADITION THAT’S KEPT ITS ROUGH EDGES


Brian Noonan reflects that an energetic set by the legendary 1960s garage band, The Sonics, highlighted a day of buzzing tattoo needles, Kustom Kars, classic cleavage, long lines, steep drink prices and a shortage of restrooms as Ink-N-Iron held its own as a distinctly Long Beach attraction.

QUEEN MARY STARS IN LATE-NIGHT TV MOVIE, ‘LORD JEFF,’ TONIGHT, 1 AM


This TV viewing tip isn’t for everybody—demographics include an obsession with the Queen Mary, a tolerance for Mickey Rooney, a subscription to the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) cable network, as well as, insomnia. For those who qualify, however, tonight’s middle-of-the-night showing of the 1938 film, Lord Jim, is can’t-miss appointment television. It begins at 1 […]

HAVE A GREATER WEEKEND: INK, IRON, PIZZA, SHAKESPEARE & CHOCOLATE


Eight years in, the Ink-N-Iron Festival is a local tradition and an international attraction, yet it remains a little difficult to explain. Here's our take: much of this culture comes from Long Beach; it's our bandwagon---welcome aboard!

PLASTIC OH-NO BAND: COUNCIL QUINTET’S ENVIRO-ODE TO BE HEARD IN COURT


In the first fallout from the Long Beach City Council’s just-approved ordinance that beginning Aug. 1 will prohibit most of the city’s grocery stores from from offering free plastic bags to customers—instead charging 10 cents each—the “Save the Plastic Bag Coalition” has informed City Hall that it will file a legal challenge to the ban. San […]

BIKE SALON: LONG BEACH’S TWO-WHEELED LOVE AFFAIR COMES FULL CYCLE


Most bike-related art shows focus on modern trends and politics of urban cycling. But the Long Beach Bicycle Salon is a multi-disciplinary exhibit, spotlighting the creativity that arises through the humand-and-machine connection and paying homage to the bicycle’s history, innovation and current place in culture.

SEN. LOWENTHAL COAXES STYROFOAM BAN THROUGH STATE SENATE


State Senator Alan Lowenthal’s bill to ban styrofoam food containers in California—except in areas where at least 60 percent of them are recycled—has been approved by the state Senate and sent to the Assembly. Lowenthal’s legislation, SB 568, was stalled two votes short of passage Thursday morning after a pair of 19-14 roll call votes. […]

THE CHERIN GROUP ACQUIRED BY ENGLANDER KNABE & ALLEN


The Cherin Group, a law firm founded in 2010 by former City Hall and Port of Long Beach official Alex Cherin, ostensibly to facilitate the attraction of green-technology firms to Long Beach, has been acquired by he public relations and lobbying firm of Englander Knabe & Allen. According to an announcement from Englander Knabe & Allen, […]

MARY THOITS AMONG 27 SENIORS HONORED FOR LIVES OF VOLUNTEERISM


Mary Thoits of the Long Beach City College Senior Studies Center is among 27 seniors honored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe on the 46th annual Older Americans Recognition Day for the contributions they make to the quality of life by volunteering.

STATE’S HIGHEST PCB LEVELS HELP WHITE CROAKER LIVE UP TO ITS NAME


White croaker has always seemed like a funny name for a fish, and after the release of the State Water Resources Control Board’s largest-ever statewide survey on sportfish from California coastal waters, it seems even funnier … in a very-last-laugh kind of way. White croaker in the Long Beach area have the highest concentrations of […]

GOOSEFIRE GALLERY BRINGS LONG BEACH ITS FIRST TOUCH OF GLASS


Clinton Roman’s delicate work is famous for his mastery of potion blowing borosilicate glass. It features many archetypal symbols from the world’s myths and religions, including Native American culture, blown from every color of the rainbow.

BELLFLOWER’S GOT BLUES SO BAD ITS COUNCIL WON’T LET YOU SING ‘EM


The Bellflower City Council has overturned the decision of its planning commission and unanimously rejected an application by the owners of Long Beach’s sorely missed Blue Dog Tavern to reopen in a long-empty former firehouse in the struggling city’s ghostly downtown. After a two-hour interview with the Blue Dog’s co-owners, Cheri Dessero and Robert Martinson, the council decided the blues club does […]

HOPE & FREEDOM FILM FESTIVAL IS A GOOD FIT WITH PRIDE WEEKEND


The Hope and Freedom Film Festival returns to the Art Theatre this Saturday (May 21), and in its second year it shares the same weekend as the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival. That’s appropriate—according to its website, the mission of the Hope and Freedom Film Festival is “to help create a society where […]

‘ENTROPY GENERAL’ EXTENDED AN EXTRA WEEKEND BECAUSE … IT’S DAMN GOOD!


"Entropy" is the inexorable march toward decay that will eventually make of the universe a wash of energy. But "Entropy General" is Ryan McClary's smart, funny, philosophizing play that the Alive Theatre almost turns into an antidote. And you've got an extra weekend---this one coming up---to see it

OPINION FROM LBREPORT.COM: IS ARMORY PARK DISTRACTING PEOPLE FROM THE HI-RISING OF DOWNTOWN?


“Armory Park’ is a proposal to provide a patch of green space to a densely populated, park-scarce part of downtown Long Beach by closing about a block of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. between 6th and 7th streets. That part of the proposal may or may not make sense. But the real point—which went unmentioned […]

AND THEN THERE’S REALITY AS NOT SEEN ON TV: A MOTHER’S DAY MEMORY


These days channel surfing leads us to “reality shows” of all varieties, especially the reality of people with big problems. Can these people change? Maybe on TV. But reality seems too overwhelming in real life. And then, there is the story of my mother...

INTO THE SPOTLIGHT: A MOMENT OF GROWTH—AND THIS TIME, GROWING PAINS


More than 50 students at Renaissance High took the theatre artist's risky rite of passage over the weekend, stepping on stage and into the spotlight as they collaborated on a pair of performances of "Damn Yankees." The production didn't turn out so well, and it's already history. The kids? They got some new experience with truth; now it depends on what they do with it.

CAL REP’S ‘POOL OF BETHESDA’ GETS CAUGHT UP IN ITS OWN CURRENTS


The high promise of Allan Cubitt's script turns out to be a prototypical doctor-becomes-patient heartstring-tugger dressed up in phantasmagoric dreamscape that has no cash value where the play does its emotional banking.

ARMORY PARK: ALL THESE YEARS LATER, HAS ITS TIME FINALLY ARRIVED?


Four years after it seemed to reach a stalemate, Armory Park is back---although to what extent we won't know until a press conference Monday. While you wait, here's a slightly updated version of a 2007 story that explains just how things were left at the time.

AMID CELEBRATION OF BID LADEN’S DEATH, INT’L HUMAN DIGNITY GROUP SUGGESTS PRAYERS FOR HIS SOUL


At 4:11 this morning, amid the reflexive celebration that has dominated the early aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s death, GreaterLongBeach.com received this e-mail from a Rome-based organization that calls itself the Institute for Human Dignity. This is what it said: PRAYERS, NOT REJOICING, NEEDED OVER BIN LADEN’S DEATH Following reports of the killing of Osama […]

BOUNDARIES OF LB COUNCIL DISTRICTS GOING BACK TO REDRAWING BOARD


A year away from elections in the Long Beach City Council’s four even-numbered districts, the process of redrawing—or “redistricting”—the boundaries of all nine council districts is about to begin. Redistricting occurs every 10 years to equalize populations among council districts based on data from the most-recent census—in this case, the 2010 census. The district-line-drawing decision […]

POLITICIANS, PRESS IGNORE WORKERS FIRED AFTER HELPING STATE PROBE HILTON


The Long Beach Hilton is in Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal's district and across the street from the Press-Telegram, but Lowenthal and the P-T were no-shows at Wednesday's press conference for five housekeepers fired after cooperating with a state probe into the hotel's tax and employment practices.

PRESS-TELEGRAM, GAZETTE READERS ARE IN THE DARK ABOUT WHAT GABELICH DID


Councilwoman Rae Gabelich did it during a public hearing into Panama Joe’s controversial request for City Council approval of an expanded entertainment permit, and it only took her a minute, which was pretty impressive. But the Press-Telegram and Gazette (and, in fact, GreaterLongBeach.com) never mentioned it.

THE BUTLER PLAN: SPIN QUEEN MARY’S MANAGERIAL MERRY-GO-ROUND INTO ONE OF THE SHIP’S “FUN” ATTRACTIONS


As the Queen Mary looks for another manager/operator—that will make four in the past four years—a contributor to an online discussion group devoted to the historic ship believes he has found a way to transform all this instability into an attraction. Chris Butler is the blogger’s name, and he calls his game “a concept that would put some fun […]

HI-SPEED TRAIN AGENCY UNHAPPY WITH ALAN LOWENTHAL’S BILL TO REIN IT IN


Long Beach state Senator Alan Lowenthal's bill 517 (SB 517) would place the High-Speed Rail Authority---which since its creation has operated pretty much on its own---under the direct control of the state Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. The High-Speed Railers are, well, railing against it.

ACTIVISTS WANT MORE AND CLEARER INFORMATION ABOUT SUBDIVISION OF MARKETPLACE SHOPPING CENTER


A request to subdivide a small slice of the Market Place shopping center is item No. 1 in your program—that is, the agenda—for this evening’s Long Beach Planning Commission meeting, but it’s also something like the ump-tillionth time that what appears to be a straightforward piece of land-use business is being blurred by the confusion […]

“GREATER LONG BEACH WITH DAVE WIELENGA” ON K-BEACH THURSDAY @ 8PM


GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga will debut as host of a weekly public-affairs radio program---the okay-maybe-we-could-have-put-a-little-more-creativity-into-the-titled “Greater Long Beach, with Dave Wielenga”---in partnership with Long Beach State’s online station, K-BEACH (www.kbeach.org) on Thursday at 8 p.m. That’s tomorrow.

A STAND AGAINST SILLINESS: O’DONNELL ONLY DISSENTER IN CITY COUNCIL VOTE FOR ‘LB HEALTHY FOOD POLICY’


Fourth District representative Patrick O’Donnell cast the only vote against a “Long Beach healthy food policy”—an item on Tuesday night’s Long Beach City Council agenda that was spotlighted by LBReport.com in the first installment of its new series on City Council silliness. Proposed by Councilmembers Steve Neal, Robert Garcia, Dee Andrews and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, the “Long […]

NOT DOING THEIR JOBS: LBREPORT.COM’S NEW SERIES ON COUNCIL SILLINESS


LBReport.com begins an editorial series titled, "Not Doing Their Jobs," pointing out City Council agenda items that go far beyond the scope of what this council should be doing. Today's nonsense: Councilmembers Steve Neal, Robert Garcia, Dee Andrews and Suja Lowenthal seek to create a "Long Beach healthy food policy."

AS MARIO CORDERO DEPARTS, HIS LEGACY MAY BE THIS SMALL ACT OF HEROISM


Mario Cordero's confirmation by the Senate last week to the Federal Maritime Commission brought back memories of the moment that epitomized his tenure on the Long Beach Harbor Commission---his commitment to personal integrity when he refused to rubber-stamp a back-room deal he didn't believe in.

DENGUE FEVER SEEKS NEW WAYS TO GET EVERYBODY HOT AND BOTHERED


Ten years in, Dengue Fever would be poised to hit it big if the music industry’s old marketing formula---radio play, late-night talk show performances and MTV---still worked. Instead, as its new album, "Cannibal Courtship," drops April 19, the musical polyglot is searching for new paths to stardom.

IF YOU LIKE ‘WAITING FOR GODOT,’ LB PLAYHOUSE IS PERFECT PLACE TO DO IT


The key to Long Beach Playhouse's success with "Godot" is unobtrusiveness---a completely straight take, with nothing to clutter up the pithy sparseness of the dialog. The actors never let their clowning infringe upon the pathos that pops up in seemingly every minute of this masterpiece.

FINGERPRINTS, DURTY MICK’S LURE MUSIC GEEKS DOWNTOWN TODAY


The usual suspects—coughAmeobacough—have been hosting Record Store Day throngs since the shopping holiday started in 2008, but downtown Long Beach will be bustling all day (from 6 a.m.) with music geeks swarming to two new RSD stops.

LEGISLATION BY LAKEWOOD HIGH STUDENTS PASSES ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE


Leaders of Lakewood High's so-called Sacramento Seven---from right to left, Terrell Snead, Assemblyman Warren Furutani, Kaitlyn Miller and Brandon Perez---testify in favor of their bill, AB 1174, Wednesday afternoon before the California Assembly's Education Committee.

‘ANNA IN THE TROPICS’ GETS A CINEMATIC TAKE FROM LB SHAKESPEARE COMPANY


"Anna In The Tropics" won the Pulitzer Prize for playwright Nilo Cruz, and Long Beach Shakespeare Company captures the human story---and the humidity---that's at the essence of his tradition-vs.-modernization theme.

NERDS INVADE LONG BEACH: A NIGHT OF BROKEN SPECTACLES WITH DESCENDENTS


While a gray-haired Milo sang more old songs, personal boundaries were broken and beer was spilled. Shirtless West Coast white-guidos with Huntington Beach city-logo back tattoos dominated one circle pit until an eyeliner-wearing Latino teenager jumped in to punch the air and an overweight girl in a sundress held the pit wall for those not interested in getting pummeled.

CITIZEN POLICE INVESTIGATOR SAYS HE WAS FIRED…FOR INVESTIGATING POLICE


Tomas Gonzales says he was fired as an investigator with the Citizens Police Complaint Commission for refusing to soften his investigations into citizen claims of misconduct by Long Beach police officers. He has filed a potentially expensive and embarrassing lawsuit against the City of Long Beach.

IF GANGS DON’T GET HAUBERT’S STRONG MESSAGE, MAYBE THE NEWS MEDIA WILL


Although City Prosecutor Doug Haubert asserted Friday that sending a 20-year-old man to jail for six months on a misdemeanor vandalism conviction sends a “strong message” to gang members, he actually made his point by sending a strong message to the news media. A no-words-minced press release that was e-mailed by Haubert’s chief of staff […]

‘SUMMER OF LOVE’: ROGER BEAN’S NEW MUSICAL AN UPBEAT ODE TO OUR NEW OZ


As a VW bus took the stage for Musical Theatre West’s world premier of Roger Bean’s "Summer of Love," the door burst open into a world of Technicolor---but instead of Munchkins, there were hippies.

RISE AGAINST: THEIR LEGENDS (DESCENDENTS, BAD RELIGION) PRECEDE THEM


The order of the acts for Thursday night's triple-punk bill at the Long Beach Arena looks strange. The legendary Descendents are the opening act, then fellow old-school punkers Bad Religion and finally the headlining Rise Against---a comparative newcomer, even though it's been around since 1999.

PROSTITUTION ABATEMENT: LONG BEACH POLICE TIME AND MONEY WELL SPENT?


Greggory Moore asks: If you could eradicate either prostitution or littering, prostitution or graffiti, prostitution or texting while driving---wouldn't you do a greater service by in each case leaving prostitution alone and getting rid of the other?

UP-AND-COMING RAPPER PAYS TRIBUTE TO DEARLY DEPARTED NATE DOGG


Clippah Duh Dam Gorilla is combining a Club Cohiba listening party for his debut album with a tribute to the late Nate Dogg, who came out of central Long Beach neighborhoods to become an international star.

POTENTIAL LUNATICS TO PLAY BLUE CAFE AND ALBUM IS ON THE WAY


The sister-and-brother punk duo of Long Beach teenagers Emma and Isaac Simons-Araya---whose music is in no way as kitschy as that description might suggest---have raised the last $400 they needed to finish their first album. Next stop: the Blue Cafe this Sunday

LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS LAND TRUST RAMPS UP OPPOSITION TO SECOND+PCH


After doing a low boil for a few years over the slick website that the 2nd+PCH development team has been using to promote its controversial multi-use proposal, environmentalists opposed to the project now have one of their own. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (LCWLT) has launched the specialized site on a separate page of […]

BLIGHT MAKES RIGHT: HOW-LOW-CAN-YOU-GO TIPS FOR GETTING WHAT YOU WANT


Make your place look like you’re chasing nickels to support a meth habit. Erect a plywood berry stand on your front lawn and use smelly, unshaven men to sell Christmas trees when it gets dark early---but only after pulling out the grass and throwing down gravel. Make it look like you have no self respect as a business owner.

PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR JENSEN IS BREATHING ON HIS OWN


Mike Jensen, the lone survivor of a March 16 private plane crash at the Long Beach Airport that killed the five other passengers, is breathing on his own and speaking, according to a website established by his family to provide updates on his recovery. “Super Mule is great, the [breathing] tube is out and of […]

TALK-SHOW HOST LARRY MANTLE AT ‘LONG BEACH READS ONE BOOK’


The centerpiece of this year’s edition of the Long Beach Reads One Book program—the 10th anniversary of the nationwide project by StoryCorps—is tonight at the Centre Theatre: a program that will include the Dave Isay, the editor of this year’s book selection, “Listening is an Act of Love.” The event runs from 7 p.m. to […]

THE TSUNAMI’S RIPPLES: AN EVENING OF SHARED HUMANITY AT JAPANESE GARDENS


No one knows why we must suffer, yet no one can deny that the ripples of our suffering often awaken revitalizing forces in our lives. So it was at Sunday's vigil at Long Beach State's Japanese Gardens for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. [ A photo essay by Jeanine Birong. ]

NATE DOGG’S MEMORIAL: A LONG, EMOTIONAL FAREWELL TO LONG BEACH’S OWN


Nathaniel D. Hale, who became a hip-hop legend named Nate Dogg by birth into a family of Gospel singers and by bonds forged in the neighborhoods of center Long Beach, was memorialized Saturday during a long, emotional ceremony that intertwined those influences.

PHOTO ESSAY: SUNRISE BIKE RIDE BEGINS MEMORIAL FOR MARK BIXBY


A large contingent of cyclists pedaled out of a glorious sunrise at Alamitos Bay Friday morning on a memorial bike ride for the late Mark Bixby, who died March 16 in a private plane crash at the Long Beach Airport.

EDITORIAL: YES, REMOVE NEIGHBORHOOD NUISANCES; NO ON NANNY NONSENSE


A proposal advanced by four Councilmembers (Neal, Garcia, Andrews and Vice Mayor Lowenthal) to handle liquor-store related nuisances is basically a copycat of the Conditional Use “deemed approved” process already used in Oakland, Pasadena, San Francisco and other cities…which is just fine with us. Better late than never for Long Beach. In our opinion, no […]

BY SAVING RDA, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS’ REPUTATION IS BROUGHT TO BLIGHT


Redevelopment Agencies are about everything Republicans claim to loath: bureaucracy, debt, abuses of property rights, big government, excessive land-use rules, subsidized housing and fiscal irresponsibility ... oh, and this oversized macrame thing that the Long Beach RDA erected downtown at a cost of $60,000.

“THE USE OF REGRET:” COULD IT BE A HEART-SHAPED BLOOD STAIN?


Greggory Moore will be at { open } Saturday night to read from his first novel, "The Use of Regret," which he agrees has a very intriguing title---but about which he is otherwise inscrutable. Very cagey, Mr. Moore, very cagey.

NATE DOGG, WHOSE SOULFUL HOOKS SIGNIFIED LB’S G-FUNK SOUND, DIES AT 41


Nate Dogg's unmistakeable voice was deep and soothing, but it was also sonic camouflage for personal torments that were buried even deeper within him. Although he was a warm, honest and insightful conversationalist, Nate Dogg seemed to be constantly distracted and undermined by personal issues, even as he rose to personal fame.

KEEP LONG BEACH WEIRD? ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS ACT NATURALLY


I’m sick of cities that take the phrase “Keep [insert city name] Weird” and blast it on shot glasses, playing cards, pins and tshirts. No truly weird place would try that hard. Long Beach is where the real weirdos are, and we don’t need to ask them to keep the city weird---it just sort of does it itself.

SO YOU WANT TO COMMENT ON EIR FOR THE SECOND+PCH PROJECT? HERE’S HOW!


Want to lodge an official comment on the Second+PCH revised Environmental Impact Report (EIR)? You don’t have to hurry—hell, the 45-day comment period, which began when the document was released March 10, doesn’t close until April 25. Then again, you know how you are. And don’t forget you have to look it over first. So […]

THIS IS WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN CLOWNS CRY


All we see is their suffering, but that does not make "Four Clowns" a morbid show. It's a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be a human being, and despite all the pain, the Alive Theatre makes it all quite funny.

BULLETIN: SECOND+PCH’S PROJECT’S (SECOND) ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT TO BE RELEASED THURSDAY


The long-awaited environmental impact report (EIR) for the Second+PCH development—the second such document for this long-proposed hotel/retail/residential project—will be released Thursday, GreaterLongBeach.com has learned from lead developer David Malmuth. “My enthusiasm has been renewed,” Malmuth says. “I can finally see that we’ll formally start the comment period and hopefully be successful [in getting approval] through […]

LB CITY COUNCIL ACCEPTS $180 MILLION WORTH OF REDEVELOMENT AGENCY PROPERTIES TO SHIELD FROM STATE


The City of Long Beach acquired some 222 parcels of land worth approximately $180 million Tuesday night when the City Council voted 9-0 to accept all properties, assets and development agreements that were transferred to it in a unanimous Monday morning vote by the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Board. The actions by the two […]

IT’S SHAPING UP AS A VERY FAT TUESDAY


Happy Mardi Gras … and it is shaping up as very Fat Tuesday: there are elections in Bellflower, Cerritos, Lakewood and Norwalk, and the Long Beach City Council will convene in special session to consider it’s response to Monday’s vote by the Redevelopment Agency to transfer all its properties and assets to the City. In […]

BULLETIN: LONG BEACH RDA VOTES TO TRANSFER ITS HOLDINGS TO CITY COUNCIL


By unanimous vote, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency has ordered that all the properties and assets it owns—as well as all agreements to develop them—be transferred to the City of Long Beach, which will put them under the control of the Long Beach City Council. The vote, held in City Council chambers this morning, comes […]

THAT ART WE THOUGHT MIGHT BE BANKSY’S? IT’S DOWNEY’S OWN BUMBLEBEE!


Bumblebee, born-and-raised in Downey (exit at Firestone, not through the gift shop), has been building such a high profile in the downlow world of street art---not only painting on walls, but sculpting in abandoned phone booths and newsracks---that he has recently brought his stuff into galleries.

ETHAN COEN’S ONE-ACTS AT THE GARAGE: THE DEVILISHNESS IS IN THE DETAILS


Ethan Coen says his collection of three short plays---Almost an Evening---was named after “hear[ing] a parting theatergoer complain it had been ‘not even almost an evening.’” Coen's rejoinder to us: “I take some pride in my work, and together these plays do make up almost an evening—I don't care what anyone says.”

ALL WRITEY!!! OF BIKE LANES, STUDENT POLITICIANS, STAR PARKER & $1.9 BILLION COMPUTERS


THE ROAD TO BIKE-FRIENDLINESS IS A FRUSTRATING CONSTRUCTION ZONE [ By Jeanine Birong ] If bike lanes along Broadway and 3rd are such a great idea, why was no environmental study completed? Where is the traffic study that shows the impact of going from three east/west lanes to two? What about the traffic that is now […]

THE DAY LONG BEACH BEAT WESTBORO BAPTISTS AT THEIR OWN FREE SPEECH


On the day the Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment rights of the despicable Westboro Baptist Church, it's worth remembering the way the people of Long Beach greeted the wacky Kansas hatemongers last year with more than a little free speech of our own.

THE ROAD TO BIKE-FRIENDLINESS IS A FRUSTRATING CONSTRUCTION ZONE


I love the idea of a bike-friendly city but wonder whether the transition is making people friendlier toward cyclists. Lots of folks seem angry. They talk about “bike Nazis,” and rail against spending taxpayer dollars on something only a small segment of the population will use.

WARREN FURUTANI LAYS DOWN THE LAW-MAKING FOR LAKEWOOD STUDENTS


“Who’s got a vote? That’s what counts,” Assembly member Warren Furutani told a group of Lakewood High students during a strategy session for a bill they have introduced in Sacramento. "Other questions are important only to the extent that our answers will help us secure the votes of committee members that will get our bill to the floor.”

GARAGE THEATRE SETS OSCAR MOOD WITH A COEN BRO (SINGULAR) PLAY


Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening opens at the Garage Theatre on Friday, which of course is almost the evening—two nights before the Academy Awards—which of course is where Coen and brother, Joel, will be awaiting the outcome of the 10 nominations for their latest picture, True Grit, which of course makes the show the perfect […]

IN CASE YOU’VE FORGOTTEN, FOSTER & COUNCIL APPROVED EMPLOYEE PENSIONS


It's as if Mayor Bob Foster and the Long Beach City Council don't remember how they went out of their way in 2007 and 2008 to approve the pensions that Foster is now demanding---under threat of a public referendum---that they voluntarily give back.

WITH BUDGET HEADED FOR $7 MILLION DEFICIT, COUNCIL CALLS STUDY SESSION


With the so-called balanced budget it passed last September now apparently headed toward a $7 million deficit, the Long Beach City Council has scheduled a special meeting and study session—that is, no action will be taken—this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. “to receive a presentation on: The General Fund Operating Deficit.” Today’s study session is a […]

GET LOST IN SPACHE WITH LB POET AND BON MOTIER DERRICK BROWN


Maybe you’re seeing this too late to make it to Gatsby’s Books (3555 Spring Street, Long Beach) for today’s (Feb. 19) high-noon appearance by Derrick Brown, where the Long Beach poet, performer, comedian, musician, magician, boat captain, paratrooper, author, editor, publisher and entrepreneur was scheduled to sign copies of his new children’s book, dance, laugh […]

DOUG HAUBERT: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN WINNING UGLY AND SITTING PRETTY


The job of city prosecutor is so complex that Doug Haubert can’t precisely explain how he---or Long Beach residents—ought to determine whether he’s doing a good one. "In my opinion," says Haubert, "the best way is whether people feel the neighborhoods are getting safer.”

FIFTY YEARS LATER, A BIRTH—AND A LEGACY—AT 14TH & CHESTNUT


The site of Long Beach's first great hospital has become its newest park, and many people born at Seaside Hospital came to the dedication of Seaside Park---some bearing their birth certificates---as witnesses and well-wishers to the repurposing of their sorta-sacred spot.

GO SEE CAL … Y’KNOW, WHILE YOU STILL CAN … THAT IS, BEFORE HE DIES


My familiarity with Cal's visage from the TV spots of my childhood set me up for shock when I recently started seeing him again in Worthington Ford commercials. The gauntness, the obviously skeletal frame beneath his suit jacket, the dragging of his palate as he enunciated his sales pitch. There was no denying it: Cal Worthington is dying ... as are we all.

A VALENTINE’S DAY PROTEST THAT ALL IN LOVE IS STILL NOT FAIR


The Center, Long Beach’s gay and lesbian community center, is joining with 10 other Los Angeles County gay and lesbian and equality groups on Valentine’s Day to hold what’s being called a Peaceful Protest for Marriage Equality at the East Los Angeles County Clerks office. The Feb. 14 event is part of a nationwide day […]

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS, CRITICISMS, LOVE NOTES & WITTICISMS


YOU DON’T HAVE TO REGISTER YOUR BICYCLE IN LONG BEACH, ANYMORE [ By Dave Wielenga ] Not having this chore will give you more time to register your cat. / THE COMMISH What’s with all the shameless self promotion? Long Beach–bike lanes are good. Quit saying you are (or are becoming) the “most bicycle friendly city […]

YOU DON’T HAVE TO REGISTER YOUR BICYCLE IN LONG BEACH, ANYMORE


Bicycle registration became voluntary in Long Beach on Tuesday night by a unanimous vote of the City Council. “We are now one step closer to becoming America’s most bike-friendly city,” said Council member Robert Garcia in a statement released by his office moments after the meeting ended. Garcia introduced legislation in December that directed the […]

BIXBY PARK: THOSE WERE—AND THESE ARE—THE GOOD OLD DAYS


For more than a century, Bixby Park has been Long Beach’s mirror, the place the city could look to really see itself. The park's current bedraggled condition says something about us. But so does Thursday's grass-roots fundraiser to help restore the site of the good, old days---and those ahead.

ICT’s founding artistic director Shashin Desai says goodbye after 25 years


PUTTING NEW FINGERPRINTS NEAR SOME LEGENDARY MUSICAL FOOTPRINTS


SST Studios used to be across the street and Fingerprints is using its old parking lot. Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins and Mike Watt once parked their hoopties there during recording sessions and now I get to park mine here while I buy their albums re-pressed on 180 gram vinyl!

LBUSD BOARD BALANCES BUDGET BY CLOSING SCHOOLS, CUTTING TEACHERS


The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education voted Tuesday (Feb.1) to balance its next budget by closing two elementary schools, increasing class sizes and eliminating 429 teachers—a savings of $53 million that will be imposed regardless of whether voters approve tax-extension ballot measures. Oh, and it signaled that even bigger cuts may be […]

A LOT OF LOVING AND A LOT OF REPEATING IN GERTRUDE STEIN MUSICAL


If you like conventional musical theater devices and Gertrude Stein's unconventional style of repeatedly rearranging the words in simple sentences, you'll probably enjoy "Loving Repeating" ... enjoy Repeating Loving you'll probably ... Loving you'll Repeating enjoy probably ... Repeating probably you'll enjoy Loving ... Repeating you'll Loving probably enjoy ...

WHAT A DIFFERENCE SOME MULCH MAKES—TO OUR GARDEN … AND MARRIAGE?


Putting in this garden has brought out our crazymaking characteristics. Mark is a perfectionist while I’d rather just get her done. When he made a planter in a perfect circle without measuring it, I told him I’d read that only crazy people can do that. What saved us? The arrival of the mulch!

COMMIE GIRL: MANNERLESS CHILDREN WHO STEAL BEER AND WON’T SHARE DRUGS


Here’s the thing, children: If you are at a party, and you are holding, and you do not want to share, you have to hide somewhere while you do your drugs. The gracious way to behave is to pass it cheerfully to the left-hand side. Don’t worry. It will come your way again!

DOES COUNCIL JUNKET DUPLICATE THE JOB (AND EXPENSE) OF CITY LOBBYIST?


Although Long Beach already has a six-figure deal with professional legislative advocate (read: lobbyist) Michael Arnold to represent City Hall’s interests in Sacramento, taxpayers will spend again for much the same thing when three city councilmembers take a trip to the state capital to push for a slate of issues just approved by the council. […]

WHEN WILL BLACKOUT BE LIFTED ON LBPD’S KILLING OF DOUG ZERBY?


Nearly six weeks after Doug Zerby was gunned down in Belmont Shore by two Long Beach police officers as he fiddled with a water nozzle on a friend's porch, nearly all the facts related to the case have become the secrets of investigating public officials and law enforcement agencies. When will the blackout be lifted?

DON’T HATE THEIR HOUSE—OR THEM—BECAUSE THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL


As if there weren’t enough reasons to admire/envy the life/style that the McMillans---artist Jeff/pregnant Liv---got going on in their 1,600-square-feet of tricked out vintage house, the Apartment Therapy website recently gave the couple its stamp of approval … that is, a featured spread.

ALL WRONGY!! PRESS-TELEGRAM’S FILLER ON INDONESIAN CHILD-RAPING TOY SALESMAN


THE HEADLINE: “Toy salesman admits to raping 96 children” THE STORY: Actually, there isn’t one—not one that’s legitimately relevant to readers in Greater Long Beach … unless they share the same jones for salaciousness (or web site hits) as whatever Press-Telegram editor decided to publish it. The prolific child-raping and score-keeping toy salesman did his […]

FOSTER THREATENS CITY UNIONS WITH BALLOT INITIATIVE TO CURB PENSIONS


In his State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Bob Foster said if the city's three largest public employee unions---police, fire, non-public safety/machinists---do not accept his pension curbing proposal he will support a ballot initiative that would do it.

ONE QUESTION … FOR STACIA SAMARTAN: ARE WE NEARING THE END OF THE CUPCAKE TREND?


The back story: Everywhere you look, somebody is predicting the demise of the cupcake—or at least our decade-long obsession with them. As 2010 wound down, it was one of the most-common New Year’s prophecies. Of course, that was true near the end of  2008 and 2009, too. Since Stacia Samartan and her mother opened Frosted Cupcakery in […]

MONDO CELLULOID SCREENS SCHWARZENEGGER’S ‘COMMANDO’ TONIGHT—WHY?


As I watched last week’s news reports bidding farewell to Governor Schwarzenegger, I was still shaking my head with a “What the hell?” Whether you think he did a good job, a bad job, or something in the middle, the reality of “Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger” is still surreal, the punchline of a joke aimed at America’s obsession with media and artifice.

LONG-AWAITED REVELATION: THIS IS GONNA LOOK GREAT WHEN WE ARE DONE!


Removing the black plastic to discover completely bare dirt—not a single weed---and the “tabula risa” of our new front yard is somehow very satisfying. The goal is to get our new ground cover to grow in before any weeds take hold. We charge out to buy plants and shortly after our return ... our yard looks like a yard again!

WHETHER WRITING OR WHISPERING, HE COMES THROUGH LOUD AND CLEAR


By the end of the third season of Cesar Millan’s popular show, “The Dog Whisperer,” the diminutive Mexican-American had professional dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and dog lovers in a tizzy. If you believe the testimonials of some dog experts (get over the names of the publications: “The Woofer Times,” “The Bark,” “Urban Dawgs”), Millan’s training methods are […]

DID GARCIA KEEP PROMISE TO PROTECT RESIDENTS NEAR PUBLIC SERVICE YARD?


Did 1st District City Council member Robert Garcia live up to his re-election campaign promise to protect residents living near the City of Long Beach’s now-former Public Service Yard from potential negative impacts from a transfer into private ownership? We may soon find out, now that businessman Tom Dean—who acquired the property little more than […]

OROPEZA’S STAFF TENDING TO HER CONSTITUENTS—AND LOOKING FOR WORK


Monday would have been the day Jenny Oropeza began her second term in the California Senate. Instead, for her staff, it was simply the first day back from the holiday break, a return to tending to the needs of constituents and a resumption of the countdown to their last day on the job.

ON THE CANINE-TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, CUB SCOUTS WILL GIVE TO ANIMALS


Bearing backpacks and pulling wagons full of supplies, Cub Scouts from Pack 658 will deliver some basic supplies today to the animals sheltered at Long Beach Animal Control’s P.D. Pitchford Companion Village. The items in these care packages—towels, blankets, toys, food and leashes—were collected during a month-long call for donations called “Howls For Towels” that […]

SECOND+PCH SAYS HAPPY HOLIDAYS… OH, AND EIR WILL BE TWO MONTHS LATE


'Twas the night before Christmas, and the already paralyzed Second+PCH project took the opportunity to inform supporters that the pivotal rewrite of the Environmental Impact Report will miss its end-of-the-year deadline by two months. The bad news came in an e-mail titled "Happy Holidays."

FURUTANI’S APPOINTMENT PUTS HIM AT CENTER OF PUBLIC PENSION ISSUE


Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani, whose 55th District cuts across multiple cities in Greater Long Beach, announced via press release today that he has been appointed chair of the Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS) by Assembly Speaker John Perez. The committee’s jurisdiction includes oversight of the public retirement administration and investment strategy, […]

FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER’S STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH JAN. 11


Mayor Bob Foster will deliver his fifth State of the City address—and the fourth in a row since Foster broke previous Mayor Beverly O’Neill’s dubious tradition of using the City Charter-mandated speech as a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser—on January 11 at 7 p.m.at The Center Theater in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. All Long […]

ONE QUESTION … FOR MICHAEL CLEMENTS: WHAT HAPPENED TO BEER & POLITICS?


[ Another in a weekly series. ] The question: What happened to Beer & Politics, the thirst-quenching public-issues forum that you’d been moderating in taverns around town for the past few years on the last Tuesday of every month? Mike Clements’ answer: Beer and Politics was a casualty of real life. By end of 2009, […]

COUNCIL WRESTLES BEFORE ADDING RESTRICTIONS TO MEDPOT ORDINANCE


In a lengthy item marked by multiple motions and divided (and in one case reconsidered) votes, the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday night voted 6-3 (Andrews, Johnson, Gabelich dissenting) to approve amendments to its medical marijuana ordinance. If approved on a second council vote, the amendments will expand allowed hours of operation, require surveillance […]

GIFT OF THE MAD GUYS: THE BUMPERS ADD A CAROL TO THE HOLIDAY CATALOGUE


From somewhere in the mixture of The Bumpers’ made and missed holiday opportunities has come forth the Newest Christmas Song on Earth … or Long Beach, anyway: "I Need My Baby By My Side (On Xmas Night)."

DO YOU MIND THIS GUY WAITING FOR KIDS OUTSIDE THEIR SCHOOL?


Some Lakewood High students want a law against adults---like this man, covering his face with the religious booklets he was foisting on children outside Rogers Middle School last month---soliciting minors within 100 feet of public schools. Assemblyman Warren Furutani has agreed to take their proposal through the legislative process.

DOG GONE, BUT WHAT A WEEKEND FOR DEE AND HER BLUETICK COONHOUND!


“This is the biggest moment in my dog-showing career,” Dee Gunter reflected quietly after her Bluetick Coonhound won Best of Breed at the AKC National Championships. “Fifty years I’ve been waiting for this. I started when I was 10½ and I’m almost 62 years old. Yes, I am.”

WETLANDS AUTHORITY CAN AUTHORIZE SEVERAL MAJOR CONSERVATION MOVES AT THURSDAY AFTERNOON MEETING


The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) meets at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Seal Beach City Hall with a chance to live up to its mission—to provide for a comprehensive program of acquisition, protection, conservation, restoration and environmental enhancement of the Los Cerritos Wetlands area. The four voting members of the joint-powers group—Chair Gary Delong (City of Long […]

EDITORIAL: FOSTER’S SELF-SERVING MOVE SERVES LONG BEACH RESIDENTS, TOO


Mayor Bob Foster has done Long Beach residents a service by thumbing his nose at a key portion of the city’s voter-enacted 1994 Campaign Reform Act. Foster was legally entitled to do what he did, thanks to the same First Amendment that gives us the right to sandpaper him and others on various fronts. In essence, Foster simply […]

SOME TIPS FOR NOT LOOKING STUPID AT THE AKC DOG SHOW THIS WEEKEND


The American Kennel Club has been holding its national championships in Long Beach for five years now, so there’s really no excuse for not knowing how to behave when you attend this year’s event today and Saturday at the Convention Center. Just in case you haven’t been—and this will be your last chance for awhile; […]

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS, CRITICISMS, LOVE NOTES & WITTICISMS


KRYLON AND ON … A SUPERHERO FOR OUR TIMES [ By Theo Douglas ] Sorry, Theo, we’ll have to disagree on this one. There’s nothing “cool” about vandalism, whatever form it may take. If you’re “dodging cops to get your shit done” then another term for your “shit” is most likely “crime.” There’s nothing “cool” […]

LBREPORT.COM SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE BEST AND WORST OF 2010


Who should be Long Beach’s Civic Superlatives and Posterior Posterities of 2010? And why? LBReport.com wants to know—especially the why—for a feature will attempt to wrap a year that is fast slipping away. Personally, one of GreaterLongBeach.com’s nominees for a Civic Superlative would be LBReport.com, itself.  Long Beach’s oldest on-line news source turned 10 years […]

KRYLON AND ON … A SUPERHERO FOR OUR TIMES


If you like graffiti murals—murals, not tags; taggers can barely write their names—then Long Beach and Signal Hill are pretty great places to live right now. The minute the real estate market slowed, you could just hear taggers and muralists zipping up backpacks full of Krylon to spraybomb the vacant houses, abandoned factories and rolled-up newspaper buildings.

GAME CHANGER: FOSTER CHALLENGE INVALIDATES LB CAMPAIGN REFORM ACT


Mayor Bob Foster can use money he raised for his 2010 mayoral run—against 21-year-old Cerritos College student Stevie Merino—to fund his committee seeking statewide office in 2014 despite prohibitions in Long Beach’s Campaign Reform Act enacted by voters in 1994. The revelation came during Monday’s  (Nov. 30) meeting of the city council’s Elections Oversight Committee. […]

BILL PEARL OF LBREPORT.COM ASKS: WHERE’S THE WORD ‘BREAKWATER’?


Despite years of debate over the Long Beach Breakwater, which culminated in a vote by the Long Beach City Council to fund a Breakwater reconnaissance study, the term “Breakwater” doesn’t appear in the text of an agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Army Corps of Engineers to share the costs of a […]

ONE QUESTION … FOR DIANE RIPLEY


Why haven't you registered as a lobbyist with the City of Long Beach, which last February instituted a Lobbyist Registration Ordinance by a unanimous vote of the City Council?

GARCIA, LOWENTHAL & DELONG PROPOSE BANNING PLASTIC BAGS IN LONG BEACH


After jetting to Sacramento for a press event supporting state legislation that would ban single-use plastic bags in California, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal has joined with Long Beach City Council members Robert Garcia and Gary DeLong in proposing such a ban—along with a charge for recyclable paper bags—in Long Beach. The council members have placed their proposal, […]

SUJA LOWENTHAL IN SACRAMENTO BAGGING ON PLASTIC BAGS


Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal is among state and local elected officials and interest groups who took part in a midmorning press event today on the west steps of the California State Capitol building to, according to a press advisory, “highlight fast-moving local and statewide efforts to restrict the use of single-use bags.” The […]

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS, CRITICISMS, LOVE NOTES, WITTICISMS


“THIS THANKSGIVING, ONE MAN IS GRATEFUL FOR POLITICAL MAILERS,” Nov. 24 [ By Anthony Pignataro ] I think continuous robocalls are tantamount to harassment, not free speech. Theyshould be illegal. / LB CITY GIRL “STATE COASTAL COMMISSION ORDERS HITCHCOCK TO RESTORE WETLANDS HE ILLEGALLY RAVAGED IN 2009,” Nov. 19 [ By Heather Altman ] Darn. I was […]

FORMER DISTRICT WEEKLY EMPLOYEES WIN $70,000 JUDGEMENT AGAINST SWAIMS’ PUBLISHING COMPANY


Six former employees of Long Beach’s former alternative newspaper, The District Weekly, have won their case before the California Labor Commission—and some $70,000 in unpaid wages, vacation interest and penalties—against  the publication’s parent company, Seven Days Publishing, LLC, which was founded by Will Swaim and was ultimately [begin edit] put out of business [end edit] by his […]

CAL REP CAN CHOOSE BETTER THAN “THE NIGHT OF THE TRIBADES”


Cal Rep is a fantastic theatre company, which over the years has presented such fantastic scripts as Melissa James Gibson's "Current Nobody" and a recent adaptation of Clifford Odets' "Waiting for Lefty." So it's especially puzzling and disappointing when they choose something not up to the very high bar they have set.

ALL WRONGY!!! P-T COMMENTERS WORK OVER KRIKORIAN’S WORK ETHIC


THE HEADLINE: Goydos is far from your typical pro golfer THE STORY: From the lounge of the Virginia Country Club, sports columnist Doug Krikorian profiles professional golfer Paul Goydos as an unassuming Everyman. PRESS-TELEGRAM COMMENTERS RESPOND: Another column written from a bar. And golf isn’t a sport, it’s a timewasting hobby for old men. / […]

STATE COASTAL COMMISSION ORDERS HITCHCOCK TO RESTORE WETLANDS HE ILLEGALLY RAVAGED IN 2009


The 2H Construction/Sean Hitchcock illegal grading matter was heard today at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Santa Monica, and the Coastal Commissioners did something that the City of Long Beach never really seemed able to do. They unequivocally, angrily and unanimously sent Mr. Hitchcock a message: you screwed up and there are consequences. Several […]

VECTOR CONTROL: BRIAN GIMMILLARO’S RISE CAN BE TRACED TO HIS FOLLICLES


Have you ever seen Long Beach State women's volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro’s hair? Like the Grand Canyon, it changes hues and appearance at different times of the day. Like the waters at Lourdes, it has been known to give help and hope to many. It is magnificent.

SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO BUYING CALIFORNIA’S ELECTIONS


After gaining a little perspective---the win by Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman, the loss of Prop 19, the win of local Measure D---I am no longer as freaked out about the Citizens United ruling as I first was. I don't necessarily correlate big campaign spending with winning elections. That does not mean I do not think there is reason for concern.

SATURDAY’S CLEANUP AT BIXBY PARK MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF RESTORATION


The latest call for a community cleanup of a Long Beach public space—this one set for Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Bixby Park—is not just another call for a community cleanup of Long Beach public space. Claudia Schou, a resident who formed Friends of Bixby Park, which is co-sponsoring the event with the […]

LONG BEACH THEATRES HAVE QUITE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THEIR AUDIENCES


“We know that theatre audience numbers are shrinking and, naturally, theatres are concerned about that,” said Victoria Bryan, a Long Beach State professor who is overseeing the survey of Long Beach theatre audiences. “Talking to people who do attend shows seems like a good place to start to understand how we can build and sustain future audiences.”

THEY RIDE 2 1/2-HOURS TO SCHOOL FOR THE NEXT-BEST THING TO HOME


Under federal law, when children become homeless and are forced to move to a different district, they are still permitted to attend their original school. To make that work, Quantrell and Derendo will travel nearly two and a half hours to school in Paramount---once in the morning, again in the afternoon.

FURUTANI OPTS OUT OF RACE TO REPLACE OROPEZA IN 28TH SENATE DISTRICT


Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D—Carson, LB) says he will not enter the special election to fill the seat of the late Senator Jenny Oropeza, who was reelected to represent the 28th district three weeks after her death. Below is a “Dear Friend” letter provided to LBReport.com this morning (Nov. 15) in response to our inquiry: Dear […]

MODERN CONDO IN THE LONG BEACH SKY TOURED ON APARTMENT THERAPY


Kara and Ken Pearson---and their two kitties, Jack and Bean---took a great leap of faith in this new condo, when they decided to downsize from a three-bedroom house to an 850-square-foot condo. With an incredible view of Long Beach, this condo sits on the fifth floor of a classy multi-unit residence.

{OPEN} HAS BEEN OPEN FOR SEVEN YEARS—AND IT’S SALE-A-BRATING


{open}, the little bookstore whose brackets have become pillars of culture and commerce on Fourth Street’s Retro Row, will turn seven years old on Nov. 15 and owners Sé Reed and Shea Gauer are celebrating today and Sunday with music, treats, sales and a chance to win $77 worth of books by purchasing $7 worth. […]

ALIVE THEATRE CANCELS THIS WEEKEND’S PERFORMANCES OF ‘ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’


The Alive Theatre has cancelled all three of this weekend’s performances of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead due to what a spokesperson for the company called “regrettable and uncontrollable circumstances.” The cancelled shows were scheduled for tonight (Friday Nov. 12) Saturday and Sunday. Also cancelled are performances scheduled for November 26 and 27. […]

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM: BUS-RIDER GETS A TASTE OF LIFE FROM A HIGHER PLANE


Turns out you don't have to own a plane or possess a pilot’s license---or even aspire to, someday---to attend the long and varied schedule at this weekend's convention of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association. I came on the bus and don’t even particularly like "Top Gun." They’ll let anybody in.

ALL WRONGY!! THESE P-T COMMENTERS HAVE SHIP FOR BRAINS


THE HEADLINE: ‘Nightmare’ cruise passengers arriving in Long Beach THE STORY: Weary but unharmed after three days stranded at sea on a crippled Carnival cruise ship, thousands of passengers streamed back to Long Beach, where their ill-fated voyage began. PRESS-TELEGRAM READERS RESPOND:  at lease everyone is safe and sound and it didn’t hit an iceberge […]

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS / CRITICISMS / LOVE NOTES / WITTICISMS


“MAYOR’S WIFE USES HER FACEBOOK PAGE TO PUSH LB CITY COUNCIL FOR TOUGHER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE,” Nov. 8 [ By Dave Wielenga ] It’s real easy for someone who has all of their needs addressed to dictate to those who don’t. I wonder when she sleeps on her twenty mattresses if she can still feel […]

ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD—WELL, ACTUALLY, RESCHEDULED


The Alive Theatre has cancelled all three of last weekend’s performances of Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead" as well as weekend shows Nov. 26 and 27 due to what a spokesperson for the company called “regrettable and uncontrollable circumstances.”

MAYOR’S WIFE USES HER FACEBOOK PAGE TO PUSH LB CITY COUNCIL FOR TOUGHER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE


The Long Beach City Charter doesn’t give her an official voice and she isn’t registered with City Hall as a lobbyist, but Nancy Foster is the wife of Mayor Bob Foster—and on Monday night she leveraged whatever influence comes with that connection to support additional restrictions to Long Beach’s medical marijuana ordinance. Three city council […]

ALL WRONGY!! THIS TIME IT’S NOT JUST A P-T COMMENTER WHO’S GOTTEN LOST


THE HEADLINE: Long Beach police seek 3 missing persons THE STORY: Three people are missing in Long Beach—56-year-old Miguel Palacios, 52-year-old Sarah Preston Schrock and 14-year-old Gabriela Gutierrez—and Long Beach police are asking for the public’s help in finding them. AN ESPECIALLY WRONG P-T COMMENTER RESPONDS: Police are flockin’ To find Palacios and Schrock in […]

THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWNS—AS IF THAT’S SO EASY


Cutting off the lawn with the sod cutter took four short hours. But pulling up the sod and getting it into the dumpster took an entire week. Rain, work, school and sports schedules made us scrounge for a couple of hours for our project every day. Fittingly, the dumpster full of the hideous dead lawn finally pulled away from the curb on Dia de Los Muertos.

ALL WRONGY!! STORY OF HIGH-SPEED CHASE LOSES P-T COMMENTERS


THE HEADLINE: High-speed chase ends with capture of pair at Bloomfield and Del Amo THE STORY:  A high-speed pursuit of a driver of an SUV stolen from North Long Beach early Tuesday led Long Beach and Los Angeles police on a wild chase that resulted in numerous hit-and-run crashes—and the arrest of two women. PRESS-TELEGRAM READERS RESPOND: I […]

A SUPPOSED-TO-BE-WALKING ZOMBIE ARRIVES IN A ROLLING CASKET


It’s called the Zombie Walk, although not all of them do. And amid the gruesome shuffling and staggering along Fourth Street by hundreds of graveyard escapees Saturday night came tooling this cool ride---obviously a reincarnated relic of the cash-for-clunkers program.

JENNY OROPEZA’S LIFE REMEMBERED, CELEBRATED AT PUBLIC FUNERAL


Family members were joined Monday afternoon by current and former state lawmakers, local officials, political allies and neighborhood advocates at a public funeral, recalling and celebrating the 53-year life of Jenny Oropeza. Oropeza, most widely known for a long political career that began with two terms as student body president at Long Beach State and […]

JONATHAN JAQUES CHILDREN’S CANCER CENTER RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT


The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Long Beach’s Miller Children’s Hospital has received a $50,000 grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help child survivors of cancer cope with the various enduring effects of their treatment. “Unfortunately, what it takes to get children cancer-free can leave them with longstanding problems,” said Jayme Palumbo of […]

‘A PIECE OF MY HEART’ A RARE LOOK AT WHAT WOMEN ENDURED IN VIETNAM


The stories playwright Shirley Lauro unleashes in "A Piece of My Heart" constitute a cross-section of female experiences as they tried to cope with the hell on Earth they found south of the 17th parallel in the late 1960s.

UPDATE OCT. 19: AUCTION OF MARATHON MILE MARKERS TO BE EXTENDED AND EXPANDED


These mile markers are special. They were created and painted by young patients from Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB) as part of the hospital’s “Artful Healing for Our Heroes” campaign. Exactly 100 percent of the proceeds of the silent auction will benefit this program, directed by MCHLB artist in residence, Denise Clayton-Leonard.

COULD TERRY WATT PROVIDE A PATH TO WIN-WIN SOLUTION OF LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS DILEMMA?


The few open spaces that remain in Long Beach continue to dangle in the political breeze like piñatas, their fate frequently seeming to depend on nothing more than the blind swing of a lucky land developer. During the past few years, the biggest of these places—the 56-acre, so-called Sports Park site on former oil and […]

HALLOWEEN HISTORIA RETURNS TO LB CEMETERIES FOR ANNUAL GRAVE TOUR


One of Long Beach’s most-special Halloween traditions will continue for the 15th consecutive year when the Historical Cemetery Tour visits the graves of 10 special residents of the city’s two oldest permanent resting places—the Municipal Cemetery and the Sunnyside Cemetery—on Oct. 30. The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) presents the annual event and selects […]

A WEEK LATER, IT DAWNS ON COUNCILMEMBER JOHNSON THAT, YES, HE DID NOT MEAN TO VOTE NO


A week after casting the only dissenting vote, the Long Beach City Council’s seventh-district representative, James Johnson, says he meant to vote “yes” instead of “no” on a measure to explore ways to connect downtown with the Queen Mary area. Johnson voted no on Sept. 21 during a 7-1 council vote—Council member Rae Gabelich was […]

‘HISTORY OF THE DEVIL’ AT THE GARAGE: A DOUBLE DILEMMA OF GOOD VS. BAD


Playwright Clive Barker is not especially concerned with plot or logic. Instead, this seems to be about holding forth on the nature of evil and of humanity, and musing on whether the former isn't wholly a product of the latter. On the other hand, the acting is wonderful.

DON JERGLER: UNEMPLOYED 18 MONTHS AND I DIDN’T EVEN GET A CRUMMY T-SHIRT


I might be a little more critical of the Hire Me Tee idea if more revolutionary products or services had emerged during our economic slump. All I can come up with is the iPad, and that’s just a gimmick to entice people who own iPhones, MacBooks and iPods to go out and purchase yet another pricey product.

JOIN COASTAL CLEANUP DAY ALONG LOCAL SHORELINE SATURDAY MORNING


One of the most-successful traditions in the environmental movement enters its 26th year Saturday when thousands of volunteers descend upon shorelines up and down the state—including several spots in Long Beach—to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon. Since the program began in 1985, more than 800,000 Californians have removed more […]

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DON JERGLER: ANYBODY GOT A SPARE PAIR OF ROSE-COLORED GLASSES?


When you’re in the Long Beach area and the title of the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast Is "The Uncertain Economy" and you're already depressed about your economic future, well, maybe you ought to not bother even reading it. Then again, uncertainty is better than doomsday.

CHRIS KENDZIERSKI’S DIY STUDIO CHARMER: WOODWORKS FOR ME!


Apartment Therapy just featured Chris Kendzierski's Long Beach studio---all of 450 square feet of it---which he has transformed into an apparently airy and definitely enviable home with a lot of inspiration from architect/furniture-maker George Nakashima and his own talents as a woodworker. Me? I'm proud if I can keep the dishes washed.

VECTOR CONTROL: FROM HERE, BIG DRUG BUST MEANS END OF LB BUDGET PROBLEM


Here's the way it goes: we seize the drugs, we sell the drugs back into the drug community, and then we seize the drugs again to sell them again. A perfect machine, as it was when Ronald Reagan first developed the scam in the ‘80s.

‘RIDING BIKES WITH THE DUTCH’ TONIGHT AT THE ART THEATRE: IS IT BETTER THAN KOBE-HATING?


The timing of Michael Bauch’s documentary film, “Riding Bikes With The Dutch,” couldn’t have been better—unless you count the fact that tonight’s 7 o’clock encore screening at the Art Theatre coincides with Game 4 of NBA finals between the Lakers and Boston Celtics. I do. But a promise is a promise, and I invited my […]

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ONE WOMAN’S RESPONSE TO THE SECOND+PCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT—COMMENTS DUE MONDAY


EDITOR’S NOTE: The period for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed multi-use (residential, retail, hotel) Second+PCH project closes today. Longtime resident and environmental activist Lisa Rinaldi has already submitted her comment, and has offered a copy to Redistricted! The DEIR can be read here and comments e-mailed to Long […]

TONIA REYES URANGA’S ‘ONCE-IN-A-CHANCE LIFETIME’ AND THE BALANCE OF POWER IN LONG BEACH


These are the waning days of Tonia Reyes Uranga’s run for her political life—and perhaps the darkness before the dawn of a new balance of power in Long Beach. Too heavy? Maybe not. Defeat in Reyes Uranga’s June 8 showdown with well-connected newcomer James Johnson for the 7th district seat on the Long Beach City […]

NEW SIGN IN COLLEGE PARK WEST POINTS TO ANOTHER DIFFICULT SPRING FOR COYOTE-HUMAN COHABITATION


Three weeks after a coyote alert was called in East Long Beach, officials from Long Beach and Seal Beach are about to post a warning banner at the entrance to the College Park West neighborhood (above). But coyotes are clever (right), not to mention more than a little bit deserving of our sympathy, cornered as […]

CONFIRMED: MAYOR FOSTER ENDORSES JAMES JOHNSON IN 7TH DISTRICT RACE


Mayor Bob Foster officially endorsed assistant city auditor James Johnson for the Seventh District seat on the Long Beach City Council today, confirming a report published Thursday by Redistricted! The announcement came early this afternoon in a press release from the Johnson campaign and included this prepared statement from Foster: “James Johnson has the experience […]

MAYOR FOSTER ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE HIS ENDORSEMENT OF JOHNSON OVER REYES URANGA IN 7TH DISTRICT RACE


After four years of behind-the-scenes political patronage, Mayor Bob Foster has apparently decided to bestow his official endorsement upon James Johnson for the Seventh District city council seat currently occupied by Tonia Reyes Uranga. The two candidates are facing off in a June 8 runoff election for the only undetermined spot on the Long Beach […]

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‘MEASURE FOR PLEASURE’ RIGHT ON TIME AT THE GARAGE THEATRE


They say timing is everything. It isn't, of course—but in some plays it's pretty damn near to it. David Grimm's Measure for Pleasure is one of those plays. Are the words on the page funny? Clever? At times, yes. But if even the most literary scripts can be ruined in performance (as I once saw CSU Fullerton do to Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia), one like Grimm's—almost all jokes and timing—owes half its soul to the performers. Fortunately, the Garage Theatre got rhythm.

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CAL REP’S “OUT OF THIN AIR”–A NOT-A-PLAY ABOUT THE PLAYERS–IS PERHAPS A BIT TOO INSIDE


Be forewarned: this is not a play. I don't mean that esoterically, like C'est ci n'est pas une pipe or something. I mean: this is not a play. To be sure, Cal Rep isn't billing Out of Thin Air as a play; the press release labels it "out-of-the-box theatre unlike anything you've seen before" (a claim that's overly bold, I'm afraid), but since it occupies a spot in its season and costs the same as a play, one might go unawares simply because Cal Rep is such an excellent company. In that case, you might be disappointed.

SECOND+PCH HAS A PLAN, E-I-R-I-O! AND IN THAT PLAN THERE’S A TALL HOTEL, E-I-R-I-O!


  (The Environmental Impact Report [EIR] for the proposed Second+PCH project was released this week, and local environmental activist Heather Altman—who also happens to read these types of documents for a living—is not impressed. “As I pick through it,” she says, “I am becoming increasingly aware that it isn’t very defensible—for a variety of reasons […]

SURPRISE! SECOND+PCH EIR REVEALS PLANS FOR AN EVEN-BIGGER MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT AT THE MARKET PLACE


The Second+PCH project may be an Odd Duck—the just-released Environmental Impact Report (EIR) reveals that its promoters have designed a residential/hotel/retail complex on the site of the Seaport Marina Hotel that is loaded with even more deleterious features than its rejected predecessor—but just wait until you get a load of its younger brother. Are you […]

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ALIVE THEATRE’S ITINERANTS ARE SUITABLY ABSURD IN IONESCO’S “HELL OF A MESS”


Alive Theatre is an itinerant troupe, but every space they’ve inhabited during their three-year existence has worked for them—they’ve made them work. The empty whatever-it-was at 3838 Atlantic Ave. in Bixby Knolls that they’ve transformed into a theater for their current show, Eugene Ionesco’s A Hell of a Mess, or Oh, What a Bloody Circus, […]

WHY ARE LB TAXPAYERS BEING ASKED TO COVER THE RISK OF TWO WELL-CONNECTED MILLIONAIRES?


Why is the City Council being asked tonight to chop $3,000 a month off the rent it charges the mighty BANCAP Investment Group—headed by two of Long Beach’s most prominent and prosperous citizens, Stephen T. Conley and John W. Hancock—to lease a swath of Long Beach Marina-front property? According to city documents attached to the […]

‘UP IN SMOKE” AT ART THEATRE TONIGHT: HELP DISTRICT WEEKLY’S UNPAID FREELANCERS WITH A HAZY TRIP DOWN MEMORY LAME


How did 420—otherwise translated as April 20 or 4/20…or more to the point, today—become known internationally as the day to celebrate the healing/relaxing/inspiring/cotton-mouthing/squinty-eying/Snoop-Dogging characteristics of cannabis? Why do we so anxiously await Fatty Tuesday? Contrary to many myths, 420 has nothing to do with police code for pot-smoking, the number of active chemicals in marijuana, Hitler’s […]

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THEATER REVIEW: GOOFY-DOES-IT AT FOUND THEATER’S HOPEFUL, DOPEFUL SATIRE OF MEDPOT–AND TELETHONS


The Found Theatre does goofy. If you go there, you’re probably looking for a simple, good time. When the production is a satire, it’s going to be soft-hearted and silly. Hope Dope Is on the Way:The Medical Marijuana Telethon is a sort of a double-satire—part on the medical marijuana movement, part on telethons. Each is an […]

TOM MARCHESE RESPONDS TO MARCH 30 REQUEST FOR HIS RESPONSE TO DON MAY’S ACCUSATIONS AT WETLANDS LAND TRUST ELECTION


Nearly three weeks after his lopsided loss in a bid for re-election to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust board of directors, Tom Marchese has responded to a request for comment that I left on his home telephone on March 30. Marchese, who four days ago lopsidedly lost a bid to represent the Third District on the Long Beach City […]

KEMP INSISTS THAT THE APPEAL FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT OF SECOND+PCH PROJECT IS THE SAME AS IT EVER WAS


Carl Kemp is the man behind the impressive public-relations campaign for the proposed Second+PCH project, and he’s very up-front about his strategy—even the parts that strike some people as a little surreptitious. Consider, for example, the ready-made letter of support that Second+PCH is sending to people—and offering on its Web site—with a request that it be […]

GO RIGHT AHEAD AND SUPPORT THE SECOND+PCH PROJECT—BUT HOW ABOUT WAITING UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?


As posted earlier, the Second + PCH development team has ramped up efforts to generate support in advance of the soon-to-be-released Environmental Impact Report (EIR). I believe that, in principle, the Second + PCH people have it exactly right: you need to make your voice heard. You need to speak out. I just find their […]

MARCHESE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO GET NON-PROFIT WETLAND GROUP’S MAILING LIST FOR HIS CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN


TOM MARCHESE Tom Marchese not only lopsidedly lost his battle for re-election to the Board of Directors of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (LCWLT) Tuesday night, but questions raised about his ethics in a letter from the organization’s esteemed founder may have cost him any realistic chance to be elected to the Long Beach City Council on April 13. Don May, […]

QUESTION IS, WHY IS MIKE HEDGES RUNNING FOR LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL?


Mike Hedges had three days to prepare for the question he knew was coming at Monday night’s Long Beach Press Club debate between the candidates for the city council’s 5th District seat. But when reporter Darcy Richardson of the Grunion Gazette asked Hedges about discrepancies in his campaign financing that have attracted the attention of […]

NO. 1 QUESTION AT 5TH DISTRICT DEBATE TONIGHT: WHO’S FUNDING MIKE HEDGES?


Tonight’s Long Beach Press Club debate between Fifth District city council candidates couldn’t come at a better time—as questions arise about who is funding Mike Hedges’ challenge to incumbent Gerrie Schipske. LBReport.com broke the story of the mysterious money that’s powering Hedges’ campaign on Saturday (March 27), noting that the City Clerk’s Elections Bureau had […]

JENSEN RESPONDS TO READER’S CHARGE THAT HIS TAKE ON SEADIP “SHOWS IGNORANCE”


Third District city council candidate Terry Jensen responded late Saturday night to a comment that a Redistricted! reader posted on March 25 regarding Jensen’s take on the proposed 2nd+pch mixed-used development—or at least the take Jensen expressed at last week’s candidates debate sponsored by the Long Beach Press Club. The reader, who self-identified only as “Laura,” charged that […]

TOM MARCHESE RESPONDS TO ‘UNPOSED QUESTIONS’ FROM MONDAY’S 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE


 [NOTE: A lot of questions from the audiences of Monday night's Third District debate sponsored by the Long Beach Press Club---people who gathered at the Gaslamp restaurant and those who watched the live Webcast on InstantPresenter---couldn't be asked before time ran out. After publishing those questions Tuesday morning, I e-mailed them to candidates Gary DeLong, Terry Jensen and Tom Marchese. Marchese responded about 11 p.m. […]

FIRST RESPONDER: TERRY JENSEN ANSWERS ‘UNPOSED QUESTIONS’ FROM 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE—AND WITHOUT A STUTTER!


      [NOTE: A lot of questions from the audiences of Monday night's Third District debate sponsored by the Long Beach Press Club---people who gathered at the Gaslamp restaurant and those who watched the live Webcast on InstantPresenter---couldn't be asked before time ran out. After publishing those questions Tuesday, I e-mailed them to candidates Gary DeLong, Terry Jensen and Tom Marchese. Jensen is […]

WHAT QUESTIONS WENT UNPOSED AT THE 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE? WELL, NOW THAT YOU ASK…


BY DAVE WIELENGA The three candidates running for the Third District seat on the City Council ran their mouths for more than 90 minutes Monday night during the Long Beach Press Club’s Debate At Da’ Beach. But there were still more questions than answers—a lot more. That’s what happens when constituents care enough about an […]

TONIGHT’S 3RD DISTRICT DEBATE MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT YET … TO THE MAYOR, ANYWAY


BY DAVE WIELENGA Tonight’s debate among candidates for the Third District seat on the City Council may be the most important of the Long Beach Press Club’s seven-part Debates At Da’ Beach series—well, to Mayor Bob Foster, anyway. He’s been telling people that he’ll “do anything” to see that incumbent Gary DeLong is re-elected over […]