After waiting some 16 months for Molina Healthcare and Millworks real estate development to marry and makeover the historic Press-Telegram block, we find out today that those darn kids went off and eloped. The place is supposed to be ready for Molina to move in this summer.
Phillip Zonkel of the Press-Telegram, whose "Out In The 562" blog alerted GreaterLongBeach.com to his two-part series examining the bullying of gay students in Greater Long Beach area schools and how school districts are addressing the issue ... or not. Here is Part I.
Phillip Zonkel’s hour of interrogation by GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga on the August 2 episode of Greater Long Beach Radio has been posted on KBEACH.org, where it can be accessed from the station archives as well as downloaded as a podcast. [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN] Zonkel’s appearance generated a discussion that ranged from the specifics of terminology to [...]
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
John Dixon, whose 15 years as sports editor of the Independent, Press-Telegram (I,P-T) were arguably the greatest in that department’s history as well as the best of his four decades at the once-great Long Beach daily newspaper, died Tuesday afternoon at age 86. Dixon suffered a heart attack and stroke about a month ago. After [...]
In an interview with Logan Crow that will be featured tonight on 'Greater Long Beach Radio with Dave Wielenga,' the promoter of last Saturday's (Oct. 29) Zombie Walk charges that incessant demands and fees by the City of Long Beach diminished the event and left him $40,000 in debt. Listen tonight at 7 p.m. on KBEACH.org
Larry Allison, who at one point or another during a 54-year career with the Press-Telegram did just about every job in the newsroom, died Sunday evening. According to the Press-Telegram website, Allison died after a two-week battle with pneumonia. He was 77. Allison’s career at the Press-Telegram began in 1957 and included stints as a [...]
[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 [...]
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.
GreaterLongBeach.com publisher Dave Wielenga, whose career as a journalist spans nearly four decades and a variety of specialties but has never strayed far from Long Beach, will being honored Saturday during the Hope and Freedom Film Festival at the Art Theatre. “I would like to take the opportunity to recognize you for your work in [...]
The Long Beach Post, the fastest-growing information outlet in town, was co-founded and is co-owned by City Councilman Robert Garcia and Chamber of Commerce government affairs consultant Shaun Lumachi. As other news organizations struggle, what does that mean for for the city?
The second printed edition of the Long Beach Post has hit the streets—for now, very specific streets—as publisher Shaun Lumachi continues a march toward what he predicts will be media dominance of Long Beach. What does that mean? “The Long Beach Post will be Long Beach’s most-read media publication by Jan. 1, 2015,” Lumachi asserts. OK, [...]
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.
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 Seaport Marina Hotel, a midcentury expression of Southern California’s informal elegance that has become an eyesore under its latest owners, is among 10 Long Beach buildings on an Endangered Properties Watch List.
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 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 [...]
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. / [...]
Greater Long Beach publisher Dave Wielenga is among the featured guests on the current episode of Imagine This Radio, a weekly online interview program hosted by Antonio Ruiz of The Creativity Network. Wielenga, 55, who has been covering local news, arts, sports and culture since 1972 for the Press-Telegram, OC Weekly and the late District [...]
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 [...]
George Laine---newspaperman, WWII vet, boxer, jazz critic, union man and recovered alcoholic---dies at 84. We met at the Press-Telegram and he was just about sweetest tough old bird I’d ever met, a grizzled/gracious cross between Burgess Meredith and the Hobbit. No one could tell you to fuck off with more genuine love and affection.
APPRECIATING RICH ARCHBOLD WHERE IT COUNTS MOST—AS A HUMAN BEING [ By Louise Cunningham ] Love the article on Rich; he is a very special person and so happy that you did this. I, too, many times use the “Once when I was at the PT … ” / KATHY BERRY At least Archbold was [...]
THE HEADLINE: Long Beach Councilman Steve Neal’s home in default THE STORY: Ninth District City Councilman Steve Neal has defaulted on his home and it is scheduled to be sold at auction Oct. 12. P-T COMMENTERS RESPOND: And yet he opposes gay marriage. / TOM what do you expect a black man to do when [...]
I was his Girl Friday. I zipped him into a Sam the Eagle costume for the 1984 Olympic party, scooped ice cream at his side for a staff treat, helped with his Halloween costumes, made dozens of paper antlers for the traditional newsroom Christmas party. I answered to his nickname, “Wheezie.” Still do.
At the Press-Telegram, I was a member of the bargaining team, which fought for two years to secure a successful union contract. It was a long and bitter fight that led me to seek employment elsewhere as soon as the contract was at a point of being achieved.
THE HEADLINE: Free haircuts get LB students ready for school THE STORY: Mr. Baker’s Style Center gives free back-to-school haircuts for children ages 5 to 13. P-T COMMENTER RESPONDS: Shave your kids head to let all know his parents are from the bario and he has no future. / THE REAL LEROY
Oh, there is just something so deliciously twisted, so utterly Marie Antoinettish about Long Beach councilmember Suja Lowenthal discussing cuts in basic city services while in a luxurious palace being served exotic fruits by ... please let it be ... a monkey butler.
The Press-Telegram’s so-called special report Sunday on street sweeping in Long Beach—which contrasted the miles of roadways the machines clean against the millions in revenue the parking tickets glean, just like the many not-special reports that have preceded it over the years—made me marvel again at the enduring attraction of this topic. I wrote pretty much [...]
THE HEADLINE: Witnesses describe scene of triple fatal crash in Long Beach THE STORY: Three people were killed Sunday when two cars that may have been racing each other collided on the Long Beach Peninsula just after midnight. P-T COMMENTERS RESPOND: Were ALL the partied involved legal??!! / ILLEGALS GO HOME Flames which burn but [...]
THE HEADLINE: Long Beach police ‘can’t wait’ to catch fugitive who allegedly stole from elderly woman THE STORY: Long Beach Police Department Forgery and Fraud Detective Stacey Holdredge expresses her determination to apprehend Li Ching Liu, a 54-year-old woman suspected of stealing millions from a 74-year-old Long Beach woman. P-T COMMENTERS RESPOND: What do you [...]
‘MARK TWAIN’S OTHER WOMAN’: A CREEPY TWO-TIMER, BUT STILL A GREAT READ [Jeanine Birong, Aug. 12] In this 21st-century age of child molestation paranoia, would Mark Twain be given such a get-out-of jail-free card if he wasn’t an iconic American author but rather a sad-sack photograph on the state’s Megan’s Law website? / WTF Pretty [...]
THE HEADLINE: COUNTY OKs $2.2 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR MAN SHOT BY DEPUTY IN COMPTON THE STORY: The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a $2.2 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by a man shot May 24, 2009, by a sheriff’s deputy in Compton and left a paraplegic. The deputy said he thought Daniel Martinez [...]
The years pass. I'm working at a children's agency. From across the hall, the director sometimes reminds me, “We don’t say damn, Louise.” I’ve adopted an alternative set of curses, though “shazbot” doesn’t really feel as satisfying.