Monthly Archives: April 2009

LBT unveils new hybrid buses

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Long Beach Transit showed off their one of their 25 new hybrid buses on Thursday. LBT said the technology is the same as their 45 other hybrids these buses are, as Mayor Foster put it, “cuter”. Nearly half of Long Beach Transit’s 40-foot fleet will be comprised of hybrid buses with the addition of these new buses. See more pictures>>

Oceans appear on arena

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The Pacific Ocean is starting to appear as mural artist Wyland creates the world’s largest painting of the Earth on the roof of the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on Wednesday morning, April 22, 2009.

The Americas appear on roof of Arena

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South and Central America are visible as mural artist Wyland begins creating the world’s largest painting of the Earth on the roof of the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. This view is from the Aqua Towers. The image of the planet will be painted over a 24-hour period and complement “Planet Ocean,” the world’s largest mural, also by Wyland, painted on the arena’s exterior walls. See more pictures>>

Wyland starts new mural

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In recognition of Earth Day, mural artist Wyland begins creating the world’s largest painting of the Earth on the roof of the Long Beach (Calif.) Arena on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The image of the planet will be painted over a 24-hour period and complement “Planet Ocean,” the world’s largest mural, also by Wyland, painted on the arena’s exterior walls.

PHOTOS: Dots on Dry Erase Board

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Long Beach artist Lamont Whiting is an artist in a temporary medium, Dry Erase boards. He started ‘dotting’ while working the night-shift at 24-hour fitness. Every night he’d draw a new dot picture, then erase and start over. His work will be auctioned off for charity during Grand Prix weekend. He is also going on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this month with a picture of her to destroy. See more pictures>>

Race car driver at King Park

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Driver J.R. Hildebrand, racing for the Andretti Green Team, with about 60 children who met him and his car at King Park in Long Beach, Calif. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The children, from the Boys & Girls club and the Central Child Development Center, got to ask questions and see a real race car. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: 11 LBPD get 10851 from AAA and CHP

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LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts, right, shares a laugh with Julio Juarez as he receives the “10851 Award” for their efforts to combat auto theft on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Batts and California Highway Patrol Captain Chris O’Quinn honored 11 Long Beach police officers with the award.
The 10851 Award Program is named after the vehicle code section for Grand Theft Auto, and is sponsored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the CHP, to recognize officers throughout the state who have been proactive in recovering stolen vehicles and apprehending the criminals involved. To qualify for the award, an officer must meet any of the following criteria: make six “rolling stolen” (suspect-occupied stolen vehicle in motion) arrests, recover 12 vehicles (including 3 “rolling stolens”), or help identify a theft ring and arrest at least two suspects and recover at least 10 vehicles. See 15 pictures/buy reprints>>

PHOTOS: Wyland Saves the Whales

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The painter Wyland uses a lift to touch up portions of Whaling Wall 33, Ocean Planet, on the Long Beach Arena. The 116,000-square-foot mural was in the Guinness Book of World Records when it was painted in 1992. The mural took 200 volunteers 6 weeks to complete when it was first painted. See 14 pictures>>

PHOTOS: Garcia wins 1st District

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First District city councilman Robert Garcia checks his list, then checks it twice, making sure not to forget an ‘thank-yous’ as he address supporters during his election night party in the Walker Building. Robert Garcia won the election with 966 votes, 41.5%. Evan Braude got 743 votes, 31.9% and Misi Tagaloa got 282 votes, 12.1% See 15 pictures>>

New LBSU Women's Basketball Head Coach is a Wynner

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Jody Wynn, Long Beach (Calif.) State’s new women’s basketball head coach, tries on her new LB jacket after being introduced to media by 49er athletic director Vic Cegles at the Pyramid on the campus of CSULB on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Wynn spent the last five seasons as the senior assistant, recruiting coordinator and head of scouting at USC. See 5 more pictures >>

Possum!

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I found this mother possum and her four babies in the Cypress trees next to my driveway. Not wanting the rodent near my kids, I called animal control to see if they would “take care of it”. They told me possums are considered wild animals and they do not remove them. However, if I wanted to trap it myself they would come get the animal and release it one mile from my home.

A room full of women

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I used to see Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill alot… when she was mayor. She’s been out of office for a few years now but today the Soroptimist Club honored her with their Trail Blazer award for, “…serving as a role model and opening new paths for women…” Soroptimist means “best for women”.

El Dorado clean-up

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Daniel Gomez, along with a few other volunteers, very few, showed up to pick trash out of the lake in Area III at El Dorado Regional Park. Good thing there were only a handful of volunteers because the lake looked pretty clean before they started. See 6 pictures>>

What a Dummy!

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Gene Harris, Terminal Services Manager for Seaside Transportation, tosses a dummy in the water beneath the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Port of Los Angeles during a safety drill. The drill was part or Ports America’s safety week and was designed to test workers on proper procedure incase someone falls in to the water. Dock workers are instructed not to jump in the water if someone falls off the dock. After the ‘dummy’ was thrown in the ocean the LAFD responded and fished it out. See 4 pictures >>

The Blog is Back!!

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After six weeks off work, I’m back!

I took a month and a half off to spend time with my new daughter…. and potty train my 2 year-old.

Regular blog updates are resuming today – thanks for looking.