Monthly Archives: July 2009

THEN AND NOW: Pacific Avenue, Lincoln Park, City Hall and the Public Library


TOP: View of Pacific Ave. looking north from Ocean Blvd. in the early 20th. century. Lincoln Park is on the left with the old public library in the center of the park. The building blocking Pacific Ave. is the city hall. In the background, center, you can see the steeple of the First Congregational Church in front of the Willmore Building.

BOTTOM: View of Pacific Ave. looking north from Ocean Blvd. on July 31, 2009. Lincoln Park is on the left. The roof of the public library in the lower left of the photo. You can see the steeple of the First Congregational Church in front of the Willmore Building.

THEN AND NOW: First Street from Lincoln Park


TOP: View from Lincoln Park looking east down First Street in Downtown Long Beach in the 1920s. The Security Building, background on left, and the Metropolitan building are still standing today.

BOTTOM: View from Lincoln Park looking east down First Street in July 2009.

PHOTOS: LB Budget, "Eliminate Mural Arts Program."


Jose Siminig, left, Jose Loza, mural conservator, center, and Leo Salgado work on a mural on the side of a trafic signal control box at the corner of Santa Fe Ave. and Pacific Coast Highway. The City of Long Beach’s proposed FY ’10 budget will, “Eliminate the Mural Arts Project” except for $10,000 to maintain murals that have already been painted. Leo Salgado and Jose Siminig helped design this artwork. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: LB Budget, "…is going to be difficult…"


Long Beach budget sat on a wall… Long Beach budget had a great fall… And all the kings horses and all the kings men tried to but her back together again. At least it seemed like all the kings men were in the conference room in the 13th. floor of city hall as Mayor Bob Foster, Police Chief Anthony Batts and Pat West, city manager, and a host of others released the annual city bugdet. See more pictures | Read the story

PHOTOS: 10 million pounds of dirt weighing down Main Library


The Long Beach city hall has not been transported to the Mojave desert, and no, it’s not the setting for a futuristic movie where global warming has overtaken our seaside city – it’s a view of 333 Ocean from what used to be a lush green park on the roof of the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library. Besides leaking, the library is seismically unfit due to the weight on the roof. The city plans to remove 10 million pounds of dirt in the closed park in the hopes that it will relieve some stress on the top of the structure.
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PHOTOS: Soldiers return from Middle East


Dakota Warren laughs after putting at hat on her father, Staff Sgt. Robert Warren, at Long Beach Airport. More than 270 National Guard soldiers of the 1498th Transportation Company arrived at the airport after a 12-month tour in Kuwait and Iraq. See more photos>>

During their deployment, the soldiers conducted logistical missions transporting materials throughout Iraq. Utilizing the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET), the largest truck in the Army inventory, members of the 1498th transported various equipment and supplies, including essential provisions, equipment and inoperable materials and tanks hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The 1498th Transportation Company provided HET support throughout
the Iraq and Kuwait Theater of Operations completing 123 combat logistics patrols, 24 transportation missions within Kuwait and 35 lead HET missions, hauling more than 180,000 tons and traveling more than 1.9 million miles.

THEN AND NOW: Michael Shane Ellis


THEN: IN 2008 the Long Beach Board of Education voted to censure board member Michael Shane Ellis and to urge him to resign

NOW: Long Beach School Board member Michael Shane Ellis has missed six of his last seven school board meetings, and has been absent from one-fifth of all meetings since he was elected… for eight weeks, Ellis did not respond to phone calls and e-mails from district officials… He has not responded to repeated phone calls and e-mails from the Press-Telegram. He called district staff before the July 7 meeting to say he would attend, but he didn’t show up. Read Kevin Butler’s story>>

THEN AND NOW: Long Beach Arena / Municipal Auditorium


TOP: View of the Long Beach Arena in 19__. The Arena has hosted various entertainment and professional and college sporting events, including the volleyball events of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Entertainers like Frank Sinatra, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Metallica, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Grateful Dead have also headlined here. Long Beach Arena was the site of the first National Hockey League game involving an expansion team, as the Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played on October 14, 1967. The Kings won, 4-2. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while the Forum was being completed. On the left is the Municipal Auditorium that was built in 1932 that hosted events including Liberace in 1947, and the comeback performance of Judy Garland in 1955. In its heyday, the auditorium held twice as many events annualy then any other in the United States, include 600 free events each year.

BOTTOM: View of the Long Beach Arena in 2009. The Arena The Arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, which played professional ice hockey in the ECHL. The Ice Dogs ceased operations of the team in 2007. Along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is “Planet Ocean”, one of environmental artist Wyland’s Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992. At 116,000 square feet (11,000 m?), it is the world’s largest mural (according to the Guinness Book of Records). The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life that can be found in the waters off Long Beach. In celebration of Earth Day in 2009, Wyland touched up the existing Whaling Wall and added a large mural of the earth on the roof of the arena. On the left is Parker’s Lighthouse at Shoreline Village and the Hyatt Hotel.

Retired firefighter helps save grandson's life after rare heart injury


Hunter Cairns with his grandfather, Jack Lee, in Lakewood, Calif. Cairns was playing baseball for Los Alamitos High School when a ball struck his heart. The impact of the ball on his chest It caused his heart to stop beating. Its a rare condition called commotio cordis and only has a 15 percent survival rate. Jack Lee, a retired Long Beach Firefighter, help perform CPR on his grandson to save his life. See more photos>>

THEN AND NOW: Masonic Temple


TOP: The Masonic Temple in the 800 block of Locust Ave in Downtown Long Beach, Calif. in the early 1900s. When the building was in its heyday in the mid-1920s it housed multiple ballrooms, secret passageways and a dramatic theater stage. BOTTOM: The former Masonic Temple building now sits in the middle of the Temple Lofts, an 84 unit condo complex with a north and south tower.

Michael Jackson throws out first pitch at Armada Game


Ok, ok, ok. so it’s not ‘the’ Michael Jackson, just an impersonator. He performed at the game between innings because it was Michael Jackson Remembrance Night at Blair Field. Not only was there an faux MJ, but when it came time to play the National Anthem it was a recording of the Jackson 5 from 1970. Also, Arby I, the team’s mascot, was wearing one glove.

See the Declaration of Independence printed on a 100 year-old press and get a copy for yourself


Thomas Jefferson (Ken Riedel), left, Ben Franklin (Phil Soinski) and John Adams (Peter Small) pose with A Ramage Press at the Printing Museum in Carson, Calif. The press was built in 1806 and is one of three in the country. According to the museum, the last time anything was printed on the press was 106 years ago. On July 4, 2009, the machine will be used to print the Declaration of Independence. Click here for more info>>