Monthly Archives: October 2009

PHOTOS: Poly defeats Wilson, 34-15


Wilson went in to this game undefeated in league play and Poly was coming off their worst losing streak in 15 years, actually, their only losing streak in 15 years. They had not lost a league game since 1994, that is, until two weeks ago when they lost to Lakewood… then last week they lost to Millikan. So, if the headline is Poly defeats Wilson.. OR.. Wilson loses to Poly – either way, Wilson failed to take advantage of Poly’s worst season in memory. See more pictures>>

The Lakewood sheriff station is haunted


The Lakewood sheriff station is haunted… well, at least it was today. The L.A. County Sheriffs that work at the station turned the cells in to a haunted prison for the public. The inmates were transfered to the Cerritos station for the day.

THEN AND NOW: Downtown Pier / South Pine Ave.


TOP: View looking north from the Pine Ave. pier in 1925 in Long Beach, Calif. The Breakers Hotel can be seen on the right and the Security Building in in the center, to the right of the pier.

BOTTOM: View looking north from the South Pine Ave. on in 2009 in Long Beach, Calif. The entire area south of Ocean Blvd. was filled in in various stages in the past 70 years.

PHOTOS: Lakewood football ends Poly's streak at 80


The last time Poly football lost a Moore League game Bill Clinton was president, O.J. Simpson was running from the police and few people had email addresses – the year was 1994 and it was Jordan that defeated Poly. Today it was Lakewood. The Lancers handed the Jackrabbits their first league loss, ending their streak at 80 games. Lakewood defeated Poly 21 to 14. See more pictures>>

THEN AND NOW: Security Bank / Gay and Lesbian Center


TOP: A new Security First National Bank near Fourth St. and Chery Ave. in Long Beach, Calif. in the 1920s. On September 1, 1868, Isaias Hellman and Francisco Temple formed the banking house of Hellman, Temple & Co., a small bank in Los Angeles that would become Security First National Bank. In 1967, Security First National Bank bought Pacific National Bank and became Security Pacific National Bank.

The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach, also known as The Center, on August 26, 2009. In 1985 The Center purchased the 7500 square-foot building.The building was renovated and opened in 1986 as One in Long Beach. In 1997, One in Long Beach became the Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach.

PHOTOS: Schwarzenegger and EPA head visit Port of Long Beach


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Long Beach (Calif.) Mayor Bob Foster listen as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks in the Port of Long Beach on Thursday, October 1, 2009.
Gov. Schwarzenegger joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the awarding of over $26.5 million in clean-air grants for Southern California as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money is soposed to help California speed its efforts to promote clean vehicles and green job growth – this funding will be used to retrofit and replace diesel engines in construction vehicles, cargo handling equipment, school buses, heavy-duty trucks and locomotives in the Southern California air basin, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. See more pictures>>

Flower Power on the I-405 Freeway


A floral display depicting a car and and trees along the north side of the San Diego (405) Freeway near Orange Ave. was completed toady in Long Beach, Calif.
The display is part of the California Department of Transportation’s Enhanced Landscape Planting Demonstration Project (ELP). The program modeled after the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides the opportunity for sponsors to install and maintain highly detailed and themed plantings of drought tolerant shrubs, ground cover and annual and perennial flowers on up to one-half acre along highway roadsides.

ELP sponsors are required to maintain a minimum of three acres of the existing landscape around the floral display at no cost to Caltrans. This display is sponsored by Toyota as are six are locations in Los Angeles County.

Other spots are;
Westbound Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) Lincoln Avenue off-ramp, just south of the gore point, in the city of Santa Monica.

Eastbound Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) National Boulevard/Overland Drive on-ramp right shoulder.

Eastbound Foothill Freeway (I-210) Marengo Avenue/Los Robles Avenue on-ramp right shoulder, in the city of Pasadena.

Westbound Ventura Freeway (US 101) just south of the Louise Avenue bridge in the city of Los Angeles.

Westbound Pomona Freeway (SR-60) just west of the Lorena Street bridge in the city of Los Angeles.