Monthly Archives: January 2010

PHOTOS: Ladies, start your checkbooks – The new Forever 21 flagship store is open in Cerritos


While taking pictures of the new Forever 21 flagship store at the Los Cerritos Center reporter Kelly Puente was absolutely giddy. I was roaming the store with my camera gear and she was wondering around with a reporter’s notebook in one hand and a shopping bag in the other. As we traversed the giant clothing store that now sits in the building once occupied by Mervyn’s she marveled at the amount of clothing options. I told her I just didn’t get it – if it were filled with computer gear and gadgets then maybe I could get excited about it. See more photos>>

PHOTO: 88 Year-Old boy scout


Bellflower, Calif. resident Ralph Bustrum has been a Boy Scout for 75 years. Last Saturday, he was given an award from the Boy Scouts of America and the city of Bellflower for his service to scouting. In his scout career, he’s risen to the level of eagle scout and has received the distinguished Silver Beaver and Bronze Palm awards.

PHOTOS: You just spent the day volunteering in the Los Cerritos Wetlands. What are you going to do next? You're going to Disneyland!


Volunteers clear non-native brush from the Los Cerritos Wetlands just south of Studebaker Road and Second Street in Long Beach, Calif. on Friday, January 8, 2010. The natural habit might not be the happiest place on Earth, but volunteers who spend a few hours as volunt”ears” will earn a free ticket to Disneyland. According to Lenny Arkinstall, Founder and Executive Director Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, the DIsney volunteer program has caused a large increase in volunteer interest in his program. On Friday Arkinstall had 12 volunteers, three of them were Wilson High students working on a class project and seven of them were working to earn a free trip to Disneyland. DIsney’s Give a Day, Get a Day program works like this; You give a day of volunteer service to one of their approved groups and they’ll give you a free ticket to one of their parks. See more photos>> | Disney’s GIve a Day, Get a Day site

THEN AND NOW: Downtown Long Beach Marina and Skyline

THEN: Aerial view of Downtown Long Beach, Calif. on October 29, 1953. In the early 1920s, the original Long Beach Municipal Auditorium was constructed on the beach and on 20 acres of landfill located south of today’s intersection of Ocean and Long Beach Boulevards. After the construction of the auditorium, there were problems created by storms and coastalerosion. In order to protect the auditorium from these problems, a horseshoe (rainbow) shaped breakwater was constructed around it. Because of its shape it was named “Rainbow Pier”, even though it was actually a breakwater with a road constructed on top of it. The Rainbow Pier went from Pine Ave. to Linden Ave. Just to the left of the Rainbow Pier is the Ocean Center Building which is still standing today. Also still standing is the Breakers (to the left behind the Municipal Auditorium and the Security Building (to the left behind the Breakers).

NOW: Aerial view of the Downtown Long Beach (Calif.) Marina on July 2, 2009, from Airship Venture’s Zeppelin “Eureka”. On the former site of the Municipal Auditorium site now sit the Convention Center, Performing Arts Center and the Long Beach Arena (Whale Building). The water inside Shoreline Drive is named Rainbow Lagoon Park (a reference to the former Rainbow Pier).

PHOTOS: Storm drain to Marine Stadium


Workers have been completing about 50 feet a day of the Termino Ave. Drain Project in Long Beach, Calif. on January 5, 2010. Construction started in October 2009 and is expected to last two years. This project consists of construction of a new underground storm drain, installation of trash excluder screens and a filtration system at the catch basins, construction of a low-flow diversion system to improve the water quality of storm runoff, and the relocation of waterlines. The project will alleviate flooding from Marine Stadium to the Redondo Ave / Anaheim Street area. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: La Strada pin-up girls go to the troops.


Jaime Nikoletich, Miss April, signs her month inside a pin-up calendar at La Strada Retaurant on Second Street in Long Beach, Calif. on Monday, January 4, 2010. La Strada owner Lisa Ramelow created the calenders to benefit pancreatic cancer but when she had over a thousand left over she decided to send them to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each calendar is signed by at least one of the girls featured in the calendar (they are also her employees) and a customer of the eatery. She has received hundreds of letters of thanks from American warriors including a flag that was carried in battle in Iraq. See more pictures>>
| La Strada’s on Second

PHOTOS: Dirty trucks sent packing at Port of Long Beach


Truck driver Jorge Machuca waits as a container is loaded on his rig at Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) on Monday, January 4th, 2010, the first business day after January 1st ban ban of 8,000 older, more polluting trucks from harbor area roads. Beginning January 1, 2010, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles (Calif.) banned drayage trucks with engine model years of 1993 and older under its Clean Trucks Program. The new rigs have helped decrease air pollution almost two years ahead of schedule. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Suck it East Coast! it's 80 degrees here


While kids from Maine to Florida are dealing with freezing temperature and Midwesterners are sledding down snow banks the lucky youngster in Long Beach are in their bathing suits. Above, Ryan Brunner joins his friends as they sled down a sand hill on the beach in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif. on January 2, 2010. According to, the high in Belmont Shore was 78 degrees but should cool down to about 70 degrees over the next few days. See more pictures>>

Once in a blue Moon


The Moon rises above Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, Calif on December 31, 2009 . This was the second full Moon in December making it a blue Moon.
At right is the Lyons Lighthouse for Sight.