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MARCHESE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO GET NON-PROFIT WETLAND GROUP’S MAILING LIST FOR HIS CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN

March 30, 2010 30 comments

 

TOM MARCHESE
Tom Marchese not only lopsidedly lost his battle for re-election to the Board of Directors of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (LCWLT) Tuesday night, but questions raised about his ethics in a letter from the organization’s esteemed founder may have cost him any realistic chance to be elected to the Long Beach City Council on April 13. 

Don May, who helped create the LCWLT some three decades ago and has remained the group’s guru since moving to Hawaii several years ago, endorsed Janice Dahl for the seat that Marchese occupied on the Board of Directors. She won easily, receiving 48 votes to join Phil Lohman (54), Jericho Poppler and Stephanie Loftin (52) and Steve McCord (51) on the board. Marchese received 19 votes. 

But more damaging than the endorsement of Marchese’s opponent were May’s charges that Marchese could have endangered the not-for-profit LCWLT’s very existence by trying to use his seat on the board as a tool in his city council campaign.  Read more…

RESOLUTION READING REVIEW: “HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY”

March 30, 2010 3 comments

 BY KRISTIN CHALMERS

I am a bookworm who has metamorphosed into what? A cable worm? A gaming worm? An Internet worm? Thus, my No. 1 New Year’s Resolution for 2010: Read more books! OK, that’s admittedly general, and I suppose not even measurable, as I don’t know what I read last year. My original goal for this year was one book a month. But by choosing carefully, I am doing better than that.

In other words, I pick only books I really want to read, not books I think I should  read (I’m talking to you, “Don Quixote”). I’m also striving for quality and currency with the help of the library, where I am maxing out my holds. So easy!  Any suggestions would be appreciated. Fiction only. Easy on the Chick Lit, people.

Meanwhile, I’ll offer a review from time to time—a Resolution Reading Review, let’s call it–beginning now with … “Her Fearful Symmetry,” by Audrey Niffenegger (Simon & Schuster). Read more…

QUESTION IS, WHY IS MIKE HEDGES RUNNING FOR LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL?

March 29, 2010 10 comments

Mike Hedges had three days to prepare for the question he knew was coming at Monday night’s Long Beach Press Club debate between the candidates for the city council’s 5th District seat. But when reporter Darcy Richardson of the Grunion Gazette asked Hedges about discrepancies in his campaign financing that have attracted the attention of the City Clerk and City Attorney, the 40-year-old businessman failed to supply anything approaching a comprehensive—or even comprehensible—answer.

During a rambling and fractured monologue, Hedges first contended that Long Beach’s $350 limit on single-source campaign contributions did not apply because the contribution came to his campaign from his own company and then because the contribution was not monetary. Both are not true. Hedges summarized that “everything is in compliance”—apparently based on what he gleaned from two meetings with the City Attorney on Monday—despite a Press-Telegram report that the City Clerk has not received all the information. Read more…

NO. 1 QUESTION AT 5TH DISTRICT DEBATE TONIGHT: WHO’S FUNDING MIKE HEDGES?

March 29, 2010 2 comments

MIKE HEDGES

Tonight’s Long Beach Press Club debate between Fifth District city council candidates couldn’t come at a better time—as questions arise about who is funding Mike Hedges’ challenge to incumbent Gerrie Schipske.

LBReport.com broke the story of the mysterious money that’s powering Hedges’ campaign on Saturday (March 27), noting that the City Clerk’s Elections Bureau had sent the Hedges campaign a letter seeking disclosure and clarification of campaign finance reporting data for the period July 1-Dec. 31, 2009. Among the items for which the City Clerk’s office seeks an explanation: who paid for some printed campaign material allegedly disseminated during the July 1-Dec. 31, 2009 reporting period?

Coincidentally, I e-mailed Hedges on Friday morning to request an interview about his candidacy, not knowing of the funding controversy. Hedges responded that evening, explaining he was unavailable through Monday because he would be walking precincts and preparing for the debate. I followed up with a request for a telephone interview that received no reply. Read more…

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR COMMENTS/CRITICISMS/LOVE NOTES/WITTICISMS

March 28, 2010 1 comment
A selection from the feedback received from readers this week:

MARCH 21, “DAVE WIELENGA BECOMES A BLOGGER”

Awesome, Dave! I’m glad you are continuing your excellent coverage of Long Beach. I am certain this opportunity will inspire you to greater success. Now, how do we keep this site secret from Mr. Greet.  / EVAN GOULD

Dave: Best to you and good luck. The more media voices in Long Beach, the better. ROBERT GARCIA

Dave, I am also grateful that you will stay in the mix here in LB. Your willingness to ask the tougher questions and dig deeper on issues is refreshing for all. Together, you and Bill (LBReport.com) will continue to provide the citizens with thought provoking points of view and details on community issues/projects that may affect us all. Stay the course, and may the advertising dollars roll in to keep you both online!! / RAE GABELICH

I like how you call me your “girlfriend in Chicago.” / TIM GROBATY

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Categories: News and Politics

JENSEN RESPONDS TO READER’S CHARGE THAT HIS TAKE ON SEADIP “SHOWS IGNORANCE”

March 28, 2010 6 comments

TERRY JENSEN

Third District city council candidate Terry Jensen responded late Saturday night to a comment that a Redistricted! reader posted on March 25 regarding Jensen’s take on the proposed 2nd+pch mixed-used development—or at least the take Jensen expressed at last week’s candidates debate sponsored by the Long Beach Press Club.

The reader, who self-identified only as “Laura,” charged that Jensen’s reply to a 2nd+pch question at the debate “showed ignorance” of the SEADIP ordinance, and itemized why.

Jensen has now countered that he understands SEADIP very well, and offers his evidence.

Here are the letters, back and forth: Read more…

Categories: News and Politics

{OPEN}: LONG BEACH’S ALTERNA-INSTITUTION PRESENTS NEW ART BY MATTY BYLOOS TONIGHT ON RETRO ROW

March 27, 2010 6 comments

The owner/operators of {open} might not like to admit it, but the quirky bookstore/art chapel they founded in downtown’s East Village in 2003 has become a institutional pillar/load-bearing wall of Long Beach culture/cool since its 2007 move to Fourth Street/Retro Row.

And by “might not like to admit it” I mean that they “might prefer to brag about it.”  One of them, anyway; meeting sé reed just once makes you understand the importance of vigor to the survival of an otherwise-overmatched mission like {open}. Meeting the other one, shea M. gauer, reminds you of the importance of a tempering balance. That’s right, their names are sé (“say”) and shea (“shay”). Read more…