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MAY 27, DAVE WIELENGA’S “TONIA REYES URANGA’S ‘ONCE-IN-A-CHANCE LIFETIME’ AND THE BALANCE OF POWER IN LONG BEACH”

Well written; you manage to tell the story with HER words, putting shape to someone who is, to say the least, multifaceted. I admire Tonia’s candor and chutzpah; sadly this kind of elected official is the exception and not the rule. I think she will win because she shows up and does her job. / CHRIS FUENTES

Tonia is a strong legislator who makes good decisions for all of Long Beach and is very loyal to the residents of her district. Four more years of her service is a true benefit to all of Long Beach. She is her own decision maker; no puppet person here, folks! / JUDY CRUMPTON Read more…

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PANTS ON FIRE! ERIC PIERCE’S POST-MORTEM ON TESLA MOTORS’ PHONY FLIRTATIONS

May 28, 2010 2 comments

PINOCCHIO'D!

COMMENTARY BY ERIC PIERCE / DOWNEY PATRIOT

And just like that, Tesla Motors is gone. Downey fell for Tesla’s phony, flirtatious come-ons like a pudgy teenager speaking to the pretty cheerleader who needs homework help. We fell in love with the ambitious promises, the lofty technology and the national media attention. We fell for it all, hook, line and sinker.

But don’t blame Downey.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive officer, lied. Tesla lied when they told city officials and state lawmakers that they were not considering any other location besides Downey. You can’t blame Tesla for accepting Toyota’s offer: after all, business is business and $50 million is an impossible amount of money to turn down, especially when you’re a start-up company. But Tesla didn’t have to lie about their negotiations with Toyota. They didn’t have to string Downey along like a puppet, to the point where city administrators were flying to Sacramento, testifying before lawmakers. READ MORE

TONIA REYES URANGA’S ‘ONCE-IN-A-CHANCE LIFETIME’ AND THE BALANCE OF POWER IN LONG BEACH

May 27, 2010 33 comments

TONIA REYES URANGA

BY DAVE WIELENGA

These are the waning days of Tonia Reyes Uranga’s run for her political life—and perhaps the darkness before the dawn of a new balance of power in Long Beach. Too heavy? Maybe not. Defeat in Reyes Uranga’s June 8 showdown with well-connected newcomer James Johnson for the 7th district seat on the Long Beach City Council would return her to private citizenry for the first time since 2002. Victory could mean the end of the so-called Mayoral Majority that’s been steered for the past four years by just-re-elected Bob Foster. What would you call that?

“This is a once-in-a-chance lifetime,” is the way Reyes Uranga put it near the end of another day at her Atlantic Blvd. campaign headquarters—although that’s not exactly the way she meant to put it. She heard herself mix up the words, but when she tried again, they out the same tangled way: “This is a once-in-a-chance lifetime.”

You get the point—it’s been a wearyingly long and complicated campaign for one of Long Beach’s most-fierce political warriors. Read more…

LYSISTRATA: ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA ABOUT A GROIN SENSE OF PACIFICISM STILL HITS HOME

May 25, 2010 7 comments
 

GIRL AIN'T GIVIN' IT UP

BY GREGGORY MOORE

Let’s be honest: ancient Greek theatre is primitive. How could it not be? It’s just about when the whole art form was born. Based on that historical truth, you are welcome to slant your judgment of the aesthetics of a play like Lysistrata, but you are not obliged to. And if you don’t, the first thing you’re likely to say about it is something like: “Let’s be honest: ancient Greek theatre is primitive.”

Brandon Cutts, who has adapted and directed the Aristophanes classic for Long Beach Shakespeare Co., has modernized the text somewhat, giving we modern and (at least potentially) more-sophisticated theatergoers a better chance to enjoy the play; that was a good idea, particularly as concerns the humor. However, I think he might have done better to have gone all the way, because at times there’s almost no way to watch this production and not think: “Let’s be honest: ancient Greek theatre is primitive.”

That said (three times now, if you’ve lost count), you gotta hand it to Aristophanes: in c. 410 BCE he crafted perhaps the first feminist statement. And it’s a strong one. “You thought it was a herd of slaves you had to tackle,” Lysistrata chastises men as she implements her plan to stop war by having the women withhold sex from the men until the latter agree to cease their warmongering. Read more…

ELON MUSK WRITES THAT ‘DOWNEY IS AWESOME’—AND, PRESUMABLY, HOPES IT HAS A BITCHEN SUMMER

May 25, 2010 16 comments

ELON MUSK: 'DOWNEY IS AWESOME' (Photo: Brian Solis, http://www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us.)

FROM ERIC PIERCE / DOWNEY PATRIOT

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has written a letter to City of Downey officials (title: “Downey Is Awesome”) that is apparently intended to soothe their feelings (typical reaction: we were “stabbed in the back”) after he stunned them with his May 20 announcement that his company would not be manufacturing cars in their town. 

The letter, written for Musk’s personal blog, was e-mailed to city staff members and council members Saturday, two days after news broke that Tesla would build a Model S assembly plant in Fremont.  In the letter,  Musk says he was prepared to build his plant in Downey before Toyota came forward with its $50 million offer, which was finalized Wednesday (May 19) night.  The letter does not reveal how long Tesla and Toyota had been in talks. Musk also recommends Downey “for any company [that] is considering a place for a major operation,” and says he will consider Downey when he needs to expand SpaceX or starts an electric jet venture.

Here, on the site of the Downey Patriot, is the full text of Musk’s letter:

Also, Musk and Downey officials were interviewed on Monday by Warren Olney on KCRW’s, “Which Way, L.A.?”

COMMIE GIRL AND THE TIMESHARE HARD-SELL: THE JOY OF LOVING THINGS YOU HATE

May 23, 2010 2 comments

BY REBECCA SCHOENKOPF / FOURSTORY.ORG

Yes, we would love to attend a timeshare presentation at Kona Resort in exchange for $150 cash and lunch. I mean it. Love.

Paul was worried. He had never endured a hard-sell for a timeshare before, had never selflessly signed up so as to get gifts he could then present to his loved ones. I got this boombox for you, Mom, and I didn’t just buy it, I suffered for it, because I love you like Jesus does. Greg and Annie, please accept this weekend in Catalina. I said no to a timeshare salesperson for a very long time in order to get it for you. I love you, Greg and Annie. Love!

“It’ll be fun!” I kept explaining to Paul. Doesn’t he understand about things being so awful that they become exquisite? That just like pure perfect rage excites the same part of the primitive brain as drugs or sex or candy, pure perfect loathing excites our adrenalin centers, and not only that but it would be a loathing shared between the two of us, and later we could laugh and cackle about it together? Doesn’t he know the joy of loving things you hate?

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

It all makes me thankful I entered this life with male genitalia. / HAIRLESS

I love this. A woman’s hair is such an important symbol of identity—and here you have chosen to remove yours! How bold. Today by chance I, too, went “natural,” forgoing my usual 45-minute blow dry/straightening/product combination to combat my frizz and embracing the curls that start off nice at 8 a.m. but by 2 p.m. I am looking like Gilda Radner, circa 1979. Still, there was something marvelous about that wild mane of hair; it did, in fact, remind me of my youth and getting back to my roots. Thanks for this! / LB CITY GIRL

MAY 18, ELLEN GRILEY’S “IN REMEMBRANCE OF PETE TOULIOS, OWNER OF LIL’ DEVILS CHILDRENS BOUTIQUE, WHO MADE 4TH STREET MORE THAN SHOPPING”

Thanks, Ellen, you are exactly right. I am saddest for all the times we had yet to spend together. Pete’s warm smile will forever light up the hearts of those who were lucky enough to know him. He was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. / SÉ Read more…

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