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IN REMEMBRANCE OF PETE TOULIOS, OWNER OF LIL’ DEVILS CHILDRENS BOUTIQUE, WHO MADE 4TH STREET MORE THAN SHOPPING

May 18, 2010 9 comments
PETE TOULIOS (ON THE RIGHT), 1977-2010

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Pete Toulios, 33-year-old owner of Lil’ Devils Children’s Boutique on 4th Street’s Retro Row, passed away Monday. Cause of death is unknown, but Pete had been posting reports of feeling poorly on his Facebook account. His last update: “My primary care doctor is sending me back off to the ER. Wish me luck.”]

BY ELLEN GRILEY
I knew Pete only casually—ours was an acquaintance made over credit card transactions and Facebook status updates—but he still made me feel like a friend. He was quick with a cute smile and a warm hug and, always, it seemed, an introduction to another friend. Whether he was inside his Fourth Street baby boutique, Lil’ Devils—or outside it, smoking—or at any of our many mutual haunts (Alex’s comes to mind), I never saw him standing alone.

In these run-ins, I was “Ellen” first—a friend-of-friends, a lifer,
part of Long Beach’s ever-expanding urban tribe of twenty-, thirty- and forty-something barflies, business owners and assorted creatives—and “editor of The District” second. That with Pete there was a difference between the two put me at ease in a way few others on the advertiser-friend continuum could manage. He was charming.

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MEETING MOSES SONKO: FINDING A WORLD WIDE WEB IN MY OWN TOWN

May 11, 2010 2 comments

ASHLEY AND MOSES SONKO

BY IRIS YOKOI

When I requested an upgrade in my Internet and telephone service, all I thought I wanted was a faster connection to the Worldwide Web. Instead, when Verizon technician Moses Sonko showed up to install my new FiOS system, I made a personal, local connection that renewed my faith in the world.

No, this is not my testament to the wizardry of modern technology—it’s a moment of reflection in which I am marveling at the magic that still exists in person-to-person communication. My chance meeting Moses reminded me that smart, inspiring, kind-hearted people are just around the corner, especially here in Long Beach.

The moment that transformed my relationship with Moses—from client-to-customer to human-to-human—arrived as he was finishing two hours of work, when he paused to admire a batik painting on my dining room wall, one of many souvenirs from my Kenya trip a few years back. We began a friendly conversation. “Where are you from?” I asked.  Moses replied, beaming, “Gambia.” Read more…

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

APRIL 11, LOUISE CUNNINGHAM’S “TWEET THIS! SOMEDAY THE DOGS OF SIGNAL HILL WILL HOWL MY NAME!”

Citizen Journalist Question of the Day: Who killed Ron Settles? / DWIGHT K. SNYDER

 APRIL 17, “TOM MARCHESE RESPONDS TO MARCH 30 REQUEST FOR HIS RESPONSE TO DON MAY’S ACCUSATIONS AT WETLANDS LAND TRUST ELECTION”

Both Tom and Dave make good points. Tom’s points included: 1. Where was Dave? 2. Dave’s article assisted the Press-Telegram, Grunion Gazette and LB Post in getting DeLong re-elected. Dave’s good point: Where was Tom and why didn’t he take the opportunity to respond to Dave’s call? Was he ducking an embarrassing issue much like DeLong does all of the time? Everyone else in the city knew about Dave’s call. It rings hollow for Tom to claim he didn’t know because he was too busy electioneering. If that was the case, maybe Tom should have gotten a better campaign manager to keep him apprised. / UNCLE MIKE Read more…

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

April 9, 2010 1 comment

APRIL 5, HEATHER ALTMAN’S “GO RIGHT AHEAD AND SUPPORT THE 2ND+PCH PROJECT—BUT HOW ABOUT WAITING UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?”

Your advice is correct, but lobbyist Carl Kemp–who works with the developers—is very savvy concerning the city, and has started one of the biggest PR campaigns for this project I’ve ever witnessed. / LAURA

 We can talk and talk. But the bottom line it’s all up to the 3rd district Councilman. Which is not a good omen. / CHUCK M.

 In a one-on-one conversation with Mr. DeLong, he stated that he would support whatever 2/3 of the people want him to support. This letter-writing campaign sounds like he said the same thing to the developer. / ANONYMOUS

 It is great to be against something but what is the alternative? The e-mail I received talked about the Environmental Impact Report and the importance of reading it. / LEE G. Read more…

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

A selection of snippets and full-on blasts from the feedback received from readers this week:

 MARCH 30, “MARCHESE ACCUSED OF TRYING TO GET NON-PROFIT WETLAND GROUP’S MAILING LIST FOR HIS CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN”

 The timing of Don May’s well-orchestrated letter, and the past and current actions of the LCWLT Board, should cause people to wonder whether this is a political attempt to benefit the election chances of the incumbent Councilperson by discrediting one of his political opponents. / MIKE RUEHLE Read more…

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REDISTRICTED! 101: EXPLAINING THIS SITE’S ACCOUNT OF MARCHESE’S LOSS IN LCWLT ELECTION

April 1, 2010 20 comments

Redistricted! has received lots of criticism in the last couple of days about its report of the election the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust (LCWLT) held Tuesday night to choose its Board of Directors.  Thanks for reading—and writing! 

Because of the tone of most responses—disappointment, betrayal and anger; one person accused me of “using people and ruining reputations to get attention”—let’s review the journalistic rationale for the report: Read more…