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ELECTION DAY FOR PERENNIAL CANDIDATE PETER MATHEWS: MANY UNHAPPY RETURNS

June 9, 2010 12 comments

PETER MATHEWS

BY RACHEL POWERS

It’s 8:07 p.m. on Election Day—that is, the polls have been closed for seven minutes—and I am drinking tea at Sipology, the downtown Long Beach coffeehouse & gallery that has served as sort of a headquarters throughout the latest Peter Mathews for Congress Campaign. Earlier in the day, Mathews invited me here for the victory party.

Three people are at the table next to me: a middle-aged woman who has decorated her laptop with cut-out pictures of kittens; a restless, clean-cut young man–I would put him at 19—who is obviously participating in his first campaign; and his mother, who has come along to provide moral support.

The woman with the kitties on her computer finds the LA County Registrar’s website, scrolls to the early returns for the 37th District race, and asks the others, “Who’s Laura Richardson?”

The mother blinks. “Well, that’s the person he’s running against.”

“Oh, man,” says the woman. “She’s got over 5,000 votes.”

Mother: “What does Mathews have?”

Woman: “Fifteen hundred.”

“What!?” the son interjects. Read more…

ONE WOMAN’S RESPONSE TO THE SECOND+PCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT—COMMENTS DUE MONDAY

June 6, 2010 4 comments

ARTIST'S RENDITION: SECOND + PCH

EDITOR’S NOTE: The period for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed multi-use (residential, retail, hotel) Second+PCH project closes today. Longtime resident and environmental activist  Lisa Rinaldi has already submitted her comment, and has offered a copy to Redistricted!  The DEIR can be read here and comments e-mailed to Long Beach Department of Development Services Senior Planner Jeff Winklepleck at jeffrey.winklepleck@longbeach.gov. Here’s what Rinaldi wrote:

Dear Mr. Winklepleck:

My comments on the DEIR for the Second+PCH project are set forth below.

(1) The proposed project violates existing SEADIP height limitations.

(2) The DEIR erroneously includes sidewalks, parking lots, building footprints and balconies among its open space measurements to calculate the 30% open space required by SEADIP. These are not “on-the-ground” areas for the purpose of calculating usable open space in accordance with SEADIP.

(3) (a) As stated in the DEIR, increased traffic cannot be mitigated. Read more…

ALL WRITEY!! A SAMPLING OF YOUR

June 6, 2010 4 comments

JUNE 4, BETTY PLEASANT’S “AGAINST OPINION OF VOTERS, DECLINING CRIME RATES AND EVEN ITS OWN CONSULTANT, COMPTON COUNCIL MOVES TO RE-ESTABLISH POLICE DEPARTMENT”

The crooked Mayor (I’m just guessing but, it’s a safe bet) would like to have even more City workers to keep him and his accomplices, I mean, fellow City workers in power. / JOE MACK

 JUNE 2, ERIC PIERCE’S “ELON MUSK IS … BROKE? COURT FILINGS SAY YES”

His troubles go deeper than that. Tesla’s main funding source is the Department of Energy but they’re not allowed to use that $456 million grant to produce cars, so they need independent fundraising for productions (without which they can’t generate revenue and pay back the government, or customers who have already placed cash deposits for a car that doesn’t yet exist). The government money isn’t even available until Tesla independently raises a certain amount of hard cash. Read more…

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

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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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…

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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TESLA CHOOSES FREMONT–AND, SAY ANGRY DOWNEY OFFICIALS, MILLIONS IN CASH

May 20, 2010 2 comments
FROM ERIC PIERCE / THE DOWNEY PATRIOT
Instead of formally ratifying a lease amendment with IRG, one of the final steps before Tesla Motors could begin work on its Model S assembly plant at Downey Studios, the Downey City Council on Thursday instead took turns blasting the electric car company for what Mayor Pro Tem Luis Marquez termed “underhanded negotiation tactics.”

Downey officials found out at about 2 p.m. today that Tesla will build its Model S sedan in Fremont. Downey was made aware after a reporter with the Associated Press called Councilman Mario Guerra for comment. Guerra said he confirmed the news with Tesla, and said Toyota was investing $50 million in Tesla to have the electric car maker come up north.

Downey officials were skeptical that such a deal could have been consummated on short notice.
READ  THE ENTIRE STORY IN THE DOWNEY PATRIOT