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Doug Krikorian's Viewpoint

Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach Mayor's Ascent To Dem Stardom Because Of Lockstep Embrace Of The Party's Policies To The Enchanting Parklet Dining On 2nd Street To Tearing Down The Hoops in Belmont Shore To Greg Silver's LB Departure To Huntington Beach To Bob Rice Protecting Me From Isiah Robertson

by Doug Krikorian
Special to LBREPORT.com

Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.



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(August 31, 2020, 7:45 p.m.) -- To his critics and, oh, are there a loud, passionate group of them in this town, the illustrious Long Beach mayor, Mr. Robert Garcia, being mentioned seriously as one of the "17 rising stars of the Democratic Party" is a bit of delusional puffery perpetrated by those meanies in the Mainstream Media.

But I disagree with such an assessment for a number of reasons.

You must understand Mr. Garcia is an important officeholder in the 43rd largest city in America, has for the past five months followed in lockstep with the Covid-19 edicts of California's two most powerful politicians, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and state governor Gavin Newsom, has warmly embraced his party's weakening-the-police agenda by endorsing cutting 50 LBPD officers from LB's latest budget, emulated other big-city Democratic mayors around the country recently when he allegedly intervened with a stand down order to his police department that resulted in the Great Memorial Day Plunder & Pillage Festival in the downtown area and 214 LB businesses being looted.

So, clearly, Mr. Garcia has all the imperative requisites needed to become an emerging figure in the Democratic Party to go with his close friendship with Vice President nominee Kamala Harris -- she swore him in as mayor in 2014 -- and his inexhaustible ambition and his expedient political instincts.

You might recall that once upon a time he actually was a member of the Republican Party. He even founded the Long Beach Young Republicans and served as chief of staff for Republican Councilman Frank Colonna and was campaign manager of Colonna's unsuccessful 2006 mayoral bid (For some strange reason, these vital facts have been airbrushed from Mr. Garcia's Wikipedia bio.)

But by 2007 the political winds had shifted dramatically in California and Mr. Garcia shifted with it to join the Democratic Party and successfully win the District 1 City Council seat in 2009.

There isn't a policy of this latest incarnation of the Democratic Party that Robert Garcia hasn't heartily endorsed, and it's not surprising that he's firmly on board for something called Universal Basic Income, which will be discussed at the Sept. 1 Long Beach Council meeting.









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A bunch of other Democratic mayors around the country came up with this idea and are set to institute such a handout -- the donation of $500 to an impoverished family -- but don't we already have various welfare programs intact for such assistance?

How many bureaucrats will be needed to operate such an initiative? How will those who receive such a donation be chosen? Will it be by lottery or will a bingo-type machine be used? Where will the money come from since the scandalously over-burdened California taxpayer is already insufferably under siege and heading out of state? Will it stop at $500? Should the Dems force all those overpaid government workers in the state -- and there are hundreds of them -- to throw a few of their unearned extra thousands into the pot (certainly our very own beloved new LBUSD superintendent, Dr. Jill Baker, could alone fund almost sixty families with $500 payments each if only she'd forgo her undeserved $58,000 raise like she should.)

  • Had dinner outside Friday night in Belmont Shore, and found it just as enchanting -- if not more -- than all the times I've eaten in front of restaurants on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Terrific experience and it seemed as though every dining joint on 2nd Street was jammed.

    Great ambiance, and a lot of credit should go to Robert Garcia, City Manager Tom Modica, the City Council members and other bigwigs in this town for allowing the Parklets to flourish and thereby saving a lot of restaurants from extinction (seven already have expired in Belmont Shore, Naples and the Market Place).

    But, alas, I did hear a few horror stories involving Kelly Colopy's notoriously meddlesome Health Department, including one in which a restaurant GM told me he spotted a tinted white van parked near his place with a guy in it using binoculars to spy on his help and diners.

    "Sometimes I think we're living in a Communist Society," he said. . .

  • Who's the enlightened person who came up with the genius idea of taking down the two basketball hoops next to Bayshore Drive near Ocean in Belmont Shore in a precinct known as Horny Corner?

    I suspect it's only a matter of time before this anonymous person decides to dislodge the other two hoops remaining because everyone is having way too much fun playing basketball. . .

  • The old Wilson High first baseman and famous criminal attorney, Mr. Greg Silver (photo right) is the latest to skedaddle out of town, as this lifetime Long Beach resident is moving in today with wife Karen at a home they bought in Huntington Beach.

    He follows in the divine footsteps of another Donald Trump supporter, Big Ben Goldberg, although Mr. Silver says it wasn't only politics that inspired him to pull up stakes at Bay Harbor.

    "Obviously, I don't like the direction City Hall has been taking this city in recent years, but this also was a case of us just wanting to down-size a little," he says. "I'll always love Long Beach."

    Incidentally, Mr. Silver, now a member of the Virginia Country Club, has lowered his handicap to an impressive 8 in recent days.

  • Congratulations to my old crony, Mr. Bob Rice, one-time Long Beach State linebacker and a teammate and friend of Danny Bunz and Russ Bolinger, both of whom went on to play in the NFL.

    He just retired after working 34 years at Gulfstream in Long Beach, and the gentleman bodybuilder who once bench pressed 475 pounds these days competes in the Senior Olympics in weightlifting and the discus.

    Mr. Rice also was a pal of the Guinness World Record strongman, one-time Long Beach State football player and amateur boxing champion Glen Tenove.

    In their younger days, Mr. Rice and Mr. Tenove created quite a ruckus a few times when they hit the bars together around Long Beach, which was a long, long time ago.

    Mr. Rice and his wife Marlene reside in Los Alamitos and have two daughters. . .

    Incidentally, Mr. Rice once served as my bodyguard when I returned to Blair Field -- where the Los Angeles Rams then trained -- the week after the team's star linebacker, Isiah Robertson, nearly separated my noggin from my neck. Smartly, Ol' Isiah -- we later made up -- ignored me that afternoon because he would have had a problem had he tangled with the pugnacious Mr. Rice. . . .


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    Previously by Mr. Krikorian:

  • My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
  • Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
  • Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
  • Excuses By Long Beach Police & Poticians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
  • Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
  • Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
  • Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
  • From Krikorian's Notebook: (1) LBUSD Mgm't Mulls Keeping K-5 Kids Indoors Without Normal Access To Playground, Cafeteria, Auditorium Activities; (2) And More...
  • From Krikorian's Notebook: When Will LB Police Chief Luna Come Clean About May 31 Downtown Long Beach Looting Frenzy?
  • Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
  • Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
  • I Never Thought I'd Live To See These...
  • Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
  • Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
  • A 2 1/2-Hour Commute To Work A Joy To This 86-Year Old Gentleman
  • Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
  • Parklets! Three Cheers For Long Beach Politicians!
  • Sadly, Our National Pastime No Longer A Pastime For Me
  • What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
  • LBPD Chief Robert Luna: Stand Up For Your Fifty Ousted Cops!
  • FDR's Grandson, Delano Roosevelt, Talks Democratic Party, JetBlue, Long Beach And His Life
  • Krikorian Notes: From LB's Elected Leadership's Reimagining Delusions To the Gaslamp's Outdoor Wall Video Band Show To The Ghastly USC Coach, Clay Helton
  • Long Beach's Renaissance Man, Chuckie Miller, Reflects On His Entrepreneurial Life And On Racial Inequity
  • Krikorian Notes: From Majority Of LB Teachers Skipping Classrooms For The Comforts Of Home To Dr. Jill Baker Becoming Another Maria Montessori To Terry Antonelli Discussing Resurrection of L'Opera To Mayor Robert Garcia Touted By MSNBC's Brian Williams As A Future U.S. Senator To Kershaw's Magical Transformation
  • Don Kramer Was A Character Like No Other With His Zaniness, Goofiness, Joyfulness, Kindliness Who Left All Who Knew Him With Lasting Memories Of Slapstick Antics And Mirthful Anecdotes
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