Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint

Krikorian Notes: From Mayor Garcia's Spineless Speech To Jill Baker's Passing The Buck Alliance With Gavin Newsom To A Positive Long Beach Vaccination Experience To Welcoming New Neighbor George Gascon To Mike The Hammer Bludgeoning Me About Boxing To The Amazing Tom Brady

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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(Jan 18, 2021, 5:30 p.m.) -- You've heard that hoary cliche about how Nero fiddled while Rome burned, well, our beloved mayor, Mr. Robert (Waiting Anxiously To Get A Job In The Biden Administration) Garcia, recently during his comical State of the City address dispensed enough hot air to singe the epidermises of those unfortunate enough to have listened to it.

While Long Beach might not be burning, daily shootings have become a too common occurrence, homicides are on the rise, and, natch, street crime is, too.

Indeed, Long Beach has become such a shooting gallery in recent times that a wiseacre pal of mine named Bernie Selmanson describes such a fad as Gun Fights At The LB Corral.

Mr. Garcia, oh so predictably, failed to bring up any of these ominous developments in his speech, as he blithely overlooked public safety, much like he did last May 31st when he allegedly ordered his police chief, the Honorable Robert Luna, to have his troops stand down which Mr. Luna compliantly did and which resulted in 210 Long Beach businesses being looted.

You would think Mr. Garcia would at least say in the face of these disturbing realities that he would do everything within his mayoral power to bring back at least a portion of the 200 police officers Long Beach has been stripped of in recent years.

But one must remember that he himself was partly responsible for getting rid of nearly 50 in this year's budget, and I'm sure he also played a vital role in disbanding the LBPD's gang unit that had done such stellar work across the years.

Mr. Garcia's LB legacy will in future years be a much-debated subject, albeit there is one area that I'm sure won't be in dispute.

Great Crime Fighter will be one accomplishment you won't find anyone mentioning in his mayoral body of work. . .

  • Why am I not surprised that our Long Beach Unified School District superintendent, Jill Baker, has entered into an alliance with six other school districts and handed over whatever local powers she had vested in her office to the state of California and allow it to establish the proper Covid-19 guidelines for re-opening the schools?

    While this alliance certainly isn't faintly comparable to what Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill ceded to the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference on Feb. 4, 1945 -- most of Eastern Europe -- this certainly isn't a proud moment for those panjandrums who oversee these large school districts in California.

    Why would Ms. Baker and her like-minded colleagues voluntarily relinquish total control to a governor whose credibility is so low that he's currently facing a serious recall movement and whose appetite is so immense that he recently was caught without a mask having quite a feast with 13 other maskless phonies at the tony French Laundry restaurant in the wine country village of Yountville.

    I suspect these brave superintendents decided on such a move to take some of the harrowing daily pressure off themselves -- there are thousands upon thousands of Long Beach parents disgusted with Ms. Baker -- by rolling over and letting the state officials handle such responsibilities.

    Of course, that gives new meaning to passing the buck, which, if nothing else, Jill Baker is quite adept at, since she certainly has developed unmatched skills at making a buck.

    She astoundingly makes a staggering 345,000 bucks a year, much to the astonishment to every single citizen in Long Beach except those four members of the Board of Education who gifted her with such largesse and who actually passionately defend such lunacy (their names never will appear in this column to spare them a lifetime of ignominy).

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  • Well, while a lot of people are grumbling in Long Beach about the allocation of the Covid-19 vaccination, I must concede my experience with it so far has been quite seamless.

    I received an e-mail last Friday informing me that I was on a waiting list but that, since I met the 75-and-older criterion, that I could come down to the Long Beach Health & Human Services complex at 2525 Grand Ave. the next day between 10 a.m. and 3 pm on and "you will be accommodated."

    So, I got there at 9:35 on Saturday morning, was fifth in the walk-up line, and got my shot at 10:06.

    I found everyone to be friendly and helpful and efficient, and it was the first time in my lifetime I had positive feelings toward Kelly Colopy, the LB health department czar who remains Public Enemy No. 1 among those locked down restaurant owners in this city.

  • Walking the chocolate lab the other morning in Naples, I met for the first time my new neighbor, George Gascon, the quite controversial district attorney of Los Angeles County.

    Being a person of exquisite etiquette and politeness, I gave him a hearty welcome to the environs, and then said, "You must be one tough SOB to endure all the criticism that's been heaped on you since you were elected DA."

    He regarded me wearily.

    "I guess it goes with the territory," he said. "It's all about science."

    The latter left me a little mystified, and I really didn't want to get into some metaphysical science discussion, so I abruptly changed the subject.

    "You look like you work got some pretty big arms," I said.

    "I work out regularly," he answered. "I enjoy it."

    We exchanged a few other banalities, and soon I bade him farewell. . .

  • My long-time confidante, Mr. Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo, keeps chiding me about the dramatic decline of one of my favorites sports, boxing, and bragging about the vast popularity of MMA, which, alas, is true.

    But boxing has only its major promoters to blame because people like Bob Arum and Al Haymon and even Oscar de La Hoya keep their top fighters from facing one another.

    Doug Krikorian, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo

    The biggest attraction in the sweet science at the moment would be between Terence Crawford and Errol Spencer, the two undefeated welterweight champions.

    This match would be enormous -- and would give the sweet science a much-needed boost.

    Yet, it may never happen, because Arum and Haymon are fierce rivals not willing to compromise on the financial terms or on other petty differences.

    If ever a sport deserves its demise, it's boxing...

  • I've always found that those who whine most about their plight are most responsible for it. . .

  • Those like my friend Bob Ludlam who are departing the California scene for friendlier tax pastures -- Ludlam, bless him, is migrating to, of all places, that high desert 5,000-foot garden spot Prescott, Ariz. -- and I'm certain he'll miss the warm, matchless weather that we've experienced the past few days and that is so commonplaces here throughout the calendar.

    Personally, I'd rather keep paying the inflated taxes than settle in an area where it's too hot and windy in the summer and too cold and windy in the winter. .

    Popular Virginia Country Club member Bob Ludlam smooches his wife Carol. They’re moving to Prescott, Ariz., on Wednesday Jan. 20.

  • If there is a more amazing jock tilling an oar these days than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 43-year-old quarterback, Tom Brady, I'm not aware of him.

    To do what he's doing at his elderly age in a very violent sport -- he led his team to a 30-20 upset over the New Orleans Saints Sunday -- defies all sane calculations.

    I doubt he will beat Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game next Sunday for another trip to the Super Bowl---it would be Brady's 10th appearance -- but if he does it would be one of the more amazing sporting accomplishments in history. . .

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    The Memorable Life Of Tommy Lasorda: From World Series Titles To Slim-Fast Diets To Obscenity-Laced Jim Healy Tapes To Pitching To Jack Clark To A Sacred Legacy Of Laughter And Success On The Ball Yards Of America

    "A Lady Shrieking "Wear A Mask!" On Bay Shore Ave. Results In A Mask-Wearing Epiphany For Our Columnist
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    Krikorian Notes: From Joe Jost Owner Ken Buck Sounding Off On The Lockdowns To Big Ben Goldberg's Boat Parade Party In Huntington Harbor To Bob Ludlam Departing LB For Prescott -- The Leisure World of Arizona -- To LB State President Jane Close Conoley Not Faintly Resembling Her Esteemed Predecessors To Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo Invading Miami For Nightclub Frolic To LB State Women's Soccer Coach Mauricio Ingrassia Suddenly Looking Like A Matinee Idol
    When Is LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Going To End Her Calamitous Lockdown That Has Caused So Much Chaos And Heartache And Disruption Among 70,000 Students?
    Krikorian Notes: From Councilman Rex Richardson Displaying Courage To Show Up At A Long Beach Restaurant Association Meeting To The Countless Millions Lost On Unoccupied LB Buses To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopy’s Latest Mean-Spirited Edict To the Irritating Silence Of LB City Manager Tom Modica To LB Mayor Robert Garcia Ignoring His Constituents For Political Reasons To Bob The Black Labrador Parading Down The Peninsula Boardwalk Holding A Large Palm Limb In His Mouth
    How Many Long Beach Restaurants Will Be Forced to Close After Latest Lockdown Lunacy?
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    Krikorian Notes: From Nico's George Mlouk Praising LB Mayor Robert Garcia For Working To Help LB Restaurateurs To A Plea To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopy To Restrain Her Overzealous Sleuths To Lakers Deserving NBA Title To LeBron James Turning Anthony Davis Into Passionate Competitor To Vital Contributions Of Lakers Coach Frank Vogel And GM Rob Pelinka To Sadness Of Passing Of The Great Joe Morgan And Its Impact On Maury Wills' Hall Of Fame Chances
    Famous Long Beach Restaurateur Phil Trani Days Of Joyful Memories And Pandemic Miseries
    Krikorian Notes: From The Irritating Silence Of The Long Beach Politicians In Not Supporting Their Citizens To The Whereabouts Of LB Mayor Robert Garcia To The Whistles Favoring The Lakers Against The Nuggets To The Greatness of Patrick Mahomes To The End Of A European Vacation Streak That Started In 1989
    LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker’s 70,000 Student Online Virtual Teaching Miscalculation A Disaster!
    Krikorian Notes: From The 9 Unworthies Of The LB City Council To The LB Upstick In Shootings And Speeding To Restauranteur John Morris Horseback Riding On A Wyoming Mountaintop To The Walking Adventures Of Earth Man
    Jeff Cozart's Time Of Torment: Will His Belmont Athletic Club Survive Gavin Newsom’s Latest Lockdown?
    Krikorian Notes: A Labor Day Elegy For Those In The Long Beach Business Community Who Were Violated In The Memorial Day Looting Frenzy To The Palm Tree Limbs Littering 2nd Street To The Scooters Littering The Belmont Shore Bridge To The Virtual On-Line Spectacle At Big Mike O'Toole's Household
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    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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    What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
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    Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
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    Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
    Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
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