Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint

Krikorian Notes: From Gavin Newsom Praising Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia As Though He's Destined For Mt. Rushmore To Newsom Hoping The Rest Of California Follows The Jill Baker LBUSD Path (???) To The Tiger Woods Car Accident To Bad Stu Ledsam's Son Kyle's Big Award To Vons Pavilion GM Steve Carr Performing Cashiering Duty To My Watching the Amazing Emerzian Twins Next Week In Michigan

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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(Feb. 24, 2021, 5:45 p.m.) -- In a surprise visit Monday to Long Beach, the recall-besieged governor of California, the Honorable Gavin Newsom, took the opportunity to lavish the LB mayor, the Honorable Robert Garcia, with so much glowing praise that, frankly, I began suddenly wondering if Mr. Garcia is destined one day to join Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and Roosevelt atop the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

I mean, Mr. Newsom stood up there on the podium and, among other amusing statements, gave Mr. Garcia credit for vaccinating LB teachers at ``a level greater than anywhere else,'' albeit he didn't offer any definitive data to corroborate such an assertion.

But this was only Mr. Newsom's warm-up, as I swear he reminded me of an old carnival barker, or at least legendary pitchmen of yesteryear as Cal Worthington and Ralph Williams.

He then gave Mr. Garcia and then, by proxy, the LBUSD superintendent, the beloved Jill Baker, even greater merit when he said the reason he had deigned to bless Long Beach with his divine presence was ``to reinforce the example set by Long Beach's leadership when it comes to reopening schools.''

Of course, I've been one of those unenlightened observers who long has embraced that most radical idea that the LB classrooms should have been open to students back in September, but, oh, how misguided I am to dare express such a myopic view ignored blithely by Ms. Baker and her Board of Education toadies.

Indeed, Mr. Newsom is so overjoyed by the way Long Beach has handled its school situation---keeping students at home on a virtual, on-line regimen that has caused widespread chaos and disruption---he is keeping his fingers solemnly crossed that it's ``replicated'' across Los Angeles County and the entire state.

Of course, what Mr. Newsom coyly and smartly didn't say is that Robert Garcia and Jill Baker have been unfailingly loyal subjects following his suffocating and over-reaching edicts the past year, which is the reason a lot of people in California are determined to throw him out of office like was done earlier this century in this state to the long-forgotten Gray Davis.

I'm actually surprised that Robert Garcia didn't honor Gavin Newsom with a ticker tape parade down Pine Ave. replete with confetti, balloons, flags, colorful buntings, marching bands and hundreds of marching City Hall bureaucrats who worship this stellar gentleman.

Such an event would have made the national news, and I'm sure been a surefire boon to the sagging reputation of Gavin Newsom and also would have enhanced the sagging stature of Robert Garcia in the shadow of his city's soaring crime rate and other unfortunate trends unfolding ominously in his midst. . .

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  • In the aftermath of Tiger Woods' chilling car accident in which he's fortunate to have escaped with his life, thank goodness, I simply don't understand the reason a person worth nearly a billion dollars doesn't have a full-time chauffeur. I wondered the same thought when the late owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jerry Buss, was busted for drunk driving one late night in Carlsbad. And Mr. Buss at the time actually did have his own chauffeur. Where was he that evening? . .

  • I've long considered Tiger Woods the greatest golfer in his sport's history, notwithstanding the fact Jack Nicklaus wound up with 18 Major titles to the 15 Tiger possesses. I saw both formidable gentlemen play often---and no one I've ever witnessed on the links was better than Mr. Woods during his prime. . .

  • There's no father in these parts prouder at the moment than the co-founder of the Belmont Shore Rugby Club, Mr. Bad Stu Ledsam, whose son, Kyle Ledsam, recently was named Salesman of the Year of the Trans Atlantic Division of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.

    Kyle Ledsam (Left) and Bad Stu Ledsam

    The handsome 6-foot-4, 36-year-year-old, 2002 Los Alamitos High graduate also will receive a sizable bonus for the prized honor, and solidified his status as one of the area's most eligible bachelors.

    His father, of course, is married to the Norwegian royalist, Lady Paula Beck, and the couple has become an element of the area's Noblesse Oblige, staging many philanthropic events at their luxurious Seal Beach villa and donating much time and money to countless charities. . .

  • When is Gavin Newsom going to allow diners in Long Beach to actually dine inside Long Beach restaurants?

  • When that glorious day actually happens, is he going to actually allow long-shuttered taverns to reopen?

  • For those of you out there who get a kick out of seeing bullies having their hands called and getting beaten up, Goggle ``Oklahoma Bar Fight'' and play the You Tube video that is hilariously narrated by a guy in his cups.

    This didn't turn out well for a couple of the antagonists, and one, an Oklahoma Sooner player named Spencer Jones, suffered a serious eye injury in which he had to undergo a four-hour reconstruction surgery on his left orbital bone.

    It turns out the guys who were being bullied were experienced wrestlers and MMA performers. . .

  • The new general manager of the Von's Pavilion on Spring Street in Long Beach, Mr. Steve Carr, started as a bagger with the company 34 years ago and worked himself up to his current lofty position.

    Not surprising.

    Especially when I'm in line at the market the other day and, lo and behold, who is performing cashier duty is, yes, Mr. Carr, a native of Santa Maria where he was a wrestling star at St. Joseph High.

    Vons Pavilion General Manger Steve Carr performing cashier duties at his Spring Street store

    That was a first for me. I've been going to supermarkets for many decades and I've never before seen a GM in such a role.

    ``No big thing. . .we were short-handed at the moment and needed a little help,'' he explained. ``I've done everything in this business over the years.''...

  • Finally, going on my first extended vacation next week hightailing it to Troy, Mich., a Detroit suburb, where I will stay with the Family Emerzian---patriarch Mark long has been one of my best friends---and watch his celebrated twin sons, Ethan & Jake, display their extraordinary basketball skills in a couple of Troy High games...
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    Previously by Mr. Krikorian:
    Krikorian Notes: From A Most Surreal Development That Has Me In A State Of Giddiness---Our Beloved Long Beach Actually Now Serious About Building A New Swimming Pool After Coastal Commission Approval And Strong Endorsements From Such Local Leaders As Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Tom Modica and Their Political Accomplices To Mike O'Toole Doing a Solo, He-Man Rowing Act On A 32-Foot Gondola Carolina Filled With 14 People Around Naples Canals To Jill Baker’s Typical Back-to-School Delaying Tactics To My Receiving My Periodic SAG-AFTRA Residuals From My Once Flourishing Acting Career That, Sadly, Went The Way Of My Once Flourishing Radio Career
    Long-Time Belmont Shore Resident Dorcas Baldwin, 85, Endures Frightening Experience Of Homeless Man Breaking Into Her Bay Shore Avenue Home And Taking A Shower Before Long Beach Cops Come To The Rescue
    CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod Hoping Gavin Newsom And His Health Department Toadies Come To Their Senses For Projected High School Sports Restart On March 19
    Terry Antonelli Orchestrating Rise Of L’Opera After Its Tragic Fall In The Great Long Beach Memorial Day Pillage & Plunder Festival
    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
    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
    A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances
    A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances" Krikorian Notes: From New LA County DA George Gascon Moving To Naples To LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Continuing To Stunt Growth Of 70,000 Students To Distress Of Locked Down LB Entrepreneurs Jeff Cozart, Mike Neufeld, John Sangmeister To LB’s Very Own Kato Kaelin, Steve Folger, Squiring Kelly Clarkson In Nashville
    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?
    Where's Krikorian? Temporarily On "Injured Reserve List" Recovering From Shoulder Replacement Surgery
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Long Beach's Renaissance Man, Chuckie Miller, Reflects On His Entrepreneurial Life And On Racial Inequity
    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
    FDR's Grandson, Delano Roosevelt, Talks Democratic Party, JetBlue, Long Beach And His Life
    LBPD Chief Robert Luna: Stand Up For Your Fifty Ousted Cops!
    What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
    Sadly, Our National Pastime No Longer A Pastime For Me
    Parklets! Three Cheers For Long Beach Politicians!
    Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
    A 2 1/2-Hour Commute To Work A Joy To This 86-Year Old Gentleman
    Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
    Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
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    Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
    Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
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    Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
    Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
    Excuses By Long Beach Police & Politicians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
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