Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint

Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach East Division Commander Chad Ellis And Naples Crime Buster Katie Rowe Teaming Up At Colonnade Park Gathering To Discuss Canal Congestion And Patio Thievery To My Earning a Five-Cent Film Residual To Earth Man Walking 14,650 Miles To The Belmont Shore Bridge Still Not Fixed To The Yokel LB Politicians Still Drooling Over The Queen Mary To Former LBSU Pitching Star Kevin Lamp Praising The Late John Gonsalves

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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(June 7, 2021, 4:30 p.m.) -- At mid morning last Saturday at Colonnade Park, a large group gathered at the small Naples enclave next to Alamitos Bay.

What in tarnation was going on to draw an estimated 200 people to such a location?

Was a Concert in the Park event scheduled at such an early hour instead of its usual early evening slot?

Was a hallowed annual Naples tradition---the Pancake Breakfast---that was canceled a year ago because of The Pandemic being revived and such fabled local politicians as Mayor Robert (Ol' Blood and Guts) Garcia and the cunning Third District Councilwoman, Suzie Price, set to give inspirational speeches before releasing the hordes to once again consume such a tasty albeit fattening breakfast?

Was an outsized wedding being staged, or was it merely a gathering of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, or the Independent Order of Odd Fellows or the Knights of Pythias, or even some other fraternal entity like, well, the aptly named Rascals, Rogues, and Rapscallions?

Of course, I contacted my go-to person on such vital matters, Mr. Naples Himself, Big Mike O'Toole, president-for-life of the Naples Improvement Association and Naples Gondola Getaway.

``It was a meeting of the Naples Neighborhood Watch run so spectacularly well by Katie Rowe,'' revealed Mr. O'Toole. ``That's a subsidiary of NIA with focus on crime prevention and other such matters.''

The other such matters, of course, are what has become on weekends and holidays on the canals of Naples a most daunting Sig-Alert like spectacle among paddle-boarders, electric Duffy boats and all the other usual vessels that navigate the waterways.

Indeed, when the canals are brimming with an overabundance of traffic, it reminds me of bumper cars rides at amusement parks, only instead of small cars harmlessly crashing into one another you too often now see inexperienced Duffy skippers slamming into expensive docked boats or inexperienced paddle-boarders risking injury to themselves by falling off their boards.

Blessedly, no one has been seriously hurt yet on the Naples canals, but it's inevitable someone will be if the city of Long Beach doesn't soon tightened up its control of the sudden emergence of this Duffy-paddleboard congestion that is another unfortunate development of The Pandemic.

Katie Rowe, who's become a Naples crime activist---Mr. O'Toole refers her as Naples' version of Columbo---enlisted the distinguished Police commander of the East Division, Chad Ellis, son of former LB police chief Bill Ellis, to speak at Saturday's gathering.

Long Beach East Division Police Commander Chad Ellis addressing Colonnade Park gathering in Naples last Saturday morning

Naples Crime Buster Katie Rowe (right) giving her views at Colonnade Park last Saturday morning

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Ironically, as he was addressing the canal congestion and the recent dramatic Naples upstick of patio thievery, a Duffy exceeding the speed limit zipped by in nearby Alamitos Bay.

This, of course, irritated Katie Rowe, who scolded the miscreants with a scream that could be heard all the way to City Hall.

``Slow down!'' she demanded.

Of course, the Duffy skipper blithely ignored her plea, with its occupants instead giving her the middle-fingered salute in response.

But Mr. Ellis, who is, ironically, a Naples resident, saw the whole incident play out in front of him, and I heard it definitely made an impact on him.

So, are City Hall leaders going to eventually intervene and bring law-and-order back to Naples and its canals, or are its homeowners going to continue having their patio furniture lifted and being sold at flea markets and on Craig's List and its canals turned into a dangerous aquatic bottleneck of constant chaos?. . .

  • So you wanted to be a Hollywood actor?

    Well, I actually appeared in a couple of well-financed movies in the 1990s, ``Play It To The Bone'' and ``Cobb'' and actually had speaking lines in the latter (alas, ``Best pound for pound fighter ever?'' was the only one to make Director Ron Shelton's final cut'')

    And I still get recurrent residuals from ``Cobb'' although they won't exactly help subsidize my next trip to Europe, whenever it opens to American tourists without mandatory quarantines and other irritating Covid-19 related restrictions.

    This time GEP Talent Services sent me a check for five cents---and this is not a typo! At one time, I could buy a pack of Wrigley's with a nickel, but today I doubt I can purchase one piece of gum for it.

    A most modest film residual for appearing in ‘’Cobb’’-- a nickel! . .

  • The gentleman I call Earth Man, Jeff Yount---he walks five hours daily from 5 a.m. to 10---has reached 14,650 miles and incredibly hasn't had any knee, ankle or hip problems during his three-year journey, which I think is the most incredible part of it. The zany fellow lives in Belmont Shore.

    Belmont Shore resident Jeff Yount on his daily five-hour morning walk

  • I keep hearing the original Kelly's on 2nd Street that turned into Chianina Steakhouse---and now is closed---in its next incarnation will become a high-end Mexican restaurant. . .

  • I figure the damaged Belmont Shore Bridge---it has a big hole in it caused by a late-night drunk driver six weeks ago---would be fixed by now, but, no, those eyesore K-rails still are there and, yes, our beloved City Hall always lives down to its lowly expectations.

    Embarrasingly, nothing has changed on the Belmont Shore bridge

  • Roger Federer should be ashamed of himself for taking himself out of the French Open after winning three matches and after realizing he had no chance to win the title since he would have had to go through Novak Djkovic and Rafael Nadal in his bracket just to reach the finals, which he knew would have been an impossibility.

    I know he's 40 and I know he well might be the greatest tennis player ever and I know he cares more about upcoming Wimbledon, but dumping the French Open is not befitting a player of his stature and forever will be a dark stain on his legacy. . .

  • I descend into gut-wrenching seizures of laughter when I hear some local yokel politician actually say with a straight face how it's an ``absolute imperative'' that Long Beach retains its money-hemorrhaging Queen Mary, which, incredibly, our beloved City Fathers have decided to do come hell, or high-water, or even if the ghastly old ship capsizes.

    I'm a Long Beach tax-paying citizen, and I can certainly live happily ever after if the worthless boat is permanently scrapped. . .

  • Funeral services for the first baseball coach at Long Beach State, John Gonsalves, will be held on June 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Church.

    John Gonsalves (right) celebrating his birthday a few years ago at Dave’s Other Place in Seal Beach with Kevin Lamp (center) and Doug Krikorian

    Mr. Gonsalves, a sweet, nice man adored by his players, had a 19-year tenure with the 49ers.

    "Everyone who played for John liked him a lot,'' says one of his old players, Kevin Lamp, a terrific pitcher on a couple of 49er teams in the late 1970s who, alas, didn't ascend to the heights of brother Dennis Lamp who wound up winning 98 major league games.

    Mr. Lamp says restaurateur Phil Trani is holding a Happy Hour event at 5 p.m. on June 29 to honor Mr. Gonsalves...

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    Previously by Mr. Krikorian:

    With Encouragement From Long Beach's Very Own Universal Man, Rick Bryson, Wilson High-LB State Grad Torey Edwards Is On The Threshold Of Qualifying For The U.S. Open, Not Impossible For The Only Amateur Golfer In History To Shoot Two Rounds Of 58

    Krikorian Notes Which Long Beach Tourist Attraction, The Queen Mary Or The Aquarium Of The Pacific, Loses The Most Money Annually To Jim Michaelian Excitedly Waxing Poetic About The Return Of The Acura Grand Prix To LB On Sept 24-26 To The Torn Fence Not Being Repaired On The Belmont Shore Bridge To Jim McCormack Going On A 14-Day Golfing Marathon In Oregon With Grandson Garrett To Dede Rossi Attending Seth Greenberg's Daughter Paige's Wedding At the Famous Greenbriar That Cost Ol' Seth $300,000
    From Expecting To Spend His Life Working In A Chemical Plant In England, The Boathouse's John Morris Has Come A Long Way From Peddling Women Dresses And Delivering Newspapers, As The Founder Of Legends And The Pioneer Of Pine Ave. Can't Wait For The July 3rd Resumption Of His Big Bang On The Bay Fireworks Show
    Sign Of The Times: To Donning A Mask At A Near Empty Blair Field To Keep A High School Baseball Game From Being Halted To The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Still Keeping Elementary Students From Engaging In Playground Activity
    The Beloved Sandra Headley, AKA Coachie, Climaxes Her Memorable 39-Year Tenure At Naples Elementary School With A Most Unusual Task
    Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Takes A Victory Lap For His City Hosting The Undocumented Migrants, But The Estimated $35 Million Cost To Taxpayers Has His Critics In An Uproar, Including One, The Famed Bodyguard Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo, Who Calls Mr. Garcia The Teflon Don Of LB
    Tommy O'Toole's Magical 12-Hour Day That Might Well Land Him In The Guinness Book Of World Records And, Who Knows, The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Might Be Destined To Wind Up In It, Too
    Why Don't Mayor Robert Garcia And His Marionette, City Manager Tom Modica, Come Out And Tell The Truth About How Long Beach Became A Lodging Sanctuary For More Than 1,000 Undocumented Kids?
    Why Have ALL The Long Beach Leaders Been So Silent On The Feds Placing A Contingent Of Undocumented Kids In Downtown LB?
    A Talk With Jerry West And An Emotional Remembrance For Me Of Still Another Friend, Elgin Baylor, Who Is Gone
    Frankly, I'm Surprised Long Beach Chief Of Police Robert Luna Didn't Think A Contingent Of Extraterrestrials From Another Galaxy Was Responsible For The LB Crime Wave
    The Creator Of Two Iconic Long Beach Dining Establishments, Schooner Or Later and Tantalum, LB Bachelor Denny Lund Also Has Been A Creator Of Glad Times
    Krikorian Notes: From Cal Gov Gavin Newsom Keeping Long Beach Restaurant Diners Outdoors For No Plausible Reason To His Equally Despised Michigan Counterpart, Gretchen Whitmer, Actually Allowing Indoor Dining In Her State To Cock Of The Walk John Morris Speechless (!) To Dickie (Too Fast, Too Furious) Babian Turning Crow's Over To His Son To My New 7-1, 354 Bodyguard Aaron Gray Taking Over From The Undersized 6-0, 225 Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo
    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
    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?
    I Never Thought I'd Live To See These...
    Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
    Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
    From Krikorian's Notebook: When Will LB Police Chief Luna Come Clean About May 31 Downtown Long Beach Looting Frenzy?
    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...
    Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
    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
    Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
    Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
    My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
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