Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint

Krikorian Notes: From No-Bail Insanity To Government Handout Insanity To City Auditor Laura Doud's Exhaustive Investigation Of The Latest Queen Mary Bankruptcy Suitor Urban Commons To K-5 Kids Still Having To Wear Masks And Having Their Temperatures Taken To Novak DJokovic Being The GOAT Of Tennis

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 14, 2021) -- We live, of course, in a bizarre epoch in which millions are well-indemnified for not working with overly generous handouts by politicians seeking votes and in which apprehended shoplifters who steal less than $950 in goodies are issued a misdemeanor jay walking-like ticket and in which fiscally challenged felons arrested by cops are released without having to post bail on their own recognizance with a promise to make a future court appearance.

While all these scenarios are mind-boggling, it's the latter that infuriates me most because a lot of dangerous felons are being kept out of jail where they belong and returned to the public arena where it's been shown so many revert to their unseemly behavior.

How did this no-bail insanity come about in this state?

Well, that most partisan judicial body, the California Supreme Court, comprised of perhaps seven of the most ludicrously senseless, confusedly misguided individuals on the Planet Earth, naturally struck down a pro-bail measure that was passed last November by the state voters.

Why even vote any longer in the California elections?

Even when something is passed against the wishes of the entrenched California elitists---Gavin Newsom, Gil Garcetti, ad nauseam---you can be certain that the ghastly California Supreme Court will come galloping to the rescue and nullify the victory in a unanimous vote, which was the case in late March when it dispensed its oh-so-predictable no-bail verdict.

So, alas, we have to live with it, keeping our fingers solemnly crossed that the daily deluge of arrested felons being set bail-free even though judges, of course, can intervene to stop such an exodus if they deem certain felons a serious public threat which they seldom do in these weird days. . .

  • An example of the above recently occurred in Long Beach when a vehicle hit-and-run suspect injured a male infant at Long Beach Blvd. and 67th Street, and was arrested on a felony charge by the LBPD with bail set at $50,000.

    But, fortunately--at least for the alleged suspect---he didn't have the money for bail and, according to the LBPD, he had a medical issue, so he was set free to do whatever he wants to do until his scheduled court appearance. And there certainly is no guarantee he will fulfill that obligation.

    No wonder so many lazy Americans these days eschew work and so many undocumented foreigners descend en masse into this country.

    There is absolutely no other one in the world that so generously doles out gobs of money to so many undeserving recipients, nor is there any other country that affects a greater empathy for the perpetrators of crime than for those who are victimized by it.

    No wonder inflation in America suddenly is soaring ominously---check out your latest supermarket and gasoline bills---and crime rates everywhere are increasing to scarily dizzying heights. . .

  • In November of 2016, the long-time Long Beach City auditor, Laura Doud, spoke to the LB City Council and said she advised it not to approve a $23 million loan to Urban Commons.

    ``The only people who were against it were Suzie Price (Third District Councilwoman) and I,'' she told me Monday. ``I thought at the time we should do more due diligence on Urban Commons, more vetting.''

    Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud

    Natch, the rest of the LB City Council, overflowing even then with the usual gaggle of Peter Principle disciples, still went quickly ahead and approved it, and less than five years later Urban Commons is in bankruptcy with all sorts of alleged financial misdeeds being raised against it..

    Laura Doud crosses finish line at Boston Marathon in 2019. She ran it in 4:04, but her best time came in 2014 when she completed it in 3:37.

    ``I can't provide confidence that all the vendors received payment although there were some vendors who confirmed to me they were paid,'' says Ms. Doud, who recently released the findings of her two-year investigation of Urban Commons.

    To condense a massive undertaking by Ms. Doud's office in partnership with the forensic accounting firm, Hemming Morse, Urban Commons has refused to provide its electronic check register, cash account details, bank statements and cancelled checks, cashier checks, wire transfers or other payments paid to vendors and subcontractors.

    Now one wonders idly why a firm given $23 million by the gullible yokels on the LB City Council by a 6-1 vote would blithely ignore the inquiries of Ms. Doud and Hemming Morse.

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    I'm going to make a most outrageous and wild observation for Urban Commons' reluctance in revealing what happened to that $23 million donation---a lot of it was used to strengthen the bank accounts of those receiving it and a small amount was used to strengthen the Queen Mary.

    Laura Doud actually said to me Monday the Queen Mary has earned profits over the years with its concerts, its Dark Harbor Haunted House, and its other events---and that there has been a reason for companies like Urban Commons wanting to be involved in it.

    But she admitted the ship has been beset with severe deterioration.

    ``I know there was a 400-page engineering report given to the City of Long Beach four years ago that estimated the cost would be $289 million to repair it,'' related Ms. Doud, a veteran Boston Marathon runner who plans to participate in the Oct. 21 Long Beach Marathon. ``Well, that figure now has increased exponentially."

    ``Obviously, the local pols should, finally, get rid of it and stop squandering so many millions on a vessel that no longer is physically viable,'' I said.

    So why don't they do it?

    Laura Doud didn't have to answer the question.

    I did.

    Not one politician in this city of gutless politicians---not the City Manager, Taciturn Tom Modica, not the Mayor, Robert (Ol' Blood and Guts) Garcia, not one City Councilman save perhaps Suzie Price---would dare do so for fear it would tarnish their sacred legacy when, in cold financial reality, it would greatly enhance it. . .

  • One of the most absurd scenes these days for me is seeing the weekday morning ritual of young masked kids still being forced to have their temperatures taken at Naples Elementary School when neither the masks nor the digital thermometer readings are no longer needed, which they weren't for the K-5 school students in the first place. . .

    Blessedly, it will all come to end Wednesday, when school lets out for the summer.

    But who knows for sure?

    I'm sure if that $345,000 a year LBUSD Superintendent, Jill Baker, has her way, she'd gladly continue her oppressive edicts of lockdowns and restrictive movements of her beleagured students.. . .

  • While I doubt it will take the 150 years it took to build St. Peter's Basilica or the 28 years it took to build Hearst Castle or the five years it took to build that magnificently endowed mansion in Naples on The Toledo of The Millers of Hom Essence fame, Loren and Catherine, I'm wondering if that 10-foot eyesore gash on the Belmont Shore Bridge will be repaired before the Belmont Shore Christmas parade in December. . .

  • I never thought I would utter these words---Novak Djokovic is better than Roger Federer and my all-time idol, Rafael Nadal and anyone else who ever has played tennis. He holds career edges against Nadal and Federer and soon will break the all-time Major titles record of 20 now shared by them. To me after his latest display of court mastery and resilience in winning the French Open, he's become the GOAT (greatest of all time) of his sport. . .
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    Previously by Mr. Krikorian:

    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

    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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