Krikorian Notes: From The Tireless Todd Allen Bringing A Long Vacated Naples Building Back To Life To The Tireless LB City Employees Getting A ''Holiday'' Day Off Footed By The LB Taxpayers To Everyone Rooting For Dusty Baker And Against His Astros To One Of Long Beach Good Guys Ronald Eomurian To The $190,000 Windfall Of Phil Trani's Charity Golf Event To The Raucous Insanity Of SoFi Stadium To My Long Delayed Trip Across The Pond
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.
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.
(Nov. 4, 2021) -- Todd Allen is the hardest working person in Long Beach.
``Yeah, I've been putting in at least 18 hours,'' says Mr. Allen matter of factly.
Who in tarnation is Todd Allen, and what's with his grueling schedule during a period in this country when so many choose to idle away their time living off government entitlements?
Well, Mr. Allen has been busy turning that large, long-empty eyesore of a building at 5470 East Second Street in Naples between Venetia and Siena into an international distribution center for Mercedes electric bikes as well as a walk-in outlet for customers interested in buying such battery-aided two-wheelers.
Todd Allen stands in front of what soon will be the Shujaa Electric Bike Company
He has been so busy the past two months that he and his girlfriend and partner in the enterprise, Monica Clark, have been residing in the back parking lot in an RV-style, 37-foot Cougar trailer.
During the day, Mr. Allen oversees the massive renovation of his 5,000-square-foot half of the structure that once housed a thriving sushi restaurant, as well as outlets selling rugs and bicycles.
``We're completely re-doing the place,'' he says. ``There's going to be three walls erected in this room, with different style bikes filling up each one. And on the second story, we're going to put in a nice lounge for customers to relax in when they come here to shop. It's going to be a nice first-class place.''
But also during the day, Mr. Allen is immersed in filling out orders for shipment of the upscale Mercedes bikes that are wrapped in cardboard and are on the floor of his establishment that is known as the Shujaa Electric Bike Company.
Todd Allen shows some of the upscale Mercedes he has been distributing around the country and the world and which soon will be sold at his establishment in Naples
``We send them out all over the country as well as the world,'' he says. ``Our phone never stops ringing. Gets really hectic around here. I start work at around 6 a.m., and close up shop here at 4 in the afternoon.'''
Lest, you think that's the conclusion of Mr. Allen's daily labors, forget it.
``I take a little break, eat an early dinner, and then I'm on the phone to Australia and other places until around 1 in the morning taking orders,'' he says. ``I'm totally drained when I go to bed. But I love what I'm doing. . .''
Australia is the venue where these upscale Mercedes bicycles---the $4,500 Formula E Team Silver Arrows, the $3,200 Formula E Team Black Bike, the $1,990 Formula E City Formula Bike and other lower-priced models---are manufactured.
Todd Allen grew up in Baldwin Park, attended the local high school where he played football, got married, had three daughters and wound becoming heavily involved in battery-operated devices since he long had worked in the low voltage and fiber optics industries.
A real estate friend, Carl Ocha, touted him on the vacant building in Naples, and a deal soon was struck with its owner, Ali Homayouni.
When is Shujaa Electric Bike Company going to open?
``Our target date is Black Friday, November 26,'' he says. ``We'll definitely be open by then.''
Todd Allen revealed that the Mercedes people are strongly interested in opening a Formula 1-themed restaurant on the other side of the building, which still is unoccupied.
But, blessedly for his health and sanity, Mr. Allen doesn't plan to run it.
``I have enough to do in the bicycle business without also being actively involved in the restaurant business,'' he says with a laugh...
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``For me, the Phil Trani Golf Tournament is bigger than the Masters, the US Open and the PGA all put together,'' says Mr. Don Rodriguez, famed panjandrum of the LB Boys & Girls Club whose nuanced statements seldom reach such hyperbolic heights...
He and his wife of 58 years, the former Nancy Gleason, both graduated from Jordan High and have two children, a daughter, Julie Crawford, married with two kids and living in Cameron Park near Sacramento, and Mark, also married and whose wife Michelle is Chief of Staff for Cal State University Chancellor Joe Castro.
The Ronald Eomurian Family: Ronald and wife Nancy
flanked by Mark and Julie
The elder Eomurian recently had to take time off from his library chores when he was diagnosed with cancer, and is now undergoing chemotherapy.
``Knowing my dad as I do and knowing his strong spirit and bright outlook on life, I'm sure he'll be back among his prized book at the library in the very near future,'' says Mark Eomurian. . .
Well, poor Dusty still is without a WS title that would have secured his managerial legacy and a certain spot in the Hall of Fame while the Braves proved that their stunning upset of the Dodgers in the NLCS was no fluke. . .
Even though I was ensconced with the Blonde Sheriff in the broadcast suite of Sports USA Radio's fabled NFL announcer, Larry Kahn, I could barely hear her speak even though she sat next to me.
I thought I left the disco-techno scene long ago, but, good grief, such blaring sounds and DJ-type shriekers pumping up the fans during intervals in the action on the massive digital scoreboard that encircles the sprawling edifice that makes the Coliseum and Rose Bowl as antiquated as the Colosseum in Rome that has been around since 80 AD.
And I swear there are more bars in the joint---and large ones, at that---than you would find on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. . .
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Previously by Mr. Krikorian:
A Tranquil Early Morning Walk Reminds Me Once Again What An Extraordinary City Long Beach Is Despite The Bureaucratic Ignoramuses Governing It
From Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach's Jim Michaelian Oozing Optimism For His Upcoming Event To Mayor Robert Garcia Hoping President Biden Saves Him From That Embarrassing Harry S. Truman Post To Ousted USC Football Coach Clay Helton Proving Nice Guys Don't Finish Last For A Job Poorly Done In Financial Buyouts ($10 Million!) To LB's Connoisseur Of Lost Causes Ben Goldberg Turning To Triples To Survive Larry Elder's Beatdown
Ben Goldberg: Connoisseur Of Lost Causes With The Latest Being Campaigning For Larry Elder To Replace Gavin Newsom As The New California Governor
What A Life For Angelo Marciuliano Of Angelo's Italian Deli Fame: From Growing Up Humbly In The Southern Italy Region of Basilicata To Serving Anthony Quinn As A Waiter At The Legendary Savoy Hotel In London To Being A Private Chef For Generals And Other Military Brass When He Was In The Italian Army To Creating The Famous Italian Torpedo Sandwhich
Yes, Honestly, There Are Actually A Couple Of Positives To Emerge From The Covid-19 Pandemic In Long Beach---An Outdoors, Champs-Elysee-Like Dining Experience Throughout The City For Restaurant Patrons Because Of The Popular Parklets And An Upscale Covid-19 Belmont Shore Testing Place Called SAMEDAYHEALTH That Is A Thriving Operation In The Midst Of Second Street's Spate Of Business Exoduses
Krikorian Notes: From The Long Beach Health Department And Its Braintrust, Kelly Colopy And Dr. Anissa Davis, Going A Step Further Than Their LA County Shot Callers To The Notorious Ballot Harvesting Gimmick Certain To Rescue Gavin Newsom To The Memorable Alamitos Bay Weekend Water Polo Festivities To The Naples Wedding Party Bash For Ravishing Rick Paap And Deena Deardurff-Schmidt
Krikorian Notes: From Suzie Price Snubbing Many Of Her Third District Constituents To Vote Against Throwing Gavin Newsom Out Of Office To The LBUSD Depriving Kids This Summer From Using Its Schools Vacant Playgrounds To Guinness Book Of World Records Candidate Tommy O'Toole Attending San Diego State To Dodger Zealot Big Ben Goldberg Coming Clean About His Team's Tainted 2020 World Championship (60 Regular Season Games!) To Mystery Mayoral Candidate Greg Magnuson (Who In Tarnation Is He?)
Did Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica Make The Right Call In Shutting Down the Long Beach Sprint Nationals After A Tragic Boating Accident?
Long Beach Leaders Robert Garcia, Tom Modica, Mary Zendejas, Cindy Allen, Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw, Stacy Mungo, Suely Saro, Al Austin, Rex Richardson And Roberto Uranga: These People Have No Shame Or Guilt For The Role They've Collectively Played In Daily Shootings And Soaring Crime Rates
Of Course, That Darling Lady Out Of Smith College & Duke University, Long Beach Health Czar Kelly Colopy, Goes Right Along With The Idiotic L.A. County Indoor Mask-Wearing Edict Even Though She Could Have Spared LB Such Anguish
Krikorian Notes: From Ol' Blood And Guts Robert Garcia To Give Give `Em Hell Harry Truman To The Daily One Mile Alamitos Bay Swim Of Dr. Mark Hoffer, 86, To The Daily 15-Mile, Five-Hour Walk Of Earth Man Jeff Yount To Connor McGregor's Latest Con Job To Former Long Beach State and NFL player Russ Bollinger Relating Hilarious Bill Belichick Tale To The Belmont Shore Bridge Eyesore
A Thrilling Evening In Long Beach When The Skies Above Alamitos Bay Became A Dazzling Palette Of Exploding Rockets In Front Of 30,000 Witnesses Who Savored What Will Become Part Of The City’s Sacred Lore
From Ann Cantrell Voicing Disapproval Of Long Beach's Most Popular Summer Event---The Big Bang On The Bay---To John Morris Taking Strong Exception To Ms. Cantrell's Stance To Bad Stu Ledsam's TWO Life-Saving Rescues To Bill (Bozo) Caplan's Zany Antics To The Phoenix Suns' Blessed Fortune To LB's Scary Rising Crime Rate To Those Two Laughable City Hall Figures Tom Modica And Robert Garcia
The Many Memorable Characters I've Befriended Across The Decades, Including The Appropriately Named Preposterous One In Long Beach Known Far And Wide As Bad Stu Ledsam
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
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!
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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