Long Beach Update: October 20th Edition

Long Beach News & Not News:

  • The Herald has their update on the Civic Forum. (find me in one of the photos live blogging on my phone!) [LB HERALD]
  • and ya wanna know more about the Green Candidates? [LB HERALD]
  • Project 11561 reported that the Vans Store on Park Avenue is going out of business. 
  • I got this email from AAA saying Long Beach won a safety award:

When a Joke Goes Bad: 

  • [I posted this joke on facebook and nobody laughed]   2 million NY State Comfort Grant brings a Poang chair to Kennedy Plaza for a  safer, stronger, resilient and more comfortable Long Beach 

Election 2017

  1. Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  2. Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  3. Meet John Bendo, Democratic  Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  4. Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  5. Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  6.  Meet Runnie Myles, Write-In Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  7. Hopefully we will meet Allison Blanchette (working on it)
  8. Hopefully we will meet Scott Mandel (working on it)
  9.  Hopefully we will meet  Chumi Diamond (I’m waiting for a response)

Long Beach Events:

—Weekly —

—October Events—

  • Pop-Up Bicycle Safety & Law. Also Meet Allison Blanchette, who will be there (and is running for City Council) 
  •  October 27th: East School Carnival!
  • October 30th: league of Woman Voters Candidate Forum @ The Long Beach Public Library

—November Events—

  • Election day [November 7th]. Buy popcorn.

—January 2018 Events—

  • Anthony’s Birthday

—July 2018 Events—

  • Seabythecity.com will be 10 years old on July 2nd, 2018

—September 2018 Events—

  • September 18th is Hug-a-Blogger day. (I’m trying to turn this into a thing)

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So I spoke with Scott Mandel and Civic Forum organizers. [It’s a battle of words]

Civic Forum. Monday, October 16th at Temple Israel, LBNY

REGARDING MY POST: Please don’t vote for Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond this November 7th [MY Opinion]

I decided to dig a little deeper into why the incumbents were no-shows at the Civic Forum this past Monday night. This is my way of striving have a fair and independent blog, so here are both sides of the coin. I corresponded with the forum organizers first. Here’s what they had to say:

“The moderator at the Civic Forum was completely impartial, has no party affiliation. Doesn’t vote in Long Beach and is the president of the Point Lookout Civic Association. None of the Civics have officially endorsed any candidate…. so it was absolutely non-partisan.”

“They [Incumbents] knew everything in a timely manner and if they had issue with any part of it, they never made it known. My guess is there were only two issues they could have with it: 1) was because Runnie [write-in candidate] was added and 2) because of [live] steaming.”

Scott Mandel, on the other hand, assured me that his absence had nothing to do with either of those issues. He was more concerned how some forum organizers were donors for his opponents campaigns. To him, it didn’t seem like a fair situation being how these are the people selecting the questions and making the moderation rules. He also said one of the rules regarding the moderation was changed last minute.

When faced with the question of his absence at Tuesday’s council meeting, Scott said he wasn’t able to clarify his reason because it wasn’t appropriate for him to speak about his political campaign during a City Council meeting. He said he needs to keep his campaign separate from city issues. Scott is an attorney, so I am assuming there are legal issues to consider that he would know about.

The incumbents sent the following statement to both the LB Herald and Dina Fiore at about 6:00pm prior to the forum from their campaign spokesman:

Hello
I am the spokesman for Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond. Below is a statement from them regarding tonight’s forum.
“The most recent changes to the format of the Joint Civic Association Candidates Forum, including the rules, process and the restriction of speech, which we were notified of late yesterday, are disheartening. It is with regret that we are no longer able to attend this forum.
We are looking forward to the League of Women Voters’ Forum on October 30th at the Long Beach Public Library and encourage residents to attend.”
Sagar Mehta

One of the forum organizers told me the incumbents never responded to multiple requests about the live streaming. Another organizer said, “Every candidate was called & spoken to and given the same opportunity to voice their opinion, thoughts, comments or concerns. I think the forum was fair and honest and very successful in the end, their loss and their lost votes.”

With that, I’m done with this story. What we have here is a battle of words.I do wish Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond showed up. They could have voiced their issues before the forum started. But I will say this, if you are involved with a public political forum, you should disclose whatever political connections you have [that’s including me with this blog!].  I cannot wait for the October 30th league of Woman Voters Forum. I really hope they stream it live. How can we make that happen?

MY DISCLOSURE: I haven’t contributed to any candidate. I have no lawn signs in front of my house. I am friends with Allison and Joey. I would say I am acquaintances with John and Leah. Also, in case you are wondering, Scott never once asked me to take down my post.

Please don’t vote for Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond this November 7th [MY Opinion]

UPDATE:  The moderator at the Civic Forum was completely impartial, has no party affiliation. neither lives nor votes in Long Beach and is the president of the Point Lookout Civic Association.  Furthermore, none of the Civics have officially endorsed any candidate. This includes the Latino Civic and Beach to Bay.  I have no idea if the live stream was an issue, but being that this is about public officials having statements being public, the streaming video should not be an issue, as far as i’m concerned. The Woman’s League of Voter’s forum on October 30th really should have a live stream.

This is regarding why the incumbents Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond didn’t show up at the Civic Forum on Monday night.  At the City Council meeting the next day, a resident asked that exact question, saying their no-show was “extremely disrespectful to the five organizations from this community that represent a lot of people in this community.” Scott Mandel said he was initially excited to attend the forum, but the “rules were constantly influx.” Then he added that it was “not a proper forum.” Chumi Diamond responded by saying it wasn’t appropriate for her to participate in.


What does any of that really mean? Were the questions not being monitored enough for them? I desperately try to remain as independent as I can with this blog. It’s just too hard due to the current political nature of our city by the sea. Monday’s forum was amazing in so many ways. The Civics did a wonderful job because it was a forum by the people for the people. I respect all the candidates who did show up. To me it shows they really care about our community, regardless of whatever issues there apparently were.  This is about Long Beach, not rules and technicalities. You show up because you have to.

I personally believe the incumbents didn’t show up because they have too much to lose if they did. I get it. The entire night would be all about fixing what the current admin broke. Who wants to subject themselves to that? But guess what? The League of Woman’s Voters forum SHOULD go the same way as the civic. There needs to be tough questions or the entire thing is a sham.

The incumbents ignored my email regarding my MEET THE CANDIDATE questions, which six out of nine candidates already gracefully answered.  I assume they got my email. I used the email  addresses straight from the city website. If they didn’t get it, then I apologize. Now is their chance to answer them!! (we still have a few weeks left!)

I sent those questions out as a platform for candidates to introduce themselves to the voters. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO  KNOW if Mandel and Diamond plan on serving their entire term on City Council if they’re elected, or what their hiring process would be if hiring new city manager is in order. Or what they think of the current zoning laws. Wouldn’t you? I certainly hope many of you write these types of questions on the question cards for the League of Woman’s Voters forum.] on October 30th.

The Civic forum was absolutely a proper forum for the free exchange of ideas.  A lot of residents showed up. The room was packed. Why? Because we are frustrated.  NEWS FLASH: So many people I speak to plan on voting for a change this November.  Even Sign Guy on Monroe and E. Olive, who used to be a major cheerleader for the current admin JUST LOOK AT HIS SIGNS: 

Now is not the time to take party affiliation for granted. I believe there is going to be more mixing than matching when it comes to party lines and voting this election. We live in a different political landscape than we did the last City Council election (although no Russians offered to buy up any ad space on this blog.) I personally feel it’s complete arrogance to not show up to any forum. If you can, you do it.  You show up because you care about the community. You show up because you respect the civics and everybody in attendance. You show up because you respect the position you are in as an elected official (even if you were appointed and not really elected). This is party politics at it’s best, which is not good for Long Beach. Look at the signs in those photos. PUT OUR CITY BEFORE PARTY BOSSES.  Don’t even get me started on that lawsuit that knocked out those  three democrats in August…… This is why I am asking Long Beach to please vote Mandel and Chumi out.

(I get it. I’m all over the place here. Blame Project 11561 for getting me started haha)

ATTENTION PEOPLE OF LONG BEACH: There are many choices this November 7th. Do your homework. Read these Q&A’s posted below. Attend the next forum on October 30th. If you missed the Civic Forum, you can watch a stream of it here. [LINK]

  1. Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  2. Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  3. Meet John Bendo, Democratic  Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  4. Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  5. Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  6.  Meet Runnie Myles, Write-In Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  7. Hopefully we will meet Allison Blanchette (She is working on it)
  8.  Hopefully we will meet Scott Mandel (I’m waiting for a response)
  9.  Hopefully we will meet  Chumi Diamond (I’m waiting for a response)

 

Meet Runnie Myles, Write-In Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

My MEET THE CANDIDATE series continues! Up next we have WRITE-IN candidate Runnie Myles, who was originally part of the alternative LB Democrat slate (read more about that below). I need to give Runnie a little boost because this guy really impressed me and many others at the Civic Forum at Temple Israel last night. Please give this Q&A a read and also check out Runnie at the next forum, which I believe is October 30th. (I’ll post more information on that when I get it.) In the meantime, enjoy this! 

Hi Runnie. Tell us about yourself. 

I’m a fourth generation Long Beach Resident who has worn multiple hats throughout the community and have always been active in the Long Beach Community.  Currently I am a Teaching Assistant and Translator for the Long Beach City School District.  Growing up in Long Beach I have been involved in community outreach for many years, mainly in underserved communities. I have been an active member of the Democratic Party and until recently held a committee seat within that organization. As someone who does not deal in party politics as usual, I am now a write in candidate forced off the ballot due to false allegations of fraud and forgery. As the former President of the Long Beach N.A.A.C.P., I helped to maintain a diverse police force by advocating and demonstrating for a Police Department that is more reflective of the City of Long Beach Community at Large. I am a member of the Long Beach Community Advisory Committee as well as the Vice Chair of the North Park Concerned Citizens Civic organization.  I am a Minister and Musician in The Evangel Revival Community Church as well as the Coordinator of it’s annual Gospel Explosion here in Long Beach.  I have and always will be an advocate for the residents of Long Beach regardless of this election.  I have also participated in the Long Beach Interfaith Community amongst so many other fine organizations and events right here on the barrier island.  Everyday I feel like I contribute to the Long Beach Community by just being an example that you can maintain your integrity, help your community and thrive in doing what you love.


Why are you running for city council? Continue reading Meet Runnie Myles, Write-In Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

At the candidate forum [updated]

A funny thing happened on the way to the …. Welcome to my candidates forum notes.  It’s a big mess. I somehow typed everything could on my phone. There are mistakes. I didn’t get clear answers for what the candidates actually said because they were talking too faast, so please take this all for what it is.  I’ll get to posting a cleaner version soon. I know it’s not the best source of information on the upcoming election, but as  Candidate Runnie Myles said during the debate: “Did they take a page from Seabythecity?”  In other words, a lot of the questions that were asked tonight were similar to the ones I sent to all the candidates. There is another debate at the end of October. I’ll post information about that one soon. I believe it’s October 30th.


[This is all in reverse order. Start from the bottom and scroll up. Don’t blame me if you get dizzy] 

 

Closing Statements 

Chris quoted Ronald Reagan. said the mess was created by the two who didn’t show up.

Joey. Wants more people to show up, to be more active with LB. He is very proud to be from here.

Bill. Said he will bring real reform if you vote for his party.

Allison. Is running because of transportation and wanted to force the conversation. Mobility rights and accessibility. Was not being heard, so she ran. She has experience advocating for people. Wants us to all have a voice at cityHall .

John. “People, not politics” he says he takes that to heart. Wants Candidates to think in the best interest of the people.

Leah. Said she is a Democrat, running on Republican line. She didn’t want to run with incumbents. She wants governing majority so wants you to vote for her party. We are all here because we want LB to be better.

Runnie. He mentioned how he was on the other line. It helped him prepare for where he is now. He reminds us to write his name. I like this guy. Continue reading At the candidate forum [updated]

2017 Long Beach Election Update

Sorry for all the political stuff. I know it’s not for everybody, including me.

Tonight [Monday, October 16th] we have the MEET THE CANDIDATES forum. See the flyer below.  Below that you will find the Q&A I received from most of the candidates. Below that is an update to the Election bracket, showing you who is officially running for Long Beach City Council. Don’t forget, Election Day is November 7th. HOW FUN! 

  1. Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  2. Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  3. Meet John Bendo, Democratic Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  4. Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  5. Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  6.  Still waiting for Runnie Myles, Allison Blanchette,  Scott Mandel & Chumi Diamond

Long Beach Update: October 11th Edition [Something for everybody]

Long Beach News, opinions, rumors and other junk:

  •  A car crashed into the East School playground. This is my biggest nightmare. Thankfully no kids were there. I have no idea what this actual situation was, but the driving in this city has gotten out of hand. I’m at the point where I’m scared to even walk on the sidewalks  [LB Patch].
  • Drug Bust by the Sea [LB Herald]
  • Tony Danza talks about his Long Island roots, including his time in Long Beach [No Place Like Long Island]
  • “Army Corps looks to protect city’s north side” [LB Herald]
  • The Speed Limit on Lido Blvd drops from 40 to 30. I personally don’t think it will do anything. I’m sorry, but it’s already 20mph by the school where I see cars doing 60. [NEWSDAY]
  • I’m hoping this $4.5 Million dollar Wastewater Grant doesn’t go to waste [NEWSDAY]

Election 2017:

  • Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  • Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  • Meet John Bendo, Democratic Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  • Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  • Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  • I just found out Runnie Myles is still running as a write-in.  So now we are waiting for Runnie Myles, Allison BlanchetteScott Mandel & Chumi Diamond. Election day is November 7th, so we still have some time. I have a feeling we’re going to see some surprises this election. Well, this is based on what people have been telling me on who they plan to vote for. I’ll say this: Don’t take things for granted. See what happened to Hillary? So yeah, I really hope the other candidates send in their answers. I did send the questions to everybody.

Resident’s Corner: 

  • The sign guy on Monroe and Olive at it again. Here are his latest masterpieces: (disclaimer: I was part of the conversation when it came to designing these signs. I will say that I am not a fan of party bosses controlling our city.)
  • A ferry service between Freeport and Long Beach? This came in from a resident named Tim. What do you folks think?
    In a recent County Executive debate, Laura Curran brought up the idea of the county funding a potential  Freeport/LB Ferry:
    “I was thinking it would be great to have a ferry going from Long Beach to Freeport as either for commuters, or socializers for nightlife, because those are two places where young people like to go so I think it would be, I think, a great investment that would actually pay off.”
    I thought it was an interesting statement that got no press coverage but might warrant some discussion in our neighborhood.
  • How about this telephone pole on Oceanview? A reader adds: “I Don’t see how that telephone pole can be safe under high winds.” Yeah, this is crazy. What’s the thought process behind this? PSEG, can you explain yourself? 
  • Paul Jackson, author of Scoundrels by the Sea sent  this in. Some interesting info on what you can find in his book. If you plan on buying the book from Amazon, please use my referral link: Scoundrels By The Sea 

 

Long Beach Events:

—Weekly —

—October Events—

  • Ocean Frontiers 3 -Long Beach Screening, hosted by All Our Energy. October 19th, 6:30pm at the Long Beach Library [INFO]
  • Irish Day Parade. It starts at  Washington Boulevard and West Beech Street at 11am,  Saturday, October 7th.
  • Fall Festival. October 14th and 15th. Kennedy Plaza [INFO]
  • Fundraiser for Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • Meet The Candidates Forum:

—November Events—

  • Election day [November 7th]. Buy popcorn.

—January 2018 Events—

  • Anthony’s Birthday

—July 2018 Events—

  • Seabythecity.com will be 10 years old on July 2nd, 2018

—September 2018 Events—

  • September 18th is Hug-a-Blogger day. (I’m trying to turn this into a thing)

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Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

My 2017 election coverage continues! Here we have William Haas, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council. This makes 5 out of the 8 candidates responding to my questions so far. I really hope to have all of them on the blog as soon as possible.  Enjoy!

Hi William, tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Hicksville in a loving household. My Father taught me at an early age to love this country and appreciate our freedoms. I was motivated to serve and was accepted into Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School which I attended after college. I moved to Long Beach in 1997 after serving ten years active duty as a Navy helicopter pilot. I love Long Beach and I decided I wanted to live here when I visited the beaches as a child and played against the local hockey team as a teenager. Over the past 20 years as a resident, I have observed many adverse changes within the community – though truthfully, I did not believe I was in a position to do anything about it. I am not a politician.

I finished ten years of Naval Reserve service and retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 2012. I currently work for Verizon Communications as an operations manager where I just finished my twentieth year of employment. I am a member (and occasional guest usher) at St. Ignatius Martyr.  I spend my Friday nights hanging out with my friends at Gino’s.  I enjoy golfing and playing the violin in my spare time.


Why are you running for city council?
Continue reading Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

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