Since I started this blog back in 2008, I have received many emails from all sorts of people in Long Beach: a lot of interesting stuff, mostly gossip, but a ton of info on what’s really going on in this city. Stuff that I wish I could post, but I won’t or can’t. Let’s just say it’s a horror show. Suddenly Long Beach isn’t that quaint little City by the Sea that I originally thought it was. There appears to be two cities here: One that we all know and love, the other its ugly underbelly. The more emails I got, the more evident I found this to be true.
I recently received emails from supposed “insiders” who recommend that I talk to “others in the City” who know how things “really work here.” As if there is some kind of underground resistance in this city. I’m not even sure what that means!
First of all, I am not a journalist. I’m just a blogger. I don’t make a living doing this, so I don’t need to kiss any ass to get any info from these guys. I’m not breaking any laws here either. Should I be scared? I thought I was scared, but the more I think about it, I’m not. They can’t do anything to me. After all, aren’t they just public officials? Don’t they work for us?
Further, officials emailed me directly after Shaun and I were asking repeated questions about the Boardwalk Beating, and told me I should consult with other journalists in town because they “already work closely with the City” and they would explain “how we operate.” Basically telling me – “mind your business and play by the rules.”
Shaun and I will seek answers and if we don’t get them, we will demand them. And if we still don’t get them, we will blog about it. Last time I check we’re still living in America and the First Amendment still is binding.
This is how WE THE PEOPLE do things around here.