Long Beach: A Tale of Two Cities and our Great Expectations.

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.

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29 thoughts on “Long Beach: A Tale of Two Cities and our Great Expectations.”

  1. Anthony,
    What does your article have to do with the first amendment?

    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.

  2. Wow – lots of haters. You must be disrupting the status quo – good job!

    On an unrelated note, sure would be nice to do a piece on Irish Day and how it comes around once a year and takes a dump on the West End.

    People pissing up the side of my house, etc.

  3. Will the violence and disgusting behavior associated with Irish Day receive the same sensational coverage that this assault has received?

    How about the HUNDREDS of drunken drivers leaving Long Beach after the Disgrace to the Irish Day?

    Will that be covered?

    Every year the police refuse to make arrests associated with the mobs of thugs attracted to Disgrace to the Irish Day for fear of revealing the true extent of the crime associated with this event.

    You can bet that there will be at least TEN assaults that day in broad daylight right on the streets of the West End.

    Get out there and report it.

  4. You should never be scared! And thank you for this blog because without it, many residents would remain informed. Anthony, please e-mail me (I assume as the host you have access to my email address?), I have a ton of information that you may be interested in – and you don’t have to file a request under the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) to get it.

  5. I have lived inLB for about 7 years and am shocked by the incompetence of the City Council.

    W have had an acting police commissioner for 7 years whose son is City Council president and has no problem voting on his dad’s salary and appointment.

    Ray Kelly the NYC Police Commissioner earns about $180,000 a year. There are 15 to 20 ( including Sofield) who make between $170,000 and over $200,000. You would think that our Acting Commissioner would not be able to collect OT, but since he’s ‘acting’ he is able to keep his civil service title and collect overtime. Meanwhile has any recruitment efforts to fill the position been made over 7 years ?

    The violations of the Open Meeting Laws are too numerous to count. Business is conducted in’ executive session’ which is strictly prohibited such as spending funds which must be done in public session.

    The Quicksilver fiasco rose to a level of incompetence which came close to breach of fiduciary responsibility and negligence.

    Why someone in the bloated city government failed to contact one single city which hosted this event to discuss revenue sharing,reimbursements, other issues regarding safety and security and the structure of the contract. The revenue sharing from sales alone could have been o the multiple $100,000’s of thousands.

    But, Papa and baby Sofield ( along with Tagney whose hubby was one of the 15-20 who gets paid more than ray Kelly) decided to issue a permit that probably cost at most a couple of hundred dollars and drove the producers nuts trying to add tins and take things away at the last minute making the rest of us competent people look like jackasses that we elected this Confederacy of Dunces.

    There will be more forth coming over the next several weeks.

    Stayed tuned.

  6. I agree with most of your comment, ecxept for the part about Tangney’s hubby. While you are correct that Tangney’s hubby is one of the “15-20” who get paid more than Ray Kelly, you should know that he (Tangney’s hubby) has absolutely no input on who does/doesn’t get a permit. Acting Police Commissioner Sofield actually demoted him in 2009.

  7. Totally appreciate the job our fire department does, but did the Commissioner really have to put that self-congratulatory letter in the LB Herald last week regarding the deparement’s heroism during Irene?

    Seemed a bit over the top to me.

  8. Does anybody know if there is a chart or something that shows who on the city payroll is related to whom, and what their civil service test scores were vs. other candidates?

    That is always something i wanted to see……

  9. I don’t think there is a chart. Even if there was, it would be something created by an independent person and not the City. You could submit a FOIL request to the City for the payroll, it will display each employee’s name, rate of pay and title. You could also submit a FOIL request to the City seeking all Civil Service “active & expired eligible lists” for a defined time period (example: all active and expired eligible lists from 1/1/00 – 1/1/11). The lists will show the names of the people who are/were on the eligible list, who was appointed off of the list and their score.

  10. City officials serve the public (well, they should serve the public). It’s not your job to make them happy. If you really want the information, ask for it. The worst that will happen is that they deny the request. However, public employee payrolls and civil service eligible lists are public record. Even they would have a difficult time articulating a reason to deny a request for such records.

  11. True, although then they know where I live – ha.

    The very thought of cronyism and/or nepotism is very distressing to me (should it exist in our fine city, that is).

  12. Upon a majority vote of its total membership, taken in an open meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, a public body may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes only,

    provided, however, that no action by formal vote shall be taken to appropriate public moneys:

    a. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;

    b. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;

    c. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;

    d. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
    e. collective negotiations pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law;

    f. the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;

    g. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and

    h. the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.

    2. Attendance at an executive session shall be permitted to any member of the public body and any other persons authorized by the public body. (that means the minority can not be shut out)

    The bottom line is ENUF is ENUF – Throw The Sofield Adminstration Out

  13. The Corp counsel has made a series of interpretations of the Open Meeting Law which defies credibility.

    He is a hack as well.

    Sofield Sr. actually won 2 lawsuits against the city – one was under $25,000 so no vote was required and the City Manager could settle it.

    The second was the turning over of a public road which runs in front of Pop’s Sofield’s house to the block residents.

    Odd how that works ?

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