“Finding a place where I can rent in Long Beach was — and still is — very difficult,” said Liz. She has been living in different rental homes in the West End of Long Beach for more than a year while her Wyoming Avenue home is being elevated. LIz has lived in three different rentals, struggling to find wheelchair-accessible buildings while she rebuilds.“During the summer, I had a rental where I took a shower outside because I couldn’t get into the bathroom.”
UPDATE January 24th, 2018: I corrected the spelling of Mark Tannenbaum. Thank you to those who notified me.
I’m going to be taking a break from the blog indefinitely. It’s not you, it’s me. After almost ten years of blogging (3,331 posts including this one), I am completely burnt out.
I’ve fallen behind on news since the election: The IDA stuff with that medical building on Park Avenue, the whale in Reynolds channel or the old cadillac ‘crashing’ a movie set. I just can’t keep up with it all. I’m all alone here…. There are also so many posts I still wanted to write, like how Former-President of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Mark Tannenbaum UNSUCCESSFULLY sued me and Allison Blanchette in two separate lawsuits for the same two anonymous comments that were posted on this blog even though, in my opinion, Mark Tannenbaum had absolutely no proof on who the authors were. (I personally don’t make comments under the names Allison and Sandra B). We settled. I said “no way” to a confidentiality agreement, so being that the cases were about this blog and then public figure Mark Tannenbaum, I really can write all I want about it. And yes, he effected this blog, so It is blog news and Long Beach news. Oh yes, I sued Mark Tannenbaum back for $500,000 in damages in an Anti-Slapp lawsuit. In the end, we all walked away from it all. Why did I settle that way? Everyday I’m kicking myself for doing it. I know I would have won, but an unexpected issue came up. Put it this way: If you knew why I settled you would call me a saint. I will say this: the chamber of commerce should be kissing my ass that I settled because I was about to turn that entire organization upside down. Holy shit it would have been a shit storm, in my opinion. Those who knew what my case was about, including three board members of the Chamber of Commerce would agree with me, I can guarantee you that. It’s just amazing how Allison and I had to deal with this when we were absolutely 10000000000000% innocent. I still have that time stamped Facebook Messenger message when Allison wrote something along the lines: “I am being sued by Tannenbaum and I didn’t write anything.” Yeah, that was a keeper for court and a judge. I don’t make up so-called fake names and comment about people I don’t know, never met, never spoke to, never did business with. If I have something to say about a public Long Beach person like the then-President of the Chamber of Commerce, I do it in a blog post as an opinion. Not buried as a fucking comment under two fucking ‘fake’ names. If anybody is curious about the anonymous comments were about, here is a similar a comment that was printed and published by the Long Beach Herald below. Funny how the Long Beach Herald and the author of the article didn’t get sued. And Mark did see this LETTER because he participated by answering it in the next Herald Issue – hence my Anti-Slapp lawsuit (this is just one example of many many many many……….)
The new Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is great, by the way. Where was I? Oh yeah, I am burnt out on this blog business. I really wanted to blog about how that new JJ Coopers covered the old Library faced with a sheet of metal. How this drives me absolutely insane that they did that, but whatever. I am too tired. The historical aspect of our downtown is destroyed already anyway. This was just the door slamming us on the ass on last time. I really wish JJ Coopers good luck, but holy shit was that a crappy thing to do.
Yes, it’s true that I still have stuff to blog about, but I’m done for now indefinitely. Ignorance is bliss and I am extremely anxious to fade into a deeper state of obscurity. You can still find me tweeting and posting on instagram. I actually deactivated my personal facebook account , so sorry if i’m not responding to anything there. I’m not the biggest fan of facebook, so if my blog is silent, so will that. I actually have no way of posting this article on facebook, so if somebody can do me a favor……
I really want to thank all my readers for coming here daily! To the great (and not-so-great) people I met through the blog. You’ll see me around town. Little did I know that an unsuccessful purchase of citybythesea.com [taken by Newport] would cause me to flip the words around and create something that ended up with thousands of daily followers and over a million views in its lifetime. I am not a writer, so there were so many difficult times for me to articulate my thoughts into written words. I wasn’t so bad, was I?
I guess that’s it for now. I still own seabythecity.com for the next ten or so years, so this blog will still float around in the world wide web so long as our internet laws permit it. If anybody has any desire to show any appreciation, I would love it if you use my Amazon.com referral link if you do any Black Friday shopping from a computer. OBVIOUSLY, SHOP LOCAL, but if Amazon is one of your destinations, using my referral helps me out a lot and it doesn’t cost you a penny more.
BIlly Crystal will be shooting a scene for “WE ARE UNSATISFIED” at Gentle Brew today. Filming will also take place at Temple Emanu-El of Long Beach possibly next week. Here is the summery of the movie from IMDB:
“A comedy about the unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home to Eastern Long Island with his tail between his legs, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist. Discovering to be kindred spirits, each helps the other find healing, in addition to the confidence to face the “failures” in their lives.”
John Bendo (D) 4,617 votes
Scott Mandel (D) 3,407 votes
Chumi Diamond (D) 3,113 votes
Christoper Jones (R) 3,058 votes
Bill Haas (R) 3,032 votes
Leah Rosensweig-Tozer (R) 2,874 votes
Allison Blanchette (G) 921 votes
Joseph Naham (G) 441 votes
- Democrat Laura Curran declares victory as our new County Executive.
- For the Hempstead Supervisor, Democrat Laura Gillen declares victory over incumbent Anthony Santino.
- Our City Manager Jack Schnirman is now Nassau Comptroller. That means Long Beach now needs a new City Manager.
- Oh and here are some numbers on the City Council race. I will post more later once they all become official.
10:53pm – I am still waiting for official numbers, but it sounds like Bendo and Mandel got the most votes, which would have them serve 4 years on City Council. Chumi came in third, which means she will only serve two years before seeking re-election again. That is assuming none of these candidates decide to run for higher office during their tenure.
10:41pm – The winners are John Bendo, Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond.
10:40pm – Democrats sweep the election (rumor)
10:30pm – Still waiting for more results. Hang on tight!
10:22pm – John Bendo won. Who are the other two?
10:21pm – I’m hearing that John Bendo won a seat.
9:56pm – “The waiting is the hardest part” – Tom Petty
9:54pm – I’ll update this with whatever.
The election bracket is set. Tuesday, November 7th is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Three Long Beach City Council seats are up for grabs. With nine candidates running,
many some perhaps one of you is wondering who I plan on voting for.
These are my picks. You don’t have to agree with me. That’s fine. I don’t care.
We all see those NY CONVENTION stickers on cars and lawn signs all over town. What’s that all about? Well, there are going to be three proposals on the ballot this year. Newsday weighs in, suggesting we all vote YES for all three. So here they are below. What do you folks think?
- PROPOSAL 1: Should the state hold a constitutional convention to amend its constitution? Newsday is saying we should vote YES for this because our system is broke and unethical, so voting YES will apparently fix it. Quite honestly, if you read their reasoning, you would want to vote YES as well. They present a very convincing argument. Read more on their editorial HERE.
- PROPOSAL 2: Proposal Two would allow public pensions to be stripped from officials convicted of job-related corruption. “The urgent need for this reform was highlighted by the recent news that disgraced former Suffolk County police Chief James Burke is collecting an annual pension of $145,485. Former Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, indicted on charges involving the cover-up of Burke’s beating of a man who stole a duffel bag from Burke’s SUV, also would keep his pension if convicted.” [NEWSDAY] NO BRAINER. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THIS ONE.
- PROPOSAL 3: Has to do with easing up on maintenance in the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve. This one is tough. While industrialization and shopping centers take over NY, I love the idea of “forever wild” and keeping an area sacred. Not living in the Adirondacks, it’s hard to gauge what the actual situation is. I would love to hear some feedback on this one.