Category Archives: Rumors

2017 Election Bracket. Subject to Change, since not everything has been confirmed.

Election 2017. There has been a lot of confusion. A lot of texts and private messages. A lot of “I heard this, I think that.” I decided to just make an Election 2017 bracket. This is subject to change, since not all of this is confirmed. Will there be a democratic primary? Who are the Green Party candidates? Are the LB DOMS serious or just high on coffee? Most importantly, will the incumbents seek re-election?

I will update this bracket accordingly. Click on the bracket if you want a larger view.


Democrats announce three candidates. Which dems? Will there be a primary? [developing]

This is extremely confusing.

Yes. It’s just June and the November election is indeed heating up. Along with the possible third slate that I just announced (see- Rumor Alert: The LB DOMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS is considering running their own slate for City Council), it appears that the Long Beach democrats did announced their three candidates last night:

Barbara Bernardino, Ronnie Myles & Joe Miccio

Are these the Independent Democrat Club (IDC) candidates? The New Democratic Committee candidates? I know one is Nassau-led and the other is local. What about the incumbents of Len Torres, Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond? Can somebody please explain this all to me? Not with words, but with charts. I need colorful images because my head hurts thinking about it.

Rumor Alert: The LB DOMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS is considering running their own slate for City Council.

Three seats will be up for grabs this November for Long Beach City Council. It’s just June and already the battle is heating up. Last week we saw the Long Beach Republicans announce their three candidates (see – Did the LB Republicans just announce their candidates for next election?). The incumbent Democrats, on the other hand – things aren’t quite so simple, at least that’s what I got from this LB Herald article:

“Local Democrats are now split between two camps — the Long Beach Democratic Committee and the Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach — and political insiders say that party leaders are trying to avoid a primary but have yet to agree on a slate. [LINK]

So how about an independent slate? I overheard a heated conversation at a local eatery regarding just that. These folks were the LB DOMS, a local group of movers and shakers who seemed quite serious about creating an alternative slate of candidates for City Council:

“We are looking for candidates who are dedicated to creating a quality of life second to none for Long Beach residents. One of our many  goals is for Long Beach to be featured in Money Magazine as the #1 place to live in the USA. We are tired of political hacks and party bosses making decisions that feather their own nests at our expense, while they refuse to repair our broken streets and leave our downtown looking worn and wearing.

It sounds like they mean business. Stay tuned!



A new ‘THE PARK’ rumor has emerged: A Music Venue? [RUMOR]

My friends over at Project 11561 

I’ve been screaming about a music venue in Long Beach for years [An example from 2011: Somebody please buy this building and turn it into Performing Arts Center / Music Venue].

We do have a great venue space at our public library, but I see that more as a community center.  An actual music venue that sells alcohol and attracts named acts would be amazing. Personally, we have enough sports bars in Long Beach, so I can only pray this rumor comes to fruition.  Buuuuuuuuut:

  1. Is a cabaret license needed in Long Beach? Or is that just a NYC thing.
  2. Along those lines, It just seems like this is a change of use and would require a zoning board vote. I don’t think a music venue with a stage can just pop up out of nowhere. Of course, we don’t know how big this ‘rumored’ stage is or what the actual details are, if any. Or, it could just be a little corner nook  carved out for live music while people drink and eat.
  3. The sign on the window says they are closed for February, Can one build a stage and transform an entire bar into a music venue in just one month?

RELATED ARTICLE: Popular Sports Bar ‘The Park’ is closed for the month of February for Upgrades and Maintenance


Is a Wind Farm coming to our shores?

A friend of the blog just sent this in. What do you folks think?

“If everything goes to plan, New York City and Long Island will be harnessing the Atlantic Ocean’s strong and dependable winds as a source of renewable energy. 
Norway’s biggest oil company will be developing an offshore wind farm outside of New York. Statoil submitted the winning bid of $42.5 million to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last Friday to lease nearly 80,000 acres of federal waters roughly 14 miles off the coast of Long Island, the Huffington Post reported.

Article: Norway’s Biggest Oil Company to Build Huge Offshore Wind Farm Off Coast of New York

Image via @Statoil