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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

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]

Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach City Council election continues. I just want to say that I feel really lucky to be able to bring you these Meet the Candidate posts. The feedback has been through the roof! Here we have Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council. Enjoy!
Tell us about yourself.

I’m a life long citizen who loves Long Beach. It has been a busy year of closing on our house in the canals last August, married in December, and now campaigning. I started working for the city as a 14 year old in 1996 cleaning the beaches, then lifeguarded here from 1998-2013. I try to volunteer as often as I can with many of the wonderful charities and non-profit organizations around. I feel that organizations such as the Waterfront Warriors and Surf For All really show what our community is about and that God really does work through people. I’m a local 28 sheet metal worker now, who comes home after a tough day of climbing ladders and swinging hammers to go directly to our beautiful boardwalk for a bike ride and a run. I’ll be on that boardwalk everyday… unless there’s waves; then I’m in the ocean! Did I mention I love Long Beach!?

Why are you running for city council?

Continue reading Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

Meet John Bendo, Democratic Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach election continues. This time it’s John Bendo, Democratic candidate for Long Beach City Council. John’s involvement with Long Beach includes everything, plus the kitchen sink.  He has a lot to say, so enjoy!

Who is John Bendo? Tell us about yourself. 

Husband. Nuclear Engineer. Veteran of the US Navy. Resident of the West End. In my spare time, I’ve something of a history of advocating for, and on behalf of, the residents of Long Beach. I’m also bald, so save on shampoo and haircuts.

President of West End Neighbors Civic Association. In that capacity, I started and continue to organize the ever-popular Movies on the Beach, successfully advocated to have the West End branch of the LB Public Library re-opened after Sandy and fought like hell against iStar’s repeated attempts to fleece residents out of more than $100 million in taxes. Looks like round 3 on that is coming up soon. I’ve regularly attended City Council meetings for years, asking pertinent questions and offering positive suggestions.

I’ve also been a volunteer committee member on several initiatives focused on issues like updating the city’s master plan and allocating $25 million in federal Sandy money to better protect the city against flooding. For the past 7 years, I’ve also been a member of an advisory committee to the US Secretary of Commerce.

Why run for city council? Continue reading Meet John Bendo, Democratic Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

My coverage of the 2017 Long Beach Election continues with Joseph Naham, Green Party candidate for Long Beach City Council. Sit down and relax, because Joey (I know him as Joey) had a lot to say, including his thoughts on our community, the environment and bringing an economic resistance to our city by the sea. 

Tell​ ​us​ ​about​ ​yourself.​

Thank you Anthony and dedicated Sea By The City readers. My name’s Joseph Naham. I’m a husband, community activist and lifelong resident of Long Beach. I have a degree from SUNY Farmingdale in Horticulture where I learned about thousands of native and exotic species of plants and insects. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Business Management. I spent half of my life living on the beach side, and the other half living on the bay and I have limitless value for the ecosystems that we are living amongst in Long Beach. I have worked to do what’s right for my community all of my life. I volunteered at Camp Anchor as a young adult to improve the life of children with disabilities. I worked at a local solar company for several years as an auditor and made a number of designs for local solar systems. I recently became OUPV certified and am going through the Coast Guard for the final certificate to be able to bring equipment by boat when the offshore wind turbines get moving. I have actively participated in oyster restoration programs in locations ranging from Reynold’s Channel to Southold. I managed several farmers markets, including in Long Beach from 2010- 2012. I was able to develop a local composting program, and worked to build community gardens in our community. I’ve been active in fighting to protect our Lloyd Aquifer from unethical pumping by New York City, as well as promoting plans to protect it from salt water intrusion. I have fought to make government transparent with respect to $50-100 million lawsuits, and our city’s tricky actions pertaining to the zoning board up to this election season’s Democratic fiasco.

Why​ ​are​ ​you​ ​running​ ​for​ ​city​ ​council? Continue reading Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]

I recently caught up with Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, who is running for Long Beach City Council this upcoming election. Leah, who is a local real estate broker, told me about her platform, why she’s running, as well issues that she feels are currently being ignored.

Tell us about yourself. 

I am a mom of 2, a business owner, and very involved in the local business community. I am the founder and current president of the Long Beach chapter of BNI (business networking international); executive board member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce; the founder and co-chair of the sustainable committee (aka the green chamber); member of the CAC committee, graduate of LULA (land use alliance training program given by Pace law school and Touro Law  school) for the City of Long Beach; city liaison to the Long Beach school district; and member of the city liaison committee (working to advocate for Long Beach Businesses). I am also a former PTA president, and enjoy my work as a real estate broker for Engel & Völkers on West Park Avenue.

Why are you running for City Council? Continue reading Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2017]