January 1st Induction Ceremony will be streamed live

For those who can’t get to the induction ceremony due to no bus service, you’re in luck. The ceremony will be streamed live, according to the official City of Long Beach website (see – Induction Ceremony to be streamed live on January 1).

For those of you who CAN drive, walk, jog, run, skip or ride a bike: the ceremony is @ 12pm, 6th floor at City Hall (See Event Details).

Speaking of no bus service… City Hall did the same thing last year. Those who rely on the service, especially the disabled, can’t get around, yet the city has no problem handing out retirement payouts galore. They should have at least provided limited service for those who really need it.

NO BUS FOR YOU!! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

No bus service on Christmas & New Year’s Day. Why? To save money, according to the folks over at Long Beach Matters ToYou. I guess nobody uses the bus on those two days..

“Good tidings we bring to you and your kin; 
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

From longbeachny.org: Holiday Hours & Closings 

The City will not be operating its buses on December 25 or January 1.

Recreation Center Holiday Hours

  • Saturday, December 24th close at 4:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED on Sunday, December 25th
  • Monday, December 26th   open from 8:00 am. – 6:00 p.m.
    added Public Swim Session from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 29th
    added Public Swim Session from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 31st close at 4:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED on Sunday, January 1st.
  • Monday, January 2nd   open from 8:00 am. – 6:00 p.m.
    added Public Swim Session from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The induction ceremony of the new city council will be held at City Hall, 6th floor on January 1, 2012 at 12 noon. All are invited.



*Original bus photo was taken from the LB Herald website.

Did I just see a trolley bus?

Yep, this morning @ around 9am on E. Park Ave.  I wrote about Long Beach getting one way back in May 2009, but never saw any mention of it since.  I’m not exactly sure what the city plans on doing with this trolley since we just bought some brand new dark blue buses, but it’s cool nonetheless.  I’ll try to post some real photos of our Long Beach trolley bus, but it basically looked like the one in the picture below.  If anybody has a photo of ours, please send it to me or post it here.



Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth day. Don’t worry, I am not going to get all preachy on what you should and shouldn’t do as far as being environmentally friendly.  I do my part and I hope you all do too. Instead, I’m going to list three things that are going on around town that will make our little city more eco-friendly.

  1. New Buses!  I first posted about this back in 2008 and today we actually get to see and ride them!  These news buses will bring us reduced emissions, fuel cost savings and smoother rides. Sounds good to me!
  2. Trees! 70 Trees are supposed to be planted soon.  I really don’t need to say why this is beneficial to our city. I think it’s self-explanatory.
  3. Energy Efficient Street Lighting. Paid for by the Feds, these 762 lights will save us 33% of electric costs per year. Not to mention all those fossil fuels!  Plus, they will last longer than standard lights.

Some will say it’s not enough, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.  Sure, we can’t solve all of our environmental and pollution problems overnight, but at least it’s a start. I would love for all of our public lights to be energy-efficient. It would be great if solar energy were more affordable – hopefully, one of these days it will.  In the meantime, these new trees will beautify the city while the buses and lights will keep our city costs down and lower our dependence on fuel. It’s a win-win for everybody – including mother earth.

Catching up

I’ve bee out of town for a bit so here are a few things that happened while I was away.

  • The City of Long Beach approved the purchase of a GILLIG TROLLEY BUS. That’ll be a fun thing to see around town- plus it looks a lot safer than a Pedi-cab.
  • Speaking of Pedi-cabs – they’re in business. last night while coming home from the airport, my Beech Street Taxi cabbie complained about the “dangerous Pedi-cabs” hogging the streets over in the west end. I personally have no opinion of them yet and I wasn’t sure if his opinion was just a cab driver complaining about competition. The city is testing them out and can cancel the service whenever they want. Like everything else – time will tell. I am obviously not going to have a pedi-cab take me to JFK so don’t worry about competition Mr. Cabbie.
  • Speaking of my cabbie – he also told me that a giant brawl happened on the beach Friday between a few local high schools. He said it wasn’t enough to make the news. The only bit of info I was able to find online was from this topix forum. Local cab drivers are great for information. I should just hail a cab whenever I need a news story.
  • Speaking of news stories, I am sure most of you read this Newsday piece on the couple that ran a nightclub in their basement. Yeah, I am sure it’s not quite zoned for that.


Three new eco-friendly Buses abound. Why is this news?
I DON’T KNOW! I just like the idea of Hybrid Buses. The GILLIG Hybrid to be exact. Hey, this is the air that we breathe everyday and the cleaner the better!

December 16, 2008 Item No. 5
Resolution No.
The following Resolution was moved by
and seconded by :
Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Purchase Three Eco
Friendly Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor Buses.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Resolution No. 9/08, duly adopted by the City Council
on January 15, 2008, the City entered in to Mass Transportation Capital Project Grant with the
New York State Department of Transportation, whereby the City would be afforded grant
monies to assist in the replacing of Transit Buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach, piggy-backing on the San Mateo County
Transit District can purchase eco friendly, fuel efficient Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric Low Floor
Buses at favorable specified prices obtained by said District, through their purchase of
approximately 700 buses; and
WHEREAS, the City of Long Beach Department of Transportation requires three
(3) buses at this time;
RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the
City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to purchase a three (3) Gillig 29Ft. Hybrid Electric
Low Floor Buses with specified options at a cost of $600,000.00 each, for a total cost of
$1,800,00.00 from Gillig Corporation, 25800 Clawiter Road, Hayward, California 94545. Funds
in the amount of $162,460.00 will be made available in Account No. H1100.52004 (Purchase of
Transit Buses) at the time of delivery and funds in the amount of $1,299,680.00 will be provided
to the City through a Federal Mass Transportation Grant and funds in the amount of $393,949.00
will be provided to the City through State funds at the time of delivery as well.