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MARCH 2013 • Volume 2 - Issue 12 • ONLINE DAILY AT LBPOST.COM





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If there is one thing that connects everyone at the Long Beach Post, it is the fact that we all love our city.We are shameless in talking about the good things, be they people, places, objects or projects—and we’re probably even more shameless about wanting to include our readers’ input in these disussions.We cherish the communal nature of what we do and so for the second year, we asked Long Beach to nominate not just what is good, but what is the best. Over the course of two weeks, 100,000 of you came to our Facebook page and voted on what makes their stomach happiest, their creative gears churn fastest, their muscles burn the most and their face smile the widest.And now we present to you the winners. Stories by Brian Addison, Sarah Bennett and Greggory Moore. INSIDE





LB Food Review

Breakwater Study Advances With Council Approval

Rand Foster and Justin Hectus Honored With Ackerman Award

Play Tetherball in the East Village—No Special Event Needed

Landscape Painter Greg Fritsche to Showcase Work at The Center

Angelo’s: Perfect Picnic Fodder

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What’s the problem? Whites are becoming a minority in California and need to have a race based coalition to represent their minority based interests as a minority in California. It is now the hispanics who should be considered racists for belonging to hispanic coalitions because they now or soon will be the majority of California residents. You can’t have it both ways. -- Armando, on “Polarizing CSULB Professor Defends Racial Separatism”

Eleven years, eight months is not nearly sufficient. In my opinion, Yanez should spend the rest of his natural life in a cell as deep and dark as may be found. There is no place for such people in a civilized society and certainly not in law enforcement; a profession and whose members he so thoroughly betrayed right along with all of his other victims. -- John B. Greet, on “Former LBPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes”


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Since the [Port of Los Angeles] Commissioners feel the project will have such an overriding positive impact, one would think that they would gladly re-located their families to that immediate neighborhood!!! -- Laurence B. Goodhue, on “After 7 Hours of Public Comment, Controversial SCIG Rail Yard Approved”

DUI checkpoints are a great way for cops that already make $160k a year to get more money via overtime at the taxpayers expense. Guess who funds the California Office of Traffic Safety - we do. -- Howard, on “DUI/License Checkpoint to Be Conducted This Weekend in North Division”

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Best Place to Work Up a Sweat: CrossFit Long Beach 2431 Orange Ave., Signal Hill Forget all your negative ideas about working out. Then do 50 jumping squats. Then 50 lunges, 50 30-pound kettle bell swings, row 50 meters and 50 squat thrusts. Do it all as fast as you can and don’t even think about stopping to rest. This is the type of high-intensity workout defined by the CrossFit exercise program, a combination of varied fitness movements and strength conditioning championed by CrossFit Long Beach——the city’s earliest adopter of the fitness craze. Purchased by current owners Chad and Gina “Mama Gina” Caywood in 2009, CrossFit Long Beach is today one of the tightest-knit CrossFit communities out there, citing cops, nurses, lawyers, chefs, teachers, students, and soccer moms among its supportive membership who come to sweat out their daily stress at the Signal Hill gym. Best 49er Athlete TIE: Misty May-Treanor and Jered Weaver It’s no surprise our readers had a hard time choosing their favorite 49er athlete——the school is well-known for producing world-class sports stars, dozens of whom took their black and gold roots with them to the Olympics last year. Beach volleyballer Misty played for Long Beach State from 1995-1999 where she racked up numerous national awards before officially retiring from the sport after winning her unheard-of third gold medal in London. And strikeout king Jered spent the early 2000s pitching for the Dirtbags, eventually becoming a first-round draft pick for the Angels, where he has been playing progressively more awesome seasons since 2006. Best Kidventure: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way No parent wants their child sitting around watching brainmelting TV on a day off from school and with a plethora of parks, museums and educational spaces to entertain them, why should they? At Long Beach’s state-of-the art aquarium (which also won Best Tourist Attraction this year), kids can get all the animal-fun amenities of a zoo with all the local


Best Getaway for Your Pup: Rosie’s Dog Beach 5000 E. Ocean Blvd. Spanning along the ocean between Roycroft and Argonne avenues in Belmont Shore, Rosie’s Dog Beach is truly one of a kind: it’s the only off-leash dog beach in the entirety of L.A. County. It was officially named after Rosie the Bulldog (not to be confused with Rosie’s younger brother and Best Internet Personality winner Riley the Bulldog) on August 3, 2010 and has since been letting canines run free. And it even permits their human pets to park for free after 6PM. Win, win. Best Yoga: Dharma’s Yoga on the Bluff BLUFF PARK, Ocean BLVD. and Junipero Every weekend, hundreds of devotees set up towels and mats along the shaded grass at Ocean and Junipero for a free yoga class taught by Long Beach’s most generous “yogi shiromani”——Dharma Shakti. The classes began six years ago when Shakti (who was also a Long Beach Post 40 Under 40 winner!) began to think about how she could offer yoga to those unable to afford private studios. Since then, her selfdescribed Yogalution has grown into a Long Beach staple where the curious can come to explore and the experts can practice their form with an enviable view of the Long Beach harbor. Best High School Sports Coach: Estro Jen Junior Roller Derby of Long Beach Though not affiliated with any particular school, the Junior Roller Derby of Long Beach is this season meeting once a week at the Queen Mary Dome to give lasses ages 7 to 17 a chance to have fun, make friends and gain courage through roller derby——a sport built to empower women. Founder and coach Michelle “Estro Jen” Steilen (who also owns the Moxi roller skate shop on 4th St. and helped start the Long Beach Derby Gals) is the epitome of encouragement for the group’s high school-aged girls, who through Junior Roller Derby learn the skills, teamwork and confidence necessary to one day join to the big leagues.







relevance of the Pacific Ocean by petting sting rays and sea urchins, getting up close with ocean beasts and peering into saltwater tanks filled with creatures from the California coast and beyond.


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PEOPLE AND PLACES Best Internet Personality: Riley the Bulldog Riley is a simple kind of bulldog. He loves long walks on the beach, bike rides along the bike path where his owners tow him behind their bicycles, and prefers the ease of drivethrus--but don’t be fooled by his basic approach to living. For under that seven-year-old crooked, insatiably adorable grin holds a pup of many talents, particularly when dealing with social media. Despite not having opposable thumbs, Riley will, unquestionably, always wish you a happy birthday on Facebook and will make sure you never forget a single animal-style event. Become a fan of his and you will learn the brilliance that is Riley the Bulldog. Best View: Signal Hill Signal Hill rises nearly 400 feet out of the flatlands of Long Beach, making it the most prominent land mass this side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Though many of the prime viewing spots are occupied by gated-community homes and pumping oil wells, perfectly placed parks around the perimeter of the hilltop provide vistas for Signal Hill and Long Beach residents alike. At Discovery Well Park and along the Panorama Promenade, one can get a different perspective on southern Los Angeles; and at Hilltop Park (drive up——literally, the road goes straight up——Skyline Dr. from Cherry) and Sunset View Park, the views of Downtown Long Beach, the Port and the Pacific Ocean are unlike anything else in the harbor area. Best Tourist Attraction: Aquarium of the Pacific They not only rescue baby otter pups, but they house a beautiful host of marine and aquatic life that are sure to impress your out-of-town family, adults and kids alike. Representing the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Aquarium’s exhibits feature 19 major habitats—like the June Keyes Penguin Habitat—and 32 focus exhibits that house some 11,000 animals across 500 different species. Even better, the Aquarium is not just there for visitors to goggle at captive creatures—far from it. The Aquarium is one of the state’s leading conservationists, harboring environmental ethics that few can stand up to. Now that’s a Long Beach attraction worth showing off!



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SPECIAL FEATURE: BEST OF LONG BEACH Best Community Organizer: Justin Rudd If you don’t know Justin Rudd! (always with an exclamation mark), then you must not live in Long Beach. Co-founder of the Community Action Team, which oversees dozens of events that range from the Haute Dog Poetry Contest to the annual and popular Turkey Trot, this transplanted Southern boy has altered the Belmont Shore philanthropic and community scene with his calendar of events, parties and contests. And in case you didn’t know, he also runs five miles a day, refuses to own a cell phone and picks up at least four pieces of trash a day. Yes, he makes us feel inept too. Best Librarian: All of them! We’ll admit that it was pretty silly of us to ask people to choose their favorite librarian when all of them are experts at locating books, conducting research and creating a welcoming environment where both kids and adults can explore textual wonders. Especially when some of them also host adult literacy classes, conduct childrens’ storytimes and organize major events with contemporary authors. In these days of self check-out and accessiblefrom-home e-books, it’s heartwarming to know that our readers called us out, reminding us we should take the time to appreciate all of those who are involved in Long Beach’s impressive public library system. Or maybe everyone who voted just needs to go to their local library and learn their librarian’s names? We’d like to think it’s the former. Best Staycation: Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Dr. The Queensway Bay of Long Beach is easily one of the most forgotten-about escapes within the city—and the boutique Hotel Maya embodies the escapism of this span of beach with simply gorgeous vistas of our cityscape, a Latin American restaurant that serves one of the best margaritas in town, the Queen Mary within walking distance, and a pool that is always kept at the perfect temperature. They even imported 285 tons of sand to create their own beach with fire pits and day beds. Go. Escape. And be back at home in 10 minutes.

FOOD AND DRINK Best Barista: Jay at Portfolio 2300 e. 4th St. Kerstin Kansteiner may be Portfolio’s owner, but 13-year veteran Jay Blommer owns the place. He’s not just there most evenings, he’s fully present, engaged with not just the patron in front of him but with the front room, the back room, even what’s going on outside. He’s friendly, but he doesn’t schmooze. If he smiles or jokes or laughs in that unbridled way of his, it’s not an act. His wiseass charm

makes you think this Pico Rivera native grew up in NYC (“I get that a lot,” he says), the kind of personality that uptight people find abrasive. But you’re not uptight. You know he’s not abrasive; he’s simply devoid of bullshit. And when you walk into Portfolio, you know instantly whether it’s his shift. Portfolio’s entire staff is great, but Jay is the face of the place. Best Dive Bar: Stache Bar 941 E. 4th St. A prime example of a Long Beach hidden gem, the Stache Bar is the kind of classy dive that Silver Lake hipsters wish they had. Full shelves of small-batch and rare liquors, giant spherical ice cubes and skilled bartenders who know how to put it all together (at a fraction of L.A. prices) make the Stache an anomaly on the Jack ‘n’ Diet-filled 4th St. bar crawl. But the web-connected jukebox that often blasts Sublime and the single pool table in the back (usually being played on by the types who bring their own cue) keep the place from becoming too overrun with the Downtown crowd. Even though they carry some craft beer on draft (including Long Beach’s own Beachwood), this is one of the only places in town to get a solid craft cocktail, so order a Moscow Mule made with house ginger beer or take your pick of a rye whiskey you’ve never tried and get it on a large, single rock. Best place to get an Authentic Taco: Taqueria La Mexicana With more than 40% of the city’s population claiming Latino heritage, there were bound to be a lot of good contenders for the Best Authentic Taco category, but, unfortunately, none can compare to Taqueria La Mexicana’s, both in quality and accessibility. The minichain of walk-up taquerias has five locations spread out across Long Beach (a sixth recently opened in Hawaiian Gardens) and serves up street tacos with all the necessary meat options from carne asada and al pastor to lengua and cabeza, each expertly spiced and perfectly grilled. Each taco (priced at a cool $1.10) comes on double-layered corn tortillas—just add salsa roja and enjoy! Best Cambodian Restaurant: Phnom Penh Noodle 1644 Cherry Ave. From the outside, Phnom Penh Noodle——aka “The Shack”——looks just like the house it was built into decades ago. But between the hours of 6AM and 3PM, the renovated wood interior is bustling with a diverse crowd scrambling for dirt cheap bowlfuls of flavorful Cambodian noodle soup and plates of stirfried delicacies. Meat options run from the approachable (chicken, sliced beef) to the extreme (its house special noodle contains pork liver, pork spleen, pork blood, pork stomach, three-layer pork and pork intestine), all of it cooked in giant cauldrons in the tiny kitchen every day. When Andrew Zimmern of Bi-

zarre Foods came to Cambodia Town to film a special Khmer culinary episode last month, he made sure to stop in. And according to our readers, you should too. Best Dessert Spot: Sweet Jill’s 5001 E. 2nd St. Walking into Sweet Jill’s on Second Street is like walking into a sugar-laced dream world where chocolate frosting covers the top of every brownie and pastries are pulled apart to reveal cinnamon-apple centers. Nearly 20 feet of display cases (her old location a few blocks down harbored slightly less) only adds to the temptation, showing off Jill Kinney Pharis’ cookies, cakes and——her claim to fame——old-fashioned cinnamon rolls, which are topped with homemade icing that seeps into a perfectly gooey center. With a location in Seal Beach and a branded concession in the new Long Beach Airport concourse’s food court (where Jill makes her cinnamon rolls fresh every day), Sweet Jill’s confections have become a Long Beach institution.


Best Breakfast: The Crooked Duck 5096 E. Pacific Coast Highway The Crooked Duck is a legend that was told to owner Joseph Rooney when he was a child by his uncle. After a man feared he had killed a duck when he hit it while water-skiing on Island Lake in Illinois, they miraculously saw the duck swim to shore—albeit with a crooked neck. This relatively new breakfast joint will hopefully have the resilience of the duck, as readers are wowed by the restaurant’s breakfast offerings (particularly the chicken fried steak and Monte Cristo sandwich).

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Best Mural: WPA Mural on THE Promenade 3rd St. and Promenade This WPA mural was created between 1936 and 1938 by artists Albert Henry King, Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Henry Nord on the facade of the old Municipal Auditorium. In 1982, the mural was relocated to its current space, where it now caps off the north end of the popular Promenade and sits directly in the center of what will soon be Harvey Milk Park. There is an ironic appropriateness to its current placement: the mural is tinged with homoerotic references, from the two men huddling with one another at the top, to the woman regarding another woman while she leans against the guard tower, to two women sharing the shade of an umbrella. Harvey would be proud. Best Museum: MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART 628 Alamitos Ave. Opening its doors in 1996, MOLAA is a gem not just for Long Beach, but for the nation as





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a whole——after all, it’s the only museum exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art in the country. The art they provide has a spectrum that most museums can only dream of——one day you might find street artist Chaz Bojórquez or pop artist M. Tony Peralta or landscape artist David Alfaro Siqueiros or...But you will always find an indispenable look at our neighbors to the south and their influence on the art world. Best Annual Cultural Event: Zombie Walk Long Beach Though it technically began in that strange, faraway land called Canada, the Zombie Walk in Long Beach is, well, entirely Long Beachy (and though we may be biased, we like to think its certainly the best). What began with a few film and classic horror geeks dressing up as the walking dead and braaains-ing their way along the small stretch that is Retro Row has now become a full-fledged deadly affair. In just a handful of years, Long Beach now has tens of thousands of people flood the city to walk amongst the dead, listen to live music and watch an outdoor screening of Shaun of the Dead down by the water. Best DJ: Tuan Digglz When he got out of a relationship ten years ago and moved into his friend’s pad, the only space his friend could provide was his DJ room. Watching a DJ battle and being consistently surrounded by the necessary equipment, Tuan became hooked and has been doing it ever since, spinning funk and soul from the 60s and 70s. He is now one of ten DJs in The TurnTable Addicts, a collective based right out of Long Beach. And his humbleness marks a truly great person: “In my opinion, Dubs and Einstein should have won best DJ.” Best Rapper: Dizzy Dustin Mcfarland Bred in North Long Beach (what’s up J-Town!), MC Dizzy Dustin——along with Young Einstein and Andy Cooper is one-third of the underground hip hop group Ugly Duckling, so-called because the all-LB members felt like outcasts of the Southern California hip hop scene. Over the last decade, the group has released nine albums of expert rhymes, featuring throwback samples and spotlighting Dizzy’s signature, Q-Tip reminiscent flow. Unlike Ugly Duckling’s other rapper Andy Cooper, however, Dizzy has in the last few years also spread out on his own. His record and distribution label Kamikazi Airlines puts out experimental hip hop albums by artists from around the country and his longawaited first solo album Psycho Babble should be dropping soon.


Best Performing Arts Group: Garage Theatre 251 E. 7th St. How does a theatre with about 30 seats win popularity contests like this time after time, beating out far more moneyed and patronized institutions like Musical Theatre West, ICT, and Long Beach Opera? The Garage peeps love their audience. Inspired by how Phish forged their own scene and a special connection to their fans, the folks of the Garage Theatre (who partnered up with Alive Theatre this year) go beyond their mission to produce affordable, independent, non-commercial theatre and throws their share of free events (such as a screening of LCD Soundsystem’s farewell concert, with dancing encouraged), just because they can. There’s a decent amount of good art happening in Long Beach, but none in a more welcoming atmosphere.

SHOPPING AND SERVICES Best Place to Pimp Your Ride: Orozco’s 3619 Atlantic Ave / 3033 Long Beach Blvd They just handle toys——they handle pieces of art. Take, for instance, their servicing of a 1977 Maserati that had——no joke——only 15,000 miles on it. Or perhaps a cherry red 1939 Ford that just so happens to have a Chevy engine it (good choice). Or even a man who purchased a renovated 1957 Continental and slyly took a picture with roses that said, ‘Made joke about trading my wife for a Continental.’ Orozco’s isn’t just a place to pimp your ride——it’s a place to share the beauty of auto design and innovation. Best Place to Treat Yo’self: The Den Salon 300 W Ocean Blvd. The Den is just cool. Fades. Bobs. Carves. Hawks. 90s emo. Boring deskjob. Rainbow dyes. Even Justin Rudd knows it——hence why he goes there to get his hurr did by Jenelle Hutcherson, the woman who straight up rocked a tux and boardshorts at a beauty pageant (another reason it’s cool). It’s Downtown, right on Ocean. It’s awfully purdy inside (hello, exposed brick and black leather!). They bring together coiffured artistry with a crew that will happily discuss the problems of the world with you while you take on, well, a new you. Best Designer: Garnica Interiors 216 The Promenade N #206 Joen Garnica is a jack of all interior trades: she can accomodate everything from full service interior decorating to color


planning to special event staging to holiday decorating. But more than that, she’s enveloped in her work, Instagramming a fabric print she’s fallen in love with or showing off an idea as easy as color-dipping your wooden spoons to add some spark to your culinary space. And this April, she celebrates her 10th year in her endeavor that is Garnica Interiors--and clearly, Long Beach has enjoyed the ride with her. Best Skate Shop: Durty Mick’s Records and Skate 403 E. 3rd St. Skateboarding and punk music have been intertwined almost since day one, but not until Durty Mick’s brought its expanded skateshop and record store to the revitalized corner of 3rd St. and Elm Ave. that the combination became a brick-and-mortar reality. The real Durty Mick is a former Marine (his cleanliness does not leave anything to be desired) who since turning his Torrance-based punk/hardcore record label into a small Long Beach record store two years ago has been slowly building up its skateshop, which today offers everything from old school boards (think: Santa Cruz) to contemporary shredders (like Flip and Creatures). And don’t let the gruff-looking tattooed guys at the counter intimidate you—they are as nice as can be admitting that the philosophy at Mick’s is, “A little something for everyone.” Best Clothing Company: THEITH After a heated competition in one of the most-viewed and most-voted on categories in Best Of history, THEITH came out victorious. Locally famous within the BMX, fixed gear and skate scenes, THEITH’s iconic shirt design features Charles Manson’s crazy face above an all-caps declaration of (pardon our language) “Fucking Killing It.” The shirt——along with some new tank top and hat designs that were released last summer——can be found sported by up-and-coming riders in the fixed gear freestyle scene both in the company’s hometown of Long Beach and nationwide. Best Shopping District: East Village Arts District One could say the East Village Arts District has undergone a Renaissance. At first, the City-designated district wasn’t so artsy——it felt forced for many. And then the locals came in. For the fashionistas, there’s The Academy and ANNEISE. For the audiophile, there’s Fingerprints, Bagatelle Records and Durty Mick’s, as well as BuskerFest and SoundWalk annually. For the foodie, there’s Asha, Rocco’s and Creme de la Crepe, and the Taste of Downtown. For you, there’s you. Go check it out. And while you’re at it, play some tetherball across the street from Berlin in Park[d] Plaza.

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Molina Healthcare Signs 11-Year Lease for Millworks Development Brian Addison After becoming the first project to be approved in coordination with Long Beach’s new Downtown Plan requirements, the historic Meeker-Baker and Press-Telegram buildings at 6th Street and Pine Avenue will officially be home to Molina Healthcare for at least the next eleven years according to a lease signed February 28. The development, managed by John and Michelle Molina’s own Millworks development company, will span the length of Pine between 6th and 7th Streets with some 127,00-square-feet of office space in the Meeker-Baker and 73,000-square feet in the Press-Telegram. The new healthcare center will also bring

in some 1,000 jobs as well as invigorate the northern stretch of Pine. The Downtown Plan’s requirements create an overall vision for Pine that permits developers to continue forward with contemporary developments while maintaining the historical integrity of significant buildings--in this case, both. “Preservation and sustainability are major priorities in this project,” said Michelle Molina in a press release. “We respect the history of Downtown Long Beach and want to protect its future. Therefore, it was our objective to preserve the design aesthetic of the structures and incorporate the local arts community while reducing our carbon footprint by reusing demolished concrete and original bricks, promoting bike-friendliness, and focusing on the wellness of building oc-


Breakwater Study Advances With Council Approval Noah Kelly City Council voted March 12 to advance an additional $50,000 of previously appropriated money towards the rescoped breakwater study, officially called the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study. The condensed “3x3x3” plan--a new requirement by the Army Corps of Engineers, which holds jurisdiction over the offshore seawall--will put more relative financial burden on the City of Long Beach, but is cumulatively less expensive than the original feasibility study. The lowered rescoping budget also allows for an independent project manager to be budgeted into the study. Costs for a project manager are estimated to be $350,000 to $425,000 for a part-time, threeyear contract. This contract will go through a standard Request for Proposal process to ensure a competitive contract can be attained by the city. Even though the $50,000 to re-scope the project was given in order to incentivize the Corps to move forward, the timeline

for any conclusion work is still at least four years in the making. Rescoping paperwork and process will take 9-12 months and the actual feasibility study will take three years, pending approval by the Army Corps of Engineers and appropriation of $750,000 for their share of the costs. Even if the Corps approves the project, however, funds might not be contributed by the Army Corps due to budgetary problems in the nation’s capital as well. City management believes Long Beach has a strong case for the study, though, and with Long Beach taking on a greater proportion of the costs also make the selection of the feasibility study more easily attainable. Whether or not the Army Corps will contribute funds to the feasibility study has no effect on the rescoping efforts, though. This will be the first of many steps in the evaluation of Long Beach’s breakwater, but it is the closest the city has come to getting the information necessary to determine if action can be taken to remove all or a portion of the two and a half-mile long structure.

cupants.” The Meeker-Baker Building at 650 Pine was constructed in 1924 and is characterized by its Renaissance-style that was popular in Long Beach during the 20s. The building is known for its decorative brick and tile work, topped with arched openings and medallions. The new development will retain about 3,000-square-foot of the original building, with new office space set back from the building’s facade facing 7th and Pine. The Press-Telegram Building located at 604 Pine was also constructed in 1924 by notable Long Beach architect W. Horace Austin. The four story building was the result of the merging of the then-Long Beach Press and Long Beach Telegram papers to deal with competition. Characterized by an abstracted Italian Renais-

sance look with wide brick piers of symmetrical bays, each divided vertically by a trio of narrow pilasters topped by capitols under a dentil moulding. The space was slated to be built into lofts--in which the Molinas were invested--back in 2005. However, following a downturn in residential development, the project was abandoned in 2007. The Press-Telegram renovation is slated for completion this summer and the Meeker-Baker development is expected to be finished in Fall 2014. “We’re thrilled to solidify this relationship with Molina Healthcare,” continued Molina. “Both Millworks and Molina are committed to investing in the city of Long Beach and look forward to bringing more jobs, shoppers, and residents to the Downtown.”

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Rand Foster and Justin Hectus Honored With Ackerman Award Sander Roscoe Wolff The Arts Council for Long Beach recently announced this year’s Distinguished Arts Honorees. Arts and Services for the Disabled founder Helen Dolas was selected as Distinguished Arts Leader, and Garage Theatre Managing Director Eric Hamme was chosen to receive the Distinguished Arts Volunteer award. Mixed media artist and designer Andrew Dupas II is being honored as an Emerging Artist and Arts Leader, and the celebrated ‘eco’ artist, Paul Hogue, is being recognized as the Distinguished Artist of the Year. The prestigious James H. Ackerman Arts Philanthropy Award is being given to Justin Hectus and Rand Foster who, together with a team of amazing local talent, created the annual Summer And Music concert series in Downtown Long Beach. The awards will be presented at the annual State of the Arts event, taking place on Thursday, March 28th, at the Expo Arts Center. Sander: Can you speak a bit about your original vision for SAM? Rand: After years of watching friends have to leave Long Beach to build an audience and feel appreciated, we set out to try to create a more nurturing environment for local musicians. Justin found out about a program that funded a Downtown live music program, but brought out-of-towners in as the talent, so we saw the opportunity to direct that back to the local artists. I think it important to point out, though,

that SAM was not your first collaboration. You had both been working together on Schooled In Song which, in my mind, was perhaps a precursor of SAM. Especially the 2nd round, which was part of University By The Sea. Justin: Back in the day, I was managing a band (“Mention”) and I had the opportunity to get to know a lot of the musicians, on a personal level, at the Space. [The Space was a unique collaborative performance, recording, and residential warehouse shared by many music artists. - srw] Schooled in Song was really an effort by Jay Buchanan and I to bring some of the magic we felt in that community of musicians out to a broad audience. We sold tickets and donated all the profits to after school music programs. R: Justin came to me with most of the first Schooled in Song fully formed, so our contribution was to help with awareness, ticketing, and selling CDs for the bands at the show. Afterwards, we pretty quickly became good friends and saw the opportunity to continue the vision with University by the Sea. Because it was on the streets, rather than the Carpenter Center, we had to learn about the “whatever it takes” nature of doing something like this outside the traditional infrastructure. Through this, we started to look at the streets as a venue, and that helped a lot, since there are so few live music rooms in Long Beach. J: That second Schooled in Song featured 30 bands, six DJ’s and three poets. It was a free event, so we raised money through raffles and donations, and turned them into some modest but meaningful scholar-

ships for High School students. Jay Buchanan also played an instrumental role in planning, executing and performing at that event. We have been kicking around ideas for another show, but he’s so busy being a rock God and all. I know that John Morris, founder of Legends in Belmont Shore, past owner of Smooths and, before that, Mum’s, played a part in connecting the two of you to the DLBA. Can you talk a bit about that? J: John asked me to do a series of shows at Smooth’s (“Twice on Sundays”) after Schooled in Song II, and we got to know each other pretty well. At some point he suggested that we pitch the DLBA with a new vision for their summer music series. R: Justin has been my gateway to meeting a lot of folks like John, who was on my radar, obviously, but who I hadn’t met before we approached him about doing things on Pine Ave. J: We went to the DLBA with a pitch to hire local musicians and do a mix of small guerrilla-type shows and some large-scale concept shows. They loved it and they were incredibly supportive from day one. They have really been a great partner, and we all share a vision of connecting the community through music and the arts. R: The DLBA was off my radar, too, since so much of what I was doing was happening in Belmont Shore. SAM really opened my eyes to downtown. Out of the gate, the whole effort was pretty ambitious, and pretty successful. Did you have a sense, going in, what the result would be? R: Coming off of Schooled in Song’s two

shows, I think we had a good sense that there was interest on both the band and the community side, so it wasn’t like we were going in blind. Still, those were well advertised shows, and a lot of our first season was guerrilla, so there was definitely a vision, but until we did it, we didn’t know if anyone would come out to see Jessica Dobson playing with an amp in a wagon on the corner of 1st and Pine. Happily they did and, because of it, Jessica now plays with the Shins. Do you have an estimate of the number of people the events have drawn to downtown? J: We estimated 25,000 throughout the course of 40 shows during the first season, and it is fair to say that we’ve had 20,000 per year in each of the following three years. Estimating crowds without the benefit of a ticket count is difficult, but the DLBA has developed a solid survey methodology, so our estimates of both crowd size and economic impact have become more accurate each year. What does the Ackerman award mean for you? J: I first learned that we were nominated the day that [ACLB Executive Director] John Glaza told us that we were selected for the honor. We didn’t even know that we were in the mix. Receiving this particular recognition is a huge deal for me. Jim Ackerman was larger than life and he made a huge difference in this community. He was also an important person to Skip [Keesel] and so receiving any recognition associated with Jim’s name is incredibly meaningful on a personal level. State of the Arts 2013 takes place on Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls. The address is 4321 Atlantic. Doors open at 5PM.


MARCH 2013



Landscape Painter Greg Fritsche to Showcase Work at The Center By Brian Addison “Native Californian artist Greg Fritsche is currently showcasing his art at The Center in honor of the organization’s ongoing exhibits which showcase LGBTQ artists. He is the second artist to exhibit work in The Center’s new space designated for art. Fritsche, a Long Beach native since 1980, will display his California Landscapes exhibit through April 30, exemplifying the artist’s talent in depicting California’s myriad vistas through oil painting. Inspired by landscape masters such as western muralist Edgar Payne and California landscape painters William Wendt and Franz Bischoff, Fritsche’s work harnesses an old-school style that is often hard to find amongst contemporary artists. “The Center has a long history of profiling local and LBGT artists, dating back to the 1980s,” said Chairman Ron Sylvester to the Post. “Artists like Ray Lowen and Carlos DeAvila would often be profiled at The Center. In the early days it was just another way to connect

Fritsche personally echoed Sylvester’s sentiment regarding a lack of space. “I am sad to say the art scene in Long Beach seems to be struggling a bit,” he said. “There are fewer places for artists to show their work than there was a few years ago. That’s why I applaud the non profit organizations such as the Center, and The LB Playhouse for there interest in providing venues for unknown artist to be shown.” Though space is becoming more limited, Fritsche doesn’t necessarily deem space as some type of essential cog in the inner workings of artists. “As an artist,” Fristche explained, “I would create art whether or not I had a place to show it. I think that is really at the core of most artistic people: the love of art and the need to express ones self. I think it’s an uphill battle when it comes to the arts, but Long Beach is doing its best to help, to turn things around.” with the community... With the lack of available gallery space in the local area, we thought this would give local and LGBT artists a home to show off their work, while raising some money for The Center.”

Fristche’s exhibit, California Landscapes, can be viewed at The Center through April 30 for free. The Center is located at 2017 E. 4th Street.


MARCH 2013



Local Homebrewer Goes Pro...For A Day By Aaron Carroll

This past September, the Bixby Knolls’ bastion of craft beer and food The Factory Gastrobar, hosted the Drink Good Beerfest Homebrew Contest, which featured a very special prize— the chance for the winner to have his or her beer reproduced on a full-scale commercial brewing system at Rancho Santa Margarita’s Cismontane Brewing Company. The event, coordinated by Long Beach homebrewerturned-brewmaster at Ohana Brewing Company, Chris Walowski, drew over 50 entries. When the dust settled, the last beer standing was an Imperial Red Ale called Bloody Surfer created by Long Beach homebrewer Ray Grace. Recently, Grace——who works in the Chemistry Department at Cal State Long Beach——was able to brew his award-winning beer at Cismontane’s 15-barrel production brewery with the help and guidance of brewmaster Evan Weinberg and the fruit of their labor is currently on draft at beer bars in Long Beach, L.A. and Orange County. Aaron: How long have you been homebrewing? How did you get into it? Ray: I’ve been homebrewing for about five years now. I actually picked up the kit a couple of years prior to that, but it just

sat in my garage until I finally dusted it off. And once I did it, it was over. Was there specific commercial beer or style of beer that you inspired you to start brewing your own? Even then I was a huge IPA fan, that’s not what I started with. I started with an amber first, but IPAs were kind of the goal, you know. How did you get involved with the competition at the Factory? Chris Walowski is a good friend of mine. He’s a Chemistry student at Cal State Long Beach. I’ve known him for a few years, and he organized the whole thing. He told me about it, and he advertised it through our homebrew club [the Long Beach Homebrewers]. So I jumped on it and went ahead and entered. I thought it was a fun idea, and I just happened to win. The Long Beach Homebrewers are starting to produce a lot of professional brewers. Is professional brewing something on your horizon? At my age, it’d be a major change in life. In the back of my head, I’d love to do it. But I enjoy what I’m doing now too. And it’s hard work. So tell me about Bloody Surfer. It’s a hoppy Imperial Red Ale, right? Yeah, it’s a funny story actually. My wife’s a marine biologist by trade, so we’re big Shark Week fans and we decided to have a Shark Week party with our friends. And a good buddy of mine…he’s a surfer, but he’s afraid of sharks. So I decided… we’re going to call this beer for the party Bloody Surfer…so I wanted to a red ale because of the blood. And the timing just happened to be right, and I liked this beer and I wanted to enter it.



Angelo’s: Perfect Picnic Fodder By Annie Merkley As the weather took a turn for the awesome, I felt it a sin to stay indoors. It was if an angel whispered in my ear, an epiphany of sorts: “head to Angelo’s and make a picnic for one in the sun.” For those of us spoiled souls who reside in Southern California, it’s like we made a deal with the devil to have such temperate weather. It was one of those days that the warm breeze crept into the subconscious and tied invisible strings on stranger’s lips, leaving everyone on Second Street smiling, on the verge of momentary bliss. Angelo’s makes a mean sub. I lived in Italy for more than a year and found few sandwiches that could rival their spicy calabrese. The salami is flavorful and fresh-cut, the pesto sauce is borderline decadent, and the baguette is crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I get this sub with provolone (instead of the offered blue cheese) and some spicy peppers to bring up the heat factor a notch. Throw on some mixed greens, tomato, and onion, and “ecco

la!” A tasty sub is brought forth unto the world. The shop itself has prodigious amounts of imported pastas, oils, and vinegars, but the main focus is always the deli. I’ve absolutely loved every bite of my sandwich, every time. This excursion heralded the same divine experience. They’d hiked their prices on the half subs up to $7.99, while a whole sub is only 10 bucks, so the obvious decision was to just to get a foot-long. I grabbed a bag of chips to accompany my spicy calabrese. The cracked pepper “Dirty” chips they have are freaking fantastic. They’re all-natural, with no preservatives, and are kettle-cooked in peanut oil. Their hard crunch is the perfect counterpart to the sandwich. With a thirst-quenching blood-orange Pellegrino, the holy trinity of a perfect lunch was complete. With drink, chips, and sub in a crumpled brown paper bag, I practically whistled and skipped my way to the beach. I had to force myself to stop at the halfway point of eating my spicy calabrese for fear of inducing a food coma and slipping into a siesta on the summery sand. Seagulls

surrounded me is I packed up my picnic. leftovers. They eyed me maniacally. I didn’t want to With spring closing in, grabbing a sub end up like the character with my name- from Angelo’s is perfecto for a picnic, solo sake, Annie from Alfred Hitchcock’s The or with family and friends. Birds. Needless to say things didn’t really go in her favor. I got out of there before the Angelo’s Italian Deli is located at: gulls overtook me and flew off with my 190 La Verne Ave., sub. I was looking forward to my delicious (562) 434-1977


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The Seismographs Are On Alert As the Shockers and Dirtbags Battle By Dan Barber Back in the day, the City of Long Beach had their “shockers” that would be a series of landscaperearranging earthquakes. The city was basically a hard scrapple petrochemical town. Long Beach State University wasn’t even thought of until almost 1950 (okay 1949), and the town was affectionately called “Iowa by the Sea.” In the heartland, Wichita State University was known as Kansas by Iowa, or Oklahoma, or Nebraska…but never confused athletically with KU or KSU. Wichita is sort of a hard scrapple agra-business town. The common link, well, that would be college baseball. But the similarities don’t last for long. The Shocker coach is Clean Gene Stephenson, leader of the winningest NCAA Division program in the country over the last 36 years with 1,807 victories; career .735 winning percentage (1,807-652-3) is third highest among active NCAA Division I coaches; career 1,807 wins ranks second-best among active NCAA Division I coaches; one College World Series championship (1989--yes that was the first year the Beach made the show); seven College World Series appearances (1982, 1988,1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996) and 27 NCAA Regional appearances. The Niner resume started in 1989 with Dave Snow and right now the mantle hangs heavy on the head of Troy Buckley. His current team lost half of their starting pitching rotation in the fall, and now can’t seem to find their bats. Long Beach has lost six in a row and the offense is

still MIA——team batting average a sleepy .232 with only Michael Hill (.340) above .286. The home team is 6-11. The visitors are 11-5 and hitting a lusty .308 with seven players above .300. The Shocks have won four in a row and seven of their last eight. The weekend of March 9, the Dirtbags got 11 hits…all weekend. Arizona State won by a combined score of 21-2 thanks to back-to-back shutouts by Trevor Williams and the combo of Ryan Kellogg, Alex Blackford and Matt Dunbar. Long Beach State finally got on the board in the fifth inning of March 10’s matchup, but only after giving up a nine-run fourth inning. Not a weekend to remember. The two teams last met last March in Kansas. The Shockers won game one 8-7, but the Dirtbags took the final two by scores of 13-1 and 3-2. Dayne Parker went 8-for12 in the series to lead the Shockers. Tobin Mateychick earned the win, while Minnis and Cale Elam each took a loss. The 2013 pitching rotation for WSU starts with Elam (RHP , 1-1, 3.26) vs. Shane Carle (RHP , 1-2, 1.82); Saturday it will be the Shocks best lefty (And oh how LB hates lefties) Kris Gardner (LHP , 1-1, 4.91) going against Niner Jake Stassi (LHP , 0-1, 6.00); with the Sunday showdown between A.J. Ladwig (RHP , 2-1, 3.86) vs. David Hill (RHP , 0-1, 4.60). As much as they struggled at ASU, the fate was similar at LMU on March 12 as Long Beach State scored on back-to-back doubles from Richard Prigatano and Eric Hutting, but ultimately lost 4-1. After getting swept by Pittsburgh in Wichita to start the season, the

Shockers have rallied to win 11 of their last 13 games. Micah Green is the leading hitter for the Shockers at .385, but the team as a whole is hitting very well. The pitching isn’t as strong, with a 3.97 ERA overall, but the offense has carried Wichita State, ballooning opposing ERA’s to over 6.00 at 6.04. The Shockers hold a 24-22 lead in the all-time series between the teams, who have met annually with one two-year gap since the 1994 season. Last year, the WSU series served as a springboard for the Long Beach State turnaround, as the Dirtbags rallied from an 8-7 walk off loss to win the next two games, the first of seven straight weekend series victories that helped LBSU finish over .500 from a low-point on that Friday of 6-14. This year, after 17 games, the Dirtbags have one streak that stands out--Long Beach State has had excellent success against righthanded starters, going 6-5 overall on the year. The Beach has lost all six games against left-handed starters and that resulted in the team’s sub.500 record. The left-hander curse includes two losses against Seattle, as well as the last two games against No. 20 Arizona State last weekend. The weekend of March 16 around the league, it will be UC Riverside at Portland; Sacramento State at UC Santa Barbara; Pacific at Creighton; UC Davis at Seattle; Cal State Fullerton at Oral Roberts; Notre Dame at Cal Poly; and Nebraska at UC Irvine. The week of March 18, the Beach faces the guys from behind the orange curtain--the Nutwood Nine we should say. WSU meanwhile has a five game road trip to Hawaii (beats March in the Midwest.)--DR. DAN

parks & rec

Play Tetherball in the East Village—No Special Event Needed


By Greggory Moore In case you missed it, Saturday was the kickoff event for Sustainable 2nd Saturdays, which you can read about here and which featured tetherball matches. But the point of City Fabrick’s setting up Park[d] Plaza, whose yellowness on 4th Street at Elm Avenue (directly across the street from the Fingerprints/Berlin annex) is open to one and all, is to transform one little corner of our urban landscape and “encourage you to re-explore your local habitat.” The tetherball courts are working. I discovered them last Thursday night after exiting a show at Fingerprints, when I saw three young men returning to their even younger days, playing tetherball not because of an event, but just because the opportunity was there. And it’s there right now. Three courts, no waiting, lit up all night and waiting for you to get in the game. Park[d] Plaza is located on 4th Street between Elm and Linden Avenues. It was developed by the City of Long Beach with help from Brian Ulaszewski, founder of nonprofit design studio City Fabrick and occasional writer on urban planning for the Post.

We saved the best for last! The Downtown Long Beach Associates is proud to support the Long Beach Post and joins its readers to congratulate the following downtown businesses and associations on their “Best Of” Awards. Best Kidventure AquArium of the PAcific

Best Tourist Attraction AquArium of the PAcific

Best Staycation Hotel Maya

Best Mural Mural on the ProMenade downtown

Best Museum MOLAA

Best Annual Culture Event Zombie Walk long beach

Best Performing Arts Group GaraGe TheaTre

Best Place to Treat Yo’self The Den Salon

Best Designer Garnica interiors

Best Skate Shop Dirty Mick’s recorDs anD skate Best Shopping District east Village arts District

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” - Aristotle

March 2013: Best Of Long Beach  

Volume 2, Issue 11

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