The votes are in for both our local elections and our Best of Long Beach contest, with those results reported on pages 6 and 7. Thank you to all who participated.

Locally there will be run-off elections on June 5 for the 5th District with Stacy Mungo garnering 48.5 percent of the 7,912 votes cast versus Rich Dines with 29.8 percent.

Other runoffs will be in the 7th District where Roberto Uranga had 47.9 percent of the votes versus Jared Milrad at 31.9 percent. The Long Beach Unified School District 3 race will have Juan Benitez at 46.7 percent versus Cesar Armendariz who had 33.2 percent.

I was surprised to see Jeffrey Kellogg lose to Uduak-Joe Ntuk in the Long Beach Community College Area 1 Trustee race with the winner getting 56.3 percent. Jeff has been a fixture in local politics for a few decades.

The other races were predictable with big numbers for Mayor Robert Garcia winning with 79 percent, Third District Councilwomen Suzie Price getting 78.6 percent and Ninth District Rex Richardson at 80 percent.


As usual the turn-out was pathetic (13.45 percent of 261,577 registered voters), undoubtedly affected by the satire in Grunion Executive Editor Harry Saltzgaver’s online video suggesting that “uninformed” residents should stay home rather than vote on Election Day. That message brought forth negative comments from several community groups. It even got a mention on the Tuesday evening television news.

With tongue-in-cheek I wholeheartedly agree with Harry.

The interesting bottom line on this election was that mailed ballots (9 percent) exceeded those cast in precincts (4.2 percent). So there was a lot of thumb twiddling at the voting booths, perhaps bringing us closer to the inevitable: online voting. It’s just a matter of time.


Throughout my professional career it has been a distinct honor to have worked with and known some outstanding individuals and community leaders. Some examples – no longer with us – include Mark Bixby, John Bloeser, Tom Braly, Foster Hooper, Steve Horn, Henry Meyer, Don Temple and Stan Wood.

On March 31 a new member was added to those whom I’ve most admired and have passed away: Robert P. “Bob” Graham. As with most of the others, I met Bob through the Rotary Club of Long Beach in the 1980s. At that time he was a co-owner of Town & Country Glass in Signal Hill and chairman of the board of Coast Bank in Belmont Shore, which became a client of Beeler & Associates.

He had a long and distinguished career during his 82 years, which included management of the Los Altos Shopping Center in the 1960s, then working with Barron Hilton of Hilton Hotels International.

Bob was active in California Republican politics, former commodore of the Long Beach Yacht Club and former Long Beach council president for the Boy Scouts of America.

He leaves his wife of 63 years, Barbara, and an extended family including two daughters and one son. Adios, my friend.



Here are a few more ponderisms, sent from a reader:

  • 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.
  • If you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When,” you get the answer to each of them.
  • Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.
  • If 2/22/22 falls on a Tuesday, we’ll just call it “2s Day.” (It does fall on a Tuesday.)



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