Jay Beeler

Hurry! Tomorrow is the deadline to mail/email/fax us your completed “Best of Long Beach” ballot, found on page four of this issue and be eligible for $6,000 in gift certificates or gift cards with a minimum value of $25. A prior ballot was posted in our Feb. 14 issue.

Now in its 19th year, this contest would not be possible without the support of these sponsors: Aquarium of the Pacific, Belmont Athletic Club, Belmont Pet & LaunderPet, Buonos Pizza, Emery & Emery DDS, Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises, Hof’s Hut, Home Instead Senior Care, International City Theatre, J&L Fine Jewelry, LBCC Senior Studies, Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach State Athletics, TLD Law, (Jennifer N. Sawday), Tom’s Automotive and Wags to Whiskers.

Please remember them when filling in your ballot!

Thanks to a “breaking news” story that was posted online last week we received another inquiry about making donations to the Beachcomber. Although we are not a 501c3 (non-profit) organization, it has been noted that other local online news outlets have a donations option, so we set up this feature online.

The Beachcomber does not receive the same high level of advertising support found in another local weekly publication that sucks up to City Hall and avoids tackling controversial topics versus our pledge of honesty, integrity and transparency.

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We were not surprised to see a few initial donations that specified “Investigative Stories” in consideration of the huge response to Stephen Downing’s online story “Anatomy of Campaign Fraud in Long Beach,” which also appears (updated) on page one of this edition.

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Our online poll is now asking “How will you (or did you) vote on Measures A & B in the March 3 election?” Thus far, most readers are giving thumbs down on both measures. You can email comments to and click on the “results” option to see how others voted.

The prior poll asked, “How would you rate Alan Lowenthal as your congressman?” Forty-nine percent responded “failure/poor,” 45 percent responded “excellent/good” [corrected from typo in print edition] and six percent indicated “average/undecided.” These results seem to mirror the emails we received on his job performance. The Beachcomber supports Republican John Briscoe for Congress.

Please vote “no” on Measures A & B on March 3. Stop the City Hall tradition of bloated salaries/benefits, campaign violations, fraud, censorship, stonewalling, wasteful spending on road diets/bike lanes while ignoring needed infrastructure/street repairs and other, more important citizen needs.

Long Beach already has the highest sales tax rate in California, which is driving customers to nearby cities. It is past time for this city to live within its means, just like the rest of us.

Vote for Robert Fox in the 2nd District and Juan Ovalle in the 8th District to bring honesty, integrity and transparency to city government. They will bring a common sense approach to local government as well as put a stop to the city’s long-standing practice of raping and pillaging its residents.



What does your comment, 45 percent responded “excellent/poor”. Are you serious?


Thanks for catching that. Should be excellent/good. Fixed it above. – Editor

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