Monthly Archives: July 2009

THEN AND NOW: Pacific Avenue, Lincoln Park, City Hall and the Public Library


TOP: View of Pacific Ave. looking north from Ocean Blvd. in the early 20th. century. Lincoln Park is on the left with the old public library in the center of the park. The building blocking Pacific Ave. is the city hall. In the background, center, you can see the steeple of the First Congregational Church in front of the Willmore Building.

BOTTOM: View of Pacific Ave. looking north from Ocean Blvd. on July 31, 2009. Lincoln Park is on the left. The roof of the public library in the lower left of the photo. You can see the steeple of the First Congregational Church in front of the Willmore Building.

PHOTOS: LB Budget, "Eliminate Mural Arts Program."


Jose Siminig, left, Jose Loza, mural conservator, center, and Leo Salgado work on a mural on the side of a trafic signal control box at the corner of Santa Fe Ave. and Pacific Coast Highway. The City of Long Beach’s proposed FY ’10 budget will, “Eliminate the Mural Arts Project” except for $10,000 to maintain murals that have already been painted. Leo Salgado and Jose Siminig helped design this artwork. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: LB Budget, "…is going to be difficult…"


Long Beach budget sat on a wall… Long Beach budget had a great fall… And all the kings horses and all the kings men tried to but her back together again. At least it seemed like all the kings men were in the conference room in the 13th. floor of city hall as Mayor Bob Foster, Police Chief Anthony Batts and Pat West, city manager, and a host of others released the annual city bugdet. See more pictures | Read the story

PHOTOS: 10 million pounds of dirt weighing down Main Library


The Long Beach city hall has not been transported to the Mojave desert, and no, it’s not the setting for a futuristic movie where global warming has overtaken our seaside city – it’s a view of 333 Ocean from what used to be a lush green park on the roof of the main branch of the Long Beach Public Library. Besides leaking, the library is seismically unfit due to the weight on the roof. The city plans to remove 10 million pounds of dirt in the closed park in the hopes that it will relieve some stress on the top of the structure.
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PHOTOS: Soldiers return from Middle East


Dakota Warren laughs after putting at hat on her father, Staff Sgt. Robert Warren, at Long Beach Airport. More than 270 National Guard soldiers of the 1498th Transportation Company arrived at the airport after a 12-month tour in Kuwait and Iraq. See more photos>>

During their deployment, the soldiers conducted logistical missions transporting materials throughout Iraq. Utilizing the Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET), the largest truck in the Army inventory, members of the 1498th transported various equipment and supplies, including essential provisions, equipment and inoperable materials and tanks hit by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The 1498th Transportation Company provided HET support throughout
the Iraq and Kuwait Theater of Operations completing 123 combat logistics patrols, 24 transportation missions within Kuwait and 35 lead HET missions, hauling more than 180,000 tons and traveling more than 1.9 million miles.