This is the fifth picture in a series of ‘snapshots’ taken around Long Beach with a faux-instamatic camera.
TOP: (original caption Dec. 8, 1952)
IN USE WEDNESDAY – This is the section of the Long Beach Freeway which will be opened Wednesday. This view is from the Willow St. overpass looking north on December 8, 1952. Officially known as the Long Beach Freeway, it runs 23 miles north from Long Beach to Alhambra following the course of the Los Angeles River for most of its route. The first section of the Long Beach Freeway opened in 1952; the last in 1970. Originally numbered CA 15, it was renumbered CA 7 in 1964 when work on began on Interstate 15. In September 1983 it was approved as an interstate, and In 1984 it was changed I-710.
BOTTOM: View of Interstate 710 (Long Beach Freeway) from the Willow St. overpass looking north on August 26, 2009. The growth of cargo trucks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has added an enormous amount of truck traffic to the Long Beach Freeway, since it is the most direct route between the port complex and the railyards in Vernon and East Los Angeles, as well as the Pomona and San Bernardino freeways. It has also become a major source of air pollution, emanating from diesel-fueled trucks idling in rush hour traffic congestion and giving cities along its route some of the worst air quality in Southern California.
Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority have called for an expansion of the segment of the freeway between the San Diego (I-405) and Pomona (SR-60) Freeways. It would include dedicated truck lanes, elevated carpool lanes and up to 10 lanes for general traffic. By using existing right-of-way along the Los Angeles River.
This sign, and others like it, line the south side of the 5700 blcok of Parkcrest Street. The notices, requesting that visitors park elsewhere, feature a city logo and a Parks and Rec logo. According to 5th. District councilwoman Gerri Shipske
it’s not an official sign and it is illegal to post things on trees and utility poles.
Michelle Rangel, left, and Susana Soto pick weeds at Heartwell Park. The pair are part of a the 5TH. District Beautification Project. See more pictures>>
Youngsters play in a water fountain at the Town Center Plaza in Bellflower, Calif. According to accuweather.com, the high in Bellflower was 104 degrees today. See more pictures>>
Firefighter Brad Hartwell, from Station 17, looks for hot spots in the brush near the onramp to the northbound Interstate 405 (San Diego) Freeway at Lakewood Blvd. The fire, in a homeless encampment, was reported about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. See more pictures of the clean-up>>
The new show NCIS: Los Angeles was filming, and exploding, the end of the Peninsula today. The location manager didn’t want me around, so I had to shoot from a few blocks away. Last October CSI: Miami was exploding things in Long Beach too, if you want to see what an explosion looks like when the crew gives you access, click here>>
Chayanne Alarcon, left, rests her head on the shoulder of Lorissa Benavidez, during a vigil for her brother, Jacob Benavidez, in Long Beach, Calif. on August 20, 2009. Jacob Benavidez, 15, was killed Tuesday morning in a walk-by shooting. Benavidez was on a stoop talking to a friend at about 12:30 a.m. when a single gunman approached and killed him with a volley of shots to the torso. See more pictures>>
Shayla Muse, 4 months, the daughter of 17-year-old shooting victim Jonathan Muse, at his grave on the year anniversary of his death at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress, Calif. on August 20, 2009. The killer is still at large. See more pictures>>
A familiar face at the entrance to city hall, sergeant Dan Tellez keeps an eye on the entrance most days. Police Chief Anthony Batts trained under Tellez for six months when he was a rookie cop. The city of Oakland announced that Batts will be assuming the top-cop job in the bay area city in September.
Bob Medina, one of the Long Beach School District’s two glaizers, carries a piece of glass to the roof of Stanford Middle School. Medina and Mike Brand are replacing broken skylights before the start of the school year. See more photos>>
Boys and Girls Club member Breana Sanchez holds on to her new backpack in Long Beach, Calif. on August 13, 2009. Six hundred backpacks full of school supplies donated by employees of Fluor Corporation were given to children at the club. The workers pitched in $5000 and got Office Depot in Norwalk, Calif. to discount the school supplies. See more photos>>
View looking east on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif. on August 1, 1976. On the right is the Ocean Center building which, built in 1929, still stands today. In the center, is the Jergins Trust Building that was named for the Jergins Trust oil company. The Ocean Avenue side of the building housed the Lowe’s State Theater. On the left is the Breakers which was built as a hotel in 1926. It is now a senior living community. Photo by Bob Shumway/Independent, Press-Telegram
View looking east on Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, Calif. on August 6, 2009. The Breakers is on the left and the Ocean Center Building is on the right. The building that appears to have taken the place of the Jergen’s Trust Building is the Salvation Army Building. The Salvation Army Building, built as Crocker Plaza in 1982, is actually east of where the Jergen’s Trust Building was located. Photo by Jeff Gritchen/Long Beach Press-Telegram
Maureen Young, a resident of His Nesting Place, listens as Phil Hester, director of parks and recreation, discusses putting cameras on top of their building to watch the surrounding area. The home for single mothers has been besieged with graffiti and drug dealing neighbors.
A worker from Sully-Miller breaks up concrete at the site of the future Wrigley Village Community Garden in the 2000 block of Pacific Ave. in Long Beach, Calif. The garden’s plan includes 23 raised plots, a kids garden and an orchard.