Monthly Archives: March 2011

PHOTOS: Jenny Oropeza Community Center Dedication


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Tom Mullins, husband of the late California state senator Jenny Oropeza, pauses for a moment during the dedication of a community center named for her at Cesar Chavez Park in Long Beach, Calif. on March 31, 2011. Oropeza, a Democratic state senator whose battle with cancer five years ago drove her to sponsor laws protecting public health and the environment, died in October 2010 in her hometown of Long Beach. She was 53. Oropeza had been declared cancer-free in 2005 but had been under treatment since May 2010 for a blood clot in her abdomen that kept her from traveling to Sacramento to attend legislative sessions. See more photos>>

PHOTOS: Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Dr. Dre attend Nate Dogg's Funeral


Fellow staff photographer Steven Georges and I photographed rapper Nate Dogg’s funeral today, well, we didn’t actually photograph his funeral, we took pictures of people entering and exiting the event. The service was closed to ALL MEDIA. That means everybody, unless you were hired by Snoop Dogg, then it was ok to take pictures and video and stream it live on the web.
The picture above is Warren G as he is comforted after the funeral service for Nathaniel (Nate Dogg) Hale at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach, Calif. on March 26, 2011. Nate Dogg, who rose to prominence in the early 1990 s singing on multi-million selling albums with childhood friends Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Daz, suffered strokes in 2007 and 2009 and had been ailing in recent months. He was 41. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Jalen Thayer


Jalen Thayer, right, with his parent, Lance Thayer, center, and Jennifer Thayer at Patrick Henry School in Long Beach, Calif. on March 19, 2011. Friends and family of Jalen Tahyer gathered at the school to honor him. Jalen Thayer is a straight-A student and exceptional all-around athlete at Newcomb Academy, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year called glioblastoma multiforme, one of the most aggressive kinds of brain tumor found in humans. His sister was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004 and died a year later. See more pictures>>

PHOTO: Millikan Relays


Cerritos High School’s Alwin Firmansyah competes in the Boys 200 Yard 4 x 50 Breast Relay during the 40th. Annual Millikan Relays at the Belmont Plaaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. on March 19, 2011.

PHOTOS: Vigil for Long Beach Plane Crash Victims


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Rick Merrill, left, and Jason Beebe, both friends of plane crash victim Mark Bixby, place floating candles in Alamitos Bay during a vigil on March 18, 2011, in Long Beach, Calif. The vigil was for victims of a plane crash Wednesday at Long Beach Airport. Mike Jensen survived the crash that killed Tom Dean, Bruce Krall, Jeff Berger, Mark Bixby, and Ken Cruz.

Bixby is a well-known bicycle advocate, real estate broker and member of one of Long Beach’s founding families, for whom the Bixby Knolls neighborhood is named. Dean and Berger are developers who own most of Los Cerritos Wetlands and were involved in a historic deal last year exchanging part of the property for city land in order to preserve the wetlands. Krall was their financial adviser, and Cruz was the pilot of the small, twin-engine plane that crashed shortly after take-off. See more Photos>>

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Miller the Sea Lion, 30

Miller, the 400-pound, 30-year-old mammal, was the oldest sea lion at the Aquarium of the Pacific. He died Wednesday at the aquarium from natural causes related to old age. Before moving in to his 205,000-gallon aquarium residence, Miller performed for eight years at Knott’s Berry Farm, where he was a show animal.

THEN AND NOW: Long Beach Earthquake, 1933 & 2011


TOP: The Ebell Club on the corner of 3rd. Street and Cerritos Ave. in Long Beach, Calif. after it was damaged in a 6.3 earthquake that struck on March 10, 1933. The building was built in 1924 as an exclusive social club for women in Long Beach. The building was rebuilt, then rededicated on December 4, 1933. Changes in the building include; a courtyard covered with skylights where it had previously been open air, and the fountain was not replaced.
BOTTOM:The Ebell Club on the corner of 3rd. Street and Cerritos Ave. in Long Beach, Calif. on March 9, 2011. The building was restored in 2004 and now houses 25,858 square feet of event space.