LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Kathleen Schaaf. owner of Meow Vintage, puts some of her Halloween clothing in front of her 4th. Street store in Long Beach, Calif. on October 26, 2011.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — A dog occupies a blanket at the sparsely populated Occupy Long Beach camp at Lincoln Park in Long Beach, Calif. on October 25, 2011. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Fourth grader Ashley Hernandez learns how to hold a violin on the first day of music class at Longfellow Elementary School in Long Beach, Calif. on October 24, 2011. The Long Beach Unified School District is in desperate need of music instruments since state law now prohibits schools from charging students most educational fees, including fees for musical instruments. Nearly 1,000 violins are needed and 275 trumpets for fourth and fifth graders. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Joe Shumener, left, and Joe Clawson feed bird on the sand in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif. onOctober 24, 2011.
CERRITOS, CALIF. USA — Los Angeles County firefighter keep an eye on a smoldering strip mall that sustained $5 million in damage in an early morning blaze near the intersection of Gridley Road and South Street in Cerritos, Calif. on October 24, 2011. Investigators are still determining the cause. There were no injuries. See more pictures>>
TORRANCE, CALIF. USA — Slater Herring, 4, of Redondo Beach, takes a break on a pile of white pumpkins at Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch in Torrance, Calif. on October 23, 2011. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — The people at the Long Beach Towne Center can’t spell town correctly so why would they be able to spell YIELD. The missing L disappeared near the In-N-Out just west of the San Gabriel (605) Freeway.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Gina Garcia, left, greets friend Gordon Cardona during the Disabilities Awareness Fair in Downtown Long Beach, Calif. on October 19, 2011. The pair skied together in Mammoth. The City of Long Beach and the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) celebrated October as Disability Employment Awareness Month with the event. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — El Camino goalie Nolan Dean (1) fails to stop the ball during a penalty his by Long Beach Cit y College during their game in Long Beach, Calif. on October 18, 2011. The Vikings defeated the Warriors, 3 to 1.
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SEAL BEACH, CALIF. USA — Dr. Marissa Pei places flowers in the Pacific Ocean after leading a Balance Tai Qi Qong moving meditation class in memoriam of the victims of Wednesday’s mass-shooting in Seal Beach, Calif. October 16, 2011. See more pictures>>
SEAL BEACH, CALIF. USA — A man believed to be the suspect in a shooting that killed six people and wounded three others is held by police in an alley near Central Ave. between 11th. and 12th. streets in Seal Beach, Calif. on October 12, 2011. See more photos by the staff of the Press-Telegram>>
LONG BEACH, CAILF., USA — Maryanne Gibbons, hugs Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, under an electric sign cheering the completing of the Termino Avenue Drain Project in the 1200 block of Anaheim Street in Long Beach, Calif. on October 12, 2011. Her father, Edward Bielucke, right, lives on the block and has experienced flooding several times because the former drain was inadequate.
The Termino Avenue Storm Drain Project is a nearly two-mile long storm drain system designed to bring flood relief to southeast Long Beach. The $22.6 million drainage system has the capacity to manage storm flows of up to 703 cubic feet per second. (A cubic foot is equivalent to 7.5 gallons of water.) It replaces an existing drain that was undersized to serve the needs of the watershed.
NORWALK, CALIF. USA — Cerritos College Dominique Escobar (11) and Mt. San Antonio College’s Brian Godinez (11) battle for the ball during their game in Norwalk, Calif. on October 11, 2011. The Mounties defeated the Falcons 4 to 1. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Seventh District Councilman James Johnson awaits for a ceremonial ground breaking at Baker Street Park in Long Beach, Calif. on October 11, 2011. The new park is nestled in a neighborhood just south of the San Diego (405) Freeway at the intersection of Golden Ave. and Baker Street. See more pictures>>
LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Low clouds can be seen rolling past Island White from the view from Bluff Park in Long Beach, Calif. on October 10, 2011.
THUMS Islands are a set of four artificial islands off the coast of Long Beach that were built to tap into the East Wilmington Oil Field. The landscaping and sound walls were designed to camouflage the operation and reduce noise, and they are the only decorated oil islands in the United States.
the islands were named after the parent companies who bid for the island contract: Texaco, Humble Oil (now Exxon), Union Oil, Mobil Oil, and Shell Oil. The rim of the islands are made of 640,000 tons of boulders from Catalina Island, and the islands were then filled with 3.2 million cubic yards of dredged material from the bay.
The islands were renamed in 1967 after the three astronauts who died in the Apollo 1: Island Grissom, Island White, and Island Chaffee. The fourth island is named for Theodore Freeman, an astronaut who died while piloting a T-38 Talon jet for NASA.
The islands and operation were purchased by Occidental Petroleum in 2000