Monthly Archives: November 2013

PHOTOS: Arriving at Long Beach Airport

For the 90th. anniversary of the Long Beach Airport I spent the morning in the arrival area. Here are the pictures.

PHOTOS: Tree Lighting Ceremony in Cerritos


The Cerritos Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the city’s civic center.

MR. LONG BEACH: Introducing … Mr. Long Beach!

This mystery photo is a portion of a depression-era floor mosaic by Works Progress Administration artist Grace Clements at the Long Beach Airport. The mosaic was discovered in 2012 when workers lifted decades-old carpet from the first floor of the historic terminal. The portion of the mural pictured shows a hand dialing a telephone with a switchboard above. Other parts of the 72-year old artwork include an oil well, a ship, a large map and a city seal. The elements were supposed to convey Long Beach’s origins in aviation, oil and communications. According to the airport’s web site, the floor was designed to "enrich the experience of the traveler, and evoke a larger context for air travel with allusions to other forms of transportation and communication in the world.”  .

MYSTERY PHOTO: This is a portion of a depression-era floor mosaic by Works Progress Administration artist Grace Clements at the Long Beach Airport. The mosaic was discovered in 2012 when workers lifted decades-old carpet from the first floor of the historic terminal. The portion of the mural pictured shows a hand dialing a telephone with a switchboard above. Other parts of the 72-year old artwork include an oil well, a ship, a large map and a city seal. The elements were supposed to convey Long Beach’s origins in aviation, oil and communications. According to the airport’s web site, the floor was designed to “enrich the experience of the traveler, and evoke a larger context for air travel with allusions to other forms of transportation and communication in the world.”
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Here is my first Sunday column in the Long Beach Register. The idea is simple – I’m using my knowledge of Long Beach to answer reader questions. Sometimes the column will be a simple q&a, sometimes I’ll include a mystery photo (see above) – the winner gets a prize and sometimes I’ll simply write about a picture.

Q. What’s happening with the old Munro’s Furniture building on the corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Stearns Street?

– Paula Gibbs Nathan, California Heights

A. Simply put … nothing.

There was a Planning Commission meeting at the end of last year where the building owner requested approval for a code variance to convert it into a retail center with only 38 parking spaces. The commission suggested approving it, but nothing has happened since.

For Mr. Long Beach what’s happening today – or more accurately – what’s not happening today, isn’t as interesting as what was happening on that corner over the last 66 years.

Mr. Long Beach consulted his super-secret archives buried deep inside the Jergins subway and found out that in 1947 you could buy five pounds of apples for 19 cents or get sirloin steak for 69 cents a pound on that corner.

No, the furniture store didn’t sell food – an Alpha Beta market stood at that very spot for 20 years. It closed in early 1964.

After the market closed a variety of furniture stores occupied the 17,837-square-foot building including; RB Furniture, Wall Units, Inc and, finally, Munro’s Furniture.

As far as the future, Mr. Long Beach would love to see something creative done with the space.

When Mrs. Long Beach heard about the site said she’d like to see it become a bounce-house business for our little beachers. But, sadly, the reality is that it will probably get sliced up and be home to a Starbucks, Flame Broiler and a Sprint Store, or some variation.

Be assured, Mr. Long Beach will keep his lens pointed at that corner and keep you updated.

From queries about the history of Long Beach, to “Can my neighbor raise bees in his backyard,” Mr. Long Beach will find the answers. I am Mr. Long Beach. Send me your questions, and I’ll answer them.

Mr. Long Beach’s Fun Fact: According to a report by USA Today in 2000, Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States.

 

PHOTOS: Poly Football Wins…. again

Poly’s Richard Mindero, left, and John Smith celebrate Smith’s touchdown against St. Bonaventure during their CIF-SS Quarterfinal game in Ventura.

PHOTOS: Stopping Traffic


David Martinez, 6, holds a protest sign to support his mother, Susan Gutierrez during a work stoppage at American Logistics International (ALI) as they block traffic on Monday in Carson. Gutierrez is a warehouse worker. The drivers walked off the job to protest claimed labor law violations in their effort to form a union. They were joined by ALI warehouse workers who work for a temporary staffing agency. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: Long Beach’s Swift Water Rescue Team

LOS ANGELES RIVER — It smells like urine and probably tastes worse, but that doesn’t stop about a dozen people from falling in the Los Angeles River every year, 10 since January to be exact.
Despite the smell, and the 80-degree weather, nearly half of the 28-member Swift Water Rescue team donned their dry suits, life vests and gear to practice shallow water crossings south of Willow Street in the L.A. River on Wednesday.
Scott Dixon, the marine safety captain who supervises the team, said they practice at the spot about three times a year because, “It’s a place where a lot of people come down and get stuck”. Dixon said they often get calls at the spot because the trees grow where the concrete meets the natural bottom of the river provide something for people do grab on to if they are stuck in the water.
The Swift Water Rescue team is made of 28 people from firefighters to lifeguards.
The shallow water crossing training was just part of a day of training throughout the city that included a inflatable rescue boat, GPS search and car in the water scenario in preparation for their Rescue 3 Advanced Swift Water Certification.

PHOTOS: Top of the Hill

Every week the Long Beach Register highlights a neighborhood in our coverage area. This week it’s Signal Hill – the very top of Signal Hill. Read the story>>

PHOTO: Shooting a Shooting Scene


A seven-year old girl walks by a bullet hole in a tree near the corner of Pine Ave. and Sunset Street in Long Beach on Thursday. The girl, who’s mother did not want her identified, was with a man who was wounded during a shootout with police. The girl’s mother is the man’s girlfriend.