By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

This issue contains the first of two ballots for the 15th Annual Best of Long Beach Contest in the services category on page four. Our July issues will poll the best products category, including restaurants, retail stores and attractions. There’s $10,000 in gift cards and certificates awarded in 2016 with two-thirds distributed to participants in the Best of Long Beach Contest and the remainder ... more


By Al Jacobs Wrestling With The Powerball Jackpot

I couldn’t ignore the article titled “High cost of a Powerball jackpot,” authored by Dayana Yochim, a consumer finance expert for the Motley Fool multimedia financial-services company. Considering the hundreds of millions of dollars with which the winners could be deluged, complications certainly seem inevitable. Ms. Yochim concentrates her attention on how the newly created millionaires must ... more



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Taxpayers Foot Bill for Union Work

The Long Beach City Council held a special session Jan. 26 to discuss alternatives for a tax initiative to solve the city’s $2.8 billion infrastructure backlog. Clearly, the elephant in the room was our Jan. 22 column exposing the Long Beach $200K Club: www.longbeachcomber.com Third ... more



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Mardi Gras King & Queen

RONALD MCDONALD was crowned Mardi Gras King, accompanied by Queen Cheri Bazely, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House in Long Beach. On Saturday, Feb. 6, thousands of revelers will descend on Shoreline Village, neighboring Rainbow Harbor and the Aquarium of the Pacific for the 2016 Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade and Festival. The parade starts ... more



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LB's Only Ancestry Group

Genealogy has never been hotter. On the Internet and in other media, that is. The big player in the hobby, Ancestry.com is designed to help those in search of long lost relatives and the results can be impressive, but so is the cost for a full membership, in some cases topping $600 per year. An alternative is the LDS Family Search Center at 3701 ... more



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Candidates Compete for LBUSD Board

Four people are running for the Long Beach Unified School District board. To represent the Fourth District in the April 12 election, LBUSD board member Jon Meyer is seeking reelection but is challenged by Rosi Pedersen, a retired educator. “I have a vision for the Long Beach Unified District. I’m running for school board because I believe we ... more



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Family of Doug Zerby Awarded $6.5 Million for Wrongful Death

Three-judge panel ruled on Thursday The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a $6.5 million judgment against the City of Long Beach regarding the fatal shooting of Doug Zerby in 2010 by Long Beach police officers. On Dec. 12, 2010, Long Beach officers did not announce their presence and opened fire on Zerby as he held a water-hose ... more



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