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Letters to Editor
Water Police

Wednesday August 27



Thanks to Steve Propes’ 8/22 article on Long Beach water. On Aug. 21, the Parks and Recreation Commission discussed how the water shortage is affecting public parks and how the cost of water is a big part of their budget. Although several parks, including El Dorado, use recycled/non-potable water, potable water is used to water most of the parks and medians. When asked why more recycled water wasn’t being used, the answer was that there was also a shortage of non-potable water and that its cost was also going up.

Perhaps Steve Propes can do some more investigating and answer the question as to why there is less recycled water available. Is it because the public is cutting back on their watering, showers and toilet flushing? Is it because, as I believe I heard parks staff state, that THUMBS is using more of the recycled water? How much water is being used by the oil industries--and for what, I wonder? Fracking? Subsidence?

And why, if the public might be asked to empty their pools if the drought continues, is the city spending almost $100,000,000 to build an enormous swimming pool right next to the ocean?

Ann Cantrell


Speaking the Truth

Saturday August 23



Many Americans instinctively know, as they read the happenings across our country, that local police are now on their way, and of course perhaps unintentionally, to starting a race-war. From New York, to St. Louis, to Ferguson, and finally, to our beautiful city, we see the uniformed, but uninformed, less trained, and trigger-happy cops within the police force, actually costing our city rather than protecting the citizens in it!

And in the midst of this, a retired deputy chief of police of one of
America's major cities, had the courage to speak the truth, as he unfrocked a long-term police union leader in Long Beach, who is part and parcel, and one overt example of how we have come to our current situation in Long Beach.

And finally, a newspaper publisher has had the guts to let this retired deputy chief of police set the police record straight, and to inform the public fully, demonstrating the role of the peace officer rather than police public relations officer. Thank you Jay and the Beachcomber for this service to the people of Long Beach.

Our elected city leaders, for some reason or another, have taken a vow of silence as the police have lost one case after another, as the few have been permitted to run roughshod over our city. We have a new mayor, and a few new councilmembers, and they should all receive a copy of the August 22 edition of the Beachcomber. We don't want them to plead ignorance on the matter.

Darwin Thorpe

Editor:

I read the negative comments about President James and the Long Beach Police Department. Mr. Downing seems to be overly occupied with the policies of the LBPD. It also seems that Downing may not be directing his comments to the officers per say, but rather to Chief Jim McDonnell. After all, they are both from the LAPD. It appears to be slap in the face to Chief McDonnell when Downing makes reference to the upper brass in his article.

Downing knows absolutely nothing about the LBPD or about POA President Steven James. With all the time Downing spends on putting our police department down, it would seem that Downing's time would be better spent making his negative comments toward the LAPD. We all know the issues that LAPD has had for years, yet Downing was one of the leaders of that department, which was constantly bombarded with complaints of misconduct by his officers.

Where were his comments and/or solutions for the huge number of complaints his police department received? Downing is not in a position to be critical of the LBPD when in fact he came from a department whose leaders were repeatedly questioned on issues such as the infamous Rodney King beating. Downing ought not to be casting stones.

Lastly, as far as LBPOA President James’ promotions, obviously his leaders thought he deserved them just like Downing's leaders thought about him. Lt. James is the union leader because our LBPD officers obviously like the job he's doing. I’m an extremely strong supporter of the LBPD and Downing's negative comments will not go unchallenged in the future.

Mark Alonzo
8/28/2014



Illegal Aliens

Friday August 22




Americans seem to have very short or no memories of recent history. It was in 1985 that President George H. Bush had major problems with our friends in Mexico. At that time the Mexican drug scum kidnapped DEA Agent Enrigue Camarena and spent days slowly beating him to death, then nursing him to a little health, then beating him some more with a car jack until they killed him.

George H. Bush could get no help from the corrupt Mexican government so he acted as a president should. He closed the Mexican border. He pulled the switch and stopped everything cold. Boats, planes trains and automobiles stopped. No foot traffic. I can’t remember the name of the turd that was El Presidente at the time but in two to three days things changed pronto.

If our president would stop his fund raising campaign ($33,000 a plate) from these poor democrats and seal the whole border tight, then call EnriQue Pena Nieto, the president of Mexico, and do his imitation of a strong U.S. President and say “nothing, not even air, will cross this border in either direction” until this stops or he can expect 12 to 15 million of his countrymen to be returned in the next few months. Well, fat chance.

Mexico and Guatemala have a treaty that Mexico won’t stop any flow of people crossing their border to go to the USA. Remember the song from West Side Story: “Every ting free in America.”

James Dagen


LBS Name, Mascot

Friday August 22



Once again we alumnus of the California State University, Long Beach must defend our name and mascot against the latest F.N.G., in this case CSULB Athletic Director Vic Cegles.

Obviously he did not do his homework before they hired him or he would understand that the names are there for a reason.

First, Prospector Pete, named after the university was founded in 1949. Thus the name the 49ers. To rename it The Beach just shows a lack of class and someone who texts excessively. It doesn’t matter how thousands are donated, you don’t change tradition for a dollar amount. Besides, with the breakwater, we have the beach that is hardly worth mentioning.

Second, the university was at one called California State College, Long Beach. However thanks to the man who brought demise of the football team, the university changed from being a college to university. California State University, Long Beach is one university of a number other universities in the California State University System. There are all kinds of various implications that hold up being in this system as opposed to being an independent university such as a name like Long Beach State University would imply.

Just like the poker chips and sperm whales, or what I called the bread wrapper barcode atop the dirty diapers of the sea, changing the Long Beach city seal was a horrendous flop.

Let’s not let the latest F.N.G. walk in and stir the soup when he has not got it right to begin with.
Keep the 49ers!

Ward Johnson, MPA


Water Rates

Friday August 22



The purpose of this letter is to update your [August 22] Steve Pope article regarding Long Beach Water Department rates and billing. The City of Long Beach violates CA Prop 218. This Constitutional Amendment requires billing rates to be based on cost. LB water rates have no basis in cost, they are arbitrary tiers established to reward SFR (single-family residence) homeowners and punish poor people living in multi-family housing. There is no cost-based analysis for the water rates.

Further, the tiered rates are based on the assertion that TWO persons only live in multi-family homes (duplex, condo, apartment), and FOUR persons live in SFR. Simple Math: SFR meters x 4 + Multi-Family meters x 2 = total population that bears no resemblance to US Census. It is all another lie by city administration. Violation of Prop 218 + false household body-counts = two lies do not make a truth. They are the makings of an expensive lawsuit the city will lose.

John Briscoe