By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

We are pleased to announce the 14th year of the Beachcomber’s Best of Long Beach Contest which – like last year – doubles the chances of your winning prizes totaling up to $10,000. Again this year the contest will be in two phases, with service-related business ballots distributed in February (announced in early April) and product-oriented business ballots distributed in July (recognized in early ... more


By Taylor Ramsey Plastic Bags, Feeling Good & Research

I was reviewing the columns I have submitted to the Beachcomber since my first one back on Aug., 10, 2012 to determine if I had written about plastic bag ban laws. A year ago I wrote an article titled, “Feel Good Laws are Dumb” and in it I devoted a paragraph to plastic bag laws. A regular reader will know that I often refer to well-intentioned regulations as “feel-good” legislation. Laws that ... more



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Rev. Dale Whitney Retires After 41 Years of Service

Reverend Dale Whitney threw his “hat” into the retirement ring Jan 1. While Rev. Whitney is better known as the straw-hatted manager of the Harbor Area Farmers Markets, he has continuously served as a central figure in Long Beach’s peace, social justice and interfaith movements since the 1970s. Centro Shalom, a Long Beach social services organization, ... more



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Garcia's First State of the City Is Upbeat

This month’s State of the City address by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was nearly as much showbiz as it was about the survey of matters of importance of local government. According to the mayor’s office, the Long Beach City Charter requires the mayor to issue a State of the City report to the city council each year, on or before January 15. The ... more



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Microchip Returns Misty to Her Family

“Misty” and her family got the best Christmas present of all this past holiday – the gift of being reunited with the help of a microchip. It was the rare date of 12/13/14 when a Long Beach resident saw a dog wandering alone on Agate Avenue heading toward the busy Del Amo Boulevard – several blocks west of Long Beach Boulevard. The resident ... more



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Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Pop quiz: If you’re having chest pains, should you go to an urgent care center or the emergency room? The answer should be obvious. Yet according to a new poll, patients suffering from real medical emergencies like this one are not heading to the ER. Seven in 10 emergency physicians treat patients who end up in the ER only after first going ... more



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