City Council Snippets
From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 18
By Steve Propes
Jeff Abrams spoke regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. “This plant invites spider mites, aphids, gnats, flies, mold and mildew to these same buildings. Given that amateur growers do not have the same knowledge that professional farmers have, these home growers get out of control all too easily. Now all these tenants get to share in spider mites, aphids, gnats, mold and mildew. You guys created safe access, then you took it away.”
Larry Goodhue said to Mayor Foster, “On a more positive note, a few weeks ago, you announced your decision to retire.”
Thomas Jackson asked, “Does the city employ cartoon characters to work as employees of the city?”
Mayor Foster responded, “Not intentionally.”
Jackson stated, “I had one of your employees identify himself as Wilma Flintstone. I documented that. If so, enlighten me.”
Foster stated, “Not that I know of. I just don’t believe so. I haven’t seen brontosaurus Burgers either.”
Foster stated, “We’ll go to the consent calendar.”
DeLong stated, “So moved.”
Foster answered, “Hang on a second, I have to ‘splain it. Items four to 12, I’ll entertain a motion.”
DeLong stated, “I’ll still move it.”
Foster to those in the audience after the Pledge of Allegiance, “Some of you are out of sync, just letting you know.”
Presentation on Mr. Fredric Broder and The “Old Time” Magic Shop.
Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske said, “Thank you for being a small business person in Long Beach.”
DeLong interjected, “Maybe he can make some more money up here.”
Foster said, “You’re not going to make us disappear.”
DeLong interjected, “Let us give you a choice.”
Foster said to DeLong, “Don’t go there.”
Motion about an alcohol nuisance abatement ordinance at liquor stores.
Development Services Director Amy Bodek stated, “We cannot control the sale of alcohol. We would require that no more than ten percent of the entire footage of windows and transparent doors be covered with advertising or signage or be obstructed in any way.
This would enhance visibility into the business. We do have a number of locations with an over proliferation of signage and you’re not able to see into the actual business.
We would require the removal of all publicly accessible pay phones.”
Dennis Dunn spoke to DeLong, “You shaved your mustache.”
DeLong responded, “Change is good.”
Dunn rejoined, “We can’t all be handsome I guess. You look much better in a mustache I think. One of the things they said, we should eliminate pay phones because of nuisance calls. I think we should have more pay phones to call emergency when needed. It is suggested liquor stores carry magazines outside, and the nude pictures would offend children. Oh come on. I haven’t seen where they have nude magazines on the outside, only on the inside, and what is the harm in that? Eros is one of the most great incentives that adds hair usually. Why do you have to pay so much for surveillance cameras? More Orwellian surveillance and un-freedomizing. If it is offensive, they can use the pay phone to call the police.”
The motion passed 8-0 with O’Donnell absent.
When Greek Festival representatives presented a platter of baklava to the city clerk, DeLong said. “Hey Mr. Herrera put those down.”
Foster added, “You might even be able to have adult beverages occasionally over there, we’ll see. I encourage everyone to be Greek for a week.”
DeLong said, “Next year at the council meeting, maybe come a little earlier, bring lamb…”
Foster interjected, “Maybe some ataxis, that might be good too.”
eLong suggested, “Maybe a little ouzo to wash it down.”
Mayor stated, “All that stuff.”