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With Gov. Newsom surviving the recall, many are going back to their shoplifting ways. Corporations did not mind all the theft going on and happily backed Newsom.
Stealing merchandise under $950 is a misdemeanor and if investigated, prosecutors will let you go. Thank you, Long Beach residents and LA DA George Gascon for that.
The ethically challenged, morally bankrupt individuals the corporations prefer and the law protects seem to be running the show. Perhaps with enough new thefts, the vacancy rate in Belmont Shore will get to 100%. The big box stores don’t mind, they tell their employees don’t risk their lives. Let ‘em walk out the door.
With the recall out of the way, time to walk in and walk out, a new form of dine and dash. This, along with the dregs of society hanging out shooting drugs, urinating on Second Street, etc., will destroy the quality of life in Long Beach. You get the government you vote for.
I wonder when the thieves leave the store with their goods, do they praise the companies, Gov. Newsom, George Gascon, Suzie Price and our Mayor Garcia. Chanting Hallelujah!
Read your column about Khloe. It’s almost frightening when a dog refuses food — really hits you. Couple of words of advice; the title of your essay suggests you may be interested in some help.
Golden retrievers are notoriously picky eaters. More like greyhounds than Labradors. Yet the breed thrives and I’d bet most of them don’t get catered to.
So, the bottom line is that she won’t starve to death, or even illness. So back to higher level thinking.
Dog kibble goes rancid fairly quickly. Buy fresh, and keep refrigerated.
As to people food for her, it’s fine. Expensive and fussy, but fine. Rule of thumb, equal amounts meat, grains (oatmeal works miracles) and leafy greens (cooked or the gas will kill you!). Toss in a spoonful of pumpkin (works but I don’t know why) and check with your vet for calcium and mineral supplements for the wee essentials.
I used to cook a batch a month. Pretty sure it gave me solid Goddess status from the canines.
But picky dogs do exist, Khloe is apparently one and a firm-minded one at that. It’s your choice, stubborn standoff or have fun with creating new cuisine! Whatever you choose, don’t worry, she won’t waste away.
Chef for dogs
I feed Luba, my dog, with a stew I cook. Chicken breast plus beef liver or pork, Normandy blend vegetables from Costco and any leafy vegetable that is not totally fresh for salads and occasionally some brown rice or Quaker oats.
She gets some for breakfast. For dinner, she gets dry food I buy at the store by the animal shelter.
Maybe you can cook for her. I cook once a week and keep it in freezer. Of course she gets special treats when I leave to work for her to think it is okay I’m gone.
I give her medication with whipped cream cheese from Trader Joe’s.
I disagree with writer Kevin Bigelow, to get or not to get vaccinated should always be the choice of the individual. It’s no different for police officers and firefighters.
We can’t force anyone to take a vaccine who doesn’t want it for whatever the individual’s reasons may be ,just like we all have the freedom of choice to refuse medical care when it is offered.
Nor should any employee’s professional position or livelihood be threatened because he or she simply chooses not to be vaccinated.
Is this what our country is coming to? That our politicians are now going to tell us what to put into our bodies?
If you and me have received the vaccine, then there is no reason why we should fear the unvaccinated. So we’ve been led to believe. Yet there have been individuals who have been vaccinated, yet became infected with the COVID-19 virus afterward.
Police officers and firefighters already have more than enough on their plates. We shouldn’t be mandating that anyone get vaccinated. It’s a freedom of choice each of us have whether we choose to get vaccinated or not, including police officers and firefighters.
I am in agreement with the City Council that temporary parklets are a viable option for restaurants in specific districts and business corridors. However, they have not proven to be effective on Second Street in Belmont Shore.
The parklets were sold to the residents as temporary structures to mediate the impact of the COVID-19 virus, until such time as indoor dining restrictions were lifted. That time has come and gone and yet empty parklets are still occupying parking spaces on Second Street.
I was curious as to what the economic impact of having 28 empty parklets deployed on Second Street is. I called the city Public Works Department who provided the parking space turnover rate to me. Here is a snap-shot of the cost to the Belmont Shore community to host the empty 28 parklets.
128 parking spots x 1.3 turnover rate = 166.40 x 10 hours = 1,664 lost parking x 7 days a week = 11,648 lost spaces x 4 weeks = 46,592 lost parking spaces a month. Yet another way to look at this is 46,592 x $ 2.50 = $113,980.00 in lost parking revenue a month! (Editor’s Note: These figures and calculations have not been verified.)
Any savvy marketing executive would tell you an integrated deployment and messaging plan should have been employed to assure the success of the deployment. This has been just another example of our elected officials shooting from the hip with no real plan to support it.
The unintended result of the City Council pandering to the restaurants in Belmont Shore has caused a significant reduction in retail pedestrian traffic on Second Street, in some cases prompting the closure of retail business. The temporary parklets have become a safety, health and quality of life issue for many residents in the Belmont Shore community.
The pandemic has certainly changed the paradigm of dining out for the foreseeable future. Continuing to allow deployment of empty parklets on Second Street does not benefit anyone. It is time for all 28 temporary parklets to be removed from Second Street and parking returned to the Belmont Shore community.
The Cal State Long Beach campus is so fortunate to have a special place like Puvungna located within its boundaries. The history of the old Indian village called Puvungna goes back hundreds of years.
The site has changed, but the sacredness is still strong. People go there to pray and for spiritual ceremony as well as just to find peace and quiet and walk the grounds. Puvungna is a healing center.
Our children grow up looking forward to going to Puvungna to hear the elders talk or show family photos of gatherings from years past. Families connect there and share stories and visit with one another.
I have been attending gatherings and ceremonies there for about 45 years now and have watched the changes take place. Grandparents take their grandkids for walks at Puvungna so they can teach and show them the living history of a Nationall Registered Historical Site in our local area.
Let’s hope all people respect Puvungna long into the future.
CSULB 1979 Graduate
Cal State Long Beach is one of the city’s largest employers. As a federally designated Minority-Serving Institution, its faculty must commit to Diversity Guidelines and are expected to create an inclusive culture of respect and civility.
The institution’s leaders have severely fumbled their commitment to diversity and respect through their actions towards Puvungna, a sacred site used for ceremonial and spiritual purposes by the Acjachemen, Tongva, and other Indigenous people. CSULB dumped tons of dirt, sprayed pesticides, and built profit-generating developments on Puvungna, such as the Japanese Gardens.
A recent lawsuit settlement has protected Puvungna from any future development or mismanagement by the university. CSULB must go further by educating the community and emphasizing the significance and achievements of Indigenous cultures. Signage, responsible land management, and transparency is the only way for CSULB to gain credibility on the subjects of diversity and inclusion.