The councilwoman stands on the cusp of making that title a reality. But getting there hasn't been easy
Regular readers of Navel Gazing already know that of all the cities that have cracked down on marijuana in Southern California, none have been as lame and hypocritical as Long Beach. First, the city welcomed in pot clubs, offering to provide a chance to obtain a permit to grow and distribute mariju ... More >>
Next week is American Craft Beer Week, a celebration of brews made in the U.S. of A. Local breweries and restaurants are taking part in the national party. Here's where to go to grab a pint.
Long Beach Convention Center
Sorry to all the animal-lovers out there, but "vegetarian pho" is definitely an oxymoron, so much so that the very association of it with Long Beach's Number Nine has left many avoiding the place despite its convenient location on Fourth Street's Retro Row. But a recent lunch with a vegetarian broug ... More >>
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Just a few short months ago, Lona's City Limits Cantina was called Lona's Wardlow Station and it was a Long Beach dive bar of epic proportions. Warm beer was served in large, frozen glasses, karaoke songs were belted out with blue-collar bravado and a claw game in the corner (called "Lobster Zone") ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the jury ruling for the dead man's family.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 3, 2:13 P.M.: A $21.5 million civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Long Beach over cops fatally shooting a guy holding a gardening water nozzle on a friend's Belmont Sho ... More >>
Who likes hot women? We have no issues with athletic ladies sporting purple, and you shouldn't either. Get to know a couple this month, as burger behemoth Carl's Jr hosts a series of meet-and-greets with your Los Angeles Laker Girls!And if that's not reason enough to do your laundry, we've got more ... More >>
A San Clemente man pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to secretly owning a chain of nine medical marijuana clinics in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Because John Melvin "Pops" Walker has drug-related priors and was caught with firearms, the 56-year-old was looking at the possibility of l ... More >>
Happy Friday ladies and gents, let's take a look at what this week in food brought us... Edwin reviewed Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach where you can watch your pizzas being made in a bright and modern setting. Then he switched to strictly silly topics, telling us about Sriracha flavored chocolate ... More >>
Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman and her Orange County-adjacent colleague Bob Foster in Long Beach are among 25 California mayors who have signed a Courage Campaign letter supporting gay marriage.All the other OC mayors--it seems as if there are 50 or so--apparently could not find pens with in ... More >>
A few months into 2013 and we're less than a week away from the first big live hip-hop experience of the year. Last year was filled with immensely enjoyable shows all across Southern California, from Nas at Rock the Bells to Juicy J and ASAP Rocky at the Observatory. And, here we are, ready to start ... More >>
The Pike Bar & Grill
While there's plenty to be happy about with this year's Ink-n-Iron lineup at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Weekly recently learned that another one of the ship's major festivals slated for spring has been sunk. Last Thursday, Punk Rock Picnic was cancelled until further notice. The two-day fest ... More >>
For years, the Fiesta Twin Theatre on Fourth Street in downtown SanTana has shown English-language films in Spanish and Spanish-language films in Spanish.But there's a new film programmer coming to the cinemas--direct from El Long Beach--to fulfill indie-, student- and LGBT-movie dreams.
Compared to other months, February seemed slow on restaurant openings, or at least that's what it felt like. Here's our monthly roundup of eateries that we noticed were new; and one restaurant we noticed closed. Do you see any we neglected to list on either front? Share them in the comments.
For the voracious foodie, indecisive eater and social butterfly alike, Dishcrawl is for the first time spreading its bar-crawl-for-food concept to the eclectic restaurants of downtown Long Beach.On March 12, Dishcrawl reps will escort ticketholders to four locations across downtown's dining and ente ... More >>
Since Long Beach doesn't have a street food culture where bacon-wrapped hot dogs and al pastor tacos materialize on street corners, farmer's market pupusas have sufficed for me as the closest thing to sidewalk grub I'll get in this town. Always cheap ($2 tops), these masa pockets of cheesy goo ... More >>
I am a huge fan of the trade magazine, the obscure journal written for a niche audience that rarely makes it into the mainstream, and am always looking for new ones. And I just found one: Nightclub & Bar, which advertises itself as "the go-to resource for the on-premise professional" in the nigh ... More >>
Michael's, which began as a very good fine dining Italian restaurant on Long Beach's Naples Island (and still is), is opening its third pizzeria today. This one is at Downtown Long Beach's Promenade. According to its Facebook, the mayor will be there for a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.
Valentine's is over and now we can get back to the good ol' regular food stuff. Let's take a look at what this week brought us... Edwin reviewed the crepes at Thahn Ha in Westminster. He told us about the most expensive drink made at Starbucks so far, which involved 48 shots of espresso (why world? ... More >>
The city may not officially be part of Orange County, but we love its craft beer all the same
The story of Long Beach's most successful band rarely emphasizes its multicultural roots, its ability to seamlessly blend disparate genres or its importance in creating a globally appealing pop sound out of a mass of local musical influences. Instead, most considerations of ska-punk outfit Sublime f ... More >>
Most people that live in Long Beach love the fact that there aren't a lot of corporate chain restaurants here. Bustling dining districts like Belmont Shore and Bixby Knolls are full of quality, locally owned eateries, leaving the city's lone Chili's, Outback Steakhouse and Islands locations to serve ... More >>
Long Beach is neither Little Saigon nor Thai Town and so its lack of fast casual soup-and-noodles-only establishments comes as no surprise. The city is, however, a college town filled with many starving students craving affordable comfort food, so it does seem a little odd that Cyclo Noodles took so ... More >>
There are a lot of casual-quickie restaurant chains that have made an entire empire out of serving rotisserie chicken combo plates and assorted comfort-food sides. In Southern California, they seem to be all over the place: Santa Monica's Koo Koo Roo, California Chicken Cafe in the San Fernando Vall ... More >>
The holidays are almost over, and you can return to spending your money on more selfish things. Let's take a look at some favorite food and drink from this year, as well as new places on the horizon. Edwin's weekly food review covered the cozy Attic in Long Beach that serves creative Southern, Caju ... More >>
Picking a new lineup of bands and a new venue every month can be a tough exercise, just ask any promoter. But putting together a bill is more than just snatching up quality bands, it's about the dynamic they have between them. The motto for December's line up might as well be "Sharing is Caring." Ea ... More >>
Long Beach is a city for musicians who like to spread themselves around. It's nothing new to hear about a guitarist or drummer who happens to play in four or five bands at a time. Sure, we wouldn't call that exclusively LB behavior. But we'll be damned if musicians in any other city do it as effortl ... More >>
A lot of great music and great groups have come out of Long Beach, but don't discredit the other artists that come out of the city as well. Long Beach is also home to some great comic acts like LB native Jason Collings. When it comes to Jason, you get the feeling that his surroundings had a lot to d ... More >>
ORIGINAL POST, 11:36 A.M.: Tragic news is emerging from Mexico this morning as authorities have confirmed that an airplane carrying Mexican regional music superstar and Long Beach native Jenni Rivera and her family is missing.
It's that time of year again, when presents are unwrapped, miracles seem to occur out of nowhere, and despite the mounds of shop-o-holic debt you're about to incur, the need to give away free shit has never been stronger. That's how we feel about it, anyway. That's why we wanted to throw an extra fi ... More >>
The next generation of the city's Cambodian-American community steps up to help its elders—and itself
Just a week ago, Temple Israel in Long Beach was rededicated after major improvements were made to the synagogue complex at 269 Loma Ave. "Improvements" added last night were not improvements at all but disgusting swastikas and slogans sprayed onto the place for worshipers from greater Long Beach an ... More >>
The businesses on the bottom floor of the Broadlind Hotel in Long Beach's East Village have turned over many times. The last three years have seen the corner unit host two different coffeeshops; the tiny boutique facing Linden Ave. has been a salon, a jewelry store and is currently a juice bar; and ... More >>
Horror struck Long Beach on Saturday, when the LBC became overrun with zombies. Most people were watching college football when terror reigned, but those who were caught outside found themselves in the midst of the uncanny. I was one of them. This is my story. On Saturday aft ... More >>
Twelve people were arrested this morning for conspiracy to distribute marijuana in a case that federal authorities claim involves a ring of pot dispensaries that operated in both Orange County and Long Beach. A 31-page indictment released by the U.S. attorneys office today claims that the shops--nin ... More >>
Marina Green Park
According to an article in today's Long Beach Press Telegram, the city is trying to revoke the commercial license of the owner of a strip mall on Anaheim Blvd. The reason? The landlord keeps renting the building to pesky pot clubs.All of which raises a question: are there really any medical marijuan ... More >>
*See bottom of post for update: ORIGINAL POST, Oct. 10, 2:44 p.m.: As we reported last month, an Ace Hardware store in Long Beach drew the ire of Long Beach pot activists when it began protesting against the nearby Fourth & Olive marijuana dispensary. Folks protested the store and threatene ... More >>
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[Editor's Note: Every Thursday, in addition to bombarding you with blog posts, this newspaper does something really crazy...we write a print version! Here's a taste of our top stories this week]1) Our lead story this week checks in on the English Beat, and their tireless frontman Dave Wakeling. Di ... More >>
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