Patch Question: What's the Top Issue in Long Beach?

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Property taxes, congested sidewalks, a deteriorated boardwalk, traffic, illegal rentals, and a stronger police presence in the West End. These are some of the replies Patch readers offered when we posed the same question six months ago: What issue in Long Beach tops your list of problems that need fixing?

To those who replied to this question back in June, have you since changed your mind? Is there another issues that tops your list? There have certainly been some changes in the past half year, from the city's finances, to Quiksilver's surfing competition and the decision not to return next year, to the change in administrations at City Hall, and much more. All readers are invited to share their (civil) thoughts in the comments below.

Mike Charles January 06, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The first 100 days of a new federal administration have become a sort of benchmark. How about a similar gauge for Long Beach's new government? If no concrete, realistic plans are proposed and implementation begun within this time frame, residents can rightfully demand positive action including "throwing the bums out."
Gerald Cymbalsky January 06, 2012 at 11:02 PM
@Brenden, no one should be afraid of an independent witness to a car accident.
Mr Dunes January 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
#1 I would like the new administration to end the shady politics and offer full transparency to not just the council members bit to the public as well. I feel the community based meetings are a good start. #2 As many others have stated, LB needs a vision. I feel that we(ranging from children to adults) should visit with LB seniors and have discussions about their hindsight. Not only that, invite them to come to LB orchestra, and athletic games to strengthen community and school spirit. The 'old' physical therapy facility is being turned onto a senior loving facility, and we should engage this with proper research & respect. #3 Last but not least, I know it's not relegated to Long Beach, but the Bay Park sewage treatment facility! I asked the manager if he would consider implementing a Twitter notification of whenever there are hazardous waste in our waterways, and the manager responded:"what's Twitter?"
Mark January 06, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Clearly the new admin isn't ending shady politics but bringing even more shadiness aboard. I can't believe all today I hear that Tagney, the dems runningmate's husband is named police commissioner, Mr. Zapson's secretary is the new city manager's secretary and then Steve Kohut is named asst city manager? This is the absolute opposite of what these people promised us- we just got a slap in the face, and they don't even care that they lied to us all throughout the election.
paul.d.spellman January 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The lack of a Dunkin Donuts or other simliar type of establishment in the West End is definitely a major issue.
Mark January 06, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Ha! Your not going to get that Paul, did you see the uproar around election time.. Mr. Fagen was standing in front of West School on election day telling people if they didnt vote out Sofield, he would put a Dunking down west and people were going crazy over it
paul.d.spellman January 06, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Mark, I would venture a guess we will see a Dunkin Donuts in the west end before we see any of these other hopes realized.
Theresa Buonomo January 07, 2012 at 01:15 AM
my problem has been the same for many years...no parking for residence. Last winter there was a big snow mound in front of my house, i called to have it removed and was given some sob story. Why was it there in the first place? It's bad enough I can't park in the summer..all winter there was a snow mound in front of my house.
LW January 07, 2012 at 03:20 AM
friend of mine said steve kohut has been given a city vehicle...for what...is he going to be the assistant city manager? he is retired teacher getting a pension? How does that work with social security? Is he even qualified? Or is he there to babysit for the baby face city manager and tell he what to do? Here we go, back to the Cammarata days
paul.d.spellman January 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
and the parking for "residents" is even worse. I know last year those snow mounds were terrible and I don't even think we got more than 5 feet of snow, imagine if it snowed even more?
Candygram for Mongo January 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
What is your friend's name?
delete me January 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
No parking for residents? Can you define what adequate parking is? How far from your home do you cross the line between adequate parking and no parking? Are you in the West End, Land of the Useless Curb Cuts and Illegally Used Garage Spaces?
delete me January 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
"friend of mine said"
kooper January 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
how do we turn long beach into the beautiful beach communtiy it should be? start with the shop owners and business occupants... maybe they can pick up the garbage and weeds that accumulate in the 10 ft space in front of their businesses...not a lot of effort there. right now, most look like crap. why not follow the lead of huntington or the hamptons, where the sidewalks matter and storefronts show a sense of pride? doesn't cost a dime to walk outside with a broom and a garbage bag.
delete me January 07, 2012 at 04:24 PM
If D&D makes a gluten free french cruller and offers soy milk for my latte I'm going to dry hump that building.
delete me January 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
It'd be cool if we could get another neighborhood in Long Beach other than the West End. Maybe the city could expand eastward?
Mary Ellen Pollina January 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Kooper, you are right on! Number 1 priority is a Compliance Officer that will patrol the streets to make sure that both store keepers and property owners are following the Long Beach sanitation codes: sweeping sidewalks and curbs, preparing commercial garbage properly and putting it out at the curb no earlier than 10PM the night before pick up. etc. There was a compliance officer years ago and his position was eliminated. BRING IT BACK. The fines levied in the first 6 months will go a long way towards fixing our fiscal crisis. Again, this should be part of a vision, a plan for the commercial districts. First, get everyone code compliant. Then, bring out the Master Plan guidelines (that were created in 2005) and start implementing streetscape improvements. Offer commercial property owners incentives to upgrade the storefronts and signs to follow Master Plan guidelines. Use sanitation summer specials to sweep, empty and clean trash receptacles, etc.throughout the day on weekends. Step up police patrols (on foot or Segways) in commercial areas during the summer. Create a task force on the City Council to (lead by professional realtor and city council prez Fran Adelson) to develop a campaign to lure quality businesses. It's all about planning, vision and implementation that will improve the quality of life and the value of our property.
gg January 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Forester street has sink holes, it will most likely cave in soon due to daily garbage truck runs and botched east end school construction....how do you get on the top 20 list?
gg January 07, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Me too!!!! All winter a snow mound! And I mean at least 10 ft wide by 10 ft high.....my sidewalk now needs to be replaced because of it.... Every time I would see a plow I would actually get out of my car and beg them to come remove it ...but no such luck...I don't have long beach "connections".........
gg January 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
East end? The Canals? The Bay? Are you new to long beach?
Mr Dunes January 08, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Don't forget the police on bicycles, and motorcycles
Margaret January 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
What happened to the big complaint about the boardwalk I heard for months??
lbadvocator January 09, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I don't think the Allegria can even pay their electric bill.
LB GIRL January 09, 2012 at 10:44 AM
I think the most important step in any city is to keep crime down. LB has done a good job but it could be better. Take a cue from NYC. I totally disagree with Eddie. If the police are doing their job they should have whatever necessary in the way of equipment. I would not want to see this town overrun with gangs as so many places in LI are already. Secondly there are parking lots, but very few people bother to get the stickers. Mary Ann Polina has the right idea. Are u running for office?
Eddie January 09, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Attagirl! Maybe the cops should buy more boats, since they sank theirs the first week they had it. How 'bout if you had to pay for this nonsense. Unless you are on welfare, it's a big reason your rent is so high!
Theresa Buonomo January 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
LB Girl we know there are parking lots...they are always full. Home owners park their cars in the lot and leave their garage and driveway for guests. Where does that leave the residents who don't have a garage or driveway? It's like being in prison in the summer.once you get home, you can't leave again..forget bringing in groceries. I realize it's not a retirement community, but this is out of control completely.. I
queenskid January 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I'm concerned about the finances for Long Beach. I would like to see this new administration stop the spending and not be a miniature federal government. I don't want to drive through the back of the Police Department and see all brand new top of the line cars in this environment. Why do we need a Marine Division? All the extras should be cut until the budget is under control. We don't need another 25% increase in taxes.
Packanig January 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Maybe if they let up on boardwalk stores it would encourage more of them. Maybe taxing the people into oblivion isn't a good idea.
danielle April 21, 2012 at 03:42 PM
buddys bicycle shop is a hangout for bums so dirty pigsty building looks like it houses filthly trash needs to be cleaned up makes block look bad
delete me April 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
You clearly aren't talking about the West End. Are you so reliant on your car that the thought of not being able to use it to go to a store makes you feel like you're in prison then I highly suggest you take a bus, get a bike or walk. I find a trend in people who feel so reliant on their cars to go 10 blocks are generally the type of people who could benefit from losing a calorie.


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