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Council Candidates Reflect on Election Outcome

Democrats and Republicans give their take on why Long Beach residents voted as they did.

After their sweeping victory in the Long Beach City Council election Tuesday, Democrats Len Torres, Fran Adelson and Scott Mandel attributed their success to what they viewed as voters’ discontent with the Republican administration on matters of attitude, fairness and open government.

"I think first and foremost, our inability to be arrogant about being part of this wonderful city,” said incumbent Len Torres when asked what the thought encouraged most voters to support him and his fellow Democrats. “It's very easy to be in a position where you treat people in a way that's unfair. I think that was the message that got out."

Of the Democratic trio, Torres had the highest vote total to win a four-year term in the at-large election with three open seats. In victory, Adelson, who garnered two votes fewer than Torres but wins the same term, struck a contrast between how the two teams campaigned and underscored her theme of making city government more open and accessible to constituents.

"I think that people finally got to see the difference between the campaigns, the ways we ran a clean, higher-road campaign with no bashing,” Adelson said. “We want to bring the government back to the people and transparency back to the people. We let every community know they are just as important as the next."

Mandel, a first-time candidate who won a two-year term by capturing the third highest vote total, painted the victory as the beginning of a recovery. "We're all going to work together to start healing the city,” he said. “I think voters had enough. I think it was time for a change, they needed a change and we offered that change here."

Tuesday night’s election at least changes the face of the council, from a 3-2 Republican majority to a 4-1 Democrat majority, as Torres, Adelson and Mandel will join incumbents Michael Fagen and lone Republican John McLaughlin.

The Republicans campaigned with an emphasis on portraying the city as faring comparatively well in tough economic times, with the administration producing lower taxes, a budget with a zero percent tax levy increase and a top bond rating from Moody’s, the financial ratings agency.

Council Vice President Mona Goodman, who came in three votes behind President Thomas Sofield Jr. (who declined to comment), said she thought constituents would support their achievements.

"[I thought] that people would see things were going well, the city's looked the best it's looked and that things were going along fine,” Goodman said. “I'm a bit surprised frankly.”

Goodman said she is still passionate about Long Beach and hopes things will go well with the city. “I'll still be attending city council meetings,” she said. “I'll just be sitting in a different place."

In defeat, Marvin Weiss, the top vote-getter on the Republican team, wished the Democrats well, expressed hope that they will be fair and just in their governance, and that the city prospers. But he thought the majority of voters didn’t objectively assess the Republican team.

“I think too many people were listening to negative things and taking that to heart and not doing enough homework on their own,” Weiss said. “There is a tone in the country about change, so change is what has now occurred."

City Council Election Results:
D- Len Torres: 3,798
D- Fran Adelson: 3,796
D- Scott Mandel: 3,708
R- Marvin Weiss: 3,333
R- Thomas Sofield Jr.: 3,324
R- Mona Goodman: 3,321

LI Resistance November 10, 2011 at 12:19 AM
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” - Benjamin Franklin “In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character” - Noah Webster
V. P. R. November 10, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Get rid of this current system !!!! Lets go back to having a MAYOR !! :-)
occupylongbeach November 10, 2011 at 01:09 AM
amazing how jimmy has now changed his tune...amazing. If you can't beat them, join them eh?
Lloyd November 10, 2011 at 01:32 AM
I dont have much faith in the new political party imbalance on the Council. Theres just one wolf left surviving to guard the chicken coop. Of course there are always the brave Patch posters typing away on their home computers to keep on eye on things at City Hall. I know I'm kinda new around here, but I didnt see much criticism by the Dems here of the Dem Councilmen. They solely threw their abuse at Sofield and Theofan. Now what will they do, all gang up on Mcloughlin?
Stuart Banschick November 10, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Well said Jimmy, does LB Shaun agree?
Mr Dunes November 10, 2011 at 05:13 AM
I hope Transparency Finally enters Long Beach Politics Today!
Misty November 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM
Clearly, we need to be on our toes in micromanaging the coalition until they are officially out of office. Their decisions (including upgrades and hiring) need to be inspected with a fine-tooth comb. They will run amok if they are not watched.
LBLover November 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Lets just pray that the dems don't bring back the douche bags of the past. Wanted Sofield out don't need Zapson in
moe November 10, 2011 at 01:42 PM
A lot of "promises" and "claims" were made to a lot of people (inside and outside of city hall) during this election by the incoming administration. How it all gets accomplished without raising taxes or fees, as they promised, will remain to be seen. But fear not they have a four vote majority so they will simply bond their way out of it, which will only put us in a further mess down the road. Mark my words, beware of the bonding measures they put forward. Bonds ruined the banks, europe and we could be next.
jetsboog November 10, 2011 at 03:11 PM
zapson is on the short list for sure
LBLover November 10, 2011 at 03:27 PM
That would be a HUGE mistake for the Dems to make...
Penn street voter November 10, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Lets see if the dems will bring back that incompetent Spiritus as city manager, most likely. If so I will do my best to vote you all out in two years. If smart they should knock on Ed Eatons door. The learning curve for a new city manager is just to long here in this political jungle.
MikeC. November 10, 2011 at 03:48 PM
I'm pretty sure that the incoming administration is savvy enough not to turn the city into a patronage factory. There will be some hires that will raise some eyebrows; that's the nature of politics. Keeping campaign promises should be paramount. Do not form endless committees, commission countless studies, and at the end of two years tell us "we're working on it". Focus on the Boardwalk, the superblock, and open, accessible government. Do this and we'll all benefit.
Disgusted Homeowner November 10, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Is Bruce Nyman working? Our new (hack) City Manager
Marc Brandt November 10, 2011 at 10:54 PM
"higher-road" ? Fran herself ...... yeah
Elizabeth Treston November 11, 2011 at 12:52 AM
We all have friends that work for our City. As we look forward when job opportunities become available being related or a friend just should not be one's only qualification. I like knowing the people that work in City Hall, LBPD and LBFD on a first name basis. I don't like when you don't do the job you were hired for no matter who your mom dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt or neighbor happens to be. Make sense?
oceanview November 11, 2011 at 03:30 AM
No Eaton or Spiritis. We need a new start.
LI Resistance November 11, 2011 at 03:48 AM
At least Spirits has a experience like a cityplanner but Eaton ? are you kidding me?. Long Beach has the goverment it deserves.
William Polin November 11, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Long beach only knows how to go backwards, not forwards in picking a city manager.
Lori November 12, 2011 at 07:02 PM
"... CharlesTheofan, one of the most despised city managers in decades. Everybody hated him. In fact, when he came out of his mother, the doctor slapped her." Now there is a productive comment - 'Adios' to any credibilty you may have had....such a classless comment. How old are you? This is so juvenile - have an opinion and state it without the venom.
joe November 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Adios, first of all the distinction of most hated CM goes to your "real pro" Spiritis. Ask around, nobody could work with that nut. He is a master of self promotion that has as his entire body of work the Village of Hempstead. Now that's a real show place. He had a free hand there and plenty of money from the Feds and came up with what? As far as being a "Real Pro" he has his PHD in School Administration, the field that he wanted to enter back in the 70's. Needless to say no school district would hire him so he was hired by the City of LOng Beach because he was Harvey's friend. He ran the Community Development office with Charles Theofan. During that time he had his staff doing his school work for his PHD. Because of some very shady deals he exited Long Beach and headed to Hempstead Village where he stayed for 16 years. And who did he hire to cover his back Charles Theofan ! Been to Hempstead Village lately? I bet you haven't gone there at night, So what has he accomplished ? He has been the Dept head in Long Beach and Hempstead and spent 9 months reeking havoc as the CM in LOng Beach. Running a dept for a municipality is a far cry from running a City.. Now let's talk about Theofan, nice guy yes inept yes. Has not been an effective CM and has no clue how the City works or who the fakers are but to say that he is hated is wrong. Spiritis, Nyman and Cammarata now those guys were hated. So get your facts straight and stop promoting that loser Spiritis
LBLover November 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Don't need or want anyone from the past! The past wasn't good... New blood for the future or the dems can see themselves out in 2 years.
LBLover November 13, 2011 at 01:23 PM
This is where the dems will go south too! I see the big mistake coming of letting zapson pick people and bringing dinosaurs from the past. If they get rid of the quality people who are running the city like Gillespie .. then it will be their downfall. The new city manager needs to someone who has fresh ideas.
LI Resistance November 13, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Thanks for the info , I will check it and confirm it . See that is why this blogs are helpful , yes some people will lie and smear but others will bring information for us to open our eyes and make us curious to find the true . Thank God for Freedom of Speech.
Baghdad Bob November 13, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Why do you insist on attacking others with whom you disagree? Why do you keep changing your screen name to make those attacks? Why do you find it so difficult to make those attacks in proper English, using correct spelling and coherent sentence structure? You keep insisting how insignificant the Patch is, yet you get more heated than anyone else about the content posted here. Take a deep breath and relax.
Baghdad Bob November 13, 2011 at 08:34 PM
A video for our schizophrenic friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4
Baghdad Bob November 13, 2011 at 09:01 PM
What posts did he hold? Who do you think he is? I just figured he was an escaped mental patient.
larry benowitz November 14, 2011 at 05:18 PM
what "promises" and claims were made, inform me. your associates have left this city's coffers bone dry, every reserve fund is barren, the democrats when they left office left a $8 million dollar cushion for the sofield administration to run on and eventually waste
ADNK November 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM
"typing away on their home computers"? Like in their parent's basement with Cheetos covered fingers?. . Get off my lawn!
LI Resistance November 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
remember this ?? http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20FCO%2020110519092.xml

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