June 29, 1989
After a debate in which mock boxing and mock wrestling acts were variously described as harmless entertainment, a sex show and an incentive to batter women, the Long Beach City Council approved an ordinance that regulates the shows at local establishments. Regulation had been advocated by Councilman Warren Harwood, who warned in a memo to his colleagues that "exhibitions of mock fighting between scantily clad females and inebriated male customers may have the effect of sexual arousal, agitation, anger or other strong emotion among those participating and those witnessing these exhibitions."
June 20, 1985
I am proud to live in a community where my gay and lesbian neighbors can exercise their constitutional rights as American citizens. Despite efforts by far right-wing reactionaries and scared, narrow-minded bigots, our homosexual residents have become a welcome, accepted part of our city--and it's about time, too. Some people don't realize this is 1985. The future is now. It is beyond amazement how Councilman Warren Harwood can continue to keep both feet in his mouth and still utter banality after banality.
March 20, 1986
The City Council has begun a push that could ultimately force adult theaters and bookstores out of residential neighborhoods within three years. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to have the city attorney draft an ordinance and have it reviewed by the Planning Commission. Under the proposal, an existing adult bookstore or theater would be uprooted if it is within 500 feet of a residential neighborhood, church, school or public park.
May 25, 1986
An article in the May 15 issue of the Long Beach Section inaccurately describes me as a participant in the City Council action of May 13 with regards to Club Sylvia. The article describes me as a "gay activist." The dictionary definition of "gay activist" says: "an individual working at state and local levels to repeal discriminatory legislation--and to win adoption of laws affirming full right regardless of an individual's sexual preference." This would appear to mean that my commitment to the fight against AIDS is merely a "personal sexual preference issue."
September 12, 1985
According to the newspapers, Councilman Warren Harwood is backing Craig Garbe and the Long Beach Coalition for Traditional Values. This is a front name for Christian fundamentalists who take it upon themselves to tell you and me what we may see or read or hear. Garbe and his self-appointed guardians of the public soul have been known to pack City Council chambers to force through their religious credos by council edict. Councilman Harwood usually back these righteous fundamentalists.
June 18, 1987 |
A new helicopter airline began daily scheduled flights Wednesday out of the Long Beach Airport. L A Helicopter Inc. received a one-year city permit to operate its passenger and freight service between Long Beach and Los Angeles International Airport--the first helicopter service with scheduled flights in Long Beach, according to the company's president, Gordon J. Myers. When City Manager James C.