January 22, 1987
In the article, "A 'citizen diplomat' seeks ties to Long Beach in Moscow," (Southeast/Long Beach sections, Jan. 1), Richard Madeira "dismisses arguments that he and other citizen diplomats are Kremlin dupes." But having long made a study of America's leftist/pacifist-peace movement, it is my considered opinion that many of them are. The fact that Mayor Ernie Kell "is eager to have a Soviet sister city" is understandable. Mayor Kell along with three other City Council members are, or have been, members of the Long Beach Area Citizens Concerned--and similar left-wing groups around the country are pressuring their city governments to do the same.
March 15, 1992
Mayor Ernie Kell says it's time to get rid of the Queen Mary. He says it can't earn its keep, so it's got to go. I don't agree with the mayor that this important focal point of the Long Beach oceanfront has to go, and it certainly doesn't help us attract development interest in the Queen Mary when our Long Beach mayor predicts that the ship will have to be sold for scrap. The problem is that the city lacks leaders with the vision and intellect to achieve optimum development of the city's assets.
April 3, 1988
I found Jan Hall's "hit piece" mailer against Mayor Ernie Kell to be insulting to me and embarrassing to our city. She claimed that Long Beach is "for sale" and commission positions are being bought with political favors and contributions. How ridiculous! Shame on you, Jan, for castigating all the fine men and women who donate their time and talents to the service of our city. Is being elected mayor so important that you are willing to besmirch the good character of so many people?
June 11, 1989
Mayor Ernie Kell launched his reelection campaign for a second term last week, declaring that he has accomplished much as the city's first full-time mayor. Kell, a former councilman and mayor before the job became subject to public citywide election, sounded familiar themes as he spoke to a crowd of supporters on the patio of his east Long Beach home. Among his achievements he cited the creation of education and historic preservation offices at City Hall and support of human services.
May 23, 1993
Mayor Ernie Kell still just doesn't get it. He says, "If you drive through the city you would never know we had civil unrest. You just couldn't tell." (Times, April 29). Maybe from behind the tinted glass in his city-financed gas guzzler you can't, but those of us who live in the real world can tell, and we're reminded of it every day. Try using the Department of Motor Vehicles at Willow and Pacific. You can't. It was burned to the ground. It's now a big, unused parking lot. Try shopping in the Wrigley supermarket that was turned to rubble and never came back.
June 25, 1992
From May 1 to May 18 I was activated into duty with the rest of the California Army National Guard. Although it did disrupt my life and put many holds on my career and education, I understood this to be an important and life-saving mission. I also understood my duty when I enlisted. I was happy and honored to help defend and protect the cities of South Los Angeles that were ravaged during the riots, including my own Long Beach. I also felt very proud of the rest of the citizen-soldiers who gave up whatever they were doing to respond to the call of help.