Greggory Moore

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Trapped within in the ironic predicament of wanting to know everything (more or less) while believing it may not be possible really to know anything at all, Greggory Moore is nonetheless dedicated to a life of study, be it of books, people, nature, or that slippery phenomenon we call the self. And from time to time he feels impelled to write a litt

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Life Pays Off for the Man Who Chased the Money Fish

By Greggory Moore, Contributing Reporter John Cox navigated choppy seas from childhood to the premiere of his one-man show, The Money Fi$h, in Hollywood. But without the difficulties of the long voyage he never would have gotten at all. At 13, Cox was alread

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Long Beach Lands a Ringer for Uptown Renaissance

When I met Ryan Smolar 11 years ago, he seemed an unlikely candidate for the Long Beach connector extraordinaire he was to become, this 22-year-old computer nerd living in a studio apartment that might charitably be described as charmingly slovenly. But Smolar's irrepressible good nature,

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Two Men, One Kidney, and a Bond for Life

It was during a routine physical sometime around 1960 that the then-teenage David Braunstein was alerted to the fact that something was not quite right with his kidneys. His urine contained a bit too much protein, doctors told him. But he was a young man without symptoms, and it wasn't lik

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How a Little Long Beach Theatre Company Got to World Premiere a Tom Stoppard Play

Tom Stoppard has won more Tony Awards (four) than any playwright in history, and he got jobbed out of a fifth in 1995 when his Arcadia, the best play ever written, lost out to Terrence McNally's comparatively mediocre Love! Valour! Compassion! No doubt a certain subje

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MADE in Long Beach: What Can Happen When a Landlord Cuts the Community a Break

For a city supposedly on the rise for the last decade, Long Beach has consistently been full of prime property that sits vacant for months or even years. While there may be many factors in play, the most common theme is a landlord more interested in the idea of getting the rent a particul

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Despite Talk, Long Beach Nowhere Close to Bringing Medpot Back

We do owe the public a resolution on this issue, with a responsible timeline. –Mayor Robert Garcia, February 2015

The cannabis landscape in the United States has gotten a whole lot greener since September 10, 2013, the night the Long Beach Cit

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Long Beach Graffiti Remediation Sometimes Misses the Mark

The term 'graffiti' is a bit like the term 'drugs,' in that many people negatively over-generalize the concept. The government has talked of its "war on drugs" for decades, all while sanctioning plenty of them, many of which are far more potentially damaging than some illicit ones. It's al

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Why I Sued the Sheriff’s Department (and What Happened When I Did)

It was three-and-a-half years ago, and yet I remember with perfect clarity the group of police officers waiting at the northeast corner of Ocean Blvd. and Magnolia Ave. before coming through the crosswalk toward me. I wouldn't have noticed them had the group not been so large. The one f

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A Question of Assets: How One Long Beach Lot Can Help Downtown

Long Beach has long lacked a true downtown. For decades the phrase "downtown Long Beach" denoted little more than city hall, the county courthouse, and the first three blocks of Pine Avenue. But there has been growth in recent years. The Promenade now fits into the conversation, there h

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