The Long Beach Police Department has been cracking down on violence in the city lately from searching 45 homes associated with the Eastside Longos gang that co... to getting approval from the City Council to use $400,000 from the Redevelopment Agency to install approximately 17 cameras in North Long Beach. And that's just what this blog is about City Lifers - cameras being installed to make sure things are running smoothly.
In a recent article according to Chief McDonnell, he said, "It is our responsibility as the city’s police department to make sure these cameras are used responsibly,” the chief said. “There would be no using them to see who is with whom, things like that. They are to be used as deterrents to crime, and that’s how we will use them."
I'm not sure how I feel about the camera's being put there. I actually don't feel too threatened by them at all. For all those are going to throw the "Big Brother" theory at me, consider this. If the government really want your information, they can get it. Easily. I'm more afraid of Facebook, which asks me every time I log on, to insert my phone number to "strengthen" my account's security. At least with these camera's there's a chance that some of the logged data can be public record. But at the same time, I would like to see statistics showing that these camera's demonstrate that they provide an adequate amount of assistance to local law enforcement. By "assistance," I mean help solve crimes faster, prevent crimes, maybe even a survey that asks, how safe do people feel with these installed cameras at major intersections. By the way, nothing is confirmed as to exactly where the cameras will be located.
McDonnell went on to say, "The quality of the pictures has improved immensely in recent years. Just look at the video from the liquor store shooting on Fourth Street a couple of weeks ago. That was a relatively cheap camera and the quality is excellent." Although the video does have good quality and a clear look at the shooter - I still haven't heard any updates from this murder. Have you?
How do you feel the installation of these cameras? Are you a resident of North Long Beach? Do you feel that the "Big Brother" is making it's mark? Do you have any cameras near your neighborhood? Let it be known below.
What's up City Lifers? Recently, fellow City Lifer Jesus Hernandez and I went to 4th Street to ask people on the street what is a Greaser to them? Honestly, I don't even know myself, but thing I had my camera on me to ask the experts. Check out the video and let us know what you think. Big thanks to Jesus for writing the content for this blog!
The greaser movement started out back as early as the 1930's when kids in the slums, or less fortunate areas, began taking on a look. Most of them didn't have enough money to afford new clothes, good shoes, or even hair cuts. Usually, a kid in a poor family got a pair of pants handed down to him and the pants were either too big, or the bottom of the pant leg was torn up and tattered, so the cuffs helped conceal all that. the cuffed t-shirt sleeves have the same reason behind them. When growing up in a poor family, a pair of Chucks might be all you could afford to wear, but some might have worn boots because it was unheard of for someone to have owned more than one pair of shoes. Your friends were either gangsters or greasers, and being a greaser was a way to be out of a gang but still be part of a crew. Back then, all the gangsters had slick back hair; a greasers hair style kind of mimics this but since it would get so long, they thought of a way to make it work and differentiate themselves from those gangsters.
Greaser was used as a derogatory term; in a time when there was much more social class separation, the richer people would call those poor, dirty, greasy kids...well...greasers! it was not directed to any one race, it was more toward a "lower-class" individual.
Today, a "greaser" is used to describe a whole spectrum of people who might look like they appreciate a classic look. Classic car club members, rockabilly/psychobilly fanatics, rock-and-rollers, and vintage lovers are all people someone might consider a greaser. Some people will correct you and let you know that they are actually something else, others will proudly say "Yeah, I'm a greaser." But when it comes down to it, a greaser is someone who appreciated the culture, likes the music, digs the women, and keeps the spirit alive.
So what comes to mind when YOU think of a greaser? Did you find the history lesson insightful? Living in Long Beach, you are bound to have run into a greaser, what do you think about them?