NAME THAT BRIDGE: Now that ground has been broken for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, when can we start calling it something shorter?

We have heard some names being bandied about (people big in Long Beach politics, some with red hair) as possible bridge namesakes, and we have also heard from people who would hope that the new bridge retain its old name.

One obvious proponent of preserving the bridge's name as Gerald Desmond is Gerald Desmond Jr.

"Jerry" Desmond was 20 years old when he ceremoniously tightened the last bolt on the bridge named for his father (not 16, as we reported Tuesday; that was his age when his father died).

"I know the bridge will be torn down, but my family and I hope the new one will be named the Gerald Desmond Bridge again," said Desmond, who now has a private law practice in Santa Rosa in the Bay Area. The family includes his four siblings.

After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1974, the Wilson High (Class of '66) alum went to work as a deputy city attorney in Long Beach - his father had been the city attorney at the time of his death in 1964.

"My mentor for all that time was a young deputy attorney named Bob Shannon," Desmond said. Shannon, of course, is the current city attorney.

"My father was admired by a lot of people in the community and in legal circles," Desmond said.


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"When I was in court I was very well received by judges who knew my father. I would be in court and for the first 20 minutes the judge would tell everyone, including the jury, what a great man my father was. I think it was kind of unsettling to my opponents."

A BLOODY GREAT TIME: Our favorite time of year, when the streets run red with the blood of bad men and disembodied heads and decapitated bodies are found on every street corner, is coming earlier in 2013.

"Halloween?" asks the moron reading over our shoulder.

Moron. It's "Dexter," the most sanguinely enjoyable show in all of pay-cabledom, taking to the streets of Long Beach-as-Miami for the filming of what is reported to be the Showtime show's final season.

Normally, the annual return of "Dexter" to the shoreline of Long Beach comes at the end of May as a dependable precursor of summer. This season, the crews and talent are coming around the middle of March, as a precursor of, say, St. Patrick's Day, for, perhaps, an earlier start at next season's debut.

Lodged between an oath of secrecy and mere ignorance is our inability to tell you an awful lot about what's in store for our beloved serial killer of serial killers (and of people who get in his way in his semi-well-intentioned crusade) when filming starts, but we do know that you'll see plenty of action - even more than usual - at and around Alamitos Bay, including the swanky pads of a couple of the show's key characters.

SAVE THE HUT!: The impending doom of Hof's Hut in the Marina continues to, as we say when we lapse into hilarious cliches, "raise the hackles" of the restaurant's longtime and devoted locals.

Since our Monday interview with Hof's Hut CEO Craig Hofman indicating the 51-year-old family eatery (and bar) won't live much longer past its March 1 lease expiration date, readers have been sending emails begging us to keep the place alive. We are, as people have told us for decades, powerless.

But, among the messages comes this from our beloved 4th District Country Superviser Don Knabe:

"I am on board to save the Hut!" Knabe writes. "Our Cerritos Hof's is now a Lucille's, which I like, but really miss my Hof's Hut. We went to Hof's on Bellflower yesterday! Save the Hut! I'm all in!"

Oh, it's on now!

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