Occupy Long Beach Founder, Mayoral Candidate Killed in Auto Crash

A 65-year-old man killed in a Terminal Island car crash over the weekend was a potential Long Beach mayoral candidate and member of the local Occupy movement.

Eugene B. Gendel was killed last Saturday when his vehicle rear-ended a big rig not far from the eastern end of the Vincent Thomas Bridge at Terminal Island, according to authorities.

On Tuesday, Sharon Cotrell, a member of Occupy Long Beach, posted a notice on the group’s Facebook page about the death of Gendel, whom they knew as “Sonny Pencr.”

The statement included a link to an obituary published in the Press-Telegram and a statement from Woodbury University in Burbank, where he taught economics.

“Long active in environmental causes, he recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of Long Beach…as the nominee for the Green Party,” the statement read.



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