Your neighbors, your friends, your marketing agency.
When I started Long Beach 908 Magazine, the primary goal was to figure out a way to connect the businesses in East Long Beach to the residents in 90808, 90815, and 90803. Our magazine has produced great results for our advertisers and helped foster a small-business oriented community. Ever-looking for ways to grow my business along with yours, I began fulfilling marketing services for my clients who were looking for a cheap solution from a trustworthy source. For design work, printing, copy writing, and door-to-door distribution in East Long Beach and Lakewood, I am your GO TO!
My goal for this business is to benefit as many small businesses in the local area as possible, and because of this dedication to your success, I make myself entirely available to you at any time. I will work tirelessly to make sure that you see the returns that you want from your advertisements, or from any of our other offered services.
If you own a small business yourself, I probably don’t need to persuade you too much about the benefits of trusting a fellow small-business with your advertising. The accountability and service I can provide over bigger companies is similar to what you do every day! You can be comforted knowing that I am in this for the long run and that honesty is something I care about a lot more than your money.
John Grossi, Owner and Publisher
Meet The Team
Digital Content Coordinatior
Emily Ayers moved from Pomona to Long Beach when she was 6 years old and has loved it ever since. She loves the unique neighborhoods, the beach, the diverse cultures and of course the strong sense of community.
Emily has enjoyed writing since she was a young child recording her observations in stacks of notebooks.
That love for writing has turned into her pursuit of a career in Journalism. While at Cal State Long Beach, she immersed herself into the various media outlets on campus and even started her own travel blog about rediscovering her home city and the cities around her.
Working for 908 Magazine as a writer and social media specialist allows Emily to share the love she has for her city by working closely with the community and small businesses to share their amazing stories.
Director of Photography & Design
Nick LaRoque is a proud Long Beach native born with the right skills to fill his position here at 908 Magazine. Since 2007, Nick has worked at Naples Rib Company. You can still find him there serving the community the delicious BBQ Long Beach knows and loves. Realizing how much he enjoyed helping out the community and local business, Nick found his way to 908 Magazine in early 2011. Starting off as our photographer, he eventually convinced us that he was worthy of taking over the graphic design aspect as well.
Nick attended and graduated from Our Lady of Refuge K-8th grade. From there he moved onto Wilson High School where he played soccer and worked on the yearbook staff.
Nick loves his job at 908' and especially enjoys photographing food (because he usually gets to eat it afterward), nature, and the smiling faces on local people!
Kaila-Marie Hardaway was born at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware and moved to San Bernardino County when she was just two years old. Her family settled in Hemet, California when she was in elementary school; however, this didn’t stop her from moving one last time to the city she always admired from afar — Long Beach.
Kaila finally moved to Long Beach in 2014 to attend Long Beach State University and loved it. There, she immersed herself in Associated Students, Inc. where she planned campus events and worked as an editor at the student-run publication, 22 West Magazine.
Although Kaila isn’t from Long Beach, she managed to convince John that she not only has the skills, but also the passion to highlight all things Long Beach. With a degree in English and journalism, Kaila thrives in environments where she can tell stories through interesting, and well-edited, articles.
Sports Content Coordinator
Paul Slater is a proud member of the Long Beach community. Born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in the early 1990’s, Paul grew up watching his older brothers play sports and has spent most of his time on a field, court, or diamond since birth. He frequently refers to himself as “the chosen one” and if he’s not delivering pizzas at Rezzini’s Pizzeria, he’s probably watching, playing, or acting like he knows everything about sports.
Paul attended Patrick Henry Elementary before moving on to Marshall Middle School for sixth and seventh grade. He spent eighth grade year at Stanford Middle School and went on to be a three-sport star (football, basketball, and baseball) at Millikan. He spent a year as an Oregon Duck after high school and transferred to Biola University to finish his baseball career and receive his degree in Broadcast Journalism. Paul currently co-hosts the best sports podcast in Long Beach, “Shoot Your Shot”.
Jonathan Murrietta made career aspirations in first grade to become an archaeologist. He thought it would be cool to dig up old dinosaur fossils for a living.
But Jonathan found out later in life digging up stories proved more interesting and less filthy. He’s been writing ever since. He graduated from Minnie Gant Elementary, Stanford Middle School and Wilson High School. He gave the commencement speech as Wilson’s valedictorian. He received his degree from California State University, Long Beach with a major in journalism and minor in theatre. While attending Long Beach State, Jonathan wrote for his school newspaper, Daily 49er. Jonathan loves writing about sports and human interest stories. He also loves the challenge of finding that unique angle on a story.
Video Content Coordinator
LONG BEACH. 1986. Nancy Sarmiento and June Garcia meet, fall in love, and eventually get married. With this union, Dion Garcia is formed and brought into the world in 1995. He would not exist if it were not for the city of Long Beach. He owes this city his life.
Throughout his life, Dion always aspired to entertain people with his creations. His aspirations have changed from being a chef to a comedian to a writer and finally a filmmaker. Having studied film in Cal State Long Beach, Dion strives to make it as a director, writer, and entertainer. He’s been making shorts, sketches, and a plethora of other content since middle school and wishes to bring joy to audiences with his work.
Though he lives in Cerritos, Dion has spent a lot of his life in Long Beach, frequently visiting and having attended CSULB. Working for Long Beach 908, Dion seeks to help bring the stories of the people to the forefront and show off the rich culture the city has to offer.
Host of You, Me and the LBC.
Long Beach is a city that was “just over the bridge” for Marina, a Wilmington resident. Although Long Beach wasn’t home yet, she did spend a lot of time visiting the city.
The real fun began when Marina attended CSULB as a Liberal Studies major while also earning a teaching credential. Marina enjoyed her first bite of Sushi, attended her first collegiate baseball game, and learned to sail (kinda) all while living in Long Beach. To this day, those years in early 2000 are among her favorite because the city helped open her eyes to a bigger world.
Naturally, when it was time to find a home, Marina and her husband Fernando chose to establish family roots in Long Beach. They eventually had two very playful littles, Luna and Fernando. It’s likely that you will see all four of them out and enjoying the city together.
Marina is excited to explore the city with the new Long Beach 908 show “You, Me and the LBC”. She is looking forward to discovering and highlighting how families can maximize their experience of living in Long Beach. She loves the rich diversity of cultures, lifestyles, talents, and interests in this city.