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New: Natural Gas Leak From Oil Well Pipe Area PCH/Loynes Triggers Some Evacs/Some Shelter In Place At Nearby Belmont Shore Mobile Home Estates; LBFD And Well/Pipe Owner Termo Manage To Resolve Incident Without Fire Or Explosion

New: WLB Midafternoon "Ride-By" Shooting: Hoodie-Wearing Bike Rider Fires Shots At Man In Parked Car, Misses Him, Damages Car, 1900 block Caspian
New: Man Hit By Gunfire Shortly Before Dawn, Willmore City Neighborhood
Downtown-Density Impacts Coming To Council Oct. 24: Council Hearing Oct. 24 On Developer-Sought, City Staff-Supported 320 Alamitos Ave. Proposed Seven Story Residential Bldg; It's Opposed By Alamitos Beach Residents Citing Parking, And By LB Citizens For Fair Development (Led By Warren Blesofsky) Citing CEQA And Saying Real Issue Is About Money

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New: Campaign & Officeholder Contribs re Incumbents Seeking Re-Election: Councilmembers Gonzalez, Price, Mungo, Uranga, Vice Mayor Richardson & Mayor Garcia

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Oct 19 Planning Comm'n Meeting @ Wrigley's Vets Park Will Consider Approving 95 Very-Low And >Low-Income Units In Five Story "Mixed Use" Project, 1900-1940 LB Blvd.; City Staff Memo Explains Sac'to Dictated Developer Density Approval Bonuses/Incentives; No Detailed Project Impact Review Due To June 2016 Council OK'd Midtown Specific Plan "Programmatic EIR"

Nearly 500 Attend Final City Staff Meeting re Land Use Element/Proposed Increased Density; CONO Leader Fox Goes Beyond, Urges Still-Developing City Reforms

Photo via CONO Facebook page
As seen LIVE: Council votes to have City Att'y work with LB Health Dept. to draft an ordinance requiring LB restaurants serving bundled "kids meals" to make milk and water "default choice." Vote was 8-0 with Andrews leaving before the vote. Lead proponent Pearce cites need to prevent obesity and child dental problems, initially proposed allowing 60 calories of juice, then withdrew it; Mungo sought and won amendment allowing 40 calories of juice. No elected or member of the public commented that subject matter of the item isn't the City Council's job. Item as agendized here: "Meatless Monday" Redux? These Four LB Councilmembers Want City Law To Require LB Restaurants To Make Low Sugar Drinks "Default Choice" On Bundled Kids Meals, Proposal On Oct. 17 Council Agenda
Perspective: Mayor Garcia 100% No-Show, 2/3 Councilmembers Absent To Date At 75% Of City Staff Workshops On Proposed Density Increases; Final Event Is Tonight Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Scherer Park, Area Atlantic/Del Amo
Councilwoman Price Issues This Extended Statement Re Proposed Land Use Element Height/Density Increases
Following Large Public Turnouts in SE LB, ELB and Wrigley-WLB, Final City Staff Workshop (Town Hall Public Statements/Q & A + Individual Staff Info Stations) on Proposed Land Use Element Density Increases Will Happen at Scherer Park, Atlantic/Del Amo Weds. Oct. 18 6-8 p.m...And Then... thanks and who as of Oct. 17 at 10:00 a.m. to our knowledge haven't reported the Oct. 14 story reported by us here: New / Extended Audio: Nearly 600 Attend, With Speakers Overwhelmingly Opposed To Increased Density At SE LB City Staff Public Meeting (Town Hall) Re Staff-Proposed Land Use Element

See How LB-Area Sac'to Lawmakers Voted On (1) Ending Mandatory Increased Prison Time (Restores A Judge's Discretion) When Someone Uses A Gun In Committing Certain Felonies And (2) Reducing From Felony To Misdemeanor Intentionally Giving Someone HIV (Virus That Causes AIDS)
While City Council Meets Downtown And Hears "Innovation Team" Tout Public Safety Improvements, Four Men Are Shot In Central LB (Area Anaheim St./Walnut Ave.) Leaving Two Dead, Two Wounded

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
L.A. DA Report Says And Shows Screen-Saves From Cellphone Video Corroborate Cops, DA Concludes Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed Murder Suspect Barry Prak (And Took Life Of K9 Officer "Credo" In Friendly Fire) Was Legally Justified For These Reasons

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Sac'to Dictated Density On "Accessory Dwelling Units" (Granny Flats) Draws Extended Discussion; Councilmembers Try To Mitigate Neighborhood Impacts, Make Initial Changes To Staff-Proposed New Ordinance With Add'l Discussion Coming
City Health Officer Advises These Precautions As Smoke Plume Turned Sky Orange-Yellow, Dimmed Sun, In ELB From Massive Anaheim Hills Fire

Oct. 9 2:30 p.m. Panoramic view from ELB as smoke turned sky orange-yellow, dimming sunlight. Photo by Max Pearl
Midnight Hour Double-Shooting Leaves One Man Dead, Another Wounded, 1200 block E. 56th St. (8th Council district)
Subsequent development above:
Sac'to Dictates, LB Council To Consider, These Zoning Changes To Ease Restrictions On "Accessory Dwelling Units" (Granny Flats Not Restricted To Grannies) With No Add'l Parking Req'd (Outside Coastal Zone Or Parking Impacted Areas)
Extended VIDEO Coverage: See / Hear On-Demand VIDEO of Oct. 4 "Town Hall" On City Staff Proposed Land Use Density Increases

Rich Dines (Maritime Clerk Active In ILWU, Mayor Foster-App'ted Harbor Comm'r, Contributor To Mayor Garcia's 2018 Re-Election Campaign) Files Paperwork Prepping Fifth District Council Run To Unseat Incumbent Mungo
He speaks at Oct. 4 Land Use Element meeting, takes implicit swipe at Mungo's record re SB 35 and blasts proposed increased ELB density
Subsequent coverage above:
City Staff Adjusts/Modifies Format For Oct. 4 Workshop On Proposed Density Increases, Will Include Town Hall-Type Q&A Along With Information Stations
City Staff Prepares Document Titled "General Plan Land Use Element Misconceptions and Concerns"; We Link To It Here
Council Votes Without Dissent To Support Declaring 2nd Monday In October "Indigenous People's Day"; Second Vote Coming Likely Next Week
Other Council action:
Oct 2: In less than two minutes, Council voted 8-0 (Austin absent) to "Receive the supporting documentation into the record regarding the debt issuance by the City of Long Beach; adopt a Resolution authorizing the issuance of the Tidelands Revenue Bonds Series 2017 A (Aquarium of the Pacific Project) and Series 20178 (Queen Mary Improvements), in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $30,250,000; and, authorize the execution of all necessary related documents and actions." Prior to vote, Councilwoman Price asks staff (repeating a question she asked in a previous Council meeting on the issue) if there are any risks in connection with this item that would affect currently budgeted Tidelands items; staff (city treasurer) replies that it would not; no other Councilmembers speak. Further to follow on
AUDIO: ELB Man And His Wife Were At Las Vegas Concert Where Bullets Missed Them; Hear Him Describe What He Heard, Saw And Did
Subsequent development above
LB To Annually Declare 2nd Monday In October "Indigenous People's Day?" These Three Councilmembers Propose It
Major Turnout At First Of Four City Staff-Organized "Workshops" On Land Use Density Increases And Residents Revolt: Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Creates "Town Hall" Forum Despite City Staff Planned "Information Station" Format; UPDATED With VIDEO

In-Detail/On-Demand VIDEO: Density and Land Use/Zoning Game-Changer: Gov. Brown Signs Package Of Bills Incl. SB 35 That Promote And Incentivize Developer-Desired Multi-Unit Residential-Component Projects, Reduce Or Eliminate Grounds For Public Objections, City Denials

Subsequent development above:
See Details Of City Staff's Planned Format For Upcoming Community Meetings (It Calls "Workshops") re Proposed Land Use Element Changes
Subsequent development above:
Gov. Brown Will Sign Package Of Housing Bills (We Presume Incl. SB 35) Friday; Will Stream Video LIVE
Josh Lowenthal Mulling Or Planning Run For OC Assembly Seat
Perspective: What I Saw/Heard/Learned "Around the Table"
Apparent Murder/Suicide, Husband/Wife, Island Village (SE LB City Limit)
Proposed Land Use Element Shows This Close Relationship Between Its Proposed Land Use Changes, Related Policies And Zoning
Former LB Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Announces Run Against State Senator Janet Nguyen (Who Voted For Density-Boosting SB 35)
  • Decision clears field for potential ballot challenger(s) to 5th dist. Council incumbent Mungo
    Councilwoman Price Moves, Council Votes 9-0 With Mayor Mum To Increase SE LB Density With SEASP, Erasing Current 35 Ft. Coastal Zone Height Limit Along Parts Of PCH from Loynes to Seal Beach Line, Enables Five Story Bldgs (Seven Stories For Some Hotels) Along Parts Of West Side Of PCH, Precludes Development On Eastward Wetlands
    On Bitter Split Vote, Council Narrowly Derails (5-4) Effort To Create LB Ordinance Protecting Hotel Workers From Sexual Assaults/Harassment/Mgm't Retaliation Sought by UniteHere! Union, Opposed By LB Hospitality Interests
    Council Votes 7-1 To Prepare Immigration Sanctuary Policies Supplementing Sac'to Enacted Sanctuary State SB 54
    Density Decision Day Re SE LB: Council To Vote On SEASP City Staff-Proposed Bldg Height Increases; Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Says They're Too High, Proposes Baseline Cap Land Use Approach

    Two Density-Driven Community Meetings Draw Sizable Weekend Crowds: "Eastside Voice" (New Neighborhood Group Spanning 4th-5th Council Districts) And "Density Watch" Urge Attention To Proposed Land Use Changes And Impacts Of Now-Enacted SB 35

    Councilwoman Mungo Claims City Att'y Parkin Told Her She Can't Comment On Proposed Land Use Changes Without Losing Her Ability To Vote On It...But That's Not What Ass't City Att'y Mais Told Us Nearly Three Weeks Earlier
    See List Of Support/Opposition To SB 35, Votes Of LB-Area Sac'to Lawmakers, Council's Stated Policy vs. City Hall's "Neutral" Position And Actions/Non-Actions By LB Mayor/Council
    Att'n SE LB: Sept. 19 Council Vote Scheduled On SEASP Rezoning (Includes Increases In Allowed Bldg. Hts/Density) And Councilwoman Suzie Price Signals Her Stance At Sept. 9 Public Meeting
    Horrifying Armed Robbery/Shooting Fri Nite 3600 block E. Anaheim St. (Euclid-Mira Mar, 4th Council dist.)

    Sac'to Enacts SB 35, Can Give Developers Near Automatic City Approval Of Housing Projects (Including Subsidized "Affordable" Rental Bldgs.) Without Public Input, Or Neighborhood Impact Analysis, Or Local Parking Reqts; Will Also Amplify Density-Increasing Power Of LB City Staff Proposed Land Use Changes
    UPDATED / Suspect Sketch Added / Urgent / Public Safety Alert: LBPD Warns Bike-Riding Man Has Exposed Himself To Girls (Minors); Here's Where It's Happened And Suspect Description

    Grassroots Pushback On Density: New Group -- "The Eastside Voice" -- Spanning Council Districts 4 and 5 -- Will Hold Inaugural Meeting Re City Staff Proposed Increased Density: Sun. Sept. 17; AND Another New ELB Group -- Density Watch Long Beach -- Will Hold Its Second Community Meeting Saturday
    Obstructive Bike Lane Bollards Begat Approx. $100k Cost For Narrow Bike Lane Street Sweeper Plus $83k To Pay Bike Lane Sweeper Operator...And We Saw This CCC Crew (See Photos) Sweeping Studebaker Rd. Bike Lane With Brooms And Leaf Blowers

    District Att'y Issues This Report On LBPD Fatal Shooting Of CSULB-Bound Feras Morad
    Amnesia File: Long Beach Councilmembers Voted Twice (2016 and 2017) To Cover Publicly Unspecified "Non-Reimbursable" LB-Related Costs Of Providing Some Venues For 2028 L.A. Olympics
    Mayor Garcia Is In Lima, Peru For Expected Int'l Olympics Committee Vote Scheduling 2028 Olympics In L.A. (With Some Events In LB)
    VIDEO / Coverage in Depth: See/Hear It: Proposals To Increase Density (Advancing In Sac'to And City Hall) A Hot Topic At Community Meeting With Assemblyman O'Donnell And Councilwoman Price
    Coverage in Depth: State Senator Ricardo Lara (D, LB-Bell Gardens) As Chair Of Sen. Appropriations Committee, Blocked Bill Text That Would Have Let Courts Fine Gov't Bodies ($1,000-$5,000) If/When They Unreasonably Fail To Comply With Public Records Act
    Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D, Long Beach-San Pedro) Announces He OPPOSES SB 35 (Sac'to Dictated Developer-Desired Housing Density Bill); See His Full Statement And We Include Sac'to Update Re Possible Votes
    Four BB-Gun/Pellet Shootings Overnight In Central LB
    LB Man Dies From Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus
    Sic Transit: Robert Palmer, Pioneering Surfrider Leader Worked To Restore LB's Surf, Clean Beaches

    What Killed These Fish In El Dorado Park's Area II Lake? Toxic Algae Or Efforts To Rid Lakes Of It Or Something Else?

    Perspective: Council Approves/Mayor Applauds FY18 Budget With No Further Citywide Neighborhood Deployable Police (191 Officers Not Restored) Or Fire Engine 17 (Stearns Park) Or Engine 101 (Downtown Second Engine At Magnolia/B'way For Density), Adds Funds For More Park Concerts And Add'l Funds For Animal Shelter
    Councilwoman Mungo's New Chief of Staff Is Steve Napolitano; He's A Manhattan Beach Councilman And Former Chief Deputy To Former County Supervisor Knabe
    SB 35 (Sac'to-Dictated Developer-Desired Housing Density Bill) Temporarily Diverted To An Assembly Committee That Can Refer It To Another Committee Before It Reaches Assembly Floor Vote
    5th Dist. Residents, Alerted Via Social Networks, Hold First Of Planned Grassroots Meetings To Discuss And Respond To City Hall And Sac'to Desired Increased Density

    Weather Monitor: Our "Heat Index" Calculator At This Link Shows How Much Hotter It Feels With Humidity Above 50% And Temp Above 80 Degrees
    Sat Forecast LB Highs 84-98; Fri LB High Hit 102 @ LGB (With Humidity Heat Index Higher)
    Assemblyman O'Donnell Tells He's Examining Details Of SB 35, Is Very Interested In The Bill For A Variety Of Reasons But No Position To Announce As Of Aug. 30, 1:15 p.m.
    Further on SB 35: Could Prevent City From Requiring Any Parking For Developer-Desired Housing Within Half Mile Of "Public Transit" And Other Circumstances; See Text
    In Depth / Major Density Development: Sac'to Dem Leaders Prepare To Advance SB 35 That Would Require Cities To Approve Developer-Desired Housing (Incl. "Affordable Housing") Without Public Hearings, EIR/CEQA Challenges, Local Approval Control -- Where City Zoning Allows Residences IF City Hasn't Met "Housing Needs" Decided By A Regional Entity
  • LB Senators Lara (D) and Nguyen (R) already voted FOR it in June; Assembly vote could come in days
  • Bill could arguably trigger "perfect density storm" in LB with pending re-write of LB Land Uses that would trigger zoning changes to allow more density
    LBPD Says Effort To Detain Suspected Fare-Evader At Wardlow Blue Line Stn, Allegedly With Narcotics, Leads To Struggle And Suspect's Fatal Injury From Incoming Blue Line Train
    Weather Service Downgrades Predicted LB Highs: 80s-90s For Mon/Tues, A Bit Cooler Weds/Thurs, See Revised LB Predicted Highs For Selected Zip Codes
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    New: Editorial: Councilmembers Don't Ask, And Austin Doesn't Tell, What He Did/Didn't Do On Recent Sac'to Travel Re Density/Land Use Legislation

    Subsequent development above Editorial: Council Shouldn't Approve Paying For Councilman Austin's Recent Sac'to Travel Without A Transparent, Businesslike Explanation Of What He Did/Didn't Do On Density/Land Use Legislation
    Editorial: When City Hall Fears A Town Hall

    Some people inside Long Beach City Hall seem to fear an American tradition rooted in a constitutional right eloquently portrayed by Norman Rockwell during the darkest days of WWII...MORE.

    Editorial: The Mayor's Junket
    Opinion: Attitude vs. Platitudes
    by Laurann Wakefield *
    * Ms. Wakefield is a co-founder of ENUF (Eastside Neighborhoods United Fully)

    Perspective / Public Safety Quiz: Blue Line Passenger Is Stabbed On Train Near Anaheim St...So Try This Quiz Re LBPD Police Levels Along Blue Line And For Neighborhoods Citywide
    Publisher's Perspective: Holding Them Accountable: Here's Record Of LB's Sac'to Legislators, Mayor And Council on SB 35
    Opinion: City Hall's Excessive "$100,000 Club" Grows To Gluttonous "$200,000 Club"
    by Ann Cantrell
    Amnesia File / Editorial: Here's How Long Beach Residents Lost The Law That Required City Council To Hold Nine Meetings Per Year In Council Districts And How/Why It Can/Should Return Without Taxpayer Cost
    Publisher's Perspective / Opinion: The Mayor's Campaign Money, And Your Right To Know From Whom It Came
    Perspective / Opinion: Fact Check, Fake News: Re LB's Unemployment Rate
    Editorial: Equity
    Editorial: The Worst Mayor/Council Appointment In Recent History And What To Do About It
    Long Beach's Fireworks Fiasco
    Editorial: For A Green-Light Measure In Long Beach: Letting The People Decide Density And Parking Impacts In Their City, Not Politicians And Development Interests
    Editorial: Unmentioned on Memorial Day in Long Beach
    Opinion / VIDEO: The Late Jack Smith Tells Council THIS About Neighborhood Crime/Safety And Homeless...On Oct. 11, 2016

    Editorial: Missed Opportunities Leave Long Beach Aquatics Center Out of Long Beach's Control
    Opinion: Council Majority Got It Wrong On Aquatic Center, Invites Court To Reject Flawed EIR And Coastal Comm'n Staff To Disapprove Flawed Size/Site/Height Plan
    by Ann Cantrell *
    * Ms. Cantrell was an appellant on behalf of CARP (Citizens About Responsible Planning) in the City Council hearing on the Belmont Beach Aquatic Center.

    Editorial: One Councilmember, Or More, Should Agendize Vote To Restore LB's Prior Law And Reverse Election-Tilting, Incumbent-Perpetuating Officeholder Account Changes

    Editorial: Mayor Garcia: Veto That Ordinance
    Editorial: Is Reporting This, Because...
    Significant Update: Material Now Online (Formerly "Non-Study Session")
    Pool Point/Counterpoint
    To City Council: Build Aquatics Center At Belmont Plaza Because...
    by Lucy Johnson, Vice President & Development Director
    Aquatic Capital of America.


    To City Council: Obsession Trumped Reason When Planning Comm'n OK'd Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild; Same Project Could Be Built On Smarter Sites At Less Cost
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

    Perspective: Schipske Eyes 5th District Council Return, As Questions Arise About Her Record Re Int'l Airport And (Surprisingly) Openness
    Editorial: No on Police Union Contract Today, Because...
    Editorial: Council Hasn't Pursued -- But Could And Should Seek -- Overdue Responsible Measures To Better Protect LB's Airport Ordinance Before Inviting Int'l Flights
    Entering 2017

    Public's Money, Public's Business, Unbusinesslike Mayor/Council Response To Public
    Jan. 1, 2017: The Highest Sales Tax Rate Among Neighboring Cities And Among The Highest In CA

    Giving Away Tax Dollars, Croney Capitalism/Corporate Welfare

    Editorial: What's This?

    Perspective: Mayor Garcia Says He Spoke With Michelle Obama At WH Staged Event...But City Hall Still Hasn't Released Docs Showing What She Said Months Ago When He (And Councilman/Now Vice Mayor Richardson) Invited Her To Attend Opening Ceremony Of LB Library Named In Her Honor

    Op - Ed: Rethinking AES Power Plant On Los Cerritos Wetlands: We Can Do Better
    by Elizabeth Lambe, Executive Director, Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust
    Digital Editorial Cartoon: Polling and Press, Past is Prologue

    Opinion: Vote Yes on Measure MM and NO on MA
    by Diana Lejins *
    * Ms. Lejins heads Advocates for Disability Rights and is a long-time proponent of access to medical marijuana

    Editorial: Homeless Parking Lot Proposal Scrimped On Public Notice, Fails To Consider Unintended Consequences, Deserves Fact-Check, Scrutiny And Vetting First In Council Committee
    UPDATED Editorial: Ending Mayor/Mgm't Manipulative Mushroom Treatment Leading Up To Homeless "Study Session"
    Editorial: Reschedule Coming Camouflaged Council Vote On Controversial Less-Than-Transparent "Road Diet" Proposed Along Nearly Two Miles of Ocean Blvd. (Livingston Dr. To End of Peninsula)

    Editorial: LB Firefighters Union Prez Pens These Pusillanimous Words As Mgm't/Mayor Propose To Leave Fire Stns (Including Stearns Park area Stn 17) Without Fire Engines and NLB Stn 12 Without Paramedic/Rescue
    Editorial: Restore At Least 35 Officers For Taxpayers...Now
    Counter-Point: A Responsible Budget -- That Restores Public Safety
    Text from mass emailing sent by Mayor Robert Garcia
    Opinion / Point-Counterpoint: Comments Re Police Shootings And Upcoming Dem Convention:
  • Steve James on Facebook: Scheduling Appearance By Michael Brown's Mother (Ferguson, MO) Is "Slap To The Face Of All Law Enforcement" (Personal Comment by LBPOA Pres; Group Has Taken No Position At This Time)
  • Dem Convention Website Text Describing Its Upcoming "Mothers of the Movement" Event
  • Aug. 2014 Open Letter To Youth of Ferguson, MO by Long Beach Councilman (Now Vice Mayor) Rex Richardson
  • Grand Jury Conclusion and US DOJ Conclusion re Ferguson MO police shooting
  • Fraternal Order of Police Statement ("Shocked, Angered, Saddened") re Dem Convention
    Opinion: Future File: Results Of SEASP (Son of SEADIP) Reviewed in 2026
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

    Perspective / Opinion: In the Running for Long Beach Outrage of the Decade

    Editorial: LB's 2016 Elections
    Perspective / Opinion: Is That All There Is? By The Numbers On "More Police" Under "Measure A" Sales Tax Hike
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Last Minute Facebook Item By the LB Firefighters Ass'n Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Facebook Item From One Of Mayor Garcia's Ten Office Staffers, Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: LB's New Sample Ballot And Election Practices?

    Editorial: LB City Hall's Public Works Infrastructure Scandal: Going Where Facts Lead Without Flinching, Avoiding Damage Control/Cover-Up
    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: No On Measure A Sales Tax Hike...To Build A Better Long Beach
    Editorial: Censored In East Long Beach?
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In PT Editorial Supporting City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In This Letter Signed By Presidents Of LB Police Officers/LB Firefighters Unions Supporting City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In Gazettes Editorial Backing City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments

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  • LB Schools
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  • Beverly O'Neill Administration
  • Perspective / Opinion: The Mythological Mayor: Beverly O'Neill In Balance
  • Transcript Excerpts of Historic Feb. 13, 2001 City Council Vote on QW Bay "Pike" Development
  • How ELB Traffic Project Was Canceled And $1,000,000 Diverted For Downtown Walkway; Other Projects At Traffic Circle & Iron Triangle Not Delivered As Promised
  • 2003: Independent Consultant Says City Hall "Has Created A False Impression Of Solvency"
  • Deputy City Auditor Report Shows LB Convention & Entertainment Center Operations Cost LB Taxpayers $2.5 Million in FY 2000, $3.0 Million in FY 99; Cumulative operating losses since 1978 opening exceed $60 million; City Auditor Burroughs' Recommended Action: "Receive and File"
  • Video Shows Councilman Garcia Typing, Texting, Seemingly Not Focused On Testimony During Residents' Quasi-Judicial Appeal of City's Planned Handling Of Toxic Contaminated Colorado Lagoon Soil
  • What Some Councilmembers Did While Taxpayers Testified On Toxics

  • Interactive Map: AQMD Multiple Airborne Toxics Exposure Study (MATES III)
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    Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Study Says Areas Including Downtown LB, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Bixby Knolls At Estimated Heightened Cancer Risk From Port Operations

    "Draft Estimated Diesel PM [particulate matter] Cancer Risk From POLA and POLB" cited in Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment Study for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, p. 8
    24 Hrs. in LB Air: Bixby Knolls AQMD Monitor, Dec. 2003. Details, click photo
    AQMD Air Monitor in LB, Dec. 2003
    2005: Scientists @ LB Conference Say Air Pollution in L.A.-LB Region is High Enough to Cause Illness and Deaths; Economist Says Ports Receive Subsidies That Invite More Growth
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    In Depth / With Extended AUDIO / Amnesia File: Gathering Storm: Council Will Confront Developer-Desired Density's Neighborhood Impacts Within Weeks As LB Citizens For Fair Development (Formed By Warren Blesofsky) Hires Law Firm, Appeals Planning Comm'n Approval Of Proposed Seven-Story Alamitos/3rd Residential Bldg.
  • AUDIO: Hear Alamitos Beach residents, backed by residents of multiple neighborhoods citywide, urge Planning Comm'n not to worsen scarce parking; Mr. Blesofsky testifies "it's about money"
  • Exiting Planning Comm'n Chair Van Horik asks if "Downtown Plan" can be changed; staff replies it would require Council zoning amendment that staff wouldn't support
    Committee Formed Seeking Resignation Or Recall Of Councilwoman Pearce, Says It Will File Paperwork And Begin Fundraising Next Week, Is Working With Experienced LB-Area Political Consulting Firm
    UPDATE: After Reports It, Someone Belatedly Adds City Staff's Latest Increased Density/Increased Height Maps To City Hall's Development Services Webpage; Links To Most Recent Proposed Maps (Which We've Accurately Done Since Aug. 12)
    Man Is Shot In Downtown LB (East Village Area), 500 block E. 4th St.; It's Second Shooting In 1st District (Councilwoman Gonzalez) Within About Seven Hours
    Boy Is Shot, Midafternoon, Alongside 14th St. Park (Near Pacific Ave.)
    Long Beach Mayor Garcia Says Issue Of Equity In Availability Of Park Programming Is Real But Also Partly Matter of Public Perception, Partly Communication
    With Perspective: Long Beach Mayor Garcia Boasts Crime Is Down, Blames Social Networks For Public's Perception That It Isn't; The Next Day, A Man Is Fatally Shot In Central LB

    Partial solar eclipse projected through thumbtack hole in paper plate onto another paper plate, Aug. 21, 2017, 10:21 a.m. in Long Beach CA
    LBFD battled a three-alarm blaze in the 2000 block of West Wardlow Rd. (west of Santa Fe Ave.) at Extra Space Storage from shortly before midnight into the 1 a.m. hour on Aug. 21 with mop-up for hours beyond. LA Co. Fire provided assistance. At daybreak, white-greyish smoke remained in the area from the intense blaze.

    LBFD photo

    New / Follow-Up In Depth: Mayor Garcia Says Housing Need Requires "Densifying" Downtown, Along Midtown Specific Plan Area, Parts of Central LB And NLB (Where "It's Appropriate") But Not Parts Of "Suburban Communities" (He Doesn't Define) One Day Before Politically-Potent Neighborhood Push-Back At Planning Comm'n; A Day Later, He Moves To Temporarily Delay Council Action On Land Use Maps That Would Advance What He Said He Supports
    Statement by the Publisher: Entering Year 18
    Subsequent development above
    As Seen LIVE: Neighborhood Groups/Individual Residents Testify Against Proposed Increased Density/Increased Height Maps; Planning Comm'n Votes (4-1) To Recommend Sending Maps Back To Staff For Add'l Public Input *BUT* City Mgm't Says It Will Send Maps To Council On Oct. 3 For Approval (With Or Without Council-Desired Map Changes) To Proceed With Land Use Changes
    Dev. Services Dir. Bodek says Council item is already scheduled for Oct. 3

    LBPD Offers This Info Re Midafternoon Homicide, Man Fatally Shot In Neighborhood About A Block North of Poly High (Near Myrtle Ave.)
    Long Beach Animal Advocates (Newly Organized Grassroots Animal Rescue Volunteers) Urge Council To Budget Add'l Funds For Animal Shelter; Councilmembers Offer None Immediately; Group Launches Facebook Page, Pledges Continued Pressure
    Councilwoman Mungo Asked, And Mayor Garcia Facilitated, Moving Upcoming Aug. 22 Council Meeting To Fifth District, Effectively Giving Her Neighborhood Platform As She Enters Possibly Contentious Re-Election Cycle
    Retired 8th Dist. Councilwoman Gabelich Urges Planning Commissionn NOT To Approve Staff-Sought Increased Density/Increased Building Heights, Advises Sending Land Use Changes Back To Public For Stronger Community Input, Not To City Council For Enactment
    Citywide Neighborhood Advisory / Heads Up/Do You Want This? See Maps Showing City Staff Recommended Increased Density/Increased Bldg Hts Citywide And In Your Neighborhood; Mayor-Picked Planning Comm'n Will Make Voted Recommendations This Thurs. Aug. 17; Council Majority Will Decide In Coming Months
    Perspective: Future File? What May Or May Not Occur If Mayor-Picked Planning Commission Recommends (Aug. 17) And City Council Subsequently Approves City Staff Desired Density
    Fire Breaks Out At Homeless Encampment Along 405 @ Cherry Ave, Ignites Spot Fire Across Freeway Lanes
    Midafternoon Shooting, 2600 block E. 56th St.
    VIDEO / See It: Pres. Trump Engages In Extended, Confrontational Q & A With Reporters Re Charlottesville, His Responses To It, Their Coverage Of It And More
    Homicide: Man Is Fatally Shot Sat Nite Area 7th St./Orange Ave.
    In Detail: LB Airport Mgm't Recommends Changes To LB's Airport Ordinance, Will Launch Public Review Process Seeking Input From Air Carriers, Interested Parties And Public
  • Proposed changes would increase fines for curfew violations, add possible flight slot forfeitures for chronic violators, and also encourage increased use of current flight slots by penalizing "squatters" that under-use their slots
  • Says changes prompted by increasing number of curfew (10 p.m./11 p.m) violations and are based on "initial analysis and consideration" by City Att'y w/ outside Council and "preliminary discussions" with FAA
  • Decision will ultimately come to City Council for approval/rejection
    City Prosecutor Haubert Requested, And JetBlue Has Agreed To Pay, Doubled-Sums Under Consent Decree Re First Six Violations In Each Calendar Quarter Of LB Airport Ordinance's 10 p.m./11 p.m. Curfew
  • At Council Budget Session, No Councilmember(s) Propose Adding (Restoring) Any Further Citywide Neighborhood Deployable Police Officers For Taxpayers After Mayor/Mgm't Propose Adding Zero In FY18
    Councilman Supernaw also mum on Mayor/Mgm't budget's failure to restore Fire Engine 17 at Station 17
    Demonstrators Urge Making Long Beach A "Sanctuary City"; One Councilmember Wary, Others Mum; Sac'to Bills In Limbo, Trump DOJ Threatens Some Cities With Fed Grant Funds Cut-Off Unless Locals Cooperate With Fed Immig Agents
    Special to by Barry Saks

    Photo by Barry Saks
    Developing: U.S. Defense Intel Agency Analysts Say North Korea Can Now Make Missile-Ready Nuclear Warheads; Trump Warns NK Best To End Its Threats Or Face "Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen"; Amnesia File: Read Pres. Clinton's 1994 Statement re Deal His Admin Negotiated With North Korea
    Huntington Beach Residents Commend, And HB Council Suggests Cost Saving Option In Seeking Further Update In 90 Days, In Ongoing Study Of Non-Toxic Weed Killing In Its Parks, Medians, Public Facilities...Which LB Councilmembers Have Thus Far Refused To Agendize/Discuss
    LB Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) Leadership Unanimously Votes To Urge Mayor/Council's Planning Comm'r LaFarga To Decline Appointment, Urges Someone With Long-Term LB Residence And History Of Supporting LB Residents And Neighborhoods; Meanwhile, Ass'y Speaker Rendon Appoints Him To State's "Little Hoover Comm'n"
    Dramatic LBPD Hostage Rescue After Man Allegedly Holds A Woman Hostage As A Human Shield With Stabbing Instrument At Her Throat And Threatens To Kill Her (After Allegedly Stabbing Another Woman Who Escaped); PD Negotiates With Him But Says His Constant Threatening Behavior Led To Officer-Involved Shooting So Victim Could Be Rescued
    Man Is Shot, Predawn, 2300 block E. 14th St. (West of Junipero, East of Cherry)
    Subsequent coverage above
    Huntington Beach Council Will Consider Initial Results/Costs/Benefits Of Using Non-Toxic Weed Killing-Methods In Its Parks, Medians, Public Facilities...While LB's Council Has Refused Public Requests To Agendize/Discuss The Issue
    Follow the Money: Mayor Garcia & Vice Mayor Richardson Become First Two LB Incumbents To Use Their Contributor-Fueled "Officeholder Accounts" To Fund Elect/Re-Elect Campaigns Of Other Pols
    Richardson used his officeholder account to give money to help re-elect Council incumbents Gonzalez & Uranga + LB School Boardmember Kerr; Garcia used his officeholder account to help elect new L.A. Congressman and tried to elect new Signal Hill Councilman
    Follow the Money: See Councilwoman Gonzalez Re-Elect And Officeholder Contribs: Mainly Corporate, Development, Organized Labor & Special Interests
    Follow the Money: Roughly 500 Contributors (People + Corps + Special Interests) Fueled Mayor Garcia's Re-Election Campaign In April-May-June 2017; See Who Gave $241k
    Follow the Money: See Details Of Vice Mayor Richardson $70k Re-Election Campaign Contribs; Of Those Giving Over $100, Only 14 Listed NLB Zip Code 90805...And Only 8 Were Individuals Listing 9th dist. Addresses
    City Mgm't/Mayor Cite Fewer Animal Shelter Killings; Stayin' Alive Long Beach Disputes Metrics, Blasts Mayor, Says City Hall Could Do More To Promote Adoptions/Reduce Killings; Mgm't Proposed FY18 Budget Includes Two New Animal Shelter Staffers (Health Tech For Intake + Communications Specialist)
    Family & Friends (Two Legged + Four Legged) Celebrate Life Of Animal Behavior Expert And Author Miriam Yarden, Taught People How Their Pets Think

    Perspective: At Council's First FY18 Budget Hearing, Mayor Garcia Makes These Arguably Misleading Statements About His Recommended Budget's Police Levels
    Appreciation / Celebration of Life: Miriam Yarden: Renowned Animal Behavior Expert And Author Taught People How Their Pets Think; Celebrate/Honor Her Life At Rec Park On Aug. 4
    Council Of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Votes To Call On Mayor/Council To Rescind LaFarga Appointment To Planning Comm'n
    F&M Bank (Anaheim St. Branch) Robbed Shortly Before Closing Time, Weds. Afternoon
    Man And Woman Shot/Wounded In WLB, Hours Before Anti-Crime Themed "National Night Out"
    Mayor Garcia's "Officeholder Account" Received $1,000 Contrib From Union PAC Whose Union Leadership Includes Official Who Moved Into LB In May And Garcia Appointed In July To Fill Sudden-Announced Vacancy On LB Planning Comm'n; Garcia Used His "Officeholder Account" To Give Funds To Pro-Rent Control "Housing Long Beach" And To L.A. Dem Congressional Candidate
    Perspective: Mayor Garcia Wants Council To Approve In FY18 Budget:
  • NO Add'l Citywide Neighborhood Deployable Officers (Total Officers Restored In FY17 Were 17 Out of 208 Erased); However Add'l Police Academy Class "Expected To Result In Significant Add'l Officers Over Authorized Strength Levels in FY18," Unclear if For Contracted Or Citywide Officers) Or Will Offset Expected Retirements in FY19)
  • NO Fire Engines Restored At Station 17 (Argonne Ave.), Station 1 (Magnolia/Broadway second unit for density/high rises) or Station 18 (Palo Verde/Wardlow)
  • NO Disclosure In Mayor/Mgm't Docs We Can See That Budget Would Show Roughly $7 Mil Deficit If Mgm't Hadn't Switched (Without Council Approval) From "Reasonably Conservative" Estimated Revenue To (Riskier) "Reasonably Optimistic"
    Perspective: Follow-Up: Who Knew, And When Did They Know, Proposed FY18 Budget Used Figures Contrary To City Financial Policy That Conceal Roughly $7 Mil FY18 Budget Deficit?
    Perspective: L.A. Residents Revolt Against Lane-Shrinking "Road Diet," Threaten Their Councilman's Recall And Get Results; LB Residents Voice Opposition But Haven't Pursued Political Action (On This Or Other Issues) Challenging Up To Five Council Incumbents, And Get No Results
  • Bombshell: City Mgm't Admits Changing Its FY18 Budget Revenue Assumptions From Council-Approved "Reasonably Conservative" To "Reasonably Optimistic"...And Says Without Doing This, Proposed FY18 Budget Would Be Roughly $7 Mil Short Of Balanced
    City Prosecutor Haubert Cites Need To Avoid Possible Appearance of Conflicting Interest (Since Council Votes On His Office Budget) In Handing Matter Involving Councilwoman Pearce Back To D.A. For Possible Misdemeanor Consideration
    Do You Recognize This Suspect In Two Fast-Food Restaurant Armed Robberies? If So, Please Call LBPD

    LBPD Says This Led To WLB Officer Involved Shooting
    Councilman Uranga Says He Wants City Attorney-Options To Maintain Compliance w/ LB Airport Ordinance "Up To And Including Enhanced Penalties And Fees" For Flights Beyond 10 p.m.-11 p.m. Curfew, Says He (And Multiple Unnamed Councilmembers) Have Asked City Attorney For This
    Vehicles Hit By Gunfire, Drivers Not Hit, 1700 block Daisy Ave. (1st Council dist.)
    Man Is Shot To Death, Predawn Hours Southern End of LB's Historic Willmore District (1st Council District)
    Councilman Supernaw Says It's "Clearly Time" To Look For Solutions To JetBlue Flights Beyond 10 p.m./11 p.m. LB Airport Curfew And He Anticipates A "Major Announcement" Within Next 30 Days
    Perspective: Fireworks Fiasco Follow-Up: Council's Public Safety Committee Makes No Voted Recommendations To Council; Unmentioned: Some Cities Impose Administrative (Non-Criminal) Fines Up To $1,000, Some Aided By Smartphone Video...So Why Isn't Long Beach?
    Councilmembers Ask Proposed Appointees No Questions, Vote 8-0 To Approve Mayor Garcia's Choices For Neighborhood-Impacting Planning Comm'n and Health-and-Economy Impacting Harbor Comm'n
    Council Votes 9-0 To Seek Management Report on Equity / Allocation of City Resources In Parks
    Man Is Shot/Killed, Two Women Hit By Gunfire/Wounded, 2800 block Walnut Ave. In Signal Hill (Parking Lot Of An Adult Entertainment Club)
    Subsequent coverage above:
    Councilwoman Gonzales, Joined By Uranga, Richardson & Andrews Seek City Mgm't Report On "Park Equity"
    Subsequent coverage above:
    Mayor Garcia's Choice For LB Planning Comm'r Appears To Have Been City of Los Angeles Resident Until Fairly Recently; He's In Leadership Of Union Whose PAC Gave These Campaign And "Officeholder" Contribs To Garcia And Several Councilmembers; UPDATE: Mayor Garcia's Chief of Staff Provides This Statement
    Subsequent coverage above
    Garcia Wants Two Former Councilmembers/Vice Mayors -- Frank Colonna And Bonnie Lowenthal -- on Harbor Comm'n, And Building Trades Union/Pro-Port Josh LaFarga On Planning Comm'n
    West Long Beach Residents (1st Council District) Reported Fireworks...But LBPD Finds Multiple Gunshots Were Fired Near A Large Group Of Family/Friends; No One Hit

    2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    In Seal Beach, Nan And Woman Found Dead In Apt. After Woman Phones Police, Call Disconnects, Shots Heard, Neighborhood Told To Remain Indoors Amid Lengthy SWAT Reponse
    In Depth / Perspective: Internal City Recs Show Mayor/Mgm't Worked Outside Of Public View To Support Sac'to Gas Tax Hike...Even After Sac'to Added Text -- Opposed By Sierra Club/Coalition for Clean Air -- Making It Harder For AQMD To Curtail Some Port-Related Pollution Sources; Tax Hike Will Give LB City Hall $11 Million Annual Windfall For City Street/Road Work
    Councilwoman Price swiftly suggests Council-wide discussion to reassess current Prop A (LB sales tax hike) priorities
    LBPD Tells Council's Public Safety Committee That LB Currently Has Two "Quality of Life" Police Officers (One Each Assigned To East And South Divisions) Who Also Handle Homeless/Transient/Vagrant Crime Issues Citywide "As Necessary"; Committee Makes No Voted Recommendation; Austin Signals He'll Raise Issue In Council's FY18 Budget Actions (Coming In Aug-Sept.)

    Councilman Supernaw Signals He Plans To Agendize Item To Examine LB Airport Fine Structure, Seeking Better Deterrent, Prompted By JetBlue Flights Beyond 10 p.m./11 p.m. Curfew
    LBPD Issues This Statement With Add'l Information Re June 3 Incident Involving Councilmember Jeannine Pearce And Her Former Chief of Staff Devin Cotter
    Can You Help LBPD Identify These Two Suspects Who Violently Robbed A 62 Yr Old Woman Walking In Area of Linden/9th St. on May 10? See Surveillance Video And Screen Grabs
    They approach her from behind, one punches her in faces, knocks her to ground and they steal her cell phone.

    Coverage coming
    Councilwoman Price Adds Report On July 4th Fireworks To Tonight's (July 13) Public Safety Committee Meeting, 6 p.m. @ LBFD Training HQ, 2249 Argonne Ave.; Also On Agenda: Reports Re "Quality of Life" Items (Presumably Homeless-Related Neighborhood-Impacting Issues)
    Council Votes To Create A "Business Support Team" For Molina Healthcare, With No Indication Company Wants It Or Needs It At This Point Or What Public Resources City Could/Would Offer Private Firm
    Council Committee Votes 2-1 To Withhold Action For One Year On Mungo-Advanced Proposal To Rename El Dorado Library The "Ernie and Jackie Kell Neighborhood Library"
    Mayor Garcia Abruptly Pulls His Desired Airport Advisory Commission Appointee From July 11 Council Consideration After Airport-Impacted Residents Raise Issues
    Subsequent development above
    The Origin, Status And Next Steps Re Proposal To Rename "El Dorado Neighborhood Library" the "Ernie and Jackie Kell Neighborhood Library"
    Subsequent development above
    Four Long Beach City Councilmembers Agendize Item Asking City Manager To Assemble "Business Retention Team" To "Develop Strategy" And "Identify All Available Benefits And Opportunities" To "Attract And Retain Molina Healthcare's Key Operations And Health Care Services In Long Beach"
    Subsequent development above:
    Council's Public Safety Committee (Price, Austin, Supernaw) Schedules Meeting @ LBFD Training HQ, 2249 Argonne July 13, For City Mgm't Reports Re "Quality of Life" Items (Presumably Homeless-Related Neighborhood-Impacting Issues)
    Subsequent development above
    Mayor Garcia Wants Council To Approve His Latest Choice For Airport Advisory Comm'n, Although He Hasn't Said How Long She's Lived in LB And Her Husband Is Former FAA Official Who's Now Att'y for L.A. World Airports And Previously Handled Legal Matters For L.A. And SF Airports

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