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New / In Detail / Perspective: Below The Radar: Internal Airport Documents Show Extent Of Airport Actions, Taken Since Late 2012 Without Council Voted Approval, To Facilitate Int'l Flights
New: All Three Candidates In 4th dist. Council Race -- Supernaw, Chico, Lindemann -- Sign This Statement, Urging Council To Direct Mgm't To Take No Action Related To [Adding] Customs Facility Enabling Int'l Flights [By JetBlue And Others] @ LB Airport Until After New 4th dist Councilmember In Office For At Least 90 Days
New / Perspective / Opinion: Taking A Leak (LBCC)


New: Congress Averts Homeland Security Shutdown For A Week; A Few Hours Earlier, Cong Dems Lowenthal, Hahn and Sanchez Joined Some Repubs In Blocking Three Week Extension

New: LB Firefighters Union PAC Declines To Release Its Recording Of Questions Asked, Answers Received, From Its Endorsee Herlinda Chico (Parallels Previous Refusal of LBPOA PAC)
New: Motorcyclist Is Killed at 4th St./Redondo Intersection (See LBPD Release Text)
Three years ago, motorcyclist killed at 7th St./Redondo
New: As Seen LIVE on FCC Votes 3-2 (Party Lines) To Apply Net Neutrality (Utility Type) Rules To Internet
New: 4th Dist. Council Candidate Supernaw Says Possible Utility Users Tax Increase Came Up In LB Firefighters Union PAC's Endorsement Interview; Supernaw Gave Definitive "No" At EASBA Canidate Forum; Chico Left Door Open To Tax Hike, Has Union PAC's Endorsement
ON-DEMAND: Hear 4th District Council Candidates at East Anaheim Street Business Ass'n

See EXTENDED VIDEO of Feb. 23 Public Meeting Conducted by 5th dist. Councilwoman Mungo re Proposed Synthetic Turf Soccer Field in El Doroado Park
Read JetBlue Letter Asking City To Request Customs Facility At City's Airport; Letter Acknowledges Facility Could Be Used By Others Now Holding Slots, Is Silent About Consequences For City If Other Int'l Operators Were To Seek Now-Filled Slots
In Detail: Must Read: City Prosecutor (Former Airport Advisory Comm'n Member) Doug Haubert Explains Risk To City's Protective Airport Ordinance From Allowing Int'l Flights
Perspective / VIDEO: Public Comments Pro/Con Mainly Silenced At Councilwoman Mungo-Run Public Meeting Re Proposed Synthetic Soccer Turf
VIDEO: See/Hear LB's Next 4th Dist Councilmember (To Be Decided In April Election) Who'll Have Spending And Policy Voting Power Citywide: Herlinda Chico Or Daryl Supernaw Or Richard Lindemann
Long Beach Mayor Garcia Says Carson NFL Stadium (For SD Chargers/Oakland Raiders) Would Be Win For Long Beach, Looks Forward To Partnering With Carson and NFL
Public Meeting Monday Feb. 23 Expected To Draw Colliding Views On Installing Synthetic Turf Soccer Field Over Current Grass Field, And Possibly Adding Nighttime Lights, In El Dorado Park West Area North of Willow/Studebaker, South of Parks/Rec Admin Bldg.
AYSO 177 Supports; El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Ass'n Exec. Bd Votes To Oppose

Photos courtesy LB Dept. of Parks, Rec & Marine
LBPD Arrests, LB City Prosecutor Files Indecent Exposure Charges Against, Long Beach Man After Bixby Knolls Area Residents Report June-Dec. 2014 Incidents; LBPD Says If You Were A Victim, Do Come Forward
Long Beach, L.A. And Other West Coast Ports' Terminal Mgm't & ILWU Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement, Terms Not Immediately Disclosed, Deal Requires Approval By ILWU Rank/File
Landing Gear Failure On Single Engine Plane, Runway 25R; No Injuries, Minor Fuel Spill, No Major Impact to Airport Operations
LBPD Adds This Info: Suspects It Arrested In Feb. 19 Armed Robbery-Turned-Officer-Involved Shooting Are Two LB 19 Yr Olds, One Compton 20 Yr Old...And Withholds Their Identifies For Now Citing Ongoing Investigation
MTA Survey Says 22% Of Its Rail/Bus Riders Say They Experienced Unwanted Sexual Behavior Incl. Touching, Exposure Or Inappropriate Comments In Past Six Months
Sharp-Eyed LB Patrol Cops Spot Suspect Vehicle Day After 14th/Cedar Five-Victim Shooting, Conduct Investigation, Arrest Five Suspects In The Vehicle...And DA Charges All Five (one male adult, four male juveniles) In Connection With The Multi-Victim Shooting
Citywide Invitation: Meet-Greet-And-Eat With All Three Candidates Seeking To Become LB's Next 4th Dist. Councilmember: Sat. Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., LB Historic Dairy & Creamery
LB Cops (Incl. K9) Nab Comm'l Burg Suspect, 2800 block Atlantic

Photo by Bruce Tennant
Demolished Belmont Pool Begats New Beachfront Open Space, De Facto "Belmont Plaza Park." Should Long Beach Retain And Gain New Park, Rethink Pool Rebuild Site And Choose Smarter Location For Permanent Aquatics Center?

Prof. Emeritus in CSULB Economics Dept. Told LB Airport Over A Year Ago Re Adding Fed'l Inspection Facility For Int'l Flights He Believes "Impact of Visitor Expenditures on LB Economy Will Be Small"
Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident (Feb. 17, approx 6 p.m.), Bellflower Blvd. South of Atherton/North of CSULB Entrance Leaves Pedestrian In Grave Condition
Amnesia File: 2001-2002: City Hall Cuts Secret Airport Deal, Says Enabling Council Action Won't Risk Airport Ordinance...And It Does; City Legal Team Saves Ordinance...And In 2004, Voters Toss Out Two Council Incumbents
Council Feb. 17 "Study Session" To Hear Presentation on Protective Long Beach Airport Ordinance Incl. City Att'y, City Prosecutor, City Mgm't With "Community Stakeholder Input" To Be "Accommodated"
Multiple Add'l Factors Re Int'l Flights Not Yet Discussed By Policy-Setting Council
Five Shot Sunday Nite, 200 block W. 14th St. (b/w Cedar/Pacific, North of 14th St. Park)

Sic Transit: Lesley Gore, 1960's Hitmaker, Passes at 68
Council To Hold Fourth Atty-Client Closed Session Since August (Second In Six Weeks) On City's Lawsuit Challenging L.A.'s EIR on BNSF-Sought WLB-Impacting SCIG Railyard
We List BNSF Contributions To LB's Current Councilmembers
F18s Will Operate at LB Airport Thru Feb. 17, Planned b/w 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sic Transit: Stan Chambers: TV Pioneer and Decades Long Broadcast Journalist, Passes at 91; See VIDEO Of His Aug. 2010 Appearance As Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Honored Him

Residents See/Hear/Voice Concerns About Increased Traffic, Increased Development Intensity With Some Doubled Building Heights In Consultant-Offered SEADIP Development Scenario
by Joe Mello Community Correspondent
Shots Fired, Just West of Pacific/7th St. Early Evening Feb. 12; No One Injured, Suspect Arrested

Virgin Gallactic Will Lease 150,000 Sq. Ft In Bldg. Near LB Airport For Design And Manufacturing Of Small Satellite Launcher.

No City Inducements Involved In Virgin Galactic Locating To Long Beach, City Spokesman Says
Garcia Mayoral Campaign Ends 2014 With Over $114,000 In Unpaid Bills And Negative Cash Balance After Collecting Over $117,000 From Contributors In Six Months After Election; See Full List Of Contributors' Names/Affiliations/Locations
Politically Active Unions, Politically Partisan Groups Among Early Money In Herlinda Chico's 4th Dist. Council Campaign; See Who Gave Money And How Much
On-Demand Audio: Hear It: City Mgm't Warns Council Of Significant Costs If City Lets Medpot Outlets Return; Police Chief Warns He'll Need Add'l Resources; Councilwoman Price Warns Council Doesn't Yet Know If Anticipated New Medpot Tax Revenue Will Cover New Costs, Says LBPD Isn't Ready...And Six Councilmembers Vote To Proceed, Create Advisory "Task Force," Set Timeline For Vote To Enact, Or Not Enact, Second LB Medpot Ordinance Within Approx 90 Days
Subsequent coverage above:
City Hall Hired Consultants To Conduct "Community Workshop" Tonite (Feb. 11), Possible Further Details On Their Proposals For SEADIP (SE LB) Zoning Revisions

Large Crowd But Meeting Cancelled For Lack of a Quorum: Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority To Discuss Synergy Oil's Wetlands Restoration Proposal; Also Possible Acquisition of Bryant and Hitchcock Parcels And Hear Report on Removing Homeless Encampments From Wetlands During 2014
Detailed Coverage: See Who Gave Money To Councilmembers/Mayor Officeholder Accounts And To Whom The Incumbents Disbursed Sums
Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Farinella Chosen As Laguna Beach's New Police Chief
Stunning Development: Woman LASD Believes Is Mother Of Newborn Child Left Near Lakewood Center Mall This Morning Returns To The Scene, Is Observed Bleeding, Taken To A Hospital And Is Now Pending Psychiatric Evaluation and DNA Test; LASD Says It Will Present Facts to DA For Prosecutorial Review
Long Beach Unified School District To Hold Its First Annual "Students of Color Town Hall"; See Letter To Parents, Link to District Website; LBUSD Spokesman Says Event Will Be Open To All
These LB, Lakewood, Signal Hill Radio Shack Stores Are On "Potential Store Closure List"
LBPD Says Man And Woman Found Deceased In Old Lakewood Village Home Were Husband And Wife, Both Sustained Gunshot Wounds, No Obvious Signs of Forced Entry To Home, Firearm Recovered And [LBPD release] "This Does Not Appear To Be A Random Act of Violence."

Deceased Person Found In L.A. River @ Willow St. An "Undetermined Death" At This Point, Now A Coroner's Case Says LBPD
Advisory: Three Wild Raccoons Test Positive For Distemper, LB Animal Control Says Protect Your Pets By Doing These Things
Vandalism (BB Shot Broken Windows) More Widespread Than Initially Indicated, Included Traffic Circle/Rec Park Area (See Pix); LBPD Says Roughly 80 Vandalism Reports Taken Since Jan. 31 Related to BB Gun Window Damage, Uncertain Number of Suspects At This Point

Council Votes 5-3 (Price, Mungo, Austin dissenting) On Final Vote To Triple "Officeholder" Accounts ("Slush Funds") Incumbents Can Collect, Control & Disburse; Now Up To $75k Annually For Citywide Electeds (Incl. Mayor), Up To $30k Annually Per Councilmember; Sums Can Be Used For Community Events OR Given To Politically Active Groups
Council Approves Previously Concealed $1 Million Taxpayer Cost To Obtain Mayor/Mgm't Sought $3 Mil Bloomberg Philanthropies "Innovation Grant"; Projects Will Be Overseen/Controlled By Mayor/Mgr

Perspective / Viewpoints

Editorial: Parks & Rec Comm'n Should Address Issues And Set Policy On Proposed Use Of "Crumb Rubber" For Synthetic Turf Soccer Fields Citywide

New: Opinion: Keep Belmont Plaza Park
by Susan Miller

Editorial: Facts That Matter On Our Airport
Opinion: Council And Mayor Should Start Discussing Increase To Minimum Wage In Long Beach
by Jim McCabe
Gerrie Schipske's New Blog: Click for latest:

Council votes 8-0 to approve item allocating $1 Mil to accept Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" Editorial: Council Should Withhold Approving $1 Mil For Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" UNTIL Mayor/Mgm't Provide Transparency, Openness And Oversight Guarantees And Explain How $1 Mil Spent Will Produce $1 Mil In Taxpayer Savings/Revenue
One week delay is sensible, along with Council reproval of city releases that initially hid $1 mil cost.
For A Righteous Referendum...On Their Money, Our Elections And Our City
Perverting Political Reform
Subsequent development at this link:
Editorial: Release the City's Application for the Bloomberg "Innovation Grant"
Opinion: Councilmembers Unwilling To Admit City Mistakes + Resistance To Green Engineering Doomed Natural Bluffs, Cost More And Needn't And Shouldn't Be Repeated
by Joe Geever *
Mr. Geever is the former California Water Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation. He is now an independent environmental consultant, working with communities and non-profits on policy issues to protect our ocean, beaches and coast and advocated the use of biotechnical methods to stabilize and protect LB's bluffs.

Editorial: Sunny Zia's Sunshine -- Insisting On Openness/Transparency On Spending At LBCC -- Needed Now At LB City Hall
Editorial: Put Proposed Civic Center Transaction On The Ballot, Because...

Fifth in a Series: Memo to Councilmembers, cc'd to Taxpayers, re the Civic Center Proposal
by Terry Jensen

Amnesia File / Opinion: Jensen (Dec. 2011): Public Officials Shrugging Public Costs Of Project Labor Agreements

Special "Common Sense" Series by Terry Jensen

Opinion: Fourth in a Series: How Council Is Asked To Squander MILLIONS Annually In Civic Center Deal

Opinion: Third In A Series: Civic Center: An Open Letter to Councilmember Stacy Mungo and 5th District Residents (And Anyone Who Cares About Long Beach)
Opinion: Second in a Series: Civic Center: "A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity" OR "Just Another Stupid And Expensive Idea"?
Opinion: First in a Series: Civic Center: "A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity" Or The Biggest Boondoggle in Long Beach History?

Editorial: Council Study Session Should Welcome, Not Throttle, Thoughtful Financial Concerns And Constructive Civic Center Options On The Merits
Editorial: Mayor/Council Should Respect The Public By Respecting Its Rules On Council Meeting Start Time (Updated Text)
Subsequent development here: Action Editorial:
How To Take Action On Long Beach's Latest "Mystery Stink"

Vincenzo Cristiano and the Best Dish Washer Nino's Ever Had
by Terry Jesen

Editorial: A Poor Call On A Contagious Virus on Long Beach
Perspective: When LBPD Crime Stats Don't Match Community's Experience
Editorial: Do You Want This (A Continuing Series): Councilmembers Gonzalez, Uranga, Mungo Propose These Changes To LB Political Contribution Laws:
  • More Than Double (Councilmembers) Or Triple (Citywide Pols) Allowable Contributed "Officeholder" Slush Fund Totals
  • Allow Now-Banned Transfers Of Campaign Contribs To Other Politicians' Campaigns
  • Consider Creating "Legal Defense Fund"
    Ha! (New Periodic Feature): Council Vote Makes 7th dist. Budget Meeting Mockery...So Meeting Morphs

    Opinion: Let Them Drive Teslas
    By Jon Coupal
    President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n

    Opinion: Here's A List of Top Reasons Why Park Patrol Program Doesn't Work
    by Claudia Schou *
    Ms. Schou is a Bluff Park resident and advocate for public safety at city parks

    Editorial: City Mgm't Memo On Park Ranger Pgm Materializes At Midmorning, See It Here: [Previous] In the Dark: Here's What Public Sees Saw On Restoring Park Rangers



    Opinion: What Fire Chief Says Isn't What I'm Hearing About "Monomedic" Paramedic System
    by Les Robbins
    Mr. Robbins represented LB's 5th Council district from 1988-1998. Photo above by Mr. Robbins

    Editorial: A Potential Ray Of Hope On Public Safety
    Editorial: Past Precedent, Present Excuses And Public Safety
    Opinion: New Council Needs To Do Its Homework, Ask Tough Questions And Repair Damages Done To Long Beach's Fire And Paramedic Service

    by Les Robbins
    Mr. Robbins represented LB's 5th Council district from 1988-1998. Photo above by Mr. Robbins

    Opinion: Mayor and Council Records Shouldn't Be Destroyed
    By Retired Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

    Editorial: Wear This At Tues (Aug. 5) "Nat'l Nite Out" (These Locations)
    Editorial: Wear This At Upcoming Events And Send A Worthy Message
    Editorial: Don't Resuscitate Deceased Economic Development Bureau(crats)
    Editorial: Respecting Diversity
    Editorial: Transparency, Disclosure Deserved For Inaugural Dollars
    Editorial: More Trees ≠ More Cops
    Opinion/Perspective: Mayor Bob Foster In Balance: Espoused Sensible Principles But In Our View Left Long Beach Worse Than He Found It In Key Areas; New Council Majority Should Reject Notion That Long Beach Can't Deliver Taxpayer Services At Levels Other Cities Do
    Editorial: An "Inaugural" Fit For Kings
    Editorial: Check/Balance Civics Lesson From Stymied Mayoral Attempt To Usurp Council Power
    Editorial: How To Pay For A World Class Belmont Plaza Pool
    Editorial: Inviting Uncontrollable Impacts At LB Airport
    Opinion: City Mgm't Position On Civic Center Rebuild Understates Future Taxpayer Costs, Gives No Basis For Current Claimed Costs, Fails To Offer Obvious Alternative, Unwisely Rushes Council Decision With Long-Term Public Consequences
    by Retired City Attorney Jim McCabe
    Includes city management response
    Editorial: Unfinished Business
    Opinion: The Election: How To Spend Big And Lose Big
    Editorial: Unaffordable
    Opinion: Irrational Decision Making Merits No Vote From Me
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

    The Night Long Beach Ran Out of Cops: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Eight Years Ago?
    Opinion: What Is City Mgm't Trying To Hide From Council And Taxpayers On New Civic Center, And Why Are They Hiding It?
    Common Sense by Terry Jensen

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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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    Detailed Coverage / Extended VIDEO: See/Hear Public Meeting On Synergy Oil/Gas Plan To Remove Oil Eyesores, Restore Los Cerritos Wetlands North of 2nd St. (b/w PCH-Studebaker)

    Another ELB Coyote Sighting (See Photo), This Time Gondar/Keynote
    LBPD Motor Officer Injured In Monday Midmorning Collision, Willow/Earl
    While LB Slept, LBPD East Division Graveyard Shift Patrol Officers Allegedly Find This In Routine Traffic Stop Near Bellflower/Spring
    Woman Robbed At Gunpoint While Walking In El Dorado Park Estates
    Amnesia File / Perspective: One Year Ago: East Long Beach House Burns Across Street From Fire Station Without Fire Engine; One Year Later: Mayor/Council Have Let Conditions Continue

    Photo by John Jaynes
    Flashback: How Some In L.A.-LB-OC Watched Blacked-Out First Superbowl
    Do You Recognize Any Of These Four "Persons of Interest" Below? LBPD Seeks Your Help In Investigation of July 4th NLB Murder

    Follow-Up: Remember Gunfire That Struck Child In Car w/ His Parents At NLB Gas Station? LBPD Found/Arrested Suspect, DA Prosecuted Him, He Pleaded "No Contest" And Is Sentenced To 12 Yrs In State Prison
    SCAQMD Received Roughly 30 Complaints Re Phillips 66 Refinery/Wilmington Smokey Flare Thursday Asks (Again) And Police Union Chief Declines (Again) To Let Us Hear Recording Of What Its Latest Endorsee (In This Cycle It's Chico) Said In LBPOA Endorsement Interview
    Follow-Up To First (Again): Council Asked To Approve Spending One Million From Taxpayers' General Fund For Mayor/Mgr Controlled "Innovation Team" In Accepting Bloomberg Grant
    LBPOA PAC Endorses Herlinda Chico In 4th Dist. Council Special Election
    DA's Office Declines To Charge 80-Yr Old Long Beach (Los Cerritos) Homeowner, Victim Of July 2014 Burglary/Robbery/Assault, Who Fatally Shot Female Accomplice; DA's Narrative Includes Details Of What It Says Occurred
    WLB Drive-By Shooting: Santa Fe/Columbia (South of Spring St.)
    WLB has suffered at least seven shootings (incl. one murder) w/in eight months

    LBFD First Thought It Was Fireworks, But It Was Live Ammo Going Off And (Later Learned) Inert WWII Shells In NLB Garage/Storage Sheds
    Flames Doused; Neighbors Evacuated; Bomb Squad Finishes Job

    LBFD photos by PIO/Firefighter Jake Heflin
    Sic Transit: 106-Yr Old Octavio Orduño -- Long Beach Resident Believed To Be World's Oldest Cyclist -- Passes Away; See VIDEO of His Rides At 103 and 104, Hear AUDIO Remembrance By His Daughter

    In Detail: Seeking State Taxpayer $1.5 Mil Anti-Gang Grant, City Hall Acknowledged LB Gang Membership Over Twice Statewide Average, Gang Related 2012 Murders Up 51%, Gang Shootings Up 18.9% Since 2011; Unmentioned: Mayor Advised/Council Approved Budgets Eliminating LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit
    "My Sister's Keeper" grant will focus on female human trafficking it says funds gangs; grant requires 100% city match (cash/in kind package) from multiple sources recently approved by Council
    SCE Outage Darkens Nearly 2,000 Customers In Parts of Belmont Shore, Naples, Peninsula Thurs Nite
    Perspective: Can You Spot The Error (Corrected Now) In This PT Headline And Text? It Matters For LB Taxpayers On What City Hall Does Or Doesn't Do In DC
    Council Casts First (Of Two Req'd) Votes To Triple Amts LB Incumbents Can Solicit, Amass And Disburse Annually As "Officeholder" Sums (Increased To $30k/Yr For Councilmembers, $75k/Yr For Mayor + Citywide Electeds)
    Price, Austin and Mungo dissent, favored doubling but not tripling current amounts
    Council votes 7-0 (Price absent) to approve all four contracts. City Mgm't Asks Council To Approve Spending $1.25+ Million For Four Outside Services Contracts To Do These Things; One Contract Seeks $216k As Part Of Civic Center Project
    Council votes 8-0 to approve. Aquarium Seeks Council OK To Reduce LB Gas Dept. Surcharge For Fuel Cell/Electricity Generating Project; LB Gas Dept. Mgm't Seeks Authority To Enable Similar Size Reductions -- Or Increases -- On Others
    Councilmembers Invite City Prosecutor To Report On "John's Exposed" (Anti-Prostitution) Program
    UPDATE: Laundry Room Coin Theft Suspect Turns Himself In
    LBFD Dawn Update From the Scene; Hof's Hut in Bixby Knolls Hit By Fires Sunday Nite and Monday Predawn

    Photo courtesy Stephen Russo
    Next LB Councilmember Will Be Daryl Supernaw, Herlinda Chico Or Richard Lindemann In April 2015 No-Runoff Special Election To Fill O'Donnell-Vacated 4th Dist. Seat
    Now, It's Murder: LB's First Fatal Shooting Of 2015 Is In 4th Council District, Area 10th St./Raymond Ave. (East of Cherry b/w 7th St-Anaheim St.)
    Victim Succumbs After He's Shot Roughly Two Hours After Mayor Garcia Says In "State of the City" Message That Violent Crime Is At Lowest Levels In 40 Yrs And Public Safety Progress "Can Be Seen In Every Neighborhood"

    Shootings fatal and non-fatal cumulated from Jan 1., 2014; map excludes NLB
    Subsequent development above:
    See VIDEO/PIX And LBPD Asks: Do You Recognize This Suspect In Laundry Room Coin Theft Burglaries?
    Detailed Coverage / As Carried LIVE with ON-DEMAND AUDIO NOW: Planning Comm'n Votes 4-0 NOT To Recommend Reduced Req'ts For Mailing Notices of Hearings On Proposed Projects, Declines To Back -- For Now -- Vaguely-Worded But Substantively Significant Changes (Sent By Council In Roughly 30-Second Item)
    Staff Will Now Gather Info On How LB Residents Learn Of Upcoming Hearings And Report Info Back; Action Follows Stiff And Unanimous Opposition From Residents Of Multiple Neighborhoods Across City (Incl. Retired Councilwoman Gabelich)
    Celebration of Billie Sheaffer's Giving Life Scheduled Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m., @ The Grand; Billie Sheaffer: A Friend To El Dorado Park, To Birds...And To Me
    Remembrance by Ann Cantrell
    No Explosive Device Found: Suspicious device in a vehicle at LBCC ELB campus "rendered safe" by LA County Bomb Squad...and was determined not to be an explosive device. For about two hours (starting in the 10 a.m. hour), LBCC buildings P, N, A were evacuated. again: situation is resolved, all clear.

    Photo during incident via Twitter
    Donations (Multiple Items And Especially Corp. Sponsors) Sought For 5th Annual Chrissy Strong-Marshall Tournament With Proceeds Benefiting Nat'l Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation
    Subsequent development above:
    City Staff Wants Planning Comm'n To Recommend Council Cut By More Than Half Area For Property Owners To Receive Mailed Notice of Hearings On Proposed Projects, Eliminate Mailed Notices Entirely For Tenants, Reduce Time Period For Notices And Shrink Posted Sizes
    Staff says it would reduce mailing costs and accelerate project timelines, says City would increase "outreach" on projects via "e-notify" and social media
    New / AUDIO: HEAR 16 Yr Old Long Beach Resident Who Freed Woman Whose Car Flew Off 6th St. Onramp to 710, Plunged 50 Feet And Ended Up Upside Down
    Subsequent development: The victim in this shooting succumbed to his wounds. Update at this link.
    Man Is Shot, Area 10th St./Raymond Ave. (East of Cherry b/w 7th St-Anaheim St.), Taken To Hospital In Critical Condition
    Shooting in western part of 4th Council district comes roughly two hours after Mayor Garcia's State of the City message

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    As carried LIVE / On-Demand VIDEO Now: Mayor Garcia Delivers His 2015 State of the City Message; See Full Text

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    Health Advisory: Long Beach City Health Officer Says If You Were At These Four ELB Locations Jan. 3 b/w 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., You May Have Been Exposed To Measles From An Infectious LB Resident; Here's What To Do Now
    LB case is part of outbreak in multiple CA and UT counties associated with people who were at Disneyland b/w Dec. 16-20
    Carbon Monoxide May Have Killed Three People In Central LB Apt. Unit, Area 1100 block Gardenia
    Predawn Gunfire, Alley 900 block Pacific Ave.; Police Say There's Evidence Of Gunfire...But No Victim Found

    Four People Shot Within Less Than 90 Minutes In Two Double Shootings Sunday: 14th St./Raymond (4th dist.) And 900 block Daisy Ave, (1st district)
    Occurs less than 24 hours after local pols declare start of "peace week" leading up to MLK Day parade

    LBPD Issues Release w/ Add'l Details And Photos of LBPD Vehicle's Bullet-Scarred Windshield And Handgun In Suspect Vehicle; Two LBPD Predawn Exchanges of Gunfire With Suspect Plus Pursuit From ELB to San Pedro; Suspect's Five Month Old Child Was In His Vehicle
    No Persons Hit By Gunfire; Child Is Unharmed; Suspect In Custody; One Officer Injured (Flying Glass From Gunfire)

    LBPD released photos
    First (Again) on / In Detail / With Perspective: Mayor Garcia's Office Was Told But Didn't Tell Public Or Press That Bloomberg Philanthropies' $3 Mil "Innovation Delivery" Grant Will Require Roughly 1:3 Local Match (Approx $1 Mil); See More Of What His Office Told Bloomberg But Didn't Tell Long Beach
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