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|New: Council Votes To Censure Councilwoman Pearce
New / Detailed Coverage / Perspective: Did Mayor And Your Councilmember Tell You
UPDATE To Campaign Notebook / Perspective: Councilwoman Mungo Responds Re Her Campaign Mailer Labeling $150 Mil For Sidewalks/Streets From "Bond" (Instead of Measure A Sales Tax Increase): (1) Says Graphic Designer Made Change Consultants Didn't Catch, A Mistake; (2) Says
Previous headline: Mungo Campaign Mailer Tells Voters She Made Street Repaving/Park Repairs Top Priorities In LB's "$150 Million Infrastructure Bond"...But There Wasn't One
Subsequent development above
Councilmembers Austin, Price, Supernaw & Andrews Agendize
Photo Gallery / VIDEO: Long Beach Homeowners Display Their Impressive Sustainable Gardens (Changed From Water Consuming Lawns) on 7th Annual LB
In 5th Dist. Council Runoff, Challenger Dines Draws Clear Line, Urges "No" On "Blank Check" Measure M (Utility Fund Transfer/Diversion) That Incumbent Mungo Voted To Put On Ballot...As She Did With Measure A Sales Tax Increase That Failed Passage In Nearly Every 5th Dist. Precinct
Many Questions Remain, But LBREPORT.com Learns These Add'l Facts After A Transient Allegedly Steals A Woman's Cell Phone, Bystanders Seek To Detain Him, An "Altercation" Ensues, PD/Marine Patrol Cuffs Him...And He Dies
Feds Arrest El Dorado Park South Resident After Serving Search Warrant Re Aliso Viejo Fatal Explosion, But He's Not Charged In Connection With That Crime But On Allegations Of Possession Of Unregistered Destructive Device
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Fair Political Practices Comm'n Enforcement Division Confirms It Has An "Open Case" Re 7th Dist. Council Candidate Jared Milrad; In Late March, City Att'y Forwarded WLB Resident's Five Page Allegation Letter, Which Included Nearly 70 Pages Of Attached Documents
ALL LGB Aircraft -- Large and Small -- Will Use Runway 25R/7L For Eight Day Period
At Midafternoon, Man Walks A Block South of LBCC's PCH Campus, Waving Gang Signs, Shooting Gun Into Air; He's Gone Before Cops Arrive
Re Community Hospital: No Supernaw-Promised
City Att'y Seeks State Att'y General's Office Review For Investigation And Appropriate Action After Learning Of Email Seeking Volunteers To Oppose Pearce Recall Allegedly Sent On City Computer During Scheduled Work Hours By An Employee In Councilwoman Pearce's Office
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: June 26,
Two Armed Robberies Within An Hour Hit NLB Businesses At/Near Cherry Ave.: One At South St., Another At Artesia Blvd.
Recall Supporters Aiming To Oust Councilwoman Pearce Submit 9,462 Petition Signatures; 6,363 Valid Would Trigger Election; City Clerk Will Now Count/Verify How Many Sigs Are Valid 2nd Dist. Registered Voters
Who's Put Up Money (Thus Far) In Recall Effort To Oust Councilwoman Pearce Or To Keep Her In Office?
Analysis / Perspective: City Begins "Informational" Blitz re Blank-Check
Sic Transit: Long Time Long Beach Presence Former Gov. George Deukmejian Passes Away At Age 89; GOP Stalwart Prioritized Public Safety, Fiscally Conservative Policies While Finding Common Ground With Dems On Some Issues
See extended video of his Jan. 2012 advice to LB's Lincoln Club (Republican party loyalists)
President Trump Blasts Obama Admin Negotiated Iran Deal, Announces U.S. Withdrawal, Reimposes Sanctions, Offers To Work With Iran's Rulers On New Agreement And Cites Progress With North Korea As Evidence Of His Seniousness; Within Minutes, Cong. Alan Lowenthal Issues Statement Supporting Obama-Admin Deal And Deploring President's Actions; See Full Texts Of Both Statements
Perspective: City Hall Stalls Release Of Public Records On Mayor Garcia's Citywide "Tour"
Perspective: LB Latest Population Number Is...And Data Show LB's Thin Mayor/Council Budgeted Ratio Of Police-to-Population Despite
LBPD Finds Human Remains, 500 block W. 8th St., With Search Warrant/Excavation In Connection With Missing Person
Gunfire (Two Vehicles Struck) Along NLB's Orange Ave., Just North of South St. (Border 8th/9th Districts)
Subsequent development above First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: JetBlue Seeks Postponement Of
Seen, Heard At LB's 2018 May Day March & Rally
by Barry Saks
Special to LBREPORT.com
Subsequent development above In Depth: JetBlue/City Mgm't Escalate Dispute Over Some Late-Night Flight Fines To
Perspective: Long Beach, According to the New York Times
Perspective / Opinion: Some Major Matters Missing In Mayor's "Homeless Initiative"
Perspective: Will Mayor Garcia Commit To Serving Full Four Year Term LB Voters Just Gave Him Without Jumping Ship For State Senate Seat In November Or Congress In Two Years? We Asked, And...
Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Half Century Gone
by Joe Segura (retired Long Beach journalist)
by Bill Pearl (LBREPORT.com publisher)
Perspective / Opinion: LBCC Candidate Ntuk's Mindless Mailer Invites 2016 Party-Over-Principle Politics For
Editorial: LBREPORT.com Urges This
Perspective / Opinion: How Some LB Dems Shoved Independent-Minded Dem Schipske Out of State Senate Race
Editorial: I-710 Travesty
Perspective / Opinion: Guess Who's Trying To Derail Gerrie Schipske's State Senate Bid
Perspective: Mayor Garcia Didn't Preside At Council Meeting (One Of His Charter Duties) To Attend L.A. County Democratic Party Event; His Former Online Calendar Has Apparently Vanished And We'd Like To Know If He Took Metro To The Event
Perspective Via CityWatchLA.com: Former L.A. City Planner Platkin Collapses Rationales For "Transit Rich" Density-Dictating
It's titled: "The More You Stir it, the More It Stinks: New Planning Legislation from Sacramento"
Long Beach City Hall Using "Mushroom Treatment" (Again) To Delay Our Reporting This Taxpayer-Impacting Information To You
Editorial: End LB's
Point-Counterpoint / Opinion: We Question These Statements Mayor Garcia Submitted For Inclusion In Official Election Pamphlet, And He Says...
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by Glennis Dolce
Special to LBREPORT.com
Two Midafternoon Armed Robberies Within 20 Mins & Possibly Related Hit Central LB/Wrigley Neighborhood Businesses
Two Men Shot, Midnight Hour, Uptown Bixby Knolls
ELB SWAT Predawn Activity 3100 block Woodruff Was Search Warrant Re Narcotics Investigation
Perspective: Elections Matter: City Spent $42,000+ To Send LB Residents This Mailer Purporting To Show Its Record Re
Second City Att'y Memo Cites Specific Alleged Defects In Proposed LB Rent Control/Just-Cause Eviction Ballot Measure (Now Collecting Signatures)
Follow-Up/Coverage In Depth: AQMD Committee Majority Seeks "More Information," Declines At This Point To Recommend Phase-Out Of Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) At Wilmington Valero and Torrance TORC Refineries; Expert Testifies Accidental Release Would Create Ground-Hugging Vapor Cloud Creating Possible Serious Injuries/Deaths Depending On Distance/Duration/Winds; Committee's Next Meeting May Be In LB-Adjacent Wilmington
If You Paid LB Utility Tax On Telephone Service b/w 08/11/2005-12/19/2008, LB City Hall Has Agreed To Pay You Money In This "Class Action" Lawsuit Settlement, Details Here (Incl. Deadline For Submitting Claim)
Subsequent development above: Attn WLB, Wrigley, Downtown LB And Potentially Beyond: Should AQMD Phase Out/Ban Modified Hydrofluoric Acid -- Potentially Health Damaging/Possibly Fatal For Miles Around If Accidentally Released -- Used By Only Two CA Refineries: Wilmington Valero & TORC Torrance? Multiple Southbay Cities Urge AQMD Phase-Out; LB Mayor/Council Mum To Date; LB Chamber Cites Economic Impacts Of Phase-Out; AQMD Will Hold April 28 Hearing In Torrance To Hear Testimony, Pro/Con
Lakewood Village Home Is Burglarized...But Savvy Resident Installed High-Tech Surveillance Cam That Captured Suspects' Images; See VIDEO On Demand...And If You Recognize The Suspects, Call LBPD
JetBlue Gives Up Nearly A Dozen LB Airport Flight Slots (Now Open For Others), Retains Nearly Two Dozen, Adjusts Schedule, Says Unspecified LB "Constraints" Have Created "Challenges"
Is it company's response to Jan. 2017 Council vote nixing int'l flights? Or dispute over current policy on imposing fines for late-night flights? Or concern over possible amendment of Airport ordinance increasing fines for late night flights? Or all of the above?
SB 828 (Sac'to Mandates For Regional New Housing Units) Advances With Amendments (Some Agreed, Some For Discussion); Several Senators Warm To Changes In "Regional Housing Needs Assessment" Process But Concerned About "One Size Fits All" Approach
ELB's Trader Joe's Location (Bellflower Blvd. South of 405) Was Hit By Armed Robberies In Mid-Feb and Early March; LBPD Has Surveillance Video And Is Working With Other Police Agencies To Determine Whether It's Related To Armed Robberies At Other L.A.-Area Trader Joe's Locations
For Now, Community Hospital Has No Sac'to Safety Net As Assembly Health Committee Chair Declines To Vote On O'Donnell Seismic Safety Delay Bill Without Seismic Plan, Gives City Some Add'l Time But Says Ball Is In City's Court
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: City Att'y/City Mgm't Tell Mayor/Council Several Provisions Of Proposed LB Rent Control/Just-Cause Eviction Ballot Measure (Now Collecting Signatures) Likely Violate City Charter, Would Trigger Years Of Litigation, And...
Subsequent development above City of Long Beach Opposes
Sat Night: Two Armed Robberies To Businesses Within Less Than Two Hours: 400 block Atlantic & 3600 block Cherry
CDC Says Don't Eat Any Romaine Lettuce From Yuma, AZ Growing Area
Two Repubs (Gaines/Morrell) Joined Two SF/Berkeley Dems (Wiener/Skinner) As Sole Committee "Yes" Votes For
SB 827 (Developer Density Bonus Overriding Local Zoning, Incentivize Housing Density Near Transit) Stalls In Sac'to Committee, Likely Dead (With Caveats) This Year BUT SB 828 -- Carrying Long-Term Local/Regional Impacts, Could Double Required Number Of Low/Very Low Income Housing Units For Some Cities -- Headed For Committee Hearing
6th dist. Council Office Chief of Staff John Edmond, 11 Yr LB City Hall Veteran, Exits For Private Sector
Two years from now, incumbent Councilman Andrews will likely be exiting
Councilmember Mungo Abruptly Pulls Her Item OFF April 17 Council Agenda That Sought A Council Majority To Support Ballot Measure That Would Revise Portions Of
Opponents gloat, celebrate victory showing "elected officials that the Long Beach community stands for smart justice and second chances."
Subsequent developments above: Councilmembers Mungo & Price Schedule
Push-Back From Councilwoman Pearce And Allied Policy Groups Against Councilmembers Mungo/Price
Subsequent development aboveLand Use Impacting SB 827 (Offers Developers Density Bonuses Overriding Local Zoning For Multi-Story Housing Near Transit) Will Get First Committee Hearing
Woman Found Fatally Stabbed, 1400 block Walnut Ave.
5800 block Cherry Ave: Family Owned Business (9th dist.) And Its Workers Robbed In Terrifying Armed Robbery, Five Ski-Mask Wearing Suspects Allegedly Hold Guns To Heads Of Some Employees
Perspective: Mayor Garcia Wants Sac'to To Shift $1.5 Billion State Taxpayer Surplus To City Halls As Blank-Check Block-Grants For City Hall-Devised Homeless Plans, Has Kept LB Neighborhood-Impacting Details Quiet Until After Most LB Incumbents Safely Re-Elected
Long Beach 2018 Election Cycle: Incumbents Remain In All Citywide Offices And Nearly All Council Districts; Council Incumbents In Districts 5 & 7 Face June Runoffs
Senator Wiener Tweaks Housing "Transit Density Bonus"
Aiming To Stop Sac'to Bills That Usurp Local Control, Beverly Hills Vice-Mayor And Redondo Beach Mayor Are Drafting CA Constitutional Amendment To "Protect Communities And Local Rights"
/font>CA State Senator Proposes Legislation To Require "Social Media" [broadly defined] Websites To Develop "Strategic Plan" To "Verify News Stories" To "Mitigate Spread of False Information" Using "Fact Checkers" And Place "Warnings" On News Stories "Containing False Information" Sat Night Gunfire: 2600 block E. Anaheim St. @ Molino Ave.
Details/Perspective: Applying Old School Journalism Basics Sheds Light On Contrasting LB Election Recommendations Of
Details/Perspective: Crime, Crime Stats And Police Staffing For LB Taxpayers Surface In Heated ELB 5th District Council Race
In Depth / Includes On-Demand Audio Podcast:
Extended On-Demand VIDEO / Photo Gallery: Several Thousand Students & Adults Attend "March For Our Lives Long Beach," Student Speakers and Local Pols Seek Action, Vow Votes, To Advance Gun Control
PD Says Motive Unknown In Orange/53rd Triple Shooting (Double-Homicide)
Councilwoman Mungo Told Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n Boardmember She Hopes Group Will Remove President From Its Board; Email Flew Days After He Publicly Removed His Name From Her Re-Election Campaign Mailer
The Rest of the Story: Mayoral Candidate James "Henk" Conn Discloses Who Met With Him Prior To Paperwork Filing Deadline, Offering To Arrange Meeting With Mayor Garcia; It Was...
Recent Words By Mayor Garcia May Signal He Doesn't Plan To Serve Next Four Years If
Mayor Garcia Quietly Renames Measure A (Blank Check) Sales Tax Hike Committee To (Blank Check) "Utility Transfer Committee," Collects $50k From Firefighters Union PAC + $50k From Police Officers Union PAC
Immediate Past 5th Dist. Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Endorses Challenger Corliss Lee In 5th District Council Race
Mayor Garcia Sent Councilmember(s) This Text Message After Meeting On Candidate-Filing-Deadline Day With CONO's Fox That Resulted In Fox Not Entering Mayor's Race
Follow the Money: Election Mailer From Indie "LB Neighborhoods PAC" (Touting Council Incumbent Mungo & Mayor Garcia For "Working Together To Restore Coastal Wetlands") Is From PAC That Recently Changed Its Name From "Good Gov't" PAC And In 2016 Backed Turnbow in 8th, Garnica In 2nd (Against Gray in April 2016); See From Where Its Money Came
Union PACs With No Visible Connection To "Public Safety" Are Source Of Indie-Committee Mailers Coming From Entity Calling Itself "Public Safety To Support Dines"; Mailers Will Support Dines And Oppose Incumbent Mungo
5th dist. Candidate Kerfluffle Over Mungo Mailer: (1) Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n President Withdraws His Name, Issues This Statement; (2) Robert Fox (2nd dist. Resident) Denies Endorsing Mungo, Says He Complimented Her For Her LUE Vote And Commended Her For Expressing Her District's Will, Acknowledges Candidate Corliss Lee Brought LUE To His Attention Which Led To Protest/Public Awareness Campaign; Candidate Lee Offers Plainly Worded Response
Sac'to Senator Wiener Amps Up SB 828, Could Require LB To Accommodate 200% Of SCAG-Decided "Affordable" (Under Market/Subsidized) Housing, Prohibit Lower Allocation Based On Previous Underproduction And Require Sac'to Agency To Address Housing "Underproduction" In "Coastal And Metropolitan" Communities
Sac'to Bill Letting Bars Serve Alcohol Till 4 a.m. (If OK'd By City Councils In LB, LA, SF, Oakland, Sac'to, WeHo) Advances Supported By LB Chamber, Downtown LB Alliance And Mayor Garcia
Crime Stat Disconnect: City Officials Claim "Crime Is Down" While Residents Describe Increased Neighborhood Impacting Crimes: Fifth District Fact-Check
Perspective / Amnesia File: Central LB/Wrigley Had Three More "Possibly Gang Related" Shooting (6 Shootings, Incl. Homicide, In Four Days); Mayor/Council Failure To Provide Funding To Restore LBPD's Former Field Anti-Gang Unit, Part Of Nearly 200 Budget-Erased Officers Not Restored Despite
Extended On-Demand Audio / Perspective: Peculiar 5th District Candidate Forum: No Audience Questions Allowed; LVNA Pres. Opens By Praising Incumbent For LUE Outcome; Group's Leaders' Questions Produce Uneventful Q & A; Repub Candidate Uses His Closing Statement To Drop Out Of Race And Endorse Repub Incumbent
LVNA forum, Bancroft Middle School, 6:35 p.m.
In Depth Coverage: City-Hired Engineer's Monthly Queen Mary Inspection Reports Tell City Staff/City Auditor About These Maintenance Issues At Historic Ship; Lessee Urban Commons Says It's Working With City, Making Necessary Repairs As Quickly As Possible And Has Made Progress Despite Challenges; Ship's Grassroots Supporters Display Photos/Video Of What They Recently Saw
One Day After Three Shootings (Incl. A Homicide) Near Central LB's PCH Corridor, LBPD Deploys Add'l Officers, Stops Vehicle; Suspect Allegedly Points Gun At Officer And Police Shoot/Wound Him
Suspect is found to allegedly have a no-bail felony arrest warrant for allegedly violating terms "Post Release Community Supervision" (now handled by County under Sac'to's 2011
Photo Gallery: Teachable Moments: LBUSD Students Hold Peaceful On-Campus Demonstrations One Month After Florida School Mass Shooting
LB Poly High. LBUSD photo
All Four 5th Dist. City Council Candidates -- Incumbent Stacy Mungo + Challengers Corliss Lee, Rich Dines and John Osborn -- Will Appear At Candidate Forum Tonight (March 15) at Bancroft Middle School. 6:30 p.m.
Long Beach Council Approves
Three Central LB Shootings In Broad Daylight, One Victim Dies
Subsequent development above LB Council To Consider Implementing These "Sanctuary City" Type Policies, May Also Approve $100k To Help Create Deportation Legal Defense Fund
Subsequent development: Council votes 7-0 to approve in midnight hour, no discussion.Council Will Vote On $1.7+ Mil For "Demand Needs Assessment" Of IT Items For New Civic Center Plus $350k To Assess Need To Build LBPD HQ Parking Garage
In Depth / Extended Audio Coverage: 5th District Council Candidates Corliss Lee and Rich Dines Field Residents' Questions, Display Some Differences With Each Other And With Non-Attending Incumbent Stacy Mungo; All Four Ballot Candidates Slated To Appear At
Here's List Of District-by-District Council-Voted Approved Amendments To Land Use Element Maps
LBPD Says This Is What Happened Re Allegedly Armed Man, Threat To Blow Up LB Fed'l Building And Resulting Fatal Officer Involved Shooting
LBPD released image
Follow the Money: Council Re-Election Shoo-In Vice Mayor Rex Richardson Makes $10,000 "In Kind" Campaign Contribution (Staff/Walkers) -- Possibly Largest Single Campaign Contrib In History Of LBCC Races -- To Support L.A. County Dem Party Activist Uduak Ntuk Against LBCC Trustee Jeff Kellogg; Richardson Also Gives Sums To Support Re-Election Of LB City Council Incumbents Suzie Price & Roberto Uranga
Subsequent development above LBPD Told Allegedly Armed Man Headed To Blow Up LB Fed'l Building; Police Spot And Surround Him On Ocean Blvd. Near Chestnut; He's Allegedly
Subsequent development above Two 5th District Council Candidates (Corliss Lee + Rich Dines) Will Attend Candidate Forum Tonight; All Four (Mungo + Lee + Dines + Osborn) Confirm For
Council Votes To Advance Density Increase Maps BUT Further Pares Down Density Increases Sought By Staff, Adds Periodic Reviews On Equity/Affordable Housing Plus Five Year Update
As seen LIVE: March 6, 2018: After approving Council-district amendments to LUE maps, Council votes without dissent to oppose SB 827 (Sac'to dictated transit-vicinity housing bldg heights) citing loss of local control.
Grassroots Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Issues This Statement In Advance of Council LUE Vote
Detail-Savvy Long Beach Resident Kerrie Aley Sends Mayor/Council This Email Citing Gov't Figures, Says Numbers Show City Staff's LUE Overstates Housing Need, Flawed In Demanding Increased Density; She Offers These Solutions
City Staff Agendizes This Memo Urging Council On
Senator Wiener's Words & Pix Show What His SB 827 Would Do Re Sac'to Dictated Developer-Desired Transit Vicinity Housing Heights
On Feb. 13, LB Council Declined To Oppose SB 827 Pending Amendments; On
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com / Includes Perspective / Opinion: LUE Game Changer: There Is No Legal Requirement To Adopt A LB Land Use Element (LUE) Stretching To 2040; A Shorter, More Prudent Time Period Allowing Greater Caution Would Suffice
As heard LIVE: Metro Board Approves I-710 Alternative 5C As "Locally Preferred Alternative" With Solis-Garcia Motion That Starts Spending Money For "Early Action Items" Immediately But Leaves Ultimate Outcome Uncertain
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: SB 827 Author Amendments Would Retain Local Zoning Override / Sac'to Dictated Multi-Story Housing Heights Near Transit
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