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New: Man Is Murdered, Shot Shortly Before Midnight, Several Rounds Fired At Group Of People Neighborhood b/w Del Amo-Market East of LB Blvd. (8th dist.)

Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle
New: FURTHER UPDATE: LBPD Confirms Officer Involved In April 23 Fatal Shooting Of Suspect Has Been With LBPD For Over Twenty Years; PD Indicates Residence Was Vacant (Not Resided In) And Had Fresh Gang-Related Graffiti Inside
LBPD Describes What It Says Responding Officers Encountered That Preceded Officer-Involved Shooting; 19 Year Old Male Suspect Is Dead, No Weapon Found; Two Men + Two Women (All In Early 20s) Are Arrested For Trespassing, One Man For Allegedly Violating Anti-Gang Injunction
Coming Up Monday: Ass'yman O'Donnell To Be Handed Political Hot Potato: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Warns "Attack On Prop 13" Coming Monday In Ass'y Transportation Committee He's On; Measure Would Make It Easier For City Halls To Raise Taxes For Broadly Defined Local "Transportation Projects"; See Text


New: Alleged Drug Lab ("Butane Honey Oil") Causes House Explosion & Fire, 200 block Belmont Ave., LBFD Douses Flames, LBPD Arrests Suspect

New: Sac'to Bill Would Suspend CA High School Exit Exam Thru 2018-19 School Year, Says Current Test Doesn't Measure Common Core Standards, Would Update Exit Exam Or Potentially Replace It With Other Measurements
by Elizabeth Cheruto and David Sivard
New: LBFD Mgm't And Firefighters Ass'n Signal Support For Some Type Of New Fees For Services; LBPD Mgm't and Police Officers Ass'n Mum For Now On New Money Sources
by Tori Ann Lerch
Landmark Villa Riviera (Ocean Blvd/Alamitos) Conserves Water, Replaces Nearly 30% Chunk Of Entryway Grass/Plants With Water-Conserving Landscape

Photo source: Villa Riviera residents
Gunfire Flies, 1100 block Gardenia; A Vehicle Damaged, No Person Hit

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Gunfire Flies, 1100 block Gardenia; A Vehicle Damaged, No Person Hit

Whole Foods Markets Voluntarily Recalls These Packaged (11 oz. Plastic Tubs) Macadamia Nuts, Possible Salmonella Neighborhoods First + LBHUSH2 Schedule Special Public Meeting -- Mon. 6:30 p.m. @ EXPO Center, 4321 Atlantic -- Inviting City Atty, Ass't City Att'y & City Prosecutor/Former Airport Advisory Comm'r To Discuss And Answer Questions On History, Pros, Cons, Potential Risks/Unintended Consequences If Council Were To Allow A LB Airport Fed'l Customs Facility (That Couldn't Be Limited To One User)
By the Numbers: Supernaw Dominated Los Altos & Eastern Precincts That Had High Voter Turnouts, Opponent Chico Dominated Western/Zaferia Precincts That Had Lower Voter Turnouts
Third place finisher Lindemann adds these comments

As Seen LIVE: Public Safety Committee (Price & Austin w/out Mungo) Ask LBPD & LBFD To Cite Ways They'll Meet Mgm't-Proposed "Proportional Budget Reductions" With Deficits Looming In Coming Years; LBFD Chief Says He'll Ask Council To Consider "First Responder Fee" (In Add'n To Ambulance Charges) w/in Weeks; LB Firefighters Ass'n Suggests Creating Fire District And Fire Mgm't Consolidation; LBPD Mgm't Has No Proposed Fee Increases For Now
Follow-Up: Sac'to Ordered Water Use Reductions Eased A Bit For Long Beach, Lakewood And L.A., Must Now Meet 16% Reduction (Instead of 20%); Seal Beach (And Compton After Opposition) Only 8%; Beverly Hills Must Cut Back 36%
Follow-Up: LBPD Patrol Officers And Detectives Team To Identify, Find And Arrest Suspect In String Of East Anaheim St. Comm'l Burglaries (Nine Spanning 2014-2015); He Takes Guilty Plea And Gets Eight Year Sentence; AND LBPD Arrests Another Suspect In Another East Anaheim St. Comm'l Burglary At A Bank, Now Investigating If He May Be Linked To Add'l Burgs
April 17 a.m. situation cleared: Police activity, including a SWAT call out, is OVER after PD responded in the midnight hour to 900 block Cerritos (area Alamitos/Hellman) to a domestic violence incident. Female was able to leave a residence; suspect believed inside residence; no info that weapons involved but SWAT activated as precaution; nearby residents evacuated [update text follows] SWAT made entry into residence approx. 6:45 a.m., no one found inside; evacuated residents allowed to return home. LBPD PIO Pratt says PD believes suspect (who resides at location with his children and their mother) left the location with his children prior to PD arrival; no history of abuse involving suspect and his children; mother doesn't believe they're in any danger; domestic violence detectives will be following up.
Subsequent coverage above:
Councilwoman Price Calls April 17 Public Safety Committee Meeting (Price, Austin, Mungo) To Discuss "Alternate Funding Sources" for Public Safety And City Efforts To "Come Up With Innovative Ways To Address Public Safety Needs"
Observant Area Resident Alerts LBPD, Cops Respond, Find And Arrest Two NLB Attempted Res Burg Suspects
Daryl Supernaw Wins 4th District Special Election

Supernaw was outspent by ballot rival Herlinda Chico whose campaign had organized labor funding (LB police & firefighter PACs + County AFL-CIO) and endorsements by Mayor Garcia and 7 of 8 Council incumbents

JetBlue Inks Deal With LB Marathon Organizer To Become Race Title Sponsor ("JetBlue Long Beach Marathon")
Observant Area Resident Alerts LBPD, Cops Respond, Find And Arrest Two NLB Attempted Res Burg Suspects
Retired Councilwoman Gabelich Spots A Non-Factual Chico Campaign Claim: FACT IS Long Beach HAD A Female Council Majority Years Ago...Alongside A Female Mayor
Postcard Received By Some 4th Dist. Hispanic/Latino-Surname Voters, Sent By LB Police and Fire PACs, Lists Their "Voting Record" (If They Voted in 2012 & 2014 Elections) And Urges Vote For Chico; Mayor Garcia (In Chico Campaign Mailing) Tells Hispanic/Latino Voters "Our Work Not Done" In Urging Her Election As First Latina 4th Dist. Councilmember
LBPD Responds, Investigates Alleged Threat Via Social Media By Individual Against An Acquaintance; Investgation Continues

East Anaheim St. Businesses (2800-3500 blocks) See Rash Of Biz Burgs Within Last 30 Days, And April 9 An Armed Robbery (Suspect With Gun)
Mid-Afternoon Shooting, 6000 block Linden Ave., Neighborhood Is Nearby Uptown Renaissance Library Project's unofficial map cumulates shootings over time (Jan. 1, 2014 to date) for context. The map doesn't show all of LB's shootngs, most of which are in part of Central LB/NE of downtown, with some in a relatively small area of WLB. Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 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 for shootings in area shown.
LB Water Dept. Consumers Would Have To Cut Back By 20%, Lakewood 25%, Seal Beach 10%, Under State Water Agency's Proposed Rule To Meet 25% Governor-Ordered Reduction Statewide
Proposed rule is based on recent per capita usage
Council Votes 7-0 To Enact Five Year Project Labor Agreement Requiring Union Pay/Benefits On City Public Works Projects Over $500,000
Staff acknowledges administering the agreement will cost $280,000 each year, but claims staff can't determine the agreement's impacts on bid cost of construction or number of bids received (despite multiple studies available online pro and con)
Overturned Fuel Truck Accident On Southbound 605 Spills Gasoline Onto Fwy, Reaches Caltrans Storm Drain, Contained By Sorbent Booms Placed Near Wardlow Rd., Spring St, Willow St.
LBPD Arrests Two Suspects -- An Man And A Juvenile -- In 8th/Gaviota Double Shooting; Victims Now In Stable Condition
Two Men Shot Monday Afternoon, 800 block Gaviota

Incident Ends Safely After Man Climbs Into Tree (Area 3rd/Orange) And Remains There For Roughly 12 Hrs., Comes Down On His Own, Agrees To Seek Medical Att'n and Mental Evaluation

Photo by Cathy Franklin
Amnesia File: 2012: 4th Council District Balloting Brought Raised Eyebrows

Man Fatally Shot, Area South St./Paramount Blvd.

Map shows 2014-2015 shootings in northern part of city; shootings in other parts of LB are on separate map.

Follow the Money/Campaign Contribs To LB's Next Councilmember (4th Dist.)
  • Herlinda Chico Contribs Incl. Union PACs & State Dem Pols
  • Daryl Supernaw Contribs Include Former Councilmembers Tom Clark, Gary DeLong, Business/Real Estate
    A Tradition Born: "Formula E" Electric Cars Race On Long Beach's Grand Prix Course
    A tradition vanishes: Councilwoman Mungo lets 5th dist. "Solar Grand Prix" (teen-built model cars) disappear

    LB Parks & Rec Will Cease Using Potable Water To Water Ornamental Street Medians (Per Governor's Executive Order) But City Golf Courses Should Remain Green Since They Use Reclaimed Water
    Another ELB Coyote Sighting: Area Monlaco/Gondar (North Of Wardlow b/w Woodruff/Palo Verde)

    Photo by Derek, April 3, 2015, approx. 9 a.m., area Gondar/Molaco
    LB Water Board Is Told Precise Amount Of LB Required Water Conservation Measures Under Governor Brown's Executive Order Isn't Yet Known...But May Be Less Than 25% Statewide Reduction Due To Conservation Measures LB Has Already Taken (Resulting In Lowered Per Capita Use)

    Subsequent VIDEO coverage in Big News Sunday (above):
    Enjoy Free Two Hour Walk Thru Los Cerritos Wetlands -- And See Sea Turtles Inhabiting San Gabriel River -- Saturday Morning April 4 (8:00-10:00 a.m.); Info Here

    Subsequent development above
    Governor Brown Orders Mandatory Water Conservation Measures -- To Reduce Water Use by 25% -- Incl. Enforcement Provisions; See Executive Order
    [UPDATE] LB Water Dept. commends Governor's action, stresses LB's Lawn to Garden Program
    Man Is Shot At Midafternoon, Area 7th/Amamitos (Near Museum of Latin American Art)

    Brother Allegedly Shoots/Kills His Brother in Lakewood, Area Woodruff/Hardwick
    LB Airport Gave Residents A Few Hours To Run On Repaved Runway 25R/7L...And A BIG Crowd Showed Up For Unique Opportunity
    by Dan Halverson

    Photo by Dan Halverson
    Ass'yman Patrick O'Donnell Supports And Advances Bill Mandating Ethnic Studies In All CA High Schools As Elective; SEE VIDEO of Sac'to Hearing
  • Bill Is Backed By Latino, Black And Asian Sac'to Legislative Caucuses; Latino Republican Ass'yman Votes "No"
  • CSULB Ethnic Studies Prof Urges LBUSD To Implement Ethnic Studies Regardless of Sac'to Bill
    Cong. Alan Lowenthal Joins 360+ Bipartisan House Members Sending This Letter to Pres. Obama Re Any Iran Nuke Deal
    Big News Sunday ( Weekly News Pgm) Breaks This Story: Eric Gray Will Seek 2nd Dist. Council Seat in 2016

  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Perspective Via Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Pres. Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

    New / Includes Publisher's Perspective: Gunman Robs Belmont Shore Fundraiser For Victims Of Bluff Park Fire; [Publisher's Perspective] Latest Outrage Took Place In Council District Of Public Safety Committee Chair Suzie Price Whose Record -- With Her Council Colleagues -- Includes These Votes And Actions
    Editorial: Daryl Defeated Goliath...And Goliath Helped Defeat Goliath
    Editorial: Chico Campaign Insults Voters Of Both Genders With Sexist Appeal For Votes
    Stop The Costly Project Labor Agreement, See Evidence Cited In 2011 "Common Sense" Essay
    by Terry Jensen

    LB Airport Expects Summertime Revenue Decline Mainly From JetBlue Schedule Changes, Which Won't Affect Police, Fire, Parks, Libraries, Infrastructure Funding For Taxpayers Citywide, And That's Important Because...
    Editorial: PressTelegram Marks Start Of "Sunshine Week" By Failing To Report Long Beach City Hall Action (And Inaction) Blocking Greater Transparency
    Editorial: Hillary Redux: Long Beach Mayor/Council Tout And Talk But Mock And Block Email Transparency
    Taking A Leak (LBCC)
    Parks & Rec Comm'n Should Address Issues And Set Policy On Proposed Use Of "Crumb Rubber" For Synthetic Turf Soccer Fields Citywide
    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

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  • 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
    RecentlyAbout a week or two agoAbout two-four weeks ago

    Big News Sunday:
  • (1) Powerful Words By Keshawn Brooks' Stepfather At His Boy's Funeral
  • (2) Man Shot Within Hours Of Brooks' Funeral in Central LB
  • (3) City Told Public Crime Is Down, But Seeking Sac'to Money Admitted Gang Crime Is Up
  • (4) Downtown Advocate/Booster Eric Gray To Seek 2nd Dist. Council Seat

    Man Is Shot At Midafternoon Saturday, Myrtle Ave. North of PCH, LBPD Investigating As Possibly Gang-Related
    Shooting comes within hours of funeral for Keshawn Brooks, 15 yr old murdered in WLB gang-related stabbing

    VIDEO: Emotional "Home Going" Funeral For 15 Year Old Keshawn Brooks, Powerful Words From His Stepfather Keeyon Layton

    Results of 9th District "Participatory Budgeting" Election On NLB Infrastructure Projects: Jordan High Digital Marquee, Solar Powered Lights In DeForest Park And Security Cameras Along Major Corridors
    2,600+ NLB residents age 14 and above voted on infrastructure project choices but not (for now) bigger decisions incl. funding for police, fire, other services
    Amnesia File: See Map By Enviro Group On Lead Fuel Impacts Of Private Piston Planes @ Long Beach Airport; Previous Council Discussed Issue in 2011-2012 But No Serious Council Advocacy Actions Taken Since Then To Counter Fed'l Delays On Lead...And Council Is Silent On Health-Impacting Particulates From Large Comm'l Jets
    Mother Succumbs To Her Injuries, Her 4 Yr Old Daughter In Critical Condition; Horrific Midnight Hour Apt. Fire (1000 block Stanley Ave.)
    Councilwoman Price Says Ocean Blvd. Repaving Project (area Belmont Plaza) Has Been Stopped And Will Be Rescheduled To An Appropriate Season For [Nesting] Birds; [Initial Mar. 26 Report] Coastal Comm'n LB Staff Looking Into City-Initiated Ocean Blvd. Tree Trimming That Residents Say Uprooted/Displaced Nesting Birds; See Pix And Details
    From UPDATE: Councilwoman Price thanks resident Susan Miller for the information she provided to the Council office. "Your vigilance in providing information both now and in the future will help to ensure the protection of species such as these."

    Photo by Susan Miller
    In Depth: Sac'to Bill Advances To Require State Study Of Potential Health Effects Of, And Require Parks/School Districts To Seek At Least One Other Option And Hold At Least One Public Hearing If They Seek To Use, "Crumb Rubber" For Recreational/Playground Purposes

    LBPD News Conference Announces Arrest of Four Suspects (None from LB) In Bizarre Alleged Plot That Includes Faked Pregnancy Re Kidnapping/Murder Of 3 Week Old Eliza Delacruz & Attempted Murder of Her Parents & Uncle
    Get Info On Becoming A Foster Or Adoptive Parent, Or Weekend Host, At Saturday Foster Care & Adoption Expo at LBCC ELB Campus
    Council Votes (8-0) To GRANT appeal of Laurie Angel/Chuck Fowler, Overturn Planning Comm'n Approval, Deny CUP for Beer/Wine Sales For Offsite Consumption at Atlantic/South (SE corner) Gs Stn Convenience Store
    NLB reps Austin and Richardson note area is focus for new library, say if liquor sales were for new sit-down restaurant or grocery store, their response might be different
    Add'l Developments -- Including Restaurants, Shops & At Least One Hotel -- Announced at ELB's Douglas Park (West of Lakewood Blvd b/w Airport and Carson St.)
    Gunfire In East Wrigley (Area 200 block Willard), Casings Found, But No Victim(s)

    4th Council District Race: (1) Independent Committee Backing Supernaw Spends Nearly $9K On Its Mailers, Postage, Mailing & Design Costs...And Receives $16K From CA Ass'n of Realtors PAC; (2) Four Union PACs Give $8.5K To Chico Campaign
    Man Stabbed Downtown At 5th St. Metro Blue Line Station

    88 Year Old Woman Perishes After She's Struck By Vehicle At Spring St./Claremore Ave.; LBPD Says She Was Walking South Across Spring St. Outside Crosswalk And Against Red Light When Struck; Driver Remained At Scene, Was Released
    As Seen on's Big News Sunday: "Participatory Budgeting" Lets Ninth Council District Residents Choose Infrastructure Projects They Want From Among Publicly Suggested, Pre-Approved Discretionary Projects
    ELB Fresh & Easy (Spring/Palo Verde) And Nearby Lakewood Location (Woodruff/South) To Be Closed; Other LB Locations Remain
    With VIDEO: Vets Turn Out, And Rock Out, In Fundraiser For Rock 4 Vets

    Sat. Night: Woman Is Shot in NLB, Area 5900 block Orange Ave.

    New VIDEO Feature: Preview Of's Renewed "Big News Sunday"
    Outpouring Of Community Support At NLB's New City Church Carwash To Help Family Of WLB Murder Victim Keshawn Brooks (Age 15, Cabrillo High Student)

    Shooting, 1300 block St. Louis (Just East of Cherry, North of Anaheim, 4th Council District), Victim Is Hit

    Coverage coming:
    Rock For Vets Fundraiser: Music And More @ Tracy's Bar, 5511 E. Spring: Sun. Mar 22, 2-5 p.m.
    Man Dies In Industrial Accident, 2000 block E. 3rd St. Near Cherry Ave.

    Court Finds Long Beach City Hall Violated Its 2010 Court-Agreement w/ State Agency Re Underground Storage Tanks, Hits City With $2.5 Million Penalty
    Six Suspects Arrested And Charged re July 4th NLB Murder
    Car to Car Predawn Gunfire, Area 10th/Pacific; PD Says Road Rage, Male Driver Shoots At Vehicle Driven By A Female
  • Details: Councilman Roberto Uranga Named To CA Coastal Comm'n in Closed Door State Senate Rules Committee Action; Others Seeking Position Included LB Councilmembers Price and Mungo; Uranga Will Fill Vacancy Created After State Att'y General Rules Garcia Ineligible To Remain On Coastal Body As Non-Voting Mayor Instead of Voting Councilmember
    Garcia Sac'to Allies Tried And Failed To Change State Law In Attempt To Let Him Remain On Commission; Speculation: Whom Will Uranga Choose As His Voting Alternate?
    Media Review: Compare Press Release By Councilman Uranga With Story Elsewhere
    Might City Pursue Purchase Of Property On 2nd St. @ Claremont Ave. For Parking Structure? Councilwoman Price Invites Residents To VERY Preliminary Meeting (Mar. 30) To Discuss Possible Process
    Subsequent development above
    LBPD Seeks Your Help With These Sketches, This Photo, These Videos, Re Murder of 3 Mo. Old Eliza Delacruz (Kidnapped From NLB, Her Body Found In Trash Dumpster Near Mexican Border) And Her Parents Shot In NLB Residence

    Convicted ELB (Old Lakewood Village Area) House Burglar Sentenced To 15+ Years In State Prison
    Council Gives Final Enactment Approval (7-1, Austin Dissenting) To Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance For Dogs (Includes Grandfathering Provision And Other Exceptions)
    American Kennel Club Tries And Fails To Sway Council With Vow Not To Bring Its Annual Dog Show Back To LB
    Kraft Is Recalling These Boxes Of Its Macaroni & Cheese
    Trader Joe's Is Recalling These Walnut Products
    Arts & Services for Disabled Becomes Crime Victim Twice Within Two Days, Burglars Break-In, Steal iPads, MacBooks, Cash And More From Its 4th Dist. ART Center, 3600 block PCH (b/w Termino/Redondo)
    Long Beach Mayor, Councilmembers Dismantled City's Field Anti-Gang Unit, Told Public Crime Was Down, While Shootings And Violent Crime Increased In WLB Vicinity Where Cabrillo High Student Murdered
    D.A. Alleges Fatal Stabbing Of Cabrillo High Student Was Murder "Committed In Ass'n With A Criminal Street Gang"; LB Mayors Garcia & Foster Recommended, Council Voted Without Dissent To Approve In Sept. 2014, Budget That Eliminated LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit
    Councilman Roberto Uranga Issues This Statement re Midafternoon Murder In 7th District of Cabrillo High Student Keshawn Brooks (Age 15), Fatally Stabbed While Walking Home Along 2800 block Santa Fe Ave.
    Feature: Marathon Run
    Passage: Sports Radio's Joe McDonnell, Teamed On Air With LB's Doug Krikorian
    Extended On-Demand VIDEO:

    News Conference (Includes Reporters Q & A) As LBPD Chief Luna Announces 15 Yr Old Cabrillo High Student Keshawn Brooks Was Fatally Stabbed While Walking Home From School Along 2800 block of Santa Fe Ave...And LBPD Has A Suspect (Age 18)

  • Multiple Familymembers Of Victim (photo above) Attend Announcement; Victim's Father Speaks, Says His Son Wasn't A Gang Member And (With Chief Luna) Urges Anyone Who Saw Or Knows About What Took Place To Come Forward
  • Thursday's WLB fatal stabbing comes roughly six weeks after a Jan. 24 drive-by shooting in the neighborhood just west of Santa Fe. Ave. and three blocks south of Spring St. It was the seventh shooting in West Long Beach (that we know about) in the past roughly ten months.

    Vandals Smash Windshields On Three Parked Cars, Midnight Hour, Fountain St. Area Grand Ave./Anaheim St.
    In Detail w/ Perspective / Amnesia File: American Kennel Club Tries (Again) To Use Lure Of Its Annual Dog Show To Try To Sway Lawmakers; Amnesia File: In 2006, LB Officials Changed LB Law To Enable Previously Banned Dog Breeding To Appease AKC; Group Then Threatened To Leave CA Over Then-Pending Mandatory Statewide Spay/Neuter Law (That Later Failed Passage); AKC Dog Show Ultimately Left Long Beach And CA Anyway
    Council Votes 6-0 (First Reading, Second Required) Requiring LB Dog Owners To Spay/Neuter Their Dogs BUT With Grandfathering Provision (Added Per Councilwoman Mungo) Letting Unaltered Dogs Remain IF They're Currently Licensed And IF License Doesn't Lapse; Measure Would Raise Dog License Fees For Those With Altered Animals By 40%
    Friends of LB Animals Supported; American Kennel Club Opposed...And Raised Prospect Of Possible Return Of Its Annual Dog Show To LB In Attempting To Influence City Policy
  • 88 Yr Old Woman, Walking Across Broadway @ Orizaba, Is Struck By Vehicle Driven By 70 Yr Old Man; He Stops To Check On Her; She Doesn't Survive
    Subsequent coverage above
    Council Vote Tonite (First of Two) On Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance; Friends of LB Animals Supports; American Kennel Club Opposes
    LBPD Says Homeless vs. Homeless Assault Near L.A. River Involved A Shooting, Triggered Lengthy Police Search Along 710 In Vicinity Of Anaheim St. And Beyond
    4th Dist. Council Candidate Herlinda Chico Home Loan Drew Notice of Default In June 2014 A Little Over A Year After She Obtained A Mar 2013 CALFHA "Keep Your Home" Loan; Ms. Chico Provides Us With This Statement, Says She Worked With Her Mortgage Co. To Modify Her Loan And Is Now In Good Standing
    Photos and VIDEO: Several Thousand Applicants Pursue Up To 100 Jobs (To Start) At Virgin Galactic's Satellite Launcher Design/Manufacture Facility in Long Beach

    Photo Gallery: See Spectacular Long Beach Views From 1929 Vintage Aircraft, Captured By Diana Lejins

    Photos by Diana Lejins

    4th dist. Council Election: Supernaw Draws Campaign Contributions From Business Interests, Has $7k+ Cash In Hand; Chico Boosted By Organized Labor & Dem Party Groups, Has $28k+ Cash In Hand w/ $14k+ In Unpaid Bills
    Do You Recognize Suspect(s), Their Car, Or Trailer They Allegedly Stole From Church in 4700 block of Clark Ave.? See Pix; LBPD Seeks Your Help

    LBPD released photos

    Harrison Ford, Who Crash Landed/Survived, Is Strong Advocate For Youth Aviation Program By Non-Profit Experimental Aircraft Ass'n That Currently Has A Vintage Tri-Motor Aircraft at LB Airport For Fundraising Flights; Group's Statement Says "His Flying Experience And Proficiency Served Him Well"
    With Perspective: City Mgm't Proposes Council Continue Spending Nearly As-Is Entering FY16 (Election Cycle) THEN (After Election) Hit Crash In FY17 ($9+ Mil Deficit) and FY18 (Nearly $7+ Mil Deficit) Threatening Cuts To Everything; Councilman Richardson Is First To Proffer Possible Utility Tax Increase
  • City Mgm't estimates don't include new city employee contracts (being negotiated) and add'l costs of a medpot ordinance that some Councilmembers want
  • 4th dist. candidate Supernaw has ruled out tax hike, his dissent would require 2/3 voter approval for tax increase; Chico has left door open to possible tax hike, her support (with otherwise uanimous Council) could enable 50% passage
    Public Safety Alert: LBPD Says This Suspect Has Allegedly Exposed Himself To Kids Walking To School In Mornings b/w Euclid-Coronado and 7th-10th Sts. If You Recognize Him Or See Him Or His Vehicle, Call 9-1-1

    LBPD sketch
    Austin-Uranga Airport Item Carries 4-3, Halts Secretive Staff Work Until 60 Days After New 4th dist. Council Rep Takes Office, Then Enables Council Direction On What Council Wants To Know Re Proposed Customs Facility & Int'l Flights By JetBlue...And Potentially Others
    Two Add'l Retail Outlets Announced for "Pike @ Rainbow Harbor"
    [Perspective/Amnesia File] "Shopping Center by the Sea" Predicted By Critics, Now Applauded By City Officials

    Image via DDR
    UPDATE: LBFD Rules 1st/Redondo House Blaze "Accidental Heating Fire"
    50 Firefighters Respond, Five Sustain Minor Injuries, 85 Yr Old Resident Suffers Smoke Inhalation, He & His 27 Yr Old Son (Not Home At Time) Displaced, Pet Dog Dies, Cat Unaccounted

    Transcript And VIDEO Of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address To Joint Meeting of Congress Re Stopping Iran's Regime From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons
    UPDATE: Reaction From President Obama; House Dem Leader Pelosi Blasts Address By Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu To Joint Meeting of Congress Re Stopping Iran's Regime From Acquiring Nuclear Weapons
    In Detail / With 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
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