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New / Coverage in Depth / Perspective: Rift Now Visible Between Mayor/Council And Taxpayers Who Seek Prompt, Tougher City Public Safety Response To Alleged Homeless/Transient-Related Neighborhood Crimes; Council Seeks City Mgm't Report To Pursue Development Of "A Holistic Approach To Homeless And Residential Quality of Life"
New: Attn: SE LB: Do You Want Comm'l Areas Along PCH/Vicinity 2nd St. Rezoned To Allow Five Story Buildings With Seven Stories Under Certain Circumstances For 20% Of Project Area? It's Part Of Proposed SEASP "Reduced Intensity Alternative" That City Hall Staff Will Ask LB Planning Comm'n To Approve On Thurs. June 1
As seen LIVE: Council Votes
As seen LIVE, Despite Petition Signed By Nearly 1,300 (Mainly 3rd Dist.) Residents Seeking Stronger City Action To Abate Homeless/Transient-Related Neighborhood Crimes, Councilmembers Seek Mgm't "Report" On What City Is Already Doing By Date Uncertain (Possibly Longer Than 120 Days / "As Soon As Possible") To Develop Future "Comprehensive Plan" On Homeless. Two residents of LB's Third Council district wait for roughly six hours (until 11 p.m.) to speak; one woman bluntly criticizes Council for not addressing neighborhood crime issues; another says Council discussion of homeless issue doesn't address what he experiences in thefts from his residence.
Subsequent development above Perspective / Opinion: Amid Neighborhood Uprising Over Neighborhood Crime, Councilwoman Price Agendizes Item Re "Comprehensive Strategy" To Address Homelessness/Quality of Life Issues...With No Commitment To Restore Police Or Park Rangers For Taxpayers In FY18
See City Mgm't memo quietly sent to Mayor and all Councilmembers in March re "State of Homelessness In Long Beach"
Councilwoman Mungo Will Keep Item On
Weeks After Filing Papers And Holding Downtown Campaign Fundraiser, Mayor Garcia Tweets He's Seeking A Second Term As Mayor, Seeks Contribs
Subsequent agreement aboveRichardson/Gonzalez/Andrews Advocate ("Request A Study") Letting City Hall Grant Lucrative Franchises To Waste Hauling Firms On City Hall-Set Prices/Terms To Handle LB Businesses/Apts; Supporters Tout Efficiency With Enviro Benefits; Opponents Say Ending Competition/Choice On Price/Terms/Services Would Hurt Consumers/Renters
When Babe Ruth Came To
By Joe Segura
Special to LBREPORT.com
In Detail: Council Votes
May 17 situation cleared: East side of Woodruff/north of Los Coyotes; initial info per LBPD PIO Sgt. Brad Johnson: Approx. 7:35 a.m., officers dispatched to area Woodruff/Rosebay re suspicious person, possible suspect from possible domestic violence situation earlier this morning in which suspect was believed armed with a gun; subject was sleeping in victim's vehicle from the earlier call; suspect allegedly runs from arriving officers; containment was set up in area where he was last seen (LCD/Senesac) K9 requested and on scene; suspect found hiding in a backyard and taken into custody; daughter located and is safe; investigation ongoing.
Letter Also Requests City To Address Increased Height Issue "And Provide Clarification" On How Project Would Be Consistent LB's Current Local Coastal Program (LCP) Without Need For Amending LCP
Subsequent development above: Mayor Garcia Told U.S. Senator Feinstein That City Seeks $60 Mil For Belmont Beach Aquatics Center...Months Before Public Hearings And Votes By Planning Comm'n And City Council On Whether To Approve It
See other items on City Hall "wish list" for fed'l funds
On-Demand VIDEO Coverage: Celebration of Life for Former Mayor Ernie Kell
SCE Belmont Shore Upgrade / Planned Outage Left Some (Not All) Belmont Shore 2nd St. Businesses Without Power For Much Of Business Day And Some Into Evening (May 11)
Coverage coming Celebraton of Life Of Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell Is Today (11 a.m., LB Yacht Club)
Man Robbed Of His Personal Property At Gunpoint, Shot(s) Fired Misses Him, 4600 block LB Blvd.
Man Shoots At Man...And Misses; 300 block E. Shoreline Dr. (Area Rainbow Lagoon Park)
Coastal Commissioner Roberto Uranga Reappointed By State Senate Dem Leadership, Could Now Cast Significant Commission Votes on Belmont Plaza Aquatics Center And SEASP
In Feb. 2016, Uranga was among Coastal Commission one vote majority that fired its Exec Dir. Charles Lester
Council didn't add condition to enable public notice and public access to Aquarium's governing board meetings for public oversight and transparency
Council Votes 8-0 (Andrews Absent) To Give Money From 6th District Infrastructure Funds Allocable In Councilman's Discretion To Private Owner of Iconic "VIP Records" Sign For Its Historic Preservation
Should City Council Approve $10.5 Mil Loan -- That Banks Won't Make And Carries "Not Insignificant Risks" To LB's Tidelands Fund -- On Top Of $15 Mil Council Has Obligated LB Taxpayers' Tidelands To Spend For Aquarium Expansion While Its Board Blocks Public Access To Its Meetings And Minutes?
Council has opportunity to add condition to the loan to require public notice and public access to Aquarium's governing board meetings, enabling overdue public oversight and transparency in Aquarium's spending of public's money
Man Is Shot/Wounded, 700 block Washington Pl., About A Block West of Newly Opened "Gumbiner Park" (Plaza) (1st dist.)
Man Is Shot/Wounded Before Dawn, 29th St. Just West of LB Blvd. (6th dist.)
Updated: Here's What Happened In ELB Conant Area Armed Robbery: The Two Victims Are Women Between 65 and 90 Years Old; They Heard Their Dog Bark And Found An Armed Man Inside Their Home, Who Allegedly Steals, Crashes Car
D.A. Files Felony Charges, LBPD Provides Details
This 500 block Cherry Ave. Murder Suspect Is Found And Arrested In North Las Vegas
Further Re SUV Crash Into Restaurant, PCH West of Cherry; Driver Dies (Was Ass't Swim Coach @ Wilson High, Teacher At Bixby Elementary); Woman Trapped Under SUV Was Aided By Good Samaritan With Tire Jack And Rescued by LBFD
Four Belmont Heights Pedestrians (Broadway/Roycroft) Robbed At Gunpoint
As seen LIVE At Thurs. May 4 Planning Comm'n study session re SEASP (SE LB rezoning), city staff proposes less intense growth than it previously proposed BUT continues to support up to 7 story building heights under some circumstances along parts of PCH near 2nd St. (red areas on map below.) Public speakers generally pleased with less intense growth (although some favor leaving conditions as they are) but several displeased with proposed increased allowable building heights. Traffic continues to be issue for multiple public speakers. Formal hearing for Planning Comm'n recommendations to Council comes on June 1. Further to follow.
To view the hearing draft of the SEASP Plan, click here.
Subsequent development above: Armed Man Confronts Woman At Home In ELB Conant Neighborhood, Steals Her Car, Is Involved In OC Traffic Collision And Is Now In Custody
ELB Teen Is Mugged/Robbed While Walking Home In Neighborhood Near Cubberley
Council Directs City Staff To Develop "Affordable Housing" Measures For Further Considertion/Possible Action That Include Property Tax-Increase Debt Bond, Less Required Parking And Fewer Opportunities to Challenge EIRs
Multiple public speakers urge rent control, unjust eviction ordinance; Mayor Garcia [entering 2018 election cycle] and Councilmembers remain non-committal on those issues, Garcia says he's awaiting data from city staff on rent levels
Long Beach Marchers Mark May Day With March From MacArthur Park To City Hall...But Unlike L.A. No LB Elected Officials Visible
Special to LBREPORT.com by Barry Saks
Photo by Barry Saks
Subsequent development above Councilman Andrews With Mayor Garcia Seek Council OK To Give $80k From 6th District Infrastructure Funds Allocable In Councilman's Discretion To Private Owner of Iconic "VIP Records" Sign For Its Historic Preservation
Their agendizing memo doesn't mention using "officeholder accounts" (kept by Mayor and 7 other Councilmembers) to avoid tapping taxpayer funds
LB-Based Molina Healthcare Corp Board Removes John Molina & Dr. Mario Molina From Their Executive Positions; They Remain As Board Directors; Company Release Cites "Disappointing Financial Performance"
In Depth / AUDIO / Perspective: Hear What Happened At Councilwoman Mungo's Community Meeting When ELB Resident Tries To Tell Her (Accurately) That City Hall Staff Is Proposing Increased Density With Three Story Comm'l Bldgs At Palo Verde/Spring Plaza Area (Where There Are Now Mainly One Story Bldgs)
Do You Want Property Tax-Increase Debt Bond, Or Less Required Parking Or Fewer Chances to Challenge EIRs As Measures To Promote Affordable Housing? They're Among City Staff Recommendations For Council Consideration At Tonite's
Man Is Shot/Wounded, 4th St./Oro Court (one block east of Chavez Park, 1st dist.)
Photo Gallery: "Beach Streets" Draws Big Biking Crowd As Cars Banished From ELB Streets
Attn SE LB: SEASP Master Plan Rezoning Is Coming To Planning Comm'n
Days After Signing (Not Vetoing) Ordinance Change Letting Himself And Council Incumbents Use Contribs To Their "Officeholder Accounts" To Support Candidates They Favor For Other Offices, Mayor Garcia Will Hold Downtown Fundraiser Tonight (April 27) Seeking Sums To Benefit His Candidate Committee For 2018 Mayoral Run
Mayor Garcia Signs -- Doesn't Veto -- Ordinance Letting Incumbents (Including Himself) Give Contributions To Their "Officeholder Accounts" To Candidates For Other LB, State & Fed'l Offices
LBFD Now Says Paramedic Rescue Unit 18 Will Remain At Stn 18 (After PIO Tells Us It Would Be Moved To Stn 19)
Special / Opinion / Council Action Tonight: 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: LBREPORT.com Is Reporting This, Because...
Significant Update: Material Now Online (Formerly "Non-Study Session")
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
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
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:
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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Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
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Mayor, City Prosecutor, Five Council Incumbents File Papers To Seek
LBPD Pursuit Starts In NLB, Travels At High Speeds For Roughly 50 Minutes On 91, 710, 105 and 605 And Surface Streets (North of LB), Ends In Bellflower With
LBCC Planned Aquatics Center Not On
Next Scheduled LBCC Trustees Meeting Is On May 23, Six Days After City Council Votes On Appeals Opposing $103+ Mil Belmont Shore Aquatics Center
Perspective: City Release Said This, But Didn't Mention This, About Latest LB Unemployment Figures
Unblocked...After Garcia Blocks Resident From Mayor's Office Twitter Page After She Urges Him To Veto "Officeholder Acct" Ordinance Change; He Faces Friday Veto Deadline
VIDEO / Amnesia File: Long Beach "March for Science" Draws Large Crowd, Hundreds March From BK to NLB
In Depth / Perspective: Long Beach City Hall Received Nearly $4 Million From State Taxpayers And Turned A Chronic Traffic Problem Into A Nice Plaza By Telling Two State Agencies Two Different Things About Its Plan. Is That OK?
City says "Gumbiner Park" project "evolved," achieves goals of granting agencies and best meets needs of LB residents
Man Is Shot/Wounded, 1700 block Daisy Ave. (1st dist.)
It's LB's fourth shooting within five days
Woman Is Fatally Shot In NW NLB Motel Room; LBPD Conducts Intense Search (Incl. SWAT) But Male Suspect Eludes Capture
Firefighters Rescue NLB Worker Who Fell Into 20 Foot Deep Hole
Photo credit: Dominic and Sebastian Barahona and Dan Pressburg
Subsequent development above: LBPD Says This Man Is Murder Suspect And Should Be Considered Armed And Dangerous; If You See Him Or Spot His Car (License "1RAVON"), Call 9-1-1
|Details: Council Votes
Subsequent development above Man Is Shot, 500 block Cherry Ave., And Dies From His Wounds
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Councilman Austin Indicates He's Mulling Possible Run For State Senate in 2020 Or Possibly Sooner
Details: City Docs Show How LB Councilmembers/Mayor Used 2015 Council Vote That Tripled Their Collectable "Officeholder" Accounts: See Who Gave Them Money And How The Incumbents Used It; Council Set To Vote Tonite On Whether To Change City Law Further To Let Themselves And Mayor Give Sums To Candidates For LB, State and Fed'l Offices
Perspective: Here's How, When And Whose Actions Have Nearly Erased LB's Homegrown Law Preventing Mayor/Council From Using Sums From Their "Officeholder Accounts" To Elect Their Favored Candidates To Other Offices
Contracts With Multi-Million Dollar Taxpayer Impacts -- And Raises For City Hall Employees From Firefighters To City Management -- Coming To Council Votes April 18
City says there aren't any provisions in these proposed contracts that would trigger "me too" provisions in recently approved LBPOA contract
Something Different: Hear Excerpts Of North Korean English Language Shortwave Broadcast Aimed At U.S., Monitored In LB
Mario Cordero (O'Neill/Foster Chosen Harbor Comm'r, Obama Appointed Fed'l Maritime Comm'r) Will Exit DC To Become PoLB's New Executive Director (Third Since 2011)
Police Activity Palo Verde/Wardlow (Apr. 11) Was Seal Beach Pursuit; SB Burglary Suspects Crash, Are Taken Into Custody; Uninvolved ELB Driver Is Injured (Air Bag Deployed) But Able To Walk Away
Subsequent development above Council Incumbents Preparing To Let Themselves And Mayor Use Their Contributor-Fueled "Officeholder Accounts" To Support Candidates Running For Other Local, State or Federal Offices
Man Is Fatally Shot, 1000 block E. Market St.
Man Is Shot, Area Anaheim St./Pacific Ave.
2 Men Shot, Cal Hts, Area 1000 block E. Wardlow
Special Report: LB City Hall Allowed Deletion Of Public Record Emails Of High Level City Elected And Mgm't Department Heads 30 Days After They Exited Under City Contract With Third Party Entity; Did City Hall Violate Its Own Law Requiring Specific Procedures Before Public Records Destruction?
|Long Beach Sac'to Legislators Sen. Lara And Assemblyman O'Donnell Vote "Yes" On SB 1 Gas Tax Increase Despite Its "Assault Our Lungs" Language (Opposed By Clean Air Groups) That Could Affect Efforts To Control Truck Pollution In LB and S.E. L.A. County "Diesel Death Zone"
Sen. Nguyen (R, SE LB-West OC) votes "no." So does only one state Senate Dem from No. Cal...who cites trucking industry verbiage among his reasons for voting "no"
Statewide Air Pollution Control Officers Told Sac'to Lawmakers This Text Inserted In SB 1 (Gas Tax Hike) Could Impede Or Preclude Anti-Pollution Measures Affecting Trucks At Ports, Warehouses, Railyards And Airports And Urged Its Removal; Instead, Lara, Rendon and O'Donnell Left It In And Voted For It
Subsequent coverage above: Statement by the Publisher / Perspective: LBREPORT.com Seeks Answers And Action After E-Mailboxes Containing Public Records Of Some Now-Former City Officials Are Deleted Thirty Days After They Exited City Hall
Someone Bought $2.4 MILLION Lottery Ticket @ Wrigley Neighborhood "Pacific Market," 2990 Pacific Ave.
Subsequent development above: Long Beach Mayor, Councilmembers Mum Despite "Assault Our Lungs" Language -- Opposed By Clean Air Groups -- Added By Sac'to Dems To SB 1 Gas Tax Hike That Could Hurt LB and S.E. L.A. County Areas In "Diesel Death Zone"
City's New Queen Mary Operator/Lessee Seeks Special Event Permit To Allow "Professional Boxing/Wrestling" Contests/Exhibitions (Three in 2017, Four in 2018)
Subsequent development above LB-Area State Sen. Lara (Who Proposes "Healthy California" Single Payer/CA Gov't-Run Health Insurance System) Voted To Advance Gas Tax Increase Bill (SB1) Despite Text Opposed By Enviro Groups Letting Trucking Industry Delay/Avoid Certain Anti-Pollution Measures
Long Beach Councilman Austin (whose district parallels 710 fwy) boasts at
LBCC Trustee Sunny Zia Requests Agenda Item Re Planned LBCC Aquatics Center For Information/Discussion After Taxpayers Kajer and Cantrell Urge Exploring Joint Use With City
State Senate Approves (27-12) Statewide Sanctuary Bill SB 54 With Amendments, Advancing It To Assembly
Woman Is Shot/Wounded In NLB Residence
WLB Near Silverado Park: Two Groups Of Gangs Prepare to Fight; Shot Rings Out; No One Hit, Both Groups Flee
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Blasts Proposed Gas Tax Hike, Says It's Not A Done-Deal Despite Dems Holding 2/3 Majorities In Sac'to Ass'y and State Senate
For Thoughtful Readers: Here's Are Details Of What State Senator Ricardo Lara's State Gov't Run/Single Payer Health Insurance Bill Would Provide/Require/Prohibit