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To our knowledge, LBREPORT.com is the only Long Beach news outlet that reported prior to the Aug. 17 Planning Commission meeting -- with maps and neighborhood impacts -- details of increased land use density and increased building heights that city staff wanted the Planning Commission to recommend for eventual City Council approval. This is as big a news story as one could imagine, an action affecting allowable land uses in neighborhoods citywide...and as best we can tell, we were the only news outlet that reported it was coming with detailed information so residents knew what was taking place and could participate in the process. .
Knowledge is power, and reporting this story before the Planning Commission meeting, not afterward, empowered residents to attend and take part. For the record, after strong public testimony from multiple neighborhood groups and individuals citywide in opposition, the Planning Commission voted against moving the maps forward to the Council (although city staff said it will do so anyway.)
Our coverage included updated maps earlier this year and two reports in the days leading up to the Aug. 17 Planning Commission meeting (updated maps and details here and a perspective piece here.) Our coverage of the Planning Commission meeting itself (which some others are now belatedly reporting) is here.
LBREPORT.com is also, to our knowledge, the only LB news outlet that has reported details of campaign and "officeholder" contributions to LB's incumbent Mayor and five Councilmembers now seeking seeking re-election. Unlike others, our coverage names names and doesn't just list anonymized numerical totals. In our opinion, the public has a right to know details on both stories. Council incumbents who collect campaign and officeholder contributions from development and real estate interests are the same people who vote on whether to allow increased density and building height increases that may benefit corporate interests and disserve the public interest. (LBREPORT.com has made contribution details easily accessible on our front page in a special "follow the money" section here.)
All of this happened by coincidence as LBREPORT.com begins our 18th year. The type of coverage above, that others didn't provide but we did, is among the reasons we launched LBREPORT.com in August, 2000. At that time, some sneered at the idea of delivering local news online. We believed then, and still do, that savvy news consumers want newsworthy content, not fluff and spin. We began with just words, no photos, no Facebook, no Twitter, no smartphones with cameras for stills and video. Of course we have all of these now, and more, and we continue to grow by reporting newsworthy stories that others can't, or won't or don't (or don't until after we do.)
As George Orwell put it (and we quote on our front page): "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations." We're not perfect (typos and bad links are our specialties) but we try hard every day to report news that matters to Long Beach taxpayers and neighborhoods.
As LBREPORT.com enters our 18th year, we'll do our best to continue reporting Long Beach news stories that matter, without flinching, regardless of whose toes it steps on.
And again: Thank you, Long Beach.
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|New / Follow-Up In Depth: Mayor Garcia Says Housing Need Requires "Densifying" Downtown, Along Midtown Specific Plan Area, Parts of Central LB And NLB (Where "It's Appropriate") But Not Parts Of "Suburban Communities" (He Doesn't Define) One Day Before Politically-Potent Neighborhood Push-Back At Planning Comm'n; A Day Later, He Moves To Temporarily Delay Council Action On Land Use Maps That Would Advance What He Said He Supports|
As Seen LIVE: Neighborhood Groups/Individual Residents Testify Against Proposed Increased Density/Increased Height Maps; Planning Comm'n Votes (4-1) To Recommend Sending Maps Back To Staff For Add'l Public Input *BUT* City Mgm't Says It Will Send Maps To Council On
LBPD Offers This Info Re Midafternoon Homicide, Man Fatally Shot In Neighborhood About A Block North of Poly High (Near Myrtle Ave.)
Long Beach Animal Advocates (Newly Organized Grassroots Animal Rescue Volunteers) Urge Council To Budget Add'l Funds For Animal Shelter; Councilmembers Offer None Immediately; Group Launches Facebook Page, Pledges Continued Pressure
Councilwoman Mungo Asked, And Mayor Garcia Facilitated, Moving Upcoming
Retired 8th Dist. Councilwoman Gabelich Urges Planning Commissionn NOT To Approve Staff-Sought Increased Density/Increased Building Heights, Advises Sending Land Use Changes Back To Public For Stronger Community Input, Not To City Council For Enactment
Citywide Neighborhood Advisory / Heads Up/Do You Want This? See Maps Showing City Staff Recommended Increased Density/Increased Bldg Hts Citywide And In Your Neighborhood; Mayor-Picked Planning Comm'n Will Make Voted Recommendations This
Perspective: Future File? What May Or May Not Occur If Mayor-Picked Planning Commission Recommends (Aug. 17) And City Council Subsequently Approves City Staff Desired Density
Fire Breaks Out At Homeless Encampment Along 405 @ Cherry Ave, Ignites Spot Fire Across Freeway Lanes
Midafternoon Shooting, 2600 block E. 56th St.
VIDEO / See It: Pres. Trump Engages In Extended, Confrontational Q & A With Reporters Re Charlottesville, His Responses To It, Their Coverage Of It And More
Homicide: Man Is Fatally Shot Sat Nite Area
In Detail: LB Airport Mgm't Recommends Changes To LB's Airport Ordinance, Will Launch Public Review Process Seeking Input From Air Carriers, Interested Parties And Public
City Prosecutor Haubert Requested, And JetBlue Has Agreed To Pay, Doubled-Sums Under Consent Decree Re First Six Violations In Each Calendar Quarter Of LB Airport Ordinance's 10 p.m./11 p.m. Curfew
At Council Budget Session, No Councilmember(s) Propose Adding (Restoring) Any Further Citywide Neighborhood Deployable Police Officers For Taxpayers After Mayor/Mgm't Propose Adding Zero In FY18
Councilman Supernaw also mum on Mayor/Mgm't budget's failure to restore Fire Engine 17 at Station 17
Demonstrators Urge Making Long Beach A "Sanctuary City"; One Councilmember Wary, Others Mum; Sac'to Bills In Limbo, Trump DOJ Threatens Some Cities With Fed Grant Funds Cut-Off Unless Locals Cooperate With Fed Immig Agents
Special to LBREPORT.com by Barry Saks
Photo by Barry Saks
Developing: WashingtonPost.com: U.S. Defense Intel Agency Analysts Say North Korea Can Now Make Missile-Ready Nuclear Warheads; Trump Warns NK Best To End Its Threats Or Face "Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen"; Amnesia File: Read Pres. Clinton's 1994 Statement re Deal His Admin Negotiated With North Korea
Huntington Beach Residents Commend, And HB Council Suggests Cost Saving Option In Seeking Further Update In 90 Days, In Ongoing Study Of Non-Toxic Weed Killing In Its Parks, Medians, Public Facilities...Which LB Councilmembers Have Thus Far Refused To Agendize/Discuss
LB Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) Leadership Unanimously Votes To Urge Mayor/Council's Planning Comm'r LaFarga To Decline Appointment, Urges Someone With Long-Term LB Residence And History Of Supporting LB Residents And Neighborhoods; Meanwhile, Ass'y Speaker Rendon Appoints Him To State's "Little Hoover Comm'n"
Dramatic LBPD Hostage Rescue After Man Allegedly Holds A Woman Hostage As A Human Shield With Stabbing Instrument At Her Throat And Threatens To Kill Her (After Allegedly Stabbing Another Woman Who Escaped); PD Negotiates With Him But Says His Constant Threatening Behavior Led To Officer-Involved Shooting So Victim Could Be Rescued
Man Is Shot, Predawn, 2300 block E. 14th St. (West of Junipero, East of Cherry)
Subsequent coverage above Huntington Beach Council Will Consider Initial Results/Costs/Benefits Of Using Non-Toxic Weed Killing-Methods In Its Parks, Medians, Public Facilities...While LB's Council Has Refused Public Requests To Agendize/Discuss The Issue
Follow the Money: Mayor Garcia & Vice Mayor Richardson Become First Two LB Incumbents To Use Their Contributor-Fueled "Officeholder Accounts" To Fund Elect/Re-Elect Campaigns Of Other Pols
Richardson used his officeholder account to give money to help re-elect Council incumbents Gonzalez & Uranga + LB School Boardmember Kerr; Garcia used his officeholder account to help elect new L.A. Congressman and tried to elect new Signal Hill Councilman
Follow the Money: See Councilwoman Gonzalez Re-Elect And Officeholder Contribs: Mainly Corporate, Development, Organized Labor & Special Interests
Follow the Money: Roughly 500 Contributors (People + Corps + Special Interests) Fueled Mayor Garcia's Re-Election Campaign In April-May-June 2017; See Who Gave $241k
Follow the Money: See Details Of Vice Mayor Richardson $70k Re-Election Campaign Contribs; Of Those Giving Over $100, Only 14 Listed NLB Zip Code 90805...And Only 8 Were Individuals Listing 9th dist. Addresses
City Mgm't/Mayor Cite Fewer Animal Shelter Killings; Stayin' Alive Long Beach Disputes Metrics, Blasts Mayor, Says City Hall Could Do More To Promote Adoptions/Reduce Killings; Mgm't Proposed FY18 Budget Includes Two New Animal Shelter Staffers (Health Tech For Intake + Communications Specialist)
Family & Friends (Two Legged + Four Legged) Celebrate Life Of Animal Behavior Expert And Author Miriam Yarden, Taught People How Their Pets Think
Perspective: At Council's First FY18 Budget Hearing, Mayor Garcia Makes These Arguably Misleading Statements About His Recommended Budget's Police Levels
Appreciation / Celebration of Life: Miriam Yarden: Renowned Animal Behavior Expert And Author Taught People How Their Pets Think; Celebrate/Honor Her Life At
Council Of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Votes To Call On Mayor/Council To Rescind LaFarga Appointment To Planning Comm'n
F&M Bank (Anaheim St. Branch) Robbed Shortly Before Closing Time, Weds. Afternoon
Man And Woman Shot/Wounded In WLB, Hours Before
Mayor Garcia's "Officeholder Account" Received $1,000 Contrib From Union PAC Whose Union Leadership Includes Official Who Moved Into LB In May And Garcia Appointed In July To Fill Sudden-Announced Vacancy On LB Planning Comm'n; Garcia Used His "Officeholder Account" To Give Funds To Pro-Rent Control "Housing Long Beach" And To L.A. Dem Congressional Candidate
Perspective: Mayor Garcia Wants Council To Approve In FY18 Budget:
Perspective: Follow-Up: Who Knew, And When Did They Know, Proposed FY18 Budget Used Figures Contrary To City Financial Policy That Conceal Roughly $7 Mil FY18 Budget Deficit?
Perspective: L.A. Residents Revolt Against Lane-Shrinking "Road Diet," Threaten Their Councilman's Recall And Get Results; LB Residents Voice Opposition But Haven't Pursued Political Action (On This Or Other Issues) Challenging Up To Five Council Incumbents, And Get No Results
Bombshell: City Mgm't Admits Changing Its FY18 Budget Revenue Assumptions From Council-Approved "Reasonably Conservative" To "Reasonably Optimistic"...And Says Without Doing This, Proposed FY18 Budget Would Be Roughly $7 Mil Short Of Balanced
City Prosecutor Haubert Cites Need To Avoid Possible Appearance of Conflicting Interest (Since Council Votes On His Office Budget) In Handing Matter Involving Councilwoman Pearce Back To D.A. For Possible Misdemeanor Consideration
Do You Recognize This Suspect In Two Fast-Food Restaurant Armed Robberies? If So, Please Call LBPD
LBPD Says This Led To WLB Officer Involved Shooting
Councilman Uranga Says He Wants City Attorney-Options To Maintain Compliance w/ LB Airport Ordinance "Up To And Including Enhanced Penalties And Fees" For Flights Beyond 10 p.m.-11 p.m. Curfew, Says He (And Multiple Unnamed Councilmembers) Have Asked City Attorney For This
Vehicles Hit By Gunfire, Drivers Not Hit, 1700 block Daisy Ave. (1st Council dist.)
Man Is Shot To Death, Predawn Hours Southern End of LB's Historic Willmore District (1st Council District)
Councilman Supernaw Says It's "Clearly Time" To Look For Solutions To JetBlue Flights Beyond
Perspective: Fireworks Fiasco Follow-Up: Council's Public Safety Committee Makes No Voted Recommendations To Council; Unmentioned: Some Cities Impose Administrative (Non-Criminal) Fines Up To $1,000, Some Aided By Smartphone Video...So Why Isn't Long Beach?
Councilmembers Ask Proposed Appointees No Questions, Vote
Man Is Shot/Killed, Two Women Hit By Gunfire/Wounded, 2800 block Walnut Ave. In Signal Hill (Parking Lot Of An Adult Entertainment Club)
Subsequent coverage above: Councilwoman Gonzales, Joined By Uranga, Richardson & Andrews Seek City Mgm't Report On "Park Equity"
Subsequent coverage above: Mayor Garcia's Choice For LB Planning Comm'r Appears To Have Been City of Los Angeles Resident Until Fairly Recently; He's In Leadership Of Union Whose PAC Gave These Campaign And "Officeholder" Contribs To Garcia And Several Councilmembers; UPDATE: Mayor Garcia's Chief of Staff Provides This Statement
Subsequent coverage above Garcia Wants Two Former Councilmembers/Vice Mayors -- Frank Colonna And Bonnie Lowenthal -- on Harbor Comm'n, And Building Trades Union/Pro-Port Josh LaFarga On Planning Comm'n
West Long Beach Residents (1st Council District) Reported Fireworks...But LBPD Finds Multiple Gunshots Were Fired Near A Large Group Of Family/Friends; No One Hit
2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
In Seal Beach, Nan And Woman Found Dead In Apt. After Woman Phones Police, Call Disconnects, Shots Heard, Neighborhood Told To Remain Indoors Amid Lengthy SWAT Reponse
In Depth / Perspective: Internal City Recs Show Mayor/Mgm't Worked Outside Of Public View To Support Sac'to Gas Tax Hike...Even After Sac'to Added Text -- Opposed By Sierra Club/Coalition for Clean Air -- Making It Harder For AQMD To Curtail Some Port-Related Pollution Sources; Tax Hike Will Give LB City Hall $11 Million Annual Windfall For City Street/Road Work
Councilwoman Price swiftly suggests Council-wide discussion to reassess current Prop A (LB sales tax hike) priorities
LBPD Tells Council's Public Safety Committee That LB Currently Has Two "Quality of Life" Police Officers (One Each Assigned To East And South Divisions) Who Also Handle Homeless/Transient/Vagrant Crime Issues Citywide "As Necessary"; Committee Makes No Voted Recommendation; Austin Signals He'll Raise Issue In Council's FY18 Budget Actions (Coming In Aug-Sept.)
Councilman Supernaw Signals He Plans To Agendize Item To Examine LB Airport Fine Structure, Seeking Better Deterrent, Prompted By JetBlue Flights Beyond 10 p.m./11 p.m. Curfew
LBPD Issues This Statement With Add'l Information Re
Can You Help LBPD Identify These Two Suspects Who Violently Robbed A 62 Yr Old Woman Walking In Area of Linden/9th St. on May 10? See Surveillance Video And Screen Grabs
They approach her from behind, one punches her in faces, knocks her to ground and they steal her cell phone.
Council Votes To Create A "Business Support Team" For Molina Healthcare, With No Indication Company Wants It Or Needs It At This Point Or What Public Resources City Could/Would Offer Private Firm
Council Committee Votes
Mayor Garcia Abruptly Pulls His Desired Airport Advisory Commission Appointee From
Subsequent development above The Origin, Status And Next Steps Re Proposal To Rename "El Dorado Neighborhood Library" the "Ernie and Jackie Kell Neighborhood Library"
Subsequent development above Four Long Beach City Councilmembers Agendize Item Asking City Manager To Assemble "Business Retention Team" To "Develop Strategy" And "Identify All Available Benefits And Opportunities" To "Attract And Retain Molina Healthcare's Key Operations And Health Care Services In Long Beach"
Subsequent development above: Council's Public Safety Committee (Price, Austin, Supernaw) Schedules Meeting @ LBFD Training HQ, 2249 Argonne
Subsequent development above Mayor Garcia Wants Council To Approve His Latest Choice For Airport Advisory Comm'n, Although He Hasn't Said How Long She's Lived in LB And Her Husband Is Former FAA Official Who's Now Att'y for L.A. World Airports And Previously Handled Legal Matters For L.A. And SF Airports
Perspective / Opinion: Fact Check, Fake News: Re LB's Unemployment Rate
Editorial: The Worst Mayor/Council Appointment In Recent History And What To Do About It
Editorial: Long Beach's Fireworks Fiasco
Editorial: For A Green-Light Measure In Long Beach: Letting The People Decide Density And Parking Impacts In Their City, Not Politicians And Development Interests
Editorial: Unmentioned on Memorial Day in Long Beach
Opinion / VIDEO: The Late Jack Smith Tells Council THIS About Neighborhood Crime/Safety And Homeless...On Oct. 11, 2016
Editorial: Missed Opportunities Leave Long Beach Aquatics Center Out of Long Beach's Control
Opinion: Council Majority Got It Wrong On Aquatic Center, Invites Court To Reject Flawed EIR And Coastal Comm'n Staff To Disapprove Flawed Size/Site/Height Plan
by Ann Cantrell *
* Ms. Cantrell was an appellant on behalf of CARP (Citizens About Responsible Planning) in the City Council hearing on the Belmont Beach Aquatic Center.
Editorial: One Councilmember, Or More, Should Agendize Vote To Restore LB's Prior Law And Reverse Election-Tilting, Incumbent-Perpetuating Officeholder Account Changes
Editorial: Mayor Garcia: Veto That Ordinance
Editorial: 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
Adoptable pets and more:
Before summer heat hits, let Charlie check your A/C.
Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
|Recently||Weeks Ago||Past Few Months|
|From July 1-4, LBPD + LBFD Issued 46 Fireworks + Misdemeanor Citations, Made 40 Felony + Misdemeanor Arrests; In 45-Min Period On July 4th, City Dispatch Center Received 715 Calls (911 + non-emergency) At Average Rate of 16 Calls Per Minute
Multiple Long Beach Neighborhoods Report "Warzone"-Intense Fireworks
Wrigley, NLB, WLB, Downtown-Adjacent, Bluff, Shore hard hit; constant roar heard in Los Cerritos and ELB (the latter mainly spared)
Vice Mayor Richardson tells NLB resident on Facebook: "welcome to the neighborhood," advises talking to neighbors, posting lawn signs
Upstart Group Signs "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"
LBCC Told Taxpayers This In Seeking Property Tax Hike But Now Says No Public Reports Planned For Now On Possible Joint-Uses With City And Others For Planned ELB Aquatics Center
Map displays east at the top, with Carson St. vertically on left half of page. Source: Source: portion of LBCC Facilities Master Plan, May 2016
Long Beach Consumers Now Pay 10.25% Sales Tax, Highest Rate in State (Tied With Only A Few Other Cities)
Man Is Stabbed In Downtown LB In Midnight Hour, 400 block E. Third St.; PD Says NOT Believed Gang Related
UPDATE: Man Dies, Among Six People Transported To Hospitals After Pre-Dawn Crash, Anaheim/LB Blvd.
Here's What LB Parks/Rec And LBUSD Are Doing Re Using "Roundup" Weed Killer As Sac'to Prepares To List (And Monsanto Will Appeal) Adding Glyphosate To Prop 65 Chemicals "Known To State To Cause Cancer"
Photo Gallery: See Brightly Packaged "Artillery Shells" And Mortar-Style Rockets -- And Their Firing Details ("Light Fuse And Get Away") -- Made in China, Seized by LBPD From NLB Garage...As LB Police And Pols Repeat: "All Fireworks Are Illegal in Long Beach"
Will Long Beach Continue Using Roundup In Parts Of Its Parks...After Sac'to Agency Adds Glyphosate (In Monsanto's Roundup Weed Killer) To Prop 65 Chemicals "Known To State To Cause Cancer"?
With Both Sides Lawyered-Up, Councilwoman Pearce Alleges She Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence; Her Former Chief of Staff Cotter Says He Wasn't Perpetrator Of That Conduct
Garcia Mayoral Re-Election Campaign Is Assisting Re-Election Campaigns Of Council Incumbents Mungo, Gonzalez And Richardson
VIDEO: Car Fire Spreads To House, 6800 block E. 10th St. (E. of Studebaker, S. of Anaheim Rd.)
Photo source; LBREPORT.com reader
Ass'y Speaker Rendon Will Withhold Action -- For Now -- On Proposed State Gov't Run "Single Payer" Health Care System (Sen. Lara's SB 562), Calls Current Bill "Woefully Incomplete" But Says It's Not Dead (Read Full Statement)
Follow-Up: CHP Was On Scene Of Pearce-Cotter Incident (Shoreline Dr.) With LBPD For Roughly 90 Minutes, CHP Recs Indicate
Tasked To Handle Fireworks Law-Flouters And Simultaneously Start Policing Metro's Blue Line
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Reaches A Local Low; Compare It To Rate In Nearby Cities
Urgent: Public Health Alert: New Mosquito Type -- That Can Transmit Birth-Defect Causing Zika Virus And Bites In Daytime -- Is Found in NLB
Photo: Greater L.A. County Vector Control District
In Addition, More Common Mosquito Carrying West Nile Virus Found In 90808; Take Sensible Precautions
As seen LIVE, Council votes to seek report from city mgm't/staff on feasibility of free voluntary online bike registraton program, including an app. Bike Thefts, Including Her Own, Prompt Councilwoman Price To Propose Free, Voluntary Online Bike Registration System & App
In Detail: Density Watch: City Staff Revises Some Of Its Proposed Land Use Changes, Now Seeks Four And Five Story Bldgs. In Comm'l Areas Along Parts Of Bellflower Blvd., LCD With Three Stories At Spring/Palo Verde
LB's Grassroots Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) Files Court Suit Challenging Council's
Former Councilwoman Schipske Mulls Run For SE LB/West-Central OC State Senate Seat (Currently Held by Repub state Sen. Nguyen), Had Mulled 2018 Write-in To Replace Councilwoman Mungo And Return To City Hall
LB Cops Bust Three Men Allegedly Selling High Powered Fireworks (4400 block Myrtle)
LBPD released photo
As Seen LIVE: Blunt Push-Back From Wrigley Residents, Modest Push-Back From Some (Not All) Councilmembers, No Push-Back From ELB Residents At Council Study Session On Proposed Density-Inviting Re-Write Of Land Uses Citywide
As Seen LIVE: Council Votes To Direct City Att'y To Draft Ordinance (For Coming Council Votes) Banning RV/Oversize Vehicle Parking On City Streets In All Residential Neighborhoods (With Limited Permit-Allowed Time Periods To Load/Unload Vehicles)
Subsequent development above Council To Consider Banning RV/Oversize Vehicle Parking In All Residential Neighborhoods
|In Depth: It's Big, Could Affect Properties And Neighborhoods Citywide And It's Coming To The City Council And Planning Comm'n For "Study Sessions" On
Councilwoman Mungo Signals Her Support -- On These Terms -- For Land Use Changes That As Proposed By City Staff Would Invite These Density Increases In Parts Of Her ELB District And Beyond
Details / Perspective: LB-LA Mayors Sign Doc Declaring They Commit To Ports' "Progress Toward...Ultimate Goal" Of Zero Emissions For "Cargo Handling" Equipment By 2030 And By 2035 For "On-Road Drayage Trucks" Serving The Ports"; Also Includes Some Actions (Incl. Port-Written Update To Its "Clean Air Action Plan") Already Taking Place, Planned Or Expected
LBPD Provides Details After Dog Attacks Woman, Officers Try Non-Lethal Methods Before Shooting/Killing Dog
Girlfriend/Boyfriend (Both Adults) Argument + Gun = Fatal Outcome: LBPD Says She Fired Shots In His Direction (Area Studebaker/Spring), Then Allegedly Pointed Gun At Responding Officers And Officer-Involved Shooting Followed...And She Perishes
Chief Luna Says LBPD Is Reviewing Circumstances Surrounding
New: What Happened In Predawn Hours of
ENUF -- Eastside Neighbors United Fully -- Launches Facebook Page With Plainly Worded Statement, Desires "Reduction of Crime...Tired Of Theft, Panhandling, Drugs and Vagrancy," Differentiates Between "Truly Homeless And Criminal Population That Preys On Us While City Gov't Sleepwalks"
Subsequent development: Council votes unanimously to approve with modifications, at staff's request, that let staff add add'l project locations and allow flexible time periods of "up to" 25 years depending on locations. Council Will Decide
Firm's Sr. VP For Gov't Affairs Is Retired City Mgr. James Hankla
AUDIO: On Tiananmen Square Anniversary, Hear Courageous 1989 Report By Radio Beijing's "Radio Tankman"
Subsequent developing above Faced With Transient/Vagrant/Drug Addict-Related Neighborhood Crime And Mayor/Council Delays, 3rd Dist. Residents Form (Tentative Name) "ENUF: Eastside Neighbors United Fully"
Separately a resident creates a Facebook "Alert" after her bike is stolen from her front porch
Amnesia File: Long Beach Mayor Garcia Blasts President Trump, Boasts He's Joined "Climate Mayors" BUT [Amnesia File] Remained Silent, Didn't Veto Council Action That Overruled Enviro Appeals And Extended Contracts To Continue Storing Coal/Bulk Petroleum Coke For Export Thru Port of LB For At Least 15 More Years
In Detail: Potential Game-Changer? Some Opponents Of SEASP (SE LB) Rezoning Density In Area Of 2nd/PCH Propose "Baseline Land Use Allocation" Policy Used In Santa Monica, Would Apply Real-World Results Instead of Consultant/City Staff Predictions on Proposed Development's Impacts; Planning Comm'n Votes Without Dissent To Recommend Council Approve Staff-Supported "Reduced Intensity Alternative" (Would Allow Up to 5 Stories In PCH/2nd Area But Up To 7 Stories, Inviting Hotel) On Up To 20% Of Area On West Side of PCH (Marina Pacifica)
AUDIO: City Prosecutor Previews Measures He'll Recommend Including In Council-Sought Future Mgm't Report On Dealing With Homeless Issues
Victims Vent On Facebook Over Bike Thefts, Several Blame Tweakers/Drug Addicts/Vagrants; Councilwoman Price Discloses She's Become A Crime Victim (Bike Theft on 2nd St.), Will Propose "Chop Shop & Bike Registration" Council Item In June, Says "We Need To Be More Vigilant"
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
Perspective: These Sac'to Dems Just Killed These Bills That Would Have Enabled Modest Regulation/State/Local Oversight Of Some Residential Neighborhood Group Homes / "Sober Living" / Drug Recovery Facilities; See Sac'to 2016 Graveyard Of Similar Bills
LBFD Rules "Accidental" Cause of Fatal Apt Fire, 1500 block Magnolia Ave., Says "Smoking Materials On And Around Victim's Bed"
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"
Supporters Tout Efficiency And Recycling Benefits With Fewer Polluting Street Clogging Trucks; Opponents Say Ending Competition/Choice On Price/Terms/Services Would Hurt Consumers/Renters
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
|Richardson/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
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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)
VIDEO coverage above 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.)