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Sic Transit: Ann Denison: Successfully Fought To Protect Sizable Portion Of El Dorado Park Open Space From Commercial Exploitation, Continued Working For Los Cerritos Wetlands And Other Environmental/Animal Advocacy Causes

Breaking / First (Again) on Mystery Entities/Persons Are Conducting Professional Telephone Survey re Possible Ballot Measure That Could Require City To Allow Int'l Airport, Testing Attitudes And Campaign Messages
Further: Fifth Dist. Resident Also Received Call From Firm, Hired By Mystery Entities/Persons, Conducting Professional Telephone Survey re Possible Ballot Measure That Could Require City To Allow Int'l Airport
New: Feb. 21 Council Consent Calendar (no discussion unless sought by a Councilmember) Would Authorize City Mgr. To Execute Documents, Not Shown To Taxpayers, Relating To LB's Role in L.A.'s 2024 Olympics Bid
New: LB-Area State Senator Lara (And SD-Area Sen. Atkins) Propose State-Gov't Run "Single Payer" Health Care System


New / From Extended Coverage: VIDEO: See What Feb. 17 Storm Did At Its Height, And Stats

New / From Extended Coverage: Long Beach Soaked, Socked With These Serious Rain Rates and Totals

Neighborhoods In These Two Long Beach Council Districts Combined Experienced More Shootings Per Capita Than Chicago Citywide (Jan 25-Feb. 12)
Long Beach Councilwoman Pearce Closes Her City Hall Office For "Day Without Immigrants"; See Her Facebook Explanation
Subsequent coverage above
Nat'l Weather Service Says "Atmospheric River" Headed For Us, Could Mean 2-3" (Or More) Of Rain For LB, Heavy With Rates At Times Of Roughly 1" Per Hour; See NWS Text, Make Prudent Preparations <
Council Votes 9-0 To Let Metro Contract Away LBPD Officers For Blue Line Policing, No Details Provided (Incl. Number Of LBPD Officers Taken From Other Citywide Police Tasks, Sums Metro Will Pay And If Citywide Officers Will Be Replaced One-for-One For LB Taxpayers In FY18)
LBPD Mgm't Told Us It Plans To "Initially" Use "Overtime"
Council Votes 9-0 To Restore NLB Paramedic Rescue 12 And Add Nine Officers to Staff Police Training Academy...But Mum On Internal City Management Memos Resisting Further Police or Fire Dept. Restorations For Taxpayers
Express Blue Line Trains Between LB / LA During Peak Hours? Metro Boardmembers Mayors Garcetti And Garcia Plus Supervisor Hahn And Garcetti-Appointee Dupont-Walker Will Ask Metro Board To "Study" This And Other System Upgrades
Subsequent development above:
In Depth/Perspective These Four Councilmembers Seek Council Support For Mayor-Backed Plan To Contract-Away Police Officers From Citywide Tasks To Handle Metro Blue Line; No Contract Terms Disclosed, No Assurance Citywide Officers Will Be Replaced As PD Mgm't Plans To "Initially" Use "Overtime"; Action Scheduled On Short-Notice For Council Vote This Tuesday
Subsequent development above Tues. Council Action / In Depth:
Despite Millions More In New Taxes, City Mgm't Resists Restoring Police Officers And Fire Engines For Taxpayers; 19 Officers Restored Out of 208 Erased, And LBPD Mgm't Puts Restoring Officers LAST Among Its Budget Priorities; Fire Stn 17 Remains Without Fire Engine
Pres. Trump Taps Retired Gen'l Keith Kellogg -- With Long Beach Family Ties -- As Interim Nat'l Security Advisor
Monday Afternoon Broadway Corridor/Alamitos Beach Armed Robbery (Knife); LBPD Nabs One Suspect Right Away, Conducts Multi-Hour Search And Apprehends Second Suspect Man Is Shot In Willmore City Neighborhood, 1100 block Daisy Ave (1st dist.)
Man Is Found Shot To Death, 10th. St Just East Of Alamitos Ave. (border 1st/6th Council districts)
As Seen LIVE: LBPD Chief Luna Announces Arrest Of A Suspect (A Lynwood Man), With An Alleged Female Accomplice, In String Of Residential Robberies (Incl. A Sexual Assault And Attempted Sexual Assault) That Victimized Elderly Women in Long Beach

Long Beach Council Supports Sacramento Legislation Limiting State/Local Cooperation In Fed'l Immigration Actions
by Barry Saks

Photo by Barry Saks
Click here to read Fed'l Court of Appeals Order in States of Washington/Minnesota vs. Donald J. Trump, President. Three judge Appeals Court panel declines to lift lower court order that halted, pending a trial on the merits, President Trump's executive order temporarily banning entry of non-citizens from seven countries linked to terrorism.
Subsequent development above
LBPD Releases Surveillance Cam Video Of Person Of Interest; LBPD Believes Thursday Morning's (Feb. 9) Los Cerritos Residential Robbery W/ Attempted Sexual Assault On 90-Year Old Woman IS TIED To String Of Similar Residential Robberies (Incl. One Sexual Assault) In Area of Atlantic/Via Carmelitos
As Seen LIVE: Long Beach Council Votes To Support Sac'to Bills (SB 31 & SB 54, Latter With Amendments) That Would Support Statewide Immigration "Sanctuary" Actions; Two Councilmembers Vanish On Vote; Multiple Public Speakers Urge Council To Separately Declare Long Beach a "Sanctuary City" Which Council Declines To Do
Via CSULB President Says Campus Will Function As A Sanctuary But Won't Be Called One To Avoid Losing Fed'l Funds
As Seen LIVE: Council Votes 6-0 To Approve New Contract With Long Beach Police Union; Council Doesn't Seek Disclosure Of "Market Analysis" On Pay Or Discuss Mgm't Plan To Pay For FY17 Costs Using "Less Conservative Budgetary Actions...For Unfunded Retirement Liabilities," Leaves FY18 and FY19 Costs (Reaches $14.3 Mil) To "Annual Budget Processes"
On-Demand: Hear Fed'l Appeals Court Oral Arguments On Whether To Let Pres. Trump's Executive Order (Banning Entry Into U.S. By Non-Citizens From Seven Countries) Take Effect Or Remain Blocked Until Trial
Man Is Shot, 1200 block Stanley Ave. (South of Anaheim, East of Junipero)
Feb. 7 Action Proposed By Four Councilmembers Could Put Long Beach On Record Supporting Sac'to Bills Creating "Sanctuary State" Policies...While President Trump Says Such Policies Could Prompt Cut-Off Of Fed'l Funds
LB Firefighters Battle Blaze In Virginia Country Club Area Home

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Developing: Four of Nine Long Beach Councilmembers Agendize Feb. 7 Item To Support Sac'to Bills That Would Forbid State/Local Law Enforcement Cooperation With Feds Re Immigration And Forbid State/Local Gov't Disclosure Of Person's Religious Beliefs/Nat'l Origin For Compiling Fed'l Dababase For Law Enforcement/Immigration Purposes
Half Century Ago: How Some L.A./Long Beach/OC Viewers Saw Blacked-Out First Superbowl
Uplifting Actions By Generous Resident + Commendable Cops + Generous Donor Bring Joy To LB Family
Planning Comm'n Seeks Study Session To Discuss Making Changes -- Including Increased Density On Eastside -- Before Sending New Land Use Plan To City Council
As Seen LIVE: AQMD Boardmember Kuehl Proposes Amendments -- Favored By Enviro/Grassroots Groups, Opposed By Cargo Industry Interests -- To Regulate Indirect Sources Of Emissions At Ports, Airports And Warehouses If "Voluntary" Measures Don't Reduce Pollution As Promised In Agency's Draft Air Quality Management Plan; Board Defers Vote To March
Ass'y Speaker Rendon says in submitted statement: "Voluntary efforts alone" aren't enough
Long Beach Clergy And Impacted Residents, Joined By Three Councilmembers, Rally At City Hall In Opposition To Pres. Trump's Sanctuary City / Immigration Executive Orders
by Barry Saks

Photo by Barry Saks
Man Is Shot, 1000 block Lewis Ave. (West of Alamitos Ave. Near 11th St., 6th dist., bordering 1st dist.)
It's LB's 4th shooting within 16 days in parts of 6th and 1st Council districts
Subsequent development above
It's Big, It Could Affect Your Property And Your Neighborhood, And It's Coming To LB's Planning Comm'n (One Step From City Council) On Feb. 2: Proposed Revisions To All Of LB's Land Uses Citywide. See How This Could Affect You
Subsequent development above
See How And Where City Staff Proposed Land Use Revisions Could Invite Higher Commercial And Residential Densities In Parts Of Low Density East Long Beach
In Detail: Proposed Sac'to Bill To Prohibit CA/Local Law Enforcement From Detaining, Reporting or Arresting Persons For Fed'l Immigration Enforcement Advances To Key Fiscal Committee
Among Supportive Witnesses In Public Safety Committee Was Son Whose Father Illegally Entered U.S. From Mexico, Was Twice Deported, Returned To Build Family, Was Stopped In Feb. 2016 By CSULB Police For Broken Headlight, Held For Feds And Deported For 20-Yr Old Fed'l Drug Conviction

Follow-Up / VIDEO: FBI Is Investigating Bomb Threat To Long Beach's Jewish Community Center -- And To JCCs In Multiple U.S. Cities Today And Over Past Few Weeks -- As Possible Civil Rights Violations; LB's AJCC Is Evacuated; LBPD Search Follows; No Device Found
Gunfire Flies, Area San Antonio Dr/Orange Ave.; LBPD Finds Evidence of Shooting But No Victim(s) Located
New Long Beach Police Union Contract's Taxpayer Cost: $6.2 Mil This Year, $14.3 Mil In Three Years; Mgm't Says It'll Pay This Year's Cost In Part By Taking "Less Conservative Budgetary Actions," Leaves Future Years' Impacts To Future "Budget Processes"
Perspective / VIDEO: Democracy -- People Powered Political Advocacy -- Successfully Pressed Mayor Garcia To Seek City Auditor "Efficiency Review" Of LB Animal Care Services
Extended VIDEO Coverage: See / Hear It: Volunteers Recognized, Progress Cited, At Annual LB Animal Care Services Open House
Teenage Boy Is Fatally Shot, Willmore City/Drake Park Area

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.
New Oregon/Del Amo Park Will Use Artificial Turf Soccer Field -- With Natural Infill, Not "Crumb Rubber" -- Same As Drake, Seaside & Admiral Kidd Parks; Groundbreaking For New C. David Molina Park (Public Invited) Is Sat. Jan. 28 @ 9:30 a.m.
Pres. Trump's Exec. Order (See Full Text) Re Enforcing Fed'l Immigration Law Puts CA and Long Beach On Collision Course With Fed'l Dollars
CAUTION Very Disturbing Video: LBPD Asks if You Recognize This Car Or In Area Of 7th/Redondo After Car Struck/Fatally Injured 78 Yr-Old Woman Pushing Shopping Cart Across 600 Block Redondo...And Left screen save from LBPD eleased video
JetBlue Prez/CEO Says Company "Taking Stock Of How We Go Forward" After Council Vote Nixes Int'l Flights From LGB, Doesn't Rule Anything Out, "Watch This Space, More To Come" He Says
Man Is Shot, Possible Location (Under Investigation) Is LB Blvd/56th St.
As Seen LIVE: Long Beach Council Nixes Int'l Airport

Man Is Shot To Death In Overnight Hours, North of LBCC Pacific Coast Campus
Perspective: Long Beach's Incomplete, Primitively Provided Crime Stats
Subsequent development above
Gathering Storm: Neighborhoods First/LBHUSH2 Announce They'll Focus On Taking Political Action To Replace Councilmembers Who Vote To Advance Customs Facility/Int'l Flights At LB Airport
ELB Resident Submits CEQA Objections To Council Action Without New EIR On Potential Impacts Of Customs Facility/Int'l Flights
Follow-Up Re Airport Customs Facility/Int'l Flights: These Long Beach Councilmembers Received These Campaign And/Or Officeholder Contributions
Councilwoman Stacy Mungo's Record On Int'l Airport
Perspective / Viewpoints

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
Entering 2017

Public's Money, Public's Business, Unbusinesslike Mayor/Council Response To Public
Jan. 1, 2017: The Highest Sales Tax Rate Among Neighboring Cities And Among The Highest In CA

Giving Away Tax Dollars, Croney Capitalism/Corporate Welfare

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 long-time proponent of access to medical marijuana

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:
  • Steve James on Facebook: Scheduling Appearance By Michael Brown's Mother (Ferguson, MO) Is "Slap To The Face Of All Law Enforcement" (Personal Comment by LBPOA Pres; Group Has Taken No Position At This Time)
  • Dem Convention Website Text Describing Its Upcoming "Mothers of the Movement" Event
  • Aug. 2014 Open Letter To Youth of Ferguson, MO by Long Beach Councilman (Now Vice Mayor) Rex Richardson
  • Grand Jury Conclusion and US DOJ Conclusion re Ferguson MO police shooting
  • Fraternal Order of Police Statement ("Shocked, Angered, Saddened") re 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
    Editorial: Reckless "Feasibility" Of Risking Uncontrollable Outcome At LB Airport
    Opinion: Mayor's Proposal That Council Recommend Councilman Austin As LB Rep For "Lower Los Angeles River Working Group" Mocks Open Space Again After Approving "Riverwalk" Development
    by Laurie Angel
    Opinion: What I Saw/Heard At One-Sided Meeting Staged By Councilman Supernaw With Mayor Garcia On Their Tax Hike Ballot Measure
    by Tom Stout, co-founder LB Taxpayers Ass'n
    Perspective / Opinion: Significant Differences Emerge Between 8th Dist. Council Candidates On Airport
    Subsequent development at this link:
    Statement by the Publisher: City Is Attempting To Stall And Potentially Stonewall Public Records Act Release Of Full Results Of Survey (Portions Selectively Released By Mayor Last Month) Purporting To Show Support For Raising Sales Tax To 10%
    Opinion: Three More Reasons To Oppose Mayor/Council Proposed Tax Hike
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

    Editorial: LB's "Let Them Eat Cake" Mayor & Councilmembers
    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: Standing Alone
    Opinion: Below the Radar In Attempt To Oust Coastal Comm'n Exec. Dir.
    by Joe Geever
    Editorial / Amnesia File: Battle For Soul Of Coastal Comm'n Will Have Long Beach Link
    Editorial: Annulment or Divorce
    Perspective / Opinion: Councilman Austin Twists And Turns To Avoid "T" Word -- Taxes -- In His Weekly E-Mail Update
    Perspective / Amnesia File: Mayor/Council Talking Taxes Before Exploring Taxpayer Savings And Meaningful Spending Reforms
    Editorial: We Publish "Censored" Words And Say Council Should First -- As Threshold Matter -- Evaluate Undeniable Risk Before "Feasibility" That Could Destroy LB's Protective Airport Ordinance
    Editorial: What To Watch For On Queen Mary Re-Do Vote Tonight: Responsibility Exercised Or Scorned

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  • Perspective / Opinion: The Mythological Mayor: Beverly O'Neill In Balance
  • 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

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    Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Study Says Areas Including Downtown LB, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Bixby Knolls At Estimated Heightened Cancer Risk From Port Operations

    "Draft Estimated Diesel PM [particulate matter] Cancer Risk From POLA and POLB" cited in Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment Study for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, p. 8
    24 Hrs. in LB Air: Bixby Knolls AQMD Monitor, Dec. 2003. Details, click photo
    AQMD Air Monitor in LB, Dec. 2003
    2005: Scientists @ LB Conference Say Air Pollution in L.A.-LB Region is High Enough to Cause Illness and Deaths; Economist Says Ports Receive Subsidies That Invite More Growth
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    Deluge Drops Nearly An Inch Of Rain Per Hour For TWO Hours (On Top Of Previous Soakings), Leaving Multiple Long Beach Streets Flooded, Some Cars Stranded
    By the numbers: 1.92" of rain at LGB between 1:53 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.; 2.47" between 12:53 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.; 3.01" between 9:53 a.m. and 3:53 p.m...and 3.71" between 9:53 a.m. and 6:53 p.m. on Sun. Jan. 22
    Rain To Continue Thru Sunday, Heavy At Times With 15-25 mph Winds; With Multiple Downed Trees/Branches Already, City Issues This Safety Advisory
    Downed Trees/Tree Limbs Prompt City Safety Advisory As Second Of Three Storms Soak City: 1.18" Within 9 Hours At Long Beach Airport

    Photo credit: Sharon Katchen
    First (Again) on / In Depth / AUDIO: LB Mayor/PD Mgm't Made Blue-Line Policing Proposal Without Disclosing Police Staffing Impacts To LB Taxpayers Or To Council; Metro Staff Seeks 14 LBPD Officers Immediately From LB's Already-Thin Citywide Police Level
    LBPD Mgm't Says It'll Cover With Overtime; Sheriff McDonnell Cites Public Safety Reasons In Metro Committee Against Multi-Agency Policing Plan
    Long Beach Residents Will Cheer And Jeer Trump Inauguration: Opponents Plan March/Rally Downtown, Supporters Will Celebrate At SE LB's 49'rs Tavern
    Cong. Alan Lowenthal Reverses Himself, Now Says He Won't Attend Trump Inaugural Because...
    UPDATE: Man Is Fatally Shot, 600 block E. Burnett St., (6th dist., South of Willow, Just East of Atlantic)
    With VIDEO Coverage: Multiple People Report Knife-Wielding Woman Allegedly Threatening/Trying To Cut/Stab People Area Bellflower/7th, LBPD Officers Take Multiple Steps (Including Electronic Device) To Urge Her To Drop Knife Until She Allegedly Advances On Officers And Is Fatally Shot; VIDEO: Speaks With Person At Scene Who Describes For Us What Knife-Wielding Woman Allegedly Did To Her

    LBPD released photo
    VIDEO: See/Hear Emotion Packed Memorial, As Family and Veteran Civic Activists, Celebrate Life Of Jack C. Smith -- From Rocket Scientist To Academy Award Winner to Creative, Compassionate Community Advocate

    Rain Postponement to Feb 26 For Charity Kickball Tournament Supporting Two Cancer-Crushing Entities, Honors Memory Of LB Parks/Rec Bureau Mgr Chrissy Strong-Marshall
    First (Again) on Having LBPD Patrol Portion Of Metro Blue Line Could Initially Drain Roughly 30 Officers From LB's Already Thin Citywide Police Level; LBPD Has Been Negotiating With Metro On A General Framework That Would Initially Draw Officers From LBPD's General Pool, And Plans To Use Overtime That It Says Won't "Diminish The Amount Of Officers Currently Deployed In The Community"
    Subsequent coverage above
    Sat. Jan. 14, 1 p.m. Memorial Service / Reception for Jack C. Smith, BBLB Co-Founder, One-Day Xmas Store Co-Creator; Online Effort Seeks Donations To Continue His Christmas Store Legacy
    LBFD Says 2 Patients Sent To Trauma Center, 1 To Hospital In Fiery ELB Midnight Hour Crash, Bellflower Blvd. South of Atherton: Vehicle Allegedly Crosses Center Divider, Collides With LBPD Pick-Up Truck

    LBFD photos
    While Mayor Delivers "State of the City" Message Downtown, There's Double Shooting in NLB: Woman Dies, Man Critically Wounded, 6300 Knight Ave. (Near Ramona Park)
    Perspective / As Seen LIVE: Mayor Garcia's 2017 "State of the City" Message: What He Did and Didn't Say
    Perspective: Tries Out Mayor-Touted New Open-Data Website; Here's What We Sought And Got And Didn't Get
    UPDATE: Includes add'l information/context/response from City Public Affairs Office (City Mgr. office)
    LB Animal Shelter Says It Killed Fewer Dogs & Cats In 2016 Than Ever Before, A New Record...But No-Kill Stayin' Alive LB Notes Shelter Took In Fewer Dogs/Cats Meaning Only Single Digit Drop In Rate Of Killings, Blasts City Mgm't & Mayor Garcia, Urges City Adoption Program
    In Depth / Amnesia File: Brighter Street Lights Draw Mainly Cheers, But Some Jeers, While American Medical Ass'n Raises Health Concerns (And Some Cities Respond By Cooling Them A Bit)
    Amnesia File: It's latest chapter in reversing City Hall self-inflicted wound that imposed public-despised yellow lights during Carter Admin "energy crisis"
    Long Beach Mayor Garcia Chosen By Area Officials For Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board...As I-710 Expansion With Long Term Impacts For Residents And Cargo/Port Industry Interests Approaches Key Decisional Votes
    In Depth / Perspective: Wrigley Residents Hear Gunfire (Again), But LBPD Can't Find Evidence Of Shooting (Again)... Because Council Has Failed To Budget And Deploy This Gunfire Location Technology

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    In Depth / Perspective: See Who Sought And Who Fought Transparency -- And Left LB Taxpayers The Last To Know How New Police Union Contract Will Affect City Budgets And Services...While Some Nearby Cities Give Their Residents Labor Negotiation Transparency
    LBPD w/ SWAT + LBFD Response Resolve Five Hour Standoff, 300 block W. Ocean Blvd., Suspect In Custody After Allegedly Threatening To Burn Down Apt. Building

    LBFD photo
    North Long Beach Resident Shoots/Kills Alleged Burglar; UPDATED: LBPD Is Preliminarily Investigating It As Burglary In Which Resident Shot Subject In Self-Defense
    Perspective: Council's Public Safety Committee (Price, Supernaw, Austin) Is Told There's No Plan Now In Place -- Despite Measure A (Blank Check) Sales Tax Increase -- For Further Police/Fire Restorations For Taxpayers Beyond Those Council Approved in Sept. 2016 For FY17
    City Staff Will Present Options For Council Consideration In January 2017
    North Long Beach Apt. Fire, 5500 block Dairy Ave.: One Resident Found Deceased And A Family Of Five Is Displaced

    LBFD photo
    CA Coastal Comm'r Wendy Mitchell Resigns, Noted Locally For Holding Oct. 2013 Fundraiser At Her San Fernando Valley Home Touting Then-Mayoral Candidate/Then-Coastal Comm'r Robert Garcia As "Pro-Business Candidate"; Mitchell Was Among Comm'n Majority That Voted To Oust Exec. Director Lester
  • Irony: Garcia later learned he'd have to give-up his Coastal Comm'n seat on election as LB's non-voting Mayor
  • Governor Brown can now appoint Mitchell's successor
    Further Follow-Up: Learns SCAQMD Recently Received A Tip That Might Help Solve Mystery of LB's Periodic "Mystery Stinks"...And Agency Will Also Be Pursuing Suggestion In News Story Re Air Sample Collection
    "Read With Rex" Challenge Exceeds Vice-Mayor's Ambitious Expectations In Number Of Items Checked-Out Within 100 Days Of Opening New Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
    Subsequent development above
    Follow-Up / Amnesia File: Here's What AQMD and LBFD Say (Once Again) About Latest Long Beach "Mystery Stink"
    Perspective / Amnesia File: LBPOA (Police Union) & City Hall Negotiators Reach Deal On Tentative New Contract But Withhold Details That LB Taxpayers Will Be Last To Know
  • On Jan. 1, LB taxpayers will begin paying Measure A ("Blank Check") sales tax hike for which police union was largest single contributor ($225k cash + $13k in kind); Council can spend its revenue for any gen'l fund items it wishes including union raises
  • From September 2009 forward, no record of LBPOA leadership publicly opposing management/Mayor/Council actions that erased roughly 200 officers for taxpayers, and LBPOA PAC's leadership supported re-election/advancement of Councilmembers who approved doing so
    Sic Transit: Fred Khammar, Belmont Shore Figure Prominent For Multiple Annual Events At Belmont Plaza Pier And Alfredo's Beach Club, Passes

    Sic Transit: George Sabbagh, Naples Island Figure Owned/Operated K.C. Branaghan's

    Possible Drive-By Shooting, 700 block Elm Ave. (Two Vehicles Hit, No Victims Found); Suspect Vehicle Spotted 2400 block Anaheim St...With A Wounded Person Inside; LBPD Investigating As Possibly Gang-Related
    LB Poly High Teacher Becomes Victim Of Armed Robbery/Physical Assault In A School Parking Lot As He Arrives For Work Before Dawn, Loses Belongings, Suffers Injuries
    In Second Storm, LGB Gets 1.05" of Rain, Adding To 1.23" From First Storm = 2.28" Dec 21-24
    Forecast is for sunny LB Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, breezy Sat with high near 60, low near 40
    Explosion/Small Fire, 2100 block Locust Ave. WASN'T A Meth Lab; No Persons Injured Or Found Inside, LBPD Investigating As Possibly Arson
    LGB Gets 1.23" of Rain Dec 21-22, More Coming Dec. 23
    DTM Security Has These Useful Tips To Prevent Bad Guys From Stealing Your Holiday Packages Or Breaking Into Your Home While You're Away
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