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Urgent Advisory: 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

UPDATED: Unblocked: 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

Deleted Public Records
New: City Prosecutor Says This When Asked About Destruction Of City Hall Public Record Emails; Separately Announces He'll See Re-Election In 2018
Special Report / Follow-Up: Software System Used By City Allows Archiving, Retention -- Or Deletion -- Of Public Record Emails As City Wishes...So Who Inside City Hall Allowed, Directed Or Knew Of Deleting These Public Record Emails?


New / VIDEO / Amnesia File: Long Beach "March for Science" Draws Large Crowd, Hundreds March From BK to NLB

New / 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
Details: Council Votes 5-3 To Change City Law, Letting Themselves And Mayor Use Their 2015-Tripled "Officeholder" Accounts To Support Incumbent-Favored Candidates Seeking Other LB, State and Fed'l Offices
Man Is Shot, 500 block Cherry Ave., And Dies From His Wounds
First (Again) on 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
Council Votes 6-1 (Supernaw Dissenting) On First Of Two Votes (With Enacting Vote Set For April 18) To Law To Let Themselves And Mayor Use Their Contributor-Fueled "Officeholder Accounts" To Support Candidates Running For Other Local, State or Federal Offices
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: 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 April 4 Council meeting that SB 1 is about to pass with LB City Hall's support
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
Prepare For Gas Pump Price To Jump 6 cents/gallon this July -- Total 12 cents/gallon More in July 2019 -- Gov. Brown + Sac'to Dem Leaders + Organized Labor + CA Chamber of Commerce Support It + Car Reg Increase For State/Local Highway/Road Repairs; Sac'to Repubs + Enviro/Health Groups + Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n, Oppose It
Perspective: With New County And State Sales Taxes About To Hit That Include Local Road Repair Money, Should LB Council Adjust LB Sales Tax Measure A Spending To Restore More Police/Fire Units OR Use Built-In "Escape Clause" To Roll Tax Back Entirely?
LBCC Trustees (4-0, Kellogg Absent) Choose Dr. Reagan Romali As New Sup't-President

US Att'y Gen'l Sessions Issues This Statement re Sanctuary Jurisdictions, Initially Cites These Types Of Fed'l Grants (and potentially others) That Long Beach City Hall Has Sought And Accepted
Perspective: An Amphitheater Next To Queen Mary On Adjacent Harry Bridges Public Park Land? It May Be Complicated
Details / AUDIO: Attention Peninsula: See Vehicle Lane Erasing Road Diet About To Be Implemented On Ocean Blvd. From 54th-72nd Place; City Traffic Engineers Field Residents' Questions, Councilwoman Price Explains Why She Supports It (Hear AUDIO)
Councilwoman Price asks residents to give it chance for 6-8 months, says if she gets "overwhelming" response that it's a disaster and residents absolutely don't like it, it can be changed back

Man Is Shot, Area Hill St./Pine Ave.
Fed'l Dept. of Transportation Map Shows Noise Impacts (Aviation/Highways) in Long Beach Neighborhoods And Nationwide

Source: U.S. Dept. of Transportation
LBCC Trustees Mull But Don't Yet Choose New Sup't-President
Union reps testify in opposition to Dr. Nish
by Denny Han, Special to
City's New Lessee/QM Operator/Adjacent Land Developer Urban Commons Proposes This For Land Next To Queen Mary; See Company Release, Artist Drawings, Video
Two Adults (Man & Woman) Shot/Wounded, Neighborhood East of LB Blvd., North of Market St.
In Depth / Perspective: State Senator Ricardo Lara Is Running For CA Insurance Comm'r...And If He's Elected It Could Trigger Feeding Frenzy Among Local Pols Seeking Higher Offices learns Lara filed Insurance Comm'r paperwork in late Jan. 2017. weeks before staged LB rally alongside LB Mayor Garcia for Lara's "single payer"/state gov't run health care bill
In Depth / Perspective: Long Beach City College Is Starting Work On A Fully-Funded New Aquatics Center That Will Have Olympic-Size Competition-Worthy Pool Like Unfunded Proposed Pool At Belmont Plaza; There's Stadium Parking + New Hotels @ Douglas Park + More Central Location + Existing Bus Lines + Nearly Straight Shot From Four Freeways AND LBCC Included Dual City/Public Use In Voter Approved Bond Documents...So Why Not Use It?
Sic Transit: Chuck Berry
With VIDEO Coverage: Airport Advisory Comm'n 3-3 Vote Declines To Recommend Council Reconsider Its Vote Nixing Customs Facility (Int'l Flights)
LB Airport Gives Two Flight Slots To Southwest Airlines, Puts Delta and JetBlue On Wait List, As American Airlines Gives Up Two Of Its Five Slots
Two Shootings Within About 28 Hours: (1) North of PCH, West of L.A. River (Man Hit/Wounded); (2) About Two Blocks North of PCH East of L.A. River (South Wrigley), Teen Fires Gun (No One Hit)
VIDEO: See Long Beach Native Snoop Dogg's Video -- Unedited, In Full -- Subject Of National Media Attention
Councilwoman Pearce Schedules And Delivers Her Own Presentation To Elections Oversight Committee She Chairs, Cites Reasons To Lower Voting Age To 17 In Long Beach Amid Sac'to Move Proposing It Statewide; No Comments From Committee Members Supernaw Or Andrews, No Action Taken...For Now
Update: (1) FPPC Investigation Continues Into LB Resident's Allegations Of Conflict of Interest Re Two Mayor- Chosen/Council-Approved "Airport Advisory Commission" Members, One Of Whom Resigned Mar. 10; (2) City Att'y Office Clears Airport Advisory Comm'n To Consider Recommending Council Reconsideration of Airport Customs Facility (Int'l Airport)
Sac'to Bill Would Provide Grants To Cities For Gunfire Detection Technologies...Like The "SpotSpotter" System A Previous LB Council Funded, LBPD Didn't Deploy And The Council Then Spent The Money For LBPD Overtime
Council Committee (Pearce, Andrews, Supernaw) Will Hear Presentation On "Lowering Voter Age In Long Beach to 17"
Homelessness, Hunger Span Generations: CSU Study Finds Disturbing Number Of Its Students Are Homeless While Volunteers Work To Help Seniors Facing Hunger And Lack Of Affordable Housing
by Joe Segura
Special to

Perspective / Amnesia File: Two Decades Ago, Long Beach Residents Had This Civic Right...That The City Council Should Restore Now

Airport Advisory Comm'n Vice Chair Glenn Ray, Veteran LB Airport Business Owner, Resigns...Says 14 Yrs Is Plenty, Notes He Would Have Recused Himself On March 16 Comm'n Agenda Item Proposing To Recommend Council Reconsider Customs Facility
:Perspective / In Detail: Gasoline Prices At The Pump Could Jump Under Sac'to Bill Backed By LB-Area's Sen. Lara; Would Increase CA Gasoline Tax, Diesel Fuel Tax Plus Annual Car Registration Fee For Highway/Road Repairs
Bill is among early results of Nov 2016 elections that gave Sac'to Dems 2/3 majorities in Assembly and state Senate with ability to unilaterally raise taxes without Repubs
LB Firefighters Ass'n & City Hall Negotiators Reach Deal On Tentative New Contract, LB Taxpayers Will (Again) Be Last To Learn Taxpayer-Impacting Details (And Here's Why)
Much of ELB Voted Against L.A. County's Measure H Sales Tax Hike, While Roughly 60% of LB Overall Voted For It, Roughly 8.8% LB Voter Turnout
Did Road Rage Trigger Deadly Downtown/East Village Double-Shooting (Man Died, Woman Wounded, 200 block Liberty Ct.)?

Council OK's Metro Blue Line Policing Contract, Mayor Garcia Again Claims It Will "Add" Officers Although LBPD Mgm't Has Acknowledged It Will Initially Use Overtime From Current Citywide Officers To Produce "Full Time Equivalents" For Metro
UPDATE: Transcript added of soft questions from Councilwoman Price to Chief Luna
Follow-Up: Open Gov't / Digital Transparency: LB City Att'ys Office Tells Mayor and Council This After CA Supreme Court Rules Emails On Public's Business Are Subject To Public Records Act Disclosure If Sent/Received Via Private/Commercial Email Account
Polarized Public Testimony But Unanimous Planning Comm'n Approval Of Legal Prerequisites To Proposed $103+ Mil Belmont Plaza Aquatics Center/Pool Rebuild, Virtually Ensuring Appeal(s) To City Council
Seal Beach Police Chief (Former LBPD Commander) Joe Stilinovich Resigns Following Publicly Unexplained SB City Mgm't Investigation
Open Gov't / Digital Transparency: CA Supreme Court Rules City Officials' Emails On Public's Business Are Accessible Under Public Records Act Even If Sent/Stored Using Private Email Account; Read Full Court Opinion Here
Subsequent development above
Fiscal, Equity, Competitive, Recreational And Environmental Issues Re Proposed $100+ Mil Belmont Plaza Aquatics Center/Pool Rebuild Comes To Planning Comm'n March 2

Image via City of LB Power Point

Two Men Shot, One Dies, 48th St./LB Blvd.

Gunfire In 1 p.m. Hour, 1200 block Chestnut, Damages Vehicle and Fence
Man Is Shot/Wounded, Early a.m. Area PCH / 710 Fwy
Two More Shootings Shake Wrigley/East Wrigley-Central LB; Since Jan. 25 6th District Shootings Per Capita Parallel Chicago Citywide

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.
Four-Hour Council Study Session Hears Methods To Increase Affordable and Workforce Housing
by Barry Saks

Photo by Barry Saks
VIDEO: See/Hear It & Reaction To It: LB Area State Senator Ricardo Lara (LB-Huntington Park) Orders LB Area State Senator Janet Nguyen (SE LB/West OC) Physically Removed From Senate Floor, Rules Her Out of Order For Using "Adjourn In Memory" To Recall Deceased Vietnamese Refugees In Criticizing Late State Senator Tom Hayden
4 of 9 Airport Advisory Comm'n Members Set March Vote To Recommend Council Reconsider Customs Facility / Int'l Airport; JetBlue Mum Amid Phone Survey Indicating Someone Preparing Possible Ballot Maneuver
Sunday Event Advisory:
Sunday Is Chrissy Strong-Marshall Memorial Kickball Tournament Benefiting Nat'l Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation and City of Hope, Honors Memory Of Beloved LB Parks/Rec Bureau Mgr
Perspective / Viewpoints

Editorial: Mayor Garcia: Veto That Ordinance

Editorial: Is Reporting This, Because...
Significant Update: Material Now Online (Formerly "Non-Study Session")
Pool Point/Counterpoint
To City Council: Build Aquatics Center At Belmont Plaza Because...
by Lucy Johnson, Vice President & Development Director
Aquatic Capital of America.


To City Council: Obsession Trumped Reason When Planning Comm'n OK'd Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild; Same Project Could Be Built On Smarter Sites At Less Cost
by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

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
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

  • 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
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    Perspective: Putative Write-In / Returning Council Candidate Schipske: "I Have Not Taken Position Publicly" On Int'l Terminal, Most 5th Dist. Constituents "Support An Int'l Terminal"
    No Discussion, No Questions, No Taxpayer Disclosure Of Terms As Council Votes Without Dissent To Authorize City Mgm't To Sign Documents Relating To LB's Role In L.A.'s 2024 Olympics Bid
    See "Story-Pole" Showing Real-World Height Of Proposed $100+ Million Belmont Pool Rebuild

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

    VIDEO: Retired Lt. Gen'l Keith Kellogg -- With Long Beach Family Ties -- Will Be Chief of Staff To Pres. Trump's New National Security Advisor Gen. H. R. McMaster

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    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
    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
    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
    LB-Area State Senator Lara (And SD-Area Sen. Atkins) Propose State-Gov't Run "Single Payer" Health Care System
    VIDEO: See What Feb. 17 Storm Did At Its Height, And Stats

    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

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