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New: Long Beach Mayor Pitching Lucas Museum On Convention Ctr Parking Lot Site That City Draft Enviro Impact Report Ruled Out For Consideration As Pool Rebuild Site; Mayor Tweets Discussion Of "Location in Downtown LB On The Water" But Draft EIR Also Nixes QM Adjacent Sites

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Counter-Point / Opinion: Councilman Richardson Responds, And We Reply, Re North Long Beach Shootings And What He Said On Facebook About Restoring Police (Including Field Anti-Gang Unit) For Taxpayers
Urgent Advisory: Long Beach Has At Least Three Juvenile Great White Sharks In Peninsula Beach Area; Councilwoman Price Says In Abundance Of Caution, Marine Safety Bureau Will Place "Shark Sighted" Advisories From 72nd Place to La Verne Lifeguard Tower
New: LB School Board Puts Debt-Bond/Property Tax Increase On November Ballot For Repairs/Upgrades, Roughly $60 Annually Per $100,000 Of Property's Assessor-Assessed Valuation
New: Metro Board (Knabe, DuBois Dissenting) Seeks Half-Cent Sales Tax Hike On November Ballot Promising These Projects; On Same Day, Sac'to Ass'yman Mendoza Announces He'll Advance Bill To Add Several New Metro Board Seats...Including One For LB Mayor

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Sat Night: Woman Is Shot / Wounded, Area LB Blvd/Del Amo; Man Says He Was Shot, Area Rose Ave./15th St.


Gunfire Damages A Residence, 4000 block Gardenia (SW of Carson/Cherry)
In Depth / Perspective: City Hall's Sales Tax Hike "Measure A" Failed In 5th Dist, Passed In Eastside Districts 3 & 4 Below Citywide Levels; Ballots From 1st + 6th + 9th Dists Provided 70+% Support
Suspect In Custody After Two Sheriffs Deputies Shot Just North of LB Border, Lakewood Blvd. North of 91 Fwy in Bellflower
LBPD Investigating Fatal Fire, 500 block W. 7th St., Currently An "Undetermined Death"


Price/Mungo/Supernaw Attempt To Counter/Derail Petition-Initiative Medpot Measure Flops; If Voter Sigs Suffice, Council Can OK Costly Citywide Election OR Approve Petition-Initiated Medpot Measure Without Costly Election/Voter Choice
City Mgm't and Police Chief have previously warned resuming medpot operations will mean increased staff/police costs; measure's proponents say their measure includes tax to help pay for it
6th Council District Staffer Becomes Victim Of Violent Crime At 1st Dist/6th Dist. Border
U.S. Navy Is Mulling Three Alternatives Which Include New Breakwater(s) In Seal Beach For New, Larger Ammunition Pier At Naval Weapons Station
Tuesday's LB Highs Forecast 10-15 Degrees Cooler; LB Airport Hit 100 On Monday; See Other Area TempsOutage ended: Roughly 900 SCE customers (meaning accounts and thus we estimate over 2,000 people) in zip 90815 were without power for roughly 12 hours starting at about 6:50 p.m. Sunday night (June 19). We received reports (caveat: unofficial) from parts of Los Altos and areas south of Artcraft Manor/west of Stearns Park. Some of this occurred during the NBA finals...causing a number of people to watch streaming video online on their mobile devices rather than on their old-fashioned TV's.
Perspective: Despite Recent North Long Beach Shootings And "Measure A" Sales Tax Hike, Councilman Richardson On Facebook Tells His Constituents He Won't Respond To Challenges Seeking To Restore LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit, Says They Should Expect Only "Modest" (Undefined) Police Increases Until Sometime In Or After 2017, If Then
Attn: SE LB, ELB And Beyond: AQMD Will Let SE LB Haynes Generating Station (LADWP) Burn Diesel Fuel Instead of Natural Gas This Summer If Needed To Make Up For Natural Gas Lost In SoCalGas SFV Storage Site Leak
  • AQMD says it will only happen if SoCalGas curtails its natural gas supply to LADWP...which two state agencies + ISO + LADWP separately have said is likely
  • AQMD justifies burning diesel fuel at SE LB facility contending it will avoid worse pollution from multiple small diesel units and potential blackouts to L.A. residents and businesses
    Two Men Shot/Wounded Early a.m. Sat, 200 block Hullett St. (Just North of Historic LB Dairy & Creamery)

    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 Central LB.
    Man Is Robbed At Gunpoint (Lakewood near 8th dist.), Victim Pursues Robbers In Vehicle, They Shoot At Him (NLB/9th dist.) And Miss

    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 Central LB.
    Noon-Hour Gunfire, Elm Ave./Plymouth St. (b/w Atlantic-LB Blvd., South of Market St., 8th dist.); No Person(s)/Property 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 Central LB.

    LB Got GREAT View of Int'l Space Stn Passing Nearly Directly Over Long Beach (June 16)
    See Coming Heat Wave Forecast Highs By LB Zip Codes, Peaking Sunday / Monday
    Monday's predicted highs range from 85 in shoreline 90802 to 102 in ELB/inland 90808
    Gunfire Heard Overnight Area Temple/14th; Officers Spot Vehicle Leaving, Find Passenger Inside With Gunshot Wound

    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.
    Father of CSULB Student Nohemi Gonzalez (Daughter Murdered In Paris Terror Attack) Sues Twitter, Facebook, Google With These Allegations In Fed'l Court Complaint
    Nearby Downtown Residents Object, Cite Thin Parking/High Density As Council Votes 9-0 To Sell Pacific Ave./3rd to 4th St. Land To Buyer That Offered Less Than Highest Price And Envisions Two Towers, One Up To 18 Stories High, For 325 Rental Units
    AUDIO: "Shameful" shouts a competing developer after vote; Mayor Garcia, Vice Mayor Lowenthal chuckle as he exits (hear it)

    Source: Exhibit in city staff agendizing memo
    Jeannine Pearce Now Leads Eric Gray By 190 Votes In Updated 2nd District Ballot Count...And She's Now Likely LB's Next 2nd District Councilmember
    In Depth / Perspective: Within Last 30 Days, North Long Beach's 9th Council District Had Nearly As Many Shootings Per Capita As Chicago Citywide
    VIDEO: FBI Dir. James Comey Update On Orlando Mass Shooting
    Shooter had "strong indications of radicalization," likely inspired by foreign terrorist groups; shooter spoke with 911 operator three times during the attack, at one point pledged loyalty to ISIS leader; FBI twice investigated shooter and closed its investigations
    TEXT: Donald Trump Address On Terrorism, Immigration & National Security (June 13)
    VIDEO: Hillary Clinton On Issues After Orlando, Florida Mass Shooting (June 13)
    Sunday a.m. Shooting: Man Is Hit, Paramount Blvd. near Paramount Border

    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 Central LB.
    Sunday Night Gunfire, 5400 block Paramount Blvd, Hits Several Residential Units In Apartment Blvd., No Persons(s) Struck

    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 Central LB.
    Man Shoots/Kills At Least 50/Wounds 50+ At Orlando LGBT Bar; FBI Says Before Shooting He Called 9-1-1 & Made Statements Gen'l To ISIS
  • U.S. born citizen, Afghan parents; FBI interviewed him at least twice (2013 and 2014) and closed their investigations; shooter worked as a security guard, held active gun licenses, purchased guns legally within past few days
  • President Obama makes statement (full text); presumptive Presidential nominees Trump and Clinton make these statements; LB Mayor Garcia Tweets, blasts Trump Tweet
    VIDEO & Photo Coverage: Rain Doesn't Deter Participants in 6th Annual Jalen & Breanna Thayer Memorial Run/Walk For Childhood Cancer Awareness


    Quake 100 Miles Away Near Borrego Springs Lightly Felt in LB
    Two People Shot -- One Dies Of His Wounds -- Area 64th/Coronado (Just South of Ramona Park)
    It's sixth shooting (three of which fatal) in parts of NLB since May 3; during same period, parts of Central LB had five
    Subsequent coverage above
    Saturday Morning Is 6th Annual Jalen & Breanna Thayer Memorial Run/Walk For Childhood Cancer Awareness @ ELB's Patrick Henry School
    Dem Incumbent Cong. Alan Lowenthal Will Face Repub Andrew Whallon in November Runoff
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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
    Editorial: "Shots Fired"
    Editorial: What's In A Name? Politics And Clumsy Self-Promotion Too Often Propel Council Actions
    Opinion: My Detailed Analysis Of Management-Negotiated Civic Center Transaction: Council Should Vote NO Because...
    "On December 15, Long Beach Councilmembers will be asked to do what I believe no prudent company board of directors would do: to authorize a multi-million dollar transaction, carrying over four decades of binding obligations, on terms I expect an objective analysis would deem unwise, unbusinesslike and disadvantageous to the City and its taxpayers. It's a proposed action I believe the City frankly cannot afford..." MORE

    Editorial: Proposed LBCC Communication Policies Don't Facilitate Better Communication Or Oversight
    Opinion: City Pays More, Gets Less...And Boasts About It
    by Terry Jensen

    Perspective: So, Now With A Gifted CSULB Student A Victim of ISIS, How's The War On Terrorism Going? Read This Actual State Dept. Worldwide Travel Alert For American Citizens
    Opinion: Proposed Queen Mary Lease Offers Illusory Rent, For Taxpayers Basically A Sham
    by Jim McCabe *
    * Mr. McCabe is a retired Long Beach Deputy City Attorney

    Editorial: Council Spends $3.6-$4.4 Mil (And Millions More Coming) That Mgm't Initially Said It Wouldn't Have To Spend...But Just Did Without Serious Council Discussion Or Dissent
    Opinion: Show Us What's In And Isn't In Proposed Revised Queen Mary Lease, Because...
    by Terry Jensen

    Opinion: I'm A Long Beach Crime Victim...Again
    by Terry Jensen

    Your Views: What Bigger Story/Stories Does This LB Marathon Course Map Show About Long Beach?


    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial.
    Editorial: A Royal Pain? Council Retreats Behind Closed Doors -- To Discuss Price & Terms Of Payment -- Regarding Lease Negotiations On Part Of Property Next To Queen Mary

    Image from Assessor's Parcel Number on agendized item (which refers to a "portion" of the area.)
    Perspective: Mayor Garcia's Disturbing Budget Boast About LB Murder Total Is No Longer Even Numerically Accurate
    Editorial: Why Can't Long Beach Provide Its Taxpayers With Police And Firefighter Levels That Other Cities Do?
    Editorial: Economics Lesson For Council On Plans To "Repurpose/Reposition/Rename" Downtown's "CityPlace" Shopping Area
    Opinion / VIDEO: Nobel Prize Winning Economist / Professor Milton Friedman On The Minimum Wage
    Editorial: Transparency Shrugged, Public/Press Access Blocked In Sac'to Actions That Put Pols On Coastal Comm'n; Bill To Let Garcia Return Needs Amendment To Ensure Accountability And Public/Press Access
    Opinion / Common Sense: Mungo's Mangled Facts Misstating Airport History, Shrugging Constituents' Concerns, May Mean Short Council Reign
    by Terry Jensen

    Editorial: Will Assemblyman O'Donnell Carry City Hall Water Or Speak Up For LB Taxpayers In Sac'to On Awful Civic Center Enabler Bill?
    Editorial: Advice About Fireworks And Police That Mayor Garcia Doesn't Want To Hear...But Should
    Editorial: Kudos: LB Public Works Director Reveals New Shoemaker Bridge WON'T Have Its Supports Inside L.A. River Channel; It Will SPAN L.A. River, Apparently Including Cables, Avoiding Major Issue In Leaving Old Shoemaker Bridge Up For New Park
    Opinion: For Naples Canal Property Owners, Much Is Given But Little Or Nothing Is Expected
    by Jim McCabe, retired LB Deputy City Attorney
    Subsequent coverage coming:
    Caution Needed On Contract Coming To Council Tonite: Saving L.A. River Bridge To Create Park Is Clever, But Guarantees Needed -- And Overdue -- That It Won't Trigger Costly, Mandatory "Flood Insurance" On Homeowners In LB And Beyond
    Editorial: Inviting And Welcoming, Not Discouraging And Demeaning, Residents Who Cite Pesky Facts And Pesky Laws In Public Matters
    Real Police (Fire & Core Services), Not Meat Police: Our Mighty Meaty Monday Meetup Manifesto
    Editorial: A Long Beach Lawless Shrug: Snubbing A Long Beach Gay Rights Pioneer
    Opinion: Sac'to Senate Republicans Join Lemming Run Toward Costly New Long Beach Civic Center
    by Terry Jensen

    Via FlashReport.org: New Technology Facilitates Transparency, Openness in CA State Govt.
    by Katy Grimes








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  • 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"
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  • 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
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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
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    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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    Carl Kemp -- Founded LB Lobbying Firm, Ran For 5th Dist Council, Served As City Hall/Port/Maritime Commissioner's Aide -- Charged And Accepts Plea Agreement On Fed'l Tax Fraud Charge, Failing To Report $750K In Income Over Six Year Period


    City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase (Measure A) Passes With Nearly 60%; LBCC-Sought Property Tax Increase (Measure LB) Passes With Over 60%; Pearce Leads Gray 50.95% to 49.05% (All Precincts Reporting But With Provisional + Late Arriving Vote By Mail Ballots Remaining To Be Counted)
    Hours Before Election Day, LB Police Officers Union Gave Another $50,000 (Adding To Its $200,000 Previously Given) And LB Firefighters Union Gave Another $20,000 (Adding To Its $50,000 Previously Given) To Pro-Sales-Tax-Hike "Measure A" Campaign Committee, Brought Committee Total (Cash + Non-Monetary) To Over $610,000
    LB Police Officers Union Gave Another $50,000 $100,000 + These Corps/Unions/Individuals Gave Thousands To Pro-Sales-Tax-Hike Measure A Committee, Bring Total (Cash + Non-Monetary) To Over $510,000+ $560,000
    On-Demand VIDEO: See/Hear Hillary Clinton At "Get Out The Vote" Rally at LBCC


    AND
    On-Demand VIDEO: See/Hear Speeches By Dem Assemblyman O'Donnell, Senator Lara, Senate President Pro Tem DeLeon and Mayor Garcia At "Get Out The Vote" Rally For Hillary Clinton
    Obama Administration Says "No" (Again) To "Promise Zone" (Fed'l Assistance) For Large Swath of LB b/w Anaheim-PCH West of Cherry to L.A. River
    Mayor Garcia cited City's application in his 2015 State of the City message; HUD chooses a second set of L.A. neighborhoods plus one in San Diego
    LBPD Mgm't Says It Will Seek Add'l Officers & City Mgm't Says It's Developing Budget With 8-10 Newly Budgeted Sworn Officer Positions If Voters Pass "Measure A" Sales Tax Increase
    Doors WILL OPEN AT 4 p.m. For Hillary Clinton "Get Out The Vote" Rally At LBCC Mon. June 6: Event Will Be In LBCC's ELB Campus Gymnasium (South Side Of Carson St., West of Clark Ave.)
    AND
    Amnesia File / Perspective: The Last Time Hillary Clinton Came To Long Beach: Did Her Pre-Declared-Candidate Speaking Fee Gouge LB Charitable Group?
    Plenary Group USA Ltd. (Part Of Civic Center Rebuild/Operate Private Consortium) Is Latest To Give Thousands To Pro-Sales-Tax-Hike Measure A; Others Now Bring Total (Cash + Non-Monetary) To Over $420,000
    Long Beach Water Dept. Allows Landscape Watering Three-Days Per Week Instead of Two Thru Sept. 30; All Other Restrictions Remain In Effect
    Follow-Up / Perspective: LBREPORT.com Seeks Public Records Release Of City Auditor's Communications With Mayor Garcia On [Her Words] "Seriousness Of Findings" Re Job Order Contracting Program Re Infrastructure, Secretly Shared With Mayor Before Audit's Public Release While Mayor Campaigned For Sales Tax Hike
    Amnesia File / Perspective: City Council Imposed 16% Business License Surcharge Saying It Would Provide These Major Infrastructure Traffic Projects But Never Provided Them Despite Maps, Lists and Public Meetings; It Was General Fund Money All Along That City Could And Did Spend As It Wished
    Special Report / AUDIO: Recalling Tiananmen Square Anniversary: Hear Courageous 1989 Report By Radio Beijing's "Radio Tankman"


    New: JetBlue + OC Firefighters Union + Ventura Firefighters Union + Operating Engrs Union Put Pro-Tax Hike Contribs At $401,000+
    Now, It's Murder: Man Dies From May 15 Shooting, Orange Ave./61st St.
    It was the first of two shootings in nearly same location within ten days
    Man Is Shot, NLB's Coolidge Triangle
    State Senate Approps Committee (Lara, chair; Mendoza, member) Blocks Bill That Would Have Opened A Number Of Records Regarding Police Misconduct To Public/Press Access
    Follow-Up / Perspective / Opinion: City Auditor Communicated To Mayor Seriousness Of Findings Re Job Order Contracting Infrastructure Program...While Mayor Told Public LB's Infrastructure Backlog Results From Lack of Revenue And Requires Sales Tax Hike
    City Prosecutor Doug Haubert's Office Wins Top Neighborhoods USA Award For Community Service Worker Program; LB's Jerry Caligiuri Named To NUSA's Governing Board
    Latest Pro-Sales-Tax-Hike Contribs Include Riverwalk Developer + Firm Providing Engineering Services For Port's Pier B Rail Yard + Asphalt Contractor For Pine Ave. Project; Total Contribs (Cash + Non-Monetary) Now $389k
    State Sen. Approps Committee Lets Bill Expanding MTA Board -- Enabling Possible Seat For Long Beach -- Move To Senate Floor
    UPDATE: Long Beach Gets Beautiful, Bright Clear Sky View of Int'l Space Stn As It Orbits Overhead
    City Auditor Finds City Hall's Job Order Contracting (JOC) Program -- Used By Dept. of Public Works to Complete Millions of Dollars of Infrastructure (Incl. Repair/Renovations of Parks, Libraries, City Bldgs) -- Isn't Receiving Competitively Priced Projects
  • Report comes as City Hall seeks sales tax increase, contending its revenue needed to fund infrastructure
    Man Is Shot/Wounded in WLB (West Willow St.)
    Pro-Measure A Tax-Hike Contribs Blow Past $350,000, Much Of It From Organized Labor, Development, Corporate Interests
    Midnight Hour Gunfire, Vehicle Damaged, 1300 block Walnut Ave. Just North of Anaheim St. (Cambodia Town)
    It's third shooting within two blocks within last 30 days
    Midnight Hour Drive-By Shooting, Orange Ave./61st St. in NLB

    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 Central LB.
    Terrible Collision, Carson/Clark: One Driver Dies, Another Driver Seriously Injured
    LB City Hall Effort To Gain Permanent MTA Board Seat Hits Choppy Water: LA County Supes + LA City Hall + LA County Metro Oppose Bill To Expand Board; Senate Approps Committee Chair Lara Will Announce Friday (May 27) If Bill Proceeds To Senate Floor
    AUDIO: Sales Tax Topic Taboo, Untouched By Mayor, Police Chief And Councilwoman Mungo Who Discuss Multiple Other Matters At El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Ass'n Meeting
    Measure A opponents attend, ready to rock, but city speakers provide no target
    Two Men Exchange Gunfire Along Busy Artesia Blvd (Area Myrtle Ave.) Early Evening Saturday; One Is Hit, The Other At Large After Intense LBPD Search
    68 Year Old Woman Found Fatally Stabbed Inside Residence, 1100 block Locust Ave; 32 Yr Old Man Is Arrested As Suspect, PD Says Incident "Does Not Appear Random"
    Councilwoman Mungo Holds "State of the 5th District" Event For Invited Guests And Others (Attending Via Process Currently Unclear) In Event Tent With Dinner Included At El Dorado Golf Course Restaurant


    Total Contribs To Pro-Sales-Tax-Hike Committee Top $200,000 As Two More Unions Plus Others We Identify Give These Sums
    Long Beach Joins Six Other West Coast Cities Rep'd By Plaintiff Law Firms In Suing Monsanto Alleging Responsibility For PCB Contamination; LB Case Cites City's Storm Water and Port
    SPECIAL REPORT / WITH EXTENDED ON-DEMAND AUDIO: It's Five-On-One At First (And Only) LB Neighborhood Forum To Date With Both Sides On Proposed Sales Tax Hike:
  • Mayor Garcia Backs Out (His Office Cites Sac'to Lobbying), Sends Ass't City Mgr + Police Chief + Fire Chief w/ "Informational/Factual" Power Point Slide Show, City Staffers Say It's Not Advocacy For Measure And Exit After Q & A Before Opposition;
  • Former Councilwoman Schipske (Co-Signed Ballot Opposition) Responds: "I Love Them Dearly But They're Full of Crap" And Enumerates Reasons To Oppose Sales Tax Hike Ballot Measure
  • As Schipske Finishes, 9th dist. Councilman Richardson Arrives In Coat and Tie With Immediate Past Councilman Steve Neal, They Cite Reasons To Support Sales Tax Hike.

  • LBFD Firefighters + Fireboats Join OC Firefighters In Battling Seal Beach Pier Blaze

    Source: OC Fire Authority
    Source: LBFD Twitter feed
    As heard LIVE / On-Demand Now: Hear Frontier Regional President At Sac'to Committee Hearing (Complete/Unedited + Salient Sound Clip); Says LB Conversion Related Troubles Affected About 1,500; Assemblyman O'Donnell Challenges Figure; Company Estimates Ten Days [to May 28] To Bring Trouble Backlog To Normal Level
  • As seen LIVE: Council Votes To Authorize (No Councilmember Questions Or Mentions) Giving Up Half Of Hotel Room Tax Revenue For 20 Yrs To "Incentivize" New Downtown Hotel (SE Corner Ocean/Pine); New Group Surfaces -- "Citizens Against Downtown Long Beach Giveaways" -- Blasts Council's Record, Says It's Filed Suit To Stop Hotel Transaction
    As seen LIVE: Council Votes To Support Councilman Uranga's Proposal Seeking City Mgm't Report On Potential Funding Sources ($17-$22 Mil) To Acquire Oil Operators Property For A Public Purpose (Such As A Park) And Report Back In Open/Public Session
    Two LB Political Pros Launch Effort / Organizing Campaign Opposed To Measure A (City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase) Four Councilmembers Agendize Report From City Mgr/Police Chief On "Gun Violence" And "What Add'l Resources Needed"...Three Weeks Before Election Day On City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Hike
    Man Is Shot, Orange Ave./61st St. in NLB

    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 Central LB.
    Sic Transit: Democratic Party Political Pro Eric Bradley Passes, A Sudden Loss


    Extended AUDIO / VIDEO: Hear It: At Public Meeting Organized By Assemblyman O'Donnell, Frontier Western Region President Fields Skeptical Audience Questions, Offers Apology, Provides General Technical Explanation, Pledges Credit For Disrupted Service...And Over 30 Frontier Reps Are On Scene In Effort To Address Long Lines Of Consumers With Issues







    Follow-Up: Mayor's Chief of Staff Says Two Of The Three Mayoral Office Staffers Involved In Sales Tax Hike Political Campaign Are On Unpaid Leave From the City And Chief of Staff's Campaign Related Work Is During Off-Hours Or Vacation Time
    Subsequent development above
    Councilman Uranga Agendizes May 17 Item That Would Direct City Mgm't To Identify Potential Funding To Acquire Oil Operators Property for Future Public Purpose And Bring Findings To Council In Session Closed To Public and Press...While Wrigley-Area Residents Remain Vigilant On Potential Issues
    Subsequent development above
    Buyer/Developer Wants, City Mgm't Seeks Council Approval To Give Up Half of Hotel Room Tax For 20 Yrs From New Hotel Proposed At SE Corner Pine/Ocean Blvd.
    AND
    Photos / Amnesia File / Perspective: Jergins Tunnel: Currently Entombed But With Hint Of Possible Future Public Access As City Mgm't Says Buyer/Developer -- Seeking Commitment For Half of Hotel Sales Tax -- Will Discuss It In Future...But No Commitment By Buyer Or City On Tunnel Now
    Saturday Midnight Hour Home Invasion, Area Orange/11th St.; Man Is Shot, In Critical Condition
    Saturday Is Free Annual Lawn-To-Garden Tour; See How Your Neighbors Save Water and Save Money By Replacing Water-Consuming Lawn With Multiple Drought-Tolerant CA Native Plants
    Updated: Three Staffers In Mayor's Office Involved In Sales Tax Hike Political Campaign, Being Paid/Reimbursed By Campaign Committee; Three Add'l Contributors Surface
    LBUSD Says It Already Complies With These Obama Admin Required Practices On Transgender Issues
    Frontier Rep @ City Council: Says Less Than 1% Of Its CA Customers Had Disruptions, Offers General Technical Explanation; Says Will Issue Credits For Service Not Provided And Its Focus Is On Addressing Customer Issues As Quickly As Possible
    Councilmembers orate, voice concerns, but ask no direct questions; Mayor says nearly nothing
    Signs Sprout Opposing LBCC-Sought Property Tax Assessment "Measure LB" On June Ballot

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