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TWO Saturday Events / Advisory: TWO FREE Family Friendly, Nature Friendly Events Sept. 5: (1) Saturday 8 a.m. "Raptor Ramble" Los Cerritos Wetlands Walk AND (2) Saturday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. City Roots Urban Nature Festival & Concert @ Colorado Lagoon
Advisory: USMC F18s Arrive At LB Airport For Labor Day Weekend Operations; Public "Meet & Greet" With Pilots Saturday Afternoon
New: Mungo Reveals Behind Scenes Movement Toward Natural Grass, Not Artificial Turf, And No Lights, At El Dorado Park West Soccer Field
New: LBPD Body Cam Plan Progressing, Chief Luna Estimates Test Could Begin In LBPD Division With The Heaviest Likely Use A Few Weeks After Start of 2016; Digital Devices Will Capture Video & Audio Of Both Sides When Police Contact Anyone: Suspects Or Other Members Of Public


At Dawn (Sept. 3), Someone Shoots At Man Driving Along 1400 block Gaviota; Shooter Misses Him, Strikes His Vehicle

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. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.

During City Council Meeting, Gunfire Flies Area 16th/Pine, Parked Vehicle Struck

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=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.
As seen LIVE on (1) City Council votes to give two ELB car dealerships a portion of LB taxpayers' sales tax revenue (Worthington Ford to upgrade an electrical sign adjacent to 405 fwy and Hooman Toyota to relocate its dealership to Willow/Redondo.) Councilman Supernaw dissented re the Hooman sales tax deal after noting it originated under his Council predecessor.

(2) Council defers action until Sept. 22 on a possible LB medical marijuana ordinance until the Council receives a report from the City Attorney on possible impacts of now-pending Sacramento legislation (AB 266) reportedly being finalized with the Governor. The bill could enact a statewide regulatory framework for medical marijuana operations that might be inconsistent with (and possibly preempt) a Long Beach ordinance. The state legislation will reportedly give cities a choice in whether to allow medical marijuana outlets or ban them entirely. Council vote was 8-1 (Mungo dissenting after Council declined (2-7) to support her substitute motion to defer action to Oct. 6 if City Attorney's analysis of AB 266 isn't completed in time for public access on the City Clerk's website by Sept. 18 prior to Sept. 22 Council meeting.)

(3) Council receives report from LBFD management on County agency's termination of less costly Long Beach paramedic pilot system (Rapid Medic Deployment.) LBFD Chief DuRee and LBFD medical director Dr. Stephen Shea double-down, strongly defend the RMD system, citing its data and merits...and LBFD medical director Shea asserts it's a better system than current County system. However city management stresses that with no procedure to appeal, the City will comply with County agency's directive. City management says additional budget cost will be roughly $1.4 million in FY16, says plan is to try to cover additional cost in part from internal LBFD savings plus use of Council's recently enacted "First Responder Fee." Vice Mayor Lowenthal and Councilwoman Price disagree over how cost should be covered if those measures aren't enough. Lowenthal says LBFD should come up with cost savings within its own budget, Price says she's unwilling to support any additional cuts to public safety.

Details coming on

Man Is Shot, Midmorning Monday (Sept. 1), Area 10th St./Olive Ave.

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=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.
Another Long Beach "Mystery Stink" (Aug. 31), As In Previous Area Odors, Mainly Along Shore And Southerly ELB
In Detail: CA's High School Exit Exam -- Once Considered A Hallmark Of State Educational Reform -- Is Basically Kaput, In Sac'to Limbo, Not Aligned With "Common Core" Standards; Sac'to Considering Whether To Require Updated Or Modified Exam Or Scrap It Entirely
Man (Adult) Is Shot Sunday Night, 300 block E. Eagle St. (East of LB Blvd., South of Burnett)

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=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.
Follow-Up: LB Fire Chief Told Council He Had No Reason To Believe, Based on Data City Submitted To County Agency And Response Received From Its Data Review Board, That County Agency Would Halt Test Of Less Costly LB Paramedic System; Eight Days Later, County Agency Did So And Said This
Chief added this when asked what LBFD mgm't would do if County nixed LB test
Long Beach Arts Community Tells New Civic Center Developer/Operator: Make Art Proudly Prominent And Embrace Creative Uses
by Cathy Franklin *
* Ms. Franklin is a veteran journalist and an accomplished Long Beach artist
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Two Sunday SCE (Aug. 30) Power Outages and Fairly Quick Restorations For Most
Man Is Shot/Wounded Fri Nite (Aug. 28), Area 10th St./Virginia Court (b/w Chestnut-Magnolia) In Historic Willmore City Area, Roughly One Mile Due North of City Hall, Investigated As Possibly Gang Related
About an hour later, man is stabbed, area 10th St./Pine Ave., investigated as possibly gang related.
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=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.
Long Beach State Senator Lara, State Senate Dem Leadership, Block State Legislature Whistleblower Bill
Updated from First (Again) on L.A. County Emergency Medical Services Agency Orders City of Long Beach To Halt Management-Sought Council-Implemented Test Of Less Expensive Paramedic System
Read details in letter: "Significant patient safety issues...environment not conducive to good patient care...issues too great to ignore and pose immediate threat to patient safety"
Woman Is Shot/Wounded, Parked Cars Also Hit, Seaside Park/14th St. Park Area Near Chestnut Ave., Roughly 1.5 Miles Due North of City Hall

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=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.
Sad advisory: This afternoon (Aug. 27), a 54 yr old woman was found unresponsive in Bixby Park (Broadway/Cherry) and was determined to be deceased, appears to be from natural causes (source: LBPD PIO.)
As seen LIVE: Assembly Votes 76-0 Without Debate For Bill Carrying Provision To Change State Law To Let Long Beach Mayor Garcia Return To Coastal Comm'n (This Time As Voting Alternate); Action Sends Bill To State Senate For Finalizing Vote
The most complete coverage of the murder of two TV news journalists we've found online thus far is by the Daily Mail in the UK. It's not sanitized with euphemisms or political correctness. To view the story (caveat: it's beyond "disturbing") click here.

Gunfire Flies For A Second Night In Central LB: 17 Yr Old Is Shot/Wounded Mon Nite (Aug. 24) Area Linden/Burnett AND An Hour Later, Gunfire at 16th/Pine (No One Hit), Two Blocks South Of Where Man Shot/Killed One Night Earlier
Shootings come less than a week after Councilmembers held budget hearing on police budget; no Councilmembers make any motions, or indicate any willingnes to do so in coming weeks, to restore all of part of LBPD's former field anti-gang unit, or any of roughly 200 officers Mayor recommended/Council enacted budgets have erased since 2009

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=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.
Man Shot To Death, PCH/Pine

VIDEO: At Town Hall Meeting, SCE Says Triggering Event For July 15-17 Outage Was Failed 12 KV Connection (Splice) Area Ocean Blvd./Pacific Ave Plus "A Few Components Of Network System Weren't Configured Correctly" And As A Result of First Incident Could Have Compromised Network System's Components; Says July 30 Outage Resulted From Failure Of Cable Likely Compromised In July 15 Event
  • City Officials Urge Individuals To Make Preparations In Case Of Wider, More Serious Emergencies...And (In Story To Follow) Members of Public Urge Alternatives To SCE Including Solar

    In Detail: City Mgm't Discloses New Civic Center Could Require LB Taxpayers To Pay Roughly $14.5 Million To Demolish Former Courthouse (About $11.5-$12.5 Million More Than Originally Assumed)
  • If Sac'to Bill Doesn't Pass Allowing Redev To Pay, City Mgm't Recommends Consuming $3 Mil In Taxpayers' FY15 Surplus And Incurring 10 Yr Debt-Bond (Without Voter Approval Costing Taxpayers Nearly $1.3 Mil Per Year For Ten Years)
  • Budget Oversight Committee Members Lowenthal + Mungo (Price On Vacation) Ask No Questions And Vote To "Receive And File" Report (Take No Directive Action)
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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 New Technology Facilitates Transparency, Openness in CA State Govt.
    by Katy Grimes
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    Perspective Via Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Pres. Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade
    Includes Publisher's Perspective: Gunman Robs Belmont Shore Fundraiser For Victims Of Bluff Park Fire; [Publisher's Perspective] Latest Outrage Took Place In Council District Of Public Safety Committee Chair Suzie Price Whose Record -- With Her Council Colleagues -- Includes These Votes And Actions
    Editorial: Daryl Defeated Goliath...And Goliath Helped Defeat Goliath
    Editorial: Chico Campaign Insults Voters Of Both Genders With Sexist Appeal For Votes
    Stop The Costly Project Labor Agreement, See Evidence Cited In 2011 "Common Sense" Essay
    by Terry Jensen

    LB Airport Expects Summertime Revenue Decline Mainly From JetBlue Schedule Changes, Which Won't Affect Police, Fire, Parks, Libraries, Infrastructure Funding For Taxpayers Citywide, And That's Important Because...
    Editorial: PressTelegram Marks Start Of "Sunshine Week" By Failing To Report Long Beach City Hall Action (And Inaction) Blocking Greater Transparency
    Editorial: Hillary Redux: Long Beach Mayor/Council Tout And Talk But Mock And Block Email Transparency
    Taking A Leak (LBCC)
    Parks & Rec Comm'n Should Address Issues And Set Policy On Proposed Use Of "Crumb Rubber" For Synthetic Turf Soccer Fields Citywide
    Opinion: Keep Belmont Plaza Park
    by Susan Miller

    Editorial: Facts That Matter On Our Airport
    Opinion: Council And Mayor Should Start Discussing Increase To Minimum Wage In Long Beach
    by Jim McCabe
    Council votes 8-0 to approve item allocating $1 Mil to accept Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" Editorial: Council Should Withhold Approving $1 Mil For Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" UNTIL Mayor/Mgm't Provide Transparency, Openness And Oversight Guarantees And Explain How $1 Mil Spent Will Produce $1 Mil In Taxpayer Savings/Revenue
    One week delay is sensible, along with Council reproval of city releases that initially hid $1 mil cost.
    For A Righteous Referendum...On Their Money, Our Elections And Our City
    Perverting Political Reform
    Subsequent development at this link:
    Editorial: Release the City's Application for the Bloomberg "Innovation Grant"
    Opinion: Councilmembers Unwilling To Admit City Mistakes + Resistance To Green Engineering Doomed Natural Bluffs, Cost More And Needn't And Shouldn't Be Repeated
    by Joe Geever *
    Mr. Geever is the former California Water Policy Manager for Surfrider Foundation. He is now an independent environmental consultant, working with communities and non-profits on policy issues to protect our ocean, beaches and coast and advocated the use of biotechnical methods to stabilize and protect LB's bluffs.

    Editorial: Sunny Zia's Sunshine -- Insisting On Openness/Transparency On Spending At LBCC -- Needed Now At LB City Hall
    Editorial: Put Proposed Civic Center Transaction On The Ballot, Because...

    Fifth in a Series: Memo to Councilmembers, cc'd to Taxpayers, re the Civic Center Proposal
    by Terry Jensen

    Amnesia File / Opinion: Jensen (Dec. 2011): Public Officials Shrugging Public Costs Of Project Labor Agreements

    Special "Common Sense" Series by Terry Jensen

    Opinion: Fourth in a Series: How Council Is Asked To Squander MILLIONS Annually In Civic Center Deal

    Opinion: Third In A Series: Civic Center: An Open Letter to Councilmember Stacy Mungo and 5th District Residents (And Anyone Who Cares About Long Beach)
    Opinion: Second in a Series: Civic Center: "A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity" OR "Just Another Stupid And Expensive Idea"?
    Opinion: First in a Series: Civic Center: "A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity" Or The Biggest Boondoggle in Long Beach History?

    Editorial: Council Study Session Should Welcome, Not Throttle, Thoughtful Financial Concerns And Constructive Civic Center Options On The Merits
    Editorial: Mayor/Council Should Respect The Public By Respecting Its Rules On Council Meeting Start Time (Updated Text)
    Subsequent development here: Action Editorial:
    How To Take Action On Long Beach's Latest "Mystery Stink"

    Vincenzo Cristiano and the Best Dish Washer Nino's Ever Had
    by Terry Jensen

    Editorial: A Poor Call On A Contagious Virus on Long Beach
    Perspective: When LBPD Crime Stats Don't Match Community's Experience
    Editorial: Do You Want This (A Continuing Series): Councilmembers Gonzalez, Uranga, Mungo Propose These Changes To LB Political Contribution Laws:
  • More Than Double (Councilmembers) Or Triple (Citywide Pols) Allowable Contributed "Officeholder" Slush Fund Totals
  • Allow Now-Banned Transfers Of Campaign Contribs To Other Politicians' Campaigns
  • Consider Creating "Legal Defense Fund"

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  • 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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    Woman Shot/Wounded Sat Night, Area Cedar/Louise (8th dist.)

    VIDEO: See / Hear Demonstration Outside Planned Parenthood (Wrigley Area), Part Of Nat'l Events; LB Event Organized By Audio Girl Ministries; Its Exec. Dir. Sylvia Aimerito Addresses Crowd

    Passing: LBPD Officer Brian Collette, End of Watch (Cancer); VIDEO: See / Hear Officers' Field Tribute Last Night

    In Detail: Police/Fire Budget Hearing: No Councilmembers Make Motions Or Urge Restoring Any Portions Of Previous Police/Fire Levels, Including PD Field Anti-Gang Unit; No Neighborhood or Business Groups Testify On Public Safety; Full Budget Adoption Votes Loom In Early September
    Do You Recognize This LBPD Subject of Interest re June 28 East Village Murder? See VIDEOS, Screen Shot; LA County Bd of Supes Offers Reward

    LBPD screen shot from released video
    UPDATE (Aug. 27): Assembly Approves Bill 76-0 Without Debate, Sends Bill to state Senate; In Detail: Sac'to Bill Tries -- For A Second Time -- To Change State Law To Let Long Beach Mayor Garcia Return To Coastal Comm'n (This Time As Voting Alternate)
    Battery Becomes Homicide: Two Men Get Into A Fight (Area 10th/Alamitos), One Is Allegedly Hit With A Bottle, Taken To Hospital...And Dies

    Two People Shot/Wounded -- A Man & A Woman (Adults) -- 6300 block Long Beach Blvd.

    Predawn Gunfire Flies, No One Hit, 1500 block Stanton Place (2 blocks east of Cherry b/w Anaheim/PCH)
    Council To Discuss Proposed Police Dept., Fire Dept. and Dept. of Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Communications Budgets Today (Scheduled Start 5 p.m.)
    Council Item Seeks Initial Public Briefing Today/Aug. 18 From City Mgr. On July SCE Power Outages With Update at Sept. 1 Meeting; Agendizers Gonzalez, Garcia, Lowenthal & Uranga Stress Importance Of Readiness For Any Citywide Event
    With Perspective: Mgm't/Mayor Proposed Budget Doesn't Add $2.2 Mil To Police For Gangs; It's Simply PD OT, Camouflaged To Hide No Proposed Funding To Restore Field Anti-Gang Unit
    Details / Perspective: Police Chief Luna Tells Community Budget Audience How LBPD Handles Gangs Without Field Anti-Gang Unit
    Gunfire Flies, Area Ocean Blvd./Junipero; Appears To Have Involved Some Kind Of Dispute Between Someone In A Vehicle And Someone On A Bicycle; Victim Later Shows Up At Hospital With Non-Life-Threatening Wounds
    Millikan Music Boosters Ditch Car Washes In Drought, Offer Pancake Breakfast With Proceeds To School's "Orch-A-Band" Program
    by Sharon Katchen

    SCE Says: (1) Aug. 15 ELB Outage: 491 Customers Lost Power About Midnight (SCE Found Damaged Underground Cable In Tfc Circle Area Vault) Then Workers Shut Down Wider Area -- Affecting Approx. 19,000 Customers -- About 1 a.m. To Do Repairs; Wider Area Restored Within A Half Hour, Original Outage Area Restored Shortly Before 4 a.m.; (2) Downtown Outage (Approx. 735 Customers), SCE Workers Were Working When Something Happened, Power Went Down About 8:30 a.m., Restored By About 9:41 a.m.
    LBPD Says Since May, Its North Patrol Division Directed Enforcement Team Has Made 17 Arrests Of Individuals Allegedly Tied Directly To North Side Longo Street Gang
    Council Nixes 9-0 Purchase Of Belmont Shore Site Of Former Roe Restaurant/Fish Market For Parking Structure
    Mgm't/Mayor FY16 Budget Doesn't Propose Funding For "Park Patrol"; It Was City Hall's FY15 Cheaper Alternative (Wearing Colored T-Shirts, Carrying Cell Phones) To Park Rangers
    City Staff Says It's Evaluating Park Patrol; Without Knowing If Evaluation Results Are Satisfactory Or Not, Lowenthal Asks If Evaluation Will Include How Much Continuing "Park Patrol" Would Cost
    For the Record: Here's What LB Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Allen, And LB Business Alliance (Unidentified Businesses, Advocate Murchison) Said In Council Testimony In Supporting LAEDC "Study" On Impacts Of Adopting A Minimum Wage in Long Beach
    DA Files Murder, DUI Charges Against Hawthorne Man In Connection With Fiery Wrong-Way Collision On Desmond Bridge
    As Seen LIVE: Councilwoman Mungo Ends Up Agreeing To "Receive And File" (Take No Council Directing Action On) Her Own Agenda Item re Coyotes, Result Will Continue Current Policy And Let LB Animal Care Services Revise Its Draft Coyote Mgm't Plan With Public Comments
    As Seen LIVE: Organized Labor's Council Allies Unite In Support, LB Biz Interests (Incl. LB Chamber Leadership) Council Allies Support Including Exceptions/"Incentives," Resulting In 9-0 Council Vote For Study On Impacts Of A LB Minimum Wage; Mayor Garcia Calls Process "The Long Beach Way"
    Four Shot -- Two Men & A Woman (Adults) Plus A 17 Yr Old Male -- 10th St. @ Gaviota Ave.

    L.A. Based "Raise the Wage Coalition" Says It Plans To Mobilize 100+ For Today's (Aug. 11) Council Item re Minimum Wage; [UPDATE] See Group's Website Listing Of The Coalition [END UPDATE]; Last Night's Belmont Shore Business Ass'n Meeting To Respond To Council Move Draws About 40 Business Owners/Operators
    CA Atty Gen'l Announces Indictment of 32 Alleged Members/Associates Of A LB Crip Street Gang On Alleged ID Theft/Tax Fraud Scheme
  • 22 Arrested on 283 Counts Of Criminal Conspiracy, 299 Counts of ID theft, 226 Counts of Grand Theft
  • CA AG's Office Says LBPD Detective Discovered Evidence Containing Personal Identifying Info With Hundreds of CA Residents At Address Associated With the Gang
    Belmont Shore Business Ass'n Calls Monday 6 p.m. Meeting As Four LB Council Incumbents -- Lowenthal, Gonzalez, Andrews, Richardson -- Seek LAEDC Report On "Feasibility" Of Potential Benefit/Risks Of A LB Min Wage -- With Possible "Incentives" Or "Fee Reductions" For Non-Profits And Businesses
    Action comes after L.A. Council and L.A. Supes adopt escalating annual minimum wage (applauded by organized labor)
    VIDEO and Photos: Flippin' Pizza Location Opens in ELB Plaza Area (Spring/Palo Verde)

    Midnight Hour Sun. House Fire, Firefighters Note Arcing Power Line Wires Behind And Nearby, Fire's Cause Under Investigation
    Man Allegedly Stabs Six People: His Wife, Her Brother, A Neighbor Plus Three More Victims (Total: 4 Women + 2 Men), 3200 block E. Artesia Blvd.; Officers Shoot/Kill Alleged Stabber, Recover Knife (Seven Inch Blade, Foot Long Handle Base To Blade Tip)

    Weapon recovered from scene. LBPD released image
    In Detail / VIDEO: City Mgm't Memo Estimates Previous LB Medpot Ordinance Cost LB Taxpayers Nearly $4 Mil From FY10 Thru FY15, Says City Doesn't Have Resources Available to Implement Potential New Medpot Ordinance Coming To Council Sept. 1
  • Council's Medical Marijuana Advisory Task Force Votes 7-6 To Recommend Council Not Lift Current Ban Until State Takes Further Action (On Implementation, Regs, Enforcement)
  • VIDEO: At Community Meeting, Councilwoman Price and Police Chief Luna Cite Budget Costs, PD Resource Impacts As Reasons Why Medpot Outlets Shoudn't Resume, Medical Marijuana Advocate Lejins Disagrees And Has Public Dialogue With Chief Luna
    New / Photos / VIDEO: LBPD/LBFD Seek Your Help In ID'ing This ELB Flag Burning Suspect

    Councilwoman Mungo Discusses And Fields Q & A Re Her Agendized Aug. 11 Coyote Mitigation Item; In Outdoor Meeting With Roughly 60 Residents (Many Who Favor Trapping/Killing) She Cites Other Anti-Coyote Measures, Says Trapping/Killing Ineffective And Doubts There Are Five Council Votes For It; Group Members React Coolly, Later Voice Views From Disappointment To Anger on Social Networks
    Seal Beach Council-Adopted (Mar 2015) Coyote Management Plan Parallels LB's Draft Coyote Management Plan -- Prepared by LB Animal Care Services In Late 2014, Publicly Available Now, Brought To Some Neighborhood Groups For Reaction In 2015; Some Different Verbiage: "Red" Level Response In SB Plan Explicitly Authorizes City Staff To Pursue Lethal Removal, LB Draft Verbiage Would Work With CA Dept. Fish/Wildlife To Eliminate Coyote(s) Responsible
    Follow-Up To PD Activity Near Anaheim/Ohio: Info On Suspect PD Captured, Now Charged In Connection With Willmore City Area Homicide
    Councilmember Mungo Joined By Councilmembers Supernaw and Uranga Seek Animal Care Services Report Within Thirty Days On "Mitigating" Coyotes (Unspoken: Could Include Trapping/Killing); Item Agendized For Aug. 11 Council Meeting
    After L.A. Council and L.A. Supes Adopt Escalating Annual Minimum Wage (Applauded By Organized Labor), Four LB Council Incumbents -- Lowenthal, Gonzalez, Andrews, Richardson -- Seek LAEDC Report On "Feasibility" Of Potential Benefit/Risks Of A LB Min Wage -- With Possible "Incentives" Or "Fee Reductions" For Non-Profits And Businesses
    Man Is Shot Early Sunday Nite, 5400 block Paramount Blvd.

    In Detail / Perspective: See Contributions To Officeholder Accounts For Councilmembers and Mayor With Now Tripled Allowable Totals, And On What The Incumbents Spent It, In First Half of 2015

    Councilwoman Mungo, Who Riled Many Residents On LB Airport, Received Officeholder Contributions Jan-June 2015 From Family/Employees Of Gen'l Aviation Facility Operator, Also Sums From Local Lobbyist for JetBlue

    LBPD Police Activity Aug. 1 (Area Anaheim/Ohio) Was Apprehending A Person Wanted With A Warrant In Connection With A Homicide; An Officer Recognized The Suspect Who Fled A Traffic Stop; PD Set Up Perimeter, Takes Suspect Into Custody With No Persons Injured
    Fiery Multi-Vehicle Desmond Bridge Crash That Left One Man Dead, Two Men (Including Suspect Driver) In Critical Condition Was Preceded By Suspect Vehicle Observed Driving Erratically, Crashing Thru Barricades In Area of Special Olympics Events; LBPD Attempted to Follow It Thru Downtown Bike Path But Lost Sight Of It
    An officer sustains injuries (described as minor) as he tried to extricate mortally injured driver

    Photo by Karen Scioscia, a North Carolina professional journalist vacationing in Long Beach.
  • Long Beach (LA & OC) Got Nice View of Int'l Space Station Sat Night

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    SCE Inspected Nearly 300 Underground Vaults In Downtown LB (Outage Stubbornly Persists For About 200 People); No Cause(s) Announced By SCE or City For Either Of Two Outages
    Second Downtown (And Beyond) SCE Power Outage Lasted About Three Hours For Approx. 30,000 SCE Customers (Accounts, Persons Affected Likely Several Times More) Triggering Swift City Response
    Facebook Group Seeks Stronger City Action Against Coyotes; City's Animal Care Services Has Issued Online Safety Tips, Distributed Fliers And Months Ago Prepared Detailed Draft Coyote Management Plan (See Text); Councilwoman Mungo Plans Aug. 11 Council Item With Substance Not Yet Officially Disclosed

    Enjoy Wetlands Up-Close Sat a.m. On "Turtle Trek"

    If Council Approves City Mgm't/Mayor Proposed Budget As Is, In One Year From Now City Mgm't Expects Deficit (Spending Exceeding Revenue) Of $7+ Mil Plus Nearly $8 Mil More A Year Later. We Ask Mayor's Office About This And It Says...
    Re Wrigley Murder/Suicide: LBPD Says Step-Father Fatally Shot His Step-Daughter, Then Himself
    Jeannine Pearce -- Among Leadership of LB Coalition for Good Jobs/Healthy Community -- Enters 2nd Dist. Council Race; She's Second Candidate To Surface In 2016 Election To Succeed Incumbent Suja Lowenthal
    Details / Perspective / EXTENDED VIDEO: City Mgr's Proposed FY16 City Hall Budget Released By Mayor Garcia With His Recommendations; See Details, Links To Official Docs
    Some noteworthy additions but mainly status quo; Mayor's recommendations make scant mention of approaching FY17 projected deficit (spending exceeding expected revenue one year from today (proposed spending cuts? proposed changes in how LB delivers services? proposed tax increase ballot measure in 2016?)
    Sharp Eyed ELB Cop Spots Midnight Hour Comm'l Burglary in Progress, Clark/Willow, Chases Suspect On Foot, Takes Him Into Custody, Radios Description Of A Suspect Vehicle Seen Fleeing That Scene, LBPD Locates It And Takes Its Driver Into Custody...And Investigation Is Ongoing
    Carl Kemp -- Government Affairs Specialist Knowledgable In Maritime Matters -- Is Heading To DC, Named Senior Legislative Public Affairs Specialist To Federal Maritime Comm'n Chair Mario Cordero
    Sic Transit: Retired Long Beach Police Chief Jerome Lance Passes
    He Proposed LBPD Budget Plan Under Mayor O'Neill (2002) That Would Bolster Police Levels (Officers Added For Taxpayers Then Are Now Virtually Entirely Gone); Spoke Emotionally Directly to Community In Describing Fatal Police Shooting of Marcella Byrd
    NAACP Aug 18 meeting

    Detailed Coverage / Includes Perspective: SCAG (Regional Planning Entity Without Aviation Regulatory Power) Offers A Draft 2040 Estimate Of Demand For Multiple Area Airports, Claims Long Beach Could Handle 5 Mil Passengers/Yr. (Roughly Double Current Level)...And 6.6 Mil If City Lost Its Airport Ordinance Protecting City And Surrounding Areas From Unlimited Flights
    Agency has history of overestimates, draft estimates applied pro-industry/development premise that all airport activity growth is good, failed to include pollution/traffic/infrastructure burdens/costs that LB area carries from adjacent twin Ports
    Extended VIDEO Coverage: See It/Hear It: Police Chief Luna At 3rd dist. Community Meeting On Crime Trends, Suspected Relationship b/w Increased Crime And State Law Changes (Prop 47 & AB109 "Realignment")...And More...Click Here.

    Belmont Shore Parking Advisory Comm'n Delays Recommendation on Six-Figure Parking Study, Doesn't Recommend Appraisal Or Feasibility Study re Potential Purchase "Roe" Property For Automated Parking Structure
    Follow-Up: For the Record: L.A. County Spokesperson Says Councilmember Stacy Mungo's Current Job Position With L.A. County Is This With These Duties
    As Seen LIVE: House Approves Bill Denying Fed'l Funds To Cities/Counties That Prohibit Their Officials From Cooperating With Feds In Enforcing Fed'l Immigration Laws ("Sanctuary Cities")
    As seen LIVE: House Approves Bill Blocking States From Requiring Mandatory Labeling Of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO foods); Local Congressmembers Lowenthal, Hahn and Sanchez Vote "No"
    Detailed Coverage / In Depth: State Senate Votes 37-0 To Send Enabler Bill (SB 562) For New LB Civic Center To Governor, Extends Allowable City Taxpayer Payments To Private Developer-Operator To Up To 50 Years; Obtains Internal Docs Showing How City Hall Portrayed Issue And Got What It Wanted Without Opposition From Dems Or Repubs
    City Hall's Mgr. of Gov't Relations, Diana Tang, Displayed Detail-Oriented, Skilled Advocacy
    Coastal Comm'n Staffer Indicates Agency Now Asserts Regulatory, Permit-Granting Authority Over Offshore Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking") Off Long Beach Shoreline, KPCC/89.3 Says
    Extended On-Demand VIDEO: Attorneys For Family Of CSULB-Bound Feras Morad File Claim, Lawsuit to Follow, Over Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting; Familymembers Speak, Attorneys Level Charges
    During Q & A, reporter asks about alleged [thus far undenied] ingestion by Mr. Morad of drug/hallucinogenic substance preceding LBPD encounter, and attorney responds

    Council Votes 8-1 (Gonzalez dissenting) To Impose "First Responder Fee" of $250 Per LBFD Medical Response
    Mgm't Says Fee Won't Restore Fire Services Or Provide Add'l Services For Taxpayers In FY16, Gives No Guarantee For FY17; Despite Fire-Dept. Related Label, Fee Is General Fund Revenue That Could Be Spent As Council Desires
    City Mgm't (via LBFD Chief) Seeks Council Approval To Impose New "First Responder Fee": $250 Per Call (In Add'n To Current Ambulance Fees If Transported), Schedules Enacting Vote At July 21 Council Meeting
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