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New: 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
Editorial: LB City Hall's Public Works Infrastructure Scandal: Going Where Facts Lead Without Flinching, Avoiding Damage Control/Cover-Up
New: 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

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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


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


    Subsequent coverage above:
    Fuming Over Frontier? City Mgm't To Present May 10 Council Report On What It's Done And What Customers Can Do; Ass'yman O'Donnell Skeds May 14 Town Hall With Frontier Reps And CPUC; Ass'yman Gatto Skeds May 18 Sac'to Committee Hearing
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Three Units (About 20%) Of IAM-Rep'd City of Long Beach Workers Vote To Decertify IAM As Their Collective Bargaining Rep; Roughly 2,700 Remain IAM-Rep'd
    Sunday Morning Shooting, 1000 block Alamitos, Man Is Hit (6th dist.)

    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.
    LBPD Release Includes Details, With Photo, After Officer-Involved Shooting, 21st/Locust, Leaves A Man Dead; Officers Responded To Report Of Person With An Uzi; After Shooting, Officers Recover Airsoft Replica Of Assault Rifle

    LBPD released photo
    Advisory: North Long Beach's Deforest Park Neighborhood Ass'n Is First Citywide To Schedule BOTH Sides -- For And Against -- Proposed Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure; May 18 Meeting, Open To Public Citywide, Not A Debate But An Informational/Educational Forum, Schedules Mayor Garcia In Support And An Advocate In Opposition
    Details / Perspective: Mayor Garcia's Sales-Tax-Hike Committee Sent Multiple Mailers That Didn't Tell Recipients Its Major Funding Came From Police/Fire Unions (Preparing To Negotiate New Contracts); We Ask About This And Committee Treasurer Says...
    As Carried LIVE: Planning Comm'n Votes Without Dissent To Deny Applicant-Sought/City Staff-Recommended Drive Thru At Proposed New Del Taco Restaurant on Bellflower @ Abbeyfield; Mayor Garcia Signals His Opposition To Proposal Hours Before Hearing
    Health Advisory: This Company Issues Voluntary Recall (Listeria) Of Multiple Frozen Food Items Sold Under Various Brand Names, See List

    16 Yr Old Male Is Shot To Death At Late Afternoon Tuesday (May 3) Near NLB's Ramona Park (9th dist.)
    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.

    Subsequent development above:
    Los Altos Center Adjacent Residents Will Oppose City Staff-Recommended Del Taco Restaurant With Drive-Thru Lane on Bellflower @ Abbeyfield; LBREPORT.com Will Carry Planning Comm'n Hearing LIVE
    Gunfire In Zaferia Neighborhood; Vehicle Struck, 1500 block Stanley (4th dist.)
    Follow-Up / Perspective: City Mgm't Uses 90 Minute Council "Study Session" To Offer "Infrastructure Investment Plan" Listing Items Not Mentioned Or Legally Guaranteed In Mayor/Council-Sought Sales Tax Hike
    Here Are Locations Of Coyote Activity Reported To LB Animal Care Services In March and April...And City Agency Offers These Safety and Prevention Reminders
    Man Is Shot About 2 a.m. Tues (May 3), 1500 block Walnut, A Block North of Shooting Five Days Earlier And A Few Blocks From Quadruple Shooting A Little Over Two Weeks Earlier (6th dist.)

    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.
    Perspective / Opinion: City Hall Schedules May 3 Study Session To Unveil "Infrastructure Investment Plan"...That Council Declined To Legally Guarantee In Its Proposed Sales Tax Hike
    Multiple Constituencies Seen/Heard As 200 People March On May Day in Long Beach
    by Barry Saks

    Photo by Barry Saks
    Saturday Night Gunfire, Carmelitos Housing Project; PD Finds Evidence Of Gunfire & Recovers Handgun, No Victim(s) Located
    Follow-Up / Perspective: City Mgm't Tells City Hall's Economic Dev'ment Comm'n That Multi-Million-Dollar Civic Center Pay-To-Privatize Transaction Has Closed Escrow; City Officials Mum To Media Locally While Seeking Voter Approval For Sales Tax Increase
    LBPD Provides Additional Information Re Fatal Crash Along E. Spring St. In El Dorado Park Area
    Statement by the Publisher: A Debate: With Mayor Garcia And Council Designee vs. A Ballot Argument/Rebuttal Opponent And Designee On Sales Tax Increase Measures A & B
    Gunfire Rousts Wrigley Residents, Area 300 block W. Willow (West of Pacific Ave.), No Person(s) Hit Or Arrested
    Man Is Shot Early Thurs Nite, Area Walnut/14th St. (A Block North of Anaheim St.)
    Follow-Up: LBPD Says No Signs Of Foul Play In USAF Ret. SSgt. Sean Harvell Drowning Death; Coroner Says Autopsy Awaits Toxicology, May Be Weeks or Further Away
    Noon-Hour Shooting (Apr. 27) 1600 block Pine Ave. (1st dist.), Six Days After Shooting 1800 block Pine (6th dist.); Two Months Earlier, Bullet Hit Residence Near 14th St. Park, Two Blocks West Of New "Habitat For Humanity" Home (1st dist.)
    It's second 1st dist. shooting in one day; at predawn, evidence of gunfire two blocks east of Chavez Park (1st dist.); no person/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 NLB.
    Decorated USAF Afghan War Combat Vet, Ret. Staff Sgt. Sean Harvell (Millikan High Alum) Discovered Deceased In Waters Off Alamitos Beach, Four And A Half Years After His Younger Brother Andrew (Also Millikan) Among Helicopter Crew Shot Down/Perished In Worst Single Loss of U.S. Forces In Afghan War
    With Whom Did Mayor Garcia Meet (29 People) At Two "Breakfast Briefings" Listed On Campaign Filing For Tax Hike Ballot Measure?
    Perspective: Can You Spot The Falsehoods In This Flier Carried By Door-Knockers Seeking Votes For Sales Tax Hike?


    Perspective: Two City Hall-Hired Consulting Firms Say Controversial LB Civic Center Transaction Has Reached Financial Close; City Officials, Seeking Public Support For Sales Tax Increase, Mum To Local Media (Until We Report This)
    Further LBPD Investigation Indicates Sunday Shooting On Spaulding Was Self-Inflicted
    Amnesia File / Opinion: Via Reason.com: When Future VP Al Gore and Spouse Tipper Teamed To Brand Prince A Public Menace
    Locally, LB's Art Theater (2025 E. 4th St. @ Cherry) will screen Prince's Purple Rain on April 29. Info is available at this link.
    New / With Perspective: LB Police Officers Union PAC Adds $100,000 To Committee Urging Sales Tax Hike...That Council Could Spend On Any Gen'l Fund Items Including Raises In Contracts Up For Negotiation
    LBPOA PAC Total = $113k+; LB Firefighters Union PAC Total = $57k+; First Mailer (Showing Photo of Mayors O'Neill, Foster & Garcia) Lands In Mailboxes
    Midafternoon Shooting, Man Is Hit, 1800 block Pine Ave. (Just North of PCH, 6th District)

    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.
    Quadruple Shooting -- One Dead, Three Wounded -- Monday Night Area 17th St./Orange (6th dist.)

    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.
    Update: Downed Wires Caused SCE Outage Darkening Thousands In Wrigley For 7+ Hours
    In Requested Statutory Re-Tally Of Write-In Ballots, Councilman Dee Andrews Reaches 51%, Avoids Runoff, Wins Third Term Thru Mid-2020
    Subsequent development above:
    Councilman Andrews (Running Write-In) Now On Verge Of Avoiding Runoff; Add'l Ballots Tallied Saturday Night (April 16) Show Him With 49.86% And He's Requested Hand-Tally -- Applying 2012 Statutory Change On Counting Write-Ins -- That Could Put Him Over 50%
    In 8th dist., Austin further increases his vote margin to 50.97%; Turnbow concedes
    Follow-Up: What Are "Provisional Ballots" (Counted Saturday Night) That Have Put 6th Dist. Write-In Candidate/Council Incumbent Andrews Within A Handful Of Votes Of Avoiding Runoff/Winning Election?
    Man Fatally Stabbed About 2 a.m. At Wardlow Rd. Blue Line Stn, Suspect In Custody After Allegedly Stabbing Himself
    Subsequent development above
    Final Add'l Ballots Show Incumbent 8th Dist. Councilman Al Austin Is Re-Elected With 50.56% of the Vote, Avoids Runoff By Less Than Two Dozen Votes; Runoffs Remain In Districts 2 and 6
    Follow-Up: LBPD Investigates, D.A. Charges Two Women And A Man In North-of-Downtown Transgender Stabbing; One Woman And Man Plead "No Contest" To Assault With Deadly Weapon And Are Sentenced To State Prison; Other Woman Faces Attempted Murder Plus Hate Crime Allegations, Faces Trial And Maximum Life Sentence If Convicted
    In Detail: City Hall-Hired Consultant's Draft EIR Says $103+ Million Belmont Pool Rebuild Won't Have "Significant, Unavoidable, Adverse Impacts" And Dismisses Three Alternative Sites Including Downtown And QM Area Sites
    Woman Found Dead, Man Allegedly With Knife, Stab Wound And Uncooperative Taken Into Custody By Officers Using Less Than Lethal Means, 1200 block Stanley (Western Part of 4th District)
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: First Publicly Disclosed Contributors To Campaign Committee For Sales Tax Hike Are City Employee Unions Seeking New Contracts Likely w/ Raises: LB Firefighters PAC = $57,625 + LB Police Officers PAC = $13,316.67
    422 Ballots Remain To Be Counted In Razor-Thin 8th Dist. Council Race; Austin Currently Leads Total Of His Two Challengers By Eight Votes (50.1183%); If 50%+1 Lead Holds, He's Re-Elected; If Lead Drops Below 50%, It's Runoff With Turnbow
    Council incumbent Andrews is currently 65 votes away from topping 50%+1...and 296 ballots remain to be counted
    April 12 Election Means Runoff In Council District 2 (Pearce vs. Gray), Runoff Likely In District 6 (Andrews vs. Miller) And Cliffhanger In Council District 8: Incumbent Austin Has 50.1183%, Leading Turnbow + Angel Total By Eight Votes With Unknown Number of Ballots Remaining To Be Counted; If His Lead Holds When Remaining Ballots Counted, He's Re-Elected Without Runoff; Otherwise, He's In Runoff With Turnbow
    Malauulu and Otto win in LBCC races; Williams and Meyers re-elected to LBUSD Board
    Councilmembers List These Items For District Infrastructure Funds
    Two Monday Midnight Hour Shootings Within Ten Minutes: Person Hit (1st dist.), Building Damaged (7th dist); That's Six LB Shootings (One w/ No Person Hit) Within Five Days: Two In WLB (7th dist.), One North of Downtown (1st dist.) and Three in NLB (Parts of 8th/9th dists)

    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.
    Man Is Shot, Midafternoon Sunday April 10 In WLB (Area 3300 block Caspian, One Block North of Silverado Park)
    It's LB's Fifth Shooting in Eight Days, Third Since Saturday, Others Were in Parts Of NLB
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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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  • 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
  • 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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    LBFD Firefighters Battle Three Alarm Blaze At Royal Buffet (Chinese Restaurant)

    LBFD photo
    Loud, Sizable (Abt 150 People) Cambodia-Town Protest Saturday Night Over Visiting Son Of Cambodia's Prime Minister
    Man Is Shot, Midafternoon Saturday April 9, Area Linden/Norton (8th dist.), Blocks From Soon-To-Open "Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library"
    City Unveils Proposed Design For New Belmont Pool, Acknowledges It Has No Funding Currently Identified To Build It But Says It's Developing Strategy
    Presentation acknowledges project's ultimate cost will increase as construction costs escalate over time (will likely exceed currently budgeted $103 million); Councilwoman Price reiterates her support for rebuild at presently proposed location in her district

    Image via City of LB Power Point
    Man Is Shot/Wounded At Predawn Saturday, NLB's Coolidge Triangle (200 block E. Barclay St.)
    BNSF Exec VP Says It's "Uncertain" If It Will Move Forward With Controversial SCIG Railyard Bordering WLB, Says It's "Not Clear Whether Or How [SCIG] Could Be Built" Under Framework Set By Court's Recent EIR Ruling
    In Depth: Councilman Austin Seeking Re-Election Makes This Claim About 8th District Crime; Is It True?
    Follow-Up: Turnbow Campaign Adds This Re His Statement At March 9 Candidate Forum On "Managing" LB Airport Ordinance And Our Statement About It
    We reiterate that JetBlue contribution was to indie committee supporting him; Turnbow campaign notes it wasn't to Turnbow's candidate campaign
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Midmorning NW NLB Area Artesia/Butler...Same Location Where Two People Shot/One Dies A Little Over A Month Earlier
    Updated: Perspective: Corporate Welfare? Council Votes 7-0 (Lowenthal and Austin absent) To Receive/File Without Objections Staff Plan To Study (With Hired Consultant) Development Of "Transient Occupancy Tax Incentive Program" That Would Kick-Back ("Share") Portion of LB's Hotel Room Tax As "Incentive" To Attract New Hotels
    JetBlue Bucks Backing Indie Committee Backing Candidate Turnbow In Airport-Impacted 8th District Race, Carrier Wants Council To Allow Customs Facility Opposed by Candidate Angel, former Councilwoman Gabelich and Incumbent Austin...And Turnbow Has Stated That He Opposes Int'l Flights (Includes April 7 update with Turnbow campaign response)
    JetBlue also gave sums to indie committee backing 2nd dist. candidate Garnica and directly to 6th dist. incumbent Andrews; two years ago supported 5th dist. candidate Mungo
    All Clear: Bomb Squad Renders Safe, Finds No Explosive Material In Suspicious Package At Uptown Bixby Knolls Bus Stop; Incident Shut Part Of Atlantic Ave. And Caused Some Precautionary Evacuations

    LBREPORT.com reader photo
    Gunfire At Late Afternoon Sat. (Apr. 2) Area Linden Ave./South St. (Border 8th/9th Districts); No Person/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.
    Victim Fatally Shot, 1300 block E. 11th St. , LB's Second Homicide Within 24 Hours
    Updated: Man Is Shot/Killed, Area Pine Ave./16th St.
    Crime scene is roughly two blocks north of new "Habitat for Humanity" house dedicated with local pols present less than 60 days ago.
    Citing Legal Procedure Before Reaching Litigation's Merits, Judge Dismisses Environmental Legal Action Challenging Riverwalk Development; Issue Now Shifts To 8th Dist. Council Race
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    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Invites Select Group To Swanky Hotel To Hear Garcia, Foster, O'Neill Seek Support For Sales Tax Hike; Garcia Boasts Big Campaign Starting Day After April Election; Foster Blasts "Naysayer" Opponents; O'Neill Lauds Young Leaders
    LB Taxpayers Ass'n co-founder has this response
    City-Hired Consulting Firm Proposes New SE LB Zoning: Some Bldg Heights (Hotels/Residences w/ "Community Amenities") Along PCH Up To Seven Stories, Others Up To Five Stories...And For 2nd/PCH Traffic Offers Bike Lanes, Pedestrian Walkways
    New / In Detail / Perspective / Amnesia File: Aquarium Seeks Multi-Million Dollar Expansion; Mayor Implies City Has Agreed to "Matching Grant" Of Certain Taxpayer Dollars; Council Will Decide Amid Fiscal Facts And History


    New / Perspective: Same Councilmembers Who Want Sales Tax Hike OK'd These Escalating Civic Center Costs...And Held Closed Session On Deal
    Midafternoon Monday Car-To-Car Shooting -- With An Exchange of Gunfire Between Two Vehicles -- Near MacArthur Park (About A Block North of Twain Library)
    Unknown If Anyone In The Cars Hit; No One At Scene Injured

    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.
    Male Transgender Adult Is Stabbed, Area PCH/Locust, Allegedly After Dispute Involving Several Women and Men; Two Women Are Arrested
    With AUDIO: LB Parks Staff Will Test, Compare & Publicly Report On Alternatives to Herbicide "Round-Up," Responds to Advocacy By Ann Cantrell

    Includes "Amnesia File" segment
    LBPD Responds Swiftly & Successfully to Los Cerritos Residential Burglary In Progress, Apprehends Three Suspects
    Saturday Afternoon (Mar. 19) Gunfire: Olive Ave./10th St...One Block East of Where Man Was Shot Two Days Earlier
    Man Is Shot/Killed Overnight (Mar. 19) Near WLB City Limit
    Perspective: "Beach Streets" Bicycle/Pedestrian Event Never Received Council Voted Approval, Which Would Have Legally Required Chance For Public Input (Pro/Con); City Spokesperson Says No Council Action Needed
    Drive-By Midnight Hour Northern NLB Shooting, Woman Is Hit, 6800 block Atlantic Ave.
    Urgent Advisory: Bumble Bee & Chicken of the Sea Voluntarily Recall These Specific Lots of Canned Tuna (See Details) Due to Health Risk
    Sunday Event Advisory: "License to Rock 3" @ Tracy's Bar & Grill, Fundraiser For Non-Profit The Rock Club / Music is the Remedy Supports Vets / At Risk Youth
    Part of ELB's Los Altos Area Lost Power For About An Hour Thursday Nite; Unofficially Estimated 2,000+ Residents Were Affected
    Predawn Shooting, 10th St./Lime Ave.
    Following Bruising Long Beach Coastal Comm'n Hearing, SeaWorld Announces It Will End Its Captive Breeding of Orca Whales And End Its Theatrical Performances Of Orcas In Favor of Exhibits Highlighting The Whales' Natural Behaviors
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Independent Expenditure Committee Surfaces, Has Raised Over $60k To Support Council Candidates Garnica and Turnbow In 2nd & 8th Districts; Contributors Include Business / Restaurant / Hospitality / Realty Interests Incl. Several In Belmont Shore Plus Company Headed By Former 3rd Dist. Councilman DeLong
    Immediate Past Councilwoman Rae Gabelich Backs Laurie Angel Over Austin And Turnbow In 8th District Race, Says This As She Announces Fundraiser For Angel
    Two Belmont Shore Armed Robberies Within Ten Minutes Within About A Block, Vicinity 2nd St./Argonne
    Suspected Stolen Vehicle Leads LBPD On Pursuit, Ending When Suspect Vehicle Containing Two Female Occupants Crashes Into Another Vehicle At Ximeno/10th, Seriously Injuring Uninvolved Vehicle's Driver
    East Village Shooting Mid-Evening Friday / Man Is Hit, 1st St. b/w Lime/Alamitos

    Photo credit: "DantheMan"
    Hear Them: 8th District Candidates Laurie Angel & Wesley Turnbow Put Incumbent Councilman Al Austin On Defensive Re His Record On Airport Int'l Flights, Dense Daisy Ave. Housing Development, Resident Outreach And Sales Tax Hike Ballot Measure

    Audible audience displeasure, scoffing and some boos, as Austin defends tax hike ballot measure and housing development vote

    Left to right: Laurie Angel, Councilman Al Austin, Wesley Turnbow
    Man Runs From Police, Allegedly Produces A Firearm And Refuses To Drop It; He's Fatally Shot In NW LB Alley (Area 68th St./LB Blvd.); No Officers Injured; Gun Is Recovered
    LBPD says officers were in area as part of strategic deployment to impact violent crime after multiple shooting incidents citywide, and such deployments have removed multiple guns from streets in first two months of this year
    Demand Exceeds Capacity -- Tickets Sold Out -- For Benefit Concert Honoring Murdered Millikan Grad/LBCC Student Alicia Todd; Donations Continue Online
    Sic Transit: Ron Jacobs: Renowned Radio Programmer / Creative Promotion Practitioner, Launched 93/KHJ Boss Radio, Co-Created American Top 40, "Recycled" KGB Radio In San Diego And Created The "San Diego Chicken"
    Two Men Shot Tues Nite In Lakewood (3100 block South St. near Obispo Ave.)
    High Rise Res Fire (600 block Ocean Blvd.) Brings Major LBFD Response; Knockdown In 20 Minutes

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    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Used His Officeholder Account (Allowable Sum Tripled By Council Action Last Year), With Support From LB Police Officers Ass'n and LB Firefighters Ass'n (Both With Contracts Up For Negotiation) To Fund Survey He Cited In Urging Sales Tax Hike
    LB Gets Rain w/ Lightning In Monday a.m. Downpour

    NWS Doppler Radar screen save, 6:46 a.m. March 7, 2016
    Gunfire Damages Vehicle, Area Walnut Ave./14th St. (6th dist.)

    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.
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Survey Mayor Garcia Cited In Urging Sales Tax Hike Was Part Of Broader Survey That Sought Public's Opinion Of LB Police Officers, Of Him And Of Council, Included Results By Race / Gender / Age, And Wasn't Commissioned, Paid Or Directed Using City Funds, Resources Or Staff
    Shots Heard In South Wrigley, Area 19th/Cedar (6th dist.); Officers Find Man Fatally Shot Area 17th/Pacific (1st dist.)

    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.
    LB Got About 0.44" Rain (LBCC in ELB) In First Of Two Storms; Sunday Will Be Breezy w/ Wind Gusts Up To 35 mph, Then More Rain Monday, Possibly With Thunderstorms
    Power Outage Plagues Peninsula Late Afternoon/Early Evening Friday (Mar. 4)
    On 7-6 Vote, SCAQMD Board Dismisses Agency's Long Time Exec. Officer Dr. Barry Wallerstein; See Vote Tally
    State Senate President Pro Tem de León blasts action; see his statement
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Held Secretive, Invitation-Only Meeting With Several Non-Incumbent Candidates For City Council Offices, Plus Some Appointed Commissioners And Other Civic Figures, At Which City Mgm't, Police & Fire Chiefs And Power Point Presented Arguments In Support Of Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure
    Hear Them: 2nd, 6th, 8th dist. Council Candidates Are Asked If They Support Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure


    Riverwalk Developer (4747 Daisy Ave.) Seeks To Dimiss (Prevail on the Pleadings In) CARP's CEQA Legal Challenge And Impose Sanctions, Alleges Filing Beyond Deadline; CARP's Lawyers File Response Saying Group's CEQA Challenge Is Timely Filed; March 15 Showdown Hearing Is Set
    Two Shot -- One of Whom Dies -- In Brazen Midafternoon Gunfire In NW Long Beach

    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
    Perspective: Firefighters Response Times Worsened, Crimes Increased, After Mayors/Councils Erased Police/Fire Levels; See LBFD/LBPD Data
    Council Votes 9-0 Without Comment To Leave Sales Tax Hike Ballot Measure To 10% A Gen'l Tax Measure, Leaves Title/Ballot Text That Will Show Title/Text Listing Police/Fire/Infrastructure Items Not Specified In Tax Text Itself And Not Legally Guaranteed
    Two union reps testify in support; LB Taxpayers Ass'n co-founder speaks in opposition; LB resident blasts Councilman Supernaw for his vote in support
    Man Found Shot To Death, 1000 block Norman Court (north of 10th St., east of Orange Ave.)

    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.
    Radio's Charlie Tuna, Sic Transit
    UPDATE: Gunfire Hits Vehicle, Area 11th St./Ohio Ave. (4th Council District); No Person(s) Hit
    It's second documented gunfire within less than three weeks in neighborhoods surrounding Anaheim St. in western part of Councilman Supernaw's 4th Council district

    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.
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