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In Detail / AUDIO: Hear It: City Hall-Hired Consultants Offer Planning Comm'n Their SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Re-Write Recommendations, Including Up To Double Current Bldg. Heights, Denser Comm'l Core Development, Possibly Extending Shopkeeper Rd to PCH; Wetlands Advocates, Shore Residents Testify And Voice Concerns On Several Grounds

Current SEADIP zoning map


Advisory : F/A18s To Operate at LB Airport Thru Tues. a.m. May 26 6th Dist. Council Incumbent (Since 2007) Dee Andrews Says He'll Wage Write-In For Another Term
Swift Work By LBPD: Suspect In Custody Who Allegedly Fired Gun Into Air At Midmorning, Area 14th St./Chestnut Ave. Near Two Long Beach Parks
Gunfire Flies (Again) On Northern Edge of Alamitos Beach: 1100 block E. 4th St.; No Person Hit
Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
Second Midafternoon Shooting (May 21) In Two Days, This Time In Central LB (LB Blvd/20th St.)

Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
Gunfire Flies In NLB Houghton Park Area At Midafternoon (May 20); A Woman (Adult) Is Hit

Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in WLB/Central LB.
Saturday Event Advisory: Meet Two F/A18 Pilots, See Their Aircraft, From 2-4 p.m. Saturday May 23 @ Signature Flight Support, 3333 E. Spring St. (no bags or backpacks, please)


Subsequent developments above:
City Hall's Hired Consultants To Offer Their SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Re-Write Recommendations -- Proposed Changes Potentially Affecting Future Of Commercial Development And Open Space In SE LB -- At 5 p.m. Planning Comm'n "Study Session"

Current SEADIP zoning map
In Closed Session, Council Votes 9-0 To Pursue Purchase Of 5347 E. 2nd St. (Former "Roe" Fish Market/Restaurant Site); Speculation Centers On Possible Use For Parking Structure
In Detail / On-Demand Audio: Council Votes 7-2 (Mungo, Supernaw Dissenting) To Prepare Resolution Supporting "Meatless Mondays"; Item Will Come To Second Council Vote
VIDEO / Persepctive: VIDEO: See L.A. City Council Action On Minimum Wage Increase (Worker & Business Testimony, Council Discussion, Voted Action 14-1.) Is Long Beach City Council Next? With What Impacts On LB Businesses, Consumers...And Upcoming 2016 Council Races?
Internal Records Show White House Invitation To Mayor Garcia Was For Cinco de Mayo Social Event, Not To Discuss Ending Veterans Homelessness
Garcia did seek to arrange personal meetings with Labor Sec'y and HUD Sec'y, was told they were unavailable for personal meetings but might attend Cinco de Mayo event; Mayor did meet HUD Sec'y at Cinco de Mayo event, and met with White House Dir. for Inter-Gov'tal Affairs

Subsequent development above
Council Resolution Supporting "Meatless Mondays"? After 24 Hrs, Instant Survey Says...
Council Skeds Closed Session To Discuss "Price & Terms of Purchase" Of 5347 E. 2nd St. (former "Roe" fish market/restaurant area); Speculation Centers On Possible Acquisition For Parking Structure
Mayor/Mgr. Announce New Staff For Which Bloomberg Philanthropies Will Pay $3 Million...And (Unmentioned In Release) LB Taxpayers Will Spend $1 Million Over Three Years For Currently Unspecified "Innovations"
With No Discussion, State Senate Passes -- And Sends To Assembly -- Bill That Would Extend Taxpayer Payments To LB Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator Up To 50 Years
VIDEO Captured By Long Beach Political Figure Uduak-Joe Ntuk Makes Nat'l News, Captured Native American "War Cry" Gaffe By Congresswoman / U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez
Subsequent coverage above
Instant Survey-Your Opinion: Councilmembers Austin, Gonzalez and Price Agendize Item To Have City Support "Meatless Mondays"; We Include Instant Survey For Your Views
Man Shot, Approx. 2 a.m. Sunday, 5500 block Atlantic

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 WLB/Central LB.
Photo Gallery: 2015 Pride Parade (374 Pix) In Photo Gallery on Justin Rudd's Facebook Page



Ximeno/Roycroft/14th-15th Incident Wrap Up; PD, FD & Bomb Squad Respond, Search Warrant Issued, Man Is Arrested


Follow-Up / Details: Lawyers Say This In Their Claim Seeking Monetary Damages For Family Of 19 Yr Old Fatally Shot By LBPD Officer
Details / VIDEO: Senator Lara Votes "Yes," Senator Nguyen Recorded As "Not Voting," On SB 277 That Would End Exemptions From Childhood Vaccinations Based on Personal Belief
Further Follow-Up To Fatal April 23 Officer Involved Shooting: See LBPD Details On Officer's 2002 Officer-Involved Shooting
LBPD says that after a shooting near 14th St. Park, the officer spotted the suspect in South Wrigley; gave chase in a foot pursuit in which the suspect pulled a gun and aimed it at the officer. Officer fired, didn't hit the suspect, who was caught and convicted; officer's action ruled within policy
New / Follow-Up: Follow-Up To Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting: Officer Is ID'd, Received These Commendations (1997 and 1998, See Text), Was Involved In June 2011 Taser-Use of Force (See Details) And March 2002 Officer-Involved Shooting (Details Coming)
ON-DEMAND VIDEO as seen LIVE: LB Water Comm'n Votes Unanimously To Declare Stage TWO Water Supply Shortage, Will Mean Two-Day-Per-Week-Watering Schedule Thru Summer; New Watering Days Will be TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS But Effective Date Not Yet Indicated
Union-Led Effort Launched To Change Prop 13, Would Make It Easier To Raise Taxes On Commercial Properties, Not Residential Properties; Opposition Swiftly Surfaces From Business Interests
Subsequent coverage above LB Water Comm'n To Hold Special Meeting Monday May 11, Could Extend Two-Day-Per-Week-Watering Schedule Thru Summer (Effectively Year-Round); Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Allows -- But LB Water Dept. Staff Says It's NOT Recommending On Monday -- Rate Increase Up To 25% To Offset Decreased Water Usage
In Detail: Release Officer's Name in Morejon Officer-Involved Shooting? Read What CA Supreme Court Said, And Didn't Say, On Public Records Act Disclosure

Perspective / Viewpoints

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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Perspective Via HuffingtonPost.com: 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"
    Ha! (New Periodic Feature): Council Vote Makes 7th dist. Budget Meeting Mockery...So Meeting Morphs

    Opinion: Let Them Drive Teslas
    By Jon Coupal
    President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n

    Opinion: Here's A List of Top Reasons Why Park Patrol Program Doesn't Work
    by Claudia Schou *
    Ms. Schou is a Bluff Park resident and advocate for public safety at city parks

    Editorial: City Mgm't Memo On Park Ranger Pgm Materializes At Midmorning, See It Here: [Previous] In the Dark: Here's What Public Sees Saw On Restoring Park Rangers

    Earlier

    Now

    Opinion: What Fire Chief Says Isn't What I'm Hearing About "Monomedic" Paramedic System
    by Les Robbins
    Mr. Robbins represented LB's 5th Council district from 1988-1998. Photo above by Mr. Robbins


    Editorial: A Potential Ray Of Hope On Public Safety
    Editorial: Past Precedent, Present Excuses And Public Safety
    Opinion: New Council Needs To Do Its Homework, Ask Tough Questions And Repair Damages Done To Long Beach's Fire And Paramedic Service

    by Les Robbins
    Mr. Robbins represented LB's 5th Council district from 1988-1998. Photo above by Mr. Robbins


    Opinion: Mayor and Council Records Shouldn't Be Destroyed
    By Retired Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske

    Editorial: Wear This At Tues (Aug. 5) "Nat'l Nite Out" (These Locations)
    Editorial: Wear This At Upcoming Events And Send A Worthy Message
    Editorial: Don't Resuscitate Deceased Economic Development Bureau(crats)
    Editorial: Respecting Diversity
    Editorial: Transparency, Disclosure Deserved For Inaugural Dollars
    Editorial: More Trees ≠ More Cops
    Opinion/Perspective: Mayor Bob Foster In Balance: Espoused Sensible Principles But In Our View Left Long Beach Worse Than He Found It In Key Areas; New Council Majority Should Reject Notion That Long Beach Can't Deliver Taxpayer Services At Levels Other Cities Do













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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
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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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    With Perspective: State Senate Committee Advances Bill That Could Extend Taxpayer Payments To Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator To 50 Years; No Committee Member Raises Locally Controversial Aspects of Transaction
    Dems (incl. bill author Sen. Lara), city and port reps + trade union rep praise transaction and urge passage; neither of the Committee's two Repubs, including Sen. Nguyen who reps SE LB, raise issues or oppose
    Get Discount-Priced Electric Lawnmower At SCAQMD's Electric Lawnmower Exchange On Saturday May 9 At ELB Vets Stadium (Clark/Conant, 8 a.m.-Noon); Register By Midnight Friday Nite To Ensure You'll Get In (And Quantities Limited)
    LBPD Robbery Detectives Connect Dots, Arrest L.A. Parolee For Allegedly Robbing ELB Hotel At Gunpoint, And 90 Minutes Later Allegedly Robbing Arcadia Hotel Long Beach Parks & Rec Chief Chapjian Exits To Take Broader Position With Santa Barbara County
    Subsequent coverage above:
    City Hall Quietly Seeks Sac'to Bill That Could Extend Taxpayer Payments To Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator To 50 Years
    Extended ON-DEMAND VIDEO As Seen LIVE: See/Hear Long Beach Police/Firefighter Memorial Ceremony Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives For City; Mayor Garcia Is A No-Show, Flew to DC for Cinco de Mayo White House Reception



    Includes Perspective / VIDEO: At Pool Rebuild Public Meeting, Councilwoman Price Tries To Steer Public Comments Toward Design, But A Number of Taxpayers/Residents Focus On Location, Propose Alternative Downtown Site


    LBPD Investigation Indicates High Rate of Speed, Vehicle Went Airborne, In Fri Fatal Crash: Three LB Teens Lose Their Lives, One Passenger Survives, When Their Vehicle Veers Off Anaheim St. In 4 a.m. Hour, Lands Upside Down In L.A. River Channel

    Sic Transit: Ben E. King, Lead Singer For "The Drifters" (Save the Last Dance for Me) And Solo (Stand By Me)
    Enjoy Free, 4th Annual LB Lawn-To-Garden Tour, See Neighborhood Homes Using Water Saving Landscapes
    Park Advocates/Taxpayers To Urge Leaving Belmont Plaza Park As Open Space/Park And Rebuilding Pool Downtown Or Near Queen Mary At May 2 Community Meeting


    Truckers End Four-Day Stike At Three All Four of Four Struck Trucking Cos. at Ports of LB / LA; Teamster-Supported Action Targeted The Firms For Classifying Truckers As Independent Contractors, Not Employees
    Carson 3.4 Magnitude Quake Near Newport-Inglewood Fault Rattles LB


    American Lung Ass'n Ranks Los Angeles-Long Beach WORST In Nation In Ozone, FIFTH WORST in Nation For Particulates
    Long Beach DOESN'T Receive "Promise Zone" Status From Obama Admin's HUD; Mayor Garcia's "State of the City" Message Acknowledged It Was Numerical Long-Shot, But Cited It As Among His Administration's Response To Central LB Economic Challenges, Gangs And Crime
    Thief and/or Thieves Break Into ATM Machine Outside A Belmont Shore Business (5300 block E. 2nd St.); LBPD Says Video Evidence Is Being Collected And Investigation Is Ongoing Sic Transit: Jack Ely, Was Lead Singer On Louie Louie


    Three Residences, Multiple Vehicles Struck By Gunfire In NLB Mobile Home Park; No Injuries Reported


    O'Donnell & Sac'to Committee Dems Advance (Repubs Dissent On) Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Make It Easier For Local Gov'ts To Raise Taxes For Broadly Defined "Transportation" Projects Including Local Streets, Roads and Highways
    See List of Supporters/Opponents; Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n calls measure direct attack on Prop 13
    UPDATE: HEAR Audio And SEE Unofficial Transcript Of U.S. Supreme Court Arguments On Same-Sex Marriage Cases


    Subsequent coverage above:
    Ass'yman O'Donnell To Be Handed Political Hot Potato: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Warns "Attack On Prop 13" Coming Monday In Ass'y Transportation Committee He's On; Measure Would Make It Easier For City Halls To Raise Taxes For Broadly Defined Local "Transportation Projects"; See Text
    Truckers Backed By Teamsters Strike Four Transportation Firms @ Ports of LB/LA, Want Wages/Benefits Paid As Employees, Not "Independent Contractors"
    Agreement reached with one company avoiding strike
    Aftermath Of Fatal LBPD Officer-Involved Shooting, Family Of Hector Morejon Releases This Statement And Pix Through Their Attorneys, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz
    Gunfire Flies, Hits Occupied WLB Residence -- With No Known Gang Affiliation -- 1800 block Canal St.

    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 Is Murdered, Shot Shortly Before Midnight, Several Rounds Fired At Group Of People Neighborhood b/w Del Amo-Market East of LB Blvd. (8th dist.)

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle
    UPDATED: LBPD Says Officer Involved In April 23 Fatal Shooting Of Suspect Has Been With LBPD For Over Twenty Years; PD Indicates Residence Was Vacant (Not Resided In) And Had Fresh Gang-Related Graffiti Inside
    LBPD Release Describes What It Says Responding Officers Encountered That Preceded Officer-Involved Shooting; 19 Year Old Male Suspect Is Dead, No Weapon Found; Two Men + Two Women (All In Early 20s) Are Arrested For Trespassing, One Man For Allegedly Violating Anti-Gang Injunction<
    Alleged Drug Lab ("Butane Honey Oil") Causes House Explosion & Fire, 200 block Belmont Ave., LBFD Douses Flames, LBPD Arrests Suspect
    Sac'to Bill Would Suspend CA High School Exit Exam Thru 2018-19 School Year, Says Current Test Doesn't Measure Common Core Standards, Would Update Exit Exam Or Potentially Replace It With Other Measurements
    by Elizabeth Cheruto and David Sivard
    LBFD Mgm't And Firefighters Ass'n Signal Support For Some Type Of New Fees For Services; LBPD Mgm't and Police Officers Ass'n Mum For Now On New Money Sources
    by Tori Ann Lerch
    Landmark Villa Riviera (Ocean Blvd/Alamitos) Conserves Water, Replaces Nearly 30% Chunk Of Entryway Grass/Plants With Water-Conserving Landscape

    Photo source: Villa Riviera residents
    Gunfire Flies, 1100 block Gardenia; A Vehicle Damaged, No Person Hit


    Whole Foods Markets Voluntarily Recalls These Packaged (11 oz. Plastic Tubs) Macadamia Nuts, Possible Salmonella
    Neighborhoods First + LBHUSH2 Schedule Special Public Meeting -- Mon. 6:30 p.m. @ EXPO Center, 4321 Atlantic -- Inviting City Atty, Ass't City Att'y & City Prosecutor/Former Airport Advisory Comm'r To Discuss And Answer Questions On History, Pros, Cons, Potential Risks/Unintended Consequences If Council Were To Allow A LB Airport Fed'l Customs Facility (That Couldn't Be Limited To One User)
    By the Numbers: Supernaw Dominated Los Altos & Eastern Precincts That Had High Voter Turnouts, Opponent Chico Dominated Western/Zaferia Precincts That Had Lower Voter Turnouts
    Third place finisher Lindemann adds these comments
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    As Seen LIVE: Public Safety Committee (Price & Austin w/out Mungo) Ask LBPD & LBFD To Cite Ways They'll Meet Mgm't-Proposed "Proportional Budget Reductions" With Deficits Looming In Coming Years; LBFD Chief Says He'll Ask Council To Consider "First Responder Fee" (In Add'n To Ambulance Charges) w/in Weeks; LB Firefighters Ass'n Suggests Creating Fire District And Fire Mgm't Consolidation; LBPD Mgm't Has No Proposed Fee Increases For Now
    Follow-Up: Sac'to Ordered Water Use Reductions Eased A Bit For Long Beach, Lakewood And L.A., Must Now Meet 16% Reduction (Instead of 20%); Seal Beach (And Compton After Opposition) Only 8%; Beverly Hills Must Cut Back 36%
    Follow-Up: LBPD Patrol Officers And Detectives Team To Identify, Find And Arrest Suspect In String Of East Anaheim St. Comm'l Burglaries (Nine Spanning 2014-2015); He Takes Guilty Plea And Gets Eight Year Sentence; AND LBPD Arrests Another Suspect In Another East Anaheim St. Comm'l Burglary At A Bank, Now Investigating If He May Be Linked To Add'l Burgs
    Subsequent coverage above:
    Councilwoman Price Calls April 17 Public Safety Committee Meeting (Price, Austin, Mungo) To Discuss "Alternate Funding Sources" for Public Safety And City Efforts To "Come Up With Innovative Ways To Address Public Safety Needs"
    Observant Area Resident Alerts LBPD, Cops Respond, Find And Arrest Two NLB Attempted Res Burg Suspects
    Daryl Supernaw Wins 4th District Special Election

    Supernaw was outspent by ballot rival Herlinda Chico whose campaign had organized labor funding (LB police & firefighter PACs + County AFL-CIO) and endorsements by Mayor Garcia and 7 of 8 Council incumbents

    JetBlue Inks Deal With LB Marathon Organizer To Become Race Title Sponsor ("JetBlue Long Beach Marathon")
    Observant Area Resident Alerts LBPD, Cops Respond, Find And Arrest Two NLB Attempted Res Burg Suspects
    Retired Councilwoman Gabelich Spots A Non-Factual Chico Campaign Claim: FACT IS Long Beach HAD A Female Council Majority Years Ago...Alongside A Female Mayor
    Postcard Received By Some 4th Dist. Hispanic/Latino-Surname Voters, Sent By LB Police and Fire PACs, Lists Their "Voting Record" (If They Voted in 2012 & 2014 Elections) And Urges Vote For Chico; Mayor Garcia (In Chico Campaign Mailing) Tells Hispanic/Latino Voters "Our Work Not Done" In Urging Her Election As First Latina 4th Dist. Councilmember
    LBPD Responds, Investigates Alleged Threat Via Social Media By Individual Against An Acquaintance; Investgation Continues
    Click for ON-DEMAND VIDEO:


    East Anaheim St. Businesses (2800-3500 blocks) See Rash Of Biz Burgs Within Last 30 Days, And April 9 An Armed Robbery (Suspect With Gun)
    Mid-Afternoon Shooting, 6000 block Linden Ave., Neighborhood Is Nearby Uptown Renaissance Library Project

    LBREPORT.com's unofficial map cumulates shootings over time (Jan. 1, 2014 to date) for context. The map doesn't show all of LB's shootngs, most of which are in part of Central LB/NE of downtown, with some in a relatively small area of WLB. 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 for shootings in area shown.
    LB Water Dept. Consumers Would Have To Cut Back By 20%, Lakewood 25%, Seal Beach 10%, Under State Water Agency's Proposed Rule To Meet 25% Governor-Ordered Reduction Statewide
    Proposed rule is based on recent per capita usage
    Council Votes 7-0 To Enact Five Year Project Labor Agreement Requiring Union Pay/Benefits On City Public Works Projects Over $500,000
    Staff acknowledges administering the agreement will cost $280,000 each year, but claims staff can't determine the agreement's impacts on bid cost of construction or number of bids received (despite multiple studies available online pro and con)
    Overturned Fuel Truck Accident On Southbound 605 Spills Gasoline Onto Fwy, Reaches Caltrans Storm Drain, Contained By Sorbent Booms Placed Near Wardlow Rd., Spring St, Willow St.
    LBPD Arrests Two Suspects -- An Man And A Juvenile -- In 8th/Gaviota Double Shooting; Victims Now In Stable Condition
    Two Men Shot Monday Afternoon, 800 block Gaviota


    Incident Ends Safely After Man Climbs Into Tree (Area 3rd/Orange) And Remains There For Roughly 12 Hrs., Comes Down On His Own, Agrees To Seek Medical Att'n and Mental Evaluation

    Photo by Cathy Franklin
    Amnesia File: 2012: 4th Council District Balloting Brought Raised Eyebrows
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    Man Fatally Shot, Area South St./Paramount Blvd.

    Map shows 2014-2015 shootings in northern part of city; shootings in other parts of LB are on separate map.
    Follow the Money/Campaign Contribs To LB's Next Councilmember (4th Dist.)
  • Herlinda Chico Contribs Incl. Union PACs & State Dem Pols
  • Daryl Supernaw Contribs Include Former Councilmembers Tom Clark, Gary DeLong, Business/Real Estate
    A Tradition Born: "Formula E" Electric Cars Race On Long Beach's Grand Prix Course
    A tradition vanishes: Councilwoman Mungo lets 5th dist. "Solar Grand Prix" (teen-built model cars) disappear


    LB Parks & Rec Will Cease Using Potable Water To Water Ornamental Street Medians (Per Governor's Executive Order) But City Golf Courses Should Remain Green Since They Use Reclaimed Water
    Another ELB Coyote Sighting: Area Monlaco/Gondar (North Of Wardlow b/w Woodruff/Palo Verde)

    Photo by Derek, April 3, 2015, approx. 9 a.m., area Gondar/Molaco
    LB Water Board Is Told Precise Amount Of LB Required Water Conservation Measures Under Governor Brown's Executive Order Isn't Yet Known...But May Be Less Than 25% Statewide Reduction Due To Conservation Measures LB Has Already Taken (Resulting In Lowered Per Capita Use)


    Subsequent VIDEO coverage in Big News Sunday (above):
    Enjoy Free Two Hour Walk Thru Los Cerritos Wetlands -- And See Sea Turtles Inhabiting San Gabriel River -- Saturday Morning April 4 (8:00-10:00 a.m.); Info Here


    Subsequent development above
    Governor Brown Orders Mandatory Water Conservation Measures -- To Reduce Water Use by 25% -- Incl. Enforcement Provisions; See Executive Order
    [UPDATE] LB Water Dept. commends Governor's action, stresses LB's Lawn to Garden Program
    Man Is Shot At Midafternoon, Area 7th/Amamitos (Near Museum of Latin American Art)


    Brother Allegedly Shoots/Kills His Brother in Lakewood, Area Woodruff/Hardwick
    LB Airport Gave Residents A Few Hours To Run On Repaved Runway 25R/7L...And A BIG Crowd Showed Up For Unique Opportunity
    by Dan Halverson

    Photo by Dan Halverson
    Ass'yman Patrick O'Donnell Supports And Advances Bill Mandating Ethnic Studies In All CA High Schools As Elective; SEE VIDEO of Sac'to Hearing
  • Bill Is Backed By Latino, Black And Asian Sac'to Legislative Caucuses; Latino Republican Ass'yman Votes "No"
  • CSULB Ethnic Studies Prof Urges LBUSD To Implement Ethnic Studies Regardless of Sac'to Bill
    Cong. Alan Lowenthal Joins 360+ Bipartisan House Members Sending This Letter to Pres. Obama Re Any Iran Nuke Deal
    Big News Sunday (LBREPORT.com Weekly News Pgm) Breaks This Story: Eric Gray Will Seek 2nd Dist. Council Seat in 2016



    Big News Sunday:
  • (1) Powerful Words By Keshawn Brooks' Stepfather At His Boy's Funeral
  • (2) Man Shot Within Hours Of Brooks' Funeral in Central LB
  • (3) City Told Public Crime Is Down, But Seeking Sac'to Money Admitted Gang Crime Is Up
  • (4) Downtown Advocate/Booster Eric Gray To Seek 2nd Dist. Council Seat

    Man Is Shot At Midafternoon Saturday, Myrtle Ave. North of PCH, LBPD Investigating As Possibly Gang-Related
    Shooting comes within hours of funeral for Keshawn Brooks, 15 yr old murdered in WLB gang-related stabbing


    VIDEO: Emotional "Home Going" Funeral For 15 Year Old Keshawn Brooks, Powerful Words From His Stepfather Keeyon Layton


    Results of 9th District "Participatory Budgeting" Election On NLB Infrastructure Projects: Jordan High Digital Marquee, Solar Powered Lights In DeForest Park And Security Cameras Along Major Corridors
    2,600+ NLB residents age 14 and above voted on infrastructure project choices but not (for now) bigger decisions incl. funding for police, fire, other services
    Amnesia File: See Map By Enviro Group On Lead Fuel Impacts Of Private Piston Planes @ Long Beach Airport; Previous Council Discussed Issue in 2011-2012 But No Serious Council Advocacy Actions Taken Since Then To Counter Fed'l Delays On Lead...And Council Is Silent On Health-Impacting Particulates From Large Comm'l Jets
    Mother Succumbs To Her Injuries, Her 4 Yr Old Daughter In Critical Condition; Horrific Midnight Hour Apt. Fire (1000 block Stanley Ave.)
    Councilwoman Price Says Ocean Blvd. Repaving Project (area Belmont Plaza) Has Been Stopped And Will Be Rescheduled To An Appropriate Season For [Nesting] Birds; [Initial Mar. 26 Report] Coastal Comm'n LB Staff Looking Into City-Initiated Ocean Blvd. Tree Trimming That Residents Say Uprooted/Displaced Nesting Birds; See Pix And Details
    From UPDATE: Councilwoman Price thanks resident Susan Miller for the information she provided to the Council office. "Your vigilance in providing information both now and in the future will help to ensure the protection of species such as these."

    Photo by Susan Miller
    In Depth: Sac'to Bill Advances To Require State Study Of Potential Health Effects Of, And Require Parks/School Districts To Seek At Least One Other Option And Hold At Least One Public Hearing If They Seek To Use, "Crumb Rubber" For Recreational/Playground Purposes

    LBPD News Conference Announces Arrest of Four Suspects (None from LB) In Bizarre Alleged Plot That Includes Faked Pregnancy Re Kidnapping/Murder Of 3 Week Old Eliza Delacruz & Attempted Murder of Her Parents & Uncle
    Get Info On Becoming A Foster Or Adoptive Parent, Or Weekend Host, At Saturday Foster Care & Adoption Expo at LBCC ELB Campus
    Council Votes (8-0) To GRANT appeal of Laurie Angel/Chuck Fowler, Overturn Planning Comm'n Approval, Deny CUP for Beer/Wine Sales For Offsite Consumption at Atlantic/South (SE corner) Gs Stn Convenience Store
    NLB reps Austin and Richardson note area is focus for new library, say if liquor sales were for new sit-down restaurant or grocery store, their response might be different
    Add'l Developments -- Including Restaurants, Shops & At Least One Hotel -- Announced at ELB's Douglas Park (West of Lakewood Blvd b/w Airport and Carson St.)
    Gunfire In East Wrigley (Area 200 block Willard), Casings Found, But No Victim(s)

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