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Urgent Health Advisory: CDC Says Don't Eat Any Romaine Lettuce From Yuma, AZ Growing Area
Perspective / Opinion: Some Major Matters Missing In Mayor's "Homeless Initiative"

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Land Use Element / Density / Related Sacramento Legislation

Two Repubs (Gaines/Morrell) Joined Two SF/Berkeley Dems (Wiener/Skinner) As Sole Committee "Yes" Votes For SB 827 (Failed Passage: Developer Density Bonus Overriding Local Zoning, Incentivize Housing Density Near Transit)

SB 827 (Developer Density Bonus Overriding Local Zoning, Incentivize Housing Density Near Transit) Stalls In Sac'to Committee, Likely Dead (With Caveats) This Year BUT SB 828 -- Carrying Long-Term Local/Regional Impacts, Could Double Required Number Of Low/Very Low Income Housing Units For Some Cities -- Headed For Committee Hearing April 24
6th dist. Council Office Chief of Staff John Edmond, 11 Yr LB City Hall Veteran, Exits For Private Sector
Two years from now, incumbent Councilman Andrews will likely be exiting
Councilmember Mungo Abruptly Pulls Her Item OFF April 17 Council Agenda That Sought A Council Majority To Support Ballot Measure That Would Revise Portions Of AB 109 And Props 47 & 57
Opponents gloat, celebrate victory showing "elected officials that the Long Beach community stands for smart justice and second chances."
4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill Moved To State Senate Appropriations Committee "Suspense" File, Further Committee Vote Needed To Advance To Senate Floor
Subsequent developments above:
Councilmembers Mungo & Price Schedule April 17 Council Vote To Put City On Record Supporting Ballot Measure That Would Revise Portions Of AB 109 And Props 47 & 57
Push-Back From Councilwoman Pearce And Allied Policy Groups Against Councilmembers Mungo/Price April 17 Council Agendized Proposal To Support Ballot Measure To Revise Portions Of AB 109 And Props 47 & 57
Subsequent development above
Land Use Impacting SB 827 (Offers Developers Density Bonuses Overriding Local Zoning For Multi-Story Housing Near Transit) Will Get First Committee Hearing April 17, 3:30 p.m.
Woman Found Fatally Stabbed, 1400 block Walnut Ave.
5800 block Cherry Ave: Family Owned Business (9th dist.) And Its Workers Robbed In Terrifying Armed Robbery, Five Ski-Mask Wearing Suspects Allegedly Hold Guns To Heads Of Some Employees
Perspective: Mayor Garcia Wants Sac'to To Shift $1.5 Billion State Taxpayer Surplus To City Halls As Blank-Check Block-Grants For City Hall-Devised Homeless Plans, Has Kept LB Neighborhood-Impacting Details Quiet Until After Most LB Incumbents Safely Re-Elected
Long Beach 2018 Election Cycle: Incumbents Remain In All Citywide Offices And Nearly All Council Districts; Council Incumbents In Districts 5 & 7 Face June Runoffs
Senator Wiener Tweaks Housing "Transit Density Bonus" SB 827 Ahead Of First Committee Hearing (9 Dems, 4 Repubs)
Aiming To Stop Sac'to Bills That Usurp Local Control, Beverly Hills Vice-Mayor And Redondo Beach Mayor Are Drafting CA Constitutional Amendment To "Protect Communities And Local Rights"
/font>CA State Senator Proposes Legislation To Require "Social Media" [broadly defined] Websites To Develop "Strategic Plan" To "Verify News Stories" To "Mitigate Spread of False Information" Using "Fact Checkers" And Place "Warnings" On News Stories "Containing False Information" Sat Night Gunfire: 2600 block E. Anaheim St. @ Molino Ave.
Details/Perspective: Applying Old School Journalism Basics Sheds Light On Contrasting LB Election Recommendations Of Non-Partisan "No Kill Long Beach" Animal Advocates vs. Party Partisan Managed PAC
Details/Perspective: Crime, Crime Stats And Police Staffing For LB Taxpayers Surface In Heated ELB 5th District Council Race
In Depth / Includes On-Demand Audio Podcast: LB-Area State Senator Ricardo Lara Co-Authors Bill That Would Prevent Judges From Finding Some 14-15 Yr Olds Deserve Adult Court Trials/Punishments For CA's Most Serious Violent Crimes (Incl. Homicides); Bill Clears State Senate's Public Safety Committee
Extended On-Demand VIDEO / Photo Gallery: Several Thousand Students & Adults Attend "March For Our Lives Long Beach," Student Speakers and Local Pols Seek Action, Vow Votes, To Advance Gun Control

PD Says Motive Unknown In Orange/53rd Triple Shooting (Double-Homicide)
Man TWO Men Stabbed, Easter Sunday, Wardlow Park, Steps From Councilwoman Mungo's Field Office; LBPD Acknowledges It's Possibly Gang-Related
Councilwoman Mungo Told Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n Boardmember She Hopes Group Will Remove President From Its Board; Email Flew Days After He Publicly Removed His Name From Her Re-Election Campaign Mailer
The Rest of the Story: Mayoral Candidate James "Henk" Conn Discloses Who Met With Him Prior To Paperwork Filing Deadline, Offering To Arrange Meeting With Mayor Garcia; It Was...
Recent Words By Mayor Garcia May Signal He Doesn't Plan To Serve Next Four Years If Re-Elected
Mayor Garcia Quietly Renames Measure A (Blank Check) Sales Tax Hike Committee To (Blank Check) "Utility Transfer Committee," Collects $50k From Firefighters Union PAC + $50k From Police Officers Union PAC
Immediate Past 5th Dist. Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Endorses Challenger Corliss Lee In 5th District Council Race
Mayor Garcia Sent Councilmember(s) This Text Message After Meeting On Candidate-Filing-Deadline Day With CONO's Fox That Resulted In Fox Not Entering Mayor's Race
Follow the Money: Election Mailer From Indie "LB Neighborhoods PAC" (Touting Council Incumbent Mungo & Mayor Garcia For "Working Together To Restore Coastal Wetlands") Is From PAC That Recently Changed Its Name From "Good Gov't" PAC And In 2016 Backed Turnbow in 8th, Garnica In 2nd (Against Gray in April 2016); See From Where Its Money Came
Union PACs With No Visible Connection To "Public Safety" Are Source Of Indie-Committee Mailers Coming From Entity Calling Itself "Public Safety To Support Dines"; Mailers Will Support Dines And Oppose Incumbent Mungo
5th dist. Candidate Kerfluffle Over Mungo Mailer: (1) Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n President Withdraws His Name, Issues This Statement; (2) Robert Fox (2nd dist. Resident) Denies Endorsing Mungo, Says He Complimented Her For Her LUE Vote And Commended Her For Expressing Her District's Will, Acknowledges Candidate Corliss Lee Brought LUE To His Attention Which Led To Protest/Public Awareness Campaign; Candidate Lee Offers Plainly Worded Response
Sac'to Senator Wiener Amps Up SB 828, Could Require LB To Accommodate 200% Of SCAG-Decided "Affordable" (Under Market/Subsidized) Housing, Prohibit Lower Allocation Based On Previous Underproduction And Require Sac'to Agency To Address Housing "Underproduction" In "Coastal And Metropolitan" Communities
Sac'to Bill Letting Bars Serve Alcohol Till 4 a.m. (If OK'd By City Councils In LB, LA, SF, Oakland, Sac'to, WeHo) Advances Supported By LB Chamber, Downtown LB Alliance And Mayor Garcia
Crime Stat Disconnect: City Officials Claim "Crime Is Down" While Residents Describe Increased Neighborhood Impacting Crimes: Fifth District Fact-Check
Perspective / Amnesia File: Central LB/Wrigley Had Three More "Possibly Gang Related" Shooting (6 Shootings, Incl. Homicide, In Four Days); Mayor/Council Failure To Provide Funding To Restore LBPD's Former Field Anti-Gang Unit, Part Of Nearly 200 Budget-Erased Officers Not Restored Despite Measure A Tax Increase, Might Have Something To Do With This
Extended On-Demand Audio / Perspective: Peculiar 5th District Candidate Forum: No Audience Questions Allowed; LVNA Pres. Opens By Praising Incumbent For LUE Outcome; Group's Leaders' Questions Produce Uneventful Q & A; Repub Candidate Uses His Closing Statement To Drop Out Of Race And Endorse Repub Incumbent

LVNA forum, Bancroft Middle School, 6:35 p.m.
In Depth Coverage: City-Hired Engineer's Monthly Queen Mary Inspection Reports Tell City Staff/City Auditor About These Maintenance Issues At Historic Ship; Lessee Urban Commons Says It's Working With City, Making Necessary Repairs As Quickly As Possible And Has Made Progress Despite Challenges; Ship's Grassroots Supporters Display Photos/Video Of What They Recently Saw
One Day After Three Shootings (Incl. A Homicide) Near Central LB's PCH Corridor, LBPD Deploys Add'l Officers, Stops Vehicle; Suspect Allegedly Points Gun At Officer And Police Shoot/Wound Him
Suspect is found to allegedly have a no-bail felony arrest warrant for allegedly violating terms "Post Release Community Supervision" (now handled by County under Sac'to's 2011 AB 109 state prison "realignment")

LBPD photo
Photo Gallery: Teachable Moments: LBUSD Students Hold Peaceful On-Campus Demonstrations One Month After Florida School Mass Shooting

LB Poly High. LBUSD photo
All Four 5th Dist. City Council Candidates -- Incumbent Stacy Mungo + Challengers Corliss Lee, Rich Dines and John Osborn -- Will Appear At Candidate Forum Tonight (March 15) at Bancroft Middle School. 6:30 p.m.
Long Beach Council Approves (6-2) "Long Beach Values Act" Expanding "Sanctuary State" SB 54 Policies (Deplored By President Trump & Facing U.S. DOJ Suit) To All LB City Government Depts; Council Votes (5-3) To Seek Further Info To Develop $250,000 Legal Defense Fund To Aid Impacted LB Residents
Three Central LB Shootings In Broad Daylight, One Victim Dies
Subsequent development above
LB Council To Consider Implementing These "Sanctuary City" Type Policies, May Also Approve $100k To Help Create Deportation Legal Defense Fund
Subsequent development: Council votes 7-0 to approve in midnight hour, no discussion.
Council Will Vote On $1.7+ Mil For "Demand Needs Assessment" Of IT Items For New Civic Center Plus $350k To Assess Need To Build LBPD HQ Parking Garage
In Depth / Extended Audio Coverage: 5th District Council Candidates Corliss Lee and Rich Dines Field Residents' Questions, Display Some Differences With Each Other And With Non-Attending Incumbent Stacy Mungo; All Four Ballot Candidates Slated To Appear At March 15 LVNA Forum

Here's List Of District-by-District Council-Voted Approved Amendments To Land Use Element Maps
LBPD Says This Is What Happened Re Allegedly Armed Man, Threat To Blow Up LB Fed'l Building And Resulting Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

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Follow the Money: Council Re-Election Shoo-In Vice Mayor Rex Richardson Makes $10,000 "In Kind" Campaign Contribution (Staff/Walkers) -- Possibly Largest Single Campaign Contrib In History Of LBCC Races -- To Support L.A. County Dem Party Activist Uduak Ntuk Against LBCC Trustee Jeff Kellogg; Richardson Also Gives Sums To Support Re-Election Of LB City Council Incumbents Suzie Price & Roberto Uranga
Subsequent development above
LBPD Told Allegedly Armed Man Headed To Blow Up LB Fed'l Building; Police Spot And Surround Him On Ocean Blvd. Near Chestnut; He's Allegedly Non-Compliant And After Two Hours Of Negotiations, He's Fatally Shot
Subsequent development above
Two 5th District Council Candidates (Corliss Lee + Rich Dines) Will Attend Candidate Forum Tonight; All Four (Mungo + Lee + Dines + Osborn) Confirm For March 15 Forum
Perspective / Viewpoints

Perspective: Will Mayor Garcia Commit To Serving Full Four Year Term LB Voters Just Gave Him Without Jumping Ship For State Senate Seat In November Or Congress In Two Years? We Asked, And...

Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Half Century Gone
by Joe Segura (retired Long Beach journalist)
by Bill Pearl ( publisher)
Perspective / Opinion: LBCC Candidate Ntuk's Mindless Mailer Invites 2016 Party-Over-Principle Politics For Non-Partisan LBCC Board
Editorial: Urges This March 6 LUE Motion: Prudent, Neighborhood Protective, Data Driven And Responsible

Perspective / Opinion: How Some LB Dems Shoved Independent-Minded Dem Schipske Out of State Senate Race
Editorial: I-710 Travesty
Perspective / Opinion: Guess Who's Trying To Derail Gerrie Schipske's State Senate Bid
Perspective: Mayor Garcia Didn't Preside At Council Meeting (One Of His Charter Duties) To Attend L.A. County Democratic Party Event; His Former Online Calendar Has Apparently Vanished And We'd Like To Know If He Took Metro To The Event
Perspective Via Former L.A. City Planner Platkin Collapses Rationales For "Transit Rich" Density-Dictating SB 827
It's titled: "The More You Stir it, the More It Stinks: New Planning Legislation from Sacramento"
Long Beach City Hall Using "Mushroom Treatment" (Again) To Delay Our Reporting This Taxpayer-Impacting Information To You
Editorial: End LB's Transparency-Mocking Mushroom Treatment As Council's "I-710 Oversight Committee" (Austin, Uranga, Richardson) Prepares To Receive Publicly-Hidden Update And Select "Locally Preferred Alternative" To I-710 Expansion Project

Point-Counterpoint / Opinion: We Question These Statements Mayor Garcia Submitted For Inclusion In Official Election Pamphlet, And He Says...
Opinion: The Problem Isn't Fixed, Because...
by Gordana Kajer
Ms. Kajer is a candidate for City Council in the 3rd Council district

Perspective: Ten Inconvenient Truths About Boasts That "Measure A" LB Sales Tax Hike Restored LBPD South Division

Editorial: Council Should Receive and File LUE, Because...
Editorial: Citywide Appreciation Deserved For These LB Residents Who Made Tonight's LUE Hearing Possible
Editorial: 4 a.m. Bar Bill Is About More Than Booze, Because...
Podcast Listener's Comment: Agrees in part, disagrees in part, with our Podcast ("LUE + SB 35 = Increase Density's Perfect Storm.")

SB 35 + LUE = Increased Density's Perfect Storm

UPDATE: And hear reader's audio response.

Perspective: What Are They Hiding? On Nov. 8 Privately-Run "League of CA Cities" Will Advise Officials From Multiple Area Cities On New Funding for Affordable Housing, Changes To Housing Element Law, "Streamlining" Housing Approvals And Options For "Moving Forward" Under Sac'to-Enacted Housing Bills (Presumably Incl. SB 35)...And Group Bars Press/Public Access
Perspective / Opinion: SB 35: Not A Surprise, Not A Secret, But Shrugged By LB City Hall
Election Campaign Notebook / Perspective: In Dueling Releases, 5th District Incumbent Mungo and Challenger Dines Campaigns Avoid Mentioning Proposal For LB Airport Customs Facility / Int'l Operations But Both Say They Oppose Increased Density; Compare Their Records
Perspective: Will Discontent Audible/Visible At Land Use Meetings Bring Grassroots LB Election Candidates Willing To Challenge Incumbents' Records And Offer Meaningful Changes?
New: Editorial: Councilmembers Don't Ask, And Austin Doesn't Tell, What He Did/Didn't Do On Recent Sac'to Travel Re Density/Land Use Legislation
Subsequent development above
Editorial: Council Shouldn't Approve Paying For Councilman Austin's Recent Sac'to Travel Without A Transparent, Businesslike Explanation Of What He Did/Didn't Do On Density/Land Use Legislation
Editorial: When City Hall Fears A Town Hall

Some people inside Long Beach City Hall seem to fear an American tradition rooted in a constitutional right eloquently portrayed by Norman Rockwell during the darkest days of WWII...MORE.

Editorial: The Mayor's Junket
Opinion: Attitude vs. Platitudes
by Laurann Wakefield *
* Ms. Wakefield is a co-founder of ENUF (Eastside Neighborhoods United Fully)

Perspective / Public Safety Quiz: Blue Line Passenger Is Stabbed On Train Near Anaheim St...So Try This Quiz Re LBPD Police Levels Along Blue Line And For Neighborhoods Citywide
Publisher's Perspective: Holding Them Accountable: Here's Record Of LB's Sac'to Legislators, Mayor And Council on SB 35
Opinion: City Hall's Excessive "$100,000 Club" Grows To Gluttonous "$200,000 Club"
by Ann Cantrell
Amnesia File / Editorial: Here's How Long Beach Residents Lost The Law That Required City Council To Hold Nine Meetings Per Year In Council Districts And How/Why It Can/Should Return Without Taxpayer Cost
Publisher's Perspective / Opinion: The Mayor's Campaign Money, And Your Right To Know From Whom It Came
Perspective / Opinion: Fact Check, Fake News: Re LB's Unemployment Rate
Editorial: Equity
Editorial: The Worst Mayor/Council Appointment In Recent History And What To Do About It
Long Beach's Fireworks Fiasco
Editorial: For A Green-Light Measure In Long Beach: Letting The People Decide Density And Parking Impacts In Their City, Not Politicians And Development Interests
Editorial: Unmentioned on Memorial Day in Long Beach
Opinion / VIDEO: The Late Jack Smith Tells Council THIS About Neighborhood Crime/Safety And Homeless...On Oct. 11, 2016

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    Council Votes To Advance Density Increase Maps BUT Further Pares Down Density Increases Sought By Staff, Adds Periodic Reviews On Equity/Affordable Housing Plus Five Year Update
    As seen LIVE: March 6, 2018: After approving Council-district amendments to LUE maps, Council votes without dissent to oppose SB 827 (Sac'to dictated transit-vicinity housing bldg heights) citing loss of local control.
    Grassroots Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Issues This Statement In Advance of Council LUE Vote
    Detail-Savvy Long Beach Resident Kerrie Aley Sends Mayor/Council This Email Citing Gov't Figures, Says Numbers Show City Staff's LUE Overstates Housing Need, Flawed In Demanding Increased Density; She Offers These Solutions
    City Staff Agendizes This Memo Urging Council On March 6 To Advance -- With Or Without Tweaks -- Land Use Element Density Increase Maps
    Senator Wiener's Words & Pix Show What His SB 827 Would Do Re Sac'to Dictated Developer-Desired Transit Vicinity Housing Heights
    On Feb. 13, LB Council Declined To Oppose SB 827 Pending Amendments; On Mar 6, Council Committee (Austin, Mungo, Gonzalez) May Recommend Council Take Some Position
    First (Again) on / Includes Perspective / Opinion: LUE Game Changer: There Is No Legal Requirement To Adopt A LB Land Use Element (LUE) Stretching To 2040; A Shorter, More Prudent Time Period Allowing Greater Caution Would Suffice
    As heard LIVE: Metro Board Approves I-710 Alternative 5C As "Locally Preferred Alternative" With Solis-Garcia Motion That Starts Spending Money For "Early Action Items" Immediately But Leaves Ultimate Outcome Uncertain
    First (Again) on SB 827 Author Amendments Would Retain Local Zoning Override / Sac'to Dictated Multi-Story Housing Heights Near Transit
    Subsequent coverage above
    For the Record: Coalition for Environmental Health & Justice (Multiple Groups) Issues This Statement Opposing Mayor Garcia Co-Agendized I-710 Metro Motions; Garcia and Supervisor Solis Issue This Statement; See Full Text Of The Metro Motions As Agendized
    Subsequent coverage above
    Mayor Garcia Supports 710 Freeway Widening Without Elevated "Clean Freight Corridor," Co-Agendizes These Amendments

    Special Report / How'd That Happen?

    New / In Detail / Amnesia File: See Who Voted For Obstructive Studebaker Rd. Bicycle Lane Bollards

    New / In Detail / Amnesia File: See Who Voted For Obstructive Bellflower Blvd./CSULB Area Bicycle Lane Bollards
    Includes audio of Council's specific project approval vote plus detailed history of prior votes

    Two Saturday Night Shootings Within Two Hours; Man Is Hit, Area 4th/Cherry; Victim Not Hit, Area 14th St/St Louis
    First (Again) on With LUE Density Increase Maps Coming To Council March 6, Obtains These Materials City Att'y Office Sent To Mayor/Council
    Pickup Truck Crashes Into Home's Garage, E. Wardlow @ Josie
    First (Again) on Here's Photo Of Replica Firearm Found With Suspect/Now Defendant In Belmont Shore 2nd St. Gun Scare
    LBPD says matched the "gold color" description given by a victim

    LBPD released photo
    Person Found Shot To Death In Vehicle, Anaheim St./710 Fwy
    Tincher 8th Grader Arrested, Alleged Threats
    Long Beach Millikan High Student Is Arrested After Allegedly Making Threat To Harm Others At The School
    LBPD Arrests Student At Wilson High For Alleged Threats
    LB City Prosecutor's Office Files Charges Against Man Who Allegedly Triggered Belmont Shore 2nd St. Gun Scare
    L.A. County health professionals will assess his competency to stand trial
    First (Again) on Suspect In Belmont Shore Alleged Replica Gun Incident Was Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail (Re Theft Of Bicycle Parts), Released Two Days Later, Just Two Days Before 2nd St. Incident
    Follow the Money: Councilwoman Pearce Used Her Contributor-Funded "Officeholder Account" To Legally Help Re-Elect These Three LB Council Incumbents
    Pearce exploited controversial change in LB law that she initiated, her receipients voted to approve and Mayor Garcia didn't veto
    Councilwoman Price Says She'll Seek These Third District LUE Map Changes, Says She Doesn't Need City Attorney Memo On Impacts Of Sac'to Laws (Incl. SB 35) Before Council Vote
    UPDATE: VIDEO Surfaces; Belmont Shore Scare: Man Reported With Gun On 2nd St; LBPD Uses Less-Than-Lethal Means + K9, Finds Replica Handgun

    Assemblyman O'Donnell With LB City Hall Approval Introduces Bill That Doesn't Mention Community Hospital But Would Change A Few Key Words In Current Law To Allow Time Extension For Seismic Safety Deadline-Facing Hospitals
    Another Sac'to Housing Density Amplifier: San Diego Assemblyman Introduces AB 2372 Letting City Councils Give Developers Of "Affordable" (Subsidized/Below-Market) Housing "Density Bonus" Half Mile From Major Transit Stop Or Infill Within "Transit Priority Areas," Shrinks Parking Requirements
    See FBI Statement Admitting It Was Told Days Before -- And Failed To Follow-Up -- Re Florida Mass Murder Suspect
    Follow-Up / In Detail: Council Takes No Position on "Transit Rich" Housing Density Dictating SB 827 For Now, Sends Issue To A LB Council Committee Awaiting Amendments (Not Publicly Disclosed) By Bill's Author Expected In Late February
    Council incumbents don't mention LUE density increase maps coming to Council vote Mar. 6, but Council candidates Gordana Kajer and Corliss Lee do at afternoon press availability...and want City to seek amendments to SB 35; Sen. Wiener's office provides us with the text of his letter to Councilmembers, included in our coverage here.
    Follow-Up / In Detail: See Sen. Wiener's Polite But Unflinching Letter To LB Council re SB 827; He Defended His "Transit Rich" Housing Density-Dictating Bill, Suggested Council To Wait For Amendments He'll Propose...And LB Council Did As He Asked
    Follow-Up: Council Approves Developing Proposed "Bike Chop Shop" Ordinance, Agendized By Councilwoman Price, Joined By Councilmembers Supernaw, Andrews & Austin, To Prohibit Certain Dismantling/Selling of Bicycles/Bike Parts On Public Property
    Sat Nite-Sun A.M. Lakewood Village SWAT Response After Person Inside Home Allegedly Fires Shots; After Tear Gas, Suspect Exits, Is In Custody
    Subsequent development above Councilwoman Mungo, Joined By Councilmembers Supernaw and Austin, Agendize Council Item To Oppose "Transit Rich" Housing Density Dictating SB 827, Saying It Would Usurp Local Restrictions
    Subsequent development above
    Councilwoman Price, Joined By Councilmembers Supernaw, Andrews & Austin, Agendize Proposed Ordinance To Prohibit Certain Dismantling/Selling of Bicycles/Bike Parts On Public Property
    Agendizing memo says many bikes stolen, their parts stripped, sold illegally for money or controlled substances
    Extended On-DEMAND AUDIO: Hear 5th Dist. Council Candidates At LB Comm'l Real Estate Council Forum; Not A Debate But Questions On Hot Topics To Incumbent Mungo & Challengers Lee, Dines & Osborn

    Clear Line Drawn: Council Candidate Kajer Urges Removal Of Councilwoman Price-Sought Belmont Plaza Pool-Rebuild From Olympics-Prioritized Projects

    Councilwoman Price

    Ms. Kajer

    Subsequent development above At NLB Invitation-Only LUE Meeting, Mayor Garcia Sidesteps -- For Now -- Stating Position On Density Dictating SB 827

    New / In Depth: Must Read Re LUE & Density: State Housing Agency Issues This FAQ With These Decrees re SB 35 And Other Sac'to Enacted Housing / Land Use Dictates
    City Mgm't Proposes Council Balance FY19 Budget With Increased Ambulance Charges, Increased Parking Fines, Allowing Short Term Rentals (Airbnb Type) To Collect Hotel Room (Transient Occupancy Tax) And Discloses LB Consumers Paying Approx $6+ Million More Than Initially Expected Under Measure A Sales Tax Hike
    Exclusive: Mayor Garcia Hears Polite But Firm Criticism Of Proposed LUE Density And City Process At 5th Dist. Invitation-Only Event (With Others In Other Districts To Follow)
  • Mayor Garcia is focused and engaged, interacts with invitees but voices no views pro or con on contentious points raised
  • Councilwoman Mungo says she'll make Mar. 6 Council motion to limit current 5th dist. commercial areas to two stories community commercial (not three story mixed comm'l-residential uses)
  • shows up expecting to be turned away, but is allowed to attend nearly two hour meeting
    Two Shootings About Two Hours Two Blocks Apart, Vicinity South St./Orange Ave.
    In Depth Coverage / Extended On-Demand AUDIO: Hear It: Downtown LB Alliance Executive Committee Hears Presentation On Its Hired-Report That Contends LB Needs Thousands More Housing Units More Than City Staff LUE Calculates, Calls "Problematic" Revised Draft Land Use Maps With Reduced Density Increases, Votes To Consider Taking Advocacy Position(s) In Advance of Mar. 6 Council Meeting On Revised Land Use Element Maps photo
    Significant update above
    Mayor Garcia Schedules Private, Invitation-Only "Roundtable" Events With Small Number Of Hand-Picked Attendees As March 6 Council Vote Approaches On Density Increase Land Use Element (LUE) Maps, Invites Embattled Council Incumbent Mungo To Attend Fifth District Event, Tells Invitees Media Won't Attend
    Follow the Money: Murky Monied Campaign Committee -- "Friends Of Long Beach" -- Collected $180,000+ Within Its Initial Four Months (Nearly 150k From These Three LB Hotels) For Spending In City Elections
    Follow the Money: Early Sums Surface Pro/Con In Pearce Recall
    Follow-Up: DLBA Governing Board Voted In December 2017 To Spend $80,000 That Has Now Produced Draft Report Claiming LB Needs More Housing Than City Staff's Draft LUE Calculates, Calls "Problematic" Revised Draft Land Use Maps That Reduced Proposed Density Increases
    Draft report title page states prepared for Downtown Development Corporation, a separate non-profit with which Council voted Jan. 16 to enter into MOU (contract) to solicit donations, pursue grants and reimburse City for "unbudgeted budgeted programs and services" that advance unspecified "economic development goals" not limited to downtown, coordinated with written approval by city management
    First (Again) on Privately-Run Non-Profit -- Authorized By City Council (Jan. 16) To Solicit Donations, Pursue Grants And Reimburse City To Advance Unspecified "Economic Development Goals" With City Mgm't -- Hired Firm That Has Produced Draft Report (As March 6 Council Vote Approaches) Claiming LB Needs More Housing Than Draft LUE Calculates, Calls "Problematic" Revised Draft Land Use Maps That Reduced Some City Staff-Desired Density Increases
    Perspective: LBPD Data Say 2017 Shootings Were Down 9% From 2016, And We Note...
    League of CA Cities Urges Cities To Oppose SB 827 (Would Override Local Zoning, Enable Sac'to Dictated Denser/Taller Housing Near Transit); LB Mayor/Councilmembers Mum To Date
    Density Watch: Sac'to Bill Means Now-Advancing LBTransit Plan Could Trigger Housing Density/Building Height Increases For Neighborhoods Within Quarter-Mile/Half-Mile Of Its Transit Corridors
    Marie Knight, LB Parks/Rec/Marine Director, Exits To Become HB Community Services Director
    Perspective: Councilmembers Don't Ask Why City Failed To Follow Council-Stated Policy And Failed To Oppose Bills (Incl. SB 35) That Impose Sac'to Housing Dictates And Undercut Local Control, As Council Votes 8-0 To Approve Same Policy In 2018 That City Ignored In 2017
    Action comes as Sac'to considers new housing density bill (SB 827) by SB 35's author...with no serious Council discussion to date of any of the bills' impacts with Council vote scheduled in March on LB Land Use Element maps
  • First (Again) on JetBlue Tells LB Airport Proposed Higher Fines For Late Night Flights "Appear Intended To Have Discriminatory Effect" On JetBlue, "Seem Designed To Encourage JetBlue To Terminate Service," And Said City Should "Proceed Cautiously" And Consider JetBlue's Specific Comments, Warning "Any Decision Otherwise Could Lead To" Protracted Dispute As Carrier Believes "City's Actions Will Violate" Certain FAA Provisions And Create Fed'l Regulatory Conflicts
    First (Again) on JetBlue Escalates To Full Council Hearing March 13 Its Appeal Of Some Late Night Fines In Dispute Over Interpretation/Application Of Current LB Airport Ordinance Verbiage
    Perspective: Follow-Up: Bill Allowing 4 a.m. Bar Closings In LB (If Council Agrees) Introduced in Sac'to, Supported By Mayor Garcia
    In Depth / Perspective: Attn WLB, In Your Backyard: BNSF/L.A. Mainly Prevail In Court Appeal, Reviving Their Desired SCIG Railyard (With Add'l Steps Needed)
  • Might Council Settle Case For "Mitigation" While WLB Residents Say Railyard's Impacts Can't Be Mitigated And It Shouldn't Be Built Where Proposed?
  • BNSF + Cargo/Maritime/Corporate Interests Say It Will Eliminate Freeway Truck Miles, Help Economy And Mean Less "Regional" Pollution
    LBPD Says Car Going 60+ MPH Southbound on LB Blvd. Broadsided Car Turning West At Spring St; 20 Yr Old Woman (Passenger In Broadsided Car) Is Dead; Her Driver Is Critically Injured; Three In Other Vehicle Also Injured
    Want To See What LB/HB Offered Amazon For Its 2nd Corp HQ? Made Pub Recs Request Months Ago...And Has It Now

    Further On Councilwoman Pearce's Chartered Bus Event To Jan. 20 L.A. Women's March
  • Councilwoman Pearce's office says these LB Councilmembers support this year's event (although details remain vague) and include Mungo (a Repub who's mum on our inquiry)
  • Long Beach Area Republican Party criticizes LB Councilmembers' use of their "officeholder accounts" to "promote divisive politics" instead of LB community needs; no comment for now re Mungo role pending further info.
    Here's Text of LB Petition-Initiative Proposed Rent Control/Just Cause Eviction/Rental Housing Board Law
    "Just cause" eviction and Rental Housing Board provisions would apply regardless of whether 1995 rent-control-limiting Costa-Hawkins law is repealed
    City Staff Releases Revised LUE Maps For March 6 Council Action (That Could Accept Them, Tweak Them...Or "Receive and File" Them With LUE)
    See Voter Pamphlet Statements Submitted For Printing By LB Candidates For Mayor & City Council
    Covered with streaming VIDEO, now on-demand, via Facebook; text coverage coming
    Airport Mgm't Plans To Discuss Possible Amendments to Airport Noise Ordinance At Jan. 18 Airport Advisory Comm'n Meeting; Details Not Disclosed But Aug. 2017 Memo ( Previously Reported) May Offer Context And Clues
    Councilwoman Pearce Uses Her Office And City of LB Email Channels To Announce/Promote Free Chartered Bus Transportation (Event Supported By These LB Councilmembers And Pols) To Jan. 20 2nd Annual L.A. Women's March...After Hundreds of Thousands Held Massive L.A. Anti-Trump Protest Last Year Following His Inauguration
    UPDATE: Councilwoman Pearce staffer responds, says buses paid using her Officeholder Acc't (contributor, not taxpayer funded) and has been assured Emails OK
    Council Votes 7-2 To Approve (Advance To Other Regulatory Bodies) Company Offer To Remove Eyesore Surface Oil Drilling And Restore Los Cerritos Wetlands (North of 2nd St.) Over Period Of Years (Full Restoration Potentially Decades), Implement Slant Oil Drilling (Up to 120 Wells) From Two Nearby Off-Site Sites

    Current surface oil facilities

    "Steamshovel Slough," a pristine salt marsh on the site.

    Perspective: 10 Yr Old Girl Was Struck By New Year's Gunfire, A LB "Ghost" Shooting Victim Among All Other Shootings Not Publicly Visible In LB's Official Crime Stats. Here's How To Fix That.
    Mayor Garcia Says He And These Four Council Incumbents Want To Prioritize These Eight Projects As "Olympics Related"
    Here's List Of Incumbents/Challengers For April 2018 LB Elections
    Council incumbent Gonzalez, City Auditor, City Att'y, City Prosecutor have no filed opponents
    Robert Fox Doesn't Submit Papers To Run For Mayor, Says He Cut This Deal With Mayor Garcia; Garcia Emails This Statement
    UPDATE: Wait, wait: Less than two hours later, Fox issues "clarifier," says there was no deal.
    LB Rent Control Initiative Supporters Submit Measure Text, Request City Att'y Ballot Title/Summary, Prerequisite To Petition Signature Gathering
    LBPD-Released 2017 Crime Stats
    Councilmembers Mum -- Say Nothing, Ask No Questions -- At First of Three Hearings On Charter Amendment To Restore/Authorize Taking Up To $26 Mil From LB Water/Sewer/Gas Users For General Fund ("Blank Check") Council Spending; Two Taxpayers Blast Measure; Next Hearing Feb. 13
    Subsequent development above<.small>
    Robert Fox, Neighborhood Advocate/Businessman Who Forced City Hall To Hold Heavily Attended Citywide Town Hall-Style Meetings & Led Opposition To City Staff's Density-Promoting Land Use Element, Pulls Papers To Run For Mayor
    Action comes as Council candidates Gordana Kajer and Corliss Lee mount reform-themed challenges to incumbents Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo in voter-rich 3rd and 5th Council districts
    Perspective: Mayor Garcia's 2018 "State of the City": Doesn't Utter Words "Deficit" Or "Taxes," Spends Seconds on Land Use Element, Sends Tweet From Stage
    City Mgm't Memo Acknowledges That As Currently Written, Proposed Charter Amendment Could Take Up To $26 Mil From LB Water/Sewer/Gas Users For General Fund ("Blank Check") City Council Spending
    Sum Is Over Three Times More Than Mgm't Previously Mentioned, It Goes Beyond Filling Budget Hole From Taxpayer's Prop 218 Lawsuit That Ended City Hall's Water/Sewer Pipeline Fees
    Subsequent coverage ahove:
    The REAL State of the City: Mayor Garcia Calls Special Council Meeting (First Of Three Hearings) To Put "Blank Check" Charter Amendment On June 2018 Ballot, Letting Council Take Up To 12% From "Unnecessary" Water/Sewer & Gas Dept. Gross Revenues To "Maintain Local General Fund Services"
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