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|Breaking: Recall Launched to Remove Councilwoman Pearce. Details to follow.
Recall supporters come to Council meeting to serve Notice of Intent To Recall on Councilwoman Pearce; she avoids personal service by exiting Council Chamber; they vow to serve her by mail on Weds. Developing.
As Seen LIVE: Eighty Public Speakers, Most Saying "No" To LUE /Recommend Receive and File...And Mayor-Picked Planning Comm'n Recommends "Yes" With Some Map Tweaks; Non-Binding Action Sets Stage For Council Decision On Increased Density
Tuesday: Hotel Developer of Historic Jergins Trust Site (SE Corner Ocean/Pine) Wants 80% Of Hotel Room Tax Over Nine Years (Upfront Increase From 50% Over 20 Yrs)
Tuesday: City Att'y Says Sac'to Density Dictates Mean New LB "Granny Flats" Ordinance Coming To Council Hearing
Eleven LB-Area Groups (Incl. Advocates For Rent Control, Affordable Housing, Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure) Say They'll Support Proposed Land Use Element If It Includes Their Strengthening Suggestions That Include...
New / In Depth: Long Beach City Officials Let These Multiple Sac'to Bills (Beyond SB 35) Pass Without City Opposition (Remained Neutral/Took "Watch" Position) That Could Now Impact Proposed Land Use Element / Density Increases
New: Mayor Garcia Sent This Letter In March, Told Sac'to Lawmakers Long Beach Wanted Them To Enact 2017 Gasoline Tax Hike (SB 1), Said LB Residents "Made It Apparent" By Approving 2016 LB Sales Tax Increase
New: Mayor Garcia Told State Senator That Long Beach Welcomes Inclusion In A Bill That Could Let LB Bars/Restaurants Serve Alcohol Till 4 a.m.
Garcia is quoted in Senator's release as saying it wouldn't work citywide in LB but gives "City & local law enforcement flexibility to allow special events in Downtown Entertainment District," an option Garcia said is "supported by Downtown LB [Business] Alliance"
With PODCAST Audio: Sustainable City Comm'n Member Gonzales Says He Said Opposite Of What Some In Los Cerritos Oil/Wetlands Project Team Say Was Said In Verbal (Not Physical) Encounter After Planning Comm'n Meeting
We also include audio of Mr. Gonzales' testimony during the Planning Comm'n hearing
AND With PODCAST Audio: Increased City Hall Area Security/Lighting Needed Say Los Cerritos Oil/Wetlands Project Consultants After Team Member Allegedly Physically Attacked, Others Verbally Lambasted After Planning Comm'n Hearing
After Testifying In Support Of Los Cerritos Oil Consolidation/Wetlands Restoration Project, BOMP Consultant Is Allegedly Physically Assaulted Outside City Hall, Possibly By A Project Opponent
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: "League of CA Cities" Didn't Want You To See What They Told Cities (Incl. Long Beach) About Impacts Of
News / Coverage In Depth
Includes On-Demand PODCAST Extended Audio Coverage
Planning Comm'n Hears Sharply Differing Testimony -- With Prominent Wetlands/Wildlife Groups Non-Committal -- Votes
New: Midnight Hour Attempted Armed Robbery, Victim Is Shot, 5100 block Atlantic (8th dist.)
LBPD Releases New Docs And Photos Re
Exiting LB Dev'ment Services Dir. Bodek Starting Salary At L.A. County Will Be $250k With
Subsequent development above Oil Field Operator's Offer To Remove Eyesore Surface Drilling And Restore 150+ Acres Of SE LB Wetlands (North of 2nd St b/w PCH-Studebaker) By Using Underground Slant-Drilling From Two Offsite Sites Gets Planning Comm'n Hearing
Amy Bodek, Director Long Beach Development Services, Ankles LB To Become Director Of Regional Planning For Los Angeles County
City Attorney's Office Sends This Memo To Mayor/Council Re
UPDATE: Eight Vehicles (Which Include Two LBTRansit Buses) Involved In Chain Of Collisions At Bellflower/Spring
With Perspective: At Meeting She Organized And Ran, Councilwoman Mungo Combined Accurate Information With Inaccurate/Misleading Information Re LUE, Density Increase Maps And SB 35...And Declined To Commit On What Portions Of Latest Density Increase Maps She Would Vote To Oppose Or Might Accept
Jared Milrad Wants To Replace Councilman Roberto Uranga, Launches Campaign Website Saying He's Young, Gay, Progressive, Worked To Elect Hillary, Has A Law Degree, Lived In District 18 Mos. (About 30 Mos in LB); PODCAST: Hear Our Initial Questions And His Responses
Man Found Shot At Daybreak Friday (Nov. 24), 600 block E. Shoreline Dr.
Councilmembers Austin, Mungo, Gonzalez ("State Legislation Committee") Don't Ask, City Staff Doesn't Tell, Why City Didn't Follow Committee/Council Voted Policy To Oppose Bills Threatening Local Control And Didn't Oppose SB 35 (Offers "Streamlined" Approval Of Certain Developer-Desired Multi-Unit Housing Projects, Erases Key Public CEQA Appeal Rights And Undermines Local Control)
Details / Perspective: Compare City Hall's Social Network Claims Re Proposed LUE With This Add'l Information
Horrifying Bluff Heights Home Invasion Armed Robbery: Multiple Suspects Allegedly Identify Themselves As Law Enforcement, Get In, Pistol Whip Victim And Gun Is Fired With No One Hit
Perspective / Amnesia File: Making LB Better: Concerned Residents Deserve Thanks For New Seaside Park Synthetic Sports Field Using Natural Materials Instead Of Recycled-Tire "Crumb Rubber"
Fallout From Pearce-Cotter June Incident: Her Former Chief of Staff Enters Into Plea Agreement w/ City Prosecutor: Admits Probation Violation, Ends Public Intox Case, Must Complete 10 Days Community Service & Remains On Probation
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.")
UPDATED / New Feature: Podcasts!
SB 35 + LUE = Increased Density's Perfect Storm
UPDATE: And hear reader's audio response.
Perspective: What Are They Hiding? On
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: The Worst Mayor/Council Appointment In Recent History And What To Do About It
Editorial: 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
Adoptable pets and more:
Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout <
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In Depth / With AUDIO: Council Votes
Appellants raised neighborhood-impacts (incl. parking) similar to those voiced by opponents of city staff-sought Land Use Element revision
Subsequent development above:Density Desired By Developers Versus Neighborhoods With Parking For Residents: Showdown Hearing Is Nov. 14 Re
Nov. 18: Parts Of NLB See/Hear Gunfire Sat Nite: Shell Casings Area 68th/Paramount And Business Window Shot Out 6600 block Cherry Ave. (9th dist.)
Celebrating A Life, Funding A Farewell: Jerry Caligiuri: The Missing Man In This Year's LB Veterans Day Parade
Sic Transit: Helen Borgers, 38 Year Jazz Radio Career (88.1 FM KLON/KKJZ) Passes
Extended VIDEO Coverage: See / Hear 21st Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
Follow-Up: While L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Lets Persons Sentenced To Up To 180 Days In Jail Walk Away Without Serving Their Sentences, OC Sheriff Jails Them For Full Term With One Day Credit For Each Day Served (If They Behave)
City Staff Releases Its Revised Proposed Land Use Element / Density-Increase Maps; See Them Here:
LBPD Is Conducting An Investigation Re An Alleged Camera In A Restroom At Long Beach Animal Care Services
Heartbreak Among Heartfelt Messages, Flowers, Candles From Children, Friends, Neighbors At Woodruff/Conant, Where Terrible Accident Took Life Of Boy Riding His Bike
LBPD Adds This Information Re Fatal Accident: Boy Riding Bike Is Killed, Girl Riding Along With Him Is Injured, Struck By Vehicle Area Woodruff @ Conant
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: See Details Of What Petition-Initiated Long Beach Rent Control Ballot Measure Would Enact
Taxpayer Diana Lejins' Lawsuit Brings Settlement With Changes/Reforms; Reduces LB Water/Sewer Rates, Repays LB Water Dept. $12 Mil Over Next Four Fiscal Years For "Pipeline Fee" Charged To Water Dept. Customers That City Hall Collected While Scoffing Prop 218 Since 2003/2006
Council Now Faces Loss Of $7 Mil In Gen'l Fund "Support"...And City Mgm't Delays Addressing Its Impacts Until Discussion Of FY19 Budget AFTER 2018 Elections
LBPD Says Gang Member on Parole Allegedly Triggered Police Activity From Zaferia To Central LB To Area North Of Gumbiner Park/MoLAA, w/ Alleged Assault On Officer, Stealing Officer's Gun And Carjacking A Vehicle, Leading To Officer Involved Shooting, SWAT Call Out And K9 Assisted Arrest
Grassroots Community Advocates Gordana Kajer (3rd dist.) And Corliss Lee (5th dist.) File Council Candidacy Papers, Pledge To Turn Races Into Referendum On City Hall-Sought Density, Land Use Element, SEASP And Focus On Environment, Neighborhood Protection And Reforms In Challenging Incumbents Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo
|Countywide Bombshell (After Belmont Shore/2nd St. Battery Outcome): L.A. County Sheriff's Office Admits Under Its Current Jail Criteria, Persons Sentenced To 180 Days Or Less Are Released Same Day
Subsequent development above "Housing Long Beach" Active in Downtown Long Beach Collecting Names/Contact Info For Volunteers Who Could Help Gather Signatures For Forthcoming Long Beach Rent Control Ballot Measure
Special Report / EXTENDED VIDEO & Photos: Offer City Shouldn't Refuse? See/Hear What We Saw/Heard On Walking Tour of Long Beach Oil Field That Two Profit-Making Firms Offer To Restore To 150+ Acres Of Natural Wetlands For Public Access
Councilwoman Mungo Tells ELB Residents' Meeting That City Staff Plans To Release Revised Proposed Land Use Element Density Maps Weds Or Thurs (Nov. 8 or 9), And...
Results Of CONO Multi-Question Surveys: 500+ Residents Attending Land Use Element Workshops Gave These Responses Re LUE, Increased Density, Parking And More
Follow-Up / Viewpoint: Prop 47 And AB 109 Had Much To Do With 2nd St. Defendant Walking Out Of County Jail Same Day Court Sentenced Him To 180 Days, Because...
by Councilwoman Suzie Price
Man Found Yelling/Screaming On 2nd St. In Belmont Shore Is Charged By City Prosecutor With Battery For Striking A Father (Walking With His Two Daughters), Pleads Guilty, Is Sentenced To 180 Days...And Is Released The Same Day
Subsequent development above Perspective / Developing: Is "Housing Long Beach" Prepping A Petition Initiated LB Rent Control Ballot Measure?
Eloquent Remembrance: Jerry Caligiuri: A Gentle, Kind, Selfless Life Of Service
by Vivian Malauulu *
From her Facebook page, with permission. Ms. Malauulu is a member of LBCC's Board of Trustees
Jerry Caligiuri, Former Council Office Aide, Decades Long Neighborhood Advocate And Civic Volunteer, Is Stricken Suddenly And Passes
Subsequent development above: Father And His Two Daughters Walking Along 2nd St. In Belmont Shore Confronted By Man, Later Observed By Police Yelling And Screaming, Who Allegedly Physically Attacks Dad; Details Emerging
Amnesia File: Gas Tax Hike Hits Today (Nov. 1); In March, Mayor Garcia Told Key Sac'to Lawmakers That City Supported Passage Of
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Coverage in Depth: Internal City Hall Records, Plus Public Chronology, Show How Long Beach City Officials Let
Overnight Gunfire A Little Over A Block North of St. Anthony High School (1st Dist.): Two Suspects, Two Victims, Gunshots Miss
2018 Amgen Bike Tour of CA Will Start (Men's Race) In Long Beach After 11 Year Absence; Amnesia File: In 2007, LB Officials/Downtown Interests Staged Pre-Event Bike Ballyhoo; Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal Rode Tricycle In Relay Race
Feb. 2007 LB-staged pre-event tricycle relay included then-Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal
Perspective: Developer Doesn't Face CEQA Neighborhood Impacts Of Five-Story "Mixed Use" Development -- 95 Units, Half For Very-Low-Income and Half For Low-Income Rents @ 1900-1940 LB Blvd. -- Because Last Year These Councilmembers Approved "Programmatic EIR" For Impacts Of Projects Within "Midtown Plan"
View DA "Charge Evaluation Worksheet" With Details Of What CHP, LBPD And DA Found, And DA's Basis For Declining To Prosecute Allegations Of Domestic Battery And DUI Against Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce
Court Action Filed To Stop SE LB "SEASP" Increased Building Hts/Comm'l Density Rezoning; Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Seeks To Void Council-Approved Enviro Impact Report
East Anaheim St. Midday Shooting; Man In Vehicle Is Wounded, Woman Is In Custody
Tues. Temp Reaches And Stays At 106 Degrees At LB Airport For Roughly Three Hours (Fortunately At 8% Humidity); Some Cooling Weds But Not Much
POSTPONED To Nov. 14: Council Hearing Oct. 24 On Developer-Sought, City Staff-Supported
Image source: Site Plan Review by Studio 111
UPDATE: Temp Hits 104 @ LGB With 8% Humidity Monday; More Of The Same Predicted Tuesday, Then Cooling Weds
Natural Gas Leak From Oil Well Pipe Area PCH/Loynes Triggers Some Evacs/Some Shelter In Place At Nearby Belmont Shore Mobile Home Estates; LBFD And Well/Pipe Owner Termo Manage To Resolve Incident Without Fire Or Explosion
WLB Midafternoon "Ride-By" Shooting: Hoodie-Wearing Bike Rider Fires Shots At Man In Parked Car, Misses Him, Damages Car, 1900 block Caspian
Man Hit By Gunfire Shortly Before Dawn, Willmore City Neighborhood
Oct 19 Planning Comm'n Meeting @ Wrigley's Vets Park Will Consider Approving 95
|Nearly 500 Attend Final City Staff Meeting re Land Use Element/Proposed Increased Density; CONO Leader Fox Goes Beyond, Urges Still-Developing City Reforms
Photo via CONO Facebook page
As seen LIVE: Council votes to have City Att'y work with LB Health Dept. to draft an ordinance requiring LB restaurants serving bundled "kids meals" to make milk and water "default choice." Vote was 8-0 with Andrews leaving before the vote. Lead proponent Pearce cites need to prevent obesity and child dental problems, initially proposed allowing 60 calories of juice, then withdrew it; Mungo sought and won amendment allowing 40 calories of juice. No elected or member of the public commented that subject matter of the item isn't the City Council's job. Item as agendized here: "Meatless Monday" Redux? These Four LB Councilmembers Want City Law To Require LB Restaurants To Make Low Sugar Drinks "Default Choice" On Bundled Kids Meals, Proposal On Oct. 17 Council Agenda
Perspective: Mayor Garcia 100% No-Show, 2/3 Councilmembers Absent To Date At 75% Of City Staff Workshops On Proposed Density Increases; Final Event Is Tonight Oct. 18, 6 p.m., Scherer Park, Area Atlantic/Del Amo
Councilwoman Price Issues This Extended Statement Re Proposed Land Use Element Height/Density Increases
Following Large Public Turnouts in SE LB, ELB and Wrigley-WLB, Final City Staff Workshop (Town Hall Public Statements/Q & A + Individual Staff Info Stations) on Proposed Land Use Element Density Increases Will Happen at Scherer Park, Atlantic/Del Amo Weds. Oct. 18
See How LB-Area Sac'to Lawmakers Voted On (1) Ending Mandatory Increased Prison Time (Restores A Judge's Discretion) When Someone Uses A Gun In Committing Certain Felonies And (2) Reducing From Felony To Misdemeanor Intentionally Giving Someone HIV (Virus That Causes AIDS)
While City Council Meets Downtown And Hears "Innovation Team" Tout Public Safety Improvements, Four Men Are Shot In Central LB (Area Anaheim St./Walnut Ave.) Leaving Two Dead, Two Wounded
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.
L.A. DA Report Says And Shows Screen-Saves From Cellphone Video Corroborate Cops, DA Concludes Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed Murder Suspect Barry Prak (And Took Life Of K9 Officer "Credo" In Friendly Fire) Was Legally Justified For These Reasons
L.A. County DA report released images
Sac'to Dictated Density On "Accessory Dwelling Units" (Granny Flats) Draws Extended Discussion; Councilmembers Try To Mitigate Neighborhood Impacts, Make Initial Changes To Staff-Proposed New Ordinance With Add'l Discussion Coming
City Health Officer Advises These Precautions As Smoke Plume Turned Sky Orange-Yellow, Dimmed Sun, In ELB From Massive Anaheim Hills Fire
Oct. 9 2:30 p.m. Panoramic view from ELB as smoke turned sky orange-yellow, dimming sunlight. Photo by Max Pearl
Midnight Hour Double-Shooting Leaves One Man Dead, Another Wounded, 1200 block E. 56th St. (8th Council district)
Subsequent development above: Sac'to Dictates, LB Council To Consider, These Zoning Changes To Ease Restrictions On "Accessory Dwelling Units" (Granny Flats Not Restricted To Grannies) With No Add'l Parking Req'd (Outside Coastal Zone Or Parking Impacted Areas)
Extended VIDEO Coverage: See / Hear On-Demand VIDEO of
Rich Dines (Maritime Clerk Active In ILWU, Mayor Foster-App'ted Harbor Comm'r, Contributor To Mayor Garcia's 2018
He speaks at
Subsequent coverage above: City Staff Adjusts/Modifies Format For
City Staff Prepares Document Titled "General Plan Land Use Element Misconceptions and Concerns"; We Link To It Here
Council Votes Without Dissent To Support Declaring 2nd Monday In October "Indigenous People's Day"; Second Vote Coming Likely Next Week
AUDIO: ELB Man And His Wife Were At Las Vegas Concert Where Bullets Missed Them; Hear Him Describe What He Heard, Saw And Did
Subsequent development above LB To Annually Declare 2nd Monday In October "Indigenous People's Day?" These Three Councilmembers Propose It
Major Turnout At First Of Four City Staff-Organized "Workshops" On Land Use Density Increases And Residents Revolt: Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO) Creates "Town Hall" Forum Despite City Staff Planned "Information Station" Format; UPDATED With VIDEO
In-Detail/On-Demand VIDEO: Density and Land Use/Zoning Game-Changer: Gov. Brown Signs Package Of Bills Incl. SB 35 That Promote And Incentivize Developer-Desired Multi-Unit Residential-Component Projects, Reduce Or Eliminate Grounds For Public Objections, City Denials
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