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New / Details / Perspective: Councilwoman Gonzalez Tries To Block Our Camera Lens, Refuses To Speak With Us, When We Ask Her Position On Adding More Police Than Mayor/Mgm't Propose...After Not Responding Minutes Earlier To Similar Questions From LB Resident During Community Budget Meeting


UPDATE / Follow-Up: DA's Charges Shed Light On What Allegedly Happened Re Young Man Found Murdered In Early August In Area Of Willow St./San Gabriel River

New / Details / Perspective: Despite Sales Tax Hike, City Council Has Mainly Cut (And City Staff Is Proposing To Cut More), While Adding A Few, Crossing Guards For Schoolchildren And Their Taxpaying Parents
New: Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild Would Consume $1 Mil More From Tidelands AND $500k From Sales Tax Hike (For FY18) AND $500k From Any FY16 Surplus Listed In Mayor/Mgr Proposed FY17 Budget
SCE Spokesperson Says Trash Appeared To Be Stuffed In Vent Pipe To Downtown LB Underground Power Vault (Pine/Ocean) Where Smoke Rose And LBFD Doused Fire; No Power Outages Reported
Photo right is SCE file photo from another location, provided at's request for illustrative purposes.
Man Shot At Predawn, 11th St./MLK; It's Second Shooting In Same Area Within 11 Days

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.
As Seen LIVE: Residents Blast Proposed Density-Inviting SEASP (SE LB) Rezoning That (Draft EIR Admits) Could Further Worsen Already Terrible Traffic
A number of speakers urge retaining the area's current low-density protective SEADIP zoning

Advisory: To Avoid Colliding With Planning Comm'n Meeting Re Proposed SEADP Rezoning, Councilwoman Price Moves Parking Study Meeting To Sept. 1...Where It Now Collides With Planning Commission Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild / EIR Hearing
Teen Playing PokémonGo Near Pike Is Allegedly Struck In Head By Man Wielding A Metal Pole; DA Says Defendant Previously Convicted Of Assault With Deadly Weapon
Advisory: A USAF military training aircraft (a T-38) blew out its tires on landing at LB Airport at about 11:15 a.m. Friday Aug 19, rolling on its wheel rims to an area that effectively shut down LB Airport's main runway 30-12 and alternate runway 25R which sent some passengers to other airports. Later in the day and into the evening, some LB flights arrived and departed using runway 25R.
UPDATE: Council votes 7-0 (Price, Andrews absent after being present earlier) to approve city mgm't recommendation If City Council Agrees On Tuesday (Aug. 16), These Seven Intersections Previously Found To Deserve School Crossing-Guards -- But Currently Not Assigned -- Definitely Won't Have Them...And These Three New Intersections Will
Subsequent development above
Planning Commission Will Hold Study Session Aug. 18 on SEASP Increased-Density-Inviting SE LB Rezoning

Source: SEASP Specific Plan (hearing version, released July 2016)
Perspective: At 8th dist. Budget Meeting, Councilman Austin Mum On Whether He'll Move To Restore Some Police Beyond What Mayor/Mgm't Propose
Perspective: By The Numbers: Long Beach Mayor Garcia Proposes -- After Sales Tax Hike -- Not Restoring Roughly 96% Of Police Long Beach Previously Had For Citywide Deployment But Cut By Councils (Including Him) Since 2009; If Not Changed By Council, This Would Leave L.A. County's Second Largest City With Thin Police Level Roughly Equivalent Per Capita To Erasing Over A Third Of LAPD's Officers
Sat. Dawn: Two Men Shot, Area Anaheim/Walnut
19 Yr Old Driver Strikes/Kills 77 Yr Old Pedestrian After El Dorado Park Summer-Ending Concert
VIDEO Coverage: $40,000 Reward Offered -- And LB Police Chief Luna Makes Passionate, Intense Appeal For Info (See VIDEO) -- To Help Solve Murder of Mother And 4 Yr Old Daughter, 9th/Locust

Imagine Waking Up To This: Someone Steals Wheels Off Your Car Parked In Your Driveway, Just Happened To ELB Resident

Two Late Afternoon Shootings (Thurs. Aug. 11) Within Seven Minutes: One in Central LB (MLK/11th St.), Another In Far-Northern NLB (200 Block 69th Way)
As LB and CA Voters Prepare To Vote On Selling It, Obama Admin DEA Nixes Reclassifying Marijuana To Less Restrictive Category But Will Allow More Research Into Cannabis' Chemicals
Former Long Beach Council Candidate / Lobbyist/Advocate Carl Kemp Launches Go Fund Me Page For Family Support, Discusses His Fed'l Plea Agreement On Facebook, See Details From Court Doc
In First Discussion Of Police/Fire Budgets After Sales Tax Hike, Some Councilmembers Indicate They'd Like To Restore Some Fire / Police Levels Beyond What Mgm't/Mayor Propose...But None Offer Any Plans Or Commit To Doing So
Council Settles Lawsuits Re Fatal LBPD Shootings: Hector Morejon, 19 = $1.5 Mil; Jason Conoscenti, 36 = $2.0 Mil; Plaintiffs Sought $10+ Mil In Each Case
In Depth: Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority OK's Key Action That Could Enable Synergy Oil Proposal To Restore 150+ Acres Of SE LB Wetlands; Local Enviro/Wildlife Advocates Cautious, Retain Legal Counsel Who Says CEQA Requires Doing EIR First To Disclose Expected Impacts And Results
LBPD Says No Gang Ties Known, Urges Members Of Public To Come Forward With Info Re 9th/Locust Mother + Daughter Murder
Council Will Discuss Police, Fire, Disaster/Emer Comm Budgets @ 6:30 p.m. Today
Councilmember Supernaw, Plus Price, Pearce & Gonzalez, Propose At Least Seven To Eleven Add'l Days For Public Review Of Forthcoming "Feasibility Study" On Airport Customs Facility (Int'l Flights) Before It Comes To Council
Driver Allegedly Tries To Strike LBPD Officer With Vehicle In Central LB Traffic Stop; Pursuit Follows; He's Taken Into Custody in So. Wrigley
LBPD Says Fatal Shooting Of Mother/Daughter At 9th/Locust WASN'T A Drive-By; Tearful, Prayerful Residents Bring Flowers, Candles To Grassroots Shrine; Go Fund Me Page Seeks Help To Cover Funeral Expenses; LBPD Urges Anyone Who May Have Witnessed What Happened Or Has Information To Come Forward

Photo from grassroots shrine, cropped by us to show mother and daughter.
Child's Father Was With Mother And Daughter And They Had Just Arrived Home And Were Walking To Their Residence When Mother And 4 Yr Old Daughter Fatally Shot, Downtown Long Beach 900 block Locust Ave.
Group Fight, 2600 block E. Anaheim St: Two Men Stabbed, One Of Whom Dies
NLB SWAT Activity After LBPD Spots A Man In Houghton Park In 1 a.m. Hour, A Fight Follows And Suspect Allegedly Hits Officer In Head With A Handgun
Update: Homicide Victim Was 19 Yr Old Downey Resident, Body Found Thurs a.m. At Willow St./San Gabriel River
Follow-Up / Perspective: Nearly Nine Months After Council OK'd It Without Seeing It, There's No New Lease Yet With New Queen Mary Lessee And We And You Haven't Seen Its Full Terms ("Still Being Finalized")
Perspective: Mgm't/Mayor Proposed FY17 Budget Adds Eight Police Officers (Out of 200 Gone), Restores One Belmont Shore Fire Engine (Leaves Los Altos Station 17 Without Engine), Includes Mgm't-Map-Specified Infrastructure Projects
See Who Else Gave Money To Pro-Sales-Tax Hike Campaign AFTER Election Was Over (There's More)
Fracking Foes Form Message Along Long Beach Bluff Beach Captured By Drone Digital Pic: "No Fracking"
by Barry Saks

Photo credit: Kurt Lieber, Ocean Defenders Alliance
To Get $600K Sac'to Grant, City of Long Beach Said LBPD Lacks Diversity, Is Seeing Decreased Community Support / Decreased Satisfaction In High Crime Areas, Needs Anti-Bias Training
Weeks Before A LB Airport "Feasibility Study" On Possible Fed'l Customs Facility (Int'l Operations), LB City Mgm't Hires New Airport Dir. Who Put One at Van Nuys Airport
Iconic And Beloved Nino's Italian Restaurant -- Oldest Italian Restaurant In Long Beach -- Marks 58th Anniversary At End of July...And Will Close In Mid-August
Federal Drug Enforcement Action In West Long Beach Re Alleged "Spice" Lab, Part of Search Warrants in LB, Tucson and Denver
If Long Beach Gets A Historic Looff Carousel At Queen Mary, It Will Be Due To This Man
City Hall's "Queen Mary Land Development" Advisory Task Force Announces "A Presentation On Proposed World Class Icon on the Queen Mary Site"
Summer Early Evening: Not Yet 18, There's A Street Fight, He Allegedly Has A Gun, Shoots At Someone -- And Misses -- And Is Arrested

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.
One Day After He's Baptized In Eyes of God, Carl Kemp Stands Before Federal Judge And Pleads Guilty To A Federal Tax Offense; Sentencing Now Scheduled Nov. 7
Multi-Car Accident, Palo Verde Ave. @ Carson St.

Perspective: Mayor Garcia's Choices For Sales Tax Hike "Citizens Oversight Committee" Are...
Detailed Coverage: City Staff Releases, Council Majority Will Eventually Decide On, This Re-Zoning Of Key Part Of SE LB ("SEASP"), Proposes To More Than Double Current Housing, More Than Double Current Population And Allow Up To Seven Story Bldg. Heights Along Parts Of PCH Near 2nd St
Draft EIR Offers Options Of "Reduced Intensity Alternative" Or "Reduced Building Height Alternative" But Says Traffic Impacts At Multiple Intersections + Nearby Freeway + Cumulative Traffic Impacts "Significant And Unavoidable"

Three LB Firefighters Suffer Heat Exhaustion Battling Second Alarm Blaze In Alamitos Beach (1000 block E. Broadway)
Advisory: If You Want To Swim In It, City Says Long Beach Ocean Water Now Tests "Within State Requirements" After 1.75 Mil Gallons Of Poop Sent Down L.A. River From L.A. Sewage Spill
In Depth: Below The Radar: Internal LB Airport Docs Show How Southwest Sought And Got Temporary Use Of Three JetBlue Flight Slots Thru Dec. 31; So What Happens Jan. 1?
As seen LIVE: On 5-4 Vote, Council Chooses Councilman Rex Richardson As Its New Vice-Mayor For Next Two Years
As seen LIVE: Council Directs City Att'y 9-0 To Prepare Nov. Ballot Measure To Tax LB Medpot/Recpot If LB/CA MJ Nov. Measures Pass
Broken L.A. Sewage Pipe Sent Estimated 100k+ 1.5+ Million 1.775 Million Net Gallons Of Poop To Long Beach, Closes Long Beach Beaches To Water Activities
Memorial Ceremony For Fallen K-9 Officer Credo Will Take Place Weds. July 20; Here's Info
Uh-Oh: CalPERS (Paid By LB Taxpayers To Pay LB City Employee Pensions) Says It Only Earned 0.61% Return On Its Investments Over Past 12 Mos; How Much Could This Drain/Divert From LB Taxpayer Services To Pay City Retiree Pensions?
DTM Security Cautions That "PokemonGo" Augmented Reality Games May Create Personal Security Threats, See VIDEO
LBCC's Sup't/Pres. Oakley Is Newly Chosen Chancellor Of CA Community Colleges
Subsequent development above
Council To Mull Measure(s) To Tax Medpot/Recpot If LB/CA MJ Nov. Measures Pass
In-Depth: Pro-Sales Tax Hike Committee Still Collecting Money After Election, Recent Contribs Incl. LBPOA PAC and LBCC Trustee Doug Otto 2016 Re-Election Committee
As of June 7. Pro-Tax-Hike-Committee Owed Roughly $150,000+ More Than It Had Cash On Hand
Motorcyclist Perishes In Terrible Traffic Accident, 7th St./Santiago Ave. (eastern border of Recreation Park)
Two Men Playing PokemonGo While Walking On South St. Near Clark Ave. (Lakewood) Become Victims Of Attempted Armed Robbery + Assault

Perspective / Viewpoints

Editorial: LB Firefighters Union Prez Pens These Pusillanimous Words As Mgm't/Mayor Propose To Leave Fire Stns (Including Stearns Park area Stn 17) Without Fire Engines and NLB Stn 12 Without Paramedic/Rescue

Editorial: Restore At Least 35 Officers For Taxpayers...Now
Counter-Point: A Responsible Budget -- That Restores Public Safety
Text from mass emailing sent by Mayor Robert Garcia
Opinion / Point-Counterpoint: Comments Re Police Shootings And Upcoming Dem Convention:
  • Steve James on Facebook: Scheduling Appearance By Michael Brown's Mother (Ferguson, MO) Is "Slap To The Face Of All Law Enforcement" (Personal Comment by LBPOA Pres; Group Has Taken No Position At This Time)
  • Dem Convention Website Text Describing Its Upcoming "Mothers of the Movement" Event
  • Aug. 2014 Open Letter To Youth of Ferguson, MO by Long Beach Councilman (Now Vice Mayor) Rex Richardson
  • Grand Jury Conclusion and US DOJ Conclusion re Ferguson MO police shooting
  • Fraternal Order of Police Statement ("Shocked, Angered, Saddened") re Dem Convention
    Opinion: Future File: Results Of SEASP (Son of SEADIP) Reviewed in 2026
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.

    Perspective / Opinion: In the Running for Long Beach Outrage of the Decade

    Editorial: LB's 2016 Elections
    Perspective / Opinion: Is That All There Is? By The Numbers On "More Police" Under "Measure A" Sales Tax Hike
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Last Minute Facebook Item By the LB Firefighters Ass'n Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Facebook Item From One Of Mayor Garcia's Ten Office Staffers, Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: LB's New Sample Ballot And Election Practices?

    Editorial: LB City Hall's Public Works Infrastructure Scandal: Going Where Facts Lead Without Flinching, Avoiding Damage Control/Cover-Up
    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 New Technology Facilitates Transparency, Openness in CA State Govt.
    by Katy Grimes

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  • Transcript Excerpts of Historic Feb. 13, 2001 City Council Vote on QW Bay "Pike" Development
  • How ELB Traffic Project Was Canceled And $1,000,000 Diverted For Downtown Walkway; Other Projects At Traffic Circle & Iron Triangle Not Delivered As Promised
  • 2003: Independent Consultant Says City Hall "Has Created A False Impression Of Solvency"
  • Deputy City Auditor Report Shows LB Convention & Entertainment Center Operations Cost LB Taxpayers $2.5 Million in FY 2000, $3.0 Million in FY 99; Cumulative operating losses since 1978 opening exceed $60 million; City Auditor Burroughs' Recommended Action: "Receive and File"
  • Video Shows Councilman Garcia Typing, Texting, Seemingly Not Focused On Testimony During Residents' Quasi-Judicial Appeal of City's Planned Handling Of Toxic Contaminated Colorado Lagoon Soil
  • What Some Councilmembers Did While Taxpayers Testified On Toxics

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    Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Study Says Areas Including Downtown LB, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Bixby Knolls At Estimated Heightened Cancer Risk From Port Operations

    "Draft Estimated Diesel PM [particulate matter] Cancer Risk From POLA and POLB" cited in Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment Study for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, p. 8
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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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    Man Is Stabbed At Midafternoon Friday (July 15) Anaheim St./Atlantic Ave. In Carjacking

    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.
    Within Hours Of Pols Praising Exiting Vice Mayor Lowenthal, Man Is Shot In Her Council District: 500 block Cherry 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.
    Memorial Service Is Friday July 15 for Richard "Dick" Karnette (Husband of Retired State Senator/Assemblymember Betty Karnette); Details Here
    Perspective / Amnesia File: Mayor Garcia Mum On Black Lives Matter Charges About LBPD But Six Weeks Ago Told East Long Beach Audience: "As Mayor and Council, We Support Our Cops 100%" And Have To Ensure They Have That Support From Community
    VIDEO Coverage: Black Lives Matter Long Beach Organizer Addresses Supporters Outside City Hall (July 12, 2016) Incoming Long Beach Councilwoman Pearce Tells "Black Lives Matter" She's Committed To Be Their Partner In Fighting To Achieve "Racial Equity" In Long Beach, Urges Group To "Keep Doing What You're Doing"

    "Black Lives Matter" Movement Arrives in Long Beach: Demonstration Outside City Hall, Then Speakers Inside At Council Meeting Slam LBPD Actions, Seek Elected Citizens Complaint Board
    Council audience shouts demands to allow additional public speakers...and Mayor/Council waive rules to allow them.

    VIDEO ON DEMAND (as seen LIVE on President Obama speaks at an Interfaith Memorial Service in Dallas. He's introduced by the Dallas Chief of Police.

    July 12 update: Council votes 9-0 to put the petition-initiated measure on the Nov. 2016 ballot and request city management report on its impacts. Long Beach Councilmembers Must Now Either OK Costly Citywide Election (With Or Without City Hall Report On The Measure) OR Approve Petition-Initiated Medpot Measure As Submitted Bypassing Election/Voter Choice
    City Mgm't and Police Chief have previously warned resuming medpot operations will mean increased staff/police costs; measure's proponents say their measure includes tax to help pay for it
    Details / Amnesia File / Perspective: Follow-Up To Illegal Fireworks Fiasco Plaguing Long Beach Neighborhoods: Internal City Hall Documents Show Failure To Innovate, Mayor/Council/Mgm't Reliance On Previously Failed Methods...And Mgm't Now Admits Number of Violators Outmatches City's Resources To Enforce Its Ordinance
    Point / CounterPoint: Mayor Garcia Cites Fewer LB Animal Shelter Euthanasias And Upcoming "Kitty Hall" Adoption Event; Counter-Point: Stayin' Alive Long Beach Minimizes Figures, Hits Garcia's Record
    Includes AUDIO: Long Beach Residents Across City -- Incl. North Long Beach, Bixby Knolls, Wrigley, Downtown, East Long Beach And Beyond -- Report Disruptive Fireworks Illegal Statewide
  • Retired 5th dist. Councilman Robbins: "Never Heard Fireworks Noise Like I Did Last Night"
  • Hear Fireworks Recorded Inside A Residence b/w Atlantic/LB Blvd South of South St. Will Carry LIVE VIDEO of House Committee Hearing With FBI Director Comey Re His Recommendation Not To Prosecute Hillary Clinton
    17 Yr Old Loses Portions Of His Hand In Fireworks-Related Injury; LBFD Responds To Four Fires (Under Investigation); LBFD Seizes Roughly (Cumulative) 500 Pounds Of Fireworks Between July 1-4
    AUDIO / Amnesia File: Almost Exactly One Year Ago (July 7, 2015) Re Neighborhood Disruptive Explosive Fireworks: Hear What LB Resident (2nd dist.) Told City Council And What Mayor Garcia Said
    As seen LIVE: Juno Spacecraft Successfully Enters Orbit Around Jupiter, Mission Could Help Unlock Secrets Of Our Solar System

    Artist conception: NASA, JPL-Caltech
    Subsequent coverage above:
    July 3 Night: North Long Beach, Bixby Knolls, Wrigley Neighborhoods Describe More Explosive Statewide-Illegal Fireworks, On Edge Approaching July 4
    Photo Gallery: July 3 "Big Bang on the Bay" Fireworks Captured In Timed Exposures
    by Max Pearl

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    Upstart Group Signs "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"
    Help Us Document Neighborhood Disruptive, CA-Banned Pyros / Explosives in Long Beach (July 2-4, 2016)
    There'll Be Water Tests (Before and After) And Best Management Practices Re Tonight's (July 3) Alamitos Bay Fireworks, Because...
    Long Beach's Wrigley Neighborhood Rattled Again By Bomb-Style Fireworks Illegal Statewide; One Resident Spots Some Enforcement Activity
    Advisory: LBPD Announces Memorial Service Scheduled for K9 Officer Credo

    Died as a result of injuries sustained during a SWAT call-out involving a barricaded suspect wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon investigation.
    Man Reported With A Gun, Seen Running Thru South Wrigley, Taken Into Custody After Perimeter + SWAT Call Out
    Follow-Up: Sharply Differing Descriptions Emerge Of Barry Prak, Killed In LBPD Officer Involved Shooting
    City Auditor Finds Disturbing Park Conditions, Cites Parks Maintenance Unit And Offers Recommendations, Some of Which Management Resists; Read Full Audit w/ Recommendations, Mgm't Response And Auditor Rebuttal
    Big Rig Hits Twelve Cars Parked Along Santa Fe Ave. Overnight
    Yes, Someone Broke Windows At Some Wrigley Businesses Along Willow St. b/w Magnolia and Oregon Aves...and LBPD Is On It
    Murder In Northern Willmore City: Man Is Fatally Shot, 1200 block Loma Vista (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.
  • VIDEO On-Demand: See LBPD Officers' Emotion-Packed Tribute to K9 Credo, Killed In Line of Duty; See Bio Data on K9 Credo

    LBPD Says Knife-Armed Suspect (Wanted For Multi-Victim LB Shooting) Led To Officer-Involved Shooting In Which K9 Officer Credo Fought With Suspect, Tried To Stop His Advance; An Officer Fired, Fatally Wounding Suspect...And K9 Officer Credo

    LBPD Finds & Arrests -- And D.A. Charges -- Two Men, One Woman -- With May Murder Of 16 Yr Old Geron Lacy Near NLB's Ramona Park
    Long Beach Mayor Pitching George Lucas Museum On Downtown "On The Water" Locations...But Convention Ctr Parking Lot And QM Adjacent Sites Ruled Out By City's Draft Enviro Impact Report For Consideration As Pool Rebuild Sites

    Image on Brian Ulaszewski Facebook page
    Counter-Point / Opinion: Councilman Richardson Responds, And We Reply, Re North Long Beach Shootings And What He Said On Facebook About Restoring Police (Including Field Anti-Gang Unit) For Taxpayers
    Urgent Advisory: Long Beach Has At Least Three Juvenile Great White Sharks In Peninsula Beach Area; Councilwoman Price Says In Abundance Of Caution, Marine Safety Bureau Will Place "Shark Sighted" Advisories From 72nd Place to La Verne Lifeguard Tower
    LB School Board Puts Debt-Bond/Property Tax Increase On November Ballot For Repairs/Upgrades, Roughly $60 Annually Per $100,000 Of Property's Assessor-Assessed Valuation
    Metro Board (Knabe, DuBois Dissenting) Seeks Half-Cent Sales Tax Hike On November Ballot Promising These Projects; On Same Day, Sac'to Ass'yman Mendoza Announces He'll Advance Bill To Add Several New Metro Board Seats...Including One For LB Mayor
    Sat Night: Woman Is Shot / Wounded, Area LB Blvd/Del Amo
    Gunfire Damages A Residence, 4000 block Gardenia (SW of Carson/Cherry)
    In Depth / Perspective: City Hall's Sales Tax Hike "Measure A" Failed In 5th Dist, Passed In Eastside Districts 3 & 4 Below Citywide Levels; Ballots From 1st + 6th + 9th Dists Provided 70+% Support
    Suspect In Custody After Two Sheriffs Deputies Shot Just North of LB Border, Lakewood Blvd. North of 91 Fwy in Bellflower
    LBPD Investigating Fatal Fire, 500 block W. 7th St., Currently An "Undetermined Death"

    Price/Mungo/Supernaw Attempt To Counter/Derail Petition-Initiative Medpot Measure Flops; If Voter Sigs Suffice, Council Can OK Costly Citywide Election OR Approve Petition-Initiated Medpot Measure Without Costly Election/Voter Choice
    City Mgm't and Police Chief have previously warned resuming medpot operations will mean increased staff/police costs; measure's proponents say their measure includes tax to help pay for it
    6th Council District Staffer Becomes Victim Of Violent Crime At 1st Dist/6th Dist. Border
    U.S. Navy Is Mulling Three Alternatives Which Include New Breakwater(s) In Seal Beach For New, Larger Ammunition Pier At Naval Weapons Station
    Tuesday's LB Highs Forecast 10-15 Degrees Cooler; LB Airport Hit 100 On Monday; See Other Area TempsOutage ended: Roughly 900 SCE customers (meaning accounts and thus we estimate over 2,000 people) in zip 90815 were without power for roughly 12 hours starting at about 6:50 p.m. Sunday night (June 19). We received reports (caveat: unofficial) from parts of Los Altos and areas south of Artcraft Manor/west of Stearns Park. Some of this occurred during the NBA finals...causing a number of people to watch streaming video online on their mobile devices rather than on their old-fashioned TV's.
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