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Advisory: Belmont Shore/Naples Area Sewer Line Break Near Ravenna Drive Bridge, Over Half Contained But About 5,250 Gallons Get Into Alamitos Bay; City Orders All Alamitos Bay Swimming Areas Closed To Water Contact...For Now


New: Long Beach Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault
New / VIDEO: See/Hear It: Emotion-Packed, Digitally-Propelled Event Sends Heartfelt Wishes, Prayers Seeking Speedy Recovery For Retired LBPD Detective/Former LBLGP President Kim Maddox


New: City Clerk Says, Council OKs, $200k For Special Election To Fill O'Donnell-Vacated 4th District Council Seat
Council Votes 6-0 (Motion By Price, Seconded by Mungo) To Resume Using Sprayed Concrete ("ShotCrete") On Bluff Erosion/Stabilization Project To Conclusion
Councilwoman Price Withdraws Her Agendized Item Seeking Fiscal Impact Of Citywide Construction Contract Project Labor Agreement
Says City Staff Will Provide Its Fiscal Impact Before Contract Returns To Council For Approval And Council Will Have About 30 Days To Discuss Fiscal Impact Before Council Vote
New / Security Tip of the Week: VIDEO: Disposing of Sensitive Information
by Matt Fleischmann
Mr. Fleischmann owns/operates Diversified Threat Management, a private security firm offering security assessments, patrols and security services to neighborhood groups, business groups and Business Improvement Districts


New: Long Beach Main Library To Launch New Services Designed For Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Joe Segura
Special to LBREPORT.com

UPDATE: Victim In Sunday's Fatal Drive-By Shooting (1100 block E. PCH) Was Nephew To Now-Former Chair Of City Hall's Now-Former Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Task Force, Lydia Hollie
Sunday Midafternoon Murder; Fatal Drive By Shooting 1100 block E. PCH (Area Lemon Ave. b/w Orange and Atlantic Aves.)



Special Event VIDEO Coverage: See/Hear Long Beach's 61st Annual Daisy Ave. Christmas Parade

Subsequent development above: Council To Decide Dec. 16 Whether To Continue Sprayed Concrete Or Choose Biotechnical Means To Deal With Bluff Erosion
Awful News: 20 Yr Old Woman Previously Declared Missing Is Found Deceased In Her Vehicle Submerged in ELB Los Cerritos Channel; LBPD Believes An Accident
Man Reports He Was Assaulted By Suspects Who Attempted To Rob Him, And Was Stabbed, About 2 a.m. Area Cherry Ave./Del Amo Blvd.
City Hall-Hired SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Consultants' Analysis Includes Possible Increased Density/Allowable Bldg. Heights In Mixed Use Core, Possible Extension of Studebaker Rd. Across Wetlands, Discussed At Final Advisory Committee Meeting; Controversy Flares, Issues Now Advance To City Hall For Actions
by Joe Mello, LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent
Did You See It? Rocket Launch From Vandenberg AFB Clearly Visible in Long Beach (180 Miles Away)


5500 block of Wardlow Rd (b/w Bellflower Blvd/Woodruff Ave.) Becomes Free Candlelight Christmas Pageant -- "Portraits of the Prince of Peace" -- Dec. 12, 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Photos by Diana Lejins
Subsequent coverage above:
Dec 13 Is Daisy Ave. Christmas Tree Lane Parade, 5:00-7:00 p.m.; Public Citywide Invited To Wrigley's Unique Christmas Parade Along Neighborhood Street, Not Commercial Route


Multiple Photos + Storm Data: ELB Balcony Facade Collapses, Trees Downed, Storm Debris Follows Predawn Downpour Dec. 12

Los Coyotes Diagona @ Woodruff. Photo courtesy Brian Kucera

ELB area Monlaco/Studebaker. Photo courtesy Charlie McGrail

Area Burnett/San Francisco-Golden. Photo via Wrigley Neighborhood Group Facebook page
New: Long Beach Falls to 7th in State Population (Latest Update from CA Dept. of Finance)
As seen LIVE / Extended On-Demand AUDIO: Council Votes 8-0 To Pursue Civic Center Rebuild In "Public Private Partnership" Transaction (Private Entity To Finance/Design/Build/Operate/Maintain Civic Center For 40 Yrs, City To Pay $12.6 Mil Annually + CPI + Give Up Public Land Under Former LB Courthouse For Pvt Development
  • In Q & A, city staff acknowledges transaction will create add'l General Fund costs requiring annual [unspecified] budget "adjustments"
  • City staff calls Columbia University Master of Science thesis recommending retrofit interesting but without sufficient detail and sources to evaluate
  • DLBA, CVB, Library Foundation, downtown residents, union reps support transaction; some speakers pointedly oppose it; Councilwoman Price calls some criticism "completely misinformed opinion" and says proposal was "very transparent"
    Security Tip of the Week: VIDEO: Leaving Home for the Holidays
    by Matt Fleischmann
    Mr. Fleischmann owns/operates Diversified Threat Management, a private security firm offering security assessments, patrols and security services to neighborhood groups, business groups and Business Improvement Districts

    Two Year Timeline To Retrofit City Hall Is Reasonable Says Columbia U Master of Science Grad Student Whose Thesis Recommends Retrofit; City Mgm't "Public Private Partnership" Timeline Anticipates Occupancy Under Civic Center Rebuild (If All Milestones Met) In Late 2019
    City Hall seismic issues, and city management estimated retrofit costs (nearly $200 mil) were its justification for pursuing entire Civic Center rebuild; three independent sources now estimate City Hall retrofit costs roughly between $30-$50 million
    In Proposed Civic Center Agenda Item, Management Seeks Council Authority -- Without Further Council Or Public Discussion -- To Seek Changes in State Law, Sign Contracts Not Publicly Seen Until After They're Binding
    AUDIO: There's Now THIRD Estimate (Second From Professionals) That Long Beach City Hall Retrofit Ought To Cost Roughly $30-$50 Million; City Has Sought No Marketplace Bids, Council Has Let City Mgm't Proffer Its Own $190+ Mil Estimate As Cost Basis To Pursue Entire Civic Center Rebuild; AUDIO: HEAR Columbia U Master of Science Thesis Author Explain Her Less Costly Retrofit Option
    Council To Vote Dec. 9 On Whether To Authorize Mgm't To Negotiate/Enter Into Binding Contract With Private Firm To Finance/Build/Operate/Maintain New Civic Center
    Mgm't recommends Plenary Edgemoor Civic Partners; seeks Council authority to spend up to $3.2 million more for consulting firm + up to nearly $2 million for outside legal services
    Harbor Comm'n Makes Port Part Of "Public Private Partnership" Civic Center Transaction, Will Include New Port HQ, Reduce City's Payments To Build New City Hall
    Woman Says Man Assaulted Her With A Knife in CSULB Parking Structure One (Closest To And SW Of Pyramid)
    Belmont Shore Resident Arms Himself Against An Intruder, Who Flees But Startles Resident Who Accidentally Discharges His Weapon; Officers Find Suspect In A Tree, From Which He Falls, Is Transported To A Hospital...And Booked
    Greg Almodovar, Previously Missing, Found Deceased In L.A. River (Area PCH)

    Photos from search flier on Facebook

    Did You See It: Space Station Passes Nearly Directly Over Long Beach Early Evening Dec. 8

    Image via Heavens-above.com
    Double-Shooting, Two Persons Hit 2200 block Lewis Ave.


    LBPD IDs Murder Victim, Age 27, Says He Was NOT A Gang Member And Motive For The Shooting Is Unknown; Two Shootings In NLB Overnight: One Leaves A Man Dead In A Car, Area Atlantic/Artesia, Another Sends Bullets At Apt. In Eastern NLB, No One Hit



    See VIDEO CLIP ADDED: See Coyote On Campus @ ELB Newcomb K-8 School, Is Captured by LB Animal Care Services, Found Injured And Humanely Euthanized


    Screen saves from video by Thomas Sutfin
    Two Shootings In Nine Days In 1st Council District (14th/Cedar + 16th/Pine)
    One shooting is within hours of 4th Council district murder




    NLBCAG Invites You To Annual Community Christmas Party Sun. Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. @ LB Historic Dairy & Creamery (167 E. South St.); Bring A Wrapped Ornament + Your Favorite Dish, Dan Pressburg Says
    Advisory: Rabid Bat Found In Downtown Long Beach; LB Health Dept. Warns: Don't Touch Bats...And Call LB Animal Care Services If They Can't Fly Or Act Strangely
    Incident follows rabid skunk found in June near ELB's Millikan High, found carrying rabies virus variant acquired from a bat.
    Fact Check: Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell Sac'to Website Bio: "While On The Long Beach City Council, He Helped Produce City's First Budget Surplus In Over A Decade...Secured Funding for Police Gang-Unit Officers...Brought Crime To Lowest Level in 41 Yrs"


    City Mgr. West Hires New Deputy City Mgr...From Oakland
    Council Votes 8-0 To Adopt City Mgm't Recommended Park Meter Rate Increases To Cover Costs To Install/Operate/Process Credit Cards Used By "Smart Parking Meters" That Also Measure Parking Usage
    Council Votes 8-0 To Send Proposed Add'l Policy Re Fiscal Impact Statements In Agenda Items Back To Budget Oversight Committee For Discussion/Redrafting
  • Several Councilmembers Voice Concern That Requiring Financial Mgm't Review Before Agendizing Could Delay Their Items; Committee Chair Lowenthal Offers To Delete Applying That Req't For Councilmember-Agendized Items Before Item Is Sent Back To Her Committee
  • No Verbal Discussion Of Verbiage Letting Elected Officials Exempt Themselves From Financial Management Review If In Councilmember's Opinion His/Her Proposal Will Have No Fiscal Impact
    Weds. (Dec. 3) Shower w/ ELB Downpour Brought LB Another Roughly 0.3" Of Rain Weds Afternoon (Dec. 3), Storm Total Approx. 1.3"
    Council Votes 8-0 To Send Proposed Add'l Policy Re Fiscal Impact Statements In Agenda Items Back To Budget Oversight Committee For Discussion/Redrafting; Several Councilmembers Voice Concern That Requiring Financial Mgm't Review Before Agendizing Could Delay Their Items; Committee Chair Lowenthal Offers To Delete Applying That Req't To Councilmember-Agendized Items Before Item Is Sent Back To Her Committee
    No Verbal Discussion Of Verbiage Letting Elected Officials Exempt Themselves From Financial Management Review If In Councilmember's Opinion His/Her Proposal Will Have No Fiscal Impact
    How City of Long Beach Turned Downtown Shoreline Tidelands Area It Was Supposed To Use For Tidelands Purposes Into Area It Admits Has Become Useless For Tidelands Purposes; In Response, Two State Agencies Enabled Change Of Retail/Entertainment Complex Into Retail Store Outlet Center
    QWB Mayor & Mgr w/ confetti

    Nat'l Weather Service Says Expect Heavy Rain Tuesday
    NLB Market (Paramount Blvd. North. of Artesia) Female Employee Confronted By Two Alleged Armed Robbers Wearing Ski Masks, Business Loses Several Thousand Dollars in Cash/Checks
    "One Day Christmas Store / Shopping With Dignity" -- Uplifting, Award Winning, Grassroots Created Event -- Readies 8th Year, Invites Volunteers & Contributions To Make This Year's Event Another Success


    Heartbreaking Thanksgiving: Three Alarm Fire In ELB Condo/Townhouse Complex. 5400 block Centralia (West of Bellflower) Leaves Two Units Seriously Fire-Damaged, A Third Damaged In Fighting Blaze

    Screen save above courtesy Loudlabs.com
    Victim Identified, PD Says Motive Unclear; Man Fatally Shot Night Before Thanksgiving, Area 15th/Sherman Place (East of Cherry b/w PCH/Anaheim St.)


    Follow-Up / AUDIO: LBCC Admin. Quietly Provides List of Previously Non-Itemized Expenditures Under $25k Persistently Pursued By Trustee Sunny Zia
    Sup't-Pres. Oakley Says A New Electronic Board Agenda Mgm't System With Greater Access To Details Has Been Discussed For Over A Year And Will Be Rolled Out January; Board VP Otto Seeks Study Session On Practices And Implementation Costs
    LBPD Arrests, DA Charges Two Suspects, Alleges NLB Murder + Five Counts NLB Shootings/Attempted Murder + Gang Enhancements + Weapons + Drug Charges
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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 Jesen


    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
    Editorial: An "Inaugural" Fit For Kings
    Editorial: Check/Balance Civics Lesson From Stymied Mayoral Attempt To Usurp Council Power
    Editorial: How To Pay For A World Class Belmont Plaza Pool
    Editorial: Inviting Uncontrollable Impacts At LB Airport
    Opinion: City Mgm't Position On Civic Center Rebuild Understates Future Taxpayer Costs, Gives No Basis For Current Claimed Costs, Fails To Offer Obvious Alternative, Unwisely Rushes Council Decision With Long-Term Public Consequences
    by Retired City Attorney Jim McCabe
    Includes city management response
    Editorial: Unfinished Business
    Opinion: The Election: How To Spend Big And Lose Big
    Editorial: Unaffordable
    Opinion: Irrational Decision Making Merits No Vote From Me
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.


    The Night Long Beach Ran Out of Cops: Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Eight Years Ago?
    Opinion: What Is City Mgm't Trying To Hide From Council And Taxpayers On New Civic Center, And Why Are They Hiding It?
    Common Sense by Terry Jensen


    With Perspective: "For Garcia and Johnson, Leadership's Limit Is the 5th District Border"
    by Dave Wielenga, GreaterLongBeach.com
    Opinion: Double Standard Accepts Defeat As Victory
    Common Sense by Terry Jensen

    Editorial: Latest On Lemming Run Toward Taj Mahal Civic Center: $450,000 (60% Of What's Likely Needed) Proposed On Council "Consent Calendar" For Outside Lawyers
    What LB Schools Should Do When We Get Fire Fallout
    Editorial: LB Municipal Code Says Councilmembers Shouldn't Just Vanish On Pesky Votes But Mayors Let Them Do It...And Shouldn't
    Editorial: Real Persons Here, Non-Persons Elsewhere



    Editorial: Making A Mayoral Mockery Of Public Safety
    Flashback: Editorial, Nov. 2011: "Would You Want To Live There?"
    Editorial: Council Should Say NO Tonight To Looting $2.6 Million In Pothole, Street, Sidewalk And Infrastructure Funds to Pay For This; We Propose Alternatives
    UPDATE: Council action: Passes 8-0 (Schipske absent) No questions or comments from Councilmembers regarding the use of infrastructure funds for the item.
    UPDATED / Perspective: Fed Up With "Political Graffiti?" We Invite Campaigns And Independent Committees Either To Claim The Signs We Show Here Are Lawful/Consensual Or Remove Them

    This "political graffiti" spotted in Los Altos. Email us your pix to: mail@lbreport.com
    Editorial: The Election







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  • 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"
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  • Video Shows Councilman Garcia Typing, Texting, Seemingly Not Focused On Testimony During Residents' Quasi-Judicial Appeal of City's Planned Handling Of Toxic Contaminated Colorado Lagoon Soil
  • What Some Councilmembers Did While Taxpayers Testified On Toxics

  • Interactive Map: AQMD Multiple Airborne Toxics Exposure Study (MATES III)
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    Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Study Says Areas Including Downtown LB, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Bixby Knolls At Estimated Heightened Cancer Risk From Port Operations

    "Draft Estimated Diesel PM [particulate matter] Cancer Risk From POLA and POLB" cited in Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment Study for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, p. 8
    24 Hrs. in LB Air: Bixby Knolls AQMD Monitor, Dec. 2003. Details, click photo
    AQMD Air Monitor in LB, Dec. 2003
    2005: Scientists @ LB Conference Say Air Pollution in L.A.-LB Region is High Enough to Cause Illness and Deaths; Economist Says Ports Receive Subsidies That Invite More Growth
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    Did Two San Bernardino Children Die In Fire Because Their Bankrupt City's Council Did What Long Beach Councilmembers Are Doing Right Now: Leaving Fire Stns Without Fire Engines?
    by Daryl Supernaw *
    * Mr. Supernaw was the runoff candidate in the June 2012 4th Council district election.

    Midnight Hour Sunday: Potential Explosive Situation Averted: Vehicle Crashes Into Garage, Area 10th St/Gladys, Damages Gas Main, Triggers Gas Leak; LBPD Evacuates Nearby Area; LBFD Shuts Off Gas/Electricity; LB Gas & Bldg Inspectors Respond; 34 Yr Old LB Man Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI/Driving With Suspended License
    LB Water Dept. Cuts Allowed Landscape Watering Days To Only Mondays And Thursdays
    LBPD Arrests, D.A. Charges, This Alleged Sexual Assault Suspect (And Parolee)...And LBPD Wants To Know If There Are Add'l Victims

    Coroner Identifies Decedent, LBPD Releases This Info re (Nov. 21) Wrigley Area Officer-Involved Shooting; Suspect (Alleged Knife-Armed Male Adult) Is Killed, Officer And Female Juvenile Uninjured; UPDATE: Decedent Is 18 Yr Old From LB
    Motorcyclist Is Killed Entering Southbound 405 Fwy At Willow St., Strikes Entry Median, Is Ejected
    Assistance League's GLITZ Holiday Sale Is On NOW (Sat AND Sun) On Trendy Retro Row (2100 E. 4th St. just east of Cherry); See Pix



    Cong. Alan Lowenthal Issues This Statement re Pres. Obama's Executive Orders On Immigration
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    Text of Pres. Barack Obama's Televised Address re His Executive Orders On Immigration
    ON-DEMAND VIDEO: See/Hear Dueling Testimony By LB Fire Chief DuRee And LB Firefighters Ass'n Pres. Pritchard After LB Data Show Less Expensive Paramedic System Didn't Meet County Agency's Rule Requiring Second Arriving Paramedic w/in 3 Mins Of First Paramedic 95% Of Time
  • Chief DuRee says County agency rule requiring 2nd paramedic to arrive w/in 3 mins of 1st unit 95% of time is arbitrary, not backed by empirical data...and new system has delivered 1st arriving paramedic faster than previously; LBFFA Pres. Pritchard says City "trying to move the goal post" in trying to change the rule
  • Chief DuRee tells Commission faster first arriving paramedic can begin patient assessment faster; Pritchard tells LBREPORT.com two paramedics are legally required, and first arriving paramedic must wait, to administer controlled drugs ("full scope" of services.)
  • A Comm'n member now evaluating 32 patient data points indicates no adverse outcomes to date
    City Mgr. Chooses Shreveport, Louisiana Regional Airport Director Bryant Francis As New Director Of LGB

    City of LB released photo
    Diver Works To Assist Belmont Shore's "Octopuses' Garden"; See Underwater "Littleville" And Mother Octopi
    by Joe Segura
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    Former 7th Dist. Councilman, Two-Time Mayoral Candidate Ray Grabinski, Sic Transit

    Extended VIDEO: See/Hear SCAQMD Town Meeting Re Repeated LB-Area Odors; Agency Says It Treats Odor Incidents Seriously, Encourages Residents To Report Incidents In Real Time Via Phone And Online, Hears Public Testimony, Incl. Belmont Hts. Area Resident Who Poses Pointed Questions and Seeks Answers And Remedies
    Council Action On Lowenthal-Price-Mungo Proposal Seeking Draft Ordinance Requiring Dog Owners to Spay/Neuter Their Pets (Unless Medical Exclusion Or Breeding Permit) AND Would Forbid Sale Of Dogs, Cats or Rabbits In Any Store Unless Animals Obtained From City Shelter, Humane Society or Non-Profit (Or Bred On Premises With Breeding Permit)
    Council Action Erasing Parts of LB's Campaign Reform Act; Will Let LB Candidates & Incumbents Divert Their Campaign Funds To Other Candidates For Local, State and Federal Offices, Removes LB Req't (Tougher Than Sac'to) To Obtain Contributors' Names/Occupations Before Depositing Their Contribs
    -- Councilwoman Gonzalez calls current req'ts "antiquated," says changes will "make it a lot easier for us" and bring us "up to par."
    With Perspective: Redondo/Hill Crash: 5 Vehicles, 11 Patients, 1 Suspected Hit/Run Driver
    Incident likely stressed LB's Mayor/Council thinned firefighting resources
    Governor Picks LBCC's Oakley & Former Assembly Spkr/Dem Caucus Leader Perez For UC Bd of Regents; Action Comes As UC Admin Seeks Tuition Increase Blasted by Governor, Other Pols & Students
    Details / Perspective: Columbia University Master of Science Thesis Says Long Beach Could Retrofit City Hall For Estimated $30 Million; It's Second Retrofit Cost Figure Significantly Lower Than City Mgm't Estimated Cost Figure Given To Council And Taxpayers

    Retrofit showing connections across outer columns. Exhibit from thesis
    Security Tip of the Week: VIDEO: ATM Safety
    Subsequent coverage above
    SCAQMD Schedules "Mystery Stink" Town Hall Meeting Tues. Nov. 18, 6 p.m., Golden Sails Hotel In Long Beach
    Subsequent coverage above
    LBFD Data Shows Reduced-Cost Paramedic System Didn't Deliver Second Promised/Required Paramedic 95% of Time From Outset (July / August) As County Test Requires; County Agency Has Sought Improvement Plan; LBFD Mgm't Has Provided This Response
    VIDEO: "Up Your Game" Benefit/Dedication/Music Held At Long Beach's "Flying Morrison" Mural


    Victim Critical After He's Stabbed, Area PCH/Myrtle, Gang Detectives On-Scene


    Reward Offered Re Fatal Hit/Run (Spring St./East of Studebaker Rd.) That Killed Danny Gomez

    Mr. Gomez in photo released by LBPD

    "Up Your Game" Benefit/Dedication/Musical Performances For Long Beach's "Flying Morrison" Mural On One Year Anniversary; LBREPORT.com Will Webcast Event LIVE
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    by Joe Mello
    LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent

    Video via technical facilities of WebCastLongBeach.com

    Perspective / Amnesia File: As CSU Trustees Meet LB To Mull Pay Raises For Administrators, LBREPORT.com Recalls Actions That Invited Pension Spike For CSULB's Immediate Past Interim President
  • As Webcast by us LIVE, and NOW with VIDEO ON-DEMAND: See and Hear It: Seven Councilmembers (Andrews And O'Donnell Absent) Attend First -- And To Date Only -- Study Session On Financial Details Of Complex Proposed Civic Center Transaction; Mayor Garcia Indicates -- Without Council Objection -- That Decisional Vote Could Now Come Within Weeks
    Council To Vote On Changing LB's Voter-Enacted Campaign Reform Act To Let Candidates Divert Their Campaign Funds To Any Other Candidate For Federal, State, Local Races And Remove Tougher-Than-Sac'to Req't To Disclose Contributors' Names/Occupations
    Negotiate Citywide "Project Labor Agreement" Applied To All Public Works (Taxpayer Paid) Contracts (Over $500k + Specialty Contracts Over $25 Mil)? Councilmembers Gonzalez, Uranga and Austin Add This To Council Agenda For Nov. 11 Vote
    Council vote: 8-0: Also on Nov. 11 Council agenda: Councilmembers O'Donnell, Austin and Uranga agendize: "Request the City Manager to schedule an Airport Noise Ordinance Study Session to educate the entire council as to the history, importance, and background on this vulnerable protection for our community. Said Study Session shall include but not be limited to city management, city prosecutor, and city attorney staff. Community stakeholder input should be accommodated as well. This meeting shall be scheduled/conducted within the next 45 days." For full agendizing memo, click here.
    New / Security Tip of the Week: VIDEO: Simple Graffiti Prevention
    City Mgr. West Chooses Deputy Chief Luna As Long Beach's New Police Chief


    ON-DEMAND VIDEO: See / Hear It: 18th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade

    Our VIDEO ON-DEMAND for this special event is made possible by the Signal Tribune, providing weekly community news, independent and proudly in print AND online serving the Long Beach communities of Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Wrigley, Virginia Country Club and the City of Signal Hill. Click here most recent edition online
    F18s To Conduct Training Ops at LB Airport, Nov. 7 Thru Nov. 12
    VIDEO COVERAGE: Lakewood 28, Millikan 14 In ELB Rivalry Ending Regular Season Varsity Football
    VIDEO coverage is made possible by CIRIVELLO'S, 4115 N. Viking Way in ELB:

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    LBPD Displays Evidence Found At Alleged Clandestine Drug Lab, Including Several Large Drum Containers of PCP; Two Individuals Arrested

    LBPD released photo
    Assistance League's Holiday Gift Boutique Is On Now, Offering Shoppers Unique, Creative Holiday Gifts And Helps Support Group's Philanthropic Programs



    4th District 2012 Run-Off Finisher Daryl Supernaw On Whether He'll Seek Council Seat O'Donnell Vacated For Assembly

    City Clerk Estimates Cost For Special Election To Fill 4th Council District Seat Vacated Nearly Two Years Early By Now Assemblyman-Elect Patrick O'Donnell = $160,000-$180,000
    VIDEO: See/ Hear It: Trustees, Tempers, Transparency: LBCC's Zia Rankles Colleagues In Comments Declining To Join Routine Approval Of Spending Items Under $25k (Totaling $1+ Mil) Without Seeing What They Are
    Nov 4 Elections Set Stage For Further Changes
  • Councilman O'Donnell Exit to Sac'to Means 4th dist. Voters Will Choose New Councilmember In Early 2015
  • State Senator-elect Nguyen Will Rep SE LB In New District, Her Election Prevents Sac'to Senate Dem Supermajority
  • LBPD Chief McDonnell Elected LA County Sheriff And LB City Mgr. Will Choose New Chief From Among LBPD Command Staff
  • LB Water Board Appointee John Allen Is Elected To Water Replenishment District
    SWAT Resolves South Wrigley Police Standoff, Takes Suspect Into Custody, Area PCH/Daisy Ave.

    Photo via Andre Sabatucci

    Coroner Identifies Decedent; LBPD Issues Release On Nov. 1 Officer-Involved Shooting (300 block Cherry Ave.; Says Unexplained Dispute Between Long-Time Neighbors Preceded Officer-Involved Shooting Of Alleged Knife-Wielding, Crowbar Wielding Neighbor/Suspect
    Officers Learn After Shooting That Suspect Allegedly Tried To Force His Way Into Neighbors' Residence, Entered As They Fled And Killed Neighbors' Dog, Attempted Other Vandalism; PD Recovers Knife
    Details / Perspective: See Sac'to Lawmakers Who Voted For And Against Governor Brown's AB 109 Budget "Realignment" (2011) That Sends More Prisoners To Counties Where Sheriffs May Release Them Early And Sometimes Without Any Jail Time
  • Latest example is former State Senator Wright, sentenced to 90 jail days for felony voter fraud and perjury [appealing his convictions.] His 2011 Senate vote helped enact AB 109 whose County effects ironically let him avoid 2014 jail time
  • Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell, likely next L.A. County Sheriff, says AB 109 has been a factor in increased Long Beach residential burglaries and property crimes
    AND
    Follow-Up / Opinion: Long Beach City Prosecutor Haubert Says Sentenced State Senator Walking On Felony Jail Time Shows Dysfunctional Corrections System: "New Norm In L.A. County Is 90-Day Sentence Doesn't Even Mean 90 Minutes...And It's Happening For Criminals Convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter, Vandalism, Battery, Theft And Other Misdemeanors"
    Haubert says people have a right to be outraged...and next L.A. County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, has a big job ahead
    AND
    Former State Senator Rod Wright, Now A Convicted Felon (Voter Fraud/Perjury) Appealing His Convictions, Reports To Jail, Is Booked...And Promptly Released Man Is Fatally Stabbed, 200 block E. 68th St. (NW LB), PD Says It's NOT Believed Gang-Related


    LBPD Arrests Woman They Say Is Mother Of Two Toddlers Found Alone On North Long Beach Street
    See SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Consultant-Prepared Four Development Scenarios; Conceptual Options Presented To Advisory Committee For Discussion Include Potential Height And Density Increases
    by Joe Mello, LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent
    Follow-Up: "Stayin' Alive Long Beach" Response As LB Animal Shelter Manager Ted Stevens Announces Hiring "Adoption Rehoming Coordinator" & Mayor Garcia/Mgr. Stevens Agree To Visit Sac'to Animal Shelter
    Subsequent coverage above:
    LB Animal Shelter Director Rearranges His Council-Allotted Budget To Add A New Position: "Adoption Rehoming Coordinator"
    At Public Meeting, Mayor Garcia Says It's Really Important To Him And Council To Reduce City Shelter's Euthanasia Rate, Thanks Others For Their Current Work But Doesn't Offer Independent Animal Shelter Initiatives Of His Own, Makes No Commitment On "No Kill Equation," Says He'll Visit Sac'to Shelter During Legislative Visits

  • Subsequent coverage above: SEADIP (SE LB Zoning Update) Community Advisory Committee To Present Prototypes And Analyses Of Alternatives At Public Meeting: Oct. 29, 6 p.m., Golden Sails Hotel
    by Joe Mello, LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent

    Current SEADIP zoning; map source: City of Long Beach
    City Mgr. Says He'll Choose LB's New Police Chief From Among Current LB Deputy Chiefs and Commanders...And Expects To Announce A Decision By Mid-November
    City Staff Hasn't Appraised Former Courthouse Land, Ocean Blvd/Magnolia, It Wants Council To Convey To A Private Civic Center Developer/Operator, Will Let Proposed Developer/Operators Value It To Suit Their Desired Uses/Densities And "Bridge Any Financial Gaps" Between City Payments And Developer/Operator Costs
    Did You See it? Long Beach (And L.A.-OC) Got Clear View Of Int'l Space Station Nearly Directly Overhead Early Evening Monday (Oct. 27)

    Image via Heavens-above.com

    Former Mayor Bob ("You Don't See My Name On It") Foster Quietly Files DBA, Hasn't Yet Begun To Transact Business Under Fictitious Name Of, "Prometheus Advisors"
    LB Ministers Alliance Announces Weekly Night Walks In Effort To "Curb Crime In Neighborhoods And Build Community Strength"
    Sat Nite Downtown Hit/Run, Ocean @ Linden; Pedestrian In Critical Condition; Suspect Driver Found/Arrested On Northbound 710 After Single Vehicle Collision @ Willow St.
    City Prosecutor Doug Haubert Files Case Stemming From Alleged Sexual Battery Of A Nine Year Old While Inside A Long Beach Business
    City Manager Taps Tom Modica For Ass't City Mgr; Choice Will Come To Council Nov. 11
    How Did Mayor Garcia Get So Many Chances To Choose New City Commissioners?
    LBPD Detectives Pursue Tip, Locate & Arrest Suspect In Jan. '14 Sexual Assault (LB Blvd/15th St.)...And DA Files Eight Felony Counts
    Ha! (A Continuing Series): Hear It: In Major Market Broadcast Ads, Gov. Brown Mangles Name of Long Beach-OC State Senate Candidate He Calls One Of His "Closest Allies"

    Long Beach Man Charged With Murder During Robbery/Carjacking of CSU Northridge Student
    An Appreciation: Vincenzo Cristiano -- In His Own Words


    Vincenzo Cristiano and the Best Dish Washer Nino's Ever Had
    by Terry Jensen

    "...I was a bit nervous as I walked through the front door and made my way past the booths and tables covered with red checked tablecloths and the enormous "Blue Grotto" picture on the North wall. I was on my way to the to the kitchen to check in with Vincenzo and Inge Cristiano for my first night as Nino's one and only night shift dish washer...:" MORE


    Sat Night Collision: Carson St. @ Palo Verde Ave.; LB Firefighters Use "Jaws of Life" For Extrication; Two Trauma Patients Taken To Hospital
    Double Drive-By Shooting, Area Atlantic/Artesia, Early Evening Thurs (Oct. 23); It's Second NLB Double-Shooting In Six Days

    Red Xs=2014 murders; Blue Xs=2014 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. Map accounts for shootings in NLB area only. Long Beach Pays Respects, Bids "Arrivederci," To Vincenzo Cristiano
    AND
    Carina Cristiano Returns Home Following Her Father's Funeral...And Finds Her ELB Home Burglarized
    LBPD Issues Release With Info; Woman Is Killed, Man Injured In Three-Vehicle Collision, Cherry Ave./33rd St.
    LBPD Has Suspect In Custody After A Man Is Stabbed Weds Afternoon (Oct. 22) In Downtown Long Beach (Area 5th St Just West of LB Blvd.)
    AUDIO: Council Votes 9-0 To Approve Three Garcia Planning Comm'n Appointees (UP RR Port-Affairs Rep, IBEW VP, South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce CEO)
  • AUDIO: Mayor Garcia Blocks WLB Community Advocate From Asking City Att'y If Garcia's Appointees Have Possible Conflicts of Interest In Speculated Future Upzoning Of WLB SCE Land Related To BNSF-Sought Railyard; Garcia Claims Only He Can Ask City Att'y A Question (And Doesn't); Councilmembers Could Ask Question(s) But Don't
  • One Garcia Planning Comm'n Nominee (City of LA Planning Director) Application Is Pulled For Now As Lawyers Examine Possible Conflicts
    Second Lengthy, Still Secret, Council Session Re Choice of New Ass't City Mgr. And Job Performance of Current City Manager Runs To 1:48 a.m...With No Reportable Action
    Council OK's Belmont Shore Rebuild At Cost Now Estimated To Reach Nearly $104 Mil, Adds Nearly $5 Mil To Include Movable Floor, Diving Well + 600 More Seats
    Union Pacific RR Port-Affairs Rep, Proposed By Garcia For Planning Comm'n, Submitted Application Just Days Before Appointment Announced; See Portion of His Resume Text And UP RR's Campaign Contribution Recipients How Did Mayor Garcia Get So Many Chances To Choose New City Commissioners?
    LBPD Detectives Pursue Tip, Locate & Arrest Suspect In Jan. '14 Sexual Assault (LB Blvd/15th St.)...And DA Files Eight Felony Counts
    Ha! (A Continuing Series): Hear It: In Major Market Broadcast Ads, Gov. Brown Mangles Name of Long Beach-OC State Senate Candidate He Calls One Of His "Closest Allies"

    Long Beach Man Charged With Murder During Robbery/Carjacking of CSU Northridge Student
    An Appreciation: Vincenzo Cristiano -- In His Own Words


    Vincenzo Cristiano and the Best Dish Washer Nino's Ever Had
    by Terry Jensen

    "...I was a bit nervous as I walked through the front door and made my way past the booths and tables covered with red checked tablecloths and the enormous "Blue Grotto" picture on the North wall. I was on my way to the to the kitchen to check in with Vincenzo and Inge Cristiano for my first night as Nino's one and only night shift dish washer...:" MORE


    Sat Night: Carson St. @ Palo Verde Ave.; LB Firefighters Use "Jaws of Life" For Extrication; Two Trauma Patients Taken To Hospital
    Three Firefighters Injured, A Dog Dies, Another Dog Injured, In Predawn Business Blaze, Area 4th/Bonito
    Fire was next to, but didn't affect, historic "Coffee Pot" building

    Photo by Cathy Franklin
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