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LIVE VIDEO / News Conference re death of Robin Williams (via SF's KGO-TV, 11 a.m. scheduled start time) '
Tuesday Nite: Council Scheduled To Discuss Police, Fire & Health Dept. Budgets On Same Night (Aug. 12)...And Council Meeting Will Start An Hour Later Than Usual (6:00 p.m.)
Social Network Sadness: Long Beach Reacts On Facebook With Shock, Disbelief On Learning Robin Williams Is Dead at 63, Apparently A Suicide; President Obama Issues This Statement
New: LBPD Issues This Release re Predawn Fatal Shooting in 2800 block E. Third St.
New / Further: What's A Burglary? CA Law (PC 459) Says...
New / Further: Neighborhood In Vicinity Of 2800 block 3rd St. Fatal Shooting (Of Alleged Intruder/Res Burg Suspect) Had 12 Reported Res Burgs (Attempted or Completed) Within Past Six Months
UPDATED: Decedent Is Identified In 2 a.m. Shooting, 2800 block E. Third Street, Was Fatally Shot By Home's Resident As Alleged Residential Burglar


First (Again) on Public Safety Committee Chair Councilwoman Suzie Price WON'T Hold Committee Meetings on Public Safety Aspects of Mayor/Mgm't Proposed FY15 Budget
CounterPoint: We Publish Public Safety Committee Chair / Councilwoman Suzie Price Response Following Report On No Public Safety Committee Meeting Re FY15 Budget's Public Safety Aspects

MosquitoNew: East Long Beach Man Recovering From Mosquito-Carried West Nile Virus; Officials Again Recommend Taking These Mosquito-Protective Measures

A "King Tide" (Higher-Than-Usual-High Tide) Will Arrive Sunday Night, Coinciding With A "Super Moon"

File photo, Jan. 1, 2014, portion of seawall as seen at 61st and Bayshore Walk
LBPD Detectives Arrest, DA's Office Charges, LB Man -- On Probation for Burglary -- In Connection With A Dozen Burglaries Near LBPD HQ And More...
Retrospective: At Long Beach's Franklin School in the Mid '80s, We Learned of Horror and Empathy From Childhood Survivors Of Cambodia's Killing Fields
by Rachel Powers, as originally published (July 2010) by

Public Safety in LB Parks: Friends of Bixby Park President Urges Council To Restore/Bolster Former Park Ranger Service, Describes Disturbing Park Conditions, Says Problems Are Citywide; Vice Mayor Lowenthal Urges Council Not To Decide Until Receiving Full Costs Of Park Rangers; Parks & Rec Dir. Reveals His Dept. Has Begun "Park Patrols" (10-12 City Staffers) Who'll Try And Abate Bad Activities Without Police...And Will Call Cops If Necessary

Amnesia File: Aug. 2011 on "Bixby Park Neighborhoods Say Public-Safety Cuts Hurting Restoration" by Dave Wielenga

Priority Matter: Via "A Billion Passwords Have Been Stolen. Here's What To Do Now"
Council Votes 9-0 To Preserve Pending Further Action (Instead of Authorize Destruction of) Several Years Of Records of Mayors' Offices And 7th dist. Council Offices
As seen LIVE during Aug. 5 City Council meeting: City Attorney Parkin reports "no reportable action" following closed session on litigation related to BNSF-sought SCIG railyard.
Event Advisory: Thurs. Aug. 7 Is Friends of LB Animals 20th Annual Benefit, Includes LB Playhouse Performance of Fiddler on the Roof; All-Volunteer Group Recently Celebrated Its 25th Anniversary of Helping Save Animals' Lives Thru Spay/Neuter And Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership
With Perspective: BNSF Gave Money To Every Current Long Beach Councilmember And LB's Mayor (via their officeholder and/or campaign accounts) Who'll Meet Behind Closed Doors Today (Aug. 5) On City's Lawsuit Challenging EIR To BNSF-Sought WLB-Adjacent SCIG Railyard
UPDATE: City Attorney Parkin reports "no reportable action" following closed session on litigation related to BNSF-sought SCIG railyard.
Council Holds Aug. 5 Closed Session On Its EIR Litigation Re BNSF-Sought WLB-Impacting SCIG Railyard
Subsequent development above:
Long Beach Council Is Asked To Authorize Destruction of Records From All Or Parts Of Terms Of Office Of Three Mayors And Three 7th Dist. Councilmembers
Did You See It?: UPDATED: Long Beach and L.A.-OC Area Got Good View of Int'l Space Station Monday Night

Photo by Don Haselroth on Facebook: "Watched it go over clear as a bell.".

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Follow-Up: See It: Cyclone Racer Developer/Investor Team Offers Digital Preview Showing Rebuilt Attraction (And Its Pedestrian-Drawing Shoreline Synergy)
Team says it's has met with city staff and is pursuing city's site plan review process and will use private, not taxpayer funds

Image by Larry Osterhoudt/Cyclone Racer project team
In Detail / Perspective: Garcia/Foster Recommended FY15 Budget Contains No Funding For Long Beach Police Field Anti-Gang Units
  • Taxpayers had 22 field anti-gang officers + 2 sgts two years ago, now it's roughly 4 officers + 1 sgt.
  • New Council majority will decide whether to restore all or part or none of field anti-gang units
    In Detail/Perspective: No New Long Beach Cops Proposed For Council Funding In Garcia/Foster Recommended FY15 Budget
    PD would hire 11 non-sworn personnel to shift 18 "full time equivalent" sworn officers to "high priority investigations of burglary, homicide, gangs and narcotics."
    Late afternoon Sunday on-shore flow brings less humid, more normal ocean breeze to Long Beach

    Sunset Aug. 3. Photo by Max Pearl
    Muggy Sunday With 30% Chance of Scattered Thundershowers After Light Rain Saturday Night
    Long Beach Sprint Nationals Speedboat Drivers Survive Two Scary Saturday Crashes

    All photos by Steve Brown (Copyright © 2014 Steve Brown / Sepia Productions). All rights reserved
    Mylar (Metallised Film) Balloon Triggered Lengthy ELB Power Outage: SCE Offers These Tips And Cautions
    LBPD Finds & Arrests, DA Files Charges Against, LB Man In July 18 Murder Hill/Earl (Murder, Weapons + Gang Enhancement Allegations)
    Now It's Murder: 26 Yr-Old Man Shot July 25 in WLB -- Police Say DOESN'T Appear He Was Affiliated With Any Gangs -- Dies Of His Injuries; It's Fourth WLB Shooting in July, 13th LB Shooting in July (Now Includes Three Murders)

    House of Representatives Votes (Repubs Yes, Dems No) To Authorize Suing President Obama Over His Executive Orders Delaying/Temporarily Suspending Parts of "Obamacare" As Enacted

    DA Files Felony Charges Against Mother Of Defendant In Los Cerritos Fatal Alleged Burglary/Robbery, Alleging She Acted As Lookout
    First (Again) on ELB Home's Garage Burns While Fire Engine Based Down The Street Is Tied Up Accompanying Traffic Accident Patient To Hospital Under City Hall's "Rapid Medic Deployment" Paramedic System
    First LB Engine Arrives From Stn 5 (Wardlow @ El Dorado Park) Nine Minutes After Call Comes In (With Fire Doubling In Size Every Minute)

    Mayor Garcia Says He's Arranging "City Council Leadership Retreat" To Be Held Locally; No Add'l City Cost He Says; Unclear Who's Setting Agenda; Event Is Legally A Meeting Open To Public Under Brown (Open Meetings) Act
    AUDIO / Perspective: Hear And See Transcript Of What This Long Beach Resident Told City Council About Crime Where He Lives And What He Wants Council To Do About It
    Uh Oh: West Nile Infected Mosquitoes Found in ELB 90808 and Nearby Lakewood 90713; Public Is Advised To Take These Mosquito-Protective Measures

    Subsequent development: The victim in this shooting died and the crime is now a murder. Coverage here
    Man Is Shot Fri Nite (July 25), 3200 block Baltic Ave. (north of Silverado Park); It's Fourth WLB Shooting, 13th Citywide That We Know About In July

    Multiple Parked Cars Struck Overnight (July 26), Area Hill St/Long Beach Blvd. In Alleged Hit/Run; Suspect Is Taken to Hospital As PD Investigates For Possible DUI When Suspect Allegedly Flees; LBPD Puts Up Containment Perimeter, Gets Him Back In Custody After 5+ Hour Search
    DA Files Four Felony Charges -- Including Murder -- Against Male Res Burglary Suspect In Los Cerritos Res Burg AND LBPD Arrests Male Burg Suspect's Mother, Alleges Her Involvement In The Residential Robbery; DA Is Reviewing Case Re The 80 Yr Old Homeowner Who Shot And Killed A Female Accomplice As She Fled Following The Res Burg
    Reported FIRST (again) on L.A. County Coroner's Office Says Woman Fatally Shot By 80 Yr Old Homeowner June 22 (After She And a Male Accomplice Allegedly Burglarized And Assaulted the Homeowner) Was NOT Pregnant.
    [Our add: as he pursued her with a gun, the homeowner says she told him she was pregnant.] (Source: Ed Winter, LA County Dept. of Coroner media spokesperson/ass't chief investigations.)
    Extended VIDEO: See LBPD News Conference: Chief McDonnell Says 80 Yr Old Los Cerritos Homeowner Has Been Residential Burglary Victim Three Times Before; In Latest Burglary, LBPD Says Male & Female Suspects Physically Assaulted Him; Homeowner Fired First Shot At Them While They Were Inside His House, Then Also As They Fled
    PD Says He Believed They Were Responsible For Three Prior Burglaries To His Home; Female Suspect Died At Scene; Male Suspect Is In Custody (Suspicion of Burglary & Murder); 80 Yr Old Homeowner Isn't Arrested; LBPD Will Present Its Evidence to DA Friday (July 25)

    North Long Beach Security Guard Robbed At Gunpoint, 5200 block Long Beach Blvd.; LBPD Arrests Suspect, A Juvenile It Says Has Prior Arrests for Violent Crimes
    Two Lakewood Vehicle Theft Suspects Spotted/Followed/Nabbed By LASD w/ LBPD Assistance in ELB, Area Palo Verde/Conant/Hackett
    Photo by Diana Lejins
    Subsequent development above
    LBPD Investigates Fatal Shooting in Affluent Los Cerritos Neighborhood
    U.S. Bank Branch in Downtown LB (555 E. Ocean) Is Robbed; See FBI Suspect Pix

    FBI released image
    LBPD Seeks Public's Help In Bixby Knolls Robbery Investigated As Hate Crime

    LBPD released suspect sketch
    See Detailed List Of Voluntarily Recalled Fruits Due To Potential Of Listeria Sold At These Stores
    Central CA packing company says to its knowledge health officials haven't linked itmes to any illnesses
    Midday (July 22) WLB Shooting / Santa Fe south of Spring St.; Fourth WLB Shooting (7th Council District) Since May, Third Since July 6

    Man Killed, Another In Critical Condition After Ocean Blvd./Orizaba Ave. Single Vehicle Collision AND LBPD Says Investigators Believe "Two or More Vehicles May Have Possibly Been Involved In Street Racing"; See Full Release
    Another Injury Traffic Accident at Bellflower Blvd./Wardlow Rd...This Time Involving At Least One Motorcyclist

    Follow-Up: Less than optimal but still spectacular view of So. Cal as Int'l Space Stn orbited nearly directly over Long Beach this morning at 9:38:41 a.m. NASA prepared us for possible loss of satellite signal, which (sadly) happened about the time it reached the LA area, but we snapped the screen save below, looking back NW toward San Diego/OC/LB/LA, as the spacecraft headed over the Gulf of CA.

    Screen save via NASA ISS video

    Mayor Garcia's Choice To Chair Budget Oversight Committee, Vice Mayor Lowenthal, Announces She "Strongly Endorses" Mayor Garcia's Budget Recommendations Before Holding Any Committee Meetings On Them...But Says Her Committee Will Meet To Review Them And Offer Recommendations
    "1st St Coyote" Spotted AGAIN, This Time At Paloma Ave. (Bluff Park area)

    Zoom in from original photo by Jim Meyer on Facebook
    Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell Warns New Medpot Ordinance Would Strain Police Resources Already Strained By Other Council Actions, Says Previous Ordinance Linked To Crimes, Nuisances, Adversely Affected Quality of Life; Others (Including CPAC) Favor New Ordinance That Doesn't Concentrate Outlets in Industrial Zones; Staff Will Return In Mid-August With Draft That Offers "Cascading" Zoning
    Observed/Preserved: July 19: "Nobama"...On Wardlow Rd. Bridge Above 605 Freeway

    Photos by Diana Lejins

    Photo by Diana Lejins

    Mayor Garcia Says He'll Recommend Restoring "Economic Development Bureau," Makes No Mention Of Restoring Public Safety (Police or Fire) Services Previously Provided To Taxpayers
    Wrigley Midafternoon Murder, 2100 block Earl Ave. (At Hill St.)

    Two Women -- A Motorcyclist And A Pedestrian -- Are Killed In Horrifying Accident, Ocean Blvd/Area 8th Place (b/w Cherry and Orange Aves.)
    Enjoy Free Outdoor Screening Of "42 -- The True Story of an American Legend" (Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson) At Blair Field, Saturday July 19, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Made Possible By Signal Hill Petroleum Working With Partners of Parks
    Follow-Up: Long Beach Fire Chief DuRee Says New Paramedic Response System (Test Began July 10) Running Seamlessly With No Issues...And On Average Citywide Is Producing Faster Paramedic Responses Than Previously
    With Perspective: City Mgm't Says It Doesn't Expect To Bring Council Its Recommendation For Privately Built/Operated New Civic Center Until Roughly September...Likely Concealing Dueling Proposals From Council and Public Until At Least Then
    Do You Recognize This Man? He's LBPD Suspect In Robbery of East Village Business

    Photos source: LBPD

    Weds Morning (July 16) Gunfire Hits Two Residences and an Unoccupied Vehicle (July 16), 700 block Gaviota Ave.; Location Is Near Three Other 2nd Council dist. Violent Crime Scenes Within Past Four Months

    Red Xs=2014 murders; Blue Xs=2014 shootings; Purple Xs=2014 shots at an occupied (inhabited) residence/vehicle; Green Xs=shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Yellow Xs=stabbing
    AUDIO: City Officials Take Part In Ceremonial "Swearing-In" At Terrace Theater Organized by Incoming Mayor Garcia (Hear His Remarks)
    Following Mayor Garcia's remarks, city officials are invited to form a line and raise their hands in show of "unity for the community."

    Screen save from City of LB webcast
    New Mayor/Council, Civics Refresher: Major Differences b/w Mayor/Council in LB vs. LA vs. Others
    Only One Shooting Over Weekend July 12-13 (Much Better Than TEN b/w July 3-7)
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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,
    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:
    Editorial: The Election
    Editorial: Discussion Of Legal Developments Merited On Proposed Doffing/Donning Settlement Tonight
    Editorial: Mayor Foster's Political Legacy

    Opinion: Proposition A Death Tax
    by Diana Lejins

    Opinion: Crucial City Attorney Position Is No Job For Politically Propelled Johnson

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

    Election Notebook / Perspective: Beyond A Blooper: Garcia Election Pamphlet Statement Mangles Verb And Makes These Claims; Examine Them Here
    Opinion: Beware the Endorsement Trap
    by Diana Lejins

    Editorial: The Public Costs of Political Pandering
    UPDATE: Council votes 9-0 to seek city mgm't report on city-operated early education/pre-K program, to be discussed by Council's Joint Use Committee with LBUSD within 120 days (i.e. after April/June city elections.)
    Opinion: The Bear Facts: Foster Endorsing Garcia No Surprise But Speculation Abounds On Reasons Why Now, And Why At All

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

    Opinion: Former City Mgm't Staffer Who Ran LB's Street Sweeping Tells Council: Don't Advance Process To Contract Out Street Sweeping, Because...
    Miriam Yarden
    Pets & Their People: Calling All Seniors: Adopt An Adult/Senior Dog, Not A Pup, And Enjoy
    by C. Miriam Yarden, B.Sc., MS, APDT

    Editorial: End LB's Contractual Cover-Ups: Disclose Contract Terms That Would Invite Multi-Million Upfront Expense To Pursue Taj Mahal Civic Center
    Editorial: Council Should Say NO To "Advisory" Fireworks and Pandering MedPot Ballot Measures
    Perspective: 2013 Long Beach "Outrages of the Year"
    Perspective: Reason Foundation Analyzes Long Beach "Full Pension Reform," Says It Leaves $700 Million Unfunded Liability And...
    In Their Own Words: Consumers Blast "Covered California" ObamaCare On Agency's Facebook Page
    Editorial: Obama's Unaffordable Uncaring Act And Congressman Lowenthal's Coming Choice in 2014
    Opinion: "Lie of the Year" Says Tampa Bay Times Obama's "If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It"
    Editorial: Who's Offered Boeing What, And With What Real Dollar Costs/Benefits For Taxpayers?
    Editorial: Council Should Seek Study Session, Hear Pros & Cons, Re "No Kill Equation" Measures Urged By Stayin' Alive Long Beach At LB Animal Shelter; Saving Four Legged Lives Should Trump Two-Legged Resistance To Change
    Editorial: Council Should Direct Management To Issue Request For Proposals To Retrofit City Hall; Committing Taxpayers To Tear It Down To Enable Taj Mahal Project -- Before Obtaining Marketplace Retrofit Facts -- Would Be Unbusinesslike And Irresponsible
    Editorial: Transparency and Taxpayers First: Release the Proposed Consultant Contract Before It Commits City To Millions For Downtown Taj Mahal
    Editorial: No Check, No Balance
    Cong. Alan Lowenthal Provides This Response re (1) CA Cancer Patient's WSJ Op-Ed re "Affordable Care Act"; And (2) If He'll Introduce Or Support Legislation To Allow Greater Freedom / Flexibility
    Follow-up above
    Via Edie Littlefield Sundby: You Also Can't Keep Your Doctor
    I had great cancer care and health insurance. My plan was cancelled. Now I worry how long I'll live.
    Follow-up above: Asks Cong. Lowenthal To Comment On (1) CA Cancer Patient's WSJ Op-Ed re "Affordable Care Act"; And (2) If He'll Introduce Or Support Legislation To Allow Greater Freedom / Flexibility
    Media Review Omits These Details Of Its Role In Reporting 1986 Arrest Of High School Athlete Bobby San Jose
    Editorial: Issue RFP For Retrofitting City Hall (And Main Library); Withhold Costly "P3" Civic Center Commitments Until Public/Council Have Facts To Compare; Release Stonewalled Seismic Study (Exec. Summary) And Significant P3 Costs Now
    Opinion: The Bear Facts: DC Republicans In Disarray And Denial, Hurt Themselves And America's Middle Class And Working People
    by Les Robbins
    ...I think that if I were the Speaker of the House of Representatives I would just kill myself. The Republican Party is in more disarray today than at any time in the past forty years and when you really examine the state of their politics there is little, if any, reason to believe that things will improve any time soon. On the other hand, if they have learned anything from the debacle of the past two weeks they will get their collective acts together and begin to do what the people sent them to Washington to do, which is to legislate, and solve the problems and issues facing American today....MORE

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  • Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Aquarium, Nov. 21/04
    Photo: T'giving wkend 2004 (not typical)
    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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    Community Treasure: Long Beach's Rancho Los Alamitos Wins L.A. Conservancy Project Preservation Award

    Melloby Joe Mello Community Correspondent

    Higher Than Usual High Tide Sun Night -- 6.77 Feet -- At About 10:35 p.m., Coincides With "Super Moon"
    LB had a "King Tide" Sat nite approx. 7.02 Ft
    For the Record:'s Questions, Inaugural Committee Lead-Person Doug Otto's Responses, re Inaugural Events
    As of 8:00 a.m. July 10, Long Beach Residents/Visitors Are Test Subjects For City Hall Budget-Spurred/Mayor-Sought/Council-Approved Paramedic System Change; Mgm't Says Will Save Money And Improve Patient Care; LB Firefighters Ass'n Says Will Worsen Patient Care And Create Operational Problems
    Opinion: L.A. County Firefighters Ass'n Prez Blasts Long Beach Rollout Of Paramedic System Change, Sends This Email To Incoming Electeds, City Mgr & LB Fire Chief
    Two-Vehicles Collide At Bellflower/Wardlow; LBFD Transports Three Persons To Hospitals

    Mayor Foster Releases His Budget Recommendations To A Council That Will Decide After He's Gone
    Chicago by the Sea? Long Beach's Independence Day Weekend Shootings Approach, But Don't Reach, Per Capita Level Of Chicago Shootings
    Long Beach Area State Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair of Sac'to Latino Legislative Caucus, Backs Continued Fed'l Resources To Handle Influx Of Illegally Entered Young People At Port Hueneme Military Base

    Photo source; Sen. Lara Facebook page
    First (Again) on Long Beach Actually Had TEN Shootings During July 4th Holiday Period; There Were Three More On July 5th: Two in Central LB, One In NLB

    Since Jan. 1, 2014: 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
    ANOTHER North Long Beach Shooting, Bullets Hit Occupied Apt. Bldg Area South St./Lemon Ave. (east of Atlantic) Shortly Before 1 a.m. Monday July 7

    On July 4th: LBPD Comm Ctr Received 537 Pyro Calls (Down Slightly From 2013 But Up 22% From 2011); From 8 p.m.-Midnight, Received 452 Pyro Calls (Averaging Almost Two Per Minute)
    Within four hours on July 4th afternoon, LBPD also had to deal with four shootings (including one murder)
    July 4th: Man Loses His Thumb In Firework Injury, Allegedly Held Onto A Firework As It Exploded
    If You Have These Specific Foster Farm Chicken Products (From March) In Your Freezer, They're Now Recalled, May Contain Salmonella Heidelberg; See Details Here
    Follow-Up: Where's The Coastal Development Permit That Begat The Bluff Brouhaha? Public Records Act Requester Kajer Says City Hall Still Hasn't Produced It Or Plans Accompanying It; City Hall Puts Multiple Other Bluff Related Docs Online
    Long Beach Has Now Had SIX Shootings (Including One Murder) In A Little Over 50 Hours During July 4th Holiday Period: Man Shot in WLB Midnight Hour Sunday July 6: Spring St./Santa Fe

    Special Event Extended On-Demand VIDEO: A New Tradition Born? See/Hear LB's Municipal Band Perform As Fireworks Ignite the Night At ELB's Vets Stadium

    Long Beach Has FIVE Shootings Within 18 Hrs -- FOUR Within Roughly Four Hours On Afternoon Of July 4th; Most Are In North Long Beach; One Is A Homicide; One Is In Central LB, Area Pine Ave./15th St.

    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

    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"

    VIDEO Coverage coming:
    Long Beach Muni Band Will Perform BEFORE AND DURING Fireworks At ELB's Vets Stadium Councilwoman Schipske Says (Adds A "Boston Pops Style" Aspect To July 4th Event)
    Admission free, donations accepted, parking $10, show includes multiple events and begins 5:00 p.m. at Vets Stadium, Clark @ Conant

    Preparations underway at about 11 a.m. Photo via Tonya Martin
    Follow-Up: Rabid Skunk Found Near Millikan High Had Virus Acquired From A Rabid Bat
    LBPD Seizes Over 1,000 Pounds of Fireworks At Three Locations: Two in NLB, One Near Wrigley

    First (Again) on Exiting Mayor Foster Discloses He'll Release City Mgm'ts Proposed Budget With His Recommendations By Approx. July 9
    "This is my last chance to craft the budget and I'm going to take that," he tells Los Altos audience

    7th St./PCH "giant donut" is removed (July 3) with promises to store it for now and incorporate it in the coming months as part of a new "Dunkin' Donuts" location to be built on the site.

    Photo by Deanna Rios (thank you)
    First (Again) on UPDATE: Public Money Will Provide Nearly Half Cost Of "Inaugural Celebration Commemorating Inauguraton Of Mayor Garcia" And Other LB Elected Officials; LB Harbor Commission Approves $20,000 At June 30 Meeting, Proceeds Above Event Costs Will Benefit LB Non-Profit Children Today
    AUDIO: Clouded By Question Over Whether City Has Coastal Comm'n Permit To Spray Concrete On Bluffs (Didn't Provide It Under Pub Recs Act, Couldn't Produce It At Council Meeting), Council Votes 6-1 (Schipske Dissenting) To Finish Spraying Concrete On Bluff Section Where It's Being Done And Not Remove It Where It's Been Done But Explore Alternatives On Bluff Areas Not Yet Sprayed

    Photo by Gordana Kajer
    Updated information above
    Event Advisory: July 4th Spectacular @ ELB Vets Stadium = LB Muni Band Concert + Rock For Vets Performance + Tribute to 16 LB Hometown Heroes + Professional Fireworks Show
    New: Three Alarm Fire (July 1) at West Long Beach Industrial Building

    Source: via LBFD
    Subsequent coverage above
    Engineering Report Identifies Alternatives To Spraying Concrete on Bluffs But Doesn't Recommend Removing It Where It's Already Been Sprayed; Council To Discuss On July 1
    Opinion: Council Should Finish Work In Bluff Park And Get Fuller Report That Doesn't Rule Out Viable Alternatives Without Knowing Costs/Benefits (As July 1 Agendized Report To Council Does)
    by Gordana Kajer
    Ms. Kajer delivered the April Council presentation on sprayed concrete on LB's bluffs that led to the Council calling a special meeting that paused current work and told staff to present a report on alternatives now scheduled for presentation on July 1

    Photo by Gordana Kajer
    Rabies Found In Skunk Near Millikan High; Vaccinate Your Pets, Avoid Contacts With Wild Animals
    Int'l Space Stn Carrying High Def Cameras Captured This View As It Crossed So. Cal Coast in Ventura County

    Screen save from NASA-TV
    Rooftop Area Fire @ Apt. Bldg, 100 block Falcon, Spread After Nearby Tree Caught Fire...For Reason(s) Not Currently Determined

    Photo credit: Max Pearl
    Sic Transit: Bobby Womack, R&B Giant, Performed at 2009 LB Blues Festival, Was 70
    LB Blues Festival Sept. 5/09
    Photo credit: Dale Brown
    UPDATED: Victim Was a 28 Yr Old LB Man: Motorcyclist (Adult) Is Shot To Death, 5500 block Dairy Ave.

    Port of Long Beach Announces New Executive Director (Chosen By LB Harbor Comm'rs) And It's Former Fed Ex Canada Prez Jon Slangerup

    First (Again) on / Perspective: City Atty Instructs Mayor's Office To Revise Its Agendized Item To First Seek Council Approval To Prepare Ordinance; Mayor Foster Agendizes Proposed Ordinance For July 1 Council Action (Without First Obtaining Council Approval To Prepare Measure) That Would Require Public Disclosure Of All Commissions/Fees Paid in City Real Estate Purchases Over $1 Million
    Civic Center Rebuild May NOT Be On July 1 Council Agenda, Decision May Land In Incoming Councilmembers' Laps
    City mgm't has previously declined request to release the dueling proposals submitted by two prospective developer/operators until after contract signed
    First (Again) on See Details Of Related Proposals That Property Owners Say Could Enable Restoration And Public Access To Much Of Los Cerritos Wetlands North of 2nd St./Studebaker Linked To Development At Pumpkin Patch (PCH/Studebaker); Council Asked To Consolidate Items for Coastal Comm'n Review

    Conceptual site plan
    First (Again) on Internal Airport Documents Obtained by Show Move To Begin Process Of Changing LB Airport To Accept Int'l Flights One Council Vote Away, Concealed From Public In Run-Up to 2014 City Elections
    LBPD Cites Compton Man, Confiscates Fireworks Cache At His Home, After Online Ad Allegedly Indicates Fireworks Available For Sale in LB Area
    Passage: Johnny Mann, Arranger/Composer's Talented Singers Delivered Energetic, Elegant Harmonies On Radio Logos for 93/KHJ In 60s And KRTH/101 Decades Later
    Incudes VIDEO & AUDIO
    Ass't City Mgr. Suzanne Frick Ankles Long Beach To Become City Administrator For Ketchum, Idaho (Pop. Approx. 2,700, Salary $160k Plus Benefits)
    First (Again) on Multiple Townhomes Hit By Fumigation Burglaries At Multi-Unit Complex, 1700 block Grand Ave.
    First (Again) on UPDATED: July 1 LB Council Agenda Item Will Seek Approval To Pursue Coastal Comm'n Consolidated Development Permit Process For Synergy-Owned Wetlands (North of 2nd St/West of Studebaker) And Lyon Owned "Pumpkin Patch" (PCH North of Seal Beach Bridge)
    Summer Event Advisory: Summertime Tradition Returns: Movies in the Park Begins 2014 Run, See List On Link Here
    Signal Hill Petroleum Presents Check to Partners of Parks, Receives Proclamation from Long Beach Mayor/City Council
    LBPD Describes LBCC PCH Campus PD Foot Pursuit/Officer Involved Shooting: LBPD Alleges 26 Yr Old Enrolled Student -- On Parole -- Ran From Police, Pulled A Handgun From Backpack, Entered Occupied Classroom With Gun In Hand, Allegedly Pointed Gun At Pursuing Officer Who Discharged His Weapon
    Suspect booked for parole violation as investigation continues, LBPD says it recovered gun at scene, says it was discharged
    Perspective: Management Raises (Nov. 2013) Approved by Council Majorities Now Consume Sums That Could Nearly Replace A Cut Fire Engine Or Maintain Current Paramedic System
    LBPD Says "Fumigation Burglaries" Taking Place Here And Regionally, Offers Property Owners And Residents These Tips
    Incoming Mayor Garcia And/Or Reps Suggested To New Councilmembers Whom They May Wish To Hire For Their Council Office Staffs, Plans An "Inaugural Ball" (Cost/Funding Sources Not Yet Known)
    Audit Concludes At Least 144 Women in CA Prison System Were Sterilized Within Eight Year Period In Violation of State Laws/Procedures...While Prison Medical Care Operated Under Federal Court Appointed Receiver To Ensure Constitutionally Adequate Medical Care
    New Police Academy Class Starts With 29 LBPD Recruits; Subject To Attrition, They'll Be Sworn in December 2014; Mgm't Says Another Academy Class Is Scheduled To Begin Later This Year
    New recruits may offset retirements/exits but won't replace roughly 200 officers erased after Council failed for four years to fund replenishment academies as budget choice
    UPDATE: 16 Yr Old And 17 Yr Old Male, Both From L.A., Are Booked For Residential Burglary; Reported Midmorning NLB Res Burg In Progress Brings Big LBPD Response, Area South of Artesia, West of Downey; Officers Set Containment Perimeter & Search For Possible Perps reader photo
    First (Again) on CA Atty General's Office Says Garcia Must Exit Coastal Comm'n Within 60 Days Of Becoming Mayor July 15, Based On Difference Between His Appointment As Councilmember And New Position As Separately Elected Mayor Who Isn't Councilmember
    City Mgm't Says Its Estimated Costs For Planned Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild Have Escalated, Will Offer Council Downsize Options At June 17 Study Session
    JetBlue And Long Beach Airport Have Held Secret Talks On Adding Int'l Flights
    Not immediately known with whom, for how long and if other city staff or elected officials took part
    Two Women, One Man Wounded In Midnight Hour NLB Shooting, 5600 block Lime Ave.

    Passage: Casey Kasem Is Gone; Hear Former Local Radio Voice Before American Top 40 And Scooby-Doo

    City Mgm't Seeks To Block Public Disclosure -- Sought by Under CA Public Records Act -- Of The Two Proposals Submitted For Civic Center Rebuild...Until After Contract Awarded
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