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Friday morning advisory: At 7:00 a.m. Friday, will be ready to bring you U.S. Supreme Court rulings if released on:
  • (1) Whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right nationwide (Obergefell v. Hodges)

  • (2) Whether redistricting decisions can be made by an independent commission or must be made by the state legislature (an Arizona case whose outcome could uphold or scuttle CA's independent redistricting commission) (AZ State Legislature v. AZ Independent Redistricting Comm'n)
New: City Hall's "Technology & Innovation Comm'n" Votes To Move Its Meetings Out Of Council Chamber (Which Has LIVE Video Streaming) And Into Room Somewhere Inside City Hall To Facilitate What City Staffer Calls "More Collaborative Discussion"
New / Updated: Ann Cantrell, El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Ass'n, El Dorado Audubon File Appeals Re Artificial Turf Soccer Fields, Will Bring Issue to City Council
Appeals question asserted budget/user benefits of artificial materials over well-maintained natural grass


Supreme Court rules on ObamaCare: Upholds (6-3) tax subsidies for ObamaCare (maintains status quo for ObamaCare in 37 states other than CA). Outcome is major victory for President Obama. Majority opinion (by Chief Justice Roberts) says: "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." From Scalia dissent: "We should start calling this law SCOTUScare." [SCOTUS is Supreme Court of the United States] Ruling affects states that unlike CA didn't set up their own insurance "exchanges." Full opinion is at this link.

Woman (Adult) Is Shot To Death In Central LB Alley (Area 21st St. West of Orange Ave.)
It's LB's second murder in two days (four total in June to date), second this month in 6th Council district

As seen LIVE: Council Votes 9-0 To Direct Preparation Of Ordinance Reducing Restrictions On Keeping Multiple Bee Hives, Chickens, Goats; Measure Coming To Two Council Enactment Votes Is Slightly Revised From Narrowly-Failed 2013 Measure
Includes On-Deemand Audio: Hear It: Angry Testimony In Opposition, Emotional Testimony In Support, (9-0) Long Beach Council Vote Supporting Obama Admin Exec. Orders Re Immigration (Deportation Relief, Work Authorization) Currently Halted By Fed'l Court As 26 States Challenge Action As Costly Unconstitutional Over-Reach

Proposal reiterates current Council support for immigration reform w/ path to citizenship

Updated: Multiple Gunshot Wounds, No Motive Identified Yet, 37 Yr Old Shooting Victim (800 block Cedar Ave.) Is A LB Man, Perished Roughly Eight Blocks North of LB City Hall

USPS Puts New PO in BK
Subsequent coverage above
Long Beach Council Reps Gonzalez, Lowenthal, Uranga, Richardson Seek Council Resolution Supporting Obama Admin Exec. Orders Re Immigration (Deportation Relief, Work Authorization) Now Being Challenged In Fed'l Court by 26 States As Costly Unconstitutional Over-Reach
Proposal reiterates (adding multiple "whereas" clauses) current Council support for immigration reform w/ path to citizenship

Subsequent coverage above
Will Multiple Bee Hives, Chickens, Goats Be Your New Neighbors? Read Ordinance Coming to June 23 Council Vote, Advanced By Vice Mayor Lowenthal (w/ Gonzalez, Supernaw & Andrews), Slightly Revised From Narrowly-Failed 2013 Measure

Council Session -- Closed To Public & Press -- June 23 On Civic Center Re Negotiations With Its Preferred Proposer (Developer/Operator) As Sac'to Ass'y Committee Sets July 1 Hearing On Bill To Stretch To Up To 50 Yrs City/Port Payments To Developer/Operator
Message From Long Beach Ministers Alliance: "Pack Your Church" On Sunday

Man (Adult) Is Shot While Riding His Bicycle, Area 10th/Walnut, After Carload Of Individuals Try And Fail To Steal His Bike; He's Wounded But Rides Home And His Family Takes Him To Hospital

Haggen Debuts New Market At Spring/Palo Verde (former Albertsons Site)

As Previewed, Long Beach Had Great View Of Int'l Space Station; See Eight-Second Open Shutter Digital Photo As Spacecraft Soared Overhead at 17,200 mph

Time exposure by photo by Max Pearl
Subsequent coverage above
Workers Working Now To Change Former Albertsons (Spring/Palo Verde) Into Brand New Haggen Market

FAA Spokesman Says Single Engine Plane Was Attempting To Land on Runway 25R When It "Impacted" Perimeter Fence; Single Engine Plane Crashes, Comes To Rest In Airport Perimeter Fence Area Lakewood Blvd. South of Conant St.; Pilot Has Minor Injuries; Vehicle on Lakewood Blvd. Is Struck By Some Debris, Driver Uninjured

Photo shows view looking southward with the airport perimeter road in the foreground [plane's tail faces runway 25R; nose faces Lakewood Blvd.] photo is by Max Pearl.
Council Accepts Floor Motion By Lowenthal, Backed By Price (And Lowenthal Says In Consultation With Mayor Garcia and City Mgr.) To Give Aquarium $1.3 Million For Its "Capital Campaign," Most Of Sum Diverted For Now From Other Tidelands Projects; No Prior Public Discussion Or Contemporaneous Explanation Of Action To Councilmembers Or To Taxpayers
Council Approves Prioritized Tidelands Projects List (Mainly For Belmont Pool Rebuild) 7-0 (Mungo and Richardson Absent)
House Narrowly OK's Obama-Sought "Fast Track" Trade Promotion Authority; House Dems Lowenthal, Sanchez and Hahn -- Plus OC Repub Rohrabacher -- Vote "No"
Fact Check / Perspective: Compare What Long Beach City Hall Says Versus What Heal the Bay Says About Long Beach In Latest Beach Report Card
Council Votes 7-0 (Mungo, Richardson absent) To Charge Naples Canal Property Owners Next To Current Seawall Repair Project Annual Fee Nearly Identical To Current Fee After Coastal Commission Directs City To Collect Fair Rent
District Attorney Files Four Felony Counts (Incl. Two Attempted Murder On Police Officer) After Shootout Between Suspect and LBPD Officers
LBPD Says Ballistics Shows Wounded Officer Was Struck By Round Fired By An Officer Who Returned Fire After An Armed Suspect Allegedly Fired At Them; LBPD Finds Round Allegedly From Suspect's Gun In Wall Directly Behind Injured Officer, Believes Suspect Fired At More Than One Officer, Will Present Case To DA On Charges of Attempted Murder of Police Officer For Filing Consideration
Opinion / Amnesia File: With Pool Unfunded And Other Beach/Shoreline Needs Unmet, Council Poised To Prioritize Tidelands Projects Tonight; A Year Ago, Provided THIS Constructive Solution To Free Up Millions In Tidelands Funds
VIDEO (As Seen Live): LB Parks & Rec Comm'n Votes 3-2 To Use GeoFill/GeoTurf (Natural Coconut Fiber, Cork, Rice Husk), Not Acrylic Coated "Crumb Rubber," For Soccer Fields Artificial Turf

LBPD Describes Harrowing Events As It Encountered Armed Suspect In NLB Apt. Complex Who Allegedly Fired At Police Officer, Leading to Officer-Involved Shooting; Officer & Suspect Are Both Hit And Wounded

Suspect's gun, recovered by officers. LBPD released photo
Subsequent development above
In Detail: LB Parks/Rec Dept's Consultant Firm On Synthetic Soccer Fields Is Member Of Synthetic Turf Industry Advocacy Group; Parks/Rec Staff Memo To Parks/Rec Comm'n Seeks Approval Of Crumb Rubber "Encapsulated" With Some Acrylic Substance In Parks Citywide, Downplays Concerns
Subsequent development above
Non-Profit Group "Environment & Human Health" Releases New Study Done At Yale Re Crumb Rubber Playgrounds, Finds Many Carcinogens; KIRO-TV (Seattle) Says "Crumb Rubber Fields to be Tested"
LB Parks/Rec Mgm't Agendizes Installing Lights/Fencing To Encourage Use, Protect City Investment In Acrylic-Coated Crumb Rubber Soccer Field Sought For El Dorado Park West (Studebaker north of Willow) At Special Parks/Rec Comm'n Meeting (Mon. June 15, 6:30 p.m.
VIDEO: See It/Hear It: Powerful, Emotional, Inspiring Speakers Mark Fifth Annual Jalen & Breanna Thayer Run/Walk For Childhood Cancer Awareness

Congressman Lowenthal And House Dem Leaders -- Joined By Cong. Dana Rohrabacher (Who Defied House GOP Leadership) -- Stall Obama-Sought "Fast Track" Trade Promotion Authority...For Now
Subsequent development above:
In Detail: Soccer Field Showdown: Parks & Rec Comm'n Schedules Special Monday Nite Meeting June 15 To Seek Public Comment And Vote On Type Of Material To Be Used For All Future Synthetic Field Projects And Seek Comment And Vote On Potential Items Incl. Lights & Fencing As Part of El Dorado West Soccer Field
Consultant provided Parks & Rec staff with informational (not recommendation) report in April on various types of synthetic materials; see it here
Man Is Shot, 3400 block Andy St. (Near South/Downey)

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=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/WLB.
Saturday Morning June 13 is Jalen & Breanna Thayer Run/Walk For Childhood Cancer Awareness

LASD Says They've ID'd Shooter, But Made No Arrest; Man Shot To Death While Seated In His Car on Carson St. In Lakewood (Area Near LB Towne Center)
Congressmembers Lowenthal (Dem) and Rohrabacher (Repub) Both Vote "No" On Bill That Would Repeal Country of Origin Labels For Beef, Pork & Chicken
  • Most Dems vote "no," most Repubs vote "yes"; see full vote tally; bill advances to Senate
  • Mexico, Canada won World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. country of origin labeling discriminates against their products
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Editorial / Follow-Up: 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
    Gerrie Schipske's New Blog: Click for latest:

    Perspective Via Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Pres. Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade
    Includes Publisher's Perspective: Gunman Robs Belmont Shore Fundraiser For Victims Of Bluff Park Fire; [Publisher's Perspective] Latest Outrage Took Place In Council District Of Public Safety Committee Chair Suzie Price Whose Record -- With Her Council Colleagues -- Includes These Votes And Actions
    Editorial: Daryl Defeated Goliath...And Goliath Helped Defeat Goliath
    Editorial: Chico Campaign Insults Voters Of Both Genders With Sexist Appeal For Votes
    Stop The Costly Project Labor Agreement, See Evidence Cited In 2011 "Common Sense" Essay
    by Terry Jensen

    LB Airport Expects Summertime Revenue Decline Mainly From JetBlue Schedule Changes, Which Won't Affect Police, Fire, Parks, Libraries, Infrastructure Funding For Taxpayers Citywide, And That's Important Because...
    Editorial: PressTelegram Marks Start Of "Sunshine Week" By Failing To Report Long Beach City Hall Action (And Inaction) Blocking Greater Transparency
    Editorial: Hillary Redux: Long Beach Mayor/Council Tout And Talk But Mock And Block Email Transparency
    Taking A Leak (LBCC)
    Parks & Rec Comm'n Should Address Issues And Set Policy On Proposed Use Of "Crumb Rubber" For Synthetic Turf Soccer Fields Citywide
    Opinion: Keep Belmont Plaza Park
    by Susan Miller

    Editorial: Facts That Matter On Our Airport
    Opinion: Council And Mayor Should Start Discussing Increase To Minimum Wage In Long Beach
    by Jim McCabe
    Council votes 8-0 to approve item allocating $1 Mil to accept Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" Editorial: Council Should Withhold Approving $1 Mil For Bloomberg "Innovation Grant" UNTIL Mayor/Mgm't Provide Transparency, Openness And Oversight Guarantees And Explain How $1 Mil Spent Will Produce $1 Mil In Taxpayer Savings/Revenue
    One week delay is sensible, along with Council reproval of city releases that initially hid $1 mil cost.
    For A Righteous Referendum...On Their Money, Our Elections And Our City
    Perverting Political Reform
    Subsequent development at this link:
    Editorial: Release the City's Application for the Bloomberg "Innovation Grant"
    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 Jensen

    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



    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

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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"
  • 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
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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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    June 13 is 5th Annual Jalen & Breanna Thayer Run/Walk For Childhood Cancer Awareness; Events Begin Saturday 8 a.m. @ Patrick Henry Elementary School in ELB; Online Registration Now

    LB Transit Bus And Pickup Truck Collide, Woodruff @ Centralia; Five Transported To Hospitals, Bus Driver Requires Extrication

    Photo by Max Pearl
    City Council Hears From Arts Council And Multiple Dissatisfied Local Artists; Electeds Offer Verbal Encouragment But Not Increased Funding
    by Cathy Franklin *
    * Ms. Franklin is a veteran journalist and an accomplished Long Beach artist.

    See Suspect Sketch, Help LBPD ID This Suspected Bluff Park-Alamitos Beach Groper

    LBPD released suspect sketch
    New Feature: How Much Did That Cost? New City Hall Website / Content Management System
    Subsequent coverage above
    Arts Council Gets Opportunity (Provided By Mayor Garcia) June 9 To Update City Council On Its Activities After Several Artists Voiced Frustation At Lack of Galleries + Seeming City Shrugs Toward Visual Arts
    by Cathy Franklin *
    * Ms. Franklin is a veteran journalist and an accomplished Long Beach artist.

    Man (Adult) Shot, Area 6th/Walnut Sun Nite; LB's 4th Shooting In Two Days (Two Fatal), Possibly Gang Related

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (add'l breaking story below) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Tires Slashed On About A Dozen Cars, University Park Estates Neighborhood
    Detailed Coverage: Sac'to Assembly Approves, Sends To State Senate, Bill To Require CA Peace Officers (Incl. Police, Sheriffs, CHP) To Collect Racial And Other Data For Every Officer-Conducted Stop For Submission To A Proposed "Racial And Identity Profiling Advisory Board" (See Proposed Members); Long Beach Ass'yman O'Donnell Declines To Vote "Yes" Or "No"
    VIDEO and Photos: Jordan High (NLB) College-Bound/Service-Bound Grads Honored

    New Feature: "How Much Does That Cost?"
    24-Hour "Relay for Life" Raised Funds for American Cancer Society at Millikan High Track

    NLB Murder Victim Was 18 Yrs Old, PD Investigating As Possibly Gang Related (5400 block Elm), Homicide Mars "Beach Streets Ciclovia" Taking Place On Atlantic Ave., About Two Blocks East

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (add'l breaking story below) indicates add'l shootings in Central/WLB.
    Man Fatally Shot (Fri Nite June 6), 17th/Alamitos In Exchange of Gunfire; LBPD Investigating As Possibly Gang Related

    Man Shot, Predawn Hours Sat. June 6, 1000-1100 block Cedar Ave.

    VIDEO: See It/Hear It: Protestors Blast LBPD Shooting Of CSULB-Bound Feras Morad; His Sister Speaks With Us At Lincoln Park, Voices Her Anger Outside LBPD HQ

    Enjoy "Heron Hike" Thru Usually Inaccessible Wetlands, Sat. a.m. June 6
    24-Hour "Relay for Life," Raising Funds for American Cancer Society, at Millikan High Track: 9 a.m. Sat June 6 Thru 9 a.m. June 7
    Tar Balls Removed, LB Beaches Reopen...But No Info (Yet) On Source Of Gooey-Black Substance
    As seen LIVE / LB Planning Comm'n Planning Comm'n votes unanimously (Vice Chair Christoffels absent) to overrule three appeals challenging zoning administrator's site plan review and local coastal development permit and thus approve modification of former "Yankee Doodles" bldg. (4101 E. Ocean Blvd.) into a fitness center with new rooftop deck. One Commissioner suggested she would support eliminating amplified sound from rooftop deck...but received no audible support from other Commissioners (two said they found staff's recommendation sufficient) and the Comm'ners no made no changes to staff's recommendations to address issues raised by appellants. Coverage coming
    Tar Balls Surface on Belmont Shore Beaches; Source Currently Unknown, May Be Natural; Beaches Closed From 1st Pl-72nd Pl.
    AUDIO: HEAR What Caller Told LBFD On Initial Call And LBFD Told LBPD, Responding To What Would Become Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting of Feras Morad
    Neighborhoods First + LBHUSH2 To Hold Special Public Meeting Thurs. June 4 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Minnie Gant School (90815) -- To Discuss Why ELB Arguably Has The Most To Lose, With Potential Risks/Unintended Consequences, If Council Were To Allow A LB Airport Fed'l Customs Facility (Int'l Flights) That Couldn't Be Limited To One User
    Supporters of Feras Morad, CSULB-Bound Debater Shot/Killed May 27 By LBPD After Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushroom(s), Plan Thurs. June 4 LB Rally: 4 p.m., Lincoln Park; [Includes LBPD Update]
    The L.A. City Council voted 13-1 (Englander dissenting) to approve an ordinance annually raising the minimum wage to $10.50 in July 2016, then to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and $15 by 2020 (for businesses w/ 25 or more employees; smaller businesses and non-profits have an extra year to implement the raised wages.) The action came after the Council allowed a small number of speakers pro and con. Business industry groups blasted the measure; labor groups praised it; several L.A. Councilmembers in support said they were "making history"; on announcing the vote, the Chamber erupted in chants of "Si, se puede;" Mayor Eric Garcetti, who initially backed a smaller increase, went along with the larger increase favored by the Dem majority Council; it's the highest minimum wage by any large American city. (There'll be second vote next week because the vote wasn't unanimous.) In the coming months, there may or may not be a controversial "carve out" for businesses with employees rep'd by organized labor. [Comment: Is Long Beach City Council next?]
    AUDIO: For Tiananmen Square Anniversary: Hear Courageous 1989 Report By Radio Beijing's "Radio Tankman"

    City Prosecutor Doug Haubert In DC To Brief Members of Congress/Staffs On His Office's Community Based Gang Prosecution Strategy
    Councilmembers Mum, Mayor Absent, No Public Speakers As Council Adopts Resolution Backing "Meatless Mondays"
    Subsequent development above:
    City Stalling Release of Constituents' Comments to Councilmembers re "Meatless Mondays"
    Subsequent development above:
    Councilwoman Price, Co-Author of Measure To Support "Meatless Mondays," Offers This Thoughtful Response To A Constituent
    Subsequent development above:
    Opinion: Quick Response Re Councilwoman Price's Response To Constituent On "Meatless Mondays"
    Artists Tell Arts Council Lack of Galleries + Seeming City Shrugs Leaving Long Beach A Dead-End For Visual Arts
    by Cathy Franklin *
    * Ms. Franklin is a veteran journalist and an accomplished Long Beach artist.

    Suspect Is Arrested After Man Is Fatally Stabbed In Downtown's Lincoln Park, Steps From Long Beach City Hall Learns CSULB-Bound Scholarly Community College Debate Competitor Feras Morad Ingested Hallucinogenic Mushroom(s) Prior To Tragic Chain of Events; Leaped From Apt. Window, Tasered Without Effect, Ultimately Killed In LBPD Shooting (4600 block E. 15th St.)

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    In Detail / VIDEO: State Senate Committee, Chaired by LB Senator Lara, Blocks For Remainder Of 2015 Bill To Fund Study Of Alleged Adverse Health Impacts Of "Crumb Rubber" (Waste Tire Pieces) For Parks/Schools Artificial Turf
  • Measure would have required parks/school districts to consider at least one alternative and hold at least one public meeting on issue; Bill was closely watched locally re choice of synthetic turf for LB soccer fields at Seaside, Admiral Kidd and El Dorado Parks; Measure can be revived if amended in 2016 legislative session Holds First "Mighty Meaty Monday Meet-Up" June 1 @ 49rsTavern (5660 E. PCH); Vote With Your Pocketbook, Show What You Think Of "Meatless Monday" (Council Resolution Returns For Tues. June 2 Enacting Vote); We'll Also "Raise Awareness" With Short Presentation On City Hall Actions Affecting Health, Safety and Taxpayers

    City Hall Proposes Significant Re-Write Of Citywide Land Uses And Accompanying Urban Design In General Plan, Read Them Here
    Gives Public Near Last-Minute E-Notify Notice of Public Meeting To Discuss Scope of Upcoming Draft EIR
    Subsequent development above
    "Meatless Monday" Council Resolution Returns For June 2 Enacting Vote

    Subsequent development above:
    LBPD Releases Name of Person Killed In May 27 Officer-Involved Shooting (4600 block E. 15th St.); Feras Morad, 20, of Woodland Hills
    Subsequent developments above:
    LBPD Adds New Details To Officer-Involved Shooting After Non-Lethal Use Of Force Fails To Subdue Allegedly Combative Man Acting As If Under Influence Of Some Substance; He's Struck, Taken To Hospital, Pronounced Deceased

    Follow-Up/VIDEO: Mini-Market Owner, 7th St./Cerritos (2nd District), Shot/On Life-Support Since March 2014 Robbery, Dies Of His Wounds; County Bd of Supervisors Renews $10,000 Reward; See Surveillance Video

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    Man Is Shot Sunday Nite (May 25), 1900 block Poppy St. (NLB)

    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=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/WLB.
    City Hall Neglects To Remind Residents About Important Military Memorials in Long Beach to Visit on Memorial Weekend
    by retired Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske
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    In Detail / AUDIO: Hear It: City Hall-Hired Consultants Offer Planning Comm'n Their SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Re-Write Recommendations, Including Up To Double Current Bldg. Heights, Denser Comm'l Core Development, Possibly Extending Shopkeeper Rd to PCH; Wetlands Advocates, Shore Residents Testify And Voice Concerns On Several Grounds

    Current SEADIP zoning map
    F/A18s To Operate at LB Airport Thru Tues. a.m. May 26
    6th Dist. Council Incumbent (Since 2007) Dee Andrews Says He'll Wage Write-In For Another Term
    Swift Work By LBPD: Suspect In Custody Who Allegedly Fired Gun Into Air At Midmorning, Area 14th St./Chestnut Ave. Near Two Long Beach Parks
    Gunfire Flies (Again) On Northern Edge of Alamitos Beach: 1100 block E. 4th St.; No Person Hit
    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Second Midafternoon Shooting (May 21) In Two Days, This Time In Central LB (LB Blvd/20th St.)

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Gunfire Flies In NLB Houghton Park Area At Midafternoon (May 20); A Woman (Adult) Is Hit

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in WLB/Central LB.
    Saturday Event Advisory: Meet Two F/A18 Pilots, See Their Aircraft, From 2-4 p.m. Saturday May 23 @ Signature Flight Support, 3333 E. Spring St. (no bags or backpacks, please)

    Subsequent developments above:
    City Hall's Hired Consultants To Offer Their SEADIP (SE LB Zoning) Re-Write Recommendations -- Proposed Changes Potentially Affecting Future Of Commercial Development And Open Space In SE LB -- At 5 p.m. Planning Comm'n "Study Session"

    Current SEADIP zoning map
    In Closed Session, Council Votes 9-0 To Pursue Purchase Of 5347 E. 2nd St. (Former "Roe" Fish Market/Restaurant Site); Speculation Centers On Possible Use For Parking Structure
    In Detail / On-Demand Audio: Council Votes 7-2 (Mungo, Supernaw Dissenting) To Prepare Resolution Supporting "Meatless Mondays"; Item Will Come To Second Council Vote
    VIDEO / Persepctive: VIDEO: See L.A. City Council Action On Minimum Wage Increase (Worker & Business Testimony, Council Discussion, Voted Action 14-1.) Is Long Beach City Council Next? With What Impacts On LB Businesses, Consumers...And Upcoming 2016 Council Races?
    Internal Records Show White House Invitation To Mayor Garcia Was For Cinco de Mayo Social Event, Not To Discuss Ending Veterans Homelessness
    Garcia did seek to arrange personal meetings with Labor Sec'y and HUD Sec'y, was told they were unavailable for personal meetings but might attend Cinco de Mayo event; Mayor did meet HUD Sec'y at Cinco de Mayo event, and met with White House Dir. for Inter-Gov'tal Affairs

    Subsequent development above
    Council Resolution Supporting "Meatless Mondays"? After 24 Hrs, Instant Survey Says...
    Council Skeds Closed Session To Discuss "Price & Terms of Purchase" Of 5347 E. 2nd St. (former "Roe" fish market/restaurant area); Speculation Centers On Possible Acquisition For Parking Structure
    Mayor/Mgr. Announce New Staff For Which Bloomberg Philanthropies Will Pay $3 Million...And (Unmentioned In Release) LB Taxpayers Will Spend $1 Million Over Three Years For Currently Unspecified "Innovations"

  • With No Discussion, State Senate Passes -- And Sends To Assembly -- Bill That Would Extend Taxpayer Payments To LB Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator Up To 50 Years
    VIDEO Captured By Long Beach Political Figure Uduak-Joe Ntuk Makes Nat'l News, Captured Native American "War Cry" Gaffe By Congresswoman / U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez
    Subsequent coverage above
    Instant Survey-Your Opinion: Councilmembers Austin, Gonzalez and Price Agendize Item To Have City Support "Meatless Mondays"; We Include Instant Survey For Your Views
    Man Shot, Approx. 2 a.m. Sunday, 5500 block Atlantic

    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=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 WLB/Central LB.
    Photo Gallery: 2015 Pride Parade (374 Pix) In Photo Gallery on Justin Rudd's Facebook Page

    Ximeno/Roycroft/14th-15th Incident Wrap Up; PD, FD & Bomb Squad Respond, Search Warrant Issued, Man Is Arrested

    Follow-Up / Details: Lawyers Say This In Their Claim Seeking Monetary Damages For Family Of 19 Yr Old Fatally Shot By LBPD Officer
    Details / VIDEO: Senator Lara Votes "Yes," Senator Nguyen Recorded As "Not Voting," On SB 277 That Would End Exemptions From Childhood Vaccinations Based on Personal Belief
    Further Follow-Up To Fatal April 23 Officer Involved Shooting: See LBPD Details On Officer's 2002 Officer-Involved Shooting
    LBPD says that after a shooting near 14th St. Park, the officer spotted the suspect in South Wrigley; gave chase in a foot pursuit in which the suspect pulled a gun and aimed it at the officer. Officer fired, didn't hit the suspect, who was caught and convicted; officer's action ruled within policy
    New / Follow-Up: Follow-Up To Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting: Officer Is ID'd, Received These Commendations (1997 and 1998, See Text), Was Involved In June 2011 Taser-Use of Force (See Details) And March 2002 Officer-Involved Shooting (Details Coming)
    ON-DEMAND VIDEO as seen LIVE: LB Water Comm'n Votes Unanimously To Declare Stage TWO Water Supply Shortage, Will Mean Two-Day-Per-Week-Watering Schedule Thru Summer; New Watering Days Will be TUESDAYS and SATURDAYS But Effective Date Not Yet Indicated
    Union-Led Effort Launched To Change Prop 13, Would Make It Easier To Raise Taxes On Commercial Properties, Not Residential Properties; Opposition Swiftly Surfaces From Business Interests
    Subsequent coverage above LB Water Comm'n To Hold Special Meeting Monday May 11, Could Extend Two-Day-Per-Week-Watering Schedule Thru Summer (Effectively Year-Round); Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Allows -- But LB Water Dept. Staff Says It's NOT Recommending On Monday -- Rate Increase Up To 25% To Offset Decreased Water Usage
    In Detail: Release Officer's Name in Morejon Officer-Involved Shooting? Read What CA Supreme Court Said, And Didn't Say, On Public Records Act Disclosure
    With Perspective: State Senate Committee Advances Bill That Could Extend Taxpayer Payments To Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator To 50 Years; No Committee Member Raises Locally Controversial Aspects of Transaction
    Dems (incl. bill author Sen. Lara), city and port reps + trade union rep praise transaction and urge passage; neither of the Committee's two Repubs, including Sen. Nguyen who reps SE LB, raise issues or oppose
    Get Discount-Priced Electric Lawnmower At SCAQMD's Electric Lawnmower Exchange On Saturday May 9 At ELB Vets Stadium (Clark/Conant, 8 a.m.-Noon); Register By Midnight Friday Nite To Ensure You'll Get In (And Quantities Limited)
    LBPD Robbery Detectives Connect Dots, Arrest L.A. Parolee For Allegedly Robbing ELB Hotel At Gunpoint, And 90 Minutes Later Allegedly Robbing Arcadia Hotel Long Beach Parks & Rec Chief Chapjian Exits To Take Broader Position With Santa Barbara County
    Subsequent coverage above:
    City Hall Quietly Seeks Sac'to Bill That Could Extend Taxpayer Payments To Civic Center Deal's Private Developer/Operator To 50 Years
    Extended ON-DEMAND VIDEO As Seen LIVE: See/Hear Long Beach Police/Firefighter Memorial Ceremony Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives For City; Mayor Garcia Is A No-Show, Flew to DC for Cinco de Mayo White House Reception

    Includes Perspective / VIDEO: At Pool Rebuild Public Meeting, Councilwoman Price Tries To Steer Public Comments Toward Design, But A Number of Taxpayers/Residents Focus On Location, Propose Alternative Downtown Site

    LBPD Investigation Indicates High Rate of Speed, Vehicle Went Airborne, In Fri Fatal Crash: Three LB Teens Lose Their Lives, One Passenger Survives, When Their Vehicle Veers Off Anaheim St. In 4 a.m. Hour, Lands Upside Down In L.A. River Channel

    Sic Transit: Ben E. King, Lead Singer For "The Drifters" (Save the Last Dance for Me) And Solo (Stand By Me)
    Enjoy Free, 4th Annual LB Lawn-To-Garden Tour, See Neighborhood Homes Using Water Saving Landscapes
    Park Advocates/Taxpayers To Urge Leaving Belmont Plaza Park As Open Space/Park And Rebuilding Pool Downtown Or Near Queen Mary At May 2 Community Meeting

    Truckers End Four-Day Stike At Three All Four of Four Struck Trucking Cos. at Ports of LB / LA; Teamster-Supported Action Targeted The Firms For Classifying Truckers As Independent Contractors, Not Employees
    Carson 3.4 Magnitude Quake Near Newport-Inglewood Fault Rattles LB

    American Lung Ass'n Ranks Los Angeles-Long Beach WORST In Nation In Ozone, FIFTH WORST in Nation For Particulates
    Long Beach DOESN'T Receive "Promise Zone" Status From Obama Admin's HUD; Mayor Garcia's "State of the City" Message Acknowledged It Was Numerical Long-Shot, But Cited It As Among His Administration's Response To Central LB Economic Challenges, Gangs And Crime
    Thief and/or Thieves Break Into ATM Machine Outside A Belmont Shore Business (5300 block E. 2nd St.); LBPD Says Video Evidence Is Being Collected And Investigation Is Ongoing Sic Transit: Jack Ely, Was Lead Singer On Louie Louie

    Three Residences, Multiple Vehicles Struck By Gunfire In NLB Mobile Home Park; No Injuries Reported

    O'Donnell & Sac'to Committee Dems Advance (Repubs Dissent On) Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Make It Easier For Local Gov'ts To Raise Taxes For Broadly Defined "Transportation" Projects Including Local Streets, Roads and Highways
    See List of Supporters/Opponents; Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n calls measure direct attack on Prop 13
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