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New: JetBlue Is Backing Candidate Turnbow With Bucks In Airport-Impacted 8th District Race, Carrier Wants Council To Allow Customs Facility Opposed by Candidate Angel, former Councilwoman Gabelich and Incumbent Austin
JetBlue also gave sums to 2nd dist. candidate Garnica and 6th dist. incumbent Andrews; two years ago supported 5th dist. candidate Mungo
New / Perspective: Corporate Welfare? While Mayor/Council Seek Regressive Sales Tax Hike, City Staff Plans To Study Kick-Back Of Portion Of Hotel Room Tax As "Incentive" For New Hotels




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All Clear: Bomb Squad Renders Safe, Finds No Explosive Material In Suspicious Package At Uptown Bixby Knolls Bus Stop; Incident Shut Part Of Atlantic Ave. And Caused Some Precautionary Evacuations

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Gunfire At Late Afternoon Sat. (Apr. 2) Area Linden Ave./South St. (Border 8th/9th Districts); No Person/Property Hit

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in Central LB.
Victim Fatally Shot, 1300 block E. 11th St. , LB's Second Homicide Within 24 Hours
Updated: Man Is Shot/Killed, Area Pine Ave./16th St.
Crime scene is roughly two blocks north of new "Habitat for Humanity" house dedicated with local pols present less than 60 days ago.
Citing Legal Procedure Before Reaching Litigation's Merits, Judge Dismisses Environmental Legal Action Challenging Riverwalk Development; Issue Now Shifts To 8th Dist. Council Race
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First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Invites Select Group To Swanky Hotel To Hear Garcia, Foster, O'Neill Seek Support For Sales Tax Hike; Garcia Boasts Big Campaign Starting Day After April Election; Foster Blasts "Naysayer" Opponents; O'Neill Lauds Young Leaders
LB Taxpayers Ass'n co-founder has this response
City-Hired Consulting Firm Proposes New SE LB Zoning: Some Bldg Heights (Hotels/Residences w/ "Community Amenities") Along PCH Up To Seven Stories, Others Up To Five Stories...And For 2nd/PCH Traffic Offers Bike Lanes, Pedestrian Walkways
New / In Detail / Perspective / Amnesia File: Aquarium Seeks Multi-Million Dollar Expansion; Mayor Implies City Has Agreed to "Matching Grant" Of Certain Taxpayer Dollars; Council Will Decide Amid Fiscal Facts And History


New / Perspective: Same Councilmembers Who Want Sales Tax Hike OK'd These Escalating Civic Center Costs...And Held Closed Session On Deal
Midafternoon Monday Car-To-Car Shooting -- With An Exchange of Gunfire Between Two Vehicles -- Near MacArthur Park (About A Block North of Twain Library)
Unknown If Anyone In The Cars Hit; No One At Scene Injured

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
New: Male Transgender Adult Is Stabbed, Area PCH/Locust, Allegedly After Dispute Involving Several Women and Men; Two Women Are Arrested
New / With AUDIO: LB Parks Staff Will Test, Compare & Publicly Report On Alternatives to Herbicide "Round-Up," Responds to Advocacy By Ann Cantrell

Includes "Amnesia File" segment
LBPD Responds Swiftly & Successfully to Los Cerritos Residential Burglary In Progress, Apprehends Three Suspects
Saturday Afternoon (Mar. 19) Gunfire: Olive Ave./10th St...One Block East of Where Man Was Shot Two Days Earlier
Man Is Shot/Killed Overnight (Mar. 19) Near WLB City Limit
Perspective: "Beach Streets" Bicycle/Pedestrian Event Never Received Council Voted Approval, Which Would Have Legally Required Chance For Public Input (Pro/Con); City Spokesperson Says No Council Action Needed
Drive-By Midnight Hour Northern NLB Shooting, Woman Is Hit, 6800 block Atlantic Ave.
Urgent Advisory: Bumble Bee & Chicken of the Sea Voluntarily Recall These Specific Lots of Canned Tuna (See Details) Due to Health Risk
Sunday Event Advisory: "License to Rock 3" @ Tracy's Bar & Grill, Fundraiser For Non-Profit The Rock Club / Music is the Remedy Supports Vets / At Risk Youth
Part of ELB's Los Altos Area Lost Power For About An Hour Thursday Nite; Unofficially Estimated 2,000+ Residents Were Affected
Predawn Shooting, 10th St./Lime Ave.
Following Bruising Long Beach Coastal Comm'n Hearing, SeaWorld Announces It Will End Its Captive Breeding of Orca Whales And End Its Theatrical Performances Of Orcas In Favor of Exhibits Highlighting The Whales' Natural Behaviors
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Independent Expenditure Committee Surfaces, Has Raised Over $60k To Support Council Candidates Garnica and Turnbow In 2nd & 8th Districts; Contributors Include Business / Restaurant / Hospitality / Realty Interests Incl. Several In Belmont Shore Plus Company Headed By Former 3rd Dist. Councilman DeLong
Immediate Past Councilwoman Rae Gabelich Backs Laurie Angel Over Austin And Turnbow In 8th District Race, Says This As She Announces Fundraiser For Angel
Two Belmont Shore Armed Robberies Within Ten Minutes Within About A Block, Vicinity 2nd St./Argonne
Suspected Stolen Vehicle Leads LBPD On Pursuit, Ending When Suspect Vehicle Containing Two Female Occupants Crashes Into Another Vehicle At Ximeno/10th, Seriously Injuring Uninvolved Vehicle's Driver
East Village Shooting Mid-Evening Friday / Man Is Hit, 1st St. b/w Lime/Alamitos

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Hear Them: 8th District Candidates Laurie Angel & Wesley Turnbow Put Incumbent Councilman Al Austin On Defensive Re His Record On Airport Int'l Flights, Dense Daisy Ave. Housing Development, Resident Outreach And Sales Tax Hike Ballot Measure

Audible audience displeasure, scoffing and some boos, as Austin defends tax hike ballot measure and housing development vote

Left to right: Laurie Angel, Councilman Al Austin, Wesley Turnbow
Man Runs From Police, Allegedly Produces A Firearm And Refuses To Drop It; He's Fatally Shot In NW LB Alley (Area 68th St./LB Blvd.); No Officers Injured; Gun Is Recovered
LBPD says officers were in area as part of strategic deployment to impact violent crime after multiple shooting incidents citywide, and such deployments have removed multiple guns from streets in first two months of this year
Demand Exceeds Capacity -- Tickets Sold Out -- For Benefit Concert Honoring Murdered Millikan Grad/LBCC Student Alicia Todd; Donations Continue Online
Sic Transit: Ron Jacobs: Renowned Radio Programmer / Creative Promotion Practitioner, Launched 93/KHJ Boss Radio, Co-Created American Top 40, "Recycled" KGB Radio In San Diego And Created The "San Diego Chicken"
Two Men Shot Tues Nite In Lakewood (3100 block South St. near Obispo Ave.)
High Rise Res Fire (600 block Ocean Blvd.) Brings Major LBFD Response; Knockdown In 20 Minutes

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First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Used His Officeholder Account (Allowable Sum Tripled By Council Action Last Year), With Support From LB Police Officers Ass'n and LB Firefighters Ass'n (Both With Contracts Up For Negotiation) To Fund Survey He Cited In Urging Sales Tax Hike
LB Gets Rain w/ Lightning In Monday a.m. Downpour

NWS Doppler Radar screen save, 6:46 a.m. March 7, 2016
Gunfire Damages Vehicle, Area Walnut Ave./14th St. (6th dist.)

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Survey Mayor Garcia Cited In Urging Sales Tax Hike Was Part Of Broader Survey That Sought Public's Opinion Of LB Police Officers, Of Him And Of Council, Included Results By Race / Gender / Age, And Wasn't Commissioned, Paid Or Directed Using City Funds, Resources Or Staff
Shots Heard In South Wrigley, Area 19th/Cedar (6th dist.); Officers Find Man Fatally Shot Area 17th/Pacific (1st dist.)

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
LB Got About 0.44" Rain (LBCC in ELB) In First Of Two Storms; Sunday Will Be Breezy w/ Wind Gusts Up To 35 mph, Then More Rain Monday, Possibly With Thunderstorms
Power Outage Plagues Peninsula Late Afternoon/Early Evening Friday (Mar. 4)
On 7-6 Vote, SCAQMD Board Dismisses Agency's Long Time Exec. Officer Dr. Barry Wallerstein; See Vote Tally

State Senate President Pro Tem de León blasts action; see his statement
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Held Secretive, Invitation-Only Meeting With Several Non-Incumbent Candidates For City Council Offices, Plus Some Appointed Commissioners And Other Civic Figures, At Which City Mgm't, Police & Fire Chiefs And Power Point Presented Arguments In Support Of Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure
Hear Them: 2nd, 6th, 8th dist. Council Candidates Are Asked If They Support Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure


Riverwalk Developer (4747 Daisy Ave.) Seeks To Dimiss (Prevail on the Pleadings In) CARP's CEQA Legal Challenge And Impose Sanctions, Alleges Filing Beyond Deadline; CARP's Lawyers File Response Saying Group's CEQA Challenge Is Timely Filed; March 15 Showdown Hearing Is Set
Two Shot -- One of Whom Dies -- In Brazen Midafternoon Gunfire In NW Long Beach

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in Central LB
Perspective: Firefighters Response Times Worsened, Crimes Increased, After Mayors/Councils Erased Police/Fire Levels; See LBFD/LBPD Data
Council Votes 9-0 Without Comment To Leave Sales Tax Hike Ballot Measure To 10% A Gen'l Tax Measure, Leaves Title/Ballot Text That Will Show Title/Text Listing Police/Fire/Infrastructure Items Not Specified In Tax Text Itself And Not Legally Guaranteed
Two union reps testify in support; LB Taxpayers Ass'n co-founder speaks in opposition; LB resident blasts Councilman Supernaw for his vote in support
Man Found Shot To Death, 1000 block Norman Court (north of 10th St., east of Orange Ave.)

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
Radio's Charlie Tuna, Sic Transit
UPDATE: Gunfire Hits Vehicle, Area 11th St./Ohio Ave. (4th Council District); No Person(s) Hit
It's second documented gunfire within less than three weeks in neighborhoods surrounding Anaheim St. in western part of Councilman Supernaw's 4th Council district

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
Perspective: Here Are Your Responses To Our Survey On City Council's Recent Actions In Putting A Measure On June Ballot To Increase LB's Sales Tax To 10% (Currently 9% in Lakewood/Signal Hill, 8% in Most OC Cities)
LBPD Pursues Possible Drunk Driver Thru Central and East Long Beach, Suspect Is Involved In Two Accidents Before Exiting Vehicle Prompting Foot Pursuit; Suspect Is Apprehended In Artcraft Manor Neighborhood (Lakewood Blvd/Willow St.)
Call Reporting Possible Hand Grenade In Wrigley Prompts Precautionary PD Response; Bomb Squad Determines It's Fake
Multiple Gunshots Reported Early Evening Thurs. Feb. 25 Near (Not In) Drake Park (1st dist.)
Bullet Hits Residence Along 14th St. Near Cedar Ave. (1st dist) Roughly Two Blocks West Of New "Habitat for Humanity" Home Where Mayor Garcia / Council Incumbent Gonzalez Attended Press Event Less Than Three Weeks Earlier

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
Long Beach Airport Director Resigns After 13 Months To Head Oakland Int'l Airport
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Ankling-LB Airport Director Will Receive Nearly $60k Higher Salary In Oakland; He Spoke With Them In Late October 2015
Take Our Quick Survey On Your Responses To Recent Council Actions Related To Putting Measure On June Ballot Seeking Sales Tax Hike to 10%
LBCC Trustees Vote 5-0 To Put Property Tax Debt Bond On June Ballot For New Construction/Facilities Upgrades/Property Acquisition; Measure Forbids Use For Salaries/Pensions/Operating Expenses; Estimated Annual Cost To LB, Signal Hill, Lakewood, Avalon Property Owners = $25/Yr Per $100,000 Assessed Valuation
Dead Infant Found In North Long Beach Alley
Council Gives First of Two Voted Approvals For June Ballot Measure Seeking Sales Tax Hike to 10% With Ballot Text Showing Voters Funding Items That Tax Text Doesn't Include Or Guarantee; Supernaw Adds Further Non-Binding City Hall Reviews Of Its Own Spending; Final Vote Scheduled Mar. 1
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City Hall-Written Ballot Title And Text For Its Sales Tax Hike to 10% Proposes To Show Voters Funding Items That Actual Tax Text Doesn't Include Or Guarantee, Adds Four Words Ensuring It's A Gen'l Tax That Council Can Spend On Anything


Woman Is Hit By Gunfire Early Monday Night (Feb. 22), Area MLK Park (Lemon/Rhea); Councilman Andrews Exits WANA Meeting To Go To Scene

2014 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
If Your Child Attends Or Attended A CA School -- Including LBUSD -- Since Jan. 1, 2008 (Or You're Now An Adult And Did So): A Fed'l Court Has Ordered Confidential Student Information Disclosed For Lawsuit Use (Not Public Release) For Two Non-Profits Suing CA Dept. of Education And Your Child's Info Could Be Disclosed If You Don't Do This By April 1; See Detailed Info and Instructions

Perspective / Viewpoints

New: Perspective / Opinion: Significant Differences Emerge Between 8th Dist. Council Candidates On Airport


Subsequent development at this link: Statement by the Publisher: City Is Attempting To Stall And Potentially Stonewall Public Records Act Release Of Full Results Of Survey (Portions Selectively Released By Mayor Last Month) Purporting To Show Support For Raising Sales Tax To 10%
Opinion: Three More Reasons To Oppose Mayor/Council Proposed Tax Hike
by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.


Editorial: LB's "Let Them Eat Cake" Mayor & Councilmembers
Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: Standing Alone
Opinion: Below the Radar In Attempt To Oust Coastal Comm'n Exec. Dir.
by Joe Geever
Editorial / Amnesia File: Battle For Soul Of Coastal Comm'n Will Have Long Beach Link
Editorial: Annulment or Divorce
Perspective / Opinion: Councilman Austin Twists And Turns To Avoid "T" Word -- Taxes -- In His Weekly E-Mail Update
Perspective / Amnesia File: Mayor/Council Talking Taxes Before Exploring Taxpayer Savings And Meaningful Spending Reforms
Editorial: We Publish "Censored" Words And Say Council Should First -- As Threshold Matter -- Evaluate Undeniable Risk Before "Feasibility" That Could Destroy LB's Protective Airport Ordinance
Editorial: What To Watch For On Queen Mary Re-Do Vote Tonight: Responsibility Exercised Or Scorned
Editorial: "Shots Fired"
Editorial: What's In A Name? Politics And Clumsy Self-Promotion Too Often Propel Council Actions
Opinion: My Detailed Analysis Of Management-Negotiated Civic Center Transaction: Council Should Vote NO Because...
"On December 15, Long Beach Councilmembers will be asked to do what I believe no prudent company board of directors would do: to authorize a multi-million dollar transaction, carrying over four decades of binding obligations, on terms I expect an objective analysis would deem unwise, unbusinesslike and disadvantageous to the City and its taxpayers. It's a proposed action I believe the City frankly cannot afford..." MORE

Editorial: Proposed LBCC Communication Policies Don't Facilitate Better Communication Or Oversight
Opinion: City Pays More, Gets Less...And Boasts About It
by Terry Jensen

Perspective: So, Now With A Gifted CSULB Student A Victim of ISIS, How's The War On Terrorism Going? Read This Actual State Dept. Worldwide Travel Alert For American Citizens
Opinion: Proposed Queen Mary Lease Offers Illusory Rent, For Taxpayers Basically A Sham
by Jim McCabe *
* Mr. McCabe is a retired Long Beach Deputy City Attorney

Editorial: Council Spends $3.6-$4.4 Mil (And Millions More Coming) That Mgm't Initially Said It Wouldn't Have To Spend...But Just Did Without Serious Council Discussion Or Dissent
Opinion: Show Us What's In And Isn't In Proposed Revised Queen Mary Lease, Because...
by Terry Jensen

Opinion: I'm A Long Beach Crime Victim...Again
by Terry Jensen

Your Views: What Bigger Story/Stories Does This LB Marathon Course Map Show About Long Beach?


Red Xs=2014 and 2015 murders to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial.
Editorial: A Royal Pain? Council Retreats Behind Closed Doors -- To Discuss Price & Terms Of Payment -- Regarding Lease Negotiations On Part Of Property Next To Queen Mary

Image from Assessor's Parcel Number on agendized item (which refers to a "portion" of the area.)
Perspective: Mayor Garcia's Disturbing Budget Boast About LB Murder Total Is No Longer Even Numerically Accurate
Editorial: Why Can't Long Beach Provide Its Taxpayers With Police And Firefighter Levels That Other Cities Do?
Editorial: Economics Lesson For Council On Plans To "Repurpose/Reposition/Rename" Downtown's "CityPlace" Shopping Area
Opinion / VIDEO: Nobel Prize Winning Economist / Professor Milton Friedman On The Minimum Wage
Editorial: Transparency Shrugged, Public/Press Access Blocked In Sac'to Actions That Put Pols On Coastal Comm'n; Bill To Let Garcia Return Needs Amendment To Ensure Accountability And Public/Press Access
Opinion / Common Sense: Mungo's Mangled Facts Misstating Airport History, Shrugging Constituents' Concerns, May Mean Short Council Reign
by Terry Jensen

Editorial: Will Assemblyman O'Donnell Carry City Hall Water Or Speak Up For LB Taxpayers In Sac'to On Awful Civic Center Enabler Bill?
Editorial: Advice About Fireworks And Police That Mayor Garcia Doesn't Want To Hear...But Should
Editorial: Kudos: LB Public Works Director Reveals New Shoemaker Bridge WON'T Have Its Supports Inside L.A. River Channel; It Will SPAN L.A. River, Apparently Including Cables, Avoiding Major Issue In Leaving Old Shoemaker Bridge Up For New Park
Opinion: For Naples Canal Property Owners, Much Is Given But Little Or Nothing Is Expected
by Jim McCabe, retired LB Deputy City Attorney
Subsequent coverage coming:
Caution Needed On Contract Coming To Council Tonite: Saving L.A. River Bridge To Create Park Is Clever, But Guarantees Needed -- And Overdue -- That It Won't Trigger Costly, Mandatory "Flood Insurance" On Homeowners In LB And Beyond
Editorial: Inviting And Welcoming, Not Discouraging And Demeaning, Residents Who Cite Pesky Facts And Pesky Laws In Public Matters
Real Police (Fire & Core Services), Not Meat Police: Our Mighty Meaty Monday Meetup Manifesto
Editorial: A Long Beach Lawless Shrug: Snubbing A Long Beach Gay Rights Pioneer
Opinion: Sac'to Senate Republicans Join Lemming Run Toward Costly New Long Beach Civic Center
by Terry Jensen

Via FlashReport.org: New Technology Facilitates Transparency, Openness in CA State Govt.
by Katy Grimes
Perspective Via HuffingtonPost.com: 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"








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    Council Votes 9-0 (Motion By Austin) To Put General ("Blank Check") Sales Tax Hike To Raise LB Tax to 10% On June Ballot (Signal Hill, Lakewood & L.A. At 9%, Most OC Cities At 8%); Two More Council Votes Required In Next Two Weeks
    No Councilmember Adds Legal Guarantees To Use Revenue For Police, Fire Or Infrastructure; Mungo Proposes & Supernaw Applauds Adding Five Person Citizen Oversight Committee Without Legal Guarantees
    Coastal Comm'n Follow-Up: Coastal Comm'r Uranga Recommended Mayor Garcia As His Coastal Comm'n Voting Alternate Last Year, Matter Is Now Pending In State Senate Rules Committee
    Subsequent development above:
    Councilmembers Austin, Gonzalez, Richardson, Lowenthal Agendize General ("Blank Check") Sales Tax Hike For June Ballot
    Agendizers request accompanying "advisory" resolution indicating Council-stated "intention" to prioritize infrastructure repairs & restore public safety resources...but not legally binding
    Coastal Comm'n Follow-Up / Detailed Coverage: Coastal Commissioner / LB Councilman Roberto Uranga Tells LBREPORT.com Why He (1) Voted Against Deliberating On Exec. Director In Public; (2) Disagrees With Advice Offered By Coastal Comm'n Chief Counsel And Told Him So; And (3) Why (Gen'l Areas) He Voted To Dismiss Coastal Comm'n Executive Director
    New / Perspective: Repairing Coastal Commission, Changing Sac'to Senate Committee From Part of the Problem to Part of the Solution
    Retired Long Beach Councilman Paul Deats
    Garcia Attempt to Enroll Most In ObamaCare Comes Up Short, LB Finishes 13th Out of 20 White House Targeted Cities Nationally, Prez Will Visit Milwaukee
    Mayor Garcia Proposes Sales Tax Hike For June Ballot: 1% Increase Would Bring Long Beach To 10%, One Of L.A. County's Highest Sales Tax Cities (Higher Than L.A, Signal Hill, Lakewood And OC); Gen'l Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Could Be Spent By Current/Future Councils On Any Gen'l Fund Items Without Legal Guarantees of Specific Funds For Specific Items
    June ballot would allow passage with 50%+1 voter appoval; measure is supported by former Mayors Foster & O'Neill
    Feb.10 ELB Police Activity, Area Wardlow/Studebaker Was This...
    As seen LIVE on Feb. 10: Seven Coastal Commissioners -- including LB Councilman Roberto Uranga -- go into closed session and vote to fire the agency's Executive Director, Charles Lester (Uranga among those voting to fire him.) Action comes after hours of passionate public testimony unanimously supporting Mr. Lester. Vote in closed session was 7-5 to dismiss Mr. Lester: Commissioners Diaz, Howell, McClure, Mitchell, Turnbull, Sanders, Uranga and Vargas voted in favor of dismissing him. Further to follow on LBREPORT.com.
    LB Airport Will Offer Four Of Nine Of Its New Flight Slots To Southwest Airlines, Three to JetBlue, Two to Delta
    For the Record: Re Coastal Comm'n Exec Director, Links To: (1) Letter By 35 Former Coastal Comm'rs/Alternates That Former Coastal Comm'r Robert Garcia and Former Alternate Suja Lowenthal Didn't Sign; (2) Letter By Multiple Enviro Groups Supporting Coastal Comm'n Exec. Dir. Lester; (3) Letter by CA League of Conservation Voters Mum On Whether To Retain or Oust Lester, Whose Board Includes...
    Also links to letter signed by CA Coastal Comm'n staffers, memo from Exec. Dir, and memo from CA Coastal Comm'n chief counsel
    Council Approves 6-0 -- With Councilwoman Mungo Vanishing On Vote -- To Name New North Library "Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library"; City Mgm't Now Directed To Work With White House To Invite First Lady To LB For A Naming Dedication Ceremony
    Man Shot In Midnight Hour, 2200 block Spaulding (North of Anaheim, East of Cherry)

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 homicides to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Man Is Found Shot / Wounded, 2600 block Adriatic Ave. near Willow St. in WLB

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    LBPD Spots Man Wanted For Attempt Murder -- Allegedly On Parole For Robbery -- In North Long Beach; 35 Minute Pursuit Follows Thru Parts Of NLB Until He Yields And Is Safely Taken Into Custody In Bellflower
    Predawn Shots Call in Willmore City Prompts LBPD Pursuit To South Wrigley, Containment Perimeter, SWAT...And Juvenile Suspect Arrested
    VIDEO Coverage + Photo Gallery: See Ceremony Honoring Dr. Tom Clark, LB's Longest Serving Elected Official -- Mayor / Councilman, LBCC Trustee -- And Hear His Words



    VIDEO Coverage: Habitat For Humanity of Greater L.A. Provides Family With Newly Built Home On Lot Acquired From City Alongside 14th St. Park; Hear Statements By Mayor Garcia, Councilwoman Gonzalez; Group's Pres/CEO Promises More Homes In Washington Middle School Neighborhood
    Man Is Shot, Midnight Hour, 1900 W. Wardlow (7th dist.)

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    UPDATED Sat. w/ FAA Spokesperson Info After Two Small Planes Down Fri Afternoon (Feb. 5), A Debris Field Spotted Off San Pedro, Circumstances Under Investigation, Three Persons Missing
    Amnesia File: How Some L.A./Long Beach/OC Viewers Saw Blacked-Out First Superbowl
    Fed'l Appeals Court Upholds $6.5 Mil Judgment (Plus Att'y Fees) Against City In LBPD Fatal Shooting Of Doug Zerby (Hose Nozzle Mistaken For Handgun)
    Photos & VIDEO: See It: New Grocery Outlet -- Now Open (Feb. 4) -- In ELB At Spring St./Palo Verde (SE Plaza)


    In Detail / Developing: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal Mum As Public Speakers Note They Haven't (As Former Coastal Comm'n Member/Alternate) Signed Letter Backing Embattled Coastal Comm'n Exec Dir; Ass'yman O'Donnell Adds His Name To Supporters
    While Council Meets, Man Is Shot: 2200 block Lime Ave. (6th dist.)

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    Two Injured As Vehicle Reverses Into Barber Shop (5400 block E. Del Amo); LBPD Books Driver On Suspicion of DUI

    LBFD photo
    LBPD Arrests, D.A. Charges, Two Res Robbery Suspects, 500 block Ximeno
    Man Escapes Serious Injury Or Death As This Huge Tree Crashes Onto His Vehicle As He Drives On 23rd St./East of Bellflower Blvd. (Next To Los Altos Target). A Second Parked Car Also Crushed. EXCLUSIVE: Driver Describes What Happened

    LBREPORT.com photo
    LBREPORT.com photo
    SCE Crews Gradually Restoring Power To Wind-Battered LB: Residents Say Parts of Peninsula Were Without Power For 12-15 Hrs.
    Winds Knock Out Power To (8 p.m. hour update) 12,170 SCE Customers In These LB Zipcodes\; We Roughly Estimate Its Over 25,000 LB Residents. Plus: 2,219 Customers In 90740 Seal Beach W/Out Power (Likely About 20% Of Their City Population); High Wind Warning Thru Tonight

    56th/Myrtle, North Long Beach. Photo via Marriem Seiuli
    Councilwoman Mungo's Latest Officeholder Account Report (July-Dec. 2015) Lists Contributors Including JetBlue Crewmember PAC, a VP With A Petroleum Coke Port Terminal Operator & LB Business Headed By Former Councilman DeLong
    Councilman Richardson's Latest Officeholder Account Report (July-Dec. 2015) Lists Contributors Including A Petroleum Coke Port Terminal Operator & A Principal In Firm Developing Council-OK'd Dense Residential Housing Units At 4747 Daisy Ave.
    Vice Mayor Lowenthal Latest Officeholder Account Report (July-Dec. 2015) Shows Relatively Small Total, Largest Single Expenditure Was For College of the Ozarks Fruicake Kitchen
    Nat'l Weather Service Issues High Wind Advisory, Hazardous Weather Outlook StatementLBPD Finds, Arrests And D.A. Charges Three Men With Murder/Attempt Murder In Alleged Gang Related Summer-2015 Shootings In Central LB, Willmore City and East Village
    Follow-Up: Flash Survey: Readers Respond To Statements By Council Incumbents Suzie Price And Suja Lowenthal Re Council's Record And Certain Taxpayer Criticisms As They Discussed Possible Tax Hike Ballot Measure
    Council Aiming For General Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Hike, Statement By Council Office Staffer Suggests; West LB Ass'n Meeting Response Is Strongly Negative
    For the Record / Flash Survey: Council Incumbents Suzie Price And Suja Lowenthal Made These Statements Re Council's Record And Certain Taxpayer Criticisms As They Discussed Possible Tax Hike Ballot Measure (Substance And Timing To Be Subsequently Decided By Council Majority); Read Their Words, Take Our Quick Survey
    Mayor And Nearly All Councilmembers Voice Support For Some Type of Tax Increase Ballot Measure With Details Unspecified For Now; They Plan To Talk To Community Members/Groups, Then Bring Issue Back For Council-Made Decisions On Tax Type And Ballot Timing
    LBPD Says This Suspect Allegedly Inappropriately Touched Child In SE LB Restaurant's Bathroom; Have You Seen Him?


    Stabbing Victims Overnight, Area 4th St./Almond Ave.
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com / Perspective: Some Person(s) Inside City Hall Is/Are Stonewalling Public Records Act Release Of Poll On Proposed Tax Hike(s)
    City Mgm't Offers Councilmembers These Tax Hike Ballot Options, Will Ask On Jan. 26 If They Want To Do Nothing, Seek Further Info...Or Put A Tax Increase Measure Of Some Kind On Ballot
    Third Time In About A Month, Second Time In A Week: Vehicles Struck/Damaged By Gunfire Within Six Block Stretch of Walnut Ave...This Time 800 block Walnut

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 homicides to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Second "No Person Hit" Shooting w/ About Six Hours: Gunfire Damages Vehicles in Central LB: 1900 block Pasadena Ave.

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 homicides to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB.
    Publisher's Perspective: City Hall Releases 2015 Crime Stats: What's Missing
    2nd district Council Race: City Hall Incumbents Suja Lowenthal, Rex Richardson And Roberto Uranga Endorse Jeannine Pearce; Former Mayor Bob Foster & LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC Endorse Eric Gray
    In Detail: Vice Mayor Lowenthal's City Hall Office Sends This Jan. 21 Email Communication Indicating She'll Endorse A Candidate The Next Day In 2nd Dist. City Council Election; City Att'y Office Says It Sees No Legal Violation And Provides Us With Statement As Does Vice Mayor Lowenthal
    For the Record: LB's Would-Be 2nd Dist. Councilmembers Are Asked (Jan. 20) To Name Three Votes By Incumbent Suja Lowenthal With Which They Disagree: Two Don't Name A Single Vote; One Comes Up With Two
    See LBPD Suspect In Dec. 27 Midnight Hour Gunfire (Willow/Maine) That Struck Woman, Frightened Wrigley Residents; LBPD Says He Should Be Considered Armed & Dangerous And Seeks Info From Public Regarding His Whereabouts
    LBPD released photo

    LB Animal Care Services (Animal Control) Releases Its Best-Ever Numbers In Fewer Dogs/Cats Impounded, Steep Drop In Dog/Cat Euthanasias, More Live Releases
    As Seen Live: Mungo/Price Make/Second Motion, Council Votes 6-3 (Uranga, Supernaw, Austin Dissenting) To Spend $349k For "Feasibility" Study On Potential Airport Customs Facility That Would Allow Multiple Int'l Operators (Cargo & Passenger)
  • Airport Director Acknowledges Multiple Operators Could Use It Beyond JetBlue
  • Neighborhoods First's Joe Sopo Reads Aloud Testimony Of Former Airport Advisory Comm'r/City Prosecutor Haubert, Explaining Risks/Exposure This Could Create To LB's Neighborhood Protective Airport Ordinance
    As Seen Live: Council Votes 7-2 (Mungo & Supernaw dissenting) For $13/Hr Min Wage By 2019 With One Year Delay For Small Biz/Small Non-Profits With "Pathway To $15/Hr" By 2021 Advisory Verbiage
    Several Councilmembers supportive of $15/hr note that Council majority can change the ordinance and raise LB's minimum wage at any time
    As Seen Live: Amid Public Push-Back On Re-Vote, Council Votes 7-2 To Refer Naming NLB Library For Michelle Obama To Council Committee Plus Community Meeting Public Input
    Terrible Midmorning Crash, With Fatality, Studebaker Rd. Off Ramp From Southbound 405
    These LB Residents Are Seeking Next Four Years As Councilmembers In Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8...With Votes Affecting Residents/Business In All Districts Citywide
    Transparency Watch / News in Depth / Perspective / VIDEO: San Diego Council Committee Advances For Further Review Proposed Measure Declaring That City Hall Emails/Texts On Public Business Are Public Records If Sent/Received On Private/Personal Devices
    Measure Is Proposed By Open Gov't Group CaliforniansAware; It's Similar To Part Of A LB Measure Blocked By Seven LB Councilmembers In 2013 ("Amnesia File" Coverage Included)
    Because His Twitter "Tweet" May Have Breached Brown Act, Councilman Richardson Agendizes Re-Vote On His Proposal To Name NLB Library For Michelle Obama; Item Will Now Collide With Agenda Items On Minimum Wage And "Feasibility Study" Contract Re Airport Customs Facility/Int'l Flights
    MLK Weekend / "Peace Week"

    Jan 17: Gunfire: 1700 block E. 17th St. (6th dist.), Evidence of Shooting, No Persons Hit
    AND
    Jan 16: Gunfire, 1300 block Walnut (6th dist.); Three Vehicles Damaged, No Persons Reported Hit
    AND
    Jan. 15: Gunfire: Area Elm Ave./Louise St. (8th dist.); Vehicle Damaged, No Persons Hit


    LBPD Spots & Pursues Two L.A. Carjacking Suspects -- One Described As Armed And Dangerous -- Who Sped Thru LB Streets With At Least Three Collisions, Ending With Their Arrest In Area 14th St./Orange
    Downtown Long Beach Walmart (E. 5th St.) To Close In Less Than Two Weeks
    AND
    Amnesia File: Recalling What City Officials/Developer Said/Did In Welcoming Walmart And Others To Downtown's "CityPlace"
    Meet & Greet These Candidates For Congress, Sac'to, L.A. County Supervisor And City Council...And Eat @ Pressburg's Candidate Brunch, Sat. Jan. 16
    Fact Check / Perspective / Opinion: Mayor Garcia's 2016 "State of the City" Event
    Gunfire In Noon-Hour (Jan. 13), Area 11th St./Daisy Ave., Police Find Evidence of Shooting, No Person Reported Hit
    Woman And Dog Perish In Wrigley House Fire
    City Mgm't Told Mayor & Councilmembers (Dec. 31) Setting A LB Minimum Wage Will Cost City (LB Taxpayers) These Sums, Reiterates Estimated Fiscal Impacts In Memo For Jan. 19 Council Meeting...And We Link To It
    Related development: Santa Monica City Council (joining L.A. Council and L.A. Bd. of Supes) votes to raise its minimum wage to $15/hr by 2020
    "Black Lives Matter" Group Surfaces In Long Beach
    Game Over: NFL owners voted for a new stadium in Inglewood -- not Carson -- with the Rams returning to L.A. (after St. Louis) and San Diego Chargers have the option to join them in Inglewood. Long Beach Mayor Garcia had recommended, and LB's City Council voted to support (unclear what that meant) a stadium in nearby Carson. Garcia contended Carson would be a win for LB on grounds fans would visit LB hotels, shops and restaurants.
    As carried LIVE on LBREPORT.com: President Obama delivered his final State of the Union message; for text, click here. GOP response (also carried LIVE) was delivered by Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
    Man Is Shot Sun Nite (Jan. 10), 3200 block E. Artesia (Near Obispo Ave.)
    Gunfire Sun Nite In Area Adjoining Drake Park (10th St./Maine Ave.) Damages Vehicle, No Persons Injured
    Gunfire Sat Nite (Jan. 9), Chestnut/17th St., No Person Reported Hit Or Property Damage Located
    Woman Robbed, Man Stabbed Walking In Bixby Knolls About 2 a.m. (Vicinity Elm Ave./Carson St.)
    Veteran Community Advocate Laurie Angel Pulls Papers To Challenge Incumbent Al Austin in 8th Council District; Worked On Redevelopment, Neighborhood Improvement Issues
    Political newcomer Wesley Turnbow also pulls papers.
    Gunfire Sat Nite (Jan. 9), Chestnut/17th St., No Person Reported Hit Or Property Damage Located
    Two Shot In Early a.m. (Jan. 9) Bar Fracas Just Feet Into Signal Hill, 1100 block E. Wardlow (Near Orange)
    As Seen Live: City Hall's Economic Development Comm'n Votes Unanimously To Recommend Council Approve $13/hr Min Wage By 2019 With Some Delays and Exceptions; Supporters of $15/Hr Min Wage by 2020 Without Exceptions Indicate They'll Press Their Position At City Council
    Follow-Up: LBPD Adds These Details Re Wrigley Late-Night/Predawn Pursuit, Perimeter, SWAT, K9 Search, Arrest...With D.A. Charges Now Filed Against Four Suspects/Defendants
    WLB PD/SWAT Activity Jan. 7
    Daytime Downpours, Nighttime Lightning In LB (Jan. 6); Rain Chance Decreases Jan. 7
    Subsequent development above:
    City Hall's "Economic Development Comm'n" To Consider, Vote Today (Jan. 6) On Recommendation To Mayor/Council That Appointed It On City Minimum Wage Policy; Agenda Items Include City Mgm't Estimate of LB Taxpayer Gen'l Fund Costs If Council Adopts Minimum Wage: $1.4 Mil Annually If L.A. Type Ordinance ($15/hr by 2020), About $800k Annually If $13/Hr. Phased In Over Three Years
  • As seen LIVE: Councilmembers Mum, None Pull 66-Yr Queen Mary Lease Re-Do Vote Off "Consent Calendar" For Discussion, Vote 8-0 (Austin Absent) To Approve; Retired City Att'y McCabe Again Raises Issues On Proposed Lease Terms (Hear Testimony)
    Closed To Public And Press, Council Was Scheduled To Meet On These Three Items (Jan. 5); City Att'y Says Council Took "No Reportable Actions"
    Long Beach Firefighters Rescue Woman From L.A. River Channel
    Approx. 0.8" Of Rain At LB Airport/LBCC-ELB Between Dawn And Noon Monday (Dec. 5); Next Storm Coming Weds Says Nat'l Weather Service
    Need Sandbags / Sand? LBFD Has This Info
    UPDATE: LAPD Says Suspect In String Of Violent Crimes -- Some With North Wrigley Home Invasion/Shooting/Stabbing Suspect -- Drove Wrong Way Today (Jan. 4) Onto I-5 Fwy in San Fernando Valley, Caused Head-On Crash; He Survives And Is Shot/Wounded/Taken Into Custody By LAPD
    LBPD Spots Carload Of Wrigley Suspects, Teamwork -- Ground + Air + SWAT + K9 --Takes All Four Into Custody Before Dawn...And Recovers Two Firearms
    Nat'l Weather Service Walks Back on Monday Rain, Now Just Scattered Monday, With 40% Rain Chance Tonight...And 100% Rain Chance Tuesday, Likely Thru Weds
    LAPD Says Suspect Who Allegedly Invaded Long Beach North Wrigley Home, Shot Two Familymembers, Stabbed Another, Then Shot Himself Was Allegedly Involved In A Number Of Violent Crimes Over Past 26 Days In Other Cities With A Second Suspect (See Wanted Suspect Photo/Info)
    North Wrigley Horror On New Year's Day: Family's Home Invaded By Armed Suspect Pursued by LAPD; Two Familymembers Shot, One Stabbed, Another Escapes; They Survive; Armed Suspect Turns Gun On Himself
    Bizarre Wrigley Arson: Four Cars Set On Fire, 2000 Block Cedar Ave., New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve Single Vehicle Crash, PCH/Magnolia, Leaves One Person Dead
    LB Area Peace Network Hands Out Its Annual Peacemaker Awards, Fundraiser Draws 100+ On New Year's Eve
    Midnight Hour New Year's Day "No Hit" Shooting, 1300 block MLK Ave.

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    Perspective: With December Still Untallied, 2015 Long Beach "Citywide" Crimes Up, Murders Up, Violent Crimes Up, Serious Property Crimes Up...But Res & Comm'l Burgs Down From 2014 Man Is Shot, New Year's Eve Morning, 1600 block Pacific

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    City Att'y Directs Council To Rescind Its 66 Yr Queen Mary Lease Vote And Re-Vote Item On Jan. 5; Action Comes After Retired Deputy City Att'y McCabe Testified On Brown (Open Meetings) Act Agendizing Issue, Then Hired Law Firm To Press Issue; As A Result, Public Will Now Get Fresh Opportunity To Raise Lease Issues Council Initially Shrugged 9-0
    Joe Houston Was 89, Blazing Saxophone On L.A.'s 1950's Early Rock Classic "All Night Long" (Hear It)
    Gunfire Monday Afternoon (Dec. 28) In Area Of 14th St. Park/Pacific Near Costly Skatepark

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    Follow-Up re Sunday Wrigley Shootings: Gunfire At Second Location (Willow/Chestnut) Damaged A Car (No Persons Hit)
    LBPD Says No Further Info For Now On Suspect(s), Motive Or If Gang Ties re Midnight Hour Shooting Willow/Maine; Woman Is Shot; Minutes Later Add'l Gunfire Is Heard (No Person Hit); Neighborhood Residents Respond On Facebook; Read Their Words

    Red Xs=2014 and 2015 homicides to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add'l shootings in NLB
    Mon a.m. Temp is 36.2 degrees (as of 6:14 a.m.) after 34.9 on Sun a.m. at LBCC ELB weather station; Nat'l Weather Service Expects Gradual Warming...With Highs Hitting Near 70 Degrees New Years Eve/New Years Day
    Suspected DUI Driver Allegedly Hits Another Vehicle, A Pedestrian And Bus Bench @ Anaheim/Redondo

    Long Beach Chilly Lows Forecast From Mid 30s (90808) To Low 40s (90802) For Sun and Mon a.m.; Sunny Highs Low-Mid 60s


    SCE Christmas Day Outage, Roughly Drake Park And Vicinity, Initially Affected 1,000+ Customers (Est. Several Times More People), Cause Was... Christmas Eve Gunfire, Area Walnut/14th St., Two Cars Struck

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    Autistic Child, Disappeared From LB Christmas Eve, Is Found SAFE In L.A. In Midnight Hour Christmas Morning (Likely Boarded Metro Train Or Bus); LBPD Officers, Including Overnight Watch Commander, Searched L.A. Riverbed Personally, Very Pleased He's Safe
    Perspective / Amnesia File: See Xmas Eve Shoppers -- Dec. 24, 3 p.m. -- at "The Pike Outlets"; Includes Archival Coverage / "Amnesia File" Review Of Salient City Hall Actions
    VIDEO: Dec. 23: See Old LB Courthouse Demolition Underway

    Screen save from video by Gary Shelton, with digital brightening and digital zoom by Jack Smith
    Dec 23 incident resolved: As first flashed here, bomb scare, 9 p.m. hour Dec. 23, closed down LB Blvd. between Willow and Spring Sts., diverted traffic, stopped Blue Line trains and temporarily evacuated some areas; LASO investigated, cleared scene by 10 p.m. hour.
    Developing: Dec. 22: Council Quietly Votes 5-0 (Austin, Gonzalez, Lowenthal, Uranga, Richardson; Others Absent) To Ask City Mgm't/City Att'y To Provide Options For "New Sources Of Revenue" -- In Other Words, Potential 2016 Tax Increase Ballot Measure(s); Action Comes During Agendized "Study Session" On Infrastructure, Capital Needs
    Dec. 22: Council Votes 5-0 (Four Absent) To Refer For Committee Consideration Proposal To Name New North Long Beach Library "Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library"
    Dec. 22: Woman Is Shot To Death, 1900 block Chestnut; Man Is Booked On Suspicion Of Murder, Police Say Motive Currently Undetermined

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    In Detail: LB Council of Business Organizations Releases Survey On Views Within LB Business and Non-Profit Sectors Of Expected Impacts Of Raising LB Minimum Wage; Survey Says...
    LB City Hall chosen Economic Development Comm'n sets Jan. 6 special meeting, likely to vote on recommendation(s) for LB minimum wage policy; Council majority will ultimately decide
    Dec. 21: Man Tells Police He Was Shot In Vicinity Of South St./Atlantic Ave.

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    Dec. 20: Man Tells Police He Was Shot In Vicinity Of Santa Fe/21st St.

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    Dec. 19: Afternoon Gunfire, Eucalyptus/27th, No Victim Found On Scene

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    Councilman Richardson, Joined By Lowenthal, Price & Austin, Propose Naming New North Branch Library "Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library"
    Former NLB Councilmembers Lerch and Shultz, and Community Advocate Laurie Angel Respond
    Perspective: Councilman Al Austin Releases This List Of Re-Election Endorsers In Seeking Second Term
    Perspective: We List These Items In His Voting Record During First Term
    Update: Includes Response Received from Councilman Austin
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