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FIRST (Again) on LBREPORT.com / AUDIO: Ass'y Housing Committee Advances SB 9 (Four Dwelling Units on Single Family Lots, No Parking Req'd If Within Half Mile Of High Quality Transit Incl. Buses) Several Long Beach Residents/Neighborhood Groups Urged Its Defeat; Mayor/Councilmembers Quietly Let Themselves Blow Deadline To Take Position Prior To Final Policy Committee Hearing
New: ELB Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints Delivers 80,000 Pounds Of Food To Local Food Banks, Non-Profits, Neighborhood Groups


New: Multiple Downtown/Retro Row Businesses Burglarized, Robbed
Viewpoint by Doug Krikorian, Special to LBREPORT.com
New: The Many Memorable Characters I've Befriended Across The Decades, Including The Appropriately Named Preposterous One In Long Beach Known Far And Wide As Bad Stu Ledsam
Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired.
FIRST (Again) on LBREPORT.com / AUDIO: If Mayor Garcia Exits Or Mayor's Office Opens Up, Ass'yman Patrick O'Donnell (Former CD 4 Councilman) Says It's "Highly Likely" He Will Run For Mayor
New: Sunday Daybreak June 20: Man Finds Bullet Holes In His Vehicle, PCH/Cherry (CD 4/Supernaw); Police Find Evidence Including Strike Marks
UPDATED: LBPD Arrests Suspect; It's A Homicide; Shooting Victim Dies, Shot/Wounded After "Verbal Dispute" In 1000 Block E. Anaheim (CD 6/Saro); It's Fourth Long Beach Shooting In Less Than 24 Hrs
Perspective / Op-Ed: Veteran Professional Planner/Designer/Former Central CA Councilman Deconstructs Claims By LB-Area State Senator Gonzalez And Her Sac'to Colleagues On SB 9, Explains What It Will Really Mean For Single Family Home Neighborhoods In Long Beach And Statewide
Bill is coming to June 22 Assembly hearing
New: UPDATE: Long Beach Had THREE Shootings Fri June 18; There Was A Friday Shooting -- At Midafternoon -- in 1000 block of E. 7th St That Struck And Wounded A Man; A Few Hours Later, An E. 7th St. Shooting A Block Away Had No Person Hit; In-Between Them, Wrigley Had A Drive-By Shooting (2100 block Pine, Uncertain If Person Was Hit)
UPDATED: Fri Nite Wrigley Drive-By 2100 block Pine (b/w 21st/Hill, CD 6 Saro)
UPDATED: Gunfire Flies Fri Nite Along 7th St. Just East of Alamitos Ave., No Person(s) Hit
New: Cat-Deadly Feline FPV (Distemper) Virus Detected at LB Animal Shelter; Quarrantine And Protective Measures Implemented
New: Citizen Complaint (Aug. 2020) Alleging Voter Registration Fraud By Then-Council Candidate Cindy Allen Remains "Under Review" By L.A. County DA Gascón
New / Continuing In Depth Coverage: Long Beach Councilmembers And Mayor Quietly Let Themselves Blow Deadline, Fail to Agendize SB 9 (Four Dwelling Units On Single Family Lots, No Parking Reqd If Within Half Mile of High Quality Public Transit) For Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting On City Position
Special Meeting Remains Option, Needs 5 Councilmembers Before June 22 Ass'y Committee Vote
New/ Follow-Up: LBPD Provides Add'l Details Re Stearns/Radnor Fatal Alleged DUI (That Killed Man Pushing Shopping Cart With His Possessions); Suspect Is Out On Bond Pending Court Proceedings; LBPD Expects To Present Case To DA For Filing Consideration Shortly
New / Follow-Up: LBPD Arrests Suspect In Hit/Run That Crashed Into Guard Shack, Killed Security Guard, 2000 block San Gabriel Ave.
New / Follow-Up: LBPD Says Man Who Shot 17 Yr Old At WLB Motel Did So To Defend Robbery Victim
New / Continuing Coverage: AUDIO: Presidents Of Eastside Voice, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Ass'n & Residents Again Urge Council To Agendize/Oppose SB 9 (Four Housing Units On Single Family Lots, No Add'l Parking Within Half Mile of Transit), No Councilmember(s) Respond
New: Two Men Shot, One Of Whom Dies, 1300 block Wesley Drive in Councilwoman Saro's CD 6
New: 7-11 At Ocean/Alamitos Is Robbed, Steps From LB's Highest Luxury High Rise And Across Street From Villa Riviera
New: Someone Shoots At Man Sitting In Parked Vehicle Santa Fe/Seabright (Near WLB's Gold Star Manor, CD 7/Uranga); Rounds Miss Hitting Him
UPDATE: Heat Wave Fizzles Locally; LB Airport (In 90808) Remained in mid-80's. Nat'l Weather Service Predicted Tuesday Long Beach Highs From 89 (Shoreline) To 96 (Inland LB); Weds Highs About 10 Degrees Cooler
New / UPDATE: Los Altos Pedestrian Struck/Killed @ Stearns/Radnor in Suspected DUI Was Crossing Stearns In Unmarked Crosswalk (Not "J-Walking") While Pushing Shopping Cart Full Of His Belongings
New: Hit/Run Driver Abandons Vehicle, Flees On Foot, After Crashing Into Security Guard Shack, Killing Security Guard 2000 block San Gabriel Ave.
New: Man Is Shot; Someone Brings Him To Hospital ER And Leaves, Shooting Location A Mystery For Now
UPDATED: LBPD Finds And Arrests Suspect In NLB Alleged Felony Hit/Run That Injured An Infant...And LBPD Releases Him The Same Day With No Bail On His Own Recognizance, Indicates Medical Issue
New / In Depth Coverage: Long Beach City Auditor Hasn't Issued Reports On Queen Mary Capital Improvements For Roughly Ten Years
Woman Is Shot/Wounded, 1200 block Hungerford; It's Fourth CD 9 Shooting Within A Week
Veteran Video Journalist Dave Lopez Snags Fast Face To Face Interview With Embattled DA George Gascón; See It In Full Here
Density Watch: Ass'y Local Gov't Committee Votes 5-1 (with two not voting) To Advance SB 9 Enabling Four Residences on Single Family Home Lots
  • Exempts "historic districts," doesn't require add'l parking for new units within half mile of "high quality" public transit)
  • Multiple LB homeowners testify telephonically in opposition while LB City Hall remains silent (again)
    Ass'y Local Gov't Committee votes 7-0 to advance SB 556 to Communications and Conveyance Committee; Bill Would Make It Harder To Stop 5G Cell Phone Transmitting Antennas In City Rights of Way
    Long Beach Resident's Home Struck By Gunfire In CD 1/Zendejas (Willmore City); Ballistic Evidence Confirms Shooting Occurred
    Someone Shoots At Woman Driving On 91 Fwy/Near Atlantic Ave., Leaves Bullet Holes In Her Vehicle
    NW NLB (CD9/Richardson) Has Second Fatal Shooting Within A Week
    NLB Gunfire (3200 block Poppy, CD 9/Richardson) Wakens Sleeping Woman, Who Finds Rounds Hit Her Residence And Parked Vehicle
    "Recall Gascón" Proponents Gather Petition Signatures in ELB, But A Legal Issue -- If Not Remedied By Oct. 27 -- Could Jeopardize Another Group's ("Recall Gascón Now") Recent Naples Petition-Gathering
    LBFD Says Fire That Destroyed Gay Pride Painted Lifeguard Tower Was "Incendiary" (Arson) As Its Investigation Continues; Local Pols Sked June 10/5 p.m. Ceremony (Shoreline Way/12th Pl) Marking Installation/Dedication Of New Tower That City Lifeguards Will Repaint
    Sac'to Bill Would Prevent City from Requiring Or Enforcing Minimum Parking Req'ts on Residential, Comm'l or Other Developments W/In Half Mile Walking Distance of Public Transit. It Passed Ass'y 51-17 (O'Donnell Voted "No"; Rendon Voted "Yes": Gipson "No Vote Recorded"); City Council Let It Advance Without Opposition And It's Now In State Senate
    Fatal Shooting In NLB's Coolidge Triangle (CD 9/Richardson)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In Washington Middle School Neighborhood (CD 1/Zendjas)

  • New: June 22: Did LB's Homeless Services Bureaucrats, Consuming Millions In Taxpayer Dollars, Ever Contact Man Pushing His Belongings Around In Shopping Cart?

    June 12: THIS Is What Democracy Sounds Like

    June 9: No Check, No Balance; Inept Repubs Enable One Party Council In One Party State

    New: Dave Lopez...On Everything
    Scroll down for his library of videos
    Viewpoints By Doug Krikorian

    Krikorian Notes: From No-Bail Insanity To Government Handout Insanity To City Auditor Laura Doud's Exhaustive Investigation Of The Latest Queen Mary Bankruptcy Suitor Urban Commons To K-5 Kids Still Having To Wear Masks And Having Their Temperatures Taken To Novak DJokovic Being The GOAT Of Tennis


    Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach East Division Commander Chad Ellis And Naples Crime Buster Katie Rowe Teaming Up At Colonnade Park Gathering To Discuss Canal Congestion And Patio Thievery To My Earning a Five-Cent Film Residual To Earth Man Walking 14,650 Miles To The Belmont Shore Bridge Still Not Fixed To The Yokel LB Politicians Still Drooling Over The Queen Mary To Former LBSU Pitching Star Kevin Lamp Praising The Late John Gonsalves
    With Encouragement From Long Beach's Very Own Universal Man, Rick Bryson, Wilson High-LB State Grad Torey Edwards Is On The Threshold Of Qualifying For The U.S. Open, Not Impossible For The Only Amateur Golfer In History To Shoot Two Rounds Of 58
    Krikorian Notes: From Which Long Beach Tourist Attraction, The Queen Mary Or The Aquarium Of The Pacific, Loses The Most Money Annually To Jim Michaelian Excitedly Waxing Poetic About The Return Of The Acura Grand Prix To LB On Sept 24-26 To The Torn Fence Not Being Repaired On The Belmont Shore Bridge To Jim McCormack Going On A 14-Day Golfing Marathon In Oregon With Grandson Garrett To Dede Rossi Attending Seth Greenberg's Daughter Paige's Wedding At the Famous Greenbriar That Cost Ol' Seth $300,000
    From Expecting To Spend His Life Working In A Chemical Plant In England, The Boathouse's John Morris Has Come A Long Way From Peddling Women Dresses And Delivering Newspapers, As The Founder Of Legends And The Pioneer Of Pine Ave. Can't Wait For The July 3rd Resumption Of His Big Bang On The Bay Fireworks Show
    Sign Of The Times: To Donning A Mask At A Near Empty Blair Field To Keep A High School Baseball Game From Being Halted To The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Still Keeping Elementary Students From Engaging In Playground Activity
    The Beloved Sandra Headley, AKA Coachie, Climaxes Her Memorable 39-Year Tenure At Naples Elementary School With A Most Unusual Task
    Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Takes A Victory Lap For His City Hosting The Undocumented Migrants, But The Estimated $35 Million Cost To Taxpayers Has His Critics In An Uproar, Including One, The Famed Bodyguard Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo, Who Calls Mr. Garcia The Teflon Don Of LB
    Tommy O'Toole's Magical 12-Hour Day That Might Well Land Him In The Guinness Book Of World Records And, Who Knows, The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Might Be Destined To Wind Up In It, Too
    Why Don't Mayor Robert Garcia And His Marionette, City Manager Tom Modica, Come Out And Tell The Truth About How Long Beach Became A Lodging Sanctuary For More Than 1,000 Undocumented Kids?
    Why Have ALL The Long Beach Leaders Been So Silent On The Feds Placing A Contingent Of Undocumented Kids In Downtown LB?
    A Talk With Jerry West And An Emotional Remembrance For Me Of Still Another Friend, Elgin Baylor, Who Is Gone s
    Frankly, I'm Surprised Long Beach Chief Of Police Robert Luna Didn't Think A Contingent Of Extraterrestrials From Another Galaxy Was Responsible For The LB Crime Wave
    The Creator Of Two Iconic Long Beach Dining Establishments, Schooner Or Later and Tantalum, LB Bachelor Denny Lund Also Has Been A Creator Of Glad Times
    Krikorian Notes: From Cal Gov Gavin Newsom Keeping Long Beach Restaurant Diners Outdoors For No Plausible Reason To His Equally Despised Michigan Counterpart, Gretchen Whitmer, Actually Allowing Indoor Dining In Her State To Cock Of The Walk John Morris Speechless (!) To Dickie (Too Fast, Too Furious) Babian Turning Crow's Over To His Son To My New 7-1, 354 Bodyguard Aaron Gray Taking Over From The Undersized 6-0, 225 Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo
    Krikorian Notes: From Gavin Newsom Praising Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia As Though He's Destined For Mt. Rushmore To Newsom Hoping The Rest Of California Follows The Jill Baker LBUSD Path (???) To The Tiger Woods Car Accident To Bad Stu Ledsam's Son Kyle's Big Award To Vons Pavilion GM Steve Carr Performing Cashiering Duty To My Watching the Amazing Emerzian Twins Next Week In Michigan
    Krikorian Notes: From A Most Surreal Development That Has Me In A State Of Giddiness---Our Beloved Long Beach Actually Now Serious About Building A New Swimming Pool After Coastal Commission Approval And Strong Endorsements From Such Local Leaders As Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Tom Modica and Their Political Accomplices To Mike O'Toole Doing a Solo, He-Man Rowing Act On A 32-Foot Gondola Carolina Filled With 14 People Around Naples Canals To Jill Baker’s Typical Back-to-School Delaying Tactics To My Receiving My Periodic SAG-AFTRA Residuals From My Once Flourishing Acting Career That, Sadly, Went The Way Of My Once Flourishing Radio Career
    Long-Time Belmont Shore Resident Dorcas Baldwin, 85, Endures Frightening Experience Of Homeless Man Breaking Into Her Bay Shore Avenue Home And Taking A Shower Before Long Beach Cops Come To The Rescue
    CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod Hoping Gavin Newsom And His Health Department Toadies Come To Their Senses For Projected High School Sports Restart On March 19
    Terry Antonelli Orchestrating Rise Of L’Opera After Its Tragic Fall In The Great Long Beach Memorial Day Pillage & Plunder Festival
    Krikorian Notes: From Mayor Garcia's Spineless Speech To Jill Baker's Passing The Buck Alliance With Gavin Newsom To A Positive Long Beach Vaccination Experience To Welcoming New Neighbor George Gascon To Mike The Hammer Bludgeoning Me About Boxing To The Amazing Tom Brady
    The Memorable Life Of Tommy Lasorda: From World Series Titles To Slim-Fast Diets To Obscenity-Laced Jim Healy Tapes To Pitching To Jack Clark To A Sacred Legacy Of Laughter And Success On The Ball Yards Of America
    "A Lady Shrieking "Wear A Mask!" On Bay Shore Ave. Results In A Mask-Wearing Epiphany For Our Columnist s
    For Krikorian 2020 columns, click here
    Long Beach's Future In Space:
    A Continuing Series

    Latest Long Beach Space Related News

    Long Beach HQ'd Rocket Lab Gets Contract To Design Two Spacecraft For Scientific Mission To Mars
    Vowing To Change ("Disrupt") Current Space Industry Assumptions, Long Beach Based Relativity Space Announces Plan To Build "Terran R" Fully Reusable Entirely 3D PRINTED Launch Vehicle 20 Times Larger Than Its Previous Rockets; Simultaneously Announces Boosts In Funding And Hiring


    June 5: Another Fully Booked ZERO G Flight Flies From LB Airport; Company Plans Three From LGB In Feb. 2022; We Explain EXACTLY What It Felt Like on Oct. 2020 Flight; Pix Show Publisher Began As A Clumsy "Spaz In Space" But Learned To Work Around Weightlessness

    LBREPORT.com publisher Bill Pearl (horizontal on ceiling) aboard Oct. 2020 LGB ZERO G flight.
    Update: LB HQ'd Rocket Lab (Again) Successfully Retrieves Rocket's First Stage Using Parachute Slowed Spashdown; Computer May Have Shut Down Second Stage, Causing Lost Mission
    Port of LB Makes Deal With Elon Musk's Space-X To Use Part Of Port's Pier T To Dock Vessels And Offload Equipment As Part Of Its West Coast Rocket Recovery Operations

    Portion of map accompanying Harbor Comm'n agenda item.
    Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit Plans June Launch Of Satellites For US Dept. of Defense Space Test Pgm, Royal Netherlands Air Force And Poland Based Firm
    For previous coverage and overview of LB space related firms, click here
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    Shooting Crime Scenes Jan 1, 2021 Forward
    For June 1-Dec 31, 2020, click here.
    Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit


    Special Report / In Depth / Amnesia File: Long Beach Had But No Longer Has An LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit. How'd That Happen?
    COVID-19 Dashboard


    June 15: [City of LB text] The City of Long Beach has issued an amendment to the Safer at Home Health Order in alignment with the State of California. Effective immediately, everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open at full occupancy with risk-reduction measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Long Beach will also align with the State and Los Angeles County on the use of facial coverings. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering, except in certain settings. Face coverings remain required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses." See UPDATED Health Order below for full details.
    UPDATED LB Health Order June 15, 2021
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    A Historic Opportunity Or A Royal Pain? City's Queen Mary Lessee Bankruptcy-Hobbled Urban Commons Hands Ship And Adjacent Developable Land Back to City


    It's Now A Homicide; 18 Yr Old Woman Dies; LBPD Arrests Man In Shooting Of Woman 1000 block Dawson, Says They Were In Dating Relationship
    LB Had Two Shootings on June 3; One Suspect Arrested, Another At Large
    Zoom Meeting Offers Add'l Info On Senior Assisted Living And Memory Care Facility (New Two Story Bldg, 108 Beds) Possible at 3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal
    Perspective: City Attorney Let Mayor Garcia, Councilman Austin Flout City Municipal Code, Vanish On Vote, LBREPORT.com Alleges In Objections Submitted To City Attorney's Office
    Woman Is Shot, 1000 block Dawson (CD 4/Supernaw near border with CD 2/Allen)
    Perspective / AUDIO: 32 Years Ago: Who Is He? Where Is He? We Recall Radio Beijing's Courageous "Radio Tankman" Defiantly Reporting Truths About Tienanmen Square Massacre (Hear It)
    Two Shootings Within Six Hours, Both In CD 1/Zendejas
    Council Votes 8-0 To Name South St./Jaymills Open Space "Pressburg Parkway" Honoring Veteran NLB Community Advocate
    Coveage coming:
    An Assisted And Memory Care Facility (New Two Story Bldg, 108 Beds) at 3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal? Nationwide Chain Seeks Neighborhood Feedback At June 2 Zoom Meeting
    CD1 (Zendejas) Shooting Pacific Ave./10th St; Bldg Struck By Gunfire, Casings Found, No Persons Appear Hit
    VIDEO and Photos: On Memorial Day 2021, Honoring Our Fallen Reads Aloud Names of Roughly 7,000 Servicemembers Who've Died Since 9/11, Livestreams Event (Now On-Demand) From LB's Rosie the Riveter Park


    Subsequent development above
    Vice Mayor Richardson, Joined By Councilman Uranga, Agendize June 1 Item To Break Political Logjam And Rename South St./Jaymills Open Space "Pressburg Parkway"
    Midnight Hour Gunfire 6600 block Olive Ave. (About A Block East of NLB's new "Uptown Commons"); No Person(s) Hit
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 900 block MLK (border CD1/Zendejas-CD6/Saro); It's Long Beach's 4th Shooting Within Two Days
    Woman Struck By Gunfire Allegedly Fired Negligently By 15 Yr-Old Girl In Neighboring Apartment; LBPD Books Child And A Relative On Various Charges
    With VIDEO: Naples Residents Rally, Collect Recall Signatures Aiming To Oust LA County DA George Gascón


    Double Shooting In Violent Robbery At WLB Hotel (3600 block Santa Fe/CD 7/Uranga) Leaves 17 Yr Old Dead And Another Person Wounded, LBPD Investigating As Possibly Gang Related
    Fri Nite Drive-By Shooting: 4900 block Daisy Ave. (CD 8/Austin); Rounds Miss
    WLB Midafternoon Drive-By Shooting Santa Fe/Spring Leaves Man Wounded
    State Senate Approves, Advances To Assembly, SB 81 That Would Limit Judges Statewide In Applying Sentencing Enhancements For Certain Crimes; It's Similar To LA DA Gascón's Policies
    LB State Senators Gonzalez Voted "Yes," State Senator Umberg "No Vote Recorded"
    Broad Daylight May 27: Two Shootings Within About Three Hours (Border CD 1/CD 2 and CD 8), Rounds Miss Hitting Persons
    Compare What Two ELB Homeowner Group Presidents Said Urging LB City Hall To Oppose SB 9 To What State Senator Gonzalez (Co-Author) Said In Voting For It On State Senate Floor
    AND
    With City Hall Silent (Again) State Senate Passes SB 9 Co-Authored By State Senator Gonzalez; It Requires Cities To Allow (Except In Historic Districts) Four Housing Units On Single Family Lots, No Add'l Parking Req'd If Within Half a Mile Of "High Quality" Public Transit
  • Passage Comes One Day After City Staff And LB City Council's "State Legislation Committee" (Uranga, Austin, Richardson) Fail To Mention The Bill (Despite Opposition By Multiple Other Cities)
  • Eastside Voice President Corliss Lee Testifies In Council Committee, Says She Asked Councilmembers To Agendize Bill For Opposition Months Ago
    AND
    State Senator Gonzalez Tells "Ranchos" Neighborhood Group: Don't Tell Press What I'm Saying About My Four Plex Bill SB 9; LBREPORT.com Ignores This And Publishes Responses She Offered For Scrutiny And Accountability
  • Editorials / Op-Eds /Perspectives

    Publisher's Comment: On the same day Long Beach had three (more) shootings (coverage here), Mayor Robert Garcia held a June 18 Fundraiser for his "2026 Lt. Gov." Committee (which he's used thus far as a slush fund to support his favored politicians and allies.) His record: Garcia voted as a Councilman for budgets that erased the largest number of police officers in the City's more than 100 year history. No responsible person believes any city can erase 20% of its police level and not impact crime. The result has left LB taxpayers with a significantly thinner police level per capita than L.A., Santa Monica and Signal Hill. As Mayor, Garcia sought a blank check sales tax increase (2016 "temporary" Measure A), then sought its 2020 extension (in both elections funded mainly by LB's police and firefighter unions.) After LB voters approved the 2016 sales tax hike, Garcia recommended budgets restoring fewer than two dozen of roughly 200 erased officers for taxpayers (but fattened LB's General Fund enabling raises for police, firefighters and LB City Hall management.) In Aug-Sept. 2020, after Measure A's extension, Garcia recommended a FY21 budget that defunded roughly 50 more officers (Council approved 9-0.) LBREPORT.com looks forward to publishing the names of Garcia's enabling contributors when they become available.


    Op-Ed: Into the Bowels of the Queen Mary
    by Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D *
    * Dr. Knatz was Exec. Director of the Port of Los Angeles (2006-January 2014) prior to which she held management positions dealing with planning and environmental issues at the Port of Long Beach.

    Editorial: From Long Beach to Pomona, Reporters Faced Federally-Desired, Locally-Enabled Block That Manipulated Media Coverage Of Migrant Minor Detention Facilities. That's Not OK.
    Open Letter to Long Beach Council: I'm Leaving Long Beach Because You've Let Parts Of 1st Council District Descend Into Gunfire Ridden, Trash Filled, City Enabled Squalor
    by Emily Mastren *
    * The author, a young woman with an infant daughter, lives in the neighborhood just north of 7th St. west of Alamitos/MLK Ave. in the 1st Council district represented since December 2019 by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas

    Editorial: Council Can And Should Tie Public/Press Transparency String to Aquarium Operator's Request For $5 Mil Loan
    Editorial: LBCC Trustees Should Publicly Release Benchmark Investigations Report And Stop Further Billable Legal Fees In Political Vendetta Against Trustee Sunny Zia
    Outrages of the Year, 2020

    Opinion Outrage of the Year: Cindy Allen's Campaign Contributors. They Funded Candidate'a Evasive Responses On Major Matters Meriting Meaningful Answers
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    Follow-Up See Cindy Allen Campaign's Website-Listed Endorsers
    Opinion / Follow-Up To 2020 Outrage of the Year Runners-Up For 2020 Outrages Of The Year; We Have Several, In Detail
    Ooops, We Nearly Forgot To Include THIS 2020 Outrage: Runners-Up For 2020 Outrages Of The Year; "Long Beach State Senator Lena Gonzalez Votes To Kill SB 640 That Would Have Allowed Intervention To Treat Severely Mentally Ill Homeless."

    Att'n LB Dems: Now's Your Moment To Apply Political Velcro To Some of Cindy Allen's Campaign Enablers. Here's How
    Follow-up above
    Att'n LB Dems: Want To Apply Political Velcro To Some of Cindy Allen's Council Campaign Enablers? It's Easy But You Have To Act Fast
    Editorial: City Attorney's COVID Memo Omits Legal Developments, Gives Mayor/Council Political Cover To Do Nothing
    Guest Commentary: My Grown-Up Votes On Ballot Measures
    by Lisa Ramelow *
    * Ms. Ramelow is a Long Beach writer.
    "I’ve been working on staying out of politics. But I do slip every now and then..."MORE

    Editorial: Eleven Years Gone, Remembering Melody Ross, Regretting Current LB School Board Election That Failed To Prioritize Ridding Campuses of Gangs


    Editorial: No Longer About Explosives/Fireworks; Now It's About Lies
    Might August Allegations, Downplayed By Allen During Campaign, Cost Her Newly Elected Office? Taxpayers Deserve Enforcement Agencies' Decision On The Merits
    Opinion Counterpoint Councilwoman Price Says She Did -- And Does -- Support Prop 20, Cites Her Record Urging Fix For Props 47/57/AB 109 And Collecting Thousands Of Signatures to Put Prop 20 On Ballot
    Opinion: Long Beach Mayor/City Councilmember(s) Could Have -- But Didn't - Agendize Item To Support Prop 20 (Reforms Parts Of Current CA Laws That Invite Business Thefts and Neighborhood Impacting Crimes)














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  • LB Elections: Follow the Money

    Measures A & B: LBREPORT.com Seeks District Attorney Review Of Long Beach Mayor/City Council Feb. 18 Actions re Measure B
    Publisher raises issue of using public resources at that meeting to promote ballot measure


    Measures A & B: Garcia-Run Campaign Has Spent Over $380,000 Since Jan 1 For Gen'l Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Measures A & B...And Some LB Arts-Related Entities (That Could Receive Ongoing Sums If Voters Approve Measure B) Recently Contributed Nearly $20,000
    8th Dist: Dollar Donnybrook: Organized Labor Spends Large Sum For Thrash-Ntuk; Business Interests Spend Big to Re-Elect Austin; Reform Ticket Challenger Ovalle Uses Contribs Mainly From Grassroots Residents
    2nd Dist Deluge: Over $120,000 Spent Since Jan. 1 To Put Cindy Allen On City Council ($70k+ From These Contribs + $50k+ From Two Indie Committees); Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox (Using Mainly His Own Money) Has Spent $60k+; Pearce Endorsee Lara About $10k, Barrera About $5.5k
    8th Dist + 6th Dist. These Five Entities + One Individual Just Added $42,500 To Indie Campaign Seeking To Re-Elect Council Incumbents Andrews And Austin
    8th Dist: In 8th Dist., UniteHere! Union Adds $50,000 (Producing $125,000) For Organized-Labor Indie Campaign Seeking To Elect Thrash-Ntuk
    Follow the Money: Carpenters Union PAC Adds $10k To Garcia-Run Pro-Measure A Sales Tax Campaign; It's Collected Over Half A Million To Date From These Entities To Spend Against Grassroots Taxpayers Relying On Bare-Bones Individual Efforts
    2nd Dist: These Persons / Entities Gave These Sums To Elect Cindy Allen To LB City Council (2nd Dist.)
    6th Dist: Three Unions Just Gave Nearly A Quarter Million Dollars To L.A. County Labor Fed'n Which Is Allocating Estimated $40,000 In Indie Effort To Elect Suely Saro In 6th District (South Wrigley/Central LB/Cambodia Town)
    Mayor Garcia: See Who Gave Maximum Sums To Mayor Garcia's 2026 Lt. Governor Committee (That He's Used Thus Far As A Slush Fund To Support Other Campaigns)
    Subsequent coverage above:
    These Five Entities Just Gave $170,000 More -- Producing Total Now Nearly Half A Million -- For Garcia-Run Campaign To Continue Imposing Measure A Gen'l Fund (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    Subsequent cverage above:
    8th Dist: $75,000 Labor-Backed Indie Campaign Surfaces In 8th District Backing Thrash-Ntuk
    Subsequent coverage above
    6th + 8th Dists: These Entities Funded Indie Campaign Supporting Re-Election Of Andrews in 6th, Austin In 8th
    Subsequent coverage above Measure A Sales Tax:
    LB Firefighters Union Adds $125,000 to $200,000 From Police Officers Union To Fund Garcia-Run Campaign To Permanently Impose "Measure A" (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    RecentlyA Few Weeks AgoFurther Past
    Road Rage Escalates To Shooting, 1100 block Gaviota; Victim's Car Struck, Victim Not Hit
    Overnight Gunfire: 700 block E. Shoreline Dr (Near Volleyball courts not far from Villa Riviera)
    Sac'to Bill To Toughen Penalties On Hit-Run Drivers Blocked By Ass'y Approps Committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
    Riverpark Coalition Will Team With Councilman Austin On Dominguez Gap Park and Butterfly Preserve, Sues City To Require EIR For Austin/City Hall-Enabled 3701 Pacific Place Development And Separately Seeks Non-Profit Status To Enable Long-Term Advocacy For Green Space From Dominguez Gap To Wardlow Rd
    Lakewood Spokesman Says Its City Council's Adopted "Legislative Platform" (Statement of General City Policies) Enabled It To Send Letter Critical Of Three Of DA Gascón's Policies Without Further Agendizing Or Public Discussion
    Agendized Action Didn't Mention Gascón Nor Did Any Lakewood Councilmembers Who Signed Letter Critical Of Those Policies
    AND
    Follow-up above
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: All Five Lakewood Councilmembers Sign/Send This Letter Critical Of DA Gascón Policies; Letter Surfaces Without Agendized Council Action; A Dozen City Councils Have (Thus Far) Voted "No Confidence" in Gascón, Facing Recall; City of Long Beach Mayor/Council = Zzzzzzzzz
    AUDIO: Mayor Says Queen Mary Should Be Preserved, Contends City Has Tried "For Past 40 Yrs" To Get QM Right, Blames Lack Of Right Partner And Right Preservation Plan
    In Depth / Perspective: Residents Battle City Hall Over Cellular Antennas And Towers As Councilmembers Maintain "Code of Silence" On Discussion Of Neighborhood Impacts Not Required By Locally Preemptive Fed'l/State Laws
    LB Vice Mayor/CD 9 Richardson Is Gov't Affairs Rep For Firm That Installs Cell Towers
    Brazen Broad Daylight Drive-Up Shooting, Suspects Drive To 1400 block Santa Fe (CD 1/Zendejas), Exit Vehicle, Shoot At 2 Victims, Drive Off; Rounds Miss
    City Hall "Membership" Perks Consume $1.2 Mil ($350,000+ From Gen'l Fund)
    Gunfire In Alley 5900 Linden (CD 9/Richardson Near Michelle Obama Library); PD Says Male Victim And Male and Female Suspects Know Each Other
    Three Shootings In A Little Over Five Hours Leave Man Wounded In 4100 block E. Willow (just west of Lakewood Blvd./CD 4 Supernaw); Casings Found (CD 1/Zendejas), Residential Bldg Struck (Border CD 1/CD 6 Zendejas/Saro)
    Sic Transit: Inge Cristiano, Family Matriarch And (With Late Husband Vincenzo) Beloved Operator of Former Iconic Nino's Italian Restaurant

    Inge Cristiano with daughter Carina, May 2018.
    Community Hospital Doesn't Include Licensed Coronary Care Beds
    License allows roughly half of otherwise available Intensive Care And General Acute Care beds
    Uranga Family's Youngest Son Tito (A Dad In His 30s) Is Battling A Rare Cancer; To Help His Family Herlinda Chico Launches "Go Fund Me" Appeal
    Supernaw and Allen Block Committee Discussion On Naming South St. Greenspace "Pressburg Parkway"
    Proposal initiator Richardson or other Councilmember(s) can agendize item for full Council vote
    Another CD1 (Zendejas) Shooting: Building and Two Unoccupied Vehicles Struck By Gunfire: 1700 block Locust
    Fed'l Environmental Protection Agency Slaps Down Garcia-Co-Authored I-710 Metro Expansion Motion For Trying To Bypass Federally Req'd Detailed Air Quality Review
    Says Garcia-Solis advocated "Clean Trucks Program" even if fully implemented would worsen air quality, EPA says project requires federally compliant hot-spot analysis
    Part of NLB's "Uptown Commons" Comm'l Development Struck By Overnight Gunfire In Possible Burglary
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Standing In Front Of His Home, 400 block E. 55th St. (CD 8/Austin)
    Another South Wrigley Shooting: 2000 block Chestnut (CD 6/Saro); No Person(s) Hit; LBPD Arrests Suspect
    Armed Robbery @ Walmart (Towne Ctr, Carson St. near 605)
    Shooting Wounds Man, Area PCH/Pacific (border CD1/Zendejas-CD6/Saro); Less Than A Week Earlier, A Man Was Shot/Wounded Two Blocks North (CD6/Saro)
    Sac'to Bill Would Reduce Charges/Sentences For Shootings And Gun Related Crimes. Supporters Say Tough Gun Sentences Show Systemic Racism By Disproportionately Affecting People of Color
    Councilmembers fail to discuss bill or its consequences in shooting-plagued Long Beach neighborhoods
    Here Are Gov, Newsom's Five Choices (Under 2020's AB 3121 That He Signed) For Nine Member "Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States"
    Two Others Will Be Chosen by State Senate President Pro Tem Plus Two by Assembly Speaker
    Long Beach Population Drops Along With LA County And CA...But Some Cities Grow
    Congresswoman Barragán (D, Carson/NLB/Compton) Seeks $250,000 In FY 22 Fed'l Taxpayer Funds For NLB's Michelle Obama Library
    Confirmed: State Senate Rules Committee Soliciting Names Of LA County and OC Supervisors, Mayors & Councilmembers To Fill Coastal Comm'n Seat (Term Expiring) Currently Held By LB Councilman Uranga
    Police Arrest Transient In 2020 Fatal Stabbing Of Transient, Ocean Blvd/Promenade North
    Feds Cap LB Convention Ctr Migrant Minor Intake At 800 (Instead Of Contracted 1,000) After 6.6% (47 of 710) Test Positive For COVID-19; Move Reserves Space If Any More COVID-19 Cases Arise
    Subsequent development above
    Will Councilman Uranga Remain On Or Vanish From CA Coastal Comm'n? His Term Expires May 20; There Are No Term Limits; Choice By State Senate Rules Committee Has Historically Been Made Behind Closed Doors With No Confirmation Hearing/Public Input Here's What LB Health Dept. Says One Can Do / Not Do As It Moves City Into Yellow (Least Restrictive) COVID Tier
    Man Is Shot/Wounded At Midafternoon Along Wrigley's 2000 block of Pacific Ave. (CD 6)
    Three Shootings May 1 Within 20 Mins: Man Wounded (CD 6/Saro); Woman Wounded (CD 1/Zendejas); Car to Car Shooting (CD 1/Zendejas) Misses Hitting Victim
    Gunfire In Part Of Austin's CD 8 (300 block Plymouth St.), Same Block Where Gunfire Flew in Jan.
    In Response To Shootings, LBPD Tested Walking Cops In Area b/w LA River-LB Blvd, Anaheim-PCH. The Walking Cops Deployment Has Ended. What Now?
    North Wrigley Cops Coax Restraining Order Suspect Off Rooftop

    Screen save by Carlos Ovalle
    Sac'to Bill To Permanently Maintain/Increase Digital-Era Public Speaking Rights At Council Meetings Passes Key Policy Committee
    Would also curtail orchestrated speakers from cutting off opposing views
    Mayor Garcia Testifies At Virtual Hearing By House Subcommittee On "Unaccompanied Children at the Border"; He Urges Changes In Current Immigration System (He Called Broken), Advocated "Clear and Fair Pathway For Citizenship" for Undocumented Persons, Advocated A Guest Worker Program and Aid for Mexico and Central American Countries
    Who Did He Say Contacted Whom First About Using Convention Ctr? Hear Garbled Audio

    Screen save: Mayor Garcia testifies to House Subcommittee April 27, 2021
    Long Beach Has Three Shootings Within 24 Hrs
    Subsequent coverage above
    Mayor Garcia Will Be One of Four Witnesses at Virtual Hearing By A House Subcommittee On "Unaccompanied Children at the Border: Stakeholder Perspectives on the Way Forward"
    Update: SHPD Says Walk-Up Shooting 1900 block St. Louis Left Man Wounded
    Subsequent development above
    Signal Hill PD Tight Lipped (for 12+ Hrs) Over Cherry/20th St. 1900 block St. Louis Shooting +
    Someone Shoots Into Inhabited Dwelling, 5500 block LB Blvd. (CD 8/Austin)
    In Detail / AUDIO: Long Beach Residents Take Action (Faced With LB City Hall Inaction) On SB 9 (Four Units on Single Family Lot); In State Senate Committee Hearing, Neighborhood Group Residents Join Lengthy List Of Cities and Neighborhood Groups Statewide Opposing Measure Co-Authored by State Senator (former Councilwoman) Lena Gonzalez
    Mayors of Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego, "LB Yimby" (Yes in my Backyard), Cal Chamber, American Planning Ass'n among measure's supporters; it clears State Senate Governance and Finance Committee 5-0
    Is It About Children Or Revenue? To House Migrant Minors Thru Aug. 2, Taxpayers Will Pay SMG (LB Convention Ctr Operator) $35 Mil
  • Additional nearly $1 Million is payable to City Hall for labor based hours for Police/Fire/Health Dept/City Mgt/City Attorney
  • Downtown hotels/restaurants may separately see windfall to provide lodging/food for fed'l event staffers
    City/Feds Don't Allow Reporters' Access To Convention Ctr Areas Where Migrant Minors To Be Housed But Give Tour To Electeds And Supportive Groups; City Offers Pooled Photos + Text By So Cal News Group (PT/Gazettes Operator)

    Butterfly is projected on wall in distance. Brittany Murray SCNG pooled photo.
    While Long Beach City Hall Lets Sac'to's Density Enabling SB 9 Advance, El Dorado Park South Neighborhood Ass'n Independently Submits Opposition Letter To Sac'to Committee; Other LB Groups May Put Themselves On Record Against SB 9 In Today's Sac'to Hearing
    "LB Yimby" and other "Yimby" (Yes in my Backyard) groups statewide plus various interest groups support measure
    Transient Shot To Death In North Wrigley Adjacent Encampment Allowed to Persist At S'bound 405/N'bound 710 Subsequent development above Council Sets "Study Session" (April 20, 5:30 p.m.) On "Strategies For Addressing Violent Crime." Will We Hear Chief Luna Reiterate His March Memo Blaming Pandemic, Not Council-Thinned Police Levels, For Increased Shootings?
    Gunfire In North Alamitos Beach (CD 2/Allen): 400 block Rose Ave.
    Man Shot/Wounded In NLB, 100 block W. 52nd St. (CD 8/Austin)
    Gunfire Strikes Multi-Unit Residence In Wrigley: 2500 block Chestnut (CD 6/Saro)
    Sac'to Bill Proposes Increased Digital-Era Public Speaking Rights At Council Meetings
    Would also curtail orchestrated speakers from cutting off opposing views
    Another CD6 (Saro) Shooting, A Drive-By In 1000 block of Myrtle Ave. Leaves Man Wounded; Crime Scene Is Barely A Mile And Half From Shooting (Casings Found) Less Than A Week Earlier
    LA River Bike Path Rider Stabbed Area PCH/Golden
    Man And Woman Walking In 1 a.m. Hour In 200 block of N. Pine Near Broadway Are Involved In Physical Altercation With Some Group And Man Is Stabbed
    In Depth / Extended AUDIO: It's Back: Sac'to's SB 9 (Co-Authored by LB State Senator Gonzalez) That Would Allow Four Housing Units (Opponents Say Six) On Single Family Home Lots Just Advanced In State Senate Committee; LB City Hall Silent (Again); State Senator Umberg Votes "Yes"
    Council Votes 7-1 (Uranga Dissenting) To Deny Appeals Seeking EIR, Approves RV Parking/Comm'l Storage, Not Park/Open Space, Along LA River At 3701 Pacific Place
    Subsequent development above
    City Hall Mum (Again) As Sac'to Bill To Require Increased Single Family Neighborhood Density Faces Hearing
    Another CD6 Shooting, Casings Found, 2200 block Myrtle (Councilwoman Saro)
    Wrigley Shooting, 200 block E. Spring (Near NE Corner of Veterans Park (border CD 6/Saro and CD7/Uranga)
    City Halts Johnson/Janssen Vax For Now Per CDC After Serious Reax For Some Elsewhere
    All Public Speakers On Riverpark April 13 Hearing Signed Up Within Less Than 3 Minute Period On Weds, April 7
    Viewpoint: Emailed To Mayor and Council: Do the Right Thing: Require Full EIR On 3701 Pacific Place Parcel
    by Rae Gabelich *
    * Ms. Gabelich was CD8's Council rep from mid-2004 (when she unseated a Mayor-backed Council incumbent) through mid-2012. She submitted the text below (lightly shortened by us) at 12:45 p.m. April 13 to the City Clerk, Mayor Garcia and all nine Council incumbents in connection with tonight's agendized appeal hearing.
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