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New: 1st District Homicide/Fatal Shooting 7th St./Alamitos (Gumbiner Park)
New: Cindy Allen Complaint To City Prosecutor/DA/FPPC Re Robert Fox Is Unsworn Unsigned 26 Page Narrative Written By Allen Campaign Based On/Accompanied By Internal Emails/Texts/Communications To/From/With Fox Campaign
New: Some Parents Pressing To Reopen LB Schools Want Elected School Board To Rescind Its March (Early COVID) Action Giving Non-Elected Superintendent Baker Sweeping Powers To Decide This And Other Issues
  • Will any School Board incumbents or parents agendize this in time for Sept. 29 School Board meeting?
  • One parent notes silence on reopening issue of candidates Reyes-Uranga and Miller
    New / In Detail: City Enabled "11 Room House" Near CSULB (And Similar Land Uses Beyond) By Failing To Oppose This Sac'to Bill That Enables It
  • City shrugged its "State Legislative Agenda" reciting opposition to bills undermining local control
  • Pattern parallels Mayor/Council silence on other Sac'to Dem leadership-desired locally preemptive density bills
    Viewpoint by Doug Krikorian
    LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker’s 70,000 Student Online Virtual Teaching Miscalculation A Disaster!

    by Doug Krikorian, Special to LBREPORT.com
    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.

    New / Follow-Up / Perspective: In Her Own Words, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Opposed Partisan Court Packing (Increasing Number of Justices) Now Advocated By Mayor Garcia
    New / Perspective: Mayor Garcia Supports Historically Disfavored Packing of U.S. Supreme Court If Senate Votes On Trump Nominee
    New / Perspective: LBPD Statement On Violent Events At Pike Comm'l Area (Incl. Shooting/No Person Hit)
    New / Perspective: Long Beach Mayor/Council Let LBPD Hide Shooting Crime Stats; Compare LAPD's Transparent Detailed Shooting Data With Zero In LBPD Crime Stats
    Perspective / Follow-Up: Success: LBREPORT.com Action Prompts City Att'y To Require Public Safety Committee (Price, Supernaw, Austin) To Hear Public Testimony On Issues It Hasn't Agendized; Requires Committee To Hear Public On Committee-Avoided Public Safety And Police Issues
    New: Man Says Someone Shot At Him, Police Find Bullet Casings, 1000 block E. PCH (at MLK, 6th dist./Andrews)
    New: Another 1st dist. Shooting Crime Scene, Unoccupied Vehicles Struck/Casings Found 1600 block Linden Ave. (Near Roosevelt Elementary, Close To Poly High)
    Subsequent development above
    Perspective: LBREPORT.com Moves To End Violation Of Brown Act by Council's Public Safety Committee (That Has Allowed It To Prevent Public Testimony On Non-Agendized Items And Tightly Control Council-Level Discussion Of Public Safety And Police Issues)
    New: Police Chief Luna Tells Council's Public Safety Committee: Managing 100+ Protests With LBPD's Thinned Resources Invited Increases In Violent + Quality of Life Crimes Citywide
    Ongoing Survey: Mayor Garcia Volunteers Long Beach To Test "Universal Basic Income." Do You Support This?
    Ongoing Survey: LBREPORT.com Invites Your Responses To These Questions About LBPD Violent Crime Focus And Current Mayor/Council Spending Priorities
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    Krikorian Notes: From The 9 Unworthies Of The LB City Council To The LB Upstick In Shootings And Speeding To Restauranteur John Morris Horseback Riding On A Wyoming Mountaintop To The Walking Adventures Of Earth Man
    Jeff Cozart's Time Of Torment: Will His Belmont Athletic Club Survive Gavin Newsom’s Latest Lockdown?
    Krikorian Notes: A Labor Day Elegy For Those In The Long Beach Business Community Who Were Violated In The Memorial Day Looting Frenzy To The Palm Tree Limbs Littering 2nd Street To The Scooters Littering The Belmont Shore Bridge To The Virtual On-Line Spectacle At Big Mike O'Toole's Household
    Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach Mayor's Ascent To Dem Stardom Because Of Lockstep Embrace Of The Party's Policies To The Enchanting Parklet Dining On 2nd Street To Tearing Down The Hoops in Belmont Shore To Greg Silver's LB Departure To Huntington Beach To Bob Rice Protecting Me From Isiah Robertson
    Don Kramer Was A Character Like No Other With His Zaniness, Goofiness, Joyfulness, Kindliness Who Left All Who Knew Him With Lasting Memories Of Slapstick Antics And Mirthful Anecdotes
    Krikorian Notes: From Majority Of LB Teachers Skipping Classrooms For The Comforts Of Home To Dr. Jill Baker Becoming Another Maria Montessori To Terry Antonelli Discussing Resurrection of L'Opera To Mayor Robert Garcia Touted By MSNBC's Brian Williams As A Future U.S. Senator To Kershaw's Magical Transformation
    Long Beach's Renaissance Man, Chuckie Miller, Reflects On His Entrepreneurial Life And On Racial Inequity
    Krikorian Notes: From LB's Elected Leadership's Reimagining Delusions To the Gaslamp's Outdoor Wall Video Band Show To The Ghastly USC Coach, Clay Helton
    FDR's Grandson, Delano Roosevelt, Talks Democratic Party, JetBlue, Long Beach And His Life
    LBPD Chief Robert Luna: Stand Up For Your Fifty Ousted Cops!
    What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
    Sadly, Our National Pastime No Longer A Pastime For Me
    Parklets! Three Cheers For Long Beach Politicians!
    Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
    A 2 1/2-Hour Commute To Work A Joy To This 86-Year Old Gentleman
    Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
    Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
    I Never Thought I'd Live To See These...
    Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
    Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
    From Krikorian's Notebook: When Will LB Police Chief Luna Come Clean About May 31 Downtown Long Beach Looting Frenzy?
    From Krikorian's Notebook: (1) LBUSD Mgm't Mulls Keeping K-5 Kids Indoors Without Normal Access To Playground, Cafeteria, Auditorium Activities; (2) And More...
    Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
    Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
    Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
    Excuses By Long Beach Police & Politicians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
    Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
    Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
    My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
    Shooting Crime Scenes since June 1, 2020
    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?
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    Man Is Shot/Wounded In Midnight Hour Robbery, 700 Queensway Dr. (Address Of Hotel Maya)
    Council Votes 6-3 To Endorse These Controversial November Ballot Measures, Would Allow Race In Deciding College Admissions/City Contracts, Change Prop 13 To Enable "Split Roll" Assessor Reassessment of Comm'l/Industrial Properties, Allow 17 Yr Olds to Vote In Primary/Special Elections, Support No-Cash-Bail Policy
    LA County Supervisors Chair (Sole Republican) Kathryn Barger Says "Anti-Law Enforcement Rhetoric Expressed By Many Elected Officials, Community Leaders And Others Has Created A Toxic Environment...This Must Stop. Enough is Enough."
    Two LA Sheriff Deputies Ambushed/Shot While Seated In Their Vehicle Near Compton (Willowbrook) Metro Stn; Sworn In 14 Months Ago
  • One Is 31 Yr Old Mother of 6 Yr Old, The Other Is 24 Yr Old Man
  • LASD Tweets VIDEO Showing Shooting, President Trump Reacts: "Animals That Must Be Hit Hard!"
  • Protesters Show Up At Lynwood Hospital, LASD Says They Shouted "We Hope They Die"
  • LASD Arrests a KPCC/LAist Reporter Sparking Media Anger
    Perspective: Richardson's "State Legislation Committee" Failed To Oppose Single Family Home Hostile SB 1120 And Failed To Discuss AB 5's Damages To LB Indie Workers. Today He'll Ask Council To Endorse November Ballot Measures to Allow Race In Deciding College Admissions/City Contracts, Change Prop 13 To Enable "Split Roll" Assessor Reassessment of Comm'l/Industrial Properties, Allow 17 Yr Olds to Vote In Primary/Special Elections, Support No-Cash-Bail Policy
    El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Soccer Field Cost Balloons Over 50% To $2.35 Mil....And It's In FY21 Budget Your Councilmember Just Voted To Approve, Project Is Now Out To Bid
    NLB Drive-By Shooting, 56th St./Orange Ave., Rounds Miss Hitting Man And Female Juvenile
    Cambodia-Town Shooting Large Crime Scene, 1700 block E. 17th; Multiple Unoccupied Vehicles Hit But No Victims Found
    CDC Study Says Adults Who Dined At Restaurants With On-Site Eating and Drinking Options Roughly Twice As Likely To Test Positive For COVID-19
    UPDATE: LBPD Arrests Three Suspects In Midday Murder In DTLB: Man Is Shot/Killed Area 4th/Atlantic, Police Believe During An Attempted Robbery
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In Possible Attempted Robbery, 1st/Atlantic
    LBUSD To Continue Online Distance Learning Thru End Of 1st Semester (Jan. 28, 2021), Supt. Baker Explains Reasoning and Responds Directly To Critics
    In controversial and arguably inconsistent exception, says district will "continue to plan for potential phasing in of some student support services and some limited in-class instruction prior to the end of the first semester."
    Man Is Shot/Killed Area 10th St/Cherry; LBPD Says Suspect And Victim Knew Each Other And Shooting May Relate To Accusation of Domestic Violence Against A Relative
    Council Tweaks And OK's FY21 Budget, Defunds Nearly 50 Sworn Police Officers (On Top Of 180+ Defunded 2009-2015 Not Restored), Councilmembers Let Themselves Join Voluntary 10% Salary Reducing Furlough But Quietly Let Themselves Increase Their Pensions With Adopted Salary Increases
    Proposed FY21 Budget Includes Nearly $7k Pay Raise For City Auditor Doud
    City Mgr. Blames Censored Budget Docs (No Six Figure Salaries Shown For Citywide Electeds or Dept Heads) On COVID-19 Time Pressures, Denies Censorship, Says Full Docs Will Be Available AFTER Council Vote Adopting Budget
    First LB Citywide Elected to Share Budget Pain: City Prosecutor Haubert Will Take Voluntary 10% Salary Reduction To Match His Staff's Lost Pay From Furloughs
    Opines City Should Make It Easy For Public To See Elected Officials' Salaries
    City FY 21 Budget Docs Censor Six Figure Salaries/Raises Of Citywide Electeds And City Dept. Heads
    LB Airport Sunday High Reached 104 (Predicted High for 90808 was 108.)
    Perspective / Amnesia File: After Taxpayers Spent $7+ Mil, LB City Council Cut Developer's Purchase Price Nearly In Half And Now NLB Has Retail Outlets Offering Fried Chicken, Asian Fusion Food And A Bank
    Web Spreads Love (Instead of Hate) Embracing 6 Yr Old NLB Boy Battling Brain Cancer
    LB Temp Touched 102 Degrees At LGB Sat. (Short of Predicted 107 in 90808)
    Perspective: Long Beach's Censored Police Budget: LBREPORT.com Publishes What City Budget Docs Don't Show Nat'l Weather Service Ups Its Forecast LB Weekend Highs: 107-108 In 90808, 92-93 In 90803
    Southwest Airlines Seeks And Receives All Of JetBlue's 17 Former LB Airport Flight Slots
    Southwest now dominates with 34 of LGB's 53 total flight slots
    LA County Health Dept Lets K-12 Schools Offer In-School Services For "Small Cohort" of Students With IEPs, ESL Or Other Specialized Needs; LBUSD Will Decide On What Terms To Apply This In LB; L.A. County And City of LB Also Allow Reopening With Multiple Restrictions Of In-Store Barbering/Hair Salons
    SB 1120 (Four Houses On Single Family Home Lot) Passes Sac'to Assembly But Fails To Meet Midnight Deadline For State Senate Concurrence; It Dies For Now; LB City Hall Let It Advance; Ignoring City's Stated Policy On Local Control Even As Grassroots Neighborhood Residents Worked To Oppose Bill
    Man Is Shot/Wounded 300 block E. 14th St. (at LB Blvd., 6th dist/Andrews)
    Man Is Shot/Killed On 405 Northbound Approaching 605; Shooter, Headed Toward Areas Along 405 or 605 Including LB, Remains At Large
    Sac'to Dems (Incl. LB state Senators Lena Gonzalez & Tom Umberg) Enable Passage of Pro-Density AB 725, Companion to SB 1120 (Four Housing Units On Single Family Lots, Ass'y Vote Expected Aug. 30)
    AB 725 will require metro cities like LB after Jan 1, 2022 to allocate at least 25% of their SCAG-imposed "Regional Housing Needs" (moderate income and above) to sites zoned for at least four housing units.
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Bullets Miss Two Others, In 1000 Myrtle Ave. Walk-Up Attempted Robbery/Shooting
    DA Finds LBPD Officer Used Reasonable Force, Won't Be Held Criminally Liable In Gruesome Blue Line Wardlow Stn. Death of Passenger, Originally Stopped For Fare Evasion By Metro Transit Officer; Read Full DA Report
    Family is pursuing civil lawsuit; Black Lives Matter LB plans Aug. 29 protest march on event's 3rd anniversary
    Strictly Limited Reopenings For L.A. County/LB Businesses Until Data Improve Under Governor's New COVID-19 System; LA County Still In Virus "Widespread" Category
    "Schools in the Widespread tier aren’t permitted to reopen for in-person instruction, unless they receive a waiver from their local health department for TK-6 grades...Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the Red (Substantial) tier for at least two weeks."
    FY 21 Budget Would Let Mayor/Council Offices Consume Nearly $6 Million With No Cuts In Budgeted Positions For Themselves; Mayor/Council Haven't Scheduled Any Budget Sessions To Discuss This
    Another 1st Council Dist Shooting: 700 block Olive, Man Is Shot/Wounded
    Mayor Garcia Asks Council to Direct City Att'y To Write A Guaranteed Income Resolution And Mgm't To Seek Grant Funding; Fiscal Impact Statement Admits Program Would Likely Mean Future Unquantified Taxpayer Costs
    These Current/Former Elected Officials And Organized Labor Groups Have Endorsed Cindy Allen For 2nd Dist. Council Seat
    L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson (L.A. County Supervisor Candidate And Former Ass'y Speaker) Urges Gov. Newsom And Assembly Speaker Rendon To Reject SB 1120 As Destabilizing Black Communities And Inviting Gentrification; Bill's Supporters Duck Tuesday Planned Vote Which Could Come Weds Or Later This Week
    LBREPORT.com Files Public Records Act Request To Disclose Who Wanted Council To Vote On Ten Agenda Items In One Action (On Same Night Mayor Shrugged His Council Duty To Preside At Council Meeting For MSNBC Political Appearance)
    LBREPORT.com Files Public Records Act Request For Docs Showing What Council Incumbents Mungo And Supernaw Did / Didn't Do In Response To SB 1120
    For Future Reopening, LBUSD Says Most Parents In August Chose In-Class Or Hybrid (In-Class + Online) Instruction While Acknowledging Sizable Percentages Seek Online-Only Instruction
    Stymied By 2nd Dist. Incumbent Pearce's Unhelpful Votes On Parking And Density, Grassroots "Transportation and Parking Solutions" Endorses 2nd Dist. Reform Candidate Robert Fox
    Mayor Garcia Shrugs City Charter Mayoral Duty To Preside At City Council Meeting, Exits To Appear On MSNBC Political Segment
    Exit comes after peculiar unexplained procedural request.
    Council Extends Contract With Arborist Firm Whose May Peninsula Tree Trimming -- Performed Pursuant To City Work Order Issued During Nesting Season -- Begat Brouhaha Over Nesting Bird's Death
    Agenda item was among those Mayor Garcia sought to combine in peculiar unprecedented procedure prior to exiting for MSNBC political segment
    Another 1st District/Washington Middle School Neighborhood Shooting: 1600 block Henderson (Casings Found, No Persons Hit)
    Perspective / AUDIO: LB School Board Shrugs Parents' Pleas Over COVID Risks, Deal With Teachers Union (See MOU) Allows Online Instruction For Most But Forced In-Classroom Teaching For Certain Special Ed, Pre-K Students
    AUDIO: Hear responses by School Board incumbents and two runoff candidates seeking to become next School Board member
    Perspective: How Some Media Morphed Mayor Garcia's 17.7 Second Convention Video Bites Into Party "Rising Star"
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Vote Imminent On SB 1120 -- Would Allow Four Residential Units On Single Family Home Lots; LB Mayor/Councilmembers Mum; Here's How To Oppose It But Must Act Now


    Editorial: Teachers Union & LBUD Mgm't Shouldn't Decide COVID-19 Safety; Elected School Board Should...But Didn't
    Editorial: Mayor Garcia Offered Bogus Pretext To Cancel July 21 City Council Meeting; Council Did So And Will Get Paid Without Conducting Public's Business; Garcia Surfaced At Biden Campaign Event; Taxpayers Are Owed That Canceled Council Meeting
    Viewpoint: LBPD Should Ask And Get Answers For Public To These Four Questions About Accidental Discharge Of Gun Carried By Retired LBPD Sgt
    by John Deats
    Viewpoint: Police Response Times And Young Lives: A Budget Warning
    by Doug Drummond *
    * (3rd dist. Councilman (1990-1998), Harbor Comm'r (2011-2017), LBPD Commander (retired after 29 yrs service)
    Editorial: On June 23, The City Council's "Public Safety Committee" Is Poised To Violate Governor's Order And State Law And Let City Staff Manipulate Media Coverage At The ONLY City Council Proceeding Agendized To Date On LB Looting/Rioting, Police Bias/Use of force And Police Misconduct. Here's What To Do About This.
    Editorial: Appoint Whistleblower/Experienced Investigator Tomas Gonzales To Vacancy On Citizen Police Complaint Comm'n
    Editorial: Ensuring Meaningful Change, Not Sham Tweaks, For LB's "Citizen Police Complaint Commission"
    Unprepared...Or Clueless And In Denial? Read What Long Beach Mayor Garcia Tweeted Less Than Two Hours Before Looting Broke Out From Downtown To Uptown
    Breaking Code of Silence That Spares Mayor, Council And LB Police Officers Union From Accountability For Their Actions That Left LB Vulnerable To Looting And Problematic Police Responses
    Viewpoint: Mayor/Council, Please Stop Offering Self-Serving Excuses, Start Taking Public Serving Public Safety Actions.
    by Annie Greenfeld *
    * Ms. Greenfeld is a veteran community advocate. For many years, she lived in Wrigley, was president of Wrigley Association and South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group, chaired the Central Redevelopment Project Area Committee and spoke at countless Long Beach City Council meetings on multiple neighborhood and citywide topics.

    Guest Essay: Socially We Should Engage. Physically We Should Distance
    by David Alpern
    Editorial: Re County-Run Election: Supervisor Hahn: Investigate (1) Firing Of LB Polling Place Whistleblower; (2) Politically Discriminatory Practice In Timing Mailing Of Voters' Sample Ballot Materials; And (3) Long Election Day Lines At Several LB Voting Centers; LB Council: Agendize City Clerk Report On Costs/Feasibility Of Restoring LB Control Of LB Elections
    The Mayor's Club
    LBREPORT.com's Choice For 2019 "Outrage of the Year" Is Another Story You May Not Have Read Elsewhere And Will Affect LB In 2020 And Beyond
    AND
    Here Are LBREPORT.com's Ten "Runners-Up" For LB's 2019 Outrage of the Year; Do You Have Others?
    Viewpoint: Disappointed Supreme Court Declined To Review Boise Opinion, Confident Court Will Have Future Opportunities For Broader Conversation; Clarity Needed With Disparity Between Current Laws And Their Interpretation
    by Suzie A. Price
    Long Beach City Councilwoman, Third District

    Editorial: Long Beach Mayor/Council May Let City Block Your Ability To Hear LBPD Radio Channels; Here's How To Say "No!"
    Editorial: Sorry, But Councilman Supernaw's Community Hospital Deal Will Eat Millions That Won't Be Available To Continue Providing Fire Engine 17 Beyond Sept. 2021 AND Could Still Leave LB Without Continuing Eastside Acute Care Hospital AND Could Cause City To Lose Its Community Hospital Property Entirely
    Follow-up: Gov. VETOES this bill, see subsequent coverage here.
    Here's How To Tell Gov. Newsom To Veto Election-Tilting Anti-Taxpayer Anti-Transparency SB 268
    Editorial: It's Not Streamlining. It Doesn't Promote Public Participation. It Will Affect Your Ability To Speak And Be Heard When City Council Actions Affect Your Neighborhood And Our City. Here's How To Stop It And Send A Message That The Public's Voices Matter


    Perspective: By The Numbers: Here Are LB Taxpayer/Neighborhood-Impacting Public Safety Facts That LB's Mayor/Council Haven't Told You


    Editorial: This Happened When A Mentally Ill Vagrant Said He Wanted To Kill A Belmont Shore Business' Manager.
    Opinion: LB Dem Partisans Try To Link 1st Dist Council Candidate Morquecho To Trump, While He And Multiple Dems Fail To Link Mayor-Backed Zendejas To Multiple Unpopular Council Actions
    Editorial: Our Hearts Are With Candlelight Vigils, But LBREPORT.com Is Done Covering Them. We Urge Action
    Editorial: Civics Refresher, Rights And Remedies When LB Council Incumbents Try To Reduce (Not Restore) Your Right To Speak And Be Heard At Council Meetings
    Their New City Hall
    Editorial: ¡Que barbaridad!
















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    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
    Councilmembers Signal Acceptance (With Possible Tweaks) Of Mgm't/Mayor Proposed FY21 Police Defunding/Reductions (50+ Sworn Would Be Erased/Replaced By 34 Civilians); Chief Luna Acknowledges Mayor/Mgm't Budget Will Worsen Non-Emergency Response Times
    Price says she won't support all proposed PD cuts, cites constituents' concerns; Richardson makes no motions seeking deeper cuts for now, seeks future "deeper dive" into issues
    Predawn Fire In 4th St/Temple Ave. Strip Mall (Rose Park South)
    Perpective: With LB Mayor/Council Mum As Sac'to Pro-Density Bills Advance, LB Residents And Neighborhoods Can Take These Actions To Assert Their Interests
    One Year Old Child Is Run Over In Horrifying And Tragic Circumstances in NLB
    SCE Rolling Blackouts Hit SE LB On Saturday After These LB Areas On Friday (See Maps)
    LBUSD Mgm't Seeks School Board Approval To Change Public Comment Proceedings; With In-Person Meetings Resumed, No More Teleconferenced Reading Aloud Of Emailed Comments; They'll Be Sent To Staff And Forwarded To Board Members
    LBUSD Mgm't Releases This School Opening And Safety Plan. Your Grade?
    Perspective: LB Neighborhoods Report Continuing Detonation Of Disruptive Explosives; City Prosecutor Has Filed Criminal Charges In Fraction Of Complaints Received; No Cases Adjudicated Or Fines Collected To Date...And No indication City Mgm't Is Pursuing Administrative Enforcement (Hefty Fines Without Court Proceedings Used in Lakewood)
    Two Vehicles Chase Each Other Thru NW NLB Neighborhood (Eleanor/68th): Gunfire Heard; Casings Found; No Persons Appear Wounded, No Vehicles/Buildings Hit
    LB Health Dept. Updates Its Order On Reopening LB Schools; They'll Stay Online Only Until At Least Oct 5, And Perhaps Longer, And If/When They Reopen They Must Comply With These Detailed Protocols
    LBPD Arrests Suspect In Anaheim/Magnolia Liquor Store Robbery That Escalated To Alleged Murder, When Store Employee Grabbed Onto Suspect's Car Hood And Thrown Off/Killed As Suspect Drove Off
    Los Altos/ELB/Central LB Slated To Lose Fire Engine 17 (Argonne Ave.); Mgm't/Mayor Proposed Budget Nixes Continued Temporary Funding And Council Incumbent Supernaw Fails To Insist On Restoring Permanent Funding LB Taxpayers Previously Had
    Brush Fire Along San Gabriel River Bike Path At El Dorado Park Nature Center Was Small And Quickly Doused...This Time
    In Detail: LB Council Votes 9-0 To Approve These Public Safety/Policing Changes As Part Of Racial Equity/Reconciliation Policies
    Weekend Heat Is On, But Nat'l Weather Service Forecats Big Differences Between Coastal LB and Inland LB
    Two Shootings (Aug 11) Within About 6 Hrs: 1700 block LB Blvd. (1st Dist) And Atlantic Ave. Poly High Area (1st Dist Border With 6th)
    New / Perspective w/ Amnesia File: Might Biden VP Choice Of Garcia-Ally Harris Preface Possible DC Spot For Garcia?
    LB COVID-19 Positivity Test Rate Drops To 8.7%, Total Cumulated Cases Top 9,200
    No One Seeks To Write Arguments Against City Hall-Sought Oil Tax Increase
    LB Council To Discuss/Vote (Aug. 11) To Adopt These Public Safety/Policing Changes As Part Of Racial Equity/Reconciliation Policies
    LBPD Budget Will Be Discussed At Aug. 18 Council Meeting (Was Removed From Aug. 11 Council Discussion Of Other Budget Items)
    Sac'to Bill Would Allow Four Residences On Single Family Home Lots; SB 1120 (Co-Authored By LB State Senator Lena Gonzalez) Passed state Senate In June, Faces Assembly Committee Hearing Aug. 11 With LB City Hall Mum
    Sac'to Bill Would Invite A Council Majority To Adopt An Ordinance Zoning Any Parcel For Up to 10 Units Of Residential Density In These Types Of Neighborhoods; SB 902 Comes To Assembly Committee Hearing Tues. Aug. 11
    Midnight Hour Gunfire In "Pike" Comm'l Area, Juvenile Is Shot/Wounded, Crime Scene @ Seaside/Cedar
    Inside Talks Between LB Teachers Union/LBUSD Mgm't On How LB Teachers Will Teach Under COVID-19; Union Summarizes First Day Of Negotiations

    Perspective: Amid Recent North Long Beach Shootings, Incumbent Austin Seeks Third Term Backed by LB's Police Officers Union; Neighboring NLB Incumbent Richardson Favors "Defunding"/Reducing LBPD Funding
    VIDEO: LB School Board Hears Staff Plans For Classroom Instruction Reopening, Declines To Direct Add'l Flexibility Urged By Socially Networked Parents/Teachers Seeking Remote Online Instruction To Avoid Health Risks
  • Boardmembers Kerr and Benitez voice empathy but chide group for some social network comments sharply critical of LBUSD plans
  • LBUSD mgm't and teachers union will now negotiate reopening terms
    Via Gallup.com: Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence
    In First Council Budget Response, No Incumbents Object To Mgmt/Mayor-Proposed Police Defunding...And Some Signal They Favor Going Further
    Midafternoon Fatal Shooting, Area 7th St./Cerritos Ave.
    Long Beach City Mgm't/Mayor Garcia Propose FY 21 Budget That Defunds 50+ Sworn Police Officers (On Top of 180 Left Unrestored), Would Replace 34 With Civilians To Handle These Calls/Tasks
    LB Police Officers Ass'n president issues this statement
    Mgm't.Mayor snubs Councilman Supernaw, proposes to end grant funding for temporarily restored Engine 17

    City Mgm't/Mayor Garcia Propose FY 21 Budget With $6.9 Million Allocated To These Equity And Racial Related Items
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Vehicles Are Hit, In 4th NLB Shooting Within A Month Near 91 Fwy/Paramount Blvd.
    Subsequent coverage above
    Organized Parent/Teacher Pushback Planned At LB School Board Meeting, Dissatisfied With Current LBUSD Reopening Plans, Quotes Lakewood High Teacher Saying Until Comprehensive Plan "We Are ALL Safer At Home"
    Subsequent coverage above
    LB School Bd To Receive Update On "Opening Of School" (Online Till At Least Oct. 5); Teachers Union And Mgm't Currently Negotiating Terms
    Mgm't also proposes to (a) convene "School Naming Advisory Committee" to consider some new school names and (b) receive board input on pursuing "equity" policies
    Publisher's Perspective: Long Beach City Hall Scoffed Brown Act-Required Release of Its Proposed FY21 Spending Plan, Concealed Document From Public/Press Scrutiny Until Mayor/Mgm't Media Event
    LA County Bd of Supervisors Votes 4-1 (Barger Dissenting) To Put Measure On Nov. Ballot That Would Shift At Least 10% Of Available County Funds To These Purposes Instead of LA County Sherff (incarceration) And LA County District Att'y (prosecution)
    Subsequent coverage above
    "Defunding" / Reducing Funding For Police: With His Proposed Budget Recommendations, Mayor Garcia Will Show If He Supports It, Then It's Council Majority's Decision


    Forbid Police From Using "Non-Lethal" Rounds or Tear Gas to Disperse Crowds Except In Sac'to Specified Circumstances? Bill Co-Authored By LB State Senator Gonzalez Proposes This And It's Coming To Sac'to Committee Vote In Days
    Follow the Money: See Early Salient Contributors to Cindy Allen Runoff Campaign In CD2 vs. Robert Fox
    Allen campaign has spent $108,867 in 2020 to date
    Follow the Money: Garcia-Run Campaign For March 2020 Tax Measures A & B Racked Up Over $100k In Unpaid Bills; Since Then, These Entities Have Given His Committee These Sums
    In Depth / AUDIOz: Kong Beach Council On Collision Course With State Agency That Oversees Tidelands Oil Revenue; State Lands Comm'n Att'y Warns Proposed LB Oil Tax Ballot Measure And Existing LB Oil Tax Violate State Constitution, Legislative Grants, and the City’s Obligations As Tidelands Trustee
    SLC Att'y: "The Oil Barrel Production Tax, as the City applies it to State interests, unilaterally and unlawfully diverts revenue due the State’s General Fund to the City without the consent of the Legislature, the Governor, or the statewide public. The tax improperly seeks to convert Public Trust assets for expressly municipal purposes, notwithstanding explicit prohibitions by the Legislature and California Supreme Court against doing so. Finally, the tax violates the City’s fiduciary duty to the State as trustee."
    Possible Drive-By Shooting, Area LB Blvd/Anaheim St.
    A Second LB Resident In Their 20's Dies Of COVID-19; City's "Positivity Rate" (Percentage of Persons Tested Who Test Positive) Declines To 10.9% (From 15% A Few Weeks Ago) But LB Rate Remains Higher Than LA County Overall

  • Another 1st District Shooting: Man Is Shot/Wounded 1700 block Pacific Ave.
    LBPD Seeks Public's Help: It Releases These Videos Of Suspect And His Vehicle In Anaheim/Magnolia Liquor Store Robbery That's Now A Murder Investigation

    Midday Gunfire 1300 block Elm Ave. (North of Anaheim b/w LB Blvd/Atlantic Ave.); Two Men Say Someone Shot At Them But Missed
    Stephen Downing & Beachcomber Pry Loose Previously Blocked Draft Report By Int'l Ass'n of Chiefs Of Police On LBPD Operations And Management
    COVID-19 By The Numbers: (1) LB's "Positivity Rate" Dips To 13.5% But Remains Significantly Above LA County And CA; (2) Geographic Inequality; LB Cases Per Capita In Some Zip Codes Over Double To Nearly Triple Others (See Map/Chart) (3) Updated Daily Hospitalizations Now Routinely Top 100 Per Day
    Casings Found Proving Midmorning Gunfire LB Blvd./49th St. Rounds Didn't Strike Persons But A 15 Yr Old Boy (Victim) Injured HImself As He Fled
    Recall Launched Of Long Beach Mayor Garcia, Proponents Meet Legal Prerequisites, Can Begin Collecting Petition Signatures
    Daunting required numbers but grassroots action by Franklin Sims gives residents dissatisfied with Garcia on various grounds an opportunity to show it
    AUDIO: Hear Long Beach Councilmembers Collect $50 Each In Taxpayer Paid Perk For Four And a Half Minute July Meeting Of Their "Housing Authority"
    A week earlier, Council voted at Mayor Garcia's request to cancel its July 21 Council meeting; he turned up at afternoon Biden political event, Councilmembers collected their pay without conducting public's Council meeting business
    In Depth Coverage: Council Approves Changes To Zoning Code Text/Definitions/Allowable Uses Enabling Various Types Of Homeless-Serving Facilities In Certain Commercial, Industrial, Institutional And Mutli-Unit Residential ZonesSubsequent coverage above
    State Lands Comm'n Staff Warns Long Beach Proposed Oil Tax Increase May Violate Tidelands Trust, Possibly Trigger Challenge Extending to Sums LB Now Collecting
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 3300 block E. 67th St.
    Anaheim/Magnolia Liquor Store Worker Tries To Stop A Theft, Clings To Suspected Thief's Vehicle Hood But Three Blocks Later Is Allegedly Thrown Off; He Perishes At The Scene
    LBPD is now investigating suspect's actions as a homicide/murder
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In WLB's Summit Neighborhood (1st Council District)
    Extended On-Demand Audio: Hear It: LBUSD Staff Describes Its Plans For "Distance Learning" (Online Instruction) And Budget Details At Special Morning Meeting
    Follow-Up: Sac'to Legislature's Budget Requires School Districts To Implement THESE Measures For "Distance Learning"
    Detailed Coverage / Perspective: Lakewood Does This To Impose Heftier Fines With Easier To Enforce Citations Against Fireworks/Explosives Scofflaws. Long Beach Doesn't. Should We?
    In Depth Coverage: Council Approves Sweeping Policy Document Directing City Staff To Implement More Vehicle-Lane Shrinking/Traffic Slowing "Road Diets," Roundabouts, Separated Bicycle Lanes, Pedestrian Promoting Designs In LB Street Projects
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In Midnight Hour, Area Anaheim/Walnut (Cambodia Town)
    It's sixth shooting crime scene in 6th Council dist. (Andrews) since June 1.
    Subsequent coverage above
    LB School Board Will Hold Special Monday Morning Meeting (July 20) On How To Implement Instruction/Reopening
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In LA County Carmelitos Housing Project (8th dist.)
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