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University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation has issued updated state by state projections. Its projections indicate that if strong social distancing measures and other protective measures remain in effect:
  • California will experience a rise in COVID-19 cases peaking on April 25 before turning downward
  • At the projected April 25 peak, CA will have sufficient overall hospital beds but (at present levels) would be short by 299 ICU beds
  • By Aug. 3, 6,109 Californians statewide will have died from COVID-19
  • Nationwide deaths will peak on or about April 14.
  • By Aug. 3, 81,114 Americans will have died from COVID-19.
  • LBREPORT.oom notes for context: if the Aug. projection of 81,114 deaths proves correct, the U.S. would have over 20,000 more deaths from the COVID-19 virus within less than a year than all American deaths in Vietnam over twenty years (1955-1975)
    Mar. 29 White House Briefing:
  • President Trump announces FDA has approved Abbott Labs test with results in just minutes.
  • President acknowledges modeling shows peak death rate expected in next 2 wks. Therefore he will extend federal COVID-19 guidelines thru April 30; a detailed statement is coming Tuesday evening. (CA and LB have tighter restrictions and orders.)
  • Dr. Fauci says modeling (showing 100,000-200,000 deaths nationally) shows worst case scenarios and he believes the current restrictions, if observed, can push that number down. Dr. Fauci says he and Dr. Birx feel extending federal COVID-19 guidelines through April is a wise decision, it's important not to lift restrictions prematurely. Dr. Birx says another 30 days of restrictions will save lives, also indicates upcoming Tuesday statement will include new testing info.
  • Admin official says FDA has approved a self-test nose swab, less uncomfortable can be done at home (unclear if then mailed or dropped off.)
    Mar. 29 LB update: 99 COVID-19 positive results to date (11 more than yesterday when total was 88. The total provided by the City incoludes individuals who have recovered.
    New March 28 Recap: 18 More LB Residents (Total of 88) Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 (Up From 70 Yesterday); LBPD Modifies Some Of Its Operations; City Opens Temporary Shelter Housing Homeless At WLB's Silveraddo Park During COVID-19 Pandemic
    New City of LB Has Tested Some Homeless Persons For COVID-19. As of Friday March 27, Roughly Ten Tested, None Positive
    New City Using Facilities In WLB's Silverado Park As Temporary Homeless Facility During COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Others Being Set Up But Doesn't Indicate Locations
    New City Tightens Parts Of Previously Issued "Safer at Home" Order: Bans Funerals, Limits Structure Painting, Orders Essential Businesses To Ensure Social Distancing And Extends Mandatory Closure Of All Others To April 19 Or TFN
    New LBPD Implements These COVID-19 Changes In Its Operations (Details Here)
    New For Self-Survival And Public Convenience, Some LB Restaurants Have Begun Selling Grocery Items. L.A. County Public Health Dept. Has Taken At Least One Enforcement Action To Stop Similar Action Outside LB, Seeks Compliance With Long Standing Public Health Protective Req'ts. What's Stance Of LB's Separately-Run Health Dept?
    After Trailing On Election Night And Eight Ballot Count Updates, City Hall-Sought Measure A Sales Tax Extension Passes On Final Count With 16 Vote Margin Out Of Nearly 100,000 Ballots Cast
    Governor Newsom Orders Enforcement Moratorium On COVID-Related Residential Evictions; Read Detailed Terms
    March 27 Recap: LBPD Officer (West Division) Tests Positive For COVID-19, His Partner Begins Self-Quarantine; 3 More LBFD Firefighters Test Positive (LBFD Total Now 13); 70 LB Residents Have Tested Positive For COVID-19; LB & L.A. County Close Beaches Entirely; Gov. Newsom Issues Enforcement Moratorium on Residential Evictions; US Navy Hospital Ship "Mercy" Arrives in LA Harbor (1,000 Beds For Non-COVID cases)
    LBPD West Division Officer Has COVID-19, Partner Begins Self-Quarantine; 70 LB Residents Now Confirmed With COVID-19 (Up From 54 Yesterday)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Pine Ave. Just North of PCH, Motive Unknown
    2nd St/Granada Ave.: Reports of Man Chasing/Attempting To Cough On People Prompt LBPD To Detain Him, Take Him To Mental Health Facility
    City of LB In Discussion With Various Hotels Citywide About Possible COVID-19-Related Use For Homeless Persons; What About Queen Mary?
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    Shootings: LB Has Had 124 Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Non-Fatal + No-Person-Hit) Since May 7, 2019. Click maps below for details on most recent four.
    Special Report / In Depth / Amnesia File: Long Beach Had But No Longer Has An LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit. How'd That Happen?

    Jan 1, 2018 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; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial.
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    Details Of What L.A County Dept of Public Health Says (Mar 25) (But Thus Far LB Health Dept. Hasn't Said) About Isolation For Persons With COVID-19 And Self-Quarantine Req'ts For Those Among Their Close Contacts

    A Recount For Measure A? And Maybe A November 2020 Ballot Measure?
    Mar. 24 Election Update: Measure A In Virtual Dead Heat -- 50%-50% -- Losing By Nine Votes Out Of Nearly 100,000 Cast With 3,600 More Ballots Countywide Remaining To Be Counted
    Subsequent coverage above
    Later Today, LB Will Learn If Measure A Sales Tax Extension Passed Or Failed; Updated Campaign Docs Show Mayor-Run Pro-Tax Committee Spent $638,000 Since January To Pass It Against No Organized Opposition
    March 26 Recap: Two More LB Firefighters Test Positive (Now Total of 10); 54 LB Residents Now Have COVID-19; Reports of Man Chasing/Attempting To Cough On People Prompt LBPD To Detain Him, He's Taken To Mental Health Facility
    March 25 Recap: 8 LB Firefighters Test Positive for COVID-19; 41 LB Residents Now Have COVID-19
    March 24 Recap: Four Add'l LA County COVID-19 Deaths (Incl. LB Woman Mar 23 + Lancaster Boy Under Age 18); Two CSULB Students Test Positive + CSULB Postponess Commencement Events
    Two CSULB Students Test Positive for COVID-19
    CSULB Postpones Commencement & Related Cultural Activities "Until After Pandemic Situation Subsides"
    Council Will Hold Special Meeting Mar. 24 -- Public Limited To Submitting "e-COMMENTS" Or Email -- On Possible COVID-19 Related Tweaks To Proposed Eviction Protection Ordinance, Also Closed Session On Hiring City Mgr
    March 23: Mayor Garcia Issues Stark Warning: LB Entering Critical 2-3 Weeks; Residents Will Either Stay Home, Practice Social Distancing And Minimize COVID-19 Infections OR LB Could Run Out Of Hospital Beds To Treat Everyone Who Needs Them
    LB Health Dept. Recommendation Telling Doctors Not To Test For COVID-19 Even With Some Symptoms Follows Sac'to Guidance: LB's Health Dept. Has Told Your LB Doctor It Recommends He/She Not Test You For COVID-19 If You Have "Mild" Fever Respiratory Illness That Can Be Safely Managed At Home Unless Diagnostic Test Will Change How Doctor Manages You As A Patient Or Informs Public Health Response
    Mar. 23: Long Beach Reports Its First COVID-19 Death Woman in her 50's, with underlying health conditions, died of complications from the virus (no further details)
    March 22 Recap: President Trump Invokes Defense Production Act To Assist Firms Switching To Produce Needed Supplies, Sends Navy Hospital Ship "Mercy" to L.A. Harbor (Adding 1,000 Beds for Non-COVID Cases); FEMA Sending CA 2,000 Hospital Beds and Supplies; President Activates Nat'l Guard (Frees Fed'l Funds For Governors' Directed Deployments); Issues Major Disaster Declaration For CA
    FDA Authorizes Fast Track Use Of Two COVID-19 Tests That Offer Results In Hours Instead of Days
    Tests developed by two CA firms, one in Cypress, one in Sunnyvale
    Exclusive / AUDIO: How Community Hospital As COVID-19 Facility Arranged: Assemblyman O'Donnell Says John Molina Contacted His Office Re Sac'to COVID-19 Funding; Ass'yman O'Donnell Praises Response, Actions And Outcome
    The facility didn't open March 21; see statement by Pacific6 spokesperson
    Two Men Shot/Wounded in WLB (Harbor Ave. Just North of PCH)
    Mar.21: City Increases Parking Meter Courtesy Times, Offers Parking Impacted Residents Applications For Free Parking In Area Lots/Garages.
    AUDIO: Mar. 20: Savvy Riverside County Doctor + Local Officials Have Created TWO Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites. Here's How They Did What Long Beach Hasn't Done. Why Not?
    Mar. 20 City Clarifies Its Order Re Allowed Essential Vs. Non-Allowed Non-Essential Services
    Mar. 20: Governor Deploys CA Nat'l Guard To Assist At Food Banks
    Mar. 20: LBUSD Extends Its COVID-19 Closure Thru At Least May 3...With Closure Beyond That Date Possible
    Mar. 20 Election Update: Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues To Fail Passage But Margin Shrinks To 130 Votes
    March 19 Recap: Full Text Of State/Local Orders: Gov. Newsom Issues Stay At Home Order; LB/Pasadena/LA County Issue Orders Prohibiting Events/Gathering Of 10 Or More With Exceptions For "Essential Services," County Health Dir. Says People Should Assume They And Others Are Infected, Stresses Need For Social Distancing; President Trump Says FDA Will Speed Use of Malaria Drug Showing Some Treatment Promise
    Council Votes 9-0 (Motion by Mungo) To Authorize Spending $1.5 Mil From FY`19 Measure A "Surplus" To Install Artificial Turf Soccer Field In El Dorado Park West (Included Among 136 Budget Adjustments); City Mgm't Says Due To COVID-19 Impacts, Staff Might Not Proceed With Some Items And May Seek Future Council Approval For Changes...But Didn't Say If It Includes $1.5 Mil Artificial Turf Field
    Willard Elementary School (In Zaferia Neighborhood) Students And Parents/Guardians May Have Been Exposed To COVID-19 Virus, LB Health Dept. Says
    March 18 Recap: President Trump/COVID-19 Task Force Guidance Says Postpone Elective/Non-Essential Surgeries & Dental Work, Says It's Reviewing Data From Abroad Indicating Some Young COVID-19 Patients Develop Serious Illness
    March 17 Recap: Gov. Newsom Doubts Schools Will Re-Open Before Summer Break; LB Has 8 COVID-19 Cases; Treasury Sec'y Says Trump Administration Wants To Get Emergency Cash To Americans Swiftly
    Election Update: With Only 64,000 Ballots Countywide Remaining To Be Counted
  • Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues To Fail Passage But Margin Narrows To 355 Votes
  • 8th Dist. Reform Ticket Ovalle Narrows Gap To 140 Votes Against Second Place Incumbent (Mayor-backed) Austin Who Trails Organized Labor-Backed Thrash-Ntuk
  • 6th Dist. Challenger Saro Has 44% Of Votes, Leads Incumbent (Mayor backed) Andrews By Over 1,000 Votes
  • 2nd Dist. Reform Ticket Fox Headed For November Runoff Against Mayor-Backed Allen
  • LB & Countywide Voter Turnout Est. Approx. 37% (May Go Slightly Higher)
    LBPD Arrests Man On Suspicion Of Murder In Lakewood Village Death Of Woman He Was Dating
    Councilwoman Price Provides This Helpful List Of Area Grocery Stores (Addresses, Hours, Phone Numbers) Four Councilmembers -- Richardson, Uranga, Pearce, Zendejas -- Seek Moratorium On All Residential/Comm'l Evictions For At Least 30 Days Or Extent of COVID19 Emergency Eviction moratorium carries de facto political stinger: three of the co-agendizers have endorsed organized labor-backed election challengers seeking to oust Council incumbents Andrews and Austin
    Mar 17 City Council Item Quietly Seeks Council Approval To Allocate $1.5 Million From FY 19 Measure A Surplus To Install Artificial Turf Soccer Field In El Dorado Park
    Recap March 16: Mayor Garcia Takes NO Questions At "Media Briefing"; President Trump Fields Questions Urging De Facto Voluntary 15 Day Nat'l Pause To Slow Virus Spread; Governor Newsom Issues Executive Orders Halting/Slowing Evictions/Foreclosures/Utility Shut Offs And Focuses State Resources On Seniors & Populations Most At Risk
    Gov. Newsom Issues Executive Order Authorizing Cities To Halt Evictions For Renters/Homeowners, Slow Foreclosures And Protect Against Utility Shutoffs; Action Comes (Coincidentally) One Day Before Long Beach City Council Scheduled To Considers Eviction Moratorium/"Economic Relief" Package Proposed By Councilmembers Richardson/Uranga/Pearce/Zendejas
    Gov. Newsom Issues Executive Order Directing Multiple State Agencies To Focus Their Resources And Attention On Protecting Seniors (65+) And Others Most Vulnerable To COVID-19
    LBPD Says Officer Shot/Killed An Adult Woman Wielding A Utility Knife When He Observed Her Allegedly Attempting To Stab Her Mother
    March 15: Governor's Guidance Advises All Seniors (65+) To Self-Isolate; All Bars/Breweries/Nightclubs To Close And All Restaurants To Implement Deep Social Distancing (Half Capacity); City Issues Parallel LB Guidance; No Indication By Sac'to Or Long Beach Officials Of Plans To Begin Drive-Through Testing Locally
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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
    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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  • LB Elections: Follow the Money

    New / 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

    NEW: 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
    NEW: 8th Dist: 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
    NEW: 2nd Dist: 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
    RecentlyWeeks AgoPast Few Months
    Follow-Up: City of Long Beach Says At This Time (Mar. 15) It's NOT Planning To Offer Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing, Says It's Not Req'd By State Or Feds To Do So BUT May Work With Local Healthcare Providers To Do So In Future
    At least 7 states have drive-through COVID-19 testing sites; one is in San Francisco offered by Kaiser-Permanente
    Councilman Uranga Attended Coastal Comm'n Meeting Where Its Chair Fell Ill With COVID-19. His Wife, Former Councilwoman/Now LBUSD School Board Candidate Tonia Reyes Uranga Was With Him. She Says They Have No Symptoms, Are Doing Fine And Are Self-Isolating In LB For Next 14 Days
    Two Men Shot/Wounded In 8th Dist's Jane Addams Neighborhood (South of Market, West of Atlantic); LBPD Investigating As Gang Related
    City Closes Multiple City Buildings & Facilities, Implements Significant Changes Impacting Public Now Through TFN
    First Long Beach COVID-19 Case Of "Community Spread" (No Identified Source)
    Subsequent coverage above
    White House News Conference (March 13) Described New Drive-Through Testing Procedure For COVID-19. Will It Be Available In LB And If So, When?
    Council OK'd Contract For Cell Tower In Wardlow Park In Sept. 2019 With No Discussion, Minimal Info And Voted Approval By Councilwoman Mungo
  • LBUSD Closes/Halts Classroom Instruction March 16 Thru April 20; HEAR Sup't Steinhauser Provide Details At News Conference w/ Quick-Launch Easy-Access AUDIO
  • President Trump Declares Nat'l Emergency, Frees Fed'l Dollars, Waives Response-Delaying Rules And Announces New Nationwide "Drive Through" Testing Protocol; SEE VIDEO On-Demand Of Press Conference
    Mar. 13 Election Update: Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues To Fail Passage And Gap Widens To 704 Votes; Margin of 0.8% Of 88,536 LB Votes Counted Thus Far
    CSULB Student Becomes Victim Of Armed Robbery (Or Attempted Armed Robbery, Unclear) in CSULB Pyramid Parking Structure
    Hours After Governor's Executive Order (Linked In Full Here), City of Long Beach Announces Cancellation Of Multiple Events (Including But Not Limited To Grand Prix, Details Here)
    CA Dept. of Public Health Says Mass Gatherings (It Defines Them) With 250 Persons Or More Should Be Postponed Or Canceled For At Least Remainder Of March
    See specifics here (not just press release quotes or Tweets)
    Council OK'd Contract For Cell Tower In Wardlow Park In Sept. 2019 With No Discussion, Minimal Info And Voted Approval By Councilwoman Mungo
    Mar. 10 Election Update: Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues To Fail Passage, Gap Widens To 469 Votes; Margin of 0.64% Of 72,505 Votes Counted Thus Far
    8th Dist. Reform Ticket Ovalle Drops Further Behind; Incumbent Councilman Austin Remains In Second Place For Runoff With Organized Labor-Backed Thrash-Ntuk
    Hours After Governor's Executive Order (Linked In Full Here), City of Long Beach Announces Cancellation Of Multiple Events (Including But Not Limited To Grand Prix, Details Here)
    CA Dept. of Public Health Says Mass Gatherings (It Defines Them) With 250 Persons Or More Should Be Postponed Or Canceled For At Least Remainder Of March
    See specifics here (not just press release quotes or Tweets)
    Multiple COVID-19: Developments:
  • (1) CSULB & LBCC Move Instruction Online
  • (2) President Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe (Except UK), Implements/Advocates Medical And Economic Measures
  • (3) LB Health Dept. Announces Fourth COVID-19 Case (Man Traveled From Int'l Area Of Community Transmision)
  • (4) Governor's "Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency" Issues Guidance for Cities Dealing With Homeless Persons And COVID-19
  • (5) World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 A Pandemic

    Governor's Agency Recommends Cities Take These Measures Re Homeless And COVID-19
    While Noting Situation Is Evolving And Decisions May Change, City Mgm't Tells Policy-Setting City Council That As Of March 10, It Hasn't Recommended Canceling Upcoming Events In Long Beach Over COVID-19; No Council Incumbents Question This
    UPDATE / Coverage in Detail: City Of Long Beach Provides This Explanation As LB's Health Officer Gave Different Advice Than L.A. County Health Director Re Attendance At Large Gatherings By Older People And Those With Health Issues.
    Three Presumptive LB COVID-19 Cases; Two Traveled To An Int'l Area Of Community Transmission, One Traveled Domestically To An Area Of Community Transmission
    L.A. County Reports First Case Of Possible Community Transmission of COVID-19; Recommends Elderly Persons, Pregnant Women And Persons With Underlying Health Conditions Immediately Avoid Public Gatherings Or Places Where Large Groups Of People Congregate Or Event Venues
    Coastal Comm'n Staff Again Bounces City Hall's Application For Revised/Downsized "Belmont Beach Aquatics Center" As "Incomplete," Wants Add'l Info Before Accepting It To Begin Processing/Consideration

    Revised/downsized proposed project
    Rain Starting Monday Night Thru Weds
    AFTER CA Primary, Democrat Presidential Candidate Biden Tweets Support For AB 5; CA Freelancers In Multiple Fields Blast His Stance
    Harris endorses Biden; Mayor Garcia (who endorsed Harris then Biden) and LB Council incumbents mum on proposed changes or repeal of AB 5
    CA Dept. of Public Health Issues These Chilling Guidances (Details Here) For Schools, College/Universities And Large Public Events/Mass Gatherings Re COVID-19 Coronavirus
    Passenger Tests NEGATIVE For COVID-19 Virus Aboard LB Carnival Cruise Ship (After All Passengers Held Aboard)
    Corona Virus Update: CSULB Deploys Add'l Hand Sanitizers Across Campus, Raises Future Possibility "To Temporarily Offer Classes In An Alternative Way With Minimal Notice"
    Mar. 6 Election Update:
  • Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues To Fail Passage But Gap Narrows To 124 votes Out Of 62,126 LB Ballots Counted Thus Far
  • 8th Dist. Reform Ticket Ovalle Drops Further Behind And Incumbent Councilman Austin Now In Second Place For Runoff With Organized Labor-Backed Thrash-Ntuk
    Someone In L.A. County Election Bureaucracy Fired De Facto Whistleblower Who Alerted LBREPORT.com To Early Voting Snafu At LB Location; Supervisor Hahn Calls For Investigation Into "Unacceptable" Delays At County Voting Centers
    Midnight Hour Gunfire: 6100 block Cherry (Alley); Casings Found, No Persons Hit
    On Jan 7, 2020, City Council Voted 9-0 To Approve Extending Contract With ETA Advertising (Firm 2nd Dist. Council Candidate Cindy Allen Says She Sold in Oct. 2019); Last Week, LBREPORT.com Made Public Records Request To See Who Signed It For ETA And City; City Att'y Office Says No Such Document Has Been Prepared Or Signed
    Mar. 5 Election Count Update With Currently Unknown Number Of LB Ballots Not Yet Counted:
  • Measure A Sales Tax Extension Continues Failing Passage, Now By 210 Vote Margin Out Of Nearly 56,000 Ballots Counted (Too Close To Call)
  • Reform Ticket 8th Dist. Candidate Ovalle Currently 144 Votes Behind Thrash-Ntuk Who's 22 Votes Behind Incumbent Austin; Top Two Finishers Head To Runoff
    Latest Update Shows 8th Dist. Reform Ticket Ovalle 148 Votes (30.63%) Behind Thrash-Ntuk (33.81%); One Will Face Incumbent Austin (35.36%) In November; Measure A Sales Tax Extension Within 29 Votes Of Passing
    LB Voters Speak:
  • Send Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox Into Runoff With Garcia/Council Majority/Police/Firefighter Union Backed Cindy Allen
  • Organized-Labor Backed Saro Will Face Mayor/Police-Firefighter Union Backed Incumbent Andrews
  • Garcia/Police-Firefighter Union Backed Incumbent Austin Prepares To Face Organized-Labor Backed Thrash-Ntuk (Currently Leading Reform Ticket Ovalle By 151 Votes)
  • Measure A (Mayor/Council/Police-Firefighter Union Backed) Permanent Sales Tax Narrowly Failing But Too Close To Call w/ Provisional & Late Arriving Vote By Mail Ballots Not Yet Counted; Measure B (Hotel Room Tax Increase) Passing
    February 2020 Ends With Fifth Shooting Crime Scene (Includes A Homicide) In 1st Council District; Casings Found Area Golden Ave./6th St., No Persons Hit
    Organizers Abruptly Cancel Annual LB Convention Ctr Shipping/Logistics Conference (TPM20) Citing Concerns Over Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Naming Names On AB 109 (Past Sac'to Action With Present LB Consequences); November Ballot Measure Will Let LB and CA Voters Undo Parts Of What Sac'to Did
  • VIDEO On-Demand (As Seen LIVE): President Trump, VP Pence, HHS Sec'y Azar & Dr. Fauci Hold Press Briefing w/ Significant Developments re Coronavirus
    Sac'to Assembly Dems -- Incl. O'Donnell, Gipson and Rendon -- Refuse To Allow Immediate Vote On Repub-Backed AB 1928 To Suspend Enforcement Of AB 5 While Sac'to Lawmakers Mull Amendments To "Gig Economy" Bill; Dem Gonzalez-Fletcher Introduces Tweaks For Freelance Writers, Photogs and Journalists, More Coming
    VIDEO (As seen LIVE: CA Governor Newsom + CA Health Officials re Sac'to Response To Escalating Concern Over Novel Coronavirus, Acknowledge First CA Case Of Person-to-Person Transmission (Not Linked To Travel Or Other Risks)
    LBFD + City-Hired Firm Quietly Considering If Technical Fix Might Sufficiently Abate Mold At Closed Fire Stn 9, Possibly Allow Re-Occupancy For Some Period Of All Or Part Of Bixby Knolls Station
    Robert Garcia's 2014 Mayoral Campaign Said Cindy Allen-Owned ETA Advertising Performed Nearly $11,000 In Services For Which Garcia Campaign Never Paid; After His Election, His Campaign Labeled The Sum An "Overestimate"; In 2015, ETA Used City's Public RFP Process To Propose Providing Various Services To City Hall, Was Among Eight Firms Chosen To Do So And Received $160,000 Two-Year Contract (Since Amended And Extended)
    Several Vehicles Struck By Gunfire, 1900 block MLK; No Persons Hit
    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
    Another L.A. County-Run Election Snafu: On Sat Feb 22, At Least One Of LB's "Early Voting" Locations Didn't Receive Any Equipment Or Supplies, Voters Turned Away
    Man Armed With Shotgun Allegedly Opens Fire Outside Restaurant (Atlantic Just North of Market) Hitting A Man And A Woman, Then Allegedly Shoots At Arriving Police; Shooter Is Dead; One Shooting Victim Last Reported In Critical Condition

    Man Says He Was Shot/Wounded WLB Area Anaheim St/710Fwy; LBPD Finds Blood Splatter 1500 W. 15th St.
    Afternoon Gunfire In Or Near Wrigley's Veterans Park; Gun Casings Found, No Persons Appear Hit
    In Depth w/ AUDIO: Councilmembers Signal Support For Using $1.5 Million From Measure A To Install Artificial Turf Soccer Field In EL Dorado Park; None Mention Cost But Taxpayer Ann Cantrell Does; Mayor Garcia Praises The Project, Councilwoman Mungo Defends City's Hall Record, And Her Own, On Measure A

    Image source: City management agendizing memo
    Freelancers Fume Over AB 5: Sac'to Dems Mull Tweaks/Amendments But Defend Limits On Workers Choices; Repub Assemblyman Kiley Says He'll Seek Feb. 27 Ass'y Floor Vote On His AB 1928 To Halt Enforcement/Repeal AB 5
    LB's 3rd Murder By Shooting In 2020 Is Drive-By In NW NLB, Also Wounds A Man; It's 7th Time In 9 Months Gunfire Has Impacted Coolidge Triangle Neighborhood
    Special Report: Five Years Ago: Explosion Nearly Triggered Mass Casualty Release of MHF At Torrance (ToRC) Refinery; Wilmington Valero Refinery Bordering LB Is Only Other CA Refinery That Uses It, Here's What Has And Hasn't Happened Since Then

    LBPD Officers Working Violent Crime Task Force (Area MLK/19th) Try To Stop Man On Bicycle; He Allegedly Runs And Remained Uncooperative Despite Electronic Weapon, Allegedly Brandished Firearm And Fires At Least One Shot; Officers Shoot Suspect; He Doesn't Survive

    LBPD released photo showing weapon recovered "believed to be in possession" of the suspect.
    Shots Fired, Casings Found, No Persons Appear Hit, 800 block Termino (3rd district)
    Mayor Garcia Transmits Tweetstorm From Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas) Urging Dem Voters To Nominate Biden For President
    Man Is Shot/Killed Overnight In East Village (6th St. b/w Atlantic/Alamitos, 1st Dist.)
    L.A. County Sent Some Sample Ballots (Containing The Pro-Con Arguments On LB Tax Measure And Council Candidate Statements) Weeks After Vote-by-Mail Ballots Arrived And Based Its Mailing Schedule In Part On Voter's Political Party Registration
    With Extended On-Demand VIDEO: See/Hear Full Comments By Long Beach Police Chief Luna Urging "Hard Look" At Effects Of Some Recent Criminal/Social Justice Changes/Reforms As LBPD Announces Arrests Of Three Juveniles For Two LB Murders + One Attempted Murder + Five Non-fatal Shootings Since Nov. 21
    Who Or What Farted (Again)? Another Long Beach-Area Mystery Stink As Hours Of Area Odor (Rotten Egg/Sulfur Type) Reported Along Shoreline From Downtown Eastward And Inland
    VIDEO + Audio Podcast ON-DEMAND: See / Hear 8th Dist. Council Incumbent Austin vs. Challengers Ovalle & Thrash-Ntuk On Homeless, Measure A Tax, Public Safety, City Budgets, Campaign Contribs And More

    City Quietly Admits It Doesn't Have Publicly Presentable Promised Audits Of 2016 Measure A Funds Thru 2018...But Says It'll Do So For 2019 Forward (As City Seeks Voter Approval For "Measure A-Forever" Tax)
    City Survey Shows Roughly A Third Of LB's Magnolia Trees Show Some Impact Of Tulip Tree Scale, Weakening Them/Potentially Dooming Some Of Them, Dropping Sticky Goo On Sidewalks, Streets And Parked Vehicles
    LB Health Dept Investigating Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated With DTLB's 555 East American Steakhouse; No Current Threat But Those Who Ate There Around Xmas Eve May Have Been Exposed; Here'sWhat To Do
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 1400 block St. Louis (4th Dist.)
    Two Men Shot/Wounded 1000 block E. 16th St. (Near Poly High Athletic Field/CA Rec Center, 6th dist.)
    Drive-By Shooting Wounds 17 Yr Old, 5800 block Brayton (9th Dist. Near 8th Dist Border)
    Should Council Allow "Micro-Housing-Units" (Possibly 300-350 Sq. Ft) In These LB Areas? City Staff Will Bring Pilot Plan To Council (Part Of Affordable Housing Options Council Requested In 2017)

    Dual VIDEO & Audio Podcast Coverage: See/Hear 6th Dist (South Wrigley/Central LB/Cambodia Town) Council Incumbent Andrews + Four Challengers On Density, Homeless, Measure A-Forever Tax, Restoring Police, Restoring Public's Right To Agendize Council Items And More
    Second Drake-Park Area Shooting Within Two Days: 16 Yr Old Boy Is Shot/Wounded (1st dist)
    LB Business Journal Acquired By Pacific6 Local Corporate Conglomerate That Owns/Operates LBPost.com
    20 Yr Old Man & 16 Yr Old Girl Shot Overnight, Willmore/Drake Park Area (1st dist)
    Perspective: Long Beach Mayor Garcia Is In Iowa Stumping For Biden (Who Seeks To Derail Sanders, Warren And Others)
    City's Economic Development Dept. Offers Three Locations In El Dorado Park For Commercial/Retail Concessions, Comm'l Real Estate Broker Details City's Invited Proposals
    Gunman Opens Fire On A Man And A Woman Walking on Lemon Ave. (6th Dist. Just North of PCH/Near LBCC); Man Is Hit/Wounded
    SB 50, Sac'to Attempt To Increase Housing Production By Imposing Housing Density Overriding Aspects Of Local Zoning On Sac'to Approved Terms, FAILS By Three Votes (Despite Reconsideration), Won't Advance To Assembly
  • Opposition mainly by LA-area Democrats stopped it; LB's Mayor/Council took no position on SB 50 as amended
  • Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA Coounty) voted "yes"; Senator Tom Umberg (D, SE LB-west OC) was among six Senators not casting vote
    With Ballots About to Arrive, City Mgm't (Fire Chief) Memo Credits Measure A Sales Tax For New Stn 9 Site (Still Under Negotiation/Slated for Future Closed Session), Says "Minimal Impact" Thus Far On Response Times (Doesn't Mention Delayed Response To Awaida Family Triple Fatality)<
    Subsequent development above
    Developing: SB 50 As Amended -- Would Increase Housing Density With Some Local Flexibility On Sac'to Allowed Terms -- Fails Senate Approval By Three Votes BUT Reconsideration Granted Allowing Add'l Vote Jan. 30; LB Senator Gonzalez Votes "Yes"; Senator Umberg Doesn't Vote; LB Mayor/Council Took No Position On Bill As Amended
    Los Angeles and OC Health Depts. Report Their First Cases Of Aggressive Chinese Coronavirus

  • Candles in the Wind: Woman Who Perished (Pedestrian Attempting To Cross Palo Verde Ave.) Lost Her Twin Sister Nine Years Earlier In Vehicle Crash; Heartbreaking "Go Fund Me" Page Tells The Story

    Combative And Financially Competitive City Council Races Developing: See Most Recent Campaign Cash On Hand Totals
    Councilman Richardson In New Zealand/Australia Meeting With Their Gov't Ministries To See How They Impose Charges On Their Drivers
    "I Traveled To New Zealand And Australia With Group From Southern California Ass'n Of Governments Because..."
    by Councilman Rex Richardson *
    * Councilman Richardson represents LB's 9th Council district (LB mainly north of South St.) and is 1st Vice President of SCAG's 86-member policy-setting Regional Council.

    Woman Is Fatally Shot, Man Is Wounded, 1600 block W. 19th St.; LBPD Says Its Preliminary Investigation Evidence Suggests "Long-Term Ongoing Personal Dispute" Between Arrested Suspect And Shooting Victims
    Woman Tries To Cross Palo Verde Ave. North of Atherton At Midblock, Is Struck By Vehicle And Perishes; PD Says Speed/Cell Phone Districtation/DUI Not Considered Factors
    Follow the Money: LB Police Officers Union Gives Whopping $200,000 Lump Sum Contribution To Garcia-Run Committee To Fund Campaign For Permanent "Measure A" (Blank Check) LB Sales Tax
    Vandals/Thieves Smash Windows Of At Least 20 (Perhaps Up To 40) Parked Vehicles, Allegedly Steal Cash From Several Vehicles And A Wallet From At Least One, In ELB's 4th Council Dist (Ransom St. b/w PCH-Anaheim, East of Redondo)
    As seen LIVE: Council votes to deny appeals, sends $85 million (Tidelands funds) revised Belmont Beach and Aquatic Center to Coastal Comm'n (which will decide its fate; appellants plan to appeal.) Should Your Councilmember Vote To Pursue $85 Mil Redesigned/Downsized Belmont Beach Pool/Aquatic Center? Aquatics Supporters Say It's Overdue; Opponents Say It Belongs Elsewhere In The City Without Sea Level Rise And Seismic Risks At Less Cost

    As seen LIVE, no Councilmember mentions "no kill" in discussing LB animal shelter policies; Council motion seeks city management report on issues that have arisen under City's current long-term lease with SPCA-LA before pursuing memorandum of understanding/operating agreement recommended by city management to clarify operational relationship with the group. City Mgm't Plans Council Presentation On Its Animal Shelter Less-Than-No-Kill "Compassion Saves" Practices And Possibly Recommend MOU With SPCA-LA; Both Stances Collide With Positions Of No Kill LB And A Number Of LB Animal Advocates
    by Juli Mullholland
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    Couple Is Robbed/Injured Exiting Vehicle In Los Cerritos/Virginia Country Club Neighborhood; Suspect Flees Before LBPD Arrives...And Weapon Used Was A BB Gun
    Freelance Musicians, Writers And Others Fume On Facebook, Charge AB 5 Interferes With Their Ability To Work As Independent Contractors; All LB Dem Senators/Assemblymembers Voted For It; AB 5's Author (SD Dem Assemblywoman) May Offer Tweaks
    UPDATE: Gov. Newsom asks state lawmakers to allocate $21 mil in FY21 budget for investigations & enforcement
    Two 1st Dist. Shootings In First Two Days of MLK Weekend: (1) 7th/Cedar: Man Is Shot Trying To Prevent Two Suspects (One Believed Known To Him) From Allegedly Stealing His Car (2) 1500 block Chestnut: Two People Shot-At (Rounds Miss)
    Long Beach Mayor/Council Fail To Agendize Voted Position On SB 50 As Amended, Would Mandate Increased Housing Density On Sac'to Approved Terms, Overriding Locally Decided Single Family Home Zoning; City Currently Has No Position On Bill As Amended As It Moves Within Days Of State Senate Vote
    LBPD Suspects 2 Yr Old Child Murdered In Willmore City (In Vehicle Or Residence, Area 900 Block Daisy); Seeks Public's Assistance, Asks Witnesses To Come Forward; See LBPD Release Text
    LBPD East Division Teamwork: Officers Respond To 4th Dist Shots Fired (Loma/15th), Radio Suspect Vehicle Description To Assisting Officers; They Spot Suspect Vehicle, Seek To Make Traffic Stop; Suspect Flees, Crashes At Anaheim/LB Blvd., Is Arrested And Handgun Recovered
    Full Text of Release By Urban Commons (City's Queen Mary Lessee/Operator/Developer Of Adjacent Land) Following Mayor Garcia's State of the City Message
    Complete Text As Prepared For Delivery Of Mayor Garcia's 2020 State of the City Message
    Former 8th District Councilmembers Rae Gabelich & Jeff Kellogg Endorse Juan Ovalle To Represent 8th District; Former Mayor O'Neill, A Peninsula Resident, Joins Downtown Resident Mayor Garcia In Supporting Third Term For Incumbent Al Austin
    In Detail: Governor-Chosen Homeless Task Force Urges State Constitutional Amendment Requiring Cities And State To Fund & Enable Rapid Siting For Homeless-Related Housing Or Face Lawsuits, Possible Court Orders
    Two Men Shot/Wounded, 1100 block E. Artesia, LBPD Suspects Site Involved Illegal Gambling
    Jan. 14 UPDATE: A few hours after LBREPORT.com reported the story below, LBPD's full year 2019 crime numbers (citywide and by LBPD Divisions) materialized on LBPD's website. Perspective: City Issues This Release On Long Beach 2019 Year End Crime Stats; It's Mainly Narrative With Few Numbers And These Omissions
    Special Report / In Depth / AUDIO: Long Beach State Senator Lena Gonzalez Votes To Kill SB 640 That Would Have Allowed Intervention To Treat Severely Mentally Ill Homeless

    In Depth / Developing: With Sac'to Poised To Decide Within Days, LB City Hall Has No Position On SB 50 As Amended That Could Override Single Family Home Zoning And Require Increased Total Residential Density Citywide
    For Your Neighborhood Or Nearby And Statewide: NLB Assemblyman Gipson Co-Authors Bill That Would Erase Public's Right To Raise Neighborhood Impacting CEQA Issues Re Emergency Shelters, Supportive Housing And "Affordable" Housing Projects Proposed In Mixed-Use, Non-Residential Or Infill Sites
    LB Animal Shelter Says It Finished Decade With Fewest Dog/Cat Euthanasias & Highest Live Releases Ever...But No Kill Long Beach Says It's Skeptical Of Some Figures And Faults Mayor/Council For Resisting Add'l Changes
    LB Mayor Garcia -- Who Backed Kamala (2019) and Hillary (2016) Over Bernie -- Now Backs Biden For President
    UPDATE: Garcia's move comes after several other CA Dem pols endorsed Biden
    Council Votes 5-4 NOT To Ask City Att'y To Draft Debt-Bond/Property Tax Increase Nov.2020 Ballot Measure, Supports Suzie Price Substitute Motion To Seek Mgm't Report On Currently Available Fed/State Funds; Doesn't Rule Out Future Ballot Measure Not Focused on Property Owners Or At Lesser Cost
    Vice Mayor Andrews Notified City Clerk To Remove His Name As Co-Agendizer of Richardson Debt-Bond/Property Tax Increase At Midmorning Monday; His Flip On Item He'd Co-Agendized Assured Its Failure
    Eight Councilmembers (Austin Dissenting) Vote To Approve Mayor/Mungo Proposal To Spend Estimated $87,000 More Annually (Gen'l Fund) To Pay All Mayor-Chosen Appointees To City Hall "Advisory" Comm'ns And Double Sums Payable To Charter Comm'ns
    As seen LIVE: Council votes to deny appeals, approve development with two conditions added on motion by Price.. Council Will Hear/Decide Appeals Seeking EIR For Proposed Studebaker/Loynes Business/Industrial Development

    Source: Architect rendering attached to city agendized hearing materials
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