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New / Perspective: These Long Beach Councilmembers Have Quietly Pocketed These Taxpayer Sums Each Time They've Attended "Meetings" -- Most One To Four Minutes Long -- Of This City Hall Body; Yes, They Could Change This
New: Property Owners In Over Half Of LB Block City Hall-Effort To Make Them Pay "Benefit Assessment" For Mosquito Abatement/Vector Control Currently Provided By LB Health Dept
New: Woman's Vehicle Struck By Gunfire On Atlantic Ave. in (Prelim Info) NLB North of 91
New: Cong. Lowenthal Among 95 House Dems (See Full List) Voting To Dissent From House Dem Leadership And Proceed To Debate This Measure (See Text) To Impeach President Trump
New: He Dated Her. LBPD Believes He Shot/Killed Her. And Yesterday He Walked Into LBPD HQ (Just Blocks From Crime Scene) And Surrendered
New: No Dissent, Council Votes To Approve Ballot Text, Declare "Fiscal Emergency," Police & Firefighter Unions Voice Lockstep Support For March 2020 Ballot Measure To Extend Measure A "Blank Check" Sales Tax Basically Permanently
  • No candidates, organizations or neighborhood groups speak pro or con
  • In coming weeks (as with Measure A) mgm't will bring Council text of non-binding resolution reciting Council's "intent" to use the revenue for certain purposes, including Community Hospital deal
    New: Council's Housing & Neighborhoods Committee (Andrews, Supernaw, Austin) Votes 3-0 To Recommend Council Approve Council Proposed Renaming Of LB's Main Library As "Billie Jean King Main Library"
    New / VIDEO: "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The Broadway Diet Has Got To Go" Chant Riled Residents As Drivers Honk Protesting City Hall Installed "Road Diet"

    Photo credit: Diana Lejins
    AND
    New / VIDEO: One Of A Handful Of Bike-Riding Counter-Protesters At Broadway Road Diet Protest Is COO Of LLC With A $1.4 Mil Contract To Run City's Bike Share Program; Two Days Earlier, Someone Sideswiped His Small Truck Parked Along Narrowed Broadway Corridor, Knocked Off His Driver-Door Mirror And His Reponse Was...(see VIDEO)
    New / In Depth / Perspective: Major Clean Air Advocacy Group + Grassroots Group Seeking Phase-Out Of Mass-Casualty-Risking MHF Urged Gov. Newsom To Pick New AQMD Boardmember Reflecting Those Concerns; He Chose Someone Who Worked For Exxon-Mobil For Four Yrs; Here's What Happens Next And How LB Officials And Grassroots Groups Can Be Involved (Or Not)








  • LB Has 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th<, 37th 38th Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Non-Fatal + No-Person-Hit) Since May 7. Click maps below 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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    At His First Fundraiser, 2nd Dist. Council Candidate Robert Fox Says City Should Buy Underperforming Business Properties Along Broadway ("Three In A Row") And Build Neighborhood-Friendly Parking Structures (Commercial By Day/Neighborhood By Night); Commits To Deposit $50,000 Of His Money In Campaign, Says He'll Work To Bring "Common Sense" Back To Council


    Long Beach Will Soon Get Its First Homeless "Navigation Center." What's That And Where Will It Be?
    Council Incumbent Pearce Issues Statement Listing Coming Changes Along Broadway Corridor "Road Diet"; Candidate Fox Calls "Tweaks" Insufficient, Says Reconfiguration Needed, Blasts Pearce For Costs
    Pearce's statement comes hours before Fox's first campaign fundraiser, two days before planned anti-road diet demonstration
    AND
    2nd Dist. Candidates Robert Fox & Jeanette Barrera Say This Re 2nd Dist. Council Incumbent Jeannine Pearce Facebook Statement Re Broadway Road Diet
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Sent Low-Visibility Letter Two Days Before Major SCAQMD Committee Vote On Politically-Polarized Public Safety-Impactful Issue, Saying He Supports Phase-Out On Use Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) At Two Area Refineries (Valero Wilmington And Torrance ToRC)
    Committee narrowly voted against pursuing phase-out/ban; Mayor declined to sign such a letter six months ago; issue not agendized for Council policy-setting vote
    4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill Advances Toward Assembly Vote After Senate Passage; Gov. Brown Vetoed It; What Will Gov. Newsom Do?
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Overnight, Area 14th/Chestnut (Near 14th St. Park/Washington Middle School, 1st Dist.) It's Just Over A Mile Due North Of New Civic Center, 37th LB Shooting Crime Scene (Fatal + Wounding + No-Person-Hit) Since May 7
    Homicide Suspect (White Male, 30-35 Yrs) And Homicide Victim Were Known To Each Other; Coroner Says Victim Was Hispanic Female In Her 40's (ID Pending Next of Kin); Woman Is Fatally Shot, 300 block Magnolia Ave.; LBPD Says Suspect Is A Man, Gets Search Warrant For Nearby Residence, Deploys SWAT, Residence Found Vacant

    Red (interior) crime scene tape indicates crime scene area, view looking south on Magnolia from 4th St. Photo via Gary Shelton
    UPDATED w/ Councilwoman Pearce Response: In April 2019, Councilwoman Pearce Signs/Files "Statement of Economic Interests" Under Penalty Of Perjury Listing No Sources Of "Income, Loans, & Business Positions" In 2018; In July, She Files Amendment, Indicates She Received $5,000 - $50,000 From These Five Sources
    Cambodia-Town Shots Fired, Casings Found, No Persons Hit, 1400 block Gardenia (border 4th/6th districts); It's 35th LB Shooting Crime Scene (Fatal + Wounding + No Persons Hit) Since May 7 (65 Days)
    Statewide Rent Cap Bill -- Amended To Include "Just Cause" Eviction Req'ts And Landlord Payment Of Tenant Relocation Sum Added -- Passes Senate Committee With "Yes" Vote Of Newly Elected LB-Area State Senator Lena Gonzalez
    AND
    AUDIO: State Senator Lena Gonzalez Likens SB 1482 -- Annual Rent Cap + "Just Cause" Eviction Req'ts + Landlord Payment Of Tenant Relocation Sum -- To Long Beach Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance That Council Enacted (6-3) In June (On Her Motion)
    See What City Att'y Proposes To Show Voters On Ballot When They Vote On Extending Blank Check Tax; If Council Approves It On July 16, A New State Law May Give Taxpayers Some New Teeth To Seek Changes


    TWO NLB Shooting Crime Scenes Within Two Hours (No Persons Hit); At First Location, Two People Are Stabbed In A Fight; At Second Location, Casings Found About A Block From Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library; They're LB's 33rd and 34th Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Wounding + No Persons Hit) Since May 7 (63 Days)
    Pearce Lectures Public On "Equity" And "Inclusion" While Multiple LB Library Supporters Call Proposal To Add LB Tennis Star Billie Jean King's Name Unnecessary And Inappropriate And Urge Retaining "LB Main Library" Name; Council Majority + Mayor Signal Their Support For Renaming
    Council votes 7-0 to send it to Council Committee for "Recommendation" before final vote
    With Or Without Billie Jean King's Name, LB Taxpayers Will Get New Main Library Bldg. That's 30% Smaller And Without Former Public Auditorium
    AND
    In Depth Coverage / Perspective: Here's Portion Of Pitch By Civic Center Developer/Operator, Recommended By City Mgm't And Approved By City Council, That Begat New LB Main Library Bldg. 30% Smaller Than Taxpayers Had

    Image source: Arrow re library added to image via Mayor Garcia Dec. 16, 2016 release
    Three-Judge Fed'l Appeals Court (NY) Unanimously Rules 1st Amendment Prevents Gov't Officials From Blocking Comments Critical Of Them/Gov't Policies On Their Otherwise Open Social Network Pages
  • Read full opinion here
    LB Can Expect To Feel Add'l Quakes, Most Smaller But Chance Of Larger One Than Fri. 7.1 Near Ridgecrest (Felt As Roller Here)
    LB Dispatch Center Received 639 Fireworks Related Calls b/w July 1-4 (Down 35%); LBPD Issued 36 Fireworks Related Citations (No Arrests) July 4 Following Council Decision To Rely On "Celebrate Safely" Messages Without Pursuing Administrative Enforcement
    LBPD Investigators Now Believe July 4 Gunfire Area PCH/Walnut-Gaviota -- That Caused Officers To Take Cover -- Was "Likely Multiple Shooters Involved In A Separate Incident" Not Targeting Officers, Investigation Continues
    It was 31st LB shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no-persons hit) since May 7
    Wrigley, NLB Neighborhoods Hammered (Again) By July 4th Mortar-Launched + Ground Based Explosives
  • North Long Beach News publisher livestreams conditions visible in northern part of 8th dist.
  • Wrigley residents decry chronic activity preceding July 4th
    Bullet Flies Thru Woman's Wrigley Area Window July 4th
    Councilmembers Pearce, Andrews, Austin And Richardson Propose Naming New Civic Center Library For LB-Local: "Billie Jean King Main Library"; They Present Multiple Supportive Letters/Petitions And Include A Personal Letter From Ms. King Saying It's "Deeply Humbling" And "Honor Would Represent My Life Coming Full Circle"
    Upstart Group Signs "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"
    We publish its defiant text


    Long Beach Rolls From North Mojave Desert 6.4 Mag Quake (130 Miles Away)
    Subsequent updated information above:
    Officers Hear Gunfire, And It Appears Some Person(s) Shot At Them, 1600 block E. PCH (Just East of LBCC Campus Near Chittick Field, 6th dist.); Officers Take Cover/None Hit, SWAT Activated, Suspect(s) Not Yet Identified

    6:30 a.m., PCH @ Cherry, looking west
    30TH LB Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Someone Shoots At Two People, Misses Hitting Them, Area 14th St. West Of Junipero (4th Dist.)
    Mayor Garcia + Council Incumbents + Police / Fire Union Leaders Signal Lockstep Support For March 2020 Ballot Measure To Extend Measure A "Blank Check" Sales Tax Permanently
  • No candidates seeking to replace Council incumbents speak
  • Taxpayer Joe Weinstein, PhD opposes, citing City spending for extravagant items, failure to restore approx. 200 police and misleading previous ballot measure statements to voters

  • LBPD Announces It Will Use "Neighborhood Safe Streets" Funds -- City Gen'l Fund Sums Currently Allocated For Discretionary Use By Each LBPD Division Commander -- To Deploy Add'l Resources In Key Areas/Increase Visibility Patrols Along Anaheim St. Corridor And Throughout South Patrol Division
    City-Run/State Taxpayer-Funded Program To Offer Parking Lot Spaces For Homeless Persons Living/Sleeping In Vehicles ("Safe Parking") Will Begin By End Of September With Pilot/Test Of 20 Spaces Citywide; City Council Voted Last Year To Start It; LB Health Dept. Will Run It, Won't Say (Yet) Where The Parking Lot Spaces Will Be (Not Yet Decided) But Says It's Working With "Faith-Based Groups"
    Gov. Newsom + Sac'to Dem Legislative Leaders Agree To Advance Sweeping Bill Empowering State To Sue/Courts To Fine Cities That Don't Meet Sac'to Standards On Housing Plans, Offers State Taxpayer Dollars To Cities That Adopt "Prohousing" Increased Density/Less Parking And Allows Major Homeless Facilities "By Right" In Some Neighborhoods. It Runs Counter To LB Council-Stated Policies On Local Control
    Councilman Richardson Ducks Our Questions Texted Us This Response Last Week That We Didn't Receive (Because It Went To Non-Text Number) But We Know More And LBREPORT.com Connects These Dots On The "Lift Up Long Beach Families - Rex Richardson Ballot Measure Committee"
    TWENTY-EIGHTH And TWENTY-NINTH -- Incl. A Homicide -- Shooting Crime Scenes Since May 7: Approx 4 p.m.: A Boy Is Shot/Wounded Atlantic Hill (6th Dist); Approx. 8:30 p.m., A Boy Is Shot/Wounded AND A Man Is Shot/Killed, 1200 Block MLK (6th Dist.)
    UPDATE: Homicide victim is ID'd (25 yr old man who had two passengers (adults) in vehicle with him, drove himself to hospital and perished); boy wounded in shooting was unintended target walking nearby
    City Mgm't Memo Offers Council These Reasons To Renege On Their June 2016 Promised Sales Tax Reduction/Phase Out, Enable March 2020 Ballot Measure To Perpetuate "Measure A" Sales Tax In Perpetuity
    TWENTY-SIXTH And TWENTY-SEVENTH Shooting Crime Scenes Since May 7: Two Blocks Apart, Six Days Apart, Casings Found, No-Persons-Hit, Neighborhood Along/Near Orange Ave. South Of Hill St.
    With Perspective: Memo To Mayor/Council Suggests Plan To Quietly Raise And Possibly Expand Sums ("Stipends") Paid To City Hall Appointees To "Advisory" Bodies, Fog Taxpayer Cost Within Upcoming Budget Items, And Thereafter Implement Controversial Restrictions On What Advisory Bodies Can/Can't Advise
    Detailed Coverage: Corps of Engineers Told City BOTH Breakwater Modification Options Aren't Viable, Says BOTH Would "Significantly Reduce" Navy Operational Capacity & Other Maritime Operations; COE Won't Study Further Removal Of Eastern Breakwater Section BUT Is Open To City Conducting -- At City's Expense -- Add'l Analysis Of Notches In Western Breakwater To Reduce Impacts But No Guarantees On Ultimate Decision
    City Att'y Publicly Tells Mayor/Council: No Legal Issue Under City's Lease With SPCA-L.A. With City Allowing Sign Promoting Animal Adoptions From City Shelter
    Perspective / Viewpoints

    UPDATE: Council votes without dissent to approve Opinion: Your Councilmember Will Vote On Whether To Tilt/Rig The Outcome Of March 2020 Election On City Hall-Sought Permanent "Blank Check" Sales Tax


    UPDATE: Council votes without dissent to approve consent calendar without discussion. No member(s) of the public or organizations speak to the Mayor's Honolulu travel. Editorial: Mayor Seeks "Consent Calendar" -- No Council Discussion -- Of Taxpayer Costs For His Honolulu Junket...That He Could Pay For Using His Contributor-Funded Officeholder Account Instead
    Editorial: Jan. 2019: Mayor Garcia Tells "State of the City" LB Has "Fiscally Responsible Gov't"; July 2019: Mayor Seeks Council-Declared "Fiscal Emergency," Returns From Honolulu Junket, Agendizes "Consent Calendar" (No Discussion Sought) Council Item Claiming No Fiscal Impact From Trips He Could Pay For -- But Doesn't -- Using His Now Contributor-Funded Officeholder Account
    Perspecive: He's Paid $100k+ Salary By Union Whose PAC Gave These Contribs to Mayor/Several Council Incumbents; He Moved Into LB In 2017 And Within Weeks Mayor/Council Put Him On Planning Comm'n; Now They Just Reapponted Him For Four More Yrs
    Perspective/Opinion: Priorities: Neither Long Beach Mayor Garcia Nor Any LB Councilmember(s) Agendize 21 Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Wounding + No Persons Hit) Since May 5 For June 11 or (Thus Far) June 18 Council Discussion/Action; Mayor Adds Agendized Farewell Ceremony for Councilwoman now state-Senator-Elect Gonzalez
    Perspective / Opinion / AUDIO: On April 30, Long Beach City Council's Public Safety Committee Met; Price and Austin Mum Re Restoring LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit And Supernaw Offered This Reasoning To Rationalize NOT Restoring It; Since Then, LB Has Had 21 Shooting Crime Scenes (None In His District)
    Opinion: Listen, Speak, Communicate Openly To Protect Students Facing Rising Tide Of Violence Around Some LB Schools
    by Tonia Reyes Uranga
    Ms. Reyes Uranga was the 7th dist. Councilwoman 2002-2010. She is the spouse of current 7th dist. Councilman Roberto Uranga
    Editorial: Tuesday May 14 Will Show If Your Councilmember Will Defend, Preserve And Protect Your Rights To Speak/Be Heard At Council Meetings...Or Move To Reduce/Erase Them
    Perspective: Will LB Council Vote Nixing No-Kill Animal Shelter And Dissing Its Advocates Sway Votes In Current And Coming LB Elections?
    Council's May 7 Choice: Approve Verbally Fogged Animal Shelter Killing Policies Or Allow Overdue Agendized Discussion Of No-Kill Shelter Policies
    Editorial: LB Animal Shelter Advocacy: An Appreciation And Caution To Ignore Promises, Judge Actions, Keep Pressure On And Practice "Trust But Verify"
    Publisher's Perspective: Competitor Declines LBREPORT.com's Offer To Co-Host State Senate Candidate Debate
    City Hall Is Concealing Its Animal Shelter Report So Public (And Press) Can't Study It Before "Study Session"; Here's What To Do About It
    Opinion: Long Beach Suddenly Lurches Toward Rent Control
    by Ian Patton *
    * Mr. Patton is a political consultant with Cal Heights Consultancy, owner of a small, family-run rental property, and volunteer executive director of the Long Beach Reform Coalition (a local government accountability network, which has not taken a position on rent control or other housing issues, but includes member organizations which may have positions on those issues.)

    Perspectives / Opinions: Veteran LB Journalist/Q Voice News Founder/Publisher Phillip Zonkel Opines State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Has Shown "Poor Leadership On LGBTQ Issues"; Gonzalez Supporter Cory Allen Responds
    Opinion: Unwisely Trying To Cover A Camera Lens Then, But Actually Worse Now Because...

    Screen save from LBREPORT.com video following 1st Council district FY17 Community Budget meeting, Aug. 25, 2016
    Opinion: State Candidate Gonzalez's Silence On Our Straightforward Newsworthy Questions (Re Bills To Tax Big Oil, Override Local Zoning To Incentivize Low Income Housing, And Former Sen. Lara's Record) Has Become Independently Newsworthy; Since She Hasn't Answered For Over Ten Days, We Went To A "Meet Lena" Event, And...
    Statement by the Publisher: Pitching the Angels
    Editorial: Council's Public Safety Committee Will Meet Tuesday, Hasn't Agendized These Issues But Should
    LB Serf Report: A "Deal" For Community Hospital?
    Editorial: At Council Meetings, LB Councilmembers And Mayor Shrug This LB Law That Applies To Them
    Editorial: Shrugging Public Safety Reality, Leadership of LB Police Union Endorses Councilwoman Gonzales For State Senate
    Editorial: Homeless Shelter Costs For Grownups: Will LB Councilmembers Pursue Pesky Questions And Demand Meaningful Answers To Taxpayer Issues Re 24-Hour Homeless Facility?

    LBREPORT.com photo

    Perspective: State Senate Committee Enacts New Rule For Its Meetings, Won't Use Pronouns "He" Or "She," Specifies Gender-Neutral "They"; What's Next? Will LB-Area State Senate Candidates Propose This For Their Council Meetings?
    Amnesia File / Perspective: Mayor Garcia Said Long Beach Has "Fiscally Responsible Gov't"...So Why Don't LB Taxpayers Have 186 Citywide Deployable Cops LB Previously Had? Amnesia File: See What Taxpayers Had As Mayor Foster Presented His First Recommended Budget (FY07)
    Skepticism Warranted Over Some Of LBPD's Upcoming 2018 Crime Stats, Because...
    Opinion: Long Beach's 2018 "Outrage of the Year" And Its Impacts For 2019 And Beyond

    Editorial: Shots Fired (Again) In Long Beach Neighborhood Left These Bullet Casings Found By Resident; Gunfire-Location Technology Could Have Told Cops Shooting Site In Seconds To Help Nab Shooters Like This, But Long Beach Politicians Evade It, Because...

    Editorial: Should City Council Adopt These Just-Released Taxpayer-Costly, Neighborhood-Impacting Homeless / Low Income Housing Policies Without Asking What Public Thinks? See What Mayor-Picked "Task Force" Wants Council To Adopt
    Editorial: How Much, If Anything, Should LB Taxpayers Pay So A Private Entity Can Run A Smaller Version Of Community Hospital For Profit On Seismically-Challenged City Land? Public Deserves Overdue Discussion Of Taboo Taxpayer Topic With Overdue Reforms In Mayor/Council Contract Approval Process
    Perspective: "Animal Care Visioning Task Force" -- With No-Kill Leaders Muzzled From Membership By Mayor -- Let City Mgm't Run Its Latest Meeting, Offer Information Without Meaningful Challenge, Conduct Proceedings Nearly Inaudible By Audience And Let Public Speak Only After Discussion Of All Agendized Items Was Over


    Perspective: By The Numbers: Councilmembers Gonzalez & Andrews (And Former-Councilman/Now-Mayor Garcia) On Police Officers For LB Taxpayers














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    Reform Advocate Juan Ovalle Will Seek To Unseat 2-Term 8th dist. Incumbent (Seeking Third) Councilman Al Austin
    Ovalle's campaign release cites his priorities as public safety investment, environmental health/safety and gov't reform and accountability
    VIDOE + Photo Coverage: See / Hear Heartfelt Ceremony Renaming LBFD Training Center To Honor Capt. David Rosa VIDEO production by Max Pearl
    TWENTY-FIFTH Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Two Men Are Shot/Wounded, W. 31st St Along South Side Of Silverado Park

    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.
    City Mgm't Memo Offers Council These Reasons To Renege On Their June 2016 Promised Sales Tax Reduction/Phase Out, Enable March 2020 Ballot Measure To Perpetuate "Measure A" Sales Tax In Perpetuity
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: UPDATED w/ Add'l Info: Another LB Tax Increase Ballot Measure? Someone Has Filed Paperwork To Create "Lift Up Long Beach Families - Rex Richardson Ballot Measure Committee;" It's Scheduled A Downtown Fundraiser This Week With These Initial Supporters
    Continuing Coverage In Depth: AQMD Committee Votes 3-2 -- County Supervisor Hahn & Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Mitchell Dissenting -- To Pursue Memorandum of Understanding With Valero Wilmington And Torrance ToRC Refineries That Would Allow -- Not Phase Out -- Their Continued Use Of Modified Hydrofluroic Acid (MHF) With Enhanced "Mitigation If Released" Measures
  • Grassroots Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (consistent with previously voiced views of multiple area elected officials) urges phase out/ban on continued use of MHF, says MOU won't protect public from mass casualties (deaths or irreversible health effects) in catastrophic earthquake, explosion, equipment failure or intentional act
  • Politically active unions rep'ing refineries' workers, area business groups (incl. LB Area Chamber) and non-profits receiving financial support from refineries (including Boys & Girls Clubs of LB) support MOU allowing continued use of MHF
  • LB Mayor & Council mum on potential LB-impacting issue; Garcia refused to call for phase out/ban in January.

  • First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Over Six Months Ago, Long Beach Mayor Garcia Quietly Declined To Sign Letter Urging AQMD To Phase-Out/Ban Use Of Potentially Lethal MHF At LB-Adjacent Valero Wilmington & southbay Torrance ToRC Refineries; In Catastrophic Release, It Could Produce Mass Casualties (Deaths And Irreversible Health Damages) For Miles And Tanker Trucks Deliver It Using Area Fwys
    Viewpoint: Barely An Hour Before Latest Nature Center Fires, "Long Beach Accountability Action Group" Website Emailed Offices Of County Supervisor Hahn And Councilwoman Mungo Advising Of Continuing Homeless Issues, Cited Ineffective Actions After April 3 Nature Center Fire
    Perspective: With No Discussion Of Any Kind, Council Approves Spending $750,000 For Future "Furniture Enhancements" In New Civic Center (7-0, Richardson Absent, 1st dist. vacant)
    No Council member removes item from "consent calendar" for separate discussion, may be early example of Council's recently approved "streamlining" policies
    LB Public Works Holding Discussions/Seeking Options With "Leadership Long Beach" To Preserve/Relocate Mural Outside Council Chamber; No Decision Yet But Demolition/Destruction Not Imminent


    Fourth Candidate Surfaces Seeking Vacated 1st Council District Seat (In No-Runoff November Election): She's Mariela Salgado (Mayor-chosen/Council-approved appointee to LB's Parks/Recreation Comm'n) Council Votes 6-0 -- With Mungo Absent On Vote And Entering Roughly 20 Seconds After -- To Denounce Recently Enacted Georgia And Alabama Anti-Abortion Laws And Suspend City Travel/Contracts From Those States So Long As Those Bills Become Law
    TWENTY-FOURTH Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Someone Shoots At Man Sitting In Car Just West Of Coolidge Park (South of Artesia, West of L.A. River)
    TWENTY-THIRD Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Man Is Shot/Wounded, 2300 block MLK Ave. (6th Dist., near NAACP Freedom Park)
    Deterring Or Inviting Continued Fireworks Scofflaws? Your Councilmember (All Of Them) Accepted -- Without Agendizing For Public Discussion -- City Mgm't Recommendation We Reported Nearly Three Months Ago Against Using Administrative Enforcement (Fines Not Requiring "Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt.") It's Used By Several Other Cities. Here's What LB Council Accepted Instead
    LB Water Comm'n Votes To Approve 12% Rate Increase; Multiple public speakers spoke in opposition. Commission approval comes after LB voters approved by roughly 54% June 2018 City Hall-written Measure M (supported by Mayor, placed on ballot by City Council) that enabled -- although not required -- a transfer of up to 12% of funds Water Dept. determined "to be unnecessary to meet its obligations" and "to set, and the City Council to approve" rates "in an amount sufficient to recover the cost of Water (and Sewer) fund obligations." Item will now come to the City Council for approval subject to a Prop 218 protest hearing [in which over half of LB Water Dept. users would have to object to stop the increase.]. New litigation over Measure M is now pending.
    Subsequent development above
    Councilmembers Pearce, Price, Austin & Richardson Agendize June 18 Council Item To Denounce Newly Enacted Georgia And Alabama Anti-Abortion Laws And Suspend All City Travel + Contracts From Those States So Long As Those Bills Become Law
    Subsequent development above:
    For New Civic Center: Council Is Asked To OK Spending $750,000 For "Furniture Enhancements" Requested In The Future By Unspecified City Depts.
    Three Men Stabbed At Two Crime Scenes Overnight Along Downtown Pine Ave. (Area Broadway/3rd Sts.)
    Overnight Armed Robbery To ELB Business, Spring St./Los Coyotes Diagonal
    VIDEO: Robert Fox Announces He'll Enter 2nd District Council Race To Unseat First-Term Incumbent Pearce
    Speaking at meeting of Alamitos Beach Neighborhood Ass'n, he calls her unresponsive on Broadway "Road Diet," blasts her 2018 vote approving 2nd Dist. Land Use density-height increases, says City of LB currently operating in autocratic undemocratic manner

    Photo by Max Pearl
    TWENTY-SECOND Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Vehicle Struck By Gunfire, 1000 block Gardenia (just west of Cherry, border 2nd/4th districts near 6th)
    TWENTY-FIRST Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Man Is Shot/Wounded 68th St. East of Orange Ave.

    Special Event VIDEO Coverage: Uplifting Event: 5th Annual Jordan High College-Bound Grads Banner Unveiling Ceremony

    Perspective: Council Majority 6-3 Gives Final Approval To Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, But Is It Final? Supporter Austin And Dissenter Price Signal Possible Future Attempted Changes. And What About Next 1st Dist. Rep?
    LBPD -- Assisted by Savvy Dispatcher -- Locates And Detains, And LASD Subsequently Arrests, Suspect In Horrific Shooting Of Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy
    2400 block Granada, ELB

    EXTENDED AUDIO: If Part Of NYC Can (And Did) Stun Their Local Dem Party Establishment And Elect AOC To Congress, Will LB's Working Class 1st Council District Elect An Unabashed "Democratic Socialist" To City Council? Hear Elliot Gonzales In His Own Words
    Read What First Three Candidates Say, And Don't Say, In Seeking 1st Dist. Council Seat That Would Give Them Decisionmaking Power Over Spending Priorities And Multiple Policies Affecting Taxpayers/Neighborhoods Citywide)
    TWENTIETH Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Man Is Shot/Wounded Late Sun Afternoon, 6100 Block Atlantic (9th dist., Area Of Forthcoming "The Uptown" Comm'l Development)
    Crime scene is just north of double homicide four days earlier, 5500 block Atlantic (8th dist.)
    Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Midnight Next To 405/Palo Verde Exit, Came Close To Home On Fanwood; LBFD Hasn't Established Cause And LBREPORT.com Is Following-Up
    49 Yr Old Woman Perishes And Is Identified Plus Five Persons (Incl. Two Juveniles) Are Taken To Hospitals After Horrific Crash At Del Amo/Orange

    Shared by person at the scene
    NINETEENTH Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Police Learn Man TWO Men Is Were Shot, It Was A Double Homicide In Broad Daylight, 5500 block Atlantic, 8th Dist.)
    Brouhaha Over Grassroots Banner At LB Animal Shelter Begats Effort By LBACS And SPCA-L.A. To Coordinate Messaging, Reduce Confusion, Increase Adopted Dogs/Cats, Says Shelter Bureau Chief Dains
    EIGHTEENTH Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Gunfire Strikes Vehicles Sun a.m. June 2, 17th/Locust, 1st Dist.)
    SEVENTEENTH Shooting Crime Scene In 24 Days: Man Is Shot At Midday, 400 block E. 17th (Near Linden b/w Atlantic/LB Blvd., 1st Council Dist.)
    16th: NLB Shooting Misses Hitting Person Driving Area South St./Paramount Blvd. (border 8th/9th dists.)
  • 15th: Central LB Shooting (2300 Elm b/w LB Blvd./Atlantic, 6th dist.) Is Fatal, Leaves Man Dead
    LB 1st Dist. Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Advances To State Senate, Receives Nearly 70% Of Votes Cast
    Lena Gonzalez (D): 69.00% (26,343 votes)
    Jack Guerrero (R): 31.00% (11,835 votes)

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