|New: Transient Shot To Death In North Wrigley Adjacent Encampment Allowed to Persist At S'bound 405/N'bound 710
Viewpoint by Doug Krikorian, Special to LBREPORT.com
New: Tommy O'Toole's Magical 12-Hour Day That Might Well Land Him In The Guinness Book Of World Records And, Who Knows, The Zany LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Might Be Destined To Wind Up In It, Too
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 / Perspective: Note: Council agendized "time certain" study session on "Strategies For Addressing Violent Crime" not discussed as of 6:45 p.m. Council Sets "Study Session" (April 20, 5:30 p.m.) On "Strategies For Addressing Violent Crime." Will We Hear Chief Luna Reiterate His March Memo Blaming Pandemic, Not Council-Thinned Police Levels, For Increased Shootings?
New: Gunfire In North Alamitos Beach (CD 2/Allen): 400 block Rose Ave.
New: Man Shot/Wounded In NLB, 100 block W. 52nd St. (CD 8/Austin)
New: Gunfire Strikes Multi-Unit Residence In Wrigley: 2500 block Chestnut (CD 6/Saro)
Sac'to Bill Proposes Increased Digital-Era Public Speaking Rights At Council Meetings
Would also curtail orchestrated speakers from cutting off opposing views
New: Another CD6 (Saro) Shooting, A Drive-By In 1000 block of Myrtle Ave. Leaves Man Wounded; Crime Scene Is Barely A Mile And Half From Shooting (Casings Found) Less Than A Week Earlier
New: LA River Bike Path Rider Stabbed Area PCH/Golden
New: Man And Woman Walking In 1 a.m. Hour In 200 block of N. Pine Near Broadway Are Involved In Physical Altercation With Some Group And Man Is Stabbed
New / In Depth / Extended AUDIO: It's Back: Sac'to's SB 9 (Co-Authored by LB State Senator Gonzalez) That Would Allow Four Housing Units (Opponents Say Six) On Single Family Home Lots Just Advanced In State Senate Committee; LB City Hall Silent (Again); State Senator Umberg Votes "Yes"
New: Council Votes 7-1 (Uranga Dissenting) To Deny Appeals Seeking EIR, Approves RV Parking/Comm'l Storage, Not Park/Open Space, Along LA River At 3701 Pacific Place
Subsequent development above City Hall Mum (Again) As Sac'to Bill To Require Increased Single Family Neighborhood Density Faces Hearing
Another CD6 Shooting, Casings Found, 2200 block Myrtle (Councilwoman Saro)
Wrigley Shooting, 200 block E. Spring (Near NE Corner of Veterans Park (border CD 6/Saro and CD7/Uranga)
City Halts Johnson/Janssen Vax For Now Per CDC After Serious Reax For Some Elsewhere
All Public Speakers On Riverpark April 13 Hearing Signed Up Within Less Than 3 Minute Period On Weds, April 7
Viewpoint: Emailed To Mayor and Council: Do the Right Thing: Require Full EIR On 3701 Pacific Place Parcel
by Rae Gabelich *
* Ms. Gabelich was CD8's Council rep from mid-2004 (when she unseated a Mayor-backed Council incumbent) through mid-2012. She submitted the text below (lightly shortened by us) at 12:45 p.m. April 13 to the City Clerk, Mayor Garcia and all nine Council incumbents in connection with tonight's agendized appeal hearing.
Perspective: With No Discernible Political Strategy To Deal With Decisionmaking City Council, Riverpark Coalition Girds For Unhelpful Council Hearing Outcome, Readies EIR/CEQA Litigation
Days Before Critical Council Hearing, City Mgm't Releases Report Claiming 3701 Pacific Place Infeasible For Open Space; Councilman Austin Embraces Report And Its Other Advised Sites; Appellant Riverpark Coalition Calls It A Sham, Charges It Contains False/Misleading Statements, Urges Its Rejection
Another Shooting in Supernaw's CD 4 (b/w Traffic Circle & Redondo, South of PCH)
LBREPORT.com Vows Aggressive Use Of State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws To Disclose What Really Happened -- Including White House (Not Just FEMA and HHS) Involvement -- Re Housing For Migrant Minors At Convention Ctr
CA Dept. of Corrections Conducted Thurs a.m. Operation In Long Beach As Part of Statewide Taskforce Investigating Fraud On State's Unemployment Insurance Program
Two More Shootings Within Past Two Days in Zendejas' CD1: 900 block Olive, 1700 block Chestnut (Drive-By Shoots-At And Misses Multiple Adults And Juveniles)
On Convention Ctr Migrant Minor Council Item, Civic Savvy Mayoral Appointees + Allies Swiftly Filled Public Speaker Slots, Created Echo Chamber Of Support, Effectively Blocked Opposition Speakers
Long Beach Council Votes 9-0 To Let City Mgm't Negotiate -- Without Publicly Disclosed Terms, Responsibilities, Costs, Payments. -- Use of Convention Ctr To Temporarily House Roughly 1,000 Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
Council Votes 9-0 To Seek Details To Spare Itself Future Public Accountability On Decisions Re Queen Mary And Surrounding Developable Property, Would Turn Decisions Over To NON-Elected Harbor Comm'n
Pacific Merchant Shipping Ass'n Opposes Agendized Attempt By Long Beach Councilmembers Allen, Price and Zendejas To Transfer Decisionaking Control Of Queen Mary/Pier H To Harbor Dept
PMSA Cites Ship's Structural, Environmental And Financial Risks, Calls For "Honest, Overdue Discussion" With Structural and Environmental Survey Before Discusing Transfer
Council Refuses To Publicly Disclose City-Alleged Threats To Security Of Public Bldgs Or Publicís Right of Access to Public Services or Public Facilities In Connection With Using LB Convention Center To House Migrant Minors
Re Housing Migrant Children @ Convention Center, April 6 Council Agenda Item Fogs Who Contacted City, What They Sought, Whom They Contacted, And What Still Unnamed City Officials Offered In Pursuing Tentative Deal
Mayor And City Manager Fail To Respond To LBREPORT.com Inquiry Seeking Specifics On Their Roles
City Cites Threats To Security Of Public Bldgs Or Publicís Right of Access to Public Services or Public Facilities.To Hold Council "Closed Session" (Public/Press Barred) Prior To Public Vote On Using LB Convention Center To House Migrant Minors
Gov. Newsom Announces Ending COVID-19 Tiers Statewide On June 15, Will Lift Most -- But Not All -- COVID-19 Restrictions; See Details Here
Officer-Involved Shooting 2800 block Golden Ave, After PD De-Escalation Efforts Officers Shoot/Kill An Alleged Gun-Wielding Woman; Afterward A Man Is Found Dead In Residence They Shared
LBPD says officers' body cams captured what took place
Double Shooting Includes Homicide In CD1 (Zendejas) Summit/Canal Neighborhood
Gunfire In Willmore City (CD 1/Zendejas), Area 8th/Maine
Long Beach COVID-19 Seven Day Case Rate Rises While LB Health Dept. Moves City Into Less Restrictive Orange Tier
OC Moved on March 31; LA County And Pasadena Hold Back Until April 5 To Review Full Week Of Data
As Newsom Admin Lets Long Beach And LA County Move Into Second Least Restrictive "Orange Tier," LB's COVID-19 Case Rate Increases
After Secretive Mayor/Council Inquiry Begats City Att'y Enabling Memo, Three Councilmembers Propose Ridding Elected Mayor/Council Of Accountability For Future Of Queen Mary, Adjacent Developable Land, Carnival Cruise Terminal And All of Pier H By Giving Operation/Control Back To NON-Elected Harbor Comm'n
Proposed action comes after two Council closed sessions and complete omission of the Queen Mary from Mayor Garcia's Jan. 2021 "State of the City" address...after Garcia made the ship the climactic item in his 2020 "State of the City: message
Long Beach Has Had FOUR MORE Shootings In Less Than 48 Hours: Two in Supernaw's CD 4, Two In Zendejas' CD 1
MAJOR PD UPDATE To Double Homicide In Daryl Supernaw's 4th Dist, Two Men Fatally Shot Area Esther St. b/w Loma/Grand (south of PCH b/w Traffic Circle and Redondo Ave.)
Detectives believe there is gang involvement.
Long Beach's Future in Space (a continuing series): Long Beach-HQ'd Rocket Lab Orbits Six Spacecrafts AND Announces Deal To Launch Multiple Low Earth Orbit Missions For BlackSky
Follows early March merger annuncement with Vector Acquisition Corp.
Long Beach Convention Ctr Vax Site Doesn't Give CDC Card Written Confirmation Of Date/Time For Second Dose, Tells Residents They'll Receive Email
Austin (Saying He Wants Evidence Of Public Support) Steers Council Committee Members Supernaw + Allen To Decline -- For Now -- To Recommend Richardson-Sought Naming Of NLB South St/Jaymills Green Space "Pressburg Parkway"
Kerrie Aley's Husband, Alan Songer, Was On 710 Driving Home To Long Beach. Near Florence Ave, Someone Shot At Him. Gunman Missed And Laughed
Residents Riled Over City Removing/Trimming Wrigley Greenbelt Trees During Bird Nesting Months; Public Works Dept. Says It'll Replace/Add Trees And Can Do What It's Doing; Wildlife Advocate Cantrell Cites Parks Tree Trimming Policy That Says Otherwise
March 22: Vehicles Struck/Damaged By Gunfire, Orange Ave./17th St. (Just South of PCH, CD 6)
Another NLB Shooting: Gunfire In 4900 block Daisy Ave (CD 8/Austin) Strikes Occupied Multi-Unit Residence
LBPD Chief Luna Blames Pandemic, Not Thin Police Levels, For Increased Shootings; He Sends Mayor/Council Memo That May Or May Not Come To Public Council Policy Discussion
It Doesn't Mention Word "Gangs," Or Acknowledge Recent Mayor/Council Police Defunding; Or Prior Mayor/Council Actions That Erased 20% Of City's Police Level Incl. Field Anti-Gang Unit Not Restored By Current Council
Long Beach Has Had
FIVE SIX Shootings This Weekend (Between Sat. March 20 And Sun. March 21)
Man Is Shot/Wounded 10th St/Myrtle Ave...Less Than A Week After Drive-By Shooting At Same Location Misses Hitting Man And Woman
This Sac'to Bill Would Restrict Judges Statewide In Applying Sentencing Enhancements; It Goes Beyond LA DA Gascůn's Charging Policies; It's Advancing Now
Man Is Wounded In 14th/Temple Drive-Up Shooting In Supernaw's CD 4
Long Beach's Future In Space / A Continuing Series: Long Beach Firm "Relativity" -- That Aims To Create World's First Printed Launch Vehicle -- Awarded Defense Dept. Contract
LB Had THREE Shootings On March 16: Man Is Shot/Wounded In Aquarium Area Parking Structure Less Than An Hour After Shooting (Rounds Miss Two Victims) 1000 block Myrtle Ave.
Council Votes 9-0 To Approve City Mgm't/Mayor Favored Framework For Spending $208 Mil COVID-19 Relief Windfall (Nearly Half of Gen'l Fund Budget). Mgm't Held Invitation-Only Closed-Door Meetings With Various Constituencies, Then Announced Plan, Councilmembers Praise Procedure; Plan Includes:
$5 Mil For Restaurants, Breweries and Bars
$5 Mil For Fitness, Babershops And Salons
$4 Mil For Public Safety Items That Don't Restore Defunded Police Officers
$12 Mil For Homeless Related Spending
Man Is Found Shot To Death, 1700 block Alamitos
ELB Amazon Fresh (Spring St. just west of Palo Verde) Skeds March 18 Opening
Subsequent development above With Nearly No Prior Public Discussion, City Mgm't Will Seek Council Input/Approval To Spend $208 Mil COVID-19 Relief Windfall (Nearly Half of Gen'l Fund Budget) On Items Including:
$5 Mil For Restaurants, Breweries and Bars
$5 Mil For Fitness, Babershops And Salons
$4 Mil For Public Safety Items That Don't Restore Defunded Police Officers
$12 Mil For Homeless Related Spending
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|Viewpoints By Doug Krikorian|
Why Don't Mayor Robert Garcia And His Marionette, City Manager Tom Modica, Come Out And Tell The Truth About How Long Beach Became A Lodging Sanctuary For More Than 1,000 Undocumented Kids?
Why Have ALL The Long Beach Leaders Been So Silent On The Feds Placing A Contingent Of Undocumented Kids In Downtown LB?
A Talk With Jerry West And An Emotional Remembrance For Me Of Still Another Friend, Elgin Baylor, Who Is Gone
Frankly, I'm Surprised Long Beach Chief Of Police Robert Luna Didn't Think A Contingent Of Extraterrestrials From Another Galaxy Was Responsible For The LB Crime Wave
The Creator Of Two Iconic Long Beach Dining Establishments, Schooner Or Later and Tantalum, LB Bachelor Denny Lund Also Has Been A Creator Of Glad Times
Krikorian Notes: From Cal Gov Gavin Newsom Keeping Long Beach Restaurant Diners Outdoors For No Plausible Reason To His Equally Despised Michigan Counterpart, Gretchen Whitmer, Actually Allowing Indoor Dining In Her State To Cock Of The Walk John Morris Speechless (!) To Dickie (Too Fast, Too Furious) Babian Turning Crow's Over To His Son To My New 7-1, 354 Bodyguard Aaron Gray Taking Over From The Undersized 6-0, 225 Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo
Krikorian Notes: From Gavin Newsom Praising Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia As Though He's Destined For Mt. Rushmore To Newsom Hoping The Rest Of California Follows The Jill Baker LBUSD Path (???) To The Tiger Woods Car Accident To Bad Stu Ledsam's Son Kyle's Big Award To Vons Pavilion GM Steve Carr Performing Cashiering Duty To My Watching the Amazing Emerzian Twins Next Week In Michigan
Krikorian Notes: From A Most Surreal Development That Has Me In A State Of Giddiness---Our Beloved Long Beach Actually Now Serious About Building A New Swimming Pool After Coastal Commission Approval And Strong Endorsements From Such Local Leaders As Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Tom Modica and Their Political Accomplices To Mike O'Toole Doing a Solo, He-Man Rowing Act On A 32-Foot Gondola Carolina Filled With 14 People Around Naples Canals To Jill Bakerís Typical Back-to-School Delaying Tactics To My Receiving My Periodic SAG-AFTRA Residuals From My Once Flourishing Acting Career That, Sadly, Went The Way Of My Once Flourishing Radio Career
Long-Time Belmont Shore Resident Dorcas Baldwin, 85, Endures Frightening Experience Of Homeless Man Breaking Into Her Bay Shore Avenue Home And Taking A Shower Before Long Beach Cops Come To The Rescue
CIF Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod Hoping Gavin Newsom And His Health Department Toadies Come To Their Senses For Projected High School Sports Restart On March 19
Terry Antonelli Orchestrating Rise Of LíOpera After Its Tragic Fall In The Great Long Beach Memorial Day Pillage & Plunder Festival
Krikorian Notes: From Mayor Garcia's Spineless Speech To Jill Baker's Passing The Buck Alliance With Gavin Newsom To A Positive Long Beach Vaccination Experience To Welcoming New Neighbor George Gascon To Mike The Hammer Bludgeoning Me About Boxing To The Amazing Tom Brady
The Memorable Life Of Tommy Lasorda: From World Series Titles To Slim-Fast Diets To Obscenity-Laced Jim Healy Tapes To Pitching To Jack Clark To A Sacred Legacy Of Laughter And Success On The Ball Yards Of America
"A Lady Shrieking "Wear A Mask!" On Bay Shore Ave. Results In A Mask-Wearing Epiphany For Our Columnist
A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances
Krikorian Notes: From New LA County DA George Gascon Moving To Naples To LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Continuing To Stunt Growth Of 70,000 Students To Distress Of Locked Down LB Entrepreneurs Jeff Cozart, Mike Neufeld, John Sangmeister To LBís Very Own Kato Kaelin, Steve Folger, Squiring Kelly Clarkson In Nashville
Krikorian Notes: From Joe Jost Owner Ken Buck Sounding Off On The Lockdowns To Big Ben Goldberg's Boat Parade Party In Huntington Harbor To Bob Ludlam Departing LB For Prescott -- The Leisure World of Arizona -- To LB State President Jane Close Conoley Not Faintly Resembling Her Esteemed Predecessors To Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo Invading Miami For Nightclub Frolic To LB State Women's Soccer Coach Mauricio Ingrassia Suddenly Looking Like A Matinee Idol
When Is LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Going To End Her Calamitous Lockdown That Has Caused So Much Chaos And Heartache And Disruption Among 70,000 Students?
Krikorian Notes: From Councilman Rex Richardson Displaying Courage To Show Up At A Long Beach Restaurant Association Meeting To The Countless Millions Lost On Unoccupied LB Buses To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopyís Latest Mean-Spirited Edict To the Irritating Silence Of LB City Manager Tom Modica To LB Mayor Robert Garcia Ignoring His Constituents For Political Reasons To Bob The Black Labrador Parading Down The Peninsula Boardwalk Holding A Large Palm Limb In His Mouth
How Many Long Beach Restaurants Will Be Forced to Close After Latest Lockdown Lunacy?
Where's Krikorian? Temporarily On "Injured Reserve List" Recovering From Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Krikorian Notes: From Nico's George Mlouk Praising LB Mayor Robert Garcia For Working To Help LB Restaurateurs To A Plea To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopy To Restrain Her Overzealous Sleuths To Lakers Deserving NBA Title To LeBron James Turning Anthony Davis Into Passionate Competitor To Vital Contributions Of Lakers Coach Frank Vogel And GM Rob Pelinka To Sadness Of Passing Of The Great Joe Morgan And Its Impact On Maury Wills' Hall Of Fame Chances
Famous Long Beach Restaurateur Phil Trani Days Of Joyful Memories And Pandemic Miseries
Krikorian Notes: From The Irritating Silence Of The Long Beach Politicians In Not Supporting Their Citizens To The Whereabouts Of LB Mayor Robert Garcia To The Whistles Favoring The Lakers Against The Nuggets To The Greatness of Patrick Mahomes To The End Of A European Vacation Streak That Started In 1989
LBUSD Superintendent Jill Bakerís 70,000 Student Online Virtual Teaching Miscalculation A Disaster!
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 Newsomís 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
Two Days, Four Long Beach Shootings, Nine Since Mar. 1
Gunfire Just Blocks South of LBCC's Central LB Campus (1500 block Gaviota), Long Beach's Sixth Shooting Since March 1
Newsom Admin Says Latest Numbers + Increased Vaxs Justify Easing LA County Restrictions, Long Beach Moves To Allow These Reopenings On These Terms (Details Here)
Three Council Incumbents (Zendejas, Price, Richardson) Form 2022 Re-Election Committees, Richardson Begins Raising Money
Long Beach's Future in Space / A Continuing Series: Famed ZERO G (Weightless) Jet Begins Its 2021 Nat'l Tour in Long Beach; Mar 13 Flight Is Fully Booked So Company Adds A Second LB Flight Two Weeks Later And It's Fully Booked; Company Announces Nat'l Expansion Plans
Long Beach's Third Shooting In Five Days Is A Homicide: 1600 block Stanton Pl (CD 4/Supernaw)
Council Votes 9-0 To Give Aquarium Operator Tidelands-Backed $5 Mil Loan, Action Cites Pandemic But Allows 13 Yr Repayment Term, No Transparency/Openness Req't For Public/Press Access To Aquarium Board Meetings, No Council Mention Of Six Figure Sums (Pay + Benefits) OK'd by Board For Aquarium Operator's Top Execs
As streamed LIVE: On Tuesday night (March 9), the City Council voted 9-0 to to direct city management to pursue a $ 4.8 mil FEMA grant (that city management memo had opposed prior to meeting citing budget grounds) to (if approved by FEMA) fund half of maintaining Fire Engine 17 at Fire Stn 17 into FY25.
By THEIR Numbers: LA County & Long Beach Vax Rates Compared
CDC Study Shows Counties Allowing In-Restaurant Dining Associated With Increased Daily COVID-19 Case Growth Rates, Cites These Data, Offers These Caveats And Recommendations
Grassroots CARP Offers To Drop Legal Challenge If City (Council Majority Vote) Commits To Build At Least Two Pools In Historically Disadvantaged LB Neighborhoods
Newsom Admin Will Shift 40% Of Vaccines to Disproportionately Impacted Communities AND Rewrite/Loosen Standards/Protections To Enable More Biz Reopenings
Coverage in Detail / Perspective: Long Beach's Privately Run "Non Profit" Aquarium Operator -- Which Paid Its Recently Retired President/CEO $540,000+ (Salary + Benefits) In 2019 And Its Major Execs Sums Between $100k-$200k -- Wants $5 Million Loan (Backed By Tidelands) To Help Meet Aquarium's Operating Expenses
City Mgm't Proposes No Council/Public Oversight On Loan And No Public/Press Access To Aquarium Board Meetings That Council Could Require As Condition Of Loan
Councilmembers Supernaw, Allen, Price and Saro Agendize March 9 Item Directing City Mgr. To Seek FEMA SAFER Grant To Help Cover Cost of Fire Engine 17, One Add'l Council Vote Needed To Override City Mgm't Counter-Recommendation
City Mgm't Contends City Can't Afford To Pursue Fed'l Grant To Fund Fire Engine 17 at Stn 17 (Argonne Ave) AND Solicits Councilmembers' Views On What To Do Using Non-Agendized Memo
LBREPORT.com Submits Complaint Letter Alleging Management Solicitation Evades Council Public Actions In "Serial Meeting" Prohibited By Brown Act, Seeks March 9 Agenda Item Allowing Open Council Discussion (As Fed'l Grant Application Deadline Looms March 12)
Senior Citizen Is Struck/Wounded By Gunfire, 17th/Gundry South of LBCC Central LB Campus (CD 6/Saro)
By The Numbers: In Feb. 2021 Per Capita, Four Long Beach Council Districts (Again) Equaled (And Two Exceeded) Chicago Person-Hit Shootings
Afternoon Gunfire Alamitos Beach, 4th St./Hermosa Ave.
Long Beach's Future In Space: A Continuing Series: How Mars Perseverance Rover Benefited From 2015 Cal Tech Experiments On Zero G Aircraft; Plane Begins Its 2021 Nat'l Tour in Long Beach
In Detail / Perpective: Long Beach City Hall Gave Media Inflated Number of LB Residents Vax'd By City, Included LB Residents Vax'd Outside LB
Perspective: Councilman Austin's Recent Zoomed "Community Update/Town Hall" Ducks Discussing District's Dozen Shootings Since Jan 1. NLB Combined (CD 8 + CD 9) Has Had 26 Shootings In 7 Weeks
Read His Opinion: Fed'l Court Judge Denies Grocers' Request To Block Long Beach "Hero Pay" Ordinance While Lawsuit Challenging Measure Continues
Rec Park Area Residents Suffer Multiple Shattered Car Windows; LBPD Arrests Suspect For That And More
CA Health Dept. Spox Mum On Long Beach Bending State Rules To Vax ILWU Dockworkers Now And Vax Mayor/Concilmembers in mid-January
Long Beach Bent Newsom-Admin Vaccination Rules (Again) To Let ILWU Dockworkers Jump Ahead Of Others As "Food & Agricultural" Workers
Now It's A Homicide: Two Men And A Woman Shot/Wounded, One Of The Men Dies, 300 block E. 25th St. Following Argument
Perspective / Viewpoints
Open Letter to Long Beach Council: I'm Leaving Long Beach Because You've Let Parts Of 1st Council District Descend Into Gunfire Ridden, Trash Filled, City Enabled Squalor
by Emily Mastren *
* The author, a young woman with an infant daughter, lives in the neighborhood just north of 7th St. west of Alamitos/MLK Ave. in the 1st Council district represented since December 2019 by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas
Editorial: Council Can And Should Tie Public/Press Transparency String to Aquarium Operator's Request For $5 Mil Loan
Editorial: LBCC Trustees Should Publicly Release Benchmark Investigations Report And Stop Further Billable Legal Fees In Political Vendetta Against Trustee Sunny Zia
Independently produced VIDEO opinion ("The Memo") by Franklin Sims
Att'n LB Dems: Now's Your Moment To Apply Political Velcro To Some of Cindy Allen's Campaign Enablers. Here's How
Follow-up aboveAtt'n LB Dems: Want To Apply Political Velcro To Some of Cindy Allen's Council Campaign Enablers? It's Easy But You Have To Act Fast
Editorial: City Attorney's COVID Memo Omits Legal Developments, Gives Mayor/Council Political Cover To Do Nothing
Guest Commentary: My Grown-Up Votes On Ballot Measures
by Lisa Ramelow *
* Ms. Ramelow is a Long Beach writer.
"Iíve been working on staying out of politics. But I do slip every now and then..."MORE
Editorial: Eleven Years Gone, Remembering Melody Ross, Regretting Current LB School Board Election That Failed To Prioritize Ridding Campuses of Gangs
Editorial: No Longer About Explosives/Fireworks; Now It's About Lies
Might August Allegations, Downplayed By Allen During Campaign, Cost Her Newly Elected Office? Taxpayers Deserve Enforcement Agencies' Decision On The Merits
Opinion Counterpoint Councilwoman Price Says She Did -- And Does -- Support Prop 20, Cites Her Record Urging Fix For Props 47/57/AB 109 And Collecting Thousands Of Signatures to Put Prop 20 On Ballot
Opinion: Long Beach Mayor/City Councilmember(s) Could Have -- But Didn't - Agendize Item To Support Prop 20 (Reforms Parts Of Current CA Laws That Invite Business Thefts and Neighborhood Impacting Crimes)
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|LB Elections: Follow the Money
Measures A & B: LBREPORT.com Seeks District Attorney Review Of Long Beach Mayor/City Council Feb. 18 Actions re Measure B
Publisher raises issue of using public resources at that meeting to promote ballot measure
Measures A & B: Garcia-Run Campaign Has Spent Over $380,000 Since Jan 1 For Gen'l Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Measures A & B...And Some LB Arts-Related Entities (That Could Receive Ongoing Sums If Voters Approve Measure B) Recently Contributed Nearly $20,000
8th Dist: Dollar Donnybrook: Organized Labor Spends Large Sum For Thrash-Ntuk; Business Interests Spend Big to Re-Elect Austin; Reform Ticket Challenger Ovalle Uses Contribs Mainly From Grassroots Residents
2nd Dist Deluge: Over $120,000 Spent Since Jan. 1 To Put Cindy Allen On City Council ($70k+ From These Contribs + $50k+ From Two Indie Committees); Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox (Using Mainly His Own Money) Has Spent $60k+; Pearce Endorsee Lara About $10k, Barrera About $5.5k
8th Dist + 6th Dist. These Five Entities + One Individual Just Added $42,500 To Indie Campaign Seeking To Re-Elect Council Incumbents Andrews And Austin
8th Dist: In 8th Dist., UniteHere! Union Adds $50,000 (Producing $125,000) For Organized-Labor Indie Campaign Seeking To Elect Thrash-Ntuk
Follow the Money: Carpenters Union PAC Adds $10k To Garcia-Run Pro-Measure A Sales Tax Campaign; It's Collected Over Half A Million To Date From These Entities To Spend Against Grassroots Taxpayers Relying On Bare-Bones Individual Efforts
2nd Dist: These Persons / Entities Gave These Sums To Elect Cindy Allen To LB City Council (2nd Dist.)
6th Dist: Three Unions Just Gave Nearly A Quarter Million Dollars To L.A. County Labor Fed'n Which Is Allocating Estimated $40,000 In Indie Effort To Elect Suely Saro In 6th District (South Wrigley/Central LB/Cambodia Town)
Mayor Garcia: See Who Gave Maximum Sums To Mayor Garcia's 2026 Lt. Governor Committee (That He's Used Thus Far As A Slush Fund To Support Other Campaigns)
Subsequent coverage above: These Five Entities Just Gave $170,000 More -- Producing Total Now Nearly Half A Million -- For Garcia-Run Campaign To Continue Imposing Measure A Gen'l Fund (Blank Check) Sales Tax
Subsequent cverage above: 8th Dist: $75,000 Labor-Backed Indie Campaign Surfaces In 8th District Backing Thrash-Ntuk
Subsequent coverage above 6th + 8th Dists: These Entities Funded Indie Campaign Supporting Re-Election Of Andrews in 6th, Austin In 8th
Subsequent coverage above Measure A Sales Tax: LB Firefighters Union Adds $125,000 to $200,000 From Police Officers Union To Fund Garcia-Run Campaign To Permanently Impose "Measure A" (Blank Check) Sales Tax
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|Councilmembers Let Civic Ctr Operator Avoid Paying $1 Mil Firm Was Supposed To Pay City; City Mgm't-Negotiated Deal Cites Operator's Economic Development Setbacks But Fails To Reduce Escalating Annual Sums Operator Seeks From Budget-Strapped City...And No Councilmembers Question Or Discuss Taxpayer Impacts Of Deal
THREE Shootings Within Just Over Three Hours Feb 20-21 Leave Three Persons Wounded, Residences/Vehicles Struck
Man Is Shot/Wounded 5800 block Brayton (CD 9/Richardson)
By THEIR Numbers: (1) 34,000 of 52,000 LB Residents Who Got First COVID-19 Shot Haven't Yet Received Second Shot And (2) City Still Scheduling Appointments For Some In Priority Groups Who Still Haven't Gotten Their First Shot
LBUSD Mgm't Signals March 29 Reopening for K-5 Students, Teachers/Staff Will Have Opportunity To Be Vax'd; District Acknowledges Parents Are Split, Will Be Offered Choice of Classroom Or Distance Learning; Middle And High Schools Reopening Will Require Lower COVID Case Rate Than Now, Tentative Mid School Return April 20, High School Seniors April 19 With Grades 9-11 April, 26.
Follow-Up: District Attorney's Office Files First Degree (Felony) Residential Burglary Charge Against LBPD-Arrested Suspect In Break-In At 85 Yr Old Woman's Belmont Shore Home; If Convicted, He May Face 2, 4 or 6 Years In State Prison
In Addition to Homicide (CD1/Zendejas), LB Had Two No-Person Hit Shootings On Same Day: One in CD 1 (Zendejas) And One In CD 9/Richardson)
While Council Boasts of Beautifying City Hall-Adjacent Lincoln Park, LBPD Finds Man Shot To Death In DTLB-Adjacent "East Village," 600 block Olive Ave.; It's Second Homicide in CD 1 (Zendejas) Since Jan 1, Second CD 1 Shooting Within 48 Hours
Former Mayor Eunice Sato, Sic Transit, Passes At 99; EXCLUSIVE: Hear AUDIO Of Her At Memorial Day Ceremony Speaking About Historical Events And Her Life
Developments On Possible Initial School Reopenings: CDC, Sac'to, LA County; LBUSD Sup't Plans Feb. 17 School Board Briefing; What Will Elected School Board Members Allow/Support/Oppose?
Los Altos Sears To Close; What Land Use Changes Might Advancing Sac'to Bills (If Enacted) Invite For Kmart, Sears, Ralphs Parcels?
DTLB Shooting: Man Is Wounded, Woman Possibly Also Wounded, In Gunfire 600 block Pacific Ave. (CD 1/Zendejas)
While Long Beach City Hall Bemoans Budget Deficit (Spending Exceeding Revenue), Blames COVID-19 And Risks Spending Part Of City's Emergency Reserves, Neighboring Lakewood (Also Facing COVID-19) Shows Budget SURPLUS
Subsequent develolpment above: Here's What's Happened Thus Far On Krikorian-Commented Break-In At 85 Yr Old Woman's Belmont Shore Home By Suspect Using Her Bathroom To Take A Shower
Bullet Flies Into Occupied Church, 4100 block Cherry Ave. (just north of Carson St.)
WLB Gunfire (2900 block Adriatic/CD 7 Uranga) Strikes Vehicle, No Person(s) Hit
Mayor Garcia-Backed Dems Win Party Policy-Steering Spots, Outpoll Progressive/Indie Challengers
by Joe Brizzolara
Special to LBREPORT.com
CDC Guidance Says Schools Can Reopen WITHOUT Teacher/Frontline Staff Vaccinations With Multiple Other Protective Measures Including Possible "Screening Testing," Leaves Key Decisions To Locals
|Detailed Coverage / Extended On-Demand Audio: Coastal Commissioner (LB Councilman Uranga) Motions Give City Mgm't What It Wants -- Approves Belmont Beach Aquatic Center -- BUT Coastal Comm'n Adds What City Hall Doesn't Want: Req't To Actually Implement Equity Promises -- To Be Reviewed By Comm'n Before Final Approval
Coroner Identifies LB Woman, 29, Who Died In Single Vehicle Accident (Studebaker Rd/Spring St); LBPD Says She May Have Suffered Medical Emergency That Caused Her To Lose Control
Man Is Shot/Wounded Sunday Afternoon, 5400 block LB Blvd. (CD 8/Austin)
LA County DA Spokesman Says Materials Sent In August By Grassroots Group Alleging Voter Registration Fraud By Then-Candidate Cindy Allen Remain (Under New DA George Gascon) "Under Review" (No Change From Early November Statement Under Then-DA Lacey)
In CD1 Neighborhood (15th/Magnolia) With 5 Shootings Within 5 Block Radius Since Jan 1, Officers Respond When A Man Allegedly Brandishes A Gun, Refuses To Drop It, They Shoot Him, He Dies
LBPD released photo of gun recovered at the scene
LBPD Confirms Sat Afternoon Shooting 5400 block Olive (CD 8); PD Says It's Gang Related
Long Beach Police Chief Luna Struck/Injured By Vehicle While In Walking In Crosswalk Near El Dorado Park Nature Center; He's Recovering, Driver Is Cooperating With Investigation
Subsequent development above Equity (SE LB Location) Is Key Issue In Upcoming Coastal Commission Hearing On Belmont Beach Aquatic Center
Man Shot, But Where? He Says 1500 block Henderson But Police Say No Casings Found And He's Uncooperative In Investigation
Special Remembrance: The Life and Times of Thomas R. (Tomas) Gonzales
By his wife Ginny Ransom-Gonzales, CPA
Unbroken/Unbowed Whistleblower Tomas Gonzales Towered Above LB's Electeds, Then And Now
Long Beach Had Beautiful View Of Space Station Orbiting Above, Previewed By LBREPORT.com Advisory
Mayor Garcia Signals He Favors Council Discussion Of Supernaw-Invited/Mgm't-Suggested But Not Implemented Use Of Council Committees To Curtail Public's Ability To Address Council
City of Long Beach Is Sending Inaccurate/Misleading Information To Persons It Gave First Vaccine Shots Re Up To 42 Day Delay In City Providing Second Shots; Compare What CDC Actually Says
16 Yr Old Boy Is Shot/Wounded, PCH/Pine, During Feb. 2 Council Meeting
Re Muliple Shooings: Council Seeks Mgm't Report Within 30 Days But Takes No Actions To Restore Defunded Officers, Restore Field Anti-Gang Unit
Follow the Money: These Persons/Entities Gave Money To Elect Cindy Allen In CD2 In Last Quarter Of 2020 ...And Some Gave Sums After She Was Elected; Her Campaign Reports Spending $240,000+ In 2020 To Put Her On Council
Midafternoon Gunfight - With Rounds Exchanged Between Multiple Suspects -- Sends An Uninvolved Woman To Hospital In Neighborhood West of LB Blvd., South of Market St (CD 8/Austin)
|City of Long Beach Says It May Delay Second Shots Of COVID-19 Vaccine For Up To Six Weeks/42 Days. Compare What City Media Release Says With What CDC Says
By The Numbers: In Jan 2021, Per Capita 4 Long Beach Council Districts Equaled, 3 Exceeded Chicago Person-Hit Shootings
Kroger To Close Ralphs (3380 N. LCD) And Food4Less (2185 E. South) Following Mayor-Backed/Council Approved (9-0) Hero Pay Ordinance
Multiple Sources: KMart at Bellflower/Spring Plans to Close April 18
Publisher's First Person: LBREPORT.com Publisher Pearl Is Vax'd, NO Thanks to City of LB or "VaxLB"; We Explain How We Got It (65+) From LA County Dept. of Public Health
Within Most Recent Five Days (Jan. 27-31) LB Has Had Five Shootings; Three Were In Parts Of NLB
LB has had at least 36 shooting crime scenes since Jan 1
Nat'l Vaccine Shortage + Outcome Of Mayor Garcia Vax Policy = No LB First Vaccine Doses In February and Possibly March
Peerspective: Facing And Fixing LB's Crime Stat Data Gaps
City Bent COVID-19 Vaccine Rules To Let LB Mayor, Councilmembers Get Vaccinations Ahead of Prioritized Others
For Several Days LB Health Dept. Quietly Gave Vaccinations At Day's End To Some Without Appointments
Others 65-74 and education sector employees turned away
Amid Public Pushback On 3701 Pacific Place (Los Cerritos) Parking/Storage Project, Councilman Austin Seeks Ambkguous Mgm't Report On L.A River-Adjacent Park Projects
City of Long Beach Spox Admits It Has 15,000 Persons On Its 65+ Vax "Waiting List"
Read Details Of Gov Newsom's Newly Imposed "My Turn" Vax Distrib System; It's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" System Letting Sac'to Decide Who Gets Vax'd Locally And When; City Hall Implements Via Its "VaxLB" Page
|No, Long Beach. It's Probably NOT "Your Turn"(Screen save VaxLB, Jan. 26, 2021.)|
Statement by the Publisher: I'm 65+, Immune Compromised With Underlying Health Issue. I Sought Vaccine Appt'ment Jan. 14. Some Got Vax'd But I Got Nothing And Undisclosed Number Of Others Got Digital Brushoff...And See What City Staffers Offered Me (And I Refused)-
LB Health Dept. Will Use/Distribute Vaccine Lot In Which Multiple Potential Adverse Events Reported When Used Elsewhere; City Says CDC & Sac'to Have Cleared It For Use
Gov. Newsom Says Sac'to System Will Control/Tell Residents When/Where They Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines, Also Lifts Statewide Lockdown To LA County (Despite Purple/Virus Widespread Category) To Resume Outdoor Dining, Outdoor Gyns, Hair Salons
CD 6/Saro Shooting Targets Man And Woman Walking In 2300 block L ime; Rounds Hit/Wound Him, Miss Her
Long Beach HAD Three Jan. 22 Shootings (Incl A Homicide)..And CD 6 Just Had Another Shooting At Midafternoon Jan. 23; LBPD Tweets It Will Use Overtime To Deploy Add'l Officers; Avoids Mentioning Mayor/Council Sept. 2020 Officer Defundi
Man Is Shot to Death At Midafternoon, Alley/1500 block Elm (CD1/Zendejas)
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