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New: LBPD Arrests Three Suspects In Recent Rose Ave. (Cambodia Town) Murder, Says It's Investigating Recent Similar Shootings All Believed Gang Related And Involving Many Of Same Suspects
New: Between July 2-4, City Found 9 Businesses (Out of 655 Visited) Not Complying With Apects of City's COVID-19 Health Order, Gave Them This Administrative Citation Warning Notice...And Here's What Happened
Summary: In first of two req'd votes, Council votes 9-0 to approve zoning changes expanding allowable locations and types of homeless facilities. Some changes prevent or minimize public appeals of impacts. Enactment requires second Council approval vote July 14 Should Council Change Zoning Code To Invite Multiple Homeless Facilities/Services In These Locations On These Terms? First Of Two Council Votes Could Come July 7
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Summary: Council votes 9-0 to advance the concept. No Councilmembers mention restoring LBPD field anti-gang unit Four Councilmembers Respond To Recent Shootings/Homicides By Proposing "Violence Interruption Strategy" With These Items...That Don't Include Restoring LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit
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Summary: Council votes 9-0 to advance possible ballot measure raising oil barrel production tax (on oil producers), seeks city mgm't report on likely revenue Will be Gen'l Fund ("blank check") measure (no legal guarantee on uses, spending subject to Council choices.) Richardson (lead agendizer) stresses using new revenue to address "equity" issues (incl. effects of pollution, health impacts), favors giving some funds to private groups/non-profits. No Councilmembers suggest using new revenue for police. As oil producers, state of CA and City of LB would pay majority of the tax with three private entities (Signal Hill Petroleum, CRC and Synergy) paying most of the rest.) July 7 Council Item By Mayor Garcia + 3 Councilmembers Proposes Nov. 2020 Ballot Measure To Increase LB's Oil Barrel Production Tax (Not Paid By Most Residents Unless They Own An Oil Well)
Also proposes advisory ballot measure on whether to use future cannabis revenue for equity purposes
Viewpoint by Doug Krikorian
Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?

by Doug Krikorian, Special to LBREPORT.com
Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired in Naples.

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Viewpoints By Doug Krikorian
Special to LBREPORT.com. Mr. Krikorian, an award winning journalist and author of two books, earned multiple awards in his 22 years of writing for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and 22 years for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He is happily retired in Naples.

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
Viewpoint Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
Viewpoint: Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus
Shooting Crime Scenes June and July 2020


Special Report / In Depth / Amnesia File: Long Beach Had But No Longer Has An LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit. How'd That Happen?
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July 8, 1:19 p.m.: Councilwoman Zendejas' office says Webex "experienced a complete failure to host the meeting...will be rescheduling..." Following Recent Shootings, Vice Mayor Andrews Says He And Councilwoman Zendejas Are Working With LBPD Commanders To Hold A July 8 Online "Public Safety Townhall" On "Recent Crime Activity In City"; Will the Electeds Themselves Participate and Field Questions?


New Video Screen Saves Show LBPD Unit Approach And Drive-By Ignited Illegal Fireworks (9th Dist.). Why?


Residents Decry (Their Frequent Term) "City Fail" On July 4-5 With Worsened "Warzone" Levels Of Bombs And Explosives; Some Say LBPD Drove-By/Didn't Stop Visible Illegal Activity; LBFD Dealt With Ten Tree Fires Plus Ten Others Of Various Types

July 4, tree set afire, Knoxville Ave. near Heartwell Park. Photo courtesy Ghazal Seino
LB Had 21 Shooting Crime Scenes In June. Long Beach Crime Stats Won't Show Any Of Them. To Show What City Stats Don't, LBREPORT.com Debuts Dashboard Displaying Shootings By Council District...And Now There's A Threat To Continued Access To That Data
Defiant Colonists Sign "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Document Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"


Transcript of President Trump July 3 Speech @ Mt. Rushmore
  • Cites themes, previously bipartisan in acceptance, on America's role in advancing freedom
  • Likens "cancel culture" to "left wing fascism" with intolerant demands to erase history in schools, newsrooms, popular culture and corporate boardrooms
    Man Is Shot/Wounded 14th St./Rose Ave (Cambodia Town/6th dist.), Virtually Same Location Where Man Was Shot To Death June 29
    Midafternoon Gunfire At NLB's DeForest Park Just Blocks From Fatal Shooting Two Days Earlier
    by Bill Pearl and North LB News publisher Dan Pressburg
    Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach Join LA County And Long Beach In Closing Their Beaches Over July 4th Holiday
    Update Lakewood CANCELS Its Planned July 3 Fireworks Displays; L.A. County Nixed The Events
    New: Man Is Shot/Killed 400 Block Adair St. (9th dist.); It's Third Homicide In Parts of NLB In Three Days
    It's in addition to teen shot/wounded near Obama Library and two women shot/wounded during Orange/South St. homicide vigil
    Follow-Up: LBPD Says Multiple Shooters Opened Fire At Orange Ave./South St. Vigil (Leaving A Woman Dead And Two Wounded); No Suspects In Custody On That Yet...But LBPD Has A Suspect In Custody In Underlying Homicide A Day Earlier
    City Mgm't Gives Mayor/Council This Memo Displaying Racial/Ethnic Data On LBPD Traffic Stops, Officer Involved Shootings Along With LB Homeownership, Health Outcomes And Education/Employment. What Do These Data Tell You?
    Follow The (State Taxpayer) Money: After Meeting With Black Lives Matter LB, Mayor Garcia Will Ask Council To (1) Allocate $1 Million For "Black Health Equity Initiative" To Address Health Disparities And Build Groups With Capacity To Do So; And (2) Allocate Add'l $1 Mil To Other LB Community Groups Involved In Other COVID-19 related Responses
    In Depth Coverage: These Congressmembers (Libertarian + Conservative Repub + Multiple Dems) Introduce H.R. 7085 To Repeal "Qualified Immunity" That Currently Shields Police Officers From Lawsuits If They Violate Fed'l Civil Rights, Invites High Visibility Collision b/w Police Reform Advocates, Police Officer Unions, Pols They Support And Raises Major Policy Issues Pro/Con. Where's LB On This?
    City of LB Says July 4th Block Parties Not Allowed, Along With Pro Fireworks Displays, Per Sac'to Order; LB Muni Band Concerts Also Canceled For This Summer
    Bizarre Turn: A Gun Carried By A Retired LBPD Sgt. Somehow Accidentally Discharges, Wounding Him At Spring/Bellflower Service Stn/Convenience Store; He's Among Group Of Retired Officers Who'd Posted Private Social Network Comments That Journalist Shaun King Says Show A Plot To Assassinate Him
    June 29, 9 p.m.: 5800 block Orange: Three Women Are Shot; One Dies; They Were Attending A Vigil For Man Fatally Shot At Same Location Less Than 24 Hrs Earlier
    Dusk June 29: Another Central LB Shooting And It's A Homicide, 1400 block Rose Ave. (6th dist./Cambodia Town)
    Midday June 29: 16 yr Old Is Shot/Wounded 5800 block Atlantic (Near Michelle Obama Library)
    June 28: Man Fatally Shot, 5800 block Orange Ave.
    Midmorning Sunday: Man Is Shot/Wounded 1400 block Cedar (just north of "14th St. Park"/1st dist. Zendejas)
  • Follows June 24 fatal shooting in nearby Seaside Park
  • Area's two November LB Schoolboard runoff candidates haven't urged restoring LBPD field anti-gang unit or opposed calls by some to "defund" (reduce) funding for police or eliminate on-campus school safety personnel
    5 More Shooting Crime Scenes In Less Than 12 Hrs; UPDATE: Man shot June 24 in Seaside Park Dies
  • June 27: 9 p.m. hour: 9th/Magnolia (near Daisy Ave.): Man shot/wounded (1st dist./Zendejas)
  • June 27 9 p.m. hour: 17th/Gundry: Shots fired/casings found/no-persons hit (6th dist./Andrews)
  • June 27: 10 p.m. hour: 14th/Gardenia. Man is shot/wounded (4th/6th border Supernaw/Andrews)
  • June 28: 12 a.m. hour: 4th/Walnut: Shots fired/casings found, witnesses say drive-by shooting (victim not located) (2nd dist/Pearce)
  • June 28: 1 a.m hour: 15th/Chestnut: Shots fired at man in vehicle (miss him, damage vehicle) (1st dist/Zendejas)
    LB Has Two MORE Shootings Within Past 24 Hours; Within Past Three Days, SEVEN Persons Have Been Shot In Central LB/WLB...And One (At Seaside Park) Has Died
    Citizens and arriving police officers performed life saving measures trying to save shooting victim's life.
    As Promised, City Prosecutor Haubert Provides Public With This Written Report Within 72 Hrs Of Implementing These New Measures Against Fireworks/Explosives Scofflaws
    Replace Police On Metro A-Line (Blue Line) With Unarmed "Ambassadors" To Handle Unspecified Non-Violent Crimes And Shift Resources From Armed Responses To Various Issues Metro Riders Encounter? LB Mayor Garcia And Metro Board Majority Just Voted To Pursue This. Metro's LBPD Contract Expires In 2022.
    Chief Luna Cautions Against Further Defunding LBPD, Says Reductions Could Harm Officer Training That Has Reduced LBPD Use of Force Incidents & Officer-Involved Shootings
    Within Two Days, Six People Are Shot/Wounded At Four Crime Scenes In Central + WLB
    Includes AUDIO: LBREPORT.com Seeks, LBPD Indicates It Has No Immediate Plans To Release VIDEO Chief Luna Described At June 23 Public Safety Committee Meeting As Showing A Man With Child On Shoulders (Viral Photo) Allegedly Trying To Position Himself In Front Of Officers Trying To Fire "Less-Than-Lethal" (But Potentially Injurious) Rounds
    Includes AUDIO: Council's Public Safety Committee (Price, Supernaw, Austin) Fails To Allow Telephonic Public Testimony At Its June 23 Meeting, Where Chief Luna Presents "Lessons Learned" From Looting/Lawlessness:
  • Chief Luna Calls May 31 Roughly 4 p.m.-10 p.m. "Six Hours Of Chaos," Says LBPD Prioritized Protecting Life, Defends Officer Actions But Repeatedly Voices Regret For Looting/Business Losses
  • AUDIO: Denies Mayor/Mgr/Higher-Ups Told Officers Not To Stop Looters, Says Supervisors Didn't Consider It Safe To Do So
  • AUDIO: Says At Least 214 LB Businesses Looted/Had Crime-Reproted Damages, Acknowledges Total May Be 300+ If Includes Others Impacted But Not Crime-Reported
  • Says Some Curfew Citations May Turn Into More Serious Charges as LBPD Examines VIDEO And Other Evidence
    Subsequent coverage above
    "Defund" LBPD Officers Along Metro A-Line (Blue Line)? Metro Board -- With LB Mayor Garcia As A Member -- Could Vote Today To Pursue A Process To Shift Resources Away From Armed Law Enforcement
    LBPD Investigating, No Motive Yet Determined, After Caller Called Reporting Someone Broke Into Their Residence (1000 block Almond Ct.), Caller Opened Fire And Officers Find Two Adults Fatally Shot. PD Says One Of The Residents And One Deceased "Were At One Time Asociates."
    As carried LIVE: Council votes 9-0 to proceed with these recommendations: With Scofflaws Detonating Explosives Shaking Multiple Neighborhoods, Councilman Austin (Joined By Zendejas, Andrews & Richardson) Seek Multiple City Mgm't, City Att'y And City Prosecutor Actions Going Beyond Previous Talk
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    New / Viewpoint: LBPD Should Ask And Get Answers For Public To These Four Questions About Accidental Discharge Of Gun Carried By Retired LBPD Sgt
    by John Deats


    Viewpoint: Police Response Times And Young Lives: A Budget Warning
    by Doug Drummond *
    * (3rd dist. Councilman (1990-1998), Harbor Comm'r (2011-2017), LBPD Commander (retired after 29 yrs service)
    Editorial: On June 23, The City Council's "Public Safety Committee" Is Poised To Violate Governor's Order And State Law And Let City Staff Manipulate Media Coverage At The ONLY City Council Proceeding Agendized To Date On LB Looting/Rioting, Police Bias/Use of force And Police Misconduct. Here's What To Do About This.
    Editorial: Appoint Whistleblower/Experienced Investigator Tomas Gonzales To Vacancy On Citizen Police Complaint Comm'n
    Editorial: Ensuring Meaningful Change, Not Sham Tweaks, For LB's "Citizen Police Complaint Commission"
    Unprepared...Or Clueless And In Denial? Read What Long Beach Mayor Garcia Tweeted Less Than Two Hours Before Looting Broke Out From Downtown To Uptown
    Breaking Code of Silence That Spares Mayor, Council And LB Police Officers Union From Accountability For Their Actions That Left LB Vulnerable To Looting And Problematic Police Responses
    Viewpoint: Mayor/Council, Please Stop Offering Self-Serving Excuses, Start Taking Public Serving Public Safety Actions.
    by Annie Greenfeld *
    * Ms. Greenfeld is a veteran community advocate. For many years, she lived in Wrigley, was president of Wrigley Association and South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group, chaired the Central Redevelopment Project Area Committee and spoke at countless Long Beach City Council meetings on multiple neighborhood and citywide topics.

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

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


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


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
















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


    Measures A & B: Garcia-Run Campaign Has Spent Over $380,000 Since Jan 1 For Gen'l Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Measures A & B...And Some LB Arts-Related Entities (That Could Receive Ongoing Sums If Voters Approve Measure B) Recently Contributed Nearly $20,000
    8th Dist: Dollar Donnybrook: Organized Labor Spends Large Sum For Thrash-Ntuk; Business Interests Spend Big to Re-Elect Austin; Reform Ticket Challenger Ovalle Uses Contribs Mainly From Grassroots Residents
    2nd Dist Deluge: Over $120,000 Spent Since Jan. 1 To Put Cindy Allen On City Council ($70k+ From These Contribs + $50k+ From Two Indie Committees); Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox (Using Mainly His Own Money) Has Spent $60k+; Pearce Endorsee Lara About $10k, Barrera About $5.5k
    8th Dist + 6th Dist. These Five Entities + One Individual Just Added $42,500 To Indie Campaign Seeking To Re-Elect Council Incumbents Andrews And Austin
    8th Dist: In 8th Dist., UniteHere! Union Adds $50,000 (Producing $125,000) For Organized-Labor Indie Campaign Seeking To Elect Thrash-Ntuk
    Follow the Money: Carpenters Union PAC Adds $10k To Garcia-Run Pro-Measure A Sales Tax Campaign; It's Collected Over Half A Million To Date From These Entities To Spend Against Grassroots Taxpayers Relying On Bare-Bones Individual Efforts
    2nd Dist: These Persons / Entities Gave These Sums To Elect Cindy Allen To LB City Council (2nd Dist.)
    6th Dist: Three Unions Just Gave Nearly A Quarter Million Dollars To L.A. County Labor Fed'n Which Is Allocating Estimated $40,000 In Indie Effort To Elect Suely Saro In 6th District (South Wrigley/Central LB/Cambodia Town)
    Mayor Garcia: See Who Gave Maximum Sums To Mayor Garcia's 2026 Lt. Governor Committee (That He's Used Thus Far As A Slush Fund To Support Other Campaigns)
    Subsequent coverage above:
    These Five Entities Just Gave $170,000 More -- Producing Total Now Nearly Half A Million -- For Garcia-Run Campaign To Continue Imposing Measure A Gen'l Fund (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    Subsequent cverage above:
    8th Dist: $75,000 Labor-Backed Indie Campaign Surfaces In 8th District Backing Thrash-Ntuk
    Subsequent coverage above
    6th + 8th Dists: These Entities Funded Indie Campaign Supporting Re-Election Of Andrews in 6th, Austin In 8th
    Subsequent coverage above Measure A Sales Tax:
    LB Firefighters Union Adds $125,000 to $200,000 From Police Officers Union To Fund Garcia-Run Campaign To Permanently Impose "Measure A" (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    RecentlyA Few Weeks AgoFurther Past
    City Prosecutor Haubert Launches Online Public Portal To Report Fireworks Scofflaws, And Warns Property Owners Who Shrug Pyros On Their Property They Could Face Prosecution
    LBPD Doesn't Systematically Compile, Analyze Or Provide Numerical Data On Victims Of Neighborhood Shootings Disproportionately Impacting City's Working Class/Historically Disadvantaged Areas
    Data gap is in addition to lack of listed shooting crime stats in LBPD released crime stats. LBPD stopped providing stats on multiple serious crimes by Council districts over a decade ago
    State Senate Approps Committee Kills SB 939 By Senators Lena Gonzalez-Scott Wiener; Measure Proposed To Let COVID-19 Impacted Small Commercial Tenants End Their Comm'l Property Leases Unless Their Landlords Negotiate New Mutually Agreeable Terms
    Bill included provisions for restaurants, bars, entertainment & performance venues
    Detailed Coverage / AUDIO: Black Lives Matter LB + Allied Groups Release Their "Peoples Budget FY2021," Tells Mayor/Council Cut LBPD Budget, Reimagine Community Safety By Reallocating Sums To These Spending Areas
    Includes AUDIO Of BLM LB Leader Dawn Modkins Adding Some Specifics/Details
    With No Discussion, Council Approves (7-2, Supernaw, Austin Dissenting) Mayor-Sought Mungo-Advanced Plan To Pay All Mayor-Chosen Appointees To City Hall Advisory Comm'ns And Double Sums Payable To Appointees To Charter Comm'ns
    U.S. Supreme Court Majority Holds 1964 Civil Rights Act Forbids Firing LGBTQ Workers Based Solely On Sex, Opinion (Written By Trump Appointed Justice) Extends Employment Protectionss To LGBTQ Workers Nationwide
    L.A. Council Committee Advances To Full Council LA Mayor Garcetti's Proposed $100-$150 Mil Cut From LA Police Budget
    Nearly all public speakers urge "Peoples Budget" by Black Lives Matter LA that seeks deeper police budget reductions, advocates shifting spending to other items it says "reimagine" handling public safety in L.A.
    U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Hear Trump Admin Challenge To CA "Sanctuary State" Law
    Amnesia file: In 2017, LB Council (with Mungo vanishing before vote and returning thereafter) supported enacting state law; in 2018, Council extended similar provisions to various city departments.
    LB Mayor Garcia Blasts OC Action (After OC Health Officer Resigns) To Remove Face Mask Req't, Calls Action "Totally Irresponsible, Will Impact Us Here in LB"
    LB Bars (That Don't Serve Food) Will Remain Closed, While Gyms, Day Camps, Museums, Hotels And "Aquarium of the Pacific" Can Reopen...As LB Deaths Top 100 And Daily Hospitalizations Now Regularly Near 80
    VIDEO: Looters Destroy Family's Dream: Their Downtown Pine Ave. Jewelry Business, Owner Says LBPD Watched It Happen Didn't Try To Stop It


    Subsequent coverage above:
    Council Poised Tonight To Enact Mayor-Sought Mungo-Advanced Proposal To Pay All Mayor-Chosen Appointees To City Hall Advisory Comm'ns And Double Sums Payable To Appointees To Charter Comm'ns
    CA Ass'y Advances Bill For CA Study Of Reparations For Slavery; LB Area Lawmakers O'Donnell, Gipson & Rendon Vote "Yes" Advancing Bill To State Senate
    Nearly Three Months Ago, Gov. Newsom Order Said COVID-19 Impacted Council Meetings Had To Let Public Address Council Telephonically Or Otherwise Electronically. Long Beach Mayor/Council Didn't Let Public Do So In Ways Public Could Hear What Public Said. LB City Att'y Office Says That Was OK
    In Depth: Responding To Criticism For Taking LB Police Union Contributions, Councilmember Richardson Gave $10,000 To Group Supporting Statewide Referendum to Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments, Used Sums from His Affordable Housing Committee
    by Greg Buhl
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    Allow Racial/Gender Preferences In Public Schools, UC/CSU Admissions, Gov't Pgms And Contracts? CA Voters Banned This With Prop 209. LB Ass'y Dems O'Donnell, Gipson And Rendon Just Invited CA Voters To Repeal Prop 209 In November
    Perpsective: Mayor Garcia Just Offered Excuses For City's Inability To Deter Neighborhood Disruptive Fireworks Scofflaws. Here's What Your Councilmember Could Direct City To Do That Some Other Cities Do...And LB Hasn't Done
    Follow-Up To Citizen Police Complaint Comm'n Member Porter Gilberg Publicly Calling CPCC "A Farce," Some Of His Previous Campaign Contribs And What He Says City Can And Should Do Now
    Extended AUDIO: Police Chief Luna Fields Council Questions, City Mgr Modica And Mayor Garcia Defend City Response To May 31 Events
    Near the end of the council meeting with NO discussion by any incumbents, the City Council voted 8-1 (Supernaw dissenting) to approve this item (on the first of two required enacting votes.) Detailed Coverage Council To Take First Of Two Votes Tonight (June 9) On Pre-COVID-19 Mayor/Mungo Proposal To Pay All Mayor-Chosen Appointees To City Hall Advisory Comm'ns And Double Sums Payable To Appointees To Charter Comm'ns
    LB City Prosecutor Haubert Will Offer Peaceful Protestors Cited For Curfew Violations Opportunity For Teachable Moment Discussion...But Loooters/Vandals Should Expect Criminal Charges
    2nd dist. Council Candidate Fox Moves To Velcro Opponent Allen To LB Police Union Contribs, Challenges Allen To Return $48,000 LBPOA Spent To Get Her Into Runoff And To Commit To Donate $2 For Every $1 It Spends To Support Her In Runoff
    UPDATE: This item is pulled (removed) from June 16 Council agenda LBPD Seeks Council Approval To Destroy LBPD Internal Affairs Records Spanning July-December 2014; Chief Luna Approved Request In Mid-May 2020; Item Surfaces As Part Of Council's June 16 "Consent Calendar"
    Police Chief Luna Says: I Live Here, I Love Long Beach And I'm Listening For Add'l Ways To Evaluate Our Policies, Procedures And Training Using Informed, Comprehensive, Evidence Based Approach
    Continuing Inequity: Man Is Shot To Death on PCH Near Cherry; Mainly Working Class Central LB Area Has Had 20 of LB's 23 Shooting Crime Scenes Since April 15; Its Three Incumbents (Zendejas, Andrews, Supernaw) All Supported By LB Police Officers Union
    Councilman Richadrson: "Should We Defund the Police? Absolutely. Am I Advocating To Take Out The Police Completely? No." Acknowledges His "Reconciliation Framework" Agendized For June 9 Council Meeting Seeks To Reduce Police Funding And Shift Spending To Other Items
    In Detail / Follow-Up During Period (May 31-June 1) When Lootings/Comm'l Burgs/Vandalism Victimized LB Businesses From Downtown To Beyond, LBPD Arrested 24 Adults + 2 Juveniles, Cited 56 Persons, And Is Currently Reviewing VIDEO Evidence For Add'l Possible Arrests
    Within Two Hours June 6, Central LB Neighborhoods Had Two More Shooting Crime Scenes: (1) TWO Woman Shot/Wounded Area Orange/17th When Vehicle With Four Men Approaches And Two With Guns Open Fire On Group (2) Casings Found (No Persons Or Bldgs/Vehicles Hit) Area 16th/Elm
    NO Councilmembers Agendize Actions On Looting Or LBPD/Mayor Response. Instead, Councilmembers Richardson, Pearce, Andrews & Austin Agendize Sweeping "Reconciliation Framework" That Includes:
  • Potential 2020 Ballot Measure (Subject Matter Undisclosed)
  • Possible Changes To Increase Oversight By "Citizen Police Complaint Commission"
  • Budget Changes Tacitly Paralleling Stance of LB Groups That Have Urged Mayor/Council To Divest/Shift Funding Away From Policing To Other Spending
    Council Public Safety Committee Chair Suzie Price Schedules June 23 Session With LBPD/LBFD Report On Lessons Learned From Recent Protests Throughout The City And Subsequent Vandalism/Violence
    Perspective: Inequity By The Numbers: Within Recent Six Week Period, LB Had 20 Shooting Crime Scenes. 17 Were In Working Class Parts Of 1st and 6th Council Dists. Their Neighborhoods Have Regularly Endured LB's Highest Numbers Of Homicides. Their Incumbents Were Elected With Financial Support From LB's Police Officers Union PAC And Mayor Robert Garcia
    LA Mayor Proposes Cutting LAPD Funding After LA Increased Its Police Level Roughly 20%; LB Erased Roughly 20% Of Its Officers, Has Restored Less Than 3%...And These Groups Want LB Mayor/Council To Divest Resources From Policing
    Follow-Up: VIDEO Surfaces On Instagram Providing Context For Photo Showing Man With Child On Shoulders As LBPD Fired "Less Than Lethal" Rounds
    Do You Have VIDEO/Photos Of Looters? Use This LBPD Portal To Help ID / Bring Them To Justice
    Read Portions Of Codes of Ethics of National Ass'n of Press Photographers and Society of Professional Journalists. Then Consider That May 31 Photo Of Man/Child/Police In DTLB. Your Conclusions?
    Special Report: Especially Now, We Recall 31st Anniversary Of Radio Beijing's "Radio Tankman" Reporting Tienanmen Square Massacre
    CA Ass'y Will Take Up These Two Bills: (1) CA Study On Reparations For Slavery; and (2) CA Constitutional Amendment Inviting CA Voters To Repeal Prop 209 That Banned Racial Preferences In Gov't Hiring/Contracting/Public Education/College Admissions
    Councilwoman Mungo Tells KNX 1070 Newsradio That Long Beach Was Lucky To Have Limited Vandalism, Damages, Looting To About 170 Businesses Out of 43,000 Citywide
    While Looters Looted Other Areas, Drivers Shot-At Along Anaheim St.; One Driver Struck/Wounded Near Alamitos Ave., Rounds Miss Another Driver But Damage Driver's Vehicle At Orizaba Ave.
  • Detailed Coverage / Perspective: When The Looting Began, LB Ran Out Of Police Officers. By The Numbers: Details On LB's Thin Police Level....And The Legacy Of LB Mayor/Council Actions That Have Left L.A. County's Second Largest City With Significantly Fewer Cops Per Capita Than L.A.


    Peaceful Long Beach Protest Turns Into Citywide Looting; Mayor/Council Spending Choices Left City With Significantly Thinner Per Capita Police Level Than L.A.. LB Forced To Seek "Mutual Aid" From Other Agencies, Then National Guard
    Barriers Visible At LBPD HQ and New Civic Center, Some DTLB Business Boarding Up In Advance Of Planned Afternoon Demonstration Re Minneapolis PD-Involved Death of George Floyd; Yesterday Peaceful LA Demonstration Turned Into Looting/Rioting
    Man Shoots At Five People, Misses Hitting Them, Strikes/Damages Parked Cars, Pine Ave. Just South of PCH; It's Area's Second Shooting Crime Scene Within Two Days (1st dist./Zendejas)
    As A Precaution (Not A Response To Any LB Unrest), LBPD Is On A "Modified Tactical Alert," Means More Officers Than Usual Are Deployed And Available
    Perspective: Updated Data Show These Increases In LB COVID-19 Hospitalizations After Early May Initial Incremental Recreational Reopenings. What's Next With Newly Allowed Multiple Business Reopenings?
    Noon-Hour Shooting Wounds Man On PCH West of Pine (1st Dist/Border of 6th); In Just Over 6 Weeks, LB's 1st + 6th Council Districts Have Had Over A Dozen Shooting Crime Scenes (Persons Hit Incl. A Homicide) + Persons Not Hit But With Casings Founds Or Bldgs/Vehicles Struck
    Sac'to Approves LA County/City Sought "Variance" And City Allows Reopening Of Restaurants And Hair Salons (Barbering); Mayor Says Reopenings Will Occur Slowly, Cautions What Happens Next Depends On Responsible Behavior By LB Residents
    DA Charges Driver With Murder + Other Felonies Alleging He Led Police On Pursuit And Struck/Killed Pedestrian Walking His Dog (6th/Magnolia); No Charges Filed At This Point Against Six Other Men Arrested On Suspicion Of Burglary at WLB Comm'l Site
    AND
    Man Walking His Dog Is Killed By Driver Fleeing Police. What Happens Next May Depend In Part On These 2018 Sac'to Changes To CA Law
    by Sharon Katchen
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    Would The Two Candidates Seeking To Become LB School Board Member Rep'ing Central LB/Wrigley/WLB Have Voted To Let High School Students Districtwide Opt-In For Letter Grades In COVID-19 Impacted Semester? LBREPORT.com Asked Them. One Replied; The Other Didn't
    Sac'to Says Yes And City Of LB Now Allows These Retail Reopenings...AND LA County + City Seek Sac'to "Variance" To Go Further Within Days
    In Depth Follow-Up / Extended AUDIO: State Senate Committee Advances SB 902, Would Speed Process (Eliminate Some Public Input/Appeals) To Let Council Majority Rezone Single Family Home Neighborhoods For Increased Density/Multi-Unit Housing
    SE LB state Senator Umberg, whose district includes low density parts of 3rd, 4th and 5th dists, voted "yes"
    LB State Senator Gonzalez Teams With SF State Senator Wiener On SB 939 To Let COVID-19 Impacted Small Commercial Tenants End Their Comm'l Property Leases Unless Their Landlords Negotiate New Mutually Agreeable Terms; Bill Includes Provisions For Restaurants, Bars, Enterainment And Performance Venues
    May 28 Update: Hospitalizations Increase Roughly 13%, Death Toll Flat
    May 27: LB Health Dept. Worker Tests Positive For COVID-19; LB Death Toll Rises To 81; Info Comes On Same day LB Announces It Will Join w/ LA County In Seeking Sac'to "Variance" To Enable Add'l LB Reopenings
    CA Dept. of Public Health Allows Nearly All Retailing Statewide BUT Subject To Each County's Approval, Leaves Effects On LB Unclear; LA County Hasn't Decided And LB's Separate Health Dept.Hasn't Said What It Favors If Allowed; Sac'to Also Allows Expanded Religious Observances/Ceremonies Under New "Guidelines"
    UPDATE: OC Board of Supervisors votes to deem church proceedings "essential," won't enforce Sac'to restrictions>
    May 26 update: Latest two LB COVID-19 deaths are NOT associated with long term care facility. LB death toll reaches 75. 65 are hospitalized. 1,605 LB residents to date have tested positive, approx. 1,150 have recovered.
    LA County Will Ask Sac'to For Faster Reopenings As Unified County Request Not For Separate Regions Or Cities. So What About Long Beach (With Separate Health Dept)? LB Comment Pending
    VIDEO as streamed LIVE: WWII Aircraft Fly Over LB; Memorial Day Event Merits Recalling Why They First Flew
    There's No Item On June 2 Council Agenda (Yet) Re Continued Street Sweeping Parking Ticket Relief Despite Mayor/Council May 19 Motion; Item Could Still Be Added By May 29 Agendizing Deadline
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