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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
Summary: Council votes
Summary: Council votes
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.
Ongoing Survey: Mayor Garcia Volunteers Long Beach To Test "Universal Basic Income." Do You Support This?
Ongoing Survey: LBREPORT.com Invites Your Responses To These Questions About LBPD Violent Crime Focus And Current Mayor/Council Spending Priorities
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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
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
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!
Measures A & B: LBREPORT.com Seeks District Attorney Review Of Long Beach Mayor/City Council Feb. 18 Actions re Measure B
Measures A & B: Garcia-Run Campaign Has Spent Over $380,000 Since
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
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
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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|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
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
Near the end of the council meeting with NO discussion by any incumbents, the City Council voted
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
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:
Council Public Safety Committee Chair Suzie Price Schedules
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
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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