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Exclusive: Bombshell: After LBREPORT.com Asks To See "Financial Model" Attachment Missing From Contract For LB's New Civic Center, City Mgm't Says It Never Existed In Hard Copy As It Was "Too Extensive And Complex," Was "Proprietary" Model Developed By Plenary To Initially Cost The Civic Center, Was Reviewed By Unnamed Independent Consultants For Accuracy Before City Accepted It And With Final Agreement In Place Now "Serves No Practical Purpose"
New / Developing: Former Long Beach Mayor Foster Wants CA Voters To Change State Constitution. He's Co-Proponent Of Draft Proposing To Enable Sac'to-Mandated Housing Density If CA Taxpayers Pay For Density-Supportive Broadly Defined Local "Infrastructure"
New: Two Overnight Shootings, Three People Wounded: Man And Woman (Adults) Wounded (Plus Three Vehicles Struck) PierPoint Landing Parking Lot (Near Shoreline Aquatic Park) w/ "Numerous Casings of Various Caliber" Found; About An Hour Later A Man Is Shot/Wounded Area 9th/Olive
New: NLB Coolidge Triangle Gunfire, Second Time w/in Two Weeks, Third Time Within 60 Days: Rounds Hit Residence + 2 Unoccupied Vehicles, 300 block E. Scott St.
New / In Depth: All Incumbent LB Councilmembers Just Met For About Two Minutes As Members Of Their "Housing Authority"...For Which They Can Now Collect $50 Each; Records Show Their Housing Authority "Meetings" In 2019 Have Run Mainly 1 to 4 Minutes
New / Perspective: Will Your Councilmember Vote To Spend Over $750,000 On These Budget Items Proposed By City Mgr, Recommended by Mayor?
  • $120,000 "To Monitor Social Media"/ Focus On "Community Engagement"
  • $138,000 + $250,000 For "Video Programming" With "Focus" On New Civic Center (Presumed To Include City Hall's Million Dollar "Media Wall")
  • $200,000 For "Planning" And "Consultants" For 2028 Olympics
  • $50,000 "Commemorative History Book" For New Civic Center

  • Taxpayer Impacts Project (A Continuing Series)
    Because how LB elected officials treat LB taxpayers matters
    SUCCESS!: Conditions In/Around PCH/Magnolia
    July 31: LBREPORT.com is informed that the encampment below disappeared over the weekend July 27-28.

    July 19: Taxpayer requests meeting with 1st Council dist. office, pending

    New Conditions In/Around Bixby Park/Bluff Park/Beach Area: Latest July 24 from taxpayer to Mayor, City Mgr, Councilwoman Pearce, Homeless Services Coordinator: "There Is homeless family with an 8 month old child on Junipero. Their car is filled with junk & the child is wearing heavy clothing. There are homeless families on 1st Street at the park with dogs & teenagers. There are men screaming by the bathrooms & the trash & stench are overwhelming. No child or animal should be in hot cars today. Im begging for help for these people. There is a child that needs help. This is unacceptable "
    Reports from other areas coming. Email photos showing conditions in your neighborhood including any contacts with city officials to: mail@lbreport.com

    LB Has 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th. 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th, 51st, 52nd, 53rd, 54th, 55th 56 Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Non-Fatal + No-Person-Hit) Since May 7. Click maps below details on most recent four.
    Special Report / In Depth / Amnesia File: Long Beach Had But No Longer Has An LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit. How'd That Happen?

    Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial.
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    In High Desert Hesperia, LBPD Finds/Arrests Two LB Residents -- Suspected Shooter + His Suspected Accessory After-the-Fact -- In Willow/Eucalyptus Fatal Shooting Of Toko Tasi; Search Warrant At Wrigley Address Recovers Evidence, LBPD Says

    LB City Prosecutor Files (Unusual But Not Unprecedented) Misdemeanor Criminal Complaint Alleging Violations Of LB's Airport Noise Ordinance, Cites Mesa Airlines (Which Provides Regional Service For American Airlines Under "American Eagle" Banner)
    In Depth/Follow-Up: Your Neighborhood? Gov. Newsom Signs Bill Blocking Local Appeals, Making "Low Barrier" Homeless Facilities -- That Allow Active Drug Users / Alcohol Abusers Who Refuse Treatment Programs Or Services -- A Use "By Right" In Mixed Use Comm'l w/ Residential Zones And Nonresidential Zones Permitting Multifamily Uses
    No Councilmembers Signal Support To Restore Add'l Police (Leaving 186 Officers Not Restored); Councilwoman Pearce Asks Chief Luna About Lack of Field Anti-Gang Unit And He Diplomatically Responds; Chief Says New Sac'to Police Mandates Without Sac'to Funding To Pay For Them Are Draining At Least $2.5 Mil In LB Budget Dollars, Diverting Police Resources
    Without audible objection(s) from any Council incumbents, Council lets Mayor Garcia require the public to sign up to speak on Council agenda items before Mayor calls each item or lose the opportunity to speak to the item ("sign up or shut up" policy.) In May, Council voted to direct City Attorney to prepare an ordinance with that change, an action that requires two Council votes, with public testimony, before enactment. That hasn't happened and may not for some period of time. LB taxpayers Corliss Lee and Ann Cantrell objected to the change during period for public testimony on non-agendized items. From Three Minutes, To 90 Seconds, To ZERO Seconds: Here's How Two Misnamed "Streamlining" Actions Could Prevent You From Speaking At LB City Council Meetings...If Council Allows It
    Mayor Sought This City Mgm't Memo That Discusses Paying All Of Mayor's Chosen "Advisory" Comm'n Appointees And Doubling Meeting Pay For His Charter Comm'n Appointees + Letting Councilmembers Continue Collecting $50 Each Time They're Present For Few Minute Meetings Of LB's "Housing Authority"
    "Budget Oversight Committee" (Mungo, Price, Austin) will discuss this @ 3 p.m.; approval may precede previously mentioned tighter control over what "advisory" comm'ns can/can't discuss
    City Manager Pat West Resigns
    Two Shootings Within Less Than Two Hours: Fatal At Willow/Eucalyptus (Wrigley/6th Dist.); Non-Fatal Anaheim/Magnolia (1st Dist.)

    Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial.
    Mayor Garcia Signals He'll Attempt To Apply Unprecedented Limitation On Public's Right To Speak To AGENDIZED LB City Council Items In New City Hall: Would Require Public To Sign Up Before He Chooses To Call Agenda Item Or Lose Right To Speak To It
    Several Thousand Attend LBCC Rally For Pres. Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders; He Delivers Forceful Unflinching Roughly Fifty Minute Speech (VIDEO)
    He's introduced by LBCC Trustee Malauulu but multiple LB Dem pols incl. Mayor Garcia (a Harris endorser/supporter) and other LB Dem electeds weren't visible from our vantage point
    LBREPORT.com photo
    THREE 8th Dist. Shooting Crimes Within 12 Hours; Two No-Persons Hit But At Midmorning In Broad Daylight, Man Is Shot/Wounded Sitting In His Car Parked Along Atlantic Ave @ 45th St. (8th Dist.) Across From Bixby Knolls Shopping Center/About Two Blocks South Of LBPD's North Division/Scherer Park Station
    Contract For New Civic Center Is Supposed To Include A "Financial Model." Its Version Visible On City Website Doesn't.
    VIDEO: See / Hear Presentations By City Mgm't -- Incl. LBPD/LBFD Chiefs & Public Works -- At 8th Dist. Budget Meeting; Councilman Austin Fielded Audience Questions/Comments From Constituents; Candidates Juan Ovalle And Tunua Thrash-Ntuk Attend, Offer Non-Confrontational Comments In Meeting
    Perspective: Mayor-Applauded/Council-Cast 2015 Civic Center Approval Vote Now Costs Taxpayers Sum Exceeding What Public Initially Told, Difference Could Restore At Least Ten Sworn Police Officers Or Possibly More For Taxpayers...And It's Fairly Close To What Staff Told Council Their Voted Action Would Do
    Mayor Garcia Files Sac'to Paperwork To Collect Campaign Contribs To Run For Lt. Governor in 2026
    Action Tacitly Signals He'll Seek Third Term As Mayor In 2022, Avoiding Previous Third-Term Write-In Req't He Erased With His "Good Gov't" BBB Charter Amendment
    All "Re-Planet" Recycling Facilities In CA Close; Convenient LB/Lakewood/Signal Hill Locations Vanish
    The "Special Event" referenced in the LBPD release linked below is today's scheduled rally for Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at LBCC (Source: LBPD PIO Dandoy.)

    Subsequent coverage above:
    Pres. Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders Coming To LBCC Aug. 6
    LB Mayor Garcia backs Sen. Kamala Harris now; Amnesia File: At LBCC rally three years ago, he introduced/lauded then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, then seeking to derail Sen. Sanders bid for Dem Party nomination; see VIDEO
    6th Dist. Council Candidate Suely Saro Raises Early $40k To Unseat Incumbent Dee Andrews Who Lists Big Name Endorsers But Not Big Bucks Yet; Cambodian-American Community Candidate Steve Meng Also Raising Sums
    These Lobbying Firms, Politically Active Unions, Traditional Left/Progressives, Two LB Council Incumbents + A Council Challenger Among Contribs To Re-Elect 2nd Dist. Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce
    Separate Parts Of NLB Have Had Three Shooting Crime Scenes In Four Days; One In Carmelitos Affordable Housing Project Is Fatal
    ON-DEMAND VIDEO: 1st Dist. Council Candidates Debut: None State Disagreements With Any Specific Votes By Previous Incumbent Gonzalez Or With Policies/Priorities Of Mayor Garcia
    Long Beach Officials Cheer As CA Taxpayers Will Spend At Least $9 Mil Tidelands Dollars For Beach Concession Stand/Kids Play Area; Use of State Money Approved In 2018 Without Discussion By State Lands Comm'n That Included Then-Lt. Gov. Newsom

    Image source: Long Beach city staff agendized report
    Follow the Money: Within Less Than 90 Days, Rex Richardson-Named Mystery Ballot Measure/Tax Increase Committee Collected Over $200,000 From These Sources
    UPDATE: Includes comments by Councilman Richardson
    In July 2019, These Two Central LB Council Districts Combined Had A Higher Rate Of Fatal Shootings Per Capita Than Chicago. And It Was Basically The Same For The Past Seven Months From Jan-July 2019
    Mayor/Mgm't Recommend FY20 Budget That (Unless Council Majority Modifies It) Won't Restore Any Portion Of 186 Police Officers That LB Taxpayers Had Before Measure A Sales Tax Increase (That Mayor/Council Want Voters To Make Permanent); See Add'l Details
    Follow the Money: Out Of Town Dollars Dominate (Incl. Pro-Density/Subsidized Housing Advocates) Giving 8th Dist. Candidate Thrash-Ntuk $100,000+ To Unseat Garcia-Endorsed Incumbent Austin And Push Reformer Ovalle Out Of Runoff
    Perspective: City Officials Cheer Their New City Hall; See Its $1 Million "Media Wall"
    by Diana Lejins
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    Perspective: New Long Beach City Hall: From Taxpayers' Perspective
    Exclusive: LBPD Routinely Collects But Doesn't Routinely Save Data On Non-Serious Traffic Accidents; That Means City Hall's Reliance On PD Saved Data Alone Re Road Diet Accidents Is Numerically Incomplete Detailed Coverage / Amnesia File: Road Diet Displeasure Spreads Beyond Broadway: "Peninsula Corridor Group" Forms On Facebook Citing Problems From Termino Ave. to 72nd Place
    Amnesia file: Opposition first surfaced nearly three years ago, preceding Broadway "road diet" controversy
    Facing Renter Fury And Some Landlord Pushback, Attempt To Revise LB Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance Yanked Off Council Agenda Hours Before Vote. What's Next?
    "Road Diet" Data Gap: City Mgm't/Councilwoman Pearce Say Broadway Project's Purpose Is Safety, Will Make Tweaks While Pursuing Citywide "Vision Zero" BUT City Mgr. Acknowledges LBPD Accident Data Don't Include Smaller Accidents If Not Reported To PD, Says Residents Should Report All Of 'Em; Council Candidate Fox Readies Affidavits; New Peninsula Corridor Group Surfaces, Raises Ocean Blvd. Issues
    In Your Neighborhood? Sac'to Just Enabled "Low Barrier" Homeless Facilities -- That Must Allow Active Drug Users / Alcohol Abusers Who Refuse Participation In Treatment Programs Or Services -- A Use "By Right" In Mixed Use (Comm'l w/ Residential) Zones And Nonresidential Zones Permitting Multifamily Uses
    Perspective: These Long Beach Councilmembers Have Quietly Pocketed These Taxpayer Sums Each Time They've Attended "Meetings" -- Most One To Four Minutes Long -- Of This City Hall Body; Yes, They Could Change This
    Reported Shooting But No Victims Or Shooting Evidence Located, Area Lime/PCH
    Two First Dist. Shooting Crime Scenes: (1) Drive By/Man Hit 1200 Loma Vista (2) UPDATED: Bullet Flies Into Person's Home, Area 1700 block Pine Ave.

    Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial.
    Unanimous Council Support Despite Public Pushback (On Council Steered Process And Lack Of Library Ties) To Rename LB's Main Library "Billie Jean King Main Library"
    Bizarre NLB Incident: Woman Is With Man In Vehicle (Area Harding St./Gardenia Ave.) When He Discharges A Firearm Out Of Vehicle's Passenger Window For Reason Not Currently Known And Flees The Scene; Gunfire Hits A Nearby Home
    Another Central LB Shooting: 14th St./Gaviota, No Persons Hit In Overnight Gunfire
    At the July 23 Council meeting, City Attorney Parkin announced that in a closed session, the City Council voted 7-0 to approve settlement in the amount of $775,000 in the case of Thomas Gonzales vs. The Citizens Police Complaint Commission, et al. In Sept. 2018, a jury awarded Mr. Gonzales, a former investigator for City's Citizens' Police Complaint Commission $436,000 in past economic damages plus $300,000 in emotional distress damages after finding that he was terminated basically for complaining that some serious cases of police misconduct were being swept aside.
    TWO Homicides: Woman (Unintended Victim) Dies As Bullet Flies Into Her Residence (10th/Alamitos, border 1st/6th Dists.); Man Is Fatally Shot 1200 block Molino (4th Dist)
  • These are LB's 39th/40th shooting crime scenes in 75 days, 15th/16th homicides of 2019

    Jan 1, 2018 to date: Red Xs=homicides; Blue Xs= shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X's=non-fatal stabbings; Blue * asterisk=victim hit, police unable to locate crime scene. Map is unofficial.
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Where Was Long Beach Mayor Garcia When Bullet Flew Into A Woman's House Killing Her, And Central LB Had Another Homicide? He's In Iowa, Campaigning For Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (See His Tweets)
    Subsequent development above
    Renter Advocacy Groups -- And Now Some Audible Landlord Interests -- Signal Political Pushback On Two Fronts To Proposed Changes To Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance
    Subsequent development above
    With 1st Dist. Seat Now Vacant, Four Council Incumbents Move To Change Parts Of Just-Enacted (6-3) Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance
    One Year Later: Fred Taft Is Remembered By His Family And Many Friends; Justice Elusive As His Killer Remains At Large Despite Suspect Sketch And Sizable Reward

    Fred Taft
    Mosquito Carrying West Nile Virus Found In Los Cerritos Wetlands (90803); Experts Advise Residents To Consider It Endemic Regionally (Basically Everywhere) And Advise Sensible Anti-Mosquito Precautions
    Property Owners In Over Half Of LB Block City Hall-Effort To Make Them Pay "Benefit Assessment" For Mosquito Abatement/Vector Control Currently Provided By LB Health Dept
    Woman's Vehicle Struck By Gunfire On Atlantic Ave. in (Prelim Info) NLB North of 91
    Cong. Lowenthal Among 95 House Dems (See Full List) Voting To Dissent From House Dem Leadership And Proceed To Debate This Measure (See Text) To Impeach President Trump
    He Dated Her. LBPD Believes He Shot/Killed Her. And Yesterday He Walked Into LBPD HQ (Just Blocks From Crime Scene) And Surrendered
    No Dissent, Council Votes To Approve Ballot Text, Declare "Fiscal Emergency," Police & Firefighter Unions Voice Lockstep Support For March 2020 Ballot Measure To Extend Measure A "Blank Check" Sales Tax Basically Permanently
  • No candidates, organizations or neighborhood groups speak pro or con
  • In coming weeks (as with Measure A) mgm't will bring Council text of non-binding resolution reciting Council's "intent" to use the revenue for certain purposes, including Community Hospital deal
    Council's Housing & Neighborhoods Committee (Andrews, Supernaw, Austin) Votes 3-0 To Recommend Council Approve Council Proposed Renaming Of LB's Main Library As "Billie Jean King Main Library"
    VIDEO + Photos: "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The Broadway Diet Has Got To Go" Chant Riled Residents As Drivers Honk Protesting City Hall Installed "Road Diet"

    Photo credit: Diana Lejins
    VIDEO: One Of A Handful Of Bike-Riding Counter-Protesters At Broadway Road Diet Protest Is COO Of LLC With A $1.4 Mil Contract To Run City's Bike Share Program; Two Days Earlier, Someone Sideswiped His Small Truck Parked Along Narrowed Broadway Corridor, Knocked Off His Driver-Door Mirror And His Reponse Was...(see VIDEO)
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    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!
    UPDATE: Council votes without dissent to approve Opinion: Your Councilmember Will Vote On Whether To Tilt/Rig The Outcome Of March 2020 Election On City Hall-Sought Permanent "Blank Check" Sales Tax
    UPDATE: Council votes without dissent to approve consent calendar without discussion. No member(s) of the public or organizations speak to the Mayor's Honolulu travel.
    Editorial: Mayor Seeks "Consent Calendar" -- No Council Discussion -- Of Taxpayer Costs For His Honolulu Junket...That He Could Pay For Using His Contributor-Funded Officeholder Account Instead
    Editorial: Jan. 2019: Mayor Garcia Tells "State of the City" LB Has "Fiscally Responsible Gov't"; July 2019: Mayor Seeks Council-Declared "Fiscal Emergency," Returns From Honolulu Junket, Agendizes "Consent Calendar" (No Discussion Sought) Council Item Claiming No Fiscal Impact From Trips He Could Pay For -- But Doesn't -- Using His Now Contributor-Funded Officeholder Account
    Perspecive: He's Paid $100k+ Salary By Union Whose PAC Gave These Contribs to Mayor/Several Council Incumbents; He Moved Into LB In 2017 And Within Weeks Mayor/Council Put Him On Planning Comm'n; Now They Just Reapponted Him For Four More Yrs
    Perspective/Opinion: Priorities: Neither Long Beach Mayor Garcia Nor Any LB Councilmember(s) Agendize 21 Shooting Crime Scenes (Fatal + Wounding + No Persons Hit) Since May 5 For June 11 or (Thus Far) June 18 Council Discussion/Action; Mayor Adds Agendized Farewell Ceremony for Councilwoman now state-Senator-Elect Gonzalez
    Perspective / Opinion / AUDIO: On April 30, Long Beach City Council's Public Safety Committee Met; Price and Austin Mum Re Restoring LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit And Supernaw Offered This Reasoning To Rationalize NOT Restoring It; Since Then, LB Has Had 21 Shooting Crime Scenes (None In His District)
    Opinion: Listen, Speak, Communicate Openly To Protect Students Facing Rising Tide Of Violence Around Some LB Schools
    by Tonia Reyes Uranga
    Ms. Reyes Uranga was the 7th dist. Councilwoman 2002-2010. She is the spouse of current 7th dist. Councilman Roberto Uranga
    Editorial: Tuesday May 14 Will Show If Your Councilmember Will Defend, Preserve And Protect Your Rights To Speak/Be Heard At Council Meetings...Or Move To Reduce/Erase Them
    Perspective: Will LB Council Vote Nixing No-Kill Animal Shelter And Dissing Its Advocates Sway Votes In Current And Coming LB Elections?
    Council's May 7 Choice: Approve Verbally Fogged Animal Shelter Killing Policies Or Allow Overdue Agendized Discussion Of No-Kill Shelter Policies
    Editorial: LB Animal Shelter Advocacy: An Appreciation And Caution To Ignore Promises, Judge Actions, Keep Pressure On And Practice "Trust But Verify"
    Publisher's Perspective: Competitor Declines LBREPORT.com's Offer To Co-Host State Senate Candidate Debate
    City Hall Is Concealing Its Animal Shelter Report So Public (And Press) Can't Study It Before "Study Session"; Here's What To Do About It
    Opinion: Long Beach Suddenly Lurches Toward Rent Control
    by Ian Patton *
    * Mr. Patton is a political consultant with Cal Heights Consultancy, owner of a small, family-run rental property, and volunteer executive director of the Long Beach Reform Coalition (a local government accountability network, which has not taken a position on rent control or other housing issues, but includes member organizations which may have positions on those issues.)

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

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

    LBREPORT.com photo

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

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

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

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    Major Clean Air Advocacy Group + Grassroots Group Seeking Phase-Out Of Mass-Casualty-Risking MHF Urged Gov. Newsom To Pick New AQMD Boardmember Reflecting Those Concerns; He Chose Someone Who Worked For Exxon-Mobil For Four Yrs; Here's What Happens Next And How LB Officials And Grassroots Groups Can Be Involved (Or Not)
    At His First Fundraiser, 2nd Dist. Council Candidate Robert Fox Says City Should Buy Underperforming Business Properties Along Broadway ("Three In A Row") And Build Neighborhood-Friendly Parking Structures (Commercial By Day/Neighborhood By Night); Commits To Deposit $50,000 Of His Money In Campaign, Says He'll Work To Bring "Common Sense" Back To Council
    Long Beach Will Soon Get Its First Homeless "Navigation Center." What's That And Where Will It Be?
    Council Incumbent Pearce Issues Statement Listing Coming Changes Along Broadway Corridor "Road Diet"; Candidate Fox Calls "Tweaks" Insufficient, Says Reconfiguration Needed, Blasts Pearce For Costs
    Pearce's statement comes hours before Fox's first campaign fundraiser, two days before planned anti-road diet demonstration
    2nd Dist. Candidates Robert Fox & Jeanette Barrera Say This Re 2nd Dist. Council Incumbent Jeannine Pearce Facebook Statement Re Broadway Road Diet
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Mayor Garcia Sent Low-Visibility Letter Two Days Before Major SCAQMD Committee Vote On Politically-Polarized Public Safety-Impactful Issue, Saying He Supports Phase-Out On Use Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) At Two Area Refineries (Valero Wilmington And Torrance ToRC)
    Committee narrowly voted against pursuing phase-out/ban; Mayor declined to sign such a letter six months ago; issue not agendized for Council policy-setting vote
    4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill Advances Toward Assembly Vote After Senate Passage; Gov. Brown Vetoed It; What Will Gov. Newsom Do?
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Overnight, Area 14th/Chestnut (Near 14th St. Park/Washington Middle School, 1st Dist.) It's Just Over A Mile Due North Of New Civic Center, 37th LB Shooting Crime Scene (Fatal + Wounding + No-Person-Hit) Since May 7
    Homicide Suspect (White Male, 30-35 Yrs) And Homicide Victim Were Known To Each Other; Coroner Says Victim Was Hispanic Female In Her 40's (ID Pending Next of Kin); Woman Is Fatally Shot, 300 block Magnolia Ave.; LBPD Says Suspect Is A Man, Gets Search Warrant For Nearby Residence, Deploys SWAT, Residence Found Vacant

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

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

    Image source: Arrow re library added to image via Mayor Garcia Dec. 16, 2016 release
    Three-Judge Fed'l Appeals Court (NY) Unanimously Rules 1st Amendment Prevents Gov't Officials From Blocking Comments Critical Of Them/Gov't Policies On Their Otherwise Open Social Network Pages
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    LB Can Expect To Feel Add'l Quakes, Most Smaller But Chance Of Larger One Than Fri. 7.1 Near Ridgecrest (Felt As Roller Here)
    LB Dispatch Center Received 639 Fireworks Related Calls b/w July 1-4 (Down 35%); LBPD Issued 36 Fireworks Related Citations (No Arrests) July 4 Following Council Decision To Rely On "Celebrate Safely" Messages Without Pursuing Administrative Enforcement
    LBPD Investigators Now Believe July 4 Gunfire Area PCH/Walnut-Gaviota -- That Caused Officers To Take Cover -- Was "Likely Multiple Shooters Involved In A Separate Incident" Not Targeting Officers, Investigation Continues
    It was 31st LB shooting crime scene (fatal + wounding + no-persons hit) since May 7
    Wrigley, NLB Neighborhoods Hammered (Again) By July 4th Mortar-Launched + Ground Based Explosives
  • North Long Beach News publisher livestreams conditions visible in northern part of 8th dist.
  • Wrigley residents decry chronic activity preceding July 4th
    Bullet Flies Thru Woman's Wrigley Area Window July 4th
    Councilmembers Pearce, Andrews, Austin And Richardson Propose Naming New Civic Center Library For LB-Local: "Billie Jean King Main Library"; They Present Multiple Supportive Letters/Petitions And Include A Personal Letter From Ms. King Saying It's "Deeply Humbling" And "Honor Would Represent My Life Coming Full Circle"
    Upstart Group Signs "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"
    Long Beach Rolls From North Mojave Desert 6.4 Mag Quake (130 Miles Away)
    Subsequent updated information above:
    Officers Hear Gunfire, And It Appears Some Person(s) Shot At Them, 1600 block E. PCH (Just East of LBCC Campus Near Chittick Field, 6th dist.); Officers Take Cover/None Hit, SWAT Activated, Suspect(s) Not Yet Identified

    6:30 a.m., PCH @ Cherry, looking west
    30TH LB Shooting Crime Scene Since May 7: Someone Shoots At Two People, Misses Hitting Them, Area 14th St. West Of Junipero (4th Dist.)
  • Gov. Newsom + Sac'to Dem Legislative Leaders Agree To Advance Sweeping Bill Empowering State To Sue/Courts To Fine Cities That Don't Meet Sac'to Standards On Housing Plans, Offers State Taxpayer Dollars To Cities That Adopt "Prohousing" Increased Density/Less Parking And Allows Major Homeless Facilities "By Right" In Some Neighborhoods. It Runs Counter To LB Council-Stated Policies On Local Control
    Councilman Richardson Ducks Our Questions Texted Us This Response Last Week That We Didn't Receive (Because It Went To Non-Text Number) But We Know More And LBREPORT.com Connects These Dots On The "Lift Up Long Beach Families - Rex Richardson Ballot Measure Committee"
    TWENTY-EIGHTH And TWENTY-NINTH -- Incl. A Homicide -- Shooting Crime Scenes Since May 7: Approx 4 p.m.: A Boy Is Shot/Wounded Atlantic Hill (6th Dist); Approx. 8:30 p.m., A Boy Is Shot/Wounded AND A Man Is Shot/Killed, 1200 Block MLK (6th Dist.)
    UPDATE: Homicide victim is ID'd (25 yr old man who had two passengers (adults) in vehicle with him, drove himself to hospital and perished); boy wounded in shooting was unintended target walking nearby
    City Mgm't Memo Offers Council These Reasons To Renege On Their June 2016 Promised Sales Tax Reduction/Phase Out, Enable March 2020 Ballot Measure To Perpetuate "Measure A" Sales Tax In Perpetuity
    TWENTY-SIXTH And TWENTY-SEVENTH Shooting Crime Scenes Since May 7: Two Blocks Apart, Six Days Apart, Casings Found, No-Persons-Hit, Neighborhood Along/Near Orange Ave. South Of Hill St.
    With Perspective: Memo To Mayor/Council Suggests Plan To Quietly Raise And Possibly Expand Sums ("Stipends") Paid To City Hall Appointees To "Advisory" Bodies, Fog Taxpayer Cost Within Upcoming Budget Items, And Thereafter Implement Controversial Restrictions On What Advisory Bodies Can/Can't Advise
    Detailed Coverage: Corps of Engineers Told City BOTH Breakwater Modification Options Aren't Viable, Says BOTH Would "Significantly Reduce" Navy Operational Capacity & Other Maritime Operations; COE Won't Study Further Removal Of Eastern Breakwater Section BUT Is Open To City Conducting -- At City's Expense -- Add'l Analysis Of Notches In Western Breakwater To Reduce Impacts But No Guarantees On Ultimate Decision
    City Att'y Publicly Tells Mayor/Council: No Legal Issue Under City's Lease With SPCA-L.A. With City Allowing Sign Promoting Animal Adoptions From City Shelter
    Reform Advocate Juan Ovalle Will Seek To Unseat 2-Term 8th dist. Incumbent (Seeking Third) Councilman Al Austin
    Ovalle's campaign release cites his priorities as public safety investment, environmental health/safety and gov't reform and accountability
    VIDOE + Photo Coverage: See / Hear Heartfelt Ceremony Renaming LBFD Training Center To Honor Capt. David Rosa VIDEO production by Max Pearl
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