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UPDATED: LBPD Says Man Exits Vehicle Suspected In Armed Robberies, Enters 7/11 @ PCH/Clark Armed With Handgun; Officers Who'd Been Conducting Surveillance On The Vehicle Confront Him; Order Him To Drop Gun, He Allegedly Refuses...And Is Shot/Killed

LBPD image: Suspect's firearm. The casing was from the officer's weapon.
New: All Eight of LB's Current Councilmembers Just Met For Three 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
Taxpayers' cost thus far in 2019: $3,100
New: Council votes 7-1 (Pearce Dissenting) To Approve $17+ Million New Contract With LB Police Officers Union, Despite Opposition By 20 LB Groups And ACLU To Section Telling Involved-Officers When Someone Seeks Records Re Police Conduct Under New State Law
New / Coverage In Depth: Sac'to Bill Lets Cities Avoid 75 Word Ballot Summary, Instead Tell Voters To "See Voter Guide" For Taxpayer-Impacting Details Of Ballot Measures Seeking To Impose/Increase Multi-Level Taxes Or Property-Tax Raising Debt-Bonds; LB Council Silently Lets Mayor Garcia Support It; LB Area Sac'to Lawmakers All Vote For It; If Gov. Newsom Signs It, It'll Apply To 2020 Elections
New / In Depth / AUDIO: City Hall Million Dollar "Media Wall" Will Consume Quarter Million Dollars More In FY20 For Media Wall's "Video Programming" Plus Other Civic Center Related Spending

  • AUDIO: Councilwoman Pearce makes successful (8-0) motion to reduce "Media Wall" related spending to $288k after Councilwoman Mungo defends/justifies spending $388k from "Special Advertising & Promotion Fund"
  • Council also approves $120,000 "to monitor social media" / focus on "community engagement"; $200,000 for "planning" and "consultants" for 2028 Olympics; $50,000 "Commemorative History Book" for new Civic Center
    New / Follow-Up: 4 a.m 3 a.m. Bar Closing Bill -- Sought By Mayor Garcia/Downtown LB Business Interests -- Fails Assembly Passage; Assembly Speaker Rendon (NLB/Paramount) Supported It But LB Assemblyman O'Donnell Joins In Voting It Down

  • 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, 56th, 57th, 58th, 59th, 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th 68 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.
    Taxpayer Impacts Project (A Continuing Series)
    Because how LB elected officials treat LB taxpayers matters..Email your photos showing conditions in your neighborhood including any contacts with city officials to: mail@lbreport.com
    UPDATED: Conditions In/Around Alamitos Beach Area: August 18: Taxpayer emails Councilwoman Pearce, Mayor Garcia, City Mgr West: Alamitos Beach: "There at least 25 tents on the beach, men smoking meth & used toilet paper scattered on the path next to construction. This is not sanitary & why isn’t the no camping ordinance being enforced? So disgusting to see this."
    SUCCESS!: Conditions In/Around PCH/Magnolia: July 31: Encampment disappeared over weekend July 27-28 (taxpayer contacted 1st dist. Council office July 19)
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    Subsequent coverage above On Sept. 17, Seven of Eight Councilmembers (We Name Them) Who Received Contribs (We Show Them) From LB Police Officers Union Will Vote On Whether To Approve New Contract w/ Text Requiring City To Follow This Procedure When Public Seeks Records Of Officer Misconduct Under SB 1421; Coalition of Groups (We Name Them) Demands Council Remove Section; City Mgm't Announces It Will Put SB 1421 LBPD Records It Releases On New Publicly Accessible Webpage

    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Area PCH/Lemon (Just West of LBCC, 6th dist.)
    Man Riding Bicycle On Part Of Northbound 405 @ Woodruff Is Struck/Killed By Car
    Council Candidate Robert Fox Says If Elected He'll Agendize Items To (1) Roll Back Council-Increased Parking Fines In Parking Impacted Areas; (2) Restore Council-Cut Time For Public Testimony On Council Agenda Items
    Follow the Money / Coverage In Depth / Perspective: LB's Police Union Gave These Contributions To Mayor + Eight Of Nine LB Council Incumbents And Others
    Man Shot Near Chavez Park Dies; It's LB's 21st Murder Of 2019, 1st Council Dist. Has Had A Murder On Average Roughly Every Six Weeks
    Detailed Coverage: Councilmembers Vote 7-0 To Impose These Restrictions On Public Testimony To "Streamline" Their Meetings (But Not Cutting Councilmembers' Total Speaking Time Or Restoring Fourth Council Meeting Per Month); Residents Object, Raising Brown Act / Speech Issues (See/Hear Their Testimony)
    Here's What New Police Union Contract, Offered By Mayor/Council Without Taxpayer Input In Closed-Door Sessions, Accepted By Union, Coming To Council For Public Vote, Will Cost LB Taxpayers
    Special Report / Perspective: Long Beach Mayor & Councilmembers Are Selectively Citing Some Crime Stats. Here's What They're Not Acknowledging And Not Changing But Should
    Detailed Coverage / AUDIO: AQMD Board Votes 8-3 -- Supervisor Janice Hahn Strongly Dissenting -- To Let Valero/Wilmington & Torrance ToRC Refineries Continue Using Modified Hydrofluoric Acid (MHF) (Despite Risks If Released In Catastrophic Uncontrolled Event), Accepts Non-Binding Proffer By Both Two Refineries To Implement Voluntary "Enhanced Safety Measures"
    Despite public safety issues for its Port, downtown and neighborhoods, Long Beach mainly invisible/inaudible on issue
    Man Stabbed/Wounded In Business' Parking Lot Across 7th St. From Wilson High's Athletic Field; Observant Cops Spot Suspects' Vehicle, Arrest Two Suspects
    Transient Stabbed To Death In NLB Encampment, Eastside of LB Blvd. Near 91 Fwy
    SECOND Man Says He Was Shot/Wounded, PCH/Pine
    Man Shot/Wounded Overnight, PCH/Pine
    City Att'y Investigation Concludes/Alleges These Actions By Councilwoman Pearce Raise Conflict Of Interest Issues w/ Recusal Consequences, Some Statement of Economic Interest Income Doesn't Match Record, Some Actions Allegedly Violated LB Muni Code; Councilwoman Issues Statement In Response
    Council Vote On FY20 City Hall Spending Budget For Taxpayers: No Add'l Restored Police (186 Not Restored Despite Measure A), Commits LB Taxpayers To Spend $13-20 Mil For New Fire Stn 9 + $1.5-$2.0 Mil For Temporary Facility; Temporarily Restores Fire Engine 17 Using "One-Time" (FY20+21) Measure A Funds
    Council Votes 8-0 On First Of Two Req'd Votes To Change City Law Affecting Public's Ability To Speak And Be Heard On Council Agenda Items; Second Vote Sept. 10, Council Could Make Amendments
    In Detail: Att'y Benink With Co-Counsel Schipske, Rep'ing LB Water Dept. Users Lejins & Kimball, Submit This Legal Brief With These Arguments Urging L.A. Superior Court Judge Chalfont To Hold LB City Hall's Actions Unconstitutional -- Violating Prop 218 -- On "Measure M" Water Dept. Revenue Budget Transfer, Seek To Stop Transfer Of Portion Supporting City Hall Gen'l Fund SpendingMgm't Recommended Fix For Mold-Closed Fire Station 9: Temporary Stn 9 At Stn 9's Current Site + Rebuild New Stn 9 At Location Not Yet Identified Or Owned; Initial Est. Cost b/w $13-$20 Million; Potential Sources Incl. "Reprioritizing" Measure A Projects, Deferring Other Capital Improvements, Borrowing, One Time Spending, Reducing Expenses Or Other One-Time Or Gen'l Fund Sources
    Mgm't "goal" is relocation w/in 120-160 days BUT may be longer w/ enviro review/ongoing historical analysis; to get started, City needs to find $1.5-2.0 Mil in one-time funds + $1.0 mil in short term to begin new stn. design.
    Man Reports Another Overnight PierPoint Landing Parking Lot Area Shooting; His Vehicle Is Hit
    With Perspective: In August 2019, 8 Of LB's 9 Council Districts Had No Fatal Shootings, While LB's 1st Council District Had More Per Capita Than Chicago
    1st Dist's Add'l Non-Fatal And No-Person-Hit Shooting Crime Scenes Show Chronic Inequity Endured By Its Mainly Working Class Residents, Tale of Two Cities
    Enjoy Free Wetlands Nature Walk -- Raptor Ramble -- Saturday Morning Sept. 7
    4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill Becomes 3 a.m. Bar Bill, Advances Toward Full Assembly Vote On Passage
    Perspective: City Mgm't Provides Mayor/Council Incumbents With This Memo As LB Business Journal Publishes Its Annual List Of "$100,000 Club" (Now "$200,000 Club") City Hall Salaies ("Since You May Be Asked To Comment On The Matter")
    In Depth Coverage: Homeless/Vagrancy Game-Changer: Sac'to Bill -- Urged By Dr. Drew Pinsky, Authored By OC Repub State Senator John Moorlach -- Would Let Local Health Depts Treat Very Severely Mentally Ill Vagrants Involuntarily; City of Santa Monica + CA DA's + CA Police Chiefs Support; ACLU Opposes; Committee Dems Blocked It But Allow Changes; LB Mayor/Council Mum Thus Far
    Bullet Casings Found In Alley (14th/Chestnut) A Few Hours After Predawn Shots Heard (14th/Cedar) (1st Council District)
    Detailed Coverage / VIDOE: 100+ Attend Bixby Knolls Community Meeting Re Mold-Cited Closure Of Fire Stn 9 And Area Shootings/Robberies

  • LBFD Chief Espino/Brass Reiterate/Defend Mgm't Stance, Ass't City Mgr. Says Repair/Replacement Options/Costs Being Developed; Residents Voice Dismay/Displeasure; Councilman Austin Defends Record, Pledges Prioritized Remedy
  • LBFD Chief Espino Tells LBREPORT.com He Hasn't Heard Mgm't Mention Any Plan To Link Rebuilding Station 9 To Voter Approval Of "Measure A" Tax Extension
  • LBPD Chief Luna Says Crime Is Down But Says Major Challenge Comes From Individuals Who Shouldn't Be In Our Community Because They Keep Reoffending, Has Asked His Violent Crime Commander To Meet With DA & Judges And Cite Examples ("I Have At Least A Dozen Right Now.")
  • Re Shootings, Ass't Chief Hebeish Says LBPD Has Created New Unit, Reassigned 4 Detectives To Focus On Persons Prohibited From Possessing Firearms Or Possessing Illegal Firearms
  • Chief Luna Acknowledges LBPD (Like Other Area Agencies) Is Currently Headed Toward Encrypting Its Police Radio Channels (Which Could Prevent Public/Press Access To PD Radio Traffic)
    UPDATE: LB Had THREE Shooting Crime Scenes Aug. 24 (Not One)
    VIDEO: See/Hear What Mayor Garcia Tells Council District Meetings Re Public Safety, Homeless-Related "Challenges"
    Overnight Shots Fired/Casings Found Area 10th St./Myrtle Ave. (Border 1st/6th dist.)
    Long Beach Has THREE Shooting Crime Scenes In One Day...And One Is A Homicide
    Subsequent coverage above
    Councilmembers Austin & Uranga To Hold Aug. 27 "Town Hall" On Public Safety; Meeting Follows Mold-Prompted Closure of Fire Stn. 9 + Shootings/Robberies As Council Approaches Budget Decisions
    VIDEO: See/Hear what Fire Chief Espino said at 8th dist. budget meeting (Aug. 8) re closure of Stn. 9

    Multiple South Bay Cities Are Preparing To Encrypt/Block Public Access To Their Police Radio Channels; LBPD Says Decision Hasn't Yet Been For LB (Yet); Will LB's Policy Setting City Council Allow Encryption Or Protect Public/Press Access To LBPD Police Communications?
    City Mgm't Memo Suggests Council Could "Temporarily" Restore Fire Engine 17 (Argonne Ave.) That Supernaw Seeks And Provide Six Bike Officers That Mayor Garcia Touted Last Year But Weren't Delivered If Council Uses "One Time Funds"; Action Would Enable Four Council Incumbents To Get Thru 2020 Re-Elections With No Budget Commitment To Continue Providing Those Items For Taxpayers Thereafter

    Jan. 31, 2014, residence burns across street from Stn. 17, lacking Engine 17 to douse flames. Photo by John Jaynes
    LBPD News Conference Announces This:

    Bixby Knolls Shopping Center Has Second Robbery By Armed Thieves Within A Week; This Time A Store Worker Is Stabbed Suffers Minor Lacertion; About Three Weeks Ago A Man Found Shot/Wounded In Car Parked Nearby
    Subsequent coverage above
    Perspective: Will Long Beach PD Encrypt/Block Public Access To Its Radio (Scanner) Channels? Will Policy Setting City Council Allow Encryption Or Protect Public/Press Access To LBPD Police Communications?
    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 / In Depth: City of LB Mum As SB 330 Advances That Would Further Restrict Local Control On Housing-Related Zoning, Land Use And Developer-Desired Projects; Others Grasped Bill's Importance And Took Positions Pro/Con; See List Of Supporters/Opponents
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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 Found 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
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Citizen Involvement Editorial: 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: ˇQue 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?

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    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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    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
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