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On Election Eve, See These Latest Campaign Contribs/Largest Spending Totals In Race For LB-S.E. L.A. County State Senate District

New: "CA League of Conservation Voters" Gives State Senate Candidate Gonzalez $2,500 Contrib After Big Oil Money Surfaces In Indie Campaign To Elect Her And She Avoids Saying If She Supports Or Opposes SB 246 (Proposed CA Oil Severance Tax)

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See Letter: U.S. Att'y Gen'l Barr's Summary Of Special Counsel Mueller's Report Says Trump Campaign Didn't Conspire/Cooperate With Russian Gov't In 2016 Presidential Election; Re Obstruction of Justice, Doesn't Conclude President Committed A Crime Or Exonerate Him, Leaves Decision to Att'y Gen'l
Pres. Trump Tweets "complete and total exoneration"; Dems seek release of full report, signal follow-up hearings

VIDEO: See It: Reverse Angle Video Shows What Seven Of LB's Nine Councilmembers/Mayor Were Doing While LB Taxpayer Spoke On Hot-Button Issue They've Refused To Agendize
WLB Overnight Gunfire, Area Delta Ave. b/w Spring/Willow
Urgent Advisory: Att'n Dog Lovers: Hill's Science Diet/Prescription Diet Expands Its Voluntarily Recall Of Multiple Types Of Its Canned Dog Foods, See List Here
LB Mayor Garcia In Sac'to Joins CA's 13 "Big City" Mayors In Asking For ONE BILLION State Taxpayer Dollars For CA Cities For Homeless In FY19-20, It Would Be Additional $500 Million On Top of $500 Million Gov. Newsom Previously Recommended

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Trail Of Hail In NLB and ELB
Anaheim City Council Hears Brief City Mgm't Update On Its Negotiations With Angels; An Anaheim Councilmember Says Anaheim Should Put Its Residents First, Shouldn't Let Angels Pressure City of Anaheim By Negotiating With City Of Long Beach
With Perspective: The "Elephant" (Lot) In The Room: How Does Downtown Public Property City of Long Beach Said Was "Unavailable" For Public Pool Become Available For Private Major League Ball Club?
With Perspective: LB Mayor/Council Schedule Closed Session To Discuss "Price/Terms Of Purchase and/Or Lease" For Convention Center Parking Lot. Some Say They'll Discuss A Possible Angels Deal. What About Brown (Open Meetings") Act?
Anaheim City Council seeks management report in open session on their city's dealings with Angels
State Senate Campaign For Dem Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Says Repub Councilwoman Mungo Has Endorsed Her; Mungo Mum To Us
First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Internal City Records Obtained By LBREPORT.com Show What $1 Million Media Wall Will Look Like And What It Will Display
City staff described it as part of new City Hall's "Critical Technology Needs Infrastructure"; Council voted 7-0 to approve it one week before Christmas.

Statement by the Publisher: LBREPORT.com Extends New Offer To Candidate Gonzalez To Share With Us In Conversation And Let You Hear Her Answers To Questions By Us That Others Haven't Asked
Follow the Money: Gonzalez State Senate Bid Busts $300k; See Who Gave Money And How It Was Used (Including Hiring An Oakland-Based Firm To Send Interactive Campaign Texts; Have You Received One?) A "Community Hospital Tax"? Mayor Garcia Slips Into Motion, And Council Approves, Request For City Staff "Options" -- Possibly After Not-Yet-Done Lease Binds LB Taxpayers To Pay $25 Million In Seismic Retrofit Costs -- To Fill Resulting General Fund "Revenue Gap"
Mayor frames it as "investment" in city-owned buildings
Council Votes 9-0 To Direct Staff To Work With Proponents Of Gondola Between DTLB and QM To Develop Project Feasibility Study For Future Council Consideration; Mayor, Councilmembers And "The Wave" Project Proponents Repeatedly Describe Gondola As Transportation Project
Council votes send the proposal to its Housing & Neighborhoods Committee and Harbor Comm'n. The two bodies' recommendations, after public testimony will return to the City Council for voted action Do You Want New LB City Council/Harbor Commission Chambers In New City Hall Named "Bob Foster Civic Chambers?" Four Councilmembers Propose To Send Request (Letter Signed By 36 Individuals We Name) First To A Council Committee & Harbor Comm'n Before Council Decision
Sac'to Bill To Let Councils In 10 Cities -- Including LB -- Allow 4 a.m. Bar/Restaurant Alcohol Hours Advances After Sharply Contrasting State Senate Committee Testimony Pitting Hotel/Tourism Interests vs. Public Safety Groups; Only One Committee Hurdle Left Before Full Senate Vote
Might position on the bill become as issue in LB-S.E. LA County state Senate race in view of candidate Gonzalez's 2012 DUI?
Perspective / Viewpoints

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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    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: LBREPORT.com Marks National "Sunshine Week" In Long Beach, Where In Some Areas The Sun Never Shines
    VIDEO: State Senate Hopefuls Hoping For Runoff With LB Councilwoman Gonzalez Say She's Not A Lock At Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum

    New / Follow-Up: Here's Where State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Was After Her Campaign Told Regional Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce In February She'd Be Unable To Attend Group's March 13 Candidate Forum
    Follow the Money: See Who Gave Big Bucks At Garcia/Lara Fundraiser To Put LB Councilwoman Gonzalez In State Senate, In Add'n To These Other Recent Large Contribs
    Gov. Newsom Seeks State Legislation Requiring Cities To Meet Higher "Regional Housing Needs Assessment" Figures Faster, Punish Cities Sac'to Deems "Non-Compliant" On Land Use/Zoning/Entitlements By Cutting Off Their Driver-Paid Road Repair Dollars Under 2017 Gasoline Tax Increase
    Subsequent coverage above
    State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Won't Be Present at Mar. 13 Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum; No Reason Given To Organizers; [**UPDATE**] Campaign Tells Us A "Longstanding Conflict" But Hasn't Said What It Is
    Subsequent coverage above
    Community Hospital Long Term Deal Not Done, City Staff Seeks "Interim" (Short Term) Lease As Negotiations Continue On Fiscal Impacts Of Major Terms That Could Require LB Taxpayers To Pay Privately-Owned LLC Up To $25 Million (Half Of Seismic Retrofit Costs) While LLC Runs Smaller-Than-Former Version Of Community Hospital For Its Profit On City Owned Land For $1/Year
    On-Demand AUDIO: Hear LB Mayor/Councilmembers Justify/Commend Spending $6.5 Mil -- Part Of $9 Mil Total Cost -- From State Taxpayers' Tidelands Funds To Build A New Downtown-Adjacent Beach Concession Stand (Incl. Public Bathrooms, Kids Play Area, Bldg To Rent Beach Items)
    Record Shows State Lands Comm'n Voted To Approve Multi-Million Dollar Expenditure From State Tidelands For Long Beach Shoreline Concession Stands With No Discussion; City Council Voted To Spend Roughly $9 Million From Tidelands For One Adjacent To Downtown; Others Further Away Budgeted For Much Less

    Image source: March 5 city staff agendized report
    In 2018, LB Council Voted In Closed Session To Join In CA Fed'l Court Lawsuit That Just Struck Down 2020 Census Citizenship Question
    Water Comm'n Cancels March 7 Protest Hearing On Water Rate Increase After Lawfirm Suing To Overturn Measure M Alleges Legal Defect In Hearing Notice
    City Mgr. Tells Council City Will Seek Fed'l Taxpayer Dollars To Restore Fire Engine 17 (Argonne Ave, Serves Parts Of ELB-Central LB); FEMA Grant Decision Expected In April-May
    No Councilmember(s) or Mayor ask why LB taxpayers don't have Engine 17 AND Engine 101 (second apparatus for downtown high rise-density) despite Measure A ("blank check") sales tax increase...which they had before former Mayor Foster/former Council recession-prompted "proportional budget reductions"
    Sic Transit: Janet Lerch, Wife Of Retired Vice Mayor/Councilman Val Lerch
    VIDEO Coverage: City-Hired Consultant Sees/Hears Multiple Animal Advocates Urge No-Kill Animal Shelter Practices, Criticize Mayor, Seek City Policy Changes

    Follow-Up: LBREPORT.com Asked State Senate Candidate/LB Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Questions She Missed Hearing And Answering At Recent Beer And Politics Forum. One Of Them Is Relevant To Big Oil's Indie Campaign Big Bucks Supporting Her Election. We Await Her Answers
    Do You Recognize This Man? LBPD Says He's Suspect In Recent Sexual Battery, Area LB Blvd./south of PCH

    Subsequent coverage above
    Public Safety Committee Members Price-Supernaw-Austin Agendize Mar 5 Mgt Report On Status Of Restoring Fire Engine 17, Which Still Isn't Restored Despite Sept. 2018 Council Vote Directing Mgm't "To Identify New Revenue" To Do So
    Their agendizing memo flinches at a few facts
    Details On Fed'l Charge Filed Against El Dorado Park South Man Re Explosion That Killed His Former Girlfriend At Her OC Business
    ELB Overnight Gunfire, 3700 block E. Stearns (Near Nat'l Guard Armory); LBPD Pursuit Follows, Suspect Crashes Thru LB Airport Fence, Is Arrested On Tarmac
    Suspects Fire Shots Into Residence About A Block NW From Michelle Obama Library; One Suspect In Custody, Another At Large
    In Depth/Perspective: Follow the Money: Big Oil + Big Labor Big Bucks Both Back LB Councilwoman Gonzalez For State Senate. Does That Explain Silence Of LB Mayor/Council In AQMD Proceeding On Potential Mass Casualty Issue?
    Metro Board Votes [UPDATE: Mayor Garcia Voted "Yes"] To Pursue "Feasibility Study" Leading To Future Vote To Impose "Congestion Pricing" (Tolls/Charges On Drivers Using Certain Congested Freeway Sections To Deter Prime-Time Use)
    Subsequent development above
    FBI Arrests El Dorado Park South Man (Whose Former Girlfriend Was Killed By Explosion At Her OC Business)
    Feds arrested him last year, not charged with deadly explosion but for allegedly possessing destructive device...and shortly thereafter dropped those charges
    Hours After Double-Shooting (Incl. Homicide), LB's 6th Dist. Had Another Shooting (Man Wounded)

    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. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in Central LB.
    Woman (Adult) And Boy (17 Yrs Old) Shot, And Boy Dies, Area 11th St./Lewis Ave. (6th Dist.)
    Unknown number of suspects fire at them from vehicle driving through an alley; PD says motive currently unknown

    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. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in Central LB.
    Coverage coming
    City Mgm't Plans Structured Q & A, Not "Town Hall" Style Public Comment, At Mar. 3 Public Workshop On Strategic Plan For Future of LB's Animal Shelter. See Format and Details
    With AUDIO: LB Councilwoman/State Senate Candidate Gonzalez No-Show [UPDATE: Her Campaign Mgr. Responds] At Beer & Politics As Other Candidates Seek To Break-Out Of Multi-Candidate Pack (AUDIO: Hear Them, You Decide); Gonzalez Is Endorsed By L.A. County Fed'n of Labor (AFL-CIO); Committee Funded By Mainly Oil Cos./Related Firms Spends $1 Mil In Indie Campaign To Elect Gonzalez; Her Campaign Swiftly Moves To Announce Endorsement of California League of Conservation Voters

    With AUDIO: Fire Engine 17 (Service Area from Central LB To ELB) Still Isn't Restored Despite Council Vote Directing Mgm't "To Identify New Revenue" To Do So; Councilman Supernaw Audibly Irked Makes Public Safety Committee Motion For Mgm't Explanation At Coming Council Meeting
    Nighttime Gunfire On Retro Row (2100 block E. 4th St.), Shell Casings Found, No Persons Hit

    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 based on LBPD confirmed data. Separate map shows shootings in NLB.
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: City Mgm't Memo Signals March Council Item With "Next Steps Needed To Move" LB Animal Care Services "Progressively Forward To Deliver" Live Release Rates "In 90 Percentile For Dogs And Cats"; Will Propose To Strengthen Partnerships With SPCA-LA, Rescue Groups And Volunteers
    Long Beach City Mgr's Office, In Carefully Worded Statement Attributable To Mayor Garcia on Behalf of City, Says City Is Exploring Feasibility Of Downtown Sports Venue On Convention Ctr Parking Lot, Approached Angels, In Early Stages Of Due Diligence, Exploring Variety Of Options. Amnesia File: In Formally Adopted EIR, City Refused To Evaluate Site For Public-Serving Recreational Pool, Said It Should Be Reserved For Hotel/Convention Uses
    Here's More On Signal Hill Shooting (Sat Midnight Hour, Wardlow/Orange At LB Border)
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