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Jan 18, City released data (information as of Jan 17): Seven day positivity rate (percent of tests performed showing COVID-19 positive) down to 13.5% from 14.2%, 14.7%, 15.1%, 15.5%, 15.7%, 15.9%, 16.3%, 16.9%, 17.2%, 17.3%, 17.5%, 17.6%, 17.5%, 16.7%, 16.0%, 15.0%, 14.8%, 14.7%, 14.6%, 14.9%, 14.7%, 14.4%, 14.0%, 13.6%, 13.2%, 12.9%, 12.7%, 12.4%, 12.1%, 11.5%, 10,7%, 10.2%, 9.9%, 9.3%, 7.25%, 6.8%, and 6.4% smoothed over 7 days. Testing positivity in lowest-resourced areas (health equity metric) = 22.4%. Daily new 7 day case rate down to 113.6 per 100k from 131.7, 141.0, 149.1, 155.7, 158.6, 141.6, 134.4, 139.6, 141.5, 135.6, 133.0, 129.4, 122.8, 114.7, 117.5, 130.7, 134.3, 131.1, 128.3, 130.9, 129.8, 124.2, 118.7, 117.1, 110.7, 106.4, 100.1, 95.4, 88.7, 81.1, 74.1, 68.3, 50.3, 46.5, 39.8, and 36.7 in preceding days. Long Beach deaths rise now 577 from 535, 520, 506, 499, 484, 460, 447, 420, 402, 395, 391, 380, 358, 347, 341, 333, 319, 315, 311.
Jan. 21: A public-facing LBFD employee assigned to Station 1 has tested positive for COVID-19, last at work Jan. 13. A public facing LBFD employee aA public-facing employee assigned to Station 13 has tested positive for COVID-19, laat at work Jan. 13.
Jan 20: A public facing LBPD North Division employee has tested positive for COVID-19, last at work Jan. 14.
Jan. 19: A public-facing East Division LBPD employee has tested positive for COVID-19, last at work Jan. 16.
Dec. 6: City updated Health Order with applicable terms summarized in this release.
LB Case Rate Trend and Positivity Rate Last 60 Days

FURTHER UPDATE" Publisher's First Person: LBREPORT.com Makes Public Records Request Seeking Docs Disclosing City's Vaccine Levels, Who Got It, And How; And Today Asks Mayor And City Mgr To Publicly Disclose Number of Residents On City's Vaccine Appointment "Waiting List"

Source: "It's Your Turn" page on www.longbeach/gopv/vaxlb, page re 65-74 age group.viewed 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021.
Doug Krikorian / Viewpoint Krikorian Notes: From Mayor Garcia's Spineless Speech To Jill Baker's Passing The Buck Alliance With Gavin Newsom To A Positive Long Beach Vaccination Experience To Welcoming New Neighbor George Gascon To Mike The Hammer Bludgeoning Me About Boxing To The Amazing Tom Brady
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.

New / Publisher's First Person: UPDATE: While Mayor Holds Mass Vaccination Media Event And Some Age 65+ Are Vax'd, Many Others Report Digital Brushoffs And Delays That May Extend Into February
New: A New Chapter For Queen Mary: City Hall's Operator Files For Chapter 11 BK Protection
Did Council's two Dec. closed sessions agendized to discuss "lease amendment" violate Brown (open meetings) Act?
New / Perspective: Grassroots Riverpark Coalition Aims To Build Previously Planned L.A. River Park Using Public Funds/Grants, Receives Support From Assemblyman (Possible LB Mayoral Candidate) O'Donnell
Group must first stop Council from approving neo-industrial project enabled by 2018 LUE vote by Council incumbent Austin
Subsequent development above
New / Publisher's First Person: Long Beach Mayor/City Hall Mgm't Get Vax, Some Residents Get App'tments, Others Say They Got Email/Voice Mail/Digital Brush-offs. I'm 65+ And Here's What I Encountered
New: Gunfire Area 4900 block Los Coyotes Diagonal (SW of Stearns @ Beverly Plaza) Strikes Three Parked Vehicles And Two Residences, CD4/Supernaw)
Two More Shootings: 5200 block LB Blvd (CD 8) 400 block Magnolia Ave. (CD 1)
By our tally now 16 shooting crime scenes since Jan. 1
Car To Car Shooting Along Cherry Ave. Between Market/South Streets Minutes Before Mayor Garcia Begins His "State of the City Message" Which Doesn't Mention Crime Or Multiple Recent Shootings
LB's Future In Space / A Continuing Series: Long Beach Based Virgin Orbit Puts Its Plane-Launched Rocket Payload Into Orbit

Screen save from VirginOrbit Twitter video
New: Now It's 23 Shootings Since Jan 1: Three Shootings Within Four Hours In Central LB (CD 4 + CD 1) And NLB (CD 9), Persons Not Hit But Two Residences And A Vehicle Struck, Casings Found
A fourth shooting (23rd) occurred under somewhat different circumstances.
New: LA County Health Dept. Warns Of COVID-19 Outbreaks Linked To Workplaces Incl. Grocery Stores, Warehouses, Manufacturing And Logistics Facilities, Also Cites Increases In School Daycare Settings
New: Now 19 LB Shootings (Two More In NLB) Since Jan 1: (1) 300 block Plymouth (CD 8), Casings Found But No Person(s) Found Hit; (2) Man Shot, Possibly In Area of Artesia/LB Blvd. (CD 9) But No Crime Scene Found
New / Perspective: Now 17 LB Shooting Crime Scenes Since Jan 1: Boy Is Shot/Wounded, Multiple Vehicles And A Residence Are Struck By Gunfire, Area 10th St/Myrtle Ave. (Border CD 6/Saro and CD 1/Zendejas)
Comes 24 Hrs After Mayor Garcia Delivers "State of City" Message With No Mention Of Public Safety Or Plan To Restore All Or Some Of 200+ Officers LB Taxpayers Had And No Longer Have
Perspective: LB's First Murder Victim of 2021 Lived In Homeless Encampment, Just Over A Mile Due East of Multi-Million-Dollar NLB Homeless Facility
Woman Is Shot/Wounded Riding Her Bike At Predawn, Del Amo @ Pacific (CD 8)
Six More LBUSD Preschool Sites Report COVID-19 Cases, Districtwide Total Since Sept. 1 Nearing 200 (Employees + Students + Vendors/Visitors)
Some Notices Include Quarantine Directive Instructing Child To Quarantine For At Least 14 Days

Man And Woman Shot/Wounded in NLB's Coolidge Triangle (CD 9/Richardson); It's NINTH LB Shooting Crime Scene (Central LB + NLB) Since Jan. 1 Crime Scene (Central LB + NLB) Since Jan. 1
Long Beach Had 36 Murders In 2020 (Up From 34 In 2019 And Higher Than 5 Year Average); See Which Council Districts Had Most
LBPD COVID Outbreak Impacts 13 Uniformed Employees, One Is Hospitalized
Community Hospital License to Partially Reopen Is For Four Months. What Procedural Step(s) Must It Take To Operate Beyond With Add'l Services? CA Dept. of Public Health Says....
LBUSD Sup't (With Six Other School Dist Sup'ts) Tells Governor: Remove Our Local School Dist. Decisionmakng, Preventing Supt, School Board Or Community Groups From Refusing To Apply Sac'to-Decided COVID-19 Reopening Standards
LBUSD Sup't Baker says she'll provide information to School Board in closed and open session next week
In His "State of City" Message, Mayor Garcia Fails To Mention Public Safety/Crime/Shootings (Our Updated Unofficial Tally = 16 Shooting Crime Scenes Since Jan 1) Or Looming Queen Mary Costs Oe Restoring Defunded Officers Or Requiring Community Hospital Lessee/Operator To Reimburse LB Taxpayers For $250k Public Resources (Advanced For "Elevator Repairs") While Hospital Remains Only Partially Reopened With Limited Services Under Four Month State License; Garcia Focuses On COVID-19 (In Which City Followed Directives From Sac'to/Gov Newsom And LA County )
Mayor Garcia Volunteers Long Beach To Test "Universal Basic Income." Do You Support This?
LBREPORT.com Invites Your Responses To These Questions About LBPD Violent Crime Focus And Current Mayor/Council Spending Priorities
Outrages of the Year, 2020

Opinion Outrage of the Year: Cindy Allen's Campaign Contributors. They Funded Candidate'a Evasive Responses On Major Matters Meriting Meaningful Answers
Follow-Up See Cindy Allen Campaign's Website-Listed Endorsers
Opinion / Follow-Up To 2020 Outrage of the Year Runners-Up For 2020 Outrages Of The Year; We Have Several, In Detail
Ooops, We Nearly Forgot To Include THIS 2020 Outrage: Runners-Up For 2020 Outrages Of The Year; "Long Beach State Senator Lena Gonzalez Votes To Kill SB 640 That Would Have Allowed Intervention To Treat Severely Mentally Ill Homeless."
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Viewpoints By Doug Krikorian

The Memorable Life Of Tommy Lasorda: From World Series Titles To Slim-Fast Diets To Obscenity-Laced Jim Healy Tapes To Pitching To Jack Clark To A Sacred Legacy Of Laughter And Success On The Ball Yards Of America
A Lady Shrieking "Wear A Mask!" On Bay Shore Ave. Results In A Mask-Wearing Epiphany For Our Columnist
A Christmas Tale Of Reflections And Remembrances
Krikorian Notes: From New LA County DA George Gascon Moving To Naples To LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Continuing To Stunt Growth Of 70,000 Students To Distress Of Locked Down LB Entrepreneurs Jeff Cozart, Mike Neufeld, John Sangmeister To LBís Very Own Kato Kaelin, Steve Folger, Squiring Kelly Clarkson In Nashville
Krikorian Notes: From Joe Jost Owner Ken Buck Sounding Off On The Lockdowns To Big Ben Goldberg's Boat Parade Party In Huntington Harbor To Bob Ludlam Departing LB For Prescott -- The Leisure World of Arizona -- To LB State President Jane Close Conoley Not Faintly Resembling Her Esteemed Predecessors To Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo Invading Miami For Nightclub Frolic To LB State Women's Soccer Coach Mauricio Ingrassia Suddenly Looking Like A Matinee Idol
When Is LBUSD Superintendent Jill Baker Going To End Her Calamitous Lockdown That Has Caused So Much Chaos And Heartache And Disruption Among 70,000 Students?
Krikorian Notes: From Councilman Rex Richardson Displaying Courage To Show Up At A Long Beach Restaurant Association Meeting To The Countless Millions Lost On Unoccupied LB Buses To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopyís Latest Mean-Spirited Edict To the Irritating Silence Of LB City Manager Tom Modica To LB Mayor Robert Garcia Ignoring His Constituents For Political Reasons To Bob The Black Labrador Parading Down The Peninsula Boardwalk Holding A Large Palm Limb In His Mouth
How Many Long Beach Restaurants Will Be Forced to Close After Latest Lockdown Lunacy?
Where's Krikorian? Temporarily On "Injured Reserve List" Recovering From Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Krikorian Notes: From Nico's George Mlouk Praising LB Mayor Robert Garcia For Working To Help LB Restaurateurs To A Plea To LB Health Czar Kelly Colopy To Restrain Her Overzealous Sleuths To Lakers Deserving NBA Title To LeBron James Turning Anthony Davis Into Passionate Competitor To Vital Contributions Of Lakers Coach Frank Vogel And GM Rob Pelinka To Sadness Of Passing Of The Great Joe Morgan And Its Impact On Maury Wills' Hall Of Fame Chances
Famous Long Beach Restaurateur Phil Trani Days Of Joyful Memories And Pandemic Miseries
Krikorian Notes: From The Irritating Silence Of The Long Beach Politicians In Not Supporting Their Citizens To The Whereabouts Of LB Mayor Robert Garcia To The Whistles Favoring The Lakers Against The Nuggets To The Greatness of Patrick Mahomes To The End Of A European Vacation Streak That Started In 1989
LBUSD Superintendent Jill Bakerís 70,000 Student Online Virtual Teaching Miscalculation A Disaster!
Krikorian Notes: From The 9 Unworthies Of The LB City Council To The LB Upstick In Shootings And Speeding To Restauranteur John Morris Horseback Riding On A Wyoming Mountaintop To The Walking Adventures Of Earth Man
Jeff Cozart's Time Of Torment: Will His Belmont Athletic Club Survive Gavin Newsomís Latest Lockdown?
Krikorian Notes: A Labor Day Elegy For Those In The Long Beach Business Community Who Were Violated In The Memorial Day Looting Frenzy To The Palm Tree Limbs Littering 2nd Street To The Scooters Littering The Belmont Shore Bridge To The Virtual On-Line Spectacle At Big Mike O'Toole's Household
Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach Mayor's Ascent To Dem Stardom Because Of Lockstep Embrace Of The Party's Policies To The Enchanting Parklet Dining On 2nd Street To Tearing Down The Hoops in Belmont Shore To Greg Silver's LB Departure To Huntington Beach To Bob Rice Protecting Me From Isiah Robertson
Don Kramer Was A Character Like No Other With His Zaniness, Goofiness, Joyfulness, Kindliness Who Left All Who Knew Him With Lasting Memories Of Slapstick Antics And Mirthful Anecdotes
Krikorian Notes: From Majority Of LB Teachers Skipping Classrooms For The Comforts Of Home To Dr. Jill Baker Becoming Another Maria Montessori To Terry Antonelli Discussing Resurrection of L'Opera To Mayor Robert Garcia Touted By MSNBC's Brian Williams As A Future U.S. Senator To Kershaw's Magical Transformation
Long Beach's Renaissance Man, Chuckie Miller, Reflects On His Entrepreneurial Life And On Racial Inequity
Krikorian Notes: From LB's Elected Leadership's Reimagining Delusions To the Gaslamp's Outdoor Wall Video Band Show To The Ghastly USC Coach, Clay Helton
FDR's Grandson, Delano Roosevelt, Talks Democratic Party, JetBlue, Long Beach And His Life
LBPD Chief Robert Luna: Stand Up For Your Fifty Ousted Cops!
What Next From Long Beach Health Boss Kelly Colopy, Hazmat Suits For Our Restaurant Servers?
Sadly, Our National Pastime No Longer A Pastime For Me
Parklets! Three Cheers For Long Beach Politicians!
Memo To LBUSD Sup Jill Baker: Return The Kids To the Classroom!
A 2 1/2-Hour Commute To Work A Joy To This 86-Year Old Gentleman
Long Beach Politicians Once Again Fail Long Beach
Is Long Beach Destined to Become the City That Never Sleeps?
I Never Thought I'd Live To See These...
Ben Goldberg Exits Long Beach, Now Nearby Refugee In OC
Long Time Long Beach Resident Dave Lopez Climaxes Storied 48-Year TV Career
From Krikorian's Notebook: When Will LB Police Chief Luna Come Clean About May 31 Downtown Long Beach Looting Frenzy?
From Krikorian's Notebook: (1) LBUSD Mgm't Mulls Keeping K-5 Kids Indoors Without Normal Access To Playground, Cafeteria, Auditorium Activities; (2) And More...
Will LB's New School Sup't Allocate Untimely Pay Raise To Serve Students?
Awaiting Governor's Dictate To Decide Fate Of This Year's (July 3) "Big Bang On the Bay"
Mayor/Council Sounds Of Silence After LB Cops Let Some Pillage Our Village
Excuses By Long Beach Police & Politicians Dishearten Damaged LB Businesses
Hallelujah! LB Mayor Pleads For Sac'to Permission To Lift Closures That Needn't Have Occurred
Speak Up, Mr. Mayor, On Governor's Unwise Edicts. You Can Do That And You Should
My Beloved Long Beach: A Victim Of Irrational Government Overreach Beyond Reasoned Response To Virus

LB's Future In Space:
Continuing Series
New: Long Beach Based Virgin Orbit Puts Its Plane-Launched Rocket Payload Into Orbit

Screen save from VirginOrbit Twitter video
Subsequent development above: Two LB-Based Firms Ready Space Launches In Coming Days (Virgin Orbit and Rocket Lab)
Elon Musk Sends His Congratulations As Long Beach HQ'd Firm -- Rocket Lab -- Details Its Success In Simultaneously Orbiting Thirty Satellites AND Using Parachute System To Recover Its First Stage Launch Rocket
Long Beach HQ'd Firm -- Rocket Lab -- Successfully Orbits Thirty Satellites In Single Launch AND Recovers Its Launch Rocket
Long Beach's Future In Space: Various Scientists and Entrepreneurs Are Pursuing It Now
Initial Photos: Zero G Fliers From LB Airport Float In Weightless Wonder, LBREPORT.com Publisher Pearl Describes Experience As "Ethereal, Other-Worldly, Gentle Physically But Intense For One's Senses" (As Earthly Moves Put His Feet On Ceiling)

Zero G Plane Producing Passenger Glee Also Quietly Enabled Scientists To Pursue These Space Exploration/Travel Advances

Experimental data being collected while Jason Marshall (left) and Jose Andrade (center) watch during a zero gravity parabola. Text and image source: Zero G
How Zero G Weightless Plane Flight Helped Pioneer Manufacturing Human Organs In Space
Shooting Crime Scenes Jan 1, 2021 Forward
For June 1-Dec 31, 2020, click here.
Red = Homicides. Blue = Persons hit. Yellow = Casings found or vehicle or bldg hit

Special Report / In Depth / Amnesia File: Long Beach Had But No Longer Has An LBPD Field Anti-Gang Unit. How'd That Happen?
On LBReport.com

All House Dems -- Plus 10 Repubs -- Pass Resolution Impeaching President Trump; Next Step Awaits Uncertain Senate Action
All House Dems (Plus One Repub) Pass Resolution Urging VP Pence To Use 25th Amendment To Declare President Trump Unable To Carry Out His Duties And Remove Him; With Pence's Refusal, House Vote On Impeachment Resolution Will Follow This Morning (Jan. 13)
Developing; Read Them: This House Resolution Asks VP Pence To Invoke 25th Amendment To Remove President Trump; If Pence Declines, House Vote On This Impeachment Resolution Will Follow
LBREPORT.com To Livestream Upcoming House Actions
Following Fiery Trump Address, Mob Overruns US Capitol; Some Lawmakers Shelter In Place, Others Flee; A Woman Is Shot/Killed; When Order Restored Senate/House Complete Electoral Vote Count; Multiple Repub Senate/House Members Drop Their Previously Signaled Objections, And Join In Confirming Election Of Biden/Harris
Cong. Lowenthal calls for impeaching President Trump
Subsequent development above
Community Hospital License Is For Four Months, Allows Only Partial Reopening Now, May Require Add'l Inspections For Further Services
If You See Something And Say Something, CA's "Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board" Recommends Police Question YOU About Your Possible Racial/Ethnic Biases, Possibly Have YOU Apologize And Perform Community Service For Group Working With Persons Of Color Or Possibly Undergo Court Ordered "Cultural Sensitivity Training"
Cites Police Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Police Stops/Arrests And "Bias By Proxy"
COVID Outbreak at Fire Stn 14
Long Beach's COVID Positivity Test Rate Hits 16% -- A Disturbing New High -- BUT 7 Day New Case Rate Dips To 117.5 Per 100k From 130.7; LB Deaths Now Total 401
In Depth / Perspective: State Agency Docs Show LB's State Legislators Told Governor Community Hospital Was Ready To Reopen (When It Wasn't) And Sought Share Of COVID-19 Emergency Funds To Ensure Enough Capital To Pay LLC's Employees/Provide Services (Unexplained To Partially Reopen A Fraction Of Hospital's Capacity)
A month later, LB City Council advanced LLC/operator $250,000 for repairs LLC/operator was req'd under its lease with City to pay for
Two Shootings End 2020: NLB and Southern Central LB (Rose Park)
Perspective / Viewpoints

Att'n LB Dems: Want To Apply Political Velcro To Some of Cindy Allen's Council Campaign Enanlers? It's Easy But You Have To Act Fast

Editorial: City Attorney's COVID Memo Omits Legal Developments, Gives Mayor/Council Political Cover To Do Nothing
Guest Commentary: My Grown-Up Votes On Ballot Measures
by Lisa Ramelow *
* Ms. Ramelow is a Long Beach writer.
"Iíve been working on staying out of politics. But I do slip every now and then..."MORE

Editorial: Eleven Years Gone, Remembering Melody Ross, Regretting Current LB School Board Election That Failed To Prioritize Ridding Campuses of Gangs

Editorial: No Longer About Explosives/Fireworks; Now It's About Lies
Might August Allegations, Downplayed By Allen During Campaign, Cost Her Newly Elected Office? Taxpayers Deserve Enforcement Agencies' Decision On The Merits
Opinion Counterpoint Councilwoman Price Says She Did -- And Does -- Support Prop 20, Cites Her Record Urging Fix For Props 47/57/AB 109 And Collecting Thousands Of Signatures to Put Prop 20 On Ballot
Opinion: Long Beach Mayor/City Councilmember(s) Could Have -- But Didn't - Agendize Item To Support Prop 20 (Reforms Parts Of Current CA Laws That Invite Business Thefts and Neighborhood Impacting Crimes)

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  • LB Elections: Follow the Money

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

    Measures A & B: Garcia-Run Campaign Has Spent Over $380,000 Since Jan 1 For Gen'l Fund ("Blank Check") Tax Measures A & B...And Some LB Arts-Related Entities (That Could Receive Ongoing Sums If Voters Approve Measure B) Recently Contributed Nearly $20,000
    8th Dist: Dollar Donnybrook: Organized Labor Spends Large Sum For Thrash-Ntuk; Business Interests Spend Big to Re-Elect Austin; Reform Ticket Challenger Ovalle Uses Contribs Mainly From Grassroots Residents
    2nd Dist Deluge: Over $120,000 Spent Since Jan. 1 To Put Cindy Allen On City Council ($70k+ From These Contribs + $50k+ From Two Indie Committees); Reform Ticket Candidate Robert Fox (Using Mainly His Own Money) Has Spent $60k+; Pearce Endorsee Lara About $10k, Barrera About $5.5k
    8th Dist + 6th Dist. These Five Entities + One Individual Just Added $42,500 To Indie Campaign Seeking To Re-Elect Council Incumbents Andrews And Austin
    8th Dist: In 8th Dist., UniteHere! Union Adds $50,000 (Producing $125,000) For Organized-Labor Indie Campaign Seeking To Elect Thrash-Ntuk
    Follow the Money: Carpenters Union PAC Adds $10k To Garcia-Run Pro-Measure A Sales Tax Campaign; It's Collected Over Half A Million To Date From These Entities To Spend Against Grassroots Taxpayers Relying On Bare-Bones Individual Efforts
    2nd Dist: These Persons / Entities Gave These Sums To Elect Cindy Allen To LB City Council (2nd Dist.)
    6th Dist: Three Unions Just Gave Nearly A Quarter Million Dollars To L.A. County Labor Fed'n Which Is Allocating Estimated $40,000 In Indie Effort To Elect Suely Saro In 6th District (South Wrigley/Central LB/Cambodia Town)
    Mayor Garcia: See Who Gave Maximum Sums To Mayor Garcia's 2026 Lt. Governor Committee (That He's Used Thus Far As A Slush Fund To Support Other Campaigns)
    Subsequent coverage above:
    These Five Entities Just Gave $170,000 More -- Producing Total Now Nearly Half A Million -- For Garcia-Run Campaign To Continue Imposing Measure A Gen'l Fund (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    Subsequent cverage above:
    8th Dist: $75,000 Labor-Backed Indie Campaign Surfaces In 8th District Backing Thrash-Ntuk
    Subsequent coverage above
    6th + 8th Dists: These Entities Funded Indie Campaign Supporting Re-Election Of Andrews in 6th, Austin In 8th
    Subsequent coverage above Measure A Sales Tax:
    LB Firefighters Union Adds $125,000 to $200,000 From Police Officers Union To Fund Garcia-Run Campaign To Permanently Impose "Measure A" (Blank Check) Sales Tax
    RecentlyA Few Weeks AgoFurther Past
    If Your Neighborhood Gets Pounded (Again) By Illegal Fireworks/Explosives, Here's The LB City Council's 2020 Record On The Issue
    Community Hospital Operator, Given License For Up To 158 Beds, Will Partially Reopen Jan. 4 With 11 ICU Peds + Space For 40 Other Patients; No COVID-19 Patients, Only Prearranged Transfers Of Others From Other Facilities, No Walk-Ins, No Emergency Room For Now
    No mention in City release of repaying LB taxpayers for $250,000 advanced by April 2020 Council vote for repairs MWN's lease required LLC to pay for
    Another Wrigley Shooting In Veterans Park (Second Within 10 Days), This Time It's Drive-By With No Persons Hit
    Long Beach Health Dept Pleads With Public: Stay Home Over New Year's Weekend
    Perspective: Politics for Grown Ups/Elections Matter: In ELB's Fifth District, Former Councilwoman Schipske And Businessman John Osborn Signal They May Run; Mungo Mum
    QM Special Meeting Closed Session: (1) Councilmembers Allen, Supernaw, Mungo Not Present On Opening Roll Call, Not Immediately Clear If They Entered Meeting At Some Point Later On Queen Mary Lease Amendment Terms; (2) City Att'y Parkin Says No Publicly Reportable Action At This Time From Closed Session
    Subsequent development above
    Something's Up re Queen Mary: Council Skeds ANOTHER Closed Session Monday Dec. 28 Re Lease Amendment Terms For Queen Mary Lessee Urban Commons
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Multiple Parked Vehicles Hit, At Least Two Houses Struck By Gunfire, NW NLB (LB Blvd/Scott St.)
    Another CD 4 (Councilman Supernaw) Shooting: Man Is Shot/Wounded In 1100 block Obispo (One Week After 14 Yr Old Child Found Fatally Shot 1400 block St. Louis)
    CA Gov Newsom Chooses CA Sec'y of State Alex Padilla To Fill Kamala Harris Senate Vacancy
    Two Saturday (Dec. 19) Shootings (1) Pike Paseo (Midafternoon) (2) Wrigley UPDATED LOCATION Veterans Park Rec Center (Mid-Evening)
    When 14 Yr Old Cambodian Child Is Found Shot To Death In Killing LBPD Investigates As Gang Related, Newly Elected Councilwoman Suely Saro -- Who Opposes Restoring LBPD's Field Anti-Gang Unit -- Says "Donít Be So Quick To Judge When 'Gang-Related' Is Mentioned" And Offers These Diversions
    Cambodian Child, Age 14, Was Fatal Shooting Victim Found Deceased 1400 block St. Louis (CD 4/Supernaw)
    Amnesia File: Includes transcript of Supernaw telling taxpayers (April 2019) to stop raising issue of Council's failure to restore LBPD field anti-gang unit
    Two More LBUSD K-5 Locations (Holmes & Signal Hill) Report Possible COVID-19 Exposures
    Two More LBUSD K-5 Locations (Buffum and Plymouth) Report Possible COVID-19 Exposures...And Buffum Closes its Head Start Program Until Reopening Jan. 4
    New LA County DA George Gascon For Grown-Ups; He Didn't Hide His Views; He Was Elected And Here's Who Endorsed Him
    City Mgm't Says Council Should Require Proponents Of Aerial Gondola Connecting DTLB With "Queen Mary Island" To Show Secured Funding For At Least 80% Of $500,000 Feasibility Study Cost
    Advises using private funding but invites seeking Port or other grants, says Council may add City funding later
    AUDIO: Councilman Uranga Offers These Gracious Words In Adjourning Council Meeting In Honor Of Tom Stout
    Fatal Shooting In Supernaw's 4th Dist: 1400 block St. Louis
    Long Beach COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Surge
    Long Beach COVID 7-Day Smoothed Positivity Rate Rises Sharply Despite City Concealing Daily Rises, Offers Public Only 7-Day Smoothed Figure Diluted By Data Up To A Week Old
    Council's Vice Mayor, Their Choice, Their Votes, But LB Voters Will Decide If It Will Help Or Hurt Possible Mayoral Run By Rex Richardson
    Councilman Richardson Agendizes Dec. 15 Council Item To Begin Steps To Rename NLB's South Street Parkway As "Pressburg Parkway," Would Recognize Years of Civic Activism by Dan Pressburg
    Inequity By The Numbers: In December Thus Far, Long Beach's CD 1 Has Had More Shootings And Homicides Per Capita Than Chicago.
    In Sept., Council voted to defund nearly 50 more officers in addition to 180+ not previously restored, including former field anti-gang unit
    Pacific6/MWN Principal John Molina Said Recent Movie Shoots Using Community Hospital During COVID-19 Crisis Surge Were "Planned Months Ago"...But City Mgm't Says Most Recent Film Shoot (Dec. 21-23) Permit Was Requested Dec. 14 And City's Special Events/Filming Office Approved It Dec. 21
    Garcia Tweets Concept of Nat'l COVID Memorial As If It's His Idea, But It's Not; Fed'l Bill Proposed It In July, NPR Article Detailed Concept In Early December
    Despite Life Endangering COVID-19 Lack of Hospital Capacity, And $250,000 In Repairs LB Taxpayers Paid For With No Req't To Do So, Long Beach Community Hospital Remains Closed And Is Being Used As A Movie Filming Venue
    City management blocks LBREPORT.com from questioning Mayor at "news conference," imposes these press restrictions

    Alarmed By COVID-19 Surge, City of Long Beach Issues Official Statement: Says Gather Only With Familymembers For Christmas, Warns Of "Even Stronger Surge" Unless Residents Make Sacrifices
    "If we donít want to see another, even stronger surge, we need to make sacrifices this holiday season. Stay home as much as you possibly can; wear a face covering over your nose and mouth whenever you are out; and whatever you do, donít gather with others outside your household, either inside or outside. Our lives depend on it."
    LBUSD Sup't Cites COVID-Surge To Continue Distance Learning/Keep Campuses Closed Thru At Least March 1 And Possibly April 12
    Three More LBUSD Campuses Send K-5 Parents Notices Their Someone On Campus [Cites Dates] Had COVID-19 And Their Child May Have Been Exposed
    Subsequent development above
    Council To Hold Closed Session Re Lease Amendment Terms For Queen Mary Lessee Urban Commons
    Now It's LB's Latest Murder: Man Shot In CD1's Drake Park (900 block Loma Vista) Dies
    He Was With A Woman Getting Items Out of Their Vehicle When Group Allegedly Confronted And Shot At Them; LBPD Provides These Details
    Another CD6 Shooting: PCH/Daisy
    Another CD1 Shooting -- Anaheim/Chestnut (Northern Edge of Willmore City Just Blocks From Drake Park Where Man Was Shot Less Than 24 Hrs Earlier)
    With COVID-19 Surging, Reopen Schools Or Continue Distance Learning? Since Sept. 1, 118 Cases (77 LBUSD Staff + 32 Students + 9 Visitors/Vendors) Reported With COVID-19
    Parents/Guardians With K-5 CDC/Preschool Students At Hudson, Barton, Lincoln And Starr-King Latest To Receive Notices That Their Child May Have Been Exposed
    Subsequent development above
    Another Shooting In CD1's Drake Park: Man Is Shot In Head Fri Nite Dec. 11
    LA County Says No Docs Found In Response to Part Of LBREPORT.com Records Request For Garcia Text To Supervisor Solis Re Restaurant Closure
    LB COVID-19 Vax Plan: None For Most Till Mid Summer 2021; Prioritizes These Groups First
    City of Long Beach Conceals/Downplays Its Daily COVID-19 "Positivity Rate" (Percentage Of Positive Test Results), Blocks Public/Press Access To Daily Data; Offers Figure Diluted By Data Up To A Week Old
    (Dec. 10): TWO Shootings Within An Hour In CD 4's "Zaferia" Neighborhood (Supernaw); PCH/Obispo + 1300 block Ohio
    VIDEO: Did You See It?: LB Got GREAT View As Int'l; Space Station Orbited Nearly Directly Above Us. (Hidden Early In Pass By High Clouds, We Nearly Missed It.)
    Follow-Up To Sic Transit: Councilman Uranga To Make Motion To Adjourn Dec. 15 Council Meeting In Memory of LB Taxpayer Advocate (And CD 7 Resident) Tom Stout
    AUDIO: Council Votes 7-1 (Supernaw dissenting, Andrews absent) To Approve $3.11 Mil Total Cost El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Soccer Field
    Vote comes at 1:08 a.m. after Mayor Garcia moves other items ahead but doesn't advance this one
    Subsequent development above
    Mayor/Council Snub Passing Of LB Taxpayer Advocate Tom Stout, Not One Moves To Adjourn Council Meeting In His Memory
    Subsequent coverage above:
    Fact Check / Perspective: El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Field: Recent Salient Statements By City Mgm't vs. Councilwoman Mungo Compared
    Subsequent coverage above:
    Sic Transit Tom Stout, Co-Founder LB Taxpayers Ass'n, Spoke Up For Residents Under Three Mayors And Councils

    "Selfie" image from Mr. Stout's Facebook page

    Long Beach Surges Thru Its Previous Record 7-Day Level Of Individuals Testing Positive For COVID-19
    Perspective: Regardless Of Whom You Blame, This Chart Shows It's More Risky Now To Go Anywhere In Long Beach Than Just Weeks Ago. And City Mgm't Isn't Disclosing The Real Daily Number
    Now It's A Homicide: Another CD 1 Shooting: Female Adult Killed And Female Juvenile Shot/Wounded Anaheim/Magnolia
    LBPD says murder victim, 36 year old LB woman, "has no gang affiliation and is believed to be an unintended target of the suspect."
    Despite Limited K-5 LBUSD Campus Activities, 54 Staff + 22 Students + 7 Visitors/Vendors Confirmed Infected With COVID-19 Since Sept 1
    Parents At Mann And Prisk Latest To Get Notices of Their Child's Possible Exposure
    Another CD1 Willmore Area Shooting: 200 block W. 6th St; Evidence Found (Incl. Bullet Casings) But No Wounded Persons Found
    Another CD1 Shooting: Man Wounded In Willmore City/Drake Park Area Shooting
    Governor Newsom Issues Regionalized Stay At Home Order, See Details Of What It Does/Doesn't Allow Locally It Effectively Derails Calls To Have LB Health Dept. Loosen Restrictions On In-Restaurant Outdoor Dining

    Subsequent development above As COVID Cases Surge, Several Hundred Residents March Thru Naples/Belmont Shore, Urge City Hall to Re-Open Long Beach (Reduce Restrictions On Restaurants/Re-Open Schools)

    Photo courtesy Gavin McKiernan

    Monied Business/Restaurant Interests And Allies Launch "Accountability PAC," Schedule Dec. 2 "Accountability March" Urging "Opening Up Long Beach"
    Wrigley Shooters Attack Man In His Vehicle, Who Pursues Them And Is Shot To Death In Collision At Magnolia/Wardlow
    Man Shot-At While Seated In His Parked Vehicle, 1800 block E. 5th St.
    Gunfire Strikes Several Parked Vehicles, 2300 block Myrtle Ave.
    Dec. 8 Council "Consent Calendar" (No-Discussion/Separate Recorded Vote Unless A Councilmember Requests It) Would Spend $250,000 To Enable "Right To Counsel" For Tenants Challenging Certain Property Owner Actions
    Mayor Garcia Included It In His FY21 Budget Recommendations; Council Rubberstamped It Advancing It To Possible Spending Vote Now
    Dec. 8: City Staff Will Seek Council Approval To Spend $3.11 Million Total Cost For El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Soccer Field, Council Approval Would Launch Construction/Installation
    Another South Wrigley Shooting (CD6): In Broad Daylight Shots Leave Bullet Holes And Strike Marks On Vehicles Parked In 2200 block Earl (b/w Pacific-LB Blvd., b/w PCH-Willow) No Persons Hit
    With NO City Council Discussion (Again), City Mgm't Says It Will Make Unspecified Changes To LB's COVID Health Order. Will LB Follow Or Make Change To LA County's Coming Nov. 30 Health Order?
    Peaceful Creative COVID Protest Parks U-Haul Trucks Outside Three ELB Council Incumbents' Homes To Send Message: Take Action To Support LB Businesses...Or Leave
    Two Shootings In Less Than Three Hours In Central LB: (1) Man Is Hit/Wounded, LB Blvd/19th St. (CD6) (2) Car Carrying Four People (Incl. Two Children) Hit By Gunfire 16th/Linden (CD1) Plus Shooting At Unknown Location
    Wrigley Gunfire Adds To Two Confirmed Central LB Shootings + Shooting At Uncertain Location
    NLB Gunfight -- Shots Exchanged, Buildings Struck, Gang Involvement Suspected In Neighborhood Near CD8's "Davenport Park"
    LA County Health Officer Will Implement These Toughened Targeted COVID Restrctions On Nov. 30; Will LB Health Officer Do Likewise, Or Do Something Else?
    Another Carmelitos Shooting (8th Council district)
    Mayor/Council Cancel Their Meetings But Continue Collecting Full Pay; Next Currently Scheduled Meeting Is Dec. 8, Will Include No-Action "Study Session" Sought By Price On Restaurant Dining Closure
    Five Councilmembers could schedule special meeting on 24 hours notice
    Price Seeks Dec. 8 "Study Session" (No Council Action Item) On City Health Officer's Three Week Ban On Outdoor Restaurant Dining; Richardson Says He Doesn't "Favor" City Mgm't Order But Stops Short Of Flatly Opposing It, Signals Other Actions In Response
    Long Beach & LA County Health Depts Will Apply Add'l COVID 19 Restrictions Including Three Week Ban On Outdoor Restaurant Dining Effective 10 p.m. Tonite
  • Long Beach Mayor/Council Accept City Mgm't Health Officer's Action (See Text) Without Dissent, No LB Electeds Seek Reconsideration
  • LA County Bd of Supes Votes 2-3 To Defeat Motion By Barger-Hahn to Continue Outdoor Restaurant Dining; Bd Signals Support For Staff Recommended Targeted Restrictions Allowing Multiple Activities At Specified Low Levels; Pasadena Pursues Independent Course For Now
    Subsequent development above
    Pasadena, With Independent Health Dept., Pursuing Independent Course On Allowing Outdoor Dining; LA County Board of Supes To Discuss County Direction
    Subsequent development above
    VIDEO: Mayor Garcia Cites Alarming/Unprecedented COVID-19 Increases, Says Restaurant Outdoor Dining Ban Will Hurt Some Of His Friends And Cause Workers Serious Personal and Economic Damage But Doesn't Signal Support To Reconsider Forthcoming Action, Says Important Aspect Of His Job Is To Ensure Available Hospital Beds/Ventilators And Discourage Gatherings That Can Spread Virus
    Long Beach Restaurant Ass'n Says No Scientific Proof Outdoor Socially Distanced Dining Contributes To Increased COVID-19 Spread, Urges Reconsideration Of City Ordered Shut Down
    Subsequent development above
    Long Beach Follows L.A. County, Will Impose At Least Three Week Ban On In-Person Restaurant Dining (Indoor Or Outdoor) As Well As In Breweries, Wineries And Bars
    Criticizing City-Ordered In-Restaurant Dining Shut Down, Former Councilman DeLong Accuses City of Misleading Its Residents
    Family Dog's Barking Alerts Sleeping Residents To Alleged Knife-Wielding Intruder In Their ELB Home; LBPD Locates/Arrests/Books Suspect (L.A. Man) On Felony Charges
    LBFD Mgm't Lets Asymptomatic Firefighters Avoid 14-Day Quarantine Despite Knowing They're Possibly COVID-19 Infected, Cites CDC Standard For Essential Critical Workers
    Here's Newly Imposed Long Beach "Safer At Home" 10 p.m.-5 a.m. COVID-19 Curfew Order
    Fight Leads To Fatal Shooting At NLB "Afterhours" Event That Drew Roughly 50-75 Persons To Closed Business (1300 block Artesia); LBPD Seeks Public's Help With Video And Other Info
    Biden Transportation Dept. "Transition Team" Includes LA Metro Chief (Favors "Congestion Pricing" Charging Drivers To Use Certain Fwys In Prime Time) And Former LB Airport Director Rodriguez (Quietly Sought To Enable Customs Facility Turning LGB Into Int'l Airport)
    Sac'to Issues "Limited Stay At Home Order" Prohibiting Non-Essential Businesses And Personal Gatherings b/w 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
    COVID Outbreak @ LBPD: At Least A Dozen Officers From Three Divisions Infected; Contact Tracing Underway To Find Other Staff Who May Have Come In Close Contact With Them
    16 Yr Old Girl Allegedly Shoots Man, Steals His Car; LBPD Cops Pursue And Arrest Her In DTLB
    Under newly elected DA, she may not be tried as adult.
    Long Beach To Apply Tightened COVID-19 Restrictions (Paralleling LA County) Impacting Certain Businesses, Group Gatherings And Mandates Face Masks On Everyone Leaving Their Homes (With Limited Exceptions)
    LA County Health Chief Signals Possible Return To Full Lockdown If Cases Continue To Rise; LB Shows Disturbing Increase In Cases And Positivity Rate
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