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New / VIDEO: Reform Ticket City Council Candidates Robert Fox (2nd Dist.) And Juan Ovalle (8th Dist.) Sign This "Reform Pledge," Vow That If Elected, They'll Seek Changes In How LB City Hall Currently Operates And Treats The Public
Earthquake: Fri. 12:20 a.m. Initial magnitude, 3.7, initial epicener WSW of Compton, Depth about 24 km. Sharp jolt felt all the way into ELB (Bellflower/Wardlow area)

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New: Better Housing for Long Beach / Joani Weir File Fed'l Court Lawsuit Challenging Long Beach "Tenant Relocation Ordinance" And Statewide "Rent Cap/Just Cause Eviction" Law (AB 1482), Alleges They Violate Provisions Of Fed'l & CA Constitutions
New / Detailed Coverage: Council Votes 7-0 (Supernaw Motion) For Community Hospital Lease That Lets LLC Terminate For Any Reason, Requires LB Taxpayers To Pay $1-2 Mil Annually (Up To $25 Mil Over 15 Yrs) Likely Taken From Measure A Sales Tax AND -- In Outcome City Mgm't Calls "Likely" -- Lets LLC End Lease Early Requiring LB Taxpayers To Reimburse LLC For LLC's Costs Incurred And Enabling LLC Or Other Buyer To Buy Community Hospital For Health Care Purposes Other Than Acute Care Hospital
As seen LIVE: Council Votes 5-1 (Uranga Dissents, Pearce Leaves Prior To Vote, Richardson Absent Entire Meeting, 1st dist. Vacant) To Send Support "Letter" -- Not Council Policy-Setting Resolution -- After Andrews Flips/Opposes Agenda Item He Co-Agendized And PreviouslY Voted For; Price Scrambles To Change Motion To Support Letter (Might Be Signed By City Mgr, Not Necessarily Mayor) LB Homeless/Vagrant Council Policy Showdown Coming In Re-Vote Tonight (Oct. 15) On Whether To Support L.A. County's "Friend of Court" Brief Urging US Supreme Court To Reverse Lower Court Opinion That Blocks Local Laws Against Vagrants/Homeless Sleeping Outdoors Unless Sufficient Shelter Beds Available
New: Governor VETOES SB 268 Citing Lack Of Transparency, Would Have Let Cities Avoid 75 Word Ballot Summary, Instead Tell Voters To "See Voter Guide" For Taxpayer-Impacting Details Of Ballot Measures Seeking Multi-Level Taxes Or Property-Tax Raising Debt-Bonds
Some LBREPORT.com readers responded to our editorial and emailed Governor urging veto after LB Council quietly let Mayor Garcia support the bill; all of LB's Sac'to lawmakers voted for it
New: Cindy Allen, Contributor To Mayor Garcia/Multiple Council Incumbents And Previous LBPost Publisher/Owner, Enters 2nd Dist. Council Race
New / Follow the Money: See Who Gave Recent Large Contribs To Put These Candidates On LB City Council (1st Dist.)
  • To Mary Zendejas: BizFed ("Voice of L.A. County Employers Since 2008") + Ass'yman O'Donnell 2020 Re-Election Campaign
  • To Ray Morquecho: Two Apt. Ass'n Advocacy Groups
  • To Misi Tagaloa: Oakwood Academy

  • 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, 68th, 69th, 70th, 71st. 72nd 73 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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    Bombshells: Proposed Community Hospital Lease Details -- Disclosed Days Before Council Vote -- Would Give For-Profit LLC These Incentives And Could Leave LB Taxpayers With This "Likely" Outcome City Management Memo Acknowledges

    Sun Nite: Homicide, 6000 block Linden (Roughly Two Blocks From Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 9th Dist.)
    Sat Nite: Man Is Shot/Wounded 2900 block E. Artesia
    With Perspective: Governor Newsom Appoints Uduak-Joe Ntuk (LBCC Trustee/Dem Party Partisan) As Supervisor In State Oil/Gas/Geothermal Agency
    In Depth Coverage: Gov Newsom Signs Multiple Sac'to Bills Enabling Greater Housing Density, Reducing Local Control; LB's Mayor/Council Remained Mum As Measures Advanced Despite Council Recited Policy To Oppose Bills Reducing Local Control
  • THREE Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) bills require cities to permit one -- and possibly TWO -- ADU's on single family lots in most areas; bills also require cities to permit ADUs inside existing multi-unit (apt.) bldgs. up to 25% of bldg's existing units
  • State Senators Umberg & Gonzalez voted "yes" but not Ass'yman O'Donnell
    LB's New "Billie Jean King Main Library" Will Be Locked/Closed Sundays Despite Measure A Millions And Despite 88k In FY20 Recently Allocated By Council; Four Sunday-Open Branches Will Shrink To Two From Nov.-June, Then None Open Sunday Unless Council Budgets More, Library Mgm't Tells Mayor/Council
    LBREPORT.com Learns That On Oct 1, City Mgm't Agreed As Queen Mary Landlord/Lessor To "Major Change" In City's Lease With Urban Commons Acknowledging Lessee Doesn't Intend To Finalize Entitlements For Its "Queen Mary Island" Project Within Next 24 Months
    Urban Commons requested the change on Sept. 10
    Coverage In Detail: Who Approved Donation Meters Inviting Money For Mayor's Fund To End Homelessness? Who Governs The Privately-Run Non-Profit That Now Will Get The Money To Distribute? Who Voted To Give Them The Money To Distribute? LBREPORT.com Provides Details...And Names Names
    These Councilmembers Met (Again) For Approx 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
    Despite Andrews Support, Council Falls One Vote Short (With Mungo Exited/Austin Absent) Oct. 8) Of Approving Resolution To Support L.A. County "Friend of Court" Brief Urging US Supreme Court To Reverse Lower Court Opinion That Blocks Local Laws Against Vagrants/Homeless Sleeping Outdoors Unless Sufficient Shelter Beds Available; Lead-Agendizer Price Signals She'll Re-Agendize Item For Re-Vote
    Developing / Perspective: Homeless Data Bombshell: L.A. Times And CA Policy Lab/UCLA Find L.A. And Nat'l Homeless Data Understate Persons With Mental Illness/Substance Abuse; LBDHHS Reviewing Newly Published Data, Response Pending
    Some public perceptions proven correct? New data arguably invite rethinking some current responses to homeless/vagrant issues
    >All clear with CSULB suspect in custody.
    CSULB's police list on their activity log: "10/7/2019 2:07:25 PM, call_description: SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE, Status: STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER." At late afternoon,CSULB issued the following statement:
    "This afternoon, the university received an email threatening violence to our campus. Our University Police department immediately responded, and were able to identify a suspect and their location. University leadership issued a shelter-in-place order to help ensure the safety of the campus community. The suspect is now in custody, and there is no current threat to campus. We understand that this type of order is alarming, but the university must take these threats seriously. Law enforcement will pursue all legal options." Earlier at 3:48 p.m.: CSULB students were sent alert re credible threat, said out of "abundance of caution" campus closing and to stay away. Again: ALERT NOW LIFTED, SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
    Man Is Shot/Killed NW NLB (69th Way); It's NW NLB's FIFTH Shooting Crime Scene Since June; LBPD Deploys Add'l Resources In Response
    FOURTH Shooting Crime Scene Since June Near NW NLB's Coolidge Park (Coolidge Triangle) Leaves Woman In Critical Condition
    Outside Of Public Hearing, City Staff Gave Offices Of Councilmembers Pearce & Price These Talking Points Supporting $13 Million/9 Yr. "Economic Development Subsidy" For "The Breakers" Downtown Luxury Hotel; AUDIO: Hear Various Councilmembers' Explain Their Reasons For Approving It (7-0)
    Perspective / LB Politics For Grown-Ups: In What Ways, If At All, Would Candidates Seeking To Become LB's Next 1st Dist. Councilmember Have Voted Differently Than Prior Incumbent Gonzalez On These Actual Council Agenda Items? We Asked And Here's What They Said/Didn't Say
    At ELB's Towne Center

    South rigley Gunfire Fri Night, Casings Found, 1800 block Cedar Ave.
    In Depth / Perspective: No, This City Hall Fix-It-Or-Lease-Default-Letter Doesn't Put Queen Mary Lessee Urban Commons In Imminent Danger Of Forfeiting Its Lease; Here's The Full Story Including Lease Terms That Allow Cure And Invite City Hall To Tap LB Taxpayers To Advance More Repair Costs
    Cindy Allen, Contributor To Mayor Garcia & Multiple Council Incumbents/Previous LBPost Publisher/Owner, Sells Her Ad/Marketing Agency, Presumed Prepping To Enter 2nd Dist. Council Race
    Subsequent coverage above
    Report By City's Real Estate Economic Consultant Indicates "Economic Development Subsidy" For Pacific6 "The Breakers" Downtown Luxury Hotel ($13 Mil Over 9 Yrs From 80% Of Hotel's Room Tax) Would Amount To Roughly Twice All Revenue City Would Receive From Hotel's Net Room Tax + Generated Sales Taxes + Property Tax Over First 10 Years
    City's consultant doesn't recommend against subsidy; Council hearing/Oct. 1 vote will decide
    As seen LIVE: Council votes 4-3 (Richardson, Uranga, Pearce dissenting; Andrews absent) to approve amended motion by Price to draft Council resolution supporting amicus brief filed by L.A. County Board of Supervisors to overturn 9th cir. Boise opinion [held "cruel and unusual punishment" to enforce criminal provisions of local laws against vagrants/homeless unless local gov't provides sufficient shelter beds] (County Supes vote was 3-2 Sept. 17: Yes: Hahn, Ridley-Thomas, Barger; No: Kuehl, Solis.) During intense LB Council discussion, Councilwoman Price framed the issue as supporting the right of the City to enforce its local anti-camping ordinances; Councilman Richardson opposed motion, framed the issue as local capacity in providing sufficient shelter beds. Item left to final agenda item of the meeting; Mayor Garcia not present/left earlier. Multiple Cities Filed "Friend of Court" Briefs Urging US Supreme Court To Review Lower Court Opinion That Blocks Local Laws Against Vagrants/Homeless Sleeping Outdoors Unless Sufficient Shelter Beds Available; City of LB Missed Deadline To Submit Initial Brief...But Oct. 1 Price/Mungo/Uranga/Austin Agenda Item Seeks Ways To Submit Subsequent Brief If Four Supreme Court Justices Agree To Hear The Case
    See Who Gave Sums And In What Amounts To Put These Candidates On LB's City Council From 1st District...Where One Of Them Will Cast Votes On Spending And Developments Impacting Taxpayers And Neighborhoods Citywide
    City Mgm't Recommends, Council Will Vote Oct 1 On $13 Million "Economic Development Subsidy" For Pacific6's "The Breakers" Planned Luxury Hotel/Spa (Ocean Blvd/Locust Ave.)
    In Letter To CA Att'y Gen'l + 3 County DA's (LA/SF/Sac'to), Advocacy Group ConsumerWatchdog Seeks Investigation Of Matters Related To State Insurance Comm'r (former LB state Senator) Ricardo Lara; Group Mentions LB-Area State Senator Lena Gonzalez In Two Places; She Provides This Statement In Response
    LBPD Reveals It Opened Criminal Investigation (Independently Sought By LB Animal Supporters) After K9 "Ozzy's" Death...And DA Is Now Reviewing LBPD's Initial Criminal Investigative File
    City Mgm't Tells Mayor/Council Two "Critical" Queen Mary Maintenance Issues Will Cost Approx. $7 Million With No Current Funds To Pay For Them; They're Among 8 Of 27 Repair Items Promised But Not Completed With Council's $23 Mil "Historic Preservation & Capital Investment Plan" (2016)
    And newly discovered issue surfaces: crack found in at least one wharf piling, report pending on all pilings and related structures, repair cost not yet known
    If Governor Signs These Bills -- Approved By LB's State Senators Umberg & Gonzalez But Not Ass'yman O'Donnell -- All CA Cities Will Have To Permit One "Accessory Dwelling Unit" (ADU) Plus A "Junior" Smaller ADU On Single Family Home Lots In Most Areas, Would Nullify Portions of LB's Land Use/Zoning And Recently Adopted ADU Rules
    Firearm Displayed By Armed Robbery Suspect At PCH/Clark 7-11 Was BB Gun, Led To Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

    LBPD image: The casing was from the officer's weapon.
    In Detail / Perspective: Long Beach's "Billie Jean King Main Library": Has Beloved Name But 30% Smaller Size And Without Former Public Auditorium. How'd That Happen?

    Arrow shows new library. Image source: Mayor Garcia Dec. 16, 2015 release
    Subsequent development above
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Follow-up: Gov. VETOES this bill, see subsequent coverage here. Here's How To Tell Gov. Newsom To Veto Election-Tilting Anti-Taxpayer Anti-Transparency SB 268

    Editorial: It's Not Streamlining. It Doesn't Promote Public Participation. It Will Affect Your Ability To Speak And Be Heard When City Council Actions Affect Your Neighborhood And Our City. Here's How To Stop It And Send A Message That The Public's Voices Matter

    Perspective: By The Numbers: Here Are LB Taxpayer/Neighborhood-Impacting Public Safety Facts That LB's Mayor/Council Haven't Told You

    Editorial: This Happened When A Mentally Ill Vagrant Said He Wanted To Kill A Belmont Shore Business' Manager.
    Opinion: LB Dem Partisans Try To Link 1st Dist Council Candidate Morquecho To Trump, While He And Multiple Dems Fail To Link Mayor-Backed Zendejas To Multiple Unpopular Council Actions
    Editorial: Our Hearts Are With Candlelight Vigils, But LBREPORT.com Is Done Covering Them. We Urge Action
    Editorial: Civics Refresher, Rights And Remedies When LB Council Incumbents Try To Reduce (Not Restore) Your Right To Speak And Be Heard At Council Meetings
    Their New City Hall
    Editorial: 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

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    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
    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 Spending
    Mgm'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

    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
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