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Coming to Council Tuesday: Fireworks Enforcement By Administrative Citation? Councilwoman Price, Joined By Councilmembers Supernaw, Austin & Pearce (Finally) Agendize Issue For Council Discussion
Action comes about a year after LBREPORT.com first suggested this
Coming to Council Tuesday: Richardson-Gonzalez-Andrews-Austin Want City Mgm't Options For "Local Revenue Measure" -- And Mention Possible Debt Bond -- To Address "Affordable Housing" / "Homelessness"
Agenda item attaches letter signed by housing developers, establishment figures, advocacy groups
New: Man Is Shot In Noon-Hour Friday, 300 block W. PCH/Area Cedar
Mayor-Sought Changes In City Charter Panned, Praised:
  • Former Council Candidate Rich Dines Testifies In Opposition To Mayor-Proposed City Charter Change That Would Let Incumbents Avoid Term Limits For Three Terms And Create Mayor-Picked/Council Approved "Ethics Comm'n"
  • LB Taxpayers Ass'n Calls Measures Self-Serving, Not Public Serving
  • Cambodian Community Members Praise Changes To Redistricting Comm'n Draft Text Made After Non-Public Meetings/Communications With Mayor And Council Staffers, That Now Propose Independent Body With Power To Re-Draw Council District Lines, Saying It Would Enable Their Community's Civic Participation
    L.A. County Bd. of Supervisors Puts Parcel Property Tax On Nov. 2018 Ballot, Residential & Comm'l Property Owners Would Pay To Clean Up/Capture Storm Water Runoff; Online Tool Shows How Much You'd Pay If 2/3 Of Voters Approve It



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    Council Chooses Dee Andrews As Its Vice Mayor For Next Two Years; 11-Year Council Vet, Now In Final Two Years Of His Term-Limited Third Term, Had Been Passed Over In Previous Years


    State Senator de Leon, Officially Endorsed Candidate of CA Democratic Party In Seeking To Replace Incumbent U.S. Senator Feinstein, Calls For Impeachment of President Donald Trump
    Mayor Garcia Schedules 3:30 p.m. July 17 Council Meeting -- When Many Are At Work -- On His Desired Charter Amendments, Will Accommodate 5:30 p.m. Terrace Theater Ceremonial (Fake) Swearing-In
    With On-Demand Audio: After Bruising LUE Battle, 5th Dist. Residents Wary, Seek Details Re Density, Height, Traffic, Parking As Housing Developer Olson Co. Mulls Whether To Complete Purchase Of LBCC-Owned Los Coyotes Diagonal Parcel
    Housing Would Require Council Approval To Change Parcel's Land Use/Zoning From Comm'l To Residential


    Taxpayers Schipske-Stout-Lejins-Weinstein File Sworn Complaint w/ Fair Political Practices Comm'n Alleging City of Long Beach Violated Political Reform Act With Materials Described As "Informational" That They Say Amounted To Campaigning For Measure M
    Fed'l Court Jury Says LBPD Officer Didn't Use Excessive Force In Fatal Shooting of CSULB-Bound Honor-Student Feras Morad
    LBPOA issues this statement
    AND
    Follow-Up: City Att'y Issues This Statement re Fed'l Court Jury Verdict In Favor Of Defendants City of LB & LBPD Officer In Fatal Shooting of CSULB-Bound Feras Morad
    Man Is Fatally Stabbed In Cal Hts., Area Wardlow/Orange; UPDATE: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian/Victim May Have Led To Dispute And Stabbing
    UPDATE: City Spokesman Provides This Info On Date, General Location, Beach Cleaning Procedures Where Junior Lifeguard Stepped On Hypodermic Syringe
    Follow-Up/Perspective: Mayor Garcia Abruptly Removes From Council Discussion -- Effectively Blocking Opponents From Speaking To -- Agenda Item That Sought To Prevent City Hall Advisory Commissions From Agendizing/Discussing/Advising On Subjects Without Permission And Making It Easier For Mayor/Council To Oust Advisory Comm'rs
    Garcia Indicates He'll Talk With Councilmembers And Commissioners Before Bringing Item Back
    LB Rent Control Proponents "Suspend" Their Petition-Initiative Effort, Vow To Regroup And Pursue Tenant Protections
    U.S. Soldier -- Whose Hometown Was Long Beach -- Is Killed In Afghanistan


    Perspective: Someone Wants To Prevent LB City Hall "Advisory Bodies" From Discussing Subjects Without Permission. It's On City Council's July 10 Agenda
    Woman Killed, Man Wounded, In Hellman Neighborhood Shooting
    Alleged Killer of LBFD Capt. Rosa In Court, His Att'y Says She Hasn't Been Able To Communicate With Him, Arraignment Delayed

    Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG POOL coverage
    Man Found Fatally Stabbed in WLB Motorhome
    Perspective / Viewpoints

    Editorial: Are LB Taxpayers Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?


    Editorial: We Say These Decisions By Two LB Mayors, And Past And Present Councilmembers Endorsed By The LB Police Officers Ass'n PAC, Made The Tragic, Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting of CSULB-Bound Feras Morad More Likely
    "Amnesia File" / Opinion: How LB Residents Lost Their Right To Agendize Items For Council Discussion/Action...And Why Restoring That Right Should Be Priority Reform Now
    Ediorial: Mayor Orchestrated Commission Photo Op Offers More Important Agenda Opportunity
    Perspective: Hypodermic Syringe On LB Beach Stabs A Jr. Lifeguard...And It Shouldn't Take A Public Records Act Request To Find Out What Really Happened
    Editorial: The Community Hospital Deal...For Grown-Ups
    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion:
    LBREPORT.com...Now More Than Ever
    Op-Ed: Things They Need to Tell Us Before They Lease Community Hospital
    By Gerrie Schipske *
    * Ms. Schipske, an attorney, served two terms as LB's 5th dist. Councilwoman (2006-2014) and is the author of Historical Hospitals of Long Beach

    Editorial: Mayor Garcia's Anti-Reform Charter Amendments
    Perspective: Councilwoman Price Says She Opposes Sac'to Bill That Could Let LB Council Allow 4 a.m. Bar Closings In Parts of LB...But Here's What She Didn't Say And Hasn't Done
    Editorial: Apply This CA Jury Instruction To Mayor/Councilmembers Who Claim Blank Check Measure M Isn't A Tax
    Editorial: "Alternative Facts" In Long Beach
    Perspective: Did Mayor And Your Councilmember Tell You Measure M Isn't A Tax? Compare Exactly What Council Voted To Approve When It Put Measure M On Ballot
    Using Cops As Props


    Perspective: Long Beach, According to the New York Times
    Perspective / Opinion: Some Major Matters Missing In Mayor's "Homeless Initiative"
    Perspective: Will Mayor Garcia Commit To Serving Full Four Year Term LB Voters Just Gave Him Without Jumping Ship For State Senate Seat In November Or Congress In Two Years? We Asked, And...
    Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., A Half Century Gone
    by Joe Segura (retired Long Beach journalist)
    and
    by Bill Pearl (LBREPORT.com publisher)
    Perspective / Opinion: LBCC Candidate Ntuk's Mindless Mailer Invites 2016 Party-Over-Principle Politics For Non-Partisan LBCC Board
    Editorial: LBREPORT.com Urges This March 6 LUE Motion: Prudent, Neighborhood Protective, Data Driven And Responsible
    Perspective / Opinion: How Some LB Dems Shoved Independent-Minded Dem Schipske Out of State Senate Race
    Editorial: I-710 Travesty
    Perspective / Opinion: Guess Who's Trying To Derail Gerrie Schipske's State Senate Bid
    Perspective: Mayor Garcia Didn't Preside At Council Meeting (One Of His Charter Duties) To Attend L.A. County Democratic Party Event; His Former Online Calendar Has Apparently Vanished And We'd Like To Know If He Took Metro To The Event
    Perspective Via CityWatchLA.com: Former L.A. City Planner Platkin Collapses Rationales For "Transit Rich" Density-Dictating SB 827
    It's titled: "The More You Stir it, the More It Stinks: New Planning Legislation from Sacramento"
    Long Beach City Hall Using "Mushroom Treatment" (Again) To Delay Our Reporting This Taxpayer-Impacting Information To You
    Editorial: End LB's Transparency-Mocking Mushroom Treatment As Council's "I-710 Oversight Committee" (Austin, Uranga, Richardson) Prepares To Receive Publicly-Hidden Update And Select "Locally Preferred Alternative" To I-710 Expansion Project
    Point-Counterpoint / Opinion: We Question These Statements Mayor Garcia Submitted For Inclusion In Official Election Pamphlet, And He Says...
















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    Sacramento
    New: 4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill (Includes LB + 6 Other CA Cities) Narrowly Advances In Ass'y Committee, Meets Stiff Opposition From Anti-Alcohol Abuse/Public Safety Groups
    State Senate Passes Land Use Impacting SB 828 With Amendments, Requires Cities To Identify 125% And Make Available For Residential Development 100% Of SCAG-Dictated Regional Housing Need, Sends Bill To Assembly
    Fireworks
    New / In Depth / Perspective: Despite "Warzone" Level Fireworks Last Year, To Date City of Long Beach Hasn't Aggressively/Systematically Applied This Measure That Other Cities Use Against Fireworks Scofflaws
    Amnesia File: LBREPORT.com reported on it nearly a year ago
    Garcia Proposed Charter Amendments
    Analysis / Perspective: Procedural Irregularities, Substantive Omissions And Emerging Non-Public Process Mark First Of Three Hearings On Mayor-Proposed Nov. 2018 Special Election Charter Amendments
    Editorial: Mayor Garcia's Anti-Reform Charter Amendments
    Mayor Garcia's 12-Year "Term Limit" Proposal Tilted Toward Incumbents (That He Labels "Strengthening" Term Limits) Similar To Proposal Rejected By Over 2/3 Of LB Voters; See 2007 Ballot Arguments Pro/Con
    Mayor Garcia Proposes Mayor-Chosen, Council-Approved Advisory-Only "Redistricting Comm'n," Could Allow Council To Continue District Gerrymandering
    Land Use / Density
    New: Public Views & Comments On City's Emerging Draft Plan For Cherry Ave. Corridor -- From Spring St. to Carson St. -- Including Former C-17 Plant; A City-Hired Architect Mentions Possibility Of Hotel at Wardlow/Cherry
    RecentlyWeeks AgoPast Few Months
    With VIDEO: Olson Co., Developer Of "For-Sale, In-Town Housing," Holds Community Meeting, Explains Its Purchase/Sale Agreement (In Escrow/Due Diligence Phase) For LBCC Property @ 3320-3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal & 3325 Palo Verde
  • Doesn't Own Property Yet And Doesn't Have Site Plan But Envisions Some Type(s) Of For-Sale Market-Rate Housing; Hasn't Discussed Plans Yet With City Staff Or Councilmember Mungo But Plans To Do So Shortly, Sought To Hear Concerns From Residents First...Who Consistently Cite Density, Traffic, Parking, Infrastructure
    Perspective: "Warzone" CA-Contraband Fireworks (Again) Impact Wrigley, Parts of NLB And Central LB, Sporadic In Parts Of ELB...After Long Beach Mayor/Council Fail To Pursue "Administrative Enforcement" -- Procedure Not Requiring Police But Carrying Hefty Fines -- That Other Cities Use To Deter Fireworks Scofflaws
    Amnesia File: LBREPORT.com reported on it nearly a year ago
    Friday's (July 6) 109 Degrees At LB Airport Smashed Previous LB Records For This Day AND This Month; Compare Other Cities' High Temps
    AND
    Temp Hits 109 Degrees At LGB Friday And Remains b/w 108-109 For Over Three Hours; UPDATE: Forecast Says Saturday Highs From 90 (90802) to 99 (90808), Sunday 82 (90802) to 94 (90808)
    Man Hit By Gunfire While Riding Along L.A. River Bikepath (Near Del Amo Blvd.)
    LBPD Civilian Employee Is Arrested On Suspicion Of Recording People Without Their Knowledge In A Restroom
    Upstart Group Signs "Declaration of Independence" In Philadelphia, Asserts Right To Self-Rule No Longer Accountable To Royal Authority, Cites "History of Repeated Injuries and Usurpations"
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    Special Event Coverage: Thousands Attend Intensely Personal Memorial Ceremony For LBFD Capt. Dave Rosa

    Photo by Diana Lejins
    Special Event Coverage:
    Special Event Coverage: Text Of Essay -- "America At Half Staff" -- Read During Memorial Ceremony For Capt. Rosa
    Special Event Coverage / VIDEO: Co-Workers, Friends, Family Share Remembrances Of LBFD Capt. Dave Rosa

    Subsequent coverage above
    In Depth/Perspective: Despite "Warzone" Level Fireworks Last Year, To Date City of Long Beach Hasn't Aggressively/Systematically Applied This Measure That Other Cities Use Against Fireworks Scofflaws
  • Public Views & Comments On City's Emerging Draft Plan For Cherry Ave. Corridor -- From Spring St. to Carson St. -- Including Former C-17 Plant; A City-Hired Architect Mentions Possibility Of Hotel at Wardlow/Cherry
    by Glennis Dolce
    Special to LBREPORT.com



    4 a.m. Bar Closing Bill (Includes LB + 6 Other CA Cities) Narrowly Advances In Ass'y Committee, Meets Stiff Opposition From Anti-Alcohol Abuse/Public Safety Groups
    Sac'to Agency Says This, City Hall Says This, About Immediate Future Of Community Hospital


    Woman Is Shot To Death In Carmelitos Housing Project (8th dist.)
    UPDATE: Victim Shot In A Residence, PD Believes Gang Related: Another Central LB Shooting (6th Dist.)...And It's A Homicide: 1900 block MLK (Just North of PCH)
    It's 5th shooting (includes two homicides) in Central LB (6th dist./1st dist) this month.
    D.A. Alleges 77 Yr Old Retirement Bldg Resident Set Off Explosive Trying To Kill Woman Living Above Him, Then Sat In Hallway, Shot/Murdered LBFD Capt. Rosa & Wounded LBFD Firefighter Torres And Another Building Resident
    Olson Co., Developer Of "For-Sale, In-Town Housing," Has Purchase/Sale Agreement (In Escrow/Due Diligence Phase) For LBCC Property @ 3320-3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal & 3325 Palo Verde For "Residential Development," Has Scheduled Community Meeting Tonight (June 27) To Discuss Its Plans And Receive Community Input; See Details Here
    Christopher Koontz (Advance Planning Officer Guided Controversial Density Increases In Draft Land Use Element Maps) Promoted To Planning Bureau Manager
    JetBlue Didn't Just Withdraw Its Appeal Of Late Night Flight Fines; City Attorney's Office & JetBlue Signed This Agreement Re Future Late Night Flights & Fines
    Extended Recap Incl. VIDEO Coverage: LBFD Captain Is Fatally Shot, A Second LB Firefighter Shot/Wounded, And A Third Elderly Man Is Shot/Wounded At Downtown Residential Retirement High Rise; LBPD Arrests 77 Yr Old Bldg Resident, Booked On Suspicion Of Murder, Two Attempted Murders, And Arson
    Two Men Shot/Wounded Shortly Before Sunset Saturday, 1400 block E. 20th St. (North of LBCC's Central LB Campus)
    It's 4th LB shooting within 5 days; 4th in Central LB (6th dist/1st dist.) this month
    See/Hear City Staff, Corps of Engineers Planning Division Chief, Update "Ecosystem Restoration" (Formerly Breakwater) Study, Say It May -- Or May Not -- Include Breakwater Modification
    City Spent Nearly $100,000 For Political Consulting Firm To Design, Print and Send The Three "Informational" City Mailers You Likely Received On Measure M
    For Next Four Weeks, LB Airport's Main Runway Will Close On Weekdays Overnight (10 p.m./11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Diverting Flights Onto Runway 25R/7L
    City & MemorialCare Issue Joint Statement, Bottom Line: (1) Community Hospital Will Close July 3; (2) There's No Agreement Currently In Place For Transition; (3) MemorialCare Is Working With City "To Identify A Process" To Put Hospital License In "Suspense" To Allow Potential Transition If State Regulators Agree
    After Nov. 2017 Threshold Council Vote (5-3) To Allow Rec Pot Shops In LB, Council Votes (7-1) In June 2018 To Approve Ordinance Enabling Them (See Details)
    Three Teens Arrested Re Recent Belmont Shore/Naples Fires...Including 2nd St. Blaze At "Dogz"
    Transition Or Trainwreck? Community Hospital Immediate Future Unclear Despite Council 8-0 Vote To Negotiate Deal With "Molina-Wu-Network, LLC" To Operate Reconfigured/Retrofitted Smaller (Approx. 40 Beds + ER) Hospital; Current Lessee/License-Holder MemorialCare Says It'll Close Facility July 3, An Outcome That Would Trigger Months Of Lapse In Operations + City Staff Estimated $10 Mil-$30 Mil Add'l Costs

    Add'l bombshell: City staff discloses negotiations with Molina-Wu-Network, LLC will explore "city participation" (common euphemism for taxpayer costs) for seismic retrofit, but Mayor/Council seek no details publicly on this aspect of what they just voted to authorize staff to negotiate


    Overnight Homicide: Man Fatally Shot, 1700 block Daisy Ave.; It's Possible Bicycle-Ride-By Shooting: Victim Believed Homeless, May Have Lived In Nearby Encampment (Area 17th/Daisy)
    Second shooting within two weeks just south of PCH in 1st district but not believed gang-related
    See Pitch That Got Now-Emerging Deal Rolling For Three-Member LLC To Operate LB Community Hospital; On June 19, Council Will First Meet In Closed Session, Then Take Public Action On Entering Exclusive Negotiating Agreement With These Terms
    Prop 47 Begat More Thefts, Esp. From Vehicles, PPIC Says Data Show
    Amnesia file: In April 2018, Councilmembers Mungo and Price co-agendized Council item to support petition-initiative seeking changes in Prop 47, AB 109 and Prop 57, but faced with local push-back, then-runoff candidate Mungo withdrew it
    UPDATE: LBPD Says Possible NLB Kidnapping Is Possible Prostitution/Human Trafficking
    Catalytic Converter Thefts Increased April-Early June In LBPD East Division (Council Dists 3 + 4 + 5); See Map
    Analysis / Perspective: Procedural Irregularities, Substantive Omissions And Emerging Non-Public Process Mark First Of Three Hearings On Mayor-Proposed Nov. 2018 Special Election Charter Amendments
    Nearing Final Tally: Measure M Carries Citywide By Approx 53%; 5th Dist. Incumbent Mungo Re-Elected With Roughly 55%, Uranga With Approx 53%
    Perspective: Lessons of the Dogz Fire: Restored Engine 8 Shows Need To Prioritize Restoring Three Remaining Fire Engines Beyond Belmont Shore That LB Taxpayers Had But No Longer Have

    Photo via Ben Goldberg
    Mayor Garcia's 12-Year "Term Limit" Proposal Tilted Toward Incumbents (That He Labels "Strengthening" Term Limits) Similar To Proposal Rejected By Over 2/3 Of LB Voters; See 2007 Ballot Arguments Pro/Con
    Mayor Garcia Proposes Mayor-Chosen, Council-Approved Advisory-Only "Redistricting Comm'n," Could Allow Council To Continue District Gerrymandering
    Mayor Garcia Proposes Changing LB's Term Limits Law To Allow Himself & Council Incumbents 12 Years Without Facing Third-Term Write-In Bypass But No Fourth Term; Garcia Calls It "Strengthening" LB Terms Limits
    Mayor Garcia Proposes "Ethics Comm'n" Whose Members He'd Choose, Council Would Approve, To Administer And Implement Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Conflicts of Interest And Gov'tal Ethics, Could Adopt, Amend, Rescind Rules & Regs With Council Approval
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