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|Saturday Morning: Well-Organized Grassroots Effort Canvasses Lakewood Village/Pan-Am Park Area Seeking And Distributing Info Re Murder of Fred Taft
Saturday Morning: LBPD Says Driver Traveling At High Rate of Speed On Cherry Ave. Approaching San Antonio/Del Amo, Hit Back Of Another Vehicle, Swerved Into Palm Tree, And Didn't Survive; She's a 32 Yr Old LB Residen
New / Follow-Up: Councilmembers Uranga, Mungo, Supernaw & Austin Agendize
New: LB Police Chief Said This Advancing Sac'to Bill Could Endanger Officers And Public Safety; [UPDATE] It's Sent To A Committee For "Discussions With Stakeholders" But Author's Office Says It's Very Much Alive And Expects Senate Floor Vote
New / In Depth / Continuing Coverage: SB 828 That Would Significantly Change Calculation Of Regional And LB "Housing Need" Numbers, Including Weighing Demographic Factors (And Likely Affecting Future Land Use Density/Location Decisions) Advances To Potential Final Passage
City of LB On-Record Opposed But Mayor/Council Mum To Date; See Records Of LB's Sac'to Reps
New / Continuing Coverage: 4 a.m. Bar Bill -- With LB Included Due To Action By Mayor Garcia -- Advances To Assembly Floor For Near-Final Vote
New: Mayor Garcia Chooses Some Familiar Names To Write Ballot Arguments Pro/Con On His Desired Charter Amendments And Petition-Initiated Hotel Workers Measure
Following Big Civil Jury Verdict Against Monsanto Re Roundup, New LB Parks Director Bans Its Use In LB Parks Immediately, Will Examine Policies/Develop Plan For Other Areas (Medians, Golf Courses, etc.); Issue Will Likely Come Up At Parks/Rec Budget Hearing
Long Beach Police Chief Luna Reveals "LB Values Act" (Council-Enacted Policies Mirror SB 54/"Sanctuary State" Law) Has Caused City To "Pause" Seeking Some Fed'l Grants; Councilwoman Price (Who Voted For Policies) Says Having Cops On Street More Important Than "Sending A Message"; Mayor And Other Supporters Remain Mum
Subsequent development above In Depth: 4 a.m. Bar/Alcohol Serving Bill -- With LB Included As A Result Of Action By Mayor Garcia -- Nears Final Votes Backed By LB Downtown Interests And LB Chamber; L.A. Councilman Koretz Holds News Conf. With Multiple Groups In Opposition; LB Councilmembers (Except Price) Hide; Ass'yman O'Donnell Opposes; State Sen. Lara (Ins. Comm'r Candidate) Is Among Bill's Co-Authors
Council Votes To Seek Mgm't Report On Ways To Better Address/Enforce Beach Violations (Incl. Alcohol/Drug Use, Incl. Homeless Encampments)
Pearce & Uranga cite concerns about enforcement; Price responds she'll do everything in her power to ensure another person doesn't step on a syringe in the sand...and those who feel otherwise should discuss repealing laws they're reluctant to enforce.
Re allegations that Mayor Garcia hid comments critical of his policies from his Mayoral and "public figure" Facebook pages: During public comment on non-agendized items at Aug. 14 Council meeting, two speakers cite complaint filed with D.A. by "No Kill Advocacy Center" alleging uncnstitutional (1st amendment) suppression of critical comments. Speaker David Dykstra offers polished, pointed criticism of Garcia, alleging the actions were [paraphrase] politically self-serving for Garcia approaching April 2018 election, and states during his testimony that Garcia fails to make eye contact with him. A second speaker (a woman) reads allegations from the complaint letter. Garcia says "thank you" to each speaker, offers no denial, defense or comments. No Councilmembers respond.
Additional Instances Found Of Critical Comments Allegedly "Hidden" From Mayor's Facebook Pages, Says
Amnesia File: April 2017: Mayor Blocked LB Resident Who Used "@LBMayorsOffice" Twitter Feed To Urge Him To Veto Council Ordinance That Would Let Him And Councilmembers Use Their Contributor-Funded "Officeholder Accounts" To Give Money To Candidates For Other Political Offices; He Unblocked Her...And Didn't Veto The Ordinance
Domestic Violence Investigated In Rose Park Neighborhood Shooting That Left Woman Wounded
Councilmembers Price, Supernaw and Austin Agendize Hot-Button Homeless/Transient/Vagrant Beach Issues Affecting Public Safety/Public Health
Man Shot To Death, Six Blocks North of Civic Center (1st dist.)
New / With VIDEO: With Sept. Purchase Decision Looming On LCD Parcel, Olson Co. VP Hears
Residents cite LUE battle, impacts of new Sac'to legislation; company's next move and decision uncertain
ELB Shooting, Multiple Shots Fired, Redondo/14th; Woman Is Wounded And Vehicle Damaged
Coastal Comm'n OK's Up To 120 Slant Drilled Oil Wells On PCH "Pumpkin Patch" & LCWA Five Acre Parcel (NE Corner Studebaker/2nd St.), Opponents Call It Risky Oil Drilling Expansion; Next Step Is Future Commission Vote On Related Plan To Restore Natural Beauty To 150+ Acres Of Eyesore Oilfield Wetlands and Enable Public Ownership/Access; One Comm'r Voices Concern Over Proposed 40 Yr Timeline
In Depth / Perspective: After Multi-Million Dollar Monsanto Jury Verdict, Will LB's Mayor Or Any Councilmember(s) Agendize Discussion Or Action re Alternatives To Spraying "Round-Up" Weedkiller In LB Parks?
Subsequent development above Mayor Garcia Allegedly Hid Critical Comments On His Facebook Pages Says Non-Profit (That Urges No-Kill Animal Shelter Practices) In Complaint Letter Citing Alleged Examples, Seeks L.A. County District Attorney Investigation Into Whether Garcia Tried To Put Unconstitutional (First Amendment) Restrictions On Public Comments Critical Of His Policies
See VIDEO With LASD Blow-By-Blow Description And Updated Release Of What Happened Inside LASD Station (Clark north of Del Amo) When Suspect (Man) Overpowered/Punched Civilian Employee (Woman) Taking His Fingerprints; Struggle And Quick Standoff Follow Before Deputies Shoot Suspect (Who Survives)
Parks/Rec Comm'n OK's 10 Yr Contract With New El Dorado Park Kiddie-Train Operator, An LLC Promising To Create "El Dorado Frontier" With These Add'l Attractions (Free Or Fee Decided by the LLC) With Fees Payable To City Waived For First Five Years
Source: Parks & Rec Comm'n agenda item
Gunfire Flies At Midevening, 2000 block E. Spring St. (5th/7th Dist. border with Signal Hill), Shots Reportedly Fired From A Vehicle, No Person Hit But Another Vehicle Damaged
Urban Commons (City Hall's Queen Mary Land Development Lessee/Ship Operator) Hosted A Dinner Event Tonight (Aug. 9) For Mayor Garcia. So...Who Attended? What Was Discussed?
Public Blasts As Self-Serving And Costly, Council Votes
Unanimous vote belies political fallout from a bitter
VIDEO: LBPD Seeks Your Help In Locating This Suspect Vehicle (See Surveillance Video & Pix) And Its Owner In Connection With Cal Hts Fatal Stabbing (Wardlow/Orange)
Man Is Fatally Shot, Andy St. in NLB
Follow-Up Mayor Garcia Revises Fiscal Impact Statement Re His Charter Amendments, It Now States...
Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) Opposes Placement Of Mayor-Sought Charter Amendments on Special November Citywide Ballot, Because...
New Grassroots Group -- "People Of Long Beach" (POLB) -- Forms In Response To Mayor Garcia's Stance On Term Limits, And Rapidly Expands Beyond
Gathering Storm Over Mayor-Sought Changes To City Charter (LB's Constitution): Multiple Grassroots Advocates Plus Retired Councilmembers Gabelich And Schipske Voice Opposition; Cambodian Community Members Support Redistricting Measure, LB Firefighters Ass'n (Major Funder Of Campaigns For City Hall-Desired Tax Hike And Utility Revenue Diversion) Swiftly Voiced Support For All Five Measures
Alleged Killer of LBFD Capt. Rosa Dies, Succumbed To Pre-Existing Illness At USC Med. Ctr Jail Ward
Gunfire In Willmore City Neighborhood Damages Vehicle, 1000 block Del Rey Court, Less Than A Mile Due North of Civic Center
Man Is Found Deceased (Apparently Natural Causes) On Couch On Sidewalk In Area Of Anaheim St./Cedar Ave.Subsequent coverage above:
Mayor Garcia Signs And Submits Five False Fiscal Impact Statements Concealing Special Election Taxpayer Costs For His Charter Amendments: It's $470,00-$650,000, And...
Overnight 2.7 Mag Quake, Epicenter Roughly 1.8 Miles SSW of Signal Hill
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Redistricting Comm'n Advocates Tell Cambodian Community Unjust District Lines Diluted Their Voting Voice; Say Proposed Charter Amendment Could Correct Historic Injustice; New Grassroots Group "People Of Long Beach" (POLB) Cautions Charter Amendment's Text Quietly Allows Mayor/Council Tilt
Mayor Garcia Moves To Revise Revision To City Charter He Sought And Council Advanced (9-0) Re City Auditor's Right To Access City Docs; See His New Proposed Text; Auditor Doud Signals Her Support For Mayor's Revised Revision
Perspective / Amnesia File: The Lobbyist: Retired LBPD Lt. Steve James -- Former President of LB Police Officers Ass'n (Union) -- Joins Major Lobbying Firm; Read Firm's Press Release...And Our "Amnesia File"
Subsequent development above Mayor Garcia Concealed, Then Sought And Got Council Approval For Now-Visible City Charter Change That Would Reduce City Auditor's Current Right To Access City Documents
With VIDEO: City Mgr. Proposed FY19 Budget Would Allocate Two Add'l Quality of Life/Homeless Tasked Police Officers Plus Two More + Possible Detective "Pending" Metro Approval Along Metro Blue Line; Mayor Recommends Also Restoring Six Bike Patrol Officers And Restoring Engine 17, Asks City Mgr "To Identify New Revenue"; See Add'l Details
Perspective: Attempting To De-Code Mayor/Council Code of Silence As These Sac'to Bills Advance (SB 905 (4 a.m. Bar Bill) and AB 931 (That LB Police Chief Said Could Endanger Officers And The Public)
a href="http://www.lbreport.com/news/aug18/austin.htm" target="_blank">Perspective: Attempting To De-Code Mayor/Council Code of Silence As These Sac'to Bills Advance (SB 905 (4 a.m. Bar Bill) and AB 931 (That LB Police Chief Said Could Endanger Officers And The Public)
Adoptable pets and more:
State Senate Passes Land Use Impacting
Action comes about a year after LBREPORT.com first suggested this
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
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
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|Two Bomb Squad Call-Outs Within Hours To Nearby ELB/Lakewood Locations
Photo by Charlie McGrail
Follow-Up: Woman To Be Booked On Multiple Charges After ELB High Speed Pursuit Is 24 Yr Old Culver City Resident...And Has Had Previous Encounters With Area Police Agencies/Judicial System
Follow-Up: Driver Dies After Horrific Studebaker Rd. Crash
Includes VIDEO Coverage: A Week After Fred Taft's Murder In ELB's Pan Am Park:
ELB High Speed Pursuit After PD Responds To Stolen Vehicle Call, Suspect Allegedly Puts It Into Reverse Toward Approaching Officer, Hitting His Police Car; Chase Ends On Wardlow West of Woodruff With Roll-Over Crash @ Marshall Middle School
New / Perspective: A LB Tax Hike For More LB "Affordable" (Low Income/Subsidized) Housing & Homeless Programs? Mayor & Several Councilmembers Signal Their Support, Just Not Immediately
FPPC Enforcement Division Will Investigate Allegations By
Enforcement Division says it hasn't made any determination about the validity of the allegations or about the culpability, if any, of any of the person(s) identified in the taxpayers' complaint
Follow-Up: Pan Am, Park Fatal Shooting: LBPD Timeline Of First Calls Received, First Officers Dispatched, First Suspect Description(s) Radio'ed To Field Units And First Units Arrival
Follow-Up: Did LBPD Receive Any Calls For Service Or Complaints From Public Earlier In The Day Of Pan Am Park Murder Re A Group Gathering/Event In The Park? LBPD Says No Reports Earlier That Day
Extended VIDEO Coverage Coming Community Meeting Scheduled Re Fatal Shooting In Pan American Park: Sat. July 28, 9 a.m., Lakewood Village Community Church; Separate Memorial Service For Murder Victim Fred Taft Planned For 10:30 a.m. Same Morning In Pan Am Park
|L.A. Superior Court Judge Rules City Council Majority Met Legal Standards In Approving $100+ Million "Belmont Beach & Aquatics Center"; City Staff Will Now Advance Project To Coastal Comm'n.
As seen LIVE, Council voted 8-0 to advance this item. 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
As seen LIVE, Council voted 9-0 to advance this item without scheduling it for Nov. 2018 ballot. Subsequent coverage above: 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
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
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
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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|Subsequent development 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
LBPD Confirms Pan Am Park Murder Suspect Is White Man In His '50s But Says Detectives Haven't Found Evidence of Hate Crime Although Evidence Is Still Being Collected And Analyzed
Family, Friends Gather At Pan Am Park Murder Scene, Fondly Recall Fred Taft
Bixby Park Area Attack: Man Allegedly Threatening Bystanders, Vandalizing Cars Allegedly Wounds Man With Metal Object; Victim Is Taken To Hospital; Suspect Is Arrested
Flashback: On Memorial Day 2010,Two People Were Shot/Wounded At An Annual Event In Pan Am Park
Coroner Identifies Man Murdered At Pan Am Park As A LB Resident
Man Is Shot To Death At Afternoon Group Event At Pan Am Park (Old Lakewood Village, 5th dist.)
Horrific Crash, Studebaker Rd. South of Atherton, Shears Vehicle Into Pieces
Photo by Charlie McGrail.
Man Is Shot In Noon-Hour Friday, 300 block W. PCH/Area Cedar
Mayor-Sought Changes In City Charter Panned, Praised:
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
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.
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 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
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