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New / In Depth / Perspective: Coastal Enviro Group Sues To Stop John Morris' July 3 "Big Bang" Fireworks, Alleges Toxic Fallout Into Alamitos Bay And Ocean, Says He Needs Permit But Acknowledges Gov't Bodies Failed To Pursue Issues Before It Filed Suit

Viewpoint by Doug Krikorian, Special to LBREPORT.com
New: Squib From Berlin: I Always Will Have A Passion For Berlin, Despite My Now Being Officially Affiliated With The EU And Being Tracked By An APP Called Luca Because Of My Presence In The Great City 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: Man Is Shot/Wounded 2600 block Lakewood Blvd At Willow (CD 4/Supernaw); PD Investigates As Gang-Related
New: LB Has Two More Shootings: 1200 block Orizaba + 600 block E. 19th St.
Sic Transit: Former Vice Mayor/CD9 Councilman Val Lerch Passes Away

New / Perspective: Amnesia File: How LB's CD6 Could Have Had A Major Community Center w/ Athletic Amenities Incl. Pools -- But Only Got A Running Track + Soccer Fields (Now Named For Dee Andrews)

FURTHER UPDATE: Redistricting Comm'n Votes 13-0 To Approve THIS Final Election District Map That Will Impact LB Elections For Next Ten Years. City Atty Says New Council Districts Take Effect Immediately But Subject To A 30 Day Legal Challenge Period

Commissioners refused to consider changes proposed by coalition of Latino groups that submitted an attorney-signed letter alleging the map would violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
  • LBREPORT.com learns former CD5 Councilwoman Schipske says she's informed there may be residents who will take legal action challenging reconfigured CD5. The new election district map:
  • Chops CD 5 longtime ELB district and attaches it to Cal Hts/part of Bixby Knolls. CD 5 incumbent Mungo says she's considering moving to Cal Hts (where she says she owns a home) to seek reelection in 2022. Other CD 5 candidates may surface in newly configured district.
  • Stretches CD 4 (Supernaw) northward taking El Dorado Park and nearby neighborhoods
  • Unites Wrigley and Los Cerritos but splits part of Bixby Knolls
  • Gives downtown interests two Council votes (CD 1 for western Port, CD 2 for entertainment district + QM) but puts CD1 incumbent Zendejas in same district as incumbent CD2 Allen. If Allen runs in CD1 in 2022 cycle, she would face Zendejas and challenger Lee Charley, likely a high money race that would proceed to a runoff between top two initial finishers.
  • Splits Bluff Park angering neighborhoods along CD 2/CD 3
    Subsequent development above:
    Here's What City Hall Redistricting Comm'n Could Do Tonight That Could Impact LB Elections For Next Ten Years
    Editorial: Queen Mary For Adults: What Did City Hall Know And When Did It Know It?
    New: LBCC Trustee Board Bitterness Revealed In Superior Court Ruling In Favor Of Trustee Sunny Zia; LBCC Partially Dropped Its "Investigation" Suit Against Her But Still Sought Atty Fees Alleging She'd Failed To Recuse Herself From Certain Closed Sessions; Court Finds Zia Already Did So And LBCC's Action Against Her Was Legally Unnecessary
    New: LBUSD Mgm't "Pauses" Its Minimal COVID Student Testing
    New: Queen Mary Fallout: City Auditor Blames Poorly Written City Lease, Poor City Mgm't Oversight And Poor Paperwork By Ship's Lessee/Operator/Subcontractors For Questionable City Payments; Doesn't Mention Mayor Garcia Praising Transaction Or Council Vote (Price Dissenting) That Approved Enabling Lease
    CD5 Incumbent Mungo Signals She May Move Into Cal Hts In Redrawn CD5 To Seek Third Council Term
    CalTech's Board of Trustees Voted To Remove Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Robert Millikan's Name From Its Campus Buildings, Assets and Honors Citing His Role In 20th Century Eugenics Movement. Should LBUSD's Board of Education Take Similar Or Other Actions Re ELB's Millikan High?
    ELB LCD Officer Involved Shooting Stemmed From Suspect Allegedly Displaying Firearm...That Turned Out To Be This BB Gun

    Redistricting Comm'n Advances These Two Maps (Clearer Graphics + Data Details) To Likely Nov. 18 Adoption, If Approved Will Affect LB Elections For Next Ten Years
  • CD 5 chopped (incumbent Mungo and challengers Schipske and Dobson out), longtime ELB district now attached to Cal Hts/part of Bixby Knolls
  • CD 4 stretched northward taking El Dorado Park and nearby neighborhoods
  • Wrigley united while Bixby Knolls split
  • Controversy over Bluff Heights/Bluff Park/Carroll Park split between CD 2/CD 3
  • NW NLB neighborhoods split from CD 9

    Long Beach Had Two Shootings Within Roughly 12 Hours, 8th/Chestnut (Nov. 11, CD 1/Zendejas) And Anaheim/Alamitos (CD 6/Saro); Police Find Casings And Evidence of Shootings But No Victim(s) Hit
    Special event coverage is made possible by John Osborn, II (US Army ret.)

    On-Demand: Enjoy "Virtual" LB Veterans Day Parade (2018 Archival Video Coverage)

    Subsequent development above
    Last Minute Redistricting Map Proposed By Political Interests Would Cut Add'l Eastside Area Out Of CD 5, Remove Eastside Voice Leader Corliss From CD 5 (Along With Previously Removed CD 5 Incumbent Mungo and Challengers Schipske and Dobson), Shifts Add'l Eastside Populated Area Into CD 4
    Man Is Shot/Wounded 5000 block Garford St. (Apt. Area East of Traffic Circle CD 4/Supernaw)
    Podcast / New / Opinion: Don't Blame John Molina For Milking Taxpayers On Community Hospital
    Four Shootings Within Roughly Six Hours (Nov 6-7) Including Two Victims Hit Area PCH/Pacific
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Area 7th St./Chestnut (CD 1/Zendejas)

    City Hall Scrambles To Quash Public Discussion of Community Hospital Operator's Plan To Close Its ER And Shift Away From Acute Medical Services To Promoting "Mental and Physical Health" With "Behavioral Health And Wellness Services" And Other "Medical and Social Programs"
    Man Is Shot/Wounded While He Says He Was Walking In Area of South St./Myrtle Ave (CD 8/CD 9 border)
    With Possible Tweaks And Diminishing Alternatives, Redistricting Comm'n Chops CD 5 to Reunite Wrigley, Splits Los Cerritos/Bixby Knolls, Attaches Cal Hts To CD 5, Puts El Dorado Park And Adjacent Neighborhoods In CD 4
    Action cuts incumbent Mungo and challenger Schipske out of 2022 election unless they move or Comm'n tweaks map or adopts alternative
    Gives CD 1 incumbent Zendejas lucrative downtown entertainment area and Port (as she seeks 2022 re-election)

    Nov. 3 draft advanced map
    Man is Shot/Wounded 5400 block Cherry Ave. (CD 8/Austin)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Along Artesia Blvd. Corridor (Nov. 1), And On Nov 2 Gunfire Documented Just North of 91 Fwy (CD 9/Richardson)
    LA County Dept. of Public Health Advises These Thanksgiving COVID Precautions
    City Will Vax Your Kids Ages 5-11 At These Sites
    LA County Dept. of Public Health Offers Framework For Lifting Some Masking Req'ts; Will LB Follow?
    Should LB Create City Areas For Allowed Encampments As Sac'to Offers Cities Sums To Use Encampments To Dispense Homeless Services?
    Re Tuesday's City Hall "Holiday"; LB Taxpayer Accountability Project (Continuing Series) / News In Depth
    City Council Didn't Take Separate Public Vote On Creating New Paid City Employee "Election Day" Holiday (With No Scheduled LB Nov. 2021 Election); They Slipped It Into New Union Contracts With Politically Influential City Employee Unions And Also Gave It To Non-Union City Mgm't Staff

    No Public Discussion Of Add'l Taxpayer Costs; Councilmembers Effectively Gave Themselves Add'l Day Off With No Reduction In Their Pay
  • Updated COVID 19 Dashboard

    Nov. 4 Updated Health Order
    Sept. 17 Updated Health Order
    Sept. 9 Updated Quarantine Order

    New: Nov. 7, 2021: Don't Blame John Molina For Milking Taxpayers On Community Hospital
    June 27: Want More Shootings? Here's How To Keep Them Going

    June 22: Did LB's Homeless Services Bureaucrats, Consuming Millions In Taxpayer Dollars, Ever Contact Man Pushing His Belongings Around In Shopping Cart?

    June 12: THIS Is What Democracy Sounds Like

    June 9: No Check, No Balance; Inept Repubs Enable One Party Council In One Party State

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    New: Dave Lopez...On Everything
    Scroll down for his library of videos

    Long Beach's Future In Space:
    A Continuing Series

    Latest Long Beach Space Related News

    LB HQ'd Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Satellite for U.S. Space Force

    Photo courtesy Rocket Lab
    Relativity Space, LB-Based Firm Using 3D-Metalic Printers To Build Rockets, Will Take Over Massive Former C-17 Long Beach Plant
    Image via Relativity Space
    Virgin Orbit Uses Its Launcher One Rocket (Mounted Under A Wing Of Its Cosmic Girl Jet) To Put Seven Satellites Into Orbit

    Jan. 2021 image via Virgin Orbit
    Long Beach HQ'd Rocket Lab Gets Contract To Design Two Spacecraft For Scientific Mission To Mars
    Vowing To Change ("Disrupt") Current Space Industry Assumptions, Long Beach Based Relativity Space Announces Plan To Build "Terran R" Fully Reusable Entirely 3D PRINTED Launch Vehicle 20 Times Larger Than Its Previous Rockets; Simultaneously Announces Boosts In Funding And Hiring

    June 5: Another Fully Booked ZERO G Flight Flies From LB Airport; Company Plans Three From LGB In Feb. 2022; We Explain EXACTLY What It Felt Like on Oct. 2020 Flight; Pix Show Publisher Began As A Clumsy "Spaz In Space" But Learned To Work Around Weightlessness

    LBREPORT.com publisher Bill Pearl (horizontal on ceiling) aboard Oct. 2020 LGB ZERO G flight.
    Update: LB HQ'd Rocket Lab (Again) Successfully Retrieves Rocket's First Stage Using Parachute Slowed Spashdown; Computer May Have Shut Down Second Stage, Causing Lost Mission
    Port of LB Makes Deal With Elon Musk's Space-X To Use Part Of Port's Pier T To Dock Vessels And Offload Equipment As Part Of Its West Coast Rocket Recovery Operations

    Portion of map accompanying Harbor Comm'n agenda item.
    Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit Plans June Launch Of Satellites For US Dept. of Defense Space Test Pgm, Royal Netherlands Air Force And Poland Based Firm
    For previous coverage and overview of LB space related firms, click here
    Previous Viewpoints By Doug Krikorian

    Doug Krikorian Squib from Copenhagen: The Danes Have Tossed The Masks In The Baltic Sea

    Doug Krikorian Squib From Europe: Long Beach Health Department Bigwigs Kelly Colopy & Dr. Anissa Davis Would Be Horrified By Maskless Krakow!
    Reflections and Revelations
    Krikorian Notes: From The Tireless Todd Allen Bringing A Long Vacated Naples Building Back To Life To The Tireless LB City Employees Getting A ''Holiday'' Day Off Footed By The LB Taxpayers To Everyone Rooting For Dusty Baker And Against His Astros To One Of Long Beach Good Guys Ronald Eomurian To The $190,000 Windfall Of Phil Trani's Charity Golf Event To The Raucous Insanity Of SoFi Stadium To My Long Delayed Trip Across The Pond
    The Irrepressible Don Rodriguez Is Walking 50 miles This Weekend In Still Another Fund-Raising Coup In A Ceaseless 18-Year Stream---More Than $50 Million!--For His Long Beach Boys & Girls Clubs That Are Thriving And That Soon Even Will Have A Phil Trani Gym On One Of Its Properties In Honor Of One Of Its Many Benefactors
    Krikorian Notes: From Draconian Covid-19 Vaccination Mandates Violating Constitutional Freedoms Of Those Deciding Not To Take It To The Passing Of The Patriarch Of The Celebrated DiMarzo Clan Don DiMarzo To Big Mike O'Toole's Historic 24-Hour Saloon Trifecta To The Passing Of The Pine Ave. Shoe Shine Fixture James Brown To The Dodgers Destined To Ruin My Beloved Giants' Fairytale Season To Jim Michaelian And The Long Beach Health Department Doing Stellar Work At The Acura Grand Prix Of LB
    A Tranquil Early Morning Walk Reminds Me Once Again What An Extraordinary City Long Beach Is Despite The Bureaucratic Ignoramuses Governing It
    From Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach's Jim Michaelian Oozing Optimism For His Upcoming Event To Mayor Robert Garcia Hoping President Biden Saves Him From That Embarrassing Harry S. Truman Post To Ousted USC Football Coach Clay Helton Proving Nice Guys Don't Finish Last For A Job Poorly Done In Financial Buyouts ($10 Million!) To LB's Connoisseur Of Lost Causes Ben Goldberg Turning To Triples To Survive Larry Elder's Beatdown
    Ben Goldberg: Connoisseur Of Lost Causes With The Latest Being Campaigning For Larry Elder To Replace Gavin Newsom As The New California Governor
    What A Life For Angelo Marciuliano Of Angelo's Italian Deli Fame: From Growing Up Humbly In The Southern Italy Region of Basilicata To Serving Anthony Quinn As A Waiter At The Legendary Savoy Hotel In London To Being A Private Chef For Generals And Other Military Brass When He Was In The Italian Army To Creating The Famous Italian Torpedo Sandwhich
    Yes, Honestly, There Are Actually A Couple Of Positives To Emerge From The Covid-19 Pandemic In Long Beach---An Outdoors, Champs-Elysee-Like Dining Experience Throughout The City For Restaurant Patrons Because Of The Popular Parklets And An Upscale Covid-19 Belmont Shore Testing Place Called SAMEDAYHEALTH That Is A Thriving Operation In The Midst Of Second Street's Spate Of Business Exoduses
    Krikorian Notes: From The Long Beach Health Department And Its Braintrust, Kelly Colopy And Dr. Anissa Davis, Going A Step Further Than Their LA County Shot Callers To The Notorious Ballot Harvesting Gimmick Certain To Rescue Gavin Newsom To The Memorable Alamitos Bay Weekend Water Polo Festivities To The Naples Wedding Party Bash For Ravishing Rick Paap And Deena Deardurff-Schmidt
    Krikorian Notes: From Suzie Price Snubbing Many Of Her Third District Constituents To Vote Against Throwing Gavin Newsom Out Of Office To The LBUSD Depriving Kids This Summer From Using Its Schools Vacant Playgrounds To Guinness Book Of World Records Candidate Tommy O'Toole Attending San Diego State To Dodger Zealot Big Ben Goldberg Coming Clean About His Team's Tainted 2020 World Championship (60 Regular Season Games!) To Mystery Mayoral Candidate Greg Magnuson (Who In Tarnation Is He?)
    Did Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica Make The Right Call In Shutting Down the Long Beach Sprint Nationals After A Tragic Boating Accident?
    Long Beach Leaders Robert Garcia, Tom Modica, Mary Zendejas, Cindy Allen, Suzie Price, Daryl Supernaw, Stacy Mungo, Suely Saro, Al Austin, Rex Richardson And Roberto Uranga: These People Have No Shame Or Guilt For The Role They've Collectively Played In Daily Shootings And Soaring Crime Rates
    Of Course, That Darling Lady Out Of Smith College & Duke University, Long Beach Health Czar Kelly Colopy, Goes Right Along With The Idiotic L.A. County Indoor Mask-Wearing Edict Even Though She Could Have Spared LB Such Anguish
    Krikorian Notes: From Ol' Blood And Guts Robert Garcia To Give Give `Em Hell Harry Truman To The Daily One Mile Alamitos Bay Swim Of Dr. Mark Hoffer, 86, To The Daily 15-Mile, Five-Hour Walk Of Earth Man Jeff Yount To Connor McGregor's Latest Con Job To Former Long Beach State and NFL player Russ Bollinger Relating Hilarious Bill Belichick Tale To The Belmont Shore Bridge Eyesore
    A Thrilling Evening In Long Beach When The Skies Above Alamitos Bay Became A Dazzling Palette Of Exploding Rockets In Front Of 30,000 Witnesses Who Savored What Will Become Part Of The City’s Sacred Lore
    Krikorian Notes: From Ann Cantrell Voicing Disapproval Of Long Beach's Most Popular Summer Event---The Big Bang On The Bay---To John Morris Taking Strong Exception To Ms. Cantrell's Stance To Bad Stu Ledsam's TWO Life-Saving Rescues To Bill (Bozo) Caplan's Zany Antics To The Phoenix Suns' Blessed Fortune To LB's Scary Rising Crime Rate To Those Two Laughable City Hall Figures Tom Modica And Robert Garcia
    The Many Memorable Characters I've Befriended Across The Decades, Including The Appropriately Named Preposterous One In Long Beach Known Far And Wide As Bad Stu Ledsam
    Krikorian Notes: From No-Bail Insanity To Government Handout Insanity To City Auditor Laura Doud's Exhaustive Investigation Of The Latest Queen Mary Bankruptcy Suitor Urban Commons To K-5 Kids Still Having To Wear Masks And Having Their Temperatures Taken To Novak DJokovic Being The GOAT Of Tennis

    Krikorian Notes: From Long Beach East Division Commander Chad Ellis And Naples Crime Buster Katie Rowe Teaming Up At Colonnade Park Gathering To Discuss Canal Congestion And Patio Thievery To My Earning a Five-Cent Film Residual To Earth Man Walking 14,650 Miles To The Belmont Shore Bridge Still Not Fixed To The Yokel LB Politicians Still Drooling Over The Queen Mary To Former LBSU Pitching Star Kevin Lamp Praising The Late John Gonsalves
    With Encouragement From Long Beach's Very Own Universal Man, Rick Bryson, Wilson High-LB State Grad Torey Edwards Is On The Threshold Of Qualifying For The U.S. Open, Not Impossible For The Only Amateur Golfer In History To Shoot Two Rounds Of 58
    For additional previous Krikorian columns, click here
    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?
    MORE News
    On LBReport.com

    Neighbor Dispute Over Parking -- 100 block Bennett in Belmont Shore -- Becomes Three-Person Stabbing w/ Small Knife, Superficial Wounds

    Suspect Is Arrested; Man Drives Vehicle Into Crowd, Six Taken To Hospitals, 1300 block Orange; Police Say It Began As Domestic Violence b/w Man And Woman, Driver Flees
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 2 a.m. Hour Area 3rd St/The Promenade
    LBPD Officer Responds To Audible WLB Neighborhood Gunshots, Encounters Man Who Points This Paintball Pistol At Officer; Officer Involved Shooting Follows; Suspect Later Says He Was Suicidal

    LBPD released image
    Two Persons Shot/Wounded 500 Block E. PCH (Near Linden/Atlantic)
    Drive-By Shooting 1100 block E. 59th St (CD 9/Richardson, NE of Obama Library) Misses Hitting Woman, PD Finds Evidence Including Strike Marks Indicating Shooting Occurred
    DA Charges Former School Safety Officer With Second Degree Murder. What's That?
    Washington Middle School Neighborhood Homicide: Man Is Shot To Death In 200 block W. 15th St. (CD 1/Zendejas)
    Signal Hill PD Belatedly Confirms Mass Thefts By Bicyclists @ Food For Less
    Guest Op-Ed Crime Prevention in Long Beach -- A Proactive Approach
    by Jerry Shultz
    South of Conant Neighborhood Watch *
    * Mr. Shultz is a retired LA County Deputy Sheriff and former CD 9 Councilman (1994-2002). He created and operates the South of Conant Neighborhood Watch

    NLB Homicide: Man Is Shot To Death, 6200 block Downey Ave. (CD 9/Richardson bordering Lakewood)
    LB Taxpayer Accountability Project (Continuing Series) / News in Depth: State Lands Commission Report Shows Total $15+ Million Will Be Drained From State Tidelands For Four Long Beach Shoreline Concession Stands, Including $9+ Million At Alamitos Beach Alone.
    Long Beach City Council Sought The State Tidelands Money; Lt Governor, State Controller + Governor Appointee OK'd It.

    Alamitos Beach concession stand. Image source: March 5, 2019 city staff agendized report
    Starting Sunday Oct 24, You'll Have To Insert Area Code "562" (Mobile Calls) And "1-562" For All Landline/Wireline Local Calls And You May Have To Make Other Digital Connecting Changes
    Midnight Hour Drive-By Type Gunfire 200 block of Golden Shore
    NW NLB Gunfire Into Inhabited Dwelling, Orcutt/69th St.
    DA Charges Former School Safety Officer With Second Degree Murder. What's That?
    Woman Robbed At Gunpoint At Alamitos Beach
    LBCC Board of Trustees Votes 5-0 To Require Proof of COVID Vax For Staff and Students
    Editorial: We Believe The City of Long Beach Is Violating Newly Enacted State Law By Preventing You From Speaking On City Council Agenda Items Remotely By Telephone Or Computer. Here's How To Fix That.
    Granddaughter's Go Fund Me Page For Former Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Val Lerch Raises Sums For His In-Home Care

    David Pearl (LBCC Kinesiology Major) Joins His Dad, LBREPORT.com Publisher Bill Pearl (Battling Cancer) For Wild Yet Ethereal Experience On Zero G Weightless Flight

    Midnight Hour DTLB Drive-By Shooting, 500 block E. 1st St. (CD 2/Allen)
    North Long Beach (CD 9/Richardson) Had Two Shootings In Area Of Artesia Corridor On Saturday Oct 16, Latest One Was a Homicide
    City Atty Parkin To Retire, Ass't City Attorney Dawn McIntosh Hires Political Consultant And Is Endorsed By Parkin, Mayor Garcia, former Mayor Foster, Council Incumbents Price And Allen And Other City Hall Figures
    Follow-Up: City Quietly Attempts To Avoid Allowing Public's Right Under Newly Enacted AB 361 To Speak At Council Meetings Via Teleconference (Remotely By Computer Or Phone)
    Council Votes To Invoke AB 361 That Allows Public To Speak At Council Meetings via Computer/Phone
    Subsequent development above
    LBCC Board of Trustees To Vote Oct 13 On Whether To Require Proof of COVID Vax For Staff and Students
    Outpouring Of Prayers & Support As Former Vice Mayor/CD 9 Councilman Val Lerch Battles Returned Cancer

    Man Is Shot/ Wounded At MLK Park (CD 6/Saro) (1950 Lemon Ave.)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded PCH/Newport (One Block East of Redondo, CD4/Supernaw)
    Subsequent development above
    LB Health Officer Urges Protecting Public By Allowing Remote (Teleconferenced) Council Meeting With Public Testimony By Telephone/Computer); Gov Newsom Vetoed AB 339 That Would Have Required Allowing Public Remote Council Testimony With Fewer Limits On Public; Instead He Signed AB 361 Letting Council Decide Whether To Allow Meetings With Fewer Limits On Public Or Continue In-Person Meetings With Current Limits On Public
    LA County Public Health Says It's Ruled Out A Point Source Or Permitted Business As Source of Carson Area Stench And Found "Very Low Levels" Of Hydrogen Sulfide East of Dominguez Channel
    UPDATE: Carson Mayor tells LBREPORT.com hydrogen sulfide pipeline(s) RULED OUT as cause of Dominguez Channel stench.
    LB School Board Votes To Terminate Employment Of School Safety Officer Involved In Sept. 27 Spring/Palo Verde (Now Fatal) Shooting, Alleges Violation Of District's Use of Force Policy
    Drive-By Shooting Area South/Linden (a block south/a block west of Michelle Obama Library, border CD 8/9)
    Pasadena City Council, No Longer Willing To Accept Increased Shootings, Votes To Deploy ShotSpotter Gunfire Location System (First LA County City To Do So). Long Beach -- Amid Ongoing Shooting Surge -- Is Overdue
    Amnesia File: In 2011, Then-LB Councilman/Vice Mayor Robert Garcia Proposed -- And Council Approved -- Funding ShotSpotter But LBPD Mgm't Refused Deployment And Favored Spending Money For Police Overtime; In 2012, Garcia Reversed Himself, Sided With Mgm't And Moved To Defund ShotSpotter
    Cong. Lowenthal Calls For Phasing Out All Existing Offshore Oil Drilling Immediately And Banning Future Offshore Production In Fed'l Waters Along CA's Coasts In Wake Of Huntington Beach Oil Leak/Spill
    Mayor Garcia & Councilwoman Mungo Open El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Field Without Mentioning Its Artificial Turf Or Its $3.1 Mil Council Budgeted Cost; Former CD5 Councilwoman Schipske (Now 2022 Council Candidate) Joins Grassroots Taxpayers In Opposition, Homemade Signs Say "Mungo Must Go"; Public Works Dir. Says Bids Received Were Lower Than Budgeted Amount, Producing $2.7 Mil Full Cost

    Woman Is Shot/Wounded, Multiple Vehicles Struck By Gunfire, 2000 block Poppy St (CD 9/Richardson)
    Man Is Shot To Death, Dies In Roadway 14th St/Olive (CD 6/Saro)
    LBUSD School Safety Officer Who Fired At Fleeing Auto (Gravely Wounding A Passenger) Was Hired Less Than A Year Ago
    UPDATED: Woman Is Shot/Robbed Near ELB Traffic Circle (PCH/Ximeno, CD4/Supernaw)
    Oct. 2, 10:00 a.m.: Pushback Expected As Councilwoman Mungo Unveils $3+ Million El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Soccer Field; Former Councilwoman Schipske + Neighborhood Groups Plan In Person Protest
    He "Should Be In Jail Right Now" Says Lawyer For Mother Whose Daughter Was Struck In Head By Shots Fired By LBUSD School Safety Officer At Allegedly Fleeing Car With Daughter As Passenger, Calls On DA Gascón To Prosecute And Urges Hospital NOT To End Life Support But Keep Her Alive If Any Chance Of Recovery

    Att'y Luis Carrillo at Sept. 29 candlelight vigil. Screen save from Jerlene Tatum livestream
    Subseuent update above
    LBPD Says Woman Shot/Critically Wounded At Palo Verde/Spring By LBUSD-Employed School Safety Officer Is 18, Was In Physical Altercation With 15 Year Old Girl; Detectives Believe They Were Known To Each Other, Motive Under Investigation
    PD Says shooting occurred when female suspect plus a male adult And male juvenile (the males' participation level under investigation) tried to flee in a 4-door gray sedan

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    Editorials / Op-Eds /Perspectives

    Guest Op-Ed: Say Goodbye to the 5th District If You Live in the Ranchos, Plaza, Eldorado Park Estates, Imperial Estates, El Dorado Park South: GerrieMandering at Its Finest
    By Gerrie Schipske *
    * Ms. Schipske, RND/JD, was CD5's Councilmember 2006-2014

    Editorial: Twelve Years Gone, Remembering Melody Ross

    Action Editorial: Tell Council To Restore Public's Right To Speak At Council Meetings By Telephone/Computer
    Editorial: Here's What City Hall Offers Taxpayers In Response To Seemingly Homeless Man, Possibly With Drug Items, Along 2nd St/Glendora Ave.
    Editorial: LB Media as Sheep....and the Silence of the Lambs
    Save This Page. It Shows Willingness Of Long Beach Mayor Garcia To Put Political Sycophancy Above Real Lives Lost And Grim Future For Others
    Biden Admin Blocked Weeks Of Independent Press Access To Now-Closing Long Beach Convention Ctr. Migrant Minor Facility And Mayor Garcia's Tweets Helped Legitimize It
    Editorial: End Double Standard Applied To Homeless Vagrants/Transients Who Refuse COVID Vax
    Editorial: Want More Shootings? Here's How To Keep Them Going
    See Supporters of State Senator Gonzalez Who Applaud This Record. Remember Them When They Endorse Others Or Seek Your Votes For Themselves

    Cindy Allen is with Megan McGuiness Kerr and 3 others: Robert Garcia, Lena Gonzalez, Herlinda Chico
    "Out here with great friends supporting the amazing Lena Gonzalez. We are so lucky to have her representing our city."
    Publisher's Perspective: On Same Day Long Beach Had Three More Shootings, Mayor Garcia Held June 18 Fundraiser For His "2026 Lt. Gov." Committee. His Contributors Applaud This Record
    Perspective / Op-Ed: Veteran Professional Planner/Designer/Former Central CA Councilman Deconstructs Claims By LB-Area State Senator Gonzalez And Her Sac'to Colleagues On SB 9, Explains What It Will Really Mean For Single Family Home Neighborhoods In Long Beach And Statewide
    Op-Ed: Into the Bowels of the Queen Mary
    by Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D *
    * Dr. Knatz was Exec. Director of the Port of Los Angeles (2006-January 2014) prior to which she held management positions dealing with planning and environmental issues at the Port of Long Beach.

    Editorial: From Long Beach to Pomona, Reporters Faced Federally-Desired, Locally-Enabled Block That Manipulated Media Coverage Of Migrant Minor Detention Facilities. That's Not OK.
    Open Letter to Long Beach Council: I'm Leaving Long Beach Because You've Let Parts Of 1st Council District Descend Into Gunfire Ridden, Trash Filled, City Enabled Squalor
    by Emily Mastren *
    * The author, a young woman with an infant daughter, lives in the neighborhood just north of 7th St. west of Alamitos/MLK Ave. in the 1st Council district represented since December 2019 by Councilwoman Mary Zendejas

    Editorial: Council Can And Should Tie Public/Press Transparency String to Aquarium Operator's Request For $5 Mil Loan
    Editorial: LBCC Trustees Should Publicly Release Benchmark Investigations Report And Stop Further Billable Legal Fees In Political Vendetta Against Trustee Sunny Zia
    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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  • 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

    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
    Subsequent update above Multiple Persons Fighting @ Palo Verde/Spring Bring Millikan School Safety Officer; He Approaches A Vehicle; It Speeds Off; He Shoots, Critically Wounding A Woman
    Councilwoman Mungo To Unveil $3+ Million El Dorado Park Artificial Turf Soccer Field Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
    Relay for Life Of Greater LB Teams/Volunteers Raise $55,000+ For American Cancer Society (And Yes You Can Still Contribute)
    Overnight Shooting Wounds A Man, Anaheim/Magnolia, Same Area Where Woman Fatally Shot And Female Juvenile Wounded In Dec. 2020
    LBPD Arrests Four Suspects On Suspicion Of Murders In 1400 block Cedar (June 24) And 900 block Daisy (June 25)
    LBPD says its detectives believe murders were gang-related and arrestees "may be responsible for add'l shootings around same time frame"
    VIDEO; Pressburg Parkway (South St @ Jaymills ) Is Dedicated With Current/Former Community Advocates + Reps Of Current Congressional, Assembly, Council Electeds Attending To Honor Decades Of Volunteer Works By Dan Pressburg

    Subsequent coverage above
    Relay for Life Of Greater LB Teams Walk Round The Clock To Support American Cancer Society At POA Park, 7390 E. Carson St., 9 a.m. Sat Through 8 a.m. Sun With Multiple Events...And You're Invited
    Documents Show LB Animal Care Services Criminal Investigations Lieutenant Concluded Two Dogs Owned By Urangas Were Maintained In Such A Way As To Cause Needless Suffering And Requested Complaint; Urangas Denied Allegation (A Misdemeanor) And DA Gascón's Office Agreed To Divert Case From Criminal Prosecution
    LBUSD Will Leave 90% Of Unvaccinated Students (Includes All Those Under Age 12) Untested For COVID-19 Each Week
    Cong Lowenthal (D, Long Beach) Says $3.5 Trillion Biden-Sought Infrastructure Bill Will Cost Zero. Read His Twitter Reasoning (Retweeted by Mayor Garcia)

    UPDATE: And now state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, Long Beach-SE LA County) enthusiastically joins in.
    FDA OKs Third Shot As Booster For Pfizer Vaccine, Applies To Persons 65+ And 18-64 If At High Risk Of Severe COVID-19 Or With Frequent Job Related Exposure (Incl. Teachers, Grocery Workers, Homeless Shelter Workers)
    Perspective: Latest LB Health Order Contains COVID-19 Warnings Shrugged By Some At Their Peril And Risks To Others
    Signal Hill Police Officer Shoots/Kills Knife Wielding Suspect After Stabbing Outside Signal Hill Market
    Gunfire 600 block Magnolia (Barely 5 Blocks From LBPD HQ, CD1/Zendejas); Casings Found, Parked Vehicle Hit
    Impassioned Effort To Recall LA County DA George Gascón Fails, Falls Short On Signature Gathering, UPDATE: Leaders Form New Committee, Say They'll Gather Necessary Financial Resources Before Starting New Signature Gathering
    Suspect Arrested -- In Iowa - ID'd by LBPD Detectives For Sept. 4 Double Homicide 900 Block Park Circle; LBPD Chief Luna Puts Human Face On Victims, Displays Their Photos (And Scorns Speaking Suspect's Name) At News Conference

    Homicide victims Juan Guizar-Gutierrez and Maricela Honorato
    DA George Gascón's Office Used This Procedure To Let Urangas Avoid Possible Criminal Prosecution In Alleged Animal Cruelty Case
    Do You Want Your Child In A Roomful Of Unvax'd Children Not Tested For COVID For Over Two Weeks? LBUSD Thinks That's OK, Announces "Pause" In Weekly COVID Tests With No Date For Resumed Testing Pending "Consultation With Health Officials"
    Earthquake, Sept. 17 @ 7:58 p.m., 4.3 mag, epicenter 1 km ESE of Carson..
    Man Is Shot/Wounded While Walking With Woman In Alley, 1600 block Junipero
    Two Days After Avoiding Recall, Governor Newsom Signs Housing Density Boosting SB 9 and SB 10 Into Law
    Eastside Voice President Corliss Lee urges voters CDs 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 to replace their Council incumbents in 2022, all of whom shrugged months of pleas by neighborhood groups to agendize Council opposition to the bills (pending since Dec 2020)
    Subsequent development above
    Council Votes 4-5 NOT To Support Belated Request By Austin/Mungo/Price That Governor Newsom Veto SB 9 (Requires Cities To Allow 4 Units On Single Family Lots) and SB 10 (Allows Council To Approve 10 Units Single Family Lots) With No CEQA Public Input And No Add'l Parking Required Within Half Mile Of Transit.
  • Since Dec. 2020, Any Council Incumbent Could Have Agendized Item "On Any Tuesday" To Oppose The Bills...And None Did.
  • Council action comes despite Council-recited "State Legislative Agenda" that says City would oppose bills threatening local control on issues including land use; in Council discussion, city staff admitted City remains "neutral"
    Newsom Recall Fails; Margin Voting "No" Is Nearly 2 to 1 Statewide, Roughly 70% in LA County And In Political Stunner Majority Of Orange County Voters Voted Against It
    Subsequent development above. Perspective:
    After Failing For Months To Agendize A Council Item To Oppose SB 9 and 10, CD 5 Councilwoman Mungo (With Councilmembers Price and Austin) Re-Agendize Last Week's Brown-Act Blocked Item To Urge Governor To Veto The Bills
    Perspctive: After Failing For Months To Agendize A Council Item To Oppose SB 9 and 10, CD 5 Councilman Austin (With Councilmembers Price and Mungo) Re-Agendize Last Week's Brown-Act Blocked Item To Urge Governor To Veto The Bills
    Surrounded by Dem Party Insiders At LBCC Event, President Biden Urges Voters To Reject Newsom Recall, Praises Mayor Garcia On COVID And Garcia Praises Biden; Outside Fence Opponents Jeer Biden; At Legends In Belmont Shore, Larry Elder Tells Mainly Maskless Crowd He's Going To Win
    Sept. 12: Woman Is Shot/Wounded, Anaheim/Pine (CD 1/Zendejas), Same Area Two Men Fatally Shot Aug 5
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: "Invitations" To Attend Biden LBCC Anti-Recall Event Sent To Dem Party Activists And Partisans By Intermediary For Mayor Robert Garcia, Asks For Their Position In Leadership Of Dem Party Group(s) And Seeks Personal Info For Entry Decision To Be Made By Unnamed Persons
    President Biden Sept. 13 Anti-Recall Event Will Be At LBCC ELB Campus...And A Councilwoman Says It Will Be By Invitation Only
    In case you missed it: On 9/11, LBREPORT.com carried a livestream of NYC Ground Zero ceremony. The names of each of 2,977 men, women and children who perished in the Al Qaeda-launched terrorist attacks at the WTC, the Pentagon and aboard United Flight 93 were read. The 911 Ground Zero ceremony is now available on-demand (use Facebook link below.)

    Two Shootings Within Six Hours In CD8/Austin (no person hit) and border of CD6/Saro/CD1/Zendejas (woman hit/wounded)
    Sac'to Dem Backed Bill That Could Prevent Courts Statewide From Applying Sentencing Enhancements Passes...With Ass'yman O'Donnell and state Senator Umberg Recorded As "No Vote Recorded"
    LBPD Chief Luna To Retire in December
    Despite Shootings And Mayor/Council Failure To Restore LB's Thinned Officer Level, City Hall Release Quotes Luna As Thanking Mayor, Council, City Mgm't
    AUDIO: Councilmembers Mum As President Of Eastside Voice, Corliss Lee, Cites Their Inaction As SB 9 (Four Housing Units And Potentially More On Single Family Lots) And SB 10 (Letting Council OK Up To 10 Units On Single Family Lots) Near Final Passage
    She's Cut Off (Hits 3 Minute Limit) As Tries To Say L.A. Council Will Consider Opposition Today (Aug. 18)
  • Council Votes 6-1 (Supernaw Dissenting, Uranga Absent, Mungo Vanished On Vote But Reapparing Minutes Later) To Oppose Newsom Recall
    Midnight Hour Armed Robbery Hits Palo Verde/Atherton 7-11 (Border CD 3/CD 4 Price/Supernaw)
    On-Demand LBUSD Video Webinar On Independent Study Offers Details; LBUSD Staff Proposes Independent Study Policy With Undefined "Opportunities" For Synchronous Teacher Interaction At Various Grade Levels, Less Specific Than LAUSD's Policy
    Four Long Beach Councilmembers - Richardson, Allen, Zendejas, Saro -- Agendize Aug. 17 Council Item To Oppose Newsom Recall
    Special Remembrance: As Afghanistan Falls To Taliban, LBREPORT.com Recalls Long Beach Servicemembers Who Perished In That Fight

    Man Is Shot/Wounded In 1400 block LB Blvd (CD 1/Zendejas)...Less Than Six Hours After Shooting A Mile Due East (14th/Gaviota/CD 6/Saro)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded In LB's Cambodia Town. 1400 block (CD6/Saro), 2 Parked Vehicles Also Struck By Gunfire
    FDA OKs Third COVID-19 Vax Shot For Certain Immunocompromised Individuals...But Not For Persons Who Aren't Immunocompromised
    Subsequent development above:
    LA School District Offered Parents This Online Learning Hybrid As Alternative To Reopened Classrooms. Thus Far LB Schools Won't...Unless LB School Bd Votes To Do So
    Subsequent development above:
    LA Schools Will Require All Teachers To Be Vax'd. Thus Far LB Schools Won't...Unless LB School Bd Votes To Do So
    LBUSD Mgm't Plans To Reopen Schools Without Offering Online Learning Option; Policy-Setting School Board Skeds Special Meeting Aug. 17 On Reopening Health Safety Matters AND Independent Study
    LBPD Officers Safely Defuse Very Dangerous Situation: Responding To Shots Call Area 4th/Orange, Non-Compliant Suspect Allegedly Shoots Toward Officers; LBPD Sets Up Containment, Negotiates With Suspect And SWAT Takes Him Into Custody With No Persons Injured
    AUDIO SPECIAL: In Their Words: Hear What Supporters Of "Peoples Budget" Said In Demanding Council Defund 25% Of LBPD's Budget. They Said They Speak For The "Community." Do They Speak For You?
    Aug 11 Shooting at Mid Afternoon In Willmore City Historic District (CD 1/Zendejas) Gunfire Strikes Multi-Unit Residence And Parked Unoccupied Vehicle
    LBPD Details On CD6/Saro Broad Daylight Shooting 20th/Pacific In Wrigley District
    City Councilmembers Signal They Support Mayor/Mgr. Proposed FY22 Police Budget That Won't Restore Any Of Roughly 230 Officers Erased By Prior/Current Councils
    Three-Time USA Water Polo Gold Medalist And All-Time Olympic Games Goal Scorer (56!) Maggie Steffens Wows 'Em In Belmont Shore
    by Doug Krikorian
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    USA Water Polo Star Maggie Steffens shows off the gold medal she and her teammates won over the weekend at the Tokyo Games. Seated next to her at Legends is the Naples Gondola Gateway's Big Mike O'Toole.
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