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New / As Seen LIVE: "No Kill" Term Taboo But City Mgm't Announces "Compassion Saves" Policies That Recite Similar Goals But (For Now) Without Implementing Details, No-Kill LB Advocates Cautiously Supportive But Wary
Related Response: Opinion: "Compassion Saves" is Not No Kill; It's Less...And Less Than Long Beach Deserves
by Patricia Turner, Ph.D.
No Kill Long Beach
New: Man Riding Bicycle Is Shot, Says It Happened Overnight On Anaheim St. Approaching Obispo Ave.
LBPD learn of shooting hours after victim takes himself to hospital; it's second Zaferia area shooting within three weeks
New: Councilman Uranga Responds To LBREPORT.com Re Access To Study Session Materials
And we reply
New: Propelled By Mayor/Council-Signaled Support, These Groups Will Meet To Organize Support Strategy For LB Debt-Bond Tax-Increase 2020 Ballot Measure (Affordable/Subsidized/Low Income Housing)
New: Att'n LB Gunfire-Impacted Neighborhoods/Business Groups: This Firm Says It Has New Gunfire Location System That's Less Expensive, More Flexible And Gives Data Directly To You That Can Be Shared With LBPD
Are You Willing To Test It? Would You Like Your Councilmember To Use His/Her Contributor-Funded "Officeholder Account" Or City Budgeted Sum To Test It In Your Neighborhood?
New / Perspective: City Mgm't Memo Mixes Fact With Unsubstantiated Estimate On "Needed" Homeless Beds And More
New / In Depth: Sac'to ID's These State-Owned Property Parcels In LB For Possible Consideration As Sites For Affordable (Subsidized/Low Income) Housing; See Details

On LBReport.com

Subsequent coverage / response above Mayor's Office And A Council Office Unhelpful -- Thus Far -- As Residents Seek Public Access To City Mgm't Report On Animal Shelter Prior To Publicly-Scheduled Council Study Session

Gunfire b/w Del Amo & RR Tracks, East of LB Blvd., Strikes Vehicle And Residence, No Person(s) Hit
Latest LB "Ghost Shooting": Overnight 1100 block E. 4th St. (Orange Ave. near Senior Center)
Witness sees man fire handgun at passing vehicles; residents hear it; shooter vanishes...while LB Council fails to fund/deploy digital ShotSpotter
Urgent / Health Advisory: LB Health Dept. Confirms Possible Measles Exposure In Long Beach From Someone Flying Out Of LB Airport At About Dawn Or Shortly Thereafter On March 30 And April 7
Sac'to Bill, Strongly Opposed By LB's Police Officers Union, Would Limit Legally Allowed Circumstances For Justifiable Police Deadly Force; It Just Advanced In A Sac'to Committee; Where Are LB's Electeds (Including A State Senate Candidate) On This?
See lists of supporters/opponents
Flashback: Others now reporting what LBREPORT.com reported in February: Some Or All Of The Major U.S. Dem Presidential Candidates Will Likely Come To Long Beach Nov 15-17 Because...
New / Follow-Up: With LB Mayor & Council Mum, L.A. County Health Dept. Urges SCAQMD To Order Phase Out Of MHF Used At LB-Adjacent Valero Wilmington Refinery (And Torrance ToRC Refinery), Warns Large-Scale Release, While A "Low Probability Event Would Have Potentially Catastrophic Impacts On Surrounding Communities"
New / In Depth / Perspective: If You Call 9-1-1 In Long Beach And Report A Crime In Progress -- Even Some Felony Crimes In Progress -- You May Not Receive A "Priority One" Police Response; To What Extent Is That Due To Mayor/Council Budget Actions That Haven't Restored Over 180 Citywide Deployable Police Officers That LB Taxpayers Had And No Longer Have?
New / AUDIO Follow-Up: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Says ACA 1 (Sac'to-Written Constitutional Amendment That Would Lower Voter Approval Level For Cities To Raise Taxes) Is "Attack On Prop 13," Group's Legislative Director Says LB Councilmembers Should Cast Public Vote Showing If They Support Or Oppose This
In March, Mayor Garcia told Sac'to lawmakers City of LB supports ACA 1 without Council vote on whether to support it
At 8:53 p.m. April 9, LB Airport recorded wind gusts of 45 mph, sustained winds of 36 mph. At 9:53 and 10:53 p.m., gusts continued at 41 mph with sustained winds from 25-29 mph. Palm fronds and some tree branches are flying, and some trees and wires are down in various parts of town.
Under LB Airport's New "Use 'Em Or Lose 'Em" Rules," JetBlue Will Give Up 10 Flight Slots Which Will Go To Other Carriers; JetBlue Will Continue To Fly 24 Slots
LB Councilwoman / State Senate Candidate Gonzalez, Facing Social Network Fire For $1.1+ Million Spent By Major Oil Companies In Independent Campaign To Elect Her To Sac'to, Seeks LB Council Vote Tonight To Support Bills To Phase Out Single-Use Plastics By 2030
Remains mum on Sac'to legislation seeking CA oil severance tax
Armed Robbery To 7-11 Studebaker @ Anaheim
LB Rent Control Advocates ("Housing LB") Seek Immediate Moratorium On Evictions And Large Rent Increases Until Council Finalizes Forthcoming "Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance"
Subsequent development above
LB Airport Mgm't Says JetBlue Not On Pace To Meet Council-Approved "Use 'Em Or Lose 'Em" Flight Slot Rules (To Deter "Slot Squatting"), Asked Carrier For Its Plans To Do So; JetBlue Issued This Corporate Statement Without Specific Plans...And LB Airport Hasn't Told Us What JetBlue Has Or Hasn't Told Them Swift & Savvy LBPD Work Locates Stolen Doggie "Chewie," Reunites Him With His Owner, Arrests Two South Gate Women

LBPD provided photo
Sunday Night Gunfire Rousts Wrigley Residents, Alley In 2200 block Locust (6th dist.); Garage Hit, No Person Wounded
George's 50's Diner Held A Car Show And These Cars And Their Owners Showed Up
Photo Gallery by Tom Stout
Special to LBREPORT.com

Sic Transit: Martha Thuente: North Long Beach Civic Presence, Community Volunteer, Neighborhood Improvement Advocate

Photo source: LB Neighborhood Resource Center Newsletter, Fall 2006 Man Is Stabbed After Thurs. Night Fight, 5200 Block E. 2nd St./Belmont Shore
Follow-Up: Long Beach Accountability Action Group Warned LB Officials -- Including Councilwoman Mungo And City Mgm't. -- Of Chronic And Worsening Transient Presence And Previous Fires In Or Near Area Of April 3 Nature Center Blaze; LBPD Indicates A 43-Yr Old Transient Is Arrested/Booked On Suspicion Of Alleged Arson
In Depth / Perspective: SB 50, Sweeping Measure To Override Single Family Home Zoning Re Housing Density, Locations, Parking, Bldg Hts. Near Some Transit AND In Sac'to-Decided "Jobs Rich" Areas, Advances Alongside Similar But Less Sweeping SB 4; LB Mayor/Council Mum (Incl. State Senate Candidate Gonzalez)
Recently elected SE LB area State Senator Tom Umberg (Dem) voted "yes" to advance both measures
In Depth: Mayor Garcia Sent This Letter Telling State Lawmakers City Supports Sac'to-Written Constitutional Amendment -- That Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass'n Opposes As Attack on Prop 13 -- To Reduce 2/3 Voter-Approval Req't To 55% For Local Debt-Bonds And Special Taxes For "Affordable" Housing, Homeless Supportive Housing And Very Broadly-Defined "Public Infrastructure" Spending
Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. hour:

Quotes Of Note From Councilwoman (State Senate Candidate) Gonzalez And Mayor Garcia At Council Meeting Directing City Att'y To Draft LB "Tenant Relocation Ordinance"
Council (6-3) Directs City Att'y To Draft "Tenant Relocation Ordinance" Incl. Trigger By Rent Increase Beyond City-Allowed Percentage With Tenant-Desired Exit Or Landlord Eviction Beyond City-Allowed Reasons
Landlord would pay exiting tenant two months rent plus $2,000 payable to senior or disabled tenants (possibly from city funds, but if not, then landlord funds.)
Subsequent development above
Price, Richardson Signal Emerging Council Split On City Staff Proposed "Tenant Relocation Ordinance" Coming To Council April 2
Subsequent development above
Gathering Long Beach Political Storm Over City Staff Proposed "Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance" (April 2 Council Agenda Item)
  • Housing Long Beach: "We're having a hard time finding the protection parts" then later "Let's get this done. It's a start."
  • Mike Murchison (Small Property Owners Alliance) "This is a form of rent control whether described as this or not."
  • Robert Fox: "It IS rent control and "just cause eviction" by another name."

    Analysis / Perspective: By The Numbers: Long Beach Decided State Senate District Initial Election...So What Now?
    City Staff Memo To Council/Mayor Recommends AGAINST Using Administrative Enforcement To Deter/Punish Fireworks Scofflaws
    Escrow/Due Diligence Period Extended For Housing Development Firm's Possible Purchase Of 3320-3340 Los Coyotes Diagonal/3325 Palo Verde
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com / With AUDIO: Vice Mayor Dee Andrews -- 6th Dist. Council Incumbent First Elected In 2007 -- Will Seek Re-Election To Fourth Four-Year Term In 2020; AUDIO: Hear Him Say What He Told His Officeholder Account Contributors
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, Area 7th St./Lime Ave., Not Believed Gang Related
    LB Transit Bus Clips Multiple Parked Cars, Area Pacific Ave./Anaheim St.; PD Takes Driver To Facility To Determine If He Was Impaired
    As Suspected, Oregon Ave. Couple Died In Murder/Suicide
    VIDEO: Ann Cantrell Is Honored By Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell Among 2019 Women of Distinction

    Photo Gallery: Famed Clydesdales Bring Bud Brewskies To Belmont Shore, Up-Close Views As Exquisite Equines Prepped In Shoreline Lot For Second Street Appearance
    Photo Gallery by Tom Stout
    Special to LBREPORT.com

    UPDATE: Includes 2nd St. VIDEO clips by Ben Goldberg and Justin Rudd
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Editorial: City Hall Is Concealing Its Animal Shelter Report So Public (And Press) Can't Study It Before "Study Session"; Here's What To Do About It

    Opinion: Long Beach Suddenly Lurches Toward Rent Control
    by Ian Patton *
    * Mr. Patton is a political consultant with Cal Heights Consultancy, owner of a small, family-run rental property, and volunteer executive director of the Long Beach Reform Coalition (a local government accountability network, which has not taken a position on rent control or other housing issues, but includes member organizations which may have positions on those issues.)

    Perspectives / Opinions: Veteran LB Journalist/Q Voice News Founder/Publisher Phillip Zonkel Opines State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Has Shown "Poor Leadership On LGBTQ Issues"; Gonzalez Supporter Cory Allen Responds
    Opinion: Unwisely Trying To Cover A Camera Lens Then, But Actually Worse Now Because...

    Screen save from LBREPORT.com video following 1st Council district FY17 Community Budget meeting, Aug. 25, 2016
    Opinion: State Candidate Gonzalez's Silence On Our Straightforward Newsworthy Questions (Re Bills To Tax Big Oil, Override Local Zoning To Incentivize Low Income Housing, And Former Sen. Lara's Record) Has Become Independently Newsworthy; Since She Hasn't Answered For Over Ten Days, We Went To A "Meet Lena" Event, And...
    Statement by the Publisher: Pitching the Angels
    Editorial: Council's Public Safety Committee Will Meet Tuesday, Hasn't Agendized These Issues But Should
    LB Serf Report: A "Deal" For Community Hospital?
    Editorial: At Council Meetings, LB Councilmembers And Mayor Shrug This LB Law That Applies To Them
    Editorial: Shrugging Public Safety Reality, Leadership of LB Police Union Endorses Councilwoman Gonzales For State Senate
    Editorial: Homeless Shelter Costs For Grownups: Will LB Councilmembers Pursue Pesky Questions And Demand Meaningful Answers To Taxpayer Issues Re 24-Hour Homeless Facility?

    LBREPORT.com photo

    Perspective: State Senate Committee Enacts New Rule For Its Meetings, Won't Use Pronouns "He" Or "She," Specifies Gender-Neutral "They"; What's Next? Will LB-Area State Senate Candidates Propose This For Their Council Meetings?
    Amnesia File / Perspective: Mayor Garcia Said Long Beach Has "Fiscally Responsible Gov't"...So Why Don't LB Taxpayers Have 186 Citywide Deployable Cops LB Previously Had? Amnesia File: See What Taxpayers Had As Mayor Foster Presented His First Recommended Budget (FY07)
    Skepticism Warranted Over Some Of LBPD's Upcoming 2018 Crime Stats, Because...
    Opinion: Long Beach's 2018 "Outrage of the Year" And Its Impacts For 2019 And Beyond

    Editorial: Shots Fired (Again) In Long Beach Neighborhood Left These Bullet Casings Found By Resident; Gunfire-Location Technology Could Have Told Cops Shooting Site In Seconds To Help Nab Shooters Like This, But Long Beach Politicians Evade It, Because...

    Editorial: Should City Council Adopt These Just-Released Taxpayer-Costly, Neighborhood-Impacting Homeless / Low Income Housing Policies Without Asking What Public Thinks? See What Mayor-Picked "Task Force" Wants Council To Adopt
    Editorial: How Much, If Anything, Should LB Taxpayers Pay So A Private Entity Can Run A Smaller Version Of Community Hospital For Profit On Seismically-Challenged City Land? Public Deserves Overdue Discussion Of Taboo Taxpayer Topic With Overdue Reforms In Mayor/Council Contract Approval Process
    Perspective: "Animal Care Visioning Task Force" -- With No-Kill Leaders Muzzled From Membership By Mayor -- Let City Mgm't Run Its Latest Meeting, Offer Information Without Meaningful Challenge, Conduct Proceedings Nearly Inaudible By Audience And Let Public Speak Only After Discussion Of All Agendized Items Was Over

    Perspective: By The Numbers: Councilmembers Gonzalez & Andrews (And Former-Councilman/Now-Mayor Garcia) On Police Officers For LB Taxpayers

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  • RecentlyWeeks AgoPast Few Months
    Follow the Money: One Day After Initial State Senate Election: Oil/Gas Industry Funded PAC That Spent $1.1 Mil To Support Gonzalez Swiftly Spent Thousands More For Consulting, Expenses & Digital Media; On Election Day And Day Before, Alan Lowenthal's Congressional Committee, L.A. County Firefighters And Others Gave Gonzalez Campaign Thousands
    Man In Wheelchair Is Struck/Killed By Vehicle At Bellflower Blvd/Harvey Way; UPDATE: Suspect Driver Is Arrested/Booked On Suspicion Of DUI And Hit-Run
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 3000 block E. Artesia (9th dist.)
    Debate: State Senate Runoff Candidate Guerrero Accepts LBREPORT.com's Offer To Host/Webcast Debate; We Await Candidate Gonzalez's Response
    AUDIO / Hear It: State Senator Wieckowski -- Who's Authored SB 246 That Would Tax Oil Companies For What They Extract From CA -- Tells LBREPORT.com Why He Proposed It, Who Supports It, Opposes It Or Hasn't Said Yet...And What's Next
    AUDIO Flashback: Hear State Senate Runoff Candidate Jack Guerrero At Feb. 27 Candidate Forum
    We Await Candidate Lena Gonzalez's Answers To These And Other Questions
    Subsequent development above
    LBREPORT.com Offers To Host And Webcast Debate Between State Senate Runoff Candidates Gonzalez and Guerrero; We're Awaiting Their Response(s)
    State Senate Election Stunner: With Nearly No Campaign Contribs Conservative Cudahy Councilman Jack Guerrero (Harvard/Stanford Degreed Republican Urging Change In Sac'to Policies & Fiscal Discipline) Forces LB Councilwoman/Democrat Lena Gonzalez (Over $1.1 Mil In Supportive Spending With.Stances Echoing Sac'to Policies) Into June 4 Runoff
    Developing: City Council Poised To Tackle Thorny Landlord-Tenant-Rental Issues And Possibly Vote April 2 To Prepare "Tenant Relocation Assistance" Ordinance; Staff Recommendations Stop Short Of Formal Rent Control, Doesn't Call It "Just Cause Eviction," Raise Issues Related To Both; Council Majority Can Make Changes And Will Ultimately Decide Ordinance Specifics
    Midafternoon Gunfire In ELB's Zaferia Neighborhood (4th dist./Supernaw)

    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.
    Follow the Money:
    On Election Eve, See These Latest Campaign Contribs/Largest Spending Totals In Race For LB-S.E. L.A. County State Senate District
    "CA League of Conservation Voters" Gives State Senate Candidate Gonzalez $2,500 Contrib After Big Oil Money Surfaces In Indie Campaign To Elect Her And She Avoids Saying If She Supports Or Opposes SB 246 (Proposed CA Oil Severance Tax)
    See Letter: U.S. Att'y Gen'l Barr's Summary Of Special Counsel Mueller's Report Says Trump Campaign Didn't Conspire/Cooperate With Russian Gov't In 2016 Presidential Election; Re Obstruction of Justice, Doesn't Conclude President Committed A Crime Or Exonerate Him, Leaves Decision to Att'y Gen'l
    Pres. Trump Tweets "complete and total exoneration"; Dems seek release of full report, signal follow-up hearings
    VIDEO: See It: Reverse Angle Video Shows What Seven Of LB's Nine Councilmembers/Mayor Were Doing While LB Taxpayer Spoke On Hot-Button Issue They've Refused To Agendize
    WLB Overnight Gunfire, Area Delta Ave. b/w Spring/Willow
    Urgent Advisory: Att'n Dog Lovers: Hill's Science Diet/Prescription Diet Expands Its Voluntarily Recall Of Multiple Types Of Its Canned Dog Foods, See List Here
    LB Mayor Garcia In Sac'to Joins CA's 13 "Big City" Mayors In Asking For ONE BILLION State Taxpayer Dollars For CA Cities For Homeless In FY19-20, It Would Be Additional $500 Million On Top of $500 Million Gov. Newsom Previously Recommended

    Image source:www.lamayor.org
    Trail Of Hail In NLB and ELB
    Anaheim City Council Hears Brief City Mgm't Update On Its Negotiations With Angels; An Anaheim Councilmember Says Anaheim Should Put Its Residents First, Shouldn't Let Angels Pressure City of Anaheim By Negotiating With City Of Long Beach
    With Perspective: The "Elephant" (Lot) In The Room: How Does Downtown Public Property City of Long Beach Said Was "Unavailable" For Public Pool Become Available For Private Major League Ball Club?
    With Perspective: LB Mayor/Council Schedule Closed Session To Discuss "Price/Terms Of Purchase and/Or Lease" For Convention Center Parking Lot. Some Say They'll Discuss A Possible Angels Deal. What About Brown (Open Meetings") Act?
    Anaheim City Council seeks management report in open session on their city's dealings with Angels
    State Senate Campaign For Dem Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Says Repub Councilwoman Mungo Has Endorsed Her; Mungo Mum To Us
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Internal City Records Obtained By LBREPORT.com Show What $1 Million Media Wall Will Look Like And What It Will Display
    City staff described it as part of new City Hall's "Critical Technology Needs Infrastructure"; Council voted 7-0 to approve it one week before Christmas.

    Statement by the Publisher: LBREPORT.com Extends New Offer To Candidate Gonzalez To Share With Us In Conversation And Let You Hear Her Answers To Questions By Us That Others Haven't Asked
    Follow the Money: Gonzalez State Senate Bid Busts $300k; See Who Gave Money And How It Was Used (Including Hiring An Oakland-Based Firm To Send Interactive Campaign Texts; Have You Received One?) A "Community Hospital Tax"? Mayor Garcia Slips Into Motion, And Council Approves, Request For City Staff "Options" -- Possibly After Not-Yet-Done Lease Binds LB Taxpayers To Pay $25 Million In Seismic Retrofit Costs -- To Fill Resulting General Fund "Revenue Gap"
    Mayor frames it as "investment" in city-owned buildings
    Council Votes 9-0 To Direct Staff To Work With Proponents Of Gondola Between DTLB and QM To Develop Project Feasibility Study For Future Council Consideration; Mayor, Councilmembers And "The Wave" Project Proponents Repeatedly Describe Gondola As Transportation Project
    Council votes send the proposal to its Housing & Neighborhoods Committee and Harbor Comm'n. The two bodies' recommendations, after public testimony will return to the City Council for voted action Do You Want New LB City Council/Harbor Commission Chambers In New City Hall Named "Bob Foster Civic Chambers?" Four Councilmembers Propose To Send Request (Letter Signed By 36 Individuals We Name) First To A Council Committee & Harbor Comm'n Before Council Decision
    Sac'to Bill To Let Councils In 10 Cities -- Including LB -- Allow 4 a.m. Bar/Restaurant Alcohol Hours Advances After Sharply Contrasting State Senate Committee Testimony Pitting Hotel/Tourism Interests vs. Public Safety Groups; Only One Committee Hurdle Left Before Full Senate Vote
    Might position on the bill become as issue in LB-S.E. LA County state Senate race in view of candidate Gonzalez's 2012 DUI?
    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: LBREPORT.com Marks National "Sunshine Week" In Long Beach, Where In Some Areas The Sun Never Shines
    VIDEO: State Senate Hopefuls Hoping For Runoff With LB Councilwoman Gonzalez Say She's Not A Lock At Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum

    New / Follow-Up: Here's Where State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Was After Her Campaign Told Regional Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce In February She'd Be Unable To Attend Group's March 13 Candidate Forum
    Follow the Money: See Who Gave Big Bucks At Garcia/Lara Fundraiser To Put LB Councilwoman Gonzalez In State Senate, In Add'n To These Other Recent Large Contribs
    Gov. Newsom Seeks State Legislation Requiring Cities To Meet Higher "Regional Housing Needs Assessment" Figures Faster, Punish Cities Sac'to Deems "Non-Compliant" On Land Use/Zoning/Entitlements By Cutting Off Their Driver-Paid Road Repair Dollars Under 2017 Gasoline Tax Increase
    Subsequent coverage above
    State Senate Candidate Lena Gonzalez Won't Be Present at Mar. 13 Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum; No Reason Given To Organizers; [**UPDATE**] Campaign Tells Us A "Longstanding Conflict" But Hasn't Said What It Is
    Subsequent coverage above
    Community Hospital Long Term Deal Not Done, City Staff Seeks "Interim" (Short Term) Lease As Negotiations Continue On Fiscal Impacts Of Major Terms That Could Require LB Taxpayers To Pay Privately-Owned LLC Up To $25 Million (Half Of Seismic Retrofit Costs) While LLC Runs Smaller-Than-Former Version Of Community Hospital For Its Profit On City Owned Land For $1/Year
    On-Demand AUDIO: Hear LB Mayor/Councilmembers Justify/Commend Spending $6.5 Mil -- Part Of $9 Mil Total Cost -- From State Taxpayers' Tidelands Funds To Build A New Downtown-Adjacent Beach Concession Stand (Incl. Public Bathrooms, Kids Play Area, Bldg To Rent Beach Items)
    Record Shows State Lands Comm'n Voted To Approve Multi-Million Dollar Expenditure From State Tidelands For Long Beach Shoreline Concession Stands With No Discussion; City Council Voted To Spend Roughly $9 Million From Tidelands For One Adjacent To Downtown; Others Further Away Budgeted For Much Less

    Image source: March 5 city staff agendized report
    In 2018, LB Council Voted In Closed Session To Join In CA Fed'l Court Lawsuit That Just Struck Down 2020 Census Citizenship Question
    Water Comm'n Cancels March 7 Protest Hearing On Water Rate Increase After Lawfirm Suing To Overturn Measure M Alleges Legal Defect In Hearing Notice
    City Mgr. Tells Council City Will Seek Fed'l Taxpayer Dollars To Restore Fire Engine 17 (Argonne Ave, Serves Parts Of ELB-Central LB); FEMA Grant Decision Expected In April-May
    No Councilmember(s) or Mayor ask why LB taxpayers don't have Engine 17 AND Engine 101 (second apparatus for downtown high rise-density) despite Measure A ("blank check") sales tax increase...which they had before former Mayor Foster/former Council recession-prompted "proportional budget reductions"
    Sic Transit: Janet Lerch, Wife Of Retired Vice Mayor/Councilman Val Lerch
    VIDEO Coverage: City-Hired Consultant Sees/Hears Multiple Animal Advocates Urge No-Kill Animal Shelter Practices, Criticize Mayor, Seek City Policy Changes

    Follow-Up: LBREPORT.com Asked State Senate Candidate/LB Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez Questions She Missed Hearing And Answering At Recent Beer And Politics Forum. One Of Them Is Relevant To Big Oil's Indie Campaign Big Bucks Supporting Her Election. We Await Her Answers
    Do You Recognize This Man? LBPD Says He's Suspect In Recent Sexual Battery, Area LB Blvd./south of PCH

    Subsequent coverage above
    Public Safety Committee Members Price-Supernaw-Austin Agendize Mar 5 Mgt Report On Status Of Restoring Fire Engine 17, Which Still Isn't Restored Despite Sept. 2018 Council Vote Directing Mgm't "To Identify New Revenue" To Do So
    Their agendizing memo flinches at a few facts
    Details On Fed'l Charge Filed Against El Dorado Park South Man Re Explosion That Killed His Former Girlfriend At Her OC Business
    ELB Overnight Gunfire, 3700 block E. Stearns (Near Nat'l Guard Armory); LBPD Pursuit Follows, Suspect Crashes Thru LB Airport Fence, Is Arrested On Tarmac
    Suspects Fire Shots Into Residence About A Block NW From Michelle Obama Library; One Suspect In Custody, Another At Large
    In Depth/Perspective: Follow the Money: Big Oil + Big Labor Big Bucks Both Back LB Councilwoman Gonzalez For State Senate. Does That Explain Silence Of LB Mayor/Council In AQMD Proceeding On Potential Mass Casualty Issue?
    Metro Board Votes [UPDATE: Mayor Garcia Voted "Yes"] To Pursue "Feasibility Study" Leading To Future Vote To Impose "Congestion Pricing" (Tolls/Charges On Drivers Using Certain Congested Freeway Sections To Deter Prime-Time Use)
    Subsequent development above
    FBI Arrests El Dorado Park South Man (Whose Former Girlfriend Was Killed By Explosion At Her OC Business)
    Feds arrested him last year, not charged with deadly explosion but for allegedly possessing destructive device...and shortly thereafter dropped those charges
    Hours After Double-Shooting (Incl. Homicide), LB's 6th Dist. Had Another Shooting (Man Wounded)
    Woman (Adult) And Boy (17 Yrs Old) Shot, And Boy Dies, Area 11th St./Lewis Ave. (6th Dist.)
    Unknown number of suspects fire at them from vehicle driving through an alley; PD says motive currently unknown

    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. A separate map (not shown here) shows shootings in Central LB.
    Coverage coming
    City Mgm't Plans Structured Q & A, Not "Town Hall" Style Public Comment, At Mar. 3 Public Workshop On Strategic Plan For Future of LB's Animal Shelter. See Format and Details
    With AUDIO: LB Councilwoman/State Senate Candidate Gonzalez No-Show [UPDATE: Her Campaign Mgr. Responds] At Beer & Politics As Other Candidates Seek To Break-Out Of Multi-Candidate Pack (AUDIO: Hear Them, You Decide); Gonzalez Is Endorsed By L.A. County Fed'n of Labor (AFL-CIO); Committee Funded By Mainly Oil Cos./Related Firms Spends $1 Mil In Indie Campaign To Elect Gonzalez; Her Campaign Swiftly Moves To Announce Endorsement of California League of Conservation Voters

    With AUDIO: Fire Engine 17 (Service Area from Central LB To ELB) Still Isn't Restored Despite Council Vote Directing Mgm't "To Identify New Revenue" To Do So; Councilman Supernaw Audibly Irked Makes Public Safety Committee Motion For Mgm't Explanation At Coming Council Meeting
    Nighttime Gunfire On Retro Row (2100 block E. 4th St.), Shell Casings Found, No Persons Hit
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: City Mgm't Memo Signals March Council Item With "Next Steps Needed To Move" LB Animal Care Services "Progressively Forward To Deliver" Live Release Rates "In 90 Percentile For Dogs And Cats"; Will Propose To Strengthen Partnerships With SPCA-LA, Rescue Groups And Volunteers
    Long Beach City Mgr's Office, In Carefully Worded Statement Attributable To Mayor Garcia on Behalf of City, Says City Is Exploring Feasibility Of Downtown Sports Venue On Convention Ctr Parking Lot, Approached Angels, In Early Stages Of Due Diligence, Exploring Variety Of Options. Amnesia File: In Formally Adopted EIR, City Refused To Evaluate Site For Public-Serving Recreational Pool, Said It Should Be Reserved For Hotel/Convention Uses
    Here's More On Signal Hill Shooting (Sat Midnight Hour, Wardlow/Orange At LB Border)
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