|(Oct. 6, 2020) -- In response to an inquiry by LBREPORT.com following complex developments reported by an Asia-focused news outlet, the City of Long Beach provided a statement near the end of the Oct. 5 business day. We pubnlish it in full.
LBREPORT.com precedes the City statement with salient items as context ("Amnesia File"):
The Council declined to agree to a request by Councilwoman Price to give City Auditor Laura Doud 14 days (Price initially sought 30 days) to review the proposed transaction. .
During Council discussion, Interim Director of Economic and Property Development, Kathryn McDermott, disclosed that the Queen Mary somehow requires over $200 million in repairs, and indicated this was known as a result of a survey on the ship' condition conducted by its previous lessee (Garrison) and its current lessee (Urban Commons). Additional details were described in a city management agendizing memo here.
Auditor Doud said she has a duty to express her concerns and said she'd like to examine the long term plans for the QM and voiced concern over the size of $200+ million in QM repairs that staff now contends are needed.
No Councilmember(s) asked publicly how that magnitude of repairs was allowed to accumulate or who (by name) was responsible for letting this occur. To date, those details haven't been publicly addressed by LB's Mayor or the city's policy-setting City Council. (City Auditor Doud isn't part of city management but had been in office since 2006, a period during which some quantum of ship repairs had been allowed to accumulate.)
Below is the City of LB's Oct. 5, response to recent complex developments.
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Oct. 5, 2020
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