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New / Developing: Will Long Beach Continue Using Roundup In Parts Of Its Parks...After Sac'to Agency Adds Glyphosate (In Monsanto's Roundup Weed Killer) To Prop 65 Chemicals "Known To State To Cause Cancer"?
UPDATED: With Both Sides Lawyered-Up, Councilwoman Pearce Alleges She Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence; Her Former Chief of Staff Cotter Says He Wasn't Perpetrator Of That Conduct
New: Garcia Mayoral Re-Election Campaign Is Assisting Re-Election Campaigns Of Council Incumbents Mungo, Gonzalez And Richardson
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VIDEO: Car Fire Spreads To House, 6800 block E. 10th St. (E. of Studebaker, S. of Anaheim Rd.)

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Ass'y Speaker Rendon Will Withhold Action -- For Now -- On Proposed State Gov't Run "Single Payer" Health Care System (Sen. Lara's SB 562), Calls Current Bill "Woefully Incomplete" But Says It's Not Dead (Read Full Statement)
Follow-Up: CHP Was On Scene Of Pearce-Cotter Incident (Shoreline Dr.) With LBPD For Roughly 90 Minutes, CHP Recs Indicate
Tasked To Handle Fireworks Law-Flouters And Simultaneously Start Policing Metro's Blue Line July 1, LBPD Will Deploy 12 Officers On Blue Line Per 24 Hr Period Initially Using Overtime, Acknowledges These Officers Won't Be Available Citywide BUT Says They Will Support July 4th Mission...And Chief Luna Says All Officers Will Work July 4th Unless They Have Scheduled Vacation Or Unusual Circumstances
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Reaches A Local Low; Compare It To Rate In Nearby Cities
Urgent: Public Health Alert: New Mosquito Type -- That Can Transmit Birth-Defect Causing Zika Virus And Bites In Daytime -- Is Found in NLB

Photo: Greater L.A. County Vector Control District
In Addition, More Common Mosquito Carrying West Nile Virus Found In 90808; Take Sensible Precautions
As seen LIVE, Council votes to seek report from city mgm't/staff on feasibility of free voluntary online bike registraton program, including an app. Bike Thefts, Including Her Own, Prompt Councilwoman Price To Propose Free, Voluntary Online Bike Registration System & App
In Detail: Density Watch: City Staff Revises Some Of Its Proposed Land Use Changes, Now Seeks Four And Five Story Bldgs. In Comm'l Areas Along Parts Of Bellflower Blvd., LCD With Three Stories At Spring/Palo Verde
LB's Grassroots Citizens About Responsible Planning (CARP) Files Court Suit Challenging Council's 6-2 Approval Of Belmont Beach Pool And Aquatic Center EIR And Joins In Multiple Appeals Of Council Approval Of Coastal Development Permit, Now Significantly Joined By Appeals Submitted By Coastal Comm'n Chair and Vice Chair
Former Councilwoman Schipske Mulls Run For SE LB/West-Central OC State Senate Seat (Currently Held by Repub state Sen. Nguyen), Had Mulled 2018 Write-in To Replace Councilwoman Mungo And Return To City Hall
LB Cops Bust Three Men Allegedly Selling High Powered Fireworks (4400 block Myrtle)

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As Seen LIVE: Blunt Push-Back From Wrigley Residents, Modest Push-Back From Some (Not All) Councilmembers, No Push-Back From ELB Residents At Council Study Session On Proposed Density-Inviting Re-Write Of Land Uses Citywide


As Seen LIVE: Council Votes To Direct City Att'y To Draft Ordinance (For Coming Council Votes) Banning RV/Oversize Vehicle Parking On City Streets In All Residential Neighborhoods (With Limited Permit-Allowed Time Periods To Load/Unload Vehicles)
  • Would let RV parking continue in certain comm'l/industrial areas subject to limitations for streets evaluated individually
    Subsequent development above
    Council To Consider Banning RV/Oversize Vehicle Parking In All Residential Neighborhoods
  • City staff advises letting RV parking to continue in certain comm'l/industrial areas subject to limitations for streets evaluated individually
  • Two thorny issues remain: Persons living in RVs without permanent residences and Coastal Comm'n approval for ban in Coastal Zone
    In Depth: It's Big, Could Affect Properties And Neighborhoods Citywide And It's Coming To The City Council And Planning Comm'n For "Study Sessions" On June 13 and June 15: It's A Proposed Rewrite Of All Of City Hall's Allowed Land Uses Citywide; Some Proposed Changes Invite Higher Buildings/Increased Residential/Comm'l Densities

    AND
    Councilwoman Mungo Signals Her Support -- On These Terms -- For Land Use Changes That As Proposed By City Staff Would Invite These Density Increases In Parts Of Her ELB District And Beyond
    Details / Perspective: LB-LA Mayors Sign Doc Declaring They Commit To Ports' "Progress Toward...Ultimate Goal" Of Zero Emissions For "Cargo Handling" Equipment By 2030 And By 2035 For "On-Road Drayage Trucks" Serving The Ports"; Also Includes Some Actions (Incl. Port-Written Update To Its "Clean Air Action Plan") Already Taking Place, Planned Or Expected
    LBPD Provides Details After Dog Attacks Woman, Officers Try Non-Lethal Methods Before Shooting/Killing Dog
    Girlfriend/Boyfriend (Both Adults) Argument + Gun = Fatal Outcome: LBPD Says She Fired Shots In His Direction (Area Studebaker/Spring), Then Allegedly Pointed Gun At Responding Officers And Officer-Involved Shooting Followed...And She Perishes




    Chief Luna Says LBPD Is Reviewing Circumstances Surrounding June 3 Incident Involving Councilwoman Pearce To Ensure Field Actions Were Consistent With Its Policies/Procedures
  • With ongoing investigation, add'l details and circumstances not being released "at this time"
  • Denies LBPD has policy directing special "handling" of public officials; says LBPD does have notification guide within its policy requiring appropriate notifications when incident involves arrest or serious criminal conduct re a city employee or VIP
    New: What Happened In Predawn Hours of June 3 That Led LBPD To Administer Field Sobriety Test To Long Beach Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce -- That LBPD Says She Successfully Completed -- After Detaining Her And Her Former Chief Of Staff (In Car She Drove), Then Released Them But Later Arrested Him For Outstanding DUI-Related Warrant And Alleged Public Intoxication? Was Any Domestic Violence Alleged And If So Against Whom?
    ENUF -- Eastside Neighbors United Fully -- Launches Facebook Page With Plainly Worded Statement, Desires "Reduction of Crime...Tired Of Theft, Panhandling, Drugs and Vagrancy," Differentiates Between "Truly Homeless And Criminal Population That Preys On Us While City Gov't Sleepwalks"
    Subsequent development: Council votes unanimously to approve with modifications, at staff's request, that let staff add add'l project locations and allow flexible time periods of "up to" 25 years depending on locations.
    Council Will Decide June 6 On 25-Year Contract To Have This Private Firm Deliver Solar Power To These City-Owned Locations, Reducing Carbon Footprint, Providing Predictable Costs And Currently Anticipated Savings (Although Not Absolute Future Guarantee Of Lowest Possible Costs)
    Firm's Sr. VP For Gov't Affairs Is Retired City Mgr. James Hankla
    AUDIO: On Tiananmen Square Anniversary, Hear Courageous 1989 Report By Radio Beijing's "Radio Tankman"

    Subsequent developing above
    Faced With Transient/Vagrant/Drug Addict-Related Neighborhood Crime And Mayor/Council Delays, 3rd Dist. Residents Form (Tentative Name) "ENUF: Eastside Neighbors United Fully"
    Separately a resident creates a Facebook "Alert" after her bike is stolen from her front porch
    Amnesia File: Long Beach Mayor Garcia Blasts President Trump, Boasts He's Joined "Climate Mayors" BUT [Amnesia File] Remained Silent, Didn't Veto Council Action That Overruled Enviro Appeals And Extended Contracts To Continue Storing Coal/Bulk Petroleum Coke For Export Thru Port of LB For At Least 15 More Years
    In Detail: Potential Game-Changer? Some Opponents Of SEASP (SE LB) Rezoning Density In Area Of 2nd/PCH Propose "Baseline Land Use Allocation" Policy Used In Santa Monica, Would Apply Real-World Results Instead of Consultant/City Staff Predictions on Proposed Development's Impacts; Planning Comm'n Votes Without Dissent To Recommend Council Approve Staff-Supported "Reduced Intensity Alternative" (Would Allow Up to 5 Stories In PCH/2nd Area But Up To 7 Stories, Inviting Hotel) On Up To 20% Of Area On West Side of PCH (Marina Pacifica)


    AUDIO: City Prosecutor Previews Measures He'll Recommend Including In Council-Sought Future Mgm't Report On Dealing With Homeless Issues



    Victims Vent On Facebook Over Bike Thefts, Several Blame Tweakers/Drug Addicts/Vagrants; Councilwoman Price Discloses She's Become A Crime Victim (Bike Theft on 2nd St.), Will Propose "Chop Shop & Bike Registration" Council Item In June, Says "We Need To Be More Vigilant"
    Attn: SE LB: Do You Want Comm'l Areas Along PCH/Vicinity 2nd St. Rezoned To Allow Five Story Buildings With Seven Stories Under Certain Circumstances For 20% Of Project Area? It's Part Of Proposed SEASP "Reduced Intensity Alternative" That City Hall Staff Will Ask LB Planning Comm'n To Approve On Thurs. June 1


    Perspective: These Sac'to Dems Just Killed These Bills That Would Have Enabled Modest Regulation/State/Local Oversight Of Some Residential Neighborhood Group Homes / "Sober Living" / Drug Recovery Facilities; See Sac'to 2016 Graveyard Of Similar Bills
    LBFD Rules "Accidental" Cause of Fatal Apt Fire, 1500 block Magnolia Ave., Says "Smoking Materials On And Around Victim's Bed"

    LBFD photo
    Coverage in Depth / Perspective: Rift Now Visible Between Mayor/Council And Taxpayers Who Seek Prompt, Tougher City Public Safety Response To Alleged Homeless/Transient-Related Neighborhood Crimes; Council Seeks City Mgm't Report To Pursue Development Of "A Holistic Approach To Homeless And Residential Quality of Life"
    Council Votes 8-0 To Launch City Hall "Study" With Aim (In Five Years) To Hand Out Lucrative Franchises To Waste Hauling Firms To Handle LB Businesses/Apts On City Hall-Decided Prices And Terms
    Supporters Tout Efficiency And Recycling Benefits With Fewer Polluting Street Clogging Trucks; Opponents Say Ending Competition/Choice On Price/Terms/Services Would Hurt Consumers/Renters
  • Perspective / Viewpoints

    Editorial: For A Green-Light Measure In Long Beach: Letting The People Decide Density And Parking Impacts In Their City, Not Politicians And Development Interests


    Editorial: Unmentioned on Memorial Day in Long Beach
    Opinion / VIDEO: The Late Jack Smith Tells Council THIS About Neighborhood Crime/Safety And Homeless...On Oct. 11, 2016


    Editorial: Missed Opportunities Leave Long Beach Aquatics Center Out of Long Beach's Control
    Opinion: Council Majority Got It Wrong On Aquatic Center, Invites Court To Reject Flawed EIR And Coastal Comm'n Staff To Disapprove Flawed Size/Site/Height Plan
    by Ann Cantrell *
    * Ms. Cantrell was an appellant on behalf of CARP (Citizens About Responsible Planning) in the City Council hearing on the Belmont Beach Aquatic Center.

    Editorial: One Councilmember, Or More, Should Agendize Vote To Restore LB's Prior Law And Reverse Election-Tilting, Incumbent-Perpetuating Officeholder Account Changes


    Editorial: Mayor Garcia: Veto That Ordinance
    Editorial: LBREPORT.com Is Reporting This, Because...
    Significant Update: Material Now Online (Formerly "Non-Study Session")
    Pool Point/Counterpoint
    To City Council: Build Aquatics Center At Belmont Plaza Because...
    by Lucy Johnson, Vice President & Development Director
    Aquatic Capital of America.

    AND

    To City Council: Obsession Trumped Reason When Planning Comm'n OK'd Belmont Plaza Pool Rebuild; Same Project Could Be Built On Smarter Sites At Less Cost
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.


    Perspective: Schipske Eyes 5th District Council Return, As Questions Arise About Her Record Re Int'l Airport And (Surprisingly) Openness
    Editorial: No on Police Union Contract Today, Because...
    Editorial: Council Hasn't Pursued -- But Could And Should Seek -- Overdue Responsible Measures To Better Protect LB's Airport Ordinance Before Inviting Int'l Flights
    Entering 2017

    Public's Money, Public's Business, Unbusinesslike Mayor/Council Response To Public
    AND
    Jan. 1, 2017: The Highest Sales Tax Rate Among Neighboring Cities And Among The Highest In CA
    AND

    Giving Away Tax Dollars, Croney Capitalism/Corporate Welfare


    Editorial: What's This?


    Perspective: Mayor Garcia Says He Spoke With Michelle Obama At WH Staged Event...But City Hall Still Hasn't Released Docs Showing What She Said Months Ago When He (And Councilman/Now Vice Mayor Richardson) Invited Her To Attend Opening Ceremony Of LB Library Named In Her Honor


    Op - Ed: Rethinking AES Power Plant On Los Cerritos Wetlands: We Can Do Better
    by Elizabeth Lambe, Executive Director, Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust
    Digital Editorial Cartoon: Polling and Press, Past is Prologue


    Opinion: Vote Yes on Measure MM and NO on MA
    by Diana Lejins *
    * Ms. Lejins heads Advocates for Disability Rights and is a long-time proponent of access to medical marijuana

    Editorial: Homeless Parking Lot Proposal Scrimped On Public Notice, Fails To Consider Unintended Consequences, Deserves Fact-Check, Scrutiny And Vetting First In Council Committee
    UPDATED Editorial: Ending Mayor/Mgm't Manipulative Mushroom Treatment Leading Up To Homeless "Study Session"
    Editorial: Reschedule Coming Camouflaged Council Vote On Controversial Less-Than-Transparent "Road Diet" Proposed Along Nearly Two Miles of Ocean Blvd. (Livingston Dr. To End of Peninsula)



    Editorial: LB Firefighters Union Prez Pens These Pusillanimous Words As Mgm't/Mayor Propose To Leave Fire Stns (Including Stearns Park area Stn 17) Without Fire Engines and NLB Stn 12 Without Paramedic/Rescue
    Editorial: Restore At Least 35 Officers For Taxpayers...Now
    AND
    Counter-Point: A Responsible Budget -- That Restores Public Safety
    Text from mass emailing sent by Mayor Robert Garcia
    Opinion / Point-Counterpoint: Comments Re Police Shootings And Upcoming Dem Convention:
  • Steve James on Facebook: Scheduling Appearance By Michael Brown's Mother (Ferguson, MO) Is "Slap To The Face Of All Law Enforcement" (Personal Comment by LBPOA Pres; Group Has Taken No Position At This Time)
  • Dem Convention Website Text Describing Its Upcoming "Mothers of the Movement" Event
  • Aug. 2014 Open Letter To Youth of Ferguson, MO by Long Beach Councilman (Now Vice Mayor) Rex Richardson
  • Grand Jury Conclusion and US DOJ Conclusion re Ferguson MO police shooting
  • Fraternal Order of Police Statement ("Shocked, Angered, Saddened") re Dem Convention
    Opinion: Future File: Results Of SEASP (Son of SEADIP) Reviewed in 2026
    by Joe Weinstein, Ph.D.


    Perspective / Opinion: In the Running for Long Beach Outrage of the Decade


    Editorial: LB's 2016 Elections
    Perspective / Opinion: Is That All There Is? By The Numbers On "More Police" Under "Measure A" Sales Tax Hike
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Last Minute Facebook Item By the LB Firefighters Ass'n Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Perspective / Opinion: How Many Bogus Arguments Can You Spot In This Facebook Item From One Of Mayor Garcia's Ten Office Staffers, Urging Votes For City Hall's Blank Check Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: LB's New Sample Ballot And Election Practices?



    Editorial: LB City Hall's Public Works Infrastructure Scandal: Going Where Facts Lead Without Flinching, Avoiding Damage Control/Cover-Up
    Statement by the Publisher / Opinion: No On Measure A Sales Tax Hike...To Build A Better Long Beach
    Editorial: Censored In East Long Beach?
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In PT Editorial Supporting City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In This Letter Signed By Presidents Of LB Police Officers/LB Firefighters Unions Supporting City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments
    Editorial: How Many Bogus Statements Can You Spot In Gazettes Editorial Backing City Hall-Sought Sales Tax Increase To 10% (Measure A)? Here Are A Few We See, Plus Our Comments










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  • Beverly O'Neill Administration
  • Perspective / Opinion: The Mythological Mayor: Beverly O'Neill In Balance
  • Transcript Excerpts of Historic Feb. 13, 2001 City Council Vote on QW Bay "Pike" Development
  • How ELB Traffic Project Was Canceled And $1,000,000 Diverted For Downtown Walkway; Other Projects At Traffic Circle & Iron Triangle Not Delivered As Promised
  • 2003: Independent Consultant Says City Hall "Has Created A False Impression Of Solvency"
  • Deputy City Auditor Report Shows LB Convention & Entertainment Center Operations Cost LB Taxpayers $2.5 Million in FY 2000, $3.0 Million in FY 99; Cumulative operating losses since 1978 opening exceed $60 million; City Auditor Burroughs' Recommended Action: "Receive and File"
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  • Video Shows Councilman Garcia Typing, Texting, Seemingly Not Focused On Testimony During Residents' Quasi-Judicial Appeal of City's Planned Handling Of Toxic Contaminated Colorado Lagoon Soil
  • What Some Councilmembers Did While Taxpayers Testified On Toxics

  • Interactive Map: AQMD Multiple Airborne Toxics Exposure Study (MATES III)
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    Archival Access: Hear What Council Was Told In 1995 About Aquarium Paying Its Bond Debt Without Taxpayer Bailout
    Study Says Areas Including Downtown LB, Belmont Shore, Los Altos, Bixby Knolls At Estimated Heightened Cancer Risk From Port Operations

    "Draft Estimated Diesel PM [particulate matter] Cancer Risk From POLA and POLB" cited in Diesel Particulate Matter Exposure Assessment Study for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, p. 8
    24 Hrs. in LB Air: Bixby Knolls AQMD Monitor, Dec. 2003. Details, click photo
    AQMD Air Monitor in LB, Dec. 2003
    2005: Scientists @ LB Conference Say Air Pollution in L.A.-LB Region is High Enough to Cause Illness and Deaths; Economist Says Ports Receive Subsidies That Invite More Growth
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    Subsequent development above Perspective / Opinion: Amid Neighborhood Uprising Over Neighborhood Crime, Councilwoman Price Agendizes Item Re "Comprehensive Strategy" To Address Homelessness/Quality of Life Issues...With No Commitment To Restore Police Or Park Rangers For Taxpayers In FY18
    See City Mgm't memo quietly sent to Mayor and all Councilmembers in March re "State of Homelessness In Long Beach"
    Councilwoman Mungo Will Keep Item On May 23 Council Agenda To Begin Process Of Renaming El Dorado Neighborhood Library The "Ernie and Jackie Kell Neighborhood Library" AND Emphasizes Process Will Include Community Outreach For Public Input
    Weeks After Filing Papers And Holding Downtown Campaign Fundraiser, Mayor Garcia Tweets He's Seeking A Second Term As Mayor, Seeks Contribs
    Subsequent agreement above
    Richardson/Gonzalez/Andrews Advocate ("Request A Study") Letting City Hall Grant Lucrative Franchises To Waste Hauling Firms On City Hall-Set Prices/Terms To Handle LB Businesses/Apts; Supporters Tout Efficiency With Enviro Benefits; Opponents Say Ending Competition/Choice On Price/Terms/Services Would Hurt Consumers/Renters
    When Babe Ruth Came To Long Beach
    By Joe Segura
    Special to LBREPORT.com


    In Detail: Council Votes 6-2 (Pearce absent but says she'd vote "no") To Send Belmont Shore Aquatic Center To Uncertain Future At Coastal Comm'n; Councilman / Coastal Comm'n Member Uranga Votes "No", Disputes City Staff's Coastal Act Reasoning, Says Coastal Comm'n May Make Major Changes Incl. Height; City Staff (And Supportive Councilwoman Price) Acknowledge What Comes Back To Council May Be Different Than What Public Was Shown And Told Thus Far
    May 17 situation cleared: East side of Woodruff/north of Los Coyotes; initial info per LBPD PIO Sgt. Brad Johnson: Approx. 7:35 a.m., officers dispatched to area Woodruff/Rosebay re suspicious person, possible suspect from possible domestic violence situation earlier this morning in which suspect was believed armed with a gun; subject was sleeping in victim's vehicle from the earlier call; suspect allegedly runs from arriving officers; containment was set up in area where he was last seen (LCD/Senesac) K9 requested and on scene; suspect found hiding in a backyard and taken into custody; daughter located and is safe; investigation ongoing.


    Subsequent development above Coastal Comm'n District Director Tells City Council "Best Practice" Should Avoid Locating Belmont Beach Aquatic Center In Area Subject To Sea Level Rise/Shoreline Erosion; Letter Reveals Coastal Comm'n Staff "Has Previously Recommended" City Consider Relocating It To Site Not Affected By Sea Level Rise/Wave Action
    Letter Also Requests City To Address Increased Height Issue "And Provide Clarification" On How Project Would Be Consistent LB's Current Local Coastal Program (LCP) Without Need For Amending LCP


    Subsequent development above: Mayor Garcia Told U.S. Senator Feinstein That City Seeks $60 Mil For Belmont Beach Aquatics Center...Months Before Public Hearings And Votes By Planning Comm'n And City Council On Whether To Approve It
    See other items on City Hall "wish list" for fed'l funds
    On-Demand VIDEO Coverage: Celebration of Life for Former Mayor Ernie Kell


    SCE Belmont Shore Upgrade / Planned Outage Left Some (Not All) Belmont Shore 2nd St. Businesses Without Power For Much Of Business Day And Some Into Evening (May 11)
    VIDEO coverage above
    Celebraton of Life Of Long Beach Mayor Ernie Kell Is Today (11 a.m., LB Yacht Club)

    Man Robbed Of His Personal Property At Gunpoint, Shot(s) Fired Misses Him, 4600 block LB Blvd.
    Man Shoots At Man...And Misses; 300 block E. Shoreline Dr. (Area Rainbow Lagoon Park)
    Coastal Commissioner Roberto Uranga Reappointed By State Senate Dem Leadership, Could Now Cast Significant Commission Votes on Belmont Plaza Aquatics Center And SEASP
    In Feb. 2016, Uranga was among Coastal Commission one vote majority that fired its Exec Dir. Charles Lester
    Council Votes 6-0 To Approve $10.5 Mil Loan -- That Banks Won't Make And Carries "Not Insignificant Risks" To LB's Tidelands Fund -- On Top Of $15 Mil Council Obligated LB Taxpayers' Tidelands To Spend For Aquarium Expansion; City Mgm't Promises Increased Aquarium Reporting To Council Of Changes In Circumstances In Aquarium Fundraising/Project
    Council didn't add condition to enable public notice and public access to Aquarium's governing board meetings for public oversight and transparency
    Council Votes 8-0 (Andrews Absent) To Give Money From 6th District Infrastructure Funds Allocable In Councilman's Discretion To Private Owner of Iconic "VIP Records" Sign For Its Historic Preservation
    Should City Council Approve $10.5 Mil Loan -- That Banks Won't Make And Carries "Not Insignificant Risks" To LB's Tidelands Fund -- On Top Of $15 Mil Council Has Obligated LB Taxpayers' Tidelands To Spend For Aquarium Expansion While Its Board Blocks Public Access To Its Meetings And Minutes?
    Council has opportunity to add condition to the loan to require public notice and public access to Aquarium's governing board meetings, enabling overdue public oversight and transparency in Aquarium's spending of public's money
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 700 block Washington Pl., About A Block West of Newly Opened "Gumbiner Park" (Plaza) (1st dist.)
    Man Is Shot/Wounded Before Dawn, 29th St. Just West of LB Blvd. (6th dist.)
    Updated: Here's What Happened In ELB Conant Area Armed Robbery: The Two Victims Are Women Between 65 and 90 Years Old; They Heard Their Dog Bark And Found An Armed Man Inside Their Home, Who Allegedly Steals, Crashes Car
    D.A. Files Felony Charges, LBPD Provides Details
    This 500 block Cherry Ave. Murder Suspect Is Found And Arrested In North Las Vegas



    Further Re SUV Crash Into Restaurant, PCH West of Cherry; Driver Dies (Was Ass't Swim Coach @ Wilson High, Teacher At Bixby Elementary); Woman Trapped Under SUV Was Aided By Good Samaritan With Tire Jack And Rescued by LBFD

    LBFD photo
    Four Belmont Heights Pedestrians (Broadway/Roycroft) Robbed At Gunpoint
    As seen LIVE At Thurs. May 4 Planning Comm'n study session re SEASP (SE LB rezoning), city staff proposes less intense growth than it previously proposed BUT continues to support up to 7 story building heights under some circumstances along parts of PCH near 2nd St. (red areas on map below.) Public speakers generally pleased with less intense growth (although some favor leaving conditions as they are) but several displeased with proposed increased allowable building heights. Traffic continues to be issue for multiple public speakers. Formal hearing for Planning Comm'n recommendations to Council comes on June 1. Further to follow.

    To view the hearing draft of the SEASP Plan, click here.

    Subsequent development above:
    Armed Man Confronts Woman At Home In ELB Conant Neighborhood, Steals Her Car, Is Involved In OC Traffic Collision And Is Now In Custody
    ELB Teen Is Mugged/Robbed While Walking Home In Neighborhood Near Cubberley K-8 School
    Council Directs City Staff To Develop "Affordable Housing" Measures For Further Considertion/Possible Action That Include Property Tax-Increase Debt Bond, Less Required Parking And Fewer Opportunities to Challenge EIRs
    Multiple public speakers urge rent control, unjust eviction ordinance; Mayor Garcia [entering 2018 election cycle] and Councilmembers remain non-committal on those issues, Garcia says he's awaiting data from city staff on rent levels
    Long Beach Marchers Mark May Day With March From MacArthur Park To City Hall...But Unlike L.A. No LB Elected Officials Visible
    Special to LBREPORT.com by Barry Saks

    Photo by Barry Saks
    Subsequent development above
    Councilman Andrews With Mayor Garcia Seek Council OK To Give $80k From 6th District Infrastructure Funds Allocable In Councilman's Discretion To Private Owner of Iconic "VIP Records" Sign For Its Historic Preservation
    Their agendizing memo doesn't mention using "officeholder accounts" (kept by Mayor and 7 other Councilmembers) to avoid tapping taxpayer funds
    LB-Based Molina Healthcare Corp Board Removes John Molina & Dr. Mario Molina From Their Executive Positions; They Remain As Board Directors; Company Release Cites "Disappointing Financial Performance"
    In Depth / AUDIO / Perspective: Hear What Happened At Councilwoman Mungo's Community Meeting When ELB Resident Tries To Tell Her (Accurately) That City Hall Staff Is Proposing Increased Density With Three Story Comm'l Bldgs At Palo Verde/Spring Plaza Area (Where There Are Now Mainly One Story Bldgs)

    Do You Want Property Tax-Increase Debt Bond, Or Less Required Parking Or Fewer Chances to Challenge EIRs As Measures To Promote Affordable Housing? They're Among City Staff Recommendations For Council Consideration At Tonite's May 2 City Council Meeting
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 4th St./Oro Court (one block east of Chavez Park, 1st dist.)
    UPDATED With Information Re May 12 Celebraton of Life; VIDEO: Feb. 2016: See / Hear Retired Mayor Ernie Kell Speak Warmly And Humorously At Ceremony Honoring His Former City Hall Colleague (And Occasional Political Rival) Retired Mayor Tom Clark
    AND
    Former Mayor Ernie Kell Has Passed Away


    Photo Gallery: "Beach Streets" Draws Big Biking Crowd As Cars Banished From ELB Streets



    Attn SE LB: SEASP Master Plan Rezoning Is Coming To Planning Comm'n May 4 With THESE Responses to Public Comments Re Draft EIR


    Days After Signing (Not Vetoing) Ordinance Change Letting Himself And Council Incumbents Use Contribs To Their "Officeholder Accounts" To Support Candidates They Favor For Other Offices, Mayor Garcia Will Hold Downtown Fundraiser Tonight (April 27) Seeking Sums To Benefit His Candidate Committee For 2018 Mayoral Run
    Mayor Garcia Signs -- Doesn't Veto -- Ordinance Letting Incumbents (Including Himself) Give Contributions To Their "Officeholder Accounts" To Candidates For Other LB, State & Fed'l Offices
    LBFD Now Says Paramedic Rescue Unit 18 Will Remain At Stn 18 (After PIO Tells Us It Would Be Moved To Stn 19)
    Mayor, City Prosecutor, Five Council Incumbents File Papers To Seek Re-Election In April 2018
    LBPD Pursuit Starts In NLB, Travels At High Speeds For Roughly 50 Minutes On 91, 710, 105 and 605 And Surface Streets (North of LB), Ends In Bellflower With Officer-Involved Shooting; Driver/Suspect Dead, Passenger/Suspect Arrested, Handgun Tossed From Vehicle Recovered
    LBCC Planned Aquatics Center Not On Apr. 25 Agenda For LBCC Bd. of Trustees Discussion Re Feasibility (Factors Pro/Con) Of Joint-Use With City
    Next Scheduled LBCC Trustees Meeting Is On May 23, Six Days After City Council Votes On Appeals Opposing $103+ Mil Belmont Shore Aquatics Center
    Perspective: City Release Said This, But Didn't Mention This, About Latest LB Unemployment Figures
    Unblocked...After Garcia Blocks Resident From Mayor's Office Twitter Page After She Urges Him To Veto "Officeholder Acct" Ordinance Change; He Faces Friday Veto Deadline




    VIDEO / Amnesia File: Long Beach "March for Science" Draws Large Crowd, Hundreds March From BK to NLB


    In Depth / Perspective: Long Beach City Hall Received Nearly $4 Million From State Taxpayers And Turned A Chronic Traffic Problem Into A Nice Plaza By Telling Two State Agencies Two Different Things About Its Plan. Is That OK?
    City says "Gumbiner Park" project "evolved," achieves goals of granting agencies and best meets needs of LB residents
    Man Is Shot/Wounded, 1700 block Daisy Ave. (1st dist.)
    It's LB's fourth shooting within five days
    Woman Is Fatally Shot In NW NLB Motel Room; LBPD Conducts Intense Search (Incl. SWAT) But Male Suspect Eludes Capture
    Firefighters Rescue NLB Worker Who Fell Into 20 Foot Deep Hole

    Photo credit: Dominic and Sebastian Barahona and Dan Pressburg
    Subsequent development above:
    LBPD Says This Man Is Murder Suspect And Should Be Considered Armed And Dangerous; If You See Him Or Spot His Car (License "1RAVON"), Call 9-1-1
    Details: Council Votes 5-3 To Change City Law, Letting Themselves And Mayor Use Their 2015-Tripled "Officeholder" Accounts To Support Incumbent-Favored Candidates Seeking Other LB, State and Fed'l Offices
    Subsequent development above
    Man Is Shot, 500 block Cherry Ave., And Dies From His Wounds
    First (Again) on LBREPORT.com: Councilman Austin Indicates He's Mulling Possible Run For State Senate in 2020 Or Possibly Sooner
    Details: City Docs Show How LB Councilmembers/Mayor Used 2015 Council Vote That Tripled Their Collectable "Officeholder" Accounts: See Who Gave Them Money And How The Incumbents Used It; Council Set To Vote Tonite On Whether To Change City Law Further To Let Themselves And Mayor Give Sums To Candidates For LB, State and Fed'l Offices
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