09/16/2019 - 5:01pm
Question: Just how strong is the glue of POA money that binds the mayor and City Council to the police union and their demands? Tuesday, Sept. 17 will be a “strength-of-glue” test for Mayor Robert Garcia and the Long Beach City Council.  Three years ago, the city kept the proposed POA contract secret until after the council vote to approve was accomplished.  It’s reasonable to believe that the...
09/12/2019 - 4:45pm
THE BALLOTS ARE IN and the results of our 18th annual contest featuring the best in dining, entertainment and retail businesses. Again this year the contest is in two parts with the next part in early 2020 devoted to medical and other professional services. Readers whose names are drawn to receive prizes from contest sponsors are listed in the "sections" tab. Special thanks to the sponsors for...
Public Records Being Stonewalled
09/12/2019 - 4:36pm
On Sept. 11, the Beachcomber filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate with the Superior Court to enforce its right to receive previously denied public records from the City of Long Beach as provided in Senate Bill 1421, which became law effective Jan. 1, 2019. Thomas E. Beck, Esq. of the Beck Law Firm, representing the Beachcomber, served the legal action on the city on Thursday, Sept. 12. The...
‘Meet the Mayor’
09/12/2019 - 4:33pm
Following a McBride High School morning meet-up, in early afternoon on Aug. 31, about 40 residents responded to the library of Caver School on Pavo Street for Robert Garcia’s “Meet the Mayor” event. At the entrance, attendees were handed “Turn off the Water Tax Tap” tracts, contending the water rate increase effective on Oct. 1 will be transferred to the city general fund instead of maintaining...
09/12/2019 - 4:30pm
Half of Broadway’s parking bumpers will be removed in the coming days. After the highly-unpopular road diet was unveiled in mid-April, bumpers were bolted into the road about a month-and-a-half later to better separate the new curbside bikes lanes from the parked cars – which now park several feet from the curb. The bumpers also called “parking blocks” and “wheel stops” measure just over 4-feet...
09/12/2019 - 4:25pm
Goodwill SOLAC announced that starting Sept. 9 and running to Halloween each of its 17 stores located throughout southern Los Angeles County will have their own “Costume Corner” showcasing the Halloween picks they have available. Goodwill SOLAC is a long-running nonprofit that supports the local communities by providing job training, job skills and job seeking services to those that most need...
LBPD Signals Another Stonewall
09/03/2019 - 5:34pm
At 9:16 a.m. on August 23 the Long Beach Police Department pronounced from its Twitter account that it was “extremely saddened to announce the death of its K-9 Ozzy.” The Tweet reported that, at the time of his death, K-9 Ozzy and his handler were both off-duty and that the dog was inside the officer’s department-issued K-9 vehicle. The Tweet did not report the fact that nine days earlier (Aug....

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