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08/11/2022 - 6:53pm
On Sept. 26, 2019 the Beachcomber reported the story of Christopher Williams’ inexplicable experience with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) and the city attorney’s office. It concerned a 35-year-old African American city bus driver who suffered a broken arm at the hands of the LBPD and subsequently filed a complaint alleging excessive force...
08/11/2022 - 3:39pm
Michael Catti entertaining shoppers at the Los Altos Shopping Center with his guitar, bamboo flute and captivating voice. Lyrics are sung in both Spanish and English. Michael was born in Long Beach and returned after extensively traveling these United States.
08/11/2022 - 3:37pm
What’s it like to be a healthcare employee in Long Beach these days? Well, that depends on whether you provide medical services in a hospital or clinic, or if you’re part of managing medical insurance services. Workers at private health care facilities just saw the city unanimously vote in a $25 minimum wage earlier this month. For those working at the city’s largest healthcare service provider,...
08/11/2022 - 3:30pm
In an unprecedented decision, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Voted 4 to 1 to place a charter amendment on the ballot in November of this year. This is the first time in the history of the LA County Sheriff’s Department that a mechanism will be in place to remove an elected sheriff “who violates the law or abuses power.” For the amendment to pass, four out of five Supervisors must...
08/11/2022 - 3:12pm
In an Aug. 2 press release, Long Beach Police noted the arrest of Steve Burhmann, 65, on July 7 on felony possession of a controlled substance while armed, being a prohibited possessor in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, illegal possession of a firearm, and operating and owning a drug house, according to a police statement. He was held on $50,000 bail, posting bond a few...
08/11/2022 - 3:07pm
Pacific Coast Highway is a beautiful, popular route, synonymous with California and its car culture, but for one Long Beach resident, PCH recently became a terrifying reminder of how deadly it can be to travel. At 84, Jerry Whitacre is still spry enough to drive, play golf several times a week, and live a full life with his wife, Judy, in the same home for the last 30 years. Whitacre was involved...
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08/11/2022 - 1:37pm
On July 1 the Beachcomber published an article entitled CPCC Authority Gutted by Proposed Charter Amendment, which included an extremely critical analysis of the amendment by eight experts who found that the amendment recommended by City Manager Tom Modica completely neutered the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC). On July 29 a second article entitled City Manager Misleads CPCC Charter...

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