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07/30/2020 - 6:34pm
These Sacramento bills, approaching final votes in the coming weeks, could override aspects of Long Beach’s Land Use Element (LUE) and preempt local zoning in ways that could impact ELB neighborhoods. AB 1279 (by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D, Santa Monica) would require Sacramento’s Dept. of Housing and Community Development to designate areas statewide as “high resource areas” if there are areas...
The Lorikeet Forest is one of the outdoor exhibits open during the state health order.
07/30/2020 - 6:32pm
Throngs of visitors normally pack the inside and outside of the Aquarium of the Pacific during this time of the year. But this summer is different. With the state’s COVID-19 health orders in effect, various businesses and nonprofits remain closed until further notice. In the aquarium’s case, guests may not go inside the buildings; but they may enjoy the outdoor exhibits. The aquarium’s website...
07/30/2020 - 6:30pm
Gaby O’Donnell, the mother of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, succumbed to complications from COVID-19, her son announced Monday. She was 61. O’Donnell was a medical assistant at City of Hope Medical Center. She leaves behind two sons, a husband, family and friends. Co-workers paid tribute to her in television news broadcasts. A brokenhearted Garcia released the following statement in which he...
Irregularities in L.A. Metro Contract Raises Questions About What Mayor Robert Garcia Knew or Didn’t Know.
07/26/2020 - 2:20pm
On July 22 a U.S. District Judge ruled that Long Beach Chief of Police Robert Luna could be added as a defendant in a racial profiling lawsuit against the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and the L.A. Metro. In the ruling, District Court Judge Andre Birotte, Jr. held that Luna “could be personally liable for his role in promulgating, maintaining and encouraging the LBPD policies and practices...
Sub-standard Policy, leadership, Communication, Training and Management Systems are Highlights of the Study
07/24/2020 - 3:22pm
On July 7 the Beachcomber broke the news that “city leadership” had changed course in the spirit of full transparency and would end City Hall’s long fought battle to keep secret the deep dive Operations and Management Study of the LBPD conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) In a memo to the mayor and City Council the city manager stated that he had directed the city...
Drive to Gather Signatures Moves Ahead
07/23/2020 - 6:31am
On July 7 the Beachcomber reported on the first steps being taken to recall Mayor Robert Garcia by LB Strong, a Long Beach-based activist organization led by Franklin Sims, an activist and social media video commentator who has a JD degree from UC Berkeley Boalt Law School. At that time LB Strong had gathered the necessary number of qualified signatures to file a notice-of-intent-to-recall...

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