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Vote for Suzie Price on Nov. 8
09/23/2022
Suzie Price for Mayor

Vote for Suzie Price on Nov. 8

The election is just a few weeks away and the Beachcomber encourages your vote for Suzie Price as mayor. She is running against Rex Richardson for the post.

Here is your link to the digital edition of the Sept. 23 Beachcomber:
09/23/2022
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Here is your link to the digital edition of the Sept. 23 Beachcomber:

Digital version of the 9/23/22 Beachcomber newspaper

134 years in the making but information stonewalled by the city.
09/21/2022
LBPD Appoints 1st Black Female Sergeant

134 years in the making but information stonewalled by the city.

The LBPD was founded 134 years ago. Today it is the second largest municipal police agency in Los Angeles County and the 7th largest in California.

Here is your link to the Sept. 9 digital edition of the Beachcomber:
09/09/2022
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Here is your link to the Sept. 9 digital edition of the Beachcomber:

Sept. 9 digital edition of the Beachcomber newspaper.

“The first sentence in the “supporters say column” is false and misleading and should not withstand legal review prior t...
08/01/2022
Poll: Plain and Simple Fraud

“The first sentence in the “supporters say column” is false and misleading and should not withstand legal review prior to being placed on the ballot.” – Tom Beck

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 e

"Use your voice and leadership now to halt all parklets in Belmont Shore.”
07/25/2022
Parklets: A Quality of Life or NIMBY Issue?

"Use your voice and leadership now to halt all parklets in Belmont Shore.”

On December 7, 2021 Brain Cochrane, a board member of the Belmont Shore Homeowner’s Association (BSHA) appeared before the City Council to provide resident input into the city plan to once again extend the then-current sunset date of June 30, 2022 for the “temporary parklets” dotting Belmont S...

"[CPCC Director] Weithers' response exhibited a total lack of knowledge relative to the content of the amendment and the...
07/23/2022
City Manager Misleads CPCC Charter Amendment Committee

"[CPCC Director] Weithers' response exhibited a total lack of knowledge relative to the content of the amendment and the law."

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 e

LBPD Military Equpment Policy Flawed
07/04/2022
LBPD Military Equpment Policy Flawed

LBPD Military Equpment Policy Flawed

Assembly Bill 481 approved by the governor and signed into law on Sept. 30, 2021 restricts law enforcement purchases and use of military equipment.

“The oversight function appears to be transferred to city management and turns the citizen commissioners into nothing mo...
06/24/2022
CPCC Authority Gutted by Proposed Charter Amendment

“The oversight function appears to be transferred to city management and turns the citizen commissioners into nothing more than PR pawns and public educators for City Hall.” — Consensus of experts.

Between May 2021 and Februtary 2022 an independent evaluation of the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) was conducted by Polis Solutions & Change-Integration Consulting (POLIS) as part of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation initiative approved by the City Council.

NEW POLL: Should LA County District Attorney George Gascon be recalled? Go to www.beachcomber.news and vote at the botto...
06/21/2022
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NEW POLL: Should LA County District Attorney George Gascon be recalled? Go to www.beachcomber.news and vote at the bottom of page one and email comments to [email protected].

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Having 'Perseverance'
05/30/2022
Petty Politics, Dark Money and Downright Deception

Having 'Perseverance'

In his most recent column in this newspaper, Publisher Jay Beeler wrote: “The silly season is upon us wherein the Wannabees and the I-Got-Mine Politicians start flinging mud at each other while bragging about who endorsed them. Who cares?

Schipske says she will also “alert” the Long Beach Lifeguards about the potential for a shark attack now that the mailer...
05/28/2022
Independent Expenditures Not Being Reported

Schipske says she will also “alert” the Long Beach Lifeguards about the potential for a shark attack now that the mailer has infested local homes.

Attorney Gerrie Schipske has notified the city clerk that independent expenditures are not being reported to candidates as required by City Code Section 2.01.630.

"We can fix this for our next generation."
05/27/2022
Mass Shootings – An American Epidemic

"We can fix this for our next generation."

This is not a pandemic that affects multiple countries and continents, it is a uniquely American epidemic. Since Sandy Hook, a decade ago, there have been over 900 shootings on school grounds in America.

More fallout from City of Anaheim scandal.
05/26/2022
Schipske Proposes Voter Approval of Sale/Transfer of City-Owned Property

More fallout from City of Anaheim scandal.

Attorney Gerrie Schipske, who is making anti-corruption the centerpiece of her campaign for Long Beach City Attorney, announced that she is proposing a Charter Amendment that would require the City Council to obtain the approval of the electorate for any sale or transfer of city-owned property, i

Possible ties to Urban Commons and the Queen Mary fiasco.
05/25/2022
City Attorney Asked to Investigate Political Consultant’s Ties to Local Officials

Possible ties to Urban Commons and the Queen Mary fiasco.

Upon learning that the same political consultant being investigated by the FBI in a criminal corruption case in Orange County has been working and contributing to several elected officials in Long Beach, Attorney Gerrie Schipske, candidate for city attorney issued the following statement:

" I agree with David Gould that misuse of the Political Reform Act should result in significant punishment." – George Mo...
05/20/2022
DA Rejects Criminal Filing Alleged by Parkin’s Hired Guns

" I agree with David Gould that misuse of the Political Reform Act should result in significant punishment." – George Moyer, candidate for city prosecutor.

On May 8 the Beachcomber reported that Gina Herrera, an attorney working for Best, Best & Krieger (BBK) – the go-to law firm that has received millions in legal contracts awarded by City Attorney C

"Michael Gagan of the Los Angeles-based lobbying firm Kindel Gagan, made a $2,500 contribution to the newly formed indep...
05/16/2022
Doud Campaign Donors – A Disconnect from Voters?

"Michael Gagan of the Los Angeles-based lobbying firm Kindel Gagan, made a $2,500 contribution to the newly formed independent expenditures committee."

The Beachcomber analyzed campaign donations made to the individuals running for the office of city auditor. Our findings follow: The Doud Campaign

"Members of the public can also register a question or concern regarding military use equipment by contacting the LBPD v...
05/12/2022
LBPD Equipped for War – Harnessed by Law

"Members of the public can also register a question or concern regarding military use equipment by contacting the LBPD via email at [email protected]."

Assembly Bill 481 – a law approved by the governor and signed into law on Sept. 30, 2021 restricts law enforcement purchases and use of military equipment.

Felony charges filed by LADA against former LBPD Officer Reyes alleging perjury and falsification of a police report.
05/05/2022
Release of Imprisoned Man Sought

Felony charges filed by LADA against former LBPD Officer Reyes alleging perjury and falsification of a police report.

On May 4 a petition for a writ of habeas corpus was filed in the Long Beach Superior Court seeking the release of a man who was shot in the back by Long Beach Police Officer Dedier Reyes in 2010.

Ethics Commission Avoids Doud Censure for Ethics Violations
04/17/2022
Conduct Unbecoming: The Laura Doud Scandal

Ethics Commission Avoids Doud Censure for Ethics Violations

Hypocrites are those who apply to others the standards that they refuse to accept for themselves – Noam Chomsky

04/03/2022

Freelance Reporter – The Beachcomber is seeking an experienced writer to cover businesses and community development. Email resume and writing samples to [email protected].

“The use of the term ‘one-time’ does not mean we won’t consider further rate relief.” – Commission President Bob Shannon...
04/02/2022
Water Customers to Get $9 Million Rebate

“The use of the term ‘one-time’ does not mean we won’t consider further rate relief.” – Commission President Bob Shannon.

A recent decision by the State Supreme Court to not hear the City of Long Beach appeal to a trial and appellate court decision that found Measure M to be unconstitutional resulted in the Board of Water Commissioners voting on March 30 to rebate the first $9 million of the total $30.8 million to b

"A $9 million refund is not sufficient."
03/28/2022
Schipske Demands Refund to Ratepayers

"A $9 million refund is not sufficient."

Gerrie Schipske, candidate for city attorney, today urged Long Beach water ratepayers to contact the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners and demand a refund of the more than $30 million illegally transferred to the city’s general fund.

It’s time go inside and clean things up.
03/25/2022
The Gate Is Down

It’s time go inside and clean things up.

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mandate requires getting the first dose of one of the vaccines, and submit proof, or request an exemption for religious,...
03/24/2022
Police Union Alerts Members of Pending Vaccine Mandate

Mandate requires getting the first dose of one of the vaccines, and submit proof, or request an exemption for religious, medical or personal reasons.

Eight months ago, Mayor Robert Garcia issued a press release stating: “We are announcing today that all City of Long Beach employees will need a mandatory vaccination or be required to show a weekly negative COVID-19 test.

Close friends called her "Neeter"
03/23/2022
Publisher's Wife Passes

Close friends called her "Neeter"

She was the love of my life for the past 53 years. Anita Rush Beeler, 78, passed away on Sunday morning, March 20, at Memorial Hospital Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Davis Group just as culpable as Kindel Gagan.
03/20/2022
Pattern, Practices of Auditor Laura Doud

Davis Group just as culpable as Kindel Gagan.

In 2006, a 39-year-old staff accountant from the Water Replenishment District named Laura Doud shocked City Hall watchers when she unseated the 14-year incumbent, Gary Burroughs, taking over the reins of the influential city auditor’s office.

Long Beach June 7 election update.
03/15/2022
Mayoral Front Runners Support Schipske Bid for City Attorney

Long Beach June 7 election update.

In a call to the electorate to “Come sign my nomination papers for Long Beach City Attorney on March 12 at the Grounds Bakery at Spring and Palo Verde” city attorney candidate Gerrie Schipske got a great deal more than she asked for.

Breaking News
03/11/2022
City Settles Another Civil Rights Lawsuit for $499,800

Breaking News

In a March 9 press release civil rights attorney Narine Mkrtchyan of Glendale announced that a settlement had been reached in the federal civil rights lawsuit, Williams v. City of Long Beach #19-05929.

BREAKING NEWS: “The bottom line to me is that RSM found that Doud was the chief person in the city to watch how disburse...
03/03/2022
Doud Investigation – A Velvet Covered Hammer

BREAKING NEWS: “The bottom line to me is that RSM found that Doud was the chief person in the city to watch how disbursements are made and she watched all these disbursements go out to someone she had a direct business relationship with and in so doing she overrode her own controls to the tune of $1.6 million.” – Daniel Miles

Consultants find it is not possible to determine the reasonableness, appropriateness, applicability of the work, or the fairness of the cost to the city for the services of Kindel Gagen or the Davis Group – Total Cost: $1,563,273.00

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Our Committee has been charged with finding "out of the box" solutions to curb the July 4th. Illegal Fireworks issues in the 3rd. District and greater Long Beach. To this end we have been working with CSULB's Animation Department to create "The Safety Squad" cartoons communicating the dangers of playing with Fireworks and how to prepare to keep your pet safe during the 4th.of July. At the latest accounting last week we have 140 distribution partners posting and promoting the animations in Long Beach. Here are a few but not all of the things we have accomplished: 1. The PSA's are being should to the Long Beach Unified students electronically 2. The Long Beach Library system has the PSA's as well for their youth learning sections 2. Billboards, 3. We are reaching out to the City Council offices and offering our assistance to ensure the messaging is going out in their districts. 4. The messaging is going out additionally via facebook, instragram and nextdoor social media. 5. The static poster will be displayed at the Long Beach Catalina Express terminal as well. 6. Bumper stickers are being distributed on a limited basis we only have 5000 7. Long Beach TV are airing the PSA's 8. Long Beach Parks & Rec will be viewing the PSA's 9. Long Beach Veteran affairs are distributing the PSA's to their social nextwork 10. We have distributed the PSA's to our 140 distributional partners The PSA links are included below for your review and distribution; The PSA My Human is the newest Safety Squad PSA's created by the Long Beach VA, CSULB and our Committee: [https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yiTEW4pGiQ5NzhLjgB6TniaPqiE4isMw?usp=sharing](https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yiTEW4pGiQ5NzhLjgB6TniaPqiE4isMw?usp=sharing) [https://vimeo.com/334531607](https://vimeo.com/334531607) [https://vimeo.com/334531179](https://vimeo.com/334531179) [https://vimeo.com/334531451](https://vimeo.com/334531451) Attached is static art that can be used in promoting our message. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you "The Safety Squad" animations and thank you for assisting us in communicating this message! Cordially, Ken Weiss Chair 3rd District Fireworks Advisory Committee
3rd district Fireworks Advisory Committee
On April 16, there will be a presentation about the Long Beach shelter at City Council. Please come and be a voice for compassion in Long Beach! https://www.facebook.com/events/373941839870816/
The city of Long Beach must implement No Kill programs at our animal shelter in order to save the lives of the healthy and treatable ones left behind. Just an adoption program would be a great help. Currently, our shelter is not even near No Kill status. Texas' Hays County seems to know how and why to do this... https://www.facebook.com/NoKillLB/photos/a.218798894888952/1709290852506408/?type=3&theater
"State of our animal shelter = 186 violations in City Audit". The "State of the City" says it's doing fine???: https://www.facebook.com/NoKillLB/photos/a.218798894888952/1685200434915450/?type=3&theater
No Kill Long Beach's response to the Mayor's State of the City: https://www.facebook.com/NoKillLB/photos/a.218798894888952/1685200434915450/?type=3&theater
Long Beach Animal Care Services animal outcomes for 2018. After 2 audits of the City shelter, adoptions are down, as is the live release rate for animals: https://www.facebook.com/NoKillLB/photos/a.218798894888952/1681298045305689/?type=3&theater
LB city council allows gag order in agreements: https://goo.gl/gEupZX
Nathan Winograd, from The No Kill Animal Advocacy Center in Oakland, CA gives us insight to “new” victories won for not only animal advocates, but all who declare their 1st Amendment Rights for free speech: https://www.facebook.com/nathanwinograd/photos/a.159167054107547/2282088888482009/?type=3&theater
Sweet Potato (dog in this video at LBACS now) doesn’t deserve to be killed today at 2pm, or any other day at our LB Animal Care Service. Isn’t it time to implement adoption and foster programs at LB Animal “Care” “Service”? The No Kill Advocacy Center, Oakland, CA has proven over and over again that “The No Kill Equation” has saved over 90% of “healthy and treatable” animals at shelters all over our country and across the sea with its safety net of 11 programs that are cost effective compared to how our shelter is operating now, and run mostly by volunteers. Only you can make the change by adding our animal shelter Audit to our city council agenda and passing the recommended No Kill Resolution that was handed to all members of the council, along with the mayor. We need responsible oversight, and our council to act now, not in another 3 months. goo.gl/S2Bbvr
COMMUNITY ADVOCATES ASK LA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY TO INVESTIGATE MAYOR ROBERT GARCIA'S ALLEGED HIDING OF PUBLIC COMMENTS ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGES JUST PRIOR TO ELECTION. A group of animal advocates has submitted a Citizen Complaint to the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury in connection with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia's alleged hiding of comments by the public on his Long Beach Mayor and Public Figure pages just prior to last April's election in Long Beach. The Complaint asks the Grand Jury to investigate whether Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia attempted to place unconstitutional restrictions on members of the public as to their First Amendment rights to free speech and to petition their government for a redress of grievances. Mayor Garcia appears to have hidden 56 social media comments by 25 people who expressed opinions that differ from his Administration’s positions on issues affecting municipal services; specifically, the need to reform the Long Beach Animal Care Services animal shelter. If that is the case, we believe the Mayor is engaging in viewpoint discrimination in violation of both the First Amendment and federal law, 42 U.S. Code Sec. 1983. We believe this falls under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury, which, according to the Grand Jury Citizen Complaint Form, includes “[c]onsideration of evidence of misconduct against public officials within Los Angeles County.” A copy of the Complaint letter is attached to this e-mail. Questions about this complaint may be directed to Kristie Mamelli at [email protected].