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The Bellflower City Council has unanimously voted itself a 2 1/2 percent pay increase of $236 a month, but the raise won’t become effective for 20 months—beginning after the municipal election in March 2015. Council members currently receive $1,060 per month. The raise will increase that to $1,272 per month. Mayor Ray Dunton’s agenda iteme [...]
Despite the popularity of organic foods, clothing and other products, organic agriculture is still only practiced on a tiny percentage of land worldwide. What’s getting in the way? EarthTalk® has the answer inside.
Michael Hastings, the investigative journalist whose 2010 cover story for Rolling Stone magazine quoted Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides mocking Obama administration officials over their war policies, died Tuesday morning in fiery car accident in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office had not issued an official statement [...]
Uduak Ntuk, 34, a homegrown community and political activist whose voice and presence have become increasingly public during the past couple of years, has registered the “Ntuk For School Board 2014” fundraising committee on the California Secretary of State website—apparently signaling his candidacy for a seat on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of [...]
As The Ink-N-Iron Festival swaggers onto the local waterfront for the 10th time, the annual celebration of tattoos, hot rods and ‘50s fashion is becoming a Long Beach tradition that, thankfully, still includes plenty of rough edges … right down to its incongruent location aboard and around the Queen Mary. Although … maybe it’s just [...]
AFTER THREE WEEKS, IS IT TECHNICALLY CORRECT TO CALL ANNA RUBIN LBLGP’S “NEW” ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR?
Anna Rubin is the new Administrative Director for Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc., according to a press release distributed by the organization early Wednesday afternoon. But perhaps you already knew. The same release points out that Rubin’s appointment became effective more than three weeks ago—-on May 13. If only they’d waited just a [...]
The Sacramento offices of Senator Ron Calderon and the California Latino Legislative Caucus were raided shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday evening by federal officials that included the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI. The sudden and extensive evidence-gathering operation immediately ignited speculation of a connection with alleged corruption by Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez. [...]
That's the question on EarthTalk®, a service of "E--The Environmental Magazine," which will appear weekly on GreaterLongBeach.com. The cool part? They give the answer, too!
It’s definite: Long Beach Councilman Patrick O’Donnell is actively seeking election to the state Assembly in 2014. LBREPORT.com has obtained a copy of an invitation to a mid-June fundraiser for O’Donnell’s campaign at the downtown Long Beach office of the law firm Keesal, Young & Logan. It was sent by the ”Patrick O’Donnell for Assembly 2014″ committee [...]
No matter what kind of mood you're in---cold, condemning, absurd, hyper-happy, deeply angry, wannabe hippie, house-envying ---there's something going on in Long Beach this week that's sure to exacerbate it. Take it to the limit! One more time!
We like just about everything about 100 Days of Summer, the collaboration between Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department and its Convention and Visitors Bureau: • We like its name, which sounds so much like the title of a surfing movie you almost forget our coastline doesn’t have any waves. • We like its timing, which [...]
LBReport.com will carry live video of today’s 10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council hearing regarding allegations by neighborhood, health, environment groups, as well as the City and Port of Long Beach that there are defects, errors and/or omissions in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the massive Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) rail yard. Another [...]
Moving more quickly than even its supporters anticipated, the California State Senate has approved a bill to reform the state’s drug sentencing laws for simple possession. The Local Control in Sentencing Act (SB 649) was approved by a floor vote of 23-14 last Thursday (May 2), and next will be considered by the state Assembly. [...]
For many avid comic book fans, Free Comic Book Day exists as a celebration of comic book sub-culture. It celebrates the coming together of thousands of people with a common interest and passion. For new fans, it serves as an introduction. In the past few decades, comic culture has turned from being a niche group to [...]
Editorial by LBReport points out that BNSF wants a massive rail yard amid the homes and schools of Long Beach neighborhoods that already have the city's worst air, and the Long Beach City Council doesn't have enough courage to publicly support or oppose it.