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Has Anyone Yet Received Their Long Beach Voter Information Guide?

Many voters, including this writer, did not receive a Long Beach Voter Information Guide with sample ballot for the April primary election. The City Clerk contends that it was sent on time and to all registered voters.

Sources from the US Postal Service deny receiving the materials before the April election and infact, we ordered to deliver many two weeks after the primary.

So now we await to receive the June 5th voter guide which must include an analysis and arguments pro and con on the Measure M which proposes to take up to 12% of the gross revenues of our city utilities. And if the utilities don't have enough to pay the transfer, they can raise utility bills to cover the taken money.

This writer and three others authored arguments why Measure M should fail. Those materials should be sent to every voter by the City. I will get into those arguments in a later post. Right now I am asking readers to contact the City Clerk and demand to know where your voting materials are.

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Council Knew Last November Community Would Close

As the attached document indicates, the City Council and Mayor were informed by Memorial Healthcare -- the operator of the City owned Long Beach Community Hospital -- that it would not retrofit the facility to be in compliance with State earthquake codes and therefore would not be able to operate an ER, operating room or ICU.

You need to ask why there wasn't a public meeting immediately to begin discussions about the future of the City-owned hospital?

So now we have Memorial following through with what it told the City -- and they are letting their lease to operate the facility terminate this July.

What happens to Community Hospital? Residents who have depended upon this historic healthcare facility need to know.

The Truth About Measure M

Ask Your Police What They Do With Weapons They Confiscate

Taxpayers Can Sing Along...

Four Taxpayers Step Up To Oppose The Taking of Utility Revenues

Four Long Beach taxpayers stepped up this month to write arguments in opposition to Measure M which will appear on the June ballot. (Click here to read more about Measure M)

The Measure asks voters to approve a 12% transfer of gross revenues of the City's natural gas, water and sewer utilities.

Tom Stout, Joe Weinstein, Diana Lejins and Gerrie Schipske submitted a 300 word argument in opposition to Measure M that outlines why the tax measure should be defeated:



Dear Voter,


VOTE NO. STOP THIS BLATANT MONEY GRAB. The Mayor and Council are spending more than one-half million dollars of your taxes to put this measure on the ballot. Special interests will spend hundreds of thousands in support. Why? The Mayor and Council were caught taking millions of dollars in illegal fees from the Water Department’s sewer and water pipeline budget. They raised your sewer and water bills to pay for the illegal fees. A brave taxpayer stopped them. She filed a lawsuit which forced the City to return …

Why Mayor Garcia Won't Veto the Bad Ordinance on Office Holder Accounts

By the time this is published, the deadline to veto the recently passed office holder account ordinance will have passed and it will have become law.
The ordinance allows council members, the Mayor, City Prosecutor, City Attorney and City Auditor, to raise funds for their "office holder accounts" and then to contribute those funds to other political campaigns.
Mayor Robert Garcia should have vetoed this very bad law, but he didn't.
Here's why.
The voters of the City of Long Beach enacted campaign finance reform back in 1994 to try and stem the flow of special interest money into local elections and to "allow candidates and officeholders to spend a lesser proportion of their time on fund raising and a greater proportion of their time dealing with issues of importance to their constituents."
The Long Beach Campaign Reform Act was the brain-child of the Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI that also moved the City to form council districts instead of elec…