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Four File Sworn Complaint Against City, Mayor and Several Councilmembers for Using Public Funds to Campaign for Measure M

Taxpayers’ Group Files Sworn Complaint with FPPC Over City Use of Public Funds to Campaign for Measure MJuly 11, 2018. Long Beach, CA – Four taxpayer advocates today filed a sworn complaint with the State Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) alleging that the City of Long Beach violated the Political Reform Act by spending public funds to campaign for the passage of Measure M on the June ballot. The complainants, Tom Stout, Diana Lejins, Joe Weinstein and Gerrie Schipske today issued the following statement:
“Today, we have filed a sworn complaint with the FPPC alleging that the City of Long Beach, through the Mayor and City Council, have violated the Political Reform Act by using taxpayer money (government resources) to send out several direct mail pieces that were clearly not ‘informational’ but campaign materials. We also believe that the Mayor and several Councilmembers utilized their city-paid cellphones and computers to send out misleading messages urging constituents to vo…
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Things They Need to Tell Us Before They Lease Community Hospital

By: Gerrie Schipske, Author of “Historical Hospitals of Long Beach”
Before everyone gets too excited over the announced possibilities of a new operator of Community Hospital, taxpayers need to be aware that the City of Long Beach owns the deed to the property on which Long Beach Community Hospital sits. 
The actual deed has a restrictive covenant that only allows the property to be used for a “public hospital.” This is because the taxpayers paid for the land and then raised millions of dollars through bonds to pay for the construction and expansion on several occasions. Also, the City even gave money directly to keep the hospital operating. The City holds title to the property.
Historically, the hospital has been operated by the Long Beach Community Hospital Association and then Healthwest, UniHealth, Catholic HealthCare, the Community Hospital Foundation and most recently Memorial Medical.
Memorial is ending its lease because it cannot (or will not) retrofit the hospital to meet state e…

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.

She can…

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

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