March 15, 1990
Talking to the Long Beach City Council about non-agenda items will soon no longer be a matter of slow torture. The council is setting aside 30 minutes at the start of its weekly meetings to allow members of the public to comment on matters not listed on the regular agenda. Currently, those wishing to make such comments have to wait until the end of the meeting, a wait that can sometimes consume most of the day.
January 6, 1991
The third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Joining in the procession will be a mini United Nations of organizations including the Poly High School Band, the Long Beach Junior Concert Band, the Federation of Filipino-American Assns., the United Cambodian Community, Long Beach Area Citizens Involved, the Long Beach Chapter of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, the LAMBDA Democratic Club, the Black American Political Assn.
October 10, 1991
A recent survey of members of the Long Beach political watchdog group, Long Beach Area Citizens Involved, showed that the membership has serious concerns about the proposed $3-billion Port Disney resort and would like to see the project put on the ballot. According to LBACI leaders, increased traffic was the respondents' No. 1 concern. Nearly 90% of those surveyed wanted more citizen input into negotiations between the city and the Walt Disney Co.
September 20, 1990
Supporters of the new police review board told the City Council on Tuesday that the city's new four-year $19.9-million contract with the Sheriff's Department violates the City Charter. The group claims that the contract is illegal because it does not require sheriff's deputies to cooperate with investigations conducted by the Long Beach Citizen Complaint Commission, created last spring by charter amendment.
September 21, 1989
A proposal to give renters interest on their deposits died this week after receiving strong opposition from landlords. The Long Beach City Council's Legislation Committee voted 2 to 1 against recommending the proposal that would have earned renters 5% interest on deposits held by landlords for at least six months. Councilman Evan Anderson Braude, who first made the interest proposal last year, was the sole supporter. Councilmen Jeffrey Kellogg and Les Robbins voted against it.
April 30, 1987
Two real estate brokers, Daniel S. Dunlap and Joseph A. Kennerson, have been appointed to the five-member Long Beach Redevelopment Agency. They will fill vacancies left by Luther Williams, whose term expired, and Noel Gould, who resigned from the agency. Dunlap, chief executive officer of D.D. Dunlap Companies Inc.
April 24, 1986
A pair of politically active organizations--Long Beach Area Citizens Involved and the Downtown Long Beach Associates--have endorsed City Council candidates for the June 3 general election. Also, two candidates who failed to qualify for the runoff election have made endorsements: William Burford said he will support Ray Grabinski instead of Councilwoman Eunice Sato in District 7, while E. W. (Bud) Huber Jr. is backing Councilwoman Jan Hall over Jim Serles in District 3.
September 29, 1985
Frank Mapson, in his Sept. 12 letter (on cable TV controversy in Long Beach), berates Councilman Warren Harwood, Craig Garbe and the Long Beach Coalition for Traditional Values--for, as he says, "trying to block prospective cable operator Steve Simmons from providing cable television to the city of Long Beach." You'd think Long Beach didn't have cable television. While Mapson speaks of his deep concern about councilmen with "tiny minds" and the L.B. Coalition for Traditional Values, this citizen is as equally worried about a group of left-wing community activists and their radical alternative newspaper, Citizen News, who describe themselves as "progressives."
August 10, 1989
Your lead story (Times, July 27) dealt with the recently released independent Long Beach study of the Police Department. The study clearly shows that the city does not need the 25% increase in officers (about $16 million per year) that Police Chief Lawrence Binkley and the City Council have been asking for, if the present police force is used more efficiently. Yet, as your story reports, some council members are still calling for more police. Do they seriously think the public will vote to raise their taxes to subsidize an inefficiently managed Police Department?
October 30, 1988
Congratulations to reporter Chris Woodyard for his fine story about the Long Beach Harbor business license fees in your Oct. 2 edition ("Auditor Says Harbor Terminals Don't Pay a Fair Share of Taxes"). Certainly, if apartment building owners must pay the business license tax based on gross revenue, which of course is paid for in higher rents, the port businesses should pay in the same way. And why stop with the port? Why not use revenues for all businesses as the basis for the tax. Perhaps the $5 million now collected would grow to $10 million or $15 million, thus providing funds for enhancing recreation services and other needed social and health services in our city.