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October 10, 1985
In Sidney S. Watts' letter of Sept. 29, he refers to an organization in Long Beach called Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI). He labels the group as "left-wing community activists" and their community newspaper as a "radical alternative" newspaper. He also implies that the group is "socialist." I wish to inform your readers that LBACI is neither left-wing, radical nor socialist. It is an 11-year-old, grass-roots, 530-member organization with a program for better government, clean air, renters' rights and anti-big business control of people's lives.
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NEWS
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?
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
NEWS
March 20, 1986
From the article by Eric Bailey, "Issue Pits Landlords Against L.B. Tenants," (Southeast / Long Beach sections, March 16) it is noted that one of the backers of the proposed "just-cause" eviction ordinance to be considered by the City Council on Tuesday is "Dennis Rockway, senior counsel at the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach." Other proponents of the ordinance mentioned in the article were Councilman Wallace Edgerton, along with social reformer Sid Solomon and his 580-member radical group Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI)
NEWS
May 4, 1986
If the people of Long Beach rejected the 1982 mayor-at-large proposal by 3 to 1, they should turn down the latest version proposed by the Mayor's Task Force chaired by the Chamber of Commerce by an even greater margin. The Long Beach Area Citizens Involved estimates that the new plan would increase the cost of government by about $350,000 without the people receiving any real benefits. The cost estimate includes the mayor's proposed salary, the council members' salary increase, the open-ended staff that the mayor is authorized to set up and the fringe benefits.
NEWS
June 6, 1985
The council of Long Beach Organizations, an independent coalition of area organizations and affiliated individuals working together on City Council and school and college board elections and issues, has announced its election of officers. Officers and the organizations that they represent on the council are as follows: chair, Dr.
NEWS
July 17, 1986
Long Beach Area Citizens Involved, a citywide organization of about 600 members, has endorsed Clarence Smith in the 6th District City Council race. Smith, 55, a city Recreation Department supervisor, is one of 10 candidates in a special Aug. 26 election called to fill a seat vacated by the late James H. Wilson after he was sentenced to prison for mail fraud in May.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 4, 1986
If the people of Long Beach rejected the 1982 mayor-at-large proposal by 3 to 1, they should turn down the latest version proposed by the Mayor's Task Force chaired by the Chamber of Commerce by an even greater margin. The Long Beach Area Citizens Involved estimates that the new plan would increase the cost of government by about $350,000 without the people receiving any real benefits. The cost estimate includes the mayor's proposed salary, the council members' salary increase, the open-ended staff that the mayor is authorized to set up and the fringe benefits.
NEWS
March 20, 1986
From the article by Eric Bailey, "Issue Pits Landlords Against L.B. Tenants," (Southeast / Long Beach sections, March 16) it is noted that one of the backers of the proposed "just-cause" eviction ordinance to be considered by the City Council on Tuesday is "Dennis Rockway, senior counsel at the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach." Other proponents of the ordinance mentioned in the article were Councilman Wallace Edgerton, along with social reformer Sid Solomon and his 580-member radical group Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI)
NEWS
October 10, 1985
In Sidney S. Watts' letter of Sept. 29, he refers to an organization in Long Beach called Long Beach Area Citizens Involved (LBACI). He labels the group as "left-wing community activists" and their community newspaper as a "radical alternative" newspaper. He also implies that the group is "socialist." I wish to inform your readers that LBACI is neither left-wing, radical nor socialist. It is an 11-year-old, grass-roots, 530-member organization with a program for better government, clean air, renters' rights and anti-big business control of people's lives.
NEWS
October 20, 1988
Rolland B. Samuelson, a civic activist and candidate for the 5th District council seat in Long Beach, died Wednesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks with a heart condition. Samuelson, 76, was a retired General Motors executive who was president of Friends of the Long Beach Parks and a founder and board director of Long Beach Area Citizens Involved.
NEWS
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.
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