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Rock For Vets April 03, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Thank you Penny, i hope i did this correctly.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 03, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Yep! thanks!
Jim April 03, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Rock for Vets on Armed Forces Day Go for it
Mike Kowal April 02, 2014 at 04:56 PM
As there are 10 candidates it's a tough decision. Know that there will be a run off election,Read Moremeanin g after this one there will be another election with only the top two vote getters from this one. That said I will tell you who I'm not voting for: Garcia or Lowenthal. If Long Beach can avoid either of them we will be in a better place!
Charles Beckman April 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM
To start, I'll be circulating a petition to put a measure on the general election ballot forRead More"N one of the above." Our municipal code states that the only write-in votes counted will be for qualified candidates (meaning they filed the right forms with the city clerk. If we pass a "None of the Above" Measure we will never be put in this situation again. I ADVISE WE SIGN THE PETITION FOR "NONE OF THE ABOVE." Neither one of these candidates should be mayor. The apathy shown on April 8th gave the two candidates, who spent $50, to $60. per vote, a place in the run off. Both of them are too close to The Machine, building interests and unions. Write-in "None of the above." Not spiderman, not Sonny Bono, not superman. Do you civic duty and vote in June. Due your duty and write-in NONE OF THE ABOVE to put the money-lenders on notice that we will never put ourselves in this position again. WRITE-IN "NONE OF THE ABOVE."
Kiki Coll March 23, 2014 at 02:56 PM
So in roughly a 6 week period (02/01/14 - 03/16/14) the link shows there were 28 recorded crimesRead Morewit hin the Belmont Shore area? The population of the Belmont Shore neighborhood is over 6,000 residents, not including all the tourist that frequent the area. This means the crimes mentioned represent less than 1% of the Shore's population, housed within a city (Long Beach) of about a half a million people. With that considered, it doesn't seem like the crime rate is all that bad for a urban neighborhood located in one of the most populous counties in the nation. I believe lower crime rates should always be a priority, but these stats don't necessarily support a need to question safety in correlation with crime raters as they still appear to be fairly low in comparison to many other urban areas within LB and the nation as a whole.
Mike Ruehle March 24, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Linda, there are a couple of places to find city of Long Beach and Belmont Shore crime statistics.Read MoreT he quick, less accurate way, is to look at the crime reports web page for your zip code. It lists SOME of the crimes that have taken place during the past 30 days. The reason I say this web page is inaccurate is because it only lists a fraction of the crimes reported, and a much smaller fraction of the crimes committed. For instance, this web page does not list the "attempted murder" of the 19 year old CSULB student at her apartment on Beverly Plaza that happened 3/10/14. ______________________________________________________ https://www.crimereports.com/map?search=long+beach+ca ______________________________________________________ A somewhat more accurate listing of crime can be found at the police departments crime statistics web page where it lists monthly crimes by reporting district. Belmont Shore's reporting districts are 571, 572, 583 and 532. The reason I say "somewhat more accurate," is because LBPD has a growing reputation for not filing a police report when a crime is reported. If there is no police report, there was no crime. One way to keep the crime statistics down. ______________________________________________________ http://www.longbeach.gov/police/statistics.asp
Mike Ruehle March 24, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Kiki, not sure of your math. I'm coming up with over 4% (52/6x28/6000). Keep in mind, as is usually Read Morethe case, the 28 crimes are what was REPORTED by the Police Commander at the BSRA meeting and is just a portion of all the crimes committed in Belmont Shore. ______________________________________________________ According to statistics maintained and published by the police department, the four Belmont Shore reporting districts average OVER 50 crimes per month. That equates to a crime rate of 10% of the population. ______________________________________________________ http://www.longbeach.gov/police/statistics.asp ______________________________________________________ At what crime rate do you start questioning your safety and the safety of your family?
John B. Greet April 09, 2014 at 11:49 AM
"...maybe you can tell me why our city has such a dismal rating of extradition in comparisonRead Moreof our neighboring cities." ______________________________________________________ I suspect it has to do with two very specific and interrelated challenges: Funds and Personnel. Extradition costs money that LBPD may not have and requires personnel to retrieve the fugitives which LBPD may not be able to spare. Wouldn't it be nice if Ruehle were interested in answering such questions for his readers rather than presenting half the facts in his ongoing efforts to bash LBPD?
Mike Kowal April 09, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Funds and Personal. Bingo! Finally we are all on the same page. Am I correct in saying that LongRead MoreBea ch is so poorly managed that public safety has been put at risk? That our Cops are under trained, poorly supervised, over worked and are not allowed the necessary tools to properly do their job? WTF, why aren't the "rank an file" bitching? Oh, could it be because the POA understands the value crime in getting what they want.
John B. Greet April 11, 2014 at 09:46 AM
"Am I correct in saying that...our Cops are under trained, poorly supervised, over worked andRead Morea re not allowed the necessary tools to properly do their job?" _____________________________________________________ In my opinion, no, you are not correct. California POST standards for officers are among the highest in the nation and LBPD typically provides more training than POST requires. Similarly, LBPD supervisors receive the same POST-mandated training as all other police supervisors in the state and more in-service training than POST requires. Should there be more sergeants and officers working patrol and in other assignments? I think so but, again, that is a budgetary issue which the Council and Mayor control, not anyone at LBPD. LBPD issues or authorizes the very same tools (both lethal and less-than-lethal) that all other departments in the state issue or authorize.
Kiki Coll April 10, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Police Officers are public servants, and therefore information, including identity, should beRead Moreavaila ble to the public upon request just as arrest and crime reports are generally considered to be open to public inspection. There is an underlying elitism within the policies and laws pertaining to law enforcement officers, which places said officers at higher value then the general public population and this is a problem because police officers are not above the law, nor or they any more or less valuable then any other citizen, yet, for instance, our courts enact harsher penalties for those convicted of taking the life of a law enforcement officer over the life of a member of the general public. This elitism is evident in our courts that fail to hold officers responsible for their unlawful actions under the guise of those actions being within an officer's job duties. so in accordance, we the people need to reexamine and implement laws that don't support this type of miscarriage of justice and demand transparency within our government agencies, including law enforcement.
Kiki Coll April 10, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Donna Burns..they call it "doing their job" and that is a problem.
John B. Greet April 11, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Donna, I call it what it was: A terrible mistake of fact. I call it a combination of circumstances, Read Moreeach fairly innocuous on their own, which combined to end in a tragic and, ultimately, unnecessary result. Misstating facts, now, will not change this tragic result or improve strategies or tactics going forward. The officers are not murderers and they did not "fire 20 shots into him". The facts in this case are tragic enough. They require no hyperbole or misstatement on your part.
John B. Greet February 28, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Reading the case summary, I find it interesting that the students wearing USA flag t-shirts wereRead Morenot threatening anyone. ______________________________________________________ In stark contrast, Hispanic students were threatening them because they chose to wear the shirts. Conspicuous in its absence is any mention that the students actually making threats of violence were not to any degree disciplined for that behavior. A more rational response from the school in its alleged effort to maintain safety and security might have been to discipline the students who were overtly threatening that condition. ____________________________________________________ Sadly, much like public school academic curricula, public school disciplinary policies fail to address the true challenges. I think disciplining the students who were threatening violence would have sent a far better message that such behavior would not be tolerated than misdirecting school action onto students not threatening violence and simply choosing to wear a shirt which, we must assume, on any other day would have been deemed completely acceptable.
Shripathi Kamath February 28, 2014 at 08:07 PM
For Kiki Coll: In 1999, there was a store owner who had the poster of Ho Chi Minh in his videoRead Morestore , and this upset a lot of people (http://lat.ms/1pGrBmx). There were protests. There was also talk about the police not protecting him because he is causing a disturbance. But then, good sense prevailed and the message was that he had the right to free speech (and the protestors did as well to protest him), but that he also deserved protection from violence. THAT is what the First Amendment is about: protecting the right to speech. In fact, offensive speech. Benign speech needs no protection since there are no threats.
Sunflower March 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Totally don't agree Kiki. They have a right to wear American flags every single day. I bet youRead Moreany thing that if the Latinos wore a Mexican pride tee on the 4th then they would have no problem. They are kow towing to the threat of violence. They should go after the Mexican kids who have no tolerance, they are the problem>
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