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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.
Panglonymous February 23, 2014 at 02:41 PM
The Department of Tortured Phrasing called. They are threatening me with unspecified penaltiesRead Moreunle ss I change this, so I am:
Panglonymous February 23, 2014 at 02:44 PM
How many would do differently if they were in the catbird seat?
Panglonymous February 23, 2014 at 02:46 PM
The Misuse of MelloRead MoreRoos ___________________________________________________ http://belmontshore.p atch.com/groups/the-misuse-of-mello-roos/p/the-misuse-of-mello-roos_5a23fbf0
John B. Greet February 19, 2014 at 04:46 PM
An Open Rebuttal to Stephen Downing:Read Morehttp://belmontshore.patch.com/groups/john-b-greets-blog/p/rebut tal-to-chief-downing
Carl Petersen III February 23, 2014 at 06:32 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Panglonymous February 19, 2014 at 02:58 PM
"If you feature them, more will write." -Strange field of dreams voice (havingRead Moreskedaddled when the ball field was fracked.)
John B. Greet February 19, 2014 at 04:45 PM
An Open Rebuttal to Stephen Downing:Read Morehttp://belmontshore.patch.com/groups/john-b-greets-blog/p/rebut tal-to-chief-downing
darel talbot February 24, 2014 at 09:16 PM
My hats off to John B Greet for submitting this brilliant, cogent, cost efficient answer to theRead Morecurr ent severe problems within the LBPD. Obviously, his experience as a retired police officer has given him the insight we need to bring back good law enforcement where everyone follows proper procedure and regains the public's support. Kudos to you John B. Greet I'm having a tough time understanding why anyone would find fault with that concise article.
Panglonymouse February 08, 2014 at 03:01 PM
In addition, I have reviewed the TOS and I am not in violation of them. No one owns the wordRead More"P anglonymous, " I am free to use it.
John B. Greet February 08, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Weird. Why would someone play such silly rhetorical games I wonder? The Pan we all know and love is Read Morea good fellow. Why co-opt his pseudonym that way?
Komfort February 09, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Patch should only allow fake names if they are not anonymous.
stephanie price February 03, 2014 at 11:00 AM
He had a post 3 years ago about his wife being stranded with his kids and needing money to get herRead Moreh ome.Then another time about being evicted and only being 450 dollars away....
stephanie price February 03, 2014 at 11:01 AM
He has recently deleted one youtube video and posted another and set the older blog site up to have Read Moreto be invited to read.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 03, 2014 at 12:17 PM
I guess when the FEDs get involved they have to cover their tracks?
John B. Greet January 18, 2014 at 06:20 PM
lol....good one, Pan! I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request....means "no". ;-)
Panglonymous January 18, 2014 at 06:59 PM
"And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules. Welcome aboard Read Morethe Black Patch, Miss Tenorio." =:-O
John B. Greet January 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Thanks, William. Of course I never suggested that taxpayers should not pay for kids to go toRead Moreschool. I simply suggest that we remove the federal government from any connection to public education within the states. I suggest that states enact reasonable school choice initiatives so that parents (especially lower income parents) can exert more control over their own child's education. I suggest that we take steps to degrade the monstrous political influence of teachers unions.
John B. Greet January 20, 2014 at 02:53 PM
“Former Police Officer Jay Cicinelli has alleged that he was wrongfully terminated and hasRead Moredem anded his job back," Fullerton Police Chief) Hughes said. "I stand behind the employment decisions I have made." http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-kelly-thomas-case-former-officers-tries-to-win-back-job-20140116,0,641666.story#ixzz2qyDMPgIB
Donna Burns January 21, 2014 at 03:44 AM
If Cicinelli draws a full disability check from LASD, why was he an employee of Fullerton PD...IsRead Morehe disabled or not ? AND, doesn't this horrific, disgusting, scandalous murder of a innocent human being strike anyone as illegal ? It should have been first degree murder (as it was pre-meditated and recorded as such) where are the FEDS ????
John B. Greet January 21, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Donna, as I understand it, the DoJ is looking into a possible case for civil rights violations.Read MoreTher e is at least one "wrongful death" civil suit in progress as well. ------------------------------------------ I join you in being surprised that Fullerton would have ever hired a person who was already collecting a disability pension from LAPD. In my experience, it is a standard requirement in law enforcement that sworn employees have vision in *both* eyes that is correctable to 20/20. Perhaps Fullerton has no such requirement or waived it for some reason in Cicinelli's case.
John B. Greet January 13, 2014 at 01:29 PM
All elected officials should be held responsible for the manner in which they serve the public.Read MoreSimi larly, all voters should hold *themselves* more responsible for the choices they make at the ballot box. -------------------------------------------------------- All elections have consequences. Some consequences are beneficial, some are detrimental. When the actions of elected officials have adverse consequences, the voters are not without recourse. Regardless of who is in office, the People retain the power of Recall and of declining to re-elect such officials to subsequent terms. ------------------------------------------- You've pointed out a lot of challenges, here, Ruehle. You've also chosen to focus your condemnation largely on two specific elected officials in particular. Two people who, as you have also pointed out, will be termed out in their current elected offices (Foster and DeLong). ----------------------------------------- I understand the challenges as you present them. What are your suggestions for correcting or at least mitigating them?
Mike Ruehle January 13, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Long Beach should follow San Francisco's and San Diego's lead by taking politics out of unionRead Morecontra ct negotiations. Those cities allow TAXPAYERS to vote final approval on ALL union benefit increases currently negotiated and approved behind closed doors by elected officials whose election campaigns were bought and paid for with union money. ______________________________________________________ Currently, every member of the city employee, police and fire unions have the privilege of seeing the details of union contract negotiations and then get to vote to ratify the proposed contract. Long Beach taxpayers are not allowed this same privilege. ______________________________________________________ Why don’t Long Beach taxpayers likewise get to see and vote on whether we accept new contracts like other California cities? After all, we are the ones paying for it. Shouldn't taxpayers be allowed to accept the terms negotiated rather than relying on often corrupt elected officials? ______________________________________________________ If this change were made to Long Beach's city charter, Unions and elected officials would have a much higher likelihood of actually negotiating in good faith, knowing the public could reject ridiculous pay and pension increases similar to those approved in the past without taxpayer's knowledge. ______________________________________________________ I’ve brought this up several times at city council meetings and was ignored each time without comment from ANY Councilmember. WHY?
John B. Greet January 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Interesting suggestion, Ruehle. I would respectfully suggest that standing at the podium andRead Morerecomme nding this to the Council and Mayor is not going to accomplish your goal. Have you considered starting a ballot initiative drive?
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