Long Beach officials say that merging the water and sewer services with the gas department could create a more efficient service for residents and ratepayers.
The mailer, which was produced by an independent expenditure committee that has received almost $39,000 from the union representing Long Beach police officers, has drawn a pointed response from Rex Richardson and his backers, who say it misrepresents his position.
Officials also made the case Thursday for the City Council to consider a charter amendment to move the gas utility out of the Energy Resources department and into the Water Department’s jurisdiction.
Outdoor watering will be limited to Tuesdays and Saturdays now that the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners moved the city into Stage 2 of its water shortage conservation plan.
The 2022 election features a rare, intra-party Congressional race between two Democrats who are both 44, Latino and have compelling stories of rising through the ranks from humble beginnings.
The Long Beach mayor has earned himself many allies by letting others claim a share in his vision, often working behind the scenes to arrive at consensus, or, in critics’ eyes, the safest political result.
All eight of the new licenses will be reserved for “equity” business owners that have lower net worths, whose family has been affected by the war on drugs or who meet other metrics outlined in the city’s cannabis equity program.
The Water Department will consider reimbursing another $21.8 million to ratepayers after a judge ruled its practice of transferring excess money to the city’s general fund was unconstitutional.
The announcement served as a reminder that the pandemic is not over. As of May 6, the city’s case rate and positivity rate—two key indicators of the virus—had more doubled since mid-April.
The new licenses would be prioritized for applicants who have been shut out of the industry and allow them to operate closer to schools, playgrounds and the city’s beaches.