This year’s people’s budget is calling for a reallocation of city funds to social programs and other resources in underserved communities partially by defunding the Long Beach Police Department. We talk with organizers about how they think that can be accomplished.
This weekend’s flea market will be the first held since February. It’s drawn hundreds of sellers and shoppers since being established in 1982.
The new program could include tax breaks, deferred payments on low-interest loans and grants from the city to help store owners rebuild and recover from damages sustained from looting last month.
The ordinance will allow for hosted stays to begin in the city by the end of the year, but the City Council is expected to vote again to potentially allow for un-hosted stays by early 2021.
An official with the First Amendment Coalition said that cities that have only allowed digital written comments, which includes Long Beach, probably haven’t met requirements for access to public meetings.
Councilwoman Stacy Mungo sent an email to Mayor Robert Garcia Thursday asking that he appoint Councilman Al Austin to head the powerful Budget Oversight Committee.
When Luna made his first appearance before the City Council, he escaped sharp questioning. Instead, he was mostly praised for his leadership.
The city will pay $1,000 a month for 3 months to qualifying residents, with the application period opening next month.
Any substantial changes to the powers of the commission would require a vote of the people. It was created through a charter reform ballot measure in 1990 but has seen little change in 30 years.
Regular enforcement of street sweeping will resume on July 6.