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City leaders love to brag when Long Beach gets mentioned in one of those lists — top 10 in innovation, top five in best bicycle-friendly cities, third business-friendly city in Los Angeles County, etc.

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When is it time to say enough to appeals of projects? More specifically, when are we going to structure rules so there is some consequence when an appeal is specifically to delay a project?

Those of us lucky enough to have a turkey to baste in the oven this Thanksgiving, and family to surround us, and presents to pile under the tree — we all need to pause, be grateful for what we have, and also think of those less fortunate.

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Long Beach’s City Council will get down to serious budget talks this week, with most of the attention likely being paid to that new pot of money slated to start coming in when the sales tax goes up a penny at the start of the new year.

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Next Thursday, Sept. 1, proponents of the Belmont Beach and Aquatic Center will go before the Long Beach Planning Commission for final approval of the project’s Environmental Impact Report.

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Some Long Beach residents will have the privilege of voting in three elections this year — technically four, since there will be two elections on the same day in June.