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Barring some unforeseen legal challenge or a mass change of heart, the City Council will pass a new Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance next week.

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Contrary to what many people might think, the city did not sign a 45-year lease for Community Hospital, nor did it promise to spend $25 million on a seismic retrofit of the building.

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There were more than a few unhappy Long Beach residents over the last few weeks. You could almost hear the collective "What?!?" as they opened their city utility bills.

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There's been a bit of a flap recently about the city destroying some records, both in city departments and in some City Council offices.

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In June, 3,000 Californians will meet at the state’s Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco to shape the California Democratic Party’s platform, policies, endorsements, and leadership in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

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I spent some time Monday evening in a room with about a hundred people talking about homelessness in Long Beach and what we could do about it.

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One of the pleasures — and one of the pains — of covering elections is the anticipation waiting for results to determine the winners and losers.

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Thanks to the vagaries of the Grunion publication schedule, I'm writing this column before Tuesday's election results are in, and you are reading it after everyone knows who won what, and why.

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The hottest item on next Tuesday's ballot, at least locally, is Measure BBB, which would change the municipal term limit law.

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As promised, this week we'll try to shed some light on the Long Beach ballot issues — with one exception.

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Did you toss the Official Voter Information Guide in the recycle bin along with all the other election mailers?

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One of the most blatant examples of naked political drama in Long Beach history took place at the Sept. 4 City Council meeting.

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Back in a simpler, gentler time, Labor Day was the official-unofficial start of campaign season, at least in election years.

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One of the more arcane aspects of ballot initiatives is the practice of written arguments for and against said initiative.

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Recently I’ve noticed an uptick in news stories criticizing U.S. higher education. While we must commit to continuous improvement, I thought I’d give my perspective on some of the criticisms I find unfounded and especially untrue about The Beach.

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At this week's City Council meeting Rex Richardson championed using a bond issue "or some other revenue source" to get more money to address lack of housing, particularly for homeless people.

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While the City Council — and most of east Long Beach — is wrestling with the fate of Community Hospital, the Planning Commission today (Thursday) will tackle a more insidious, pervasive issue.

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Mayor Robert Garcia's push to tweak Long Beach's term limit law through a proposed Charter amendment is just the latest in a pretty long line of tweaks. City Auditor Laura Doud partnered with Garcia to propose five amendments to take to the residents for a vote.

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There are plenty of people today whose favorite pastime is bashing the government — local, state, national — and they certainly wouldn't think of lending a helping hand.

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Long Beach voters will decide next Tuesday whether to change the City Charter to allow money to be transferred from city-owned utilities to its general fund based on the utilities' revenue.

There has been quite a bit of back and forth in the last couple of weeks about the Measure M proposed charter amendment.

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Long Beach's City Council won't even consider allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational use for another two months, but a cannabis education program rolled out last week.