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A peaceful transition of power has always been a hallmark of the United States of America — in nearly 250 years, there has yet to be a military coup and our elections have been, on the whole, scandal-free.

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The good news is the Fiscal 2020 budget is balanced — it must be balanced by law — without anyone losing a job or any programs being cut.

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A couple of weeks ago, the Long Beach chapter of the Surfrider Foundation conducted a meeting primarily to get an update on a three-year-long study of potential changes to the Long Beach breakwater.

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If you were paying attention in 2016, and particularly in 2017, the announcement Monday that city leaders will ask voters to extend a 1 percent sales tax hike came as no surprise.

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This is the story of how a westside Long Beach neighborhood got a desperately needed park, and how some skilled bureaucratic maneuvering is keeping it a park in perpetuity.

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Long Beach's City Council held a farewell party Tuesday for First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, who is on her way to Sacramento, and least part-time, as the next state Senator from the 33rd District.

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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.