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Long Beach City Council

  • News

    May 16, 2013

    Could Gerrie Schipske Be Long Beach's First LGBT Mayor?

    The councilwoman stands on the cusp of making that title a reality. But getting there hasn't been easy

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    What the Hell Happened to Punk Rock Picnic?

    While there's plenty to be happy about with this year's Ink-n-Iron lineup at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, the Weekly recently learned that another one of the ship's major festivals slated for spring has been sunk. Last Thursday, Punk Rock Picnic was cancelled until further notice. The two-day fest ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2012

    The Healing Fields of Long Beach's Cambodia Town

    The next generation of the city's Cambodian-American community steps up to help its elders—and itself

  • News

    May 31, 2012

    Is Long Beach Biketown USA?

    The seaside city reinvents itself (again) by hitching its civic reputation to cycling culture

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Long Beach Bans "Rogue" Marijuana Dispensaries

    Curt Merlo​The Long Beach City Council voted last night to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating in the city, but allowed clubs that won the city's controversial marijuana lottery to remain open for four months. The clubs that were exempted from the ban belong to the Long Beach Collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Long Beach Cannabis Collectives Plead For Public Support

    ​Next Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to ban medical marijuana, a move that is strongly supported by the city attorney's office and police department. Their argument in favor of doing so: the federal government is cracking down on marijuana, and the city's pot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Long Beach City Council To Vote on Pot Ban Next Tuesday

    ​UPDATE, Jan. 18, 10:30 AM: The Long Beach City Council has yet again delayed its vote on whether to ban medical marijuana, this time because councilmember Suja Lowenthal was absent from the city council chambers. Ironically, the council had been expected to vote on such a ban last month, but Lowe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Long Beach Pot Ban Narrowly Avoided, Vote Delayed to Jan. 10.

    ​At about 10:15 p.m. last night, after more than five hours of tedious proceedings, the Long Beach City Council deadlocked on a motion to ban medical marijuana collectives in the city, a measure strongly backed by both the city attorney and police department. The vote, with four members in favor o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Does Long Beach Really Have to Ban Marijuana Dispensaries?

    ​Ever since a pair of Long Beach medical-marijuana smokers won a Sept. 24 ruling that threw the city's ordinance regulating cannabis clubs into doubt, rumors have abounded that Long Beach, whose 2010 ordinance allowed pot clubs to operate if they won a $14,000 permit, will soon ban all dispensarie ... More >>

  • News

    June 9, 2011

    Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine Are Buds

    The two thought they were doing the people of Long Beach a favor. Then they became targets in the city's weird war on weed

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Medical Marijuana Activists to Storm Long Beach City Council Tonight

    ​The Long Beach City Council is going to get an earful at its meeting tonight, courtesy of angry medical marijuana activists who are still angry at the city's December 2009 raid on dispensaries there. Among the speakers will be attorney Matthew Pappas, who will discuss a recent raid on a client of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Long Beach Next to Ban Plastic Bags?

    ​Could Long Beach be the next city to ban plastic bags? According to the Long Beach Post, the Long Beach City Council approved during a meeting last night the drafting of an ordinance that could very well mean a citywide ban on all single-use plastic bags at grocery stores, drug stores and conveni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Are Medical Marijuana Dispensaries a Convenient Target Now That Prop 19 Failed?

    Illustration by Jay Brockman​Yes, short-term memory is challenging for many of you. But try extra hard thinking back to the not-so-distant past when marijuana legalization in California seemed to be a lock. Alas, Prop 19 was smoked in the statewide election earlier this month.Is it possible that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Criticism Masses Over Critical Mass Busts

    ​Friday Night's Critical Mass ride in Long Beach resulted in police citing most of the 100 bicyclists stopped, the seizure of bikes ridden by about 40 members--and a planned response by event organizers.Riders were to arrive en masse to pick up their impounded bikes and attend the Nov. 9 Long Bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Tobacco Smoking Banned at All City Parks

    ​The Long Beach City Council voted last night to ban smoking in all city parks.Smoking has already been banned at city beaches, but the new rule extends to parks, gardens, picnic areas, playgrounds, bike paths, walking paths, hiking trails and sports or playing fields.The council vote was unanimo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Pot Tax Weighed in City That Spawned the World's Cannambassador Snoop Dogg

    ​On the same November ballot that will have Californians decide whether to legalize marijuana, Long Beach voters will decide whether the city that spawned Snoop Dogg should tax recreational marijuana.That's right, not medical cannabis but recreational pot, the kind consumed by the pride of LBC and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Long Beach Weighs Marijuana Tax

    ​UPDATE: The council voted 8-1 to hold a hearing next month on whether to put a medical-marijuana tax on the November city ballot.The Long Beach City Council considered a proposal Tuesday night to put a ballot measure before local voters that would tax marijuana.However, Americans for Safe Access ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Ban Smoking at Tiny Long Beach Parks?

    ​UPDATE: The council voted 8-1 to send to the Parks and Recreation Commission a councilwoman's proposal to ban cigarette smoking in Long Beach's small parks.We told you here that the Long Beach City Council Tuesday night may take the first steps in letting voters decide if medical marijuana should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Where Will Surfin' Congressman Stand on Long Beach Breakwater?

    The surfin' congressman. As Louis Sahagun blogged on the LA Times' L.A. Now, Long Beach has released the long-awaited results of a study aimed at reconfiguring the breakwater to create bigger waves, cleaner water and beaches, and more surf tourism. According to the study, the city could gain $5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Jessica's Law Was Unraveling Before Santa Ana Court Ruling

    A ruling by the state Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana on Wednesday may represent the largest crack to date in Jessica's Law, the voter initiative Prop. 83 of 2006 that forbade sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a park. Stress fractures had been evident several mo ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008
  • Columns

    September 8, 2005
  • Music

    May 12, 2005

    Koos Cant Lose

    LB art center wins live-entertainment permit

  • Music

    January 27, 2005
  • Columns

    July 1, 2004

    Naked City

    Koos fights for your right to sketch cooze

  • News

    January 29, 2004

    The Modern Dance

    Koos in Trouble 2: Electric Boogaloo

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    The Big Flush

    A plan to clean up Long Beach harbor might foul OC beaches

  • Music

    June 14, 2001

    The Laziest Band in the World

    But the Bananas could also be the last of the great flip-out bands

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    No Food to Free Willy

    Eco-activist fasts 31 days to protest Navy sonar linked to sea-mammal deaths

  • Columns

    June 7, 2001
  • Columns

    May 10, 2001

    Ball Busting

    And does anyone pray to the Lord of the Dance?

  • Music

    May 10, 2001
  • Music

    May 3, 2001
  • News

    June 17, 1999

    The Starbucks Solution

    Mike Sheldrake figured he was dead when Starbucks opened two stores near his indie coffeehouse. Now his business is up 40 percent.

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Is That a Badge in Your Pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

    Are OC's cops a little too excited about busting men for gay sex?

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