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April 24th, 2015 7:59 AM
This past weekend my friends and I went on a super cool Wine tasting Safari adventure in Malibu. We loaded up in a huge Jeep that sat 12 of us and cruised the 1,000 acre property. First stop was feeding zebras, water buffalo, llamas, alpacas, and donkeys. Second stop, is the wine tasting over looking the breathtaking views on this property. Last stop, is the wine shop where they of course want you to purchase. Luckily the wines are pretty good and we did lots of shopping! Great day trip!! The views alone are worth the trip!

http://www.lasafaris.com/buy-tickets/

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If you were wondering what happened to the old Christy's Restaurant on Broadway then you need to try Panxa which is now in its space. Its a fun twist on Latin style dishes with tons of flare. The margaritas are very good and the cocktail list is like nothing I have ever seen before. This is just what Long Beach needed. My favorite was the goat cheese, pine nut pita appetizer paired with Pozole. Potato Pancakes were a huge hit at the table as well. Great for a fun night out with friends or just a date night!

http://www.panxacocina.com/
3937 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 433-7999

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March 24th, 2015 8:46 AM
The drought in Southern California is real! For those of you in Long Beach there still seems to be some confusion about watering schedules. The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared a Stage 1 Water Supply Shortage that puts into effect a two-day per week watering schedule during the winter months. Residents can only water landscape on Mondays and Thursdays before 9 am or after 4 pm for 10 minutes per station until the end of March. Three-day per week watering will resume in the summer months April 1 to September 30th.

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March 20th, 2015 8:11 AM
We want to remind you that there are Residential Custom rebates available $150 for a high efficiency Toilet and $150 for a high efficiency Clothes Washer. Got to socalwatersmart.com and click Residential to view qualified devices and apply.

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News Release City of Long Beach Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

1/7/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #CM 010715
Subject :

2014 Crime Statistics Show Lowest Reported Violent Crimes in 42 Years; Number of Murders is Lowest on Record
Contact : LBPD Media Relations, Long Beach Police Department 562.570.5273
LBPDMediaRelations@longbeach.gov

Based on preliminary crime data, Long Beach ended 2014 poised to achieve the lowest number of reported violent crimes in 42 years. When compared to 2013, the 2014 violent crime statistics reflect a decrease of 3.2%, with a 17.8% decrease as compared to the 5-year average. Property crime statistics also showed a 4.8% decrease, and a 3.8% decrease in the 5-year average. The Total Part 1 Crime reduction was 4.6%, and 6.3% as compared to the 5-year average.

"This ongoing reduction in crime reflects the City's unwavering commitment to public safety," noted Mayor Robert Garcia. “Reducing crime is a priority for the entire City, especially our Police Department and its dedicated employees.”

In the violent crime category, the Police Department anticipates that the final 2014 statistics, which will be available later this month, will reflect a 30.3% decrease from 2013 in the number of murders – 23 as opposed to 33 in 2013.* This is the lowest number of murders on record since statistics were first compiled in 1969. Fourteen of the 23 were investigated as gang related. The Homicide Detail solved 22 murders in 2014 with a clearance rate of 95.7%. The number of reported rapes and aggravated assaults are expected to show increases when compared to 2013, however, are still below the 5-year average by 7.4% and 8.1% respectively.

In the property crime category, reductions were seen in residential burglary (9.7%), auto burglary (7.6%), arson (36.5%), petty theft over $50 (14.4%) and grand theft auto (13.3%). Increases were seen in commercial burglary (4.5%) and thefts under $50 (14%).

Police Chief Robert Luna attributed the property crime reductions to an increase in community awareness, participation in crime prevention efforts, and to the professionalism and hard work of the men and women of the Long Beach Police Department.

“I am very proud of the efforts and outstanding commitment our employees demonstrate to the community they serve,” said Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, “We will continue to pursue effective crime reduction while building public trust in 2015. We must work together with other city departments and our community partners in a team effort to accomplish our collective goals of keeping our city safe.”

In addition, the City will be undertaking a number of initiatives related to policing. Police Chief Luna stated that efforts are underway to implement a body camera pilot program in the Long Beach Police Department. As part of the Fiscal Year 2015 adopted budget, the city council approved non-recurring funds to support a body camera pilot program. A body-worn camera committee has been underway for approximately one year studying the various operational policies and financial effects of instituting body cameras.

To augment patrol operations, the Police Department deployed additional less-lethal equipment. In 2014, the less lethal beanbag shotgun was replaced with the 40-millimeter less lethal launcher and deployed to the Patrol Divisions allowing for increased accessibility to officers in the field.

The City will also be enhancing the investigatory capabilities of the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission, an independent investigative commission, through the addition of an investigator position. The addition of an investigator position will afford the Commission additional resources to conduct investigations and follow-up on complaints and other business addressed to the Commission.

In 2015, the Police Department will also enhance communication efforts to better explain the City’s extensive review process for any and all use of force incidents, as well as enhance educational information for the public on what to do in the event of contact with a police officer.

L.B.P.D. continued to partner with law enforcement agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels to leverage available resources to impact crime in Long Beach. The Police Department continues to focus attention on the use of social media as a conduit to improving communication with the community, including the Go LBPD mobile application (www.longbeach.gov/tsd/golongbeachapps) to streamline the community’s access to the Police Department’s social networking tools. To receive information of news stories, alerts and events, visit: www.nixle.com or www.facebook.com/longbeachpd.ca or @LongBeachPD_CA on Twitter.

The final year-end statistics will be available in mid-January on the Police Department website.

* The 2014 total murders include two 2013 homicides that were reclassified as murders by the District Attorney’s Office in March 2014; the 2013 total murders include one 2012 homicide that was reclassified as murder by the District Attorney’s Office in December 2013.




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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Long Beach

St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and you’ve got the luck of the Irish if you’re looking for celebrations in Downtown Long Beach! On Saturday, March 17, Downtown will be filled with Irish spirit as everyone celebrates the annual feast day in honor of Ireland’s patron saint.

Read on to find out how Downtown is celebrating. We’ll continue updating this page as St. Patrick’s Day draws near – so check back often!

33 Degrees Harborside Pub
This St. Patrick’s Day the 33 Degrees puts a new spin on the grand auld day by getting “crafty,” with Irish beer flights, Irish whiskey tastings, and full Irish fare. Doors open at 9 a.m. and live Irish music in the afternoon.
423A Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
www.33degreeslb.com

The Auld Dubliner
Open for a full Irish breakfast at 8 a.m., with a full menu of traditional Irish favorites served all day. Catch the England verses Ireland Rugby game starting at 10 a.m., and enjoy the largest selection of Irish whiskey in Southern California. Live Irish music with Humble Hooligans starts at 3 p.m.
71 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
www.aulddubliner.com

Clancy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
Beginning at 6 a.m., Clancy’s will be serving up Irish food and drink specials all day. Enjoy the fresh air in their outdoor beer garden and catch live music by Coke N’ Waffles at 5 p.m. and Good Citizen at 8:30 p.m.
www.clancyslbpub.com
Where: 803 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

District Wine
District Wine is getting in on the St. Paddy’s Day festivities by serving green wine, having wine tastings all day, offering drinks special and with a special Saturday happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m.
144 Linden Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
www.districtwine.com

Gladstone’s Long Beach
Join Gladstone’s outside on their newly remodeled deck and bar for St. Paddy’s Day. They’ll be serving genuine Irish fare including hand cut corned beef and Irish lamb stew, as well as Guinness and green beer! All day long, they’ll be serving up $3 pints of Coors light.
330 South Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 90802
www.gladstoneslongbeach.com

Hooters
Hooters Get Pickled on St. Patrick’s Day will offer free fried pickles and green beer specials, while college hoops play all day long!
71 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
562-983-1010

Kavikas Grill & Bar
Starting at 10 p.m., Kavikas will be hosting a festive St. Patrick’s Day Bash with an Off the Record Mix Show featuring DJ Orion One.
95 Aquarium Way, Long Beach CA 90802
562-432-8700

Kitchen Den Bar – KDB
KBD will be serving cornbeef tacos, 3 tacos for $4 with chips and salsa, and offering festive drink specials. Live music by Trip II starts at 8:30 p.m.
10 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
562-308-7529
www.kdblongbeach.com

The Laugh Factory
The Laugh Factory will have two Laughs of the Irish comedy shows, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $15.
151 South Pine Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802
www.laughfactory.com

The Queen Mary
Celebrate with an amazing line-up of live entertainment including performances bySligo Rags, Oxalis (Featuring Swam Montgomery), and The Hollywood Stones. Admission includes access to three venues with non-stop music from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight! Tickets are $15 per person.
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
www.queenmary.com

Shannon’s on Pine
The party starts with breakfast at 9 a.m. and won’t stop until 2 a.m. Shannon’s is offering FREE corned beef and cabbage sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and corned beef hash and eggs with a ‘Best in the West’ Irish coffee or green mimosa included, for $9. Take a picture (your camera or in their photo booth) with Shannon’s lively Fiddler and Leprechaun bearing gifts. Wave your Irish Flag and get your green Irish fortune cookie, both compliments of Shannon’s. Their 10 foot mega screen TV will be showing Irish dancing, legendary Irish movie clips, and tours of Ireland and the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Participate in their Irish trivia contests and Shannon’s one and only Irish sweepstakes race game. No Cover and no one under 21 after 4 p.m.
209 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90802
www.shannonspubs.com/
www.facebook.com/shannonsonpine

Stefano’s Pizza & Pasta
Stefano’s will be offering festive green garlic break for $3.99 and Irish green lime margaritas for $3.99.
429C Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
www.stefanoslongbeach.com
562-437-2880

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March 4th, 2015 8:47 PM
This past weekend I wanted to try a new restaurant and so we headed to Newport to try RED O in Fashion Island. Its not new to the area but new to me since i don't get down that way often. Its a fun take on mexican cuisine. We were so excited by the menu that we had to try all the appetizers. Good thing there was 6 of us. We loved the Corn & Goat Cheese enchiladas, Ahi tuna Tostadita, Mary's Duck Taquitos and not to mention the spicy skinny margarita. I recommend a date night there soon. Its a hot spot on the weekends so try during the week for a calmer experience!

http://www.redorestaurant.com/

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News Release City of Long Beach Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

2/12/2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #CM: 021215
Subject :

Michael Beckman Appointed Deputy Police Chief
Contact : Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Chief 562.570.7301
Robert.Luna@longbeach.gov
Michael Beckman
Long Beach City Manager Pat West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Commander Michael Beckman, a 25-year veteran of the Police Department, as Deputy Chief. He will assume command of the Support Bureau to replace Deputy Chief Laura Farinella, newly named Chief of Laguna Beach Police Department.

"Michael Beckman displays integrity, innovation, and leadership at the highest levels," Chief Luna said. “He has distinguished himself as an effective administrator and will be an asset to our executive team.”

Commander Beckman's most recent assignment has been Commander of the Patrol Bureau Field Support Division. He has worked in all geographical patrol divisions and his previous assignments include duties in the Field Training Officer (FTO) program; the Training Division as the Police Academy Sergeant, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) instructor; and the Administrative Lieutenant to the Deputy Chief of the Patrol Bureau.

Commander Beckman is a proud native of Long Beach, and an R. A. Millikan High School graduate. He holds an Associate in Arts degree from Long Beach City College, a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in Disaster Management. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session No. 256 and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI) Class No. 242.

“I am truly humbled by this honor to serve our great city, its valued community members, and our Police Department as Deputy Chief,” Commander Beckman said. “I will strive to represent the highest standards of excellence in service to our community.”

Commander Beckman serves as the elected President of the Long Beach Police Department’s Command Officers Association. He is a Charter Member of the Long Beach Police Foundation and a former at-large member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Commander Beckman is also a member of many professional associations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Long Beach Branch of the NAACP, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO), Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), and supports Special Olympics Southern California and American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life community events.



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February 21st, 2015 8:25 AM
Please join us at our next Community Meeting!! We invite you to a community meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015 from 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. at El Dorado Park West Community Center, 2800 N. Studebaker Road. For more information, please call (562) 570-3150
Please invite all your friends to attend. Topics: Synthetic Turf Soccer Field and Lighting at El Dorado Park West

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