LB City Council to consider ordinance to regulate marijuana stores

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Next Tuesday, November 10, the Long Beach City Council will consider an ordinance drafted by City Attorney Robert Shannon to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Last Tuesday, November 3, the council received a recommendation from the council’s Economic Development and Finance Committee on what the city can do…

Quach appointed interim police chief

City Manager Patrick West has named Commander Billy Quach, a 22-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), to be interim police chief. Quach’s new role is effective Friday, Oct. 23 and will continue until West appoints a new chief to replace former Chief Anthony Batts, who recently resigned to lead the City of…

Homicides, burglaries rise despite overall crime reduction

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Long Beach Police Commander Billy Quach had some good news and some bad news for the 25 people who attended his meeting Monday night. Overall, violent crime has decreased but homicides and both automobile and residential burglaries are steadily increasing. The meeting took place in the Long Beach Police Department…

LB Bicycle Count seeking volunteers

In an effort to make Long Beach the most bike-friendly city in the nation, the City of Long Beach, Bikestation and Cal State Long Beach are coordinating the Second Annual Bicycle Count. At least 300 volunteers are needed on Thursday, Oct. 15 or Sunday, Oct. 18 to help conduct bike and pedestrian counts at more…