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Mosquito prevention, LB weighs tax increases, 40 free carts to street vendors | WATCHDOG TODAY

Here are a handful of important Long Beach stories you may have missed.

Mosquito prevention, LB weighs tax increases, 40 free carts to street vendors | WATCHDOG TODAY
A street vendor is set up at Rosie's Dog Beach in southeast Long Beach Monday, May 20, 2024. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Good evening, Long Beach,

A certain plucky team of Watchdog journalists have been hard at work reporting on several issues that could affect your daily life — namely, your wallet.

City leaders have weighed everything from allowing e-scooters on the beach bike path to exploring potential tax increases to a new affordable housing mandate and beyond.

We also took you behind the curtain of a local book club for cinephiles helmed at the city’s oldest and only independent movie theater, shared where to buy a cheap breakfast and gave you the rundown on the LA Independent Beer Fest, which is coming to Long Beach this week.

Reporter Alicia Robinson wrote about this nonprofit that wants to put gardens in at every LBUSD elementary school. Then, Reporter Brandon Richardson sat down with Donnie Grimes, a resident of the city’s newest permanent supportive housing development to chat with him about his decades-long journey from drug addiction to prison and finally, a stable home.

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Ending power plant tax exemption polls highest among potential Long Beach tax increases

Jason Ruiz • Jun 12, 2024

A new tax increase could be headed toward Long Beach voters’ ballots in November and the option that polled the highest in a city survey was unsurprisingly the one that would have the least impact on city …

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It’s swimming, cookout and mosquito season. Here’s how to keep the little buggers at bay

Alicia Robinson • Jun 13, 2024

Besides making people itch, mosquitoes can carry a variety of viruses and parasites, including those that cause West Nile and Zika fever and malaria.

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Council approves $429K for 40 carts to be given to street vendors for free

Brandon Richardson • Jun 12, 2024

Over the past several years, the number of street vendors in Long Beach has grown significantly. Now, steaming hot tamales, fresh fruit and other foods could become even more abundant on city streets following City Council approval of…

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Proposal to speed up hiring in Long Beach moves closer to Aug. 6 decision date

Jason Ruiz • Jun 12, 2024

A charter amendment that city officials say will speed up the city’s hiring process moved one step closer to residents getting to vote on the issue after the Long Beach City Council held the first of three required meetings Tuesday before a potential August vote to put…

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Council committee hears options for expanding affordable housing mandate in Long Beach

Jason Ruiz • Jun 11, 2024

With the Long Beach City Council showing a willingness to expand the city’s mandate for developers to build affordable units, a council committee was presented with options Tuesday that include a model th…

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Long Beach could allow e-scooters on beach bike path under new pilot program

Jason Ruiz • Jun 11, 2024

You may be able to ride electric scooters on the beach bike path in Long Beach soon. The City Council is ready to approve a pilot program that would temporarily lift the ban on scooter operations along the beac…

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Comedian Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias to receive key to the city

Brandon Richardson • Jun 11, 2024

World-renowned comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias will receive a key to the city from Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson on Tuesday, June 18, during a performance in Downtown. Iglesias is among five recipients of the prestigious honor this year, joined by Samuel “Skip” and Beth Keesal, and…

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