By Jay Beeler Beachcombing

Since some of the 18,000 police departments nationwide began using police body cameras in 2012, the statistics have been convincing. The pioneering Rialto, Calif. Police Department experienced a 60 percent decline in police use of force incidents and there was an 88 percent decline in citizen complaints. Image if all of the Ferguson, Mo. police officers used body cameras on Aug. 9. Chances ... more


By Taylor Ramsey No Rainbows in Silicon Valley. Whose Fault?

In the last week or so I have read articles about the lack of diversity in the workforce in companies that make up the Silicon Valley in northern California. Many of the big technology companies have released employee data regarding race and gender. An article in USA Today by Jessica Guynn and Elizabeth Weise on Aug. 15, 2014 began with the statement, “The technology industry’s predominantly white ... more



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Myth of the LB Water Police

It’s no secret that California is experiencing an unprecedented drought, making water a highly prized commodity. According to the Long Beach Water Department’s Director of Planning and Conservation Matthew Lyons, “This is the third year of a drought, which is one of the things that makes it so bad.” Unlike some water districts that depend heavily ... more



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Second Intruder Dies by Gunshot

The second case of an intruder being shot and killed by a Long Beach resident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 10. At 3:07 a.m., police responded to an in-progress burglary call at the 2800 block of East Third Street with information the suspect was shot inside the home. Paramedics pronounced the suspect, Ryan Anderson, a 29-year-old ... more



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Great Sand Sculptures

ROTARACT LONG BEACH hosted the 82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest Aug. 16 & 17 at Granada Beach, featuring both amateur and professional works. Proceeds benefitted the Long Beach Library Foundation with a theme of ‘FIZZ, BOOM, READ!” in support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The 100-ton, professional centerpiece sculpture ... more



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Open Letter to POA President

In reading though the most recent publication of Rap Sheet, the magazine published by the Long Beach Police Union, I was struck by the severe scolding you gave City Hall in your column, “The Whole Truth,“ and was especially surprised by the article’s conclusion where you said: “As law enforcement officers, we are required to testify in court on various ... more



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