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Mike Ruehle April 23, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Did Councilman Garcia pay people to vote forRead Morehim? __________________________________________________ ______ http://www.lbreport.com/14elec/garccamp/mar21txt.htm
Mike Ruehle March 14, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Long Beach Police won't prosecute violent criminals that cross state lines.
LG LeBlanc March 14, 2014 at 09:54 PM
No wonder why Long Beach's crime rate has gone up!!
Mike Ruehle March 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Long Beach Billboard to Crooks: Come to Long Beach and commit crimes knowing fully well we won'tRead Morech ase you across state lines.
John B. Greet February 19, 2014 at 05:07 PM
An Open Rebuttal to Stephen Downing:Read Morehttp://belmontshore.patch.com/groups/john-b-greets-blog/p/rebut tal-to-chief-downing
Carl Petersen III February 25, 2014 at 06:23 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
John B. Greet February 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
"A recent column in the Orange County Register..." ~~~ Two months ago is hardlyRead More"rece nt" for a daily newspaper. ------------------------------------------------- "...which prints what Long Beach medias choose to ignore." ~~~ I seem to recall you linking this same letter as printed in the Beachcomber. I also see it posted here, at the LB Patch and at BSN Patch as well. So, apparently, "Long Beach medias" *do* publish these sorts of things. ------------------------------------------- Sigh, did you learn nothing at *all* in your absence, Ruehle?
Mike Ruehle January 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Old Data. Actually 921 city employees make over $100,000 per the August 2013 report. That'sRead MoreBEFORE the recent 15% pay raises were approved by city council for city hall employees. http://lbbusinessjournal.com/long-beach-business-journal-newswatch/1762-100000-club-membership-continues-to-grow-adding-59-employees-in-past-year.html
Mike Ruehle January 13, 2014 at 02:39 PM
Long Beach should follow San Francisco's and San Diego's lead by taking politics out of unionRead Morecontra ct negotiations. Those cities allow TAXPAYERS to vote final approval on ALL union benefit increases currently negotiated and approved behind closed doors by elected officials whose election campaigns were bought and paid for with union money. ______________________________________________________ Currently, every member of the city employee, police and fire unions have the privilege of seeing the details of union contract negotiations and then get to vote to ratify the proposed contract. Long Beach taxpayers are not allowed this same privilege. ______________________________________________________ Why don’t Long Beach taxpayers likewise get to see and vote on whether we accept new contracts like other California cities? After all, we are the ones paying for it. Shouldn't taxpayers be allowed to accept the terms negotiated rather than relying on often corrupt elected officials? ______________________________________________________ If this change were made to Long Beach's city charter, Unions and elected officials would have a much higher likelihood of actually negotiating in good faith, knowing the public could reject ridiculous pay and pension increases similar to those approved in the past without taxpayer's knowledge. ______________________________________________________ I’ve brought this up several times at city council meetings and was ignored each time without comment from ANY Councilmember. WHY?
John B. Greet January 18, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Not only the title, but almost every subtitle Ruehle has posted here is either directly deceptiveRead Moreor blatantly misleading. He posted this same deceptive article at Belmont Shore-Naples Patch, which that editor has since removed for violating Patch Terms of Use which prohibit comments which are "false or misleading in any way". That same prohibition also exists here, so hopefully this false and misleading posting will be removed from this site as well.
Panglonymous January 05, 2014 at 04:57 PM
"Reading this should be a wake-up call for all LB citizens. Here it is, 2013 in the condensedRead Morev ersion, for all to absorb as they prepare to elect their next representatives. Attend the debates, ask the tough questions, research the voting records and then ask yourself....What do I want from my next council and mayor? Integrity? Accountability? Transparency? And Vision........." -Rae Gabelich in comments at lbreport.com