Activists Rally Around Kareli Barerra, Long Beach Immigrant Scheduled for Deportation After Shoplifting

Kareli and family
A clothing store employee in Long Beach called the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) on Kareli Barrera last Monday. They arrested the woman on suspicion of shoplifting. Nervously, she gave deputies a false name as she's an undocumented immigrant.

Later that night, they booked and jailed Barrera for the misdemeanor offenses. When she went before a judge, she pleaded no contest to petty theft, but instead of being released, the mother of an American citizen remained detained at Lakewood Sheriff's Station until being transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) early Monday morning.

The move angered activists, stating she should've been protected by California's TRUST Act, a law that is supposed to command local police agencies to tell la migra to fuck off when it comes to immigrants arrested for non-violent crimes.

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Garden Grove and Long Beach Hold DUI Checkpoints Saturday Night

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The Garden Grove and Long Beach police departments hold DUI/drivers license checkpoints in their respective cities Saturday night.

No exact location for either operation was initially released.

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Long Beach Cops Flood City With Slate Mailers, Including For Notorious Drug Trafficker's Ex-Lobbyist

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If there's an invisible hand guiding Long Beach's April 8 primary election, its true color is blue.

More than any other entity in the city, the Long Beach Police Officers Association (LBPOA) is flooding local candidates with cash, most notably incumbent city attorney Charles Parkin. Last year, Parkin replaced outgoing city attorney Robert Shannon, who managed the city's benighted medical marijuana lottery, which led to a successful lawsuit against the city filed by Parkin's competitor, city attorney candidate Matt Pappas.

Despite the fact that Parkin was never elected as city attorney, campaign literature created and funded by the LPBOA boldly (and incorrectly) urged voters to "re-elect" him to the seat. This has led to yet another lawsuit by Pappas, this time against Parkin himself. (Pappas, who was denied a business permit by the city, also claims that local prosecutors have stated in open court that his law firm, which represents various cannabis collectives suing the city, is currently under investigation for drug trafficking, which he claims is an unfounded smear tactic).

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An Open Letter to My Neighbors With Pet Dogs Barking All Night in Wake of Akita Sex Assaults

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Not the assaulted Akita!
Dear Neighbors With Pet Dogs Barking All Night,

I have never contacted you about the endless barking that you obviously have tuned out. But I implore you to start listening and investigating now that a family up the coast figured out why their 80-pound Akita kept yelping every night between last August and November.

It was the sex--with a 22-year-old man.

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County Passes Along Tsunami Survival Tips

See the update at the end of this post on things you can do to protect against tsunami damage.

ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 26, 7:09 A.M.: If you live in Huntington Beach, and especially along the coast there, you'd be wise to figure out a quick route to reach higher ground.

That's the advice of Lucy Jones, Southern California media's go-to expert on earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Los Alamitos-Long Beach Hit with 2.7 Quake

An earthquake measuring 2.7 on the Richter scale just shook the area bordering Los Alamitos and Long Beach.

Did you feel it?

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Long Beach Bans Vaping in E-Cig Stores, Making it Most Anti-E-Cig City in Southern California

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Guess there won't be e-cig conventions in LB anytime soon!
In early February, Los Angeles banned the public use of e-cigs. Last week, Long Beach city council took those regulations even further and decided that no vaping in public means no vaping inside vape shops, either. Right now, they're the only city in Southern California that plans to strip this crucial liberty.

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Michael D. Drobot Signs Plea Deal to Testify Against Slimed Legislator Ron Calderon

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Before state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) turned himself in to federal authorities Monday and later pleaded not guilty to public-corruption counts that could send him to prison for 396 years, a 69-year-old Corona del Mar businessman admitted to orchestrating the wide-ranging conspiracy and illegal-kickback scheme.

Michael D. Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, filed a plea agreement Friday that will have him testifying against Calderon and copping to two counts that could send him to federal prison for as long as 10 years.

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Spend Your Valentine's Date with Harold and Maude ... in a Cemetery

Hey, who wants to spend their Valentine's date Friday night at a movie about a young man obsessed with death--right down to staging fake suicides, attending funerals and driving a Hearse--falling in love with a 79-year-old woman who teaches him how to love life?

Oh, and did I mention it's screening in a cemetery?

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Long Beach Colleges Part of Program to Offer Scholarships to Those in Country Illegally

Got no money? Can't get federal aid because you are in the country illegally? Well come to Long Beach City College or Cal State Long Beach, where you may be paid to attend.

Both campuses are among 12 nationally that are participating in TheDream.US, a new national program that offers $25 million in scholarships to select applicants.

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