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What Happened:

In a press release by the O.C Health Care Agency said they have received confirmation from the CDC that a patient, only identified as a man, has tested positive for the contagious coronavirus.

  • According to the health care agency, the patient was traveling from Wuhan, China, the focal point of the outbreak of the contagious illness.

  • 56 people, all in China, has died from the virus and infected up to 1,975 people.

  • OCHCA also said " There is no evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County" and that the "current risk of local transmission remains low".

  • The incident is the third case of Coronavirus in the United States and the CDC's Dr. Nancy Messonnier said they have 63 people under investigation for possible infection across 22 states.

This story is developing stay with The Modern Times of Long Beach for any updates.

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Details:

LBPD says, at roughly 6:30 pm, two officers were in the area of Santa Fe Ave and W.19th St in West Long Beach when they heard gunfire. While inspecting the gunfire, the officers found two victims suffering from gun-shoot wounds to their upper body.

  • Both victims, one a male and the other a female, were sent to a nearby hospital, unfortunately, the female victim would later pass away from her injuries.

  • A male suspect was later taken into police custody after the LBPD placed the area on lockdown.

  • LBPD investigators do believe the victims and gunmen know each other, and according to the LBP, neighbors said the victims are landlords and the suspect was a tenant, but the exact motive is unknown.


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What Happened:

Last night the council addressed a multitude of different topics ranging from the regulation of short-term rentals to the ongoing dispute with SpaceLA over Animal care services.


Short -Term Housing:

After hearing 80 people and having a long discussion, the Long Beach City Council took one step closer to drafting a city-wide ordinance regulating short-term rentals and the platforms that offer them.

  • After rejecting a draft created by the city's staff that would have required STR's to register with the city and allow 1% of the LB's housing stock to be used as "non-primary STRs".

"Short-term rentals take away from our already depleted housing stock," said an affordable housing advocate and LB renter. "we need to focus on more affordable housing instead of allowing our housing stock disappear to short-term rentals... we sign a lease or rent a property to live in a community, not a defacto illegal hotels".


A Rep for Airbnb largely focused on the financial benefits to Long Beach, saying “Hosts keep 97% of the proceeds and 93% of our host's direct guests that visit Long Beach to local small businesses, helping to grow that tax base as well.”


The new law will come back to the LB Council for the final vote:

  • Platforms like Airbnb and vrbo are authorized to offer short-term rentals in Long Beach but are required to pay hotel taxes.

  • The Council voted 5-3 to cap the number of non-hosted short-term rentals to 1,000.

  • Parts of the 1st draft STR ordinance were carried over like requiring all short-term rentals to have a local 24-hour contact; managing quiet hours and reducing the number of short-term rentals in multi-unit buildings.

  • the ordinance will become law in 181 days after the council's final vote.

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