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Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and 3rd District City Councilmember Suzie Price are headed to a November runoff to decide who will be Long Beach's next mayor.

Driving the news:

Richardson and Price were both seen as the front runners since their announcements, both raked in large amounts of donations and both are viewed as products of Long Beach's political establishment.

  • Neither Richardson nor Price achieved the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff, so both council members will be battling it out till November.

A Tale of Two Cities:

The mayoral race has opened the long-held tensions between councilmembers and the different political factions that compete for influence in the city.

  • Price, 49, represents the 3rd District, a whiter wealthier side of town, who has been receiving support from the Long Beach Police Officers Association's PAC and wealthy business interests.

  • Vice Mayor Richardson, 38, represents the 9th district, which is made up of a diverse working-class populace.

What's Next:

Price and Richardson will face off in a runoff in November in the general election.


Long Beach voters are heading to the polls or dropping off their ballots Tuesday to decide the future of the city with multiple seats up for grabs.

  • The Democratic primary for congressional district 42 is the race to watch with current Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, and newcomer Nicole Lopez battling to replace Allen Lowenthal, who announced he would be retiring.

What we're watching:

With a race driven by crime, homelessness, cost of living, and housing it's no wonder that the mayoral race is near dead heat. According to a poll conducted by the Long Beach Center for Urban Politics and Policy, 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson is holding a slim lead against 3rd District City Councilmember Suzie Price.

  • Five of the nine seats on the Long Beach City Council are up for election.

  • There is a possibility that an upset is in the making in the City Attorney's race between Assistant City Attorney Dawn McIntosh and former City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske.

  • Polls close at 8 pm, and the first initial results are mostly from mail-in ballots. The final tally could take days to count.

Stay with the Modern Times of Long Beach for live updates.


Photo via LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for a man who allegedly held up a sex shop at gunpoint and swiped an electronic masturbation toy.

Sex Education:

Police say, on April 8. at roughly 10:50 p.m., a man wearing a surgical mask entered a sex shop near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and 84th Street in Los Angeles. The suspect then pulled a "blue-steel semi-automatic handgun," and aimed it at a sales associate. He then ordered her to hand over "all the money."

  • The man would walk over to the display case, grab a sex toy off the wall, and then walk out without the cash.

The suspect:

Police described the suspect as a male, standing at 6 feet tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He has dark hair, and dark eyes, and is believed to be between 40 to 50 years old.