Courtney Tompkins

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Courtney Tompkins

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  • Airlines

    Airlines could face higher fines, more penalties for breaking curfew at Long Beach Airport

    Long Beach Airport’s coveted noise ordinance could see some major changes as officials seek to slow a spike in late-night curfew violations. The airport’s decades-old ordinance — grandfathered in under a 1990 federal aviation law — sets a sound threshold, imposes a curfew between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. for takeoffs and landings, and limits the number of commercial flights to about 50 per day.For years, officials say the regulations were largely...

  • Local governments

    Long Beach bars public discussion on its Nextdoor page. Is that unconstitutional?

    The city of Long Beach recently halted public discussion on one of its social media pages because the comments were counterproductive and tough to manage, officials said. The change prompted Laurie Smith, a resident who noticed it last week, to contact city management about what she believed could be an infringement on citizens’ constitutional rights. Smith noticed the switch came after an influx of replies to city press releases — posted on neighborhood social media...

  • Passenger airlines

    Long Beach raises JetBlue’s fine for late-night flight violations

    After racking up a record $640,000 in late-night flight penalties in the first six months of 2017, JetBlue Airways will face higher fines for each violation of Long Beach Airport’s noise ordinance, the city prosecutor’s office announced this week. Under the prior agreement — negotiated in 2003 as part of a legal settlement with the airline...

  • Local governments

    Long Beach law to bar RV parking on residential streets moves forward

    A proposed ordinance that would restrict parking for RVs, trailers and other oversize vehicles moved one step closer to becoming law on Tuesday. A second and final vote to amend the city code is expected at next week’s City Council meeting. Though the law would technically go into effect 31 days after the mayor signs the...

  • Long Beach Grand Prix

    Grand Prix Association expected to run Long Beach race through at least 2023

    Long Beach leaders on Tuesday agreed to begin negotiations for a five-year agreement with the Grand Prix Association to continue operating the annual IndyCar event that zooms through downtown each April. The city evaluated two race event proposals, one from IndyCar, the other from the World Automobile Championship of California, a Formula 1 promoter. The latter group is led by Chris Pook, the man who started the Grand Prix in Long Beach in 1975.The recommendation to stick with...

  • Local governments

    New law would restrict RV, trailer parking on Long Beach streets, require permit

    The City Council on Tuesday will consider a new law that would prohibit RVs, trailers and other oversized vehicles from parking overnight on residential streets without a temporary permit. The legislation was first introduced last fall after the public works director asked council to consider a blanket policy rather than a piecemeal approach to the...

  • Airport operation

    Long Beach Airport eyes $19 million runway project, to be mostly paid for by FAA grant

    Long Beach Airport has been awarded a $15.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for runway reconstruction and upgrades, city officials announced on Wednesday. The City Council will consider accepting the funds on Tuesday, in addition to approving another $3.8 million in airport enterprise funds to pay for the projects. The work will include improvements to the airport’s busiest runway, 7R-25L, used primarily for general aviation and extensive flight training...

  • Chemical spills

    Oil pipeline spill shuts Signal Hill streets

    Walnut Avenue between 29th and Spring streets in Signal Hill has been closed to traffic as crews work to clean up 25 barrels of oil that leaked from a pipeline on Wednesday, county fire officials said.Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Gustavo Medina said crews were dispatched to the 1500 block of Spring Street at 4:03 p.m. The spill has since been contained, he said, and a pump truck is on scene cleaning it up. Medina said nobody was injured or sickened as a result...

  • Politics

    Long Beach councilwoman paid former staffer for work after he was terminated, records show

    Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce hired her former chief of staff for consulting work immediately after he was let go from the city amid turmoil between the two, documents show. Campaign finance paperwork filed Monday shows Pearce paid Devin Cotter $2,250 on May 4 for “strategic policy consulting” between February and April. The funds were paid out of her officeholder account, a pot of money that comes from political contributions and is designed to help pay for expenses of...

  • Local budgets

    Long Beach expects surplus, but takes riskier approach with 2018 budget

    Long Beach officials are embracing a riskier financial forecast to balance what could have been a $7 million deficit in the city’s proposed 2018 budget, which was released Monday. Rising pensions, employee pay raises and healthcare costs, among other expenses, have outpaced the city’s general fund revenue, which comes mostly from various taxes. Despite this, the city’s budget outlook this year predicts a $100,000 surplus in the coming fiscal year, which runs from...