LONG BEACH, Calif. Long Beach voters appear to have approved several charter amendments as the latest updates from the County Registrar shows them in the lead, for now.
Voters were asked to amend the City Charter to merge the existing water, sewer and gas utilities into a single publicly-owned utility, governed by the existing independent Water/Utility Commission; eliminate duplicative costs by consolidating like operations, improve customer service efficiency with increased flexibility in sharing of staffing/equipment, reduce impacts to streets through coordinated utility pipeline street repairs; and achieve cost savings through greater economies of scale.
63% of total votes cast were in favor, while 27% were against.
Despite former Long Beach Chief Robert Luna’s campaign platform of all the wonderful reforms he is alleged to have implemented in the Long Beach Police Department, residents wanted more.
This measure asked voters whether they wanted to establish a Police Oversight Commission and add a Police Oversight Director, to redesign City’s police oversight and accountability through modified practices, including a Director with authority to audit Police Department complaint investigations, review major use of force incidents, and make recommendations on Police Department operations, policies, procedures, and trainings, and a Commission to provide feedback to the Director, which would replace the Citizen Police Complaint Commission.
58% of total votes cast were in favor, while 42% were against.
Voters overwhelmingly supported amending the City Charter to align the City’s primary and general elections with the State and hold elections in even numbered years.
Councilmember Rex Richardson faced Suzie Price with the hopes of being elected the City’s first Black mayor. He was supported by outgoing Mayor Robert Garcia, Planned Parenthood and a large coalition of union labor as he was the top vote getter at the last update provided around 4 am.
Richardson received 53% of total votes cast, while Price garnered 47%.
According to the County Registrar’s office the next update of voting totals will be made on Friday, Nov. 11.