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Violent crime rates escalate in Long Beach

Taryn Sauer, Staff Writer

February 17, 2016

Filed under Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

Violent crime escalated in Long Beach, according to a press release in January by the Long Beach Police Department. It increased almost 19 percent since 2014, with 17 of the 36 murders last year being gang-related. This rise was consistent across the country, with some crime statistics as high as a 40 percent jump in major cities, said Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi of the Long Beach Police Department, Patrol Bureau. Of th...

ASI senate recommends Greek life adviser position

Brandon Flickinger, Staff Writer

February 17, 2016

Filed under ASI, Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The Associated Students Inc. senate approved resolution to officially urge Student Life and Development to create and fill a position for a Greek life adviser during their Wednesday meeting. This position would act as an intermediary between Greek life and other organizations in addition to advising their members. “I’ve been asked by students to get completely rid of Greek life off this campus because of the sexual...

Kappa Sigma formally suspended after alleged sexual assault at party

Micayla Vermeeren, Opinions Editor

February 16, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The Kappa Sigma chapter at Cal State Long Beach has been suspended from campus, pending a legal investigation into a sexual assault that allegedly took place at the fraternity’s house off-campus. On Monday, an unnamed female student reported she was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning after a party hosted at the fraternity house Saturday night. Campus police notified the student body of the report ...

Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter closed for repeated violations

Michaela Kwoka-Coleman, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The CSULB chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be closed for “no less than four years,” according to the fraternity’s national headquarters. Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters officially suspended the chapter’s charter in late January, according to information released by the organization Friday. The chapter’s closure followed two sexual assault accusations during the Fall 2015 semester.  According to a statement, Lo...

Student reports sexual assault at Kappa Sigma party

Matt Simon, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

A female student reported that she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party hosted by Kappa Sigma Fraternity early Sunday morning. The student reported the case to a Cal State Long Beach campus security authority early Sunday morning who then notified university police. University police sent out an email Monday afternoon after the student reported the incident. The student reported that the suspect is a Hispa...

Long Beach Mayor proposes sales tax increase for June ballot

Jason Enns, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016

Filed under Long Beach, News, Today

According to a revised City Council agenda, Mayor Robert Garcia intended to propose a 1 percent increase on sales tax that would be in effect for six years, then decrease to .5 percent for another four years. This was to clarify the mayor’s previous letter to City Council Thursday that requested the 10-year temporary revenue measure pose a one-cent increase followed by a half-cent increase. The letter did not clearly ...

Long Beach medical marijuana initiative couldn’t deliver

Long Beach medical marijuana initiative couldn’t deliver

February 14, 2016

The days when you could go from doing yoga on the bluff, ride your bike to pick up homemade hummus from the Farmer’s Market at Cherry Park and swing by one of the 10 marijuana dispensaries lining Broadway be...

Mayor Garcia proposes one-cent sales tax increase

Lauren Torres, Staff Writer

February 14, 2016

Filed under Long Beach, News, Today

Mayor Garcia, along with former Mayors Bob Foster and Beverly O’Neill, gave the city council a letter asking for a measure to be put on the the ballot to help combat the city’s “two pressing challenges” by raising the sales tax one cent. The two challenges are $2.8 billion in unfunded infrastructure needs and a need for additional police and firemen. While the city currently spends $65 million on capital inf...