Deplaning Over Masks + LBUSD BD Elects Juan Benitez + Burger Week


Up and at ’em, Long Beach! Let’s get you started this Wednesday with everything you need to know going on today locally.

A LB family got off a Southwest flight after the mom allegedly did not wear a mask at all times. Also, Juan Benitez is the new LBUSD Board’s president. Finally, there’s gonna be a Burger Week, y’all!

First, today’s weather: Partly cloudy throughout the day. High: 83 Low: 67.

***Please note that the City operates five cooling centers that are open daily from noon to 6 p.m. Water is available at each site. They remain in operation until October 16.***

Here are the top stories in Long Beach today:

  1. A LB family with an autistic teen had problems with Southwest over the mask mandate. A call to News 4 got them on the flight, but then the mother was asked to deplane for not “wearing her mask at a point during the conversation with attendants.” (The Mercury News, CBS)
  2. Juan Benitez will be the LB Unified School District’s Board of Education’s president for the 2021-22 school year. Failure to elect him last year in favor of Diana Craighead drew criticism from the mayor and a state senator. (LB Post)
  3. The first ever LB Burger Week will run from August 1 to 8. It gives participating restaurants a chance to showcase their specialties at a value price. Examples are the Truffle Shuffle Burger at the LB Tap House or the Vegan Patty Melt at Hungry Angelina. (OC Breeze)
  4. The Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) on Terminal Island incinerates an estimated 450,000 pounds of drugs each year. Its contract with the City will run out in 2024. Having lost revenue, there’s no word what will happen then. (LB Business Journal)
  5. BNSF Railway will limit transport of international containers from the Port of LB to its Chicago terminal because of a growing backlog. It is unclear what effects this will have on supply chain issues and the local Port’s recovery efforts. (Trains)

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