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Celebrating 90 Years: City of Signal Hill Birthday Open House Live Stream on Tuesday, April 22 at 6pm

April 21st, 2014 · Uncategorized

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Vol. 35 No. 46 – April 18, 2014

April 18th, 2014 · * Download Entire Issue

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LB city clerk releases updated tally for April 8 election
Vote-by-mail, provisional ballots included in new unofficial report

April 18th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Photos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Workers sit ready to help tally the ballots on the night of the Primary Nominating Election at organized computer workstations at the Long Beach City Council Chamber on April 8.

Photos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune

Workers sit ready to help tally the ballots on the night of the Primary Nominating Election at organized computer workstations at the Long Beach City Council Chamber on April 8.


CJ Dablo
Staff Writer

There were several close calls in last week’s Primary Nominating Election in Long Beach held on April 8, and candidates in several races for public office didn’t know until this week whether they had won enough votes to take office or whether they needed to continue their campaigns in preparation for a General Municipal Election on June 3.
As the Signal Tribune reported last week, the Long Beach City Clerk’s office estimated that about 9,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots that were received on April 7 and April 8 had not yet been tallied. The city clerk’s office finally released an updated tally reflecting those votes this week. Results noted in this report are still unofficial since the city clerk has not yet certified the election.
The City saw another low voter turnout at last week’s election. Only 49,870 out of the 285,029 registered voters (17.5 percent) cared to fill in a ballot this time. [Read more →]

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Proposal to charge fees for new Signal Hill youth programs sparks more debate about Measure U

April 18th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Roy Mercado (far left), coach for the City of Signal Hill’s Community Services Department, instructs children participating in the City’s after-school program at the basketball courts of Signal Hill Park on Wednesday, April 16.

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Roy Mercado (far left), coach for the City of Signal Hill’s Community Services Department, instructs children participating in the City’s after-school program at the basketball courts of Signal Hill Park on Wednesday, April 16.


Sean Belk
Staff Writer

Debate about a controversial ballot measure, known as Measure U, continued this week as Signal Hill city officials raised concerns that the initiative would impact the City’s ability to charge fees for new after-school and summertime youth recreation programs.
The City Council voted unanimously (3-0) at its April 15 meeting to advance a fee resolution to recover costs for new and existing recreation programs that would be offered by the City’s community-services department to youth ages 3 to 14. Mayor Ed Wilson and Councilmember Tina Hansen were both absent for the agenda item.
Fees would range from $2 per day to $12 per day per participant, generating an estimated $92,000 annually to partially offset operational costs for the current After-school Recreation Club (ARC) and Itty Bitty Day Camp in addition to newly proposed “tween” summer day-camp programs, according to a staff report.
The Council typically considers fee resolutions when adopting the City’s budget in mid-June, but staff recommended the Council consider the fees prior to the June 3 election because of “uncertainty” created by Measure U, the staff report states.
According to city officials, if voters pass the measure, also known as the Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote initiative, the City would have to get a citywide voter approval to establish the fee programs. Certified ballot language states that Measure U would amend the City Charter, requiring that “all taxes, assessments and fees” be subject to a two-thirds voter approval of the Signal Hill electorate. [Read more →]

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Historic memorabilia, personal storytelling to highlight SH’s 90th-anniversary event

April 18th, 2014 · News

Photos courtesy City of SH Signal Hill’s 90th-anniversary event on Tuesday, April 22 will feature artifacts (including vintage photos such as the one above) from the city’s history that Councilmember Lori Woods has been compiling. The above photo shows a water tower located near Junipero Avenue between Panorama and Skyline drives. (Plans for the structure were approved in September 1935, and construction was completed in 1936. In 2002, it was removed as part of the reservoir project.)

Photos courtesy City of SH

Signal Hill’s 90th-anniversary event on Tuesday, April 22 will feature artifacts (including vintage photos such as the one above) from the city’s history that Councilmember Lori Woods has been compiling. The above photo shows a water tower located near Junipero Avenue between Panorama and Skyline drives. (Plans for the structure were approved in September 1935, and construction was completed in 1936. In 2002, it was removed as part of the reservoir project.)


Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

The City of Signal Hill turns 90 this year and will host an anniversary reception featuring historical displays, a birthday cake from Rossmoor Pastries, champagne and live jazz. Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with the city’s nonagenarians, several of whom have been residents since the City was incorporated in 1924. The event will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, April 22 at the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 E Hill St.
The anniversary reception is one of two events planned to celebrate the City’s 90th birthday. The second event, a festival in the park, will take place from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday, June 21.
Councilmember Lori Woods has been in charge of putting together the City’s anniversary festivities. She said that the event on Tuesday will be casual. [Read more →]

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