May 18, 2018 | Vol. XL | No. 21

This week’s issue is headlined with stories about a undocumented-student workshop at Long Beach City College about resources and a proposal for a new retail plaza in the Uptown region that will be discussed by the planning commission in June. Other stories include a City of Long Beach aging study revealing the need for services…

Helping Dreamers turn aspirations into reality

LBCC’s day-long event for undocumented students emphasizes building support systems, speaking up

Hailing from low-income and isolated backgrounds, many undocumented immigrants enter the United States idealizing the American Dream, but they instead are faced with prejudice and hardship. At least these are the sentiments of undocumented students such as Karla and Leonidas, both adopting pseudonyms to conceal their true identities, when they spoke with the Signal Tribune…

‘There is real potential in north Long Beach’

Proposal for The Uptown retail plaza to reach City planning commission in June

As condominium and high-rise projects continue to sprout throughout downtown, north Long Beach isn’t falling far behind, as it too has construction developments underway. One project is located within walking distance from Houghton Park in uptown. The current retail center located there, Harding Plaza, will soon be connected to a new retail development expansion-project called…

New Long Beach aging study shows increasing need for senior-care services

Affordable housing and accessible transportation for seniors stand out as most urgent needs

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in conjunction with the Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Department (PRM), this month released a comprehensive report on the city’s older population entitled “Establishing Care Systems for an Age-Friendly Community,” which demonstrates a pressing need to increase senior-care services. Karen Doolittle, a consultant with…

‘This is a time to save for our future’

Brown’s budget revision fills Rainy Day Fund, increases school funding to highest ever

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last week issued a revised state budget proposal that increases funding for education to its highest level ever, brings the Rainy Day Fund to capacity and allots billions of dollars in one-time surplus funding to address homelessness, boost mental-health services and revamp failing infrastructure. “We’re nearing the longest economic…

Theatre review: Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion

If you’ve never been to an opera, you’re in luck. Long Beach Opera’s The Love Potion, with one more performance at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro on May 19, is an accessible production, sung in English with minimal flourish, but vocally and emotionally rich. Written by Swiss composer Frank Martin as Le Vin…

LGB runway temporarily closed for rehabilitation project

Runway 12-30, Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) main commercial runway, is being closed intermittently over an eight-day period for rehabilitation of critical areas, according to airport officials, who say that, as a result of the closure, neighborhoods near the airport may notice a change in aircraft flight activity. The need for the rehabilitation project was identified…

Lowenthal, colleagues introduce bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on Cambodian officials attacking democracy

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), co-chair of the Congressional Cambodia Caucus (CCC), has joined with Republican colleague Ted Yoho (FL-03), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, to introduce bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for undermining democracy in the Asian nation. The bill is cosponsored…

Attempted-theft suspect dies during arrest process

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Wednesday reported the death of a man who was being detained by another man after the former had allegedly attempted to steal a woman’s cell phone. On Monday, May 14, at approximately 11:30pm, officers were dispatched to the area of Granada Avenue and Ocean Boulevard for a call regarding…

Musical Theatre West offering summer youth conservatory

Musical Theatre West (MTW) will offer a three-week summer youth conservatory July 9-29 taught by industry professionals and designed to help students develop and hone skills necessary for future careers in professional musical theatre. In addition to acting, voice and dance training, the program will expand their knowledge of the world of musical theater and…

Metro Blue Line to now be open for LB Pride

Fourth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Tuesday that Metro will reschedule the planned closure of two Blue Line stations originally scheduled to take place this weekend. Hahn asked Metro to reconsider the timing of the maintenance, concerned that the closures would interfere with transportation to and from Long Beach Pride this Saturday,…

Port’s April cargo rises nearly 11 percent

Four months into 2018, the Port of Long Beach has moved 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units, an amount more than 17 percent above last year’s record pace, according to port officials. In April, dockworkers handled 618,438 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), a 10.8-percent increase above the same month last year. Import containers grew 8.4 percent to…

Reported sexually transmitted diseases in CA reach new high

A record number of Californians were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2017, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported– a 45-percent increase compared to five years ago. Particularly concerning, health officials say, is…