Animal-advocacy group calls PAC’s 11th-hour endorsements suspicious

Animal PAC says its late support of Uranga, Price and Garcia occurred because of its vetting process

Days before the Long Beach primary election on Tuesday, a local animal-advocacy group began raising questions regarding eleventh-hour endorsements by another animal-rights organization, as well as the connection between the latter group and an incumbent councilmember. No Kill Long Beach (NKLB), formerly Stayin’ Alive Long Beach, an initiative whose ultimate goal is to make the…

At Garcia’s invitation, U.S. Sen. Harris addresses LB town-hall gathering

Harris emphasized that Americans have ‘so much more in common than what separates us’

Shortly after US Senator Kamala Harris had been sworn into office in 2017, she was speaking at her stepdaughter’s high school when a student raised her hand and asked, “What are we going to do about a divided America?” Harris distinctly remembered that question and, at a town-hall meeting at the Long Beach Convention Center…

Love Never Dies at the Pantages Theatre

Raise your hand if you think Christine should have stayed with the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical Phantom of the Opera. Sure, the Phantom could be creepy and possessive, and okay, a little manipulative. But that’s only because he was never loved, right? You’ll be happy to know the Phantom gets another chance…

Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Falstaff and Prince Hal

In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday month, the Long Beach Shakespeare Company (LBSC) is presenting two “old-time radio” plays, the first of which, Falstaff and Prince Hal, continues at the Richard Goad Theatre through April 15 and centers on the boozing, exaggeration-prone Sir John Falstaff and his witty interactions with the young Prince Henry, or…

Therapeutic play in action

My decade-plus tenure as a clinician at The Guidance Center has provided me with the privilege of being with hundreds of children of all ages. Notice the choice of word, “being” rather than the word “working.” In my opinion, and experience, therapeutic healing comes from a place of oneness between the wounded and healer. When…

Becerra sues EPA over illegal decision to let polluters off the hook

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its illegal repeal of a longstanding policy that requires major sources of hazardous air pollutants– such as petroleum refineries and chemical plants– to permanently take action to reduce their emissions. Known…

Long Beach launches downtown shuttle service

The City of Long Beach has launched a free shuttle service in downtown Long Beach, provided by The Free Ride (TFR) transportation service, to offer rides around the downtown area using gas-free, electric vehicles. “With the addition of programs like The Free Ride and EZparkLB, parking and transportation around the downtown is becoming a lot…

Port of LB breaks 1st-quarter record

The Port of Long Beach has completed its best-ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March, according to port officials. The quick start is 19.4-percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever. The previous first quarter record was set in 2007.…

Classified-ad website shut down after allegations of promoting human-trafficking

Backpage.com, the second-largest classified-ad website after Craigslist, was shut down April 6 after a joint law-enforcement effort. In a press release announcing the closure, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the website “the world’s largest online brothel.” The website’s closure was the result of an effort involving the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), the…

Around Town | April 13, 2018

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS What Book sale Who Hosted by the Friends of Signal Hill Library When Friday, April 13 from 11am to 4pm Where 1780 E. Hill St. More Info Each shopper will receive a free raffle ticket. Call Cecilia Fidora at (562) 494-1013. TO THE DOGS What Spay and neuter event Who Hosted by…

Eye on Crime | April 13, 2018

Crimes reported by the Signal Hill Police Department Thursday, April 5 10:29am Forgery 3200 block E. 19th St. 12:26pm Forgery 2400 block Cherry Ave. 3:51pm Grand theft 2600 block Cherry Ave. 6pm Unlawful possession/using tear gas or tear gas weapon: ex felon E. Spring St./Long Beach Blvd. (suspect arrested) Friday, April 6 10:51pm Petty theft…