Feb. 16, 2018 | Signal Tribune

This week’s headlines: Long Beach Airport discusses noise-ordinance amendments; Councilmember Jeannine Pearce states a recall committee is victim-shaming her; and the Water Replenishment District celebrates an expansion groundwater desalting plant as fear of a drought looms over the horizon.

Long Beach Airport discusses noise-ordinance amendments with community

Residents question proposed fine increases for curfew and noise violations

Imposing harsher penalties to curb unwanted behavior might seem straightforward, but it’s not that simple, according to some Long Beach residents. The Long Beach Airport is considering asking the Long Beach City Council to pass a noise-ordinance amendment that would significantly increase penalties for airlines that break curfew or otherwise exceed noise allowances. However, last…

When the wells run dry, the answer lies below

Water Replenishment District of Southern California expands groundwater de-salter facility amid concern of possible drought

The United States Drought Monitor (USDM), a project of government agencies and other partners, recently released a heat map of California, which indicates that some regions of the state are already experiencing early drought conditions as the winter season comes to a close. In an effort to conserve water, the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of…

Bullying, or being held accountable?

Off heels of courthouse statements last week, Long Beach Councilmember Pearce claims recall committee calling for resignation is victim-shaming, but leader of movement says elected leader should take responsibility for actions

Standing in front of the Long Beach Courthouse on Feb. 9 amongst a crowd of supporters and media, 2nd District Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce addressed the alleged June incidents of domestic violence that have been a subject of controversy for nearly a year. After a continuing months-long battle of investigations, the narrative managed to…

LBPD honors 95-year-old who has volunteered for 35 years

Fluent in six languages, Laura Mathews is on-call volunteer for translation services.

Age has a way of catching up with us and slowing us down, rendering the activities we once enjoyed into fond memories to relish. However, Laura Mathews seems to defy that aging process. The 95-year-old military veteran has been volunteering with the Long Beach Police Department for 35 years– and shows no signs of wanting…

At NAACP meeting, CSU chancellor shares progress of African-American students

White also stressed availability of financial aid for low-income students

When Timothy P. White, chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system, received an invitation from Long Beach Branch NAACP President Naomi Rainey-Pierson to speak at one of its meetings, little did he know he would encounter a live protest during his presentation. White was called to deliver an update on Sunday, Feb. 11 at…

Signal Hill City Council reviews fees charged for services

Council to conduct workshop on streamlining fees to better reflect true costs

During its Feb. 13 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council heard project updates and presentations, conducted routine business and began an unexpectedly complicated workshop on revising fees charged for City services. Because the council eventually realized that providing appropriate direction on fee changes warranted more time and consideration, it agreed to conduct a separate budget…

‘Do something good with these memories’

The family of World War II veteran and Marine Corporal Sam Richiusa gathered to honor his treacherous war journey through the medium of art on Saturday, Feb. 10 when representatives from the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) opened their doors to dedicate a display to hold a piece of a downed Japanese plane Richiusa…

Medicare can help protect your eyesight

Are you at risk for glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain. Some forms of glaucoma don’t have any symptoms, so you may have it even if you don’t have trouble seeing or feel any pain.…

Around Town | Feb. 16, 2018

CANDID WITH CANDIDATES What Candidate brunch Who Hosted by the Deforest Neighborhood Association When Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9:30am to 1pm Where The Historic Long Beach Dairy and Creamery, 167 E. South St. More Info Candidates from the odd-numbered districts of Long Beach will be outlining their future campaigns. Call (562) 428-7710. PUT YOUR WALKING…

Becerra issues advisory providing guidance on privacy requirements of Immigrant Worker Protection Act

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Tuesday issued an advisory providing an overview of and guidance on the privacy prescriptions under the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450). Becerra and Labor Commissioner Julie Su also issued joint guidance on frequently asked questions to help employers and workers understand and comply with the new state…

Lowenthal leads sustainability advocates in Congress on release of comprehensive infrastructure plan

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) this week joined with the 54 other members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) to release the SEEC Sustainable Infrastructure Plan, which serves as a blueprint for smart, environmentally sustainable infrastructure investment throughout the nation. The SEEC plan also stands in stark contrast to the recently released Trump…