Governor signs Mendoza bill aimed at election fairness

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 45– an election-fairness measure– by Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) on Oct. 15, after the Legislature had unanimously approved it on Sept. 5. SB 45 will amend the Political Reform Act of 1974 (PRA) to clarify that a city, county, special district,or state elected official whose name appears on…

Haunts and Happenings | Oct. 20

Friday, Oct. 20 While mummy’s out… Parents can take the night off while The Youth Center entertains their children at a Kid’s Night Out “Halloween Spooktacular” from 6pm to 10:30pm at the Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. in Los Alamitos. Kids ages 5 to 12 can participate in such haunting activities as a mummy wrap,…

Cabaret at Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre

Confidence! If you’re going to perform risqué numbers during the rise of Nazism in pre-WWII Germany, you need a lot of it. And confidence is exactly what the team of actors in Long Beach Playhouse Studio’s Cabaret exudes in spades, making the show both thrilling and chilling, especially given the rising prejudices of our own…

‘So powerful for children’

Photo courtesy Goodwill SOLAC Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC) is donating more than 50,000 children’s books to 16 Long Beach schools this month, according to the organization. The gently used books were originally contributed at Goodwill SOLAC donation centers. The total value of the books is estimated at $100,000, according…

Ports to consider update to Clean Air Action Plan

The governing boards of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will conduct a joint public meeting Nov. 2 to consider approving the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) 2017 Update, which contains far-reaching strategies to further reduce air emissions and support the State’s vision for more sustainable freight movement, according…

Eye on Crime | Oct. 20

LBPD reporting system is still down. Crimes reported by the Signal Hill Police Department Thursday, Oct. 12 9:18am Indecent exposure 2100 block Cherry Ave 10:18am Identity theft 1700 block E. 28th St. 6:43pm Disorderly conduct; intoxication (drugs and alcohol) 2000 block St. Louis Ave. (suspect arrested) Friday, Oct. 13 8:59pm Inflicting corporal injury on spouse/cohabitant…

Three have filed to run for Long Beach mayor

Candidates for council districts 3, 5 and 9 emerge to challenge incumbents

The race for Long Beach mayor and the odd-numbered council districts is beginning to heat up, with five new candidates looking to unseat incumbents. For non-council seats such as city attorney, prosecutor and auditor, however, the incumbents are thus far unopposed. Current Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia filed an intention statement (Form 501) to run…

Signal Hill City Council approves labor agreement with police department

The council also approved a natural-hazard mitigation plan for Signal Hill

After hearing tunes performed by local group The Jazz Angels, which received a proclamation, the Signal Hill City Council turned its attention to several municipal issues at its Oct. 10 meeting. Chief among these was approving a memorandum of understanding with the Signal Hill Police Officers Association. It also approved a 2017 hazard mitigation plan…

The ‘destructive’ choice between abuser and homelessness

Local event recognized victims of domestic-violence incidents and promoted prevention strategies

About two weeks ago, the gated community of Island Village– on the border of Seal Beach in southeast Long Beach– was rocked with the sound of gunfire when a husband fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Wayne Havron, a 53-year-old off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department captain,…

The importance of HPV vaccinations

Nearly 79 million Americans are infected with some type of the human papillomavirus (HPV), with 14 million new cases expected each year. HPV is a group of related viruses. Most of the time, HPV infections go away on their own, while others can cause genital warts or cancer. HPV infections can cause cancers of the…

In the Dark | Oct. 13

Each issue this month, I’m reviewing a different scary flick, focusing on ones that have somehow remained below my radar up to this point and about which I knew virtually nothing until viewing them… titles that I’ve been “in the dark” about. I’ll write a brief reaction to each, as well as rate it based…