Annual ‘State of the District’ highlights new events, programs and businesses this year in Bixby Knolls

Sean Belk Staff Writer For the past year, events and programs have built a synergy between the commercial corridor and the neighborhood in Bixby Knolls, attracting businesses and residents alike. And this year is no different. Last week, Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), showcased last year’s accomplishments while…

Letter: Ad buster

I am appalled by the recent New York Times advertisement written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for This World: The Values Network. Rabbi Shmuley attacked National Security Advisor Susan Rice claiming she is “blind to genocide” in Israel and Rwanda. Ms. Rice is a respected professional who has served her country proudly in numerous roles over…

Restaurant Week event to benefit Food Finders

As part of Eat LBC Long Beach Restaurant Week, local eateries are offering a Chef’s Tasting Menu as a benefit for Food Finders food rescue organization March 22–28. The Chef’s Tasting Menu, offered at The Sky Room, Michael’s On Naples, Queensview Steakhouse, and L’Opera Ristorante, to name a few, features three courses for $50 plus…

Library to host artist’s paper cut-out creations

Cut-outs and Cartoons, art and illustration by Long Beach artist Lara Odell, will be on display at the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave., through April 30. The exhibit will be on view in the display cases located on the first floor of the library. Odell is an artist working in both the commercial…

David Sanborn concert to benefit polio-immunization campaign

Six-time Grammy-winner David Sanborn will perform at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the Cal State Long Beach campus March 15 at 2pm in a show to benefit Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. Sanborn, who has released 24 albums– eight certified gold, one certified platinum– has won six Grammys for R&B,…

NBC to air special on 2004 Bixby Knolls murder

The 2004 killing of 50-year-old Lynn Schockner in her Bixby Knolls home will be the subject of a two-hour special on NBC on Friday, March 6. Schockner’s wealthy husband had paid $5,000 to a hitman, who then hired another man for $5,000 to conduct the murder, which took place as police were at the front…

Doud releases first Work Plan to show intended audits

Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud this week released the City Auditor’s Office 2015 Annual Work Plan, the first plan of its kind for the Office, to show the specific audits planned in 2015. The focus of the plan, released March 4, is to foster a cooperative and collaborative working relationship between the city auditor’s…