Using Facebook as evidence in criminal cases

Use extreme caution before taxing Facebook with a moral responsibility to censor its content, be it offensive or otherwise. Facebook content is frequently the only evidence that a crime has been committed, is the window for now millions of eye witnesses, and is a treasure trove of forensic evidence. In fact, the worst thing you…

Trauma-informed pilot program results in increased attendance, decreased suspensions – Commentary

There’s a movement underway at Beach High School, and it has resulted in increased attendance and decreased suspensions during the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. What’s driving the movement is Beach’s team of compassionate, committed staff and the collaboration of student support programs on campus: Restorative Justice, Safe and Civil, and our recently…

Give police the tools they need– Commentary

By: Madeline Bernstein President spcaLA On March 29, a Garden Grove police officer shot and killed Jax, a 2-year-old pit bull terrier, the family pet of Steve Pudiquet, while [police] were at his residence executing a search warrant for illegal drugs. They knew in advance that there would be a dog, Jax, on the scene…

Discouraging distracted driving– Commentary

By the Signal Hill Police Department April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Signal Hill Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially…

Be prepared for a buggy spring– Commentary

By: The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) Recent storms, followed by warm temperatures, provided the perfect opportunity for many insects to emerge throughout Los Angeles County that have caused many residents to worry about a surge of mosquitoes. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) is informing residents that many…

Monkey business: A Trauma-Informed Movement in Education success story

Helping a school become trauma-informed requires more than training school staff about the neuroscience of trauma or providing a prescription of techniques. The heart of trauma-informed care, and our It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education) program at Beach High School, is relationships. Effectively helping children who have experienced trauma starts and ends with the…

Finding a good nursing home

One recent Sunday morning, I woke up to a text message from a coworker saying she’d been up all night with her mother in the emergency room. Her mom had fallen, broken her hip and was getting admitted to the hospital for surgery. As you can imagine, my colleague was exhausted, worried and facing some…

Looking deeper into LBPD compensation

The City of Long Beach announced Monday the details of the tentative deal reached with the Police Officers Association (POA) last December, set to go to a council vote as the new police contract next week. (See story on p. 15.) It includes a 9-percent increase in pay for our generally excellent police (staggered over…

Learning lessons– three minutes at a time

I started boxing about 10 years ago, at a gym in Westminster. The people I’ve met there have been my mentors, even the men and women who drift in on a whim and leave anonymously a few weeks later, after they realize they don’t like being hit and that there are probably easier ways to…

Three ways to lower your skin cancer risk in 2017

The beginning of a new year is typically when people assess their health and vow to improve their well-being. Resolving to take better care of your skin is a great place to start: after all, it is the body’s largest organ. Even though skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer– one in five Americans…

How much will my Medicare cost in 2017?

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?” Like private…