Keeping graduations– and the summer– safe for kids

Commentary

With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place this week, and Thursday, June 15 being the last day of school for all LBUSD schools on the traditional calendar, the Long Beach Police Department would like to congratulate graduates and parents, yet remind them about the dangers associated with celebrating irresponsibly and to follow some…

When a parent has cancer: tips for talking to kids

Commentary

Almost 3 million children and adolescents in the U.S. have a parent who has or once had cancer. Among newly diagnosed adults, 1 in 5 has children under 18. Cancer causes emotional strain in a family. Children of parents with cancer are more likely to have emotional problems, difficulty sleeping, increased fights with siblings, crying…

Make your lifestyle heart-healthy

Commentary

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, killing nearly 600,000 people each year. The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial knows that taking the steps to living a heart healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk for heart disease. Reduce stress Too much stress can lead to heart…

Stand up for mental health, and save a life

When I was a kid, people would whisper the word “cancer.” Now, professional football players are wearing pink cleats on national television in support of finding a cure. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. We cry with them, walk for a cure and share their stories with anyone who will listen.…

Taking steps to prevent burglaries – Commentary

The North Division of the Long Beach Police Department wants to remind residents about the facts regarding recent residential burglaries: Most occurred on a weekday. Most occurred between the hours of 7am and 5pm. Nearly half of the people arrested for residential burglary have been juveniles. Burglars often work in teams of two or three,…

Medicare can help people with chronic illness

If you have Medicare, there’s a good chance you have two or more chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease or dementia. Two-thirds of the 57 million Americans with Medicare have two or more chronic illnesses. Having multiple chronic conditions increases the risk of death and functional limitations, decreases quality of life, and…

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…