Wilson not removed from mayor position despite motion

SH City Council decides not to reorganize after public comment and deliberation over mayor’s alleged misconduct

In a packed council chamber at its Dec. 12 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council heard many members of the public voice their opinions regarding Mayor Edward Wilson’s recent alleged misconduct that had prompted the council to consider reorganizing. After thoughtful deliberation, however, that motion was withdrawn. But the council, along with the City Council…

One step toward a polarizing view of Long Beach’s future

LB Planning Commission recommends city council pass LUE; community at odds with decision

Despite listening to roughly four hours of public disapproval and concern on Monday night at Long Beach City Hall over the proposed update of the City’s Land Use Element (LUE), the Planning Commission voted unanimously, 6-0, to recommend and pass the LUE, with modified changes, to the city council. The final decision on the LUE,…

Effort to recall Pearce becomes official with serving of notice of intention

Councilmember calls allegations of misconduct ‘embellished and exaggerated claims’

Six months after police intervened in an incident between 2nd District Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce and her former chief of staff, an effort to recall her became official this week. At Tuesday’s Long Beach City Council meeting, Ian Patton, a member of the Committee Supporting the Recall of Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, served a notice…

CA Secretary of State’s Office launches cannabis-related business online portal

Secretary of State Alex Padilla has announced the launch of cannabizfile, a new online portal with information about cannabis-related business filings with the Secretary of State’s office. Entrepreneurs seeking to start a cannabis-related business in California will need to register their business entity with the Secretary of State. “The first stop when starting any business…

LB Department of Health and Human Services receives $150,000 grant to expand bicycle, pedestrian safety education

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to expand its bicycle and pedestrian education activities. “This funding will expand our City’s effort to prevent injuries while promoting active transportation,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. The grant will help fund…

LBPD South Division to host open house

The City of Long Beach will celebrate the reestablishment of the police department’s South Patrol Division, 400 W. Broadway, with a free community open-house event on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11:30am to 2:30pm. “Restoring the South Patrol Division will improve the safety of our community and demonstrates the City’s commitment to use Measure A funds…

Pedestrian not in crosswalk struck by vehicle, killed

A pedestrian was killed in an accident last week, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Dec. 8, at approximately 8:50pm, officers from responded to Pacific Coast Highway and Myrtle Avenue on a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collision. When officers arrived, they found that the collision involved a 2010 Chrysler 300, driven…

Thomas fire burns 96,000 acres, forces evacuation of 50,000

Two LBFD strike teams deployed to assist with regional firefighting efforts

Although not in imminent danger, residents of Signal Hill and Long Beach could smell smoke Thursday from various wildfires in Los Angeles County, including the Thomas wildfire currently burning in Ventura County, near and within the cities of Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula. The blaze had begun north of Santa Paula, near Steckel Park and…

Staying on the ‘GRID’

Solar-panel installation company completes its 200th clean-energy project in Long Beach, trains students

In a constantly evolving city, solar panel installations are becoming a more common sight in Long Beach, but for a particular group of construction workers who installed solar energy panels atop a residential home on E. 16th Street, it was more than just a routine project. GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar-power company, hosted a press…

ICTF JPA board meets to approve agenda items, discuss dormant on-dock rail study

The brief meeting at the Port of Long Beach office also focused on the project’s EIR status

A public meeting on Dec. 6 at the Port of Long Beach’s Interim Administrative Offices primarily featured discussion about the status of the LA ports’ on-dock rail study– which has not been updated since 2006– and the subsequent draft environmental-impact report (EIR), both of which, up until now, had been in “limbo,” according to Richard…