Attaining the ‘vision of the community’

At fourth General Plan community workshop, residents express anger and frustration about land use

Residents from throughout Long Beach showed up Wednesday night for the City’s last of four workshops on the proposed update to the General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Elements. However, judging by the pointed questions and critical comments made during the public-input portion of the event, one would be hard-pressed to find a citizen…

SH Planning Commission proposes ban on marijuana business activity

In light of Prop. 64, it also recommends ban on outdoor cultivation for personal use and regulating indoor planting

Marijuana regulation Pursuant to Proposition 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed in November 2016, the Signal Hill Planning Commission considered a resolution at its Oct. 17 meeting recommending that the city council approve a zoning-ordinance amendment prohibiting all commercial marijuana activities and personal-use outdoor cultivation, and establish “reasonable” regulations for personal indoor cultivation…

Local experts: Changing coyote behavior means changing human behavior

A coyote seminar also presented study findings, City wildlife policies and co-existence tips

If local residents want to make sure their homes are protected from wildlife, namely coyotes, then the first preventative measure should be to examine personal habits, because many behaviors, such as feeding wild animals– although well intentioned– may actually be harming the ecosystem, according to experts at a community seminar on Oct. 12. Long Beach…

Business owner arrested, charged on drug-related offenses

Two concurrent investigations have resulted in charges filed against a business owner after his arrest on drug-possession charges, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). In May of 2017, the Drug Investigations Section (DIS) received information regarding drug sales taking place at Rolli’s Smoke Shop, located at 2327 E. Anaheim St. During their investigation,…

Hahn proposes rent-control ordinance for mobile-home parks

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by 4th District Supervisor Janice Hahn and coauthored by 3rd District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl that will examine the feasibility of a rent-control ordinance for mobile-home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. “Mobile-home residents are in a difficult and unique situation,”…

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…

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…

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…