Signal Hill City Council OKs refinancing bonds for new library

The council also approved company to oversee construction of library

This version was corrected at 11:56 am, Friday. New library funding and construction were central topics at the Signal Hill City Council meeting on Aug. 8. To help pay for the new library, the council approved refinancing bonds and forming a Signal Hill Municipal Financing Authority to potentially issue a new bond. It also awarded…

Numerous changes to characterize upcoming school year

New high school to open and year-round calendar to be discarded

When the new academic year begins Wednesday, Aug. 30 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), several significant changes will come along with it, including a new high school in Signal Hill, year-round schools returning to a traditional calendar and early transitional kindergarten offered at select sites. New high school Signal…

LB Airport sees significant increase in passenger traffic

Airline passenger traffic at the Long Beach Airport (LGB) increased 25 percent in June 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, according to City of Long Beach officials. Total passenger traffic includes the number of airline passengers both enplaned and deplaned. In June 2017, LGB served 313,064 passengers compared to 250,421 in June 2016.…

Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget ‘fiscally responsible’

Long Beach officials aim to invest in ways to cover increasing costs

As Long Beach continues its goal of becoming a “21st century city,” via modernized construction plans and housing projects, the City stands on a balanced budget despite some underestimated revenue gains, according to officials this week. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City Manager Patrick West and other officials on Monday presented the Fiscal Year 2018…

Local chefs serve meal at rescue mission

Tales of personal struggles that led to homelessness surface during breakfast

Four-year-old Carah Hayes is heading to kindergarten this fall, and finding the school supplies and uniforms for her will be difficult, explained her father Johari “Joey” Roberts. But Carah gives no indication of the hardship that she has endured growing up homeless. She volunteers at the Christian Outreach in Action (COA) shelter where her family…

Long Beach Airport earns $15.3-million grant to upgrade, rename runways

The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Long Beach Airport (LGB) a $15.3-million grant as part of the Airport Improvement Program. The funds will go toward infrastructure improvements to LGB’s busiest runway– 7R-25L. The runway is primarily used by general aviation for extensive flight-training operations by flight schools and flying…

Office set up to aid those affected by closure of private educational institutions

As students struggle with the aftermath of for-profit educational institutions that have closed or violated the law, the California Department of Consumer Affairs has established the Office of Student Assistance and Relief (OSAR), as mandated by Senate Bill 1192, to help students navigate their uncertain academic and financial future. “OSAR’s goal is to provide individualized…