Metaphorically speaking

At a ‘crossroads,’ BKBIA director manages a ‘chessboard’ of businesses

When Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), speaks about the overall state of retail and development in his district, he often vacillates between two metaphors. Sometimes, he likens it to a chessboard– a game of moving pieces and strategic maneuvers. Other times, he uses the word “crossroads,” since the…

LB Transit graduates seven new bus operators

A class of seven bus operator trainees graduated July 7 from Long Beach Transit’s (LBT) eight-week training course and are beginning work as licensed bus operators. The graduates are Helen Bushrod, Danielle Ferguson, Kaleab Gorfu, Frank Luna, Frank Nieblas, Jasmyne Press and Reuben Watson. They were culled from an initial applicant pool of 150 candidates,…

LGBTQ Center to relaunch AIDS Walk Long Beach

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach has announced that it will relaunch AIDS Walk Long Beach on Nov. 5 in Bixby Park. The walk was originally a program of The Center’s and then was a project of The Long Beach AIDS Foundation. Keeping a nearly 30-year tradition alive, the walk will raise awareness and support…

Port has second-best June ever

The Port of Long Beach moved enough containers last month to make it the second-best June ever, wrapping up a quarter when cargo volume rose by more than 8 percent, according to port officials. Measured by industry-standard, twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), cargo climbed 9.2 percent in June compared to the same month last year, to…

Signal Hill resident celebrates 100 years

Bostonian enriches volunteer work with sharp wit and independent spirit

By: Anita W. Harris Staff Writer This past week, the Friends of the Signal Hill Library (FOSHL) celebrated Mildred Wallerstein as she approaches her 100th birthday on Saturday. Wallerstein was recognized as Signal Hill Community Volunteer of the Year in 2016 and as Signal Hill’s Distinguished Older American in 2017 for her volunteer work. At…

Clearing the air

LA County assembles advisory group to compile regulations for cannabis in unincorporated cities

By: Denny Cristales Online Editor Although cannabis enthusiasts had plenty to celebrate on Election Day in November– when California voters approved Proposition 64 to legalize the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana for recreational purposes– there are still regulatory measures Los Angeles County is intending to take with the popular plant. Los Angeles County’s Office…