LB mayor highlights historic milestones in annual address

Despite positives, the City will have to address critical issues in 2018, including closure of hospital and trucking crisis

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s fourth State of the City address went the way most would typically expect– a sense of fulfillment of the city’s accomplishments in the past year and flowing optimism for the challenges ahead. The feeling of gratification is not without merit, seeing as 2017 featured Long Beach’s all-time lowest homicides and…

SH City Council approves contracts for new library

New library construction will break ground on Jan. 24 and is scheduled for completion by March 2019

New library In its first meeting of 2018, the Signal Hill City Council awarded a contract to inspect new library construction, having awarded a contract to build the library at a special meeting on Dec. 19, 2017. The council had approved staff recommendations to award the building contract to Tobo Construction, Inc. for $11,149,980, which…

Sessions doesn’t strike fear in their hearts

Last week’s announcement by United States attorney general on federal marijuana policy gets a big yawn locally

When the top federal prosecutor warned last week that he would no longer follow the previous presidential administration’s policy on marijuana enforcement, cannabis advocates and local leaders in Long Beach and Signal Hill both acknowledged the announcement wouldn’t really change the day-to-day life in these cities. In a statement released Jan. 4, U.S. Attorney General…

LB boasts record year of ‘increased positive outcomes for animals in community’

Watchdog group says City’s shared stats only show part of the story

[Ed. note: The following is the second installment of a two-part story on the findings of a recent audit of the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter. The first part is available at signaltribunenewspaper.com/?p=36345.] This week, the City of Long Beach issued a press release about the achievements of its Animal Care Services (ACS) in…

LB city clerk approves petition format for recall of Pearce

Councilmember implores constituents to decline signing ‘misleading recall petition’

Two weeks after 2nd District Long Beach Councilmember Jeannine Pearce issued a formal response to a notice calling for her recall, the group behind the effort announced that its petition format has been formally approved. The Committee Supporting the Recall of Councilmember Jeannine Pearce– a group seeking the first-term councilmember’s removal based on incidents that…

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital achieve Magnet designation for second time

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach attained Magnet recognition for the second time, according to MemorialCare representatives. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. The credential is the highest national recognition a healthcare organization can…

Wagging the dog?

After audit of Animal Care Services shelter, watchdog group criticizes Long Beach for allowing spcaLA to hinder its adoption program

Perhaps city officials were trying to look on the bright side, or maybe they wanted to commend the work of employees in an unenviable position, but when the City of Long Beach issued a press release last month announcing the results of phase one of an independent audit of its animal shelter, the first finding…

Shooting at Bixby Knolls law firm results in deaths of 2 people, 1 injury

The fatalities included the gunman– an employee of the business– who took his life during the incident

The senior manager of a law firm was killed and another victim is recovering from his injuries after a gunman opened fire inside a Bixby Knolls business in the east 300 block of San Antonio Drive on Friday, Dec. 29, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). At around 2:25pm, LBPD officers responded and…

Long Beach murder rate lowest in nearly half a century

Gang-related murders in 2017 down by 42.1 percent, citywide murders down by 33.3 percent, Long Beach officials say

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna and Mayor Robert Garcia announced during a press conference Wednesday that last year the city saw the lowest murder rate in nearly 50 years. “The city of Long Beach, this last year, will have recorded the lowest number of murders in the city’s history since the late 1960s,” Garcia…

New year, new debate

Long Beach to make the case to change city charter’s policy surrounding utility funds

Next week, Long Beach councilmembers will debate the merits of a proposed amendment to the city charter that could help significantly balance its future budget. On Jan. 10, city staff will present more information on a potential solution promoted to address a projected $15.3-million budget shortfall for the 2019 fiscal year. Ultimately, the voters will…

Long Beach man killed in shooting

A 22-year-old Long Beach man is dead after a shooting that took place earlier this week. On Monday, Jan. 1, around 12:30am, officers were dispatched to the area of 6th Street and Temple Avenue regarding a possible assault-with-a-deadly-weapon call. When officers arrived, they located a male subject who had been struck in the torso and…