Anthem Blue Cross–LB Memorial stop negotiations with termination of services

Assemblymember criticizes insurance company for timing and method of notification

Update: MemorialCare has reached a definitive agreement with Anthem for hospital contracts, according to both agencies and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell. Effective retroactively to Aug. 15, 2017, MemorialCare hospitals continue to be in-network providers for all Anthem members. Monthslong contract negotiations between Anthem Blue Cross and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center abruptly ended last week and…

City of Long Beach releases request for proposals on 31 acres near airport

New developments must be aviation-related and complimentary of existing businesses

Calling it the most unique opportunity in the area since the developments of the Long Beach Airport (LGB) Business Park and Kilroy Airport Center in the 1980s and early 1990s, Long Beach officials this week released a request for proposals for 31 acres of land for development for aeronautical purposes at the city’s airport. The…

SH City Council authorizes creation of Municipal Financing Authority

It also considers SB 415, which could change the municipal election date

At its Aug. 22 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council, in a joint exercise-of-power agreement with the Signal Hill Housing Authority, adopted a resolution establishing the Signal Hill Municipal Financing Authority to assist the City in financing public improvements. The council also considered state Senate Bill (SB) 415, which could change the date of city…

North division police commander discusses public-safety issues at community meeting

Komisza also encouraged neighbors to collaborate on small-ticket crimes

Around 35 members of the north Long Beach community gathered Monday, Aug. 21 to gain insight into the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) efforts regarding public safety. Rudolph Komisza, the North Division police commander, hosted the meeting and discussed ways for the public to handle criminal activity impacting the area. Komisza began with a brief…

LBPD screens 324 vehicles in DUI checkpoint, makes three arrests

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) traffic section screened 324 vehicles and made three arrests during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Aug. 18. The checkpoint was located on Pacific Coast Highway south of 2nd Street, between the hours of 6pm and 2am. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk-…

LB woman dies in collision with parked car

A 72-year-old female resident of Long Beach is dead after the car she was driving collided with a parked car, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Monday, Aug. 21, at 9:35pm, officers responded to the 2200 block of Golden Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision. When they arrived, they discovered a 2005…

Household hazardous-waste program expands to fourth Saturday of month

Long Beach residents now have more opportunities to dispose of hazardous and electronic waste with the addition of collection days at the Environmental Collection Center (Collection Center), located at 2755 California Ave. in Signal Hill. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 26, the Collection Center will increase its collection days to the fourth Saturdays of each month, operating…

LBPD posts departmental policies on its website

In accordance with recommendations contained in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the Long Beach Police Department has moved toward posting departmental policies to its website. The action embodies two of the six pillars addressed by the Task Force and is implemented with an eye toward further embracing a…

Local singing group’s new artistic director seizing opportunities to make his voice heard

James Bass advises vocalists to ‘sing’ in the moment

Unlike musical instruments, voices don’t last forever. Voices take time to mature and can begin to fade very early. So, vocalists have an expiration date, which is why conductor and singer Dr. James K. Bass takes advantage of the present while preparing for the future. Bass, who happens to be a bass, sings frequently and…