The end of the Internet as we know it?

After FCC’s vote ending net neutrality, elected officials weigh in on the issue

Surfing the web may mean some high tides for consumers next year after a federal vote last week that will allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to govern website accessibility nationwide. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 14 to end net-neutrality standards, regulations established in 2015 that restrict ISPs from favoring certain websites by…

‘Spreading love, joy, cheer– and even a little peace’

Salvation Army Toy-n-Joy pop-up helps families in need ‘shop’ for holiday gifts for kids

Sergio Garcia, who runs a local Salvation Army Toy-n-Joy Shop that lets low-income families pick out free toys for their children, acknowledges that some folks will criticize an organization for placing emphasis on material possessions during the holidays. However, the corps officer also understands that having a certain toy, or a new toy, or any…

Documentary highlights veteran beauty pageant that raises money for homelessness

Art Theatre hosts screening of film, panel discussion about issues that female veterans face

In the film Served Like a Girl, it is apparent that US women veterans are not prioritized as much as their male counterparts. However, veteran Jas Boothe wished to change this stigma. Since 2012, Boothe has organized the “Ms. Veteran America” competition from which proceeds raised are given to the homeless population of US women…

Signal Hill Planning Commission accepts changes to Mother’s Market design

The SH commission discusses homeless population count, emergency shelters and affordable housing at meeting

Mother’s Market At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Signal Hill Planning Commission received and filed design changes to the new Mother’s Market and Kitchen at 2475 Cherry Ave., the former site of a Fresh & Easy market. Property owner Signal Hill Petroleum had requested three changes to the original approved plans, one that shrinks outdoor…

Goodwill SOLAC announces new appointments to its board

Harry Saltzgaver, a longtime volunteer of Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County (SOLAC), will officially complete his term as the organization’s board chair at the end of this year. Anitra Dempsey has been appointed as Goodwill SOLAC’s new board chair, beginning in January 2018. The board chairmanship transition was announced during a…

SHPD planning DUI/driver’s license checkpoint

This holiday season, the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) is working around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe, according to the department, which says it is on the lookout for impaired drivers. Through Jan. 1, law enforcement is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

Review on ACS shelter recommends comprehensive improvements to day-to-day operations, long-term planning

A review by an outside consulting firm has found Long Beach’s animal-care provider to be performing above average in recognizing the need for programming targeted at increasing positive outcomes for animals, despite a misalignment between stakeholder expectations and the agency’s capacity of care. Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud on Tuesday released Phase One of…

City of LB, lifeguard association reach tentative labor agreement

The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative agreement with the Long Beach Lifeguard Association (LGA) over a successor labor agreement. The LGA represents 24 marine-safety officers and over 180 lifeguards (seasonal employees). “I’m proud of the incredible work of our lifeguards and pleased we have reached an agreement that honors their work and…

LBPD checkpoint screens 242 drivers

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) traffic section conducted a DUI-drivers license checkpoint on Saturday, Dec. 16 through which 1,170 vehicles passed. The checkpoint, which was set up at Anaheim Street and Daisy Avenue from 6pm to 2am, yielded the following results: • 242 drivers screened • one suspect arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales) •…

California attorney general obtains nationwide injunction to protect women’s access to birth control

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California this week granted California’s preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s illegal regulations that would deny access to birth control for millions of women across the country, according to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office. The Trump Administration issued what Becerra refers to as its “ill-conceived…

Wilson not removed from mayor position despite motion

SH City Council decides not to reorganize after public comment and deliberation over mayor’s alleged misconduct

In a packed council chamber at its Dec. 12 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council heard many members of the public voice their opinions regarding Mayor Edward Wilson’s recent alleged misconduct that had prompted the council to consider reorganizing. After thoughtful deliberation, however, that motion was withdrawn. But the council, along with the City Council…

One step toward a polarizing view of Long Beach’s future

LB Planning Commission recommends city council pass LUE; community at odds with decision

Despite listening to roughly four hours of public disapproval and concern on Monday night at Long Beach City Hall over the proposed update of the City’s Land Use Element (LUE), the Planning Commission voted unanimously, 6-0, to recommend and pass the LUE, with modified changes, to the city council. The final decision on the LUE,…