Business decision, or just following the law?

MemorialCare CEO says hospital closure is unavoidable but that residents and leaders are misunderstanding actual consequences

Five days after nurses and community leaders hosted a press conference to speak out against MemorialCare’s handling of the closing of Community Hospital, John Bishop, chief executive officer of MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and MemorialCare Community Medical Center Long Beach, told the Signal Tribune that there…

Hand grenade found at EDCO facility in Signal Hill

LASD Arson/Explosives Unit successfully extracts World War II-era device found in hazardous-waste bin

Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) and Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department (LASD) officers removed an inert World War II-era hand grenade from a hazardous-waste bin on March 10 at the EDCO Recycling Center located at California Avenue and 28th Street. SHPD Lt. Ron Sagmit said officers were sent to the facility at approximately 10am. Police units…

Rain or no rain– no problem

Councilmember Mungo informs residents about LB’s largest district, including plans to repair streets and increase police and firefighter presence

Long Beach Councilmember Stacy Mungo is encouraged by her 5th district’s consistent progress in promoting businesses along Spring Street and paving various streets in the area, not to mention the low rates of crime and unemployment. And, despite the risk of rain during her State of the 5th address Monday at Douglas Park, the councilwoman…

7th District council candidates discuss 710 expansion, SCIG at forum

Common thread among five candidates was protecting health, rights of residents

[The following is the second part of a two-part story.] Answering questions on issues that pertain particularly to the west side of Long Beach, all five residents seeking to represent the city’s 7th council district were in attendance at the Wrigley Association’s March 5 candidate forum. The incumbent and four challengers presented their opinions and…

Signal Hill City Council reviews budget, CUPs

City’s mid-year budget is on target and all 52 conditional-use permits are in compliance

The Signal Hill City Council, at its March 13 meeting, conducted a mid-year budget review and annual review of properties with conditional-use permits (CUPs). The reviews showed that the budget is on track and CUP properties had no compliance issues. The council also approved contracts for engineering services and authorized the purchase of 64 catch-basin…

Shooting leads to injury of suspect

Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers were involved in a shooting Tuesday that led to the injury of a suspect, according to police. On March 13, at approximately 9:40pm, officers in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While approaching the vehicle, an officer observed what…

O’Donnell honors Women of Distinction for 2018

Seventieth District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) hosted his annual Women of Distinction ceremony last week in honor of Women’s History Month. Honorees were nominated by their colleagues in one of five categories– Creative Industries, Business, Community Service, Education and Health Services– and selected by Assemblymember O’Donnell for their achievements. “I am humbled by the…

O’Donnell introduces bill to require indoor classroom locks

Seventieth-District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D–Long Beach) is introducing a new measure in response to public outcry for improved security on school campuses. Assembly Bill 3205 comes in the aftermath of the recent Florida shooting that left 17 dead, including a teacher who died saving his students while trying to lock his classroom door from the…

Long Beach man killed in shooting

A local man is dead after a shooting earlier this week, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Monday, March 12, at approximately 4:30pm, officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Wesley Drive regarding a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival, they found an adult male with an apparent gunshot wound…

Signal Hill to host opening of its first dog park

The community is invited to the grand opening of the City of Signal Hill’s first dog park, 3100 California Ave., on Saturday, March 17, from 2pm to 4pm. Licensed and vaccinated pets are welcome at the event, which will feature pet licensing, low-cost pet vaccines, face painting, vendors, giveaways and light refreshments. There will also…

Man sitting outside shopping center killed by car after collision

A man sitting outside a shopping center in California Heights last week was killed when a car struck him, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On March 8, at approximately 5:30pm, officers were dispatched to Wardlow Road and Atlantic Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision between two vehicles and a pedestrian. When officers…

Police standoff near Long Beach City Hall ends in death of armed suspect

Long Beach Police responded to call of possible bomb threat, closed down several streets

An approximately two-hour-long police standoff with an armed and barricaded suspect near Long Beach City Hall on March 7 ended in an officer-involved shooting, in which the suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital. He was later pronounced deceased. No police officers were injured, officials said. Brad Johnson, a Long Beach Police Department…