Two pedestrians killed in separate traffic accidents

This week the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) reported two vehicular accidents that resulted in fatalities of pedestrians. The first occurred Monday, Aug. 14 at approximately 1:15am at Long Beach Boulevard and Bort Street, resulting in the death of a man who had been struck by a car. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered…

Port of Long Beach sees busiest month ever

Surging cargo volume in July set a record for the best month in the Port of Long Beach’s 106-year history, surpassing the previous high mark set in August 2015 for the number of containers moved across its docks, according to port officials. With total volume of 720,312 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) in July, cargo traffic has…

Health officials report increases in mosquitoes, West Nile Virus risk

In recent weeks, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has seen a marked increase in West Nile virus (WNV) activity across its jurisdiction. Forty-nine mosquito samples tested positive for WNV last week alone. Year-to-date, the vector control district has detected West Nile virus activity in more than 50 cities and communities within…

Numerous changes to characterize upcoming school year

New high school to open and year-round calendar to be discarded

When the new academic year begins Wednesday, Aug. 30 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), several significant changes will come along with it, including a new high school in Signal Hill, year-round schools returning to a traditional calendar and early transitional kindergarten offered at select sites. New high school Signal…

Stabbing, hostage situation leads to LBPD officer-involved shooting

Several people were injured during a stabbing and hostage situation earlier this week, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Aug. 6, at approximately 10:50pm, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Washington Place regarding a stabbing that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers contacted a female victim and found that she…

LB Airport sees significant increase in passenger traffic

Airline passenger traffic at the Long Beach Airport (LGB) increased 25 percent in June 2017 compared with the same period in 2016, according to City of Long Beach officials. Total passenger traffic includes the number of airline passengers both enplaned and deplaned. In June 2017, LGB served 313,064 passengers compared to 250,421 in June 2016.…

Port to host public hearing on modification of transmission lines

The Port of Long Beach will conduct a public hearing at 6pm on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Board Room at the Port of Long Beach Interim Administrative Offices, 4801 Airport Plaza Dr., concerning a draft environmental-impact report examining a proposal by Southern California Edison (SCE) to modify transmission and telecommunication lines crossing the Cerritos…

Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget ‘fiscally responsible’

Long Beach officials aim to invest in ways to cover increasing costs

As Long Beach continues its goal of becoming a “21st century city,” via modernized construction plans and housing projects, the City stands on a balanced budget despite some underestimated revenue gains, according to officials this week. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City Manager Patrick West and other officials on Monday presented the Fiscal Year 2018…

Local chefs serve meal at rescue mission

Tales of personal struggles that led to homelessness surface during breakfast

Four-year-old Carah Hayes is heading to kindergarten this fall, and finding the school supplies and uniforms for her will be difficult, explained her father Johari “Joey” Roberts. But Carah gives no indication of the hardship that she has endured growing up homeless. She volunteers at the Christian Outreach in Action (COA) shelter where her family…