Thomas fire burns 96,000 acres, forces evacuation of 50,000

Two LBFD strike teams deployed to assist with regional firefighting efforts

Although not in imminent danger, residents of Signal Hill and Long Beach could smell smoke Thursday from various wildfires in Los Angeles County, including the Thomas wildfire currently burning in Ventura County, near and within the cities of Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula. The blaze had begun north of Santa Paula, near Steckel Park and…

Staying on the ‘GRID’

Solar-panel installation company completes its 200th clean-energy project in Long Beach, trains students

In a constantly evolving city, solar panel installations are becoming a more common sight in Long Beach, but for a particular group of construction workers who installed solar energy panels atop a residential home on E. 16th Street, it was more than just a routine project. GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar-power company, hosted a press…

ICTF JPA board meets to approve agenda items, discuss dormant on-dock rail study

The brief meeting at the Port of Long Beach office also focused on the project’s EIR status

A public meeting on Dec. 6 at the Port of Long Beach’s Interim Administrative Offices primarily featured discussion about the status of the LA ports’ on-dock rail study– which has not been updated since 2006– and the subsequent draft environmental-impact report (EIR), both of which, up until now, had been in “limbo,” according to Richard…

LBUSD named ‘District of Year’ by national business news publisher

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has earned Industry Dive’s– a digital media and business news company– “District of the Year” award, as announced in Industry Dive’s own media publication Education Dive. The award is part of the 2017 Dive Awards, which recognizes education’s “top disruptors and innovators,” according to the LBUSD. In its…

Lowenthal introduces bipartisan legislation honoring 69th anniversary of Human Rights Day, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) on Thursday introduced a bipartisan House Resolution honoring the 69th anniversary of Human Rights Day and the 1948 ratification by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “The promotion of respect for human rights as embodied in the UDHR is a key component of the leadership…

Hospital closure will also prolong transport distance for patients

LB Community Medical Center ending emergency-care services in 2019

Acute care An active fault line detected beneath the Community Medical Center in Long Beach is forcing the hospital to end its emergency-care services and other acute healthcare needs by mid-2019, according to City officials. During a Long Beach City Council meeting on Nov. 14, John Bishop, chief executive with MemorialCare, said the hospital does…

Councilmembers and public alike call for change following Mayor Edward Wilson’s domestic-violence arrest

Signal Hill City Council conducts business despite mayor misconduct

Calls for change peppered the Signal Hill City Council’s Nov. 28 meeting in the wake of Mayor Edward Wilson’s Nov. 17 arrest on domestic-violence charges. Members of the public spoke on Wilson’s character and requested his resignation, and two councilmembers asked to agendize items at the next meeting on council reorganization and a code-of-conduct policy.…

BKBIA executive director stresses need for residents to shop locally to preserve neighborhood

Bixby Knolls to see new businesses, program anniversaries in early 2018

In just a few weeks– on Dec. 17– Blair Cohn will celebrate his 10th anniversary of serving as executive director for the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA). ​He’s been around to witness the consequences of the economic downturn at the start of his tenure. He’s seen several longtime local businesses close their doors after…

Pedestrian killed after being struck by vehicle on Long Beach Boulevard

On Monday, Nov. 27, a vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collision resulted in the death of the pedestrian at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Cambridge Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). At approximately 5:15pm, officers were dispatched to the area and, upon arrival, found an elderly male on Long Beach Boulevard, north of…

LA County launches Text to 9-1-1 emergency service on Dec. 1

Beginning Friday, Dec. 1, hearing- and speech-impaired Long Beach and Signal Hill residents and those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1 for help in an emergency can now text 9-1-1, according to press releases this week from the City of Long Beach and the Signal Hill Police Department. The new service…