LB Health and Human Services Department receives March of Dimes grant

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is one of five recipients of the 2015-2017 March of Dimes California Chapter Community Grant designed to close the health inequities gap and improve infant health by reducing the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The three-year grant total is $110,430; and…

Teen succumbs to injuries from two-car collision

A teenager has died as a result of a two-car collision last month, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Monday, May 29, at approximately 3:51pm, officers were dispatched to Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue regarding an injury traffic collision between two vehicles. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered an unconscious 16-year-old…

Despite sharp homeless increase in county, Long Beach sees reduction

Funding from Measures H, HHH expected to address countywide problem.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count on Wednesday, and, while the number of homeless individuals in the county has risen sharply in the last year, there was some good news for Long Beach. The count determined that 57,794 people in LA County experience homelessness on…

Two SH commissions continue to be underrepresented

Confusion by mayor’s commission appointment method creates uncertainty for council members and commissioners alike.

[The following story has been corrected with a clarification on Signal Hill Mayor Edward Wilson’s nominations for commissions.] The dust has not yet settled from the confusion caused at last week’s Signal Hill City Council meeting, during which appointments were made to three city commissions. Two commissioners who had verbally resigned from their positions during…

Harmful algal bloom season beginning in state’s waterways

With the summer season nearing and recreational activities on the state’s waterways set to increase, the State Water Resources Control Board is asking the public to be mindful of harmful algal blooms (HAB) in lakes and reservoirs, and to keep children and pets away from HABs. Increased water temperatures, slow-moving water and excessive nutrients or…

Man dies in apartment fire

At 2:16am on May 30, fire units responded to reports of a fire alarm with smoke at a two-story apartment unit in the 1500 block of Magnolia Avenue, according to Jacob Heflin, public-information officer with the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD). At 2:22am, Engine 3 arrived on scene and reported “nothing showing, investigating,” Heflin said.…

Medical center, police host workshop focused on edible cannabis products

Dignity Health–St. Mary Medical Center partnered with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) May 30 to educate healthcare providers on the latest cannabis products being consumed by America’s youth and “greatly impacting the Long Beach community,” according to Dignity Health officials. Over 50 medical staff, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists were taught how to recognize…

County opens new mental-health facility in Long Beach

Center will centralize many services and house 160 employees.

Long Beach became the newest centralized site for county mental-health programs this week. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health opened a new office in the Healthcare Partners Building at 2600 Redondo Ave. Wednesday by hosting a ceremony and tour of the facility. The location includes administrative offices and various programs such as Specialized…

LBPD to conduct DUI enforcement this weekend

Officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) DUI Enforcement Team will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers as part of the department’s ongoing traffic-safety campaign. DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Saturday, June 3, between the hours of 6pm and 2am., in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions…

Signal Hill City Council appoints six residents to three commissions

Three open commission seats remain unfilled after controversial meeting.

At its May 23 meeting, the Signal Hill City Council appointed a total of six residents to the Planning, Parks & Recreation and Civil Service commissions, amid some controversy. As successor to the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency, council members also authorized negotiations for sale of property to the Timmons car dealership to allow its expansion.…

Long Beach City Council initiates process to rename library after Kells

Ernie Kell, who died last month, was the first directly elected mayor of LB.

He was Long Beach’s first directly elected mayor, and a local library may soon become his and his wife’s namesake. On May 23, the Long Beach City Council voted to approve a deviation from existing policy and procedures for renaming City-owned land, buildings and facilities to begin the process of changing the name of the…

Police arrest man for murder of woman in motel

Police made an arrest this week related to a murder that occurred last month. On May 24, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) detectives arrested Terry Moore, a 29-year-old resident of Compton, for the April 21 murder of Lanette Washington, a 32-year-old Long Beach resident who had formerly lived in Victorville. The arrest was made in…