Long Beach launches downtown shuttle service

The City of Long Beach has launched a free shuttle service in downtown Long Beach, provided by The Free Ride (TFR) transportation service, to offer rides around the downtown area using gas-free, electric vehicles. “With the addition of programs like The Free Ride and EZparkLB, parking and transportation around the downtown is becoming a lot…

Port of LB breaks 1st-quarter record

The Port of Long Beach has completed its best-ever first quarter, with marine terminals handling almost 1.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) January through March, according to port officials. The quick start is 19.4-percent more than the first quarter of 2017, the Port’s busiest year ever. The previous first quarter record was set in 2007.…

Classified-ad website shut down after allegations of promoting human-trafficking

Backpage.com, the second-largest classified-ad website after Craigslist, was shut down April 6 after a joint law-enforcement effort. In a press release announcing the closure, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the website “the world’s largest online brothel.” The website’s closure was the result of an effort involving the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ), the…

MemorialCare begins process of notifying Community employees of impending layoffs.

LB City Council conducts study session on saving Community Hospital

As MemorialCare, the healthcare system that has been operating Community Hospital since 2011, initiated a wave of layoff notifications this week, those seeking to keep the seismically challenged medical center open seemed to shift their focus from criticizing MemorialCare’s handling of the situation to moving forward with potential plans to address the problem. However, local…

County, LB officials call on local landlords to house individuals, families experiencing homelessness.

Open minds, open homes

City and County officials are calling on local landlords to open their properties to get homeless individuals and families into permanent housing. During an outreach event Wednesday afternoon at the Salvation Army headquarters at 3000 Long Beach Blvd., the housing authorities of Los Angeles County and Long Beach presented information on the Homeless Incentive Program…

LBCC Board of Trustees approves two new VP appointments

The Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees approved two new vice president appointments at its March 27 meeting. Dr. Kathleen J. Scott is the new vice president of Academic Affairs and Dr. Mike Muñoz is the new vice president of Student Support Services for Long Beach City College. “Dr. Scott and Dr. Muñoz…

Shooting leaves two men dead, one injured

A shooting incident took the lives of two men and caused injury to another, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Wednesday, April 4, around midnight, officers were dispatched to the 5300 hundred block of Orange Avenue regarding a shooting. When officers arrived, they discovered a deceased male, identified as 52-year-old Suy Phavong…

Wilmington man killed in Long Beach traffic accident

A Wilmington man was killed in a car accident in Long Beach last week, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Thursday, March 29, at approximately 6:50am, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Judson Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway regarding a two-vehicle injury-traffic collision, which resulted in the death of a male…

Camerata Singers’ ChoralFest to open with free youth chorus concert

The Long Beach Camerata Singers’ 2018 ChoralFest will open Sunday, April 8 at 6:30pm with a free Long Beach Youth Chorus concert at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 N Studebaker Rd. The event will feature a cabaret/coffeehouse-style performance with solos and duets and a light, kid-friendly meal. Reserved seating for the event may be made…

Eye on Crime | April 6, 2018

Thursday, March 29 8:11am Burglary 2600 block Wall St. 11:16am Indecent exposure 900 block Nevada St. 11:48am Grand theft– motor vehicle 1900 block E. 21st St. Friday, March 30 2:57am Burglary 900 block E. 33rd St. 7:23am Robbery– first degree; possessing unlawful paraphernalia; false identification to a peace officer 2400 block Cherry Ave. (suspect arrested)…