Long Beach recognized as Bike Friendly Community

Continuing the city’s aggressive efforts to become the most bike-friendly urban city in the nation, Long Beach has been recognized as a Bike Friendly Community (BFC) by the American League of Bicyclists. Part of this effort includes the appointment of a new City Mobility Coordinator, Charles Gandy, a recognized bicycling authority, to spearhead community efforts.…

Consulting firm’s proposals for Bixby Knolls get mixed reviews

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Hyett Palma, the consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, that spent the last approximately four months studying the Bixby Knolls business district, presented its findings and recommendations to a packed meeting hall at the Long Beach Petroleum Club last Thursday. Although many people in the audience seemed pleased with the…

SH names Hazel Wallace Outstanding Older American of 2009

Honoree Hazel Wallace receiving the city’s proclamation from Councilmember Ed Wilson BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Hazel Gim-Wallace has devoted much of the last 30 years in service to the people of the Signal Hill/Long Beach area. Last week, in recognition of her important accomplishments, the City of Signal Hill issued a proclamation naming her…

Red Cross celebrates 100th year of its volunteer nurses

Local Red Cross nurses were honored as “critically important volunteers” at a recent board meeting. At its recent monthly board meeting, the Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross honored the 100th anniversary of American Red Cross nursing by presenting Red Cross nurses Maureen Habel, Harriet Weisenberger, Ann Kim, Almadean Gillespie, Melody Coffey-Love,…

City of SH announces vacancies on commissions

The City of Signal Hill is seeking applications from residents who are interested in serving on the Signal Hill Civil Service, Planning, or Parks and Recreation Commissions. There are three seats available on each commission, and commissioners will serve a four-year term that expires in 2013. A fourth seat on the Planning Commission is also…

SH Chamber of Commerce preparing for 2009 golf tournament

The Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce has announced its upcoming annual golf tournament this Wed., May 15 at 10am at Skylinks Golf Course. Lauren Carroll of Willow Urgent Care is chairing the event for the second year in a row. “We’ve lowered our prices to keep up with these turbulent times but otherwise we are…

Taking It to the Streets

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster assists Water Commission President John Allen in hooking up a street sweeper to the City’s first recycled water filling station. Foster and the Board of Water Commissioners recently announced that the City of Long Beach will save 13 million gallons of water each year by making the shift from potable…

Panel discusses severe shortage of affordable housing in LB

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer In Long Beach, thousands of families spend so much of their income on rent that they barely have enough to pay for the other necessities of life. Last Saturday, the League of Women voters hosted a panel discussion that focused on the complexities of solving the extreme shortage of housing…