Senate Committee OKs juvenile justice bills

Three juvenile justice bills jointly authored by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won approval March 21 in their first hearing at the Senate Public Safety Committee, according to Lara’s office. Senate Bill 190–Juvenile Fees ends the “harmful, unlawful and costly” assessment and collection of administrative fees against families with youth…

City of LB helping residents prepare for tsunamis

Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 27 to 31, and the City of Long Beach, in conjunction with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, will participate in a variety of activities to inform residents of actions they can take to prepare for and respond to a tsunami. “During a major disaster,…

LBCC to receive $750,000 to expand College Promise

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office announced March 21 that Long Beach City College (LBCC) is one of 14 recipients of the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program. LBCC will receive $750,000 that will support the Long Beach College Promise. “Long Beach City College is proud to be one of the first recipients of the…

Mentoring program seeking male role models

Power 4 Youth, an academic mentoring program for middle school students, will host a no-obligation information meeting for prospective volunteers on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm at Neighborhood Christian Fellowship, 9603 Belmont St., in Bellflower, one of the five community sites the program operates. Power 4 Youth is requesting men in the community to mentor…

Helping hands

Courtesy WSLB Helping hands The WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB) hosted a gala on Feb. 26 at the Pacific Gallery downtown with over 250 supporters in attendance, according to the organization. The event marked WSLB’s 40th anniversary of serving victims of domestic violence. The Walker Family received the Philanthropist Award. Steve Goodling, president and CEO…

LBCC announces five candidates for superintendent-president position

The Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Search Committee has forwarded five candidates for consideration by the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees, Board President Dr. Virginia Baxter announced Feb. 23. The candidates are: Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D., president of Saddleback College Otto Lee, Ed.D., president of Los Angeles Harbor College Marvin Martinez, president of…

LGBTQ Center’s ball to honor Assemblymember, community leader

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach will present its 4th Annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, April 22 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Long Beach to celebrate the LGBTQ community’s accomplishments. The event will include a Champagne greeting, red-carpet photo opportunity, live music, a silent auction, dinner, live auction, dancing, and three Center…

Suspect dead after standoff with LBPD SWAT team

On Feb. 17, at approximately 4:45am, Long Beach Police Department SWAT officers were shot at by a suspect as they were serving a high-risk search warrant in the 18000 block of Alexander Avenue in the city of Cerritos. No officers were injured. SWAT was serving a search warrant for narcotics-related activity, police said, adding that…

Police seeking person of interest for multiple robberies, sexual assault

The Long Beach Police Department released a notification Wednesday to alert the community about incidents involving a male suspect responsible for multiple residential robberies and a subsequent sexual assault. Detectives are releasing a photo and asking for the public’s help in identifying the person of interest to further the investigation. The four incidents occurred between…

EDCO service to be unaffected by President’s Day

EDCO’s waste- and recycling-collection services will not be affected on Monday, Feb. 20, which is President’s Day, according to the company. EDCO’s customer-service offices, including its recycling center and public disposal site in Signal Hill, will also remain open. This includes Park Waste and Recycling Services and Signal Hill Waste and Recycling Services. Source: EDCO

Actor Erik Estrada joins Signal Hill Police Foundation for ceremony

The Signal Hill Police Foundation (SHPF) hosted its second annual Community Celebration and Police Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 26 with over 200 attendees ranging from local and state dignitaries to local business partners and community members, according to SHPF. The event included remarks about the achievements the foundation made within its first year of…

Vector control recommends addressing standing water after recent rainfall

While recent storms provided some relief to drought-thirsty Southern California, the water left behind in people’s yards may provide havens for disease-spreading mosquito, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD). Vector-control officials are advising Los Angeles County residents to take extra precautions with rain barrels and other containers collecting rain water.…