Lest we forget

Lest we forget Thank you for the very moving story of World War II veteran Robert Lillywhite in the Signal Tribune (“In the telling, healing,” May 26, 2017). Everyone has a story, and the stories of those who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Afghanistan, etc. are especially interesting and important to record. Long…

Faux pas... or free speech?

Faux pas… or free speech? I attended the Memorial Day program at Forest Lawn, Long Beach. It was patriotic and inspiring as it is each year. One incident marred the event, however. The printed program had one name marked out, first with white-out tape, then with a white label. It was readable after peeling off…

On one condition?

On one condition? I wanted to publicly express my concerns regarding the tone of the [Signal Hill] mayor referring to the recent commissioner appointments. Having served on the council for 24 years, including five mayoral terms, it’s upsetting to observe what appears to be a lack of respect towards our citizens who have so unselfishly…

The place for space

This morning [May 19], I had the opportunity to once again participate in Career Day at Perry Lindsey Academy. It is always rewarding to engage with our students and hear about their passions and perspective about our city. We are working to create more opportunities for our young people throughout the district, including more than…

Homeless and hopeless?

I am including a photo of an encampment/squatter at 34th and De Forest. This is in a nice little nature park, which is located at one of the gateways to Los Angeles River and bike/pedestrian path. This entrance is used by bicyclists, walkers and runners on a daily basis. This park is also used by…

Letters, emails and website comments | May 12

Enough budging on the budget? I applaud the governor for living within our means while increasing funding for schools and withdrawing his January proposal to defer $860 million of Proposition 98 to the FY 2018-19 budget. The May revision is on the right track by increasing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), continuing with increases…

Letters, emails and website comments | May 5

Rest in peace, Milo The Aquarium is saddened by the unexpected loss of Milo the sea lion. He was loved by the staff and visitors alike. Milo was born in 2006 in a fellow Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institution and came to the Aquarium of the Pacific in 2007. This past weekend, Milo had…

Letters , emails and website comments | April 28

Bringing it home Across the region, state and even the country, a growing challenge of homelessness, lack of affordable housing and income disparity is requiring our policymakers, elected officials and leaders to work across silos and join together in devising new tools to address these age-old but fundamentally pressing social problems. In the city of…

Letters, emails and website comments | April 21

How convenient! One of the issues that has frustrated me most since becoming mayor is the inconvenient “convenience fee” the City charges customers to pay utilities online. If we want to be green and encourage residents to pay online, we shouldn’t charge you more. It’s been a complex system to fix due to prior vendor…

Letters, emails and website comments | April 7

Street-smart Parking has always been a challenge in the 1st District, and identifying new opportunities for parking has been one of the primary issues in our office. I am happy to report that we have two new streets where we will be able to convert parallel parking into diagonal parking and gain dozens of new…

Letters, emails and website comments | March 24

Safe and sound? On March 1, 2017 I hosted a public-safety town-hall meeting with Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna. Chief Luna and his staff addressed the concerns of District 1 residents and provided an update on crime in the First District and provided a citywide public-safety overview. Chief Luna mentioned the re-opening of the…

Letters, emails and website comments | March 10

The Millennials are coming! Who are the Millennials of China, and why are they impacting the entire world to the great extent that they already have and will continue to do so in the coming years? Clayton Dube, executive director of the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California, discussed these questions at the…

Letters, emails and website comments | March 3

Editor’s note: In our Feb. 17 issue, we published our Meet the Candidates section to allow those running for Signal Hill City Council to share information about themselves and their platforms. Because of problems we had faced in previous years with candidates not meeting deadlines, we instituted a strict policy of not publishing any responses…