Kill the bill?

Letters to the editor

Despite actions taken by the Board to address issues found in recent audits by the Department of Finance and State Controller, legislative leaders have proposed drastic changes to the State Board of Equalization (BOE). AB 102 and SB 86 would strip the BOE of many functions and transfer them to the new California Department of…

Out of left field?

Letters to the editor

Earlier [Wednesday] morning, a lone shooter (James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois) launched an ambush attack at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, involving Republican members of Congress who were preparing for an annual Congressional baseball game. Eyewitnesses reported that the gunman was heavily armed with a rifle, handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.…

Pro-polluter policy?

Pro-polluter policy? President Trump, in a short-sighted and infantile move, has now set the U.S. against the world. We are now the outsiders. We are now isolated. And while I am sure President Trump would have it no other way, his cowardly decision to leave the Paris Agreement does nothing to help anyone. Quite the…

Once unsung, now praised

Once unsung, now praised I just read the article by Cory Bilicko about the renaming of the VA Hospital. (“Long Beach VA hospital named after Holocaust survivor, war hero,” May 12, 2017) Tibor Rubin was my dad. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. Cory wrote a wonderful article about the event. Rosie Rubin Garden Grove

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…