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…

Letters, emails and website comments | Jan. 27

Election deflection? By repeating false and unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations as the cause for losing the popular vote, President Trump is dangerously attacking the legitimacy of free and fair elections and taking a jackhammer to the foundation of our democracy. These are not “alternative facts.” They are corrosive lies without any evidence. Even leaders in…

Letters, emails and website comments | Jan. 20

Earned, not anointed This has been a difficult decision for me as I have the utmost respect for the office of the President and the peaceful transfer of executive power embodied in the inauguration. However, President-elect Trump’s recent attacks on Rep. John Lewis were beyond the pale and served as a tipping point which made…

Letters, emails and website comments | Jan. 13

Truly making a difference in a child’s life Each year, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who become advocates for children placed in the foster-care system. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to what are oftentimes the direst cases: children with prior maltreatment or contact with child welfare, cases of…