Hotshot Robot

BY CORY BILICKO Managing Copy Editor Sixteen-year-old high school junior Jessie Klemme was conspicuously the youngest person at the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, May 22. She sat quietly and respectfully at a table as the adults around her handed out business cards, discussed upcoming local elections and joked about the most…

SH plans for its next affordable housing project

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Basking in the success of its Las Brisas I and II affordable housing projects, the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (RDA) has authorized city staff to proceed with plans to develop another such complex in town. In a unanimous vote, during its May 27 meeting, the RDA authorized its executive director,…

Gold Star Manor honors fallen veterans, their families

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer About 200 people attended a pre-Memorial Day ceremony at Gold Star Manor last Friday to honor veterans, as well as mothers whose sons or daughters had been killed in battle. Officials at the event also paid tribute to retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Higginson, who served as president of…

Around Town

STROLL THE KNOLLS, SAVOR THE FLAVOR It’s A Grind Coffee House, 4245 Atlantic, is the new home for the Bixby Knolls Strollers. The group meets there every Saturday at 7:15am and leaves for the walk at 7:30am. Free coffee is provided to all strollers. CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION SATURDAY Members from the Red Cross and the Long…

Reminiscing

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Signal Hill Planner working on solar project for school in Nicaragua

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Students in the United States take some things for granted. They rarely wonder if their school will have electricity to power the lights, computers and other equipment necessary for their education. In El Pedregal, Nicaragua, however, it’s a different story. None of the buildings in that little hamlet even has…

Gabriella Holt hopes her leadership experience will inspire voters

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer In the upcoming June 3 primary election, Gabriella Holt is running against fellow Republican Michael Jackson for a place on the ballot of the November general elections. Both candidates hope to eventually occupy the 54th District State Assembly seat. Democrat Betty Karnette, who currently holds that position, is barred from…

Thoughts from the Publisher : DC-8 jetliner

With all the hoopla attached to the 50th anniversary of the Hancock Oil Refinery fire, I am afraid another half-centennial anniversary is going by unnoticed by most–well, not here. Tomorrow it will be 50 years since the DC-8 jetliner made its maiden flight. According to Boeing’s Web site (www.boeing.com) “On its first flight, May 30,…

Port, border security a top priority for Michael Jackson

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Michael Jackson is running against fellow Republican Gabriella Holt in the upcoming June 3 primary election to determine which one will run in the November general elections. Jackson and Holt both want to replace Democrat Betty Karnette who now occupies the 54th District State Assembly seat but has termed out.…

SH pays tribute to those who conquered the Hancock Oil Fire

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer During the Memorial Day weekend, as millions of Americans honored the men and women who died in our nation’s battles, Signal Hill also paid tribute to another group of heroes: the firefighters who fought and ultimately conquered the famous Hancock Oil Refinery Fire. That conflagration ignited on May 22, 1958…