Rowing for the Gold

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer On land, Ron Harvey and Angela Madsen use wheelchairs to get from place to place. But put either one of them in a rowboat and the next thing you know, they’re on the other side of the bay. Harvey and Madsen are paraplegics. They are also world-class rowers who have…

SH takes next step toward building new police headquarters

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Plans to build a new Signal Hill Police Department headquarters jumped forward Tuesday night when the Signal Hill City Council approved a contract with WMM Associates– the architectural firm that will design the new facility. The Los Angeles-based company will receive $1,017,500 for its services “The complexity of designing a…

Three challengers hope to unseat Richardson in district race

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Three people are hoping to unseat Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D-37th District) in the November election. Two of them claim to have the best chance of defeating Richardson, who has been plagued by media reports of her mismanagement of personal finances and her excessive use of government perks supplied to elected…

Reminiscing…revealed

In the August 7 issue of the Signal Tribune, we asked readers what they remember about the photo above. Signal Hill resident D. Roe wrote in, saying: As you can see, this was the All States Motel, which was located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Raymond Avenue in Signal Hill. I’m guessing…

LB officials explain city budget woes at Petroleum Club meeting

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The City of Long Beach is facing an approximately $17 million budget shortfall for the 2008-09 fiscal year. City officials are conducting a series of meetings to describe how they plan to deal with it and to field questions from residents. Last Thursday evening about 45 people attended the budget…

LB General Plan Housing Element explores housing needs

The new Draft 2008-2014 Housing Element of the Long Beach General Plan is now available for public review and comment. The plan was developed with community assistance over a period of six months, and explores housing needs in Long Beach while establishing a plan with specific programs to address those needs. The Planning Commission will…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart Publisher Many of us collect things. With some it is stamps, porcelain kitties, records, books or coins. For others it is bigger and more expensive items like cars or motorcycles. Most of the people in my life stick to things that fall into a type of theme– like stained glass, vintage jewelry,…

BP Corporation donates to Red Cross for new van

American Red Cross CEO Nancy Kindelan receives a check for $75,000 from ARCO BP representatives Tim Hawkins and BV Castillo as Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe provides assistance in handling the check at the American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter office on Wednesday August 20. The Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) is a multi-purpose…

L.A. company’s CD shows ugly fate of less attractive canines

Los Angeles-based Laurel Canyon Animal Company, the only record label that creates music about, for and with animals, is releasing Ugly Dogs Need More Love. The CD for dog lovers contains nine canine-centered songs– the title track is Ugly Dogs Need More Love. Written by Skip Haynes and Dana Walden and sung by Arnold McCuller…

Local leaders graduate from community improvement program

The Neighborhood Leadership Program Class of 2008 graduation celebration on Saturday, August 23 honored a diverse group of 34 grassroots neighborhood leaders from throughout Long Beach who have completed a five-month program empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to become more effective community advocates. The graduates aim to revitalize neighborhoods and provide…