Housing Authority opens waiting list for AIDS/HIV program

The Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB) recently announced it will be opening the waiting list for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA)– a tenant-based rental assistance program that provides rental assistance to households where one or more persons are HIV+ or have AIDS. The waiting list will be…

Thoughts from the Publisher

In the middle of all the Tuesday night election hoopla our staff was toiling away fine tuning our special section for Veterans Day. We paused long enough to listen to some of John McCain’s concession speech and even took a few minutes to hear a bit of Obama’s words of acceptance. What an amazing night.

Handy for Candy

“Magic Bob” Weiss gets a hand from Lakewood resident Victor Lamas, 2, with his sleight of hand at the Signal Hill Halloween Carnival Friday night. About 750 people attended the Harry-Potter themed event, organized for kids under 12 as a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. In addition to the magician’s performances, there were carnival games,…

Few surprises in 2008 general election

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The 2008 election marks the first time in history that an African-American was elected as president of the United States of America. Few people were surprised by Barack Obama’s victory, and all across America, the pollsters’ predictions on state and local elections and ballot measures were mostly accurate.

LB police chief, city prosecutor explain impacts of budget cuts

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Part one of a two-part series A little more than a month ago, after much controversy, the Long Beach City Council approved the city’s 2008/09 fiscal budget, which required slashing about $16 million from General Fund expenditures. To accomplish that task, the council ordered a 10-percent reduction in the budget…

Organization seeking nominations for Women’s award

Soroptimist International of Long Beach is seeking nominations from local community leaders for the 14th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Award. This program honors women who use their influence to improve the lives of other women. Nominations are sought in the following categories: Women Making a Difference for Women, Women of Distinction, and Business…

Production company to document vets’ stories

Storyteller Productions has partnered with the Library of Congress and the Bay Shore Branch Library on a Veterans History Project to document the stories of U.S. veterans and citizens involved in the war efforts. Storyteller has arranged to be an active participant by donating video services to record interviews of veterans talking about their time…

Trucking company hiring through local event

The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Harbor WorkSource Center will be conducting a hiring event for current openings for class-A driver positions with CRST, one of the largest, most successful trucking companies in the United States. CRST offers company-sponsored, tuition-free, class-A training programs with new classes beginning every week. The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network…

LB NAACP to honor veterans with special program

The Long Beach Branch NAACP will be honoring veterans with its annual Veterans Day Program and is seeking nominations for outstanding veterans from Long Beach or surrounding communities that should be thanked. The program will take place Sunday, November 16 at 3 p.m. at Ernest McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. To…

Morry’s of Naples hosting online pin-up contest

In celebration of 70 years of serving the greater Long Beach community, Morry’s of Naples is sponsoring the first-ever “Miss Morry’s Vintage Pin-up Contest” with the winner being crowned on Sunday, November 9 at the Morry’s 70th Anniversary soiree from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will take place at Morry’s, 5764 E. 2nd…

Eagle Scout soars over Bixby Knolls Parkway Garden

By CAROL THOMPSON Special to the Signal Tribune It has been a long-time goal of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BK BIA) to establish the roots of revitalization by reaching out to the surrounding community, fostering involvement and support for its efforts. This past weekend, evidence of the success of this effort was in…

New mural celebrates one of LB’s cultural identities

By BRETT HAWKINS Special to the Signal Tribune “A revival of culture” is how M.I.T. student Daniel Sngiem described Guillermo Avalos’ mural at the corner of Anaheim and Mahanna in Long Beach. Sngiem visited his family that weekend from his Massachusetts school to witness the dedication of the “Welcome to Cambodia Town” mural. Standing tall…