Online auction, gala to raise money for local libraries

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation announces the official opening of its 2009 “Grape Expectations” annual fundraising online auction, which is available now at www.lbplf.cmarket.com. Bidding is open until Saturday, June 20. The site features nearly 250 unique and exciting items, including travel packages to London and Canada, Hummel and Waterford collectibles, special handmade jewelry…

LBPD asks recent burglary victims to come forward

On May 21, 2009, at approximately 6am, Long Beach patrol officers responded to the 800 block of Termino Avenue regarding a “burglary in progress” call. Their investigation led to the arrest of Jason Elliott, a 19-year-old Long Beach resident. During the subsequent investigation, detectives located additional evidence linking Elliott to an automobile burglary that also…

Seismic truck may bring mini-oil boom to SH, LB

The Vibroseis is a seismic truck with technology capable of detecting pockets of oil deep underground. BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer There could be millions of gallons of crude oil in as-yet-undiscovered reservoirs deep in the ground beneath Signal Hill and Long Beach. If such is the case, and those reservoirs can be detected, this…

LB officials hope ‘tax credit card’ will help locals find jobs

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer For many years, Long Beach city officials have worked hard at letting local businesses know they can significantly lower their federal and state tax bill by being located within the city’s enterprise zone and by hiring veterans and certain types of economically disadvantaged people. Now the city hopes to use…

SH City Council urges elimination of all nuclear weapons

BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer Tuesday night’s Signal Hill City Council meeting proved that the peace movement is alive and well. The council voted unanimously to add the city to the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign. More than 2,800 cities worldwide and 134 cities in the United States have joined the Campaign, which has…

Around Town

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE… There is still time to order a brick inscription to be placed in Phase 9 of the Hilltop Brick Project. The deadline for ordering is Friday, June 5. Pick up an order form at the Signal Hill Library, 1770 E. Hill Street in Signal Hill, or call (562) 989-7324 to request…

Health, wellness fair targeting uninsured with free services

Long Beach residents are invited to join Vice Mayor Val Lerch, Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Leadership Long Beach Class of 2009 and dozens of local service providers for a free, community health & wellness fair on Saturday, June 6, from noon to 4pm at Houghton Park Community Center, 6301 Myrtle Ave. “The Leadership Long Beach…

Assembly approves Lowenthal bill to help ‘aged out’ foster youth

The State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill by Bonnie Lowenthal (D–Long Beach) that would bring federal dollars to California in the form of food stamps for foster youth who “age out” of the system. “This bill helps young people who need it,” said Lowenthal. “And it brings federal dollars to California at a…

Foodie meets demand, pursues lifelong love with culinary career

Chef Lucia Robles says she prefers the client interaction of catering to the restrictions of working in restaurant kitchens. By Rachael Rifkin Staff Writer Food has always played a role in shaping Lucia Robles’s life. Her catering business Lucia and Company emerged as a culmination of her lifelong love affair with the culinary arts. In…

As their families’ first generations to attain higher education, college sweethearts pursue doctorates together

Ignacio Hernandez and Susana Marin will marry in July and then travel to Iowa to continue their eduation. California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) graduates Ignacio Hernandez and Susana Marin represent the contemporary Southern California “college sweethearts” love story. They met on campus studying similar fields, fell in love along the way, and after graduation…