LBUSD plans two new schools in Signal Hill

New-school signage located at Redondo Avenue and Hill Street BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) plans to build two new schools in Signal Hill, and one of them could be up and running in two years. Work has already begun work on the middle school planned for the 9.8-acre…

Cal Heights residents meet with police to discuss increase in burglaries

LBPD North Division Commander Billy Quach shares crime statistics with the audience who attended the California Heights Neighborhood Association meeting last week. BY NICK DIAMANTIDES Staff Writer A recent spike in residential burglaries brought dozens of people to the monthly meeting of the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) meeting last Thursday evening (August 20). Local…

Jack C. Smith announces bid for 7th District seat

Professional budget analyst and community volunteer Jack C. Smith recently threw his hat into the 7th District Council race with a pledge to help the area thrive through smart fiscal management. “The city’s toughest challenge for years to come will be the budget,” said Smith, a Wrigley resident. “I’ve got the skills to maximize both…

Local Allstate agency owner receives Chairman’s Conference Award

Allstate Insurance Company has honored Allstate exclusive agency owner Brenda Soto Bryan with the Chairman’s Conference Award for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and business growth. The Brenda Soto Bryan Agency joins the top six percent of Allstate insurance agencies and personal financial representatives to reach this level of achievement, based on sales…

Governor meets with Holt to discuss part-time legislature

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met last week for the first time with Gabriella Holt, who heads Citizens for California Reform, a nonpartisan public-interest group that describes itself as “committed to advancing more limited and more transparent government” and seeks a part-time state legislature. Citizens for California Reform has received the required title and summary for the…

Commentary: SH Chamber mixing up its mixers

By Denise Damrow 1st Vice President Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce The goal of the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce’s Social Committee is to increase attendance and make it fun for everyone who comes to our mixers while providing an opportunity to network and gain exposure for those members being highlighted at each month’s event.…

Letter to the Editor

Speaking out, silently Their silence was an outcry. Something special happened in Belmont Shore, and I would like to spread the good news. However, the bad news first: a man named Todd, who was homeless, was senselessly beaten a block from my home on August 2. Here was a man many of us knew– mentally…

Performers, vendors sought for Latin American festival

The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is currently seeking performers, artists, vendors and other participants for the Long Beach Latin American Parade & Festival on Saturday, September 12. The one-day event will feature anything and everything Latin American, including authentic Latin American cuisine, dance lessons and demonstrations, art exhibits, vendor booths and live music and…

Counterfeit bills turning up at garage sales

Counterfeit bills have recently been found at local garage sales, where subjects either paid, or attempted to pay for their purchases with fake 100-dollar bills. Garage sales are an easy target for criminals to pass counterfeit bills, as the general public typically is not trained to recognize security features of paper currency. Anyone accepting 100-dollar…

Eco-friendly small businesses invited to apply for CoolCalifornia award

All California small businesses (with less than 100 employees) that can demonstrate climate leadership through a commitment to implementing and promoting climate-friendly practices are eligible to apply for a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award. This new award program will recognize multiple small businesses from across the state that demonstrate climate leadership. Each business will be scored…

200 dogs to be altered through spay, neuter program

The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services and community organizer Justin Rudd’s Haute Dogs network are joining forces to get 200 Long Beach dogs fixed before the end of October in the “Haute Dog Fix” canine spay and neuter voucher program. This program will provide $100 canine spay and neuter vouchers to the first…