New VA Directive, HIV Testing Now Part of Medical Care

The Veterans Administration (VA) has a new HIV-testing policy mandating that HIV testing to be part of routine medical care. This will help ensure more veterans learn their status and help connect HIV-positive patients to care sooner, enabling them to live longer, healthier lives. This new policy reminds providers that HIV testing should not be…

Photo Synthesis

At last week’s First Fridays event, the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association announced the winners of its 2009 Summer Shutters 2.0 Digital Photo Contest. All photos entered into the competition were on display at the Expo Building. A new addition this year was the “digitally altered” category, which welcomed shots that had undergone digital enhancements.…

Police Chief Batts leaving Long Beach to be top cop in Oakland

After seven years as Long Beach police chief, Anthony Batts will soon take the helm of the Oakland Police Department as that city’s new chief of police, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums announced Wednesday in a press release. “Chief Batts is an extraordinarily capable police chief whose professional expertise, outstanding leadership skills and brilliant operational savvy…

Long Beach budget woes detailed at community meeting hosted by Gabelich

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Things are probably going to get worse before they get better. That’s what Long Beach city officials told about 30 residents who gathered at the North Division Headquarters of the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Monday night. The community meeting was organized by 8th District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich and her…

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 performances on…

Historical Society awarded grant for Cambodian project

CSULB students view archival materials housed at the Historical Society of Long Beach as a part of a class taught during the Spring 2009 semester. (The class was taught by Dr.Quintiliani and was called Historical Ethnography. The class involved students tracing the history of Cambodian cultural symbols and conducting research in the local Cambodian community…

Workforce Network presenting free disabilities workshop

The public is invited to a Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (PGWIN) no-cost Disability Benefits Workshop on August 26 with experts providing information on what people with disabilities need to know about working and disability benefits. The workshop, which is conducted every fourth Wednesday, will be from 1:30pm–3pm at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic…

Blood drive to address summer shortage

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, the City of Long Beach and the Red Cross will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 10:45am to 3:45am at the Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Ave. “I know Long Beach residents generously give back to the community by giving their time and money,” said Foster.…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart In the nearly ten years we’ve been publishing the Signal Tribune, we have encountered controversies galore. Some have been political in nature, while others were neighborhood issues or matters pertaining to quality of life. Nevertheless, most of these matters have either disappeared or are deeply dormant, and new items of concern have…

Letters to the Editor

High-Five from District 5 What a thrill to read the news release that Senator Alan Lowenthal selected you the 2009 Small Business Honoree at the California Small Business Association luncheon. You and the Signal Tribune staff are wonderful examples of how dedicated community-based newspapers can impact society through ethical and professional reporting while keeping the…

Around Town

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF Friends of Uranga will host a mixer to help elect Long Beach City College Trustee Roberto Uranga to the Long Beach City Council, 7th District with guest The Honorable Warren Furutani, California State Assembly, 55th District. Introduction by Honorable Doris Topsy-Elvord and remarks by Councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga. The mixer will take place…

A Friend of Friends

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), recently celebrated 20 years of serving local pets and their human counterparts with a gathering at the Signal Hill Community Center. The July 30 event included the presentation of the Impact Award from Long Beach City Prosecutor Thomas Reeves who said he wanted to “reward people who invest in…