Bonnie Lowenthal’s foster youth bill heads to governor

A bill by Bonnie Lowenthal that’s considered the most important foster-youth legislation of the year headed to the governor’s desk last week with strong bipartisan support from the state Assembly. “This is probably the best thing that the Legislature will do for foster children all year,” said Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare…

Thoughts from the Publisher

Long Beach Fire Department’s September 11 ceremony downtown in 2008 By Neena Strichart Eight years ago today our country was changed forever. We can all remember where we were and what we were doing that day when we heard about the dreadful happenings in New York. I was sleeping. A co-worker called and demanded that…

City leaders bemoan resignation of Police Chief Batts

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer In the midst of its very serious budget problems, Long Beach is about to lose one its most loved and respected leaders. Last month, Police Chief Anthony Batts announced that he would be resigning in September to take a new position as chief in Oakland, California. “Chief Batts is an…

Cause of SH condo fire believed electrical

Flames blazed Tuesday afternoon from a three-story condominium complex in Signal Hill, causing $1.5 million in damages. According to Inspector Steve Zermino of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the cause of the fire at 2254 Gaviota Avenue was accidental and is believed to have been electrical in nature. “The call came in at 2:41…

Carson Street motor home parking problem moves to other streets

RVs on Carson Street By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer After hearing numerous complaints about motor homes being parked in the vicinity of Orange Avenue and Carson Street, a few weeks ago city officials directed public works crews to install signs in that area that banned the parking of oversized vehicles. That solved the problem on…

New officers elected to St. Mary’s board

(from left) Newly elected members and officers of the St. Mary Medical Center Board of Trustees: Marilyn Bittle; Wayne Slavitt; Jana Martin, Ph.D.; Peter Gravett; and Todd Turley. Not pictured: Garrett Ashley, Ted R. Matt, Ken Portalan, Naomi Rainey and Don Wylie. Clinical psychologist Jana Martin, Ph.D. has been elected for a two-year term as…

Councilwoman Schipske to host fire-station open house

Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has invited the public to join her for an Open House on Sunday, September 13 from noon to 2pm at Fire Station No. 18, 3361 Palo Verde Ave. The public will have a chance to meet the firefighters of Fire Station No. 18 and learn first-hand how these dedicated public…

Latest Disney Live! Show coming to Terrace Theatre

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will be joined by Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, Cinderella, Tigger, and more Disney friends in their newest onstage adventure. Southern Californians can climb on board the Mickey Mouse Bus to join Mickey and friends on their latest musical adventure in Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show. Featuring classic characters…

Around Town

A FAMILY AFFAIR Community Hospital is hosting its 5th Annual “Come Celebrate Family” event Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9am to noon, on the rooftop of parking structure at 1720 Termino Ave. (Free parking in structure.) The event will include free pancake breakfast, clown, health fair & screenings, The Animal Guys’ exotic animal exhibit, arts &…

Water department finishes residential landscape makeovers

“Before” and “after” shots of one of the residences that benefited from the Water Department’s complimentary landscape makeover. The Long Beach Water Department recently announced the completion of construction on all nine of its free Long Beach residential front-yard landscape makeover projects. The homes, one from each of the nine council districts in Long Beach,…

Art exhibit sees modern world through Seven Deadly Sins

Heedless Appetence title piece by Juan Carlos Noria The theme surrounding DDR Projects’ latest exhibit Heedless Appetence, by artists Juan Carlos Noria and John Culqui, is loosely based on the Seven Deadly Sins and how they play an intricate role in our lives, whether we are religious or not. Why do we feel the compulsion…