Grassroots movement underway to make state legislature part-time

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer What if the citizens of California rose up and fired everybody in the state senate and assembly? An undertaking of that magnitude would take 120 separate recall referendums, and that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. However, a group calling itself Citizens for California Reform (CCR) has come up with…

A Big Relief

During a press conference at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) last Monday, 55th District Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County– far right) presents a $10,000 check on behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus to various Samoan relief organizations. Also pictured, from left, are 49th District Assemblymember Mike Eng, 53rd District Assemblymember…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart I can’t believe it is nearly Veterans Day again. Last year we ran a beautiful section as a tribute to Veterans Day. I think it was one of the nicest projects we have ever created at the Signal Tribune. On November 6 we will produce another tribute to Veterans Day– this time…

Support groups sponsoring vigil to honor victims of abuse

WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), a full-service agency assisting victims of domestic violence, will gather with the community on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6pm for a candlelight walk in honor of domestic violence survivors and in remembrance of those who have died at the hands of someone they know. The public is invited to gather…

Around Town

BYE-BYE, BATTS The Long Beach Police Foundation will host a farewell celebration in honor of Long Beach Police Chief Anthony W. Batts on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, and the community is welcome to attend. After 27 years of service to the Long Beach Police Department and the…

Vegging Out

Story and photos by Leighanna Nierle Staff Writer The fourth annual Animal Acres Compassionate Cuisine food and music event, a celebration which raises funding for animal rescue and refuge efforts, took place last Friday evening at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach. More than 20 local restaurants served a wide…

Artist renders realistic drawings that resemble photos

Portfolio Coffeehouse, 2300 E. 4th St., is housing an exhibit of drawings by artist Kristin Kaplowitz through Nov. 15. Kaplowitz received fine arts degrees from UCLA and CSULB. Her work features Prismacolor pencil and Sharpie marker on paper to create almost photorealistic imagery. “I swear they’re not photos,” she said. “I started drawing with whatever…

St. Mary offering free flu shots for adults

The St. Mary Medical Center Senior Health Program will conduct a free flu shot clinic on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10am to 2pm in the St. Mary Health Enhancement Center, 1055 Linden Ave. The clinic is for adults only, and no appointment is required. The flu vaccine will be injected into the upper arm; participants…

LBPD seeking public’s help in investigation of possible cop impersonator

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is currently investigating an individual believed to have impersonated a police officer and are asking for the public’s help. Recently, while investigating a domestic violence incident, officers made contact with the male suspect, who was subsequently arrested and his vehicle impounded. During the inventory search of the suspect’s vehicle,…

Three events planned for LB Veterans Day celebration

Long Beach will celebrate Veterans Day on Saturday, November 7, beginning with the 13th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade at 10am. The parade, featuring military vehicles, ROTC groups, equestrians, drill teams and marching bands will proceed south on Atlantic Avenue from Harding Street to 56th Street, make a U-turn and return to the step-off…