City auditor report concludes LB’s readiness to comply with Stimulus Funds

City Auditor Laura Doud released an audit Tuesday assessing Long Beach’s readiness to comply with strict regulations of federal Stimulus Funds. The report, “Internal Controls Over Stimulus Funds,” concludes that the City has made significant progress toward establishing the necessary internal controls to adhere to Recovery Act requirements. The purpose of the Recovery Act, signed…

Bixby yoga studio to host Haiti fundraiser

FreeSpirit Yoga, 3910 Atlantic Ave., is inviting the entire community to attend its “Help Haiti Recover” fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 2pm to 4 pm. The fundraiser will include a silent auction, opportunity drawing, and music. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Doctors Without Borders.

Wet and wild

Pictured, a man makes his way through a flooded area in Long Beach Tuesday afternoon. The fast-moving storm that came ashore drenched Southern California with rain, intensifying the threat of mudslides and producing at least one tornado, four waterspouts and winds as high as 80 mph. The storm hit hardest in Long Beach, Seal Beach,…

Letter to the Editor

Swine swag? The stark contrast of unemployment and homelessness on “Main Street” against the glut and excess in Hollywood is most pronounced during award seasons. It is, at this time, that vendors compete with each other to give away their wares to those who need it the least– successful celebrities. This display of greed and…

HUD awarding $22 million to LB to improve lower-income housing

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) has awarded $22 million to the City of Long Beach and additional millions to the 37th District counseling partner Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. The funds are a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and are distributed as part of…

LB Playhouse celebrating its 80th with speakeasy

The Long Beach Playhouse will “turn the clock back” to 1929 to celebrate its 80th anniversary at Joey “The Saint” Valentine’s Speakeasy on Saturday, February 13. Vintage attire is encouraged at the celebration, which will commemorate the February 1929 founding of the Playhouse, the oldest continually operating community theatre west of the Mississippi River. Joey…

Mayor Foster asking LB residents to help earthquake victims

In response to Tuesday’s 7.0 devastating earthquake in the country of Haiti, Mayor Bob Foster is calling on the Long Beach community to help by sending monetary donations to the nonprofit Long Beach Cares. Donations will be collected and then sent to the American Red Cross for Haitian relief efforts. “There is a dire need…

City of LB provides storm safety information

With powerful storms bearing down on the region, residents and businesses are urged to prepare themselves for the possibility of significant rainfall. The City of Long Beach is providing sand and bags for residents to make their own sandbags. The public may pick up sand at five fire stations: Station No 5 7575 E. Wardlow…