City of LB waiving dog-license late fees this month

In an effort to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve rabies compliance, the Long Beach City Council has authorized a one-month amnesty for late penalties on dog licenses. By law, all dogs over the age of four months old living in the city of Long Beach must be licensed or made current within 60 days…

SH RDA required by legislators to give State $5.16 million

The Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency was forced to give the State of California $5.16 million on Monday as state legislators continue to look at local funds as an easy way to balance the state budget. The State has an estimated $18–$20 billion budget deficit because of declining tax revenue due to the ongoing recession and…

Thoughts from the Publisher

Although Mother’s Day is usually quite a celebration in my family, this year it took on a somber tone for me. Deserving of an Academy Award, during our lunch at Arnold’s Restaurant I smiled and chatted away with my companions, and no one suspected I was feeling blue. Mom, my husband Steve, his brother Robert,…

Comfort food for thought

We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Signal Tribune for the many years of great local reporting and for their commitment to this community. At the same time, we would like to announce that Arnold’s Restaurant has had to close its doors. After 59 years in business, we were unable to negotiate…

Control issues

California State Assembly Member Mariko Yamada has introduced Assembly Bill 2465, sponsored by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). AB 2465 would require the State of California to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) as defined in the document “Best Management Practices for Mosquito Control on California State Properties” on any newly acquired…

Wide range of local Samoan achievers recognized at SAI Awards ceremony

By Vivian J. Malauulu Contributing Writer Former Signal Hill Planning Commissioner Falana’i Ala, chairman of the Long Beach-based Samoan Achievers International (SAI), served as master of ceremonies for last week’s Second Annual SAI Awards Gala at the Long Beach Hyatt Regency, where 14 successful Samoans were honored for their work in various fields. “It gives…

The Campaign Trail

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster has announced his endorsement of James Johnson for Long Beach City Council, 7th District. “James Johnson has the experience and leadership we need on the Long Beach City Council,” Foster said. “I know James will always put the neighborhoods of the 7th District first and get right to work on…

Reyes-Uranga seeking third term as 7th District City Councilwoman

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The June 8 election is only three-and-one-half weeks away, and incumbent 7th District City Councilwoman Tonia Reyes-Uranga hopes the voters will elect her to a third term in office. “I am running for re-election so that I can make sure our district receives its fair share of resources,” she said.…

Growing Up

By Jennifer E. Beaver Ever get something stuck in your head? In my case, it’s a lemon cucumber. It all started with the cuke photo in my latest book, “Edible Gardening for California” (shameless self promotion– let’s get it out of the way). It’s a cute cuke– oval, pale yellow with stripes, about three inches…

Powell to be posthumously honored as Pride marshal

Local longtime community activist Gail Murchison Powell, who died on April 19 in Long Beach at the age of 68, will be posthumously honored as Female Community Grand Marshal for the 2010 Pride Festival. Powell was active in political campaigns and marched with Caesar Chavez. She was an active member of Long Beach Gay Pride,…

Local officials hope to bring Kroc Center plans back to life

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Expressing shock at the Salvation Army’s seemingly sudden decision to abandon plans to develop a Kroc Center in Long Beach, government leaders in that city and Signal Hill said they would do whatever it takes to reverse that decision and start moving the plans forward again. In a letter received…

BKBIA tackling potential graffiti problem head-on

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) recently partnered with the Department of Public Works to eliminate graffiti in the Bixby area as soon as it occurs. The BKBIA is encouraging all business owners and residents to call the city’s graffiti hotline to report any “tags” as soon as possible, but the organization is also…