SH to loan $700,000 to Boulevard Buick/GMC

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Living up to its reputation as one of the most business-friendly cities in California, Signal Hill has agreed to loan $700,000 to a local automobile dealer to help pay for renovations designed to increase sales. The loan, which will be made to the Boulevard Buick/GMC dealership, will actually come from…

Around Town

CLEAN SWEEP Councilmember Dee Andrews will be hosting the 6th District Neighborhood Cleanup Saturday, July 24 at 10am at 323 E. Dayman St., and volunteers are needed. All clean-up materials will be supplied, and community-service hours are offered. Call (562) 570-6816 or visit longbeach.gov/district6. EGGS WITH THE ELKS The Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge #…

Death threat investigation stymied; SHPD asks for public’s assistance

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) is asking the public’s help in identifying the person who sent an apparent death threat to Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson via email several weeks ago. “Our detectives concluded their investigation, and they took the case to the (Los Angeles County District Attorney) D.A.’s…

Ready-to-work youth still available for small businesses at no cost

Already 325 area employers are receiving no-cost assistance from approximately 1,000 youth as part of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Summer Youth Employment Training Program, which is made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The Network pays all salary and worker-compensation costs for up to 180 work hours for each youth. “The…

Team that assists hate-crime victims seeking volunteers

The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program is now recruiting volunteers for its 2010-2011 Assistance Team. The program teaches volunteers how to assist victims of hate-crime and bias incidents in Long Beach. The effort is part of the City’s Human Dignity Program, founded in 1999 to ensure that all residents are treated with courtesy…

Wrigley to celebrate its ‘Night Out’ against crime

The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) will again host “National Night Out to Fight Crime” on Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the mini-park located between West 21st and Hill  streets, west of San Francisco Avenue, next to the LA River. The public is welcome to the event, which will be a potluck.…

Thoughts from the Publisher

By Neena Strichart As I wrote last week, there are so many free activities to keep us entertained locally this summer. I think my all-time favorite outings are the concerts in the park put on by Friends of Signal Hill Cultural Arts (FOSHCA). In partnership with the City of Signal Hill, the 2010 Summer Concerts…

The exception, not the rule

On behalf of the Gateway Cities Southeast Los Angeles County City Managers Group, we write to address the alarming information widely reported in the news media about the compensation of the Bell city manager and other employees. Our group of 27 local city managers reacted with shock and outrage when reading these recent stories.

SH’s chief building inspector retiring

After being employed with Signal Hill’s Community Development Department for the last 20 years, Principal Building Inspector Gil Petris has resigned from his position with the City, effective July 23. Since 1990, Petris has been assisting residents and contractors, inspecting much of the City’s development. Some of his accomplishments include the Bixby Ridge and Hilltop…

Tips to ‘be cool’ this summer

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses, especially while participating in outdoor activities. The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions, however everyone should take precautions to reduce…