Cal Heights residents pay homage to earthy surroundings through redesign and restoration

Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer Homeowners transform a fixer-upper into a fully restored bungalow. California bungalow-style houses are designed to bring the outside in and define cozy living. Large, double-hung windows give the homes their warm feel by inviting natural lighting. Earth tones accentuate the exterior designing, and broad front porches allow homeowners to take in…

Local Allstate agent honored through national Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign

The Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) has honored local Allstate Insurance Agent Brenda Soto Bryan with its RealLIFEstories Client Service Award. LIFE, a nonprofit group that conducts the Life Insurance Awareness Month campaign every September, selected the stories of four insurance agents nationwide to help raise awareness of the need for Americans…

SH Council concludes negotiations with police officers’ union, freezes merit increases for police employees

CJ Dablo Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Council passed a resolution Tuesday that concludes labor talks with the Signal Hill Police Officers’ Association (SHPOA), and, over a two-year term, the City will save about $150,000 in compensation costs, according to an estimate from a staff report. The resolution to approve a memorandum of understanding between…

Honesty is key to teen driving safety

By Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed. The Chicago Tribune’s report of 15 students suspended from Naperville North High School for drinking until 5am on the morning school started, some of them still intoxicated for the opening bell, paints a poignant, if problematic, picture of teens and alcohol. As one area mom asked, “I still am wondering,…