Murder rate in LB down 36 percent from 2010

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor The murder rate in Long Beach dropped 35.7 percent and the number of rapes decreased by 23.8 percent this year compared to 2010 statistics, according to a memorandum sent by Police Chief Jim McDonnell to Mayor Bob Foster and the City Council on Dec. 9, 2011. The memo, shared with the…

F&M Bank appoints new chief information officer

Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M) has named Ken Nagel as chief information officer and senior vice president of information technology services. In this position, Nagel will lead a firm-wide initiative to advance the bank’s information technology systems to support organizational growth and expansion.

Thoughts from the Publisher

Neena Strichart Publisher A few weeks ago Steve and I were invited to be participants in the Long Beach Daisy Lane Parade. Although the experience itself was quite a treat, an extra bonus was meeting local celebrity, Southern California television’s Troubleshooter Judd McIlvain, who was riding in a beautiful convertible. Judd and I exchanged a…

Keeping kids out of gangs

(Part 2 of a three-part series on gangs in Long Beach) by Doug Haubert Long Beach City Prosecutor Last week, I wrote about the death and devastation that follows the Gang Life. Gang membership typically leads to only two outcomes: a sudden, violent death on the streets, or a slow death behind bars. I told…

LB’s plastic-bag ban expanding in 2012

The City of Long Beach ban on single-use plastic bags will be expanded on Jan. 1, 2012, when smaller retailers will stop distributing plastic carryout bags. “Our plastic bag ban has been very successful in helping to reduce litter in our neighborhoods, reduce plastic debris in our waterways and storm drains, and reduce waste transported…

City of LB providing free tree recycling

The City of Long Beach is encouraging residents to take advantage of the City’s tradition of free “tree-cycling” services during the holidays. “Traditions are an important part of the holiday season, and I encourage residents to take advantage of this free service and make “tree-cycling” a part of their holiday tradition every year,” said Mayor…

SH Historical Society selling 2012 calendars

Just in time for the new year, the Signal Hill Historical Society now has 2012 calendars available for $12 each. The calendars feature historical photographs of the city, as well as dates for local events and meetings for the Signal Hill Council, commissions, the Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Signal Cultural Arts, Friends…