Targeting gang violence as one city

Douglas P. Haubert Long Beach City Prosecutor While on a recent ride-along with two Long Beach Police Department West Division officers, I met a young man named Bryan Soriano-Gutierrez. A gang member just 18 years old, he impressed me as a smart kid– the kind of kid who might have a future if he could…

Toy drive keeps young boy’s memory alive

Amber Garcia remembers how her son Tyler’s face lit up when he received presents while he was a cancer patient at Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. It’s why she returns to the hospital every year with presents for the patients at the hospital.

LBUSD’s energy conservation efforts save $29 million

All of the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) 84 schools have earned Energy Star Certification as a part of an eight-year conservation effort that has saved $29.1 million since 2003. Buildings that earn the certification use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.

City of Long Beach looks back at 2011

Notable government reform achievements and numerous programs and projects are recapped in this year’s City of Long Beach Year in Review (http://bit.ly/tc9u8N). Long Beach also started counting down the Top 10 stories of 2011 via www.facebook.com/CityofLongBeachCA on Friday, Dec. 16, and will continue with a news story a day until they reach 10.

Host families needed in Long Beach and surrounding areas

Embassy CES in Long Beach is currently seeking families who can offer an American cultural experience to international students, and treat them as a part of the family during their stay in the United States. Host families in Long Beach, Torrance, Carson, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, or any nearby area within one…

Belmont Plaza Indoor Pool closes for repairs

The indoor pool at the Belmont Plaza will be closed for up to four months while necessary repairs are made. Indoor swimming lessons and water exercise classes have been cancelled, but the heated outdoor pool is still open for lap swimming. Locker rooms and the weight room will also be available during outdoor pool hours…

Top winners of “We Can Soar” essay contest receive $500 scholarships

The winners of the “We Can Soar” essay contest were announced during the Centennial Celebration of the First Transcontinental Flight’s dedication and reception on Saturday, Dec. 10. Students wrote about the history of the first continental flight, the “Vin Fiz,” and its influence on Long Beach aviation history. Prizes included $500 scholarships, a Discovery Flight, and…

Charity begins at home

Every year, Halloween and Christmas take over Darrell and Ali Barrett’s Wrigley home (434 W. 31st St.), transforming it into something holiday inspired. For Halloween their house was a pirate ship, and now it’s a winter wonderland. Not far from Daisy Tree Lane, their home attracts many neighbors and holiday revelers. In October, the Barretts…

LBUSD’s energy conservation efforts save $29 million

All of the Long Beach Unified School District’s (LBUSD) 84 schools have earned Energy Star Certification as a part of an eight-year conservation effort that has saved $29.1 million since 2003. Buildings that earn the certification use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings across the nation.