Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program available free to households earning $50,000 or less

Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the State Board of Equalization (BOE) has again announced free income-tax preparation assistance for qualified filers through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. “For every 1,000 returns completed, up to 5.7 million dollars can be recaptured from the federal government, helping stimulate local economies and aiding in improving the…

Public invited to ask questions about impact report for transit project that will include LB

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Metro have prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project. The review period begins on Friday, Jan. 20 and lasts for 30 days, ending on Monday, Feb. 20. The document is available for viewing and download online at metro.net/regionalconnector.

Assemblymember Lowenthal welcomes new rail board

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal on Thursday welcomed the news from Governor Jerry Brown that California’s massive high-speed rail project was under new leadership. “I certainly want to thank the people who worked so long on this,” said Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

Motorcyclist succumbs after traffic collision

On Jan. 15, at approximately 5:12pm, officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) responded to an injury traffic collision in the area of 7th Street and Redondo Avenue where a motorcycle had struck a vehicle, resulting in the death of an adult male.

SH City Council prepares to wind down redevelopment

CJ Dablo Staff Writer With no hope that redevelopment can be saved, the members of the Signal Hill City Council voted on a resolution Tuesday night to create a new agency run by the City that will concentrate on winding down its soon-to-be defunct redevelopment agency’s (RDA) affairs. The Council members will now serve on the…

Thoughts from the Publisher

Neena Strichart Publisher Last week I filled my column with little bits of information that I wanted to share with our readers. One topic I chose was my newfound love for the hazelnut-chocolate spread called Nutella. When I arrived at Donato’s (my hairdresser’s place of business) Saturday morning, my stylist, Leah, couldn’t wait to tell…

Fifth district office seeking student teams for 3rd Solar Grand Prix

The 2012 Solar Grand Prix, which challenges local students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build high-performance model solar vehicles, is scheduled for April 21, but, according to the office of 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, which sponsors the competition, many teams are already registered and excited to compete.