Property, violent crime up in east Long Beach, more staffing cuts to police department expected

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer Long Beach Police Department’s East Division held its quarterly community gathering at the Groundwater Treatment Plant on Monday, outlining rising crime statistics for June 2012. Long Beach’s east division encompasses approximately 170,000 of the half a million Long Beach residents and receives about 55,000 calls for service per year, said East…

Around Town

SCHERER IN THE VISION What Garden planting beautification project Who Hosted by The Visionaries from the Neighborhood Leadership Program Where Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. When Saturday, July 28 from 8am to 2pm More Info All members of the community and general public are welcome to come out, take part in the launch and…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Those of you locals who enjoy dining out have a lot to celebrate this week. Last Tuesday at noon, the long-anticipated opening of Creperie La Rue in Bixby Knolls finally took place. Located at 4280 Atlantic Ave., the eatery offers sweet and savory crepes as well as other menu items, including French…

It’s what you know

The Taxpayers Right to Know and Vote is a local initiative petition being circulated by Signal Hill Community First, an association of Signal Hill residents. Local registered voters are being asked to sign the petition to put the Know and Vote initiative on the ballot. Recent City Council comments on Know and Vote are misinformed.…

A ‘mental’ note

Thanks to the Signal Tribune and reporter Michelle Lecours for covering the ongoing saga involving the proposed police substation and homeless accommodation at Willow and Grand [“Debate over mentally-ill homeless site stalls Schroeder Hall reuse again,” July 13]. As an advocate for area residents on this issue for the past four and a half years,…

Weapon of mass discussion

Yes, children, guns kill, as do knives, hammers, spears, poison, rocks, even water in drowning, to name a few. Before guns were even invented, people were killing each other for one reason or another. So, let’s face it– blame it on the human animal’s instinct to kill, not the weapon used in execution of the…

WRD signs labor agreement to affirm practice of hiring local workers

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) issued a press release July 20 announcing that it has signed a labor agreement with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council that affirms the District’s longstanding practice to hire local workers. The agreement ensures that all WRD projects will financially benefit the cities served…

Eye on Crime

Crimes reported by LBPD July 19 to July 25 Council Districts 6, 7 and 8 Thursday, July 19 Residential burglary 3:32am– 2400 block of Oregon Avenue