LBPD officer honored for traffic-safety excellence

Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Director Christopher Murphy honored Long Beach Police Officer Tyrone Anderson on Aug. 16 with the 2011 OTS Award for Traffic Safety Excellence. During 2011, Anderson led the department in DUI arrests with 121 and is one of only 25 officers in the state of California and one of three in…

Around Town

JUST KEEP SWIMMING What Swim-a-Thon Olympics Who AbilityFirst Where The AbilityFirst Long Beach Center, 3770 E. Willow St. When Friday, Aug. 24 from 10am to 3pm More Info AbilityFirst provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Swim-a-Thon Olympics is an annual fundraiser benefitting programs for…

What’s the problem?

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. Signal [Hill Community] First wants to force the city to take a vote on future fees, assessments, etc. at an estimated cost of $30,000 per election. Such an unnecessary process, and its cost would be ridiculous in the best of economic times, but to propose this in the…

Petition volition

I recently signed the “The Know and Vote” petition because I want the right to vote on new Signal Hill taxes and bond measures and other fees that may get put on my property tax bill. State and local governments have been working hard dreaming up ways to get more of my income to continue…

LB in competition to win $5 million

The City of Long Beach is competing for the $5 million grand prize in the nationwide Mayors Challenge organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Long Beach is filled with thought-leaders,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. “The Mayors Challenge is an incredible opportunity to channel that innovation into bold…

LBPF hosts 18th annual ‘Shop with a Cop’
Kids receive school supplies, build positive relationships with police

Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern Although 92 children benefited directly from the Long Beach Police Foundation’s “Shop with a Cop” this year, another child who had volunteered at the event also gained something from the program. An 8-year-old who had tagged along with her police-officer father that day told the Foundation’s executive director, Kathy Berry: “I…

LBPD commander speaks at leadership forum on rising crime rate and ways to be proactive

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer As Long Beach Police Commander Josef Levy prepares to retire this fall, he outlined rising crime statistics and emergency preparedness options to business leaders and residents at West Division’s community forum last Wednesday. Westside yearly crime statistics As of June, violent crimes, including murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults, number 14,002.…

Historical Society of Long Beach announces LGBT history project

The Historical Society of Long Beach (HSLB) has launched a project to collect, preserve and present the history of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The project, which got underway in July, has convened a steering committee which will oversee the completion of an exhibit, the compilation of oral histories and the production…

SHPD shares tips to prevent car burglaries

As with many other cities, Signal Hill has been the location of a series of car burglaries. In an effort to curb criminal behavior, specifically car burglary, the Signal Hill Police Department is offering the following prevention tips: • Hide valuables. Smash-and-dash car burglars are opportunists. Keeping valuables at home or with you is the…

Eye on Crime

Crimes reported by LBPD Council Districts 6, 7 & 8 Thursday, Aug. 16 Residential burglary 8:20am– 2400 block of Golden Ave. Residential burglary 12:27pm– 3300 block of San Francisco Ave.