Not a typical affordable-housing community, Las Brisas finds success through its enrichment programs and police presence

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Approximately five years after the completion of the Las Brisas affordable-housing community in Signal Hill, programs offered at the site are still succeeding in improving the lives of the people who live there. The project was developed in two phases under the auspices of Los Angeles-based Abode Communities with funding from…

Officials weigh in on realignment’s impact on Long Beach and Signal Hill

CJ Dablo Staff Writer The realignment program has been praised by the California governor but disparaged by some key figures in law enforcement. Ten months after it took effect, that program, which aimed to make significant changes to California’s incarceration system, still faces scrutiny in Long Beach and Signal Hill. The realignment program under legislation AB…

Around Town

LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE What US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children Who Sponsored by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Where Various Long Beach parks and facilities When Now through Friday, Aug. 17 More Info SFSP intends to feed children from low-income areas…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart With Wilson High School’s class of 1972 reunion now behind them, I’m suddenly hearing a loud ticking sound reminding me that my 40-year high school reunion is probably less than a year away. No doubt my Wilson class of 1973 reunion committee will probably be reaching out to all of us classmates…

Dollars making sense

I, for one, will vote “no” on any measure on the ballot that asks for a tax increase for anything. There is so much corruption that has been finally exposed in government accountability of funds, that the citizens’ tax dollars contribute to, that I say “show me your statements and bank accounts” before I contribute…

In the ‘Know’?

There will always be a handful of residents who demonize city government for the use of “bureaucratese and legal jargon” (see the letter from Maria Harris “Taxation vexation,” August 10, 2012). The cynical, potentially destructive opinions of the Signal First might be a reflection of tough economic times. However, I can see no good reason…

Long Beach Police Department unveils new cutting-edge video technology to fight crime

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer Long Beach’s newest crime-fighting video technology, Long Beach COP, was unveiled by Police Chief Jim McDonnell and Mayor Bob Foster on Monday. Two years in the works, Long Beach Common Operating Picture, a state-of-the-art technology and real-time crime analysis center, integrates camera systems from around the city including police helicopters, parks,…

Feminists may hate (or love) The Taming of the Shrew

Gregory Spooner Culture Writer Feminists might not like the Taming of the Shrew. And by “feminists,” I don’t mean over-the-top, Andrea Dworkin “all sex is rape” feminists. I mean anyone, man or woman, who believes women deserve equal rights. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that anyone other than extreme misogynists are going…

LB Playhouse to present staged readings of playwrights’ new works

This weekend, the Long Beach Playhouse will begin presenting the works of the four winners and four finalist from its New Works Festival, which invites novice and experienced playwrights from all over the world to submit their unproduced plays to the Playhouse’s New Works Literary Committee. During the two-week festival, the winners’ plays receive a…

Young patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach build confidence through scuba-diving lesson

Ariana Gastelum Editorial Intern The Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA) taught a scuba-diving lesson to pediatric rehabilitation patients on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB), 2801 Atlantic Ave. The lesson took place in an indoor rehabilitation pool on the hospital campus. HSA is an international nonprofit organization focused on improving the physical…