Signal Hill’s first middle school begins school year with a focus on technology

Michelle Lecours Staff Writer Teachers at Signal Hill’s first middle school welcomed 750 students with brand-new classrooms and groundbreaking technology last week. “We’re creating history, and we have the most incredible technology system here,” said Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy Principal Sparkle Peterson. “Seeing how happy the students and the parents (are)…has just been phenomenal.” With…

Around Town

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT What California Coastal Cleanup Day Who Sponsored by the Port of Long Beach Where Beach next to the Belmont Plaza Pool, 4000 E. Olympic Plaza When Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9am to noon More Info The Port of Long Beach needs volunteers for the 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. The…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart As so many of us have noticed, as of late, our air has been infused with the distinct odor of sulfur. The rotten-egg smell is not due to a local gas leak or red tide but reportedly more likely caused by a zephyr blown our way from the Salton Sea. Located approximately…

Doing the math

Last week, the [Long Beach] City Council passed a balanced budget that restored important services such as police staffing, library services, recreation programs (including the Silverado Pool), and sidewalk repairs. Nonetheless, the arithmetic is clear– unless we control our costs over the long run, we will be forced to cut vital programs next year and…

Missing the party

Ms. Joey Magid wrote that the Taxpayers’ Right to Know and Vote initiative is the same as a “minority” taking over management of the city of Signal Hill [Letters to the Editor, Sept. 7, 2012]. She believes that the city is like the state legislature and its two-thirds requirement to pass taxes. It leads to…