Homelessness, families in need remain ‘invisible’ crises in LB area
Winter shelters, food banks, charities and government agencies tasked with providing ‘Continuum of Care’

Sean Belk Staff Writer Just as rain started falling last Friday evening, Alicia Porcho prepared for intake inside the Long Beach Rescue Mission’s new winter shelter set up in a warehouse at 702 W. Anaheim St. The 12,000-square-foot building, once famous for housing Jesse James’ West Coast Choppers motorcycle shop, officially opened its doors to…

Fallen soldier remembered for ‘daunting courage’

Sean Belk Staff Writer Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson, a 26-year-old Long Beach native who was killed on Oct. 12 during a firefight while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan, was one of 15 fallen U.S. soldiers from Long Beach honored and remembered in an annual ceremony at the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center last…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart With time and money running more than short for holiday gift shopping, many folks are desperately grabbing for not the perfect gift – but any gift! Please stop and think a moment before buying just any old random item to wrap and stick under the Christmas tree. My motto is “Don’t do…

Not a sign of the times

The photos from earlier editions of the Signal Tribune show Vons grocery store in the Bixby Knolls Shopping center in what appears to be the late ‘40s and early ‘50s. I know from an aerial photo taken May 31, 1947, that this shopping center was a vacant lot then, but that by the early ‘50s…

LBPD receives $112,800 grant for DUI checkpoints

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been awarded a $112,800 grant for DUI checkpoints and other programs aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on local roadways. The funding is from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “DUI checkpoints are effective because they specifically target impaired driving offenders,…

Gang member sentenced to one year in jail for beating girlfriend

A jury has convicted gang member, Jose Meza, 24, of Harbor City, for assaulting his girlfriend in May 2012, according to an announcement from the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office released Dec. 13. Meza was immediately sentenced by Judge Laura Laesecke to one year in jail, the maximum punishment for misdemeanor battery. “This was a…

LB Port to waive fees for terminals impacted by strike

Three cargo-shipping terminals at the Port of Long Beach that were closed by an eight-day strike will have some cargo fees waived to provide financial relief and to expedite the movement of containers. “We are relieved to return to full operations and we want to do our part in getting things back to normal as…

Around Town

BRIGHT AND EARLY What Sunrise Meditation Who Everyday Zen Where Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio, 3740 Atlantic Ave. Studio 201 When Friday, Dec. 21 from 6am to 7am More Info Sunrise meditation to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This is a donation-based meditation, attendees are encouraged to pay as much as they would like. Call (562) 424-2444.