Willow streetscape project in LB steps forward with initial designs

Sean Belk Staff Writer Preliminary designs of a nearly $3-million project to revamp the streetscape of a 1.1-mile stretch of Willow Street, extending from the Los Angeles River to the Blue Line transit station to Atlantic Avenue, were presented to Long Beach residents at a Wrigley Association meeting Tuesday, Jan. 7. With construction expected to…

New 99¢ Only store celebrates grand opening in SH

Sean Belk Staff Writer Hundreds of customers lined up to receive 99-cent deals at the grand opening of 99¢ Only Stores’ new Signal Hill location at 1851 Willow St. on Thursday, Jan. 10. The new “dollar-store” retailer opened its doors a little after 8am, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Signal Hill city councilmembers, city…

Around Town

OBSERVE THE SERRF What Open Up Long Beach tour Who 5th District Long Beach Councilmember Gerrie Schipske When Friday, Jan. 11 from 10am to 1pm Where The Southeast Resource Recovery Facility (SERRF) at 120 Pier S Ave. More Info Residents have a chance to see the inside of where the city’s trash is converted into…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart A week ago Thursday night, or rather the wee hours of that Friday morning, I experienced what was to be the beginning of a series of what will forever be known to me and mine as the Great Stink Fiasco of 2013– GSF13 for short. As I tried to sleep, I was…

They don’t just flutter by

I don’t know if this would be of interest to you, but we have a LOT of monarch butterflies, their caterpillars and chrysalises this year. At last count, there were 65 in various stages, and we have seen several dozen butterflies emerge in the last month, so roughly 100 this season so far. We also…

Capstone pension reform agreement announced between City of Long Beach and IAM, its largest bargaining group

The City of Long Beach and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) announced a hallmark agreement on Wednesday, Jan. 9 to significantly reduce pension costs, enact pension reform and provide future budget relief. The IAM approved the agreement in a vote that concluded Wednesday. The vote delivers the capstone agreement that completes the City’s three-year…

Longtime Rancho curator retires after 23 years of service

Rancho Los Cerritos hosted a retirement party on Jan. 5 to honor Steve Iverson, who has worked as curator at the Rancho for 23 consecutive years. His role as curator included: overseeing museum collections; managing the museum’s research library and archives; developing new exhibits, as well as updating the existing exhibits; researching the history of…

Fans storm Signal Hill restaurant to meet comedian

Sean Belk Staff Writer Hundreds of stand-up comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias’s fans showed up at Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill last Friday morning, Jan. 4 to meet the comedian during his annual Fluffy Fan Appreciation Day and to receive free breakfast on his dime. The restaurant hurried to accommodate the “spur of the…