Controversial Signal Hill initiative set for June 2014 election

CJ Dablo Staff Writer The date is now set. It will take just over a year for Signal Hill voters to determine the fate of a proposed initiative that aims to significantly change Signal Hill’s charter surrounding taxes, bonds and fees. City Clerk Kathee Pacheco reported at the Feb. 5 Council meeting that the initiative dubbed…

TED Conference leaving Long Beach, moving to Vancouver, Canada in 2014

Sean Belk Staff Writer TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) an exclusive global set of conferences organized by a private nonprofit promoting “ideas worth spreading,” announced Feb. 4 that it is leaving Long Beach and will move its annual West Coast conference to Vancouver, Canada, starting next year during its 30th anniversary. TED staff said they…

Noise alert!

On Monday, Feb. 4, Long Beach Airport’s Facebook page posted the following message: “Noise Alert! The B1 Lancer is taking off from LGB today. ETA between 10:30am and 11am.” Local photographer Stephen Russo snapped the above image from his home on Del Mar Avenue in Los Cerritos.

The Campaign Trail

The Concerned Citizens of Signal Hill (CCSH) and the Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce will co-host a Signal Hill City Council candidate forum at the Signal Hill Police Department Community Room, 2745 Walnut St. on Monday, Feb. 25. The forum will begin with a “public-candidate meet-and-greet” period from 6:30pm to 7pm, and the actual forum…

Around Town

CHOCOLATE, TEA AND CONVERSATION What Culinary class Who Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens When Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10am to 1:30pm Where Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. More Info The event will include a cooking demonstration by Chef Debbi Dubbs, as well as a Valentine tea. Jan Livingston Brady will present…

Race for three SH City Council seats heats up
Candidates debate initiative, legal fees and development plans during latest forum

Sean Belk Staff Writer Competitors for three open Signal Hill City Council seats squared off during a second candidate forum Monday, Feb. 4 in a highly contentious race that has formed a clear divide between incumbents defending their track records and political newcomers pushing for a change in leadership. The seven candidates are running in…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart With Valentine’s Day falling on Thursday of next week, this is my last opportunity to remind our readers to shop locally for your gifts and take your sweetheart out dining to one of our area restaurants. Reservations are certainly recommended but not always required at every eatery. Call ahead and make sure.…

Fired up!

On Feb. 1, 2013 the Long Beach Fire Department honored some of its members for their recent promotions to the ranks of marine safety officer, rescue boat operator, and battalion chief. Members of the community were also honored for their contributions to the department and to the community. Individuals who received promotions will fill positions…

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach’s nursing programs honored

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach have achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition is determined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, which ensures that rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. With this credential, Long Beach…

What to do with unused graves

Kenneth McKenzie Columnist On the average, I meet with 1,100 families a year here at the mortuary. I would guesstimate 50 percent of those people I meet with have already purchased cemetery property. I would say a good 25 percent of those people have now decided to cremate and not utilize the grave(s) previously purchased.…