Exhibit on Long Beach area’s gay-rights history ‘comes out’

Sean Belk Staff Writer Often considered an overlooked part of Long Beach history, the gay rights movement that today involves such issues as same-sex marriage and gays in the military can be traced back to the local area, where organizations and activists for decades have led a charge against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Major…

Two theater companies ‘collide,’ and a new entity is born

Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Two of Long Beach’s avant-garde theatre companies joined forces recently, and the leaders of the new entity said audiences can expect more energy and creativity on stage beginning with the new season that opens March 15. The Garage Theatre and Alive Theatre merged into the new company now calling itself The…

Congressmember Lowenthal pleads for bipartisan solution to sequester

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal on Feb. 28 made an eleventh-hour plea for a bipartisan and balanced solution to the impending across-the-board federal budget cuts set to go into effect on March 1. Known as the sequester, the potentially devastating cuts will impact nearly every American state, region and city. “Unless we do something, Friday will be…

Around Town

A LOFTY EXPERIENCE What Loft Walk 2013 Who Long Beach Heritage Where Insurance Exchange Building on East Broadway and other downtown buildings When Saturday, March 2 at 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm More Info Tours start with hosted appetizers at Congregation Ale House then move to the Big Red Bus for a tour of downtown Long…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Although I get in my fair share of local entertainment, I am often envious of our writers who have the opportunity to see theatre productions and then tell the world in print what they thought of them. Once in a while one of our reviewers needs to take a night off, and…

Letter to the Editor: Muddy waters

How dirty can dirty politics get? If you ever wondered the answer to this question, all you need to do is look at the “hit piece” most of us got in the mail last week. This ludicrious and possibly libelous piece of dirt was aimed at the three incumbents running for re-election to the [Signal…

Letter to the Editor: Getting ‘street smart’

Los Cerritos resident and long-time community activist John Deats calls the proposed Pacific Avenue Bike Corridor project, at least the part through his Los Cerritos neighborhood, insane. And he’s right. Unfortunately, it’s just the latest in a long line of money-wasting, worse-than-useless projects by a City that is already broke and can’t even afford sufficient…

Improvements in 7th district to be focal point of LB CPAC meeting

The Long Beach Central Project Area Council (LB CPAC) will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 7 at 6pm at Mental Health America (MHA), 456 Elm Ave. (The meeting is open to the public, and attendees are asked to enter the building through the door on 5th Street.) Brian Ulaszewski of the nonprofit…

19-year-old Maryland man dies after gunfight with police

On Thursday, Feb. 21, at approximately 1am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) patrol officers were in pursuit of a felony suspect in the 6400 block of E. Keynote Street when they were involved in a shooting, according to the LBPD. Shortly before 1am, the LBPD was notified of a stolen-vehicle pursuit involving the California Highway…