U.S. Postal Service to close LB mail-processing center on July 1

Sean Belk Staff Writer The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to cease mail-processing operations at 2300 Redondo Ave. in Long Beach on July 1, though public retail service, P.O. box delivery, mail collection and bulk business-mail acceptance will remain open “for the time being,” according to a statement released by the USPS on Tuesday,…

Office Depot, OfficeMax plan to merge by year’s end

Sean Belk Staff Writer Office Depot Inc., a major sales-tax revenue generator for the cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach, expects to merge with OfficeMax Incorporated by the end of the year, according to a company statement. An April 9 announcement states that the companies are required to submit additional information and materials to…

Signal Hill PD goes greener for Earth Day

Leonardo Poareo Editorial Intern One man pushes another man. The man who was pushed falls to the ground, but he doesn’t think of calling the police– he’s not carrying a cell phone anyway. But then he sees two police officers patrolling on bicycles, so he decides to flag them down. He tells the officers he…

Around Town

EGGS WITH THE ELKS What Monthly breakfast Who Bellflower/ Long Beach Elks Lodge 888 Where 16426 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower When Sunday, April 25 from 8am to noon More Info Breakfast costs $6.50 per person and includes eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits with gravy, orange juice, assorted fruit, Belgian waffles and coffee. Call (562) 866-3027…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Last Saturday, Steve and I set out to have a romantic dinner to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Although the actual date was on Sunday, we decided to go out and “whoop it up” a day early. We ended up going to the Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney. We had a close…

Letter to the Editor: What’s in a word?

Transparency. Long Beach likes to toss the word around, but, except for the windows, very little is transparent at City Hall. If you have any doubt that your councilmember wishes it to remain this way, you need look no further than last week’s vote when seven councilmembers (Steve Neal was absent) refused to even second…

LB Civil Service Commission elects new officers

The election of Long Beach Civil Service Commission officers was conducted on April 17, according to Mario R. Beas, executive director of the commission. Unanimously elected were Charles Hicks Jr., as president and Larry Keller as vice president. Other members of the commission are Jeanne Karatsu, Carolyn Smith Watts and Jonathan Gotz. Hicks is an…

Shooting results in death of 18-year-old man

On Saturday, April 20, at approximately 9:10pm, a shooting occurred in the 1200 block of Phillips Street that resulted in the death of a male adult. Officers were in the area of Locust Avenue and Home Street investigating an unrelated incident when a vehicle being driven by a female and containing a male gunshot victim…

LBPD, LB Memorial to collect expired, unused prescription drugs

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will once again join forces with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Pharmaceutical Take-Back initiative, along with several other law-enforcement agencies around the nation. This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft through the collection of potentially dangerous expired,…

American Association of Community Colleges names LBCC as finalist for inaugural Awards of Excellence

Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees were recognized April 23 as finalists for Exemplary CEO/Board at the 93rd American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention in San Francisco. “During very tough fiscal challenges, Superintendent-President Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District…