Rock For Vets band plays in the key of life

Sean Belk Staff Writer They once carried guns, heavy artillery and radio equipment. Now, they carry a tune. Coming home from horrific combat situations during wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, many veterans struggle with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loneliness, alcohol and drug addictions and unemployment. But, for those in the Rock For…

LB City Attorney Robert Shannon announces resignation

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Long Beach City Attorney Robert Shannon has announced his resignation from his position, according to a memorandum provided by Karen Hester, executive assistant to the city attorney. Shannon sent the memorandum to the Long Beach City Council on May 14. Shannon has worked in the City Attorney’s office for the last…

Woman killed, man arrested in four-vehicle hit-and-run collision

On Wednesday, May 15, at approximately 11:15am, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a four-vehicle hit-and-run traffic collision at Carson Street and Clark Avenue that resulted in the death of an adult female and the arrest of an adult male. The preliminary investigation revealed that 21-year-old Mario Palafox of Bellflower was driving a…

LBPD, DUI task force planning weekend saturation patrols

Officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team, assisted by police officers from the Avoid the 100 (law-enforcement agencies) DUI Task Force, will deploy this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Saturday, May 18, between 6pm and 2am, in areas with high frequencies of…

Around Town

SAY WHAT? What Hearing device exhibit Who The Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter Where Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave. in Lakewood When Friday, May 17 from 10am to noon More Info Local residents can get a free hands-on display of devices that help with hearing difficulties and receive information on how…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart We all know that with the way the economy has been behaving, or misbehaving, for so long, many of our local nonprofits and charities are finding quite a dip in monetary donations and even a decline in volunteer hours that had been so generously given in the past. Folks have been struggling…

Letter to the Editor: Are we being ‘street’wise?

Why can’t Long Beach leave the streets in the beautiful neighborhoods of Los Cerritos and Bixby Knolls alone? And I don’t mean not re-paving those roads that need it– Long Beach already does that. Remember the fiasco with diagonal parking along Atlantic Avenue in the Bixby Knolls business district? That street was made so crooked…

Letter to the Editor: On the rebound

Thanks to a rebounding economy, tough decisions made by Democratic legislators and voter approval of a temporary tax increase, our state budget has reached stability. In an effort to maintain these positive gains and strengthen our state, Assembly Democrats have created the “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget,” a set of guidelines for lawmakers as we…

Vice Mayor Garcia to host Armory Park update meeting

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia will host a final community meeting about the Armory Park project next Monday, May 20 from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, 695 Alamitos Ave. The new park will remove a dangerous intersection at 7th Street and Alamitos Avenue and create new green space on…