Commentary: AB 880 will severely harm tourism, manufacturing, construction, restaurants and more

By Randy Gordon President/CEO, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Today (Tuesday, June 18), a broad group of Long Beach and South Bay business leaders came together to encourage legislators to oppose Assembly Bill 880 (Gomez). AB 880 will harm the region’s economic recovery in addition to nearly every industry in California, including manufacturing, construction, tourism,…

Lovelace was Korean War veteran, grandfather of 22

Edward “Papa” Lovelace passed away at his home on June 12, 2013, at the age of 83, after a long battle with cancer. Lovelace was born on Dec. 8, 1929 and grew up in Lompoc, California. He joined the Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He married Mary Orr and they proceeded…

Pro surfers visit patients of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

Local professional surfers Hans Hagen from Laguna Beach and Brad Ettinger from Huntington Beach spent time getting to know patients in the playroom at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach on Wednesday, June 12. The Mauli Ola Foundation brought professional surfers Brad Ettinger, Hans Hagen, Eli Olson and Koa Rothman, as well as mixed-martial arts fighter…

Councilmember Andrews to host neighborhood tree-planting

Sixth District Councilmember Dee Andrews, along with the Office of Sustainable, and Mental Health America, will host a neighborhood tree-planting, from 10am to 2pm on Friday, June 21 at 1871 Locust Ave. As part of the tree-planting program, neighbors of the Midtown area of Long Beach will plant about 30 trees over three street blocks.…

Commission approves $1-billion Port budget

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $1.02-billion budget for Fiscal Year 2014 that includes the Port of Long Beach’s largest-ever capital-improvement spending plan. A total of $788 million in capital spending– 6 percent more than last year– leads the planned expenses in the budget that covers the fiscal year set to…

Port board elects Fields as year-long president

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, June 17 elected board member Thomas Fields as its president for a one-year term to start July 1. He will succeed Commissioner Susan E. Anderson Wise, who has served two years as president. Fields, a Long Beach advertising executive and former city planning commissioner, was appointed…

Funk legend Shuggie Otis to highlight Long Beach Funk Fest

Homegrown culture and music series Summer and Music (SAM), co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), is gearing up for the fifth annual Long Beach Funk Fest (LBFF) on Saturday, July 6 by highlighting a few of its notable acts. “We like to showcase a combination of very well-known acts and more underground, or…

LBFD shares safety tips for beach visits

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) has released the following safety tips for visiting the beach this summer. “Tragedy in the ocean can happen quickly, therefore having knowledge of aquatic safety is critical when coming to the beach,” said Will Nash, firefighter and public-information officer for LBFD.

LBPD warns of rental scams

The Long Beach Police Fraud Detail has experienced an increase in calls from the community regarding home-rental scams and is encouraging prospective tenants to conduct transactions in person and proceed with caution, according to a press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). The most common scams include:

Jordan High School may use Houghton Park baseball field for six years during reconstruction

Sean Belk Staff Writer Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) officials are proposing an agreement with the City of Long Beach to allow Jordan High School to use neighboring Houghton Park’s baseball field for six years during the school’s multi-phase, $135.6-million reconstruction, school-district officials said. At a Houghton Park Neighborhood Association meeting on Thursday, June…

LBPD hosts gun buyback event in effort to remove weapons from streets

Leonardo Poareo Editorial Intern With hopes of retrieving unwanted firearms, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) hosted a gun-buyback program on Saturday, June 8, at the North Patrol Substation on Atlantic Avenue. One purpose of the program was to decrease the chances of firearms ending up in the wrong hands. “The goal of the program…