Nonprofit launches campaign to recruit and train foster parents of children needing therapeutic care

The Child Welfare Initiative (CWI) has developed a collaborative network of resources to facilitate the recruitment, training and ongoing support to foster parents of children who require therapeutic foster care– children who have greater behavioral and emotional needs and require a greater level of care from the parents. The CWI is a nonprofit organization whose…

Foster announces he will not seek third term as Long Beach mayor

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster issued a statement Tuesday, July 16, announcing that he will not seek a third term. Since Foster is finishing his second term in office, he would have had the option of running as a write-in candidate. Citing a need for time to pursue “private opportunities” such…

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia enters mayoral race

Shortly after emailing a response to the Signal Tribune’s inquiry for a statement regarding Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia sent out another email with a subject line stating “I Have a Big Announcement.” In the email was a brief statement and a link to a…

LB seeks acting city attorney to serve through July 2014

Sean Belk Staff Writer The City of Long Beach has started taking applications for an interim city attorney to complete the remaining term of City Attorney Robert Shannon, who retired on July 2. The City Council voted 5-3 in closed session at its July 12 Council meeting to start interviewing candidates for the position. Shannon’s…

Construction underway on Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project

Construction has begun on the $1-billion bridge that will, according to a press release by the Port of Long Beach this week, “enhance Southern California’s vital link to international trade and dramatically improve an important commuter and trucking corridor at the Port of Long Beach.” In the early-morning hours, crews began demolishing the final sections…

Letter to the Editor: Kindred spirits?

The death of Raymond Rodriguez, former columnist for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and educator with the Long Beach Unified School District, and his family history with illegal deportation of Mexican-Americans in the 1930s rekindles memories in our family. Our dad was left a widower with five children; our mother died giving birth to the last…