Records show WRD director, lawyers, lobbyists funded campaign to unseat Signal Hill councilmembers

Sean Belk Staff Writer An elected board director, lobbyists and attorneys for a regional water agency were behind a campaign that attempted to unseat three incumbent Signal Hill councilmembers in the last city election, according to public records obtained by the Signal Tribune. Recently released campaign-finance documents list Robert Katherman, board president and a director…

Digging in for dogs

After several rounds of controversy over fiscal and environmental issues, 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske hosted a groundbreaking for a new off-leash dog area within El Dorado Park on Aug. 24. The 1.5-acre dog park, which has yet to be named, will be located on the north side of Spring Street, across from the El…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart I am ready to blow up the balloons, strike up the band, send out the announcements and drink a toast. Tomorrow I will be seven-years smoke-free! And, since some of us former smokers like to refer to ourselves as being “smober,” that’s how I think of it– I am seven-years smober. Smoking…

AB 722 to allow chiropractors to perform medical evaluations of drivers

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 722 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), paving the way for chiropractors to perform medical evaluations as part of the certification process for bus drivers, according to Lowenthal’s office. “To comply with federal regulations, we’re going to need thousands of certified examiners in California alone,” said Lowenthal, chair of…

Man found deceased in Signal Hill parking garage

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) released information on Monday, Aug. 26, regarding the remains of a man found in a parking garage that day. According to the SHPD, at 9:54am on Aug. 26, the department received a call regarding a dead body found in a parking garage at 701 E. 28th St. in Signal…

Distressed swimmer rescued by LBFD lifeguards, ‘good Samaritan’

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) released information on Aug. 22 regarding the rescue of a drowning man in Rainbow Harbor that day. At approximately 9:55am, LBFD Marine Safety lifeguards responded to a “distressed swimmer” call in Rainbow Harbor. Upon arrival, LBFD Rescue Boat 2 located two people in the water behind the Grand Romance…

Governor signs AB 481 to streamline land management for High Speed Rail Authority

Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 481 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) into law on Aug. 26, streamlining property-management practices for the landmark high-speed rail project, according to Lowenthal’s office. “I want our high-speed rail system to run as efficiently as possible,” said Lowenthal, chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee. “By reducing red tape and…

EDCO services to be delayed by Labor Day holiday

In observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 2, EDCO will not be performing any residential collection services. As a result, there will be a one-day delay during the week of Sept. 2– 7 for residential waste and recycling collection services for customers in Rancho Palos Verdes and Signal Hill. This includes Signal…

Around Town

100 DAYS OF SUMMER What Free concert Who Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine Where Friday, Aug. 30 at 6pm When Blair Field, 4700 Deukmejian Dr. More Info DSB (Don’t Stop Believin’), a Journey cover band, will perform. The event will include bouncers and face painting. Visit lbparks.org or call (562) 570-3150.

ICT throws down the gauntlet…and it’s Red

Daniel Adams Cultuire Writer International City Theatre (ICT) is presenting us with the opportunity to eavesdrop on a powerful artist at work with John Logan’s Red, winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play. At the helm as producer/director of this wonderful production for ICT is award-winning director Caryn Desai. We’ve all heard that successful…