How many artistic opportunities are available to LB residents?…A LOT

Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 7 and extending weekends through October, Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to participate in arts experiences on vacant lots throughout the city. Through the A LOT inititative, a community-wide project presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB) in collaboration with partners throughout the city, residents will have…

The Campaign Trail

Fourth District Long Beach Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell has announced that he has raised $117,000 as a candidate for the 70th Assembly District, according to an email sent by his campaign. The email also stated that O’Donnell has been endorsed by former State Senator Betty Karnette, Signal Hill Councilmembers Larry Forester and Tina Hansen, Long Beach…

State legislature passes bill to close ‘outdated’ rape loophole

AB 65, by Assemblymembers Katcho Achadjian (R- San Luis Obispo) and Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), was given final approval by the California State Assembly on Aug. 19. The Legislature bill will bring parity to state law by clarifying that an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating somebody else can be prosecuted…

SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications

Sen. Ricardo Lara’s (D-Long Beach) bill that protects modern and efficient processing of workers-compensation pharmacy claims was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. on Aug. 19. SB 146 ensures injured workers have access to necessary medications by removing an unnecessary requirement for workers-compensation pharmacy claims to include a copy of a prescription. “I am pleased…

Around Town

GARNISHING YOUR GARMENTS What General meeting Who The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America Where California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave. When Friday, Aug. 23 at 10:30am More Info The Chapter meets the fourth Friday of every month. Guests are welcome at a requested donation of $2.

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart Folks in Signal Hill received heartbreaking news last Thursday when they learned of the passing of their friend and neighbor Frank Virga. I’ve known Frank and his lovely wife Bonnie for many years and have enjoyed working with them at various community events and sitting with them at city meetings. Just three…

Commentary: Keeping tax dollars close to home

By Laurie Angel I am an Uptown Girl. Not necessarily in the way Billy Joel sang in his 1983 hit with Christie Brinkley in the music video, but from uptown (the place). Located in the northwest portion of Long Beach, uptown is a huge area, generally north of the 405 Freeway to the city limits…

Letter to the Editor: ‘Fair’ thee well

We want to thank the Signal Tribune for your support of New Hope’s 5th annual community health fair held on July 27, 2013, by [publishing the press release] that helped make the fair a tremendous success in benefiting community attendees. Thanks again for supporting us and being there when the need arose, and we look…