Lowenthal Big-Rig Safety Bill signed into law AB 529 modernizes the California Highway Patrol enforcement system

In partnership with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the trucking industry, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) crafted AB 529, which was signed into law on Oct. 3 by Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill capitalizes on technology and data to modernize the CHP inspection program for trucks into a more focused, performance-based system, according to…

LB City Council approves formation of Uptown business district

After about three years of organizing by north Long Beach property owners, the Long Beach City Council voted Oct. 8 to approve the formation of an Uptown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID), according to 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal’s office. The venture is a joint project undertaken by the Uptown Property & Community Association,…

Thoughts from the Publisher

Although we aren’t traveling much these days, I’d still like to think Mom and I might sneak in a short road trip or two before the end of the year. Steve may or may not join us. I’m betting he’d probably rather stay home and do his own thing while I shuttle Mom around for…

Congress of California Seniors selects Bonnie Lowenthal as Legislator of the Year

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) has been named the 2013 Legislator of the Year by the Congress of California Seniors, the state’s leading advocacy organization for older Californians. The organization cited Lowenthal’s numerous bills over the past five years, particularly AB 1217, the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, currently pending on the Governor’s desk.

City of LB seeking volunteers for bike count

The City of Long Beach is seeking volunteers for its 6th annual Bicycle Count on Thursday, Oct. 17, or Sunday, Oct. 20. “As Long Beach gets more and more bike-friendly, these counts help us acquire a better understanding of bicycle and pedestrian activity, and where bicycle and pedestrian improvements need to be made,” Mayor Bob…

Local car wash receives award for community service

Sheldon and Shell Grossman, owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash, have been selected as the recipients of the Western Car Wash Association’s award for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” Jerry Nix, former president of the association, recently presented the award to the Grossmans, citing their fundraising efforts for local and national charities.

14 questions for local artist Joe Devinny

Cory Bilicko Managing Editor In 100 words or less, what do you do as an artist? I am a woodturner. I use a lathe and hand tools to shape wood to make bowls, vases, necklace pendants and other works of art. I strive to combine the natural beauty of wood grain and color with innovative…

Around Town

AN UNPROHIBITED DISCUSSION What Author talk Who Dana Branch Library Where 3680 Atlantic Ave. When Friday, Oct. 11 at 11:30am More Info Claudine Burnett, local historian and author, will introduce her new book, Prohibition Madness: Life and Death In and Around Long Beach, California, 1920-1933. Call (562) 570-1042 or visit lbpl.org