Local organization to save LB’s recent history from the shredder

CJ Dablo Staff Writer- File boxes that were likely only collecting dust somewhere in the City’s storage areas got a new lease on life. One organization is betting that those boxes may hold the key to understanding Long Beach’s history. It’s a very routine event for the Long Beach city clerk’s office to destroy records after…

BNSF puts controversial railyard project on hold during litigation

Sean Belk Signal Tribune- Though the City of Los Angeles gave Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway its blessing to move forward with a highly controversial railyard project planned adjacent to west Long Beach, a representative with the railroad company said the project likely won’t move forward this year as litigation over potential environmental impacts…

Health officials caution after first human case of West Nile in LB

The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. The 61-year-old east Long Beach resident has no known underlying health issues and is currently recovering well, according to the City’s Health Department. As of Aug. 6, 2014, 35 human cases have been reported in 10 California counties,…

Rep. Lowenthal demanding oil companies pay fair share to use public lands

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (CA-47, Long Beach), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, is requesting immediate action to modernize oil and gas rental and royalty rates on federal lands, rates that remain below other comparable land owners and which are shortchanging the American public while benefiting petroleum companies, according to a press release issued…

SHPD to conduct DUI/license checkpoint

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) traffic unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint beginning on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8:30pm and concluding the following day at 2:30am. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive…

Thoughts from the Publisher

by Neena Strichart- In the last few days it seems one cannot escape the ongoing news of the death of the beloved actor/comedian Robin Williams. Whether you turn on the television, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or participate on Facebook, there has been a constant stream of details and comments surrounding the tragic…

Letter to the Editor: An uneasy target

Earlier this year, in the good company of other animal protectors, I attended a meeting with the Parks, Recreation & Marine Commission of Long Beach to advocate against using replicas of animals for target practice by the archery department of Parks and Recreation. After a relatively quiet half-year, the group that really wants to shoot…

Letter to the Editor: Trafficking update

As you know, over the last few years, we have been working hard to bring awareness to the issue of child sex trafficking. Up to this point, our work has been primarily focused on drawing the public’s attention to this horrific crime, as well as training our own staff to recognize signs that a child…

29-year-old man shot dead during apparent burglary

A 29-year-old Long Beach man is dead after an apparent botched burglary early Sunday morning. On Aug. 10, at approximately 3:07am, officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) were dispatched to the 2800 block of East 3rd Street regarding an in-progress burglary at a residence with an intruder inside. Prior to the officers’ arrival,…

Around Town

TAKE A TOUR What Downtown Long Beach Walking Tour Who Long Beach Heritage Foundation Where Meet at the WPA Mural at 3rd Street and the Promenade When Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9am to 11:30am More Info The tour will explore Downtown Long Beach’s historic buildings, including the WPA Mural, the Insurance Exchange Building, the Breakers,…

Community invited to provide comments on open LBCC seat

Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Vice President Doug Otto has scheduled ad-hoc advisory committee meetings to discuss the Area 2 Board vacancy, and all meetings are open to the public. “There will be opportunities during each of these meetings for the community to speak and give their thoughts on an ideal candidate…