LB City Council postpones vote on international flights

Former councilmember files complaint of Brown Act violation in action by Mungo and Price

Residents and city officials nervous about the Long Beach City Council making a decision this month– while community members are distracted by the holidays– as to whether the Long Beach Airport (LGB) will become an international one now have one less thing to worry about. The council will wait until January to make that vote.…

The season of giving... and stealing?

Upticks in petty crimes during holidays warrant preventative measures, police say

A slight increase in crime during the holiday season is a norm in large communities, especially areas heavily populated with small businesses and vulnerable households that leave themselves open to petty thefts, but using effective deterrents could stop these criminals in their tracks, local police say. Some of these restraints involve making businesses and residences…

Final tally shows low participation in 2016 election

Marijuana and doughnuts couldn’t improve local voter turnout last month

There were some motivators to encourage the adult population to do their civic duty last month. Residents had the options to vote by mail or vote early. In Long Beach, there were two initiatives dealing with how to regulate and tax marijuana. Statewide, there was a proposition to legalize recreational marijuana. There was that odd…

Growing up and paying it forward

When little 12-year-old Joseph Maass came to the Youth Center’s after-school program six years ago, he never imagined how it would shape his life’s course and future aspirations. Now 18, he’s been working the last nine months at his very first part-time job as a Youth Center staff member, and the Long Beach resident just…

Chill at the Queen Mary

With its “Alice in Winterland” theme, the Chill event at the Queen Mary reimagines Lewis Carroll’s well known classic with an interactive 14,000-square-foot spectacle made of sculpted, colorful “lanterns” that are, of course, larger-than-life. The vivid, voluminous creations that the attraction’s creative team has pulled off are indeed works of art. The enticing structures that…

Merry Mid-Century at the Found Theatre

Do you need an express route to Christmas spirit? Are you ready to go retro to get there? Then catch Merry Mid-Century at the Found Theatre, through Dec. 18, for a flashback to the kind of all-star television holiday musical special that might have warmed your living room as a child, whether in the 1950s…

New Bixby Knolls post office opening

A new post office in Bixby Knolls will open Monday, Dec. 12, according to the office of 8th District Long Beach Councilmember Al Austin. Hours will be Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm. The post office is located at 4470 Atlantic Ave., in the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center…

Thoughts from the Publisher | Dec. 9

I’m sure that some of our readers are aware that there will be a Signal Hill City Council election in March of 2017. This election season there will be three positions up for grabs. As of today, there are 11 people who have taken out papers expressing their interests in running for office, including the…

Man gets 21-year sentence in Long Beach human-trafficking case

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week announced that Andrew Jordan, 37, was sentenced to 21 years, 4 months in prison in Los Angeles County Superior Court after being found guilty on felony charges, including human trafficking, pimping, pandering, domestic violence and assault. The guilty verdict follows a joint investigation by the Long Beach Police…

SHPD receives grant for special traffic enforcement, crash prevention

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) a $ 149,526.00 grant for a year-long program of special enforcements and public-awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. “Anyone who drives knows that roadway speeds have increased significantly and more drivers are driving while distracted by their cell…

Body found in 1000 block of Carson Street

Police are seeking the public’s help in providing information about a body found earlier this week. On Dec. 5, at approximately 10:35am, officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Carson St. regarding a suspicious vehicle in a flood-control basin adjacent to the LA River. Further investigation led to the incident’s being handled as…

LBPD plans DUI patrols for upcoming weekend

The Long Beach Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, according to the department. DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Friday, Dec. 9 between the hours of 6pm and 2am in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. Source: LBPD