Two SH City Council incumbents may face seven challengers in next year’s election

Noll decides not to seek another term

In their efforts to retain seats in the election next year, Signal Hill Councilmember Ed Wilson and current mayor Lori Woods could encounter up to seven challengers. According to a potential official roll of candidates provided by the City, those individuals are: Jason Aula; Tom Benson, a Signal Hill planning commissioner; Larry Blunden, currently serving…

Prominent government, community-relations exec to lead MemorialCare advocacy efforts in Long Beach

MemorialCare Health System has named Kristen Pugh as vice president of Advocacy and Government Relations to lead efforts in that arena. Pugh brings 22 years of experience in: developing and implementing government and community strategies on the local, state and national levels; leveraging federal and state funding opportunities; and informing and educating policyholders, elected officials…

Home, safe, home | Dec. 16

As we get older, our needs and capabilities change, and these changes affect how we prepare for a disaster. Disasters can be particularly disruptive to the daily routines of older adults and their caregivers. Knowing you are prepared and have thought through various issues will provide peace of mind when recovering from a disaster. Following…

Port releases On-Dock Rail Facility draft environmental study

The Port of Long Beach this week released a draft environmental study on a proposal to redevelop a rail yard to allow for the assembly of longer trains within the Harbor District, moving cargo faster while making operations more sustainable. The proposed Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility would shift more cargo to “on-dock rail,”…

CDPH advises caution collecting, eating wild mushrooms

With seasonal rains promoting the growth of wild mushrooms, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is cautioning that collecting and eating hazardous wild mushrooms can lead to serious illness and even death. “It is difficult to distinguish between wild mushrooms that are poisonous and those which…

Holiday travelers should take precautions against Zika, CDPH warns

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith this week cautioned holiday travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites when traveling to areas with known transmission of Zika virus, including Mexico. “Pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy need to be particularly cautious because Zika virus can cause severe…

Peace on Earth

Religious and gun-violence prevention groups joined together at the Harvey Milk Promenade Park on Dec. 14 to speak out for safer communities, calling for action to prevent further gun violence in local communities and in remembrance of gun fatalities in Long Beach and the state, as well as over 30,000 nationwide. Marchers walked from Drake…

Eleven sites offering free lunches to kids through Dec. 30

Free lunches will be provided to children at 11 locations through Dec. 30 as the Long Beach Unified School District’s Summer Food Service Program extends primarily to assist Track B (year-round) students while they are out of school. The school district offers an open site, at Whittier Elementary School, 1761 Walnut Ave., available to all…

Around Town | Dec. 16

BETTER TO BE SAFE What Self-defense seminars Who Hosted by the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and Groundwork Fitness When Saturday, Dec. 17 Where Groundwork Fitness, 333 Pine Ave. More Info The Dec. 17 seminar for transgender and gender-nonconforming people will be at 11:30am, and the Dec. 17 seminar for people of color will be…

Sharing, celebrating and giving

A calendar of holiday-themed activities for fun and philanthropy

DONATION FOR THE BRAIN What Hospital donations Who Hosted by Community Hospital Long Beach When Donations accepted until Friday, Dec. 23 Where Community Hospital Long Beach, 2801 Atlantic Ave. More Info The MemorialCare Center for Mental Health & Wellness at the hospital is collecting donations, including games, journals, art supplies, hygiene products, toothbrushes and toothpaste,…