Putting the civil back in civics

Emotional LB council meeting ends with a sound defeat for the international-airport proposal

Done and done: there won’t be an international airport in Long Beach. The two-year drama surrounding a controversial plan that would have ultimately transformed Long Beach’s municipal airport from a purely domestic-service facility into an international one came to an end on Jan. 24. The controversy on Tuesday concluded with cheers at the council meeting,…

Babe’s Kitchen

Now under new ownership, Babe’s Kitchen, 1106 E Wardlow Rd., has some unique offerings that distinguish it from other local eateries– particularly when it comes to breakfast, which is what my friend and I enjoyed there recently. Their fresh-squeezed juices alone are enough to draw in health-conscious individuals on the go, but the menu at…

Long Beach Opera’s The Fairy Queen

In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, what happens in the forest stays in the forest. The same is true for Las Vegas in Long Beach Opera’s (LBO) The Fairy Queen, a unique cultural fusion structurally based on Shakespeare’s play, continuing this weekend at the Beverly O’Neill Theater. During a night of drug-fueled debauchery,…

Thoughts from the Publisher | Jan. 27

Over the years, we have received thousands of press releases. When we receive such requests for a free publication, the quality of the information given to us falls into one of the following categories: great, good, bad and/or delete. As of late, it seems that we are being sent more and more requests written with…

Letters, emails and website comments | Jan. 27

Election deflection? By repeating false and unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations as the cause for losing the popular vote, President Trump is dangerously attacking the legitimacy of free and fair elections and taking a jackhammer to the foundation of our democracy. These are not “alternative facts.” They are corrosive lies without any evidence. Even leaders in…

Around Town | Jan. 27

SOCK STOCK What Sock it to ‘em drive Who Hosted by the nonprofit Community Action Team When All of January Where Drop-off available Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm at Bay Shore Church fellowship hall, 5100 The Toledo More Info The annual event has volunteers collect new pairs of socks– with a goal of…

LB Parks, Rec & Marine offering 300-plus courses

Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine is now offering more than 300 classes aimed at various hobbies and interests, including courses for youth, teens, adults and senior citizens. The class guide, entitled Recreation Connection, will be mailed out to residents beginning Jan. 31, but they are also available at all public libraries, park community centers…

Mayor Garcia joins Metro board

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia officially joined the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors on Jan. 27, according to his chief of staff, Mark Taylor, in an emailed statement. “I will be focused on multi-modal transit, rail and green infrastructure, safety and ensuring small cities in the county receive their fair share,”…

$1-million grant to provide career training for 250 at-risk youth

The City of Long Beach has received a $1-million US Department of Labor grant to provide career training for 250 youth at risk of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in the criminal justice system or already hampered by juvenile records, officials announced Jan. 24. The City was one of only five organizations nationwide…

CDPH reports widespread flu activity more severe than last year

The state is experiencing widespread influenza activity that is more severe than last year, according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. Addionally, CDPH has received the first report of a death associated with influenza in a child younger than 18 years of age. The death occurred in…