Who’s going to be your driver at Long Beach Airport?

Officials propose a pilot program that would allow use of TNCs such as Uber and Lyft

By: Denny Cristales Editorial Assistant A roughly two-year debate between Long Beach Airport (LGB) officials, the community and the City ended last week when a proposal that would allow the air terminal to offer international flights was laid to rest. But, it looks as though the airport has another issue on its hands– and this…

Off the streets

LB homeless have options to connect to shelter

By: CJ Dablo Staff Writer This winter weather hasn’t been kind to anyone out in the rain, but for the homeless, it can be particularly brutal. Long Beach First District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez and hundreds of volunteers from the area ventured outside starting in the early hours of the morning to meet those who live…

Fear– the root of violence

Nonprofit anti-gang program seeks to help police and community members understand one another

By: Sebastian Echeverry Staff Writer While working for a gang-violence suppression team with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) in 2011, officer Jason Lehman received intelligence indicating that gangsters were plotting to ambush him and his team of officers in a nearby park. Lehman’s team avoided the ambush, but this personal experience with local violence…

Looking deeper into LBPD compensation

The City of Long Beach announced Monday the details of the tentative deal reached with the Police Officers Association (POA) last December, set to go to a council vote as the new police contract next week. (See story on p. 15.) It includes a 9-percent increase in pay for our generally excellent police (staggered over…

Actor Erik Estrada joins Signal Hill Police Foundation for ceremony

The Signal Hill Police Foundation (SHPF) hosted its second annual Community Celebration and Police Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 26 with over 200 attendees ranging from local and state dignitaries to local business partners and community members, according to SHPF. The event included remarks about the achievements the foundation made within its first year of…

Vector control recommends addressing standing water after recent rainfall

While recent storms provided some relief to drought-thirsty Southern California, the water left behind in people’s yards may provide havens for disease-spreading mosquito, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD). Vector-control officials are advising Los Angeles County residents to take extra precautions with rain barrels and other containers collecting rain water.…

Around Town | Feb. 3

WALK THE WALK What First Fridays Art Walk Who Hosted by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association When Friday, Feb. 3 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm Where Meet at Atlantic Avenue from Bixby Road to San Antonio Drive More Info Guests will be able to see local artists, art pieces and visit businesses. Visit firstfridayslongbeach.com. FOR…

‘I’ve always been comfortable with old’

Former Signal Hill resident loans Samoan artifacts to local museum

By: Laurie Hanson Contributing Writer Honoring the diversity of cultures of the South Pacific Islands in Long Beach is the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), which currently features Lisa Papadakis-Ala’s and her husband’s private collection of Samoan artifacts on exhibition through June 4. Papadakis-Ala and her family lived in Signal Hill for 55 years,…

LB Symphony’s new music director to lead performance Saturday

The Long Beach Symphony’s classical concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8pm at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., will culminate a week of activities for the symphony’s newly named music director designate, Eckart Preu. Before he takes the helm officially in October, Preu has taken part…

CSULB Physical Therapy Student Club donates 14 adaptive tricycles

Cal State Long Beach’s Physical Therapy (PT) Student Club on Jan. 28 hosted a giveaway of 14 adaptive tricycles to area children with special needs, in conjunction with SoCalTrykers, the Long Beach chapter of the AMBUCS (American Business Clubs) national service organization. The bike giveaway was financially made possible thanks to a grant from the…

Arrest made in Jan. 25 murder

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has charged a Compton man with the Jan. 25 murder of a Long Beach resident. On Jan. 27, detectives made an arrest in the Jan. 25 murder of Daniel Sevilla, a 21-year-old resident of Long Beach. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Wesley Drive. The suspect…