Cruise terminal to undergo multi-million-dollar renovation

Comfortable lounge and improved ‘cold-ironing’ are part of plan

By: Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Passengers waiting to board ships at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal will soon have a comfortable, inviting area in which to lounge, and larger cruise liners docked at the shore will have better, “greener” access to the local electricity grid now that Carnival Cruise Line is undertaking a multi-milllion-dollar renovation…

Signal Hill City Council approves audited financial report

Council also seeks residents to serve on committees

By: Anita W. Harris Staff Writer Financial report At the Signal Hill City Council meeting on April 11, city staff presented the council with the independently audited comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 2016. “The audit confirmed that revenues exceeded projections, expenditures were lower than budgeted and the City’s finances…

Trauma-informed pilot program results in increased attendance, decreased suspensions – Commentary

There’s a movement underway at Beach High School, and it has resulted in increased attendance and decreased suspensions during the first semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. What’s driving the movement is Beach’s team of compassionate, committed staff and the collaboration of student support programs on campus: Restorative Justice, Safe and Civil, and our recently…

Stupid F*cking Bird at The Garage Theatre – Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer The playbill for Stupid F*cking Bird, at The Garage Theatre through April 29, warns that it contains gunshots, fog, herbal cigarettes, adult language and actors. The last item, all seven of them, are the most amazing thing about this production, lifting the play out of its cynicism and enriching…

Treasure Island at Long Beach Playhouse – Theatre review

By: Anita W. Harris Culture Writer Ahoy there, all ye theatre adventurers! There’s treasure to be had in yonder Long Beach Playhouse! Treasure Island, that is, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted for the stage by Phil Willmott and very imaginatively directed by Dale Jones. Take your fill of rummy pirates, rollicking sea…

MoLAA exhibit awarded for outstanding achievement

The Museum of Latin American Art’s (MoLAA) exhibition Transformations, curated by MoLAA curator of Collections, Carlos Ortega, has received a 2016 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for “A Museum Exhibit on a Limited Budget” from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), an international nonprofit association. The Museum will be presented with the award on Saturday, April…

Signal Hill PD temporarily closes Willow Street after 13-vehicle accident

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) issued a community alert Tuesday afternoon advising residents to avoid westbound Willow Street between Cherry Avenue and Junipero Avenue and eastbound Willow Street at Cherry Avenue for about an hour because of traffic congestion. In an emailed response to the Signal Tribune Wednesday, SHPD Lt. Ron Sagmit said the…

19-year-old LB man killed in shooting

A 19-year-old is dead after a possibly gang-related shooting Tuesday, April 11. At approximately 6:30am that day, officers responded to the 1000 block of E. Market Street regarding a shooting that just occurred. Upon arrival, they found a male adult suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso. Long Beach Fire Department personnel…

Two men injured in Cal Heights drive-by shooting

Two men were injured in the California Heights neighborhood on Saturday, April 8 in a drive-by shooting, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Around 2:15am that day, officers responded to a “shots fired” call in the 1000 block of E. Wardlow Road, where they located two male adults who had been struck in…

Motorcyclist dies in collision with vehicle

A motorcyclist has died after a two-car accident last weekend. On Sunday, April 10, at approximately 7:55pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to a vehicle-motorcycle traffic collision on Marina Drive, just west of Studebaker Road. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 2006 Buick Terraza with major damage to the rear right side area and…