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SH Council to appoint interim city clerk, treasurer

July 25th, 2014 · News

Sean Belk
Staff Writer

The Signal Hill City Council is scheduled to conduct interviews and appoint a new interim city clerk and city treasurer at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 29.
The new appointments, which both carry terms through March 3, 2015, come after former city clerk Kathleen Pacheco and former city treasurer Emerson Fersch resigned from their positions last month.
Both longtime elected city officials cited the fact that they are moving to other cities as the reason for their departures. Pacheco, who was elected nearly 20 years ago, stated that she is moving to Hemet, while Fersch, who held the position for more than 11 years, stated he is moving to Rossmoor in Orange County. [Read more →]

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Recent scam involves threat of utility service termination

July 25th, 2014 · Uncategorized

The City of Long Beach is warning residents and businesses not to fall victim to a scam involving a telephoned threat of utility service termination unless a payment is made immediately.
Utilities always contact customers in writing about payments or service changes, according to the City. In this scam, a person who claims to work for a utility calls people and warns them that their account is seriously past due, and either power, gas or water service will be terminated unless the person immediately goes to a payment station to make a payment following specific instructions. [Read more →]

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The Campaign Trail

July 25th, 2014 · The Campaign Trail

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell announced this week that he has received the endorsement of the Peace Officers Research Organization of California to become the next Los Angeles County sheriff.

Former 7th District Long Beach Councilmember Tonia Reyes-Uranga this week announced her run for the seat on the Water Replenishment District, Division 3, which was vacated by the passing of Lillian Kawasaki in 2013. The District has not had an election for the seat since Kawasaki’s passing, and the vacancy is currently filled by an appointment until the Nov. 4 election.

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Around Town

July 25th, 2014 · Around Town

What Rummage sale
Who Proceeds benefit Rising TIDE at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center
Where Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third St.
When Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 8am to 4pm
More Info Donations of clean and usable clothing, toys and household items will be accepted. Individuals wanting to purchase their own sale space for $20 can pre-register by calling (562) 437-0958.
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Thoughts from the Publisher

July 25th, 2014 · Thoughts From The Publisher

by Neena Strichart

For the last two weeks I have written about telephone scams recently perpetrated on friends of mine. Since running those two column entries, we have received numerous calls from readers wanting to share their own stories or asking advice on how to handle scammy-type situations. Although, while writing the columns, I figured I’d be happy if we could help just one person avoid being conned, it looks as though we hit the jackpot. It appears that those stories we ran really got the attention of a lot of people. Heck, when having dinner with Mom at Bixby Knolls Towers a few days ago, two of our seat mates told us of ladies in that building who were personally familiar with the “Hello, Grandma” scheme that I wrote about last week.
One of our readers even sent us information about her own experience with a “female” telephone scammer (not sure of the gender of the telephone scammer, but the caller pretended to be the woman’s granddaughter). Because she didn’t want her name shared in print, I told her that instead of running her email as a letter to the editor, I would include it in my next column. She was pleased that I figured out a way to tell her story without revealing her identity. By the way, she is in her 90s– and no, it is not my mother! Enjoy the read… [Read more →]

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