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City of Long Beach has several dog parks, but users should be mindful of their rules

April 11th, 2014 · animals, Pamper Your Pet

Long Beach has several facilities for residents to exercise their dogs off-leash. Most facilities feature spaces for both large and small dogs, benches for owners, free doggie waste bags and water fountains. Double entrance and exit gates help provide a secure environment for dogs.
Parks, Recreation and Marine Dog Parks are non-supervised facilities. Patrons should use recreational dog facilities at their own risk. The City of Long Beach accepts no responsibility for the behavior of dogs or dog owners and has posted the following rules for its dog parks: [Read more →]

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Pet-adoption event to include free microchipping, vendors

April 11th, 2014 · animals, Pamper Your Pet

The local pet-information website The Pet Post will host a “Second Chance” pet-adoption event on Sunday, April 13. from 10am to 3pm at Good Neighbor Park, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd.
Animal Care Services will provide free pet microchipping from 11am to 1pm, while supplies last, for residents of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Cerritos, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. [Read more →]

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Gelson’s market, local pet organizations to co-host Pet Adoption Day on April 13

April 11th, 2014 · Pets

Gelson’s Supermarket, 6255 E 2nd St., will co-host a Pet Adoption Day along with partners like West Coast Animal Rescue, Long Beach Spay and Neuter, Long Beach Animal Care Services, Friends of Long Beach Animals and Fix Long Beach on Sunday, April 13 from 11am to 3pm.
“We all are hoping for an even bigger turnout this time and will continue to hold regular adoption events at this store location,” said Jeff Stein from Gelson’s. “The animal community here is awesome.” [Read more →]

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Former Signal Hill police officials express opposition to Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote initiative

April 4th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Signal Hill city officials are concerned that, if a proposed ballot measure, known as the Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote Initiative, were to pass during the June 3 election, a two-thirds majority vote of the electorate may be required to increase the annual assessment levied on California Crown landscaping and lighting maintenance district, which includes a housing tract of 90 homes at 20th Street and Temple Avenue. Proponents of the initiative, however, say such property-assessment districts are exempt from the measure under state laws.

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune

Signal Hill city officials are concerned that, if a proposed ballot measure, known as the Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote Initiative, were to pass during the June 3 election, a two-thirds majority vote of the electorate may be required to increase the annual assessment levied on California Crown landscaping and lighting maintenance district, which includes a housing tract of 90 homes at 20th Street and Temple Avenue. Proponents of the initiative, however, say such property-assessment districts are exempt from the measure under state laws.


Sean Belk
Staff Writer

Two former top-ranking Signal Hill police officials have expressed opposition to a controversial ballot measure that they said would reduce public-safety funding and services. The initiative became the center of discussion for three agenda items and much of the public-comment period during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 1.
The Taxpayer’s Right to Know and Vote initiative, also known as Measure U, will appear on the ballot for the June 3 election and would change the City Charter to require that new and increased taxes, fees and assessments be subject to a two-thirds voter approval of the electorate. A group of residents called Signal Hill Community First led a petition to get the measure on the ballot as a way to give taxpayers more control over the City’s fiscal decisions.
In a presentation to the Council, former Signal Hill Police Chief Don Pedersen read a statement from the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, opposing the initiative. The association, which represents 46 police chiefs in the county, issued a press release on March 26, calling the initiative “unnecessary” and stating that it would have a “significant financial impact” on the City and the Signal Hill Police Department. [Read more →]

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SH residents aid City planning with their own visions for the future

April 4th, 2014 · News

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal TribuneConsultant Bill Kelly leads Signal Hill residents through a strategic visioning workshop on March 22 as Elise McCaleb, Signal Hill’s economic development manager, records ideas from residents.

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune
Consultant Bill Kelly leads Signal Hill residents through a strategic visioning workshop on March 22 as Elise McCaleb, Signal Hill’s economic development manager, records ideas from residents.


Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

Last month, the City of Signal Hill asked residents to “dream big” and help officials update the City’s outdated strategic plan. Their responses ranged from requesting a new library to criticizing the police department’s recent forays into new technologies, their new license-plate readers, for example.
Consultant Billy Kelly led the community brainstorm on March 22, collecting input from residents on what they feel are Signal Hill’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities for growth and threats in the future. He asked residents to not hold back.
“There are no bad comments and no bad ideas,” Kelly said.
The majority of the attendees considered “staff longevity” and “Council tenure” strengths of Signal Hill, but a minority felt that new leadership in Council would be good for the city. Marc suggested installing Council districts and term limits. [Read more →]

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