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Outgoing Mayor Foster reflects on his past eight years leading ‘city by the sea’

July 11th, 2014 · News

Photo by Justin RuddLong Beach Mayor Bob Foster (pictured during his farewell event Tuesday) will conclude eight years in office on July 14.

Photo by Justin Rudd
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster (pictured during his farewell event Tuesday) will conclude eight years in office on July 14.


CJ Dablo
Staff Writer

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster is counting down the days before he makes his final exit from the office on the top floor of City Hall. His last day will be July 14.
In an interview with the Signal Tribune, the outgoing mayor offered his thoughts on the eight years of his time in office. Dressed in a long-sleeved shirt unbuttoned at the neck and without his usual tie and blazer, Foster seemed a tiny bit more casual in his interview last week compared to the usual business-like demeanor he assumes while heading up the Council meetings.
It was going to be another busy day in the office for him since a Council meeting was scheduled later that afternoon, but as he often did in his meetings, he still had to crack a few jokes and tease at least one person in the room. [Read more →]

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From Korean orphanage to U.S. naturalization
Special-needs children discover ‘home’ with Signal Hill couple

July 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune (From left) Hae, 8, Ann, “Wookie,” 12, Ethan, 8, Jae Jin, 11, and Jae Sang Ali, 9, may be an unconventional family, but as of last month Ann’s adopted children are officially U.S. citizens.

Photos by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune

(From left) Hae, 8, Ann, “Wookie,” 12, Ethan, 8, Jae Jin, 11, and Jae Sang Ali, 9, may be an unconventional family, but as of last month Ann’s adopted children are officially U.S. citizens.


Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

For one Signal Hill family, the “American dream” has finally come true.
Ann and Tariq Ali have what some would consider an unconventional family. The couple has adopted five children over the last 12 years, all from South Korea. This would be an incredible undertaking for any couple, but the Ali family is even more complicated– all the children, who range in age from 12 to 8 years old, have special needs.
“I’m sure for the average person looking in, they must think, ‘How can you do it?’” Ann said. “It’s not easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Last month, four of the Alis’ children were naturalized as citizens of the United States, completing their journey from South Korean orphanages. [Read more →]

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Site preparation continues for new high school proposed near Signal Hill
City officials plan meeting with LBUSD superintendent to address concerns

July 11th, 2014 · News

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Photos by Sean Belk/Signal TribuneA tractor shovels dirt on a 10.3-acre site that is set to become a small “thematic” high school, known as Browning High School, bounded by Redondo Avenue, Obispo Avenue and Hill Street. Site preparation is expected to continue through summer, with the entire project to be completed by September 2016.

Photos by Sean Belk/Signal Tribune
A tractor shovels dirt on a 10.3-acre site that is set to become a small “thematic” high school, known as Browning High School, bounded by Redondo Avenue, Obispo Avenue and Hill Street. Site preparation is expected to continue through summer, with the entire project to be
completed by September 2016.


Sean Belk
Staff Writer

In about two years, a small high school will become Signal Hill’s new neighbor.
The first phase of a $65-million project to build a “thematic” high school on a vacant 10.3-acre site in Long Beach’s 4th Council District near Signal Hill began last month, with site preparation expected to continue through summer, according to school officials.
The project, which is being funded by Measure K bond money, will be completed in roughly two years, with plans for construction crews to start erecting buildings by October and the school to open by September 2016.
Lately, however, plans for the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to build the new school, which is being called Browning High School, have drawn criticism from some adjacent neighbors and Signal Hill city officials.
At the Signal Hill City Council meeting on July 1, Vice Mayor Larry Forester and Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston said the City is working to schedule a meeting with LBUSD Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser to address concerns about the project. However, it appears a date for the meeting has yet to be confirmed. [Read more →]

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Out with the old

July 11th, 2014 · News

Photoby Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune

Photoby Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune


Demolition has begun on the old Signal Hill police station. According to the City’s construction manager, Huburt Kang, the razing will be finished by the first week of August. The building on Hill Street will be replaced by a landscaped, grassy area until plans and funding for the new library are complete. The current library next door at 1170 E. Hill St. will remain open during demolition.
Photo by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune

Photo by Ashley Fowler/Signal Tribune

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Governor signs Lowenthal’s firefighter-training bill

July 11th, 2014 · News

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2438 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) on July 8, providing a clearer path for the licensing of firefighter training instructors, according to Lowenthal’s office.
“Sometimes a simple change can have a big impact,” said Lowenthal. “AB 2438 makes it easier for fire departments to train their staff, without compromising on experience or quality.”
Since 2010, firefighters that operate firefighting equipment have been allowed to work with a class C driver’s license, provided they obtain a firefighter endorsement. [Read more →]

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