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Local developer, architect to take on affordable-housing project in Signal Hill

July 18th, 2014 · News

A rendering by Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio One Eleven shows the preliminary design of a 72-unit affordable-housing project proposed on a 1.61-acre site at Hill Street and Gundry Avenue in Signal Hill.

A rendering by Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio One Eleven shows the preliminary design of a 72-unit affordable-housing project proposed on a 1.61-acre site at Hill Street and Gundry Avenue in Signal Hill.


Sean Belk
Staff Writer

After being stuck in limbo for the past several years, a project to build a new affordable-housing community in Signal Hill is, to some degree, finally getting off the ground.
The Signal Hill Housing Authority, which is composed entirely of the five city councilmembers, voted unanimously (5-0) during its July 15 meeting to select Los Angeles-based Meta Housing as the project’s developer that will work with Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio One Eleven.
The housing authority chose Meta Housing, which has completed three award-winning Long Beach projects, including the new 200-unit Long Beach Senior Arts Colony at Anaheim Street and Long Beach Boulevard. Meta Housing emerged as the frontrunner out of eight developers that submitted bids after the City released a request for qualifications (RFQ) late last year. [Read more →]

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New Student Services building’s construction underway at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus

July 18th, 2014 · News

 A rendering shows the new student services building at Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus. The new $23.4-million, 31,698-square-foot facility will house the admissions and records offices, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs, Disabled Student Programs and Services, cashiering and food services.


A rendering shows the new student services building at Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus. The new $23.4-million, 31,698-square-foot facility will house the admissions and records offices, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs, Disabled Student Programs and Services, cashiering and food services.


Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

Long Beach City College (LBCC) has started construction on a $23.4-million, 31,698-square-foot Student Services building at its Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) at 11305 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
The existing structure will be demolished and replaced with the new facility, which will house the admissions and records offices, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs, Disabled Student Programs and Services, cashiering and food services.
“I can really see it becoming a new hub for the entire campus,” LBCC’s public relations director Camille Bolton said. “I can see it becoming a place students, faculty and staff will be able to gather for lunches, events and meetings.”
Construction is scheduled to be complete by spring of 2016 and will feature a new dining area, full-service kitchen, multi-purpose room and barbecue area in the building’s center courtyard. [Read more →]

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Around Town

July 18th, 2014 · Around Town

FRESH-AIR FLICKS
What Free movies in the park
Who Hosted by the office of 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews
Where Various local parks
When Beginning Wednesday, July 16, movies begin at dusk
More Info On Wednesday, July 16: The Lego Movie, Ernest S. McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. On Wednesday, July 23: Free Birds, Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St. On Wednesday, Aug. 6: Smurfs 2, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave. On Wednesday, Aug. 20: Planes, MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St. [Read more →]

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Troubled kids find their way with Wraparound program’s help

July 18th, 2014 · Community

Sergio Reynaga, Star View Teammates facilitator, has been helping troubled kids since 2003.

Sergio Reynaga, Star View Teammates facilitator, has been helping troubled kids since 2003.


Ashley Fowler
Staff Writer

Children with serious and complex needs turn to people such as Star View Teammates facilitator Sergio Reynaga for help.
“They need to feel loved,” Reynaga said. “They need to feel safe. Some of them move around so much, and they never establish that feeling of having a family. They have attachment issues. I think most of them just need to feel loved. I think that’s generally the need for pretty much all of them.”
Star View Teammates, a wraparound program of individualized care management, intervenes in the lives of more than 300 troubled kids each year to help stop their patterns of self-destructive behaviors. Reynaga has been working with the Star View Teammates for more than a decade.
“The program itself was created to kind of stabilize kids– to help them avoid going into a higher level of care,” Reynaga said. [Read more →]

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Thoughts from the Publisher

July 18th, 2014 · Thoughts From The Publisher

by Neena Strichart

Last week I wrote about a telephone scam perpetrated on a friend of mine. Although her situation was resolved, and she was able to recoup all her money, that is not the case for all who find themselves on the business end of a con man or woman.
Several weeks ago another lady friend of mine was the target of a phone scammer. When my friend, whom I will call Jan, answered the phone, the scenario went something like this: [Read more →]

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