Governor, Senate and Assembly reach agreement on state budget

Focus put on supporting working families and educational funding.

State officials last week reached an agreement on a 2017-18 budget that they say maintains fiscal prudence, supports working families, increases money for schools, reduces pension liabilities and repairs infrastructure in light of the federal government’s uncertain actions. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon…

Pedestrian killed crossing against red light

A pedestrian crossing Atlantic Avenue against a red light in north Long Beach last Saturday was struck by a vehicle and subsequently died from his injuries, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Saturday, June 17, around 1:10am, officers were dispatched to Atlantic Avenue and Market Street regarding a traffic collision between a…

LBPD screens 461 vehicles in checkpoint

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) traffic section screened hundreds of vehicles and made one arrest during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, June 17. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Daisy Avenue, between the hours of 7pm and 3am. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest…

How Medicare works with other insurance

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If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a certain specialty or role in keeping the household running. Since I wash dishes faster than anyone, I’m the family dishwashing expert. I’m also the point man for paying medical bills. My wife and I have separate health coverage, so I have to make sure our…

Ticket to Work program puts people back in the driver’s seat

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Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals and other employment support services. This program is for people ages 18 to 64 who are receiving disability benefits and need support re-entering the workforce…

GLACVCD: Warmer weather increases West Nile virus risks

Warm weather is here, bringing with it outdoor fun and, unfortunately, mosquitoes and disease risks. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) in a mosquito sample collected in Long Beach (90808 zip code) and urges residents to take precautions against mosquito bites when spending time outdoors. The…

Free movies in the park continue through summer

Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine’s 2017 Movies in the Park program, sponsored by Signal Hill Petroleum, offers free outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer at various parks. The movies begin at dusk, around 8pm, but moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early with a picnic-style dinner. Movie schedule June 23​ Star Wars Rogue One, ​El…

Constellations at Geffen Playhouse

Theatre review

Have you ever wondered, “What if?” In Nick Payne’s intriguing play Constellations, at the Geffen Playhouse through July 16, a multiverse that allows the existence of every option we choose, or don’t choose, is deftly portrayed by two actors who keep shifting into different realities, showing us possibilities created by their decisions and indecisions. On…

Long Beach Opera’s Frida

Theatre review

Frida Kahlo is a pop-culture icon. It’s easy to see the appeal– the effortless cool in her photographed portraits, the engaging unease in her self-portrait paintings. Long Beach Opera (LBO) avoids the superficial trappings of mass-market (think: Che on a shirt) appeal in their production of Frida. They beautifully place Kahlo’s political and social radicalism,…

Rendon honors Lakewood resident Sam Sachs as Veteran of the Year

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) honored World War II veteran and Lakewood resident Sam Sachs Wednesday as the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 63rd Assembly District. “Sam helped the world fend off tyranny, then came back home to impact the lives of hundreds of young people as a public school teacher,” Rendon said.…