April 4th, 2014 · News
Medical-marijuana dispensaries are currently banned in Long Beach. However, a measure on the ballot for the Primary Nominating Election on April 8 proposes a controversial tax on businesses that grow or sell cannabis. City officials are still in the process of determining how to regulate dispensaries and cultivation sites. (This photo was taken in Colorado, where voters passed Amendment 64 in November of 2012, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.)
Advocates for medical marijuana are making concerted efforts to generate voter participation for Long Beach’s election scheduled for April 8. Most municipal elections don’t usually report a high turnout, however, this Primary Nominating Election has garnered more attention from those who are closely watching how local residents are reacting to a controversial measure on the ballot that proposes a tax on medical marijuana.
Known as Measure A, the legislation proposes a tax on gross receipts of medical-marijuana sales as well as a tax on a cultivation site’s square-foot area. The tax amounts have some flexibility. The sales tax may be as high as 10 percent, but the initial rate has been proposed to be set at six percent. The tax on the square-foot area of cultivation sites may be as high as $50 per square foot, but the initial rate has been proposed to be set at $15 per square foot. The initial rate for certain exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations has been proposed to be set at $10 per square foot. [Read more →]
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Dr. Audra Deveikis, medical director of infectious disease and immunology, is seen in her office at the Bickerstaff Pediatric Family Center of Miller Children’s Hospital.
When a mother known to have advanced AIDS arrived at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach to give birth to her child without receiving prenatal-care treatment, Dr. Audra Deveikis made a tough decision.
The doctor gave the baby an aggressive mixture of three drugs just four hours after birth, deciding to risk any harm that the high dosage of medication may cause in hopes of preventing HIV from being transmitted to the child.
So far, that decision has proved successful.
The child is not considered “cured” or even “in remission” yet since doctors are still prescribing medications, but so far the baby, who is now more than 9 months old, has tested negative for HIV, Deveikis said. [Read more →]
April 4th, 2014 · News
Members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, a national anti-crime organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and victim advocates with 400 members in California and close to 5,000 members nationwide, visited the State Capitol last week to urge legislators and administration officials to support evidence-based programs proven to keep children in school and away from crime.
Signal Hill Police Chief Michael Langston and other Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California members participated in individual meetings with over 20 key policymakers and administration officials.
“Our greatest opportunities to prevent crime and reduce the recidivism rate are to not let our children get involved in criminal activity in the first place,” Langston said. “Every dollar we invest in early education can provide $7 or more in benefits, primarily from reduced crime. Keeping kids in school is equally important to this objective, as dropouts are eight times more likely to be incarcerated than high-school graduates.” [Read more →]
I’ve used this weekly column to profile about 140 different local artists to date. With the thriving art scene here in SoCal, it hasn’t been too challenging to find a new creative individual to feature each week.
But, what about when I hear of a non-artist who simply comes up with a brilliantly artistic concept?
Well, Long Beach resident Leslie Lay recently conceived the idea of mounting the heads of stuffed toy animals the way hunters do with their quarries. Initially, it may seem that Lay is indulging some dark, sadistic side, and some may even consider her idea unkind toward animals. However, as the loving owner of a dog and two cats, Lay is hardly one to present anything that represents our furry friends in a negative light. [Read more →]
April 4th, 2014 · News
The Long Beach Police Department Traffic Section will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, April 5, between the hours of 7pm and 3am in west Long Beach.
“Over the course of the past three years in Long Beach, DUI collisions have claimed nine lives and resulted in 315 injury crashes, harming 420 of our friends and neighbors,” Long Beach Police Department Sergeant Aaron Alu said. [Read more →]