Editor/painter invites viewers into his dark world

Brandy Soto Editorial Intern Cory Bilicko talks about New Orleans with great nostalgia. The Southern artist says although it is a celebratory and upbeat place, there is darkness hiding in the forms of untimely death, natural disaster and other misfortune. Not long after he graduated from the University of New Orleans, in 1995, he decided…

Art of the Matter

Cory Bilicko Culture Writer Considering that both her maternal and paternal grandfathers served on the Signal Hill City Council and that she now owns the home that her grandparents had built in 1940, Signal Hill artist Dyana Andersen has quite a legacy to follow.

The Art of the Matter

A look into the minds (and hearts) of today’s artists By Cory Bilicko Managing Editor How I came to meet the artist Alejandra Vernon, the first subject of this new column, is almost as interesting as the beautiful, vivid works she creates.

Pedestrian tunnel linking Wrigley to Bixby Knolls becomes contentious topic at Gabelich-Johnson community meeting

By Cory Bilicko Managing Editor When Eighth District Long Beach Councilmember Rae Gabelich scheduled Wednesday night’s community meeting, along with Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson, she’d assume its purpose would be to discuss the safety issues surrounding Los Cerritos Elementary students’ use of the Del Mar Pedestrian Tunnel/Walkway, which connects the Wrigley Heights neighborhood and…

Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional by US District judge

By Cory Bilicko Staff Writer United States District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that Proposition 8, passed in November 2008 as an amendment to the California Constitution to define marriage as the union of one woman and one man, violates the US Constitution. Walker included with the decision a temporary stay…