Cambodian New Year parade, fest returning to LB

To celebrate the most important holiday for the Cambodian community, the Cambodian Coordinating Council (Cam-CC) is organizing two events– the Cambodian New Year Parade and Celebration. The Sixth Annual Cambodian New Year Parade will take place on Sunday, April 4 on Anaheim Street from Junipero Avenue to MacArthur Park. On Saturday, April 10, the Cambodian…

LB candidates present their cases at NAACP forum

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer With Long Beach’s April 13 primary election for city offices looming on the horizon, candidates are busy trying to get every vote possible. Ten of those candidates showed up last Sunday at a forum sponsored by the Long Beach branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People…

‘Strong’ Show of Support

About 200 people gathered for the official opening of Chrissy Strong-Marshall Plaza in Somerset Park last Saturday, March 20. Strong-Marshall was a longtime employee of the Long Beach parks department who died after a long battle with cancer. A few months ago, the Long Beach City Council voted to rename Somerset Park in her honor,…

Animal Care Services providing printed info on neighborhood issues

Last year, Animal Care Services completed more than 24,000 animal-related calls for service ranging from stray dogs to barking complaints. This year, the City of Long Beach agency will enlist residents and neighborhood associations to email, download, print, and distribute information about making their community safer. Flyers and signs detailing the 15 most common animal-related…

Budgeting that meets the need, not the greed

By Dan Pressburg Although many people have called for a “zero-base budget” where everything is looked at and everything is accounted for based on the need and benefit, our city plods along with the traditional budget where revenues do not seem to arrive as forecasted and cuts are never deep enough to reform government in…

Disabled Resource Center awarded grant, Quality of Life award

The Disabled Resources Center of Long Beach (DRC) has been selected as a recipient of the Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life award. The award is given to support organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The Quality of Life program, created by Dana Reeves, is based on freedom…

Second annual bike fest to get rolling down Retro Row

Spanning three days, from Friday, May 7 to Sunday, May 9, the 2nd Annual Long Beach Bike Festival is part of the ongoing efforts to make Long Beach one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S. For the first time, 4th Street/Retro Row (between Cherry and Junipero avenues) will be part of the program,…

Jim McDonnell sworn in as LB’s 25th chief of police

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Inspirational words and lofty goals moved like a gentle wind in the confines of the Terrace Theater last Saturday, bringing a sense of hope to the approximately 1,000 people who came to watch the swearing-in ceremony for Long Beach’s 25th chief of police– Jim McDonnell. Although the past couple of…