RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS: April 14, 2014

  • 04/14/2014
  • Reporters Desk

LB City Council Considers Police Lawsuits
The Long Beach City Council will consider whether to settle two police-related lawsuits at its April 15 meeting at Long Beach City Hall.
One suit has to do with a fire that took place on March 30, 2012 on the 1900 block of Caspian Avenue, when an officer laid a heat lamp in a laundry hamper, which caused a fire. The council will consider whether to pay $130,000 to the AMCO Insurance Co., which initially asking for $228,594.68.
Another lawsuit is related to police overtime for which officers are asking for payment during the times they put their uniforms on and off. The settlement totals about $300,000.
City Attorney Charles Parkin recommended settling with nine Long Beach Police Department officers asking to be paid for 25 hours of overtime and about $150,000 in legal fees.
The nine officers were part of a larger class-action lawsuit filed in December 2006, seeking to be reimbursed for the unpaid time they took when changing into their uniforms and protective gear, attending classes, waiting in court, attending briefings and other routine tasks. At first, the officers did not take a settlement, but later they agreed to accept the same terms as the original settling group.
In 2006, about 790 police officers sued the city. That class action was resolved by providing officers 25 hours of vacation time.

Buscaino, Sharefest Launch ‘Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund’
On April 10, a devastating crash involving a tour bus and FedEx truck took the lives of 10 people, including five Los Angeles-area school students on their way to an orientation program for admitted students at Humboldt State University.
In an effort to support the students and families suffering from this crash, Sharefest is joining with Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino to launch the “Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund.” Money raised through this fund will assist victims and their families through any financial hardships as they heal physically and emotionally from the tragic accident.
Support these families by donating to the fund at: www.Sharefestinc.org/buscrashfund
You can also mail a check, made payable to Sharefest. Please include “Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund” in the memo line.
Mail checks to:
Sharefest Community Development
3480 Torrance Blvd. #110
Torrance, CA 90503

Road Closures in Long Beach

Pico Avenue Off-Ramp Closure from Southbound I-710 Freeway
The Pico Avenue exit from the southbound Interstate 710 Freeway will be closed overnight between April 16 and April 25 to allow for widening of the off-ramp. Widening the Pico Avenue off-ramp is needed because this area will serve as a primary detour route for a long-term closure of the connector that carries vehicles from the southbound I-710 Freeway to points west across the Gerald Desmond Bridge. The long-term closure is expected this spring. Download a detour map.

Pico Avenue (Piers B, C, D, E) Off-Ramp Closure

Type of Work: Ramp closure
Area of Work: The Pico Avenue (Piers B, C, D, E) exit from the southbound I-710 Freeway will close between April 16 thorugh 25 to allow for widening of the off-ramp.
When: 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  April 16 and, April 17. The ramp will open by 6 a.m. the following morning. The closure will repeat 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. April 21; April 23; and  April 24. The ramp will open by 6 a.m. the following morning.
*Please note that closure dates and times are subject to change.
Pier S Lane Closure
Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: One lane will be closed along a portion of Pier S Lane. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic.
When: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 18

Pico Avenue Lane Closure

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Southbound lanes on Pico Avenue between Pier D Street and Broadway will be closed. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.
When: Ongoing through April 24.

Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive Lane Closure

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: Southbound Harbor Scenic Drive is reduced to one lane between the southbound I-710 and Pico Avenue exit, which is closed.
When: Ongoing

Anaheim Street Lane Closure (POLB)

Type of Work: Lane closure
Area of Work: The project has shifted to the two northern lanes of Anaheim Street. Traffic on Anaheim Street remains reduced to two lanes in each direction from the Los Angeles River to 9th Street. Limited access will be allowed via side streets. (Project information)

When: Ongoing, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Use Harbor Avenue, Santa Fe Avenue or East I Avenue to cross Anaheim Street   
Goodwill SOLAC Launches Annual Earth Day Awareness Campaign
Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County recently announced its 2014 Earth Day awareness campaign, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 23, at the Kaiser South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City.
In past year, Goodwill processed 14.5 million pounds of textiles and household goods for sale. In addition, more than 805,000 pounds of e-waste was recycled, generating in excess of $1.4 million that was used to fund its job training and employment programs for underserved individuals who have a desire to work.
Goodwill SOLAC partners with local businesses, such as Toyota and Kaiser Permanente, to collect e-waste items through employee donation drives. It also deploys an expert team to collect the donations and issue tax-deductible receipts.
Goodwill is a 501c3 nonprofit that sets aside 88 cents of every dollar made to support its job training and placement programs.
Acceptable e-waste donation items include televisions and computer equipment. Goodwill is unable to accept microwaves, printers and scanners for e-waste recycling. Businesses, organizations or schools can schedule a pick-up for 10 items or more. Smaller quantities can be dropped off at any of the 14 Goodwill retail stores or six attended donation centers.
Details: (562) 435-7741; www.thinkgood.org
Venue: Kaiser South Bay Medical Center
Location: 25825 S. Vermont Ave., Harbor City

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