- Reporters Desk
LBPD Seeks Help with Hate Crime Robbery
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department is seeking help from community members in identifying a man suspect of a hate crime-related robbery.
On July 2, 2014, at about 4:30 p.m., a woman was attacked in the parking lot of a local shopping center in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue.
The woman, a 32-year-old Long Beach resident, was wearing a black hijab. She was parked in the shopping center parking lot adjacent to the alley that runs north and south and just west of the shopping center, loading items into her car. It was then that she was approached from behind by a man, who took hold of her hijab in his hand.
The man cursed at the victim while referring to the cover as a “hijab,” indicating he had some knowledge of the Muslim culture. He forcibly pulled and twisted the hijab as he attempted to remove it, which choked the victim, and caused scratches and abrasions to her neck. The suspect then walked southbound down the alley with the hijab.
The victim was able to provide a description of the suspect, and worked with detectives to create a composite sketch. The suspect is described as follows:
• A male white in his 30s
• Approximately 5’8” to 5’9” tall
• A thin build
• Short brown hair and brown eyes
• A trimmed brown mustache and beard
• Was wearing a white buttoned-up shirt, black pants, and possibly black shoes
Due to the circumstances, this incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
Anyone with information should call (562) 570-7250 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Cargo Numbers Continue Climb in Long Beach
LONG BEACH — Cargo container volume rose 8 percent in June at the Port of Long Beach, compared to the same month the past year.
With more than 610,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved, this past month was the busiest June since 2007, which was the busiest year for container cargo at Long Beach.
Terminals handled a total of 610,516 TEUs in June 2014. This included 316,054 TEUs of imports, which is an 8.8 percent increase. Exports were up 4.7 percent to 140,034 TEUs, and empty containers rose 9.3 percent to 154,428 TEUs. Imports again exceeded exports, and empties are returned overseas to be refilled.
June was the third consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in container volume. Long Beach has seen an increase of 2.5 percent for the first six months of 2014 compared to the same time last year.
This past year, against which 2014 is being compared, was the third-busiest year in port history with a total of 6.73 million TEUs.
For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats
Murder in Long Beach
LONG BEACH — Twenty-five-year-old Alexander Johnson died July 18, from gunfire to his upper body, near the 2100 block of Earl Avenue in Long Beach, Long Beach Police Department officials said in a released statement.
Police officers responded to a shooting call at about 4:20 p.m. that night and found Johnson, of Long Beach shot. He was taken to a local hospital in serious condition and later was pronounced dead.
Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives determined that the victim was standing outside when a vehicle drove up. The driver of the vehicle and the victim became involved in a verbal confrontation. The driver then shot fired at Johnson.
The suspect was described as a man of African descent driving a dark colored vehicle. The incident is being investigated as gang-related.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Mungo Presents Staff
LONG BEACH — Long Beach District 5 Councilwoman Stacy Mungo recently introduced her staff to constituents:
Chief of Staff Michael Clements: Clements has been a city council chief of staff for several years and is looking forward to working in the district where he grew up. After graduation from Long Beach Poly and attending Cal State Long Beach for his undergrad and graduate degrees, Michael worked in banking and finance for more than 10 years before coming to work for the City in 2010. Clements has built a strong relationship with the prior 5th District chief of staff, who has provided valuable input while also embarking on her new technology career.
Field Deputy and Business Liaison Allison Anderson: Anderson has a degree in American Studies from Cal State Fullerton and nine years of customer relations experience, most recently at a local business. A Long Beach native, she spends her free time volunteering with several local organizations and dining with friends at local Long Beach eateries.
Field Office Coordinator Heidi Wiersma: Wiersma will graduate from USC’s Price School with a master’s in public administration in spring 2015. She brings a gentle heart having spent two years serving others as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Originally from Washington State, when it came time to move to Southern California for school, there was no question Long Beach was the place she wanted to live.
Uranga Waives Salary
LONG BEACH — Newly-sworn District 7 Councilman Roberto Uranga recently announced he will forgo his salary until questions about whether or not he is able to receive his pension as a retired city employee are resolved by the state.
The decision comes as a result of his win in April. The Long Beach City Attorney’s Office notified him that he might have to suspend his pension in order to receive his $33,650 council salary.
Senate Bill 1219 would clearly exempt Uranga’s from the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013.
Uranga was as administrative officer of the Department of Health and Human Services when he retired. His retirement payment scheduled for Aug. 1 is about $5,000 a month, after taxes and deductions.
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce Announces New Officers
SAN PEDRO — The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce recently announced its new officers for 2014 through 2015:
Chairman John Resich
John Resich is a lawyer and chairman of the Board of Green Hills Memorial Park. He was born and reared in San Pedro.
Vice-Chairman David Thornburg
David Thornburg is the director of public affairs for SA Recycling. SA Recycling has taken an active role in environmental stewardship in promoting the use of cutting edge technology in recycling.
Secretary Irene Mendoza
Irene Mendoza recently retired as a vice-president of Svorinich Government Affairs. Prior to joining Svorinich Government Affairs, she was deputy councilwoman to Councilman Svorinich and director of constituent services for Councilwoman Janice Hahn from 2001 to 2005.
CSUDH Dean of College of Health, Human Services, Nursing
CARSON — California State University, Dominguez Hills appointed M. Gary Sayed as the new dean of the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing effective Aug. 11.
Sayed comes to CSU Dominguez Hills with 22 years of experience in higher education, including as dean of science and health at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences and founding director of Charles Drew’s biomedical sciences program, where he also was professor of biomedical physics. He has had positions as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, chairman and clinical professor of the diagnostic imaging department at Thomas Jefferson University, also in Philadelphia, and acting director of the Nuclear Medicine Institute and assistant professor of nuclear medicine and radiation physics at the University of Findlay in Ohio.
Most recently, Sayed has served as professor and founding director of graduate programs in biomedical, radiological and imaging sciences at Alfaisal University College of Medicine, as well as director of the Molecular and Functional Imaging Group and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia. He has been a visiting professor at universities in Angola, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Taiwan, Turkey and the UAE, and is a senior Fulbright Scholar to Turkey alumnus.
Sayed has an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a Ph.D. in radiological sciences from the University of Toledo Health Sciences in Ohio, a master’s in chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear medicine science from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He is a certified medical nuclear physicist and currently serves as vice president of the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine.
The largest college at CSUDH with more than 3,000 students, the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing trains traditional medical/clinical care professionals but also educates physical and mental health specialists through its superb undergraduate and graduate degree programs in clinical science, health science, orthotics and prosthetics, child development, communication sciences and disorders, human services, marriage and family therapy, kinesiology, recreation and leisure studies, nursing, occupational therapy and social work.
President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
WASHSINGTON, D.C. — On July 22, President Barack Obama signed House Resolution 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, into law.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with specifically skilled workers they need to compete in the local, regional and global economy.
The law reauthorizes the National Farmworker Jobs Program. This is a nationally-directed, locally-administered program of employment and training services and housing assistance for migrant and seasonal farm workers. Created under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, it counters the unemployment and underemployment experienced by farm workers, who depend primarily on agricultural jobs performed within the United States and Puerto Rico. The program is integral to the public workforce system and partners with the nationwide network of American Job Centers.
NFJP, one of the best performing programs administered through the Department of Labor, helped 20,330 farm workers in 2012 had an entered employment rate of 85.5 percent and an employment retention rate of 83.1 percent.