- Reporters Desk
Bixby Knolls Post Office to Close
The Bixby Knolls Post Office, at 4580 Atlantic Ave., will be closing on Feb. 13.
The Post Office’s lease was up for renewal in mid-2013. The USPS opted not to sign a long term lease at that time and has been on a month-to-month lease ever since. It appears that the owner of the property has now asked the US Postal Service (USPS) to vacate the building.
For the time being, retail customers, as well as customers with post office boxes, will be served out of the post office at 101 E. Market St. The postal carriers who are currently based out of the Bixby Knolls Post Office will relocate permanently to the Postal Service’s distribution facility on Long Beach Boulevard at 51st Street.
The USPS, the agency is actively looking for a suitable location for a post office to replace the one that is closing. The facility is likely to be smaller than the existing Bixby Knolls Post Office because of the permanent relocation of the postal carriers to the Long Beach Boulevard facility.
Long Beach’s First-Ever Mothers’ Milk Donor Event
“Share the Love” donor milk drive and celebration, an event to raise awareness of the need for donor breast milk will take place, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 14, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach. Milk reserves are critically low, with ever-increasing demands.
Venue: Johnson Room in the Parr Health Enhancement at St. Mary Medical Center
Location: 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fairs
Take advantage of a free income tax preparation and family resource fair, Feb. 14, at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Details: (866) 910-9559
Location: 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson
Wilmington Pipeline Maintenance Project
Phillips 66 Pipeline is conduction a multiyear maintenance project to excavate pipelines and install test wires on the pipelines. These wires will allow Phillips 66 to monitor the conditions of the pipelines. These new test wire locations will supplement the existing test sites already on the pipelines.
- Each location is expected to be completed in five to 10 working days.
- Expect the work in Wilmington to last two months
- There are five to six excavations shown near or on Figueroa in Wilmington; the remainder of the work will be in Lomita, Carson, Hawthorne and Torrance.
- Scheduled to start at the south end of Figueroa at E Street and work north
- Work is being done in commercial zoned areas
- All work is permitted through the City of Los Angeles
- Company safety plans are developed for each site prior to commencing work; these plans are developed in addition to the required excavation permit.
- All work is conducted within the time limits listed
- Where sidewalks are closed, alternate routes are provided and on-site personnel assist residents in crossing the street
- Spanish-speaking representative onsite to answer any questions or concerns
Week of Location
Feb. 16 Figueroa at L Street
March 2 Figueroa at Interstate 110 northbound on ramp
March 16 Figueroa at Pacific Coast Highway
March 30 Figueroa at Lomita Boulevard
Port Communities Oil Spill Preparedness Classes
Take the Port Communities Oil Spill Preparedness classes, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 25, and March 4 and 11, at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro.
Three weekend day for field trips also will take place at a to-be-announced time.
Venue: Marine Mammal Care Center
Location: 3601 S. Gaffey, San Pedro
Airport Noise Ordinance Study Session
An airport noise ordinance study is scheduled, at 4 p.m. Feb. 17, at the Long Beach City Council chambers.
The study session will provide information to the city council on the history and structure of the Airport Noise Ordinance. Long Beach is one of only a few select airports in the nation that is allowed to limit the flights and noise impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Venue: Long Beach City Hall
Location: 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Civic Center Outreach Meetings Scheduled Throughout Long Beach
The City of Long Beach is hosting community meetings in each council district to inform the public, and solicit feedback, about the Long Beach Civic Center Project (Project).
The Project is designed to redevelop the Civic Center into a vibrant mix of land uses, public open space and public/private development, with retail, hotel and residential elements designed to activate the area with quality development and more jobs. Revitalization of park space with a mix of recreational amenities, designed to complement the entire Project, will help to enhance connectivity with the surrounding area.
The Civic Center has seismic deficiencies, and the project involves the financing, design, construction, operations and maintenance of a new City Hall and Main Library. A specific goal of the project is to ensure that the city’s cost to operate, occupy and maintain any new City Hall and Main Library is no greater than its current costs, adjusted with CPI increases. The project will also incorporate a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach.
Join your neighbors and the larger community in helping to refine the proposed plan by sharing your voice at one of the following meetings:
Feb. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King
Council District 6
Feb. 24, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
Council District 7
Feb. 26, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd
Council District 2
Feb. 28, 10 to 12p.m.
Rogers Middle School, 365 Monrovia Ave.
Council District 3
March 7, 10 to 12p.m.
Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
Council District 1
March 14, 10 to 12p.m.
Houghton Park, 6301 Atlantic Ave.
Council District 9
Diabetes Screening, Lectures
Participate in free diabetes-related screenings and lectures, from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19, at the John Edward Parr Health Center on the St. Mary’s Medical Center campus in Long Beach.
Screenings include blood pressure, glucose and body mass composition.
– Cardiologist Nik Kapoor, MD, speaking on “Diabetes and Heart Disease”;
– Sapna Singh Patel, MD, speaking on “Diabetes and Kidney Disease”; and
– Christine Young, RD, speaking on “The Importance of Nutrition and Exercise.”
Details: (888) 4ST-MARY; www.stmarymedicalcenter.org
Venue: St. Mary’s Medical Center
Location: 1050 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Neighborhood Tree Planting, Clothing Drive
Please join a team of neighbors, city staff and volunteers to plant trees, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Teachers Association of Long Beach.
Details: (562) 570-6866
Venue: Teachers Association of Long Beach
Location: 4362 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach
Young Women’s Empowerment Conference
Rep. Alan Lowenthal is presenting a Young Women’s Empowerment Conference for ninth- through 12th-grade students who live in the 47th Congressional District.
The theme of the event is “Linking Learning to Life.” The breakout sessions offered are on education, careers, self-esteem, civic engagement and personal growth and well-being.
Details: (562)436-3828; Helene.Ansel@mail.house.gov.
Venue: CSULB Student Union Building
Location: 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
Proposed Artificial Turf Soccer Field
A regional community meeting is scheduled, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23, at El Dorado West Community Center to discuss a proposed artificial turf soccer field installation at the El Dorado Park.
Venue: El Dorado Park West Community Center
Location: 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach
Fourth District Candidate Forum
The East Anaheim Business Alliance is hosting a candidate forum for the District 4 candidates, at 12 p.m. Feb. 24.
Location:5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach
Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan
A community workshop for the Gaffey Street Conceptual Plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Grand Annex in San Pedro.
This is the last of three community workshops to share project information and gather input for streetscape improvements along Gaffey Street.
Venue:The Grand Annex
Location: 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro
State of the District
District 15 Councilman Joe Buscaino will host his State of the District address, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel in San Pedro.
Tickets are $50 for San Pedro Chamber of Commerce members and $55 for non-members.
Details: (310) 832-7272; firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel
Location: 601 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro
Community Day at White Point Preserve
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will host a community service day to remove tumbleweeds and invasive species, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 28, at the White Point Nature Preserve.
Volunteers will be provided with training and tools, but should bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sunscreen.
Venue: White Point Education Center
Location: 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro
FEMA’S Youth Preparedness Council
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.
Any individual between the ages of 13 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Applications must be received by March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m.
Call for Artists
The San Pedro Chamber and the San Pedro ACE District Committee are seeking artists who wish to participate in the Public Art Program in the San Pedro ACE District, Spring 2015.
The Chamber and ACE District Committee have selected five DOT Utility Boxes for custom painting by artists.
Submissions are due March 23. Five submissions will be selected by the District Design Advisory Panel. Boxes will be painted the week of April 27.
Honorary Mayor Guidelines Available Now
If you ready to support a cause you believe in and become the next honorary mayor of San Pedro. Campaigning for San Pedro Honorary Mayor is an opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for local nonprofits, and to help support San Pedro Chamber sponsored events such as the Spirit of San Pedro Holiday Parade and the Taste of San Pedro.
Details: Introduction Letter; Application and Guidelines