- Reporters Desk
LB Man Killed in Brawl
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 18, a 22-year-old Junior Jimenez was struck with a bottle and stabbed multiple times with broken pieces from the bottle and during a brawl with another man on the 1100 block of E. 10th Street in Long Beach.
Police responded to reports of a battery at about 9:11 p.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital but he was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m. Aug. 19.
The motive for the fight is still under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
LB Man Dies in Police Custody
LONG BEACH — Seventy-one-year-old Michael Frank Smith died Aug. 18 in police custody.
Smith was jailed Aug. 14 after violating a restraining order from his wife.
Officers placed Smith under arrest on the charge of Violation of a Court Order. Smith was booked in the Long Beach City Jail on $20,000 bail awaiting arraignment.
Long Beach Police Department officials said Smith went into medical distress on Aug. 16 and was taken to a local hospital. He was treated and given permission to return to jail. However, jail staff ended up finding him again in medical distress on Aug. 18. Jail medical personnel immediately rendered aid to Smith, administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, while awaiting the arrival of Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. Paramedics took Smith in critical condition to a local hospital.
Officials are still uncertain as to the cause of the medical distress. Smith was released from custody and his treatment continued by hospital staff. However, he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call (562) 570-7244.
LB Civic Center Project Designs Released
Designs for the Long Beach Civic Center project were unveiled at the Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission meetings Aug. 20.
Developers from Plenary Edgemoor detailed renderings. Plenary Edgemoor was awarded the bid in this past December.
The public portions of the Long Beach Civic Center project include a new seismically safe Long Beach City Hall, Port of Long Beach headquarters and Main Library, along with a redesigned park. The private portions of the project include transit-oriented mixed-used developments, high-rise condominiums and retail.
The details include stages for musical performances, a 6,500-square-foot dog park and a 4,500-square-foot playground area. The design proposal would open the civic center, having Chestnut and Cedar avenues run through the complex.
About 25 to 35 people without homes hang out in the area. Long Beach Development Services is taking steps to mitigate the population before construction begins.
The almost $360 million complex would include two, 11-story buildings for the city and the Port of Long Beach.
The Civic Center project features lease-leaseback and design-bid-finance-operate-maintain public-private partnerships, which are designed to keep the city’s annual payment at about the same amount that the city pays for Civic Center maintenance and operation, as well as off-site leases, adjusted for future inflation. The renderings are not final.
Former LASD Official Pleads Guilty to Lying
LOS ANGELES — On Aug. 19, William Thomas Carey, a former captain with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, pleaded guilty to one count of making false declarations for lying on witness stand this past year during the federal trial of another LASD deputy.
Carey, 57, who was the head of the LASD’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau, pleaded guilty to the felony charge before U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson. Carey is scheduled to be sentenced by Anderson on Jan. 25, at which time he will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.
Carey’s co-defendant, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, is scheduled to go on trial in this case (see http://go.usa.gov/36awQ) on Nov. 3.
LB Appoints New Director of Human Resources
LONG BEACH — City Manager Pat West named Alejandrina Basquez, as the city’s human resources director.
Basquez brings 26 years of professional experience in the public sector. The appointment will be effective September 8, 2015.
Basquez has served as assistant general manager for the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department where she is responsible for overseeing a staff of 142 full-time employees and citywide programs, including employee benefits, deferred compensation, workers’ compensation benefits, occupational safety, and joint labor and management committees. Basquez is also responsible for the Personnel Department internal administrative and information systems support activities, a department operating budget of $54 million and a benefits budget of $671 million.
Basquez is replacing Deborah Mills, who will retire as Director of Human Resources on Sept.11, 2015.
Basquez earned her master of arts degree from the University of Chicago, and bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Irvine. She is originally from Long Beach and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She resides in Long Beach with her family.
St. Mary’s Appoints Chief Financial Officer
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 20, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach announced the appointment of Leon Choiniere as chief financial officer.
Leon served as controller at St. Mary Medical Center since 2007. He brings to the executive team more than 30 years of hospital experience in accounting and financial operations.
Leon earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Walla Walla College in Washington State. He is a certified public accountant and a fellow in Healthcare Financial Management Association. Leon is a resident of Long Beach and serves as the treasurer for his homeowner association.