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Published on March 20th, 2013 | by RLn Staff


Harbor Currents: NEWS March 20, 2013

Officer Involved Shooting
LONG BEACH — Long Beach Police Department detectives are asking for the public’s help with leads involving a shooting near 8th Street and Maine Avenue in Long Beach.
At about 6:30 p.m. March 18, LBPD officers responded loitering by possible gang members. When they arrived to the area a police officer made contact with man, who ran from the officer and began shooting at the policeman. The officer returned fire and the suspect fled into the neighborhood, officials said.
The officer was not injured and it is unknown if the suspect was struck by gunfire. The suspect was not found.
Anyone with information is asked to call (562) 570-7244 or anonymously visit

Atherton Street Medians to be Improved
LONG BEACH — A 1.5-mile section of Atherton Street between Bellflower Boulevard and Studebaker Road is being improved with new center island medians, curbs and gutters.
Thirty-two diseased and aged trees will be removed and replaced with 106 new drought-tolerant trees, and an extensive array of California native and other low-maintenance, drought-resistant shrubs and plants will be planted under this project.
A new irrigation system will be a highly water-efficient subsurface drip type, and existing “smart” irrigation controllers will be upgraded and reprogrammed to meet project needs. In addition, recycled wood mulch will be used to retain soil moisture and deter weed growth. All landscaping and irrigation will conform to water conservation legislation and best practices. Decorative concrete in the median islands will utilize recycled, tumbled blue-colored glass on the surface as an attractive visual feature.
The project is funded by a $703,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, plus $202,412 from the City’s allocation of Proposition C funds.
Work is anticipated to begin shortly, and take approximately 90 days to complete. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during construction. After the refurbishment of the median islands, the City plans to resurface the street with new asphalt, and will work closely with officials from the nearby California State University, Long Beach to minimize any impacts to campus traffic.

Tentative Agreement Reached for Schroeder Hall

LONG BEACH — On March 15, The City of Long Beach and Mental Health America have reached a tentative agreement on the homeless accommodation required for reuse of the Schroeder Hall facility.
Under federal law, the City is required to secure a homeless accommodation site before conveyance of the Schroeder Hall site from the Army for use as a future East Police Substation.
On March 19, the Long Beach City Council voted to purchase a 28,237-square-foot building at 1955-1965 Long Beach Boulevard for use as the homeless accommodation site.  Under the tentative agreement, the city will purchase the building, lease it to Mental Health America for 10 years and then convey the property to Mental Health America.  Mental Health America will be required to offer high-quality retail services at the location, as well as job training and mental health services to their clients.
The city will pay $2.8 million for the building, and $1.2 million to fund related improvements to design and construct the retail establishment, a community meeting room, and tenant improvements and to provide programming.
The facility is designed to benefit the neighborhood by offering job training to Mental Health America clients and a high-quality retail establishment, along with a community meeting room.
The facility will also have operating conditions required under the agreement to ensure the facility will co-exist with the neighborhood. These provisions include: operating hours, developing a good neighbor side agreement with the neighborhood; and establishing a 24-hour phone line for neighborhood concerns. The City and Mental Health America will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for an additional 5 years after the conveyance of the property to continue the provisions not covered by zoning.

Trutanich Announces Dorner Hunt Damage Control Agreement
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office hosted a meeting March 14, at City Hall, to discuss the agreement reached to compensate a truck, which was damaged when officers shot at two women during the Christopher Dorner manhunt.
Seventy-one-year-old Margie Carranza and daughter Emma Hernandez’s truck was damaged, Feb. 7, after Los Angeles Police Department officers shot at their truck while on the hunt for a former police officer suspected of going on a killing rampage after posting an angry manifesto online. He was later killed during a shoot out with police officers near Big Bear.
The women agreed to receive $40,000 out of the city’s general fund as compensation for the damage to their blue Toyota Tacoma, which was shot more than 100 times while delivering newspapers in Torrance.
As part of the agreement both parties are freed from property loss liability. The truck now can be used as evidence before it is returned to the women.
“The settlement that was reached only deals with liability for the truck and other property damage,” said Frank Matelgan, a spokesman for the City Attorney’s Office. “However, the possibility for additional claims [such as personal injury] is still out there.”
As of March 20, additional claims had not been filed that he was aware of, Matelgan said.

Lieu Urges President, Congress to Limit Helicopter Racket

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Ted W. Lieu introduced March 15, a resolution urging President Barack Obama and Congress to approve the pending Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act.
Lieu’s bill also asks the president and Congress to direct the Federal Aviation Administration to solicit the views of neighborhood groups, helicopter operators and others on helicopter noise and safety issues in Los Angeles County.
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and Reps. Adam Schiff, Janice Hahn, Brad Sherman and Henry Waxman are asking the FAA to explore possible solutions with neighborhood groups and helicopter operators but bills to require restrictions on helicopter operations in Los Angeles have languished in Congress in the face of industry opposition.
The FAA does not regulate helicopter traffic in Los Angeles County. The FAA does, however, require a specific minimum flying altitude for fixed wing aircraft.
The bill, known as Senate Joint Resolution 7, is based on the following findings:
         Residents across Los Angeles County suffer intrusive and disruptive low-flying helicopter traffic above their neighborhoods.
         Los Angeles County is home to a unique and excessively large concentration of scenic, historic, entertainment, and transportation venues, including movie studios, movie star homes, outdoor entertainment facilities, the coastline, Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign, and many others, that generate extensive helicopter tours engaged in sight-seeing activity.
         Los Angeles County has a high concentration of media helicopters engaged in monitoring traffic conditions, following car chases, and filming celebrity events which often involve hovering for lengthy periods.
         Los Angeles County is home to the world’s leading civil helicopter manufacturer that conducts extensive helicopter flight testing in the region.
         The unique terrain of canyons and valleys in Los Angeles County often amplifies noise from helicopters in otherwise quiet residential areas.
         Helicopter noise in Los Angeles County interrupts daily life for many residents by interfering with ability to hear conversations, television, radio, telephone and disrupting sleep cycles.
SJR 7 is sponsored by Citizens for Quiet Helicopters and is supported by numerous local governments in Los Angeles County, including the county and city of Los Angeles and the cities of Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates and West Hollywood.
If approved, the measure would not restrict helicopter operations for emergency responders and the military.

Hahn, Lowenthal Call on CBP to Reconsider Overtime
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Janice Hahn, District 44, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, District 47, on March 15, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar expressing their strong concern about the agency’s decision to cut overtime hours for personnel in the wake of sequestration – potentially disrupting the flow of goods at our nation’s largest port complex
“By eliminating overtime hours, CBP will be unable to ensure the safe and efficient flow of goods, leading to interruptions that will increase costs and weigh down our economy just as its beginning to recover,” Hahn said.
“I empathize with the CBP’s decision to cease overtime work for personnel due to sequestration cuts, but that decision could have harmful impacts on our nation’s economy and global competitiveness,” Lowenthal said.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up the largest port complex in the nation and the sixth busiest port complex in the world. Each day, over one billion dollars worth of goods move through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, totaling about 40 percent of all the cargo that enters the United States.

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