• Global Warming’s Clearer Role in Wildfires

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Paul Rosenberg, Senior Editor The Thomas Fire became the largest recorded wildfire in California history this week, the first of a far-flung splatter of fires triggered by Santa Ana winds starting on Dec. 4. The Creek, Rye and Little Mountain fires erupted the next

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  • FCC Ends Net Neutrality

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission, headed by Donald Trump administration appointee Chairman Ajit Pai, voted along party lines of 3-2 to repeal regulations protecting net neutrality. Pai, the face of Trump'roll back of Barack Obama era policies in the telecommunications indus

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  • Central SP Elects Neighborhood Council Members

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]SAN PEDRO — On Nov. 14, the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council filled five out six vacted seats. The board members elected are Port of Los Angeles High School teacher Rachel Bruhnke, web developer Louis Caravella, educator and neighborhood block captain Jane Castillo, environmental science degree holder B

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  • CSU Employees Union, CSU Reach Tentative Agreement

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]LONG BEACH — On Oct. 27, the California State University Employees Union, comprised of staff employees, and California State University announced that they had reached a three-year tentative successor contract agreement. The workers include registered nurses, police dispatchers and custodians. Among some o

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  • LB Man to be Arraigned for Smuggling Lizards

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]LONG BEACH — Operation Jungle Book, a law enforcement initiative led by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that targeted wildlife smuggling, has resulted in federal criminal charges against a defendant who allegedly participated in the illegal importation and/or transportation of monitor lizards. The

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  • LB Land Use Element Draws Angry Crowd

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Boos and hiss greeted Long Beach Director of Development Amy Bodek who made a presentation at an Oct. 4 Land Use Element community meeting at Whaley Park. The General Plan is a long-range policy document required by state law, which sets forth the goals, policies, and directions the city will take to achieve th

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  • California Becomes a Sanctuary

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]SACRAMENTO — On Oct. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a legislation that would limit state and local enforcement agencies in holding, questioning and transferring undocumented immigrants at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Senate Bill 54, dubbed the sanctuary state law, takes effect in Januar

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  • Long Beach Woman Dies Vegas Massacre

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]LAS VEGAS — On Oct. 2, the Manhattan Beach Police Department confirmed the death of one of its own from a shooting spree that took place Oct. 1 during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Thirty-three-year-old Rachel Parker, a Long Beach resident, was among the 59 people who died while attending the co

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  • Long Beach Goes Sanctuary

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Sept. 19, chants from outside the overflowing Long Beach City Hall could be heard throughout the almost eight hours it took the city council to hear a motion that would help its undocumented community. “What do we want?” “Sanctuary!” “When do we want it? “N

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  • Westin Long Beach Gets Unionized

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]LONG BEACH — On Sept. 8, Highgate Hotels, the new owners of the Westin Long Beach Hotel, announced the approval of the unionization of its employees. Highgate Hotels bought the Westin in mid-August. The Westin is a full service hotel with 474 guest rooms, meeting rooms, banquet facilities and a full restau

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