Harbor Currents: ANNOUNCEMENTS April 9, 2013

  • 04/09/2013
  • Terelle Jerricks

April 16
Political Contributions
The Long Beach City Council will consider, during its April 16 regular meeting, ordinances related to political contributions to elected officials.
The ordinances would ban political contributions from contractors and those having business before the council, require elected officials to disclose non-public communications about public business and require council members to disclose communications being received during the city council meetings from lobbyists.

April 23
Fighting World Hunger: Intercultural, Interdisciplinary, Sustainability
Marymount College presents Fighting World Hunger: Intercultural, Interdisciplinary, Sustainability, at 7:30 p.m. April 23, at the Chapel on the Main Campus.
The event will feature speakers and activities that focus on what we can do to fight hunger locally and globally. Reception and discussion follow in the P.E.A.C.E. Center. The event is free.
Details: (310) 303-7223; www.marymountpv.edu.
Venue: Marymount College
Location: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes

June 8
The 2013 Long Beach QFilm Festival
Submissions now being accepted through June 8, for the 2013 Long Beach QFilm Festival, which will take place Sept. 6., at the Art Theatre and The Center in Long Beach.
The Long Beach QFilm Festival annually presents narrative features, documentaries and short films that embody the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
There is a nominal fee for each submission
Submit via www.withoutabox.com.
The full festival line up of films as well as passes and tickets for purchase will be available beginning in mid-August through the Long Beach QFilm Festival website, www.qfilmslongbeach.com.

Sexual Assault Suspect on Bicycle
The Long Beach Police Department continues to ask for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with several incidents of sexual battery to female victims that began in September 2012.
On December 3, 2012, the police department released video footage that depicted a man on a bicycle grabbing a woman’s breast as he rode down the sidewalk.
On February 7, 2013, another incident was reported. Since then, six more incidents that occurred during February and March of 2013, have also been reported.
New video footage was obtained of the suspect during a March 15, 2013 incident in an alley, and detectives are hoping someone in the community will recognize him and call police.
Detectives believe it’s possible that one suspect may be responsible for these incidents.
The victims vary in age from 12 years to their mid-60s, and all of them have been walking on the sidewalk when the suspect came up behind them on a bicycle and grabbed either their buttocks or breast as he rode by.
The victims have described the suspect as a male white or Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 to 240 pounds, with gray and black hair and ranging in age from 25 to 50 years old. However, a majority of the victims pinpoint his age at closer to 35 to 45.
In the most recent video, the suspect is seen wearing what appears to be a dark colored sweatshirt and light colored pants.  Due to the varying descriptions of the bicycle provided by victims, it is believed the suspect may have access to more than one.
The incidents have occurred on the dates, times and locations listed below:
Date:               Time:              Location:
9/24/12           8:40 p.m.        4th Street and Alamitos Avenue
9/24/12           9:30 p.m.        4th Street and Nebraska Avenue
9/26/12           9:30 p.m.        4th Street and Cherry Avenue
10/2/12           8:45 p.m.        4th Street and Walnut Avenue
10/12/12         6:40 a.m.        Junipero Avenue and 3rd Street
10/29/12         7:30 p.m.        4th Street and Cedar Avenue
11/19/12         3:45 p.m.        4th Street and Elm Avenue
11/19/12         4:30 p.m.        Walnut Avenue and Erie Street
11/19/12         5:00 p.m.        4th Street and Chestnut Avenue
11/19/12         7:15 p.m.        4th Street and Lime Avenue
11/20/12         6:30 p.m.        6th Street and Pacific Avenue
11/22/12         9:55 p.m.        Broadway and Hermosa Avenue
12/3/2012      Initial video released
9/15/2012      5:00 a.m.        Broadway and Termino Avenue (not reported until 12/4/2012)
2/7/13             3:30 p.m.        600 block of Lime Avenue
2/23/13           4:30 p.m.        4th Street and Magnolia Avenue
3/6/13             3:00 p.m.        8th Street and Locust Avenue
3/15/13           6:30 a.m.        Alley near 7th Street and Orange Avenue
3/15/13           6:15 p.m.        4th Street and Cerritos Avenue
3/23/13           9:00 p.m.        3rd Street and Orange Avenue
3/25/13           2:30 p.m.        4th Street and Atlantic Avenue
In the March 25, 2013, incident, the crime was witnessed by a person in the area who called police.  However, when police arrived, the victim had already left the area.  Detectives are hoping that victim will come forward so she can be interviewed


LB Libraries Expands Wi-Fi
Long Beach libraries are getting better Wi-Fi service, while saving $95,000 annually.
As of April, all Long Beach libraries are offering free Wi-Fi to its patrons. In the fall of 2011, the City Council authorized one-time Uplands Oil Funds to provide free Wi-Fi at all public libraries. Subsequently, the City Council authorized an agreement with Time Warner Cable to provide high-speed data communications services for the Long Beach Public Library.
The enhanced network and savings is made possible through a federal program commonly known as “E-Rate.”  Under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission, the program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
The expanded Wi-Fi service with more bandwidth is part of a network upgrade at the Main Library and all the neighborhood libraries. The technology upgrades enable library users to use their own devices to access online library resources. The only requirement is a Long Beach Public Library card.

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