Initial Marine Oil Terminal Improvements Study Released
SAN PEDRO — An Initial Study/Notice of Preparation for the Marine Oil Terminal Wharf Improvements Project was released on July 21.
This is the first step in the environmental impact report process, and would involve demolishing the 19,000-square-foot timber wharf at Berth 164. The proposed project would also include construction of a new wharf that complies with the Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards to protect the environment, public health and safety. The project would include a new 30-year lease through 2047.
The proposal is available for review online at www.portoflosangeles.org.
A meeting is scheduled Aug. 3 at 6 p.m., at the POLA Administration Building on 425 S. Palos Verdes St. For more information call the POLA Environmental Management Division at (310) 732-3675 or visit the POLA website.
Harbor Community Benefit Foundation Awarded Four Grants
SAN PEDRO — The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation was awarded $300,000 in grant awards on July 21, as part of its Healthy Harbor Grant Program.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles unanimously approved the grants. The money will go towards programs and services addressing respiratory disease in the community.
The Harbor Community Benefit Foundation has awarded 99 grants to 55 organizations throughout San Pedro and Wilmington to mitigate the effects of air quality from the Port of Los Angeles.
Garcia Announces Citizen Oversight Committee Picks
LONG BEACH — Mayor Robert Garcia announced his choices for the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee on July 25.
The committee will be comprised of five members and oversee the funds from the sales tax. Garcia’s choices for the committee are Jane Netherton, chairwoman emeritus of International City Bank; Joel Yuhas, the CEO and president of St. Mary Medical Center; Mary Stephens, the vice president of Administration and Finance at Cal State Long Beach; Steven Neal, the civic engagement advocate for Molina Healthcare and former councilman, and Judy Ross, the retired executive director of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.
The appointees will come before the city council on Aug. 2 for approval.
Long Beach K-9 Officer Credo Honored in Memorial Service<
LONG BEACH — K-9 units from Corona to Downey came together to pay their respects K-9 Officer Credo on July 20.
Credo, a four year-old Belgian malinois, was killed by friendly fire on June 28. Police were attempting to arrest, Barry Prak, a 27-year-old man suspected in a case involving an assault with a deadly weapon. Prak, who was carrying a knife, rushed towards the officers while the dog was hanging on his left arm. The suspect and Credo later died.
The department’s K-9 unit is scheduled to receive eight new ballistic vests for the dogs. The new vests are lighter and not as hot as the old ones.
The memorial included a flag ceremony and a procession to the K-9 Cemetery, where Credo’s headstone was placed.
Richardson Voted Vice Mayor of Long Beach
LONG BEACH — On July 19, Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson was voted vice mayor of Long Beach.
The 5-4 vote made Richardson, 32, the youngest and first black male to be voted into the vice-mayoral seat in Long Beach. Richardson is replacing Suja Lowenthal, who retired this past week.
Richardson was elected to the city council two years ago.
Long Beach City Council Draft Marijuana Tax Initiative for November
LONG BEACH — On July 19, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted for a tax initiative on medical marijuana operations. The initiative would be included on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, one of the of the initiative’s authors, said that they would aim to create a new tax schedule with flexible rates that the city council can increase by vote. The tax ranges include a 6 to 8 percent for dispensary sales, 8 to 12 percent for recreational sales and 6 to 8 percent for manufacturing and processing.
The proposed model would run as a competing initiative to the Regulation of Medical Marijuana Businesses, which would remove the previously approved taxes levied in Long Beach. It would also set a 6 percent sales tax that would be charged to businesses then collected by the city.
A draft of the proposal will be presented to the council on Aug. 2.
Body That Washed Ashore in Long Beach Identified
LONG BEACH — Officials identified the body of a man found on the beach on July 14 at 7 a.m. The body washed ashore near 62nd Place and Seaside Walk.
The man was identified as Christopher Martin, 55, a resident of Long Beach. Officials are not releasing his cause of death due to pending investigation.