Bear Hugs Toy Drive Includes Support for Music Therapy Program at Miller Children’s Hospital

  Liset Meruelo presents a check for $20,000 to expand the Music Therapy Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, hundreds of teddy bears and plush toys made their way into the arms of pediatric patients at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Reappointed Chair of the Assembly Education Committee

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell On Tuesday, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) was renamed as Chair of the Assembly Education Committee by Speaker Anthony Rendon. The committee is instrumental in shaping state policy impacting schools, students and teachers in California.

North Long Beach Overnight Winter Shelter Opens For Homeless

    The overnight winter shelter for homeless individuals recently opened in North Long Beach, and will be open until March 1. Four other local shelters operate year-round for individuals and families. Throughout the year, staff from the Health and Human Services Department’s Homeless Services Division and its community partners canvass Long Beach daily, engaging people who are homeless and offering emergency shelter, transportation, access to service providers and opportunities for housing.

Councilmember Pearce Proposes Streamlining Conditional Use Permit Process

Last night, Councilmember Jeannine Pearce put forward a proposal to streamline the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) process, making it more accessible for neighborhoods and affordable for businesses. The agenda item, which was co-sponsored by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Councilman Al Austin, and Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, was passed unanimously by the Long Beach City Council.

Long Beach to Rename VA hospital After SoCal War Hero Tibor Rubin

Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin. President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law legislation introduced by Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California, as the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in honor of Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin.

Three Suspects Arrested and Charged For Multiple Commercial Robberies

Multiple felony charges were filed this week against three suspects for their involvement in multiple commercial robberies and one street robbery. On September 29, 2016, an unsuspecting victim placed an item on a local social media site in order to sell the item.

Downtown Retailers Have Sweet Surprises for Last-Minute Shoppers

Holiday shoppers are taking it down to the wire for Christmas gifts this season and Downtown Long Beach retailers have plenty of specials to offer at the more than 34 retail, specialty, entertainment and dining outlets ranging from apparel and electronics to toys and gift cards, among others.

City of Long Beach Reviews 2016 Successes

In just one year, the City of Long Beach filled 32,369 potholes, rehabilitated 57.5 lane miles of streets, completed 60,000 building inspections, trimmed 20,529 trees, responded to 209,000 calls for service to the Police Department and 71,000 calls for service to the Fire Department and broke ground on a new Civic Center complex.

Long Beach Opera Kicks Off 2017 Season With Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen

Long Beach Opera (LBO) opens its 2017 season on January 22 and 28, 2017 with Henry Purcell’s 1692 The Fairy Queen, a re-telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The California-based performance troupe Culture Clash and LBO’s Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek put their spin on this immortal tale.

Fuego Hosts Festive Brunch and Dinners for Christmas

Join Fuego at Hotel Maya for Christmas Eve Dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, December 24, and Christmas Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Christmas Day Dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday, December 25. Guests will also enjoy live Latin jazz with holiday flair on the waterfront patio.

City to Remove Dying Trees to Ensure Public Safety

Five coral trees on Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue are dying, with significant trunk and root decay, and are at risk of falling. These trees experienced limb failure over the summer at an increasing rate, and members of the public are often within the fall zone.

Port Releases On-Dock Rail Facility Environmental Study

  Trains at the Port of Long Beach. Photo courtesy of Port of Long Beach. The Port of Long Beach today released a draft environmental study on a proposal to redevelop a rail yard to allow for the assembly of longer trains within the Harbor District, moving cargo faster while making operations more sustainable.

Long Beach Airport to Begin Renovations at Parking Lot A

Long Beach Airport (LGB) will begin renovations to one of its two parking lots shortly after the busy holiday travel season. The improvements will be made to Lot A, the parking structure located nearest to the historic terminal.

Rancho Los Cerritos Receives Grant From California Cultural and Historical Endowment to Build 1930s-Style Cottage

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) has awarded Rancho Los Cerritos a grant to build a 1930s-style cottage on site. The 900-square-foot cottage will serve as offices and security, allowing more of the Rancho’s historic adobe building to be open to the public.

LBPD’s Year-End Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Enforcement Mobilization Begins December 16th

This holiday season, the Long Beach Police Department will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. “Beginning December 16th and continuing into the new year, you will see stepped up traffic enforcement with officers watching closely for impaired drivers,” said Chief Robert Luna.

Caltrans Highway Safety Improvement Program Awards Long Beach $4.5 Million Grant

The Long Beach Department of Public Works has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the Caltrans Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to improve traffic safety citywide throughout Long Beach. “Traffic safety continues to be a priority in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

CSULB College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Receives $2.3 million Gift

California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics received a $2.3 million gift from an anonymous donor that will create an endowed dean position in the college as well as a graduate fellowship.

Public Invited to Promenade Square Park Tot Lot Grand Opening

The public is invited to attend a Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Promenade Square Park Tot Lot located at The Promenade and East First Street, on Saturday, December 17, at 10:00 am. “Access to safe, fun places is a basic need in every neighborhood, and this new tot lot will serve the families in Downtown that had to travel a half-mile away to play,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Deadline Extension For Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration Applications

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration is January 14th, 2017. Applications are being accepted for sponsorship, parade participants, vendors, performers, and volunteers. The new deadline is DECEMBER 29th, 2016.

Assemblymember O’Donnell Seeks to Move California Students to the Forefront in Arts and Technology

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell Monday, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) introduced AB 37, which seeks to engage California’s students in the most cutting-edge fields of visual and performing arts.

Detectives Investigate Two Unrelated Deaths Near Ocean Blvd

On Monday, December 5, 2016, at approximately 5:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of E. Ocean Boulevard regarding the deceased body of a male adult, which led to the finding of a deceased female adult in a vehicle nearby.

Patients, Employees, Community Unite to Raise Awareness of HIV at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach

Employees, patients and community members from Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach raised their hands up for HIV prevention in honor of World AIDS Day. Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach celebrated the progress that is being made for those affected by HIV/AIDS on Thursday, Dec.

Long Beach Public Library Announces New Sunday Hours at El Dorado Neighborhood Library

The community is invited to enjoy new Sunday hours at El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Road, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In addition, hours at the Main Library at the Long Beach Civic Center have been extended on Thursday nights, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Long Beach Ministers Alliances to host Cookie Johnson Book Signing Event

The Long Beach Ministers Alliances will host the Cookie Johnson, “Believing In Magic” book signing event on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at The Michelle Obama Library. Cookie is best known as the wife of Superstar Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles, Dodgers Owner, Magic Johnson and mother to “Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills start, E.J.

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