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Mayor Garcia plans to provide every homeless vet with a place to live

Mayor Garcia plans to provide every homeless vet with a place to live

May 7, 2015

Mayor Robert Garcia has made it his goal to sleep veterans in beds rather than on Long Beach’s hard concrete. “No veteran of the American armed forces should ever be without a home,” Mayor Garcia...

Smart meters reporting water wasters

Smart meters reporting water wasters

May 6, 2015

People can now be fined for watering their lawns. The Board of Water Commissioners declared an Imminent Water Supply Stage 3 Shortage this week, limiting the number of days that residents and businesses...

‘Water’ those smells?

Madison Moore, Contributing Writer

May 6, 2015

Filed under Long Beach, News

Some Long Beach residents have experienced unpleasant odors in their tap water, and the Long Beach Water Department is blaming it on hydrogen sulfide. The LBWD acknowledged the problem in a statement released Monday, which said that some of the local wells treated by the Groundwater Treatment Plant have low levels of hydrogen sulfide because the went back into service just three weeks ago, on April 22. Although this...

Blacklists and bong hits

Amy Patton, News Editor

May 4, 2015

Filed under Long Beach, News

Medical marijuana users may be ineligible for organ transplants, depending on the vote of the California Senate. Assembly Bill 258, passed with a 52-8 vote on Thursday, now awaits the senate’s verdict. The bill, introduced by Assemby Member Marc Levine in February, explicitly states that hospitals or physicians cannot deny an organ transplant candidate solely on his or her usage of medical marijuana. Physicians and...

Long Beach offering opportunities in the job market

Riva Lu, Contributing Writer

April 30, 2015

Filed under Long Beach, News, Today

Employment opportunities may be more easily attained in Long Beach compared to other cities in California. The city of Long Beach unemployment rate has improved to its lowest level since the early months of the past recession, according to a press release from City Hall Tuesday. “The jobs [created] were spread through a number of market sectors, mostly focused in general retail, restaurants and transportations,”...

Port of Long Beach Receives Backlash from Environmental Groups

Port of Long Beach Receives Backlash from Environmental Groups

April 30, 2015

The Port of Long Beach, known as “The Green Port” for its environment friendly policies, is facing serious criticism as it goes ahead with plans to export dangerous carbon material. Earthjustice,...

Airport drills put Long Beach’s emergency crews to the test

Airport drills put Long Beach’s emergency crews to the test

April 27, 2015

A signal flare and fake smoke indicated to first responders that the drill had begun, and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances lined up to treat volunteer actors. To better prepare for a worst-case...

Long Beach introduces new smart parking meters

Long Beach introduces new smart parking meters

April 21, 2015

The process of replacing old coin-based parking meters in Downtown Long Beach with over 1,000 “smart ones” to meet meter needs officially began on Monday. The new smart parking meters will accept...