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Smart gas meters change billing in Long Beach

Smart gas meters change billing in Long Beach

February 23, 2016

A new program will update gas meters by using radio waves to transmit gas usage from homes directly to the City of Long Beach Gas Utility, according to the Gas and Oil Department. The 18-month-long project b...

Fifth annual People’s State of the City to attract hundreds

Fifth annual People’s State of the City to attract hundreds

February 22, 2016

Over 400 local residents are expected to attend the fifth annual People’s State of the City event. The Daily 49er interviewed James Suazo, one of the speakers and hub coordinator with Building Healt...

Girl Scouts join Long Beach Comic Expo for Emet Comics workshop

Girl Scouts join Long Beach Comic Expo for Emet Comics workshop

February 21, 2016

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles not only earned their Comic Artist Badge but gained insight into and knowledge of girl power in the comic book industry at the Long Beach Comic Expo this past week...

Violent crime rates escalate in Long Beach

Taryn Sauer, Staff Writer

February 17, 2016

Filed under Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

Violent crime escalated in Long Beach, according to a press release in January by the Long Beach Police Department. It increased almost 19 percent since 2014, with 17 of the 36 murders last year being gang-related. This rise was consistent across the country, with some crime statistics as high as a 40 percent jump in major cities, said Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi of the Long Beach Police Department, Patrol Bureau. Of th...

ASI senate recommends Greek life adviser position

Brandon Flickinger, Staff Writer

February 17, 2016

Filed under ASI, Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The Associated Students Inc. senate approved resolution to officially urge Student Life and Development to create and fill a position for a Greek life adviser during their Wednesday meeting. This position would act as an intermediary between Greek life and other organizations in addition to advising their members. “I’ve been asked by students to get completely rid of Greek life off this campus because of the sexual...

Kappa Sigma formally suspended after alleged sexual assault at party

Micayla Vermeeren, Opinions Editor

February 16, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The Kappa Sigma chapter at Cal State Long Beach has been suspended from campus, pending a legal investigation into a sexual assault that allegedly took place at the fraternity’s house off-campus. On Monday, an unnamed female student reported she was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning after a party hosted at the fraternity house Saturday night. Campus police notified the student body of the report ...

Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter closed for repeated violations

Michaela Kwoka-Coleman, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

The CSULB chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be closed for “no less than four years,” according to the fraternity’s national headquarters. Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters officially suspended the chapter’s charter in late January, according to information released by the organization Friday. The chapter’s closure followed two sexual assault accusations during the Fall 2015 semester.  According to a statement, Lo...

Student reports sexual assault at Kappa Sigma party

Matt Simon, Staff Writer

February 15, 2016

Filed under Campus, Crime, Long Beach, News, Today

A female student reported that she was sexually assaulted at an off-campus party hosted by Kappa Sigma Fraternity early Sunday morning. The student reported the case to a Cal State Long Beach campus security authority early Sunday morning who then notified university police. University police sent out an email Monday afternoon after the student reported the incident. The student reported that the suspect is a Hispa...