Monthly Archives: September 2013

PHOTOS: U.S. Dept. of Ed visits Longfellow, Hughes

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Fourth grader Lily Sarmiento, center, shares a laugh with Andrea Falken, Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program, during a visit to Longfellow Elementary School in Long Beach, Calif., on September 17, 2013. The U.S. Department of Education, the California Department of Education and members of the Long Beach School Board visited two Long Beach schools Tuesday as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program – examining how school facilities can enhance a student’s learning conditions. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: New Traffic Signal at Pacific Ave. and 8th. Street

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia prepares to unveil a new traffic signal during a ceremony to turn on the light at the intersection of Pacific Avenue & 9th Street. “This new traffic signal will make it safer and easier for our residents to cross Pacific Avenue and access the new dog park, schools, businesses, and transit services,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the First Council District. The new traffic signal includes enhanced street lighting, pedestrian countdown indications, and a southbound to eastbound left-turn arrow to facilitate left-turns by transit vehicles. The project was funded by the Gas Tax with total project costs estimated at $175,000.

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia dons a harness for a ceremony to turn on a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pacific Avenue & 9th Street. “This new traffic signal will make it safer and easier for our residents to cross Pacific Avenue and access the new dog park, schools, businesses, and transit services,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who represents the First Council District. The new traffic signal includes enhanced street lighting, pedestrian countdown indications, and a southbound to eastbound left-turn arrow to facilitate left-turns by transit vehicles. The project was funded by the Gas Tax with total project costs estimated at $175,000.

PHOTOS: Rubble from the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake at the Los Cerritos Wetlands

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Los Cerritos Wetlands Steward Lenny Arkinstall stands atop a pile of rubble from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake along the edge of the Los Cerritos Wetland in Long Beach, Calif., on August 26, 2013. In 1994 Lenny Arkinstall, Founder and Executive Director of Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, Inc., made it his personal goal to completely clean Long Beach’s Los Cerritos Wetlands. After six years, he had completed his goal, cleaning 46 acres of wetlands and restoring it to its natural setting. Since then, Arkinstall founded the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, which have grown into a student oriented, non-profit organization that specializes in restoring, maintaining, enhancing, managing and researching an assortment of urban wetland, marine, and upland habitats. Today, he works with the city of Long Beach to maintain multiple areas around Alamitos Bay and Long Beach, along with other areas in Southern California. See more pictures>>

PHOTO: Long Beach Police, CHP honor Trusten P. Causey Lofland

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Trusten P. Causey Lofland, center, gets emotional during a ceremony honoring him at the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department on September 12, 2013. Lofland, sitting with his wife Patricia Lofland, left, is comforted by his fellow former CHP officer Tony Rios as LBPD Police Chief talks about Lofland. The former cop joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. He went on to be hired by the Long Beach Police Department in 1950 as the third African American officer. He also served on the CHP for 29 years.