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Mosquitoes capable of carrying zika virus found in North Long Beach |Jun 19, 2017

Long Beach public health officials announced Monday that mosquitoes belonging to a species capable of transmitting the zika virus to humans have been found in North Long Beach — the first time the mosquitos have been detected in the city.

July 4th events, fireworks in Long Beach 2017: everything you need to know |Jun 20, 2017

Fourth of July, which marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is weeks away – and there’s plenty to do in the Long Beach area. Here’s a few of the events taking place: •

Here are the results of Long Beach’s weekend DUI checkpoint |Jun 19, 2017

Police arrested one suspected drunk driver out of 1,225 vehicles that passed through a checkpoint Saturday night in Long Beach. The checkpoint lasted from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Pacific Coast Highway and Daisy Avenue, and officers screened 461 vehicles, according to a news release.

Long Beach may crack down on illegal marijuana businesses with new penalties |Jun 18, 2017

Long Beach may make it easier to crack down on illegal marijuana businesses by adding a few tools to its legal arsenal. The City Council on Tuesday will consider amending a local law, based on recommendations by the city attorney’s office, that would further enable officials to penalize illegal marijuana establishments and property owners, in an effort to gain compliance and to deter such operations in the first place.

Long Beach pedestrian struck, killed by car was crossing street against ‘Don’t Walk’ signal |Jun 19, 2017

A man died after suffering critical injuries when he was hit by a car while crossing a North Long Beach street in violation of a “Don’t Walk” signal early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Striking truck drivers slow traffic at LA, Long Beach ports |Jun 19, 2017

L.A.’s mammoth hub, the nation’s busiest container port, reported about 60 picketers outside six different container terminals around 10 a.m., causing occasional traffic delays. But officials said operations inside the gates were not delayed.

A battle is brewing for the boring 5th district in East Long Beach |Jun 18, 2017

We are getting so excited about the 2018 elections we can hardly keep food down. It’s not the big races. We just automatically go with Democrats all the way down the ticket. We could be one of those fake-thoughtful people and declare that we don’t vote for the party, we vote for the person, but the result would still be the same.

Long Beach police crack down on illegal fireworks with multiple arrests |Jun 21, 2017

In an effort to crack down on fireworks, the Long Beach Police Department conducted several investigations this week into the sale and possession of fireworks within city limits. All fireworks are illegal in the city.

LA County leaders may spend millions to defend immigrants facing deportation |Jun 18, 2017

Six months after Los Angeles city and county leaders proposed a legal defense fund to help people facing deportation, the Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to authorize contributing $3 million to the collection over the next two years.

Long Beach considers new bicycle registration system |Jun 18, 2017

Long Beach is looking to create a new voluntary registration system for bicycles, in hopes that local police will be able to better track stolen bikes and return them to their owners, among other reasons.

Here are the reading and math achievement gaps in 15 Southern California districts |Jun 19, 2017

California’s new funding formula sends more money to districts with foster youth kids learning English and students from low-income families. But significant gaps remain between their

Ailing baby airlifted from Catalina to Long Beach |Jun 19, 2017

SAN PEDRO — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuated a 7-month-old baby with pneumonia from Catalina Airport to Long Beach today. “Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach (was) notified by Baywatch Avalon at 4:28 a.

Musicians asking Long Beach to relax rules for outdoor performers |Jun 19, 2017

The wheels of Long Beach’s performing artists have been whirring quietly for years, and that’s been a problem. Not for the first time, it’s been observed — this time by Long Beach music advocate Shea Newkirk — that “it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

Striking LA, Long Beach port truckers picket for 2nd day |Jun 20, 2017

About 75 protesters marched through downtown Long Beach Tuesday in support of big-rig drivers who’ve walked off the job this week to protest trucking companies’ labor policies.

Long Beach mayor to receive two awards at annual meeting of nation’s mayors |Jun 22, 2017

Long Beach Robert Garcia will pick up a pair of awards when he attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting this coming weekend in Miami. For one, Garcia’s office reports that he will accept the Mayor’s Climate Protection Award on behalf of the Long Beach.

Some seniors at bed bug-infested complex in downtown Long Beach are forced out |Jun 21, 2017

Seniors living in a subsidized housing complex in downtown Long Beach claim management has threatened residents with eviction — and in some cases followed through — when they were unable to prepare their units for bed bug extermination.

Could more live music make Long Beach the next Austin? Perhaps |Jun 21, 2017

Long Beach wants to become a city that embraces and cultivates live music, whether it be in a concert venue, small coffee shops or on street corners. The City Council this week

Metro bids farewell to original rail cars on the Blue Line in Long Beach |Jun 21, 2017

After 27 years of service and almost a million miles, the original P865 rail cars of the Metro Blue Line are being replaced with new rail cars in an effort to enhance passenger service and vehicle reliability.

Elon Musk winning over LA politicians for underground tunnel network |Jun 19, 2017

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, famous for altering the realms of space travel and cars with SpaceX and Tesla, is winning political support in Los Angeles for his next innovation. Musk’s plan to build a near-supersonic, environmentally friendly Hyperloop mass transit system beneath Los Angeles County is getting a thumbs-up from local political leaders, he

How driverless cars, drones and other tech will change the urban landscape of Southern California |Jun 18, 2017

Joni Mitchell once lamented how developers “paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

4D theater, educational programs draw new generation to the Queen Mary |Jun 18, 2017

Lola Coderre emerged from a dimly-lit theater inside the Queen Mary and landed in a mock immigration checkpoint labeled “Ellis Island.” The 10-year-old peered under the brim of her pink hat as she filed into line with dozens of other students, waiting for health inspectors to clear them for passage.

Ficus trees lining Long Beach streets at risk of contracting fungal disease |Jun 21, 2017

More than 1,600 mature street trees in Long Beach and tens of thousands throughout Southern California are susceptible to a new, deadly fungal strain that kills at alarming speed and threatens to destroy the urban forest in older cities known for their tree-lined streets, scientists say.

Redondo Union High basketball star Ryse Williams dies of cancer a day before graduation |Jun 22, 2017

Redondo Union High boys basketball standout Ryse Williams, the 2017 Bay League Most Valuable Player who was headed to Loyola Marymount in the fall, died early Thursday morning at age 18. Williams’ coach at Redondo last season, Victor Martin, said his star player had been hospitalized a little more than a week ago after falling ill.

Find out how much an L.A. company spent to buy a Long Beach building that’s home to a mechanics’ school |Jun 22, 2017

Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. agreed to pay $30.6 million to buy the East Long Beach building where Universal Technical Institute operates a school for aspiring mechanics.

Summer camp youth get a slice of restaurant life at Belmont Shore pizzeria |Jun 20, 2017

Summer campers got a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant business at Rance’s Chicago Pizzeria in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore. The youth are participants in “Operation Jump Start,” an annual event sponsored by the Long Beach Community Action Team that seeks to expose the disadvantaged to a brighter world.

Navy confirms 7 died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan |Jun 18, 2017

YOKOSUKA, Japan >> The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday. Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater.

Long Beach unemployment rate drops to 4.4% |Jun 20, 2017

Preliminary data shows Long Beach’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in May, which according to city officials is the lowest figure on record. The data comes from the state’s Employment Development Department, which collects labor-force data and administers unemployment benefits.

LA County leaders approve millions for legal fund for immigrants facing deportation |Jun 20, 2017

Los Angeles County will drop $3 million into a legal defense fund to help undocumented immigrants and others facing deportation after the Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to approve the allocation.

Coast Guard flies injured man from Catalina Island to Long Beach |Jun 20, 2017

The Coast Guard airlifted a 72-year-old man from Catalina Airport to Long Beach Airport early Tuesday morning after he sustained head and internal injuries resulting from a fall at his home, the agency reported.

Poll: Californians fear losing insurance if AHCA passes |Jun 20, 2017

More than half of Californians worry that they or a family member could lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced, according to a poll released Tuesday. The Berkeley IGS Poll also found most respondents saying that Medi-Cal, a federal/state health insurance program for the poor, is important to them or their families.

Where’s your favorite food truck right now? Bistro Planet’s app plans to find it for you |Jun 21, 2017

There was a time when food trucks were better known as “roach coaches,” and would only serve burritos and other fast food to construction workers. Those times have clearly changed. These days, an increasing number of food trucks are selling gourmet offerings that rival some of the fare found in Southern California’s more upscale restaurants.

‘Fake news’ accusations hound us – but in the actual news business, it doesn’t exist |Jun 20, 2017

You know what’s been wrecking our life ever since that day, give or take a month or two, when Mr. and Mrs. Trump came down the escalator (because it’s fancier than walking down the stairs) to announce Mr.

Lakers select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft |Jun 19, 2017

The Lakers selected Chino Hills and UCLA product Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday. Earlier this week, former No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell moved to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a trade for Brook Lopez.

Love them or hate them, ficus trees lining city streets are dying from a new fungal disease |Jun 18, 2017

Tens of thousands of mature street trees in Southern California are susceptible to a new, deadly fungal strain that kills at alarming speeds and threatens to destroy the urban forest in older cities known for their tree-lined streets, scientists say.

Advocates of 3-year teacher tenure face big decision |Jun 18, 2017

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber and co-sponsoring teacher organizations got a win earlier this month when the Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation to lengthen the probationary period for teachers.

How to get free tickets to a Dodgers or Angels game in Long Beach |Jun 21, 2017

Buy a ticket to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play at home through Major League Baseball and the cheapest price is $32. The lowest-priced seat at an Angels game is $20. But if you don’t mind spilling a little blood, you can get a free voucher for two tickets to either the Dodgers or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, your choice.

Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley |Jun 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS >> Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death Valley — the hottest place in America.

Friends, basketball fans mourn the sudden death of Ryse Williams, Redondo Union standout and Loyola Marymount commit |Jun 22, 2017

Redondo Union High School basketball player Ryse Williams has passed away, the school’s coach Victor Martin says. Williams died after a brief battle with a rare form of cancer, Martin said.

Bellflower Unified wants battery electric school buses |Jun 21, 2017

A recently awarded grant may help Bellflower Unified School District administrators add battery electric vehicles to their school bus fleet. Bellflower Unified officials plan to spend a $536,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District on a pair of battery electric buses and a charging station, according to a statement from the school district.

Spanish speakers set sail from San Pedro on ‘cruising classroom’ |Jun 18, 2017

The 110-foot-long tall ship Exy Johnson sailed this weekend from the harbor at Ports O’ Call along the Palos Verdes Peninsula coast as part of a unique program for Spanish speakers. The high school students aboard were treated to the coastal sights as well as educational activities conducted bilingually by a team of high school docents from Animo Leadership charter high school.

Free bike registry could help Long Beach police crack down on bike theft, officials say |Jun 21, 2017

Long Beach is looking into a free bike registration system that would link to the Long Beach Police Department in effort to make it easier to track and recover stolen bikes. Bike theft is a

How the heat wave could impact planes, trains, cars and more |Jun 19, 2017

It’s hot outside. Really hot. So hot, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for areas of Southern California, specifically the Inland areas through Wednesday, when temperatures could reach 112 degrees.

Flex Alert declared as dangerous heat continues in Southern California |Jun 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Advisories warning of extreme heat were in effect throughout Los Angeles County today as the region’s heat wave turned a week old, leading authorities to issue a Flex Alert as power grids were strained across the state.

This West Long Beach skatepark got a big upgrade, thanks to the Dew Tour |Jun 22, 2017

The Dew Tour has left town, but its mark will remain in Long Beach with the donation of custom skate pieces from this past weekend’s first-ever public skateable sculpture garden. Silverado Park in West Long Beach, which is currently described by many as a place in desperate need of an obstacle upgrade, received a significant improvement Thursday with the addition of two new pieces to its skatepark.

Why you need to be careful about this week’s sweltering summer rerun |Jun 19, 2017

If you’re feeling a bit of déjà vu about this week’s heat wave, you have reason to. This time last year we were hammered by extreme temperatures, too — just as we ushered in summer.

LA group seeks to beat ‘heat island’ effect on city streets with more trees, lighter roofs |Jun 20, 2017

There’s a practical approach to global warming: If you can’t stop it, adapt to it. That is the philosophy of a collaborative of academics, environmental groups and government agencies working together so that Los Angeles County can push back against the current heat wave, and the ones to come, by using an available toolbox consisting of cooler roofing materials, reflective pavement and shade trees.

LAPD officer accused of sex with 15-year-old cadet oversaw equipment at station |Jun 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A 10-year Los Angeles police officer is now at the center of the department’s growing cadet program scandal. Robert Cain, 31, was taken into custody Thursday. He’s accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old cadet who was allegedly involved in stealing police cruisers, Chief Charlie Beck said during a news conference at police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County leads the state in clean-energy jobs |Jun 19, 2017

An estimated 519,500 Californians are working in clean-energy industries, and Los Angeles County is leading the way, according to a report released Monday.

‘Cars 3’ speeds to No. 1, Tupac biopic nets strong debut |Jun 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> “Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office.

Addiction treatment: The new gold rush. ‘It’s almost chic’ |Jun 18, 2017

To fully appreciate the money flowing into addiction treatment, consider the size of the bill Tara Richards ran up during a five-month attempt to achieve sobriety at a rehab center in San Clemente — $416,050.