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T R I B U N E First day of Spring March 20 S erving B ixBy K nollS , C alifornia H eigHtS , l oS C erritoS , W rigley and tHe C ity of S ignal H ill Your Weekly Community Newspaper Vol. 32 No. 41 New mayor and reorganized council begin new term, warn of potential redevelopment agency shutdown March 18, 2011 Community leaders among five who perished in plane crash on LB Airport runway Cory Bilicko Managing Editor CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune From left, outgoing Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson, Vice Mayor Tina Hansen, new Mayor Larry Forester, Councilmember Michael Noll and Councilmember Ellen Ward drink a toast to a new term at Tuesday's mayor reception CJ Dablo Staff Writer Larry Forester has taken over leadership as Signal Hill’s new mayor with Tina Hansen as the new vice mayor. On Tuesday, March 15, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint the newly reelected council members two weeks after Forester and Hansen succeeded in winning a hard-fought campaign to retain their seats on the council. Before a packed audience in the Council Chambers, dignitaries from the local community and the government presented to outgoing Mayor Ed Wilson proclamations, plaques and gifts in honor of the outgoing mayor’s service. And without too much cere- mony following the council vote and official swearing-in ceremony for the new officers, Wilson moved to Forester’s old chair in the council chambers. Forester took the council’s center chair reserved for the mayor. In his opening remarks, Forester acknowledged that his third time as mayor may be his most difficult. see council page 15 CSULB’s International Studies Student Association attempting to raise funds, awareness for world water Brett Hawkins Editorial Intern Though many would argue that the United States has enough dire crises of its own, other nations are still far worse off; Japan especially is showing its resilience in the midst of natural and nuclear disasters this week. Among the lesser publicized global issues, several countries today are facing a lack of clean drinking water. According to UNICEF, nearly 900 million people in the world lack access to safe drinking water (almost half of that number represented by children). Even more jarring, 4,100 children die every day of watersee unicef page 14 Brett Hawkins/Signal Tribune From left, Deanna Lam, Kimberly Conchada and Tanya Aubin tape up a promotional poster for TAP at the Park after pitching the project to Kafe Neo, pictured. The city of Long Beach, and the neighborhood of Bixby Knolls in particular, lost several prominent residents Wednesday when a private twin-engine Beech Craft King Air Turbo-Prop plane crashed during takeoff at the Long Beach Airport around 10:30am. Aboard the plane were: Mark Bixby, a member of one of Long Beach’s founding families and a leading bicycling enthusiast; Tom Dean, a developer who lived in Naples; Jeff Berger, a Manhattan Beach resident who was also a developer; Bruce Krall, a banker and Orange County resident; an unidentified man who was the plane’s pilot; and Mike Jensen, also a Naples resident and president of the real-estate company Pacific Retail Partners. At press time, Jensen was the lone survivor of the accident. According to a press release issued by the Long Beach Fire Department Wednesday afternoon, units arrived within one minute of the crash at the Southwest corner of Runway 30, where they found the wreckage of the plane on fire. They quickly utilized water and foam from both their bumpers and top turrets to extinguish the blaze within two minutes. Units immediately used specialized extrication methods and tools to remove Jensen from the wreckage and began treatment before transporting him to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. Rob Ryan, who works next to the airport on the third floor of the corporate headquarters of Twining, Inc., said he heard the crash and then saw the aftermath. “There was nothing but orange and black from flames and smoke,” he said Wednesday morning, about half an hour after the accident. “I heard one person was taken to Memorial. I was stunned to hear that.” On Thursday morning, Jensen’s family released a statement about the incident and expressed gratitude to see plane page 14 Mark Bixby Mike Jensen Bruce Krall

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