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T R I B U N E Flag Day – June 14 S erving B ixBy K nollS , C alifornia H eigHtS , l oS C erritoS , W rigley VOL. 33 NO. 1 Staff Writer As Signal Hill edges forward in its plans to renovate the Signal Hill Park area, the subject of the park’s basketball courts drew a passionate response from one councilmember and a hand- ful of residents. The conceptual plan, which is estimated to cost about $18 million if all design and construction and phases are completed, includes building a new library and parking lot in Phase I and then building a new community center in Phase II. Future phases CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Michael Langston (far left) is sworn in by Signal Hill City Clerk Kathee Pacheco (far right) as Mayor Larry Forester observes. would possibly involve renovating the amphitheater, expanding the baseball field, and upgrading the park amenities. However, before the Signal Hill City Council voted on the new master plan to give the Signal Hill Park area a new look, Councilmember Ed Wilson interrupted a few people during the June 7 meeting to emphasize a point. According to the plans as drawn for Phase II of the park’s master plan, the basketball courts can’t be found. Sketches for Phase II show that the new community center sits in the place where the basketball courts currently reside. And even though the Council was not voting on any specifics surrounding Phase II, the basketball courts’ absence led to an icy exchange between Wilson and a few speakers who discussed the plan. “I don’t see how I can be any clearer,” said Wilson. “I’m not, I don’t want to be ambiguous about it. If it’s not in the plan, it’s not in the plan. If it’s in the plan, show me where it’s in the plan.” “It’s not in the plan,” conceded Jim Pickel, a consultant for MIG, a comsee COUNCIL page 14 Redistricting may move areas of LB’s Bixby Knolls into 7th District Steven Piper Staff Writer During last Tuesday’s Long Beach City Council meeting, a divided council discussed four proposed maps for the redistricting process. “Tonight we are asking for direction on which maps we release [to the public],” said Tom Modica, director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. “And whether there is another scenario that you’d like to see created.” Seventh District Councilmember James Johnson proposed an altered version of one of the four maps offered to the council by city staff. “For those who say we shouldn’t change, I would say, I think it's impor- C ity of Your Weekly Community Newspaper Basketball courts take center stage for Signal Hill park master plan discussion; new police chief sworn in CJ Dablo and tHe tant to respect the United States Constitution, which says all of us should represent approximately equal amounts of people… “I’m going to make a substitute substitute motion, which would unify the Bixby Neighborhoods up to San Antonio,” Johnson said. The motion calls for shifting neighborhoods on the east side of Atlantic Avenue and bordered by Bixby Road to the South and San Antonio Drive to the North from the eighth district to the seventh district. According to Johnson, the move would unify the greater Bixby area. Outgoing Eighth District Councilmember Rae Gabelich said she took offense to the motion. According to redistricting map four, the seventh district stands to gain the section bor- dered by Bixby Road to the south, Carson Street on the north, Atlantic Avenue on the west, and orange on the eastern side, which would add 1,339 people to the seventh district. Johnson’s modification would include the area bounded by Carson Street to the south, San Antonio Drive on the north, Atlantic Avenue to the west, and Orange Avenue on the east, which houses an additional 2,043. Gabelich emphasized that moving 3,382 residents from the eighth district to the seventh goes against the city’s criteria of making the least amount of change necessary. The alteration would also move the most active area of Bixby Knolls– see REDISTRICTING page 9 S ignal H ill June 10, 2011 ‘Muncher’ prototype providing greener option for waste disposal Courtesy Ecologico-Logic The Muncher can handle five to eight tons of waste daily without releasing toxins or hazardous gases. Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer Revolutionizing the way companies and facilities dispose of everyday waste and materials, Nevada-based company Ecologico-Logic is unveiling and demonstrating its machine prototype, the Muncher, as an environmentally friendly alternative to waste disposal. Ecologico-Logic consists of seven individuals with strong backgrounds in business, manufacturing, mechanical engineering and environmental science. Dr. James Stein, acting secretary, is also a mathematics professor at Cal State Long Beach. The company’s primary manufacture facility is located in Gardena where they also host their demonstrations. “It’s a very new marketing effort,” said Mohammed Memon, chief operations officer and co-founder. “We’re also looking to go into additionally large commercial landscapers-- companies that bring in a lot of green waste.” The Muncher prototype uses an aerobic digestion method that is a combination of physical, chemical, and biological processes. It reduces waste and transforms the residue into saleable byproducts such as liquid effluent, solid cake, and carbon dioxide. “Altogether, it was about a 15-year developmental process to bring it to where it is today. The current prototype is over a million dollars in development,” Memon said. The waste-disposal system is based on an earlier concept that was developed to treat contaminated water systems. The team adapted the process for solid-waste handling in 2009 and came up with the prototype a year later. “It’s all working with the nitrogen cycle. It’s all essentially the same nitrogen cycle so we just adapted the process, the machinery, to handle solid material instead,” Memon said. What sets the Muncher apart from other waste-disposal processes is its ability to run all organic material through it and then convert that into compost without the liability of other processors. “For example, you take like a 30to 45-day composting process. We reduce it to hours, and that material, once it comes out of our system, is immediately ready for use. You do not have to have an additional storage period to prepare it,” Memon said. Additional features to the Muncher include cleanup of such toxic chemicals as PCBs, dioxins, and nitrates and the fact that it releases no hazardous gases or harmful byproducts. “The prototype is a concept proving system. We show the whole process from waste entering the pretreatment system to the digestion system to the output system to show see MUNCHER page 9

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