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Signal ST3510 - october 18_Layout 1 10/18/13 9:55 AM Page 1 “Up North” acrylic on canvas by Bob Potier T See page 10 Vol. 35 No. 20 R I B U N E october 18, 2013 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper With moratorium on funeral services about to expire, LB City Council initially passes new ordinance, changing rules on cremation Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune The Belmont Heights Funeral Center displays sample designs of the caskets available for those who seek a traditional service to remember a loved one. CJ Dablo Staff Writer Last Tuesday, in a first-reading vote, the Long Beach City Council passed a new ordinance governing how funeral businesses, including cemeteries, mortuaries and crematoriums, can operate. If finalized next week, the Council decision to approve the new ordinance will– among other changes to the codes– mean that two funeral businesses with existing crematoriums will be allowed to continue to operate in north and central Long Beach, but it will, however, also deny the opportunity for a new funeral center in Belmont Heights to offer on-site cremation services. A nine-month moratorium on the businesses that deal with the remains of the dearly departed is scheduled to end later this year. The most controversial aspect of the new ordinance deals with the cremation side of business. The moratorium initiated earlier this year prohibited current funeral-service businesses from expanding in the city and held off allowing new businesses to begin operating to allow Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill (far right) was on hand during a dinner on Oct. 14 to welcome Vice-Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Bu Xiaolin (second from left), who was visiting the area to participate in negotiations on a film about Genghis Khan. Also pictured are Ben Ma of China Central Television (far left) and interpretor Sai Na (third from left). Vice-Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region visits Long Beach Bu Xiaolin makes trip here for Genghis Khan film-signing deal Cory Bilicko Managing Editor During her visit this week to southern California that included lunch with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Gov. Jerry Brown, Vice-Chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Bu Xiaolin made a final stop at Forbidden City restaurant in Long Beach for a dinner to celebrate a signing deal for a feature film about Genghis Khan, the 13th-Century leader of the Mongol Empire. (Bu Xiaolin denied an interview request by the Signal Tribune, despite the newspaper’s being invited to Islamic center proposed in Signal Hill may get off ground again after years of delays see MORATORIUM page 18 Sean Belk Staff Writer An Islamic center proposed in Signal Hill may finally become a reality next year. The Signal Hill City Council granted Long Beach Islamic Center (LBIC) a conditional-use permit (CUP) in a unanimous 5-0 vote at its Oct. 15 meeting, allowing the organization to revive construction of a 2,025-square-foot mosque on the northwest corner of California Avenue and 27th Street. But this isn’t the first time the City has issued building permits for the Islamic center. The project has been delayed several years mainly because the Muslim organization couldn’t come up with enough funding to complete the one-story structure. The Council originally approved the project in 2007 along with conditions regulating operations at the site. Nearly a year later, the applicant was granted permit extensions, but in 2009, LBIC’s site plan and design review expired, with the applicant citing a lack of financing to begin construction. Later that year, the Signal Hill Planning Commission reapproved a second site plan and design review, and construction began in 2010. However, the project stalled again due to insufficient funds, and building permits ultimately expired in May 2013. With the intention of completing the project, LBIC submitted new applications for building permits this year, however the organization was required to retest three oil wells on the site to document they were not leaking methane gas. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Plan- Sean Belk/Signal Tribune 81° see COUNCIL page 4 Saturday 83° Sunday 81° Monday October 18 through October 22, 2013 80° Mostly sunny Bright sunshine Bright sunshine Bright sunshine Lo 56° Lo 54° Lo 54° Lo 56° BUD’S Tuesday 74° Sunny Lo 55° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Auto Upholstery Sunroofs Beach Cities See Bud’s today! Since 1947 see VISIT page 8 Construction of a 2,025-square-foot mosque by the Long Beach Islamic Center (LBIC) at 995 27th St. in Signal Hill is expected to commence since the Signal Hill City Council approved a new conditional-use permit (CUP) for the project after LBIC’s previous CUP expired in May 2013. LBIC representatives said they expect the project to be finished in about a year. Weekly Weather Forecast Friday the dinner. Her interpreter indicated that the visit was intended as a low-profile trip and that she was not participating in interviews at that time.) Hosting the dinner was Michael Brausen, Forbidden City owner and international marketing director for the China-US Business Summit, an organization whose west-coast headquarters are located at One World Trade Center in Long Beach and whose mission is to build a platform for communication and cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises in China and the US. Brausen coordinated the event with 2637 St. louis Avenue Signal Hill 562-595-6370

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