T R I B U N E 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. 33 No. 25 November 25, 2011 Signal Hill, Long Beach prepare City Ventures unveils first solar-powered Cherry Avenue for a makeover SH homes built to charge electric vehicles Stephanie Raygoza Staff Writer CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune View of southbound traffic along Cherry Avenue CJ Dablo Staff Writer A main roadway that cuts through the heart of Signal Hill is being readied for a partial makeover in hopes of reducing miserable traffic gridlock for the commuters who travel near the intersection at Cherry Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. Signal Hill officials this week confirmed that, after more than a decade, plans to improve a section of Cherry Avenue are creeping closer to reality. “To me, it’s a 15-year vision finally [becoming] accomplished,” Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll said in a telephone interview Monday. Noll described the complicated process to get work authorized for Cherry Avenue. The plans called for more lanes to improve the traffic flow on Cherry along a stretch of road just south of 19th Street to Pacific Coast Highway. The area actually belongs to Long Beach, and the plans required a partnership between the Cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach, in addition to the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency see eXPAnsiOn page 4 City Ventures Residences is redefining what it means to be a green home with the unveiling of their Signal Hill Collection homes. In partnership with the Nissan LEAF, the “Plug Into History” ceremony on Nov. 17 introduced the first high-tech, solarpowered neighborhood in the US to feature garages pre-wired to accept electric cars. The Signal Hill Collection, part of the company’s earth-friendly neighborhoods that encompass over 190 homes built throughout California cities, features new solar and no-gas residences. Herb Gardner, president of homebuilding for City Ventures, and Russell Vare, electric vehicle regional manager for Nissan LEAF, spoke to attendees about the significance of the partnership and provided a demonstration of how to plug a Nissan LEAF into the charging station. “We made it a company mandate to be innovative,” Gardner said. “We wanted to push the envelope on what it meant to be a homebuilder.” The townhomes, located at 1850 Photos by Stephanie Raygoza/Signal Tribune Electric vehicle regional manager for Nissan LEAF Russell Vare and Herb Gardner, president of homebuilding, address the crowd at the City Venture Residences “Plug Into History” ceremony on Nov. 17. North Orizaba Ave., were created so that a large portion of the power required to operate each home is generated on-site through built-in solar panels. The LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Gold level and energy-star certified residences include hybrid electric water heaters, low-flow faucet and shower heads, high-efficiency dishwashers and low-emission windows to insulate against the cold and heat. see City Ventures page 14 Shell, Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear sponsor clean-up of Dominguez Channel Photos courtesy Shell Shell Pipeline Company LP partnered with the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear last week to clean the Dominguez Channel Shell Pipeline Company LP partnered with the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation and Goodyear on Nov. 17 to clean the Dominguez Channel on Main Street near the 405 Freeway. The 40-person group picked up debris for two hours in an effort to keep the area litter-free, increase awareness and promote environmental stewardship. “I appreciated the hard work and dedication that was shown by the 40 Shell employees,” said Jessica Neil, Shell’s Operations awareness coordinator. “We look forward to beautifying more areas in need of assistance. Shell is a proud supporter of the Adopt a Stormdrain Foundation. Please do your part to clean the Dominguez Watershed that is severely in need of our attention.” A 40-person crew picked up trash for two hours in an effort to keep the area litter-free, increase awareness and promote environmental stewardship. “This type of volunteering really makes a difference to us,” said Don Herman, area manager for Shell. “We would like thank Adopt a Stormdrain and Goodyear for allowing us this opportunity to clean the Dominguez Channel.” To suggest a volunteer opportunity, contact Jessica Neil at (310) 8162087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.