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Signal T Vol. 34 No. 19 R I B U N E “Harvey” by Nate Jones; tire shavings, acrylic paint, steel, wire, wood, cardboard More on this artist on page 8. october 12, 2012 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL ‘An infusion of energy’ Your Weekly Community Newspaper Congressional candidate Gary DeLong defends taking Democratic political tracker’s phone despite criticism As Burnett Elementary’s well-thumbed library closes a chapter in its history, its makeover is the setting for character development and bittersweet endings Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Kelsey Hewlett, a “political tracker” (far right) for the California Democratic Party, records video of Republican Congressional candidate Gary DeLong (far left) after a forum last Friday night just moments before he took her cell phone and allegedly began deleting content. Sean Belk date State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, who are both running for a seat in the US House of Staff Writer Gary DeLong, the Republican candi- Representatives. After the almost twodate in the race for the office of the newly hour debate that drew more than 300 peodrawn 47th Congressional District of Cal- ple to a bottom-floor room of the Pyramid ifornia, maintains that he was in the right at California State University, Long when he took a cell phone from a Califor- Beach (CSULB), the quarrel escalated nia Democratic Party political tracker who into a heated confrontation. DeLong was speaking to members of was assertively video-recording him after the public when a young, blonde woman, a forum last Friday night. The altercation is now being used whose name the Signal Tribune has conagainst him as fodder for the opposing firmed is Kelsey Hewlett, who also works party and campaign that proclaim as an actress, held her cell phone with a DeLong’s reaction shows he is “unfit for spotlight close to the candidate’s face in the office,” however some observers say an attempt to capture off-the-cuff comthe candidate was “provoked” by the ments. DeLong then grabbed the phone aggressive tracker who had reportedly from her hands, allegedly started deleting content and handed it to the event’s modbeen following him for weeks. erators, the League of Women Voters of The incident occurred after most of the crowd had left the debate between Long Beach Area. Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune Burnett Elementary School Principal Lucy Salazar and school librarian Mary McCarthy cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the school’s newly made-over library last Wednesday. The project, made possible by a grant from the Target Corporation and Heart of America Foundation, included all new carpet, paint, bookshelves, tables, chairs, fixtures and artwork. The library also received about 2,000 new books, 10 iPads and an interactive whiteboard. Cory Bilicko Managing Editor It was a mid-week school day, with huge, dramatic cloud formations looming ominously over the playground, but, judging from the smiles on everyone’s faces and the exuberant energy in the air, it wasn’t a typical Hump Day at Burnett Elementary School. The staff and students had a special reason to celebrate– and a lot for which to be thankful. Burnett, located at 565 E. Hill St., just west of Signal Hill, is the second-oldest public school in Long Beach, and its library had just become the recipient of a makeover, courtesy of a grant provided by the Target Corporation and The Heart of America Foundation. The library transformation included all new carpet, paint, bookshelves, tables, chairs, fixtures and artwork in a cohesive design. The library received approximately 2,000 new books, 10 iPads and an interactive whiteboard, as well as books for parents. Furthermore, each student received seven new books, a book bag, and reading-support supplies. The grant also includes a Meals for Minds program through which Burnett families, the vast majority of whom are low-income, will receive 30 pounds of food per pupil, and that distribution will continue throughout the year on a monthly basis. Last Wednesday’s celebration began with a ribbon-cutting in the school’s freshly redone library, after which students were released an hour early so that their parents could meet them together: • We can build our golden State • We can rebuild our economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work and innovation Vote Nov. 6 562-888-1598 Paid for by Martha Flores-Gibson for State Assembly 70th, 2012 ID#1343123 Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Leaders of three institutions of public education in Long Beach and one elected official held a press conference on the morning of Oct. 9 to discuss the ramifications of a possible rejection of Proposition 30 by the voters on Nov. 6. California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) President F. King Alexander, Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser, Long Beach City College (LBCC) Super- see LIBRARY page 14 October 12 through October 16, 2012 Vote for Martha Flores-Gibson 70th District - State Assembly CSULB press conference assesses passage versus failure of Prop 30 DeLong and opposing Democratic candi- Friday 68° Saturday 73° Partial sunshine Some clouds, then sunshine Lo 57° Lo 60° Sunday 79° Partly sunny Lo 59° Monday 80° Partly sunny Lo 59° Tuesday 80° Sunny Lo 59° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: PIANO TUNING (562) & REPAIR Christine Kay 208-1853 see TRACKERS page 18 intendent-President Eloy Ortiz-Oakley, and Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia took turns warning of the dire local consequences of the voters’ rejection of the ballot measure. The conference took place in front of the Walter Pyramid on the CSULB campus. 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