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Signal ST3422 - November 9_Layout 1 11/12/12 1:07 PM Page 1 Honoring all those who have served and are currently serving See pages 8–11 for our special Veterans Day section T Vol. 34 No. 23 R I B U N E November 9, 2012 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL General Election 2012 results Your Weekly Community Newspaper Obama re-elected, Alan Lowenthal wins seat in US Congress, Prop 30 and Measure N pass Sean Belk Staff Writer Though the big win of the night was President Barack Obama claiming another four-year term and defeating Republican rival Gov. Mitt Romney, a swath of state propositions, local measures and congressional and state races evoked almost just as much political fervor during this year’s General Election on Tuesday. More than 18 million people registered to vote in California, which was a record for the state, while more than 66 percent of registered voters in Los Angeles County turned out, according to the Los Angeles County RegistrarRecorder’s Office. The election culminated several months of campaigning by candidates and groups from both Democratic and Republican parties that sparred against each other in hard-fought battles, brandishing political ads and arguments to persuade voters. Some races for state and congressional offices primarily came out of redistricting following the 2010 Census. With 100 percent of precincts partially reporting as of about 5:30am on Nov. 7, five out of 11 state propositions passed. Registered voters elected to: temporarily raise sales and income taxes to fund public education; increase human-trafficking criminal penalties; weaken the state’s three-strikes law; change the way multistate businesses pay for income taxes to fund cleanenergy jobs; and approve state-senate redistricting maps. Locally, in Los Angeles County, a measure to extend tax increases to pay for infrastructure projects and an initiative to mandate that porn actors wear condoms both succeeded while a city ballot measure to mandate higher wages for hotel workers in Long Beach also passed. 47th Congressional District Arguably the most hotly contested and closely watched political contest in the local area was the race between Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Democratic State Senator Alan Lowenthal celebrates on Election Night after discovering that he had just taken the lead against Republican Gary DeLong in the race for the 47th District of the US House of Representatives. Lowenthal had been trailing the Long Beach city councilmember that evening but managed to come out on top once all the results came in. LB Harbor Commission votes to temporarily move Port headquarters close to LB Airport see ELECTION page 14 Signal Hill Council gears up for March 2013 election, eliminates Willow Ridge Clubhouse as polling station Nick Diamantides Staff Writer In the very near future, the administrative offices of the Port of Long Beach will temporarily move several miles inland to a location just east of the Long Beach Airport. On Monday, Nov. 5, the Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to approve the purchase of an office building once occupied by departments of the Boeing Corporation. “The current Port Administration building at 925 Harbor Plaza was built in 1959, is overcrowded and does not meet today’s seismic standards,” said Art Wong, Port of Long Beach assistant director of communications/public information officer, in a statement issued shortly after the board’s decision. “The Harbor Commission has placed a priority on moving Port staff out of the current location because of overcrowding and safety see PORT page 15 Staff Writer Art Wong/Port of Long Beach The Port of Long Beach’s administrative offices are currently located in the seven-story, 125,000-square-foot building located at 925 Harbor Plaza. The edifice was constucted in 1959 and does not meet today’s siesmic standards. The American Legion and ne> CJ Dablo join in saluting our military veterans of all wars this November 11th - and every day. Thank you for serving America with honor, courage and commitment. Weekly Weather Forecast Friday Mostly cloudy, possible shower 64° Lo 49° Saturday 63° Sunday 67° While the nation’s attention was fixed on this week’s election, Signal Hill Councilmembers Tuesday focused on the municipal election that is scheduled for March of next year. In a vote of 3-1, the Council favored reducing the number of polling places for the March 5, 2013 City election from three polling stations to two. The Willow Ridge Clubhouse will no longer be a voting center, but two voting centers located close to City Hall will continue to accommodate next year’s election. Councilmember Ed Wilson voted see COUNCIL page 13 November 9 through November 13, 2012 Monday 76° Cloudy and breezy Bright and sunny Sunny with some clouds Lo 44° Lo 50° Lo 50° Tuesday 73° Sunny Lo 53° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: The American Legion - Veterans Still Serving America against the measure. At March’s upcoming municipal election, the terms will be up for Wilson, Ward and Vice Mayor Michael Noll. Wilson, Noll and Ward confirmed to the Signal Tribune this week that they plan on running for re-election. Ward did not respond to a media inquiry by to press time; however she is expected to run for re-election to stay on the five-member Council. At the last municipal election in 2011, the three polling places for Signal Hill voters were located at the Willow Ridge Clubhouse, the First Family FRIENDS OF LONG BEACH ANIMALS 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS MEXICAN GRILL #2 SERVING HOMESTYLE MEXICAN FOOD SINCE 1975 BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • CATERING Celebrating the 4-year anniversary of our second location! For all of November, combination plates #1-10 are $5 with this ad. Come enjoy patio or inside dining! 3431 N. Pacific Place (at Wardlow Rd.) 5 6 2 . 4 9 0 . 2 1 0 0 • Hours: Tues.-Sat. 8am-9pm, Sun. & Mon. close @ 8pm

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