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Signal ST3426 - November 30_Layout 1 11/30/12 11:49 AM Page 1 Image from the circus-poster exhibit opening Dec. 8 at Gallery Expo See page 15 T R I B U N E Holiday Gift Guide with special TV listings starting on page 9 Vol. 34 No. 26 November 30, 2012 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper LB Airport to unveil new passenger concourse on Dec. 5 Poly High’s magnet business academy a ‘shining example’ of college and career readiness Courtesy LB Airport A conceptual rendering of the Long Beach Airport’s new passenger concourse depicts the structure’s design, which incorporates state-of-the-art, energy-efficient features, such as natural lighting and solar panels. Sean Belk Staff Writer Just in time for holiday travel, the Long Beach Airport is slated to unveil its new passenger concourse during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5 to be attended by government officials, community members and business rep- resentatives. The concourse, which has been under construction for two years, will be fitted with a string of new concessions, a boarding lounge, an atrium and a garden walkway. The ceremony takes place just a few days before the concourse will be briefly opened to the public on Dec. 9, according to Airport Director Mario Rodriguez, who said at which time area residents will be allowed access to the structure. However, starting Dec. 12, the concourse will be officially “activated” and only available to ticketed passengers, as Transportation Security Eighth District Councilmember Austin hosts open house at NLB field office see AIRPORT page 19 Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Opening up lines of communication and giving residents a chance to talk face-to-face with their elected representative were the two reasons Al Austin gave for holding an open house at his north Long Beach office last Tuesday evening. Austin, who was sworn in as the 8th District’s Long Beach city councilmember on July 17, said he wanted to be sure that his constituents know where his field office is and that his staff is there five days a week, 9am to 5pm to answer questions and deal with issues pertaining to city services. The 8th District north Long Beach field office at 5641 Atlantic Ave. has been in existence for about two years, but many people were used to the 8th District Bixby Knolls field office, which closed last July. Austin’s staff publicized the open house by announcing it in the 8th District online newsletter, sending email invitations, and distributing flyers. In addition, during a recent council meeting, Austin himself invited the public to attend. The open house also kicked off the 8th District’s annual toy and canned-food drive. Austin said that in about three weeks his staff will take all donated toys and food to local charity organizations that will distribute the see AUSTIN page 4 Bixby Knolls in Winter Wonderland Shop Bixby Knolls on Saturday Dec 1st and enjoy holiday specials at participating locations! participating locations listed Participating locations listedon oninside back ad. page ad. Nick Diamantides/Signal Tribune Community activists (from left) Dan Pressburg, Chuck Fowler, and Laurie Angel discuss issues pertaining to north Long Beach with 8th District City Councilmember Al Austin (far right) during the open house in his field office at 5641 Atlantic Ave. on Tuesday evening. Friday Saturday Sunday Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Teacher Libby Huff instructs 11th-grade students enrolled in Polytechnic High School’s Pacific Rim Academy. The four-year program involves students in real-world experiences and includes leadership training, starting up small companies and developing international-business plans. Sean Belk Staff Writer International trade may not always be the topic of discussion that teenagers are passionate about these days. At one local high school, however, it’s not only a part of the curriculum, but a subject that has motivated students toward a pathway to a college degree and a future career. Despite the threat of ongoing funding challenges at public schools across the state, Polytechnic High School’s magnet program called the Pacific Rim Academy, which first issued its charter in 1989, remains one of about 500 California partnership academies partially funded by state grants to provide smaller learning communities for high-school students. The four-year program focuses on smaller class sizes, critical lan- November 30 through December 4, 2012 Monday Tuesday 67° 67° 67° 69° 72° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: DELIUS RESTAURANT Mostly cloudy, some showers Lo 55° Clouds & sun Lo 56° Mostly cloudy, Morning shower possible rain possible Lo 58° Lo 54° Mostly sunny Lo 54° 2951 Cherry Ave, SH (562) 426-0694 DELIUSRESTAURANT. COM guages such as Japanese and Chinese, college-prep academics and career courses in international trade. The academy’s activities involve leadership training, starting up small companies and developing international-business plans. For students like Nicole Sun, 16, the academy has assisted in transitioning from English language learning courses, making a résumé and working on an internship. Sun, who plans to go to a four-year college, said she has interests in marine biology and law enforcement, but is also open to going into business. “We have a port in a city, which is really cool,” she said. Other academies in Long Beach include Jordan High School’s Aspirations in Medical Services Academy (AMSA) and its Architecture, Construction and Engineering Academy (ACE). Such academies are part of see POLY page 13


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