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Signal ST3427 - December 7_Layout 1 12/7/12 4:43 PM Page 1 T Vol. 34 No. 27 R I B U N E One of the recently uncovered mosaics at Long Beach Airport Photo by Sean Belk See story on page 15 December 7, 2012 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL LB Airport reveals new passenger concourse, terminals Signal Hill Council basks in one legal victory Your Weekly Community Newspaper CJ Dablo Staff Writer Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Long Beach city officials and business representatives cut a symbolic ribbon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, commemorating the opening of the Long Beach Airport’s new passenger concourse, which is part of a more than $140-million modernization plan. From left, Airport Chief Civil Engineer Jeff Sedlak, 5th District Long Beach City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske, Airport Director Mario Rodriguez, Mayor Bob Foster, JetBlue Executive Vice President/General Counsel Jim Hnat, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Steve Goodling. Sean Belk Staff Writer A crowd of government officials and civic leaders got a chance to peruse the Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) new passenger concourse on Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $45million, state-of-the-art concourse, which includes two holding-room termi- nals with seating, contemporary concessions and a garden walkway, will be officially opened on Dec. 12. As finishing touches to construction were still underway during the unveiling, Airport Director Mario Rodriguez said Airport staff worked around the clock to get the project completed ahead of schedule. He said Airport staff worked with several different parties, including airlines, local businesses, architects, City officials and the community, to make the design as representative of the city as possible. “It’s going to look a little bit different than what most airports look like… It’s actually designed to mimic Long Beach and to The labor dispute began on Nov. 27, when the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63 Office Clerical Unit, which represents about 800 workers, came to a stalemate on contract negotiations with the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers Association, which represents 14 terminal operators at the local ports. The small clerical union first set up picket lines on Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles, affecting two terminals, and then spread to others. ILWU’s 10,000 longshore workers respected and refused to cross the picket lines, eventually shutting down 10 of the 14 marine terminals at the ports. Leaders of the ILWU Local 63OCU claimed that 51 local jobs had been outsourced to Texas, Taiwan and elsewhere in the past five years since the work could be done via the Internet. The union had also called for wage increases and other benefits. The new contract reached this week after a federal mediator was called in, however, provides new “protections that help prevent jobs from being outsourced,” according to a statement from the union. In the days leading up to the labor deal, a vast array of business Los Angeles County owes Signal Hill at least $220,000 after the State Court determined that the County had overcharged dozens of cities, according to a report by City Manager Ken Farfsing. Last month, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of Signal Hill and 46 other cities after they successfully challenged how Los Angeles County calculated a specific administration fee. The city manager summarized how the County had overcharged the cities in Los Angeles County at last Tuesday’s Signal Hill City Council meeting. “It’s pretty much a clerical exercise at the County,” Farfsing told the Council as he described how the County had overcharged dozens of cities for administrative costs associated with the “Triple Flip,” a state-revenue collection process dealing with the sales tax, motor-vehicle license taxes and property taxes. “And they (the County) essentially were charging over $5 million in one year to the cities in Los Angeles County. Approximately $10 million was collected from the cities to administer essentially what took about $35,000 to do.” Farfsing explained in an interview after the Council meeting that the estimated $220,000 owed back to Signal Hill does not include interest. The Court is chargsee COUNCIL page 14 Port strike ends after labor agreement reached Sean Belk Staff Writer An eight-day strike that halted goods movement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has ended after clerical workers and terminal operators came to a tentative laborcontract agreement late Tuesday night, Dec. 4, allowing the nation’s busiest seaport complex to become “fully operational” again. However, economists say the work stoppage still might cause a delay in products and merchandise arriving at retailers in coming months since the strike disrupted the logistics supply chain locally and across the country for more than a week. Friday see AIRPORT page 6 see PORT page 4 Saturday Sunday CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune During Tuesday night’s Signal Hill City Council meeting, Jessie Elwin Nelson Academy won the Fourth Quarter Sustainability Award. Principal Sparkle Peterson (above) accepted the award on behalf of the academy. 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