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Signal ST3432 - Jan. 11_Layout 1 1/11/13 12:00 PM Page 1 T Vol. 34 No. 32 R I B U N “Monarch Metamorphosis” by Dorte Christjansen See page 8 E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Construction begins on new span to replace Gerald Desmond Bridge Your Weekly Community Newspaper January 11, 2013 Celebrity host highlighted California’s landmarks, was champion for LB Naval Station’s preservation Photo by Matt Robinson Huell Howser during the Soundwalk art event in downtown Long Beach on Sept. 20, 2008 Cory Bilicko Managing Editor Sean Belk/Signal Tribune During a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to commemorate the groundbreaking of the major construction portion of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, one of two Long Beach police helicopters hovers at an altitude of 500 feet to show the height of two 50-story towers planned for the undertaking. Sean Belk Staff Writer Local, state and federal officials gathered for a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8 to celebrate the start of construction on the main portion of a $1-billion project to build a new bridge that Port of Long Beach officials said will be “one of the tallest cable-stayed bridges in the United States and the first of its kind in California.” The new span is being built to replace the aging arch-truss Gerald Desmond Bridge that was built in 1968 and connects the 710 Freeway with Terminal Island in the Long Beach Harbor. During the groundbreaking, two Long Beach police helicopters hovered at 500 feet above ground level, showing those in attendance the height of the new bridge’s planned 50-story cable towers. The ceremony also included a demonstration of boring and pile driving for the new bridge supports, signifying the start of construction. The new bridge will be an “iconic structure” that will complement the Queen Mary and the city’s skyline with a “functional and beautiful” design, said Port Executive Director J. Christopher Lytle. He said plans include adding a “first-class” bicycle and pedestrian pathway and an observation platform. “I think this will become a tourist attraction in its own right,” Lytle said. “Can you imagine the view from port behind the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure and addressed some of its criticisms. The measure promises funding to fight pollution from stormwater and urban runoff. If the measure is ultimately passed, Long Beach stands to receive about $5.1 million, according to the latest available numbers from the city manager’s office. The city manager’s report outlines the possibility for the City to also apply for nearly $29.7 million available from two watershed authority groups towards project and program funds. It does come at a cost to property owners since the revenue will be generated through a parcel fee. According to the County’s website that addresses the measure, most homeowners would pay $54 per year or less. However, other kinds of property owners Long Beach City Council leaders offer guarded support behind new water pollution measure CJ Dablo Staff Writer A proposed measure from Los Angeles County that promises millions of dollars to fight against water pollution still faces a tough road ahead for final passage. The measure ultimately won the Long Beach Council’s approval last Tuesday, but it didn’t escape the scrutiny of city leaders. The Council approved a carefully crafted statement that threw sup- Friday 57° see BRIDGE page 15 see MEASURE page 14 Saturday Sunday California lost one of its treasures this week when Huell Howser, best known for hosting the PBS travel show California's Gold, passed away in Palm Springs Monday at the age of 67, after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in 1945 in Gallatin, Tennessee, Howser was given a first name that was a portmanteau of Harold and Jewell, his parents’ names. After earning a bachelor’s of arts degree in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he represented its student body as president, he served in the Marine Corps and on the staff of Sen. Howard Baker. Howser’s television career began at Nashville’s WSM-TV, where he produced a series of “human interest” stories. After a stint in New York, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. In the next few years, he also took on a weekend hosting and correspondent job for the television program Entertainment Tonight. In 1985, he joined Los Angeles’s then-PBS affiliate KCET, where he produced short segments for the show Videolog. His public-TV series that followed included Visiting, Road January 11 through January 15, 2013 Monday Tuesday 57° 58° 65° 62° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Partly sunny, breezy Bright & sunny, but cool Mostly sunny and cool Mostly sunny Bright and sunny Lo 38° Lo 35° Lo 40° Lo 38° Lo 42° Points of Light 4358 Stearns Street, LB (562) 985-3388 Trip and Downtown, but the one for which he would best be known is California’s Gold, which explored the state’s cultural and geographical features. Overseen by Howser for its entire 18-season run, the show aired from 1994 to 2012. Last November, two of California’s biggest newspapers began reporting that Howser would be retiring by the end of the year. Ryan Morris, who has worked as Howser’s producer for the last six years, attributed his boss’s success to his affability, a trait that Morris says stayed with him throughout his career, as well as his attentive ear. “Huell was well liked early on, when he was a reporter at WSM in Tennessee, when he was in his 20s,” Morris said. “There was something about him that was different that people recognized immediately, and maybe what was different about him was that he let everybody tell their stories.” Morris indicated that it was a controversy in Long Beach that was the only time the characteristically easy-going host was embroiled in any type of public dispute. In the mid 1990s, the Long Beach Naval Station was facing demolition, through orders from see HOWSER page 14


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