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Signal ST3433 - Jan 18_Layout 1 1/18/13 12:04 PM Page 1 “1,000 Palms Evening” Oil on canvas by Gary Blackwell See page 8 T Vol. 34 No. 33 R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL January 18, 2013 Bike-infrastructure plans proposed ‘From here to Portland’ for Los Cerritos, Bixby Knolls streets After covering a thousand miles, Your Weekly Community Newspaper Bixby walking group celebrates its fifth year of burning calories and building friendships Courtesy BKBIA The Bixby Strollers walking group meets every Saturday morning to explore local neighborhoods, get some exercise and forge friendships. Courtesy City of LB A rendering by RBF Consulting shows plans for a “roundabout” (a curbed, landscaped island median) at Pacific Avenue, 36th Street and Country Club Drive that was presented during a meeting on Jan. 9. Some residents, however, said they are against the plans due to the loss of residential parking. Sean Belk Staff Writer After installing bicycle infrastructure on streets in downtown and along the coast that put Long Beach on the map in the last few years, the City is now rolling its bike-friendly efforts to the north– north Long Beach that is. City officials presented resi- dents with final plans for the nearly $1-million Pacific Avenue Bike Corridor project during a meeting at the Expo Center in Signal Hill fights its bad grade from major gay-rights organization see ROUNDABOUT page 11 CJ Dablo Staff Writer Signal Hill leaders Tuesday stood united in their conviction that a national gay-rights organization has it all wrong about Signal Hill’s reputation with the gay community. The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights organization, offered a very low grade to Signal Hill for its municipal leadership in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues. The organization released a report late November that ranked 137 cities through- see COUNCIL page 14 File photo At the May 22, 2012 dedication ceremony for Long Beach’s Harvey Milk Park, 1st District Councilmember Robert Garcia (third from left) honors Signal Hill Councilmember Michael Noll (fifth from left) as a pioneer in the local LGBT community. Noll was Signal Hill’s first openly gay councilmember. Garcia also saluted Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward that day for her work as executive director of the local AIDS Walk. Noll, Ward and Larry Forester are all openly gay Signal Hill councilmembers who are upset by the Human Rights Campaign’s recent low score of their city for addressing LGBT issues. Friday 76° Saturday Sunday Cory Bilicko Managing Editor While many folks are still in the Land of Nod or just getting their first sips of caffeine, at 7:30 sharp every Saturday morning a dedicated assemblage of locals chooses to hit the streets of Bixby Knolls and begin their weekend by walking several miles. Each week, the route, which is typically between 3.6 and 3.9 miles, is different– some zigzag, some are designed to check out the progress on local street improvements, and some even involve a train. The Bixby Strollers walking group was the very first program that Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA) Executive Director Blair Cohn devised after he took the job in December of 2007, and he envisioned it as a way to help familiarize residents with local businesses and one another. “There was an obvious disconnect between folks that lived a block away and the services available to them right around the corner,” Cohn said. “I said we will then literally lead people around the corridors and neighborhoods to connect people to the district and to each other.” January 18 through January 22, 2013 Monday Tuesday 75° 74° 76° 73° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Sunny & warm Sunny & warm Sunny &  warm Mostly sunny Bright and sunny Lo 45° Lo 44° Lo 44° Lo 45° Lo 45° 3553 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach 562.981.6245 One-thousand miles later (or “from here to Portland,” as Cohn puts it), the Bixby Strollers are celebrating their fifth anniversary of meeting up at a nearby coffee shop, chatting a bit, then taking off at half past 7– on the dot. Cohn says 7:30am is a “fresh time” to start. “Folks can walk for an hour and still have their entire morning to themselves,” he said. “There is some socializing after the stroll, and then people start their day. I head to the boxing gym after the stroll to get my workout in.” He indicated that the routes are created based on a theme, a holiday, the weather, or a particular destination, such as Rancho Los Cerritos, Dominguez Gap, Forest Lawn Cemetery, or the Metro Line. “We have routes themed around the Olympics, Mother’s Day, and even one that goes by all the parks in the area,” Cohn said. “It is fun and challenging to come up with witty titles each week.” Sometimes the “strolls” include a special activity or focus beyond a holiday theme. “We have walked to the Metro Line, taken the train downtown and walked the watersee STROLLERS page 15 ROY ROBBINS GIFT & STATIONERY


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