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Signal ST3441 - March 15_Layout 1 3/15/13 1:16 PM Page 1 T Vol. 34 No. 41 R I B U N For more on this artist, see page 6. E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper Reporters up for Pulitzer for uncovering ‘largest corruption case in LA County’ shine light on community newspapers “Yellow Roses,” mixed-media collage by Alejandra Vernon March 15, 2013 Long Beach developing plan to curtail incidences of violence Nick Diamantides/Signal Tribune Sean Belk/Signal Tribune During a community meeting at McKenna’s on the Bay on Monday, March 11, (from left) Brian Hews, reporter, owner and publisher of Los Cerritos Community News, Dave Wielenga, publisher of, and Randy Economy, investigative reporter for Los Cerritos Community News, discuss how Hews and Economy broke the story about the ongoing investigation of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez. Sean Belk Staff Writer A phone tip about dealings of the Los Angeles County assessor more than a year ago led investigative reporters Brian Hews and Randy Economy to uncover what former Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has called “the largest and most significant public corruption case in LA County history.” Hews, owner and publisher of the weekly Los Cerritos Community News, and Economy, who writes for the newspaper, have been officially nominated for journalism’s top honor, a Pulitzer Prize, for breaking Political newcomer Lori Woods and veteran incumbents Mike Noll and Ed Wilson will officially become part of the Signal Hill City Council Tuesday, March 19. Noll, a veteran councilmember who currently serves as vice mayor and has been on the council for 20 years, is entering an unprecedented sixth term after receiving the most votes in the March 5 election, taking 17.7 percent of the total vote, or 633 votes. “Thank God it’s over,” said the retired businessman and real-estate agent who has called himself an “elder statesman.” Woods, a 15-year Signal Hill resident and an entrepreneur in her first run for a government office, came in second, receiving 612 votes, or 17.11 percent of the tally. The clincher, however, was the race for the third spot, which came down to Wilson and incumbent Ellen Ward, who have both been on the council together for three terms. Although unofficial results showed Wilson leading by only one vote, the certified public accountant ended up winning the council seat after the rest of the ballots were counted, taking a total Newcomer and incumbents to take seats on SH City Council Sean Belk Staff Writer In a close race for three Signal Hill City Council seats, voters chose experience as well as a fresh perspective. Sean Belk/Signal Tribune From left, incumbent Mike Noll, newcomer Lori Woods and incumbent Ed Wilson have won seats on the Signal Hill City Council. see REPORTERS page 4 see ELECTION page 9 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday 74° Saturday Sunday Monday During the March 9 Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan conference, the audience broke up into four smaller discussion groups that submitted ideas to city officials on how upcoming community forums should be conducted and what kinds of questions need to be asked during those gatherings. Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Last Saturday, the City of Long Beach began the process of creating the Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (LBVPP), which elected officials and community leaders hope will greatly reduce incidences of violence. A conference, conducted in the community center at Caesar Chavez Park, focused on why the plan is necessary, who should participate in it, and what types of questions need to be answered by residents and business people who are concerned about violence in their neighborhoods. Angela Reynolds, deputy director of the city department of development services, introduced the various speakers, beginning with Long Beach Vice Mayor and 1st District City Councilmember Robert Garcia. He told the 150 people in attendance that about one year ago the city council began discussing what could be done to prevent violence. According to Garcia, a few months later the council adopted an ordinance authorizing the creation of the LBVPP. Garcia noted that violent crimes have decreased in the city during the past few years but that doesn’t mean every community is safe. “Every person and every community in Long Beach deserves to be safe,” he stressed. “Our goal is to make Long Beach the safest large city in Califor- March 15 through March 19, 2013 Tuesday 73° 77° 76° 71° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Low clouds & fog Fog, then some sun Fog, then sun; warm Clouds & sun Mostly cloudy Lo 53° Lo 52° Lo 54° Lo 53° Lo 53° ContaCt us for a quiCk quote today! (562) 633-4400 License No. 483280 nia.” The vice mayor explained that city government cannot reduce violence without help from local residents, business people, clergy, faith groups and other organizations in the public and private sectors. “The City has tried for many years to prevent violence, but this is the first official plan that will provide a blueprint to the community on how to prevent violence,” he said. “With help from all of you, we are looking forward to accomplishing great things. This is just the beginning.” The next speaker, Tracy Colunga, program coordinator for the department of development services, has been working with officials and staff for several months to lay the groundwork for formulating the LBVPP. During a 15-minute Powerpoint presentation, she told the attendees that the plan will include all forms of violence, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, bullying, gang violence, hate crimes, human trafficking, and any purposeful act that inflicts harm on a person. Colunga explained that recently she helped to establish the LBVPP steering committee, which is made up of city officials and representatives of organizations throughout the city. “We need to look at what’s happening in Long Beach today and at see PLAN page 14 !"#$%&"' !"#$%&"'()*%+&,-"#.*(/-"*.&.00(1..2 )*%+&,-"#.* /-"*.&.00 1..2 3"*45 67 8 69: ;76< 3"*45(67(8(69:(;76<


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