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Signal ST3442 - March 22_Layout 1 3/22/13 1:07 PM Page 1 T Close-up of “Sass” by Mary Grace R I B U N E For more on this artist, see page 7. VOl. 34 NO. 42 SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Bike-infrastructure plans for north LB move forward as community gives majority support Your Weekly Community Newspaper March 22, 2013 Sean Belk Staff Writer Plans to install an integrated bike system along a portion of Pacific Avenue from downtown to north Long Beach that would provide access points to the Los Angeles River bike path continues to gain traction. Long Beach city officials said a majority of community members surveyed about the project have given their support, even though some residents, primarily in the Los Cerritos neighborhood, have protested the proposed bike lanes and circular medians that would eliminate parking in front of homes and businesses. Steve Tweed, Long Beach transportation planner, said the City is still moving ahead with designs to be finalized by the end of summer. “We’ve had our trials up in the Los Cerritos neighborhood, but we will continue… for the next year until we build this thing,” he said during a presentation about the street alterations at a Central Project Area Council meeting on March 7. “Our intention is to continue to move the project forward.” The nearly $1-million federally funded project includes adding a series of “sharrows” along Pacific Photos by CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Newly elected Vice Mayor Ed Wilson, Mayor Michael Noll and Councilmember Lori Woods raise their glasses in celebration at a reception at the Community Center on March 19. Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Steve Tweed, Long Beach transportation planner, shows residents a map of proposed bike routes during a Central Project Area Council meeting on March 7 at Mental Health America, 456 Elm Ave. Designs for the Pacific Avenue bike infrastructure project are expected to be finalized by the end of summer. Avenue from Ocean Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway. The greenstriped lanes, similar to those first painted on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, are designed for bicyclists to share the road with drivers. The bike route would continue on Pacific Avenue with a Class 2 bike lane up to Spring Street, winding through other streets in the Bixby Knolls area, including San Antonio Drive, provid- Groundwater Festival draws thousands to WRD headquarters see BIKES page 15 Nick Diamantides Staff Writer Nick Diamantides/Signal Tribune At this year’s Groundwater Festival, the Water Replenishment District’s board of directors presented the Ambassador Award to Congressmember Alan Lowenthal for his efforts to protect and increase the regional groundwater supply during his tenure as state senator. “I was glad to be just one part of the evolution of water protection here in southern California,” Lowenthal said. From left: WRD Boardmember Rob Katherman, Lowenthal, Boardmember Sergio Calderon and Board President Albert Robles. ABC7 Eyewitness News Reporter Rudabeh Shahbazi is standing in the background. During its sixth annual groundwater festival, entitled “Treasure Beneath Our Feet,” last Saturday, the Water Replenishment District (WRD) presented Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (Democrat, CA-47th District) with an award for his support of the agency’s efforts to maintain an adequate supply of clean underground water for the region it serves. “WRD is proud to host this successful community event that raises the public’s awareness of our most fundamental public resource– our groundwater,” said WRD Board President Albert Robles. “As the costs of imported water from the Colorado River and northern California continue to Weekly Weather Forecast Friday 70° see WRD page 6 Saturday Sunday Monday Noll becomes Signal Hill mayor; City bids farewell to Ward, welcomes Woods to Council CJ Dablo Staff Writer for Signal Hill Council challenged incumbents Noll, Wilson and Ward for their office. Ward narrowly lost her bid to stay on the Council, and Tuesday marked the end of her 12 years on the dais. In her final address as the outgoing mayor, Hansen devoted much of her time recalling the accomplish- There was a lot of love to go around the Signal Hill Council Chamber at the March 19 meeting. Well-wishers and local community leaders packed the chamber that night to offer hugs, flowers and numerous awards to the outgoing see COUNCIL page 14 officers and to congratulate the incoming officers. They bade farewell to outgoing Councilmember Ellen Ward, welcomed Lori Woods to the Council dais and congratulated Michael Noll and Ed Wilson, who will now serve a year term as Signal Hill’s new mayor and vice mayor, respectively. Outgoing mayor Tina Hansen finished her term as the leader of the Council and now resumes her role as a councilmember. The annual city tradition for the changing Outgoing Signal Hill Councilmember Ellen Ward of the guard comes just makes a few heartfelt wisecracks as she thanks two weeks after the the City and her supporters. Ward finished her municipal election in term on the Council at the March 19 meeting. She which four candidates has served on the Council since 2001. March 22 through March 26, 2013 Tuesday 74° 72° 72° 70° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: Mostly sunny Very sunny Mostly sunny Clouds & sun Mostly sunny Lo 51° Lo 49° Lo 51° Lo 50° Lo 53° 3900 Atlantic Avenue Bixby Knolls (562) 427-2233 OPEN 7 DAYS, 6:30am to 9pm w w w. c a f e b i x b y a n d p i z z a . c o m


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