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Signal ST3505 - July 5_Layout 1 7/5/13 11:48 AM page 1 T VoL. 35 No. 5 R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Your Weekly Community Newspaper Former LB Mayor Beverly O’Neill makes comeback as host of public-access TV show about nonprofits “Gorgonio Pass” by Timothy Bulone See page 8 July 5, 2013 With mosquito season in full swing, state officials find two crows infected with West Nile virus in Long Beach Leonardo Poareo Editorial Intern Amid the period between June and September, in which most victims of West Nile virus become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Long Beach recently reported that the California Department of Public Health has found the virus in two crows near El Dorado Park. The State was able to find the virus with the help of its dead-bird hotline. “They’ll report the bird to the hotline– in this case it was Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control [District]–, they come out and pick up the bird, package it up, send it up to the State, and then the State goes ahead and tests the bird,” said Nelson Kerr, Environmental Health Bureau manager for Long Beach. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) serves the area where the infected crows were found, while the Long Beach Health Department Vector Control Program aids the western part of the city, the press release stated. The GLACVCD reported last week that five dead birds, including the two in Long Beach, and six mosquitoes recently tested were infected with West Nile virus. The two birds in Long Beach were the “the first sign of the virus that we’ve had here this year,” Kerr said. West Nile virus is typically spread by infected mosquitoes, which catch the viruswhen they bite infected birds, according to the CDC. The CDC also notes that there are usually minor symptoms associated with the virus, with a fraction of a percent dying from the disease. Mosquitoes like to breed in standing water, and parks that are more wild in terms of shrubbery, like El Dorado Park, attract more of them, see VIRUS page 15 Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill has lived at her Peninsula home in Belmont Shore for about 10 years and is now the host of her new public-access television show The Heart of Giving, in which she interviews representatives of local nonprofits. Sean Belk Staff Writer Respectfully reserved, former Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill has returned to the spotlight, and she wants everyone to know about the work that nonprofits are doing in Long Beach. The beloved three-term former mayor’s show The Heart of Giving launched in late May as one of the first to debut since Long Beach’s public-access television station has made its own comeback as Public Access Digital Network (PADNET) last year. O’Neill said it’s been a dream of hers to host a TV show on nonprofits ever since leaving the public sector. O’Neill has had a long career as an educator at Long Beach City College, an administrator at Cal State Long Beach and mayor from 1994 to 2006. She said people mostly know about the functions of government, public safety, education and business but are unaware of the role of nonprofits, which she called “the soul of the city.” Now, focusing on the more than 8,000 nonprofits in Long Beach, O’Neill will be hardpressed to run out of material to talk about and hopes to expose the many nonprofit services available. “I think Long Beach is a giving city,” she said in her Peninsula home. “We have many, many people who want to be a part of making it a good place, and there’s something that everyone can relate to and get involved with, whether it’s children, adults, addictions or health, there are people there to help and most people don’t know about them.” O’Neill’s show is now produced with the help of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership (LBNP), known as a “hub” for nonprofits in the city, providing assistance to more than 200 nonprofit members. Judy Ross, executive director of LBNP, who was the first guest on O’Neill’s show, said the exposure not only helps those in need but gives a “tremendous boost” to nonprofits during a time when they need it as well. She said the show focuses on nonprofits primarily in the PADNET broadcast area. “[O’Neill] felt it was a good link to the nonprofit community,” Ross said. “We really worked to put the concept together. She figures out the actual content, and we help supply the nonprofits.” But this isn’t O’Neill’s first goround on camera. She was the host of a popular public-access TV program called The Heart of the City during her tenure as mayor and said she is a big fan of publicaccess television. Ross added that the new show has now come together “at the right time” since PADNET relaunched on to the air waves last year after being silent for several years because of funding challenges. “We’re excited to have a public-access station now in Long Beach, and this is one of the first full-time scheduled shows on the channel,” said Ross, who added that LBNP will be promoting the show through its newsletter, emails and streaming videos on its website. Lisa Mastramico, director of PADNET, said the station is con- Courtesy LB Dept. of Health and Human Services Those most vulnerable to West Nile virus are people older than 60 years of age, those who have particular medical issues and individuals who are frequently out at night, according to the CDC. Signal Hill City Council approves new performance standards, compliance plans for trucking yards Sean Belk Staff Writer The Signal Hill City Council adopted new performance standards and compliance plans for existing and future trucking yards during its Tuesday, June 18 meeting, addressing concerns that big rigs moving cargo to and from the local ports have created nuisance problems in neighborhoods in recent years. In an effort to avoid any potential litigation, however, the Council went against the Planning Commission’s recommendation to shorten the timeframe in which trucking yards may remain vacant in a non-conforming use before being deemed abandoned. The new standards are the result of the Coun- Weekly Weather Forecast see O’NEILL page 14 Friday 75° Saturday 75° Sunday 80° Monday 80° cil’s direction to planning staff last year after the City received complaints from residents and businesses that heavy container trucks carrying cargo were tracking around dirt, generating noise, parking on streets overnight and causing traffic problems. The City had already adopted a list of performance standards for trucking yards in 2006 after similar complaints surfaced. Those standards primarily involved restricting future trucking yards to the City’s general industrial zone and setting 10 development standards, including lot size, frontage, lighting and security plans. 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