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ST3529 - Dec. 20_Layout 1 12/20/13 8:56 AM Page 1 SIGNAL “Climax” Acrylic on canvas by Annie Clavel See page 18 T R I B U N E SERVING BIXBY KNOLLS, CALIFORNIA HEIGHTS, LOS CERRITOS, WRIGLEY AND THE CITY OF SIGNAL HILL Vol. 35 No. 29 Your Weekly Community Newspaper New north LB library to be built in spring 2014; Atlantic Theater to be demolished in late January December 20, 2013 Signal Hill Council grants police pay raises as union agrees to make ‘full employee share’ toward pensions Sean Belk Staff Writer Planned for more than a decade, a project to construct a new north Long Beach library– anticipated as the “largest branch library” in the city and an “anchor” for the community– will begin in late spring next year, city officials said. The library will be built on the site of the abandoned, historic Atlantic Theater, which for more than 70 years has File Photo been a local landmark with its The Atlantic Theater, which first opened in 1942 on the 5800 block of Atlantic tall spire on the 5800 block of Avenue, will be demolished in late January to make way for a new library that city officials anticipate will be an “anchor” for the north Long Beach area. Atlantic Avenue. Seyed Jalali, project officer for the Long Beach Development Services Department, said the theater will be torn down in late January to make way for the public facility. Ninth District City Councilmember Steven Neal is sponsoring an event on Jan. 25 to herald the launch of the long-awaited project, after which work on tearing down the theater will commence. The more than $16-million project is continuing after the State Department of Finance gave see THEATER page 14 Courtesy City of LB A rendering by architect and designer LPA, Inc. shows what the new north Long Beach library will look like once completed. Construction is expected to start in spring 2014. Sean Belk/Signal Tribune Signal Hill city officials gave a presentation at the Dec. 17 Council meeting to acknowledge that the newly built Signal Hill Police Station and Emergency Operations Center was recognized as “Project of the Year” by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association. From left are Deputy City Manager Charlie Honeycutt, City Attorney David Aleshire, Mayor Michael Noll and Police Chief Michael Langston. Sean Belk Staff Writer After going without cost-of-living salary increases for five years, Signal Hill police officers are getting pay raises as part of an agreement reached by the City and the Signal Hill Police Officers Association (POA) on a two-year labor contract. The pay raises, however, don’t come without some “give and take,” city officials said. As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was unanimously approved by the City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting, the City has agreed to give police officers a 6-percent pay raise for this fiscal year, effective retroactively as of last July 1, and a 5-percent pay raise in Fiscal Year 2014-15. In return, POA members have unanimously agreed to pay their “full employee share” toward their California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) pension costs. Under the contract, police officers will contribute an additional 3 percent of their pay (for a total of 7 percent) toward CalPERS pension costs this fiscal year and an additional 2 percent (for a total of 9 percent) of their pay toward pension costs next fiscal year. The pension-reform provisions are expecting to generate more than $175,000 in savings for the City during the two-year period. After the savings are added in, the net cost of the pay raises is estimated to be $651,200, according to a city staff report. The City will make a budget adjustment for Fiscal Year 2013-14 to cover the costs of the first round of pay raises through General Fund reserves, according to a city staff report. Long Beach City officials push to increase wages for food-concession workers at airport, convention center CJ Dablo Staff Writer New food-concession businesses at the Long Beach Airport and the Long Beach Convention Center may soon be required to pay a higher starting wage. The Long Beach City Council voted in favor of asking the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would require future food-concession businesses at the airport and convention center to pay their workers a higher minimum wage consistent with Measure N, a law passed last year by Long Beach voters. At the time it had taken effect last year, Measure N was originally intended to apply only to the hotel industry, but with nearly the full support of the Council, food-concession workers at the airport and convention center may soon join the hotel workers in that ability to earn that bigger paycheck. Praised by some community advocates and councilmembers Tuesday night, Measure N guaranteed what has been dubbed a “living wage” to hotel workers in the city. At the time it was passed in 2012, this initiative ordinance required hotels with 100 rooms or more to offer employees $13 per hour in addition to paid sick leave. Measure N’s language also allowed for regular increases. As of July 1, hotel workers are now entitled to a minimum wage of $13.26, according to the city clerk website. As previously reported, the measure, supported by a hotel-worker union, stipulated that hotels that unionize would be exempt from the provisions. Fourth District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell co-sponsored the agenda item with Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, calling for the recommendation to draft the ordinance. O’Donnell said that when December 24, 2013 Weekly Weather Forecast Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday December 20 through 63° Partly sunny Lo 46° 61° 68° Plenty of sunshine Plenty of sun Lo 45° Lo 47° 73° Mostly sunny 71° Mostly sunny AZTECA M R Lo 48° Lo 47° This week’s Weekly Weather Forecast sponsored by: ExICAN ESTAURANT 12911Main St., Historical Downtown Garden Grove (714) 638-3790 see SH COUNCIL page 6 a worker is paid a living wage, he or she would not need to rely on the government to provide basic necessities such as housing, healthcare, transportation and food. “So,” he concluded, “in essence, such a policy is fiscally prudent and morally correct.” The Council voted unanimously (8-0) for the city attorney to draft the ordinance. Third District Councilmember Gary DeLong was absent for the vote. A few councilmembers emphasized the advantages of offering better pay to employees in this segment of Long Beach’s tourism industry, particularly since the airport and convention center are highly visible. “I think… we are having positive conversations and thoughtful dialogue about what a living wage really does for workers and what see LB COUNCIL page 17

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