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NOVEMBER 8, 2013

NEWS

The Campaign Trail

The California Teachers Association has endorsed current 4th District Long Beach Councilmember Patrick O’ Donnell in his bid for the 70th Assembly District, according to Brian Mineghino, O’Donnell’s campaign manager. • Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia announced Nov. 1 that he has garnered the endorsement of Laborers Local 507 in his campaign to be the city’s next mayor. • According to current 7th District Long Beach Councilmember James Johnson, the following labor organizations have announced their endorsement of him for city attorney: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12, Painters District Council 36, Plaster Tenders of Southern California Local 1414, Southern California Pipe Trades District Council No. 16, United Association Local 78, United Association Local 250, United Association Local 494 and United Association Local 709. Sen. Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember

Anthony Rendon have also endorsed him, according to an email sent by Johnson Oct. 30. • Teer L. Strickland has entered the race for Long Beach City Council’s 7th District, according to the City’s Potential Candidates Primary Nominating Election webpage. • Long Beach City College District 2 Trustee Roberto Uranga has announced that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 has endorsed him to represent Long Beach’s 7th District on the City Council. • Dr. Marshall Blesofsky, candidate for Long Beach City College Board of Trustees 1st District, has announced that he has received the endorsement of local Reverend Leon Wood, Jr. • Sunny Zia, contract compliance manager at the Port of Long Beach, announced on Nov. 5 her candidacy for Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees 3rd District.

A 51-year-old man died after a physical confrontation that occurred last Sunday night, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). On Sunday, Nov. 3, at approximately 8:15pm, LBPD officers responded to a “fight” call in the 1900 block of Locust Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered Anthony Ramirez lying in the street. He appeared to be the victim of a stabbing and was transported by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. A motive for the stabbing is unknown, however, the pre-

liminary investigation indicated that he may have been involved in a physical fight with a group of subjects prior to the stabbing. No suspect information is available, and the incident is being investigated as possibly gang-related. Those with information regarding this incident are asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

Man dead after confrontation leads to stabbing

Source: LBPD

More construction underway on 8th and 7th district streets in LB Various street-construction projects are underway in the 8th and 7th council districts, and the work will continue in the coming weeks, according to a statement issued by 8th District Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin’s office. San Antonio Drive between Long Beach Boulevard and Virginia Road is being repaved. City officials expect the street to be closed off on this block through Wednesday, Nov. 13. Motorists entering the Los Cerritos neighborhood or going to Los Cerritos Elementary, Los Cerritos Park, Virginia Country Club or Rancho Los Cerritos are encouraged to use Roosevelt Road as an alternate route,

according to Austin. City officials expect the entire project to be completed before Thanksgiving. Work is also commencing this month on repaving Carson Street between Atlantic and Orange avenues. The road work will take place from Nov. 12 through Nov. 27 and resume from Dec. 2 through the week of Dec. 16. According to Austin, there will be no construction during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and there will be at least one lane of travel open in each direction. Work is continuing on Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and 33rd Street in the 7th District. Traffic is

reduced to one lane in each direction during this work, which Austin says should be completed by the beginning of December. He said the businesses are open during construction and encourages residents to support local stores along the corridor during the construction project. “These infrastructure improvements may cause a temporary inconvenience, but they are part of continued improvements to our neighborhoods that will bring long-term benefits,” Austin said. “Thank your for your understanding and patience.”

Source: 8th District Council office

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