Monthly Archives: January 2011

PHOTOS: New Guardrails Hope to Prevent Cars from Plunging in to the Los Angeles River


Los Angeles County Public Works employees Oscar Rubio, left, and Gabriel Gonzalez build a steel double guard rail on the Shoemaker Bridge on January 26, 2011.

The bridge, which includes two turns, takes traffic from the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway to Shoreline Drive. Missing sections of guard rails is a common site on the structure where many cars have plunged from the roadway including Lizeth Pimentel, who was seriously injured when her vehicle plunged off the bridge and into the L.A. River in March 2010. The 24-year-old mother of one is still recovering. See more pictures>>

THEN AND NOW: Pine Avenue, the 1930s & 2011


RIGHT: View of Pine Avenue looking north from Ocean Blvd. in the 1930s. The clock tower on the left, and the Security Building on the right are still standing today. Far in the distance, on the right, you can also see the Farmers & Merchants Bank Building that is also still standing.
LEFT: View of Pine Avenue looking north from Ocean Blvd. on January 6, 2011.

PHOTOS: Parents Speak Out on Buffum and Burrough Elementary School Closure


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Burroughs Elementary School first grader Olin (cq) Archulea, center, sits with his classmates as parents and teachers make their case against closing the school to the Long Beach (Calif.) Unified School District’s board of education on January 18, 2011. According to school district officials, closing Buffum and Buroughs schools would save the an estimated $909,000 a year starting with the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which begins July 1. See more pictures>>

PHOTOS: 4th. Annual Peace March


LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA — Long Beach, Calif, councilman Dee Andrews address the crowd at Marthin Luther King, Jr. Park after a candlelight march in Central Long Beach, Calif. on January 8, 2011. The 4th. Annual Peace March kicks off Peace Week which will end with the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Behind him is Mayor Bob Foster, former councilman Val Learch, and Foster’s wife, Nancy. See more pictures / Buy reprints>>

PHOTOS: California State Assemblyman Warren Furutani at Lakewood High School


LAKEWOOD, CALIF. USA — California State Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-South Los Angeles County) speaks to students at Lakewood High School on January 7, 2011. Furutani spoke students who have proposed a bill to keep solicitors at least 100 ft away from all California schools.

U.S. Government teacher Wendy Salaya is one of three senior teachers who created projects for their Odyssey Small Learning Center students. Her project is called “Civic Voice Legislative Democracy Project.” The students — who are all seniors — meet once a month on “Focus Fridays” over three class periods (2nd, 3rd and 4th) that are set aside to work on their project. The “Civic Voice” students sent letters to their legislative representatives about creating a safety zone around schools of 100-feet to prevent solicitation of minors as they arrive at and leave school. Since the letters originated from a high school in our district, Assembly member Furutani, who is a former school board member and community college board member, offered to meet with them about their legislation. The “Civic Voice” students will be the sponsors of the legislation and will continue to be involved in the creation and progress of the legislation as it goes through committees. They will even be asked to travel to Sacramento to testify in committee in support of their bill. See more pictures>>