The search for Long Beach’s most beautiful bulldog returns this weekend

“Who will be the bull of the ball?”

That’s a question nonprofit group Haute Dogs hopes to answer with this weekend’s Bulldog Beauty Contest, slated for Sunday, Feb. 18, in Long Beach.

Haute Dogs, founded by Justin Rudd — who also oversees the Community Action Team, another nonprofit responsible for several beloved events, including monthly beach cleanups and the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest — aims to inspire better dog ownership practices and help get dogs adopted.

This year’s Bul

St. Mary Medical Center selects 1st woman chief of staff in its 100-year history

Dignity Health — St. Mary Medical Center has selected Dr. Arlene Vernon as its new chief of staff, according to a recent news release — making her the first woman to hold the position in the hospital’s history.

The Long Beach institution celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.

Vernon’s term as chief of staff began last month and will last until December 2025, according to the news release. She will oversee St. Mary’s medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and will represent medical s

Election 2024: District 6 Councilmember Suely Saro faces educator Cristina Pinto

Voters in Long Beach’s Sixth District will elect a candidate to represent them during the upcoming municipal election on Tuesday, March. 5.

Councilmember Suely Saro will face off against first-time candidate and educator Cristino Pinto.

If either candidate receives a majority of the votes on Election Day, they will win the seat outright without needing to compete in a runoff during the November 2024 general election.

The Sixth District — home to Long Beach City College, Poly High School, Linc

Election 2024: Vice Mayor Cindy Allen seeks District 2 seat against Ketty Citterio

Voters in Long Beach’s Second City Council District will decide who should represent them during the upcoming local election — with two candidates competing for the seat.

The race between incumbent and Vice Mayor Cindy Allen and longtime Friends of Bixby Park President Ketty Cetterio will be decided on Tuesday, March. 5.

A third candidate, Sara Zaidi, also filed papers to run for the Second District seat, but has since dropped out of the race, according to her campaign website.

If either cand

Election 2024: 4 candidates compete for Long Beach City Council’s 4th District

Long Beach’s Fourth District may soon have a new representative, with a packed slate of candidates running for the seat in the Tuesday, March 5, municipal election.

Incumbent District Four representative Daryl Supernaw will compete for a third term on the council against Long Beach City College board President Herlinda Chico, former Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and political newcomer Dr. Amrit Singh.

If a candidate receives a majority of the votes on Election Day, they will win the race outri

Election 2024: 2 candidates compete for Long Beach City Council’s 8th District

Two candidates will compete to replace Councilmember Al Austin — who will be termed out after this year — as the Eighth District representative on the Long Beach City Council during the Tuesday, March 5, election.

Sharifa Batts, a small business owner, will vie for the council seat against nonprofit president and CEO Tunua Thrash-Ntuk.

Both candidates have run for office before: Batts ran for the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education in 2022; Thrash-Ntuk ran for the Eighth Di

Long Beach reports minimal damage from historic storm

Long Beach managed to avoid major damage from the recent storm that brought about seven inches of rain to the city over this week — an historic deluge for the town — despite some localized flooding, downed trees and other minor issues, city officials said on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

City officials, including Mayor Rex Richardson and other department heads, gathered on Wednesday to discuss Long Beach’s preparation ahead of the storm, which included a multitiered emergency operation involving various d

8 million-plus gallons of sewage spilled into Dominguez Channel, according to LA County update

Officials now estimate that roughly 8 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel on Monday, Feb. 5 — a large uptick from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts’ previous 5 million gallon approximation.

The Monday morning sewage spill originated in Rancho Dominguez at two separate sewer cover locations on Susanna Road and Atlantic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

LACSD, the agency the agency charged with managing the region’s wastew

Long Beach’s SERRF trash-to-energy plant set to close; organic waste facility sought in its place

The Southeast Resource Recovery Facility, a waste-to-energy trash burning plant that processes about 800 tons of residential waste every day, will be decommissioned — and eventually demolished.

But the Long Beach City Council, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, approved a motion kicking off negotiations with Maryland-based Bioenergy Devco, LLC to take over and build a new organic waste processing facility on the SERRF site.

It’s a last ditch effort for the city to salvage any benefits from the SERRF site — w

Mardi Gras parade, celebration return to Shoreline Village this weekend

Long Beach’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is set to return to Shoreline Village on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Mardi Gras — otherwise known as Fat Tuesday — is a popular holiday that’s celebrated across the world, with its roots in religion. Historically, the event is held the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, a six-week period of fasting leading up to Easter.

But Mardi Gras has evolved over the centuries, and in some places has become a weeklong cultural festival featuring highly decora

Elections 2024: Here’s what Long Beach’s Measure RW would mean for hotel industry

Long Beach voters will soon decide whether to increase the minimum wage for certain hotel workers to $23 per hour — with additional cost-of-living raises through 2028.

Measure RW, otherwise titled “Long Beach Minimum Wage for Healthcare Workers,” will appear on the March 5 ballot. It needs a simple majority to pass.

If approved, it will amend a previous ballot measure voters originally approved in 2012. The City Council OK’d placing the new measure on the ballot in September.

If approved, the

Grade schools in Long Beach, South Bay still open; CSULB, CSUDH go virtual

Some coastal educational institutions shut down their campuses on Monday, Feb. 5, as a record-setting storm continued to drop rain across Los Angeles County.

The powerful storm system dumped rain over much of the Southland throughout the night, including 4.10 inches Downtown Los Angeles; 1.76 inches at LAX; and 1.50 inches at Long Beach Airport — all record breaking totals, according to the National Weather Service.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency for Los Angeles County on Sunday

5 million gallon sewage spill closes San Pedro’s Cabrillo Beach, all Long Beach waters

Approximately 5 million gallons of untreated sewage has spilled into the Dominguez Channel — which discharges at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro and the Port of Long Beach — prompting widespread beach closures.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the sewage spill on Monday, Feb. 5.

DPH, in its announcement, said that Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro would be closed until further notice.

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, later that same afternoon, also ann

Long Beach bay swimming areas closed after 47,000 gallon sewage spill

All Long Beach bay swimming areas — including Colorado Lagoon and Alamitos Bay — have been temporarily closed after a 47,000 gallon sewage spill on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The city announced the sewage spill and swimming area closures on Friday, Feb. 2.

The 47,000 gallons of sewage were discharged into the Long Beach bay areas on Thursday morning, the city said, after the day’s heavy rains caused the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts to have “infrastructure challenges.”

The heavy rains in Lon

Alamitos Bay water quality project plans to soon undergo environmental review

A yearslong plan to replace an existing water circulation system at Alamitos Bay — which has been in the works since 2007 — has officially moved one step closer to becoming a reality.

City officials, in a virtual community meeting this week, said the preliminary plans for the Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project have formally moved into the environmental review process — a critical juncture of the process required before it can move forward.

The water quality in Alamitos Bay — a high

MemorialCare lays off 72 workers at Long Beach hospitals; will close outpatient pharmacy

MemorialCare, one of the most prominent health care services providers in Long Beach, has laid off 72 workers at its two local hospitals — and plans to shutter an outpatient pharmacy, effective Friday, Feb. 2.

The layoffs impact workers at both the Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital, MemorialCare spokesperson Richele Steele said in a Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, statement. The laid-off personnel included those from various operations, department and unit directors a

Here’s a look at Wilmington’s ‘window to the waterfront,’ set to open this weekend

Wilmington is set to get access to a new public recreational space this weekend — after decades of waiting

The Wilmington Waterfront Promenade, a $77.6 million project that has been under construction since November 2020, will open on Saturday, Feb. 3. The promenade is the centerpiece of the Port of Los Angeles’ larger plan to redevelop the Wilmington waterfront, which, in turn is part of an overall LA Waterfront redevelopment that also includes San Pedro.

POLA originally began considering upg

New health department dashboard offers data about HIV in Long Beach

Folks in Long Beach now have a resource to explore how HIV impacts the community.

The city’s Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the launch of a new HIV data dashboard to provide crucial information about the virus’s presence in Long Beach.

“The new dashboard will empower our community with vital information to drive informed decisions,” Mayor Rex Richardson said in a recent press release, “and interventions tailored to our city’s residents.”

The dashboard, which is now

Long Beach launches unleaded fuel subsidy program for general aviation carriers

General aviation carriers at Long Beach Airport will soon have access to cheaper unleaded fuel, thanks to a new subsidy program the City Council recently approved.

The new Unleaded Aviation Fuel Subsidy Program — one of only a handful offered in the country, according to a news release — will allow fuel providers at LGB to sell unleaded fuel at the same price as its leaded counterpart.

Unleaded fuel, which has been available at the airport since August, retails for $2 to $4 dollars more per ga

Long Beach’s original Fire Station No. 9 to get historical landmark designation

Some portions of a historic Long Beach firehouse — which has stood in the Los Cerritos neighborhood since 1938 — is slated to be permanently preserved as a historic landmark.

The City Council recently OK’d a recommendation to preserve Fire Station 9’s exterior, along with some of its interior features.

The city attorney’s office, with this week’s vote, will prepare an ordinance — which will require additional City Council approval — to make the historic landmark designation official.

Fire Sta

Grunion Gift Card Drive raises record $55,000 to help domestic violence survivors

Our readers have once again helped make history.

Thanks to their generosity, the Grunion Gazette’s Annual Gift Card Drive — which benefits WomenShelter Long Beach and the nonprofit’s clients, who’ve survived domestic violence — raised $55,162 in 2023.

That means readers not only helped beat the Grunion and WSLB’s $40,000 fundraising goal for last year’s campaign — but also helped bring in more money than ever in the campaign’s 20-year history.

The Gift Card Drive has raised more than $300,000

Long Beach residents, leaders participate in annual tally of homeless population

It was rainy. It was dark. It was chilly.

It didn’t matter. It was, after all, one of the most important mornings — as it is every year — in Long Beach’s fight against the homeless crisis.

Hundreds of residents, city staffers and elected officials gathered in before dawn on Thursday, Jan. 25, to participate in Long Beach’s annual homeless count — a tool used to collect vital information about the unhoused population.

Data collected during the annual point-in-time survey is used by Long Beach’

CSU, union reach tentative deal — ending planned weeklong strike after one day

Leaders of the California Faculty Association — the union representing 29,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches across the 23-campus California State University system — said Monday evening they have accepted a tentative labor deal with the university system, ending eight months of tense negotiations and a planned five-day statewide strike.

CSU officials confirmed the tentative deal on Monday in a news release.

“I am extremely pleased and deeply appreciative that we ha

CSU teachers, other workers launch week-long strike amid salary dispute

Nearly 30,000 faculty members and other employees launched their promised strike across the California State University system Monday morning Jan. 22 as pickets went up at campuses around the nation’s largest public university system. The union vowed that the walkout would last until Friday unless an agreement could be reached over pay and other concerns.

The California Faculty Association, the union representing 29,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and coaches across the 23-ca
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