Happy Thursday, Long Beach! Here's everything you need to know to get this day started. Here's everything happening around Long Beach today.
Plant lovers have a new LB destination. Also, PD Chief Luna has COVID. Finally, there was a drive-by shooting near Coolidge Park.
First, today's weather:
Cool with periods of rain. High: 57 Low: 49.
Here are the top five stories today in Long Beach:
If you love a Potos and know what a euphorbia "white ghost" cactus is, you will love the LB plant studio Pippi + Lola. Located at 2630 East 4th Street, the owners envision the space as the City’s “dreamy neighborhood oasis.” The owners focus on balancing their love for all things flora with “BIPOC products owned by women.” Also, the owners are more curators and advisors than mere sellers of plants. When the shop opens on Monday, it’s definitely worth a visit! (Texas News Today)
We learned Tuesday that outgoing LB Police Chief Robert Luna tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home. The PD points out that Luna has been vaccinated. "Chief Luna believes his symptoms could have been much worse if he were not vaccinated," a representative stated. (ABC)
There was a drive-by shooting on Tuesday. It happened near Coolidge Park, which is around 69th Street and Orcutt Avenue. The LBPD responded and found a man with a “non-life-threatening gunshot wound.” Officials say that the man was walking on the sidewalk when a black vehicle drove up and occupants opened fire. (LB Post)
If it feels like the old City Hall building takes forever to demolish, you’re not alone. Noting on Wednesday that the project should be much further along, Public Works blames the fact that “materials are being meticulously sorted for proper disposal and recycling.” Initially, the demolition was to have been finished by May 2020. At this time, the anticipated date for soil remediation completion is spring. (LB Business Journal)
What do Fabio, Tabitha, and Mack have in common? They are adoptable cats in the LB area. As of Wednesday, these cats are in the care of volunteer organizations or shelters that look after them until a forever home opens up. Why not enter the New Year with a new feline companion? Better yet, adopt two! (Patch)
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Today in Long Beach:
Holiday Break STEAM Academy at the Scholars Collective (8 AM to 5 PM)
The LB Museum Of Art presents Alex Gardener’s “We All Exist Right Now” (11 AM to 5 PM)
Disney On Ice at the LB Arena (7 PM)
LBSU vs Cal Poly (Exh.) at the Walter Pyramid (7 PM)
The Auld Dubliner presents Jeff Livingstone (Solo Acoustic) (9 PM)
From my notebook:
The City urges patience as LBDHHS' testing locations are experiencing longer wait times due to a surge in COVID tests. (Facebook)
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach and can cost you up to $20,000 in fines. (Facebook)
A caring Belmont Heights North neighbor found a pug/pug mix wandering at 4th and Tremont. (Nextdoor)
Our AOC7 neighbor is missing a Siamese cat around the Toledo off 7th and Orange. (Nextdoor)
A Historic Zaferia Village-SW neighbor is looking for someone to do a deep clean on a condo they're moving into and then clean it once a week. Do you have any recommendations? (Nextdoor)
Our Los Cerritos neighbor is looking for recommendations for a man's haircut place? Nothing fancy in the Cali Heights/Bixby Knolls area. (Nextdoor)
An Alamitos Beach neighbor is missing their gray cat with big green eyes. He is new in the neighborhood and ran out of the home. He does not have a collar nor microchip. The cat is about 1 and half years old. (Nextdoor)
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About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don't judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.