🌱 Park Estates Burglars Caught + Kwanzaa At The Cultural Center

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Rise and shine, Long Beach! It's Sunday, so let's get you started with everything you need to know going on in Long Beach today.

The LBPD caught three burglars in the Park Estates neighborhood. Also, the African American Cultural Center will celebrate Kwanzaa. Finally, we have a list of locations where you can drop off your Christmas tree.

First, today's weather:

Turning sunny and cool. High: 58 Low: 44.

Here are the top stories today in Long Beach:

  1. On Saturday, we reported about the 11 Park Estates burglaries that took place in a six-month period. On Thursday, the LBPD announced that just before 5 PM, they arrested three men experiencing homelessness on suspicion of burglary in the 5600 block of Las Lomas Street. Although the home’s owner wasn’t there, they tracked the suspects with a surveillance system. Detectives now have to determine if the suspects are connected to the other burglaries that took place in the neighborhood. (Patch, LB Post)

  2. The African American Cultural Center is planning its Kwanzaa celebrations. Taking place from Monday through Thursday, celebrations and workshops run from 4 PM to 7 PM on each of these days. The Center is located at 4321 Atlantic Avenue. (AACCLB)

  3. The 12 FREE Christmas tree drop-off locations open Sunday. They will remain open through Jan. 7. You can head to Houghton Park, the North Police Substation, Veterans Park, Wardlow Park, El Dorado Park in the south parking lot, Hudson Park, the Environmental Services Bureau, Stearns Park, Orizaba Park, Cesar E. Chavez Park, Bixby Park, and Fire Station #14. They’ll take flocked trees; but please remove decorations and stands. A FREE pickup is scheduled for Jan. 8 if you put your tree out by 7 AM. (City of LB)

  4. How much water is the atmospheric river bringing to Long Beach? By early Friday morning, the City saw 1.73 inches of rain, which is on the lower end of the moisture measurements. The most precipitation fell in Porter Ranch, where meteorologists measured 4.05 inches. A second, smaller, rainstorm is supposed to have entered the area late Saturday. (CBS)

  5. After Mayor Robert Garcia announced his run for the 42nd Congressional seat, another candidate stepped forward. Assemblywoman for the 58th District, Cristina Garcia from Bell Gardens, announced her run on Thursday. She has been part of the legislature since 2012. Her platform focuses on “issues of environmental justice, good governance, and women and children’s advocacy.” Political insiders know her from a 2018 incident of violating the Assembly’s sexual harassment policy. She received endorsements from “several elected leaders in Downey, Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Maywood, Vernon, Huntington Park, Cerritos, and Montebello.” (LB Post)

Today in Long Beach:

  • So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet at Veteran’s Stadium (7 AM to 1 PM)

  • KayaKing-With-Santa Hats at the Leeway Sailing Center (8:30 AM)

  • In-person And Livestream Worship at Bay Shore Church (9:30 AM)

  • Christmas Roller Skate Pajama Jam at the Junipero Beach Basketball Courts (10 AM to 1 PM)

  • Santa Cruise meets at the Christmas Tree At The Pike Outlets (2 PM)

From my notebook:

  • Can you give our HOPA neighbor some input on how to take an unvaccinated child under 8 to Disney on Ice? If they have to take a test, how much does it cost? (Nextdoor)

  • Our neighbor in Historic Zaferia Village-SW needs suggestions for a shoe repair and/or clothing tailor. (Nextdoor)

  • A West Bixby Knolls neighbor pulled a cat out of a crawl space. It's been under there for at least two or three days. Is it yours? (Nextdoor)

  • This Bluff Heights neighbor found a dog at Recreation Park off 7th St. She is so sweet and looks clean/loved/has a home. (Nextdoor)

  • Our neighbor in Los Cerritos needs a handy man to fix a roof. (Nextdoor)

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You're all caught up for today. See you all tomorrow morning for another update!

Sylvia Cochran

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.

This article originally appeared on the Long Beach Patch

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