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About Andrew
I live in Kentish Town, north London and am a former BBC World Service radio reporter and producer, 1978 - 1984. I then went freelance and remained independent ever since but developed long term working relationships with a range of news organisations across news, sport and culture. This experience includes senior roles in what is now APTN, Reuters and Capital Radio in London.
I am fluent in German and French and often broadcast or perform on stage as a press conference MC in German and English. I have presented and commentated live on track and field athletics for the past 30 years including Olympics and World Championships.
Clients in the sporting sphere include Eurosport, the marketing company IEC in Sports for international satellite feeds as well as reporting for VOA and the BBC.
I have always worked with and enjoy an international element to my reporting, rather than being a "Little Englander." As a reporter/producer for news and culture, I had a senior role for seven years in the UK Foreign Office funded TV news agency, British Satellite News (BSN) until the service was closed down in 2009 because of government cuts. My remit ranged from multiculturalism to art and historical exhibitions to London Fashion Week.
I currently report for VOA and also work on site for various sports events such as the Berlin Marathon, filing text, podcasts and video interview in English and German.
As a parallel activity, I have long experience as a translator from German into English, covering any area of general reporting as well as legal documents.
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Cities across the US cheer Derek Chauvin guilty verdict for murdering George Floyd

20 Apr 2021  |  Mail Online
The United States witnessed celebrations as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Crowds cheered outside the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis and at George Floyd Square. The verdict was seen as a significant moment for racial justice, with many expressing relief and gratitude. The article captures the emotional reactions from various cities and individuals, including Floyd's family and community activists. It also notes the heightened tensions due to recent police-involved shootings and the preparations cities had made for potential unrest.

Search area expanded as hunt continues for survivors of mid-air plane collision off San Pedro

05 Feb 2016  |  Press Telegram
Divers from several emergency response agencies have expanded their search area off San Pedro Harbor following a mid-air collision involving two light aircraft. The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the collision near Point Fermin Lighthouse, with two tail identification numbers recovered. The search area has been expanded to 200 square miles, involving multiple agencies including Los Angeles County fire, sheriff’s deputies, and Long Beach Fire and Police departments. The Angels Gate entrance to the Port of Los Angeles is closed, but port operations remain unaffected.

Cleaning up Sacramento an issue for candidates in 32nd state Senate district

01 Jun 2014  |  Press Telegram
The primary election for California's 32nd state Senate district is influenced by corruption allegations against suspended state Sen. Ron Calderon. Five candidates, including Carlos Arvizu, Mario Guerra, Sally Morales Havice, Tony Mendoza, and Irella Perez, are vying for the seat. The district includes areas like Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs. Key issues include corruption, education, infrastructure, and economic policies. The top two finishers will advance to the November election. Each candidate presents distinct platforms, with some focusing on anti-corruption measures, educational reforms, and economic improvements.

Long Beach City College announces Innovation Fund recipients

20 May 2014  |  presstelegram.com
Long Beach City College officials announced the first three recipients of the Innovation Funds SoCal program, aimed at fostering Southern California startups. The recipients are Pick My Solar, Revoterial, and Engine Fitness, receiving a $100,000 loan and two $25,000 grants respectively. The fund, in collaboration with Innovation Fund America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, supports startups in clean technology, biomedical products, and advanced manufacturing. The program seeks to create a meritocratic funding environment for high-growth startups, with the potential to create jobs and attract further investment.

Verizon to lay off about 100 Long Beach workers

19 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
Verizon Communications is set to lay off approximately 100 employees at its Long Beach facility, primarily affecting those involved in 411 information services. The layoffs, confirmed by Verizon spokesman Ray McConville and Gregg Gibson, president of the local chapter of the Communication Workers of America, are scheduled for July 19. The decline in 411 service usage due to the rise of free online alternatives is cited as a reason. Affected employees will be offered severance packages, and the union is negotiating for new job placements. Verizon reported a net income of $5.9 billion for the first quarter of the year.

Long Beach, west Orange County voters get three candidates for 34th state Senate contest

18 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
The 34th State Senate district in California, which includes Long Beach and parts of Orange County, will hold an election on June 3 to decide which two of the three candidates will advance. The candidates are Janet Nguyen and Long Pham, both Republicans, and Democrat Jose Solorio. The district's electorate is nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with a significant portion of independent voters. Nguyen emphasizes the need for a Republican voice in the Democrat-dominated state government, Pham focuses on reducing business regulations and prioritizing education, and Solorio's platform centers on the economy, education, and environment.

Long Beach small business owners don’t expect big impact from Obamacare, CSULB survey finds

09 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
A Cal State Long Beach survey reveals that about two-thirds of small businesses in Long Beach do not expect significant impacts from Obamacare, contrasting with a national Gallup poll showing more pessimistic views. The survey, directed by business professor Scott Flexo, found that 65% of local small business owners foresee no significant effect from the Affordable Care Act, while 26% anticipate negative impacts and 9% expect benefits. Differences in hiring expectations were also noted, with fewer Long Beach businesses planning to delay hiring compared to national figures. Flexo suggests local liberal attitudes may influence these results and plans further study.

Breakers of Long Beach residents defend complex

05 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
Residents of The Breakers of Long Beach, a senior living facility, defend the complex amidst a pending attempt by the California Department of Social Services to revoke its license. Residents express satisfaction with the facility's services, staff, and social activities. The complaint, filed in March, alleges failures in the care of five residents, including the late Conrad Flake. The Breakers has hired an attorney to contest the allegations. The facility's executive director, Dan Cooper, is also at risk of losing his administrative certificate, which residents strongly oppose.

California public universities outrank traditional elites in new ratings system

02 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
California's public universities excelled in a new college ranking system by Time Magazine, which emphasizes graduation rates and affordability. UC Riverside topped the list, with 10 of the top 25 spots occupied by University of California or Cal State University campuses. The new rankings, influenced by criteria proposed by the Obama Administration, notably excluded Ivy League schools from the top 25. The rankings aim to help prospective students by focusing on factors like affordability and graduation rates.

Boost from Obamacare leads Long Beach’s Molina Healthcare to $4.5 million quarterly profit

01 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
Molina Healthcare reported a profit of nearly $4.5 million on revenues of nearly $2 billion for the first quarter, driven by new enrollments from the Affordable Care Act. The company saw significant growth in Medicaid members due to expanded eligibility, while health exchanges like Covered California contributed a smaller number of new customers. The federal government reported eight million enrollments through state and federal exchanges, with additional enrollments in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Affordable Care Act remains controversial, particularly its mandate for health insurance coverage.

The Breakers of Long Beach senior living facility at risk to lose license

01 May 2014  |  Press Telegram
State regulators have filed a complaint against The Breakers of Long Beach, a senior living facility, which could result in the loss of its operating license due to multiple elder abuse cases. The Department of Social Services' action includes seeking to revoke the administrative certificate of the facility's executive director, Dan Cooper. The Breakers, affiliated with Sign of the Dove, is appealing the allegations, which will be reviewed by an administrative law judge. The facility has been linked to several elder abuse cases, including the death of resident Conrad Flake. The building housing The Breakers has been on the market since late 2013.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal returns from Ukraine trip amid crisis

25 Apr 2014  |  Press Telegram
Rep. Alan Lowenthal, after a fact-finding mission to Ukraine with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, emphasized the need for continued U.S. sanctions against Russia until it leaves Crimea. He noted that while war is unlikely, the U.S. must prevent further Russian incursions. The delegation met with Ukrainian leaders and observed significant local sentiment against union with Russia. Lowenthal highlighted Ukraine's challenges with corruption and energy inefficiency but expressed optimism about its future alignment with Western Europe. The article also covers the broader geopolitical context, including U.S. and allied responses to Russia's actions and the potential for further sanctions.

Former Pacific Hospital owner Michael Drobot pleads guilty in fraud case

24 Apr 2014  |  Press Telegram
Michael Drobot, former owner of Pacific Hospital, pleaded guilty to charges related to a medical fraud scheme in California, potentially the largest in the state's history. He admitted to paying kickbacks to doctors for spinal surgery referrals and exploiting a legal loophole to overcharge for spinal hardware, leading to around $500 million in fraudulent claims. The case is connected to corruption charges against state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon. Drobot is cooperating with federal investigations and faces 10 years in prison. Pacific Hospital, now College Medical Center, is owned by College Health Enterprises and operated by a Molina Healthcare affiliate.

Long Beach Bike Fest to take place in East Village on May 3

16 Apr 2014  |  Press Telegram
The sixth Long Beach Bike Fest is scheduled for May 3 in the East Village area, featuring the Shortline Crit road race, City Cross Race obstacle course, and Gold Sprints activity. Organized by Downtown Long Beach Association and Wolfpack Hustle, the event promotes cycling and pedestrian use of streets, drawing inspiration from Los Angeles' CicLAvia and Bogota's CicLAVia. The event is free for general admission, with race registrations costing $20 for the Shoreline Crit and $5 for the City Cross Race.

Grand Prix of Long Beach: Food trucks offer unique dining on race weekend

11 Apr 2014  |  presstelegram.com
During the Long Beach Grand Prix, eight food trucks are serving a variety of dishes to attendees, with Creative Eats and Belly Bombz being among them. Creative Eats is known for its scratch-made original dishes, with the salmon and broccolini plate being the most popular. Belly Bombz offers Korean-influenced sliders and wings and has a brick-and-mortar store in Artesia. The food trucks are located between Shoreline Drive and Shoreline Marina.

Long Beach restaurant scene to welcome BO-Beau Kitchen + Rooftap in time for Grand Prix

09 Apr 2014  |  Press Telegram
BO-Beau Kitchen + Rooftap, part of the Cohn Restaurant Group, is set to open on Pine Avenue in Long Beach to coincide with the Grand Prix. Operations manager James Stephenson and Executive Chef Katherine Humphus are preparing for an initial opening serving drinks and appetizers, followed by a full opening in May. The restaurant will offer a mix of casual and French-inspired dishes, with a separate rooftop menu featuring beer-infused items. The establishment's design features reclaimed Indonesian teak wood and a semi-industrial look, with renovations costing approximately $4.5 million.

Long Beach to lose Boeing C-17 Globemaster production earlier than expected

07 Apr 2014  |  Press Telegram
Boeing will cease production of the C-17 Globemaster III in mid-2015, three months earlier than expected, affecting 2,200 employees in California. The decision is due to market trends and lack of orders. Negotiations are underway to potentially relocate workers to other Boeing projects, such as the 777X in Washington state. The future of the Long Beach plant is uncertain, with parts of the land already sold for commercial development. Local leaders are urged to plan for high-paying jobs at the site post-Boeing.

Long Beach Grand Prix a rush for local businesses

30 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach significantly boosts local businesses, especially in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. Establishments like the Auld Dubliner, George’s Greek Cafe, and the Federal Bar anticipate increased customer traffic and revenue. Hotels such as the Hyatt Regency and Hilton Long Beach are nearly sold out, underscoring the event's popularity. The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau highlight the event's positive impact on the city's image and its potential to attract future events. The Grand Prix is celebrated for its economic benefits and its role in showcasing Long Beach to a global audience.

Long Beach Transit’s electric bus purchase from BYD ‘on hold’

20 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
Long Beach Transit's plan to purchase 10 electric buses from BYD is on hold due to federal authorities' concerns about BYD's compliance with rules supporting minority and female business owners. The $14 million project, primarily funded by federal grants, may require Long Beach Transit to either finance the buses independently or reopen the contract for new bids. BYD has since complied with the rules, but the Federal Transportation Administration maintains that compliance was not met at the time of the contract award. Long Beach Transit CEO Kenneth McDonald will provide an update at the upcoming board meeting.

Long Beach threatened with lawsuit by Chinese electric bus maker

19 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
Long Beach Transit faces potential legal action from Chinese electric bus manufacturer BYD over alleged breaches of contract related to a $12.1-million deal for 10 battery buses. BYD's attorney claims the transit agency has not supported the company against false allegations of non-compliance with federal subcontracting and component sourcing requirements. Long Beach Transit, however, maintains that BYD has not met the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program standards. The Federal Transit Administration has resumed testing of BYD's bus, with results expected in 12 to 15 weeks. Previous issues included wage disputes and testing delays.

New cold storage facility to be built at Port of Long Beach

19 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
Baker Cold Storage and Lineage Logistics have commenced construction on a 250,000-square-foot cold storage facility at the Port of Long Beach, set to be the largest near a Southern California port. The $75-million project, expected to complete by spring 2015, will facilitate the import of fruits and vegetables and the export of meat products using advanced freezing technology. The facility, owned by Baker Cold Storage and operated by Lineage Logistics, will employ around 100 people and have rail access. The site, previously contaminated, is undergoing remediation overseen by the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Long Beach vocational assistance program helps veterans with spinal injuries find jobs

10 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
The PAVE program, operated by Paralyzed Veterans of America, has been assisting veterans with severe disabilities in finding employment since 2007. Mike Metal, a Navy veteran, has benefited from the program and is now pursuing a career to help other veterans transition to civilian life. PAVE offers counseling at seven locations, including the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, and plans to expand to all 24 Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder Centers. The program also helps veterans access health benefits and cope with stress, while educating employers on the tax benefits of hiring veterans. Metal credits the program with changing his perception of civilians and aiding his transition.

Long Beach’s $12.1M electric bus purchase from Chinese company may be blocked by federal government

02 Mar 2014  |  Press Telegram
The federal government may block Long Beach Transit's $12.1 million purchase of 10 electric buses from BYD Motors due to non-compliance with federal grant requirements. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has indicated that BYD was ineligible for the contract when it was awarded in March 2013. Long Beach Transit must either cancel the contract and reopen bidding or fund the project without federal grants. BYD disputes the FTA's position and asserts compliance with all requirements. The situation has led to potential legal actions and ongoing discussions between the involved parties.

Long Beach hotel business improved in 2013

04 Feb 2014  |  Press Telegram
In 2013, Long Beach's hotel industry saw significant improvements with average daily room rates rising by 1.7% to $131.91, occupancy rates increasing by 3.7% to nearly 75%, and revenue per available room growing by 5.4% to $98.43. These positive trends were reflective of broader gains across most Los Angeles County submarkets. The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau highlighted the year as the best yet for transient occupancy tax generation, nearing $19 million. Projections for 2014 suggest continued growth, with average room rates expected to reach $139.26.

Long Beach restaurant scene to welcome Boathouse on the Bay on Thursday

27 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
Boathouse on the Bay, replacing the popular McKenna’s on the Bay, is set to open on Thursday. The new restaurant will retain most of McKenna’s staff and focus more on steak dishes. The transition was swift following McKenna’s closure due to financial difficulties after the death of its majority owner, Nick Limer. The new ownership group, Naples Restaurant Group, includes local restaurateurs and business figures. The community, including City Councilman Gary DeLong, is eagerly anticipating the opening.

Long Beach to demolish Atlantic Theater to make way for new library

24 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
The iconic Atlantic Theater in North Long Beach, which has stood for over 70 years, is set to be demolished to make way for the new North Neighborhood Library. The $11 million project aims to revitalize the area, incorporating historic elements of the theater into the new library's design. While local council members Steven Neal and Al Austin support the project, preservation advocates like Bill Napier oppose the demolition. The new library is expected to open by summer 2015, with the demolition beginning shortly after a symbolic ceremony at the Uptown Renaissance Festival.

Downtown Long Beach restaurants promote Pepper Week

20 Jan 2014  |  presstelegram.com
Downtown Long Beach restaurants are celebrating Pepper Week, which started Monday and will end Sunday, coinciding with California Restaurant Month. The event, backed by Downtown Long Beach Associates, features themed menus from local chefs, including a variety of entrees and drinks with peppers. Participating venues include Berlin Bistro, L’Opera, Kress Market, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing, Sweet Dixie Kitchen, and District Wine, each offering unique dishes and drinks. Menus and additional information are available on the Downtown Long Beach website.

The Breakers of Long Beach sued in elder abuse cases

19 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
The Breakers of Long Beach, an assisted-living facility, has been ordered to pay $400,000 in damages after a jury found it responsible for a resident's spinal injury. The facility faces multiple elder abuse lawsuits, including one involving a resident's death due to inadequate care. The Department of Social Services has also investigated the facility, finding several care deficiencies. The Breakers is appealing the investigation results and is currently up for sale. Critics argue that the facility's owners prioritize real estate investments over proper elder care.

Long Beach City College announces fund to aid technology startups

16 Jan 2014  |  www.presstelegram.com
Long Beach City College has introduced 'Innovate Fund SoCal,' a new funding initiative to support technology-focused startups. The fund aims to provide grants and no-interest loans to entrepreneurs in clean technology, biomedical devices, and advanced manufacturing. With a goal to raise $1 million, the fund will start accepting applications in late February or early March. It is part of Innovation Fund America and is modeled after a similar fund by Lorain County Community College in Ohio.

Cerritos-based real estate firm gains Berkshire Hathaway affiliation

14 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
The Mulhearn Group, a real estate firm based in Cerritos with 20 offices in Southern California, is transitioning its affiliation from Prudential California Realty to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The company, owned by Bruce Mulhearn, will retain its independence while joining the new franchise network. The change, effective January 21, is expected to enhance the firm's brand recognition and self-confidence in dealings. Berkshire Hathaway, led by Warren Buffet, is renowned for its numerous subsidiaries and was named the world's most respected company by Barron's. HSF Affiliates, LLC, based in Irvine, operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Major Long Beach employers talk hiring plans for 2014

12 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
Several major Long Beach employers, including Molina Healthcare, MemorialCare Health System, and Farmers & Merchants Bank, discuss their hiring plans for 2014. Despite a disappointing national jobs report, local executives and economists are optimistic about job growth, particularly in healthcare and retail sectors. Molina Healthcare expects significant growth due to the Affordable Care Act, while Boeing plans to hire engineering personnel despite the upcoming shutdown of its C-17 production line. The article also highlights broader economic trends and labor market challenges.

Fracking protested at Cal State Long Beach

06 Jan 2014  |  Press Telegram
Environmental activists protested at Cal State Long Beach against hydraulic fracturing (fracking), coinciding with a public hearing by the state's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources on proposed fracking regulations. The protesters criticized Governor Brown for not imposing a moratorium on fracking despite his environmental rhetoric. The hearing allowed public comments but had no officials responding. While some cited economic benefits of fracking, others raised concerns about environmental and seismic risks. BreitBurn Energy Partners denied engaging in fracking at Recreation Park. Another public comment meeting is scheduled at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Long Beach mission team provided aid to Philippines

29 Dec 2013  |  www.presstelegram.com
A pediatric cardiology team from Miller Children’s Hospital, led by Gary Chmel and including surgeon Shaun Setty, traveled to Quezon City, Philippines, to perform life-saving surgeries on 10 children with congenital heart defects. The mission, supported by Duke University and Gift of Life International, involved training local personnel and was described as stressful but rewarding. The team carried $20,000 worth of medical equipment and treated conditions such as Tetralogy of Fallot, which requires surgery and lifelong medical care.

Long Beach kennels busier around Christmas, New Year’s

29 Dec 2013  |  Press Telegram
Kennels in Long Beach, such as Mar Mel Inn and The Pet Set, experience increased activity around Christmas and New Year’s as pet owners travel or host visitors. Mar Mel Inn manager Barbara Goggin and dog trainer Kristi Mallet highlight the efforts to ensure pets enjoy their stay, with dogs participating in playgroups and cats engaging in their own activities. The article underscores the busy holiday season for pet care facilities and the positive experiences provided for the animals.

Long Beach landmark Breakers Hotel building up for sale

20 Dec 2013  |  presstelegram.com
The Breakers Hotel building in Long Beach, listed by InvestorsAlly for $65 million, is up for sale. Potential buyers include those in the assisted-living, luxury hotel, or luxury apartment industries, as well as overseas investors. The historic building, constructed in 1925, was once owned by Conrad Hilton. Current tenants include The Sky Room restaurant, The Breakers Long Beach assisted-living facility, and Great Officiants. Presiding officiant Alan Katz has not been informed about how the sale might affect the businesses.

New North Long Beach business district to begin work after new year begins

12 Dec 2013  |  presstelegram.com
The Uptown Property and Business Improvement District in North Long Beach is set to begin operations after the new year, with the goal of improving the business climate. The district will cover parts of Artesia Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue and will provide services such as security patrols and graffiti and litter removal. Funded by property owner assessments, the district is supported by local council members and business owners who are optimistic about its potential to transform the area, similar to the improvements seen in Bixby Knolls.

Community Hospital Long Beach nurses call for increased staffing, wages

10 Dec 2013  |  presstelegram.com
Nurses at Community Hospital Long Beach, represented by the California Nurses Association, are demanding increased staffing and better wages, citing unsafe conditions for patients and staff. They argue that low pay fails to attract or retain experienced nurses, leading to staffing levels sometimes below legal requirements. MemorialCare Health System, which owns the hospital, expressed disappointment over the union's public appeal and highlighted their investments in the hospital. Nurse Ellen Mockridge shared a personal incident to illustrate the risks of understaffing. The city of Long Beach, which owns the land, leased it to MemorialCare in 2011. Councilwoman and registered nurse Gerrie Schipske supported the nurses, while ICU nurse Jackie McKay highlighted the wage gap between Community Hospital and Long Beach Memorial, which affects retention of experienced staff.

Downtown Long Beach office market improving, Molina Healthcare expanding

07 Dec 2013  |  Press Telegram
Molina Healthcare is expanding its office space in downtown Long Beach, driven by expectations of increased revenues due to the Affordable Care Act. The expansion includes the renovation of the former Press-Telegram building and the Meeker-Baker building, potentially boosting the local business climate. The Long Beach city government is also investing $5 million in infrastructure improvements on Pine Avenue. The office market in Long Beach is showing signs of recovery, with falling vacancy rates and rising rents. Molina's expansion is expected to bring more employees and economic activity to the area.

Molina Healthcare seeks Covered California enrollees at Wilmington clinic

05 Dec 2013  |  Press Telegram
Molina Healthcare CEO Mario Molina anticipates an increase in enrollments for health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the initial enrollment period nears its end. Despite slow initial enrollments attributed to negative publicity about the website, Molina reports a recent surge in website traffic. The ACA's deadline for coverage through government-managed exchanges is December 23, with a final deadline of March 31. Molina Healthcare, one of 13 insurers in Covered California, offers subsidized health insurance to eligible individuals. The ACA, signed into law by President Barack Obama, has faced criticism, particularly regarding plan cancellations and website issues. At a Wilmington clinic event, Molina employees provided counseling on insurance plans, with attendees like Amalia Esparza considering their options. Molina Healthcare has expanded its workforce in anticipation of increased business due to the ACA, which remains controversial but is expected to persist.

Cal State Long Beach robotics researchers working to help amputees

30 Nov 2013  |  Press Telegram
Researchers at the RISE Lab at Cal State Long Beach, led by Professor Panadda Marayong, are developing technologies to assist amputees and improve the performance of crane operators and pilots. The lab focuses on human-machine collaborative systems, including a vibro-tactile feedback device for prosthetic limbs to prevent falls. This research is in collaboration with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. Force feedback technology is also being adapted for gantry crane operators and cockpit displays to provide additional sensory stimuli for better task performance.

Cal State Long Beach part of city’s identity

30 Nov 2013  |  presstelegram.com
Cal State Long Beach, with its various names such as Long Beach State, CSULB, or 'The Beach', plays a significant role in the city's identity, comparable to the Los Angeles Dodgers' 'LA' logo in Los Angeles. Andy Hoang, head of marketing at CSULB, emphasizes the university's unique brand and its cultural integration into Long Beach. The university, which opened in 1949, has undergone several name changes and is planning a major fundraising campaign in 2014 to help keep students debt-free. The campus's Walter Pyramid is a notable city landmark, and the school's black and gold 'LB' logo is widely recognized.

Long Beach area retailers opening on Thanksgiving

24 Nov 2013  |  Press Telegram
Retailers in the Long Beach area and across the country are opening on Thanksgiving Day, continuing the trend of Black Friday sales starting earlier each year. Major stores like Kmart, Old Navy, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy are among those opening on Thanksgiving, with some staying open for extended hours. The shift is driven by retailers' desire to attract price-sensitive shoppers and maximize sales during a shortened holiday shopping season. Experts and consumers have mixed opinions on the trend, with some criticizing it as exploitation of workers and others seeing it as a necessary business strategy. Despite the controversy, early store openings have contributed to record holiday spending in previous years.

Long Beach’s SeaPort Marina Hotel at Center of UCLA-USC real estate competition

23 Nov 2013  |  Press Telegram
The SeaPort Marina Hotel property in Long Beach, located at a busy intersection and embroiled in real estate controversy, was the focus of the annual UCLA vs. USC Real Estate Challenge. Teams from UCLA and USC presented development proposals, with USC's team winning the competition. The USC plan, named Belmont Yards, proposed retail development, a farmer's market, and a pedestrian bridge, with a potential second phase for a new hotel and housing units. The UCLA plan also included retail and potential future hotel and residential construction. Property owner Raymond Lin has a current plan for retail development, with possible future modifications.

Long Beach Friday Farmer’s Market to get new home

12 Nov 2013  |  Press Telegram
The Long Beach Friday Farmers Market will relocate to a Third Street parking lot between Cedar and Pacific avenues starting December 6. Market manager Dale Whitney expressed excitement about the move from their current cramped location near Seventh Street and Pine Avenue. The new site, close to City Hall and the new county courthouse, will allow for the return of food vendors and some craft vendors. The move was necessitated by the construction of a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant at the previous site. The Long Beach Special Events and Filming Department has received a permit application for the new location, with no anticipated issues for approval.

Walmart employees protest in Paramount

06 Nov 2013  |  Press Telegram
Wal-Mart employees and their allies protested outside the Paramount store, demanding a $25,000 minimum annual wage and an end to alleged retaliation against outspoken workers. Organized by the labor advocacy group Our Walmart, the protest saw about 100 participants, including 20 employees from various locations. The protestors, who did not disrupt store operations, voiced concerns over reduced hours, inadequate healthcare, and poor pay. Wal-Mart's spokesperson dismissed the protest as unrepresentative of the majority of employees. The protest is part of a two-day series, with another rally planned in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

FBI accuses Calderon brothers of taking $1M in bribes from former Pacific Hospital exec

31 Oct 2013  |  Press Telegram
California Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former state assemblyman Thomas Calderon, are accused of accepting over $1 million in bribes from Michael Drobot, the former CEO of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. The FBI affidavit details an elaborate healthcare fraud scheme involving inflated bills for workers' compensation claims. The investigation, which began in 2007, suggests that the Calderons used their political influence to benefit Drobot in exchange for monetary compensation. No criminal charges have been filed yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

Long Beach-based Molina Healthcare announces increased revenue

30 Oct 2013  |  presstelegram.com
Molina Healthcare reported increased profits and revenues for the third quarter, with a $7.57-million profit and nearly $1.7 billion in revenue. The company, which offers health plans through Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA exchanges, did not disclose enrollment figures due to technical issues with marketplace websites. CEO Mario Molina expressed satisfaction with the results and maintained projections of revenue growth. Covered California's enrollment figures will be released in mid-November, and Kaiser Permanente also withheld enrollment data.

Software part of major Port of Long Beach expansion

22 Oct 2013  |  presstelegram.com
The Port of Long Beach has implemented a new software system from Navis LLC to manage shipping operations at a pier, as part of the Middle Harbor Project. This project aims to combine multiple terminals into one and is expected to support 14,000 jobs. The N4 operating system went live in late May and is designed to manage complex operations such as cargo unloading and container management. The first phase of the Middle Harbor expansion is set to complete in spring 2015, with full completion in 2019.

Cargo activity at Port of Los Angeles tops 700K units in September, but falls below 2012 levels

15 Oct 2013  |  Press Telegram
Cargo shipments at the Port of Los Angeles exceeded 700,000 units in September for the third month in a row, yet there was a 4.57 percent decrease compared to September 2012. Imports dropped by 3.75 percent and exports by 12.79 percent year-over-year. The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach together form the busiest shipping complex in the U.S. Cargo volumes have been trending upward at Long Beach compared to the previous year, partly due to Mediterranean Shipping Co.'s move from Los Angeles to Long Beach in 2012. Port spokesman Phillip Sanfield commented that hitting over 700,000 units indicates strong demand and is positive for the port.

Long Beach Marathon worth millions for a weekend of racing

10 Oct 2013  |  Press Telegram
The Long Beach Marathon, a major public event, is expected to draw thousands of participants and spectators, significantly boosting the local economy. The event, organized by RUN Racing, is anticipated to generate $15-$20 million in revenue for local businesses. Key figures like Randy Gordon and Stephen Goodling highlight the marathon's positive impact on Long Beach's economy and reputation, with substantial spending on food, lodging, and entertainment. The marathon also showcases the city's development and attracts visitors to its downtown and waterfront areas.

Farmers & Merchants Bank expanding to Downey, Corona del Mar

26 Sep 2013  |  Press Telegram
Farmers & Merchants Bank is set to open new branches in Downey and Corona del Mar by the end of October, signaling confidence in the Southern California economy. CEO Daniel Walker cites ongoing recovery, with the bank's expansion within its service area. Economist Christopher Thornberg supports the timing for increased lending, citing reduced loan delinquencies and write-offs. The bank reported a profit of nearly $14.9 million for the quarter ending June 30 and has assets over $5.1 billion, having surpassed the $5 billion mark earlier in the year.

North Long Beach gets a new fire station to replace the ‘Ghost House’

23 Sep 2013  |  Press Telegram
The new Station 12 in North Long Beach, costing about $10 million, opens today, replacing the outdated 'Ghost House' fire station. The modern 11,300-square-foot facility, designed to improve response times and firefighter safety, includes features like positive pressure rooms and specialized washing machines. The new station, located on an arterial street, is expected to reduce response times by 10 to 15 seconds. The old station, known for its ghost stories, will be missed by some firefighters despite the excitement for the new state-of-the-art facility.

Affordable Care Act: Long Beach doctors encouraging patients to sign up

21 Sep 2013  |  Press Telegram
Long Beach doctors and clinics are actively encouraging patients to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, despite public skepticism about costs and details. Dr. Maria Chandler and her colleagues at The Children's Clinic are counseling low-income families to enroll in Medi-Cal or Covered California. The federal government is relying on community clinics to help enroll millions of uninsured individuals, with significant funding allocated to support these efforts. Trader Joe's has adjusted its health insurance policy for part-time employees, offering stipends to purchase insurance from the exchange. Molina Healthcare, a participant in the exchange, expects substantial revenue growth and is training employees to assist patients with enrollment.

Long Beach Free Store looking for a new home

20 Sep 2013  |  Press Telegram
The Long Beach Free Store, a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, is being asked to vacate its current location at the ArtExchange by the end of the month due to differing views on the compatibility of their missions. While the Free Store focuses on upcycling and resource sharing, ArtExchange emphasizes supporting local artists. Both sides express dissatisfaction with the other's efforts to reach an agreement. The Free Store, which offers a variety of items for trade, is now seeking a new venue with more space to expand its activities.

Queen Mary team gets ready for Flugtag competition

14 Sep 2013  |  Press Telegram
A team of Queen Mary employees, named 'Ship Yeah,' is preparing for the Red Bull Flugtag competition in Long Beach. The event involves designing and launching gliders into the water. The team's glider, inspired by the Queen Mary's historical and haunted past, will be part of a promotional effort for the Dark Harbor Halloween attraction. The competition, set for September 21, will also take place in other U.S. cities on the same day.

Avalon: Catalina’s only city has a century of history

08 Sep 2013  |  www.presstelegram.com
Avalon, the only city on Catalina Island, celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 26. The city, known for its historical connection to Hollywood, has a rich history including its time as a 'party town' and the home of the Chicago Cubs' spring training from 1921 through 1951. Local institutions like Lolo's Plaza Barber Shop, the Wrigley Mansion, and Avalon Schools contribute to the city's unique character. The Wrigley Mansion, built by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., is now a bed and breakfast, and Avalon Schools serves the small population with a single public school. The city is part of the Long Beach Unified School District and has seen changes over the years, with a mix of positive and negative opinions from residents.

Redevelopment work more controversial in San Bernardino than elsewhere

29 Jul 2009  |  www.pasadenastarnews.com
A major redevelopment project in San Bernardino has sparked significant controversy compared to similar projects in neighboring cities like Fontana and Rialto. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has funded these projects through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. San Bernardino's plan, which targets a crime-plagued area, has faced protests from residents worried about displacement and insufficient financial assistance. In contrast, Fontana and Rialto have seen smoother implementations of their redevelopment plans, focusing on rehabilitating foreclosed properties to attract future homeowners and preserve property values.
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