Boeing Gives $10 Million To Support Veterans

Boeing has given $10 million to the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative to support veterans’ programs, the company announced this morning. The donation is part of a multi-year $30 million investment the firm is making to aid veterans’ recovery programs and transition services. Boeing plans to distribute grant dollars to more than 100 veterans’ nonprofits this year.


City Clerk Approves Petition To Recall Councilmember Pearce

Yesterday, the Long Beach City Clerk approved a petition to gather signatures for the recall of 2nd District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. In a letter to the petition organizers, the clerk explained that 20% of registered voters in Pearce’s district must sign the petition for a recall election to go forward. The signed petition must be filed with the clerk’s office no later than close of business on May 9.


Leaders React To Gov. Brown’s Budget Proposal

Earlier today, Gov. Jerry Brown announced the state’s proposed budget, which includes a $190 billion spending plan and $5 billion in rainy-day funds. Shawn Lewis, director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, criticized the budget, claiming it does nothing to assist small business owners. California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy White and CSU Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley expressed concern, noting that CSU operating costs are rising faster than yearly budget allotments, which is forcing universities to reject qualified students. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell approved of the budget, calling it “responsible.” Click here to view the proposed budget.


Port Terminal Operator Violations Settled For $2.5 Million

Seattle-based SSA Containers Inc. settled with the California Air Resources Board over air quality violations at the ports of Long Beach and Oakland. The company and its affiliates will pay $2.5 million, with $728,060 going to the South Coast Air Quality Management District for air filtration systems at schools near the Port of Long Beach. Click here for more information.


Program Provides Diesel Technician And Mechanic Job Training

Long Beach City College is recruiting applicants for a free, 10-week program that provides training for diesel technician and mechanic jobs in the Los Angeles area. Applicants are required to attend an orientation session at the college’s liberal arts campus, 4900 Conant St., in building O-2 in room 129. The sessions will be held at 2 p.m. on January 23 and February 6. Call 562/938-3248 or e-mail for more information.


Upgraded Driver’s License Required For Domestic Travel In 2020

Beginning January 22, all California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices will start accepting applications for new, federally compliant driver’s licenses. These upgraded licenses will be required on domestic flights starting October 1, 2020. Click here for more information.