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A 1.4 acres city park in the DeForest Park Neighborhood of Long Beach will be renamed the Pressburg Parkway, honoring community activist Dan Pressburg, during a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25.


What's happening:

Dan Pressburg currently serves as the President of his neighborhood association. He is the organizer of Long Beach's One-Day Christmas Store, helping residents in need, gaining him recognition from Neighborhoods USA.

  • Pressburg previously served as a Redevelopment Agency North Project Area committee member and longtime vice-chair, playing a vital role in the DeForest Park Wetlands Restoration.

  • As a Cultural Heritage Commissioner, he helped establish five landmarks in North Long Beach and led the charge for Sunnyside Cemetery to gain its landmark status.

  • Mr.Pressburg also was an original member of the Veteran’s Day Parade Committee.

What they're saying:

  • “Mr. Pressburg has lived in Long Beach for more than 35 years and has worked to increase open space and enhance community engagement,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This naming is a tribute to that work.”

  • “Naming this pocket park for Dan Pressburg honors his sense of civic responsibility and his dedication to the North Long Beach community,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “His charitable acts and knowledge of Long Beach’s history make him deserving of this recognition.”


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The Long Beach Unified School board approved a pay increase for substitute teachers while facing staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prt the Post.


What's happening:

Hourly substitute rates will increase to $32 per hour from $27.47, which means a day's pay will increase to $190 per day from $164.82.

  • The pay raise would help substitute teachers, who are not represented by the Teachers Association of Long Beach or who are not a member of a union at all.

Why it matters:

Only 350 of the district's 1,300 substitute teachers have been active since students returned after nearly a full year of virtual learning.

  • According to the Post, there were 53 vacancies as of last Friday, which have to be filled by school or district officials.

Zoom Out: In a blog post, the California State Teachers Retirement System predicted that teacher retirements in California would reach near-record levels in 2021.

  • Long Beach Unified, which employs roughly 12,000 people, has seen a rise in retirements from 95 to 113 in the last two years, per Cal Matters.

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Signal Hill police fatally shot a man who allegedly stabbed a man near a Food4Less on Willow Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says.

Details:

SHPD officers were called to the Food4Less supermarket on the 1600 block of East Willow Street before 1 p.m. due to reports of a stabbing near the market's loading dock, per LBP.

  • Witness told the arriving officers the suspect fled the scene heading west on Willow Street.

  • An officer reached the suspect and attempted to apprehend him, but he ignored the officer and continued to walk away.

  • SHPD press release says the suspect was carrying a knife and "attacked the officer," at which time the officer shot the suspect.

Where things stand:

The shooting occurred near Sunnyside Cemetery on the 1000 block of Willow Street; Signal Hill police said the suspect was shot once in the upper body, but A witness says he heard six shots. The suspect would later die at the hospital.

  • Police say a large knife was recovered at the scene and that the stabbing incident does not appear to be gang-related.

  • The stabbing victim at the grocery store suffered a wound to his upper torso and he was transported to a local hospital. The victim remains in fair condition, SHPD says.

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