Long Beach Hosts Trial Of Method To Eradicate Moth ‘Pest’

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

One-square mile area of Long Beach is being used as an evaluation area of the effectiveness of an eradication program to eliminate the infestation of the light brown apple moth. The evaluation area extends from Ocean Boulevard north to 8th Street and from Temple Avenue east to Ximeno Avenue.

With the support of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), California Department of Food and Agriculture (CFA) and the County of Los Angeles Agriculture Commissioner, an evaluation began on June 16 in which 100,000 to 500,000 sterilized moths are released weekly to disrupt the reproductive process of these pests. The process, called sterile insect technique, has been used to eradicate other invasive insects but is in the trial phases for eradicating the moth.

The light brown apple moth, a quarter-inch moth species, is a declared pest nationally and internationally. It was first discovered in California in 2007 and has threatened nurseries and agricultural crops in 20 counties. The moth, which is native to Australia, has been attacked over the years through quarantine measures such as aerial spraying of synthetic pheromones to disrupt mating and releasing wasps that kill the moth.

Long Beach was selected for an evaluation of the sterile insect technique because of the heavily concentrated infestation in the city, according to the supporting agencies.

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Deadline Extended For Statewide Redistricting Public Comment

The California Citizens Redistricting Committee has extended the deadline for written public comment on the first round of draft maps to June 28.

Long Beach was host to a business meeting and public hearing at City Hall on April 27 regarding the redrawing of state and federal political district boundaries. Those who were unable to attend that meeting may take advantage of this new deadline, extended from the original June 10 target. Per the committee Web site, the public is being asked to answer the following questions:

  • Do you think the Commission understood your testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you think the Commission did not have enough testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you have a suggestion that would make your district better reflect the interests of its residents, for example by moving the boundaries to include (or exclude) certain areas?

Written comments may be submitted via e-mail to votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, faxed to 916/322-0904 or given over the phone by calling 866/356-5217. Meanwhile, the committee has pushed back the date for the release of the second draft maps to July 12. For more information, visit www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

News In Brief

by Sean Belk, Staff Writer

• Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Cordero, who has served on the Long Beach Harbor Commission since 2003, was first recommended for appointment by President Barack Obama last year and confirmed by the senate on April 14. Cordero is expected to be sworn into his new position in Washington, D.C., in the next several weeks. The independent federal agency is responsible for “regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers and the American consumer,” according to the FMC. Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster is expected to recommend soon to the city council a replacement for Cordero on the five-member harbor commission.

• The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association is hosting a luncheon, featuring Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the guest speaker, on May 11 at 11:30 a.m., at the Simon’s Water Front Banquet Center, 1050 Nagoya Way, at Ports O’Call in San Pedro. Reservations for the luncheon may be made by contacting Laura Williams at 415/352-0710 or lwilliams@pmsaship.com. Cost for lunch is $35 for PMSA members and $45 for non-members.

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A Shocker: 2010 Census Data Shows Long Beach Adds Only 735 People In 10 Years

By George Economides, Publisher

With thousands of new single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartment units at all price levels added to the city’s housing inventory during the past decade, many Long Beach officials expected the city’s population to be approaching 500,000 people when the new U.S. Census data was released.

Not even close.

The Long Beach Business Journal just obtained the data showing the city’s population was up a mere 735 people since the last Census in 2000.
The numbers are:
2010: 462,257
2000: 461,522
Increase: 0.2 percent

Long Beach fell from 5th to the 7th most populated city in California, being passed by Fresno and Sacramento.

The Long Beach data was contrary to what occurred throughout the state and begs the question: what happened here? Where did all the people go?

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