This Week's Top News in Long Beach

A look at what made headlines this week in the greater Long Beach area.

Here is a look at some of the top stories this week in Belmont Shore and Long Beach:

Police Warn of Utility Worker Burglary Scam: The Long Beach Police Department warned residents Thursday of a scam involving burglars posing as utility workers. Police said they have received recent reports of people falsely representing themselves as utility workers in order to gain access to homes.

Baby Sea Lion Almost Struck By Car - Near GameStop: Swimming to Carson - who knew? A baby sea lion made its way several miles from the ocean to this industrial Los Angeles County city where authorities said a driver narrowly missed hitting the pup in a commercial area not far from the giant Carson Ikea.

Port Clerks Ratify Tentative Agreements: Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex clerical workers, who last year went on an eight-day strike that crippled operations at the seaport, ratified the terms of proposed labor agreements with employers, negotiators announced on Thursday.

: A man suspected of stealing a white BMW during a burglary at a Redondo Beach home was killed by Long Beach police Thursday morning after firing at officers at the end of a vehicle chase, authorities said.

Oiled Seabirds on Our Coast Straining Local Rescuers: The International Bird Rescue has been swamped this month with an influx of seabirds found covered in crude oil along the Southern California coast. The culprit, San Pedro-based IBR said, is natural oil seepage found in the waters of Southern California.

Police: Two Arrested in Hit and Run Death: Long Beach Police arrested two men in connection with an alleged hit and run incident that killed a 24 year-old Long Beach woman last Wednesday. Compton resident Froylan Velazquez, 26, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run on Tuesday.

Construction Begins on Long Beach Grand Prix Circuit: Construction began earlier this week on the 11-turn, 1.97-mile circuit that will make up the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race weekend is scheduled for April 19-21 and though it continues to feature the Izod IndyCar Series on as the main attraction on Sunday and the Tequila Patron American Le Mean Series and Toyota Pro/Celebrity races on Saturday, there will be a few fresh twists.


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