Annual toy drive comes to Cal State Long Beach to help disadvantaged families

Cal State Long Beach will bring trinkets and playthings to local foster families this holiday season through the 20th annual Bob Rodgers’ Cherishing the Children Toy Drive. Anyone wishing to contribute can drop off new unwrapped toys to the various toy box collection sites around campus. “I do think toy drives are good for the community and the less fortunate,” undeclared freshman Lesley Francia said. “It makes me glad to see my school helping out in such a big way.” The annual drive was named after Bob Rodgers, a media production specialist for the university, after his passing in 2013. Rodgers worked on campus for more than 30 years and volunteered to play Santa Claus at the Cherishing Children’s Holiday Party for 15 years. For individuals who don’t have the time to shop for toys, donations will be accepted and the shopping will be done by event volunteers. Those donating money will receive a list of items purchased and a copy of the receipt for tax purposes. “This cash helps us to purchase toys where there are toy gaps in age and gender, and also to purchase $15 Target gift cards for the older teenage children,” said Stafford Cox, instructional

Campus vandalism continues while multiple violations ensue across campus

Criminal threats - At 2:30 p.m., a call for University Police Department was made by an employee at University Bookstore on Nov. 1 after an irate customer called into the store and began relentlessly yelling at an employee. The customer said they were not pleased by the service they received. Officers met with the shop worker and settled the issue, declaring no crime had occurred. Hit and run - A report was taken by officers at 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 2 in regard to a hit and run misdemeanor. The call involved a report of vehicle damage to a 2017 Dodge Charger. The car was parked in Parking Structure 3 when it was hit. There were no witnesses to this crime and a report was taken by UPD. Vandalism - UPD responded to a call at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 at the Health and Human Services 2 building. A window on the west side facing Deukmejian Way was reported destroyed and the area boarded up. It is reported that the cause of the damage remains unknown and there were no witnesses to this incident. Fire - Dispatch received a call at 12:15 a.m. on Nov. 4 regarding a field

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Airport drills put Long Beach’s emergency crews to the test

A signal flare and fake smoke indicated to first responders that the drill had begun, and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances lined up to treat volunteer actors. To better prepare for a worst-case disaster scenario, Long Beach Airport held Emergency Training Drills on the night of April 24 in order to test the effectiveness of their disaster response units. “This is how [disaster units] drill and train all the time,” Director of Disaster Resources at Dignity Health Kathy Dollarhide said. Long Beach emergency services simulated a terrorist attack against a JetBlue passenger jet to test the readiness and training of Long Beach’s first responders. Conducting these drills helps the Long Beach Fire Department “ensure the safety of the public” in the event of a mass casualty incident, LBFD press intelligence officer Brian Fisk said. Several law enforcement and emergency agencies coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration to observe and lend resources and manpower to the drill, Long Beach Airport Public Affairs Specialist Ryan Zummalen said. Amongst the observers were representatives from Long Beach Search and Rescue, Long Beach Police Department, the FAA, the American Red Cross, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, Zummalen said. Zummalen said the scenario