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    By Dianne Anderson Having scaled the Primary hurdles, the top two vote-getter candidates are now facing off against their challengers in the next leg of their run toward the November General Election. Vice Mayor Rex Richardson — Mayor of Long Beach For Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, his primary win speaks to the spirit of unity ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Teens and youth are hitting the streets in a good way this summer honing their multimedia skills, and activating their storytelling abilities all while spotlighting what they feel are the best things going on in their own neighborhoods. “My Hood, My City” program is now reaching out for participation from Long Beach ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Juneteenth is in full swing like never before with back-to-back local events to choose from, but organizers say it’s more than just good times and good eats. Hundreds have already registered for a June 18 event at San Bernardino Valley College, just one of numerous events popping up. Expect something for the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Al Austin is contending for the shiny new 69th Assembly District seat where he is preparing to tackle many of the same old issues that plague most other cities across the nation – affordable housing, an exploding homeless population, and rising crime. If that’s not enough, add health and mental health to ...
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    By Dianne Anderson With the Primary races in full charge toward the November runoffs in Long Beach, leaders and elected officials are talking about out-of-control inflation, lack of access to affordable housing and criminal justice reform. But not many are making the connection between crime and poverty. Rev. William Moses Summerville said some candidates are ...
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    The City of Long Beach, in partnership with Long Beach City College (LBCC) and BLANKSPACES, celebrated the grand opening of the Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center, a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Long Beach that will offer a variety of programs, resources and meeting spaces for local businesses. “This project demonstrates our strong commitment towards progress, ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Voters wanting to get in on the action this election, but feel like they don’t have time to drive to their polling places – or they forgot to buy a stamp for their ballot – should not stress about fulfilling their civic duty. It’s as easy as putting it in the mailbox. ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Most people would think twice before reaching out to pull notorious archenemies, the Bloods, the Crips, the Insanes and the Rolling 20’s, all together for a day of hamburgers, hotdogs and three different jumpies. Admittedly, Rev. Dr. Gerald Johnson said it’s not the easiest population to deal with, but there’s not much ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Community advocate Keith Lilly is not wasting any time lately getting his applications submitted to tap some free grants under American Rescue Plan dollars that continue to flow down to Long Beach nonprofits. But this round of free money has a short shelf life. Deadline to apply is April 15. He said ...
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    By Dianne Anderson A recent Forwarding the Sixth Vision Plan drew input on priorities from community members across the Sixth District of Long Beach, now neatly compiled within a 134-page report highlighting the tough challenges, and hopeful solutions. Of the top concerns expressed in the report, 22% of the community said street cleanliness and public ...