state of city 2016

Mayor Robert Garcia wraps up the 2016 State of the City talking about Long Beach's people.

Tickets are available now for the annual State of the City speech by Mayor Robert Garcia.

Long Beach’s City Charter requires the mayor to give an update of the city’s status annually. For a number of years, it was presented to the public as part of a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, with a second reading to the City Council. Mayor Bob Foster turned the address into an evening event open to the public for free.

Garcia continued and expanded on that concept, hosting the event at the Terrace Theater, part of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Nonprofits and city departments offer displays in an open house before the speech.

This year’s State of the City will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, with the reception starting at 5 p.m. While it is free, a ticket is required.

To register for tickets, go to stateofthecitylb.com. Parking also will be free that night.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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