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I have just finished reading the remarks in the Oct. 24 edition of Grunion Gazette about lane conversions to bicycle lanes in the downtown area of Long Beach. There were a couple of points that were made by one of your reader/contributors about Long Beach's rapid transit system that were not…

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I can go on the record as saying that I think the job of a university professor is the best job in the world. As someone who has served as a professor, dean and president, I speak from personal experience when I say that it’s a very challenging role, but it’s also extremely satisfying.

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As the founder of the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, I want to clarify some misinformation regarding the parade, the parade committee and why we decided to end our 23-year involvement with this event.

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Small business owners in Long Beach in operation for 20+ years know the effort it took establishing, growing and sustaining your businesses through the years. You may also know how running a business in a port city has been critical to the region's small business economy. From the trusted pa…

Early this month, the House of Representatives successfully voted to undo a terrible two-year-old mistake. Slipped into the 2017 Republican tax bill, that mistake was a provision unrelated to taxes that allowed the Trump Administration to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlif…

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Nearly a decade since craft beer first hit mainstream popularity, the industry continues to grow at steady rates. The national craft beer market now tops $26 billion and key players continue to seek new ways to scale their business to meet increasing consumer demand.

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It’s back to school time. As a parent, teacher, and your representative in Sacramento, I am committed to ensuring that we invest in our children’s success, which results in a better California. I serve as the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and am well positioned to ensure that Lon…

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As members of The Villages at Cabrillo Collaborative, we are compelled to address the points raised by our neighbor, P. West, whose thoughts regarding the homelessness situation in Long Beach were recently published in the Gazette as “Another View: Concerns about Homelessness.” We appreciate…

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Where there is the allure of the water, there is no shortage of dreamers, visionaries, hucksters, investors, or salesmen willing to expound on the endless new possibilities.

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Is it a coincidence that just two weeks after facing angry Long Beach residents and business owners about the controversial “road diet” project on the city’s Broadway corridor, City Manager Pat West has decided to step down? The project, a signature objective of the avid bicyclist’s tenure, …

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Cal State Long Beach is a small city of about 41,000 students, staff and faculty. We are proud to be part of the great city of Long Beach, as well as the surrounding region, and strive to add value to each and every corner of our city.

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As a coalition of individuals and agencies providing services to Long Beach residents who are experiencing homelessness, we were disappointed that the Gazette chose to print an uninformed, one-sided attack on city services as though it were a thoughtful opinion worth consideration.

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In helping people who are experiencing varying levels of homelessness, my staff and I work toward one goal for all our clients — permanent supportive housing. Urban Community Outreach is a small, independent nonprofit that offers respite, nourishment, opportunity and hope from our facilities…

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The process to rename our new Main Library after Long Beach native daughter and national icon Billie Jean King is progressing headlong to its conclusion. The recommendation by the Housing and Neighborhood Committee to the City Council received a YES vote, 3-0, Monday afternoon at a hastily-s…

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In higher education, the rapid pace of change helps ensure there’s never a dull moment. Here at The Beach, we are no exception — change is truly an exciting “constant.”

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As the only lesbian to be elected (three times) to public office in the city of Long Beach, I am delighted that the City Council is proposing to name its newly erected main library in honor of a hometown celebrity, Billie Jean King. King is not only a sports legend who was born and raised in…

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Trees to the Rescue! is a startup effort to provide Long Beach residents an opportunity to participate in a climate change mitigation effort.

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The school year has officially ended and it’s now summer break! Resting and having fun without the school bell schedule is a great way for the whole family to reset and recharge. But how do you prevent a restful summer break from becoming a restless one?

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A mascot is associated with a university’s athletic teams as a lucky charm for their success and as a symbol of something reflective of an institution’s personality.

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Mental health conditions are common and treatable. However, due to the stigma that surrounds mental health, many children and their families who suffer from mental health conditions go without treatment that could help them overcome challenges and lead positive, productive lives.

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1977 was a turning point for the city of Long Beach on many fronts. Its new civic center opened, and a new City Manager took the reins in the midst of public corruption.

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News of an effort to propose a housing bond was recently reported in this publication. While I agree it is important to ask tough questions when we’re faced with a proposal to spend public money on a problem, for me, there is no greater need we face as a community.

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Global climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet today. As we celebrate Earth Month, it’s important that we recognize not only how far we have come to address this crisis, but how much we still need to do.

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My name is Maria Miranda and I was born in Colima, Mexico. I am the ninth of three brothers and seven sisters. I studied administration in Mexico where I was an executive traveling throughout the country. When I came to this country, I was 18 years old. I started to work as a cashier at a gr…

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A university is often judged by the size of its student body, research output, faculty distinctions, application numbers, size of endowment and athletic successes. With the help of Beacon Economics, we identified additional metrics of importance. We looked at the economic and social impacts …

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Parenting itself can oftentimes be an overwhelming task. Parents want the best for their children. When met with added stressors, however, a parent might not be in a state of mind to make the healthiest choices for their children and, at times, unintentionally put their children at higher ri…

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When I was a kid and some new innovation, invention or fashion icon came along and everyone scoffed, my witty and always wise Italian American mom would laugh and say, “They laughed at Columbus!”

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My series on the university as a source of public good continues with a focus on the good work our faculty, staff and students do off campus to serve the region. In addition to teaching, working and studying, many in our campus community take on special projects, develop innovative initiativ…

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Cities and states across the nation are grappling with ways to get their most vulnerable and underserved residents connected to the internet. With recent rulings by the Federal Communications Commission to limit local regulations concerning 5G wireless technologies, it has become even more c…

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There are 2.1 billion people on social media. Every millennial has a smartphone and seniors are now using the internet for online doctor visits, bill pay, and Face-timing with family. We are more connected today than ever before.

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In honor of American Heart Month (February), a Long Beach Memorial dietitian has written an article about choosing cooking oils that are heart healthy. The type of fat we eat impacts our blood cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease.

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Last month I shared just some of the events, services, and resources on the Long Beach State campus and available to community members. I’d like to add to that list. Next month I’ll continue the series with the good work our faculty, staff and students do off campus to serve the region.

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Every year in Long Beach, approximately 4,000 individuals will find themselves homeless, dreaming about a stable and safe place to call home. Nearly 20,000 more families in our city live on the brink of homelessness where a job loss, a health emergency, or a change in family situation can le…

Despite being on the federal budget chopping block every year, Medicare Advantage continues to be a shining star in health insurance. It’s time, once and for all, for Congress to prioritize ongoing protections for senior citizens and the disabled who rely upon dependable coverage.

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Homelessness is a state and national crisis, and the most pressing issue facing our city. Over the last year, Long Beach has housed more than 1,100 people who were experiencing homelessness, and we have housed more than 5,000 people in the last five years. This progress is significant and wo…

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Chances are, if you walk along Second Street in Belmont Shore, you will run into Jim Worsham on his daily stroll. If you’ve ever donated to or visited Rancho Los Cerritos, you would be peers with Jean Bixby Smith.

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Recently, I was privileged to host my first on-campus community meeting. We invited campus neighbors to give them an overview of various capital plans and information about projects that are underway at The Beach.

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We live in a world gone wild inventing insignificance. From our daily doses of insipid social media, to a simple slight from a favorite friend, to the invisibility in the middle of a crazy crowd at Costco, we often feel unseen in the moments of living.

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Voters are losing faith in their elected officials and their system of government, and who can blame them? In many states across the country, candidates are flooded with special interest dark money in elections that are held in districts drawn by politicians, all while fearful that our votin…

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It's January, the last month of the pilot program for the reckless (dockless) scooter program in Long Beach. The window of opportunity for you to lodge your complaints will soon close as the City Council decides upon next steps in the program's adoption.