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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.

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On Dec. 13, you wrote in the Grunion: “A land swap that would ultimately put 154 acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands into public ownership and restore those wetlands is before the state Coastal Commission today, Thursday.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a 1968 speech where he reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement, states, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." Today we are in the midst of an unending human rights movement to end homelessness and poverty.

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Providing safety, support, and emergency housing to those who have experienced abuse as a result of domestic violence is the driving mission of WomenShelter of Long Beach. Helping these victims and their children create safe, violence-free futures can be challenging and that is why WSLB, and…

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Surely most people today are aware of the divisiveness in our world and in our country. How do we bring people together and regain our respectful treatment of others? Even with varying opinions, we can maintain civility and respect.

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When Heather Stangle-Smith and Nate Smith moved to Long Beach three years ago, they were looking to build community. They had heard great things about the city from friends who had grown up here, and decided it would be the perfect place to make a home in between their two jobs.

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The hit NBC drama "This Is Us" tracks the Pearson family and more particularly the Pearson triplets who lost their father when they were 17-year-old seniors in high school. The show is brilliantly written and uses the vehicle of flashbacks and flash forwards to illustrate the impact the Pear…

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Early this month I received a notice of a community march to show solidarity against crime. I support community awareness, community watch and community engagement. Absolutely.

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Long Beach is a great place to live, but we can make it even better by voting YES on Measures AAA, BBB, CCC & DDD.

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We live in an era of misinformation. It is maybe the one thing that all sides in our current national debate can agree on. And sadly that looseness with truth has percolated down to our local politics. Thought Long Beach was different, still innocent? Not anymore. Maybe not ever, but certain…

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The Port of Long Beach prides itself on being an aspirational model for seaports worldwide. We are the Green Port, and we’ve led a movement to push the logistics industry to lessen its environmental impacts and pollute less. Our Clean Air Action Plan has cut diesel particulates emitted aroun…

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Neighborhoods should not be divided for political purposes. But when politicians draw the lines, as they do in redistricting, that happens. Measure DDD will help us keep neighborhoods voting together to ensure everyone is fairly represented.

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Last week, Mr. Bill Higgins and his wife submitted a letter to the Grunion that was heartfelt and clearly written from a place of love for our city. I want to thank him for his kind words and for providing the opportunity to share more information about what the city of Long Beach is doing o…

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Every resident and tourist who stops by to admire a work of art, takes a seat at one of our many theaters or enjoys a night of performances about town, recognizes that this city celebrates the importance of the arts. None of this would be possible without a supportive city and culture worker…

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Living with a chronic illness affects your life in countless ways. Those who find themselves in this situation are sometimes forced to make incredibly stressful decisions, choosing between treatment and maintaining a job, or between paying for a roof over their head and the medical treatment…

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California often leads the nation in innovation, including in our public schools. But in the key area of high school testing, several other states have progressed beyond California when it comes to making these assessments more relevant and meaningful to students and their families.

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Nothing good happens at 2 a.m., and nothing better happens at 4 a.m. Senate Bill (SB) 905, a proposal to allow bars to remain open until 4 a.m., has been moving through the state legislature this year. The bill has passed the State Senate and may soon be voted upon in the Assembly.

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The Grunion Gazette ad was eye-catching. Tom needed help caring for his dogs when he was out of town.

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The issue of homelessness is inescapable in Southern California. Human despair and suffering are openly visible under freeways, in parks and in our neighborhoods, stretching local government finances and tearing at our moral conscience.

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As Los Angeles County’s second largest city, home to one of the world’s busiest ports and an economically, culturally and ethnically diverse community, Long Beach residents and businesses know the costs and the benefits of living in a coastal community. The Mayor and City Council take pride …

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When you elected me Mayor four years ago, I promised that we would make our city safer, create good jobs, protect the environment, and move into the 21st Century.

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Having spent my entire life in Long Beach, I follow with no little degree of interest the efforts of some residents to bring back what was once world-famous surf to our wonderful beach.

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The world needs science, technology, engineering, and math expertise (STEM). So why is Long Beach State investing in the humanities and social sciences when the common thinking is “Those grads will never get jobs!”

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News reports about natural and man-made disasters have dominated the headlines of late. Each disaster serves as a reminder to the city of Long Beach and its residents of how important it is to “Be Prepared” while at home and work for a major emergency.