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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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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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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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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.

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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…