The Grunion

I wake up every weekday at 7:45 a.m. and immediately log on to Canvas (the Long Beach school platform) and start my first zoom of the day. I spend the remainder of the day there, provided I don’t have any other engagements.

It has been almost 10 months since COVID-19 began harming families in the United States, putting parents out of work and shutting children out of the schools that taught and cared for them. And the children most affected are those facing economic and other inequities that have only become mo…

As 2020 draws to a close, I think most of us can’t wait for it to be over, and won’t be sad to see it go. This was an extremely difficult year, full of challenge and tragedy, and there’s no doubt 2021 is already looking much brighter.

I am happy to hear that Rex Richardson was elected Vice Mayor of the City Council for a second time. I have followed Rex’s political career from when he was president of the Associated Students Inc., student government, at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Editor's Note: At the Dec. 8 City Council study session regarding coronavirus restrictions, Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price asked Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis to tell the public about her educational background to deflect complaints restrictions were not scientifically-…

Celebrating the end of 2020 has a unique energy, given the series of catastrophes that have haunted us world-wide, nationally and statewide. Disease, racial injustice, climate change with resulting wild fires, and economic instability have all been at the center of our concerns for at least …

Note: This originally was a letter to Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, of the California Health and Human Services Agency. Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) cosigned the letter.

I'm going to try to keep this one short — I figure quick requests are more effective than long, drawn-out pitches.

Traditionally, November is a month devoted to the expression of gratitude for the blessings of the previous year. Perhaps it is more challenging in a year that features a worsening global pandemic, blatant racial injustice, a crushing recession, violence, natural disasters and heated partisa…

One of the more enjoyable post-election pastimes — certainly more enjoyable than filing lawsuits — is a game called "What If."

Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season in the United States, and is a favorite for many. It is a time when loved ones gather together to reflect upon all things for which they are grateful. There is no pressure of holiday gifts; it is a day built on the simple breaking of bread a…

Maybe it’s because of social media or possibly a byproduct of growing up in Long Beach and becoming more aware of how things operate, but there’s no disputing the fact that our “non-partisan” local elections have a much more “partisan” feel these days.

Back in the prehistoric era, when I was attending what we called junior high school, I was a half-miler in track for about 15 minutes.

Editor's Note: The Grunion Gazette has not endorsed candidates in Long Beach since its inception in 1978. That policy continues this year. What follows are endorsements by the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Southern California News Group.

Although Election Day is still two weeks away as we write this, the reality is that voting has already begun. We want to encourage everyone in Long Beach to vote and vote early.

Long Beach's City Council let it be known Tuesday night that they think they should have a say in how the city responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

Editor's Note: This letter was received after last week's deadline, addressing the Another View from Sept. 24. For that reason, we're publishing it this week.

California’s increasing battles with forest fires (four million acres already burned) are another indication of how human-caused changes in our climate are directly affecting our safety, our economy, and our quality of life.

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