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Imagine an emerald chain of natural parks connected by bike, equestrian, and walking trails, along a revitalized Los Angeles River. That verdant new dawn is what the city of Long Beach promised its park-poor West in 2007 and again in 2015. Visualizations from the RiverLink Plan were dazzling.

While COVID-19 most frequently affects the lungs, other parts of the body may also be impacted, such as a loss of taste and smell. For a smaller number of people, instances of hearing loss are emerging, according to the International Journal of Audiology.

For many of us, the growing excitement about improved COVID numbers and the start of in-person instruction for some of our youngest students next week has been tempered by the race-based violence in Atlanta last week, followed by the terrible shootings at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket. Th…

For the past year, the city’s Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications Department has played a critical role in assisting the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department with our COVID-19 pandemic response. We have been focused on assisting health officials with setting up and …

ADU expansion is a goldfish compared to the Great White Shark of Senate Bills 9 and 10 pending in Sacramento. SB 9/10 increase housing density in single family residence (SFR) neighborhoods from 1 house to 6 units up to 10 with local approval. 

I wish I were talking about opening International City Theatre again and not just survival of the theatre — survival of all the arts. It is the arts that feed our souls, our spirits and our minds.

I am currently doing battle on Facebook with a group of people who think it is smart to post a video in protest of the current proposal before the City Council to rename the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the Beverly O’Neill Arts Center. The video and comments suggest that former Mayor O…

In this post-election relative calm, it seems a good time to calmly consider a familiar election issue: how we California voters tackle those infamous ballot measures, usually a dozen or more every two years that turn us into unpaid state lawmakers.

During the presidential campaign, much was said about the growing student debt crisis and the hope that debt forgiveness/reduction will soon become a reality. For those of us in higher education, it is a conversation we’ve long hoped the nation’s leaders would have as we edge toward a disast…

My active senior lifestyle has rarely been punctuated by illness. Until Jan. 4, when I was hospitalized at Long Beach MemorialCare Medical Center, I had not been hospitalized since birth.

Over the past 10 months, we have learned a lot about COVID-19, but one sad fact has been consistent since the first cases were reported last March: this virus, which is dangerous to people of all ages, too often proves fatal in older adults.

Despite our low campus population since last March, key Beach personnel, together with external teams, have been working to repair and improve facilities and infrastructure, as well as work on new structures around The Beach. From necessary landscaping projects to construction on our forthco…

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-…

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.

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.

Cannabis taxes are a joke, but it’s not a laughing matter. The Long Beach Collective Association has been advocating for safe access and fair industry policy since 2010 — so much and so little has changed over the last decade.We learned to fight defense with reactive organizations; advocatin…

The latest revelations about President Donald Trump calling military service men and women “losers” and “suckers” is appalling and disgraceful, but not surprising. When running for office, he besmirched Senator John McCain. I knew Senator McCain and he was a patriot through and through.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way of life in California, our country and across the world. In recent months, stay-at-home orders, mask wearing and social distancing measures have created a “new normal,” and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus.

As the national election nears, we should not forget that our current voting system is perhaps the most secure that it has ever been in our history.

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The U.S. Constitution requires all persons in the United States to be counted in the Census every 10 years. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing, the challenge of Census outreach has been made increasingly more difficult.

A brand management and crisis communication professor I know at a leading university contends that brands reside in the minds of customers, not at company headquarters. So, when crisis strikes, he argues, protecting the brand boils down to this: protecting your customers.

Robert Andrews Millikan was a world renowned scientist, affirmed in 1923 as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for his work on the elementary charge of electricity and on the photoelectric effect.

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We write to you as concerned educators, parents, and students to request that you act immediately to save our public schools. We join the Council of the Great City Schools in urging the federal government to invest a minimum of $175 billion in Educational Stabilization Funds distributed to t…

Assemblyman (Patrick) O’Donnell should be ashamed of himself. His school district liability waiver bill, AB 1384, forces families, not negligent school districts, to bear the cost of harms caused by COVID-19.

On the night of Memorial Day, I received a call from my mother, who spent the holiday in isolation, social distancing during the pandemic. We had a conversation about a disturbing video circulating on the news, highlighting the killing of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis by four police officers.

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As I write this, I reflect over the last week and the peaceful protests that have occurred in Long Beach. I admire the protesters’ commitment to justice and equality, and I share in the outrage over the senseless death of George Floyd. Being a police officer has been my life’s work, and it’s…

I have lived in Long Beach my entire life. It’s a city I love — a vibrant, diverse, welcoming community. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Robert Garcia, Governor Newsom, and countless other officials, California has “flattened the curve.”

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