The Grunion

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-…

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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.”

Being isolated at home for six weeks as so many of us are experiencing gives a person time to think. My thoughts have turned to hometown Long Beach. I was born here and have lived here all my life. And I believe that Long Beach is a place with exceptional people.

“You don’t have to be a therapist to be a therapeutic” is a saying that has become our mantra at The Guidance Center. A friend of mine recently told me a story that perfectly shows what this means.

Long Beach is committed to following science and data in responding to this health crisis and our efforts seem to be working and keeping hospitals from being overwhelmed. If we continue physical distancing and following medical advice, we will be able to begin the gradual reopening of our ec…

State and local governments have done an excellent job responding to the health aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily growth rates of infection have declined from 20% to 22% several weeks ago to less than 10% daily due to social distancing and other measures that were implemented. Less tha…

To be honest, it never occurred to me I would be president of CNPA (California News Publishers Association, and without a journalism pedigree, writing a column seems ... weird. But my entire 21 years in the newspaper business has been bloody well full of unexpected turns.

There is no doubt that these are unprecedented times for the Long Beach business community. With the “stay at home” order handed down last week, I helped a number of my clients make the transition to move their employees to working remotely.

With positive cases of COVID-19 in Long Beach, we all need to work together to help control the spread of the virus in our city. Prepare, don’t panic. Stay informed and continue basic hygiene practices that will help us and our loved ones stay safe and healthy.

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