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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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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.

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“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.

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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…

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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…

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The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to recalibrate our lives and adjust to new ways of doing things, including many of the things we long took for granted. Gathering with family members, working at our jobs, or merely enjoying the neighborhoods we live in are far dif…

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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.

In light of the most recent updates regarding COVID-19, several cities and states have issued a stay-at-home mandate, and more will continue to do so in the days ahead. So what does that mean for restaurants?

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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.

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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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At its Gala on April 2, WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB) will present Third  District Councilwoman Suzie Price with its “Protector Award.”

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Long Beach Airport is loved by so many, and it’s getting even better. Now is the time to invest in the Phase II Terminal Enhancement Program, approved by the City Council last week, so that we can preserve and revitalize our historic 1941 terminal building and, at the same time, improve the …

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Strong educational institutions are the backbone of vibrant cities and communities. We are fortunate that the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, and California State University, Long Beach provide a world class education to learners of all ages, from our youngest ea…

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Recent tension between the United States and Iran has many residents questioning what effect it might have on Long Beach. On Jan. 18, 2020, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory stating “at this time, we have no information indicating a specific, credible threa…

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As your Mayor, Fire Chief and Police Chief, we asked you four years ago to invest in our city by voting Yes on Measure A — you did and we have seen great successes.

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On Jan. 21, the Long Beach City Council passed a Short-Term Rental (STR) ordinance that has two serious flaws. Unless corrected at an upcoming Council meeting, this ordinance will go into effect with serious, adverse consequences for Long Beach residents.

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One of the most pressing and complex challenges facing our city is the issue of homelessness. It affects neighborhoods throughout the city. There is not one quick-fix or one-size-fits-all solution to this problem.

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Editor's Note: The Grunion Gazette offers the Another View space to local candidates for election, with a few restrictions. No personal attacks are allowed and statements must be verifiable. No candidate opinion piece will be published the week before the election. These rules apply to Lette…

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It is doubtful that our Long Beach City Council and citizens would stand by and allow condo owners to cut off the roof of the downtown Aquarium to improve owner views. Yet, forces are in motion to remove or lower the height of the breakwater so surfers can surf bigger waves.

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One of Cal State Long Beach’s greatest contributions to the public good has been its role in enhancing students’ social mobility. Last month, it was announced that CSULB ranked No. 7 nationally on the latest Social Mobility Index (SMI) — an annual report measuring the extent of a college’s o…

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As we enter this new year, and the new decade, I’m reflecting on all the incredible changes Long Beach has experienced over the past year and the past 10 years, and looking forward to many opportunities for continued growth and progress in our community.

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In my time as a Congressman for the 47th District, a State Legislator, and as a Long Beach City Council member, I have always supported an empathetic and forward-thinking approach to ending homelessness. I have proudly supported actions which have helped streamline federal affordable housing…

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Sometimes I long for the days before my husband and I upended the grass and let our gardener go, confident that we could take care of the succulents, cacti and decomposed granite in our new Southern California-friendly garden alone. 

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The epidemic of ADA lawsuits against small businesses has just recently hit Second Street in Belmont Shore and Naples. Within the last 30 days there have been upwards of 25 lawsuits filed against small business owners in Federal Court.

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This Nov. 20, I celebrated my 40th birthday. Only this year, something was missing; something I usually dreaded, but now in hindsight, utterly took for granted.

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At The Beach we enjoy a reputation for “quality instruction provided in an environment in which scholarship, creative, artistic and professional activity are valued and supported.” Included among the activities we value and support is research.

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The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for the donation of household items. It is also one of the busiest times of the year — period.

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Happy November to you. This is a very special month because it's the time of year that we officially celebrate the heroic efforts of our veterans. We also take time to gather with friends and family in honor of Thanksgiving Day. It's a great time of the year.

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I have just finished reading the remarks in the Oct. 24 edition of Grunion Gazette about lane conversions to bicycle lanes in the downtown area of Long Beach. There were a couple of points that were made by one of your reader/contributors about Long Beach's rapid transit system that were not…

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I can go on the record as saying that I think the job of a university professor is the best job in the world. As someone who has served as a professor, dean and president, I speak from personal experience when I say that it’s a very challenging role, but it’s also extremely satisfying.

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As the founder of the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, I want to clarify some misinformation regarding the parade, the parade committee and why we decided to end our 23-year involvement with this event.

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Small business owners in Long Beach in operation for 20+ years know the effort it took establishing, growing and sustaining your businesses through the years. You may also know how running a business in a port city has been critical to the region's small business economy. From the trusted pa…

Early this month, the House of Representatives successfully voted to undo a terrible two-year-old mistake. Slipped into the 2017 Republican tax bill, that mistake was a provision unrelated to taxes that allowed the Trump Administration to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlif…

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Nearly a decade since craft beer first hit mainstream popularity, the industry continues to grow at steady rates. The national craft beer market now tops $26 billion and key players continue to seek new ways to scale their business to meet increasing consumer demand.