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The news media have reported widely on the Superior Court ruling that may stop the development of the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) rail yard and its threat to the health of surrounding communities like West Long Beach. Yet, we cannot forget the important role that the voice of the community has played in this struggle to prevent the rail yard next to our homes and schools. My personal story is just one of many neighbors who have been involved … read more

With less than two weeks until local school board elections, roughly 200 students and parents throughout the Long Beach Unified School District gathered at a townhall and candidates’ forum on Saturday to discuss the need for further action and solutions for creating a positive school culture and climate. “Suspension rates are declining throughout the state as more school districts are listening to the growing body of evidence showing that punitive discipline leads to students more likely going to prison rather … read more

The Long Beach Language Access Coalition denounces the disrespectful messages posted on Twitter by the Long Beach Business Journal regarding the recent public-comment speakers for the minimum-wage policy. The January 19 Long Beach City Council meeting was an impressive example of the value of democracy, community voice, and engagement in our civic process. Over fifty people spoke during the public comment for the item, all contributing to an important discussion on the impacts and nuances of raising the minimum wage. … read more