Sanctuary Long Beach at Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

March in solidarity with our neighbors fighting for justice by joining the Sanctuary Long Beach campaign and Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach at the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade!

This year’s theme is “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” which pays homage to the many community leaders who have continued the efforts of MLK in the fight for equality, dignity, and justice. We will be marching to honor the courageous community leaders who have led the effort to provide protections for hotel workers, stand up for students and parents’ rights, and bring sanctuary to Long Beach.

Please send any inquiries to James Suazo at

Meeting point: Corner of 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

Parade: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Celebration at King Park: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
MLK Jr. Park: 1950 Lemon Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806
Marcha en solidaridad con nuestros vecinos luchando por justicia y apoya la campaña “Sanctuary Long Beach” y Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach en el desfile de 2018 Martin Luther King Jr.!

El tema de este año es “Parados en los Hombros de los Gigantes,” que da homenaje a varios líderes de la comunidad que han continuado los esfuerzos de Martin Luther King en la lucha por igualdad, dignidad, y justicia. Marcharemos en honor de los valientes líderes comunitarios que han estado al frente de los esfuerzos que protegen trabajadores de hoteles, defienden los derechos de estudiantes y padres, y traen un santuario para Long Beach.

Por favor envíe cualquier pregunta a James Suazo a

Punto de encuentro: En la esquina de la calle 10 y Martin Luther King Jr. Ave

Desfile: 10:30a.m. – 12 p.m.
Celebracion: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Parque de MLK Jr.: 1950 Lemon Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes SB 811

From the Facebook Page of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice:

Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 811, the bill authored by Senator Ricardo Lara that would have required CalTrans to examine Community Alternative 7 (CA7) in its entirety as part of the 710 Corridor Project.

Regrettable, Brown’s rationale for vetoing the bill was misinformed. If he had taken the time to discuss the details with us, it would have been clear to him why this bill makes sense and why it is so important. Although Governor Brown understands the urgency of this project, CalTrans continues to reject local demands. This Caltrans-created opposition could prolong the 710 Corridor Project for another decade, if not longer.

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice is committed to the goal of SB 811 and will try to reach the same goal through the EIR project process. We will continue to work on ensuring that CA7 is a viable option for the 710 Corridor Project. Residents, organizations, and local officials from the 18 cities of the 710 Corridor support CA7 because it meets the needs of residents while addressing projected truck traffic along the corridor. The 710 Corridor Project is a $6 billion dollar project, let’s make it the best project possible.

Read More

Press-Telegram: 710 Freeway: Governor vetoes bill favored by environmental activists

Long Beach Wins Grant to Study Removing Freeway on Westside

California Department of Transportation awards a quarter million dollar Environmental Justice Transportation Planning Grant to City of Long Beach to develop community-based, Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan on Westside.

Long Beach – The City of Long Beach announced that they have been awarded a quarter million dollar Environmental Justice Transportation Planning grant through the California Department of Transportation [Caltrans] to develop the Terminal Islang Freeway Transition Plan.

The California Department of Transportation Environmental Justice Grant Program:

“promotes the involvement of low-income and minority communities, and Native American tribal governments in the planning for transportation projects. EJ grants have a clear focus on transportation and community development issues to prevent or mitigate disproportionate, negative impacts while improving mobility, access, safety, and opportunities for affordable housing an economic development.”

Based on the Caltrans Award Listing the plan is to:

“The Terminal Island (TI) Freeway Transition Plan will provide planning and conceptual design services to develop a vision for transforming the TI Freeway into an 88-acre greenbelt and local roads that will directly benefit a disproportionately impacted environmental justice community in West Long Beach. This plan presents a rare opportunity to coordinate replacing an underutilized freeway while mitigating pollution impacts to address long-standing community health concerns.”

From the City of Long Beach press release:

“This grant presents a unique opportunity to work with the community on a plan to replace the underutilized freeway while mitigating pollution impacts to address long-standing community health concerns,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

The transformation of the TI Freeway would constitute one of the largest freeway removal projects in Southern California history, and has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for West Long Beach residents.

“The transition of the TI Freeway into a local-serving road would enable better circulation between the neighborhoods and schools that are consistently exposed to visual, air quality and noise impacts,” said Councilmember James Johnson, who represents the 7th District. “The community would benefit from improved public health and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

The landscape buffer would separate port and industrial uses from the residential and neighborhood uses, between Pacific Coast Highway and West Willow Street. For decades, the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has been a conduit for the nation’s cargo, carrying trucks loaded with goods from the Port of Long Beach on their way to distribution yards and the rest of the United States. This traffic had an impact on the community’s health.

Freeways have been removed in numerous other communities across the nation, most notably, the Central Freeway and Embarcadero Freeway in San Francisco which together carried 150,000 vehicles daily. The concept for replacing the last mile of the Terminal Island Freeway was initiated to proactively address land-use conflicts and transportation impacts in West Long Beach.

Brian Ulaszewski, Executive Director of City Fabrick explains:

“Replacing the Terminal Island Freeway has been a collaborative effort between various city departments and officials, other government agencies, local stakeholders and community groups. The multitude of benefits including improving local traffic conditions and reducing public health impacts, all while creating a mile long park provides a solid foundation for everyone to build from as this community-based planning effort moves forward.”

The Terminal Island Freeway Transition Plan community process is projected to take place in 2014.

For Additional Information

City Fabrick: The Yards

CNU: Highways to Boulevards Blog: Long Beach, Part 2

Curbed LA: Long Beach Considering Tearing Out Terminal Island Freeway

LA Streetsblog: Terminal Island Freeway Removal Attempts to Find Funding for Study

City of Long Beach: Long Beach Wins Grant to Begin Visioning Terminal Island Freeway Transformation

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