Civic Center City

On March 10, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

This article was originally published March 2, 2017 in Random Lengths News

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

These days, driving along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Long Beach is quite a distracting adventure.

Head west toward San Pedro and your eyes will unavoidably wander toward a wall of blue-covered fences surrounding City Hall and the Main Library. Turn right on Magnolia, heading north and you might catch a glimpse of a gigantic hole where the Superior Court once stood. Park and walk to either of the government buildings and you might experience a bit of claustrophobia as you pedal through the maze of fences.

This traffic trek — in the middle of the rush hour — is an expected facelift to the center of Long Beach civic engagement buildings and recreation areas.

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Long Beach Shifts in Leadership

On April 4, 2014, in News, by Zamná Ávila

RLn_Cover_04-03-14 (1)By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
“Actually, I have two secret weapons: One, I’m No. 1 on the ballot and two, I’m changing my name to Gerrie Schipske-Lowenthal,”  quipped District 5 Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, during a recent mayoral candidate forum. “Someone asked the other day … how I was going to do it. By marriage, so….”
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Instructor Seeks District 5 Council Office

On March 7, 2014, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Most seasoned teachers recall their first year in the profession as being one big blur of preparation, teaching, grading and stress punctuated with fun.

For Long Beach Council District 5 candidate Thomas Sutfin, the same can be said of campaigning for public office–except that it’s more stressful.

“Kids can be critical, but accept you as long as they know you care,” said Sutfin, who has taught for 23. “On the campaign trail it’s easy for people to be critical (they need to) and not know how much you care about the role of being on the city council.”

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