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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LB District 2 Voters Take to the Polls

On June 6, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

A segment of Long Beach voters will be choosing a representative for one of the most impactful and coveted areas in the city: District 2.

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Measure A Measures Up

On June 6, 2016, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

Spare some change, fix a few leaks and save for a rainy, or do without and pay later? That’s what Long Beach residents will be asked this coming primary

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Mæry Queens Sinks the Ship

On May 13, 2016, in Blog, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor

I love Long Beach! So, when I received a very well written press release about a webisode series that was to spotlight gay life in the city, I immediately pitched it to my editor as “a perfect feature for our Pride edition.”
Well, not quite.


Garcia Delivers His First State of Long Beach Speech

On January 13, 2015, in News, Print, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
In his first State of the City address, Jan. 13, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia celebrated development of an Economic and Property Development Department, the creation of a Technology and Innovation Department and commission, and commercial growth.
“Work has begun on an expansion at the Pike that will mean $68 million of new private investment,” Garcia said.“In 2014 alone, we made incredible progress Long Beach won awards in technology, equality and transportation.”
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Rumble: Riding the Long Road to Equality

On May 16, 2014, in Feature, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Walk into a gay bar these days and you are likely to see men greeting each other with a hug and a kiss. But it hasn’t always been that way, said Satyrs Motorcycle Club president Riley Black, about  late 60s and early 70s.
“You wouldn’t just walk up and hit on someone, because you didn’t know if it was an undercover cop,” he said.
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Garcia Gets on the Path to City Hall

On April 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Zamná Ávila

Robert GarciaBy Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila
The real story in the Long  Beach elections might be turnout.
“In Afghanistan last weekend 58 percent of the electorate turned out to vote under threat of death by the Taliban,” said Signal Hill political consultant Jeffrey Adler. “Here, less than 15 percent turned out to select the mayor and the council … and no one’s life was being threatened.”
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Environmentalist Seeks LB District 7 Seat

On March 21, 2014, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor
Joan Greenwood is looking to leave her mark in Long Beach after more than 25 years in the community. She running to represent the city’s Council District 7.

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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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Doug Haubert Seeks Reelection, Innovation

On December 13, 2013, in News, by Zamná Ávila

By Assistant Editor Zamná Ávila

The man tasked with overseeing the prosecution of all adult misdemeanors in Long Beach is looking to keep his job.

“We have accomplished a lot in these three-and-a-half years but there is more to do,” City Prosecutor Doug Haubert said. “That is why I am seeking a second term.”

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