Here are the latest local news highlights to kick off the week of Monday, July 10, 2023.
Long Beach to host Refuse Operator hiring event due to staffing shortage
Long Beach is organizing a hiring event to fill current openings for Refuse Operator positions in the Public Works Department on July 22, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2525 Grand Ave. The city is facing a staffing shortage in this area and wants to expedite the hiring process by providing job seekers with an opportunity to apply, interview, and potentially receive on-the-spot job offers. The event will involve work history screenings, interviews, and onboarding activities for successful candidates, including background checks, physical examinations, and drug screening. The Public Works Department has up to 30 full-time and part-time openings for Refuse Operators, and all new operators, including non-career employees, will be eligible for a recruitment incentive of up to $6,000. Candidates can complete their applications online prior to the event or in person on the day of the event. They are advised to bring specific documents, such as their DMV K4 driving record, driver’s license with Class A or B endorsement, and a copy of their resume and work history. The City of Long Beach is also implementing a training program to address staffing shortages by hiring non-career, part-time Refuse Operators and preparing them for the commercial driving test, thus creating a pipeline for employment opportunities with the City. Interested job seekers are encouraged to RSVP ahead of time and can find more information and online applications on the Refuse Operator Hiring Event webpage. Learn more here.
Citizenship information sessions to be held at Burnett Library
The Burnett Neighborhood Library will be hosting two citizenship information sessions to teach residents about the path to naturalization with Centro CHA. The first will be held Thursday, July 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the second will be held August 10 at the same time. Centro CHA is a prominent advocate for immigrant rights, having dedicated more than 20 years to advocating for immigrant rights. Specifically, for the past 17 years, they have been focused on offering immigrant integration services to the Greater Long Beach community. They will discuss services including assisting with Naturalization applications, helping with requests for fee waivers, assisting with DACA renewals, and aiding lawful permanent residents in applying for green card replacements. Centro CHA prepares its naturalization applicants for the interview process with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ensuring they are well-equipped and confident. Centro CHA is also a member of the Immigrant Integration Task Force, a network of organizations focused on immigrant rights based in Los Angeles. This task force is led by the California Community Foundation and the NALEO Educational Fund (National Association of Latino Elected Officials). Learn more here.