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News Highlights for the Week: September 18-24

News Highlights for the Week: September 18-24

Jeanette Lem

Here are the latest local news highlights to kick off the week of Monday, September 18, 2023.

Long Beach Develops LGBTQ+ Cultural District: Seeking Community Input
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The Long Beach Development Services Department has crafted a vision and feasibility plan for the new LGBTQ+ Cultural District based on community feedback. Residents and stakeholders are invited to a workshop to provide input on desired improvements along the East Broadway Avenue corridor. The district aims to celebrate Long Beach’s LGBTQ+ community by emphasizing its cultural and historical importance, supporting LGBTQ+ businesses, and enhancing public spaces. The preliminary plan, released in June 2023, outlines the initiative’s next steps and activation opportunities. An in-person workshop is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2023, with an RSVP request for attendance. Interpretation services will be provided, and a survey with concepts will be available for those unable to attend. Additional meetings will be held for business owners and stakeholders. Learn more here.

California State University Trustees Approve Tuition Hike to Address Budget Deficit
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Trustees at California State University, the largest public university system in the U.S., have voted to implement a 6% annual tuition increase for five consecutive years, aiming to reduce a $1.5 billion deficit. Starting in fall 2024, full-time California undergraduate students will face a $342 tuition hike, bringing the total to $6,084. By the 2028-2029 academic year, this will rise to $7,682. The university argues that these increases are necessary to support students through financial aid and academic programs, as well as to provide resources for faculty, staff, and facility maintenance. The system currently covers about 86% of overall costs, leaving a significant budget gap. Learn more here.

5th Annual Ranchos Walk Explores Long Beach’s Historic Landmarks and Green Spaces
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The City of Long Beach is set to host the 5th Annual Ranchos Walk on September 23, 2023. Participants will embark on a 9.4-mile journey through historic paths connecting Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos, featuring scenic views of Long Beach and Signal Hill’s highest points. This year’s event emphasizes native plants and offers a guided audio tour. Various route options, shuttle services, and an afternoon of festivities at Rancho Los Alamitos await participants. The walk supports street safety and mobility initiatives, coinciding with California Pedestrian Safety Month. The event is presented by the City of Long Beach in collaboration with Walk Long Beach, with sponsorship from local offices and organizations. More information is available at Learn more here.

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Long Beach Hosts Seventh Donation Drive for the Homeless Community
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On Saturday, September 23, the City of Long Beach will hold its seventh donation drive to collect essential items for individuals experiencing homelessness. The event, taking place at the Department of Health and Human Services Main Facilities Center, aims to gather items such as clothing, hygiene kits, backpacks, pet care kits, and more. Donations will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center and provided to local partner organizations. The City has collected over 18,350 items since launching donation efforts in February 2023, with over 60% already distributed to those in need. Local organizations supporting the homeless are encouraged to request donations to aid their mission. Note: Donations made to the City may not be tax deductible, donors are advised to consult their tax professional. Learn more here.

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Summary: The Long Beach Public Library is set to host its 5th Annual Vida Latina celebration series from September 15 to November 2, 2023. This event aims to honor Latin American heritage through a diverse range of activities across all library locations. The program will include classic favorites like Lotería and Cuentos y Cantos Storytime, as well as new additions like Amate Art and Mercadito Literario, a literary festival showcasing Latinx authors and culture. The library’s website will also feature ‘Reflections of Long Beach,’ offering a year-round digital space to explore the city’s cultural history. For a detailed schedule, visit the library’s events calendar or contact them at 562.570.7500 during operating hours. Learn more here.

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