Alamitos Beach embraces its first Coastal Cleanup Day

The sound of plastic rustling and the ocean swaying filled the ears of volunteers Saturday morning as they swept up the Alamitos Beach seaside in the naked heat for the Long Beach Environmental Alliance’s first Coastal Cleanup Day. Alamitos Beach was an isolated habitat in contrast to other beach sites two years ago. If it weren’t for the LBEA, who petitioned to participate in the California Coastal Cleanup event, the state of the beach would be the same, John Kindred, co-founder of LBEA said. “Every year we clean up and down the beach but not here, this part right here is a big gap between the south beaches,” Kindred said. “It's like cleaning your bedroom. If you clean part [of] it and not all, you're defeating the whole purpose.” Eager volunteers lugged large plastic bags full of trash collected at the beach from 10 a.m. to noon, collecting cigarette butts and other remnants buried in the sand. “I think it’s our civic duty, I live on First Street and I enjoy the beach everyday and I want it to be clean,” Roger Abea, a volunteer, said. “My classmate from the neighborhood leadership program, Audrey, was doing her birthday, so this

By | 2018-09-17T22:50:46+00:00 Sep 17, 2018 | 10:42 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla partners with Long Beach State in Ballot Bowl

Only 18 percent of American college students voted in the 2014 midterm election, according to statistics compiled by Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. To bolster voter turnout, California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla partnered with Long Beach State and other campuses Friday to prioritize voter education and registration on campuses through a competition. All Cal State Universities, Universities of California, state community colleges and private institutions in the state were invited to join the cause, known as the “Ballot Bowl.” The competition will be divided into three categories: the largest number of students registered, the largest percentage of its student body registered and the most creative approach to registering students. The contest will formally begin on Aug. 20 and end Oct. 20. The winners will be announced Oct. 30, shortly before the California general election day on Nov. 6. The election will determine the holders of multiple statewide and county-specific offices, such as state governor and state Senate and Assembly representatives. Numerous ballot initiatives will also be voted on. The prizes, which were not disclosed, are tentatively scheduled to be given out on Nov. 14. “The goals for the challenge are to increase student voter registration and to create

Students and faculty remain ambivalent to trust fund allocation by Board of Trustees

Despite the continued success of Graduation Initiative 2025, California State University students and faculty were concerned about how funds are being allocated by the Board of Trustees at its meeting this Tuesday. Graduation Initiative 2025 was first passed by the Board of Trustees in 2015 with the goal of increasing graduation rates and decreasing the number of years it takes students to get their degrees. According to James Minor, CSU senior strategist for academic success and inclusive excellence, degree completion is currently at an all-time high in all categories. The system is on track to reach its graduation initiative goals, which includes hiring more tenure-track professors. This January, Gov. Jerry Brown released his budget for the state, which allocated $92 million in additional funds for the CSU system. Rafael Gómez, associate vice president for the California Faculty Association and faculty member at Cal State Monterey Bay, collaborated with students, allies and faculty members to organize demonstrations in Sacramento to call for an increase in funds. According to Gómez, these efforts led to the CSU budget increasing by an additional $364 million. “That money was given with the expectation that it would be used to increase student enrollment and to increase

Mayor presents plan for new dormitory space in downtown Long Beach

Long Beach is set to undergo a complete makeover in coming years, and Long Beach State students may directly benefit from the change of scenery. Mayor Robert Garcia presented the development plan “Building a Better Long Beach” at the Beverly O’Neill Theatre Tuesday morning. This was the second time they’ve offered this presentation to the community. The city is partnering with Long Beach State on developing a residential village, Garcia said. The project, deemed the "CSULB Downtown Village" has 1,100 proposed residential units, the most of any structure in the presentation. The proposed space for the village is on Long Beach Boulevard and Fourth Street, in the "heart of downtown." "If you want to add life to a downtown area, just dump in a bunch of students," Garcia said. "Students and grad students and faculty and teachers, and create a whole new experience." The dorm-style living space, which is currently proposed and under review, is also planned to include classrooms, labs, galleries and other student services. "We're very excited about this project," Garcia said. "We're totally committed and there's a lot of activity and movement." Of the 7,478 total residential units presented, 631, or 8.4 percent, were designated as “affordable”

Brand new Gerald M. Kline Innovation Space brings 3D printing technology to Long Beach State

When engineering associate professor Christiane Beyer received numerous requests for 3D printing jobs, she realized that the campus community had a much bigger demand for this technology than she alone could handle. A new space on campus, the Gerald M. Kline Innovation Space, has arrived to help meet that demand. The center, also known as the I-Space, was unveiled Aug. 23 in the University Library’s lower level. An opening date has yet to be set. Once open, the I-Space will be available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will grant all students subsidized access to 3D printing technology which helps create three-dimensional objects for whatever one needs. “I’m aware that [the engineering] industry is looking for more employees that come with this knowledge, so I immediately saw the opportunity for Cal State Long Beach to play a role in the forefront with establishing such a lab,” Beyer said. “This lab enables us to have hands-on learning experience and provide unique expertise that increases the employability of the student.” The center is funded by the Student Excellence Fee and a donation from Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, according to a press release from the University Library. I-Space

Long Beach State releases plans for Beach 2030 at annual convocation

In 12 years, Genesis Jara envisions Long Beach State as a campus where students who are in the greatest need, receive the most support.    Jara, Associated Students, Inc. president, imagines an overnight housing center, affordable textbooks and sustainable funding in order for the campus to not rely on inconsistent state funding. Jara wants a campus where students don’t have to go hungry or homeless. Last year’s convocation introduced the university’s campaign: ‘No Barriers,’ which addressed the need to create resources for student success. This year, President Jane Close Conoley and Provost Brian Jersky presented Beach 2030, an initiative meant to provide solutions to those barriers through community input. University officials behind the project are looking to both the city and campus communities for ideas on how to improve the institution. They announced a campuswide online event taking place Nov. 14-15 to gather community input. Through a two-day function dubbed Imagine Beach 2030, community members will be able to share their ideas online through any mobile device, laptop, desktop or Twitter account. Comments or ideas are available for everyone to disseminate and reply to. “Anyone — our students, faculty, staff, campus community, alumni, business and student leaders can and should

Alan Lowenthal uses town hall stage to repeat one message: ‘Vote in November’

If you ask Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, the only way that concerned voters can counter the policies of President Donald Trump is to vote Democrats into Congress this November. For two hours Monday night, about 600 people of all ages gathered in the Millikan High School auditorium  to ask the congressman questions about a variety of topics including immigration policies, environmental regulations, social security and healthcare. “I think elected officials always say this, but we’re really at a critical junction in our nation’s history,” Lowenthal said. “The soul of our nation is being tested.” The congressman then said that he wants a government to protect its natural resources and social security, ensure that everyone has healthcare and to have “rational” immigration policies. “If you don’t vote and you don’t tell people that you know and everybody [else] to vote, if you don’t understand that half of my district is Orange County and people are not involved in changing the House of Representatives... this nightmare will continue,” Lowenthal said. Throughout the event, Lowenthal told his constituents that the key to combating Trump’s actions  is to get a Democrat majority in both houses of Congress through voting. He repeated this sentiment

By | 2018-08-01T20:22:35+00:00 Aug 1, 2018 | 8:21 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Showcase|

1,300 participate in local Families Belong Together rally

Long Beach residents took signs, slogans and spirit on Saturday to participate in a Families Belong Together rally which began at Cesar Chavez Park. The Families Belong Together events arose nationwide in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s separation of migrant children and parents after processing them into detention centers. Along with this, activists used the platform to speak on local issues such as the Long Beach Values Act of 2018 — the city’s sanctuary policy. According to Maribel Cruz, operations manager of the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, at least 1,300 people attended the local rally. The downtown event was hosted by the LBIRC and Families Belong Together Long Beach. In March, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the Long Beach Values Act, which expands upon California’s Senate Bill No. 54. The state law prevents local and state law enforcement from disclosing citizenship status to immigration enforcement agencies, with certain exceptions. Under the city’s policy, all city employees are barred from sharing information about a person's citizenship status with ICE unless the individual has been convicted of crimes listed in the bill’s text. Local activists protested the inclusion of these crimes, or “carve-outs,” because they put

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