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City Council Recap

Release Date: 2019-04-16

Dear Friends, 


Here is a recap of the last night's Council meeting:

Animal Care Services Study Session
Staycee Dains, the new director of Animal Care Services, provides an overview of the progress being made to improve our City's animal care facilities and programs. We have a great, passionate staff and community dedicated to ensuring the best care for animals throughout the city, and it is through strong partnerships with volunteers, local organizations, and the spcaLA we have seen a decrease of 82% and adoption rates increase by 78% over the past eight years. I know that under Staycee's leadership, we will continue to do better. 

Latino Economic Impact Profile Report
We received a presentation from our partners at Centro CHA and the Cal State Long Beach regarding an update on the Latino Economic Impact Profile Report. The report highlights the contributions of the Latino community to our city and local economy. Latinos account for almost 45% of our city's overall population, and yet Latino households have a relatively lower middle income, and roughly 20% of Long Beach Latino families live in poverty. I look forward to working with groups like Centro CHA to address these inequities. 

Project Labor Agreement Update
Four years ago, I championed the effort to create a citywide Project Labor Agreement. This is a partnership between the City and the building of the city and the building of the city. Staff provided an update on the status of the PLA, which has helped create a pathway of apprenticeship to career for many at-risk youth, adults, and veterans. While the City has exceeded the limits of the City Council, we still have a lot of work to make this agreement a success. We will work with staff to identify and expand their outreach. 

Washington Neighborhood Pride Banners
I am also excited to announce that we have first district priority funding to support a beautification project in the Washington Neighborhood. Our District has many unique neighborhoods, with their own character and history. We are partnering with Habitat for Humanity's 120 decorative street-pole banners along main corridors in the Washington Neighborhood. This project will improve the public. Stay tuned for more information as this project is completed. 

My staff and I work hard to ensure that the First District is a safe and secure place to work. If you need any help, please call my office at 562-570-6919. 

All my best, 

LENA GONZALEZ
Councilwoman, First District
City of Long Beach