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ACT Community Celebration
Art's Culture, & Tourism - Community Celebration 6/7/2023 Celebrate the beginning of the ACT Committee. Tuesday, June 20th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.
Collaborative Community Cleanup - June 10th 5/24/2023 Collaborative Community clean-up with Vice Mayor Cindy Allen and Councilwoman Mary Zendejas on June 10th.
Happy New Year 2020
Ringing in the New Year 12/31/2019 As we bid farewell to 2019, I want to wish all you good health and prosperity in the new year. Please celebrate safely. 
Mary Zendejas - Swearing in Ceremony
Councilwoman Mary Zendejas Takes an Oath 12/10/2019 Last Tuesday I had the profound honor of being sworn in as your Councilwoman.  Words cannot express my gratitude for your support. 
City Holiday Closures 11/27/2019 City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. City Hall re-opens on Monday, Dec. 2.
Swearing In Councilwoman Mary Zendejas 11/25/2019 Please join the First District Council office for the Swearing in Ceremony for newly elected First District Councilmember Mary Zendejas on Tuesday December 3, 2019 from 5pm - 7pm.
Free Special Collection Information 5/28/2019 Did you know that Long Beach residents get 4 free pick-ups per year of oversized and bulky items?
LED - Save the Date
Latina Empowerment Day 1/29/2019 Over the past 18 years, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) has enabled Latinas to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California.
Latino economic summit
City Of Long Beach Latino Economic Summit 1/9/2019 This Tuesday I attended the Latino Economic Summit at the Long Beach Convention Center where we presented the findings from the first of its kind Latino Economic Profile.
And Justice For All
"...And, Justice for All!" 1/9/2019 Last night, the Long Beach City Council took its final step to approve our Long Beach Values Act Justice Fund which will ensure that undocumented residents of Long Beach have access to legal support to ensure they are not unjustly ripped away from their families.
Ready to Start the Next Chapter 7/20/2018 Earlier this week we celebrated the inauguration of my second term as the Councilwoman of the First District of Long Beach. 
Summertime in the LBC 7/11/2018 June 18th starts the City of Long Beach's 100 Days of Summer programming. In addition to these events, my office is funding 10 weeks of free park programming in every First District park.
willmore's 2018 S.L.A.M. Line-Up 7/11/2018 Willmore City Heritage Association is gearing up for the 2018 Season of Live Arts and Music (S.L.A.M.).
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Youth Summer Meal Program 7/11/2018 Learn more about the Youth Summer Meal Program
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Harvey Milk Park Construction Underway! 3/26/2018 Construction of Harvey Milk Park is underway! The park remodel will include a new Honor Wall, a stage area, a historic campaign button, new seating and a brand new staircase into the parking garage!
Dias Debrief - March 14, 2018 3/14/2018 In September of 2017, I requested that our City Staff protect our immigrant community through a local “Long Beach Values Act”...
Day of Service in Honor of Cesar E. Chavez - Citizenship Fair 3/13/2018 Please join Councilwoman Gonzalez and Centro CHA for a Day of Service in Honor of Cesar E. Chavez
Parklet Rendering on Pine Ave
Parklets on Pine 1/10/2018 This past Tuesday at Council, my colleagues and I approved a recommendation to authorize City Manager to execute a Public Walkways Occupancy Permit with sidewalk extension parklet for sidewalk dining for a Pine Avenue Parklet.
Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center Groundbreaking 1/2/2018 Join us as we officially break ground on the new Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center in Downtown Long Beach. 
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Honoring Dr. Felton Williams 12/14/2017 This past Tuesday, I had the honor of recognizing Long Beach Unified School District Board Member, Dr. Felton Williams for being named 2017 Urban Educator of the Year by the Council of the Great City Schools.
PRESS RELEASE: 2017 & 2018 city of Long Beach Holiday Schedule 12/14/2017 City of Long Beach Christmas 2017 and New Year’s 2018 Holiday Closures
First District Newsletter: For Shaun 12/8/2017 A few years ago, I had an idea to activate and invigorate the Small Business Development Center at 309 Pine Ave, and rename it in honor of one of Long Beach's best: Shaun Lumachi...
Grinch Eng
Family Holiday Movie Night at Oropeza Elementary School 12/14/17 12/7/2017 Please join Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for a Family Holiday Movie Night under the stars at Oropeza elementary School on Thursday December 14, 2017 at 6pm.
Family holiday movie night at Drake Park 12/7/17 12/1/2017 Please join Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for a Family Holiday Movie Night under the stars and Christmas Lights at Drake Park on Thursday December 7, 2017 at 6pm.
Seaside Park gets a new astroturf sports field 11/18/2017 Seaside Park Astroturf Sports Field is now open!
D1 Community Budget Meetings
First District FY 18 Community Budget Meetings 8/16/2017 Please join Councilwoman Gonzalez at one of two community budget meetings.
Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 or
Wednesday Aug. 30, 2017
Park Equity
Park Equity 8/16/2017 From the moment I took office three years ago I have been fighting to ensure that the First District receives its fair share. We have made significant gains when it comes to transportation dollars, mitigation dollars from the Port of Long Beach, new housing projects, and new business development. Now, I am working to ensure that every park in Long Beach is programmed in a fair and equitable way.
District 1 Family Fun Series 7/10/2017 My office is proud to fund the Family Fun Series that will be happening in EVERY Park in the 1st District.
Parent Town Hall 7/9/2017 Please join me and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert as we are hosting two Parent Town Hall meetings to discuss youth safety.
Family Fun Series 5/2/2017 Councilwoman Gonzalez is happy to announce the Gumbiner Park Family Fun Series schedule, happening now until July 7, 2017
Senior Meal Program is BACK at Chavez Park and Silverado Park 4/20/2017 Beginning Monday, April 24th the Senior Meal Program will be at Chavez Park-Jenny Oropeza Community Center.
Street Improvements in District 1 4/17/2017 Thanks to Measure A Funds, there are 12 areas in the First District that have received street improvements.
Go Long Beach with Councilwoman Gonzalez 4/16/2017 Councilwoman Gonzalez on LBTV at 4th & Olive Restaurant.
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Historic Pine Ave. Sign Unveiling 3/24/2017 City officials on Friday unveiled the new “Historic Pine Avenue” sign, a two-story high arch that stretches across Pine Avenue between 4th and 5th streets. The sign was lit up during an illumination ceremony beginning at 7 p.m., just in time for sunset.
Charter Local Edition with Councilwoman Gonzalez 3/6/2017 Charter Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Long Beach City Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez about expanded polystyrene.
Long Beach Council Supports State Bills Aimed To Protect Immigrants 2/8/2017 “We need to take a stand,” First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez said. “Given the demographic makeup of the city: we don’t be silent — we speak up.”
Scramble wide
Scramble Crosswalks 4/27/2015 First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, joined by city traffic engineers, will be holding a public demonstration of how to utilize Downtown's first scramble crosswalks.
Mariachi Trash Can
Week in Review: 4/20 - 4/25 4/25/2015 This week we focus on mother earth and all her beauty. 
Smart Meters 4/20/2015 This morning Mayor Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Councilwoman Suzie Price joined me in introducing the new smart meters to Long Beach. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think!
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Spring 2015 Newsletter 4/15/2015 Check out the latest happenings in the First District.
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Mental Health Press Release 4/2/2015

First District and City Council Legislative Department Staff Attend
Mental Health First Aid Training

The goal of Mental Health First Aid is to help individuals to overcome apprehension to
this issue and to engage others in a conversation that may lead to the person in distress
receiving the care they need

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February 2015 Newsletter 2/14/2015 Check out the latest First District News
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January 2015 Newsletter 1/15/2015 Check out the latest First District News
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December 2014 Newsletter 12/31/2014 Check out the latest news in the First District
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November Newsletter 11/14/2014

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Drake Chavez Greenbelt and Artificial Turf Field Grand Opening 1/1/0001 Please join Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, Mayor Robert Garcia, the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works for the Grand Opening of the Drake - Chavez Greenbelt and Artificial Turf Sports Field on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 11am. 
MLK Day of Service 1/1/0001 There will be service projects throughout Long Beach allowing residents to join the celebration and volunteer in honor of the MLK, Jr. holiday and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Creating a Digital Roadmap 1/1/0001 Last night at the Council meeting I authored four agenda items designed to ensure that the City of Long Beach is doing its part to create a road map to digital inclusion...
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First District Night at the Aquarium 1/1/0001 Please join Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for the annual First District Night at the Aquarium on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.