The sound of a street sweeper entering your neighborhood is scary enough to turn any Long Beach resident into a track star, as they race out the door to avoid a citation for being parked on the wrong side of the street. But perhaps more alarming is that potable water is being used by these machines to clean streets, while residents across the state face conservation mandates.
After nearly a two hour discussion on the potential health risks of petroleum based product being placed on new synthetic soccer fields in the city the Parks and Recreation Commission changed direction and voted to approve a recommendation to the city manager’s office that an all-natural alternative filler be used for future projects.
The proposed Promising Adults Tomorrow’s Future diversion program received unanimous support from the Long Beach City Council last night. Councilmembers approved the proposal, giving the city manager’s office the go-ahead to begin the first steps toward identifying funds for a pilot program that could start in the next fiscal year.
The City of Long Beach is expected to explore a pilot program designed to help disconnected, unemployed and at-risk youth by providing a second chance through diversion. The Promising Adults, Tomorrow’s Hope (PATH) program would target those aged 16 to 24. If adopted, it would promote mentoring, job placement and college education in place of criminal prosecution for certain crimes.
Landlords clad in suits faced off with renters holding up signs demanding stronger tenant rights in front of the council Tuesday night, as it debated the merits of the proposed proactive inspection program. The eventual vote in favor of codifying the existing inspection process and to add “baby teeth” to it was a small victory for tenant advocates, but they promised this would not be the final discussion.