Five of the six city departments with the lowest vaccination rates, including Long Beach Police and Fire, all have workforces and management that are majority-men, newly released demographic data shows.
Campaign finance reports can give voters a sense of how strong a particular candidate is in terms of fundraising, but perhaps more importantly, what individuals or special interests they may be beholden to if they win.
City officials hope this will help “eliminate stigma and discrimination across all facets of society by embracing people of all gender identities and/or expressions for who they are.”
Though City Manager Tom Modica called the financing mechanism “really complex” and “something new for us,” the council ultimately agreed to the plan without any amendments or modifications.
Deputy City Manager Teresa Chandler acknowledge the hardships those staffers tasked with making the initiative a reality have faced, telling the council, “we have a long way to go.”
A 136-page progress report on the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative makes clear that while there have been some small successes, major challenges remain, including racism within the city itself that has exhausted many staffers tasked with making the initiative a reality, leaving them “experiencing burnout and feeling unsupported.”
These and other repairs are the “result of decades of deferred maintenance by former operators of the ship and are critical for its preservation,” according to a city news release.
The recent rise is alarming for health officials, with county, state and national health officials also reporting big increases in children with severe cases of the virus.
“Across the board, we’re seeing fewer numbers of individuals showing up,” said James Collins, Help Me Help You’s food services manager.