Here’s the best work of the year from the Long Beach Post’s team of photographers.
In these videos, we bring you some joyous and uplifting times along with the heartbreaking and touching moments of the year.
The new bunk bed comes courtesy of Tito Rodriguez, known as “Hood Santa” and founder of Local Hearts Foundation, and anonymous donors who reached out after the Post wrote about the five girls and their Dad, Jesse Alcala, doing virtual school in their two bedroom Central Long Beach apartment.
This is school during the coronavirus pandemic: Long Beach parents are watching as their children plop in front of computers to see their classmates and teachers in tiny squares.
We asked and, yes, the fish missed you.
As unique as the circumstances were, these were also typical graduations in a lot of ways, with lots of cheering, laughter and some tears.
The protests centered on the killing of George Floyd, who was suffocated by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, and the killing of Breonna Taylor, who Louisville police officers fatally shot in her apartment while serving a no-knock warrant on the wrong address.
These images reflect a city in turmoil.
“It’s like a part of you is missing.”
Clearly, these two groups clearly recognized the value in each other.