Five current and former Black employees of the city of Long Beach filed a class action lawsuit against the city Wednesday, alleging multiple violations of anti-discrimination laws and systemic anti-Black racism, according to court documents.
Four councilmembers are proposing sweeping reforms of city’s Building and Safety Bureau in hopes of ending crippling permit delays.
The lack of transparency over contractor operations at the migrant center concerned Rep. Alan Lowenthal, who has twice visited the facility.
The software collects social media reaction to things like mask mandates, compliance with reopening rules and vaccination efforts, a city official said.
One local contractor said he won’t do business in Long Beach anymore because it takes too long to secure permits for basic projects.
The lawsuit alleged the director told a Black employee she “should focus on being more ‘white’” if she wanted to be promoted.
The goal behind Homeless Court is to get the City Prosecutor’s office, the City Attorney’s office, service providers and homeless people with pending criminal convictions to work together to ensure that warrants, tickets and other past misdemeanors don’t prevent homeless people from accessing services they need.