Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and editor-at-large focusing on digital strategies and special projects at the Long Beach Post. She previously served as executive editor during the publication’s early years—a position she obtained by editing its print version with a red pen. A latchkey kid, Bennett was raised by the streets of L.A. and used buses and Metro rail lines to explore its diverse neighborhoods. Her love for music, especially punk, took her on journeys throughout the Southland and had her dreaming of becoming a band manager or running a record label. Instead, she became a music columnist before adding food, art, culture and beer to her writing repertoire. You can find her words on several local, national and international publications that span well over a decade. Google it, the names are too many to list. Most recently, Bennett helped launch the quarterly magazine theLAnd, which spawned from the death of the once vibrant alt-weekly LA Weekly where she served as its food editor. A longtime zinester, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest, which began in 2015. Bennett teaches journalism at Santa Ana College where she began her reporting career writing for its student newspaper. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at USC. Bennett half-jokes that “work is life and life is work” but says she is now trying to relax more. That includes fighting the urge to pitch a story wherever she travels. Not surprisingly, she doesn’t understand the concept of boredom.

Councilmember-Elect Rex Richardson Brings Participatory Budgeting to 9th District

9th District Councilmember-elect Rex Richardson isn’t just ready to take his new office on July 15—he’s ready to hit the ground running. With a series of key initiatives already underway to ease the transition between current Councilmember Steve Neal and himself, Richardson is planning to continue the progressive processes and projects that have been ongoing for the last few years in North Long Beach, starting first by putting the District’s infrastructure funds directly in the hands of his constituents.

Long Beach’s OG Vintage Bike Shop, The Bicycle Stand, Moves Down Broadway

Now located in a busy retail intersection with more than four times the size of its previous incarnation, The Bicycle Stand—Long Beach’s only bicycle shop dedicated to ground-up restorations of classic steel-framed bikes—has a new, improved and bigger home. And it’s less than a half mile from where owners Evan Whitener and Nicole Maltz first turned their passion for vintage steeds into a business two and a half years ago.

Long Beach Voters Must Cast Two Ballots in June 3 Election

Long Beach residents who vote by mail may have already realized that an extra envelope has arrived to capture their choices for the upcoming June 3 election, which features municipal as well as county and state contests. Instead of one ballot containing a comprehensive listing of all positions up for grabs this cycle, on June 3 there will be two separate ones, in something the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office is calling “2 Vote Tuesday.”