Beer & Politics to feature talk on Belmont Shore homeless march

Residents will have the chance to ask questions about the homeless issue in Belmont Shore at next week’s Beer & Politics event.

A group of Belmont Shore residents sparked controversy this month when they marched down Second Street in the pre-dawn hours to “take back” their neighborhood from a recent uptick in crime.

While organizers said the march was meant to push criminals out of Belmont Shore, others saw it as a form of vigilantism that unfairly targeted homeless people.

The march on Nov. 2 drew dozens of protestors and at one point turned ugly when a resident sprayed water and shouted profanity at protestors.

The Beer & Politics discussion will feature march organizer Barry Vince; Stefan Borst-Censullo, a march protestor and member of the Democratic Socialists of America; and 3rd District Councilwoman Suzie Price, whose district includes Belmont Shore.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Liberation Brewing Co., 3630 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. Beer & Politics is a monthly event featuring discussions on city issues.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].