Tito Rodriguez, also known as “Hood Santa,” said he knows what it’s like to have nothing, which is why his goal is to help as many people in need that he can.
The expo will feature information booths, emergency preparedness demonstrations, emergency supplies for purchase, a kids’ fun zone, food for purchase, and multiple displays of emergency response equipment.
Filmers have, like the real-life students, been taking the weekends off and on schooldays they’ve been working in unoccupied classrooms, the gymnasium and other locations around the school.
The goal of the group is to walk and take photos of any potholes, graffiti or other issues they encounter and submit them on the Go Long Beach app as maintenance tickets for city staff to fix.
“It’s just a blessing,” Williams said of the award, which he received at Long Beach City Hall on Friday.
“I want to enjoy my life whether it’s going on bike rides or surfing. It’ll be nice. There’s just so much pressure with this job with things that land on your desk. I’m looking forward to handing the leadership to someone else.”
“I’m happy and sad after being city manager of this great city for 12 years,” said Pat West. “It’s been an honor and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Long Beach had originally projected a $9.3 million shortfall for fiscal year 2020 but was able to plug the hole in part by increasing parking fines and minimal reductions to some services.
If a town is ever going to make a sturdy building, it’s got to be its City Hall. Sturdiness is a political statement.
City Manager Pat West appreciated the view from his office on the 13th floor. “It’s like a cocktail lounge,” he said. “It’s a view that’s on Channel 5 every morning.”