PODCAST: The Word on Long Beach – What is a ‘Smart City Initiative’ and how can it benefit Long Beach?

This week on the Word on Long Beach, we venture out into the city for our first over podcast “Office Hours.”  We set up shop on The Bird Dive Bar on Fourth Street and, we’ll give you an update on the transition from “Fern’s” to the current ownership.

1:06 – Ryan Kurtzman is the project manager for the Long Beach Smart City Initiative.  He joins us to tell us more about the first Long Beach Augmented Reality (AR) Exhibition, which will take place in Downtown Long Beach on Aug. 8 from noon to  5 p.m. All you will need to enjoy this exhibition is your smartphone and your Instagram or Facebook app.  No registration is needed.  If you have an idea on how technology can improve Long Beach, Kurtzman encourages everyone to submit their ideas online.  There you can also find out about some of the projects the initiative is working including meeting the needs of the homeless and, addressing systemic racism.

16:55 – We set up shop at The Bird Dive Bar on Fourth Street to give members of the community the opportunity to speak directly with members of the Long Beach Post staff. We will be having “Office Hours” once a month, specifically to allow the community to speak with us, ask questions and tell us what issues you would like for us to address.

While some were reluctant to join us on-air, this time did give us an opportunity to follow up on the transition from Fern’s, to The Bird Dive Bar in Long Beach. The bar is now open for business and is hoping to be a haven for local musicians in the very near future.

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Jackie Rae is a multimedia reporter for the Long Beach Post who joined in May 2021.
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