Comprehensive Language Access Policy Passes Council

Amidst both praise and criticism from language accessibility advocates, Long Beach City Council moved forward Tuesday in adopting a language access policy (LAP) that will cost the City some $524,000 per year in order to provide governnmental access to native Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog speakers who have limited English proficiency.

OP-ED: City’s Long Awaited Comprehensive Language Policy Falls Short

By Martha Beatriz Cota | Although the City is moving forward with drafting a language access policy, I was extremely disappointed when I saw the exaggerated cost in comparison to other cities and the layers of red tape on what materials are being deemed to be necessary to be translated. I feel strongly about language access because I, myself, am a Limited English Proficiency speaker.