Dr. Joni Ricks-Oddie is running for Long Beach’s 9th City Council district and is currently the only candidate declared for the race.
Tuesday night’s City Council meeting went on as scheduled despite members of the public not being allowed inside the council chambers because of rising COVID-19 cases.
The vote failed 4-5 after a contentious discussion over what the vote really meant given that SB-9 and SB-10 are ready to sign.
The request by the Long Beach council came shortly after the Los Angeles City Council initiated a process to establish a 300-foot rule in LA. Council.
Los Angeles’ ordinance was prompted by protestors opposed to vaccine mandates being considered by the LA council showing up to the home of Council President Nury Martinez with bullhorns where they allegedly shouted obscenities into her daughter’s bedroom, Martinez said. The Long Beach council could direct the city attorney to draft a similar ordinance at its Sept. 14 meeting.
Council members Suzie Price, Mary Zendejas, Daryl Supernaw and Roberto Uranga are asking for the city manager to work with the City Clerk’s office to determine if telephone comment can be brought back just two weeks after the city announced it would go away.
Mayor Robert Garcia said that the request has already been made to the city manager’s office and he’s hopeful that an announcement can be made soon, but it likely won’t be before June 15.
The City Council could be weeks away from implementing video for their meetings but in-person sessions could still be months off as it waits for more public employees to be vaccinated.
The inclusionary housing ordinance could require set percentages of new construction project to be affordable housing units. Housing advocates say the majority of those units should be set aside for very-low income households.
City officials on Tuesday will propose a Long Beach Violence Interruption strategy, which will use community leaders and organizations to come up with strategies for intervention in vulnerable communities.