We need everyone’s help but we need to lead with equity, be grounded in and centered on equity, and equity must be woven through and embedded in all of our strategic thinking and decision-making during this crisis and in the subsequent healing and recovery.
In this crisis, we already have landlords giving “Three Day Notices to Pay Rent or Quit” to tenants regardless of the city’s moratorium upon rental payments. Some even have the temerity to demand late fees. I can assure you this method is the absolute worst thing a housing provider could do.
There are situations that will be out of our control, such as natural disasters or earthquakes that we experience on the West Coast. Our response to the COVID-19 is an incredible precursor to how we might be teaching and operating if we have to close down our campus due to unforeseen circumstances in the future.
The necessary response to COVID-19 we are seeing in Long Beach and throughout the world will, I believe, lead to greater emphasis placed on true knowledge, the importance of data and evidence, and a revival in the value of expertise over opinion or “gut feelings.”
We are facing difficult challenges, but I have faith that we will overcome them if we all do our part to help. Everyone needs to do their part for the safety and security of our city and collective future.
Hoarding, taking more than you need, doesn’t help you and it may deprive others of what they need.
Adversity does call forth the character of people and our leadership, staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends have shown remarkable problem solving skills, and compassion, and resilience.
As more and more cases of the virus are diagnosed in Long Beach and LA County, I want to personally encourage all local business owners to do the right thing: Shift your employees to a remote work model if at all possible.
We will get through this by preparing ourselves and stepping up to support each other and our community.
As large employers in the city and leaders in the housing industry we do ask however ask that the city remembers that there will be an economic “trickle down” effect on owners of residential real estate and management companies.