People’s State of the City Will Highlight Anxieties Brought On by National Politics And Local Fixes That Can Ease Them

The 2017 installation of the People’s State of the City (PSOTC) will include familiar narratives of the need for equity and justice in marginalized areas of Long Beach, but this year’s program will also carry with it a heightened sense of urgency as national politics have began to trickle down into local communities affecting their residents.

Equity, Equality and Engagement Focus of 2015 Long Beach People’s State of the City

The buzz was palpable immediately upon entering the gates of the north entrance to Stephens Middle School on Colombia Street. Community groups advocating for issues ranging from worker’s compensation to empowering Khmer women were tabling outside the auditorium where plays and music recitals are typically held. But on this night there would be no tubas intermissions or cellos. Instead, a dialogue covering a melody of issues facing everyday residents in Long Beach was on the docket. This was the 2015 People’s State of the City.

Fourth Annual People’s State of the City Targets Solutions Through Dialogue

Wednesday’s People’s State of the City will lack the technological flare and calculation of the Mayor Robert Garcia address delivered in January, but it will include one important factor that that the mayor’s glitzy presentation lacked. The fourth annual community event will focus on the people of Long Beach and their ground-level views of the issues affecting residents, told in their own words.