The free event will begin with an outdoor community fair at 5 p.m. and the main program at 6:30 p.m.
By pursuing a ballot measure the coalition could secure continuing revenue for the youth fund instead of depending on the City Council allocating money to it on a year-to-year basis.
The event will take place Wednesday, April 10 at First Congregational Church in Downtown Long Beach.
The People’s State of the City, the annual event where the community comes together to share its version of how the year unfolded in terms of policy wins and losses, took a more critical tone than in the past.
Hundreds of residents flocked to First Congregational Church on the corner of 3rd Street and Cedar Avenue Wednesday night, but it wasn’t to hear a sermon. There was plenty of preaching, but not of the religious variety.
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.
The People’s State of the City celebrated five years of amplifying the voices of oftentimes marginalized members of the city’s fabric with yet another standing-room only event Thursday evening, inside the Franklin Middle School auditorium.
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.
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.
North Long Beach saw over 300 people fill Church One to partake in the third annual People’s State of the City. The annual address is a conglomerate of fifteen community and educational organizations to address citywide issues ranging from housing to jobs, environmental health to immigrant rights.