Put the “Gay” Back in Pride

by    in LGBTQ

LGBTQ organizations and events have historically excluded "gay" or "lesbian" in their titles. Good reasons once, but they’ve now overrun their usefulness — the names no longer reflect the stature and progress made in the LGBTQ community.

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OP-ED: Teachers Unions Don’t Represent All Teachers

by    in Education

I strongly believe that all employees in either the public or private sectors should be able to bargain collectively for the best wages and working conditions they can receive from their employers. That assumes, however, employees are joining unions...

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OP-ED: Voter I.D.’s Can Improve Government

by    in Politics

Much has been written and spoken about the idea that we should require those who are authorized to vote to present a valid form of government identification in order to do so. I tend to see both the up- and...

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OP-ED: The Case for Mail-Only Balloting in Long Beach

by    in News

Apparently the $15M of your tax dollars will only cover design of the new touch-screen system, not purchase or install any of the new machines themselves. A great government contract if you can get it. Particularly when, as the article also...

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OP-ED: California’s Mixed Ballot Messages

by    in Politics

This Election Day, Long Beach voters will be asked to consider two statewide ballot measures, Proposition 1 (“Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014”) and Proposition 2 (“State Reserve Policy”).

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Garcia’s Transit Board Appointments Markedly Progressive, While Rail Interests Dominate Planning Commission Choices

by    in City

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has announced thirteen people he proposes to appoint to various commissions and boards throughout the City, including four new members for the Planning Commission (PC) and four for the Long Beach Transit (LBT) Board...

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OP-ED: Equipment Upgrades Do Not Equal “Militarization”

by    in News

As reported here, the Long Beach City Council has agreed, unanimously, to continue the police department’s participation in the California Public Safety Procurement Program (CPSPP) a program through which LBPD applies for and receives surplus federal, and typically...

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What is Net Neutrality, and Why Should I Care?

by    in Staff Blog

Today, sites across the web are taking a stand against cable giants like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Verizon, who are actively working to undo one of the guiding principals of the free and open internet,...

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A Drop In the Ice Bucket: Good for the Cause, Bad for the Drought

by    in News

In an effort to help those paralyzed by the disease, The ALS Association, the only national non-profit for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has been pushing something called the "ice bucket challenge." The phenomenon that has swept through all facets...

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I Went to (and Survived) OC’s Pageant of the Masters

by    in Arts & Culture

The nightmare could not have been more real: a sea of aging upper-middle class suburbanites, with plentiful purses, perusing and meandering mini-gallery after mini-gallery of landscapes. Yes, I went to—and survived—Orange County’s Pageant of the Masters.

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