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City of Long Beach Develops System to Connect Providers to Personal Protective Equipment and an Online Exchange Platform for Facial Coverings

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LONG BEACH – The City of Long Beach has developed a system to connect providers with personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as a way for people to donate goods and services and access to facial coverings through an online exchange platform.
Request for Medical PPE:
Various qualifying organizations in need of PPE, including healthcare facilities, medical providers, shelters, adult day care and long-term care facilities, may request supplies via the City’s longbeach.gov/COVID19 website, under “Resources for Healthcare Providers.”
Equipment Donations to the City:
To streamline and manage the donations and offers of assistance to the City of Long Beach, the City also has developed an online form at, http://longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/help/
The new form can be completed by local businesses and community volunteers interested in providing assistance.
The form will help the City organize donation offers such as business facility use, transportation and delivery services and personal protective equipment. Additionally, donations of food and hygiene kits for persons experiencing homelessness and offers of volunteer services in a variety of skill areas are captured by the form. All information provided is electronically safeguarded for privacy and reviewed to determine the best match with City operational needs.
Creation of an Online Exchange for Facial Coverings:
Face masks and coverings for an individual’s personal use can be purchased through a marketplace created by the Long Beach Post in partnership with the City of Long Beach. Mask makers and businesses can register via the Vendor Registration form. https://shop.lbpost.com/vendor-registration

Sails have begun. Explore the Long Beach Harbor on a Tall Ship!

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Explora la Puerta! En un Barco de Vela Gratis! Los Angeles Maritime Institute and the Children’s Maritime Institute with the support of the CA Coastal Conservancy invites you to join us for a coastal awareness educational experience and exploration sail on a tall ship during a 3-hour round-trip excursion. The ship departs from Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, sails around the harbor and coastline and returns. The goal is to raise environmental awareness that leads to personal action to reduce marine plastic pollution and human impacts to our local coastline and its marine organisms with engaging bilingual (Spanish) materials and trained bilingual (Spanish) docents.

On-board hands-on and scientific activities. Families and children 10 years or older welcome. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

WE SHALL OBSERVE STRICT PHYSICAL DISTANCING, MASKS, SANITIZING WHILE ON-BOARD

Departure: American Pride is docked at Pine Ave Pier in Rainbow Harbor (behind Gladstone’s and Tokyo Wacko) Parking validation provided. Sign up today. Monthly sails, beginning July 18

Time: 4 to 7 p.m. July 18

Cost: Free

Details: Reservations, 310-833-6055; www.lamitopsail.org 

LBCC College Faculty Association Endorse Re-Election of Community College District Board Member Vivian Malauulu

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LONG BEACH – The Long Beach City College Faculty Association or LBCCFA announced today that they have formally endorsed the re-election this November of Long Beach Community College District Board Member Vivian Malauulu.

LBCCFA represents the Long Beach Community College District’s 300+ full-time faculty members at the District’s two campuses. The group is a member of California’s Community College Association (CCA) – the higher education affiliate of the California Teachers Association (CTA), as well as the National Education Association (NEA), the largest public employee association in the nation.

 “We are proud to endorse Vivian Malauulu for re-election to our Long Beach Community College District Board,” said Damon Skinner, PAC Chairman for the Faculty Association.  “She has done an excellent job for our College District, providing important leadership and a strong personal commitment to our students, faculty, employees, and community over the last four years.  We believe she is very much deserving of another four-year term.”

TRUMP, INC. What the Trump Campaign Is Up To on YouTube (Hint: It Involves Aliens, Bin Laden and Ivanka)

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Mostly stymied from holding his mass rallies, the world’s most famous Twitter user is turning to a different part of the internet — but with the same message.

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-inc-what-the-trump-campaign-is-up-to-on-youtube-hint-it-involves-aliens-bin-laden-and-ivanka?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter&utm_content=river

by Alice Wilder, WNYC June 24, 4 a.m. EDT. This story was co-published with WNYC.

Donald Trump is famous — and infamous — for his use of Twitter and Facebook. But particularly since the pandemic forced him to largely swear off his favorite mass, in-person rallies, his campaign has been amping up the use of another form of alternative media: YouTube and podcasts.

The president’s most recent sit-down interview? As it happens, it occurred last week on “Triggered,” a YouTube program hosted by his namesake son. In a conversation in the White House’s map room, Trump Jr. quizzed his dad about everything from who his favorite child is to whether aliens exist — to a Fox News report that Osama bin Laden wanted to assassinate President Barack Obama so that Joe Biden would ascend to the presidency.

This was no ordinary campaign video, nor was it a random question, this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” makes clear. “Triggered” followed the exchange about bin Laden with a campaign ad that repeated the same point, showing how closely the program’s conversations are tied in with campaign talking points. “Trump, Inc.” explores the Trump campaign’s universe of podcasts and YouTube shows, which has expanded since the coronavirus began locking down huge swaths of the country. (The campaign did not respond to requests for comment.)

Sure, every major candidate has a podcast. Hillary Clinton had one. Biden has one, though it hasn’t been updated since mid-May. But unlike those dutiful and largely ignored offerings, “Triggered” is part of a growing constellation of shows. There’s the campaign’s official podcast, hosted by Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara. (Kayleigh McEnany used to fill in occasionally as host before being promoted to White House press secretary.) And there’s “The Right View.” Just imagine “The View,” conducted entirely on Zoom, if Meghan McCain was considered too liberal to be on the panel and if no one ever disagreed. The programs have combined to create something of a Trump media network, one that takes the president’s bellicose messaging and transports it to an environment of family, friendship and banter.

People are starting to pay attention. Nightly programming of the unofficial Trump Network reaches upward of a million viewers each week. It’s a realm dedicated to reinforcing even the president’s most incendiary ideas — with no pushback, skepticism or difference of opinion.

To learn more about how the programs lay out their views of everything from bin Laden assassination plots to the controversy over vote by mail, listen to this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.”

Centro CHA Announcements

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Blossom Together Centro CHA

 The purpose of this workshop is to encourage family members of all ages to reconnect with the earth and learn simple and effective ways to grow a garden using household items. Workshop will be in Spanish. 

Time: 2 p.m. July 8 

Cost: Free  

Details: facebook.com/CentroCHA

Venue: Virtual 

Ballet Folklorico with Centro CHA

Learn about Mexico’s Ballet Folklórico on Facebook Live. You will learn about the many traditional cultures and dances from different regions from Mexico. In addition, music from traditional folklórico songs will be played and teach you a dance from that region! This workshop will be in Spanish. 

Time: 2 p.m. July 10 

Cost: Free  

Details: facebook.com/CentroCHA

Venue: Virtual

LA County Announces New Cases of COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES — On July 5, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported an increase of 7,232 new cases for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Friday marked the highest report of new cases to date with 3,187 new cases of COVID-19. The reported new cases for Thursday, July 2 are 2,643; Friday, July 3 are 3,187; and Saturday, July 4 are 1,402.  As of July 4, there are 1,921 people confirmed with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 28% of these people are in the ICU and 18% are on ventilators. There were 1,947 reported as of July 3 and 1,933 for July 2. This remains higher than the 1,889 reported last week. There are 30 new deaths reported, however this in an undercount as reported deaths are pending verification. Public Health urges everyone to avoid the Three C’s: Crowded places, Confined spaces, and Close contact with others not in your household. Everyone should always wear a face-covering securely over your nose and mouth and keep six feet apart from others not in your household when out in public. Businesses must continue to follow Public Health directives. Public Health reminds everyone that you remain safer at home. Public Health updated the houses of worship protocol in the Health Officer to align with the governor’s directive. Singing and chanting are prohibited for indoor services.

 The Order requires the closure of:

  • Indoor, in-person dining at restaurants
  • Indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities

 Bars remain closed, however retail operations for breweries, brew pubs, and wineries may remain open. Additionally, face coverings and gloves must be worn at fitness facilities at all times. The Health Officer Order also requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine. The Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health website, www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.Details:  www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Supreme Court Introduces Pandemic Preparedness Diplomacy Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 30, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris introduced the Improving Pandemic Preparedness and Response Through Diplomacy Act, legislation that creates a special presidential envoy for pandemic preparedness and response, charged with developing and implementing a diplomatic strategy to prepare for, detect, respond to, and recover from pandemics and other global outbreaks of infectious disease. The legislation was also introduced as an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 national defense authorization act. Instead of working with the international community, the Donald Trump administration has taken a series of steps that make responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and prepare for future outbreaks more difficult, including announcing that the United States would withdraw its support of the world health organization. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to devastate the United States and countries around the world, disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations. Just this week, the pandemic surpassed a tragic milestone, with the number of confirmed cases surpassing ten million and the number of deaths more than 500,000 globally. Because infectious diseases like COVID-19 readily cross borders, serious diplomacy is essential to protecting the American people now and in the future. To that end, The Improving Pandemic Preparedness and Response Through Diplomacy Act would require the appointment of a high-level official responsible for developing a diplomatic strategy to aid in the development of vaccines and disease surveillance systems, promotion of transparency in disease reporting, and mitigating disruptions in supply chains of medical supplies, among other important efforts.

Long Beach Framework of Reconciliation Listening Session Dates

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Long Beach Town Hall sessions allow for a larger number of community members to share their experiences, feedback and ideas with City of Long Beach leadership. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible, participants will have three minutes each to speak. All sessions will be recorded and posted afterward at http://longbeach.gov/health/healthy-living/office-of-equity/reconciliation/

Community Town Hall – Open Forum

5:30 p.m. – 8:30  p.m. July 9 

Community Town Hall – Open Forum

 4 to 7 p.m. July 12 

Listening Sessions: In partnership with community stakeholders, the City of Long Beach is conducting a listening sessions that will provide a space for topic-specific concerns, ideas and suggestions that may have been missed in the Town Halls. Register for a session below, share your thoughts at EquityLB@longbeach.gov, or complete this brief survey

LB Mayor Announces Two New Programs to Address COVID-19

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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced on June 30 that the City of Long Beach is starting two new funds to assist those affected by COVID-19. 

The first is the Black Health Equity Initiative within the Long Beach Health Department. Its purpose is to improve healthcare for black residents of Long Beach, who are almost twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than any other group. In addition, Garcia said the black infant mortality rate in the city and the country was a health crisis. 

The initiative is in alignment with Framework for Reconciliation and will help health providers to provide better care to black patients.

The second is the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will be within the city structure and will fund nonprofit groups helping the community fight COVID-19.

Both funds will initially have $1 million each. This is funding provided by the State of California.

Help Available For Long Beach Renters

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LONG BEACH – The city of Long Beach announced July 4, that application forms and program materials are available for a newly launched rental assistance program that will help provide relief to qualified tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was unanimously approved earlier this month by the city council.

This emergency program will help provide much-needed relief to hundreds of Long Beach renters and their landlords as the pandemic continues to impact the city. This will provide direct support to some of those who need it most during this time.

The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LB CARES), which is being administered by the city’s Development Services Department, will provide up to $1,000 per month of rental assistance payments for up to three months on behalf of qualifying Long Beach residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 and meet federal low-income requirements. The monthly assistance payments will be provided directly to property owners or landlords on behalf of qualifying residents and will be applicable to rent due during the eligible period from March 27, until the end of the City’s Safer at Home Order.

Eligible applicants will be required to submit documentation confirming substantive income losses caused by job layoffs, furloughs or reduction in hours or pay during the COVID-19 pandemic period beginning March 27. All documentation, including rental lease agreements, will be subject to verification.Information and application materials (available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog), including eligibility requirements, are available on the program website: longbeach.gov/lbcares.

LA City Controller Suspends Salary of Councilmember Accused of Racketeering

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Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin announced in a press release on June 29 that he moved to terminate all payments toward City Council Member José Huizar starting June 23. This came on the heels of Huizar being suspended from office on June 23 under a racketeering charge. all payments toward City Council Member José Huizar starting June 23. This came on the heels of Huizar being suspended from office on June 23 under a racketeering charge. 

The city council’s motion to suspend Huizar stated it would be unacceptable to have Huizar continue in office while being charged with corruption. Galperin said it would also be unacceptable for Huizar to receive a salary while being charged with corruption. 

Galperin said he believes in the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but that the information about Huizar’s conduct was shocking and unacceptable. 

Prior to being suspended, Huizar received bi-weekly payments of $8,192.85, and received $213,833.40 in total per year.