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Dines a Candidate for D-5

Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Rich Dines announced his candidacy for Long Beach City Council – District 5, vowing to address the homelessness crisis, protect public safety and bring fiscal responsibility back to City Hall.

Dines, a port manager at Long Beach Harbor responsible for directing rail cargo, is a lifelong Long Beach area resident. In 2011, Dines was appointed to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, where he served a six-year term as a commissioner, and later, as vice president of the commission.

“I’ve been honored to serve our community as a Harbor Commissioner, where I worked together with my colleagues and staff to improve efficiencies, implement new programs, and created thousands of new jobs. After much thought and encouragement from neighbors and business leaders alike, I have chosen to run for City Council, where I feel I can continue to make a difference by working on behalf of our community.

“Long Beach is facing many challenges today,” continued Dines. “We need to end homelessness, invest in public safety, rebuild our local economy devastated by the pandemic and preserve our neighborhoods from increased density and universal urbanization. We need to support and fund the police, without raising taxes, in order to address the out-of-control crime and lawlessness that plagues our city.”

Long active in the community, Dines serves on the California State University, Long Beach’s Center for International Trade and Transportation Policy & Steering Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the International Seafarer Center. He has also formally served on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. He is a homeowner in the Lakewood Village neighborhood and has lived in the 5th City Council District for over 10 years.

Moyer Bids for Prosecutor

Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender George Moyer has announced his campaign to challenge Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert in 2022. 

“I’m running because for too long the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office has been driven by a jail-first approach to criminal justice that prioritizes punishment over community safety and health. As city prosecutor, I will address the root causes of crime to make our community safer instead of measuring success by the number of cases filed and the length of jail sentences imposed,” Moyer said.

Moyer’s campaign platform will be comprised of five top priorities:

Diversion for Veterans – Stop opposing reforms being made at the State and County level to provide treatment instead of jail, especially for our veterans,

Treat Substance Abuse as a Health Problem – End the prosecution of drug possession for personal use, while working to strengthen substance abuse treatment.

No More Free Pass for the Powerful – Enforce existing laws against predatory landlords and employers who engage in wage theft.

Ethical Prosecution – Ensure that prosecutorial resources are only used on cases that are supported by sufficient credible and admissible evidence.

Ending Cash Bail – Stop punishing people for being poor while enriching the private bail bond industry,

Moyer currently works in the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office.  His announcement stated that he has tried dozens of jury trials and has never lost a trial against the Long Beach Prosecutor’s Office.

DHHS Statement Regarding Omicron COVID-19 Variant

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is closely monitoring information regarding the COVID-19 variant Omicron. No cases of the new variant have been confirmed in the United States. A percentage of the City’s positive tests are sequenced to detect variants, and the Health Department will inform the community if Omicron is detected in Long Beach.

New variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large proportions of unvaccinated people. While nearly 84% of adults in Long Beach have received at least one vaccine dose, 66.8% of those eligible for vaccine (five years old and up) are fully vaccinated. Becoming fully vaccinated and getting the booster continues to be the most effective way to protect yourself and the community from the virus.

The Health and Human Services Department continues to encourage people to get vaccinated. Vaccines are safe, effective and free and are available to everyone 5 years of age and older. It’s not too late for anyone eligible to get vaccinated or boosted to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Appointments can be made at longbeach.gov/vaxlb.

Anyone who has symptoms should stay home from work and leisure activities if they are feeling sick, and - regardless of their vaccination status - should get tested immediately for COVID-19. COVID-19 symptoms can feel like a common cold, seasonal allergies or the flu.

Currently, the City’s positivity rate remains stable at 2.2%, with 8.7 cases per 100,000 people. By contrast, at this time last year, the positivity rate was 6%, with 31.6 cases per 100,000.

Foundation Celebrates National Scholarship Month

The Long Beach Rotary Scholarship Foundation (LBRSF) hosted over 75 scholarship recipients during the Nov. 17 weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Long Beach (RCLB) at the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport.

The annual luncheon honoring grant recipients gives Rotarians and students an opportunity to meet each other and raises awareness of financial awards available to local students.

Larry Jackson, past president of the RCLB and current chair of the Scholarship Foundation presided over the meeting. In his opening remarks, Jackson gave an overview of the foundation’s history and reported that in its 60-plus year history, the Scholarship Foundation has funded nearly 5,000 annual student scholarships totaling more than $6 million.

He said, “Ninety years ago, Rotarians who began what was then a student loan program to help produce “skilled” workers could never have imagined the scholarship program of today that benefits nearly 200 LBCC and CSULB students annually.”

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the LBRSF awarded a total of $343,600 to 183 students, 91 Long Beach City College (LBCC) recipients of $114,850 and 92 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) recipients of $228,750.

As keynote speaker, CSULB President and Rotarian Jane Close Conoley described how the university managed the pandemic from the administrative perspective as well as the student experience. President Conoley also shared how curriculum is changing to meet the demands of a changing global economy.

Temple Family Scholarship recipient, Angelica Luquin, will graduate next month from CSULB with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Math. She addressed the 175 attendees, sharing her journey as a first-generation college student including challenges she faced and the support systems that helped her complete her STEM-focused education successfully. She will begin a job with SpaceX in Texas after graduation.

LBRSF Vice Chair Cam Doherty Killingsworth said, “It was an inspiration to feel the energy at the lunch meeting with the so many students interacting with Rotarians and sharing their experiences with each other.”

Grand Prix Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will take place April 8-10, are now on sale.

The race weekend will feature the third round of the NTT INDYCAR® SERIES with celebrated drivers such as four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, defending Long Beach winner Colton Herta, 2021 series champion Alex Palou, six-time series champion Scott Dixon and hard-charging young stars such as Pato O’Ward and Rinus VeeKay expected to battle wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.

In addition, the Saturday, April 9 featured event will be the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with its world-class Prototype and GT sports cars expected to be wheeled by the likes of 2021 Daytona 24 Hours winners Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque and Redondo Beach’s Bill Auberlen, the winningest driver in IMSA history. 

Fans will also see two nights of the Super Drift Challenge, two races from Robby Gordon’s SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks and, new for 2022, a Saturday/Sunday doubleheader of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America, with another racing event to be announced.

“We are delighted to return to our traditional April race dates in 2022,” said Jim Michaelian, Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO. “Two months ago, our 2021 event went off very successfully after being delayed due to the pandemic. Now we get to bring the excitement and family fun back to the streets of Long Beach in the Spring. It’s going to be a weekend full of activity for the entire family.”

Off the track, the event’s menu of family entertainment will also include the Lifestyle Expo featuring a large Family Fun Zone with racing simulators, kids’ racing cars, computer games and action sports. Add to that driver autograph sessions, special events, the popular Food Truck Experience and Sunday’s Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans can select and pay for their 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333.

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