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Free Virtual Recreation Programs for Youth

The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is now offering free Virtu-al Recreation Programs for youth ages 5 to 12. The virtual programs feature enriching, fun activities such as arts and crafts, fitness, dance, cooking, cultural celebrations and more. Families can access these videos anytime, anywhere by visiting the PRM YouTube channel.

New videos will be posted weekly and will be available in English and Spanish, with videos in Khmer and Tagalog available soon.

The Virtual Recreation Program is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act (Recovery Act), a plan to fund economic and public health initiatives for residents, workers and businesses critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $1 million has been allocated from the Recovery Act to support the city’s recreation and youth enrichment programs. Additional information about the Long Beach Recovery Act is available at longbeach.gov/recovery.

LGB Reallocates Three Supplemental Flight Slots

Three supplemental flight slots at Long Beach Airport (LGB) were reallocated this month to Southwest Airlines, which was awarded two, and American Airlines, which was awarded one. Those three slots were previously held by Delta Air Lines and relinquished in December 2021.

As one of the strictest noise-controlled airports in the nation, LGB offers a total of 53 flight slots. There are 41 permanent and 12 supplemental slots, which are subject to review under the annual noise budget.

Airport flight slots are awarded based on a waiting list of official requests from current LGB air carriers that have expressed interest in additional service. New entrants interested in starting service at LGB also can join the waiting list. Allocation procedures are outlined in Section 4 of City Council Resolution RES-18-0176.

In this latest reallocation of slots, Southwest and American already have a presence at LGB, were on the supplemental waiting list, and each requested additional slots to enhance service. A potential new entrant, Swoop, an ultra-low-cost Canadian airline, also expressed interest and will be at the top of the waiting list for the next available flight slot. The supplemental waiting list, as it now stands, is as follows: Swoop, American, Hawaiian and Southwest.

Carpenters Donate 90 Boxes of Food

Long Beach City College (LBCC) received a donation of 90 cases of food, and 5,000 KN-95 masks re-cently from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. The food was collected for the college’s Viking Vault food pantries and will be distributed to Long Beach City College students in need.

The Council of Carpenters have collected food specifically for LBCC students since 2018. According to Frank Zambrano, of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, many of the union members have children who struggle through the college system which made it very relatable for the employees.

The food drive was a one-day collaborative effort of the Postal Service-Cal Fed and the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters who donated non-perishable can and dry goods.

The office of Student Health established food pantries called “Viking Vault” at both campuses. The Viking Vaults provides nutritional items for students to eat both on campus and to take for meal preparation off campus.

“LBCC has really ramped it up when making efforts to help our students who are in need,” said LBCCD Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz. “We welcome this wonderful gift from Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters right before the start of spring semester.”

For more information on donating non-perishable food items, toiletries or financial assistance, please contact the LBCC Foundation at (562) 938-4134 or Student Health Services at (562) 938-3032.

Library Adds More Than 500 New Khmer Books

The Khmer collection at the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) Mark Twain Neighborhood Library just grew by over 500 new books, thanks to funding from a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant and to Sophea Chim, a United Cambodian Community of Long Beach staff member and LBPL contractor, who purchased books on behalf of the Library while visiting Cambodia.

The recent additions include topics such as traditional music, traditional Cambodian cooking, graphic novels for children and teens, picture books, and modern and ancient Cambodian history.

Because books in Khmer are difficult to find in the United States or to purchase online, library staff in the past have traveled to Cambodia to purchase books. Chim, who is working on the current grant funded Khmer Cataloging Project, took the opportunity to search for new books during her travels. She visited nine different bookstores in Phnom Penh and from there used the Khmer search index on the LBPL online catalog to find titles new to the library’s collection.

Chim’s purchase was made using funds from the Khmer Cataloging Project grant, the second LSTA grant the library has received. Previous book purchases were funded by the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library and the Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

Legislation Introduced to Ease Supply Chain Crisis

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell is leading a multipronged effort to strengthen our state’s strained supply chain. O’Donnell has introduced a resolution declaring a supply chain crisis in California and legislation to help the state’s ports cope with the increased volume of imports that has led to long delays, particularly at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

“With high levels of container cargo shipments expected for the foreseeable future, it’s vital that we address one of the most obvious areas of congestion in our supply chain – the lack of sufficient truck chassis. If we can’t efficiently move containers at our ports, the whole system will continue to be impacted.”

Truck chassis are the trailers that trucks use to move containers.

“We simply need more truck chassis. With growing worldwide demand, it makes sense that California creates the solution here at home, to not only keep our economy moving, but also create good manufacturing jobs at the same time.”

AB 2227 would establish a tax credit of up to 6 percent for manufacturers of truck chassis built in California.

This legislation was introduced to coincide with California Ports Day, a day of outreach to California leaders on the importance of California’s ports and the enormous role they fill in the nation’s intermodal supply chain.

ACR 140, also introduced by O’Donnell, officially designates the congested supply chain for imported and exported goods as a crisis which requires a multi-faceted and proactive response.

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