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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

LB Playhouse’s Production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was planned to be performed on our Mainstage in April, but due to COVID-19 we have postponed our full production. So, it is with great pleasure we are able to present a dynamic scene from the show with some of our cast for you to enjoy.

With special permission from Dramatists Play Service we are offering a chance to see the scene on the online video show platform, Showtix4u.com. The scene will be available for one day only, Saturday, Aug. 22. Tickets will be $2 to help the Playhouse and to pay for the online video service.

We are happy to be able to present at least a part of this iconic show to you at this time, and we can’t wait until we can produce the whole show for you live.

You can start buying your tickets on Friday Aug. 21 to get your access to the filmed scene from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Saturday Aug. 22, go to https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/39272.

Translation Services for Council Meetings

Long Beach City Council meetings will now be translated in real-time upon request, per the city’s Language Access Policy. To request a translator for future meetings, members of the public can contact the office of the city clerk 24 hours before the meeting.

Since June 16, the Long Beach City Council has allowed telephonic public comments on agenda items to provide more opportunities for public engagement while adhering to health orders and guidelines related to COVID-19, which changed public gathering and public meeting rules.

The five-minute timer will also be re-implemented for councilmember comments, with unlimited abilities to re-queue to speak. The city also is testing video capability of the councilmember and staff during council meetings, which is expected to be integrated in the near future.

Visit the city clerk website at longbeach.gov/cityclerk to learn more about the process

Constitutional Policing

As part of its commitment to the City of Long Beach’s framework for reconciliation, the Long Beach Police Department will be launching a new office to address changes in policing. This office will better position the Police Department to successfully move into the future and will be responsible for creating forward-looking change which is centered on management practices, policies, training, recruitment, accountability and constitutional policing.

“This department remains committed to our 21st century policing principles that build trust and reinforce accountability,” said Chief of Police Robert G. Luna. “We will continue to make strides in our commitment to community engagement, meaningful partnerships and constitutional policing. I strongly believe that under the direction of Assistant Chief Wally Hebeish this new office will uphold our values while continuing to make meaningful changes in the way we continue to serve our community.”

This new effort, the “Office of Constitutional Policing,” has been created to rethink traditional policing in a manner that will help implement equity, justice and constitutional public safety to our entire community. This office will support the department’s goals of policing within the parameters set by the U.S. Constitution and the California State Constitution while protecting the rights of all people.

It will guide our department toward building greater trust and strengthening relationships through increased responsiveness, transparency and accountability while increasing public safety. To meet these goals, this office will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the department is up to date with best practices in policing, legal mandates and community expectations
  • Guiding the expansion of data analytics for accountability and transparency
  • Engaging with key stakeholders and other city departments for inclusivity and equity
  • Liaising with the city’s Office of Equity

The Office of Constitutional Policing began operations on July 14.

LB Marathon Canceled

All 2020 Long Beach Marathon live weekend activities have been canceled.

Due to the continued growth of the Coronavirus pandemic and in cooperation with the current guidelines imposed by the State of California, organizers of the Long Beach Marathon announced the 2020 event will be held virtually.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that our hand was forced and we join the growing list of live events being devastated by the effects of this pandemic,” said Event Manager Natalia Mendez. “We know many of you share our disappointment that the Long Beach Marathon cannot take place this year – it’s difficult but a necessary precaution that we support.

“We hope you will join us virtually on race weekend so you can #RunLongBeach how you want, where you want and when you want. We look forward to returning to the start line with you on October 10, 2021,” she said.

Athletic Fund Virtual Run

The Beach Athletic Fund presents the first ever Beach Athletic Fund Run to be held virtually on National Beach Day, Aug. 30. Celebrate the beginning of the athletic year and ongoing Drive to 4900, by participating in a fun run alongside Long Beach State Athletics student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Whether you are just making a run to the refrigerator or running a full marathon you choose your distance and speed. Be sure to share your run on Beach Athletic Fund social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram @lbsubaf.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, medal and membership to the Beach Athletic Fund with a fully tax-deductible gift of $49.

For questions call or text (562) 985-4949 or email BeachAthleticFund@csulb.edu.

Vora Takes the Helm of Todd Cancer Institute 

Nilesh Vora, M.D., has been named medical director of the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center. Dr. Vora will lead a team of nationally recognized physicians, nurses and other supportive care team members in advancing cancer care for nearly 1,800 newly diagnosed patients each year.

Dr. Vora holds board-certifications in hematology/oncology and hospice/palliative medicine. Cancer can cause physical symptoms, as well as emotional, social and financial effects. Treating these effects is referred to as palliative care. Dr. Vora’s multi-specialty training uniquely positions him to treat the whole patient in mind, body and spirit – a cornerstone of care at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute and a driving factor in his career.

Dr. Vora took advantage of successful training in the local area. During a rigorous training at City of Hope/Harbor-UCLA, he recalls that early in his career, he had the utmost honor of following a mentor oncologist at City of Hope.

Chalk Cube

Long Beach Towne Center has provided a place for people to express “what they missed most” these past few months on a creative chalk cube located near Carter’s and Total Wine & More.

For more information about the chalk cube, available through Aug. 31, visit http://ow.ly/8loo30r0vEX and to explore all the retailers, restaurants and services currently open for business at Long Beach Towne Center, visit https://lbtownecenter.com.

Summer End Extravaganza

Move for inclusion with Special Olympics Southern California during the End of Summer Extravaganza in August. SOSC is planning numerous events to celebrate the athletes and encourage everyone, along with volunteers and supporters, to get active.

The Extravaganza will take place Aug. 8-29 and will consist of several virtual events that are open to everyone, including the plane pull, a bingo, a dance and the Temecula torch run.

Learn more at www.sosc.org/Extrvaganza. Whether you want to get your sweat on, show off your creativity, socialize with friends, or rock out to jams, there is something for everyone.

Although all summer training and competitions were canceled due to the COVID-19 health crisis, SOSC is still providing creative alternatives for athletes and supporters to stay active and engage with peers.

Best Place to Work

Windes, a leading California accounting and advisory firm, has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Los Angeles. This fourteenth annual program was created by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Los Angeles, benefiting the county’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies. Windes ranked as the top public accounting firm in the medium companies category (50-249 employees).

The company recently moved from its longtime downtown Long Beach office to the Kilroy Airport Center.

LBCCD Trustee Wins Leadership Award

Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Board of Trustees President Vivian Malauulu has won the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2020 Pacific Regional Trustee Leadership Award.

The ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,100 community colleges throughout the United States. The ACCT annually recognizes trustees and other community college leaders in each of its five regions for their contributions. Malauulu will receive this notable award during the 51st Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in the fall. Additionally, as the Regional Award Recipient, Malauulu is now a nominee from the Pacific Region for ACCT’s prestigious M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award.

In 2016, Malauulu became the first Latina elected to the LBCCD Board of Trustees. She served as vice president of the board from 2018-2019 and was elected as board president in July 2019. She will hold this position until the next reorganization of the board this December.

Gaylord Endorsed for LBCC

Richard (Dick) Gaylord announced the Long Beach Council of Classified Employees, LBCCE/AFT Local #6108 has endorsed his campaign for LBCC Trustee, Area 4.

In a statement announcing the endorsement the union said “Mr. Gaylord has demonstrated a strong commitment to Long Beach City College, its students, faculty and classified professionals, as well as to the entire Long Beach community. His leadership during his 20 years on the District’s Personnel Commission, most recently as chairperson, is commendable, particularly during this time of uncertainty throughout the pandemic.

“The Classified Professionals are appreciative for the respect and consideration that Gaylord has displayed, as well as his guidance and strong personal commitment to Long Beach City College.”

With more than 20 years of service on the LBCC Personnel Commission, Long Beach Civil Service Commission and more, Gaylord has spent a lifetime working to improve the conditions and services of Long Beach City College.

Office Building Sold

Newmark Knight Frank (“NKF”) has arranged the sale of a 78,404-square-foot, multi-tenant office building in Long Beach for $16 million. The buyer was a private, 1031-exchange investor.

The asset, which has recently undergone extensive renovations, is located at 1501 Hughes Way and is currently 96 percent leased to eight tenants, including Daylight Transport, Stars Behavioral Health, DB Schenker and CraneMorley, to name a few. The property is centrally located at the confluence of San Diego (I-405) and Long Beach (I-710) freeways.

Long Beach has experienced an urban renaissance over the past decade with more than 70 projects currently under construction. Since 2017 more than 7,000 new housing units, 1,000 new hotel rooms and four million square feet of new commercial, industrial and municipal space is either completed or in the pipeline, accounting for over $3.5 billion in new development.

New Artistic Director

The Long Beach Youth Chorus, entering its fourth season, announced the hiring of Stevie J. Hirner as artistic director. Hirner replaces Steven Clausen who left the position in May to take a choral position in Oklahoma.

Executive Director Stan DeWitt says that Hirner was a strong choice for the organization. “Stevie brings a vast array of experience and immediately raises our profile in the choral community, both locally and nationally.”

Primarily a choral conductor, Hirner is also an active vocalist, composer and arranger of choral music. She recently relocated to the Los Angeles area from Miami, FL to begin her Doctorate of the Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to her studies, she is also a graduate teaching assistant in the Thornton School of Music where she serves as the lead conductor for the Apollo Chorus at USC.

Hirner believes in a balanced approach to vocal technique for her singers through the study and performance of a variety of repertoire that includes traditional folk music, gospel, Spirituals, jazz and contemporary a cappella, as well as classical choral music.”

RUNWAY: In Reel Time

In the time of COVID-19, the drive-in theater has reinvented itself as a safe alternative for shared entertainment experiences. RUNWAY: In Reel Time, a fashion-themed fundraiser for Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Long Beach, epitomizes social distancing chic in classic Southern California style – at the drive-in. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and make plans to head over to the former Sears parking lot at Los Cerritos Center.

The evening will showcase the first film ever made by the talented group of creatives who conceived and produced the buzzed-about RUNWAY fashion show as fundraisers for JFCS for the past six years. In a world turned outside in, the group has moved from a fashion runway setting to the drive-in big screen and a new way to be imaginative. With the filmmaker using his camera as though it is eyes watching a TV movie, viewers will experience the current world of fashion, including its effect on our planet, the mental health aspects of masks and what they say (or don’t say) about who we are and what we’re thinking, and a cinematic fashion show that illustrates what we will be wearing after throwing on trendless, simple, comfy clothes in our at-home world the past six months. The fashion show segment features outfits from Macy’s Los Cerritos worn by male and female models along with commentary from perennial favorite and industry insider, local style reporter Bonnie McCarthy.

Now in its seventh year, RUNWAY: The Beauty of Helping Others has established itself as a not-to-be-missed event in Long Beach. Founded by JCFS board member and fashion industry veteran Wendy Manasse Wiese and her husband David, the annual style forecast funds vital mental health programs and life-saving social services that JFCS offers to the greater Long Beach community, critically important during these particularly challenging times.

RUNWAY: In Reel Time promises to be a great evening of fashion, fun and community spirit while maintaining safe physical distancing measures. For more information and for tickets, visit https://jfcsrunway.com or call (562) 427-7916.

Questing Heirs

The Questing Heirs Genealogical Society August meeting will be on 16th, Sunday at 1 p.m. on Zoom! The topic is “Immigration Ports of Entry” with Christine Cohen speaking. For information please go to questingheirs@gmail.com.

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