Office of Councilmember Pearce What:
Strategy focusing on governing successful in blocking recall effort When:
June 21, 2018 Where: Long Beach’s Second District Why:
To continue fighting for the rights of Long Beach’s working families
After a thorough verification process, the Long Beach City Clerk’s Office confirmed that the recall effort did not collect enough signatures from residents of council district two to trigger a recall election. There had been reports that the methods of signature collection were misleading and aggressive in nature. “The rancor is behind us, we can now move forward. Work on Claudia's Law, housing, the environment: there are so many critical and essential issues. I believe working on these together with Councilwoman Pearce ensures their success and builds a strong future for our communities”
-Gretchen Swanson, President of the Rose Park Neighborhood Association
The Council Office is glad to have this process behind them, and shares that their focus throughout the last several months has been on governing and representing their constituents. “In spite of the noise, I am proud of my office and the work we’ve done.We’ve stayed focused on the needs of the district: neighborhood cleanups, community meetings, our own events, and constituent services. All while accomplishing great things at council and helping the most vulnerable of our constituents.”
-Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce
Some of those accomplishments include feeding over 120 families on Thanksgiving; starting a pilot Locked Dumpster program; working to regulate short term rentals; streamlining the Conditional Use Permit process; hosting an Environmental Resource Fair; hosting monthly community meetings; launching a city-wide Child ID program; and helping launch Retro Row 2.0, which consists of 3 new crosswalks, festoon lights, a curb extension for pedestrian safety, and an upcoming traffic light at Obispo and 4th.
Her office looks forward to continuing their work with their community groups, neighborhood associations, business improvement districts, and advocacy groups. Councilwoman Pearce hopes to host productive conversations with community stakeholders that will serve to heal the 2nd district and support a collective agenda for the next two years.
The Council Office has already introduced and begun working on this agenda. The first part of this was to request the City Auditor to perform a full audit of the city’s HR practices and return with policy recommendations to ensure all city staff have the training they need. The audit should include:
- something similar to the City of LA’s My Voice website for City employees to learn their rights around and responsibilities around discrimination and harassment and where they can file a complaint online.
- A review of HR protocols for the legislative department specifically instituting a robust orientation and onboarding and annual Ethics training for ALL legislative staff regardless of position.
She also wants to establish an Ethics Commission with community oversight and further, recommends that the city match the California Endowment’s $150,000 to invest in Long Beach becoming a Trauma Informed City stating that, “how organizations and systems interact with people can perpetuate the impacts of the trauma.”
The final item, already passed by the Council on Tuesday night, addresses the rising rates of suicide over the last 20 years and asks the city to look at what resources are available in order to strengthen mental healthcare services for communities in need.
“My vision is a working government for all that includes representing the amazing constituents of the second district. I will also continue fighting for the rights of workers, women, the LGBTQ+ community, the youth, small business owners, landlords and tenants, and every resident of the incredible city I call home.” -Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce
Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce was elected in June 2016 to serve Long Beach’s 2nd Council District, a long time resident committed to ensuring that all residents are well represented in local government. Her priorities include supporting a thriving and growing local economy, building a clean and safe environment for residents to flourish and a commitment to collaboration with all stakeholders.
Jeannine's personal story is characterized by struggle and perseverance. Adopted at a young age, Jeannine grew up very poor. She moved out of her home at the age of 16 and has worked since then. She made the move from her home state of Texas to California with her husband in 2005. After a decade of working multiple jobs while going to college, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Beach State University with a degree in sociology in 2009. She currently lives near Retro Row with her daughter, Jubilee.