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Councilman Lerch Inspires Neighborhood Leadership Program Graduates
The guided tour provided class participants with an opportunity to see the Long Beach that doesn’t always make the newspapers – the stories of residents making a difference in our community. 

Later, Councilman Lerch joined class members at the New Paradise Restaurant for their first opportunity to share a Cambodian meal.

The Class of 2007 participants met twelve alumni along the route who shared their accomplishments to improve our neighborhoods. This experience will help participants to develop their own improvement projects along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor, a mandatory element of the class.

The Neighborhood Leadership Program is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and is free to participants. Graduation ceremonies will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2007. An interest list of residents to participate in the Class of 2008 is now forming. For more information, please call (562) 570-1010 or e-mail