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9th District 2016 Budget Highlights

Release Date: 2015-11-17

Budget Highlights for the 9th District & the Roadmap to Renaissance

- $30,000 allocation for the Long Beach My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to assist with the development of the MBK Local Action Plan, an initiative I partnered with Mayor Garcia and the City Council to lead in November 2014.

- Up to $250,000 for the City Prosecutor's Office to coordinate the Promising Adults, Tomorrow's Hope (P.A.T.H.) Program, an initiative led by my office in partnership with our City Prosecutor and Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, which diverts disconnected out-of-school and out-of-work young adults under 25, who make a mistake, into education and workforce programs as an alternative to criminal prosecution.

- $186,000 to expand the successful "Be S.A.F.E." summer youth recreation program throughout park sites across the city.

- $183,000 to pilot Library Sunday hours to three branches citywide, including the North Branch Library.

- A new Veteran's Affairs Coordinator to help support the new Veteran's Affairs commission, an effort led by my office with the purpose of better supporting the veteran community of Long Beach.

- And additional investments toward infrastructure, park programming, and public safety training and resources. I want to thank Mayor Garcia for his leadership, Vice Mayor Lowenthal for her hard work as chair of the Budget Oversight Committee, and the City Council for their dedication to passing an equitable, fair, and balanced budget.

Secondly, tonight we created a landmark local hire initiative and pilot program, called "Long Beach First." Long Beach First will serve as the City’s pipeline to connect Long Beach residents to employment opportunities created through City contracts.

This program connects people who are looking for jobs with training programs and employment to employers for consideration in filling new vacancies with local residents. The implementation will apply to awards for non-professional services above $100,000, and construction projects between $100,000 and $500,000 for a period of two years.

We know that given the right opportunity, Long Beach residents will rise to the occasion, and the Long Beach First policy does just that. It provides our residents a first shot at every net new job created through our city's bidding process. Policies like these are recognized by the White House's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative as a best practice for providing direct access to employment for young adults and disadvantaged communities. I want to thank First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez for her leadership and partnership on this initiative, as well as Councilmembers Uranga and Andrews for their cosponsorship.

These are all great steps on the "Road to the Renaissance." I want to thank the staff and residents who all contributed to these victories.

Keep up the good work!