City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA – At the May 9, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council voted 7 to 0 to adopt the Proposed Cambodian American Cultural Center Vision and Feasibility Plan, directing the City Manager to implement the recommendation and implementation measures within. With this motion, the City will move forward with plans to establish a Cambodian American Cultural Center (CACC) in Long Beach to serve as a community hub for local and regional Cambodian and Khmer arts, culture and history.
“We’re pleased with the amount of positive feedback we received from our community for the creation of a Cambodian American Cultural Center,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “This center will honor the cultural history and contributions of our Cambodian American community for generations to come. I thank the City Council for their support.”
Immediate next steps for the CACC development include establishing the center as a nonprofit organization and forming different committees and work groups, composed of both existing and new Steering Committee members, to continue in a leading role the center’s development. Once the nonprofit is established, the City will transition from a facilitator to a supportive role, engaging several City departments to aid in the development process. Moving forward, the committees and working groups formed as part of the nonprofit will lead the programming, finance and fundraising, development, memberships and partnerships, and communications for the development of the CACC.
During the facility site selection process, the committees and working groups, with advisement from the City, will identify viable facilities to house the center, which will ideally be located in the Cambodia Town neighborhood and within proximity to other cultural institutions, or outside of Cambodia Town, depending on financial feasibility and development opportunities. This process will also consider facilities that can support a joint-use development opportunity with other culturally significant community-based organizations, civic uses or mixed-use housing development. The exterior design of the CACC will be created with the intention to serve as a physical landmark for the community, with architecturally and culturally significant design elements that are contextually and culturally appropriate to the surrounding built environment.
A steering committee meeting will be held on June 8 to further discuss the creation of the CACC nonprofit. Community members interested in being a part of the discussion for the nonprofit planning process are encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at United Cambodian Community (2201 E. Anaheim St., Suite 200). The agenda items include discussion of potential board members, mission and committees, among other topics.
“I am thrilled to see this initiative coming to fruition with the adoption of the Vision and Feasibility Plan,” said Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro. “The Cambodian American Cultural Center will bring great joy, dignity and honor to our Cambodian American community, and will serve as a reminder to our residents the importance of diversity as the fabric of Long Beach.”
In summer 2022, the City, in coordination with the United Cambodian Community (UCC), Lord Cultural Resources, City Fabrick, and Community Steering Committee, first launched the community engagement process to help inform the development of a vision and feasibility plan, followed by a community forum held in December 2022.
The recommendation to create a visioning process and feasibility plan for the CACC was originally brought forth to the Long Beach City Council in September 2021 by Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro and co-sponsored by then-Vice Mayor Rex Richardson and Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga.
Additional information is available on the CACC visioning process webpage.