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WATCHDOG TODAY: LB reports dip in homelessness, TB outbreak contained, CSULB walks out

From an update on the plan to create an LGBTQ+ corridor to a proposal to speed up hiring in Long Beach, here are today's headlines.

WATCHDOG TODAY: LB reports dip in homelessness, TB outbreak contained, CSULB walks out

WATCHDOG TODAY

Dozens gathered at Cal State Long Beach on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 to rally for Palestine and to demand a divestment

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Here are the latest headlines.

Long Beach homeless population dropped slightly since 2023, but city leaders say they’re not taking ‘victory lap’

Alicia Robinson • May 8, 2024

The annual homeless count, which was held in January, found 3,376 people in the city without permanent housing; nearly three quarters of them are unsheltered.

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Long Beach officials say TB outbreak contained, months of care awaits those infected

Jason Ruiz • May 8, 2024

City Council members were briefed on the Tuberculosis outbreak Tuesday by the city's health officer who declared a local health emergency earlier this month.

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Crime + Public Safety

CSULB students, faculty walk out of class amid ongoing demands to divest from Israel, defense contractors

Brandon Richardson • May 8, 2024

More than 100 Cal State Long Beach students and faculty walked out of class Wednesday afternoon, reaffirming their demands that the univ…

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Proposed Charter change to speed up hiring in Long Beach goes to committee

Jason Ruiz • May 8, 2024

Long Beach City Council members showed initial support Tuesday for placing a proposed charter amendment before voters this fall that city officials say will speed up the city’s hiring process and help fill vacancies in the city that currently stand a…

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Improvements on proposed LGBTQ+ corridor could be slow, costly, report says

Jason Ruiz • May 8, 2024

String lights, neon wall art and historical plaques could be headed to Broadway as part of the Long Beach’s proposed LGBTQ+ Corridor project but the early-phase additions could take as long as two years to complete, accordi…

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An industrial facility is going up near Long Beach Airport, with more projects in the works, developer says

Brandon Richardson • May 7, 2024

For decades, a more than 450,000-square-foot manufacturing and office facility west of Long Beach Airport served the city’s aviation industry under various…

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