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WATCHDOG TODAY: LB Post faces federal investigation, Mayor proposes media 'incubator,' 1st openly lesbian councilmember releases book on LGBTQ+ history in LB

Plus, the city is offering up to $5,000 in grants for neighborhood improvement projects. Here are today's headlines.

WATCHDOG TODAY: LB Post faces federal investigation, Mayor proposes media 'incubator,' 1st openly lesbian councilmember releases book on LGBTQ+ history in LB
Former and striking employees of the Long Beach Journalism Initiative picket the organization in Downtown Wednesday, April 3, 2024 following mass layoffs. Photo by Brandon Richardson

Good evening, Long Beach,

We hope you’ll join us this Friday (April 19) at Hamburger Mary’s (330 Pine Avenue) for the Media Guild Dance Club — a fundraiser for the Long Beach Media Guild. All donations will go to our relief fund to help our laid-off and striking workers with rent and bills while they continue the fight for local journalism in Long Beach.

In the meantime, we’re hard at work under the newly formed Long Beach Watchdog to bring you the stories that you can’t get anywhere else.

Here are today’s headlines.

Long Beach Post faces federal investigation into retaliation amid union vote

Long Beach Watchdog • Apr 15, 2024

The National Labor Relations Board is investigating the Long Beach Post and Long Beach Business Journal over allegations of retaliation following a worker-led union campaign…

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Long Beach’s 1st openly lesbian councilmember releases book on city’s LGBTQ+ history

Brandon Richardson • Apr 15, 2024

Gerrie Schipske, a Long Beach native and the city’s first openly lesbian city councilmember, released her latest book Monday, which provides a high-level historical overview of Long Beach’s LGBTQ+ co…

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Mayor proposes 'incubator' funding initiative to support local journalism

Jason Ruiz • Apr 15, 2024

In the wake of mass layoffs and an ongoing labor battle at the Long Beach Post, Mayor Rex Richardson is asking the City Council to consider a local media incubator that could help fund local news outlets in the city. Richardson sent a letter to council members Monday

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PODCAST: Fighting the preschool-to-prison pipeline

Jackie Rae • Apr 15, 2024

Ishmael Pruitt co-founded Project Optimism "to stimulate the ambition of our next generation of leaders" and to help students see the value of education.

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Long Beach offering grants up to $5,000 for neighborhood improvement projects

Jason Ruiz • Apr 15, 2024

Neighborhood associations planning to host a community gathering this year could receive up to $5,000 from the city through its Neighborhood…

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