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Long Beach sets first listening session

Long Beach City Hall is on Park Avenue.

Long Beach City Hall is on Park Avenue. The police station and fire department are attached to the building. (June 21, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

In step with its goal of improving government transparency and accessibility, the newly elected Long Beach City Council will launch its Long Beach Listens program with its first neighborhood meeting on Feb. 20.

Long Beach Listens is the brainchild of newly elected council president Fran Adelson, and served as a major facet of her campaign. As part of the program, the five-member council and City Manager Jack Schnirman will attend monthly meetings in different neighborhoods and parts of the community to hear residents’ concerns and interact with them face-to-face, in hopes of fostering trust in the new administration.

“The City Council, as part of their reform agenda, has put a real priority on going out directly into the community,” Schnirman said, adding that the goal is to keep open the dialogue between city officials and residents. He added that the meetings will emphasize “listening to residents, hearing their needs, gauging how they feel about the city’s services and channeling that citizen input into real responsive results.”

The Feb. 20 meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the West End Firehouse. Adelson added that information on upcoming meetings will be posted on the city’s website.

Above: Long Beach City Hall

 

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