BHC Long Beach News: September 2014
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September 28

LBTE Fourth Anniversary Celebration

October 4:
Community Forum on Trauma & Healing

October 25: 
BHC Long Beach Fall Gathering
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City Council Partially Funds Language Access Policy
After six straight weeks of organizing residents and speakers to attend budget hearings, the Language Access Coalition achieved a victory by winning money in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget to fund the City’s Language Access Policy.  In 2013, the Language Access Coalition was successful in getting the City of Long Beach to adopt a Language Access Policy, aimed at making the City’s services, meetings, and vital documents more accessible to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) speakers who speak Spanish, Khmer, or Tagalog.  From 2013 to the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, the policy remained unfunded.
Thanks to all of the hard work of our local residents and the Language Access Coalition, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted 9-0 to allocate $250,000 towards Language Access implementation in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, along with an additional $150,000 for a staff position to help monitor the progress of the policy. The $250,000 will be spent on translating vital documents that the Language Access Coalition has identified; translating City voicemails; translating key webpages; and training for staff on how to work with interpreters. All identified materials will be translated into Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog. The allocated $250,000 will also pay for a pilot project of Language Line in the Public Works Department.

While the initial funding has been identified and allocated, the remainder of the policy’s components will not be implemented until future funding is identified. In addition, the Language Access Coalition will continue to work with the City Attorney’s office, City Staff, and City Councilmembers on developing the policy and effectively implementing its purpose.
The Language Access Coalition is a collaborative group of organizations including 'Aikona, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB), East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ), Educated Men with Meaningful Messages (EM3), the Filipino Migrant Center (FMC), Housing Long Beach (HLB), Khmer Girls in Action (KGA), Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), the Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition (LBIRC), and United Cambodian Community (UCC)
BHC Launches Updated Website
Have you been looking for upcoming community events or local job opportunities? Visit our new Building Healthy Communities website to get connected to the community! Our hub staff has worked hard to help provide residents and organizations with all the latest information needed to build positive, sustainable change in our neighborhoods. The BHC website is the best resource for residents to learn about BHC and how to get involved, while also providing local organizers the resources they need to be successful. 
Our website features a news blog, community calendar, resource library, social media links, and a new community jobs board. Bookmark our website and check it often for all the latest events and opportunities. Explore our new website today at
African American Community; Former Hub Staff Spotlighted at BHCLB Summer Celebration (Photos)
View photos from this event by clicking here! Over 100 people from the local community attended Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach’s summer celebration which was  co-sponsored by the African American Convening Committee and the Office of Councilmember Dee Andrews.

This session's program included performances by Queens Historical Society, CSULB Multicultural Center Director Dr. James Manseau-Sauceda, and community leader Kazmere Duffey. Attendees also got to hear presentations from local leader (and legend) Ms. Evelyn Knight as well as members of the Jordan Math Collaborative. Finally, the community had the chance to honor and recognize (and surprise!) our former Hub Manager Rene Castro and former Hub Coordinator Ana Bonilla.
Thank you to all our partners, organizations, friends, and allies in the African American community for coming together. BHCLB would like to give a special thanks to Councilmember Rex Richardson, Senator Ricardo Lara, and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal for their recognitions and support!
"BHC LB Yes on 47" Advocates for Community Safety Reform 
The Community Safety Workgroup of BHC Long Beach has formed the “BHC LB Yes on 47” campaign to help coordinate the local effort to pass Proposition 47 on the November ballot. Working in the interest of community safety, Proposition 47 will:

1. Re-classify sentencing for low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors;
2. Re-allocate financial savings to K-12 schools, mental health treatment, and victim services;
3. Be retroactive to authorize resentencing for anyone who is incarcerated for the re-classified offenses and poses no threat to public safety.

To learn more about Proposition 47, the “BHC LB Yes on 47” campaign, or about how to get involved, visit
VoiceWaves Debuts Tri-Lingual Newspaper
VoiceWaves is proud to announce the introduction of their inaugural issue of their tri-lingual, community wellness print publication. Newspapers are now available in English, Spanish, and Khmer. Three years ago New America Media launched VoiceWaves, a youth-led community news website dedicated to engaging local young people in journalism, amplifying the voices of Long Beach residents, and shining a light on the health disparities that exist in our communities. 

In this first issue, the VoiceWaves team decided to tackle the issue of student debt: Several youth tell us about their experience finding jobs and affording loan payments after graduation; and in another story, we learn about how oil drilling can increase earthquake risks in Long Beach, the most fracked city in California. We also explore the challenges immigrant elderly folks face in their road to retirement, as well as sex education and teen pregnancy. Also, VoiceWaves beat reporter Michael Lozano interviewed local families to talk about how deportation has affected them.

VoiceWaves will be distributing 10,000 copies in English, Spanish, and Khmer to local restaurants and cafes and to our community partners. If you would like to pick up a stack to distribute, please contact Michelle Zenarosa at
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