A Pinch of Sage

Long Beach

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE Long Beach!  Besides the fact there is great weather, I can ride my bike to most anywhere I want to go, the beach is just a few blocks away and it hardly ever rains, there are other reasons why I love it.

Long Beach is culturally diverse, ranked as one of the most diverse cities in the United States.  I love learning about cultures and what better place to do it than in your own city?  Of course the better way would be to travel to places all over the world and live there for extended amounts of time, but that isn’t very possible, at least for me.

When there is such diversity, there is much to learn from each other and to share.  And with a population just under 500,000, there are many people we can include in our commUNITY.

There are different sections of town that can separate us from our community, but I’ve seen many times, many people working across the city, across organizations, lending a hand to help and make things better for everyone.  It makes me proud to be here, makes me happy to live in a place full of support and it motivates me to do the same kind of things.  We may not all agree on everything, but that’s ok, it’s the coming together part that makes it special; agreeing to disagree, and finding solutions.

One area I’m proud of is the city’s action to develop a comprehensive violence prevention plan.  Long Beach is one of 32 cities across the United States with a plan and it addresses all forms of violence around the family, school and community.  Because of this plan, various agencies, government offices, organizations and individuals work across disciplines together to make Long Beach a safe community.