Patch Questions: Long Beach Listens?

Let us know what you think of the City Council's efforts to hold monthly meetings with their constituents.

The new Democrat-majority City Council plans to hold meetings at a different neighborhood in Long Beach each month.

The first of these meetings, called Long Beach Listens, is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the West End Community Center, at 80 Maryland Ave. (next to West School). (Note: This meeting is scheduled for Presidents' Day, which is also the first day of a weeklong winter recess at local schools.)

Long Beach Listens is being touted as part of Council President Fran Adelson’s vow to make city government more open and transparent. As the press release announcing the meetings reads: “... Long Beach Listens will provide residents with an unprecedented opportunity to meet and communicate with City officials like never before.”

What do you think of the new administration’s efforts to hold these more up-close-and-personal monthly meetings with their constituents? Let us know in the comments below.

Margaret February 09, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Its the fault of the administration who actually votes on a budget that increases our taxes....If the republicans in 2004 can take office and face a nearly $7 million dollar deficit and not raise taxes-- why cant the dems inherit a $100k surplus and avoid raising taxes??? Are they just not capable of creating a budget without raising taxes???
Margaret February 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Pam, I agree that in most instances friends and family get jobs-- thats not the dispute. The dispute is that the dems ran on a platform of promising not to hire any friends and family and put an end to that. Then, they get voted in and do the opposite! Thats disgusting
Pam Pruyn February 09, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@ Margaret....I hear what you are saying. I don't know that I find it disgusting, but rather that it was probably unrealistic to say this party would not hire anyone they knew. Then again, the truth is both parties always do the same thing. I am an independent for that very reason.(heading towards NO party affiliation pretty soon if things don't change). I have been both a Republican AND a Democrat but have been dissatisfied with both parties, both locally and nationally. If they are open and above board with the public, I don't begrudge any administration the right to hire the people with whom they are comfortable, with the caveat that they must be QUALIFIED for the job. I don't believe in changing out incompetence for incompetence. Nor do I believe you need to totally clean house for the sake of cleaning house. The people that work in government jobs have families to support too. I think we need to wait and see what happens. Politics aside, this partisan bickering in non-productive at best. I think we need a mayor. It is time. Just my humble opinion.
laocoon February 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM
"Yea, it's only our homes, or families and our life savings that are at stake. Just because they are lying and doing corrupt things, give them a chance. Maybe they won't take everything you worked for all your life. And if they do, then smile and have a nice day. Don't get mean!" Idiots.
Margaret February 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Pam, all great points. I wouldn't expect any parties normally to not hire people they feel comfortable with but I said the same thing when they were campaigning to promise to end friends and family. I said over and over, don't make promises that a. you can't keep and b. you have no intention of keeping. And as a response, over and over they said they can keep that promise and wouldn't do it. But then... they get elected and do it anyway


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