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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Send a Letter to the Post Office to Keep Long Beach Facility

USPS service delivery truck in a residential a...
Please join me in an effort to convince the US Postal Service not to close the bulk mail facility at Redondo Avenue. This will mean a loss of jobs for Long Beach and a major inconvenience for businesses who bulk mail. On another point, Long Beach will not have a postmark for anything mailed from the boxes there. It will show "Santa Ana."

I have pushed our City Council for a resolution opposing the closure as well as encouraged letters from our City Manager protesting the closure.

Your letters and contact might help.
MCC Postal Service 2300 Redondo Avenue 10-17-11

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Council Supports Schipske's Call for Fire Data

The City Council voted 8-0 last night to request the City Manager to provide data on the response times of the fire department pre and post budget cuts. Although the agenda item was submitted last week, the news broke about the problems in the City of Los Angeles and the data their City Council received on response times. Long Beach City Management gave the council the following memo:

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Baja Sonora to be Featured at City Council

Baja Sonora Featured During First  Prime Time  for Business Presentation at City Council Meeting

(LONG BEACH, CA; March 20, 2012) – The very popular Baja Sonora restaurant and catering service will be the first Long Beach business showcased during the “Prime Time for Business” segment at the Long Beach City Council meeting, today announced Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.

Schipske authored a proposal at City Council in February to give local businesses the opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation during the third council meeting of the month and to highlight their services and any job openings they may have for local residents. Each councilmember has the opportunity to invite a business to make a presentation during City Council.

“This is the least the City Council can do to show local businesses that we appreciate they are doing business in Long Beach. These businesses not only provide sale tax revenue, they provide jobs and community services that sometimes goes unnoticed,” says Schipske. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Long Beach needs to get more people to start businesses locally. I hope the City Council taking time to listen to these businesses will send a message that we appreciate what they do for our economy.”

Baja Sonora is an authentic Mexican Restaurant with two locations in Long beach, located in the 5th and 7th Council Districts. Baja Sonora has been in business for 14 years and is the recipient of awards and distinctions that include: “Best Tacos in Long Beach-Press Telegram 2007”, “Ultimate Taco” in Sunset Magazine’s “Best of the West” and the “2011 Fifth District Good Neighbor Award.”

“Baja Sonora is more than two fantastic places to eat,” Schipske notes. “The owners, Mary Sophiea and Mike Mendelson have made a tremendous commitment to our local schools by donating more than $30,000 for school projects.”

Baja Sonora sponsors PTA Mondays, and donates 10% of purchases made every Monday to any “Parent Teacher Association” selected by its customers.  Baja Sonora is located at: 2940 Clark Avenue and 3502 Atlantic Avenue. Both locations are open at 10:30 am until 9 pm.
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Schipske Praises Long Beach College Promise

Administration building on Carson St, Long Bea...
Administration building on Carson St, Long Beach, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wilson Classical High School
Wilson Classical High School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske Salutes LBUSD, LBCC, &CSULB On Working Together On Long Beach College Promise

Long Beach partnership to continue to make higher education a #1 Priority

(LONG BEACH, CA; March 19, 2012) – Former Long Beach City College Trustee and current Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today saluted the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Long Beach City College (LBCC), and California State University at Long Beach, (CSULB) on the third year anniversary of their joint effort to provide every Long Beach student the  “Long Beach College Promise.”

Pyramid, Long Beach, California English:
Pyramid, Long Beach, California English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“Despite the financial difficulties facing our three education institutions, they are pledging to double their efforts as they begin the third year of this program to ensure every student in Long Beach who wants to go to college, can,” says Schipske, who also teaches part-time at CSULB. “They are to be commended for their efforts to continue to make higher education a top priority in Long Beach.”

All three educational institutions are working together to improve college preparation, access and completion for members of the greater Long Beach community. The Long Beach College Promise is combination of financial rewards (a semester of free community college tuition) and admission preferences for Long Beach Unified students, college education classes for parents, and college preparation courses for Long Beach Unified seniors.

Schipske points out that the Long Beach College Promise came from the Long Beach Seamless Education Partnership that was launched in 1994 when she was President of the Long Beach Community College Board of Trustees. “The Partnership was established to ensure that all students would progress smoothly through the education systems and into the workforce.” 

 “This concept came from the community through  variety of efforts, including the School to Work Transition Project that helped identify what was needed for students to be able to complete their schooling and to be prepared to become teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District,” Schipske adds.

“We need to continue to support these efforts to make the educational system in Long Beach the best in the nation.##
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