Gov. Newsom delivers first State of the State Address

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the state capitol in Sacramento Wednesday. “It was just over four weeks ago that I stood in front of this capitol and pledged to defend not just the California constitution by the California dream,” Newsom said. “Today, I want to talk about how we can do that together.” One of his announcements was the reversal of the high-speed rail project that began under Gov. Jerry Brown. The California High-Speed Rail has been a project in the making since 1998, when the California High-Speed Rail Authority was established to begin formal planning in preparation of a ballot measure. In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a measure to construct the initial segment of the network. “Let’s level about high-speed rail,” Newsom said. “I have nothing but respect for Gov. Brown’s and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s ambitious vision. I share it. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.” Newsom suggested building a bullet train between Merced and Bakersfield to remedy this issue. “Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield and communities in between are

By | 2019-04-08T11:54:29+00:00 Feb 18, 2019 | 8:15 pm|Categories: Events, Long Beach, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

Rent continues to rise in Long Beach

A 182 square foot “private, stylish, fully furnished Tiny House” was available for rent last week on Zillow, the Long Beach Post reported Friday. According to the seller, it had just about everything you need, except for space of course, for $1,675 a month. While this may seem like a high price for a small space, this is just an example of a larger trend: in Long Beach, rent prices are getting higher and are less affordable for students at Long Beach State and in the community. According to RentCafé, a data site that looks at the rent of apartment complexes with 50 units or more, the average price of rent has increased 1 percent, from $1,848 to $1,875 since the previous year. Maria Lopez, director of Community Organizing at Housing Long Beach said rent increase is not surprising as it has been happening for the past 5 years. “Folks are still coming in … with a $200 dollar rent increase, a $500 dollar rent increase, [even] a $600 rent increase,” Lopez said. Housing Long Beach works to help renters stay in their homes or find a new home, and assists with legal representation for tenants who are facing harassment

By | 2019-02-07T16:21:01+00:00 Feb 6, 2019 | 10:48 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, Long Beach, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , |

A little help can go a long way for students in need

As student hunger increasingly becomes a concern at Long Beach State, the school has offered a way for dorm residents to donate meals from their plan to those in need since 2015. The Feed A Need event from Feb. 3 to 9 allows students who are struggling with food stability to be distributed meals through resident hall meal plans. Donation booths are set up at Parkside, Hillside and Beachside colleges to raise awareness for the cause. “[Feed A Need] was started by [the] campus community to provide security to students in need,” said Sabrina Ware, coordinator of Beach Pride Events. “[It] started in 2015, and students can donate a meal from their dorming meal plan to the student emergency fund.” According to Ken Kelly, director of the Basic Needs Program and the Women’s and Gender Equity Center, meals are distributed through the Student Emergency Intervention and Wellness Program in Kelly’s office. According to Jolene Sagan, case manager for division of Students Affairs, any student is able to donate. Students can donate one meal per semester with the goal to reach 1,500 meals donated for the 2019 spring semester. Students donate their meals by filling out a form at any campus

By | 2019-02-06T09:25:41+00:00 Feb 6, 2019 | 9:24 am|Categories: ASI, Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

ASI kicks off Homelessness Awareness Week by hosting a panel with students who have used the Basic Needs Program

Jorge Sandoval, a graduate psychology major, had to take an educational leave because college turned out to be too expensive. Just before his return, Sandoval was injured a car accident that left him unable to work. However, Sandoval was able to use the Student Emergency Grant and food resources to get by. Sandoval currently has temporary resident status, and his annual renewal was approaching but the car accident left him with no source of income. “I came to the Dream Success Center, here on campus, in shambles, crying because I didn't know what to do,” Sandoval said. “I had a 3.5 GPA and it had taken me 10 years to get to where I was at that point. I felt like my dream was slipping away.” With the help of staff from the Dream Success Center, Evelyn Klaus and Yadi Ortiz, Sandoval was introduced to the Student Emergency Wellness and Intervention Program which helped get Sandoval through the semester. Sandoval was one of the three students who spoke at the Associated Student Inc.’s panel alongside Long Beach State professor Rashida Crutchfield, and fellow students Jesus Tinoco,  an athletic training major, and Imani Moses, a community health education major, on Tuesday

By | 2018-11-14T17:02:44+00:00 Nov 13, 2018 | 11:50 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, Events, News|Tags: , , , , |

A Daily 49er conversation with President Jane Close Conoley

The Daily 49er sat down with President Jane Close Conoley Wednesday, Sept. 5 to ask her about her ambitions for the new semester and her hopes for the future of the campus. Conoley touched on new housing developments, parking, more classes, the fate of Prospector Pete and the new Beach 2030 — an initiative that looks to community input to improve Long Beach State. Beach 2030 Initiative What's been on my mind is the launch of Beach 2030 — our big vision and strategic planning process. We're putting a lot of time into that, hoping to involve a lot of people. I feel the big challenge is to make sure that it's meaningful, and we won't know that for while. We have various milestones; you have to get engagement and want to get people talking. I want to make sure we do it in a way that at the end of the process – two years from now – people say "not only are we moving in positive some directions but my voice was heard.” So, that's really on my mind because it would be a very terrible waste of time and money and people's brain power if we ended

By | 2018-09-13T13:00:17+00:00 Sep 12, 2018 | 11:32 pm|Categories: Features, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

Housing near Long Beach State is highest in the city

As Long Beach State welcomes thousands of students back to campus for another year of higher education, students may be looking to live closer to campus. Housing is the most expensive near the university, according to data from rent market trends website Rent Jungle. Seventy-five percent of students commute from home, according to the university’s 2016-2017 Common Data Set. Some students cite soaring rental rates in the city as the reason that they do not live closer to the university. Laura Leyva, a senior majoring in civil engineering, said that she’s looked into moving out of her parents’ house so she could focus more on school. However, the average price of a one-bedroom apartment in Long Beach is about $1,800. “I live with my parents, and I think that’s pretty much the only choice that people have that live in Long Beach,” Leyva said. “There’s just no place for us students, and it’s just not possible with a minimum wage job.” Rent Jungle data states that the most expensive places to rent are near the university, downtown and the Naples-Marina area. The average cost of renting near the school is $2,650 a month, whereas the average cost to rent elsewhere

CSULB in discussion to implement affordable housing options

Over the next few years, Cal State Long Beach aims to take more homeless students off the streets by implementing affordable housing options both on campus and in the city. The university has ongoing negotiations with non-profit organization LINC Housing to develop affordable housing units on campus for low-income students. Although the affordable housing initiative is still in its preliminary stages, President Jane Close Conoley revealed that the housing unit is expected to be placed near the Grow Beach Organic Gardens. The university currently plans to build 900 spots to accommodate students, according to Conoley. The university is also in negotiations with two separate developers — Cliff Ratkovich and Tony Shooshani — to have downtown affordable housing options for faculty, staff and students ages 21 and older. The planned projects would be built on Third Street and Fourth Street near Long Beach Boulevard, and have a five-year window for discussion. “That could be an option for some students ... that are over 21,” Conoley said. “We're doing that because we don't feel it would be a good option for freshmen. There will be programming, there will be RAs, but it won't be as secure.” Carmen Taylor, vice president of student

By | 2018-06-02T16:38:15+00:00 Jun 2, 2018 | 4:38 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |
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