Beach Weekly S9E12: Campus sustainability, mayoral candidates, the Itaewon tragedy, and more


ISABEL SILAGY, INTRO: This is Beach Weekly.


LEILA NUNEZ, BYLINE: Hello, and welcome to Season Nine Episode 12 of Beach Weekly, a podcast created and produced by Long Beach State student run newspaper the Daily Forty-Niner. I’m your host for the week, Leila Nunez, coming to you from the 22 West Studios on the Long Beach State campus.

Can you believe it’s already November? Like, I’m glad the semester is almost over. Don’t get me wrong. But also, how is the semester almost over? I’m not ready for finals. Anyway, there will be time to stress for that later. But first, let’s hear a word from our sponsor.


Southland Credit Union is offering a $200 bonus when you open a free Long Beach State checking account at their new Campus Branch in the University Student Union Plaza. This offer is only available during the Fall 2022 semester! For more information, head on over to www.beachcu.com.

Whether you live on campus or commute, you’ve probably noticed the high parking prices. A permit for the academic year is currently $500 and it’s expected to rise within the next five years.

According to the CSULB Parking and Transportation annual report, Cal State Long Beach is the 13th lowest CSU campus in terms of permit cost out of the 23 campuses in the CSU system. A semester permit is $250, an academic year, as I mentioned before, is $500, and for residents who are bringing their car, it’s $600.

Now, you may be asking, well, why isn’t this a part of our tuition? Well, because of the California Education Code Section 89701, Parking and Transportation Services are required to be entirely self-funded, which as a result, means that parking is another expense on campus.

Students have expressed frustration over this as the options for transportation are limited and some are opting to park off campus and walk a bit more to avoid this extra expense.

If you want to look deeper into this subject, head on over to our YouTube channel at Daily Forty-Niner to watch our latest video created by Video Editor Luke Wines.

Now, did you know California is currently in a drought?

I feel like I’ve been hearing that question since I was eight years old. However, unfortunately, the drought is just going to keep on going and next year it’s expected to be even worse. It is because of this that CSULB has begun to implement water conservation efforts on campus.

For example, the sprinkler irrigation system on campus has sensors that detect rain, which I think is pretty cool! These sprinklers will turn off automatically after a certain level of rain has been reached. Additionally, CSULB’s weather station can track moisture levels to prevent overwatering as well. And if you haven’t noticed CSULB has a lot of green space, but of the 78 acres of green spaces on CSULB’s campus, 48 are watered using reclaimed water. That’s awesome!

And aside from water, the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System Report states that, “The university is actively retrofitting lights to LED technology. Currently, 75% of all exterior lights and 40% of all interior lights have been retrofitted to LED lights.” Now, these are just a couple of efforts being made on campus. But remember, you have a part too. Unplug your electronics, don’t waste water, and turn off your sprinklers if it’s raining, please.

All right. Moving on, the Women’s and Gender Equity Center (WGEC) is currently hosting a menstrual product drive available from October 10 through November 14, designated to help people who struggle with period poverty.

Y’all, these products are not cheap. And it doesn’t help that there’s a tampon tax. A tampon tax, if you have not heard of it yet, is targeted towards people who menstruate and is a charged sales tax when purchasing tampons, pads and other menstrual products.

WGEC’s mission is to continue to promote the understanding of menstrual health and to educate individuals about these economic discriminations and increase accessibility to help those in need. So go donate. They’re accepting packages of unopened pads, tampons, panty liners, individual sanitary wipes and menstrual cups.

Donation sites are located at the Student Success Center in the Women’s and Gender Equity Center in suite 240, Bob Murphy Access Center in Suite 110, the Dream Success Center in Suite 290 and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies located at the McIntosh Humanities Building in Suite 820.

Now moving on to local news, go vote on November 8th for the mayoral race here in Long Beach. The two main candidates in the race are Suzie Price and Rex Richardson. Both of these candidates are of the Democratic Party making this race essentially nonpartisan.

Rex Richardson is endorsed by current Mayor Robert Garcia and multiple city council members, while Suzie Price is endorsed by State Controller Betty T Yee and many former city council members. This race has covered several issues such as crime, homelessness, the environment and economic growth. And as of right now, Richardson has raised the most money by far, according to the Long Beach Post, indicating more people support him in the race.

And in international news, Brittney Griner is facing nine years inside a Russian penal colony after losing her court appeal last week.

Brittney has been detained since February and was found guilty in August of trying to smuggle illegal narcotics into the country. On Thursday, U.S. embassy officials met with Griner in Russia. The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said, “We are told she’s doing as well as can be expected under these circumstances.” They had not been able to visit the detained WNBA star since early August.

And this past weekend, a tragic event occurred in South Korea, where at least 150 people were killed after a Halloween celebration went wrong. Itaewon is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Seoul known for its nightlife and is the host of a large annual Halloween gathering that attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

The disaster occurred in a nearby alley when around 100,000 people kept pushing into the narrow space, causing many to be crushed against walls and other bodies. This event is once again raising the question of whether these gatherings are being monitored properly. Should they be doing more? And also, why are these tragedies still happening?


OUTRO: All right. And that is it for season nine, episode 12 of Beach Weekly. Thank you to our editor, Andy Nguyen and Isabel Silagy, your usual host, my favorite. A big thank you to 22 West for letting us use the studios. And lastly, thank you to everyone listening.

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