Candidates Tackle Affordable Housing Issues at the Latino LB Mayoral Forum

Mar. 27, 2014 / By

Over 50 residents gathered from all parts of Long Beach at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) on Sunday to see six of ten mayoral candidates speak on the critical issues currently affecting Latino residents. Candidates in attendance included Damon Dunn, Robert Garcia, Bonnie Lowenthal, Steve Mozena, Doug Otto and Gerrie Schipske.

In a city with a 40 percent Latino population, this was the first Latino-focused forum during this election. Topics of discussion covered economic development, affordable housing, public safety and education– candidates gave their own perspectives on how to address each issue.

Long Beach has a tough decision to make this April 8. To help you make your decision, VoiceWaves interviewed a few of the candidates about how they planned to tackle affordable housing in Long Beach. Their responses were recorded in the video above.

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Adalhi Montes

As a teenager, Adalhi began volunteering at many programs helping our communities become healthier and safer to provide resources to people in need. He was involved with Weed and Seed in Central Long Beach and is a youth mentor for the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Adalhi is also in the process of completing the neighborhood leadership program at the Advanced Organizing Institute and is studying Radio and television broadcasting at LBCC. In the future, he looks forward to joining the Marine Corps and continuing his education.