Dang! — People’s State of the City Took On Long Beach’s Housing, Police, Racial Inequality

Apr. 16, 2019 / By , , and

If you missed out on this year’s annual People’s State of the City, don’t fret. We got highlights below for you and more. The diverse crowd gathered to take on issues such as rising rent costs, housing, and displacement, which were the event’s major themes.

Speakers also delved into police tensions arising from officer-involved shootings over the year and recent transparency scandals involving text-deleting apps on officers’ phones.

Here’s a recap video.

We also did some pretty cool Instagram Story coverage:


Oh yeah, one last thing: Here’s a podcast preview from our Youth Producer, M. Smith, cuz’ you know, we like to show off and stuff:

 

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M. Smith

M. Smith

You may see Multimedia reporter M. Smith taking a stroll around the community of Long Beach but what may look like a trip to the corner store or local barber, M never stops looking for a new compelling story. Smith mostly publishes as a video journalist, but also writes, photographs, as well. M strives to get the best camera shots and offer readers and viewers a full experience by submitting a package deal of photos, a story, and a video to complement each article. Smith wears many hats including producing the Wavegang podcast as a team manager.
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Alvin Engo

Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Alvin immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, having to still deal with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives and the federalization of the Philippines.
Crystal Niebla

Crystal Niebla

Crystal was raised in South Los Angeles and is the first college graduate in her family. She is a class of 2016 CSULB graduate who has served as an editor for her campus newspaper and freelanced for the Long Beach Post and Random Length News.
Michael Lozano

Michael Lozano

Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. For the past 6 years, his mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online, on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was recently a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor.