Carlos Omar

Program Coordinator and Editor

Carlos is a longtime resident of North Long Beach who graduated from CSULB's journalism program in 2019. While there, he held multiple editorial positions at the Daily 49er and served as managing editor for the inaugural edition of DIG en Español. His passion for social change was sparked by growing up in an underinvested portion of the city, and continues to be fueled by the desire to see a day when all people live in healthy communities.

Posts by Carlos Omar:

Long Beach activists mobilizing to influence the city’s surveillance technology policies

May. 31, 2022 / By and
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Community members are hoping to influence the recommendations that city commissioners will make to city council about how to deal with police use of surveillance technologies.
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After months of organizing by tenants, City Council set to vote on temporarily banning evictions for substantial remodeling

Jul. 6, 2021 / By
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Tenants and advocates have spoken up about a substantial remodeling “loophole” being used by landlords to pursue evictions. A policy to end these evictions is finally up at city council.
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Long Beach tenants launch campaign aiming to prevent substantial remodeling evictions in the city

Apr. 1, 2021 / By and
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Closing the substantial remodeling loophole in the state's law would prevent landlords in Long Beach from using substantial remodeling of a unit as a no-fault just-cause for eviction.
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Young adult expansion of Medi-Cal benefits many, but also highlights other age groups’ healthcare benefits needs

Mar. 30, 2021 / By
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The expansion has benefited many young adults throughout the state, but organizers say it has also shown how there continues to be a need for further expansions of benefits.
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Explaining California’s expansion of full scope Medi-Cal for undocumented youth ages 19 to 25

Mar. 16, 2021 / By
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Full scope Medi-Cal coverage for undocumented youth ages 19 to 25 first began in January 2020. This guide answers some questions you may have about these benefits.

Compound x VoiceWaves clip: How environments have shaped youth growing up in Long Beach

Nov. 30, 2020 / By , , and
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In this clip from our panel hosted at Compound, VoiceWaves Youth Reporters discuss how their environments have shaped how they grown up in Long Beach.

Every proposition on Californians’ Nov. 3 ballot, explained

Oct. 31, 2020 / By

All of the statewide propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot are explained, with information about what each vote means and who is backing and opposing each prop.
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Long Beach youth and officials discuss importance of youth voting at online forum

Oct. 30, 2020 / By and
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The forum hosted by LBC Votes gave young people an opportunity to speak with and ask questions to local officials.

VIDEO: VoiceWaves youth speak on their experiences growing up in Long Beach

Oct. 29, 2020 / By , , and
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Our youth reporters speak on how environments, the pandemic, and local schools have impacted their lives.

(Updated) Amid COVID-19, Long Beach Immigrant Family To Be Reunited By Support From Community Fundraiser

Jun. 8, 2020 / By
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The family had days left to post $23,000 in bail for their loved one -- during a pandemic. This is how they were impacted by that and how they were able to get the funds they needed.
Youth jobs prevent crime, Long Beach youth say, but only half have access to a paying gig.

Can Youth Jobs be Long Beach’s True Crime Deterrent? — VoiceWaves Long Beach

Apr. 29, 2020 / By
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Youth jobs prevent crime but only half of teens have access to a paying gig, Long Beach survey says.
Whether it’s for workers’ rights, renters, or fighting the KKK, Leanna Noble has been a veteran of all things organizing. She’s also a speaker for this year’s People’s State of the City.

PODCAST: For 40+ years, Leanna Noble has been organizing her fellow renters and workers in Long Beach and beyond

Feb. 11, 2020 / By
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Whether it’s for workers’ rights, renters, or fighting the KKK, Leanna Noble has been a veteran of all things organizing. She’s also a speaker for this year’s People’s State of the City.