March Updates
A few announcements have come out since we published our March newsletter, and we make it our priority to keep you informed of upcoming meetings, events, and opportunities. 
Health Equity Investment Framework Presentation
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has developed an Equity Investment Framework for the Long Beach Recovery Act funds related to health equity. The framework will also be used to bring an equity lens to funds within the Health Department, as it aligns with Goal 4 of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative, “improve health and wellness in the City by eliminating social and economic disparities in the communities most impacted by racism.” 

Community partners are invited to join the Health Department staff for a community presentation on Thursday, March 24, 4 - 5 p.m., to learn about the framework and its application to upcoming contract opportunities with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. 
Alternate Crisis Response Community Workshops
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services invites the community to participate in the development of the City’s Alternate Crisis Response Program.  
The Alternate Crisis Response Program will use specially trained non-sworn employees to respond to non-violent, non-emergent, non-medical calls for service related to mental health crises. This Program is a community recommendation listed in Goal 3 of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative.  
Please join us to provide feedback on the program by attending one of two community workshops (both virtual and in-person options are available).  
Virtual Community Workshop  
Wednesday, March 23, 6-8 PM   
In-Person Community Workshop 
Saturday, April 2, 9-11 AM 
Cal Rec Community Center at McBride Park 
Please use the registration link to request interpretation.
LBRA Small Business & Non-Profit Relief Grants
The City has launched the Long Beach Recovery Act Small Business and Non-Profit Relief grants, new recovery programs to help small businesses and nonprofits that have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants will provide working capital to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help them pay for a variety of business expenses, such as payroll, rent, personal protective equipment (PPE), repairs or equipment, technology upgrades, marketing and more. 

The application period will close May 15, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. (PDT). Small businesses and nonprofits can access free technical assistance to prepare and submit applications by contacting the City’s BizCare Hotline at 562-570-4BIZ (4249) or emailing The hotline operates Monday’s through Friday’s from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both voicemails and emails received will be responded to within 24 hours for customers that contact the BizCare team after normal working hours. 

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Job Opportunities
The City of Long Beach is seeking a new Deputy City Manager. The Deputy City Manager (DCM) works collaboratively with all other Department heads to ensure the City Council’s policies and programs are implemented and that departments are working together to meet the community’s needs. This role requires hands-on work, such as drafting staff reports and memos or diving deep into departmental budgets or projects. It involves communicating with Councilmembers, the community, and the media. Under the direction of the City Manager and Assistant City Manager, the DCM serves as a key member of the City’s Executive Team and currently oversees the Office of Governmental Affairs, Office of Cannabis Oversight and Equity, Sustainability, and the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission (CPCC).
We're Hiring!
The City of Long Beach Office of Equity is recruiting for a full-time Equity Leadership Development Specialist. The Specialist will report to the Equity Officer and assist in the leadership development and implementation of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative.