Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Since 1990, November has been recognized nationally as Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate and honor the collective Indigenous ancestry, a group of City of Long Beach employees have curated three special webinars covering important topics such as understanding tribal land acknowledgment, a deep dive in boarding schools and how they impacted local tribal nations, and the importance of tribal language preservation. Each session will feature tribal leaders and noted Indigenous scholars. Please use the links below to register.
Session Information
Reflections on the Southern California Indian Boarding School Experience 

Special Guest: Kelly Leah Stewart (Tongva/Luiseño) 

Wednesday, November 3rd from 12PM to 1PM 
Through Song & Word: Importance of Tribal Language Preservation 

Special Guests:
Deborah Sanchez (Chumash/O'odham/Raramuri), Cindy Sanchez (Chumash/O'odham/Raramuri) & Jason Lewis (Choctaw) 

Thursday, November 11th from 11:30AM to 1PM 
Moving Beyond Land Acknowledgements 
Special Guest: Dr. Theresa Stewart-Ambo (Tongva/Luiseño) 

Wednesday, November 17th from 11:30AM to 1PM 
Meet Our New Team Member!
Aneyssa Romo is a current 2021-2022 Management Assistant rotating through Technology and Innovation, the Office of Equity, Health, and Financial Management. She earned her Master of Public Administration (Urban Management) from Arizona State University (ASU). As an ASU Marvin Andrews fellow, Aneyssa worked with the City of Avondale, AZ to build nonprofit relationships in their newly built community resource center, assist with the City’s first internal audit, and created recommendations that for the City’s Public Art Masterplan.  In the Office of Equity, she is assisting the Alternate Crisis Response Workgroup in creating a community engagement plan.  

Aneyssa was born and raised in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ, and currently lives in Long Beach, where she enjoys finding taco trucks, taking walks in her neighborhood, and the cooler weather.
Job Opportunities
The Long Beach Office of Equity is seeking applicants for two positions. Feel free to share the links to the applications below!
The City of Long Beach is recruiting for a full-time, unclassified Equity Program Specialist in the City Manager’s Office. The Specialist will report to the Equity Officer and will be responsible for leading community and staff engagement activities, navigating internal/external communications efforts for the Office of Equity, supporting citywide efforts to advance equity and support the team in implementation of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative.
The City of Long Beach seeks an Equity Officer to facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative strategies that dismantle inequities and systemic barriers so that everyone can reach their highest level of health and potential for a successful life, regardless of their background and identity. This position will lead the Office of Equity within the Office of the City Manager; and will directly report to the Deputy City Manager who provides oversight of the Equity Program for the City.

Upcoming Meetings, Events, Resources and More
Join the Black Health Equity Collaborative for a Health Expo and Job Fair on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 12-4 PM, at Houghton Park. This event will host health vendors, over 20 job recruiters, and a vision clinic, where members of the community can receive free eye screenings and reading glasses. We hope that you will be able to join us at this event. 
The Racial Equity & Reconciliation Initiative: Initial Report includes direction to "Redesign police oversight and accountability through improved complaint and discipline practices" by "Engaging in a formal outside expert study of the Citizen’s Police Complaint Commission (CPCC), to identify necessary changes to its structure and explore creation of a new civilian police oversight body based on models from other California municipalities. Conduct further community outreach to ensure reforms and/or a new oversight body meet community needs." 
The outside evaluation team that has led the CPCC evaluation, Polis-Change Integration, will host a public presentation on December 14, 2021, to review the recommendations for changes to the CPCC. At this meeting, the public will be able to provide input on the recommendations.  
Chief of Police Qualities Survey
The City Manager is interested in obtaining feedback from the community to guide the recruitment and selection of the new Police Chief. Click below to provide your insight. 
Human Relations Commission
Upcoming Meeting
The Human Relations Commission will be hosting their next meeting on Wednesday, November 3 at 6PM. Click below for the agenda and meeting information!