Rename Lincoln To Toypurina Park? + FREE Bus Rides On June 7

Good morning, everybody; today is National Leave The Office Early Day, which was created by Laura Stack, an employee productivity specialist. It’s Thursday in Long Beach, and I’m back in your inbox with everything that’s fit to print about what’s happening locally. Because community news matters! Let’s do it.

There’s a movement afoot to remove the Lincoln name, statue, and penny from the park, Also, you can get to your local voting center for FREE this Tuesday, courtesy of Long Beach Transit. Finally, Taco Bell ran out of Mexican Pizzas,

First, today’s weather:

Areas of low clouds, then sun. High: 76 Low: 61.

Fireworks Poll!
Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach. If the police are called, you may have to pay as much as $20,000 in response costs plus citation fines of $1,000. How do you feel about that? Please let me know your thoughts! (As of today, 61.5% don’t want fireworks, 23.1% want “safe and san fireworks,” and 7.7% don’t care one way or the other while another 7.7% want to buy what they want.)

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Here are the top stories in Long Beach today:

  1. On February 9we alerted you to the re-opening of Lincoln Park, On Wednesday, the Equity and Human Relations Commission, under the City’s 2020 Framework for Reconciliation, met to okay a renaming of the venue, Citing “three key acts of genocide ordered that were either ordered by President Lincoln or perpetrated by military officials during Lincoln’s administration,” they are looking to change the name with input from the Tongva people, A possible name could be “Toypurina, a Tongva woman who helped lead an uprising against the Spanish-controlled San Gabriel Mission in 1785.” (Patch, LB Post)
  2. To help you get around and make it to your nearest voting centerLong Beach Transit is offering “free bus rides on all its routes on Election DayJune 7.” You can travel to drop off your ballot all day long. “In addition to its regularly scheduled, fixed-route bus service, LBT will offer free rides for its eligible Dial-A-Lift customers. (City of LB)
  3. Taco Bell has run out of Mexican Pizza, We learned Tuesday that the fast food restaurant had more demand than it bargained – or prepared – for. “Mexican Pizza might be off the menu for weeks or months.” (The website talks about a fall return.) However, there’s also good news. When the Mexican Pizza comes back, “it’ll be for good.” (Press-Telegram, Taco Bell)
  4. Mark your calendars! There is a Red Cross Blood Drive at the LBFD headquarters on June 8, You can make an appointment for a donor slot between 8 am and 2:30 pm Look for the huge Red Cross Bloodmobile at 3205 Lakewood Boulevard! ,LBFD,
  5. This Saturday and Sundayyou are invited to attend the FREE Getty + Long Beach Summer Festival at Houghton Park, “There will be a main stage with performances from 11 am to 6 pm . . . (with) artists such as South Coast Chorale, Shy But Flyy, the Jordan High Marching Band, JD Dance Company and Dengue Fever.” There will be art installations, interactive stage shows, dancing, and a DJ for the skate park. (Press-Telegram)

Today in Long Beach:

  • Library Playdate at the Downey City Library (10:30 AM)
  • Tai Chi For Beginners at Marine Stadium Park (11:45 AM)
  • Philanthropic Tools at The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (12 PM)
  • FREE Admission for Kids under 12 at the Long Beach Museum of Art (3 PM)
  • Eat, Drink, Laugh (A live comedy dinner show) at Italia’s Pizza Kitchen (8 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The City’s informational ️ hotline provides free and confidential support to anyone who lives, works, learns or plays in Long Beach and needs assistance finding and accessing local community resources and social services, (Facebook)
  • The LBPL has teamed up with literary nonprofit Women Who Submit (WWS) to present to you “I’M FROM HERE”, a video series honoring AAPI voices and stories, In this last installment, Dom Magwili reads from his book The Infernal Promise. (Facebook)
  • Our Rose Park South neighbor is missing her two kittens, They’re about 11 weeks old. They usually take their collars off, so they would at least have a green yarn tied around the neck.” (Nextdoor)
  • A Belmont Heights South neighbor is looking for a local LB acupuncturist, The closer to Belmont, the better. (Nextdoor)
  • Another Belmont Heights South neighbor is retired and interested in pickle ball, They’d like to start playing. Any suggestions? (Nextdoor)

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About me: Sylvia Cochran works out of sunny Southern California and has been freelance writing full-time since 2005. She loves dogs, cats, books, plays Best Fiends (don’t judge), embraces social justice, and tries to live out Micah 6:8.

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