By Ken Swisher
Newly-elected Mayor Robert Garcia will launch his policy priorities with the CEOs of Long Beach’s educational institutions at his side. This event marks the first time in the history of Long Beach that a newly installed mayor kicks off the first-term in office by joining forces with Long Beach’s educational establishment. It also marks the first time Jane Close Conoley will address the Long Beach community in her new role as university president.
The event will take place on Friday, July 18, at noon.
Along with Conoley, main speakers will include Garcia, Long Beach Mayor and Long Beach State alumnus Doug Otto, chair of the mayor’s transition team; Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach City College (LBCC); Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District; and Robert C. Maxson, former Long Beach State president and mentor to Garcia.
Following Mayor Garcia’s policy address, Conoley, Oakley and Steinhauser will join him in answering questions from the audience and in a discussion on how the mayor’s office can harness the intellectual capital of area schools, colleges and university to mitigate some of the region’s most pressing challenges and help leverage additional resources in support of students and alumns.
Long Beach educational institutions have a well-known reputation for working together through the Long Beach College Promise, a program that offers ways for Long Beach Unified School District students to prepare for, enter and complete college. Under the new LBCC Promise Pathways, high school students from outside of Long Beach are also joining the Promise. Student outcomes are impressive and have caught the attention of President Obama, State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Calif. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. The Promise is being emulated throughout the state.