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Two More Candidates Announce Run For Lara’s 33rd District State Senate Seat
South Gate Councilmember Denise Diaz and Central Basin Municipal Water District Boardmember Leticia Vasquez-Wilson have raised to three the number of candidates to officially announce their run to represent the 33rd District of the California State Senate. Long Beach Councilmember Lena Gonzalez announced last month.

Ricardo Lara has held the seat since 2012. In November, he was elected California Insurance Commissioner, and is being installed on January 7. The district includes most of Long Beach, all of Signal Hill and stretches north nearly to the 5/10-freeway interchange. According to the website Around The Capitol, 70% of the district’s 925,000-plus residents are Latino.

Diaz was elected to a four-year term on the South Gate City Council in April 2017. She earned a BA in communication from Cal State Long Beach. She is endorsed by the mayors of Bell Gardens, Huntington Park and South Gate. Vasquez-Wilson served on the Lynwood City Council from 2003-2007, including one term as the city’s first Latina mayor. She earned her BA in criminal justice and MA in public policy from Cal State Long Beach.

Lara has endorsed Gonzalez, as has Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. A date for the special election has not been announced. The winner will serve out Lara’s term, which runs through 2020.

Centennial Advisers Hosts Discussion Tomorrow On Tenant Relocation
Centennial Advisers is hosting a panel discussion on educating owners and investors on issues about the impending Long Beach City Council vote on tenant relocation fees. The event is tomorrow, 10 a.m., Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave., Seal Beach. The program, co-hosted by Better Housing For Long Beach, includes guest speakers, a question and answer session, and a 2018 local multi-family recap and outlook for 2019. To register for the event, click here.

Port Of Long Beach Presents Updated Mobile App For Bridge Project
The Port of Long Beach launched LB Bridge, an updated mobile app to inform motorists about traffic detours and closures related to the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. With completion of the bridge about a year away, the app is intended to provide greater Southern California community members with real-time news, traffic updates, and other features detailing the progress of the project. The app is available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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