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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 13 Jan, 2022 00:45 am

In last State of the City speech as mayor, Garcia focuses on pandemic recovery • Long Beach Post News

In last State of the City speech as mayor, Garcia focuses on pandemic recovery • Long Beach Post News

Mayor Robert Garcia delivered what’s expected to be his final State of the City address Wednesday, promising a robust recovery from the pandemic that has thrown Long Beach into seemingly constant uncertainty in recent years.“The state of our city is strong—because our people are strong,” Garcia said, speaking from outside the Terrance Theater in Downtown Long Beach.Part of the recovery, he said, will be the launch of programs funded through the Long Beach Recovery Act, which will provide tens of millions in aid to businesses and non-profits through state and federal funding distributed during the pandemic.Even as he touted a coming recovery, Long Beach is still in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant.

But Garcia pointed out that Long Beach quickly adapted by expanding its testing capability.And while Long Beach has outpaced some other cities in vaccine uptake, several city departments continue to lag behind the general public—including the fire and police departments where only 70% of firefighters and 60% of police officers had shown proof of vaccination as of Dec.

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