Cal State Long Beach sociology professor Eduardo Lara announces bid for District 2 Council seat

Multiple Long Beach media have reported that CSU Long Beach sociology professor Dr. Eduardo Lara has announce his intention to run for City Council in the Second District of Long Beach.

The Second Council District is in the southwest of Long Beach. It covers part of the Port of Long Beach and downtown. The seat is currently held by Jeannine Pearce. To its immediate north is the vacant First District. A special election to fill the vacancy has not yet been finalized. However, Mary Zendejas leads in the count released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office last Friday.

A campaign website for Lara gives this statement:

I’m in! My name is Dr. Eduardo Lara and I am running to be your next 2nd District City Council Member. I am running because too many of our neighbors are being left out of the economic prosperity that our city is experiencing. Together, we will move our district forward by focusing on affordable housing, accessible parking, a healthy environment, small-business development, public safety, youth programs, resources for the elderly, and ensuring that all Long Beach workers are treated with the dignity they deserve.

I’ve called Long Beach home for over a decade; the “small town, big city” feel of the community charmed me. It was in Downtown Long Beach where I first met my husband. My God-kids and I are regulars at Bixby park. Like many of you, I yoga on the bluff and I look forward to Fourth Fridays to enjoy a vibrant Retro Row. I am connected to our coast as it is where I have trained for the charity bike ride, AIDS/LifeCycle.

Serving Long Beach is what I do daily, as professor and faculty union member at Cal State Long Beach. I am lucky to call this city and the 2nd District home. I love this community and am ready to serve YOU.

School cafeteria worker. Janitor. Carwash worker. Stay-at-home Mom. These were some of the jobs my parents had while growing up. I thrive today because the sweat of my parents’ labor translated into opportunities for me and my brothers and sister. Like many families, my immigrant parents worked hard to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. And like my parents, I will work hard to raise the standard of living issues that matter most to second district residents, including our hotel and city workers.

Once given the opportunity, I plan to work in partnership with the community to implement my BEACH Plan:

Beautification
Economic Inclusion
Access
Climate Change
Housing

I will share specifics of my BEACH Plan in the days ahead while engaging each of the neighborhoods in the district. As a career educator for the past two decades, I know the most important quality of leadership is to listen. So, I want to hear from you.

We are building a rainbow coalition of Long Beach residents from all walks of life and abilities. LGBTQ+ and Straight. Black, White, Latinx, Native and Asian. Hotel workers, teachers, and homemakers. Young and old. Renters, homeowners, and the unhoused. I invite you all to join this movement.

Let’s move forward. Together.