The Long Beach Coalition for Good Jobs & A Healthy Community connects local community, labor, religious, and student leaders and organizations to fight growing inequality and poverty in Long Beach. By promoting living wages, responsible development, affordable housing, and healthy communities, our Coalition is advocating for a fair and sustainable economy that works for everyone.
Our vision is to create a fair and sustainable economy in Long Beach in which the community is an active and integral part of the city’s overall development process. We believe that workers’ rights are human rights and that people should have a say in the political decisions that affect their lives.
Creating a new economy in Long Beach with good jobs and thriving communities requires both public investment and public accountability. LAANE’s 2008 study found that Long Beach taxpayers had invested over $750 million in tourism and hospitality in the hopes of revitalizing the city and creating new, better jobs.
Despite strong political support and large subsidies, Long Beach’s tourism and hospitality industry has historically failed to offer a fair return on the public’s investment, contributing to poverty in local communities with low-wage jobs that leave many workers unable to support their families. This is why our Coalition will work to ensure quality jobs that offer living wages, a clean and safe environment for families, and a process for community input and engagement in governmental decision-making.