|(December 15, 2020, 4:30 a.m.) -- At tonight's City Council meeting (Dec. 15), veteran LB neighborhood advocate, civic volunteer, de facto historian and North Long Beach News publisher Dan Pressburg, will be the subject of an agenda item recommending the renaming of NLB's South Street Parkway as the "Pressburg Parkway."
9th district Councilman Rex Richardson has agendized an item to "refer to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Housing and Neighborhood Committee...consideration the renaming of South Street Parkway, "The Pressburg Parkway," in recognition of the contributions of Uptown community leader Dan Pressburg."
Dan Pressburg has lived in the Deforest Park Neighborhood for more than 35 years and is a respected pillar in the Uptown Community. As such, his charitable acts and knowledge of Long Beach's history are invaluable to all who meet him.[Scroll down for further.]
LBREPORT.com could add many other volunteer activities, including creation and operation of North Long Beach News, a media outlet using a Facebook platform at this link to cover NLB stories from various viewpoints. Mr. Pressburg's years of community activism ranged from chiding City Hall fatuities to encouraging more sensible official actions, and his North Long Beach News performs an important civic "check and balance" function by allowing divergent viewpoints. And no, he's not shy about speaking his mind, calling things as he sees them on the merits.
Mr. Pressburg expected politicians seeking re-election or advancement to higher public office to face public questions, For years, he routinely invited candidates to meet and face questions, one on one, from ordinary taxpayers.
As President of the DeForest neighborhood group, his was the only LB neighborhood or civic group of which we're aware that allowed BOTH sides -- City Hall officialdom including Mayor Garcia as well as opponents -- to speak on a City Hall sought tax-raising ballot measure. (Others let Mayor Garcia speak on the measure without check and balance opposition.) [LBREPORT.com patiently waited outside the NLB meeting site to ask Mayor Garcia a few questions but he and his entourage nearly ran from us (citing a time conflict with another event) telling us to submit our questions in writing; we declined.]
For years, Mr. Pressburg also volunteered hours of work with a grassroots LB Veterans Day parade committee, present at the event's inception but more recently disbanded. The event is now organized and presented by city staff working with Councilman Richardson's office.
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