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Mayor Garcia Moves Swiftly To Distance Himself From His Legislative Director Ramirez's Personal Tweet That "Problem With Many Environmentalists" Is "Anti-Housing Anti-Density" People Just Like Their Homogeneous Neighborhood Without People Of Color When They Cite Traffic And Pollution

See Mayor's Chief of Staff statement, says Mayor Garcia doesn't agree with Mr. Ramirez's personal opinion on this issue. is reader and advertiser supported. Support independent news in LB similar to the way people support NPR and PBS stations. We're not non-profit so it's not tax deductible but $49.95 (less than an annual dollar a week) helps keep us online.
(Jan. 8, 2018, UPDATED 6:25 p.m.) -- Mayor Robert Garcia moved swiftly to distance himself from his Legislative Director Justin Ramirez's personal Twitter account that [Ramirez content] there's a "serious problem" with "many [of his] fellow environmentalist friends." In a Sunday Jan. 7 Tweet sent on his personal Twitter account, Mr. Ramirez wrote that "Anti-Housing anti-density people just like their homogeneous neighborhood without POC's [people of color] because, you know, traffic and pollution."

At 3:43 p.m. today (Jan. 8), reported the visible Tweet, sought comment from the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Mark Taylor, and asked if Mayor Garcia accepts or rejects this view of Long Beach environmentalists and "anti-density residents."

At 5:20 p.m., Mr. Taylor responded as follows:

[Taylor email text] Mr. Ramirez, during his off hours and on his personal twitter account, retweeted an article about Marin County. Mr. Ramirez, who grew up in East Long Beach, also lived in the Bay Area and he was referring to his impressions of Marin County. He wasn't applying that sentiment to Long Beach. The article is about Marin County, a community far less diverse than ours. However, to clear up any confusion, he has chosen to delete his tweet.

Regardless, the Mayor does not agree with Mr. Ramirezís personal opinion on this issue.

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Deleted Ramirez Tweet

As noted in our initial report, Mr. Ramirez's Tweet commented on a Tweet by New York Times writer Conor Dougherty commenting on LATimes writer Liam Dillon's article on Marin County (a pricey enclave across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) titled "Marin County has long resisted growth in the name of environmentalism. But high housing costs and segregation persist." (Dillon article at this this link.)







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