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|(June 30, 2020. 12:50 p.m.) -- After eleven U.S. Mayors (led by Stockton's Mayor and joined by the Mayors of Los Angeles and Atlanta) received national media attention by creating a group supporting "a guaranteed income" ("universal basic income" or "UBI"). Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Tweeted that he'd like to join them.
Addressing himself to Stockton's Mayor who leads the "Mayors for a Guaranteed Income" group, Garcia Tweeted on June 29: "Hey [Mayor] Michael Tubbs, I'm ready to launch a UBI pilot in Long Beach as well. We are in, and what’s next?"
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The group's prior media attention included Forbes (at this link) and Garcia's self-inclusion now invites subsequent news stories to include him.
Under LB's City Charter, Long Beach Mayors don't have policy setting authority; they need approval by a majority of LB's policy-setting City Council. (Under the City Charter, the Mayor "shall represent the City at large and utilize the office of Mayor to provide community leadership and as a focal point for the articulation of city-wide perspectives on municipal issues.")
Although the specifics of testing "Universal Basic Income" in Long Beach haven't advanced (yet) to serious discussion locally, the concept of a "universal basic income" is self-explanatory. LBREPORT.com is interested in our readers' views on this.
Would you be more or less inclined to re-elect or elevate a Long Beach incumbent or elect a challenger if he/she supports testing Universal Basic Income in Long Beach? In your response, let us know your general area by major cross streets (NOT your exact address.)
Developing. Further to follow.
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