Patrick O’Donnell Opposition Statement on Late School Start Time Bill

Long Beach Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s Opposition Statement to the Late School Start Time Bill


October 14, 2019

CONTACT:  Matthew Estipona (916) 319-2070

O’Donnell Opposition Statement on Late School Start Time Bill

Senate Bill 328 Jeopardizes Local Control At the Expense of Student Success

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom signing Senate Bill 328:

“The signing of SB 328 into law is a threat to local control and student success across our state. This law allows the school bell schedule to be set by Sacramento. All high schools that will be required to start at 8:30 AM may not even start at that time or may start even later. While we might all agree that kids need more sleep, we know that this law will not ensure that happens.

This law will have many negative impacts, including:

  • Sending the signal that the era of local control is out, and the era of “Sacramento knows best” is in
  • Threatening morning sport, agricultural, and other academic opportunities
  • Exploding the cost of student transportation by requiring the purchase of new buses
  • Harming a school’s ability to use block scheduling that can ensure more student academic time
  • Burdening working families that do not have the ability to have a parent stay home to transport children to school
  • Sending the signal that political science means more than sleep science – studies indicate starting later only ensures that students go to bed later.

Again, it appears the days of local control that we fought so hard to preserve are numbered with the signing of this bill. This expensive mandate is bad policy and a perfect example of Sacramento overreach.”


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.



TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Begins October 3, 2019

TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Begins October 3

TALB & LBUSD Bargaining teams are scheduled to convene for negotiations on Thursday, October 3rd at the District Central Offices. We will be negotiating the articles of the contract related to Compensation, Days & Hours of Employment, Transfers, and Association Rights.

As we look at the horizon, there are several factors, which could make this negotiation a challenge, with the largest factors being increased health care costs and declining enrollment.

TALB understands that Health Benefits are “the 3rd rail” in this district. We have worked very hard the last 7 years to contain costs and forego a monthly premium copay. There is not much “road” left to “kick the can down the road”. Containing health care costs for all plans is a priority as costs for all plans continue to outpace the district contribution of 3.5% per year. Ultimately, the question of shifting costs to plan utilizers or plan members may become front and center.

Even as healthcare costs increase, the district continues to lose revenue as overall student enrollment decreases approximately 2000 students per year. Fortunately, the district has built up a healthy reserve. Ultimately, negotiations are about priorities. Please keep in touch with your site representatives, as this may be a difficult bargain.

Oct 24 – Fully Booked: CalSTRS Retirement Seminar

Fully Booked! – Thursday, October 24th
CalSTRS Retirement Seminar 

The October 24th CalSTRS Retirement Seminar is now fully booked.

A second Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th, 2020 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the TALB Offices.  Reservations are required.

For more info and to RSVP to the February Seminar.

October Seminar Details:
You must have made your reservation before 2:00 pm on September 23 to be eligible.
Date: Thursday, October 24th
Time:  4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where:  TALB Offices –   4362 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach

Oct 29 – Empowering Latinx Students – Planning Meeting

Planning Meeting for a Parent-Teacher Summit:
A Cultural Wealth Approach to Latinx Student Success

Join us to continue our conversation with Dr. Juan M. Benitez, Vice President of LBUSD’s Board of Education on planning for a Parent-Teacher Summit focused on empowering Latinx students.

Date: October 29, 2019
Time:  4:00 to 6:00 pm
Location:  TALB offices.  4362 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach


Feb 20 – CalSTRS Retirement Seminar: Reservations Required

Book Now! – Thursday, February 20th, 2020
CalSTRS Retirement Seminar 

Whether you are ready now or might be in a full years, being fully apprised of your retirement benefits is critical.

TALB is hosting an informative Retirement Seminar.

Don’t wait to RSVP.
This seminar fills up FAST.


Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time:  4:30pm to 6:00pm
Where:  TALB Offices –   4362 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach


TALB Endorses Doug Otto and Erik Miller for LBUSD Board

Teachers, Nurses, Speech Pathologists and Librarians Endorse Doug Otto and Erik Miller Long Beach School Board

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

Long Beach, California: On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Teachers Association of Long Beach, which includes teachers, nurses, speech pathologists and librarians, voted overwhelmingly to endorse Erik Miller for school board in Area 4 and Doug Otto in school board Area 2. Both seats are being vacated by retiring board members Jon Meyer and Felton Williams.

“Filling Jon Meyer’s shoes will be no easy task; however, Mr. Otto has a long history of advocating for our communities. Whether it be his tireless work at Long Beach Community College or the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. His steady leadership is just what LBUSD needs as we deal with the prospect of hiring a new superintendent and declining enrollment,” said Barry Welsch, President of the Teachers Association of Long Beach.   Added Welsch, “Again, losing Mr. Williams experience and commitment to serving our students will be a great loss, but we are very fortunate that Mr. Miller, a former LBUSD student, long standing Long Beach resident and leader, has chosen to run for school board Area 2. Times are changing in Long Beach, but these two candidates demonstrate what we need to continue the hard earned accomplishments in LBUSD.”

The School Board election is scheduled for March 3, 2020. TALB Represents 3,700 teachers, nurses, speech pathologists, and librarians.

Chris Callopy at 562-426-6433 or
Teachers Association of Long Beach                   
4362 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807


School Climate & Administrator Survey Results 2018-19

School Climate & Administrator Survey Results 2018-19

Detailed results from the School Climate & Administrator Survey are available to all TALB members.

Click on links below to view detailed survey results:

2018-19 Principal Survey Results

2018-19 Climate Survey Summary

Addams Survey Results
Avalon Survey Results
Beach Survey Results
Bixby Survey Results
Browning Survey Results
Bryant Survey Results
Buffum Survey Results
Burbank Survey Results
Carver Survey Results
Chavez Survey Results
Cleveland Survey Results
Cubberley Survey Results
Edison Survey Results
Emerson Survey Results
Fremont Survey Results
Gant Survey Results
Garfield Survey Results
Hamilton Survey Results
Harte Survey Results
Henry Survey Results
Holmes Survey Results
Kettering Survey Results
Lakewood Survey Results
Lincoln Survey Results
Lindbergh Survey Results
Los Cerritos Survey Results
Lowell Survey Results
MacArthur Survey Results
Mann Survey Results
McBride Survey Results
McKinley Survey Results
Newcomb Survey Results
Oropeza Survey Results
Powell Survey Results
Prisk Survey Results
Rogers Survey Results
Smith Survey Results
Stanford Survey Results
Starr King Survey Results
Stephens Survey Results
Stevenson Survey Results





Results: TALB General Elections 2019

 TALB Election Results Are In!

Results of the 2019 TALB General Election voting are posted below.
Thank you to all candidates who participated.





EASE-Y Answers to the Blues

Feeling the Blues? Get Support for Difficult Times with EASE.

With all the stresses in our lives today it is easy to understand how we may become strained and overcome with anxiety.  Often when feeling this way, it is difficult to know who to turn to for assistance.

A little-known benefit we have as educational employees in Los Angeles County is the Employee Assistance Service for Education Program.  

EASE is a leading regional service that provides district staff and their families with the opportunity to assess and resolve their difficulties with the assistance of a professional counselor through an assessment and brief counseling service.  EASE offers high quality, confidential assistance in:

  • Personal and family problems
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief, loss and traumatic incidents
  • Worksite and phone consultations

All calls and consultations with EASE are confidential and will not be reported to the district, your school, or the Association.

There is no reason to suffer in silence.  If you feel you need assistance please take advantage of this very important benefit by calling (800) 882-1341.  A confidential counselor will be available to take your call.  More information is available online at