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 ccallopy@talb.org
Teachers Association of Long Beach                   
4362 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807


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.