Meet the Candidates: Steve Neal for Assembly 2014

Steve NealSteve Neal is a current city councilman in Long Beach.  A registered Democrat, Steve Neal responded to 2UrbanGirls request to provide insight into his run for Assemblyman Isadore Hall, III soon to be vacated seat.  He is running against CUSD Board Trustee Micah Ali and Carson councilman Mike Gipson.Meet Steve Neal

Steve Neal has been a community activist and leader in the Los Angeles area for decades. Since his
election in 2010, Steve, a Compton native, has served North Long Beach on the Long Beach City Council where he has an accomplished record supporting neighborhoods, small businesses, and working families.

Councilmember Neal is the author and creator of the Long Beach Foreclosure Registry
Program, the Long Beach Liquor Store Modernization Program, and the North Long Beach Business Alliance.

He has an unmatched record on the issues of jobs and economic development, bringing
together business, labor, clergy, and community leaders on programs that lead to living-wage job growth, including the Uptown Property and Business Improvement District in Long Beach and the “Getting Back to Work” regional job summit.

Councilmember Neal is the Assistant Pastor of S.E.A.M. Faith Family Church and a longtime volunteer with the United Way. He and his wife Katonja live in Long Beach and are the parents of five daughters, one son, and have nine grandchildren.

Steve On The Issues

Creating Jobs and Economic Development
For years, the image of North Long Beach was deteriorating as the local infrastructure and business corridors became increasingly dilapidated. Steve brought together business leaders, labor leaders, nonprofits, clergy, and elected officials and began to turn things around with active participation from all community stakeholders. Steve will bring this model to the 64th Assembly District to develop regional solutions by fostering an active, collective effort to develop and implement solutions on the ground, while delivering the resources needed from Sacramento.

Education and Youth Services
As Assemblymember, Steve will fight for public education, including technical skills training, STEM
subjects, and arts and music to develop the important asset of creativity in our students. He will protect funding for these programs and work to increase it so we can educate, not incarcerate, our children. Steve will work to bring together education officials, teachers, parents, non-profits, and youth leaders in our community to develop programs that keep young people engaged, active, and off the streets.

Taking Back Our Streets
Councilmember Neal believes itʼs time we take a great leap of progress toward taking back our streets. He will work with clergy, neighborhood associations, and community leaders to develop comprehensive tactics to shun and stand up to crime on a local level. Steve will also work to foster better relationships and trust between our community and the Sheriff Department and police departments.

Finally, Steve will work in Sacramento to deliver resources that will drive down crime without driving up the budget, like reliable streetlights and cameras.

Thank you Steve for taking the time to respond.  If you wish to contribute to Steve’s campaign visit his website by clicking here.

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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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