Briefly Speaking…

A bird’s eye view of recent goings-on in the community.

bs-group-with-panel.jpgAbout 100 people attended the fundraiser at Viento y Agua Cafe to buy the solar-powered electrical system for a school in El Pedregal, Nicaragua. The event, sponsored by Los Angeles/Orange County Alternative Energy Meetup Group and Long Beach Spanish Language Meetup Group, raised $3,300 for the solar project. Their next fundraiser will be a green speed dating event in Santa Monica on Sunday, June 15.

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is concluding its 2007-08 academic year by graduating its largest class ever in its 59-year history. A total of 8,225 students are expected to complete their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees by year’s end while 1,233 will have earned teaching credentials. “Collectively, this year’s graduating class is perhaps the most successful in our university’s history. Not only will we graduate more undergraduate and graduate students this spring, but the class of 2008 will also have the highest graduation rate of any previous graduating class,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

The course for the 24th Annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon–nationally known for its scenic mix of oceanside views and city landmarks–just got more scenic. California State University, Long Beach, and International City Racing have announced that the full marathon course has been changed to allow participants to run through the picturesque campus, eliminating a lonely stretch on Studebaker Road which was miles 16,17 and 18 of the marathon. The university and campus community is expected to be out in force to welcome and cheer on the 18,000-plus runners as they pass in the 24th Annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon on Sunday, October 12. The university has exciting plans to have their cheerleaders, pep band, and the school’s mascot — Prospector Pete — welcome runners as they enter campus. For more information on the marathon, please visit www.runlong or call (562) 427-4606.

The League of Women Voters in Long Beach is honoring Lorraine Brault with the first Annual League of Women Voters’ Making Democracy Work Award. The award honors a community member who has been a leader and actively engaged in hands-on work to keep Long Beach a strong and vibrant place to live. Lori was selected from a diverse pool of nominees from the community and will be honored at the Making Democracy Work Award presentation, which is open to the public, on Tuesday, June 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Main Library auditorium lobby, 101 Pacific Avenue. For more information about the League of Women Voters and the Making Democracy Work Award, contact Phyllis O’Connor at (562) 438-5478 or visit

bs-karen-codman.jpgKaren Codman of FSC Securities has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation from Fiduciary360, an organization offering training, tools and resources to promote a culture of fiduciary responsibility and improve the decision-making processes of fiduciaries. The AIF designation signifies knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. The designation is the culmination of a two-day course and examination. Codman, a resident of Norwalk, is an investment advisor representative for Karen Codman, FSC Securities in Long Beach. For more information on Codman, call (562) 728-5800 or visit

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