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Nima Novin: Candidate for Council District 3

Nima Novin: Running for Council District 3

Why are you interested in this position?

I am proud to be a lifelong resident of Long Beach’s Third District and am running to serve you and your families, be a voice for our district, and help preserve the community we know and love. I believe in giving back and leaving things better than I found them and view this position as a continuation of that philosophy.

I’ve served as President for the USC Alumni Club of Long Beach, Vice President of Leadership Long Beach, and am on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at CSULB. As a business strategist at Ernst & Young, I work hard to help my clients solve their most critical business challenges and deliver the greatest value to their customers. I want to bring this same approach to local government and deliver on your behalf.Leveraging my deep roots in the community along with my business, non-profit, and education experience to help deliver exceptional service to the residents of the Third District.

What relative experience do you have in this career field?

I am a product of the Long Beach Unified School District – attending Kettering Elementary, Hill Middle School, and the PACE program at Long Beach Poly High School. I attended Long Beach City College and earned both my Bachelors’ and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). I have a proven track record helping Fortune 500 companies prioritize multi-million dollar budgets and build strategies that place the customer at the center of the decision making process.

In addition to my work as a Business Strategist at Ernst & Young, I teach in the College of Business at CSULB and serve on a variety of Boards & Committees including Leadership Long Beach and the CSULB Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

What are 3 changes you would like to make while in office?

  • Prioritizing public safety in the 3rd District – adding additional officers and resources to the East Division. Working with officers, residents, and our business corridors to optimize local patrolling

  • Refreshing our approach to the challenge of homelessness – eliminating policies and programs that are not delivering results and doubling down on proven methods (e.g. REACH teams; LBPD Quality of Life Officers)

  • Creating a business-friendly atmosphere throughout the city – focusing on investing in our business corridors and reducing government ‘red tape’

What are your top priorities for small businesses ?

  • Make it easier to start and grow small businesses throughout the City. One of my first actions will be sponsoring a top to bottom review of the permitting process with the goal of reducing excessive time and expense passed on to our small business owners.

  • Build on the foundation set by the current District Three office. I plan to grow and expand the role of the district’s ‘business liaison’ so that our small businesses have support navigating city requirements efficiently.

  • Collaborate with local stakeholders such as the LB Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), and city departments to collaborate on policy-making and deliver training, resources, and support needed to navigate city programs and requirements

What are your 3 goals or main concerns for District 3?

  • Tangible improvements in public safety and reduction in crime by prioritizing funding for additional officers and East Division resources.

  • Ending street homelessness by investing in shelter beds and mental health/drug abuse services while enforcing public camping laws

  • Providing the core city services constituents deserve and expect, including maintenance of our roads, sidewalks, parks, beaches, and waterways.

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