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Long Beach Poly

City Wants to Name New Main Library For Billie Jean King

Next Tuesday, July 9, the Long Beach City Council will consider a proposal by councilwoman Jeannine Pearce to name the new Main Library downtown for Long Beach icon Billie Jean King.

According to a press release from Pearce, more than 1,000 community members have already signed on in support of the group, a diverse base of support that ranges from the city’s sports fans to the LGBTQ community. Pearce has agendized an item for the July 9 council meeting to formally name the library the “Billie Jean King Main Library” when it opens on September 21. 

“She is more than an athlete,” said Pearce. “She is a woman with determination, a graduate of Poly High School, an author, and a woman that changed the world of sports for everyone. I can think of no better opportunity to support our community and our library system than this.”

We wrote a column suggesting this move a week ago, which you can read by clicking here. We will have more info as it becomes available.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.