Gerrie Schipske doesn’t take a cent from special interest PACs or lobbyists.

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Gerrie Schipske is not accepting a cent from special interest PACs or lobbyists. She believes that a City Councilmember should represent the voters not the special interests. Can you chip in today and help Gerrie stop the political machine that wants to control local politics?

Gerrie’s ballot


Dear Voter:

Improving our community's safety, our streets and parks, and the city's financial health is a life-long passion of mine. My public advocacy includes an on-going commitment to making City government open and ethical.

That's why the current policies and actions of the City Council concern me.

The Council:

•Illegally raised water rates (which I helped to stop).

•Increased their own office budgets.

•"Gave away" Long Beach CommunityHospital for zero dollars

•Waived hundreds of thousands of dollars of future property taxes to bail out a downtown developer.

•Voted to allow mayor and councilofficeholder accounts to be used for political campaigns. Now, special interests can contribute to campaigns when they want special votes.

Even worse, understaffing and paramedic burnout in the Long Beach Fire Department has been documented. The City Council has not addressed this Real Problem.

I am running forthe 4th Council District to make a difference. I believe that with your support, we can get Long Beach working again for all of us! Please go to mywebsite at

Feel free to contact me via email at with questions or concerns. Also please use to find out how you can help our first responders.

Thank you for your vote.

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Gerrie's Family

Gerrie’s parents met in Long Beach and were married at St. Lucy’s on the westside. She was born in Long Beach, worked in Washington, DC and returned to work for the City of Long Beach as its first Public Information Officer and Citizen Participation Coordinator. After leaving City government, she served in healthcare and in the legal arena. She and Flo Pickett, (her partner of 44 years) have raised three children and are currently raising their 14-year-old granddaughter, and one rescue dog.

Meet Gerrie Schipske, RNP/JD

Gerrie Schipske is a Long Beach native, taxpayer advocate, nurse practitioner, healthcare consumer attorney, author, former Councilwoman, Long Beach City College Trustee, and CSULB educator, wife, mother, grandmother.

Honored by The White House as a fearless advocate of open, transparent, and accountable government, she is running on four major issues: Safer Neighbors and Parks, Open Government and Anti-Corruption, Taxpayer Relief and Fiscal Accountability, and Working for all the Residents of the 4th District and Not the Special Interests.

As a healthcare consumer attorney, Gerrie successfully represented many clients who faced discrimination from healthcare providers and hospitals, loss of healthcare coverage by insurance companies, and denial of medically necessary care.

Gerrie served on the Medical Board of California for nine years and in that capacity, she reviewed and decided thousands of cases involving disciplinary action against physicians.

As a community leader, Gerrie took on the Long Beach Police Department and fought for reforms in the handling of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. She continued her work as a Presidentially appointed member of the U.S. Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

Gerrie brought district elections to the Long Beach Community College District which opened the doors to a diverse, representative Board of Trustees.

She is the only member of City Council that stood up against Long Beach politicians who wanted to raise property taxes and water utility rates.

We need her experience!

Why Gerrie Schipske Is Running

for City Council

Where I Can Best Serve Our Community.

Because of my experience as an attorney, my service on the Long Beach City Council and the wise input of many thoughtful voters of Long Beach, I have decided that I can best serve our community by seeking election for City Council - District 4.

Everywhere I go in Long Beach, voters tell me they want reform. They want a city government that is open, transparent, and accountable. They want a city government that protects them, makes their neighborhoods safer and reduces and not creates, barriers for owning and operating a business.

The newly drawn 4th Council District contains a large portion of the 5th District, which I proudly represented. We need to get back to making Long Beach a city that works for all of us, again. The voters deserve no less.

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Gerrie Schipske for City Council

It just makes sense for the 4th District

A new representative for the 4th Council District has the power to enact important change. All that is missing is a leader who will use the full power of her office to ensure that Long Beach City government is open, transparent, and accountable and that our neighborhoods are safe. We need a new representative who will not duck the issues!

When Gerrie Schipske announced her campaign for City Council, she proudly signed a “Clean Campaign Money Pledge.” That means she will not take one penny from any special interest, fossil fuel company, contractor, or developer -- the kind of money that no candidate for City Council should take.

Gerrie Schipske is also not seeking the endorsement of any political party or special interest because she believes such endorsements present a potential conflict of interest for the councilmember who is elected to represent all of the residents of the 4th.

She also pledges that she will introduce legislation to abolish officeholder accounts that are now allowed to be used for political campaigns. No other city allows this!

Gerrie will fight any attempt to increase taxes or utility rates...just as she did before...and won!

With your support, Gerrie Schipske will be the kind of City Councilmember we need. Contribute today and join us! We need her experience NOW!

Gerrie’s Legal Service

Health Care Access Staff Attorney, Community

Legal Aid SoCal

Executive Faculty instructor of “Legal Aspects of

Health Care Administration,” CSULB

Vice President, Medical Board of California

General Counsel, Teachers Association of Long Beach

Senior VP and Counsel, MedPartners

Solo Practitioner, Gerrie Schipske and Associates

Legislative Analyst, United States House of Representatives

Member of United States Supreme Court Bar and

California State Bar

Gerrie’s Community Service

City Councilmember, City of Long Beach

President and Member, Long Beach Community College

Board of Trustees

Member, United States Attorney General’s

National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women

Member, Long Beach Chief of Police, Women’s Advisory Committee

Member, Long Beach Board of Health and Human Services

Co-Founder, Long Beach Cares

Founder, Rosie the Riveter Foundation

Gerrie's Education

  • Juris Doctor, Pacific Coast University School of Law, Long Beach, CA
  • Master of Arts, Legislative Affairs, George Washington University, DC
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, University of California, Irvine
  • Associate of Arts, Nursing Science (RN), Goldenwest College, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, Harbor-UCLA RNP Program, Torrance, CA

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Gerrie’s Honors

  • Attorney of the Year, Long Beach Women Lawyers
  • Soroptimist Women Helping Women Award
  • Long Beach NOW Susan B. Anthony Award
  • Lambda Woman of the Year Award
  • White House “Champion of Change for Open Government”

Our City Needs New Proactive Leadership

Most of the work of the City Council to date has been reactive and not proactive. They have made some pretty bad

decisions such as selling Community Hospital and waiving $245,000 in property taxes x 15 years for a downtown

development. They voted to allow officeholder accounts to be used for political campaigns -- which means special interests can contribute year round. This year they have increased their office staff budgets. The Council has not released a report analyzing the short-staffing and burn out among the paramedics in the Long Beach Fire Department.

The City Council requires aggressive and creative problem-solving ability, which emphasizes keeping of our city safe and financially sound. The City Council needs Gerrie Schipske.

For example, Gerrie wants to develop proactive, long-term solutions and supportive services that compassionately, yet firmly deal with the core causes of homelessness.

We cannot continue to raise taxes and utility rates to make up for overspending. Gerrie was the only member of the City Council to stand up against raising property taxes. She then stood up against an illegal fee on water pipelines and an illegal 12% charge on water rates for the city’s general fund.

Gerrie believes is time to have a real debate in this City about who we are and where we want to go and what kind of City we want to leave for our kids and grandkids.

Gerrie Schipske is ready to launch this debate by using the full power of 4th Council District to ensure residents, taxpayers, and business owners that Long Beach is proactively doing everything legally possible to make this City the safest and the most ethical and fiscally sound community in which to live, work and thrive.

The 4th Council District

The 4th Council District was redrawn in 2022.

A large portion of the 5th Council District was

transferred into the new 4th District.

On March 5, 2024, the residents of these neighborhoods will be able to select a new councilmember.

Vote for Gerrie Schipske.

She never ducks an issue.

She’s still fighting for taxpayers.

We need her experience now!

The 4th Council District Stats


  • 34,758
  • Dem 16,281
  • GOP 9,134
  • Other 9,343


  • 18-34 --8,258
  • 35-54 --12,219
  • 55+ --14,306


  • African American -- 1,109
  • Asian -- 2,949
  • Latino --6,017
  • Not AFAM, ASIAN, LATINO --24,686

Dear Voter,

Everywhere I go in Long Beach, voters tell me they want reform. They want a city government that is open, transparent, and accountable.

They want a city government that protects them, makes their neighborhoods safer and reduces and not creates, barriers for owning and operating a business.

They want a city government that does the right thing about getting the homeless off of the streets and out of the parks and flood controls.

They want the City Council to stop raising taxes and utility rates and stop giving away city assets.

They tell me that they need my experience again.

With your support, we can make Long Beach work again for all of us!

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Gerrie Schipske's Priorities

for City Council

open government.

One of the highlights of my public service career was being honored at the White House by President Barack Obama as one of only seven “Champions of Change for Open Government.”

I will continue my efforts to ensure that Long Beach City government is open, transparent and accountable, by strongly advocating compliance with and insisting on training about the California Public Service Ethics Laws, the Brown Act and the Long Beach Campaign Finance Reform Act. I will propose a "Conflict of Interest" review for all Council agenda items and require public disclosure if a City Councilmember has received campaign contributions from any party connected to the item.


When I was sworn into the United State Supreme Court Bar by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I took an oath that as “an attorney and as a counselor of this Court, I will conduct myself uprightly and according to law, and that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

Because I believe every elected official and public employee should also conduct themselves “uprightly and according to law,” I will use the full force of the 4th Council District to establish the strongest “Anti-Corruption” effort to clearly state Long Beach will have zero tolerance for unethical or illegal conduct by City elected officials, employees, and contractors. That starts with abolishing “Officeholder Accounts” that allow Councilmembers to use these funds for political campaigns and allow them to politically fundraise all year round.

working for the 4th council district and not the special interests.

i pledge to work on behalf of the residents of the 4th council district and not the special interests who so often dominate decisions at city hall.


taypayer relief and fiscal accountability.

Public safety and first responders.

The City Council must aggressively develop and enforce long-term solutions to the problems which disrupt the quality of life in our neighborhoods. This includes fully funding our police and fire first - responders and finding real solutions to getting the homeless off the streets and out of the parks.

As the representative for the 4th Council District, I will work to establish:

  • Neighborhood Law Corps that utilizes an attorney (and law student) in each Council District to improve neighborhoods block by block by tackling serious problems affecting the quality of life in Long Beach. NLC will work closely with the City Prosecutor, City Manager and City Council to focus on how to improve code enforcement and deal with substandard housing, public nuisance and blight, vacant buildings, illegal dumping, tire dumping, conditional use permit and zoning violations, dangerous buildings, and weed abatement.
  • A Community Assistance, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Court Task Force to make certain Long Beach is implementing the new state plan to get people in crisis off the streets and into housing, treatment, and care. The Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court will provide Long Beach an effective tool to deal with homelessness in a compassionate but firm way.

For the past four years, I have fought to stop the city from raising water rates and fees. We won and the city had to return money. Rates continue to rise and along with them the amount of utility user tax households must pay. We need to stop the 5% utility users tax that is tagged onto increasing utility rates.

I will propose an “Annual Accountability Report” to provide an overview of how the City Council performs each fiscal year and include:

  • A detailed explanation of what each City Council office has done and why Council office budgets were doubled this year.
  • Status of infrastructure by Council District.
  • Costs of impact of ordinances passed.

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Who speaks for you in a medical emergency?

Do they know your medical history?

How can we reduce 9-1-1 delays?

Gerrie Schipske wants you to be 911LB Ready.

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