My name is Cindy Allen and I've lived in Long Beach almost my whole life. I grew up on the west side with a single mother and sister and brother in their early years struggled with addiction. I attended Stephens Middle School and Long Beach Poly. I wanted to change my family circumstance, so I worked hard in high school and became student body president. I attended Long Beach City College while working as a waitress, maid, and flower shop attendant.
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and provide for myself and my family, so in 1988 I became a Long Beach Police Officer. I was one of the few women in the department at the time, and the first woman ever to serve in the gang and undercover detail. I worked to prove that women could do any type of police work done by men. I was a proud Long Beach Police Officer for ten years until I seriously injured my back during a tragic incident while apprehending a violent crime suspect.
During my years at the LBPD, I was awarded more than 20 commendations for bravery and exceptional service to Long Beach. I also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and master’s degree in Public Administration during my service. I learned a lot about courage and hard work as a Police Officer so when I left the department I decided to become an entrepreneur and started my own business: Agency ETA. For 14 years I ran a successful small business based right here in Long Beach providing marketing and advertising services for national brands, local businesses, and public agencies. It was such a success I just sold the business.
I'm also a double mastectomy breast cancer survivor, have been married to my husband for 25 years, and have two children. We are proud parents of a lesbian daughter and both work diligently with the LBGTQ+ community to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination.
And now, I want to announce that I am running for City Council to represent the Second District.
I love our city, and as a home owner and long time community leader, I know we can do so much more to make the Second District safer, build more affordable housing, and reduce homelessness. I am ready to bring people together and advocate for our shared progressive values. Over the weeks ahead I look forward to meeting you and sharing my plans on how we move forward and create more livable neighborhoods and an even more inclusive city.