Long Beach Airport Ready for the Holiday Travel Season 11/22/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the renovations to Parking Structure A in time for the busy holiday travel season. The improvements to the parking structure, located nearest to the Historic Terminal, are meant to complement the easy travel experience for all LGB visitors.
City Outlines Revisions of Land Use Element Maps Via Social Media 11/20/2017 On November 10, 2017, the City of Long Beach released revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps for community review. These new maps are an update from maps released in August 2017. The new maps reflect a reduction in density of 686 acres through height-reduction and modified land-use designations. To provide a clearer understanding of the adjustments made to develop the new maps, the City will distribute summaries of the revisions for each City Council district.
Seaside Park Artificial Turf Sports Field Grand Opening Ceremony Scheduled for November 18 11/16/2017 The public is invited to attend the Seaside Park Artificial Turf Sports Field grand opening ceremony on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., located at 1401 Chestnut Ave.
City of Long Beach Thanksgiving Holiday Closures 11/16/2017 City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. City Hall re-opens on Monday, November 27.
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Receives Grant for Drug Impaired Driving Prevention 11/15/2017 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $239,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), that for the period of one year will fund the City’s special projects and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. These projects will be implemented through the City’s new Marijuana Education Program.
City of Long Beach Donates Collected Shoes and Clothing to Local Nonprofit 11/15/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach’s Department of Public Works in partnership with Waste Management, Inc. presented the Long Beach Rescue Mission with 457 pairs of shoes and 120 sweaters that were donated during the Long Beach Marathon.
City Releases Revised Land Use Element Maps 11/10/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach released revised Land Use Element (LUE) maps for community review. Based on community discussions over the past two months, City staff presented revised maps to meet the projected job and housing needs, as well as address concerns related to height, density, additional housing units and traffic. The revised maps reflect changes that modified multi-use designations to commercial designations, proposed height reductions in several areas, and lighter intensity uses throughout. The revised maps reflect a reduction in density of 686 acres through height-reduction and modified land-use designations.
Health Department Actively Working to Prevent Hepatitis A Outbreak in Long Beach 11/8/2017 A large Hepatitis A outbreak in California has prompted Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to declare a state of emergency. The outbreak has primarily affected persons experiencing homelessness and some illicit drug users. Hepatitis A spreads when the virus is ingested after coming into contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces of an infected person. This can happen when an infected person does not wash his or her hands after going to the bathroom and touches other objects or food.  It can also be spread through sex or by sharing drug paraphernalia.
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus 10 Bonus Points in Municipal Equality Index 11/7/2017 For six years in a row, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 68 out of 506 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of Supportive Housing Community for Homeless Veterans and Families 11/6/2017 Today the City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Century Housing Corporation, celebrated the grand opening of Anchor Place, a 120-unit supportive housing development for families and veterans experiencing homelessness.  
City of Long Beach Celebrates Innovation Month by Hosting Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit 11/6/2017 The City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) is hosting the Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit in celebration of Long Beach Innovation Month (InnovateLB). The Summit will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Molina Center located at 200 Oceangate, 200 Tower, 15th Floor, Long Beach CA, 90802. The event will bring together government employees, City officials, university faculty and students, entrepreneurs, and community members to recognize the outstanding efforts around the use of open data, local government support, and facilitated design processes.
Long Beach Reaches $13 Million Interstate 405 Settlement 11/2/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a $13 million settlement agreement with Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for various corridor safety and traffic mitigation improvements related to the Interstate 405 (I-405) Freeway improvement project in Orange County. OCTA has proposed widening of a 16-mile stretch of the I-405 freeway from State Route 73 in Orange County to Interstate 605 in Long Beach.
Annual Festival of Flight Lands at Long Beach Airport Saturday, November 4 11/1/2017 The Festival of Flight promises to be the largest, free community event of its kind in the area with static aircraft displays, live music, food trucks and a children’s activity area on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Thousands of attendees are expected on the west end of the airfield at 3590 East Wardlow Road between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., with free parking available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way.
Long Beach Airport Named Top Ten Airport in the U.S. 10/31/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been named a Top Ten airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the third consecutive year, climbing four spots to #3 on the list from last year. LGB continues to be recognized nationally as a unique and welcoming airport, providing a first-class experience for all travelers.  
Public Invited to Attend Grand Opening of Dog Park at Bixby Park 10/30/2017 The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new Dog Park at Bixby Park on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at 130 Cherry Avenue.
Long Beach Selected to Kick Off 2018 Amgen Tour of California, Renowned Cycling Event 10/26/2017 Today, AEG, owner and presenter of the Amgen Tour of California, announced that the City of Long Beach, on May 13, 2018, will host the first stage of the seven-day men's cycling event. The race will travel north from Long Beach, with ten other California cities hosting through the finish in Sacramento.
City of Long Beach Fleet Achieves Top-Tier Sustainability Accreditation 10/26/2017 The City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau has achieved a Tier Four ranking with the NAFA Sustainable Fleet Accreditation Program, which is the highest ranking of the five levels of the program.
Beach Streets Returns to Uptown on October 28 10/25/2017 After its debut on June 6, 2015, Long Beach’s Open Street event is returning to Uptown. The public is invited to participate this Saturday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At Beach Streets Uptown, participants can walk, bike, or roll along a car-free route while sporting their favorite, family-appropriate Halloween costume (no masks or weapons are allowed).
New Five-Story Affordable Development for Varied Population Approved for Midtown Long Beach 10/24/2017 Last week, the Long Beach Planning Commission approved The Spark at Midtown (The Spark), a 95-unit mixed-use affordable development that will be located on the City’s major transit corridor. The Spark is one of a number of high quality developments proposed for Midtown Long Beach along the Metro Blue Line light rail.
SCAN Health Plan Volunteers Celebrate 40th Anniversary by Giving Back at El Dorado Park West 10/23/2017 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine hosted the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN) Health Plan Volunteer Day at El Dorado Park West, to celebrate SCAN’s 40th anniversary. More than 100 SCAN employees and family members participated. 
City Health Officer Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat and High Humidity 10/23/2017 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat, particularly today, October 23 through Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the 90s and low 100s in parts of Long Beach and high humidity.
Willow Springs Park Wetlands Restoration Grand Opening Scheduled for October 21 10/18/2017 The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., for the Restoration of Willow Springs Park Wetlands, located at 2755 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806.
Long Beach Unveils Rendering of New Houghton Park Community Center 10/18/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach unveiled a rendering of the new Houghton Park Community Center. The new facility will be an addition to the existing community center that was built as a series of connected buildings in the 1930’s and 1980’s. 
Cities of Long Beach and Huntington Beach Join Forces to Bid on Amazon HQ2 10/18/2017 With excellent weather year-round, close proximity to the largest port complex in the nation, three airports, a multitude of transportation services, various housing options, diverse communities, an extraordinary amount of local talent, and three strategically located sites, Huntington Beach and Long Beach (HBLB) have highlighted all the key elements in making HBLB the home of Amazon HQ2 – “Amazon Coast: Portal to the World.” Packaged as a nod to the original beginnings of Amazon, the HBLB coffee table book-style proposal theme of Sand, Sea and Air creates a trifecta that provides stability, balance, and strength.
Station 12 to Host Fire Safety Prevention Week Open House 10/12/2017 To enhance civic engagement, and increase the public’s awareness of how to prevent and respond to fires, the Long Beach Fire Department will host an Open House in conjunction with national “Fire Prevention Week.” Across the country, fire stations will open their doors to the community to support education and outreach. The Open House will take place on Saturday, October 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Station 12 (1199 E Artesia Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805).
Upcoming October 18 General Plan Community Outreach Event Relocated to Scherer Park 10/11/2017 The City of Long Beach is hosting a series of community events, as part of the City’s expanded public outreach for the General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Element.  The next event will be held this Saturday, October 14, at the Golden Sails Hotel, 6285 Pacific Coast Highway.  The meeting location for the fourth event has been relocated from the Expo Center due to roofing construction; and as the City expects more attendees than the facility can accommodate, based on previous General Plan meeting attendance.  The event will now be held in an outdoor tent area at Scherer Park, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, adjacent to the Long Beach Police North Division, 4891 Atlantic Ave., to better accommodate the several hundred expected attendees and help ensure parking availability.
Regularly Scheduled October 19 Planning Commission Meeting to be Held at Veterans Park 10/11/2017 The regularly scheduled City of Long Beach Planning Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19.  The meeting has been moved from its location in the City Hall Council Chambers due to scheduling conflicts, and will now be held at 5:00 pm at the Veterans Park Community Center, 101 E. 28th St.  Parking is free for attendees.
Long Beach i-team Reports Progress on Public Safety Priority 10/10/2017 Today, the Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team) reported to City Council regarding progress made on its Public Safety Priority. Guided by data analysis, the i-team has focused its research on High Frequency Offenders, individuals with eleven or more citations and bookings over a five-year period in the City of Long Beach. 
City Health Officer Warns Residents of Poor Air Quality Due to Smoke from Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills 10/9/2017 City Health Officer Anissa Davis warns Long Beach residents regarding potential unhealthy air quality due to Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim Hills. Smoke and ash from the fire is rising into the atmosphere and is visible over portions of Long Beach and surrounding areas, potentially creating unhealthy conditions for sensitive populations.
City of Long Beach Recruits Volunteers for Tenth Annual Bike Count 10/6/2017 The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help conduct its Tenth Annual Bike Count. Learn more.
Health Department Advises Community to Get Vaccinated at Start of Flu Season 10/5/2017 The change in seasons and cooler weather is a reminder that it is time for residents to get their annual flu vaccine. While winter is the typical time for flu activity, outbreaks can occur as early as October, so it is not too early to get vaccinated.
Long Beach Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/4/2017 The City of Long Beach will proudly participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October for the second consecutive year with two signature events coordinated by Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD). This year’s national theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
Year Two of Measure A Kicks Off This Week 10/3/2017 The City of Long Beach’s fiscal year started afresh this week. The new budget cycle also marks the beginning of year two for Measure A (2016), a ten-year, sales tax commitment made by voters which prioritizes public safety and infrastructure citywide from the new revenue source.
Long Beach Airport July & August 2017 Commercial Flight Activity Statistics 10/2/2017 Airline passenger traffic at the Long Beach Airport (LGB) increased 23 percent in July 2017 and 16 percent in August compared with the same periods in 2016. Total passenger traffic includes the number of airline passengers both enplaned and deplaned.
City of Long Beach and Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE) Reach Impasse in Labor Negotiations 9/29/2017 The Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE) declared impasse after voting yesterday to reject the City of Long Beach’s final offer. ALBE represents approximately 700 skilled and general laborers including Maintenance Assistants, Water Utility Mechanics, Gas Field Representatives, Equipment Mechanics, and Refuse Operators.
Former Church Restored and Transformed Into Affordable Senior Housing Community 9/29/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach in partnership with Thomas Safran and Associates (TSA) and Clifford Beers Housing, Inc., celebrated the grand opening of Immanuel Place. The adaptive reuse of the former Immanuel Church preserves the historic and culturally significant building, and creates a new affordable housing development for lower-income seniors.
Long Beach Junior Beach Runners Program Wins League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence 9/27/2017 The City of Long Beach’s Junior Beach Runners (JBR) program has received a 2017 Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities. The award was announced at the League’s annual conference in Sacramento.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Hosts Community Seminar on Urban Coyotes 9/26/2017 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Animal Care Services (ACS) Bureau will host a community seminar to educate Long Beach residents on coyotes within the City, scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wardlow Park Community Center, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Recommends Vaccination of Pet Birds to Prevent Avian Pox 9/25/2017 Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) urges the community to be on alert and protect pet birds and chickens against avian pox due to an identified case of an infected bird in Long Beach.
Public Invited to Attend Davenport Park Walking Path Grand Opening Ceremony 9/20/2017 The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new walking path at Ed “Pops” Davenport Park on Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m., 2910 E. 55th Way.
Long Beach Receives National Award to Support Economic Impact Study of Immigrant and Refugee Population 9/20/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a Research Award as part of the 2017 Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge. The G4G Challenge is an annual competitive opportunity for local communities to gain tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America.
Long Beach Business Portal ‘BizPort’ Wins National Recognition 9/19/2017 The City of Long Beach online Business Portal, BizPort, has been recognized with a national Government Experience Award in the Government-to-Business category, by the Center for Digital Government.
City of Long Beach and Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners Host the New Main Library Start of Steel Celebration 9/19/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach in collaboration with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners hosted a start of steel celebration for the new Main Library. Approximately 150 attendees gathered at the construction site to celebrate the project.
Animal Care Services Encourages Owners to Seek Medical Screening for Pets Adopted from Texas 9/13/2017 Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS), the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA), and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), urge residents who recently adopted or rescued a dog or cat from Texas following Hurricane Harvey to have the animal seen by a veterinarian, screened for infectious diseases, and treated if necessary.
Join the City of Long Beach for a Citywide Moment of Silence in Remembrance of September 11 9/8/2017 To commemorate the sixteenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the City of Long Beach will observe a citywide moment of silence at 9:11 a.m., on Monday, September 11, 2017, to honor and remember the lives that were lost.
Sign-up Now to Receive Emergency Alerts from the City of Long Beach 9/8/2017 The recent wildland fires in Los Angeles and the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the State of Texas and Hurricane Irma on the eastern seaboard, serves as reminders of the importance of being prepared for man-made and natural disasters. Residents are urged to sign-up for AlertLongbeach to receive emergency alert notifications. AlertLongBeach is a free emergency notification system that provides those who live or work in Long Beach with important information before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.
‘READY Long Beach’ to Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies 9/7/2017 On Saturday, September 16 the City of Long Beach is hosting the fourth annual “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)—Beach Circle, between the College of Business Administration (CBA) building and track, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
City Health Officer Announces First Death in Long Beach from West Nile Virus in 2017 9/6/2017 Dr. Anissa Davis, Health Officer for the City of Long Beach, announced the first death this year in Long Beach due to complications associated with West Nile virus (WNV).
Health Officer Advises Long Beach Residents to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus after State Announces California’s First Deaths for 2017 9/1/2017 Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced two confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Kern and San Bernardino counties. In light of the CDPH announcement, Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus during the last months of summer when human cases begin to increase.
City of Long Beach Deploys Swiftwater Rescue Task Force to Provide Support to Those Impacted by Hurricane Harvey 8/31/2017 This afternoon, the Long Beach Fire Department deployed a 15 member Swiftwater Rescue Task Force to assist those impacted by the severe weather and flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Task Force are specifically trained in technical search operations, water based rescue techniques, and other skills that are in critical demand during this incident of national significance.
City of Long Beach in Partnership with Business Leaders and Community Groups Unite to Stop the Big Telecom Power Grab 8/30/2017 The City of Long Beach along with representatives from the Downtown Long Beach Business Associates, the Belmont Heights Community Association and the American Public Works Association of Southern California today urged the Legislature to reject SB 649 (Hueso). Opposed by more than 215 cities and dozens of counties, this legislation would virtually eliminate cities’ authority to negotiate with telecommunications companies on the siting of wireless equipment in the public right of way and on public infrastructure. SB 649 would also cap the lease rates far below market rate, on public infrastructure. The group held a press conference this morning in Long Beach near Pierpoint Landing.
City of Long Beach Opens New Fleet Compressed Natural Gas Station 8/29/2017 The City of Long Beach continues its investment in clean air and green energy with the installation of its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. TruStar Energy, one of the nation’s leading developers of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, was contracted to build and maintain the CNG fueling station, which is located at the City’s Temple/Willow Yard at 2600 Temple Ave. This station will provide a local source of clean fuel for the City’s new fleet of CNG-powered refuse trucks and street sweepers.
City of Long Beach Labor Day Holiday Closures 8/28/2017 Libraries All Long Beach Public Libraries will be closed Saturday, September 2, 2017 for the observance of Labor Day. Bay Shore, Burnett, El Dorado and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 3. All Libraries are closed on Mondays, per their normal schedule and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5. (The library catalog, downloads, and databases are available 24/7.)
City Announces Additional Community Workshops for General Plan Land Use Element and Urban Design Element 8/25/2017 The City of Long Beach will be conducting new and expanded public outreach for the City of Long Beach General Plan Land Use and Urban Design Element update process. The update to the General Plan is aimed at guiding Long Beach into a more sustainable future over the next 23 years and to meet new state requirements and development principles.
Household Hazardous Waste Program Expands to Fourth Saturday of the Month 8/23/2017 Long Beach residents now have more opportunities to dispose of hazardous and electronic waste with the addition of collection days at the Environmental Collection Center (Collection Center), located at 2755 California Avenue Signal Hill, CA 90755. Beginning Saturday, August 26, the Collection Center will increase its collection days to the fourth Saturdays of each month, operating from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste such as: motor oil, cleaners, fertilizers, paint, and batteries, as well as electronic waste and used tires for free.
Long Beach Airport Announces 31 Acres of Land Available for Development 8/21/2017 The City of Long Beach has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 31 acres of land for development for aeronautical purposes at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The availability of such a large amount of land is a unique opportunity, the likes of which has not occurred at the airport since the developments of the Long Beach Airport Business Park and Kilroy Airport Center in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Public Health Officials Advise Community to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus After First 2017 Case is Detected in Long Beach 8/18/2017 The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. As of August 11, 2017, 22 human cases have been reported statewide from four California counties, including Los Angeles (14), San Bernardino (4), Kern (3), and Kings (1). There have been no WNV-related deaths this year in California. Prior to the first human case of WNV in Long Beach, the City had documented two WNV positive mosquito samples, one positive bird and one positive sentinel chicken between the months of June and August.
New Affordable Development for Seniors and Veterans Reaches Milestone 8/16/2017 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Century Housing Corporation, celebrated the groundbreaking of The Beacon, a new two-building 160-unit supportive housing development. The buildings will complete the final phase of the site development, that includes the adjacent 161-unit Long Beach Senior Arts Colony and the 39-unit Annex. The Beacon is expected for completion in late 2019.
Public Invited to Attend Red Car Greenway Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for Saturday, August 19 8/14/2017 The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Car Greenway, on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Park Avenue.
Long Beach Airport Initiates Process to Reduce Curfew Violations 8/10/2017 Long Beach Airport is beginning a public process to consider amendments to the City’s noise regulations. The recommendation is based on an initial analysis by Airport staff and review by the City Attorney’s Office, outside legal counsel, and preliminary discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to encourage compliance and reduce curfew violations.
Long Beach Airport June 2017 Commercial Flight Activity Statistics 8/7/2017 Airline passenger traffic at the Long Beach Airport (LGB) increased 25 percent in June 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. Total passenger traffic includes the number of airline passengers both enplaned and deplaned.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Mid-Year Report Reveals Another Record Year in 2017 8/3/2017 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) 2017 Mid-Year Report reveals a new record low in impound and euthanized animals and a new record high for Live Release Rate.
Wally Hebeish Appointed Deputy Chief 8/3/2017 Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna has announced the appointment of Commander Wally Hebeish to Deputy Chief. In his new assignment, Deputy Chief Hebeish will lead the Support Bureau.
City of Long Beach and Region Awarded Counter-Terrorism Grant 8/3/2017 The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding a $1,223,225 Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA Program) grant to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative to enhance security and build capacity for jurisdictions to prepare for, prevent, and respond to complex coordinated terrorist attacks that may occur across the nation.
City of Long Beach and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Host First Regional Summit Outside of the White House 8/2/2017 On July 26 to 28, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in partnership with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA) hosted a My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Regional Summit (Summit) at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, the first held outside of the White House.
Long Beach Airport Awarded $15.3 Million Grant to Upgrade and Rename Runways 8/2/2017 The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Long Beach Airport (LGB) a $15.3 million grant as part of the Airport Improvement Program. The funds will go toward infrastructure improvements to LGB’s busiest Runway 7R-25L. The runway is primarily used by general aviation for extensive flight training operations by flight schools and flying clubs located on the south side of the airfield.
City Health Officer Advises Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures and Humidity Forecast 8/1/2017 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this week, particularly from Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 6. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the 80s to low 90s in parts of Long Beach and high humidity.
City of Long Beach Unveils Proposed 2018 Budget 7/31/2017 Today, Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West presented the City of Long Beach’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.
City of Long Beach Donates Recycled Bicycles to Local At-Risk Youth 7/31/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Waste Management, Inc. and Pedal Movement, donated 27 refurbished bicycles to two local non-profit groups, Long Beach Blast and Partners of Parks, in an attempt to improve mobility, encourage healthy recreation, and promote reuse and recycling. The nonprofits will further distribute the refurbished bicycles to underserved youth and families across Long Beach.
Health Department Conducts Three-Day Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response on Zika and Mosquitoes 7/27/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) successfully completed a three-day Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) that was conducted to measure residents’ knowledge of mosquito behavior, Zika, and how to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses. The innovative collaboration between Public Health and Vector Control makes this community assessment the first of its kind in the United States.
Long Beach City Officials and AQMD Address Air Quality Issues in Northeast Long Beach 7/24/2017 The Long Beach City Council, in February 2017, directed City staff to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) to determine and to address potential health, safety, and environmental impacts to Long Beach residents caused by the high levels of hexavalent chromium recently found in the City of Paramount. The City has since assembled a multi-disciplinary team of inspectors from the Long Beach Fire (LBFD), Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Development Services (DS) Departments in order to take affirmative measures to address possible air quality impacts in Long Beach’s industrial areas.
Community Invited to Attend Queer Art Pop-Up at Harvey Milk Park 7/24/2017 The City of Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team), in collaboration with Work Evolution and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, will host a pop-up art event featuring visual art, performing art, and an Open Conversation with Arts Council for Long Beach on Thursday, July 27, between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza. The community is invited to this exciting event that will foster the LGBTQ+ community’s artistic and economic culture by presenting queer art and discussing innovations in the art economy.
City of Long Beach DataLB Portal Wins 2017 Special Achievement in Geographic Information System Award 7/18/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a 2017 Special Achievement in Geographic Information System (GIS) or SAG Award for its DataLB portal, an innovative application of technology, data collection, and geospatial information visualization. Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, selected the City from more than 300,000 eligible candidates and presented the award at the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego.
California State Bar Names Assistant City Attorney Michael J. Mais 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year 7/18/2017 The California State Bar’s Public Law Section has selected City of Long Beach’s Assistant City Attorney, Michael J. Mais, as the 2017 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year, in recognition of Mr. Mais’ exceptional work as an attorney and his 33 years of public service.
Community Encouraged to Submit Comments on the Kell Renaming Proposal for the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting on July 11 7/7/2017 The community is encouraged to submit comments on the Kell Renaming Proposal for consideration at the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 11, at 2:00 pm in the Long Beach Council Chamber. The Housing and Neighborhoods Committee will meet to consider renaming a City asset in honor of the late Ernie Kell, the City of Long Beach’s first elected mayor, and his wife, former Vice Mayor Jackie Kell.
City Health Officer Advises Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures and Humidity Forecast 7/6/2017 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat, particularly Thursday, July 6 through Thursday, July 13, 2017. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs ranging from high 80s to high 90s in parts of Long Beach.
Independence Day Fireworks Enforcement Nets 7,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks 7/6/2017 The City of Long Beach Police Department seized approximately 7,000 pounds of fireworks citywide during enforcement efforts for the Independence Day holiday representing a 1,300% increase over 2016, in which approximately 500 pounds were seized.
Long Beach Civic Center Honored for Design Innovation 6/29/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Architectural Award in the Under Construction category for the Long Beach Civic Center. LABC annually honors the contributions of teams of architects, contractors, and developers in creating and implementing outstanding building projects in the Los Angeles region.
Long Beach Health Officer Lifts Closure on Mother’s Beach and Beach at 56th Place in Alamitos Bay 6/29/2017 The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order on the final two swimming areas at Alamitos Bay. Mother’s Beach and 56th Place were re-opened this afternoon following consecutive lab results showing the water to be within State water quality standards. Alamitos Bay was closed for recreational water contact after a sewage spill on Monday, June 26. The cause of the spill is still under investigation.
Stay Cool, Hydrated and Informed for a Safe and Healthy Summer 6/28/2017 Summer is here and high temperatures are predicted in the forecast. City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, advises residents to take precautions against the heat and prepare for a safe and healthy summer.
City of Long Beach Exceeds Project Labor Agreement Hiring Requirements 6/28/2017 The City of Long Beach meets and, in some cases, exceeds the local hiring requirements in the City Council adopted citywide Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for construction projects in the City.
Long Beach Health Officer Re-Opens Colorado Lagoon, Marine Stadium Beaches and Bayshore After Sewage Spill 6/28/2017 The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order at Colorado Lagoon, Marine Stadium and Bayshore in Alamitos Bay. These areas were reopened after consecutive lab results were shown to be within state water quality standards.
Beaches in Alamitos Bay Closed Due to Sewage Spill 6/26/2017 The City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all beaches in Alamitos Bay closed for recreational water contact due to a sewage spill. The cause of the spill is still under investigation. The estimated volume of the spill is 7,500 gallons. The sewage was discharged into Alamitos Bay from the east side of the bay at Basin 1. Environmental Health Specialists from the Long Beach Health Department have taken samples at all potentially impacted areas.
Animal Care Services Advises Pet Owners for the Fourth of July Holiday 6/26/2017 Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) advises pet owners that the Fourth of July Holiday can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Taking special care of pets during the Fourth of July is responsible pet ownership, just like licensing and keeping identification tags on pets, as well as ensuring that they are spayed or neutered.
City of Long Beach 2017 Independence Day Holiday Closures 6/26/2017 City Offices and Services City Hall will be open on Monday, July 3, closed on Tuesday, July 4, and re-open on Wednesday, July 5. City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Tuesday, July 4.
City of Long Beach Wins Four Prestigious American Planning Association Awards 6/22/2017 The City of Long Beach has received four awards by the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA), including a Transportation Planning Award of Excellence. The annual awards, presented today, recognize exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, agencies, non-profits, and businesses in the Los Angeles region.
City of Long Beach Receives Distinguished Innovation Award for BizPort from the American Planning Association 6/22/2017 The City of Long Beach, today, received the distinguished award for Innovative Use of Technology at the 2017 American Planning Association (APA) Los Angeles Section Awards Gala. The honor was bestowed upon the City for its forward-thinking business portal, BizPort.
Long Beach Fleet Ranks Top Ten in the Nation 6/21/2017 The City of Long Beach ranks top 10 out of thousands of fleet operations in the nation in the Government Fleet magazine and American Public Works Association (APWA) 2017 Leading Fleets competition. The honor recognizes the department’s high level of performance, leadership, competitiveness, and efficiency. This year’s ranking marks a two slot jump from 12th place in 2016.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Ranks Top 24 of Park Systems Among 100 Largest U.S. Cities 6/21/2017 Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) ranks Top 24 among the 100 largest U.S. city park systems in the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) 2017 ParkScore® Index survey.
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Declines to Lowest Level Recorded Since 1990 6/20/2017 The City of Long Beach saw another decline in unemployment rate in May 2017 to a new all-time low of 4.4%, compared to 4.7% reported in March 2017. Since City-specific data has been collected dating back to 1990, 4.4% is the lowest unemployment number recorded and published by the State Employment Development Department (EDD) for the City of Long Beach. The unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a peak of 14.6% in July 2010, and has now dropped over 10% since before the recession.
Health Department Detects Mosquitoes with Potential to Transmit Zika in Long Beach 6/19/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Vector Control Program has detected Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito that can transmit Zika, dengue, and other viruses, for the first time in Long Beach. While they have been found in several surrounding cities in Southern California, this marks the first detection of these mosquitoes in Long Beach.
City Activates New Intersection and Traffic Signal at Walnut Avenue, E. 20th Street, and Alamitos Avenue 6/19/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach activated the newly realigned Walnut Avenue, E. 20th Street, and Alamitos Avenue intersection and traffic signal. Bicycle and pedestrian safety components were a main addition to the improved intersection.
Long Beach Continues to Receive Excellent Water Quality Grades from Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card 6/15/2017 The City of Long Beach continues to receive excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay, with 92 percent of its beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades in the 2017 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past six years.
Beacon Apartments Latest in Growing Number of Affordable Housing Developments Within Long Beach 6/14/2017 On Monday, June 12, construction of Beacon Apartments began, which will provide 160 new affordable units for lower-income seniors and veterans. The Beacon Apartments is part of the expanding number of new affordable housing developments proposed throughout Long Beach.
Community Invited to Annual Citywide Long Beach Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off Event 6/13/2017 The community is invited to the annual citywide Long Beach Public Library (Library) Summer Reading Program (Program) kick-off event on Saturday, June 17, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave.
Healthy Active Long Beach Challenges Youth to Get Sixty Minutes a Day of Active Play All Summer Long 6/8/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy Active Long Beach Program invites the community to attend the 2017 “Power Up Your Summer” kick-off event on Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Chittick Field Park, 1900 Walnut Ave.
My Brother’s Keeper Mentor Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Student Visit to City Hall Mentors 6/8/2017 The City of Long Beach hosted students from Washington Middle School at City Hall on Wednesday, June 7, an event organized by the Long Beach Innovation Team (i-team) that concluded the year-long My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Mentor Program with City of Long Beach employees as mentors.
City of Long Beach Marks One-Year Anniversary of Voters Passing Measure A 6/7/2017 The City of Long Beach marks the one-year anniversary of voters passing Measure A, the first new Long Beach Transactions and Use Tax in a generation that jumpstarts a 10-year taxpayer investment in improving the City of Long Beach, offsetting previous years’ budget reductions and the City’s $2.8 billion infrastructure need.
Mayor Robert Garcia Presents ‘Building a Better Long Beach’ and Announces New CSULB Student Village in Downtown 6/6/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, today presented an update on new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years. The Mayor’s Building a Better Long Beach presentation also featured a special announcement about conceptual plans for a new California State University, Long Beach student village in the heart of the City.
City Council Will Consider a Resolution to Appoint Monique DeLaGarza as City Clerk 6/2/2017 On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the City Council regular meeting, the Council will consider a resolution to appoint Monique DeLaGarza as City Clerk. An executive recruitment search was conducted and interviews were held in April/May 2017. Along with the City Manager, it is one of two positions the City Council hires directly.
Health and Human Services Department Receives March of Dimes Grant 6/1/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is one of five recipients of the 2015 through 2017 March of Dimes California Chapter Community Grant designed to close the health inequities gap and improve infant health by reducing the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The three-year grant total is $110,430; and the DHHS will be awarded $26,492 in the final year of the grant.
Community Invited to Public Forum on Anaheim Corridor Improvements in Midtown 5/26/2017 The community is invited to a public forum on Tuesday, May 30, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at United Cambodian Community, 2201 East Anaheim St., Suite #200, to learn about upcoming safety improvements to the Anaheim Corridor in Midtown, between Junipero Avenue on the west crossing through Cambodia Town to Atlantic Avenue on the east.
Public Invited to Downtown Fitness Loop Grand Opening Ceremony 5/25/2017 The public is invited to attend the new Downtown Fitness Loop Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 3 at 11:30 am, located at 160 E. Shoreline Dr. (adjacent to Dock 10 Parker’s Lighthouse dock). Guests will get a first look at the newly installed, free to use exercise equipment and learn about the entire Fitness Loop.
‘Huxton’ Breaks Ground in Downtown Long Beach 5/24/2017 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with City Ventures, Inc., today celebrated the groundbreaking of Huxton, a solar powered, all-electric, townhome condominium community in the East Village. The project will be one of the first single-family condominium housing developments to be built in downtown Long Beach in almost a decade.
Residents Encouraged to Avoid Mosquito Bites during Memorial Day Weekend 5/23/2017 As Memorial Day weekend approaches, residents are encouraged to protect themselves by eliminating standing water around their homes and businesses, and by reporting day-biting mosquitoes.
Long Beach Observes Building Safety Month 5/22/2017 The City of Long Beach is proud to recognize the 37th annual Building Safety Month (BSM) alongside the International Code Council (ICC) and its 63,000 members worldwide. The BSM campaign aims to improve public safety by increasing awareness to help individuals, families, and businesses learn what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.
Innovative Housing Model Offers Increased Independence for People with Special Needs 5/17/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach in partnership with Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment, Incorporated (HOPE), celebrated the grand opening of Banner Homes, a recently rehabilitated multi-family building. Banner Homes, located at 4410 N. Banner Dr., provides a unique and affordable housing solution for individuals with developmental disabilities.
El Dorado Nature Center Dedication Ceremony is Scheduled for May 20 5/16/2017 The El Dorado Nature Center dedication ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 am. The public is invited to celebrate the newly built entryway and plaza at 7550 E. Spring Street. The event will include interactive education stations where attendees can learn about wildlife and ongoing tours of the Nature Center.
Long Beach Public Library is a 2017 Recipient of National Medal for Museum and Library Service 5/16/2017 The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Long Beach Public Library as one of ten recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities for 23 years. The award will be presented later this spring at an event in Washington, D.C.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for Colorado Lagoon Restoration 5/15/2017 The community is invited to celebrate the recent completion of the latest phase of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project at 9:30 am, on Saturday, May 20, at the Colorado Lagoon (parking lot is located at the intersection of Appian Way and 4th Street). The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by educational activities sponsored by the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon, and musical entertainment courtesy of the band Dad Company.
City of Long Beach Unveils First Municipal Near-Zero Emissions Refuse Truck 5/11/2017 On May 3, 2017 at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, the City of Long Beach unveiled a new municipal refuse truck, the first in the country to employ Cummins’ revolutionary near-zero emissions engine.
City of Long Beach and Long Beach City College Host Earthquake Preparedness Workshop 5/9/2017 The City of Long Beach in conjunction with Long Beach City College (LBCC) is hosting a free QuakeSmart Preparedness Workshop on May 16, from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, at the LBCC campus, 4901 E. Carson Street, to increase resiliency for businesses and community organizations in the event of a major earthquake.
New Mixed-Use Development Approved for Downtown Long Beach 5/5/2017 Downtown Long Beach continues to flourish with a new seven-story, 142-unit mixed-use development that will provide new housing and amenities in the urban core. Coming to the Long Beach Planning Commission for consideration tonight, Broadway and Magnolia Apartments will promote greater livability and economic energy in the Downtown.
Long Beach Celebrates Bike Month with Unveiling of Primal Alchemy Unicorn Bike 5/4/2017 The public is invited to attend the second “Unicorn Bike” unveiling at 1:00 PM this Saturday, May 6, at Primal Alchemy, 19 39th Place. This debut is one of the City’s many Bike Month celebrations all throughout May.
Kevin J. Jackson Appointed Deputy City Manager 5/3/2017 City Manager Patrick H. West today named Kevin J. Jackson, Neighborhood Services Director for the City of Champaign, Illinois as Deputy City Manager for the City of Long Beach. Mr. Jackson's appointment will be effective on June 26.
Community Invited to Public Forum on Broadway Corridor Improvements 5/2/2017 The community is invited to a public forum on Saturday, May 6, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, at Bixby Park Community Center, 130 Cherry Ave., to learn about upcoming improvements to the Broadway corridor.
Long Beach Celebrates Bike Month in May 5/1/2017 The City of Long Beach will be celebrating Bike Month throughout the month of May by offering a wide variety of mobility related activities and discounts for residents. The highlight of Bike Month is Bike to Work Week, which takes place May 15 to May 19.
Douglas Park Flourishes, Bringing Economic Vitality to the City Ahead of Schedule 4/27/2017 Formerly home to the Douglas Aircraft Company, the 238-acre area near the Long Beach Airport has been transformed into the nearly built-out Douglas Park, converting a once underutilized site into a largely successful economic asset, and one of the largest private commercial developments in Southern California.
Homeless Count Declines in Long Beach 4/25/2017 The 2017 Biennial Homeless Count (Count) findings reveal a 21% reduction in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, and a 26% reduction in chronic homeless persons. Compared to 2,345 in 2015, the total number of homeless persons in the City has dropped to 1,863; and the total number of chronic homeless persons has dropped from 927 to 686. The 2017 Count, conducted on January 26, marks the fourth consecutive Point-In-Time (PIT) Count that reflects a reduction in homelessness in Long Beach.
Midtown Specific Plan Wins Southern California Association of Governments Sustainability Award 4/24/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Sustainability Award in the Integrated Planning category for the Midtown Specific Plan (Plan). SCAG annually honors planning projects that promote and improve mobility, livability, prosperity, and sustainability in the region.
Long Beach Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level Since 2010 4/24/2017 The City of Long Beach saw another decline in unemployment rate in March 2017 to a low of 4.7%, compared to 5.5% around the same time in 2016. The unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a peak of 14.6% in July 2010, and has dropped nearly 10% since before the recession. The State of California rate for the same period was 4.9%.
Construction of New Residential Development in Full Swing in Downtown Long Beach 4/20/2017 Revitalization of Downtown Long Beach continues with a new seven-story, 216-unit development currently underway at the site of a previously vacant parking lot at the southeast corner of Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue. Oceanaire adds to the recent construction boom in the area, and will reactivate a prime intersection in the Downtown core.
City of Long Beach Unveils New Wayfinding Signage Design 4/19/2017 The Long Beach City Council reviewed a presentation Tuesday night and voted unanimously to receive and file a comprehensive wayfinding signage program for major gateway entries, parking, and coastal access in Long Beach.
Robert Gumbiner Park Grand Opening Ceremony Scheduled for April 23 4/19/2017 The public is invited to the grand opening ceremony for Robert Gumbiner Park at 880 East 7th Street on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 pm. The event will feature a live DJ, food trucks, activities and more.
City of Long Beach Takes Home Five Communications Awards 4/18/2017 At the 2017 California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) Conference in San Diego, which took place April 3-6, the City of Long Beach was recognized with five communications awards given for some of the most cutting-edge work produced by public agencies over the 2016 year.
Beach Streets University Comes to CSULB and the City’s East Side 4/17/2017 The fourth Open Street event, Beach Streets University, is coming to East Long Beach; and the public is invited to participate on Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. At this exciting event, participants can walk, bike, or roll along a car-free route. The event kick-off will be held in front of the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Pyramid, at 11:00 am.
Downtown Long Beach Revitalization Continues with New Full-Block, Mixed-Use Development Underway 4/13/2017 Downtown Long Beach continues to boom with construction of a new full-block, mixed-use development currently underway at the site of the former State Office Building, 245 West Broadway.
Listen Up, Long Beach; Get Involved in City’s Noise Element Update Process 4/12/2017 The public is invited to collaborate with the City of Long Beach in updating the Noise Element, a mandatory component of the City’s General Plan, by utilizing an interactive, easy-to-use, Noise Element Update Map Tool (Map Tool).
Long Beach Reaches Class Action Settlement for ADA Improvements 4/12/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a class action settlement agreement to make sidewalks, crosswalks, and other pedestrian pathways safer and more accessible for the disability community. The settlement was preliminarily approved by Judge Dale Fischer on Monday, April 10, 2017.
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and Long Beach Cares host the 4th Annual Long Beach Public Health Conference: Generation Public Health 4/11/2017 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS), in partnership with Long Beach Cares, is hosting the 4th Annual Public Health Conference, under the theme, Generation Public Health, on Thursday, April 13th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Long Beach Airport Marriott, located at 4700 Airport Plaza Drive.
City Library Launches ‘YouthSpark Live’ in Long Beach 4/11/2017 Eighty Long Beach students from Washington and Hamilton Middle Schools participated in YouthSpark Live, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) program, on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Michelle Obama Library.
City of Long Beach, Long Beach Firefighters Association (FFA) and Other Miscellaneous Employees Bargaining Units Reach Tentative Labor Agreement 4/11/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the Long Beach Firefighters Association (FFA) to provide for salary increases and incentives aimed at improving workforce productivity and skill levels. The agreement also includes healthcare reform provisions that will provide long-term savings to the City and an economic uncertainties clause that allows the City to re-open the MOU if the City faces a fiscal hardship.
City of Long Beach Issues New Landscape Requirements 4/6/2017 The City of Long Beach is implementing new permitting requirements for certain new landscape and re-landscaping projects, as mandated by Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-29. The Long Beach City Council approved the updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) in conjunction with the adoption of the triennial Building Code update in November 2016, and implementation will begin immediately.
City Council Approves Draft of Citywide Blueprint for Economic Development 4/5/2017 On April 4, 2017, City Council approved the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development that informs the City’s overall economic development work plan for the next ten years, by a unanimous vote.
Survey of Long Beach Stores Shows Areas for Improvement in Availability of Healthy and Unhealthy Products 4/5/2017 A new survey highlights areas for improvement in the availability of healthy and unhealthy products that are marketed in stores throughout California.
Long Beach Launches ‘Can Your Butts’ Cigarette Litter Prevention Program 3/31/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach launched the Can Your Butts campaign at Gallagher’s Pub and Grill, located at 2751 East Broadway. The campaign promotes a clean, safe, and litter-free community by offering education and assistance to Long Beach restaurants, bars and other businesses to reduce cigarette litter in commercial corridors.
Emerson Fittipaldi, Tommy Kendall to be Inducted Into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/29/2017 Two legendary drivers with proud histories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Emerson Fittipaldi and Tommy Kendall – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 6, at 11:00 am.
City of Long Beach Adopts Gender-Neutral Restrooms, In Accordance with State Law 3/28/2017 The City of Long Beach is requiring that all single-user restrooms in any business, City and government building, and other public places be available to all genders, and have new accompanying signage, as mandated by State Assembly Bill 1732, which went into effect on March 1, 2017.
Trans Day of Visibility at Harvey Milk Park on Friday, March 31 3/28/2017 The City of Long Beach, in collaboration with Work Evolution, will be hosting Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) at Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to come and enjoy opera, theater, and spoken word that celebrates and raises awareness on the current struggle and discrimination faced by transgender people.
Students, Families Encouraged to Participate in First Annual Walk to School Day on Wednesday, March 29 3/27/2017 Students and their families are encouraged to participate in the first annual Long Beach Walk to School Day, on Wednesday, March 29, to promote walking and pedestrian safety. The theme is “It’s Cool to Walk to School.”
National Library Month Kicks Off With New Library Service, Amnesty Program 3/27/2017 April is National Library Month, and the Long Beach Public Library is celebrating by launching a Mobile Studio, and by offering an Overdue Fines Amnesty Program as well.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of Habitat Homes for Lower-Income Families 3/24/2017 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) and Edison International (Edison), today celebrated the groundbreaking of four single-family homes that will provide the opportunity for lower-income families to purchase their first home.
Historic Pine Avenue Sign to be Unveiled on Friday, March 24 3/22/2017 The public is invited to the unveiling of a new “Historic Pine Avenue” sign that spans Pine Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street, on Friday, March 24, at 7:00 pm. The free ceremony will feature the two-story-high sign being illuminated.
Long Beach’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities Invites the Public to a Transportation Town Hall Meeting 3/21/2017 The public is invited to participate in a town hall meeting hosted by the City of Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD).
USA Today Readers Vote Long Beach Airport Best Airport for Dining Two Years in a Row 3/21/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently won two prestigious awards for its concessions program.
City of Long Beach Helping Residents Prepare for Tsunamis 3/20/2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 27 to 31, and the City of Long Beach, in conjunction with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, will participate in a variety of activities to inform residents of actions they can take to prepare for and respond to a tsunami.
Long Beach Celebrates First Anniversary of Bike Share with Unveiling of Lola’s Mexican Cuisine ‘Unicorn Bike’ 3/17/2017 The City of Long Beach today unveiled the first “Unicorn Bike” to help celebrate the Long Beach Bike Share program’s first anniversary. One of the distinctive bright blue bicycles is being temporarily transformed into a one-of-a-kind, specially branded bike – complete with hot pink paint and sugar skulls – for a partnership between CycleHop, the City’s Bike Share program operator, and Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, 2030 E. 4th Street.
Relinquished Long Beach Airport Flight Slots Offered to Southwest Airlines 3/16/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) has announced that Southwest Airlines has been offered two air carrier flight slots, which will be available for their use beginning August 1, 2017.
Public Invited to Marina Vista Sports Court Grand Opening Ceremony on March 18 3/14/2017 The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Marina Vista Sports Court located at 5355 Eliot Street, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. The sports court was a result of a suggestion made by local youth during the Third Council District Youth Participatory Budget process. Ten students helped to gather public input, and the sports court was selected as a preferred project among the more than 700 youth who voted.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine ‘Be S.A.F.E.’ Program Wins California Parks and Recreation Society Award of Excellence 3/13/2017 The Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Be S.A.F.E. program (Summer Activities in a Friendly Environment) was named an “Award of Excellence” winner in the category of Neighborhood Building in the annual California Park & Recreation Society's (CPRS) Awards program.
City of Long Beach, Long Beach Firefighters Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement 3/9/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative agreement with the Long Beach Firefighters Association (FFA) over a successor labor agreement. The FFA represents approximately 380 Firefighters.
Long Beach Airport to Launch Ride Share Pilot Program on April 5, 2017 3/6/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) will begin a pilot program to allow operation of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), more commonly known as ride sharing, at the airport. Beginning Wednesday, April 5, 2017 companies such as Uber, Lyft, Wingz, and See Jane Go will be allowed to pick-up at LGB as part of the pilot program. Previously, they were only permitted to drop-off.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Kick Off for Measure A Infrastructure Improvements 3/2/2017 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the kick off for Measure A citywide infrastructure improvements.
Beach Streets Grand Prix View: Toyota Grand Prix Opens Track for Public Use on Tuesday, March 28 3/2/2017 The public is invited to participate in the fifth annual Grand Prix View, to walk, bike, roller skate, or even push a stroller on the same track where the world's best Indy Car drivers will rocket by at over 180 mph the following week. This exciting event will take place on Tuesday, March 28 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
City Supports Preservation of 44-Unit Affordable Assisted-Living Housing Development 2/27/2017 The Long Beach City Council has unanimously approved a resolution that will enable the preservation of 44 units of affordable housing in the Downtown. The Beachwood Apartments, located at 475 W. 5th St., will be renovated to continue providing affordable housing for lower-income families with assisted-living needs.
Long Beach Police Department Awarded Blue Line Security Contract 2/23/2017 The Long Beach Police Department today was awarded a $30.1 million contract over a 5-year period, to provide law enforcement services for the eight station platforms of the Blue Line that are in the City’s jurisdiction.
Community Invited to Series of Events to Further Activate Harvey Milk Park 2/22/2017 The community is invited to attend a series of events designed to further activate Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) throughout February and March. The series will include coffee gatherings, live music, educational sessions, and a re-creation of a Long Beach Debate Club called Spit ‘n’ Argue. The events are hosted by the City of Long Beach, in collaboration with Work Evolution.
Community Invited to Study Session on Affordable and Workforce Housing 2/17/2017 The public is invited to share their thoughts for ensuring more affordable and workforce housing within Long Beach, during a City Council Study Session on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 333 West Ocean Boulevard.
Parks Closed for Public Safety Reasons Due to Storm 2/17/2017 Due to high winds from the storm, and falling trees and tree branches, for public safety reasons all City parks are closed for the duration of Friday, February 17, 2017.
Community Invited to Study Session on Affordable and Workforce Housing 2/17/2017 The public is invited to share their thoughts for ensuring more affordable and workforce housing within Long Beach, during a City Council Study Session on Tuesday, February 21, at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 333 West Ocean Boulevard.
Be Prepared for Powerful Storms 2/15/2017 A powerful storm system is expected to bring several inches of rain and high winds, beginning Friday morning through Saturday morning.
Long Beach City Council Restores Paramedic Rescue 12, Reinstates Police Academy Operations with Measure A Funding 2/15/2017 The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to restore Paramedic Rescue 12 and to reinstate the Police Academy, using Public Safety funding from Measure A. The restorations will be effective March 1, and will cost $1.5 million for the remainder of the Fiscal Year, and $2.5 million annually starting in Fiscal Year 2018 ($1.1 million for Paramedic Rescue 12; $1.4 million for Police Academy staffing).
Beach Streets University Open Street Event Coming to Long Beach on Saturday, April 29 2/14/2017 East Long Beach will bustle with activity on Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, for the City’s fourth Beach Streets Open Street event, from Atherton Street up to Spring Street, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.
City of Long Beach Presidents’ Day Holiday Schedule 2/14/2017 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 20.
Beach Streets University Open Street Event Coming to Long Beach on Saturday, April 29 2/14/2017 East Long Beach will bustle with activity on Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, for the City’s fourth Beach Streets Open Street event, from Atherton Street up to Spring Street, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.
City of Long Beach Wins Statewide Award for Advancing Diverse Communities 2/13/2017 The City of Long Beach has been awarded the League of California Cities Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities for its comprehensive approach to supporting diverse communities citywide. The award was presented by California City Managers to Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives For Preservation of Historic Properties 2/13/2017 The City of Long Beach is now accepting applications for the third year of its reinstated Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties. The public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits, while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks.
City of Long Beach Wins Statewide Award for Advancing Diverse Communities 2/13/2017 The City of Long Beach has been awarded the League of California Cities Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities for its comprehensive approach to supporting diverse communities citywide. The award was presented by California City Managers to Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West.
Residents Encouraged to Report Damages to Homes and Businesses Caused by Storms 2/9/2017 To help determine the impacts of the recent storms, Los Angeles County has established a website to gather basic damage information from residents and businesses. Long Beach residents and businesses that experienced damage are encouraged to complete the damage assessment survey, available at www.211LA.org by clicking on the Damage Assessment Survey banner.
Long Beach City Council Supports Los Angeles County Measure H to Address Homelessness 2/8/2017 The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to support Los Angeles County Measure H, the Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness, on the March 7, 2017 ballot. If Measure H is approved by a two-thirds vote, a new quarter cent sales tax would be established in Los Angeles County for ten years in order to fund homeless services and prevention programs.
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives $7.6 Million Grant Award to Fight Homelessness 2/7/2017 The Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) has been awarded $7.6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue providing services to those who are experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is the lead recipient agency to provide oversight of this grant.
Community Invited to Review Beach Concession Buildings Improvements 2/6/2017 The community is invited to meet the architect and review the proposed designs for the renovations of the Alamitos, Junipero and Granada Beach Concession Buildings, during public meetings on Wednesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 16.
Alamitos Bay Closed Due to Sewage Spill Involving Los Angeles County Sanitation District 2/6/2017 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all swimming areas in Alamitos Bay closed to water contact, due to a sewage spill today involving the Los Angeles County Sanitation District.
Closure Lifted at All Beaches; However, New Rain Advisory in Effect from Today’s Rainfall 2/3/2017 Long Beach Health Officials today lifted the closure of all open coastal beaches east of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Lab results reviewed this afternoon indicated bacterial levels in this area were within State standards for two consecutive days. The closure had been lifted earlier in the week for swimming areas in Alamitos Bay and beaches west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. The beaches were initially closed following multiple reports of regional sewage spills from the Los Angeles County Sanitation District related to heavy rains in late January.
Parks Staff Relocated While Administration Building Repaired 2/1/2017 Employees at the Parks, Recreation and Marine Administration Building, 2760 Studebaker Road, are serving the public at alternate sites after their work site suffered significant water damage from the recent storms, and is now being repaired.
City of Long Beach Introduces Online Police Reporting Service 1/31/2017 The public now has the ability to file police reports online for specific types of crimes that have occurred in the City of Long Beach, through Coplogic, an innovative web-based program.
Business Services Improve, Unemployment Declines 1/31/2017 The unemployment rate in Long Beach declined from 6.2 percent in 2015 to 5.2 percent in 2016, and the median number of days it took to issue a business license declined 29 percent, from 24 days in 2015 to 17 days in 2016.
City of Long Beach, Police Officers Association (POA) Reach Tentative Labor Agreement 1/30/2017 The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the Police Officers Association (POA) to bring pay in line with other agencies competing for quality police officers. The agreement also sets a new cap for overtime hours and reforms health care costs that will provide long-term savings to the City.
Open Coastal Beaches West of Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier Now Open 1/29/2017 Long Beach Health Officials have lifted the closure of open coastal beaches west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Lab results indicated bacterial levels in this area were within state standards for two consecutive days.
City of Long Beach Announces 2017 Mobility Challenge – #CountMeInLB 1/26/2017 The City is launching a Mobility Challenge, and encouraging residents to get out and be counted by the new Eco-Counter, located on the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path just west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. The challenge is to reach a total count of 1,000,000 cyclists and/or pedestrians by the end of 2017. The goal is to encourage residents to take advantage of the many mobility options the City has to offer, and to utilize social media as a fun way to inspire others to get involved.
Community Invited to Animal Care Services Open House on Saturday, January 28 1/25/2017 Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) invites the community to its 2017 Open House from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 28. The free event will showcase shelter improvements and highlight upcoming partnerships and opportunities. The animal shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring Street.
Newest Park in Long Beach Named after Dr. David Molina; Public Invited to Ground-Breaking Ceremony on January 28 1/25/2017 On Saturday, January 28, at 9:30 am, the public is invited to a ground-breaking ceremony for the City’s newest park, a 3.3-acre site named after Dr. David Molina, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 70. C. David Molina Park is located at 4951 Oregon Avenue, and features a turf soccer field, playground, restroom facility, walking path, parking and landscaping.
$1 Million Grant to Provide Career Training for 250 At-Risk Youth 1/24/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a $1 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide career training for 250 youth at risk of dropping out of high school, becoming involved in the criminal justice system, or already hampered by juvenile records. The City was one of only five organizations nationwide to receive the Pathways to Justice Careers grant.
City of Long Beach Releases 2016 Crime Statistics, Murders Decrease by 8.3% 1/23/2017 Final year-end crime statistics unveiled today indicate that the most serious crime of murders dropped by 8.3% in 2016, and that overall crime in the City of Long Beach remained essentially flat when compared to 2015 levels.
All Open Coastal Beaches in Long Beach Closed Due to Multiple Sewage Spills from Los Angeles County Sewer System 1/23/2017 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, today ordered all coastal swimming areas in Long Beach closed for water contact, due to multiple sewage spills from the Los Angeles County sewer system in the region. At least seven sewage spills were reported Sunday evening and Monday, with six of those outside Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Receives California’s Highest Environmental Honor for Downtown Plan 1/20/2017 The City of Long Beach has received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for "Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities" for the Downtown Plan, including successes with the new Civic Center, Mobility Element and LED streetlight conversation.
Alamitos Bay, Colorado Lagoon Closed Due to Sewage Spill 1/20/2017 A sewage spill Friday afternoon near Colorado Lagoon has resulted in a beach closure for all swimming areas in Alamitos Bay, including Marine Stadium, Mother’s Beach, Colorado Lagoon and Bayshore. The volume of the spill was estimated at approximately 27,000 gallons. The spill stopped at approximately 2:45 p.m.
City of Long Beach Receives California’s Highest Environmental Honor for Downtown Plan 1/19/2017 The City of Long Beach today received a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for "Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities" for the Downtown Plan, including successes with the new Civic Center, Mobility Element and LED streetlight conversation.
Largest Technology Project in City of Long Beach Increases Efficiency, Provides Better Information for Decision-Making 1/19/2017 The City of Long Beach today announced a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that integrates several functions, including Human Resources and Financial Management, into a single program that provides day-to-day management systems. City Employees named the system Long Beach City Operations And Strategic Technologies, or LB Coast, to brand the system unique to Long Beach.
Be Prepared for Powerful Storms 1/18/2017 A series of powerful storm systems are bearing down on Southern California, and are expected to bring several inches of rain, gale force winds and higher sea levels through Monday.
Long Beach Airport Schedules Public Discussion of Ground Transportation Program on February 1 1/17/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is inviting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), ground transportation service providers and the public to participate in a meeting on February 1 to discuss proposed changes to the Airport’s ground transportation program and fee structure. One of the topics will include allowing operation of TNCs at the airport, in accordance with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) guidelines. TNCs such as Uber and Lyft use web-based platforms or smartphone applications to connect passengers with drivers.
City of Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Schedule 1/13/2017 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 16. Street Sweeping and enforcement of street sweeping violations will not occur on Monday, January 16. Street sweeping will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, January 17. www.longbeach-recycles.org
Long Beach One of First Cities in U.S. to Display Open Data in Geospatial Data Format 1/9/2017 Today, the City of Long Beach launched DataLB, the City’s new Open Data Portal. This new portal is designed to implement modern Citywide practices for sharing data with the public, staff, and policy makers as outlined in the Open Data Policy, adopted by the City Council on December 20, 2016.
Volunteers Encouraged to Help with Citywide Count of Homeless Persons on January 26, 2017 1/6/2017 Community volunteers are encouraged to participate in the count of persons experiencing homelessness in Long Beach on the morning of Thursday, January 26, 2017. The 8th biennial Homeless Count, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), defines the scope of homelessness, both in the community and across the nation, and helps to determine existing resources, identify gaps, and highlight progress toward ending homelessness.
City of Long Beach to Launch Electric Vehicle Charger Giveaway Program January 9 1/6/2017 The City of Long Beach is launching an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Giveaway Program as part of the new expedited permitting process for electric vehicle charging stations. Beginning January 9, 2017, the City will be distributing 270 EV chargers free of cost to eligible Long Beach residents who own or lease an electric vehicle. The City’s Office of Sustainability estimates that nearly 1,300 electric vehicles are currently being used by Long Beach residents, with approximately 20 more added each month.
City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Continues Improving with Another Record Year in 2016 1/6/2017 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved another record year in 2016 with saving animals. The following year-end statistics show increasing progress being made at the animal shelter and are the best numbers ever reported.
Anitra Dempsey Appointed Interim Deputy City Manager 1/4/2017 City Manager Patrick H. West today announced the appointment of Anitra Dempsey as Interim Deputy City Manager, effective January 7, 2017.
City Of Long Beach Using Social Media to Count Down Top 10 Stories of 2016 12/29/2016 During 2016, the City of Long Beach received national recognition for its efforts to end Veterans Homelessness, opened the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library and the Police Department’s new East Division Substation, and continued to earn excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay. Those are just some of the Top 10 stories of 2016 that the City is counting down on Facebook and Twitter.
City of Long Beach New Year’s 2017 Holiday Schedule 12/29/2016 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017.
City of Long Beach, Long Beach Police Officers Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement 12/24/2016 The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative agreement with the Police Officers Association (POA) over a successor labor agreement. The POA represents over 800 Long Beach Police Officers.
Overnight Winter Shelter Opens 12/23/2016 The overnight winter shelter for homeless individuals opened in North Long Beach today, and will be open until March 1. Four other local shelters operate year-round for individuals and families.
City of Long Beach Christmas 2016 and New Year’s 2017 Holiday Closures 12/21/2016 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016, and on Monday, January 2, 2017. Street Sweeping and associated parking control will not occur on Monday, December 26, or on Monday, January 2.
City of Long Beach Reviews Successes from 2016 12/20/2016 In just one year, the City of Long Beach filled 32,369 potholes, rehabilitated 57.5 lane miles of streets, completed 60,000 building inspections, trimmed 20,529 trees, responded to 209,000 calls for service to the Police Department and 71,000 calls for service to the Fire Department and broke ground on a new Civic Center complex. That’s just a small snapshot of the incredible progress and service that the City delivered in 2016.
Coral Trees Dying, Must Be Removed to Ensure Public Safety 12/19/2016 Five coral trees on Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue are dying, with significant trunk and root decay, and are at risk of falling. These trees experienced limb failure over the summer at an increasing rate, and members of the public are often within the fall zone. To ensure public safety at the popular Bixby Annex location, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) must remove these trees.
Tracy Colunga Named Innovation Team Director 12/15/2016 Today City Manager Patrick H. West named Tracy Colunga the Director of the City’s Innovation Team (i-team). Ms. Colunga brings more than 10 years of professional experience with the City of Long Beach, including eight years in a management capacity.
Renovations at Long Beach Airport Parking Lot A Begin in January 12/14/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) will begin renovations to one of its two parking lots shortly after the busy holiday travel season. The improvements will be made to Lot A, the parking structure located nearest to the historic terminal.
City of Long Beach Reps and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson Join President Barack Obama in My Brother's Keeper Summit at the White House 12/14/2016 Today, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, Neighborhood Relations Officer Tracy Colunga and FUSE Executive Fellow Veronica Njodinizeh join President Barack Obama who will deliver remarks at a summit on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK) at the White House.
City of Long Beach Awarded $4.5 Million Grant from Caltrans Highway Safety Improvement Program 12/13/2016 The Long Beach Department of Public Works has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the Caltrans Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to improve traffic safety citywide throughout Long Beach.
Public Invited to Promenade Square Park Tot Lot Grand Opening Ceremony on December 17 12/12/2016 The public is invited to attend a Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Promenade Square Park Tot Lot located at The Promenade and East First Street, on Saturday, December 17, at 10:00 am.
Tracy Colunga Named Innovation Team Director 12/12/2016 Today City Manager Patrick H. West named Tracy Colunga the Director of the City’s Innovation Team (i-team). Ms. Colunga brings more than 10 years of professional experience with the City of Long Beach, including eight years in a management capacity.
New Sunday Hours at El Dorado Neighborhood Library 12/2/2016 The community is invited to enjoy new Sunday hours at El Dorado Neighborhood Library, 2900 Studebaker Road, starting December 4, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In addition, hours at the Main Library at the Long Beach Civic Center have been extended on Thursday nights, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.
Harvey Milk Park Transformation Underway 11/30/2016 As a part of its broader economic development efforts, the City of Long Beach is transforming Harvey Milk Promenade Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) into an outdoor, public collaborative space that encourages creativity and interaction. From December 5 to December 16, 2016, the community is invited to test and vote on the types of furniture, charging stations, and technology solutions they would like to see at the 500-square-foot City park located at 185 East 3rd Street.
City of Long Beach Fleet One of 2016’s Top 50 Green Fleets 11/28/2016 The City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau has won another Green Fleet award. The City’s fleet was recently named one of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s Top 50 Green Fleets for 2016, for adopting green, sustainable practices, policies and technologies. Long Beach was one of only three recipients in California and one of only three cities nationwide to be recognized.
Small Business Saturday Parking Holiday on November 26 11/23/2016 On Small Business Saturday – November 26, 2016 – parking meter holidays will provide free two-hour parking on metered locations at multiple shopping areas in Long Beach, to encourage people to support small local businesses.
Provide Input on City’s Blueprint for Prosperity; Attend Economic Development Study Sessions 11/22/2016 The public is invited to provide input on the City’s vision for strengthening economic development, during a study session at the Economic Development Commission (Commission) meeting on Tuesday, November 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor Conference Room. The Commission will consider the public input when developing Economic Development Blueprint (Blueprint) policy recommendations for economic development to the City Council.
Long Beach Airport Gets Ready for Busy Holiday Season 11/21/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is ready for the busy holiday travel season. The airport recently enhanced the roadways and pedestrian crossing in front of the historic terminal building to improve the travel experience for customers. Travelers are still reminded to take all necessary steps to ensure their holiday trips go as smoothly as possible.
City of Long Beach Thanksgiving Holiday Closures 11/21/2016 City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, in observance of the 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday.
Deputy City Manager Arturo Sanchez to Be Assistant City Manager for City of Sacramento 11/21/2016 Deputy City Manager Arturo Sanchez today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position as Assistant City Manager with the City of Sacramento.
John Keisler Named Director of Economic and Property Development 11/18/2016 Today City Manager Patrick H. West named John Keisler as the City’s Director of Economic and Property Development. Mr. Keisler brings more than 11 years of professional experience with the City of Long Beach, including eight years in a management capacity.
City of Long Beach Named Top 10 Digital City Six Years in a Row 11/17/2016 For the sixth consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been named a Top 10 Digital City, surpassing numerous other cities in a national survey that spotlights municipalities best demonstrating how information and communication technologies are used to enhance public-sector service.
Long Beach Health Department Receives $50,000 Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education 11/15/2016 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety workshops to elementary school age children in 2017.
White House Recognizes City of Long Beach for Outstanding Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness 11/14/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia today presented on the City of Long Beach’s work to end Veterans Homelessness, at the White House’s Veterans Homelessness Summit, where the City of Long Beach was recognized for its outstanding efforts. Since December 2015, every Veteran who has experienced homelessness in Long Beach is offered a path to permanent housing. The capacity to provide housing for all Veterans interested in permanent housing is called achieving “Functional Zero.” This “Functional Zero” status is awaiting final certification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
City of Long Beach Deploys UpLink Public Wi-Fi and Security Cameras Along Section of N. Atlantic Avenue 11/10/2016 The City of Long Beach today unveiled expanded public Wi-Fi access, with free Internet service called UpLink between the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library and Jordan High School. UpLink is the first step in using technology as an economic development tool to activate a corridor with students, pedestrians and business patrons.
New Alamitos Bay Marina Free Shuttle Service to Begin Friday, November 11 11/10/2016 The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce free shuttle bus service for the Alamitos Bay Marina, starting Friday evening, November 11, 2016.
Digital Guide, More Entertainment Coming to Beach Streets Midtown Open Streets Event on Saturday, November 12 11/7/2016 An innovative digital guide, pro skateboarders and the Cross Town Bike Park have been added to the entertainment and activities planned for the "Beach Streets Midtown" Open Street event on Saturday, November 12, along Anaheim Street from Orange Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
Long Beach Airport Named Top 10 Airport in the U.S. Three Consecutive Years 11/1/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been named a Top 10 airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the third consecutive year, climbing three spots to No. 7 on the list. LGB enjoys a national reputation as a unique and innovative airport that provides a first-class experience for all travelers.
Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee Named President of California Fire Chiefs Association 10/28/2016 Today, Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee became President of the California Fire Chiefs Association (CalChiefs). Chief DuRee was selected by other California Fire Chiefs to serve in this prestigious position for a one-year term.
Provide Input on Roadmap to City’s Future; Attend Open House on General Plan Update 10/28/2016 The City of Long Beach is in the final stages of updating its General Plan, and the public is invited to provide input on the City’s vision for future land use and urban design by attending an Open House on Wednesday, November 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave.
Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight is Ready for Takeoff 10/27/2016 The Festival of Flight promises to be one of the largest, free community events of its kind in the region, with static aircraft and automobile displays, live music, giveaways, a children’s activity area, and plenty of local food and drinks on Saturday, November 5. Formerly known as the Fly-In, the event’s new brand reflects its surge in size and popularity.
City of Long Beach Wins Three American Planning Association Statewide Awards 10/25/2016 The City of Long Beach has received three awards by the American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter, including an Award of Excellence for the Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Ordinance (ANAO). APA California each year recognizes exceptional planning achievements and influential works by individuals, cities, agencies, non-profits, and businesses statewide.
New Traffic Signal Activation at Atlantic Avenue and 51st Street 10/21/2016 The community is invited to help activate new traffic signals and LED safety lights at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 51st Street on Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 am.
Exciting Entertainment, Activities Scheduled for Beach Streets Midtown Open Street Event on Nov. 12 10/19/2016 Community festivals, traditional and contemporary music and art, concerts and cyclocross and skateboarding demonstrations are just some of the entertainment and activities planned for the "Beach Streets Midtown" Open Street event on Saturday, November 12, along Anaheim Street from Orange Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
October Marks the Start of Flu Season – Protect Yourself, Others by Getting Your Annual Flu Shot 10/18/2016 Health officials are reminding Long Beach residents that it’s not too early to get a flu shot now, because outbreaks can occur as early as October. An annual flu shot is the best way to keep people from getting ill.
Celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month on October 27, 2016 10/18/2016 The community is invited to join the City of Long Beach and the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) in a celebration recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The celebration will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, including a 30-minute program beginning at 1:30 PM. The celebration will be held at the Main Library Auditorium and Lower Lobby at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Joins White House Data Driven Justice Initiative 10/17/2016 The City of Long Beach has joined the White House Data Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ), joining more than 100 cities seeking to disrupt the cycle of incarceration.
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus 8 Bonus Points in Municipal Equality Index 10/17/2016 For five years in a row, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 60 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
LED Streetlight Retrofit Project Reaches Milestone; Will Save Over $1 Million Annually, Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions 10/13/2016 The City of Long Beach has replaced approximately 1,750 high-pressure sodium streetlights with LED streetlights, completing the first phase of a citywide project to save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Take the Wayfinding Signage Program Survey 10/13/2016 The City of Long Beach is in the process of developing a comprehensive sign program, and wants your input to design a welcoming and effective signage and wayfinding system for major gateway entries, parking, and coastal access in Long Beach. Let your voice be heard by taking the short, 10-minute Wayfinding Signage Survey.
Volunteers Sought for the City’s Ninth Annual Bike Count 10/7/2016 The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help conduct its Ninth Annual Bike Count this month. Participants can choose a time and location that are convenient for them.
City of Long Beach Launches ‘BizPort’ New Business Portal 10/5/2016 The City of Long Beach today launched its new online Business Portal, BizPort, a digital ombudsman to help entrepreneurs easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business. BizPort launched during Innovation Week, which features a series of public events throughout October highlighting the creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Long Beach.
Federal Inspection Service (FIS) Feasibility Study Results will be Presented to the Public 10/4/2016 A feasibility study on a federal customs facility that would potentially allow international flights at Long Beach Airport (LGB) will be presented to the public in October by Jacobs Engineering (Jacobs).
New Business Portal, Civic Innovation Summit Highlight Long Beach Innovation Week 10/3/2016 The City of Long Beach will launch its new online Business Portal, BizPort, on Wednesday, October 5, and will also host a Civic Innovation Summit on Thursday, October 6. Both events highlight Innovation Week, which features a series of public events throughout October highlighting the creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Long Beach.
New ‘Eco-Totem’ to Count Bicyclists, Pedestrians on Beach Bike, Pedestrian Path in Real-Time 9/29/2016 Have you ever wondered how many people use the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path? A new bike and pedestrian counter called Eco-Totem has been installed on the path, just west of the Belmont Pier, to collect more accurate data on the 3.1-mile side-by-side lanes.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Receives Medical Suite, Surgical Room from Friends of Long Beach Animals 9/29/2016 Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible pet ownership, education and humane treatment of all animals, has donated a new medical suite with a surgical room to Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS).
City Health Officer Advises Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures and Humidity Forecast 9/26/2016 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this week, particularly on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs ranging from 95 to the low 100’s in parts of Long Beach.
City of Long Beach, International Association of Machinists (IAM) Reach Tentative Labor Agreement; No Fiscal Impact in 2017 Budget Due to Healthcare Savings 9/26/2016 The City of Long Beach announced today that a tentative agreement has been reached between the City of Long Beach and the IAM, which represents approximately 2,700 City Employees.
New App Helps Residents, Visitors Find Parking Throughout Long Beach 9/23/2016 On Saturday, September 24, the City of Long Beach will launch the EZparkLB parking app, to help motorists easily locate available public and private parking citywide.
Long Beach a Finalist for Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County 9/22/2016 The City of Long Beach is a finalist for the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County, an annual award bestowed by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). In 2009 Long Beach received the Eddy Award as the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County.
Oscar Orci Appointed Deputy Director of Long Beach Development Services 9/21/2016 Long Beach Development Services Director Amy Bodek today named Oscar Orci, former Director of Development Services for the City of Redlands, as Deputy Director for Long Beach Development Services. Mr. Orci’s appointment is effective today.
Citywide ‘Long Beach Serves’ Volunteer Campaign Begins October 1 9/21/2016 Volunteerism and civic engagement is an ingrained part of Long Beach’s culture. To continue encouraging and promoting volunteerism in Long Beach, the City has launched a citywide volunteer campaign, “Long Beach Serves,” with volunteer activities starting on October 1, and culminating with the October 22, 2016 “National Make a Difference Day.”
New Traffic Signal Activation at Intersection of Pacific Avenue, Wardlow Road 9/21/2016 Today the City of Long Beach activated a new traffic signal and Light Emitting Diode (LED) safety lights to improve pedestrian, bicycle and motorist safety at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road.
Public Invited to Housing Resource Fair, Community Forum 9/19/2016 The community is invited to learn and share ideas for improving the City’s affordable and workforce housing, by attending the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Study Group (Study Group) at a Housing Resource Fair and Community Forum on Saturday, September 24, at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave. The Housing Resource Fair begins at 10:00 am; the Community Forum at 11:00 am.
Colorado Lagoon Improvements Continue 9/16/2016 The improvements at Colorado Lagoon will continue next week with a new phase to create additional ecological resources for aquatic life as well as birds.
Long Beach Bike Share: 3,500 Users, 35,000 Miles, 1.4 Million Calories Burned in Just Six Months 9/15/2016 More than 3,500 users have ridden 35,000 miles on the bright blue bicycles since the Bike Share program launched on March 19, 2016. That equates to 1.4 million calories burned.
READY Long Beach Will Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies 9/12/2016 The community is invited to attend the third annual “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Heartwell Park (near the corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street), to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, floods, terrorism, and other catastrophic events.
‘Activate Uptown’ Block Party Coming to Long Beach on October 1 9/12/2016 Uptown will be hopping on Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for Activate Uptown, a free, open-streets block party along Artesia Boulevard between Atlantic and Orange Avenues, with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more.
Community Invited to September 11 Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 11 9/8/2016 On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the community is invited to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The City’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at Fire Station 8, 5365 E. 2nd Street, in Belmont Shore, at 9:00 am.
Long Beach Health Department, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach and Broadway Bar and Restaurant Owners Join Forces to Fight Deadly Disease 9/8/2016 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), in partnership with The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach (The Center) and Broadway bar and restaurant owners, will hold free meningococcal vaccination night clinics on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10, from 7:30 to 11:30 pm.
Greenbelt Improvement Project Grand Opening Ceremony Planned for Saturday, September 10 9/7/2016 The public is invited to attend a Grand Opening ceremony for the first phase of the greenbelt improvement project along the Pacific Electric Right of Way (PE Right of Way) on Saturday, September 10, at 4:30 pm. The free celebration with musical entertainment and refreshments is at the greenbelt between 7th and 8th Streets near Roswell Avenue.
City of Long Beach Employee Stevaughn Matthews Succumbed to Injuries Suffered Last Week 9/6/2016 On Thursday morning, September 1, 2016 a City of Long Beach Employee was injured in a workplace accident at the Fleet Services Building, 2600 Temple Avenue. The employee, Stevaughn Matthews, was working on a trailer when the accident occurred.
Community Invited to Celebrate Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Grand Opening 9/6/2016 The community is invited to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Avenue, on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 am. Public parking will be available in the lot across from the library on Atlantic Avenue.
City of Long Beach Labor Day Holiday Weekend Closures 9/1/2016 City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 5, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 6.
Residents Urged to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus After Announcement of First Human Case in Long Beach for 2016 8/31/2016 The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. As of August 26, 2016, 78 human cases have been reported from 17 California counties, including Los Angeles (24), San Diego (4), and Orange (1). There have been two WNV-related deaths this year in California.
Community Invited to Attend Healthy Active Long Beach 4th Annual Fruit and Veggie Party on August 27, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park 8/24/2016 The community is invited to access health and nutrition information and sample healthy recipes featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables during the Healthy Active Long Beach 4th Annual Fruit and Veggie Party on Saturday, August 27, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the Health Department’s Central Facilities Center, located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1133 Rhea Street, Long Beach.
Public Invited to Provide Input on Sustainable City Action Plan Priorities 8/17/2016 The community is invited to provide input on Sustainable City Action Plan (SCAP) priorities for the coming year, during the Sustainable City Commission meeting on Thursday, August 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Long Beach City Council Chamber, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard.
Kathryn McDermott Appointed Interim Director of Economic and Property Development 8/17/2016 City Manager Patrick H. West today named Kathryn McDermott, a highly qualified executive with more than 30 years of experience in business development and real estate, as Interim Director of Economic and Property Development. Ms. McDermott’s appointment is effective today.
Long Beach TV Wins Social Media Citizen Engagement Award 8/16/2016 Long Beach TV (LBTV), the City’s award-winning television channel, and the Technology & Innovation Department were recognized in the “Most Innovative Use of Social Media/Citizen Engagement” category of the 2016 Best of California Awards for their video-rich Social Media, by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. The award was distributed Thursday at the California Technology Forum in Sacramento, California.
Long Beach Airport Named Most Affordable Airport in U.S. 8/5/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is the most affordable airport in the United States this year, according to the seventh annual Airport Affordability Index published by Cheapflights.com. The yearly survey is compiled each summer from search data that helps travelers compare airfare pricing across the country, and sheds light on air travel trends.
Long Beach Health Officer Encourages Residents to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus 8/5/2016 The California Department of Public Health announced the State’s first death due to West Nile Virus for 2016. The case involved a senior citizen from Sacramento County. In light of the State’s announcement, Long Beach Interim Health Officer, Dr. Mauro Torno, is reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus during the last months of summer. Although Long Beach has not documented any West Nile Virus activity this year, Orange County and Los Angeles County have documented positive activity in the form of positive birds and mosquitoes.
Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting for Protected Bike Lanes Along Artesia Boulevard 8/4/2016 The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for new protected bike lanes along a half-mile stretch of Artesia Boulevard from Orange Avenue to Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will be on Thursday, August 11, at 10:00 am, in the 700 block of East Artesia Boulevard.
Tree Removals Necessary to Support Safe Long Beach Parks 8/3/2016 On Friday, August 5, the City of Long Beach will begin removing some dead and dying trees in the City’s parks that are increasingly prone to toppling over or limbs falling. The City must remove them to ensure the public’s safety and, consequently, support the growth of healthy trees.
Proposed 2017 Budget Focuses on Measure A Infrastructure and Public Safety Funding 8/1/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West today presented the City of Long Beach’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.
Jesus “Jess” L. Romo Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport 7/29/2016 City Manager Patrick H. West today named Jesus “Jess” L. Romo, A.A.E., an airport executive with 19 years of experience in aviation, as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB). Mr. Romo’s appointment will be effective September 6, 2016.
New Traffic Signal Activated at Pacific Avenue and 14th Street 7/28/2016 The City of Long Beach today activated a new traffic signal, as well as LED street lights, at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 14th Street. New pedestrian sidewalks, way-finding signage and sharrows are also being added in the area.
Beach Streets Midtown Coming to Long Beach on Nov. 12 7/26/2016 Midtown will spring to life on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the Beach Streets Midtown Open Street event along Anaheim Street from Orange Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.
LBPD Awarded $600,000 State Grant for Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations 7/26/2016 The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to strengthen police-community relations and help ensure fair and impartial policing throughout Long Beach neighborhoods. The Long Beach City Council formally accepted the grant at its public meeting on July 19, 2016.
Coastal Beaches Re-Opened 7/22/2016 Interim City Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno re-opened all coastal beaches this afternoon after two consecutive test results from the Long Beach Public Health Lab showed that bacteria levels were within state requirements, following the sewage spill in Downtown Los Angeles.
Community Invited to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act 7/21/2016 The community is invited to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), during free festivities on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium (lower level), 101 Pacific Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD).
Coastal Beaches in Long Beach Remain Closed Due to Sewage Spill in Downtown Los Angeles 7/21/2016 As of Thursday, July 21, all coastal beaches remain closed due to a sewage spill that began in Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, July 18. Public Health Laboratory tests conducted by the Long Beach Health Department indicated elevated levels of bacteria along the open coastal beaches. These beaches will remain closed to all bodily water contact until laboratory results demonstrate the water to be safe for swimming and the Long Beach City Health Officer approves the beaches to re-open.
North Neighborhood Library Closing on July 31, in Preparation for Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Opening on September 10 7/19/2016 On Sunday, July 31, at 4:00 pm, the North Neighborhood Library, 5571 Orange Avenue, will close in preparation for the opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 am. The closure is necessary to move the collection, supplies and other items to the new location and assure operational excellence at the new site.
Sewage Spill in Downtown Los Angeles Enters L.A. River, Requires Closure of Coastal Beaches in Long Beach 7/18/2016 On Monday, July 18, a sewage spill from a broken sewage pipe in downtown Los Angeles entered the Los Angeles River, prompting the closure of all coastal beaches in Long Beach.
Southwest Airlines Temporarily Adding Flights Out of Long Beach Airport 7/13/2016 Southwest Airlines will be temporarily adding new service out of Long Beach Airport (LGB), utilizing unused flight slots allocated to JetBlue. The airline has requested and been granted the temporary reallocation of two to three flights, and will maintain compliance with the City’s Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance.
City of Long Beach Vehicle Fleet Ranked 12th Best in U.S. 7/12/2016 The City of Long Beach fleet was recently ranked the 12th best government fleet in the United States, according to Government Fleet Magazine Leading Fleets 2016 competition.
Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal Stepping Down After 10 Years of Service on City Council 7/11/2016 After 10 years of service on the Long Beach City Council, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal will step down on Tuesday, July 12, during a farewell ceremony at her last City Council meeting, which starts at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers.
City Officials to Break Ground Friday on New Civic Center 7/6/2016 On Friday, July 8, City officials will break ground for the new Civic Center, which will include a new City Hall, Port Headquarters and Main Library, along with a re-activated Lincoln Park and new residential, retail and hotel commercial development.
City of Long Beach Animal Care Services 2016 Mid-Year Report 7/5/2016 The Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved a record year in 2015 with saving animals, and so far 2016 is proving to be even better.
Long Beach City Hall Will Turn Into ‘Kitty Hall’ for Special Adoption Day on Friday, July 8 6/30/2016 Back by popular demand! Long Beach City Hall will once again become “Kitty Hall” on Friday, July 8, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, to encourage shelter cat adoptions and promote awareness of Long Beach Animal Care Services.
Downtown Fitness Loop Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned 6/30/2016 The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Downtown Fitness Loop on Saturday, July 9, at 10:00 am near the Shoreline Marina office, south of Shoreline Village. Guests will be able to see the first installed piece of fitness equipment as well as plans for the entire loop.
Public Invited to Provide Input on Future Development of Queen Mary Area 6/30/2016 The public is invited to attend a Queen Mary Land Development Task Force (Task Force) workshop and provide input on future development of the area surrounding the Queen Mary. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 2016, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Avenue.
Community Invited to Experience Separated Bike Lanes at First Fridays on July 1 6/29/2016 The community is encouraged to try out a temporary, separated bike lane and share their thoughts for promoting “Bikeability,” as part of the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan (Bike Plan) update efforts. The interactive demonstration will be featured at First Fridays in Bixby Knolls, on July 1, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, on Atlantic Avenue between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive.
Pet Owner Tips for the July 4th Holiday 6/28/2016 The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Taking special care of pets during the Fourth of July is responsible pet ownership, just like licensing and keeping identification tags on pets, and making sure they are spayed or neutered.
City of Long Beach Independence Day Holiday Closures 6/28/2016 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 4.
Celebration Planned for Alamitos Bay ‘Swimability’ Improvements 6/22/2016 The community is invited to celebrate a new, permanent, measured open water buoy line in Alamitos Bay that is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. The free “Play in the Bay” celebration will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 pm at the Bay Shore Swimming Pier, near the Leeway Sailing Center. New water quality signage and swim ladders will be unveiled, and all three “Swimability” improvements will be available for use.
‘On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!’ Long Beach Public Library Launching Annual Summer Reading Program 6/20/2016 On your mark, get set … READ! The Long Beach Public Library will launch its annual citywide Summer Reading Program with fun and games at the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, 4055 Bellflower Boulevard, on Saturday, June 25, at 11:00 am. Readers of all ages are invited to register and participate in the Summer Reading Program.
City Health Officer Advises Residents to Be Prepared for Summer Heat 6/17/2016 With summer upon us, and high temperatures predicted for the coming days, Interim City Health Officer, Mauro Torno, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat.
Community Invited to ‘Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse Workshop’ 6/15/2016 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Elder Abuse Prevention Team, will host a workshop featuring a series of presentations and exhibitors from local healthcare and social service agencies for at-risk seniors. The free event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am, at El Dorado Park Senior Center, 2800 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach.
Jason Campbell Appointed Police Administration Bureau Chief 6/14/2016 Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Jason S. Campbell as Administration Bureau Chief of the Long Beach Police Department. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Braden Phillips.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of First High-Rise Apartment Complex in Over a Decade 6/10/2016 The City of Long Beach last night celebrated the grand opening of “The Current,” the City’s first high-rise apartment complex built in more than a decade. Located at 707 E. Ocean Boulevard, the 17-story mixed-use development consists of 223 luxury rental units, more than 6,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and a 10,000-square-foot plaza. The developers were Anderson Pacific, LLC; Ledcor Properties Inc.; and Qualico Developments Inc.
Annual Street Maintenance Project Will Close Southern Terminus of Long Beach (710) Freeway on Sunday Morning 6/9/2016 On Sunday, June 12, the southern terminus of the Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed south of Anaheim Street from 3:00 am to 12:00 pm, so crews can complete street maintenance during an annual maintenance project.
Long Beach to Receive 350 Donated Electric Vehicle Chargers 6/3/2016 The City Council recently accepted a donation of 350 electric vehicle chargers from Mercedes-Benz USA, with the intent of making them available at no cost to qualifying Long Beach residents and businesses early next year.
Long Beach Named No. 10 Most Bike Friendly City in America 6/2/2016 The City of Long Beach continues to make great strides toward improving livability, and has been named the No. 10 Most Bike Friendly City in America, according to a national survey.
Business Community Recognizes Long Beach Among Top 5 Most Business Friendly Cities in L.A. County 6/2/2016 The City of Long Beach has been recognized by the business community itself as one of the five most business friendly cities in Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), an alliance of 150 business groups representing 272,000 companies that employ nearly 3 million people in LA County.
Technology & Innovation Department Receives National Award for Using Technology; Long Beach Only City Among 100 Honorees 6/1/2016 The Long Beach Department of Technology & Innovation has been recognized with a national award for the innovative use of technology in creating and delivering genuine business value. Long Beach was the only city to be recognized for CIO 100 award, along with an impressive group of companies including Aflac, Dell, Hilton, Intel and Wells Fargo.
Recreation Park Volleyball Court Grand Opening Celebration Planned 5/31/2016 The public is invited to attend a Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Volleyball Court at Recreation Park on Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 pm. The court is located between Park Avenue and the Band Shell, north of 7th Street and south of Federation Drive.
Promenade Square Park Tot Lot Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned 5/31/2016 The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Promenade Square Park Tot Lot located at The Promenade North and East First Street, on Saturday, June 4, at 10:00 am.
City of Long Beach Moves Forward on Affordable Housing Opportunities for Seniors and Veterans 5/27/2016 On Tuesday, May 24, the Long Beach City Council authorized the City and a developer to jointly apply for up to $17,723,734 in state funding for affordable housing for lower-income seniors and veterans. The partnership significantly increases the chances of receiving the competitively awarded state funding.
Celebration Planned for Shoreline Drive, Alamitos Beach Parking Lot Improvements 5/27/2016 The community is invited to celebrate the recent renovation of Alamitos Beach Parking Lot, along with improvements along nearby Shoreline Drive to improve traffic circulation and help facilitate ADA access to the beach. The free celebration will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 11:00 am at the Alamitos Beach Parking Lot (enter off Shoreline Drive, just south of Ocean Boulevard).
Long Beach Public Library Overdue Fines Amnesty Program an Overwhelming Success 5/27/2016 More than 4,000 patrons returned 13,323 items worth an estimated $240,000 during the Long Beach Public Library Overdue Fines Amnesty Program in April.
City of Long Beach 2016 Memorial Day Holiday Schedule 5/27/2016 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016.
Downtown and TOD Pedestrian Master Plan to Make Walking and Transit in Long Beach a Breeze 5/26/2016 Tuesday night, after a significant three-year planning effort, the Long Beach City Council approved the Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Pedestrian Master Plan (Plan) that will create a more safe and enjoyable pedestrian-friendly Downtown and enhance commuting options throughout the City.
Long Beach Earns Excellent Grades for Water Quality from Heal the Bay’s Annual Beach Report Card 5/26/2016 The City of Long Beach continued to receive excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay, with 93 percent of its beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades in the 2016 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past five years.
Next Phase of Colorado Lagoon Restoration to Begin in September 5/26/2016 On Tuesday, May 24, the Long Beach City Council approved the next phase in the Colorado Lagoon’s restoration, to further enhance the ecological value of the Lagoon through the creation of additional aquatic resources.
Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge Construction Celebration Event 5/25/2016 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the recent start of construction for the new 605-foot-long Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge along East Seaside Way, which will provide seamless connectivity from the Long Beach Convention Center Walkway near Pine Avenue to the Performing Arts Center.
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives a Total of $6.9 Million from U.S. to Fight Homelessness 5/25/2016 The City of Long Beach has been awarded an additional $765K from the federal government to provide services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in the City of Long Beach, bringing the total annual award to $6.9 million.
City of Long Beach Fleet Adds Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car 5/24/2016 The City of Long Beach recently acquired one of the first Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV) that is available commercially, a Toyota Mirai that runs solely on hydrogen and has no emissions, other than water.
CNG Cross-Country Road Rally Begins in Long Beach on May 30 5/24/2016 On Monday, May 30, three CNG-powered vehicles will depart from Long Beach on a cross-country rally to demonstrate that there are enough CNG stations in the United States to provide fuel for the 3,144-mile trip. The public is invited to the free kick-off ceremony at 10:00 am, at the Long Beach Gas and Oil fueling station, 2400 E. Spring Street.
Start ‘100 Days of Summer’ With Free 80’s ‘Flashpants’ Concert on May 27 5/23/2016 From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Long Beach will offer hundreds of free or low-cost cultural programs, sports activities and special events throughout the City. "100 Days of Summer" is a partnership among Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Convention & Visitor's Bureau to promote opportunities to "stay and play" in Long Beach.
Long Beach Airport Prepares to Welcome New Travelers 5/23/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is expecting a busier than normal summer as the airport prepares to serve new passengers. A new airline and new routes will add to the visitors in Long Beach during the travel season. With Southwest Airlines scheduled to begin service in Long Beach and JetBlue adding flights and an extra destination, Long Beach Airport is ready to welcome summer travelers.
City of Long Beach Wins Six American Planning Association Awards 5/17/2016 The City of Long Beach has received six awards by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The annual awards, which will be presented June 16, recognize exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, agencies, non-profits, and businesses in the Los Angeles region.
$1 Million Grant Will Enable Health and Human Services to Expand Efforts to Address Obesity in North Long Beach 5/17/2016 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received a $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente to enhance the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Zone Initiative, which supports healthier neighborhoods and healthier people in North Long Beach.
Richard Conant Appointed Deputy Chief; Steve Lauricella Promoted to Commander 5/16/2016 Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Commander Richard Conant to Deputy Chief. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Deputy Chief Richard Rocchi. Additionally, Lieutenant Steve Lauricella has been promoted to the position of Commander.
Long Beach City Council to Review Additional Development Proposals 5/16/2016 At the May 24 City Council meeting, the City Council has the opportunity to review three exciting development proposals in Long Beach. The proposals involve past Redevelopment Agency parcels now owned by the City through the Long Beach Successor Agency Long Range Property Management Plan.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Offering Spay/Neuter Vouchers in May 5/12/2016 Throughout the remainder of May, Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) will be distributing spay/neuter vouchers in person at the PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village.
Community Invited to Safe Long Beach Strengthening Families Workshops 5/10/2016 The public is invited to attend a Strengthening Families Conference, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts, on Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, at Long Beach City College, Building E, 4901 E. Carson Street, Long Beach. The City of Long Beach and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are hosting the conference.
Long Beach City Council to Review Downtown Development Proposals 5/9/2016 At the May 17 City Council meeting, the City Council has the opportunity to review two exciting development proposals in the Downtown. Both proposals involve past Redevelopment Agency parcels now owned by the City through the Long Beach Successor Agency Long Range Property Management Plan.
Coyote Sightings Prompt Safety and Prevention Reminders 5/2/2016 Coyote activity has recently occurred in Long Beach and surrounding areas, and residents are reminded to follow important safeguards to protect pets and property against these wild animals. Coyotes are found in every state of the nation, except for Hawaii, and it’s not uncommon to see one walking down a busy street.
Long Beach Named 10th Most Walkable City in U.S.; Only Southern California City in Top 10 4/28/2016 Southern California is synonymous with traffic, freeways, and is often seen as the epitome of car-oriented culture. Long Beach, however, is making strategic investments and launching a tangible cultural revolution that promotes walking. As a result, Long Beach has been named the 10th most walkable city in the United States, and is the only Southern California city to make the Top 10 this year.
Thirty New Parking Spaces Created in Downtown Long Beach 4/28/2016 The City of Long Beach today announced the creation of 30 new Downtown parking spaces along a three-block section of 9th Street.
Thirty New Parking Spaces Created in Downtown Long Beach 4/28/2016 The City of Long Beach today announced the creation of 30 new Downtown parking spaces along a three-block section of 9th Street.
Long Beach is Only City in Los Angeles County to Provide Emergency Alerts in Accessible Formats 4/27/2016 Long Beach is the first city in Los Angeles County to provide emergency alert messages to residents who are deaf, blind or hard of hearing in accessible formats, including American Sign Language (ASL) with English voice-over text. These improvements increase the reach of AlertLongBeach, an emergency alert notification system launched late last year to keep those who live or work in Long Beach informed of important information before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.
City Unemployment Rate Reaches Nine-Year Low 4/21/2016 The unemployment rate in Long Beach continues to decline and has reached a nine-year low, dropping to 5.5 percent as of March 2016. This rate is the same as the June 2007 rate, before the global financial crisis. The unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a peak of 14.6 percent in July 2010, and has dropped steadily since that time. Total employment in Long Beach has grown by 21,600 new payroll jobs since July 2010 and now stands at 225,100.
Community Invited to Learn About Belmont Shore Parking Study 4/18/2016 The community is invited to learn about an upcoming Belmont Shore Parking Study, during a meeting on Thursday, April 21, at 6:00 pm, at the Bay Shore Community Congregational Church, 5100 The Toledo.
‘The Outdoor Office’ Concept Wins $300,000 Knight Cities Challenge, Will Transform Harvey Milk Park 4/12/2016 Today, the City of Long Beach announced it has been named a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge. The winning project, “The Outdoor Office,” will transform a portion of Harvey Milk Park. By connecting the space to high powered Wi-Fi, providing charging stations, shade, creative and flexible seating, The Outdoor Office will provide workers and residents with a relaxing and refreshing workspace.
Community Invited to Attend Open House on Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan 4/12/2016 The public is invited to participate in a community open house for the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan (Plan) update, and share ideas for the planning effort that will guide future improvements to the City’s bicycle network and help make Long Beach a more bicycle-friendly community. The free open house, the ABC’s of Bicycling in Long Beach, has been scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Manazar Gamboa Community Theater at MacArthur Park, 1323 Gundry Avenue.
City of Long Beach Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Local Action Plan and Call to Action for Mentorship 4/8/2016 The City of Long Beach yesterday launched My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Local Action Plan, a significant endeavor to establish and implement new approaches to address the needs and priorities of youth and ensure that all young people, including boys and young men of color, have the opportunity to succeed. The MBK Local Action Plan includes a call to action for mentorship, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of Supportive Housing Community for Homeless Families and Veterans 4/7/2016 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Century Housing yesterday celebrated the groundbreaking of Anchor Place, a 120-unit supportive housing development for homeless families and veterans.
Celebrate National Library Month in April with Community Events and Amnesty for Overdue Items 4/1/2016 Throughout the month of April, the Long Beach Public Library will be joining libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Month and the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries.
Southwest Airlines Announces Flights from Long Beach Airport Airline to Offer Four Flights a Day to Oakland 3/31/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is getting a new airline as well as new routes that will begin service in June 2016. Mayor Robert Garcia, representatives from the City of Long Beach and LGB joined Southwest Airlines today aboard the iconic Queen Mary for the special announcement. The airline revealed that when it begins service from Long Beach Airport, it will offer four flights a day to Oakland.
Team Penske and Announcer Bruce Flanders to be Inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/30/2016 Two legendary names with proud histories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Team Penske and Bruce Flanders – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 14, at 11:00 am.
Public Invited to Grand Opening for Cesar E. Chavez Park Fitness Zone and Loop 3/30/2016 The public is invited to attend a Grand Opening Celebration for the Cesar E. Chavez Park Fitness Zone and Loop, located at 401 Golden Avenue on Saturday, April 2, at 8:30 am.
Public Invited to East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Kick-Off Meeting on April 7, 2016 3/29/2016 Long Beach has worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) for over seven years to advance a feasibility study to restore the East San Pedro Bay. The study has now kicked off officially, and the City is seeking community input on this important issue.
Grand Prix View: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Opening Up Race Track for Public Use on Tuesday, April 5 3/29/2016 The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is opening up its track to the public on Tuesday, April 5, from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. For the fourth annual "Grand Prix View,” the community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world's best IndyCar drivers will scream at over 180 mph the following week.
Long Beach Public Library Offers Overdue Fines Amnesty Program 3/25/2016 The Long Beach Public Library will offer an Overdue Fines Amnesty Program during the month of April, to coincide with National Library Month. Fines will be forgiven for all overdue materials returned to the Long Beach Public Library.
City of Long Beach 2016 Easter Sunday Schedule 3/25/2016 Long Beach City Hall is closed on Sundays, and most City operations will operate per their normal Sunday schedule on March 27, 2016. www.longbeach.gov
Community Invited to Open House on SEADIP Update 3/24/2016 The public is invited to participate in a community open house for the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) update, now known as the Southeast Area Specific Plan (SEASP), and provide input on the significant planning effort that will affect 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach.
Grand Opening Celebration Planned for MacArthur Park Playground, Renovated Homeland Cultural Center 3/23/2016 The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration for the new MacArthur Park Playground and the renovated Homeland Cultural Center, both located at 1321 Anaheim Street, on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 10:00 am.
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Achieves National Accreditation 3/22/2016 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Only 118 health departments in the United States, including only three of the 61 health departments in California, have achieved this distinction.
USA Today Readers Vote Long Beach Airport Best Airport for Dining in United States 3/22/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently won two prestigious awards for its concessions program. LGB was named Best Airport for Dining in a USA Today/10Best.com Readers’ Choice poll, and won an award for Best Concessions Design in the Small Hub category from Airport Revenue News magazine.
City Officials and Community Leaders Join for Inaugural Safe Long Beach Retreat 3/21/2016 The City of Long Beach hosted the first convening of Safe Long Beach partners, a group consisting of more than 80 government, education, non-profit, community- and faith-based organizations, to collaborate and discuss new ideas for strengthening and aligning resources to prevent violence and achieve the goals and initiatives of Safe Long Beach.
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Locust Tot Lot Planned 3/15/2016 The public is invited to join Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works at the groundbreaking ceremony for the “Locust Tot Lot” located at 2133 Locust Avenue on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 9:30 am.
Public Invited to Kick Off ‘Beach Streets Downtown’ Open Street Event on Saturday, March 19 3/15/2016 The community is invited to kick-off the "Beach Streets Downtown" Open Street event on Saturday, March 19, at 10:00 am on Broadway in front of Bixby Park. Then, the Broadway corridor will be opened up for walking, bicycling, skating and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue until 5:00 pm.
Street Sweeping Improvements Coming to Parking Impacted Neighborhoods 3/14/2016 Beginning the week of March 21, 2016, the City of Long Beach will change street sweeping times in parking impacted neighborhoods by eliminating 4:00 am sweeping times, and moving most sweeping times to 8:00 am or later.
City Manager Announces Six Key Management Appointments 3/11/2016 Today City Manager Patrick H. West announced six appointments to key management positions in the City of Long Beach. Among the appointments are three department director positions, an Deputy Fire Chief, a Public Affairs Officer, and the Business Operations Manager for the Gas and Oil Department.
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives $6.2 Million Federal Grant Award to Address Homelessness 3/10/2016 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) $6.2 million to provide services to homeless individuals and families. The CoC is led by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
City, Microsoft Launch First Digi Camps in Long Beach 3/9/2016 The City of Long Beach, in a Digital Alliance with Microsoft Corp., provided 91 Washington Middle School students with technical training and exposure to professional careers in the technology sector on March 7 and 8. The first Digi Camps in Long Beach saw 43 girls participate on Monday, and 48 boys participate on Tuesday.
Bike Share Wheels into City of Long Beach 3/9/2016 The public is invited to help the City of Long Beach unveil its Bike Share program, which will offer residents and visitors an exciting new way to move around the City. The unveiling will be held on Thursday, March 10, at 10:00 am on The Promenade at 3rd Street, across from Harvey Milk Park.
Community Invited to the 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen Event at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Saturday, March 12 3/8/2016 The community is invited to attend the 11th Annual Kids in the Kitchen event on Saturday, March 12, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach. The free event is sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) Healthy Active Long Beach Program and the Junior League Long Beach (JLLB).
Community Invited to Topping Ceremony of Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library on March 12 3/8/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmembers Rex Richardson and Al Austin and the Departments of Library Services and Public Works invite the public to a topping ceremony for the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, on Saturday, March 12, at 11:30 am. The original spire from the former Atlantic Theatre will “top” the new library building. The ceremony will be visible from the vacant lot on 59th Street and Atlantic Avenue, across the street from the construction site.
Earn an Accredited High School Diploma at Long Beach Public Library 3/7/2016 Long Beach Public Library is offering qualified Long Beach residents the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by the California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.
Crews Begin Demolishing Old Long Beach Courthouse to Make Way for New Civic Center 3/5/2016 City officials today celebrated the demolition of the old courthouse, located at 415 W. Ocean Boulevard. The internal abatement of the building has been completed, and on Monday, March 7, the largest "ultra high reach excavator" in the country will begin chopping away at the structure. It will take approximately two and one-half months for the steel structure to be completely removed.
City Clerk Calls for Argument Authors for the Two Local Ballot Measures Appearing on the June 7, 2016 Ballot 3/3/2016 Long Beach City Clerk Maria de la Luz Garcia, announced today that the City of Long Beach is calling for argument writers for the two City of Long Beach ballot measures appearing on the June 7, 2016 California Statewide Election ballot.
Deputy Fire Chief David Segura to Be Fire Chief for City of Huntington Beach 3/2/2016 Deputy Fire Chief David A. Segura, today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept the position of Fire Chief for the City of Huntington Beach. Deputy Chief Segura was hired as a Firefighter on April 21, 1986, and has also served as a Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives To Encourage Preservation of Historic Properties 2/29/2016 The public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks, as part of the Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties.
Airport Director Bryant L. Francis to Lead Oakland International Airport 2/25/2016 Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director Bryant L. Francis, C.M., today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position with the Port of Oakland as Director of Aviation for Oakland International Airport. Mr. Francis was appointed Director in January 2015, and has 20 years of aviation industry experience.
Exciting Entertainment, Activities, Block Party Scheduled for ‘Beach Streets Downtown’ Open Street Event on March 19 2/22/2016 A block party, concerts, a community festival, kid’s zones, food tasting and bands playing on restaurant patios are just some of the entertainment and activities planned for the "Beach Streets Downtown" Open Street event on Saturday, March 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Broadway corridor will be opened up for walking, bicycling, skating and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue.
Marie Knight Named Director of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 2/19/2016 Today City Manager Pat West named Marie Knight as the City’s Director of the Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Department. Ms. Knight brings 27 years of professional experience in the municipal and community sectors, and her appointment will be effective in mid-March, 2016.
Public Invited to Open House at New East Division Police Substation on Saturday, February 20 2/16/2016 The City of Long Beach will celebrate the opening of the Police Department’s new East Division Substation, 3800 E. Willow Street, with a free community Open House event on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.
Community Invited to Symposium on Public Safety and Youth Empowerment 2/12/2016 The City of Long Beach in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force (LBHTTF) will host a Youth Exploitation Safety Symposium (YESS), featuring a series of informational presentations and workshops for parents, educators, and youth grades 8 to 12. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 10:00 am (registration begins at 9:00 am) at Long Beach City College, 4901 Carson St. This event is part of the City’s Safe Long Beach My Sister’s Keeper awareness campaign. Interpreters will provide information in Spanish and Khmer, and there will be opportunity drawings and complimentary food.
Alamitos Avenue Street, Sidewalk Improvements Beginning 2/12/2016 The City of Long Beach next week will begin street and sidewalk improvements on Alamitos Avenue, between 7th Street and Orange Avenue.
City of Long Beach Upgrades Emergency Response Capability 2/9/2016 The City of Long Beach has received 15 heavy-duty mobile generators to be used in the event of a power failure or other emergency. The generators were purchased with Homeland Security Grant funds through the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and are being stored in strategic locations throughout the City.
City of Long Beach Preserving, Expanding Affordable Housing Opportunities 2/8/2016 The Long Beach City Council has approved two items that will preserve 148 units of affordable senior housing for 55 years, and also provide new opportunities for quality, affordable housing for lower-income families.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Habitat Home Dedication for Low-Income Family 2/7/2016 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), on Saturday celebrated the dedication of a new five-bedroom, 2 ¾-bath residence that has provided the opportunity for a lower-income family to purchase their first home.
Transformation of La Reina Way Increases Community, Walkability 2/4/2016 Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez will unveil the transformation of La Reina Way near Chestnut Avenue on Saturday, February 6, at 9:00 am. La Reina Way is one of many “Courts and Ways” in the Willmore City neighborhood. It will be closed to vehicular traffic, and permeable pavers, drought-tolerant plants, bike racks and benches have been installed to increase the sense of community and walkability in this historic Downtown neighborhood.
City of Long Beach Fleet Vehicles Switch to Renewable Fuels 2/2/2016 For years, vehicles in the City’s award-wining fleet have been downsized and alternatively fueled whenever feasible. Now, the City of Long Beach is raising the bar even higher by using renewable fuels for more than 18 percent of its total vehicle fleet.
Help Long Beach-Based Schools, Non-Profits Earn Prize Money by Joining the CoolCalifornia Challenge 1/28/2016 Help Long Beach make a big, final push to win the 2015-2016 Energy Upgrade California CoolCalifornia Challenge, an online competition to reduce carbon footprints throughout the state. Residents are encouraged to participate and earn up to $3,000 for their local non-profit or school of choice.
BreakThru Long Beach RFI Release Party Marks Milestone of Innovative Pilot Program 1/27/2016 Mayor Robert Garcia and the Long Beach i-team invite the public to the BreakThru Long Beach Request for Information (RFI) Release Party. The event will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, with a short program at 6:00 pm, at the Small Business Development Center, 309 Pine Avenue. This event celebrates a milestone in the innovative pilot program, features tips on how local businesses can participate, and is a great chance to network.
City of Long Beach 2015 Year-End Crime Statistics Available 1/22/2016 In 2015, the City of Long Beach, like much of the state, experienced a rise in both violent and property crime, driven mainly by increases in aggravated assaults and auto thefts. The City also saw decreases in some types of crimes like residential and commercial burglaries. However, the crime rate remains relatively low when compared to the overall historical crime statistics. The 2015 crime rate is similar to the 2011 crime rate, when Long Beach had historic lows.
City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Achieves Record Year in 2015 with Saving Animals 1/21/2016 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved a record year in 2015 with saving animals.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, City of Long Beach Sign East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study Agreement 1/20/2016 With the East San Pedro Bay glimmering in the background, Mayor Robert Garcia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today signed the Federal Cost Share Agreement to begin the Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study.
City of Long Beach to Transform Broadway Corridor into Beach Streets Downtown for Open Street Event on Saturday, March 19 1/19/2016 The Broadway corridor will spring to life on Saturday, March 19, for the Beach Streets Downtown Open Street event from Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.
Smart Gas Meters Being Installed Throughout Long Beach, Will Help Customers and Utility Become More Efficient 1/14/2016 The City’s gas utility is implementing new smart gas meters throughout Long Beach and Signal Hill that will enable more efficient natural gas usage, and also eliminate thousands of monthly meter reader visits to home and businesses.
Covered California Information and Enrollment at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Celebration 1/12/2016 As part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, interested community members are encouraged to sign-up for health insurance at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Celebration, January 16, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue.
City to Enhance ADA Accessibility Along Shoreline Drive at Alamitos Beach 1/7/2016 The City has begun work to improve Shoreline Drive from Ocean Boulevard to Linden Avenue, which will improve traffic circulation and help facilitate ADA access to the beach.
City of Long Beach New Year’s Day 2016 Holiday Closures 12/31/2015 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
City Of Long Beach Using Its Popular Facebook Page to Count Down Top 10 Stories of 2015 12/29/2015 More than 20,000 fans of Long Beach's main Facebook Page are helping the City count down its Top 10 stories of 2015.
City of Long Beach to Hold Public Input Meetings for Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment 12/29/2015 The City of Long Beach is participating in a comprehensive parks and recreation needs assessment being conducted by the County of Los Angeles. The public is encouraged to participate in a community meeting in Long Beach to ensure that the voices of the community are heard regarding priorities for future park development and rehabilitation.
City of Long Beach Christmas 2015 and New Year’s Day 2016 Holiday Closures 12/23/2015 A schedule of municipal closures on December 25 and January 1, including street sweeping, refuse collection, and parking enforcement.
City Of Long Beach Celebrates Successes from 2015 12/22/2015 In just one year, the City of Long Beach filled 28,200 potholes, resurfaced 95.5 lane miles of streets, completed 48,000 building inspections and reached a cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study. And that’s just some of the incredible progress that the City made in 2015.
Long Beach Airport Named Top 10 U.S. Airport Two Years in a Row 12/22/2015 Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been named a Top 10 airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the second consecutive year. LGB has enjoyed a national reputation as a progressive airport, providing a first-class experience for all travelers, which Condé Nast referenced in awarding it a place on the esteemed list once again.
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus 7 Bonus Points in Municipal Equality Index 12/17/2015 For four years in a row, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 47 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
Sign-up now to Receive Emergency Alerts from the City of Long Beach 12/8/2015 Receiving emergency alert notifications is easier now than ever before with the recently launched AlertLongBeach notification system. AlertLongBeach is a free mass notification system designed to keep those who live or work in Long Beach informed of important information before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.
48 Percent of Apartments in Long Beach are Smoke-Free, Up From 16 Percent in 2008 12/3/2015 Apartment owners in Long Beach are increasingly providing smoke-free environments for their tenants, according to a new survey conducted by the Long Beach Health Department. Forty-eight percent of apartments are smoke-free, up from just 16 percent in 2008.
Community Invited to Student Safety Symposium with Youth and Parent Workshops 12/1/2015 The City of Long Beach in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) will host a Student Safety Symposium, featuring a series of informational workshops for parents and youth grades 6 to 12. The free event is scheduled for Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 9:00 am at Alexander Hamilton Middle School, 1060 E. 70th Street, and is part of the City’s Safe Long Beach My Sister’s Keeper awareness campaign.
Public Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony for DeForest Park Wetlands Restoration Project on Tuesday, December 1 11/25/2015 The public is invited to join Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmembers Al Austin and Rex Richardson, and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Public Works at a groundbreaking ceremony for the DeForest Park Wetlands Restoration Project on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00 am at the south end of DeForest Park, 6255 DeForest Avenue.
City of Long Beach Thanksgiving Holiday Closures 11/25/2015 City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday.
Area Businesses Can Apply for Tax Credits: GO-Biz California Competes Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 3 11/24/2015 Small, medium, and large businesses are invited to learn how to access the California Competes Tax Credit during a free workshop on Thursday, December 3, at 10:30 am at the Long Beach Convention Center in the Seaside Ballroom. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting the workshop.
Public Works Director Ara Maloyan to Take Similar Position for City of Pasadena 11/24/2015 Ara Maloyan, Director of Public Works, today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a similar position with the City of Pasadena, starting December 14, 2015.
Shop Local – Parking Meter Holiday in Downtown Long Beach on Small Business Saturday, November 28 11/23/2015 Long Beach is a great place to live, work, play and shop! This year on Small Business Saturday – Saturday, November 28 – a parking meter holiday will provide free on-street parking in Downtown Long Beach.
Houghton Park Fitness Zone Grand Opening Ceremony on Nov. 24 11/20/2015 The public is invited to join Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Rex Richardson and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Public Works, and Health and Human Services in celebrating the grand opening of the Houghton Park Fitness Zone on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:00 am. Houghton Park is located at 6301 Myrtle Avenue; the Fitness Zone is located in the north section of the park.
Long Beach One of Only Six Cities Selected for Code for America Partnership for 2016 Fellowship Program 11/18/2015 The City of Long Beach today announced a new partnership with Code for America for the 2016 Code for America Fellowship Program, to promote economic development opportunities. Only five other cities are in the Fellowship Program.
City of Long Beach Welcomes New Master Lessee to the Queen Mary 11/18/2015 Last night, the Long Beach City Council approved an Amended and Restated Queen Mary Master Lease and subsequent assignment to a new Master Lessee, Urban Commons, LLC, for the City-owned Queen Mary and adjacent shore side property.
6th and 7th Streets Reconfigured to Allow Two-Way Traffic In Area Between Alamitos and Atlantic Avenues, Effective Nov. 22 11/17/2015 Beginning November 22 at 7:00 am, 6th and 7th Streets will allow two-way traffic between Alamitos and Atlantic Avenues, as the City of Long Beach reaches a milestone in the process to improve a dangerous intersection and build a new park in Downtown Long Beach. This marks the first time in recent memory that the City has converted one-way streets into two-way streets, a process known as “de-coupling.”
Minimum Wage Study Released; Community Invited to Provide Input 11/13/2015 As requested by the City Council at their meeting of August 11, 2015, the City of Long Beach today released the Minimum Wage Study from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) on the potential benefits and impacts of implementing a citywide minimum wage. As part of the continuing community review process, the community is encouraged to provide public comment at three upcoming public meetings.
Army Corps of Engineers and City of Long Beach to Launch East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study 11/12/2015 SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Robert Garcia and Brig. Gen. Mark Toy met to discuss the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study at the Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division Headquarters in San Francisco earlier today. The financial cost share agreement for this study will be signed at a special ceremony in Long Beach in coming weeks.
New Technology Will Help Fire Department Streamline Management of Fire-Protection Systems 11/11/2015 The Long Beach City Council yesterday approved the use of a web-based system to help the Fire Department better manage inspection, testing, and maintenance services for fire-protection systems at thousands of buildings throughout the City’s 52 square miles.
Long Beach Health and Human Services Receives Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education 11/11/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to offer bicycle and pedestrian safety workshops over the next year.
City Awarded $529,000 in Federal Grants to Support Safe Long Beach Efforts 11/9/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded two U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grants totaling $529,000 to support youth violence prevention strategies, enhance the safety and health of the community, and further implement the goals of Safe Long Beach, the City’s Violence Prevention Plan.
City of Long Beach Recognized Again as a Leader in Using Technology to Improve Service with Fifth Consecutive Top 10 Digital Cities Award 11/4/2015 For the fifth time in as many years, the City of Long Beach has been named a Top 10 Digital City, surpassing numerous other cities in a national survey that spotlights municipalities best demonstrating how information and communication technologies are used to enhance public service.
Community Invited to Provide Input on SEADIP Update 11/3/2015 The City of Long Beach is in the process of updating the zoning code historically known as the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP), and the public is invited to provide input on key elements of the new plan that will affect 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach. A scoping meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 6:00 pm at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel Seafarer Room, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
Long Beach Airport Welcomes Public to LGB Fly-In 2015 11/2/2015 Vintage aircraft and modern helicopters will fly into Long Beach Airport to participate in a static display during the third annual LGB Fly-In. The aviation exhibition offers the public a chance to view these unique aircraft, and many others, up close. The free event will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Phase One of Naples Seawall Replacement Complete 11/2/2015 The City of Long Beach on Saturday re-opened the Rivo Alto Canal to boat traffic. Approximately one quarter of the canal had been closed to boat traffic while the City replaced the aging concrete seawall with a new, steel seawall. The City installed nearly 1,900 linear feet of seawall in a section that stretches from the Ravenna Bridge to the eastern portion of The Toledo Bridge. This project is the first phase of a multi-phase replacement of the island’s public seawalls.
Citywide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program Will Save $1 Million Annually, Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions 10/29/2015 The City of Long Beach today launched a citywide LED (light-emitting diode) streetlight retrofit program expected to annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,297 tons and save $1 million in energy and maintenance costs.
City of Long Beach Hosts My Sister’s Keeper Human Trafficking Awareness Training 10/29/2015 The City of Long Beach in partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, St. Mary Medical Center, and the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force today held a Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) human trafficking awareness training, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach My Sister’s Keeper awareness campaign.
Ocean Boulevard Improvements Set to Begin Between Livingston Dr. and Bay Shore Ave. 10/27/2015 The City of Long Beach is set to begin work the week of November 2 on street improvements along Ocean Boulevard between Livingston Drive and Bay Shore Avenue. Work is anticipated to take approximately nine weeks to complete (weather-related or unforeseen conditions may affect overall schedule).
Community Invited to Safe Long Beach Harvest Fair on Wednesday, October 28 10/23/2015 The public is invited to attend a Safe Long Beach Harvest Fair aimed at strengthening community and promoting safety throughout the City. Bringing together City departments, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and residents, the Safe Long Beach Harvest Fair will highlight a wide range of resources available to help families lead safe and healthy lives. The free event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 4:00 pm at Jane Addams Elementary School, 5320 Pine Ave.
City Celebrates Grand Opening of Cabrillo Gateway Development for Homeless, Low-Income Families; Pregerson Tower Dedicated 10/22/2015 The City of Long Beach yesterday celebrated the grand opening of Cabrillo Gateway, the fourth phase of development on the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC) campus that features affordable units leased to homeless and low income families.
City Council Adopts Pilot Program to Improve Peninsula Parking 10/19/2015 The City Council has adopted a pilot program to improve parking safety in the Peninsula neighborhood. The pilot program adopted on Tuesday, October 13, will allow motorists to park their vehicles on the left side of short, narrow side streets perpendicular to Ocean Boulevard that dead-end at the water’s edge. State legislation authored by then-Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal authorized the City Council to conduct this pilot program for unidirectional parking.
City to Host Fourth Interactive Community Workshop Event for Green Terminal Island Plan 10/19/2015 The public is invited to attend the fourth community workshop event marking the completion of the Green Terminal Island (TI) Freeway Transition Plan (Plan), a conceptual Plan for transforming the freeway into an eco-friendly corridor that better serves the community and enhances the quality of life of surrounding neighborhoods in West Long Beach. The free event has been scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 10:00 am on Hill Street adjacent to Hudson Park, located at 2335 Webster Ave.
Celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month on October 22 10/16/2015 The community is invited to join the City of Long Beach and the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) in a celebration recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The celebration will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Long Beach Civic Center’s Centennial Plaza, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard.
Health Department Joins Local Agencies to Host 2nd Annual Long Beach Gay Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, October 17, 2015 10/15/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Men’s Health Foundation, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, and The California Prevention Training Center to host the 2nd Annual Long Beach Gay Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 500 E. First Street.
October Marks the Start of Flu Season – Be Prepared by Getting Your Annual Flu Shot 10/15/2015 Health officials are reminding Long Beach residents that it’s not too early to get a flu shot now. While winter is the typical time for flu activity, outbreaks can occur as early as October. An annual flu shot is the best way to keep people from getting ill.
Volunteers Sought for the City’s Eighth Annual Bike Count 10/15/2015 The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help conduct its Eighth Annual Bike Count, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Participants can choose a convenient site from among 30 locations throughout the City, and will be provided gift certificates and other “thank you” gifts.
Long Beach Innovation Team Works With City Departments to Prioritize Five New Initiatives 10/13/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia and the City Council will receive a progress update at tonight’s City Council meeting on five new innovation and economic development initiatives that will be implemented by the City and community partners over the next year.
Community Invited to Open Data Forums 10/9/2015 The community is invited to participate in a series of forums to help develop the City’s policies for Open Data, which includes categories such as budget, inspections, code enforcement, crime, permits and lobbyist activities.
Be Ready to Beat the Heat This Week as Temperatures Expected to Be High Through Sunday 10/8/2015 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat from Friday, October 9, through the weekend, with temperatures forecasted in the low to mid-90s in Southern California. “The temperatures will be high over these next couple of days, so we encourage everyone to find ways to keep cool through the weekend,” said Dr. Kushner.
Community Invited to Public Art Forum on Sunday, October 11 10/7/2015 October is Arts Month in Long Beach, and the community is invited to attend a forum on public art on Sunday, October 11, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, at Stearns Champions Park Community Center, 4520 East 23rd Street.
First West Nile Virus Death for Long Beach Reported 10/7/2015 The first West Nile Virus (WNV) case reported this season in Long Beach, an elderly male, succumbed to the disease after a long hospitalization.
Community Health Needs Assessment – Long Beach Health and Human Services Wants to Hear From You! 10/6/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is holding Community Health Needs Assessment forums this month to hear from residents about health issues affecting them, and the City.
City of Long Beach to Host Southern California Civic Leaders for Regional Violence Prevention Network 10/1/2015 The City of Long Beach invites civic leaders from throughout Southern California to attend the California Cities Violence Prevention Network (CCVPN) workshop, to collaborate and share ideas for reducing crime and achieving safe and healthy neighborhoods, as part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts. The free event is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Public Library, 101 Pacific Ave.
City of Long Beach Announces Innovation Week(s) 9/29/2015 The community is invited to learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship in Long Beach by participating in Long Beach Innovation Week(s), from October 2 to 22, 2015, in partnership with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and Los Angeles County’s Innovation Week(s).
NAACP Freedom Park Grand Opening Scheduled for September 29 9/28/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the community to a grand opening celebration for NAACP Freedom Park at 2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Tuesday, September 29, at 10:00 am.
Long Beach Awarded $3.9 Million Grant To Address Economic Impact of C-17 Plant Closure 9/28/2015 The City of Long Beach is preparing for the pending closure of Boeing’s C-17 production facilities. A $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment will help the City develop a comprehensive transition plan for the plant and surrounding site, its workforce, and businesses in the region’s manufacturing cluster.
Long Beach Airport Ready to Host Premier Airport Conference 9/28/2015 Long Beach Airport (LGB) will eagerly welcome 2,000 airport officials to the city next week as official host of the 2015 Airports Council International - North America (ACI-NA) Annual Conference & Exhibition. The event focuses on modern trends in the commercial aviation industry and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center from October 4-7.
Metro Awards $23 million for Innovative City, Port and Transit Transportation Projects in Long Beach 9/24/2015 The City of Long Beach, Port of Long Beach, and Long Beach Transit were awarded a combined $23 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today for transportation infrastructure improvement projects in all funding categories by Metro. These projects will further cement the City’s reputation as a leader in sustainable transportation.
Open Coastal Beaches East of Molino Avenue Re-Opened 9/24/2015 Today Long Beach Health Officials re-opened coastal beaches east of Molino Avenue after lab results indicated bacterial levels were within state standards, following a sewage spill in the City of San Gabriel on September 15. Daily water samples now confirm that the water in this area is safe for swimming.
City Unemployment Rate At New Low 9/22/2015 The unemployment rate in Long Beach continues to decline and has reached a seven-year low, dropping to 7.6 percent as of August 2015. This rate is nearly the same as the May 2008 rate of 7.4 percent, just before the global financial crisis. The unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a peak of 14.6 percent in July 2010, and has dropped steadily since that time. Total employment in Long Beach has grown by 19,500 new payroll jobs since July 2010 and now stands at 223,000, as of August 2015.
City of Long Beach Announces Community Review Process for Minimum Wage Study 9/17/2015 Today, the City of Long Beach announced the community review process for the Long Beach Minimum Wage Study to be conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and approved by the City Council at the September 15 meeting. In September, October and November, the City will be holding a series of meetings for community input on the Minimum Wage Study.
Public Health Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus After Announcement of First Human Case in Long Beach for 2015 9/15/2015 The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. As of September 11, 2015, 123 human cases have been reported from 23 California counties, including Los Angeles (4) and Orange (6).
Long Beach Open Coastal Beaches Closed Due to Sewage Spill 9/15/2015 A sewage spill Tuesday morning in San Gabriel has resulted in a beach closure for all open coastal swimming areas in Long Beach. Separately, Dr. Kushner, has issued a rain advisory for all recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours.
READY Long Beach to Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies 9/15/2015 The community is invited to attend the second annual “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Heartwell Park, near the corner of Clark Avenue and Carson Street, to learn how to prepare for emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and terrorist events.
Long Beach City Hall Will Turn Into ‘Kitty Hall’ for Special Adoption Day on Friday, September 18 9/14/2015 Long Beach City Hall will become “Kitty Hall” on Friday, September 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, to encourage shelter cat adoptions and promote awareness of Long Beach Animal Care Services.
Long Beach Offers Three Weeks of Pet Licensing Amnesty; Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law for Dogs Goes into Effect Oct. 1 9/10/2015 In an effort to encourage residents to ensure their pet’s license is current, the Long Beach City Council on September 8 voted to implement a one-time amnesty program to waive all late fee penalties and encourage voluntary compliance with the City’s pet licensing program. The amnesty program will run through September 30, 2015.
City Celebrates the Grand Opening of New Senior Housing Facility 9/10/2015 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the grand opening of “Long Beach and 21st Apartments,” a 41-unit rental complex that will provide affordable, quality housing for low-income seniors. Together with Meta Housing Corporation and other community partners, the City is proud to open the doors to this warm and contemporary senior living community.
Extended Cooling Center Hours at Six Long Beach Locations Announced Through Thursday, September 10 9/8/2015 Due to the high temperatures forecast this week through Thursday, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner has activated extended hours at six Cooling Centers throughout Long Beach, where people can stay cool in an air-conditioned facility.
Library Cards are Cool — September is Library Card Sign-up Month 9/1/2015 Become the proud owner of a Long Beach Public Library card and enjoy the benefits! Snoopy, the world famous beagle and 2015 Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-Up Month, asks us: What’s cooler than being cool? The answer: Having a library card! Get yours today. Library staff are ready to assist you at the library and at locations throughout the community.
New Bixby Park Playground and Fitness Zone to Open 9/1/2015 A new playground and fitness loop at Bixby Park will open to the public at a dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 5, at 9:00 am. The event will begin near the new “Camp Bixby” play equipment at Second Street and Junipero Avenue. This is the first phase of planned renovations at the park.
City of Long Beach Labor Day Holiday Weekend Closures 9/1/2015 City Hall will close on Monday, September 7, and will re-open on Tuesday, September 8.
Long Beach Gas Utility Honored by Peers with Prestigious Award 8/31/2015 The City of Long Beach Gas and Oil Department’s natural gas utility has been honored with the prestigious System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Award. The natural gas utility is one of only nine utilities nationwide to receive this selective honor that is presented annually by the American Public Gas Association (APGA).
Community Invited to Attend Health Department’s Healthy Active Long Beach Fruit and Veggie Party on Saturday, August 29 8/27/2015 The community is invited to access health and nutrition information, sample healthy recipes, tour the Peace Garden, and participate in lots of fun activities during the free 3rd Healthy Active Long Beach Annual Fruit and Veggie Party on Saturday, August 29, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Martin Luther King Jr., Park, 1133 Rhea Street, Long Beach.
Heat Advisory Issued with High Temperatures Forecast Through Friday, August 28 8/26/2015 Long City Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this week with temperatures forecast in the low to mid-90s in parts of Long Beach. “Southern California will be experiencing high temperatures through Friday of this week. While it will be cooler near the beaches, the forecast indicates that some areas in Long Beach will have temperatures in the mid-90s,” said Dr. Kushner.
City of Long Beach Reaches Agreement with Its Largest Labor Union 8/24/2015 The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative agreement with its largest labor union – the International Association of Machinists (IAM).
Long Beach Animal Care Services Presents ‘Living with Urban Coyotes’ 8/24/2015 Education is the most important component in learning to co-exist with coyotes, and Long Beach Animal Care Services is inviting the community to two coyote workshops this week.
City and U.S. DOJ Team Up to Host Workshop for Working With Children of Incarcerated Parents 8/20/2015 The City of Long Beach together with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosted a free two-day training course for professionals who work with children of incarcerated parents. The event, co-hosted by The Children’s Clinic, is part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts.
City Manager Announces New Director of Human Resources 8/19/2015 Today City Manager Pat West named Alejandrina “Alex” Basquez, as the City’s Human Resources Director. Ms. Basquez brings 26 years of professional experience in the public sector. The appointment will be effective September 8, 2015.
Long Beach Civic Center Project Designs to be Released for Public Review on Thursday, August 20 8/19/2015 Designs for the Long Beach Civic Center project will be unveiled for public review during two public meetings on Thursday, August 20.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Neighborhood Leadership Program’s 22nd Graduation 8/17/2015 The City of Long Beach on Saturday celebrated the graduation of the Neighborhood Leadership Program class of 2015, a group of 32 grassroots residents who have been empowered to become better leaders and foster positive change throughout Long Beach neighborhoods.
Be Ready to Beat the Heat This Week as Temperatures Expected to Be High Through Sunday 8/13/2015 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat from today, Thursday, August 13, through the weekend, with temperatures forecasted in the low to mid-90s in parts of Long Beach. “We’ve had a humid summer so far, and the rest of our week will be no different,” said Dr. Kushner. “The temperatures will be high this week, and the humidity makes it feel even hotter.”
Governor Brown Signs Long Beach Civic Center Legislation 8/11/2015 Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Long Beach Civic Center bill into law. Authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara, SB 562 clarifies existing law by placing various sections of State law and case law governing the public-private procurement process into a single section of State law for the Long Beach Civic Center project.
City and Community Leaders Talk Safety in the Washington School Neighborhood 8/7/2015 As part of the City’s Safe Long Beach efforts, Councilmember Lena Gonzalez, City staff, and community leaders convened on Friday, August 7, 2015, to discuss new avenues for improving safety and enhancing quality of life in the Washington School Neighborhood.
City of Long Beach Receives Grant Award For ‘Startup in a Day’ Pledge 8/5/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The award is to support the development, implementation, and improvement of online tools that will help entrepreneurs learn about the business startup process and cut the time to apply for permits and licenses.
Safe Long Beach Fair Promotes Safe Families, Schools, and Neighborhoods 8/4/2015 The Safe Long Beach Fair will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Seaside Park, located at Chestnut Avenue and 14th Street.
SCE Restores Grid Power to All Customers in Downtown Long Beach 8/4/2015 At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015, SCE restored grid power to all customers in Long Beach. Residents are now receiving electrical service through the repaired power network.
City of Long Beach and Vons Partner to Help Residents Access New Jobs 8/3/2015 The City of Long Beach is helping connect residents to part-time and full-time positions as part of the company’s effort to hire 1,400 employees for Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilions stores across Southern California.
Power Outage Remains for Approximately 70 SCE Customers in Downtown Long Beach 8/1/2015 As of 4:30 a.m., approximately 70 SCE customers remain without power. Affected customers are limited to an area bounded by Lily, Pacific, Tribune, and Nardo Way.
SCE Restores Power to Remaining Customers in Downtown Long Beach 8/1/2015 At approximately 5:00 pm today, SCE was able to restore service to all identified customers in Long Beach. Customers are now receiving electrical service from the electric network or through temporary generators.
Power Restored to Most of Long Beach 7/31/2015 As of 5:00 p.m., approximately 260 SCE customers remain without power. Affected customers are limited to an area bounded by Lily to the north, Pacific to the west, Tribune to the east, and Nardo Way to the south. This is down from a height of 30,000 customers who were without power during the outage, which began on Thursday July 30, 2015 at around 4:00 p.m.
Power Outage Remains for 200 SCE Customers in Downtown Long Beach 7/31/2015 As of 11:00 p.m., approximately 200 SCE customers remain without power.
Power Outage affects areas of Downtown Long Beach 7/30/2015 Earlier today at 4:45 PM, an underground SCE vault fire occurred in downtown Long Beach, resulting in a power outage which initially impacted an area roughly bounded by Spring Avenue to Shoreline Drive and from Santa Fe Avenue to Alamitos Avenue. This initial outage impacted approximately 30,000 customers. As of 7:45 PM power was restored to most of the impacted area. As of now, there are approximately 1,000 customers without power in the affected area.
Interrupción del suministro eléctrico afecta a áreas de centro de Long Beach 7/30/2015 El día de hoy a las 4:45 de la tarde, un incendio subterráneo bóveda SCE se produjo en el centro de Long Beach, lo que resulto en un corte de luz que inicialmente afectó un área más o menos delimitada por la avenida Primavera en Shoreline Drive y de la Avenida Santa Fe a Alamitos Avenue. Esta interrupción inicial afectó aproximadamente 30.000 clientes. A partir de 7:45PM, electricidad fue restaurado a la mayor parte de la zona afectada. A partir de ahora, hay aproximadamente 1.000 clientes sin electricidad en la zona afectada.
City of Long Beach Hosts Public Safety Fair and Safe Passage Workshop 7/29/2015 The public is invited to attend a Safety Fair and a Safe Passage workshop to share ideas and engage in new ways to achieve street safety and create a healthier, safer community along the Santa Fe Avenue corridor. The free event will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave. • Public Safety Fair 9:00 am – 12:00 pm • Safe Passage workshop 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
City Health Officer Reminds Long Beach Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures, Humidity Forecast Thursday and Friday 7/28/2015 Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this week, particularly on Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31, with temperatures forecasted in the low to mid-90s in parts of Long Beach. “Our big concern is that the humidity this week is forecasted to be relatively high, which makes it feel hotter than the temperature might suggest,” said Dr. Kushner.
Proposed 2016 Budget Focuses on Livability Initiatives, Fiscal Discipline, Public Safety and Innovation 7/28/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West today presented the City of Long Beach’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, along with the Mayor’s budget recommendations. The $2.7 billion budget features a $630,000 surplus; maintains City services; continues to emphasize the public safety continuum of services and provides investments in parks, beaches, streets and sidewalks.
Parking Meter Holiday – City and DLBA Partner to Assist Downtown Businesses after Unprecedented Power Outage 7/23/2015 The City of Long Beach, in collaboration with the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), will have a street parking meter holiday, starting on Friday, July 24, at 12:00 am through Sunday, July 26, at 11:59 pm. On-street parking in Downtown Long Beach will be free throughout the 72-hour period.
City of Long Beach Kicks Off Creative Approach to Procurement 7/20/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and the Long Beach Community Foundation to support a partnership with Citymart. The New York-based firm connects cities with new ideas through “open challenges” that help the city focus on the problems that need to be solved instead of the products they need to buy. By issuing challenges in lieu of requests for proposals and specifications, cities receive proven, innovative solutions.
Over 90% of Power Restored to Downtown Long Beach Overnight 7/18/2015 As of 6:30 AM on Saturday, July 18, electricity has been restored to approximately 80 percent of customers in downtown Long Beach.
Power Restored to Nearly All Long Beach Residents and Businesses 7/18/2015 As of 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, Southern California Edison (SCE) reports that crews have restored service to the majority of customers affected by the outage in downtown Long Beach. SCE continues to work on restoring and responding to individual customer outages.
Power Outages in Downtown Long Beach Persist into Friday Morning 7/17/2015 Southern California Edison continues to experience challenges with the underground utility. SCE crews worked throughout Thursday night to restore power to downtown Long Beach.
Asunto: cortes de electricidad en el centro de Long Beach persisten hoy Viernes 17 de Julio 7/17/2015 Los incendios que ocurrieron el Miércoles, 15 de Julio con origen eléctrico afectaron una amplia zona del centro de Long Beach.
Long Beach City Emergency Crews Provide Resources to Residents and SCE Continues to Fix Downtown Long Beach Power Outage 7/17/2015 Long Beach City emergency crews are providing resources to residents in need during a Southern California Edison (SCE) system failure power outage in downtown Long Beach.
Power Restored to a Significant Majority of Downtown Long Beach 7/17/2015 Southern California Edison (SCE) crews successfully restored power to a significant majority of downtown Long Beach on Friday, July 17 at about 9 p.m.
Power Outage affects areas of Downtown Long Beach 7/16/2015 Earlier today at 3:38 PM, the Long Beach Police Department had officers in the area of 3rd Street and Chestnut Avenue.
Work to Restore Power Continues 7/16/2015 The City of Long Beach and Southern California Edison (SCE) continue to respond to power outages resulting from a series of underground fires in electrical vaults.
City Deploying Public Safety Continuum in Response to Recent Increase in Crime 7/10/2015 The City of Long Beach announced today the efforts underway from the Long Beach Public Safety Continuum in response to recent increases in crime. In 2014, the City achieved the lowest reported number of violent crimes in 42 years. However, over the past few months, overall crime has increased 5.3 percent when compared to the 5 year average through May 31, 2015.
City of Long Beach Hosts Third Community Workshop for Green Terminal Island Plan 7/8/2015 The public is invited to attend the next community workshop for the Green Terminal Island (TI) Freeway Transition Plan (Plan), and provide input on concepts to transform the freeway into an eco-friendly corridor that better serves the community.
City of Long Beach Awarded $2 Million Grant to Support Disconnected Young Adults 7/7/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $2 million grant aimed at empowering young adults who have been disconnected from school and the workforce. Long Beach was one of only four cities nationwide, and the only city on the West Coast, to participate in this pilot program. The State Employment Development Department provided the City the funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Long Beach Public Library hosts summer of Maker Camp 7/6/2015 Novice makers are invited to build, tinker and explore at the Main Library for six weeks beginning July 7, 2015. Every Tuesday and Wednesday campers can drop by The Studio between 1:00 and 5:00 pm to make a variety of fun projects and go on epic virtual field trips.
Long Beach Health Officials Remind Residents Not to Invite Mosquitoes to Fourth of July Celebrations 7/2/2015 With the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaching, people will be outside celebrating with backyard barbeques and trips to parks and beaches. Long Beach health officials are reminding people that our summer weather is an ideal environment for some uninvited guests - mosquitoes.
Long Beach Animal Care Twitter Hashtag to Reunite Owners with Lost Pets 7/2/2015 Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) has launched a new Twitter hashtag to help reunite pets with their owners as quickly as possible. The hashtag – #LBLostFoundPets – will be updated every 30 minutes as animals arrive in the shelter or are picked up by officers in the field.
Tips for a Safe Fourth of July 7/2/2015 It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever you have planned, the City of Long Beach wants you to follow these tips to stay safe.
City of Long Beach Independence Day Holiday Closures 6/30/2015 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the observance of Independence Day, and will reopen on Monday, July 6.
Long Beach has Lowest Natural Gas Bills in State; Lower than 15 Years Ago 6/29/2015 Conserving energy pays off. Residential customers of Long Beach’s gas utility have the lowest natural gas bills in the State of California, thanks mainly to conservation efforts that have seen the average household natural gas usage decrease by more than 70 percent since the early 1970s.
Pet Owner Tips for the 4th of July Holiday and Low-Cost Vaccination-Microchip Clinic on July 2 6/29/2015 The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Long Beach Animal Care Services would like to remind all animal owners that they can save themselves, and their pets, a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions during the Independence Day weekend.
City of Long Beach Launches New Saturday Hotline to Crack Down on Unpermitted Construction 6/29/2015 In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of residents, and preserve the value and livability of Long Beach neighborhoods, the City has implemented a new Saturday hotline to address concerns about potential unpermitted construction.
City of Long Beach Launches New Saturday Hotline to Crack Down on Unpermitted Construction 6/29/2015 In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of residents, and preserve the value and livability of Long Beach neighborhoods, the City has implemented a new Saturday hotline to address concerns about potential unpermitted construction.
Improved Intersection, New Park Coming to Downtown Long Beach 6/25/2015 Construction will begin on Monday, June 29, on a dramatically improved intersection in Downtown Long Beach, followed by a new park, near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and Alamitos Avenues, and 6th and 7th Streets.
Bixby Park Construction Project Scheduled to Begin July 6 6/25/2015 The first phase of planned renovations at Bixby Park is scheduled to begin on July 6, 2015 with the construction of a new playground featuring a 2- to 5-year-old play structure and a 5- to 12-year-old play structure with climbing components and slides, sand play areas, eight swings, a cable climber, two universal access slides, and an additional shaded seating area.
City of Long Beach and Microsoft form a ‘Digital Alliance’ 6/24/2015 Last night the Long Beach City Council agreed to collaborate with the Microsoft Corporation to bring Digital Alliance programs to the City and its residents. Partnering with local governments, Microsoft provides staff expertise and capacity building workshops designed to inspire young people as well as entrepreneurs.
Public Invited to Grand Opening of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park on July 2 6/24/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilman Dee Andrews, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite residents to the grand opening of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park, on Thursday, July 2, at 10:00 am. The 3-acre park is located at 2001 Walnut Ave. The opening ceremony will include the unveiling of a 125-foot-long mural in tribute of Jenni Rivera’s life and love of her hometown, Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives for Restoration of Historic Properties 6/22/2015 As part of the revamped Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties, the public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks.
Long Beach Designated a 2015 ‘Playful City USA’ Community 6/17/2015 The City of Long Beach today was named with a 2015 Playful City USA, a national designation that honors cities and towns for creating more playable, kid-friendly communities. Playful City USA is sponsored by KaBOOM! – a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds for children – and the Humana Foundation.
Long Beach Receives 100% ‘A’ Grades for Water Quality during the Summer from Heal the Bay Annual Beach Report Card 6/17/2015 The City of Long Beach received 100 percent "A" grades for water quality including seven (7) "A+" grades, according to the Heal the Bay 2015 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today.
LBTV, City’s Cable Channel, Wins STAR Awards 15 Years in a Row 6/16/2015 The City of Long Beach’s cable channel, LBTV, a division of the Technology and Innovation Department, has received nine government programming STAR awards, including second place for Overall Excellence, at the States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA) 19th annual conference in Santa Monica on June 11, 2015.
Community Invited to Study Session on Livable West Long Beach Plan 6/15/2015 The public is invited to attend a Planning Commission Study Session and provide input on the draft Livable West Long Beach Plan, on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm in the City Council Chambers in Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach Public Library Launches Annual Summer Reading Program 6/15/2015 The Long Beach Public Library launches its annual citywide Summer Reading Program with a kick-off celebration at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library, located at 1401 E. Anaheim St., on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Readers of all ages are invited to unmask their inner super hero and join in super fun activities! Come meet a trio of super heroes, decorate a cape and mask, pose for photos, listen to super stories and register for our Summer Reading Program.
Junipero Avenue Beach Parking Lot Improvements Underway 6/11/2015 The City of Long Beach is making major repairs and improvements to the popular Junipero Avenue Beach Parking Lot, south of Ocean Boulevard.
El Dorado Dog Park Expansion Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, June 13 6/10/2015 The El Dorado Dog Park will provide more consistent recreational opportunities for dogs and their human families with the opening of an expansion area that will keep space available for off leash play during maintenance periods. The community is invited to attend the grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 13, at 1:00 pm. The 1-acre expansion site is immediately east of the existing 1.5-acre off-leash El Dorado Park Dog Park, in the southeast corner of El Dorado East Regional Park, Area II.
City Supports Renovation and Preservation of 406 Affordable Housing Units 6/10/2015 Last night, the Long Beach City Council unanimously passed a resolution that will enable the preservation of 406 units of affordable housing in West Long Beach. The Springdale West Apartments, located at 2095 W. Spring St., will be renovated to continue providing affordable housing for lower-income families. Since the dissolution of redevelopment authorities across the state and in a constrained fiscal environment, city-financed construction of new affordable units has become extremely difficult.
Public Invited to Dedication of Rosie’s Dog Beach Art Delineators 6/8/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Suzie Price, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, invite the public to a Dedication Ceremony for new public art at Rosie’s Dog Beach on Wednesday June 10, at 5:30 pm. The art provides a visual orientation to the boundaries of Rosie’s Dog Beach, the 2.9-acre off-leash recreation area located south of Ocean Blvd. between Granada and Roycroft avenues.
In less than 24 hours, Atlantic Ave. will be entirely transformed by Beach Streets Uptown 6/5/2015 In less than 24 hours, Atlantic Ave. will be entirely transformed by Beach Streets Uptown. The 3.5 mile corridor from Wardlow Road to Houghton Park will be car-free for you to walk, bike, skate or roll nearly however you can imagine (please no motorized forms unless they’re mobility devices for people with disabilities). Beach Streets Uptown – June 6, 2015 – 9 am to 4 pmAtlantic Ave. from Wardlow Rd. to Harding Ave. (at Houghton Park)
Stephen Scott Appointed Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine 6/4/2015 Today, City Manager Patrick H. West announced the appointment of Stephen Scott as Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), while the City undertakes a nationwide search for a new PRM Director. George Chapjian, the current PRM Director, has announced his resignation from the City, effective June 26, 2015, to take a new position as Director of the Community Services Department for Santa Barbara County.
‘Go Uptown’ Mobile App to Launch during Beach Streets Uptown on Saturday, June 6; Will Continue to Connect Community with Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resources 6/4/2015 At Beach Streets Uptown this Saturday, June 6, the City of Long Beach will launch a new mobile app, Go Uptown, to help people explore all the concerts, festivals, restaurant specials, Zumba classes, art activities, and more during the inaugural Open Street event. Afterward, the Go Uptown app will continue to serve as a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) resource and guide the Uptown community to nearby resources and business specials for an engaged, active and healthy life.
City Unveils Redesigned Website; More Powerful, Efficient and User-Friendly 6/1/2015 Today, the City of Long Beach unveiled its brand new website. The site, www.longbeach.gov, is built on a new powerful, efficient, and user-friendly content management system that will help users surf Long Beach with greater ease.
Bryan M. Sastokas Appointed Director of Technology and Innovation 5/27/2015 City Manager Pat West today named Bryan M. Sastokas, a technology executive with 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, as Director of Technology and Innovation. Mr. Sastokas' appointment will be effective June 15, 2015.
Public Invited to Grand Opening of New Beach Pedestrian Path on Saturday, May 30 5/27/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division invite the public to the Grand Opening of the new Beach Pedestrian Path on Saturday, May 30. The opening ceremony will be held at Marina Green Park, 386 E. Shoreline Drive at 9:30 am. A Beach Path Celebration 5K Run will begin at 10 a.m.
Community Invited to Provide Input on City’s Vision for Future Land Use and Urban Design 5/26/2015 The City of Long Beach is in the process of updating its General Plan, and the public is invited to attend two important events and provide input on the City’s progressive vision for future land use and urban design.
Community Invited to Share Thoughts at Mental Health Forum on Tuesday, May 26 5/22/2015 The community is invited to share their thoughts and help shape a new mental health initiative designed to provide collaborative, whole-person care in Long Beach. The "Health Neighborhood Initiative" forum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at American Gold Star Manor, 3021 N Gold Star Dr., and is sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health America, Long Beach Building Healthy Communities, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the California Endowment.
Exciting Entertainment, Activities Scheduled for Beach Streets Uptown Open Street Event on June 6 5/20/2015 Two large community festivals, concerts, skate and BMX expos, art exhibits, petting zoos and bands playing on restaurant patios are just some of the entertainment and activities planned for the "Beach Streets Uptown" Open Street event on Saturday, June 6.
Start ‘100 Days of Summer’ with free ‘Pop Vinyl’ Concert on May 22 5/19/2015 From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Long Beach will offer hundreds of free or low cost cultural programs, sports activities and special events throughout the City. "100 Days of Summer" is a partnership among Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau to promote opportunities to "stay and play" in Long Beach.
City Health Officer Reminds Residents to Take Steps to Keep Mosquitoes Away this Holiday Weekend 5/18/2015 The Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is urging residents to protect themselves during the Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming warmer summer months by taking precautions to avoid mosquitoes.
City of Long Beach Announces Innovation Team Members 5/18/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia announced today that Long Beach has hired its first Innovation Team (i-team), funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, to design and implement solutions that improve the lives of residents.
City Health Officer Reminds Residents to Take Steps to Keep Mosquitoes Away this Holiday Weekend 5/18/2015 The Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is urging residents to protect themselves during the Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming warmer summer months by taking precautions to avoid mosquitoes.
Community Invited to Attend Study Session on Land Use Plan for SEADIP Update 5/12/2015 The public is encouraged to attend a Planning Commission Study Session for the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) update on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 5:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers in Long Beach City Hall at 333 W. Ocean Blvd.
City of Long Beach Delegation Participating in National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention 5/11/2015 The City of Long Beach is participating in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) National Summit (Summit) on Youth Violence Prevention alongside 15 select cities across the nation.
Community Invited to Help Improve Pedestrian Access to Metro Blue Line Stations in Long Beach 5/7/2015 The public is invited to participate in "Sidewalk Stories," an interactive show-and-tell presentation that will help put new ideas into motion for improving pedestrian access to transit stations around the City. The event has been scheduled in conjunction with the East Village 2nd Saturday Art Walk on May 9, at 4:00 p.m. at Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Ave.
Parks, Recreation and Marine Director George Chapjian to Lead Community Services Department for Santa Barbara County 5/5/2015 George Chapjian, Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), today announced his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position as Director of the Community Services Department for Santa Barbara County.
L.B.P.D. Academy Class No. 88 Begins 5/5/2015 The Long Beach Police Department has started its third academy class in two years, and is currently recruiting its next academy.
City Pool Fees Reduced for Youth Under 17 5/4/2015 It's now even easier for Long Beach youth under the age of 17 to enjoy community swimming pools, because the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission have reduced the youth admission fee to $1 per visit.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Homeownership for Air Force Veteran at Habitat Dedication Ceremony 5/1/2015 Today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) celebrated the American dream of homeownership for an Air Force Veteran.
City of Long Beach Taps into Growing Brewery Industry 4/28/2015 The brewery business is bubbling and booming in Long Beach. To further the industry's thriving potential as a lucrative business and economic driver, the City Council has initiated a zoning change that will make it easier for craft breweries, wineries and distilleries with tasting rooms to open shop throughout the City.
Long Beach Airport Hosts Disaster Training Exercise 4/27/2015 Long Beach Airport (LGB) held a live disaster training exercise on airport grounds in the late evening of Friday, April 24, 2015. The drill tested the speed and effectiveness of emergency personnel and LGB staff in the event of significant incident.
Fewer Homeless People On the Street; More Children Have a Roof Over their Heads 4/23/2015 Fewer homeless people – especially chronically homeless adults and children in families – are on the street, with more people having access to housing and homeless services in Long Beach.
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Hits Seven-Year Low; Economic Development Moves Forward in Long Beach 4/21/2015 The unemployment rate in Long Beach continues to decline and has reached a seven-year low, dropping to 7.9 percent as of March 2015. The unemployment rate is now at the same level that it was in June 2008, at the onset of the global financial crisis.
Smart Parking Meters Provide Added Convenience in Long Beach 4/20/2015 Parking meters got smarter today in Long Beach, with the start of installation of more than 1,600 smart meters.
City of Long Beach Launches LiveWellLongBeach.org: A Comprehensive Health Data Platform 4/9/2015 Today, as part of the National Public Health Week celebration, the City of Long Beach launched LiveWellLongBeach.org, an interactive, web-based platform that provides data on over 100 demographic, health, and quality of life indicators specific to Long Beach. The platform also serves as a database of promising and evidence-based programs, scientific literature, and funding opportunities.
Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Month in April 4/2/2015 For the month of April, Long Beach Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Month, to highlight the unlimited possibilities offered and the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Grand Prix View: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Opening Up Race Track for Public Use on Tuesday, April 7 3/31/2015 The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is opening up its track to the public on Tuesday, April 7, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. For the third annual "Grand Prix View," the community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world's best IndyCar drivers will scream at over 180 mph the following week. No motorized vehicles allowed; animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals.
Robby Gordon, Bryan Herta to Be Inducted Into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/26/2015 Two motorsports legends with a proud history at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Robby Gordon and Bryan Herta – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 16.
Community Invited to Help Launch Anaheim Corridor Design Visioning Process 3/25/2015 The community is invited to attend a special kick-off event to launch the Anaheim Corridor Design Visioning Process. The free event is on Saturday, March 28, at 11:00 am, at the Homeland Neighborhood Cultural Center's Manazar Gamboa Community Theatre at MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St.
Public Invited to Provide Input on Land Use Plan Along Long Beach Boulevard 3/24/2015 The public is invited to provide input on a land use planning effort that will affect Long Beach Boulevard from Anaheim Street to Wardlow Road. A scoping meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 pm at Veteran's Memorial Park Community Room, 101 E. 28th St.
Run The Runway to Celebrate $15.1M Safety Renovation 3/24/2015 Long Beach Airport (LGB) invites members of the public to experience the rare opportunity to run on a runway, with a one-mile fun run on the brand new surface of Runway 7L-25R (25R) to be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The free event will include music, games, giveaways and aircraft on display.
Atlantic Avenue to be Transformed into ‘Beach Streets Uptown’ for Open Street Event on Saturday, June 6 3/19/2015 On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Atlantic Avenue will be transformed for an Open Street event called "Beach Streets Uptown." The event will open up Atlantic Avenue for walking, bicycling, and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The transformation will stretch from Harding Avenue to Wardlow Road.
Linda F. Tatum AICP Appointed Planning Bureau Manager 3/16/2015 Long Beach Development Services Director Amy Bodek named Linda F. Tatum, AICP, former Acting Director of Economic and Community Development Department for the City of Inglewood, as Planning Bureau Manager for Long Beach Development Services. Ms. Tatum's appointment is effective immediately.
UPDATED: Long Range Property Management Plan Approved Enabling Development Opportunities 3/12/2015 The City of Long Beach has received approval to implement its Long Range Property Management Plan (Plan) for the disposition and use of real property of the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA). The Mayor, City Council, City staff, Oversight Board, and Successor Agency spent considerable time and energy creating and advocating for this hard fought milestone which will enable future investment and development opportunities in the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming Wins International Award 3/11/2015 The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming has won the Location Managers Guild of America annual award for Outstanding Film Commission, besting four other film commissions around the world.
Annual Street Maintenance Project Will Close Southern Terminus of 710 Freeway on Sunday Morning 3/10/2015 On Sunday March 15, 2015, the southern terminus of the Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed below Anaheim Street from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm so crews can complete street maintenance during an annual maintenance project.
Outreach Efforts Continue for Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island Plan 3/9/2015 Outreach efforts are continuing for the preparation of the City of Long Beach Livable West Long Beach Plan and the Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan, and the public is invited to provide input on these two key planning projects that will have a major impact on enhancing the quality of life in West Long Beach.
Former Church Building to be Rehabilitated to Create Senior Housing 3/6/2015 Today, the adaptive reuse process began for rehabilitating the former Immanuel Church, 3215 E. 3rd St., into a new affordable senior housing development. Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), Thomas Safran & Associates, and Clifford Beers Housing, Inc. participated in the celebratio
Community Invited to the 10th Annual Kids in the Kitchen Event at Martin Luther King Jr Park on Saturday March 7 3/5/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) Healthy Active Long Beach Program, in partnership with the Junior League Long Beach (JLLB), invites the community to attend the free, 10th Annual Kids in the Kitchen event on Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach.
City of Long Beach to Host ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Local Summit 3/3/2015 The public is invited to attend a Local Action Summit to discuss ideas for achieving positive life outcomes for youth, as part of the "My Brother's Keeper" (MBK) Community Challenge. The event will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 6:00 pm at Ernest McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
New Diagonal Intersection in Belmont Shore Part of Traffic Flow Safety Project on Ocean Boulevard 3/3/2015 The first pedestrian diagonal intersection in decades has been installed at the intersection of 2nd Street, Livingston Drive and Quincy Avenue (Intersection), as part of a project to enhance traffic flow and intersection safety on Ocean Boulevard from the Intersection to Alamitos Avenue.
Atlantic Avenue Street Improvement Project Complete On Time and On Budget 2/24/2015 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the completion of a major street improvement project on Atlantic Avenue, between 52nd Street and the City's northern border.
Long Beach Fire Department Recruit Academy Graduation on Saturday February 21 2015 2/20/2015 The Long Beach Fire Department is proud to announce that Basic Fire Recruit Academy Class 2014A is graduating on Saturday, February 21, 2015. After 20 weeks of extensive testing and evaluation, 20 highly qualified recruits will enter the ranks of firefighters for the Long Beach Fire Department.
New Rainbow Harbor Public Restrooms Unveiled 2/19/2015 The City of Long Beach, through its Tidelands Capital Improvement Program Division, announced today the completion of the newest public restrooms at Rainbow Harbor, with architectural elements that complement the nearby Aquarium of the Pacific.
Bay Shore Neighborhood Library Adds Sunday Hours for a Six-Month Pilot Program 2/18/2015 The community is invited to celebrate the addition of Sunday hours at the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave. on Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 pm. The six-month pilot program to open and offer a full array of library services on Sundays, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, beginning February 22, and is funded through Council District 3 non-recurring funds.
Public Invited To Jackson Street Dog Park Grand Opening on February 21 2015 2/18/2015 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Al Austin and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the public to a grand opening ceremony for the Jackson Street Park Dog Park on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 am. Jackson Park is located at 1432 Jackson St., east of Orange Avenue at Walnut Street.
Health Department Receives March of Dimes Funding Dedicated to Improving Mom and Baby Health by Addressing Health Inequities 2/18/2015 The Long Beach Health Department has received an $117,000, three-year grant from the March of Dimes California Chapter for a collaboration with the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Psychology Department that is designed to reduce incidences of low birthweight and premature births.
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives $8.17 Million Grant Award to Fight Homelessness 2/17/2015 The Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), led by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services – Homeless Services Division, has been awarded $8.17 million, the largest competitive grant it has received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding includes $1.06 million to expand housing and support services, and $7.11 million to support ongoing homeless projects and add new planning capabilities.
Bluff Park to be Re-Opened to the Community on Friday February 13 2/13/2015 The City of Long Beach will re-open beautiful Bluff Park to public use today, Friday, February 13. After many months of improvements, the public will once again be able to stroll along the approximately 1-mile long stretch above the Pacific coastline.
Michael Beckman Appointed Deputy Police Chief 2/12/2015 Long Beach City Manager Pat West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Commander Michael Beckman, a 25-year veteran of the Police Department, as Deputy Chief. He will assume command of the Support Bureau to replace Deputy Chief Laura Farinella, newly named Chief of Laguna Beach Police Department.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Dock 10 in Rainbow Harbor 2/7/2015 City officials today celebrated the Grand Re-Opening of Dock 10, which is located at the mouth of Rainbow Harbor in Downtown Long Beach. The new dock facility is 514 feet long and includes an ADA accessible gangway, smooth concrete walking surface, and safety lighting.
Community Invited to Attend Workshop on SEADIP Update 2/5/2015 The public is invited to participate in a community workshop for the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) update on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 6:30 pm, at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel Seafarer Room, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
Three Raccoons Test Positive for Distemper; Community Urged to Take Precautions to Prevent Spread of Disease 2/4/2015 Long Beach Animal Care Services announced today that three raccoons in Long Beach have tested positive for distemper. Distemper poses no health risk to humans; however, Animal Care Services shares the following tips to help prevent animals from contracting distemper:
Cherry Avenue to be Widened from PCH to 19th Street 2/3/2015 Work will begin this week on the widening of Cherry Avenue from 19th Street to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), in the City of Long Beach south of Signal Hill. The cities of Signal Hill and Long Beach have worked closely together to bring this project to fruition. The project's $6.7 million budget is entirely funded by Federal Highway Administration and State Transportation grants received by the City of Signal Hill.
Civic Center Outreach Meetings Scheduled Throughout Long Beach, Starting Feb. 4 2/2/2015 The City of Long Beach is holding community meetings in each Council District to inform the public, and solicit feedback, about the Long Beach Civic Center Project (Project).
UPDATED: Historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Building will be Moved to Willow Springs Park Overnight on January 28 1/28/2015 *** Updated on Feb. 3 – The move is scheduled for overnight on Wednesday, February 4, starting at approximately 9 pm. In order to transport the Depot safely, Tow-Away Zones have been established on the west side of Magnolia Avenue between 16th and 3rd Streets, and on the south side of Ocean Boulevard from Magnolia to Atlantic Avenues. The Tow-Away Zones will go into effect at 9 pm on Wednesday, February 4. To minimize impacts, the Tow-Away Zones will be lifted immediately as the Depot clears each block. Except for this updated information, the information below in the original press release remains current. ***
Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee Appointed President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association 1/22/2015 Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee has been appointed President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association (LAAFCA). Comprised of 31 Fire Departments within Los Angeles County, LAAFCA focuses on regional training, grants administration, legislative advocacy and Firefighter safety and survival.
Start 2015 with a Commitment to Getting Health Insurance 1/21/2015 2015 New Year’s Resolution: Get Covered Long Beach is an education, outreach, and health insurance enrollment event sponsored by the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and several community partners. Health insurance enrollment will be offered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on January 31, 2015. Certified Enrollment Counselors will assist community members with Medi-Cal and Covered California applications with language assistance available in Spanish, Khmer, and Tagalog.
City of Long Beach 2015 Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Closures 1/16/2015 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015.
Long Beach Awarded $1.5 Million CalGRIP Grant to Target Youth and Gang Violence 1/15/2015 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a three-year, $1.5 million California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program (CalGRIP) grant to support anti-gang efforts and prevent the victimization of at-risk female youth. The Long Beach City Council formally accepted the grant at its public meeting on January 6, 2014.
Recent Case of Measles in Long Beach Connected to Disneyland Outbreak 1/12/2015 The City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, announced today that there is one confirmed case of measles associated with a recent outbreak affecting multiple counties in California and Utah. The Long Beach resident spent time at the Disneyland Resort in the City of Anaheim, during the period of December 16-20, 2014.
Volunteers Encouraged to Help With Citywide Count of Homeless Persons on January 29 2015 1/8/2015 All Community volunteers are encouraged to participate in the count of homeless persons in Long Beach on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The biennial Homeless Count, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), defines the scope of homelessness, both in the community and across the nation, and helps to determine existing resources, identify gaps, and highlight progress toward ending homelessness.
The Flu Peak is Approaching – City Health Officer Urges Flu Vaccination 1/8/2015 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is reporting an increase in flu activity in Long Beach, and urges residents to get their flu shot. It is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu!
2014 Crime Statistics Show Lowest Reported Violent Crimes in 42 Years; Murder Number is Lowest on Record 1/7/2015 Based on preliminary crime data, Long Beach ended 2014 poised to achieve the lowest number of reported violent crimes in 42 years. When compared to 2013, the 2014 violent crime statistics reflect a decrease of 3.2%, with a 17.8% decrease as compared to the 5-year average.
Animal Care Services Increases Live Release Rates- All-Time Lows for Intakes and Euthanized Animals in 2014 12/31/2014 Aggressive spay and neutering programs and new partnerships helped Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) significantly increase live release rates, and also realize all-time lows for the number of intakes and euthanized animals in 2014.
City of Long Beach New Year’s Day 2015 Holiday Closures 12/30/2014 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Jan. 1, 2015
City Of Long Beach Using Its Popular Facebook Page to Count Down the Top 10 Stories of 2014 12/29/2014 More than 15,800 fans of Long Beach's main Facebook Page are helping the City count down its Top 10 stories of 2014.
City Of Long Beach Celebrates Successes from 2014 12/26/2014 From filling 35,000 potholes and restoring 55 lane miles of streets, to fulfilling 19,000 “Go Long Beach” smartphone application requests and being named a Top 10 “Digital City” in America, for the fourth consecutive year, the City of Long Beach had an extremely productive year in 2014.
Alamitos Bay Re-Opens to Swimmers After Sewage Spill 12/23/2014 Long Beach Health Officials re-opened Alamitos Bay today after lab results indicated bacterial levels were within state standards, following a sewage spill on December 18 in Naples, from a force main break. Daily water samples taken from Alamitos Bay swimming sites now confirm that the water is safe for swimming.
City of Long Beach Christmas 2014 and New Year’s Day 2015 Holiday Closures 12/22/2014 Long Beach City Hall will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 and on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.
Alamitos Bay Closed to Swimmers Due to Sewage Spill 12/18/2014 A sewage spill Wednesday night in Alamitos Bay has resulted in a beach closure for all swimming areas in the bay. The spill has been contained. The total volume of the spill was estimated at approximately 11,250 gallons with 5,250 gallons entering the bay. City crews captured the remainder of the spill, 6,000 gallons, preventing it from reaching the water. The spill was caused by a break in a 12-inch sewer main near the Ravenna Drive Bridge.
Creative Innovative Belmont Temporary Pool Receives Project of the Year Award 12/16/2014 The American Public Works Association (APWA) Southern California Chapter has presented the City of Long Beach with the Project of the Year Award for the Belmont Temporary Pool. The 50-meter pool was recognized in the Creative and Innovative Category for demonstrating resourcefulness and the use of imagination.
Long Beach One of 12 Cities Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Grant 12/15/2014 Long Beach is one of 12 U.S. cities selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of the prestigious Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program. The program, a project of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve the lives of residents – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help cities address pressing urban challenges.
Richard Rocchi Appointed Deputy Police Chief 12/12/2014 Long Beach City Manager Pat West and Police Chief Robert Luna today announced the appointment of Commander Richard Rocchi, a 27-year veteran of the Police Department, as Deputy Chief, effective December 13, 2014.
Multi-Service Center Celebrates Grand Re-Opening 12/11/2014 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the grand re-opening of the renovated Multi-Service Center (MSC) facility alongside community stakeholders and partners. A Port of Long Beach-owned property, the MSC serves as the central hub for intake and assessment for the Long Beach Continuum of Care, a collaboration of service providers working together to end homelessness.
Be Prepared for Powerful Pacific Storm 12/10/2014 A powerful Pacific storm is bearing down on Southern California, following a weekend of scattered rain, and snow in the mountains.
City Health Officer Advises the Public to Avoid Contact with Bats as they Could Transmit Rabies 12/5/2014 City health officials are warning the public to avoid contacts with bats, after a bat found in downtown Long Beach tested positive for rabies. The bat was found by a local resident on Wednesday afternoon, December 3, 2014 at Victory Park near Ocean Boulevard and Seaside Way.
Arturo M. Sanchez Appointed Deputy City Manager 12/4/2014 City Manager Pat West today named Arturo M. Sanchez, Interim Assistant City Administrator for the City of Oakland, as Deputy City Manager for the City of Long Beach. Mr. Sanchez's appointment will be effective in mid-February.
Public Invited to Grand Re-Opening of Miracle on Fourth Street Park 12/3/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Public Works invite the public to the grand re-opening of Miracle on 4th Street Park after a recent renovation.
Community Outreach Efforts Begin for Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan 12/2/2014 The public is invited to attend the first community workshop to discuss the Livable West Long Beach Plan and Green Terminal Island (TI) Plan on Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 am at Silverado Park, located at 1545 W. 31st St.
Be Prepared for Powerful Pacific Storm 12/1/2014 A powerful Pacific storm is bearing down on Southern California, following a weekend of scattered rain, and snow in the mountains.
Health Department Holding Health Insurance Enrollment Event at The Center Long Beach on Saturday Dec 6 11/25/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will hold a health insurance enrollment event on Saturday, December 6, from 10 am to 2 pm at The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St. Certified Enrollment Counselors will assist community members with Medi-Cal and Covered California applications during the current enrollment period. Language assistance is available in Spanish and Khmer.
City of Long Beach Thanksgiving Holiday Closures 11/25/2014 City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the 2014 Thanksgiving Holday.
Bryant L. Francis Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport 11/20/2014 City Manager Pat West today named Bryant L. Francis, C.M., an aviation expert with over 18 years of industry experience, as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB). Mr. Francis' appointment will be effective January 5, 2015.
Long Beach Airport (LGB) Recipient of Prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence 11/19/2014 On Tuesday, November 18, the Long Beach City Council was presented with the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation by the League of California Cities for the new concourse at Long Beach Airport, which provides a unique and innovative space for travelers and serves as an ideal gateway to the City.
Robert G. Luna to be Sworn In as Chief of Police for City of Long Beach on Saturday November 22 11/19/2014 On Saturday November 22, 2014, Robert G. Luna will be sworn in as the 26th Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach. Members of the public are invited to attend the free ceremony, which will begin at 12:00 pm in the Long Beach Arena Lobby. The celebration will mark the promotion of a Long Beach Police Department veteran and the City's first Latino Chief of Police.
Gonzalo Medina Appointed Marine Safety Chief 11/18/2014 Long Beach Fire Chief Mike DuRee today announced the appointment of Capt. Gonzalo Medina, a 19-year veteran of the Fire Department, as Marine Safety Chief, effective December 5, 2014.
Long Beach Airport Fly-In on Nov. 15 11/14/2014 Southern California skies will fill with pilots heading to Long Beach Airport (LGB) for a Fly-In this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 am to 3 pm. The public is welcome to attend this free event where dozens of local pilots will display their planes to the community, including a Boeing C-17 and many other unique aircraft.
Long Beach Rises to 6th Place in U.S. with Fourth Consecutive Digital Cities Award 11/13/2014 Long Beach has moved up into 6th place nationally with its fourth Digital Cities Award, based on a national survey that measures performance and innovation by cities using technology to enhance service to residents and businesses.
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus 9 Bonus Points in Municipal Equality Index 11/12/2014 For three years in a row, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy. Long Beach was one of only 38 cities nationwide to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), placing the City in the top 11 percent in the nation.
Helping to End Veteran Homelessness in the City of Long Beach 11/11/2014 Veteran's Day is a time to honor our US military service personnel, and it's also an opportunity to assert our commitment to ensure Veterans are fully integrated into our communities once they return to civilian life. Working to meet the national initiative "Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness," the Long Beach Housing Authority and the VA Long Beach Healthcare System will host the 4th Annual Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) owner orientation program
Robert G. Luna Appointed Police Chief of Long Beach 11/11/2014 City Manager Pat West announced today that Robert G. Luna will be the next Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach. Most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Police, Chief Luna has 29 years of experience with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
U.S. Dept. of Justice Declares Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan Eligible for Grant Funding 11/11/2014 The City of Long Beach has been selected to join a U.S. Department of Justice National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (Forum). The national designation will enable the City to apply for federal grant awards to implement its Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention Plan (Safe Long Beach). Long Beach is one of only five new cities in 2014 selected to join the Forum and receive a grant aimed at preventing youth and gang violence. The Long Beach City Council formally accepted the grant and designation at its public meeting on November 11, 2014.
Firefighters Offer a Hand Up When Disaster Strikes 11/6/2014 As first responders, firefighters are called upon to provide comfort for families on the worst day of their lives. Now, firefighters from Long Beach and several other Southern California communities will be able to immediately help fire and disaster victims take the first small step to healing.
Reggie Harrison Promoted to Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications 11/4/2014 City Manager Pat West announced today that Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison has been promoted to Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications. Mr. Harrison will become the first permanent director of the new department responsible for disaster preparedness, Homeland Security grant coordination, and the consolidation and oversight of the City's Emergency Communications functions.
Community Invited to Open Houses Study Session on Long Beach Civic Center 10/29/2014 The public is invited to attend two open houses and a City Council Study Session and share their thoughts regarding the future of the Long Beach Civic Center. The Civic Center has significant seismic deficiencies, and the City Council recently held a study session to receive presentations from two project teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Civic Center and Main Library, and revitalize Lincoln Park.
New Beach Pedestrian Path Construction Set to Begin 10/29/2014 The City of Long Beach will begin work this week on constructing a new, separate beach pedestrian path. The existing bike path, which has been shared by pedestrians, strollers, bicyclists, and inline skaters, will become dedicated entirely to bicyclists and inline skaters
Community Invited to Celebrate Bixby Park Bluff Grand Opening on Saturday Nov 1 10/29/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division invite the public to the Bixby Park Bluff grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 am. Light refreshments will be served.
City Manager Announces Potential Recruitment Process for Police Chief 10/28/2014 City Manager Pat West today announced the process for selecting a new Police Chief, should a vacancy occur as a result of the November 4, 2014 election. The City Manager plans to conduct an expedited recruitment process of internal candidates.
Magnolia Avenue Improvement Project Set to Begin and New Traffic Controls Will Bring Congestion Relief 10/28/2014 The City of Long Beach is set to begin work this week on street improvements on Magnolia Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Spring Street.
City Manager Appoints Tom Modica as Assistant City Manager 10/24/2014 City Council Confirmation Scheduled for November 11, 2014. The Assistant City Manager provides a uniquely important role, as outlined in the City Charter, in supporting both the City Manager and various functions of the City Manager's Office.
Long Beach Accepts Deed to Schroeder Hall; Will House Police East Division Substation 10/24/2014 The City of Long Beach today celebrated accepting the deed for Schroeder Hall from the U.S. Army Reserve. The 4.7 acre facility will be renovated to house the Police Department's East Division Substation.
14th Street Park Fitness Zone Opening Ceremony Set for Oct. 25 10/22/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works invite the public to an opening ceremony for the new Fitness Zone at 14th Street Park, between Locust Avenue and Palmer Court, on Saturday, October 25.
Community Invited to Closing Ceremony for Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on Sunday Oct 26 10/22/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Suzie Price, the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division invite the public to the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool "Closing Ceremony" on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2:30 pm.
Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Receives $225000 Covered California Navigator Grant 10/21/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has received a $225,000 Covered California Navigator grant, aimed at increasing health insurance enrollment in the state. Covered California anticipates a total registration of 1.7 million Californians by the end of the coming open-enrollment period.
Celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month on Oct. 22 10/20/2014 The community is invited to join the City of Long Beach and the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) in a celebration recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Long Beach Civic Center's Centennial Plaza, located directly outside City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard.
Community Invited to North Library Groundbreaking Ceremony on Oct. 25 10/20/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmembers Rex Richardson and Al Austin and the Department of Library Services invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Neighborhood Library, at 10 am on Saturday, October 25, at 5870 Atlantic Ave., in Long Beach.
Flu Season is Coming – Be Prepared by Getting Your Annual Flu Shot 10/17/2014 The change in seasons and cooler weather is a reminder that it's time for residents to get their annual flu shot. While winter is the typical time for flu activity, outbreaks can occur as early as October, so it's not too early to get a flu shot now.
Downtown Long Beach Center Medians Improved During Metro Blue Line Temporary Station Closures 10/16/2014 The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) took advantage of Metro Blue Line station temporary closures in Downtown Long Beach to perform ground maintenance. Metro began a major renovation project in the area Sept. 20; regular Blue Line service will resume the morning of Monday, Oct. 20.
Community Encouraged to Participate in ‘Great California ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill on Thursday Oct 16 10/15/2014 The City of Long Beach is encouraging all residents, businesses, schools and visitors to join our neighbors around the state and participate in the annual "Great California ShakeOut" earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 10:16 am. To date, more than 10.1 million Californians have pledged to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" during the drill this year.
Cherry Avenue Improvement Project Set to Begin 10/13/2014 The City of Long Beach is set to begin work this week for street improvements on Cherry Avenue between Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). The City is coordinating efforts with the City of Signal Hill for their Cherry Avenue Widening Project, which continues north from PCH to 20th Street.
Long Beach Fire Department American Red Cross Launch Extensive Fire Safety Campaign 10/10/2014 Home fires kill an average of seven people every day across the nation, and cause approximately $7 billion in direct property damage every year.
Health Department Teams Up with Local Agencies to Host Long Beach Gay Mens Health Summit on October 11 2014 10/9/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, the National Minority AIDS Council, and the Southern California Men's Medical Group will host the Gay Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, October 11, 2014 to address gay and bisexual men’s health issues, including a troubling and continuing rise in HIV and sexually transmitted infections. The free summit is open to the public, and will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard Long Beach Downtown, 500 E. First Street, Long Beach.
9th Annual Senior Citizen Health and Wellness Fair on Oct. 9 10/6/2014 The free Ninth Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Thursday, October 9, from 9 am to noon at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 East Fourth St.
Long Beach Fire Academy Begins 10/6/2014 The Long Beach Fire Department is proud to introduce Academy Class 2014A. After nearly a year of extensive testing and evaluation, 28 highly qualified recruits have been selected to begin the 20-week fire academy on October 6, 2014. The selected recruits come to the City of Long Beach with diverse professional backgrounds and life experiences, and all are dedicated to completing the rigorous academy and beginning a career of service to the residents, visitors and businesses of Long Beach
Fire Department Announces Adoption of PulsePoint App; Invites Residents to Citywide Preparedness Expo on October 4 10/3/2014 To aid cardiac arrest victims quickly, the Long Beach Fire Department, The PulsePoint Foundation and Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach are making the PulsePoint app available to individuals in the City of Long Beach today.
Extended Cooling Center Hours at Six Long Beach Locations for Friday Oct 3 and Saturday Oct 4 10/3/2014 Due to the high temperatures forecasted for Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, the City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner has activated extended hours at six Cooling Centers in Long Beach, where people can stay cool in an air-conditioned facility.
Long Beach Health Department Announces Ebola Readiness 10/2/2014 Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there is a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) in Texas. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) would like to reassure the residents of Long Beach that there are no suspected cases of Ebola here in our City.
Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures Forecasted Thursday Through Saturday 10/1/2014 City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner is advising residents to take precautions against the heat on Thursday, October 2, through Saturday, October 4, 2014, with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the mid-90s to low-100s in parts of Long Beach.
Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in a Child in Long Beach 10/1/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services confirms that an infant in Long Beach has been diagnosed with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The child was briefly hospitalized and has recovered.
Long Beach Public Library Provides Self-Checkout Service 9/30/2014 The Long Beach Public Library now provides self-service checkout at all 12 locations. This easy, efficient service gives patrons the opportunity to bypass lines and check out materials themselves.
'READY Long Beach’ Citywide Preparedness Expo to Provide Life-Saving Information on Oct. 4 9/29/2014 Long Beach Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and other city departments and disaster response agencies will host the first-ever “READY Long Beach” Community Preparedness Expo on October 4, 2014, to help residents prepare for incidents such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and act of terrorism.
Healthy Active Long Beach Fruit and Veggie Party at Martin Luther King Jr Park 9/25/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) Healthy Active Long Beach Project invites the community to attend the 2nd Annual free "Fruit and Veggie Party!" on Saturday, September 27, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach.
Public Invited to Home-Based Food Sales Workshop on Sept. 23 9/22/2014 The Health Department invites the public to attend a free workshop: “Cottage Food Operations: Launch a Food Business from your Home.” The workshop will teach important requirements on how to become a cottage food operator, safely process food, and make proper food labels. The workshop is on Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach.
State Law Enacted to Allow City Clerks to Perform Civil Marriage Ceremonies 9/22/2014 On Friday, September 19, 2014, Governor Brown signed AB 1525 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal into State law. This bill was sponsored by the City of Long Beach and allows City Clerks to perform marriages, thus enhancing civic engagement in the process.
Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport 9/18/2014 At approximately 09:15 am on Thursday, Sept. 18, an outbound JetBlue flight from Long Beach Airport reported an engine problem and was rerouted back to Long Beach Airport for an emergency landing at 9:29 am. Evacuation slides were deployed and all 142 passengers deplaned safely along with five crew members.
Residents Invited to Help Make Long Beach More Pedestrian-Friendly 9/18/2014 The public is invited to WalkForth, an interactive event that will exhibit proposed improvement concepts that could be incorporated at Metro stations around the City. The demonstration will include mid-block crossings, curb extensions, landscaped medians, green alleys and more for community input on Friday, September 19, at 11:00 am, on Fourth Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue.
Miracle on Fourth Street Park Renovation Beginning 9/17/2014 The City's first mini-park, Miracle on 4th Street Park, located at 1518 E. 4th St, is getting a much-needed renovation.
West Nile Virus Continues to Affect Long Beach Residents 9/16/2014 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services reminds residents that West Nile Virus continues to be a problem in Southern California. As of Monday, September 15, 2014, there have been 17 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Long Beach, including one death. This is a significant increase from 2013, in which there were seven cases reported the entire year. These numbers are consistent with the rest of California, as so far this year 238 human cases have been reported in 26 different counties across the state. The California Department of Public Health is calling this the highest level of infected mosquitoes ever detected. More cases are expected, as this is the time of year when the risk of infection is at its highest.
Help Long Beach Reduce Carbon Footprint by Joining CoolCalifornia City Challenge Before Sept. 29 9/15/2014 The City of Long Beach is one of 10 cities participating in the CoolCalifornia City Challenge, a fun, innovative competition among California cities to reduce greenhouse gases and build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Long Beach is counting on the support of its residents to become the "Coolest California City." Residents who sign up before the deadline of September 29 also have an opportunity to help a local nonprofit or school of their choice win up to $3,000 in prize money.
Cooling Centers to Open on Sunday September 14 2014 9/13/2014 Cooling Centers to Open on Sunday, September 14, 2014
City Health Officer Reminds Residents To Keep Cool This Weekend 9/12/2014 The Acting Health Officer for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), Dr. Mauro Torno, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this weekend and beyond with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the mid-90s in parts of Long Beach and even higher in other parts of Southern California from today through Monday, Sept. 15.
Succeed in School with a Long Beach Library Card 9/10/2014 One of the simplest ways to ensure a child's school success is by making a quick trip to the Long Beach Public Library to get a library card. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of Low-Income Senior Living Community 9/9/2014 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the grand opening of Ramona Park Apartments, a two-story, 61-unit rental complex that will provide affordable, quality housing for low- and very low-income seniors.
City of Long Beach Announces Community Review Process for the Civic Center Request for Proposals 9/8/2014 Today the City of Long Beach announced the community review process for the Long Beach Civic Center project. Over the next few months, the City will be holding a series of meetings to review the Civic Center, review the various options, take public input, and review the proposals the City has received to construct a new Civic Center.
City Health Officer Announces First Death in Long Beach from West Nile Virus in 2014 9/4/2014 Dr. Mitchell Kushner, Public Health Officer for the City of Long Beach, today announced the first death this year due to complications associated with West Nile Virus (WNV). The resident, who was in his mid-70s and lived in east Long Beach, was hospitalized in August.
Storm Surge in Southeast Long Beach Expected This Weekend 9/4/2014 A storm surge event with higher than normal water levels is expected to impact the Peninsula and Naples areas of Long Beach this weekend. The storm surge is being caused by Hurricane Norbert in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is expected to impact southeast Long Beach from Friday afternoon through Monday morning.
Elvira Hallinan Appointed Manager of Marine Operations 9/4/2014 George Chapjian, Director of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, announced today the appointment of Elvira Hallinan as Manager of Marine Operations for the City of Long Beach, effective August 23, 2014.
Back to School Begins with a Visit to Your Health Provider - Get Vaccinated Against Pertussis 9/3/2014 With school starting, it is a perfect time to update your children's immunizations. This year, it is especially important for students to be up to date with their pertussis, or "whooping cough" vaccinations as cases continue to increase throughout California.
City of Long Beach Labor Day Weekend Holiday Closures 8/28/2014 City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Monday, September 1, 2014, for the Labor Day Holiday. City Hall re-opens on Tuesday, September 2.
Storm Surge along Peninsula Expected Tuesday Morning Wednesday Afternoon 8/25/2014 A storm surge event with higher than normal water levels is expected to impact the Peninsula area on Tuesday morning at approximately 10 am and also on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 6 pm. The storm surge is being caused by Hurricane Marie in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and is over and above the predicted astronomical tides.
State of California Awards $553,000 for MacArthur Park Rehabilitation 8/22/2014 Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has been awarded a $553,000 grant to renovate MacArthur Park, 1321 E Anaheim St. The funding comes from the California Department of Housing and Community Development Housing-Related Parks (HRP) grant program, which creates incentives and rewards local governments for building affordable housing to fund much-needed parks in their communities.
Technology Services Director Retires City to Launch National Search for New Director 8/21/2014 Curtis Tani, Director of the City of Long Beach Department of Technology Services, has announced his plans to retire, effective September 12, 2014.
Artesia Boulevard Street Improvement Project Set to Begin 8/15/2014 The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a street improvement project on Artesia Boulevard from Butler Avenue to the western city boundary. The majority of this project is in the City of Long Beach, but some work will be in the City of Compton near the border with both cities to facilitate pavement rehabilitation work and minimize public inconvenience.
Pacific Gateway Holding Truck Driver Hiring Event on Aug. 13 8/7/2014 Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network is holding a hiring event to immediately fill current openings for Class A Driver positions with CRST. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Harbor WorkSource Center, 1851 N. Gaffey St., Suite F, San Pedro, CA 90731.
Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus; First Human Case in Long Beach Announced 8/7/2014 The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. The 61-year-old East Long Beach resident has no known underlying health issues and is currently recovering well. As of August 6, 2014, 35 human cases have been reported in 10 California counties, including Los Angeles (1) and Orange (6). There have been two WNV-related deaths this year in northern California.
Enhanced Go Long Beach App Allows for Reporting of Water Issues in Parks 8/5/2014 The City's popular Go Long Beach app has been enhanced so the public can help the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) quickly locate and reduce water run-off
Jyl Marden Appointed Interim Assistant City Manager 7/29/2014 City Manager Patrick H. West announced today the appointment of Jyl Marden as Interim Assistant City Manager, effective August 2, 2014.
Community Invited to Grand Opening Ceremony for Orizaba Park Community Center on Saturday Aug 2 7/29/2014 Mayor Robert Garcia, 4th District Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works invite the public to a grand opening ceremony for the Orizaba Park Community Center on Saturday August 2 at 10 am. Orizaba Park is located at Orizaba Avenue and Spaulding Street.
Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Competition - Tuesday July 29th 7/25/2014 On Tuesday, July 29th, the Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program will have their annual Stud Ironman event. The competition is free and open to all, so family, friends, and swim teams are welcomed to participate.
City of Long Beach Warns Community About Utility Billing Scam 7/18/2014 The City of Long Beach is warning residents and businesses not to fall victim to a scam involving a telephoned threat of utility service termination unless a payment is made immediately.
Assistant City Manager Recruitment Update 7/18/2014 As was previously announced, Assistant City Manager Suzanne Frick has submitted her resignation to accept a position as City Administrator for the City of Ketchum, Idaho. Her last day with the City of Long Beach will be Friday, August 1.
Health Department Recognized for Social Media Efforts During National Public Health Week 7/11/2014 The Long Beach Health Department has received a national award for using social media to engage its community partners and staff, and has been selected to present its social media strategies during a national public health convention later this year.
First rabid skunk to test positive in Los Angeles County since 1979 confirmed to be rabies variant carried by bats 7/3/2014 The California Department of Public Health confirmed today that the rabid skunk found last week in Long Beach was infected with a rabies virus variant from the Mexican-free-tailed bat.
July 4 Holiday Closures 7/1/2014 City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule on Friday, July 4, 2014. City Hall re-opens on Monday, July 7.
Long Beach Fire Department's reminder on Firework Safety 7/1/2014 Fireworks are illegal in Long Beach, and can be dangerous. Even the so-called Safe and Sane fireworks and sparklers can be harmful. These “store bought” ground-based fireworks can often results in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries.
3 Alarm Fire at 1700 W. Anaheim in Long Beach 7/1/2014 Today at 13:00, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to 1700 W. Anaheim for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, units found an industrial building used for the manufacturing of electric-powered merchant signs.
Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach Public Encouraged to See Professional Fireworks Shows Municipal Band Concerts 6/30/2014 With the 4th of July holiday rapidly approaching, the City of Long Beach is reminding people that all fireworks are illegal and dangerous, and encouraging people to attend a professional fireworks show, which is the best way to enjoy fireworks with your family and friends.
Skunk in Long Beach Tests Positive for Rabies; First Rabid Skunk in L.A. County since 1979 6/27/2014 The City of Long Beach Health Officer reminds residents to vaccinate their pets and avoid contact with wild animals following confirmation of a case of rabies.
Pet Owner Tips for the July 4th Holiday 6/26/2014 The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter.
CRITICAL MISSING 6/26/2014 The Long Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an elderly woman who suffers from dementia and alzheimer’s and was last seen after she was dropped off at her home in the 5500 block of E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.
LBTV Cable Channel Wins STAR Awards for 14th Year in a Row 6/23/2014 The City of Long Beach's cable channel, LBTV, a division of the Technology Services Department, received eight government programming STAR awards at the States of California and Nevada National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SCAN NATOA) eighteenth annual conference last week in Santa Monica.
City’s Mobility Element Wins Award of Excellence 6/18/2014 The City's Mobility Element has earned an Award of Excellence by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The awards, which were presented last week, recognize exceptional planning achievements by individuals, cities, and businesses in the Los Angeles region.
Long Beach Police Department Academy Class No. 87 Begins 6/17/2014 The Long Beach Police Department has started its second academy in two years, and is also currently recruiting its next academy.
Long Beach Public Library Announces 2014 Summer Reading Club Fiz Boom READ! 6/13/2014 Explore science through reading this summer, as the Long Beach Public Library announces a wide variety of free, educational, entertaining and fun programs to help the community fill their summer days. Everyone is invited to join the Summer Reading Club online or at any Long Beach Public Library. Participants can enter drawings to win some amazing prizes, including an eReader, tablet and backpacks filled with school supplies. All prizes are provided by the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library and the Long Beach Library Foundation.
Outreach Efforts Continue for Southeast Area Specific Plan 6/11/2014 Outreach efforts are continuing for the preparation of the City of Long Beach Southeast Area Specific Plan (Plan), and the public is invited to attend upcoming events and provide input on the new Plan that will affect 1,500 acres of southeast Long Beach.
Long Beach Awarded $924000 Grant for Restoration Enhancement of Wetland Areas at Willow Springs Park 6/11/2014 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $924,000 state grant to improve wetlands and increase accessibility at Willow Springs Park by building trails, planting trees and re-establishing native vegetation. The park is located at 2745 Orange Ave.
Car into a building on 7th Street 6/6/2014 Today (6/3/14) at approximately 13:30, a vehicle travelling west bound on 7th street (at Santiago Ave) came off the roadway, across an alleyway, and crashed through a garage door.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Removes Several Dozen Cats from Vacant House Provides Veterinarian Services 6/3/2014 Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is providing veterinarian care for several dozen cats that were removed from a vacant house. Most of the cats were sick, non-responsive or underweight. Approximately half of the cats were kittens.
Deputy City Manager to Serve as Acting Airport Director 5/30/2014 Today, City Manager Patrick H. West appointed Deputy City Manager Reginald "Reggie" Harrison to the position of Acting Airport Director. Mr. Harrison will serve as Acting Director while the City undertakes a nationwide search for a new Airport Director. Mario Rodriguez, the City's former Airport Director, resigned from the City today to take a new job as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Mr. Rodriguez announced his resignation in April 2014.
Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Outdoor Activities During the Summer Months 5/29/2014 WNV positive mosquitoes have been detected in nearby Los Angeles County.
Long Beach Unemployment Rate hits Six Year Low; Major Economic Activity Currently Underway in Long Beach 5/28/2014 The unemployment rate in Long Beach has hit a six year low, dropping to 8.4% as of April 2014. During the Great Recession, the unemployment rate reached a peak of 14.6% in July 2010, and the unemployment rate has dropped steadily since that time.
City of Long Beach Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Closures 5/23/2014 All Long Beach Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, May 24, 2014 for the observance of Memorial Day. All libraries will reopen on Tuesday, May 27. (The library catalog, downloads, and databases are available 24/7.)
Long Beach Receives 86% ‘A’ and ‘B’ Grades for Water Quality from Heal the Bay Annual Beach Report Card 5/22/2014 The City of Long Beach received 86 percent "A" and “B” grades for water quality, a 10 percent improvement over the previous year and a 16 percent improvement over the 5-year average, according to the Heal the Bay 2014 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued today.
Start the ‘100 Days of Summer’ with free ‘Knyght Ryder’ Concert on May 23 5/21/2014 From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Long Beach will offer hundreds of free or low cost cultural programs, sports activities and special events throughout the City. "100 Days of Summer" is a partnership between Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau to promote opportunities to "stay and play" in Long Beach.
Annual Summer Youth Jobs Program Launched 5/20/2014 The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network today kicked off its summer Youth Jobs Program.
City of Long Beach Launches New Disaster Preparedness Website 5/19/2014 Today the City of Long Beach released a new Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications website for residents to have a quicker and simpler way to get information on how to keep themselves and their family safe at home and at work in the event of a disaster or major emergency.
Community Invited to Attend 5th Annual Long Beach Asthma Resource Fair on May 17 5/15/2014 The community is invited to attend the free 5th Annual Long Beach Asthma Resource Fair on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave. May is Asthma Awareness Month.
Heat Alert Issued for Long Beach; Extended Hours at Five Cooling Centers Announced 5/14/2014 City Health Officer Mitchell Kushner, MD, has declared a Heat Alert for Long Beach for Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 101° F. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.
Brush Fire in Long Beach 5/14/2014 This morning (Wednesday, May 14th at 9:11) the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the Los Cerritos Wetlands area near the southeast corner of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
Heat Alert Issued for Long Beach; Extended Hours at Five Cooling Centers Announced 5/14/2014 City Health Officer Mitchell Kushner, MD, has declared a Heat Alert for Long Beach for Wednesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 15, as temperatures are expected to reach up to 101° F. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.
Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets 5/13/2014 Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reminds residents to keep all family members, including pets, safe during high temperatures. According to Margaret Lee, Shelter Veterinarian for LBACS, families should practice a few simple tips to keep their pets healthy and safe during the heat:
City Health Officer Reminds Residents to Beat the Heat with High Temperatures Expected Throughout the Week 5/12/2014 With temperatures expected this week in the mid to high 90s, the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related injury and illness.
Dedication Event Scheduled for New Downtown Park 5/8/2014 Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and the Departments of Parks, Recreation & Marine and Public Works invite the public to a dedication ceremony for a new park to be located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Alamitos Avenue and Sixth Street on Thursday, May 15, at 10 am.
Fund Raiser to benefit LBFD USAR Canine Program 5/8/2014 On Saturday, May 10th from 10:00am until 4:00pm, the new Unleashed by Petco Store in Long Beach will have a Grand Opening Celebration and host a fund-raiser for the Long Beach Fire Department's Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Program's Canine Program.
Public Invited to Drake / Chavez Greenbelt Dedication on May 10 5/6/2014 Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and the Departments of Parks, Recreation & Marine and Public Works invite the public to the dedication of the Drake/Chavez Greenbelt, on Saturday, May 10, at 10 am. The entrance is on the south side of Anaheim Street at Daisy Avenue.
Long Beach Ranked Third in U.S. for Bike Infrastructure 5/2/2014 The City of Long Beach was recently ranked third in terms of having the most miles of bicycle infrastructure per square mile among the 52 largest cities in the United States, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The City's grant-funded investments in bicycling infrastructure have led to a doubling of bicycle riding since annual bike counts began in 2008.
City Health Officer Reminds Long Beach Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures Today 5/1/2014 Acting City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno is advising residents to take precautions against the heat today, May 1, with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the upper 90s in Long Beach.
City’s Historic Preservation Efforts Receive Top Rating 4/30/2014 The City of Long Beach has earned an "A" by the Los Angeles Conservancy, in a new study that measures historic preservation in 88 cities within Los Angeles County.
Community Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony to Enhance Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr Park 4/24/2014 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) in partnership with the Downtown Long Beach Lions Club invite the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Peace Garden Enrichment Project on Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 am at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Selected as Beta Site to Help Test Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) 4/24/2014 The City of Long Beach has been selected by the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to serve as a beta site for California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS).
News Release: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Increasing in the City of Long Beach 4/22/2014 Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is on the rise in Long Beach and City health officials are encouraging residents to immunize themselves and their families against this preventable disease.
Public Invited to Grand Opening Event for Chittick Field Sports Complex on April 23 4/21/2014 Mayor Bob Foster, Sixth District City Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Departments of Parks, Recreation & Marine and Public Works invite the public to a grand opening event for the Chittick Field sports complex, on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:00 am.
Airport Director Mario Rodriguez to Lead Indianapolis Airport Authority 4/21/2014 Long Beach Airport Director Mario Rodriguez announced today his resignation from the City of Long Beach to accept a position as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Mr. Rodriguez was named Long Beach Airport Director in February 2009 and had earlier served for 20 years in both the public and private sectors, including Deputy Director at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, and in positions at the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach International Airports.
Public Invited to Provide Input for Southeast Area Specific Plan; Community Workshops Scheduled for April 4/15/2014 Two workshops have been scheduled to inform the community about the Southeast Area Specific Plan, which is a three-year effort to comprehensively review and update the zoning code historically known as the Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP).
Lives Change @ Your Library – Long Beach Celebrates National Library Month 4/2/2014 This month, the Long Beach Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Month, a time to highlight our libraries. "Lives Change @ Your Library" is a fitting theme for this year's National Library Month celebration as our library is committed to the ever-changing needs of the Long Beach community.
City of Long Beach Statement on Earthquake Preparedness 3/31/2014 The City of Long Beach wants the community to know that our employees train diligently to prepare for, and respond to, earthquakes and similar events.
Dario Franchitti Gerald Forsythe Kevin Kalkhoven To Be Inducted Into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/27/2014 Three motorsports legends with a history of checkered flags at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – driver Dario Franchitti and owners Gerald Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven – will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 10.
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Opening Up Race Track for Public Use on Tuesday April 1 3/26/2014 For the second year in a row, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is opening up its track to the public on Tuesday, April 1, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The community is invited to walk, bike, roller skate or even push a stroller along the course where the world's best IndyCar drivers will scream at over 180 mph the following week. No motorized vehicles allowed; animals are not permitted with the exception of service animals.
14th Street Park Fitness Zone Groundbreaking Event Planned for March 27 3/24/2014 Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and the Department of Public Works invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Fitness Zone at 14th Street Park, between Locust Avenue and Palmer Court, on Thursday, March 27 at 2 pm.
Loma Vista Park Tot Lot Groundbreaking Planned for March 26 3/21/2014 Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Department of Public Works invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Tot Lot at Loma Vista Park, 1173 Loma Vista on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 pm.
Public Invited to Coolidge Park Dog Park Grand Opening on March 22 3/17/2014 Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, 9th District Long Beach City Councilmember Steven Neal, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the public to a grand opening ceremony for the Coolidge Park Dog Park on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10 am at the northern end of Coolidge Park, 352 Neece Avenue.
Windward Village Mobile Home Fire 3/16/2014 At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire in the 3500 block of Santa Fe Avenue at the Windward Village Mobil Home Park. Firefighters arrived and found a mobile home fully involved with fire. An adult occupant was able to escape with his children without injury prior to the arrival of firefighters. A total of ten family members lived at the residence, seven adults and three children.
Atlantic Avenue Street Improvement Project Set to Begin 3/14/2014 The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a street improvement project on Atlantic Avenue between 52nd Street and North Atlantic Place, as part of the City's efforts to invest in corridors and create vibrant commercial areas for both businesses and residents to enjoy.
Public Invited to Attend Southeast Area Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee’s First Meeting 3/12/2014 The public is invited to attend the first meeting of the recently seated Southeast Area Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee (Committee) on Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 pm at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel Seafarer Room at 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
TWO MURDER SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH FEBRUARY SHOOTING 3/11/2014 On Friday, February 21, 2014, 24 year-old Christopher Lane was shot and killed at 59th Street and Linden Avenue in Long Beach. Detectives worked diligently on the case, which led to the arrest of two individuals responsible for this violent act.
Long Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Tryouts 3/6/2014 On Saturday March 15, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. the Long Beach Fire Department will hold an open test for anyone interested in becoming a Seasonal Lifeguard. Tryouts will be held at the Long Beach Lifeguard Beach Operations located at 2100 East Ocean Blvd (enter off Junipero Ave. for parking lot).
Long Beach Storm Update 2/28/2014 City crews have prepared for the current rainstorm and are responding with a well-coordinated effort to minimize impacts on residents and infrastructure. Overall the City of Long Beach withstood the storm well. Impacts in Long Beach included:
Discover Long Beach Airport (LGB) Through New App 2/27/2014 Making your way through Long Beach Airport is easier than ever with the recently launched LGB Airport App. The free app allows travelers to look up flight arrivals and departures; track specific flights; get information about parking and concessions; and plan their visit to Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Trains Emergency Response Teams 2/26/2014 The City of Long Beach is augmenting its emergency management systems by training 150 employees to help the City be better prepared to manage a large-scale natural or man-made disaster.
Be Prepared for Winter Storms 2/25/2014 Cooler temperatures, fog, wind, and rain are here. Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and more in the foothill areas of Southern California. Thunderstorms are possible.
Naples Seawall Replacement Set to Begin 2/17/2014 The City of Long Beach will begin constructing new seawalls this week along one portion of the Rivo Alto Canal in Naples Island. The section stretches from the Ravenna Bridge to the eastern portion of The Toledo Bridge, about 1,900 linear feet between the north and south sides. This project is the first phase of a multi-phase replacement of the public seawalls surrounding the island.
Bonito Ave Apartment Fire 2/15/2014 On Friday, February 14, 2014 at approximately 6:18 p.m. this evening the Long Beach Fire Department responded to an apartment fire in the 100 block of Bonito Avenue
Bellflower Blvd Garage Fire 2/15/2014 On Friday, February 14, 2014 at approximately 7:37 p.m. this evening the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a reported garage fire in the 4413 Bellflower Boulevard.
City of Long Beach Presidents Day Closures 2/14/2014 City of Long Beach offices and services will adhere to the following schedule for the Presidents Day Holiday, celebrated this year on Monday, Feb. 17
Redondo Avenue Street Improvement Project Set to Begin 2/12/2014 The City of Long Beach will begin work next week on a street improvement project on Redondo Avenue between 2nd Street and Anaheim Street.
LA Clippers Help Long Beach Celebrate New Basketball Court Playground at Coolidge Park 2/11/2014 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the opening of a refurbished basketball court and a new playground at Coolidge Park, with some help from The California Endowment and the Los Angeles Clippers, whose basketball players provided clinics to neighborhood children.
Long-Term Contracts Help Protect Residents against Soaring Natural Gas Commodity Prices 2/10/2014 A long-term natural-gas purchasing strategy is helping to protect Long Beach Gas and Oil (LBGO) customers from recent price spikes of nearly 300 percent, due to short supply and extremely cold weather elsewhere in the United States.
Pine Avenue Street Improvement Project Set to Begin 2/10/2014 The City of Long Beach will soon begin work on a major street improvement project on Pine Avenue between Seaside Way and Anaheim Street.
El Dorado Dog Park Opening Ceremony Planned for Saturday February 8 2/6/2014 Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, 5th District Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the public to a grand opening ceremony for the El Dorado Dog Park on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10 am, in the southeast corner of El Dorado East Regional Park, Area II.
Beach Maintenance Incident 2/4/2014 At approximately 9:00 AM today, a beach maintenance crew member conducting routine trash collection operations in a small truck struck an individual on the beach between 54th and 55th place. The individual was reportedly lying on the ground when he was struck. The Fire Department responded and transported the man to the hospital where he is undergoing care.
Community Outreach Efforts Begin for Southeast Long Beach Plan 1/31/2014 The community is invited to help the City of Long Beach prepare a new plan for a 1,500-acre area of southeast Long Beach known as the Southeast Area Specific Plan. This weekend is another chance for the public to provide input and the City encourages the community to get involved in this project.
Roadway Survey Analysis Will Help Improve Long-Term Maintenance 1/28/2014 The City Of Long Beach is conducting a detailed inventory, rating, and pavement analysis of all of its roadways, which will help develop cost-effective long-term maintenance and rehabilitation plans.