Long Beach City Officials and AQMD Address Air Quality Issues in Northeast Long Beach
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
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
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.
Long Beach Health Officer Lifts Closure on Mother’s Beach and Beach at 56th Place in Alamitos Bay
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.
Long Beach Civic Center Honored for Design Innovation
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.
Beaches in Alamitos Bay Closed Due to Sewage Spill
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.
City of Long Beach 2017 Independence Day Holiday Closures
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.
Animal Care Services Advises Pet Owners for the Fourth of July Holiday
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 Wins Four Prestigious American Planning Association Awards
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.
Long Beach Fleet Ranks Top Ten in the Nation
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 Unemployment Rate Declines to Lowest Level Recorded Since 1990
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
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 of Long Beach Marks One-Year Anniversary of Voters Passing Measure A
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Long Beach Observes Building Safety Month
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.
City of Long Beach Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Closures
Libraries All Long Beach Public Libraries will be closed on Saturday, May 27, 2017 for the observance of Memorial Day. Bay Shore, Burnett, El Dorado and Michelle Obama Neighborhood Libraries will be open on Sunday, May 28. All Libraries are closed on Mondays, per their normal schedule and will reopen on Tuesday, May 30. (The library catalog, downloads, and databases are available 24/7.)
Innovative Housing Model Offers Increased Independence for People with Special Needs
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.
Long Beach Public Library is a 2017 Recipient of National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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.
El Dorado Nature Center Dedication Ceremony is Scheduled for May 20
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.
Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for Colorado Lagoon Restoration
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.
Transit-Oriented Development and Enhanced Urban Environment to Spark Midtown Transformation
Enhanced walkability, improved mobility options for bicycles and transit riders, and new development and housing opportunities along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor will create a thriving community in Midtown Long Beach. The Midtown Specific Plan (Plan) sets forth a strategic path for achieving this vision and redefining a 369-acre area along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor.
New Mixed-Use Development Approved for Downtown Long Beach
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.
Kevin J. Jackson Appointed Deputy City Manager
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.
Long Beach Celebrates Bike Month in May
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.
Homeless Count Declines in Long Beach
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.
Long Beach Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level Since 2010
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
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
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.
City of Long Beach Takes Home Five Communications Awards
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
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.
Long Beach Reaches Class Action Settlement for ADA Improvements
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.
City Library Launches ‘YouthSpark Live’ in Long Beach
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 Issues New Landscape Requirements
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.
Long Beach Launches ‘Can Your Butts’ Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
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.
Trans Day of Visibility at Harvey Milk Park on Friday, March 31
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.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of Habitat Homes for Lower-Income Families
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
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.
City of Long Beach Helping Residents Prepare for Tsunamis
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’
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.
Public Invited to Marina Vista Sports Court Grand Opening Ceremony on March 18
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 Airport to Launch Ride Share Pilot Program on April 5, 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.
Community Invited to Series of Events to Further Activate Harvey Milk Park
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.
Be Prepared for Powerful Storms
A powerful storm system is expected to bring several inches of rain and high winds, beginning Friday morning through Saturday morning.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives For Preservation of Historic Properties
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
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
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
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
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.
Closure Lifted at All Beaches; However, New Rain Advisory in Effect from Today’s Rainfall
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
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.
Business Services Improve, Unemployment Declines
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 Announces 2017 Mobility Challenge – #CountMeInLB
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.
Newest Park in Long Beach Named after Dr. David Molina; Public Invited to Ground-Breaking Ceremony on January 28
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.
Community Invited to Animal Care Services Open House on Saturday, January 28
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.
$1 Million Grant to Provide Career Training for 250 At-Risk Youth
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.
Alamitos Bay, Colorado Lagoon Closed Due to Sewage Spill
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.
Be Prepared for Powerful Storms
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
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
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
City of Long Beach to Launch Electric Vehicle Charger Giveaway Program January 9
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.
Volunteers Encouraged to Help with Citywide Count of Homeless Persons on January 26, 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 Using Social Media to Count Down Top 10 Stories of 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.
Overnight Winter Shelter Opens
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 Reviews Successes from 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
John Keisler Named Director of Economic and Property Development
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
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.
White House Recognizes City of Long Beach for Outstanding Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness
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.
Long Beach Airport Named Top 10 Airport in the U.S. Three Consecutive Years
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 Airport’s Festival of Flight is Ready for Takeoff
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
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.
Celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month on October 27, 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.
Take the Wayfinding Signage Program Survey
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.
City of Long Beach Launches ‘BizPort’ New Business Portal
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.
New Business Portal, Civic Innovation Summit Highlight Long Beach Innovation Week
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.
Long Beach a Finalist for Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County
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.
Citywide ‘Long Beach Serves’ Volunteer Campaign Begins October 1
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.”
Public Invited to Housing Resource Fair, Community Forum
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
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.
READY Long Beach Will Help Prepare Residents for Emergencies
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
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.
Greenbelt Improvement Project Grand Opening Ceremony Planned for Saturday, September 10
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.
Long Beach TV Wins Social Media Citizen Engagement Award
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 Health Officer Encourages Residents to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus
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.
Long Beach Airport Named Most Affordable Airport in U.S.
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.
Tree Removals Necessary to Support Safe Long Beach Parks
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.
Jesus “Jess” L. Romo Appointed Director of Long Beach Airport
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
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.
LBPD Awarded $600,000 State Grant for Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations
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.
Beach Streets Midtown Coming to Long Beach on Nov. 12
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.
Coastal Beaches Re-Opened
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.
Coastal Beaches in Long Beach Remain Closed Due to Sewage Spill in Downtown Los Angeles
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.
Community Invited to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
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).
Southwest Airlines Temporarily Adding Flights Out of Long Beach Airport
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 Officials to Break Ground Friday on New Civic Center
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.
Public Invited to Provide Input on Future Development of Queen Mary Area
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.
Downtown Fitness Loop Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned
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.
Community Invited to Experience Separated Bike Lanes at First Fridays on July 1
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
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.
Celebration Planned for Alamitos Bay ‘Swimability’ Improvements
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.
Community Invited to ‘Protect Yourself from Elder Abuse Workshop’
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
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
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.
Celebration Planned for Shoreline Drive, Alamitos Beach Parking Lot Improvements
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).