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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City of Long Beach Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Closures 5/22/2017 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Transit-Oriented Development and Enhanced Urban Environment to Spark Midtown Transformation 5/11/2017 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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
Annual Street Maintenance Will Close Southern Terminus of Long Beach (710) Freeway on Sunday Morning 3/9/2017 On Sunday, March 12, the southern terminus of the Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed south of Anaheim Street from 4:00 am to 12:00 pm, for annual maintenance.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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 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.
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 1/20/2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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