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Unemployment News 4/24/2017 When I took office almost three years ago, economic development and growing local jobs were my top priorities. Today, we are happy to announce that Long Beach has a 4.7% unemployment rate - the lowest level it's been in more than a decade. That’s better than the California rate at 4.9%.
Inconvenient Convenience Fee Email 4/21/2017 One of the issues that has frustrated me most since becoming Mayor is the inconvenient "convenience fee" the city charges customers to pay utilities online. If we want to be green and encourage residents to pay online, we shouldn't charge you more. It's been a complex system to fix due to prior vendor agreements and cost. The good news is we are finally working to eliminate the fee.

Long Beach Now Busiest Cruise Terminal in America 4/12/2017 Every year our Long Beach Cruise Terminal welcomes passengers arriving from and departing to a host of locations including Baja California and Alaska. I am excited to share with you that we officially celebrated the start of the multi-million dollar renovation of the Spruce Goose Dome. This project will more than double the cruise terminal facility from approximately 66,000 square feet to 142,000 square feet.
Carnival Cruise Line and City of Long Beach Start Renovations at the Long Beach Cruise Terminal 4/12/2017 Carnival Cruise Line marked the beginning of a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility to accommodate larger ships and enhance terminal operations.
New City Economic Draft Blueprint Lays Out 10 Year Plan for Growth, Development 4/7/2017 In a unanimous vote, the Long Beach City Council approved the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development, an economic development guide for the next 10 years, during Tuesday’s weekly city council meeting.
Despite federal action, Long Beach revs up fight against global warming 3/30/2017 Some environmentalists are shifting their focus closer to home amid changing priorities at the federal level, proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Habitat LA Breaks Ground with Incoming Families on New Homes in Washington Neighborhood 3/24/2017 Four families will be moving into affordable, safe housing in Long Beach thanks to a development project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Los Angeles Area (Habitat LA).
Long Beach’s Robert Garcia joins sea of mayors buoying immigrants 3/21/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who emigrated from Peru at age 5, joined dozens of his mayoral counterparts Tuesday to call on Congress and President Donald Trump to fix a “broken” immigration system and pass a comprehensive overhaul of how people are granted entry into the country.
City and State Leaders Must Work Together to Solve LA County’s Child Care Shortage 3/20/2017 As mayor, I’ve worked to expand quality childcare and preschool in Long Beach for our most vulnerable families. In January, I supported the launch of the Mayor’s Fund for Education, a nonprofit that will help raise funds to supplement education programs in Long Beach.
The Future of Growing Cities Rests in Smart Transit 3/11/2017 As pressure mounts on municipal governments and transit agencies to persuade residents to trade their cars for alternative modes of transportation, smart transit offers the best solution to the growing pains in metropolitan areas.
Blue Line Police In Long Beach A Start On Improvements 3/3/2017 For almost a decade, Long Beach, the second largest city in LA County, has had no seat on the Metro Board of Directors. When I was elected to join the Metro Board a couple of months ago by local mayors, I made fixing the Blue Line a top priority.
Measure A Kickoff 3/3/2017 Today we launched the biggest infrastructure investment in our city in a generation. Thanks to last year’s passage of Measure A, we stood today at the intersection of East Jackson Street and Walnut Avenue where we jump started the repairs. This is part of our $150 million multi-year infrastructure plan.
Long Beach kicks off work on roads, other projects, thanks to new sales tax 3/2/2017 Long Beach officials gathered around Jackson Park on Thursday to kick off some of the first street and sidewalk repairs in infrastructure projects planned over the next several years under Measure A, a 10-year sales tax increase approved by voters in June.
A Huge Win for Long Beach - A Safer Blue Line 2/23/2017 Today, the Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted to contract with the Long Beach Police Department (LPBD) to patrol the Blue Line and the 8 stops through the City of Long Beach. Over the next year, we will make the Blue Line safer and improve the quality of life for Blue Line riders.
Meet Your New Commissioners 2/21/2017 I am proud to announce nine recent appointments to City commissions. These community leaders are committed to ensuring our city prospers and grows. I also want to congratulate the five new members of the Port of Long Beach's Grants Advisory Committee.
Help us reimagine the Beach 2/8/2017 You are 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.
Tyler Technologies to Provide City of Long Beach, California, with Enterprise Resource Planning Solution 2/2/2017 Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL) today announced an agreement with Long Beach, California, for Tyler’s Munis® enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The deal, which includes human resources (HR) and financial management applications, is valued at $8.5 million and makes Long Beach the largest Munis client in California.
ACS Open House Message from the Community: Be the Change that You Want to See 2/2/2017 “Be part of the change!” was the spirit of this year’s Long Beach Animal Care Services’ (ACS) Open House on Saturday, January 28 at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center.
Bixby Knolls’ Shipping Container Food Court, SteelCraft, Celebrates Anticipated Grand Opening to Much Fanfare 2/2/2017 The announcement came in November 2015 that the first food court made of shipping containers in Los Angeles County would be dropping in Bixby Knolls with a projected opening date of early 2016. That ambitious date ended up being today, when SteelCraft officially celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.
Long Beach Airport to allow Uber, Lyft to pick up passengers - for a fee 2/2/2017 Long Beach Airport is preparing to roll out a pilot program that will allow smartphone-based ride-share services like Uber or Lyft to pick passengers up curbside.
Long Beach's Aquarium Of The Pacific Breaks Ground On Pacific Visions Wing 2/2/2017 With hard hats shining and shovels digging, construction crews broke ground this morning (Thursday, Feb. 2) on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Pacific Visions wing, a $53 million addition that could be complete as soon as late 2018.
Open For Business 2/1/2017 You've probably noticed more businesses have popped up as you drive, walk, or bike around Long Beach. What you're seeing are overall positive trends for the local economy.
Long Beach unemployment rate drops to 5.2%, latest figures show 2/1/2017 The unemployment rate in Long Beach declined by nearly a full percentage point over last year, dropping from 6.2 percent in 2015 to 5.2 percent in 2016, the city reported this week.
Long Beach residents’ opinions influenced airport decision: Guest commentary 1/31/2017 Two years ago, Long Beach began to consider the costs, consequences and benefits of constructing a Federal Inspection Service (FIS) facility at Long Beach Airport, a necessary step toward allowing international flights to depart and land in our own backyard. That process was long and even arduous at times, and sparked a passionate debate that concluded just days ago.
Long Beach residents can now file police reports for some crimes online 1/31/2017 The public can file a police report for certain crimes online, according to an announcement from the city of Long Beach. The Long Beach Police Department has adopted a system called Coplogic, a web-based program that allows residents to file reports for harassing or annoying phone calls, thefts or attempted thefts, non-injury hit-and-run accidents, lost property and vandalism and graffiti.
Long Beach continues as beacon of progress, Route 50 1/31/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia discusses how a new White House administration won’t stop the momentum that’s pushed his city and others like it forward.
Long Beach police would get 9 percent raise under new contract 1/30/2017 Long Beach police officers will receive a raise of about 9 percent spread over the next three years under a tentative contract expected to come before the City Council for final approval next week.
Irvine-based go-kart company K1 Speed joins list of Long Beach Grand Prix sponsors 1/29/2017 K1 Speed, an Irvine-based operator of go-kart tracks, has inked a deal to join the list of sponsors supporting this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The New Blue Line: $1.2B Overhaul Over Next Six Years 1/29/2017 After nearly a quarter of a century in operation, Los Angeles County’s oldest and most popular light-rail line—Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)’s Blue Line—will see a six-year, $1.2B overhaul.
P3... build baby build! 1/27/2017 CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the growing popularity of public-private partnerships in the U.S.
Volunteers fan out across Long Beach to find, count and help homeless 1/26/2017 Hundreds of volunteers set out before dawn Thursday to tally the number of homeless people that live in Long Beach. Organizers expected about 400 people to participate in this year’s biennial homeless count.
Add Long Beach To Cities Vowing To Fight Trump On Immigration Policy 1/26/2017 CBS2's Dave Lopez heard frank talk from Long Beach's mayor, Robert Garcia.
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.
New Bixby Knolls park named in honor of Dr. David Molina 1/26/2017 Officials are naming the newest city park in honor of the late Dr. David Molina, an emergency room physician who grew a single clinic in Long Beach into a national health care company. The 3.3-acre public park, located at 4951 Oregon Ave., was a condition in the city’s approval of the Riverwalk housing project, which is being constructed on the former Will J. Reid Boy Scout Camp in Bixby Knolls.
A Safer Long Beach 1/24/2017 The City of Long Beach’s 2016 year-end report shows that while many California cities have seen a spike in crime and murders, our city has seen an 8.3 percent decrease in homicides and overall crime in our city has remained essentially flat when comparing 2016 to 2015.
Long Beach sets all-time rainfall record; widespread flooding across Southern California 1/22/2017 A powerful storm dumped record-breaking rainfall in parts of Southern California, flooding freeways and numerous surface streets.
Long Beach 2015 crime stats released: Double-digit spikes in violent and property crimes 1/22/2017 Long Beach saw a nearly 20 percent rise in violent crime and a 15.4 percent spike in property crime last year, according to statistics released late Friday from the city.
Long Beach, Calif., Embraces Next Stage in Open Data Evolution 1/10/2017 Providing context to open data sets through GIS mapping aims to make the city’s information beneficial for everyone.
State of the City 1/10/2017 In this third State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Robert Garcia said a “citywide renaissance” is underway in Long Beach, which last year saw 900 new business permits, 9,000 jobs created and the lowest unemployment rate since the Great Recession.
Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia elected to Metro board 1/8/2017 On Thursday, the board unanimously elected Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who endorsed Measure M the day after a judge rejected a petition against the ballot language filed by a group of seven nearby cities, including neighboring Carson and Signal Hill.
Douglas Park is Booming 10/31/2016 Douglas Park is a huge economic success, and is creating thousands of good paying jobs and activating new manufacturing space.

And now, there's more good news. Friday, we broke ground on "The Terminal at Douglas Park," a creative office environment focused on collaboration and open spaces. The project includes 20 individual office condominiums and construction will complete in the spring of 2017.

Meanwhile, the planning commission recently unanimously approved the Long Beach Exchange, or "LBX", a destination development that will include two additional hotels with hundreds of new rooms, business spaces for tech companies, quality restaurants, and retail shopping.
Opening a Business Just Got Easier 10/5/2016 The City of Long Beach is working hard to make it easier for small businesses to start up, succeed, and grow. That’s why today we launched BizPort, our new business portal that provides important resources for entrepreneurs and streamlines business licensing, permitting, and financing.

BizPort can match a business with financing and other resources. It can speed up the license renewal process and offers a live chat feature to connect business owners with the appropriate city staff. BizPort provides a checklist to ensure owners know what they need to do to get their business started. It also ties together in one place the online services business owners need and use. And BizPort includes a translation feature to make sure language isn’t a barrier for business owners.
The Olympics in Long Beach 9/22/2016 It's official: Los Angeles has included Long Beach as an event venue in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. If the Games come to LA, Long Beach will host multiple events!

Sailing races will happen along the Long Beach Belmont Pier, and Water Polo will be in a temporary facility build near the waterfront. Marathon Swimming and the Triathlon will take place along our beautiful coast, with the Triathlon using our Grand Prix track. BMX will also be in a temporary facility by the water, and Handball will be hosted in the Long Beach Arena. The Convention Center will host warm up facilities.
The Future of the Queen Mary 9/22/2016 Developing the land around the Queen Mary and restoring the ship is a top priority for me and the City and extremely important to our community. That's why, last year, we initiated the Queen Mary Land Development Task Force to make sure the community has a voice in the process.

Last night, the Task Force presented its recommendations to the City Council. The Queen Mary’s new operator, Urban Commons, is beginning to plan a design for the 43 acres that surround our City’s greatest icon. That land is one of the most important undeveloped areas in the entire City, with the potential to bring great arts, entertainment, and economic opportunities to Long Beach.
A Responsible and Balanced Budget 9/14/2016 Last night, the City Council adopted our budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. This budget is not only responsible and balanced, it also increases funding for infrastructure and public safety, as well as libraries and parks, and increases our reserves.

This budget, thanks to the voter approved passage of Measure A, begins the largest public infrastructure investment plan in a generation, and restores public safety services for the first time in almost decade.
The budget includes:

- Restoring South Division to the Police Department along with new officers.
- Restoring the Fire Engine service to Fire Station 8, including new firefighter positions.
- New Police & Fire Academies
- $80 million in infrastructure repairs to fix city streets, parks, libraries and public facilities.
- Sunday hours at more libraries.
- Expanding park programs across the city.
- Additional resources to address homelessness.
- More support for our Municipal Band, Museum of Art, and the Arts Council.
- New investments in technology.

...and more money set aside in our reserves for a rainy day, thanks to Measure B.
A New Strategy to Reduce Homelessness 9/12/2016 Across the State of California, urban cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, are experiencing new challenges when it comes to a growing and transient homeless population. In fact, there are also reports of homelessness growing in coastal communities across the state.

In order to ensure an inclusive approach that engages the entire community, I'm calling a special City Council study session on homelessness for October 4 at 5pm. During the study session, we will review the progress we've made over the past decade, discuss the new challenges we are now facing, and review the city’s last ten year planning effort that began in 2004.
Moving Forward at the Port of Long Beach 9/9/2016 Yesterday, I received a call from Jon Slangerup, the Chief Executive of our Port of Long Beach. Jon has accepted a great new position as CEO at a major aviation firm and will be leaving the Port at the end of October. Jon has done an outstanding job over the past two years at our Harbor Department and we're all happy for his amazing new opportunity.

Under Jon's leadership, the Port has grown into one of the most efficient and most environmentally sustainable operations in the world, and improved its relationship with the city and the community tremendously. Jon, and the incredibly talented employees and managers at the Port, have put our Harbor Department in a strong position for the future.
RSVP Today for Next Week's Book Club Event 9/7/2016 Last month, I announced the creation of the Mayor’s Book Club and my first reading selection, “I’m Dyin’ Here,” by the Press-Telegram’s own Tim Grobaty.

On September 15, I’ll host a conversation with Tim, and I’m encouraging everyone to read “I’m Dyin’ Here” and attend the free event at the Beverly O’Neill Theater at 6 pm that evening.
An Economy That Benefits Everyone 8/31/2016 The Long Beach economy and housing market are booming.

What I love about Long Beach is we help our neighbors, and we work to ensure our economy is working for everyone. As we continue to build market rate housing, we must ensure we also build housing for our low-income seniors, students, veterans, and working families.

Over the next couple of months, we will be hosting three public forums and community meetings to discuss this issue and we would love to hear your feedback.

The upcoming meetings are:

Mayor’s Roundtable with Housing Advocates
Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Mark Twain Library Community Room
1401 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813

Community Forum and Resource Fair
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park
401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Mayor’s Roundtable with Developers
Friday, October 14, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
Michelle Obama Library
5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805
Launching the Mayor's Book Club 8/16/2016

As Mayor and as an educator, supporting our libraries and promoting literacy are both very important to me. That's why I'm inviting you to join the Mayor's Book Club, which will feature local writers and an annual conversation and event.

Our first book selection is "I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper,” by longtime Press-Telegram reporter and columnist Tim Grobaty, published by Brown Paper Press, a Long Beach business. I'm hosting a community conversation and interview with Tim on Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 P.M. at the Beverly O’Neill Theater.
Best in the Business 8/12/2016 This Friday, I’m hosting the first ever Mayor’s Long Beach Business Awards. 50 business leaders will be recognized for outstanding contributions to Long Beach.

Among the winners this year are small business owners, executives, and neighborhood organizers, including newcomers to Long Beach as well as longtime members of the business community. My congratulations to all of them
A Responsible Budget - that Restores Public Safety 8/3/2016 Yesterday, along with City Manager Pat West, I presented my proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. Tonight, the City Council will begin deliberating the budget, which must be adopted by September 15.

This is my third budget as Mayor and, like the previous two, it is balanced and responsible. We continue to fund Long Beach Police and Fire Academies, investments in technology, expanded Library services, and programs in our parks and community centers. We also strengthen our public works and clean team operations and grow our economic development efforts. And Long Beach continues to live within its means by facing challenges in a responsible and fiscally prudent manner, paying down our pension liabilities, and working to bring additional reforms in the future.
Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee Appointments 7/25/2016 Today I was proud to select five extremely capable, committed residents for the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee will oversee the use of the new Measure A revenue approved by voters in June, and ensure it is spent exactly the way the City Council and I promised: on infrastructure and public safety.

This is the biggest investment in our city in more than a generation, and that’s why it’s so important to have a strong Committee to oversee the funds.
Two Years of Progress 7/17/2016

July 15 marked the end of my first two years as Mayor of Long Beach, and I wanted to share some of our accomplishments. This infographic highlights the progress we've made on economic development, education, livability, and civic innovation. 

I'm looking forward to two more years of hard work and strong progress!




Saving More Animals & "Kitty Hall" This Friday 11-3 7/5/2016 Today, our Animal Care Services (ACS) Department released its mid-year report on dog and cat adoptions, and the news is great. In fact, as the graphic below shows, 2015 was a record year—and so far 2016 is even better.

And, this Friday is one of my favorite events, Kitty Hall, where cats and kittens are available for adoption in the City Hall lobby.
Happy Birthday 7/4/2016 As we begin our three day weekend in celebration of our country’s birth, I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th, and to share some thoughts about this important holiday.
Let's Make All Americans Safe 6/15/2016 The shooting in Orlando this weekend has left many of us in a state of grief and shock. As we mourn the 49 lives lost, as well as the 53 people who were injured, we should also think about how to prevent more senseless acts of terrorism and hate in the future.

I’m grateful to the Press-Telegram and several of their sister papers in the Los Angeles News Group for publishing a column I wrote about this tragedy, and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it
Remembering our Local Heroes 5/27/2016 As we prepare to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, let's remember the reason for this important holiday: To honor and remember our fallen service men and women, and contemplate their sacrifices in service of democracy and freedom.
Major Blue Line Improvements Move Forward 5/26/2016 Making the Blue Line safer and more enjoyable for residents, commuters and visitors has been a top priority for me as Mayor. Today I’m pleased to announce, that after many months of advocacy and lobbying, the Metro board voted to move forward on important safety and security measures for the Long Beach Blue Line.
Meet the Mayor 5/6/2016 I want to invite you to join me for conversation and coffee at two "Meet the Mayor" events tomorrow, Saturday, May 7.

First, at 1:00 PM, I will be at the Library Coffee House, 3418 East Broadway in Belmont Heights.

Then at 2:30 PM I will be at The West Bistro (formerly known as the Breakfast Club) at 3900 Atlantic Av. in Bixby Knolls.

We've now held 14 of these "Meet the Mayor" events since I've been in office, and I'm glad to take these opportunities to hear input from you and respond to your ideas and concerns. I'll spend some time sharing news about the city, answering your questions, and just saying hello to residents.

There is no formal program, and I will be at each location for about an hour.

These events are free and open to all. I look forward to seeing you!
The Most Walkable City in Southern California 5/6/2016 We just got fantastic news about our efforts to make Long Beach more pedestrian friendly and support sustainable modes of transportation. Long Beach made the top ten list of the Most Walkable Cities in the United States – and became the only city in Southern California to make the list!
A Huge Win for West Long Beach and the Environment 4/1/2016 As you probably read in the local news, and in the opinion section of the Press-Telegram today, the City of Long Beach has achieved a huge legal victory for our families, schools, and environment. After years of battling in court, we won our lawsuit against a proposed rail yard project that would have negatively affected West Long Beach neighborhoods.
Library Overdue Book Fines Forgiven in April 3/29/2016 Our City boasts some of the best municipal libraries in the country, and every resident should have access to the great resources our libraries provide. That’s why for the month of April we are launching a library overdue fines amnesty program. If you have books or library materials that are overdue with fines, return them in April and we will cancel out all fees.
Parking Just Got Easier 3/22/2016 This week, we began implementing biggest changes to parking in Long Beach in more than 30 years.

Starting Monday, March 21, we began changing street sweeping times and signs throughout our most parking impacted neighborhoods. We are eliminating all 4 am street sweeping, and reducing no parking hours from four hours to two in parking impacted neighborhoods.
Bike Share is Here 3/10/2016 Today after several years of hard work, Long Beach opened our first Bike Share station, at the Promenade and 3rd Street. Over the next few weeks, 10 stations and 100 bikes will be set up in and around Downtown Long Beach. Eventually, there will be 50 stations with 500 total bikes throughout the city, connecting our college campuses, Uptown, Midtown, Bixby Knolls, Belmont Shore, and all our great neighborhoods.
A Message from Mayors Robert Garcia, Bob Foster and Beverly O'Neill 2/14/2016 For the last two decades, we have worked to make this community safer, healthier, and a better place to raise a family and open a business. Our progress as a city is only possible as a result of contributions from countless community leaders, educators, residents and business leaders that have come together to make our city stronger.

Our city is facing two pressing challenges. How we address these challenges will determine the kind of city we leave to future generations.
Don't Have Health Insurance? Get Covered TOMORROW 1/29/2016 If you or your family need health insurance, we can sign you up tomorrow at 2525 Grand Avenue, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can call (562) 570-7979 for more information. Or you can visit longbeach.gov/health

I’ll be there at 8:30 am to greet anyone coming in.
This is Long Beach 1/14/2016

 Last night it was my honor to present my second State of the City address at the Terrace Theater. More than 2,000 people attended – and at least 1,000 more streamed it to watch on-line.

The night was a chance for me to share many of our accomplishments and plans, as well as the challenges we face. It was also an opportunity to show everyone 
this fantastic video, “This is Long Beach”


Traveling To and From LAX Just Got Easier 12/30/2015

Traveling to and from LAX just got a lot easier for Long Beach residents.  

Today, Long Beach Transit begins its new FlyAway bus service from Long Beach to LAX. Hourly service will be provided from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily from the Long Beach Transit Hub at First Street and Long Beach Boulevard. The fare is $7 one way, and for every adult fare, two children age five or under can ride for free  

8,000 Jobs and a Brand New Civic Center 12/16/2015

Last night, after many years of public discussion and deliberation, the City Council gave final approval to plans for a new Civic Center for Long Beach. The new center will include iconic architecture, a completely new main library, a revitalized Lincoln Park with new spaces for events, a new City Hall, and the Port’s headquarters, as well as a residential and retail component.

It is vital to move forward with this project, not just because our current Civic Center needs replacing, but because of the tremendous positive economic impact for downtown.

Sign up for City Emergency Notifications 12/14/2015

Last week I joined Councilman Daryl Supernaw and our city team as we rolled out our new emergency notification system, Alert Long Beach. I want to encourage you to sign up, so you can to stay informed about major weather events and public emergencies.

You can sign up for Alert Long Beach here  

The Port's Latin America Strategy 12/2/2015 Just hours ago, I addressed 300 port executives, exporters, business leaders, and government officials at the annual American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Congress of Latin American Ports in Arica, Chile. The Port of Long Beach, which has both participated in and sponsored this conference for the last few years, is about to launch a major endeavor to expand trade to Latin America. In fact, the Port will be releasing its first comprehensive commercial trade plan for Latin America in early 2016.
The City Budget, and SCE Outages 12/2/2015 In November, the City got important updates on two critical issues: The power outages this summer, and the FY17 city budget.

First, we heard a report on the budget expectations for fiscal year 2017 from our Financial Management Department.

Also, Southern California Edison (SCE) released two reports taking full responsibility for the power outages, and explaining what steps they are taking to ensure outages like that never happen again.
Keys to the City 12/2/2015 Please join me in celebrating some very special members of our community. I will present my first Keys to the City to the 35th Governor of California and former First Lady, the Honorable George and Gloria Deukmejian and civil rights pioneer and former Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Member, the Honorable Bobbie Smith.

The presentation of these keys, designed and produced by local Long Beach artists, will take place at the beginning of the Long Beach City Council meeting on December 8th at 5:00 P.M.
Remembering Nohemi Gonzalez 12/2/2015 While the whole world mourns with Paris, the attacks have hit close to home here in Long Beach. Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23 year old student at Cal State Long Beach, and a beloved daughter and friend, was killed in Paris Friday.

Nohemi was an exceptional young woman who worked hard and contributed greatly to our community. She cared about others and made a positive impact on the world. Her loss is heartbreaking for all of us, but especially for those closest to her.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Nohemi Gonzalez, and with all those mourning for Paris.
Lighting the Tallest Christmas Tree in Long Beach‏ 12/2/2015 I hope you and your entire family will join me on Monday, December 7th at 5 pm as we light the tallest Christmas tree in Long Beach at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The entire plaza and fountains will be lit up and decorated to celebrate the holiday season. The evening will include carolers, food trucks, rides for the kids and a visit from Santa.
A Historic Moment for Long Beach 11/13/2015 Just a few minutes ago I left a meeting with Brigadier General Mark Toy in San Francisco. In that meeting, we finally reached agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with a study of our coastal ecosystem.

This means that after more than 15 years of advocacy by the City, community groups, and countless individuals, we will finally find out if reconfiguration of the Long Beach Breakwater is possible.

It’s a historic moment for Long Beach and General Toy will be flying down in the coming weeks for an official signing ceremony of the agreement. The study begins in 2016.
What is Long Beach Doing About Climate Change? 11/10/2015

Today, in a brief ceremony at the Cesar Chavez Park Children’s Garden, I signed the Compact of Mayors to join the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change. 

More information about the Compact is here: 


The City of Long Beach has already been working to combat and adapt to our changing climate, and those efforts will continue. But now, as part of the Compact of Mayors, the City will expand its efforts. 

Lowest Water Use Since 1963 11/5/2015 We just got word that Long Beach met, and exceeded, our water conservation goal again last month. Despite the hottest October on record, our city cut water use by a little more than the state-mandated 16% compared to 2013, using less water for the month than in any October since 1963! This is our fifth consecutive month meeting our conservation goal.
Charge Up in Long Beach 10/29/2015 Creating a more sustainable economy is one of my top priorities and one way we can do that is by expanding the electrical vehicle infrastructure here in Long Beach. That’s why this Tuesday the Council will consider my request that the Sustainable City Commission look at our current policies and find new opportunities to do just that.
America's Best Port 10/26/2015 I am writing to you from Tokyo, Japan, where I’m traveling with our team from the Port of Long Beach to meet with trading partners, secure future port business, and learn about emerging technologies that will ensure sustainable growth at the harbor.

Thanks to our ambitious trade agenda, the Port of Long Beach just had the strongest quarter in its history and is on pace to have a record year.
800 More Kids in Preschool and Early Education 10/26/2015

Two days after I was installed as Mayor, I gave my very first speech at Cal State Long Beach on my education initiatives. I discussed the city joining the Long Beach College Promise initiative and launching the Mayor's Internship Challenge. I also spent time discussing an issue which I think is critical to the success of our city: universal preschool.  


Thanks to the Long Beach Unified School District, we have added over 800 new preschool seats in the last year. 

It's Innovation Week 10/8/2015 This weekend in Long Beach and all over Los Angeles County, thinkers, artists, policy-makers and technology experts kicked off Innovation Week.  The event is actually a full 20 days, from October 2 - 22. I want to invite you to participate in Innovation Week events here in Long Beach, and support the many innovators living and working in our community.
Welcoming Pope Francis at the White House 9/24/2015

I was deeply honored to be in Washington, D.C. this week at the invitation of President Obama and the First Lady to help them welcome Pope Francis on his first official visit to the United States.

I joined the President and other mayors and officials as Pope Francis arrived at the South Lawn of the White House. I am proud that our city was represented at this historic event. 

Remembering Our Heroes 9/11/2015 This morning I had the honor of participating in our city’s September 11 memorial ceremony, along with members of our Long Beach Police and Long Beach Fire departments. We took a few moments to remember all the lives lost 14 years ago today, and to pay special tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, here in Long Beach and all across the country.
Power Outage Town Hall and Meet the Mayor 8/21/2015

I want to make sure you are aware of two important community meetings happening tomorrow.

First, an opportunity for residents to learn about the steps being taken to prevent future power outages like the ones we’ve recently experienced, and then my final “Meet the Mayor” event of the summer.

Frank Gehry and the LA River 8/11/2015 For the past few years, the City has been working with the LA River Revitalization Corporation to completely transform the LA River and surrounding areas in Long Beach. Now Frank Gehry, a true genius who is perhaps the most acclaimed living architect in the world, will be bringing on his team of architects, designers and engineers.
Voting Rights and Welcoming our New Clerk 8/7/2015 Today is a profoundly important anniversary for all Americans and for the principles we hold dear. On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory barriers to voting and brought the power of the Federal government to bear in protecting access to the ballot box for all Americans, regardless of race.

That’s why today is the perfect time to register to vote, if you are not already registered.

This is also the perfect time to welcome our new City Clerk, Maria de la Luz Garcia, who will be charged with overseeing our elections.
A Year of Hard Work 7/22/2015

July 15 marked one year since taking office as your Mayor. I've been focused on four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Civic Innovation, and a Livable and Sustainable City.

Please take a minute to check out the four graphics we've created to keep everyone informed about what we are working on.


The Next Emergency 7/22/2015

Last week, Long Beach experienced one of the biggest public emergencies in the city's history. Thankfully, due to a strong response from our city team, our public safety personnel, many volunteers, and community partner agencies, we saw no serious crime, injuries, or property damage. I’ve never been prouder of Long Beach.

Now that the power is back on to all customers, we will be taking a long, hard look at why this happened, and what needs to be done to keep it from occurring in the future. Meanwhile, I want to encourage everyone to use this experience as a reminder of how important it is to be prepared for an emergency.

Join the Long Beach Internship Challenge 6/15/2015

Yesterday morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in collaboration with our  education, business, and community partners, I was honored to kick off the  Long Beach Internship Challenge . And, if you own or work in a business or organization that can offer internships, I want to ask you to join this challenge.

Remember These 14 Heroes 5/25/2015 As our nation marks the beginning of summertime this Memorial Day weekend, it’s important that we not forget the real reason for this holiday: To honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. While we enjoy time with family and friends, let’s also take time out to hold these brave men and women and their families in our thoughts.
Long Beach Has the Best Parks in the Southland 5/20/2015 Yesterday we received some great news from the Trust for Public Lands. The Trust released its annual rankings of the nation's parks, called the ParkScore, and the City of Long Beach was ranked first in the Southland, and 18th overall out of 75 cities ranked! Long Beach also ranked first in Southern California for park access, size, and investment.
The Bloomberg Innovation Team is Here 5/18/2015 Today our new Innovation Team (i-team), funded by a $3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, begins work at City Hall.
More Taxis, Lower Fares, and the Sharing Economy 5/14/2015 Last night, Long Beach became the first big city in the United States to modernize taxi cab regulations in response to the success of new ride share services like Uber and Lyft. In the next few months, taxi customers will see new yellow cabs, lower fares, and a new smartphone app.
Ending Veteran Homelessness in 2015 4/29/2015 The men and women who serve in our armed forces are the heroes of our community. No veteran should ever have to be without a home and a warm place to sleep. That's why I'm proud to have announced today that the City of Long Beach will end veteran homelessness before the close of 2015.
Parking is about to get easier 4/13/2015 Starting next week, we will begin installing new smart parking meters citywide to replace all the antiquated coin meters we currently have. These new meters will take debit and credit cards and be able to display important messages on holidays to ensure no one overpays or gets an unexpected ticket.
Long Beach 3.0 4/2/2015 As you know, I’ve long been an advocate of the benefits technology and innovation can bring to Long Beach, both by creating more efficient and transparent government, and by attracting cutting edge companies to set up business in our city. So I’m especially glad that this vision for Long Beach as a technology and innovation hub was featured in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Nike, Forever 21, H&M & More Coming to Long Beach 3/4/2015 In another sign of progress and a strong economic future for our city, today we unveiled two new major retail tenants opening in Long Beach: Nike and Forever 21. Along with H&M clothing and Restoration Hardware, these tenants are going to anchor the new Pike Development in Downtown Long Beach. The 65 million dollars of private investment and the addition of 45,000 square feet of space will attract tourists, visitors and residents, and increase tax revenue to the city. It will also attract more retailers and new investment in Long Beach.
Virgin Galactic to open facility in Long Beach 2/12/2015 I have some great news to share. Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company founded by Sir Richard Branson, is moving into a new 150,000 sq ft facility right next to the Long Beach Airport at Douglas Park. Virgin Galactic will manufacture the company’s new satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne, right here in Long Beach.
Mayor Garcia's State of the City Address 1/13/2015

The evening of January 13, 2015 at the Terrace Theater

5:00 PM: Terrace Theater lobby opens. Food trucks available. Mingle with friends and family

6:30 PM: State of the City

RSVP at: www.StateoftheCityLB.com

2014: The Year in Review 12/30/2014 2014 was a great year for Long Beach, and you can read all about the City's accomplishments in our "2014: The Year in Review".
A New Civic Center for Long Beach 12/15/2014

Last week, Long Beach went big and approved a project team to build a new downtown Civic Center. After many months of public meetings, careful study, and healthy debate, Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners was unanimously selected by the City Council. This is great news for our city: We are going to get a new Civic Center and revitalize our Downtown.

The project includes a new Main Library, Lincoln Park, City Hall, Port Headquarters, and new housing, retail and a hotel.

Long Beach Wins Bloomberg Innovation Grant 12/15/2014 A couple of months ago, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited 90 Mayors from across the country to compete for a prestigious Bloomberg Innovation Grant. Selected cities receive millions of dollars to support innovation teams, who will work with the city to develop creative solutions to the challenges they face.
New Leadership at City Hall 12/5/2014 Please join me in welcoming eight outstanding leaders to new positions in the City of Long Beach. These recently appointed individuals are great examples of the skilled and committed leaders who are moving our city forward. Six have been part of the City’s leadership for many years, and recently moved to new positions. Two are new to our City, and I want to warmly welcome them to Long Beach. I have complete confidence that they will do outstanding work on behalf of the City.
Long Beach Named Top Ten Digital City for 4th Consecutive Year 11/11/2014

Long Beach has been named a Top Ten Digital City for the fourth year in a row, earning sixth place for large cities - one rank higher than last year, and the 3rd best in California.

I'm proud that Long Beach is a leader in innovation and continues to improve in our use of technology to increase efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness. And, I'm committed to continuing to move forward in this area...

Council unanimously approves Mayor's 61 commission appointments 10/24/2014 I am proud to announce that I have appointed another 48 Long Beach residents to citizen commissions, and they were approved by city council on Tuesday, bringing the total number of commissioners approved by Council to 61.

The appointees represent every area of the city and bring a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and skillsets, greatly increasing the diversity of the commissions.
Expanding the Long Beach College Promise 10/14/2014 Yesterday at Ernest McBride High School, I joined LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, LBCC President Eloy Oakley, and CSULB President Jane Conoley to announce a sweeping educational initiative. For the first time, the City became a signatory to the Long Beach College Promise, bringing the City into partnership with the three major educational institutions in Long Beach and expanding the mission of the Promise to include the goal of universal pre-school enrollment, doubling the number of internships in the city for Long Beach students, and expanding college scholarships and student support.
13 New Commissioners 10/9/2014 Today I announced the appointment of 13 new commissioners to fill the remaining seats on five different commissions. The commissioners represent the diversity of Long Beach and come from all areas of the city.
Council Unanimously Passes Mayor's Budget Recommendations 9/17/2014 Last night, the City Council adopted the FY15 budget for Long Beach. The Council adopted a responsible and thoughtful budget, which will put additional funds into our reserves, create a new economic development department, and provide added support to our libraries. It also includes significant support for infrastructure and public safety.
Mayor Garcia's First Commission Appointment Unanimously Approved 9/17/2014 I am proud to announce the first commission appointment of my term as Mayor. Last week, I appointed former Deputy Attorney General Tracy Egoscue, to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and last night, Ms. Egoscue was approved unanimously by the City Council.

Commissioner Egoscue is an outstanding addition to our strong Harbor Commission.

City Council Meeting and Swearing-in Ceremonies 7/15/2014 The Long Beach City Council meeting and swearing-in ceremonies at the Terrace Theater will air on LBTV at 9:00 p.m., July 15, 2014

The video will also be available here on July 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Watch the City Council Meeting Online - WATCH LIVE 7/11/2014 The public is invited to attend the City Council meeting at the Terrace Theater on Tuesday, July 15, from 4:00 to 4:30 pm and also from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Starting at 5:30 pm, there will be an Inauguration of our newly elected officials.  If you cannot attend this free event, the City Council meeting will be web-streamed live.   + Watch Live