Metro is having a Complete Streets Training Workshop
Metro is having a Complete Streets Training Workshop in our area. The Workshop is a Two-Day, In-Depth Curriculum, consisting of Complete Streets Policy Development Process and Implementation from interdepartmental perspectives.
Long Beach Moves To Make Paying Bills More Convenient By Eliminating Fees
The inconvenience of the fees attached to paying your Long Beach utility bills online may be on their way out as the city council voted Tuesday night to eliminate the convenience fee for using debit or credit cards and entered into a new contract for the city’s payment processing system.
Queen Mary Will Get New Coat Of A Few Historic Colors
Mayor Robert Garcia and Urban Commons VP of asset management John Jenkins slapped some paint on a Queen Mary bulkhead Monday morning, signaling the beginning of an ambitious paint job for the iconic ship.
2024 or 2028? Either way, Long Beach to host 3rd Olympics
Olympic events will return to Long Beach for the third time after the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that either the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games will be awarded to Los Angeles or Paris later this year.
Although the IOC is not scheduled to select the 2024 host city until Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, it is guaranteed that the runner-up will receive the consolation of the 2028 Olympic Games, which include the Paralympic Games.
Climate Protection Award
I am excited to share with you that Long Beach has won 1st place at the Climate Protection Awards at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Cleaner Streets and Cleaner Neighborhoods
As Mayor, I've always believed an important part of civic pride is the cleanliness of a city. Long Beach has made great progress in cleaning up our city over the last 10 years.
To Fight Homelessness, Long Beach Turned Meetings Into Action
With a vacancy rate of 2 percent, Long Beach's housing market is struggling. "At some point six months ago, there were 600 vouchers out there, [but] people were not able to lease up because there was no available housing," explains Teresa Chandler, bureau manager of Human Services for the City of Long Beach.
Metro Says Goodbye to Old Blue Line Rail Cars After 27 Years of Service
After 27 years of service on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Blue Line, the original Nippon Sharyo P865 rail cars are being replaced with new Kinkisharyo P3010 cars in a major effort to enhance service for existing passengers as well as attract new ones.
Long Beach Adding to Its Affordable Housing Stock With Recent Groundbreakings
While affordable housing units may not be springing up at the same rate as market-rate rentals in Long Beach, the city is making progress toward its pledge to close the gap that has engulfed much of the state, leading to rising rents and displacement.
This week, The Beacon Apartments broke ground in downtown, a project that will provide 160 new affordable units to lower-income seniors and veterans.
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles roll out zero-emission goal for ports
Yesterday I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti to pledge to make the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay global models for cleaner air, sustainability and innovation. We also reaffirmed our commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals and highlighted our two ports' critical role in achieving them.
These are the affordable housing projects coming online in Long Beach
As I noted before, we have to be frank, Long Beach: the Unaffordability Beast is rearing its ugly head throughout California, including right here in Long Beach. Rents are skyrocketing in Long Beach. Houses are now commonly reaching $1M. And while it is certainly still cheaper than LA–much cheaper—Long Beach cannot single-handedly solve the region's (or state’s or nation's) housing crisis.
Building A Better Long Beach
Yesterday I had the opportunity to address community leaders and our city staff about the progress we are making in development, housing, and economic growth. Our "Building A Better Long Beach" event was sponsored by the Long Beach Business Journal and highlighted all of the positive developments and projects happening across the city.
Conceptual Plans for a ‘CSULB Village’ in Downtown Long Beach Revealed
Plans to house over 1,000 Cal State Long Beach art students and faculty in the city’s downtown area through a proposed mixed-use complex, that will also include classrooms, labs and a museum, were announced today by Mayor Robert Garcia during a presentation on new developments taking place throughout the city.
Huge student housing complex coming to Downtown Long Beach
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Tuesday that a major new development planned for the city’s booming downtown area will serve as an off-campus “student village” for students at California State University Long Beach.
Wrigley Neighborhood Starbucks Brews Up More Than Coffee
As part of a company initiative to support economic development and provide employment and job training to those in underserved communities, Starbucks has opened a distinctive store model at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Willow Street.
Long Beach Joins Paris Agreement
Yesterday's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement by President Trump is a huge step backwards for America. This global agreement is a true testament to the importance of this issue to our planet and our future. As a coastal city, we will be greatly impacted by climate change over the next 50 years and we must aggressively prepare for sea level rise and rising temperatures.
Want to support the Paris agreement? Stop driving so much, LA
The decision to back the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord sparked an overwhelming wave of support from city governments to honor the global agreement. But what can you do? The most important thing you can do to support climate action is a lot more simple than you think—and it’s something you can do every day.
Memorial before Long Beach Pride Parade pays tribute to Pulse nightclub victims
Before a throng of spectators danced in the sidewalk, waved rainbow flags and cheered the hundreds of people who proceeded along Ocean Boulevard during the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade, festival organizers gathered for a Sunday morning memorial to the 49 victims who lost their lives during last year’s terror attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
On Tuesday night, the City Council voted to move forward with initial plans for the Belmont Pool replacement project. This important step to approve the Environmental Impact Report helps move pool planning documents to the Coastal Commission, the state agency that approves coastal projects.
What Could a Blue Line Express Look Like?
As Metro embarks on the next phase of its rail expansion program, it faces calls from riders and members of its Board to make improvements to older pieces of infrastructure. The Blue Line, Metro’s oldest line, has seen increasing interest amid declining rider satisfaction and increasing trip times. The latest news on this subject came when Director Robert Garcia’s announced via Twitter that signal synchronization for the Downtown Long Beach segment of the route would be up and running by Fall 2017.
Long Beach to Induct Four to Equality Plaza
Mayor Robert Garcia, First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and the Harvey Milk Promenade Park/Equality Plaza Selection Committee will induct Pat Crosby, Denise Penn, Paul Self (posthumously) and Ron Sylvester to the Equality Plaza Memorial Wall at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the park (185 E. Third St.).
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Pleased with IOC Visit
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is a young, progressive, data-driven politician, which is why it’s strange to see him walking around with his fingers crossed for the last week or so, superstitiously eying the overcast skies in Southern California.
Garcia hosted the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday and Thursday, giving them a tour of the proposed Olympic sites in Long Beach as part of the LA 2024 bid.
Award-Winning Midtown Specific Plan Sets Path to Redefine Long Beach Boulevard
The California Association of Environmental Planners will reward its Outstanding Planning Document award on May 19 to Long Beach’s Midtown Specific Plan, developed by Long Beach Development Services to redefine the Long Beach Boulevard corridor through enhanced walkability, improved mobility options for bicycle and transit riders and increased development and housing opportunities.
IOC in LA Visits Long Beach
An International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission is in Los Angeles Wednesday for three days of talks and visits to sport venues as part of the process of selecting between the City of Angels and the City of Lights as host of the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Los Angeles is competing with Paris to host the games, and the commission plans to spend three days in the French capital beginning Sunday.
Metro Blue Line trips could shorten by 10 minutes this fall
Transit riders in Long Beach received some welcome news yesterday: Metro will finally synchronize dozens of traffic signals to give trains priority.
Long Beach Mayor and new Metro Boardmember Robert Garcia took to Twitter to announce that the long-awaited signal preemption system would arrive by this fall, shaving about 10 minutes off the train’s journey between Downtown LA and Downtown Long Beach.
Long Beach adopts proposals aimed at increasing affordable housing
The City Council on Tuesday adopted all but one of 29 affordable housing recommendations aimed at preserving and producing more units for low- and moderate-income families in Long Beach.
The policy recommendations were laid out in an 88-page report, born out of months of meetings with tenants, landlords, developers and housing advocates, among others.
New Light Rail Cars Roll Out on Metro Blue Line
Metro began rolling out new rail cars on the Blue Line Monday morning as part of efforts to modernize the transportation system’s oldest rail line.
The P3010 light rail cars, made by Japanese manufacturer Kinkisharyo, will replace rail cars that have been used on the Blue Line since the line opened in the mid 1990s, according to Metro officials. Most have over one million miles on them and in the next few years they will be retired from service.
F1 Return in 2019
A second Formula 1 race in the United States could happen as soon as 2019, with a potential return to Long Beach for the first time since 1983 currently under consideration.
Long Beach Cuts Homeless Population
While L.A. County's homeless population as whole is growing, the opposite is true in Long Beach.
The city released numbers from its bi-annual homeless count this week, claiming the number of homeless people living in the city has fallen by nearly 500 since 2015 — from 2,345 to 1,843.
Beach Streets University
I am excited to invite you to join me this Saturday, April 29th at one of my favorite events in Long Beach: Beach Streets! Long Beach’s Beach Streets open streets event is a time for residents to enjoy the open roads free of cars by walking, biking, running, or skating.
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
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
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.
Long Beach’s Robert Garcia joins sea of mayors buoying immigrants
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.
The Future of Growing Cities Rests in Smart Transit
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
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
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.
A Huge Win for Long Beach - A Safer Blue Line
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
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
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.
Open For Business
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 residents’ opinions influenced airport decision: Guest commentary
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
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.
The New Blue Line: $1.2B Overhaul Over Next Six Years
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!
CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the growing popularity of public-private partnerships in the U.S.
City Of Long Beach Announces 2017 Mobility Challenge – #CountMeInLB
The City is launching a Mobility Challenge, and encouraging residents to get out and be counted by the new Eco-Counter, located on the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path just west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. The challenge is to reach a total count of 1,000,000 cyclists and/or pedestrians by the end of 2017.
New Bixby Knolls park named in honor of Dr. David Molina
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
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.
State of the City
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Library Overdue Book Fines Forgiven in April
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
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
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
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.
This is Long Beach
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
Traveling To and From LAX Just Got Easier
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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:
Thanks to the Long Beach Unified School
District, we have added over 800 new preschool seats in the last year.
It's Innovation Week
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
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
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
Remembering Our Heroes
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yesterday morning at the Aquarium of the
Pacific, in collaboration with our education, business, and
community partners, I was honored to kick off the
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
Remember These 14 Heroes
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
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.
More Taxis, Lower Fares, and the Sharing Economy
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A New Civic Center for Long Beach
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
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
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
Long Beach Named Top Ten Digital City for 4th Consecutive Year
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
Council unanimously approves Mayor's 61 commission appointments
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
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
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
Council Unanimously Passes Mayor's Budget Recommendations
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
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
Commissioner Egoscue is an outstanding addition to our strong
Watch the City Council Meeting Online - WATCH LIVE
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