News Archive
Long Beach 3.0 in the Los Angeles Times
I have 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 am especially glad that this vision for Long Beach as a technology and innovation hub was featured in the Los Angeles Times yesterday.
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Free Admission this Saturday for Formula E Race

This Saturday, Long Beach will become one of the few American cities to host one of the most exciting new events in sports: The ePrix, a formula car grand prix event for electric vehicles.

Long Beach joins global capitols like London, Buenos Aires and Beijing in the inaugural season of Formula E, the FIA's new, global open-wheel championship using fully-electric race cars.


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Supporting Small Businesses

Last week I was proud to sign our new Small Business Recruitment, Retention and Growth Incentive program into law. This new initiative was brought forth by Councilmembers Suzie Price and Stacy Mungo, and provides tax credits to small businesses that relocate to Long Beach, open a new location here, or hire more employees. It's a great way to support our local economy, and to broadcast the message that the City of Long Beach is a perfect place to open or expand your business.


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Our Ports are Moving Again

I just received the good news that our west coast dockworkers and shippers have reached an agreement and are ready to get back to work. This is great news for our country and great news for Long Beach. Now we can move forward and get to work.


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Virgin Galactic to Open New Satellite Launcher Facility in Long Beach

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.


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Mayor Garcia Appoints Economic Development Commissioners

Today, I'm announcing a great step forward for economic development in Long Beach. I have selected 11 commissioners to serve on the Economic Development Commission, which had been inactive for several years. The commission will be charged with generating ideas and advising the council in support of economic growth and prosperity for Long Beach.


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Mayor Garcia in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Garcia is in Washington, D.C. this week to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, meet with White House staff, members of Congress, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff.

He is advocating for additional support for our ports, infrastructure, our educational institutions, and for support to move forward on the breakwater / ecosystem restoration study.


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2014: The Year in Review
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".

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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.

I am proud to announce that Long Beach was among the 14 cities selected.


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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.


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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 the City.


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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 this area...


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News Image 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.
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News Image 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.


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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 city.
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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 Council.

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


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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.
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Long Beach City Seal 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
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