PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/22/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 122215
Subject:
City Of Long Beach Celebrates Successes from 2015
Contact:
Arturo Sanchez
Deputy City Manager
562.570.5028
Arturo.Sanchez@longbeach.gov




In just one year, the City of Long Beach filled 28,200 potholes, resurfaced 95.5 lane miles of streets, completed 48,000 building inspections and reached a cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study. And that’s just some of the incredible progress that the City made in 2015.

“From new parks and resurfaced roads, to a new, more robust website and enhanced energy efficiencies, as well as awards for technology, equality, park planning and more, the City of Long Beach continued to improve and provide better, more efficient service to the entire community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The City's accomplishments and accolades are featured in the 2015 Year in Review, an easy to read 28-page color brochure.

“With an improving economy, we had increased resources and a renewed sense of optimism, which enhanced our ability to provide services and complete projects,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “These major actions and achievements of 2015 resulted from the Mayor and City Council’s policy direction, as well as the unflagging efforts of our dedicated and talented City staff.”

Here's a snapshot of some of the City's accomplishments and awards in 2015:

  • 6 miles of sidewalk replaced
  • 23,800 trees trimmed
  • 77,700 graffiti sites cleaned
  • 195,000 calls for service responded to by the Police Department
  • 70,000 calls for service responded to by the Fire Department
  • 7,877 Code Enforcement cases resolved
  • 56,000 customers served at the Development Services Permit Center
  • Conducted 4,300 inspections of licensed food facilities, special events, and farmers markets to ensure protection from food-related illnesses
      
  • Top 10 “Digital City” for the fifth consecutive year, for the City’s outstanding efforts in using technology to serve its residents
      
  • Achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy
     
  • 2,500 people attended the READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo to better prepare themselves for an earthquake or other disaster
      
  • 33 new Police Officers and 20 new Firefighters graduated in the 2015 academies
      
  • Approved a project agreement for the development of a new Civic Center through a public-private partnership blending residential units, retail shops, restaurants and a hotel with government facilities on a shared site
      
  • Opened NAACP Park, the first park in the U.S. named after the civil rights organization
      
  • Received more than $157 million in grant revenues from federal, state, regional and non-governmental resources
      
  • Generated over $5.2 million in earnings in the investment pool, an increase of almost 80% over the prior year
      
  • Adopted a new Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Ordinance to alleviate nuisance activities associated with the sale of alcohol and encourage all existing liquor stores to make improvements
      
  • Launched a new Unpermitted Construction Saturday Hotline to receive and respond to anonymous complaints
      
  • Achieved an 18% reduction in homelessness
      
  • Received funding for 664 vouchers to house our homeless veterans in the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program
      
  • Approximately 30,000 people participated in the City’s first Open Streets event, “Beach Streets Uptown,” which promoted the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals
      
  • Provided over 10,000 health assessments and health-related services to low-income children and youth under the Child Health Disability Prevention Program
      
  • Facilitated the preservation and/or construction of 1,191 affordable housing units throughout the City, including those for seniors, disabled seniors, and homeless families and individuals
      
  • Unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a seven-year low in August 2015
      
  • Established LBFirst, a pilot program that ensures residents are provided first access to employment opportunities for City contracts
      
  • 32 new Long Beach businesses received grants to help defray start-up costs
      
  • 100% of the City’s beaches received “A” grades for water quality from the Heal the Bay Summer Report Card
      
  • Reached a cost-sharing agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study
      
  • Accepted a $3 million three-year Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Team Grant and hired team members to improve the City’s capacity to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve the lives of residents
      
  • Launched OpenGov on the City’s website as part of the Open Data Initiative to allow the public to visually explore how Long Beach spends and receives money
      
  • Launched a $6.1 million citywide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program, which will reduce energy use, lower costs, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions
      
  • Launched a new, redesigned City website, allowing residents and businesses to pay utility bills, apply for permits, watch LBTV and view calendars of events, all with a new content management system designed to display properly on both mobile devices and desktop computers
      
  • Implemented AlertLongBeach, a new mass notification system that replaces the Reverse 911