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MAYOR REX RICHARDSON ANNOUNCES LONG BEACH LONG BEACH HOUSING INNOVATION WEEK 5/3/2024 LONG BEACH, CA — Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson announced today a series of events, dubbed “Long Beach Housing Innovation Week,” showcasing the innovative work that the City of Long Beach is undertaking to address the regionwide affordable housing crisis. Taking place between May 6th and May 10th, events include a roundtable on affordable housing, establishing a youth right to housing, and the announcement of the 2024 Homelessness Point-in-Time Count results. 
LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL BACKS MAYOR REX RICHARDSON’S CALL FOR SUPPORT ON PROPOSITION 1 2/6/2024

LONG BEACH, CA — In a unanimous vote today, the Long Beach City Council affirmed their support for CA Proposition 1 on the March 2024 ballot. This decision reflects Mayor Rex Richardson's commitment to expanding access to quality mental health care and addressing the issues of homelessness and mental illness.

MAYOR RICHARDSON AND EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS KICK OFF THE LONG BEACH HOUSING PROMISE 11/9/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — Today, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson, California State University, Long Beach President Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz, and Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishing the Long Beach Housing Promise.
Long Beach City Council to Officially Appoint Francine Kerridge as City’s First Director of Police Oversight 9/8/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — The Long Beach City Council will vote to officially appoint Francine Kerridge as the first Director of Police Oversight for the City of Long Beach. This appointment concludes a nationwide search, with 86 applicants for the position, including a community survey, stakeholder interviews, and a public forum.
Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Issue Joint Statement Applauding Ratification of Longshore Labor Agreement 8/31/2023 LONG BEACH, CA —The Mayors of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Rex Richardson and Karen Bass, congratulate the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) for reaching a long-term agreement that benefits 22,000 workers at 29 West Coast ports. This agreement is vital for the prosperity of both cities and the nation, as the two ports handle nearly 40% of the country’s containerized trade. 
Mayor Rex Richardson Congratulates Long Beach-Based JetZero, Company Awarded Major Federal Contract 8/16/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — JetZero, a major Long Beach-based aviation company designing and building blended wing body aircraft, announced today a $235 million contract awarded to the company by the United States Air Force to develop a fuel efficient airliner. The company will receive the funds over four years through the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit.
Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson and LA County Leaders Learn from Philadelphia’s Transit to Address Homelessness Solutions 8/11/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — A delegation of Long Beach and Los Angeles County leaders and staff visited Philadelphia on August 10 & 11th, 2023 to learn from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and how they are addressing homelessness on their transit system. The delegation included Supervisor Janice Hahn, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson, LA County CEO Homeless Initiative’s Ashlee Oh, LA Metro Homeless Initiatives’ Director Craig Joyce, LA Metro Director Jacqueline Dupont-Walker and LA City Deputy Mayor Randall Winston.
MAYOR REX RICHARDSON CONVENES LEADERS TO DISCUSS DEVELOMPENT OF A WESTSIDE PROMISE ZONE INITIATIVE 8/4/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — Today, Mayor Rex Richardson and Councilmember Roberto Uranga convened a group of residents and community leaders to discuss the development of a Westside Promise Zone initiative — a place-based community empowerment strategy aimed at increasing investments to improve open space, public health, environmental health, and public infrastructure in West Long Beach over the next 10 years.
Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson Applauds New Tentative Agreement Between ILWU and PMA 6/14/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson today issued the following statement in response to the announcement of a new tentative agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on a new tentative 6-year contract for workers at all 29 West Coast ports:

Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson Appointed to U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board 6/5/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), the nation’s preeminent organization of city leaders that engages directly with the President and Congress to address the needs of America’s cities. He will serve alongside other innovative mayors from across the country to shape the organization’s vision and agenda.

Highlighting Opportunity and Diversity: Mayor Rex Richardson Appoints 32 New City Commissioners 5/2/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — Mayor Rex Richardson has appointed a diverse and experienced slate of 32 new city commissioners who are ready to serve the Long Beach community. These new commissioners, who embody Long Beach's diversity and commitment to inclusion, were selected as part of the "Ready to Serve" campaign, which aims to remove barriers so any resident can serve on a city commission.

Mayor Rex Richardson Shares Progress Update On “The Opportunity Beach Agenda,” 100-Day Plan, Publishes Detailed Report 4/24/2023 LONG BEACH, CA — Wrapping up a strong start to a historic first term, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson published today a report highlighting key objectives the City of Long Beach has achieved since Richardson gave a State of the City address earlier this year and announced his Opportunity Beach Agenda.
Mayor Rex Richardson Announces Appointment of Workforce and Economic Development Leader Lucius Martin as Deputy Mayor of Economic Development 3/2/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — At a luncheon today, hosted by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rex Richardson announced the appointment of Lucius Martin to the position of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development. Martin will oversee the Mayor’s Grow Long Beach Initiative, which focuses on boosting growth in 5 key sectors: aerospace, goods movement, tourism, education, and healthcare. The new position will also serve as an important liaison for the business community—the first of its kind in the Mayor’s office.

Mayor Rex Richardson Joins U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Community Development and Housing Committee 2/16/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — Mayor Rex Richardson announced today his appointment to the United States Conference of Mayors (USCoM) Community Development and Housing Committee. As a member of this national body, he joins a nationwide cohort of Mayors that share a commitment to advance meaningful policy solutions to address homelessness and promote housing access and affordability.

Calling For “Shared Commitment and Responsibility,” Mayor Rex Richardson Announces New City Council Committee Leadership and Structure 2/9/2023

LONG BEACH, CA — Today, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson announced his proposed City Council Standing Committee structure and member appointments, which would focus on fostering joint leadership between Councilmembers that advances the Opportunity Beach Agenda.­

In First Act, Mayor Rex Richardson Requests City Manager to Declare State of Emergency on Homelessness 12/21/2022

LONG BEACH, CA — In his first act as Mayor of Long Beach, Rex Richardson requested City Manager Tom Modica to bring a declaration of a Citywide State of Emergency on homelessness before the Long Beach City Council at their next meeting on January 10th, 2023.