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Outpouring of Support for Federal Employees Affected by Shutdown at Long Beach Airport
Airport, individuals, and numerous organizations offer donations for employees working without pay
Claudia Lewis
Public Affairs
Long Beach Airport

There has been an outpouring of support from the local community for federal employees affected by the government shutdown at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Air Traffic Control staff, like others across the country, are currently furloughed but continue to report to work without pay due to the critical nature of their positions. LGB, area residents, organizations and businesses have pitched in with donations to help alleviate some of the hardship.

“I am not surprised by the tremendous support offered by those who live and work in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “True to form, our community is proving that when times are tough we rally together, so I am full of pride about the generosity they are showing furloughed federal workers at Long Beach Airport during this difficult time.”

In addition to airlines and businesses at the airport such as JetBlue, Southwest, Paradies Lagardère, and Polly’s Coffee that have already made contributions, LGB in partnership with airport tenants Signature Flight Support and Aeroplex Aviation is providing meal vouchers for affected federal employees to use at any restaurant in the concourse. The airport organized lunch courtesy of Little Brass Café, the newest eatery at the Airport, for TSA staff, which featured a free performance by award-winning musician Gregg Young, who wanted to show his support. LGB also provided lunch for the hardworking men and women in the Air Traffic Control Tower.

Donations have been made by California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), the Airport Advisory Commission, and numerous passengers traveling through the airport and wanting to show their gratitude. Food Finders has also helped establish a food pantry with non-perishable food items for local federal employees., a Long Beach-based business, has organized a gift card drive, and the Hyatt will be providing meals for staff next week as well.

“Air Traffic Control and TSA are essential functions at LGB--it’s as simple as that,” said Jess Romo, Long Beach Airport Director. “LGB recognizes the vital roles these individuals play here each and every day, but now especially, we thank them for the dedication and commitment to their professions and to keeping us safe.”  

For information on how to contribute, please contact Long Beach Airport at (562) 570-2678 or at

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Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is embarking on its yearlong 95thanniversary celebration in 2018. A new passenger concourse opened to the public in 2012 and has since earned extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in preserving its esteemed historic legacy and maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos, and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.