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2nd & PCH Celebrates Grand Opening With Events All Weekend Long
The long-awaited 2nd & PCH retail center is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow, October 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a weekend full of events. Whole Foods Market opened its doors this morning. Events include performances by Common Sense, Adam Topol and Matt Costa, a screening of “Hocus Pocus,” a live performance of “Baby Shark,” a local musician showcase and much more. Click here for a full list of activities and times. Demolition of the SeaPort Marina Hotel, which previously occupied the site, began in October 2017 to make way for the more than 215,000-square-foot center. To date, more than 40 tenants have been announced, including 17 food-related businesses, 14 retailers, four service businesses and eight fitness, wellness and beauty stores.

Nonprofit To Launch Fundraising Campaign Benefiting The Queen Mary
Queen Mary International (QMI), a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Queen Mary, is launching a new fundraising campaign on October 31 called Project Royal Rivets. The date was chosen because it marks 52 years since the ship set sail from Southampton to its home in Long Beach, according to a Facebook page for the fundraiser. Donations will be allocated to the City of Long Beach and earmarked for use on specific restoration projects annually outlined by the city. Donations may be made via the organization’s website, qmi.care/donate.html. Click here to read about unfunded repairs and restoration projects necessary to keep the Queen Mary in ship-shape.

Signal Hill Pollution Abatement Firm Opens Manufacturing Facility In China
The Signal Hill-based pollution abatement firm Ship & Shore Environmental (S&SE), Inc. has opened a new manufacturing facility for its air pollution control systems in Shanghai. “For years, America has been a world leader in manufacturing air pollution control technology,” Anoosheh M. Oskouian, Ship & Shore Environmental’s CEO and president, said. “With China now taking the essential steps needed to master its pollution crisis, I’m very confident our new manufacturing operations, Ship & Shore China, will be an asset to the industry.” Ship & Shore has expanded its global footprint with system installations in Spain, India and Thailand, a press release noted. But current trade tensions between the U.S. and China have threatened the company’s growth in that country, the release stated. “Since it started operating in the China market, S&SE has closed deals with two multi-billion-dollar firms,” John Von Bargen, the company’s vice president of Engineering, noted. “We can’t allow these short-term complications to steer us away from addressing the pollution control needs of China’s 1.4 billion citizens.”

California State University Chancellor To Retire Next Year
Timothy P. White will retire as chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system next year, his office announced yesterday. He has served in the position since 2012. In his seven years at the helm of the system, White has overseen increased enrollment and graduation rates, and all-time highs for degrees conferred to first-time and transfer students. Under his tenure, the university’s general fund allocation from the state has increased from $2.3 billion to $3.6 billion. “It has been my great honor to work with our state’s elected leaders, our board of trustees and our campus, faculty, staff and student leaders to reinvest in our university to expand access and improve academic outcomes for the future,” White stated. Seven members of the CSU board of trustees have been appointed to a special committee to find White’s replacement, with an additional three ex-officio members, including White. A stakeholder advisory committee made up of representatives from the California State Student Association, the CSU’s alumni council, campus presidents and staff, as well as others will be appointed to work with the board’s special committee. The goal is to appoint a new chancellor in summer 2020.

Boeing Appoints New CEOs Of Commercial
Airplane And Global Services Divisions
The Boeing Company has appointed Stan Deal to lead the company’s Commercial Airplane division. Deal has been with Boeing since 1986 and is a member of the company’s executive council. Prior to taking on his new role, Deal served as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services since its establishment in November 2016. He is succeeded as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services by Ted Colbert, who joined the company in 2009 and is also a member of the company’s executive council. In his prior role, Colbert served as chief information officer (CIO) and senior vice president of information technology and data analytics. The company has appointed Vishwa Uddanwadiker, former vice president of Information Technology for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, to fill the role of CIO in the interim.

Public Hearing On County’s Election Plan Scheduled Today
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (L.A. Clerk) will host a public hearing today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. regarding the Draft Election Administration Plan (EAP), a strategy developed by the County of Los Angeles to administer elections under the California Voter’s Choice Act. The hearing takes place inside the Civic Chambers at Long Beach City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd. The Draft EAP is intended to communicate the county’s “voter education and outreach plan and the process of identifying and operating vote centers located throughout the county,” according to the L.A. Clerk’s office. Interpretation services for 13 languages, including Spanish and Khmer, will be available.

California Assemblymember To Host Meet-And-Greet Event
California 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell will be joined by Long Beach 3rd District Councilmember Suzie Price for a meet-and-greet event Saturday, October 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Boathouse on the Bay, 190 N. Marina Dr. All Long Beach residents are welcome, and attendees will be able to provide their thoughts on state and local legislative issues, according to O’Donnell’s office. Call O’Donnell’s district office at 562-429-0470 for more information.

Long Beach Ronald McDonald House
Hosts Sixth Annual “A Few Good Men” Gala
The Long Beach Ronald McDonald House (LBRMH) is holding its annual “A Few Good Men” gala on Tuesday, October 29, honoring 12 leaders from throughout the region for their contributions to the communities they serve. The event aims to raise funds to support the organization’s mission to enable families with sick children to stay together near the medical care they need. LBRMH provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill children undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals and medical facilities. This year’s honorees are: Fred Abdelnour, community and government affairs, Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Craig Barto, president and CEO, Signal Hill Petroleum; Michael Brascia, owner, Brascia Builders, Inc.; Lindsay Hughes, owner, McDonald’s Southern California; Alan Knipe, head coach, California State University, Long Beach Men’s Volleyball; Kevin and Thomas E. Malloy, president and founder, Trench Shoring Company; Former L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell; Dr. Nasir Tejani; Chris Wacker, CEO, Laserfiche; Randy Wilson, founder, Norm Wilson and Sons, Inc.; and Don Wylie, former senior vice president, Ports America. The gala takes place at the Pacific Room at the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd.) from 5-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the LBRMH website.

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