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Can banking help fix racial inequity?

The protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the broader issue of racial injustice have sparked pledges...

Low mortgage rates mean more cash for homeowners, more demand for residential properties

The economy may feel a bit frozen, but it’s still a hot summer for the residential real estate market.   With mortgage rates at historic lows,...

Outgoing president/CEO of aquarium reflects on his time in Long Beach—and his love of...

A few years ago I asked Jerry Schubel what, exactly, makes him qualified to run an aquarium. Like, did he used to work in...

Community banks cash in on PPP application surge, win new clients

Designed as a way to help small businesses through trying times, the Paycheck Protection Program quickly became a headache for many local business owners....

Irvine-based Premier Pacific Bank acquires Opus Bank, rebrands locations

Pacific Premier Bankcorp Inc., the holding company of Premier Pacific Bank, acquired Opus Bank earlier this year, a process that was completed last month,...

Short on coins? The Mint says change is coming, while local store owners make...

Since last month, stores and consumers have been suffering from a shortage of coins. Grocery stores and banks, normally trusted sources for the occasional...

Long Beach revamps cannabis program aimed at promoting diversity in the industry

The City of Long Beach today announced changes to its cannabis equity program in hopes of providing more tangible assistance to those hoping to...
Chris and Margaux Hamrock of Salon Wire hair salon in Zaferia

You can now get a haircut or nail appointment but it has to be...

Long underfunded and lacking enforcement, Long Beach’s cannabis equity program fails to deliver results

Editor’s note: In this story, entrepreneur Brian Delahoussaye, describing the discrimination he has faced as a Black man in the cannabis industry, uses a...

Long Beach City College to offer first cannabis industry class

For the first time in its history, Long Beach City College will be offering a class solely focused on the cannabis industry.    From cultivation to...

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