SoCal Edison’s repairs to power infrastructure in Downtown nears completion, utility says

The repairs were required as part of a 2017 settlement agreement between the investor-owned utility and the California Public Utilities Commission, based on an investigation into multi-day blackouts in the Downtown area and underground explosions that sent manhole covers flying into the air in 2015. 

With the future of Long Beach’s waste-to-energy plant uncertain, so are law enforcement’s options...

Officers from 35-40 agencies visit a local power plant per month to dispose of illegal drugs.

Eloy Oakley, former LBCC superintendent, to advise Biden Administration on higher education

Oakley, who has accepted a temporary position advising the Biden Administration, left Long Beach City College in 2016 when he was appointed chancellor of California Community Colleges in Sacramento.

Nurse Bobbie Barraza doesn’t just hand scalpels to surgeons in the OR—she uses them

For 17 years, Bobbie Barraza has cared for patients through her position as a registered nurse. But for the last eight years, Barraza has operated in an expanded role.

Future of a locally owned utility in Long Beach remains uncertain

For years, Long Beach has studied the feasibility of forming or joining such an agency, spending $230,000 in the process.

Supply chain challenges continue to cause delays, forcing some companies to reduce freight into...

Continued supply chain challenges at the San Pedro Bay ports, the busiest port complex in the United States, has spawned such issues for businesses—and individuals—forcing some like Levi Strauss to reevaluate their freight movement.

MemorialCare’s pediatric pulmonary program gains recognition as among best in the nation

U.S. News and World Report began ranking pediatric hospitals in 2007, in an effort to help families find quality medical care.

Clinic focusing on trans and non-binary care marks one-year anniversary with expanded services

Originally opened in July 2020, the clinic offers a wide range of services for the LGBTQ+ community, including gender-affirming hormone therapy, primary care, preventative care and medical screens at Memorial.

Long Beach Airport recovery has slowed but passenger numbers continue to inch upward

The rebound in passenger traffic through Long Beach Airport continues but slowed in June compared to previous months, according to airport data released Wednesday.

High oil prices to bring back drilling activity in Long Beach, Signal Hill

Increased demand has sent crude oil prices above $70 per barrel, well above budgeted projections for oil producers who were wary after a turbulent 2020.

Should they stay or should they go? Downtown businesses, residents divided on parklets and...

A survey by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance asked 606 local businesses, residents, property owners and visitors what should happen to parklets and street closures—and received mixed responses.

Medical workers are tired, cautiously optimistic despite delta variant emergence

Long Beach Memorial recently conducted a survey of its staff, which found that employees are proud of the work they have done over the past 16 months but they are exhausted.

‘Happy to be back’: Popular barber comes back home to West Long Beach

Award-winning barber Shawdee Wilson cuts the straightest lines, blends the smoothest fades, sharpens the strictest 90-degree angles, and carves intricate designs on any part...

New venue space opens in West Long Beach as ‘business hub’ for local entrepreneurs

A new space, called Children of the Avenues (or C.O.T.A. for short), provides space at $50 an hour for pop-ups such as food vendors and others to sell their goods and get the word out about their products. 

After a nearly a year as aquarium chief, Peter Kareiva’s job is going swimmingly

Peter Kareiva took over as CEO and president of the Aquarium of the Pacific last August, replacing Jerry Schubel, who had run the facility...

Virgin Orbit successfully delivers seven satellites to orbit

Five and a half months after its first successful launch, Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit successfully delivered a payload of seven satellites to Low Earth Orbit during its “Tubular Bells: Part One” mission early Wednesday morning.

Aquarium of the Pacific expects to clear all financial hurdles brought on by COVID-19...

Thanks to pent-up demand, the tourist attraction is on pace to finish this year in the black while rebuilding its reserve funds, according to CFO Anthony Brown.

Relativity Space to take over massive former Boeing C-17 site

Rocket manufacturer and launch service provider Relativity Space will take over the massive 93-acre property once used by Boeing to build C-17 cargo planes.

Airport officials expect busy summer season as passenger traffic continues to rebound

Passenger numbers continue to increase at Long Beach Airport but remain 60% below pre-pandemic levels through May, according to airport officials.

Vendors up their prices as couples plan postponed weddings

Couples in the state spend an average of $39,000 on their wedding day, according to The Knot Real Wedding Studies, an annual survey of thousands of couples nationwide. But the pandemic has kept many couples from celebrating their wedding as planned, with some opting for smaller celebrations or postponing them altogether.

‘People are ready to party’ after difficult year for wedding venues

It wasn’t enough for COVID to force the cancellations of dining out, sporting events, festivals and just about everything else people do during the course of what was once termed everyday life. It also put weddings on hiatus.

St. Mary president named next board chair for Long Beach chamber

Carolyn Caldwell, president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center, has been named the 2021-2022 Chairwoman of the chamber board, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced Friday. Caldwell has served on the board the past four years.

Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion announces first president and CEO

More than one year after its launch, the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion announced Byron Reed as its first president and CEO.

A new cannabis delivery service aims to bring more diversity to the Long Beach...

Zepeda identifies as Afro-Latino—which places him in two demographics that were heavily affected by the war on drugs. Becoming a business owner wasn't easy.

A place of peace, but not quiet: After decades in business and a global...

Among her customers, owners Renee Quarles last summer's brought about a desire to learn more about the history of racism and the plight of Black Americans.

Ban on residential development along West Long Beach corridors aimed at preserving space for...

A new emergency ordinance will block the city from issuing new residential building permits along two corridors in West Long Beach in an attempt to save space to attract neighborhood-serving businesses to the area.

Carnival to resume cruises out of Long Beach for vaccinated passengers

After being anchored for 16 months, Carnival Cruise Line announced the return of cruises from its ports around the country beginning in July, including the return of service out of Long Beach in August for vaccinated passengers.

Return to the sweet life: Bundts on Melrose’s Jeff Beasley steps back into the...

Bundts on Melrose has always been a labor of love for Jeff Beasley. Short on staff and rich in orders, he's now had to step into the kitchen again himself.

Poke restaurant and vintage store to open at LBX

Long Beach Exchange is preparing to welcome two new tenants: retailer Open Air Vintage and fast-casual Poké2 Grill and retailer Open Air Vintage.

Marine life flourishing in San Pedro Bay Ports’ harbors

Plants and animals are thriving in the San Pedro Bay harbors, despite sharing space with the largest port complex in the nation. A 2018 biological survey released in April identified more than 1,000 species living in the harbors around the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the highest recorded biodiversity in over two decades.

Business district collecting hygiene products for homeless people

"It’s an easy and effective program that provides much needed hygiene products that are part of helping an individual regain a piece of everyday life with dignity,” said Broc Coward, chief operating officer of the DLBA.

With two major projects wrapping up, rail takes center stage for port investment

Capital improvement projects are never-ending at the Port of Long Beach. Projects take years, sometimes decades, from concept to completion, can cost upward of a billion dollars and bring increased operational capacity and efficiency.

Unemployment remains high in Long Beach, but economists are optimistic about future

Long Beach’s more than 11% unemployment remains well above the regional and national rates as the city and state reopen, local economists said during a virtual forum Thursday.

Businesses are struggling to staff up following pandemic layoffs

Many businesses furloughed or laid off most or all of their staff when they were forced to shutter indefinitely due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Now, Long Beach business owners are struggling to find workers—a nationwide issue.

‘We’re used to the ocean beating us up’: Harbor Breeze Cruises catches a tailwind...

Just in time for blue whale migration season, hundreds of guests are finally embarking on the company’s whale and harbor cruises again.

Council approves zone change that could bring more cannabis dispensaries Downtown

The zoning code amendment was prompted by an application to open a recreational cannabis shop in a mixed-use building on Pine Avenue, a co-location not currently allowed in the Downtown zoning code.

Rocket Lab wins contract to design two spacecraft for Mars mission

The Long Beach-based rocket manufacturing and launch company announced it's designing two Photon spacecraft for a scientific mission to Mars.

‘A sacred space’: Pandemic restrictions have hampered, but not stopped, religious weddings

For followers of many religions, matrimony is an important stage in life, one that is celebrated and sanctioned by their religious institutions. Churches, temples and synagogues have had to make adjustments during the pandemic—and so have religious couples. Still, for some, a religious wedding was non-negotiable.

Shut down by the pandemic, a local wedding venue began serving formerly homeless residents

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, celebrations and gatherings came to a screeching halt. For event venues like The Grand, this meant bookings were canceled or postponed, sending them looking for alternative revenue sources to keep the lights on. 

Grant funds in hand, these three new businesses plan to set up shop in...

A pet supply store, a Mexican seafood business and a floral studio are the three winners of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s fourth annual...

Union leaders are fighting terminal automation at Long Beach’s Pier T

Total Terminals International, operator of the 385-acre Pier T, met with leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on May 17 to announce its intentions to automate the Long Beach operation. Represented were ILWU Local 13, 63 and 94.

Relativity Space unveils world’s first fully 3-D-printed reusable rocket; announce $650M in funding

Long Beach-based Relativity Space unveiled plans Tuesday for the Terran R, the world’s first fully reusable, entirely 3-D printed rocket.

Port sets new cargo-movement record for 11th consecutive month

For the first time in its 110-year history, the Port of Long Beach moved more than 900,000 cargo containers in a single month.

Pandemic cargo surge continues at the San Pedro Bay Ports amid ongoing trade war

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of manufacturing plants in China slowed goods movement through San Pedro Bay for much of the first half of 2020, throwing a shroud of uncertainty over the trade sector. But the subsequent resumption of manufacturing and an explosion of e-commerce across the U.S. resulted in 10 straight months of record-breaking cargo movement at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Free forum to explore Long Beach’s growing space sector

In a June 17 forum hosted by the Long Beach Economic Partnership, Accelerate Long Beach will examine the booming sector and why space companies continue moving into the city. 

Construction permitting delays endanger the city’s recovery, but a new initiative could offer solutions

Four councilmembers are proposing sweeping reforms of city's Building and Safety Bureau in hopes of ending crippling permit delays.

Kristen Bell showcases Long Beach dog product company ahead of Amazon’s Prime Day

The business model is centered on sourcing the highest-quality ingredients from around the world. While a large subset of products are made in the U.S., Pawstruck gets its free-range, grass-fed beef from South American, lamb ears from New Zealand, antlers from Canada and the list goes on.

Workers must keep masks on unless all nearby employees are vaccinated, state safety board...

Conflicted California regulators approved controversial rules that allow workers to go maskless only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated.

Developer reveals plans for senior living facility in East Long Beach

Sunrise Senior Living, which already runs 332 assisted living and memory care communities, is looking to build another just south of Wardlow Road and Los Coyotes Diagonal.

With Long Beach Airport passenger numbers ticking up, Southwest seeks to bolster business travel

Southwest recently invited business representatives from across the region to tour Long Beach Airport from curb to gate.

Post-pandemic wedding boom: After a yearlong wait, couples rush to celebrate their love

According to the market research firm The Wedding Report, this year will see a surge of 650,000 weddings nationwide, bringing the total number of weddings to 2.77 million compared to the average of 2.12 million weddings taking place in a normal year.

VIDEO: Kress Market bids farewell to Downtown Long Beach

After a decade of business, owners of Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach threw a farewell party on Pine Avenue on Sunday, their last day open.

Downtown’s Kress Market to close, ending its run as a beloved deli and community...

"They were one of those small businesses that got us through the recession," a former employee said. "It was part of the community in that it brought people together."
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2nd & PCH adding new ramen restaurant, Brixton clothing store, other new shops

Restaurant chain Tocaya Organica, Japanese franchise Jinya Ramen and clothing store Brixton are among the new arrivals.

City of Avalon still reeling from pandemic revenue losses, expects more budget deficits

A global pandemic is one of the worst-case scenarios for an economy dependent almost entirely on tourism like that of Catalina Island. While the financial struggles of the past year for the city of Avalon have not been overly devastating, staff said the city only avoided budgetary deficits by tapping into its reserve funds.

Natural gas drivers to be exempt from Clean Truck fee at Port of Long...

Low-emissions natural gas-powered trucks will be exempt from a per-container fee thanks to a 4-1 vote by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Monday.

Harbor Commission approves $622M port budget

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved a $622.4 million budget for the Port of Long Beach during its meeting Monday.

Why the military keeps fixing Catalina Island’s infrastructure

From early April until just last week, 45 Marines were shoveling dirt and digging ditches on Santa Catalina Island, and it's not the first time a military unit came to work on the island. What do they get out of it?

Human-I-T expanded amid the pandemic to bring computers and internet access to families across...

Because of the heightened urgency to connect families to the internet, while most businesses and nonprofits struggled through the pandemic—many not making it through—Human-I-T thrived. Over the past year, the nonprofit expanded, opening a facility in Detroit, its first outside of California.

Restaurateur Carl Dene sells his Kenneth S. Wing-designed home, listed at $2.65 million

“Architecture is really important to me,” said Carl Dene. “I got my degree in graphic arts, so good design is very meaningful to me.”

Kelp fuel is making a comeback 50 years after it was first proposed thanks...

The future of fuel production may be growing in the ocean between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island.

In a difficult fundraising year, Catalina Conservancy’s Ball ‘Under the Stars’ nets $230,000

The conservancy’s annual “Under the Stars” fundraising event, which took place virtually last month, netted $230,000 to go toward expenses like infrastructure maintenance, educational programming and preservation efforts.

Long Beach job gains slowed in April; unemployment rate almost flat from March

Unemployment in Long Beach decreased 0.2% in April from March, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. From February to March, the city’s unemployment decreased 2.4%.

‘They barely survived’: Catalina businesses are reveling in increased visitor counts after catastrophic year

When coronavirus swept across the globe in early 2020, Catalina’s tourism economy was decimated. Since 2014, the island getaway has consistently welcomed more than one million annual visitors. But last year, that number was cut in half to just over 500,000, according to Love Catalina Island, the island’s chamber of commerce and visitor’s bureau.

The pandemic has dealt a blow to arts and culture nonprofits, while basic needs...

Some nonprofits have been hit hard or languished during the pandemic while others have thrived, depending on the nature of their services. 

Musical Theatre West awards student scholarships—and other nonprofit news

The students will be recognized at the nonprofit’s luncheon on June 26, where they will perform live and receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

Top Treasury official meets with local business owners impacted by COVID-19

A top White House official in charge of overseeing the nation’s treasury visited Long Beach Wednesday to meet with small businesses that were shuttered by the pandemic.

City Council approves master plan for former C-17 property near Long Beach Airport

The Long Beach City Council took a final step toward adopting a plan that will guide development of 437 acres of coveted land west of Long Beach Airport, saying they wanted the former Boeing C-17 manufacturing site to become a “21st century business district.”

189-unit residential project underway on the Promenade

Construction is underway on a mid-rise residential building, but work may cause added stress to already-strained restaurant businesses just feet from the site, one restaurateur says.

New Queen Mary report says urgent repairs needed to keep ship viable in the...

The report from Elliott Bay Design Group was part of a trove of bankruptcy court documents released last week that paint a dire situation for the Queen Mary's condition, the operator's financial struggles and the city's obligations.

IN PICTURES: Visitors are flocking back to Catalina Island for outdoor adventures and fun...

After one of the most challenging health and economic crises in Catalina Island’s history, visitors are returning to the island for an outdoor getaway. From the water to the sky, adventurers are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of island life. Unavailable through much of the pandemic, the island’s recreational offerings are booming, including kayaking, zip lining, a ropes course, tours and more.

After a devastating year, L’Opera is rising from the ruins

Later, looking at security camera video, Antonelli counted 63 people making havoc with his restaurant for three and a half hours. “They were taking armloads of liquor and food out to vans in the garage and they’d fill them up and the vans would drive away. It was all very orchestrated.”

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab’s satellite launch from New Zealand site fails

The problem occurred during ignition of the Electron rocket’s second stage, the company said in a statement.

Executive director of Long Beach Day Nursery steps down—and other nonprofit news

The Board of Directors named Jennifer Allen, currently associate executive director of the day nursery, as Whitney Leathers’ replacement after a national search. 

Port of Long Beach reports busiest April in its history

Dock workers and terminal operators moved 746,188 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, making it the first April that the seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs.  

‘More outreach, more presence, more inclusion’: LGBTQ Center’s new director plans to reopen bigger...

Torres said that improving access to the Center’s services in underserved communities, especially communities of color, is one of his primary goals as director. 

Office, retail real estate battered by pandemic while industrial thrives

Each of Long Beach’s commercial real estate markets—office, retail and industrial—were impacted by the coronavirus in different ways. For now, the office market has taken the brunt of the hit but the future of the retail market remains in question, according to industry experts. Meanwhile, the industrial sector was bolstered by the dramatic increase in online shopping brought on by COVID-19.

Food allergy treatment center expands to new Signal Hill clinic

The institute specializes in treating severe food allergies among children by gradually exposing patients to allergens on a protein-by-protein basis.

It’s the last video rental store in Long Beach—and it’s still open!

Broadway Video has been a cinephile haven since 1998.

HydraFacial merges with Vesper Healthcare to form new, publicly traded company based in Long...

Long Beach-based beauty health company HydraFacial has merged with Miami Beach-based Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, to form The Beauty Health Company.

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