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China Announces Tariffs On U.S. Goods In response to the Trump administration’s recent decision to implement 10% tariffs on Chinese goods worth a total of...
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Podcast: The $200,000 Club

This edition of the Long Beach Business Podcast features highlights from City Manager Patrick West’s annual interview with the Business Journal on the topic...

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Carson City Council Approves Agreement For New Athletic And Academic Facility The Carson City Council this month approved an agreement with Los Angeles County for...

The New Long Beach Civic Center Book

Our softcover book, The New Long Beach Civic Center, is now available for purchase! Featuring interviews with influential city staff, elected officials, the development team...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

City Manager Patrick West Retiring From Government Long Beach City Manager Patrick West announced that he is leaving his position effective September 20, departing after...
Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance CEO and President Phil Jones

Prices Continue Increasing Across Long Beach Real Estate Markets

Residential and commercial real estate sales prices and rental rates continue to increase in Long Beach, according to industry experts. Though prices continue to...
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New Exemptions To Worker Status Bill Revive Debate Over Independent Contractors

In April of 2018, the California Supreme Court’s ruling on Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County sent shockwaves through a...
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Two Assembly Bills Seek To Change Charter School Regulations

Significant changes would be in store for California charter schools if two pieces of legislation set for vote by the State Senate are approved. Assembly...
Kaiser Permanente Employee Sylina Lawanson

Kaiser Union May Strike

While labor contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente continue, the unions that comprise the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU) have indicated that they may...
Pow Wow Artis Tran Nguyen

POW! WOW! Long Beach Returns For Fifth Year

Scattered throughout 20 different locations, global artists united in Long Beach last month and splashed the city’s various buildings with vibrant colors. The painting...
AMLI Development VP of Development Nick Moffa

Park Broadway Brings Portola Coffee Downtown

In addition to bringing 222 new market-rate apartments to Downtown Long Beach, the seven-story AMLI Park Broadway mixed-use complex at 245 W. Broadway will...
LBCC Aluminium Molding

LBCC Reboots Trade Programs

In 2013, Long Beach City College (LBCC) canceled 11 of its career technical education (CTE) programs. Now, with a tight labor market and high...
Sunstone Management Founding Partner and American Lending Center CEO John Shen

The Executive: John Shen Founding Partner Of Sunstone Management Inc. And CEO Of American...

Editor’s Note: John Shen is a founding partner of Sunstone Management Inc, a private capital management and investment firm, and the CEO of American...
Long Beach Small Business Development Center Director Brad Pollock

Small Business Center Helps Entrepreneurs Determine Steps For Expansion

For aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business but have no clear path on how to get started, the Long Beach Small...
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Proposed Fiscal Year Budget Focuses On Homelessness, Public Safety

In 2018, city staff had projected a $9.3 million budget shortfall for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. But at a press conference on July 31,...
Vista del Puerto Rendering

Downtown And Midtown Likely To Be Focus Of Inclusionary Zoning Proposal

Driving down Long Beach Boulevard, the contrast between the landscape of Downtown Long Beach and that of the remaining city is starkly obvious. Below...
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Reported Traffic Collisions Increase Following Broadway Redesign

Incident-level collision data released by the Long Beach Police Department (LBDP) show that calls for service related to traffic collisions on Broadway have increased...
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Mayor Robert Garcia Files To Run For Lt. Governor, Transfers Campaign Funds

In a statement released by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s chief of staff, Mark Taylor, Garcia announced that surplus funds from his 2018 mayoral...
Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Pat West Leaving City Hall

After 42 Years, Officials Say ‘Goodbye’ To Long Beach City Hall

On July 23, Mayor Robert Garcia, councilmembers and city staff used the city council’s last meeting in its 1970s-era chambers as an opportunity to...
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Rising Prices, Decreasing Demand Continue For Single-Family Market

Although real estate experts commended Long Beach for being one of the most affordable beach communities in the state, they told the Business Journal...
Centennial Advisers Senior Adviser and Director of Investments Eric Christopher

Tenant Policy Creates Uncertainty In Long Beach Multi-Family Market

In the face of a new tenant relocation ordinance implemented in Long Beach on August 1, real estate experts expressed concerns that the policy...
Farmers & Merchants Office Building

Commercial Real Estate Markets Stable With Moderate Vacancy Decreases And Continued Rent Increases

At the close of the second quarter, vacancy rates decreased while asking rents increased for office, retail and industrial real estate across Long Beach,...

The Normalization Of Gun Violence

After the first week in August, in which our nation experienced three mass shootings, I realized something. That since the moment I began coming...
Long Beach Community Action Partnership Darick Simpson

Digital Arts Programs Allow Students To Develop Leadership Skills

Whether it’s the roaring sound of rock ‘n’ roll or the folksy melody of country, Madisyn Jeter immerses herself in all kinds of tunes....
Commune Communication Staff

Long Beach Creative Firms Strive To Attract And Retain Local Talent

In a city with a university that annually graduates more than 10,000 students with a dizzying array of degrees, the question begs to be...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Nadya Hernandez likes to get into specifics: the specifics of construction projects, to be exact. As a civil engineer with the Port of Long...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Mayor And City Auditor Announce Nominees For New Ethics Commission Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and City Auditor Laura Doud have announced their nominations for...
Civic Center Plaza Reflection

Podcast: The 411 On The New Civic Center

It’s hard to miss the glistening facade of the new Long Beach City Hall and neighboring Port of Long Beach headquarters, which recently opened...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

President Announces Additional Tariffs; California Exports Decline President Trump announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to impose 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Public Safety, Homelessness Among Top Priorities For Proposed 2020 Budget During a press conference at the new Long Beach Civic Center today, city officials presented...

The New Long Beach Civic Center

On July 29, 2019, Long Beach marked a major milestone in its history and a new era in its downtown development by opening to...

Council Committee Reviews $1 Billion-Plus In Unfunded Liabilities

During Tuesday’s meeting of the city council’s budget oversight committee, councilmembers Suzie Price, Stacy Mungo and Al Austin discussed a number of issues, including...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Elected Officials, City Staff Take Stock Of City’s Progress Before Move To New City Hall Last night, Mayor Robert Garcia, councilmembers and city staff used...

Podcast: Last Call For The 4 A.M. Bar Bill?

California State Senator Scott Wiener is giving his 4 a.m. bar bill another go. SB 58 would allow ten California cities, including Long Beach,...

POW! WOW! Long Beach 2019 Kicks Off

With one of the first POW! WOW! Long Beach murals serving as the backdrop for a press preview event today, city officials and artists...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Long Beach City College To Reboot Trades Program, Open New Student Centers At yesterday’s State of the College event, Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Reagan...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Port Of Long Beach Releases Draft Of Updated Master Plan The Port of Long Beach today released a draft of its revised Master Plan, which...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Newly-Appointed Costa Mesa City Manager Lori Ann Guzmán To Leave Long Beach Harbor Commission The Port of Long Beach announced this morning that Lori Ann...
Sares-Regis Group VP Residential Development David Powers

Building A Better Long Beach: Arts District Development 50% Leased, Bringing New Craft Beer...

Panels of solid bright yellow, and black and white panels of abstract geometric patterns fleck the exterior of The Linden to blend in with...
Port of Long Beach Container Ship

Protests At Port Of Los Angeles Spark Inquiries Into Economic Effects of Automation

A decision by the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners to allow the use of automated, driverless vehicles at one of the...
VA Expansion Construction Site

VA Long Beach Expands With Three New Buildings, Addresses Mission Act

While some believe recent legislation aimed at providing more accessible care for veterans, including at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, will significantly improve...
Mooyon Kim, Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

After Decades Of Service To Long Beach Residents, Historic Companies Double-Down On Local Investment

Long Beach has bestowed its business owners with many favorable circumstances: mild weather, a gateway to the Pacific Ocean and a large natural oil...
Portside Jim Adair Crop

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Just like breaking in a new set of work boots, becoming comfortable in a new job isn’t always easy. Jim Adair, who was recently...
Rainbow Juices

Food Business Uses City Loan Program To Expand Operations

Emphasizing the importance of organic food, local residents Chrissy Cox and Dawna Bass co-founded Rainbow Juices in 2012 as a home business to provide...
Breakwater

Officials Considering Extension And Expansion Of Breakwater Study

A potential extension of a three-year study to improve Long Beach’s coastal ecosystem may also include an effort to further explore the feasibility of...
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City Council Sets Date For 1st District Election

The Long Beach City Council adopted a resolution at its July 9 meeting to conduct a special municipal election for the 1st District seat...
Measure A

City Council Takes First Steps To Place Measure A Extension On March 2020 Ballot

In March 2020, Long Beach voters will likely face a controversial question: should Measure A, which added 1% to the city’s sales tax for...
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Port Of Long Beach To Fund Colorado Lagoon Upgrades

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday, July 8, agreed to fund a $26.3 million project to improve water and habitat quality...

City Council Votes To Study Options For Incentivizing Non-Retail Cannabis Businesses In Long Beach

In response to numerous calls by cannabis entrepreneurs, the Long Beach City Council recently voted to move forward with the study of different options...
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Real Estate And Development

City To Face Lawsuit Over Tenant Relocation Ordinance On June 11, the Long Beach City Council approved a tenant relocation assistance ordinance, a step that...
Cesar Chavez MatchFree

Growing Vaping Industry Grapples With Calls For More Regulations, Debate On Teen Use

Vaping is everywhere. A quick online search finds at least 20 vape shops in Long Beach alone, with several others located in the nearby...
Dr. Amandeep Bhalla

Common Physical Ailments Of Desk Workers – And How To Prevent Them

Full-time office jobs often warrant extended periods of sitting at a desk – a sedentary behavior that can lead to chronic back, neck, wrist...
NAACP Long Beach Naomi Rainey and Antonio Gaskin

Historic Nonprofits Making A Difference In Long Beach

With its diverse population and active philanthropic scene, Long Beach has long been home to a number of well-established nonprofit organizations providing health care,...
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Historic Companies And Nonprofits: Recognizing Their Legacy

For the past two years, the Business Journal has run a list of historic companies and nonprofits that continue to operate in Long Beach....

What Are Millennials Looking For In Presidential Candidates?

It’s the summer before a presidential election year, or as I like to call it, “peak political circus season.” The field of Democratic candidates...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Port Of Long Beach Sees Slower June Than Last Year, While L.A. Breaks Records The Port of Long Beach processed 677,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) last...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Free Program For Downtown Businesses Launches The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) and Fuller Management Corporation, a local business development consulting firm, recently launched the...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Global Firm Acquires Long Beach-Based Alta Environmental NV5 Global, Inc. has acquired Alta Environmental, a Bixby Knolls-based environmental consulting firm specializing in health and safety...
Orient Overseas Carrier Line container ship

Mid-Year Economic Outlook: Economists Forecast Continued, But Slowing, Growth

With the United States now more than 10 years into a period of economic recovery and growth – approaching the longest-ever expansion in its...
ALBE Members and General Counsel

‘Everybody Here Is Underpaid’: Frustrated City Workers Await City Council Hearing

On Wednesday, June 26, the two sides in a yearlong conflict between the Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE) and the office of Long...
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City Staff Propose Permanent Measure A Sales Tax Extension

With the mayor’s support, city staff are presenting a proposal to the Long Beach City Council tonight, July 2, to extend the Measure A...
Belmont Pool Aerial Rendering

Future Of Belmont Pool Replacement Is Uncertain, Officials Say

Although the California Coastal Commission has made its concerns clear that an anticipated rise in sea level a century from now may preclude a...
Port of Long Beach Administrative Analyst Marcella Tutson

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

In the past four years, Port of Long Beach Administrative Analyst Marcella Tutson has quickly worked her way up in the port’s security division....
Little Owl Preschool

Growing Long Beach: Fellowship Program Connects College Grads With Employers

Skills like critical thinking and problem solving are usually expected of a seasoned employee, but for nearly a decade, educators at Little Owl have...
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Water Department Makes Second Attempt At Water Rate Increase In 2019

In January 2019, customers of the Long Beach Water Department received a mailer announcing the department’s plans to raise water rates by 6% twice...
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A Brief Look At All Current Long Beach City Council Candidates

Over the course of a few months, Long Beach residents will decide the fate of five council districts. In November, voters will choose the...
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State Auditor Calls CSU’s Financial Practices Into Question

The state auditor, Elaine Howle, released an audit critical of the California State University (CSU) system’s surplus funds and transportation policies on June 20,...
Kota Pekarang container ship

Uncertainty Dominates International Trade Outlook

When discussing the outlook for international trade through the San Pedro Bay Ports this year, one word comes up again and again among industry...
Alamitos Energy Center Groundbreaking

Energy Producers Disagree On Potential Effects Of State Focus On Renewables

As California continues to pursue ambitious goals for greenhouse gas emissions, local power producers voice diverging perspectives on the effect the corresponding state and...
Cherese Mari Laulhere Children's Village at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach

As Hospitals Expand And Invest, Reimbursements And Seismic Retrofits Remain Challenges

Hospitals in the Greater Long Beach area employ thousands of health care workers in the area, serving as central hubs for the industry. Through...
FirstBank Bixby Knolls Area Manager Kris Allen

Experts Say Technology Brings ‘New Benefits And New Peril’ To Financial Services

Experts across the financial services industry expect no significant changes to the financial sector as well as the overall economy for the upcoming six...
Retail Space For Rent In Belmont Shore

Local Retailers Cite Tariffs As Dark Cloud Over Otherwise Healthy Industry

Experts on the local and national retail market have voiced concerns over the impact of tariffs on the construction of new retail spaces and...
JetBlue Airplane at Long Beach Airport

Southern California Aviation/Aerospace Entities Tout Economic Growth For Rest Of 2019

Long Beach Airport Claudia Lewis, interim director of Long Beach Airport, said airline traffic is projected to hit 3.6 million passengers this year, up from...
Pacific Pointe Northwest Construction Site

Real Estate Outlook Is ‘Steady’ Heading Into 2020, Experts Say

Southern California real estate experts told the Business Journal in June that they forecast a strong and steady market heading into the end of...
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Real Estate And Development

Australia-Based Developer Closes Escrow On Former C-17 Site The former 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility for the Boeing C-17 aircraft and surrounding land have been sold to...
The Vault Warehouse owner Liz Carnes

Building A Better Long Beach: Artist Lofts Coming To Central Long Beach

Over the last two years, The Vault Warehouse in Central Long Beach has been transformed through art. South African artist Ricky Lee Gordon and...

The Revivalists

A recent, ill-advised trip to the mall made me feel as though I had stepped into some kind of time machine and spat back...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Australia-Based Developer Closes Escrow On Former C-17 Site The former 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility for the Boeing C-17 aircraft and surrounding land have been sold to...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

City Staff Want Voters To Consider A Permanent Extension Of Measure A With the mayor’s support, city staff are presenting a proposal on July 2...
ALBE Members and General Counsel

Podcast: Are City Employees Ready To Strike?

Since its formation in 2016, the Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE) has been unable to secure its own Memorandum of Understanidng with the...

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