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Suspect Wanted In Recent Armed Robberies At Long Beach Businesses Business owners beware . . . The suspect pictured is wanted for multiple armed...

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  Unemployment Rate Remains Low The United States unemployment rate remained at 3.7% in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationwide, 155,000 nonfarm...

Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo Retiring

The City of Long Beach announced this morning that Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo is retiring on January 31, 2019. He has served...

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City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline Cases In 2017 Result In Corrective Action Taken City Auditor Laura Doud released a report detailing her fraud hotline operations and...

Unresolved Business 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, there are a number of unresolved or unfinished matters that stand to impact the City of Long Beach...

Long Beach Enters New Partnership To Promote Trade With Canada

The Long Beach City Council recently approved the formation of a new partnership with the MAPLE Business Council, an organization that specializes in promoting...

New Business Association Aims To Bring Events Back To Downtown Core

Although the City of Long Beach and the Downtown Long Beach Alliance have worked for many years to improve downtown and position it as...

Talking Business With The City Council: Councilmember Rex Richardson, 9th District

Note: This is the last in our series, Talking Business With The City Council, which launched with the July 31 edition. Previous interviews are...

New Rules Passed For Flight Slots At Long Beach Airport, Airlines Split On The...

The Long Beach City Council has approved a resolution updating the rules governing flight allocations at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The creation of the...

Despite Steep Competition, Hospitality And Tourism Industry Continues To Grow

With increasing convention and meetings bookings and growing interest in the city as a tourist destination, Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)...

A Nonprofit With A For-Profit Attitude: CVB’s Marketing Team Credits Entrepreneurial Spirit To Its...

  When it comes to marketing Long Beach to meeting planners, the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau relies upon the city’s assets –...

Sales Coordinators: The Long Beach CVB’s Special-Ops

Housed in one of Long Beach’s tallest buildings, the Shoreline Square office tower, the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has a stunning...

Executive Chef James Miller Is Bringing Fine Dining To The Convention Center

When a friend told Chef James Miller that he should join him in the kitchen of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, Miller...

Long Beach Hospitality And Tourism Businesses Report Steady Sales, High Optimism In 2018

Last year the Business Journal reported that 2017 was the “best year ever” for Long Beach tourism. While 2018 is not expected to seize...

Sustainability Office Helping Businesses Go Green

Long Beach businesses that commit to environmental and sustainable practices are not only being recognized by their community, they’re now certifiably green. This year,...

Deconstruction Can Turn One Man’s Rubble Into Another Man’s Roof

In the spring of 2016, 75 construction workers, a 182-foot excavator and a 15,000-pound demolition shear worked almost two months tearing down the old...

How Solar Source Turns Sunlight Into Savings

Over the last decade, Solar Source has installed photovoltaic solar systems on roofs throughout Southern California. According to its founder and president, Jarrod Osborne,...

Real Estate & Development

Commission Considering North Long Beach Retail Center Proposal The Long Beach Planning Commission is considering the approval of Frontier Real Estate Investments’ more than 11,000-square-foot...

Millennial Women Face Steeper Challenges In Entrepreneurship

The Millennial generation is often looked to as the harbinger of the future: the future of tech, the future of finance, the future of...

Small Business Showcase: Parkview Village

Molivate Gym After graduating with a degree in kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach, local resident Molivann Duy began using his degree to help...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Tony Harris, now the principal construction inspector at the Port of Long Beach, has been working in construction since he was 18 years old....

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

CalChamber Poll: Voters Optimistic On Jobs, Not Affordability A recently released 2018 CalChamber poll found that the majority of California voters are optimistic about the...

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Small Business Optimism On The Rise But Tempered By Lack Of Skilled Workers More than half (58%) of small business owners in the United States...

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L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Concedes Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell today conceded to his challenger, Alex Villanueva. According to the L.A. County registrar...

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Downtown Long Beach Creative Office Building Sells For $60.5 Million The Hubb, a 210,428-square-foot creative office building in Downtown Long Beach, has sold for $60.5...

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Long Beach Container Terminal To Be Sold The Wall Street Journal and Journal of Commerce are both reporting that COSCO Shipping Holdings plans to put Long Beach...

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Port Of Long Beach Awarded $14 Million Grant For Rail Project The Port of Long Beach is receiving a $14 million grant from the state’s...

What’s Behind The Trade War?

At the annual Long Beach – Qingdao China Sister City Association luncheon on November 9, speakers from the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles...

Parks Study: After Demonstrating Equitable Practices, Parks Department Directed To Do More

Does the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) provide balanced park programming to all of its city residents? Last year, 1st District...

City Council Unanimously Approves Panic Buttons For All Hotels

A week after Long Beach voters overwhelmingly passed Measure WW, a ballot measure creating workload restrictions and safety provisions for hotel workers, on November...

Higher Education Center Could Come To North Long Beach

A proposal by 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson to explore the feasibility of establishing a higher education center in North Long Beach was unanimously...

Public Works To Examine Possible Dangers Of Utility Wires

The Long Beach City Council has requested an examination of utility wires in the city to determine if they pose safety and maintenance issues...

New Parklet Ordinance Could Cut Costs For Businesses

The Long Beach City Council has approved a plan to streamline permits for the creation of sidewalk dining and parklets within the city’s right-of-way. As...

Is Long Beach Facing A Nursing Shortage?

Is Long Beach on the verge of a nursing shortage? That depends on the source of information. Reputable authorities place California’s supply of registered...

Synthetic Drug Use On The Rise In Long Beach

A growing concern among Long Beach health care providers, law enforcement and government officials is the growing use of the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The...

New HIV Infections Plateau In Long Beach; Other STDs On The Rise

While Long Beach’s rate of new HIV infections surpasses new infection rates for both Los Angeles County and the state, the citywide rate has...

Residential Real Estate, Office And Retail Space In High Demand In Bixby Knolls

The neighborhood now known as Bixby Knolls was once a lima bean farm, according to the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association. Development began in...

Business Owners Enthusiastic As Bixby Knolls Evolves Into A Destination For Residents And Visitors

Though often described as Long Beach’s sleepy bedroom community, Bixby Knolls is wide-awake. According to local business owners, the area has benefited greatly from...

Bixby Knolls Is ‘Strong And Steady,’ But Funding Uncertainty Is Brewing

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association’s (BKBIA) leaders are positive about the momentum of the business improvement district they oversee, but are faced with...

Real Estate & Development

Boeing Puts C-17 Site Up For Sale The Boeing Company on November 5 listed its former C-17 Globemaster III manufacturing site for sale. Adjacent to...

Talking Business With The City Council: Al Austin, 8th District

LBBJ: Do you feel business owners in your City Council District are happy with the direction the city is going? Austin: I think they are happy with...

Facebook Fiasco

I was recently invited, along with other local news publishers and editors, to participate in a round of Beer & Politics at Liberation Brewing....

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

As assistant director of the construction management division, Ramanjit Brar helps the division to oversee capital improvement programs for the Port of Long Beach....

Small Business Showcase: Atlantic Avenue & Long Beach Boulevard, Bixby Knolls

The Merchant One day, Mike and Andrea Gillespie stumbled upon a small property with a “for lease” sign on it while walking their dogs near...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Changes Proposed For Use Of Long Beach Airport Flight Slots Long Beach Airport Director Jess Romo is proposing changes to the rules for air carriers’...

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Election Update: Sheriff McDonnell Trails Challenger Villanueva Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell once again trails challenger Alex Villanueva in his bid for another term –...

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Imports Increased, Exports Declined Through Port Of Long Beach In October October was the third-busiest month in the Port of Long Beach’s 107-year history, port...

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More Than 980,000 Ballots Outstanding In Los Angeles County There are an estimated 984,000 outstanding ballots remaining to be processed in Los Angeles County, according...

Local Election Results

With 100% of precincts in Los Angeles County reporting, initial tallies from last night’s elections have identified clear winners and losers on local ballots....

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

  Vote Until 8 p.m. Polls are open today until 8 p.m. If you need assistance finding your polling place, visit the Long Beach City Clerk’s...

Trucking Industry Challenge: Association Disputes New Independent Contractor Rule

The California Trucking Association (CTA) and two independent truck drivers have challenged a California Supreme Court ruling that altered state guidelines for identifying whether...

Community Hospital Lease Negotiations Still Underway, Must Be Complete By January 3

City staff and Molina, Wu, Network, LLC  (MWN), the selected operator for Community Hospital, are continuing to negotiate MWN’s lease agreement for the site,...

Talking Business With The City Council: Roberto Uranga, 7th District

LBBJ: Do you feel business owners in your council district are happy with the direction the city is going? Uranga: Absolutely. We’re able to convert...

Long Beach City Council To Consider Ordinance For Short-term Rentals Next Month

The Long Beach City Council is considering an ordinance to regulate short-term rental units within the city during its December 4 meeting. A short-term rental...

News In Brief

Local News City Council Passes Panic Button Ordinance Five members of the Long Beach City Council passed an ordinance on October 23 requiring hotels and motels...

Interest Rates Impact Real Estate, Markets Evolve To Keep Up With Ongoing Trends

Steadily increasing interest rates are likely to slow the sale of properties across all real estate sectors, according to real estate experts and economists....

Mirroring Nation And State Trends, Long Beach Single-Family Home Sales Slow

For the past several years, Long Beach’s single-family housing market has skewed in favor of sellers. Following the Great Recession, a persistently low availability...

As Multi-Family Property Values Top Out, Buyers Seek Reliable Investments

Long Beach multi-family property prices appear to have topped out, according to local real estate professionals specializing in apartments. While rental rates continue to...

Commercial Real Estate Update: Prices Continue To Climb As Strong Demand Persists

Demand continues across all commercial real estate sectors in the Greater Long Beach area, causing upward pressure on asking rental rates – a trend...

Adaptive Reuse Projects ‘Breathe New Life’ Into Long Beach

Long Beach has a diverse array of buildings, with structures from different eras across the city. One way the city adds to the diversity...

The Breakers Hotel To Be Reborn In 2020

Almost 100 years since it first opened its doors to downtown Long Beach, the historic Breakers building will soon be back in business as...

New USC Forecast: Southern California Rents To Remain Unaffordable

Despite a growing economy and decreasing unemployment in Southern California, housing is expected to remain unaffordable for median- and low-income earners. That’s the verdict...

Nonprofit Organizations Look To The Future Of Giving: Younger Generations

Nonprofit organizations have traditionally relied on financial contributions made by donors. Yet, as older generations who often give charitably are aging, nonprofits are looking...

Local Nonprofit Organizations Aim To Diversify Their Board Membership

In order to become more representative of the communities they serve, Long Beach philanthropic organizations are working to diversify their board membership. Leading with Intent,...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

When Larry Ditchkus was 12 years old, his father took him on boat rides past the Long Beach breakwater to go fishing. The port...

Long Beach Airport’s 95th Anniversary

Click the image below to download a 24-page Salute To The Long Beach Airport's 95th Anniversary

Voting: Will They, Or Won’t They?

While the media is split on whether Millennials are going to turn out to vote, they are in agreement on one point: if it...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

No On BBB The Business Journal repeats its opposition to Long Beach Measure BBB – which extends term limits for the mayor and city councilmembers....

Op-ed: Real Estate Industry Targeted On November 6th Ballot

Editor's note: The Business Journal is publishing the following op-ed by the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) because we are in agreement with...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

United Pacific To Acquire 39 Stores in Southern California United Pacific is acquiring 39 gas station and convenience store assets from Macland Investments. Headquartered in...

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Trucking Industry Files Suit For Relief From New Independent Contractor Rules The California Trucking Association and two independent California truck drivers have filed suit in...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

  City Council Passes Panic Button Ordinance Last night, five members of the Long Beach City Council passed an ordinance requiring hotels and motels to provide...

Women In Business Profiles

Sheri Baughman A.P. Fischer 1601 Caspian Ave. • 562/436-7251 • apfischer.com   Sheri Baughman never expected she would become the president and owner of a business. But when her...

Long Beach College ‘Promise 2.0’ Guarantees Transition For LBCC Students To CSULB

Partners in the Long Beach College Promise, an initiative that prioritizes Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students for acceptance to California State University,...

Assistance League’s CAMEO Program Helps Students Get Ahead

Formed as a professional auxiliary of the Assistance League of Long Beach in 1986, CAMEO was inspired by the jewelry-making method of carving women’s...

Local Agency Provides Skills Training For Job Seekers: Pacific Gateway Connects Employers With Workers...

Pacific Gateway, the workforce development arm of the City of Long Beach, provides workplace-related skills training to local residents who are underemployed or in...

Millennial Pulse: Which Millennial Should You Be For Halloween?

I expend most of my energies in this column attempting to portray the varying aspects of the Millennial generation to dissuade stereotypes – or,...

Small Business Showcase: Atlantic Avenue, North Long Beach

Flatline Art Gallery   Artist Cynthia Lujan opened Flatline Art Gallery with her co-director, Elizabeth Munzon, last year. Both Lujan and Munzon had experience in putting...

Since Taking Office Nearly Two Years Ago, President Trump Has Pushed Policies Encouraging Energy...

Speaking at a December 2016 victory rally in West Allis, Wisconsin, then President-elect Donald Trump announced that his new administration would work to “eliminate...

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