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Community Hospital One Step Closer To Reopening The Long Beach City Council is making a decision next Tuesday, February 19, on an agreement with Molina,...

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Report Describes CSU Long Beach As “Economic Powerhouse” In The Region  A report commissioned by California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), estimates the school’s economic...

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Housing Affordability Improved Slightly At Year’s End Housing affordability improved slightly in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR)....

Rental Properties – City Council To Consider Tenant Protection Policies

When city staff invited Long Beach property owners and tenant advocates for a joint “tenant protections focus group” meeting in September 2018, it quickly...

U.S. Navy Letter Raises Serious Concerns About Modifications To Breakwater

The United States Navy has serious concerns about the City of Long Beach’s East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study, an ongoing endeavor by...

With Huntington Beach Lawsuit, Newsom Signals Aggressive Housing Strategy

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed the state to sue the City of Huntington Beach for failing to comply with its affordable housing goals....

Hotel Association Lawsuit Over Measure WW Might Lead To Changes Across The State

Measure WW, a ballot initiative that created safety and workload regulations for hotel workers in Long Beach, is now the subject of a lawsuit...

Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach New Title Sponsor Of The ‘Number One Street...

Honda luxury brand Acura has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach – just in...

Long Beach Police Officers Issued 50,000 Fewer Tickets For Moving Violations In 2017 Compared...

Data provided to the Business Journal by Long Beach Director of Financial Management John Gross shows that annual moving violation revenues generated by Long...

Long Beach Approves Purchase Of Year-Round Homeless Shelter

The Long Beach City Council has approved the establishment of a year-round, 125-bed homeless shelter and services center located in Long Beach’s 9th Council...

Vice Mayor Dee Andrews Kicks Off City Effort To Develop 2030 Strategic Plan

A motion made by Long Beach Vice Mayor Dee Andrews during the February 5 city council meeting kicked off the city’s process to create...

City Council Begins Process To Form Voter-Approved Ethics Commission

On November 6, 2018, Long Beach voters approved Measure CCC, starting the process to establish an ethics commission for the City of Long Beach. During...

The Executive: Machelle Thompson, President, Keen Home Care

(Editor’s note: Machelle Thompson has grown Long Beach-based Keen Home Care from a company of two to a firm boasting 60 employees. In 2016,...

Hospital Executives Weigh In On Emergency Room Wait Times

Depending on when someone visits an emergency room, the wait time can range between minutes to several hours, according to health care executives. For...

Pine Avenue’s Fitness Row: Where Downtown Works Out

To Long Beach residents who want to make good on their New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach...

Blood Shortage Highlights The Importance Of Donating

January was not a productive month for blood donations, according to the American Red Cross. The humanitarian organization reported that snow storms and freezing...

Building A Better Long Beach: Final Four Industrial Buildings To Complete Douglas Park

For the last decade, Sares-Regis Group (SRG) and its partners have worked to develop Douglas Park on more than 280 acres of land previously...

Real Estate & Development

For Sale: Parkview Village In Northeast Long Beach Parkview Village, the long-time East Long Beach commercial center on the northwest corner of Carson Street and...

Business Corridor Improvement Pilot Program Brightens Up Norse Village

During Fiscal Year 2018, the Long Beach City Council set aside $450,000 in savings to create a business corridor improvement pilot program benefiting three...

CSU Long Beach And Long Beach City College Partner With Industry To Prepare A...

During an era of fast-paced technological advancements and economic growth, higher educational institutions in Long Beach are strengthening partnerships within growing industries to ensure...

CSU Chancellor White Hopeful That New Funds Will Produce More Diverse Graduates

In the current academic year, almost half a million students are enrolled across the California State University’s (CSU) 23 campuses. With its operations spanning...

The Cult Of Robert

You’ve seen the tropes played out on several sitcoms by now: Millennials wearing hemp products or, better yet, burlap sacks, surrounded by towering pink...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Kymberly Clay has worked for the Port of Long Beach for nearly 30 years. Clay started out as a clerk supervisor within the port’s...

U.S. Navy Letter Raises Serious Concerns About Modifications To Breakwater

The United States Navy has serious concerns about the City of Long Beach’s East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study, an ongoing endeavor by...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Acura Announced As Title Sponsor Of The Long Beach Grand Prix Honda luxury brand Acura has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as the title...

Long Beach Business Podcast: ER Wait Times

Our latest Long Beach Business podcast features an interview with MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center CEO John Bishop and Chief Operating Officer Ike Mmeje,...

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Wells Fargo Gives $50,000 To Long Beach’s ‘Everyone In’ Initiative Wells Fargo has given a $50,000 grant to fund the next phase of Long Beach’s...

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Claudia Lewis Named Interim Airport Director City Manager Pat West has selected Claudia Lewis to serve as the interim director of Long Beach Airport (LGB)....

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Mayor And Port Officials Building Trade Relations In Southeast Asia Mayor Robert Garcia is leading a Port of Long Beach delegation to Phnom Penh, Cambodia,...

Mayor Garcia Highlights Top Issues, Urges City Action On Homelessness, Housing And Community Hospital

At his fifth annual State of the City address, Mayor Robert Garcia highlighted accomplishments of his tenure and described a positive momentum for the...

Long Beach Restaurateurs Remain Hopeful, Despite Prominent Closures

Judging by the numbers, the restaurant industry continues to play a significant role in the economy, both in California and nationwide. According to the...

Talking Tariffs: Will The U.S.-China Trade War Continue, And Is It Worth It?

Both the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles broke their all-time cargo volume records in 2018, as each of their...

Logistics Giant NFI Leaving Port Of L.A. Amidst Sweeping Changes In The Trucking Industry

After months of negotiations with the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, California Transload Services, LLC, which encompasses the operations of Long Beach-based California...

The Executive: Capt. Dan Salas, Founder & CEO, Harbor Breeze

(Editor’s note: Capt. Dan Salas founded Harbor Breeze Cruises in 2001 after spending years working on tugboats and towboats along the West Coast. The...

Focus On The City Of Carson

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2019 Centennial: Boy Scouts Of America

The Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts celebrates its centennial year. To view the 12-page insert, click here.

City Of Long Beach Sued Over Hotel Ordinance

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA) today announced it is suing the City of Long Beach to seek a permanent injunction of Measure...

Building A Better Long Beach: More Than Half Of City Ventures’ New Townhomes Sold

For the first time in more than a decade, Long Beach has new, for-sale townhomes in Downtown Long Beach. The townhomes in the small...

Real Estate & Development

Signal Hill Mercedes Dealership Has Plans To Expand Exclusive negotiations are underway between the City of Signal Hill and Signal Hill Properties LLC for the...

City Partners With Tech Company To Develop App For Small Businesses

The City of Long Beach has joined forces with a Pasadena-based tech company to deliver mentorship and assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs...

Grant Funds Help Port Prepare For Transition To Zero-Emission Tech

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is receiving more than $147 million in public and private funds to develop six projects for zero-emissions equipment...

Safely Eliminating Household Hazardous Waste

In 2018, Long Beach and Los Angeles County residents safely disposed of more hazardous waste at the EDCO Environmental Collection Center than in any...

Now I Fold My Clothes In Upright Stacks: The Subliminal Power Of Netflix

Sitting on the bottom shelf of my IKEA bookcase lay a rejected copy of Marie Kondo’s “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.” It had...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

As capital projects coordinator for the Port of Long Beach, Pear Utrapiromsuk is tasked with creating budget reports and forecasts for major capital improvement...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Training Series For Logistics And Supply Chain Jobs Community members interested in pursuing jobs in the logistics or supply chain industries or at the Port...

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Long Beach-based Pedal Movement Takes Over City’s Bikeshare Program The City of Long Beach has awarded the contract for its bikeshare operations to locally-owned Pedal...

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U.S. Chamber Calls For Immigration Reform, End To Political Stalemate The United States Chamber of Commerce yesterday issued a newsletter devoted to the topic of immigration...

The Long Beach Business Podcast The Long Beach Business Journal has launched its first podcast. Every second Monday in between our regular print editions, the...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

State, County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly The California unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 4.2% in December compared to November, according to...

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SpaceX Nixes Plans To Build Mars Spacecraft At Port Of Los Angeles SpaceX has backed out of plans to build its Starship prototype, a spacecraft...

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Gov. Newsom Sets Date for State Senate District 33 Election Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced primary and runoff special election dates to fill the 33rd...

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Supreme Court Sides With Truckers In Anti-Arbitration Case The United States Supreme Court today issued a decision in the case of New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira that limits the...

Economic Outlook: Analysts Project Stable 2019 Despite Handful Of Uncertainties

Despite a number of unknowns that could affect the economy this year, analysts are largely predicting a stable 2019 with continued, although slower, economic...

Water Agency Proposes Rate Hikes Over Next Three Years To Cover System Improvements

When then-Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the drought emergency in April 2017, many Californians let out a sigh of relief. For municipal utilities like the...

Long Beach Moves Into Phase 2 Of Economic Inclusion Initiative

Two years ago, the City of Long Beach adopted its Blueprint for Economic Development as a vision for increasing its standard of living and...

New AES Power Plant On Schedule For 2020 Generation

Construction of the new AES power plant at 690 Studebaker Rd. is continuing on schedule, with major construction operations set to be completed later...

Residential Solar Mandate Expected To Boost Renewable Energy Market

Starting January 1, 2020, all new single-family homes in California, as well as multi-family residences with three stories or less, will be required to...

City Proposes First Residential Refuse Rate Increase Since 2002

In November 2018, the Long Beach Public Works Department received the results of a study conducted by the firm HF&H Consultants, which concluded that...

City Councilmembers Dominate Candidate Field For Lara’s State Senate Seat

With a tentative election date to replace outgoing senator and new California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on the books, candidates vying for the California...

New County Stormwater Parcel Tax Leaves Property Owners With Questions

Following the passage of Measure W in November 2018, Los Angeles County residents and property owners must pay a new parcel tax beginning in...

Building A Better Long Beach: LBX’s ‘The Hangar’ Making Final Preparations To Open

Several restaurateurs inside The Hangar at the Long Beach Exchange (LBX) shopping center have fired up their equipment and are beginning to train staff...

Growing Long Beach

Growing Long Beach Is Presented In Partnership With The Long Beach Economic Development Department Through a unique program offering 0% interest loans – half crowd-funded...

The Executive: Lisa Kay, President, Alta Environmental

(Editor’s note: The Executive is a new series profiling presidents or CEOs of growing local firms. Lisa Kay has served as president of Long...

Aviation And Aerospace Industry Cautiously Optimistic About 2019

Current trends in the aviation and aerospace industry are giving airline executives cautious optimism on the coming year, according to a December report from...

Public Sector Spending To Bolster Construction Industry

Despite continued material cost increases due to tariffs and the trade war between China and the United States, the construction industry remains busy in...

Energy 2019: Oil Poised For A Slow Recovery, Renewables On The Rise

After crude oil prices took a tumble in October 2018, they have begun to creep upward – a trend that is likely to continue...

Employment Opportunities Increasing In 2019 For Engineers And Architects

High demand for professional workers and technological innovation have created a strong job market for those in the engineering and architectural fields. “It’s an interesting...

Despite Equity Market Volatility, Financial Services Experts Optimistic About 2019

After a year marked by trade disputes and market volatility, experts in the financial services sector are urging consumers not to panic or lose...

Health Care Costs To Increase In 2019; Insurance Outlook Stable, Hospital Outlook Negative

Economists and analysts expect health care costs to moderately increase in 2019. While the outlook for insurers and managed care firms is positive, hospitals...

Long Beach Increasingly Desirable As A Tourist Destination

Long Beach appears to be growing as a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers, according to hospitality and tourism industry experts. “It...

Presidential Posturing Puts Trade Outlook In Question

As of January 11, the United States and the People’s Republic of China remained engaged in trade talks. If the two countries cannot come...

Real Estate Experts Anticipate More Of The Same Across All Markets In 2019

Throughout 2019, real estate markets are expected to remain stable, with some performing stronger than others, according to industry experts. Measured price increases for...

Labor Shortage And Increasing Wages Put Pressure On Restaurant Industry

The outlook for the restaurant industry is mixed in 2019, according to the California Restaurant Association (CRA). While the industry has been booming when...

Retail Industry Remains Stronger Than The Headlines May Suggest

Despite the store closures of large retailers like Sears and the recent market departure of toy retail giant Toys“R”Us dominating the headlines, retail industry...

Artificial Intelligence And Edge Processing To Dominate Tech In 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of trends to watch in the technology industry, according to market analysts. Ongoing AI development means new...

Utilities Face Scrutiny After Fires; Infrastructure Investments Continue With Focus On Sustainability

The destructive and deadly wildfires of 2018 have placed California utilities under special scrutiny as power companies PG&E and Southern California Edison are questioned...

Real Estate & Development

New, Expanded Leases At One World Trade Center Long Beach In December, Los Angeles-based corporate housing provider Oakwood Worldwide (US), LP, finalized a lease agreement...

In 2019, Millennials Should Leverage Collective Clout Against Rising Antisemitism

The #MeToo Movement led to 2018 being enshrined as “The Year of The Woman.” The year was also marked by outcry regarding the separation...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Lee Peterson, whose career at the Port of Long Beach spans more than 10 years, became a media relations specialist for the port in...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

One World Trade Center Long Beach: Oakwood Worldwide Moving Its Corporate Headquarters; California Resource Corporation Signs Big Lease In December, Los Angeles-based corporate housing...

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