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Postponed economic forum set to return in August with new format

Normally taking place in the spring, the annual regional economic forum hosted by Cal State Long Beach and the Long Beach Economic Partnership was...

Civic Center mid-block developer pulls out, further delaying residential project

The developer of the Long Beach Civic Center mid-block project—a massive mixed-use development slated for the site of the old city hall building—has pulled...

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...

Signal Hill’s Heritage Square housing, retail project gets a second breath after two stagnant...

Signal Hill Petroleum and the City of Signal Hill are conducting weekly video meetings to discuss a major housing- and retail-development project that seemed...

Carnival drops two Long Beach-based cruise ships; plans to add new ship in 2021

The Carnival Corporation has dropped two older cruise ships from its Long Beach hub, but will add a new ship in April next year,...

Passenger traffic still sharply down at Long Beach Airport due to pandemic

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport was down over 92% last month compared to June 2019. For the first six months of the year,...

Hospitals work to balance their budgets as a new COVID-19 wave hits

Hospitals across California lost billions of dollars in their response to the coronavirus pandemic: At the direction of Gov. Gavin Newsom, they canceled elective...

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...

Buy this post office in Belmont Heights and your check’s in the mail

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a post office—and few of us have not—what you’d perhaps consider to be a rare opportunity is on...

Island mayor hopes pandemic demonstrates Catalina’s crucial need for new medical facility

Catalina Island has one hospital, but it will be forced to close in 2030 if the city does not seismically retrofit it. The coronavirus...

Q&A’s with newly appointed Long Beach Harbor Commissioners

Robert (Bobby) Olvera, Jr., the international vice president (mainland) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, was recently appointed to the Harbor Commission, which...

Jeremy Harris steps up as Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

Jeremy Harris said he cannot fill the shoes of longtime Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Randy Gordon; rather, he wants...

‘This is the greatest job I’ve ever had’: Chamber President & CEO Randy...

When Randy Gordon became president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce more than a quarter century ago, he took the...

Long Beach hotels without guests take time to remodel, ready for better days

With only a few guests checking in—or none at all—hoteliers in Long Beach have been working to find a silver lining during the pandemic:...
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...

IN PICTURES: Catalina Island struggles through pandemic with loss of tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the hospitality and tourism industry. For island communities such as Catalina, which rely almost solely on tourism,...

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...

Amid new COVID-19 spike, Community Hospital still awaits final state approval

After a rush to get staff, equipment and supplies in the beginning months of the coronavirus pandemic, Community Hospital continues to languish without patients...

Private travel to Catalina Island is picking up again

The state of transportation to and from Catalina Island, like just about anything these days, has been in constant flux.    As the number of visitors...

Port of Long Beach continues to build despite uncertain times ahead

There are stormy seas ahead for the Port of Long Beach.    After over a year of trade tariffs between the U.S. and China, things were...

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...

Bridge opening delayed due to COVID-19; officials now target Labor Day

Once expected to open this month, the nearly $1.5 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project has encountered delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, pushing...

‘Winter is coming’: Catalina, dependent on tourism, hopes more will come to escape the...

Cities dependent on tourism as a primary source of revenue have been hit exceptionally hard by the coronavirus pandemic. This is especially true for...

‘Nothing’s sacred, nothing’s safe’: Catalina’s Avalon faces financial crisis as cruise ships, visitors steer...

In early July, when tourists normally descend on Catalina Island in droves for the Fourth of July weekend, it looked like Avalon was slowly...

‘No he visto nunca una persona que esté triste comiendo sus tacos.’: Una tienda...

https://youtu.be/vARMvAtIbnA Read this article in English. Todos los días después de la escuela, los estudiantes de la Preparatoria Cabrillo contaban con la tienda de abarrotes, LB...

‘Never seen a sad person eating tacos’: West Long Beach snack shop reinvents itself...

Lea este artículo en español. Every day after school, students from Cabrillo High School could count on the LB Snacks for their chips, candy...

Targeted outrage: Activist Sims seizes the moment to push for mayor’s recall and build...

Armed with a small portable speaker and microphone, Franklin Sims was surrounded by hundreds of protesters hanging on his every word during multiple demonstrations...

Real estate in the days of coronavirus: lots of precautions and lots of buyers

House shopping in the Before Times: Pack the family in the minivan and drive around on weekends looking for open house signs in neighborhoods...

Claim Jumper permanently closes Long Beach location

Claim Jumper, the massive surf-and-turf chain that had its beginnings in Los Alamitos in 1977, has permanently closed its Long Beach location near Second...

Looking to improve your office climate? Plants could be the answer.

Jennifer Bermudez-Perez has always had a special relationship with plants. Growing up in Michigan, with its cold, unforgiving winters, her grandparents’ house was a...
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In wake of pandemic, Carnival woes force city to dip into Tideland funds to...

For years, it was sunny skies for the cruise industry. Not even the Great Recession could slow its momentum. Carnival Corporation, the world’s dominant...

City receives grants to assist unemployed residents

The state has awarded three grants totaling nearly $2 million to Pacific Gateway, Long Beach’s federally designated workforce development entity, to expand assistance to...

Diane’s Beachwear in the Shore closes—and another swimwear shop opens

Just as the local beaches are beginning to thaw, with summer almost upon us, Diane’s Beachwear, a 2nd Street shopping staple for nearly half...

Long Beach, other cities announce $550 million settlement in Monsanto water contamination suit

Thirteen government entities, including the city of Long Beach, have filed a motion to approve a $550 million class action settlement with Monsanto Company,...
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Unemployment reaches another historic high in Long Beach despite underreporting

Long Beach unemployment reached 20.9% in mid May, a 0.3% increase over the previous month, which was already the highest level in the city’s...
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Carnival Cruise Lines further suspends sailings until Sept. 30

On Monday, Florida-based Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it will extend the suspensions of its cruises, including all sailings normally departing from Long Beach,...

Uptown Commons development sees partial open, more to come

The Uptown Commons has partially opened with Starbucks and Wendy's being the first spaces open for business. Taking over an empty, two-acre lot at 6600 Atlantic...

North Long Beach skate shop survives pandemic, civil unrest through niche support

Long Beach resident Lena Durr had been working in the health-insurance industry for over 18 years before being laid off in 2017 just before...

Activists want to cut police budgets; here’s what the LBPD spends its money on

As waves of protests sweep across the county, there’s been new scrutiny on police departments’ budgets, which often eat up a large portion of...

City Council to consider putting renters on payment plan for missed installments

Since March, Long Beach has allowed residents and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to defer rent owed to landlords, but on Tuesday, the...

‘Edgy Marie-Antoinette’: Long Beach party planner hopes to turn Elise’s Tea Room into quirky...

For 17 years, Elena Hassan has been hosting elaborate tea parties for children—and some adults—all over Southern California. For Hassan herself, the fantastical world...

Long Beach officials want businesses to self-certify for COVID-19 safety

Long Beach health officials are asking businesses to self-certify that they are following physical distancing health protocols for their customers and staff. As the city...

Local firm awaits FDA approval for affordable ventilator production

In the early days of COVID-19, Long Beach mechanical engineer and industrial designer Darren Saravis founded medical device company BreathDirect and began the development...

Public Works Director Craig Beck announces retirement

After working for the city of Long Beach for more than 3 decades, Public Works Director Craig Beck announced his retirement Tuesday.   “I will miss...

Black business owners reflect on protests, looting and the need for change

As destruction and looting overtook a peaceful gathering of thousands of demonstrators in Long Beach on the night of May 31, businesses big and small...

‘I was not prepared for that:’ Fire at Men’s Suit Outlet destroys businesses, livelihoods

When hairstylist Mechelle Hooper returned from a weekend trip to Las Vegas Sunday night, she was shocked to see the images of violent protests...

Vandalized? Steps to take right now to prepare for an insurance claim

Businesses across the city have been devastated by the looting that accompanied otherwise peaceful protests Sunday night. On Monday, Brad Pollak, director of the Small...
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Advances in radiation oncology improve outcomes for cancer patients

(SPONSORED BY MEMORIALCARE) Advances in technology have played a vital role in improving long-term outcomes for cancer patients. More than ever, radiation oncologists have more...

‘It really starts to hurt’: Small businesses reckon with aftermath of lockdown, looting

Just a few days ago, many Long Beach businesses rejoiced: After over two months of lockdown orders, they were finally allowed to reopen with...

Is summer canceled? Local organizations navigate the COVID-19 fallout

Local summer programs, often crucial for families where both parents work, are being canceled or forced to reduce capacity due to strict health and...

Long Beach couple launches fundraiser to help feed those in need during pandemic

Mike and Tracy Murchison have partnered with Meals on Wheels of Long Beach and the Long Beach Education Foundation to create the "Long Beach...

Long Beach unemployment hits highest level in city’s history

Unemployment in Long Beach reached 20.6% in mid-April, with more recent job losses expected to bring that total to more than 25% in May,...
Aileen and Robert at Cute Little Wedding Chapel

Microweddings, elopements, backyard shindigs: getting married in a pandemic

Gerson and Brittany Lazo had always planned for an understated wedding. “It was something we wanted anyways, something quick and small,” Brittany Lazo, the...

Restaurateurs can’t compete with high unemployment benefits, making rehiring the industry’s latest challenge

Some laid-off employees are declining offers from restaurateurs to return to work because they’re making more money on unemployment thanks to an extra $600...
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Small retail businesses should reopen with proper safety measures, assemblyman says

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, on Friday called on Gov. Gavin Newsom and local health departments to allow small retail businesses to open with...

Long Beach tenants could get up to a year to pay back missed rent

The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on a coronavirus proposal that would have wide-reaching consequences for tenants and landlords...

A ‘Darwinian moment’ for Long Beach retailers struggling to reopen

Life has slowly returned to 2nd Street: Signs advertising cold pressed juices, mixed drinks to-go and backstocked hand sanitizer dot the sidewalk. Shoppers in...
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Long Beach hospitals participate in plasma treatment trial for COVID-19 patients

Two Long Beach hospitals are among more than 2,000 hospitals nationwide participating in a study to test whether transferring plasma from patients who have...

Trade volumes continue to fall in Long Beach and across the state

Dockworkers and terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach moved nearly 520,000 shipping containers during April, a more than 17% decrease from the...
Chris and Margaux Hamrock of Salon Wire hair salon in Zaferia

‘Many of us have run out of money:’ With reopening months away, the beauty...

Of the many signs waved at recent demonstrations to reopen businesses in California and other states, “I need a haircut” was among the most...

Delta temporarily suspends flights to Long Beach Airport

Starting next Wednesday, Delta Air Lines will temporarily suspend flights to 10 airports nationwide, including Long Beach, until September.  The announcement comes just two weeks...

Queen Mary operator owes cities hundreds of thousands in unpaid taxes; has not complied...

Urban Commons, the operator of the Queen Mary, owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid occupancy taxes to Long Beach and other cities,...

Hospitals weren’t overrun by COVID-19, but now they face a new challenge: the budget

After unprecedented preparations—including filling the Long Beach Arena with cots and welcoming a 1,000-bed floating medical center off the coast—Long Beach hospitals have yet...

Local office markets brace for looming impacts of ‘totally unique’ coronavirus situation

Becky Blair has been a broker in the Long Beach real estate business for nearly 40 years. As the coronavirus pandemic has developed, the...
Victor Beauchamp, owner of the Hotel Royal in Downtown Long Beach

‘More than a paycheck:’ For independent hoteliers, survival is about family, identity

In its nearly 100 years in business, the Hotel Royal has weathered many storms. The 1933 earthquake, the Great Recession and now, a global...

City calls committee meeting to discuss economic recovery

The Long Beach Economic Development and Finance Committee will convene a special hearing on Thursday afternoon to discuss the city’s economic recovery from the...
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VIDEO: Helping small business owners cope with the pandemic’s mental health toll

Dr. David Godot, a psychologist whose Bixby Knolls practice offers a weekly support group for small business owners to process the impact of the...

Forget backyards and greenhouses: Can cannabis grow in a pandemic?

The cannabis industry is booming. But high times for some don’t mean high times for all. Well-established dispensaries, distributors and manufacturers in the legalized cannabis...

Long Beach stops drilling wells, expects budget shortfall amid worldwide oil collapse

Demand for crude oil has been greatly reduced due to COVID-19, as gasoline usage has declined amid continuing stay-at-home orders. Crude oil production far...

New Community Development Corporation Allocates $250,000 to pandemic response

The newly formed Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion is allocating $250,000 to programs focused on food security, digital inclusion, small business support and...

‘Don’t give up,’ advocates urge businesses

At a time when businesses have had to shutter to comply with social distancing requirements, federal loans have provided relief for many whose revenues...
Unemployed men line up at Chicago soup kitchen

California slammed by unemployment claims, reaching highest point since 2016

As the economy nationwide continues to be battered by the fallout from shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s unemployment has now reached its highest...

Local business relief programs become critical as federal funds waver

As federal loan programs exhaust resources and politicians squabble over additional funding, businesses and nonprofits nationwide continue to struggle, making local relief programs even...

New county fund for small businesses, nonprofits halts applications due to high demand

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a motion establishing the LA County COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist small businesses and...

‘I can’t run away from it.’ In isolation, mental health is more important than...

Since being forced to stay at home by the coronavirus pandemic, Sherry said she’s been thinking about death more than ever before.   “Everything's compounded. It...

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