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Executive Director Dede Rossi To Leave Belmont Shore Business Association Dede Rossi, who has served as executive director of the Belmont Shore Business Association for...

The New Long Beach Civic Center

Our softcover book, The New Long Beach Civic Center, is now available for purchase! Click here to buy the book online.

Realty Views: Good News On Lending

Homeowners and homebuyers have some good news to look forward to in 2020. Most of the recent announcements by the federal agencies that oversee...
Shashank Patil, Port of Long Beach

PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

For nearly 14 years, Shashank Patil has served as a senior planner in the Port of Long Beach’s Transportation Planning Division, which conducts transportation...
AES Alamitos Energy Center

Renewable Energy At Record Levels; Fossil Fuels Face Uncertainties

Tensions in the Middle East and the escalating war between Sacramento and the White House have left the energy sector – particularly the petroleum...
Farmers & Merchants Bank Lobby

Strong Economy Prompts Positive Outlook For Financial Services Industry

Economists are entering the new year in a far more optimist mood than the last and experts in the financial services industry have joined...
MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center CEO John Bishop

Reimbursement, Outpatient Care Are Topline Issues For Health Care Industry

When most people think of hospitals, they imagine large, looming buildings like MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center, its red cross visible from the 405...
Port of Long Beach

International Port Trade 2020: A Challenging Outlook

Increased competition from upgraded ports and a diversifying global economic base will create challenges for the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in...

Diapers And Menstrual Products Now Tax-Exempt

As of January 1 and effective through December 31, 2021, Californians don’t have to pay sales tax on menstrual hygiene products like tampons, menstrual...
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Mayor Talks History, Successes And Challenges During Annual State Of the City Address

During his sixth annual State of the City address on January 14, Mayor Robert Garcia once again presented a bullish outlook on the city’s...
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Assistance League Names Jane Netherton The Rick Rackers Woman Of The Year 2020

The Assistance League of Long Beach (ALLB) announced Jane Netherton, one of the first women to serve as a bank president in California, as...

L.A. Superior Court Judge Rules Water and Sewer Rate Transfers Unconstitutional

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant issued a tentative ruling that transfers of surplus revenue from the Long Beach Water Department’s fund to...
7-Eleven Downtown Long Beach

Lawsuits Contest New Independent Contractor Regulations

Entering 2020, the fight over the classification of independent contractors in California rings in another round. Assembly Bill 5, which was approved as a...
Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

2020 Real Estate Market Trends To Mimic 2019 Across All Sectors, Experts Forecast

Despite an election year, the remnants of a trade war and tension with Iran, economists and local experts forecast all real estate markets to...

Local Space Firm Announces New Investment, Jobs For Long Beach Headquarters

A local aerospace firm has announced it will expand its Long Beach operations after acquiring $35 million in new investments. SpinLaunch, which is developing the...
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Will Long Beach Form A Locally-Owned Utility?

The formation of a Long Beach community choice aggregation (CCA) program, which would include the formation of a locally owned electric utility, is on...
Closed Loop Plastics co-founders Will Amos and Aldrin Lupisan

Closed Loop: Pushing The Recycling Boundaries

The expansion of 3D printing into the consumer market has created a new market for the feedstock needed to produce the products these magical...
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Queen Mary Inspector Ousted; City Adopts New Inspection Process

Saying that the longtime inspector of the Queen Mary had divulged confidential information and had violated the terms of his agreement with the city,...
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City Auditor To Review Queen Mary Operator’s Financial Data

The City Auditor's office is looking into the financial statements of the Queen Mary's operator to reconcile that data with the company's statements to...
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Councilmember Mary Zendejas: From Advocacy To City Office

On the go? Listen to our interview with Councilmember Mary Zendejas below. When Councilmember Mary Zendejas began her campaign for the 1st District council office...
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Economists Mostly Bullish On 2020 Economy

At the beginning of 2019, most economists were cautiously optimistic. Ongoing trade tensions with China lingered like a dark cloud over the Pacific Ocean...

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JetBlue Announces Cuts To Long Beach Flights, End Of Oakland Routes In a release on Thursday, JetBlue announced its plans to reduce or eliminate flights...
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Podcast: Meet New 1st District Councilmember Mary Zendejas

In this interview with the Long Beach Business Podcast, the newly-elected 1st District councilmember talks about her political ambitions, and what it's like to...

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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Endorses Joe Biden Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate John Biden visited Long Beach on Thursday, where he toured...

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Auditor’s Report Notes That Failure To Implement Recommendations Puts City At Risk Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud’s office today released a report highlighting successes...
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Podcast: Holiday Special – A Peek From The Pines

For the last episode of 2019, the Long Beach Business Podcast visited two of Long Beach's most well-known Christmas tree lots to talk competition,...

New Car Dealership Opens On Signal Hill-Long Beach Border

Used car dealership EchoPark Automotive celebrated its grand opening at 2998 Cherry Ave. in Signal Hill on December 16. The store is the first...
Kraig Kojian and Silvano Merlo, Downtown Long Beach Alliance

Downtown Long Beach Alliance Adapts To Changing Times

Serving the community since 1937, the nonprofit Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) oversees downtown’s business improvement district, comprised of two assessment areas where fees...
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Developing A Better Downtown: Looking Back At The Downtown Plan’s Impact

What do you do with a city’s core when its defining element is an empty mall, a hulking structure that blocks off traffic and...
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California Dreaming: The Downtown Shoreline’s Future

The Angels are not coming. That means drastic change to the downtown shoreline isn’t likely to happen soon. But the city’s dalliance with a Major...
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A New Civic Core

In 2006, talk began of a new Long Beach Civic Center – a new city hall, a new port headquarters, a new state-of-the-art library,...
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Continued Development Adds “Pizzazz” To Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has often shined a spotlight on the amount of development occurring throughout the city, particularly in downtown, stating that...
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City Bets On Public-Private Partnership To Bring New Innovation Hub To Life

Located at 309 Pine Ave., the building soon to house the new Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center represents prime Downtown Long Beach real estate. But...
Ficklewood Ciderworks

Downtown Craft Booze Boom Continues With Expanded Offerings

Craft alcohol – brands that are produced by local or regional operators in smaller quantities than booze giants such as Anheuser-Busch or Jack Daniels...
Josy Johnson, A Beautiful California Florist

Women Business Owners Make Their Mark On The East Village

Over the past few decades, women have made great strides in business ownership. According to a report by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., only...
Dina Amadril and Tracee Schmidt, Long Beach Creamery

Sustainable Practices Become Part Of Downtown Playbook

When Long Beach-based architecture firm Environ Architecture was founded in 1992, the memory of the 1990 spike in oil prices caused by Saddam Hussein’s...
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Car Alternatives Grow And Improve In Downtown Long Beach

There’s lots of movement when it comes to transportation and infrastructure in Downtown Long Beach, including the renovation of the newly minted Metro A...
Gerald Desmond Bridge, September 2019

Iconic Bridge To Debut In 2020

In mid-2020, the new cable-stayed bridge spanning the Long Beach harbor will open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The $1.467 billion replacement for the...
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Carnival Panorama Arrives In Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship has arrived in Long Beach. Built at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, the 4,008-passenger Panorama was welcomed to...
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Electing A New 2nd District Representative

After having just secured a new 1st District leader in transit advocate Mary Zendejas in November, Downtown Long Beach has another city council election...
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Faces of Downtown

Fern Nueno By Samantha Mehlinger, Editor Through her work with Long Beach Development Services and now with the city’s economic development department, Fern Nueno has contributed...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Port Of L.A. And Indonesia Port Corporation Sign Information Sharing Agreement Officials from the Port of Los Angeles and the Indonesia Port Corporation PT Pelabuhan...

Downtown Development Corporation Evolves Into Long Beach Economic Partnership

The City of Long Beach’s Blueprint for Economic Development, a 10-year plan, lays out specific economic development goals for the city. Since its adoption...

City And MWN Sign Long-Term Lease For Community Hospital

The City of Long Beach and Molina, Wu, Network (MWN) LLC today signed a long-term lease agreement for the operation of Community Hospital Long...

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City Auditor Announces Review Of Queen Mary Contract Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud today announced that her office is initiating an audit of the...
Steve Goodling, Mayor Robert Garcia and Charlie Beirne

Hospitality & Tourism Industry Makes $1.8 Billion Mark On Long Beach

Arguably the most visibly impactful industry in the City of Long Beach is logistics and goods movement – home to the country’s second largest...
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Signal Hill Company Takes On Air Pollution In Asia

Asia’s dramatic growth into the world’s manufacturing powerhouse comes at a cost. Pollution, in many forms, shrouds the economic benefits that industrialization brings to...
Grayston Leonard, Long Beach Rising

Is A New Entertainment District Blossoming In Central Long Beach?

Want to hear directly from the business owners we interviewed? Check out the latest episode of the Long Beach Business Podcast below. Walking down the...
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Army Corps Report: Breakwater Modification Not Feasible

A 14-year study of options to change or remove the breakwater barrier between the Long Beach shoreline and the open ocean has likely come...
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Children’s Village Is A “Game-Changing” Medical Facility

Every year, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach cares for more than 65,000 children through more than 84,000 visits. These visits are made...
Rogers Middle School Green Team

Students, Teachers Create Plan To Reduce School Waste

Only about 500 feet away from the campus of Rogers Middle School sits Alamitos Bay, and the Pacific Ocean is less than a mile...
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Officials Say Hotel Bed Tax Increase Could Be ‘Transformational’ For Arts Groups, Convention Center

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center has gained a healthy collection of accolades over the past few years, having been recognized by multiple...
Vicky Ojerio, Inspyr Arts

From Homelessness To Business Owner: Victoria Ojerio-Kosuda, Founder Of Inspyr Arts

Working in a children’s art studio, Victoria Ojerio-Kosuda was struck by the quality of the education provided for kids as young as five. And...
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Long Beach Airport Produces $8.6 Billion In Economic Impact, Report Shows

A new report released by the Long Beach Airport (LGB) shows that in 2018, the airport had an impact of $8.6 billion on the...
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Real Estate & Development

Satellite Launch Hub: Third Firm Signs Douglas Park Lease Aerospace manufacturer and small satellite launch service provider Rocket Lab has leased an 87,605-square-foot building at...
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Regular Renovations Keep Hotels Relevant And Competitive

With hundreds of guests staying in each hotel room every year, and thousands traipsing through halls and common areas, it is easy to imagine...
Michael O'Toole, The Gondola Getaway

Long Beach Garners Attention Among Out-Of-State And International Travelers

From the gondoliers shuttling through the Alamitos Bay to the small boutique hotels downtown, companies in Long Beach’s tourism and hospitality industry have seen...
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New And Enhanced Spaces Expand Event Venue Offerings In Long Beach

Staff at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau are always on the lookout for...

So Long 2019, Hello (New) Roaring 20s

The time has come, dear readers, for the last Millennial Pulse column of the year. And what a year, am I right? The drama....
Tham Tran, Port of Long Beach

PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port of Long Beach

When Tam Tran came to the U.S. from Vietnam at age 19, the country was in the middle of the Dotcom Bust. His mother...
Anderson Real Estate CEO Jeff Anderson

Long Beach Real Estate Markets Remain Stable As Year-End Approaches

Prices continue to increase across all Long Beach residential and commercial real estate markets, although the rate of increase has slowed when compared to...
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BID Initiatives Bring Shoppers And Diners To Bixby Knolls

When Blair Cohn joined the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association 12 years ago, the country’s economy was heading toward a dark place. Just months...
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Trade War Taking Its Toll At Home: Jobs, Commerce At Risk, Study Shows

Increased tariffs on imported and exported goods moving through the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports have cost American consumers billions of dollars, distanced...
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Luminaries Talk Trade, Global Business At Long Beach Convention

In early November, top executives from major U.S. and international companies – from Walt Disney International to Johnson & Johnson and many others –...
CRATE Modular presidents Amanda Gattenby and Lisa Sharpe

Local Firm’s Answer To Housing Crisis: Container Living

Home prices and rents continue to increase throughout California, exacerbating the statewide housing crisis. Housing issues impact homelessness throughout the state, which accounts for...
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Land Swap Between Ports Paves Way For Pier B Rail Project

Just west of the 710 Freeway, where industrial warehouses push up against Long Beach’s busy port, plans for an $870 million project are beginning...

Bullish On Long Beach Real Estate: Waterford Property Company

On paper, One World Trade Center looked . . . challenging. Nearly half the building was unoccupied, the configuration was outdated, and the list...

Millennials Make The News, Again

Over the course of the past two weeks, public commentary and news coverage around the Millennial generation has swelled due to the release of...
Alex Holford

PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

In his over nine years with the Port of Long Beach, Environmental Specialist Associate Alex Holford has worked on some of the port’s hallmark...

Long Beach Puts Freeze On No-Fault Evictions

All across Southern California, tenants and their advocates have sounded the alarm over evictions and lease terminations following the passage of a state law...
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Long Beach Transit To Buy More Electric Buses

It has been over three years since the first battery-electric bus was deployed on Long Beach streets. Long Beach Transit (LBT) received the first...

City Hall News In Brief

City Council Denies Appeal, Greenlights 345-Unit Downtown Development The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously on November 12 to deny an appeal by Supporters Alliance...

Mary Zendejas Emerges As Likely Winner Of First District Election

Mary Zendejas, a member of Long Beach Transit’s board of directors, came in first in the special election for Long Beach City Council District...

Local Single-Family Remains Prohibitive For First-Time Buyers

In Long Beach, closed sales of single-family homes have decreased in recent months as inventory remains tight, with fewer new listings coming on the...

Long Beach Multi-Family Owners Brace For Statewide Rent Control

In October, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1482, which as of January 1, 2020 will instate a cap on residential rent increases...
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Rents Slowly Rise Across Commercial Real Estate Sectors

Average rental rates continue to increase slowly across all of Long Beach’s commercial real estate sectors, despite slight upticks in vacancy, according to local...
Tony Shooshani at 5Nº

Building A Better Long Beach: 5Nº Residential Development To Bring 24-Hour Dining To The...

The 5Nº development is bringing 20 residential units to The Streets, a 350,000-square-foot urban retail hub complete with shopping, dining, service and living uses....

The Future Of Business In Bixby Knolls Depends On New Funding Stream

Blair Cohn, executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (BKBIA), is keeping his eye trained on what he refers to as a...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

California’s Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low Data released by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) today revealed that the state hit record low unemployment in...

Podcast: A New Age For Anaheim Street?

All along the Anaheim Street corridor, new businesses are sprouting up. This is especially noticeable on the corridor's western portion, where historic homes eventually...

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