Voters statewide to decide on $15B bond for education facility projects

Podcast: A Chat With Carson’s First Female City Manager

An unincorporated, working class community in Los Angeles County until 1968, Carson has long been overshadowed by its larger neighbors. Last year, the city...

City Council Elections: Candidates respond to our questions

Do you want to know where candidates for city council stand on city- and district-wide issues? Find their responses below. District 2 Cindy Allen, Jeanette M....

George Economides, the ‘voice of business,’ steps down

George Economides and his Long Beach Business Journal have been the voice of businesses in the city for more than three decades. And although Economides,...
Dr. Victoria Fox Pathways To Stem Cell Science

Should California invest another $5.5 Billion into stem cell research?

Over the past 15 years, California’s stem cell program has funded over 1,000 research, training and community engagement projects focused on stem cell technology...

Heritage Award winners this year includes some heroic home rescues

Standing against those who are avidly intent on tearing down historic and architecturally significant (and beautiful) buildings, are Long Beach’s preservationists, a group that...
Airport Terminal Improvement Project Rendering

Cost of airport terminal improvements to rise by $21 million

Long Beach Airport will soon undergo another significant transformation that will restructure the pre-security portions of the facility after the Long Beach City Council...
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Dede Rossi: A Decade Of Business Leadership In Belmont Shore

Dede Rossi announced her departure from the Belmont Shore Business Association at the end of last month, but old habits die hard.  On a sunny...
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Demand for Downtown apartments will not slow, study says 

Demand for Downtown apartments will not slow, study says  AMLI Park Broadway, one of Downtown Long Beach's newest luxury apartment complexes, opened in April 2019...
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Portside: Keeping up with the Port of Long Beach

Dan Coffey worked alongside Port of Long Beach staff for eight years before joining the organization. Now a port leasing officer, Coffey’s first introduction...
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Engineers union files unfair practices charge against city

The union that represents city engineers has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the state,  alleging the city has drawn out negotiations over...
Granada Beach Concessions Rendering

Work to begin on two additional beach concession stands

The Long Beach City Council approved a $2.8 million contract to begin the buildout of two more beach concession stands as the city continues...

City strengthens ban on plastic straws, foam containers 

Long Beach’s ban on Styrofoam and similar containers will soon apply to retail sales and expand to include plastic straws after the City Council...
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Building A Better Long Beach: Expanding care, services for 55,000 vets

Development of new outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities are well underway at the VA Long Beach campus, with a new community living center...
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Michigan Heart Surgeons Bring Innovative Technique To Long Beach

After three decades of working together, Dr. Marc Sakwa and Dr. Jeffrey Altshuler have developed a dynamic reminiscent of a married couple that has...
Cherese Mari Laulhere Children's Village at Miller Children's and Women's Hospital Long Beach

Philanthropic group pledges $500K for new adolescent gym

The Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary pledged $500,000 for a new adolescent rehabilitation gym in the new Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village, currently...

City examines lack of urgent care facilities in certain neighborhoods

Long Beach officials are considering incentives and strategies to expand access to urgent care facilities in underserved communities, particularly North and West Long Beach. In...
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Podcast: Business Journal, Long Beach Post Join Forces

The Long Beach Business Journal, founded by George Economides in 1987, has been sold to Pacific Community Media, owner of the Long Beach Post....

Rent control proposition returns, will appear on November ballot

A new measure that would allow municipalities to enact rent control laws on more residential units is headed for the November ballot. Secretary of...
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Real Estate 2020: Riding The Crest Of A Wave

Real estate in Long Beach and the surrounding areas is riding the crest of a wave, propelled by strong momentum in the residential real...
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Long Beach Business Journal Sells To Pacific Community Media

Dear Readers: A year ago January, I determined that, at age 71, I had at least a few productive years left in me, so...
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First Prefabricated ADU Installed In Long Beach

Residents ventured out of their homes along Palo Verde Avenue and drivers pulled over to the side of the road to watch as a...
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Alamitos Bay Turns The Corner

On the go? Listen to our podcast episode instead. When Michael Ungaro worked out at the Orangetheory Fitness center in the Marina Shores shopping center,...
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Balancing Family And Career – A Struggle For Working Parents

For employment attorney Kimberly Lind, the kinds of challenges her clients with children face in juggling the responsibilities of parenthood and employment are not...
Belmont Plaza Pool Rendering

City Reveals New Plans For Belmont Pool, Leaving Critics Unconvinced

Over two years after city staff presented members of the Long Beach City Council with initial plans to replace the demolished Belmont Plaza Olympic...
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Residential Real Estate: Moderate Growth, Tight Inventories In 2020

In both the single-family and multi-family sectors, 2020 is expected to see strong demand, tight inventories and stable, if not skyrocketing prices, real estate...
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Commercial Real Estate Markets Remain Unchanged In 2020

All commercial real estate markets are expected to continue experiencing similar trends to 2019, according to local experts. Office tenants are seeking more amenities...
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Long Beach Companies Invest and Innovate To Design Modern Workspaces

The modern workplace is in constant flux. Many companies are leveraging technological advances and research on efficient workplace design in the interest of increased...
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Portside: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Monitoring the Port of Long Beach’s 3,520 acres of land and 4,600 acres of water is no easy task, but Giovanni Sergi has spent...
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NEWSFLASH: Long Beach Business Journal Founder George Economides Sells Company to Pacific Community Media

Long Beach, California – After founding the Long Beach Business Journal more than three decades ago, Owner George Economides has sold his company to...
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Podcast: A Wave Of New Development Rolls Into Alamitos Bay

Once struggling to attract shoppers and diners, Alamitos Bay is welcoming several new developments that could finally turn the tide on economic development in...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...
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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...
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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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