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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...

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 is remains busy...

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 or Macy’s and the recent market departure of toy retail giant Toys“R”Us dominating the headlines,...

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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Small Businesses Pessimistic On California’s Future, But Not Their Own The majority of small business owners in California believe the state’s business climate will worsen...

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Register For The 2019 State Of The City Mayor Robert Garcia’s State of the City address is being held on January 15, 6 p.m.,...

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Two More Candidates Announce Run For Lara’s 33rd District State Senate Seat South Gate Councilmember Denise Diaz and Central Basin Municipal Water District Boardmember Leticia...

Top 10 California Stories of 2018

This list has been compiled through an analysis of Google’s trending queries including the keywords “California” and “news,” supplemented with a review of New...

Top 10 National Stories Of 2018

This list has been compiled through an analysis of Google’s top national search terms in general “search” and “news” categories, supplemented with a review...

Top 10 Global Stories Of 2018

This list has been compiled through an analysis of Google’s top global search terms in general “search” and “news” categories, supplemented with a review...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Lena Gonzalez Names Fellow Councilmember As Campaign Chairman First District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez yesterday named fellow Councilmember Rex Richardson as chair of her campaign to...

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Garcia And Lara Endorse Gonzalez For State Senate Before Other Candidates Step Forward Mayor Robert Garcia yesterday announced his endorsement of 1st District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez...

Downtown: Transforming Into ‘An Even Better Version Of Itself’

On numerous occasions, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has described the downtown area as “booming,” particularly with regard to the amount of development underway,...

Long Beach Civic Center Development Progressing Ahead Of Schedule

    Interior work is well underway inside the new 11-story city hall and Port of Long Beach office buildings, both part of the city’s largest...

Royal Treatment: How Urban Commons Is Restoring The Queen Mary

While the Queen Mary is arguably the most iconic fixture of the Long Beach skyline – and one of the most historic – she...

Expansion To Enhance Aquarium’s Reputation On A ‘National Scale’

  (Photographs by the Business Journal’s Brandon Richardson; renderngs provided by the Aquarium of the Pacific) The Aquarium of the Pacific’s (AOP) new 29,000-square-foot Pacific Visions...

New And Existing Downtown Businesses Supported By A Variety Of Local Programs

For entrepreneurs looking to set up shop or invest in Downtown Long Beach, there are a number of assistance programs at their disposal. This...

Community And Diversity Bring New Businesses Downtown

When it comes to Downtown Long Beach, businesses move in for the same reasons that people do: the sunshine, salty breeze and progressive social...

Myriad Of Industries Shape Downtown’s Business Community

Downtown Long Beach, the largest urban downtown waterfront between San Diego and San Francisco, provides a scenic backdrop for area residents, visitors and employees....

The Port Of Long Beach

To the west of downtown, the Port of Long Beach looms large – its cranes, stacks of shipping containers and visiting vessels are a...

Professional Services Executives Are Keen On Downtown Long Beach

Whether dealing in advertising or financial management, professional service providers in Downtown Long Beach all agree: it’s better there. The professional services field includes knowledge-based...

Apartments And Retail Spaces In High Demand Downtown

Real estate experts say urban development in Downtown Long Beach is attracting affluent renters and retailers eager to capitalize on their new wealth. Robert Stepp,...

Collective Retail Spaces Are On The Rise In Downtown

The women who are leading the expansion of retail in downtown all have one thing in common: their commitment to unique products and local...

DLBA President/CEO Kraig Kojian On Creating A Thriving Environment For Businesses In Downtown

Since 1937, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) has spearheaded business improvement efforts in the city’s diverse downtown. Originally founded by the owner of...

Eclectic, Scenic, Professional, Entertaining, Delicious: Downtown’s Business Districts

Downtown Long Beach is made up of five business districts – the waterfront, the West Gateway, the East Village Arts District, the Pine Avenue...

Downtown Dining Scene Experiences Influx Of Locals And Visitors

Downtown Long Beach dining is becoming increasingly diverse, as a mix of new restaurants and tried-and-true favorites draws in visitors and attracts new residents....

Where To Go Downtown For A Cup Of Joe

A place to meet friends, catch up on studying and make part of an everyday routine, a coffeehouse offers more than just a morning...

Bar Owners Embrace Growing Nightlife Scene In DTLB

The past year has been a busy one for the downtown nightlife scene. With a number of new locations opening their doors on The...

DTLB Is Growing And So Are Its Transit Options

As Downtown Long Beach continues to grow, new residents and visitors are likely to put a strain on existing facilities and transportation systems, from...

Improving The Neighborhood – One Plant, Meal Or Book At A Time

Walking through the Children’s Gateway Garden in Cesar Chavez Park, one can hear the pitter-patter of small sneakers on the nearby playground, children’s laughter...

Music Festival Scene Continues To Expand In Downtown Long Beach

Through the years, Downtown Long Beach has woven in and out of the Southern California music scene. Venues focusing on live music are sparse,...

Arts Scene Continues To Grow In Downtown

Whether looking to see a professional theatrical or musical performance, catch an act by a well-known comedian, or take in stunning works of visual...

Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

David Espinoza, senior human resources business partner at the Port of Long Beach, started working for the City of Long Beach in 2015 after...

NEWSFLASH: LBPD’s Aggravated Assault Estimates Are Incorrect (Plus Other News Of The Day)

LBPD’s Aggravated Assault Estimates Are Incorrect; Department Reviewing Past Two Years Of Data By Samantha Mehlinger Editor Following an inquiry made two weeks ago by the Business...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

  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...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

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...

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