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Podcast: Can Banning Vape Flavors Save Long Beach From A Mysterious Epidemic?

A recent slew of severe and sometimes deadly lung injuries associated with vaping has led to bans on some or all vaporizers and e-cigarettes...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

(Click here to read this on our website) The City Wants To Know: What Would You Like To See In The Next City Manager? The City...

Resident Cindy Allen Announces Bid For 2nd District Council Seat

Long-time Long Beach resident Cindy Allen is running to represent the city’s 2nd District on the Long Beach City Council, the Business Journal learned...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Port Of L.A. Exec Points Finger At Trade War As Exports Decline Exports moving through the Port of Los Angeles have been declining for 11...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Long Beach Fire Engine Returning To Service This Month A key Long Beach Fire Department service is returning to Long Beach’s 4th District in mid-October....

PortSide: Keeping Up With the Port of Long Beach

Ruth Remolacio joined the Port of Long Beach’s scheduling division in 2017, after working for Kiwiet Infrastructure, a national contractor in the construction industry....
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Ship And Truck Emissions Remain Focus Of Green Efforts In Logistics

Effective January 1, 2020, a new regulation issued by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will impose stricter limits on sulfur emissions by cargo ships...
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Report Shows Female-Owned Businesses Growing Nationwide

Plenty of Americans mull the idea of entrepreneurship, but perhaps there is more incentive to own a business if you are a woman, according...
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PoliticalWire: First District Council Candidates Share Positions Ahead Of Nov. 5 Election

Eight candidates are vying for the 1st District seat on the Long Beach City Council in a special election on November 5. Keeping with...

Next Steps For Community Hospital Include Finalizing Lease Agreement, Passing State Inspection

Months after securing a seismic-compliance extension from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), Community Hospital Long Beach operator Molina, Wu, Network,...

Funding Sources For Queen Mary’s Pending Repairs Still Unknown

The Queen Mary has been showing its age in recent years. The historic vessel is plagued with deteriorating infrastructure, failing utilities and rust buildup,...
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Real Estate & Development

Mayor Gives Update On Development Citywide During his third-annual Building A Better Long Beach forum sponsored by the Business Journal, Mayor Robert Garcia gave an...
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San Pedro Bay Ports Consider Joint Agreement To Address Gateway Efficiency

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are exploring a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at ensuring their competitiveness as a trade...
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Growing Long Beach: Work Group Targets Office Vacancies

Identifying a need to address an increase in office vacancies, particularly in Downtown Long Beach, a collection of office brokers and city officials established...
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New Fees And Taxes Affecting Long Beach Residents And Businesses

Whether it’s the annual car registration or the monthly water bill – fees and taxes imposed on the state, county and city level have...

Fair Political Practices Commission Investigating Long Beach Councilmember

Second District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce is now under investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for potential violations of the Political Reform Act,...
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‘More Than Just A Marathon’: Annual JetBlue Racing Event To Celebrate 35 Years This...

Entering its milestone 35th year, the annual JetBlue Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon event, from October 11 to October 13, will feature roughly...
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Building A Better Long Beach: Bringing Expanded Support Services To Midtown

Construction is well-underway on the new Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) facility, which is set to bring mental and physical health care...
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Port Of L.A. Director Gene Seroka Urges Long Beach To Join Data Sharing Project

In October of 2014, right as cargo flow into the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles began to surge ahead of the holiday...
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SoCal Air Freight Remains Focused On LAX, Despite Unresolved Congestion Issues

Air freight and cargo to Southern California remains centered around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), despite long-standing congestion issues and a recent decision by...
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How Women-Owned Businesses Can Secure More Federal Contracts

Women-owned businesses earned $22 billion in federal contract spending last year – but that figure accounts for less than 5% of total contracts awarded,...

Millennials’ Spending Habits Are Impacting The Supply Chain

Multiple studies have shown that Millennials spend more when shopping – both in person and online – than members of older generations. The Millennial...
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Podcast: The Fight For Clean Air In California

With the state and federal governments at odds over emissions standards in California, the Long Beach Business Podcast is taking a look at efforts...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Kaiser Reaches Tentative Agreement With Union Coalition Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU) have tentatively agreed on a four-year national bargaining...
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The Companies Building Long Beach

A high frequency of residential, industrial and retail projects have cemented Long Beach as a city undergoing considerable development, according to local construction executives....
Long Beach Council for the Arts Executive Director Griselda Suarez

Long Beach Boasts A Vibrant Art Scene; How Can Its Future Be Secured?

With colorful murals going up year after year, internationally acclaimed musicians visiting the city to perform and the Long Beach Museum of Art’s new...
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State Legislators Pass Contested Bills On Worker Classification, Rent Control And More

As the 2018-2019 legislative session comes to a close, it’s time to take stock of the new laws affecting California’s business community that were...
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Harbor Commission OK’s Transfer Of Long Beach Container Terminal Lease

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on September 9 approved an agreement transferring the lease to operate Long Beach Container Terminal from Orient...
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New Partnership To Assist Underserved Women Entrepreneurs

Southern California-based East West Bank and microfinance nonprofit organization Grameen America recently announced a collaboration to assist low-income women entrepreneurs with access to capital...

Patrick West Bids Farewell To City Hall

You might think the top public executive in charge of one of the largest cities in California would be tacitly serious, as the weight...
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Building A Better Long Beach: Veteran And Senior Housing Project Nears Completion

The two-phase affordable housing development known collectively as The Beacon is nearing completion, with the Beacon Place phase, a 39-unit building reserved for homeless...
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Long Beach Museum Of Art Downtown Opens Its Doors

Nearly seven decades into its existence, the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) expanded this month to downtown. After much anticipation from the community...

From The Headlines: What Are Millennials Up To Now?

When we started this column, my goal was, as it remains, to present a more realistic picture of the Millennial generation than what is...
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PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

When Anthony Pelesasa applied for the Port of Long Beach’s internship program in 2017, he did not expect to spend two years working for...
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Growing Long Beach: Canadian Businesses Consider Expanding In Long Beach

Since city officials promoted Long Beach as a prime destination for business growth in Vancouver earlier this year, multiple Canadian businesses have expressed interest...
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Long Beach Councilmember May Be Investigated For Potential Conflict Of Interest

Following a city attorney-commissioned independent review of Councilmember Jeannine Pearce’s employment by an executive with Urban Commons – the company that owns the lease...
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First Ever Cat Lounge Opens In Long Beach

Long Beach’s first-ever cat lounge opened in August, and its owners plan to hold a special grand opening event on October 26. The Feline...
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Police Officers And Firefighters Secure Labor Agreements, Many More To Follow

’Tis the season for labor negotiations in the City of Long Beach. Agreements between the city and 10 of its 12 employee unions are...
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Kaiser Union Workers Plan October Strike

After another unsuccessful bargaining session this month between Kaiser Permanente and the union members that comprise the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU), more...
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Real Estate & Development

Draft Drive-Through Guidelines Available For Public Review And Comment Long Beach Development Services has released a draft of proposed drive-through facility design guidelines for public...
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Beyond the Gallery: Nontraditional Art Displays In Long Beach

Traditional art galleries and museums offer the public a chance to admire works from artists all over the world. Long Beach is no exception,...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Port Of L.A. Reduces Overall Emissions Despite Rising Cargo Volumes According to a new report released by the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Small Business Profile Of California’s 47th District According to a recently released report on small businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy,...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Harbor Commission OK’s Sale Of Long Beach Container Terminal Yesterday, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an agreement finalizing the transfer of ownership...

In Annual Q&A, Mayor Robert Garcia Portrays A City With Momentum

Mayor Robert Garcia visited the Business Journal’s offices on August 29 to sit down for his sixth annual interview as mayor of Long Beach....

Vacant Property Fee Proposal Sparks Debate

Walking along Atlantic Avenue in North Long Beach, it’s easy to see why 8th District Councilmember Al Austin felt compelled to start a conversation...

Examining ‘Ground Zero’ Of The U.S.-China Trade War

As of September 1, there are now higher tariffs in place on a total of $550 billion worth of imports from China, a Trump...

Cost Of Police-Related Litigation To The City Has Surged Since 2016

In the past five years, the City of Long Beach has spent at least $30.3 million on litigation related to officer-involved shootings, police use...

Preventing Workplace Violence Starts With Being Prepared, Officials Say

When Imran Ahmed, general manager of the Long Beach Marriott, was told by an employee last month that a disgruntled coworker was plotting to...

City Council Approves Funds To Establish Community Development Corporation

In an effort to implement recommendations made by the ‘Everyone In’ taskforce for economic inclusion, spearheaded by 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson, the Long...

Dip In LGB Airline Traffic Attributed To Flight Slot Changes

Overall airline passenger traffic at the Long Beach Airport (LGB) is down 14.8% compared to this time last year, and officials say the allocation...

City Council Increases Water Rates Amid Protests, Litigation

During its September 3 meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved a controversial water rate increase of 12%, effective October 1, 2019. Before going...

Corporate Presence: Top Executives On The Business Climate In Long Beach

To get a sense of how firms with significant corporate presences in Long Beach feel about the area’s business climate, the Business Journal contacted...

Real Estate & Development

Commission Approves New Buildings At Marina Pacifica Mall During its September 5 meeting, the Long Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously to continue a proposal for...

Building A Better Long Beach: New Airport-Area Hotel To Open Early Next Year

Visible from the 405 Freeway since it opened in 1967, the iconic circular tower that is Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport soon will share...

Jerry Schubel, Long-Time Aquarium Leader, Announces Retirement Plans

After 17 years of service, Aquarium of the Pacific President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel has announced his intention to retire in 2020. He...

Mayor’s Chief Of Staff To Step Down, Replacement Announced

After more than five years serving as Mayor Robert Garcia’s chief of staff, Mark Taylor announced his resignation to pursue a future in the...

Five-Year Data Shows Slightly Higher Number Of Traffic Incidents On Broadway

Data from five years’ worth of police reports detailing traffic incidents along the Broadway corridor, released by the Long Beach Police Department last week,...

City Council Adopts FY 2020 Budget

After lengthy discussion that went past midnight, the Long Beach City Council officially adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 budget during its September 3...

Growing Long Beach: New Initiative Aimed At Business Retention, Employee Ownership

An ongoing tsunami may threaten the preservation and expansion of maturing businesses in Long Beach. Only this tidal wave isn’t physical; it comes in...

P For Party, Or P For Patriotism?

When I was in elementary school – I can’t remember how old I was, maybe nine – my family and I took a cross-country...

PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

When Shana Espinoza was in high school, she had no ambitions of working in civil service. “I wanted to be the weather girl,” Espinoza...
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Podcast: Should The City Charge Landlords For Vacant Storefronts?

This week's episode of the Long Beach Business Podcast takes on the issue of commercial vacancy fees. Some cities, including New York, San Francisco...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

Developer Announces More Tenants For 2nd & PCH Earlier this week, CenterCal Properties Inc. and Taki Sun Inc. announced a slew of new tenants for...

BizBrief: Today’s News To Know

New Program To Assist Tech Entrepreneurs Launches The new Long Beach Accelerator, an initiative to bring together investors and entrepreneurs, held its opening investor reception...
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As $100,000 Club Balloons, A More Elite Circle Of City Employees Emerges: The $200,000...

In 1997, George Economides, founding publisher of the Long Beach Business Journal, coined the phrase “$100,000 Club” in an analysis he published about rising...
Seven Hair Studio Owner Celia Brennan

Female Entrepreneurs Driving Sustainable Business Practices

Watching the shampoo, body wash and laundry detergent containers pile up in her recycling bin, Bring Your Own Long Beach owner Julie Darrell felt...
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Stormwater Parcel Tax Collection To Begin This Fall

Los Angeles County residents will see a new charge on their property tax bills this fall. Measure W, which was approved by county residents...
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Port Staff Mulling Two Options For Gerald Desmond Bridge Demolition

The Port of Long Beach is expecting to fulfill the main goal of its Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in April 2020, when the...
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Real Estate & Development

Carson Breaks Ground On Massive Outlet Mall Officials from the Carson Reclamation Authority (CRA), the City of Carson and the state government celebrated the early...
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Port Staff Working To Reduce Risks Associated With On-Dock Rail Project

After the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved two contracts in early July to help facilitate program management and design for the Pier...
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Fact-Finding Panel Recommends Pay Raises, End To ‘Constant Negotiations’ With City Union

The City of Long Beach has returned to the negotiating table with its youngest labor union, the Association of Long Beach Employees (ALBE). The...
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City Council Orders Study On Port Automation

The debate around automation at California ports has come to the shores of Long Beach. The Long Beach City Council recently approved a recommendation...
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Vice Mayor Proposes Incentive Program For Controversial Home Surveillance Devices

With their sleek design, Ring LLC’s video-recording doorbells barely stand out. But anyone keeping an eye out for the flat, black and silver devices...
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Convention Center Operator To Sign Labor Peace Agreement With Unite Here Local 11

In an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, August 20, the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved a one-year extension to the city’s current contract with...
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PortSide: Keeping Up With The Port Of Long Beach

Like most desk-bound employees, Danielle Ornelas starts her day at the office by catching up on her e-mails while drinking a much-needed cup of...
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Corner Pop-Up Gives Entrepreneurs Space To Test Their Ideas

Emerald Austin had always dreamed about opening her own baking business and sharing her sweets with the community. But for years, she never took...
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Building A Better Long Beach: A Live-Work-Play Downtown Campus

With the opening of the 55% leased 442 Residences, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments is one step closer to completing its live-work-play urban...
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Women Entrepreneurs Gain Traction In Coworking Spaces

Starting a business can be a difficult endeavor, but a group of local women entrepreneurs are leveraging the support from coworking spaces to expand...
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Personalized Entertainment Is Trending At Weddings

Imagine a street filled with the smell of cotton candy, the melodious sound of a barrel organ floating by, as a sparkling Ferris wheel...

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