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As vaccinations progress, more industries fight to move their workers to the front of...

The city of Long Beach will begin vaccinating essential workers outside of the healthcare field on Tuesday. Advocates from various industries say their workers should be next.
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Here’s what you need to know about the second round of PPP loans

A long awaited second round of federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans is being rolled out this week. In total, the Small Business Administration is set to give out $284.5 billion in loans to businesses.

Bringing math to medicine: Long Beach allergy institute plans to add sites, build new...

The Southern California Food Allergy Institute relies on large sets of data and applied mathematics to treat strong food allergies.

Column: Leaving California? Here are some homes in the states you’re fleeing to

The most popular states to which people from the Golden State flee are Texas (according to recent census figures, about 82,000 Californians ended up in that state), followed by Arizona (59,000), Nevada (47,000), Washington (46,000) and Oregon (38,000).

Chianina to close permanently, Michael’s on Naples to shut doors until outdoor dining resumes

Chianina Steakhouse on Second Street will close its doors for good. Michael's on Naples will be closing temporarily until outdoor dining is allowed to resume.

Construction of Children’s Village is complete; first patients expected in February

Construction of the 80,000-square-foot Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village on the Long Beach Medical Center campus has been completed and equipment will be moved into the facility over the next two months. The first patients are expected to be admitted in February.

Long Beach’s cannabis industry lacks diversity—two men are determined to change that

After forming a nonprofit to represent marginalized entrepreneurs looking to enter the cannabis industry, Cruz and his business partner developed an ambitious plan to provide them with business development support.

At least 3 Long Beach barber shops remain open in defiance of public health...

“Nobody can tell me that shutting down my small business, my barber shop, is going to stop COVID,” said Gabe Torres, owner of Precise Barber Shop and Precise Barber College.

5 economic stories to look for in Downtown Long Beach in 2021

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 challenged Long Beach and the Downtown area in ways that no one saw coming. Heading into 2021, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will likely linger for years. But other economic and development efforts remain on the horizon. 

What comes after the worst year ever?

Surely 2020 turned out to be the worst one yet for many millions of people. If nothing else, it’s unified the world in a hatred for a year expressed in every language.

Downtown business district reassesses priorities after tumultuous year

The streets of Downtown are empty and businesses are struggling. Many storefronts still bear reminders of this summer's protests over police brutality. Through it all, the DLBA reflects.

What’s in store for Southwest, now the top carrier at LGB

With JetBlue Airways’ exit from Long Beach Airport, Southwest Airlines has stepped up as the airport’s premier carrier. The easily recognizable red, yellow and blue aircraft eventually will be flying 34 of the airport’s 53 allotted daily flight slots as it continues to expand service out of the domestic airfield.

Completion pushed back for second phase of airport improvements

Construction is underway on the second phase of the Long Beach modernization program, but the ongoing pandemic has wreaked havoc on the completion schedule and a budget that has already been increased once prior to COVID-19.

Wish list program to offer direct support to restaurant workers ahead of the holidays

A new program under the leadership of the recently founded Accountability PAC wants to provide direct assistance to restaurant workers who have lost their income as a result of the current restrictions on restaurants. 

Spreading holiday cheer, community rallies around restaurant turned Christmas tree lot

To offset lost business and brighten the holidays, Bixby Knolls staple Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden sold about 200 Christmas trees out of its outdoor dining area.

A fight to stay alive: new restaurant association gains quick clout amid pandemic

Big-name restaurateurs in Long Beach had tried for years to form a collective to advocate on behalf of local eateries. But it took a pandemic, and restrictions on dining that threaten to put many restaurants out of business, for the effort to find success. 

Long Beach Airport COVID-19 recovery expected to take up to 5 years

Long Beach Airport has taken a massive financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused passenger numbers to plummet, at one point down more than 95% over last year.

State cannabis tax revenue doubles amid pandemic

While many industries have struggled during the pandemic, cannabis businesses—which were deemed essential and allowed to operate throughout the pandemic and stay-at-home orders—are thriving.

Forced to close patios and parklets, restaurants revive mini-markets

Unlike the restaurant-to-store conversions that happened in March, restaurateurs are now focusing on specialty items like fresh pasta and imported treats.

Lou & Mike’s closes its doors for good, owner blames coronavirus

“I’d like to stay but I can’t do it."

After 44 years, Belmont Shore coffee roaster gets a fresh name and image

Over the weekend, new signage for Sheldrake Coffee Roasting went up, replacing the Polly’s logo that has graced the Belmont Shore coffeehouse for more than four decades.

Stockpiling of water, toilet paper picks up again as Long Beach prepares for new...

The parking lots of stores across the city were full on Friday, with shoppers once again stocking up on some of the supplies that...

Fearing infection, Food 4 Less workers demand stores bring back tighter coronavirus controls

Grocery store workers are expecting an especially intense rush to supermarkets this year—and with it an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

Here are the major retail, housing projects happening in North Long Beach

Three companies in particular, Frontier Real Estate Investments, LAB Holding and Westland Real Estate Group, have all shown interest in bringing amenities and housing to North Long Beach.

Economists predict slow but steady recovery for Long Beach, LA County

At the second Long Beach Quarterly Economic Forum of the pandemic, local experts predicted an economic recovery, albeit at a slower pace than some might hope.
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Carnival Cruise Line extends cruise cancellations through February

Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all cruises out of Long Beach until at least February 28.

On the Job: Keeping a hotel’s engines running during the pandemic

Servicing two hotels still leaves Chief Engineer Perez with plenty of work on his hands, despite a significant slowdown in guest traffic during the pandemic.

McCarty’s Jewelry to close after 88 years in Belmont Shore

For nearly nine decades, McCarty’s Jewelry has served the Belmont Shore community, a historic run set to end sometime before the end of the year.

Economic Forum returns for second virtual event

The Long Beach Quarterly Economic Forum returns for its second installment with a virtual event Thursday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Port of Long Beach cargo volumes hit another record month

After breaking a record for most cargo moved last month, dockworkers and terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach moved even more cargo in October.

Love at first slice: Thunderbolt Pizza now serving New York-style pies in Bixby Knolls

“It’s a Brooklyn-style, date-night pizzeria,” Stebbins said. “The kind of place you can go for a nice salad, a pizza, and a bottle of wine on a date, or with your family, or to hang with a bunch of friends. The type of pizzeria I’ve always gravitated to.”

City to discuss purchasing Best Western for conversion to homeless housing

The Best Western of Long Beach, located at 1725 Atlantic Blvd. would offer 100 units to be used for supportive and transitional housing.

Hotel operators don’t expect business to return until mid to late 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been, in no uncertain terms, devastating to the hotel industry, with local facilities anticipating millions of dollars in losses this year due to nearly nonexistent tourism and business travel.

Bixby Knolls’ Petroleum Club gets a reprieve from the wrecking ball and will reopen

“It won’t be suddenly the new hot place in Long Beach,” said Dan D'Sa, The Grand's vice president. “We’re going to slowly let it grow, just let it mature by itself.”

Park or parking lot: What should become of a former oil dumping ground near...

An empty plot of land adjacent to the Los Angeles River is slated to become the new location for a self-storage facility and a RV storage lot—but a group of neighborhood residents have vowed to oppose the project. 

Pricey property sales are doing just fine, despite COVID-19

The upper end of the residential real estate market in Long Beach remains strong after a brief slump during the initial COVID lockdown in March.

Supervisors approve purchase of second hotel for conversion to homeless housing

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finalized plans to purchase a second location to be converted into homeless housing in Long Beach.
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Granny flats galore: Long Beach property owners seek to add hundreds of accessory dwelling...

In September of last year, state legislators approved a number of bills that made it easier for landowners to add residential units to their properties without the burden of providing additional parking spaces on site. Since then, the city of Long Beach has received 360 applications for such units.

‘It’s a real drag’: After more than two decades, Planet Books forced to vacate...

Planet Books staff will celebrate the store’s 22nd anniversary by boxing up 50,000 books, following a 30-day notice to vacate its long-time home by mid-November.

Long Beach convention center to blend real and virtual worlds with new event concept

As part of the new Long Beach Live concept, the center and bureau collaborate in planning “blended events,” for clients who are hoping to host some of their guests and presenters in person, but broadcast meetings to a larger, remote audience.
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New Ten Thousand Villages store opens in San Pedro, selling fair trade artisan wares

The nonprofit, which is headquartered in Akron, Pennsylvania, sells fair trade products sourced from over a hundred artisan groups worldwide, in an effort to provide sustainable income for disadvantaged communities.

State says tattoo shops, other personal-care businesses can reopen; no word yet from county...

Tattoo parlors and other personal-care businesses statewide are allowed to open for business, even in counties that remain in the most-restrictive level of the state’s four-tiered system for reopening, state officials announced today.

Misinformation from mayor, health department cost music venue almost $20,000, owner says

The Gaslamp music venue, bar and restaurant—known for booking popular tribute bands—has filed a $19,520 claim against the city for losses its owner says were a direct result of misinformation disseminated by Mayor Robert Garcia and the city’s lead health official.

Local tattoo shops reopen in anticipation of updated state guidelines

Los Angeles County tattoo shops, including at least four in Long Beach, have reopened for business in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit against the state. The lawyer representing tattoo shop owners, however, said the state will make an official announcement regarding tattoo businesses Tuesday.

Cargo volumes have boomed in recent months, but ports still anticipating year-over-year declines

Despite several months of historic cargo volumes at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, both facilities are anticipating overall 2020 volumes to...

LA County plans to purchase Long Beach Holiday Inn to house homeless

If approved, the state would provide the majority of the funding necessary to buy the property, $17.5 million, with the county providing matching funds of $4 million.

On the Job: The lonely mornings of a hotel barista in the age of...

Working anywhere during a global pandemic feels far from normal, no less at a hotel that’s lacking the one thing hotels are all about: guests.

Tattoo shop owners sue governor, state health officials for the right to open

Three Los Angeles County tattoo shop owners, including one in Long Beach, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and two state health officials over the ongoing closure mandate imposed on the industry.

Lakewood, Stonewood and Los Cerritos malls move toward full re-opening

The Lakewood Center, the Stonewood Center in Downey and the Los Cerritos Center will be reopening their indoor spaces on Wednesday.

Bridge, rail and terminal investments keep Long Beach port competitive in world market

Remaining competitive in the world of goods movement is a never-ending quest for higher capacity and efficiency—while simultaneously reducing emission—for port authorities around the world. To that end, among other ongoing projects, the Port of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.

LIVE DEBATES: Tonight we host District 2 candidates Cindy Allen and Robert Fox

Long Beach Post senior reporter Kelly Puente and Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Grunion Gazette, will moderate a debate with Cindy Allen and Robert Fox for the City Council District 2 seat.

Record stores still spinning from pandemic but sales are trending up

The must of hundreds, thousands of slowly decaying record jackets hangs in the air. If history has a smell, this is it, mixed with the not-so-slight hint of desire. Music resonates throughout the store, washing over the bin-diving clientele. Masked and gloved, the audiophiles search row after row of vinyl, searching for something—something that catches their eye or perhaps a specific album they have sought for days, months, years.
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Strong tech sector, infrastructure investments will aid South Bay economic recovery

In many ways, Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 2020 South Bay Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook paints as grim a picture as any economic analysis of the current situation. But there are glimmers of hope that have led the university’s economic expert to feel more confident in the region’s economic future.

‘Antonio’s mission’: Long Beach hairstylist uplifts women, children at local shelter

For about two decades, Antonio Francisco Gonzales has been in the business of hair, specializing in high-end women’s cuts, color and styling. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, he studied his craft in the San Fernando Valley in the late ’90s, honed his skills in New York City, took his talents to Miami Beach and finally ended up in Long Beach this year.

New Gerald Desmond Bridge bicycle-pedestrian path may not open until next year

A new connector bridge that would allow cyclists and pedestrians to access the path from Ocean Boulevard and the city’s trail network may have to be built before the path is opened.

‘This is not the end’: City pilot program provides work experience for unhoused residents

For more than a decade, Steffz has had an unstable living situation—bouncing from shared housing to shelter to shelter to shelter.

Project Homekey: Long Beach zeroes in on hotel properties to convert into homeless housing

During the pandemic, the state of California has found creative ways to find shelter for its unhoused residents in an effort to curb the...

Long Beach Halloween officially canceled—Pa’s Pumpkin Patch will not open

For the first time in 45 years, Pa’s Pumpkin Patch—a staple of the Halloween season in Long Beach—is not opening due to the ongoing...

Pine Avenue closure to be modified to allow for more parking

A week after the City Council voted to extend the much-debated Pine Avenue closure, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance on Thursday shared an announcement...

‘Bridge to everywhere’ set to open for vehicle traffic Oct. 5

Barring any further unforeseen delays, semi-trucks and passenger vehicles alike will begin crossing the unnamed Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement the morning of Oct. 5...

Inspired by iconic bird, new Long Beach apparel brand is making noise

The mitred parakeet is a staple of the Long Beach community, with flocks frequently spotted soaring over various neighborhoods. The bright green birds with...

Recently expanded Broadway Block residential development delayed by months

The massive Broadway Block residential development has been stalled for at least a couple months, according to a spokesperson from developer Onni Group. A water...

Cargo delayed at ports due to increased volumes

The recent surge in cargo volumes at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has caused cargo container dwell times—the time containers spend...

Shadow Park community is Cerritos’ luxury enclave

If you’ve got a million dollars or more rattling around in your real-estate mad-money jar and you’re looking at the city of Cerritos as...

Bake a pizza or do your laundry at Howard’s Appliances new Marina Pacifica store

The growing retail landscape of East Long Beach has been joined by a new member catering to an upscale clientele: Howard’s Appliances.    After picking up...

Airport traffic continues to trudge along in wake of pandemic

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic remained extremely low in August but continues to inch upward month-over-month.   A total of 43,685 passengers traveled through the municipal...

Long Beach accepting small business grant applications for COVID-19 costs

Applications are now available for the city of Long Beach’s Small Business Transition and Technology grants, which are meant to slow the hemorrhaging of...

The pandemic has altered the way many get around—especially getting them outside of their...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a particularly intriguing aspect to the way in which people get around: More and more SoCal residents are ditching...

City Council approves pathway for motels to offer housing, services to the homeless

On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council approved an ordinance that makes it easier for motel owners to convert their properties to offer transitional...

City extends deadline for licensed cannabis shops to get established

The city manager’s office this week announced that it will be extending the deadline for licensed cannabis dispensaries to obtain a business license by...

Blessing or curse? Pine Avenue closure proves controversial

From groups playing Jenga at The Harbor to couples eating lobster at outdoor tables in front of King’s Fish House, Pine Avenue has come...

Building A Better Long Beach: More than 60 developments in the pipeline across the...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on development projects throughout Long Beach—stalling out some in the planning phase, delaying ongoing construction and,...

On the Job: A bus driver’s route through the pandemic

On the Job is a standing feature in the Long Beach Business Journal, where we spend a day with workers in different professions throughout...

Barrel tax measure information mailer could cost up to $100,000

Despite tens of millions of dollars in 2020 budgetary shortfalls, Long Beach staff is planning to spend up to $100,000 to send “informational mailers”...

‘Onward we press’: New businesses at 2nd & PCH find their niche to survive

Entering a medical spa, there’s an expectation of sterility. Gleaming lacquered surfaces, well-manicured staff in scrubs: none of this is unique to the coronavirus...

Micro-unit pilot program heading to City Council with commission approval

The Long Beach Planning Commission unanimously on Thursday approved a pilot program that would allow developers to construct up to 500 micro-units in the...

Cerritos Auto Square bouncing back after car sales plummeted during the second quarter

Auto sales account for a third of sales tax revenue generated in the City of Cerritos, with the Cerritos Auto Square bringing in $10.9...
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Local transit agencies, a lifeline for essential workers, face historic budget shortfalls

While many employees across the region continue to work remotely, public transportation remains crucial to those whose work cannot be performed from home. Food...

Southwest awarded all 17 flight slots vacated by JetBlue

Southwest Airlines has been awarded all 17 flight slots at Long Beach Airport soon to be vacated by JetBlue, the city announced today. “Southwest picking...

Bridge grand opening delayed—again

Initially expected in July, the opening of the yet-to-be-named Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement was first delayed until Labor Day weekend. Further delays have pushed...

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