‘We’re used to the ocean beating us up’: Harbor Breeze Cruises catches a tailwind...

Just in time for blue whale migration season, hundreds of guests are finally embarking on the company’s whale and harbor cruises again.

Council approves zone change that could bring more cannabis dispensaries Downtown

The zoning code amendment was prompted by an application to open a recreational cannabis shop in a mixed-use building on Pine Avenue, a co-location not currently allowed in the Downtown zoning code.

Rocket Lab wins contract to design two spacecraft for Mars mission

The Long Beach-based rocket manufacturing and launch company announced it's designing two Photon spacecraft for a scientific mission to Mars.

‘A sacred space’: Pandemic restrictions have hampered, but not stopped, religious weddings

For followers of many religions, matrimony is an important stage in life, one that is celebrated and sanctioned by their religious institutions. Churches, temples and synagogues have had to make adjustments during the pandemic—and so have religious couples. Still, for some, a religious wedding was non-negotiable.

Shut down by the pandemic, a local wedding venue began serving formerly homeless residents

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, celebrations and gatherings came to a screeching halt. For event venues like The Grand, this meant bookings were canceled or postponed, sending them looking for alternative revenue sources to keep the lights on. 

Grant funds in hand, these three new businesses plan to set up shop in...

A pet supply store, a Mexican seafood business and a floral studio are the three winners of the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s fourth annual...

Union leaders are fighting terminal automation at Long Beach’s Pier T

Total Terminals International, operator of the 385-acre Pier T, met with leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on May 17 to announce its intentions to automate the Long Beach operation. Represented were ILWU Local 13, 63 and 94.

Relativity Space unveils world’s first fully 3-D-printed reusable rocket; announce $650M in funding

Long Beach-based Relativity Space unveiled plans Tuesday for the Terran R, the world’s first fully reusable, entirely 3-D printed rocket.

Port sets new cargo-movement record for 11th consecutive month

For the first time in its 110-year history, the Port of Long Beach moved more than 900,000 cargo containers in a single month.

Pandemic cargo surge continues at the San Pedro Bay Ports amid ongoing trade war

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of manufacturing plants in China slowed goods movement through San Pedro Bay for much of the first half of 2020, throwing a shroud of uncertainty over the trade sector. But the subsequent resumption of manufacturing and an explosion of e-commerce across the U.S. resulted in 10 straight months of record-breaking cargo movement at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Free forum to explore Long Beach’s growing space sector

In a June 17 forum hosted by the Long Beach Economic Partnership, Accelerate Long Beach will examine the booming sector and why space companies continue moving into the city. 

Construction permitting delays endanger the city’s recovery, but a new initiative could offer solutions

Four councilmembers are proposing sweeping reforms of city's Building and Safety Bureau in hopes of ending crippling permit delays.

Kristen Bell showcases Long Beach dog product company ahead of Amazon’s Prime Day

The business model is centered on sourcing the highest-quality ingredients from around the world. While a large subset of products are made in the U.S., Pawstruck gets its free-range, grass-fed beef from South American, lamb ears from New Zealand, antlers from Canada and the list goes on.

Workers must keep masks on unless all nearby employees are vaccinated, state safety board...

Conflicted California regulators approved controversial rules that allow workers to go maskless only if every employee in a room is fully vaccinated.

Developer reveals plans for senior living facility in East Long Beach

Sunrise Senior Living, which already runs 332 assisted living and memory care communities, is looking to build another just south of Wardlow Road and Los Coyotes Diagonal.

With Long Beach Airport passenger numbers ticking up, Southwest seeks to bolster business travel

Southwest recently invited business representatives from across the region to tour Long Beach Airport from curb to gate.

Post-pandemic wedding boom: After a yearlong wait, couples rush to celebrate their love

According to the market research firm The Wedding Report, this year will see a surge of 650,000 weddings nationwide, bringing the total number of weddings to 2.77 million compared to the average of 2.12 million weddings taking place in a normal year.

VIDEO: Kress Market bids farewell to Downtown Long Beach

After a decade of business, owners of Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach threw a farewell party on Pine Avenue on Sunday, their last day open.

Downtown’s Kress Market to close, ending its run as a beloved deli and community...

"They were one of those small businesses that got us through the recession," a former employee said. "It was part of the community in that it brought people together."
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2nd & PCH adding new ramen restaurant, Brixton clothing store, other new shops

Restaurant chain Tocaya Organica, Japanese franchise Jinya Ramen and clothing store Brixton are among the new arrivals.

City of Avalon still reeling from pandemic revenue losses, expects more budget deficits

A global pandemic is one of the worst-case scenarios for an economy dependent almost entirely on tourism like that of Catalina Island. While the financial struggles of the past year for the city of Avalon have not been overly devastating, staff said the city only avoided budgetary deficits by tapping into its reserve funds.

Natural gas drivers to be exempt from Clean Truck fee at Port of Long...

Low-emissions natural gas-powered trucks will be exempt from a per-container fee thanks to a 4-1 vote by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners Monday.

Harbor Commission approves $622M port budget

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners unanimously approved a $622.4 million budget for the Port of Long Beach during its meeting Monday.

Why the military keeps fixing Catalina Island’s infrastructure

From early April until just last week, 45 Marines were shoveling dirt and digging ditches on Santa Catalina Island, and it's not the first time a military unit came to work on the island. What do they get out of it?

Human-I-T expanded amid the pandemic to bring computers and internet access to families across...

Because of the heightened urgency to connect families to the internet, while most businesses and nonprofits struggled through the pandemic—many not making it through—Human-I-T thrived. Over the past year, the nonprofit expanded, opening a facility in Detroit, its first outside of California.

Restaurateur Carl Dene sells his Kenneth S. Wing-designed home, listed at $2.65 million

“Architecture is really important to me,” said Carl Dene. “I got my degree in graphic arts, so good design is very meaningful to me.”

Kelp fuel is making a comeback 50 years after it was first proposed thanks...

The future of fuel production may be growing in the ocean between Long Beach and Santa Catalina Island.

In a difficult fundraising year, Catalina Conservancy’s Ball ‘Under the Stars’ nets $230,000

The conservancy’s annual “Under the Stars” fundraising event, which took place virtually last month, netted $230,000 to go toward expenses like infrastructure maintenance, educational programming and preservation efforts.

Long Beach job gains slowed in April; unemployment rate almost flat from March

Unemployment in Long Beach decreased 0.2% in April from March, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. From February to March, the city’s unemployment decreased 2.4%.

‘They barely survived’: Catalina businesses are reveling in increased visitor counts after catastrophic year

When coronavirus swept across the globe in early 2020, Catalina’s tourism economy was decimated. Since 2014, the island getaway has consistently welcomed more than one million annual visitors. But last year, that number was cut in half to just over 500,000, according to Love Catalina Island, the island’s chamber of commerce and visitor’s bureau.

The pandemic has dealt a blow to arts and culture nonprofits, while basic needs...

Some nonprofits have been hit hard or languished during the pandemic while others have thrived, depending on the nature of their services. 

Musical Theatre West awards student scholarships—and other nonprofit news

The students will be recognized at the nonprofit’s luncheon on June 26, where they will perform live and receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

Top Treasury official meets with local business owners impacted by COVID-19

A top White House official in charge of overseeing the nation’s treasury visited Long Beach Wednesday to meet with small businesses that were shuttered by the pandemic.

City Council approves master plan for former C-17 property near Long Beach Airport

The Long Beach City Council took a final step toward adopting a plan that will guide development of 437 acres of coveted land west of Long Beach Airport, saying they wanted the former Boeing C-17 manufacturing site to become a “21st century business district.”

189-unit residential project underway on the Promenade

Construction is underway on a mid-rise residential building, but work may cause added stress to already-strained restaurant businesses just feet from the site, one restaurateur says.

New Queen Mary report says urgent repairs needed to keep ship viable in the...

The report from Elliott Bay Design Group was part of a trove of bankruptcy court documents released last week that paint a dire situation for the Queen Mary's condition, the operator's financial struggles and the city's obligations.

IN PICTURES: Visitors are flocking back to Catalina Island for outdoor adventures and fun...

After one of the most challenging health and economic crises in Catalina Island’s history, visitors are returning to the island for an outdoor getaway. From the water to the sky, adventurers are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of island life. Unavailable through much of the pandemic, the island’s recreational offerings are booming, including kayaking, zip lining, a ropes course, tours and more.

After a devastating year, L’Opera is rising from the ruins

Later, looking at security camera video, Antonelli counted 63 people making havoc with his restaurant for three and a half hours. “They were taking armloads of liquor and food out to vans in the garage and they’d fill them up and the vans would drive away. It was all very orchestrated.”

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab’s satellite launch from New Zealand site fails

The problem occurred during ignition of the Electron rocket’s second stage, the company said in a statement.

Executive director of Long Beach Day Nursery steps down—and other nonprofit news

The Board of Directors named Jennifer Allen, currently associate executive director of the day nursery, as Whitney Leathers’ replacement after a national search. 

Port of Long Beach reports busiest April in its history

Dock workers and terminal operators moved 746,188 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, making it the first April that the seaport handled more than 700,000 TEUs.  

‘More outreach, more presence, more inclusion’: LGBTQ Center’s new director plans to reopen bigger...

Torres said that improving access to the Center’s services in underserved communities, especially communities of color, is one of his primary goals as director. 

Office, retail real estate battered by pandemic while industrial thrives

Each of Long Beach’s commercial real estate markets—office, retail and industrial—were impacted by the coronavirus in different ways. For now, the office market has taken the brunt of the hit but the future of the retail market remains in question, according to industry experts. Meanwhile, the industrial sector was bolstered by the dramatic increase in online shopping brought on by COVID-19.

Food allergy treatment center expands to new Signal Hill clinic

The institute specializes in treating severe food allergies among children by gradually exposing patients to allergens on a protein-by-protein basis.

It’s the last video rental store in Long Beach—and it’s still open!

Broadway Video has been a cinephile haven since 1998.

HydraFacial merges with Vesper Healthcare to form new, publicly traded company based in Long...

Long Beach-based beauty health company HydraFacial has merged with Miami Beach-based Vesper Healthcare Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, to form The Beauty Health Company.

New rainbow lifeguard tower to reiterate pride of Long Beach’s LGBTQ community, mayor says

A rainbow-colored lifeguard tower that burned down in March is scheduled to be replaced by the end of May, the month Long Beach traditionally holds its Pride festival and parade. 

Long Beach, Wilmington receive $25M investment for electric-vehicle charging stations

Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, announced this week that it is investing $25 million in Long Beach and Wilmington electric-vehicle charging infrastructure as part of its Green City program.

Virgin Orbit to launch seven smallsats into orbit in June during first official mission

Six small satellites will be blasted into orbit during Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit’s first official mission next month, the company announced Thursday.

Simple Mental Workouts to Keep Calm and Relaxed

When you’re feeling uptight or stressed, practice these simple mental exercises to regain your calm and settle into relaxation.

Airbnb, Long Beach work together to shut down unregistered short-term rentals

The deadline for submitting an application has passed but hundreds of unregistered short-term rental units continue to operate in Long Beach. Now, the city has teamed up with Airbnb to enforce compliance.

With large gatherings still restricted, Long Beach Pride moves virtual

There will be no Long Beach Pride festival and parade this year, marking the second year in a row that the third-largest Pride celebration in the country has been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Water Bill Program launched to reduce the burden of water debt for qualified residents

As low-income households struggled to provide basic needs before the pandemic, economic fallout from COVID-19 affects those households even harder.

Single-family market hot but ‘unhealthy,’ experts say

While the ongoing pandemic wreaked havoc on many aspects of life, it did not have obvious adverse effects on the single-family home sales. The amount of time that homes spend on the market is down and prices are up, but some experts would not consider it a good market.
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Cruises could resume as soon as July after being anchored nearly a year and...

The cruise industry, which generates tens of millions of dollars for the Long Beach, regional and state economies, could make a comeback soon, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Bank’s art installation highlights employees service during the pandemic

A four-day exhibition at Farmers & Merchants Bank’s main branch in Downtown Long Beach this week celebrates the business-saving work done by its staff during the pandemic.

CVB launches tourism campaign to entice visitors back to the city

From now through early September, the Long Beach Days & Getaways campaign will provide travelers with itineraries based around food, shopping and culture scenes, according to the announcement.

As restrictions thaw, Long Beach’s gay bars are coming back after a dark year

Many owners feared for the survival of their businesses, not just for their own livelihoods, but for the sake of the gay community, which has historically found sanctuary and community inside their establishments.

Mayors of California’s biggest cities, including Long Beach, ask state for $16 billion in...

“Solving the root causes of homelessness is a complex and monumental task that requires more from all of us—more housing, more mental health support and more consistent, quality services,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a written statement.

This Cliff May Rancho wasn’t for sale—until someone offered almost $2 million

The rise in price of the Ranchos has been staggering over the past decades as they’ve set record sales prices every couple of months, since a Cliff May first broke the million-dollar mark with the sale of a home at 3070 Karen Ave. in May 2019.

‘It feels like home’: Hotel conversion program offers hope to Long Beach’s most vulnerable...

Using $800 million in state and federal dollars, Project Homekey has created thousands of units across California by funding the purchases of hotels and motels to house homeless people.

$5 million gym and personal care relief fund could be open by July

The city is in the process of finalizing eligibility and usage requirements as well as the application process but the $5 million relief fund proposed by the Long Beach City Council in December could finally be available by July.

Virgin Orbit to bring first orbital launch capabilities to Brazil

The Brazilian Space Agency and the Brazilian Air Force have tapped Virgin Orbit to bring orbital launch capabilities to the country, which has never completed a successful domestic launch to orbit, the company announced Wednesday.

Hyatt Regency, the city’s largest hotel, to reopen after year-plus closure

The 531-room Hyatt Regency in Downtown Long Beach will open its doors again on May 7 after a closure that began in March 2020.

Long Beach Airport pledges to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030

The Long Beach Airport will enter the Airport Carbon Accreditation program and has set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per passenger 20% by 2025 and 40% by 2030, the airport announced today.

Long Beach second best city in California to start a business, study says

A recent study of 100 large cities in the United States conducted by financial advisory website WalletHub found that Long Beach is the second best city in California to start a business.

5 Brain-Booster Supplements You Need to Know

An essential piece of healthy living is healthy eating, and supplements are a big part of that. We take a look at five brain-boosting supplements that could benefit your health and brain!

Reality TV’s hotel savior, Anthony Melchiorri, is bringing his expertise to Long Beach’s Breakers...

The hotel is slated to reopen in 2023 with 185 guest rooms and suites with numerous amenities—some new and some old—for guests and the general public.

Expunging cannabis-related convictions is a step toward racial equity, economic opportunity—and a bureaucratic nightmare

Considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic, the cannabis industry has established itself as a vital part of the state and local economy—even creating a...

Rocket Lab to take part in climate change monitoring mission

Long Beach-based launch and space systems company Rocket Lab has been selected to develop a mission operations control center for a collaborative satellite mission meant to monitor and help curb emissions, the company announced Thursday.

Downtown businesses less optimistic about economic growth than before pandemic, survey shows

While most business owners still expressed optimism for the future, according to the association’s 2021 Economic Profile, only 64% of business owners said they were confident that the local economy would expand over the next year, compared to 78% the year before. 

Drinkable high: Are THC-infused beverages the next trend in legal cannabis?

Cookies, gummies, brownies—edible THC products have been a staple among cannabis consumers since long before the drug was fully legalized in California in 2016. But as of late, a less well-known form of consuming cannabis has taken hold: THC-infused drinks.

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport is increasing but remains low

Passenger traffic continues to climb at the Long Beach Airport but remains low compared to last year and pre-pandemic levels, according to airport data.

Virgin Orbit awarded six-satellite launch contract

Virgin Orbit has been selected by geospatial analytics company HyperSat to launch a series of six satellites to low Earth orbit in the coming years, the Long Beach-based small satellite launch company announced Wednesday.

3D printing company relocating headquarters to Douglas Park

El Segundo-based Morf3D Inc., a metal additive manufacturing (AM) company, announced Monday it will relocate its headquarters to Long Beach, having claimed one of the last available industrial buildings in Douglas Park.

San Pedro Bay Ports’ CAAP is a ‘trailblazing’ model for the rest of the...

For the last 15 years, the San Pedro Bay Ports complex has been working toward ambitious environmental goals to drastically reduce emissions. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is praising the ports’ Clean Air Action Plan as a “groundbreaking program.”

Catalyst CEO Elliot Lewis isn’t in the Long Beach cannabis business to make friends

Lewis' public persona and loud voice on issues like social equity and cannabis taxes—he was the only dispensary owner to lobby the city council to raise taxes on the industry—have made him a controversial figure in the local industry and beyond. 

Commission approves Downtown zone change that could allow more cannabis dispensaries

The Planning Commission on Thursday voted to approve plans for a new cannabis dispensary on Pine Avenue sending it to the City Council for final approval.

Artisan bakery Colossus Bread to open Belmont Shore location Friday

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Colossus specializes in wholegrain and sourdough breads, handmade croissants and laminated fruit pastries.

Court ruling on local elections leaves City Council with a decision to make

A November ruling in a case filed by the city of Redondo Beach sought to bring back the autonomy that charter cities have regarding their election dates, even if they had sagging election day turnout.

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