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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.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurses—but hindered their training

The disruption of practical training, experts say, could impact the future state of nursing.

Seismic retrofits could cost hospitals billions—now they’re pleading with legislators to...

Over the next 10 years, California hospitals, including all of the hospitals in Long Beach, will have to make changes to the structure of their buildings to conform to the standards set following the Northridge quake—costly changes. 

Shoreline Gateway Tower officially becomes tallest building in Long Beach, despite...

From delays in the delivery of window glass from a Chinese province on lockdown in the early days of the pandemic, to coronavirus infections among workers on the site, continuing construction on the residential tower has been costly and lengthy.

New 130-bed restorative care campus to open in Downey this fall

The new facility will include 50 beds for homeless patients and support to connect them with long-term housing, officials said. 

Music and event venues will soon be eligible for grants; here’s...

Grant applications won't be accepted until April 8, but venue operators who want to be notified when applications open can sign up through the Small Business Administration.

Supporting local businesses and expanding trade will be key to economic...

To support the city’s recovery in the short-term, economist Seiji Steinmetz said, it is important to keep money circulating in the city. In the long run, he recommended investment in maintaining and expanding the city’s traded industries, such as manufacturing and tourism.

There’s money in STEM—Robin Thorne wants women and girls to get...

Since 2019, in addition to running her own environmental compliance company in Long Beach, Thorne has been organizing monthly educational workshops on STEM.

Despite economic downturn and limiting regulations, Signal Hill restaurants are holding...

Although many restaurants have struggled, Signal Hill’s eateries have fared comparatively well during the pandemic.

Long Beach economic forum to tackle trade, port infrastructure and economic...

The free, virtual event will feature localized data on trade, logistics and economic developments, and will highlight the economic impact of the city's ongoing vaccination process and unique position as the only West Coast port city with its own health department. 

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