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Port Of Long Beach Breaks Record For Busiest Month

The Port of Long Beach (POLB) experienced its busiest month ever in June, processing a record 752,188 twenty-foot equivalent (TEUs) units of cargo. Overall containerized trade through the port increased by 14.2% compared to June 2017, according to a statement from POLB. The previous record for best month in the port’s history was in July 2017. Compared to that month, trade increased 4.4%. The port processed four million TEUs through June, about 14.5% more so than in 2017, which was the busiest year in the port’s history. “The domestic and global economies are good, which is why we’re seeing all of this activity,” Executive Director Mario Cordero stated. “Certainly the escalating trade tensions have everyone in the industry concerned, but we’re going to continue to provide excellent customer service and fulfill our mission of facilitating commerce.”

Reelected City Officials To Be Sworn In

And New Vice Mayor To Be Selected Next Tuesday

Nine reelected city officials will be sworn in at an inauguration ceremony on July 17, 5:30 p.m. at the Terrace Theater Plaza, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. The Long Beach representatives are: Mayor Robert Garcia, City Attorney Charles Parkin, City Auditor Laura Doud, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, 1st District Councilmember Lena Gonzalez, 3rd District Councilmember Suzie Price, 5th District Councilmember Stacy Mungo, 7th District Councilmember Roberto Uranga and 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson. A celebration will follow. Prior to the ceremony, the Long Beach City Council is holding its regular meeting at City Hall at 4 p.m., which will include the election of a new vice mayor. Richardson has held the position for the past two years.

CalChamber Releases Update On Top Priority Legislation

The California Chamber of Commerce released a list summarizing what it views as top priority legislative bills and their statuses as of July 6. The bills cover issues impacting the business community, including lawsuit exposure, banning pesticides, land use restrictions, small business grants, air quality regulations and other matters. An updated status report is scheduled for August 31, the day before the deadline for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the legislature. CalChamber will issue a final update in October outlining the outcome of the legislation. Those signed by Brown will become law on January 1, 2019, except for urgency, tax and budget-related measures, which take effect immediately.

Cal State Long Beach Innovation Challenge Winners Launch Start Up

Winners of California State University, Long Beach’s 2018 Innovation Challenge have taken their winnings – $10,000 in seed money and $40,000 in business essentials like marketing assistance – and started a business called Artemus Labs. The start-up, currently run out of the co-working space Ironfire, is “devoted to improving prosthetic liners worn by people using artificial limbs,” according to a statement from the university. Artemus Labs Co-CEO Calvin Leung stated that the company is working to create a more breathable prosthetic liner for amputees. The annual Innovation Challenge is a competition for teams to pitch a product, service or application with the chance to win start-up funds.

Have A Summer Saturday In Bixby Knolls Tomorrow

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is hosting a Summer Camp-themed event as part of its Summer Saturdays Series tomorrow, July 14, along Long Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls. The 3-6 p.m. event includes a beer trolley, face painting, live music, food specials at local businesses and more.

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