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Music and event venues will soon be eligible for grants; here’s how to apply

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.

New state portal allows employers to search for local, industry-specific health orders and guidelines

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency has created a searchable database of local and industry-specific guidelines for businesses.
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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.

Resources for businesses affected by the coronavirus closures 

Mandated closures, event cancellations and customers staying home to practice social distancing have made it harder for businesses to stay in business during the...
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Coronavirus and new independent contractor law deliver one-two punch to event industry

It’s been a tough few months for event organizers in California. Earlier this year, several festivals, including the Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival and the Northern...

Voters statewide to decide on $15B bond for education facility projects

City Council Elections: Candidates respond to our questions

Do you want to know where candidates for city council stand on city- and district-wide issues? Find their responses below. District 2 Cindy Allen, Jeanette M....
Robert Stepp, Stepp Commercial

Residential Real Estate: Moderate Growth, Tight Inventories In 2020

In both the single-family and multi-family sectors, 2020 is expected to see strong demand, tight inventories and stable, if not skyrocketing prices, real estate...

L.A. Superior Court Judge Rules Water and Sewer Rate Transfers Unconstitutional

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant issued a tentative ruling that transfers of surplus revenue from the Long Beach Water Department’s fund to...
Carnival Panorama

Carnival Panorama Arrives In Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship has arrived in Long Beach. Built at the Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, the 4,008-passenger Panorama was welcomed to...

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