The last 13 months have been a rollercoaster of shifting guidelines, lockdowns and tragedy. From individuals to businesses to the economy at large, nothing was immune to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and nurses have spent the last year triaging patients in parking lots, providing care in temporary tents and working long hours to treat massive amounts of patients in overcrowded hospitals.
Councilman Roberto Uranga, who also serves on the Coastal Commission, signed onto an appeal late last month challenging some of the aspects of the proposed hotel, including how it affects pedestrian access to the coast, the cost to stay at the hotel and how the hotel’s valet parking would impact access to a public park.
The new facility will include 50 beds for homeless patients and support to connect them with long-term housing, officials said.
While the coffee and tea shop is closing, the two owners are moving on to focus on a nonprofit they’ve founded to help military veterans and K9s transition from service-life to life as civilians.
“I would have never thought I’d be operating like this, but it is what it is."
Long Beach owns the Queen Mary but has leased the ship to various operators, some of whom have met similar financial struggles.
"If it’s not sustainable, I’m going to have to liquidate."
Dollar Stix Filipino Exotic Grill, a new restaurant that opened in December in West Long Beach, aims to stand out from the small bunch of Filipino venues sprinkled across the area with its signature street food.
"Grocery and drug retail employees have continued to report to work and serve our communities, despite the ongoing hazards and dangers of being exposed to COVID-19.''
Cannabis tax revenue finished $6.3 million over city projections, and the increase could be just a glimpse of what's to come as the industry continues to grow in Long Beach.