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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

Grocery Outlet owner Kia Patterson is working hard at being the boss

When Patterson bought her first Grocery Outlet in Compton in 2017, there was virtually no place to find organic produce or much food of any quality, causing the region to be declared a “food desert.”

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

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 recovery

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. 

On pointe: At Gravity Dance Company, Ms. Q strives to teach dance and life...

Shiquita Sargent is as confident as they come—and with good reason. The 35-year-old has overcome a number of obstacles in her young life. At her dance studio, Gravity Dance Company in Bixby Knolls, Sargent aims to teach her students the same grit, perseverance and love for dance that has carried her through tough times.

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