Should they stay or should they go? Downtown businesses, residents divided on parklets and...

A survey by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance asked 606 local businesses, residents, property owners and visitors what should happen to parklets and street closures—and received mixed responses.

A place of peace, but not quiet: After decades in business and a global...

Among her customers, owners Renee Quarles last summer's brought about a desire to learn more about the history of racism and the plight of Black Americans.

Return to the sweet life: Bundts on Melrose’s Jeff Beasley steps back into the...

Bundts on Melrose has always been a labor of love for Jeff Beasley. Short on staff and rich in orders, he's now had to step into the kitchen again himself.

Downtown’s Kress Market to close, ending its run as a beloved deli and community...

"They were one of those small businesses that got us through the recession," a former employee said. "It was part of the community in that it brought people together."

Why the military keeps fixing Catalina Island’s infrastructure

From early April until just last week, 45 Marines were shoveling dirt and digging ditches on Santa Catalina Island, and it's not the first time a military unit came to work on the island. What do they get out of it?

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.

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