Time Square’s newest tenant is a wine and cheese shop

The new shop completes the Time Square shopping center that has undergone a makeover in both appearance and tenancy the past few years.

Virgin Orbit delivers 7 satellites to highest orbit ever reached during West Coast launch

Thanks to its unique delivery system, the firm was able to proceed with the mission despite weather conditions that would have grounded a normal ground-based launch, CEO Dan Hart said.

Mercy Housing to break ground on senior affordable housing project

Units will be set aside for both formerly homeless seniors and formerly homeless senior veterans.

Majority of Kroger workers struggle with food, housing insecurity, report says

Kroger, for its part, claims the report is misleading.

Conversion of former Verizon building in Downtown Long Beach is nearly complete

Work to reinvigorate the building as a residential space began in 2017, and now the 11-story, 106-unit apartment building is slated to open in the spring.

Long Beach CVB receives top industry award for migrant center effort

The prestigious award is given each year to an organization or individual for “unique contributions” to the meetings industry, according to the CVB.

Laserfiche’s new Bixby Knolls headquarters is ready for a hybrid workforce

The Bixby Knolls-based software development company Laserfiche is slated to move into its new headquarters in late February or early March—but the firm’s plans for the property look a little different than when construction on the project began in 2019.

Transportation Secretary Buttigieg visits San Pedro Bay ports

Buttigieg touted efforts being made at the local, state and federal level to alleviate the issues within the supply chain, including a large influx of money for infrastructure and other investments.

Strong rebound expected for retail, office real estate, while industrial sector stays hot

Local real estate experts predict 2022 will be a year of rebound and growth for the retail and office sectors—which faltered as a result of the virus—while industrial real estate continues to thrive amid the chaos.

Newsom’s proposed state budget includes $2.3B for ports

The funding would go toward infrastructure projects, workforce training and other initiatives to quell the ongoing supply chain crisis.

Work to begin on The Beat, a long-awaited North Long Beach project

LAB Holding, the company behind the The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa and the Anaheim Packing District, expects to start construction on The Beat—a project that will redevelop the Atlantic Avenue corridor in North Long Beach—in the first quarter of this year.

City Council extends Grand Prix contract through 2028

The Long Beach City Council agreed to extend the Grand Prix of Long Beach contract through 2028.

A simpler approval process for ADUs could come with future Long Beach program

Long Beach will look at creating a program that could provide pre-approved accessory dwelling unit layouts to interested property owners in an effort to speed up housing production in the city.

City Council extends Long Beach’s eviction ban for remodels through the end of February

Tuesday’s vote extended the temporary ban to the end of February. Evictions that were served due to unit remodeling between Dec. 31 and Tuesday would be covered by the extended ban.

Long Beach Exchange retail center sells to San Jose-based real estate firm

The purchase price was not disclosed and the buyer did not specify what changes, if any, would be made to the retail center.

Virgin Orbit now on Nasdaq; first mission of 2022 to blast off this month

Richard Branson, along with Virgin Orbit senior leadership, is expected to ring the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Friday.

Planning Commission could approve new Beachwood tasting room at 2nd & PCH this week

The proposed taproom that could be approved Thursday would be Beachwood's third location in the city.

FROM THE EDITOR: How is the convention industry faring, and where does Long Beach...

When Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO of the global Professional Convention Management Association, stopped by Long Beach late last year, I took the opportunity to sit down with him and get his perspective on how COVID-19 has changed the convention business overall and how Long Beach is seen in the industry.

Downtown Long Beach Alliance rolls out ‘One Downtown’ initiative to unify the area

A new initiative recently unveiled by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance is pushing for an “all for one and one for all” mentality for property owners, businesses and residents of the Downtown community.

Old Long Beach City Hall demolition to be completed in spring

The grand opening of the new Lincoln Park, also part of the Civic Center project, is slated for February.

Convention bookings to lead Long Beach’s tourism rebound in 2022

In 2019, the last full year of conventions before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city hosted 38 conventions with a total of 123,204 room nights. Already for 2022, the city has 31 conventions on the books, for a total of 94,513 room nights.

Former Gilmore Music employees to open new music shop early next year

The group wanted to move into the Gilmore Music store, but it was too pricey, so they'll carry on the shop's legacy at a new location.

Citing backlog progress, Long Beach and LA ports again delay fines for idling containers

The fee, which charges companies for shipping containers that sit too long on the docks, has already been delayed numerous times.

Long Beach Airport officials expect continued rebound in 2022 with new facilities opening

All things considered, Long Beach Airport is closing out 2021 better than expected—and officials say they’re looking forward to increased passenger volumes in the new year.

Here are the 10 priciest homes sold in Long Beach in 2021

In Long Beach, not surprisingly, the priciest homes all have views of the water: Alamitos Bay, Naples’ canals or the shimmering blue Pacific Ocean.

Cargo backlog, rising housing costs and more: here’s the top business stories of 2021

Ships were stacked up off the coast of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Community Hospital opened (then closed), and some of the city’s major leisure and tourism industries restarted after months of pandemic closures. 

Port of Long Beach receives $52.3 million in federal funding for massive rail project

The Pier B On-Dock Support Facility, launched a decade ago, is an $870 million rail project that would reconfigure 171 acres of land southwest of Anaheim Street and the 710 Freeway to improve cargo movement via a rail system.

Wishes do come true: Downtown’s Ammatoli expands into former BurgerIM

The new addition will expand the lobby seating dining area to double its seating capacity. The kitchen will also be expanded and will enable the restaurant to produce new bakery and menu items, including house-made pita.

Korean fried chicken chain, Mom’s Touch, to open in North Long Beach in 2022

The internationally famed chain will be taking over the former WaBa Grill at the Harding Plaza on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Harding Street.

Fern’s Garden in Belmont Shore to close after 17 years

You might not find what you’re looking for at Fern’s, but you’d almost certainly find what you weren’t looking for.

Long Beach unemployment remains above majority of LA County areas

Over 70% of LA County cities and unincorporated areas have a lower unemployment rate than Long Beach.

Demand for new mortgages—and refinancing—is still strong

The Long Beach housing market appears to be cooling slightly from its pandemic peak—at least as far as pricing goes. But lenders say interest in home finance is still strong.

Port of Long Beach announces new digital data-sharing initiative to streamline supply chain

As part of it continued effort to alleviate the supply chain crisis, the Port of Long Beach has contracted a tech developer to create a new data-sharing platform for $400,000.

Port of Long Beach spends millions on community grants, but some residents say it’s...

Project types vary, ranging from door replacements at Boys & Girls Club facilities throughout the city to updated window and air filtration systems at local schools to creating park and open space. The program also has paid for health education, community outreach and mobile clinics, mostly centered around asthma and other respiratory diseases, which are more prevalent along the 710 corridor than other parts of the city.

Downtown Long Beach Alliance to begin search for new president

The organization's Board of Directors voted during its Wednesday meeting to create a nine-member search committee that will be tasked with finding a replacement for longtime president and CEO Kraig Kojian, who, according to the DLBA, "agreed to part ways" with the organization last month after 25 years.

COVID-19 federal funding surge provided a boon for financial institutions

On Jan. 1, 2020, Farmers & Merchants had $7.6 billion in total assets. Fast forward to today, and the bank’s assets have grown nearly 53% to $11.6 billion.

Q&A: Long Beach Community Foundation president talks nonprofits, holiday giving and those in need

Long Beach Community Foundation President and CEO Marcelle Epley discusses the challenges nonprofit organizations have faced since the onset of the pandemic, why the holidays see a surge in giving, what issues are most important as Christmas approaches and best practices for making donations.

Santa Fe Ave. proves what’s possible through corridor improvement strategy

Elbow grease, paint and community camaraderie are transforming West Long Beach along Santa Fe Avenue.

Rocket Lab announces acquisition of space solar panel manufacturer

The acquisition announcement comes during a busy month for Rocket Lab, which also announced a successful mission and a new multi-launch deal; the company has also unveiled the designs for its new spacecraft.

Wrigley Coffee to open at former Fox Coffee House, offering jobs to people struggling...

To owner Andrew Nishimoto a coffee shop invokes creativity and collaboration. Whether it’s a business wanting to grow its footprint or a regular neighborhood group that wants to plan its next gathering, he encourages it all.

These Long Beach ZIP codes saw the biggest year-over-year rent increases

In just one year, rents have shot up 5% or more in most city ZIP codes, amounting to more than $100 in extra costs per month for mostly lower-wage workers.

Shaq’s mom to be on hand for Carnival Radiance naming ceremony in Long Beach

The Radiance previously sailed as the Victory and first took to the sea in 1998. In 2018, Carnival announced it would give the vessel a complete makeover to the tune of $200 million.

Fewer container ships are idling directly off the San Pedro Bay coast, but the...

Only 30 ships are anchored or loitering within 40 miles of the San Pedro Bay Ports but the backlog is 96 ships strong, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

Belmont Shore parklets expected to phase out amid low demand for permanent structures

A city official said that just 10 of the 30 businesses currently operating a parklet on Second Street in Belmont Shore have indicated they might pursue a permanent structure.

City Council approves agreement to sell Downtown Long Beach armory building for $5.1 million

The Long Beach Armory building on Seventh Street is being sold to a development group that could build 64 affordable housing units in the parking lot behind it and between St. Anthony High School and Gumbiner Park.

Long Beach will make it harder, more expensive to evict tenants to remodel units

The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday night to create an ordinance that could make it more expensive for landlords to evict tenants for remodels and require a 90-day notice for them to move.

Long Beach’s projected $36 million budget deficit could be smaller in 2022

Long Beach budget analysts had projected a $36 million deficit for the 2023 fiscal year but increases in tax revenue could make that deficit smaller.

Ports of Long Beach, LA delay container dwell fee a 4th time

The number of containers waiting extended periods on dock actually has increased since Nov. 24.

New initiative gives Jordan High School students a peek at a port career

ACE Academy offers work-based learning and other real-world experiences for students. The new partnership with the Port of Long Beach kicked off in late October and will include training for teachers, field trips for students and representatives of the Port of Long Beach on the program’s advisory board.

‘Nitro Circus’ star, ex-motorcycle racer team up to open creative business campus in Zaferia

The space features a retail store (open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), a screening theater, 3D and other fabrication facilities, a wood-working space, a motorcycle garage, design rooms and a slew of offices.

LA Fitness to take over former Best Buy site at Marina Pacifica

LA Fitness is taking over the former Best Buy location at the Marina Pacifica retail center, which has sat vacant for over three years.

Everytable, a food business with a social justice mission, comes to East Long Beach

The company chooses locations in both low-income and high-income areas and prices its food differently based on the neighborhood.

Marina Shores retail center sells for $67.9 million, will be redeveloped with multifamily housing

Details about the future project have not been announced, but under the Southeast Area Specific Plan, it cannot be taller than five stories.

Zillow Offers’ bust brings iBuying front and center

Zillow announced early last month that it would close Zillow Offers, the arm of its business that buys and resells houses online. The news highlighted a small sector of the residential real estate industry that gained more attention during the COVID-19 pandemic: iBuying.

As Long Beach housing market normalizes, traditional buyers still face challenges

Inventory is at a historical low, and the market is being dominated by investors and cash buyers. Taken together, those two factors don’t bode well for traditional homebuyers, even as the market appears to cool.

‘We can always do better’: Long Beach continues to fall short on housing development,...

Despite the city’s best efforts, the development of affordable—and moderate-income—housing remains well below targets outlined by the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), which projects housing needs and the number of units each city must create to keep up with that need.

LA, Long Beach ports again postpone charging fee for lingering cargo

The new fee could have gone into effect Nov. 29 after the most recent delay, but officials announced it has been pushed back until Dec. 6 at the earliest.

Grocery co-op signs lease to take over former Cirivello’s space in Parkview Village

If all goes according to plan, the co-op can open by October 2022.

Long Beach unemployment higher than 71% of LA County areas

Unemployment in Long Beach continues to inch downward but remains above Los Angeles County and the state as a whole.

Preparations for Small Business Saturday are underway in Long Beach

On Nov. 27, shoppers are encouraged to skip the trip to chain stores and shop with their local small businesses instead. To help sweeten the deal, business improvement districts across the city have come up with activities that give shoppers an opportunity to learn more about the locally owned businesses in their area and even win gift cards for shopping there.

Here’s 25 businesses local to Long Beach where you can find unique gifts

This season especially, in the wake of a pandemic that throttled small businesses, we recommend getting off the couch, putting your phone down, and shopping local.

Here’s what a new statewide organic recycling law that goes into effect in 2022...

Your trash bill will likely go up. The city will have to purchase tens of thousands of new waste bins and will likely have to purchase new trucks and employ more refuse workers to make sure the organic material is hauled away to processing sites.

Long Beach Airport expects 5 times as many Thanksgiving travelers as last year

The projected growth in passenger numbers will contribute to the airport's ongoing rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

LA, Long Beach ports once again postpone charging container dwell fee

Officials first announced the new charge last month, and it was originally slated to go into effect Nov. 1. But it appears the mere threat of the penalty has spurred more container movement, and implementation the fee has been postponed multiple times since.

Founded during one global epidemic, St. Mary’s CARE Center is helping Long Beach’s LGBTQ...

Founded during the AIDS epidemic of the mid-80s and early 90s, the CARE Center at St. Mary Medical Center was once squarely focused on helping HIV-positive patients survive the deadly disease. Today, helping patients in the LGBTQ community take care of their mental health, alleviating housing insecurity and prevention are at the core of its mission—and so is helping them escape the grasp of a new pandemic.

Vons building near Downtown hits the market for $43.3 million

The listing price is substantially higher than what the property fetched just two years ago when current owner, Newport Beach-based private equity firm Fort Ashford Funds, bought it for $29 million from New York-based Fortress Investment Group.

First tenants move into Shoreline Gateway, the city’s tallest building

After some delays during the pandemic, which according to the developers led to shortages in building materials and staffing limitations, Shoreline Gateway’s first residential tenants moved into their units in September.

Faucets N Fixtures to open showroom at Marina Pacifica

Located at 6378 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., the 8,800-square-foot showroom is making a home in a space adjacent to AMC Marina Pacifica 12, which has been vacant since mid-2020 after being vacated by Pier 1 Imports.

FROM THE EDITOR: A year in, BizCare continues to support Long Beach small businesses

In an attempt to centralize how it assisted businesses through the crisis, Long Beach announced last November that it was launching a new program called BizCare as a kind of one-stop-shop for small business owners. So one year into the program, I was curious to learn how successful it’s been in its mission.

Virgin Orbit announces deals for upward of 30 launches, preps for final mission of...

Both deals are with Japan-based companies and come as Virgin Orbit is gearing up for its third and final launch of the year next month.

Rocket Lab successfully launches 107th satellite to orbit

Dubbed “Love At First Insight,” the mission delivered two satellites into a circular orbit 430 kilometers (more than 267 miles) above Earth’s surface for BlackSky, a real-time geospatial monitoring company.

Between hope and frustration: Frontline workers experience mixed emotions as pandemic wanes

As the pandemic has waned and infection rates in the U.S. have remained below those of last year’s surges, hospital nurses, paramedics and caretakers of the elderly have seen some respite. Still, mixed in with relief and hope are fear and frustration about those who refuse to be vaccinated or follow safety protocols, and the ongoing risk of infection.

Downtown Long Beach Alliance and its president ‘have mutually agreed to part ways’

The news came amid a DLBA-led investigation into longtime president and CEO Kraig Kojian for alleged mistreatment of employees.

Increased Southwest flights boost passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport

An increased number of flights by the largest air carrier gave a boost to passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport in October after months of lagging recovery, airport officials said Wednesday.

‘We’re going to be aggressive’: Newsom vows LA, Long Beach ports will get ‘fair...

“We are going to be front and center," the governor said. "We're going to be aggressive. We're going to be bold, and we're going to demand our fair share of investment.”

Hospitals continue to face financial, staffing challenges brought on by COVID-19 pandemic

Since the emergence of COVID-19 almost two years ago, medical facilities have faced an onslaught of challenges—from overcrowding to budgetary shortfalls to staff shortages. Some of the challenges were the result of the pandemic and some were exacerbated by it, but many hurdles remain, according to hospital executives.

Community Hospital ER to partially close Wednesday morning

As of Wednesday morning, the emergency department will no longer accept ambulance dispatches. The department will fully, permanently close one week later.

Long Beach Memorial uses virtual reality to distract young patients during medical procedures

Medical procedures as seemingly innocuous as a cast removal can be stressful for young children and even teens, according to medical experts. So to alleviate—or at the very least distract from—some of that stress, staff at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center's campus have turned to virtual reality.

Letter from the Publisher: What if local news vanished?

It’s a future none of us want to see happen in Long Beach or in any other community.

LA, Long Beach ports postpone charging container dwell fee until Nov. 22

Port officials said the ports will "delay consideration" of the container dwell fee until at least Nov. 22, citing progress in clearing containers without the penalty fee.

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