With large gatherings still restricted, Long Beach Pride moves virtual

There will be no Long Beach Pride festival and parade this year, marking the second year in a row that the third-largest Pride celebration in the country has been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Water Bill Program launched to reduce the burden of water debt for qualified residents

As low-income households struggled to provide basic needs before the pandemic, economic fallout from COVID-19 affects those households even harder.

Single-family market hot but ‘unhealthy,’ experts say

While the ongoing pandemic wreaked havoc on many aspects of life, it did not have obvious adverse effects on the single-family home sales. The amount of time that homes spend on the market is down and prices are up, but some experts would not consider it a good market.
Carnival Panorama

Cruises could resume as soon as July after being anchored nearly a year and...

The cruise industry, which generates tens of millions of dollars for the Long Beach, regional and state economies, could make a comeback soon, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Bank’s art installation highlights employees service during the pandemic

A four-day exhibition at Farmers & Merchants Bank’s main branch in Downtown Long Beach this week celebrates the business-saving work done by its staff during the pandemic.

CVB launches tourism campaign to entice visitors back to the city

From now through early September, the Long Beach Days & Getaways campaign will provide travelers with itineraries based around food, shopping and culture scenes, according to the announcement.

As restrictions thaw, Long Beach’s gay bars are coming back after a dark year

Many owners feared for the survival of their businesses, not just for their own livelihoods, but for the sake of the gay community, which has historically found sanctuary and community inside their establishments.

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.

This Cliff May Rancho wasn’t for sale—until someone offered almost $2 million

The rise in price of the Ranchos has been staggering over the past decades as they’ve set record sales prices every couple of months, since a Cliff May first broke the million-dollar mark with the sale of a home at 3070 Karen Ave. in May 2019.

‘It feels like home’: Hotel conversion program offers hope to Long Beach’s most vulnerable...

Using $800 million in state and federal dollars, Project Homekey has created thousands of units across California by funding the purchases of hotels and motels to house homeless people.

$5 million gym and personal care relief fund could be open by July

The city is in the process of finalizing eligibility and usage requirements as well as the application process but the $5 million relief fund proposed by the Long Beach City Council in December could finally be available by July.

Virgin Orbit to bring first orbital launch capabilities to Brazil

The Brazilian Space Agency and the Brazilian Air Force have tapped Virgin Orbit to bring orbital launch capabilities to the country, which has never completed a successful domestic launch to orbit, the company announced Wednesday.

Hyatt Regency, the city’s largest hotel, to reopen after year-plus closure

The 531-room Hyatt Regency in Downtown Long Beach will open its doors again on May 7 after a closure that began in March 2020.

Long Beach Airport pledges to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030

The Long Beach Airport will enter the Airport Carbon Accreditation program and has set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per passenger 20% by 2025 and 40% by 2030, the airport announced today.

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.

5 Brain-Booster Supplements You Need to Know

An essential piece of healthy living is healthy eating, and supplements are a big part of that. We take a look at five brain-boosting supplements that could benefit your health and brain!

Reality TV’s hotel savior, Anthony Melchiorri, is bringing his expertise to Long Beach’s Breakers...

The hotel is slated to reopen in 2023 with 185 guest rooms and suites with numerous amenities—some new and some old—for guests and the general public.

Expunging cannabis-related convictions is a step toward racial equity, economic opportunity—and a bureaucratic nightmare

Considered essential during the coronavirus pandemic, the cannabis industry has established itself as a vital part of the state and local economy—even creating a...

Rocket Lab to take part in climate change monitoring mission

Long Beach-based launch and space systems company Rocket Lab has been selected to develop a mission operations control center for a collaborative satellite mission meant to monitor and help curb emissions, the company announced Thursday.

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. 

Drinkable high: Are THC-infused beverages the next trend in legal cannabis?

Cookies, gummies, brownies—edible THC products have been a staple among cannabis consumers since long before the drug was fully legalized in California in 2016. But as of late, a less well-known form of consuming cannabis has taken hold: THC-infused drinks.

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport is increasing but remains low

Passenger traffic continues to climb at the Long Beach Airport but remains low compared to last year and pre-pandemic levels, according to airport data.

Virgin Orbit awarded six-satellite launch contract

Virgin Orbit has been selected by geospatial analytics company HyperSat to launch a series of six satellites to low Earth orbit in the coming years, the Long Beach-based small satellite launch company announced Wednesday.

3D printing company relocating headquarters to Douglas Park

El Segundo-based Morf3D Inc., a metal additive manufacturing (AM) company, announced Monday it will relocate its headquarters to Long Beach, having claimed one of the last available industrial buildings in Douglas Park.

San Pedro Bay Ports’ CAAP is a ‘trailblazing’ model for the rest of the...

For the last 15 years, the San Pedro Bay Ports complex has been working toward ambitious environmental goals to drastically reduce emissions. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is praising the ports’ Clean Air Action Plan as a “groundbreaking program.”

Catalyst CEO Elliot Lewis isn’t in the Long Beach cannabis business to make friends

Lewis' public persona and loud voice on issues like social equity and cannabis taxes—he was the only dispensary owner to lobby the city council to raise taxes on the industry—have made him a controversial figure in the local industry and beyond. 

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.

Artisan bakery Colossus Bread to open Belmont Shore location Friday

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Colossus specializes in wholegrain and sourdough breads, handmade croissants and laminated fruit pastries.

Court ruling on local elections leaves City Council with a decision to make

A November ruling in a case filed by the city of Redondo Beach sought to bring back the autonomy that charter cities have regarding their election dates, even if they had sagging election day turnout.

The 6 Best Apps For A Mental Workout

Mental fitness is integral to whole body health and wellness. Use these 6 brain game apps to strengthen your focus, coordination, recall, and more - all while adding some fun to your daily routine!

Creating new park space in Long Beach ‘not impossible, but challenging’

Residents in East Long Beach have access to nearly 16 times the park space than those living in West Long Beach. But as the City Council tries to address this inequity, it will likely run into two big obstacles: time and money.

Bankrupt Queen Mary operator left more than $20 million in urgently needed repairs, court...

Of the repairs that were done by Urban Commons, some appear to have been "performed incorrectly or not pursuant to applicable standards, and will likely need to be fixed or re-done in the near term."

City leaders approve storage facility where advocates wanted a park

The council’s vote certifies a decision made by the Planning Commission in December that approved lot mergers, zoning changes and permits for the construction of the three-story, 152,000 square-foot self storage and recreational vehicle storage facility that will be built at 3701 Pacific Place.

Training program aims to bolster local goods movement workforce

The port partnered with Long Beach City College in 2018 to develop the Maritime Center of Excellence, a program dedicated to professional development for jobs related to the supply chain and logistics sector.

Chamber to award Entrepreneur of the Year during virtual event

Matt and Pat Cullen of Amber Resources, a full-service petroleum distribution company on the Westside, will be honored as the 2021 City Bank Entrepreneur of the Year, the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced. Pat will be honored posthumously.

New Super Track model aims to shorten wait times for emergency room patients at...

Long wait times are not a foreign concept to anyone who has visited an emergency room, whether the trip ended up being warranted or...

March is typically a slow month for cargo traffic; this year marked a record...

Terminal operators at the Port of Long Beach moved 840,387 twenty-foot equivalent units during March, making it the busiest month on record in its 110-year history, staff announced Thursday.

Rocket Lab aims to bring a reusable rocket back from space

During its next mission, Long Beach-based Rocket Lab will attempt to bring a rocket back from space, the company announced Thursday. The mission is the first step toward making its Electron rocket the first orbital-class reusable small launch vehicle.

Emotionally and economically exhausted: Hospitals one year into COVID-19

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.

Try these hobbies to keep your brain active as you age

Starting a new hobby can help you stay mentally fit and add some excitement and joy to your day! Here are a few to try.

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurses—but hindered their training

The disruption of practical training, experts say, could impact the future state of nursing.

DLBA to provide up to $10K in outdoor dining expense reimbursement for businesses while...

Businesses with outdoor dining will be able to apply for up to $10,000 in relief through the Downtown Long Beach Alliance's Outdoor Dining Reimbursement program beginning midnight on Monday morning.

Seismic retrofits could cost hospitals billions—now they’re pleading with legislators to ease requirements

Over the next 10 years, California hospitals, including all of the hospitals in Long Beach, will have to make changes to the structure of their buildings to conform to the standards set following the Northridge quake—costly changes. 

‘Feels like home’: Businessman opens homes for seniors that offer personalized care 

When Jose Umana in 2020 opened his fifth residential care home for seniors, all located in Long Beach, it marked the realization of an ambitious lifetime goal he’d made for himself when he first went into business.

Former Belmont Heights home of the ‘Flying Bixbys’ is on the market for $4...

The woodwork in the house is original and in great condition after the owners had its 107 solid-mahogany doors and 80 mahogany-trimmed windows all stripped and refinished.

Doctors expect thousands of additional cancer deaths after pandemic causes decrease in screenings

The longer cancer remains undetected, the deadlier it becomes. Cancer is classified by stages ranging from one to four and mortality rates increase the higher the stage, Vora said. For example, on average, stage 1 and 2 colorectal cancer has a 10% mortality rate, stage 3 is 30% and stage 4 is 86%, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Councilman who voted in favor of Downtown hotel project files appeal with Coastal Commission,...

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.

Shoreline Gateway Tower officially becomes tallest building in Long Beach, despite pandemic challenges and...

From delays in the delivery of window glass from a Chinese province on lockdown in the early days of the pandemic, to coronavirus infections among workers on the site, continuing construction on the residential tower has been costly and lengthy.

Feds consider Long Beach Convention Center for emergency migrant shelter

Convention centers in San Diego and Dallas have already been converted to shelters to help house the thousands of migrants packing facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks.

How to stretch and stay flexible while actively aging

Maintaining flexibility is an important part of a healthy, active aging lifestyle. The good news is, adding stretches to your regular exercise routine can help improve flexibility at any age! Here are some tips to get started.

Community Hospital emergency department expected to open in May, operator says

The long-shuttered emergency department at Community Hospital is expected to reopen in May, according to the facility’s operator Molina, Wu, Network. The reopening will mark a turning point for the hospital, allowing it to admit its own patients, spokesperson Brandon Dowling said.

LBCEI opens doors to community donations to help fill the gaps for food pantries

Donations from the community offer Food Network pantry guests the ability to obtain products they haven’t had easy access to for almost a year.

Grand Prix’s future could hinge on city’s waterfront development plans

The Grand Prix’s agreement with the city extends through the 2023 race, but a lot of factors affect the longevity of the event beyond that.

Development continues citywide with a special focus on changing the Long Beach skyline forever

While many sectors—and people’s lives in general—were turned upside down this past year, construction on numerous developments continued throughout Long Beach. There were certainly new...

City Council to consider transferring control of Queen Mary land to commission that oversees...

The announcement Monday evening by Councilwoman Cindy Allen's office adds a new twist to problems surrounding the Queen Mary, whose private operator, hired by the city, is in bankruptcy.
Elephant Lot Near Long Beach Convention Center

‘Something big and fantastic is going to happen’: City to study 13-acre parcel near...

The coming year could shape what becomes of the largest undeveloped parcel of oceanfront land in Long Beach, the so-called “elephant lot” named for its prior use by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Long Beach unemployment dips to 11.7%, economists hopeful more strong job gains to come

As more businesses reopen or expand operations thanks to falling COVID-19 numbers, the unemployment rates across the county, including in Long Beach, continue to fall.

Tiny city faces uphill battle to meet tripled state housing numbers 

Signal Hill planners are currently surveying land throughout the city to find future housing locations. Once identified, the properties can then be zoned for affordable housing.

New 130-bed restorative care campus to open in Downey this fall

The new facility will include 50 beds for homeless patients and support to connect them with long-term housing, officials said. 

Long Beach Port could receive additional cargo ships due to blockage at Egypt’s Suez...

A cargo ship stuck sideways in the Suez Canal shipping lane, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, in northern Africa is causing a major traffic jam for shipping companies around the world, which could divert ships to Long Beach that were not accounted for.

Rocket Lab inks deal for four more 2021 launches

Days after its 19th successful launch, Long Beach-based Rocket Lab penned a contact to put eight more BlackSky satellites into low-Earth orbit this year, the company announced Thursday.

The pillars of active aging – Top tips for staying fit in mind, body,...

Staying on top of your mind, body, and lifestyle wellness is more important than ever. We’ve put together a list of four trends to add to your active lifestyle and help you maintain all-around fitness.
Queen Mary

With Queen Mary lease set for auction, the fate of a city landmark is...

The ship could see yet another new caretaker when the Queen Mary's lease goes up for auction next month after its current operator, Eagle Hospitality Trust, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January.

Long Beach is rebuilding after ‘a very hard year,’ mayor says in annual address...

The city has roughly $386 million worth of projects either recently completed or in the pipeline, and has plans to invest in residents and the local economy with a windfall of new money in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor said Wednesday in an annual speech about development in the city. 

Downtown veteran-owned coffee and tea shop to close for good this weekend

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.

Seven new satellites are orbiting Earth after successful Rocket Lab mission

The mission is Rocket Lab’s 19th successful Electron launch since its first in January 2018. Monday’s success brings the total number of satellites the company has safely delivered to space to 104.

Long Beach, LA ports could be flooded by tsunami, costing $1B per day, officials...

An interactive tsunami map for Los Angeles County now allows users to type in an address to determine whether their property is within a hazard zone, officials said today.

For Long Beach bars, this was a year of navigating rules—and sometimes breaking them—to...

Currently bars are not allowed to open unless they sell food, but they could be allowed to open in a few weeks for outdoor service when the city enters the “orange” tier in the state's color-coded system determining when it's safe to loosen restrictions.

Rocket Lab to launch seven satellites into orbit as early as today

Seven small satellites are slated to be blasted into orbit as early as this afternoon aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket. This is the Long Beach-based company’s second launch of the year.

Long Beach Unified moving forward with sale of district properties

If, as expected, the district does go forward with the sale, the sales are likely to provide a significant cash infusion as well as restructuring the way the district’s administration operations are physically laid out.

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.

Supporting local businesses and expanding trade will be key to economic recovery, experts say

To support the city’s recovery in the short-term, economist Seiji Steinmetz said, it is important to keep money circulating in the city. In the long run, he recommended investment in maintaining and expanding the city’s traded industries, such as manufacturing and tourism.

California Legislature OKs expansion of paid sick leave

The rules would expire on Sept. 30, but are retroactive to Jan. 1. Some companies would have to pay their workers for time off they have already taken.

Cambrian Homecare Celebrates 25 Years of Creating Relationships

When Cambrian began in 1996, there were three office workers and about 30 caregivers. Now, Cambrian has nearly 1,000 caregivers — all of whom are employees.

Relativity Space announces first defense contract for rocket launch service

Relativity Space, the most recent addition to Long Beach’s reemerging aerospace sector, was awarded its first U.S. Department of Defense contract, the company announced this week.

More cannabis dispensaries could be in the works as Long Beach looks to increase...

Long Beach is looking into offering eight additional licenses for cannabis dispensaries in hopes of diversifying those who own and run them.

City Council OKs plan to spend an expected windfall of $153 million in federal...

One of the largest allocations the city is proposing is to plug budget holes, end furloughs and replenish the city’s reserves with over $83 million of the $153 million from the federal government.

Relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer little relief for local music venues

“I would have never thought I’d be operating like this, but it is what it is."

Even looser COVID rules soon? Long Beach could enter the ‘orange tier’ in a...

Long Beach and Los Angeles County could be just weeks away from entering the state’s even looser 'orange tier' of coronavirus rules.

Truck drivers file Cal/OSHA complaint over safety conditions during pandemic

The complaint alleges one of the region's largest short-haul trucking companies failed to protect drivers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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