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State says tattoo shops, other personal-care businesses can reopen; no word yet from county...

Tattoo parlors and other personal-care businesses statewide are allowed to open for business, even in counties that remain in the most-restrictive level of the state’s four-tiered system for reopening, state officials announced today.

Misinformation from mayor, health department cost music venue almost $20,000, owner says

The Gaslamp music venue, bar and restaurant—known for booking popular tribute bands—has filed a $19,520 claim against the city for losses its owner says were a direct result of misinformation disseminated by Mayor Robert Garcia and the city’s lead health official.

Local tattoo shops reopen in anticipation of updated state guidelines

Los Angeles County tattoo shops, including at least four in Long Beach, have reopened for business in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit against the state. The lawyer representing tattoo shop owners, however, said the state will make an official announcement regarding tattoo businesses Tuesday.

Cargo volumes have boomed in recent months, but ports still anticipating year-over-year declines

Despite several months of historic cargo volumes at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, both facilities are anticipating overall 2020 volumes to...

LA County plans to purchase Long Beach Holiday Inn to house homeless

If approved, the state would provide the majority of the funding necessary to buy the property, $17.5 million, with the county providing matching funds of $4 million.

On the Job: The lonely mornings of a hotel barista in the age of...

Working anywhere during a global pandemic feels far from normal, no less at a hotel that’s lacking the one thing hotels are all about: guests.

Tattoo shop owners sue governor, state health officials for the right to open

Three Los Angeles County tattoo shop owners, including one in Long Beach, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and two state health officials over the ongoing closure mandate imposed on the industry.

Lakewood, Stonewood and Los Cerritos malls move toward full re-opening

The Lakewood Center, the Stonewood Center in Downey and the Los Cerritos Center will be reopening their indoor spaces on Wednesday.

Bridge, rail and terminal investments keep Long Beach port competitive in world market

Remaining competitive in the world of goods movement is a never-ending quest for higher capacity and efficiency—while simultaneously reducing emission—for port authorities around the world. To that end, among other ongoing projects, the Port of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.

LIVE DEBATES: Tonight we host District 2 candidates Cindy Allen and Robert Fox

Long Beach Post senior reporter Kelly Puente and Harry Saltzgaver, executive editor of the Grunion Gazette, will moderate a debate with Cindy Allen and Robert Fox for the City Council District 2 seat.

Record stores still spinning from pandemic but sales are trending up

The must of hundreds, thousands of slowly decaying record jackets hangs in the air. If history has a smell, this is it, mixed with the not-so-slight hint of desire. Music resonates throughout the store, washing over the bin-diving clientele. Masked and gloved, the audiophiles search row after row of vinyl, searching for something—something that catches their eye or perhaps a specific album they have sought for days, months, years.
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Strong tech sector, infrastructure investments will aid South Bay economic recovery

In many ways, Cal State Dominguez Hills’ 2020 South Bay Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook paints as grim a picture as any economic analysis of the current situation. But there are glimmers of hope that have led the university’s economic expert to feel more confident in the region’s economic future.

‘Antonio’s mission’: Long Beach hairstylist uplifts women, children at local shelter

For about two decades, Antonio Francisco Gonzales has been in the business of hair, specializing in high-end women’s cuts, color and styling. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, he studied his craft in the San Fernando Valley in the late ’90s, honed his skills in New York City, took his talents to Miami Beach and finally ended up in Long Beach this year.

New Gerald Desmond Bridge bicycle-pedestrian path may not open until next year

A new connector bridge that would allow cyclists and pedestrians to access the path from Ocean Boulevard and the city’s trail network may have to be built before the path is opened.

‘This is not the end’: City pilot program provides work experience for unhoused residents

For more than a decade, Steffz has had an unstable living situation—bouncing from shared housing to shelter to shelter to shelter.

Project Homekey: Long Beach zeroes in on hotel properties to convert into homeless housing

During the pandemic, the state of California has found creative ways to find shelter for its unhoused residents in an effort to curb the...

Long Beach Halloween officially canceled—Pa’s Pumpkin Patch will not open

For the first time in 45 years, Pa’s Pumpkin Patch—a staple of the Halloween season in Long Beach—is not opening due to the ongoing...

Pine Avenue closure to be modified to allow for more parking

A week after the City Council voted to extend the much-debated Pine Avenue closure, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance on Thursday shared an announcement...

‘Bridge to everywhere’ set to open for vehicle traffic Oct. 5

Barring any further unforeseen delays, semi-trucks and passenger vehicles alike will begin crossing the unnamed Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement the morning of Oct. 5...

Inspired by iconic bird, new Long Beach apparel brand is making noise

The mitred parakeet is a staple of the Long Beach community, with flocks frequently spotted soaring over various neighborhoods. The bright green birds with...

Recently expanded Broadway Block residential development delayed by months

The massive Broadway Block residential development has been stalled for at least a couple months, according to a spokesperson from developer Onni Group. A water...

Cargo delayed at ports due to increased volumes

The recent surge in cargo volumes at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has caused cargo container dwell times—the time containers spend...

Shadow Park community is Cerritos’ luxury enclave

If you’ve got a million dollars or more rattling around in your real-estate mad-money jar and you’re looking at the city of Cerritos as...

Bake a pizza or do your laundry at Howard’s Appliances new Marina Pacifica store

The growing retail landscape of East Long Beach has been joined by a new member catering to an upscale clientele: Howard’s Appliances.    After picking up...

Airport traffic continues to trudge along in wake of pandemic

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic remained extremely low in August but continues to inch upward month-over-month.   A total of 43,685 passengers traveled through the municipal...

Long Beach accepting small business grant applications for COVID-19 costs

Applications are now available for the city of Long Beach’s Small Business Transition and Technology grants, which are meant to slow the hemorrhaging of...

The pandemic has altered the way many get around—especially getting them outside of their...

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a particularly intriguing aspect to the way in which people get around: More and more SoCal residents are ditching...

City Council approves pathway for motels to offer housing, services to the homeless

On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council approved an ordinance that makes it easier for motel owners to convert their properties to offer transitional...

City extends deadline for licensed cannabis shops to get established

The city manager’s office this week announced that it will be extending the deadline for licensed cannabis dispensaries to obtain a business license by...

Blessing or curse? Pine Avenue closure proves controversial

From groups playing Jenga at The Harbor to couples eating lobster at outdoor tables in front of King’s Fish House, Pine Avenue has come...

Building A Better Long Beach: More than 60 developments in the pipeline across the...

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on development projects throughout Long Beach—stalling out some in the planning phase, delaying ongoing construction and,...

On the Job: A bus driver’s route through the pandemic

On the Job is a standing feature in the Long Beach Business Journal, where we spend a day with workers in different professions throughout...

Barrel tax measure information mailer could cost up to $100,000

Despite tens of millions of dollars in 2020 budgetary shortfalls, Long Beach staff is planning to spend up to $100,000 to send “informational mailers”...

‘Onward we press’: New businesses at 2nd & PCH find their niche to survive

Entering a medical spa, there’s an expectation of sterility. Gleaming lacquered surfaces, well-manicured staff in scrubs: none of this is unique to the coronavirus...

Micro-unit pilot program heading to City Council with commission approval

The Long Beach Planning Commission unanimously on Thursday approved a pilot program that would allow developers to construct up to 500 micro-units in the...

Cerritos Auto Square bouncing back after car sales plummeted during the second quarter

Auto sales account for a third of sales tax revenue generated in the City of Cerritos, with the Cerritos Auto Square bringing in $10.9...
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Local transit agencies, a lifeline for essential workers, face historic budget shortfalls

While many employees across the region continue to work remotely, public transportation remains crucial to those whose work cannot be performed from home. Food...

Southwest awarded all 17 flight slots vacated by JetBlue

Southwest Airlines has been awarded all 17 flight slots at Long Beach Airport soon to be vacated by JetBlue, the city announced today. “Southwest picking...

Bridge grand opening delayed—again

Initially expected in July, the opening of the yet-to-be-named Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement was first delayed until Labor Day weekend. Further delays have pushed...

Mini living: 220-square-foot units could come to Long Beach as part of new pilot...

In another effort to combat Long Beach’s—and the state’s—housing crisis, the Long Beach Planning Commission is considering a pilot program to allow for the...

Boeing donates $10.6 million for racial equality and social justice

Aerospace giant Boeing has donated $10.6 million to 20 nonprofits to address racial equity and social justice across the country, including $500,000 to the...

State board approves stricter port environmental standards for at-berth vessels

Air pollution out of the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has been a point of contention for years, particularly for its impact...

New YMCA program assists parents during era of distance learning

Working parents are once again facing educational challenges as the start of the school year draws near, with many school districts beginning the new...

Long Beach oil operator files for bankruptcy but production to continue—for about 20 years

The company that operates the majority of city-owned oil wells recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid plummeting oil prices, but officials with the...

Airport passenger traffic remains low but slow upward trend continues

  Long Beach Airport passenger traffic remained incredibly low in July but numbers are steadily—and slowly—creeping upward, which is a positive sign, airport officials said.   In...

Tidelands Fund in crisis: Budgetary challenges jeopardize future development timelines

As the end of a strenuous fiscal year nears, city leaders are proposing a new budget with upward of $30 million in cutbacks to...

‘We’ll get there, but it’s going to take some time’: Economists express cautious optimism...

The local economy is slowly recovering despite continued limitations on a variety of sectors, and the effects of the health pandemic may be felt...

Two-thirds of voters support oil production tax increase, new poll shows

A recent survey of 400 likely Long Beach voters shows 67% support a November ballot measure to increase the city’s general oil production tax...

New LBCC facility puts focus on sustainability

Pasadena-based C.W. Driver Companies recently broke ground on a new multi-disciplinary facility to be constructed on Long Beach City College’s Liberal Arts Campus. The...
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Port of Long Beach receives top honors from American Association of Port Authorities

The Long Beach port received the most award recognitions this year of any individual entity honored by the American Association of Port Authorities.   The port...

‘It’s a very difficult situation’: Long Beach families reflect on pandemic parenting

For parents, the past few months have been especially rough. The summer, normally filled with summer camps and visits to relatives’ homes became an...

YMCA of Greater Long Beach celebrates outgoing Board Chair Kevin Peterson

(SPONSORED) The YMCA of Greater Long Beach thanks and acknowledges our outgoing Board Chair, Kevin Peterson, P2S Inc. President & CEO. Kevin served as...

Assistance programs are keeping the multifamily market mostly intact—for now

Despite the economic woes brought on by COVID-19, including historically high unemployment, a mixture of assistance programs has kept renters in their homes, stalling...

Convention center certified for pandemic prep and response

The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is one of the first commercial facilities in the country to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council...

Can banking help fix racial inequity?

The protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the broader issue of racial injustice have sparked pledges...

Low mortgage rates mean more cash for homeowners, more demand for residential properties

The economy may feel a bit frozen, but it’s still a hot summer for the residential real estate market.   With mortgage rates at historic lows,...

Future of commercial real estate remains uncertain as businesses navigate an unrelenting year

The COVID-19 pandemic, for better or for worse (mostly for worse) has left no industry untouched, including all commercial real estate markets. Across all...

Outgoing president/CEO of aquarium reflects on his time in Long Beach—and his love of...

A few years ago I asked Jerry Schubel what, exactly, makes him qualified to run an aquarium. Like, did he used to work in...

Community banks cash in on PPP application surge, win new clients

Designed as a way to help small businesses through trying times, the Paycheck Protection Program quickly became a headache for many local business owners....

‘I love this city’: New CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific settles in...

Less than a week before he was to take over as president and CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Peter Kareiva was packing...

Ironfire coworking parklet allows people to go outside for office work

If you're a member of Ironfire, Long Beach's local shared workspace provider, there is a newness to its office experience. That newness, in a...

Treading water: Aquarium draining cash reserves to make up for anticipated $14 million shortfall

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s multi-million dollar expansion, Pacific Visions, celebrated its one-year anniversary with its doors closed. Its theater’s 300 seats sat empty...

Development of thousands of residential units delayed or abandoned amid pandemic

Construction continues on multiple developments across Long Beach, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed or put many projects on hold—and even caused at least...

A suburban icon, Lakewood Center faces tough times with retail slump and virus pandemic

As a kid in the '80s and '90s, Aaron Lobliner remembers when Lakewood Center was "the spot" for shopping, hanging out and catching a...

Irvine-based Premier Pacific Bank acquires Opus Bank, rebrands locations

Pacific Premier Bankcorp Inc., the holding company of Premier Pacific Bank, acquired Opus Bank earlier this year, a process that was completed last month,...

Postponed economic forum set to return in August with new format

Normally taking place in the spring, the annual regional economic forum hosted by Cal State Long Beach and the Long Beach Economic Partnership was...

Civic Center mid-block developer pulls out, further delaying residential project

The developer of the Long Beach Civic Center mid-block project—a massive mixed-use development slated for the site of the old city hall building—has pulled...

Short on coins? The Mint says change is coming, while local store owners make...

Since last month, stores and consumers have been suffering from a shortage of coins. Grocery stores and banks, normally trusted sources for the occasional...

Signal Hill’s Heritage Square housing, retail project gets a second breath after two stagnant...

Signal Hill Petroleum and the City of Signal Hill are conducting weekly video meetings to discuss a major housing- and retail-development project that seemed...

Carnival drops two Long Beach-based cruise ships; plans to add new ship in 2021

The Carnival Corporation has dropped two older cruise ships from its Long Beach hub, but will add a new ship in April next year,...

Passenger traffic still sharply down at Long Beach Airport due to pandemic

Passenger traffic at Long Beach Airport was down over 92% last month compared to June 2019. For the first six months of the year,...

Hospitals work to balance their budgets as a new COVID-19 wave hits

Hospitals across California lost billions of dollars in their response to the coronavirus pandemic: At the direction of Gov. Gavin Newsom, they canceled elective...

Long Beach revamps cannabis program aimed at promoting diversity in the industry

The City of Long Beach today announced changes to its cannabis equity program in hopes of providing more tangible assistance to those hoping to...

Buy this post office in Belmont Heights and your check’s in the mail

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a post office—and few of us have not—what you’d perhaps consider to be a rare opportunity is on...

Island mayor hopes pandemic demonstrates Catalina’s crucial need for new medical facility

Catalina Island has one hospital, but it will be forced to close in 2030 if the city does not seismically retrofit it. The coronavirus...

Q&A’s with newly appointed Long Beach Harbor Commissioners

Robert (Bobby) Olvera, Jr., the international vice president (mainland) of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, was recently appointed to the Harbor Commission, which...

Jeremy Harris steps up as Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO

Jeremy Harris said he cannot fill the shoes of longtime Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Randy Gordon; rather, he wants...

‘This is the greatest job I’ve ever had’: Chamber President & CEO Randy...

When Randy Gordon became president and CEO of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce more than a quarter century ago, he took the...

Long Beach hotels without guests take time to remodel, ready for better days

With only a few guests checking in—or none at all—hoteliers in Long Beach have been working to find a silver lining during the pandemic:...
Chris and Margaux Hamrock of Salon Wire hair salon in Zaferia

You can now get a haircut or nail appointment but it has to be...

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