Hard-hit industries still struggle to find workers, weeks after extra unemployment benefits expired

Understaffed businesses are still struggling to hire, even as the temporary increase in unemployment benefits has expired. And the likely reasons, experts say, point to longer term challenges for the hardest hit industries.

Some airport improvements under construction, the future of others remains in limbo

The municipal airport’s new ticketing building and adjoining checked-baggage inspection system facility are on track to open to travelers sometime in the first quarter of 2022.

Business Journal begins new chapter with new editor

I am thrilled to announce the hire of a new editor, Hayley Munguia, who began leading coverage of the Long Beach Business Journal Monday, Sept. 20.

Traffic signal pilot program uses artificial intelligence to ease pollution, congestion in Long Beach

What if traffic lights and cars could talk to each other? A new Long Beach-based pilot program, aimed at reducing pollution and congestion using intelligent cars and artificial intelligence, is trying to find out.

Flight schools are seeing record enrollment as pilot shortage looms

At Aces High Aviation, located on the eastern perimeter of the Long Beach Airport, the flight school's four training planes are taking off 24...

‘From recovery to expansion’: Long Beach economy continues to grow, experts say

From the labor market to business spending, all signs point are pointing up for the local economy, experts said during Wednesday's Accelerate Long Beach quarterly economic forum.

‘Do your Christmas shopping early’: Cargo delays likely persist amid busy holiday season

Record cargo imports have caused congestion at the port, leading experts to predict a shortage of popular gifting items—from electronics to clothing—just ahead of the holiday season.

Long Beach Gives returns this week with $2 million fundraising goal

The all-day online event featuring over 200 different nonprofit organizations to support will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Airport concessions sales pick up as travelers return

After months of nearly zero traffic, leading a majority of the shops and restaurants at the airport to completely close during the height of the pandemic, all but two have reopened.

Rocket Lab to launch ‘sustainable space’ demonstration satellite

There are more than 27,000 pieces of “space junk” being tracked by the U.S. Department of Defense as they orbit the Earth, according to NASA. In 2023, Rocket Lab will launch a demonstration satellite meant to remove orbital debris, the Long Beach-based company announced Tuesday.

New logistical challenge for race organizers this year: COVID-19 

In hopes of avoiding long lines and confusion on race day, race organizers are encouraging ticket holders to submit proof of vaccination ahead of time or have it handy on race day.

Global Time Attack brings supercharged cars in a race against the clock

The Global Time Attack challenge, a new addition to the Grand Prix program, in which drivers compete for the fastest lap time over the course of the weekend.

More flights, more passengers: Long Beach Airport financially ‘strong,’ officials say

With passenger volumes through Long Beach Airport continuing to recover after being decimated by the pandemic and airlines utilizing more daily flight slots, officials say the small, municipal airfield is well-positioned for a solid 2022.

IndyCar championship to be decided in Long Beach for the first time in series...

“The fact that we're the season finale … adds a whole new dimension to the interest level,” Michaelian said, noting that the interest is not relegated to race fans but also to teams and their sponsors.

Childhood dreams drive SoCal natives Jimmie Johnson and Colton Herta at the Acura Grand...

Two Southern California natives—Jimmie Johnson, 45, and Colton Herta, 21—are fulfilling childhood dreams driving this weekend at the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

‘Good eats’: Mr. Fries Man brings gourmet fries in North Long Beach

The sound of french fries sizzling in scalding hot oil while the scent emanating from the fryer hangs heavy in the kitchen of a small, triangular building in North Long Beach where Mr. Fries Man employees—all clad in black—pile mounds of meat, cheese and sauces on a bed of deep-fried potatoes.

Portside Fish Co. drops anchor in North Long Beach, bringing Baja-style seafood fare

Portside Fish Co. joins independent restaurants Main Chick Hot Chicken, Oi Asian Fusion and Shomi Noods: Ramen Bar at the Uptown Commons retail space on Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard.

‘This is for everybody’: New CSULB museum nears completion

On Oct. 15, Clark Construction Group will turn over the new museum, renamed the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, to the university—right on schedule.

From $1,000 to $60 million: Long Beach Community Foundation celebrates 25th anniversary

The Long Beach Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary and a significant increase in the charitable assets it has been managing in recent years.

Farmers & Merchants’ East Long Beach branch celebrates a century in business

Built to accommodate the influx in cash created by the Signal Hill oil boom, the branch—located on the corner of Obispo Avenue and Anaheim Street in the heart of Zaferia—was the bank's first, following the construction of the historic Downtown flagship building in 1907.

Pop-up roller skating rink to open at 2nd & PCH shopping center

The rink is scheduled to open September 18 and will include a skate rental booth and kiosk for skates, accessories and merchandise currently underway.

How Artesia Boulevard’s reconstruction will boost business growth in North Long Beach

A multi-city construction project to reimagine Artesia Boulevard in Southern California is expected to break ground this winter. The once-in-a-generation investment—as one Long Beach official...

North Long Beach leaders hope South Street remains the southern border of its collaborative...

Long Beach’s 9th City Council district is bordered by the cities of Carson to the west, Compton to the north and Lakewood to the east, and those unique circumstances have community leaders trained on South Street as a process to redraw the city's council districts unfolds. 

Port of Long Beach records best August on record

The port has broken cargo movement records in 13 of the last 14 months but the increased volume coupled with impacts of the pandemic have caused cargo delays and a backlog of ships off the coast.

Find out TONIGHT who the winners are for this year’s Best of Long Beach

Find out where the best pizza, beer, donuts and more are in Long Beach Thursday night.

5 ways the city’s 2022 budget will support business programs

Using federal funds, the Long Beach 2022 budget will continue various programs that support local businesses impacted by the pandemic that began last year, including grants, fee waivers, technical support, eviction protection and more.

The arts in the pandemic saw unprecedented challenges, historic support

Across Long Beach, museums have reopened their doors to visitors, dance crews are rehearsing and actors are returning to the stage. As the arts return after a year of pandemic restrictions, so does millions in auxiliary spending, from ticket sales to dinner reservations.

First major convention in Long Beach far exceeds attendance expectations

The Advanced Clean Transportation Expo is the first major convention to return to the Long Beach Convention Center after a 15-month hiatus.

Men still dominate in the space sector, but companies working to diversify ranks

“Women are typically under-represented in engineering and STEM sectors, but we’re working to change that,” Rocket Lab spokeswoman Murielle Baker said in an email.

Ownors Technologies wants to help creatives grow—and earn more money

With the pandemic shuttering music venues and live performances, 2020 turned out to be the year artists could use this kind of service more than ever.

Office vacancies have climbed during the pandemic, and businesses could benefit

The economy is rebounding and, across Long Beach, white-collar workers are trickling back into offices. The office sector of the real estate market, however, has yet to catch up.

The Aster to bring 218 apartments to Downtown in 2023

Construction is underway on The Aster, a 218-unit mixed-use development on the southwest corner of East Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach.

Long Beach company bringing multigenerational housing to SoCal

“This type of housing is so needed in our communities,” 1st District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas said.

Longtime Long Beach developer Ensemble celebrates 25 years in the city

“Long Beach is a much bigger and better city due to the presence of Ensemble,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement.

Council approves $200K gap funding for Bixby Knolls business association

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is set to receive $200,000 in gap funding as part of a $1.3 million spending package unanimously approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Rocket Lab (RKLB) is now public and trading on the Nasdaq

Rocket Lab, a Long Beach-based manufacturer and launch service provider, went public today on the Nasdaq stock exchange when it opened at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Pandemic effects on industrial and retail real estate continue

“In general, there’s lots of demand and very limited supply,” Ryan Endres, a principal with Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services, said of the industrial market.

Long Beach’s Rocket Lab is going to Mars

Weeks after announcing its first lunar mission, Long Beach-based manufacturer and launch service provider Rocket Lab announced its role in an upcoming NASA science mission to Mars.

Virgin Orbit to be publicly traded on Nasdaq following merger; expected windfall to boost...

Small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit is preparing to go public, announcing Monday it will merge with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange by the end of the year.

Demand for home improvement work continues to grow, stretching contractors and city staff thin

“We are slammed,” said Angelika Mayer, office manager at upscale home build contractor Zieba Builders.

IN PICTURES: Cruises are back and guests, crew are ready for a ‘new adventure’

Excited passengers of all ages were anxious to board Carnival Cruise Line’s Panorama in Long Beach Saturday, marking the end of 17 cruiseless months due to the pandemic.

Cruises to sail again from Long Beach, bringing return of millions in passenger spending

The first ship to sail from Long Beach will be the Panorama, a 4,008-passenger vessel set to depart on a seven-day cruise down the Mexican Riviera.

Construction of the ‘greenest terminal on the planet’ wraps at the Port of Long...

The third and final phase of one of the world’s greenest and most technologically advanced cargo facilities, the Long Beach Container Terminal at Middle Harbor, has been completed, Port of Long Beach officials announced Friday.

Mayor, council support $200K in funding for Bixby Knolls business association as part of...

With the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association facing an uncertain future due to its primary funding source drying up, Mayor Robert Garcia and the City Council are proposing one-time funding for the organization as part of the 2021-2022 budget.

A lesson in resilience: How Ylenia Mino painted her way through the pandemic

Ylenia Mino's company, Paint for a Purpose, offers painting classes for corporate and private clients—hosting as many as 200 people per event—that range from team building exercises to birthday parties.

Bixby’s beer culture has bounced back from pandemic pains

From to-go booze to partnering with nearby restaurants to becoming mini-marts and Christmas tree lots, Bixby Knolls' beer-centric establishments found creative ways to sustain themselves while their original business models were not available to them.

Ripple effect from China port closure to reach Port of Long Beach, officials say

The partial closure of a China port is expected to cause delays at the Port of Long Beach, which already is facing a backlog of ships amid one of the busiest cargo months of the year, according to port executives.

Two women challenge stereotypes with ‘remixed’ Mexican food

Best friends Joty Kaur, 28, and Lucy Singleton, 30, are always catching people by surprise with their youth and "remixed" Mexican food.

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic getting closer to pre-pandemic levels

Passenger volumes at Long Beach Airport continue to rise, with travel now back up to more than two-thirds of what it was pre-pandemic, according to July data released Wednesday.

Female-founded startups are a better financial bet—so why aren’t they being funded?

Companies founded by women produce higher returns on investment and cumulative revenues than those led by men, but still receive only a fraction of overall funding from investors.

Rapid launch: Rocket Lab to fly three missions in just over one month

Rocket Lab is gearing up to launch three successive missions from late August through September, the company announced Tuesday. The missions will mark the fastest turnaround between launches for the company to date.

Bixby Knolls business association at a ‘crossroads’ as major revenue source dries up

The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is crucial for the neighborhood's businesses and residents alike, but the organization is facing financial hardships that it may not be able to fully overcome.

‘We’re ready’: Convention Center preps for return to large events

The return of conventions is huge for Downtown Long Beach restaurants and hotels, all of which rely on conventioneers to keep revenues up.

Rocket Lab announces first lunar mission as part of NASA program

Launch service provider Rocket Lab announced the company’s first lunar mission, which is slated to lift off in the fourth quarter of this year as an early phase of NASA's Artemis program.

Port of Long Beach sets new July cargo volume record

Consumer demand continues to drive a cargo surge through the Port of Long Beach resulting in another record-breaking month in July, officials announced Thursday.

California Swaging supplies parts for aircraft, cars, even NASA spacecraft

California Swaging & Cable Products Co., which manufactures metal cable assemblies, was established in 1947, and has been under the same family ownerships for more than 50 years.

South Coast Shingle Co. celebrates 75 years in Long Beach thanks to ‘good customers...

For decades, the South Coast Shingle Company has been a family affair.

A record of pandemic life—Long Beach Historical Society is building a crowdsourced archive of...

The Long Beach Historical Society continues to build a record of life under lockdown and the reopening process in the form of a crowdsourced archive fed by survey submissions.

Demand for Downtown Long Beach office space is stable and improving, study says

The vacancy rate for office space was up only slightly from pre-pandemic times, according to data collected by CoStar, a leading provider of real estate data and analytics.

‘Investing in a better tomorrow’: CSULB program helps formerly incarcerated people prepare for academic...

CSULB is one of five campuses that received funding from the state university system to start new chapters of Project Rebound.

Q&A: LBCC Superintendent-President Mike Muñoz talks COVID-19, racial equity and more

Muñoz previously served as vice president of student services and assumed his current role in March.

Black and Latino boys are struggling to succeed in school—a local nonprofit is working...

Six years into its existence, the BOSS program has grown from two summer camps with roughly 20 boys in attendance to an educational and career support program serving 200 students.

Gerald Desmond Bridge to be fully demolished by October 2023

Demolition is slated to start in May 2022 on the Gerald Desmond Bridge, which has connected Downtown Long Beach to Terminal Island for more than five decades.

LBUSD continues with $2.7B improvements to ‘provide students the learning environments they need to...

In 2008, the district began a $2.7 billion endeavor to bring its outdated facilities into the 21st Century.

New city program to help businesses take down boarding from windows, storefronts

Business and property owners can qualify for grants ranging from $100 to $600 for the removal and haul-away costs of plywood.

Rocket Lab delivers demonstration satellite to orbit for Space Force

Rocket Lab successfully delivered a U.S. Space Force satellite to low Earth orbit late Wednesday evening, local time, the company announced Thursday morning.

A year after LBCC resumed trades classes, the pandemic hit—how well prepared are this...

At the beginning of last year, Long Beach City College’s revamped trades programs—welding, automotive and construction technology—were doing great. After restarting the previously discontinued programs...

Rocket Lab to launch Space Force satellite into orbit as early as Thursday

Rocket Lab is slated to launch a satellite into orbit for the U.S. Space Force as early as tomorrow.

Conventions are returning to Long Beach—and will bring an estimated $6.9M in August alone

After stints as a vaccination site and a shelter for migrant children, the center is now reopening at full capacity as an event venue.

New CSU chancellor talks bigger budgets, diversifying faculty and getting students back in the...

Among his many firsts, Joseph Castro is the first chancellor to begin his tenure in the midst of a pandemic that forced a major overhaul in the way higher education is conducted. 

Visitors, residents and business owners feel less safe downtown, survey finds

Fewer people said they would recommend other visit Downtown Long Beach compared to previous years. Homelessness was the number one concern among respondents.

Harbor Commission elects former Councilman Steven Neal as board president

Steven Neal, who represented North Long Beach on city council from 2010-2014, has been elected president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

From L.A. to the Bay, some bars are requiring patrons to prove they’re vaccinated—but...

After over a year of restrictions on their businesses, Long Beach bar owners say limitations on who can frequent them is the last thing they need.

Arise Private Wealth: Investing with Heart

Arise offers a variety of services, from education, estate and legacy planning to wealth protection, business services and advisory asset allocation, but the core of their practice is retirement planning.

Igniter system anomaly caused Rocket Lab’s May mission to fail, company says

Rocket Lab has determined an igniter system malfunction caused its May 15 mission to fail and now the company is set for another launch before the end of the month.

City now accepting applications for restaurant tax, fee reimbursement grants

The Long Beach Economic Development department is now accepting applications for grants to cover certain business license taxes and fees for eligible restaurants, the city announced Monday afternoon.

SoCal Edison’s repairs to power infrastructure in Downtown nears completion, utility says

The repairs were required as part of a 2017 settlement agreement between the investor-owned utility and the California Public Utilities Commission, based on an investigation into multi-day blackouts in the Downtown area and underground explosions that sent manhole covers flying into the air in 2015. 

With the future of Long Beach’s waste-to-energy plant uncertain, so are law enforcement’s options...

Officers from 35-40 agencies visit a local power plant per month to dispose of illegal drugs.

Eloy Oakley, former LBCC superintendent, to advise Biden Administration on higher education

Oakley, who has accepted a temporary position advising the Biden Administration, left Long Beach City College in 2016 when he was appointed chancellor of California Community Colleges in Sacramento.

Nurse Bobbie Barraza doesn’t just hand scalpels to surgeons in the OR—she uses them

For 17 years, Bobbie Barraza has cared for patients through her position as a registered nurse. But for the last eight years, Barraza has operated in an expanded role.

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