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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 California cities

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.

Long Beach startup Closed Loop Plastics looks to expand

Closed Loop Plastics, a Long Beach-based startup working to broaden the types of plastic materials that can be recycled and reused, is looking to expand operations from its Westside warehouse to at least one more location in California.

Local, state, federal leaders tout infrastructure bill at Port of Long Beach

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill Monday, the White House announced earlier this week.

Port of Long Beach sees busy October despite cargo congestion

The Port of Long Beach marked its second-busiest October on record last month, despite capacity limitations at marine terminals that have impeded cargo flows at the port.

With sky-high consumer demand, Black Friday sales could set records this year

"Considering the strength of the economy, the overall surge in demand for goods, the extraordinary purchasing power of consumers (aided by coronavirus relief spending), and the 'shop early' messaging," CSULB Economics Chair Seiji Steimetz said, "I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a record-setting Black Friday and holiday shopping season."

‘Everything went great’: 6-month-old’s life-saving heart surgery a success at Long Beach Memorial

“I’m really grateful,” Shenica Hadaway, mother of 6-month-old Zhavia, said after the surgery. “After the next few days and weeks pass, it’s good to get back to being normal.”

Here’s where Long Beach will allow more container stacking to fight supply chain crunch

City Manager Tom Modica issued the order Oct. 22 that lifted the city’s rule that limits containers to being stacked two high outside of the port area. There is no limit inside the port-related industrial zone.

Inclusionary housing policy updates make affordable units permanent, tie fees to new home values

Changes to the city’s policy will now require affordable units to remain affordable for at least 55 years and would last through the entire life of the project instead of being phased out. The same would apply to units that are created under the city’s no-net-loss provision, which requires developers to replace affordable housing demolished to build new units at a one-to-one ratio.

White House unveils funding to ease supply chain crisis, with LA and Long Beach...

"If you look at where investment dollars can do more," a senior administration official told the Business Journal, "the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach stack up very well."

6-month-old from Barbados to receive life-saving heart surgery at Miller Children’s

Zhavia Hadaway, a 6-month-old from Barbados, was born with a fatal heart defect and will be the first child treated under the partnership. Her heart surgery is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Harbor Commission approves clean truck fee with controversial natural gas exemption

Collection will begin April 1, 2022, with zero-emission trucks exempt.

FROM THE EDITOR: How have businesses supported employees’ mental health during the pandemic?

Employers in Long Beach emphasized their attempts to be more flexible with schedules and time off; new programs to foster a sense of community and more open culture around mental health; and efforts to better inform workers about employee assistance programs and other benefits that predated the pandemic.

Long Beach revives aerospace past in new ‘Space Beach’ era

The U.S. has entered a new era in space exploration, and Long Beach is determined to be right at the center of it. 

Community Hospital to close ER, increase mental health services, skirting seismic requirements

The move lets MWN—and the city—avoid paying tens of millions of dollars for seismic repairs at the property, a burden that prompted the previous operator, MemorialCare, to abandon the facility.

Long Beach-based freezer staple XLNT Foods now ships tamales, chili and merch nationwide

Fans of the company’s iconic red, white and blue-packaged beef tamales and chili con carne can now order them through XLNT’s new website for shipment anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

The best therapist in town guides from experience

Recently, the therapist, who has been working in Long Beach for nearly three decades, was voted best mental health provider in the city by readers of the Long Beach Post in the annual Best of Long Beach contest. So how does Daniels achieve her widely heralded results?

State legislators discuss solutions for port congestion, supply chain challenges

“This is a multi-faceted problem and it will require multi-faceted action,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach.
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2nd & PCH shopping center announces 6 new tenants

The shopping center in southeast Long Beach opened two years ago.

Rocket Lab keeps expanding in year of major announcements

Not unlike the universe it has set out to explore, Rocket Lab has been in a constant state of expansion since its founding in 2006 by Peter Beck. And since the company’s move to Long Beach at the start of 2020, that expansion has been accelerating—from new mission contracts to acquisitions to going public.

Car rental provider Kyte expands into Long Beach, delivers cars to your door

The company is offering first-time Long Beach customers a 15% discount, valid through Nov. 31, with the promo code “LONGBEACH15.”

Nationally and locally, teletherapy is here to stay

Providing care for patients despite restrictions on in-person meetings has required a significant change in protocol among therapists—and caused a shift toward providing virtual services that is likely to have a lasting impact.

Long Beach breaks ground on 88-unit affordable housing project

To qualify for the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, families will have to earn between 30-60% of the area's median income, according to the developers, while 20 units will be reserved for formerly homeless seniors. Rents will range between $398 and $1,762 per month depending on the size of the apartment.

Ports of LA, Long Beach identify rail as top priority for funding initiative to...

In Long Beach, on-dock rail expansion accounts for $1 billion of the port’s projected $1.6 billion worth of capital improvement projects planned for the next decade, according to spokesman Lee Peterson.

Boeing bridges Long Beach’s two aerospace booms

The global behemoth, which now occupies about half a million square feet of office space in Long Beach, is the last vestige of the city’s first aerospace boom, which began in 1940 when representatives of the Douglas Aircraft Company bought a 200-acre site near Daugherty Field (now Long Beach Airport) for $1,000 per acre.

Long Beach Airport passenger numbers are well above pandemic lows, but full recovery is...

Passenger traffic remains well below pre-pandemic levels at Long Beach Airport, with percentage changes from 2019 to 2021 remaining flat from August to September, according to data released Wednesday.

Port of Long Beach saw slight decrease in air emissions for 2020, before mass...

The Port of Long Beach for the first time last year reached all of its 2023 emission-reduction goals outlined in the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, despite moving record cargo volumes.

Harbor Commission approves ABL Space Systems expansion into Port of Long Beach

Thursday’s lease approval comes five months after the commission agreed to a similar lease with Hawthorne-based SpaceX for 6.5 acres adjacent to the future ABL site.

IKEA to open new ‘planning studio’ concept at Long Beach Towne Center

The store, slated to open in spring 2022, will allow customers to meet with design specialists who will assist them with planning and ordering furniture and decor.

Business in Downtown Long Beach is slowly rebounding

Despite some residual hesitation to gather in large crowds—and businesses’ troubles finding workers to serve drinks, bus tables or ring up sales—business in Downtown Long Beach is slowly rebounding after the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s newly released annual retail snapshot.

Long Beach, LA ports to charge shippers penalty if containers sit too long amid...

Beginning Nov. 1, the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles announced ocean carriers will be charged for every container that lingers within the port complex—for nine days or more if being moved by truck, and three days or more if being moved by rail.

The future of space will be ADA accessible thanks to Mission: AstroAccess

Twelve people with various disabilities took off from the Long Beach Airport last week on a mission that allowed them to float weightless in simulated space environments—in the name of science and a more accessible final frontier.

Supply chain crisis prompts city officials to suspend shipping container stacking limits

Appropriately zoned properties will be allowed to stack up to four containers, up from two as outlined by the city's municipal code.

Residents sue over foul smell in Dominguez Channel, alleging fire released harmful chemicals

The plaintiffs want an injunction directing the companies to pay for relocation and future medical monitoring expenses as a result of the nauseating gas, as well as unspecified damages.

It cost $28,000 to investigate restaurant owner who defied COVID rules, city says

How much should the owner of Restauration pay to avoid facing criminal charges for defying coronavirus rules? It's in a judge's hands now.

Downtown Long Beach Alliance president under investigation for allegedly mistreating workers

A letter from a former employee accused DLBA President Kraig Kojian of "workplace bullying and a toxic work environment, largely inflicted upon women workers."

Newsom supply chain executive order lacks ‘sense of urgency,’ state business coalition says

A coalition of more than a dozen California business and industry groups issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying an executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier in the day did not “provide the sense of urgency” needed to address the ongoing supply chain crisis.

New law takes aim at ‘bad actors’ in trucking—and the companies using their services

Big box retailers moving product through California will soon have to take a closer look at the company they keep—or pay the price. 

‘Unheard of’: Food Finders rescued 17 million pounds of food last year

Among other programs, Food Finders provides a bag of four to six meals per family at 15 schools across Long Beach, but in the coming year, this will double to 30 schools.

Newsom signs executive order to address supply chain disruptions

Amid ongoing and unprecedented congestion at the San Pedro Bay ports, Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday signed an executive order directing state agencies to continue identifying ways to alleviate bottlenecks.

Port of Long Beach purchases 29 acres of privately owned land on Pier D

The city’s port authority does not own all of the land within the Port of Long Beach. But it appears port officials are looking to change that.

State legislature to discuss solutions for supply chain challenges

State legislators will hear from port leaders, the California Retailers Association, labor advocates and at least one major railroad company.

St. Mary places unvaccinated workers on 90-day unpaid leave

Other area hospitals said some employees chose to leave rather than receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but most staff—more than 90%—are vaccinated.

‘Decade of underinvestment’: San Pedro Bay port executives call for systemic change in supply...

Poor trade policy and “more than a decade of underinvestment” in West Coast ports have left the agencies vulnerable, the LA Port director said, to the challenges caused by the uptick in cargo they’re now seeing.

FROM THE EDITOR: Could the current shipping woes have been avoided?

How have the ports been investing their money, along with funds they receive from the federal government and other agencies?

Solita Mexican restaurant to take over former location of Rock Bottom Brewery

Solita offers Mexican street tacos, classic Mexican dishes, sweets and a wide selection of mezcal and tequila. The restaurant pulls inspiration from Baja California's laid-back casual style with fire pits, open bars and outdoor dining.

Port truckers awarded $30 million in misclassification settlements

Although the settlement amount represents only a fraction of the damages sought by the drivers, the group suing XPO Port Services considered the outcome a “stellar result,” according to court documents. 

Port of Long Beach expects record year amid supply chain crunch

The Port of Long Beach had its second-busiest September on record last month, according to numbers the port released Thursday afternoon. However, an unprecedented number of vessels waiting off the coast to unload cargo has cast a shadow over the port’s success.

Are the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports operating 24/7, as Biden claims? Not...

While the ports are indeed working to speed up the flow of goods, the reality is that it will take time for the busiest port complex in the country to significantly ramp up cargo movement, port officials said after the speech, adding that no terminal operates 24/7.

Stuck at sea, sailors grapple with food shortages, crew fights, health issues

Travel restrictions that prevent foreign nationals from entering the U.S. amid the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a clogged supply chain, have left hundreds of seafarers stuck at sea aboard cargo vessels.

Long Beach looks to allow more cannabis dispensaries, possibly by next year

A decision on how and where they’ll be able to operate and whether the industry will be taxed more is still months away.

Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau wins ‘Best in the West’ award for fifth...

This marks the fifth consecutive year Long Beach has won the award—more than any other bureau or center.

What is a board & care home?

When a loved one can no longer live independently, there are many options for residential care programs. One option is a board and care...

Army Corps recommends deepening channels at Port of Long Beach

Deepening the waterways, in some cases by as little as 4 feet, would allow some ships to enter and exit the Port of Long Beach much more quickly, ultimately lowering national transportation costs.

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