Police Department To Start Over With New Body Camera Pilot

The Long Beach Police Department issued a statement today announcing that after concluding and reviewing its yearlong body camera pilot test program it has found that the technology from Dell, Inc./Utility Associates, Inc. “does not suitably meet the needs of the department and the city.” The city issued a new request for proposals for body worn cameras today.


37 Community Hospital Employees Receive Layoff Notices As Closure Looms

MemorialCare Health System announced yesterday that 37 employees of Community Medical Center Long Beach were receiving 60-day layoff notices. The employees represent 10% of the workforce and include 17 full-time employees and 20 part-time and per-diem employees. “MemorialCare has guaranteed positions within the health system for 114 employees, including 72 registered nurses,” and is offering various career services, according to the announcement. The hospital is scheduled to close at the start of July. The City of Long Beach is currently searching for another operator, although state seismic requirements would prevent a hospital with emergent care to operate on the site beginning June 30, 2019, unless an extension is passed via proposed legislation.


Online Grocery Sales Could Increase Demand For Industrial Real Estate

Growth in online grocery sales could increase demand for industrial cold storage space, causing 35 million square feet of cold storage to shift from retail locations, according to a report by CBRE. Online purchases will make up 13% of all grocery sales by 2024, the report stated. California would likely have the most industrial cold storage at nearly 400 million cubic feet. In the Long Beach and South Bay areas, industrial real estate prices have been steadily rising as vacancy rates remain around 1%.


Government Makes Reporting Tax-Related Identity Theft Easier

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now allows consumers to report tax-related identity theft electronically through Identitytheft.gov, a website operated by the Federal Trade Commission. The two agencies partnered to allow consumers to submit IRS Form 14039 through the website and receive a personal recovery plan. The website also offers consumers an Identity Theft Report that can be used in place of a police report, as well as customized letters that can be sent to creditors, debt collectors and others.


Women’s Workshop On Salary Negotiations

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering a free pay and benefits negotiation workshop in honor of Equal Pay Day, on April 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Port of Long Beach headquarters, 4801 Airport Plaza Dr. The two-hour workshop is limited to 40 attendees. Click here to register.


“Peter And The Starcatcher” To Debut At Long Beach Playhouse

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” a play about Peter Pan’s backstory, is running at the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., from April 7 to May 5. The playhouse is holding a “pay what you can” dress rehearsal on April 5 and a two-for-one preview on April 6. The opening night and champagne reception with the cast takes place April 7. For tickets and more information, click here.