Land Use Element Moves Forward After City Council Vote

The Long Beach City Council voted 8 to 1 last night to approve the Land Use Element (LUE) and Urban Design Element (UDE) maps for place type and height. Fourth District Councilmember Daryl Supernaw was the only dissenting vote. The final motion included further reductions in density, as requested by councilmembers for their respective districts. New maps representing these alterations are expected to be released next week, according to Tom Modica, assistant city manager and acting director of development services. The motion also included a request for studies on affordable housing, equity, parking, future development and more. Modica said the next step is to revise and recirculate an environmental impact report for the LUE and UDE, which includes additional opportunity for public comment. A vote for final approval is expected to go before the city council in spring 2019.


Council To Decide Date For Utility Charter Amendment Vote

The city’s charter amendment committee and the city council are holding a joint meeting tonight to vote on holding a municipal election for a proposed charter amendment in conjunction with the state primary election on June 5. The charter amendment relates to the transfer of utility revenue and is meant to offset the financial impacts of recent litigation that would cause an impact of $8.3 million to the General Fund in 2019. 4 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers.


Los Angeles County Lost Jobs In January

Total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County decreased by 77,300 from December to January to a total of 4,444,000, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department. This marked a 1.7% decrease in employment. The largest month-to month job losses occurred in trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 22,300 jobs total. Professional and business services experienced the second largest decline, with 14,200 jobs cut. Compared to January 2017, however, countywide employment increased in January 2018 by 1.7%. These figures have not been seasonally adjusted.


Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Policies

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that the Trump administration is suing the State of California over several state laws that interfere with federal law enforcement carrying out its duty. The suit is a push to force sanctuary cities and states to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. The lawsuit named the State of California, Gov. Jerry Brown and State Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants in the case.


Revisions Begin On The Los Angeles River Master Plan

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is starting the process of updating the Los Angeles River Master Plan for the first time since 1996. The plan addresses the needs of the one million people who live along the river’s 51 miles. The updates will build on the 1996 plan and incorporate blueprints prepared by other organizations since then. Click here for more information.