Long Beach Has Highest Proportion of Renters Among 42 Largest U.S. Cities

RENTCafé recently released a report indicating that 22 of the country’s largest cities shifted from an owner- to renter-majority population between 2006 and 2016, bringing the total to 42 cities. According to the report, Long Beach has the highest proportion of renters at 61.4%, while Los Angeles experienced the biggest net gain of renters since 2006. An earlier report by the Southern California Association of Governments stated that Long Beach’s renter population was 58.6% in 2016.


Proposition 13 Protections For Commercial Properties Could Be Removed

A coalition of community rights activists are expected to begin collecting signatures this month for a ballot measure that, if passed, would tax commercial properties at market value but leave in place Proposition 13 protections for homeowners, according to the Sacramento Bee. Prop 13, approved in 1978, allows the state to assess property taxes at 1% of property purchase price, increasing at an annual rate of 2% or the rate of inflation (whichever is lower). The state legislative analyst’s office estimated that the measure could increase the state’s property tax revenue by about $4 billion annually.



Signature Flight Support And Air BP Offsetting Local Carbon Emissions

Signature Flight Support, a fixed-base operator with facilities at the Long Beach Airport, is partnering with Air BP to curb carbon emissions associated with the flights of visitors attending this week’s 2018 Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach. Signature is tracking customer use of their Air BP Sterling Cards to purchase fuel. Associated carbon emissions for every gallon of jet and aviation gas fuel purchased on these cards will be offset via BP Target Neutral, a portfolio of carbon reduction projects owned by BP.



New Study Reveals Causes For Declining Transit Ridership

Last week, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies released a report on the causes of declining ridership on public transit in the region. According to the report, a “dramatic increase” in car ownership is the main cause, with 2.1 million household vehicles being added between 2000 and 2015. Other factors include transit service quality, fuel prices, neighborhood change and an increased presence and usage of ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft.


New Director Of Community Relations/Enrollment Development At LBCC

Marcia Parker has been appointed to the newly created position of director of community relations and enrollment development at Long Beach City College (LBCC), Superintendent-President Reagan Romali announced today. Parker has been serving in this role since January. She is responsible for directing student recruitment efforts and assisting in the implementation of LBCC’s enrollment management plan. She formerly served as director of admissions and assistant dean of admissions for the KGI School of Pharmacy at the Claremont Colleges.