Rent Control Effort Gets Closer To Signature Gathering Phase

The Long Beach city attorney’s office has released the official title and summary for a proposed rent control ballot initiative. According to the city clerk’s office, the initiative’s organizer, Josh Butler of Housing Long Beach, now has to publish that document along with an intent to circulate a petition before he begins gathering signatures to place it on the ballot. Once he publishes this information, which he can do at any time, he must provide a copy to the city clerk within 10 days.


Most California State Legislators Received

Failing Grades For Small Business Support In 2017

The National Federation for Independent Business has unveiled is 2017 legislative voting record report card, which assigns a percentage to each California senator and assemblymember based on how often they voted in support of small business. State Senator Janet Nguyen, who represents part of East Long Beach, received a 100% score. State Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, who also represent portions of long Beach, received scores of 15% and 20%, respectively. The majority of the legislative officials received scores of 30% or lower.


Bipartisan Congressional Coalition Seeks Federal Investment In Ports

A bipartisan coalition of 36 members of Congress today called upon Congressional leaders to include resources for America’s ports in any future federal infrastructure package. Congressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade and Security (PORTS) Caucus co-chairs Rep. Alan Lowenthal (Long Beach) and Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) led the coalition in sending a letter to Congressional leaders. The letter identified nearly $70 billion in infrastructure needs at U.S. ports, citing estimates from the American Association of Port Authorities.


Local Environmental Manufacturer Reports Double-Digit Growth In 2017

Today, Signal Hill-based Ship & Shore Environmental Inc. reported 15% growth overall during 2017. Company CEO Anooseh Oskouian expects continued growth in 2018, according to a press release. This month, Ship & Shore closed five major deals to provide air pollution capture and control systems around the world, including Dubai, Germany, Minnesota, Texas and California.


New Business Survey Proposed By U.S Census Bureau

Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau proposed a new annual business survey to combine and replace the Survey of Business Owners, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, and the Business R & D and Innovation for Microbusinesses survey. The new survey would streamline costs, reduce the burden for respondents and increase data quality, according to the Small Business Administration. The proposal is under review by the Office of Management and Budget. Written comments and recommendations for the survey are due by February 4 to


Employers Must Post Record Of Job-Related Injuries

According to federal law, employers are required to post the Form 300A summary that lists the number of job-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year. Employers must display it in a common area from February 1 through April 30. They are also required to make a copy available to employees who rotate worksites and to those who work offsite. Employers without any recordable injuries must post the form with zeros on the “total” line. Read the CalChamber article on this topic here.