State Assembly Approves Bill Extending Alcohol Sales to 4 a.m.

According to Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell’s office, the state assembly approved Senate Bill 905 today with 49 passing votes and 21 against. O’Donnell voted against it. The bill allows for alcohol sales until 4 a.m. in nine cities: Long Beach, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Coachella, Oakland, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Sacramento. The assembly made an amendment to the bill on August 23 specifying that cities could begin submitting pilot program ordinances to the state on January 1, 2019. The bill now goes back to the state senate, which must approve the bill as amended in order for it to pass. If the bill passes, it will take effect in 2021 for a five-year trial and individual cities will then determine whether to continue with the extended alcohol sale hours.


More Than 60 Companies To Be Present At Community Job Fair

Job seekers are encouraged to attend the free Long Beach Community Job Fair on September 11 at Veterans Stadium. More than 60 employers representing a wide range of industries are participating in the event, which runs from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to visit with firms in the aviation/aerospace industries, construction and engineering, health care, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, tourism and hospitality, as well as public sector and nonprofit agencies. The Job Fair is being presented by Long Beach City College in cooperation with the City of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway, Supervisor Janice Hahn and others. Veterans Stadium is located at 4901 E. Conant St. Parking is free.


California Tax System Ranks Poorly In 2018 Standings

The California tax system ranks 48th in the Tax Foundation’s 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index. The property and unemployment insurance tax categories were the state’s strongest, coming in 13th in each. The state ranks last in the individual taxes category. For corporate and sales taxes, the state ranks 32nd and 41st, respectively. The State Business Tax Climate Index is a measure of state tax system structures. Its purpose is for states to compare and provide “a roadmap for improvement,” according to the index website.


Number Of California Women-Owned Businesses Up Nearly 50% From 2007

California has an estimated 1.557 million women-owned businesses, up 49.8% from 2007 and 0.4% from last year, according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. In Los Angeles, the number of women-owned businesses increased to an estimated 735,900, up 79.6% from 2007 and 7.6% from last year. The Los Angeles businesses employ around 456,600 people and generate more than $105.6 million in sales annually. Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses has increased to nearly 12.3 million, an almost 3,000% increase since 1972. The report was commissioned by American Express and used U.S. Census Bureau data from the Survey of Business Owners.


Local Skin Care Center Adds To Its Professional Staff




Dr. Michael Yablonsky and Dr. Sandy Kuo have joined the team at Long Beach-based Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates. Yablonsky began in July and is providing general dermatology and skin cancer prevention expertise to the Center’s adult and pediatric patients, as well as multiplex procedures such as Mohs surgery. Kuo, who starts next month, will treat both adult and pediatric patients. Laser Skin Care Dermatology Founders Dr. Bryna Kane and Dr. Edward Glassberg also announced that Dr. Hong Nguyen rejoined the group in June. “Laser Skin Care Center’s breadth of expertise and offerings – from breakthrough technologies and treatment modalities to innovative products – is unique in our industry,” Nguyen said in a prepared statement. “As a result, the practice provides me with the ideal platform to best serve my patients, and I am very pleased to once again be part of this established practice and its growing team.”