Three New Tenants Announced For LBX
Burnham-Ward Properties today announced three new tenants for its Long Beach Exchange (LBX) retail center, including two restaurants and an optical retailer. Quarters Korean BBQ, a fast-casual restaurant, is set to open later this year inside “The Hangar” – a 17,000-square-foot food hall that will feature 14 artisanal food vendors and boutique retailers. Slated to open in spring 2019, The 908 is a new Long Beach-based restaurant concept that will specialize in “American classics and comfort cuisine with a modern bar offering,” according to the announcement. Optical retailer For Eyes, which has 110 locations nationwide, is expected to open in early October. The retailer offers eye exam services, as well as eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. LBX is located on the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street.

Hotel Button Issue To Be Discussed Over Beer
During a Beer & Politics event Wednesday, September 26, at 7 p.m., 7th District Councilmember Roberto Uranga is discussing the debate over hotel panic buttons and why he and several colleagues walked out of last week’s council meeting. The event is at Liberation Brewing Co., 3630 Atlantic Ave.

Traditional Employment Growing Faster Than Independent Contracting
Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics released a study showing traditional employment in California is growing “much faster” than independent contracting. According to Beacon’s analysis, from 2010 to 2016 five employees have been added to the workforce for every one independent contractor. A recent decision by the California Supreme Court in the case of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles set new standards to determine a worker’s classification as an employee or independent contractor. The Beacon report states that the “one-size fits all policy ignores the complexity and nuance of such work arrangements, and the value they bring to the state’s economy” and would have “significant consequences for a variety of job sectors” statewide.

Report Shows Majority Of VA Medical Centers Improved
Data released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) yesterday showed “significant improvements” at the majority of its health care facilities nationwide. The VA’s most recent quarterly Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report showed 103, or 71%, of VA medical centers improved overall quality, including the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The largest improvements were made in the areas of mortality, length of stay and avoidable adverse events. Seven, or 5%, of centers had a small decrease in quality. Five out of 15 centers labeled “high risk” in January are no longer high-risk.

Long Beach Heritage Appoints New Executive Director

Long Beach Heritage, a nonprofit dedicated to advocacy and education about Long Beach’s architectural heritage and historic places, today announced Sarah Locke as its new executive director. Locke assumed the position on September 1 following the retirement of Mary Kay Nottage, who was the organization’s first executive director and held the position for 24 years. Locke is a preservation professional with a graduate degree in heritage conservation from the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

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