Port Of Los Angeles Preliminarily Awarded $41 Million For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Project
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles for its Zero-Emission and Near-Zero-Emission Freight Facilities project, the port announced today. The total cost of the project is $82,568,872, with partners matching CARB’s funding. The project involves implementing hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric technology for freight facilities to annually reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 465 metric tons. The technologies include: 10 zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell powered trucks; two new heavy-duty hydrogen fuel stations; and four zero-emissions cargo handling vehicles. The project is supported by Toyota, Kenworth and Shell.

Long Beach Launches Pilot Program To Support Homeless Community
The City of Long Beach launched a pilot program to support the city’s homeless population today. The “Spare Change Changes Everything” campaign gives Long Beach Airport passengers a chance to deposit cash and coins in a donation box before entering the security checkpoint. “Community members play an important role in the solution to end homelessness in Long Beach. Thanks to the generosity of travelers, the simple act of dropping in spare change can go a long way to assist others,” Mayor Robert Garcia stated. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will use the proceeds to support the homeless community with crisis housing, hygiene products, food, clothing and other services. The pilot program is expected to run through the end of 2019.

City Recognized For Climate Change And Sustainability Initiatives
The Beacon Program, an initiative of the Institute for Local Government, has awarded the City of Long Beach the Silver Level Beacon Award in recognition of steps the city has taken to address climate change, “promote energy innovation and create more sustainable communities.” The city achieved 7% overall community greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and 16% GHG reductions among public agencies. The Beacon Program provides guidelines to county and municipal governments to “create healthier, more efficient and sustainable communities,” according to a statement from the city.

Long Beach Receives Award For POW! WOW! Partnership
The League of California Cities has awarded the City of Long Beach with a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the category of “Economic Development Through The Arts” for its partnership with the POW! WOW! Long Beach mural festival. The award recognizes cities for “outstanding achievements” in quality of life-related services. POW! WOW! is an annual event that brings international muralists to adorn the urban landscape of the city with their artwork. It began in 2015 thanks to local CEO Julia Huang of interTrend Communications and POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong. John Keisler, Long Beach Economic Development director, stated that the inclusion of art in public spaces has various economic benefits, including increased property values.

Partners Of Parks Hosts Fundraiser For Local Organizations
Partners of Parks is hosting the fundraiser “Sowing the Seeds of Summer 2019” to benefit neighborhood groups and community organizations on September 29 at the El Dorado Nature Center’s new amphitheater (7550 E. Spring St.) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The fundraiser recognizes groups and organizations that have contributed to past summer events. The evening includes information about the park’s inhabitants, visitation with pets from the Animal Care Center, as well as music, drinks and food. Half of ticket sales go directly to participating groups and organizations, such as Friends of Pan Am Park, Lakewood Village Neighborhood Association, the historic ranchos and Filipino Fest. Tickets can be purchased online through the Partners of Parks’ website.

Camerata Singers Announce Roundtable Panelists
The Long Beach Camerata Singers has announced the panelists for its community roundtable as part of the Camerata Peace Project 2 on Sunday, October 7. The panelists include: Nancy Foster, former first lady of Long Beach; Amy Grat, executive director of EXP (formerly ITEP); Desiree Thomas, trauma program director at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center; Rob Langworthy, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church; and Melanie Washington, founder of Mentoring a Touch from Above. Third District Councilmember Suzie Price is moderating the discussion. The panel will “explore human interaction and how we show caring as a society,” according to the announcement. A concert will follow the discussion.