Signatures Submitted To Long Beach City Clerk For Recall Of Councilmember

Organizers of a campaign to recall 2nd District Councilmember Jeannine Pearce submitted petitions with an estimated 9,462 signatures to the city clerk’s office yesterday afternoon. The signature count, which was estimated by organizers, is in the process of being verified, according to City Clerk Monique De La Garza. She and her staff are ensuring that the petition papers used previously approved language and that they were signed and dated correctly. De La Garza’s goal is to complete this work by Monday, May 14, at which time she will begin the process of verifying that signatures were made by registered 2nd District voters. This process must be complete by June 21. If the required threshold of 6,363 verified signatures (20% of registered voters in the district) is met, De La Garza will present the findings to the city council, who will have 14 days to call for a recall election. The timing makes it likely that a recall election could be consolidated with the statewide and county election in November, De La Garza noted.


Imports Down, Exports Up At Port Of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles experienced a 1.3% decline in cargo volumes in April compared to the same month in 2017, according to a statement from the port released today. The port processed a total of 705,536 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo in April compared to last April’s record 714,755 containers. Imports decreased by 2.9%, but exports increased by 4.5%. Empty container shipments decreased by 2.9%. Through the first four months of the year, overall container volumes have increased by 4.7% compared to the same period in 2017.


State Unveils Online Business Assistance Tools

During a news conference Tuesday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg unveiled an online portal meant to streamline the process of starting a new business in the Golden State. The conference included the announcement of the creation of Eureka, an artificial intelligence search assistant to help customers navigate resources on the secretary of state’s website.


Lineup Announced For Music Tastes Good Festival

English rock band New Order and 2014 Grammy Award nominee for best new artist James Blake will headline the third annual Music Tastes Good festival on September 29 and 30, respectively, event organizers announced today. Other acts performing during the music and food festival include Joey Bada$$, Broken Social Scene, Santigold, The Black Angels, Lizzo, Parquet Courts, the No BS! Brass Band and more. Click here for more event details.


Long Beach Announces Digital Inclusion Initiatives

The City of Long Beach announced today that it has officially become an affiliate of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, an organization made up of 300 entities in 38 states that are dedicated to digital equity. This week is Digital Inclusion Week, and in observance the city has outlined a number of goals and initiatives to bridge the digital divide in Long Beach communities, including increasing access to the Internet, public computers and literacy training. Click here to learn more about the city’s digital inclusion efforts. Click here to learn about the digital divide in Long Beach.


Celebrating Mother’s Day In Long Beach

The Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has compiled a list of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Long Beach, from brunching at local restaurants to taking tea or developing a green thumb at the city’s historic ranchos. Click here for the list of activities to celebrate mom while supporting local businesses and organizations.