Suspect Wanted In Recent Armed Robberies At Long Beach Businesses

Business owners beware . . . The suspect pictured is wanted for multiple armed robberies at Long Beach businesses across the city – including a pet store, restaurants and a wireless store – that occurred between November 27 and December 7. Today, the Long Beach Police Department released the suspect’s image and is asking the public for assistance in identifying him. The male African American, aged 40 to 50 years, is wanted in connection with robberies on the 2100 block of South Street, the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, the 3300 block of East Anaheim Street, the 1900 block of Ximeno Avenue, and the 700 and 2500 blocks of Long Beach Boulevard. If you recognize this suspect, call LBPD Robbery Detective Jacqueline Parkill at 562/570-7464 or e-mail Anonymous tips may be submitted to 1-800-222-TIPS.

Council Considering Outdoor Dining Area Smoking Ban Tonight

The Long Beach City Council is considering an ordinance tonight that would ban smoking at eating establishments’ outdoor dining areas. The current policy requires at least two-thirds of outdoor dining areas to be designated as non-smoking zones. The proposed ordinance would not apply after 11 p.m. or for bars serving patrons over the age of 18 that offer limited food service. It would also not apply to designated smoking areas at special events. The council meets at 5 p.m., City Hall.

Mayor Garcia Chair Appointed Chair Of U.S. Conference Of Mayors’ Ports And Exports Task Force

Mayor Robert Garcia has been appointed chair of the United States Conference of Mayors’ Ports and Exports Task Force. Garcia has served as vice chair of the task force since 2015. The task force works to support trade and security at the nation’s ports. “Strengthening trade and commerce at our ports is critical to the success of our national economy and regional economies throughout the United States,” said Mayor Garcia. “The Port of Long Beach is a national leader and I am looking forward to partnering with mayors from across the country on trade and exports to create jobs and economic opportunities.”

Orange County’s Credit Union Wins Award For Long Beach Service

Orange County’s Credit Union (OCCU), a Santa Ana-based financial services provider, was honored at the 21st Annual Nuestra Imagen Awards as the 2018 Excellence in Corporate Business award recipient. The honor highlighted OCCU’s commitment to the Long Beach community, where it has hosted 51 financial education workshops, participated in 174 events, and contributed over 350 volunteer hours. “With this award, we remain devoted to ensuring the people of Long Beach are provided a higher quality of life because that is what we, as a community, deserve,” Azul Sanchez, AVP and regional branch manager at Orange County’s Credit Union in Long Beach, said in a press release.