San Pedro Bay Ports Broke Cargo Records In February
The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles today both reported new records for cargo traffic during the month of February. For the Port of Long Beach (POLB), last month was the first February in the port’s history in which it handled more than 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo. Imports increased by 27% compared to February 2017, and exports increased 9.3%. The influx of imports put pressure on the need for empty containers overseas, resulting in a 46.5% increase in empty container traffic, according to POLB. The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) experienced its busiest-ever February, handling more than 725,000 TEUs. Overall cargo traffic through POLA increased 16% compared to the same month in 2017, with imports increasing 28.1%, exports increasing 1.4% and empty container traffic increasing 7.8%.

Port Awards Grant To Children’s Clinic
The Port of Long Beach awarded a $920,000 grant to The Children’s Clinic, Serving Children & Their Families (TCC) to support its Breath Better Together program. The clinic’s program “will provide a medical home approach to asthma and cardio-pulmonary care for children and adults through screenings,” according to a press release. With the port’s support, over the next three years the program will focus on reducing the number of TCC patient hospital visits and stays; reducing the number of TCC patients who miss school or work; and increasing training medical personnel and community health workers related to respiratory and cardiopulmonary ailments.

Council To Vote On Sanctuary City Policy
The Long Beach City Council plans to vote on the “Long Beach Values Act Of 2018” at tonight’s [March 13] meeting. The resolution limits the extent to which the city can enforce federal immigration law, which includes requesting and collecting sensitive information regarding immigration status. It also proposes an initial investment of $100,000 to provide legal services for Long Beach residents facing deportation.

Long Beach Medical Office Sold
International commercial real estate firm NAI Capital announced today the $7.7 million sale of a medical office building located at 3918 Long Beach Blvd. Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare Services Sonya Dopp-Grech, Senior Vice President John Manion, Vice President Steven Lewallen, Senior Associate Ryan Dopp and Associate Jeanene Stolrow of the company’s Irvine office closed the sale of the two-story, 18,733-square-foot building. The seller was Pepper Lane-Long Beach LLC and the buyer was Salt Holdings LP.

Workshops Planned On Small Business Development
The California Small Business Development Center is hosting three free workshops this month:

“Starting A Small Business” on March 15. The session will cover developing a business plan and life as an entrepreneur. Register here.

“Creating An Effective Business Plan” on March 22. Topics include researching the competition and target market as well as forming a marketing plan. Register here. The first two sessions run from 6-8:30 p.m. at 4900 E. Conant St., Bldg. 02, in room 231 on the Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus.

“Networking Outreach Strategies” on March 28, from 3-5 p.m at the Paramount Chamber of Commerce, 15357 Paramount Blvd. Attendees will learn how to find the best networking forums and perfect a pitch. Register here.