Councilmember Wants To Kill Land Use Element Changes In Her District

Fifth District Councilmember Stacy Mungo recently issued a statement that she is proposing to kill all Land Use Element changes within her district, including the introduction of residential uses in current commercial areas and increasing building heights above two stories. Changes to the Land Use Element are being considered at the city council’s March 6 meeting, at which time Mungo plans to make her motion.


Consumer Price Index Increased In January

Consumer prices increased more than expected in January, according to a report published today by Reuters. Last month, Americans spent more on rent, gasoline and health care. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.5%. Excluding volatile food and energy commodities, the CPI increased by 0.3%. Reuters indicated that inflation could cause the Federal Reserve to be more aggressive in raising interest rates, which would slow economic growth. Three rate hikes have been predicted for 2018.


Port Of Los Angeles Has Second-Busiest January Ever

The Port of Los Angeles had its second-busiest January ever this year, handling 808,728 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo. Overall cargo volumes decreased by 2.2% compared to January 2017, which was the port’s best-ever January. Imports increased 1.8% compared to January 2017, while exports decreased 7.6% and empty containers decreased 5.2%. Click here for current and past cargo data for the port.


Local Candidate Brunch

Candidates for the state legislature as well as Long Beach City Council Districts 3, 5 and 7 and other local offices are invited to introduce themselves and present their ideas during a brunch event on Saturday, February 17. Located at 167 E. South St., the meet and greet is open to the public, who will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates. The event is co-hosted by The North Long Beach Community Action Group, the Deforest Neighborhood Association, the Houghton Park Association, the Grant Neighborhood Association, and Long Beach Creamery. For more information or to RSVP, call 562/428-7710.


Assemblymember O’Donnell Introduces Bill To Fund Oil Well Clean-Up

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell introduced Assembly Bill 2404 today, which would remove the limit on revenue deposited into the state’s Oil Trust Fund. According to a press release, the fund, which is used to clean up abandoned wells within the Long Beach tidelands area, reached its $300 million cap in 2014, leaving an estimated $536 million shortfall for the state’s share of abandonment liability.


Musical Guys And Dolls Opens Friday

Musical Theatre West’s production of “Guys and Dolls” opens February 16 with a show at 8 p.m. The musical runs until March 4 at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St. Tickets are on sale at and start at $20.


Sunday Art Auction Benefiting Local Charities

Micheal Levy Gallery is hosting a benefit event and art auction with proceeds going to the Long Beach Symphony Association and Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. More than 100 pieces, including works by Picasso, Dali and Chagall, will be auctioned off during the event. 2-5 p.m., Michael Levy Gallery, 6226 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. For more information, call 562/856-9800.