Community Workshop On Short-Term Rentals

The City of Long Beach is hosting another community workshop related to developing a proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Museum of Latin American Art’s Balboa Studio, 628 Alamitos Ave. Short-term rentals are properties that can be found on websites such as Airbnb. The workshop will include a presentation on public comments received during the first workshop, stakeholder interviews, results of an online survey and case study research. The final workshop will be held on October 10. If adopted, the ordinance would establish regulations for STRs within Long Beach. Click here to learn more.


Leadership Long Beach To Host Citywide 30th Birthday Celebration

The nonprofit Leadership Long Beach is kicking of its 30th anniversary year with a citywide birthday party on July 17. Alumni and supporters of the program are encouraged to meet at party stops throughout Long Beach, including at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, Parkers’ Lighthouse and Berlin Bistro for the celebration. Click here for a list of locations. Leadership Long Beach offers four “principled leadership programs,” including its flagship Institute, Youth Leadership Long Beach, the Executive Leadership Series and Leadership Foundations. These programs educate and motivate current and future city leaders about important local issues.


Port of Los Angeles Enters Friendship Agreement With Italian Port Network

On July 10, the Port of Los Angeles signed a “Friendship Agreement” with the Port Authority Network of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea in Italy. This includes the Ports of Naples, Salerno and Castellammare di Stabia. The goal is to strengthen business relations, trade and tourism between the United States and Italy. The Port of Los Angeles has 17 sister port agreements with ports around the world.


Majority Of U.S. Adults Do Not Meet Exercise Standards

A recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control found that 22.9% of U.S. adults aged 18 to 64 met guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities during leisure time physical activity. Approximately 32.4% of adults met just one of the standards, and 44.7% met neither. There were broad variations by state, ranging from a low of 13.5% of Mississippi adults who met the guidelines, to Colorado’s high of 32.5%. In California, 24% of adults met the exercise standards. The government studied exercise that occurs during leisure time because the majority of U.S. adults are in occupations that are “largely sedentary,” and therefore do not engage in much physical activity at work, according to the report. Click here for more information, including comparisons by gender and work status.


Archstone Foundation Grant To Fund Mental Health Initiative For Senior Citizens

The Archstone Foundation, a Long Beach-based nonprofit that focuses on the needs of an aging population, has provided a multi-year grant to fund the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Senior Strength Initiative. The DBSA aims to improve the lives of people with mood disorders. The goals of the initiative are to improve treatments and support for older adult patients. A major component of the program is increasing educational efforts for behavioral health professionals, patients and peer community workers regarding mental health disorders. The DBSA plans to launch the initiative at Facey Medical Group’s Mission Hills Clinic. “Under the leadership of president and CEO Joseph F. Prevratil, J.D., Archstone grants up to $5 million annually, primarily in Southern California,” according to a statement from the foundation.