After Missing Deadline For November Ballot, Rent Control Backers Aim For March 2020

After failing to meet the June deadline to qualify for the November ballot, backers of a Long Beach rent control proposal are aiming to turn in petition signatures by July 30. Jordan Wynne, a community organizer with Housing Long Beach, said the group is now aiming to have the initiative appear on a ballot as soon as possible. According to Long Beach City Clerk Monique De La Garza, if signature gatherers turn in signed petitions by July 30 the initiative could qualify for the March 2020 ballot, assuming enough of the signatures were from registered Long Beach voters.


Port Of Los Angeles Issues Documents Related To Proposed Peel-Off Yard

The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) has taken the first step in the environmental impact report (EIR) process required for the proposed Harbor Performance Enhancement Center, a project on Terminal Island that would establish a 24/7 peel-off yard for container storage. The goal of the project is to improve terminal efficiency and cargo throughput at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. An initial study and notice of preparation of an EIR is available here. POLA is holding a public meeting to gather comments on June 18, 3 p.m., port headquarters, 425 S. Palos Verdes St., San Pedro. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to through June 29. Write “Harbor Performance Enhancement Center (HPEC) Project” in the subject line. For more information, call 310/732-3675.


Five “Job Killer” Bills Pass To Second House In State Legislature

Five state bills identified by the California Chamber of Commerce as job killers have passed the senate or assembly floors. Three employment-related bills advanced to the second house, including Assembly Bill (AB) 3080, Senate Bill (SB) 1284 and SB 1300. According to CalChamber, these bills would expand employment litigation, thereby increasing costs for employers and employees, and create a false impression of wage discrimination. AB 2384 and SB 1121, which would increase health care premiums and increase consumer litigation, respectively, also advanced to the second house.


Assembly Bill Expanding Access To College Admissions Exams Advances To Senate

The Pathways to College Act, which would allow school districts to offer college admissions exams instead of the state-required 11th grade assessment, passed the state assembly today and now awaits the review of the senate policy committee. Long Beach Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, who proposed the bill, stated that his aim is to increase access to higher education for all California students.


Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Honored As A “Baby-Friendly” Facility

MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach received recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” birth facility by Baby Friendly USA, Inc., the U.S. arm of a global program. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, honors hospitals that provide a high standard of care for breastfeeding mothers and babies. The international award acknowledges birth facilities that offer mothers the information and skills needed to successfully breastfeed their child.


Port Of Los Angeles To Celebrate Completion Of Plaza Park, Street Improvements

The Port of Los Angeles is celebrating the completion of $15.6 million in improvements to Harbor Boulevard Roadway in San Pedro, as well as the refurbishment of Plaza Park, at an event on June 7, 11:30 a.m., Plaza Park, intersection of South Beacon Street and 8th Street, San Pedro. The improvements included street realignment to improve traffic flow and increase vehicle and pedestrian safety.