A Balanced & Responsible Budget 7/31/2018
The Next Term 7/24/2018
Thank you, Long Beach. I want to thank so many of you who were able to join us last week for our inaugural swearing in. I’m very grateful to our California Attorney General Xavier Becerra who administered the oath of office to me. I wanted to share my remarks after being sworn in and what to expect during this next term.
Memorial Service for Captain Rosa 6/29/2018
Remembering Capt. David Rosa 6/26/2018
Long Beach lost a hero yesterday. The entire City and Fire Department family continues to mourn the loss of Captain David Rosa, a 17 year veteran of the Long Beach Fire Department who was killed in the line of duty. Captain Rosa’s body was escorted to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office with full honors. Firefighters and community members from our city and throughout the region turned out to show their support.
Breakwater Update 6/23/2018
Long Beach Hits Record Low Unemployment 6/19/2018
Community Hospital Update 6/15/2018
I want to take this opportunity to bring you the latest news on Community Hospital. As you know, maintaining a hospital with emergency services has been a priority for us.
New Bayshore and Leeway Sailing Center Improvements 6/13/2018
Port Recognized as Greenest Seaport 6/8/2018
I'm really proud the Port of Long Beach was recognized recently as the “Best Green Seaport” in the world at the 32nd annual Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Shanghai hosted by the Asia Cargo News shipping trade publication.
Long Beach Bans Styrofoam 5/4/2018
Today I signed into law an ordinance that bans Styrofoam food containers. This law will phase out the distribution of these single-use plastic products that find their way into our rivers and the oceans. These products are causing major damage to marine life and our ecosystem.
#GoLongBeachTour Kick-off 5/3/2018
In the two months leading up to my second inaugural in July, I will not be going to City Hall. Next week, I'm kicking off the #GoLongBeachTour, a nine week tour of our community.
Leaving City Hall...And Coming To Your Home 4/12/2018
In the two months leading up to my second inaugural in July I won't be going to City Hall.
Saving Animals 4/5/2018
In 2013, the year before I was elected, we were euthanizing more than 4,000 animals a year at our animal shelter. Since then, we have made progress every single year, and last year we euthanized 1,065 animals at the shelter. We are making progress thanks to our amazing animal rescue & spay/neuter organizations, our animal advocates, the team and volunteers at Animal Care Services, and our City Council.
Women Leading the Way 3/28/2018
Over the last few years, I am proud we have appointed more women and diversified our commissions to ensure representation from across the city. I am committed to appointing even more women to close the gap and ensure women are leading at all levels of government.
We Opened Another New Park 3/26/2018
This weekend we had the grand opening celebration for the Red Car Greenbelt, our newest park space that will enhance Long Beach’s walkability and bikeability with a newly paved path that adds routes for walkers and links to the to the Colorado Lagoon and bike path on 6th Street.
Go Long Beach Awards 3/21/2018
Last week, I held the annual Go Long Beach Awards, where I get a chance to honor some bright stars in Long Beach who are doing incredible things in our community. It’s such an honor to spend time with them and recognize their efforts that make Long Beach a better place to live and work. I’m sure you’ll agree that these honorees are well deserving.
Alamitos Bay Improvements at Bayshore 3/12/2018
We are investing historic amounts of resources to fix our city’s aging infrastructure. One of these exciting improvements is happening in Alamitos Bay in the Bayshore area.
Record Breaking Year for Tourism and Conventions 2/5/2018
We're Expanding the Aquarium 1/31/2018
The Best and Busiest Year at our Port 1/24/2018
8 By 28 1/16/2018
Today I'm announcing a new initiative, 8 by 28, focused on completing 8 critical projects in Long Beach for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and Paralympics. We are taking a cue from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 28 by 2028 initiative for LA County Metro.
Lowest Number of Murders in the City's History 1/3/2018
Today I joined our Long Beach Chief of Police to announce Long Beach ended 2017 with the lowest number of murders recorded in our city’s history.
We saw a 33% reduction in murders from 2016 to 2017. There were 22 murders in 2017, down from 33 recorded in 2016. We know every victim had a family and each incident is tragic. As always, our Long Beach Police Department is committed to bringing justice to each family.
Our 2017 Year in Review 12/27/2017
It was another great year in Long Beach!
2017 was a record-breaking year for Long Beach, from record lows in unemployment, to record highs in economic development and growth in wages.
Long Beach Police Academy Graduation 12/6/2017
I was happy to participate last week in the Long Beach Police Department's latest Academy Graduation, for Academy Class #91. The graduation at the Long Beach Performing Arts Terrace Theater was another example of our ability, thanks in large part to Measure A funding passed by Long Beach voters in 2016, to improve safety in our city.
You Can Now Text to 9-1-1 12/1/2017
Modernizing our city's infrastructure has been a priority of ours since I became Mayor. And one of a city's most important responsibilities is emergency response. That's why beginning today, hearing and speech-impaired residents of Long Beach and those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911 for help in an emergency can text to 911.
More Than $135K Raised for The Guidance Center During Annual Sunset Sip 11/21/2017
2017 Long Beach Christmas Tree Lighting 11/16/2017
On Tuesday, November 28th, in partnership with the Long Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau, we will be lighting up the tallest Christmas Tree in Long Beach!
Free shuttle between Blue Line station and Long Beach Airport over holidays 11/16/2017
Salvation Army in Long Beach Receives Large Private Gift to Help Create Community Center 11/15/2017
Anchor Place Creates Affordable, Safe Living Space For Veterans 11/15/2017
Latino Comics Expo Celebrates Artists, Writers and Culture 11/13/2017
The Latino Comics Expo returned with thunderous aplomb this past weekend in Long Beach, bringing with it more comics, creators, and fan attendance than the little-convention-that-could has seen in it’s relatively brief existence.
Redesigned Valor Plaza at Houghton Park Honors Fallen Veterans 11/13/2017
East Village getting new, 7-story apartment building next to historic hotels 11/7/2017
Port plan offers healthier future for our children and grandchildren 11/7/2017
Newly Opened Anchor Place Provides Supportive Housing for Homeless Families and Veterans 11/6/2017
This morning the City of Long Beach in partnership with the The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Century Housing Corp. celebrated the grand opening of Anchor Place, a new affordable housing development at the Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC).
Join us for the grand opening of Bixby Dog Park 11/2/2017
Long Beach Mayor Garcia On Measure M, General Plan Update & L.A. River Revitalization 10/25/2017
Major new affordable housing complex on the way to Long Beach 10/25/2017
Long Beach and Huntington Beach to enter fray for Amazon’s second headquarters 10/17/2017
Despite Federal Cuts to Art Funding, City Leaders Vow Commitment Locally During State of the Arts 10/6/2017
ANOTHER VIEW: A Clear View For Students 10/4/2017
1920s Long Beach Church Converted to Senior Affordable Housing 9/29/2017
Today, developer Thomas Safran & Associates, Clifford Beers Housing and Long Beach city officials will celebrate the opening of Immanuel Place, a new senior affordable housing complex built into a former church.
Annual State of the Arts to Honor Contributors to the Cultural Spirit of Long Beach 9/29/2017
Original Blue Line Train Officially City of Long Beach Property with Hopes to Turn It Into a 'New Kind of Public Space' 9/28/2017
Original Blue Line train car will be preserved in Downtown Long Beach 9/28/2017
The longest tenured train car on Los Angeles’s oldest light rail line will soon retire to Long Beach.
Metro’s board of directors approved a framework on Thursday for preserving train cars now being decommissioned and replaced by the transit agency after nearly 30 years of service on the Blue Line, which opened in 1990.
Pike Ferris Wheel Reopens With ‘Light the Night’ Celebration 9/25/2017
New Wellness Center to Offer Mental Health Rehabilitation Services for Community 9/22/2017
After a decade of struggles, Mental Health America breaks ground on new Long Beach center 9/22/2017
Are you ready for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics in Long Beach? 9/20/2017
City’s Online Business Portal Receives National Government Award 9/20/2017
Long Beach Civic Center Development Hits Milestone 9/19/2017
An official ceremony will commemorate the start of work today at the corner of 1st Street and Pacific Avenue, approximately one year after the ambitious project broke ground. The 93,000-square-foot facility, located north of Lincoln Park, will feature wood-beam ceilings and a glass exterior. At completion, the library will feature free public WiFi, study rooms, multimedia work stations and lounge seating.
Cal State Long Beach Adds Solar Panels on Campus, Advancing Sustainability Plan 9/15/2017
Long Beach Named a Finalist for Most Business Friendly City 9/15/2017
Official Olympic Bid 9/13/2017
IOC Officially Announces Los Angeles as Host of the 2028 Summer Olympics 9/13/2017
Visionaries: Robert Garcia, Envisioning The Future 9/11/2017
New Westin owner recognizes hotel employee union, report says 9/7/2017
Adoption of Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 9/6/2017
Long Beach Council Approves 2018 Budget, Calls for Savings 9/6/2017
Red Car Greenway 8/17/2017
To Save Money on Flights, Look to Smaller Airports 8/17/2017
Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for DTLB Development to Provide Housing for Low-Income Seniors, Veterans 8/16/2017
The Beacon Place groundbreaking 8/16/2017
Long Beach’s Tallest Building Set to Break Ground 8/16/2017
Third Annual Kitty Hall 8/14/2017
Long Beach entertainment complex next to Queen Mary detailed in new renderings 8/14/2017
A special screening of an Inconvenient Sequel 8/14/2017
Long Beach mayor on mission to raise ridership, reduce crime on long-neglected Blue Line 8/11/2017
Long Beach City Hall becomes Long Beach Kitty Hall for the Day 8/11/2017
Port of Long Beach Breaks Cargo Record 8/11/2017
Kitty Hall 8/10/2017
Long Beach Wants Fewer Commuters, More Entrepreneurs 8/8/2017
Long Beach eyes replacing Belmont Pier for Olympic sailing events 8/5/2017
FEMA Awards Over $1 Million Counter-Terrorism Grant to Long Beach, Region 8/4/2017
Long Beach, Los Angeles win terrorism response grant 8/3/2017
Long Beach Airport Awarded $15 Million Grant for Runway Improvements 8/2/2017
$15.3 Million FAA Grant to Fund Runway Infrastructure Upgrades at Long Beach Airport 8/2/2017
Mayor Presents Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, Focusing on Infrastructure and Public Safety 8/1/2017
2018 Budget Release 7/31/2017
The 2028 Summer Olympics Will Reportedly Land in Los Angeles, Long Beach 7/31/2017
Long Beach Budget Promises More Public Safety, Infrastructure Projects 7/31/2017
Long Beach Organizations, Neighbors, Police To Fight Crime With National Night Out 7/31/2017
Metro is having a Complete Streets Training Workshop 7/25/2017
Long Beach's Garcia In National Mayors' Program 7/19/2017
LA, Long Beach ports' plan to clean up air pollution will cost as much as $14 billion 7/19/2017
Mayor’s “Clean Long Beach Initiative” Begins With Report On How the City Can Improve 7/12/2017
With Future Uncertain, City Approves Business Support Team for Molina Healthcare 7/12/2017
Three Years In, Mayor Highlights Accomplishments, Challenges Facing Long Beach 7/12/2017
Long Beach Moves To Make Paying Bills More Convenient By Eliminating Fees 7/12/2017
2024 or 2028? Either way, Long Beach to host 3rd Olympics 7/11/2017
Although the IOC is not scheduled to select the 2024 host city until Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, it is guaranteed that the runner-up will receive the consolation of the 2028 Olympic Games, which include the Paralympic Games.
Queen Mary Will Get New Coat Of A Few Historic Colors 7/11/2017
Mayor Robert Garcia and Fiance Matt Mendez Talk Relationship, Being in the Public Eye and Future Plans 7/11/2017
Cleaner Streets and Cleaner Neighborhoods 7/10/2017
Climate Protection Award 7/10/2017
Queen Mary's first paint job in 15 years to restore ship to original colors 7/10/2017
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Engaged To Longtime Partner On 4th Of July 7/5/2017
To Fight Homelessness, Long Beach Turned Meetings Into Action 6/29/2017
Three Arrested, Over 5,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks Confiscated in North Long Beach 6/28/2017
Long Beach Planners Earn Four Awards At Annual Ceremony 6/23/2017
Mayor Robert Garcia Is Fighting For Diversity In Politics 6/21/2017
Metro Says Goodbye to Old Blue Line Rail Cars After 27 Years of Service 6/21/2017
Mayor Robert Garcia Is Fighting for Diversity in Politics 6/21/2017
Unemployment Rate in Long Beach Declines to 4.4 Percent in May, an All-Time Low 6/20/2017
The city is getting more pedestrian-friendly, according to one report 6/19/2017
Construction Begins On Affordable Housing Complex In Downtown Long Beach 6/14/2017
In The Face Of Trumps Anti-Climate Change Policies LA And Long Beach Push For Greener Ports 6/14/2017
Long Beach Adding To Its Affordable Housing Stock 6/14/2017
This week, The Beacon Apartments broke ground in downtown, a project that will provide 160 new affordable units to lower-income seniors and veterans.
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles roll out zero-emission goal for ports 6/13/2017
L.A. and Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports 6/12/2017
These are the affordable housing projects coming online in Long Beach 6/12/2017
Building A Better Long Beach 6/7/2017
Conceptual Plans For A CSULB Village In Downtown Long Beach Revealed 6/6/2017
CSULB Plans Student Village In Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017
Huge Student Housing Complex Coming To Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017
Here’s what’s planned near the former Walmart store in Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017
Wrigley Neighborhood Starbucks Brews Up More Than Coffee 6/3/2017
Long Beach Joins Paris Agreement 6/2/2017
Want to support the Paris agreement? Stop driving so much, LA 6/2/2017
Mayor Says Long Beach Committed To Fighting Climate Change With Or Without Paris Agreement 5/31/2017
Memorial before Long Beach Pride Parade pays tribute to Pulse nightclub victims 5/21/2017
Belmont Pool 5/18/2017
Long Beach Se Prepara Para El Festival De Orgullo Gay 5/18/2017
What Could a Blue Line Express Look Like? 5/16/2017
Long Beach To Induct Four To Equality Plaza 5/12/2017
Award-Winning Midtown Specific Plan Sets Path To Redefine Long Beach Boulevard 5/11/2017
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Pleased With IOC Visit 5/11/2017
Garcia hosted the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday and Thursday, giving them a tour of the proposed Olympic sites in Long Beach as part of the LA 2024 bid.
IOC In LA Visits Long Beach 5/10/2017
Los Angeles is competing with Paris to host the games, and the commission plans to spend three days in the French capital beginning Sunday.
Metro Blue Line trips could shorten by 10 minutes this fall 5/9/2017
Long Beach Mayor and new Metro Boardmember Robert Garcia took to Twitter to announce that the long-awaited signal preemption system would arrive by this fall, shaving about 10 minutes off the train’s journey between Downtown LA and Downtown Long Beach.
Broadway And Magnolia Apartments Development Approved For Downtown Long Beach 5/5/2017
Long Beach Adopts Proposals Aimed At Increasing Affordable Housing 5/3/2017
The policy recommendations were laid out in an 88-page report, born out of months of meetings with tenants, landlords, developers and housing advocates, among others.
New Light Rail Cars Roll Out on Metro Blue Line 5/2/2017
The P3010 light rail cars, made by Japanese manufacturer Kinkisharyo, will replace rail cars that have been used on the Blue Line since the line opened in the mid 1990s, according to Metro officials. Most have over one million miles on them and in the next few years they will be retired from service.
F1 Return In 2019 4/27/2017
Long Beach Cuts Homeless Population 4/27/2017
The city released numbers from its bi-annual homeless count this week, claiming the number of homeless people living in the city has fallen by nearly 500 since 2015 — from 2,345 to 1,843.
Beach Streets University 4/26/2017
Unemployment News 4/24/2017
Inconvenient Convenience Fee Email 4/21/2017
Carnival Cruise Line And City Of Long Beach Start Renovations At The Long Beach Cruise Terminal 4/12/2017
Long Beach Now Busiest Cruise Terminal in America 4/12/2017
New City Economic Draft Blueprint Lays Out 10 Year Plan for Growth, Development 4/7/2017
Despite Federal Action, Long Beach Revs Up Fight Against Global Warming 3/30/2017
Habitat LA Breaks Ground with Incoming Families on New Homes in Washington Neighborhood 3/24/2017
Long Beach’s Robert Garcia joins sea of mayors buoying immigrants 3/21/2017
City and State Leaders Must Work Together to Solve LA County’s Child Care Shortage 3/20/2017
The Future of Growing Cities Rests in Smart Transit 3/11/2017
Blue Line Police In Long Beach A Start On Improvements 3/3/2017
Measure A Kickoff 3/3/2017
Long Beach kicks off work on roads, other projects, thanks to new sales tax 3/2/2017
A Huge Win for Long Beach - A Safer Blue Line 2/23/2017
Meet Your New Commissioners 2/21/2017
Help us reimagine the Beach 2/8/2017
Long Beach's Aquarium Of The Pacific Breaks Ground On Pacific Visions Wing 2/2/2017
Long Beach Airport to allow Uber, Lyft to pick up passengers - for a fee 2/2/2017
Bixby Knolls’ Shipping Container Food Court, SteelCraft, Celebrates Anticipated Grand Opening to Much Fanfare 2/2/2017
ACS Open House Message from the Community: Be the Change that You Want to See 2/2/2017
Tyler Technologies to Provide City of Long Beach, California, with Enterprise Resource Planning Solution 2/2/2017
Long Beach unemployment rate drops to 5.2%, latest figures show 2/1/2017
Open For Business 2/1/2017
Long Beach continues as beacon of progress, Route 50 1/31/2017
Long Beach residents can now file police reports for some crimes online 1/31/2017
Long Beach residents’ opinions influenced airport decision: Guest commentary 1/31/2017
Long Beach police would get 9 percent raise under new contract 1/30/2017
The New Blue Line: $1.2B Overhaul Over Next Six Years 1/29/2017
Irvine-based go-kart company K1 Speed joins list of Long Beach Grand Prix sponsors 1/29/2017
P3... build baby build! 1/27/2017
New Bixby Knolls park named in honor of Dr. David Molina 1/26/2017
City Of Long Beach Announces 2017 Mobility Challenge – #CountMeInLB 1/26/2017
Add Long Beach To Cities Vowing To Fight Trump On Immigration Policy 1/26/2017
Volunteers fan out across Long Beach to find, count and help homeless 1/26/2017
A Safer Long Beach 1/24/2017
Long Beach 2015 crime stats released: Double-digit spikes in violent and property crimes 1/22/2017
Long Beach sets all-time rainfall record; widespread flooding across Southern California 1/22/2017
State of the City 1/10/2017
Long Beach, Calif., Embraces Next Stage in Open Data Evolution 1/10/2017
Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia elected to Metro board 1/8/2017
Douglas Park is Booming 10/31/2016
And now, there's more good news. Friday, we broke ground on "The Terminal at Douglas Park," a creative office environment focused on collaboration and open spaces. The project includes 20 individual office condominiums and construction will complete in the spring of 2017.
Meanwhile, the planning commission recently unanimously approved the Long Beach Exchange, or "LBX", a destination development that will include two additional hotels with hundreds of new rooms, business spaces for tech companies, quality restaurants, and retail shopping.
Opening a Business Just Got Easier 10/5/2016
BizPort can match a business with financing and other resources. It can speed up the license renewal process and offers a live chat feature to connect business owners with the appropriate city staff. BizPort provides a checklist to ensure owners know what they need to do to get their business started. It also ties together in one place the online services business owners need and use. And BizPort includes a translation feature to make sure language isn’t a barrier for business owners.
The Future of the Queen Mary 9/22/2016
Last night, the Task Force presented its recommendations to the City Council. The Queen Mary’s new operator, Urban Commons, is beginning to plan a design for the 43 acres that surround our City’s greatest icon. That land is one of the most important undeveloped areas in the entire City, with the potential to bring great arts, entertainment, and economic opportunities to Long Beach.
The Olympics in Long Beach 9/22/2016
Sailing races will happen along the Long Beach Belmont Pier, and Water Polo will be in a temporary facility build near the waterfront. Marathon Swimming and the Triathlon will take place along our beautiful coast, with the Triathlon using our Grand Prix track. BMX will also be in a temporary facility by the water, and Handball will be hosted in the Long Beach Arena. The Convention Center will host warm up facilities.
A Responsible and Balanced Budget 9/14/2016
This budget, thanks to the voter approved passage of Measure A, begins the largest public infrastructure investment plan in a generation, and restores public safety services for the first time in almost decade.
The budget includes:
- Restoring South Division to the Police Department along with new officers.
- Restoring the Fire Engine service to Fire Station 8, including new firefighter positions.
- New Police & Fire Academies
- $80 million in infrastructure repairs to fix city streets, parks, libraries and public facilities.
- Sunday hours at more libraries.
- Expanding park programs across the city.
- Additional resources to address homelessness.
- More support for our Municipal Band, Museum of Art, and the Arts Council.
- New investments in technology.
...and more money set aside in our reserves for a rainy day, thanks to Measure B.
A New Strategy to Reduce Homelessness 9/12/2016
In order to ensure an inclusive approach that engages the entire community, I'm calling a special City Council study session on homelessness for October 4 at 5pm. During the study session, we will review the progress we've made over the past decade, discuss the new challenges we are now facing, and review the city’s last ten year planning effort that began in 2004.
Moving Forward at the Port of Long Beach 9/9/2016
Under Jon's leadership, the Port has grown into one of the most efficient and most environmentally sustainable operations in the world, and improved its relationship with the city and the community tremendously. Jon, and the incredibly talented employees and managers at the Port, have put our Harbor Department in a strong position for the future.
RSVP Today for Next Week's Book Club Event 9/7/2016
On September 15, I’ll host a conversation with Tim, and I’m encouraging everyone to read “I’m Dyin’ Here” and attend the free event at the Beverly O’Neill Theater at 6 pm that evening.
An Economy That Benefits Everyone 8/31/2016
What I love about Long Beach is we help our neighbors, and we work to ensure our economy is working for everyone. As we continue to build market rate housing, we must ensure we also build housing for our low-income seniors, students, veterans, and working families.
Over the next couple of months, we will be hosting three public forums and community meetings to discuss this issue and we would love to hear your feedback.
The upcoming meetings are:
Mayor’s Roundtable with Housing Advocates
Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Mark Twain Library Community Room
1401 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813
Community Forum and Resource Fair
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park
401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Mayor’s Roundtable with Developers
Friday, October 14, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
Michelle Obama Library
5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805
Launching the Mayor's Book Club 8/16/2016
As Mayor and as an educator, supporting our libraries and promoting literacy are both very important to me. That's why I'm inviting you to join the Mayor's Book Club, which will feature local writers and an annual conversation and event.Our first book selection is "I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper,” by longtime Press-Telegram reporter and columnist Tim Grobaty, published by Brown Paper Press, a Long Beach business. I'm hosting a community conversation and interview with Tim on Thursday, September 15 at 6:00 P.M. at the Beverly O’Neill Theater.
Best in the Business 8/12/2016
Among the winners this year are small business owners, executives, and neighborhood organizers, including newcomers to Long Beach as well as longtime members of the business community. My congratulations to all of them
A Responsible Budget - that Restores Public Safety 8/3/2016
This is my third budget as Mayor and, like the previous two, it is balanced and responsible. We continue to fund Long Beach Police and Fire Academies, investments in technology, expanded Library services, and programs in our parks and community centers. We also strengthen our public works and clean team operations and grow our economic development efforts. And Long Beach continues to live within its means by facing challenges in a responsible and fiscally prudent manner, paying down our pension liabilities, and working to bring additional reforms in the future.
Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee Appointments 7/25/2016
This is the biggest investment in our city in more than a generation, and that’s why it’s so important to have a strong Committee to oversee the funds.
Two Years of Progress 7/17/2016
July 15 marked the end of my first two years as Mayor of Long Beach, and I wanted to share some of our accomplishments. This infographic highlights the progress we've made on economic development, education, livability, and civic innovation.
I'm looking forward to two more years of hard work and strong progress!
Saving More Animals & "Kitty Hall" This Friday 11-3 7/5/2016
And, this Friday is one of my favorite events, Kitty Hall, where cats and kittens are available for adoption in the City Hall lobby.
Happy Birthday 7/4/2016
Let's Make All Americans Safe 6/15/2016
I’m grateful to the Press-Telegram and several of their sister papers in the Los Angeles News Group for publishing a column I wrote about this tragedy, and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it
Remembering our Local Heroes 5/27/2016
Major Blue Line Improvements Move Forward 5/26/2016
The Most Walkable City in Southern California 5/6/2016
Meet the Mayor 5/6/2016
First, at 1:00 PM, I will be at the Library Coffee House, 3418 East Broadway in Belmont Heights.
Then at 2:30 PM I will be at The West Bistro (formerly known as the Breakfast Club) at 3900 Atlantic Av. in Bixby Knolls.
We've now held 14 of these "Meet the Mayor" events since I've been in office, and I'm glad to take these opportunities to hear input from you and respond to your ideas and concerns. I'll spend some time sharing news about the city, answering your questions, and just saying hello to residents.
There is no formal program, and I will be at each location for about an hour.
These events are free and open to all. I look forward to seeing you!
A Huge Win for West Long Beach and the Environment 4/1/2016
Library Overdue Book Fines Forgiven in April 3/29/2016
Parking Just Got Easier 3/22/2016
Starting Monday, March 21, we began changing street sweeping times and signs throughout our most parking impacted neighborhoods. We are eliminating all 4 am street sweeping, and reducing no parking hours from four hours to two in parking impacted neighborhoods.
Bike Share is Here 3/10/2016
A Message from Mayors Robert Garcia, Bob Foster and Beverly O'Neill 2/14/2016
Our city is facing two pressing challenges. How we address these challenges will determine the kind of city we leave to future generations.
Don't Have Health Insurance? Get Covered TOMORROW 1/29/2016
I’ll be there at 8:30 am to greet anyone coming in.
This is Long Beach 1/14/2016
Last night it was my honor to present my second State of the City address at the Terrace Theater. More than 2,000 people attended – and at least 1,000 more streamed it to watch on-line.
Traveling To and From LAX Just Got Easier 12/30/2015
Traveling to and from LAX just got a lot easier for Long Beach residents.
Today, Long Beach Transit begins its new FlyAway bus service from Long Beach to LAX. Hourly service will be provided from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily from the Long Beach Transit Hub at First Street and Long Beach Boulevard. The fare is $7 one way, and for every adult fare, two children age five or under can ride for free
8,000 Jobs and a Brand New Civic Center 12/16/2015
Last night, after many years of public discussion and deliberation, the City Council gave final approval to plans for a new Civic Center for Long Beach. The new center will include iconic architecture, a completely new main library, a revitalized Lincoln Park with new spaces for events, a new City Hall, and the Port’s headquarters, as well as a residential and retail component.
It is vital to move forward with this project, not just because our current Civic Center needs replacing, but because of the tremendous positive economic impact for downtown.
Sign up for City Emergency Notifications 12/14/2015
Last week I joined Councilman Daryl Supernaw and our city team as we rolled out our new emergency notification system, Alert Long Beach. I want to encourage you to sign up, so you can to stay informed about major weather events and public emergencies.
You can sign up for Alert Long Beach here
Lighting the Tallest Christmas Tree in Long Beach 12/2/2015
Remembering Nohemi Gonzalez 12/2/2015
Nohemi was an exceptional young woman who worked hard and contributed greatly to our community. She cared about others and made a positive impact on the world. Her loss is heartbreaking for all of us, but especially for those closest to her.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Nohemi Gonzalez, and with all those mourning for Paris.
Keys to the City 12/2/2015
The presentation of these keys, designed and produced by local Long Beach artists, will take place at the beginning of the Long Beach City Council meeting on December 8th at 5:00 P.M.
The City Budget, and SCE Outages 12/2/2015
First, we heard a report on the budget expectations for fiscal year 2017 from our Financial Management Department.
Also, Southern California Edison (SCE) released two reports taking full responsibility for the power outages, and explaining what steps they are taking to ensure outages like that never happen again.
The Port's Latin America Strategy 12/2/2015
A Historic Moment for Long Beach 11/13/2015
This means that after more than 15 years of advocacy by the City, community groups, and countless individuals, we will finally find out if reconfiguration of the Long Beach Breakwater is possible.
It’s a historic moment for Long Beach and General Toy will be flying down in the coming weeks for an official signing ceremony of the agreement. The study begins in 2016.
What is Long Beach Doing About Climate Change? 11/10/2015
Today, in a brief ceremony at the Cesar Chavez Park Children’s Garden, I signed the Compact of Mayors to join the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change.
More information about the Compact is here:
The City of Long Beach has already been working to combat and adapt to our changing climate, and those efforts will continue. But now, as part of the Compact of Mayors, the City will expand its efforts.
Lowest Water Use Since 1963 11/5/2015
Charge Up in Long Beach 10/29/2015
800 More Kids in Preschool and Early Education 10/26/2015
Two days after I was installed as Mayor, I gave my very first speech at Cal State Long Beach on my education initiatives. I discussed the city joining the Long Beach College Promise initiative and launching the Mayor's Internship Challenge. I also spent time discussing an issue which I think is critical to the success of our city: universal preschool.
Thanks to the Long Beach Unified School District, we have added over 800 new preschool seats in the last year.
America's Best Port 10/26/2015
Thanks to our ambitious trade agenda, the Port of Long Beach just had the strongest quarter in its history and is on pace to have a record year.
It's Innovation Week 10/8/2015
Welcoming Pope Francis at the White House 9/24/2015
I was deeply honored to be in Washington, D.C. this week at the invitation of President Obama and the First Lady to help them welcome Pope Francis on his first official visit to the United States.
I joined the President and other mayors and officials as Pope Francis arrived at the South Lawn of the White House. I am proud that our city was represented at this historic event.
Remembering Our Heroes 9/11/2015
Power Outage Town Hall and Meet the Mayor 8/21/2015
I want to make sure you are aware of two important community meetings happening tomorrow.
First, an opportunity for residents to learn about the steps being taken to prevent future power outages like the ones we’ve recently experienced, and then my final “Meet the Mayor” event of the summer.
Frank Gehry and the LA River 8/11/2015
Voting Rights and Welcoming our New Clerk 8/7/2015
That’s why today is the perfect time to register to vote, if you are not already registered.
This is also the perfect time to welcome our new City Clerk, Maria de la Luz Garcia, who will be charged with overseeing our elections.
A Year of Hard Work 7/22/2015
July 15 marked one year since taking office as your Mayor. I've been focused on four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Civic Innovation, and a Livable and Sustainable City.
Please take a minute to check out the four graphics we've created to keep everyone informed about what we are working on.
The Next Emergency 7/22/2015
Last week, Long Beach experienced one of the biggest public emergencies in the city's history. Thankfully, due to a strong response from our city team, our public safety personnel, many volunteers, and community partner agencies, we saw no serious crime, injuries, or property damage. I’ve never been prouder of Long Beach.
Now that the power is back on to all customers, we will be taking a long, hard look at why this happened, and what needs to be done to keep it from occurring in the future. Meanwhile, I want to encourage everyone to use this experience as a reminder of how important it is to be prepared for an emergency.
Join the Long Beach Internship Challenge 6/15/2015
Yesterday morning at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in collaboration with our education, business, and community partners, I was honored to kick off the Long Beach Internship Challenge. And, if you own or work in a business or organization that can offer internships, I want to ask you to join this challenge.
Remember These 14 Heroes 5/25/2015
Long Beach Has the Best Parks in the Southland 5/20/2015
The Bloomberg Innovation Team is Here 5/18/2015
More Taxis, Lower Fares, and the Sharing Economy 5/14/2015
Ending Veteran Homelessness in 2015 4/29/2015
Parking is about to get easier 4/13/2015
Long Beach 3.0 4/2/2015
Nike, Forever 21, H&M & More Coming to Long Beach 3/4/2015
Virgin Galactic to open facility in Long Beach 2/12/2015
Long Beach Wins Bloomberg Innovation Grant 12/15/2014
A New Civic Center for Long Beach 12/15/2014
Last week, Long Beach went big and approved a project team to build a new downtown Civic Center. After many months of public meetings, careful study, and healthy debate, Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners was unanimously selected by the City Council. This is great news for our city: We are going to get a new Civic Center and revitalize our Downtown.
The project includes a new Main Library, Lincoln Park, City Hall, Port Headquarters, and new housing, retail and a hotel.
New Leadership at City Hall 12/5/2014
Long Beach Named Top Ten Digital City for 4th Consecutive Year 11/11/2014
Long Beach has been named a Top Ten Digital City for the fourth year in a row, earning sixth place for large cities - one rank higher than last year, and the 3rd best in California.
I'm proud that Long Beach is a leader in innovation and continues to improve in our use of technology to increase efficiency, transparency, and responsiveness. And, I'm committed to continuing to move forward in this area...
Council unanimously approves Mayor's 61 commission appointments 10/24/2014
The appointees represent every area of the city and bring a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds and skillsets, greatly increasing the diversity of the commissions.
Expanding the Long Beach College Promise 10/14/2014
13 New Commissioners 10/9/2014
Mayor Garcia's First Commission Appointment Unanimously Approved 9/17/2014
Commissioner Egoscue is an outstanding addition to our strong Harbor Commission.
Council Unanimously Passes Mayor's Budget Recommendations 9/17/2014
Watch the City Council Meeting Online - WATCH LIVE 7/11/2014