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More Than $135K Raised for The Guidance Center During Annual Sunset Sip 11/21/2017 Over 200 people attended the 7th Annual Sunset Sip at Hotel Maya to raise awareness and funds for The Guidance Center, a nonprofit child and family mental health service provider based in Long Beach, with clinics in San Pedro and Compton
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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!

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Free shuttle between Blue Line station and Long Beach Airport over holidays 11/16/2017 Long Beach will offer free shuttle service between the Long Beach Airport and the Wardlow Blue Line Station over the holiday season, officials announced on Wednesday.
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Salvation Army in Long Beach Receives Large Private Gift to Help Create Community Center 11/15/2017 LONG BEACH POST: The Salvation Army in Long Beach announced earlier this month that it has been given one of the largest private gifts in the history of Long Beach—$5 million for a new community center.
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Anchor Place Creates Affordable, Safe Living Space For Veterans 11/15/2017 Long Beach is helping to house the homeless, one apartment complex at a time.
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Latino Comics Expo Celebrates Artists, Writers and Culture 11/13/2017 WHAM! BANG! POW! Chingao!

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.
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Redesigned Valor Plaza at Houghton Park Honors Fallen Veterans 11/13/2017 The fences have been removed from Valor Plaza at Houghton Park, where an Army helicopter known as the Huey is perched high and a memorial lists the names of the 108 local area men killed in the Vietnam War.
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East Village getting new, 7-story apartment building next to historic hotels 11/7/2017 PRESS-TELEGRAM: Another apartment complex, this one an 82-unit building, has a green light for construction in downtown Long Beach.
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Port plan offers healthier future for our children and grandchildren 11/7/2017 If you need evidence that we do not have to make the false choice between prosperity and environmental health, look no further than the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay.
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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).

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Join us for the grand opening of Bixby Dog Park 11/2/2017 Join community members and neighbors in this celebration of our newest dog-friendly space at one of Long Beach's most cherished parks.  
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Long Beach Mayor Garcia On Measure M, General Plan Update & L.A. River Revitalization 10/25/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is currently guiding the city through an update of its Land Use Element, pursuing an aggressive lineup of sustainable energy and water initiatives, and promoting the construction of housing so badly needed throughout the state.
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Major new affordable housing complex on the way to Long Beach 10/25/2017 A major new affordable development planned right alongside the Blue Line in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood is now well on its way to construction after the city’s planning commission approved the project last week.
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Long Beach and Huntington Beach to enter fray for Amazon’s second headquarters 10/17/2017 Two of Southern California’s beach cities are jumping into the pool as co-suitors for Amazon’s proposed massive new headquarters.
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Despite Federal Cuts to Art Funding, City Leaders Vow Commitment Locally During State of the Arts 10/6/2017 Long Beach’s arts community gathered Thursday night at The Packard to celebrate the power and importance of all contributors to the city’s creative and cultural fabric, looking positively toward the coming year.
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ANOTHER VIEW: A Clear View For Students 10/4/2017 Vision To Learn has helped almost 4,000 kids in Long Beach get eye exams and glasses, and plans to help more than 3,000 additional kids in the coming year.
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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.

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Annual State of the Arts to Honor Contributors to the Cultural Spirit of Long Beach 9/29/2017 On Thursday, October 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, all are invited to the Arts Council for Long Beach’s annual State of the Arts event in partnership with the Office of Mayor Robert Garcia at The Packard. This year’s theme is Arts Rising, celebrating the work that Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach do for arts education.
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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 It’s official: the first train to ever be part of Metro Los Angeles (Metro)’s transit system—the precise one pictured above that went from DTLA to DTLB in 1990— is now officially the property of the City of Long Beach after Mayor Robert Garcia proposed the train being returned to Long Beach.
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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.

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Pike Ferris Wheel Reopens With ‘Light the Night’ Celebration 9/25/2017 Date nights and night owl shopping at the Pike Outlets are about to get a lot brighter now that construction on the Ferris wheel is complete. Celebrate the reveal of the colorful new wheel at the “Light the Night” event when it reopens Thursday evening, September 28.
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New Wellness Center to Offer Mental Health Rehabilitation Services for Community 9/22/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia, mental health advocate Metta World Peace and members of Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHA) celebrated the start of construction of the new Integrated Wellness Center during a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning.
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After a decade of struggles, Mental Health America breaks ground on new Long Beach center 9/22/2017 After a decade of often acrimonious debate, money issues and political maneuvering, Mental Health America broke ground Friday on a new comprehensive health and service center for the homeless in Long Beach.
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Are you ready for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics in Long Beach? 9/20/2017 It's official! The 2028 Olympics are coming to Los Angeles and Long Beach. Long Beach will play host to six events taking place on the waterfront. Those events include Men’s and Women’s water polo, the triathlon, BMX biking, handball, open water swimming and sailing.
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City’s Online Business Portal Receives National Government Award 9/20/2017 After having launched in October 2016, BizPort has come a long way and now officially can claim national recognition nearly a year later. The city’s online business portal, BizPort, was awarded a national Government Award in the Government-to-Business category by the Center for Digital Government on September 15 in Austin, Texas.
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Long Beach Civic Center Development Hits Milestone 9/19/2017 The $520-million revamp of the Long Beach Civic Center has reached a key milestone today, with the start of steel construction at its new Main Library.

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.
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Cal State Long Beach Adds Solar Panels on Campus, Advancing Sustainability Plan 9/15/2017 To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently completed construction on the largest solar panel installations in the city and of all 23 CSU campuses, a fact that was officially announced this morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Long Beach Named a Finalist for Most Business Friendly City 9/15/2017 The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today announced the finalists for its 2017 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County Award. The cities of Compton, Downey, Inglewood, Lakewood and Long Beach are finalists for the population 68,000 and over category, and the cities of Arcadia, Azusa, Monrovia, Rosemead and Santa Fe Springs are finalists in the population under 68,000 category.
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Official Olympic Bid 9/13/2017 I write today from Lima, Peru, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) just made it official and awarded Los Angeles the 2028 Olympic Games. I am here with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA 2028 President Casey Wasserman as part of the Olympic delegation. We have been meeting with IOC officials and gearing up for what will be historic games back in the United States.
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IOC Officially Announces Los Angeles as Host of the 2028 Summer Olympics 9/13/2017 The LA 2028 campaign tweeted this morning that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially confirmed that Los Angeles will be the host city of the 2028 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
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Visionaries: Robert Garcia, Envisioning The Future 9/11/2017 Twenty years from now, Mayor Robert Garcia envisions a climate resilient Long Beach with an active coastline, a still-bustling port, multimodal streets and healthier communities. Garcia and the city government are planting the seeds now to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.
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New Westin owner recognizes hotel employee union, report says 9/7/2017 The new owner of the iconic Westin Long Beach Hotel, scene of multiple labor protests and picket lines, has extended union recognition to the hotel’s workers, according to a news release issued Thursday.
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Adoption of Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 9/6/2017 Last night, the City Council unanimously adopted our budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. This budget is not only responsible and balanced, it also ensures we provide improved services and better infrastructure across the city.
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Long Beach Council Approves 2018 Budget, Calls for Savings 9/6/2017 Long Beach’s City Council passed the city budget Tuesday night — and told staff to find ways to cut the spending listed in the budget.
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Red Car Greenway 8/17/2017 Long Beach is dedicated to adding more open space and new parks, so it's exciting to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Car Greenway. The Red Car Greenway will be a great new open space for local residents. It will connect many neighborhoods in East Long Beach and provide much needed green space and recreational opportunities.
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To Save Money on Flights, Look to Smaller Airports 8/17/2017 Ever feel hemmed in by your airport choices? Especially for those living in major metropolitan areas, it often seems that you’re forced to fly to and from a limited list of places. But there are options for the seasoned budget traveler: smaller and sometimes more out-of-the-way airports that can save you a decent chunk of change and a fair amount of grief.
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Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for DTLB Development to Provide Housing for Low-Income Seniors, Veterans 8/16/2017 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Century Housing Corporation, celebrated the groundbreaking of The Beacon, which will include two buildings with 160 units of affordable housing
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The Beacon Place groundbreaking 8/16/2017 Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for DTLB Development to Provide Housing for Low-Income Seniors, Veterans
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Long Beach’s Tallest Building Set to Break Ground 8/16/2017 35-story tower would rise at Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue.
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Third Annual Kitty Hall 8/14/2017 Hey, Long Beach! Check out all the cute kittens that were at this years "Kitty Hall" event with Mayor Robert Garcia.
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Long Beach entertainment complex next to Queen Mary detailed in new renderings 8/14/2017 An enormous recreational center will have ice climbing and a “zip line roller coaster”
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A special screening of an Inconvenient Sequel 8/14/2017 Special Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel Aims to Inspire Better Environmental Policy.
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Long Beach mayor on mission to raise ridership, reduce crime on long-neglected Blue Line 8/11/2017 The 22-mile line has been losing riders in recent years and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia wants to figure out why. The charismatic young mayor joined the Metro board earlier this year with a mission to bring renewed attention to his city’s signature line.
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Long Beach City Hall becomes Long Beach Kitty Hall for the Day 8/11/2017 333 W Ocean Blvd. turned into kitty city when Long Beach Animal Care Services took over for an annual adoption event.
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Port of Long Beach Breaks Cargo Record 8/11/2017 Our Port is having another great year! Surging cargo volume in July set a record for the best month in the Port of Long Beach’s 106-year history, surpassing the previous high mark set in August 2015 for the number of containers moved across its docks.
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Kitty Hall 8/10/2017 One of my favorite events of the year, Kitty Hall, is tomorrow at City Hall. Last year we set a record for adoption events, with 39 kittens and cats adopted. Join us at Kitty (City) Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., from 11 am to 3 pm tomorrow and help us break our record and take home a new best feline friend.
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Long Beach Wants Fewer Commuters, More Entrepreneurs 8/8/2017 Tasha Hunter was driving across North Long Beach a few months ago when she came across a new flower store in a retail space that had been empty for most of 2017. She went inside and congratulated the small family running the operation. She also asked if they had a business permit.
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Long Beach eyes replacing Belmont Pier for Olympic sailing events 8/5/2017 One of Los Angeles’ key selling points to win the bid for the 2028 Olympic Games was the array of existing, or soon to be existing, venues throughout the area.
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FEMA Awards Over $1 Million Counter-Terrorism Grant to Long Beach, Region 8/4/2017 An over $1 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been awarded to a regional task force meant to help it respond to terrorist attacks, the City of Long Beach announced Thursday.
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Long Beach, Los Angeles win terrorism response grant 8/3/2017 The Long Beach and Los Angeles areas recently won $1.2 million in federal grant money to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks, according to an announcement from the city of Long Beach released Thursday.
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Long Beach Airport Awarded $15 Million Grant for Runway Improvements 8/2/2017 Long Beach Airport has been awarded a $15.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements to its busiest runway, airport officials announced Wednesday.
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$15.3 Million FAA Grant to Fund Runway Infrastructure Upgrades at Long Beach Airport 8/2/2017 The United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Long Beach Airport (LGB) a $15.3 million grant as part of the Airport Improvement Program, the City of Long Beach announced today.
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Mayor Presents Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, Focusing on Infrastructure and Public Safety 8/1/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West revealed the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget during a news conference Monday, emphasizing investment in infrastructure and public safety.
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2018 Budget Release 7/31/2017 For the fourth consecutive year, I am presenting a balanced budget in partnership with our City Manager, Patrick West. Long Beach continues to live within our means by facing challenges in a responsible and fiscally prudent manner.
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The 2028 Summer Olympics Will Reportedly Land in Los Angeles, Long Beach 7/31/2017 It looks like Long Beach will get to host seven Olympic events in 2028, when the Summer Games will land in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times which reported today that the city “has reached an agreement with Olympic leaders on terms that will pave the way for hosting the Summer Games in 2028 instead of 2024, according to a source close to the negotiation.”
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Long Beach Budget Promises More Public Safety, Infrastructure Projects 7/31/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Pat West unveiled a proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget Monday that increases spending on police and firefighters, promises almost $60 million in street and infrastructure projects and does it all without any service cuts.
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Long Beach Organizations, Neighbors, Police To Fight Crime With National Night Out 7/31/2017 West Long Beach's Third Annual National Night Out (NNO) — also taking place nationwide as the 34th — will be among Long Beach organizations and neighborhoods trying to send a message to criminals they're working with police to keep crime at bay.
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Metro is having a Complete Streets Training Workshop 7/25/2017 Metro is having a Complete Streets Training Workshop in our area. The Workshop is a Two-Day, In-Depth Curriculum, consisting of Complete Streets Policy Development Process and Implementation from interdepartmental perspectives.
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Long Beach's Garcia In National Mayors' Program 7/19/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was in New York City this week as one of 40 mayors from around the world in an elite training and education program.
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LA, Long Beach ports' plan to clean up air pollution will cost as much as $14 billion 7/19/2017 Declaring it the largest environmental investment ever undertaken by a cargo complex to wean itself off diesel dependency, Los Angeles and Long Beach port officials Wednesday unveiled their Clean Air Action Plan update, with a price tag that could reach $14 billion.
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Mayor’s “Clean Long Beach Initiative” Begins With Report On How the City Can Improve 7/12/2017 In an effort to improve the overall cleanliness of the city, Mayor Robert Garcia requested the city manager to report back on the mayor’s new Clean Long Beach Initiative, a program Garcia launched this month to modernize the city’s abilities to cut down on litter and blight.
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With Future Uncertain, City Approves Business Support Team for Molina Healthcare 7/12/2017 With questions surrounding the future of one of the city’s largest employers, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to assemble a business support team in an effort to ensure that Molina Healthcare remains in Long Beach.
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Three Years In, Mayor Highlights Accomplishments, Challenges Facing Long Beach 7/12/2017 Officially marking his third year in office Saturday, Mayor Robert Garcia took time this morning to meet with members of the media where he highlighted achievements made in the city, focusing on education, civic innovation, economic development and livability.
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Long Beach Moves To Make Paying Bills More Convenient By Eliminating Fees 7/12/2017 The inconvenience of the fees attached to paying your Long Beach utility bills online may be on their way out as the city council voted Tuesday night to eliminate the convenience fee for using debit or credit cards and entered into a new contract for the city’s payment processing system.
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2024 or 2028? Either way, Long Beach to host 3rd Olympics 7/11/2017 Olympic events will return to Long Beach for the third time after the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that either the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games will be awarded to Los Angeles or Paris later this year.

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.
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Queen Mary Will Get New Coat Of A Few Historic Colors 7/11/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia and Urban Commons VP of asset management John Jenkins slapped some paint on a Queen Mary bulkhead Monday morning, signaling the beginning of an ambitious paint job for the iconic ship.
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Mayor Robert Garcia and Fiance Matt Mendez Talk Relationship, Being in the Public Eye and Future Plans 7/11/2017 The Long Beach Post sat down with Mayor Robert Garcia and Dr. Matthew Mendez on Monday at The Breakfast Bar in downtown Long Beach to talk about their recent engagement, their relationship over the years, what it’s like being role models for the LGBTQ community and plans for the future.
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Cleaner Streets and Cleaner Neighborhoods 7/10/2017 As Mayor, I've always believed an important part of civic pride is the cleanliness of a city. Long Beach has made great progress in cleaning up our city over the last 10 years.
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Climate Protection Award 7/10/2017 I am excited to share with you that Long Beach has won 1st place at the Climate Protection Awards at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
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Queen Mary's first paint job in 15 years to restore ship to original colors 7/10/2017 The Queen Mary is about to receive a multi-million dollar facelift as workers embark on an effort to restore and repaint the ship’s exterior facade to its original color scheme.
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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Engaged To Longtime Partner On 4th Of July 7/5/2017 As fireworks lit up the Southern California skies on Tuesday, Mayor Robert Garcia and his longtime partner Matthew Mendez got engaged to be married aboard the Queen Mary.
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To Fight Homelessness, Long Beach Turned Meetings Into Action 6/29/2017 With a vacancy rate of 2 percent, Long Beach's housing market is struggling. "At some point six months ago, there were 600 vouchers out there, [but] people were not able to lease up because there was no available housing," explains Teresa Chandler, bureau manager of Human Services for the City of Long Beach.
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Three Arrested, Over 5,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks Confiscated in North Long Beach 6/28/2017 More than 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated and three people were arrested Monday night after an anonymous tip led authorities to a makeshift storefront set up in a garage at a North Long Beach home.
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Long Beach Planners Earn Four Awards At Annual Ceremony 6/23/2017 Long Beach earned four awards from the American Planning Association for a series of innovative initiatives and projects, officials announced this week.
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Mayor Robert Garcia Is Fighting For Diversity In Politics 6/21/2017 Long Beach, Calif., can feel like a small town, but its population is bigger than Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Metro Says Goodbye to Old Blue Line Rail Cars After 27 Years of Service 6/21/2017 After 27 years of service on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Blue Line, the original Nippon Sharyo P865 rail cars are being replaced with new Kinkisharyo P3010 cars in a major effort to enhance service for existing passengers as well as attract new ones.
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Mayor Robert Garcia Is Fighting for Diversity in Politics 6/21/2017 Long Beach, Calif., can feel like a small town, but its population is bigger than Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Unemployment Rate in Long Beach Declines to 4.4 Percent in May, an All-Time Low 6/20/2017 The unemployment rate in Long Beach declined in May to a new all-time low of 4.4 percent, compared to 4.7 percent reported in March, city officials announced today.
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The city is getting more pedestrian-friendly, according to one report 6/19/2017 Overall, six Southern California cities made the top 50 list this year. The most walkable, according to the report, is Long Beach, which beat out Baltimore in the latest rankings for a place in the top 10.
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Construction Begins On Affordable Housing Complex In Downtown Long Beach 6/14/2017 Construction workers have commenced their work to build a new housing complex for homeless veterans and low-income seniors in the St. Mary’s neighborhood north of downtown Long Beach.
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In The Face Of Trumps Anti-Climate Change Policies LA And Long Beach Push For Greener Ports 6/14/2017 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia pledged this week to wean their ports off dirty diesel and other fossil fuels and switch to zero-emission equipment by 2035. This is the most aggressive plan yet to cut air pollution at the ports, by far.
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Long Beach Adding To Its Affordable Housing Stock 6/14/2017 While affordable housing units may not be springing up at the same rate as market-rate rentals in Long Beach, the city is making progress toward its pledge to close the gap that has engulfed much of the state, leading to rising rents and displacement.

This week, The Beacon Apartments broke ground in downtown, a project that will provide 160 new affordable units to lower-income seniors and veterans.
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Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles roll out zero-emission goal for ports 6/13/2017 Yesterday I was proud to stand with Mayor Eric Garcetti to pledge to make the twin ports of the San Pedro Bay global models for cleaner air, sustainability and innovation. We also reaffirmed our commitment to adopting the Paris Climate Agreement goals and highlighted our two ports' critical role in achieving them.
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L.A. and Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports 6/12/2017 The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement Monday directing the nation’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving toward zero-emission trucks and yard equipment.
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These are the affordable housing projects coming online in Long Beach 6/12/2017 As I noted before, we have to be frank, Long Beach: the Unaffordability Beast is rearing its ugly head throughout California, including right here in Long Beach. Rents are skyrocketing in Long Beach. Houses are now commonly reaching $1M. And while it is certainly still cheaper than LA–much cheaper—Long Beach cannot single-handedly solve the region's (or state’s or nation's) housing crisis.
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Building A Better Long Beach 6/7/2017 Yesterday I had the opportunity to address community leaders and our city staff about the progress we are making in development, housing, and economic growth. Our "Building A Better Long Beach" event was sponsored by the Long Beach Business Journal and highlighted all of the positive developments and projects happening across the city.
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Conceptual Plans For A CSULB Village In Downtown Long Beach Revealed 6/6/2017 Plans to house over 1,000 Cal State Long Beach art students and faculty in the city’s downtown area through a proposed mixed-use complex, that will also include classrooms, labs and a museum, were announced today by Mayor Robert Garcia during a presentation on new developments taking place throughout the city.
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CSULB Plans Student Village In Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017 Earlier today, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia presented conceptual plans for a new Cal State Long Beach student village in the heart of the city's downtown.
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Huge Student Housing Complex Coming To Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Tuesday that a major new development planned for the city’s booming downtown area will serve as an off-campus “student village” for students at California State University Long Beach.
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Here’s what’s planned near the former Walmart store in Downtown Long Beach 6/6/2017 A new housing tower for Cal State Long Beach students is planned near the long-shuttered Walmart building in the former City Place shopping center downtown, Mayor Robert Garcia announced Tuesday.
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Wrigley Neighborhood Starbucks Brews Up More Than Coffee 6/3/2017 As part of a company initiative to support economic development and provide employment and job training to those in underserved communities, Starbucks has opened a distinctive store model at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard and Willow Street.
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Long Beach Joins Paris Agreement 6/2/2017 Yesterday's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement by President Trump is a huge step backwards for America. This global agreement is a true testament to the importance of this issue to our planet and our future. As a coastal city, we will be greatly impacted by climate change over the next 50 years and we must aggressively prepare for sea level rise and rising temperatures.
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Want to support the Paris agreement? Stop driving so much, LA 6/2/2017 The decision to back the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord sparked an overwhelming wave of support from city governments to honor the global agreement. But what can you do? The most important thing you can do to support climate action is a lot more simple than you think—and it’s something you can do every day.
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Mayor Says Long Beach Committed To Fighting Climate Change With Or Without Paris Agreement 5/31/2017 With President Donald Trump expected to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement this week, a move that could seriously imperil global efforts to combat further warming of the planet and the disastrous consequences that are projected to accompany it, Long Beach leaders are standing firm on their green agendas.
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Memorial before Long Beach Pride Parade pays tribute to Pulse nightclub victims 5/21/2017 Before a throng of spectators danced in the sidewalk, waved rainbow flags and cheered the hundreds of people who proceeded along Ocean Boulevard during the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade, festival organizers gathered for a Sunday morning memorial to the 49 victims who lost their lives during last year’s terror attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
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Belmont Pool 5/18/2017 On Tuesday night, the City Council voted to move forward with initial plans for the Belmont Pool replacement project. This important step to approve the Environmental Impact Report helps move pool planning documents to the Coastal Commission, the state agency that approves coastal projects.
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Long Beach Se Prepara Para El Festival De Orgullo Gay 5/18/2017 Como parte de la conmemoración, se realizará un desfile el próximo domingo 21 de mayo donde también se reclamarán por los derechos de los inmigrantes y de la comunidad que necesita apoyo.
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What Could a Blue Line Express Look Like? 5/16/2017 As Metro embarks on the next phase of its rail expansion program, it faces calls from riders and members of its Board to make improvements to older pieces of infrastructure. The Blue Line, Metro’s oldest line, has seen increasing interest amid declining rider satisfaction and increasing trip times. The latest news on this subject came when Director Robert Garcia’s announced via Twitter that signal synchronization for the Downtown Long Beach segment of the route would be up and running by Fall 2017.
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Long Beach To Induct Four To Equality Plaza 5/12/2017 Mayor Robert Garcia, First District Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez and the Harvey Milk Promenade Park/Equality Plaza Selection Committee will induct Pat Crosby, Denise Penn, Paul Self (posthumously) and Ron Sylvester to the Equality Plaza Memorial Wall at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the park (185 E. Third St.).
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Award-Winning Midtown Specific Plan Sets Path To Redefine Long Beach Boulevard 5/11/2017 The California Association of Environmental Planners will reward its Outstanding Planning Document award on May 19 to Long Beach’s Midtown Specific Plan, developed by Long Beach Development Services to redefine the Long Beach Boulevard corridor through enhanced walkability, improved mobility options for bicycle and transit riders and increased development and housing opportunities.
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Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Pleased With IOC Visit 5/11/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is a young, progressive, data-driven politician, which is why it’s strange to see him walking around with his fingers crossed for the last week or so, superstitiously eying the overcast skies in Southern California.

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.
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IOC In LA Visits Long Beach 5/10/2017 An International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission is in Los Angeles Wednesday for three days of talks and visits to sport venues as part of the process of selecting between the City of Angels and the City of Lights as host of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Los Angeles is competing with Paris to host the games, and the commission plans to spend three days in the French capital beginning Sunday.
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Metro Blue Line trips could shorten by 10 minutes this fall 5/9/2017 Transit riders in Long Beach received some welcome news yesterday: Metro will finally synchronize dozens of traffic signals to give trains priority.

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.
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Broadway And Magnolia Apartments Development Approved For Downtown Long Beach 5/5/2017 A new seven-story, 142-unit mixed-use development, the Broadway and Magnolia Apartments, was approved yesterday by the Long Beach Planning Commission, it was announced. The development will add “greater livability and economic energy in the downtown,” stated the release.
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Long Beach Adopts Proposals Aimed At Increasing Affordable Housing 5/3/2017 The City Council on Tuesday adopted all but one of 29 affordable housing recommendations aimed at preserving and producing more units for low- and moderate-income families in Long Beach.

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.
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New Light Rail Cars Roll Out on Metro Blue Line 5/2/2017 Metro began rolling out new rail cars on the Blue Line Monday morning as part of efforts to modernize the transportation system’s oldest rail line.

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.
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F1 Return In 2019 4/27/2017 A second Formula 1 race in the United States could happen as soon as 2019, with a potential return to Long Beach for the first time since 1983 currently under consideration.
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Long Beach Cuts Homeless Population 4/27/2017 While L.A. County's homeless population as whole is growing, the opposite is true in Long Beach.

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.
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Beach Streets University 4/26/2017 I am excited to invite you to join me this Saturday, April 29th at one of my favorite events in Long Beach: Beach Streets! Long Beach’s Beach Streets open streets event is a time for residents to enjoy the open roads free of cars by walking, biking, running, or skating.
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Unemployment News 4/24/2017 When I took office almost three years ago, economic development and growing local jobs were my top priorities. Today, we are happy to announce that Long Beach has a 4.7% unemployment rate - the lowest level it's been in more than a decade. That’s better than the California rate at 4.9%.
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Inconvenient Convenience Fee Email 4/21/2017 One of the issues that has frustrated me most since becoming Mayor is the inconvenient "convenience fee" the city charges customers to pay utilities online. If we want to be green and encourage residents to pay online, we shouldn't charge you more. It's been a complex system to fix due to prior vendor agreements and cost. The good news is we are finally working to eliminate the fee.
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Carnival Cruise Line And City Of Long Beach Start Renovations At The Long Beach Cruise Terminal 4/12/2017 Carnival Cruise Line marked the beginning of a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Long Beach Cruise Terminal facility to accommodate larger ships and enhance terminal operations.
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Long Beach Now Busiest Cruise Terminal in America 4/12/2017 Every year our Long Beach Cruise Terminal welcomes passengers arriving from and departing to a host of locations including Baja California and Alaska. I am excited to share with you that we officially celebrated the start of the multi-million dollar renovation of the Spruce Goose Dome. This project will more than double the cruise terminal facility from approximately 66,000 square feet to 142,000 square feet.
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New City Economic Draft Blueprint Lays Out 10 Year Plan for Growth, Development 4/7/2017 In a unanimous vote, the Long Beach City Council approved the City’s Draft Blueprint for Economic Development, an economic development guide for the next 10 years, during Tuesday’s weekly city council meeting.
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Despite Federal Action, Long Beach Revs Up Fight Against Global Warming 3/30/2017 Some environmentalists are shifting their focus closer to home amid changing priorities at the federal level, proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Habitat LA Breaks Ground with Incoming Families on New Homes in Washington Neighborhood 3/24/2017 Four families will be moving into affordable, safe housing in Long Beach thanks to a development project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Los Angeles Area (Habitat LA).
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Long Beach’s Robert Garcia joins sea of mayors buoying immigrants 3/21/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who emigrated from Peru at age 5, joined dozens of his mayoral counterparts Tuesday to call on Congress and President Donald Trump to fix a “broken” immigration system and pass a comprehensive overhaul of how people are granted entry into the country.
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City and State Leaders Must Work Together to Solve LA County’s Child Care Shortage 3/20/2017 As mayor, I’ve worked to expand quality childcare and preschool in Long Beach for our most vulnerable families. In January, I supported the launch of the Mayor’s Fund for Education, a nonprofit that will help raise funds to supplement education programs in Long Beach.
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The Future of Growing Cities Rests in Smart Transit 3/11/2017 As pressure mounts on municipal governments and transit agencies to persuade residents to trade their cars for alternative modes of transportation, smart transit offers the best solution to the growing pains in metropolitan areas.
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Blue Line Police In Long Beach A Start On Improvements 3/3/2017 For almost a decade, Long Beach, the second largest city in LA County, has had no seat on the Metro Board of Directors. When I was elected to join the Metro Board a couple of months ago by local mayors, I made fixing the Blue Line a top priority.
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Measure A Kickoff 3/3/2017 Today we launched the biggest infrastructure investment in our city in a generation. Thanks to last year’s passage of Measure A, we stood today at the intersection of East Jackson Street and Walnut Avenue where we jump started the repairs. This is part of our $150 million multi-year infrastructure plan.
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Long Beach kicks off work on roads, other projects, thanks to new sales tax 3/2/2017 Long Beach officials gathered around Jackson Park on Thursday to kick off some of the first street and sidewalk repairs in infrastructure projects planned over the next several years under Measure A, a 10-year sales tax increase approved by voters in June.
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A Huge Win for Long Beach - A Safer Blue Line 2/23/2017 Today, the Metro Board of Directors unanimously voted to contract with the Long Beach Police Department (LPBD) to patrol the Blue Line and the 8 stops through the City of Long Beach. Over the next year, we will make the Blue Line safer and improve the quality of life for Blue Line riders.
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Meet Your New Commissioners 2/21/2017 I am proud to announce nine recent appointments to City commissions. These community leaders are committed to ensuring our city prospers and grows. I also want to congratulate the five new members of the Port of Long Beach's Grants Advisory Committee.
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Help us reimagine the Beach 2/8/2017 You are invited to meet the architect and review the proposed designs for the renovations of the Alamitos, Junipero, and Granada Beach Concession Buildings, during public meetings on Wednesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 16.
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Long Beach's Aquarium Of The Pacific Breaks Ground On Pacific Visions Wing 2/2/2017 With hard hats shining and shovels digging, construction crews broke ground this morning (Thursday, Feb. 2) on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s new Pacific Visions wing, a $53 million addition that could be complete as soon as late 2018.
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Long Beach Airport to allow Uber, Lyft to pick up passengers - for a fee 2/2/2017 Long Beach Airport is preparing to roll out a pilot program that will allow smartphone-based ride-share services like Uber or Lyft to pick passengers up curbside.
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Bixby Knolls’ Shipping Container Food Court, SteelCraft, Celebrates Anticipated Grand Opening to Much Fanfare 2/2/2017 The announcement came in November 2015 that the first food court made of shipping containers in Los Angeles County would be dropping in Bixby Knolls with a projected opening date of early 2016. That ambitious date ended up being today, when SteelCraft officially celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.
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ACS Open House Message from the Community: Be the Change that You Want to See 2/2/2017 “Be part of the change!” was the spirit of this year’s Long Beach Animal Care Services’ (ACS) Open House on Saturday, January 28 at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center.
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Tyler Technologies to Provide City of Long Beach, California, with Enterprise Resource Planning Solution 2/2/2017 Tyler Technologies, Inc. (TYL) today announced an agreement with Long Beach, California, for Tyler’s Munis® enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The deal, which includes human resources (HR) and financial management applications, is valued at $8.5 million and makes Long Beach the largest Munis client in California.
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Long Beach unemployment rate drops to 5.2%, latest figures show 2/1/2017 The unemployment rate in Long Beach declined by nearly a full percentage point over last year, dropping from 6.2 percent in 2015 to 5.2 percent in 2016, the city reported this week.
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Open For Business 2/1/2017 You've probably noticed more businesses have popped up as you drive, walk, or bike around Long Beach. What you're seeing are overall positive trends for the local economy.
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Long Beach continues as beacon of progress, Route 50 1/31/2017 Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia discusses how a new White House administration won’t stop the momentum that’s pushed his city and others like it forward.
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Long Beach residents can now file police reports for some crimes online 1/31/2017 The public can file a police report for certain crimes online, according to an announcement from the city of Long Beach. The Long Beach Police Department has adopted a system called Coplogic, a web-based program that allows residents to file reports for harassing or annoying phone calls, thefts or attempted thefts, non-injury hit-and-run accidents, lost property and vandalism and graffiti.
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Long Beach residents’ opinions influenced airport decision: Guest commentary 1/31/2017 Two years ago, Long Beach began to consider the costs, consequences and benefits of constructing a Federal Inspection Service (FIS) facility at Long Beach Airport, a necessary step toward allowing international flights to depart and land in our own backyard. That process was long and even arduous at times, and sparked a passionate debate that concluded just days ago.
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Long Beach police would get 9 percent raise under new contract 1/30/2017 Long Beach police officers will receive a raise of about 9 percent spread over the next three years under a tentative contract expected to come before the City Council for final approval next week.
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The New Blue Line: $1.2B Overhaul Over Next Six Years 1/29/2017 After nearly a quarter of a century in operation, Los Angeles County’s oldest and most popular light-rail line—Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)’s Blue Line—will see a six-year, $1.2B overhaul.
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Irvine-based go-kart company K1 Speed joins list of Long Beach Grand Prix sponsors 1/29/2017 K1 Speed, an Irvine-based operator of go-kart tracks, has inked a deal to join the list of sponsors supporting this year’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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P3... build baby build! 1/27/2017 CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the growing popularity of public-private partnerships in the U.S.
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New Bixby Knolls park named in honor of Dr. David Molina 1/26/2017 Officials are naming the newest city park in honor of the late Dr. David Molina, an emergency room physician who grew a single clinic in Long Beach into a national health care company. The 3.3-acre public park, located at 4951 Oregon Ave., was a condition in the city’s approval of the Riverwalk housing project, which is being constructed on the former Will J. Reid Boy Scout Camp in Bixby Knolls.
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City Of Long Beach Announces 2017 Mobility Challenge – #CountMeInLB 1/26/2017 The City is launching a Mobility Challenge, and encouraging residents to get out and be counted by the new Eco-Counter, located on the Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path just west of the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. The challenge is to reach a total count of 1,000,000 cyclists and/or pedestrians by the end of 2017.
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Add Long Beach To Cities Vowing To Fight Trump On Immigration Policy 1/26/2017 CBS2's Dave Lopez heard frank talk from Long Beach's mayor, Robert Garcia.
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Volunteers fan out across Long Beach to find, count and help homeless 1/26/2017 Hundreds of volunteers set out before dawn Thursday to tally the number of homeless people that live in Long Beach. Organizers expected about 400 people to participate in this year’s biennial homeless count.
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A Safer Long Beach 1/24/2017 The City of Long Beach’s 2016 year-end report shows that while many California cities have seen a spike in crime and murders, our city has seen an 8.3 percent decrease in homicides and overall crime in our city has remained essentially flat when comparing 2016 to 2015.
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Long Beach 2015 crime stats released: Double-digit spikes in violent and property crimes 1/22/2017 Long Beach saw a nearly 20 percent rise in violent crime and a 15.4 percent spike in property crime last year, according to statistics released late Friday from the city.
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Long Beach sets all-time rainfall record; widespread flooding across Southern California 1/22/2017 A powerful storm dumped record-breaking rainfall in parts of Southern California, flooding freeways and numerous surface streets.
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State of the City 1/10/2017 In this third State of the City address Tuesday night, Mayor Robert Garcia said a “citywide renaissance” is underway in Long Beach, which last year saw 900 new business permits, 9,000 jobs created and the lowest unemployment rate since the Great Recession.
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Long Beach, Calif., Embraces Next Stage in Open Data Evolution 1/10/2017 Providing context to open data sets through GIS mapping aims to make the city’s information beneficial for everyone.
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Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia elected to Metro board 1/8/2017 On Thursday, the board unanimously elected Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who endorsed Measure M the day after a judge rejected a petition against the ballot language filed by a group of seven nearby cities, including neighboring Carson and Signal Hill.
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Douglas Park is Booming 10/31/2016 Douglas Park is a huge economic success, and is creating thousands of good paying jobs and activating new manufacturing space.

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.
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Opening a Business Just Got Easier 10/5/2016 The City of Long Beach is working hard to make it easier for small businesses to start up, succeed, and grow. That’s why today we launched BizPort, our new business portal that provides important resources for entrepreneurs and streamlines business licensing, permitting, and financing.

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.
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The Future of the Queen Mary 9/22/2016 Developing the land around the Queen Mary and restoring the ship is a top priority for me and the City and extremely important to our community. That's why, last year, we initiated the Queen Mary Land Development Task Force to make sure the community has a voice in the process.

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.
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The Olympics in Long Beach 9/22/2016 It's official: Los Angeles has included Long Beach as an event venue in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. If the Games come to LA, Long Beach will host multiple events!

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.
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A Responsible and Balanced Budget 9/14/2016 Last night, the City Council adopted our budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017. This budget is not only responsible and balanced, it also increases funding for infrastructure and public safety, as well as libraries and parks, and increases our reserves.

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.
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A New Strategy to Reduce Homelessness 9/12/2016 Across the State of California, urban cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, are experiencing new challenges when it comes to a growing and transient homeless population. In fact, there are also reports of homelessness growing in coastal communities across the state.

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.
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Moving Forward at the Port of Long Beach 9/9/2016 Yesterday, I received a call from Jon Slangerup, the Chief Executive of our Port of Long Beach. Jon has accepted a great new position as CEO at a major aviation firm and will be leaving the Port at the end of October. Jon has done an outstanding job over the past two years at our Harbor Department and we're all happy for his amazing new opportunity.

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.
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RSVP Today for Next Week's Book Club Event 9/7/2016 Last month, I announced the creation of the Mayor’s Book Club and my first reading selection, “I’m Dyin’ Here,” by the Press-Telegram’s own Tim Grobaty.

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.
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An Economy That Benefits Everyone 8/31/2016 The Long Beach economy and housing market are booming.

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
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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.
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Best in the Business 8/12/2016 This Friday, I’m hosting the first ever Mayor’s Long Beach Business Awards. 50 business leaders will be recognized for outstanding contributions to Long Beach.

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
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A Responsible Budget - that Restores Public Safety 8/3/2016 Yesterday, along with City Manager Pat West, I presented my proposed budget for fiscal year 2017. Tonight, the City Council will begin deliberating the budget, which must be adopted by September 15.

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.
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Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee Appointments 7/25/2016 Today I was proud to select five extremely capable, committed residents for the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee will oversee the use of the new Measure A revenue approved by voters in June, and ensure it is spent exactly the way the City Council and I promised: on infrastructure and public safety.

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.
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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!

 

 

 

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Saving More Animals & "Kitty Hall" This Friday 11-3 7/5/2016 Today, our Animal Care Services (ACS) Department released its mid-year report on dog and cat adoptions, and the news is great. In fact, as the graphic below shows, 2015 was a record year—and so far 2016 is even better.

And, this Friday is one of my favorite events, Kitty Hall, where cats and kittens are available for adoption in the City Hall lobby.
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Happy Birthday 7/4/2016 As we begin our three day weekend in celebration of our country’s birth, I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th, and to share some thoughts about this important holiday.
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Let's Make All Americans Safe 6/15/2016 The shooting in Orlando this weekend has left many of us in a state of grief and shock. As we mourn the 49 lives lost, as well as the 53 people who were injured, we should also think about how to prevent more senseless acts of terrorism and hate in the future.

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
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Remembering our Local Heroes 5/27/2016 As we prepare to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend, let's remember the reason for this important holiday: To honor and remember our fallen service men and women, and contemplate their sacrifices in service of democracy and freedom.
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Major Blue Line Improvements Move Forward 5/26/2016 Making the Blue Line safer and more enjoyable for residents, commuters and visitors has been a top priority for me as Mayor. Today I’m pleased to announce, that after many months of advocacy and lobbying, the Metro board voted to move forward on important safety and security measures for the Long Beach Blue Line.
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The Most Walkable City in Southern California 5/6/2016 We just got fantastic news about our efforts to make Long Beach more pedestrian friendly and support sustainable modes of transportation. Long Beach made the top ten list of the Most Walkable Cities in the United States – and became the only city in Southern California to make the list!
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Meet the Mayor 5/6/2016 I want to invite you to join me for conversation and coffee at two "Meet the Mayor" events tomorrow, Saturday, May 7.

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!
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A Huge Win for West Long Beach and the Environment 4/1/2016 As you probably read in the local news, and in the opinion section of the Press-Telegram today, the City of Long Beach has achieved a huge legal victory for our families, schools, and environment. After years of battling in court, we won our lawsuit against a proposed rail yard project that would have negatively affected West Long Beach neighborhoods.
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Library Overdue Book Fines Forgiven in April 3/29/2016 Our City boasts some of the best municipal libraries in the country, and every resident should have access to the great resources our libraries provide. That’s why for the month of April we are launching a library overdue fines amnesty program. If you have books or library materials that are overdue with fines, return them in April and we will cancel out all fees.
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Parking Just Got Easier 3/22/2016 This week, we began implementing biggest changes to parking in Long Beach in more than 30 years.

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.
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Bike Share is Here 3/10/2016 Today after several years of hard work, Long Beach opened our first Bike Share station, at the Promenade and 3rd Street. Over the next few weeks, 10 stations and 100 bikes will be set up in and around Downtown Long Beach. Eventually, there will be 50 stations with 500 total bikes throughout the city, connecting our college campuses, Uptown, Midtown, Bixby Knolls, Belmont Shore, and all our great neighborhoods.
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A Message from Mayors Robert Garcia, Bob Foster and Beverly O'Neill 2/14/2016 For the last two decades, we have worked to make this community safer, healthier, and a better place to raise a family and open a business. Our progress as a city is only possible as a result of contributions from countless community leaders, educators, residents and business leaders that have come together to make our city stronger.

Our city is facing two pressing challenges. How we address these challenges will determine the kind of city we leave to future generations.
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Don't Have Health Insurance? Get Covered TOMORROW 1/29/2016 If you or your family need health insurance, we can sign you up tomorrow at 2525 Grand Avenue, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can call (562) 570-7979 for more information. Or you can visit longbeach.gov/health

I’ll be there at 8:30 am to greet anyone coming in.
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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.


The night was a chance for me to share many of our accomplishments and plans, as well as the challenges we face. It was also an opportunity to show everyone 
this fantastic video, “This is Long Beach”

 

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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  

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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.

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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  

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Lighting the Tallest Christmas Tree in Long Beach‏ 12/2/2015 I hope you and your entire family will join me on Monday, December 7th at 5 pm as we light the tallest Christmas tree in Long Beach at the Terrace Theater Plaza. The entire plaza and fountains will be lit up and decorated to celebrate the holiday season. The evening will include carolers, food trucks, rides for the kids and a visit from Santa.
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Remembering Nohemi Gonzalez 12/2/2015 While the whole world mourns with Paris, the attacks have hit close to home here in Long Beach. Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23 year old student at Cal State Long Beach, and a beloved daughter and friend, was killed in Paris Friday.

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.
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Keys to the City 12/2/2015 Please join me in celebrating some very special members of our community. I will present my first Keys to the City to the 35th Governor of California and former First Lady, the Honorable George and Gloria Deukmejian and civil rights pioneer and former Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Member, the Honorable Bobbie Smith.


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.
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The City Budget, and SCE Outages 12/2/2015 In November, the City got important updates on two critical issues: The power outages this summer, and the FY17 city budget.

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.
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The Port's Latin America Strategy 12/2/2015 Just hours ago, I addressed 300 port executives, exporters, business leaders, and government officials at the annual American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Congress of Latin American Ports in Arica, Chile. The Port of Long Beach, which has both participated in and sponsored this conference for the last few years, is about to launch a major endeavor to expand trade to Latin America. In fact, the Port will be releasing its first comprehensive commercial trade plan for Latin America in early 2016.
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A Historic Moment for Long Beach 11/13/2015 Just a few minutes ago I left a meeting with Brigadier General Mark Toy in San Francisco. In that meeting, we finally reached agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward with a study of our coastal ecosystem.

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.
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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: 

http://www.compactofmayors.org/

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. 

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Lowest Water Use Since 1963 11/5/2015 We just got word that Long Beach met, and exceeded, our water conservation goal again last month. Despite the hottest October on record, our city cut water use by a little more than the state-mandated 16% compared to 2013, using less water for the month than in any October since 1963! This is our fifth consecutive month meeting our conservation goal.
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Charge Up in Long Beach 10/29/2015 Creating a more sustainable economy is one of my top priorities and one way we can do that is by expanding the electrical vehicle infrastructure here in Long Beach. That’s why this Tuesday the Council will consider my request that the Sustainable City Commission look at our current policies and find new opportunities to do just that.
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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. 

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America's Best Port 10/26/2015 I am writing to you from Tokyo, Japan, where I’m traveling with our team from the Port of Long Beach to meet with trading partners, secure future port business, and learn about emerging technologies that will ensure sustainable growth at the harbor.

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.
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It's Innovation Week 10/8/2015 This weekend in Long Beach and all over Los Angeles County, thinkers, artists, policy-makers and technology experts kicked off Innovation Week.  The event is actually a full 20 days, from October 2 - 22. I want to invite you to participate in Innovation Week events here in Long Beach, and support the many innovators living and working in our community.
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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. 

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Remembering Our Heroes 9/11/2015 This morning I had the honor of participating in our city’s September 11 memorial ceremony, along with members of our Long Beach Police and Long Beach Fire departments. We took a few moments to remember all the lives lost 14 years ago today, and to pay special tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, here in Long Beach and all across the country.
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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.

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Frank Gehry and the LA River 8/11/2015 For the past few years, the City has been working with the LA River Revitalization Corporation to completely transform the LA River and surrounding areas in Long Beach. Now Frank Gehry, a true genius who is perhaps the most acclaimed living architect in the world, will be bringing on his team of architects, designers and engineers.
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Voting Rights and Welcoming our New Clerk 8/7/2015 Today is a profoundly important anniversary for all Americans and for the principles we hold dear. On August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory barriers to voting and brought the power of the Federal government to bear in protecting access to the ballot box for all Americans, regardless of race.

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.
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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Remember These 14 Heroes 5/25/2015 As our nation marks the beginning of summertime this Memorial Day weekend, it’s important that we not forget the real reason for this holiday: To honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. While we enjoy time with family and friends, let’s also take time out to hold these brave men and women and their families in our thoughts.
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Long Beach Has the Best Parks in the Southland 5/20/2015 Yesterday we received some great news from the Trust for Public Lands. The Trust released its annual rankings of the nation's parks, called the ParkScore, and the City of Long Beach was ranked first in the Southland, and 18th overall out of 75 cities ranked! Long Beach also ranked first in Southern California for park access, size, and investment.
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The Bloomberg Innovation Team is Here 5/18/2015 Today our new Innovation Team (i-team), funded by a $3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, begins work at City Hall.
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More Taxis, Lower Fares, and the Sharing Economy 5/14/2015 Last night, Long Beach became the first big city in the United States to modernize taxi cab regulations in response to the success of new ride share services like Uber and Lyft. In the next few months, taxi customers will see new yellow cabs, lower fares, and a new smartphone app.
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Ending Veteran Homelessness in 2015 4/29/2015 The men and women who serve in our armed forces are the heroes of our community. No veteran should ever have to be without a home and a warm place to sleep. That's why I'm proud to have announced today that the City of Long Beach will end veteran homelessness before the close of 2015.
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Parking is about to get easier 4/13/2015 Starting next week, we will begin installing new smart parking meters citywide to replace all the antiquated coin meters we currently have. These new meters will take debit and credit cards and be able to display important messages on holidays to ensure no one overpays or gets an unexpected ticket.
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Long Beach 3.0 4/2/2015 As you know, I’ve long been an advocate of the benefits technology and innovation can bring to Long Beach, both by creating more efficient and transparent government, and by attracting cutting edge companies to set up business in our city. So I’m especially glad that this vision for Long Beach as a technology and innovation hub was featured in today’s Los Angeles Times.
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Nike, Forever 21, H&M & More Coming to Long Beach 3/4/2015 In another sign of progress and a strong economic future for our city, today we unveiled two new major retail tenants opening in Long Beach: Nike and Forever 21. Along with H&M clothing and Restoration Hardware, these tenants are going to anchor the new Pike Development in Downtown Long Beach. The 65 million dollars of private investment and the addition of 45,000 square feet of space will attract tourists, visitors and residents, and increase tax revenue to the city. It will also attract more retailers and new investment in Long Beach.
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Virgin Galactic to open facility in Long Beach 2/12/2015 I have some great news to share. Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company founded by Sir Richard Branson, is moving into a new 150,000 sq ft facility right next to the Long Beach Airport at Douglas Park. Virgin Galactic will manufacture the company’s new satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne, right here in Long Beach.
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Mayor Garcia's State of the City Address 1/13/2015

The evening of January 13, 2015 at the Terrace Theater

5:00 PM: Terrace Theater lobby opens. Food trucks available. Mingle with friends and family

6:30 PM: State of the City

RSVP at:www.StateoftheCityLB.com

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2014: The Year in Review 12/30/2014 2014 was a great year for Long Beach, and you can read all about the City's accomplishments in our "2014: The Year in Review".
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Long Beach Wins Bloomberg Innovation Grant 12/15/2014 A couple of months ago, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited 90 Mayors from across the country to compete for a prestigious Bloomberg Innovation Grant. Selected cities receive millions of dollars to support innovation teams, who will work with the city to develop creative solutions to the challenges they face.
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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.

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New Leadership at City Hall 12/5/2014 Please join me in welcoming eight outstanding leaders to new positions in the City of Long Beach. These recently appointed individuals are great examples of the skilled and committed leaders who are moving our city forward. Six have been part of the City’s leadership for many years, and recently moved to new positions. Two are new to our City, and I want to warmly welcome them to Long Beach. I have complete confidence that they will do outstanding work on behalf of the City.
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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...

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Council unanimously approves Mayor's 61 commission appointments 10/24/2014 I am proud to announce that I have appointed another 48 Long Beach residents to citizen commissions, and they were approved by city council on Tuesday, bringing the total number of commissioners approved by Council to 61.

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.
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Expanding the Long Beach College Promise 10/14/2014 Yesterday at Ernest McBride High School, I joined LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, LBCC President Eloy Oakley, and CSULB President Jane Conoley to announce a sweeping educational initiative. For the first time, the City became a signatory to the Long Beach College Promise, bringing the City into partnership with the three major educational institutions in Long Beach and expanding the mission of the Promise to include the goal of universal pre-school enrollment, doubling the number of internships in the city for Long Beach students, and expanding college scholarships and student support.
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13 New Commissioners 10/9/2014 Today I announced the appointment of 13 new commissioners to fill the remaining seats on five different commissions. The commissioners represent the diversity of Long Beach and come from all areas of the city.
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Mayor Garcia's First Commission Appointment Unanimously Approved 9/17/2014 I am proud to announce the first commission appointment of my term as Mayor. Last week, I appointed former Deputy Attorney General Tracy Egoscue, to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, and last night, Ms. Egoscue was approved unanimously by the City Council.

Commissioner Egoscue is an outstanding addition to our strong Harbor Commission.

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Council Unanimously Passes Mayor's Budget Recommendations 9/17/2014 Last night, the City Council adopted the FY15 budget for Long Beach. The Council adopted a responsible and thoughtful budget, which will put additional funds into our reserves, create a new economic development department, and provide added support to our libraries. It also includes significant support for infrastructure and public safety.
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City Council Meeting and Swearing-in Ceremonies 7/15/2014 The Long Beach City Council meeting and swearing-in ceremonies at the Terrace Theater will air on LBTV at 9:00 p.m., July 15, 2014
www.lbtv3.com

The video will also be available here on July 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
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Watch the City Council Meeting Online - WATCH LIVE 7/11/2014 The public is invited to attend the City Council meeting at the Terrace Theater on Tuesday, July 15, from 4:00 to 4:30 pm and also from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Starting at 5:30 pm, there will be an Inauguration of our newly elected officials.  If you cannot attend this free event, the City Council meeting will be web-streamed live.   + Watch Live