Press Release Archive
City Officials Announce Agreement to Acquire Property for Future Campus Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness 1/28/2019 Earlier today, the City of Long Beach and Ninth District Councilmember Rex Richardson announced an acquisition agreement made with a North Long Beach property owner at 6841-6845 Atlantic Avenue (“Atlantic Farms”), Long Beach, California 90805. The final sale, which will be pending City Council approval on February 5, 2019, will set the stage for a state of the art village-style campus of supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. Supportive services will include a much-anticipated year-round homeless shelter with 125 beds.
Crime Continues to Decrease in Long Beach 1/11/2019 The Long Beach Police Department announced today that year-end citywide crime statistics for 2018, reflect an 8.4% decrease in Part 1 crime, which includes reductions in both violent and property crimes when compared to 2017.
City of Long Beach Remembers 2018 12/24/2018 The City of Long Beach is proud to release the 2018 Year in Review, a book that offers a snapshot of the City’s accomplishments and accolades for the year. During 2018, the City received national recognition for its efforts in technology, sound financial reporting, public safety, LGBTQ inclusion, addressing mental health and homelessness, housing, city planning, community preparedness, sustainability, and economic development.
Nonprofit Acquires Vacant City Property for Use as Affordable Housing Site 11/19/2018 The vacant site that served as a City library for North Long Beach for more than 60 years is getting a new owner that will turn the property into a modern affordable housing development.
City of Long Beach Launched The WorkPlace 11/16/2018 The City of Long Beach Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network this week kicked off a new America's Job Center of California center, Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, also known in short as The WorkPlace.
City of Long Beach Celebrates International Digital Inclusion Week 10/15/2018 The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) have declared October 15 through October 21, 2018 as International Digital Inclusion Week (IDIW) to raise awareness on digital equity and inclusion around the globe.
Snapshot of Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Long Beach Area Released 9/17/2018 As cities around the country celebrate Citizenship Day and Welcoming Week, the City of Long Beach in partnership with New American Economy (NAE) released a report revealing that in 2016, immigrants in the City of Long Beach had a significant impact on the local economy. The report advances the economic inclusion goals of the City’s Blueprint for Economic Development by making available important baseline information for the local immigrant community that can be used to help inform the implementation of programs and services.
City of Long Beach Receives Prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence 9/14/2018 The City of Long Beach has received a prestigious Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the “Economic Development Through the Arts” category from the League of California Cities.
Mayor Robert Garcia’s ‘Building a Better Long Beach’ Presentation Highlights City’s Unprecedented Development Activity 8/28/2018 Today, at a special presentation, Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, provided an update on the City’s record level of new development and construction activity currently underway.
Long Beach Awarded National Innovation Grant to Foster Entrepreneurship and Job Growth 8/2/2018 The City of Long Beach has been selected by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as one of five cities in the nation to participate in the City Accelerator program’s fifth cohort.
City of Long Beach Unveils Proposed 2019 Budget 7/31/2018 Earlier today, Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Patrick H. West presented the City of Long Beach’s Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget.“In my four years as Mayor, this is our best budget yet. We increase support for public safety, make large investments to end street homelessness, fix more streets, and grow our reserves while maintaining our AA- credit rating,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Little Brass Café Express Opens in Long Beach Airport’s Historic Terminal 7/2/2018 Long Beach Airport Historic Terminal is home to a new café! Earlier today, Little Brass Café Express (LBCX) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Little Brass Café Express is the only eatery in the Airport’s historic terminal.
Long Beach Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Point in Nearly 30 Years 6/18/2018 After reaching incredible unemployment numbers in May 2017 (4.4 percent), the City of Long Beach continued the trend in May 2018, dropping to 4.1 percent, a 10.5 percent drop in the last eight years. There are now a record 230,000 employed residents in the City.
City of Long Beach Receives Top Honor U.S. Conference of Mayors 2018 CommunityWINS® Grant 6/12/2018 During the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) 86th annual meeting in Boston yesterday, Wells Fargo announced that City of Long Beach’s Mayor Robert Garcia received a $300,000 grant on behalf of Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership with the 2018 CommunityWINS®Grant Program funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Long Beach Launches First Community-Sponsored Micro-Loan Campaign for Local Small Business 5/25/2018 The City of Long Beach has officially launched Kiva Long Beach. Through the Kiva Long Beach Initiative, Long Beach entrepreneurs can now access no-fee loans to start or grow their business, and residents can help local small businesses with loans as small as $25.
City of Long Beach Continues Efforts in Digital Inclusion 5/10/2018 In observance of Digital Inclusion Week, the City of Long Beach is proud to announce that it is officially an affiliate of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), joining more than 300 affiliated organizations in 38 states that work toward digital equity.
Long Beach City Council Awards Swinerton Builders Design-Build Contract for the Long Beach Airport Terminal Area Improvements Project Phase II 5/9/2018 The Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to award the design-build contract for Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) Phase II Terminal Area Improvements (Phase II) Project to Swinerton Builders(Swinerton).
City of Long Beach Takes Home Five Communications Awards 5/8/2018 At the 2018 California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) Conference in Santa Rosa, California, and for the second year in a row, the City of Long Beach was awarded five of CAPIO’s top communications awards. Four of the awards were Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) Awards, which is the top honor CAPIO bestows to any public organization.
City to Host ‘Everyone In’ Economic Equity Summit 5/4/2018 The City of Long Beach will be hosting the ‘Everyone In’ Economic Equity Summit on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Development of New Downtown Innovation Center Reaches Milestone 1/22/2018 Earlier today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Long Beach City College (LBCC) and BLANKSPACES, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new downtown innovation center at 309 Pine Avenue. Long Beach City Council voted to approve a lease agreement on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, that formalizes a partnership between the City, Long Beach City College (LBCC) and BLANKSPACES to revitalize 309 Pine Ave. into a shared working environment and entrepreneurial innovation center.
City of Long Beach Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative 1/17/2018 The City of Long Beach has been selected as one of five new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ national What Works Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. The City of Long Beach will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build its capacity to address local issues using data and evidence.
Council Approves Development of New Downtown Innovation Center 12/8/2017 A partnership agreement approved by the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, will create a new downtown learning and working center for business owners and entrepreneurs.
Long Beach Named Among Cities with Fastest-Growing Household Incomes 12/6/2017 The median household income in the City of Long Beach grew by 10.1 percent between 2015 and 2016, making it the 11th largest increase among the nation’s 100 largest cities in a recent report from SmartAsset.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Innovation Month by Hosting Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit 11/6/2017 The City of Long Beach’s Innovation Team (i-team) is hosting the Second Annual Civic Innovation Summit in celebration of Long Beach Innovation Month (InnovateLB). The Summit will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Molina Center located at 200 Oceangate, 200 Tower, 15th Floor, Long Beach CA, 90802. The event will bring together government employees, City officials, university faculty and students, entrepreneurs, and community members to recognize the outstanding efforts around the use of open data, local government support, and facilitated design processes.
Long Beach Airport Named Top Ten Airport in the U.S. 10/31/2017 Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been named a Top Ten airport in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for the third consecutive year, climbing four spots to #3 on the list from last year. LGB continues to be recognized nationally as a unique and welcoming airport, providing a first-class experience for all travelers.
Long Beach Receives National Award to Support Economic Impact Study of Immigrant and Refugee Population 9/20/2017 The City of Long Beach has received a Research Award as part of the 2017 Gateways for Growth (G4G) Challenge. The G4G Challenge is an annual competitive opportunity for local communities to gain tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America.
Long Beach Business Portal ‘BizPort’ Wins National Recognition 9/19/2017 The City of Long Beach online Business Portal, BizPort, has been recognized with a national Government Experience Award in the Government-to-Business category, by the Center for Digital Government.
Long Beach Airport Announces 31 Acres of Land Available for Development 8/21/2017 The City of Long Beach has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 31 acres of land for development for aeronautical purposes at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The availability of such a large amount of land is a unique opportunity, the likes of which has not occurred at the airport since the developments of the Long Beach Airport Business Park and Kilroy Airport Center in the 1980s and early 1990s.
New Affordable Development for Seniors and Veterans Reaches Milestone 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, a new two-building 160-unit supportive housing development. The buildings will complete the final phase of the site development, that includes the adjacent 161-unit Long Beach Senior Arts Colony and the 39-unit Annex. The Beacon is expected for completion in late 2019.