PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/24/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:122418
Subject:
City of Long Beach Remembers 2018
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




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.

“2018 saw much of Long Beach under construction as over $5 billion of private and public development are transforming and modernizing our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are proud to have opened several new playgrounds, improved streets and infrastructure, enhanced efforts to address homelessness, and reduced crime.”

“Under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council, Long Beach continues to experience success on many fronts, and the great work City staff does is being recognized on a local and national level,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “Not only are we attracting significant private sector investment, but we are also growing small businesses and working to develop our local workforce. We are fixing our streets and completing other infrastructure projects, while improving mobility and the livability in our neighborhoods.”

The following are just a few of the City’s major accomplishments in 2018:

  • Ongoing construction of the new Civic Center.
  • Twenty-six miles of sidewalk replaced.
  • 4.5 minutes average response time to police priority one calls, one of the fastest for any large city in the United States.
  • Permanent housing for 1,035 individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Launch of the Justice Lab to provide new tools to first responders to divert residents in need out of the criminal justice system.
  • Launch of the Everyone Home Long Beach initiative, another step toward ending homelessness.
  • Launch of the KIVA community-sponsored micro loan program.
  • Unprecedented low unemployment rate of 4.1%.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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