PRESS RELEASE

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

12/27/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM122719
Subject:
City of Long Beach Remembers 2019
Contact:
Kevin Lee
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov
Chief Public Affairs Officer




The City of Long Beach is proud to release the 2019 Year in Review, a book that offers a snapshot of the City’s accomplishments and accolades for the year. This has been a year of growth and change for the City, from the City’s new Civic Center—the culmination of years of hard work, made possible through an innovative public-private partnership—to the dedication of the newly built Billie Jean King Main Library.

“In 2019 we have seen a construction boom across the city, while investing in infrastructure, addressing homelessness and modernizing City services,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

 “Under the leadership of the Mayor and City Council, Long Beach continues to experience success on many fronts,” said Acting City Manager Tom Modica. “We have brought new high-tech jobs to our city while also supporting small businesses and working to develop our local workforce.”

The following are just a few of the City’s accomplishments in 2019:

  • 22 miles of sidewalk replaced
  • 400 new participants in the Housing Authority’s voucher program, including 248 people who were homeless at admission
  • 1,716 outreach visits to people experiencing homelessness by the Street Outreach Team, with more than 1,000 people connecting to resources at the Multi-Service Center and community-based organizations
  • 12,675 building permits issued, with a total construction value of $656 million
  • 600 capture screens installed to prevent trash and debris from reaching the ocean
  • 45,000 bicycle trips made through the City’s Bikeshare Program, traveling a total of more than 127,000 miles

Additionally, the City negotiated a long-term lease and operating agreement between with the Molina, Wu, Network, LLC healthcare group, paving the way for the reopening of Community Hospital and restoration of critical acute care services to the city; implemented Compassion Saves, a sheltering model with the goal of ensuring all healthy and treatable dogs and cats are saved; and implemented many environmental initiatives, including the next phase of City’s Styrofoam ban.

The City of Long Beach Year in Review is available at http://www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/city-news/media-library/documents/yearinreview_2019_final.

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.