City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 122914
City Of Long Beach Using Its Popular Facebook Page to Count Down the Top 10 Stories of 2014
Ed Kamlan

More than 15,800 fans of Long Beach's main Facebook Page are helping the City count down its Top 10 stories of 2014.

"We are putting Long Beach on the national map and I could not be more proud," said Mayor Robert Garcia. "We've accomplished so much in this past year, and these 10 stories highlight the exceptional work that has been done on behalf of the entire community.”

The City's Facebook page is one of the most popular citywide government Facebook pages in California, and includes an array of eye-catching Long Beach photos; short iClip videos; traffic and public safety alerts; and a wide variety of news and information about Long Beach programs and projects.

To highlight the 10 most significant news items for Long Beach in 2014, the City has been releasing one story per day on its Facebook page, beginning December 21. The No. 1 story of 2014 will be posted on Tuesday, December 30, at 11 am.

Story No. 10
North Library Groundbreaking Ceremony
The community came out in October to help the City of Long Beach celebrate the groundbreaking for the new North Neighborhood Library, which is being built at 5870 Atlantic Ave. The Library will be a state-of-the-art 24,655-square-foot facility and will feature three separate community meeting rooms, a patio, a storytime theater space, displays for artwork, an expanded children’s library and separate areas for teens and adults. The new building will feature artistic glass walls and green foliage to face residences on Lime Avenue, and incorporate a reproduction of the former Atlantic Theatre's iconic tower into a glass roof accenting the children's section.  Full Article

Story No. 9
Chittick Field Sports Complex Grand Opening
The Chittick Field sports complex opened to the public in April, capping a comprehensive effort to renovate the site, which is also used as a Los Angeles County stormwater retention basin. The 19-acre site near Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut Avenue has been revitalized with the construction of a football field, an all-weather track and other track and field facilities, three soccer fields, restrooms, bleacher areas, sports lighting, landscaping and parking. 

Story No. 8
Long Beach Rises to 6th Place in U.S. with Fourth Consecutive Digital Cities Award
In November, Long Beach moved up into 6th place nationally with its fourth Digital Cities Award, based on a national survey that measures performance and innovation by cities using technology to enhance service to residents and businesses. Full Article

Story No. 7
Long Beach Receives 86% 'A’ and ‘B’ Grades for Water Quality from Heal the Bay Annual Beach Report Card
The City of Long Beach received 86 percent "A" and “B” grades for water quality, a 10 percent improvement over the previous year and a 16 percent improvement over the 5-year average, according to the Heal the Bay 2014 Annual Beach Report Card that was issued in May. Full Article

Story No. 6
Long Beach Ranked Third in U.S. for Bike Infrastructure
The City of Long Beach in May was ranked third in terms of having the most miles of bicycle infrastructure per square mile among the 52 largest cities in the United States, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The City's grant-funded investments in bicycling infrastructure have led to a doubling of bicycle riding since annual bike counts began in 2008. Full Article

Story No. 5
Long Beach Unemployment Rate hits Six Year Low; Major Economic Activity Currently Underway in Long Beach
The unemployment rate in Long Beach hit a six-year low, dropping to 8.4% in April.  During the Great Recession, the unemployment rate reached a peak of 14.6% in July 2010, and the unemployment rate has dropped steadily since that time, and is currently at 8.7 percent. Long Beach has adopted a holistic approach to economic development, with the belief that every department and employee has a role in promoting economic development in the City, whether it is facilitating permits and inspections, enhancing customer service, solving problems, or improving our neighborhoods and business corridors. Full Article

Story No. 4
Robert G. Luna Appointed Police Chief of Long Beach
City Manager Pat West appointed Robert G. Luna as Chief of Police for the City of Long Beach in November. Chief Luna has 29 years of experience with the Long Beach Police Department, and previously served as Deputy Chief of Police. Under his leadership, the Police Department will be as visible, accessible, responsive and transparent as possible. Full Article

Story No. 3        
Long Beach One of 12 Cities Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Grant
Long Beach was one of only 12 U.S. cities selected in December to participate in the $45 million expansion of the prestigious Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams program.  The program, a project of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve the lives of residents – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help cities address pressing urban challenges. Full Article
Story No. 2
2013 Crime Statistics Show Lowest Reported Violent Crimes in 41 years
The City of Long Beach achieved a 41-year low for violent crime in 2013, the City announced in January 2014. The overall total of citywide violent crimes decreased by 13.5 percent from the prior year, and the number of property crimes decreased by 8.5 percent. The Long Beach Police Department continues to reach out to the community and partner with law enforcement agencies at the local, county, state and federal levels to leverage available resources to impact crime in Long Beach. Full Article

Story No. 1
The No. 1 story of the year will be announced at 11 am on Tuesday, Dec. 30, on the City’s Facebook Page (