City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 122916
City Of Long Beach Using Social Media to Count Down Top 10 Stories of 2016
Edward Kamlan

During 2016, the City of Long Beach received national recognition for its efforts to end Veterans Homelessness, opened the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library and the Police Department’s new East Division Substation, and continued to earn excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay. Those are just some of the Top 10 stories of 2016 that the City is counting down on Facebook and Twitter.

"2016 was a great year for Long Beach – we are proud of the progress we made and the work our staff provided to our residents and businesses,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These 10 stories highlight our City’s most significant accomplishments in 2016.”

To highlight the 10 most significant news items for Long Beach in 2016, the City has been releasing one story per day on Social Media, beginning Wednesday, December 21. The No. 1 story of 2016 will be posted on Friday, December 30, at 11:00 am. (A comprehensive review of the City’s accomplishments and accolades for the year are featured in the 2016 Year in Review.)

Story No. 10
City, Army Corps Approve San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study

On January 20, with the East San Pedro Bay glimmering in the background, Mayor Robert Garcia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the Federal Cost Share Agreement to begin the Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study.

Story No. 9
Excellent Water Quality Grades from Heal the Bay Beach Report Card

On May 26, the City of Long Beach continued to receive excellent water quality grades from Heal the Bay, with 93 percent of its beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades in the 2016 Annual Beach Report Card. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past five years.

Story No. 8
New East Division Police Substation Opens

On February 20, the City of Long Beach celebrated the opening of the Police Department’s new East Division Substation, 3800 E. Willow Street, with a free community Open House event. The facility features a multi-purpose community room, public waiting and reception areas; houses East Patrol Division officers and Juvenile Investigation detectives; and includes office space, renovated locker areas, showers, restrooms, and gym facilities.

Story No. 7
New ‘Bizport’ Business Portal Helps Start, Manage and Grow Businesses

On October 5, the City of Long Beach launched its new online Business Portal, BizPort, a digital ombudsman to help entrepreneurs easily navigate the steps to start, manage, and grow a business. BizPort launched during Innovation Week, which highlighted the creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Long Beach.

Story No. 6
World-class Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens

On September 10, thousands of community members helped the City open the new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, 5870 Atlantic Avenue. The 24,655-square-foot facility features three community meeting rooms, an expanded children’s library and separate library areas for teens and adults.

Story No. 5
Livability – Swimability, Bikeability and Walkability – Reaches New Level

The City of Long Beach took “Swimability,” “Bikeability” and “Walkability” to a new level in 2016. Investments in our “Livability” initiatives continued to reaffirm our commitment to making Long Beach the best place to live, work, and play. Long Beach will continue to promote our overall Livability initiatives to promote healthy active lifestyles so all residents and visitors can experience an increased quality of life.

Story No. 4
Unemployment in Long Beach Reaches Nine-Year Low

In March, the unemployment rate in Long Beach continued to decline and reached a nine-year low, dropping to 5.5 percent. This rate was the same as the June 2007 rate, before the global financial crisis. The unemployment rate in Long Beach reached a peak of 14.6 percent in July 2010, and has dropped steadily since that time.

Story No. 3
White House Praises Long Beach’s Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness

On November 14, Mayor Robert Garcia presented on the City of Long Beach’s work to end Veterans Homelessness, at the White House’s Veterans Homelessness Summit, where the City of Long Beach was recognized for its outstanding efforts. Since December 2015, every Veteran who has experienced homelessness in Long Beach is offered a path to permanent housing. The capacity to provide housing for all Veterans interested in permanent housing is called achieving “Functional Zero.”

Story No. 2
City Officials Break Ground on New Civic Center

On July 8, City officials broke ground for the new Civic Center, which will include a new City Hall, Port Headquarters and Main Library, along with a re-activated Lincoln Park and new residential, retail and hotel commercial development.

Story No. 1 
Voters Approve Measures A to Fund Critical Infrastructure, Public Safety

On June 7, voters approved Measure A, a temporary sales tax increase to put more police officers on our streets, maintain and improve 911 paramedic response times, restore fire engines and firefighters at critical locations, fix Long Beach streets, roads and alleys, and repair potholes, among other critical services. Measure A created a special advisory committee to ensure the funding is allocated toward infrastructure and public safety. In addition, voters approved Measure B to create a “Rainy Day Fund” to set aside the first 1 percent of all new revenue into a reserve fund to protect against future recessions.