PRESS RELEASE

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

9/5/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090519-2
Subject:
Long Beach City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2020 Budget
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Chief Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s balanced, $2.8 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

“This City’s adopted FY 20 budget addresses concerns that are important to residents, students and business owners,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The City’s plan addresses key public safety and infrastructure issues and supports our efforts to take the steps necessary to continue to address homelessness, improve infrastructure and support the arts.”

“I am proud of the City team for creating a balanced budget that takes on Long Beach’s most pressing priorities,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “This is a strong budget that addresses homelessness, animal care and the arts, and restores critical quality of life services in addition to public safety. I would like to thank the entire Council and the Chair and members of the Budget Oversight Committee for their hard work.”

Included in the adopted budget are investments in:

  • Homelessness and housing, including support for the creation of affordable housing units, the establishment of a pilot program for weekend homelessness services, and rapid response outreach and cleanup citywide, including the Tidelands area.
  • Public safety resources, including the citywide roll out of body-worn cameras, the reinstatement of Fire Engine 17 in East Long Beach and the funds needed to temporarily relocate Fire Station 9.
  • Infrastructure improvements, including mobility improvements, work on park infrastructure and repairs to critical Tidelands facilities.
  • Economic development, including continued work on the City’s 10-year Economic Blueprint, researching the creation of Opportunity Zones and supporting microbusinesses in underserved areas of the city.
  • Additional support to decrease HIV and STD infections, including the establishment of a two-year pilot program for HIV and STD testing and outreach.
  • The Promise Pass pilot program, in partnership with Long Beach Transit, to provide Long Beach College Promise students with a transit pass for transportation to class and work.
  • Community and quality of life resources, including expanded resources in language access, public health and Animal Care Services and expanding public library hours.
  • A seismic retrofit of Community Hospital, in partnership with Molina, Wu, Network, LLC.
  • Arts and culture, including funding for support of the Arts Council, POW! WOW! art murals, wayfinding signage and historical plaques and preparations for the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
  • An additional Clean Team to enhance City beautification and clean-up efforts.
  • Tree planting and related electrical and infrastructure improvements along Daisy Lane.
  • Support to complete the digitization of the Press-Telegram archives.
  • Completion of the second phase of the Bluff Park Historic Street Lamp project.
  • Planning and design for the City’s first fully-accessible ADA playground at El Dorado Park West.
  • Staff support and increased administrative capacity of Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc.

For more information about the budget or to access the Community Budget Book, the City Manager’s Budget Presentation, and Mayor Robert Garcia’s Budget Message, those interested can visit the Financial Management Department website at http://www.longbeach.gov/finance/city-budget-and-finances/budget/budget-information/.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 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, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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