Voting Centers Open This Weekend for March 5 Presidential Primary Election 2/22/2024 Long Beach, CA – For the Presidential Primary Election taking place Tuesday, March 5, 2024, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will open all 11-day vote centers throughout Los Angeles County. The four-day Vote Centers will open on March 2, 2024.
Long Beach Hosting ‘Data Walks’ to Increase Transparency and Public Awareness for City’s Data Collection Practices 2/20/2024 Long Beach, CA - In an ongoing effort to enhance data privacy, digital rights and transparency, the City of Long Beach Department of Technology and Innovation, in partnership with California State University, Long Beach, is launching a series of mobile community workshops for residents to learn about the technologies the City deploys and how it uses the data it collects.
Health Department Launches Substance Use Harm Reduction Program 2/20/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched a new program that provides resources and supplies to Long Beach residents so that those who use drugs can minimize their risk of possible serious or deadly outcomes. This is part of a strategy called harm reduction—a set of practical strategies and ideas that aim to reduce the negative consequences associated with substance use. 
Long Beach Health Department Launches Brush, Book, Bed to Promote Healthy Dental Habits for Children 2/20/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched the Brush, Book, Bed campaign, which encourages children to build routines that establish good dental health habits, combining oral health, literacy and an appropriate bedtime.
City of Long Beach Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 2/19/2024 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City of Long Beach Issues Storm Preparedness and Safety Tips, Urges Residents to Take Precautions 2/18/2024 The National Weather Service has forecasted a storm system for the Los Angeles/Long Beach region starting late today, Sunday, Feb. 18 through Wednesday, Feb. 21. These storms are expected to bring intermittent periods of heavy rain and wind and some high swell activity. The City of Long Beach is implementing its inclement weather action plans and will be monitoring and addressing major issues as they occur.
City of Long Beach Lifts Beach Closure Order 2/16/2024 City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has lifted the closure order on all beaches, including coastal beaches and bays, which includes lagoons, after consecutive lab results demonstrated the water to be within State water quality standards.
City of Long Beach to Host Community Meeting on Studebaker Road Improvements 2/16/2024 TheCity of Long Beach is hosting an in-person community meeting to provide an overview of the Studebaker Road Complete Streets Project. The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Park West Community Center (2800 Studebaker Rd.). 
City of Long Beach to Host Space Beach Job Fair for Space and Aerospace Talent Affected by Recent Layoffs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2/15/2024 Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach Economic Development Department and its Workforce Development Bureau, operating as Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network, announced in conjunction with Mayor Rex Richardson, the Space Beach Job Fair.
Melanie Wagner Appointed Manager of Long Beach Animal Care Services 2/14/2024 Long Beach, CA - Dr. Melanie Wagner has been appointed Bureau Manager for Long Beach Animal Care Services within the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Presidents’ Day Holiday 2/14/2024 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City Holds Demolition Ceremony for the Former North Neighborhood Library 2/13/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today joined with its nonprofit affiliate, The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC) and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) to commemorate the ceremonial demolition of the former North Neighborhood Library. The site will be developed into a new townhome community that will provide the opportunity for low-income families to purchase their first home. 
Residents Encouraged to Report Damages to Homes and Businesses Caused by Recent Storms 2/13/2024 The recent winter storm systems experienced over the past week brought an unprecedented amount of rain to Long Beach and the region. Los Angeles County is in the process of assessing damage to infrastructure and private properties countywide, as well as supporting residents with their individual recovery efforts. To help determine the impacts of the storms, Los Angeles County has established a dedicated Winter Storm Recovery webpage and survey, available at recovery.lacounty.gov, to gather basic damage information from residents and businesses.
City of Long Beach Welcomes Inaugural Class of the Long Beach Public Service Corp 2/12/2024 Today, The City of Long Beach and Mayor Rex Richardson hosted the official kick-off of the Long Beach Public Service Corps, an innovative paid fellowship program that will provide local college students and recent graduates with hands-on experience working in City government and exploring careers in public service.
City of Long Beach Recaps Storm Preparedness and Response Efforts After Winter Storm Series, Cleanup Efforts Underway 2/8/2024 Long Beach, CA – Following a series of winter storms that impacted Long Beach and much of California over the past several days, the City of Long Beach is sharing the storm preparedness, response and mitigation efforts conducted. Since Feb. 1, Long Beach experienced nearly 10 inches of rain, more than triple the historic average rainfall for the entire month of February. While the high volume of rain over a short period of time led to localized flooding in some areas of Long Beach, aftereffects were greatly minimized due to City and community preparedness. There were no major road closures and impacts to public-facing City services were very limited. 
Long Beach Airport Seeks Development Proposals for 17-Acre Wardlow Parcel 2/8/2024 Long Beach, CA - In an effort to attract new investment and jobs at Long Beach Airport, the City of Long Beach has release a request for proposals for the aeronautical development of 17 acres of LGB.
All Swimming Areas Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill 2/5/2024 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all recreational swimming areas temporarily closed for water contact due to two separate sewage spills that occurred earlier today. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements. 
Lane Closure on Northbound Shoemaker Bridge 2/5/2024 Long Beach, CA – Commuters accessing the northbound 710 Freeway from Downtown Long Beach should expect delays due to a temporary closure of the northbound right-hand lanes of Shoemaker Bridge. The closure includes the bridge’s off-ramp to Ninth Street in West Long Beach.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Centers to Continue Homeless Services Outreach Throughout February 2/5/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Centers (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout February. The MAC vehicles significantly lower barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street.
City of Long Beach Activating Additional Sandbag Distribution Site at Veterans Stadium for Long Beach Residents 2/3/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will activate an additional sandbag distribution site for Long Beach residents on Sunday, Feb. 4. The site will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Veterans Stadium (5000 E. Lew Davis St.) parking lot located on East Conant Street. Sand and sandbags will be available.
Los Angeles County Now Distributing Vote by Mail Ballots to Long Beach Registered Voters, Drop Boxes Now Available 2/2/2024 Long Beach, CA - The Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk began distributing Vote by Mail ballots for the March 5, 2024, Primary Nominating Election.
Some Long Beach Swimming Areas Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill 2/2/2024 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all recreational swimming areas at or near Colorado Lagoon and Alamitos Bay in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to sewage spills. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.
City of Long Beach Shares Response Efforts During Recent Storm 2/1/2024 Long Beach, CA – Over a six-hour period today, Feb. 1, Long Beach experienced nearly three inches of rain, which is more than the historical rainfall for the entire month of February. As with any storm, cleanup efforts are underway while City crews also prepare for a second storm series expected to arrive in the Long Beach and LA area Saturday night, Feb. 3. 
City of Long Beach Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 2/1/2024 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with Service Employees International Union, Local 721 1/31/2024 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Service Employees International Union, Local 721, which represents 127 Refuse Operators who provide trash collection services to City of Long Beach Refuse customers.
City of Long Beach Preparing for Two Storm Systems, Urges Residents to Take Precautions 1/31/2024 Long Beach, CA – The National Weather Service has forecasted two storm systems for the Los Angeles/Long Beach region starting late Wednesday, Jan. 31, into Thursday, Feb. 1. The second storm system is predicted for Sunday, Feb. 4 into Tuesday, Feb. 6. These storms are expected to bring intermittent periods of heavy rain and wind. The City of Long Beach is implementing its inclement weather action plans and will be monitoring and addressing major issues as they occur.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer a Variety of Classes for Residents This Spring 1/31/2024 Long Beach, CA – Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes offered by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, Feb. 5. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in March and continue through May 2024.
City of Long Beach to Begin Construction for Youth Shelter & Navigation Center 1/30/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the beginning of renovations for its forthcoming Youth Shelter and Navigation Center, the City’s first-ever permanent shelter facility for youth experiencing homelessness, that will offer temporary shelter and supportive services for youth ages 18 to 24. This $4.1 million project will add to the City’s suite of temporary housing facilities for people experiencing homelessness.
Health Department Vital Records Program Announces Expanded Services 1/29/2024 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has expanded its services to offer authorized copies of birth and death certificates for births and deaths that occurred in Long Beach within the past five years. Prior to 2024, the department was only able to provide records for events that occurred within the past year. The expanded services will help meet demand and provide better customer service for people seeking records in Long Beach.  
City of Long Beach Passes New Ordinance Regulating Sidewalk Vending 1/29/2024 Long Beach, CA – In an effort to support entrepreneurial and business development opportunities in the city while protecting public health, safety and ADA access, during its Jan. 23, 2024, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 9 to 0 vote a new sidewalk vending ordinance. This action creates a clear path for those who would like to sell food from compact mobile food operations, more commonly known as food carts, or other merchandise.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking for Junipero Beach Sports Court 1/26/2024 Long Beach, CA – Today, the City of Long Beach celebrated the groundbreaking of the Junipero Beach Sports Courts project with a ceremony featuring Mayor Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor Cindy Allen and other City leaders. 
Long Beach Health Department Launches New Dashboard Featuring Local HIV Data 1/25/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched a new data dashboard displaying local HIV data regarding people who are newly diagnosed with HIV or currently living with HIV, as well as data regarding people with HIV who died in Long Beach. The dashboard, which will be updated quarterly, will serve as a platform for providing interactive and timely information to the public.  
Community Crisis Response Team Expands to Downtown Long Beach 1/24/2024 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is expanding the service area for its Community Crisis Response (CCR) team, a three-person team that responds to a subset of calls-for-service where mental health support, health education and resource navigation could support the safety and health outcomes for community members at the center of calls. The team, which launched its pilot program in July 2023, currently serves West Long Beach. By expanding its service area to include Downtown, CCR will be able to support more of the community while improving safety and quality of life in the Downtown area.  
Unleaded Aviation Fuel Subsidy Program to Launch at Long Beach Airport 1/24/2024 Long Beach, CA – In its latest move to accelerate the transition of aviation fuel, also known as avgas, at Long Beach Airport (LGB) from leaded to unleaded, the City Council last night approved with a 9 to 0 vote to implement a new subsidy program to offset unleaded fuel costs for general aviation users. The program will not apply to commercial and business jets, which already use unleaded fuel. 
Long Beach Public Library Presents “Our History, Our Future,” a Celebration of Black History and Culture 1/23/2024 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library is proud to announce the launch of "Our History, Our Future," a month-long celebration dedicated to honoring and showcasing the richness of Black history and culture. These vibrant events will feature a series of thought-provoking and inspiring activities that highlight Black love, self-identity, self-care, art and joy within the Black community.
Office of Youth Development Announces Second Year of Youth Power PB (Participatory Budgeting) in Long Beach 1/22/2024 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in partnership with the Nonprofit Partnership and Invest in Youth Coalition, anchored by Khmer Girls in Action, has announced the second year of Youth Power PB Long Beach, a participatory budgeting process where youth vote on how to spend public dollars on youth projects.
City of Long Beach Announces Launch of a New Parent Information Workshop Series for Families and Caregivers 1/22/2024 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) and the Long Beach Public Library (Library) are partnering on a new series of parent education workshops. The workshops, focused on parents of children from 0 to 5 years old, will cover a variey of topics, including special education, early start intervention and mental health and will be taught by local experts who specialize in various fields of early childhood. The initiative aims to ensure Long Beach families experiencing developmental concerns about their child are connected to services in a timely manner.
City of Long Beach Preparing for Inclement Weather Systems, Issues Advisory for Residents and Visitors 1/20/2024 The National Weather Service has forecasted a series of inclement weather systems for the Los Angeles/Long Beach area starting today, Saturday, Jan. 20, into Monday, Jan. 22, that are expected to bring significant rain and wind throughout Long Beach. The City of Long Beach is implementing its inclement weather action plans and will be monitoring and addressing major issues as they occur. 
Long Beach Health Department Investigates Possible Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Raw Oysters 1/19/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is investigating gastrointestinal illnesses, likely caused by norovirus, linked to consumption of raw oysters from certain areas of Mexico. At this time, the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters from certain areas of Mexico. For the latest oyster warnings, including area-specific information in Mexico, people can go to the Alerts, Advisories and Safety Information page of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. These oysters have been sold at local restaurants, including those in Long Beach and other retail outlets in Southern California. Residents who think they have become sick after eating raw oysters are encouraged to file a report. People also may call 562.570.7907 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays to report illness or to get more information.
City of Long Beach Civic Chamber to Temporarily Close for Scheduled Construction from January 17 Through February 13 1/17/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Civic Chambers (411 W. Ocean Blvd.) will temporarily close to the public beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, for scheduled audio/visual equipment upgrades and testing. The project will add additional speakers and broadcast lighting in the Civic Chambers to improve the audio experience inside the Chambers for both in person and hybrid meetings and improve overall visibility. The Chambers will remain closed through Feb. 13, however during that time, members of the public may still participate in meetings for City Council, Commissions and Committees in person at alternative locations or via the City’s OneMeeting portal.
City of Long Beach Launches Virtual Service for General Building Project Information 1/16/2024 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Community Development Department has launched a new virtual meeting service for the public to get general answers to building code questions for proposed projects. The service features real-time, one-on-one video sessions with Permit Center staff.
Long Beach City Manager Shares Executive Management Organizational Updates, Including Roles and Responsibilities 1/12/2024 Long Beach, CA – Today, Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica shared organizational updates related to the Executive Management Team, including roles and responsibilities. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Executive Management team is responsible for planning and directing the implementation of City programs and initiatives in accordance with City Council policies, the City Charter and Municipal Code, and providing leadership for the effective delivery of municipal services for the Long Beach community.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday 1/10/2024 Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City of Long Beach to Host Virtual Community Meeting on Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project 1/10/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting a virtual community meeting to provide recent updates on the Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.
Long Beach Public Library Announces 2024 Youth Poet Laureate Program 1/10/2024 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library, in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach and supported by Urban Word NYC, is launching the 2024 Long Beach Youth Poet Laureate program for Long Beach youth ages 13 to 18.
Long Beach Pledge, Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Expansion Application Now Open 1/10/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched the application period for the expansion of the Long Beach Pledge, the City’s guaranteed income pilot program. The program will provide $500 a month for 12 months to 200 additionally funded households, utilizing $1.2 million in funding to support the City’s upstream homeless prevention efforts. The application is open for eligible residents at longbeachpledge.org now through Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m. 
City Seeks Partner to Operate a Mobile Healthy Food Market in Long Beach 1/10/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking a partner to implement and operate a Mobile Healthy Food Market in Long Beach. The goal of the Mobile Healthy Food Market is to increase access to affordable fresh produce in neighborhoods defined as having poor food access as well as increase opportunities for residents to be connected to other services and resources that address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes. This re-release of a previous RFP now requires that the selected vendor will be required to procure and/or retrofit an existing vehicle to turn it into a Mobile Healthy Food Market. This will allow for more flexibility and a faster startup.
Long Beach Budget Priority Survey Now Available 1/9/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s Budget Priority Survey, where members of the public can participate in the City’s fiscal year 2025 budget development process by sharing their service priorities, is available now through Feb. 1, 2024. The online survey plays an integral part in helping the City understand what community members believe the City’s budget priorities should be. 
Long Beach Public Library Presents Early Learning Fairs: A Dive into Early Childhood Education 1/9/2024 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) invites parents and caregivers and their children to a series of Early Learning Fairs, a program for families who are looking to enroll their children in an early learning preschool program. Fairs are divided into four sessions and will begin on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Long Beach Shares Event Details for 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration 1/5/2024 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach shared details for its 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration taking place Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. The annual event serves to honor and keep alive the many values of Dr. King through arts, remembrance and meaningful perspectives, which has become a longstanding tradition that also celebrates the diverse community of Central Long Beach.
Some Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill into Los Angeles River 1/3/2024 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered swimming areas west of Belmont Shore temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements. 
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Centers to Continue Homeless Services Outreach Throughout January 1/3/2024 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Centers (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout January, with new service locations in the Downtown area. The MAC vehicles significantly lower barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street.
City of Long Beach Seeks Community Input for Creative Economy Grants’ Public Mural Program 1/3/2024 Long Beach, CA – Today, the City of Long Beach launched a community survey for its Public Mural Program, an entity of the City's Creative Grants Program that is funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act and administered by the Arts Council of Long Beach (ArtsLB). The Creative Grants Program provides funding to local arts, culture and history nonprofits and professional artists to be utilized for operational recovery, public murals, community projects and professional artist fellowships.
Long Beach Airport Roadway Loop Improvements Begin January 8, 2024 1/3/2024 Long Beach, CA – The new year will ring in infrastructure improvements at Long Beach Airport (LGB) as the Terminal Roadway Improvements Project begins the evening of Jan. 8, 2024. The finished project will result in improved vehicular and passenger flow and additional enhancements for those with mobility challenges. 
City of Long Beach Extends Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 1/3/2024 Following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours, Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has extended the rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
Long Beach Expands First Time Homebuyer Assistance 1/2/2024 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is announcing an expansion of the City's First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program that now enables income-eligible residents citywide to apply and increases the grant amount from $20,000 up to $25,000.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives for Historic Property Preservation 1/2/2024 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Community Development Department is opening the 2024 application cycle for its Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program, an economic incentive program for designated historic properties in the city.
City of Long Beach Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/30/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City of Long Beach Preparing for Inclement Weather Systems, Issues Advisory for Residents and Visitors 12/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – The National Weather Service has forecasted a series of inclement weather systems for the Los Angeles/Long Beach area starting late evening today, Friday, Dec. 29, into Saturday, Dec. 30, that are expected to bring significant rain and wind throughout Long Beach and large swells along the oceanfront. The City of Long Beach is implementing its inclement weather action plans and will be monitoring and addressing major issues as they occur. 
Long Beach Officials Issue Safety Advisory in Response to Recent Incidents of Unauthorized Access to Buildings Downtown 12/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – In response to three recently reported incidents of unauthorized access to KnoxBoxes and subsequent unlawful entries into buildings in the Downtown area, the City of Long Beach is issuing this safety advisory to address concerns and provide preventative safety measures for residents and owners/managers of buildings with KnoxBoxes. The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is actively investigating these incidents and will provide additional details relative to the suspect information.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer a Variety of Free Group Recreation Activities at Downtown Long Beach’s Lincoln Park 12/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer free group recreation activities in the Downtown area at Lincoln Park (101 Pacific Ave.) beginning Jan. 2, 2024, and until further notice. Activities range in interest and age and include the following. 
City of Long Beach Invites Public to Share Their Priorities for the 2025 City Budget at Upcoming Community Meetings 12/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is inviting members of the public to participate in the City’s fiscal year 2025 budget development process by sharing their service priorities at one of the upcoming community budget meetings or by completing the Long Beach Budget Priority Survey, available Jan. 2, 2024. 
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding Potential Unlawful Entry in Residential and Commercial Building 12/22/2023 The City of Long Beach is aware of reports of potential unlawful entry in a residential and commercial building located in the 100 block of W. 4th Street. The Long Beach Police Department is actively investigating the incident. 
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Christmas and New Year’s Holidays 12/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City of Long Beach Expects Significant Rain 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – The National Weather Service has forecasted that a series of storm systems will move into the Los Angeles/Long Beach area Wednesday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 22. The storms are predicted to bring the first significant rain of the winter season with up to 3 inches of rainfall and a chance of thunderstorms and high winds. The City of Long Beach is implementing its inclement weather action plans and will be monitoring and addressing major issues as they occur.  
Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson Hosts State of the City Address Tuesday, January 9, 2024 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson will deliver the 2024 State of the City Address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in the Terrace Theater.
Immerse Yourself: Long Beach Public Library Expands Digital Resources with Treasure Trove of Arts in Video and Audio 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is proud to introduce an extraordinary addition to its Digital Library, the Alexander Street platform by ProQuest. Now accessible to library cardholders, this multimedia treasure trove offers a diverse range of captivating content, including riveting performances from acclaimed institutions such as L.A. Theatre Works, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. Patrons will also enjoy an array of musical marvels from the Smithsonian’s Folkways label, as well as video recordings that vividly document music's historical evolution and cultural transformation. 
Long Beach City Council Approves Labor Agreements with Three More Bargaining Units 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach City Council has approved three-year labor agreements between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Association of Confidential Employees, the Long Beach City Prosecutor's Association, and the Long Beach Management Association.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the recent rainfall. 
Sustainable Aviation Fuel Now Available at Long Beach Airport 12/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is proud to announce the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by general aviation jets. This eco-friendly alternative is now offered through Atlantic Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at the Airport.
Long Beach’s Multi-Service Center Serving as City’s Inclement Weather Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness This Winter 12/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will utilize its Multi-Service Center (MSC) to serve as an overnight Inclement Weather Shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the winter months. The City will activate the emergency shelter site during extreme weather conditions to provide temporary low-barrier, safe and supportive emergency shelter so that individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness can escape severe cold and wet weather conditions. 
City of Long Beach Named One of Nation’s Visionary Digital Inclusion Trailblazers 12/15/2023 Long Beach, CA - The city of Long Beach was named a 2023 Visionary Digital Inclusion Trailblazer by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.
Long Beach Public Library Digital Resources and Amenities Fully Restored Following Network Security Incident 12/15/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has completed the restoration of all digital resources and amenities offered by Long Beach Public Library, including the full Digital Library, online catalog, public computer labs and printing services, and public WiFi.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Advises Pet Owners to Initiate Preventative Measures to Protect Dogs Against Respiratory Diseases 12/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – Veterinarians in California and several other states across the country are reporting an increased number of dogs with acute respiratory infections ranging from mild and self-limiting to life-threatening pneumonia. In response, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) is issuing the following advisory to pet owners.
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $326,477 from California Office of Traffic Safety to Promote Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety 12/14/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services announced today it has received a $326,477 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
City of Long Beach Encourages Residents to Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season 12/13/2023 The holiday season is a time for joyous celebrations, beloved traditions, and long-awaited gatherings with family and friends. While everyone should experience the joy and warmth of holiday festivities, safety should always remain a priority. No matter how you celebrate, the City of Long Beach is offering the following tips to ensure an enjoyable, safe and hazard-free holiday season for all.
Long Beach Airport Marks Centennial with Historic Report on Local Aviation History 12/13/2023 With a storied aviation history that goes beyond its 100 years, Long Beach Airport (LGB) today released a centennial anniversary historic report that highlights LGB’s most significant milestones and reveals some of the lesser-known stories of the oldest municipal airport in California.
April Walker Officially Appointed as Long Beach’s New Assistant City Manager 12/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – During the Dec. 12, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 7 to 0 vote to ratify the City Manager’s appointment of April Walker as the City of Long Beach’s new Assistant City Manager. Section 301 of the City Charter provides the authority for the City Manager to appoint an Assistant City Manager, contingent upon confirmation by the City Council. Ms. Walker, who currently serves as the City’s Administrative Deputy City Manager, will begin her new role as Assistant City Manager on Dec. 31, 2023.
City of Long Beach to Offer Annual Treecycling Program 12/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Public Works Department will once again offer its Holiday Tree Recycling Program, also known as “Treecycling.” This annual program provides Long Beach residents with 12 convenient drop-off locations for disposal of live holiday trees free of charge from Dec. 26, 2023, through Jan. 12, 2024.
City of Long Beach Unveils Proposed Design for Shoemaker Bridge Replacement 12/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, the Department of Public Works hosted an in-person community meeting at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center to unveil the proposed design of the new Shoemaker Bridge. Located at the southern end of I-710 and bisected by the Los Angeles River, the new Shoemaker bridge will be one of several projects to prepare the City of Long Beach for the LA2028 Olympic Games. During the community meeting, participants were informed of the bridge replacement project details and adjacent supporting projects, such as the federally funded Shoreline Drive Realignment. 
Long Beach Pledge Guaranteed Income Pilot Program to Expand with Second Cohort 12/7/2023 Long Beach, CA – This January, the City of Long Beach will open applications to expand its guaranteed income pilot program, known as the Long Beach Pledge, to include a second cohort of 200 additionally funded households. This expansion will be available to households with children living under the federal poverty level in five Long Beach zip codes. Those selected for the Long Beach Pledge will receive $500 a month for 12 months. 
Long Beach City Council Ratifies City’s Labor Agreement with Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees (AEE) Bargaining Unit 12/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - During the Dec. 5, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 7 to 0 vote to ratify the tentative three-year labor agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees.
Long Beach Restores Utilities Billing and Payment Services 12/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has restored billing and payment processing services for City utility accounts, which were taken offline on Nov. 15, 2023, out of an abundance of caution after the City learned of a network security incident targeting the City. City-serviced utility customers can now pay their bill online, over the phone, in person or by mail.
City of Long Beach Announces Fifth Annual Celebration of the Young Child 12/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s Celebration of the Young Child will return to the Billie Jean King Main Library on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The event, a collaboration between the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the Long Beach Public Library, and the Mayor’s Fund for Long Beach, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include entertainment and activities in addition to a resource fair. Parents, families and caregivers who care for children 8 years old or younger are encouraged to attend.
Long Beach Health Department Awarded Grant to Expand Drug-impaired Driving Prevention Program 12/5/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $285,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to educate the community about responsible cannabis use and reduce drug-impaired driving related collisions.
Long Beach Health Department Awarded Grant to Expand Distracted Driving Prevention Program 12/4/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reduce distracted driving related collisions.
Long Beach to Offer Free Winter Fun Days Program for Youth During Winter School Break 12/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer free extended supervised recreation programs for youth over the winter school break from Dec. 26 through 29, 2023, and Jan. 2 through 5, 2024. Youth may come and go at their own discretion and PRM staff will be on-site to lead a variety of recreational activities from noon to 5 p.m. at parks throughout Long Beach.
Long Beach Airport Unveils “A Flight to History” Centennial Commemoration Mural 11/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is commemorating its centennial year with the addition of a new, public art installation. The large vinyl mural, "A Flight to History," by renowned Southern California-based artist Marconi, is now on display on the façade of one of the Airport’s parking structures. 
City of Long Beach Issues Updates Related to Network Security Incident 11/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – Following the network security incident targeting the City of Long Beach that occurred on Nov. 14, 2023, the City has been diligently managing three simultaneous streams of critical work: System Recovery, Security and Staff Support; Public Service Operations; and Investigation. Though all streams have been affected by or as a result of the network security incident, their path forward will look different from each other. The City understands the importance of transparency and is committed to providing regular updates on the progress made in each stream, to the extent possible. The City has great concern for the security of resident, customer and employee personal information and will communicate with any known affected parties as soon as possible.  
City of Long Beach to Host Virtual Community Meeting on the Colorado Lagoon Open Channel Project 11/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting a virtual community meeting to provide recent updates on the Colorado Lagoon Open Channel Project. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.
*UPDATED* City of Long Beach to Host Community Meeting for Shoemaker Bridge Replacement Project 11/28/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is hosting an in-person community meeting to provide a comprehensive overview of the Shoemaker Bridge Replacement Project. The meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Jenny Oropeza Community Center at Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Ave.).
City of Long Beach to Conduct Bikeway Improvements on Alamitos Avenue 11/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s contractor, All American Asphalt, is scheduled to begin construction along Alamitos Avenue in the downtown area during the week of Dec. 4, 2023, with an estimated completion date, barring weather or other unforeseen delays, by early January 2024.
Long Beach Restores City Systems Following Network Security Incident 11/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has restored most of its internet connections, network and systems, including the main website, which were taken offline on Nov. 15, 2023, out of an abundance of caution after the City learned of a network security incident targeting the City. The City continues the process of restoring internet connections and systems securely in a planned and sequential method to ensure that systems function properly. 
City of Long Beach Launches Application Period for New Public Service Corps Program 11/22/2023 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Long Beach City College, has launched a new fellowship placement program for college students interested in pursuing careers in local government, nonprofit management and public service. The Public Service Corps program will provide paid fellowship opportunities across City departments, allowing participants to gain practical experience and develop the skills necessary for various in-demand occupations. 
Long Beach Provides Updates on Impacted Operations in Response to Network Security Incident 11/22/2023 The City of Long Beach is committed to serving the public while many of its systems and main website remain offline for mitigation purposes following a network security incident. Departments have been providing updates to the community, customers and partners by phone, email and via social media to keep them informed on interim operational changes. As the situation evolves, the Technology and Innovation Department is identifying solutions in partnership with other City departments to continue City services while some systems are offline.
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Long Beach Launches ‘Season of Giving’ Donation Series to Support People Experiencing Homelessness During the Fall and Winter Seasons 11/21/2023 The City of Long Beach is launching its “Season of Giving” donation series to encourage the local community to make someone’s holiday season bright by volunteering their time or contributing physical or monetary donations to support people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. Donations received during “Season of Giving” will help support the City’s ongoing efforts in providing critical, everyday essentials for people experiencing homelessness. Items will be distributed throughout the holiday and winter seasons. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Launches Series of Monthly Family Events at Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach 11/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is launching a new series of free, family events at Downtown Long Beach’s Lincoln Park for families, teens and older adults. The monthly event series kicks off with the first event on Nov. 30, 2023. 
Long Beach Airport Expects to Welcome Additional Travelers Over Holiday Season 11/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is anticipating an elevated number of travelers during this winter’s holiday season, starting Thanksgiving week, and passengers are advised to plan ahead and arrive early to ensure a smooth travel experience.  
Long Beach’s Emergency Shelter Transitions to Winter Shelter Operations 11/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s Emergency Shelter, located at 702 W. Anaheim St., has transitioned to Winter Shelter operations, expanding its nightly occupancy from 85 to up to 125 people. The Winter Shelter shields people experiencing homelessness from inclement weather and provides shelter, food, safety and services during the coldest time of the year.  
Long Beach City Council Approves Proclamation of Local Emergency in Response to Recent Network Security Incident 11/17/2023 Today during a special meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with an 8 to 0 vote the recommendation to adopt a resolution to ratify the City Manager’s Proclamation of Local Emergency to address the conditions or threatened conditions of a network security incident targeting City of Long Beach systems that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. The state of emergency will streamline and strengthen City response efforts as it continues to investigate and resolve the incident.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Thanksgiving Week Schedule 11/17/2023 In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, 2023. Schedules are subject to change as the City continues to respond to the recent network security incident.
 

Long Beach Provides Operational Updates for City Services in Response to Network Security Incident 11/17/2023 The City of Long Beach is committed to serving the public while its systems and main website are offline for mitigation purposes following a network security incident. Departments have been providing updates to the community, customers and partners by phone, email and via social media to keep them informed on interim operational changes. As the situation evolves, the Technology and Innovation Department is identifying solutions in partnership with other City departments to continue City services while some systems are offline.
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City Manager Proclaims Local Emergency, Long Beach City Council to Convene to Consider State of Emergency Regarding Recent Network Security Incident 11/16/2023 The Long Beach City Council will hold a special meeting to consider and vote on the recommendation to adopt a resolution to ratify the City Manager’s Proclamation of Local Emergency caused by conditions or threatened conditions of a network security incident targeting City of Long Beach systems that occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. If adopted, the emergency proclamation will streamline and strengthen City response efforts as it continues to investigate and resolve the incident.
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City Launches Webpage and Information Line in Response to Network Security Incident 11/16/2023 Today, the City of Long Beach launched a webpage and community information line to provide timely, transparent public information regarding the network security incident that was detected on Nov. 14.
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Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding a Network Security Incident Targeting City Systems 11/15/2023 On Nov. 14, 2023, the City of Long Beach learned that it was subject to a potential cybersecurity incident. The City’s Department of Technology and Innovation immediately initiated an investigation, engaged with the City’s contracted cyber security consultant firm, and notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Through the initial investigation, the City determined a network security incident occurred.
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Official City of Long Beach Statement on Recent Protests Regarding Israel-Palestine War 11/14/2023 The City of Long Beach stands firmly on the foundation of unity, respect and understanding. In light of the recent significant loss of Palestinian and Israeli life, we want to reaffirm our commitment to these values. 
Long Beach Celebrates Small Business Saturday with Citywide Launch of Shop LB Program 11/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Nov. 13, 2023, the City of Long Beach celebrated the citywide launch of its Shop Long Beach (Shop LB) program, a citywide initiative to support small businesses and strengthen the local economy by offering customer rewards for shopping at registered Long Beach businesses. The celebratory photo opp included remarks by Mayor Rex Richardson and other City of Long Beach leaders and showcased participating businesses in North Long Beach, among other areas of the city. The citywide launch comes just in time for consumers to access Shop LB rewards during their holiday shopping and on Small Business Saturday, taking place Nov. 25, 2023.
Save the Date! Long Beach’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration Returns January 13, 2024 11/10/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and Office of Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro proudly present the 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration, a family-friendly event honoring the life, values and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., taking place Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Central Long Beach.
Long Beach Health Department Confirms Human Case of St. Louis Encephalitis 11/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed a case of St. Louis Encephalitis (SLEV). This is the first documented human case of SLEV in Long Beach since 1984. The risk of local exposure remains low, and the Health Department is taking steps to prevent further spread of the virus that causes SLEV. The person who was infected was hospitalized but is now recovering at home. No other suspected cases have been identified. As of Nov. 3, 2023, 12 human cases of SLEV have been reported in California this year. The Health Department is educating healthcare providers and working with local vector control agencies to monitor the situation.
City of Long Beach Awarded Most Business-Friendly City in LA County 11/9/2023 The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) presented this year’s prestigious Most Business-Friendly City Award to the City of Long Beach at the Eddy Awards® on November 8. Mayor Rex Richardson accepted the award on behalf of the City and all our partners.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center Continues Homeless Services Outreach Throughout November 11/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach continues to deploy its Mobile Access Centers (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout November, with an added location Downtown, and additional locations forthcoming. The MAC vehicles significantly lower barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street.
City of Long Beach Ranks First Nationwide as a 2023 Top Digital City 11/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – For the third consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been recognized as the first-place Top Digital City for its population size in the 2023 Digital Cities Survey, an annual survey that evaluates how cities across the nation use technology to advance city goals, operations and services to the community. Long Beach has been recognized as a Top 10 Digital City for thirteen consecutive years. 
Long Beach Invites Public to Celebrate Alamitos Beach Concession Stand 11/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, City of Long Beach and community leaders will celebrate the grand opening of the Alamitos Beach Concession Stand, with concessionaire Gaucho Grill serving as the catering host for the event. The event will be held at 5 p.m. at 780 E. Shoreline Dr. with entertainment provided by Downtown Long Beach Alliance. Members of the public are invited to check out the new facility, join in the celebration, and receive a complimentary empanada for the first 300 people to enjoy. 
Long Beach Announces Event Details for 2023 Veterans Day Celebration 11/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today details for its 2023 Veterans Day Celebration taking place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Avenue). The Veterans Day Celebration is a free, family-friendly event that honors those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Youth Fishing Derby November 18 11/8/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), in partnership with Partners of Parks, the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will offer their annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, Nov.18, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St.). Registration begins day-of at 8 a.m. and is free.
City to temporarily close 103-Hwy from Willow Street to Anaheim Street 11/3/2023

On Sunday, November 5, 2023, the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works will temporary close southbound lanes and reduce northbound lanes on State Route 103 Highway from Willow Street to Anaheim Street. The Public Works department will address outstanding road pavement repairs, remove dumped items, and conduct weed abatement.

Save the Date! Long Beach’s Daisy Lane Parade and Night of Holiday Entertainment Returns This December 11/3/2023 The City of Long Beach and the Office of Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga proudly present the 2023 Daisy Lane Parade, taking place on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, and night of holiday entertainment on Sunday, Dec. 10.
Long Beach’s El Dorado Nature Center to Host California Native Plant Sale November 7-21 11/3/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer their annual California Native Plant Sale beginning Tuesday, Nov. 7, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at El Dorado Nature Center (7550 E. Spring St.). The plant sale will feature hundreds of beautiful and beneficial native plants to enhance gardens, patios or balconies and increase habitat for wildlife. 
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $150,000 to Address COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Adults 11/1/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services(Health Department)is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant of $150,000 by the National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) for the Partnering for Vaccine Equity (PAVE) project.
Long Beach Health Department Confirms Case of Locally Acquired Dengue 11/1/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed a case of dengue in a resident who has not traveled outside of the U.S. This is the first case of dengue in Long Beach not related to travel and only the second in California, the first of which was identified earlier this month in Pasadena. The risk of local exposure remains low, and the Health Department is taking steps to prevent further spread of the virus that causes dengue. The person who was infected has recovered at home and no other suspected cases have been identified. The Health Department is carefully monitoring the situation and has educated healthcare providers on the symptoms of dengue.
Long Beach Airport Launches Yearlong Centennial Celebration 11/1/2023 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is thrilled to announce the commencement of a yearlong celebration marking its 100th anniversary.
Long Beach Announces Grand Marshals for 2023 Día de los Muertos Grand Parade 11/1/2023 The City of Long Beach today announced that Mayor Rex Richardson and First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, among other civic and community leaders, will serve as the grand marshals for the 2023 Día de los Muertos Grand Parade, taking place in Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Election Day 11/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules. The City annually observes the first Tuesday in November as a Citywide holiday, regardless of election activity taking place in Long Beach.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Winter Class Registration Begins November 6 11/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – Registration for winter recreation classes provided by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, Nov. 6, 2023. Classes including art, music, fitness and sports will be offered from December 2023 through February 2024. The classes provide opportunities for exercise and recreation, social interaction, learning and relaxation for every age from preschool-aged children to adults. 
City Extends Operations for Safe Parking Program, Relocates Site Close to Multi-Service Center 10/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has extended its Safe Parking Program and relocated the operating site to a larger, medium-term location near the City’s Multi-Service Center (MSC). The Safe Parking Program provides a safe, dignified environment for people living in their vehicles to park overnight while also being connected to supportive services and temporary or permanent housing. 
Long Beach Health Department Launches Produce to Market Project 10/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division has launched the Produce to Market project, which will expand access to healthy, affordable and culturally relevant produce for the community. This program builds on the successes of the Long Beach Healthy Market Partnership program. 
City of Long Beach to Host Career Fair at Long Beach City College on November 2 10/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach City College Office of Workforce Development, will host a career fair at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway). The career fair, open to current LBCC students and the general public, will feature a variety of career paths from over 10 City departments and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in GG Building, Room 238. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Job Fairs to Showcase Recreation Leader Employment Opportunities 10/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has planned a series of job fairs to share information on current and upcoming job openings for part-time, non-career positions. Job seekers interested in learning more about these employment opportunities are encouraged to attend.
Community Invited to Provide Feedback on LGBTQ+ Cultural District Visioning Process 10/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Community Development Department has created concepts for a vision and feasibility plan for the new LGBTQ+ Cultural District and the community is invited to identify and prioritize which improvements are most important by completing an online survey. 
Long Beach City Council to Vote on Placement of Hotel Worker’s Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Measure at Special Meeting on Thursday, October 26 10/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, at 3 p.m. to discuss the Hotel Worker’s Minimum Wage Increase ballot measure and vote on whether to place the item on the March 5, 2024, ballot. 
Long Beach Health Department to Host Food Safety Workshop 10/25/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services' Environmental Health Bureau is hosting a food safety workshop inviting business owners, entrepreneurs and all interested in operating a food business at community events or certified farmers' markets.
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 2024 Homeless Point in Time Count 10/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is seeking 300 community volunteers to help conduct the 2024 Point in Time Count, its street count of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, which will take place on Jan. 25, 2024. 
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) 10/25/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
Long Beach Recognizes National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2023 10/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) is recognizing National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, taking place Oct. 22 to 28, 2023, with a weeklong campaign educating the community about the dangers of lead and how to reduce childhood exposure to lead through increased lead poisoning prevention awareness. This year’s campaign theme is: “Protect your family from all sources of lead air pollution, including aircraft and shooting ranges.” Long Beach CLPPP’s campaign features social media posts, citywide lead testing advertisements, training for City Code Enforcement and Building Inspector professionals, and provider outreach.
Alison King Appointed as Acting Director of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services 10/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Alison King as the Acting Director for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), effective Oct. 28, 2023.
Long Beach to Host ‘Tiny Homes’ Virtual Community Meeting on October 30 10/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) invites community members to participate in an upcoming virtual community meeting where they can learn about the Tiny Modular Shelter project, or “Tiny Homes,” the City’s next variation of interim housing options for people experiencing homelessness.
Long Beach Health Department Offering Free Flu Vaccinations at City’s Mobile Access Centers and Multi-Service Center 10/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is offering free flu vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness, available at Mobile Access Center (MAC) locations and the Multi-Service Center (MSC) on select dates over the coming weeks. This is part of the City's ongoing effort to offer more accessible public health services for people experiencing homelessness, who are inherently at higher risk of developing more severe complications from the flu.
City Seeks Partner to Operate a Mobile Healthy Food Market in Long Beach 10/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking a partner to implement and operate a Mobile Healthy Food Market (MHFM) in Long Beach. The goal of the MHFM is to increase access to affordable fresh produce in neighborhoods defined as having poor food access as well as increase opportunities for residents to be connected to other services and resources that address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes. The City of Long Beach will be procuring and building out a vehicle designed to operate as a MHFM. 
City of Long Beach Encourages Treats, not Tricks, for a Safe Halloween 10/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday. The City of Long Beach reminds trick-or-treaters and all Halloween revelers to celebrate safely on Tuesday, Oct. 31, and all season long, with the below safety tips to avoid potential unwelcome hazards.
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: Don’t Wait, Participate! 10/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications encourages residents to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill taking place this year on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at 10:19 a.m. International ShakeOut Day is annually recognized across the globe on the third Thursday in October. It is estimated that more than 45 million people participated in this earthquake safety drill worldwide last year. 
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 2023 Día de los Muertos Parade 10/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – To help support the City of Long Beach’s 2023 Día de los Muertos Parade, taking place Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Downtown Long Beach, the Office of First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas is seeking volunteers from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups.
Community Invited to Share Feedback on Proposed Concept Plans for Scherer Park Improvements 10/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and local community partners continue to collaborate with residents and park users to re-imagine Scherer Park. The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will host the third and final installment of community workshops on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., where two concept plans will be unveiled, and meeting participants will have the opportunity to share their feedback. 
Long Beach Health Department Hosts Filipino Community Health Needs Assessment Presentation and Roundtable 10/17/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will host a presentation of the Filipino Community Needs Health Assessment from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.).
Long Beach Hosting Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, October 21, to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 10/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will host its eighth consecutive monthly donation drive thru event on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center (2525 Grand Ave.). Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute. 
Save the Date! Long Beach Veterans Day Celebration Returns on Saturday, November 11 10/13/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach proudly presents the 2023 Veterans Day Celebration to honor those who have served and are currently serving in the United States military. The free, family-friendly festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.).
Long Beach to Celebrate Grand Opening of Future LB Youth Employment Center 10/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will commemorate the official grand opening of Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network’s new youth employment center, Future LB, with a celebratory community event on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the new facility (508 W. Willow St.) and will feature a commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Rex Richardson and Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga as well as vendors, food, music and resource tables. 
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with Long Beach City Attorneys Association (CAA) Employee Bargaining Unit 10/12/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Long beach City Attorneys Association.
Long Beach Begins Transition of City’s Meeting Management System Beginning October 16 10/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will soon begin the transition of its agenda and meeting management system to a new platform, OneMeeting (formerly PrimeGov). The transition will begin on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023, with the launch of the City’s public online portal and posted agenda for the Oct. 24, 2023, City Council meeting.
City of Long Beach Announces Plans for Federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Implementation, Climate Action Accelerator 10/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - Today the City of Long Beach announced upcoming contracting opportunities for technical assistance providers to support the City's Climate Action Accelerator initiative, an effort to ensure that residents, local businessess and nonprofits are prepared to pursue funds available through the federal Inflation Reduction Act.
City Seeks Partner to Expand Legal Services within the Long Beach Justice Fund 10/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with one or more qualified organizatoins to provide free legal representation and outreach, through the Long Beach Justice Fund, to low-income immigrants who are at risk of deportation.
City of Long Beach Announces New Online Permitting System for Renewable Energy Projects 10/5/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Community Development Department is announcing a new streamlined process for issuing permits for residential renewable energy projects.
City Street Closures Due to Long Beach Marathon 10/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Marathon is returning for its 39th year on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023, with a weekend of events beginning Friday, Oct. 13. People traveling through Long Beach should plan to avoid street closures and map out access routes and should allow extra time for travel due to road closures and traffic delays.
Long Beach Seeks Local Businesses and Community Groups to Participate in 2023 Día de Los Muertos Parade 10/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking participants for its upcoming Día de los Muertos Parade, taking place Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in participating may submit a parade application now through Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.
City of Long Beach Announces New Resource for Families and Caregivers 10/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been awarded a grant to expand the Long Beach Resource Line to answer questions related to milestones and developments for children younger than five. The initiative is part of Help Me Grow LA, an effort of First 5 LA and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to help connect people to support for children who may need early childhood development resources. Additionally, the online City of Long Beach Resource Directory, powered by Unite Us, will include critical resources through the digital map that will help residents connect to early childhood developmental and intervention resources. 
Development Services Official Name Change to Community Development Department Takes Effect 10/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department, as part of its recent 2024 Fiscal Year Budget approval, has officially changed its name to the Long Beach Community Development Department, effective Oct. 1, 2023.
Festival of Flight Celebrates Long Beach Airport’s 100th Anniversary 10/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) award-winning Festival of Flight is coming back in for a landing Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Thousands of attendees are expected at the Airport’s signature annual event, which will be bigger than ever in celebration of LGB’s 100th anniversary.
LGB Recognized Among Top Ten Airports by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine for Second Consecutive Year 10/3/2023 Long Beach, CA – For the second consecutive year, Long Beach Airport (LGB) is among the Best Airports in the United States, based on votes by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Ranking eighth nationwide, LGB continues to be a favorite among travelers who recognize its convenient Southern California location, exemplary amenities and first-class customer experience.
El Dorado Nature Center and Long Beach Animal Care Services to Host Howl-o-ween Festival, Saturday, October 21 10/3/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine's El Dorado Nature Center and Long Beach Animal Care Services will host a family-friendly Howl-o-ween Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the El Dorado Nature Center.
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Employee Bargaining Unit 10/3/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents City employees in the Skilled and General Basic and Supervisor Units.
City of Long Beach to Offer Free Flu Vaccinations at Community Clinics and Vaccination Sites 10/3/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is offering free flu vaccinations throughout the month of October, including at all City-run vaccination sites and community clinics, while supplies last. Residents are strongly encouraged to get a flu vaccine in preparation of the coming flu season, which generally runs from mid-fall to mid-spring. 
Ethics Commission Seeks Input on Proposed Changes to City’s Lobbyist Ordinance 10/3/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Ethics Commission is seeking public input on proposed changes to its lobbyist ordinance via an online community survey, available now through Oct. 19, 2023. 
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates the 2nd Annual Filipino-American Literacy Festival 10/2/2023 Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is proud to announce the second annual Liwanag Literary Festival, celebrating Filipino-American stories and literature. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.). Each October, communities across the country recognize Filipino-American Heritage History Month by spotlighting the contributions of Filipino-American history and culture, thus inspiring the fitting name for this literary festival as 'Liwanag' is Tagalog for 'Light.’
Save the Date! Long Beach to Host Festive Street Parade in Celebration of Día de Los Muertos 9/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and the Office of First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas proudly present the eighth annual Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Celebration – a free, family-friendly celebration of life in remembrance of loved ones who have died. This year’s celebration will include the City’s festive street parade on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Downtown Long Beach, coinciding with an Arte y Ofrendas Festival at Rainbow Lagoon that will go well into the evening, hosted by Grand Parade Día De Los Muertos Inc.
City of Long Beach Celebrates National Digital Inclusion Week 2023 9/29/2023 Long Beach, CA - The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has declared Oct. 2 through 6, 2023, as National Digital Inclusion Week, an annual week of awareness, recognition and celebration where digital inclusion advocates across the country promote their digital equity and inclusion efforts.
Long Beach Showcases Key Growth Opportunities in City’s Emerging Business Sectors at Inaugural Grow Long Beach Presentation 9/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson hosted the inaugural Grow Long Beach presentation, formerly known as “Building a Better Long Beach,” where he shared insights on future economic development opportunities across emerging business sectors and industries that are instrumental to Long Beach’s future. This year’s presentation, which took place at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Honda Pacific Vision Theater, drew hundreds of regional and national leaders from commercial and private investors, entrepreneurs, labor organizations and community stakeholders.
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 16th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count 9/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to assist with the 16th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count. Every October, volunteers and City employees work together to manually count the number of bicyclists, pedestrians and electric scooter riders across dozens of key intersections in Long Beach – and the more volunteers who sign up, the more locations the city can observe during the count.
Airport Industry Professionals Meet in Long Beach for 2023 ACI-NA Annual Conference 9/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - Airports Council International - North America, the trade association representing commercial service aiport in the United States and Canada, will hold its 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition Saturday, Sept. 30, to Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center to Temporarily Pause Operations on Wednesday, September 27 9/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach's Mobile Access Center, which provides access to case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, will temporarily pause operations on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, due to staff training.
Long Beach-Based Nonprofit Selected to Establish Community Land Trust 9/22/2023 Long Beach, CA - At its Sept. 12, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council awarded a contract to Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a fiscal sponsor for Long Beach Residents Empowered, to establish and operate a Community Land Trust.
Long Beach Health Department Now Administering COVID-19 Vaccine to Uninsured and Underinsured Only 9/22/2023 Long Beach, CA - Effective immediately, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine only to people who are un- or underinsured. While vaccine is available to most U.S. adults through private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid plans, there are still 25 to 30 million adults without health insurance and additional adults whose insurance does not cover all COVID-19 vaccine costs. The City is adjusting its vaccine operations to align with the CDC's Bridge Access Program.
Long Beach Reduces Speed Limits on 92 Miles of City Streets 9/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach recently launched a phased implementation of reducing speed limits on 92 miles of city streets as part of the citywide effort to improve roadway safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Of these streets, 50 segments will receive new speed limits of 20-mph or lower; the remaining streets, including 7th Street and other major corridors, will receive a 5-mph speed limit reduction. This action represents important progress toward the City’s Vision Zero goals, as outlined in the Safe Streets Long Beach Action Plan.
Assistant City Manager Linda F. Tatum Announces Retirement from City of Long Beach 9/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today the upcoming retirement of Assistant City Manager Linda F. Tatum. She has served as Assistant City Manager since June 2020 and previously served as Director of the City’s Development Services Department. Ms. Tatum’s career in the planning field was spent mostly in the public sector, serving in the Cities of Inglewood, Culver City and Santa Ana before joining the City of Long Beach in 2015.
Long Beach Airport Triennial Training Exercise Simulates Full-Scale Emergency Response 9/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) held a full-scale emergency response exercise today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. The preparedness drill, known as the Triennial, is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and tests the speed and effectiveness of emergency personnel and LGB staff in the event of an aircraft accident. 
City of Long Beach Announces Departure of Health and Human Services Department Director Kelly Colopy 9/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today the upcoming departure of Kelly Colopy, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department). Ms. Colopy, who has served as the Health Department Director since 2013, has been appointed Director for the Department of Human Services for Salt Lake County, Utah.
City Launches Innovative Business Insights Tool to Support Long Beach Small Businesses 9/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach continues to expand its innovative business resources with the launch of its Business Insights Tool, a new, free online resource for local businesses that makes big data accessible for small businesses, allowing them to benchmark performance, optimize marketing, and analyze competitors, suppliers and underserved markets. Small and medium sized businesses in a variety of stages, from the entrepreneur looking to start their first business to a seasoned business owner looking to expand their customer base, are encouraged to access the tool. To promote the new resource and help familiarize businesses with the platform, the City invites local small business owners, entrepreneurs and community members to participate in the Business Insights Tool workshop, taking place Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. 
Long Beach to Host Environmental Awareness Events in Celebration of First Anniversary for Office of Climate Action and Sustainability 9/18/2023 In celebration of the first anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Climate Action and Sustainability (Office) and adoption of the Long Beach Climate Action Plan (LB CAP), the City of Long Beach will recognize two days of environmental awareness and unified action. To increase awareness of the actions Long Beach residents, businesses and industries can take to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the City is inviting the community to participate in Zero Emissions Day on Thursday, Sept. 21, and California Clean Air Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
Long Beach Increases Homeless Service Outreach with Deployment of Second Mobile Access Center and Additional Service Locations 9/18/2023 The City of Long Beach launched its second Mobile Access Center (MAC) today, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. The MAC significantly lowers barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street. The deployment of the second MAC will double the number service areas throughout Long Beach, from eight to 16, available weekday mornings and afternoons during select times.
Long Beach Launches Interactive Digital Timeline Showcasing Local Homelessness Emergency Response Efforts 9/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched an interactive digital timeline of its emergency response efforts, offering a visual representation of the City’s actions taken under its emergency proclamation to address homelessness. The visual timeline supports one of the established goals of the emergency, “engaging the community in data, planning and assistance.”
Long Beach Hosting Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, September 23, to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 9/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the City of Long Beach will host its seventh donation drive thru to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute.
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates 5th Annual Vida Latina, a Celebration of Latin American Heritage 9/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (Library) 5th Annual Vida Latina celebration series will return Sept. 15 through Nov. 2, 2023. The Vida Latina celebration honors Latin American heritage through a series of captivating events at all Library locations, that will showcase the diverse and vibrant culture of Latin American communities.
Long Beach City Manager Appoints Grace H. Yoon as Deputy City Manager 9/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Grace H. Yoon as Deputy City Manager for the City of Long Beach. Ms. Yoon will work alongside the City Manager and Assistant City Manager as part of the City’s Executive Management Team to implement City Council’s policies and programs serving the Long Beach community. Ms. Yoon will begin her role as Deputy City Manager starting on Oct. 7, 2023, with a transition period with the Budget Office until Dec. 1, 2023.
Long Beach’s 5th Annual Ranchos Walk Returns Saturday, September 23 9/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will host the 5th Annual Ranchos Walk on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. Community members are invited to take a walk through history as they follow the paths that link Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos. The 9.4-mile scenic route connects the highest points in Long Beach and Signal Hill, including Reservoir Hill, Longview Point at Willow Springs Park, and Hilltop Park in Signal Hill. This year, the Ranchos Walk will highlight native plants and feature a guided audio tour. 
Community Invited to Attend LGBTQ+ Cultural District Visioning Process Evening Workshop September 25 9/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Development Services Department has received community feedback and developed concepts for a vision and feasibility plan for the new LGBTQ+ Cultural District. Residents and local stakeholders are invited to attend an evening community workshop to learn more and give feedback on improvements that they would like to see along the corridor.
Long Beach Community and Neighborhood Groups Invited to a September 13 Workshop on Funding for Projects and Events 9/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Development Services Department is inviting neighborhood associations and community groups to a workshop to learn about funding opportunities for projects and special events made available through local participating partners.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center Continues Homeless Services Outreach Throughout September 9/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout September. The MAC significantly lowers barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street.
City of Long Beach to Hold Moment of Silence in Remembrance of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks 9/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the City of Long Beach will observe a citywide moment of silence on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. Hosted by Mayor Rex Richardson and the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments, the moment of silence will serve as a citywide opportunity to honor and remember the lives lost on that tragic day. 
Long Beach Health Department Hosts Series of Reentry Symposia in September 9/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – This September, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Reentry Advisory Council will host Re-envisioning Reentry in Long Beach 2023, a series of symposia focused on the issues and challenges faced by community members after being released from jail or prison. 
City of Long Beach Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus This Year 9/8/2023 Long Beach, CA - The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this mosquito season has been reported in Long Beach. The person, in their 60s, was hospitalized and diagnosed with neuro-invasive illness, and is currently recovering.
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop 9/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library will recognize the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop culture with a series of celebratory events this September and October. The Hip Hop Celebration: 50th Anniversary Series commemorates the influential history of Hip Hop, both in Long Beach and worldwide, and showcases its four fundamental elements: breakdancing, DJing, MCing and art. The program series will commence with a kickoff celebration event taking place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Recreation Park (4900 E. 7th St.) bandshell, followed by a five-week workshop series for tweens and teens.
Long Beach Health Department Launches New Program to Equitably Distribute Drink Safety Test Kits 9/5/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched SipSafe Long Beach, a new initiative that promotes public safety by distributing drink safety test kits that detect illegal substances in beverages. The Health Department has acquired the drink safety testing kits and will implement a comprehensive approach to equitably distribute them to requesting businesses and organizations throughout the city.
Long Beach City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 9/5/2023 On Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s $3.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 24). The Adopted FY 24 Budget maintains current services while making significant one-time investments in key priority areas in line with the Long Beach Strategic Vision 2030, including commitment towards major infrastructure projects through the Elevate ’28 Plan. These initiatives aim to shape a future where all of the city’s diverse community members have a safe, clean, and healthy place to live, work and thrive.
Office of Youth Development Announces Recipients of Measure US Youth 100 Fund and Intergenerational Grant Funding for Summer Projects 9/5/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in partnership with The Nonprofit Partnership, has awarded $600,000 to 59 youth-serving summer projects throughout Long Beach this summer. Fifty-five small projects were funded through the Youth 100 Fund process, which provides mini-grants to formal and informal community groups implementing youth neighborhood engagement opportunities. An additional four projects, which are larger in scope, were funded through Intergenerational Youth Development Grants, which focus on programming for youth and their parents, caregivers and/or adult allies.
Are You Prepared for a Disaster? 9/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications (Department) will recognize National Preparedness Month throughout the month of September to promote personal, household and community preparedness. In alignment with FEMA’s 2023 theme, “Helping Older Adults Prepare for Disaster,” this year, the City will focus on preparing older adults and people with disabilities, especially those who are living alone, low income or isolated from supportive services.
Long Beach Public Library to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the African American Resource Area at Burnett Neighborhood Library 8/31/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (Library) is pleased to announce the grand unveiling of the newly renovated African American Resource Area at Burnett Neighborhood Library (560 E. Hill St.) on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the community are invited to celebrate this significant milestone at this free event to learn more about this unique collection, which has been an integral part of the Burnett Neighborhood Library for 25 years. The festivities will include a captivating social hour featuring live music, distinguished guest speakers and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 
Long Beach Airport Unveils, Preserves Full Mosaic Masterwork in Historic Terminal 8/31/2023 Long Beach, CA – Renovations underway on the Historic Terminal at Long Beach Airport (LGB) appear part construction site, part archaeologic dig as workers carefully unearth long unseen portions of a 1941 mosaic masterwork by artist Grace Clements.
Long Beach Volunteers Needed for 39th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, September 23 8/31/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is inviting the community to get involved and make a positive impact on the local environment by participating in the 39th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day taking place Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.
City of Long Beach and Community Partners to Host Inaugural National Disability Employee Awareness Month Job Fair for People with Disabilities on October 3 8/30/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach's Office of Equity and Citizen's Advisory Commission on Disability, along with community partners, will host its first-ever job fair for people with disabilities on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Civic Center Plaza and City Hall.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking for Davenport Park Expansion 8/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach celebrated the launch of the Davenport Park Phase II expansion project with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring Mayor Rex Richardson, Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin II and other City leaders. 
City of Long Beach Seeks Community Feedback for Future Improvements at Long Beach Pride Tower 8/29/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is inviting the community to provide initial feedback on future improvements to the Long Beach Pride Lifeguard Tower through an online community survey now available through Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. The community is also invited to attend an in-person community meeting on Sept. 27, 2023, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Bixby Park Community Center (130 Cherry Ave.) to learn more about the project and share their feedback. 
City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat 8/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – With excessive temperatures this week, City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis is advising residents to take precautions against the heat. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid to high 90s in parts of Long Beach today, Aug. 28, and tomorrow, Aug. 29.
Long Beach Hosting Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, August 26 to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 8/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the City of Long Beach will host its sixth donation drive thru to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Free After School Programs for Youth Begins August 28 8/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is once again offering its free After School Program, which safely engages youth ages 5 to 12 with educational and engaging activities during the after-school hours. Registration for the After School Program begins Monday, Aug. 28, 2023.
Long Beach Offering Community Learning Hubs and Mobile Recess Programs to Provide Safe and Engaging Recreation for Youth After School 8/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will once again offer its Community Learning Hubs and Mobile Recess Programs this fall.
Community Invited to Participate in Youth-led Tours of Long Beach’s North, West and Washington Neighborhoods 8/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – For the second year, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in partnership with the Youth Leadership Institute, will host the My Hood, My City program’s youth-led neighborhood tours in the North, West and Washington neighborhoods in late August and early September. The tours will be the concluding event to the summer program, where participating youth will lead an in-person walk of their neighborhoods focused on raising awareness of its cultural and structural makeup.
City of Long Beach Launches Second Round of Request for Proposals for Health Equity Community Projects 8/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is launching a second round of Request for Proposals (RFP) to partner with community organizations to implement programs that address the systemic barriers and racism that created the inequitable differences seen locally throughout the pandemic and address the impacts of COVID-19 in the most at-risk, historically underserved and under-resourced communities in Long Beach.
Long Beach Public Library Adds Monday Service Hours at Three Neighborhood Libraries, Additional Locations to Follow 8/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - Beginning Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, the Long Beach Public Library will will offer an additional day of service on Mondays at three neighborhood library locations - Alamitos, Harte and Michelle Obama - with two additional locations anticipated to begin in late September. 
City of Long Beach Awarded $5.3 Million from State of California in Encampment Resolution Funding to Address Key Areas of Need in Downtown 8/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has been awarded $5.3 million in Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) from the State of California. The funding will provide much needed additional attention and focus in parts of Downtown Long Beach with a high level of need. City Outreach staff, through focused and respectful outreach, will provide services to people experiencing homelessness in the area with the addition of immediate interim and emergency shelter options and the goal of transitioning to safe and stable permanent housing.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Labor Day 8/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
Long Beach Homelessness Text Alert Program Now Includes Spanish Notifications 8/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s Homelessness Text Alert Program, which provides text notifications about services and resources available for people experiencing homelessness, is now offering notifications in Spanish. People interested in receiving text notifications in Spanish can text keyword “HOGAR” to 99411.
City of Long Beach Cleanup Efforts Underway After Tropical Storm Hilary 8/21/2023 Following Tropical Storm Hilary, the City of Long Beach is conducting cleanup efforts across the city with focus on impact areas. Although the storm had the potential to cause widespread damage across the city, conditions were manageable. Through preparedness efforts by the City and by the community, aftereffects of the storm were greatly minimized.
City of Long Beach Temporarily Closes Parks, Sports Facilities for Recreational Use and Beach Parking Lots Due to Severe Weather System 8/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Effective at noon today, Aug. 20, the City of Long Beach is temporarily closing all City-run parks, trails and sports facilities for recreational use as well as beach parking lots. This action comes out of an abundance of caution for the safety of the community, as the severe weather system from Tropical Storm Hilary is expected to impact Long Beach and surrounding cities today, Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21.
City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Report Storm-Related Issues To Mitigate Impacts of Flooding and Storm Debris 8/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – In response to the severe weather system expected to affect Long Beach today, Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21, as a result of Tropical Storm (formerly Hurricane) Hilary, the City of Long Beach advises residents to report storm-related issues by calling the Department of Public Works maintenance hotline at 562.570.2700 (option 3 for clogged storm drains and option 4 for downed trees) or by submitting a request on Go Long Beach by selecting “Street Repair.”
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 8/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced this morning. The storm resulting from Tropical Storm (formerly Hurricane) Hilary is expected to bring several inches of rain to Long Beach.
Additional Sandbags Available Today, August 20, for Long Beach Residents 8/20/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, Aug. 20, the City of Long Beach is making additional sandbags available to residents living in historically vulnerable areas that are prone to flooding, including low-lying areas and places susceptible to water intrusion.
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding the Mobilization of Temporary Emergency Shelter Space to Support People Leaving Catalina Island to Seek Shelter and Support 8/19/2023 Long Beach, CA - In response to Hurricane Hilary, the Category 3 storm moving toward California, residents of Catalina Island are being advised to leave the island as a precaution. To assist Avalon, the City of Long Beach will open a temporary shelter to support people who have left the island and do not have any other shelter plans during this unprecedented weather event.
City of Long Beach Modifies Operations at Two City-Run Testing and Vaccination Clinics in Preparation for Hurricane Hilary 8/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – In preparation for the severe weather system expected to affect Long Beach and the surrounding areas on Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21, as a result of Hurricane Hilary, the City of Long Beach will modify its City-run testing and vaccination clinics at two locations. 
Long Beach Temporarily Increases Shelter Operations for People Experiencing Homelessness in Anticipation of Local Severe Weather Systems Due to Hurricane Hilary 8/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – As the City of Long Beach prepares for a significant weather system resulting from Hurricane Hilary, which is expected to bring significant rain and wind throughout Long Beach, the Homeless Services Bureau is temporarily increasing shelter services and outreach for people experiencing homelessness.
City of Long Beach Preparing for Potential Significant Swells, Rain and Wind Resulting from Hurricane Hilary; Issues Advisory for Residents and Visitors 8/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – City of Long Beach officials are preparing for a significant weather system resulting from Hurricane Hilary, currently located off the coast of Mexico. This weather event is expected to bring significant rain and wind throughout Long Beach with increased swells specifically noted along the oceanfront. High winds and intermittent periods of heavy precipitation are also anticipated citywide. The storm system is expected to arrive early Sunday morning, Aug. 20, and into Monday, Aug. 21.
Long Beach to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Nautical Themed Playground at Admiral Kidd Park 8/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites the public to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new Admiral Kidd Park Playground (2125 Santa Fe Ave.) taking place on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, at 11 a.m.
Community Invited to Help Shape the Future of Downtown Long Beach and Nearby Shoreline 8/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Development Services Department is inviting residents and local stakeholders to get involved and provide input on a planning effort to update land use plans for the Downtown and adjacent waterfront areas. The initiative will update regulations for development in Downtown and establish a common vision for the future of the Downtown Shoreline area.
Long Beach to Transition City’s Meeting Management System to New Platform This October 8/14/2023 Long Beach, CA - This October, the City of Long Beach will transition its agenda and meeting management system to a new platform called OneMeeting for its agendas, minutes and videos for all City Council, Committee, Board and Commission meetings.
Say Farewell to Summer with a Concert at El Dorado Park West Featuring Journey USA, Hosted by Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine 8/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will conclude its 2023 summer concert season with a free, farewell to summer concert at El Dorado Park West (2760 Studebaker Rd.) featuring Journey USA, the ultimate Journey tribute band, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.
City of Long Beach Seeks to Mass Distribute Water to People Experiencing Homelessness, Donating Water to Local Community Based Organizations to Further Efforts 8/14/2023 Long Beach, CA - In an ongoing effort to increase access to clean water and other essentials for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services' Homeless Services Bureau is offering cases of water to local community-based organizations and advocates supporting people experiencing homelessness. 
Long Beach Public Library’s Brewitt Neighborhood Library Celebrates 75th Anniversary 8/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Brewitt Neighborhood Library, a cherished pillar of the East Long Beach community, is proud to celebrate its 75th Diamond Celebration. Originally known as the East Long Beach Branch when it opened its doors in August of 1948, the library has upheld its legacy as a warm and inviting neighborhood hub, spanning over 75 years of service. 
Long Beach Animal Care Services Joins NBCUniversal Local’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ Pet Adoption and Donation Campaign This August 8/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2023 Clear The Shelters national pet adoption and donation campaign, taking place through Aug. 31, 2023, holding adoption specials throughout the month and encouraging residents to get involved.
Community Invited to Attend Homebuyer Information and Resource Workshops 8/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Development Services Department is hosting two special events to provide residents with valuable homeownership information and resources. The free evening workshops will present details about the City’s First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program (Program) as well as information about various federal and county housing programs available to residents.
Long Beach Seeks Community Input on Bike Share and E-Scooter Share Programs 8/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is evaluating its shared mobility programs to better understand how customers are using Bike Share and E-scooter share programs in Long Beach. As a part of the evaluation, the City invites program users to complete a short 10-minute online survey now available until Aug. 28, 2023.
City of Long Beach to Host Third Annual Long Beach Youth Festival in September 8/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Health Department’s Office of Youth Development, in partnership with the City’s Youth and Families Commission, Long Beach Public Library, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, Pacific Gateway, Office of Climate Action and Sustainability, and the Mayor’s Fund for Education, will host its third annual Youth Festival at the Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Youth and emerging adults ages 11 to 26 are invited to participate in this free, empowering one-day event, guided by the City’s Long Beach Youth & Emerging Adults Strategic Plan and centered around youth voice, diversity, equity and education.
‘READY Long Beach’ Set to Return September 9 8/8/2023 Long Beach, CA - On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, the Long Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team, in partnership with other City of Long Beach departments, regional disaster preparedness agencies and community partners, will host the 7th annual READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo.
City of Long Beach Launches Community Crisis Response Team 8/7/2023 Today, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) announced the launch of its Community Crisis Response Team. The five-person team will respond to a subset of calls-for-service where mental health support, health education and resource navigation could support the safety and health outcomes for community members at the center of calls.
Long Beach Airport and Arts Council for Long Beach Launch National Call for Artists to Celebrate Airport’s 100th Anniversary 8/3/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) and the Arts Council for Long Beach (ArtsLB) today announced a national Call for Artists to commission artwork for an art vinyl mural project measuring three stories on Parking Structure A, across from the Ticketing Lobby. The project is timed to coincide with the Airport’s 100th anniversary this fall. 
Long Beach Airport Seeks Proposals for Pre-Security Dining and Retail Concessions Submissions Accepted through September 27 8/3/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach release a request for proposals today for the operation and management of three pre-security concession opportunities available at Long Beach Airport.
Long Beach Emergency Communications Center Launches “Help Us Help You” Campaign 8/2/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, responsible for the delivery of the City’s Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, is launching their “Help Us Help You” campaign to reduce the number of non-emergency calls answered by 9-1-1 Dispatchers. Through the educational campaign, the City encourages residents to “‘Help Us’ reduce the number of non-emergency calls answered by 9-1-1 dispatchers, so the City can ‘Help You’ by more quickly answering and responding to emergency calls for service.”
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer a Variety of Classes for Residents this Fall 8/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes offered by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, August 7. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in September and continue through November 2023.
City of Long Beach Unveils Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 8/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, August 1, 2023, the City of Long Beach unveiled its Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 24) Budget and the Mayor’s recommendations.
City of Long Beach Announces Availability of $12.7 Million in Loans for the Creation of New Affordable Housing Developments 7/31/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Development Services Department is seeking to award $12.7 million in loans to qualified housing development companies for the production of new affordable rental housing in the city.
City of Long Beach Launches Request for Proposals for Latinx Health Collaborative 7/31/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with a community organization that can establish and facilitate an ongoing Latinx Health Collaborative. This opportunity will provide one-time seed funding to lead and sustain a collaborative space for Latinx-owned and - serving organizations to coordinate health equity efforts and direct services informed by the City's Mi Vida Cuenta COVID-19 Latinx Health Initiative Report and Workplan.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center Continues Homeless Services Outreach Throughout August 7/31/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select Long Beach areas weekdays throughout August. The MAC significantly lowers barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street.
City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Summer Heat 7/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – With rising summer temperatures, some exceeding high heat index, City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis reminds residents to take precautions against the heat.  The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.
Long Beach Public Library’s Bay Shore Neighborhood Library to Close for Scheduled Renovation 7/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Bay Shore Neighborhood Library (195 Bay Shore Ave.) will temporarily close for a scheduled renovation beginning Monday, August 14. The last day of library service at this location is Saturday, August 12. Due to the extensive renovation work to be conducted, an estimated eight-month closure is anticipated. During this period, all library services, including exterior book returns, will be unavailable at this location.
Long Beach Public Library’s Mark Twain Neighborhood Library to Resume Full-Service Operations Beginning August 1 7/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.) will resume full-service operations beginning Tuesday, August 1. This comes after the branch temporarily transitioned to the “To-Go” model of service earlier this month due to ongoing staffing shortages and unwanted behavior taking place inside and outside the facility. 
Long Beach Health Department to Host Summer Youth Exhibition July 27 7/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – To wrap-up its 2023 Healthy Long Beach Youth Summer Program, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Tobacco Education and Prevention and Green Light LB programs, in collaboration with community partners and local youth, will host the Healthy Long Beach Youth Summer Exhibition. The exhibition will take place on Thursday, July 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald R. Arias Health Equity Center (6335 Myrtle Ave.) at Houghton Park. 
Save the Date! Long Beach’s 12th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival to Take Place August 19 at Houghton Park 7/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and the Office of Ninth District Councilmember Joni Ricks-Oddie present the 12th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, headlined by American funk band, The Original Lakeside. The festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2023, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, 90805). The afternoon event will feature a lineup of incredible music and entertainment, a food and beer garden, a Kids Zone, and a variety of vendor and community resource booths.
City of Long Beach Announces $250,000 in Funding for Two New Neighborhood Grant Programs 7/20/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Development Services Department is now seeking proposal applications from established Long Beach neighborhood associations for grants of up to $10,000 to support public service programs within designated areas of the city and for micro grants of up to $1,500 to host neighborhood events or improvement projects citywide.
Long Beach to Host Fifth Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, July 29 7/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the City of Long Beach will host its fifth donation drive thru to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute. 
City of Long Beach Now Accepting Applications for New Lived Experience Advisory Board 7/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is recruiting residents who are currently or were previously experiencing homelessness to participate in the new Lived Experience Advisory Board, a paid committee that will provide valuable feedback on homeless services in Long Beach. Applications are available now and will remain open until the 11 committee spots are filled.
Long Beach Health Department to Host Prep for Pride Tuesday, July 18 7/17/2023 Long Beach, CA - As the Long Beach community gears up for Pride celebrations taking place next month, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is urging everyone to complete their mpox vaccination series for maximum protection. The Health Department will host Prep for Pride! on Tuesday, July 18, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (1950 Lemon Ave.).
City of Long Beach Earns Special Housing Designation from State Agency 7/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has been recognized by the state as a local government agency that is committed to policies and practices that remove barriers to housing production. The Prohousing Designation by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will also give the city and housing developers a scoring edge when competing with other agencies for various state housing grant and loan programs.
City of Long Beach Seeks Additional Community Input for its Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Budget, Hosts Community Budget Meetings and Other Engagement Opportunities July and August 7/14/2023 Long Beach, CA - On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the City of Long Beach will release its Proposed Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 24) Budget. The presentation will include the City Manager's Proposed Budget, the Mayor's Recommendations to the City Council and the Proposed FY 24 Capital Improvement Plan. As part of the FY 24 Budget development process, the City will conduct another round of engagement opportunities for the Long Beach community to share their input.
City of Long Beach Seeks Information Regarding the May 9 Fatal Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy, Issues $25,000 Reward in Partnership with Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 7/13/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Police Department is seeking information regarding the May 9, 2023, shooting incident towards three Long Beach children, which resulted in the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy, injuries to a 14-year-old girl and a physically uninjured 13-year-old girl. While LBPD detectives have made steadfast progress in their investigation since the incident occurred, including the notable recent arrest of two suspects, the LBPD seeks to further their investigation. In effort to encourage people with information to come forward, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has issued a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in this senseless act of violence.
City of Long Beach Seeks Partner for Electric Bike Lending Library Program 7/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today released an Invitation to Bid (ITB) to provide bikes and equipment for the City’s upcoming Electric Bike (E-Bike) Lending Library program. By enabling Long Beach residents to borrow e-bikes for an extended period of time, the E-Bike Lending Library program will expand familiarity with e-bike technology, increase e-bike ridership within the city and encourage an active, zero-emission mode of travel.
Community Invited to Help Shape Zoning Code Update in Bixby Knolls 7/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is inviting residents to learn about and help inform updates to zoning regulations in Bixby Knolls as part of the ongoing citywide Zone In planning effort. 
Fourth of July Weekend Public Safety Statistics 7/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – Last month, the City of Long Beach activated its Celebrate Safely campaign to educate the public about the hazards of fireworks, the consequences of setting off fireworks illegally, and safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. The Long Beach coastline filled with visitors who enjoyed the professional firework show over the downtown waterfront on July 4. 
City of Long Beach Holding Refuse Operator Hiring Event on July 22 7/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is holding a hiring event to immediately fill current openings for Refuse Operator positions with the Public Works Department. The event will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City’s Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave.
Long Beach Public Library’s Mark Twain Neighborhood Library Temporarily Operating as To-Go Service Only 7/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL)’s Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.) is temporarily operating under the “To-Go” model of service effective now through, at minimum, the end of July. This transition is necessary to address ongoing staffing shortages the LBPL system continues to face at many of its branches, as well as unwanted behavior taking place inside and outside the facility, in order to effectively conduct library business and provide a positive and inspiring environment for all who entered the doors and best serve the local community.  
City of Long Beach Announces Departure of City of Seal Beach from Long Beach Animal Care Contract 6/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today the departure of the City of Seal Beach from its longtime contract with Long Beach Animal Care Services. This news comes after the June 26, 2023, Seal Beach City Council approval to discontinue its contract with Long Beach Animal Care Services to implement an in-house animal care program to more closely connect and communicate with their community. From 2004 to 2023, the City of Seal Beach contracted with the City of Long Beach to provide animal care services, including sheltering, rescue operations, animal licensing and enforcement issues, to the Seal Beach community.
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center Continues Homeless Services Outreach Throughout July 6/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select areas weekdays throughout July. The MAC significantly lowers barriers to providing case management services and other resources for people experiencing homelessness, as it allows the City’s Homeless Services Bureau outreach staff to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building and start the intake process right on the street. 
City of Long Beach Invests in Safe, Engaging Programs and Activities for Youth All Summer Long 6/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach continues to invest in local youth by offering a variety of citywide programming to ensure local youth and emerging adults have safe, secure places to play and engage in activities during the long, hot summer days. This year, the City is allocating a total of $11.6 million for summer youth programming in Long Beach.  
Office of Youth Development Announces Youth Power PB (Participatory Budgeting) Long Beach Awardees 6/28/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Office of Youth Development, in partnership with The Nonprofit Partnership and Invest in Youth Coalition anchored by Khmer Girls in Action, will award $300,000 to seven organizations selected by youth as part of a participatory budgeting pilot project.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule in Observance of Independence Day 6/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
Long Beach Airport Launches Externship for Local High School Students 6/26/2023 Long Beach Airport (LGB)kicked off its first Careers Taking Flight Externship Program last week, with 13 students from Cabrillo and Jordan high schools learning about a wide variety of aviation careers and how to make themselves competitive for future positions.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Official Opening of the New Junior Lifeguard Facility 6/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the official opening of the new Long Beach Junior Lifeguard facility. Located on East Ocean Boulevard and Claremont Place adjacent to the Claremont Launch Ramp, a ribbon cutting ceremony featured Third District Councilmember Kristina Duggan and other City leaders.
City of Long Beach Releases Preliminary Plan for a Proposed Special LGBTQ+ District 6/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today released a preliminary plan that details community history and synthesizes local input so far for the designation and celebration of a proposed special LGBTQ+ District. Known formally as the LGBTQ+ Cultural Report, released to coincide with LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June, the report outlines the next steps for the initiative including suggestions for neighborhood- and business-led activation opportunities. 
Long Beach Airport’s Ticketing Lobby Receives Construction Management Award 6/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) was honored yesterday with a Project Achievement Award for its new Ticketing Lobby from the Construction Management Association of America Southern California Chapter (CMAASC). Awards recognizing outstanding construction management were presented at the CMAASC’s 30th Annual Gala in Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Updating Regulations to Better Support Development of Secondary and Accessory Dwelling Units 6/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is announcing a plan to develop a new local ordinance for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and an ordinance for two-unit residential developments in alignment with Senate Bill 9 (SB 9). The establishment of these two ordinances will help meet the city’s housing needs while also implementing State housing laws. When finalized, the ordinances will provide clear standards and procedures, and construction and style guidance, for residential ADUs as well as for SB 9 opportunities on single-family residential lots. 
City of Long Beach to Launch Shop Long Beach Program this July to Encourage Shopping Local 6/22/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is launching the Shop Long Beach program, a Long Beach Recovery Act funded initiative focused on supporting local small businesses and rewarding customers for shopping in Long Beach. The Shop Long Beach program will provide the opportunity for customers to earn valuable rewards for supporting their favorite small businesses and incentives to discover new places by accumulating reward points that can be spent like cash at a wide range of establishments throughout the city. The Shop Long Beach program is open to most locally owned, independent merchants throughout Long Beach. This innovative rewards program is set to launch in July with a “Small Biz Blitz” contest and thousands of dollars in rewards prizes beginning this summer. To participate, small businesses and shoppers are encouraged to sign up early at shoplb.org. 
City of Long Beach to Host Community Meeting to Share Updates on the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center Project 6/22/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Office of the City Manager and Department of Public Works are hosting a community meeting to provide a comprehensive overview of the Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center Project at the coastline site of the former Belmont Plaza Pool near Granada Beach.
Long Beach Launches Recruitment for City’s First-Ever Director of Police Oversight 6/20/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach announced today the recruitment launch for selecting its first-ever Director of Police Oversight. This position will provide integral leadership for the newly adopted Office of Police Oversight and will work to support and collaborate with the Police Oversight Commission. 
Long Beach Reminds Residents and Visitors to Celebrate Safely Over Fourth of July 6/16/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate safely this Fourth of July to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. 
Long Beach to Host Fourth Donation Drive Thru Event Saturday, June 24 6/16/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the City of Long Beach will host its fourth donation drive thru event, as part of a monthly series, to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute. 
City of Long Beach $3.6 Million Loan to AMCAL Will Help Bring New Affordable Housing to Downtown Area 6/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – A $3.6 million loan by the City of Long Beach to a regional developer will be used to help acquire a Downtown property for a new affordable housing project that will offer 100 apartment units for low- and very low-income residents.
Community Invited to Provide Feedback on Final Designs for Belmont Shore Gateway Signage 6/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Belmont Shore Parking Commission invites the community to take a survey and share their feedback on potential Belmont Shore gateway signage. Now through July 7, 2023, community members may complete the survey online at: bit.ly/CLBBelmont.
Long Beach Receives Excellent Dry Season Grades in 2022-2023 Beach Report Card 6/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has received high recreational water quality grades from Heal the Bay for 2022-2023, with 93% percent of its beaches receiving A or B grades for the dry summer months, according to the Annual Beach Report Card that was released on June 14, 2023. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past decade. 
Long Beach Public Library Launches English as a Second Language Program 6/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is pleased to announce the launch of ESL @ LBPL as the newest component of LB Reads, LBPL’s adult literacy program. ESL @ LBPL offers free English language learning programming designed to help adults build their English skills and gain success in their roles as individuals, family members, employees and members of the community, and aims to build confidence and comfortability in learners to excel in an English-dominant city.  
Parks, Recreation and Marine Launches New Park Ambassador Program 6/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has launched a Park Ambassador program. The programs main goals are to significantly enhance staff presence in our major parks, provide staffing to address patron complaints, enhance the cleanliness of park facilities and improve the experience of visitors at City parks. 
City of Long Beach Extends Overnight Safe Parking Program South of Downtown Through 2023 6/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – Following the success of the Safe Parking Program just south of Downtown, the City of Long Beach will continue emergency operations of its Safe Parking Program with a temporary site in the area through 2023 while the City also seeks a location for a permanent site. The City's Safe Parking Program provides a safe, dignified environment for people currently sheltering in their vehicles to park overnight while receiving access to basic needs and being connected to services.
Long Beach City Council Approves City’s Acquisition of Long Beach Rescue Mission Property to Serve as Permanent, Year-Round Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness 6/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – At the June 13, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 9 to 0 vote the authorization for the purchase of property, located at 702 W. Anaheim St. and currently owned by the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Inc., to be utilized by the City of Long Beach as a permanent, year-round shelter for people experiencing homelessness. This acquisition comes in response to the City’s local homelessness emergency proclamation and expanded efforts to increase access to interim housing, services and connections to permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach.
Community Invited to the Long Beach Health Department’s Power Up Your Summer Kickoff 6/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ (Health Department) Healthy Active Long Beach program and the Walk and Roll Long Beach program, in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, invites the community to attend the 2023 Power Up Your Summer Kickoff on Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave). This free event launches Healthy Active Long Beach’s Power Up Your Summer campaign that encourages youth to engage in 60 minutes of active play every day over the summer months. 
Long Beach Housing Authority Awarded 79 Stability Housing Vouchers to Connect People Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness to Permanent Housing 6/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach, located within the Department of Health and Human Services, recently received 79 Stability Housing Vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On April 17, 2023, HUD announced Long Beach as one of eight Continuum of Care communities in California to receive Stability Housing Vouchers, which will be utilized to connect even more qualifying individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. 
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Juneteenth 6/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Juneteenth on Monday, June 19, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Summer Food Service Program for Children June 20 through August 25 6/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – For the 44th year in a row, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program to provide free, nutritious meals to Long Beach children and youth over the summer months.
Water Playgrounds to Open at Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Beach on June 16 6/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will open the popular inflatable “Wibit” aquatic playgrounds at Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Avenue on Friday, June 16, 2023, offering residents and visitors of these Long Beach beaches free, family-friendly fun and active water play all summer long through Monday, Sept. 4. 
City of Long Beach Wins Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award 6/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has received a prestigious 2023 Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for the City’s first-ever Suburbanization and Race Historic Context Statement. The Statement aims to help fill historical gaps by guiding future planning land use decisions that are rooted in a deeper understanding of the city’s history and evolution and further support and uplift historically underrepresented communities. 
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center Continues Homeless Services Outreach Throughout June 6/10/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is continuing deployment of its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select areas throughout June, conducting outreach in similar areas as the month of May so that Homeless Services Bureau staff can continue to conduct meaningful engagement and relationship building, an essential component in increasing access to resources and services. The June MAC schedule also includes new locations in the Belmont Shore and East Village areas.
Long Beach City Council to Discuss Acquisition of Long Beach Rescue Mission Property to Serve as Permanent, Year-Round Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness 6/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – During the June 13, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council will discuss and vote on the authorization for the purchase of property located at 702 W. Anaheim Street currently owned by the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Inc. that, if acquired by the City, will be utilized as a permanent, year-round shelter for people experiencing homelessness. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Recreation Programs Starting June 20 6/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer a variety of popular, free recreation programs for families, teens and older adults beginning June 20, 2023. Residents can call or visit their neighborhood park community centers for schedules and to register for activities.
23rd Annual KJLH Women’s Health Expo Returns to Long Beach 6/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – The KJLH Women’s Health Expo, one of the largest health events for women in Southern California, will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023. The Expo is presented by the Black Infant Health Program (BIH) Long Beach/Fresno as title sponsor. The theme of this year’s event is “H.E.R. - Healthy, Empowered, Remarkable” and over 10,000 women are expected to attend.
Long Beach Temporarily Closes Open Swimming Areas Along Coastal Beaches Due to Sewage Spill 6/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, has ordered all open coastal swimming areas in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.
Los Altos Neighborhood Library to Temporarily Close for Maintenance Preparation 6/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Los Altos Neighborhood Library, located at 5614 E. Britton Drive, will temporarily close for scheduled facility maintenance beginning Thursday, June 15, 2023, and is anticipated to reopen on Wednesday, July 5, 2023. This closure is needed to prepare the facility for a scheduled heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement project, funded partially by Measure A, anticipated to begin later this summer. 
City of Long Beach Publishes Smart Cities Initiative 2023 Annual Report 6/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Technology and Innovation has published its second Smart City Initiative Annual Report, which reports on the City’s progress in meeting the 11 objectives of the 2021 Smart City Strategy and showcases innovative technology and data privacy accomplishments over the last year. 
Claire Beeli Selected as Long Beach’s Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate 6/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – During a live announcement ceremony held on June 1, Long Beach announced its first ever Youth Poet Laureate and Poet Ambassadors of its inaugural Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program, which brings Long Beach youth the opportunity to enact positive change in their communities through activism and art. 
Kick Off Summer with Pet Preparedness Month 6/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is recognizing National Pet Preparedness Month this June by hosting a variety of pet adoption and community engagement events that will offer residents educational resources and tools to help address challenges families and their pets may face during an emergency and encourage residents to include their four-legged friends in their family preparedness plans and disaster kits. 
Long Beach Public Library’s Digital Library Offers 21st Century Skill-Building and Access to a Wide Variety of Free Business Resources 6/2/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library continues to build its repertoire of free business resources through its Digital Library, which offers free access to top professional development platforms that normally cost $1,000 or more per subscription.
Long Beach Advancing Peace Hosts Leaders of Violence Prevention Symposium 6/2/2023 Long Beach, CA – In honor or National Gun Violence Awareness Month, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ (Health Department) program Long Beach Advancing Peace will host Leaders of Violence Prevention Community Symposium, addressing violence prevention efforts, best practices and challenges.
Community Invited to Provide Input on Updated Subdivision Ordinance 6/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is in the process of comprehensively updating its Subdivision Ordinance for the first time since 1983. The Ordinance provides guidance and procedures for the design and improvement of various types of land divisions in the city. These regulations help preserve and protect valuable natural resources and amenities in the city while ensuring public health, safety and convenience.  
City Seeks Partners to Support Long Beach Collaboratory Smart City Initiative Program 6/1/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with qualified organizations to support the new Smart City Initiative Program, the Long Beach Collaboratory (LB Co-Lab), to provide technology solutions that address neighborhood challenges sourced by community participants from four Long Beach neighborhoods.
City of Long Beach Announces Departure of Animal Care Services Bureau Manager Staycee Dains as She Accepts Position as General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services 6/1/2023 Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the forthcoming departure of Animal Care Services Bureau Manager Staycee Dains, who joined the City of Long Beach in February 2019. 
Long Beach Health Department Provides Safety Tips on Controlling Mosquitos 5/30/2023 Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and mosquito season, and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) encourages everyone to do their part to control mosquitos.
City of Long Beach to Increase Access to Sexual Health Resources 5/30/2023 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched a new condom distribution program that provides free condoms and lubricants to promote sexual health and reduce HIV/STI infections. The program aims to increase the availability, accessibility and acceptability of condoms.
Long Beach Public Library Launches Annual Summer Reading Program 5/30/2023 The Long Beach Public Library’s (Library) annual Summer Reading Program kicks off Saturday, June 10, and invites readers of all ages to “Find Your Voice” by reading, completing activities and enjoying special events and programs at all 12 Library locations. The Summer Reading program runs from June 10 to August 12, and encourages participants to read by awarding incentives for every five days they read, with extra incentives for completing activities and writing book reviews.
Long Beach to Announce Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate and Poet Ambassadors 5/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach will announce its inaugural Youth Poet Laureate and Poet Ambassadors at a culminating evening ceremony of poetry and communty taking place Thursday, June 1, at 6 p.m.
City of Long Beach Seeks Feedback on Procurement Process Via Vendor Engagement Survey 5/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Financial Management is asking past, current and prospective vendors to participate in a Vendor Engagement Survey. The City of Long Beach spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on goods and services, and feedback on the procurement process can help make these opportunities more accessible to interested vendors.
Youth Invited to Apply for Long Beach’s Youth Advisory Council 5/26/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is now accepting applications for the Office of Youth Development's second iteration of the Youth Advisory Council.
City of Long Beach Begins Payments for Long Beach Pledge Guaranteed Income Pilot Program 5/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has begun issuing the first payments to participants of the Long Beach Pledge, the City’s guaranteed income pilot program. The program is providing $500 a month for 12 months to 250 families with children who live in the 90813 zip code, are below 100% of the federal poverty line and have one income earner for their household. 
Local Homeowners Encouraged to Apply for City of Long Beach Roof Repair Grant Program 5/25/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is encouraging local, qualifying homeowners to apply for the federally-funded Home Improvement Roof Grant Program, available for income-eligible homeowners to have their roofs repaired or replaced by qualified contractors.
My Hood, My City to Return for Second Year 5/25/2023 Long Beach, CA - Following the success of last year's youth-led neighborhood tours, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Youth Leadership Institute, will host a new series of tours this summer.
Long Beach City Council Approves to Establish Reward for Information Regarding May 9 Fatal Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy 5/25/2023 Long Beach, CA - During the May 2, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 9 to 0 vote for the City Manager to enter discussions with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to partner on establishing a reward of no less than $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) involved in the May 9, 2023, fatal shooting that resulted in the tragic death of a 12-year-old boy and injuries to a 14-year-old girl - both Long Beach residents.
City of Long Beach Seeks Local Businesses to Participate in Fall Job Fair for People with Disabilities 5/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking local employers to sign up to participate in a forthcoming job fair for people with disabilities seeking employment. Co-hosted by the City’s Office of Equity and the Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disability, the job fair will take place in October and will focus on hiring from the local disability talent pool. 
Long Beach to Host Third Drive Thru Donation Event Saturday, May 27, to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 5/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the City of Long Beach will host its third donation drive thru event as part of a monthly series, to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness. The event will take place at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Announces Long Beach Municipal Band 2023 Summer Concert Season 5/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Municipal Band will celebrate their 114th season this year with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks, from June 27 through August 4, 2023, with a different theme every week. 
City Launches Downtown Planning Initiative 5/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in close collaboration with local stakeholders, is launching the process of reviewing its land use planning documents for the Downtown area including the adjacent oceanfront. The planning initiative is designed to update the regulations for development in Downtown and to establish a common vision and supportive land use strategies for the future of the Downtown Shoreline area. 
Long Beach Celebrates Official Opening of Wrigley Greenbelt 5/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach celebrated the official opening of Wrigley Greenbelt with a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, May 19. This grant-funded community project provides restoration and preservation of green space in Long Beach’s Wrigley Neighborhood along the I-710 freeway.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Host Summer Kickoff Concert at El Dorado Park West on May 26 5/18/2023 The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will welcome the summer season with a free concert featuring the ultimate 80’s party dance band, FlashPants. Concert goers can dance and sing along to the sounds of Flock of Seagulls, Devo, Bon Jovi, Eurythmics, Beastie Boys and other 80’s legends. The concert will take place on Friday, May 26 at El Dorado Park West located on Studebaker Road north of Willow Street.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Memorial Day 5/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City of Long Beach Seeks Community Partners to Expand Safe Passage Program 5/16/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with three qualified organizations to support the expansion of its existing Safe Passage Program and increase the safety of youth walking to and from school in North, West and Central Long Beach.
Long Beach Now Offering Evening Mental Health Therapy Programming to People Experiencing Homelessness 5/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Homeless Services Bureau is now offering evening mental health therapy programming for people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, including those who are unsheltered and those staying in congregate or non-congregate shelters in Long Beach. This new offering is in addition to existing mental health services currently offered during business hours and includes scheduled 45-minute phone therapy sessions, available weekday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. 
City of Long Beach Recognized for Excellence and Outstanding Achievements in Planning 5/12/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has received four prestigious awards from American Planning Association, Los Angeles, a professional organization which recognizes and celebrats many of the most noteworthy governmental planning projects, programs and environmental plans in the region and statewide.
Long Beach to Host Sunset Ceremony Commemorating Memorial Day 5/11/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Office of Veterans Support, which is part of the Long Beach Health and Human Services Department, will host a free, family-friendly community event on Sunday, May 28 to commemorate Memorial Day.
City Announces Departure of Deputy City Manager Katy Nomura 5/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the forthcoming departure of Deputy City Manager Katy Nomura, who joined the City of Long Beach in June 2022. Her last day with the City will be June 2, 2023.
Long Beach City Council Adopts Proposed Cambodian American Cultural Center Vision and Feasibility Plan 5/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – At the May 9, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council voted 7 to 0 to adopt the Proposed Cambodian American Cultural Center Vision and Feasibility Plan, directing the City Manager to implement the recommendation and implementation measures within. With this motion, the City will move forward with plans to establish a Cambodian American Cultural Center (CACC) in Long Beach to serve as a community hub for local and regional Cambodian and Khmer arts, culture and history.
Beach Streets Open Streets Returns to Downtown Long Beach Saturday, May 20 5/11/2023 Long Beach, CA - Beach Streets Open Streets event is set to return to the Downtown Long Beach area on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding the Shooting of Two Children in Long Beach 5/10/2023 At approximately 11:32 p.m. yesterday, May 9, two youth from our community were shot on the 2200 block of Lewis Avenue in Long Beach. This horrific event resulted in the injury of a 14-year-old girl and the death of a 12-year-old boy, Eric Gregory Brown III, of Long Beach. A third victim, a 13-year-old girl, was not physically injured. The City of Long Beach condemns this senseless murder and sends heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the murder victim as well as the other two young victims.
City of Long Beach Awards Business Credits to Local Businesses Through Long Beach Fresh Start Program 5/10/2023 Long Beach, CA - Today the City of Long Beach announced the completion of awarded business credits to local businesses through its Fresh Start Program, a Long Beach Recovery Act funded initiative to provide financial relief to select Long Beach businesses.
Celebrate Pride Month with Long Beach Public Library 5/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride Month each year with a series of special events, book and film lists and other activities for community members. For many years, the month of June has been nationally recognized as a time to celebrate the history and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community. Each LBPL Pride activity will highlight the importance of visibility through history, culture, art, storytelling or film. LBPL Pride Month kicks off Saturday, May 20 at Bach Neighborhood Library with a fun, festive day in the park for families and their furry friends at the Paw Walk with Pride.
City of Long Beach Announces New Cost-Saving Program for Residential Accessory Dwelling Units 5/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is announcing that property owners can now save money and time through its Pre-Approved Accessory Dwelling Unit (PAADU) Program, which gives owners access to City-approved design plans. Administered by the Development Services Department, the standardized project plans, provided by local registered design professionals, are for residential single-story, freestanding ADUs of less than 1,200 square feet. 
Community Members Invited to Participate in Public Workshops to Discuss Future Scherer Park Improvements 5/9/2023 Long Beach, CA - The public is invited to help reimagine Scherer Park's future improvements that will better serve the local community. Two identical sessions will be hosted by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18, at the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach Eastman Clubhouse.
Community Invited to Provide Input on the Long Beach Zoning Code Update for Parking 5/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is exploring a new Zoning Code Update that will help shape the regulation of on-site parking requirements for changes of use for older business buildings (constructed 10 years ago or more) when a new business or new use of an existing building is proposed.  
Community Invited to Share Feedback on the Design Guidelines for Two Downtown Parks 5/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is in the process of updating the design guidelines for Santa Cruz Park and Victory Park in Downtown Long Beach for the first time since 1989. The new guidelines will establish a design vision for both parks and aim to ensure that future park improvements create an inviting public space that is attractive, sustainable, and serves as a rich amenity for those who live, work or visit Downtown. 
Long Beach Launches Bike Share For All Program 5/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach launched the Bike Share For All (BSFA) Program which provides Long Beach Bike Share memberships to eligible applicants for an affordable $5 annual fee. The BSFA program will allow more people to take advantage of the City’s existing bike share system as a convenient, active and zero-emission way to travel. 
Long Beach Public Library Adds Two New Digital Resources to Digital Library 5/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) cardholders can now access two new digital resources through the Digital Library, Gale Presents: Miss Humblebee’s Academy and hoopla Digital Comics, Movies, TV Shows and Music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning resource that prepares children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten success with hundreds of guided lessons using videos, music, eBooks, teacher-led tutorials and more. Along with a selection of comics from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Papercutz and Tokyopop, hoopla also offers many classic movies, British TV favorites, and a music catalog of everything from country to classical and rock to electronic.
City of Long Beach Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 5/4/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
Long Beach Officials Honor the Fallen at Annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony 5/2/2023 Long Beach, CA – City of Long Beach officials honored fallen Police and Fire Department employees at the annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony. The morning event, a longstanding tradition for the Police and Fire Departments, was held at the Police and Fire Memorial monument in the Civic Center Plaza downtown and paid tribute to the 29 police employees and 14 firefighters who have lost their lives in service to the Long Beach community. 
Long Beach to Host Healing Through Community Resource Fair 5/1/2023 The City of Long Beach invites Long Beach families and community members to the Healing Through Community Resource Fair on Friday, May 12, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MacArthur Park (1321 E. Anaheim St.). This free event is hosted by the Long Beach Health Department in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The resource fair, part of the City’s Mental Health Matters Awareness Campaign, will be a joint celebration for Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.
City of Long Beach Issues Notice of Potential Delays for Refuse Collection 4/28/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach residents with City-serviced refuse accounts may experience delays in their regularly scheduled refuse collection. The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works is currently experiencing significant challenges due to staffing shortages, such as illness, vacancies and injuries. Recycling collection is not impacted at this time. City-serviced refuse customers in the following areas may be temporarily impacted: 
Southwest Airlines Unveils Hawaii-Themed Aircraft at Long Beach Airport 4/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines unveiled a new Hawaii-themed aircraft livery at Long Beach Airport (LGB) today, timed to coincide with Southwest’s fifth year of service to the Aloha State. LGB is one of eight mainland gateways for nonstop flights to the Hawaiian Islands on Southwest Airlines. 
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center to Continue Homeless Services Outreach Throughout May 4/28/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select areas throughout May. Additionally starting in May, the MAC will be deployed during the afternoon on select days to allow outreach staff to engage with more individuals and follow up with existing clients. 
City of Long Beach Opens Temporary Emergency Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness 4/28/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has opened a temporary emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The new emergency shelter opened on April 27 and holds more than 85 beds, offers a variety of onsite amenities and access to services, and will serve as a critical resource moving forward after the Community Hospital Winter Shelter concludes operations today, per the lease agreement.  
Long Beach Releases Results of the 2023 Homeless Point in Time Count 4/27/2023 Findings of the 2023 Homeless Point in Time Count reveal that Long Beach identified 3,447people experiencing homelessness in January 2023, compared with 3,296 people in 2022. This number signifies a 4.6% increase from last year, the smallest increase Long Beachhas reportedsince 2019.For reference, homelessness increased 7% from 2019 to 2020, and increased from 62% from 2020 to 2022 (the 2021 Count was canceled due to the pandemic).
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Partners with Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to Offer Coed Youth T-ball, Coach Pitch, Baseball and Fastpitch Softball Programs this Summer 4/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is once again partnering with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) to provide youth T-ball, baseball and fastpitch softball programs this summer through Dodgers Dreamteam, a comprehensive sports-based youth development program that uses the power of sport to provide critical resources and services. 
City Encourages Residents and Businesses to Participate in Long Beach Small Business Week 4/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is encouraging residents and local small business owners to participate in Small Business Week, taking place Sunday, April 30, through Saturday, May 6, 2023. Celebrated since 1963, Small Business Week is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of small business owners to our city and community. This year, the City will host a Small Business Resource Fair and Small Business Workshops to support entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Offers a Variety of Classes and Camps for Residents this Summer 4/25/2023 Long Beach, CA – Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes and camps offered by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, May 1. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in June and continue throughout the summer months. 
City of Long Beach to Consider Mutually Beneficial Agreement with Port of Long Beach to Support Two Major Industry Sectors 4/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today an anticipated partnership between the City and Port of Long Beach. Expected for early May 2023, the Long Beach City Council will consider a partnership agreement with the Port of Long Beach that would provide support and investment for the Queen Mary, while strengthening two Long Beach industry sectors: tourism and hospitality, and transportation and logistics. 
Long Beach Celebrates National Bike Month in May with Bicycle-Friendly Events 4/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – This May, the City of Long Beach will continue its annual tradition of celebrating National Bike Month, a national month-long recognition to showcase the benefits of bicycling. All month long, Long Beach residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in bike-friendly community events and engaging social media activities. The events include a 30-mile Tour of Long Beach Community Bike Ride and the City’s popular Beach Streets annual event in Downtown Long Beach. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Celebrates Older Americans Month with Activities Throughout May 4/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – This May, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will celebrate Older American’s Month, recognized nationally each May, by offering a wide variety of free activities throughout the city for adults ages 50 and above. 
Long Beach Open Coastal Beaches Temporary Closed Due to Sewage Spill 4/20/2023

Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all open coastal swimming areas in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill.  State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.

City of Long Beach Announces Federal Grant Program to Assist Eligible Local Businesses 4/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is announcing that grant applications are available for eligible property owners to have exterior improvements done on their commercial sites along certain business corridors. 
City of Long Beach Invites Community to Attend Fifth Annual Celebration of the Young Child Event 4/19/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach will host its fifth annual Celebration of the Young Child, a free annual event to showcase City departments, nonprofit organizations and vendors who provide services and resources for young children and their families and caregivers in a fun and exciting way. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Billie Jean King Main Library.
Long Beach to Receive $5.2 Million in Grants to Support Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Housing Opportunities for People Experiencing Homelessness 4/19/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will receive $5.2 million in grants over a three-year period from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding will be utilized to support the City's rapid rehousing and permanent housing efforts for people experiencing homelessness.
City of Long Beach to Open a Temporary Emergency Shelter with 85+ Beds for People Experiencing Homelessness 4/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will open a temporary emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness at the end of April. The new emergency shelter, located at 702 W. Anaheim St., will have space for more than 85 beds and will serve as a critical resource for people experiencing homelessness after the Community Hospital Winter Shelter concludes operations at the end of April, per the lease agreement. People who are currently sheltering at the Community Hospital site will receive priority to receive placement at the emergency shelter.
City of Long Beach to Host Community Meetings on Food Truck Regulations 4/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting two community meetings to seek feedback on the development of food truck regulations for Long Beach. Feedback from the community meetings will help inform food truck regulations that address the needs and concerns of food trucks, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders. Community members are encouraged to join the conversation by participating in one of the two meetings. 
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Long Beach Public Library 4/14/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture through a diverse array of free, public programs and events for all ages, starting with a local author talk for Cambodian New Year in April and continuing with events throughout the month of May in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. For the second year in a row, the celebration’s flagship event, the Festival of AAPI Books Long Beach, is set to return Saturday, May 13, at the Billie Jean King Main Library. 
Long Beach to Host Second Drive Thru Donation Event on Saturday, April 29 4/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – Later this month, the City of Long Beach will host another donation drive thru event, its second in a series of monthly events, to collect essential items to distribute to people experiencing homelessness. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Main Facilities Center, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Donations received during the event will be distributed at the Multi-Service Center to people experiencing homelessness and will also be available to local partner organizations to distribute.
Long Beach Airport Celebrates Opening of a New Consolidated Baggage Claim 4/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) commemorated the opening of its new Baggage Claim facility today. The project is part of a multi-year, Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program to improve the passenger experience at the Airport. 
Health Department Receives $100,000 to Increase Inclusivity within Public Health Preparedness Planning and Response 4/12/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Emergency Management Division has secured funding from two grants totaling $100,000 from the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Long Beach Public Library Locations Closed Friday, April 21 for Staff Training, to Reopen Saturday, April 22 4/10/2023 Long Beach, CA – All 12 Long Beach Public Library locations will be closed to the public on Friday, April 21, 2023, for a full day of staff training and development. All library locations will reopen on Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. 
*UPDATED* City of Long Beach to Open Sanitation and Water-Filling Site for People Sheltering in Recreational Vehicles Beginning Monday, April 10 4/6/2023 Starting Monday, April 10, the City of Long Beach will open its sanitation and water filling site, for people experiencing homelessness and living in recreational vehicles (RVs). The site offers sanitation dump stations, allowing people living in RVs to properly dispose of sewage, and also provides water filling stations.
City of Long Beach to Hold Rapid Response Sessions to Provide Resources and Support to Those Affected by Virgin Orbit Layoffs 4/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Economic Development’s Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network will host a series of in person and virtual Rapid Response Sessions to connect people affected by the recent Virgin Orbit layoffs with a variety of valuable resources. These efforts are being done to support the hundreds of local workers being laid off by Virgin Orbit due to lack of funding.
Long Beach Health Department Invites Community to Participate in First Annual Long Beach Walk to Play Day 4/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Walk and Roll Long Beach Program will host the first annual Long Beach Walk to Play Day as part of the City’s Active Transportation Program-funded Downtown Walkable Corners project. To encourage residents to choose non-motorized forms of transportation such as walking, biking or rolling, Long Beach Walk to Play Day, taking place Saturday, April 8, will highlight parks, playgrounds and businesses that offer activities and opportunities for play. 
Downtown Long Beach Traffic Impacts for 2023 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 4/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – In preparation for the 2023 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16, 2023, there will be several street closures impacting the Downtown Long Beach area beginning Wednesday, April 12 and lasting until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Below is a listing of street closures and alternative access points, when applicable, by date:
Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Playground at Admiral Kidd Park 4/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – On March 31, 2023, the City of Long Beach celebrated the groundbreaking of the new playground structure at Admiral Kidd Park in West Long Beach. The ceremony included remarks by Mayor Rex Richardson and other City and community leaders. The Admiral Kidd Park Playground Project includes installation of a new nautical themed children's play area, an accessible path to the playground, a donor recognition program, and other park enhancements. Construction for the new playground is slated to begin early this spring. 
El Dorado East Regional Park Offers Tips for Visitors on Easter Sunday 4/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – With 388-acres of open space, picnicking areas, playgrounds, bicycle trails and many other amenities, El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 S. Spring St.) is a popular place to enjoy Easter Sunday with family and friends. In fact, Easter Sunday is the busiest day of the year at El Dorado East Regional Park, therefore the City of Long Beach is sharing the following park rules and tips for Easter Sunday, taking place this year on April 9, to help visitors make the most of their day: 
City of Long Beach Issues New Health Order for COVID-19 Prevention 4/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has issued a new Health Order that will continue COVID-19 vaccination and masking requirements for healthcare personnel. Isolation orders have also been updated.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Earth Month with Events Throughout April 3/31/2023 Long Beach, CA – In celebration of Earth Month, the City of Long Beach will host a series of fun, free and family-friendly events for residents to enjoy all month long. Earth Day began in 1970 to bring attention to environmental issues and has since spread to weeklong events and celebrations around the world. Earth Month activities and events are organized around the 2023 theme, “Invest in Our Planet.”
Long Beach Animal Care Services to Host Series of Adoption Events in April 3/31/2023 In effort to increase adoptions for long-term-stay animals, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) will host a series of free adoption events on weekends throughout April and invites community members of all ages to attend. The series kicks off Saturday, April 1, 2023, with an Easter Egg Hunt Adoption Event.
City of Long Beach Extends Funding to Support Right to Counsel Program for Tenant Evictions 3/31/2023 The City of Long Beach has extended its contract agreement with the County of Los Angeles and the nonprofit organization Stay Housed LA to support their Right to Counsel program, which provides counsel for tenant evictions for low-income residents who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managed by the county in partnership with Stay Housed LA, the City’s contract provides funding to address tenant issues in Long Beach and has assisted 862 people since its 2021 inception, playing a critical role in homeless prevention for at risk residents.
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding Workforce Assistance by the City of Long Beach in Response to Virgin Orbit Layoffs 3/30/2023 The City of Long Beach is aware of the news reports announcing that Virgin Orbit will lay off approximately 85% of its workforce due to lack of funding. Upon confirmation from Virgin Orbit, the City will activate its Pacific Gateway workforce development Rapid Response Team (Team) to support those who have been laid off, which is reported to be in the hundreds. 
Virtual Author Talks from the Long Beach Public Library Taking Place April 4 and 27 3/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) invites the community to join their ongoing virtual author talk series, which highlights acclaimed bestselling authors on a monthly basis. April’s authors Kate Beaton and William Kent Krueger will share a graphical retelling of the harrowing Alberta oil camps and the latest addition to the iconic Cork O’Connor mystery series, respectively.  
Long Beach’s Mobile Access Center to Continue Offering Homeless Service Outreach Throughout April 3/30/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) in select areas throughout April. Beginning Monday, April 3, the MAC will be stationed at the following locations from 9 a.m. to noon:
Community Invited to Participate in a Vision Plan Meeting for Martin Luther King Jr. Park 3/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will host two community workshops to help inform future improvements to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Community members are invited to attend to offer their input for the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Vision Plan.
Long Beach Launches Text Alert Program to Connect People Experiencing Homelessness to Resources and Services 3/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, as part of its emergency response to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness, has launched the Long Beach Homelessness Text Alert program to connect residents who are unhoused with housing and support services and other resources. The new communications method will enhance the City’s existing outreach by providing timely updates directly to people needing the services. 
City of Long Beach Extends Winter Shelter Operations Through April 30 3/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is extending operations of its Winter Shelter, which shields people experiencing homelessness from inclement weather during the coldest time of the year by providing shelter, food, safety and connections to resources and services. The Long Beach Winter Shelter was originally scheduled to conclude operations on March 31; however, as a humanitarian effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness during the ongoing cold, wet winter weather, the City has extended operations through April 30.
Long Beach Recovery Act Awards More Than $10 Million in Recovery Funding to Small Businesses and Nonprofits 3/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - Two years after the adoption of the Long Beach Recovery Act, the City announced today more than $10 million in funding has been awarded to support local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Businesses and Nonprofit Relief Grants included the Restaurant, Brewery and Bar Relief Program; Personal Services and Fitness Relief Grant; Small Business Relief Grant and the Nonprofit Relief Grant.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Day Camps for Youth June 20 through August 25 3/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – This summer, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer Summer Day Camps and Summer Aquatic Camps for youth weekdays beginning June 20 through August 25. Registration begins Saturday, April 8 online.
City of Long Beach Recognizes Tsunami Awareness Week March 27 through 31 3/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness invites community members to participate in Tsunami Awareness Week events and activities, taking place Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31, 2023, to learn how to prepare for a tsunami. Residents are encouraged to get informed, learn the warning signs of a tsunami and develop and practice an evacuation plan at home and place of work.
Long Beach Airport Director Cynthia Guidry Honored by Conference of Minority Transportation Officials 3/22/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) recently honored Long Beach Airport (LGB) Director Cynthia Guidry during the national organization's 12th annual “Women Who Move the Nation” award ceremony on March 15 in Washington, D.C. 
Critical Runway Lighting Upgrades Key to Electrical Improvements Planned at Long Beach Airport 3/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – Major electrical upgrades designed to improve the safety of the primary runway at Long Beach Airport (LGB) are being installed from late March through July, necessitating some temporary runway closures. During Runway 12-30 closures, operations will occur on Runway 8L-26R.
Long Beach to Offer Free Youth Recreation Program in Local Parks During School Spring Break April 10-14 3/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer its free youth recreation program, Spring Fun Days, at various parks throughout Long Beach during the upcoming school spring break, taking place Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14.
Community Invited to Learn About and Provide Input on Local Priorities for Federal Grant Funding 3/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is in the process of developing its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Action Plan (Plan). The Plan will provide a one-year strategy for meeting the goals outlined in the City’s five-year Consolidated Plan, which identifies the programs and services for those living in poverty that are prioritized and funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants. The community is invited to participate in two meetings to learn more about the effort and provide feedback. 
City of Long Beach to Open Additional Safe Overnight Parking Lot for People Sheltered in Automobiles 3/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is expanding its Safe Parking Program, which provides a safe, dignified environment for people currently sheltering in their vehicles to park overnight while receiving access to basic needs and being connected to services.
Students, Staff and Families Encouraged to Participate in Long Beach Walk to School Week 3/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) invites school-aged children and their families to participate in Walk to School Week, taking place Monday, March 20 through Friday, March 24. This year’s theme is Walking Rainbows and students are encouraged to walk their morning commute to school to promote safety and visibility while walking.
City Seeks Community Input on Homelessness in Long Beach 3/16/2023 Long Beach, CA – As part of the City of Long Beach’s mission to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach by increasing housing opportunities, enhancing current initiatives and addressing and improving overall public safety for the entire community, the City has launched a survey seeking community members’ knowledge and perceptions of homelessness in Long Beach to garner feedback to further inform City resources, services and response efforts. The survey is now available at longbeach.gov/homelessness.
Emergency Response Information Now Available on Long Beach’s Homelessness Services and Information Hub Website 3/16/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched a new tab on its Homelessness Services and Information Hub website detailing the City’s response efforts for the homelessness state of emergency. The new tab, available at longbeach.gov/homelessness, will offer a one-stop-shop for City news, data and resources surrounding the homelessness crisis and will also support the City’s efforts to provide timely, transparent information to the public.
Some Long Beach Beaches Temporary Closed Due to Sewage Spill 3/15/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas West of the Belmont Pier in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.
City of Long Beach Seeks Partnerships with Community Organizations to Serve Residents Experiencing Homelessness 3/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking partnerships with community organizations and local companies that are interested in partnering with the City of Long Beach to collaborate with the City’s homelessness emergency response and assist in serving residents experiencing homelessness.
Long Beach Police Department Doubles Quality of Life Team 3/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Chief Wally Hebeish today announced the expansion of the department’s Quality of Life (QOL) team and the selection of four new QOL officers. 
Long Beach Launches New Dashboard Featuring Local Homelessness Data 3/14/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched a new data dashboard showcasing local homelessness data, including demographics of people experiencing homelessness and data on the various housing and support services offered by the City. The dashboard is part of the City’s commitment to aiding the most vulnerable members of the Long Beach community and will serve as an accountability platform that will provide timely, transparent data to the public. 
Long Beach to Host Donation Drive Thru to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 3/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, March 18, the City of Long Beach will host a drive thru donation event to collect essential items for people experiencing homelessness. The donation drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans Stadium (5000 E. Lew Davis St.) parking lot located on East Conant Street. 
Hinchcliffe, Hunter-Reay to be Inducted Into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – Two past Grand Prix of Long Beach winners, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, will be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 13, 2023, ahead of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach taking place April 14 through 16. 
City of Long Beach Launches Food Truck Survey To Inform Citywide Regulations 3/10/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites the community to take the Food Truck Survey, now available at longbeach.gov/foodtrucks. The City is committed to supporting food truck entrepreneurial opportunities, while also addressing the needs and concerns of residents, business owners, current food truck operators and other key stakeholders.
Long Beach Health Department Announces Second Year of Measure US Community Grant Opportunities to Support Summer Youth Programming 3/10/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is initiating its second year of Measure US fund disbursements via three rounds of community grant opportunities to support youth development efforts in Long Beach.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 3/10/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
Southwest Announces New Nonstop Service to Boise and Portland 3/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines announced today that it will offer nonstop flights on Saturdays and Sundays between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Boise, Idaho (BOI) and Portland, Oregon (PDX). The additional service begins Oct. 7 and tickets are available now at Southwest.com.  
City of Long Beach Seeks Partner for Reentry Achievement Program 3/7/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network, is seeking a qualified Long Beach-based organization to facilitate outreach efforts with formerly incarcerated community members and their families through the Long Beach Reentry Achievement Program. The Long Beach Reentry Achievement Program will provide supportive services to formerly incarcerated community members and their families to ease their transition and help them live fulfilling lives. 
Long Beach Continues Enhanced Homeless Services Outreach, Continues to Deploy Mobile Access Center Through March 3/3/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach will continue to deploy its Mobile Access Center (MAC) through March, this month focusing on service areas throughout Long Beach. This outreach will continue to allow Homeless Services Bureau staff to conduct meaningful engagement and continue to build relationships, an essential component in increasing access to resources and services. 
March Virtual Author Talks from the Long Beach Public Library 3/1/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) invites the community to join their ongoing virtual author talks series, featuring award-winning and best-selling authors live each month. The March schedule includes three celebrated authors who will argue that being a generalist is advantageous in life, thrill your taste buds with adaptive Southern cooking, and take you on a journey back to World War II resistance in Brussels. 
City of Long Beach to Conduct Enhanced Engagement with Housing Providers to Boost Participation in Housing Voucher Programs 3/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – As part of the City of Long Beach’s mission to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness by increasing housing opportunities, enhancing current initiatives and addressing and improving overall public safety for the entire community, the City’s Housing Authority will conduct enhanced focused outreach to local housing providers to encourage participation in the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) and Housing Choice Voucher programs.
Open Letter to the Community Regarding Silverado Shelter 2/28/2023 An Open Letter to the Community Regarding Silverado Shelter.
Long Beach Launches Donation Drive to Support People Experiencing Homelessness 2/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – As part of the City of Long Beach’s mission to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, the City has launched a donation drive to collect a variety of essential physical items to provide to residents who are unhoused. Community members are encouraged to join the effort by donating items in need.
Multi-Service Center Will Set up 60 Warming Beds February 26 through March 5 2/26/2023 Long Beach, CA – As a result of consistently windy, cold and wet weather in Long Beach, the City will set up 60 warming beds beginning today, Feb. 26, through at least Sunday, March 5, for people experiencing homelessness. The beds will be located at the Multi-Service Center (1301 W. 12th St.). The warming beds will be removed every morning ahead of MSC operations, which begin at 8 a.m. on weekdays.
Long Beach Ends COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation 2/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - In alignment with the State of California, and amid a robust vaccine, testing and treatment infrastructure for COVID-19, the Long Beach City Council approved with an 8 to 0 vote to end the City’s local COVID-19 emergency proclamation during the Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, Council meeting, effective immediately. The City’s Health Department will continue to manage the necessary resources to address this ongoing public health burden.
Long Beach Public Library Launches Spring Sessions of SEED Creativity Incubator for 7th and 8th Grade Students 2/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is launching a new season of the SEED Creativity Incubator, a free series of arts-integrated learning experiences for 7th and 8th grade students designed to challenge their creativity, sharpen their problem-solving skills and connect them with a passionate community of makers, learners and educators. Starting in late February and running through May 2023, this ten-week series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) workshops will be hosted on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at three LBPL locations: Harte Neighborhood Library, Mark Twain Neighborhood Library and BJK Main Library. 
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 2/23/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
Long Beach Issues Storm Preparedness and Safety Tips 2/23/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is issuing a storm advisory for residents and visitors in anticipation of the severe winter weather expected to impact Long Beach and the surrounding areas beginning today, Thursday, Feb. 23, through Saturday, Feb. 25, including excessive precipitation, high winds and below-average temperatures. On Friday, Feb. 24, in the afternoon, there also may be some high swell activity. The City recommends people remain inside during peak periods of the storm and limit traveling as much as possible. Long Beach residents, especially those along the peninsula and in low-lying areas prone to flooding, should prepare accordingly.
City Launches Applications for Visual Improvement Program Grant 2/22/2023 Long Beach, CA - Today the City of Long Beach released the application for the Visual Improvement Program Grant, which will support local businesses impacted by crime and vandalism on or after Oct. 1, 2022.
City of Long Beach Awards Negotiating Rights for New Affordable Housing Development 2/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, through its nonprofit affiliate The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), on Feb. 15 awarded exclusive negotiating rights to a local developer for the construction of new townhomes in the Washington Neighborhood.
Long Beach Airport Temporarily Closes Historic Terminal for Major Renovation 2/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – Starting this week, Long Beach Airport (LGB)’s Historic Terminal will temporarily close for a year-long renovation that will include a seismic retrofit and restoration of many of its classic 1941 design elements. LGB will remain fully open and operational throughout the project
The RMS Queen Mary Gets Closer to Reopening Many Elements of the Ship as Some Key Repairs Are Underway 2/21/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has begun preparation work for the installation of anticipated new boilers and heat exchangers onboard the RMS Queen Mary. The multi-phase project, which began in late January with the demolition of the existing heat exchangers, piping and electrical pneumatics, is part of the last round of critical repairs required to reopen the Queen Mary’s hotel, restaurants, bars and other onboard amenities this spring.
Alamitos Neighborhood Library to Resume In-Person Services Beginning February 21 2/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Alamitos Neighborhood branch (1836 E. 3rd St.) will resume its regular in-person service schedule beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. The location has been operating as a To-Go Service only location since summer 2022.  
City of Long Beach Launches Inclusive Business Navigators Program 2/16/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach launched the Inclusive Business Navigators Program to provide outreach, workshops, education and direct technical assistance for local small businesses and nonprofits to support their economic recovery from financial hardships and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson to Host Community Forum with Local Housing Providers 2/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – As part of the City of Long Beach’s mission to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach by increasing housing opportunities, enhancing current initiatives and addressing and improving overall public safety for the entire community, Mayor Rex Richardson will host a community forum with local housing providers where he will share details about the City’s monetary incentives to encourage new owners, landlords and other housing providers to lease up with people assisted through the Housing Authority’s Choice Voucher and Emergency Housing Voucher programs. Local housing providers are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about these incentives and engage in meaningful discussions to aid in the City’s efforts to combat homelessness.
Public Invited to Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Refurbished Soccer Mini Pitches at DeForest Park 2/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, U.S. Soccer Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition, invite the public to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the refurbished soccer mini pitches at DeForest Park (6255 DeForest Ave.) on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. 
Long Beach Continues Partnership with Cal Poly Pomona and the Long Beach Community Design Center to Offer Free Urban Planning Program for Teens 2/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is continuing its collaboration with the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design and the Long Beach Community Design Center to present the Young Community Planners of Long Beach program for a second year. The free urban planning program is geared for teens ages 13 to 18 who are interested in city planning and development. 
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Presidents Day 2/15/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 20, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City of Long Beach Shares Resources Available to Community for Addressing Issues Related to Homelessness 2/9/2023 The City’s stated mission is to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach by increasing housing opportunities, enhancing current initiatives and addressing and improving overall public safety for the entire community. The City has an active Interdepartmental Team that works together to develop solutions, create procedures and protocols for street teams and address issues related to community members experiencing homelessness. 
Long Beach City Council Approves Allocation of $13 Million in One-Time Funds to Support Homelessness Emergency Response 2/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – At the Feb. 7, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 6 to 3 vote the allocation of $13 million in one-time funds from Fiscal Year 2022 year-end results, to support the City’s emergency response to homelessness and various associated priority projects across multiple departments.
City of Long Beach Selects Firm to Design and Build Tiny Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness 2/9/2023 Long Beach, CA - On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, the Long Beach City Council approved, with a 9 to 0 vote, the awarding of a contract to Los Angeles-based firm, Connect Homes, for the design, manufacturing, delivery and installation of 30 to 35 modular non-congregate shelter units (Tiny Homes) to safely house people experiencing homelessness. 
Long Beach Airport Awards Flight Slots, Announces More Destinations Than Ever Before 2/9/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently awarded five supplemental flight slots to Southwest Airlines, which today announced new daily, nonstop flights to Albuquerque (ABQ), Colorado Springs (COS) and El Paso (ELP). Seasonal service to Maui (OGG) is also back. Flights go on sale today at southwest.com.
Long Beach City Manager Appoints Dennis Buchanan as Next Fire Chief 2/8/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Dennis Buchanan to Fire Chief. Buchanan most recently held the position of Deputy Chief of Support Services with the Long Beach Fire Department and has served the City in the department for over 29 years. As Chief, he will oversee approximately 545 sworn and civilian staff, providing fire and emergency response services spanning four divisions with an annual operating budget of approximately $154 million. Chief Buchanan is the first Black/Latinx Chief of the Long Beach Fire Department.
Long Beach Public Library Adds a Fourth Spanish Language Resource to Its Digital Library 2/7/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Public Library has added MakeMake (Ma-KAY Ma-KAY), the Spanish language children's eBook resource, to its Digital Library. 
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $100,000 to Address Vaccine Hesitancy 2/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department (Health Department) has been selected as one of only three local health departments, among others across the nation, to be awarded $100,00 to address vaccine hesitancy. In partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, who also provided funding for the project, the Health Department will receive training, technical assistance and other resources to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, build partnerships with local organizations, and identify areas of need to improve vaccine confidence and uptake.
City of Long Beach to Provide Sanitation and Water Filling Services to People Living in Recreational Vehicles 2/3/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will offer a new space that provides people experiencing homelessness and currently living in recreational vehicles (RVs) with sanitation and water-filling services. A Revocable Facility Use permit approval for the new site was authorized by the Board of Utilities Commissioners during the Thursday, Feb. 2 meeting, and approved with a 4 to 0 vote. 
Additional Winter Shelter Doubling City's Capacity to Open in West Long Beach in February 2/3/2023 The City of Long Beach will open an additional Winter Shelter in February in an effort to increase access to critical shelter and resources for people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach.
February Virtual Author Talks from the Long Beach Public Library 2/2/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) invites the community to join their ongoing virtual author talk series this February. This month’s lineup features three award-winning authors who will dive into bewitching first dates, the bond between food and memory, and resilient Black women. 
Long Beach City Council Approves Development of a Natural Gas Price-Spike Relief Program for City Residential Gas Customers in Need 2/2/2023 Long Beach, CA – During a special meeting called by Mayor Rex Richardson on Feb. 1, 2023, the Long Beach City Council approved with a nine to zero vote authorization for the City Manager to work with the Long Beach Utilities Department to promptly implement a Natural Gas Price-Spike Relief Program for those residential gas customers most in need of payment assistance. This action comes after the steep increase in wholesale natural gas prices experienced throughout California, including in Long Beach, over the last few months and resulting in unaffordable bills for many customers. 
Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking for Major Corridor Improvements on Artesia Boulevard 2/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the groundbreaking for the Artesia Great Boulevard Project featuring Mayor Rex Richardson, Ninth District Councilmember Dr. Joni Ricks-Oddie and representatives from the Department of Public Works. The groundbreaking ceremony was held near the Uptown Commons in North Long Beach, about one mile east from the project location start. 
City to Extend Homelessness Emergency Outreach Efforts in the Downtown Area in February 2/1/2023 Long Beach, CA – Due to the consistent demand for services, the City’s Mobile Access Center (MAC) will extend its street outreach efforts in Downtown Long Beach during the month of February. This focused outreach will allow Homeless Services Bureau staff to conduct meaningful engagement and continue to build relationships, an essential component in increasing access to resources and services. Data show that some people are contacted 10 or more times before becoming open to receiving services.
City of Long Beach to Host Orientation Sessions for First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program Applicants 2/1/2023 Long Beach,CA - The City of Long Beach will open the application process for qualified residents on March 15, 2023, for its First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program, which will provide approximately 100 eligible families with up to $20,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance.
City Announces Business Improvement Districts Grant Awards Under the Visual Improvement Program 1/30/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach announced a total of $100,000 in new Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) Grant awards, which will support sidewalk activation, special events, and clean and safe initiatives. This program is in addition to the existing LB Recovery Act funding for BID Grants.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 1/30/2023 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City Establishes Field Command Center in Response to Homelessness Emergency 1/30/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, the City of Long Beach established a Field Command Center in effort to provide immediate and critical support and resources in the City’s homelessness emergency response. The Field Command Center will serve as a location for the City’s Interdepartmental Team to further coordinate planning and services for the downtown area. 
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding Release of Tyre Nichols’ Fatal Beating; Resources listed below 1/27/2023 Today, the video of Tyre Nichols’ violent arrest and beating was released and is now circulating widely. Some people may feel duty-bound to bear witness to this event, while other people, including children, may inadvertently see the video. 
Two Long Beach COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Clinics to Relocate and Expand Operations 1/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, the City of Long Beach-operated COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites at both Long Beach City College locations (Veterans Stadium and Pacific Coast Campus) will relocate and expand operations to El Dorado Park Recreation Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Park Central Facilities Center, offering additional pediatric clinics and indoor services to be more accommodating of the community’s current needs. Since the start of the pandemic, the Health Department has conducted more than 1,070,400 tests and administered more than 351,900 doses of vaccine. The Health Department will continue to operate COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics up to seven days a week.
City Announces Visual Improvement Grants Available for Small Businesses Impacted by Crime and Vandalism 1/27/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach announced the availability of grant funds through the Visual Improvement Grant program, which will support local businesses impacted by crime and vandalism on or after Oct. 1, 2022.
Dana Neighborhood Library to Reopen In-Person Services on Saturdays Beginning February 4 1/27/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Dana Neighborhood branch (3680 Atlantic Ave.) will reopen for in-person services, including collection browsing, research assistance and public computer use, one day per week on Saturdays beginning Feb. 4, 2023. The location has been operating as a To-Go Service only location since summer 2022.  
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Spring Class Registration Begins February 6 1/24/2023 Long Beach, CA – Registration for spring recreation classes offered by Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, Feb. 6. More than 300 classes in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics programs will be offered starting in March. These programs provide opportunities for social interaction and learning, exercise and recreation, and growth and relaxation for preschool-aged children to adults. Details about the spring classes as well as summer camp registration information is included in the latest issue of PRM’s program catalog, Recreation Connection, available online beginning Feb. 2.
City of Long Beach Awards Negotiating Rights to Develop Former North Neighborhood Library 1/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach, through its nonprofit affiliate The Long Beach Community Investment Company, on Jan. 18, 2023, awarded exclusive negotiating rights to a local developer for the purchase and construction of townhomes at the site of the former North Neighborhood Library.
CLEAR Launches New Lanes at Long Beach Airport 1/24/2023 Long Beach, CA - CLEAR (NYSE: YOU) today launched its identify verification technology at Long Beach Airport, its 9th airport in California and 49th airport nationally.
City of Long Beach Awards $6.1 Million in Funding to Two Developers for New Affordable Rental Housing 1/20/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach, through its nonprofit affiliate The Long Beach Community Investment Company, on Jan. 18, 2023, awarded a total of $6.1 million in loans to two area firms for the purchase and development of affordable rental housing that will serve those who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Southwest Connects Long Beach to Kansas City with Daily Nonstop Service Starting March 9 1/19/2023 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines has announced that it will launch daily nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport (MCI) this spring, with the first flight set to depart on March 9. Tickets are available now at Southwest.com. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Host Job Fairs for Recreation Positions This February 1/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will host job fairs on Saturday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 25, where PRM staff will share information on current and upcoming job openings for Recreation Program Leaders.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Hits Highest Adoption Rate Ever, Surpasses 2024 Strategic Plan Goal 1/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – In 2022, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) reached its highest adoption rate ever, placing 1,968 pets into homes and increasing placement of animals by 194% since 2018. This exceeded the LBACS 2024 Strategic Plan goal of placing 1,500 animals by nearly 500 pets. In comparison, in 2018, 686 pets were placed into homes.
City to Host Sidewalk Vending Community Feedback Meetings 1/18/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting two Sidewalk Vending Community Feedback Meetings to seek community feedback on the development of sidewalk vending regulations for Long Beach. Feedback from the community meetings will be utilized to help inform sidewalk vending regulations that address the needs and concerns of sidewalk vendors, residents, business owners and other stakeholders. Community members are encouraged to join the conversation by participating in one of the community meetings. 
Housing Authority to Provide Program Incentives for Property Owners in Long Beach 1/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach, a bureau within the Department of Health and Human Services, is offering several incentives to encourage new housing providers to lease up with people who are assisted through its Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV) and Housing Choice Voucher programs. 
City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus Bonus Points in Nationwide LGBTQ+ Municipal Equality Index 1/17/2023 Long Beach, CA – For the eleventh consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in municipal law and policy, earning both a perfect score and 11 bonus points in the 2022 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). Long Beach was one of 506 cities nationwide to be scored and one of 120 to achieve a perfect score.
City Announces Donation Campaign for Mayor’s Fund for Homeless Action 1/13/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is launching a donation campaign to raise money for the Mayor’s Fund for Homeless Action (Mayor’s Fund). Donations from residents, businesses and community organizations will support grants to organizations in Long Beach that address significant needs of people and families in the community who are experiencing homelessness.
City of Long Beach Centralizes Homelessness Emergency Response Efforts Downtown, Deploys Mobile Access Vehicle 1/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – In an effort to more strategically conduct outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, the City of Long Beach has begun centralizing emergency response efforts in the Downtown area, expanding street outreach and deploying a new Mobile Access Center vehicle. These mobilization efforts, which will continue over the next three weeks in the Downtown area, were announced during a press conference earlier today, where Mayor Rex Richardson and other City leaders delivered updates regarding the City’s proclamation of a local homelessness emergency.
City of Long Beach Launches 2023 Smart City Challenge 1/12/2023 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has launched the 2023 Smart City Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Challenge seeks to create collaboration between City Departments and the private sector to improve City service delivery through piloting creative solutions addressing key civic issues and needs.
Long Beach Public Library Extends To-Go Service at Three Neighborhood Branches 1/12/2023 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is extending its “To-Go” model of service, currently in place at Alamitos, Brewitt and Dana Neighborhood Libraries, through the end of March 2023. The extension of To-Go service at these locations is necessary as LBPL continues to onboard and train a number of key staff positions, including Senior Librarians who supervise library operations and staff, and General Librarians who provide specialized library services.
Work Groups Established to Respond to Homelessness Emergency in Long Beach 1/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – Following the proclamation of a local homelessness emergency in Long Beach yesterday, Jan. 10, City leadership has established an Incident Command Center and identified nine work groups consisting of 100 people to take on the various aspects of homelessness emergency response.
35th Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration Returns to Long Beach This Saturday 1/11/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro, will host the 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Central Long Beach. Community members are invited to join in the festivities and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Homelessness Proclaimed an Emergency in Long Beach 1/10/2023 Long Beach, CA – Today, the Long Beach City Council adopted, in an 8-0 vote, the City Manager’s proclamation of a local homelessness emergency. The item was proposed by Mayor Rex Richardson and co-sponsored by downtown Councilmember Mary Zendejas. The local emergency will strengthen the City’s preparedness and ability to respond to homelessness.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/10/2023 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
Public Invited to Share Their 2024 City Budget Priorities at Upcoming Community Budget Meetings 1/9/2023 The City of Long Beach is inviting members of the public to participate in the City’s fiscal year 2024 budget development process by sharing their service priorities at one of the upcoming community budget meetings or by completing the Long Beach Budget Priority Survey. The community budget meetings will be held in person at multiple locations throughout the city, and one meeting will be in a virtual format.
Long Beach Airport Celebrates Southwest’s New Sunday Nonstop Service to New Orleans 1/9/2023 Southwest Airlines is now offering weekly nonstop flights on Sundays from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), just in time for Mardi Gras season.
Long Beach Public Library Launches Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Program 1/9/2023

The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL), in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach and supported by Urban Word NYC, is launching the inaugural Long Beach Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program, after two years of planning and a long pause due to the pandemic. Applications for the program, which brings Long Beach youth the opportunity to enact positive change in their communities through their activism and art, open Jan. 10 to Long Beach residents ages 13 to 18.

Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson to Deliver His Inaugural State of the City Address 1/6/2023 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson will deliver his inaugural State of the City Address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, in the Terrace Theater.
Long Beach Public Library to Host Virtual Author Talks Series Throughout January 1/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will host another series of virtual author talks this month featuring bestselling and highly acclaimed authors from around the world. This month’s featured writers cover a diverse range in topics, such as fierce female leads, realistic tips for organizing your home and scientific answers to wild hypothetical questions.
City Seeks Partners to Help Increase Fresh Produce in Priority Neighborhood Markets 1/6/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with one or more qualified organizations to increase the availability of low-cost, culturally relevant, produce in priority neighborhoods in Long Beach through their Produce to Market Program. 
Long Beach Launches New Master Composter Recycler Program 1/5/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works has officially launched their Master Composter Recycler (MCR) program, a free program open to Long Beach residents interested in learning about waste reduction, recycling and composting. After a successful pilot launch in spring 2022, the MCR program is now being offered as a recurring series throughout the year at no-cost to residents. 
City Issues Safety Tips for Residents Due to Severe Weather Systems 1/4/2023 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is issuing a storm advisory for residents regarding the weather currently impacting the local coast, with rain expected to build throughout the afternoon and a significant storm system expected to impact the area later this evening, Jan. 4, and into tomorrow, Jan. 5, bringing with it significant ocean swell, high tidal conditions, high winds and heavy precipitation. Long Beach residents, especially those along the peninsula and in low-lying areas prone to flooding, should prepare accordingly by following these safety tips for severe weather.
Long Beach Fire Department Achieves Top Rating in National Public Protection Classification 12/30/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) recently earned the Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) top rating for their national Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program, an accomplishment achieved by less than 1 percent of fire departments across the nation. 
City Manager Announces Fire Department Sworn Command Staff to Serve as Acting Fire Chief in Rotation 12/28/2022 Today Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica announced that sworn members of the Long Beach Fire Department Command Staff will serve as Acting Fire Chief in rotation, effective Dec. 31, 2022, as recruitment for the permanent position continues.
City Releases Long Beach Strategic Vision 2030 12/28/2022 The Long Beach Strategic Vision 2030 was presented at the Aug. 16, 2022, Long Beach City Council Meeting. The vision affirms and reframes the City’s commitment to supporting the diverse Long Beach community and resolves to achieve a future in which all residents experience Long Beach as a safe, clean and healthy place to live, learn, work, play and thrive.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/28/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues. 
City of Long Beach Issues Storm Advisory Due to Anticipated Significant Weather System 12/27/2022 The City of Long Beach is issuing a storm advisory for residents in anticipation of the significant weather system expected to impact Long Beach beginning this evening and into the coming days and bringing with it significant winds and precipitation.
City of Long Beach Offers Financial Incentives for Historic Property Preservation 12/27/2022 The City of Long Beach Development Services Departmentwill be starting the application process for its reinstated Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for properties in the city’s designatedhistoric districts,which was temporarily paused in 2020. Residents in those districts and owners of designated landmark properties are invited to participate in two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefitswhile also preserving the City’s historic sites.
City of Long Beach Leaders Meet to Discuss Possible Emergency Response to Homelessness Crisis 12/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – On December 22, 2022 at the City’s Emergency Operations Center, Mayor Rex Richardson addressed senior leaders from the City of Long Beach before City Manager Tom Modica and City staff convened in a strategic discussion regarding the growing crisis of homelessness.
City of Long Beach to Begin Phased Transition from Citizen Police Complaint Commission to New Police Oversight Commission 12/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – At the Dec. 6, 2022, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a six to zero vote the authorization to begin a phased transition of the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) to the new Police Oversight Commission under provisions of the voter-approved Measure E Charter Amendment that was passed by Long Beach voters in the November 2022 mid-term election. 
City of Long Beach Encourages Residents to Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season 12/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The holiday season is a time for joyous celebrations, beloved traditions, and long-awaited gatherings with family and friends. With the winter holidays in full swing and New Year's quickly approaching, the City of Long Beach is offering the following tips to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable holiday season.
City of Long Beach Announces $5 Million in Funding Available for Developers of Affordable Rental Housing 12/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is seeking to award up to $5 million to qualified housing developers for the production of affordable rental housing. Additionally, the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach (HACLB) is making 200 project-based vouchers (PBVs) for rental assistance available to property owners and developers of affordable homes through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process. 
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding Forthcoming City Council Consideration of Local Emergency in Response to Homelessness Crisis 12/21/2022 Today, Dec. 21, 2022, Mayor Rex Richardson, in partnership with Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, requested City Manager Tom Modica to bring an item before the City Council for consideration requesting the Council to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency related to homelessness. The emergency proclamation, in response to the City’s homelessness crisis, will allow the City to mobilize local resources, coordinate interagency response, accelerate procurement of housing units and seek assistance from the State and Federal governments. 
City Launches New Homeless Services and Information Hub Webpage 12/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach launched a new Homeless Services and Information Hub webpage, now available at longbeach.gov/homelessness. The webpage was developed in an effort to provide a one-stop-shop of resources and information for the public and to offer a more open and transparent platform regarding homelessness in Long Beach. The webpage serves as a multifaceted information and resource hub for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Long Beach and as a localized platform where all community members can learn more about the City’s efforts to combat the homeless crisis and how to get involved.  
Health Department Reports Significant Decline in Mpox Cases 12/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has made great progress in addressing mpox since the first local case was reported on July 16, 2022. A comprehensive approach including vaccination, outreach in the community and other public health response efforts have contributed to a significant decline in new cases.
City of Long Beach Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Schedule 12/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
Winter Shelter to Open in East Long Beach This Week 12/19/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Winter Shelter, which shields people experiencing homelessness from inclement weather and provides shelter, food, safety and services during the coldest time of year, is expected to open this week at Community Hospital, located near the traffic circle in East Long Beach.
Artwork and Firm Selected to Design the City of Long Beach COVID-19 Memorial 12/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – On Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, the Long Beach City Council, with a 6 to 0 vote, approved a contract with PAO Design to advance their submitted memorial concept design, “Twin Arches,” and conduct further technical studies for the development of Long Beach’s COVID-19 Memorial. The memorial will be built to honor the lives of those who were lost and those who remain forever impacted by the pandemic. 
Southwest Connects Long Beach to Orlando with Saturday Service, Plus Additional Flights to Chicago 12/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines has announced that it will launch weekly nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Florida’s Orlando International Airport (MCO) this summer, plus additional weekday flights to Chicago Midway International (MDW). Tickets are available now at Southwest.com.  
City Now Offering Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines to Children Ages 6 Months and Older 12/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is now offering bivalent COVID-19 vaccines to children 6 months of age and older. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization for both Pfizer and Moderna to include the bivalent vaccines for children younger than 5 on Dec. 8, followed by approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 9. The bivalent vaccines will provide increased protection against the omicron variant that has been circulating since last year. 
Long Beach Announces Queen Mary Annual Membership Program 12/15/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with Long Beach Heritage, in collaboration with Evolution Hospitality, LLC and the Queen Mary Heritage Foundation, will offer the first-ever annual membership opportunity for the RMS Queen Mary. Membership dues will be tax-deductible and will support the ongoing conservation and restoration efforts of the historic landmark.
City of Long Beach to Host Inauguration Service Day Events to Welcome New Mayor and Councilmembers 12/14/2022 Long Beach, CA – To welcome Mayor-Elect Rex Richardson and the new and reinstated Councilmembers for the City of Long Beach, who will be inaugurated on Dec. 20, 2022, residents are encouraged to give back to their local neighborhoods by participating in the Long Beach Inauguration Service Day on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. 
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/13/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
Long Beach Airport Expects to Welcome Additional Travelers Over Winter Holidays 12/13/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is anticipating an elevated number of travelers during this winter’s holiday rush, and passengers are advised to plan ahead and arrive early to ensure a smooth travel experience. 
City of Long Beach to Welcome Visitors Back Onboard the RMS Queen Mary with a Series of Free Guided Tours During the Holiday Season and Into the New Year 12/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce it will officially welcome visitors back onboard the RMS Queen Mary, beginning Dec. 15, 2022, for the first time since March 2020. To celebrate the reopening of select elements of the ship, and to thank the community for their patience and support during the ship’s closure, the City will offer free guided tours to the public for a limited time. 
Long Beach Moves into CDC’s Medium Tier of the COVID-19 Community Levels as Cases Rise 12/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – With COVID-19 cases rising, the City of Long Beach has entered the Medium (Yellow) Tier of COVID-19 Community Level, the second of three tiers outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is urging residents to be vigilant and take preventative steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. 
City Seeks Partner to Establish Community Land Trust 12/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking a qualified organization with experience in affordable housing, and trust among Long Beach residents and neighborhood organizations, to establish and operate a Community Land Trust (CLT) Program.
Long Beach Airport Celebrates Groundbreaking of Atlantic Aviation’s Major Development 12/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – Atlantic Aviation broke ground today on a $14 million development to create an additional 30,000-square-feet of high-end hangar space and 3,000-square-feet of adjoining office space at their facility at Long Beach Airport (LGB). The environmentally sustainable design includes rooftop solar panels over approximately 38,000 square feet of hangars, estimated to generate more than 1.1 million kilowatts (kW) of solar power per year. 
Holiday “Treecycling” Program to Commence on December 26 12/7/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works will once again offer their annual Holiday Tree Recycling Program, known as Treecycling. This annual program provides Long Beach residents with the opportunity to dispose of their live holiday trees free of charge at 12 convenient drop-off locations throughout the city, Dec. 26, 2022, to Jan. 7, 2023, as well as a citywide curbside pick-up day for City serviced refuse customers on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.
Long Beach to Host Inauguration of Nine Elected Officials December 20 12/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – The newly elected officials for the City of Long Beach will be sworn in at an Inauguration Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Terrace Theater. The public is invited to attend the ceremony in person or watch it via livestream on the City’s social pages.
Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Junior Lifeguard Facility Rebuild 12/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the groundbreaking for a new Long Beach Junior Lifeguard facility. Located on East Ocean Boulevard and Claremont Place adjacent to the Claremont Launch Ramp, the Junior Lifeguard Facility Rebuild Project includes the building of a brand new 925-square-foot facility and the demolishing the existing 530-square-foot Junior Lifeguard structure. Construction preparations for this project began in November 2022 and construction is expected to be completed prior to summer 2023.
City of Long Beach Receives Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit with Monsanto Company 12/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – A California federal judge has granted final approval of a $537.5 million class settlement that the City of Long Beach and other city, county and state governments throughout the country reached with Bayer AG's Monsanto Company and its subsidiaries to resolve allegations that the localities face increased costs due to Monsanto's contamination of waterways and harbors with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) over the last several decades. The City is anticipated to receive the largest allocation given to any class member in the amount of $7.5 million. 
Long Beach to Offer Free Winter Youth Fun Days Program and Teen Activities During Winter School Break 12/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer free extended supervised recreation programs for youth over the winter school break. Both the Winter Fun Days Program and Teen Program will operate Dec. 27 through 30 and Jan. 3 through 6, noon to 5 p.m., at parks throughout Long Beach. Youth may come and go at their own discretion and PRM staff will be on-site to lead a variety of recreational activities.
Residents Invited to Attend Community Forum for Cambodian American Cultural Center 12/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and Sixth District Councilwoman Suely Saro, along with City Fabrick, Lord Cultural Resources and United Cambodian Community, will host a Cambodian American Cultural Center (CACC) Community Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Homeland Cultural Center at Douglas MacArthur Park, located at 1321 Anaheim Street. Community members are invited to attend the forum to receive updates about the CACC and engage in community discussions. 
Long Beach Animal Care Services to Host First Annual Happy Howlidays Series 12/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) announced today the First Annual Happy Howlidays Series, a lineup of adoption events and donation drives to be held across Long Beach on select days throughout December. The public is encouraged to enjoy the howliday season by attending an event in holiday-themed ugly sweaters or festive clothing and bringing unopened store-bought pet treats to share with furry friends while participating in various festive, holiday-themed activities.
City to Host Health Permit Workshop for Mobile Food Vendors and Food Truck Operators 12/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will host a workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for mobile food vendors, including street food vendors and food truck operators. The workshop will provide information about obtaining a Long Beach Health Permit as well as upcoming changes to the California Retail Food Code. 
Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine to Host Job Fair December 6 12/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will host a Job Fair on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at El Dorado Park West (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.) from 6 to 8 p.m. where PRM staff will share information on current and upcoming job openings for Recreation Program Leaders.  
*UPDATED* Los Altos Neighborhood Library to Temporarily Close for Maintenance Preparation 12/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library’s (LBPL) Los Altos Neighborhood Library, located at 5614 E. Britton Drive, will temporarily close for scheduled facility maintenance beginning Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, and is anticipated to reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. This closure is needed to prepare the facility for a scheduled heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement project, funded partially by Measure A, anticipated in early 2023. Outdoor book returns will be available for use during this time.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Dedication of Habitat for Humanity Homes for First-Time Homebuyers 11/29/2022 Long Beach, CA - On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, the City of Long Beach helped celebrate the dedication of Millennium Homes, in partnership with The Long Beach Community Investment Company, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and other partnering agencies. The new Habitat LA townhome community consists of 10 residences that provide the opportunity for lower-income families to purchase their first home. 
Long Beach Moves to Final Stages of Queen Mary Critical Repairs 11/28/2022 This past summer, the City of Long Beach completed another round of critical repairs to the Queen Mary and is moving into the final stages of repairs. Critical repair work ensures that the ship is safe for visitors when the City welcomes the community and Queen Mary fans back on board to enjoy sections of the ship by the end of the year.
City of Long Beach Implements Reduced Annual Parking Pass Fee for Veterans for El Dorado East Regional Park 11/28/2022 The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has implemented a reduced annual parking pass fee at El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St.) for veterans. The reduced fee now accompanies existing discounts available for older adults and people with disabilities.
Long Beach to Host 68th Annual Daisy Lane Parade Saturday, December 10 11/28/2022 The City of Long Beach and the Office of Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga, along with the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA), will host the 68th Annual DaisyLane Parade on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m., with a night of holiday entertainmenton Sunday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
*UPDATED* City of Long Beach Releases Women and Girls Community Survey to Inform the Development of a Long Beach Commission for Women and Girls 11/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites women and girls to help shape the mission of the Long Beach Commission for Women and Girls (LBCWG) by completing a survey, available now through Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. Information collected through the survey will help inform the development of the City’s first-of-its-kind commission specifically designed for women and girls, which will provide a space for specific education, outreach and advocacy for the advancement and equity of all women and girls.
Long Beach Airport Rolls Out New Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Vehicle 11/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – On behalf of the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently purchased a new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle, which will be operated by the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) and housed at Fire Station 16 next to the airfield.
City of Long Beach Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards 11/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The holiday season is a time for joyous festivities and gatherings with family and friends. The City of Long Beach is providing the following tips to ensure a safe, healthy and hazard-free Thanksgiving holiday for all.
City of Long Beach Launches Micro-Transit Shuttle Program for Downtown and Alamitos Beach Areas 11/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach launched its electric-powered shuttle service for the Downtown Long Beach – Alamitos Beach neighborhoods as part of the Micro-Transit Shuttle program. This is the second and final fleet of electric-powered shuttles, which will operate Thursdays through Sundays*, and are intended to support mobility programs for economic recovery, promote non-automotive transportation modes for trips under three miles and alleviate parking impacts by connecting to nearby underutilized parking lots. 
Long Beach City Council Approves City’s Draft Blueprint 2.0 for Economic Development 11/22/2022 Long Beach, CA - On Nov. 15, 2022, the Long Beach City Council approved the City's Draft Blueprint 2.0 for Economic Development (Blueprint 2.0), a comprehensive plan that will guide the City's overall economic development work over the next 10 years to create equitable economic opportunities for workers, investors and entrepreneurs in Long Beach.
City of Long Beach Ranks Second in Nationally Recognized 2022 Green Fleet Award 11/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – Recently, the City of Long Beach was named the No. 2 municipal Green Fleet by the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA). The Green Fleet award is a nationally renowned accolade that is bestowed upon public sector operations who execute revolutionary and innovative green initiatives. 
City Encourages Residents to Shop Local by Participating in Small Business Saturday 11/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is encouraging residents to support local businesses by participating in Small Business Saturday, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. As the holiday shopping season officially kicks off, the City is launching a social media campaign to promote shopping local and encourage people to discover local businesses and will also offer free metered parking at multiple shopping areas in Long Beach. 
City of Long Beach Urges Residents to Stay Healthy This Winter by Taking Preventative Steps 11/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is urging all residents to remain vigilant this winter season and take preventative steps to stay safe and healthy. Respiratory viruses such as the flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are currently circulating at higher rates than usual for this time of year, and COVID-19 cases, while still low, are also inching up. 
Long Beach Invites Artists to Submit Artwork for a COVID-19 Memorial 11/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking experienced artists and teams of artists to create a memorial artwork for its COVID-19 Memorial that will honor the lives of those who were lost and those who remain forever impacted by the pandemic. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Winter Class Registration Now Available 11/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – Registration for winter recreation classes provided by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is now available. Classes including art, music, fitness and sports will be offered December 2022 through February 2023. The classes provide opportunities for exercise and recreation, social interaction, learning and relaxation for everyone from preschool-aged children to adults. Residents can browse the classes in the latest issue of Recreation Connection, PRM’s programs catalog, at LBParks.org or at Long Beach park community centers and Long Beach Public Library branches.
Long Beach Pledge – Guaranteed Income Pilot Application Now Open 11/18/2022 Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach launched the application period for the Long Beach Pledge, the City's guaranteed income pilot program. The application is open for eligible residents now through Jan. 17, 2023, at 4:59 p.m. (PST).
Long Beach Launches the Mental Health Matters Awareness Campaign 11/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) launched Mental Health Matters, its mental health awareness campaign. The campaign seeks to normalize and destigmatize mental health and improve access and connection to mental health supports in Long Beach. 
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Thanksgiving Week Schedule 11/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. 
Long Beach’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration Returns January 14, 2023 11/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce the return of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration set to take place Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Central Long Beach. The event will return for its 35th year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Community members are encouraged to attend the event to honor and celebrate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Long Beach Airport Expects Increased Numbers of Travelers Over Thanksgiving Week 11/15/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) expects to see an elevated number of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday week, and travelers are advised to plan ahead and arrive early to ensure a smooth, stress-free experience. 
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $250,000 Grant to Expand Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Program 11/15/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic and Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to encourage responsible cannabis use and reduce drug-impaired driving related collisions.
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $190,000 Grant to Expand Distracted Driving Prevention Program 11/15/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $190,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reduce distracted driving related collisions.
City to Launch Childhood Experiences Questionnaire in Partnership with Long Beach Unified School District 11/14/2022

The City of Long Beach is partnering with Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to launch the first ever Childhood Experiences Questionnaire, which will gather information from parents/guardians of current kindergarten students about their children's early development and experiences linked to health and well-being, education and social outcomes.

Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking for Colorado Lagoon Open Channel Project 11/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the groundbreaking for the Colorado Lagoon Open Channel Project which, once completed, will reestablish a natural connection of water circulation between the Colorado Lagoon and Marine Stadium/Alamitos Bay. Construction will begin in late November 2022 and is scheduled for completion in 2024. 
City of Long Beach Launches ‘Doing Business with the City’ Webinar Series 11/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – As part of an ongoing commitment to increase access to contracting opportunities, the City of Long Beach has launched a monthly webinar series titled “Doing Business with the City” for business and nonprofit leaders to hear an overview of contracting and business licensing processes, learn how to register as a vendor on the City’s procurement platform Long Beach Buys, and ask questions directly to City staff.
Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Youth Fishing Derby November 19 11/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), in partnership with Partners of Parks, the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will offer their annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, Nov.19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St.). Registration begins day-of at 8 a.m. and is free. 
City Launches Sidewalk Vending Survey 11/11/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach invites the community to take the Sidewalk Vending Survey, now available at longbeach.gov/sidewalkvending, to provide their input on the future of sidewalk vending in Long Beach. Survey available now through Dec. 18, 2022.
City of Long Beach Ranks First Nationwide as a 2022 Top Digital City 11/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – For the second consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been recognized as the first place Top Digital City in the Center for Digital Government (CDG)’s 2022 Digital Cities Survey. The survey is conducted annually and evaluates how cities across the nation use technology to advance city goals, operations and services to the community. This is the second year the City has won first place as the Top Digital City in its population size nationwide and it’s twelfth year recognized as a Top 10 Digital City. 
Long Beach Health Department Awarded $308,094 Grant from the Office of Traffic Safety for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program 11/10/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a $308,094 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The one-year grant will continue and expand the Health Department's Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division's Walk and Roll Long Beach Program.
Long Beach Fire Chief Xavier Espino Announces Retirement 11/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Fire Chief Xavier Espino announced today his retirement from the Long Beach Fire Department after nearly 37 years of service. Chief Espino began his career with Long Beach Fire in 1986 has served as Fire Chief since 2018. His last day as Chief will be Dec. 30, 2022.
Long Beach Airport Advertising Campaign Wins Excellence Award from Airports Council International 11/9/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Airport has been honored with a Digital Advertising award for Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience by Airports Council International-North America.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 11/9/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City of Long Beach Issues Storm Advisory Due to Anticipated Significant Weather System 11/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is issuing a storm advisory for residents in anticipation of the significant weather system expected to impact Long Beach beginning this evening and into the coming days and bringing with it significant winds and precipitation.
City Launches Long Beach Collaboratory Smart City Initiative Program 11/7/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is launching its new Smart City Initiative program, the Long Beach Collaboratory (LB Co-Lab), to engage residents with civic technology design and equip them with technology skills to thrive in our "smart" economy.
Long Beach Airport Celebrates Southwest’s New Service to Nashville, with Flights Continuing on to D.C. 11/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines is now offering daily, nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Nashville International Airport (BNA). The first flight departed Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, and tickets are available now at Southwest.com.  
Long Beach City Manager Appoints Christopher Koontz as Director of Development Services Department 11/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica appointed Christopher Koontz as Director of the Development Services Department for the City of Long Beach. Mr. Koontz brings to the role nearly 17 years of experience in development services and city planning, most recently serving as Deputy Director for Development Services since 2020 and Acting Director since August 2022. As Director, Mr. Koontz will oversee planning, permitting, code enforcement and housing services for the City and will lead a staff of approximately 210 and an annual budget of approximately $91 million.
City of Long Beach Announces Entertainment Lineup for Día de Los Muertos Celebration 11/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announces the entertainment lineup and additional details for the seventh annual Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Celebration. The free, family-friendly event will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, from noon to 10 p.m. at Rainbow Lagoon, located on Shoreline Drive between Linden Avenue and Shoreline Village Drive.
Long Beach Public Library Expands Digital Library with Two New Online Learning Platforms, Coursera and Skillshare 11/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has expanded its Digital Library with two of the online learning industry’s most popular platforms: Coursera and Skillshare. The two learning platforms contain thousands of creative and career development classes created by renowned universities, companies and industry icons. Both resources, along with the rest of the Digital Library, are completely free for LBPL cardholders.
Long Beach Launches Recovery Act Data Dashboard 11/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched the Recovery Data Dashboard, a new tool for Long Beach community members to track spending and key performance and equity metrics related to the Long Beach Recovery Act. The Recovery Data Dashboard is part of the City’s efforts towards enhancing transparency for the Long Beach Recovery Act to ensure a results-driven, equitable and transparent approach to Recovery funding. 
Billie Jean King Main Library Resumes Normal Operating Hours November 2 11/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach’s Billie Jean King Main Library (Main Library) will resume standard operating hours beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The flagship Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) location has been operating with modified hours since Oct. 20.
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with Long Beach Police Officers Association 10/31/2022

The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Long Beach Police Officers Association (POA) to remain competitive with other agencies seeking quality police officers. The agreement also provides new referral and retention bonuses to recruit and attract new and lateral Police Officers.

City of Long Beach Launches New Website for First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program 10/31/2022 Today, the City of Long Beach launched a new website for its upcoming First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program (Program), which will provide approximately 100 eligible families with up to $20,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance. The application process for qualified residents is expected to open in early 2023.
Voting Centers Open This Weekend for the November 8 General Election 10/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will open all 11-day Vote Centers throughout Los Angeles County. The four-day Vote Centers will open on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. The list of all LA County Vote Centers can be found online and can be searched by 11-day or four-day locations. 
El Dorado Nature Center to Host California Native Plant Sale November 1 Through 29 10/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer their annual California Native Plant Sale Nov. 1 through 29 at El Dorado Nature Center (7550 E. Spring St.). The plant sale will feature hundreds of beautiful and beneficial native plants to enhance gardens, patios or balconies and increase habitat for wildlife.
Local Flight Schools Voluntarily Limit Nighttime Operations at Long Beach Airport 10/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – With construction on the Long Beach Airport (LGB) airfield causing temporary, nighttime closures of its primary runway, the Long Beach Airport Association (LBAA) is encouraging flight schools to voluntarily reduce their nighttime training maneuvers and fly quieter.
City of Long Beach Launches Micro-Transit Shuttle Program for the Belmont Shore Area Today 10/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, the City of Long Beach debuted its Micro-Transit Shuttle program in the Alamitos Bay-Belmont Shore neighborhoods. This free micro-transit shuttle service, which will operate Thursdays through Sundays, is intended to support mobility programs for economic recovery, promote non-automotive transportation modes for trips under three miles and alleviate parking impacts by connecting to nearby underutilized parking lots.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of New Environmental Education Center at DeForest Park 10/27/2022 Long Beach, CA - On Oct. 26, 2022, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Conservation Corps of Long Beach, celebrated the grand opening of a new Environmental Education Center at DeForest Park.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Schedule for Election Day 10/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules. The Election Day holiday was adopted into practice in 2021 to offer City employees time to exercise their right to vote, if they wish. The holiday is observed as the first Tuesday of every November, after the first of the month, regardless of the election cycle.
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 2023 Homeless Point in Time Count 10/26/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is seeking 250 community volunteers to help conduct the 2023 Point in Time (PIT) Count, its street count of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach, taking place on Jan. 26, 2023.  
City of Long Beach Encourages Treats, not Tricks, for a Safe Halloween 10/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – City of Long Beach reminds trick-or-treaters and other Halloween revelers on October 31 to celebrate safely with a few tips to avoid potential holiday hazards.
City of Long Beach Receives Statewide Award for Equitable Community Engagement with the Digital Inclusion Roadmap Development 10/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Technology and Innovation Department (TID) was recently awarded with the first place Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) Award by the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) for the Digital Inclusion Roadmap (Roadmap) Development Community Engagement Process under the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Outreach Campaign Category. The CAPIO EPIC Award Program recognizes California-based government agencies annually for their creative and effective efforts in all communications activities.
City of Long Beach to Conduct Latinx Health Collaborative RFP Community Feedback Meeting 10/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) invites Latinx community members and organizations to share their feedback and guidance on the final developments of the upcoming Latinx Health Collaborative Request for Proposals (RFP). Community partners are invited to join the conversation by participating in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9, or by completing an online survey.
Long Beach to Recognize Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 10/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) today announced plans to recognize California’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, taking place Oct. 23 through Oct. 29. This weeklong information campaign about childhood lead poisoning issues will focus on protecting families from lead in drinking water, especially during lead service line replacement. 
City of Long Beach Stands in Solidarity with the Women of Iran 10/20/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach stands in solidarity with the women of Iran who are protesting their government after the tragic killings of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and 16-year-old Sarina Esmaeilzadeh, who both died in Iranian government custody and whose deaths have since sparked demonstrations and outrage around the word. The City recognizes the tremendous courage of the women of Iran and stands in support of women all around the world who continue to seek protection of their human rights and freedoms. 
City of Long Beach Launches New Long Beach Pledge Website for Guaranteed Income Pilot 10/20/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, the City of Long Beach launched a new website for its upcoming Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, Long Beach Pledge, which will provide up to 250 Long Beach families living at or below the poverty line and residing in the 90813 zip code the opportunity to receive $500 a month for 12 months. The application for eligible residents is anticipated to launch sometime in November and will be publicly announced. 
City Awards More Than $3 Million to Community Organizations to Implement Health Equity Programs Addressing Impacts of COVID-19 10/19/2022

Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
(Health Department) has selected and awarded a total of $3,027,921 in funding to support community organizations implementing health equity-centered programs that address the impacts of COVID-19 in the most at-risk, historically underserved and under-resourced communities in Long Beach.

Long Beach Animal Care Services to Host First Annual Howl-o-ween Event 10/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) is excited to announce the First Annual Howl-o-ween Event on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the LBACS shelter (7700 E. Spring St.) The public is encouraged to attend in family-friendly Halloween costumes and bring unopened store-bought pet treats to share with furry friends while participating in various festive activities. This free, family-friendly event is intended to connect residents with shelter pets. Therefore, community members are asked to not bring their pets to the event.  
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding the Reopening of the Billie Jean King Main Library 10/18/2022 The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that it will reopen the Billie Jean King Main Library (Main Library) to visitors this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 after a temporary closure. The Main Library will maintain special operating hours* through Nov. 1 and will resume regular operating hours beginning Nov. 2. The temporary closure was necessary to address security staffing levels and specialized library staff training. With Main Library being a high-volume facility in the city’s downtown core, combined with the state of mental health challenges that many are experiencing locally and throughout the country, it was apparent that in order to effectively conduct library business and provide a positive and inspiring environment for all who entered the doors, a new plan needed to be developed to meet the needs of this specific facility. A temporary security plan has been identified and will be utilized in the interim over the coming weeks while a long-term plan is finalized. Library staff thanks the community for their patience while the City resolved this important issue and we look forward to welcoming visitors and patrons back inside Main Library to take advantage of all the literary and educational resources, events and workshops offered.
City of Long Beach and Long Beach Lifeguard Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement 10/18/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Long Beach Lifeguard Association (LGA).
City of Long Beach to Provide Free Hotspots and Chromebooks to Residents, Businesses and Non-profits in Collaboration with Long Beach Recovery Act Community Partners 10/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Technology and Innovation Department, in collaboration with nine Long Beach Recovery Act community partners, is re-launching the Free Internet Services and Computing Devices Program to provide free connectivity, technology, computer literacy training and technical support services to qualified Long Beach residents, businesses and non-profits critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents Encouraged to Participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill 10/17/2022 The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications encourages residents to participate in the Great ShakeOut, an annual earthquake drill, taking place at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Originally named the Great California Earthquake Drill, this earthquake safety drill is now practiced around the world with more than 40 million participants last year. 
City of Long Beach Invites Residents to Participate in Youth-led Tours of the North, West and Washington Neighborhoods 10/14/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in partnership with the Youth Leadership Institute, will host My Hood, My City program’s youth-led neighborhood tours at the end of October in the North, West and Washington neighborhoods. The tours implement youth-led storytelling to raise awareness, pride and knowledge of the neighborhoods’ cultural and structural makeup.
City to Begin Offering Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters to People Ages 5 and Older 10/14/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering the bivalent COVID-19 boosters to everyone 5 years old and older. On Oct. 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer bivalent booster to include children ages 5 to 11 and the EUA of the Moderna bivalent booster to include people ages 6 to 17. This was followed by approvals from both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Oct. 12 and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on Oct. 13. The bivalent boosters, also known as updated boosters, provide increased protection against the omicron variant that has been circulating since last year. 
*Updated* Long Beach to Host Resource Fair in Celebration of World Mental Health Day 10/14/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites Long Beach families and community members of all ages to its first World Mental Health Day Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Admiral Kidd Park (2125 Santa Fe Ave). This free event will raise awareness of mental health resources for people in the community and provide information tables from local community-based organizations and exhibitors.
Long Beach’s Veterans Day Celebration Returns November 12 10/13/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach proudly presents the 2022 Veterans Day Celebration, a community celebration honoring U.S. military service members, taking place Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave.).
Long Beach to Host Día de Los Muertos Celebration 10/13/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and Office of First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas proudly present the seventh annual Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Celebration – a free, family-friendly celebration of life in remembrance of loved ones who have died. Families and friends are invited to take part in the day’s activities on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, from noon to 10 p.m. in the downtown shoreline area. 
Avian Flu Detected in Wild Birds in Long Beach 10/13/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed three cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A H5 (avian flu) in two Canadian geese and one Black-crowned Night-Heron near El Dorado Park. Additional sick and dead wild birds were also found in the area. The virus has previously been detected in birds in California, but the Long Beach cases are the first in Los Angeles County.  
Long Beach City Councils Approves City Purchase of Southern California Edison Company Building in Downtown 10/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – During the Long Beach City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, the City Council unanimously approved the City’s purchase of a Southern California Edison Company property in Downtown Long Beach. The building, located at 125 Elm Ave., will host the Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) crime lab, administrative office and training space for the Department of Energy Resources, and serve as the new location for a revitalized Long Beach Senior Center. 
Community Encouraged to Attend LGBTQ+ Cultural District Community Visioning Event on October 27 10/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting a community visioning event for the LGBTQ+ Cultural District on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bixby Park Community Center (130 Cherry Ave.). LGBTQ+ community members are encouraged to attend this outreach event to learn more about the development of the LGBTQ+ Cultural District, which is envisioned as the Broadway Corridor between Junipero and Alamitos Avenues, and to participate in the community visioning process focused on celebrating the contributions of the Long Beach LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Cultural District will serve as a community hub, showcasing queer local history and supporting local businesses in attracting new visitors.
Long Beach Public Library Hosts Khmer, Come All Program Series Celebrating Our Cambodian Community 10/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – This fall, the Long Beach Public Library (Library) will host Khmer, Come All – a program series celebrating the local Cambodian community featuring a variety of in-person programs at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library (1401 E. Anaheim St.) and one virtual event. Each program will highlight different aspects of Cambodian culture, including history, food, craft traditions, a cultural workshop and a film screening. Khmer, Come All will take place on select days beginning Saturday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022.
City of Long Beach Reaches Tentative Labor Agreement with Long Beach Firefighters Association 10/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Long Beach Firefighters Association (FFA). The agreement provides salary increases and incentives aimed at improving workforce productivity and skill levels.
City of Long Beach Hosts Resource Fair October 11 in Recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 10/10/2022 Long Beach, CA - In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which takes place annually throughout the month of October, the City of Long Beach Office of Equity will host a resource fair from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at City Hall (411 W. Ocean Blvd.). People will disabilities and employers are invited to attend and learn how to foster inclusive employment policies and practices.
City Seeks Partner for City of Long Beach Employees Youth Mentoring Program 10/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking a partner organization to facilitate a citywide mentoring program connecting Long Beach middle school students with City employees. The program will serve students from middle schools in neighborhoods affected by disproportionate amounts of violence, poverty and COVID-19 impacts.
Long Beach Airport Recognized Among Top Ten in United States by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine 10/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is among the Best Airports in the United States, based on votes by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Ranking eighth nationwide, LGB continues to be a favorite among travelers who recognize its convenient Southern California location, exemplary amenities and first-class customer experience. 
Various City Street Closures for Long Beach Marathon 10/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Marathon is returning for its 38th running on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, with a weekend of events beginning Friday, Oct. 7. People traveling through Long Beach should plan to avoid street closures and map out access routes and should allow extra time for travel due to road closures and traffic delays.
City of Long Beach Recognizes National Community Planning Month in October 10/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is recognizing National Community Planning Month throughout the month of October and the community is invited to participate in two events to learn about and get involved in the City’s planning process. Observed annually in October, National Community Planning Month recognizes urban planners’ role in creating thriving, inclusive communities. 
Long Beach Public Library to Debut City’s First Filipino American Literary Festival on October 22 10/5/2022 Long Beach, CA - On Oct. 22, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.), Long Beach Public Library will host the Liwanag Literary Festival, a free event that will highlight Filipino American stories and literature in partnership with local bookstore Bel Canto Books.
Community Invited to Learn About and Share Priorities for New Zoning Rules for Commercial Corridors and Neighborhoods 10/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Development Services Department is seeking input from residents and businesses to help determine new zoning regulations along the Anaheim Street and Pacific Coast Highway commercial corridors and adjacent neighborhoods, as part of the ongoing Zone In: City Core planning effort.
Long Beach Public Library Showcases LinkedIn Learning for the Month of October 10/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing LinkedIn Learning for the month of October. LinkedIn Learning offers high-quality courses and videos focusing on business, technology and computer programming and creative disciplines like design, music, website development, user experience, digital marketing and other high-demand fields of learning. 
Long Beach Airport Invites Community to Airfield for Annual Festival of Flight 10/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) award-winning Festival of Flight is coming back in for a landing Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. Thousands of attendees are expected at the popular family-friendly event featuring static aircraft displays, children’s activities, live music, food and beer trucks, and helicopter rides for purchase.
Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 15th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count 10/3/2022 The City of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to assist with the 15th Annual Bike and Pedestrian Count by making observations on how people are using the public right-of-way. Every October, volunteers and City employees work together to manually count the number of bicyclists, pedestrians and electric scooter riders across dozens of key intersections in Long Beach – and the more volunteers who sign up, the more locations the City can observe during the count. 
City of Long Beach Expands Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine to Additional Groups 10/3/2022 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox (MPX) vaccine. This decision is in alignment with Los Angeles County and in effort to provide equitable distribution and increase access of the MPX vaccine.
Long Beach City Manager Appoints New Director of Economic Development 9/30/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Ralph (Bo) Martinez as the new Director of the Department of Economic Development. Mr. Martinez brings to the City of Long Beach more than 20 years of experience in economic development for various public sector entities throughout the nation, currently serving as Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Parker, CO, and overseeing various town departments including Economic Development. As director, Mr. Martinez will oversee activities related to real estate, business and workforce development across four bureaus with 87 full-time staff. The Department manages approximately $23 million in revenue and has an annual budget of approximately $20.4 million.
City of Long Beach Celebrates National Digital Inclusion Week 9/30/2022 Long Beach, CA - The National Digital Inclusion Alliance has declared Oct. 3 through 7, 2022 as National Digital Inclusion Week (DIW), an annual week of awareness, recognition and celebration where digital inclusion practitioners across the country promote their digital equity and inclusion efforts. To celebrate DIW, the City of Long Beach will be showcasing on the City's social pages its community-centered solutions that promote digital equity and inclusion in Long Beach.
City of Long Beach to Offer Free Flu Vaccination Clinics 9/29/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is hosting several community flu vaccination clinics at no charge for people without health insurance or those whose health care provider does not offer flu vaccines. These vaccine clinics will be offered at locations throughout the city in an effort to increase access for all who are interested in receiving the flu vaccine.
Long Beach Health Department Hosts Reentry Symposium 9/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Reentry Advisory Council will host a Reentry Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). The symposium, titled Strengthening the Reentry Landscape in Long Beach, will focus on ways community partners can help people live productive, healthy lives after being released from jail or prison. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Adult Recreation Sunday League Baseball This Fall 9/29/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer their popular adult baseball league this fall, with the new league kicking off Oct. 16, 2022. Team and individual registration begin Tuesday, Oct. 4, online and in person.
City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat 9/26/2022 Long Beach, CA – With excessive temperatures expected this week, City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the mid to high 90s in parts of Long Beach.
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding Updated Masking Requirements 9/23/2022 On Sept. 20, 2022, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the updated Guidance for the Use of Face Masks, to take effect Sept. 23, shifting from a strong recommendation to wear face coverings in all indoor settings to a more nuanced approach to masking recommendations that is based on the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels. COVID-19 Community Levels are established levels of impact based on hospitalization rates, hospital bed occupancy and COVID-19 case rates. Since Sept. 1, Long Beach has been in the Low COVID-19 Community Level. The City of Long Beach will align with the new CDPH Guidance for the Use of Face Masks. 
City of Long Beach Reports First Case of West Nile Virus This Year 9/21/2022 Long Beach, CA - The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this mosquito season has been reported in Long Beach. The person, in their 60s, was hospitalized and diagnosed with neuro-invasive illness, and is currently recovering at home.
City Seeks Community Input on Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 9/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is inviting residents to participate in the review of the City’s Draft Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Residents can review the draft plan and provide comments online or in-person at all Long Beach Public Library locations, now through Oct. 16, 2022. 
Long Beach Volunteers Needed for 38th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, September 17 9/15/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is inviting the community to make a positive impact on our local environment by participating in the 38th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day taking place Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. 
Long Beach City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2023 Budget 9/14/2022 Long Beach, CA – On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s $3.2 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. The Adopted FY 23 Budget continues the prioritization of significant pandemic recovery support for residents and business; implements new forward-thinking initiatives that promote safety, health and quality of life; and makes strong investments in the City’s infrastructure. 
City Seeks Partner to Evaluate the Impact of the Long Beach Guaranteed Income Pilot Program 9/13/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking a qualified partner that can lead the research and evaluation of the Long Beach Guaranteed Income Pilot Program, which will provide a select number of Long Beach families living at or below the poverty line and residing in the 90813 zip code the opportunity to receive $500 a month for 12 months.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Offers Safety and Prevention Reminders Regarding Coyotes 9/13/2022 Long Beach, CA – This is the time of year when coyote pups become more visible in the community because they are growing up and leaving their dens more frequently. Because they do not require open space to survive, coyotes have successfully adapted to living in urban and suburban neighborhoods and can be seen at any time of day, although they are most active at dusk, dawn and at night. Due to this, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) is reminding residents of the following important safeguards to protect pets and property against coyotes and other wild or unwanted animals.
City of Long Beach Expands Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine to Additional Groups 9/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox (MPX) vaccine. This decision is in alignment with Los Angeles County and in effort to provide equitable distribution and increase access of the MPX vaccine to include populations who may be at future risk of exposure. 
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 9/10/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
City Issues Advisory for Peninsula and Alamitos Bay Residents Due to Anticipated Severe Weather Systems 9/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – As a result of tropical storm Kay, City of Long Beach officials are preparing for a series of storms that are expected to impact Long Beach over the next three days.
Long Beach to Hold Moment of Silence in Remembrance of September 11 9/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the tragic events of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the City of Long Beach will observe a citywide moment of silence at 9:11 a.m., on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in honor and remembrance of the lives of those who were lost.
City of Long Beach Launches Monkeypox (MPX) Data Dashboard on City’s MPX Website 9/7/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched a new monkeypox (MPX) dashboard to provide the public with information on MPX cases and vaccinations in the City. The new MPX dashboard, available as a button feature on the Health Department’s MPX website, will offer a user-friendly experience and real-time access to increased data transparency.
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Vida Latina Program Series 9/7/2022 The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) will host its fourth annual Vida Latina, a series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, taking place Sept. 10 through Nov. 2, 2022, at various LBPL locations. This year’s celebration will present a mix of in-person and virtual activities for adults, teens and kids, including annual favorites such as Lotería and Cuentos y Cantos Storytime and exciting new events like the Resistencia Poetry Club, Día de Muertos and Mercadito Literario, a literary fair fun for the whole family, on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
City to Begin Offering Bivalent COVID-19 Boosters 9/6/2022 Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering the bivalent Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters. The bivalent boosters, also known as “updated boosters,” will provide increased protection against the omicron variant that is currently circulating. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization for both Pfizer and Moderna to include the bivalent boosters on Aug. 31, followed by approvals from both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Sept. 1 and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on Sept. 3.
City of Long Beach Continues to Advise Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat, Cooling Centers Available 9/6/2022 With excessive temperatures continuing this week, City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat and has extended the activation of additional cooling center hours starting today, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 9.
Office of Youth Development Announces Recipients of Measure US Youth Fund Grants 9/6/2022 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development, in partnership with The Nonprofit Partnership(TNP), has awarded the first disbursements of Measure US funded grants, a total of $318,955 in mini-grants and mid-size grants, tosupport over 70 local groups and organizations providing summer programs and fostering pathways of care and connection for children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 24 in Long Beach.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Expands Hours for Pet Adoptions 9/2/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Animal Care Services has expanded its adoption hours, extending its weekday operating hours in the mornings and afternoons and opening one-hour earlier on Saturdays and Sundays.
City of Long Beach Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Digital Equity and Inclusion 9/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach was recently recognized as a 2022 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) for its outstanding achievement in advancing digital equity and inclusion efforts in Long Beach. The City is one of 32 local governments and regions in the country and one of four cities in the state to receive this national distinction, achieving a six-star score and meeting 100% of the evaluation criteria. 
City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Extreme Heat, Cooling Centers Available 9/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – With excessive temperatures expected this week and throughout the weekend, City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat and has activated additional cooling center hours over the holiday weekend.
Long Beach to Resume In Person City Council Meetings Beginning September 6 9/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today announced it will resume in-person City Council meetings at the Bob Foster Civic Chambers, located at 411 W. Ocean Blvd., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Mobile Recess Program for Youth This Fall 8/31/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will continue offering its Mobile Recess Program for youth this fall, with a new series beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 28, 2022. 
Long Beach Now Offering Monkeypox Vaccine Without an Appointment at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus Vaccination Site 8/31/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is now offering non-appointment options to those who are eligible for the monkeypox (MPX) vaccine at the Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) vaccination site. This is in effort to provide equitable distribution and increase access of the MPX vaccine, as well as make it easier for people to get vaccinated and protected quickly.
City of Long Beach to Host Second Annual Long Beach Youth Festival in September 8/29/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Health Department's Office of Youth Development, in partnership with the City's Youth and Families Commission, Long Beach Public Library and Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Economic Development, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, will host its second annual Youth Festival at the Billie Jean King Main Library and the adjacent Lincoln Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.
Long Beach Recognizes National Preparedness Month this September 8/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is recognizing National Preparedness Month with a series of educational community outreach opportunities throughout the month of September. National Preparedness Month, observed each September, promotes family and community emergency preparedness and raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.  
City of Long Beach to Expand Novavax Eligibility to those 12 and Older 8/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – Effective immediately, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is now offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 12 and older. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization for the Novavax vaccine from age 18 years and older to 12 years of age and older on Aug. 19, followed by endorsement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Aug. 23.
City of Long Beach Adopts Comprehensive Plan to Combat Climate Change 8/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has adopted its first-ever Long Beach Climate Action Plan (LB CAP) that provides a framework for creating a more sustainable, resilient and equitable city. Unanimously approved by the Long Beach City Council, LB CAP, also known as the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, will address climate change in a way that remedies existing environmental health disparities while also improving health, quality of life and enhancing economic vitality throughout Long Beach for decades to come. 
City Awarded Multi-million Dollar Project Homekey Grant to Create Over 100 More Interim Housing Units for People Experiencing Homelessness 8/24/2022 Long Beach, CA - The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) a $30.5 million grant to create more interim housing for people experiencing homelessness. Approximately $25.2 million will be utilized for building and modular acquisition, installation and improvements, and the remaining $5.3 million for operations and services. The grant will enable the City to build 30 to 35 modular tiny homes at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) and purchase another motel for conversion to interim housing as well as to operate and provide services to the two sites through the City’s Project Homekey program. 
Long Beach Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility to Additional Groups 8/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is expanding the eligibility criteria for the monkeypox (MPX) vaccine, effective immediately. This decision is in alignment with Los Angeles County and done in order to make the vaccine more readily accessible to those at high risk and to stop the spread of MPX.
City of Long Beach Labor Day Schedule 8/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept.5, 2022, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City Launches Space Beach Teacher Externship Program in Collaboration with Long Beach Unified School District 8/22/2022 The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), recently launched its Space Beach Teacher Externship Program, a professional development program for K-12 educatorsto create streamlined, easy-to-navigate career pathways for students interested in aerospace and related industries.
City Seeks Community Feedback for Second Phase of MacArthur Park Design 8/22/2022 The City of Long Beach is inviting the community to submit feedback and recommendations for the MacArthur Park Improvements Project through an online community survey available now through Sept. 12, 2022. The City is committed hearing from community members before entering the final planning stages of the enhanced park. Input collected from the online survey will better inform the next phase of design, from the look and feel of the park, spatial arrangement of amenities, to confirm and/or update the programming, and work towards park design refinement.
City of Long Beach Awarded $13.1 Million State Loan for Emergency Rental Assistance Program 8/22/2022 The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $13.1 million California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Cashflow Loan to provide additional funding for the Long Beach Emergency Rental Assistance Program (LB-ERAP). The funds will be used to continue to provide rent and utility assistance to tenants and landlords who submitted complete applications on or before March 31, 2022.
Fourth Annual Ranchos Walk Takes Place September 10 8/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites the community to experience Long Beach on foot at the Fourth Annual Ranchos Walk event on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. The City’s Office of Sustainability, along with Departments of Public Works, Health and Human Services and Water, is partnering with Walk Long Beach, Rancho Los Cerritos, Rancho Los Alamitos and the Historical Society of Long Beach to host this free urban hike, where participants will take a stroll through local history as they follow a path that links Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos via the summit of Signal Hill.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine to Offer After-School Program for Youth; Adaptive Programs for Youth and Adults Also Offered 8/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – This fall, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will once again offer programs to safely engage youth after school as well as adaptive recreation programs for middle school and high school youth and adults, providing fun and enriching experiences such as art, games and fitness activities designed for people with disabilities.
City Launches Request for Proposals for Community Organizations to Expand or Launch New Promotora/Community Health Champion Programs 8/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking to partner with community organizations to expand existing or launch new Promotora/Community Health Champion (P/CHC) programs that promote education and wellness opportunities across Long Beach communities. P/CHC are community navigators, care coordinators and community engagement champions who focus on increasing community access and connection to health screenings, health education, and mental health and well-being resources. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s procurement platform, Long Beach Buys by 11 a.m. (PST) on Sept. 20, 2022.
Celebrate the End of Summer with a Concert by the Marina Featuring the “Under Cover” Band 8/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine’s (PRM) 2022 summer season will conclude with a concert at Marine Stadium (5255 Paoli Way) featuring the “Under Cover” band on Friday, Aug. 26. The summer send-off event will begin at 5 p.m. with a Kid’s Activity Zone, followed by the concert from 6 to 8 p.m. with the sounds of pop, funk, soul, rock, Top 40, Latin and more. 
Community Invited to Help Shape New Zoning Regulations for E-Commerce and Delivery-Only Retail 8/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is hosting a virtual community meeting on Aug. 31, 2022, to solicit public input on a Zoning Code update that will address the regulation of e-commerce and delivery-only retailers throughout the city. 
City of Long Beach Transitions Monkeypox Vaccine Pre-Registration System to MyTurn 8/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – Effective tomorrow, Aug. 19, 2022, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will transition the monkeypox vaccine pre-registration system to MyTurn, the State’s vaccination notification and appointment system. This transition will help manage efficient and equitable vaccine distribution as supply increases.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Affordable Housing Community for Veterans 8/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today joined with nonprofit developer Century Affordable Development, Inc. (Century) and other partner organizations to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Cove, a new affordable housing development located at the 27-acre Century Villages at Cabrillo community in West Long Beach. The development will offer 89 affordable studios for veterans who have very low-income, earning 30-60% of area median income, and veterans who are experiencing homelessness. 
Beach Streets University Open Street Event Returns September 17 8/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – East Long Beach will bustle with activity on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, as the City of Long Beach’s Beach Streets Open Street event returns after a two-year hiatus. This year’s Beach Streets University will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and span neighborhoods from Atherton Street up to Spring Street, providing safe, open areas for people to walk, bike and socialize. The free, family friendly event will feature several entertainment hubs along the route, including a dedicated children’s area at Whaley Park, as well as outdoor music, food and drink specials, activities and more.
Long Beach Animal Care Services Joins NBCUniversal Local’s ‘Clear the Shelters’ Pet Adoption and Donation Campaign This August 8/15/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) has joined NBCUniversal Local’s 2022 Clear The Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign, taking place through Aug. 31, 2022, holding adoption specials throughout the month and encouraging residents to get involved. 
Community Encouraged to Attend Cambodian American Cultural Center Community Visioning and Feasibility Plan Kickoff Event on August 20 8/10/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach and Sixth District Councilwoman Suely Saro, in coordination with the United Cambodian Community (UCC), Lord Cultural Resources, City Fabrick, and Community Steering Committee, is hosting a community visioning event for the Cabmodian American Cultural Center (CACC) on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Douglas MacArthur Park.
City Clerk Calls for Argument Writers for Four November 2022 Ballot Measures 8/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking argument writers for four City Charter amendments to be placed on the Nov. 8, 2022, ballot. Those interested in writing arguments for or against the approved measures may submit an interest form to the Office of the City Clerk through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. A separate interest form must be submitted for each ballot measure. Interest forms may be submitted via email to cityclerk@longbeach.gov or in person at City Hall, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., Lobby Level, Window 12.
City of Long Beach to Begin Enforcement of Registered Short-Term Rentals in Coastal Zone 8/10/2022 Long Beach, CA - Beginning Sept. 6, 2022, the City of Long Beach will initiate the enforcement of short-term rentals (STRs) operating in the coastal zone areas of the City. This action comes as a result of the City Council’s acceptance of the California Coastal Commission’s recommended changes to the City’s STR ordinance earlier this year.
11th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival Taking Place August 27 at Houghton Park with Headliner and Grammy Award Winner Stephanie Mills 8/8/2022 The City of Long Beach and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson present the 11th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival, headlined by Stephanie Mills, a Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and Broadway star. The festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave., Long Beach, 90805). The free event will include live music throughout the day, available food and beer garden, as well as vendors, community resources and a Kids Zone.
Long Beach Public Library Showcases Author Talks Series for the Month of August 8/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing its Author Talks series for the month of August. Author Talks offers residents a chance to interact with select authors of New York Times Bestselling books through a series of virtual, real-time discussions. This monthly series features a diverse set of two to four talks, offering a mix of perspectives from literary authors to career advancement. Each talk lasts about one hour and concludes with a live Q&A with the author.  
Long Beach City Council to Consider Four Ballot Measures for Placement on the November 2022 Election Ballot 8/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – On August 9, 2022, the Long Beach City Council will consider placing four potential City Charter amendments on the November 8, 2022, ballot for consideration by Long Beach voters. The four proposed Charter amendments relate to the consolidation of the City’s existing water, sewer and gas utilities into a single publicly-owned utility; establishment of a Police Oversight Commission; realignment of City election dates with the State; and realignment of Long Beach Board of Education election dates with the State. After the City Charter amendments are selected for ballot placement August 9, the City will call for argument writers interested in writing arguments both for or against the approved measures.
City of Long Beach to Offer Free Teen Academy Program for Teens Ages 13 to 18 8/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Sept. 19, 2022, the City of Long Beach will offer a nine-month Teen Academy for 100 teens ages 13 to 18. The Teen Academy program, offered through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), is designed to provide teens with experiences, activities and resources that support their wellness and future success.
Main Health Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to Relocate Operations to Cabrillo High School 8/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Friday, August 5, the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 6 months to 5 years old, currently located at the Main Health Facility, will relocate all operations to Cabrillo High School. 
City Celebrates Groundbreaking for Market Street Corridor Improvements 8/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the launch of the Market Street Corridor Improvements with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin II and the Department of Public Works. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at Burton W. Chace Park, located at Dairy Avenue and Market Street, the approximate location of phase one of the project. 
Parks, Recreation and Marine to Induct Three New Members into Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame 8/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame will induct three new members – Torey Edwards, Jim Gonzales and Travis Johnson – on Sunday, August 7. The Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame was created by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) in 1996 to recognize those who left a mark on golf in Long Beach. 
City of Long Beach Proclaims Local Emergency and Expands Vaccine Eligibility in Response to Monkeypox 8/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, the Long Beach City Manager proclaimed a local emergency to strengthen the City’s preparedness and ability to respond to monkeypox. This proclamation must be ratified within seven days by the Long Beach City Council. In an effort to stop the spread of monkeypox and make the vaccine more readily accessible to those at highest risk, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is also expanding the eligibility criteria for the vaccine, effective immediately.
Long Beach Announces Pediatric Case of Monkeypox 8/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed a presumptive case of monkeypox infection in a pediatric resident of Long Beach. Preliminary test results indicate that the child has tested positive for orthopoxvirus. Additional testing will be performed at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to confirm monkeypox. Given the positive test result, the Health Department is conducting an extensive contact investigation and offering vaccine to people who may have been exposed in order to prevent additional cases. The child was symptomatic but is now recovered.
City of Long Beach Unveils Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget 8/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, August 2, 2022, the City of Long Beach unveiled its Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 23) Budget, with a special presentation on a five-year Measure A Infrastructure Investment Plan. The Proposed FY 23 Budget is $3.2 billion and continues prioritizing significant pandemic recovery support for residents and business; implements new forward-thinking initiatives that promote safety, health and quality of life; and makes strong investments in the City’s infrastructure. 
City of Long Beach to Offer Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning August 1 7/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Monday, August 1, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in effort to increase options and access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use authorization of the Novavax vaccine on July 13, followed by approvals from both the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on July 19 and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on July 22.
City Seeks Proposals for Partners to Help Generate $1M in Additional Spending for Local Businesses 7/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking organizations to partner with the City’s Department of Economic Development to develop and implement citywide solutions through its ActivateLB program to increase customer spending by $1 million at Long Beach small businesses and support their economic recovery. The ActivateLB program’s Request for Proposals (RFP) is open through 11 a.m. on August 30, 2022, on the City’s vendor portal: Long Beach Buys. 
Long Beach Health Department to Begin Distribution of Infant Formula in Partnership with LA County 7/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) announced today it has received 950 cans of infant formula from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The formula will be distributed to eligible families in Long Beach and surrounding LA County cities beginning Tuesday, August 2, 2022. 
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding Rising COVID-19 Cases and Masking 7/26/2022 Throughout the state, COVID-19 cases continue to rise and the most recently detected variants are more communicable. In Long Beach, over in recent weeks, cases have been in the CDC’s medium transmission level. Currently, the 7-day case rate is 476.9 per 100,000, the 7-day hospitalization rate is 9.6 per 100,000, and 7.2% of inpatient beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.  
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Fall Recreation Class Registration Begins August 1 7/26/2022 Long Beach, CA – Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes offered by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, August 1. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in September and continue through November. Residents can browse the fall classes in the latest issue of Recreation Connection, PRM’s programs catalog, at LBParks.org or at Long Beach park community centers and Long Beach Public Library branches.
Director of Development Services Oscar Orci Announces Retirement 7/25/2022 The City of Long Beach announced today the upcoming retirement of Department of Development Services Director Oscar Orci. Mr. Orci has served for the past two years as Director of the Department that provides planning, permitting, code enforcement and housing services for the City. Prior to that, he had served as the Department’s Deputy Director for four years. Altogether, Mr. Orci served for more than 30 years in community development work for cities across Southern California. Mr. Orci’s last day with the City is August 12, 2022.
Southwest Airlines Connects Long Beach to New Orleans with Seasonal Sunday Nonstop Service 7/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines today announced that it will launch weekly nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on a seasonal basis from January 8 through the end of March 2023, just in time for Mardi Gras season. Tickets are available now at Southwest.com.
Long Beach Public Library to Temporarily Shift Operations of Alamitos, Brewitt and Dana Neighborhood Libraries to To-Go Service Only 7/20/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning August 2, 2022, through the end of the year, three Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) locations, Alamitos, Brewitt and Dana Neighborhood Libraries, will temporarily shift operations to a “To-Go” model of service. This will allow LBPL to continue to meet residents’ needs for print and audiovisual materials while navigating staffing shortages brought on by retirements, vacancies and the ongoing pandemic. All other LBPL locations, including Billie Jean King Main Library, will continue normal library services and remain open to the public.
City of Long Beach Expands Eligibility for Monkeypox Vaccine 7/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has expanded eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine. This decision is in alignment with Los Angeles County and done in effort to make the monkeypox vaccine more accessible to the populations at highest risk in the city. 
Long Beach Announces First Case of Monkeypox 7/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has confirmed the first presumptive case of monkeypox infection in Long Beach. Preliminary test results indicate that the person has tested positive for orthopoxvirus. Additional testing will be performed at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to confirm monkeypox. Given the positive test result, the Health Department is conducting an extensive contact investigation and offering vaccine to people who may have been exposed in order to prevent additional cases. The person is an adult Long Beach resident who has no recent travel history nor known contacts. They are symptomatic and recovering and isolating at home.
Long Beach Airport Displays Able ARTS Work Exhibit 7/14/2022 Long Beach, CA - An exhibit showcasing talented local artists is on display now at Long Beach Airport, brightening the way for travelers through a collaboration with Able ARTS Work.
City Partners with CSULB LifeFit Center to Offer Exercise Class Programs for Older Adults 7/12/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, in partnership with California State University, Long Beach LifeFit Center @ The Beach, is launching a new exercise class program to provide evidence-based physical activity programming for older adults.
More Than $10 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Coming to Long Beach Airport 7/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced yesterday that Long Beach Airport (LGB) was selected as one of only four airports in the state of California to receive funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s (BIL) airport terminal program. The $10.6 million sum will go towards LGB’s Terminal Roadway Improvements project. 
Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding the Monkeypox Virus 7/8/2022

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is monitoring the spread of the monkeypox virus (MPV). While there are no confirmed cases of MPV in Long Beach currently and the risk of MPV remains low, we urge our community to remain vigilant and aware of symptoms and possible exposure.

City of Long Beach Publishes First Smart Cities Initiative 2022 Annual Report 7/7/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Technology and Innovation has published its first Smart City Initiative 2022 Annual Report, which showcases key accomplishments and outcomes regarding how the City has used technology and data to manage change and expand capacities to better the daily lives of Long Beach residents, enhance City operations and make the best possible use of resources across all City Departments.  
Fourth of July Weekend Public Safety Statistics 7/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – Last month, the City of Long Beach activated its Celebrate Safely campaign to educate the public about the hazards of fireworks, the consequences of setting off fireworks illegally, and safety tips to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe Independence Day. Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Long Beach coastline filled with visitors, and spectators had the opportunity to view professional fireworks shows over Alamitos Bay on July 3 and the downtown waterfront on July 4. The City is now issuing the below statistics regarding fireworks enforcement and other public safety response efforts.
City to Begin Offering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Those Ages 6 to 17 7/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Thursday, July 7, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those ages 6 to 17. This decision comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its emergency use authorization of the Moderna vaccine for this age group. This was followed by approvals from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on June 23 and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on June 24, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on June 25. 
Long Beach Airport Receives Two Project Achievement Awards from Construction Management Association of America 7/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Construction Management Association of America Southern California Chapter (CMAASC) recently awarded Long Beach Airport (LGB) with two Project Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management. Presentation was made to Airport staff at the CMAASC 29th Annual Awards Gala recently held in Long Beach. 
Long Beach Scores Top Marks for Water Quality 7/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has received excellent recreational water quality grades from Heal the Bay for 2021-2022, with 100% percent of its beaches receiving A or B grades for the dry summer months, according to the Annual Beach Report Card that was released on June 22, 2022. Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past decade. 
Long Beach Health Department Hosts Summer Health Resource Fair in July 7/1/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), in partnership with Disability Rights California (DRC) and the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), is hosting the Summer Health Resource Fair on July 8, 9 and July 10.
Long Beach Celebrates Increased Inclusivity and Accessibility on City Beaches with New Access Mats 7/1/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is celebrating the installation of its first-ever beach access mats, making it possible for people of all abilities to more easily access Alamitos, Mother's and Granada beaches this summer.
Long Beach Shares Results of 2022 Homeless Count 7/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – Findings of the 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count, the first count conducted in two years due to the pandemic, reveal that Long Beach identified 3,296 people experiencing homelessness on February 24, 2022. While many remain unsheltered, more people than ever before are living in emergency shelters or interim housing, a testament to the City’s commitment to ending street homelessness and providing supportive services that will help people get back on their feet.  
More than 1 Million COVID-19 Tests Administered by the City of Long Beach since Pandemic Began 6/30/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has reached a COVID-19 testing milestone with more than 1 million COVID-19 tests administered at City-run testing sites since the pandemic began. Testing people for COVID-19, especially those who were in contact with someone who has the virus or those experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, is extremely important to help slow the spread.
Building a Better Long Beach Presentation Showcases City's Development and Construction Activity is on the Rise 6/28/2022 Long Beach, CA– Today, the City of Long Beach announced at its Building a Better Long Beach presentation that new development and construction activity continues to boom, with several major commercial and residential projects completed, currently underway or proposed throughout the city. The mid-day event presented by Mayor Garcia, and in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal,  at The Beverly O’Neill Theater in Downtown drew an audience of hundreds of community representatives including business leaders, real estate specialists, developers and local contractors and architects. 
REACH Teams Provide Alternative Response to Calls for Service for People Experiencing Homelessness 6/27/2022 Long Beach, CA - In a press conference earlier today, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services provided updates regarding two REACH outreach teams that were created in July of last year as an alternative response to certain calls for service related to people experiencing homelessness. These specialized teams focus on increasing access to mental and physical health services as well as housing and case management resources, while reducing impacts to the emergency response system and addressing the root cause of homelessness.
City of Long Beach Schedule in Observance of Independence Day 6/24/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2022, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules. 
City Extends Application Deadline for Creative Economy Grants 6/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The application deadline for the City of Long Beach’s Creative Economy Grants program has been extended through July 7, 2022. The program funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act providefinancial support to local nonprofits and professional artists to be utilized for operational recovery, public art, community projects and artist fellowships.  
Community Invited to Help Shape New Zoning Regulations for Commercial Corridors and Neighborhoods in Central Long Beach 6/23/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is hosting a series of open house events and collecting survey responses to further engage the community as part of the Zone In: City Core  effort, previously known as the Anaheim Corridor Zoning Implementation Plan (ACZIP). The planning initiative aims to update zoning regulations along the Anaheim Street and Pacific Coast Highway commercial corridors and adjacent neighborhoods.
Long Beach Public Library Invites Community to Virtual Talks with Bestselling Authors 6/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is launching a series of virtual talks in July featuring bestselling authors from around the world.  The featured writers and thought leaders will cover a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.   
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 6/22/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues. 
City Offers Tips to Celebrate Safely Over Fourth of July Weekend 6/22/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is encouraging residents and visitors to celebrate safely this Fourth of July weekend to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe holiday. All personal fireworks are prohibited within Long Beach city limits and residents can expect ongoing citywide enforcement of the City’s fireworks ordinance. 
Long Beach Health Department Announces Measure US Community Grant Opportunities to Support Summer Youth Programming 6/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is launching its first disbursements of Measure US funds via two rounds of community grant opportunities that will support youth development. A total of $225,000 will be available to provide summer programs for children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 24 in Long Beach. 
Long Beach Libraries to Offer Expanded Programming for Teens 6/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is expanding its programming for teenat several branch locations. The summer and after-school programs will add a variety of enrichment activities for youth ages 12 and older with a strong focus on wellbeing, creativity, STEAM learning and collaborative interaction.
City of Long Beach Offers COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 6 Months and Older 6/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Friday, June 24the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will now have the ability to begin vaccinating anyone 6 months of age and older. The City will expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility by offering the Moderna vaccine to children 6 months to 5 years of age, as well as the Pfizer vaccine to children 6 months to 4 years of age. 
ActivateLB Seed Grants Available to Grow Community Events, Activate Businesses 6/21/2022 Long Beach, CA –Applications are being accepted starting today for the City of Long Beach’s recently announced ActivateLB grants, providing Long Beach Recovery Act funding to support neighborhood cultural events and activate small businesses. The application period is open through July 21, 2022.  
City Dedicates El Dorado Park West Community Center in Memory of Dr. Thomas J. Clark 6/17/2022 The community center at El Dorado Park West is being dedicated in honor of Dr. Thomas J. Clark, a three-time mayor of Long Beach who served on the City Council for 30 years—the longest of any person in City history. The public sign unveiling and dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at 2800 N. Studebaker Road.
City Celebrates Official Grand Opening of Alamitos Beach Water Playground on June 25 6/17/2022 The City of Long Beach is inviting the public to the grand opening of its newest beach attraction, an inflatable aquatic playground known as the “Wibit.” The celebration will take place in the sand at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Alamitos Beach, south of Ocean Boulevard and east of Shoreline Drive, between Fifth and Sixth places.
California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Awarded to Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services to Expand Activating Safe Communities Program Citywide 6/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – The California Violence Prevention and Intervention Grant Program (CalVIP) awarded a $3.9 million dollar grant to the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) to expand its Activating Safe Communities program citywide. The work will focus on 13 neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by gun violence in North and Central Long Beach. 
Southwest Airlines Launches Daily Flights Connecting Long Beach to Nashville 6/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – Southwest Airlines today announced that it will begin offering daily, nonstop flights from Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Nashville International Airport (BNA), with service set to start on Nov. 6, 2022. Tickets are available now at Southwest.com. 
City Celebrates Official Grand Re-opening of Recreation Park Playground 6/14/2022 The City of Long Beach today celebrated the grand re-opening of the redesigned Recreation Park Playground, located along the north side of 7th Street between Federation Drive and Park Avenue, with a ceremony that included Mayor Robert Garcia, Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price and other City leaders.
City of Long Beach Schedule for Juneteenth 6/14/2022 In observance of Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19, 2022), the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules. Juneteenth, which commemorates the official end of slavery in 1865, was established as a federal holiday last year.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Recreation Programs Starting June 20 6/14/2022 Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer a variety of popular, free recreation programs for families, teens and older adults beginning June 20. Residents can call or visit their neighborhood park for schedules and to register for activities.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Free Summer Food Service Program for Children June 21 through August 26 6/13/2022 For the 43rd year in a row, the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program to provide free, nutritious meals to Long Beach children and youth throughout the summer months.
City of Long Beach Expands Access to COVID-19 Treatments 6/9/2022 Long Beach, CA - Effective immediately, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), in partnership with Healthvana, the City's test results delivery partner, will make it easier for people to receive COVID-19 medications after contracting the virus.
Long Beach City Manager Appoints Katy Nomura as Deputy City Manager 6/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Katy Nomura to Deputy City Manager. Ms. Nomura will work alongside the City Manager and Assistant City Manager as part of the City’s Executive Management Team to implement City policies and programs. Ms. Nomura brings to Long Beach an extensive portfolio in city government, serving nearly 10 years in the City of Cupertino’s City Manager’s Office, most recently as Deputy City Manager. Ms. Nomura will begin her role as Deputy City Manager on June 20.
City Launches Summer Youth Engagement Program My Hood, My City 6/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has launched the program My Hood, My City to engage youth through civics education and leadership development. The program, led by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Youth Development in partnership with the Youth Leadership Institute, provides youth-led storytelling through neighborhood tours that raise awareness, pride and knowledge regarding the cultural and structural makeup of neighborhoods in north, west and central Long Beach.
Long Beach Launches New Procurement Software, Long Beach Buys 6/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched Long Beach Buys, a new purchasing platform and marketplace that is free for all businesses and organizations seeking to do business with the City. The new procurement software positions the City to more effectively engage with local, diverse and disadvantaged businesses and facilitates the lowering of barriers for prospective businesses to contract with the City with easy-to-use technology, a landing page and instructions available in multiple languages, and an expeditious vendor onboarding process. Long Beach Buys is part of the City’s Extreme Procurement Makeover initiative, which aims to enhance the City’s procurement process to be more efficient, results-driven, equitable and sustainable. 
City Provides Safety Tips for Residents to Avoid Phone and Internet Scams 6/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – In response to recent phone and internet scams being reported by Long Beach residents, the City of Long Beach is providing the following information and safety tips for residents and business owners to avoid becoming victims of fraudulent calls, text messages and email scams.
City Extends Masking Requirement in Public Transit and Indoor Public Transportation Hubs Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases 6/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and outbreaks, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will extend the masking requirement in all public transit and indoor public transportation hubs within the city.
California Transportation Foundation Recognizes Long Beach Airport as Organization of the Year 6/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) recently recognized Long Beach Airport (LGB) as the Organization of the Year. The award was presented to Airport officials on May 26, 2022, at the CTF’s 33rd annual Transportation Awards ceremony in Sacramento. 
Long Beach Public Library to Launch Annual Summer Reading Program on June 18 6/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library’s (Library) annual Summer Reading Program kicks off June 18, inviting readers of all ages to “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” and blaze new trails by reading books, completing activities, and enjoying free special events at all 12 Library locations. The Summer Reading Program, running June 18 through August 13, encourages participants to read five days a week for at least six weeks and complete activities, earning incentive prizes along the way. Online registration begins June 18, with in-person registration available beginning June 21 at any Library location. Residents can register and begin participation at any time during the program – but the earlier the registration, the more incentives to earn. 
Long Beach Airport Welcomes Breeze Airways 6/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is excited to announce the addition of Breeze Airways, a new airline set to start service from LGB this fall.
Grant Applications Now Open for ActivateLB Cultural Event Grant Programs 6/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today the application period opened for the City of Long Beach’s recently announced ActivateLB Grants Program. This Program, funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act, will provide funding for large citywide cultural events, along with neighborhood event seed grants and business activation grants. The application period for Cultural Special Events Grants is open now and will remain open until funds have been exhausted. Program applications for neighborhood event seed grants and business activation grants will open later this month and funded events are planned to be rolled out starting this summer. 
Long Beach Public Library Showcases Gale Courses, Free, Instructor-Led Online Courses, for the Month of June 6/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing Gale Courses for the month of June. Gale Courses offers more than 350 free, instructor-led online classes on topics including personal development, health and wellness, creative writing, computer programming, business management, GED test preparation and much more. Gal Courses is available to LBPL cardholders for free through the Digital Library. Coursework is available 24/7, offering flexibility to fit any schedule. 
June is Pet Preparedness Month 6/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – June is Pet Preparedness Month, and the City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is reminding residents that natural disasters affect the whole family, including furry friends. Pet Preparedness Month encourages residents to incorporate the wellness of their pets in family emergency plans. 
Veterans Stadium COVID-19 Testing Site To Temporarily Modify its Schedule in June for Long Beach City College Graduation Ceremonies 5/31/2022 Due to upcoming scheduled graduation ceremonies, the COVID-19 testing site at Veterans Memorial Stadium will temporarily modify its schedule for certain days in June, beginning Thursday, June 2.
Long Beach Hosts Community Job Fair at the Long Beach Convention Center on June 7 5/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will host the Long Beach Community Job Fair, an in-person multi-sector job fair at the Long Beach Convention Center, on Tuesday, June 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. With over 160 employers looking to fill over 3,000 jobs collectively, the Long Beach Community Job Fair will be the largest in-person job fair in LA County so far this year. 
Voting Centers Open This Weekend for the June 7 Primary Election 5/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – On Saturday, May 28, 2022, the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will open all 11-day Vote Centers throughout Los Angeles County. The four-day Vote Centers will open on Saturday, June 4, 2022. The list of all LA County Vote Centers can be found online and can be searched by 11-day or four-day locations.
City of Long Beach Announces ActivateLB Grant Programs 5/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today the City of Long Beach announced details for ActivateLB Grant Programs, funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act, which will provide funding for large citywide cultural events, along with neighborhood event seed grants and business activation grants. Program applications will open in June 2022 and funded events are planned to be rolled out starting this summer. 
Long Beach Hosts Community Health Resource Fair on June 4 at Billie Jean King Main Library 5/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (Library) and Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services are hosting a community resource fair on Saturday, June 4, to connect residents with health services, nutrition education and food support. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). Parking will be available at the West Broadway parking garage located on the corner of Chestnut Avenue and Broadway. 
Community Invited to Provide Input on Local Priorities for Federal Funding to Enhance Livability 5/26/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is in the process of developing the next five-year Consolidated Plan (Plan) to help determine the programs and services that should be prioritized and funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants. The community is invited to participate in a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 9, 2022, and provide input on the draft Plan as part of this important effort.
Long Beach Public Library to Pilot New Hours at Three Branch Locations 5/26/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning May 31, 2022, the Long Beach Public Library (Library) will pilot new operating hours at three branch locations – Bay Shore Library, Bach Library and Billie Jean King Main Library – in effort to better address community needs expressed by responding residents through a summer 2021 survey. The piloted shift will affect the Tuesday and Thursday operating hours for the three locations and will include added morning hours, opening earlier at 10 a.m. as opposed to noon, and closing earlier, with Billie Jean King Main Library closing at 7 p.m. and Bach and Bay Shore at 5 p.m. Library hours at all other locations will remain the same.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Announces Long Beach Municipal Band 2022 Summer Concert Season 5/24/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Municipal Band will celebrate their 113th season this year with free outdoor summer concerts in Long Beach parks, from June 28 through August 5, 2022, with a different theme every week. 
Long Beach to Offer Summer Adaptive Youth and Adult Recreation Programs 5/23/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer in person adaptive recreation programs for middle and high school youth and adults, providing fun and enriching experiences such as art, games and fitness activities designed for people with disabilities. Programs will run June 20 through August 26, 2022. Registration begins on Monday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m. 
Long Beach Moves into CDC’s Yellow Tier of the COVID-19 Community Levels as Cases Rise 5/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – With COVID-19 cases rising, the City of Long Beach has entered the Yellow (Medium) Tier of COVID-19 Community Level, the second of three tiers outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is urging residents to adhere to the Health Order. Additionally, Health Officials are strongly recommending Long Beach residents take additional measures to protect themselves and others and slow the spread, including masking indoors, especially after close contact with someone who tested positive, and other common-sense safety strategies, such as staying home when sick; frequent hand washing; testing for COVID-19 when in contact with someone who has the virus or when experiencing any COVID-like symptoms; and becoming vaccinated and boosted when eligible.
City to Begin Offering COVID-19 Boosters for Children Ages 5 to 11 5/20/2022 Long Beach, CA – Beginning Monday, May 23, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Host Summer Kick-off Concert at Marine Stadium on May 27 5/20/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is excited to once again welcome the summer season with a free kick-off concert featuring the “ultimate 80’s” tribute band, 80’z All-Stars, on Friday, May 27, at Marine Stadium (5255 Paoli Way on Appian Way between 2nd and Colorado Streets). Concert goers can dance and sing along to the sounds of Duran Duran, Devo, Bon Jovi, Rick Springfield, and other 80’s legends. 
City of Long Beach Awarded $4.5 Million Grant for Affordable Housing Production 5/20/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to help fund the development of new affordable rental housing projects in the city. 
City of Long Beach Memorial Day Schedule 5/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 30, 2022, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
City of Long Beach Seeks Community Input for Forthcoming Food Scraps and Yard Debris Program 5/19/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works invites the community to provide input that will be used for the development of an upcoming food scraps and yard debris curbside collection program anticipated to be implemented by 2024. Senate Bill 1383 established a statewide target to achieve a 75% reduction of organic waste to reduce methane gas emissions from ending in landfills. Cities are now required to divert food scraps and yard debris to help meet this target. Cities than don’t meet this state mandate, may face financial penalties. Input received from the survey will help the City team learn more about preferred educational outreach methods and how to best inspire participation in the separation of food scraps and yard debris by residents. This community survey is targeted toward single-family households and will be available through July 8, 2022.
Announcing the 2022 KJLH Women’s Health Expo Sponsored Jointly by the Long Beach and Fresno Black Infant Health Programs 5/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – After two consecutive years of virtual programming, the 22nd Annual KJLH 102.3 Women’s Health Expo is returning to the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center as an in-person event on Saturday, May 21, 2022. The Expo is presented by the Black Infant Health Program (BIH) Long Beach/Fresno as title sponsor. The event theme is Celebrate Life, and more than 10,000 women are expected to join an array of festivities highlighting women’s healthy lifestyle products, services and activities.
Cathy De Leon Named Director of Long Beach Library Services Department 5/18/2022 Long Beach, CA - Today, City Manager Tom Modica appointed Cathy De Leon as Director of the Library Services Department for the City of Long Beach. Ms. De Leon brings to the City more than 22 years of experience in public libraries, with the last five years as Manager of Branch Library Services for Long Beach Public Library overseeing the operations of its 11 neighborhood libraries. As Director, she will oversee the Long Beach Public Library system as a whole, including Billie Jean King Main Library, the neighborhood libraries, and Library programs and initiatives, operations, budget, staffing and partnerships. 
Houghton Park Vaccine and Testing Operations to Relocate to Ramona Park Starting May 16 5/13/2022 Due to scheduled summer programming in the area, the COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinics at the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center, located at Houghton Park, will relocate all operations to Ramona Park beginning Monday, May 16, 2022. Houghton Park and its community center will resume normal operations, offering various Parks, Recreation, and Marine resources and programming. The last day of vaccine and testing operations at the park will be Saturday, May 14.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center 5/13/2022

Earlier today, the City of Long Beach, in partnership with Long Beach City College (LBCC) and BLANKSPACES, celebrated the grand opening of the Shaun Lumachi Innovation Center, a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Long Beach that will offer a variety of programs, resources and meeting spaces for local businesses.

City Reaches Major Milestone in Critical Repairs to Queen Mary 5/13/2022 In April, the City of Long Beach completed a major milestone in critical repairs to the Queen Mary. Twenty deteriorated lifeboats, which were negatively impacting the ship’s structural integrity, were removed while two of the original lifeboats will remain on the ship for future preservation efforts. Of the twenty removed, an additional lifeboat has been identified for preservation and five have been set aside for future consideration. The removal of nearly 100 tons of weight has alleviated significant stress from the side shell of the ship and has allowed for further critical repairs to the internal support system to be conducted. Additional work for internal structural repairs began this month and are anticipated to be completed later this year.
City Resumes the Digital Inclusion Resources Hotline 5/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – In alignment with the City of Long Beach’s vision to address the digital divide, the Economic Development Department, in collaboration with the Technology and Innovation Department, today will resume offering its Digital Inclusion Resources Hotline (Hotline). The Hotline connects the Long Beach community to digital inclusion resources, services and language interpretation services.
Long Beach Health Department and Pacific Gateway Secure $3 Million Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Grant to Support Youth in Long Beach 5/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Office of Youth Development and the Department of Economic Development, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network (Pacific Gateway) have received a combined $3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to launch the Futures First Program, which supports opportunity youth. Opportunity youth are young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are no longer in school or working and face multiple life challenges.
Long Beach Home to 17 Vote By Mail Drop Boxes, Now Available through June 7 5/9/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Office of the City Clerk has partnered with the Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to bring the Vote By Mail Drop-Off Program, an initiative that provides voters with a safe and accessible alternative option to return their ballot, to Long Beach.
Long Beach Television Available on Apple and Roku TV Channels 5/5/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Television (LBTV), the City of Long Beach's award-winning cable channel, is now available on Roku and Apple TV channels.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Partners with Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to offer Coed Youth T-ball, Coach Pitch, Baseball and Softball Programs this Summer 5/4/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is swinging for the fences this summer, as their Long Beach Youth Sports Program once again partners with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), to provide youth baseball and softball programs this summer through Dodgers Dreamteam (formerly Dodgers RBI), a comprehensive sports-based youth development program that uses the power of sport to provide critical resources and services.
Long Beach 9-1-1 Connecting Residents to Non-Emergency Services Faster  5/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach 9-1-1 Communications Center, which dispatches emergency services to the City’s residents, is implementing a non-emergency phone tree on May 5, 2022. The non-emergency phone tree, available by calling 562.435.6711, will connect callers directly to a pre-recorded list of commonly requested non-emergency City services, providing dispatchers with additional time to assist residents requiring immediate police, fire or emergency medical services.The phone tree will alleviate the inundation of non-emergency calls to dispatchers, while providing non-emergency callers with a more streamlined experience to access services.
City Launches Request for Proposals for Micro-Transit Shuttle Pilot Program 5/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor to provide a micro-shuttle service to support tourism, businesses and local revenue generation. The selected vendor will pilot an on-demand and fixed-route pick-up and drop-off electric-powered shuttle service for business districts, amenities, services and businesses in the Belmont Shore/Alamitos Bay and Downtown/Alamitos Beach neighborhoods to better circulate visitors throughout each service area. Now until 11 a.m. on May 25, 2022, eligible vendors are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids.
City of Long Beach Officials Honor the Fallen at Annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony 5/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – Earlier today, City of Long Beach officials honored fallen Police and Fire Department employees at the annual Police and Fire Memorial Ceremony. The morning event, a longstanding tradition for the Police and Fire Departments, was held at the Police and Fire Memorial monument in the Civic Center Plaza downtown and paid tribute to the 29 police employees and 14 firefighters who have lost their lives in service to the Long Beach community. 
City Launches Request for Proposals for the Inclusive Business Navigators Program 5/2/2022 The City of Long Beach has launched a Request for Proposals (RFPs) seeking organizations to partner with the City’s Department of Economic Development to provide outreach, education and technical assistance for local small businesses and nonprofits to support their economic recovery from financial hardships and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 a.m. on June 1, 2022.
Long Beach Public Library Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Events Throughout May, Hosts First Ever Festival of AAPI Books 5/2/2022 The vibrancy of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) cultures will take center stage as Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) celebrates AAPI Heritage Month this May. Various in-person events highlighting different aspects of AAPI culture, including history, food and craft traditions, will take place at different Library locations throughout the month. The Library will also host the inaugural Festival of AAPI Books Long Beach (FAB LB) on Saturday, May 21, featuring renowned AAPI authors, children’s activities and cultural performances.
Youth Invited to Apply for City’s First-Ever Youth Advisory Council 5/2/2022 The City of Long Beach is now accepting applications for the Office of Youth Development’s first-ever Youth Advisory Council through Friday, May 27, 2022. The Youth Advisory Council will consist of a body of 11 young people 16 to 26 years old who will help influence the implementation of the Youth and Emerging Adults Strategic Plan (YSP) and the upcoming Youth Fund, ensuring that youth voices are uplifted throughout the City.
City Launches Request for Proposals for Health Equity Community Projects 5/2/2022 The City of Long Beach is launching a Request for Proposals (RFP) to partner with community organizations to implement programs that address the systemic barriers and racism that created the inequitable differences seen locally throughout the pandemic and address the impacts of COVID-19 in the most at-risk, historically underserved and under-resourced communities in Long Beach. RFPs for organizations are in nine different activity categories outlined below and further described in the RFP. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City's Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 a.m. on June 13, 2022.
Grant Applications Now Open for City of Long Beach Creative Economy Grants Program 5/2/2022 Today, the application period opened for the City of Long Beach’s recently announced Creative Economy grants Program. This program, funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act, will provide funding to local arts, culture and history nonprofits and professional artists to be utilized for operational recovery, public murals, community projects and professional artist fellowships. Now until June 10, 2022, eligible artists and organizations can apply to receive grants to support a variety of arts activities.
Long Beach Public Library Expands Community Access to Library Cards 5/2/2022 Long Beach Public Library has revised its circulation policy, making it easier than ever for California residents to register for a library card. Beginning May 3, 2022, residents may qualify for a full-service Long Beach Public Library (Library) card by presenting a picture identification (ID) and proof of California mailing address. A full-service card allows users to enjoy the maximum cardholder benefits, such as checkouts, instant access to all resources in the Digital Library, access to public computers and printing services, Chromebook and Mifi hotspot borrowing, participation in the ZipBooks program, and checkout of California State Library Parks Passes. 
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order 4/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) issued an updated Health Order, now in effect, to align with the new Los Angeles County Health Order requiring masking in all public transit and indoor public transportation hubs.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Resumes In-Person Senior Nutrition Program May 2 4/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will resume its in-person Senior Nutrition Program on Monday, May 2, 2022, at various sites throughout the city. Hot or cold nutritious meals that meet USDA standards will be served to residents age 50 and above. Residents are required to make reservations ahead of time by calling the phone number of the desired site, listed below.
City Announces Investment in Early Childhood Education Infrastructure Hub 4/28/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Mayor's Fund for Education and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), announced the investment of $600,000 toward the development of the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Infrastructure Hub (ECE Hub).
Long Beach Celebrates National Bike Month 4/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – This May, the City of Long Beach will celebrate National Bike Month all month long. Long Beach residents are encouraged to participate in in-person rides and other free, family-friendly community events happening throughout the month. Bike Month is celebrated across the United States and offers an opportunity to showcase the benefits of bicycling and encourages more people to incorporate bicycling into their daily lives.
Ribbon Cut at New Long Beach Airport Facilities 4/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – City officials commemorated the completion of the new Ticketing Lobby and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) facility at Long Beach Airport (LGB) on Wednesday, April 27, with plans to welcome the community to an Open House on Saturday, April 30. The events celebrate two major projects, which are part of a $110 million Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program to make strategic pre-security enhancements at LGB.
City of Long Beach Seeks Community Input on Local Priorities for Federal Funding 4/28/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is developing the next five-year Consolidated Plan to help determine the programs and services that should be prioritized and funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants. The community is invited to get involved and provide input on this important process by participating in a community needs assessment survey, available online now through May 9, 2022.
City Partners with Food Finders Organization to Open Fresh Food Hub at Admiral Kidd Park 4/27/2022 Long Beach, CA - The community will soon be able to access fresh food at a new Food Finders Hub, provided by the nonprofit organization Food Finders, at Admiral Kidd Park to serve individuals experiencing a high level of food insecurity. 
Application Extended for Long Beach Nonprofit Relief Grant Program 4/26/2022 Long Beach, CA - The application deadline for the Long Beach Recovery Act Nonprofit Relief Grant Program has been extended from May 15 to June 15, 2022.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Offers a Variety of Classes and Camps for Residents this Summer 4/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – Registration for a variety of new and existing recreation classes and camps offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, May 2. More than 700 activities in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, adult sports leagues and aquatics will begin in June and continue throughout the summer months. Residents can browse the summer classes in the latest issue of Recreation Connection, PRM’s programs catalog, at LBParks.org or at Long Beach park community centers and Long Beach Public Library branches.
City of Long Beach Announces Details for Creative Economy Grants Program 4/25/2022 Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach announced details for its Creative Economy Grants Program, funded by the Long Beach Recovery Act, including $900,000 in funding to support local arts and cultural organizations. This program will provide funding to local arts, culture and history nonprofits and professional artists to be utilized for operational recovery, public murals, community projects and professional artist fellowships. The City is partnering with the Arts Council for Long Beach, (ArtsLB) to administer a portion of the grants.
California State Library Parks Pass Available for Checkout at Long Beach Public Libraries 4/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is participating in the California State Library Parks Pass Program to provide public library cardholders with free day-use vehicle entry passes to over 200 participating state park and beach locations. The California State Parks and California State Library have partnered to provide public libraries across the state with an allotment of California State Library Parks Passes to advance safe and equitable outdoor access for all Californians. A limited number of Parks Passes are now available for checkout at all LBPL locations.
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding New Los Angeles County Health Order Requiring Masking in All Public Transit and Indoor Public Transportation Hubs 4/22/2022 On April 21, the County of Los Angeles released a new Health Order that continues to require masking in all public transit within L.A. County and L.A. County indoor public transportation hubs. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will align with the County’s Order, as outlined below. 
City Launches Request for Proposals for Promotora/Community Health Champions Program 4/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has launched a Request for Proposals (RFPs) seeking an organization to partner with the City’s Department of Health and Human Services and local organizations to provide training and technical assistance for a cohort of community-based organizations (CBOs) engaged in the Promotora/Community Health Champions Program who will work to create a more robust network of Health Champions in Long Beach. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 a.m. on May 23, 2022.
Long Beach Expands LB Resource Line, a City Hotline Connecting Residents with Local Community Resources 4/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has expanded its LB Resource Line, an informational hotline that provides free and confidential support to anyone who lives, works, learns or plays in Long Beach and needs assistance finding and accessing local community resources and social services. The LB Resource Line launched in March 2020 during the COVID-19 Safer-At-Home health orders to connect older adults to critical pandemic-related information, resources and services. The line has now expanded its services to provide support to all Long Beach residents, and callers can now connect in real time with a professionally trained Resource Navigator for support.
Uplifting Designs Selected for Long Beach Airport’s “Plane to See” Coloring Sheet Art Contest 4/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Airport (LGB) is proud to announce the winners of its “Plane to See” aviation-themed illustration contest, which received coloring sheet design submissions from more than 100 talented local artists of all ages.
Long Beach Public Library Invites Residents to Participate in Fourth Annual Celebration of the Young Child Event 4/19/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will host its fourth annual “Celebration of the Young Child” (Celebration) event on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Billie Jean King Main Library, located at 200 W. Broadway, and on the grounds of the new Lincoln Park in downtown. The Celebration is a free annual event to showcase vendors who provide services and resources for young children and their families and caregivers. All families are welcome to attend to learn about various available resources and engage in fun, family friendly entertainment.  
City of Long Beach Housing Element Update Receives State Certification 4/15/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach General Plan Housing Element update has been certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), signifying the City's compliance with State Housing Element law. The certification enables the potential for considerable grants and State funding opportunities for various implementation efforts in Long Beach, including the production of additional affordable housing.
City Launches Request for Proposals to Implement Nutrition Security Events and Services 4/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has launched two Request for Proposals (RFPs) to provide support to nonprofits or community-based organizations to establish, continue and/or expand programs that improve access to nutrition assistance programs and provide food distribution events to populations most impacted by COVID-19 and experiencing high levels of nutrition insecurity. 
El Dorado East Regional Park Offers Tips for Visitors on Easter Sunday 4/12/2022 Long Beach, CA – With 388-acres of open space, picnicking areas, playgrounds, bicycle trails and many other amenities, Easter Sunday, taking place this year on April 17, is the busiest day of the year at El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 E. Spring St.). To better prepare for a visit to El Dorado, and for the safety of all who visit, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine offers the following park rules and tips to help visitors make the most of their day at El Dorado Park:
Celebrate Earth Week with Events for All Ages 4/7/2022 Long Beach, CA –In celebration of Earth Week, the City of Long Beach will host a series of fun, free and family-friendly events for residents to enjoy. Earth Day began in 1970 to bring attention to environmental issues and has since spread to weeklong events and celebrations around the world. This year’s activities will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about how the collective community can integrate sustainability into daily life.
City and County Jointly Issue $25,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Arrest of Double Fatal Hit-and-Run Suspect 4/7/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach, with support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has issued a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of Octavio Montano Islas, the driver responsible for the early March double fatal hit-and-run collision that tragically killed two Long Beach residents, 42-year-old Jose Palacios Gonzales and 3-year-old Samantha Palacios. The City is contributing $15,000 and the Board of Supervisors is contributing $10,000, for a total reward of $25,000.
City Seeks Proposals from Eligible Organizations to Administer Special Cleanup and Maintenance Services in Parks and Open Spaces 4/6/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking proposals from highly experienced contractors interested in serving as the administrator for the cleanup and restoration of sites affected by encampments in parks and open spaces. The City recently launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for park and beach cleaning, litter abatement and special collections services within City Parks, open spaces and beaches. Now through April 28, 2022, at 11 a.m., eligible companies are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s RFP Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, for consideration. 
Registration for the Spring 2022 Adult Volleyball and Basketball Leagues Open Now Through April 15 4/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – Now through April 15, teams and individual players can register for the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) spring 2022 adult basketball and volleyball leagues. Games will be scheduled at various City and school facilities in Long Beach on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Players must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the leagues. Divisions are available for coed, women and men and at a variety of recreational levels. 
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of Ronald R. Arias Health Equity Center 4/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – On April 4, City officials celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Ronald R. Arias Health Equity Center (RAHEC), located at 6335 Myrtle Ave., inside North Long Beach’s Houghton Park.
Long Beach Airport Invites Community to Celebrate Opening of New Ticketing Lobby 4/4/2022 Long Beach Airport (LGB) is commemorating the opening of its brand-new Ticketing Lobby and Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) facility with a Community Open House on Saturday, April 30. The projects are part of a major $110 million Phase II – Terminal Area Improvement Program to make strategic pre-security enhancements to the airport.
Community Invited to Help Shape New Zoning Regulations for Commercial Corridors and Neighborhoods 4/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is launching a series of virtual open house events to engage the community as part of the Zone In: City Core (ACZIP) effort, previously known as the Anaheim Corridor Zoning Implementation Plan (ACZIP). The Zone In: City Core (ACZIP) is a collaboration between the City and community to update zoning regulations along the Anaheim Street and Pacific Coast Highway commercial corridors and adjacent neighborhoods.
*UPDATED* City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of Transformational 35-Story Shoreline Gateway Development 3/31/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach yesterday joined with developers Ledcor Development LP and Anderson Pacific, LLC and other partner agencies to celebrate the grand opening of Shoreline Gateway, a new 35-story, mixed-use development located at 777 E. Ocean Blvd. in the heart of Downtown Long Beach. 
Downtown Street Closures and Traffic Impacts for the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach 3/31/2022 Long Beach, CA – In anticipation of the 2022 Acura Grant Prix of Long Beach, taking place April 8 through 10, 2022, the City of Long Beach is advising the public of the following street closures and traffic impacts taking place in the Downtown Long Beach area between April 6 and 11. All streets will be re-opened by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11. Below is a listing of street closures and alternative access points, when applicable, by date:
City to Begin Administering Second COVID-19 Booster Doses for Eligible People 3/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – Effective immediately, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin administering second booster doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) or the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people. 
Long Beach Public Library Showcases HelpNow, an Online Homework and Educational Resource Hub 3/29/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing HelpNow, powered by BrainFuse, for the month of April. HelpNow is a collection of online homework and educational resources for K-12 students and for college-level math and science help. Students can connect with live tutors daily between 1 and 10 p.m. (Spanish-speakers available), submit their writing assignments for review or receive live assistance through the Writing Lab, watch video lessons, conduct online meetings with peers, and receive Spanish language tutoring. HelpNow is available for free to LBPL card holders.
City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 3/28/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.  
City Offers Safety Tips for Residents Due to Severe Weather Systems 3/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – There is currently a significant weather system impacting the local coast, bringing with it significant winds and precipitation to the area. The City of Long Beach advises residents, especially those in low-lying areas prone to flooding, of the following safety tips for severe weather.
Long Beach Joins Closing the Gaps Network, Announces 10-Year Commitment to Eliminate Racial Disparities for Residents 3/25/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is one of 21 cities across the nation pledgining a 10-year commitment towards implementing policies, practices and operations to eliminate racial disparities for its residents. This announcement comes after Living Cities announced an expansion of the Closing the Gaps Network (Network), its signature initiative with city governments to eliminate racial disparities in income and wealth.
Department of Public Works and Arts Council LB Secure $25,000 Bloomberg Grant for Washington Neighborhood 3/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Arts Council for Long Beach, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative. The grant, designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces and public infrastructure in U.S. cities, will fund a crosswalk art installation at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and 15th Street to improve street safety, revitalize public space and engage the local community.
Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine to Offer In-Person Day Camps June 20 through August 26 3/25/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer in-person Summer Day Camps weekdays beginning June 20 through August 26, where youth ages 5 to 12 will enjoy games, crafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities and more. Registration was originally scheduled to begin April 9 but has been changed to April 16.  
Long Beach Announces New Procurement Software, Long Beach Buys 3/24/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced it will transition to a new e-procurement software platform this May. Long Beach Buys, powered by Periscope’s ePro software, is a modern system that will widely enhance the City’s procurement abilities, including the lowering of barriers for small, local and disadvantaged vendors and improved contract management. Long Beach Buys will replace the City’s existing e-procurement platform.  
Public Invited to Attend Colorado Lagoon Playground Grand Opening Ceremony on March 29 3/24/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach invites the public to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new Colorado Lagoon playground, located at 5059 E. Colorado St., at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29.
Long Beach Health Department Unveils First-Ever Veterans Strategic Plan 3/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Veterans Affairs Commission (Commission) recently presented its Veterans Strategic Plan (Plan) to the Long Beach City Council following a reception celebrating the city’s veterans at the Civic Center Plaza. The city’s rich military history spans nearly a century and today, nearly 17,000 veterans call Long Beach home.
City of Long Beach Awarded Encampment Resolution Funding 3/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has been awarded $1.3 million by the State’s Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) to focus on comprehensive outreach, supportive services and shelter services for the encampment site clustered in Cambodia Town around MacArthur Park and the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library. These funds will be used to address specific, persistent encampments by providing meaningful pathways to safe and stable housing for people experiencing homelessness. 
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order 3/22/2022 Long Beach, CA - Today the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) issued an updated Health Order, now in effect, to align with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Long Beach Civic Center COVID-19 Testing Site to Close on April 1 as Demand in the Area Remains Low 3/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – Due to lower demand for COVID-19 testing in the area, the City-run testing site at the Long Beach Civic Center will close after operations on Friday, April 1, 2022. This site was first established to meet the need for accessible testing for area residents and businesses amid the surge in cases earlier this year. When the Civic Center testing site opened on Jan. 31, the positivity rate for Long Beach was 22.2% and the case rate was 87.3 per 100,000. As of March 21, the positivity rate is 1.48% and the case rate is 2.5 per 100,000. April 1 will be the last day of operations for the testing site. 
City Manager Appoints Johnny Vallejo as Acting Director of Economic Development Department 3/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today Long Beach City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Johnny Vallejo to Acting Director of the Economic Development Department, effective immediately. Mr. Vallejo has served the City since 2003 and has led several key projects and initiatives in support of the City’s advancements in business development, real estate, workforce development and business operations. The City will conduct a national recruitment to permanently fill the director position. 
Health Department Develops Equity Investment Framework to Grants and Awards 3/21/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has developed an equity investment framework that will bring an equity lens to grants and awards made through the Long Beach Recovery Act, including grant funds received from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The framework ensures that context, including Long Beach’s history, is considered when awarding money to organizations, and that the funds are structured in a way that increases health and racial equity.
City to Host Community Meetings on Prioritizing Neighborhood Needs for HUD Federal Grants 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will be hosting two virtual community meetings for residents to learn about and provide input on its five-year Consolidated Plan to help determine the activities that should be prioritized and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) formula grants. 
Tsunami Preparedness Week: Are You in the Zone? 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications encourages residents to participate in Tsunami Preparedness Week, taking place March 21 through 25, to learn about tsunamis and how to prepare for them. Educational tsunami preparedness tips will be shared through the City’s Disaster Preparedness website, City social media platforms and outreach materials to local business associations. Residents will also have a chance to win a “go-kit” by answering disaster preparedness questions on Facebook and Instagram.
City of Long Beach Expected to Receive Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit with Monsanto Company 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – A California federal judge has granted preliminary approvalfor a $550 million class settlement that the City of Long Beach and other city, countyand state governments reached with Bayer AG's Monsanto Company and subsidiaries of Pfizer and Eastman Chemical to resolve allegations that the localities continue to face increased costs due to Monsanto's contamination with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) over the last several decades. In total, the City could receive a maximum of $7.5 million from the settlement, pending additional review and approval from the court and the special master appointed to oversee the settlement. The City is anticipated to receive the largest allocation given to any class member. 
City Celebrates Walk to School Week 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) invites school-aged children and their families to participate in Walk to School Week, which will take place from March 21 through March 25. This year’s theme is Walking Superpowers and throughout the week students and families are encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk to school.
City Announces Upcoming Long Beach Recovery Act Contracting Opportunities 3/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking partner organizations for various Long Beach Recovery Act (LB Recovery Act)-related contracting opportunities. Now through the end of summer 2022, eligible organizations will have the opportunity to submit proposals for various programs and services geared toward the economic and public health recovery of the Long Beach community. Many LB Recovery Act programs are designed to partner with community-based organizations and businesses for program implementation. These procurement opportunities are advertised on the LB Recovery page, and additional opportunities will be added on a regular basis as more information becomes available. To submit a proposal for consideration, vendors are required to register in the City’s online procurement portal, PlanetBids. 
Public Invited to Participate in Community Workshops for the Development of the Alternate Crisis Response Program 3/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach invites the community to participate in the development of the City’s Alternate Crisis Response Program, a new public health program that will use specially trained civilian employees to respond to non-violent, non-emergency and non-medical calls for service related to mental health crises.
City Seeks Proposals to Administer First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program 3/17/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is now seeking proposals from highly experienced vendors interested in serving as the administrator of its new First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program (FTHAP), a new Recovery program that will provide closing cost grants to eligible first-time homebuyers as part of the City's Long Beach Recovery Act.
Application Period Now Open for Long Beach Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grants 3/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is now accepting applications for the recently announced Long Beach Recovery Act Small Business and Non-Profit Relief grants, a new recovery program to help small businesses and nonprofits that have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now until 8 p.m. on May 15, 2022, eligible small businesses and nonprofits can apply to receive working capital to help pay for a variety of business expenses. 
Long Beach Airport Welcomes New Hawaiian Airlines Maintenance Base 3/15/2022 Long Beach, CA – Hawaiian Airlinesis further investing in its operations at Long Beach Airport (LGB) with the establishment of a new Hawaiian Airlines Line Maintenance Base. The base is set to open on March 15, 2022. 
City Announces Long Beach Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grants 3/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today announced the Long Beach Recovery Act Small Business and Non-Profit Relief grants, a new recovery program to help small businesses and nonprofits that have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant opportunities, totaling $8.4 million in funding, will provide working capital to eligible small businesses and nonprofits to help them pay for a variety of business expenses, such as payroll, rent, personal protective equipment (PPE), technology upgrades, marketing and more.
City Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Affordable Housing Community for Older Adults and Senior Veterans 3/9/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach today joined with nonprofit developer Mercy Housing California and other partner organizations to celebrate the groundbreaking of Long Beach Senior, a new affordable housing development and community resource center along Pacific Coast Highway.  
City Unveils Digital Memorial Honoring Long Beach Lives Lost to COVID-19 3/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today unveiled a digital memorial in remembrance of Long Beach residents who lost their lives due to complications of COVID-19. One life lost is one too many, and while the City honors all Long Beach residents who have lost their lives to this deadly virus, the memorial pays tribute to those whose names and photos were submitted to the City by family and friends.  
Long Beach to Offer Spring Adaptive Youth and Adult Recreation Programs 3/9/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer in-person adaptive recreation programs for middle and high school youth and adults, providing fun and enriching experiences such as art, games and fitness activities designed for people with disabilities. Programs will run April 30 through June 11, and registration begins on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. 
City Announces Positive Projections for Fiscal Year 2023 City Budget 3/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – As the City of Long Beach begins the development process for the fiscal year 2023 City budget, during the March 8, 2022, Long Beach City Council meeting, the Department of Financial Management will provide a presentation to the City Council identifying positive trends that have significantly improved the City’s General Fund forecast. The $36 million General Fund shortfall projected last spring has reduced to $12 million, which is expected to be fully covered using one-time funds made available through the Long Beach Recovery Act. As a result of these positive projections and available one-time funds, no major public service impacts are anticipated for the coming year and no reduction targets will be issued to City Departments during the development of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023 City budget.
Long Beach’s Silverado Pool Completes Maintenance Repairs, Reopens to the Public 3/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is pleased to announce the reopening of the Silverado Park Pool, located at 1540 W. 32nd Street, after a months-long closure for maintenance repairs.
Long Beach to Offer After-School Programs at Parks Throughout the City through the end of the School Year 3/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer its After-School Program for children ages 5 to 12 at various parks across the city through the end of the school year. The After-School Program will take place after school, at varying times per location, on weekdays beginning April 25 through June 17. Participants will receive homework assistance and enjoy enrichment activities and games. Registration for the program begins Wednesday, March 23 online and in person.  
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Host Open House and Job Fair 3/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will host an Open House and Job Fair on Saturday, March 12from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center at Houghton Park, located at 6301 Myrtle Ave. The event will include information on current PRM programs and services, a preview of this year’s summer programming, and a job fair for those seeking summer employment.
Public Invited to Participate in City’s 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 3/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is inviting members of the public to participate in the development of the City’s updated Hazard Mitigation PlanResidents are encouraged to share their knowledge of local hazards through a public survey, available online and in-person at all Long Beach Public Library locations, now through March 31, 2022.  
City Launches Youth Climate Corps Survey 3/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking public feedback on the development of the Long Beach Youth Climate Corps, a new youth job placement program in climate-related careers. Respondents can provide input on climate-related job placement opportunities and indicate interest in participating in the program.
Alex Zanardi, Bill Auberlen to be Inducted in the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame 3/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – On Thursday, April 7, two multiple-race winners of the streets of Long BeachAlex Zanardi and Bill Auberlenwill be inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, a collaborative celebration with the City of Long Beach and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.  
Cabrillo High School COVID-19 Vaccine Site Expands, Now Offering Friday Clinic 3/3/2022 Long Beach, CA – In an effort to make COVID-19 vaccines and boosters more accessible, the vaccination site at Cabrillo High School is now offering vaccine on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for everyone ages 5 and older.
Long Beach to Resume In-Person City Council Meetings Beginning March 15 3/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today announced it will resume in-person City Council meetings at the Bob Foster Civic Chambers, located at 411 W. Ocean Blvd., beginning March 15, 2022.
Long Beach Health Department to Add Afternoon COVID-19 Testing Clinics at Long Beach City College 3/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – In an effort to meet the community’s demand for accessible COVID-19 testing in the area, the testing clinic at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) has expanded operations to offer both morning and afternoon options. PCR and rapid antigen testing are available. 
Some Long Beach Beaches Temporary Closed Due to Sewage Spill 3/2/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all open coastal swimming areas in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill outside of Long Beach. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements. 
Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine Partners with Cal Poly Pomona and the Long Beach Community Design Center to Offer Free Urban Planning Program for Teens 3/2/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine (PRM) is offering Young Community Planners of Long Beach, a new urban planning program for teens ages 13 to 18 who are interested in city planning and development. PRM is collaborating with the Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design and the Long Beach Community Design Center to facilitate the program, which will provide hands-on experience about the urban planning process. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine to Offer In-Person Day Camps during the Long Beach Unified School District Spring Break, April 18 through 22 3/1/2022 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer in-person day camps during the upcoming Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) spring break, taking place April 18 through 22, 2022.Youth ages 5 to 12 will enjoycrafts, physical fitness, enrichment activities, cultural celebrations, and more.
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding Updated State Health Order 2/28/2022 Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a new health order that strongly recommends, but does not require, masking in most circumstances. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will align with the State’s order, as outlined below. 
Long Beach Public Library Showcases LearningExpress, an Online Resource Providing Education and Tools to Help People  Enter the Workforce 2/25/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is showcasing LearningExpress for the month of March. LearningExpress is an easy-to-use resource with online tutorials, practice tests and e-books to help learners achieve their educational and professional goals. Users can find educational resources such as college placement exams and grad school admissions test prep, as well as career readiness tools like career certification exam prep, resume writing, interview prep, and much more. 
City Launches Pitch Long Beach! - A Smart City Initiative Program to Encourage Companies to Pitch Ideas and Bring Innovative Solutions to Civic Challenges 2/25/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has launched Pitch Long Beach! – a new program that allows companies to submit project ideas to help improve City services. This innovative program was developed to make it easier and more transparent for vendors to submit creative ideas and technology solutions by formalizing the project submission process. The program is part of Long Beach’s Smart City Initiative, which advances solutions to civic challenges by engaging the community, staff and private sector to explore and implement emerging technology.
*UPDATED* City Seeks Bids from Qualifying Organizations to Acquire and Preserve Queen Mary Lifeboats 2/25/2022 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is currently seeking bids from qualified museums, preservation groups and developers interested in acquiring and preserving the historic lifeboats from the RMS Queen Mary, providing them the unique opportunity to preserve and feature a piece of history at their place of choice. Now through March 25, 2022, interested organizations may submit proposals for consideration through the City’s Request for Qualification (RFQ) Vendor Portal, PlanetBids.
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order 2/24/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued an updated Health Order, which will take effect on Feb. 25, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., aligning its mask mandates with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Youth Recreational Sports Protocol (Appendix W) also has been updated to reflect these changes.
City of Long Beach Celebrates Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing Community 2/24/2022 Long Beach, CA Today, the City of Long Beach celebrated the grand opening of a new award-winning affordable housing and supportive community located in the Midtown area, together with The Long Beach Community Investment Company (LBCIC), Clifford Beers Housing and other partnering agencies 
Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding Updated Mask Requirements 2/23/2022 Today, the County of Los Angeles released a new health order that relaxes masking requirements for fully vaccinated people.
City Seeks Public Input for Updates to City Food Truck Ordinance, Proposes Local Food Truck Program 2/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is in the final developmental stages of updating the Long Beach Municipal Codes (LBMC) for food truck operations and is concurrently working towards establishing a Food Truck Program that will streamline procedures, ensure regulatory compliance from food truck operators, and allow for a better and more streamlined enforcement of food truck operations in Long Beach. Community members are encouraged to provide their inputof the recommended updates at a virtual townhall on Tuesday, March 1, at 5:15 p.m.
Long Beach Health Department to Provide Weekly Virtual “Drop-In” COVID-19 Office Hours for Educators 2/23/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department (Health Department) has begun holding weekly virtual “drop-in” COVID-19 office hours for Early Childhood Education (ECE) program providers and K-12 school administrators and nurses to provide updates on the City’s COVID-19 guidance and answer questions. The sessions were introduced following a survey conducted by the Health Department for ECE program providers and K-12 administratorsThe weekly office hours will be facilitated by staff from the Health Department’s Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Division. 
City Announces Departure of Economic Development Director John Keisler 2/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the forthcoming departure of longtime City employee John Keisler. Mr. Keisler joined the City of Long Beach in 2005 and has served as the director of the Department of Economic development since 2017. He is leaving the City to join a private sector company in a leadership role.
City of Long Beach Releases One Year Update of the Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative 2/22/2022 Long Beach, CA – At the Feb. 1, 2022, Long Beach City Council Meeting, the City of Long Beach Office of Equity presented its Racial Equity and Reconciliation Initiative: One Year Update to the City Council, highlighting key milestones and progressions reached by the City throughout 2021. The presentation from the Racial Equity Implementation Team included updates to the Initial Report, adopted by the City Council in 2020, including successes, challenges, promising practices, emerging priorities, and next steps for implementation.
Long Beach Airport Reallocates Three Supplemental Flight Slots to Southwest and American Airlines 2/18/2022 LONG BEACH, CA – Three supplemental flight slots at Long Beach Airport (LGB) were reallocated this month to Southwest Airlines, which was awarded two, and American Airlines, which was awarded one. Those three slots were previously held by Delta Air Lines and relinquished in December 2021.
Long Beach Parks Recreation and Marine Now Offering Free Virtual Recreation Programs for Youth 2/18/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is now offering free Virtual Recreation Programs for youth ages 5 to 12. The virtual programs feature enriching, fun activities such as arts and crafts, fitness, dance, cooking, cultural celebrations and more. Families can access these videos anytime, anywhere by visiting the PRM YouTube channel.
City Launches Request for Proposals to Implement the Long Beach Guaranteed Income Pilot Program for Select Long Beach Residents 2/17/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today launched a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking qualified vendors to implement and administer the Long Beach Guaranteed Income Pilot Program (Pilot), a pilot program that will provide a select number of Long Beach families living at or below the poverty line and residing in the 90813 zip code, which has the highest concentration of families living in poverty within the city, the opportunity to receive up to $500 a month for 12 months. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 p.m. (PST) on March 7, 2022.
City of Long Beach Facilities and Services Presidents Day Schedule 2/16/2022 Long Beach, CA – In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules. 
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order, Youth Sports Protocol 2/15/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued an updated Health Order and Youth Sports Protocol effective Feb. 16, 2022. The updated Youth Sports Protocol revises masking requirements for outdoor youth sports activitiesThe updated Health Order increases the thresholds for Mega Events and removes masking requirements at Outdoor Mega Events. 
Long Beach Airport Seeks Uplifting Designs for “Plane to See” Coloring Sheet Art Contest 2/15/2022 Long BeachCA   Long Beach Airport (LGB) is calling on local artists to take part in a “Plane to See” aviation-themed design contest, where 10 selected winners’ drawings will earn $500 honorariums and be used to create coloring sheets for travelers of all ages 
With Shorter Wait Times Across All City Sites, Former Boeing Parking Lot COVID-19 Test Site to Close 2/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – Due to a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases and a decline in demand for testing, the COVID-19 testing site at the former Boeing parking lot will close Feb. 26, 2022This testing site was established in January to meet the unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing amid the surge. This site administered more than 35,400 COVID-19 tests and effectively served its purpose of providing accessible testing during a time of high demand. When the Boeing site first opened, the positivity rate for Long Beach was 25.8%, and the case rate was 202.4 per 100,000. The current positivity rate is 7.9%, and the case rate is 60.2Across the city, tests have dropped from a high of 9,323 on Jan. 18 to 1,356 on Feb. 9 
City Celebrates Official Opening of the Redesigned Lincoln Park 2/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today commemorated the official opening of the redesigned Lincoln Park, located in the heart of downtown Long Beach on Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Robert Garcia, First District Councilwoman Mary Zendejas, Second District Councilwoman Cindy Allen and other City leaders. After a multi-year closure, Lincoln Park is once again open to the downtown community and visitors of Long Beach. 
City Launches Request for Qualifications for Grant Writing Services 2/9/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is seeking grant writing consultants and firms to provide grant writing services for various City Departments that require assistance applying for county, state, federal and philanthropic grants. Now through Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Request for Qualification (RFQ) Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, for consideration.
Long Beach Sets Benchmarks for Removing Certain Masking Requirements, Updates Mega Event Thresholds 2/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that effective Feb. 16, it will roll back policies that had been put into place during the Omicron surge, which is now on the wane in the state. The City is aligning with Los Angeles County by keeping current masking policies in place, with a roadmap that allows for easing restrictions as soon as it is safer to do so.
City Postpones its 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration to 2023 2/8/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has postponed its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration to 2023. The decision to further postpone the event, originally scheduled for Jan. 15, 2022, was made out of an abundance of caution to protect public health as transmission of COVID-19 cases remains high. The City continues to take a steadfast approach towards mitigating the spread of the virus, and while it is an unfortunate circumstance to postpone this year’s parade, the event is expected to make its grand return next year with enhanced features.
City Launches Request for Proposals to Implement Digital Inclusion Resources and Services 2/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – As part of the City of Long Beach’s ongoing effort in addressing digital inequities and advancing digital equity and inclusion in Long Beachthe Economic Development Department (ED), in collaboration with the Technology and Innovation Department (TID), have launched two Request for Proposals (RFPs) for organizations to implement digital inclusion resources and services, including distributing internet hotspots and computing devices and offering computer literacy training to communities most impacted by the digital divide stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor PortalPlanetBidsby 11 a.m. (PST) on March 1, 2022. 
Celebrate Super Bowl Weekend Without Penalties 2/4/2022 Long Beach, CA – With Super Bowl LVI coming to the Los Angeles area on Sunday, Feb. 13, and a home team playing for the championship title, the City of Long Beach is encouraging everyone to enjoy the big game responsibly by providing the following safety recommendations.  
Long Beach Public Library Adds Over 500 New Khmer Books to the Collection 2/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Khmer collection at the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) Mark Twain Neighborhood Library just grew by over 500 new books, thanks to funding from a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant and to Sophea Chim, United Cambodian Community of Long Beach staff member and LBPL contractor, who purchased books on behalf of the Library while visiting Cambodia. The recent additions include topics such as traditional music, traditional Cambodian cooking, graphic novels for children and teens, picture books, and modern and ancient Cambodian history. 
Long Beach Airport Anticipates Economic Tailwind with Increased Flight Activity for Super Bowl LVI 2/2/2022 Long Beach, CA – With Super Bowl LVI touching down in Southern California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) officials are expecting an increased number of travelers and charter aircraft activity on the days surrounding the championship game at SoFi Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 13.  
Some Long Beach Beaches Temporary Closed Due to Sewage Spill 2/1/2022 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas west of Belmont Pier in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill.  State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements. 
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Spring Class Registration Begins February 7 2/1/2022 Long Beach, CA – Registration for new recreation classes offered by Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) begins Monday, Feb. 7. More than 300 classes in art, music, nature, fitness, special interest subjects, and adult sports leagues and aquatics programs will be offered starting in March. These programs provide opportunities for social interaction and learning, exercise and recreation, and growth and relaxation for preschool-aged children to adultsAlso beginning Feb. 7, and after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, a new issue of the Recreation Connection programs catalog will be available to residents digitally on LBParks.org and printed copies at Long Beach park community centers and Long Beach Public Library branches. 
Long Beach Public Library is Highlighting Mango Languages for the month of February 1/31/2022 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is highlighting Mango Languages for the month of February. Mango Languages is an online language learning tool that offers ad-free, unlimited access to learning modules for more than 70 languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL) learning for 15 different native languages.
Long Beach Airport Food Scrap Program Takes Flight 1/31/2022 Long Beach, CA – As part of the Long Beach Airport’s (LGB) ongoing sustainability efforts to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, it has launched a commercial food scrap recycling program to divert organic materials from the landfill and create renewable energy. 
City to Begin Offering New COVID-19 Testing Clinics at Long Beach Civic Center 1/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – In an effort to meet the continued demand for accessible testing amid the Omicron variant surge, beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 31, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will open two new weekly non-appointment COVID-19 testing clinics at the Long Beach Civic Center and Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC).
COVID-19 Omicron Sub-Variant BA.2 Virus Found in Long Beach 1/28/2022 On January 28, 2022, the Long Beach Health Department received confirmation of its first case of the Omicron subvariant, BA.2. The new subvariant was first detected in South Africa in December of 2021 and has since been detected in 49 countries, including the United States. 
Long Beach City Council Approves Adoption of Parks, Recreation and Marine 10-Year Strategic Plan 1/28/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach City Council approved the adoption of the proposed Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Strategic Plan on Jan. 18, 2022. The Plan will guide PRM’s operational, staffing and budget decisions for a 10-year period from 2022 to 2032 and serve as a tool to adapt park services as the community’s needs evolve.
City to Conduct Critical Repairs to the Queen Mary Beginning in February 2022 1/27/2022 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is preparing to start critical repairs to the Queen Mary, with fencing being placed around the construction zone and staging areas prepared as of last weekIn February, the City will begin the first phase of critical repairs, which are anticipated to be completed later this year, allowing the Queen Mary to reopen to the public. 
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Youth Sports Protocol, Quarantine Order 1/21/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued an updated Youth Sports Protocol and Quarantine Order effective Jan. 18, 2022. The updated Youth Sports Protocol revises some masking and vaccination requirements. The new Quarantine Order allows certain asymptomatic employees to return at work after exposure to the virus.
City to Expand Vaccine Operations at LBCC Pacific Coast Campus Beginning January 18 1/14/2022 Beginning Tuesday, Jan.18, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will expand operations at its COVID-19 vaccination site at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) by offering weekly clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in addition to the clinics already offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau Receives National Recognitions for Advancements in Sustainability 1/13/2022 Long Beach, CA – In 2021, the City of Long Beach Fleet Services Bureau garnered multiple national recognitions for its advancements towards improving Citywide operational services through the introduction of newer, cleaner vehicles and equipment and reducing the City’s environmental impacts through the implementation of sustainable policies. The City continues to set a precedent for other large fleets, both private and governmental. 
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City Schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1/13/2022 Long Beach, CA - In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules.
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City Announces Date Change for 2022 Homeless Point and Updated Location 1/11/2022 Due to the increased transmission and surge in COVID-19 cases in Long Beach, the 2022 Homeless Point in Time (PIT) Count has been pushed back to Thursday, Feb. 24. After consultation with the Long Beach Continuum of Care, the Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) applied and was approved for an extension by HUD to mitigate risk to volunteers and survey recipients during this rapid increase in COVID-19.  
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City to Begin Administering Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters to 12- to 15-Year-Olds 1/11/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has begun offering COVID-19 boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds and third doses to 5- to 11- year-old immuno-compromised children. Previously, boosters were only authorized for those 16 and older. The boosters administered will be Pfizer brand; Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters are still only eligible to those 18 and older.
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Public Invited to Share Their 2023 City Budget Priorities at Upcoming Community Budget Meetings 1/11/2022 The City of Long Beach is inviting members of the public to participate in the City’s fiscal year 2023 budget development process by sharing their service priorities at one of two upcoming virtual community budget meetings. The community budget meetings were originally scheduled to be held in person at multiple locations throughout the city; however, due to the increased transmission of COVID-19the City recently transitioned all scheduled in-person community outreach meetings to a virtual format as part of various City service modifications that were announced earlier this month. The virtual community budget meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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Long Beach Police Department Announces 2021 Year-End Crime Statistics 1/10/2022 Long Beach, CA – Today, the Long Beach Police Department announced the 2021 year-end crime statistics. Similar to other cities across the nation, the Long Beach community experienced an increase in crime in 2021. In order to meet the challenges posed in 2021, the Long Beach Police Department explored and utilized new resources to better serve the community and fulfill the Department’s vision to provide a safe city for all people.
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City to Open Larger Drive-Thru and Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing Clinic; Offers Testing for LBUSD Students, Staff and Faculty 1/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – To accommodate the steep increased demand for COVID-19 testing, starting Monday, Jan. 10, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will expand its testing for residents to include a new, larger drive-thru and walk-up testing clinic in the former Boeing parking lot located near 3590 E. Wardlow Rd. With this implementation of this larger site, the Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) locations will transition to a vaccine-only site. In addition, the City will begin offering COVID-19 tests to Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students, faculty and staff.
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City Announces Request for Qualifications for Black Mental Health Services 1/7/2022 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has announced a request for qualifications for Black-serving mental health organizations to provide culturally affirming mental health services. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply through the City of Long Beach’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 14. 
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City of Long Beach Issues Updated Isolation and Quarantine Orders, Health Order 1/6/2022 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued updated Isolation and Quarantine Orders and an updated Health Order, all of which took effect on Jan. 4, 2022. These orders align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for community-related exposure to COVID-19. Below are highlights of the new orders:
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City Council Meetings to Shift to Virtual Setting Due to COVID-19 Surge  1/5/2022 Long Beach, CA –  Beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Long Beach City Council meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided on the posted agenda. Members of the public will be able to join virtually from a smartphone/tablet app, computer or phone.
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City Announces Updates to COVID-19 Clinic Operations and Other City Services Due to COVID-19 Surge 1/5/2022 Long Beach, CA – As COVID-19 cases continue to surge locally and throughout the state, the City of Long Beach today announced several operational changes and potential impacts to City services. The City continues to take an aggressive approach to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community and the City workforce.
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Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding Updated Isolation and Quarantine Orders 12/31/2021 The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will align with Los Angeles County’s new isolation and quarantine requirements, which is based on the CDC and CDPH updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine.
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Long Beach Beaches Temporarily Closed Due to Sewage Spill 12/31/2021 Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, ordered all swimming areas at beaches in Long Beach temporarily closed for water contact due to a sewage spill. State law requires temporary closure and posting at beaches in these situations, out of an abundance of caution, until the water quality meets State requirements.
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Long Beach Public Library Hosts Virtual Workshop for GetSetUp, an Online Learning Service for Adults Ages 55 and Older 12/30/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has teamed up with GetSetUp, the premier online learning service for adults ages 55 and older, to provide hundreds of live online classes to keep people mentally, physically and socially active. Classes are interactive, easy to join, offered day and night, and are free for LBPL card holders. To encourage eligible card holders to utilize GetSetUp as a lifelong learning resource, LBPL is hosting a live virtual workshop with GetSetUp experts at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2022.
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City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/30/2021 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.
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Long Beach Sees Significant Rise in COVID-19 Cases Amid Omicron Variant Surge 12/30/2021 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach is experiencing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. This surge is on par with what has been seen throughout California and across the nation upon the introduction of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. From Dec. 11 to 17, 48% of sequenced specimens in Long Beach were Omicron, and the percentage is expected to increase rapidly in the coming days.
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City-Run COVID-19 Testing Clinic at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus Will Not Open Today Due to Rain Event; Appointments Honored at Other Locations 12/30/2021 Due to forecasted rain today, December 30, the City-run testing clinic at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) will temporarily modify its schedule and not open.
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Christine Hertzel Appointed as Acting Director of Library Services 12/29/2021 Long Beach, CA - Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Christine Hertzel as the Acting Director of Library Services for the Long Beach Public Library (Library), effective Jan. 1, 2022. Ms. Hertzel brings to the position extensive library experience and currently serves as the Library's Automated Services Bureau Manager. The City will conduct a national recruitment for the next director of Library Services.
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City Temporarily Modifies COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Schedule for Today, December 29, and Tomorrow, December 30, Due to Rain Event 12/29/2021 Due to forecasted rain this week, and in an effort to meet the increase in testing demands due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases seen throughout the state and across the country, City-run COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites have temporarily modified their schedules for today, Dec. 29, and tomorrow, Dec. 30, adding more clinic locations and moving outdoor operations inside.
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City Vaccine and Testing Sites Will Relocate Outdoor Evening Operations to Indoors Tomorrow, December 27, Due to Rain Event 12/26/2021 Due to forecasted rain tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 27, City-run COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites will relocate their evening outdoor operations to indoors at the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center at Houghton Park, and the Main Health building will open for testing only. Vaccine and testing clinics at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (LBCC - PCC) and Veterans Stadium will temporarily modify their schedule and not open for evening operations. These sites are located outdoors and cannot operate in the rain.
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City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/23/2021 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues.  
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Official City of Long Beach Statement Regarding Oil Sheen Impacting Huntington Beach Coast, Traveling Northbound 12/23/2021 At this time, Long Beach beaches and swimming areas have not been affected by the oil sheen located yesterday, Dec. 22, one mile off the coast of Bolsa Chica State Beach in the City of Huntington Beach, despite notifications that the sheen is traveling in a northerly direction, unlike previous oil sheens. The size of the sheen is currently undetermined, however on its current trajectory northbound, the San Gabriel River, Long Beach shoreline and Port of Long Beach could be impacted as early as tomorrow morning, Dec. 24. Forecasted inclement weather today and tomorrow is contributing to the oil  sheen’s direction of travel and will also likely disrupt efforts to locate and identify the source and contain it. The City of Long Beach is actively looking at contingency plans for various scenarios and is prepared to clear beaches immediately, start our own local mitigation efforts and provide further updates as needed.  
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Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Awarded $302,000 Grant for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program 12/23/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been awarded a $302,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The one-year grant will continue and expand the Health Department’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division’s Walk and Roll Long Beach Program focused on improving and promoting safety for all pedestrians and bicyclists, among other educational activities conducted between Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022. 
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City Vaccine and Testing at Houghton Park Will Relocate Outdoor Operations to Indoors Tomorrow, December 23, and Friday, December 24, Due to Rain Event; Pacific Coast Campus and Veterans Stadium Sites to Reopen Next Week 12/22/2021 Due to forecasted rain tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 23, and Friday, Dec. 24, City COVID-19 vaccine and testing sites will relocate their outdoor operations to indoors at the Houghton Park Community Center, located at 6301 Myrtle Ave., and the Main Health building, located at 2525 Grand Ave. Vaccine and testing clinics at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus and Veterans Stadium will reopen next week on their regularly scheduled operating days. These sites are located outdoors and cannot operate in the rain.  
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City Manager Appoints Assistant Chief Wally Hebeish as New Chief of Police 12/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – Today City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Wally Hebeish as the new Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). Chief Hebeish, a 27-year law enforcement veteran and the current Assistant Chief of Police for Long Beach, will promote to Police Chief effective Jan. 1, 2022, following the retirement of Chief Robert Luna.
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City Offers Tips to Safely Enjoy the Holidays 12/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – The winter holidays are a time of joyous celebrations, beloved traditions, and long-awaited gatherings with family and friends. As the Christmas and New Year’s holidays quickly approach, the City of Long Beach is offering the following tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
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Long Beach Public Library Showcases PressReader, an On-the-Go Reading App with Access to Digital Magazines and Newspapers from Around the World 12/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – Throughout December, the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is featuring PressReader as its digital resource spotlight of the month. PressReader provides unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines, from 120 countries and in 60 languages for on-the-go reading.
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Long Beach to Receive Extended Period of Rain 12/21/2021 A series of storms is expected to bring wet weather to Long Beach and Los Angeles County today, Dec. 21, and into the holiday weekendThe National Weather Service is predicting one to two inches of rainfall along the coast, with the heaviest rainfall and potential for localized flooding likely to occur on Thursday, Dec. 23. Residents should anticipate travel and commute delays due to the storm. 
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City Awarded State Grant to Continue Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Program 12/20/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to encourage responsible cannabis use and reduce drug-impaired driving related collisions.
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New City Council District Boundaries Take Effect Today 12/18/2021 Long Beach, CA – The new Long Beach City Council District boundaries, recently adopted by the Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission (Commission), take effect today, Dec. 18, 2021, at the conclusion of the 30-day referendum period required under State law. Over the next several weeks, thCity will implement a multi-language community outreach campaign to ensure Long Beach residents and business owners are aware of the new district lines and their potential impacts.
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Long Beach to Offer Community Learning Hubs for Youth at Houghton, McBride, Orizaba and Veterans Parks and After- School Programs at Parks Throughout the City This Winter 12/17/2021 Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will continue offering after school programs that safely engage youth and support learning and access to recreational opportunities throughout the winter months. Both the Community Learning Hub Program and After School Program begin Jan. 3 and will run weekdays through April 15. Registration for both programs begin Dec. 22 online and in person. 
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Community Spread of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Found in Long Beach 12/17/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is reporting the first locally acquired case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Long Beach. The individual does not have a history of international or domestic travelThe person, who is unvaccinated, experienced a cough, runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue and is resting at home. 
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UPDATED - City of Long Beach Christmas 2021 and New Year’s 2022 Holiday Schedule 12/17/2021 Long Beach, CA - In observance of the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidaysthe City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules
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City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order 12/16/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued an updated Health Orderwhich took effect at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, and updates requirements for mega events, updates workplace mask guidance, and provides recommendations regarding travel and updates the protocol regarding youth sports. 
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City to Begin Administering Pfizer COVID-19 Boosters to 16- and 17-Year-Olds 12/16/2021 Long Beach, CA – Starting Friday, December 17th, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will begin offering COVID-19 boosters for 16- and 17-year-olds. Previously, boosters were only authorized for those 18 and older. The boosters administered will be Pfizer brand; Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters are still only eligible to those 18 and older.  
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Long Beach Airport to Begin Major Safety Project to Primary Taxiway 12/16/2021 Long Beach, CA – A major construction project to improve the safety of the Long Beach Airport (LGB) airfield will commence the first week in January and is expected to last through August 2022. The $25 million project, primarily funded by grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will bring the airport in line with the latest FAA standards. 
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City Receives Distracted Driving Prevention Grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety 12/15/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has been awarded a $180,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to continue the City’s Distracted Driving Prevention Program. The grant expands upon the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Division’s GreenlightLB Program to include educational and awareness activities focused on reducing distracted driving related collisions. 
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City of Long Beach Seeks Volunteers for 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count 12/15/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is seeking 250 community volunteers to help conduct the 2022 Point in Time (PIT) Count, its street count of people experiencing homelessness in Long Beachtaking place on Jan. 25, 2022.  
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Winter Shelter Opens in Long Beach 12/15/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Winter Shelter, which shields people experiencing homelessness from cold weather and provides shelter, food and safety during the coldest time of the year, opened on Dec. 1. The facility, located at 1718 Hayes Ave. in West Long Beach, is operated in partnership with Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The shelter capacity will be limited to 45 to allow for physical distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. 
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City Seeks Community Feedback for Future Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center 12/15/2021 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is inviting the community to submit feedback and recommendations for the future Belmont Beach and Aquatics Center. Topics include key considerations such as programming, fees, access and transportation to ensure the new center’s amenities equitably reflect the diverse needs of the Long Beach community. 
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City of Long Beach Recognized by Bloomberg Philanthropies for Using Data and Evidence to Improve Residents’ Lives 12/15/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today it is one of 10 new cities to have achieved What Works Cities Certification for its exceptional use of data to guide decision-making and improve residents’ lives. What Works Cities Certification - the national standard of excellence in data-driven city governance - evaluates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making. The City achieved a Silver Certification level in 2021. 
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Parks, Recreation and Marine’s Mobile Recess Program for Youth Postponed, El Dorado Nature Center Trails to Reopen Later This Week Due to Weather Conditions 12/14/2021 Due to inclement weather today, Dec. 14, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine’s (PRM) Mobile Recess Program for youth will not take place as scheduled. This affects the Tuesday programs offered at both Rose Park and on 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut AvenueRegistered program participants will be notified by telephone. El Dorado Nature Center trails will not open today and will reopen later this week after rain eventThe Belmont Pool will remain open unless a threat of lightning is determined. 
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City Issues Rain Advisory Due to Recent Showers 12/14/2021 Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis has issued a rain advisory for recreational beaches and bays in the City of Long Beach following the rain experienced in the last 24 hours. After any significant rainfall, unhealthy conditions may result from increased runoff from storm drain outlets and rivers, which eventually reach the City’s beaches. Recreational swimming areas should be avoided for three days following the end of a rainstorm. This advisory will be extended if the rain continues. 
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City Vaccine and Testing Clinics at Houghton Park to Move Indoors Tomorrow, December 14, Due to Weather Conditions While Pacific Coast Campus and Veterans Stadium Will Reopen Later This Week After Rain Event 12/13/2021 Due to forecasted rain, tomorrow, Dec. 14, City-run COVID-19 vaccine and testing clinics at Houghton Park will relocate indoors to the Houghton Park Community Center, located at 6301 Myrtle Avenue. Operations at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) and Veterans Stadium will temporarily modify their schedule and not be open tomorrow. These sites are located outdoors and cannot operate in the rain. Those with appointments will be contacted via email for rescheduling.  
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Long Beach Prepares for Rain and Gusty Winds 12/13/2021 A significant storm system will impact Long Beach and Los Angeles County today and tomorrow, Dec. 13 and 14, lingering into early Wednesday. The National Weather Service is predicting one to three inches of rainfall along the coast with high surf and wind gusts of up to 40 mph to accompany the storm system.
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UPDATED: Long Beach to Offer Annual “Treecycling” Program 12/10/2021 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works will once again offer its Holiday Tree Recycling Program, known as Treecycling. This annual program provides Long Beach residents with the opportunity to dispose of their live holiday trees free of charge at 12 convenient drop-off locations throughout the city, Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022, as well as a citywide curbside pick-up day for City serviced refuse customers on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. 
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Long Beach Animal Care Services Reaches Highest Adoption Rate Ever 12/9/2021 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACShas reached its highest adoption rate everincreasing by 60in the first three quarters of the calendar year over the last three years, from 471 adoptions in 2018 to 783 in 2021. 
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City Seeks Community Input at Upcoming Citizen Police Complaint Commission Meeting 12/7/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach is inviting the public to attend an upcoming virtual Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC) meeting, where preliminary recommendations for CPCC reform will be presented and community members will have the opportunity to provide their input on those recommendations. The virtual meeting will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.
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Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Virus Found in Long Beach 12/7/2021 On December 6, 2021, the Long Beach Health Department received confirmation of its first case of COVID-19 with mutations consistent with the new Omicron variant (B.1.1.529). The individual, who was fully vaccinated and is asymptomaticreturned to Long Beach on Nov. 29, 2021, after international travel (not to the southern African region). 
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Alamitos Neighborhood Library Reopens Today 12/7/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Alamitos Neighborhood Library, located at 1836 E. 3rd St., reopens to the public today at noon after undergoing an extensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacement project, funded by Measure A. The Alamitos branch first closed to the public with the other 11 Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) locations at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and remained closed until the replacement project was completed.
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City of Long Beach Earns Perfect Score Plus Bonus Points in Nationwide Municipal Equality Index 12/3/2021 Long Beach, CA – For the tenth consecutive year, the City of Long Beach has been named one of the best cities in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in municipal law and policy, earning both a perfect score and 11 bonus points. Long Beach was one of 506 cities nationwide to be scored, and one of 110 to achieve a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI).
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67th Annual Daisy Lane Parade Taking Place Saturday, Dec. 11 12/2/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach and Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga, along with the Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance (WANA) and the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, will host the 67th Annual Daisy Lane Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s newly reimagined festivities will showcase a festive car parade through the Wrigley Neighborhood, safely bringing holiday cheer directly to residents’ doorsteps.
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Official Statement by City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Regarding the Omicron COVID-19 Variant 11/30/2021 The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is closely monitoring information regarding the COVID-19 variant Omicron. No cases of the new variant have been confirmed in the United States. A percentage of the City’s positive tests are sequenced to detect variants, and the Health Department will inform the community if Omicron is detected in Long Beach.
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Library Services Director Announces Retirement After 40 Years with the City 11/23/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach announced today the upcoming retirement of Library Services Director Glenda Williams, a longtime employee of the City. Ms. Williams dedicated her entire 40-year City career in the Department of Library Services, serving as director since 2009.
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Long Beach Airport Expects Increase in Holiday Travelers 11/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – After a prolonged period of reduced passenger traffic, Long Beach Airport (LGB) expects to see a strong rebound during the Thanksgiving travel season from November 22 to November 28. Estimates indicate that passenger numbers will be five times greater than in 2020.
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Long Beach Fire Steps Up as a Primary Operating Partner for UCLA Health’s Mobile Stroke Unit Program 11/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) is now serving as a primary operating partner for UCLA Health’s Mobile Stroke Unit Program (MSU), a shared emergency medical service that provides life-saving therapies to potential stroke patients throughout the Los Angeles County region. As a primary operating partner, LBFD is dedicating one firefighter/paramedic to serve as a team member for the MSU.
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Long Beach Health and Human Services Department Distributes 2.7 Million Masks for Children 11/22/2021 Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is distributing 2.7 million child-sized masks to local early childhood education providers and community-based organizations. The masks were donated to the City in July 2021 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Long Beach Hosts 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration 11/19/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach, in partnership with Sixth District Councilwoman Dr. Suely Saro and the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade & Celebration Community Advisory Committee, is inviting the community to take part in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.
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2021 Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission Adopts Final Map for New Council District Boundaries 11/19/2021 Long Beach, CA – On Thursday, November 18, the Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission (Commission) voted to adopt the final map for the new Long Beach City Council district boundaries. The new district boundaries approved by the Commission will take effect in 30 days on December 18, 2021. The new map can be found on the Redistricting website.
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Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Offer Winter Youth Program During Upcoming Winter Break 11/19/2021 Long Beach, CA – Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will offer programs to safely engage youth ages 5 to 12 during the upcoming Long Beach Unified School District winter break. Winter Camps will take place at various Long Beach parks weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Dec. 20 through Dec. 30 (excluding Christmas Day on Dec. 25), where campers will be able to enjoy fun games such as capture the flag and kickball. Registration begins Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 8 a.m. in person and at 10 a.m. online.
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City of Long Beach Offers Thanksgiving Safety Tips to Avoid Holiday Hazards 11/19/2021 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach wants everyone to enjoy the upcoming holidays, and it is the shared responsibility of our entire community to celebrate them safely. As the holiday season is a time for festivities, gatherings and visits from out-of-towners, the City is providing tips to help ensure everyone has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.
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Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Extend Free Mobile Recess Program for Youth 11/17/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will continue offering its Mobile Recess Program with a new series beginning Dec. 6 and through Feb. 25, 2022. Registration for the new series, operating weekdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m., begins Monday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in person and online.
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City of Long Beach Thanksgiving Week Schedule 11/17/2021 Long Beach, CA - In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Long Beach facilities and services listed below will adhere to the following schedules on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26.
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All Adults Now Eligible for COVID-19 Booster 11/16/2021 Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is now offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all people 18 years old and older. 
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Long Beach Ranks First Nationwide as a 2021 Top Digital City 11/16/2021 Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has been recognized as a Top Digital City in the Center for Digital Government (CDG)'s 2021 Digital Cities Survey, which evaluates  how cities across the nation use technology to advance city goals, operations and services to the community. This is the eleventh consecutive year the City has been recognized as a Top 10 Digital City, this year ranking first in its population size nationwide.
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Long Beach’s Community Learning Hub for Youth Reopens at Houghton Park Nov. 29 11/16/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is reopening the Community Learning Hub at the Houghton Park Community Center, located at 6301 Myrtle Ave., for free independent study and after-school activities for kindergarten to eighth grade Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students. Registration begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
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Long Beach Public Library Spotlights VetNow, a Free Digital Resource for Military Veterans 11/10/2021 Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) showcases different digital resources each month, and this month’s spotlight — just in time for Veterans Day — is on Brainfuse’s VetNow, which provides live veteran-to-veteran guidance to help current and former military personnel and their families apply for the benefits they are eligible for as well as advice and resources to transition to civilian life. (Spanish) (Khmer)
 
City of Long Beach Issues Updated Health Order 11/9/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) has issued an updated Health Orderthat took effect on November 5, 2021, addressing requirements for schools using the modified quarantine option, clarifying testing requirements for mega events, and providing further clarification regarding workplace protocols. (Spanish) (Khmer)
Long Beach Dedicates Chittick Field Sports Complex to Former Vice Mayor and Councilman Dee Andrews 11/9/2021 Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is hosting a dedication ceremony for the Dee Andrews Sports Complex at Chittick Field, naming the facility at 1900 Walnut Avenue after the former Vice Mayor and Sixth District Councilman. The public naming and sign unveiling will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 20. (Spanish) (Khmer)
Amidst Canine Influenza and Leptospirosis Outbreak, Pet Owners Reminded to Vaccinate Dogs 11/8/2021 Long Beach, CA - Although there are currently no reported cases of canine influenza or leptospirosis in Long Beach, an outbreak has been spreading in since mid-July in Los Angeles County, impacting two animal shelters, multiple boarding kennels, dog parks and doggy day care centers, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
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