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2018 Review

2018 Year in Review

Release Date: 2018-12-26

As we bring 2018 to a close, it's an opportunity to look back at the great year here in the City of Long Beach. It was another banner year of progress and growth for our city, and we were recognized for our efforts in sound financial reporting, public safety, economic inclusion, technology, addressing mental health and homelessness, housing, city planning, community preparedness, sustainability and LGBTQ inclusion and civil rights.

You can read our 2018 Year in Review here.

This year has seen $5 billion of construction in private and public development which is transforming our city. From new playgrounds and improved streets and infrastructure, to enhanced efforts to address homelessness and reduce crime, Long Beach is charging forward to make improvements across the board.

The following are just a few of the City’s major accomplishments in 2018:

  • Twenty-six miles of sidewalk replaced.
  • Largest infrastructure repair program in a generation.
  • 4.5 minutes average response time to police priority one calls, one of the fastest for any large city in the United States.
  • Permanent housing for 1,035 individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Launch of the Justice Lab to provide new tools to first responders to divert residents in need of assistance to provide them a way out of the criminal justice system.
  • Launch of the Everyone Home Long Beach initiative, another step toward ending homelessness.
  • Unprecedented low unemployment rate of 4.1%.

I hope you're as excited as I am for what 2019 has in store for Long Beach.