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Our 2017 Year in Review

Release Date: 2017-12-27

It was another great year in Long Beach!

2017 was a record-breaking year for Long Beach, from record lows in unemployment, to record highs in economic development and growth in wages.

Long Beach's unemployment rate reached an all time low this year, we have more than $3 billion in construction projects, issued building permits valued at more than $756 million, and the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments responded to more than 282,000 calls for service.

We filled 31,000 potholes, rehabilitated 90 lane miles of streets, replaced 15 miles of sidewalk, and trimmed 24,000 trees. And we are pleased to be recognized with 92% of the City’s beaches receiving “A” and “B” grades for water quality from the Heal the Bay Summer Report Card and an award for Top 25 “Best Park Systems” in the USA by the Trust for Public Lands 2017 ParkScore Index. We also helped more than 6,200 low-income families stay in their homes with millions in rental assistance and increased funding for homeless services.

You can read about the many city accomplishment in the 2017 Year in Review.

We should all be proud of this year's accomplishments and I want to thank all of our hardworking city employees, business owners, and community leaders for their hard work.

  • Unemployment rate in Long Beach reached its lowest level since 1990 at 4.4%.
  • Newly launched BizPort, the City’s first online business portal for entrepreneurs won the National Government Experience Award.
  • 92% of the City’s beaches received “A” and “B” grades for water quality from the Heal the Bay Summer Report Card.
  • Preserved and enhanced public safety and improved the City’s infrastructure with new funding from the passage of Measure A.
  • Reopened the South Division of the Police Department.
  • Average response time to police priority calls is 4.8 minutes, one of the fastest for any large city in the country.
  • 9,724 inspections of multi-family properties conducted through the City’s Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) ensuring livability standards for residents.
  • Issued building permits valued at more than $756 million.
  • Completed at least 10 parks projects around the City with another 16 projects under construction or in development.
  • Awarded Top 25 “Best Park Systems” in the USA by the Trust for Public Lands 2017 ParkScore Index.
  • 39 new Long Beach businesses received grants to help defray start-up costs.
  • Provided more than $61 million in rental assistance to more than 6,200 low-income families.
  • Received more than $160 million in grant revenues from federal, state, regional and non-governmental resources.
  • 31,000 potholes filled.
  • 90 lane miles of streets rehabilitated.
  • 24,000 trees trimmed.
  • 15 miles of sidewalk replaced.
  • 1,250,000 square feet of graffiti removed.
  • 194,00 tons of trash collected.
  • 109,000 service orders completed by the Gas & Oil Department.
  • 58,000 customers served at the Development Services Permit Center.
  • 50,000 building inspections completed.
  • 211,000 calls for service responded to by the Police Department.
  • 71,000 calls for service responded to by the Fire Department.
  • Top 10 “Digital City” for the seventh consecutive year for the City’s outstanding efforts in using technology to serve its residents.
  • Achieved a perfect score plus 10 bonus points on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in municipal law and policy.
  • Received funding for 705 vouchers to house homeless veterans in the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program, more than 530 families received assistance through this program.
  • Served 78,000 meals at 31 sites through the 10-week Summer Food Program for children.
  • 10,644 patient visits provided by the Health and Human Services Department.
  • Secured $14.3 million in funding to support homeless services, including outreach, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services.
  • Approximately 130,000 people participated in the City’s Open Streets events, “Beach Street Uptown” and “Beach Streets University,” which promote the pursuit of innovative strategies to achieve environmental, social, economic, and public health goals.