City Launches Unpermitted Construction Hotline

In an effort to ensure the health and well-being of residents, and preserve the value and livability of Long Beach neighborhoods, the City has implemented a new Saturday hotline to address concerns about potential unpermitted construction.

Port of Long Beach Receives Top Seaport Honors

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach The Port of Long Beach was named the best seaport in North America at the recent Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards in Hong Kong, hosted by the shipping trade publication Asia Cargo News.

Animal Care Services Hosts Low Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinic; Offers Tips for 4th of July Pet Safety

The Fourth of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Long Beach Animal Care Services would like to remind all animal owners that they can save themselves, and their pets, a tremendous amount of heartache and anxiety by following a few simple suggestions during the Independence Day weekend.

Long Beach Residential Natural Gas Customers Have Lowest Bills in State

Residential customers of Long Beach’s gas utility have the lowest natural gas bills in the State of California, thanks mainly to conservation efforts that have seen the average household natural gas usage decrease by more than 70 percent since the early 1970s.

Renovations to Begin at Bixby Park

The first phase of planned renovations at Bixby Park is scheduled to begin on July 6, 2015 with the construction of a new playground featuring a 2- to 5-year-old play structure and a 5- to 12-year-old play structure with climbing components and slides, sand play areas, eight swings, a cable climber, two universal access slides, and an additional shaded seating area.

Narcotics Investigation Leads to Seizure of Cocaine, Meth, and $25,000

Thursday, June 25th, 2015, the Long Beach Police Department Drug Investigations Section served a search warrant on a residence resulting in the seizure of several pounds of illegal narcotics and cash believed to be related to a large scale drug trafficking ring.

Man Charged With Attempt Murder After Assaulting Acquaintance

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, charges were filed against a Long Beach man after he assaulted and critically injured another Long Beach man after involved in a dispute.

Construction to Begin Monday on Intersection and Park Near Downtown

Construction will begin on Monday, June 29, on a dramatically improved intersection in Downtown Long Beach, followed by a new park, near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and Alamitos Avenues, and 6th and 7th Streets.

Residents Invited to Grand Opening of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park

Latina Superstar, Jenni Rivera Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilman Dee Andrews, and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite residents to the grand opening of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park, on Thursday, July 2, at 10:00 am.

LBPD Hosts Law Enforcement Career Fair Saturday

The Long Beach Police Department and Civil Service Department will host a law enforcement career fair on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Learn about career opportunities with the Long Beach Police Department, including Police Recruit, Public Safety Dispatcher (9-1-1 operators), Special Services Officer, and positions in the area of Forensics.

Digital Alliance Will Bring Microsoft Programs to Long Beach

Last night the Long Beach City Council agreed to collaborate with the Microsoft Corporation to bring Digital Alliance programs to the City and its residents. Partnering with local governments, Microsoft provides staff expertise and capacity building workshops designed to inspire young people as well as entrepreneurs.

Port Town Tells the Vivid History of Long Beach and its Port

Port Town — the epic new history of how the people of Long Beach built, defended and profited from their port — is now available in e-book and paperback formats. Written by maritime journalists George and Carmela Cunningham, the book debuted on June 20 at the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s 12th annual “Grape Expectations” benefit fundraiser. 

World’s Largest LEGO Ship Visits Its Namesake, The Queen Mary

The Bright Bricks model of the Queen Mary uses approximately 250,000 LEGO parts and took 600 builder hours to create. Photo from Bright-Bricks.com When Britain’s most famous ocean liner was still a dream, the Cunard Lines recruited the John Brown shipyard in Scotland to build what would become the world’s most famous ocean liner.

USPS Will Open New Bixby Knolls Post Office Next to Marshalls

The USPS selected a located for the new Bixby Knolls Post Office. The United States Postal Service has selected the property at 4462-4470 Atlantic Ave., in the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center next to Marshalls, for the new Bixby Knolls post office location.

“Big Bang on the Bay” to Benefit Action Sports Kids Foundation

The Boathouse on the Bay presents the 4th annual “Big Bang on the Bay,” celebrating Independence Day early on Friday, July 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The “Big Bang on the Bay” has become one of Long Beach’s top annual events, drawing thousands of spectators who watch the show from all around Alamitos Bay from beaches, piers and boats of all sizes.

Free Bike Safety Program Prepares Young Riders

Councilwoman Suzie Price is partnering with the Long Beach Fire Department Lifeguards and Police Department to provide free bike safety training for Junior Guards participants and any other 9- to 17-year-old residents wanting to learn about bike safety.

Police and Fire Advise All Fireworks are Illegal in Long Beach

With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in the City of Long Beach.

Police Investigate Morning Homicide; Seek Suspect and Motive

On Monday, June 22, 2015, about 8:45 a.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to the area of the 800 block Cedar Avenue regarding a shooting call, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

Councilmember Andrews Receives Two High Profile Endorsements in Bid for Third Term

Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews – Photo from Facebook Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Assemblymember Mike Gipson announced their endorsements of Long Beach City Councilmember Dee Andrews today. Support from the two influential Democratic lawmakers comes less than a week after Andrews announced the endorsements of 50 community leaders and Sixth District residents.

John Bishop Takes the Helm as CEO of 3 Long Beach Hospitals

John Bishop named CEO of 3 area hospitals. MemorialCare Health System, a nationally recognized nonprofit health system with hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties, announced that Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach and Seaside Health Plan’s Chief Financial Officer John Bishop has been appointed CEO of the three hospitals.

CSULB Professor Dr. Lesley Farmer Receives 2015 Librarian Recognition Award

CSULB Professor Dr. Lesley Farmer selected 2015 recipient of the Librarian Recognition Award by the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association Lesley Farmer, a professor of Educational Technology and Media Leadership at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Librarian Recognition Award by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Program Offers Incentives for Restoration of Historic Properties

As part of the revamped Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program (Mills Act), an economic incentive program for historic properties, the public is invited to attend two important events to learn about how to qualify and apply for tax benefits while also preserving the City’s designated landmarks.

Councilwoman Suzie Price to Host Live Safely Community Fair

Councilwoman Suzie Price is hosting a “Live Safely” event, where residents can garner firsthand knowledge from industry professionals on a variety of safety topics. Speakers will share their expertise, giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to keep themselves and their families safe from property related crimes and identity theft.

Mayor and Vice Mayor Propose Task Force For Land Development Surrounding Queen Mary

  Mayor Robert Garcia and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal of the Second Council District have proposed the creation of a Queen Mary Land Development Task Force which would provide feedback and recommendations to the city for developing the parcels adjacent to the ship.

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