Meditation Program Helps Local Employees De-Stress

For too many Americans, being stressed out has become the new norm. With a still-recovering economy, workers are putting in extra hours to make their numbers and provide for their families. With near universal access to smart phones in this country, employees never really leave the office.

Dr. Sunayna Bakaya Named Medical Director of Imaging at Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Sunayna Bakaya, M.D. Sunayna Bakaya, M.D., a highly respected board certified diagnostic radiologist, has been named Medical Director of Imaging for Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach, which annually perform 204,000 imaging procedures.

City Activates New Traffic Signal at Pacific Avenue and 14th Street

  The City of Long Beach activated a new traffic signal, as well as LED street lights, at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 14th Street. New pedestrian sidewalks, way-finding signage and sharrows are also being added in the area.

Beach Streets Rolls Through Midtown November 12

Midtown will spring to life on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the Beach Streets Midtown Open Street event along Anaheim Street from Orange Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, and will feature thousands of people walking, bicycling and socializing on car-free streets.

Harbor Commission Board Re-elects Guzmán President

Courtesy of the Port of Long Beach. Harbor Commission President Lori Ann Guzmán was re-elected Monday evening to serve a second one-year term leading the board that oversees the Port of Long Beach, the nation’s second-busiest seaport.

LBPD Receives $600,000 Grant to Strengthen Community Relations

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to strengthen police-community relations and help ensure fair and impartial policing throughout Long Beach neighborhoods.

Garcia Announces Picks For Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Mayor Garcia has announced his picks for the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee, which will provide oversight of the funds from the sales tax approved by voters in June. Measure A received strong support from voters at nearly 60%, and is the first voter approved revenue measure for the City in over 40 years.

Community Invited to Celebrate 26th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Today

The community is invited to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), during free festivities today, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, at the Long Beach Main Library Auditorium (lower level), 101 Pacific Avenue.

North Neighborhood Library Closing July 31; Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to Open September 10

  On Sunday, July 31, at 4:00 pm, the North Neighborhood Library, 5571 Orange Avenue, will close in preparation for the opening of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 am. The closure is necessary to move the collection, supplies and other items to the new location and assure operational excellence at the new site.

The Kenneth Walker Dance Project to Debut The Seasons

The Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents its annual homebase performance at the Martha B, Knoebel Dance Theater on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, August 13 & 14, 2016. The Seasons is KWDP’s most ambitious work to date.

Liberation Brewing Company to Open in Bixby Knolls

Liberation Brewing Company is a craft brewery coming to the Bixby Knolls/Cal Heights area in Long Beach, CA. Liberation Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dan Regan, former member of renowned local ska band, Reel Big Fish.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Names Eloy Ortiz Oakley Chancellor

LBCC Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges The California Community Colleges Board of Governors today announced the unanimous selection of Long Beach Community College District Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley, a nationally known innovator in public education, as the next chancellor to lead the largest and most diverse system of public higher education in the nation.

City’s Medical Marijuana Ban Upheld by Appellate Court

On Tuesday July 12, 2016, the Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s order dismissing a class-action lawsuit brought by two Medical Marijuana dispensaries, challenging the City’s ordinance banning medical marijuana facilities within the City.

Broken Sewage Pipe Leads to Beach Closures

On Monday, July 18, a sewage spill from a broken sewage pipe in downtown Los Angeles entered the Los Angeles River, prompting the closure of all coastal beaches in Long Beach.

Mayor Looks Back on 2nd Year, Cites Improved Economy, Education, Livability

Mayor Robert Garcia – Photo from Facebook In a press briefing at City Hall today, Mayor Robert Garcia highlighted the accomplishments of his first two years in office, emphasizing economic development gains, quality of life improvements, and achievements in education.

LB Ends ‘Two-Vote Tuesday’ and Doubles Voter Turnout

Long Beach City Clerk Maria de la Luz Garcia announced last week, that the City of Long Beach has achieved a milestone in its effort to increase voter participation in local elections. A total of 39.70 percent of eligible voters voted in the June 7, 2016 City of Long Beach General Municipal Election in which there appeared one contest, Council District 2.

Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal Says Farewell

Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal This week wraps up my 10 years as your 2nd District Councilmember and I could not be more proud of the state of this district.

Long Beach Ministers Alliance Host Laughing Lives Matters at Terrace Theater

In light of current national events that have impacted the nation, families and communities, the Long Beach Ministers Alliance [L.B.M.A.] recognizes the urgency to develop family outlets designed to assist in the healing and reconciling of communities.

Southwest Airlines to Use JetBlue Slots for Flights Out of Long Beach Airport Temporarily

Southwest Airlines will be temporarily adding new service out of Long Beach Airport (LGB), utilizing unused flight slots allocated to JetBlue. The airline has requested and been granted the temporary reallocation of two to three flights, and will maintain compliance with the City’s Airport Noise Compatibility Ordinance.

Long Beach Water Use Down by 16% in June

Today, the Long Beach Water Department reports that residents and businesses reduced water use in June by 16 percent compared to June of 2013. Long Beach has reduced water use by just over 15 percent cumulatively from June 2015 to May 2016, surpassing the state-mandated 14 percent cumulative reduction target.

Port of Long Beach Imports Increase in June

Courtesy of the Port of Long Beach. Rising imports fueled higher container traffic at the Port of Long Beach in June, leading to a 3.4 percent overall volume increase over the same month last year. The Port handled 603,339 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units) during the month.

City of Long Beach Fleet Ranked 12th Best Government Fleet in U.S.

The City of Long Beach fleet was recently ranked the 12th best government fleet in the United States, according to Government Fleet Magazine Leading Fleets 2016 competition. “We are extremely proud of our fleet, especially because we’re continuously lowering our carbon footprint and becoming even more efficient,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Registration Open For 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest

    Alfredo’s Beach Club through the Summer Beach Party series, sponsored by the Long Beach Port, is ramping up to host this year’s 84th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest. The free, two-day community festival featuring professional and semi-professional sand sculptors, food and craft vendors, family friendly kid’s zone, live music, drink garden and more will take place August 13th and 14th at Granada Beach.

Long Beach Playhouse Presents Free Shakespeare in the Park

Long Beach Playhouse (LBP) joins forces with the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance (EASBA) to provide a free Shakespeare in the Park event for the Zaferia community. Sponsored by the business owners of Zaferia, LBP will be mounting a streamlined version of William Shakespeare’s immortal play about love, magic, and what happens when the two meet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

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