Port OKs $46M Grant Program, Plans Workshops for Applicants

Attendees offer input on their priorities for the Port Community Grants Program during an October 2016 workshop at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library. The Port of Long Beach will accept grant applications later this year from local organizations to bring health programs and new air filters to communities most affected by cargo movement in San Pedro Bay.

Public Invited to Trans Day of Visibility at Harvey Milk Park on Friday, March 31

The City of Long Beach, in collaboration with Work Evolution, will be hosting Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) at Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park) on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to come and enjoy opera, theater, and spoken word that celebrates and raises awareness on the current struggle and discrimination faced by transgender people.

Long Beach Adopts Gender-Neutral Restrooms

  The City of Long Beach is requiring that all single-user restrooms in any business, City and government building, and other public places be available to all genders, and have new accompanying signage, as mandated by State Assembly Bill 1732, which went into effect on March 1, 2017.

Students, Families Encouraged to Participate in First Annual Walk to School Day March 29

Students and their families are encouraged to participate in the first annual Long Beach Walk to School Day, on Wednesday, March 29, to promote walking and pedestrian safety. The theme is “It’s Cool to Walk to School.” “Long Beach Walk to School Day is a great way to remind everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, and the health benefits of daily physical activity,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

LBPL Kicks Off National Library Month With New Mobile Studio and Amnesty Program

April is National Library Month, and the Long Beach Public Library is celebrating by launching a Mobile Studio, and by offering an Overdue Fines Amnesty Program as well. “Libraries provide opportunities for all residents to learn, grow and discover new skills, and we are committed to increasing access to all our wonderful library resources,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Richard and Trent Bryson Named Co-Entrepreneurs of the Year

Richard and Trent Bryson, co-owners of Bryson Financial. Richard and Trent Bryson, co-owners of Bryson Financial, have been presented with the 2017 City National Bank Entrepreneur of the Year Award and will be honored at a Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on April 27.

The Truth About Colorectal Cancer

By: Imad Shbeeb, M.D., medical director, Colorectal Surgery Program, MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute, Long Beach Memorial There’s a lot of information available about breast and other common cancers, but you don’t often hear about colorectal cancer (cancer in the colon or rectum).

Historic Pine Avenue Sign to be Unveiled Today

The public is invited to the unveiling of a new “Historic Pine Avenue” sign that spans Pine Avenue between 4th Street and 5th Street, today, Friday, March 24, at 7:00 pm. The free ceremony will feature the two-story-high sign being illuminated.

Councilmember Pearce Requests Security Review Before Sale of Local Hyatt Hotels to Shanghai Construction Group

Councilmember Jeannine Pearce Councilmember Jeannine Pearce (Long Beach District 2) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting a national security review of the potential sale of the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and Hyatt Centric the Pike Long Beach hotels to a company controlled by the Chinese state.

Artists For Cambodia Town Mural Project Announced by Arts Council for Long Beach

In October, the Arts Council for Long Beach launched the Cambodia Town Mural Project, an initiative that will install eight public art murals along Anaheim Street between Long Beach Blvd. and Junipero Ave. This project is in partnership with Cambodia Town Inc., United Cambodian Community (UCC), Homeland Cultural Center (HCC), the offices of councilmembers Daryl Supernaw (4th District), Dee Andrews (6th District) and Midtown Business Improvement District.

Long Beach Airport Named Best Airport for Dining For Second Consecutive Year

Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently won two prestigious awards for its concessions program. LGB was named Best Airport for Dining in the United States in a USA Today/10Best.com Readers’ Choice poll. This is the second year in a row that Long Beach Airport has won the title.

Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Issues Affecting People With Disabilities

The public is invited to participate in a town hall meeting hosted by the City of Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD). Part of CACoD’s mission is to assemble and disseminate information on issues affecting people with disabilities, including transportation.

Long Beach Playhouse Presents Treasure Island

On April 8, the Long Beach Playhouse presents Treasure Island, the beloved classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. For many of us, most of what we know about pirates, buried treasure and adventure came from Stevenson’s novel.

Residents Urged to Get Ready During Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 27–31

Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 27 to 31, and the City of Long Beach, in conjunction with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California, will participate in a variety of activities to inform residents of actions they can take to prepare for and respond to a tsunami.

Man Arrested For Unsolved 1976 Murder

On Monday, March 20, 2017, Long Beach Police announced that an arrest has been made in connection with a cold case murder investigation. On March 16, 2017, Homicide detectives arrested 73-year-old Jerry Lee Hires at his Long Beach residence.

The Heart of Ida Publishes First Issue of AgeWell Long Beach Magazine

Life for seniors living in Long Beach just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the first issue of AgeWell Long Beach Magazine, published by The Heart of Ida.

Long Beach Celebrates First Anniversary of Bike Share

The City of Long Beach Thursday, March 17, unveiled the first “Unicorn Bike” to help celebrate the Long Beach Bike Share program’s first anniversary. One of the distinctive bright blue bicycles was temporarily transformed into a one-of-a-kind, specially branded bike – complete with hot pink paint and sugar skulls – for a partnership between CycleHop, the City’s Bike Share program operator, and Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, 2030 E.

53rd Congressional Cup Regatta Sails by Belmont Pier March 29–April 2

In 10 days, world class match racing comes to Long Beach, California, with the 53rd running of the Congressional Cup regatta! This World Match Racing Tour championship event brings the top sailing talent from around the globe to the waters of Long Beach, Calif., March 28 to April 2, 2017.

Flight Slots Offered to Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Photo from Wikipedia Long Beach Airport (LGB) has announced that Southwest Airlines has been offered two air carrier flight slots, which will be available for their use beginning August 1, 2017.

Laughs For Love Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Annual Dinner and Comedy Show

‘Laughs for Love’ is an annual dinner and comedy show. This year the group will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of Love Beyond Limits as a non-profit organization. The event will take place on March 25, 2017 from 6 p.m.

Councilwoman Price Hosts 3rd Annual Spring into Summer Concert March 26

Although spring is just beginning, Councilwoman Suzie Price is ready to kick this season off with her 3rd Annual Spring into Summer Concert. It will take place on Sunday, March 26, 2017, and will once again feature the band, The Dustbowl Revival. 

Good Friday 5:15, a Walk Through Jerusalem Comes to Long Beach

All Saints Anglican Church presents Good Friday 5:15, A Walk Through Jerusalem. Good Friday 5:15 is reenactment of Jerusalem just after the Crucifixion. This is a chance for visitors to walk through and talk to citizens & soldiers in this recreation of Jerusalem at 5:15 on the first Good Friday.

Students From Long Beach Poly Students Win Prizes in C-SPAN’s National 2017 StudentCam Competition

C-SPAN has announced that students at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California are winners in C-SPAN’s national 2017 StudentCam competition. Lucy Nottonson and Heather Davis have won third prize and will receive $750 for their documentary, “The Importance of Wetlands.” The following students have won honorable mention prizes and will receive $250 for their documentaries: Eric Hatch and Theo Lee for “Affordable Housing: The Solution to the Homelessness Crisis.” Peter Donovan, Zane Witter and Olivia Campos for “Atmosphere of Denial,” about climate change.

Road-Rage Incident Believed to be Motive For Murder

On March 7, 2017, at approximately 4:12 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Liberty Court regarding a shots call. Upon arrival officers found 2 victims with apparent gunshot wounds. The first victim a male adult was determined deceased at the scene with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

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