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

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Mayor Robert Garcia - Photo from Facebook

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.

“I’m proud that Long Beach is becoming more progressive, our economy is getting stronger, and our education system is among the best in the country,” said Mayor Garcia. “I greatly appreciate the continued support of the community as we work towards making Long Beach the best city it can be.”

The Mayor focused his briefing on four key areas that have been his priorities since taking office: Civic Innovation, Economic Development, Education, and Livability.

The Mayor highlighted the passage of Measure A, which will support investment in infrastructure and public safety of approximately $384 million dollars over the next decade. Mayor Garcia also pointed to other successes in creating a more livable city, including major changes to street sweeping times to alleviate early morning sweeping in parking impacted areas, the launch of the Long Beach Bike Share program, and the start of the long awaited San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study. Long Beach was also named a top ten bikeable and walkable city, becoming the only city in Southern California with these recognitions.

Mayor Garcia pointed to six-year low in the city’s unemployment rate, the development of a minimum wage ordinance, and a net gain of 1,912 new businesses to demonstrate continued economic growth in Long Beach. He also noted record tourism, strong growth at the Port, and the development of Bizport, a website that helps new businesses navigate the licensing and permitting process.

The use of technology to enhance innovation and civic engagement has led to Long Beach being named a Top-Ten Digital City for the sixth consecutive year. Other innovations cited by Mayor Garcia include “Inspector Gadget,” which has improved the building inspection process. A record number of service requests were also completed via the GO Long Beach app.

On education, Garcia pointed to the continuing success of the Long Beach College Promise program as communities around the state and nation launch similar efforts, including Los Angeles. Locally, the Long Beach College Promise Scholarship at Long Beach City College was expanded to a full year of tuition at for LBUSD graduates, as well as the addition 2,600 internships for local students. He also noted that several libraries have added Sunday hours.

These accomplishments and others are highlighted on the attached documents.

“Being Mayor of the city I love is an incredible honor, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” said Mayor Garcia. “We still have work to do, but Long Beach is in a great position and our best days are just ahead.”

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