The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), an alliance of 150 business groups representing 272,000 companies that employ nearly three million people, recognized the City of Long Beach as one of the top five most business-friendly cities in Los Angeles County. Read more.

Population Growth

According to the recently released California Department of Finance’s annual population estimates, the City of Long Beach has maintained its ranking as the seventh-most populous city in the state. Our population grew by about 3,000 to 484,958 in 2015. The population of Los Angeles County was 10,241,335 on January 1st, while the state’s total population stands at approximately 39,256,000.

Go See Cal

The “Go See Cal” legacy built on that iconic jingle, catchy anthems and classic commercials lives on today through Worthington Ford as featured in a recent Go Long Beach segment I did with Cal’s grandson Nick. In a matter of weeks, the electronic Worthington sign visible from the 405 Freeway will be refurbished and renovated – so keep an eye out for “my dog Spot”. Click here to see the Go Long Beach segment.

L.B.M.C. Section 8.60.070

Long Beach Municipal Code Section 8.60.070 outlines the permitted times for placement and storage of trash and recycle bins. Each bin shall be placed for collection not earlier than the evening preceding the day of regular collection and shall be removed from the curb within twelve hours after collection. In addition, bins are to be stored out of view from the public right-of-way.

Giving Tuesday

In addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is also Giving Tuesday, celebrated on December 1st, which is a global day of giving kicking off the charitable season and which is now in its fourth year of existence. Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Click here to learn more.

NASA Insight Mars Lander

The NASA Insight Mars Lander, which will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in March 2016, will have a special inscription on two chip plates that will be attached to the spacecraft. The inscription will read “Long Beach, CA – Incorporated 1897”, meaning that the name of Long Beach will be going to Mars during this historic trip! Thank you to Jerry Stoces who has been working on the Insight Mars Lander and who is very proud to be taking Long Beach to Mars!

Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program

The Neighborhood Clean-Up Assistance Program through the City of Long Beach Development Services Department provides materials and supplies to community and volunteer groups to clean up their neighborhoods! This program offers an array of different supplies, for example paint, brooms and shovels, and an industrial-sized dumpster can even be arranged for use on the day of the clean-up. Click here to learn more!

Saturday Construction Hotline

The City has launched a new Saturday hotline, available from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to address concerns regarding potential unpermitted construction and to enhance the City’s regular Code Enforcement services. Anonymous complaints may be reported by calling 562-570-0000.

Best Parks in the Southland!

Long Beach has the best parks in the Southland! The Trust for Public Lands released its annual ranking of the nation’s parks, and Long Beach was ranked 1st in Southern California and 18th out of 75 cities nationwide. Our parks are an important part of our City, as they provide spaces for recreational activities, after-school programs, community events, and enjoyment of nature. Thank you to our Parks, Recreation and Marine Department for their dedication and hard work in helping Long Beach to achieve this premier ranking.

New Book About the Port of Long Beach

The history of the Port of Long Beach is being brought to life in a new book, Port Town, which is scheduled to debut in late June. Written by George and Carmela Cunningham, formerly the publishers of a well-regarded maritime newsletter, the 500-page book takes a look at how Long Beach transformed into a gateway for trans-Pacific trade at roughly $180 billion annually.